September 28, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
   I'm sure that we have thoughts quite often about those with whom we live or those whom we meet in our daily lives. Whether it be a spouse or children or parents, other students or adults or fellow workers, or even strangers, we all tend to form opinions about the people in our lives very quickly and quite easily.
   It would be wonderful if our thoughts about others were always charitable and complimentary thoughts. Might each of us actually think positively about others whether they're personally close to us or even if we only encounter them for a brief moment?
   As Catholic Christians, the Lord calls us to kindness and charity toward all others and true humility regarding ourselves. In this way, we will live and think as Jesus calls us to live and to think. By treating others with the love and care that Jesus extends to us all, we will be living as the Christian disciples that the Lord calls us to be throughout our lives. God bless!
                                         —Father Jim Torquato
 
THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!
   Every Sunday, we give thanks to God in the Eucharist. Likewise, we offer our gratitude to the Lord in our daily prayers. It is fitting also to give thank to you, our participating and supporting members and families, for all that you do for the benefit of our parish community and our parish operations. Thank you all very much!
   Your participation and your support allow us: to exist as a parish community; to welcome new members and families into the People of God; to celebrate and share our Catholic faith with one another and future generations; to maintain our regional Catholic school; to provide ministries and outreach; and to remain a strong presence of the Lord and of the Church in the communities that comprise our parish. May God bless you for your participation and your support now and in the years ahead. Thank you very much!
 
NOVEMBER PARISH MEN'S RETREAT
   Mark your calendar now and reserve time for this year's Men's Retreat at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side during the weekend of Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 21-23. This is a very good opportunity to recharge your spiritual life in quiet reflection, conversation, presentations, Liturgy, and prayer. The theme of this year's retreat is "Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World." If you'd like more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

ST. JUAN DIEGO RAFFLE 
   This weekend, September 27-28, our neighbors at Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, will be offering their parish raffle tickets here at Saint Scholastica Parish for their October 11 Heritage Day Raffle. Your support and generosity are truly appreciated!
 
OCTOBER — THE MONTH OF MARY AND THE ROSARY
   During the months of October and May, our Catholic tradition is to honor Mary, the mother of the Lord and our mother. During the month ahead, we express our gratitude to the Blessed Mother for her most important role in the life of Jesus. We also recall Mary's very important role in each of our
lives and the life of the Lord's Church.
   Among the ways that we honor our Blessed Mother, one of the most beloved is the prayer of the Rosary in which we recall the events of Jesus' life and offer our prayers to God and to Mary. May we join Catholic Christians throughout the world in the prayer of the Rosary throughout October, and may we always remember and call upon the love and care of Mary, our Blessed Mother!
 
OUR RESPECT LIFE MONTH IN OCTOBER
   October is also a month to promote and encourage our respect for human life in our community, our state, and our nation. Throughout our history, Christians have promoted the sanctity of human life and of God's creation. Many Catholic Christians have come to the aid of those pre-born, the young, the elderly, the disabled and the disadvantaged because we cherish the gift of life that only God our Creator can give.
   As we enter into this year's Respect Life Month, please join Catholics throughout our community, nation, and world in reminding others of the sanctity and importance of God's remarkable gift of life given to all people!
 
OCTOBER 5 RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
   The annual Respect Life Sunday Prayer Chain will be held in Etna next Sunday, October 5, from 2:00-3:00pm. Everyone is welcome to stand up and pray for Life on Route 8 from Kittanning Street to Grant Street. Signs for this silent hour of prayer will be available at the intersection of Butler Street and Grant Street. Parking is available on Catherine Street. Bring a lawn chair if needed. All are welcome to participate!

THIS SUNDAY'S ALTAR FLOWERS
The flowers placed within the sanctuary this weekend have been donated to the parish and our Liturgy in memory of Dora Germain by Barbara C. McMahon.
 
LIFE ETERNAL BIBLE STUDY
   The Biblical promise of Eternal Life appears late in the Scriptures, but it blossoms into fullness with the Resurrection of Christ. Explore the growing hope of those who have called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the past as well as the crystallization of our hope for Eternal Life in the victory of Christ over death.
   This Bible Study will be offered on seven Thursday mornings from 10:00am-11:30am from October 9 to November 20. We will meet in the Marsico Library of the parish Ministry Center, and we'll use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study. There is a fee of $20 for materials, payable
at the first session. For more information, or to register, see the flyer at the church entrances or the Adult Faith Formation page on our website here. You may also contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR by email here.  Be sure to register by September 29 to receive your materials at the first session.
        One participant in our last Bible study summed up her experience in this way:  “[It] was a wonderful opportunity to learn from others with different experiences and backgrounds about how the Bible informs and strengthens their faith. Each member of the group inspired me.”  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the Scriptures in the company of other believers!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

YOUTH LITURGY ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 4
   We will have another Youth Liturgy on Saturday, October 4 at our 5:00 pm Mass. All of our young members are encouraged to participate. Contact Mrs. Dillon soon if you'd like to contribute your musical talent!
   Following this Liturgy, our youth ministry will offer pizza and a presentation on "the dirty dozen". This is a video discussing the 12 songs of this year that carry the worst message about morals as determined by Catholic teens across the country.
 
PREPARING MEALS FOR FAMILY HOUSE
   On Wednesday, October 8, from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm, our high school and middle school youth are welcome to travel together to Family House for the preparation of a meal for the families residing there. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon by October 3.
 
MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY
   On Friday evening, October 10, a Faith Rally for Middle School students will be held at Saint Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper Saint Clair. The featured speaker is Catholic comedian Chris Padget. The donation is $10 per student. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon by October 3.
 
INTERSECTION BIBLE STUDY FOR GRADES 8-12
   Our Bible Study for students in grades 8-12 will be held on Sunday, October 12, 10-11 am, in the Ministry Center. There will be a light breakfast and lively discussion!
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THE BIBLE— WHAT KIND OF WRITING IS IT?
   When we try to understand a Scripture passage, there are several questions we can ask. First, what kind of writing is this? When reading a newspaper, we expect something different from a news story than we expect from a recipe or an opinion piece. It is the same with the Bible.
   There are dozens of different kinds of writing within this large and ancient collection. Is the passage a story that explains something about the world, such as the Tower of Babel story in Genesis 11? Is it part of a compilation of laws such as we find in Exodus 20-23? Is it an oracle of a prophet? Or is it a legendary story about a great figure such as Samson (Judges 13-16)?
   Even within Saint Paul's letters, we may find passages that explain the mystery of Christ, others that provide moral exhortation, and others that relate to practices for the promotion of orderly life in the Christian community.
    Knowing what we are dealing with gives is our first step toward understanding what message the passage may bear for us today.
                                                   —Andy Bechman

THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
   Next Saturday, October 4, we will join in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, this has been a special day of prayer in this amazing Shrine built by the Catholics of the United States to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
   Led by Father Torquato, our bus will depart early on October 4. We will have an opportunity to tour the National Shrine and the nearby Saint John Paul II Center. We will celebrate the Sunday Liturgy with Bishop Zubik and return home that night. The bus has 52 seats. Thanks to a parish subsidy, the donation is only $25 per person, and a boxed dinner will be served on the bus during the trip back to Pittsburgh. To join us, call the parish office this week!

COMMITTEE FOR HAITI MEETING THIS WEEK
   This Wednesday, October 1, at 7:30 pm, our parish's Hope for Haiti Committee will meet in the parish hall. All parish members are invited to participate in this year's events, including a Fall sale of Haitian crafts and other items. Contact Maureen O'Brien (412-983-3402 OR by email here) for further information.
 
OCTOBER 5 BLESSING OF ANIMALS
   A Blessing of Animals near Saint Francis' October 4 Memorial will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 1:30 pm at the church. Please use leashes and cages where needed.
 
SERVING THE WOMEN OF OUR PARISH
   On Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center hall, the Aquinas Service Committee will hold a meeting to plan service projects for the benefit of women in our parish and our community. The Committee is dedicated to assisting the community by giving back to other women.
 
FUNDRAISER FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
   The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh is a local group of Catholic women dedicated to assisting infants and children. They invite you to their "Red Wagon Fare" at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 11 at 10 am. There will be lunch, a silent auction, raffles, and more. Admission is $40 per person. For more information and tickets to the "Red Wagon Fare," please call 412-682-4102 this week.

EUCHARISTIC ROSARY MARCH 
   The Annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 5, starting at Epiphany Church at 1:30 pm. All are welcome!.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, September 29 — Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael
   8:30 am  Anniversary, Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinetta Costa)

Tuesday, September 30 — Saint Jerome, priest
   8:30 am  Birthday, Thomas Sbarra (Family)

Wednesday, October 1—Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
   8:30 am  Donna Sberna (Lois and Fred Brucker, parents, & Doreen Iannuzzi, sister)
 
Thursday, October 2—The Holy Guardian Angels
   8:30 am  J. Teddy Simons (Patricia Snyder)

Friday, October 3
   8:30 am  Stephen Jenca (Family)

Saturday, October 4 — Saint Francis of Assisi
   9:00 am  Communion Service
 
   5:00 pm  Jane Garvey Wentley (Patricia Snyder)
      Presider: Father Robert Duch

Sunday, October 5 — Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am  John Marous (The Marous Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am  Monsignor Donald Kraus (Parish Community)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
 
   11:00 am  Agnes Miketic (The Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
   Please remember the needs of the poor in our area. The local ministry to the homeless and poor needs: canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans preferred), canned red, kidney or black beans, macaroni and cheese, and powdered milk. There is an urgent need for clean used or new blankets and sheets. Please also check the parish website’s Stewardship page here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks very much! 

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.
 
REGISTER NOW FOR THE FALL FLING!
   Please join us as we "Light Up The Night" in support of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy! Reserve your seats now for Friday evening, November 14, 2014 and enjoy an evening filled with great auction items and delicious food stations. If you haven't received your invitation in the mail, you'll find one in the church entrance, OR visit our CDTCA school office where invitations are available.
   Also, order your "Mystery Boxes" on your response card when you return your Reply. Look for our CDTCA students following Sunday Liturgies in October for an opportunity to participate in the "10 Times Your Money" raffle. Thanks in advance for all of your support of CDTCA! If you have questions, contact Dani Folino by email here OR at 412-287-6197. Thank you very much!
 
Thanks for supporting our Catholic Academy!
 
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Many thanks to the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue, Aspinwall, for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor. Contact them for your family and planning needs.

Inviting and Welcoming
   Now and in the years ahead, we will focus on inviting new members and families to join us as well as welcoming our current members to participate in our Liturgy and parish life!  Let’s all invite God’s people to join us and welcome them too!
 

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 10:00 a.m.-3:00 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

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

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Amy Condosta...............................................Ext.10

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda    

Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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

September 21, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
   Chances are that if you're reading this note (and especially if you're reading this while sitting in church — but not during my homily), you're already close to Jesus and walking with the Lord in your life. It is very good and important that we place our faith in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It is also very good and important that we spend time with the Lord in our personal prayer and in our Sunday worship!
   Yet it's also very important that we get into the game as well and not simply participate in our seats! While gathering here at church for our worship and giving time to prayer each day is very significant and meaningful, we are all called to take up our mission and our work in service to Jesus and to the Kingdom of God!
   Thankfully many in our parish community have done much for God in your lives — especially in handing on the gift of life and the Catholic faith to your children and grandchildren. May all of us continue to answer the Lord's call to serve the Kingdom. May we fulfill the divine mission and service to which Jesus calls all of us who remain his loyal disciples and servants. God bless!
                                                        —Father Jim Torquato

THANK YOU ALL VERY MUCH!
   Every Sunday, we give thanks to God in the Eucharist. Likewise, we offer our gratitude to the Lord in our daily prayers. It is fitting also to give thanks to you, our participating and supporting members and families, for all that you do for the benefit of our parish community and our parish operations. Thank you all very much!
   Your participation and your support allow us: to exist as a parish community; to welcome new members and families into the People of God; to celebrate and share our Catholic faith with one another and future generations; to maintain our regional Catholic school; to provide ministries and outreach; and to remain a strong presence of the Lord and of the Church in the communities that comprise our parish. May God bless you for your participation and your support now and in the years ahead. Thank you very much!
 
NOVEMBER PARISH MEN'S RETREAT
   Mark your calendar now and reserve time for this year's Men's Retreat at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side during the weekend of Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 21-23. This is a very good opportunity to recharge your spiritual life in quiet reflection, conversation, presentations, Liturgy, and prayer. The theme of this year's retreat is "Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World." If you'd like more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).
 
LOOKING FOR A PRE-MARRIAGE SEMINAR?
   Saint Basil Parish, Brownsville Road, Carrick invites all engaged couples to attend their Friday evening/ Saturday Pre-Marriage Program on October 24-25. The donation is $60 per couple. Call 412-882-9763 for further information and registration. All engaged couples are welcome!
 
THIS WEEK'S SPECIAL COLLECTION
   This weekend, September 20-21, Bishop David Zubik and all bishops of the United States are asking every parish community in our country to take up a special collection to be sent to Catholic Relief Services for the benefit of Catholic refugees and all refugees in the Middle East.
   Because hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children have lost their lives in recent years and because seven million have lost their homes due to the warfare and violence in that region, Pope Francis is calling upon the entire Church to come quickly to their aid.
   As requested by Bishop Zubik, a second collection will be taken up at all the Liturgies this weekend. Your donations will be sent to the Diocese which will then send all funds to Catholic Relief Services. Thank you very much for your compassion and generosity!
 
A SPECIAL AQUINAS GUILD EVENING
   This Tuesday evening, September 23, at 7:00 pm, our Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to gather for their first meeting . In addition, a presentation and discussion by Father Bob Duch will be offered. The topic will be Father Duch's new book "God, What do You Think of Me?" You don't need to reply or even read Father's book. Simply come for a special evening with the Aquinas Guild and with Father Bob Duch.
 
LIFE ETERNAL BIBLE STUDY
   The Biblical promise of Eternal Life appears late in the Scriptures, but it blossoms into fullness with the Resurrection of Christ. Explore the growing hope of those who have called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the past as well as the crystallization of our hope for Eternal
Life in the victory of Christ over death.
   This Bible Study will be offered on seven Thursday mornings from 10:00-11:30 am from October 9 to November 20. We will meet in the Marsico Library of the parish Ministry Center, and we'll use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study. There is a fee of $20 for materials, payable at the first session. For more information, or to register, see the flyer at the church entrances.  You may also contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR by email here. Be sure to register by September 29 to receive your materials at the first session.  Previous participants have written that these Bible Study sessions are an excellent way to learn about the Bible and how it informs the faith of all who study it together!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

TODAY IS CATECHETICAL SUNDAY!
   It's time now to begin our new year of Catechesis and the handing on of our Catholic faith to the children of our parish who study in public and private schools! Certainly, the primary catechesis of the Church is that which takes place in our homes and families.
   To support and supplement what our parents have been providing your children, we offer classes, small study groups, and home study programs as part of our Religious Education program. Many thanks are extended to our Religious Education and Youth Ministry staff, to our catechists and assistants, to our students and families, and to our entire parish community. May the Lord bless all of you during this new Catechetical Year!
 
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / CCD REGISTRATION
   Our Religious Education Program is beginning this Sunday, September 21 with Catechetical Sunday.
      •  Please register your public school student/s today for our parish Religious Education/ CCD Program.  You may register online here.
      •  Sessions here at the parish will now be Sundays 10:00-11:15 am /Tuesdays 6:15-7:30 pm.
      •  This week, for the first Sunday and Tuesday CCD sessions, a brief meeting will be held in the school cafeteria for parents and students. Afterward, students will be sent to their classes.
      •  Also, for 6th—8th grade Small Groups, the selection session will be this Sunday, September 21, from 8 am to Noon in the school cafeteria.
 
CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MEETING
   This Sunday, September 21, at 12 noon, a meeting will be held in the Pastoral Center hall for all Confirmation candidates and your parents. Please be sure to attend!
 
THE "UKE GROUP" IS BACK!
   Students in grades 6-12 who'd like to participate in this year's Ukulele Group are invited to come to the Ministry Center on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:30 pm. Please notify Mrs. Dillon now if you'll be joining in the group!

YOUTH LITURGY COMING SAT., OCTOBER 4
   Following the Youth Liturgy on September 20, we will have another Youth Liturgy on Saturday, October 4 at our 5:00 pm Mass. All of our young members are encouraged to participate. Contact Mrs. Dillon soon if you'd like to contribute your musical talent!
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OUR PARISH MOTORCOACH FOR THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
   On Saturday, October 4, we will join in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, this has been a special day of prayer in this amazing Shrine built by the Catholics of the United States to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
   Led by Father Torquato, our bus will depart early on October 4. We will have an opportunity to tour the National Shrine and the nearby Saint John Paul II Center. We will celebrate the Sunday Liturgy with Bishop Zubik and return home that night. The bus has 52 seats. Thanks to a parish subsidy, the donation is only $25 per person, and a boxed dinner will be served on the bus during the trip back to Pittsburgh. To join us, call the parish office this week!
 
THIS YEAR'S WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
   Looking for an opportunity to enrich your faith and spiritual life? Consider signing up for our women's Bible Study of the Book of Revelation. The study is 25 weeks with time off for holidays. Regular Tuesday gatherings are 1:00-3:00 pm with usually 20-40 participants. The cost for the study text is $55. Call Bernadine (412-963-0198) with any questions or to register!
 
SUNDAY CHILDREN'S LITURGY HAS RESUMED
   The Children's Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday 9:00 am Mass has returned! All children who are ages 4--10 are invited to join this kid-friendly interpretation of the Sunday Scripture readings during the Liturgy of the Word.
   Simply follow the adult leaders and the other kids to the Parish Hall. We ask that participating children be comfortable being away from their parents for 20 minutes and be able to take part in this program. Parents are also welcome to join for the session. NO snacks should be brought to the session.
 
FUNDRAISER FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
   The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh is a local group of Catholic women dedicated to assisting infants and children. They invite you to their "Red Wagon Fare" at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 11 at 10 am. There will be lunch, a silent auction, raffles, and more. Admission is $40 per person. For more information and tickets to the "Red Wagon Fare," please call 412-682-4102 this week.

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Isaiah 55:6-9 / Philippians 1:20-27 / Matthew 20:1-16
Monday—Saturday: Proverbs 3—30 / Luke 8—9
Next Sunday: Ezekiel 18:25-28 / Philippians 2:1-11 / Matthew 21:28-32

OCTOBER 5 BLESSING OF ANIMALS
   A Blessing of Animals near Saint Francis' October 4 Memorial will take place on Sunday, October 5 at 1:30 pm at the church. Please use leashes and cages where needed.
 
ST. JUAN DIEGO RAFFLE
   Next weekend, September 27-28, our neighbors at Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg, will be offering their parish raffle tickets here at Saint Scholastica Parish for their October 11 Heritage Day Raffle. Your support and generosity are truly appreciated!

ROSARY MARCH 
   The Annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday, October 5, starting at Epiphany Church at 1:30 pm. All are welcome!.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, September 22
   8:30 am  Richard Bellinger (Mark and Cathy Bellinger)

Tuesday, September 23—Saint Pius of Pietrelcina
   8:30 am  Matthew Prorok—Living (The Phillips Family)

Wednesday, September 24
   8:30 am  Margaret Kelley (The Maher Family)
 
Thursday, September 25
   8:30 am  Bernice Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)

Friday, September 26—Saint Cosmas and Damian
   8:30 am  Kathy Cush (Jean and Bill Eckert)

Saturday, September 27—Saint Vincent de Paul, priest
   9:00 am  Hank Wojciechowski (Carole and Manny Gonzalez)

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

Sunday, September 28 — Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    7:30 am  John Marous (The Marous Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am  Thomas Maloney (Patty Maloney)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
   11:00 am Dora F. Germain (Barbara C. McMahon)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
      Please remember the needs of the poor in our area. The local ministry to the homeless and poor needs: peanut butter, canned fruit (pull tab cans preferred), chicken and tuna in cans or pouches, powdered milk, beans, and packaged cookies. Blankets and sheets are desperately needed. Please also check the parish website here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks very much!

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.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY 

PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION DAY OF GIVING
   On Thursday, October 2, the Pittsburgh Foundation will hold another Day of Giving. You can contribute to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, and the Pittsburgh Foundation will give matching funds to our Academy. Visa and Master Card donations can be made from 6:00 am until 12:00 midnight only at wwwpittsburghgives.org. You can give $15 to $25,000 on the Day of Giving. Please plan to support CDTCA and Catholic Education on October 2!
 
GROWING OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY
   Registrations are still being accepted, and tours of the school can be arranged in these days. Please contact the Academy office at 412-781-7927 or office@cdtca.org.
 
MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION FUNDRAISER
If you'd like to purchase one or more magazine subscriptions to support our CDTCA Academy's annual September fundraiser, please feel free to contact Carla O'Brien by email here or by phone at 412-559-1490. Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING
   Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 14, 2014 and join Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as it presents, "Light Up the Night" at the Pittsburgh Field Club.  CDTCA's annual Fall Fling fundraiser promises to be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food stations.  Contact Dani Folino by email here with any questions or to make a donation to the auction. 
   Thank you in advance for your support of CDTCA!
 
Thanks for supporting our Catholic Academy!
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INVITING AND WELCOMING
   Now and in the years ahead, we will focus on inviting new members and families to join us as well as welcoming our current members to participate in our Liturgy and parish life! Let's all invite God's people to join us and welcome them too!


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 10:00 a.m.-3:00 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

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

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Amy Condosta...............................................Ext.10

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda    

Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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

September 14, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
      Are you carrying a cross in your life? Are you perhaps carrying several crosses all at the same time? Do you have a personal or family matter that has become a very difficult burden? If so, you are not alone. Most people carry some burden, trouble, heartache, or sadness in their lives.
      As we commemorate today the discovery of Jesus’ own Cross in Jerusalem, we’re reminded of Jesus’ teaching that all of us are called to carry our own crosses in this life. We’re also reminded that following these times of suffering, there is also redemption, new strength and focus, and new life for us just as there was for Jesus.
      May today’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross remind us that each person will carry crosses in this life. As difficult as this is, there is new life that follows our time of suffering. May we carry our own crosses with courage, and may we embrace the Cross of the Lord so as to share in Jesus’ glory and everlasting life. God bless!
                                                —Father Jim Torquato

TODAY’S COLLECTION FOR THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND
      This weekend, all parishes of our Diocese of Pittsburgh are taking up the annual Collection for the Bishop’s Education Fund. Over the past 20 years, your generosity and the goodness of so many in our Diocese have provided significant tuition grants to the students of CDTCA, of our Catholic elementary schools, and of our high schools. Please support Catholic education and Catholic students through today’s second collection! Thank you very much!

NEXT WEEK’S SPECIAL COLLECTION
      Next weekend, September 20-21, Bishop David Zubik and all bishops of the United States are asking every parish community in our country to take up a special collection to be sent to Catholic Relief Services for the benefit of Catholic refugees and all refugees in the Middle East.
      Because hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children have lost their lives in recent years and because seven million have lost their homes due to the warfare and violence in that region, Pope Francis is calling upon the entire Church to come quickly to their aid.
      As requested by Bishop Zubik, a second collection will be taken up at all the Liturgies next weekend. Your donations will be sent to the Diocese which will then send all funds to Catholic Relief Services. Thank you very much for your compassion and generosity!

A SPECIAL AQUINAS GUILD EVENING
      On Tuesday evening, September 23 at 7:00 pm, our Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to gather for their first meeting. In addition, a presentation and discussion by Father Bob Duch will be offered. The topic will be Father Duch’s new book “God, What do You Think of Me?”  You don’t need to reply or even read Father’s book. Simply come for a special evening with the Aquinas Guild and with Father Bob Duch.

LIFE ETERNAL BIBLE STUDY
      The Biblical promise of Eternal Life appears late in the Scriptures, but it blossoms into fullness with the Resurrection of Christ. Explore the growing hope of those who have called upon the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the past as well as the crystallization of our hope for Eternal Life in the victory of Christ over death.
      This Bible Study will be offered on seven Thursday mornings from 10:00 am—11:30 am from October 9 to November 20. We will meet in the Marsico Library of the parish Ministry Center, and we’ll use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study. There is a fee of $20 for materials, payable at the first session. For more information, or to register, see the flyer at the church entrances. See also the Adult Faith Formation page on our website. You may also contact Andy Bechman at 412-781- 0186, ext. 18 OR by email here.  Be sure to register by September 29 to receive your materials at the first session.
      Previous participants have written that these Bible Study sessions are an excellent way to learn about the Bible and how it informs the faith of all who study it together!

2014 MASS INTENTIONS STILL AVAILABLE
      Before we schedule Mass Intentions for 2015 beginning in October, please know that there are numerous weekday Mass Intentions still available for 2014!
      If you’d like to schedule a Mass Intention to be offered for a family member or friend (especially those who are deceased), please contact the parish office this month. The donation for each Mass Intention is still $10.

NOVEMBER PARISH MEN’S RETREAT
      Mark your calendar now and reserve time for this year’s Men’s Retreat at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side during the weekend of Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 21-23. This is a very good opportunity to recharge your spiritual life in quiet reflection, conversation, presentations, Liturgy, and prayer. The theme of this year’s retreat is “Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World.” If you’d like more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

THANKS FROM THE RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE!
     Thanks to the generosity of many parish members, $969 was donated several weeks ago for the work of Birthright. Your donations will help many young mothers and their infant children.
     Also, during the Blood Drive here at the parish, 20 units of blood were received for the Central Blood Bank. This is 5 more units than our previous collection. Thanks to all our contributors for your charitable generosity!

LOOKING FOR A PRE-MARRIAGE SEMINAR?
      Saint Basil Parish, Brownsville Road, Carrick invites all engaged couples to attend their Friday evening/ Saturday Pre-Marriage Program on October 24-25. The donation is $60 per couple. Call 412-882-9763 for further information and registration. All engaged couples are welcome!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CATECHISTS STILL NEEDED THIS MONTH
      Would you coach your child’s soccer team if you were needed? How about stepping forward to teach their CCD class instead?  Our Religious Education program always needs additional help with our catechetical classes. We are still in need of catechists for Grade 5.
      You don’t need to be a theologian to teach in a CCD class. Simply be a person of faith, and we’ll provide the preparation and guidance. We’ll also assist with the requirements of the Safe Environment Program. Please contact Mrs. Dillon today here, and help us to share our faith!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / CCD REGISTRATION
      Our Religious Education Program will begin next Sunday, September 21 with Catechetical Sunday.
      Please register your public school student/s now for our parish Religious Education/ CCD Program. You may register online here.
      Sessions here at the parish will now be Sundays 10:00 am—11:15 am / Tuesdays 6:15 pm—7:30 pm.
      For the first Sunday and Tuesday CCD sessions, a brief meeting will be held in the school cafeteria for parents and students. Afterward, students will be sent to their classes.
      • Also, for 6th—8th grade Small Groups, the selection session will be Sunday, September 21, 8 am—noon in the school cafeteria.

OUR PARISH YOUTH LITURGIES
      On September 20 at 5:00 pm, we’ll again host Youth Group Liturgies here in the church. If any students would like to participate in leading the singing or by playing an instrument, please contact Mrs. Dillon here this week.
      A home study cookout will follow the September 20 5:00 pm Liturgy. Please bring a covered dish or a desert.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT
      This coming Saturday, September 20, from 8:45 am— 2:00 pm, students in grades 6-12 and adults are welcome to take part in a Habitat for Humanity Project. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon here by September 18.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MEETING
      Next Sunday, September 21, at 12 noon, a meeting will be held in the Pastoral Center hall for all Confirmation candidates and your parents. Please be sure to attend!

THE “UKE GROUP” IS BACK!
      Students in grades 6—12 who’d like to participate in this year’s Ukulele Group are invited to come to the Ministry Center on Tuesday, September 23 at 4:30 pm. Please notify Mrs. Dillon now if you’ll be joining in the group!
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BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Numbers 21:4-9/ Philippians 2:6-11/ and John 3:13-17
Monday—Saturday: I Corinthians 11—15 / Luke 2—8
Next Sunday:  Isaiah 55:6-9 / Philippians 1:20-27 / and Matthew 20:1-16

OUR PARISH MOTORCOACH FOR THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
      On Saturday, October 4, we will join in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, this has been a special day of prayer in this amazing Shrine built by the Catholics of the United States to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
      Led by Father Torquato, our bus will depart early on October 4. We will have an opportunity to tour the National Shrine and the nearby Saint John Paul II Center. We will celebrate the Sunday Liturgy with Bishop Zubik and return home that night. The bus has 52 seats. Thanks to a parish subsidy, the donation is only $25 per person, and a boxed dinner will be served on the bus during the trip back to Pittsburgh. To join us, call the parish office this week!

THIS YEAR’S WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY
      Looking for an opportunity to enrich your faith and spiritual life?  Consider signing up for our women’s Bible Study of the Book of Revelation. The study is 25 weeks with time off for holidays. Regular Tuesday gatherings are 1:00-3:00 pm with usually 20-40 participants.  The cost for the study text is $55. Call Bernadine (412-963-0198) with any questions or to register!

SUNDAY CHILDREN’S LITURGY HAS RESUMED
      The Children’s Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday 9:00am Mass has returned!  All children who are ages 4—10 are invited to join this kid-friendly interpretation of the Sunday Scripture readings during the Liturgy of the Word.
      Simply follow the adult leaders and the other kids to the Parish Hall. We ask that participating children be comfortable being away from their parents for 20 minutes and be able to take part in this program. Parents are also welcome to join the session. NO snacks should be brought to the session.

FUNDRAISER FOR INFANTS AND CHILDREN
      The Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh is a local group of Catholic women dedicated to assisting infants and children. They invite you to their “Red Wagon Fare” at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 11 at 10 am. There will be lunch, a silent auction, raffles, and more. Admission is $40 per person. For more information and tickets to the “Red Wagon Fare,” please call 412-682-4102 this week.

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
      As we move from summer into the busy time of the school year, please remember the needs of the poor in our area. The ministry to the homeless and poor needs: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans preferred), powdered milk, and breakfast bars. Please also check the parish website here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks very much!

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.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
GROWING OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY
      Registrations are still being accepted, and tours of the school can be arranged in these days.  Please contact the Academy office at 412-781-7927 or office@cdtca.org.

MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION FUNDRAISER
      If you’d like to purchase one or more magazine subscriptions to support our CDTCA Academy’s annual September fundraiser, please feel free to contact Carla O’Brien by email here or by phone at 412-559-1490. Thanks!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING
      Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 14, 2014 and join Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as it presents, "Light Up the Night" at the Pittsburgh Field Club. CDTCA's annual Fall Fling fundraiser promises to be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food stations. Contact Dani Folino by email here with any questions or to make a donation to the auction. Thank you in advance for your support of CDTCA!

AIR CONDITIONING IN EACH CLASSROOM
      Our CDTCA Academy (along with our parish) is pleased to share with you the exciting news that air conditioning has now been installed in every classroom, the computer room, the library, and the offices of both school buildings! The cooler classrooms make for a better learning environment for the students! In addition, the primary school building has new energy efficient windows. Finally, all classrooms and offices have been painted this summer and are also equipped with Smart Board technology! Come and see!

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 10:00 a.m.-3:00 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

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

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Amy Condosta...............................................Ext.10

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda    

Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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

September 7, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
   In recent months, we've seen every day in the news how so many people are constantly in conflict with one another. We hear and read each day about the warfare taking place in Ukraine and the Holy Land and Iraq and Afghanistan. We ourselves tend to think that all people want to live in peace and tranquility, Sadly, many do not think as we think, and political, strategic, and religious tensions continue to stir up conflict in our world today.
   For us as Catholic Christians, this conflict and warfare is the continuation of the effects of Original Sin and evil on humanity and society. Only by building and extending the Kingdom of God might this sad and tragic situation change in the generations to come.
   As for our life together, Jesus calls us to live as a people united in faith and charity and holiness. In today's Gospel, Jesus calls us to ask forgiveness and to be forgiving, to be reconciled to each other, and to live in Christian solidarity with one another. Despite all the terrible events of this year, may we continue to be true to the Lord's way. May we live with one another as Jesus intends his disciples to live with each other and with all people. God bless!
                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

2014 MASS INTENTIONS STILL AVAILABLE
   Before we schedule Mass Intentions for 2015 beginning in October, please know that there are numerous weekday and Sunday Mass Intentions still available for 2014!
   If you'd like to schedule a Mass Intention to be offered for a family member or friend (especially those who are deceased), please contact the parish office this month. The donation for each Mass Intention is still $10.

NOVEMBER PARISH MEN'S RETREAT
   Mark your calendar now and reserve time for this year's Men's Retreat at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side during the weekend of Friday evening to Sunday afternoon, November 21-23. This is a very good opportunity to recharge your spiritual life in quiet reflection, conversation, presentations, Liturgy, and prayer. The theme of this year's retreat is "Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World." If you'd like more information, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or jim.fanning@NM.com) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

CONSIDERING DISCIPLESHIP IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?
   We encourage you to invite your friends and neighbors to enter the Church if they are not Catholic Christians or are not yet baptized. There are many men and women who are interested in the Lord Jesus and in the community of the Church. Many of them are simply waiting to be welcomed to join us in our faith, in our Catholic community, and in the Kingdom of God. We are accepting inquiries now for our Adult Catholic Initiation process. Interested individual are asked to contact our parish office soon!

CONTINUING THIS YEAR'S WORK
   Since May, upgrades have been made throughout our parish church, school buildings, pastoral center, and parish property! In addition, cleaning and painting have also taken place during the summer months.
   While much has been done, there is still much to be accomplished in terms of both upgrades and cleaning. This work will continue throughout the months ahead. Our goal is to have a beautiful and clean church and property.
   Thank you all very much for your patience and support during this work. We hope that the results will be appreciated by everyone in our parish and in our academy!

PRAYING FOR VICTIMS OF TERRORISM
   Thirteen years ago on September 11, multiple attacks on the people of our nation brought the reality and the horror of terrorism to the United States. Since that terrible day, we've seen tens of thousands of people in other lands fall victim to similar terrorism and warfare. Given events of today, it looks like this evil will remain with us for generations to come. As we remember the deceased of 2001 and of the past 13 years, may we pray for them, and may we continue to pray for peace and an end to violence!

TRADITION IN THE SCRIPTURES
   We saw last week that a literalist, fundamentalist approach to the Scriptures ignores the human dimensions of our sacred writings, treating the Bible as if it were dictated by the Holy Spirit word-for-word to the sacred authors.
   However, the Scriptures are truly human words as well as divine words, and they come to us through that most human of religious activities—they were handed on from generation to generation. This is the process of tradition. The word comes from Latin roots meaning "to give across."
   Many biblical books result from complex patterns of tradition. Spoken stories may be passed on, written down in various forms, gathered, rewritten, edited, and finally collected. For many books, a single author is not easy to identify. Creativity often consisted in adapting traditional materials to the needs of the author's own community.
   This is where modern scholarship has made its mark. Before modern times, the human dimensions of the Scriptures were poorly understood. Today, good biblical studies help us to understand the literary, cultural, and historical background of the texts. By understanding better what a text may have meant to its author or to its first hearers, we can begin to understand more clearly what it might mean for us.
                                                      —from Andy Bechman

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
   A preparation session for parents of children to be baptized will be held this Monday, September 8, at 7:30pm, in the Ministry Center library. Parents will have an opportunity to reflect upon the meaning of Baptism and to learn about the ceremony. It is especially intended for parents with a first child. Parents who have had previous children baptized are also welcome.
   If you plan to attend the session and have not already been in communication with Andy Bechman, please contact him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com. Please make arrangements for the baptism itself by contacting the parish office. The next Baptism preparation will be on October 27.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION / CCD REGISTRATION
   Our Religious Education Program will begin on Sunday, September 21 with this year's Catechetical Sunday.
      · Please register your public school student/s now for our parish Religious Education/ CCD Program.You may register online here.
      · Sessions here at the parish will now be Sundays 10:00 am—11:15 am / Tuesdays 6:15 pm—7:30 pm.
      · For the first Sunday and Tuesday CCD sessions, a brief meeting will be held in the school cafeteria for parents and students. Afterward, students will be sent to their classes.
      · Also, for 6th—8th grade Small Groups, the selection session will be Sunday, September 21, 8 am—12 pm in the school cafeteria.

SENIOR HIGH RETREAT WEEKEND
   This year's Senior High Retreat will be held September 12—14. This event will take place at Summer's Best at the Que. Come and recharge, regroup, and get ready for the Fall! Reply to Mrs. Dillon here by September 10.

OUR PARISH YOUTH LITURGIES
   On September 20 at 5:00 pm, we'll again host Youth Group Liturgies here in the church. If any students would like to participate in leading the singing or by playing an instrument, please contact Mrs. Dillon here this week.
   A home study cookout will follow the September 20 Liturgy to celebrate Catechetical Sunday. A special invitation is extended to our Home Study families! Please bring a covered dish or a desert to be shared.

CONFIRMATION PREPARATION MEETING
   On Sunday, September 21, at 12 noon, a meeting will be held in the Pastoral Center hall for all Confirmation candidates and your parents. Please be sure to attend!
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 CHILDREN'S LITURGY RESUMES THIS SUNDAY
   The Children's Liturgy of the Word during the Sunday 9:00 am Mass is returning this Sunday, September 7! All children who are ages 4--10 are invited to join this kid-friendly interpretation of the Sunday Scripture readings after the Opening Prayer and during the Liturgy of the Word.
   Simply follow the adult leaders and the other kids to the Parish Hall.  Also, adults who are interested in serving as leaders (2-3 times each season) and young people interested in helping are asked to contact Natalie Gillespie here.
   We ask that participating children be comfortable being away from their parents for 20 minutes and be able to take part in this program.  Snacks and toys should be left behind because they distract the other children. Parents are always welcome!

THIS YEAR'S WOMEN'S BIBLE STUDY
   Looking for an opportunity to enrich your faith and spiritual life? Consider signing up for our women's Bible Study of the Book of Revelation. An orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. On hand will be study participants and a copy of the study text. Each session includes a video presentation by a Bible scholar as well as other commentary. The study is 25 weeks with time off for holidays. Regular Tuesday gatherings are 1:00-3:00 pm with usually 20-40 participants. The cost for the study text is $55. Feel free to attend the September 9 orientation. No reply is necessary. Call Bernadine (412-963-0198) with any questions!

AQUINAS GUILD WELCOME AND RECRUITMENT MEETING
   Work with us to promote and strengthen women's fellowship within our parish!  Please join us on Monday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the CDTCA Cafeteria (NOT the Parish Hall as originally advertised).  The chairs of our Service, Social, and Spiritual Committees are looking for other women to work with them to benefit our parish. We look forward to seeing you there!

A SPECIAL AQUINAS GUILD EVENING
   On Tuesday evening, September 23 at 7:00 pm, our Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to gather for their first meeting of the year. In addition to their meeting, a presentation and discussion by Father Bob Duch will be offered. The topic will be Father Duch's new book "God, What do You Think of Me?" You don't need to reply or even read Father's book. Simply come for a special evening with the Aquinas Guild and with Father Bob Duch.

OUR PARISH MOTORCOACH FOR THE OCTOBER 4th DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE
   On Saturday, October 4, we will join in the biannual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. For more than 20 years, this has been a special day of prayer and a way to introduce more of our Church members and families to this amazing Shrine built by the Catholics of the United States to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
   Led by Father Torquato, our bus will depart early on October 4. We will have an opportunity to tour the National Shrine and the nearby Saint John Paul II Center. We will celebrate the Sunday Liturgy with Bishop Zubik, and then we will return home that same night. There are 52 seats available. Thanks to a parish subsidy, the donation is only $25 per person, and a boxed dinner will be served on the bus during the trip back to Pittsburgh. To reserve a seat, please call the parish office this week! Join us!

ARE YOUR PARISH MEMBERSHIP AND REGISTRATION UP TO DATE?
   We need to keep our membership files up to date. If you're not sure whether or not your registration information is current, or if you need to register here at Saint Scholastica Parish, please call Amy at our parish office this month. We will be conducting a complete parish census in the coming years, but we'd like to have everyone's registration up to date now! Thanks for your assistance!

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Ezekiel 33:7-9 / Romans 13:8-10 / and Matthew 18:15-20
Monday—Saturday: 1 Corinthians 6-10/ Luke 6
Next Sunday: Numbers 21:4-9/ Philippians 2:6-11/ and John 3:13-17

LITURGY SCHEDULE/ PRIEST'S INTENTION
Monday, September 8 — The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   8:30 am  Anniversary, Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony and Jean Marie Farina)

Tuesday, September 9 — Saint Peter Claver, priest
   8:30 am  Robert Styslinger (The Styslinger Family)

Wednesday, September 10
   8:30 am  Frances Giovannitti (Mr. and Mrs. Regis Wessell)

Thursday, September 11
   8:30 am  For the Religious Who Served Our Parish

Friday, September 12 — The Most Holy Name of Mary
   8:30 am  For the Priests Who Served Our Parish

Saturday, September 13 — Saint John Chrysostom
   9:00 am  36th Birthday of Christina Eve (Parents)

   5:00 pm  Anniversary, Shawn Neville (Sandy and Jeffrey Witte)
      Presider: Father Jim Torquato

Sunday, September 14 — The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am Martha Krotec (Central Catholic Honors Biology I)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am Owen Pieper (St. Monica Society)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
   As we move from summer into the busy time of the school year, please remember the needs of the poor in our area. The local ministry to the homeless and poor needs: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans preferred), powdered milk, and breakfast bars. Please also check the parish website here for information. Donation bins are located in the hallway off the main church entrance. Thanks very much!

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.

CDTCA NEWS

THE SCHOOL YEAR IS OFF TO A GREAT START!
   Registrations are still being accepted, and tours of the school can be arranged in these days. Please contact the Academy office at 412-781-7927 or office@cdtca.org.

THE RECENT ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
   Recently, Mr. Mark Grgurich, our new Academy Principal, completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS medical research. He challenged the students to donate in memory of Father Barry O'Leary, his friend and mentor who died from ALS in June. Our students raised $1,300 which is being sent to the John Paul II Institute for Medical Research for ALS. Thanks to him and to all!

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING
   Please mark your calendars for Friday, November 14, 2014 and join Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as it presents, "Light Up the Night" at the Pittsburgh Field Club. CDTCA's annual Fall Fling fundraiser promises to be a fun-filled evening with great auction items and delicious food stations. Contact Dani Folino here with any questions or to make a donation to the auction. Thank you in advance for your support of CDTCA!
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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 10:00 a.m.-3:00 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

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

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Amy Condosta...............................................Ext.10

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda    

Office Manager/ Parish Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 24

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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