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