January 1, 2017


 A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     The Lord Jesus, and our Blessed Mother, Mary, and Saint Joseph, and all the Holy Ones (the Saints and Angels) of God are amazing and wonderful role models for all of us in our Catholic Christian faith and life! It’s certainly good for us to remember Jesus and Mary and all the Saints every day of the year.
     Our parish calendars help us to remember all the solemnities, feasts, and memorials of our Faith throughout the year! May we remain close to the Lord and our Mother, Mary, and all the Holy Ones throughout our lives! May we know that they and we are all members of the Lord’s one family and one worldwide community of all the ages! May we be close to them in prayer and be inspired by them to a deep and abiding faith in God and in God’s eternal Kingdom. God bless!
                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

HONORING MARY, THE MOTHER OF GOD
     We honor God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit every day! It is right and just!
     May we also honor those who gave their lives for the Lord, the Gospel, the Church, and the Kingdom — beginning with Mary who accepted the Father’s plan and brought our Redeemer and Savior into the world for all humanity.
     May we honor Mary, the Mother of God, today and throughout the year for her faith in God, for her role, and for the love she offers to us daily!

2017 WILL MOVE US CLOSER TO OUR NEW FUTURE
     We’re now closer to the reorganization of all parishes here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. For all of us, this project will be a challenge. It will require a good deal of work and patience and understanding.
     However, to keep the Church alive and present here in Southwestern Pennsylvania, it is a project that’s absolutely necessary given the real decline of our region and population and participation of our membership. May the Lord be with us in this work!

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     Like all the years before 2017, may your New Year be blessed and filled with goodness and peace and love both in your personal life and in your family life! May you be close to Jesus and walk with the Lord every day of 2017! May you also join us every Sunday and Holy Day and Holy Season as we dedicate another year to God and celebrate the Gospel and all that our faith holds for us all! God bless!

MANY, MANY THANKS!
     Thank you very, very much to all our parish staff members and volunteers who made our Christmas celebration joyful and memorable! From our music ministers, to our lectors and servers and Communion Ministers, to our ushers and collection counters, to our office staff, to our maintenance and custodial staff, and to all who gave us your help, thank you all very much! May our Lord bless you abundantly in this New Year!

PRAYING FOR PEACE TODAY AND IN 2017
     Today is our World Day of Prayer for Peace! In fact, every day should be a world day of prayer for peace! May we all remember and believe in the power of God and the power of prayer, and may we pray fervently for one another each day and for peace in our homes, our nation, and our world! May God bless us with peace!

PLANNING AHEAD EARLY FOR THIS YEAR
     It’s now time to look at 2017 and begin planning all the important events and matters of our new year. One of these matters is your child/ren’s education! Enrollment for the next school year will begin soon both here at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy as well as in all Catholic high schools of our Catholic Diocese! Be sure to plan now. Call our school office (412-781-7927) for information and a visit. Visit www.cdtca.org for information, and plan to attend the January 28 Open House at 2:00pm.

THANK YOU FOR A VERY FINE YEAR!
     Thankfully and hopefully this year has been filled with God’s blessings and grace for your family!
     For our parish community, 2016 has been another very fine year of faith and prayer and community and service! To everyone who’s participated in and supported our parish this year, thank you very much.  May the Lord bless you throughout 2017!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

Our Religious Education / CCD classes will enjoy a Christmas holiday break until classes resume on Tuesday, January 3rd. Enjoy the Christmas holiday and season!

A Youth Group Liturgy will be held at 5:00pm on Saturday, January 7. Choir members and instrumentalists should be here at 3:30pm for practice.

Ice Skating at PPG Place will follow the January 7 Youth Mass. The cost is $7 per person. All students in grades 8-12 are welcome. Reply here by Jan. 6.

A Catechist Meeting will be held in the Ministry Center on Monday, January 9 at 7:00pm.

A Pet Therapy Session will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road from 4:00-5:00pm. Reserve your place here by January 9.

An Appalachia 2017 Team Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10 at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.

The Intersection Bible Study for high school students will be held on Sunday, January 8 and Sunday, January 29 at 10am in the Ministry Center. A light breakfast will be available. The Leadership Team will meet at 11am on January 29.

The Winter Jam Christian Music Spectacular will be held Friday, January 20 at the PPG Paints Arena. Tickets are $32. Sign up here by January 10.
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WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
     “With God, nothing is lost,” says Pope Francis, “but without him, everything is lost.” There are so many demands on people today. So many questions. What leads to a good life? How do we get there?
     If you feel drawn to explore questions like these, gather with us. Our Catholic faith community has been on a journey together for 2,000 years, trying to draw closer to God as he draws close to us in Jesus.
     If you’re looking for your spiritual path in this life, we welcome you. It help to have companions for this journey. No matter where you’ve been in this life, we’d like to welcome you and to walk with you on your journey! There’s NO obligation. Let’s just get the conversation started. Contact Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com OR call 412- 781-0186, ext. 18. Know you’re most welcome!

JANUARY 8 BREAKFAST FOR RESPECT LIFE
     Once again this year, our parish Respect Life Committee will host a Pancake and Sausage Breakfast NEXT Sunday, January 8, 8:00am to 1:00pm, $5A/ $4C, in the school cafeteria to support their participation in this National March for Life in Washington, DC on January 27. Your support is greatly appreciated. Please come and join us!

High School students are welcome to attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon for information (412-781-6550). Chaperones will be provided.

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!

HELP FOR STRUGGLING MARRIED COUPLES
     Throughout the year, help for struggling married couples is offered by our Diocese through the Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend Program in January. Do yourselves and your family a huge favor. Call 412-277-3434, attend a weekend, and retrieve a better life.

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!

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!

Coping with Life Alone is a 9 session seminar beginning January 12 at Sts. Simon and Jude Parish, Greentree. Call Theresa (412-260-1807) or Karen (412-884-5904) for information. The donation is $25.

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, January 2 — Saints Basil and Gregory
   8:30 am   Matthew Elder  (Family)

Tuesday, January 3 — The Most Holy Name of Jesus
   8:30 am   Vincent & Amelia Kopec  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Wednesday, January 4 — Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton
   8:30 am   Robert L. Smith  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, January 5 — Saint John Neumann
   8:30 am   Dr. Yvonne Maher  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Friday, January 6 — Saint Andre Bessette
   8:30 am   Stanley Marsico, anniversary  (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, January 7 — Saint Raymond of Penyafort
   9:00am   William Sinagra  (The Newell Family)

   5:00 pm   Dr. Yvonne Maher  (Bob & Joanne Saunders)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 8 — The Epiphany of the Lord
   7:30 am   William H. Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Ross Molinaro, Jr.  (Nancy Molinaro, wife)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of January 1, 2017
Sunday: Numbers 6:22-27/Psalm 67/Galatians 4:4-7/Luke 2:16-21
Monday: 1 John 2:22-28/Psalm 98/John 1:19-28
Tuesday: 1 John 2:29--3:6/Psalm 98/John 1:29-34
Wednesday: 1 John 3:7-10/Psalm 98/John 1:35-42
Thursday: 1 John 3:11-21/Psalm 100/John 1:43-51
Friday: 1 John 5:5-13/Psalm 147/Mark 1:7-11 or Luke 3:23-28 or 3:23, 31-34, 36, 38
Saturday: 1 John 5:14-21/Psalm 149/John 2:1-11
Next Sunday: Isaiah 60:1-6/Psalm 72/Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/Matthew 2:1-12

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
     These items are needed now: canned red or black beans; macaroni and cheese; small bottles of cooking oil; or Hamburger Helper type meal mixes. Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport. 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 Pennsylvania Catholic Match for being a bulletin sponsor. Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
     To all the community of Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, and from CDTCA to all our parish communities, best wishes for a very good New Year 2017! May this year be blessed for you, and may the Lord continue to bless and sustain CDTCA now and for many years still to come!

SCHOOL CHRISTMAS BREAK
     The CDTCA community is enjoying a break from classes for the Christmas holiday. Our classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Enjoy the Christmas recess and the holidays!

2017 LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, CDTCA
     Our Catholic Academy is offering 2017 Lottery Calendars for the coming year. Daily and special prizes are awarded based on the daily Lottery drawing!  You can be a winner many times, and at the same time, you will support CDTCA and all of our students and families who are still dedicated to Catholic education for our young students.
     Be sure to get your 2017 Lottery Calendar/s through the school office this week OR in early January (412-781-7927). Thank you for your support and generosity!
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MANY, MANY THANKS FROM OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
     Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect baked goods and cookies for the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 115 dozen cookies were shared with the needy in our area at Christmas! Please bring any non-perishable items to the red bin in the church entrance. Thank you!

Jesus brings peace to the world!
     There’s no more peaceful place when we’re children than the arms of our mother! Jesus knew this truth in his life, and we all know it in our lives and in our families! As we honor the Blessed Virgin Mary today as the Mother of God, may we also be dedicated to fostering peace in our families, our community, and our world!

     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