November 20, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Throughout human history, kings and queens and royalty have usually been associated with palaces and opulence and wealth and political power.  That may be the reason why it’s NOT easy to think of Jesus in terms of the position of King.  We never think of Jesus in terms of palaces and opulence and political power.
    Yet the mention of Jesus’ kingship is found in the Scriptures in terms of his being the Lord of God’s Kingdom and humanity and history.  Jesus is the one who holds all authority and importance in the world, in history, in the Church, and in our lives.
    May we appreciate and honor Jesus as our Lord and King, and may he always be most important in the Church and in our own lives as well.  God bless!
                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato
    
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. 
 
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.  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!

BEST WISHES FOR A BLESSED AND HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    Sincere best wishes to all our parish members and families and friends for a happy and pleasant Thanksgiving holiday and weekend in the days ahead!  While as Catholic Christians, we give thanks to the Lord every Sunday and every day of the year, this is still a very special American holiday when our entire nation gives thanks to God for the Iife, blessings, grace, and freedom that we receive every day of our lives!
    Please join us for the 9:00am Liturgy this Thursday morning on Thanksgiving  as we give thanks to God together in the Eucharist!
 
THIS 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.
    This 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!

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:  large, sturdy, disposable aluminum roasting pans, 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 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

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 this week on Tuesday, November 22 OR Sunday, November 27!   Enjoy the holiday!

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY
    This 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 by November 23 here if you’d like to help the Food Bank!

A Youth Liturgy will be celebrated once again on Saturday, December 3  at 5:00pm.  Students interested in participating should contact Mrs. Dillon here before December 1.

An Eighth Grade Mega-meeting  will be held on Sunday, December 4 at Noon in the Parish Hall.
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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 Karyn Lynch (412-963-9699).  Plan to join us!

A FREE ADVENT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
    You can receive a FREE daily email every day of Advent to help guide you through the season.  As in recent years, Matthew Kelly is offering everyone his FREE Best Advent Ever program.  Sign up at dynamiccatholic.com/best-advent-ever.  It’ll help you to have your best Advent yet!  Take a look!

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 use.

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!
 
A Discernment Weekend will be held 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.  Pease contact our parish office here soon!

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY MEETING TUESDAYS
    Women of our community are gathering 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 Mrs. Mary Ellen Maher (412-767-5863)  now to register!

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!

Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg is hosting a Monday, November 28, Bingo at 1:00pm in their Pope John Paul I parish hall.  Admission is $12.  Call 412-781-9368 for information and tickets.  Take your friends along with you!

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 21 — The Presentation of Mary
   8:30 am   Janet Laughlin  (The Goetz-Martinez Families)

Tuesday, November 22 — Saint Cecilia, virgin, martyr
   8:30 am   Joe & Anna Wessell   (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Wednesday, November 23 — Pope St. Clement I
   8:30 am   Francesca Chapozzi-Alvin   (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

Thursday, November 24 — Thanksgiving Day
   9:00 am   Sarah Kristin Owen  (Owen Family)

Friday, November 25 —Saint Catherine of Alexandria
   8:30 am   Catherine Mahardy   (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, November 26
   9:00am   Gertrude Patricia Miller  (The Donnelly Family)

   5:00 pm   Ralph Burns  (Diane Burns Robes)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 27— First Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Linda Klena  (The Troyan Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Dr. & Mrs. James & Claire Wallace, 50th Wedding Anniversary  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 20, 2016

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

Monday: Revelation 14:1-3, 4b-5/Psalm 24:1-6/Luke 21:1-4

Tuesday: Revelation 14:14-19/Psalm 96:10-13/Luke 21:5-11

Wednesday: Revelation 15:1-4/Psalm 98:1-3, 7-9/Luke 21:12-19

Thursday: Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a/Psalm 100:1-5/Luke 21:20-28

Friday: Revelation 20:1-4, 11--21:2/Psalm 84:3-6, 8/Luke 21:29-33

Saturday: Revelation 22:1-7/Psalm 95:1-7/Luke 21:34-36

Next Sunday: Isaiah 2:1-5/Psalm 122/ Romans 13:11-14


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  jelly, canned red or black beans, small bottles of cooking oil, and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).   Gray bins are in the church entrance.  [Note: this information is more current than the print bulletin.]
    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  W. Hough Contracting, Inc. for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for details and for contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Retail certificates will be available for purchase this Sunday morning  after our Liturgies in the main church entrance.  Thanks for your support!

OUR CDTCA STUDENTS ARE HAVING AN EXCELLENT SECOND QUARTER
    Our CDTCA students in pre-school through eighth grade are having a very fine year! 
    They’ve completed the first nine week quarter, and our students participated in these November activities:  our First Grade students constructed various buildings to illustrate the locations found in a local town (on display in the school);  our Second Grade students took part in the annual Aspinwall Light Up Night festivities on Saturday, November 19;   numerous U.S. military Veterans were honored in an all school Veterans Day program in the gymnasium;  our students collected donations and dry goods in the annual “Backpack for Hunger” program;  and our students participated in the annual Book Fair this week. 
    There’s always a great education, a lot of prayer and Liturgy, and many sports and fine activities taking place here at CDTCA!  Share the good news, and enroll your own child/ren soon!
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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!

A Baptism Preparation Session will be held this Monday, November 21 at 7:30pm.  Call the office!
     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