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