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