October 9. 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As Jesus reminds us in todays’ Gospel story of the ten lepers who were healed, we have so many reasons to say “thank you” to God throughout our lives!  We may not need to be healed of leprosy, but we have all and each received so many blessings and so much goodness every day of our lives.  From the creation of the universe, to our solar system, to our world and our lives today, and to everything in our lives, we have so many, many blessings for which to be grateful.
    May we not wait until something extraordinary happens in our lives, and may we not wait until Thanksgiving Day to say “thank you” to the Lord.  Instead, may we ‘bend a knee’ often and say ’thank you, Lord’ many times every day and every Sunday of our lives.  The Lord has given us everything each and every day.  May we be grateful and give thanks to the Lord every moment of our lives.  God bless!
                                                                          — Father Jim Torquato  

RESPECT LIFE MONTH
    Every October, all Catholic Christians are reminded to invite others to respect and protect life — especially the life of the pre-born, those who are vulnerable, and the elderly.  This Respect Life Month is a time to stand up for the dignity and sanctity of human life.  This entire month is a time to promote life and our respect for life in every way that we can!

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!

Birthright of Pittsburgh is seeking volunteers to help improve the lives and conditions of babies in the Pittsburgh area!  Many opportunities are available.  An information session will be held October 22.  Call 412-621-1988 for further info and volunteer details.

MASS WITH THE ANOINTING OF THE SICK NEXT SUNDAY AT 11:00am
    Next 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 upon those who receive this sacred gift. 
    All those planning to receive this sacrament are asked to be seated in the front rows of the church, and this Anointing of the Sick will be celebrated after a brief homily.  For everyone participating in the 11am Mass next Sunday, the Liturgy should not be extended very long beyond its usual time.  Please be sure to join us. Receive the Lord’s mercy and healing.  God bless!
   
 ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
     This month, our Diocesan planning process entitled “On Mission for the Church Alive!”  is now well underway.  You’re all certainly very familiar with the need to reconfigure our parishes and schools given the current state of our Catholic population and our Sunday  participation and financial support. 
    This week, on Monday, October 10 and again on Wednesday, October 12 at 7:00pm, staff from our Diocesan administration will be here at Saint Scholastica Parish to present the model/s proposed by the Diocese for the four parishes of our cluster.  Please  join us for this presentation and discussion IN THE CHURCH  from 7:00pm until 9:00pm on October 10 or October 12.      
     It’s good and important that everyone attend so that parish members will hear these proposals and then discuss them.  Yes, the discussion will continue throughout 2017, and then decisions and a new future will begin in late 2018.  Join us in keeping the Church alive and hopeful in the years ahead!  God bless!

PRAYING THE HOLY ROSARY THROUGHOUT OCTOBER
    This month is 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! 

DINNER TO BENEFIT DIOCESAN PERU MISSION
    The people of Chimbote, Peru are among the poorest of the poor.  Our Diocese has sent support to them for 51 years!  You can help by attending the annual Peru Mission Dinner on Friday, October 28 at 6:00pm at the Station Square Sheraton.  Contact our parish office for information.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CCD Home Study check in for all students in this program will be this Sunday, October 9, from 8am-9am in the school cafeteria.  Be sure to check in.

On Wednesday, October 12, at 4:15pm, our Youth Ministry will take students to Family House in Oakland  to cook a meal for the residents there who are awaiting treatment in Pittsburgh hospitals.  High School and Middle School students are most welcome.  Contact Jamie here or Meredith here by October 10!

The Senior High Retreat will be October 14-16.  It will be held at Summer’s Best at the Que.  Contact Mrs. Dillon here this week if you’re interested.  Join us!

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 on 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 Area 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.
    
Considering a Church Vocation to Religious Life or the Priesthood?  The Franciscan University of Steubenville welcomes you to converse with more than 60 Dioceses and Religious Communities this Friday, October 14, from 9am until 3pm, at their Finnegan Field House.  Contact them at vocationsday@franciscan.edu for information, and see their website here for the location and directions.

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!
 
A New Beginning Weekend for anyone widowed, separated, or divorced will be held October 21-23 at the Gilmary Retreat Center in Moon Township.  For information, visit www.BeginningExperience.org.

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 Retrou-vaille (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 10 — Columbus Day
   8:30 am   Mary Rees  (Georgene Veltri)

Tuesday, October 11
   8:30 am   Peter Buccieri (Mary Catherine and the Scanlon Family)

Wednesday, October 12
   8:30 aStephen F. Miketic  (The Miketic Family) 

Thursday, October 13
   8:30 am   Andrea Certo  (The Certo Family)

Friday, October 14 — Pope Saint Callistus I
   8:30 am   Raymond Capone Sr.  (Rita Michel)

Saturday, October 15 — Saint Teresa of Jesus, doctor
   9:00am   Mary Rees  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 16 —  29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Nellie & William McDonough  (Michael & Marion Feeney)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Dolly Ellerbrock   (JoJo & Roseann Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 9, 2016

Sunday: 2 Kings 5:14-17/Psalm 98:1-4/2 Timothy 2:8-13/Luke 17:11-19

Monday: Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31--5:1/Psalm 113:1-7/Luke 11:29-32

Tuesday: Galatians 5:1-6/Psalm 119:41, 43-45, 47-48/Luke 11:37-41

Wednesday: Galatians 5:18-25/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 11:42-46

Thursday: Ephesians 1:1-10/Psalm 98:1-6/Luke 11:47-54

Friday: Ephesians 1:11-14/Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 12-13/Luke 12:1-7

Saturday: Ephesians 1:15-23/Psalm 8:2-7/Luke 12:8-12

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

 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; canned vegetables; macaroni & cheese; and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are located in church entrance. 
    Also urgently needed are:  Men’s trousers in waist sizes 30-38,  men’s athletic shoes in good condition, towels, and pillows.
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. in Aspinwall for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for information and other locations.

Blessed be the Lord, our God!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE NORTH HILLS CATHOLIC SCHOOLS?
    As you know from last weekend’s parish bulletin insert from the General Secretary of our Catholic Diocese, a project was begun this year to bring all 11 schools of the North Hills into a single administration so that we can all launch into a stable and confident future.  This regionalization will take place in every area of the six counties of the Diocese following the work done here in the North Hills.
    The current indication is that, within this new North Hills region,  Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will continue to operate as it does now.  Because CDTCA includes such a large region already, and because CDTCA has been very strong in these years, our regional school will remain as it is in the hope that it will continue to be strong.

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 6:00pm for dinner, the live auction and silent auction, as well as dinner and dancing.  Invitations are in the church entrance.  Reserve your seat 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 (Oct. 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9,16)  OR Thursday mornings, 10-11:30am (Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10, 17) 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!

DONATING TO THE HUNGRY AND NEEDY THROUGH OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect items for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry, Sharpsburg.  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 offers healing to us!
   In today’s Gospel account, Jesus provides healing for the lepers whom he encountered in his ministry. The Lord also offers us healing in our lives. We’re offered healing through medical personnel who know about physical illness. The Lord also offers us healing in our hearts and our souls through faith and prayer! 

     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