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