October 8, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus was saddened by his perception that the Chosen People of God, his own People of Israel, were NOT living up to the mission and responsibility given to them through their covenant with the divine Creator of the universe and our world.
    Jesus saw it as his mission to create a New People of God  to sincerely and honestly perform the work of building God’s Kingdom.  Our question today is: are we doing what Jesus calls us to do for him and for his Kingdom?  It’s a very good and important question.  What’s your answer?  God bless!
                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato

DIOCESAN CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
    On Friday, October 13, Bishop David Zubik invites all families and members of the Diocese to join him at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree, for the Consecration of the Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima.  The Church celebrates 2017 as the Centennial of the appearance of the Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima in Portugal.  The evening begins with a picnic at 5:00pm, and then the ceremony and candlelight procession will begin at 7:00pm (weather permitting).  See today’s insert or visit  here (+) for information and registration.

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!

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.
     Also, all men may reserve your place now for this year’s men’s retreat, November 17-19!   These days will  renew your lives with hours of 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 for this year’s retreat.  Plan now to join us for the beer and pizza information evening and for the retreat weekend!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONDOLENCES AND PRAYERS
    On behalf of my dad, Nicholas, and my 5 brothers and my sister, and our family, thank you very much for your condolences and prayers this past week on the death of my stepmother Karen Elizabeth Torquato.  Mom became ill two weeks ago, and the illness became very serious. Within days, this unexpected illness ended her life at the age of 75.
    Thanks to our parish members who visited my family at the funeral home and those who also participated in her Funeral Liturgy this past Monday at Saint Sebastian Parish in Ross Township.
    Again, my mom and my dad and I and my entire family are truly grateful for your support, care, condolences, and prayers.  She is at peace now in the love of the Lord.  Thank you. 

BLESSING OF PETS THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
    This Sunday, October 8, at 1:00pm, we’ll hold this year’s Annual Blessing of Pets in conjunction with last Wednesday’s Memorial of Saint Francis of Assisi.  Please bring your pets to the Third Street entrance of the Pastoral Center.  As always, please have your pets on a leash or in a carrier.  See you this Sunday!
 
COLLECTING BABY DIAPERS HERE NEXT WEEKEND, OCTOBER 14-15
    Any time this week or next 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 Charites of the Diocese of Pittsburgh in their extraordinary drive to collect and distribute 100,000 diapers to infants and families in need of this support.  This is an exceptional way to promote the dignity of human life.  Thank you for your generosity and care.

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

Our Religious Education Program has begun, and all public school and private academy students should be enrolled and attending sessions at this time.  Our enrollment for this CCD year will close in just a few days, and so, contact our offices now if you still need to register!   Please don’t delay!

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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ANOINTING LITURGY HERE NEXT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15 AT 11:00AM
    Parish members in need of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick are invited to participate in the 11:00am Liturgy here NEXT 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!

DAILY PRAYER SESSIONS AT 40 DAYS FOR LIFE, DOWNTOWN
    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!

SUPPORT PRE-BORN CHILDREN IN OCTOBER
    The portrait of the Madonna and Child composed of infants’ faces will be here this weekend, October 7-8, thanks to our Respect Life Committee.

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.

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.
 
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 9 — Columbus Day
   8:30 am   John Keefe Ellis  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, October 10
   8:30 am   Alexandra Slane  (The Condosta Family)

Wednesday, October 11 — Pope Saint John XXIII
   8:30 am   Frank Cahouet  (Constance Donnelly)

Thursday, October 12
   8:30 am   Stephen F. Miketic  (The Miketic Family)

Friday, October 13
   8:30 am   Gino Marsico, anniversary   (wife, Rita Marsico)

Saturday, October 14 — Pope Saint Callistus I, martyr
   9:00 am   Andrea Certo   (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00pm   John F. Donahue   (The Oxenreiter Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, October 15 — 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Francis Daily Sr.  (The Daily Family) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   William Dudas   (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of October 8, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 5:1-7/Psalm 80:9, 12-16, 19-20/Philippians 4:6-9/Matthew 21:33-43

Monday: Jonah 1:1—2:2, 11/Jonah 2:3-5, 8/Luke 10:25-37

Tuesday: Jonah 3:1-10/Psalm 130:1b-4ab, 7-8/Luke 10:38-42

Wednesday: Jonah 4:1-11/Psalm 86:3-6, 9-10/Luke 11:1-4

Thursday: Malachi 3:13-20b/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 11:5-13

Friday: Joel 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Psalm 9:2-3, 6, 8-9, 16/Luke 11:15-26

Saturday: Joel 4:12-21/Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12/Luke 11:27-28

Next Sunday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-6/Philippians 4:12-14, 19-20/Matthew 22:1-14 or 22:1-10
  
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 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 Hi-Tech Auto Care in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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

SUPPORTING OUR SCOUTS THIS SUNDAY
    This weekend, October 7-8, after all our Liturgies, the Boy Scouts of Troop 380 will be offering popcorn for sale outside the main church entrance.  Your purchases of this delicious popcorn allows them to fund their many projects and activities during this Scouting Year.  Thanks for your generosity!  Our Scouting programs are excellent sources of instruction for so many young boys in our communities and in our nation!
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BOOK STUDY:  SEEKING SPIRITUAL BALANCE
   This October, Andy Bechman will lead you through a study of a new book written to help you develop spiritual depth and find balance in your life.  Sessions are Wednesday evenings this month. Contact our office now!

The Christ Child Society  (which helps at-risk children) will host a luncheon at the Pittsburgh Field Club on Saturday, October 21, 10:30am.  This event will help with the Society’s project to assist infants and children and young families.  Join us and bring a friend or three.  Each ticket is $40.  Call 412-485-9581 before October 16  for information and registration.

Jesus calls us to build his Kingdom!
    Our ancestors in the Catholic Church took the Gospel and life of the Lord Jesus to the ends of the earth.  Jesus told them to share the love and life of God with all. Now, this work is ours to continue, and there’s a great deal yet to do. The gift of the Kingdom has been given to us along with the mission to keep building!
 
     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