October 11, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    So, who would ever try to fit a camel through the eye of a needle?  Probably no one would try that.  This statement of Jesus has probably puzzled many readers for centuries!
    In recent years, Biblical scholars seem to have come up with a logical answer.  For the first 1500 years of Christianity, the manuscripts of the Bible were compiled and copied by hand.  As such, small mistakes could be made.  Today, scholars believe that the word used should not have been “camel” but “rope” because the two words in Aramaic were only different by a single letter.  The word “rope” certainly makes more sense than “camel.”
    Yet which ever word is the original word, the point remains the same:  anyone attached to worldly wealth and possessions will have a very difficult time entering into the heavenly Kingdom of God.  Cling to the Lord Jesus, and he will give you entrance into the kingdom of heaven.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

PROMOTING THE CALL TO SERVICE IN THE CHURCH
    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!

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.  Thank you!

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?  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 planning in handing on life to children.  You can remain healthy and make a conscious decision to grow your family.
    This Sunday, October 11, is Natural Family Planning Sunday in the United States.  For more NFP information, visit the U.S. bishops' website here this month!

HOME STUDY COURSE FOR NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING
    Now you can learn all about NFP at your own pace and in your own home.  You’ll be guided by a teacher through email.  Get complete information at nfpandmore.org based in Steubenville, Ohio.  

PARISH COFFEE HOUSE NEXT SUNDAY
    Next Sunday, 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!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP LAST MONTH
September donations to our parish—                     $38,130
Monthly parish donations needed—                       $47,576

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

ANOINTING LITURGY NEXT SUNDAY AT 11AM
    Next Sunday, October 18, at the 11am Liturgy, we’ll have the annual Anointing of the Sick during the Mass.  All those who are older or are having health issues are invited to sit in the front section of the church, and the Sacrament of Anointing will be celebrated after the homily. You’re welcome to join us! 

NEXT SUNDAY’S SECOND COLLECTION
    Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday when we recall the importance of supporting global Church efforts to bring the Gospel to all people.  The annual Second Collection for the World Missions will be next weekend, October 17-18. Thanks for your generosity!

Men needed to help the needy — the Saint Vincent dePaul Society needs men to volunteer for lifting and moving supplies during third Thursdays in their food bank at St. Mary Church, Sharpsburg.  If you can help during a three hour volunteer shift, please contact boobenckart@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

A Confirmation Mega Meeting for every candidate and a sponsor or parent will be this Sunday, October 11, 12 noon in the hall.  Participation is required!

An Appalachia Mission Planning Meeting will be held Tuesday, October 13, 7:00pm in the parish hall.  Please attend if you’re interested in the 2016 mission.

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

DONATIONS ACCEPTED FOR BIRTHRIGHT ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    During Respect Life Month, our parish committee will accept donations at church exits on October 11.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
    Until November 1, Forty Days for Life program will hold a daily prayerful witness at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, downtown.  For information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).

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).

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!

50 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!

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!

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN SEMINAR HERE
    On 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.  This event is required for all school and parish volunteers.  Call 412-781-7927 to register.

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!

COLLEGE FAIR TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    This Sunday, October 11, 1—3pm,  Duquesne University will host reps from 100+ U.S. colleges and universities.  High school seniors and juniors are welcome to the Palumbo Center. Call 412-396-6222. 

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.

Love the Lord with all your heart!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 12—Columbus Day
   8:30 am   Stephen F. Miketic, anniversary (The Miketic Family)

Tuesday, October 13
   8:30 am   Sister Rosita Wellinger, living (Joan Slanders)

Wednesday, October 14—Pope Saint Callistus I, martyr
   8:30 am   Donna Sberna (Doreen Iannuzzi)

Thursday, October 15—Saint Teresa of Jesus, doctor
   8:30 am   Nellie & William McDonough (Michael & Marion Feeney)

Friday, October 16—Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
   8:30 am   John P. Roughen (Howard J. Roughen)
 
Saturday, October 17—Saint Ignatius of Antioch, martyr
   9:00 am   George W. Eckert, Jr. (Joe & Pat Canel)

   5:00 pm   Frederick Greif (Dorothy Breucken & family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 18 — Twenty-ninth Sunday in OrdinaryTime / World Mission Sunday / Laity Sunday
   7:30 am   Carmela Ferraro (The Ferraro Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Irma McAnulty Bandi (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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

Readings for the Week of October 11, 2015

Sunday: Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27

Monday: Rom 1:1-7/Lk 11:29-32

Tuesday: Rom 1:16-25/Lk 11:37-41

Wednesday: Rom 2:1-11/Lk 11:42-46

Thursday: Rom 3:21-30/Lk 11:47-54

Friday: Rom 4:1-8/Lk 12:1-7

Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18/Lk 12:8-12

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

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 mashed potatoes, boxed mac ‘n cheese, and boxed meal mixes. Donation bins are in the entrance. 
     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.  Thanks much!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

PROMOTING CHRISTIAN COURAGE
    At CDTCA, the Christian Value we’re promoting this year is Courage.  Each class has reflected on what courage means. Their thoughts are on display.  Now, students are discussing the Life and Dignity of the Human Spirit as well as the words “Do Not Be Afraid.”
  
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
    Beginning this week in the parish hall, Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff will hold six weekly sessions to read and reflect together on Pope Francis’ first major message to all Catholics, namely The Joy of the Gospel.  Come on six Thursday evenings from 7:30—9:00pm beginning October 8, or come on six Wednesday mornings 10:00—11:30am beginning October 14.  The donation is only $10 for the program.  Call Andy at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 to register now!   Come join us and be filled with joy!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Patsy Welsh Ford at Howard Hanna Real Estate  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See her advertisement for information. 

Jesus offers us God’s salvation

   All too often, we think of faith and religion in nega- tive terms as if Jesus became human just to judge us and condemn us . Instead, we believe that Jesus became human primarily to bring life and salvation to all of us. May we follow the Lord’s way to salvation!


   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