September 11, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Whether or not we give a lot of time and attention to Jesus during our daily lives, the Lord promises that he will give a lot of time and attention to all of us and each of us!   Jesus is the Good Shepherd to all his people even when we wander all around the pasture and become caught up in all our own personal and family matters.
    This is such a wonderful belief and promise!  Where else do we find the promise that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit gives us life and care and protection?  Where else might we find the Good News and the promise that God (the Creator of the universe) will look after all of us who are his people in this world!   May we appreciate and love our Good Shepherd, and may the Lord bless us all!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

SCOUTS SELLING POPCORN TODAY
    Our parish Boy Scouts who are members of Boy Scout Troop 380 will be offering popcorn for sale this Sunday after all the Liturgies!  Your generous support is greatly appreciated in helping to fund their many activities during this school year.  Thank you!

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!

FINDING OUR PLACE IN CREATION
     This Fall, we are encouraging parish members to read and reflect upon Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter  On Care for Our Common Home (Laudato Si).  To prepare ourselves for this effort, we will host a special conversation with Professor Dan Scheid, Ph.D. of Duquesne University on Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Professor Scheid has written The Cosmic Common Good  with themes in common with Pope Francis.  This is NOT a lecture but an interactive evening that will begin as an interview and end as a conversation.  We hope you can join us!
     Refreshments, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  Please reserve your seat by Monday, September 12 by sending an email to andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  by calling 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  There is NO cost, but donations will be accepted. See you here on Sept. 15!
 
REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
    Fifteen years ago, on September 11, 2001, terrible attacks on the United States and its citizens were perpetrated by terrorists.  Thousands of innocent people were murdered in New York City, Washington, DC, and Western Pennsylvania.  Since then, warfare and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people have followed.  All of this terror and warfare is evidence of the darkness of this world.  There is still so much work to be done in building the Kingdom of God.
    May we remember those lost on September 11, 2001.  May we remember all Americans and all those whose lives have been taken or lost since then.  May we remain dedicated to the safety of our nation and the safety of all people.  May we not lose hope in this century, but may we continue to pray to the Lord for divine help in bringing light and peace, truth and life to all our land and all the world in the years ahead
 
BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
    Each year, every parish holds a second collection to benefit the Bishop’s Education Fund which provides tuition grants to students in need in our Catholic elementary and secondary schools!  For 20+ years, the Bishop’s Education Fund has allowed thousands of our children to receive a wonderful Catholic education in our very fine schools.  Your generosity this weekend will help many more to receive the Catholic education that they truly want to receive!

SEPTEMBER 11 VOTER REGISTRATION WEEKEND
    This weekend, our Respect for Life Committee will be holding their annual Voter Registration effort in the church entrances.  To vote November 8,  you need to register now!   If you’re not registered, or if you’ve recently moved or had a name change, please see committee members to register now.  You can also request an absentee ballot if needed. 
    Please register to vote, and then be sure to vote on November 8!   Please also consider voting for candidates and issues that are important to our Catholic community and the causes of life that are very important for the future of our nation!  Register!  Vote!

NEXT WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION TO ASSIST FLOOD VICTIMS IN LOUISIANA
    Next 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!

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.

SHARING THE FAITH WITH YOUR CHILDREN
    Our Religious Education program is accepting CCD registrations for public school and private academy students.  Our classes for religious formation are for all our students—NOT only students in Grade 2 & 8.  Please make certain that all children participate in  Religious Education classes which begin September 18.  Please register now!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY NEEDS LEADERS
    This week, our Children’s Liturgy of the Word will resume 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 given to our parish youth.  For info, contact Molly Conroy at childrens liturgy@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 and 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
IN 2 WEEKS
     On 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 on Saturday, September 17 at 5pm.  Rehearsal at 3:30pm for all singers and musicians!

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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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!
 
FIREFIGHTERS BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER
    This Sunday, September 11, from 8:00—12pm, our Aspinwall Volunteer Fire Company will hold a Fundraising Pancake Breakfast at the First Street Fire Station.   Join them and your neighbors for this special community event!  Donations $6/Adult, $4/Child.

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.

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR HEALING
    This September 16-18, our Catholic Diocese will hold another Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat for women and men affected by a choice to procure an abortion in a time of pregnancy.  If you need peace, mercy, and healing, register now for this healing weekend in Bethel Park.   Pamphlets are in the church.  Call Toni (412-352-5348) for information.

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!

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 12 — The Most Holy Name of Mary
8:30 am…...…………...………………. Irma McAnulty Bandi
(Manny & Carole Gonzalez, daughter)

Tuesday, September 13 — St. John Chrysostom,bishop
8:30 am……..…………………… Francesca Chapozzi-Alvin
(John & Dolores Gentilcore)

Wednesday, September 14 — Exaltation of the Cross
8:30 am………..…... Shawn Neville (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)


Thursday, September 15 — Our Lady of Sorrows
8:30 am…………………... Veltri & McKay Families (Family)

Friday, September 16 — Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
8:30 am…………...................................... Michael Cicotello
(Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
Saturday, September 17 — Saint Robert Bellarmine
9:00am…………….……….. Jonathan Marsico, anniversary (Tish Marsico)

5:00 pm…………….. Margaret Cullinan (The Dailey Family)
 Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, September 18 —  25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 am..................................................... Richard Bellinger
(Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR

9:00 am…………….. All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
Presider: Father James Torquato

11:00 am………….. Marion Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed:   macaroni and cheese,  jelly, 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  Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co., East Carson Street    for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THIS YEAR’S CDTCA THEME OF HOPE
     As Catholic Christians, we know that faith, hope, and charitable love are at the heart of our discipleship and our lives.  This school year, our theme will be the virtue of HOPE.  In our classes and prayers, our
students and school community will focus on Hope in God and how it blesses our faith and lives!

OUR RENOVATED SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
    Thanks to a very generous family of our parish, a newly renovated playground has been installed at the school.  This beautiful installation by Jeffrey Associates has been donated in loving memory of cherished family members.   A basketball hoop has also been included.  This new playground will truly benefit our youngest students, and we’re most grateful to the generous family who’ve made this wonderful donation.  Thank you very, very much!
    Also, Zachary Goreczny of our parish has added a number of improvements to the playground as part of his Eagle Scout Project.  Thanks, Zach!

RETAIL CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
    CDTCA staff will offer retail certificates for sale next Sunday, September 18.   Help support 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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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY OPEN HOUSE
    Duquesne University has an Open House for high school seniors Sunday, September 18, 8am-1:30pm. Learn about admissions, financial aid, and academics. Register at  www.duq.edu/fallopenhouse.

THE AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild to collect items for the Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  This month, please bring peanut butter, jelly, and crackers to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!