November 6, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    This past week, we began the month of November and our annual remembrance of those who’ve gone before us in our families and Church! 
    We began the month with the November 1 Holy Day of All Saints when we celebrated all the Holy Ones of God whom we know to be sharing in the very life and glory of God .  Then, on November 2,  we observed All Souls Day and offered our prayers for all the deceased of our families and of God’s People.  This was followed on November 3 by our parish memorial service when we prayed for all those whom we laid to rest during the past twelve months in our parish.
    In these holy days and throughout November, we reaffirm our faith in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.   We profess our belief in the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  Also, we look forward to the Resurrection of all the Lord’s disciples on the last day when we will be reunited with one another and receive everlasting life.  May this be a blessed and faith-filled month for all of us.  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!

OUR NOVEMBER 5-6 SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE MILITARY ARCHDIOCESE
    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 is being held this weekend, 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!
    Special Collection envelopes are available at the church exits if you’d like to use one of them.

HONORING OUR NATION’S MILITARY VETERANS
    Along with supporting our current military personnel and families in this weekend’s second collection, our nation will also honor all our military veterans this Friday, November 11, on Veterans Day!   We can all be grateful to the millions of men and women who have served our nation in the military services since our foundation.   Please take the time to thank your parents, grandparents, and all family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors who are veterans.  They have kept all of us free and safe during our 240 year history.  May God bless them, and may we be grateful to them on Veterans Day and every day!

EXERCISING OUR RIGHT TO VOTE
    This Tuesday, November 8, is our national election day!  Voting is a tremendous right and privilege in the United States.  May all of us cast our votes in our federal elections and our state and local elections this Tuesday!

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, 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

APPALACHIA TEAM NOVEMBER PIE SALE
    It’s that time of the year once again when our families prepare for the celebration of Thanksgiving with your families!  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 until next Sunday, November 13.  Each pie is $15.  The pie pick up will be here the following weekend, November 19-20 in the parish hall kitchen.  Place your pie order now! 

CCD HOMESTUDY CHECK IN DATE
    Next Sunday, November 13,  all CCD Home Study families must check in with our Religious Education staff in the school cafeteria between 8am and 9am.  Thanks for your participation!

NOVEMBER 13 EIGHTH GRADE MEGA MEETING
    Next 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.

APPALACHIA TEAM MEETING NOVEMBER 15
    Anyone interested in participating in the June 2017 Appalachia Mission Trip is invited to attend a meeting on Tuesday, November 15, at 7:00pm 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 from 8:45am-1:30pm.  Please reply to Mrs. Dillon here before Thursday, November 17.  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!
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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!

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   See this week’s bulletin insert.  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 on Tuesday afternoons from 1 to 3 p.m. 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 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 7
    8:30 am   Mary Marion & Chris Marion  (Marie Savko)

Tuesday, November 8
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Certo Family  (The Certo Family)

Wednesday, November 9 —Lateran Basilica Dedication
   8:30 am   Lois Chorle  (Respect Life Committee)

Thursday, November 10 —Pope Saint Leo the Great
   8:30 am   Louise & Arthur Bauer  (Bob Bauer)

Friday, November 11 —Saint Martin of Tours
   8:30 am   Kenneth & Jane Louise Hoolahan  (daughter, Marjorie)

Saturday, November 12 —Saint Josaphat, martyr
   9:00am   Ruth Likar  (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)

   5:00 pm   Gary Keefer  (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, November 13 —  32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Ben Killian  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   William F. Oxenreiter  (The Rheingrover Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 6, 2016

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

Monday: Titus 1:1-9/Psalm 24:1-6/Luke 17:1-6

Tuesday: Titus 2:1-8, 11-14/Psalm 37:3-4, 18, 23, 27, 29/Luke 17:7-10

Wednesday: Ezekiel 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/Psalm 46:3-6, 8, 11/1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17/John 2:13-22

Thursday: Philemon 7-20/Psalm 146:7-10/Luke 17:20-25

Friday: 2 John 4-9/Psalm 119:1-2, 10-11, 17-18/Luke 17:26-37

Saturday: 3 John 5-8/Psalm 112:1-6/Luke 18:1-8

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

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  jelly, canned red, black or white 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 The Senior Protection Service for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their ad for information.

Pray for all your deceased family and loved ones!

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!

A GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN
    Next 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!

A note of grateful thanks has been received by our parish community from the Saint Juan Diego Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  They’re very grateful for the donations sent from our parish members and families—through our Aquinas Guild—for the benefit of those who receive assistance.  Their volunteers and recipients are very grateful for the donations and the charitable spirit extended to them.

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 calls us to time in prayer!   
     Prayer is more than asking favors.  Prayer is actually any conversation and communication we have with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is good and worthwhile for us to spend time in prayer every day.  It is also good for us to pray for our families, for ourselves, and for all our deceased loved ones each day. 

 
     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