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.
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.
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
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
Thomas Galda, Joshua Condosta
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927