December 4, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    If the Prophet John appeared on the scene today, would we listen to him and reform our ways?   We hope and think that we would do so, but would we really?
    John called the people of Israel to receive and accept and live according to the ways of the Messiah, the new Lord who was soon to come onto the scene. This Sunday, John again calls all people to turn away from the darkness of sin and evil, and instead walk and live in the ways of Jesus.
    We’re fortunate that we’ve heard Jesus’ Good News from our youngest days and that our parents and grandparents trained us well in the beliefs and the ways of our Christian faith.
    May we again listen to the call of Jesus and John.  May we focus this Advent on the Lord’s return.   May we draw near to Jesus and live in holiness so that we will be close to him in the new year and in heaven as well!                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

BRINGING SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA TO OUR PARISH ON DECEMBER 12
    On Monday evening, December 12, at 7:00pm, our Adult Education program will be showing the new  biographical movie about Saint Teresa of Calcutta in the parish hall.  This excellent movie is simply entitled "The Letters."   It is two hours in length.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Come and learn more about the life of this remarkable Religious woman of the Catholic Church and this holy Saint of God! 

The Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Department will host Breakfast with Santa Claus next Saturday, December 10 from 8:00am—12 noon at their First Street Department.   Adults $6 / Children $4 / under 5 years — Free.  Three Pancakes, 3 sausage links, OJ, coffee.  Also, pictures with Santa Claus will be taken!

Respect Life Christmas Cards are available from our Respect Life Committee this month.  Ten cards for $6.  Contact Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).

OUR HOLY DAY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
    This Thursday, December 8, we’ll once again celebrate the Holy Day of Mary’s Conception without sin — the event of the Immaculate Conception.  This is a glorious event in the life of the Blessed Mother and the Church, and it is also the National Solemnity of the United States of America!   For these reasons, December 8 is always a Day of Obligation to worship in our nation.  We will celebrate the Liturgy at 8:30am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.  Please join us for this special celebration!

MANY THANKS TO THE WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME FOR OUR 2017 PARISH CALENDARS
    Many thanks go to our local funeral director, Mr. Paul Ajak, of the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue, Aspinwall, for once again providing our parish calendars for 2017!   We’re very grateful to Paul and his family for their goodness to our parish community and for their support every year! 
    These calendars are very important and most helpful for personal and family use, and they also keep each of us informed as to the special seasons and days of the Church Year.   Please be sure to pick up your FREE  2017 Catholic parish calendar provided at the church entrances by the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home of Aspinwall this weekend!

OUR ADVENT GIVING TREE
     Last weekend, we began our Advent Giving Tree program for the benefit of local children and families in need of (and grateful for) your kind generosity this Christmas. 
     For more than 35 years, members and families of our parish community have shared your Christmas joy with countless children and families in our local area.  Your generosity will be appreciated once again this year at Christmas!
    Please return your gift or donation next weekend December 10-11.   Thank you very much!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Many thanks go to our parish members and families who support our parish through your involvement and cooperation and financial support!  Each parish is called to be an active Catholic Christian community, and every member and family is called to participate in and support the life of the parish. 
    Please accept our gratitude for your taking part in the prayer and life and support of our community during this year.  Please know you’re always appreciated as we continue to be a strong parish community.  Thank you all very much!

THE LIGHT IS STILL ON FOR YOU!
    We’ll offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation  often during the Advent Season.  Please see the bulletin insert.   Also, Bishop Zubik invites everyone to our  "The Light Is On for You!"  evening on Wednesday, December 14 from 6:00—9:00pm in every parish.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The Parent’s Book Discussion Club will meet again this Sunday, December 4 at 10:00am in the school cafeteria.  All parents are welcome!

An Eighth Grade Mega-meeting with Mrs. Jamie Dillon will be held for all our Confirmation Candidates and your sponsor (or a parent)  today, Sunday, December 4 at Noon in the Parish Hall.

A Session of Pet Therapy will be held this Tuesday, December 6,  from 4:00pm—5:00pm  at the Aspinwall Veterans Administration Hospital, Delafield Road.   Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here by Monday evening if you’d like to participate!

This Thursday, December 8, there’s an opportunity to help Habitat for Humanity by delivering holiday presents to local residents who participate in their programs.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here by Tuesday if you’d like to help.

An Intersection Bible Study gathering for high school students will be held next Sunday, December 11, at 10:00am in the Ministry Center. 

An Appalachia Trip meeting for those interested in taking part in June 2017 will be held next Tuesday, December 13, at 7:00pm in the parish hall.

A Trip to Family House to prepare a meal for the residents will take place next Wednesday, December 14 with departure at 4:15pm and return at 6:45pm.  High school and middle school students and parents are welcome to participate.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here by this Friday to register.

BRING YOUR PARENTS TO MASS SUNDAY
   On Sunday, December 18, all our students and parents and families are welcome to the 9:00 am Liturgy as part of our annual Take Your Parents to Mass Day.  A light, pot luck brunch will follow in the cafeteria at 10:00am.  Please plan to join us!
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A FREE ADVENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
    You can receive a FREE daily email every day of Advent to help guide you through the season.  As in recent years, Matthew Kelly is offering everyone his FREE Best Advent Ever program.  Sign up at the Dynamic Catholic website here.  It’ll help you to have your best Advent yet!  Take a look!
 
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has established a Ministry of Prayer.  If you’d like prayers offered,  OR  if you’d like to pray for others, please sign up in the church entrance.  Contact the coordinators at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!
 
A Discernment Weekend will take place at the Gilmary Retreat Center December 16-18 for young men (18+ years) considering a call to serve as a Diocesan priest.  There is NO cost.  Visit www.pghpriest.com.

LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
    Adults are invited to become Sunday lectors for our Liturgies.  Also, students in grades 4-11 are welcome to become new altar servers.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  Please contact our parish office soon!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY MEETING TUESDAYS
    Women of our community are gathering in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall to study the Gospel according to Luke for 18 sessions.  This will be a seminar with video presentations from St. Benedict Press.  The course donation is $40 for materials.  Please call Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher (412-767-5863)  now to register!

High School students are welcome to plan now to attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon for information (412-781-6550).  Chaperones will be provided.

A silent retreat for young men in high school will be lead by Father Mike Ackerman and the Vocations Office at The Ark and the Dove Retreat Center, Babcock Boulevard, January 14-15.  Come and let the Lord speak to your heart!  Visit www.pghpriest.com.

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, December 5
   8:30 am   Junie Nicholson  (Mary Labriola)

Tuesday, December 6 — Saint Nicholas, bishop
   8:30 am   John Mroz  (Pola Scalamogna)

Wednesday, December 7 — Saint Ambrose, bishop
   8:30 am   Vinny Acono  (Friends at Aspinwall Borough)

Thursday, December 8 — Holy Day of the Immaculate Conception of Mary
   8:30 am   Nicole Albright  (mother, Kathleen Albright & brother, Danny Harris)

   12:00 pm   Elizabeth Burns  (Diane Burns Robes)

   7:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Friday, December 9 —Saint Juan Diego
   8:30 am   Richard Cullinan  (The Dailey Family)

Saturday, December 10
   9:00am   Louis Certo   (The Certo Family)

   5:00 pm   Sebastian & Mary Sette  (Mary Lou Sette-Wessell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, December 11— Third Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   Nicholas Powers   (Michael & John Szalinski)
       Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Mr. Andrew Bohatch   (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of December 4, 2016

Sunday: Isaiah 11:1-10/Psalm 72/Romans 15:4-9/Matthew 3:1-12

Monday: Isaiah 35:1-10/Psalm 85/Luke 5:17-26

Tuesday: Isaiah 40:1-11/Psalm 96/Matthew 18:12-14

Wednesday: Isaiah 40:25-31/Psalm 103/Matthew 11:28-30

Thursday: Genesis 3:9-15, 20/Psalm 98/Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12/Luke 1:26-38

Friday: Isaiah 48:17-19/Psalm 1/Matthew 11:16-19

Saturday: Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11/Psalm 80/Matthew 17:9a, 10-13

Next Sunday: Isaiah 35:1-6a, 10/Psalm 146/James 5:7-10/Matthew 11:2-11


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; pull-tab cans of soup;  mac & cheese; small bottles of cooking oil;  and boxes of plain crackers.   Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.  Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the Family Protection Corporation for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for  contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

MONDAY’S EVENING OF REFLECTION HERE FOR ALL CDTCA AND ALL PARISH FAMILIES
    This Monday, December 5,  from 6:30pm—8:00pm,  CDTCA will host an Advent Evening for families with children in elementary and middle school in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall. 
    There will be numerous hands-on activities to help your children (and you their parents) prepare for our celebration of the Lord Jesus’ birth.  No reservations necessary.  See you in the hall tomorrow evening!

MANY ACTIVITIES DURING THESE WEEKS
    In addition to all of the learning and school day activities and sports taking place here at CDTCA,  our students have also been involved in numerous events and activities in the community!
    Our Second Grade students took part, once again, in the Aspinwall Light Up Night with their presentation of the Nativity Story.
    Our Third Grade and Fourth Grade students took part in the opening events of UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital’s celebration of Advent.
    All of our classrooms took part in the local Backpack for Hunger fundraising effort and purchased enough items to fill 54 backpacks for kids in need along with extra funds for additional purchases
    Next Thursday, December 15, at 7:00pm in the parish Pastoral Center, our Student Band will present musical selections in celebration of Christmas.  All are welcome!
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BAKED GOODS SHARING WITH THOSE IN NEED LOCALLY NEXT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
    Our Aquinas Women’s Guild is inviting all bakers of the parish to make some extra goodies this week so they can be shared with families helped by our local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry! 
    Please bring all baked good donations to the parish hall next Sunday from 8:00am until 12 noon.  Thanks for your generosity and goodness!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the area Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Please bring canned vegetables, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, and any non-perishable items used for holiday dinners  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thank you!
 
     Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.  As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Telephone 412-781-0186, ext. 10           
Fax 412-781-4316
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh
The Most Reverend David A. Zubik, DD

The Episcopal Vicar for Diocesan Region Four
Very Reverend Philip N. Farrell, VE

Pastor of the Parish
Reverend James R. Torquato............................Ext. 10

Parish Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta, ………….....Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP..................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT................................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser.........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
Amy Condosta…………………………………………….…Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927