November 1, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Our Christian humility prevents us from claiming to be saints here on earth, but in reality, each and every one of us has received the seeds of sainthood in our Baptism, and each and every one of us is called to become a saint in the Kingdom of God!
    A wonderful teaching in the decrees of the Second Vatican Council asserts that the primary call of each Catholic Christian is the call to faith and holiness!  We are not meant to live just like everyone else around us.  No, we’re instead called first and foremost to live like the Lord Jesus in all that we think and say and do!  May we all strive to be saints and to live always as Jesus did.  God bless!
                                                                 —Father Jim Torquato

OUR MEMORIAL SERVICE ON NOVEMBER 2
    This Monday, November 2, at 7:30pm, our parish will again hold our annual All Souls Day Memorial Service to remember all of our parish members who passed away this year and all our deceased loved ones.  Everyone is welcome to join us for our prayer! 

MEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT THIS 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) this week.

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    A prayer by Blessed John Henry Newman reminds us that:  “God has created me for some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.”  
    This prayer reminds all of us in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh that each of us has a contribution that we’re called to make toward the work of the Lord Jesus in our world.  Our first job is to renew the life of the Church so that we inspire others to follow Jesus.  What are you called to do?   Visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org for more info.

CHILDREN’S  ROOM AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents with young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible by the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 20 years.    
    There’s seating for parents, small tables and chairs for children, a restroom, a diaper changing station, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.   You and your children will appreciate your own space!
    
Did you turn ALL of your clocks back one hour?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
    As we draw near to coming holidays and the end of this calendar year, please know how grateful are our parish community and our staff for the generosity of all our contributors!  
    It’s God’s grace that sustains all of us!  It’s also your stewardship and support that allow us to sustain our parish operations and to meet our budget.  Thirty percent of our households help to keep alive Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish!  Thank you very much for your past and present and future support that means so much to our community of faith!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS PAST MONTH
October donations to our parish —                          $35,729
Monthly parish donations needed —                      $47,576

Thank you for your donations to Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish!

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT ON NOVEMBER 22
    The women of our parish Aquinas Guild will host their annual evening of prayer, music, and good food on Sunday evening, November 22,  4pm—6pm in the parish hall!  All women are invited and welcome to take part.  Local musician Sue Garton will present a prayerful spoken and musical reflection on the Season of Advent and the Advent wreath.  For information or to be part of the planning, contact Joanne (by email here OR 412-963-8319).

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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY HERE
   Next Saturday evening, November 7, from 6pm—8pm, all students in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to a Middle School Faith Rally here in our parish hall.  Please bring a canned good for the food bank that evening.  Contact our staff for information.

Cookies are needed soon for this Saturday’s Nov. 7 Middle School Faith Rally.  Please let Mrs. Dillon know if you can bake and donate a few dozen!

Thanks to all CCD families who participated in the blanket collection for the homeless. Your donations are greatly appreciated and will help to save lives!

PIE ORDERS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED!
    Orders for holiday pies are still being accepted at this time!  Order yours and help support our Appalachia Mission Trip in June 2016!  Thank you!

PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC
    Next Sunday, November 8 at 10am, Mrs. Jamie Dillon will begin a five week seminar on parenting with love and logic.  Many parents and children have benefitted from this program.  Contact Mrs. Dillon by email here for further information. Register today!

A Youth Ministry visit to Family House (to prepare a dinner) will be Wednesday November 4 at 4:15pm, and a YM Pet Therapy visit to the VA Hospital will be Tuesday, November 10.  Register now with our staff!

An Appalachia 2016 Trip Meeting will be held in the parish hall at 7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 10.  Join us this Tuesday if you’re interested in going next June!
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THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
   Donations are being accepted at church to share Thanksgiving with the needy.  Please donate large, sturdy, recyclable aluminum roasting pans, boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, cans of turkey or chicken broth, and canned vegetables to the church bins.  Frozen Turkeys may be brought on Monday, Nov. 23 ONLY to the porch of 318 Third St.

    SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY STORE IN SHARPSBURG REQUESTING DONATIONS
    The Saint Vincent de Paul Store in Sharpsburg is looking for clean donations of used clothing and  home items.  Please make certain that everything is clean and in good order, and take donations to the store during daily store hours.  Thank you very much!
  
OUR PARISH SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY CONFERENCE INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM
    Would you like to be helpful and charitable to local families and individuals in need?  This is the work of our parish conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society!   Join them, and you’ll know that you’re truly carrying out the work of the Lord! 
    The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm in the ministry center library.  (Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of each month in the parish hall.)

A Dance for Persons with Disabilities will be held Thursday, November 12, 7pm-9pm, at Saint Maurice Parish, Ardmore Boulevard, Forest Hills.   Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for information.

PROMOTING THE CALL TO SERVICE
    Living a lifetime of service in the Church is not as common and as popular today as it was in past generations.  Yet it’s still very important that we extend the invitation to young people and encourage generous men and women to respond to the Lord’s call.  May we make the effort every day!

Men still needed to help the needy — the Saint Vincent de Paul Society needs men to move supplies during third Thursdays in their food bank in Sharpsburg.  If you can help during a three hour volunteer shift, please contact Boo Benckart by email here.  Thanks for serving like Jesus!

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.  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, November 2—Commemoration of All Souls
   8:30 am   Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
   7:30pm   Prayer Service for our Deceased Members

Tuesday, November 3—Saint Martin de Porres
   8:30 am   Ed Bierman (The Ware Family)

Wednesday, November 4—Saint Charles Borromeo
   8:30 am   Bill Slanders (The Slanders Family)

Thursday, November 5
   8:30 am   Catherine Blumel (Edna Jenca)

Friday, November 6
   8:30 am   Thomas Styslinger, birthday (The Styslinger Family)
 
Saturday, November 7
   9:00 am   Antonia Lopardo (Antonietta Costa & Family)

   5:00 pm   Louise & Arthur Bauer (Bob Bauer)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 8—32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Donal Hogan (Carol & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Fr. Neil McCauley (Marianne Chatham)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 1, 2015

Sunday: Rev 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a

Monday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40

Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24

Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33

Thursday: Rom 14:7-12/Lk 15:1-10

Friday: Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8

Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27/Lk 16:9-15

Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44


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 chicken (especially), canned vegetables, and canned beans. Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Also needed are: blankets, sheets, pillowcases, washcloths, and men’s sneakers (10-10.5).  Larger donations in bags and ALL CLOTHING DONATIONS may be brought to the side door of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside either 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

EXCITING HAPPENINGS AT CDTCA!
   •  CDTCA students in Grades 5 through 8 have been very busy putting to good use all our new Google Chrome Books in their Math, Science, and Language classes.  Thanks PTG!
   •  Our students in Grades 7 and 8 attended the Opening Ceremony for the new Hulton Bridge and visited with PA Governor Tom Wolfe!
   •  Our Veterans Day assembly will be November 11 to honor Veterans among our school families!

REPLY NOW AND JOIN US FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    These are the final days to 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.  Tickets are only $60.  It’ll be a fun evening!
    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 students are very grateful!

CDTCA SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
    Please mark your calendars for the annual CDTCA Scholastic Book Fair this November 19-21 in the parish hall!  Thursday and Friday hours are 8:00am—3:30pm and then 6:00—7:00pm on Saturday, Nov 21. 
    Come and find books and Christmas gifts for your children and grandchildren at the November 19-21 CDTCA Book Fair next month!  You can email here with any questions.
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You can donate to our parish electronically!  Visit www.saintscholastica.weshareonline.org  soon and follow easy directions on the site.  Thank you!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the  Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company, East Carson Street for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement. 

Jesus calls us all to be saints!
   As Catholic Christians, we know our ultimate goal is to live with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the realm of heaven.  It’s the goal that we should have in mind every single day! That means truly becoming saints of God—people of holiness and love each day!
   

   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


October 25, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    It’s a very good practice that we profess our faith using the Nicene Creed every Sunday in our Liturgy!  Reciting the creed together allows us to proclaim what we believe, and it also reminds us of the most important elements of our Catholic Christian faith. 
    Likewise, it’s a good practice for us to profess our faith wherever we are and whenever we pray.  We can all easily recite the Apostles Creed at any time.  The more that we make and renew our profession of faith, the stronger our faith will be.
   Jesus also assures us in today’s Gospel episode that our profession leads us forward on the path to eternal salvation!  Believing and trusting in God and then professing our faith will lead us more deeply into the very life of God.  The more deeply we live in God, the more we are filled with divine life and salvation!
    Our faith also gives clarity and focus to how we see the world and how we live.  Without our Christian faith, our vision is blurred.  Thanks to our Christian faith, we know who our Creator is, we know who we are as God’s children, and we know how to live as God’s holy people!  Yes, our faith professed  individually and together makes all the difference in our lives now and guides us to the eternal Kingdom promised us by Jesus.  God bless!                     
                                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    A wonderful prayer composed by Blessed John Henry Newman reminds us that:  “God has created me for some definite service.  He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another.  I have my mission.”  
    This prayer reminds all of us in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh that each of us has a contribution that we’re called to make toward the work of the Lord Jesus in our world.  Our first job is to renew the life of the Church so that we inspire others to follow Jesus.  What are you called to do?   Visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org for more info.

CHILDREN’S  ROOM AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents with very young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible by the stairwell near the front sacristy) had been the choir loft for 45 years, and it’s been the Children’s Room for 20 years now.    
    There’s seating for parents, small tables and chairs for children, a restroom, a diaper changing station, and other useful items.  Feel free to head upstairs with your little ones during any Liturgy.   You and your children may well appreciate the space!
     
FAIR TRADE FAIR THIS WEEKEND!
    After our Liturgies this October 24-25, our parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host its annual Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall.  Fair trade items, clothing, jewelry, chocolates, coffee, Christmas decorations, etc. are produced by people in third world countries and made available through Catholic Relief Services.  Sales will also benefit students in Haiti supported by our parish.  Come for your own personal shopping, and start your Christmas shopping this weekend at the Fair Trade Fair!  All are welcome!

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!
  
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).

Men needed to help the needy — the Saint Vincent dePaul Society needs men to move supplies during third Thursdays in their food bank in Sharpsburg.  If you can help during a three hour volunteer shift, please contact boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.

PROMOTING THE CALL TO SERVICE
    Living a lifetime of service in the Church is not as common and as popular today as it was in past generations.  Yet it’s still very important that we extend the invitation to young people and encourage generous men and women to respond to the Lord’s call.  May we make the effort every day!

Give praise to the Lord each day!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY HERE
   On Saturday evening, November 7, from 6pm—8pm, all students in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to a Middle School Faith Rally here in our parish hall.  Hosted by our Youth Ministry staff, this will be a fun black and yellow evening with Father Mike Ackerman as the guest speaker.  Please bring a canned good for the local food bank that evening.  For more info, please contact our youth ministry staff.

PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC
    On Sunday, November 8 at 10am, Mrs. Jamie Dillon will begin a five week seminar on good parenting with love and logic here at the parish.  Many parents and children have benefited from this program.  Contact Mrs. Dillon by email here for further information.  Please register now!
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2
    On Monday, November 2, at 7:30pm, our parish will  again hold our annual All Souls Day Memorial Service  to remember all of our parish members who passed away this year. 
    If you’d like to volunteer to assist with this service as ministers of hospitality, please contact Sister Pat Baker before October 27.  We are still in need of about 15 additional parish volunteers to help with this special service.  Your help is important!   Please contact Sister Pat or the parish office soon.  Thank you very, very much!

ADVENT/ CHRISTMAS CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED
    If you’d like to be part of our choral ensembles for the seasons and celebrations of Advent and Christmas (November 28—January 10), please contact Sister Pat Baker on or before Tuesday, October 27 in church or through the parish office. 
    Many Catholics enjoy offering their singing to the Lord in chorus during these coming holy days!  Please consider making a short term commitment to our music ministry for the coming holy seasons of Advent and Christmas.  You’re welcome to join them!

SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY STORE IN SHARPSBURG REQUESTING DONATIONS
    If you’re doing autumn cleaning or perhaps are downsizing, the Saint Vincent dePaul Store in Sharpsburg is looking for clean donations of used clothing and usable household goods.  Please make certain that everything is clean and in good order, and take donations to the store during daily store hours.
  
OUR PARISH SAINT VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY CONFERENCE INVITES YOU TO JOIN THEM
    Would you like to be helpful and charitable to local families and individuals in need?  This is the work of our parish conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society!  Join them, and you’ll know that you’re truly carrying out the work of the Lord! 
    The next meeting will be on Tuesday, November 10, at 6:30pm in the ministry center library.  (Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of each month in the parish hall.)

HELPING INFANTS AND CHILDREN IN NEED
    On Saturday, November 7, 10:00am, at the Pittsburgh Field Club, the Christ Child Society of Pittsburgh will host its annual Red Wagon Fare luncheon.  This women’s organization of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh raises funds to benefit at-risk infants and children with layettes, coats, and many other items.  Items are shared with children through various programs and also in domestic abuse shelters.  Tickets are $40.  Call 412-682-4102 this week for information and reservations!

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
   For the coming three weeks, donations are being accepted at our church to share Thanksgiving with those in need.  Please bring boxed stuffing, cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, and cans of turkey or chicken broth to the church donation bins.  Turkeys can be brought later in November.  More information to follow.

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.  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, October 26
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano (Mary Jo Romano)

Tuesday, October 27
   8:30 am   Bill Slanders (Joan Slanders)

Wednesday, October 28—Saints Simon and Jude
   8:30 am   Dr. J. Edward Ricketts (The Ricketts Family)

Thursday, October 29
   8:30 am   Mary Kay Greenwood (The Giuffre Family)

Friday, October 30
   8:30 am   Lorraine Clifford (The Aquinas Guild)
 
Saturday, October 31—All Hallows Eve
   9:00 am   John Cagnetti (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00 pm   Nurses & Physicians at Shadyside & St. Margaret Hospitals—Living (The Phillips Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 1—The Solemnity of All Saints
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Margaret Ferraro (Mary Louise Sullivan)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   John Smith (Annie Smith & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of October 25, 2015

Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52

Monday: Rom 8:12-17/Lk 13:10-17

Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25/Lk 13:18-21

Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22/Lk 6:12-16

Thursday: Rom 8:31b-39/Lk 13:31-35

Friday: Rom 9:1-5/Lk 14:1-6

Saturday: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29/Lk 14:1, 7-11

Next Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a

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 chicken (especially), canned vegetables and canned beans. Donation bins are in the church entrance. [Note: This online version has a more up-to-date list than the print bulletin.]
     Also needed are: blankets, sheets, pillowcases, and washcloths.  Larger donations in bags and all clothing donations may be brought to the side door of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do not leave any donations outside either 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thanks much!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

REPLY NOW AND JOIN US FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    It’s now 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.  We’ll be “Into the Woods”.  Tickets are only $60 with 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!

CDTCA SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
    Please mark your calendars for the annual CDTCA Scholastic Book Fair this November 19-21 in the parish hall!  Thursday and Friday hours are 8:00am—3:30pm and then 6:00—7:00pm on Saturday, November 21.  Come and find books and Christmas gifts for your children and grandchildren at the November 19-21 CDTCA Book Fair next month!  You can email here with any questions.

RETAIL CERTIFICATES ON SALE IN THE COMING MONTHS
    Our CDTCA staff will make retail certificates available for purchase in church on these Sundays: November 22, and December 13.  Thank you!
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You can donate to our parish electronically!  Visit www.saintscholastica.weshareonline.org  soon and follow easy directions on the site.  Thank you!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the  Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home and Crematory, Ltd.,  Blawnox   for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement. 

Jesus gives us sight and light
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus restores sight to the blind man Bartimaeus. Jesus can and will open our eyes as well when we are blinded by sin and selfishness. The Lord will also provide his divine light for us to know and follow the path to eternal life. Call upon him!   

    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

October 18, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    The Church of the Lord has existed in Christ Jesus for 2000 years now, and our life and history and growth throughout these twenty centuries have truly been blessed by the Holy Spirit of God! 
    Inspired by Jesus, the Apostles, the martyrs, the saints, and all our ancestors made every effort to share the Gospel and our faith with all who would accept the Good News.  There are more than one billion Catholic Christians around the world. 
    Still, local population changes and member participation changes also have a direct effect on the life of every local church.  Our state and regional population continues to decline, and our church participation continues to wane.  Even with the faithfulness and generosity of 30% of our Church members, retooling and resizing of the Church has become necessary for the future. 
   Part of our mission as God’s People is to be careful stewards of all our resources so that the Church will continue to remain alive.  This is why Bishop Zubik is asking all of us to come together during the next 3 years to chart our diocesan course for the future.  He is asking us to approach this diocesan process with courage, consultation, and compassion.  With the Lord’s help, we trust that this effort will strengthen our Diocese of Pittsburgh as we continue to make present the Church of the Lord and the Kingdom of God throughout our local region.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

ANOINTING LITURGY THIS SUNDAY AT 11AM
    This Sunday, October 18, at the 11am Liturgy, we’ll have the annual Anointing of the Sick.  Please sit in the front section of the church. The Sacrament of Anointing will be celebrated after the homily.

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

PROMOTING THE CALL TO SERVICE
    Living a lifetime of service in the Church is not as common and as popular today as it was in past generations.  Yet it’s still very important that we extend the invitation to young people and encourage generous men and women to respond to the Lord’s call.  May we make the effort every day!
  
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY
    Our annual observance of World Mission Sunday this weekend is one of our annual reminders that each of us is called to be a Missionary disciple of the Lord Jesus. 
    A few of us will go out and dedicate our lives to sharing the Good News in other lands.  Most of us will choose instead to remain at home and share our faith with those around us through our lives and through our financial gifts to the missions.
    We are given the extraordinary gifts of our Catholic Christian faith and way of life!  We are also called to share these blessings with many others.  Each day, we can do this  through our witness and by supporting the work of those who go out in the name of Jesus to share the Gospel and the Kingdom of God!

THIS SUNDAY’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This Sunday is World Mission Sunday when we recall the importance of supporting global Church efforts to bring the Gospel to all people.  Thanks for contributing to our Collection for the World Missions. Thank you for your generosity!

PARISH COFFEE HOUSE THIS WEEKEND
    This weekend, October 17-18, after all Liturgies, our Pastoral Council members will continue our coffee house gatherings in the Parish Hall of the Pastoral Center.  All parish members and guests are invited and welcome to join us and enjoy some time together!

A Baptism Preparation Seminar will be held here this Monday, October 19, at 7:30pm in the parish hall.  Mr. Andy Bechman will conduct the session.  Please contact the parish office on Monday to register.  The next session will be November 30. 

Men needed to help the needy — the Saint Vincent de Paul Society needs men to move supplies during third Thursdays in their food bank in Sharpsburg.  If you can help during a three hour volunteer shift, please contact boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

  All CCD Home Study students  are required to check in with our Religious Education directors this Sunday, October 18,  8am—9am  in the cafeteria!

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY HERE
   On Saturday evening, November 7, from 6pm—8pm, all students in grades 5 through 8 are welcome to a Middle School Faith Rally here in our parish hall.  Hosted by our Youth Ministry staff, this will be a fun black and yellow evening with Father Mike Ackerman as the guest speaker.  Please bring a canned good for the local food bank that evening.  For more info, please contact our youth ministry staff.

PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC
    On Sunday, November 8 at 10am, Mrs. Jamie Dillon will begin a five week seminar on good parenting with love and logic here at the parish.  Many parents and children have benefitted from this program.  Contact Mrs. Dillon here for further information.  Please register now!
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FAIR TRADE FAIR
    After our Liturgies of October 24-25, our parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host its second annual Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall.  Fair trade items, clothing, jewelry, chocolates, coffee, Christmas decorations, etc. are produced by people in third world countries and made available through Catholic Relief Services.  Sales will also benefit students in Haiti supported in part by our parish.  Come for your own personal shopping, and start your Christmas shopping next weekend at the Fair Trade Fair!  All are welcome!

40 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2
    On Monday, November 2, at 7:30pm, our parish will  again hold our annual All Souls Day Memorial Service  to remember all of our parish members who passed away this year. 
    If you’d like to volunteer to assist with this service as ministers of hospitality, please contact Sister Pat Baker before October 26.  Your help is important!

ADVENT/ CHRISTMAS CHOIR MEMBERS NEEDED
    If you’d like to be part of our choral ensembles for the seasons and celebrations of Advent and Christmas, please contact Sister Pat Baker this week in church or through the parish office. 
    Many Catholics enjoy offering their singing to the Lord in chorus during these coming holy days!  You’re welcome to join them!

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).

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN SEMINAR HERE
    This Wednesday, October 21, at 6:30pm in our parish hall, the Seminar on Protecting God’s Children will be offered once again.  This 2+ hour seminar will introduce participants to the need and importance of safeguarding children in our parish and in the community.  A Protecting God's Children seminar is required for all school and parish volunteers.  Call 412-781-7927 to register.

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!

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.  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, October 19—The North American Martyrs
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Miketic Family (The Miketic Family)

Tuesday, October 20—Saint Paul of the Cross
   8:30 am   John C. Sheedy (Maureen O’Brien)

Wednesday, October 21
   8:30 am   Don Kennedy Sr., Don Kennedy Jr., & Dorothy Madzelonka (The Kennedy & Madzelonka Families)

Thursday, October 22—Pope Saint John Paul II
   8:30 am  Mary Ruth Wessell Burke (Mr. & Mrs. Regis Wessell)

Friday, October 23—Saint John of Capistrano
   8:30 am  Paul & Marilou Kennedy (Paul F. Kennedy)
 
Saturday, October 24—Saint Anthony Claret
   9:00 am   Lorraine Clifford (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 25—30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Luke Hadley (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   The Doherty Family (Ann Nerz)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 18, 2015

Sunday: Is 53:10-11/Heb 4:14-16/Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45

Monday: Rom 4:20-25/Lk 12:13-21

Tuesday: Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Lk 12:35-38

Wednesday: Rom 6:12-18/Lk 12:39-48

Thursday: Rom 6:19-23/Lk 12:49-53

Friday: Rom 7:18-25a/Lk 12:54-59

Saturday: Rom 8:1-11/Lk 13:1-9

Next Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52

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 fruit, canned vegetables and beans, instant potato flakes and rice. Donation bins are in the church entrance.
    Please bring larger donations (in bags, not boxes) and all clothing donations to volunteers at the SIDE DOOR of 316 Third St., Aspinwall, between 10am and noon on Mondays and Fridays. Thanks for your generosity!

 THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
     The local group that serves our poor and homeless neighbors is preparing again for “Thanksgiving in the Streets” on Monday, Nov. 23.  Until then, the following items are needed:  large, sturdy, throw-away aluminum roasting pans, boxed stuffing, canned cranberry sauce, boxed instant mashed potatoes, and cans of turkey or chicken broth.  A complementary canned vegetable is a wonderful addition.  These items may be left in the containers near the front entrance of the church.
     In addition, frozen turkeys may be left on the front porch of 318 Third St. on Monday, Nov. 23, ONLY.  Please do not leave any turkeys at the church.  Last year, poor families received over 2,000 pounds of turkey from this effort!  Thanks for your generosity.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

REPLY NOW AND TAKE YOUR PLACES FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    It’s now 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.  We’ll be  “Into the Woods”.  Tickets are only $60 with 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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SESSIONS ON THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL
    During these weeks in the parish hall, Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff will hold weekly sessions to read and reflect together on Pope Francis’ first message to all Catholics, namely  The Joy of the Gospel.   Come on Thursday evenings from 7:30—9:00pm, or come on Wednesday mornings 10:00—11:30am.  The donation is only $10 for the program.  Call Andy at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 for information!   Come join us and be filled with joy!

All women of our parish are welcome to All Saints Parish, Etna this Thursday, October 22, at 7pm to learn about our local Ladies of Charity Association.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to S&T Bank at the Waterworks Mall  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their advertisement for contact information. 
    Also, S&T Bank will welcome all parents with children for an early Halloween celebration this Friday, October 23 from 9am—5pm.  Costumes are  welcome.  Snacks and beverages will be provided!  


Jesus requires humility and service     
   We all want to live a full and complete life, but we never live only for ourselves.  We are always family and community members.  Parents know this more than anyone.  In our Christian love and humility, may we always live for our family, our community, and others.
 

   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