January 8, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO     
     The Solemnity of the Lord’s Epiphany is one of the most beloved events in the story of Jesus’ birth!   We all love the story of the Magi traveling from the east by the guidance of a star which leads them to the home of Joseph, Mary and Jesus!   We all love the images of the Epiphany and the addition of the statues of the Magi at the Nativity display. 
    Yet the Epiphany event  has even greater significance than the visit of the Wise Men.  The Epiphany shows Jesus as the Light of the world and as the Savior of all humanity and all nations—not only the nation of Israel!   Jesus’ divine light shows us who God is as our loving Creator, as the Divine Son, and as the Holy Spirit.   Jesus’ Divine Light shows us who we are as the children of God.   Jesus’ Divine Light shows us the path of life and love that leads us to the eternal Kingdom of God!
    May all of us rejoice on the wonderful Solemnity of the Epiphany,  may we receive the Light of the Lord,  and may we share in the salvation promised to all those who accept and believe in the Lord Jesus our Savior.  God bless!           
                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

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

2017 MOVES 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!

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

PLEASE USE A MINIMUM OF PERFUME OR COLOGNE IN CHURCH
    Every winter, requests come to the parish office asking that we remind everyone to please use only a small amount of cologne or perfume when coming to church (or anywhere else).  With all the windows closed and the heat on, large amounts of perfume and cologne do cause serious breathing problems for those with allergies, asthma, and breathing difficulties.  Some of our members are left breathless by the overwhelming scents and aromas  within the church.  Please only use less than a single spray.  Your fellow Liturgy participants will appreciate your thoughtfulness and kindness!   Thank you!

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

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
 
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 itemsPlease 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.

LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED
    Adults are invited to become Sunday lectors for our Liturgies.  Also, students in grades 4-11 are welcome to become new altar servers.  Your help will be greatly appreciated.  Please contact our parish office soon!

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!   Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for 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 9 —The Baptism of the Lord
   8:30 am   M/M Joseph and Sarah John  (Lawrence and Martha John)

Tuesday, January 10
   8:30 am   John McKay, 20th anniversary  (John McKay)

Wednesday, January 11
   8:30 am   Mary S. Rees  (Margie Kraft)

Thursday, January 12
   8:30 am   Kathleen Welsh  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, January 13 — Saint Hilary, bishop
   8:30 am   Monica Ribar  (Deana Miller)

Saturday, January 14 
   9:00am   Jerry Cecil   (Carole and Manny Gonzalez)

   5:00 pm   Health for the Fleishauer, Healy, and Donatelli Families  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 15 — Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nick Powers  (The Saunders Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

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

   11:00 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero  (Wife and family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 8, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 60:1-6/Psalm 72/Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/Matthew 2:1-12

Monday: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38/Psalm 29/Matthew 3:13-17

Tuesday: Hebrews 2:5-12/Psalm 8/Mark 1:21-28 or Hebrews 1:1-6 and 2:5-12/Psalm 8/Mark 1:14-20 and 1:21-28

Wednesday: Hebrews 2:14-18/Psalm 105/Mark 1:29-39

Thursday: Hebrews 3:7-14/Psalm 95/Mark 1:40-45

Friday: Hebrews 4:1-5, 11/Psalm 78/Mark 2:1-12

Saturday: Hebrews 4:12-16/Psalm 19/Mark 2:13-17

Next Sunday: Isaiah 49:3, 5-6/Psalm 40/1 Corinthians 1:1-3/John 1:29-34
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans;  soup in pull-tab cans, preferably containing meat or beans;  and small bottles of cooking oil.   Kindly leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.  Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Whiteman’s Flowers, Brilliant Avenue for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact 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 the coming year.  Daily and special prizes are awarded based on the daily Lottery drawing!  You can be a winner many times, and at the same time, you will support CDTCA and all of our students and families who are still dedicated to Catholic education for our young students. 
    Be sure to get your 2017 Lottery Calendar/s through the school office this week OR in early January  (412-781-7927).    Thank you for your support and generosity!
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MANY, MANY THANKS FROM OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Thanks for helping our Aquinas Guild collect baked goods and cookies for the Saint Vincent dePaul Food Pantry.  115 dozen cookies were shared with the needy in our area at Christmas!  Please bring any non-perishable items to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thank you!

     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