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