August 30, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When Catholic Christians discuss Pope Francis and his faith and leadership and teachings, they often call Saint Francis of Assisi to mind as the namesake of the Holy Father.  Pope Francis can also be associated with the great Jesuit Catholic saints who are Saint Ignatius Loyola and Saint Francis Xavier!
    Having been a member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) as a young man and priest before becoming a Bishop, Pope Francis received his formation in the faithful and strong ways of the Society founded by Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
    Among the disciplines and spiritual practices of the Jesuits is the commendable practice of a regular (or even daily) examination of conscience.  Jesus calls us to true holiness.  Saint Ignatius of Loyola then called all companions of the Lord to examine our lives, thoughts, actions and faithfulness to Jesus each and every day.  What a good practice for all of us who wish to be holy and to remain close to the Lord always.  God bless!                       
                                                                             —Father Jim Torquato

CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry has adopted the practice of sending CARE packages to our parish students in college.  Parents are invited to submit your student’s college address to Jamie Dillon this week.
    ALSO, if you’d like to contribute to this parish effort, donations of chewing gum, life savers, Kleenex, small hand sanitizer bottles, packages of hot chocolate, prayer cards, etc. will be most welcome!  A donation box will be placed in the church entrance soon for your college care package contributions.  Thank you!
    
CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    On Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.  This event brings together several thousand men of our Diocese!
    Register soon for this special event at www.cmfpitt.org.   Bring the men of your family, and bring your friends as well.  It’ll be a great day!

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
    From September 23—November 1, the local Forty Days for Life program will hold its daily prayerful witness at the Planned Parenthood location on Liberty Avenue, downtown, to stand against the practice of abortion that is committed there each day.  For information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) OR local director Nikki Bruni (412-926-9413).

LOCAL WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY
    The ninth year of our Women’s Catholic Bible Study will begin here at Saint Scholastica Parish on Tuesday, September 8, at 1:00pm—3:00pm in the Parish Hall.  The multi-week program will be a study of the Old Testament Book of the Prophet Isaiah!   There will be 26 sessions now until May (excluding holiday weeks).  The seminars will include written and video commentaries presented by Catholic Biblical scholars.  The donation for program materials is $55 per participant.  For further information, please call Bernie Bonessa (412-963-0198) this week.

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY??
    If you or someone you know would like to learn about our faith and possibly become a Catholic Christian, our parish is forming a new Inquiry Group to discuss your questions about our Catholic faith and life.  It’s an informal group, and there’s NO obligation.  Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 OR via email here, OR contact our parish office!

CONTINUING OUR PROGRESS
   Hopefully you’ve noticed the improvements being made in our Saint Scholastica Parish church and academic buildings!  Our maintenance and custodial staff have been cleaning, polishing, making repairs, painting, and putting our church and school into excellent condition!
    As for the renovation of the Ministry Center and work on the interior of the church (which many have requested),  these important projects will be addressed in the coming years as we complete our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive.  Renovating the Church and the Ministry Center will benefit Saint Scholastica Parish for many generations!

LIFELINE HEALTH SCREENING COMING SOON
    On Tuesday, September 15, Lifeline Health Screenings will be conducting their testing at Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg.  Learn more about your health.  Call 1-800-690-0323 before Sept.  8.

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    Next month, Pope Francis’ will visit Philadelphia (for the World Meeting of Families), Washington, DC, and then New York City and then the United Nations.  Please keep Pope Francis in your prayers, and follow his coming Papal Visit on EWTN Catholic Television!

Meals on Wheels is looking for those in need and for volunteers to help.  Call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) to request meals OR to help!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR OUR CCD PROGRAM!
    All of our parents with children in public and/ or  private, non-Catholic schools are asked to register your student/s in our parish Religious Education  Program this week.  All students in grades 1-8 are expected to participate in one of our various CCD sessions beginning September 20.  Please contact our staff this week to register for this year’s program.

YOU’RE INVITED TO BE A CCD CATECHIST!
    Our excellent parish CCD program always needs the dedicated help of parish members to serve as catechists for the CCD year.  If you have time and an interest in sharing our faith with young students, please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here now.  Please help us to serve the Lord and to form his youngest disciples!

CCD SESSIONS TO BEGIN SEPTEMBER 20
    This year’s Catechetical Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, September 20, and the national theme for this CCD year is “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.”  Please be sure to contact our Religious Education staff this month to register for CCD classes and to choose the day you’d like to attend!
    On Sunday, September 20, following the 9:00 am Mass in church, an assembly for Sunday CCD students and their parents will begin at 10:00 am in the school cafeteria (enter via the Third Street door).  Also, an assembly for Tuesday evening students and their parents will be held on Tuesday, September 22 at 6:15 pm in the school cafeteria.  Finally, Home Study families are asked to come to the 5:00pm Saturday evening Mass on September 12 and pick up your materials in the Church after the Liturgy.

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
    A Generations Softball Game is scheduled for this Sunday, August 30, at 1:00 pm, at Aspinwall Field!  All teens and adults are welcome to attend and take part.

SATURDAY EVENING YOUTH MINISTRY LITURGIES TO RESUME SEPTEMBER 12
    All students in grades 6-12 are invited and most welcome to participate in the music ministry of our monthly Saturday evening 5:00 pm Youth Ministry Liturgy.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon for information.  Rehearsals are held in the church during the late afternoon.  The first Youth Ministry Mass will be September 12.  Please come and join us!
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OUR COMING “YEAR OF MERCY”
    Pope Francis is asking all Catholic Christians to celebrate a “Year of Mercy” from December 8 until next November.  More information will be shared in the coming months. 

The 50th Annual Diocesan Mission Dinner to help fund our diocesan mission in Chimbote, Peru will be held October 8 at the Station Square Sheraton.  For info, contact Father Torquato or call 412-456-3085.
  
NEW BEGINNING WEEKEND FOR ADULTS
    The loss of a spouse because of death, separation, or divorce is a traumatic experience.  The New Beginning Weekend is a program held by our Catholic Diocese to help those widowed, separated, and divorced come to a new beginning and a new life.       
    The next weekend will be October 23-25 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  Financial assistance for the weekend program is available.  Visit www.BeginningExperience.org for information and registration OR call Mary (412-523-2405) this week.
   
Again, thanks for helping to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help!

LOOKING FOR MORE SHEPHERDS
    The Church is always in need of dedicated and good shepherds.  All young men are invited to discern the Lord’s call and to respond generously.  Contact the Diocesan Vocations Office (www.pghpriest.com).

THINKING OF OUR PARISH’S FUTURE!
    Some members have generously included our parish in their wills.  Their love for the Lord, the Church, and our parish inspired them to arrange one final gift.  Your inclusion of our parish in your final plans will be greatly appreciated!

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, August 31
   8:30 am   Cecelia Ferguson  (Rita V. Schultz)

Tuesday, September 1
   8:30 am   Joseph A. Smetanka  (Jean & Bill Eckert)
          
Wednesday, September 2
   8:30 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

Thursday, September 3—Pope Saint Gregory the Great
   8:30 am   Jonathan Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, September 4
   8:30 am   Frances Maher   (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)

Saturday, September 5—Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
   9:00 am   Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00 pm   Frances Maher & Elizabeth M Williams   (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, September 6—Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Stephen F. Miketic, birthday   (The Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Stephen Herbolich   (daughter, Marianne Chatham)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 30, 2015

Sunday: Dt 4:1-2, 6-8/Jas 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27/Mk 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23

Monday: 1 Thes 4:13-18/Lk 4:16-30

Tuesday: 1 Thes 5:1-6, 9-11/Lk 4:31-37

Wednesday: Col 1:1-8/Lk 4:38-44

Thursday: Col 1:9-14/Lk 5:1-11

Friday: Col 1:15-20/Lk 5:33-39

Saturday: Col 1:21-23/Lk 6:1-5

Next Sunday: Is 35:4-7a/Jas 2:1-5/Mk 7:31-37

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    Thanks to all who help the local group which serves our homeless and poor neighbors!   They now need the following food items: canned vegetables, canned beans, cereal, boxed mac ‘n cheese, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, fruit cups and jello cups. Donation bins are in the main church entrance. 
    You’re also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards and PAT $2.50 Connect Cards which can be placed in the small gift bag near the bins.  See our parish website’s Stewardship page here for information.  Thank you for your charity and your generosity to the poor!  God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

PARENT/ STUDENT/ FAMILY EVENTS AT CDTCA
    On Wednesday, September 2, all CDTCA parents are invited and welcome to the Parent Information Program at 6:30pm.
    On Tuesday, September 8, the Annual CDTCA Family Social will be held at Squaw Valley Park from 6-8pm.  Please join us!

WELCOME TO OUR 177 STUDENTS AND ALL OUR CDTCA FAMILIES!
    This academic year we welcome 177 returning, transfer, and new K-8 students to our regional school—a 20% increase in students since last June!
    Our pastors, principal, teachers, and staff know this will be an excellent year!   The air conditioning will keep everyone cool.   Our new technology is installed.  Our wireless network has been upgraded.  The Google Chromebooks are here and will be integrated into our Grade 5-8 curricula.  Classrooms, the cafeteria and kitchen, and both buildings have been cleaned and painted and polished.  New equipment has also been provided by the PTG, our school benefactors, and Saint Scholastica Parish.
    If you’re still considering CDTCA for your child or children, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) at CDTCA this week for information and a tour! 

SAVE THE DATE FOR THE FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    Please mark your calendar now for the CDTCA’s Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 7!  This year, it will be at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road. The theme will be  “Into the Woods”.  It’ll be a fun evening with great company, fine food, and great auction items!   If you’d like to help our coordinators with donations, or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dani Folino here or Mrs. Erin Christoforetti here.  Thank you for your support of CDTCA!
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BOY SCOUT POPCORN SALE THIS WEEKEND
   Our local Boy Scouts of Troop 380 will hold their Popcorn Sale outside the church this weekend, August 29-30.  You’re welcome to support our scouts and get a tasty treat.  They appreciate your support!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Dr. Frank LeDonne and Hartwood Chiropractic  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their bulletin advertisement for information and for their office telephone number!


Jesus’ call to holiness of life

   During the past five Sundays, Jesus called of us to receive divine life and eternal salvation through his Eucharist.  This Sunday, Jesus calls us to be worthy of his divine life by committing ourselves to his holiness of life and our discipleship and companionship of the Lord.

   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.

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 Office Staff
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta, Traci Giuffre...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 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
Amy Condosta………………………………………………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