January 17, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In his letter to all Catholic Christians entitled The Gospel of Life,  Pope Saint John Paul II reminded us that we must promote and support and foster human life and the life of all creation each and every day of our lives. 
    It’s important to have events such as the January 22nd March for Life which remembers the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.  It is also good to have our Respect Life month in October every year.
    Yet, in addition to having these events, it’s also essential that we express our gratitude and respect for life every day!  We must be people of the Gospel of Life at all times.  Before humanity eliminates even more people, it’s necessary that we respect and promote the goodness and sacredness of life every day.  God bless!                                  —Father Jim Torquato
    
OUR SAINT ANTHONY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
    This weekend, January 16-17, every parish in our Diocese will hold the annual Second Collection to support the work of the St. Anthony School Programs for Children with special needs as well as to support the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated!

2015 CHRISTMAS APPEAL RESULTS
    In early December,  our parish staff sent Christmas Financial Appeal Letters to more than 450 households from whom we have not heard in recent years.  We requested their assistance and financial support for our parish community and operations.
    Of the 450 Appeal Letters sent last month, we’ve received 7 responses (1%+) and a total of $1,420  in donations.   We’ll continue to request support from all our parish households so that we might keep our parish alive in the years and generations ahead!
    Many thanks once again to all of our regular and annual financial contributors for all of your generosity and support throughout each year.  Your kindness  and donations are greatly appreciated and truly necessary.  Thank you!

BECOMING A NEW HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER
    If you have some free time, our local hospitals would greatly appreciate your assistance as an adult volunteer!   You can assist at UPMC Mercy Hospital at 412-232-8111.   You may also volunteer at 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!
  
OUR WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Many centuries ago, Christian unity and the Church of the Lord were fractured because of disagreements and cultural differences.  For the past century, genuine efforts have been made among all Christians to restore unity to the Lord’s people. 
    Please join all Christians in praying for unity among the Lord’s disciples during this week of January 18-25.   May the Holy Spirit draw all of us together into one faith, one holy life, and the one People of God!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP IN DECEMBER
December donations to our parish —                      $43,039
Monthly parish donations needed —                       $47,576

Christmas donations to our parish —                       $22,073
Budget amount for Christmas —                               $21,500

Thank you for your generosity and support!

ANOTHER SPECIAL COLLECTION NEXT WEEK FOR FLOODING AND TORNADO VICTIMS
    Many people across our nation have seen the video reports from various regions in our country devastated  by terrible flooding and destructive tornadoes in the past four weeks.
    Because so many have suffered from these disasters and because so much has been destroyed, the Catholic Bishops of the United States are asking that each parish in every diocese conduct a special collection NEXT WEEK,  January 23-24,  for the relief of those affected by these tornadoes and flooding in our country.
    Your generosity will be greatly appreciated in a special Second Collection next weekend!

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, regular participation of our members has declined, and financial support has also decreased.  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!  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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
  • For the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be NO CCD classes on January 17 or 19. 
  • Hoagies purchased to benefit the 2016 Appalachia Trip  will be available for pick up on January 23-24.

  • Our Second Grade Reconciliation Retreat  will be held on Saturday, February 27 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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IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    For twelve years, Mrs. Natalie Gillespie has provided leadership for our Sunday 9:00am Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  She offered a kid friendly interpretation of the Bible readings for each Sunday and encouraged and guided others in this ministry as well.  At this time, Mrs. Gillespie has decided to step down from this role.  We offer many thanks to her for all that she’s shared with our children and our parish throughout these twelve years!
    As such, we’re seeking adult parish members to lead this program and to serve as assistants in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  With a small commitment, you can truly benefit our parish children!  High school and middle school students can also help and learn to be leaders. 
    If you’d like to know more, please contact  Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff by email here.  Your help will be greatly appreciated by our families and their young children!


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!

A Baptism Preparation Session for expectant and new parents will be held on Monday, February 1, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Come learn about the sacrament and the ceremony!   Contact Mr. Andy Bechman through our parish office.  The next session will be March 14.

The Vincentian Academy Open House  will be held next 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 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.

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.  

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 18 — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
   8:30 am   Tud Albacker  (Georgene Veltri)

Tuesday, January 19
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert, Jr.  (Family)

Wednesday, January 20 — Saint Sebastian, martyr
   8:30 am   Rita Marie Thomas  (Georgene Veltri)

Thursday, January 21 — Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr
   8:30 am   Edward Page   (The Newell Family)

Friday, January 22 — Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Preborn Children
   8:30 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary   (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, January 23 — Saint Vincent, martyr
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Family)

   5:00 pm   John Marmarella  (Wife & Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 24 — Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Margaret Leonard   (The Troyan Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Barlow Palminteri  (Roseann & JoJo Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 17, 2016

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

Monday: 1 Samuel 15:16-23/Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23/Mark 2:18-22

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 16:1-13/Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28/Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10/Mark 3:1-6

Thursday: 1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13/Mark 3:7-12

Friday: 1 Samuel 24:3-21/Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11/Mark 3:13-19

Saturday: 2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7/Mark 3:20-21

Next Sunday: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  instant potatoes, cereal, oatmeal in boxed packets/small cylinders, as well as canned chili, beef stew, corned beef, chicken, and any canned protein.   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!

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!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

     All Catholic Schools in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week this coming February 1-8!  Join us in celebrating Catholic School education both in past generations and today!   Great beginnings do last a lifetime!

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, 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. Afterward, there will be a reception for alumni in the parish hall.   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 THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
    This 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  Catholic Relief Services (CRS)   for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.

 Jesus brings us God’s blessings!
   Among the reasons why Jesus came from God the Father to live among us was God’s desire to share love, goodness, and blessings with all of us! Today’s story of the miracle at the Cana wedding is a wonderful account of the Lord’s goodness to the people of his day.  Yet it should remind us that God blesses us generously too!

     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