September 10, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    As Catholic Christians, we are educated by our parents and our teachers and catechists as to the reality of sin.  We’re also taught about the effects of our sins and the division created by sin and conflict.
     An important part of our Catholic upbringing is our formation in the Sacrament of Reconciliation which brings to us the forgiveness of the Lord through the working of the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the Lord’s priests.  Asking forgiveness in the confessional should be a regular and blessed practice in our lives.
    Yet asking forgiveness of Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and in the Liturgy is only one part of our life with God and one another.  We should ask forgiveness of the Lord, and we should also regularly and quickly ask forgiveness of each other as well. 
    In our Gospel today, Jesus calls us to seek forgiveness from others when we offend them — whether family members or neighbors.  He calls us to be forgiving when we are asked to be merciful.
    May we follow Jesus way of life each day, and may we seek forgiveness and offer forgiveness often.  This is never a sign of weakness, but it is a clear sign that we truly are the disciples of the Lord Jesus who are living as Jesus calls us to live and to love and to be merciful.  God bless!
                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

THE BISHOP’S EDUCATION FUND COLLECTION
    Our second collection this weekend will be our annual collection to support the Bishop’s Education Fund and the tuition grants it gives to our Catholic school students.
    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 this weekend, September 9-10.  Please help our students by your generosity!

SEPTEMBER 16--17 SECOND COLLECTION FOR HURRICANE RECOVERY IN HOUSTON
    If you’d like an opportunity to send assistance to the victims of the recent Hurricane Harvey, the bishops of the United States have asked every parish in our country to take a second collection NEXT weekend, September 16-17,  to help the recovery of the people and parish communities in Houston and the Gulf Coast.  Thanks for your generosity!
 
SISTER PAT BAKER’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
      This Sunday, September 10, Sister Pat Baker, CDP, our music director and bereavement coordinator, is celebrating 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 this Sunday, September 10.   Congratulations,  Sister Pat,  and thank you for your 50 years of service to the Lord Jesus and your 23 years of music and bereavement ministry to our Saint Scholastica Parish community!   Everyone is welcome to join Sister Pat Baker and our community for this Sunday’s celebration beginning at 2:00pm in church.

REMEMBERING SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
    Sixteen years ago this coming Monday, September 11, multiple terrorist attacks were carried out against thousands of innocent people in our nation.  These murderous attacks occurred in New York City, Somerset County, Pa., and Washington, DC and affected tens of thousands of lives as well as our nation and the world ever since that horrible Tuesday morning in 2001.   
    Sadly, the terror of that day continues even now through the evil of extremists and fanatics.  May we always remember September 11, 2001, and may we pray and work to bring peace and mutual respect into our families, our communities, our society, and our world.  May the Lord protect and bless all of us who are the People of God seeking to build God’s own Kingdom of peace and life here on the earth!

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 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 and your understanding of the On Mission  program and process in our Diocese and all our parishes!

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. 
    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.
  • 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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DINING AT LaCAPPELLA’S TO SUPPORT A LOCAL EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
    You can help Nathan VanDemark complete the funding of his Eagle Scout Project (building a kayak rack for the Aspinwall Riverfront Park)  by taking a coupon from our church entrance and dining or getting takeout at LaCappella’s in the Waterworks Mall this Wednesday, September 13.  20% of your bill will go to this local Eagle Scout Project.  Thanks very much!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY!
     Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word will begin again next Sunday, September 17, at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Children ages 4-10 (and their parents too) are welcome to join other children and adult leaders in the parish hall during the Liturgy of the Word.  Children should be able to be away from their parents  and sit reasonably still for the session.  Toys and snacks should be left with parents.

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.

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 SAINT 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 11 — Patriot Day
   8:30 am   Clara D. Giuffre  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, September 12 — The Most Holy Name of Mary
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (Joe & Colleen Giuffre & Family)

Wednesday, September 13 — St. John Chrysostom
   8:30 am   Father John Kelly , CSSR  (Bill Eckert & Family)

Thursday, September 14 — The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
   8:30 am   Shawn Neville  (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)

Friday, September 15 — Our Lady of Sorrows
   8:30 am   Clara Giuffre  (Bill Eckert & Family)

Saturday, September 16 —Saints Cornelius and Cyprian
   9:00 am   Clara Giuffre  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00pm   Orland Veltri  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 17 — 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Kathryn Middleton  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Toni Kolosna  (The Kiley Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Louis Kopec  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 10, 2017

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

Monday: Colossians 1:24--2:3/Psalm 62:6-7, 9/Luke 6:6-11

Tuesday: Colossians 2:6-15/Psalm 145:1b-2, 8-11/Luke 6:12-19
Wednesday: Colossians 3:1-11/Psalm 145:2-3, 10-13ab/Luke 6:20-26

Thursday: Numbers 21:4b-9/Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-38/Philippians 2:6-11/Jn 3:13-17

Friday: 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14/Psalm 16:1b-2a, 5, 7-8, 11/John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35

Saturday: 1 Timothy 1:15-17/Psalm 113:1b-5a, 6-7/Luke 6:43-49
Next Sunday: Sirach 27:30--28:7/Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12/Romans 14:7-9/Matthew 18:21-35

The altar flowers this weekend have been donated by Mrs. Ann Welsh Slavish and her family in honor of Sister Pat Baker’s 50th anniversary celebration!

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 food items are needed now:  canned vegetables or soup;  canned red, black, or baked beans;   macaroni & cheese;  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 Walnut Grill in the Waterworks Mall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information about their Sunday Brunch  AND  a brunch discount.  

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
    Best wishes to all golfers participating in the annual CDTCA PTG Golf Tournament this  Monday, September 11, at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. 
    Thank you for your generous support of our regional Catholic elementary school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.   We’re very grateful!
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BOOK STUDY:  SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
      What throws you off balance?  In her book, Seeking Spiritual Balance in an Off-Kilter World, Kathy Hendricks helps us to identify the roles, demands and expectations that make our lives go "off-kilter" and how we can live more fully, richly, and prayerfully within our limitations without ever ceasing to grow.  Drawing on her own experience and the rich spiritual traditions of Catholicism, she poses questions and suggests practices that can help us find balance.
      Join us as we read the book together in light of our own experiences!  We will meet on Wednesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8 and 15 OR on Thursday mornings, 10:00-11:30 a.m. on October 5, 12, 19, 26; November 9 and 16.  All sessions meet in the Ministry Center Library.
      Please register by sending an email with your name and session preference (Wednesday evening or Thursday morning) to Andrew Bechman here or by leaving a voice message at 412-781-0186, X-18.  We request a $20 donation payable at the first session, which includes the cost of the book and helps pay for refreshments.  Please reply by Monday, September 25.

LOCAL WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY THIS FALL
    Our parish will host a Bible Study for Women in the parish hall.  This year’s study will focus on the Blessed Mother Mary’s role in salvation history.  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.

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!  Plan now to join us!

 Jesus calls us to be reconciled!
As Catholic Christians, Jesus calls us to live in unity, peace, and fellowship with one another. He wants us to live together as a family united in our faith and our life in God. We are to be better in our life with one another than those who are non believers. As such, may we always be humble, merciful, and united in Jesus!
 
     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