November 16, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    Here in the United States and throughout the world, there are many who are rich, many who are poor, and many who have just enough.  Hopefully all those with more (especially Catholic Christians) are generous in helping those who are poor, needy, and incapable of providing for themselves,
     Hopefully all Christians—whether poor or rich—also realize full well that our lives and the countless blessings that fill our years truly are generous gifts of God who has created the world and each of us.
    Grateful for all that we have received, I hope that we will be inspired to serve the Lord and that each of us will make a return to God throughout our lives.  In doing so, the Lord has promised to welcome us joyfully into the Kingdom he promises his faithful people.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

MAY THEY REST IN THE LORD’S PEACE
     Please keep in your prayers these church members who have begun their journey home to the Lord:  Mrs. Theresa Fischerkeller;  and   Mrs. Marcella Galda, wife of our parish staff member Thomas Galda.

A BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
        A Baptism Preparation Session will be held this Monday evening, November 17, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  This seminar is for new parents and expectant parents.  Contact the parish office or Mr. Andy Bechman today if you’d like to attend.  The next Baptism Seminar will be held in January.  

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 are asked to sell or purchase the $5 raffle tickets sent to you recently in the mail. 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!

VISITING  OUR LOVED ONES
    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.  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!  One day, we believe that we’ll be reunited with our loved ones and all God’s faithful people in the Kingdom of eternal life and glory following the Resurrection of all the Lord’s people!

NOVEMBER 22-23 ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    Next weekend, November 22-23, all parishes in the United States will once again take up the annual National Collection to Support Retired Religious in the Catholic Church.  Since 1987, the generous donations given by Church members and families have been very important in caring for the tens of thousands of retired Religious Sisters and Brothers who taught in our Catholic schools and who've worked in Church ministry for many decades!  Once again, your donations will be greatly appreciated and most helpful in providing care for those who selflessly gave their lives for the Lord, for our faith, and for God’s people.

DECEMBER 2 “ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT” PROGRAM
    On Tuesday, December 2, a special “Advent by Candlelight” program will be held at 7:00 pm in our church and in the parish hall.  Hosted by the Aquinas Guild, this special evening will feature local musician and vocalist Bill Deasy and a program of song and spiritual reflections.  After the church program, the event will continue with a reception in the parish hall.
    Make your reservations before November 21.  Set aside the hustle of the holidays and focus on the true meaning of Advent and Christmas.  The donation is $20 per person.  Please reply this week, and be certain to join us for this inspired and inspiring evening of faith, music, and prayer!
If needed, transportation may be available.

PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC NEWSPAPER TO BE DELIVERED TO ALL HOMES THIS WEEK
    In keeping with a long time practice of our Diocese, the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper will be delivered to every registered household of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh this Friday in preparation for the holy Season of Advent.  During the weeks ahead, please enjoy the many articles presented to you and your family as we prepare for the holy days of the Advent and Christmas Seasons!

DECEMBER PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    Young men in college as well as college graduates are welcome to a special December 19-21 weekend retreat with Bishop David Zubik as well as Diocesan and seminary staff in order to discern a possible call to priestly service here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  This weekend will be held at a local retreat center, and the event is limited to the first 50 young men to register.  Please register this month at www.pghpriest.com or call our Vocations Director, Father Joseph Freedy, at 412-456-3123 very soon!

On Sunday morning, from 10 am—11:30 am, please do NOT park in the Third Street crosswalk between the church and the school.  We need an open crosswalk for CCD students and families as they move to and from class.  Thank you very much for your cooperation!

Give thanks to the Lord each day!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The next Confirmation Mega Meeting will be held this 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!

This Sunday’s Home Study Religious Education check in  will be held on Sunday, November 16, from 8:00 am-9:00 am in the school cafeteria.  All those conducting catechesis at home are required to check in.

The next Appalachia Mission Week meeting will be held this Wednesday, November 19, at 7:00 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center. Be sure to attend if you're going!

Another Young Adult Service Project will be held on Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 am—1:30 pm.  Join us if you’re 18-35 years of age.  Contact Meredith.  Step out of your comfort zone, join us, and make a real difference!

An Intersection Bible Study for Students in grades 8-12 will be held on Sunday, November 23, from 10 am -11 am  in the Ministry Center.  A light breakfast will be provided. 
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A LOCAL DECEMBER SESSION OF ‘PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN’
    For new parish volunteers, our Catholic Diocese is offering a local session of “Protecting God’s Children” at Saint Ursula Parish, Duncan Avenue off Route 8, in Hampton, on Wednesday, December 3, at 6:30 pm in their school cafeteria.  Their seating is limited to 60 persons, and it is handicapped accessible.  To register, please contact Sister Janice Campbell, OSF (412-486-6700, ext. 7) as soon as possible.  This seminar is required of all our volunteers at the Academy and all ministers and volunteers of our parish.  Thanks for your cooperation and service!

CATHOLIC RESOURCES FOR OUR ADULTS
    As mentioned in church last Sunday, there are many essential and excellent resources that all Catholic adults can use to study and deepen your faith in God and in the Lord Jesus!   Contact Father Torquato or Andy Bechman if you’d like help in locating any of these valuable faith and catechetical resources!
    When looking for a copy of the Bible, ask for the New American Bible which is the official Catholic translation  for the United States.  Also recommended is the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  It is the official catechism of the whole Church.  There are also catechisms such as the
U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults as well as the  Life in Christ catechism.  You can also find excellent audio programs at www.NowYouKnowMedia.com
    Read God’s Word each day!  Study our faith each day.  Explain and share our faith often as well!

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!

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!

DO YOU HAVE A CHILD 5-21 YEARS OF AGE WITH DOWN SYNDROME, AUTISM, OR INTELLECTUAL DISABLIITES?
     The Saint Anthony School Programs of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh can provide help and education for your young student so that they grow well and become active and contributing members of the community.  There are scholarships available.  Visit www.stanthonykids.org or call 1-724-940-9020. 

REGIONAL RESPECT LIFE MEETING
    A special district Respect Life meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday, November 18, at 7:30 pm.  Respect Life representatives from all the parishes in our local area will be gathering for coordinated planning.  For information or to attend, please contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon.

LOCAL CATHOLIC STAGE PLAYS
    This 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 to sgrtheatergroup@gmail.com  OR  call 724-719-8306.  Take your whole family!  
    
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.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, November 17—Saint Elizabeth of Hungary  
   8:30 am  Cathy Shepard (The Veltri Family)
  
Tuesday, November 18 — Saint Rose Duchesne
   8:30 am  Helen McKay (Virginia and Jan Gursky)
          
Wednesday, November 19
   8:30 am  Orland Veltri (Family)

Thursday, November 20
    8:30 am  Denise & Frank Donnelly (Family)
               
Friday, November 21 — Presentation of the Virgin Mary
    8:30 am  Paul A. Shultz (Family)
  
Saturday, November 22 — Saint Cecilia
   9:00 am  Ronnie Firment (The Tunno Family)

   5:00 pm  Elizabeth Williams (Mary Ellen and Jack Maher)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, November 23 — The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ,  King of the Universe
   7:30 am  Anniv., Dr. and Mrs. William Labriola (Family)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                 
   9:00 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father James Torquato

   11:00 am  Beatriz G. Camino (Barbara C. McMahon)
      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 (low sugar with pull tabs) canned beef stew or chicken stew, and canned tuna.  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 final time that donations can be accepted.   Thank you!
    In addition, frozen turkeys may be delivered to the front porch of 318 Third Street on Monday,  November 24 ONLY before 7:00pm.   Please do NOT leave any other donations at 316 or 318 Third Street. Thanks!
    Please also check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Donation bins are located in the church entrance.  Please do NOT leave frozen turkeys in the church collection bins.  Thank you very, very much!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR PTG’S FALL FLING!    
    Thanks to our amazing organizers and the CDTCA PTG, our academy community, alumni, friends, and supporters enjoyed a marvelous Fall Fling “Lighting Up the Night!” this past Friday evening at the Pittsburgh Field Club!  
    This event raises significant support each year for the benefit of our students at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy where our Catholic faith and life are shared with future generations of young Church members AND where “Great beginnings last a lifetime!”   Thanks to one and all who participated in and supported this excellent event!

OUR CDTCA FOOD DRIVE BEFORE THANKSGIVING
    This week, November 17-21, our Catholic Academy students and the entire school community will be holding a Food drive to benefit those in need this Thanksgiving.
    All parish members are most welcome to donate non-perishable food items by bringing them to the Academy Office or Pastoral Center this week.  Thank you very much!
    
OUR CATHOLIC FOCUS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
    Focused on sharing our Catholic Christian faith with the 150+ students and the families of our Catholic Academy,  our Catholic focus for November is the “Call to Family, Community, and Participation.”  We are called to support one another by our actions and our words.  This theme is closely related to the gratitude we express this month for all the blessings we’ve received as well as the generosity that flows from our gratitude!  We don’t simply live for ourselves.  We live for God and for all those who share our faith and our lives!
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PREPARING FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND FOR ADVENT
    The busiest days of the year are approaching as we draw closer to the holidays.  Please be certain to set aside lots of time for prayer and meditation so that you can appreciate the events of our faith that we will celebrate once again.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Many thanks to  Paul J. Giuffre, Esq. of the Giuffre Law Office in Aspinwall for  being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  Contact Attorney Paul Giuffre for all your legal 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 9:00 a.m.-3:30 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

Parish Secretary—Safe Environment Program—Bulletin
Amy Condosta...............................................Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP................................Ext. 17

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT...............................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser..........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Parish and School Accountant
Christine Morton ...........................................Ext. 11

Facilities Staff
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross    

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927