September 23, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 
    It’s difficult to think of being childlike when we’ve reached adulthood.  It takes a great deal of effort to be innocent or honest or any of the attributes that we associate with our years of childhood after we’ve become adults.  Jesus assures us, though, that it’s worthwhile and beneficial to maintain the good qualities of our youngest years throughout our lives and throughout our journey as disciples.
    While we may not easily remain childlike ourselves, we do very well  to support and guide and teach all children and grandchildren how to live and to love like Jesus and Mary and Joseph and all the saints!  Young children need acceptance and kindness, support and love, faith and catechesis in the Gospel.  May we all serve our youngest generations as we were served, and may we lead all children to salvation in God’s Kingdom.  God bless! 
                                                                                       — Father Jim Torquato

THIS TUESDAY’S EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    Bishop David Zubik has requested that we host Eucharistic Adoration in our church to pray for the success of our ’On Mission’ program.  This will take place on Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon until Benediction at 6:30pm.  Let’s all pray for our “On Mission” effort!

TWO BRIEF BIBLE STUDY PROGRAMS COMING
   In this time of change, we turn to the Scriptures for guidance.  Join us for the Bible Study  “Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger” on Wednesdays, October 3, 10, and 17, 7:30pm in the Ministry Center.   Next will be the Bible Study “Dashed Hopes:  When Our Best Laid Plans Fall Apart”  on Wednesdays, Oct, 24, Nov. 7 and 14, 7:30pm, Ministry Center Library.  $15/ program, or $25 for both.  Register by Sept 24 by calling Andy Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

YOU CAN STILL JOIN OUR SUNDAY CHOIR
    Beginning Sunday, October 21, our parish will have ONE Sunday choir which will assist with singing at the new 9:30am Liturgy.  As you know, the weekend Liturgies will begin at 5:00pm Saturday, and 9:30am and 12:00pm on Sundays.  The consolidated choir will be present at the 9:30am Mass.
    If you’d like to join this unified, larger choir, please contact Sister Pat Baker before October 1.  The choir will have its practices on Wednesday evenings.
  
THE NEW CONSOLIDATED OCTOBER LITURGY SCHEDULE
    This is the Liturgy schedule for our new four parish grouping as of Monday, October 15.
     There will be seating for 5000 to accommodate the 2650 members who do participate in the Liturgy during the weekend.  Yes, there will be fewer Liturgies—but hopefully more participants gathered at each Sunday Mass.
      This approved interim schedule will begin October 15, and then this interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

Saturday evening        4:00pm   Saint Joseph Church
                                       4:30pm   Madonna Church
                                       5:00pm   St. Scholastica Church

Sunday morning          8:00am   St. Francis, Harmar Twp.
                                       9:00am   St. Joseph Church
                                       9:30am   St. Scholastica Church
                                      10:00am  St. Edward Church
                                      11:00am  St. Joseph Church
                                      11:30am  St. Mary Church
                                      12:00pm  St. Scholastica Church

Weekdays       8:00am   Mon.– Fri.  St. Joseph Church
                         9:00am   M, T, W   Madonna Church
                         9:00am   Th, F, S   St. Edward Church
                         10:00am  Mon.—Fri.  St. Scholastica
 
A Baptism Preparation Seminar for new Parents will be held on Monday, September 24, 7:30pm in the hall.  Come learn about the Sacrament and the Ceremony.  Please call the office to register today.

Many thanks to Mrs. Lucine Marous for her recent donation of her family's baby grand piano to our parish for use in the parish hall.  The piano is in excellent condition and will be of great benefit to our parish and our music ministry!

The Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil is returning to downtown Pittsburgh this September 26 to November 4.   Visit www.40daysforlifepittsburgh.com for complete information and participant registration.

CUSHIONS FOR OUR CHURCH SEATS
    As Father Torquato announced in church, another new project we’ll be undertaking is the manufacturing of new seat cushions for all the seating in the church. 
    This project should make our time in the Liturgy more comfortable for everyone!  The cushions have been ordered through the Merhaut Religious Goods Company in Hampton, and after they’re made, they should be installed before the end of October!  Enjoy!

It is you, O Lord, who gives life and grace!

FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

BEGINNING THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    This month is the beginning of the Catechetical Year and our Faith Formation Programs in every parish.  All students in public schools or private academies or charter schools are required to participate in our faith formation programs in every grade K-8.  Be sure to register your children and bring them every week for class or their small group study! 
    We’re grateful to all our parents who are making certain that your children receive our Catholic faith at home and here in our parish.  We’re also grateful to all our parish catechists and teaching aides who generously volunteer their time to teach our Catholic Christian faith to your children. 
    Finally, we’re grateful to our Faith Formation staff who oversee all our programs.  They include Mrs. Delia Barr—Faith Formation Director, Miss Meredith Troyan—Youth Ministry Director, Mr. Andy Bechman—Adult Faith Formation Director, and Mrs. Gina Musser—program  assistant. 
    May the Lord Jesus bless you, and may he give everyone a very good and faith-filled year!

INFORMATION FOR OUR CCD FAMILIES
    Faith Formation classes for Grades K-5 have begun and will be held weekly on Sundays at 10am OR Tuesdays at 6:15pm.  
    Grades 6-8 small groups will sign up either Sunday, Sept. 23 or 30 from 10-11am in the school.
    All homestudy students should pick up your books in the school on Sunday, Sept. 30, 10-11am.
    Finally, there will be a meeting for Parents of all Confirmation Class students on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 12pm—1pm in the parish hall.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD HAS BEGUN
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumed last Sunday.  It is held during the 9:00am Liturgy.  Children ages 4-10 are invited to enjoy our kid-friendly treatment of the Sunday Scriptures.  Parents are welcome to accompany your children to the hall if you’d like.  Children should be able to be away from their parents for 15-20 minutes.  Toys and snacks should be left with parents.  Please plan to join us!
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BOY SCOUTS’ POPCORN FUNDRAISER NEXT WEEKEND
    NEXT weekend, September 29-30, our local Boy Scouts will be selling Popcorn items as part of their annual fundraising.  Thanks for your support!

Share the Good News with your children!
 
A SPECIAL DAYLONG EVENT FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN — OCTOBER 27
    On Saturday, October 27, the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will hold its 2nd Annual Catholic Women’s Conference entitled OVERFLOW at the Hyatt Airport Hotel!  
    This will be a time of friendship and prayer, talks and Liturgy.  Speakers for the day include Barbara Heil, Sister Bernadette Beamsley, DLJC, and Benedictine Father Benedict Hicks.  Come celebrate God’s overflowing love and grace given to us so that we may minister to our families and community.  Visit  www.cwfpitt.org  for information!
 
HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your September donations of  paper products (bathroom tissues and napkins) and cleaning products (dish and laundry detergent, and soap bars) — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.     Also, please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent de Paul Society!

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 call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him here to begin your inquiry and learning.

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.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish property!
 
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, September 24
   8:30 am   Ruth & Edward Sierzega  (The Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, September 25
   8:30 am   Joan Notaro  (Paul & Molly Gabos)
   12:00 pm - 6:30 pm   Eucharistic Adoration

Wednesday September 26—Saints Cosmas and Damian
   8:30 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, September 27—Saint Vincent DePaul, priest
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano  (Wife)

Friday, September 28—Saint Wenceslaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Gebhard Kleiner, birthday  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Saturday, September 29—Ss. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael
   9:00 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer  (The Resurrection Choir)

   5:00 pm   Christine Harmon  (Kathy Murray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 30 — 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Christine Harmon  (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 23, 2018

Sunday:  Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-8; James 3:16 -- 4:3; Mark 9:30-37
Monday:  Proverbs 3:27-34; Psalm 15:2-5; Luke 8:16-18

Tuesday:  Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13; Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44; Luke 8:19-21

Wednesday:  Proverbs 30:5-9; Psalm 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163; Luke 9:1-6

Thursday:  Ecclesiastes 1:2-11; Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17bc; Luke 9:7-9

Friday:  Ecclesiastes 3:1-11; Psalm 144:1b, 2abc, 3-4; Luke 9:18-22

Saturday:  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12a; Psalm 138:1-5; John 1:47-51

Next Sunday:  Numbers 11:25-19; Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  macaroni and cheese, powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans, Hamburger-Helper type meal mixes, and dried fruit.  [Note:  This list is more current than the print bulletin.] Please leave donations in plastic bags. 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 St.  Thanks!

A CELEBRATION OF FAITH ON THE WATERS
    On Sunday, October 14, from 3:00pm—6:00pm, our Catholic Diocese will host a Faith Afloat event for high school students on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.  The theme is “Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear” and will speak of God’s love for young people.  There will be music, dancing, talks, and prayer.  Contact Meredith Troyan now to register for this special event!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Gentilcore Jewelers, Fox Chapel Plaza.  Please see their advertisement.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA October 19 Bingo tickets will be available for purchase THIS weekend!   For $30, adults 21+ years of age can join in the fun of the first Fall Bingo sponsored by our CDTCA PTG.  This event will be held Friday evening, October 19 in the parish gymnasium.  Tickets may be purchased in the church entrance this weekend after all our weekend Liturgies!

Store Certificates offered by CDTCA will be on sale THIS Sunday, September 23 after the morning Liturgies.  Your purchase of retail certificates will help support the programs and students of our regional Catholic School!  Thank you very much!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL AT CDTCA
    Most of our families at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy receive tuition assistance.  Much of this help comes from the Bishop’s Education Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as Pennsylvania businesses contributing to the SOS and EITC tax credit programs.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition help!

CDTCA GOLF OUTING ON OCTOBER 8
    The annual CDTCA Golf Outing sponsored by the PTG will be held on Monday, October 8.  The donation for this all inclusive event is $375 per person OR $1500 per foursome.  Call 412-781-7927 for info.

BINGO NIGHT FOR CDTCA IN OCTOBER!
    On Friday evening, October 19, in our parish gymnasium, our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will host a BINGO NIGHT  to raise funds for our regional school!   This will be a night filled with Bingo Games, Raffles, Food Trucks, snacks, and fun!  Ticket sales will begin in September, and tickets will be $30 per person.  Save the date, and tell all your family and friends!
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WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HELP WITH
YOUR MARRIED LIFE?
    Life is not easy.  If your marriage needs support or help, take part in a local Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call  412-277-3434 for confidential info.

Jesus calls us to humility!                       
    The virtue of humility is very difficult for more than a few people. We think of ourselves first and foremost quite naturally due to our human nature. It takes effort to decrease our self concern and to instead be humble like a very young child who is simply enjoying life as it is. May we follow Jesus’ way of humility every day! 
 
     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
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
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

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

Youth Ministry Director
Meredith Troyan     Ext. 20 

Faith Formation Staff Member
Gina Musser     Ext. 21

Director of Adult Faith Formation and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd     Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper
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