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