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