October 15, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Have you noticed that there aren’t nearly as many Church weddings as there once were?  I remember plenty of family weddings from my youngest years.  I even have a 1968 photo of myself as a 4 year old ring bearer at the wedding of my mother’s cousin.  (That was the only occasion in my life when I wore an actual tuxedo.  I’ve worn a priest collar for far many more years.)
    Today, there are fewer large families and fewer young people since 1973.  Then again, fewer people are entering into the traditional state of official married life, and of those couples, fewer and fewer care or even know about the Catholic Christian requirement to marry in a Catholic ceremony.
    We all attend far fewer Church weddings in these years, but it still bears repeating that when we’re invited to a wedding  — or to any event for that matter—it’s good and important to reply to the invitation, to attend the event, and also to wear proper attire.
    When the Lord invites us into his life, may we all reply yes, may we all present ourselves well, and may we prepared in every way to be  a fitting guest in the house of the Lord our God.  God bless!                                                                                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

FATHER SEAN HOGAN IS RECUPERATING
    Several months after Father Sean Hogan had rotator cuff surgery, he had another recent surgery on October 2 for another “minor” arm repair. 
    Father Hogan’s recuperation should last at least several weeks, and then he plans to return to our Sunday Liturgy schedule in late October.  Please keep him in your daily prayers. His mailing address is:

                                Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                                Trinity Hall
                                Duquesne University
                                Pittsburgh, PA   15282.

MEN, COME HAVE PIZZA AND LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT!
    On Monday, October 16, in the parish hall at  6:30pm, our Men’s Retreat Promoters will have a  free pizza and beer evening for men interested in learning about a Men’s Retreat.  They will also have a member of the Retreat Center Team here to discuss retreats.  Reserve your place now for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew your lives with fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Please contact Mr. Jim Fanning ( 412-492-8147 ) or Mr. Bob Auray ( 412-406-8800 )  to register.  Plan now to join us!

COLLECTING BABY DIAPERS HERE THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 14-15
    This weekend, October 14-15, you’re welcome to bring donations of baby diapers to the main church entrance as our Parish Respect Life Committee helps Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their drive to distribute 100,000 diapers to infants and families in need.  This is an exceptional way to promote the dignity of human life.  Thanks for your care and goodness toward God’s children.
 
ANOINTING LITURGY HERE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 11:00AM LITURGY
    Parish members in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to participate in the 11:00am Liturgy here THIS Sunday, October 15.  This Sacrament of the Sick is offered to those who are elderly, infirm, or ill as a pledge and source of the Lord’s love and grace.  Please be seated in the front sections of the Church to receive this divine gift!

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND
    Every October, the Church throughout the world observes World Mission Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ command to share the love and life of God as well as the Lord’s own Gospel with all people!  Our Mission work has brought so many blessings to all of humanity.  We will take up a Second Collection next weekend to continue the Church’s mission outreach!

PARISH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
   On Thursday, November 2,  at 7:30pm, we will hold this year’s annual Memorial Service to remember and pray for all our parish members who died in the past 12 months. For this special event, your compassionate outreach is needed as we assemble 40 parish volunteers to welcome families, to guide them, and to pray with them.  Sign up with Sister Pat Baker soon.

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.  In March 2018,  priests will be assigned to begin in October 2018.  At that same time in October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.  The final consolidation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your support of  On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
  • Pet Therapy sessions on October 17 and November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon.
  • Habitat for Humanity service projects on Saturday, October 21, 8:45am-1:30pm.  HS and MS students welcome.  Reserve a spot before October 18.
  • Come for TACO TUESDAYS and Bible Study and prayer each week from 8:00-9:00pm in the Ministry Center basement.
  • Family House meal preparation on October 25, 4:15pm until 7:00pm.  Reserve your spot soon!
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FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE OCTOBER 28-29
    Once again, our Hope for Haiti Committee will host a Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall in two weeks.  Always a popular event, this fair brings chocolate, jewelry, coffee, clothing, Christmas gifts, and other items from family businesses in Third World countries.  Your purchases help them to earn a living and escape poverty!  Thanks for your participation in two weeks!

PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT EVENING
    On Monday evening, October 23, from 5:45pm —8:00pm, our Diocesan Vocations Office will hold a Priesthood Discernment Evening at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for men of college and college graduate ages. 
    This evening will include prayer, dinner, and information about your possible call to serve the Lord and his Church as an ordained priest.  Email tsullivan@diopitt.org  before October 15 for more information and registration.

WOMEN’S MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST
    On Saturday, October 28, from 9:00am—12 noon, at the Doubletree Hotel in Cranberry, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Magnificat will hold their monthly breakfast for all Catholic women.  The guest speaker is Cuban born Maria Vadia, the founder of an association in Miami that evangelizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and brings the Gospel to women and to all in the Catholic Church.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) by this Wednesday at noon.  The donation is $23 per person.  You’ll be glad that you’re taking part!

Many thanks to our Respect Life Committee for all your work this month and during the year to promote respect and protection for those pre-born, elderly, and in need during our National Respect Life Month!
  
Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at our office or email him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com (+), then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org (+) this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
In October,  your donations of canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 16 — Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
   8:30 am   John Keefe Ellis  (Constance Donnelly)

Tuesday, October 17 — Saint Ignatius of Antioch
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)

Wednesday, October 18 —Saint Luke, evangelist
   8:30 am   Cathy Chase Boring   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Thursday, October 19 — North American Martyrs
   8:30 am   Robert Kaminski  (Mary Labriola)

Friday, October 20 — Saint Paul of the Cross, priest
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Kathleen Piper)

Saturday, October 21
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Deanna Miller)

   5:00pm   Gebhard Kleiner, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 22 — 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Mrs. Audrey Demme   (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   John C. Sheedy  (Maureen O’Brien) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 15, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20/Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Monday: Romans 1:1-7/Psalm 98:1-4/Luke 11:29-32

Tuesday: Romans 1:16-25/Psalm 19:2-5/Luke 11:37-41

Wednesday: 2 Timothy 4:10-17b/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/Luke 10:1-9

Thursday: Romans 3:21-30/Psalm 130:1b-6ab/Luke 11:47-54

Friday: Romans 4:1-8/Psalm 32:1b-2, 5, 11/Luke 12:1-7

Saturday: Romans 4:13, 16-18/Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43/Luke 12:8-12

Next Sunday: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6/Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10/1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b/Matthew 22:15-21

The altar flowers this weekend are a gift from Mrs. Mary Jo Romano in honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now:   canned vegetables;  canned red or black beans;  plain crackers; macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Smiles by Smith Orthodontics in Fox Chapel and Allison Park  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THIS SATURDAY’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
    While our CDTCA regional elementary school customarily holds an Open House for prospective families, parents, and students in January, our new regional school administrator (appointed by the Bishop’s Staff)  has requested that all the schools in our newly formed North Hills Catholic Regional Elementary School system simultaneously hold an Open House in each of our schools to welcome families and students into our school programs beginning in the next school year 2018-2019. 
    You’ll see a flyer in this weekend’s bulletin, and the CDTCA Open House will be held in our school this coming Saturday, October 21, from 12 noon until 2:00pm.  Please call our school office (412-781-7927) to let us know if you and  your young students will be participating!  Thanks very much!

GET TO KNOW  MISS KASSANDRA BYRNES
    Our new second grade teacher, Miss Kassandra Byrnes, is one of five children in her family, and she’s the only daughter.  Her family and family life are very important to her.  She also has six nephews and nieces with whom she enjoys spending lots of time.  Miss Byrnes will complete her educational Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology in May 2018, and when she has personal free time, she enjoys shopping, seeing new movies, and home projects.
    This is Miss Byrnes’ first year as our full time second grade teacher.  As a substitute teacher last year, she came to appreciate the family atmosphere here at CDTCA as well as our faith based education.  She enjoys preparing her students for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and helping them to learn the faith each and every day.  Welcome!
 
OUR UPCOMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
   On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  More information will follow soon.
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Our parish Respect Life Committee will meet in the parish hall this coming Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30pm.  Come join us.  New members are welcome!

Jesus invites us to his supper!
    Every Sunday--in  fact, every day--Jesus invites us to share in his supper which is the feast of his very own divine life! When we share in the Lord’s Supper and receive the gift of the Eucharist, we receive the very life and grace of God. May we always appreciate this divine gift, and may we always accept Jesus’ invitation!
  
     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

October 8, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus was saddened by his perception that the Chosen People of God, his own People of Israel, were NOT living up to the mission and responsibility given to them through their covenant with the divine Creator of the universe and our world.
    Jesus saw it as his mission to create a New People of God  to sincerely and honestly perform the work of building God’s Kingdom.  Our question today is: are we doing what Jesus calls us to do for him and for his Kingdom?  It’s a very good and important question.  What’s your answer?  God bless!
                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato

DIOCESAN CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
    On Friday, October 13, Bishop David Zubik invites all families and members of the Diocese to join him at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for the Consecration of the Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima.  The Church celebrates 2017 as the Centennial of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima in Portugal.  The evening begins with a picnic at 5:00pm, and then the ceremony and candlelight procession will begin at 7:00pm (weather permitting).  See today’s insert or visit  here (+) for information and registration.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
   On Saturday, November 18,  all women of our Catholic Diocese are welcome to participate in the first BRAVE Conference of the new Catholic Women’s Fellowship.  This will be a full day of inspiring talks, sacraments, and building community with other Catholic women of our Diocese.  Visit www.cwfpitt.org for more information and updates!

MEN, COME HAVE PIZZA AND LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT!
    On Monday, October 16, in the parish hall at  6:30pm, our Men’s Retreat Promoters will have a  free pizza and beer evening for men interested in learning about a Men’s Retreat.  They will also have a member of the Retreat Center Team here to discuss retreats.
     Also, all men may reserve your place now for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew your lives with hours of fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Please contact Mr. Jim Fanning ( 412-492-8147 ) or Mr. Bob Auray ( 412-406-8800 )  to register for this year’s retreat.  Plan now to join us for the beer and pizza information evening and for the retreat weekend!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS
    On behalf of my dad, Nicholas, and my 5 brothers and my sister, and our family, thank you very much for your condolences and prayers this past week on the death of my stepmother Karen Elizabeth Torquato.  Mom became ill two weeks ago, and the illness became very serious. Within days, this unexpected illness ended her life at the age of 75.
    Thanks to our parish members who visited my family at the funeral home and those who also participated in her Funeral Liturgy this past Monday at Saint Sebastian Parish in Ross Township.
    Again, my mom and my dad and I and my entire family are truly grateful for your support, care, condolences, and prayers.  She is at peace now in the love of the Lord.  Thank you. 

BLESSING OF PETS THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
    This Sunday, October 8, at 1:00pm, we’ll hold this year’s Annual Blessing of Pets in conjunction with last Wednesday’s Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Please bring your pets to the Third Street entrance of the Pastoral Center.  As always, please have your pets on a leash or in a carrier.  See you this Sunday!
 
COLLECTING BABY DIAPERS HERE NEXT WEEKEND, OCTOBER 14-15
    Any time this week or next weekend, October 14-15, you’re welcome to bring donations of baby diapers to the main church entrance as our Parish Respect Life Committee helps Catholic Charites of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their extraordinary drive to collect and distribute 100,000 diapers to infants and families in need of this support.  This is an exceptional way to promote the dignity of human life.  Thank you for your generosity and care.

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.  In March 2018,  priests will be assigned to begin in October 2018.  At that same time in October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.  The final consolidation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your support of  On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Our Religious Education Program has begun, and all public school and private academy students should be enrolled and attending sessions at this time.  Our enrollment for this CCD year will close in just a few days, and so, contact our offices now if you still need to register!   Please don’t delay!

CATHOLIC FAITH AFLOAT ON THE RIVERS
    Sunday, October 15, (3pm--6pm) is the date for a special high school students’ cruise on Pittsburgh’s rivers to hear and think about our Catholic faith.  The donation is $10 in advance.  Visit the diocesan website www.pghpriest.com, or contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon now.
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ANOINTING LITURGY HERE NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 11:00AM
    Parish members in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to participate in the 11:00am Liturgy here NEXT Sunday, October 15.  This Sacrament of the Sick is offered to those who are elderly, infirm, or ill as a pledge and source of the Lord’s love and grace.  Please be seated in the front sections of the Church to receive this divine gift!

DAILY PRAYER SESSIONS AT 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, DOWNTOWN
    From September 27 until November 5,  the Forty Days for Life program will again hold daily witness to the sacredness of human life at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown, from 7am—7pm.  Please know you’re welcome to join this effort any day and every day!

SUPPORT PRE-BORN CHILDREN IN OCTOBER
    The portrait of the Madonna and Child composed of infants’ faces will be here this weekend, October 7-8, thanks to our Respect Life Committee.

PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT EVENING
    On Monday evening, October 23, from 5:45pm —8:00pm, our Diocesan Vocations Office will hold a Priesthood Discernment Evening at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for men of college and college graduate ages. 
    This evening will include prayer, dinner, and information about your possible call to serve the Lord and his Church as an ordained priest.  Email tsullivan@diopitt.org  before October 15 for more information and registration.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish offices or email him here.
 
GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon at www.smile.amazon.com, then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In October,  your donations of canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 9 — Columbus Day
   8:30 am   John Keefe Ellis  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, October 10
   8:30 am   Alexandra Slane  (The Condosta Family)

Wednesday, October 11 — Pope Saint John XXIII
   8:30 am   Frank Cahouet  (Constance Donnelly)

Thursday, October 12
   8:30 am   Stephen F. Miketic  (The Miketic Family)

Friday, October 13
   8:30 am   Gino Marsico, anniversary   (wife, Rita Marsico)

Saturday, October 14 — Pope Saint Callistus I, martyr
   9:00 am   Andrea Certo   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00pm   John F. Donahue   (The Oxenreiter Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 15 — 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Francis Daily Sr.  (The Daily Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   William Dudas   (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 8, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 5:1-7/Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20/Philippians 4:6-9/Matthew 21:33-43

Monday: Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11/Jonah 2:3-5, 8/Luke 10:25-37

Tuesday: Jonah 3:1-10/Psalm 130:1b-4ab, 7-8/Luke 10:38-42

Wednesday: Jonah 4:1-11/Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10/Luke 11:1-4

Thursday: Malachi 3:13-20b/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 11:5-13

Friday: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Psalm 9:2-3, 6, 8-9, 16/Luke 11:15-26

Saturday: Joel 4:12-21/Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12/Luke 11:27-28

Next Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20/Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: canned red or black beans;  plain crackers;  macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Hi-Tech Auto Care in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR COMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  More information will follow soon

SUPPORTING OUR SCOUTS THIS SUNDAY
    This weekend, October 7-8, after all our Liturgies, the Boy Scouts of Troop 380 will be offering popcorn for sale outside the main church entrance.  Your purchases of this delicious popcorn allows them to fund their many projects and activities during this Scouting Year.  Thanks for your generosity!  Our Scouting programs are excellent sources of instruction for so many young boys in our communities and in our nation!
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BOOK STUDY:  SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
   This October, Andy Bechman will lead you through a study of a new book written to help you develop spiritual depth and find balance in your life.  Sessions are Wednesday evenings this month. Contact our office now!

The Christ Child Society  (which helps at-risk children) will host a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 21, 10:30am.  This event will help with the Society’s project to assist infants and children and young families.  Join us and bring a friend or three.  Each ticket is $40.  Call 412-485-9581 before October 16  for information and registration.

Jesus calls us to build his Kingdom!
    Our ancestors in the Catholic Church took the Gospel and life of the Lord Jesus to the ends of the earth.  Jesus told them to share the love and life of God with all. Now, this work is ours to continue, and there’s a great deal yet to do. The gift of the Kingdom has been given to us along with the mission to keep building!
 
     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

October 1, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    During this month of October, all Americans are asked to stand up for Human Life in our nation.  We know that human life is not respected and honored as it once had been in our society.  Following 44 years of the legalized abortion of pre-born children in the United States as well as years of assisted suicide and the move toward euthanasia for the disabled, sick, and elderly, we as Catholic Christians are called to remind all other Americans of the dignity and value of all human life!
   Please join other parish members and families who are taking part in Respect Life Month activities, and let us remind our elected leaders and our judges of the sacred dignity of all people from the pre-born to the  elderly and people of every background and condition.  We are the People of God — the God of life for all.  God bless!
                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE MARIA
    This weekend, all parishes in the United States have been asked to take up a second collection to help with the victims and the rebuilding after Hurricane Maria which damaged Puerto Rico and other islands.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

NEW CHOIR MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
    Soon, our Sunday choirs will begin practices for this new choral year.  Our 9:00am and 11:00am choirs and instrumentalists provide wonderful music for our Sunday Liturgies.  To provide this music, we rely on our parish members to join our choirs each year.
    If you’d like to sing sacred music and you also have time for rehearsals, please contact Sister Pat Baker today or in the coming days.  Thank you!

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
   On Saturday, November 18,  all women of our Catholic Diocese are welcome to participate in the first BRAVE Conference of the new Catholic Women’s Fellowship.  This will be a full day of inspiring talks, sacraments, and building community with other Catholic women of our Diocese.  Visit www.cwfpitt.org (+) for more information and updates!

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Reserve time for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with days of fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Plan now to join us!

THIS SUNDAY’S  RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    All parish members and families, young and older, are invited to take part in this Sunday’s Respect Life Prayer Chain from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the intersection of Route 8 and Grant Street in Etna.  Stand with others and pray silently while holding Respect Life messages for motorists along Route 8.  We can improve our society’s attitude toward human life by our witness together.  Please come join us! 

BLESSING OF PETS NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
    Next Sunday, October 8, at 1:00pm, we’ll hold this year’s Annual Blessing of Pets in conjunction with Wednesday’s Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Please bring your pets to the Third Street entrance of the Pastoral Center.  As always, please have your pets on a leash or in a carrier.  See you next Sunday!
 
DIOCESAN CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
    On Friday, October 13, Bishop David Zubik invites all families and members of the Diocese to join him at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for the Consecration of the Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima.  The Church celebrates 2017 as the Centennial of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima in Portugal.  The evening begins with a picnic at 5:00pm, and then the ceremony and candlelight procession will begin at 7:00pm (weather permitting).  See today’s insert or visit  here (+) for information and registration.

OUR NEW SPEAKERS IN THE CHURCH
    Our sound system has been upgraded with new high tech speakers from the Intertech Corporation in Pittsburgh.  Sound trials showed our parish staff how good these new modern speakers are with their finely focused sound.  We truly hope that the sound quality of our Liturgies is better and clearer for everyone.  Thanks to Intertech and their staff!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.  In March 2018,  priests will be assigned to begin in October 2018.  At that same time in October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.  The final consolidation is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy. Thanks for your support of  On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Our Religious Education Program has begun, and all public school and private academy students should be enrolled and attending sessions at this time.  Our enrollment for this CCD year will close in just a few days, and so, contact our offices now if you still need to register!   Please don’t delay!

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH!
  • Taco Tuesdays will begin on October 3 (8:00-9:00pm) in the Ministry Center.  Come for tacos, Bible study, and fun every Tuesday evening!
  • Postgame Tailgate Party for grades 7-12 at the Ministry Center, on Friday, October 6 after the Fox Chapel Area HS football game.  Call if you need a ride!
  • Saturday, October 7 Youth Mass at 5:00pm.  Come at 3:30pm to help with the music.  The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt for Warmth will take place after the October 7 Liturgy.
CATHOLIC FAITH AFLOAT ON THE RIVERS
    Sunday, October 15 (3pm--6pm) is the date for a special high school students’ cruise on Pittsburgh’s rivers to hear and think about our Catholic faith.  The donation is $10 in advance.  Visit the diocesan website www.pghpriest.com (+), or contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here now.
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SUPPORT PRE-BORN CHILDREN IN OCTOBER
  • The annual and prayerful Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 1 from 2-3pm at Route 8 and Grant Street in Etna.  Call 412-781-6550 for info.
  • Please register by October 6 to vote for Life in the coming November 7 election of judges.
  • The portrait of the Madonna and Child composed of infants’ faces will be here Oct. 7-8.
  • This October 14-15, our Respect Life Committee will hold a Diaper Drive here to support the Diocesan Catholic Charities Diaper Drive.  Please bring all of your diaper donations to the church.
PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT EVENING
    On Monday evening, October 23, from 5:45pm—8:00pm, our Diocesan Vocations Office will hold a Priesthood Discernment Evening at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for men of college and college graduate ages. 
    This evening will include prayer, dinner, and information about your possible call to serve the Lord and his Church as an ordained priest.  Email tsullivan@diopitt.org  before October 15 for more information and registration.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish offices or email him here.

SUPPORTING THE LIVES OF PRE-BORN CHILDREN
    From September 27 until November 5,  the Forty Days for Life program will again hold daily witness to the sacredness of human life at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 933 Liberty Avenue, downtown, from 7am—7pm.  Please know you’re welcome to join this effort any day and every day!
 
GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com (+), then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.   Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In October,  your donations of peanut butter, jelly, and crackers are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, October 2 — The Holy Guardian Angels
   8:30 am   Mary Ellen Bergeron  (The Burke Family)

Tuesday, October 3
   8:30 am   Clara Giuffre  (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Wednesday, October 4 — Saint Francis of Assisi
   8:30 am   Joseph Lazar   (daughter, Sherry Schaffer)

Thursday, October 5 — Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
   8:30 am   Guillermo Amezaga  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, October 6 — Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
   8:30 am   Jean Canel Eckert  (Bill & Pat Schmitt)

Saturday, October 7 — Our Lady of the Rosary
   9:00 am   Rev. Monsignor Donald Kraus   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00pm   Deceased Members of the McKay Family  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 8 — 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Jack Robbins  (Kathleen Piper)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Ruth McHugh  (Janet & Jerry Monaco)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 1, 2017

Sunday: Ezra 18:25-28/Psalm 25:4-9/Philippians 2:1-11 or 2:1-5/Matthew 21:28-32

Monday: Zechariah 8:1-8/Psalm 102:16-23, 29/Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Tuesday: Zechariah 8:20-23/Psalm 87:1b-7/Luke 9:51-56

Wednesday: Nehemiah 2:1-8/Psalm 137:1-6/Luke 9:57-62

Thursday: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12/Psalm 19:8-11/Luke 10:1-12

Friday: Baruch 1:15-22/Psalm 79:1b-5, 8-9/Luke 10:13-16

Saturday: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29/Psalm 69:33-37/Luke 10:17-24

Next Sunday: Isaiah 5:1-7/Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20/Philippians 4:6-9/Matthew 21:33-43

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: canned vegetables;  canned red or black beans;  cereal;  macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes such as Hamburger Helper.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue,  in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR COMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  More information will follow soon.
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 SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
      It’s not too late to join our fall book group. We are planning to read Seeking Spiritual Balance in an Off-Kilter World, by Kathy Hendricks.  She helps us to identify the roles, demands and expectations that make our lives go "off-kilter." Drawing on her own experience and the rich spiritual traditions of Catholicism, she poses questions and suggests practices that can help us find balance.
      We will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8 and 15. All sessions meet in the Ministry Center Library. 
      Please register by sending an email to Andrew Bechman here as soon as possible.  We request a $20 donation payable at the first session, which includes the cost of the book and helps pay for refreshments. 


SAINT MONICA SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY
   This Saturday, October 7, at 9:40am, our Saint Monica Society will meet in the parish hall to pray for inactive church members and to write to elderly parish members.  All are welcome to join us in this effort!

LOCAL WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    Our parish will host a Bible Study for Women in the parish hall with a focus on the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in salvation history.  The sessions will be 1-3pm, from now until November 7.  The donation for seminar materials is $25.  Call 412-963-0198 for info.

The Christ Child Society (which helps at-risk children) will host a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 21, 10:30am.  This event will help with the Society’s project to assist infants and children and young families.  Join us and bring a friend or three.  Each ticket is $40.  Call 412-485-9581 before October 16 for information and registration.
  
     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