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