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