September 24, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Many people like to compare wages and salaries among their family members, relatives, friends, and neighbors.  As life would have it, there’s quite a difference among the compensation amounts received by members of different professions. 
    For example, the bishops and priests of our Catholic Diocese receive about $26,000 salary per year (plus housing and benefits).   A professional athlete might receive $1 million to $20+ million in a given sports season.   One area pharmaceutical executive received $70 million last year  (that’s $35,000 per hour).  There certainly are tremendous differences in the compensation people receive even when they work the same number of hours per day and per week.
    Yet, for those who receive a share in the eternal Kingdom of God, there will be one reward for their faith and faithfulness and service.  There won’t be such extraordinary differences in our heavenly “compensation”.  The Lord’s holy ones will all receive the same eternal life and glory!  Would that our life on earth was as equal as it will be in God’s Kingdom, but it never will be.  Despite that, may we know that all God’s people will receive the same reward in the Lord’s presence.  God bless!     
                                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REGULAR GENEROSITY TO OUR PARISH COMMUNITY!
    Many thanks, once again, to our members and families who offer regular donations and contributions each week or each month for the support of our Saint Scholastica Parish community!   It’s because of your goodness that we continue to be the Church Alive!  Again, thanks very much to all our contributors!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY IN OUR RECENT SECOND COLLECTIONS!
     Also, thank you very much for your generous donations in our recent Second Collections for hurricane recovery and for the Bishop’s Education Fund.  Your help toward many others is truly appreciated by them and by the entire Church!

GENTLEMEN, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
    Reserve your time now 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 now to join us!

OUR NEW SPEAKERS IN THE CHURCH
    This past week, our sound system was upgraded with new high tech modern speakers provided by the Intertech Corporation located here in Pittsburgh.  Our previous company which installed new electronic equipment last year advised us that our 25 year old speakers were sufficient.  Our new maintenance director suggested that we consider completing our sound system overhaul and then introduced us to the staff at Intertech. 
    Sound trials showed our parish staff how good these new modern speakers are with their finely focused sound.  Additional upgrades to the entire system have also been made by Intertech.  We truly hope that the sound quality of our Liturgies is better and clearer for everyone in church.  Thanks very much to Intertech, their staff, and our maintenance director!

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!

CHILDREN’S LITURGY HAS BEGUN!
     Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word has begun  at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Children (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.  Toys and snacks should be left with parents. Plan to join us every Sunday at the 9:00am Liturgy!

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.

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

OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES AND YOUTH MINISTRY
    Our Religious Education has begun for the new Catechetical Year.  Before October 1, please be sure to register all of your children and grandchildren.  See our website here for registration information and materials.
    Register today, and bring your children weekly so they’ll receive our very fine catechesis. Please include the requested donation.  Thanks very much!

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 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 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.
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!

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 25
   8:30 am   Edward & Ruth Sierzega   (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Tuesday, September 26 — Saints Cosmas and Damian 
   8:30 am   Clara Giuffre  (The Saunders Family)

Wednesday, September 27 — Saint Vincent de Paul
   8:30 am   Jean Canel Eckert  (Bill & Pat Schmitt)

Thursday, September 28 — Saint Wenceslaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Gebhard Kleiner, birthday   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Friday, September 29—Saints Michael, Gabriel, Raphael
   8:30 am   John F. Donahue  (Bill & Joanne Fallon)

Saturday, September 30 — Saint Jerome, priest
   9:00 am   Tommaso Sbarra  (The Sbarra Family)

   5:00pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 1 — 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Thomas Livingston   (The D’Amico Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Nicholas Powers   (Jojo & Roseann Veltri)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of September 24, 2017
Sunday: Isaiah 55:6-9/Psalm 145:2-3, 8-9, 17-18/Philippians 1:20c-24, 27a/Matthew 20:1-16a
Monday: Ezra 1:1-6/Psalm 126:1b-6/Luke 8:16-18
Tuesday: Ezra 6:7-8, 12b, 14-20/Psalm 122:1-5/Luke 8:19-21
Wednesday: Ezra 9:5-9/Tobit 13:2-4befghn, 7-8/Luke 9:1-6
Thursday: Haggai 1:1-8/Psalm 149:1b-6a, 9b/Luke 9:7-9
Friday: Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 or Revelation 12:7-12a/Psalm 138:1-5/John 1:47-51
Saturday: Zechariah 2:5-9, 14-15a/Jeremiah 31:10-12ab, 13/Luke 9:43b-45
Next Sunday: Ezekiel 18:25-28/Psalm 25:4-9/Philippians 2:1-11 or 2:1-5/Matthew 21:28-32

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;  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 www.parishstore.com for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for store information and items available.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

MEET OUR CDTCA FACULTY MEMBERS
    Mrs. Barbara Blaney has been a teacher in the schools of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh since 1989.  She is certified to teach both Mathematics and English.  For years, she’s specialized in Middle School Math including Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry.  Mrs. Blaney also teaches English, Social Studies, and Religion classes.
   Mrs. Barb Blaney truly enjoys teaching Middle School Math.  She’s pleased to see such a great deal of growth in her students’ learning — especially seeing the common student fear of mathematics alleviated when her students realize that math is simple and logical. 
    Finally,  Mrs. Barb Blaney is happy to teach here at CDTCA and is grateful for the opportunity to help the children of our parishes and community as they grow in faith and in knowledge.   (We’ll meet another CDTCA faculty member next month.)

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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FALL BOOK GROUP: 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.  You can also read the book on your own and discuss it online.
      Please register by sending an email with your name and session preference (Wednesday evening, Thursday morning, or online discussion) 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 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 Field Club on Saturday, October 21, 10:30am.  $40.  Call 412-485-9581.

     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