January 21, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Throughout my years, I’ve known quite a few people who were very fond of fishing.  As for myself, my only experience with this sport was with a teenage cousin of mine in Louisiana when I was ten tears of age.  Having nearly fallen off the dock and into the lake, I decided that I would no longer have any interest in fishing (and I was right).
    Yet for those who enjoy fishing, they’re well aware that, even with all the fish they catch, there are still plenty more fish in the lakes and rivers and oceans of our planet.
    The same is very true of the people whom Jesus calls to himself and to his Church.  For all of us who are disciples of Jesus, there are still so many other people who don’t yet know the Lord Jesus and the life that he alone offers us.  These individuals and families are not aware of the love of God, the light and truth and goodness of our faith, and the hope for eternal life that are given us all by Jesus.  They don’t know that these incredible blessings are also offered and available to them as well.
    May we ourselves continue to invite many others to Jesus and to life in the Church and in the Kingdom. God bless!    
                                                                                   —Father Jim Torquato

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This January 20-21, every parish in our Diocese will take up the annual Second Collection for the support of the Saint Anthony School Programs for children with Down Syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, and intellectual diabilities as well as for the DePaul School for Hearing & Speech.    
     Both of these local Catholic educational programs have helped thousands of young students in our Diocese for many generations.  Your generosity will help hundreds of students this year as well as they respond to their life challenges and also receive the love of the Lord through you and the Church.  Thank you very much for your generosity this weekend!

A GENTLE REMINDER FOR OUR COMMUNITY
    Faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and a healthy spiritual life aren’t very common.  Yet, both are still very important to our lives and for our hope of sharing in the eternal Kingdom that Jesus promises his faithful and holy and loving people!  
    The most important way that we strengthen our faithfulness and our spiritual lives is the Sunday Eucharist!   All Catholic Christians are invited and obligated to join in the Sunday Liturgy to keep holy the Lord’s Day, to give thanks to God, to share in the Lord’s Supper, and to replenish our spiritual life and the grace within our souls.   Be sure to make our Sunday Liturgy your highest priority each week.  Thank you very much.  God bless!

PRAYERS FOR THE PROTECTION OF PRE-BORN CHILDREN
    This January 22, the Bishops of the United States ask us to observe a Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Pre-Born Children.  This year marks the 46th year since the Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade which forced our nation to accept abortion and the ending of the lives of pre-born children in the United States. 
     Efforts have been made since that day — and continue to be made — to protect and defend the lives of pre-born infants and children and people of all ages.  May we as Catholic Christians continue to pray and stand up for a greater respect for all people in our world, both those pre-born and living.

THIS WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    For the past century, Christians have observed this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25,  May we continue to pray now and often that Jesus and his Holy Spirit will lead us back to unity with one another in the years ahead!

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ABOUT HAITI
    On Thursday, February 8, in the parish hall at 7:00pm, our parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host a special evening with Mr. Michael Neumann, the Director of Partners in Progress, who will speak about his organization’s work to empower the people of Haiti through education, training in practical skills, and other efforts. 
   Please join our committee and other parish members to learn how our community can help the people of Haiti in their rebuilding effort.  For more info, contact Dr. Maureen O’Brien now here.  Please plan to join us on February 8.

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.    
    In late April  2018,  priests will receive assignments that will begin in October 2018.  In October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be changed to 1-2 Liturgies per church.  Each parish grouping will have 6-7 Liturgies in total.   
    The final consolidation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your support of  On Mission for the Church Alive!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The CCD programs of our local parishes will be assembling Care Bags for the Homebound on January 28.  Please donate packets of cocoa, mints, cookies, candy, small bottles of hand lotion, chapstick, tissues, pencils, pens, word search books, etc.  Donation bags are in our church entrance.  Return donations here before January 25. Thanks!

UPCOMING CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS
    A Mega Meeting for the Eighth Grade Confirmation Class will be held this Sunday, January 21 at 12:15pm in the parish hall.
    Taco Tuesday evening Bible Study for high school students resumes this Tuesday night, January 23 through March.
    An early evening pet therapy session at the VA Hospital will be held this Thursday, January 23.
    A Family Ministry program will be held for our CCD families NEXT Sunday, January 28.  
    Please contact Meredith Troyan here for all needed information and for registration!
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THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!
    Last week, contribution statements were sent to all contributed to the parish during 2017.  Thank you very much for your support of our parish community and our parish budget during the last calendar year. Thank you for helping to keep the Church Alive!

A GENTLE REMINDER, TOO, FOR ALL OUR LITURGICAL MINISTERS AND SERVERS
    Our parish is grateful for the ministry you provide to our community at the Sunday Liturgy. 
    Please remember to join us for the Sunday Liturgy both when you’re scheduled for your ministry or serving and when you’re not scheduled as well.  For some reason, it’s becoming common in many parishes to think that it’s only necessary to participate in the Sunday Mass when you’re on the schedule,  but in fact, the Lord asks us to join with him and with our parish community every Sunday for the Liturgy.   Be sure to join us each week as we give thanks to the Lord in the gathering of his people!

PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND AT EACH MASS
    The wooden holders which hold our song books are NOT  meant to be trash containers.  Please take all Kleenex and litter to a trash container after the Liturgy.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please email Mr. Andy Bechman here to begin your inquiry.

ALL YOUNG ADULTS ARE WELCOME!
    On Friday, January 26, from 6:30pm--8:30pm, all young Catholic adults in their 20’s-30’s are welcome to the Cardinals’ Great Hall at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, near Green Tree for a special program called SENT.  There will be live music, complimentary food and beverages, prayer and time to network.  Professor Robert Rice will be speaking on "Radical Living: Loving Jesus and Sharing the Gospel."  Register at www.diopitt.org/yam  (+) soon.

YOUNG ADULTS’ CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
    For 12 centuries, Catholic Christians have made a long pilgrimage across northern Spain to the Shrine of Saint James (Santiago) in Compostela, Spain.  Our Diocese is inviting young adult Catholics in their 20’s-30’s to take part in this same pilgrimage this late Spring.  You’ll travel together with clothing, a backpack, and a pair of boots.  Visit www.creatio.org/causes/pittsburgh-camino  (+) soon for information.
 
HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your January donations of paper products (bathroom paper, napkins, paper towels) and cleaning products are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

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

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, January 22 — Day of Prayer and Penance
   8:30 am   Patricia Garvey Snyder  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, January 23—Saint Marianne Cope, Religious
   8:30 am   Rose DeMitchell  (Mary Jo Romano)

Wednesday, January 24—Saint Francis de Sales
   8:30 am   Walter Chojnicki  (Wife, Eva Chojnicki)

Thursday, January 25—The Conversion of Saint Paul
   8:30 am   Jackie Ann Johns, birthday  (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, January 26 — Saints Timothy and Titus
   8:30 am   Helen Brandl  (Kathleen Piper)

Saturday, January 27—Saint Angela Merici, Religious
   9:00 am   Robert Caswell   (The Burke Family)

   5:00pm   Katherine Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 28—Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Karen Torquato  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp 
   11:00 am   Ann & James Bonidie  (Barbara & Louis Costanzo)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 21, 2018

Sunday: Jonah 3:1-5, 10/Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /1 Corinthians 7:29-31/Mark 1:14-20

Monday: 2 Samuel 5:1-7, 10/Psalm 89:20, 21-22, 25-26 /Mark 3:22-30

Tuesday: 2 Samuel 6:12b-15, 17-19/Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10 /Mark 3:31-35

Wednesday: 2 Samuel 7:4-17/Psalm 89:4-5, 27-28, 29-30 /Mark 4:1-20

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 22:3-16 or Acts of the Apostles 9:1-22/Psalm 117:1bc, 2 /Mark 16:15-18

Friday: 2 Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5/Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 10 /Mark 4:26-34

Saturday: 2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 10-17/Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 16-17 /Mark 4:35-41

Next Sunday: Deuteronomy 18:15-20/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9, /1 Corinthians 7:32-35/Mark 1:21-28

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: canned chickenHamburger Helper-type prepared meal mixes;  and oatmeal.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy handling. Gray bins are in the 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!

Glory and praise to the Lord our God!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to  the Medical Alert System for being a bulletin sponsor.   They offer protection for senior citizens.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR CDTCA JANUARY 27, 2018 OPEN HOUSE
    It’s time to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year here at CDTCA!   For all interested parents and young students, we’ll hold our annual January Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018  from 2:00pm--4:00pm.    
    Come and tour the school buildings and classrooms and gymnasium, meet our teachers and students, learn about our academics, technology, activities, and sports, and receive information about Financial Aid.  You’ll love what you find here at CDTCA!   All students entering Pre-School and Kindergarten as well as students transferring into Grades 1-8 are all most welcome!   Call our office (412-781-7927) now to register for the Open House! 

STORE CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE TODAY
    Our school staff will have store certificates available for purchase in main church entrance this Sunday after each Liturgy.  Thanks for supporting CDTCA.

NEXT WEEK’S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    Beginning next weekend, our school will celebrate Catholic Schools Week.   Catholic schools in America have educated millions of young Catholics.  Thanks to our families and supporters for your dedication to Catholic education!  May we all hand on the Catholic Christian faith to all our children!
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A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR YOUNG MEN IN HIGH SCHOOL
    Our Diocesan Vocations Office is hosting a silent retreat weekend for young men in high school at the Martina Spirituality Center in West View.  This February 3-4 event will include quiet time for reflection, Liturgy, and fraternity.  There is NO cost.  Register at www.PGHPriest.com (+) today.

Jesus draws many to God!
   Beginning with his ministry 20 centuries ago, Jesus’ mission has always been to draw many, many disciples to life in God. He came not just for a small group of followers. Jesus came to draw all people to himself and to the Kingdom of God our Father and Creator. May we journey with him and draw others to him as well.
     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