November 13, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Now that we’ve come to the time of hibernation here in the northern hemisphere, it’s very important to slow down.  This is the season to get more rest and to take good care of our health as the winter months approach.  As such, it’s natural that we won’t and don’t accomplish as much as we do in the Spring, Summer, and Autumn.
    However, the Lord calls us to continue sharing his Gospel and growing his Kingdom even in this time of the year.  We will expend a great deal of energy and effort observing and celebrating the holidays.  We’ll make plans for 2017 and for life after winter, but every day of the year is a good day to shine the light of our lives and our faith wherever we can beginning with our family members, relatives, and neighbors!
    May the Lord bless us in these final weeks of the calendar year, and may we still be dedicated every day to living and sharing our faith and giving witness to the Lord Jesus now and always.  God bless!
                                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato
 
WHAT’S BEING PROPOSED FOR OUR PARISH AND OUR LOCAL AREA BEGINNING IN 2018
   After much prayer and consultation, our diocesan staff has presented to us 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!

NEXT WEEKEND’S SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    Every year before Thanksgiving, the Church in the United States remembers and supports the many Retired Religious Sisters and Brothers who’ve served generations of Catholic Christians in our schools, parishes, hospitals, and numerous ministries.
    Next weekend’s second collection will be the Annual Collection to support Retired Religious in our nation.  Your generosity to those who’ve given their lives to serve the whole Church will be greatly appreciated!  Thank you very much!

NOVEMBER PRAYERS FOR LOVED ONES
    We pray for our deceased family members, loved ones, and friends throughout the entire year.  This month of November is also a special time to pray for those who’ve departed from us. 
    It’s also a very good time to visit the graves of all our family members!   Please remember and pray for your loved ones, and please teach your children and grandchildren to observe this Catholic practice as well!

PLANNING YOUR FINAL RESTING PLACE
    The Catholic Cemeteries Association of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh would like to assist you in making your cemetery and burial arrangements.  It’s good to plan now.  Call our office, and we’ll send your name to the CCA.  They’ll be in contact with you and give you a free information portfolio for your personal use.

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
    Once again, a Thanksgiving meal will be provided for those in need in our area.  Please bring the following items to the gray bins in the church:  instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, jellied cranberry sauce, and large, sturdy, disposable (recyclable) aluminum roasting pans
    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 for your Thanksgiving generosity !

THIS YEAR’S ADVENT GIVING TREE
    During the weekend after Thanksgiving, that is the weekend of November 26-27, we’ll once again initiate our Advent Giving Tree in the church for the benefit of local children and families in need of (and grateful for) your kind generosity this Christmas.  For more than 35 years, members and families of our parish community have shared your Christmas joy with countless children and families in our local area.  Your generosity will be appreciated once again this year!
    Please take an ornament OR a donation envelope (or several of each), and then return your gift or donation during the weekend of December 10-11.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA TEAM NOVEMBER PIE SALE
    Once again this November, our Appalachia Ministry Team is selling Oakmont Bakery Pies to help with your Thanksgiving dinner and to raise funds for the June 2017 Appalachia Mission Trip.   Pies may be ordered from the Appalachia Team through this Sunday, November 13.  Each pie is $15.  The pie pick up will be here next weekend, November 19-20 in the parish hall kitchen.  Place your pie order today with Meredith Troyan here!  Thank you!

NOVEMBER 13 EIGHTH GRADE MEGA MEETING
    This Sunday, November 13, from 12 noon until 1:30pm, in the parish hall, all eighth grade Confirmation candidates and a parent or sponsor are required to participate in the Confirmation Mega Meeting!   These preparation sessions are required for all those preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation here in Saint Scholastica Parish during the Easter Season of 2017.

THANKSGIVING BREAK FOR CCD STUDENTS
    Best wishes to all our CCD students and catechists and staff for a Happy Thanksgiving!  There will be NO CCD classes next week on Tuesday, November 22 OR Sunday, November 27Enjoy the holiday!

APPALACHIA TEAM MEETING NOVEMBER 15
    Anyone interested in the June 2017 Appalachia Mission Trip is invited to a meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00pm here in the Parish Hall.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY SATURDAY PROJECT
    All high school and middle school students are welcome to participate in the Saturday, November 19, Habitat for Humanity Project.  Please reply to Mrs. Dillon here before Thursday, November 17, 8:45m-1:30pm.  Parents and adults are also welcome!

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY
    On Sunday, November 20, from 10am-11am, all high school students are welcome to come and participate in the Intersection Bible Study in the Ministry Center.  A light breakfast will be provided.  You’ll be glad you came and took part!

HELPING THE PITTSBURGH FOOD BANK ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28
    All high school/middle school students are welcome to come help the Food Bank at a Food Drive in Market Square on Monday, November 28.  Meet at the parish by 10:30am, and return at 3:00pm.  Sign up here by November 23 if you’d like to help the Food Bank!
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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 in the church entrance.  Contact the coordinators at prayerlist@saintscholastica.com.  Thank you.  God bless!
 
ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT ON DECEMBER 1
    An Advent by Candlelight evening of music and reflections will be hosted for all women by our Aquinas Guild on Thursday, December 1 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  Soprano Alianna Whiteaker and Handbell soloist Sue Garton will be featured, with a dessert reception to follow.  Reservations are recommended   Call the parish office.  Please plan to join us!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY MEETING TUESDAYS
    Women of our parish and community are gathering in the Saint Scholastica Parish Hall to study the Gospel according to Luke for 18 sessions.  This is 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 at the Gilmary Retreat Center December 16-18 for young men (18+ years) considering a call to serve as a Diocesan priest.  There is NO cost.  Visit www.pghpriest.com.

LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
    Adults are invited to become Sunday lectors for our Liturgies.  Also, students in grades 4-11 are welcome to become new altar servers.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  Please contact our parish office soon!

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!

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, November 14
   8:30 am   Beth Hussey   (Matthew and Art Hussey)

Tuesday, November 15 — Saint Albert the Great
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Kennedy & Madzelonka Families  (Family)

Wednesday, November 16 — St. Margaret of Scotland
   8:30 am   Raymond Capone, Sr.  (Ann Minutello)

Thursday, November 17 — Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
   8:30 am   John Mroz   (Mary and Al Berberich)

Friday, November 18 — Saint Rose Duchesne
   8:30 am   Antoinette Aliberti   (The Downey Family)

Saturday, November 19
   9:00am   Mary Rees  (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)

   5:00 pm   Elizabeth Williams  (Mary Ellen and Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 20— Christ the King of the Universe
   7:30 am   Dr. & Mrs. William H. Labriola   (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Ben Killian  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Ben Killian   (Sharon Pontz and boys)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of November 13, 2016

Sunday: Malachi 3:19-20a/Psalm 98:5-9/2 Thessalonians 3:7-12/Luke 21:5-19

Monday: Revelation 1:1-4; 2:1-5/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 18:35-43

Tuesday: Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22/Psalm 15:2-5/Luke 19:1-10

Wednesday: Revelation 4:1-11/Psalm 150:1-6/Luke 19:11-28

Thursday: Revelation 5:1-10/Psalm 149:1-6, 9/Luke 19:41-44

Friday: Revelation 10:8-11/Psalm 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131/Luke 19:45-48

      Dedication of the Lateran Basilica: Acts of the Apostles 28:11-16, 30-31/Psalm 98:1-6/Mt 14:22-33

Saturday: Revelation 11:4-12/Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10/Luke 20:27-40

Next Sunday: 2 Samuel 5:1-3/Psalm 122:1-5/Colossians 1:12-20/Luke 23:35-43
 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  jelly, canned red or black beans; and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are in the 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 Patsy Welsh Ford of Howard Hanna Real Estate for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see her ad for the office location and for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!   CDTCA IS LOOKING AHEAD TO 2017
    The first semester of this academic year is moving along quickly and well at CDTCA! 
    If you’d like to become familiar with and even join the CDTCA community in 2017,  please contact the CDTCA office (412-781-7927) for a visit and tour of our very fine regional school.   Transfer students and families are welcome in 2017, and new students in Pre-School, Kindergarten, and First Grade are certainly most welcome!  Again, please call our CDTCA office (412-781-7927) this month!

PLEASE SIGN UP NOW TO LIGHT OUR ADVENT WREATH CANDLES
    All members and families of our parish are invited to sign up to light the Advent Wreath candles at one of our Advent Sunday Liturgies.  Please sign up now in the main church entrance.  You’ll be directed by the parish staff and by Father Torquato at the Liturgy. 

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!

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 vegetables, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, stuffing mix, gravy, and any non-perishable items used for holiday dinners  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those hungry and in need!

SHARING BAKED GOODS WITH THE NEEDY AND POOR IN DECEMBER
    Our Aquinas Women’s Guild is also inviting all bakers of the parish to make some extra goodies in December so they can be shared with families helped by our local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry! Thanks!

Every Saturday, Nov. 19-Dec. 17, from 10am-2pm, Catholic Charities is hosting a birthday party for Jesus at their offices, 212 Ninth St. downtown.  Free parking in downtown garages.  Kids may dress as angels or shepherds.  Crafts, arts, and caroling.  Sign up one week in advance.  Call 412-456-6696.

 Jesus will always be with us!
   Through the gift and presence of the Holy Spirit of God, Jesus promises to remain with us, both in times of
blessing and in difficult times as well. Our priority should be remaining faithful to the Lord, especially when our faith is shaken or when we face challenges or opposition. Be true to Jesus, and he’ll be true to us!
 
     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