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