October 29, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Whenever someone asks us what Jesus and Christianity are all about, we do well to reply with the simple word “Love.”  We need not begin with lengthy explanations of divine revelation and salvation history and the beliefs of our faith.  The simple word “love” is the best starting point when it comes to explaining our faith to anyone.
    I hope this word “love” will be our best and clearest description of Jesus and Christianity,  and I hope that “love” will be our attitude toward God and all others as we live the life that Jesus calls us to live and move toward the salvation that Jesus promises his faithful and loving people.  God bless!
                                                                                         — Father Jim Torquato
    
THEFTS FROM OUR CHURCH CANDLE SHRINE
    You may know from news reports that there have been a number of church burglaries in Allegheny County where cash donations have been stolen from Catholic Church candle donation boxes.  Sadly, two of these burglaries occurred here in our parish church in October. 
    Our borough police believe that the burglar used retractable bolt cutters that can be hidden in a bag or a backpack.  In the first theft, the person cut the lock on the donation box.  We then placed an uncuttable lock on the box, but the burglar cut the hasp on which the lock was placed.  While we make further improvements, we’ll be removing cash donations every day from now on to prevent any further theft of candle donations.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT—SAVE THE DATE
    On Thursday, November 30, our Aquinas Guild will host its annual Advent by Candlelight.  All women of our parish and your friends are invited to attend.  Please mark your calendar now.  More info coming!

Cookies for our students are needed for next Saturday’s November 4 Middle School Faith Rally.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon if you can help!

LOSING OUR MISSALETTES
    Our parish purchases 50 missalettes each month so that those attending the weekday Liturgies can have the daily readings in print.  Unfortunately, many of these missalettes are taken from the church leaving only a smaller number in the church for much of the month.
    Please do NOT remove any missalettes from the church.  If you’d like to use these booklets at home, please order a subscription for yourself.
    Also, please return all missalettes to the plastic containers where they are kept.  Thank you!
 
 ALL SAINTS' DAY
    This coming Wednesday, November 1,  the Church around the world will begin our month of remembrance  with the celebration of All Saints’ Day!  It is a wonderful celebration of all the Christian saints since Saint John the Baptist and our Blessed Mother Mary whom the Church has given the title Saint (“holy one”) in recognition of their profound faith in the Lord and their lives of holiness and faithfulness.
    We will celebrate the Liturgy this Wednesday at 8:45am, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.  All Catholic Christians  are expected to participate in the Liturgy on All Saints Day.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join us for our All Saints’ Holy Day Liturgy!

NOVEMBER 2  ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
   On Thursday, November 2,  at 7:30pm, we will hold this year’s annual All Souls Memorial Service to pray for all our deceased family members, friends, and parish members — especially all those who died in the past 12 months. For this special event, your prayers for the deceased and your compassionate outreach to all our invited guests are all greatly appreciated.  Please continue to pray for the deceased all month!

THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT
     Reserve a place now for the men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew you with fellowship, talks, reflection, and prayer.  Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Contact Mr. Jim Fanning (412-492-8147) or Mr. Bob Auray (412-406-8800)  to register.  Join us!

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 for the Church Alive!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
  • Come for Taco Tuesdays and Bible Study and prayer each week from 8:00-9:00pm in the Ministry Center basement.
  • A Middle School Faith Rally (grades 6-8) will be held here in the parish hall from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, November 4.  Please bring a canned good for a local food bank. Come to 5pm Mass too!
  • Pet Therapy sessions on November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon. 
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FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE THIS WEEKEND
    Our Hope for Haiti Committee will host a Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall this weekend, October 28-29.   A popular event, this fair brings chocolate, jewelry, coffee, clothing, Christmas gifts, and other items to us from family businesses in Third World countries.  Your purchases help many families to earn a living and escape poverty.  Thank you very much for your support and your purchases!

OBSERVING PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY
    In recent years, this final Sunday of October has been designated as Priesthood Sunday.  It’s a day to recognize the work and importance of ordained bishops and priests in the life of God’s People. 
    Few if any priests or bishops will draw attention to themselves this Sunday, but it’s still good to recognize that shepherds are important to the Church and to all the Lord’s disciples. Please pray for all priests today!

BRAVE — THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S EVENT
    All women of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited to a November 18 conference organized by the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh.  The day will be held at the new Cardinal Wuerl  North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry Township.  Visit the internet site www.cwfpitt.org for full information and for registration before November 5.    You’ll be thankful that you took part in this special event along with nearly 1000 other faithful Catholic women of our Diocese of Pittsburgh!

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 our office or email him here.

100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities is collecting 100,000 baby diapers 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!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
In November,  your donations of canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix 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 30
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, October 31 — All Hallows Eve
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (Marjorie Greif)

Wednesday, November 1 — All Saints Day
   8:45 am   Clara Giuffre   (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)
   12:00 pm   Georgene Veltri  (The 500 Club)
   7:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Thursday, November 2 —  All Souls Day
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)
   7:30 pm   All Souls Memorial Service

Friday, November 3 — Saint Martin de Porres, priest
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, November 4 — Saint Charles Borromeo
   9:00 am   Mary Certo  (The Certo Family)

   5:00pm   Jean Eckert  (Tony & Sandy Ricchiuto)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, November 5 — 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Clara Giuffre  (Marie Perry)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Thomas Styslinger, birthday  (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of October 29, 2017

Sunday: Exodus 22:20-26/Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51/1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10/Matthew 22:34-40

Monday: Romans 8:12-17/Psalm 68:2, 4, 6-7ab, 20-21/Luke 13:10-17

Tuesday: Romans 8:18-25/Psalm 126:1b-6/Luke 13:18-21

Wednesday: Revelation 7:2-4, 9-14/Psalm 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6/1 John 3:1-3/Matthew 5:1-12a

Thursday: Wisdom 3:1-9/Psalm 23:1-6/Romans 5:5-11 or Romans 6:3-9/John 6:37-40

Friday: Romans 9:1-5/Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20/Luke 14:1-6

Saturday: Romans 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29/Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 17-18/Luke 14:1, 7-11

Next Sunday: Malachi 1:14b—2:2b, 8-10/Psalm 131:1-3/1 Thessalonians 2:7b-9, 13/Matthew 23:1-12

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.  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!

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
    Once again, a Thanksgiving meal will be provided for those in need in our area.  Please bring the following items to the gray bins in the church:  boxed instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, and canned cranberry sauce
    Also, frozen turkeys may be left on the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, November 20 ONLY, before 9:00am, please.  Please do NOT leave any turkeys at the church.  Thank you all very much for your Thanksgiving generosity!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Gentilcore Jewelers in the Fox Chapel Plaza  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location and telephone contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR UPCOMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  This event will be held at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club, and this year’s theme is “Denim and Diamonds.”  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.   Please contact Erin Christoforetti  here  for more information.

OUR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Having been officially created on July 1, 2017, all Catholic elementary schools of the North Hills of Allegheny County have been consolidated into a single school district.  The next Catholic elementary school districts will be created :  a.)  for the eastern area of Allegheny County;  b.)  for the south and west of Allegheny County and also Washington County;    and lastly  c.) for Butler and Lawrence Counties. 
    All parishes will be connected to the Catholic elementary schools of their region and will also provide a significant subsidy to the operation of their local schools and their students.
    The administration of our schools is working to complete this transition.  Please continue to support our CDTCA, and please be patient as all of our schools become adjusted to this new reality.
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Next Saturday night, please remember to turn your clocks BACK one hour as Daylight Savings Time comes to an end and Standard Time begins.

A Block Party for Haiti will be held at the Harp and Fiddle, 2329 Penn Avenue, on Saturday, November 4, at 6:00pm.  All proceeds will be used by Partners in Progress and their charitable work in Haiti for the benefit of children and families in rural areas.

 Jesus calls us to be people of love!
    This Sunday’s Gospel teaching reminds us that love is meant to be at the heart of our Christian faith and our Christian living. Jesus can’t be any clearer than when he tells us to love God and to love our neighbors. If we are true to our baptism and our identity, then we will make every effort to love God and to love 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

October 22, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In this Sunday’s Gospel reading, we hear the well known instruction of Jesus to render unto God what belongs to God and render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar.  This teaching has been essential to Christian teaching and society.
    The question that we need to consider is “What does it mean to render unto God?”  How do we make a return to the Lord as his people?
    We render unto God through our faith and through our imitation of the life of the Blessed Trinity who is God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
    This includes leading lives of love, mercy, holiness, honesty, respect, self-sacrifice, and prayer.  This Christian life also includes evangelization and sharing the good news of the Gospel with those close to us and even those who live at a distance from us.
    On this World Mission Sunday, may we recommit ourselves to sharing the Good News with others just as Jesus and our family have shared the Good News with us.  May we share in the mission of the Lord by sharing in the mission of the entire Church and supporting Catholic missions around the world during this World Mission Sunday.  God bless!                                      
                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

MANY, MANY THANKS ONCE AGAIN!
    Many thanks to all our parish members who participate in the Sunday Liturgy as well as those who support our parish and the ministry of the Church through your generous contributions each week and throughout the year.  Your support is truly appreciated and very, very important to the work of the Lord!

LOSING OUR MISSALETTES
    Our parish purchases 50 missalettes each month so that those attending the weekday Liturgies can have the daily readings in print—just like our song books contain the Sunday and Holy Day readings.  Unfortunately, many of these missalettes are taken from the church leaving only a smaller number in the church for much of the month.
    Please do NOT remove any missalettes from the church.  If you’d like to use these booklets at home, please order a subscription for yourself.
    Also, please kindly return all missalettes to the plastic containers where they are kept.  We have enough items in each row already.  We don’t need any more items  (such as missalettes, bulletins, water bottles, and tissues)  filling the song book holders.  Thank you all very much for your cooperation!
 
WORLD MISSION SUNDAY THIS WEEKEND
   Every October, the Church throughout the world observes World Mission Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ command to share the love and life of God as well as the Lord’s own Gospel with all people!  Our Mission work has brought so many blessings to all of humanity. 
  We will take up a Second Collection this weekend to continue the Church’s mission outreach!
  
REMEMBERING POPE SAINT JOHN PAUL II
    In October 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland was elected to the ministry of Saint Peter as the chief shepherd of the Lord’s Church.  His election inspired the Church and the world, and Saint John Paul II began his 27 years as the Holy Father travelling the world to share the Good News with all nations and all peoples.  May we always appreciate the leadership and work of Pope Saint John Paul II, and may we ask Saint John Paul to pray for us and for everyone in the Lord’s Church!

PARISH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
   On Thursday, November 2,  at 7:30pm, we will hold this year’s annual Memorial Service to remember and pray for all our parish members who died in the past 12 months. For this special event, your compassionate outreach is needed as we assemble 40 parish volunteers to welcome families, to guide them, and to pray with them.  Sign up with Sister Pat Baker soon.

THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT
     Reserve a place now for the men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew you with fellowship, talks, reflection, and prayer.  Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Contact Mr. Jim Fanning (412-492-8147) or Mr. Bob Auray  (412-406-8800)  to register.  Plan to join us!

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

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
  • Come for Taco Tuesdays and Bible Study and prayer  each week from 8:00-9:00pm in the Ministry Center basement.
  • Family House meal preparation on October 25, 4:15pm until 7:00pm.  Reserve your spot soon!
  • A Middle School Faith Rally (grades 6-8) will be held here in the parish hall from 6:00-8:00pm on Saturday, November 4.  Please bring a canned good for a local food bank. Come to 5pm Mass too
  • Pet Therapy session on November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon.
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FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE THIS OCTOBER 28-29
    Our Hope for Haiti Committee will host a Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall in one week, October 28-29.   A very popular event, this fair brings chocolate, jewelry, coffee, clothing, Christmas gifts, and other items from family businesses in Third World countries.  Your purchases help them to earn a living and escape poverty.  Thank you very much!

BRAVE — THE CATHOLIC WOMEN’S EVENT
    All women of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh are invited to a November 18 conference organized by the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of Pittsburgh.  The day will be held at the new Card. Wuerl North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry Township.  Visit the internet site www.cwfpitt.org for full information and for registration before November 5.  You’ll be thankful that you took part in this special event!

WOMEN’S MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST
    This Saturday, October 28, from 9:00am—12 noon, at the Doubletree Hotel in Cranberry, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Magnificat will hold their monthly breakfast for all Catholic women. 
    The speaker is Cuban-born Maria Vadia, the founder of an association in Miami that evangelizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and brings the Gospel to women in the Catholic Church.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) by this Wednesday at noon.  The donation is $23 per person.  You’ll be glad that you’re taking part!

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 our office or email him here.

100,000 BABY DIAPERS BY NOVEMBER 15
    Our Diocesan Catholic Charities is collecting 100,000 baby diapers 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!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

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 canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix 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 23 — Saint John of Capistrano, priest 
   8:30 am   Mary Phipps  (Bill & Ann Marie Kiszka)

Tuesday, October 24 — Saint Anthony Claret, bishop
   8:30 am   Guillermo Amezaca  (The Donnelly Family)

Wednesday, October 25
   8:30 am   Jean Canel Eckert   (Bill & Pat Schmitt)

Thursday, October 26
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano  (wife)

Friday, October 27
   8:30 am   John F. Donahue  (Constance Donnelly)

Saturday, October 28 — Sts. Simon and Jude, apostles
   9:00 am   Georgene Veltri  (Bill Eckert)

   5:00pm   Dr. J. Edward Ricketts  (The Ricketts Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 29 — 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Luke Hadley  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Jean Eckert  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 22, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6/Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10/1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b/Mt 22:15-21

Monday: Romans 4:20-25/Luke 1:69-75/Luke 12:13-21

Tuesday: Romans 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Psalm 40:7-10, 17/Luke 12:35-38

Wednesday: Romans 6:12-18/Psalm 124:1b-8/Luke 12:39-48

Thursday: Romans 6:19-23/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 12:49-53

Friday: Romans 7:18-25a/Psalm 119:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94/Luke 12:54-59

Saturday: Ephesians 2:19-22/Psalm 19:2-5/Luke 6:12-16

Next Sunday: Exodus 22:20-26/Psalm 18:2-4, 47, 51/1 Thessalonians 1:5c-10/Mt 22:34-40
 
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.  [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.] 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 our local Care at Home Services for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for internet and telephone contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

RETAIL CERTIFICATES ON SALE TODAY
    Our CDTCA staff will have retail certificates available for purchase in the main church entrance this Sunday morning after each Liturgy.  Your purchase helps to support our Catholic regional school!

OUR UPCOMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    On Saturday evening, November 18, our CDTCA Parent Teacher Guild will hold their annual Fall Fling Dinner, Dance, and Auction.  This event will be held at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club, and this year’s theme is “Denim and Diamonds.”  Please mark your calendar and make plans to join many supporters of our regional Catholic Academy for this special annual event.  Please contact Erin Christoforetti here for more information.

CDTCA OUTSIDE LEARNING
    At Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, our 205 students learn in their classrooms, in their homes, and outside the classroom as well.  This month, students in grades Pre-School through 2 visited the Soergels Orchard Pumpkin Patch.  Students in grades 3-4 visited the Living Treasures Animal Park.  Grade 7 students visited Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning, and Grade 8 students visited Central Catholic and Oakland Catholic High Schools.  CDTCA educates our students in many ways and in many places!

OUR REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    Having been officially created on July 1, 2017, all Catholic elementary schools of the North Hills of Allegheny County have been consolidated into a single school district.  The next Catholic elementary school districts will be created :  a.)  for the eastern area of Allegheny County;   b.)  for the south and west of Allegheny County and also Washington County;  and lastly  c.) for Butler and Lawrence Counties. 
    All parishes will be connected to the Catholic elementary schools of their region and will also provide a significant subsidy to the operation of their local schools and their students.
    The administration of our schools is working to complete this transition.  Please continue to support our CDTCA, and please be patient as all of our schools become adjusted to this new reality.

 Jesus calls us to serve God!
    Today, Jesus offers us a teaching that has given direction to Christians for 20 centuries render unto God and render unto the human government. Many focus on how this affects our life within human society. Perhaps however, we should focus first and foremost on Jesus' call for us to serve God in our daily lives!
 
     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

October 15, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Have you noticed that there aren’t nearly as many Church weddings as there once were?  I remember plenty of family weddings from my youngest years.  I even have a 1968 photo of myself as a 4 year old ring bearer at the wedding of my mother’s cousin.  (That was the only occasion in my life when I wore an actual tuxedo.  I’ve worn a priest collar for far many more years.)
    Today, there are fewer large families and fewer young people since 1973.  Then again, fewer people are entering into the traditional state of official married life, and of those couples, fewer and fewer care or even know about the Catholic Christian requirement to marry in a Catholic ceremony.
    We all attend far fewer Church weddings in these years, but it still bears repeating that when we’re invited to a wedding  — or to any event for that matter—it’s good and important to reply to the invitation, to attend the event, and also to wear proper attire.
    When the Lord invites us into his life, may we all reply yes, may we all present ourselves well, and may we prepared in every way to be  a fitting guest in the house of the Lord our God.  God bless!                                                                                                                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

FATHER SEAN HOGAN IS RECUPERATING
    Several months after Father Sean Hogan had rotator cuff surgery, he had another recent surgery on October 2 for another “minor” arm repair. 
    Father Hogan’s recuperation should last at least several weeks, and then he plans to return to our Sunday Liturgy schedule in late October.  Please keep him in your daily prayers. His mailing address is:

                                Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
                                Trinity Hall
                                Duquesne University
                                Pittsburgh, PA   15282.

MEN, COME HAVE PIZZA AND LEARN ABOUT THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT!
    On Monday, October 16, in the parish hall at  6:30pm, our Men’s Retreat Promoters will have a  free pizza and beer evening for men interested in learning about a Men’s Retreat.  They will also have a member of the Retreat Center Team here to discuss retreats.  Reserve your place now for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew your lives with fellowship, reflection, talks, and prayer.  This will be at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center, South Side.  Please contact Mr. Jim Fanning ( 412-492-8147 ) or Mr. Bob Auray ( 412-406-8800 )  to register.  Plan now to join us!

COLLECTING BABY DIAPERS HERE THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 14-15
    This weekend, October 14-15, you’re welcome to bring donations of baby diapers to the main church entrance as our Parish Respect Life Committee helps Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their drive to distribute 100,000 diapers to infants and families in need.  This is an exceptional way to promote the dignity of human life.  Thanks for your care and goodness toward God’s children.
 
ANOINTING LITURGY HERE THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, AT 11:00AM LITURGY
    Parish members in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to participate in the 11:00am Liturgy here THIS Sunday, October 15.  This Sacrament of the Sick is offered to those who are elderly, infirm, or ill as a pledge and source of the Lord’s love and grace.  Please be seated in the front sections of the Church to receive this divine gift!

WORLD MISSION SUNDAY NEXT WEEKEND
    Every October, the Church throughout the world observes World Mission Sunday when we celebrate Jesus’ command to share the love and life of God as well as the Lord’s own Gospel with all people!  Our Mission work has brought so many blessings to all of humanity.  We will take up a Second Collection next weekend to continue the Church’s mission outreach!

PARISH VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR NOVEMBER 2 ALL SOULS MEMORIAL SERVICE
   On Thursday, November 2,  at 7:30pm, we will hold this year’s annual Memorial Service to remember and pray for all our parish members who died in the past 12 months. For this special event, your compassionate outreach is needed as we assemble 40 parish volunteers to welcome families, to guide them, and to pray with them.  Sign up with Sister Pat Baker soon.

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

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS THIS MONTH
  • Pet Therapy sessions on October 17 and November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon.
  • Habitat for Humanity service projects on Saturday, October 21, 8:45am-1:30pm.  HS and MS students welcome.  Reserve a spot before October 18.
  • Come for TACO TUESDAYS and Bible Study and prayer each week from 8:00-9:00pm in the Ministry Center basement.
  • Family House meal preparation on October 25, 4:15pm until 7:00pm.  Reserve your spot soon!
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FAIR TRADE FAIR HERE OCTOBER 28-29
    Once again, our Hope for Haiti Committee will host a Fair Trade Fair in the parish hall in two weeks.  Always a popular event, this fair brings chocolate, jewelry, coffee, clothing, Christmas gifts, and other items from family businesses in Third World countries.  Your purchases help them to earn a living and escape poverty!  Thanks for your participation in two weeks!

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.

WOMEN’S MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST
    On Saturday, October 28, from 9:00am—12 noon, at the Doubletree Hotel in Cranberry, the Pittsburgh Chapter of Magnificat will hold their monthly breakfast for all Catholic women.  The guest speaker is Cuban born Maria Vadia, the founder of an association in Miami that evangelizes in the power of the Holy Spirit and brings the Gospel to women and to all in the Catholic Church.  Call Pam (412-461-8906) by this Wednesday at noon.  The donation is $23 per person.  You’ll be glad that you’re taking part!

Many thanks to our Respect Life Committee for all your work this month and during the year to promote respect and protection for those pre-born, elderly, and in need during our National Respect Life Month!
  
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 our office or email him at andybechman@saintscholastica.com.

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!

FIRE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM CONFERENCE
    On Saturday, November 4, Saint Bernadette Parish and North American Martyrs Parish, in Monroeville, will host a one afternoon conference at Gateway High School on igniting all Church families and members for the New Evangelization.  The day begins at 12 noon and concludes at 6:00pm.  Register at www.stbrnadet.org (+) this week.  Come and be filled with the Spirit and life of the Lord!

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 canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix 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 16 — Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
   8:30 am   John Keefe Ellis  (Constance Donnelly)

Tuesday, October 17 — Saint Ignatius of Antioch
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (wife, Marjorie)

Wednesday, October 18 —Saint Luke, evangelist
   8:30 am   Cathy Chase Boring   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Thursday, October 19 — North American Martyrs
   8:30 am   Robert Kaminski  (Mary Labriola)

Friday, October 20 — Saint Paul of the Cross, priest
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Kathleen Piper)

Saturday, October 21
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Deanna Miller)

   5:00pm   Gebhard Kleiner, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 22 — 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Mrs. Audrey Demme   (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   John C. Sheedy  (Maureen O’Brien) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 15, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20/Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10

Monday: Romans 1:1-7/Psalm 98:1-4/Luke 11:29-32

Tuesday: Romans 1:16-25/Psalm 19:2-5/Luke 11:37-41

Wednesday: 2 Timothy 4:10-17b/Psalm 145:10-13, 17-18/Luke 10:1-9

Thursday: Romans 3:21-30/Psalm 130:1b-6ab/Luke 11:47-54

Friday: Romans 4:1-8/Psalm 32:1b-2, 5, 11/Luke 12:1-7

Saturday: Romans 4:13, 16-18/Psalm 105:6-9, 42-43/Luke 12:8-12

Next Sunday: Isaiah 45:1, 4-6/Psalm 96:1, 3-5, 7-10/1 Thessalonians 1:1-5b/Matthew 22:15-21

The altar flowers this weekend are a gift from Mrs. Mary Jo Romano in honor of the 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady of Fatima.

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;  plain crackers; 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 Smiles by Smith Orthodontics in Fox Chapel and Allison Park  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THIS SATURDAY’S SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
    While our CDTCA regional elementary school customarily holds an Open House for prospective families, parents, and students in January, our new regional school administrator (appointed by the Bishop’s Staff)  has requested that all the schools in our newly formed North Hills Catholic Regional Elementary School system simultaneously hold an Open House in each of our schools to welcome families and students into our school programs beginning in the next school year 2018-2019. 
    You’ll see a flyer in this weekend’s bulletin, and the CDTCA Open House will be held in our school this coming Saturday, October 21, from 12 noon until 2:00pm.  Please call our school office (412-781-7927) to let us know if you and  your young students will be participating!  Thanks very much!

GET TO KNOW  MISS KASSANDRA BYRNES
    Our new second grade teacher, Miss Kassandra Byrnes, is one of five children in her family, and she’s the only daughter.  Her family and family life are very important to her.  She also has six nephews and nieces with whom she enjoys spending lots of time.  Miss Byrnes will complete her educational Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology in May 2018, and when she has personal free time, she enjoys shopping, seeing new movies, and home projects.
    This is Miss Byrnes’ first year as our full time second grade teacher.  As a substitute teacher last year, she came to appreciate the family atmosphere here at CDTCA as well as our faith based education.  She enjoys preparing her students for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist and helping them to learn the faith each and every day.  Welcome!
 
OUR UPCOMING 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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Our parish Respect Life Committee will meet in the parish hall this coming Wednesday, October 18, at 7:30pm.  Come join us.  New members are welcome!

Jesus invites us to his supper!
    Every Sunday--in  fact, every day--Jesus invites us to share in his supper which is the feast of his very own divine life! When we share in the Lord’s Supper and receive the gift of the Eucharist, we receive the very life and grace of God. May we always appreciate this divine gift, and may we always accept Jesus’ invitation!
  
     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