October 30, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     The Solemnity of All Saints is one of my favorite days of the Church Year!  It’s wonderful to think about the Christian disciples who’ve lived during our first 20 centuries and who were dedicated to the Lord and were heroes of the Church and the Gospel!
    From our Blessed Mother to Saint John the Baptist, Saint Joseph, Saint Peter, Saint Mary Magdalene, the Apostles and Martyrs, Saint John Paul II, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and countless saints, there have been so many holy men and women who’ve served the Kingdom and who’ve changed the world through their faith, witness, and ministry!
     May we celebrate all God’s Holy Ones,  may we pray for all those who’ve gone to God, and may we look forward to the day when we are all joined together in God’s own heavenly Kingdom.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED FOR OUR PARISH AND OUR LOCAL AREA BEGINNING IN 2018
   After more than a year of prayer and consultation, our diocesan staff recently presented to our parish several models for the future of the Church in our local area. 
    Because of the population decline in our region, the decrease in Catholic participation, the decrease in financial support, the passing of our more active generations, and the dramatic decline in the number of priests, the future (as is clearly evident) needs a lot of planning and significant reconfiguration.     
    As you know, our current cluster is comprised of Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, and All Saints Parish.  While there have been some requests for a realignment of these parishes, the plan is, in general, to combine these four parishes into one large territorial parish using two church sites.
    There will be a good deal of discussion next year about this plan.   We’ll have more to share in the months ahead.  May the Lord bless us all with faith, confidence, kindness, and cooperation at this time!

ALL SAINTS DAY AND ALL SOULS DAY
    This Tuesday, November 1, the Catholic Church around the world will celebrate All Saints Day to honor the Holy Ones of the Lord who dwell in the peace and the presence of God. 
    This Tuesday is a Day of Obligation to worship in the Liturgy.  Our schedule for our Liturgies is:  8:30am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.  Please mark your calendar now and be sure to join us this Tuesday.  Bring your family and friends, too!   Happy All Saints Day!
    Then, on Wednesday, November 2, we will observe All Souls Day as we take time throughout November to remember and pray for all our deceased family members and loved ones!
 
NOVEMBER 3 MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR ALL THOSE LAID TO REST HERE THIS YEAR
    This Thursday, November 3, at 7:30pm, our parish community will host our Annual Memorial Service to pray for those laid to rest from our parish in the past twelve months.  All family members, friends, parish members, and neighbors are most welcome  Please join us in praying for all our members and loved ones who have died and have gone to God!

THIS WEEKEND’S SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW
    Given the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew three weeks ago, the Catholic Bishops of our nation have asked all parishes in the United States to take up a special second collection this weekend, October 29-30, for Hurricane Relief and rebuilding. Thanks for your generosity THIS weekend, October 29-30!

THE MILITARY ARCHDIOCESE AND OUR NOVEMBER 5-6 SPECIAL COLLECTION
    Since 2013, the Bishops of the United States have asked every parish to take up a special collection every three years to support the Archdiocese for the U.S. Military Services.  This special collection will be held November 5-6 in every parish. 
    Overseeing all Catholic military chapels and communities and chaplains throughout the world, this archdiocese relies entirely on the support of U.S. Catholic Christians to provide religious services and education to U.S. military personnel and their families.  Our government provides chaplains, but it does  NOT  fund programs.  Your generosity is appreciated!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

MIDDLE SCHOOL FAITH RALLY NEXT SATURDAY
    Next Saturday, November 5, during the 5:00pm Liturgy, our Eighth Grade Confirmation candidates will take part in the Rite of Enrollment as they commit themselves to preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation.
    Also, after the Liturgy, a Faith Rally for Middle School students will be held in the Parish Hall.  We’ll have activities, fun, and snacks for students in grades 6-8.  Parents are also welcome!  Admission is one canned good for local food banks.  Come join us!
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TURNING OUR CLOCKS BACK NEXT WEEKEND
    With the end of Daylight Savings Time next weekend, please turn your clocks BACK ONE HOUR next Saturday night, November 5! 

FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE THIS WEEKEND OCTOBER 29-30 IN THE PARISH HALL
    Hosted by our parish Hope for Haiti Committee this weekend, our Fair Trade Fair will bring coffee, chocolate, clothing, jewelry, hand crafted items, toys, holiday gifts, and other items for sale at very reasonable prices.  Proceeds will be returned to those who produce these goods.   Support will also go to the schools in Haiti where Catholic education is provided to children truly in need.  It’s an excellent Christian way of helping others in developing and poor nations as we share our blessings with them!
    Come to the hall after our Liturgies this weekend, October 29-30.   Browse the many items here, and help many others through your purchases.

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
    Once again, a Thanksgiving meal will be provided for those in need in our area.  Please bring these items to the gray bins in the church:  instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, and jellied cranberry sauce.  Also, frozen turkeys may be left on the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, November 21 ONLY.   Please do NOT leave any turkeys at the church.  Thank you all very much!

MEN’S RETREAT WEEKEND NOVEMBER 18-20
    This coming November 18-20, all men of our parish are welcome to participate in a quiet retreat weekend.  Call Jim Fanning (412-680-7419) for info!

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT ON DECEMBER 1
    The Third Annual Advent by Candlelight evening will be hosted for all women by our parish’s Aquinas Guild on Thursday, December 1, at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  More information will follow soon.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us!
 
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!
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY STARTING NOVEMBER 1
    Starting this Tuesday, November 1, 1:00pm—3:00pm, women of our parish and community will gather in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall to study the Gospel according to Luke for 18 sessions.  This will be a seminar with video presentations from St. Benedict Press.  The course donation is $40 for materials.  Please call 412-963-0198 now to register!

A Discernment Weekend will be held December 16-18 for young men (18+ years) of our Diocese considering a call to serve as a Diocesan priest.  This weekend will be held at the Gilmary Retreat Center.  There is NO cost.  Visit www.pghpriest.com for info.

LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
    Adults comfortable and able with public reading (proclamation) are invited to become Sunday lectors for our Liturgies.  Also, students in grades 4-11 are welcome to become new altar servers for our Sunday Liturgies.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  For information, please contact our parish office this week!

High School students are welcome to plan now to attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon for information (412-781-6550).  Chaperones will be provided.

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!

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 31 — All Hallows Eve 
   8:30 am   Lois Chorle  (St. Monica Society)

Tuesday, November 1 — All Saints Holy Day
   8:30 am   Franny Alvin  (Barb & Gavin Davidson)
   12:00 pm    Nicholas Powers   (The Georgene Veltri Family)
   7:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Wednesday, November 2 — All Souls Day
   8:30 am   Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke  (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Thursday, November 3 —Saint Martin de Porres
   8:30 am   Kathryn Middleton  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
   7:30pm   Memorial Service for our Deceased Members

Friday, November 4 —Saint Charles Borromeo
   8:30 am   Ben and Dorothy Killian   (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Saturday, November 5
   9:00am   Mary Certo   (The Certo Family)

   5:00 pm   Thomas Styslinger  (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 6 —  32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Anne Festa  (Tom Larkin)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Diane Sacco  (Christine Farrell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 30, 2016

Sunday: Wisdom 11:22--12:2/Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14/2 Thessalonians 1:11-2:2/Luke 19:1-10

Monday: Philippians 2:1-4/Psalm 131:1-3/Luke 14:12-14

Tuesday: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14/Psalm 24:1-6/1 John 3:1-3/Matthew 5:1-12a

Wednesday: Wisdom 3:1-9/Psalm 23:1-6/Romans 5:5-11 or Romans 6:3-9/John 6:37-40

Thursday: Philippians 3:3-8a/Psalm 105:2-7/Luke 15:1-10

Friday: Philippians 3:17--4:1/Psalm 122:1-5/Luke 16:1-8

Saturday: Philippians 4:10-19/Psalm 112:1-2, 5-6, 8-9/Luke 16:9-15

Sunday: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14/Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15/2 Thessalonians 2:16--3:5/Luke 20:27-38 or 20:27, 34-38 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  jelly, canned red, black or white beans; soup (preferably with beans, meat, or chicken); and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are located in church entrance. 
    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 321 Blink, Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CDTCA Retail Certificates will be sold in church THIS Sunday, October 30, after our Liturgies.

OUR SCHOOL YEAR IS MOVING ALONG WELL
    Throughout the first quarter of this academic year, our CDTCA classes and programs and sports have all been faring very well once again!  Moving our 3-4 year pre-school program into the main school building has been a very good development.  Creating two media and study centers (one in each building) has been truly beneficial to all our students.  Also, our new playground is truly a thrill for our youngest students!  Life and education at CDTCA is a tremendous blessing for our students and families and community!

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 6:30pm  for dinner, the silent auction, as well as dancing.  Invitations are in the church entrance.  Reserve your seats now.  You may also make auction donations and be a sponsor.   Email all your inquiries and questions to Dani Folino here!
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A GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
    On Saturday, November 12, at the David Lawrence Convention Center, downtown, the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh will hold its 11th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men.  Every man (16+ years) is welcome to attend and participate.  Grandfathers, dads, and sons are especially encouraged to attend together.  Visit www.cmfpitt.org for full information.  Come and celebrate our faith and our fellowship with many Catholic men from our Diocese and region!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the area Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry.  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!

LaRoche College Open House for new/ transfer students, November 12, 9am-2pm. Call 412-536-1272.

Jesus calls us all to be Saints!
   We may not think of this very often, but each of us is invited by the Lord to be a saint of God! The seed of sainthood is planted in our soul and in our life in the celebration of our Baptism.  Jesus wants us to live in him and with him every day of our lives and, in fact, for all eternity.  May we do so — and always aim to be a saint!

     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

October 23, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Throughout the Gospels, Jesus sends the Apostles and numerous disciples on mission for the spread of the good news and the building of the Kingdom.  Since our beginning as the Lord’s Church, all of our ancestors and we have been called to continue this mission for the sake of all people and our eternal salvation.
    As we again observe this World Mission Sunday, please remember that all of us (and each of us) are called to share our faith and life with many others.  We can do this in numerous ways.  We can also be on mission by means of our generous financial support.
    Serve the Lord Jesus and the Kingdom, and always be on mission with all the Lord’s faithful disciples.  God bless!                         
                                                                                   —Father Jim Torquato

40 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO HELP WITH OUR NOVEMBER 3 ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE
     Each year, we hold a special service to remember and pray for all our parish members who have died in the past 12 months.  Our service will be Thursday, November 3, at 7:30pm.  To welcome and host the families attending, we need the help of 40 parish volunteers.  Your service will be easy but very important and appreciated.  To sign up, please contact Sister Pat Baker, CDP or our office now!

THE MILITARY ARCHDIOCESE AND OUR NOVEMBER 5-6 SPECIAL COLLECTION
    Since 2013, the Bishops of the United States have asked every parish to take up a special collection every three years to support the Archdiocese for the U.S. Military Services.  This special collection will be held November 5-6 in every parish. 
    Overseeing all Catholic military chaplains and chapels throughout the world, this archdiocese relies entirely on the support of U.S. Catholic Christians to provide religious services and education to U.S. military personnel and their families.  Our government provides chaplains and staff, but it does NOT fund programs for catechesis or outreach services.  Your generosity is appreciated and truly very helpful!

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY THIS MONTH
    The month of October is always 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! 
 
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY AND THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This weekend, the Catholic Church around the world is observing World Mission Sunday and our divine mandate given by Jesus to lead all people to him and life and salvation in the Church and in the Kingdom of God.
    Many missionaries (including many Catholics from the US) work around the world to carry out this mandate.  We are called to also be missionaries where we live.
    To help with all the mission efforts of the Church, we are invited to offer a donation this weekend on World Mission Sunday.   We’ll take up a second collection this weekend, and additional donations may be sent to the parish office this month.  Thank you!

NEXT WEEKEND’S SPECIAL SECOND COLLECTION FOLLOWING HURRICANE MATTHEW
    Given the destruction caused by Hurricane Matthew two weeks ago, the Catholic Bishops of our nation have asked all parishes in the United States to take up a special second collection next weekend, October 29-30, for Hurricane Relief and rebuilding. Thanks for your generosity next weekend, October 29-30!
 
WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED FOR OUR PARISH AND OUR LOCAL AREA BEGINNING IN 2018
   After more than a year of prayer and consultation, our diocesan staff recently presented to our parish  several models for the future of the Church in our local area. 
    Because of the population decline in our region, the decrease in Catholic participation, the decrease in financial support, the passing of our more active generations, and the dramatic decline in the number of priests, the future (as is clearly evident) needs a lot of planning and significant reconfiguration.     
    As you know, our current cluster is comprised of Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, and All Saints Parish.  While there have been some requests for a realignment of these parishes, the plan is, in general, to combine these four parishes into one large territorial parish served by several priests and (possibly) making use of two sites from among these four existing parishes.
    There will be a good deal of discussion next year about this plan.  For the time being, it’s important that we come to understand the need for this project so that the Church will continue to be present everywhere even if that means parish territories will be much larger.
    We’ll have more to share in the months and year ahead.  Preferences will be presented to Bishop Zubik who will make his decisions before Easter 2018.  May the Lord bless us all with faith, confidence, and cooperation at this time! 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

An Eighth Grade Confirmation Mega Meeting   will be held this Sunday, October 23, at 12 noon in the parish hall.  All eighth grade students AND a sponsor or a parent are required to attend.

Discussing our Happiness will be the theme of a new book discussion hosted by our staff.  The introductory session will be Sunday, October 30, at 10am in the Ministry Center.  Contact us for Matthew Kelly’s new book Resisting Happiness—for you, the book is $5.

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH FOX CHAPEL  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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LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
    Adults comfortable and able with public reading (proclamation) are invited to become Sunday lectors for our Liturgies.  Also, students in grades 4-11 are welcome to become new altar servers for our Sunday Liturgies.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  For information, please contact our parish office this week!

FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE ON OCTOBER 29-30
    For a number of years now, our parish has hosted a special event to provide support to low income people in Third World nations where Catholic Relief Services is working to bring development and economic growth.  This annual October event is the FAIR TRADE FAIR, and it’ll be held here in our Parish Hall during the weekend of October 29-30.
    Hosted by our parish Hope for Haiti Committee, this Fair will bring coffee, chocolate, clothing, jewelry, hand crafted items, toys, holiday gifts, and other items for sale at very reasonable prices.  A fair share of the proceeds will be returned to the artisans and families who produce these goods.   Support will also go to the schools in Haiti where Catholic education is provided to children truly in need.  It’s an excellent Christian way of helping others in developing and poor nations as we share our blessings with them!
    Come to the hall after our Liturgies October 29-30.   Browse the many items here, and help many others through your generous purchases.

Save the Date!  Our 3rd Advent by Candlelight will be Thursday, December 1, 7:00pm, in the Parish Hall.
 
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!
 
WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY STARTING NOVEMBER 1
    Starting Tuesday, November 1, 1:00pm—3:00pm, women of our parish and community will gather in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall to study the Gospel according to Luke for 18 sessions.  This will be a seminar with video presentations from Saint Benedict Press.  The course donation is $40 for materials.  Please call 412-963-0198 this week to register!

An afternoon Seminar on Catholic Evangelization will be held on  Saturday, November 5, from 1:00-5:30pm  at the Monroeville Convention Center.  All are welcome.  See full information and register at www.namcatholicchurch.org this week!

A Discernment Weekend will be held December 16-18 for young men (18+ years) of our Diocese considering a call to serve as a Diocesan priest.  This weekend will be held at the Gilmary Retreat Center.  There is NO cost.  Visit www.pghpriest.com for info.

High School students are welcome to plan now to attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon for information (412-781-6550).  Chaperones will be provided.

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

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, October 24 — Saint Anthony Mary Claret
   8:30 am   Francesca Chapozzi-Alvin  (Mary Lou & Regis Wessell)

Tuesday, October 25
   8:30 am   Brandon Turowski   (The Condosta Family)

Wednesday, October 26
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano, Ph.D.  (Wife)

Thursday, October 27
   8:30 am   Hoolahan Family—Living and Deceased  (Marjorie Greif)

Friday, October 28 — Saints Simon and Jude, apostles
   8:30 am   Ben Killian  (Georgene Veltri)

Saturday, October 29
   9:00am   Dr. J. Edward Ricketts  (Ricketts Family)

   5:00 pm   Mary Kay Greenwood  (The Giuffre Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 30 —  31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Luke Hadley   (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   William F. Oxenreiter   (The Rheingrover Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of October 23, 2016

Sunday: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18/Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23/2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18/Luke 18:9-14

Monday: Ephesians 4:32--5:8/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 13:10-17

Tuesday: Ephesians 5:21-33 or 5:2a, 25-32/Psalm 128:1-5/Luke 13:18-21

Wednesday: Ephesians 6:1-9/Psalm 145:10-14/Luke 13:22-30

Thursday: Ephesians 6:10-20/Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10/Luke 13:31-35

Friday: Ephesians 2:19-22/Psalm 19:2-5/Luke 6:12-16

Saturday: Philippians 1:18b-26/Psalm 42:2-3, 5/Luke 14:1, 7-11
Next Sunday: Wisdom 11:22--12:2/Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-11, 13-14/2 Thessalonians 1:11--2:2/Luke 19:1-10

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: jelly, canned red, white, or black beans; macaroni & cheese; and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are located in church entrance. 
    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  James P. Leslie, CFP of RBC Wealth Management  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his ad for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA Retail Certificates will be sold in church next Sunday, October 30, after our Liturgies.

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 6:30pm  for dinner, the live auction and silent auction, as well as dancing.  Invitations are in the church entrance.  Reserve your seats 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 WEEKLY seminar to discuss this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am  in the Ministry Center
Library.  Register now at 412-781-0186, ext. 18.
    You may also visit the Vatican website here to read the letter,  or visit our parish blog here for information related to our study of Laudato Si'. 

A GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
    On Saturday, November 12, at the David Lawrence Convention Center, downtown, the Catholic Men’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh will hold its 11th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men.  Every man (16+ years) is welcome to attend and participate.  Grandfathers, dads, and sons are especially encouraged to attend together.  Visit www.cmfpitt.org for full information.  Come and celebrate our faith and our fellowship with many Catholic men from our Diocese and region!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the area Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  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 gives each of us a mission!
Think of this belief: in our Baptism (and renewed in our Confirmation), Jesus gives us our own mission so that we might serve him and the Kingdom in union with one another. So, what’s YOUR mission in this life? How can you use your talents and blessings to serve the Lord and his people? Think about it. Be On Mission always!


     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
www.cdtca.org

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



October 16, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
     For most of the past 2000 years, our Catholic and Christian faith have been loved and appreciated by members and families of the Lord’s Church.  During these centuries, most of those introduced to Jesus and baptized into his community of disciples were well aware of how the Gospel formed a wonderful civilization of life and love and goodness.  So many Catholic Christians clearly knew how much we were blessed by the Gospel and the Church.
    Unfortunately, so many people and families today are very indifferent to what was once taken for granted.  They don’t see any importance or value in believing in God the Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  Far too many in our society today simply don’t care about what God means to our lives and to our world.  It’s a sad and miserable situation.
    May we always be mindful of Jesus’ importance in our lives, in our Church, and in our world, and may we bring this message and appreciation back to our families and neighbors in the coming years.  With Jesus, we are blessed in every way.  Without Jesus, everything is lost.  May we stay close to the Lord and lead many others back to him.  God bless!
                                                                                 —Father Jim Torquato      

THE MILITARY ARCHDIOCESE AND OUR NOVEMBER 5-6 SPECIAL COLLECTION
    Since 2013, the Bishops of the United States have asked every parish to take up a special collection every three years to support the Archdiocese for the U.S. Military Services.  This special collection will be held November 5-6 in every parish. 
    Overseeing all Catholic military chaplains and chapels throughout the world, this archdiocese relies entirely on the support of U.S. Catholic Christians to provide religious services and education to U.S. military personnel and their families.  Our government provides chaplains and staff, but it does  NOT fund programs for catechesis or outreach services.  Your generosity is appreciated and truly very helpful!

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!
 
WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED FOR OUR PARISH AND OUR LOCAL AREA BEGINNING IN 2018
   Nearly 100 parish members participated in this past week’s two sessions that presented models for the future of the Church in our local area. 
    Because of the population decline in our region, the decrease in Catholic participation, the decrease in financial support, the passing of our more active generations, and the dramatic decline in the number of priests, the future (as is clearly evident) needs a lot of planning and significant reconfiguration.     
    As you know, our current cluster is comprised of Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, and All Saints Parish.  While there have been some requests for a realignment of these parishes, the plan is, in general, to combine these four parishes into one large territorial parish served by several priests and (possibly) making use of two sites from among these four existing parishes.
    There will be a good deal of discussion next year about this plan.  For the time being, it’s important that we come to understand the need for this project so that the Church will continue to be present everywhere even if that means parish territories will be much larger and larger numbers of Catholics will be brought together in faith and in parish life.
    We’ll have more to share in the months and year ahead.  Discussions will be held, and preferences will be presented to Bishop Zubik who will make his decisions before Easter 2018.  May the Lord bless us all with faith, confidence, and cooperation at this time!
 
MASS WITH THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK THIS SUNDAY AT 11:00am
    This Sunday, October 16, at the 11:00am Liturgy, we will hold our annual celebration of the Sacrament of the Sick within the Mass.  This Sacrament is a gift of the Lord to the Church for the spiritual and bodily healing of his people.  It is offered especially to those who are elderly, seriously ill, and dying.  It also confers the forgiveness of sins. 
    If you’ll be receiving this sacrament, please be seated in the front rows.  The Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated after a brief homily.  The Liturgy should not be extended very long.  Join us and receive the Lord’s mercy and healing.  God bless!

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
    The month of October is always 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! 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The first Appalachia Team planning meeting for 2017 will be held on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  Please attend if you’d like to go!

A High School Bible Study (the “Intersection”) will be held again next Sunday, October 23, 10am-11am, in the Ministry Center for all students in grades 8-12.  All HS and 8th grade students are welcome to join us!

An Eighth Grade Confirmation Mega Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 23 at 12 noon in the parish hall.  All eighth grade students AND a sponsor or a parent are required to attend.

STUDENT GATHERINGS HERE AFTER EACH FOX CHAPEL  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!
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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.

FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE ON OCTOBER 29-30
    For a number of years now, our parish has hosted a special event to provide support to low income people in Third World nations where Catholic Relief Services is working to bring development and economic growth.  This annual October event is the FAIR TRADE FAIR, and it’ll be held here in our Parish Hall during the weekend of October 29-30.
    Hosted by our parish Hope for Haiti Committee, this Fair will bring coffee, chocolate, clothing, jewelry, hand crafted items, toys, holiday gifts, and other items for sale at very reasonable prices.  Proceeds will be returned to the artisans and families who produce these goods.   Support will also go to the schools in Haiti where Catholic education is provided to children truly in need.  It’s an excellent Christian way of helping others in developing and poor nations as we share our blessings with them!
    Come to the hall after our Liturgies October 29-30.   Browse the many items here, and help many others through your generous purchases.

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!
 
Do you have a student in college?  Please send their name and mailing address to Jamie Dillon so that this year’s Youth Ministry students can send them care packages in the coming weeks and months!

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.

An afternoon Seminar on Catholic Evangelization will be held on  Saturday, November 5 from 1:00-5:30pm  at the Monroeville Convention Center.  All are welcome.  See full information and register at www.namcatholicchurch.org this week!

High School students are welcome to plan now to attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon for information (412-781-6550).  Chaperones will be provided.
  
Need support for your marriage?  Attend a Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call 412-277-3434.

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, October 17 — Saint Ignatius of Antioch
   8:30 am   The Greif Family—Living and Deceased  (Marjorie Greif)

Tuesday, October 18 — Saint Luke, evangelist
   8:30 am   Mary Rees   (Mary Catherine and the Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, October 19 — North American Martyrs
   8:30 am   MaryAnn Cioffee  (Eileen M. McGrath)

Thursday, October 20 — Saint Paul of the Cross
   8:30 am   Joseph Canel  (Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Casile)

Friday, October 21
   8:30 am   Geb Kleiner, anniversary  (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, October 22 — Pope Saint John Paul II
   9:00am   Monica Ribar  (Family)
  
   5:00 pm   Mary Ruth Wessell  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 23 —  30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Ann Festa (Mary Larkin)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Susan Rizza  (Sam Valletta & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 16, 2016

Sunday: Exodus 17:8-13/Psalm 121:1-8/2 Timothy 3:14--4:2/Luke 18:1-8

Monday: Ephesians 2:1-10/Psalm 100:1-5/Luke 12:13-21

Tuesday: 2 Timothy 4:10-17b/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/Luke 10:1-9

Wednesday: Ephesians 3:2-12/Isaiah12:2-6/Luke 12:39-48

Thursday: Ephesians 3:14-21/Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19/Luke 12:49-53

Friday: Ephesians 4:1-6/Psalm 24:1-6/Luke 12:54-59

Saturday: Ephesians 4:7-16/Psalm 122:1-5/Luke 13:1-9

Next Sunday: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18/Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23/2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18/Luke 18:9-14


Discussing our Happiness will be the theme of a new book discussion hosted by our staff.  The first session will be Sunday, October 30 at 10am in the Ministry Center.  Contact us for Matthew Kelly’s new book Resisting Happiness—for you, the book is $5.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; macaroni & cheese; jelly; and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are located in church entrance. 
    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  Thomas Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox   for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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 6:30pm  for dinner, the live auction and silent auction, as well as dancing.  Invitations are in the church entrance.  Reserve your seats 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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Baptism Preparation Sessions for new parents will be held in the Parish Hall at 7:30pm this Monday, October 17 and then on Monday, November 21.  Come and learn about the Sacrament of Baptism as well as the Baptism Ceremony.  Call and register at the parish office as soon as possible!

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 WEEKLY seminar to discuss this letter.  These sessions will be Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am  in the Ministry Center
Library.  Register now at 412-781-0186, ext. 18 or by email here.  The donation for materials is $10.  Come and take part!
    Also, copies of Pope Francis’ letter are available in our church entrance.   You may also click here to see the letter on the Vatican website  OR  at our parish blog here for more about this letter and the discussions taking place in our parish!

Christian Meditation Sessions are still being held every Wednesday in the Ministry Center from 7:30am-8:30am. Join us for silence, meditation, and reflection.

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the area Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  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 firmly believe!
   We may focus on Jesus’ call to fervent prayer and petition presented in today’s Gospel account, but the final verse says it all: first and foremost, we must place our belief and faith in the Lord. It is from within our faith that trust and confidence and an assurance of God’s goodness flow into our hearts. Then we will truly pray!
 
     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