January 10, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
     For Jesus, the event of his Baptism was the beginning of his public ministry.  It was also the proclamation from God the Father that Jesus was the Son of God and the Messiah sent to God’s People!
     For all of us who are Catholic Christians, our Baptism is the beginning of our spiritual life in God!  The Sacrament of Baptism brings a cleansing of our souls, and it fills our souls with divine life and grace.  While most of us were baptized as infants, this first sacrament is the most important gift shared with us following our birth into the natural world.
    The life in God and life in the Church that are shared with us in our own Baptism are of tremendous importance for each of us, for our lives, and for our eternal life in the Kingdom.  May all of us cherish our Baptism, and may we always live as faithful and holy disciples of the Lord Jesus so that, with all the Lord’s people, we will come to glory in God’s Kingdom.  God bless!                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato
     

RCIA NEWS—WELCOME TAMMI!
    The RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) is the process through which adults are baptized and enter the Catholic Church.  Miss Tammi DeMauro has now completed the Rite of Acceptance and has entered into the Order of Catechumens.   
    Following a time of Inquiry, Tammi has entered into a formal relationship with the Church and our parish.  Joining the Catechumenate and its apprenticeship in Christian living, Tammi will continue to 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.  Congratulations, Tammi, and welcome to our Catholic community!

BECOMING A NEW HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER
    If you have some free time, our local hospitals would greatly appreciate your assistance as an adult volunteer!   Training is given, and any required clearances will be facilitated by the hospital. 
    You can assist at UPMC Mercy Hospital which is the only Catholic hospital in our Diocese and in the region.  Please call them at 412-232-8111.   You may also wish to volunteer at the nearby UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital which is affiliated with the Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Please call 412-784-4000 to volunteer at Saint Margaret Hospital.  Thank you for sharing your help with these hospitals!

THE REASONS FOR OUR “ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!” PROGRAM IN THESE NEXT TWO YEARS
   During the coming two years, our entire Diocese will be examining our life as a Church in order to prepare for the future.  This is necessary because of changes in our demographics and in the Church. 
    First, while the population is growing in other regions of our nation, the population of our region is not increasing.  Most communities and school districts certainly know this.  Second, the regular participation of our members has declined, and financial support has also decreased in recent decades.  Finally, the number of priests serving our Diocese continues to decline as well.
    Given this scenario and given the need to plan responsibly for the future, Bishop Zubik will be leading us through a process of preparing for the decades ahead.  Plans for the future will be announced in 2018 as we seek to keep the Church Alive and well! 

THIS SUNDAY’S PANCAKE BREAKFAST
    This Sunday, January 10, from 8:00am until 1:00pm, our Respect Life Committee will hold their annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast in the school cafeteria.  Everyone is welcome!  Please use the Third Street entrance.  The donation for a regular breakfast is $5, and the donation for a smaller breakfast is $4.   Proceeds will help with their travel to the January 22 March for Life in Washington, DC.
  
OUR SAINT ANTHONY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN COLLECTION
    Next weekend, January 16-17, every parish in our Diocese will hold the annual Second Collection to support the work of the Saint Anthony School Programs for Children with special needs as well as to support the DePaul School for Children with Hearing Needs.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated by all the children served as well as their families!

THANKS FROM THE HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
    Our Hope for Haiti Committee would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed donations through the parish’s Christmas Giving Tree toward the benefit of the six students we support in Haiti at the Good Samaritans School and the James Stine College in Saint Marc, Haiti.  Your generosity came to a total of $1,875!   Your donations are making quality Catholic education available to the poor and young of Haiti.  We’ll keep you informed about these students and their schools in 2016.   God bless!

May God bless you and your family in 2016!


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

TODAY’S CONFIRMATION PREP MEETING
    This Sunday, January 10, at 12 noon, all eighth grade students wishing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this year must attend our Mega Meeting with either a parent or your sponsor. 

THE DATE FOR OUR CONFIRMATION CEREMONY
     The date for this year’s Confirmation celebration here at Saint Scholastica Parish has been set for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:00pm with Bishop David Zubik.  This date is later than usual because Bishop Zubik will be leading a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April.  As such, his schedule of Confirmations will be delayed for a time, but we will be very happy to welcome our Bishop on June 5!

CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS THIS WEEK
   •  Intersection High School Bible Study today, January 10, at 10:00am in the Ministry Center, and then again on January 24.
   •  Appalachia Mission Trip meeting this Tuesday, January 12 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

   •  A visit to Family House to cook dinner will be held this Wednesday, January 13 at 4:15pm.
   •  The Silver Ring Thing program on chastity for students in grades 8-12 will be this Friday, January 15, at 6pm in Scott Township.  Visit www.silverringthing.com for complete information.

   •  For the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be NO CCD classes on January 17 or 19.
   •  Orders for Hoagies to benefit the 2016 Appalachia Trip are being taken now through January 16.   All hoagies are made fresh and will be available for pick up on January 23-24.
  
   •  Our Second Grade Reconciliation Retreat  will be held on Saturday, January 23, from 10:00am-12:00pm.  First Reconciliation will be celebrated then.  All students must be accompanied by one or both parents for this special event.   
   •  Home Study Check In for all Students and Families in the Religious Education Home Study program will be Sunday, January 24, 8:00-9:00am.
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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.   

HELP FOR MARRIAGES IN DISTRESS
    Would you like to renew your married life?   Many couples need some help to reconnect verbally, emotionally, and spiritually.  The weekend program Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) is offered here in our Diocese to do just that.  It’s helped thousands of married couples to renew their marriages.  A weekend program will be held this weekend January 15-17.  You may call 412-277-3434 for confidential information and registration.

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 in Cranberry Township, 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.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this special day!
  
The Vincentian Academy Open House will be held on Sunday, January 24 from 11:30am—1:30pm, and the Entrance Exam will be January 18.  Call Kathy at 412-364-1616, ext. 115 for further information.

A local two evening course on the spirituality of the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be held on Wednesdays, January 27 and February 3, from 6:30pm—8:30pm at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road.  The presenter will be Father Michael Ackerman.  The donation is $15.  Contact Lisa Rulis (412-486-5521) this month.

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!

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, January 11
  8:30 am   Vince Janisko  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, January 12
  8:30 am   Carmella Tarasi  (Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, January 13—Saint Hilary, bishop
  8:30 am   James Stellitano   (Ore Veltri Family)

Thursday, January 14
  8:30 am   Frank Bisceglia   (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Friday, January 15 
  8:30 am   Mary Legath  (Tom & Elaine McKenna)

Saturday, January 16
  9:00 am   William & Grace Huston  (Tish Marsico)

  5:00 pm   Vincent Leo Ruggiero  (Wife & Family)
     Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 17—Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
     Presider: Father James Torquato

  9:00 am   Joseph O’Donnell   (Bill & Kathleen Gavlak)
     Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

  11:00 am   Barbara Fisher   (The Donnelly Family)
     Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 10, 2016

Sunday: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11 or Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7/Psalm 104:1b-4, 24-25, 27-30/Titus 2:11-14; 3:4-7 or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38/Luke 3:15-16, 21-22

Monday: 1 Samuel 1:1-8/Psalm 116:12-19/Mark 1:14-20

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 1:9-20/1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8/Mark 1:21-28

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20/Psalm 40:2, 5, 7-10/Mark 1:29-39

Thursday: 1 Samuel 4:1-11/Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25/Mark 1:40-45

Friday: 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22a/Psalm 89:16-19/Mark 2:1-12

Saturday: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a/Psalm 21:2-7/Mark 2:13-17

Next Sunday: Isaiah 62:1-5/Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10/1 Corinthians 12:4-11/John 2:1-11


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  spaghetti sauce, rice, instant
potatoes, and canned chili, beef stew, or chicken.  Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing 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 WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Be sure to join all Christians in praying for unity among the Lord’s disciples during the week of January 18-25.   May the Holy Spirit draw all of us together into one faith, one holy life, and one People of God!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

JANUARY 30  OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
    On Saturday, January 30, from 2:00pm—4:00pm, our Academy will welcome all interested parents and students planning to enter Pre-School or Grades K-8 next August.   If you’re interested in a quality Catholic education here in our regional academy, come join us for a tour and for discussions with our parents and staff.  Reservations are suggested but not necessary.  Please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927  OR  by email here)  for information. 

SCHOOL ALUMNI EVENT THIS JANUARY 23
    CDTCA will be hosting our 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 in the parish hall.   Please save the date and invite your classmates and other alumni to join us!  We look forward to our alumni evening together and to seeing all of you here!  

CDTCA RETAIL GIFT CARDS ON SALE NEXT SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
    Next Sunday morning, January 17, after our Liturgies, our Academy staff will make retail Gift Cards available in the church entrance for purchase.  Thank you for supporting our Academy!

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 UPMC -- the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement.

THE BAPTISM OF JESUS
The Baptism of the Lord Jesus was truly a very important event that initiated his public ministry.  Jesus did not need a cleansing of any sin.  Rather, he showed his oneness with God’s People, and God the Father proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah and Savior!

     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