September 27, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    It’s my hope that all of us appreciate the gift of life that’s been shared with us by our parents and God our Creator.  In fact, I hope that we are grateful each and every day for the life that is ours.  Even when we experience difficulties and hardships, I hope that there is enough goodness and hope in our lives that we give thanks on a regular (even daily) basis for the fact that we are alive!
    As such, I hope that we’ll also be grateful for the life shared with all others and with all creatures.   Not only should we be thankful for our lives, but we’re called to be grateful for the life shared with all other human persons and with all creation.  Being thankful for our lives, we should also be thankful for all others, and we should encourage all others to be grateful as well.
    From this gratitude, we’re called to be respectful of all other persons both pre-born and born.  When we recognize how amazing and wonderful is the gift of life, then we will hopefully respect this gift of life and do our utmost to promote and defend all life both in this month and every day and month of our lives.  Best wishes for a good Respect Life Month.  God bless!
                                                                         --Fr. Jim Torquato

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
    From this week until 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).

MEALS ON WHEELS IN OUR AREA
   Our local Meals on Wheels program is looking for adults who would benefit from their services.  They’re also looking for volunteers who can assist with their daily efforts to provide for adults in need.  Please call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) to request meals OR to offer your help!  

CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry is sending care packages to our parish students in college.  Parents are invited to submit your student’s address to Jamie Dillon now.
    ALSO, if you’d like to add 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 is located in the church entrance for your college care package contributions.  Thank you!

WELCOME TO OUR STATE, POPE FRANCIS!
    There’s much joy and excitement in the United States this weekend as Pope Francis follows his visit to Washington, DC, and New York City (and the United Nations) with a visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families.   Be sure to follow Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit on EWTN Catholic Television!   This is a wonderful and historic event for the Catholic Church in our nation!

PLANNING YOUR FAMILY?
    As a married couple, have you given thought to the number of children with whom you’d like to share the gift of birth and human life?   Rather than leave your family to chance, the Church encourages you both to give thought to the family you’d like to have and then make planning a part of your marriage and family life.
    Instead of relying on artificial birth control, the Church continues to promote Natural Family Planning as the way to foster greater intimacy in married life and thoughtful intentionality in the wonderful ministry of handing on human life to children.  You can remain healthy and also make the conscious decision to conceive children and grow your family.
    Sunday, October 11, is Natural Family Planning Sunday in the United States.  For more NFP information, visit the U.S. bishops' website  here in October!

IS THERE TERMINAL ILLNESS IN YOUR FAMILY?
    Our parish Bereavement Committee will host a session on facing the terminal illness of a loved one.  Join them this Sunday, September 27, 1-3pm,  in the parish hall.  Please come to the hall at 1:00pm for this special program.  All are welcome.

PITTSBURGH COLLEGE FAIR ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    On Sunday, October 11, 1-3pm,  Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue, will host reps from 100+ colleges and universities from around the United States.  High school seniors and juniors are welcome to the Palumbo Center. Call 412-396-6222 for info. 

OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is being held now on Sundays at 9am.  All children ages 4-10 at the Liturgy will be invited to join our adult catechists in the parish hall for a children’s session.

RETAIL CERTIFICATES ON SALE SOON
    Our CDTCA staff will make retail certificates available for purchase in church on these Sundays: Oct. 18, Nov. 22, and Dec. 13.  Thank you!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONFIRMATION PARENTS’ MEETING THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
    All parents of this year’s Confirmation candidates are asked to participate in an important gathering this Sunday, September 27 at 10:00am in the parish hall.  Information on Confirmation and this year’s preparation will be shared with you.  Join us for a good start to this important catechetical year!

For CCD students in K-5,  please enter and exit the school building ONLY through the Brilliant Avenue front doors beginning this week.  Thank you!

Small group selections for CCD students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will take place after all Masses this Sunday, September 27 in the school cafeteria.

All CCD Home Study students  are required to check in with our Religious Education directors next Sunday, October 4,  8am—9am  in the cafeteria!

The Intersection Bible Study sessions for high school students  will begin next Sunday, October 4, from 10am—11am in the parish Ministry Center.

Pet Therapy Visits by grade 6-12 students to the Aspinwall Veterans Hospital will resume on Tuesday, October 6, from 4pm—5pm.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon.
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MEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT IN NOVEMBER
    All men are welcome to participate in this year’s weekend retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 18th Street, South Side. It begins November 20 with dinner and ends on Nov. 22 at noon.  Contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or  by email here)  OR  Bob Auray (412-406-8800).

NEW COORDINATORS NEEDED FOR THE 2016 CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROJECT
    Having coordinated our parish’s Giving Tree for a number of years, Mrs. Mia Henry and Mrs. Leigh Friday will conclude their service in this charitable ministry after this Advent and Christmas. 
    Accordingly, they and our parish are looking for two new coordinators to work with them this December and then to assume the role of coordinators beginning in 2016.  If you’re interested, please call Mia (412-370-6916)  OR  Leigh (412-977-3310) this month for information.  Thank you very much!

The Kingdom of God is at hand!

The Eucharistic Rosary March in Downtown Pittsburgh  will take place on Sunday, October 4, at 1:30pm beginning at Epiphany Church beside the Consol Energy Center.  Call 412-884-3213 for info.

A DIOCESAN LITURGY CELEBRATING PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
    On Sunday, October 4, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate a Liturgy to highlight the faith and contributions of persons with disabilities.  All members and families are invited and welcome to this “Opening Doors” event.  For information or arrangements, call the diocesan staff at 412-456-3170 this week. 

NEW EVANGELIZATION CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, October 10, from 12:30—5:30pm at the Monroeville Convention Center, a local Catholic conference on the New Evangelization will present national Catholic leaders in the effort to bring the Gospel to our region and to our nation.  The donation is $10.  Information and registration is available at www.stbrnadet.org.  Please consider participating!

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!

HELPING DISPLACED REFUGEES
    If you’d like to help some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who have fled violence and death in their homelands and are seeking safety, please direct your assistance through Catholic Relief Services and the Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh. Thanks!

THINKING OF OUR PARISH’S FUTURE!
    Some members have generously included our parish in their wills.  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, September 28—Saint Wenceslaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Hank Wojciechowski (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Tuesday, September 29—Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael
   8:30 am   Rosalia Costa-Clarke, anniversary (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Wednesday, September 30—Saint Jerome, priest
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarro (Family)

Thursday, October 1—St. Therese of the Child Jesus
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert, Jr. (Joe & Pat Canel)

Friday, October 2—The Holy Guardian Angels
   8:30 am   Mary Ellen Bergeron (Kathleen Burke and Family)
 
Saturday, October 3
   9:00 am   Andrea Certo (Certo Family)

   5:00 pm   John Marous  (The Marous Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 4—Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time  —  Respect Life Sunday
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Alice Kiley (Daniel Kiley & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Alice Kiley (Daniel Kiley & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of September 27, 2015

Sunday: Nm 11:25-29/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Monday: Zec 8:1-8/Lk 9:46-50

Tuesday: Dn 7:9-10, 13-14 or Rv 12:7-12ab/Jn 1:47-51

Wednesday: Neh 2:1-8/Lk 9:57-62

Thursday: Neh 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12/Lk 10:1-12

Friday: Bar 1:15-22/Mt 18:1-5, 10

Saturday: Bar 4:5-12, 27-29/Lk 10:17-24

Next Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
  
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 stew, chili, or corned beef, canned beans and vegetables, soup, boxed mac ‘n cheese, and prepared meal mixes. Donation bins are in the main entrance.  [Note: this information is more current than the print bulletin.]
    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!

REPLY NOW AND SAVE YOUR SEATS FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    It’s time to reply and reserve your seats for CDTCA’s  Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 7!  It will be at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road.  The theme will be  “Into the Woods”.  Tickets are only $60, and there are a limited number of seats available.  It’ll be a fun evening with great company, fine food, and great auction items!  ALSO, you can pre-order your “Mystery Boxes” on the reply card as well. 
    If you’d like to help with donations, or if you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Dani Folino by email here or Mrs. Erin Christoforetti here.  Thank you for your support of CDTCA.  Our young students are very grateful!
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LAROCHE COLLEGE OPEN HOUSE
    On Saturday, October 24, from 9am—2pm, our North Hills co-ed Catholic college, LaRoche College, will hold an Open House for high school seniors and juniors at their campus, intersection of Duncan Avenue and Babcock Boulevard.  Register at laroche.edu or call either 800-838-4LRC or  412-536-1272.

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY??
    For all those who’d like to learn about our faith and possibly become a Catholic Christian, our parish is forming an Inquiry Group to discuss our Catholic faith and life.  It’s informal, and there’s NO obligation.  Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff at 412-781-0186, ext. 18  OR  via email at andybechman@saintscholastica.com,  OR contact our parish office!

DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR BIRTHRIGHT ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    During Respect Life Month, our parish committee will accept donations at church exits on October 11.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See today’s  advertisement for their services and contact information!

Jesus appreciates all goodness
   Today’s Gospel assures us Jesus is grateful for all life and goodness since he is the Lord of all life and goodness! There are many who do not yet share full communion with us in faith and in life, but we should always appreciate the life and goodness of all other people!

   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, ………….....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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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

September 20, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    Our lives are usually full of work and responsibilities and activities.  There’s always so much to do, but there never seems to be enough time in the day to accomplish everything we need to do.
    Yet, with all that we have going on, it is very good and most important to remember and give time to the children and grandchildren and nephews and nieces in our families and in our community.  Jesus reminded the people of his day that children are most important in our families, in our communities, and in our society.  The Gospels also remind us today of the goodness and importance of the youngest generations and the youngest members of our community.
    The children of today are of tremendous value and importance both now as well as for our Church and our nation in the future.  May we all take time in our busy lives to give attention and guidance and support to the children entrusted to our families and our care.  God bless!
                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato    
  
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).

MEALS ON WHEELS IN OUR AREA
   Our local Meals on Wheels program is looking for adults who would benefit from their services.  They’re also looking for volunteers who can assist with their daily efforts to provide for adults in need.  Please call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) to request meals OR to offer your help!  

CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry is sending care packages to our parish students in college.  Parents are invited to submit your student’s address to Jamie Dillon now.
    ALSO, if you’d like to add 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 is located in the church entrance for your college care package contributions.  Thank you!

Praise the Lord for his goodness!

WELCOME, POPE FRANCIS!
    There is much joy and excitement in the United States this week as Pope Francis visits Washington, DC, then New York City and the United Nations, and then Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. Be sure to follow Pope Francis’ Apostolic Visit on EWTN Catholic Television!   This is a wonderful and historic event for the Catholic Church in our nation!

IN RECOGNITION OF TWO GOOD FATHERS
     This week, a number of our parish members and families will honor our former pastor, Father Robert Duch, on the 51st anniversary of his ordination as a Catholic priest.  We’re very grateful for the 14 years during which Father Duch served and guided our community as well as for the major improvements he helped to achieve for our parish and our school.
     Also, next Saturday, Father Sean Hogan, CSSp, will be honored at Duquesne University for his 40 years of service there as he concludes his tenure as Vice President for Student Life.   Father Hogan will continue to serve our local Catholic university as president of their Scholarship Association helping to increase funding for student scholarships in the years ahead.  Having assisted here for two decades as well, Father Hogan will continue to pray with us every Sunday in the years ahead!
     Congratulations to both Father Robert Duch and Father Sean Hogan, CSSp on their priestly achievements,  and many thanks for their decades of service to our community and to God’s people!  
  
IS THERE TERMINAL ILLNESS IN YOUR FAMILY?
    Our parish Bereavement Committee will host a session on facing the terminal illness of a loved one.  Join them next Sunday, September 27, 1-3pm,  in the parish hall.  Please reply to Sister Pat Baker (office ext. 17) this week so that complete preparations can be made for the gathering.  All are welcome.

PITTSBURGH COLLEGE FAIR ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    On Sunday, October 11, 1—3pm,  Duquesne University, Forbes Avenue, will host reps from 100+ colleges and universities from around the United States.  High school seniors and juniors are welcome to the Palumbo Center. Call 412-396-6222 for info. 

OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is being held now on Sundays at 9am.  All children ages 4-10 at the Liturgy will be invited to join our adult catechists in the parish hall for a children’s session.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY TODAY
    This year’s Catechetical Sunday is being celebrated this weekend, September 19-20!    The national theme for this CCD year is “Safeguarding the Dignity of Every Human Person.” 
     Our parish is most grateful to our Religious Education Staff and to all of our volunteer catechists and classroom aides who make our program possible every year.   Many thanks are also extended to our parents and grandparents and guardians who have registered your children in our program.  Thank you  for bringing your children to our catechetical program and to our Sunday Liturgy each weekend.
    If you still need to register your children for CCD,  please be sure to contact our Religious Education staff today!   All students MUST be registered by September 25 in order to participate this year.  You can also register online here. Thank you all very much once again!

CCD SESSIONS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND WITH PARENT AND STUDENT ASSEMBLIES
    This Sunday, September 20, an assembly for Sunday CCD students and their parents will begin at 10:00am 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 6:15pm in the school cafeteria. 

CONFIRMATION PARENTS’ MEETING NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
    All parents of this year’s Confirmation candidates are asked to participate in an important gathering next Sunday, September 27 at 10:00am in the parish hall.  Information on Confirmation and this year’s preparation will be shared with you.  Join us for a good start to this important catechetical year!

For CCD students in K-5, please enter and exit the school building  ONLY through the Brilliant Avenue front doors beginning this week.  Thank you!

Small group selections for CCD students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will take place after all Masses next Sunday, September 27 in the school cafeteria.
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MEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT IN NOVEMBER
    All men are welcome to participate in this year’s weekend retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, 18th Street, South Side.  It begins November 20 with dinner and ends on Nov. 22 at noon.  Contact Jim Fanning (412-492-8147 or  by email here)  OR  Bob Auray (412-406-8800) for information.

The Eucharistic Rosary March in Downtown Pittsburgh  will take place on Sunday, October 4 at 1:30pm beginning at Epiphany Church beside the Consol Energy Center.  Call 412-884-3213 for info.
  
A DIOCESAN LITURGY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES
    On Sunday, October 4, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate a Liturgy to highlight the faith and contributions of persons with disabilities.  All members and families are invited and welcome to this “Opening Doors” event.  For information or arrangements, call the diocesan staff at 412-456-3170 this week. 

NEW EVANGELIZATION CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, October 10, from 12:30—5:30pm at the Monroeville Convention Center, a local Catholic conference on the New Evangelization will present national Catholic leaders in the effort to bring the Gospel to our region and to our nation.  The donation is $10.  Information and registration is available at the North American Martyrs website here.  Please consider participating!

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!

HELPING DISPLACED REFUGEES
    If you’d like to help some of the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Middle East and North Africa who have fled violence and death in their homelands and are seeking safety, please direct your assistance through Catholic Relief Services and the Brother’s Brother Foundation in Pittsburgh. Thanks!

THINKING OF OUR PARISH’S FUTURE!
    Some members have generously included our parish in their wills.    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, September 21—Saint Matthew the Evangelist
   8:30 am   Richard Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Tuesday, September 22
   8:30 am   Jonathan Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday, September 23—Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
   8:30 am   Mary Sheedy, anniversary (Maureen O’Brien)

Thursday, September 24
   8:30 am   Hilda and Joseph Feeney (Michael and Marion Feeney)

Friday, September 25
   8:30 am   Bernice Gimber, birthday (L. Clifford) 

Saturday, September 26—Saints Cosmas and Damian
   9:00 am   Uncle Joe A. Smetanka   (Jerry and Carole Werries & Family)

   5:00 pm   Alice Kiley (Daniel Kiley & family)
      Presider: Father Reginald Russo, Capuchin      

Sunday, September 27—Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Joseph M. Guzik (daughter, Janice)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   John Marous (The Marous Family)
      Presider: Father Drew Morgan, CO

Readings for the Week of September 20, 2015

Sunday: Wis 2:12, 17-20/Jas 3:16--4:3/Mk 9:30-37

Monday: Eph 4:1-7, 11-13/Mt 9:9-13

Tuesday: Ezr 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20/Lk 8:19-21

Wednesday: Ezr 9:5-9/Lk 9:1-6

Thursday: Hg 1:1-8/Lk 9:7-9

Friday: Hg 2:1-9/Lk 9:18-22

Saturday: Zec 2:5-9, 14-15a/Lk 9:43b-45

Next Sunday: Nm 11:25-29/Jas 5:1-6/Mk 9:38-43, 45, 47-48
  
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 tuna and chicken, canned beans and vegetables, boxed mac ‘n cheese, boxed meal mixes, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, fruit cups and jello cups. Donation bins are in the main 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!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    Please mark your calendar for CDTCA’s  Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 7!  It will be at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club on Hunt Road. The theme will be  “Into the Woods.”  Tickets are only $60.   It’ll be a fun evening with great company, fine food, and great auction items!   If you’d like to help 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!

NEW COORDINATORS NEEDED FOR THE 2016 CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE PROJECT
    Having coordinated our parish’s Giving Tree for a number of years, Mrs. Mia Henry and Mrs. Leigh Friday will conclude their service in this charitable ministry after this Advent and Christmas. 
    As such, they and our parish are looking for two new coordinators to work with them this December and then to assume the role of coordinators beginning in 2016.  If you’re interested, please call Mia (412-370-6916)  OR  Leigh (412-977-3310) this month for information.  Thank you very much!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY??
    For all those who’d like to learn about our faith and possibly become a Catholic Christian, our parish is forming an Inquiry Group to discuss our Catholic faith and life.  It’s informal, 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Gators Grille,  3410 Saxonburg Boulevard  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their advertisement for information and for a discount with their ad!

   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, ………….....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, Joshua Condosta

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

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


September 13, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 
    It’s a wonderful gift from the Holy Spirit of God when we are prompted to say,  “YES, AMEN, I do believe in God the Father and the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit!”   Both in professing our faith together in the Sunday Liturgy and in professing our faith personally to God and to others, coming to an adult faith that we proclaim is a most important occasion in our lives as Jesus’ disciples!
    Faith is our communal and personal response to the grace and prompting of the Holy Spirit.  Our faith is essential to our continuing life in God and in the community of the Church!
    Yet our sincere and personal profession of our Catholic Christian faith is strengthened and sustained when we encounter Jesus in our personal prayer and our communal prayer as God’s holy people.  The Apostles spent years with Jesus.  We all do well to walk and converse with Jesus in quiet prayer every day so that we will encounter him often and be renewed in our faith and in our discipleship.   God bless!                                                —Father Jim Torquato

CARE PACKAGES FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS—NAMES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOME!
    Our Young Adult Ministry is sending care packages to our parish students in college.  Parents are invited to submit your student’s address to Jamie Dillon now.
    ALSO, if you’d like to add 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 is located in the church entrance for your college care package contributions.  Thank you!
    
CATHOLIC MEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
    Next Saturday, September 19, the Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will be held at the Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.  This event brings together thousands of Catholic men!
    Register today 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 to 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).

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!

THIS WEEKEND’S ANNUAL COLLECTION FOR THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND
    Because so many adult Catholic Christians have benefited from a marvelous Catholic school education in past generations, we are now given an opportunity each September to give back by supporting the Bishop’s Education Fund which gives financial grants to students in Catholic schools today. 
   This weekend, we’ll hold our annual Second Collection to continue funding the Bishop’s Education Fund now and for years to come.  Thank you very much for your generosity!

THEOLOGY—AND POETRY—ON TAP
    Join us Thursday, September 17, 7:30—9:00pm in the parish hall.  We’ll look at inspiring poems about nature  that also speak to human innocence and life experience.  If you’re 21+, register with Mr. Andy Bechman today by email here or by leaving a voicemail message at 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  Adult beverages available.

OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    This Sunday at the 9:00am Liturgy, we will have our first session of the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  All children ages 4-10 at the Liturgy will be invited to join our adult catechists in the parish hall to encounter the Bible readings in a children’s session.  Parents are welcome to join your youngsters if you’d like.
 
Is there terminal illness in your family?   Our parish Bereavement Committee will host a session on facing the terminal illness of a loved one.  Join them on Sunday, September 27, 1-3pm,  in the parish hall.

Retail store cards to benefit CDTCA will be sold THIS weekend in the main church entrance after all the weekend Liturgies!  Your support is greatly appreciated by our students and school community!

LOCAL WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY
    The  Women’s Catholic Bible Study has begun here on Tuesdays from 1:00pm—3:00pm in the Parish Hall.  The multi-week program will study the Prophet Isaiah!   Call Bernie Bonessa (412-963-0198) for info.

OUR PARISH HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION
    Thanks to our households and families who’ve certified that your family information is current in our parish database!  Having correct information for all our parish households is important to our parish.
    If you or your relatives or neighbors have not heard from our parish office, then you may NOT be registered here in Saint Scholastica Parish.   Please contact Debbie VanDemark in the parish office this week to make certain that you’re registered.  Thanks!

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 or register online at our website here.

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 next 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 9:00am Mass in church, an assembly for Sunday CCD students and their parents will begin at 10:00am 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 6:15pm 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.
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MEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT IN NOVEMBER
    All men of our parish are welcome to participate in this year’s weekend retreat at Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center off 18th St. on the South Side slopes.  It will begin November 20 with dinner and end on Nov. 22 at noon.  Call Jim Fanning (412-492-8147) for info.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE
    Next Sunday, September 20, from 8:00am to 1:30pm, Duquesne University (our regional Catholic university located downtown) will host its annual Fall Open House.  All high school seniors and your parents are invited to visit.  Please register now here.

The Eucharistic Rosary March in Downtown Pittsburgh  will take place on Sunday, October 4, at 1:30pm beginning at Epiphany Church beside the Consol Energy Center.  Call 412-884-3213 for info.

THE SEPTEMBER VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS
    This 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!

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.
   
The Franciscan Sisters of Mount Alvernia, Millvale,  will host an Open House next Sunday, September 20, from 1pm—4pm as part of their celebration of their 150th Anniversary and the Year for Consecrated Life.  Tours, exhibits, and refreshments will be offered!

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!

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, September 14—Exaltation of the Holy Cross
   8:30 am   Ruth & Edward Sierzega (The Bonessa Family)

Tuesday, September 15—Our Lady of Sorrows
   8:30 am   The Werries & Hudak Families (Jerry, Carole & Grandchildren)
          
Wednesday, September 16—Saints Cornelius & Cyprian
   8:30 am   Veltri & McKay Families (Family)

Thursday, September 17—Saint Robert Bellarmine
   8:30 am   Bill Slanders (Joan Slanders)

Friday, September 18
   8:30 am   Carla Murphy (Millie Wenzel)

Saturday, September 19—Saint Januarius
   9:00 am   Phillips Family (Theodore D. Phillips)

   5:00 pm   Virgilio Ferraro (The Ferraro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
Sunday, September 20—Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
   9:00 am   Alice Kiley (Daniel Kiley & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Marion Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 13, 2015

Sunday: Is 50:5-9a/Jas 2:14-18/Mk 8:27-35

Monday: Nm 21:4b-9/Phil 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17

Tuesday: 1 Tm 3:1-13/Jn 19:25-27 or Lk 2:33-35

Wednesday: 1 Tm 3:14-16/Lk 7:31-35

Thursday: 1 Tm 4:12-16/Lk 7:36-50

Friday: 1 Tm 6:2c-12/Lk 8:1-3

Saturday: 1 Tm 6:13-16/Lk 8:4-15

Next Sunday: Wis 2:12, 17-20/Jas 3:16--4:3/Mk 9:30-37

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 tuna, canned beans and vegetables, boxed mac ‘n cheese, breakfast bars, cookies, crackers, peanut butter, fruit cups and jello cups. Donation bins are in the main 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!

A YEAR OF CHRISTIAN COURAGE
    Throughout this academic year, our nearly 180 students in grades K-8 will be exploring the call to be courageous in their lives and in their discipleship.  In these early months, the CDTCA community will look at facing difficulties and overcoming fear with Faith!

SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    Please mark your calendar for CDTCA’s  Annual Fall Fling on Saturday, November 7!  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 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!

HIBERNIANS GOLF TO BENEFIT CDTCA
    On Monday, September 28, the Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold their Irish Heritage Golf Classic at the Diamond Run Golf Club in the North Hills at 9:30am.  The donation is $125/player.  Proceeds will be shared with our regional school and other Catholic elementary schools in the North Hills.  Call Bob Parry (412-370-4262) this week to register.
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CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY??
    For all those who’d like to learn about our faith and possibly become a Catholic Christian, our parish is forming an Inquiry Group to discuss our Catholic faith and life.  It’s informal, 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the   McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes, Inc. for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their advertisement for information!


Jesus the Christ

Our faith in Jesus as the Anointed One, the Christ, is supported by the faith of the Apostles and the witness of the Gospels as we hear in the Gospel reading this Sunday. Jesus is more than a prophet. He is the Son of God—our Crucified and Risen 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, ………….....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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
www.cdtca.org

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