A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
With smaller families and fewer marriages in these years, many people find themselves invited to very few weddings and wedding receptions any more. Yet, when they are invited, most guests who attend and participate in the events of the celebration enjoy their time gathered with the newly married couple and their family and friends. Such banquets, receptions, and celebrations are usually very enjoyable and memorable!
Imagine then what an eternal banquet will be like! That’s exactly the image that Jesus gives us this Sunday in the Gospel reading. While some writers present all sorts of images for the life that follows our life on this earth, Jesus reveals to us the overwhelming love of God and the incredible blessings that await us in the Kingdom of God!
May we not fear what follows this life. May we instead prepare ourselves for the feast every day through conversion, repentance, holiness, and prayer. This will lead us to the life and glory and eternal banquet that Jesus promises all of us who are his disciples and his guests at the banquet of heaven. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
OCTOBER 18 MASS FOR THOSE DISABLED
Each year, our parish hosts a Liturgy to pray with and for members of our Diocese who are living with disabilities. On Saturday, October 18, at the 5:00 pm Liturgy, we will welcome back Father Walter Rydzon, chaplain of the diocesan deaf community, who will preside and preach at this special Liturgy.
Many thanks to our parish members and families who have hosted this special event for many years. All are welcome to join us next Saturday, October 18 for the 5:00 pm Mass for the Disabled!
OCTOBER 19 ANOINTING OF THE SICK LITURGY
On 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 on October 19 at the 11:00 am Mass. Please mark your calendar and join us for this celebration of God’s grace and healing!
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).
OUR 2013-2014 FINANCIAL REPORT INSERT
Every October, the Diocese requires each parish to print and distribute its annual Financial Statement for the Fiscal Year ending June 30. You’ll find this past Fiscal Year’s report in today’s bulletin as an insert.
We’re certainly grateful for the continued support and generosity of our contributors! It’s because of your regular and weekly donations that Saint Scholastica Parish is able to fund our operations and maintain and grow our staff and programs.
As you can see, our general contributions were lower than expected in our budget. Thanks to a significant estate bequest, this past Fiscal Year ended up as balanced at the end of June.
During this current Fiscal Year, we’ll soon need to reach out to all those parish members who are not contributors so as to increase regular giving and financial support.
I certainly want Saint Scholastica Parish to remain a vital Catholic community, and to achieve this, the support of all our members and families is truly needed.
Regarding our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, you’ll see in the school financial report that the Academy is doing very well and is in very good condition.
Once again, thank you for your support, and thank you for your understanding as we work to grow our parish and our academy this year and in the years ahead! God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
AN EVENING “IN PRAISE OF MARY”
All women of our parish are invited to a special evening of Scripture readings, reflections, and prayers honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary during this month of October! This special service “In Praise of Mary” will be held at 7:00 pm this Thursday, October 16 in the church.
Join us in reflecting on the special moments of Mary’s life, and learn ways in which we can mirror her virtues in our daily lives. No reservations required. Please feel free to bring your friends and neighbors, and afterward, plan on staying for some refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.
If you’d like to volunteer to bring a snack for the social, please call Bernadine (412-963-0198) or Joanne (412-963-8319) this week. See you here on October 16!
‘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!
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!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES MEGA MEETING
Next 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!
INTERSECTION BIBLE STUDY FOR GRADES 8-12
Our Bible Study for students in grades 8-12 will be held this Sunday, October 12, 10—11am, in the Ministry Center. There will be a light breakfast and lively discussion!
OCTOBER 12 HOME STUDY CHECK-IN
All CCD Home Study families are required to check in with our Religious Education staff this Sunday, October 12, from 8:00 am—9:00 am in the school cafeteria. Thanks!
OCTOBER 14 MEETING FOR APPALACHIA 2015
The first preparation meeting for our Appalachia 2015 Mission Trip will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 7:00 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. Any students and adult chaperones who are interested in participating next summer are encouraged to attend this first meeting!
OCTOBER 15 ZOO SCAVENGER HUNT
High School students are welcome to take part in the Wednesday, October 15 lunch and Zoo Scavenger Hunt. Please meet at 12:30pm at Five Guys in the Waterworks Mall. Call Jamie or Meredith if you need a ride.
YOUTH MINISTRY HALLOWEEN PARTY
Following the Liturgy for those Disabled on Saturday, October 18 at 5:00 pm, members of the Youth Ministry are invited to the annual Halloween Party in the Ministry Center. Come and enjoy a good evening together!
Also, the Uke Group will gather again on Tuesday, October 21 at 4:30 pm in the Ministry Center.
Finally, 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!
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.
Give praise to the Lord all your days!
OCTOBER 12 COLLEGE FAIR AT DUQUESNE U.
This Sunday, October 12, from 1 pm—3 pm, 150 PA and U.S. universities and colleges will be at the AJ Palumbo Center at Duquesne University. H.S. students welcome!
OCTOBER 19 WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
Next Sunday, October 19, the Catholic Church throughout the world will be 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 next weekend.
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 7:30pm 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.
LAST CALL: 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 six Thursday mornings from 10:00 am—11:30 am now through 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. See also the Adult Faith Formation page on our website. You may also contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR by email here.
Previous participants have written that these Bible Study sessions are an excellent way to learn about the Bible and how the Bible informs the faith of all who study it together!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
Isaiah 25:6-10 / Philippians 4:12-20 /and Matthew 22:1-14
Galatians 4-5 / Ephesians 1-2
Isaiah 45:1-6 / I Thessalonians 1:1-6 / and Matthew 22:15-21
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 13—Columbus Day
8:30 am Therese Matthews (Dr. and Mrs. Robert Wasson)
Tuesday, October 14—Pope Saint Callistus I
8:30 am John and Angela Sadlow (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)
Wednesday, October 15—Saint Teresa of Jesus
8:30 am Francis W. Dailey Sr. (The Dailey Family)
Thursday, October 16—Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
8:30 am Terrie Fontana (Eileen Bates)
Friday, October 17—Saint Ignatius of Antioch
8:30 am Dolores Graciano (Marty & Susan Parente)
Saturday, October 18—Saint Luke
9:00 am Monsignor Donald Kraus (The Certo Family)
5:00 pm Bernard Garvey (Mary, Nancy & Jim Browne)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, October 19 — Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
9:00 am Stephen Miketic (The Miketic Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Frank Defazio (Children)
Presider: Father James Torquato
DINING AT MAX & ERMA’S TO DONATE
On Thursday, October 16, from 11 am—10 pm, at Max & Erma’s in Fox Chapel (RIDC Park), 20% of your bill will be returned to our C.D.T. Catholic Academy. Please take a flyer from the church entrance, and present it to your server!
DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
Please remember the needs of the poor in our area. Really needed now are clean or new sheets and blankets. Also needed are: macaroni and cheese, canned fruit and vegetables (pull tab cans preferred), canned red, kidney, or black beans, and low fat powdered milk.
Please also check the parish website 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.
LEARNING CATHOLIC SOCIAL VALUES
This school year, our principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, has implemented a program to share our Catholic social values and teachings with all our students! This October, students will learn about the “Life and Dignity of the Human Spirit” as they reflect on the value that every person is sacred.
MORE SCHOOL NEWS
Our students in First Grade are learning about “our community” in Social Studies. Each student has been asked to create a replica of a building in Aspinwall that will be displayed outside their classroom.
Also, students in Pre -K through Grade 2 will be visiting a pumpkin patch for the Fall, and our Eighth Grade will be visiting Catholic High Schools in preparation for next year!
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 412-287-6197. Thank you very much!
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Many thanks to Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor. Contact them this week for your personal and family 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
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
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