January 29, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 
    The first 12 verses of Matthew’s fifth chapter are an essential teaching for all Christians.  Known as the Beatitudes (that which makes us blessed),  these are Jesus teachings—based on the covenant with Moses and Israel—of the ways of Christian discipleship which will contribute to our being blessed by the Lord God! 
    The Beatitudes are the dispositions in life that we are called to make our own if we truly wish to live as God’s people.  We are called to be pure and righteous, holy, focused on God first and foremost, merciful, humble, forgiving, lowly, patient, and persevering—especially in times of opposition and mistreatment for our beliefs and Christian ways.
    Rather than hearing them only several times each year in Church, the Beatitudes should be read regularly by all Christians as a reminder of Jesus’ blueprint for our Christian living.  May we truly appreciate all that Jesus teaches and shares with us, and may we be certain to study the Word of God and our Catholic Christian faith every Sunday and every day.  God bless!                
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato 

THE PRESENTATION OF THE LORD AND THE BLESSING OF THROATS ON FRIDAY
    This Thursday, February 2, the entire Church celebrates the Presentation of the Lord when Jesus, as a child, was presented to Almighty God in the Jerusalem Temple and both dedicated to the Lord and declared a light to the nations.  It is a joyful day in the life of Jesus as well as an important belief in our Christian faith—that Jesus is the light of our lives, of the Church, and of all humanity!
    On Friday, February 3, we will observe Saint Blaise Day with the Blessing of Throats at 9:00am, 12:00 noon, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm.  Please be in church at these times as these services will be brief. 

2017 MOVES 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 that will require a good deal of work and patience and understanding.   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, our population, and the  participation of our members.  May the Lord be with us throughout this year in our work! 
  
CELEBRATING CENTURIES OF CATHOLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION
    In the United States and throughout the world, Catholic Schools have been an integral part of the Church’s life and mission of sharing our Catholic faith with each new generation.  Beginning with Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in our country—and continued by tens of thousands of Catholic educators—we are most grateful for all our Catholic schools past and present—including our own regional school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!  
    Countless members of our Diocese and of the Church have been well formed in our faith thanks to our schools.  May we be grateful to our Catholic educators.   May we be dedicated to providing an excellent Catholic education to all students and families who desire an education in our Christian faith!

A FREE BOOK TO BENEFIT YOUR FAITH
    Would you like a FREE copy of the new and inspiring book by well known Catholic author Matthew Kelly?   Entitled Resisting Happiness, this book will boost and benefit your Catholic faith in this new year, during the season of Lent, during the Easter Season, and throughout the entire year ahead! 
    This past Christmas,  Resisting Happiness  by Matthew Kelly was given to parish volunteers as a sign of our parish gratitude for their service.  We have a number of extra copies of this bright yellow paperback, and we’d like to offer them to all our parish members who’d like to have them for your reading.  You may also take copies to your family and friends.
    Copies of  Resisting Happiness  are in the main entrance of the church.  Feel free to take the copies that will be of benefit to you and your loved ones.  We’ll make these books available until they’re all gone.   Enjoy this book, and God bless you in 2017!

RETAIL CERTIFICATES FOR SALE THIS WEEK
    This Sunday morning, January 29, our CDTCA school staff will make retail store certificates available in the main church entrance after each Liturgy.  You may also order these certificates using the order forms in the church.   Your purchase supports our school!

UPDATE ON SISTER PAT BAKER, CDP
    Our parish music director and bereavement coordinator, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, is very grateful for your support and prayers!   Sister Pat is continuing her recuperation at her residence in the North Hills.  Her healing is coming along well.
     Cards for Sister Pat may be sent to our office.
     Meanwhile, we’re  glad that Mrs. Doris Weir and Mr. Kevin Bilicke are able to substitute as organists and choir directors and that Mrs. Jamie Dillon and our youth are helping with our liturgical music as well.  Again, thanks for your prayers, support, and understanding!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA TEAM HOAGIE SALE
    Our Saint Scholastica Parish Appalachia Mission Team continues to raise funds for their June week of service and ministry in West Virginia.
    At this time, Turkey and Italian Hoagies are being sold for $8 each.  These Hoagies are provided by Labriola’s Market in Aspinwall.  Please see the blue bulletin insert today.  All orders are needed by this Wednesday morning, February 1.  You can place an order with Meredith Troyan by email here. All Hoagies will be available next weekend, February 4-5,  in the hall kitchen.  Thank you for your support!

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE THIS WEEKEND
    After all our Liturgies this weekend, our Appalachia Team will make a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase in the main church entrance.  Each candy bar is $2, and your help supports the Mission Trip to West Virginia.  Thanks very much!

FEBRUARY 5th ‘SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY’ YOUTH GROUP COLLECTION
    Every Super Bowl Sunday (this year February 5),   Youth Groups in area parishes take up their “Souper Bowl Sunday” collection to benefit the Jubilee Soup Kitchen in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh.  After each Liturgy on February 4-5, students will gladly accept your donations to help provide meals for those in need.  Thanks!
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DISCUSSING RELIGION AND POLITICS!
    It’s NOT too late to take part in our Faith and Politics Seminar where we’re seeking to understand how people of good faith hold differing political views.
    On February 2, 7:00pm, we’ll talk about “The Righteous Mind: A Word from the Sciences,” and then on February 9, 7:00pm, we’ll discuss being “Practically Faithful.”  We’ll review the teachings of the Catholic Church with short videos, and we’ll share and listen to one another’s views.  
    If you’re up to the opportunity, call or contact Mr. Andy Bechman as soon as possible to reserve a seat.  Light refreshments will be served.  This seminar is without cost.  Email andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext.18 this week.

Becoming a Catholic Christian.  If you or your spouse, neighbors, or friends would like to explore joining us in the Church of the Lord, we’d be happy to speak with them and get the conversation started.  Contact our adult education director, Andy Bechman, at andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext. 18.   Know you’re most welcome!
 
HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In February,  your donations of macaroni and cheese OR  pasta and sauce are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance. 

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL MEALS ON WHEELS
    For 42 years, our local Meals on Wheels has been providing meals and kindness to those who are elderly, disabled, and homebound in our local area.  If you’d like to support them as a volunteer, driver, helper, or donor, please call 412-820-8350 or visit www.aspinwallmealsonwheels.org.  Thank you!

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!

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 property!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!   Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for information!

CATHOLIC YOUTH THEATER IN ETNA
    All Saints Catholic Parish in Etna has begun a new Theater Program with their Youth Group, and everyone is welcome to their first presentation this coming February 17 and 18 at 7:00pm in their Activities Building.  They will present "A Lily in Winter" about the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.  The donation is $5, or $15 for an entire family.  Call 412-781-5183 for further information.

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 30
   8:30 am   Mary S. Rees   (Carol Shaughnessy & Family)
  
Tuesday, January 31 — Saint John Bosco
   8:30 am   Jo Skarzinski  (Georgene Veltri)

Wednesday, February 1
   8:30 am   Lucy Tambellini  (Georgene Veltri)

Thursday, February 2 — The Presentation of the Lord
   8:30 am   Sophie Skowron  (The Skowron Family)

Friday, February 3 — Saint Blaise, martyr
  8:30 am   Denise Donnelly  (The Donnelly Family)
     9:00am          Blessing of Throats
     12:00 pm       Blessing of Throats
     4:00pm          Blessing of Throats
     7:00pm          Blessing of Throats

Saturday, February 4
   9:00am   Andrea Certo  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00 pm   John Mroz  (Pola Scalamogna)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday February 5 — Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nick Powers   (Tony & Sandy Ricchiuto)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Sharon L. Healey  (Celine Healey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 29, 2017

Sunday: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13/Psalm 146/1 Corinthians 1:26-31/Mt 5:1-12a

Monday: Hebrews 11:32-40/Psalm 31/Mark 5:1-20

Tuesday: Hebrews 12:1-4/Psalm 22/Mark 5:21-43

Wednesday: Hebrews 12:4-7, 11-15/Psalm 103/Mark 6:1-6

Thursday: Malachi 3:1-4/Psalm 24/Hebrews 2:14-18/Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Friday: Hebrews 13:1-8/Psalm 27/Mark 6:14-29

Saturday: Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21/Psalm 23/Mark 6:30-34

Next Sunday: Isaiah 58:7-10/Psalm 112:4-9/1 Corinthians 2:1-5/Matthew 5:13-16

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   red or black beans; soups (with meat or beans) in pull tab cans;  canned chicken or tuna; cookies;  breakfast bars;  and fruit cups.  Leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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 321 Blink, Brilliant Avenue  in Aspinwall  for being a sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for more information.  
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    This January 29--February 4,  CDTCA and all Catholic Schools in our Catholic Diocese and throughout the nation will celebrate the blessing and importance of Catholic Schools! 
    Our Catholic Schools are a treasure for the church and for our nation!  Give thanks to God with us for CDTCA and all our schools, and please support CDTCA now and in the coming years!

CONSIDER CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.  SCHEDULE A VISIT IN THESE WEEKS!
     Our regional Catholic Academy is one of the finest Catholic K-8 elementary schools and pre-school programs in the Diocese.  Our student population remains strong with nearly 170 students in K-8, and our school will remain Pre-school to Eighth Grade for years to come!   CDTCA offers a comprehensive education in our Catholic faith and in all fields of study along with numerous sports and activities!
    If you’d like to invest in an excellent education and school community for your child/ren or grandchild/ren, contact our school office (412-781-7927  OR  office@cdtca.org) to schedule a visit to our academy!

2017 LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, CDTCA
   Our Catholic Academy is offering 2017 Lottery Calendars for this new year.  Each is only $25.  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 dedicated to Catholic education for our young students. 
    Be sure to get your 2017 Lottery Calendar/s through the school office this month (412-781-7927).  Thank you for your support!
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Jesus teaches us the true way of life!
    What should I make of my life?   How should I live?  How should I treat my family and others?  These are basic questions that should and do occur in the minds of most individuals.   If we pay attention to the Lord Jesus and his message, we learn that he does teach us the  best of way of life in the Gospels.  Read them now! 
 
     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

January 22, 1017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 
    It’s always good for us to know what is our faith and our way.   If we are to be guided by our Christian belief and ways of living, then it’s essential that we are informed about the Christian Gospel.
    At the heart of Jesus’ teaching is Love, first and foremost.  It may seem like a very simple message, but this four letter word has the amazing power to change the world.  First, Jesus preaches the gospel that God loves his creation and humanity and especially all of us who are his people.  Second, Jesus calls us to imitate the love of God by sharing love with others and by returning our love to God.  This is the heart of our faith which we should remember and share with others every day.
    Also at the center of our faith and life is the Cross of Jesus.  The Lord sacrificed his life for us and for our redemption.  Likewise, Jesus called his Apostles (and he calls us) to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of the Gospel and the Kingdom of God.
    In this new year, may we dedicate ourselves to loving God and loving one another, and may we accept self-sacrifice and the Cross as our way to follow the Lord.  God bless! 
                                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

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!  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.  
 
2017 MOVES 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!

A FREE BOOK TO BENEFIT YOUR FAITH
    Would you like a FREE copy of the new and inspiring book by well known Catholic author Matthew Kelly?   Entitled Resisting Happiness, this book will boost and benefit your Catholic faith in this new year, during the season of Lent, during the Easter Season, and throughout the entire year ahead! 
    This past Christmas, Resisting Happiness  by Matthew Kelly was given to parish volunteers as a sign of our parish gratitude for their service.  We have a number of extra copies of this bright yellow paperback, and we’d like to offer them to all our parish members who’d like to have them for your reading.  You may also take copies to your family and friends.
    Copies of Resisting Happiness  are in the main entrance of the church.  Feel free to take the copies that will be of benefit to you and your loved ones.  We’ll make these books available until they’re all gone.   Enjoy this book, and God bless you in 2017!
 
OBSERVING THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Every year for the past century, Catholic Christians have joined Christians of other communities in the effort to restore our Christian unity that has been important and essential in the plan of the Lord Jesus!  Each January 18-25, we observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  We are asked to pray each day for true unity among all Christians.  This week concludes with our celebration of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25 in the hope that we too will experience conversion and new life in Christ Jesus!

UPDATE ON SISTER PAT BAKER, CDP
    Our parish music director and bereavement coordinator, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, is very grateful for your support and prayers in these weeks!   Sister Pat had surgery recently to repair two internal hernias which were causing prolonged coughing.  At this time, Sister Pat is continuing her recuperation at her residence in the North Hills.  Her healing is coming along well, and she hopes to return to us by February.
     Cards for Sister Pat may be sent to our parish office, and we’ll forward them to her each week.
     Meanwhile, we’re  glad that Mrs. Doris Weir and Mr. Kevin Bilicke are able to substitute as organists and choir directors and that Mrs. Jamie Dillon and our youth are helping with our liturgical music as well.  Again, thanks for your prayers, support, and understanding!

A Baptism Preparation Session for New and Expectant Parents  will be held Monday, January 23 at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism Ceremony.  Call the parish office (412-781-0186) today to register.   The NEXT session will be March 27.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

A Youth Group Visit to Family House for the preparation of dinner for the residents will be held  THIS  Wednesday, January 25.  Please be at the Ministry Center at 4:15 pm. We’ll return about 6:30pm.

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

FEBRUARY 5th ‘SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY’ YOUTH GROUP COLLECTION
    Every Super Bowl Sunday (this year February 5),  Youth Groups in area parishes take up their “Souper Bowl Sunday” collection to benefit the Jubilee Soup Kitchen in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh.  After each Liturgy on February 4-5, students will gladly accept your donations to help provide meals for those in need.  Thanks!
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DISCUSSING RELIGION AND POLITICS!
    It’s NOT too late to take part in our Faith and Politics Seminar where we’re seeking to understand how people of good faith hold differing political views.
    On February 2, 7:00pm, we’ll talk about “The Righteous Mind: A Word from the Sciences,” and then on February 9, 7:00pm, we’ll discuss being “Practically Faithful.”   We’ll review the teachings of the Catholic Church with short videos, and we’ll share and listen to one another’s views.  
    If you’re up to the opportunity, call or contact Mr. Andy Bechman as soon as possible to reserve a seat.  Light refreshments will be served.  This seminar is without cost.  Email andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext.18 this week.

Become a Catholic Christian in the coming year.  If you or your spouse or any neighbors or friends would like to explore the possibility of joining us in the Church of the Lord Jesus, we’d be happy to speak with them and get the conversation started.  Contact our adult education director, Andy Bechman, at andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext. 18.   Know you’re most welcome!

The next Magnificat Prayer and Breakfast Gathering for Women will be held on Saturday, February 11, 9:00am until 12 noon, at the Double Tree by Hilton in Cranberry Township.  Come to share the morning with other Catholic women and to hear national speaker Susan Brinkmann.   $23 per person.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) to register before Feb. 3.

Thank you for your support for our students who will attend the March for Life on January 27, 2017.  Please keep all those traveling to Washington, DC  in your prayers!
 
RETAIL CERTIFICATES FOR SALE NEXT WEEK
    Next Sunday morning, January 29, our CDTCA school staff will make retail store certificates available in the main church entrance after each Liturgy.  Your purchase of these certificates supports our school!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In January,  your donations of canned soup or chili or stews are most welcome  along with any other non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance.  God bless you!

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.

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!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!   Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for information!

Give thanks to the Lord every day!

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 23 — Day of Prayer for the Pre-Born
   8:30 am   Ruth Hassing  (Parish Staff)

Tuesday, January 24 — St. Francis de Sales, bishop
   8:30 am   Oran Allen  (The Allen Family)

Wednesday, January 25 —The Conversion of Saint Paul
   8:30 am   Katherine Arturo, anniversary   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Thursday, January 26 — Saints Timothy and Titus
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Walter & Katherine Davlin  (Lawrence & Martha John)

Friday, January 27 — St. Angela Merici, virgin
   8:30 am   Robert Caswell  (The Burke Family)

Saturday, January 28 — St. Thomas Aquinas, priest 
   9:00am   Special Intention   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, January 29 — Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Norman Bergeron  (The Burke Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Klug & Koch Families  (Eileen Koch & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Dr. Yvonne Maher   (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of January 22, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 8:23--9:3/Psalm 27/1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17/Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

Monday: Hebrews 9:15, 24-28/Psalm 98/Mark 3:22-30

Tuesday: Hebrews 10:1-10/Psalm 40/Mark 3:31-35

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 22:3-16 or Acts of the Apostles 9:1-22/Psalm 117/Mark 16:15-18

Thursday: 2 Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5/Psalm 96/Mark 4:21-25

Friday: Hebrews 10:32-39/Psalm 37/Mark 4:26-34

Saturday: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19/Luke 1/Mark 4:35-41

Next Sunday: Zephaniah 2:3; 3:12-13/Psalm 146/1 Corinthians 1:26-31/Matthew 5:1-12a


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: red or black beanscanned soups containing meat or beans in pull-tab cans;  small bottles of cooking oil; canned tuna or chicken; cookies;  breakfast bars;  and fruit cups.  [Note: This online version is more up-to-date than the print bulletin.] Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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 Eye Physicians & Surgeons, Ltd.  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for more information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2:00-4:00PM, OPEN HOUSE FOR OUR CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
     All parents of new and transfer students are welcome to come to our school on Saturday, January 28, 2:00—4:00pm for Open House tours of CDTCA as well as interaction with current parents, teachers, students, and administration of our very fine academy!    
    Come and speak with us about 3-4 year pre-school, Kindergarten, First Grade, and our other grades!  We’ll be delighted to meet you, and you’ll be delighted to become a part of our CDTCA community!   Call the office at 412-781-7927 to let us know you’re coming!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    This coming January 29 to February 4,  CDTCA and all Catholic Schools in our Catholic Diocese and throughout the nation will celebrate the blessing and importance of Catholic Schools! 
    Our Catholic Schools are a treasure for the church and for our nation!   Give thanks to God with us for CDTCA and all our schools, and please support CDTCA now and in the coming years!

2017 LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE TO BENEFIT OUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL, CDTCA
   Our Catholic Academy is offering 2017 Lottery Calendars for this new 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 month (412-781-7927).  Thank you for your support and generosity to CDTCA!

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Jesus calls each one of us!
    As he began his public ministry, Jesus called the twelve Apostles and also welcomed numerous disciples to live and work with him in growing the presence and the Kingdom of God in this world.  Today, Jesus also calls each and every one of us to live and work with him in still growing the Kingdom of God even today! 

 
     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

January 15, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    There are so many reasons why Jesus is of the greatest importance to each of us, to our families and parish, to the entire Church and to all humanity!  
    Jesus is the Divine Light who shows us who God is, who we are as God’s people, and how we are to live in order to have the best life, the best society, and the best world! 
    Jesus is our Savior who protects and saves us from darkness, sin, evil, and death.  Likewise, Jesus is the founder of God’s Kingdom who has transformed the world already by his way of love and compassion and mercy. 
    As we hear in today’s Gospel passage, Jesus is also the Divine Lamb who takes our sins upon himself and who, by his sacrifice on the Cross, takes away our sins.
    Every day of this new year, may we appreciate all that Jesus does for us and all that he means to us.  May we profess our faith in him, and may we give thanks for the life and blessings and salvation that Jesus alone offers to us all.  God bless!
                                                                                      — Father Jim Torquato
    
BEST WISHES FOR A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    May your 2017 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!

2017 MOVES 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!

UPDATE ON SISTER PAT BAKER, CDP
    Our parish music director and bereavement coordinator, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, is very grateful for your support and prayers in these weeks!   Sister Pat had surgery recently to repair two internal hernias which were causing prolonged coughing.  At this time, Sister Pat is recuperating at the Divine Providence motherhouse near North Park.  Next, she will return to her residence in the North Hills and continue her physical therapy and rest.  Her healing and health are coming along well, and she hopes to return to us by February.
     Cards for Sister Pat may be sent to our parish office, and we’ll forward them to her each week.
     Meanwhile, we’re  glad that Mrs. Doris Weir and Mr. Kevin Bilicke are able to substitute as organists and choir directors and that Mrs. Jamie Dillon and our youth are helping with our liturgical music as well.  Again, thanks for your prayers, support, and understanding!
 
OBSERVING THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Every year for the past century, Catholic Christians have joined Christians of other communities in the effort to restore our Christian unity that has been important and essential in the plan of the Lord Jesus!  Each January 18-25, we observe a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  We are asked to pray each day for true unity among all Christians.  This week concludes with our celebration of the Conversion of Saint Paul on January 25 in the hope that we too will experience conversion and new life in Christ Jesus!

REMEMBERING DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
    This Monday, our nation will once again observe the Federal Holiday which is a memorial of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — the leading figure in the 1960’s effort for racial equality in the United States.  Of course, this holiday is more than a day off from school and work.  It is meant to recall this important leader, to honor the effort to increase equality among all Americans, and the call to all of us to humbly serve one another and our communities.  May all of us take part in this National Day of Service, and may we cherish the equality promised to all citizens of this land!

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!  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. 
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

The Winter Jam Christian Music Spectacular will be held Friday, January 20 at the PPG Paints Arena.  Tickets are $32.  Sign up with Mrs. Dillon here by January 10.

CCD Home Study check in will be NEXT Sunday, January 22 from 8:00-9:00am in the school cafeteria.  All home study students are asked to check in then!

A Youth Group Visit to Family House for the preparation of dinner for the residents will be held NEXT  Wednesday, January 25.  Please be at the Ministry Center at 4:15 pm. We’ll return about 6:30pm.

The Intersection Bible Study for high school students will be held on 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.
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DISCUSSING RELIGION AND POLITICS!
    Let’s break a rule and discuss religion and politics before the Presidential Inauguration!  How do our faith and politics intersect?  Let’s have a respectful,  Gospel based discussion of politics today.
    On Thursday, January 19, 7:00-9:00pm, we’ll discuss if we’re “Rooted in Love?”  Then, on February 2, 7:00pm, we’ll talk about “The Righteous Mind” and then on February 9, 7:00pm, we’ll discuss being “Practically Faithful.”   We’ll review the teachings of the Catholic Church with short videos, and we’ll share and listen to one another’s views.  
    If you’re up to the opportunity, call or contact Mr. Andy Bechman by January 16 to reserve a seat.  Light refreshments will be served.  This seminar is without cost.  Email andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext.18 this week.

Become a Catholic Christian in the coming year.  If you or your spouse or any neighbors or friends would like to explore the possibility of joining us in the Church of the Lord Jesus, we’d be happy to speak with them and get the conversation started.  Contact our adult education director, Andy Bechman, at andybechman@saintscholastica.com  OR  call 412-781-0186, ext. 18.   Know you’re most welcome!

A Baptism Preparation Session for New and Expectant Parents  will be held Monday, January 23, at 7:30pm in the Pastoral Center.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism Ceremony.  Call the parish office (412-781-0186) this week to register. The NEXT session will be March 27.

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.

Vincentian Academy in the North Hills will hold an Open House on Sunday, January 22, at 11:30am.  On Saturday, January 21, they will also host Entrance and Scholarship Exams.  Call 412-364-1616 for info.

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In January,  your donations of canned soup or chili or stews are most welcome  along with any other non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance.  God bless you!

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.

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!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!  Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for information!

Praise the Lord for his goodness!

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 16
   8:30 am   Theresa Kusmierski  (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, January 17 — Saint Anthony, abbot
   8:30 am   Patty Burgoon  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, January 18 — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
   8:30 am   Adelin Pirollo  (Mary Labriola)

Thursday, January 19
   8:30 am   Robert “Skinny” Zych  (Georgene Veltri)

Friday, January 20 — Saint Sebastian, martyr
   8:30 am   D. Michael McGinley  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, January 21 — Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr
   9:00am   Jerry Cecil  (Sarah Carson)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 22 — Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nick Powers  (The Wehrle Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Carol Shaughnessy  (Jo & Natalie Certo)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Keliner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 15, 2017
Sunday: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6/Psalm 40/1 Corinthians 1:1-3/John 1:29-34

Monday: Hebrews 5:1-10/Psalm 110/Mark 2:18-22

Tuesday: Hebrews 6:10-20/Psalm 111/Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday: Hebrews 7:1-3, 15-17/Psalm 110/Mark 3:1-6

Thursday: Hebrews 7:25--8:6/Psalm 40/Mark 3:7-12

Friday: Hebrews 8:6-13/Psalm 85/Mark 3:13-19

Saturday: Hebrews 9:2-3, 11-14/Psalm 47/Mark 3:20-21

Next Sunday: Isaiah 8:23--9:3/Psalm 27/1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17/Matthew 4:12-23 or 4:12-17

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; small bottles of cooking oil; soup (with meat or beans) in pull tab cans; cookies;  breakfast bars;  and fruit cups.   Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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  Gentilcore Jewelers,  Fox Chapel Plaza  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for more information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2:00-4:00PMOPEN HOUSE FOR OUR CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
     All parents of new and transfer students are welcome to come to our school on Saturday, January 28, 2:00—4:00pm for Open House tours of CDTCA as well as interaction with current parents, teachers, students, and administration of our very fine academy!    
    Come and speak with us about 3-4 year pre-school, Kindergarten, First Grade, and our other grades!  We’ll be delighted to meet you, and you’ll be delighted to become a part of our CDTCA community!   Call the office at 412-781-7927 to let us know you’re coming!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    This coming January 29--February 4,  CDTCA and all Catholic Schools in our Catholic Diocese and throughout the nation will celebrate the blessing and importance of Catholic Schools! 
    Our Catholic Schools are a treasure for the church and for our nation!   Give thanks to God with us for CDTCA and all our schools, and please support CDTCA now and in the coming years!

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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Jesus gives us freedom from sin! 
    The Gospels announce that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world!    In Jewish tradition, personal sins were transferred to a lamb, and then once the lamb was sacrificed, sins were eliminated.  With all the pain and damage caused by sin, we should rejoice that Jesus frees us from sin by his own sacrifice!  
 
     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