February 5, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    All humanity and all of creation depend on light from the sun to give us life and the blessings that we all too often take for granted.   We can’t even imagine life without light or without the sun.  In fact, there wouldn’t be any life on the planet where we live or in the solar system that we inhabit if it weren't for the star that is our sun.  We need to be thankful for all the light and the life that are given to us each day.
    In a similar way, all Christians should be grateful for the light and the life that God generously shares with us in creation and through the gospel of God’s only Son, Jesus the Christ.  More than anyone else, Jesus’ light teaches us who God is, then who we are as the children of God, and then how we must live to find eternal light and life in our Almighty God.
    May we live in the light of the Lord, may we follow the light of Christ, and may this same light guide us to the eternal Kingdom and salvation of the Lord!  God bless!   
                                                                                        —Father Jim Torquato   

CDTCA ANNUAL SAINT VALENTINE’S WEEKEND BAKE SALE
    Next weekend, February 11-12,  in the main church entrance, our school PTG will again hold their annual Saint Valentine’s Day weekend Bake Sale.  This popular event will be held after each Liturgy next weekend.  Join us, and enjoy all the baked goodness as you also support our very fine regional Catholic pre-school and elementary school located here on our campus.  Thank you, and 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 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! 

SAINT SCHOLASTICA DAY
    Every February 10,  the Church throughout the world celebrates the life and faith and holiness of our patron saint, Saint Scholastica.  This hero of our Catholic Christian faith is the twin sister of Saint Benedict, the founder of the monasteries that restored Europe after the Dark Ages.   Both Saint Scholastica and Saint Benedict were dedicated to the Lord Jesus during the early fifth century of Christianity, and they both remain heroes and role models for all Christians today!  Happy Feast Day!

SINCERE THANKS FROM SISTER PAT BAKER
     “Thanks to all of you who kept me in your prayers during my recent surgery on January 5 and my recovery!  A special thank you also to all who kept our Music and Bereavement ministries going strong in my absence.  I am deeply humbled by and grateful for your gracious outpouring of concern and compassion. 
    “I am currently easing back into my normal parish presence.  During February, I’ll work part-time at the parish and part-time from home in order to build up some stamina.  By the beginning of March, I hope to be well recovered.  I ask you to keep me in your continued prayer, as I do the same for you!”     
                                                                                                      — Sister Pat Baker

    Welcome back, Sister Pat!  It’s good to have you back in the parish.  We’re grateful that you’re doing well and that your condition is good.  May the Lord continue to bless you with healing and good health and peace.

ASPINWALL 125TH ANNIVERSARY SNOWBALL FEBRUARY 11 IN OUR PARISH GYMNASIUM
    As part of Aspinwall Borough’s 125th Anniversary celebration,  a SNOWBALL dance will be held in our Saint Scholastica Parish gymnasium on Saturday, February 11, from 7:00pm—10:00pm.  Adults who’d like to celebrate this special anniversary and event are invited to visit the Aspinwall Municipal Building for tickets that are $25 each.  Come and celebrate our community during this special year!

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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
APPALACHIA TEAM HOAGIE PICK UP
    All Hoagies that were ordered from our Appalachia Mission Team in late January will be available THIS weekend, February 4-5,  in the hall kitchen.  Thank you for your support!

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE
    Our Appalachia Team still has a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase.  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 this February 4-5, students will gladly accept your donations to help provide meals for those in need.  Thanks!

The next Youth Liturgy will be Saturday, February 11 at 5:00pm.  Contact Mrs. Dillon here if you’d like to play an instrument or sing in the youth ensemble.

The Dirty Dozen Session will be held after the February 11 Youth Liturgy and will examine twelve popular songs that carry wrong messages.  Our students and your parents are all welcome.

Appalachia Mission Team Meeting — February 7, 7:00pm in the parish hall. Sign up for June by March 1

Sacrament of Confirmation Retreat — Saturday, February 11, 1:00—6:00pm in the Parish Hall.
CCD Home Study check in—February 12, 8-9:00am.
Pet Therapy Session — February 14,  4:00--5:00pm.
Family House Meal — February 15,  4:15-6:45pm.
Youth Ski Trip — February 17, evening — 7 Springs.
Intersection Youth Bible Study—February 12 & 26, 10:00am in the Ministry Center.
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DISCUSSING RELIGION AND POLITICS!
    On Thursday, February 9, at 7:00pm, our topic will be about 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 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.

Get a Spiritual Boost Online!   Here are two online resources that can give you a spiritual boost during the day.  Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a 3 minute daily prayer at www.loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.
 
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!

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, February 6 — The Japanese Martyrs
   8:30 am   Carmen Torockio  (Dr. Kenneth Vey)

Tuesday, February 7
   8:30 am   Bob, Nelda & Bob Jr. Weissert  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, February 8 — Saint Jerome Emiliani
   8:30 am   Dr. Yvonne B. Maher, MD  (The Allen Family)

Thursday, February 9
   8:30 am   James S. McGinley  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, February 10 — Saint Scholastica, religious
   8:30 am   Marcy Galda  (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, February 11 — Our Lady of Lourdes 
   9:00am   Margaret Conley  (Georgene Veltri)
   5:00 pm   Julia Lazor  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday February 12 — Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Nick Powers   (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Peggy Conley  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato 

Readings for the Week of February 5, 2017

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

Monday: Genesis 1:1-19/Psalm 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35c/Mark 6:53-56

Tuesday: Genesis 1:20--2:4a/Psalm 8:4-9/Mark 7:1-13

Wednesday: Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17/Psalm 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30/Mark 7:14-23

Thursday: Genesis 2:18-25/Psalm 128:1-5/Mark 7:24-30

Friday: Genesis 3:1-8/Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7/Mark 7:31-37

Saturday: Genesis 3:9-24/Psalm 90:2-4abc, 5-6, 12-13/Mark 8:1-10

Next Sunday: Sirach 15:15-20/Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34/1 Corinthians 2:6-10/Matthew 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned red or black beans; canned soup, preferably containing meat, fish, or beans;  boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper);  and jelly.  [Note: This online list is more current than the print bulletin.]  Please 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 Smith Orthodontics and Doctor Bradley D. Smith, DMD, in  Fox Chapel and Allison Park  for being a sponsor.  Please see the bulletin advertisement for more information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK THANK YOU
    This past week, CDTCA and all Catholic Schools in our Diocese of Pittsburgh and throughout the nation celebrated the blessing and importance of Catholic Schools!   Thanks very much to all our school staff, parents, families, and community members who helped to make this a special Catholic schools Week.
    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!

CDTCA PTG ANNUAL BAKE SALE FEBRUARY 11-12
    Our school PTG will hold their annual Saint Valentine’s Day Bake Sale NEXT weekend, February 11-12, after each Liturgy in the main entrance of our church.  Please stop by and enjoy the treats!

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  by email here) to schedule a visit to our academy!
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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!

Jesus spreads the Word through us!
   Jesus spent three years in his public ministry sharing the Word of God and the life of God with Israel and then, through his Church, with the entire world! Now it’s our turn to spread the Word and the life of God through our witness and our service and love. May we share with others all that we have freely received!


     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