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