September 17, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Are you merciful and forgiving toward your family members, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and fellow parish members?   This is an important question for each of us to ask ourselves because it’s essential to our Christian discipleship that we honestly examine our lives and our interaction with God and with one another.
    So, are you a Catholic Christian who quickly and easily forgives those who may offend you or hurt you?   Do you forgive others because Jesus accepted death on the Cross so that your own sins and faults would be washed away?   Do you forgive others as quickly as the Lord forgives you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
    We are called by our faith and life in Jesus to freely and graciously forgive others for their offenses against us and against others.  Each day, we should let go of our hardness of heart and our grudges and assure others that we forgive them.  We can truly build the Kingdom and improve our family, community, and world by always being merciful and forgiving.  God bless!                      
                                                                                   —Father Jim Torquato

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 THIS weekend, September 16-17,  to help the recovery of the people and parish communities in Houston and the Gulf Coast.  Thanks for your help!

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!

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, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This weekend will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Plan to join us!

MANY THANKS FOLLOWING SISTER PAT BAKER’S JUBILEE CELEBRATION!
     Sister Pat Baker, CDP, is most grateful to the hundreds of music ministry members and parish members and families who participated in her 50th anniversary celebration last Sunday!  It was a wonderful Jubilee Liturgy and reception!
     Once again, 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!   God bless!
 
CHILDREN’S LITURGY BEGINS THIS SUNDAY!
     Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word will begin again THIS 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 to sit reasonably still for the session.  Also, toys and snacks should be left with parents. Plan to join us this Sunday!

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 by email here.

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 now.

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 of On Mission!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY AND OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES
    Our Religious Education classes and program begin this Sunday, September 17, for the new Catechetical Year.  Please be sure to register all of your children and grandchildren who attend public schools and private academies for their education. 
    Classes are filling up now.  Register today so your young family members won’t miss this very fine catechesis, and include the requested donation with your registration.  Thank you very much!

IMPORTANT EVENTS THIS WEEKEND TO BEGIN OUR NEW CCD YEAR
  • Catechetical Sunday—and the beginning of the CCD year—is this Sunday, September 17.  Please sign up for class or a small group or home study by noon today.
  • This 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!

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH!
  • This Wednesday, September 20, we’ll host a Homelessness Awareness Campout for high school students from 8:00pm until 9:00am here at the church.  Register today with Mrs. Dillon to experience what it’s like to be homeless and poor today.
  • This Thursday, September 21, at 8:00pm, we’ll hold Glow in the Dark Frisbee on the grounds of Saint Joseph Church, Dorseyville Road, O’Hara Township.  High school and middle school students are welcome.
  • This Saturday, September 23, from 8:45am until 1:30pm, students are welcome to work with the local Habitat for Humanity program.  Register with Mrs. Dillon by this Thursday.
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DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY WELCOMES YOU!
    This year’s high school seniors and juniors are welcome to visit and learn about our local Catholic university in Pittsburgh — Duquesne University.  This excellent university has numerous schools and programs, a vibrant campus life, and substantial financial aid.  Visit www.duq.edu/admissions today!

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 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 18
   8:30 am   Scott Hilton  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Tuesday, September 19 — Saint Januarius, martyr
   8:30 am   Richard Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Wednesday, September 20 — The Korean Martyrs
   8:30 am   Marion Arturo, birthday   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Thursday, September 21 — Saint Matthew, apostle
   8:30 am   Jonathan Marsico, anniversary  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, September 22
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (Dr. & Mrs. John McCarthy)

Saturday, September 23 — Saint Pio of Pietrelcina
   9:00 am  Mary Sheedy  (Maureen O’Brien)

   5:00pm   Alice Kiley  (The Kiley Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 24 — 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Thomas Livingston  (Bob & Joanne Saunders)
       Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Thomas Maloney  (Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of September 17, 2017

Sunday: Sirach 27:30--28:7/Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12/Romans 14:7-9/Matthew 18:21-35

Monday: 1 Timothy 2:1-8/Psalm 28:2, 7-9/Luke 7:1-10

Tuesday: 1 Timothy 3:1-13/Psalm 101:1b-3ab, 5-6/Luke 7:11-17

Wednesday: 1 Timothy 3:14-16/Psalm 111:1-6/Luke 7:31-35

Thursday: Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13/Psalm 19:2-5/Matthew 9:9-13

Friday: 1 Timothy 6:2c-12/Psalm 49:6-10, 17-20/Luke 8:1-3

Saturday: 1 Timothy 6:13-16/Psalm 100:1b-5/Luke 8:4-15

Next Sunday: Isaiah 55:6-9/Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18/Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a/Matthew 20:1-16a

May we be charitable and kind toward all!

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 items are needed now:  canned vegetables;  canned red or black beans;  non-condensed canned soup (with pop-top lids); canned tuna;  macaroni & cheese;  and spaghetti.  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 Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA STORE CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY MORNING
    Our school staff will make retail store certificates available this Sunday morning, September 17, in the main church entrance after the Sunday morning Liturgies.  Your purchase of store certificates will help our regional school and its programs.  Thank you!

THIS MONTH’S NEWS AT CDTCA
    Our regional Catholic Academy is pleased to welcome two new teachers to our faculty:  Mrs. Kassandra Byrnes is our new Second Grade teacher, and Miss Erica Seigneur is our new Fifth Grade teacher.  They are both very fine additions to our truly dedicated faculty.  Please join us in welcoming them both to our very fine CDTCA community!
    Also, our students are very busy both in their academics—and in these sports:  Cross Country, Soccer, and Volleyball.   Best wishes to all our CDTCA students and our CDTCA student athletes!  May the Lord bless you in all your endeavors!

CDTCA GOLF OUTING THANKS!
    Many thanks to all our golfers and supporters who participated in the annual CDTCA PTG Golf Tournament last week at the Fox Chapel Golf Club. 
    Thank you for your generous support of our regional Catholic elementary school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.  Thanks too to our PTG and school staff and families who made the Golf Outing a tremendous success.  We’re very grateful!
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BOOK STUDY:  SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
   This October, Andy Bechman will lead you through a study of a new book written to help you develop spiritual depth and find balance in your life.  Sessions are Wednesday evenings or Thursday mornings beginning October 4. Contact Andy here!

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 on Tuesday afternoons from 1-3pm, Sept. 19 to November 7.  The donation for seminar materials is $25.  Call 412-963-0198 for information.

 Jesus wants us to be forgiving!
    At the heart of our Catholic faith and life is the virtue of Christian love. We are called to love God and one another. Required by Christian love are the practices of mercy and forgiveness. The Lord’s Prayer itself reminds us to forgive just as we have been forgiven. May we always extend mercy and forgiveness to one another!

     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