August 28, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus wants us to share life and salvation with him both in the Kingdom of Heaven as well as here on the earth!  Jesus wants us to receive the blessings of the Father in the Resurrection to eternal life, and he also wants us to experience these gracious blessings of God in our lives here and now!
     At the same time, Jesus asks us to share these divine blessings with others in our own daily living.  We are blessed by the providence of God each and every day.  As Christians, we’re called NOT to hoard our blessings but to share them generously with those around us and the many people who are in true need of the essential  things needed to survive and to live.
    Jesus calls us to share and to provide for the needy and poor.  May we truly heed his teaching, and may we share with all others—especially those who are hungry, homeless, or needy in any way.  God bless!                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato

THE AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild to collect items for the Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  This month, please bring peanut butter, jelly, and crackers to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    For the women of our parish, an eight week Bible Study for this Year of Mercy will be held in our Parish Hall from Tuesday, September 6 through Tuesday, October 25, from 1pm-3pm. 
    Join us and learn the Biblical message of God’s divine Mercy!  This video and discussion course is produced by Saint Benedict Press.  The donation is $20 per person.  Call Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198) for information and registration.

DO YOU HAVE USED FURNITURE TO DONATE?
    Our Youth Ministry staff and students are getting closer to completing the renovated Ministry center basement as a place for youth gatherings.  If you have unneeded and gently used couches and/ or bookshelves, donations would be greatly appreciated.  Please contact Meredith Troyan here or Jamie Dillon here.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE
    Duquesne University has an Open House for high school seniors Sunday, September 18, 8am-1:30pm. Learn about admissions, financial aid, and academics. Register at  www.duq.edu/fallopenhouse.
 
FINDING OUR PLACE IN CREATION
     This Fall, we are encouraging parish members to read and reflect upon Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter  On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si).  To prepare ourselves for this effort, we will host a special conversation with Professor Dan Scheid, Ph.D. of Duquesne University on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Professor Scheid has written The Cosmic Common Good  with themes in common with Pope Francis.  This is NOT a lecture but an interactive evening that will begin as an interview and end as a conversation.  We hope you can join us!
     Light refreshments, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  Please reserve your seat by Monday, September 12 by contacting Andrew Bechman here  OR  by calling 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  There is NO cost, but donations will be accepted.  See you here on Sept. 15!

A NEW LOCATION FOR THE CHURCH PIANO
    As you may have noticed, the church’s piano has been moved from the front area of the church seating to the first level of the choir area.  This change has been under consideration for several years, and it’s finally become a reality. 
    By moving the church piano, Sister Pat is able to be closer to the cantors and the choir while she’s playing the piano.  Also, this new position allows Sister Pat to be closer to the control panel for the new electronic mixing system for the choir microphones.
    In addition, relocating the church piano now  allows us to place church seats where the piano had been.  This will allow for additional disabled seating on the left side of the church, and it will allow parish members to return to your proper place of seating near the sanctuary.  In time, we will also purchase chairs with individual kneelers so that those sitting there will be able to kneel when appropriate.
    Final upgrades to the choir area will be completed in the coming weeks.  We sincerely hope these changes will enhance our Liturgy now and in the years ahead!

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!
    This past week, our regional school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, began this new academic year!   We welcome back everyone in our CDTCA community this year!   Following significant summer upgrades to our school, our administration is looking forward to another excellent year of Catholic faith and education here at CDTCA!   It’s great to have all of you back at school!
    Also, best wishes to all our parish students returning to classes in all our local schools and our Religious Education Program.  May all of our students and families have an excellent year in school and in Religious Education.  God bless!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

SHARING THE CATHOLIC FAITH WITH ALL YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN
    At this time, our Religious Education program is accepting CCD registrations for public school and private academy students.  Our classes for religious formation are required for all our students—NOT only students in Grade 2 and Grade 8.  Please make certain that all of your children and grandchildren participate in  Religious Education classes from Grades 1 through 8!  Classes for Grades K-5 begin on September 18.  Please register now!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE AS A CCD CATECHIST OR CLASSROOM AIDE?
    Our Religious Education Program is seeking the help of parish adults and young adults to serve as CCD catechists and classroom aides and small group leaders for the new CCD year.  We need Sunday K and 1st grade teachers as well as Tuesday 2nd grade catechists—and teachers for grades 6-8.  If you’re interested in serving our young students and their families, email Jamie Dillon here.

SEPTEMBER 17-18 CATE-CARNIVAL
    On Saturday, September 17, 6-7:30pm,  and on Sunday, September 18, 10-11:30am, our Religious Education program will host a Carnival to begin the CCD year.  There will be fun for the whole family including food, crafts, music, games, and more for all.  Come and learn all about our Religious Education Program and see the renovated Ministry Center basement to be used for Youth Ministry.

Youth Liturgy on Saturday, September 17, at 5pm.  Rehearsal at 3:30pm for all singers and musicians!

Small CCD Group sign ups and the pick up of CCD Homestudy materials will take place at the CCD Cate-Carnival on September 17 and 18.  Please join us, and get your Religious Education lessons started!
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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD NEEDS LEADERS
    After Labor Day, our Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume for children ages 4-10 during the 9:000am Sunday Liturgy.  We’re in need of parish members (including high school and middle school students) to be leaders and assistants.  With a small commitment, you can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message given to our parish youth.  For info, contact Molly Conroy at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.  Many thanks!

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 near the video screen in the church entrance.  You may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

MORE CPR TRAINING FROM THE BOROUGH
    On Thursday, September 22, in our Parish Hall from 7:00pm—9:30pm, the Borough of Aspinwall will provide CPR and AED training to members of our parish ages 16+.  Their fee is $10.  Call our parish office ASAP to reserve your place in the class.  Only 15 participants can register for this upcoming session.

CHILDREN’S ROOM ALWAYS AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space for parents and children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible via the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 22 years.
    There’s seating for parents, chairs and tables for small children, air conditioning, a restroom, a diaper changing area, books, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.  You and your children will appreciate having your own space!

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR HEALING
    This September 16-18, our Catholic Diocese will hold another Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women and men affected by a choice to procure an abortion in a time of pregnancy.  If you need peace, mercy, and healing, register now for this healing weekend in Bethel Park.   Pamphlets are in the church.  Call Toni (412-352-5348) for information.

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, August 29 — The Passion of Saint John the Baptist
   8:30 am   Mrs. Richard Barnhill   (The Vey Family)

Tuesday, August 30
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Sarah John  (Lawrence & Martha John)
  
Wednesday, August 31
   8:30 am   Victor Nicholas, birthday   (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Thursday, September 1
   8:30 am   Mary Anne & Don Bebenek   (Connie & Jack Kunz)

Friday, September 2
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

Saturday, September 3 — Pope Saint Gregory the Great
   9:00am   Jonathan Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 4 —  23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Elizabeth Williams & Frances Maher  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Special Intention  (Parish Member)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Helen Vincent  (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)
      Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR

Readings for the Week of August 28, 2016
Sunday: Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29/Psalm 68:4-7, 10-11/Heb 12:18-19, 22-24a/Luke 14:1, 7-14
Monday: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5/Psalm 119:97-102/Mark 6:17-29
Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 2:10b-16/Psalm 145:8-14/Luke 4:31-37
Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 3:1-9/Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21/Luke 4:38-44
Thursday:  1 Corinthians 3:18-23/Psalm 24:1-6/Luke 5:1-11
Friday: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5/Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40/Luke 5:33-39
Saturday:  1 Corinthians 4:6b-15/Psalm 145:17-21/Luke 6:1-5
Next Sunday: Wisdom 9:13-18b/Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17/Philemon 9-10, 12-17/Luke 14:25-33
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: pasta, canned fruit, macaroni and cheese, and canned beef stew, chili, or chicken. Gray bins are located in the church. 
    Also urgently needed are foods for people living in shelters or on the streets such as:  boxes of crackers, cookies, fruit cups, pudding cups;  and any protein that can be opened by hand such as tuna in packets, and pull-tab cans of sausage or Spam.
     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  Smiles by Smith Orthodontics  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact and location information.

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

WELCOME BACK, EVERYONE!
    Classes have resumed here at CDTCA, and our new academic year has begun with a very good start!  Our number of students continues to be impressive, our faculty and staff are primed for this year, our classes and programs are excellent, our sports teams are beginning their seasons, and our buildings and classrooms are in excellent condition!
    Best wishes to our CDTCA community for a very good year!   If you’d like your young ones to join the school this year or next year, please contact the CDTCA office at 412-781-7927.

OUR RENOVATED SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
    Thanks to a very generous family of our parish, a newly renovated playground has been installed at the school.  This beautiful installation by Jeffrey Associates has been donated in loving memory of cherished family members.   A basketball hoop has also been included.  This new playground will truly benefit our youngest students, and we’re most grateful to the generous family who’ve made this wonderful donation.  Thank you very, very much!
    Also, Zachary Goreczny of our parish has added a number of improvements to the playground as part of his Eagle Scout Project.  Thanks, Zach!

WONDERFUL UPGRADES IN OUR BUILDINGS!
    With the generous support of our school benefactors, we’ve reconfigured the CDTCA computer lab and library this summer.  We’ve also placed new wood floors in the six classrooms of the main school building.  We’ve also converted the former Pre-School Room (near the gymnasium) into a multi-purpose Middle School computer lab/ library/ instructional room.  We’ve renovated the playground behind the main school building.  Our technology and computers continue to be expanded and kept current.  Great things continue to take place at CDTCA!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    We can help you afford the tremendous investment that is Catholic education at CDTCA.  Please register now,  and speak with our administration about applying for and receiving financial aid for the new year!
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Jesus calls us to serve those in need!
    Among all other world religions, Catholic Christianity is unique in that Love and Service are at the heart of our lives as we imitate the Divine Life of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!  God is all about generous love and humble service.   May we always live as Jesus teaches us—may we always be about love and service!

     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
www.cdtca.org

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