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