October 4, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Every year, on October 4, we Catholic Christians remember and honor Saint Francis of Assisi as well as his love for poor persons and his care and respect for all created life!  In that Pope Francis has adopted the name of this saint of the 13th century, Saint Francis of Assisi is receiving even more attention in these years.
    As a young man, Saint Francis of Assisi came to a life of conversion and heroic holiness, witness, ministry, and poverty.  He seems to be beloved by all Christians and many who aren’t Christian as well.  He is a unique figure in the history of Christianity and also in human history.
    We admire his service of the poor to which Pope Francis calls us as well.  In addition, on this day when pets and animals are traditionally blessed (at 1pm here), we remember Saint Francis’ respect for creation and his care for all people and animals and life.  On this special day, may all of us learn and imitate Saint Francis’ life and his care for the earth and all creation.  God bless!       
                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

This Sunday, the flower arrangements at the altar have been donated in honor of Father Robert Duch and his 51st anniversary of ordination as a priest.

FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
    Until November 1, Forty Days for Life will hold a daily prayerful witness at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, downtown, to stand against the practice of abortion that is committed there.  For information, contact Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550)  OR  local director Nikki Bruni (412-926-9413).

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!

MEALS ON WHEELS IN OUR AREA
   Our local Meals on Wheels program is looking for adults who would benefit from their services.  They’re also looking for volunteers.  Please call Aspinwall Meals on Wheels (412-820-8350) to request meals OR  to offer your help!  

AN INCREDIBLE WEEK WITH POPE FRANCIS!
    Following several years of planning and preparation, Pope Francis’ visit to the United States in late September was a wonderful event for the Catholic Church, for our families, for our nation, and for our leaders as well!  This was a wonderful and historic event which all of us will hopefully remember for many years to come!  
    Like Pope Paul VI, Pope Saint John Paul II, and Pope Benedict, Pope Francis brought the Good News and great joy to millions of Church members and leaders and believers throughout the United States.  Look for commemorative videos and books in the coming days, and continue to celebrate and recall the visit of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.  God bless!

ANNUAL LIFE CHAIN TODAY, OCTOBER 4
    You’re invited by our Saint Scholastica Parish Respect  Life Committee to participate in today’s Respect Life Prayer Chain in Etna on Route 8 (at Butler Street and Grant Street, with parking on Catherine Street).  This will be a prayerful, silent public witness to the great importance of human life and the need to defend and protect all human persons, especially the pre–born, the disabled, and the elderly.  Call 412-781-6550 for info and the time.

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

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?  Rather than leave your family to chance, the Church encourages you both to give thought to the family you’d like to have and then make planning a part of your marriage and family 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 the ministry of handing on human life to children.  You can remain healthy and make a conscious decision to grow your family.
    Next Sunday, October 11, is Natural Family Planning Sunday in the United States.  For more NFP information, visit the US 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. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

For CCD students in K-5,  please enter and exit the school building ONLY through the Brilliant Avenue front doors beginning this week.  Thank you!

Pet Therapy Visits by grade 6-12 students to the Aspinwall Veterans Hospital will resume on Tuesday, October 6, from 4pm—5pm.  Reply by Monday.

The Youth Ministry will gather for the 5:00pm Liturgy next Saturday, October 10.   The annual YM Scavenger Hunt for Warmth will follow. 

A Confirmation Mega Meeting for every candidate and a sponsor or parent will be 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 this 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.

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.

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!  

The Eucharistic Rosary March in Downtown Pittsburgh  will take place on Sunday, October 4 at 1:30pm beginning at Epiphany Church beside the Consol Energy Center.  Call 412-884-3213 for info.

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. 
    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!

NEW EVANGELIZATION CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, October 10, from 12:30—5:30pm at the Monroeville Convention Center, a local Catholic conference on the New Evangelization will present national Catholic leaders in the effort to bring the Gospel to our region and to our nation.  The donation is $10.  Information and registration is available at www.stbrnadet.org.  Please consider participating!

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!

COLLEGE FAIR TODAY, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
    On 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. 

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 5
   8:30 am   Paul Solyan (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, October 6
   8:30 am   Joseph Smetanka (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday, October 7—Our Lady of the Rosary
   8:30 am   Pat Shaner (Family)

Thursday, October 8
   8:30 am   Sister Sylvia Schuler (Joan Slanders)

Friday, October 9
   8:30 am   Bertram Noe, birthday (Patricia Noe Kennedy)
 
Saturday, October 10
   9:00 am   Monsignor Donald Kraus (J. & N. Certo)

   5:00 pm   Ellen Voyer (Marion & Bob Auray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 11 — Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time   / Vocation Awareness Sunday
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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

   11:00 am   Bess and Art Hussey   (Son)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 4, 2015

Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12

Monday: Jon 1:1--2:2, 11/Lk 10:25-37

Tuesday: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 10:38-42

Wednesday: Jon 4:1-11/Lk 11:1-4

Thursday: Mal 3:13-20b/Lk 11:5-13

Friday: Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Lk 11:15-26

Saturday: Jl 4:12-21/Lk 11:27-28

Next Sunday: Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
  
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 stew, chili, or corned beef, canned vegetables and beans, soup, boxed macaroni and cheese, and boxed meal mixes.  Food donations may be left in the containers near the church’s front entrance.
    There is also an urgent need for the following: blankets, bedsheets, washcloths, pillowcases, and men’s sneakers in good condition, sizes 10 and 10½.  Small bags of these items may be left in the collection bins.  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. We ask that no donation be left anywhere outside of either 316 or 318 Third St. Thanks for your generosity!   God bless!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

MANY SPECIAL SCHOOL EVENTS IN OCTOBER
    This month, our students will be involved in many field trips as part of their education!  These school day visits include trips to the Carnegie Library in Oakland for research, visiting the replicas of Columbus’ ships, a trip to the Allegheny County plant for water conservation, and a local pumpkin patch!  Our quality CDTCA  education takes place inside our school and throughout our local area!

REPLY NOW AND SAVE YOUR SEATS FOR OUR FALL FLING ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
    It’s 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.   The theme will be  “Into the Woods”.  Tickets are only $60, and there are 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.  Free copies of Pope Francis’ letter are in the church entrances.  The donation is only $10 for the program.  Call Andy at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 to register now or email him here.  Please be sure to indicate whether you plan to attend the Wednesday morning or Thursday evening sessions.  Come join us and be filled with joy!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd.  for being a Sunday bulletin sponsor.  See their advertisement for contact information.

Jesus blesses married couples
We take much for granted: the earth, our lives, our Catholic faith and the Gospel, marriage and family life. Jesus reminds us today of the great importance of our marriages and families! May we keep in mind their importance, bless them all, and give thanks!
  
   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