October 2, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus’ mission during his earthy ministry was to stir up faith in the hearts of all people — faith in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Jesus planted the seeds of faith into the hearts of all those who heard his preaching.   Those who know the Lord through the writings of the New Testament are also called to place our faith in the God of Jesus Christ.   This faith is our human response to the divine gift and invitation of God to know God’s love and to receive God’s divine life.
    As Saint Paul reminds us today in the Second Letter to Timothy, we need to fan this gift of faith into a living, burning flame.  This divine gift of faith is given to us for our benefit.  We can bring it to life, or we can let this gift be extinguished by the world and all the challenges of life.   
    If you want a strong and living faith, tune out the world around you and spend quiet time with Jesus.  Ask him to be with you and to send his Holy Spirit into your heart.  The more time you spend with Jesus, the more faith in God you will have.  Give time to Jesus each day, and you will truly believe in the Lord and all we believe about him and about God.  Once again, God bless!   
                                                                                                        —Father Jim Torquato

THIS SUNDAY’S BLESSING OF PETS
    With the Memorial of Saint Francis being celebrated this October 4, we’ll hold the annual Blessing of Pets this Sunday afternoon at 1pm.  Bring your pets to the Third Street entrance of the Pastoral Center for this annual event!   All are welcome.

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
    This month is a time when all Catholic Christians are invited to pray the Rosary daily.  It’s a special way to honor Mary and to deepen our faith in Jesus.  Pray the Joyful, Sorrowful, Glorious, and Luminous Mysteries, and draw close to Jesus and to the Lord’s Mother, Mary of Nazareth! 

MEN’S BEER AND PIZZA EVENING
    The organizers of our Fall men’s retreat invite all men to a free beer and pizza evening this Monday, October 3, at 7:00pm, in the parish hall.  Learn what happens on a retreat weekend and what benefits you will receive.  The retreat itself takes place at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the South Side from 5:00pm Friday, November 18 until noon on Sunday, November 20.  The theme of this year’s retreat is  “Make known to me your ways, O Lord!”  from Psalm 25.   For info, contact Jim Fanning here.  Sign up now!
  
ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    This month, our Diocesan planning process entitled “On Mission for the Church Alive!”  is now well underway.  You’re all certainly very familiar with the need to reconfigure our parishes and schools given the current state of our Catholic population and our Sunday  participation and financial support. 
    Next week, on Monday, October 10 and again on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00pm, staff from our Diocesan administration will be here at Saint Scholastica Parish to present the model/s proposed by the Diocese for the four parishes of our cluster.  Please  join us for this presentation and discussion from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on October 10 or October 12.      
     It’s good and important that everyone who can attend does attend so that many parish members will hear these proposals and then discuss them.  Yes, the discussion will continue throughout 2017, and then decisions and a new future will begin in late 2018.  Join us in keeping the Church alive and hopeful in the years ahead!  God bless!

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY AND RESPECT LIFE MONTH
    Every October, all Catholic Christians are reminded to invite others to respect and protect life — especially the life of the pre-born, those who are vulnerable, and the elderly.  This Respect Life Sunday is a day to stand up for the dignity and sanctity of human life.  Then the entire month is a time to promote life and respect for life in every way that we can!

THIS SUNDAY’S RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    This Sunday, October 2, from 2pm—3pm on Route 8 in Etna (from Kittanning  Street to Grant Street), members of our community will take part in the Prayer Chain for Life.  It is a silent, prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life and our need to protect life from the womb to the tomb.  You’re welcome to stand in this silent, prayerful witness.  Come to Route 8 at Grant Street to receive a sign and prayer card.  Join us!

 40 DAYS FOR LIFE DOWNTOWN
    From September 28—November 6, every day from 7am to 7pm,  Catholic Christians will be taking part in a Vigil for Life at the Planned Parenthood clinic downtown at 933 Liberty Avenue.  Your participation can save the lives of pre-born children as well as the lives of mothers.  Visit  www.40daysforlifepittsburgh.com  for information.   All who love life are welcome to come and peacefully pray and be witnesses for life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

OUR NEW CATECHETICAL YEAR
    Now that all our parish students have returned to their academic studies, we’ve begun our Religious Education program and formation for all our young students studying in public schools and local private academies.  All CCD students should be involved in our programs at this time.  Registration will close this week for the catechetical year.   
    As we continue this catechetical year, many thanks go to all who participate in this important program.   May the Lord bless you in this effort!

On Saturday, October 8, Youth Ministry students are welcome to help the Allegheny County Food Bank with their Produce to People program.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here if you’d like to participate!

CCD Home Study check in for all students in this program will be Sunday, October 9, from 8am-9am in the school cafeteria.

On Wednesday, October 12, at 4:15pm, our Youth Ministry will take students to Family House in Oakland  to cook a meal for the residents there who are awaiting treatment in Pittsburgh hospitals.   High School and Middle School students are most welcome.  Contact Jamie here or Meredith here by October 10!

The Senior High Retreat will be October 14-16.   It will be held at Summer’s Best at the Que.  Contact Mrs. Dillon here this week if you’re interested.  Join us!

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH  F.C.A.H.S.  HOME FOOTBALL GAME!
    Now that the basement of the Pastoral Center has been renovated, all our high school and middle school students are welcome to gather and socialize after  Fox Chapel Area High School home football games.  Come after the game, and bring a friend or two!
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9:00AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is held for children ages 4-10 during the 9:00am Sunday Liturgy.  We’re in need of leaders and assistants.  You can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message for our youth.  Contact Molly Conroy at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.
    For the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we ask that children be comfortable leaving their parents for 20 minutes and be able to sit reasonably still.  Snacks and toys should remain with parents.   Parents are most welcome to come join your children if you’d like.
 
LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has established a Ministry of Prayer.  If you’d like prayers offered,  OR  if you’d like to pray for others, please sign up near the video screen in the church entrance.  You may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

This Sunday, October 2, at 1:00pm, the annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be held downtown beginning and concluding at Epiphany Church near Chatham Center.  All are welcome to participate!

A Craft Show Extravaganza will be held by the Sisters of Divine Providence at their Motherhouse, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in Allison Park, 10am—3pm, on Saturday, October 8 with 70 crafters, raffles, and lots more.  Call Pat Serafini (412-635-5401) for info.

A New Beginning Weekend for anyone widowed, separated, or divorced will be held October 21-23 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  For information, visit www.BeginningExperience.org.

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

The Saint Anthony School Programs Auction and Dinner honoring Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston will be held Friday, October 21, 5:30pm, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.   All proceeds support the St. Anthony School programs which provide an education to special needs children.  Call 724-940-9020 for information and reservations.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  Visit www.stanthonykids.org for full program information.

Need support for your marriage? Attend a Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call 412-277-3434.

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, October 3
   8:30 am   Francesca Alvin (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Tuesday, October 4 — Saint Francis of Assisi
   8:30 am   Peter Buccieri   (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Wednesday, October 5
   8:30 am   Msgr. Donald Kraus  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Thursday, October 6 — Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
   8:30 am   Betty Kost  (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, October 7 — Our Lady of the Rosary
   8:30 am   Pat Shaner  (Family)

Saturday, October 8
   9:00am   Peter Buccieri  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Maryrose Block)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 9 —  28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Gino Marsico  (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Bertram Noe  (Patricia Noe Kennedy)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of October 2, 2016

Sunday: Hebrews 1:2-3; 2:2-4/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14/Luke 17:5-10

Monday: Galatians 1:6-12/Psalm 111:1-2, 7-10/Luke 10:25-37

Tuesday: Galatians 1:13-24/Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15/Luke 10:38-42

Wednesday: Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14/Psalm 117:1-2/Luke 11:1-4

Thursday: Galatians 3:1-5/Luke 1:69-75/Luke 11:5-13

Friday: Galatians 3:7-14/Psalm 111:1-6/Luke 11:15-26

Saturday: Galatians 3:22-29/Psalm 105:2-7/Luke 11:27-28

Next Sunday: 2 Kings 5:14-17/Psalm 98:1-4/2 Timothy 2:8-13/Luke 17:11-19

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned red or black beans;  canned vegetables;  macaroni and cheese, and prepared meal mixes.   Gray bins are located in church. 
    Also urgently needed are:  Men’s trousers in waist sizes 30-38,  men’s athletic shoes in good condition, towels, and pillows.
    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!

DINNER TO BENEFIT DIOCESAN PERU MISSION
    The people of Chimbote, Peru are among the poorest of the poor.  Our Diocese has sent support to them for 51 years!  You can help by attending the annual Peru Mission Dinner on Friday, October 28 at 6:00pm at the Station Square Sheraton.  Contact our parish office for information.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Attorney Paul Giuffre  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his ad for info.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE NORTH HILLS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS?
    As you know from last weekend’s parish bulletin insert from the General Secretary of our Catholic Diocese, a project was begun this year to bring all 11 schools of the North Hills into a single administration so that we can all launch into a stable and confident future.  This regionalization will take place in every area of the six counties of the Diocese following the work done here in the North Hills.
    The current indication is that, within this new North Hills region,  Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will continue to operate as it does now.  Because CDTCA includes such a large region already, and because CDTCA has been very strong in these years, our regional school will remain as it is in the hope that it will continue to be strong.

CDTCA ANNUAL AUCTION ON NOVEMBER 5
    It’s time for this year’s annual Fall Auction at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club.  All parish members are welcome to join us on Saturday, November 5 at 6:00pm for dinner, the live auction and silent auction, as well as dinner and dancing.  Invitations are in the church entrance.  Reserve your seat now.  You may also make auction donations and be a sponsor.  Email all your inquiries and questions to  Dani Folino here  OR  call the school office this week!
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A  ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’  SEMINAR
    Pope Francis’ message on the environment, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si),  is very important.  Join Mr. Andy Bechman for a SIX WEEK seminar to discuss this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm (Oct. 5, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9,16)  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am (Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17) in the Ministry Center Library.  Register now at 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  The donation for materials is $10.  Come and take part!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring canned soups, chili, tuna, and chicken (and all non-perishable donations)  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those hungry and in need!

Jesus calls us to truly believe in him!
   Often, in the Gospels, Jesus calls his followers —and now us— to place our faith in him, to believe that he is the One sent by the Father with the Good News of God’s love as well as forgiveness, healing, and divine life. We can all have a deep faith in Jesus if we spend time with him. That’s the key: spend time with 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
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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

September 25, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s Gospel parable from Jesus is one of the most memorable teachings in the New Testament.  It may also be one of the most challenging and most unsettling parables for the Lord’s disciples to hear proclaimed and preached.
    We’re all called to be generous to those who are poor and in need.  It’s as simple as that.  Jesus came to generously give his life for all of us in need of redemption and salvation.  Jesus gave everything for us, including his own life on the Cross.  Jesus still continues to give everything to us through his Holy Spirit and his divine grace.  In turn, Jesus insists that we be as generous as possible to the hungry and poor and needy around us.
    Yes, it is difficult at times to discern who is in genuine need and who is gaming us and dishonestly taking advantage of our Christian charity, but may we all do our best to help those truly in need, especially the members of our families, our neighborhoods, and our community.  May we also help the Catholic organizations who help the poor.  By donating to them, we also help the poor and hungry.  Jesus calls us to love and charity.  May we not let him down, and may he in turn welcome us into the company of all his true disciples and servants.  God bless!                                       
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

MEN’S BEER AND PIZZA EVENING
    The organizers of our Fall men’s retreat invite all men of our parish to a free beer and pizza evening on Monday, October 3, at 7:00pm, in the parish hall.  Learn what happens on a retreat weekend and what benefits you will receive.  The retreat itself takes place at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the South Side from 5:00pm Friday, November 18 until noon on Sunday, November 20.  The theme of this year’s retreat is  “Make known to me your ways, O Lord!”  from Psalm 25.   For info, contact Jim Fanning by email here.  Sign up now!

A SATURDAY FOR YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    On Saturday, October 1, from 9:00am—9:00pm, all boys in high school are welcome to spend a day at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree to explore the diocesan priesthood and a possible call to serve the Lord and his people.  There will be meals, games, talks, time with seminary students, prayer, and Liturgy.   Please reserve your place by September 27 by sending an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org OR call 412-456-3123.

A Luncheon to support the work of the Christ Child Society will be held October 15, 10:30am, at the Pgh. Field Club.  Call 412-302-6020 for tickets.

LAST WEEK’S PRIEST CONVOCATION
   This past week, most of the 200 active priests of the Diocese participated in a Convocation with Bishop David Zubik at the Oglebay Conference Center, Wheeling, West Virginia.  This was the ninth of these convocations held every 3 years since 1992.
    The triennial Convocation allows all the priests to spend time with Bishop Zubik and one another.  This year was also dedicated to discussing the future of our diocesan church and the upcoming On Mission project and parish and school reconfigurations.
    As always, it was a very good and blessed and beneficial three days.  Now it’s time to move forward together On Mission for the Church Alive! and begin our future together with faith, hope, and confidence!

Join us for an “On Mission” consultation session — October 10 or 12, 7:00-9:00pm, in the parish hall.

OUR NEW CATECHETICAL YEAR
    Now that all our parish students have returned to their academic studies, it’s time for us to begin our Religious Education program and formation for all our young students studying in public schools and local private academies.
    Parents are asked to register your students now for  our school catechetical programs held here or in the homes of certified catechists.  Our Religious Education staff members have many years of experience and service, and along with our parish catechists, they provide a very fine formation in the Catholic faith for our young students and their families.
    As we begin this catechetical year, many thanks go to all who participate in this important program.   May the Lord bless you in this effort, and may all of us grow in our Christian faith and in the way of the Lord!
     
PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS SUMMER
July donations to our parish —                 $41,078
August donations to our parish —            $34,909

Monthly parish donations needed —      $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!
 
NEXT SUNDAY’S RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    Next Sunday, October 2, from 2pm—3pm on Route 8 in Etna (from Kittanning  Street to Grant Street), members of our parish and community will take part in the Annual Prayer Chain for Life.  It is a silent, prayerful witness to the sanctity of human life and our need to respect and protect life from the womb to the tomb.  You are most welcome to stand in this silent, prayerful witness.  Come to the corner of Route 8 and Grant Street to receive a sign and prayer card.  This is a powerful annual testimony to life.  Please take part!

We thank the Lord for the gift of Life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

9:00AM CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word has resumed for children ages 4-10 during the 9:00am Sunday Liturgy.  We’re in need of leaders and assistants.  You can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message for our youth.  Contact Molly Conroy at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.
    For the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we ask that children be comfortable leaving their parents for 20 minutes and be able to sit reasonably still.  Snacks and toys should remain with parents. Parents are welcome to come join your children if you’d like.

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH  F.C.A.H.S.  HOME FOOTBALL GAME!
    Now that the basement of the Pastoral Center has been renovated, all our high school and middle school students are welcome to gather and socialize after  Fox Chapel Area High School home football games.  Come after the game, and bring a friend or two!
   
CONFIRMATION CLASS GATHERING THIS SUNDAY!
     This Sunday, September 25, at 12 noon, in the parish hall, all Eighth Grade Confirmation candidates and your parents are required to come to the first Confirmation prep seminar.  If you wish to receive Confirmation in 2017, you must attend!

Youth Liturgy, next Saturday, October 1 at 5:00pm.
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EVENTS SPONSORED BY OUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE DOM COSTA
Senior Fair—Thursday, Sept. 29, 10am-1pm, Ross Twp. Community Center off McKnight Rd. near Babcock Boulevard, Ross Township.

College Financial Aid Night—Thursday, Sept. 29, 7pm, North Hills High School auditorium, Rochester Rd. Call Rep. Costa’s office (412-361-2040) for info.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
    From September 28—November 6, every day from 7am to 7pm,  Catholic Christians from throughout the region will be taking part in a Vigil for Life at the Planned Parenthood offices and clinic downtown at 933 Liberty Avenue.  Your participation can save the lives of pre-born children as well as the lives and health of mothers who need help and support.  Please visit the 40 Days for Life Pittsburgh website here for information.   All who love life are welcome to come and peacefully pray and be witnesses for life!

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has established a Ministry of Prayer.  If you’d like prayers offered,  OR  if you’d like to pray for others, please sign up near the video screen in the church entrance.  You may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

Next Sunday, October 2, at 1:00pm, the annual Eucharistic Rosary March will be held downtown beginning and concluding at Epiphany Church near Chatham Center.  All are welcome to participate!

A Craft Show Extravaganza will be held by the Sisters of Divine Providence at their Motherhouse, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in Allison Park, 10am—3pm, on Saturday, October 8 with 70 crafters, raffles, and lots more.  Call Pat Serafini (412-635-5401) for info.

A New Beginning Weekend for anyone widowed, separated, or divorced will be held October 21-23 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  For information, visit www.BeginningExperience.org.

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

The Saint Anthony School Programs  Auction and Dinner honoring Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston will be held Friday, October 21, 5:30pm, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.   All proceeds support the St. Anthony School programs which provide an education to special needs children.  Call 724-940-9020 for information and reservations.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  Visit www.stanthonykids.org for full program information.

Need support for your marriage?  Attend a Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call 412-277-3434.

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, September 26 — Saints Cosmas and Damien
   8:30 am   Mrs. Richard Barnhill  (The Vey Family)

Tuesday, September 27 — Saint Vincent de Paul, priest
   8:30 am   Francesca Capozzi-Alvin  (M/M  Regis Wessell)

Wednesday, September 28 — Saint Wenceslaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Geb Kleiner, birthday  (Renee Arturo)
  
Thursday, September 29 — Sts. Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels
   8:30 am   Rosalia Costa-Clarke, anniversary  (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Friday, September 30 — Saint Jerome, priest
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra   (Wife & Daughters)

Saturday, October 1 — Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
   9:00am   Raymond Capone, Sr.  (Ann Minutello)

   3:30pm   Wedding of David O. Brand and Kathleen H. Slavish
   5:00 pm   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)  
      Presider: Father James Torquato 

Sunday, October 2 —  27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Betty Sweazen  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   James O’Donnell   (Josephine Martinez)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 25, 2016
Sunday:  Amos 6:1a, 4-7/Psalm 146:7-10/1 Timothy 6:11-16/Luke 16:19-31


Monday:  Job 1:6-22/Psalm 17:1-3, 6-7/Luke 9:46-50

Tuesday:  Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23/Psalm 88:2-8/Luke 9:51-56

Wednesday:  Job 9:1-12, 14-16/Psalm 88:10-15/Luke 9:57-62

Thursday:  Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12a/Psalm 138:1-5/John 1:47-51

Friday:  Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5/Psalm 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14/Luke 10:13-16

Saturday:  Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17/Psalm 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130/Luke 10:17-24
Next Sunday:  Hebrews 1:2-3; 2:2-4/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14/Luke 17:5-10
 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed if you can help: macaroni and cheese,  elbow macaroni, canned red or black beans, and canned vegetables. Gray bins are located in church. 
    Also urgently needed are:  Men’s trousers in waist sizes 30-38men’s athletic shoes in good condition, towels, and pillows.
    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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

YES, CDTCA IS ONE OF THE BEST
   Our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is considered one of the top Catholic schools in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh!   Our students, families, teachers, principal, and staff are very dedicated to the important effort of educating and forming the next generation of the Lord’s disciples.   Our efforts provide a very fine education and much success in every program of our regional school.   Please help us to spread the good news about CDTCA.  Please also support our fine school.  Finally, please encourage all parents with young children to become part of CDTCA this year and in the coming years.  May the Lord bless CDTCA!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    We can help you afford the tremendous investment that is Catholic education at CDTCA.  Please register now,  and speak with our administration about applying for and receiving financial aid for the new year!
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A  ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’  SEMINAR
    Pope Francis’ message on the environment, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si),  is a very important teaching for today and the future.  Join Mr. Andy Bechman for a SIX WEEK seminar to read and discuss a condensed, plain-language edition of this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm (Oct. 5,19, 26, Nov. 2, 9,16)  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am (Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17) in the Ministry Center Library.  Register by Sept. 26 at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 or by email here.  Please be sure to indicate which session (Wednesday evening or Thursday morning) you are signing up for.  The donation for materials is $10 payable at the first session.  Come and take part in this important conversation!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring canned vegetables/ fruit,  pasta, and spaghetti sauce (and all non-perishable donations)  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those hungry and in need!

Jesus calls us to feed, help the poor!
   There are many people who live well in our community, and there are some who are considered wealthy. Yet, there are far more families and individuals in our region who are poor and hungry and in need.
   Jesus makes it clear today that all of us who are his people must care for the poor and needy. Let’s do so. 

     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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

September 18, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Two weeks ago, on September 4, Mother Teresa of Calcutta became Saint Teresa of Calcutta.  It was a wonderful celebration as the Church and the Lord came to recognize and honor the steadfast faith, the true holiness, and the generous charity found in the life of the newest Saint Teresa.
    Whenever a member of the Church known for their faith and holiness and service is entered into the process of being added to the canon of the saints, their life and writings are thoroughly examined.  Once it has been shown that they lived a life of heroic virtue, they are given the title “Servant of God.”  It’s not a lofty or inflated title.  It’s a clear indication that one of the most important aspects of Christian discipleship is that they (and all of us) are called to live as Servants of God. 
   There are many things that we do with our lives.  However, one of the most important activities we can ever be part of is service of the Lord Jesus and his people.  It is good to recognize and honor the saints of God, and may we dedicate ourselves (as did they) to always being true Servants of God.  God bless!                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

MEN’S BEER AND PIZZA EVENING
    The organizers of our Fall men’s retreat invite all men of our parish to a free beer and pizza evening on Monday, October 3, at 7:00pm, in the parish hall.  Learn what happens on a retreat weekend and what benefits you will receive.  The retreat itself takes place at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center above the South Side from 5:00pm Friday, November 18 until noon on Sunday, November 20.  The theme of this year’s retreat is  “Make known to me your ways, O Lord!”  from Psalm 25.   For info, contact Jim Fanning at jim.fanning@NM.com.  Sign up now!

A.O.H.  GOLF CLASSIC NEXT MONDAY
    All golfers are invited to join the Ancient Order of Hibernians  NEXT Monday, September 26 at the Diamond Run Golf Club  in Ohio Township for their annual Irish Heritage Golf Classic to benefit local Catholic elementary schools including CDTCA.   $125 per golfer.  Contact Bob Parry (724-933-0427) for info.

40 DAYS FOR LIFE
    From September 28—November 6, every day from 7am to 7pm,  Catholic Christians from throughout the region will be taking part in a Vigil for Life at the Planned Parenthood offices and clinic downtown at 933 Liberty Avenue.  Your participation can save the lives of pre-born children as well as the lives and health of mothers who need help and support.  Please visit www.40daysforlifepittsburgh.com for information.   All who love life are welcome to come and peacefully pray and be witnesses for life!

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND
    Now that all our parish students have returned to their academic studies, it’s time for us to begin our Religious Education program and formation for all our young students studying in public schools and local private academies.
    We’ll have our NEW Cate-Carnival at 6:00pm this Saturday and at 10am this Sunday in the Fourth Street courtyard of the church property.  Parents can register your students then for one of our school catechetical programs held here or in the homes of certified catechists.  Our Religious Education staff members have many years of experience and service, and along with our parish catechists, they provide a very fine formation in the Catholic faith for our young students and their families.
    As we begin this catechetical year, many thanks go to all who participate in this important program.   May the Lord bless you in this effort, and may all of us grow in our Christian faith and in the way of the Lord!
     
THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION TO ASSIST FLOOD VICTIMS IN LOUISIANA
    This weekend, Bishop David Zubik (along with all bishops of the United States) has asked all parishes to take up a second collection to assist with the clean up after floods in Louisiana, West Virginia, and other states.  Your generosity will help many to recover their lives and their communities.  Thank you for your financial help.  Please make checks payable to Saint Scholastica Parish with a memo showing that your donation is for the flood victims.  Thanks very much!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP THIS SUMMER
July donations to our parish —       $ 41,078
August donations to our parish — $ 34,909

Monthly parish donations needed — $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

A SATURDAY FOR YOUNG MEN INTERESTED IN THE ORDAINED PRIESTHOOD
    On Saturday, October 1, from 9:00am—9:00pm, all boys in high school are welcome to spend a day at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree to explore the diocesan priesthood and a possible call to serve the Lord and his people.  There will be meals, games, talks, time with seminary students, prayer, and Liturgy.   Please reserve your place by September 27 by sending an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org OR call 412-456-3123.

Give thanks to the Lord every day!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

SEPTEMBER 17-18 CATE-CARNIVAL
    On Saturday, September 17, 6-7:30pm,  and on Sunday, September 18, 10-11:30am, our Religious Education program will host a Carnival here to begin the CCD year.  There will be fun for the whole family including food, crafts, music, games, and more.  Come learn all about our Religious Education and see the Ministry Center basement serving Youth Ministry.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY NEEDS LEADERS
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word has resumed for children ages 4-10 during the 9:00am Sunday Liturgy.  We’re in need of leaders and assistants.  You can have a large impact by sharing the Word of God as a message for our youth.  Contact Molly Conroy at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.
    For the Children’s Liturgy of the Word, we ask that children be comfortable leaving their parents for 20 minutes and be able to sit reasonably still.  Snacks and toys should remain with parents.   Parents are welcome to come join your children if you’d like.

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH  F.C.H.S.  HOME FOOTBALL GAME!
    Now that the basement of the Pastoral Center has been renovated, all our high school and middle school students are welcome to gather and socialize after  Fox Chapel High School home football games.  Come after the game, and bring a friend or two!
   
CONFIRMATION CLASS GATHERING
NEXT WEEK
     Next Sunday, September 25, at 12 noon, in the parish hall, all Eighth Grade Confirmation candidates and your parents are required to come to the first Confirmation prep seminar.  If you wish to receive Confirmation in 2017, you must attend!

Small CCD Group sign ups and the pick up of CCD Homestudy materials will take place at the CCD Cate-Carnival on September 17 and 18.  Please join us, and get your Religious Education lessons started!
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EVENTS SPONSORED BY OUR LOCAL STATE REPRESENTATIVE DOM COSTA
     • Children’s Safety event—Sat., Sept. 24, 10am-1pm, Dougherty Baseball Field, 27 Crescent Ave., Etna.

     Senior Fair—Thursday, Sept. 29, 10am-1pm, Ross Twp. Community Center off McKnight Rd. near Babcock Boulevard, Ross Township.

     • College Financial Aid Night—Thursday, Sept. 29, 7pm, North Hills High School auditorium, Rochester Rd. Call Rep. Costa’s office (412-361-2040) for info.

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has established a Ministry of Prayer.  If you’d like prayers offered,  OR  if you’d like to pray for others, please sign up near the video screen in the church entrance.  You may contact the coordinators of this ministry at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!

MORE CPR TRAINING FROM THE BOROUGH
    On Thursday, September 22, in our Parish Hall from 7:00pm—9:30pm, the Borough of Aspinwall will provide CPR and AED training to members of our parish ages 16+.  Their fee is $10.  Call our parish office ASAP to reserve your place in the class.  Only 15 participants can register for this upcoming session.

A Craft Show Extravaganza will be held by the Sisters of Divine Providence at their Motherhouse, 9000 Babcock Boulevard in Allison Park, 10am—3pm, on Saturday, October 8 with 70 crafters, raffles, and lots more.  Call Pat Serafini (412-635-5401) for info.

A New Beginning Weekend for anyone widowed, separated, or divorced will be held October 21-23 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  For information, visit www.BeginningExperience.org.

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

The Saint Anthony School Programs  Auction and Dinner honoring Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston will be held Friday, October 21, 5:30pm, at the D.L. Lawrence Convention Center, downtown.   All proceeds support the St. Anthony School programs which provide an education to special needs children.  Call 724-940-9020 for information and reservations.  All are welcome to attend and participate.  Visit www.stanthonykids.org for full program information.

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, September 19 — Saint Januarius, martyr
  8:30 am   The Phillips Family  (M/M Ted Philips)

Tuesday, September 20 — The Korean Martyrs
   8:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
   
Wednesday, September 21 — Saint Matthew, apostle
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Stanley Marsico Family  (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, September 22
   8:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   

Friday, September 23 — Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
   8:30 am   Special Intention  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Saturday, September 24
   9:00am   Mr. & Mrs. Walter & Katherine Davlin  (Lawrence & Martha John)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Maryrose Block)
       Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, September 25 —  26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am.................... All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Hilda & Joseph Feeney   (Michael & Marion Feeney)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Joan Startari  (Jill Zito, daughter)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 18, 2016
Sunday: Amos 8:4-7/Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8/1 Timothy 2:1-8/Luke 16:1-13 or 16:10-13
Monday: Proverbs 3:27-34/Psalm 15:2-5/Luke 8:16-18
Tuesday: Proverbs 21:1-6, 10-13/Psalm 119:1, 27, 30, 34-35, 44/Luke 8:19-21
Wednesday: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13/Psalm 19:2-5/Mt 9:9-13
Thursday: Ecclesiastes 1:2-11/Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17/Luke 9:7-9
Friday: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11/Psalm 144:1-4/Luke 9:18-22
Saturday: Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:8/Psalm 90:3-6, 12-14, 17/Luke 9:43b-45
Next Sunday: Amos 6:1a, 4-7/Psalm 146:7-10/1 Timothy 6:11-16/Luke 16:19-31
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed if you can help: macaroni and cheese,  elbow macaroni, canned red or black beans, and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper. Gray bins are located in church. 
    Also urgently needed are:  Men’s trousers in waist sizes 30-38,  men’s athletic shoes in good condition, towels, and pillows.
    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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the J&S Transmission Specialists, Sharpsburg  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA TO BENEFIT FROM PITTSBURGH AREA DAY OF GIVING DONATONS THIS WEDNESDAY
    This Wednesday, September 21, from 8:00am until 12 midnight, the Pittsburgh Foundation is holding its Day of Giving, and they’ll match a portion of your donations.  Gifts of $15—$10,000+ can be given.  MasterCard and Visa donations may be made at www.pittsburghgives.org.   Please direct your donation to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  You’ll get an email receipt for your gift.  Increase your donation through the Pittsburgh Foundation.  Thanks for supporting our regional Catholic school here at Saint Scholastica Parish!

RETAIL CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE TODAY
    CDTCA staff will offer retail certificates for sale  this Sunday morning, September 18,  in the church entrance.  Help support CDTCA!  Thank you!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    We can help you afford the tremendous investment that is Catholic education at CDTCA.  Please register now,  and speak with our administration about applying for and receiving financial aid for the new year!

A  ‘CARE FOR OUR COMMON HOME’  SEMINAR
    Pope Francis’ message on the environment, On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si'),  is a very important teaching for today and the future.  Join Mr. Andy Bechman for a SIX WEEK seminar to read and discuss a condensed, plain-language edition of this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm (Oct. 5,19, 26, Nov. 2, 9,16)  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am (Oct. 6, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17) in the Ministry Center Library.  Register by Sept. 26 at 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  The donation for materials is $10 payable at the first session.  Come and take part in this important conversation!

THE AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  Please bring canned vegetables/ fruit,  pasta, and spaghetti sauce  (and all non-perishable donations)  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those hungry and in need!

Jesus calls us to work with him!
   For whom are you working? There‘s usually some purpose to our work and all we do with our time and
efforts. Why do you do what you do? Hopefully, one of our answers is that we work for God and the Kingdom because we love God, we are grateful, and we will do all that we can for 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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927