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