October 1, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    During this month of October, all Americans are asked to stand up for Human Life in our nation.  We know that human life is not respected and honored as it once had been in our society.  Following 44 years of the legalized abortion of pre-born children in the United States as well as years of assisted suicide and the move toward euthanasia for the disabled, sick, and elderly, we as Catholic Christians are called to remind all other Americans of the dignity and value of all human life!
   Please join other parish members and families who are taking part in Respect Life Month activities, and let us remind our elected leaders and our judges of the sacred dignity of all people from the pre-born to the  elderly and people of every background and condition.  We are the People of God — the God of life for all.  God bless!
                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

SECOND COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND TO HELP THE VICTIMS OF HURRICANE MARIA
    This weekend, all parishes in the United States have been asked to take up a second collection to help with the victims and the rebuilding after Hurricane Maria which damaged Puerto Rico and other islands.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

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 today or in the coming days.  Thank you!

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP GATHERING
   On Saturday, November 18,  all women of our Catholic Diocese are welcome to participate in the first BRAVE Conference of the new Catholic Women’s Fellowship.  This will be a full day of inspiring talks, sacraments, and building community with other Catholic women of our Diocese.  Visit www.cwfpitt.org (+) for more information and updates!

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Reserve time for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   The men of our parish are invited to renew your lives with days of fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Plan now to join us!

THIS SUNDAY’S  RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    All parish members and families, young and older, are invited to take part in this Sunday’s Respect Life Prayer Chain from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the intersection of Route 8 and Grant Street in Etna.  Stand with others and pray silently while holding Respect Life messages for motorists along Route 8.  We can improve our society’s attitude toward human life by our witness together.  Please come join us! 

BLESSING OF PETS NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
    Next Sunday, October 8, at 1:00pm, we’ll hold this year’s Annual Blessing of Pets in conjunction with Wednesday’s Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Please bring your pets to the Third Street entrance of the Pastoral Center.  As always, please have your pets on a leash or in a carrier.  See you next Sunday!
 
DIOCESAN CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
    On Friday, October 13, Bishop David Zubik invites all families and members of the Diocese to join him at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for the Consecration of the Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima.  The Church celebrates 2017 as the Centennial of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima in Portugal.  The evening begins with a picnic at 5:00pm, and then the ceremony and candlelight procession will begin at 7:00pm (weather permitting).  See today’s insert or visit  here (+) for information and registration.

OUR NEW SPEAKERS IN THE CHURCH
    Our sound system has been upgraded with new high tech speakers from the Intertech Corporation in Pittsburgh.  Sound trials showed our parish staff how good these new modern speakers are with their finely focused sound.  We truly hope that the sound quality of our Liturgies is better and clearer for everyone.  Thanks to Intertech and their staff!

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 to begin in October 2018.  At that same time in October 2018, 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 completed by the end of 2021.  Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy. Thanks for your support of  On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Our Religious Education Program has begun, and all public school and private academy students should be enrolled and attending sessions at this time.  Our enrollment for this CCD year will close in just a few days, and so, contact our offices now if you still need to register!   Please don’t delay!

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH!
  • Taco Tuesdays will begin on October 3 (8:00-9:00pm) in the Ministry Center.  Come for tacos, Bible study, and fun every Tuesday evening!
  • Postgame Tailgate Party for grades 7-12 at the Ministry Center, on Friday, October 6 after the Fox Chapel Area HS football game.  Call if you need a ride!
  • Saturday, October 7 Youth Mass at 5:00pm.  Come at 3:30pm to help with the music.  The annual Youth Scavenger Hunt for Warmth will take place after the October 7 Liturgy.
CATHOLIC FAITH AFLOAT ON THE RIVERS
    Sunday, October 15 (3pm--6pm) is the date for a special high school students’ cruise on Pittsburgh’s rivers to hear and think about our Catholic faith.  The donation is $10 in advance.  Visit the diocesan website www.pghpriest.com (+), or contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here now.
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SUPPORT PRE-BORN CHILDREN IN OCTOBER
  • The annual and prayerful Life Chain will be held Sunday, October 1 from 2-3pm at Route 8 and Grant Street in Etna.  Call 412-781-6550 for info.
  • Please register by October 6 to vote for Life in the coming November 7 election of judges.
  • The portrait of the Madonna and Child composed of infants’ faces will be here Oct. 7-8.
  • This October 14-15, our Respect Life Committee will hold a Diaper Drive here to support the Diocesan Catholic Charities Diaper Drive.  Please bring all of your diaper donations to the church.
PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT EVENING
    On Monday evening, October 23, from 5:45pm—8:00pm, our Diocesan Vocations Office will hold a Priesthood Discernment Evening at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for men of college and college graduate ages. 
    This evening will include prayer, dinner, and information about your possible call to serve the Lord and his Church as an ordained priest.  Email tsullivan@diopitt.org  before October 15 for more information and registration.

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.

SUPPORTING THE LIVES OF PRE-BORN CHILDREN
    From September 27 until November 5,  the Forty Days for Life program will again hold daily witness to the sacredness of human life at the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic at 933 Liberty Avenue, downtown, from 7am—7pm.  Please know you’re welcome to join this effort any day and every day!
 
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 SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In October,  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, October 2 — The Holy Guardian Angels
   8:30 am   Mary Ellen Bergeron  (The Burke Family)

Tuesday, October 3
   8:30 am   Clara Giuffre  (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Wednesday, October 4 — Saint Francis of Assisi
   8:30 am   Joseph Lazar   (daughter, Sherry Schaffer)

Thursday, October 5 — Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
   8:30 am   Guillermo Amezaga  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, October 6 — Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
   8:30 am   Jean Canel Eckert  (Bill & Pat Schmitt)

Saturday, October 7 — Our Lady of the Rosary
   9:00 am   Rev. Monsignor Donald Kraus   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00pm   Deceased Members of the McKay Family  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 8 — 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Jack Robbins  (Kathleen Piper)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Ruth McHugh  (Janet & Jerry Monaco)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 1, 2017

Sunday: Ezra 18:25-28/Psalm 25:4-9/Philippians 2:1-11 or 2:1-5/Matthew 21:28-32

Monday: Zechariah 8:1-8/Psalm 102:16-23, 29/Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Tuesday: Zechariah 8:20-23/Psalm 87:1b-7/Luke 9:51-56

Wednesday: Nehemiah 2:1-8/Psalm 137:1-6/Luke 9:57-62

Thursday: Nehemiah 8:1-4a, 5-6, 7b-12/Psalm 19:8-11/Luke 10:1-12

Friday: Baruch 1:15-22/Psalm 79:1b-5, 8-9/Luke 10:13-16

Saturday: Baruch 4:5-12, 27-29/Psalm 69:33-37/Luke 10:17-24

Next Sunday: Isaiah 5:1-7/Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20/Philippians 4:6-9/Matthew 21:33-43

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: canned vegetables;  canned red or black beans;  cereal;  macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes such as Hamburger Helper.  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 the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue,  in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR COMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  More information will follow soon.
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 SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
      It’s not too late to join our fall book group. We are planning to read Seeking Spiritual Balance in an Off-Kilter World, by Kathy Hendricks.  She helps us to identify the roles, demands and expectations that make our lives go "off-kilter." Drawing on her own experience and the rich spiritual traditions of Catholicism, she poses questions and suggests practices that can help us find balance.
      We will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8 and 15. All sessions meet in the Ministry Center Library. 
      Please register by sending an email to Andrew Bechman here as soon as possible.  We request a $20 donation payable at the first session, which includes the cost of the book and helps pay for refreshments. 


SAINT MONICA SOCIETY MEETING SATURDAY
   This Saturday, October 7, at 9:40am, our Saint Monica Society will meet in the parish hall to pray for inactive church members and to write to elderly parish members.  All are welcome to join us in this effort!

LOCAL WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    Our parish will host a Bible Study for Women in the parish hall with a focus on the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in salvation history.  The sessions will be 1-3pm, from now until November 7.  The donation for seminar materials is $25.  Call 412-963-0198 for info.

The Christ Child Society (which helps at-risk children) will host a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 21, 10:30am.  This event will help with the Society’s project to assist infants and children and young families.  Join us and bring a friend or three.  Each ticket is $40.  Call 412-485-9581 before October 16 for information and registration.
  
     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