December 27, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Best wishes to you and your family and your relatives and friends for a joyful and blessed Holy Family Sunday, New Year’s Eve, and January 1 Holy Day! 
    These holidays are among the most wonderful days of the year, and they’re a blessed way to conclude this year of 2015 and to begin the new year of 2016!
    And of course, the best and most memorable way to spend this time is to be together with our families!  We may take our families for granted most of the year, but hopefully on this Holy Family Sunday and in these holidays, we’ll know the blessing and value of the Holy Family and of our own family as well!  Have a good 2016 in your life and with your family!                                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato
     
RCIA NEWS—WELCOME TAMMI!
    The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process through which adults enter the Catholic Church.  On Saturday, January 9, at the 5:00pm Liturgy, Miss Tammi DeMauro will participate in the Rite of Acceptance into the Order of Catechumens.   
    Following a time of Inquiry, Tammi will now enter into a formal relationship with the Church and our parish.  She will enter the Catechumenate which is an apprenticeship in Christian living.  Tammi will be guided by our RCIA team and pastor as she begins her participation in our parish, in our formation and service, and in our prayer together.  You’re welcome to meet Tammi.   Please join us on January 9 at our 5:00pm Liturgy for the Rite of Acceptance!

OUR CATHEDRAL HOLY DOOR FOR THE YEAR OF MERCY
    The Holy Doors for any 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.  Here in Pittsburgh,  Bishop David Zubik has opened our Holy Door at Saint Paul Cathedral.  All our members and our families are most welcome to make this Diocesan Holy Door a pilgrimage destination during the next twelve months!   You’ll be grateful you did!
  
OUR JANUARY 1, 2016 HOLY DAY TO HONOR THE MOTHER OF GOD AND TO PRAY FOR WORLD PEACE
    Every January 1, we who are Catholic Christians take time to begin the new calendar year with time in prayer!  This is always the very best use of our time as human beings!
    On January 1, we honor Mary as the Holy Mother of God, the Mother of the Lord Jesus, the Mother of our Savior.  We also take the time to pray for peace in our world!  It is also a day when the Church still obligates us to come and worship the Lord.
    This New Year’s Eve and Day, we will gather again in worship.  Our December 31 evening Mass is at 4:00pm, and our January 1 Mass is at 10:00am.    Please mark your calendar and join us for our celebration of January 1 and the Blessed Mother and our Day of Prayer for World Peace!

THANKS TO ALL FOR MAKING THIS A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION!
    Our celebrations of Christmas and the Christmas Season are very special events every year!  Thanks to the efforts of our parish members and families as well as our parish staff, our Christmas Liturgies are prayerful and memorable each year!
    Many thanks once again are extended to: our choir members and cantors and musicians, our music director, our lectors and Communion ministers, our servers and ushers, our collection crew and collection counters, our church decorators, our parish staff and our custodial staff, and all those who’ve been helpful this year!
    We hope that everyone has enjoyed a joyful and prayerful Christmas celebration here in our parish.  Best wishes for this holy season, and best wishes for a good and blessed New Year 2016!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GIVING TREE GENEROSITY AND GIFTS!
    Once again, thank you very much for all of your gifts and generosity in our annual Giving Tree effort!  Your goodness has been of benefit to many children, young people, and families both here and in nations that need tremendous help from us.
    Again, thank you very much!  Your generosity has brought joy and benefits to many this Christmas!  May your Christmas be joyful with the same joy that you’ve given to many others this year!

LOOKING AHEAD FOR RELIGIOUS ED  AND YOUTH MINISTRY
    On Sunday, January 10, at 12 noon, all eighth grade students wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Spring must attend the next Mega Meeting with either a parent or your sponsor. 
    The next Youth Liturgy is scheduled for Saturday, January 2 at 5:00pm.  Please contact Mrs. Dillon to participate in the youth ensemble!

CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS IN THE CHURCH ALIVE!
   When Christmas Day concludes, have you ever known anyone to ask: ‘Is that all there is?’  When people celebrate this wonderful holiday without any faith, there’s not much left after the gifts are opened.  Yet for all of us who believe in the Lord Jesus, there is so much more than gifts and dinner.  There’s the whole story and promise of our salvation in Christ Jesus.  Always be a faithful disciple of the Lord and an active member of his Church, and you’ll be amazed at all there is in our faith and in our life together.
   To read more, visit www.OnMissionChurchAlive.org  OR  see page 5 of the Pittsburgh Catholic  for more information.
  
WOULD YOU LIKE TO RECEIVE MONTHLY OR WEEKLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES IN ORDER TO SUPPORT OUR PARISH COMMUNITY?
    From time to time, our parish staff receives a request for contribution envelopes from families who are currently registered.  For some reason, they disappeared from the list of parish families and members who receive either weekly or monthly contribution envelopes.
    If you are one of these families who (for some reason) don’t receive weekly or monthly contribution envelopes but would like to receive envelopes, please contact our parish office to request contribution envelopes in 2016.
    The financial support of all our members and families is very important so that our parish community will continue to be vital and strong now and in the years ahead!  Thank you all very much!  God bless!

APRIL REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    All women of our parish and of the Diocese are welcome to the Saturday, April 16, Day of Reflection on God’s Mercy from 8:00am—3:00pm.  This Day of Reflection will be held at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, and it will be sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Registration will open on January 15.  More information may be found at www.womenalivepgh.org.  Additional information will also be shared through the bulletin in the coming months.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this special day!

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!

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!
    Will you be making nay New Year’s Resolutions?  If so, will you also be making spiritual resolutions?  Will you try to read the Gospels and the Bible more?  Will you come to the Liturgy every Sunday?  Will you give more time to the Lord and spend more time in silent prayer?  Think about it, and make your resolution now!

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!

Please remember Saint Scholastica Parish in your final plans and your will.  Thank you very much!

Best wishes for a Blessed New Year!

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, December 28
   8:30 am   Edwin Fairley, birthday   (daughter, Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, December 29
   8:30 am   Domenico Scuilli   (The Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, December 30
   8:30 am   Lorraine Clifford   (Brenda & the Scanlon Family)

Thursday, December 31 — New Year’s Eve
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano   (wife, Mary Jo Romano)

   4:00 pm   Dr. Robert Block  (A. Styslinger)

Friday, January 1—Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God
   10:00 am   Ellie Pantone   (husband Joe & children Joey, David & Marilyn)

Saturday, January 2 —Saint Basil and Saint Gregory
   9:00 am   Rhodora & Jack Donahue—Living  (The Dolan Family)

   5:00 pm   Dr. Robert C. Block  (John & Louise Carson)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 3 — Epiphany Sunday
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Stanley Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Sr. Genevieve Brandstatter, C.D.P  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of December 27, 2015

Sunday: 1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-28 or Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14/ Psalm 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10/        1 John 3:1-2, 21-24 or Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/ Luke 2:41-52

Monday: 1 John 1:5--2:2/ Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8/ Matthew 2:13-18

Tuesday: 1 John 2:3-11/ Psalm 96:1-3, 5-6/ Luke 2:22-35

Wednesday: 1 John 2:12-17/ Psalm 96:7-10/ Luke 2:36-40

Thursday: 1 John 2:18-21/ Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13/ John 1:1-18

Friday: Numbers 6:22-27/ Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/ Galatians 4:4-7/ Lk 2:16-21

Saturday: 1 John 2:22-28/ Psalm 98:1-4/ John 1:19-28

Next Sunday: Isaiah 60:1-6/ Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-13/ Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/ Matthew 2:1-12

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned meat or fish, canned red or black beans, cereal, and boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper). Donation bins are inside our church.  Duffel bags and adult backpacks are also always welcome.
     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 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

Our Children’s Room is available for our Sunday Liturgies.  Please ascend the stairs near the sacristy entrance (by the organ).  There are seats for all as well as tables for the young ones.  There’s also a restroom and a diaper changing station.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

ENJOY YOUR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY!
    Best wishes to all our CDTCA families and students and faculty and staff for a Blessed Christmas and a very good holiday in the days ahead!  Our Christmas holiday break continues this week, and classes will resume on Monday, January 4.  May Christ the Lord give you goodness, grace, and many blessings as we celebrate his birthday!  Best wishes for a very good New Year in 2016!  God bless!

SCHOOL ALUMNI EVENT COMING JANUARY 23
    CDTCA will be hosting our new annual Alumni Event on Saturday, January 23!   We’ll begin with the 5:00pm Liturgy in the church, and then the Varsity Girls will play Saint Bede School at 6:30pm, and the Varsity Boys will play Saint Bede School at 7:45pm. Following the games, there will be a reception for alumni.   Please save the date and invite your classmates to join us!  We look forward to our alumni evening together and to seeing all of you here! 

CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE
    Lottery Calendars for 2016 are still available in the school office or by contacting Mrs. Lori Russell by email here.  Each calendar is $25, and the daily prizes range from $25—$275.  Your participation in the Lottery Calendar will benefit CDTCA  in 2016!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Catholic Match.com for being a bulletin sponsor. 
    
Jesus loves every family!
    Jesus’ family life with Mary and Joseph must have been very special and also very human and loving! Every family is blessed by God, and Jesus appreciates and wants to bless every family as well! May you and your family always know the blessings of the Lord! 


     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