September 4, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    More than likely, each one of us lives according to a set of priorities.  Whether we think of this often or not, we know what’s most important and what needs our effort and attention the most. 
    For many, a high priority is caring for your children or grandchildren or spouse.  For many others, another high priority is providing for one’s self and one’s family through our daily labors.  For others, a high priority is studying and learning and growing in knowledge and understanding.  Each of us has our priorities every day and every week.
    As followers of the Lord Jesus, we are called to make our Christian discipleship the very highest priority of our lives.   Even before we set out to accomplish all that we hope to do, it’s important that we spend time with the Lord each morning and every Sunday.  It’s most important that we make Jesus and his ways and his mission most significant in our daily living.  May we all make Jesus our highest priority so that he will recognize us as his faithful people.  God bless!                                                                
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

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 canned vegetables and fruits plus spaghetti sauce and pasta to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of help for their families and themselves!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    For the women of our parish, an eight week Bible Study for this Year of Mercy will be held in our Parish Hall from Tuesday, September 6 through Tuesday, October 25, from 1pm-3pm. 
    Join us and learn the Biblical message of God’s divine Mercy through videos and discussion.  The donation is $20 per person.  Call Bernadine Bonessa (412-963-0198) for information and registration.

OCTOBER 1 MAGNIFICAT WOMEN’S BREAKFAST
    A women’s breakfast and faith gathering will be held on Saturday, October 1, from 9:00am—12 noon, at the Hilton Double Tree in Cranberry Township.  The speaker will be Nikki Bruni.  The donation is $23.  Register by September 22.  Call Pam (412-461-8906).

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.

CELEBRATING LABOR DAY!
    This Monday, our nation once again celebrates Labor Day and the important work that most Americans  perform every day as we build up our nation and God’s Kingdom as well as provide for our families and ourselves! 
    For many of us, we work because it’s what we were trained to do when we were young.  Work at home and outside our homes is proper to being mature and adult and responsible.  Our work also contributes to our identity and to our self-esteem as well as to our families and our own well–being. 
    Our work is also very important because, through work, we also imitate the accomplishments of our Creator, we serve God, and we help to build God’s Kingdom on this earth.
   Best wishes for a good and blessed Labor Day!  Join us for the Liturgy at 9:00am in church, and celebrate the good we achieve through our daily labor!
 
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!
     Light refreshments, beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available.  Please reserve your seat by Monday, September 12 by sending an email to Andy Bechman here  OR  by calling 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  There is NO cost, but donations will be accepted.  See you here on Sept. 15!
 
A NEW LOCATION FOR THE CHURCH PIANO
    As you may have noticed, the church’s piano has been moved from the front area of the church seating to the first level of the choir area.  This change has been under consideration for several years, and it’s finally become a reality. 
    Now, Sister Pat is able to be closer to the cantors and choir while at the piano.  Also, this new position allows Sister Pat closer access to the control panel for the new mixing system for the microphones.
    In addition, relocating the church piano now  allows us to place church seats where the piano had been.  This will allow parish members to return to your proper place near the sanctuary.  We will soon purchase chairs with individual kneelers.
    Final upgrades to the choir area will be completed in the coming weeks.  We sincerely hope these changes will enhance our Liturgy now and in the years ahead!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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!
    
 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
    Next 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 parish members  and students to be leaders and assistants.  With a small commitment, 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 childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.  Many thanks!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SERVE AS A CCD CATECHIST OR CLASSROOM AIDE?
    Our Religious Education Program is seeking the help of parish members to be CCD catechists and aides and small group leaders for the CCD year.  We need Sunday K and 1st grade teachers as well as Tuesday 2nd grade catechists—and teachers for grades 6-8.  If you’re interested in serving our young students and their families, email Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.

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.

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!
_____________________________________________
 
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
    Next 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 5 — Labor Day — Saint Teresa of Calcutta
   9:00 am   Helen Brandl  (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, September 6
   8:30 am   Franklyn Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Wednesday, September 7
   8:30 am   Stephen F. Miketic  (The Miketic Family)
 
Thursday, September 8 — The Birth of Mary
   8:30 am   Anthony Michael Farina, anniversary  (Anthony & Jean Marie)

Friday, September 9 — Saint Peter Claver, priest
   8:30 am   Brandon Turowski   (The Condosta Family)

Saturday, September 10
   9:00am   Edward McGrath   (Edward McGrath)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Virginia Ware)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 11 —  24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Rev. Robert Flaherty, O.Carm.  (Kathleen Piper)
      Presider: Father Terence Henry, TOR

   11:00 am   John Delegram  (Christine Farrell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 4, 2016
Sunday: Wisdom 9:13-18b/Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17/Philemon 9-10, 12-17/Luke 14:25-33
Monday: 1 Corinthians 5:1-8/Psalm 5:5-7, 12/Luke 6:6-11
Tuesday: 1 Corinthians 6:1-11/Psalm 149:1-6, 9/Luke 6:12-19
Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 7:25-31/Psalm 45:11-12, 14-17/Luke 6:20-26
Thursday: Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30/Psalm 13:6/Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23
Friday: 1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22b-27/Psalm 84:3-6, 12/Luke 6:39-42
Saturday: 1 Corinthians 10:14-22/Psalm 116:12-13, 17-18/Luke 6:43-49
Next Sunday: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19/1 Timothy 1:12-17/Luke 15:1-32 or 15:1-10

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed:   macaroni and cheese, canned meat or fish, and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper. Gray bins are located in church. 
    Also urgently needed are foods for people living in shelters or on the streets such as:  boxes of crackers, cookies, fruit cups, pudding cups;  and any protein that can be opened by hand such as tuna in packets, and pull-tab cans of sausage or Spam.
    Other items needed are men's pants in waist sizes 30-38; men's tennis 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 McCabe Brothers, Inc. Funeral Homes in Shadyside and Bloomfield for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for location and 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!

WONDERFUL UPGRADES IN OUR BUILDINGS!
    With the generous support of our school benefactors, we’ve reconfigured the CDTCA computer lab and library.  We’ve also placed new wood vinyl floors in the six classrooms of the main school building.  We’ve also converted the former Pre-School Room (near the gymnasium) into a multi-purpose Middle School computer lab/ library/ instructional room.  We’ve renovated the playground behind the main school building, and our technology and computers have been upgraded and kept current.  Great things continue to take place at 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!
___________________________________________

A German Oktoberfest celebration  will be held next  Saturday, September 10, at Holy Spirit Parish in Millvale from 5pm-10pm.  The donation is $25.  Call 412-821-4424 for information and tickets.

Jesus calls us to focus on him!
    Many Americans have placed their focus on the 2016 election.  Many have placed their focus on sports and the Olympics,  and many have given great attention to the economy.  All of these activities are common in our
society.  However, above all these things, Jesus wants us to focus on him each day and on our life in God.  May we always do so and keep our hearts fixed on 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