September 3, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When the Lord Jesus returns and completes the building of God’s Kingdom, he promises to share his glory and eternal life with all of us who are his faithful people!  This is indeed a most wonderful assurance given to us by Jesus whose own death and Resurrection is the ultimate sign of God’s power and love for all of us!
    This promise of Resurrection and eternal life and glory leads many Christians to ask  “Just what will heaven and the eternal Kingdom of God be like?  What can we expect for our eternal reward?”
    As Catholic Christians, we believe that Jesus’ own resurrected existence and transformation into glory is the same existence that we ourselves will share forever.  I also like to say that if God has been so wonderfully good to us with the world and the life we’ve already been given, then we can trust that God will bless us even more in the life still to come.  May we all know and appreciate the Lord’s goodness every day, and may we look forward to the glory promised us when Jesus returns.  God bless!
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF MOTHER TERESA’S DEATH IN 1997
    Saint Teresa of Calcutta has been considered by many to be the embodiment of Christian charity.  She inspired many Catholic Christians by her daily work of care for the poor and the dying. Many women and men joined her Missionaries of Charity in India and around the world to perform the works of Christian charity and mercy.   May Saint Teresa inspire us to be people of faith in the Lord Jesus and people of charity and mercy in his name!

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    It’s time to reserve your weekend for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with 2 1/2 days of fellowship, quiet reflection, talks, prayer, and the Liturgy.  This weekend will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  More information is coming soon!
 
BEST WISHES FOR THIS LABOR DAY!
 Every year, we begin the month of September with the annual celebration of Labor Day.  It’s a national holiday to honor both labor unions as well as  all those who labor and all the work they do for the benefit of themselves, their families, our communities, and our nation throughout the year.  As we honor and pray for all who labor outside and inside our homes, we invite you to join us for the Labor Day Liturgy at 9:00am this Monday, September 4.  Best wishes to all for a very good Labor Day!
 
OUR RECENT EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
    Last month, a young parish member, Devin Newell, completed his Eagle Scout Project to the benefit of both our parish community and our CDTCA school community.  Devin and his father James Newell (supported by his mom, Megan, and his siblings, Dylan and Delanie) — as well as additional scouts, scout leaders, and professionals — created a new sidewalk along the school building from Third Street to the school playground.  This new sidewalk will be very beneficial in reaching the playground and in allowing access around the school building.  Thank you, Devin, and congratulations as you become an Eagle Scout!

SISTER PAT’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
      Next Sunday, September 10, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, our music director and bereavement coordinator, will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Sister of Divine Providence as well as 23 years of service to our parish community!  
     A Liturgy of Thanksgiving will be held at 2:00pm next Sunday, September 10, and a light reception will be held in the gymnasium after the Liturgy.  To help us prepare for this event, please call the parish office today, and inform us if you and your family and friends will be coming to the reception.  Everyone is welcome to join Sister Pat and our community!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.   In March 2018,  priests will be assigned and then begin their ministry in October 2018.   At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.   The final consolidation is scheduled to be done by November 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your understanding and support of the On Mission  program and process!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTERING NOW FOR OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
    This is a good time for our CCD families to register all your young students for Religious Education classes beginning September 17. 
    Choose from among the options of classroom sessions  OR  small group sessions  OR  home study.  Registration forms are available on our parish internet site here.  You may also contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here
    Classes are filling up at this time.  Please register soon, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

SOME IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR NEW CCD YEAR
  • Home Study families will begin their year at the 5:00pm Liturgy on Saturday, September 16.
  • Catechetical Sunday—and the beginning of the CCD year—is Sunday, September 17.  Please sign up for class or a small group or home study now.
  • Middle school CCD small groups will be chosen on Sunday, September 17 after the morning Liturgies.
  • On Sunday, September 17, we’ll have our annual CATEcarnival for all Religious Education families after the 9:00am Liturgy.  There will be games, food, and more.   All CCD parents and students are welcome!
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HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY, FATHER SEAN HOGAN!
    This year, Father Sean Hogan, CSSp is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.  Father Hogan is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, an administrator at Duquesne University, and for nearly 20 years, a visitor to our parish every Sunday.  Many thanks to Father Hogan for his 50 years of ministry to the Church and to our own parish.  Congratulations and best wishes, Father Sean Hogan!

Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is seeking leaders for our Sunday 9:00am sessions during the Liturgy.   Adults, high school students, and middle school students can be leaders or helpers.  You’ll enjoy sharing the Word of God with children ages 4-10.   Contact Andy Bechman at the parish office now.  The Children's Liturgy will begin at the 9:00am liturgy on September 17.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish offices or email him here.

NEW CHOIR MEMBERS ARE WELCOME
    Soon, our Sunday choirs will begin practices for this new choral year.  Our 9:00am and 11:00am choirs and instrumentalists provide wonderful music for our Sunday Liturgies.  To provide this music, we rely on our parish members to join our choirs each year.
    If you’d like to sing sacred music and you also have time for rehearsals, please contact Sister Pat Baker here today or in the coming days.  Thank you!
 
GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com, then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.   Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
In September,  your donations of peanut butter, jelly, and crackers are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, September 4 — Labor Day
   9:00 am   Franklyn Conflenti, birthday  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, September 5 — Saint Teresa of Calcutta
   8:30 am   Stephen F. Miketic  (The Miketic Family)

Wednesday, September 6
   8:30 am   John Mroz  (Pola Scalamogna)

Thursday, September 7
   8:30 am   Nancy Jean DiMatteo  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, September 8 — The Nativity of Mary
   8:30 am   Anthony Furentino  (Sisters)

Saturday, September 9 — Saint Peter Claver, priest
   9:00 am   Jean Eckert   (Georgene Veltri & Family)

   2:00 pm   Wedding of Dino Cilenti and Alysa Wright
   5:00pm   Bob Kolosna  (The Kiley Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, September 10 — Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Sister Pat Baker, CDP—in Honor of her 50th Anniversary Jubilee (St. Scholastica Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Ann & Frank Wallace   (The Veltri and Powers Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   2:00 pm   Sister Pat Baker, CDP, 50th Anniversary

Readings for the Week of September 3, 2017

Sunday: Jeremiah 20:7-9/Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9/Romans 12:1-2/Matthew 16:21-27

Monday: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18/Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 11-13/Luke 4:16-30

Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-6, 9-11/Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14/Luke 4:31-37

Wednesday: Colossians 1:1-8/Psalm 52:10-11/Luke 4:38-44

Thursday: Colossians 1:9-14/Psalm 98:2-6/Luke 5:1-11

Friday: Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30/Psalm 13:6/Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23 or 1:18-23

Saturday: Colossians 1:21-23/Psalm 54:3-4, 6, 8/Luke 6:1-5

Next Sunday: Ezra 33:7-9/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/Romans 13:8-10/Matthew 18:15-20 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned vegetables;  canned red, or black beans;  macaroni & cheese;  canned soup;  and prepared meal mixes.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Hi-Tech Auto Care in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THE NEW CDTCA SCHOOL YEAR HAS BEGUN
   Nearly 180 students in Grades K-8 have begun the new school year here at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!  Our enrollment continues to increase each year, and our education program, technology, and facilities continue to be among the best in the Diocese.  Many thanks to our students and parents, our families and benefactors, and our faculty, staff, and principal for making CDTCA a wonderful Catholic education for our parish and for our region!

OUR CDTCA GOLF OUTING ON SEPTEMBER 11
    Next Monday, September 11, our annual PTG Golf Outing to benefit our regional school will be held at the Fox Chapel Golf Club.  Yes, you can still register to play.  $350 per individual / $1400 per foursome. 11:00am Lunch and 1:00pm shotgun start with dinner and prizes to follow the tournament.    Please contact Colin Murray  (412-901-8587  OR  email here) this week for information and registration!
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THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION
    If you attended a Catholic elementary or high school before 1975, your tuition was usually paid by your parish.  Now it’s our turn to help today’s students.  The Bishop’s Education Fund has helped students with grants for 23 years.  Our annual collection will be September 9-10.  Please help our students!

POPE FRANCIS IS INVITING INPUT FROM OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
    Prior to next year’s Synod on Youth, Pope Francis and Bishop Zubik are asking young Catholics to offer your thoughts.  Before Friday, September 8, please visit  www.surveymonkey.com/r/PittSynod  to share your thoughts with our Holy Father and our Bishop!

LOCAL WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    Our parish will host a local Bible Study for Women in the parish hall.  This year’s study will focus on the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in salvation history.  It is entitled “Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You.”  An informational session will be Sept. 12.  The sessions will be 1-3pm, Sept. 19 to November 7.  The donation for seminar materials is $25.  Call 412-963-0198 for information and registration.

Jesus will return and reward us!
   All of us who believe in the Lord Jesus and do our utmost to live as his faithful disciples actually look forward to the Lord’s return and the completion of God’s Kingdom. Those who are not the Lord’s people feel that there’s nothing after this life. Yet we are confident that Jesus will return and reward us with eternal life!  

     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

August 27, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s account from the Gospel according to Matthew is a truly amazing and a most important passage in the New Testament.  In Jesus’ conversation with the Apostles, we are given a most important testimony to the identity of Jesus, an essential profession of faith in Jesus, and the Lord’s designation of Peter as the chief shepherd and apostle of the Lord’s own Church.
    Written in the first century A.D., the Gospels contain the divinely inspired Word of God and many accounts of Jesus’ life as related by the Apostles to the early Church.  These are most important remembrances of Jesus’ own companions.  They share with us important testimonies to Jesus and proclamations of our faith in him as the Lord and the Son of God.
    May we read today’s passage and all the Gospels with great attention and devotion, and may the Gospels inspire faith in us that Jesus is the Son of God, that the Church is truly the very community of Jesus, and that Peter and his successors are the chief shepherds chosen by Jesus to lead and serve and guide all the Lord’s disciples toward the very Kingdom of God.  Again, God bless!
                                                                                     — Father Jim Torquato

CARING AND PRAYING FOR THE WORLD
    Since the beginning of his pontificate as our Holy Father, Pope Francis has called on all Catholic Christians and all people to take better of our home, the planet Earth, and to pray for God’s goodness toward this beautiful and wonderful Earth.  Our Day of Prayer for all creation will be this Friday, September 1.  Join us in praying with Pope Francis and all Catholic Christians for the benefit of the Earth!

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    It’s time to reserve your weekend for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with 2 1/2 days of fellowship, quiet reflection, talks, prayer, and the Liturgy.  This weekend will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  More information is coming soon!
 
BEST WISHES FOR A VERY GOOD SCHOOL YEAR
    In these weeks, many students from pre-school students through graduate and professional students are returning to their studies.  Best wishes to all these young members of our parish and our community for a good year of learning.  May you learn all you can about life and our world as well as about God and our faith so that you’ll become closer to God — the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — who is truly most important in the world and in all our lives!
 
OUR RECENT EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
    Last week, a young parish member, Devin Newell, completed his Eagle Scout Project to the benefit of both our parish community and our CDTCA school community.  Devin and his father James Newell (supported by his mom, Megan, and his siblings, Dylan and Delanie) — as well as additional scouts, scout leaders, and professionals — created a new sidewalk along the school building from Third Street to the school playground.  This new sidewalk will be very beneficial in reaching the playground and in allowing access around the school building.  Thank you, Devin, and congratulations as you become an Eagle Scout!

SISTER PAT’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
      On Sunday, September 10, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, our music director and bereavement coordinator, will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Sister of Divine Providence as well as 23 years of service to our parish community!  
     A Liturgy of Thanksgiving will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 10, and a light reception will be held in the parish gymnasium after the Liturgy.  To help us prepare for this special event, please call the parish office before August 31, and inform our staff if you and your family and friends will be coming to the reception.  Everyone is welcome to join Sister Pat and our parish in celebrating this occasion!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.  In March 2018,  priests will be assigned and then begin their ministry in October 2018.   At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have only 6-7 Liturgies.   The final consolidation is scheduled to be done by November 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your understanding and support of the On Mission  program and process!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTERING NOW FOR OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
    This is a good time for our CCD families to register all your young students for Religious Education classes beginning September 17. 
    Choose from among the options of classroom sessions  OR  small group sessions  OR  home study.  Registration forms are available on our parish internet site here.  You may also contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here
    Classes are filling up at this time.  Please register soon, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

SOME IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR NEW CCD YEAR
  • Home Study families will begin their year at the 5:00pm Liturgy on Saturday, September 16.
  • Catechetical Sunday—and the beginning of the CCD year—is Sunday, September 17.  Please sign up for class or a small group or home study now.
  • Middle school CCD small groups will be chosen on Sunday, September 17 after the morning Liturgies.
  • On Sunday, September 17, we’ll have our annual CATEcarnival for all Religious Education families after the 9:00am Liturgy.  There will be games, food, and more.   All CCD parents and students are welcome!
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HAPPY 50th ANNIVERSARY, FATHER SEAN HOGAN!
    This year, Father Sean Hogan, CSSp is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.  Father Hogan is a member of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, an administrator at Duquesne University, and for nearly 20 years, a visitor to our parish every Sunday.  Many thanks to Father Hogan for his 50 years of ministry to the Church and to our own parish.  Congratulations and best wishes, Father Sean Hogan!

Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is seeking leaders for our Sunday 9:00am sessions during the Liturgy.   Adults, high school students, and middle school students can be leaders or helpers.  You’ll enjoy sharing the Word of God with children ages 4-10.   Contact Andy Bechman here now.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property! 

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish offices or email him here.

COME AND SEE . . . SAINT PAUL SEMINARY
   On Saturday, September 16, from 9am—9pm, for young men in high school, Father Michael Ackerman and the Diocesan Vocations Office will hold  a "Come and See" Event at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree.  This will be a day of games, talks, and a Liturgy.  There is NO cost.  Send an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org by September 8 to register.  Come and see!
 
GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com, then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In August,  your donations of boxes of cereal and breakfast bars are welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, August 28 — Saint Augustine, bishop
   8:30 am   Hattie Komorowski  (Family)

Tuesday, August 29 — The Passion of St. John the Baptist
   8:30 am   Eulalie Eichenlaub  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, August 30
   8:30 am   Jack & Diane  (Family)

Thursday, August 31
   8:30 am   Victor Nicholas, birthday  (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Friday, September 1 — Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
   8:30 am   John F. Donahue   (Rosemary & Mark Studer)

Saturday, September 2
   9:00 am   Florence Fischer  (Family)

   5:00pm   Jonathan Marsico, birthday  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, September 3 — Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Elizabeth Williams & Frances Maher   (The Maher Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Helen Brandl  (Kathleen Piper)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 27, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23/Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8/Romans 11:33-36/Matthew 16:13-20

Monday: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5, 8b-10/Psalm 149:1b-6a, 9b/Matthew 23:13-22

Tuesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-8/Psalm 139:1-6/Mark 6:17-29

Wednesday: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13/Psalm 139:7-12ab/Matthew 23:27-32

Thursday: 1 Thessalonians 3:7-13/Psalm 90:3-5a, 12-14, 17/Matthew 24:42-51

Friday: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8/Psalm 97:1, 2b, 5-6, 10-12/Matthew 25:1-13

Saturday: 1 Thessalonians 4:9-11/Psalm 98:1, 7-9/Matthew 25:14-30

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 20:7-9/Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9/Romans 12:1-2/Matthew 16:21-27
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned vegetables;  canned red, black, or baked beans;  prepared meal mixes;  and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

DOES YOUR MARRIAGE NEED SOME HELP?
    For decades,  the Retrouvaille (Rediscovery)  Program has helped thousands of married couples to renew their marriage and home life.  Call 412-277-3434 for information on the upcoming September 8 weekend program.  It could make all the difference!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Medical Alert System for Seniors for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THE NEW CDTCA SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN THIS MONDAY, AUGUST 28
   Early Monday morning, nearly 180 students in Grades K-8 will begin the new school year here at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!  Our enrollment continues to increase each year, and our
education program, our technology, and our facilities continue to be among the best in the Diocese.  Many thanks to our students and parents, our families and benefactors, and our faculty, staff, and principal for making CDTCA a wonderful Catholic education for our parish and for our region!
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THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION
    If you attended a Catholic elementary or high school before 1975, your tuition was usually paid by your parish.  Now it’s our turn to help today’s students.  The Bishop’s Education Fund has helped students with grants for 23 years.  Our annual collection will be September 9-10.  Please help our students!

AN EVENING WITH BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK
    As we move into the future, Bishop David Zubik is offering some evenings to pray with him.  In our vicariate, he will be at Saint Kilian Parish, Mars, on August 30, 7:00-8:30pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

LOCAL WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    Our parish will host a local Bible Study for Women in the parish hall.  This year’s study will focus on the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in salvation history.  It is entitled “Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for You.”  An informational session will be Sept. 12.  The sessions will be 1-3pm, Sept. 19 to November 7.  Call 412-963-0198 for information and registration.

NEW CHOIR MEMBERS WELCOME
    Soon, our Sunday choirs will begin practices for this new choral year.  Our 9:00am and 11:00am choirs and instrumentalists provide wonderful music for our Sunday Liturgies.  To provide this music, we rely on our parish members to join our choirs each year.
    If you’d like to sing sacred music and you also have time for rehearsals, please contact Sister Pat Baker here today or in the coming days.  Thank you!

The Lord is kind and merciful!

Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God!
   Last Monday, millions of Americans were fixated on a rare solar eclipse which was seen across the country.  It’s amazing how such events hold the attention of countless people. For us as Catholic Christians, there is someone even more remarkable shared with us--Jesus the Lord. May our attention be focused on him!
     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

August 20, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    One of the most common questions posed to us is this question: “May I ask you a question?”  or perhaps “May I ask you a favor?”  I always want to say “Please don’t ask me if you can ask me, just ask me!”   All too often, people are very timid about approaching others with their requests, and so they ask IF they can even ask a question or a favor.
    As we hear in today’s Gospel passage about Jesus and the Canaanite woman, we should NOT be timid, but like the brave woman, we should simply ask our requests of the Lord.  He will see our faith as he saw her faith, and he will grant our requests in faith just as he granted her faith request.
    Jesus often tells his disciples and us as well that we should make our requests to him with faith and confidence.  He will help his people and grant what we need.  May we never be shy or timid before the Lord, but may we confidently tell Jesus what we need in our daily prayers.  The Lord is glad to receive our prayers and requests, and he will treat well all of us who are his faithful people.  God bless!
                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

AN EVENING WITH BISHOP DAVID ZUBIK
    As we move into the future, Bishop David Zubik is offering four evenings to come and meet with him for prayer and conversation.  In our area, he will be at Saint Mary of the Assumption, Middle Road, on August 24 and then at Saint Kilian Parish, Mars, on August 30, both 7:00-8:30pm.  All are welcome to attend. 

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    It’s time to reserve your weekend for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with 2 1/2 days of fellowship, quiet reflection, talks, prayer, and the Liturgy.  This weekend will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  More info coming!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION ON MONDAY
    This Monday, August 21, at 7:30pm, a Baptism Preparation Session will be held in the parish hall.  All new AND expectant parents are asked and invited to attend.  Please contact the office today to register.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION
   We come to participate in the Liturgy every Sunday in order to keep God’s commandment to keep holy the Lord’s Day.  It is an expectation of all Church members who are able to participate.  Also, we worship in Church on Sunday because our spiritual lives need this prayer and the Word of God and the Eucharist.  Our Sunday worship is of true importance.

SISTER PAT’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
    On Sunday, September 10, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, our music director and bereavement coordinator, will celebrate her 50th anniversary as a Sister of Divine Providence as well as 23 years of service to our parish community!   A Liturgy of Thanksgiving will be held at 2:00pm on Sunday, September 10, and a light reception will be held in the parish gymnasium after the Liturgy.  To help us prepare for this special event, please call the parish office before August 31, and inform our staff if you and your family and friends will be coming to the reception.  Everyone is welcome to join Sister Pat and our parish!

A LOCAL DISCUSSION OF THE HEROIN ADDICTION EPIDEMIC
    This Thursday, August 24, from 7:00pm—8:30pm, our local municipal Emergency Management staff will be hosting a panel discussion on the current heroin and opioid epidemic affecting our area and the entire country.  This event is open to the public and to all emergency responders.
    The featured speakers will be Doctor Karen Hacker, MD, director of the Allegheny County Health Department, and DEA Agent Brian Dempsey.  Local professionals will also be on the panel.
    There is NO cost to attend.  This program will be held in Conference Rooms B&C at UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital.  Continuing Ed credits will be available to EMT’s.   You’re welcome to attend.

COME AND SEE . . . SAINT PAUL SEMINARY
   On Saturday, September 16, from 9am—9pm, for young men in high school, Father Michael Ackerman and the Diocesan Vocations Office will hold  a "Come and See" Event at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree.  This will be a day of games, talks, and a Liturgy.  There is NO cost.  Send an email to tsullivan@diopitt.org by September 8 to register.  Come and see!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Our four local parishes which will be merged by 2022 are:  Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish. 
    In March 2018,  priests will be assigned and will begin their ministry in October 2018.   At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.   The final work of consolidating into one parish is scheduled to be completed by November 2021. 
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thank you all for your understanding and support!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTERING NOW FOR OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
    This is a good time for our CCD families to register all your young students for Religious Education classes beginning September 17. 
    Choose from among the options of classroom sessions  OR  small group sessions  OR  home study.  Registration forms are available on our parish internet site here.  You may also contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here or Miss Meredith Troyan here
    Classes are filling up at this time.  Please register soon, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

SOME IMPORTANT DATES FOR OUR NEW CCD YEAR
  •  Home Study families will begin their year at the 5:00pm Liturgy on Saturday, September 16.
  •  Catechetical Sunday—and the beginning of the CCD year—is Sunday, September 17.  Please sign up for class or a small group or home study now.
  •  Small middle school CCD groups will be chosen on Sunday, September 17 after the morning Liturgies.
  •  On Sunday, September 17, we’ll have our annual CATEcarnival for all Religious Education families after the 9:00am Liturgy.  There will be games, food, and more.   All CCD parents and students are welcome!
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CELEBRATING OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA AND THE POLISH CHURCH AND FAITH
     The Catholic heritage of Poland  will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 23, at 7:00pm  with Bishop David Zubik at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, in Oakland.  This celebration will also honor Our Lady of Czestochowa.  All are most welcome to participate!

TURN OUR PARISH WEBSITE
INTO YOUR HOME PAGE
    Please consider making our parish internet site —www.saintscholastica.com— YOUR permanent home page. You’ll find much at our web page!

SERVING GOD’S PEOPLE BY YOUR ESTATE
    At times, a deceased parish member has included our parish in their estate.  It’s a final gift to our parish from someone who truly loved the church.   Please consider sharing a final gift with the parish yourself.
 
MOVING FORWARD EVERY SUNDAY!
    All of our parish members and families are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.  The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should sit! Likewise, It’s good when we draw close together.  Please move forward in Church. Thanks!

GATHERING 100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities has begun an effort to collect 100,000 baby diapers in the next 100 days to help low income and struggling parents with young children!  Diapers sizes 2-5 are being received at the Catholic Charities 9th Street offices downtown.  Call Kelli Mainous (412-456-6950) for drop off.
    Also, you can visit and shop Amazon  at www.smile.amazon.com, then choose “Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh”, select your diaper donation, and have it shipped to Catholic Charities at 212 Ninth Street, Pgh., PA  15222.  Thank you very much for your generosity to babies and infants!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In August,  your donations of boxes of cereal and breakfast bars are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

FINDING THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN THIS WORLD
    Jesus points out that the reign of God is in our world even now, and the Kingdom continues to grow.  Compared to the era of Jesus’ own life, so much good exists today — all thanks to the Kingdom that Jesus established and which we’re still building.   Let’s not be discouraged but always keep building every day!

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION

Monday, August 21 — Pope Saint Pius X
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (The Donnelly Family)

Tuesday, August 22 — The Queenship of Mary
   8:30 am   Daniel P. Gallagher  (Eileen & Dan Gallagher)

Wednesday, August 23 — Saint Rose of Lima, virgin
   8:30 am   Robert Conflenti, anniversary  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Thursday, August 24 — Saint Bartholomew, apostle
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Friday, August 25 —Saint Joseph Calasanz, priest
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Saturday, August 26
   9:00 am   Robert Conflenti  (Evelyn Conflenti)

   5:00pm   Robert Boley, anniversary  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, August 27 — Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary   Time
   7:30 am   Thomas Livingston  (The Strahler Family) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am.   H. Joseph Canel  (Bill & Jean Eckert)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   John C. Sheedy, Jr.  (Maureen O’Brien)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of August 20, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 56:1, 6-7/Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/Romans 11:13-15, 29-32/Matthew 15:21-28

Monday: Judges 2:11-19/Psalm 106:34-37, 39-40, 43ab, 44/Matthew 19:16-22

Tuesday: Judges 6:11-24a/Psalm 85:9, 11-14/Matthew 19:23-30

Wednesday: Judges 9:6-15/Psalm 21:2-7/Matthew 20:1-16

Thursday: Revelation 21:9b-14/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/John 1:45-51

Friday: Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14b-16, 22/Psalm 146:5-10/Matthew 22:34-40

Saturday: Ruth 2:1-3, 8-11; 4:13-17/Psalm 128:1b-5/Matthew 23:1-12

Next Sunday: Isaiah 22:19-23/Psalm 138:1-3, 6, 8/Romans 11:33-36/Matthew 16:13-20


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These food items are needed now:  canned red or black beans, canned vegetables, prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper), and powdered milk.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easier 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!

DOES YOUR MARRIAGE NEED SOME HELP?
    For decades,  the Retrouvaille (Rediscovery)  Program has helped thousands of married couples to renew their marriage and home life.  Call 412-277-3434 for information on the upcoming September 8 weekend program.  It could make all the difference!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THE NEW CDTCA SCHOOL YEAR WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY, AUGUST 28
   We’ll soon be starting another great year at CDTCA!

REGISTRATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Join us for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy (pre-school through eighth grade) beginning Monday, August 28!  
    Call for information (412-781-7927) and a visit to our excellent regional Catholic school!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this important aid.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition assistance!
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YOU CAN STILL ATTEND OUR SEMINAR ON READING THE BIBLE
   Join us this August 23, 7:00-9:00pm, in the parish hall.  Contact our parish office today!

THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION
    If you attended a Catholic elementary or high school before 1975, your tuition was usually paid by your parish.  Now it’s our turn to help today’s students.  The Bishop’s Education Fund has helped students with grants for 23 years.  Our annual collection will be September 9-10.  Please help our students!

GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY EVENT
    On Sunday, October 22, at 2:30pm in Saint Paul Cathedral, Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Marriage for all couples married in the Church in 1967.   A light reception will follow in the social hall underneath the Cathedral.  
    Please call our parish office before Sunday, August 27 to register for this event.  In late September, the Golden Anniversary couples will receive an invitation to this special event from Bishop Zubik.

 Jesus had a change of heart!
     In today’s Gospel account, Jesus changed his mind.  Having been sent to the wayward People of God Israel Jesus changed his mind and offered salvation and healing to the daughter of the Canaanite woman because of the mother’s faith in him. Like Jesus, we too can have a change of heart and offer love to all people. 
     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