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.
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!
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!
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
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