These are special days for all God’s people and for the people of our nation. Today, we celebrate the conclusion of this Year of Grace 2014, and we honor Jesus as Christ and Lord and King of the Universe. It is a grand title for the humble son of a first century Jewish carpenter, but this faith-filled description of Jesus shows his tremendous importance in our faith and in the history of humanity.
As Catholic Christians, we believe and profess that Jesus of Nazareth is the Son of God and the Eternal Word of God become incarnate as a human person twenty centuries ago. Jesus is the One who presents God’s divine love to us and who has reconciled us to our Father and Creator. He holds the most prominent place in humanity and is rightfully honored as our Lord and King!
For our nation, these days are also very special as we once again reflect on the many blessings that we have received individually, as families, as communities, and as a country. It is always good to celebrate this holiday, and it’s especially good that all Americans give thanks to the Lord for the life, grace, and blessings that all of us have received. Enjoy this Sunday and this week of holy and significant days. God bless! — Father Jim Torquato
OUR CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE BEGINS TODAY!
In keeping with our parish custom, all members and families of the parish will be invited to take one or more ornaments from this year’s Giving Trees in order to share our Christmas charity and goodness with others in need. Please return all gifts during the weekend of December 6-7. Thank you all very much for your generosity!
THE AQUINAS GUILD ‘CASH RAFFLE’
On December 2, our parish Aquinas Guild will once again hold its raffle for a prize of $1000! This raffle supports the charitable activities of the Aquinas Guild. All parish families are asked to sell or purchase the $5 raffle tickets sent to you. We hope to have your participation! The winning ticket will be drawn at the Guild’s ‘Advent by Candlelight’ on December 2. Thanks for your support!
THANKS FROM THE AQUINAS GUILD SERVICE COMMITTEE
Showing off their culinary talents (and for the non-cooks, their dish pan hands), several members of the Aquinas Service Committee, and their families and friends, provided dinner for over 100 guests and staff at two of the Family House locations. We cooked and served “Chicken Swiss Bake” along with lots of broccoli and an assortment of desserts. Away from home during medical treatment, these guests expressed heartfelt gratitude for the meal. Thank to all in the kitchen crew and to all who donated baked goods!
This Sunday’s Altar Flowers were donated, in part, in memory of Beatriz G. Caminos. Thank you to the donor!
THANSGIVING DAY 2014
This Thursday, the people of our nation will once again celebrate our unique and wonderful Thanksgiving Day holiday! Best wishes to all of our parish members and families for a very special day!
While far too many have turned Thanksgiving into a day for shopping and football, may we continue to observe it as a day, first and foremost, to give thanks to God for the life and blessings that we have all received here in our nation. May all of us offer a humble prayer of gratitude to God before we begin our celebration and holiday meal. We have been truly and greatly blessed! May we give thanks to God on Thanksgiving Day and every day of our lives!
NOVEMBER 22-23 ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
This 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.
POPE FRANCIS ASKS US TO CELEBRATE CONSECRATED LIFE IN THE NEW CHURCH YEAR
From the First Sunday of Advent, this November 30, until February 2, 2016, Pope Francis has asked all Catholic Christians to remember the importance of the service given God’s People by the millions of Church members who were called to and served in the Consecrated Life. Their singular devotion to the Lord and their dedication to our faith and the Church are remarkable. These Consecrated Religious women and men have brought our faith to countless disciples and have truly given life to the Kingdom of God. May we always appreciate and support Consecrated Life!
DECEMBER 2 “ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT”
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. Final reservations are needed this weekend. The donation is $20 per person. Be certain to join us for this evening of faith, music, and prayer! If needed, transportation may be available.
Volunteers are needed at Saint Margaret Hospital to escort patients to physical therapy and then return them to their rooms—especially during afternoon hours. Volunteers usually assist 1-2 days per week. Parking and lunch are provided. Call Patty at 412-784-4081.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
An Advent Service Evening for Families (parents and K-5 students) will be held on December 12 at Harmar Village from 5:45 pm-8:45 pm. Parents can teach your children by your example in helping this organization with their annual Christmas Party. Contact Meredith Troyan here before December 5.
The Youth Uke Group will meet again on December 2 at 4:30 pm. All middle school and high school students are welcome to participate. Instruments are available here.
The Children’s Choir for the Christmas Eve 4:00 pm Liturgy is forming now! All students in grades 3-8 are welcome. A Rehearsal will be held on Saturday, December 13, 1 pm-3 pm in the parish hall. Also, children in grades K-2 are also welcome to be shepherds or angels for this Liturgy. Please send an email to Jamie Dillon here before December 10. Thank you!
On December 10, our Youth Ministry will travel to Family House in Oakland to prepare and serve a meal to the guests there awaiting medical treatment. Be at the Ministry Center at 4:15 pm. Please reply to Mrs. Dillon by December 5 if you’ll be coming.
On Friday, December 12, an Appalachia Trip ‘Babysitting Fundraiser’ will be held in the parish hall from 6 pm-9 pm. Our teens and adults will care for children ages 1 year and up. The donation is $10 per child per hour. Parents can then have time to prepare for the holidays. All proceeds will help to fund next year’s Mission Trip to Appalachia. Make your reservation before December 8 by sending a message to Jamie Dillon here OR Meredith Troyan here.
CHRISTMAS COOKIES NEEDED
Ladies, would you please plan now to bake extra Christmas cookies? Our Aquinas Guild Service Committee is conducting a December outreach by sharing their (and your) homemade cookies with Meals on Wheels, the Food Pantry in Sharpsburg, and other organizations! Your generosity will be greatly appreciated! Your homemade cookies may be brought to the parish hall of the Pastoral Center on Sunday, December 14 from 8 am to 12 noon. Please use disposable containers. Thank you very much!
A LOCAL DECEMBER SESSION OF ‘PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN’
For new parish volunteers, our Catholic Diocese is offering “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 cafeteria. To register, please contact Sister Janice Campbell, OSF (412-486-6700, ext. 7) as soon as possible. This seminar is required of all ministers and volunteers of our parish and all our volunteers at the Academy. Thanks for your service and cooperation in keeping our parish environment safe!
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!
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 and other Diocesan staff in order to discern a call to priestly service here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Please register now at www.pghpriest.com this week!
BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday: Ezekiel 34:11-12 / I Corinthians 15:20-28 / Matthew 25:31-46
Monday—Saturday: Revelation 14-22 / Luke 21
Next Sunday: Isaiah 63:16-64:7 / I Corinthians 1:3-9 /Mark 13:33-37
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!
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 24—The Martyrs of Vietnam
8:30 am Sarah Kristen Owen (Family)
Tuesday, November 25—Saint Catherine of Alexandria
8:30 am Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark and Catherine Bellinger)
Wednesday, November 26
8:30 am James J. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)
Thursday, November 27—Thanksgiving Day
9:00 am Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark and Cathy Bellinger)
Friday, November 28
8:30 am John Cassetti (Tom & Julie Dillenburg)
Saturday, November 29
9:00 am 90th Birthday, Pat Rigatti (The Rigatti Children)
5:00 pm Edward Williams (Mary Ellen and Jack Maher)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, November 30 — First Sunday of Advent
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
9:00 am Frances Ceresa (Gail and Warren Mathews)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Anniv., Harry and Geneva Gimber (Lorraine Clifford)
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 vegetables or beans, cereal, and hot chocolate mix.
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, instant mashed potatoes, and 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 by Noon if possible, or 7:00pm at the latest. 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!
Give thanks to God every day!
CDTCA OPEN HOUSE — BRING YOUR FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, AND FRIENDS!
On Saturday, January 24 at 1:00 pm, our parish elementary school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, will hold its annual Open House for new and transfer students and your families. Parents and students are welcome to come and visit our excellent Academy on that day as well as during family visits to the school in the months ahead. Please mark your calendars now. Also, please share word of this event with your family and friends and neighbors as well! CDTCA is the school where great beginnings last a lifetime!
PREPARING FOR ADVENT AND THE COMING HOLIDAYS
The busiest days of the year are approaching as we draw closer to the holidays. Please be sure to set aside lots of time for prayer and meditation so that you will appreciate the events of our faith that we celebrate once again in November, December, and January!
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Many thanks to Smith Orthodontics, Freeport Road for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor. Contact the offices of Dr. Bradley Smith, DMD for your dental needs!
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, many members of our academy community, alumni, friends, and supporters enjoyed a marvelous Fall Fling “Lighting Up the Night!” at the Pittsburgh Field Club! For everyone’s information, the winner drawn for the “Ten Times Your Money Raffle” was Father Robert Duch, our former pastor.
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 event!
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!
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 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
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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927