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