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