January 15, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    There are so many reasons why Jesus is of the greatest importance to each of us, to our families and parish, to the entire Church and to all humanity!  
    Jesus is the Divine Light who shows us who God is, who we are as God’s people, and how we are to live in order to have the best life, the best society, and the best world! 
    Jesus is our Savior who protects and saves us from darkness, sin, evil, and death.  Likewise, Jesus is the founder of God’s Kingdom who has transformed the world already by his way of love and compassion and mercy. 
    As we hear in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus is also the Divine Lamb who takes our sins upon himself and who, by his sacrifice on the Cross, takes away our sins.
    Every day of this new year, may we appreciate all that Jesus does for us and all that he means to us.  May we profess our faith in him, and may we give thanks for the life and blessings and salvation that Jesus alone offers to us all.  God bless!
                                                                                      — Father Jim Torquato
    
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    May your 2017 be blessed and filled with goodness and peace and love  both in your personal life and in your family life!   May you be close to Jesus and walk with the Lord every day of 2017!   May you also join us every Sunday and Holy Day and Holy Season as we dedicate another year to God and celebrate the Gospel and all that our faith holds for us all!   God bless!

2017 MOVES US CLOSER TO OUR NEW FUTURE
    We’re now closer to the reorganization of all parishes here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  For all of us, this project will be a challenge.  It will require a good deal of work and patience and understanding. 
    However, to keep the Church alive and present here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, it is a project that’s absolutely necessary given the real decline of our region and population and participation of our membership.  May the Lord be with us in this work!

UPDATE ON SISTER PAT BAKER, CDP
    Our parish music director and bereavement coordinator, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, is very grateful for your support and prayers in these weeks!   Sister Pat had surgery recently to repair two internal hernias which were causing prolonged coughing.  At this time, Sister Pat is recuperating at the Divine Providence motherhouse near North Park.  Next, she will return to her residence in the North Hills and continue her physical therapy and rest.  Her healing and health are coming along well, and she hopes to return to us by February.
     Cards for Sister Pat may be sent to our parish office, and we’ll forward them to her each week.
     Meanwhile, we’re  glad that Mrs. Doris Weir and Mr. Kevin Bilicke are able to substitute as organists and choir directors and that Mrs. Jamie Dillon and our youth are helping with our liturgical music as well.  Again, thanks for your prayers, support, and understanding!
 
OBSERVING THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Every year for the past century, Catholic Christians have joined Christians of other communities in the effort to restore our Christian unity that has been important and essential in the plan of the Lord Jesus!  Each January 18-25, we observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  We are asked to pray each day for true unity among all Christians.  This week concludes with our celebration of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25 in the hope that we too will experience conversion and new life in Christ Jesus!

REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    This Monday, our nation will once again observe the Federal Holiday which is a memorial of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — the leading figure in the 1960’s effort for racial equality in the United States.  Of course, this holiday is more than a day off from school and work.  It is meant to recall this important leader, to honor the effort to increase equality among all Americans, and the call to all of us to humbly serve one another and our communities.  May all of us take part in this National Day of Service, and may we cherish the equality promised to all citizens of this land!

PLANNING AHEAD EARLY FOR THIS YEAR
    It’s now time to look at 2017 and begin planning all the important events and matters of our new year.  One of these matters is your child/ren’s. education!   Enrollment for the next school year will begin soon both here at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as well as in all Catholic high schools of our Catholic Diocese!  Call our school office (412-781-7927) for information and a visit.  Visit www.cdtca.org for information, and plan to attend the January 28 Open House at 2:00pm. 
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The Winter Jam Christian Music Spectacular will be held Friday, January 20 at the PPG Paints Arena.  Tickets are $32.  Sign up with Mrs. Dillon here by January 10.

CCD Home Study check in will be NEXT Sunday, January 22 from 8:00-9:00am in the school cafeteria.  All home study students are asked to check in then!

A Youth Group Visit to Family House for the preparation of dinner for the residents will be held NEXT  Wednesday, January 25.  Please be at the Ministry Center at 4:15 pm. We’ll return about 6:30pm.

The Intersection Bible Study for high school students will be held on Sunday, January 29, at 10am in the Ministry Center.  A light breakfast will be available.   The Leadership Team will meet at 11am on January 29.
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DISCUSSING RELIGION AND POLITICS!
    Let’s break a rule and discuss religion and politics before the Presidential Inauguration!  How do our faith and politics intersect?  Let’s have a respectful,  Gospel based discussion of politics today.
    On Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:00pm, we’ll discuss if we’re “Rooted in Love?”  Then, on February 2, 7:00pm, we’ll talk about “The Righteous Mind” and then on February 9, 7:00pm, we’ll discuss being “Practically Faithful.”   We’ll review the teachings of the Catholic Church with short videos, and we’ll share and listen to one another’s views.  
    If you’re up to the opportunity, call or contact Mr. Andy Bechman by January 16 to reserve a seat.  Light refreshments will be served.  This seminar is without cost.  Email andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext.18 this week.

Become a Catholic Christian in the coming year.  If you or your spouse or any neighbors or friends would like to explore the possibility of joining us in the Church of the Lord Jesus, we’d be happy to speak with them and get the conversation started.  Contact our adult education director, Andy Bechman, at andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext. 18.   Know you’re most welcome!

A Baptism Preparation Session for New and Expectant Parents  will be held Monday, January 23, at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism Ceremony.  Call the parish office (412-781-0186) this week to register. The NEXT session will be March 27.

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

Vincentian Academy in the North Hills will hold an Open House on Sunday, January 22, at 11:30am.  On Saturday, January 21, they will also host Entrance and Scholarship Exams.  Call 412-364-1616 for info.

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In January,  your donations of canned soup or chili or stews are most welcome  along with any other non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance.  God bless you!

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!

HELP FOR STRUGGLING MARRIED COUPLES
    Throughout the year, help for struggling married couples is offered by our Diocese through the Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend  Program in January.   Do yourselves and your family a huge favor.  Call 412-277-3434, attend a weekend, and retrieve a better life.

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!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!  Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for information!

Praise the Lord for his goodness!

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, January 16
   8:30 am   Theresa Kusmierski  (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, January 17 — Saint Anthony, abbot
   8:30 am   Patty Burgoon  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, January 18 — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
   8:30 am   Adelin Pirollo  (Mary Labriola)

Thursday, January 19
   8:30 am   Robert “Skinny” Zych  (Georgene Veltri)

Friday, January 20 — Saint Sebastian, martyr
   8:30 am   D. Michael McGinley  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, January 21 — Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr
   9:00am   Jerry Cecil  (Sarah Carson)

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

Sunday, January 22 — Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nick Powers  (The Wehrle Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Carol Shaughnessy  (Jo & Natalie Certo)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Keliner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2017
Sunday: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6/Psalm 40/1 Corinthians 1:1-3/John 1:29-34

Monday: Hebrews 5:1-10/Psalm 110/Mark 2:18-22

Tuesday: Hebrews 6:10-20/Psalm 111/Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday: Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17/Psalm 110/Mark 3:1-6

Thursday: Hebrews 7:25--8:6/Psalm 40/Mark 3:7-12

Friday: Hebrews 8:6-13/Psalm 85/Mark 3:13-19

Saturday: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14/Psalm 47/Mark 3:20-21

Next Sunday: Isaiah 8:23--9:3/Psalm 27/1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17/Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; small bottles of cooking oil; soup (with meat or beans) in pull tab cans; cookies;  breakfast bars;  and fruit cups.   Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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  Gentilcore Jewelers,  Fox Chapel Plaza  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for more information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2:00-4:00PMOPEN HOUSE FOR OUR CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
     All parents of new and transfer students are welcome to come to our school on Saturday, January 28, 2:00—4:00pm for Open House tours of CDTCA as well as interaction with current parents, teachers, students, and administration of our very fine academy!    
    Come and speak with us about 3-4 year pre-school, Kindergarten, First Grade, and our other grades!  We’ll be delighted to meet you, and you’ll be delighted to become a part of our CDTCA community!   Call the office at 412-781-7927 to let us know you’re coming!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    This coming January 29--February 4,  CDTCA and all Catholic Schools in our Catholic Diocese and throughout the nation will celebrate the blessing and importance of Catholic Schools! 
    Our Catholic Schools are a treasure for the church and for our nation!   Give thanks to God with us for CDTCA and all our schools, and please support CDTCA now and in the coming years!

2017 LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, CDTCA
   Our Catholic Academy is offering 2017 Lottery Calendars for the coming year.  Daily and special prizes are awarded based on the daily Lottery drawing!  You can be a winner many times, and at the same time, you will support CDTCA and all of our students and families who are still dedicated to Catholic education for our young students. 
    Be sure to get your 2017 Lottery Calendar/s through the school office this week OR in early January  (412-781-7927).    Thank you for your support and generosity!
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Jesus gives us freedom from sin! 
    The Gospels announce that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!    In Jewish tradition, personal sins were transferred to a lamb, and then once the lamb was sacrificed, sins were eliminated.  With all the pain and damage caused by sin, we should rejoice that Jesus frees us from sin by his own sacrifice!  
 
     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