November 2, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    Yes, we all get caught up in the events, responsibilities, and business of our daily lives.  We spend lots of time with family, relatives, friends, neighbors, other staff members, and fellow parish members.  There’s so much that goes on in our lives each and every day!
    Lest we forget because we’re so busy, it’s important to remember during November and throughout the year all of our family and loved ones who have gone home to God.  Do you ever think of your grandparents?  Of your parents?  Perhaps your spouse or even a child?  A relative?  A friend?  A fellow parish member?  They may be gone from us, but I hope they’re NOT forgotten.
    As Catholic Christians, we believe in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus as well as the promise of eternal life that Jesus still offers to us in the Gospels.  Thanks to our faith, we believe that the souls of our loved ones and of all the Lord’s people still live on in the love and care of God.  We believe that, one day, we will be reunited with them and will be given life in the final Resurrection of all the Lord’s people.   May we pray for all those still making their way home to God.   May we remember them this month and each day.   May we look forward to our final reunion and the eternal life that we will share with them and all God’s people in the heavenly Kingdom.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

COFFEE AND DONUTS THIS SUNDAY IN THE PARISH HALL
    This Sunday, November 2, donuts and coffee will be served in the parish hall as part of our Year of Welcoming.  Please join us after both the 9:00 am and the 11:00 am Liturgies.  We’ll also have members of our parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society to explain the ministry they perform in our community.  All are most welcome.  Please join us in the parish hall this morning!
         
VISITING THE FINAL RESTING PLACES OF OUR LOVED ONES THIS MONTH
    Every November 1, we remember and honor the holy Saints recognized and venerated by the Church for their holiness and their service and witness to the Lord Jesus!  On All Souls Day, November 2, we remember all of our family members and loved ones who are making their final journey home to the Lord and who, along with us, look forward to the final day of the Resurrection of all the Lord’s faithful people!
    The entire month of November is a very good and fitting time of the year for all of us to remember our deceased family members, relatives, and friends.  Make your plans now for this month, and please be certain to visit the final resting places of your loved ones. 
    Be sure to offer prayers for them and for their peace while you’re graveside as well.  Your loved ones will appreciate and benefit from your sincere prayers for them!   They’re hopefully praying for you as well!

Grant eternal rest to our loved ones, O Lord!
 
Yes, we turned our clocks BACK one hour on Saturday night, November 1,  as the United States
returned to Eastern Standard Time.  Please make certain that all of your clocks are also turned back one hour!

NOVEMBER 3 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
    Each year, our parish members and families gather to pray for our deceased loved ones and especially for those who have gone home to God in the past twelve months.  Families who’ve lost a loved one and all parish members are most welcome to join us on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm in the church for a special memorial Prayer Service.  A light reception will follow the service in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Please join us to pray for your deceased family members, friends, and loved ones.
 
AN IMPORTANT ELECTION DAY ON TUESDAY
    This Tuesday, November 4, the people of Pennsylvania will hold the election for the Office of Governor along with other federal, state, and local offices.  Please mark your calendar and be certain to vote.  It is of great importance that we all exercise this important American right to vote!

AN AQUINAS SERVICE COMMITTEE PROJECT
    The Aquinas Service Committee invites all women of our parish (and your children) to join us in preparing, cooking, and serving a dinner to the guests at Family House on Sunday evening, November 16.  We will have a brief menu planning meeting on Thursday, November 6, at 7:00 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Please join us!

THE AQUINAS GUILD ‘CASH RAFFLE’
    This year, our parish Aquinas Guild is once again holding its raffle to win a prize of $1000!   This raffle supports the charitable activities of the Aquinas Guild.  All parish households will soon receive a packet of tickets in the mail to sell or to purchase for yourselves. We’re asking and hoping for your participation and your support!  The winning ticket will be drawn at the Guild’s ‘Advent by Candlelight’ event in December.  Thanks for your support!

NOVEMBER 21-23 PARISH MEN’S RETREAT
    One of last year’s retreat participants, Vince Beirne, said of the retreat that ”it is a chance for self-reflection and to allow God’s word to be fully absorbed.  It is an opportunity to ponder the difficulties of life and to be aware of the power of the Spirit within us... We left renewed, refreshed, and ready to resume our busy lives.” The theme of this year’s retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center is “Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World.” 
    If you’d like more information or to register, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

PLANNING SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2015
    Our Aquinas Guild will soon begin planning spiritual activities for the upcoming year.  All women of our parish are most welcome to participate in a meeting on Tuesday evening, November 4, at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center Marsico Library.  Please bring your ideas, enthusiasm and commitment.  Call 412-963-0198 with questions.

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

All Appalachia 2015 Mission Week applications are needed THIS weekend from students and adult chaperones who would like to participate next summer.  Contact Meredith Troyan for information or an application.  Planning and clearances will take place in the months ahead.

The annual Appalachia Pie Sale is being held now  to help fund next summer’s Youth Ministry Mission Week in southern West Virginia.  Please contact Meredith Troyan or Mrs. Jamie Dillon    Order your pies NOW for pick up  during the weekend before Thanksgiving!  The pies can be frozen and will keep well for the holidays.

The next Appalachia Mission Week meeting  will be held on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. Be sure to attend if you're going!
 
A Middle School Dance  will be held on Friday evening, November 7, from 7-9 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  All students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

A Habitat for Humanity Project  will be held on Saturday, November 8, from 8:45 am-1:30 pm.  Students and adults who will be participating are asked to notify Meredith Troyan by November 5.  All students are welcome, and adult chaperones are appreciated.

CCD Parents Appreciation Week will be held on Sunday, November 9, and on Tuesday, November 11, during class time in the cafeteria.  There will be donuts, coffee, and conversation as our parish expresses our appreciation for your service as the first and best catechists of your children! 

Our Monthly Youth Liturgy  will return on Saturday, November 15, at the 5:00 pm Liturgy.  After the Mass, we will hold a Scavenger Hunt for food to benefit the homeless!  All high school and middle school students are welcome.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon if you’d like to be part of the Liturgy’s music.

The next Confirmation Mega Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16 at 12 noon in the parish hall.  This gathering is for all Confirmation candidates and your sponsor (or a parent).  Please mark your calendar now!

The next Home Study Religious Education check in will be held on Sunday, November 16, from 8:00-9:00am in the school cafeteria.  All those conducting catechesis at home are required to stop by that morning.
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SUNDAY CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS!
    Our parish Music Director is making an Urgent Appeal for new choir members to join the 9:00 am and the 11:00 am Choirs for the Advent and Christmas Seasons!  The 11:00 am Choir is especially  looking for additional men.  Please contact Sister Pat Baker today.  Thank you!

LIGHTING OUR ADVENT WREATH
    Members and families of our parish are invited to sign up for the lighting of the Advent Wreath at our Sunday Liturgies.  The First Sunday of Advent is November 29-30.  The sign up pages are in the main church entrance.  Please sign up as soon as possible.  Thank you very much!

LOCAL CATHOLIC STAGE PLAYS
    On Friday, November 21, at 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 22, at 2:00 pm, the SGR Theater Group will present two plays in the auditorium of Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, Green Tree.  The first play regarding humility is based on the life of Saint Gerard Majella, and the second play about holiness is a story of Saint Clare of Assisi.  Tickets are $5 or $2 for seniors.  Children under 10 enter without cost.  For information or to order tickets, send a message here  OR  call 724-719-8306.  Take your whole family!  
    
WOULD YOU PLEASE BE SO KIND?
    Each weekend, more than 850 of our 3000+ parish members join us for the Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you come for our worship and that you participate in the songs and prayers of the Holy Mass.  The Vigil and the Sunday Liturgy are the highlight and the most important event of our week as disciples and apostles of the Lord Jesus and as members of the worldwide Catholic Church.
    Following each Liturgy, would you kindly help us in preparing the church for the next Liturgy?   Would you please return the bulletins and inserts to the church doors if you’re not taking your bulletin home with you?   Would you also kindly return the small missalettes to the church exits?   Thank you very much for your help and your cooperation!

MILLVALE FRANCISCAN SISTERS NEED NURSES
    The Sisters of Saint Francis in Millvale are looking to hire new members for their clinical  staff.  Nurses and LPN’s are needed for the second shift.  Full time and part time positions available.  Contact their human resources office (412-821-2200,x366).  Send resumes to bludlum@sosf.org.

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:      Wisdom 3:1-9 / Romans 5:5-11 / and John 6:37-40    
Monday—Saturday:  Philippians 2-4 / Luke 14-16
Next Sunday: Ezekiel 47:1-12 / I Corinthians 3:9-17 / John 2:13-22

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, November 3—Saint Martin de Porres
   8:30 am  Mary Certo (The Certo Family)
   7:00pm   Remembrance Service for our Deceased
   
Tuesday, November 4—Saint Charles Borromeo
   8:30 am  Yolanda Graziano (Becky & Mark Mechler)
          
Wednesday, November 5
   8:30 am  Thomas Styslinger (The Styslinger Family) 

Thursday, November 6
    8:30 am  Gerard Souser (Family)
               
Friday, November 7
    8:30 am  Antonia Lopardo (Antoinetta Costa & Family) 

Saturday, November 8
   9:00 am  Therese Matthews (Dr. & Mrs. Wasson)

   5:00 pm  Walter Chojnicki (wife, Eva)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, November 9 — The Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
    9:00 am  Francis A. Marsico (Children, Marsico Family)
       Presider:  Father James Torquato

    11:00 am  Joseph and Anna Wessell (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
       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 (pull-tab cans are best), peanut butter, and powdered or shelf-stable milk.  There is also a continuing need for clean used or unused blankets and sheets.  
    ALSO, the time is approaching for ‘Thanksgiving in the streets” for poor families in the area.  There is a real need for:  STRONG disposable aluminum foil roasting pans, 100 boxes of stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.  Monday morning, November 24, is the last date for Thanksgiving donations.  Thank you!
    Please also check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Donation bins are located in the church entrance.  Thank you very, 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

THIS MONTH’S CATHOLIC SOCIAL VALUE
    Throughout the month of November, our Academy will emphasize the Catholic teaching that we are all called to full participation in our family life, our parish life, and our community life.  It is our duty to support one another in our mutually shared life, and it is essential that we work together to strengthen the life of our own family and of the Lord’s Church.  We are also called to take part in the
building of God’s Kingdom in our region and in our world!  We never exist alone or in isolation.  As Catholic Christians, we live with one another in mutual service, and we participate with all God’s People locally and globally.

THE FALL FLING “10x YOUR MONEY” RAFFLE!!
    Our  “Light Up The Night”  Fall Fling for CDTCA will be held on Friday, November 14!
    Contact the Academy office, or look for our CDTCA students and parents following our Sunday Liturgies to participate in the “Ten Times Your Money” raffle.   Place $10-$50 in a Raffle envelope, and if your envelope is drawn, you’ll win 10 times the money in your envelope   You can place cash or a check payable to CDTCA-PTG in the envelope.  The winner need not be present for the drawing.  Return your envelope to the school or parish office, or place your envelope in the Sunday collection. 
     Reserve your seats now for Friday evening, November 14, 2014 and enjoy an evening filled with great auction items and delicious food stations.   Thanks in advance for all of your support of CDTCA!   If you have questions, contact Mrs. Dani Folino by email here  OR  412-287-6197.  Thank you very much!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Many thanks to Patty Welsh Ford of Howard Hanna Real Estate for  being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  Contact Patty Welsh Ford for all your real estate needs!

      Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.
      As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

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

October 26, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    At times, I wonder how many non-Christians ask what difference Jesus has made in our world?   Then again, how many Christians have asked what difference has Jesus made in the world?  Because there are very few scholars of history in our society, it wouldn’t surprise me that many people, in fact, are unaware of the amazing improvements and positive developments that Jesus and we his followers have made in our world.
    It was Jesus’ mission and his intent to establish the final Kingdom of God on the earth.  At the very heart of this divine Kingdom is the Law of Love which Jesus confirms today as being most important.  Jesus’ insistence on Love of God and Love of Neighbor as the two most important commandments is at the heart of all Christian faith and life.  This insistence on love has made an extraordinary impact on humanity and on human society during the last twenty centuries!  Imagine if every religion and philosophy made Love of God and Neighbor most important as well.  What an incredible world this would be!
     Again, Jesus and his Law of Love have improved our world in many amazing ways through the discipleship and efforts of all the Lord’s followers.  May we continue to live Jesus’ way of love, and may we continue to make a great difference in this world along with the Lord Jesus and his Holy Spirit.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato
     
ALL SAINTS DAY THIS YEAR
   This year, November 1/ All Saints Day is a Saturday, and as such,  it is NOT a Day of Obligation for us as Catholic Christians in the United States.  We will celebrate the Saturday morning Liturgy at 9:00 am as usual.   While this is not an obligation, all of our members are most welcome to join us for All Saints Day.  May you have a good day as we remember all the saints who are our Catholic Christian heroes!

REMEMBERING OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES IN NOVEMBER
    Every November 1, we remember and honor the holy Saints recognized and venerated by the Church for their holiness and their service and witness to the Lord Jesus!  On All Souls Day, November 2, we remember all of our family members and loved ones who are making their final journey home to the Lord and who, along with us, look forward to the final day of the Resurrection of all the Lord’s faithful people!
    The entire month of November is a very good and fitting time of the year for all of us to remember our deceased family members, relatives, and friends.  Make your plans now for this month, and please be certain to visit the final resting places of your loved ones.  Be sure to offer prayers for them and for their peace while you’re graveside as well.  Your loved ones will appreciate and benefit from your sincere prayers for them!

‘FAIR TRADE FAIR’ IN SUPPORT OF HAITI
    In cooperation with our national Catholic Relief Services, our parish’s Hope for Haiti Committee is holding a ‘Fair Trade Fair’ during this weekend of October 25-26 in the parish Pastoral Center.  Please come to the Center after the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass and all the Sunday morning Liturgies in order enjoy and purchase the Fair Trade artisan goods and crafts.  This event is being held by our parish to benefit Good Samaritans School in Saint Marc, Haiti.  Your support is greatly appreciated by many families in Haiti!

STORE CERTIFICATES TO BENEFIT CDTCA WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS WEEKEND
    Our staff of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be making store certificates available after all the Liturgies next weekend in the church entrance.  By purchasing store certificates, you can help our academy and also help our families raise funds toward tuition.  Numerous and various store certificates will be available!

NOVEMBER 3 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
    Each year, our parish members and families gather to pray for our deceased loved ones and especially for those who have gone home to God in the past twelve months.  Families who’ve lost a loved one and all parish members are most welcome to join us on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm in the church for a special memorial Prayer Service.  A light reception will follow the service in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Please join us to pray for your deceased family members, friends, and loved ones.

 THE AQUINAS GUILD ‘CASH RAFFLE’
    This year, our parish Aquinas Guild is once again holding its raffle to win a prize of $1000!   This raffle supports the charitable activities of the Aquinas Guild.  All parish households will soon receive a packet of tickets in the mail to sell or to purchase for yourselves. We’re asking and hoping for your participation and your support!  The winning ticket will be drawn at the Guild’s ‘Advent by Candlelight’ event in December.  Thanks for your support!

NOVEMBER 21-23 PARISH MEN’S RETREAT
    One of last year’s retreat participants, Vince Beirne, said of the retreat that ”it is a chance for self-reflection and to allow God’s word to be fully absorbed.  It is an opportunity to ponder the difficulties of life and to be aware of the power of the Spirit within us... We left renewed, refreshed, and ready to resume our busy lives.” The theme of this year’s retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center is “Bringing Hope and Compassion to a Hurting World.” 
    If you’d like more information or to register, please contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or by email here) OR Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

PLANNING SPIRITUAL ACTIVITIES FOR 2015
    Our Aquinas Guild will soon begin planning spiritual activities for the upcoming year.  All women of our parish are most welcome to participate in a meeting on Tuesday evening, November 4 at 7:00 pm in the Ministry Center Marsico Library.  Please bring your ideas, enthusiasm and commitment.  Call 412-963-0198 with questions.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
    An Intersection Bible Study will be held for students in grades 8-12 this Sunday, October 26 at 10 am in the Ministry Center.  A light breakfast will be provided.

    The Pet Therapy Program will return this Tuesday, October 28 from 4-5 pm at the VA Hospital.   All students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon this weekend if you’d like to join in this visit.

    A Middle School Dance  will be held on Friday evening, November 7, from 7-9 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  All students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.

    CCD Parents Appreciation Week will be held on Sunday, November 9 and on Tuesday, November 11 during class time in the cafeteria.  There will be donuts, coffee, and conversation as our parish expresses our appreciation for your service as the first and best catechists of your children! 

    Our Monthly Youth Liturgy  will return on Saturday, November 15 at the 5:00 pm Liturgy.  After the Mass, we will hold a Scavenger Hunt for food to benefit the homeless!  All high school and middle school students are welcome.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon if you’d like to be part of the Liturgy’s music.

    The next Confirmation Mega Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 16 at 12 noon in the parish hall.  This gathering is for all Confirmation candidates and your sponsor (or a parent).  Please mark your calendar now!
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THE BIBLE:  WHAT WILL WE DO WHEN WE HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD?
    “Be doers of the word and not hearers only,” says the Letter of Saint James (1:22).   This is the final and most important step in our encounter with the Word of God in the Scriptures.  The Word moves us to change, to repentance, to a new way of looking at life in which we begin, more and more by grace, to love as God loves.  After we have done our best to understand the meaning of a Bible passage, after we have prayerfully asked what the passage might mean for us, what remains is to act.
    As Jesus says in the conclusion of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel (chapters 5-7), “everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.  And everyone who listens to these words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his house on sand.  The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  And it collapsed and was completely ruined.”  (Matthew 7:24-27)            
                                                                            —from Andy Bechman 

LOCAL NOVEMBER 1 CONFERENCE ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
    Want to hear and learn about sharing our Catholic faith with others?  Plan to attend an afternoon conference on the New Evangelization at the Monroeville Convention Center this Saturday, November 1, from 1:00 pm—5:30 pm.  There will be well known Catholic speakers and a Liturgy at 4:30 pm. Visit namcatholicchurch.org for info and to register.

ASPINWALL FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
    This Sunday, October 26, from 8-11 am, at the nearby Aspinwall First Street Fire Department station, our Aspinwall Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for their work that protects our safety.  The donation is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-10.  Children under 5 years are admitted without charge.  Each breakfast includes 3 pancakes, 3 sausage links, juice and coffee. Plan to attend and support our local fire department.

SUNDAY CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED FOR ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS!
    Our parish Music Director is making an Urgent Appeal for new choir members to join the 9:00 am and the 11:00 am Choirs for the Advent and Christmas Seasons!  The 11:00 am Choir is especially  looking for additional men.  Please contact Sister Pat Baker today.  Thank you!

WOULD YOU PLEASE BE SO KIND?
    Each weekend, more than 850 of our 3000+ parish members join us for the Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you come for our worship and that you participate in the songs and prayers of the Holy Mass.  The Vigil and the Sunday Liturgy are the highlight and the most important event of our week as disciples and apostles of the Lord Jesus and as members of the worldwide Catholic Church.
    Following each Liturgy, would you kindly help us in preparing the church for the next Liturgy?   Would you please return the bulletins and inserts to the church doors if you’re not taking your bulletin home with you?   Would you also kindly return the small missalettes to the church exits so as to keep our church seating in good order?   Thank you very much for your help and your cooperation!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 27
   8:30 am  Frank Sabolich (Chris Dobbelstein)
  
Tuesday, October 28—Saints Simon and Jude
   8:30 am  Mario & Barbara Pitocco (Bob Bauer)
          
Wednesday, October 29
   8:30 am  Mary Kay Greenwood (The Giuffre Family) 

Thursday, October 30
   8:30 am  William & Eleanor Maher (The Maher Family)
               
Friday, October 31—All Hallows Eve
    8:30 am  Margaret Cullinan (Josephine Martinez) 

Saturday, November 1—All Saints Day
   9:00 am  James Devine (Cindy and Dave Giovannitti)

   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, November 2 — All the Faithful Departed
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 a.m.  Owen Pieper (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am  Joseph Costa and Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antoinetta Costa & 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:  macaroni and cheese, Hamburger Helper, similar prepared meals, and powdered or shelf-stable milk.  There is also an urgent need for clean used or unused blankets and sheets.  
    ALSO, the time is approaching for ‘Thanksgiving in the streets” for poor families in the area.  There is a real need for: STRONG disposable aluminum foil roasting pans, 100 boxes of stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.  Monday morning, November 24, is the last date for Thanksgiving donations.  Thank you!
    Please also check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Donation bins are located in the church entrance.  Thank you very, 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.

LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CDTCA!
    In their Science class, our Third Grade students have been busy learning about animals and how they are classified.  Also, the students made their own “backbones” in class and learned the difference between vertebrates and non-vertebrates.  In Social Studies, the students are learning about geography and locations in the United States, and in their Language Arts class, our Third Grade students are learning all about metaphors and idioms.  There’s a lot of learning every day at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  This is where great beginnings last a lifetime!  
  
THE FALL FLING “10x YOUR MONEY” RAFFLE!!
    Our  “Light Up The Night”  Fall Fling for CDTCA will be held on Friday, November 14!   Look for our CDTCA students and parents following our Sunday Liturgies in these weeks to participate in the “Ten Times Your Money” raffle.   Place $10-$50 in a Raffle envelope, and if your envelope is drawn, you’ll win 10 times the money in your envelope   You can place cash or a check payable to CDTCA-PTG in the envelope.  The winner need not be present for the drawing.  Return your envelope to the school or parish office, or place your envelope in the Sunday collection basket. 
     Reserve your seats now for Friday evening, November 14, 2014 and enjoy an evening filled with great auction items and delicious food stations.   Thanks in advance for all of your support of CDTCA!   If you have questions, contact Dani Folino by email here  OR by phone at  412-287-6197.  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Many thanks to Gentilcore Jewelers in the Fox Chapel Plaza for  being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  Visit their store soon for all your jewelry needs!  The holidays are coming!
 

      Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.
      As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

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

October 19, 2014


A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     In today’s gospel passage, Jesus points out that money usually bears the images of political leaders as a tribute to those who hold government office and titles. To many people, these images and the monetary value that they represent are of great importance. Sometimes these images are more important and more treasured than anything else in some peoples’ lives.
     On the other hand, we as Catholic Christians are called to treasure the images of God, of our Christian faith, of the Lord Jesus, of Mary, of the events of the Lord’s life, of the saints and the angels, and of Christian history more than we value any other image!  We do well to have these Christian images throughout our homes and look upon them as reminders of who is truly most important in our lives and our discipleship.
     Do you and your family have such Christian images in your home? If you’d like to add to your collection, visit the websites of Monastery Icons (+) and AbbeyPress (+).  You might also use a search engine to find other national suppliers of Catholic art.
     Having these faith-filled images in your home and everywhere will keep your heart and mind centered on God and the Lord Jesus and the Catholic faith that should be most important to all of us. God bless!
                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

OCTOBER 19 ANOINTING OF THE SICK LITURGY
     This Sunday, October 19, during the 11:00 am Liturgy, we will hold our annual Anointing of the Sick following the homily. Members of our parish who are senior members, those dealing with illness or a health condition, and those preparing for surgery or a medical procedure are most welcome to join us and receive this Sacrament. You’re also welcome to bring your family, relatives, friends, and neighbors to this celebration of the sacrament. Please join us for this celebration of God’s grace and healing!

BAPTISM PREPARATION ON OCTOBER 20
     This Monday evening, October 20, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center, Mr. Andy Bechman will conduct this month’s preparation session for parents planning the Baptism of you child. Parents will learn about the sacrament and then walk through the ceremony. Contact the office or Andy Bechman if you’d like to attend!

NOVEMBER 21-23 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 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).

‘FAIR TRADE FAIR’ IN SUPPORT OF HAITI
     In cooperation with our national Catholic Relief Services, our parish’s Hope for Haiti Committee will sponsor a ‘Fair Trade Fair’ during the weekend of October 25-26 in the parish Pastoral Center. Please come to the Center after the 5:00 pm Saturday Mass and all the Sunday morning Liturgies in order enjoy and purchase the Fair Trade artisan goods and crafts. This event is being held by our parish to benefit Good Samaritans School in Saint Marc, Haiti. Your support is greatly appreciated!

STORE CERTIFICATES TO BENEFIT CDTCA WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT WEEKEND
     Our staff of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will be making store certificates available after all the Liturgies next weekend in the church entrance. By purchasing store certificates, you can help our academy and also help our families raise funds toward tuition. Numerous and various store certificates will be available!

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. We as Catholic Christians promote the sanctity of human life and of God’s creation. Many come to the aid of those pre-born, young, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged because we cherish the gift of life that only God can give.
     As we continue 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!

WHAT DOES THIS BIBLE PASSAGE MEAN FOR US?
     A third question that we can ask of a Bible passage is this: what does it mean for us? As we saw last week, many Bible aids and resources are available to help us understand the cultural or literary background of any Bible passage. These aids help us to understand better what the passage may have meant to the people who originally wrote the passage or originally heard it. The effort clearly involves some guesswork, but we try to make it educated guesswork.
     With the original meaning in mind, then, we come to the crucial question: what does this passage mean for us? What is the Lord calling us to understand or to see differently through the inspired Word?
     There are many resources we can bring to this effort as well. One resource is the rest of the Bible itself. How is this passage related to the other passages in the Scriptures? Being the Word of God that has come to us in human words, the Bible speaks with many voices rather than only one. How is the passage interpreted in the teachings of the Church or in the writings within our tradition? How does this passage interact with my own experience of life or with the experiences of other believers with whom I study the Bible?
                                                                 —from Andy Bechman

BECOMING A CATHOLIC CHRISTIAN
     If you (or someone you know) would like to join us in the Catholic Church, please contact the parish office this month for information about our RCIA process. Join our community in the years ahead, and prepare now for life in the Church and in the Kingdom of God!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES MEGA MEETING
     This Sunday, October 19, at 12 noon in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center, all Confirmation candidates as well as a parent (or sponsor) are required to participate in the first Confirmation Mega Meeting of this year. Please mark your calendar now and plan to join our staff for this gathering!

The Uke Group will gather again on Tuesday, October 21, at 4:30 pm in the Ministry Center. All high school and middle school students are most welcome!

Our Young Adult Service Saturday will be held on Saturday, October 25, at 9:00 am. Please register with Meredith Troyan as soon as possible!

An Intersection Bible Study will be held for students in grades 8-12 on Sunday, October 26, at 10 am in the Ministry Center. A light breakfast will be provided.

The Pet Therapy Program will return on Tuesday, October 28, from 4-5 pm at the VA Hospital.  All students in grades 6-12 are welcome to participate. Please register with Mrs. Dillon by Saturday, October 25.

A Middle School Dance will be held on Friday evening, November 7, from 7-9 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. All students are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank.
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NOVEMBER 3 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
     Each year, our parish members and families gather to pray for our deceased loved ones and especially for those who have gone home to God in the past twelve months. Families who’ve lost a loved one and all parish members are most welcome to join us on Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm in the church for a special memorial Prayer Service. A light reception will follow the service in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. Please join us to pray for your deceased family members, friends, and loved ones.

WOULD YOU PLEASE BE SO KIND?
     Each weekend, more than 850 of our 3000+ parish members join us for the Liturgy. We’re very grateful that you come for our worship and that you participate in the songs and prayers of the Holy Mass. The Vigil and the Sunday Liturgy are the highlight and the most important event of our week as disciples and apostles of the Lord Jesus and as members of the worldwide Catholic Church.
     Following each Liturgy, would you kindly help us in preparing the church for the next Liturgy?  Would you please return the bulletins and inserts to the church doors if you’re not taking your bulletin home with you?  Would you also kindly return the small missalettes to the church exits so as to keep our church seating in good order?  Thank you very much for your help and your cooperation!

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:    Isaiah 45:1-6 / I Thessalonians 1:1-6 / and Matthew 22:15-21
Monday—Saturday: Ephesians 2-4 / Luke 12-13
Next Sunday:   Exodus 22:20-26 / I Thessalonians 1:5-10 / and Matthew 22:34-40

OCTOBER 19 WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
     This Sunday, October 19, the Catholic Church throughout the world is celebrating World Mission Sunday.  Every year, we’re asked to commit ourselves to the very important work of sharing the Good News with our neighbors and people throughout our nation and our world! Please make a commitment to being a missionary in the ways that you can. Our annual Second Collection for the Church’s mission efforts will be taken up at every Liturgy this weekend.

EVANGELIZING AND FORMING DISCIPLES
     This coming Friday and Saturday ,October 24 and 25, 9am-4pm each day, our Catholic Diocese will welcome internationally popular Catholic speaker Sherry Weddell for a single day seminar (offered twice) on how to present Jesus and the Good News to the people of our communities. Parish members, staff, and priests have been invited from each one of our more than 200 parish communities. If you’d like to participate in this Forming Intentional Disciples seminar on one of these days, you can still register at www.churchevangelizing.com (+). The donation is only $10 per participant. Consider attending, and register early this week. You’ll appreciate this special seminar!

LOCAL NOVEMBER 1 CONFERENCE ON THE NEW EVANGELIZATION         
    Want to hear and learn about sharing our Catholic faith with others? Plan to attend an afternoon conference on the New Evangelization at the Monroeville Convention Center on Saturday, November 1, from 1:00 pm—5:30 pm. There will be well known Catholic speakers and a Liturgy at 4:30 pm. Visit namcatholicchurch.org (+) for info and to register.

ASPINWALL FIRE DEPARTMENT FUNDRAISER ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
     Next Sunday, October 26, from 8-11 am, at the nearby Aspinwall First Street Fire Department station, our Aspinwall Fire Department will host a Pancake Breakfast to raise funds for their work that protects our safety. The donation is $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-10. Children under 5 years are admitted without charge. Each breakfast includes 3 pancakes, 3 sausage links, juice and coffee. Plan to attend and support our local fire department.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 20—Saint Paul of the Cross, priest
     8:30 am   Respect Life Committee

Tuesday, October 21
     8:30 am   George Mervosh Jr. (The Marsh Family)

Wednesday, October 22—Pope Saint John Paul II
     8:30 am   Yolanda Graziano (Becky & Mark Mechler and Adam & Rafia Pasich)

Thursday, October 23—Saint John of Capistrano, priest
     8:30 am   William & Eleanor Maher (The Maher Family)

Friday, October 24—Saint Anthony Claret
     8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Kennedy and Madzelonka Families (Greg & Kathy Madzelonka)

Saturday, October 25
     9:00 am   Irma McAnulty Bandi (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

     5:00 pm   Francis “Mike” Driscoll (Carl V. Macino)
         Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 26 — Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
     7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
         Presider: Father James Torquato

     9:00 am   Luke Hadley (The Cordaro Family)
         Presider: Father James Torquato

     11:00 am   Agnes Miketic (The Miketic Family)
         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: macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables (pull tab cans), and powdered low fat milk. There is also an urgent need for clean used or new blankets and sheets. Please also check the parish website Stewardship page here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Thanks 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.

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good to us!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

LOOK AT WHAT’S HAPPENING AT CDTCA!
     Our second grade students have been very busy! Students recently learned about the state of Pennsylvania in their Social Studies class. Each student was then assigned to research the state capital, the state bird, the state flower, and other state facts.
     Also, in religion class, students researched a Saint of their choice to present to their class. Finally, the second grade story read this week was “The Ugly Vegetable Garden” as the children learned all about seeds and how these seeds turn into wonderful vegetables for eating.

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 by phone at 412-287-6197. Thank you very much!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Many thanks to the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor. Contact them this week for your family, business, and event needs!
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      Our Saint Scholastica Parish Mission is to continue the work of Christ together as a faith community, through the celebration of the Sacraments, living spiritually in the world, and working to be caring members of the community.
      As committed Catholics, we are sent to bear the Light of Christ to transform the world by our devotion, service and witness.

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