September 25, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s Gospel parable from Jesus is one of the most memorable teachings in the New Testament.  It may also be one of the most challenging and most unsettling parables for the Lord’s disciples to hear proclaimed and preached.
    We’re all called to be generous to those who are poor and in need.  It’s as simple as that.  Jesus came to generously give his life for all of us in need of redemption and salvation.  Jesus gave everything for us, including his own life on the Cross.  Jesus still continues to give everything to us through his Holy Spirit and his divine grace.  In turn, Jesus insists that we be as generous as possible to the hungry and poor and needy around us.
    Yes, it is difficult at times to discern who is in genuine need and who is gaming us and dishonestly taking advantage of our Christian charity, but may we all do our best to help those truly in need, especially the members of our families, our neighborhoods, and our community.  May we also help the Catholic organizations who help the poor.  By donating to them, we also help the poor and hungry.  Jesus calls us to love and charity.  May we not let him down, and may he in turn welcome us into the company of all his true disciples and servants.  God bless!                                       
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

MEN’S BEER AND PIZZA EVENING
    The organizers of our Fall men’s retreat invite all men of our parish to a free beer and pizza evening on Monday, October 3, at 7:00pm, in the parish hall.  Learn what happens on a retreat weekend and what benefits you will receive.  The retreat itself takes place at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the South Side from 5:00pm Friday, November 18 until noon on Sunday, November 20.  The theme of this year’s retreat is  “Make known to me your ways, O Lord!”  from Psalm 25.   For info, contact Jim Fanning by email here.  Sign up now!

A SATURDAY FOR YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    On Saturday, October 1, from 9:00am—9:00pm, all boys in high school are welcome to spend a day at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree to explore the diocesan priesthood and a possible call to serve the Lord and his people.  There will be meals, games, talks, time with seminary students, prayer, and Liturgy.   Please reserve your place by September 27 by sending an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org OR call 412-456-3123.

A Luncheon to support the work of the Christ Child Society will be held October 15, 10:30am, at the Pgh. Field Club.  Call 412-302-6020 for tickets.

LAST WEEK’S PRIEST CONVOCATION
   This past week, most of the 200 active priests of the Diocese participated in a Convocation with Bishop David Zubik at the Oglebay Conference Center, Wheeling, West Virginia.  This was the ninth of these convocations held every 3 years since 1992.
    The triennial Convocation allows all the priests to spend time with Bishop Zubik and one another.  This year was also dedicated to discussing the future of our diocesan church and the upcoming On Mission project and parish and school reconfigurations.
    As always, it was a very good and blessed and beneficial three days.  Now it’s time to move forward together On Mission for the Church Alive! and begin our future together with faith, hope, and confidence!

Join us for an “On Mission” consultation session — October 10 or 12, 7:00-9:00pm, in the parish hall.

OUR NEW CATECHETICAL YEAR
    Now that all our parish students have returned to their academic studies, it’s time for us to begin our Religious Education program and formation for all our young students studying in public schools and local private academies.
    Parents are asked to register your students now for  our school catechetical programs held here or in the homes of certified catechists.  Our Religious Education staff members have many years of experience and service, and along with our parish catechists, they provide a very fine formation in the Catholic faith for our young students and their families.
    As we begin this catechetical year, many thanks go to all who participate in this important program.   May the Lord bless you in this effort, and may all of us grow in our Christian faith and in the way of the Lord!
     
PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS SUMMER
July donations to our parish —                 $41,078
August donations to our parish —            $34,909

Monthly parish donations needed —      $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!
 
NEXT SUNDAY’S RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    Next Sunday, October 2, from 2pm—3pm on Route 8 in Etna (from Kittanning  Street to Grant Street), members of our parish and community will take part in the Annual Prayer Chain for Life.  It is a silent, prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life and our need to respect and protect life from the womb to the tomb.  You are most welcome to stand in this silent, prayerful witness.  Come to the corner of Route 8 and Grant Street to receive a sign and prayer card.  This is a powerful annual testimony to life.  Please take part!

We thank the Lord for the gift of Life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

9:00AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word has resumed for children ages 4-10 during the 9:00am Sunday Liturgy.  We’re in need of leaders and assistants.  You can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message for our youth.  Contact Molly Conroy at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.
    For the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we ask that children be comfortable leaving their parents for 20 minutes and be able to sit reasonably still.  Snacks and toys should remain with parents. Parents are welcome to come join your children if you’d like.

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH  F.C.A.H.S.  HOME FOOTBALL GAME!
    Now that the basement of the Pastoral Center has been renovated, all our high school and middle school students are welcome to gather and socialize after  Fox Chapel Area High School home football games.  Come after the game, and bring a friend or two!
   
CONFIRMATION CLASS GATHERING THIS SUNDAY!
     This Sunday, September 25, at 12 noon, in the parish hall, all Eighth Grade Confirmation candidates and your parents are required to come to the first Confirmation prep seminar.  If you wish to receive Confirmation in 2017, you must attend!

Youth Liturgy, next Saturday, October 1 at 5:00pm.
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EVENTS SPONSORED BY OUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE DOM COSTA
Senior Fair—Thursday, Sept. 29, 10am-1pm, Ross Twp. Community Center off McKnight Rd. near Babcock Boulevard, Ross Township.

College Financial Aid Night—Thursday, Sept. 29, 7pm, North Hills High School auditorium, Rochester Rd. Call Rep. Costa’s office (412-361-2040) for info.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
    From September 28—November 6, every day from 7am to 7pm,  Catholic Christians from throughout the region will be taking part in a Vigil for Life at the Planned Parenthood offices and clinic downtown at 933 Liberty Avenue.  Your participation can save the lives of pre-born children as well as the lives and health of mothers who need help and support.  Please visit the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh website here for information.   All who love life are welcome to come and peacefully pray and be witnesses for life!

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!

Next Sunday, October 2, at 1:00pm, the annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be held downtown beginning and concluding at Epiphany Church near Chatham Center.  All are welcome to participate!

A Craft Show Extravaganza will be held by the Sisters of Divine Providence at their Motherhouse, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in Allison Park, 10am—3pm, on Saturday, October 8 with 70 crafters, raffles, and lots more.  Call Pat Serafini (412-635-5401) for info.

A New Beginning Weekend for anyone widowed, separated, or divorced will be held October 21-23 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  For information, visit www.BeginningExperience.org.

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!

The Saint Anthony School Programs  Auction and Dinner honoring Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston will be held Friday, October 21, 5:30pm, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.   All proceeds support the St. Anthony School programs which provide an education to special needs children.  Call 724-940-9020 for information and reservations.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  Visit www.stanthonykids.org for full program information.

Need support for your marriage?  Attend a Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call 412-277-3434.

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, September 26 — Saints Cosmas and Damien
   8:30 am   Mrs. Richard Barnhill  (The Vey Family)

Tuesday, September 27 — Saint Vincent de Paul, priest
   8:30 am   Francesca Capozzi-Alvin  (M/M  Regis Wessell)

Wednesday, September 28 — Saint Wenceslaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Geb Kleiner, birthday  (Renee Arturo)
  
Thursday, September 29 — Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels
   8:30 am   Rosalia Costa-Clarke, anniversary  (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Friday, September 30 — Saint Jerome, priest
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra   (Wife & Daughters)

Saturday, October 1 — Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
   9:00am   Raymond Capone, Sr.  (Ann Minutello)

   3:30pm   Wedding of David O. Brand and Kathleen H. Slavish
   5:00 pm   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)  
      Presider: Father James Torquato 

Sunday, October 2 —  27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Betty Sweazen  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   James O’Donnell   (Josephine Martinez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 25, 2016
Sunday:  Amos 6:1a, 4-7/Psalm 146:7-10/1 Timothy 6:11-16/Luke 16:19-31


Monday:  Job 1:6-22/Psalm 17:1-3, 6-7/Luke 9:46-50

Tuesday:  Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23/Psalm 88:2-8/Luke 9:51-56

Wednesday:  Job 9:1-12, 14-16/Psalm 88:10-15/Luke 9:57-62

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

Friday:  Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5/Psalm 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14/Luke 10:13-16

Saturday:  Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17/Psalm 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130/Luke 10:17-24
Next Sunday:  Hebrews 1:2-3; 2:2-4/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14/Luke 17:5-10
 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed if you can help: macaroni and cheese,  elbow macaroni, canned red or black beans, and canned vegetables. Gray bins are located in church. 
    Also urgently needed are:  Men’s trousers in waist sizes 30-38men’s athletic shoes in good condition, towels, and pillows.
    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 Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

YES, CDTCA IS ONE OF THE BEST
   Our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is considered one of the top Catholic schools in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh!   Our students, families, teachers, principal, and staff are very dedicated to the important effort of educating and forming the next generation of the Lord’s disciples.   Our efforts provide a very fine education and much success in every program of our regional school.   Please help us to spread the good news about CDTCA.  Please also support our fine school.  Finally, please encourage all parents with young children to become part of CDTCA this year and in the coming years.  May the Lord bless 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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A  ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’  SEMINAR
    Pope Francis’ message on the environment, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si),  is a very important teaching for today and the future.  Join Mr. Andy Bechman for a SIX WEEK seminar to read and discuss a condensed, plain-language edition of this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm (Oct. 5,19, 26, Nov. 2, 9,16)  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am (Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17) in the Ministry Center Library.  Register by Sept. 26 at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 or by email here.  Please be sure to indicate which session (Wednesday evening or Thursday morning) you are signing up for.  The donation for materials is $10 payable at the first session.  Come and take part in this important conversation!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring canned vegetables/ fruit,  pasta, and spaghetti sauce (and all non-perishable donations)  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those hungry and in need!

Jesus calls us to feed, help the poor!
   There are many people who live well in our community, and there are some who are considered wealthy. Yet, there are far more families and individuals in our region who are poor and hungry and in need.
   Jesus makes it clear today that all of us who are his people must care for the poor and needy. Let’s do so. 

     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