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 NEWSTODAY 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!
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!
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 ACADEMYPITTSBURGH 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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
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
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