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!
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 email@example.com.
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
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
Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20
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
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927