November 9, 2014

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today, the entire Church is celebrating the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome.  It is the Basilica of the Holy Savior on the Lateran Hill in the historic center of Rome, and in fact, it is the Cathedral church of Pope Francis, the Bishop of Rome and the Successor of Saint Peter the Apostle.
    The Lateran Basilica as the Cathedral church of Rome dates back to the fourth century after Jesus’ death and Resurrection.  We’re much more familiar with the Basilica of Saint Peter which was built above the tomb of Saint Peter and which, since 1870, has been the center of Vatican City and the modern residence of the Pope.
    The Lateran Basilica is the church from which Pope Francis presides over the entire community of the worldwide Church.  In a similar way, our parish church, every church, and every cathedral is an important place of prayer, liturgy, and worship where we hear the Gospel and celebrate our faith and our life in the Lord Jesus.  May we all cherish our parish church, and may we visit often for our Sunday Liturgy and our daily time in prayer.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato
    
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!

AN AQUINAS SERVICE COMMITTEE PROJECT
    The Aquinas Service Committee invites all women of our parish (and your children) to join us in preparing, cooking, and serving a dinner to the guests at Family House on Sunday evening, November 16.  Please join us!
         
VISITING THE FINAL RESTING PLACES OF OUR LOVED ONES THIS MONTH
    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!   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!

THANK YOU FROM OUR HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
    Thanks to all who participated in the recent Fair Trade Fair!  Your purchase of fair trade goods directly benefits the producers in developing countries and thus contributes to the Catholic values of human dignity, empowerment, and solidarity with the poor. 
    For more information on Fair Trade practices, visit www.crsfairtrade.org.  Our fair raised over $1,500 in total sales—with more than $400 for our parish’s sponsorship of six students at the Good Samaritans School in Haiti.  Thank you all very much for your generous 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).

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.  Presented and 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 continues with appetizers and desserts in the hall.
    Make your reservations now while seats are still available.  The donation is $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight.  See the bulletin insert for the registration form.  Please reply now, and be certain to join us for this inspired and inspiring evening of faith and prayer!

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!


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

   CCD Parents Appreciation Week will be held this 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! 

   The annual Appalachia Pie Sale is being held now  to help fund next summer’s Youth Ministry Mission Week in southern West Virginia.  Please contact Meredith Troyan or Mrs. Jamie Dillon    Order your pies NOW for pick up  during the weekend before Thanksgiving!  The pies can be frozen and will keep well for the holidays.

   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!

   The next 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 stop by that morning.

   The next Appalachia Mission Week meeting  will be held on 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.

   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!
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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!

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!

SPECIAL SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9, CONCERT
    A very special concert will be presented this Sunday afternoon, November 9, at 4:00 pm at Saint Ursula Church, Duncan Avenue (off Route 8), Hampton Township.  A combined area choir, ensemble, and hand bell choir will perform the famous Requiem by modern composer John Rutter.  Admission is free, and all are most welcome!

REGIONAL RESPECT LIFE MEETING
    A special district Respect Life meeting will be held in the parish hall on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:30pm.  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 this week.

LOCAL CATHOLIC STAGE PLAYS
    On 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!  
    
   Volunteers are needed at Blind and Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh located in Munhall near the Waterfront Complex.  You can help with activities, driving, and the reception desk.  Scheduling is flexible.  Call Mrs. Nancy Schepis (412-368-4400, ext. 3430) for information.

BAPTISM PREPARATION ON NOVEMBER 17
   On Monday evening, November 17, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center, Mr. Andy Bechman will conduct a 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 here if you’d like to attend! Please begin to make arrangements for the baptism itself by contacting the parish office as soon as possible. The next session will be held in January.

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Ezekiel 47:1-12 / I Corinthians 3:9-17 / John 2:13-22
Monday—Saturday:  Letter to Titus / 2 John / 3 John / and Luke 17-18
Next Sunday:  Proverbs 31:10-31/ I Thessalonians 5:1-6 /Matthew 25:14-30

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, November 10—Pope Saint Leo the Great
   8:30 am  Birthday, Sister Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)
  
Tuesday, November 11—Saint Martin of Tours
   8:30 am  Richard Rigatti (wife, Patricia Rigatti)
          
Wednesday, November 12—Saint Josaphat
    8:30 am  Joseph Sterrenburg   Barbara Sterrenburg) 

Thursday, November 13—Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
    8:30 am  Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Lazzaro (The Kernan Family)
               
Friday, November 14
    8:30 am  Yolanda Graziano (Mary Labriola)
  
Saturday, November 15—Saint Albert the Great
   9:00 am  Deceased Members of the Certo Family (The Certo Family)
   
   5:00 pm  Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, November 16 — Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                 
   9:00 am  Frances Ceresa (Kim & Richard Osborne)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
  
   11:00 am Bernard Garvey (Mary, Nancy & Jim Browne)
        Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
      Please remember the needs of the poor in our area. The local group working with the homeless and poor needs: canned fruit (pull-tab cans are best), peanut butter, and powdered or shelf-stable milk. There is a continuing need for clean used or unused blankets and sheets.
      The time is approaching for “Thanksgiving in the Streets” for poor families.  There is a need for: STRONG “throw-away” aluminum foil roasting pans, a minimum of 100 boxes of stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, and 100 cans of cranberry sauce.  The final date for Thanksgiving contributions is the morning of Monday, Nov. 24. In addition, frozen turkeys may be left on the front porch of 318 Third St. on Monday, Nov. 24 ONLY, by 7 p.m. Please do not leave any other donations on the porches of 316 or 318 Third St. Thank you!
      Please also check the parish website’s Stewardship page here for information. Donation bins are located in the church entrance. Please do NOT leave frozen turkeys or any perishable items in our bins! Thanks 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.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

LAST CALL FOR THIS FRIDAY’S FALL FLING AND THE “10x YOUR MONEY” RAFFLE!!
    Our  “Light Up The Night”  Fall Fling for CDTCA will be held this Friday, November 14!
    Contact the Academy office, or look for our CDTCA students and parents following our Sunday Liturgies 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. 
     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 Mrs. Dani Folino by email here  OR  by phone at 412-287-6197.  Thank you very much!

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT OUR ACADEMY!
    Our Seventh and Eighth Grade students recently traveled to the Carnegie Library in Oakland to prepare their Penna. Junior Academy of Science projects.  These semester long projects will be presented at PJAS meetings in January 2015.  Eighth grade winners will go on to compete in regional and state competitions.   
   Also, the CDTCA evening at Max and Erma’s raised $305 for our Academy.  Thanks for your support of all our efforts to grow and keep strong our regional Catholic elementary school where “great beginnings last a lifetime!”

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Many thanks to Chad Gregorini of State Farm Insurance in Aspinwall for  being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  Contact Chad Gregorini for all your insurance needs!
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      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
www.cdtca.org

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