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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 NEWSRELIGIOUS 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!
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 NEWSTHE 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 email@example.com.
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!
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