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.
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!
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 email@example.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
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