November 8. 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As we approach the conclusion of this Church Year, the passages chosen from the Gospel according to Mark are very interesting and can be very instructive.  The account this weekend of the contributions offered by the wealthy men compared to the contribution by the poor widow prompts us to ask ourselves just how much of ourselves we’re willing to dedicate to the Lord.  This question will always be an important question for all Catholic Christians.
   Another question that arises from today’s account is this:  what is OUR motivation for being dedicated to God?  Have you ever given consideration to this question?  For some, the answer might be that they donate to the Lord and his Church because they want to remain on the Lord’s “good side”.  Others might contribute in the hope that they will continue to be blessed and fortunate in return.
    I think the most fitting reason for our contributions to the Lord, the Church, and the Kingdom is because we make a return to the Lord out of our tremendous gratitude for the life, the faith, the grace, the Gospel, the sacraments, the Church, and all the blessings that we have received individually and as God’s people.  We have been graciously blessed by God throughout our lives.  May this truth be the motivation for our generosity in return to the Lord as well as our love for God and our dedication to God.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

THE AQUINAS GUILD DIAPER DRIVE
    The Service Committee of our parish Aquinas Guild will be collecting diapers of all sizes (newborn and up) for the 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 next Sunday, November 15 before 12 noon.  Thanks for your support!

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT ON NOVEMBER 22
    The women of our parish Aquinas Guild will host their annual evening of prayer, music, and good food on Sunday evening, November 22,  4pm—6pm in the parish hall!  All women are invited and welcome to take part.  Local musician Sue Garton will present a prayerful spoken and musical reflection on the Season of Advent and the Advent wreath.  For information or to be part of the planning, contact Joanne (js.saunders@verizon.net OR 412-963-8319).

Baptism Preparation Session for new parents on November 30 at 7:30pm.  Call our office to register!
  
ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    Everyone wants to belong to something much bigger than ourselves.  Catholic Christians belong to a parish community.  We are all members of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Also, we’re members of the Church throughout the world.  Saint Paul goes even further and assures us that we’re members of the Body of Christ.  Our work “On Mission for the Church Alive” is to bring others into the Body of Christ.  To learn how you can accomplish this goal, visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org  OR  see the Pittsburgh Catholic, page 5 for more info.
  
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
    As we draw near to coming holidays and 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!

MEN’S WEEKEND RETREAT IN TWO WEEKS
    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) this week.

CHILDREN’S  ROOM AVAILABLE
    There’s plenty of space available for parents with young children upstairs in our Children’s Room.  This loft area (accessible by the stairwell near the front sacristy) has been the Children’s Room for 20 years.    
    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 will appreciate your own space!
   

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

PIE ORDERS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED!
    Orders for holiday pies are still being accepted at this time!  Order yours and help support our Appalachia Mission Trip in June 2016!  Thank you!

PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC
    This Sunday, November 8 at 10am, Mrs. Jamie Dillon will begin a five week seminar on parenting with love and logic.  Many parents and children have benefited from this program.  Contact Mrs. Dillon here for further information. Register today!

A Youth Ministry Pet Therapy visit to the VA Hospital, Delafield Road, will be held this Tuesday, November 10.  Register today with our staff!

An Appalachia 2016 Trip Meeting will be held in the parish hall at 7pm this Tuesday, Nov. 10.  Join us this Tuesday if you’re interested in going next June!
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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.
  
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 make certain that everything is clean and in good order, and take donations to the store during daily store hours.  Thank you very much!

A Luncheon Bingo will be held on Monday, Nov. 30, 1:00pm, at Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg.  Come to the Pope John Paul I Center on Ninth Street. The doors open at 11:30am, and admission is $10.  For information and tickets, call Barb (412-781-5732).

 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 this Tuesday, November 10 at 6:30pm in the parish Ministry Center library. (Meetings are usually the first Tuesday of each month in the parish hall.)

A Dance for Persons with Disabilities  will be held Thursday, November 12, 7pm-9pm, at Saint Maurice Parish, Ardmore Boulevard, Forest Hills.   Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for info.

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 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 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!

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 9—Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
   8:30 am   Mary Certo (The Certo Family)

Tuesday, November 10—Pope Saint Leo the Great
   8:30 am   Sister Rose Marie Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, November 11—Saint Martin of Tours
   8:30 am   Richard Rigatti (Patricia Rigatti)

Thursday, November 12—Saint Josaphat
   8:30 am   Sister Sylvia Schuler   (Joan Slanders)

Friday, November 13—Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
   8:30 am   The Kennedy Family (Paul F. Kennedy)
 
Saturday, November 14
   9:00 am   Gene Vandergrift (Georgene Veltri)

   5:00 pm   Virgilio Ferraro (The Ferraro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 15—33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Robert Auray, Sr. (Marion & Bob Auray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Betty Shannon (M/M Nicholas & Karen Torquato)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 8, 2015

Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

Monday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22

Tuesday: Wis 2:23--3:9/Lk 17:7-10

Wednesday: Wis 6:1-11/Lk 17:11-19

Thursday: Wis 7:22b--8:1/Lk 17:20-25

Friday: Wis 13:1-9/Lk 17:26-37

Saturday: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Lk 18:1-8

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

  
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 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

MANY, MANY FALL FLING THANKS!
   Our CDTCA PTG and our entire CDTCA community would like to thank everyone who attended and supported our annual Fall Fling on Saturday evening, November 7!   It was a wonderful event and will provide substantial support to our Catholic academy this year! 
   Our sincere thanks also go to Mrs. Dani Folino and Mrs. Erin Christoforetti and all our parents and volunteers for this year’s Fall Fling!   May the good Lord bless all of you for your generosity and your support of CDTCA this year and throughout all these years!!
  
EXCITING HAPPENINGS AT CDTCA!
   •  CDTCA thanks all veterans of the United States Military Services this Wednesday!   Our Veterans Day assembly will be November 11 and will honor all Veterans of our school families! 
   •  This year’s CDTCA value is Courage.  This month, our students are learning about acknowledging fear yet choosing to act courageously.

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, Nov 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 meganandmike@verizon.net  with any questions.
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In this Year of Consecrated Life, the Sisters of Divine Providence on Babcock Boulevard will host a presentation of the documentary movie  Band of Sisters in their auditorium on Sunday, November 22, 1:30—4pm.  Call 412-931-5241 to reserve your seats!  All are welcome! 

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  James P. Leslie, CFP of RBC Wealth Management, PPG Place  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his advertisement. 
    
Jesus asks for our commitment
Jesus uses the episode of the poor widow’s contribution to remind all his disciples that we’re called to be completely dedicated to him and to his ministry of building God’s Kingdom!  In what ways can each of us increase our commitment to Jesus and his work?

   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