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