November 29, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    This Sunday is a very special day as we begin a new Church Year!  While many people are interested in holiday plans and shopping, we see this Sunday as the beginning of our annual commemoration of the Lord Jesus.  Today, we begin again the year long celebration of our Christian faith and the events and good news of Jesus’ life and ministry!
    As we recall the life and message of the Lord and the heritage of Catholic Christianity throughout this entire year, we do so in anticipation of the Jesus’ return into the world at the end of history!  This is why we pray “Come, Lord Jesus!” during Advent and throughout the Church Year. 
    May we always appreciate our faith in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May we keep in mind what wonderful gifts the Gospel and the Church are.  Also, may we acknowledge all the goodness and blessings that Christianity has brought to humanity and to our world.  At the same time, may we renew our hope in the Lord Jesus and his promise to return one day to complete God’s Kingdom and bring salvation to his faithful people!  Have a good new Church Year.  God bless!     
                                                                                  — Father Jim Torquato

OUR NEW HOLY YEAR OF MERCY
    On Tuesday, December 8, Pope Francis will officially inaugurate the Holy Year of Mercy during which all Catholic Christians are invited to celebrate the mercy and forgiveness of God that is at the heart of Jesus’ Gospel. 
    Please see the insert in last weekend’s Pittsburgh Catholic for excellent information about the Holy Year.  News about our diocesan and parish events for the Holy Year of Mercy will be shared in the bulletin during the weeks and months ahead.  May we all rejoice in the Lord’s Divine Mercy.  God bless!

OPENING THE CATHEDRAL HOLY DOOR FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
    For nine centuries, Popes have called for a Holy Year as a sacred jubilee of our Catholic faith and life.   Now they are usually scheduled every 25 years, but a Pope can hold a Holy Year when he thinks it’s fitting.
    The Holy Doors for the Holy Year (usually set at the Basilicas of Rome) are destinations for Catholic pilgrims as they travel more deeply into the divine life of God.  Pope Francis has asked every bishop to have a local Holy Door at their own cathedral.  Bishop David Zubik will open our Holy Door on Sunday, December 13 at 2:30pm.  All are most welcome!

 BEGINNING OUR ADVENT GIVING TREE
    This weekend, November 28-29, we’re beginning our annual Advent Giving Tree Program to share Christmas kindness with the needy in our community—and especially with many children!   Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated as we share the blessings of our Christmas celebration with others. 
     Please plan to return all donations during the weekend of December 12-13  so that they can be distributed to all gift recipients during the week of December 13.  Thank you very, very much for your Christmas generosity!

LIGHTING THE  ADVENT WREATH IN CHURCH
    Each year, we invite parish members and families to step forward at our weekend Advent Liturgies and light the candles of the Advent Wreath! 
    If you and/ or your family would like to participate in this Advent ritual, please sign up in the main entrance of the church.  The sign up forms are on the November Remembrance Table in the main entrance.  Please volunteer and sign up now!

BEST ADVENT EVER!
    Deepen your experience of Advent and Christmas this year!  Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly is offering daily inspirational emails with short videos, encouragement, and coaching at the Dynamic Catholic website.  The program is called “Best Advent Ever—Rediscover Mercy.”   Register for the Year of Mercy at the Dynamic Catholic website here

COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISITING HAITI NOW
    During this week, both Dr. Maureen O’Brien, PhD, and Mr. John Cravotta of our parish’s Hope for Haiti Committee will travel to Haiti with members of the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation to visit the students and families helped by you, by our parish committee, and by the Mortel Foundation. 
    They would appreciate your prayers this week during  their mission trip as they visit the schools where Saint Scholastica Parish is currently sponsoring students.  These students study at the Good Samaritans Elementary School and the James Stine Middle and High School.
    Our parish members will return with photos and impressions of life in Haiti and all that’s being done to give hope and help to the people there in true need!

Lottery Calendars for 2016  will be sold by CDTCA students here at church next weekend.  The donation is $25.  Daily prizes are $25-$275.  Calendars also make great Christmas gifts!  For questions, contact Lori by email here or call 412-580-2982.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

DECEMBER 5 YOUTH MINISTRY HELP AT CATHOLIC CHARITIES
    On Saturday, December 5, the Youth Ministry will assist our Diocesan Catholic Charities with a Christmas Project at their downtown offices from 9:30am--4:15pm.  All high school and middle school students are welcome to participate.  Please reply to the Youth Ministry office this week.  Chaperones are also needed.

YOUTH LITURGY AND CAROLING
    On Saturday, December 12, all of our youth are invited to participate in the monthly Youth Mass at 5:00pm.  Then they will head to the V.A. Hospital for caroling!  Wear your favorite holiday sweater.  Donations of cookies and milk are also welcome!
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CHRISTMAS CARDS ARE AVAILABLE NOW FROM OUR RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE
    Once again this year, beautiful and inspiring Christmas cards are available from members of our Respect Life Committee.  The cards are $6 for a packet of ten cards.  Your donation will help Respect Life efforts!  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) this week!
    Also, thanks to our parish members, $906 was donated recently to Birthright and those they serve!

DECEMBER 9 EVENING FOR CONFESSIONS
    You’re cordially invited by Bishop David Zubik to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation during the evening of Wednesday, December 9, from 6:00pm—9:00pm in our parish church. 
    As we begin the Holy Year of Mercy on December 8, this evening of mercy and forgiveness will be a true blessing for our parish and for all members who participate in this sacrament given us by the Lord Jesus.  No matter how long it’s been since you’ve celebrated this sacrament, be sure to come on December 9 and be renewed in grace and holiness by Jesus and the Holy Spirit!  You’ll rejoice that you did!

WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR AS A PARISH
    We have 1216 families in Saint Scholastica Parish and a total membership of 2835 individuals.  Each Sunday, we have an average of 770 adults and children participating in our Liturgies.  On average,  27% of our parish members participate in our Sunday worship.  Hopefully, we’ll grow in the coming years.  Please invite others to join us each weekend!

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!
  
BUILDING THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    We build many good and important things!  Our most important work is building the Kingdom of God.  This is what “On Mission” is all about!  To learn how we can accomplish this goal, visit www.OnMission ChurchAlive.org  OR  see the page 5  of the Pittsburgh Catholic  for more information.

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 30 — Saint Andrew, apostle
   8:30 am   Harry & Geneva, anniversary (Lorraine Clifford)

Tuesday, December 1
   8:30 am   Alfreda Kopec   (The Bonessa Family)

Wednesday, December 2
   8:30 am   Martha F. Flynn   (The Gallagher Family)

Thursday, December 3 — Saint Francis Xavier, priest
   9:00 am   Dr. Robert C. Block (Tish Marsico)

Friday, December 4 — Saint John Damascene
   8:30 am   The Noe Family   (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Saturday, December 5
   9:00 am   Hope Parente   (The VanDemark Family)

   5:00 pm   Edward P. Williams   (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, December 6 — Second Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Gloria Greco  (Dennis & Bernie Bonessa)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Dominic Bucci (Geri Chichilla)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of November 29, 2015

Sunday: Jeremiah 33:14-16/Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/1 Thessallonians 3:12--4:2/Luke 21:25-28, 34-36

Monday: Romans 10:9-18/Psalm 19:8-11/Matthew 4:18-22

Tuesday: Isaiah 11:1-10/Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17/Luke 10:21-24

Wednesday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Matthew 15:29-37

Thursday: Isaiah 26:1-6/Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27/Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Friday: Isaiah 29:17-24/Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14/Matthew 9:27-31

Saturday: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26/Psalm 147:1-6/Matthew 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6-8

Next Sunday: Baruch 5:1-9/Psalm 126:1-6/Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11/Luke 3:1-6

MANY THANKS TO OUR FOOD CONTRIBUTORS
   All those who received turkeys and food for Thanksgiving are most grateful to our parish donors!  They’re truly thankful for your kindness and generosity!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned chicken, fruit,  or beans;   peanut butter, and cereal. Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) 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 EVENTS AT OUR ACADEMY
    Our students at CDTCA have been busy this month preparing for Advent and Christmas! 
    Our Second Grade students performed Christmas carols at the Aspinwall Light Up Night last weekend. 
    Students in Grades 3 and 4 made decorations for the UPMC Saint  Margaret Hospital Christmas Tree, they took part in lighting the tree, and they sang for patients at the hospital.  Many thanks to Mary Lee Gannon and the Saint Margaret Foundation for their invitation and their hospitality. 
    Also, our CDTCA elves have been busy preparing this year’s Santa’s Workshop!  Students will start their Christmas shopping this December 3-4.  The workshop will be open to parish members December 5-6 after each Liturgy.  Come and take a look this week!

SANTA’S WORKSHOP IS COMING!
    As noted above, this December 5-6,  Santa’s Workshop will be held in our Parish Hall.  This sale of handmade crafts and inexpensive items will be open for all parish members after next weekend’s Liturgies to help you start your Christmas shopping!  Come find  items for your family and all on your Christmas gift list!
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COOKIE BAKING FOR THE FOOD PANTRY
    All women of our parish are invited to bake a batch of Christmas cookies to be shared with the many
families served by the Sharpsburg Food Pantry.  Please bring all homemade donations to the school cafeteria on Sunday, December 13, 8am—12 noon!

A DECEMBER WEEKEND RETREAT FOR MEN CONSIDERING A CALL TO THE PRIESTHOOD
    This December 18-20,  all men 18+ years of age are welcome to a retreat to discern a possible call to ordained priesthood.  Vocation Director Father Joseph Freedy and diocesan staff will conduct this retreat.  Find information this week at www.pghpriest.com.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Chad Gregorini and State Farm Insurance, Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his bulletin advertisement.  
 

 Jesus will return one day!
     Yes, Jesus will return! This belief and hope is at the heart of our Catholic Christian faith. It is the event that will conclude the building of God’s Kingdom and bring eternal salvation to the Lord’s people. This is also the reason why we all say “Come, Lord Jesus!”    

     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

November 22, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    We have family, and we have friends.  We have neighbors, and we have fellow believers.  We may also have heroes and celebrities whom we admire.  Yet it is God who is most important in our lives!
    It is God who created the universe and all life.  It is God who sustains all human persons and all created life.  It is God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who is most important to everything that we are and all that we will be in the future.
    This belief is the reason why we honor Jesus, the incarnate Son of God, and proclaim him to be the Lord of all humanity, of all history, and of the entire universe!  Jesus is our Lord and Savior and King!  May we give fitting honor to Jesus today and every day.  God bless!                
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

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, canned jellied cranberry sauce, boxed instant mashed 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 Street.  Please do NOT leave any turkeys at the church.  Last year, needy families received over 2,000 pounds of turkey thanks to your generosity!

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT THIS SUNDAY
    Our parish Aquinas Guild will host their service of prayer, music, and food this Sunday, November 22,  4pm—6pm in the parish hall!  All women are invited and welcome.  Contact Joanne today by email here  OR  at 412-963-8319.   Plan now to join in this special event, and be certain to let us know soon that you’ll be coming to this special evening event this Sunday!

WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR AS A PARISH
    Each October, Bishop Zubik asks us to report the size of our parish community and the number of participants in our weekend Liturgies.  Thanks to the efforts of our parish staff, we finally have an accurate parish census that indicates we have 1216 families in Saint Scholastica Parish with a total membership of 2835 individuals.  As for Sunday participation, this October, we had an average of 770 adults and children participating in our four weekend Liturgies.  This means that, on average,  27% of our parish members participated in our Sunday worship.  Hopefully, we’ll grow in the coming years!
 
CELEBRATING THANKSGIVING DAY!
    Best wishes to all of our parish members and families for a very good and happy Thanksgiving Day!   As we celebrate this special American holiday, may you continue to be blessed by the Lord.  May all of us remember to give thanks to God in prayer this Thanksgiving Day and every Sunday and every day!   Everyone is invited and welcome to join us at 9:00am for our annual Thanksgiving Day liturgy!   God bless!

COLLECTION FOR OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    This weekend, the entire Church in the U.S. is again conducting our effort to support Retired Religious Sisters and Religious Brothers in their later years.  These dedicated women and men gave their lives in our schools, hospitals, and parishes for little or no compensation in service to the Lord and the Church.  Thank you for your generosity in this Sunday’s Collection as we together care for all our Retired Religious in the Church of the United States!

PREPARING FOR OUR ADVENT GIVING TREE
    Next weekend, November 28-29, we’ll begin our annual Advent Giving Tree Program to share Christmas kindness with those who are needy in our community—especially with many children!   Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated as we share the blessings of our Christmas celebration with many others.  Please plan to return all donations during the weekend of December 12-13  so that they can be distributed to all gift recipients during the week of December 13.  Thank you very, very much for your Christmas generosity!

LIGHTING THE  ADVENT WREATH IN CHURCH
    Each year, we invite parish members and families to step forward at our weekend Advent Liturgies and light the candles of the Advent Wreath! 
    If you and/ or your family would like to participate in the Advent ritual, please sign up in the main entrance of the church.  The sign up forms are on the November Remembrance Table in the main entrance.  The First Sunday of Advent is coming on November 28/29.  Please volunteer and register now!

BEST ADVENT EVER!
    Deepen your experience of Advent and Christmas this year!  Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly is offering daily inspirational emails with short videos, encouragement, and coaching at the Dynamic Catholic website.  The program is called “Best Advent Ever—Rediscover Mercy.”   Register for the Year of Mercy at the Dynamic Catholic website here.

A Baptism Preparation Seminar  will be held next Monday evening, November 30, at 7:30pm.  Please call our parish office (412-781-0186) to register. 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

THANSKGIVING HOLIDAY THIS WEEK
    In observance of our Thanksgiving Day holiday, CCD classes will NOT be held the week of November 23-29.  Have a great holiday, and give thanks to God!

THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION IS THIS WEEKEND IN INDIANAPOLIS
    This weekend, thousands of young Catholics and Youth Ministers are in Indianapolis for the NCYC Convention!  Our Diocese and parish will be well represented by Jamie and Scott Dillon, Meredith Troyan, Casey Dillon, Lindsay Arnone, and Alison Arnone.  Best wishes to them as they celebrate Youth Ministry with Catholic Christians from around the USA!

As our Catechetical Year moves right along,  all of our students are reminded to take part in our Religious Education programs and special events! 
    Please join us for CCD classes and YM sessions as well as:   Intersection Bible Study, Family House visits, Nov. 30 Christmas shopping for the needy, Habitat for Humanity projects, Pet Therapy at the VA Hospital, and our Appalachian Mission Trip.  All these programs are meant to deepen your life of faith and service.  Your efforts will also be a blessing to many in need!
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UNITED FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    Many are the challenges that all Catholic Christians face today.  However, united in faith and on mission, we can face the challenges of these and future years.  May we always be on mission together!  To learn how we can accomplish this goal, visit the On Mission for the Church Alive! website here  OR  see the page 5 of the Pittsburgh Catholic  for more information.

THE PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC WAS DELIVERED TO ALL PARISH HOUSEHOLDS!
    This weekend, all registered households of our parish and every parish in the Diocese of Pittsburgh have received a copy of the Pittsburgh Catholic.   This is part of the  Diocese’s evangelization effort to share the Good News with all Catholic households and to invite all Catholic families to celebrate Advent and Christmas with us in our Liturgies and in all Catholic homes.  Please be sure to read the Catholic today! 

BIRTHRIGHT VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSION
    This coming Saturday, November 28, 2-5pm, Birthright of Pittsburgh will hold a training session for new volunteers who’d like to help with their efforts to assist young moms and infants.  Call 412-621-1988 or visit www.birthrightpittsburgh.org and register now.

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 on the third Thursday of each month 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!

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 take donations to the store during daily store hours.  Thank you very much!

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.

Give thanks to the Lord for all our blessings!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, November 23 — Pope Saint Clement I, martyr
   8:30 am   Graemer Hilton (Dr. & Mrs. John McCarthy)

Tuesday, November 24— The Vietnamese Martyrs
   8:30 am   Sarah Kristen Owen, anniversary (Family)

Wednesday, November 25—Saint Catherine of Alexandria, virgin
   8:30 am   Catherine R. Mahardy (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Thursday, November 26—Thanksgiving Day
   9:00 am   John Reynolds (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Friday, November 27
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Block (Kathleen Piper)
 
Saturday, November 28
   9:00 am   Dr. Macario Co (Gail Wood)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 29 — First Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   Carol A. Strahler   (The CDTCA Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Mary Auray (Marion & Bob Auray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Elizabeth Garonzi   (The Pace/ Kamin Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 22, 2015

Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4

Tuesday: Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11

Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk 21:12-19

Thursday: Dn 6:12-28/Lk 21:20-28

Friday: Dn 7:2-14/Lk 21:29-33

Saturday: Dn 7:15-27/Lk 21:34-36

Next Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our homeless and poor neighbors now needs these food items:  canned vegetables, canned beans,  spaghetti sauce, canned chicken, rice, canned chili, peanut butter and cereal. Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) 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!

CDTCA THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY
    Following this Wednesday’s annual Turkey Bowl, our Catholic Academy students and faculty will begin the Thanksgiving holiday, November 26 — November 30.  Classes will resume on Tuesday, December 1.  Enjoy this special five day holiday!  God bless!

SANTA’S WORKSHOP IS COMING!
    This December 3-4, Santa’s Workshop will be held in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall.  This sale of handmade crafts and inexpensive items will be held for CDTCA students and families as well as all parish members to help everyone start your Christmas holiday shopping!  Come find special items for your family and all those on your Christmas gift list!

Retail gift cards will be on sale this Sunday morning, November 22,  after our Liturgies in the church entrance.  Your purchases will benefit our Catholic Academy!   Thank you very much!
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OUR ANNUAL COOKIE BAKING FOR THE SHARPSBURG FOOD PANTRY
    All women of our parish are invited to bake a batch of Christmas cookies to be shared with the many families served by the Sharpsburg Food Pantry.  Please bring all homemade donations to the school cafeteria on Sunday, December 13, 8am—12 noon!

A DECEMBER WEEKEND RETREAT FOR MEN CONSIDERING A CALL TO THE PRIESTHOOD
    During the weekend of December 18-20,  all men 18+ years of age are welcome to a weekend retreat to discern a possible call to ordained priesthood.  Vocation Director Father Joseph Freedy and our diocesan staff will conduct this special weekend.  Find information and register this week at www.pghpriest.com.

A PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
    A Pittsburgh area trip to Medjugorje will be held April 26—May 5, 2016.  Call Cathy (412-278-4673).

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Splurge, Freeport Road  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement. 
    
Jesus Christ is King!
Jesus Christ stands above all our human leaders and heroes and celebrities!  Jesus alone is the divine Son of God and the Savior who will bring us eternal life.  As such, we acclaim Jesus as our King and our Lord.  May we give all praise and honor to him alone!

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

November 15, 2015


A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     For 2000 years, Christians have been speculating as to when Jesus might return as he promised. We know that, even in our own generation, a number of people have wrongly speculated about the end of the world and the coming of the Lord. 
    Whether it was supposed to be in the first Christian generation or in 100AD or in 2000AD, many people thought that they could decipher when Jesus would return to the earth.
    Yet the Lord himself tells us that we should not be occupied with this question, because NO ONE will know what the Father’s plan will be until God the Father decides to bring history and humanity to their completion. While we won’t know when Jesus will return, may we always be ready when he comes to gather all his faithful people into his final and eternal Kingdom. God bless!                        
                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato

WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR AS A PARISH
    Each October, Bishop Zubik asks us to report the size of our parish community and the number of participants in our weekend Liturgies.  Thanks to the efforts of our parish staff, we finally have an accurate parish census that indicates we have 1216 families in Saint Scholastica Parish with a total membership of 2835 individuals.  As for Sunday participation, this October, we had an average of 770 adults and children participating in our four weekend Liturgies.  This means that, on average,  27% of our parish members participated in our Sunday worship.  Hopefully, we’ll grow in the coming years!

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT ON NOVEMBER 22
    Our parish Aquinas Guild will host their evening of prayer, music, and food on Sunday, November 22,  4pm to 6pm in the parish hall!  All women are invited and welcome.  We’ll have a prayerful reflection on the Season of Advent and the wreath along with music by local musician Sue Garton.  Contact Joanne (by email here  OR  412-963-8319).  Reservations required.  Plan now to join in this special event!

THE AQUINAS GUILD DIAPER DRIVE
    The Service Committee of our parish Aquinas Guild is collecting diapers of all sizes (newborn and up) for youngsters helped by the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Allegheny County.  Your donations will help the victims of neglect and abuse.  Please bring all donations of diapers and wipes to the Parish Hall this Sunday, November 15 before 12 noon.

LIGHTING THE  ADVENT WREATH IN CHURCH
    Each year, we invite parish members and families to step forward at our weekend Advent Liturgies and light the candles of the Advent Wreath! 
    If you and/ or your family would like to participate in the Advent ritual, please sign up in the main entrance of the church.  The sign up forms are on the November Remembrance Table in the main entrance.  The First Sunday of Advent is coming after Thanksgiving on November 28/29.  Please volunteer and register now!

GRIEVING AND COPING WITH DEATH
    This Sunday afternoon, 1-3pm, in the parish hall, our Saint Scholastica Bereavement Outreach Committee will offer a video presentation entitled Beyond Death’s Door along with prayer and discussion.  All are welcome to attend—especially those who’ve lost a family member or loved one this year or in recent years.  Please join us!
  
COLLABORATING FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    When it comes to creating good things and promoting the growth of the Kingdom, and when it comes to addressing and solving problems, then we need to undertake these efforts together!  This means collaboration—good people working together! 
    Central to “On Mission for the Church Alive!” is the whole Diocese working collaboratively to address our opportunities and our challenges.  There’s much to be done.  It’s time to begin talking with one another!  To learn how we can accomplish this goal, visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org  OR  see the page 5  of the Pittsburgh Catholic  for more information.

Baptism Preparation Session for new parents on November 30 at 7:30pm.  Call our office to register!

Retail gift cards will be on sale next Sunday, November 22,  after our Liturgies .  Your purchases benefit our Catholic Academy!   Thank you very much!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
    As we draw near to 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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
THE NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONVENTION IS THIS WEEK IN INDIANAPOLIS
    During the weekend of November 19-22, thousands of young Catholics and Youth Ministers from around the USA will gather in Indianapolis, Indiana for the  annual NCYC Convention!  Our Diocese and parish will be well represented by Jamie and Scott Dillon, Meredith Troyan, and Casey Dillon.  Best wishes to our parish members as they celebrate Youth Ministry with Catholic Christians from around the nation!

Home Study CCD students are required to check in with our Religious Education staff this Sunday morning, November 15 in the school cafeteria from 8:00am-9:00am. 

Thanks to all our students and adults who participated in last Saturday’s Middle School Faith Rally!  More than 75 students and 12 adults enjoyed an evening of faith and activity and prayer!

As our Catechetical Year moves right along, all of our CCD and Youth Ministry students are reminded to take part in our catechetical programs and our special events throughout this year! 
    Please join us for classes as well as:   Intersection Bible Study, Family House visits, November 30 Christmas shopping for the needy, Habitat for Humanity projects, Pet Therapy at the VA Hospital, and our Appalachian Mission Trip.  All these programs are meant to deepen your life of faith and service.  Your efforts will also be a blessing to many in need!
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OUR COLLECTION FOR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    Next weekend, the entire Church in the U.S. is again conducting our effort to support Retired Religious Sisters and Religious Brothers in their later years.  These dedicated women and men gave their lives in our schools, hospitals, and parishes for little or no compensation in service to the Lord and the Church.  Thank you for your generosity in next Sunday’s Collection as we now care for all our Retired Religious in the Church of the United States!

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.

PREPARING FOR OUR ADVENT GIVING TREE
    This November, we’ll begin our annual Advent Giving Tree Program to share Christmas kindness with those who are needy in our community and our region, especially with children here and in other areas!  Your participation and generosity are greatly appreciated as we share the blessings of our Christmas celebration with many others.

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!

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 take donations to the store during daily store hours.  Thank you very much!

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 16 — Saint Margaret of Scotland
   8:30 am   Sister Rosita Wellinger—Living (Joan Slanders)

Tuesday, November 17 — Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
   8:30 am   Kathleen Anderson (Rosemary & Mark Studer)

Wednesday, November 18 — Saint Rose Duchesne
   8:30 am   Robert Caswell (Kathleen Burke & Family)

Thursday, November 19
   8:30 am   Richard Kovach (The Lyle Family)

Friday, November 20
   8:30 am   Nicholas Hanchulak (Barbara Michaels)

Saturday, November 21 — Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Certo Family (J. & N. Certo)

   5:00 pm   Elizabeth M. Williams (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 22—Solemnity of Christ the King
   7:30 am   Dr. & Mrs. William H. Labriola, anniversary (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Joseph & Anna Wessell (Mr. & Mrs. Regis Wessell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 15, 2015

Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32

Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43

Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10

Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28

Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44

Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/Lk 19:45-48

Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13/Lk 20:27-40

Next Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our homeless and poor neighbors now needs these food items:  canned vegetables, canned beans,  boxed macaroni and cheese, boxed meal mixes, peanut butter and cereal. Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) 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!  
OUR CDTCA FALL FLING RESULTS
    The Annual CDTCA Fall Fling at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club was a tremendous success!  The attendance increased to nearly 150 adults, and the auctions and raffle and donations raised more than $31,000 for our Catholic Academy!  Your commitment to supporting CDTCA is truly appreciated by many in our community, especially the students in our school who benefit from our Catholic educational program!
    Drawn by our Principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich, the winner of the Fall Fling $500 Raffle was Mr. Kevin Scheffler of Saint Scholastica Parish who in turn donated his prize back to CDTCA!  Thanks very much to you Kevin and to your family!   Again, many thanks to all who supported and participated in the Fall Fling.  Your generosity to CDTCA is greatly appreciated!
   Special thanks also go to Mrs. Dani Folino, Mrs. Erin Christoforetti, Mrs. Luci Massaro, and our entire PTG for your amazing dedication and work!

CDTCA SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
    Please mark your calendars for the annual CDTCA Scholastic Book Fair this November 19-20 in the parish hall!  Thursday and Friday hours for parish members are 9:00am—12:00pm.  The Book Fair will NOT be open Saturday.
    Come and find books and Christmas gifts for your children and grandchildren at the November 19-20 CDTCA Book Fair!  You can email here with any questions.

Best wishes to our CDTCA Forensic Team which will begin their competitions on Saturday, November 21.  May your training and efforts bring you success!
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A PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORJE
    A Pittsburgh area trip to Medjugorje will be held April 26—May 5, 2016.  Call Cathy (412-278-4673).

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Dr. Bradley D. Smith, DMD and Smiles by Smith Orthodontics  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his advertisement. 
    
Jesus will return to save us!   At the end of time, we believe that the Lord Jesus will return to his people here on earth and will complete his work of building God’s Kingdom!Then we will share in the final Resurrection of all God’s People and enter into the glory of the Lord! “Come Lord Jesus!”


   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
Email: parish@saintscholastica.com
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