September 6, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    All Catholic Christians who’ve attended and/or participated in a celebration of Baptism hopefully remember that, following the actual Baptism, the priest or deacon then blesses the ears and the mouth of the child baptized with the prayer that they will hear and receive the Word of the Lord and then speak of and share our faith with others through their words.
    We may take these abilities to hear and speak for granted, but we shouldn’t!   Many people live without them.  Some receive help through medical treatment. Some simply learn to cope without them.
    May we always be grateful for these basic human abilities, and as we hear in the Gospels and in the church, may we truly use these abilities to learn our faith and then share our Catholic faith with all who will listen to the Good News through our speech.  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).

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!

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY!
    This Monday, September 7, Labor Day, our nation will honor all those who work inside and outside the home in order to support their family, to build up our community, and to benefit others and our society.  It is very good and truly human for us to put our lives, our intelligence, and our abilities to good use for the benefit of ourselves and many others.  It is also good for us to put our lives to good use in building the Kingdom of God each and every day.  God bless!
 
OUR PARISH HOUSEHOLD INFORMATION
    Thanks to our households and families who’ve certified that your family information is current in our parish database!  This project is nearly complete. Having correct information for all of our parish households is beneficial to all our programs.
    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!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS PAST MONTH
August donations to our parish —                            $50,536
Monthly parish donations needed —                      $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE
    On Sunday, September 20, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, 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 and learn about their programs, campus, financial aid, and student life.  Please register now at  www.duq.edu/fallopenhouse.

Our Haiti Committee will meet this Wednesday, September 9, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.  All are welcome to join in this special parish effort!

LOCAL WOMEN’S CATHOLIC BIBLE STUDY
    The ninth year of our Women’s Catholic Bible Study has begun here at Saint Scholastica Parish on Tuesdays from 1:00 pm—3:00 pm 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 (excluding holiday weeks).  The seminars will include written and video commentaries presented by Catholic Biblical scholars.  The donation for materials is $55.  For further information, please call Bernie Bonessa (412-963-0198) this week.

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 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  or Miss Meredith Troyan 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 5:00 pm Saturday evening Mass on September 12 and pick up your materials in the Church after the Liturgy.

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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THEOLOGY ON TAP: POEMS OF NATURE
        In June, we explored our monastic heritage during our first “Theology on Tap” seminar.  Join us on Thursday evening, Sept. 17, from 7:30 to 9:00 pm in the parish hall for another look into the riches of our Christian heritage.
        Pope Francis has called us to an “integral ecology” lived out in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, a spirit in which we see our place within nature and nature’s connection with God.  Poets, too, have been open to the beauty of the natural world and to the ways in which we can lose our ability to appreciate it.  We will consider four poems that explore our relationship with nature as we grow from children to adults.  Our interactive program will include reflection on the poems themselves, on our own experiences, and on the possibility of spiritual renewal through nature. The session will be led by Mary Ann Labriola and Andrew Bechman.
     Adults and young adults of age 21 or older are invited to take part.  There is no fee, but we request that you register by Monday, Sept. 14, by contacting Mr. Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com or leaving a voice message at 412-781-0186, X-18. Refreshments, including beer and wine, will be available.


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.

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.
   
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!

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.

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 7 — Labor Day
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert Jr. (Joe & Pat Canel)

Tuesday, September 8—The Nativity of Mary
   8:30 am   Anthony Michael Farina, anniversary (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
           
Wednesday, September 9—Saint Peter Claver, priest
   8:30   All the Pre-born (The Respect Life Committee)

Thursday, September 10
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert Jr. (Joe & Pat Canel)

Friday, September 11
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert Jr. (Joe & Pat Canel)

Saturday, September 12—The Most Holy Name of Mary
   9:00 am   Thomas R. Monteverde (Sally Monteverde)

   5:00 pm   Mary Ann Secola (Mickey Pastor)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 13—Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   Linda Leonard Klena (Carol & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Shawn Neville, anniversary (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 6, 2015

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

Monday: Col 1:24--2:3/Lk 6:6-11

Tuesday: Mi 5:1-4a or Rom 8:28-30/Mt 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

Wednesday: Col 3:1-11/Lk 6:20-26

Thursday: Col 3:12-17/Lk 6:27-38

Friday: 1 Tm 1:1-2, 12-14/Lk 6:39-42

Saturday: 1 Tm 1:15-17/Lk 6:43-49

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


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
 This Tuesday, September 8, the CDTCA Family Social will be held at Squaw Valley Park from 6-8pm.  Please join us!

WELCOME AGAIN 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 NEW Google Chromebooks are being integrated into our Grade 5-8 curricula.  All our 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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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 at andybechman@saintscholastica.com, OR contact our parish office!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Aspinwall  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their bulletin advertisement for information!

Jesus’ healing power

   Along with Jesus’ profound and life changing teachings, the display of his divine power and healing in the Gospels has certainly inspired countless millions of Christians to place their faith in the Lord. May we turn to Jesus and ask him to help us too!

   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