December 3, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Our celebration of the Christmas Season ONLY begins on the evening of December 24 and then continues until January 14—the Baptism of the Lord. 
     We do well to observe the Season of Advent as  24 days to prepare for the return of the Lord Jesus.  We do well to make this a prayerful time and to deepen our life in God. 
    There are various ways to make the Season of Advent more prayerful and spiritual rather than filled with frantic activity!  Primarily,  try to get your Christmas preparations finished this week.  Decorate and bake NOW.  Then, acquire gifts and send cards.  Get it all done now so that from December 10-December 24, you can spend time in prayer with Jesus and meditation on the mystery of his Incarnation as the Son of God entering into human existence.
    Try to get everything done now or soon.  Then make the most of Advent with silence rather than noise or hyperactivity.   By spending time with Jesus in prayer, Christmas and your spiritual life will be even better and even more faith filled!  God bless!
                                                                — Father Jim Torquato

OUR NEW CALENDARS FOR 2018
    Once again this year, our new Catholic parish calendars for 2018 have been provided for our community by Mr. Paul Ajak of the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Center Avenue in Aspinwall.   For many generations, Catholic home calendars have been an important way for all Catholic parish members and families to know the celebrations and schedule of the Catholic Year.  Get yours today!

COMING TO THE SEASON OF ADVENT
    This weekend, December 2-3, we come to the Season of Advent, the beginning of the new Church Year 2018, and the start of our annual year long celebration of the life of Jesus and of the Catholic Christian faith.  In this new year, we will use the Gospel according to Mark, the oldest and first of the four New Testament Gospels.  Come, Lord Jesus!

DECEMBER 13 EVENING OF RECONCILIATION
     On Wednesday, December 13,  from 6:00pm—9:00pm, all churches of our Diocese will again have three hours of the Sacrament of Reconciliation available to all Catholics— especially those who’ve been away for years.  Join us on Dec. 13!   Be reconciled!

IMMACULATE CONCEPTION HOLY DAY  THIS  FRIDAY
    Once again this Friday, December 8, we come to our National Holy Day — the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary!
    This is a truly special Holy Day for all American Catholics and for all Catholics throughout the world.  Mary as the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Saint of the entire Church in the United States—and also the Patronal Saint of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh. Mary’s immaculate conception without sin also teaches us of the grace and power of God.
    We will celebrate the Liturgy at 8:30am (with our CDTCA school community), at 12 noon, and at 7:00pm.  All Catholic Christians are obligated/ required to participate in our worship on December 8.  Please mark your calendar now, and plan to join us this coming Friday!
 
OUR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
    We’ve begun our annual Advent & Christmas Giving Tree project to provide gifts for children and infants whose families are in need.  You can donate gifts of clothing and toys for local children.   You can also make a monetary donation for our parish efforts in Haiti, or a donation for the Diocesan Maternity Hospital in Chimbote, Peru, or a donation for the parish social service efforts, or a donation for the work of the local Saint Vincent dePaul Society.
    For many years, our parish members and families have been so very generous to those in need at Christmas.  Thank you in advance for your generosity once again in the year’s Christmas Giving Tree project.  Please return your donations to the church during December 9-10 so that we can share your gifts with others.  Thank you all very much!
 
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.   In October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be changed to 1-2 Liturgies per church.  Each parish grouping will have 6-7 Liturgies in total.   
    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

ADVENT SALE OF CROSSES AND CRUCIFIXES
    Our Appalachian Mission Team will be offering hand carved Holy Land crosses and crucifixes this week as a fundraiser for their June 2018 Mission Trip.  There are various styles and sizes.   Please visit the website  www.totallycatholicfundraising.com/Products/Crucifixes  for complete information and an order form.   Use parish code 5546 at checkout, and a portion of your purchase will be sent to our Appalachia Mission Team.  Thanks for your support!

Eighth Grade Confirmation Class Mega Meeting on Sunday, December 10, from 12 noon-1:15pm, parish hall.

All high school students are invited to our Taco Tuesday Bible Study and meditation sessions each Tuesday evening,  8:00pm—9:15pm,  in the Ministry Center Youth Basement.  Be sure to join us!

Meal preparation at Family House in Oakland will be next Wednesday evening, December 13.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon by this Friday to reserve your place!

SPECIAL RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FAMILY EVENT ON DECEMBER 17,  9:00AM
    On Sunday, December 17, at the 9:00am Liturgy, our parish will host a Family Ministry Event for the families and children of our four local merging parishes. 
    Initiated by our Religious Education staff, these monthly events are being held as a way to introduce families of our four parish communities to one another as we prepare to become members of one unified parish community in the coming years!
    We will begin with a Liturgy for families and children at 9:00am and then continue with a catechetical event in the parish hall for families.
    Please mark your calendar for December 17 and the 9:00am Liturgy,  and join us for our local Family Ministry Event in Advent!
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THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND GENEROSITY
   Many thanks to all our parish members and families who helped with the local Thanksgiving in the Streets program as well as the Million Meals effort at the David Lawrence Convention Center this past Friday. 
     May you know the goodness and gratitude of the Lord, and may you also know that gratitude of all those whom you’ve helped by your generosity!

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 call or email Mr. Andy Bechman here to begin your inquiry.

DONATING COOKIES AND BAKED GOODS TO SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL IN DECEMBER
    All our parish bakers are welcome to contribute homemade cookies and baked goods to the Aquinas Guild cookie collection in December!  Plan now to increase the amount of your baking in December, and all your extra items will be welcome here at the parish hall on December 9-10 so they can be delivered to families assisted at Christmas by our local St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Thank you all very much!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  Your donations of canned soups, stews, and sloppy joe mix are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

CHRISTMAS DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    Young men considering a vocation to the ordained priesthood are welcome to a December 15-17 Christmas Discernment Retreat sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Office at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side.  Participants must be 18 years or older.  College students and college graduates are encouraged to attend.  There is NO cost for this retreat weekend.  Please visit www.PGHPriest.com to register by December 8.

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, December 4—Saint John Damascene, priest
   8:30 am   Kevin Evans  (Ann Marie & Bill Kiszka)

Tuesday, December 5
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)

Wednesday, December 6 — Saint Nicholas, bishop
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Mary Bucha)

Thursday, December 7 — Saint Ambrose, bishop
   8:30 am   Jean Eckert  (The Scanlon Family)

Friday, December 8 — The Immaculate Conception
   8:30 am   John & Angela Sadlo  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)
   12:00 pm   Tillie Marsico  (The Scanlon Family)
   7:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members

Saturday, December 9 — Saint Juan Diego
   9:00 am   Louis Certo  (The Certo Family)

   5:00pm   Jean Canel Eckert  (Bill & Pat Schmitt)

Sunday, December 10 — Second Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Thomas Maloney  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Dominic Bucci  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of December 3, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/1 Corinthians 1:3-9/Mark 13:33-37

Monday: Isaiah 2:1-5/Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4b, 4cd-5, 6-7, 8-9/Matthew 8:5-11

Tuesday: Isaiah 11:1-10/Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17/Luke 10:21-24

Wednesday: Isaiah 25:6-10a/Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6/Matthew 15:29-37

Thursday: Isaiah 26:1-6/Psalm 118:1 and 8-9, 19-21, 25-27a/Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Friday: Genesis 3:9-15, 20/Psalm 98:1, 2-3, 3-4/Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12/Luke 1:26-38

Saturday: Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26/Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6/Matthew 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6-8

Next Sunday: Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11/Psalm 85:9-10, 11-12, 13-14/2 Peter 3:8-14/Mark 1:1-8

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: cereal;  canned red or black beans;  canned vegetables; macaroni & cheese; canned chicken; and instant potatoes.   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 Paul J. Giuffre, Attorney at Law in Aspinwall for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see his bulletin advertisement for contact information.

Come, Lord Jesus!   Do not delay!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CDTCA FOOD COLLECTION FOR THE SHARPSBURG FOOD BANK
    Beginning this coming Monday, December 4, and continuing through December 15, our school community will be holding a non-perishable food collection to benefit the families and individuals assisted by the Sharpsburg Food Bank.  Please drop off all usable and non-perishable food donations to the school office in the coming ten days.  Thank you very much!

CDTCA PANTHER BASKETBALL BEGINS
    This weekend, our CDTCA Basketball Season will begin.  Our school has teams for grades 3-8. 
    Thanks to our many coaches for their dedicated training of all our student players, and thanks to all of our players for participating once again this year!!

TIME TO PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR’S  PRE-SCHOOL AND  K-8 ENROLLMENT  AT CDTCA!
    This school year is moving along quickly, and soon our regional Catholic school will begin accepting enrollments for the 2018-2019 academic year!  We’ll be accepting 3 and 4 year old students into our CDTCA pre-school, and we’ll also be accepting students into all grades from Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.  Call our school office (412-781-7927) for information and for a visit.  Also, please plan to join us for the annual Open House on Saturday, January 27,  2:00pm-4:00pm!
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All Young Adults are welcome to make the Pilgrimage of a lifetime!  Next May 26—June 9, 2018,  young Catholic adults in your 20’s and 30’s (and in good health)  are welcome to walk along the Camino de Santiago (Saint James’ Way) in northern Spain.  With just your boots and a backpack, you’ll walk with many pilgrims along the 200+ mile route to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela.  Pilgrims have been making this amazing walk for many centuries.   Visit  www.creatio.org/causes/pittsburgh-camino  today!

Jesus reminds us to be watchful!
     This Season of Advent is first and foremost our time to prepare for the return of the Lord Jesus and the final fulfillment of the Kingdom of God! This isn't a time to celebrate Jesus’ birth but a time to watch and prepare for his return in glory. May we all have a blessed and prayerful Advent, and may we watch for Jesus’ return!

     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

November 26, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    When we think of a leader or a king, we usually think first of their requirement of loyalty.  Our human history is filled with accounts of this first and primary demand of monarchs and rulers. 
    Yet, when Jesus speaks today of the final judgement by the Lord of heaven and earth, his first requirement is that of service, especially service to the poor and the needy and the outcast!  It is by our service to the people and the poor ones of God that we present the reality of our own faith in and loyalty to the Lord!
    This is the one test of our discipleship that will be put to us in the end — have we served God by generously serving others in their times of need.
    May we take today’s teaching seriously each and every day,  and may our service of the Lord’s lowly ones be proof of our devotion to God and our service of the very reign and Kingdom of the Almighty.  May God bless you now and in the new Church Year!
                                                                                    — Father Jim Torquato

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT—SAVE THE DATE
    On Thursday, November 30, at 7:00pm,  our Aquinas Guild will host its Advent by Candlelight.  All women are invited to this evening of music, prayer . . . and dessert!  Prelude music at 6:45pm.  Prayer at 7pm.  A dessert reception will follow.  A $10 donation will be accepted at the door. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 27, to Joanne Saunders here or by phone at 412-963-8319.

CHRISTMAS DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    Young men considering a vocation to the ordained priesthood are welcome to a December 15-17 Christmas Discernment Retreat sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Office at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side.  Participants must be 18 years or older.  College students and college graduates are encouraged to attend.  There is NO cost for this retreat weekend.  Please visit www.PGHPriest.com to register by December 8.

COMING TO THE SEASON OF ADVENT
    Next weekend, December 2-3, we’ll come to the Season of Advent, the beginning of the new Church Year 2018, and the start of our annual year long celebration of the life of Jesus and of the Catholic Christian faith.  In this new year, we will use the Gospel according to Mark, the oldest and first of the four New Testament Gospels.  Come, Lord Jesus!

DECEMBER 13 EVENING OF RECONCILIATION
    On Wednesday, December 13, from 6:00-9:00pm, all churches of our Diocese will again have three hours of Reconciliation available to all Catholics, especially those who’ve been away for years. Join us!

OUR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
    During this weekend of November 25-26, we’re beginning our annual Christmas Giving Tree project to provide Christmas gifts for children and infants who families are in need.  There will be ornaments requesting gifts of clothing and toys for local children. There will also be ornaments requesting  a donation for our parish efforts in Haiti, or a donation for the Diocesan Maternity Hospital in Chimbote, Peru, or a donation for the parish social service efforts, or a donation for the work of the local Saint Vincent de Paul Society.
    For many years, our parish members and families have been so very generous to those in need at Christmas.  Thank you in advance for your generosity once again in the year’s Christmas Giving Tree project.  Please plan to take one or more ornaments, and then return your donations to the church during December 9-10 so that we can share your gifts with others.  Thank you all very much!

OUR SUNDAY ATTENDANCE
     Every year, Diocesan officials ask us to count the number of parish members who participate in each Sunday (and Saturday evening) Liturgy.  In fact, we’ve been asked to take this count from now until next Easter as we begin to plan the Liturgy schedule for our newly combined parish grouping in October 2018.
    This October, our Sunday attendance was between 540—600 persons on any given Sunday.  Our Church has 530+ seats.  This means that ONE LITURGY would almost meet the Liturgical needs of our parish community at this time.   Don’t worry though.  We will continue to have FOUR weekend Liturgies until next October.  However, next October, every parish in the Diocese will see its schedule significantly reduced so that Liturgies will have fewer empty seats and more members praying together at every Mass. 
    Again, thanks for your support of our parish and the Diocese and the whole Church as we work together with the Lord to keep the Church Alive!

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.  In October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be changed to 1-2 Liturgies per church.  Each parish grouping will have 6-7 Liturgies in total.   
    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 EVENTS IN DECEMBER
    On Sunday, December 17, at the 9:00am Liturgy, our parish will host a Family Ministry Event for the families and children of our four local merging parishes. 
    Initiated by our Religious Education staff, these monthly events are being held as a way to introduce families of our four parish communities to one another as we prepare to become members of one unified parish community in the coming years!
    We will begin with a Liturgy for families and children at 9:00am  and then continue with a catechetical event in the parish hall for families.
    Please mark your calendar for December 17 and the 9:00am Liturgy,  and join us for our local Family Ministry Event in Advent!
 
THANKS FOR YOUR HELP AND GENEROSITY
    Many thanks are extended to all our parish members and families who generously helped with the local Thanksgiving in the Streets program as well as the Million Meals effort at the David Lawrence Convention Center this past Friday. 
     Both programs gave assistance to families and individuals in our local area and throughout Allegheny County.   May you know the goodness and gratitude of the Lord, and may you also know that gratitude of all those whom you’ve helped by your generosity!

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!

Young Adults are welcome to make the Pilgrimage of a lifetime!  Next May 26—June 9, 2018,  young Catholic adults in your 20’s and 30’s (and in good health)  are welcome to walk along the Camino de Santiago (Saint James’ Way) in northern Spain.  With just your boots and a backpack, you’ll walk with many pilgrims along the 200+ mile route to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela.  Pilgrims have been making this amazing walk for many centuries.   Visit  www.creatio.org/causes/pittsburgh-camino  today!

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 email Mr. Andy Bechman here or call him at 412-781-2767, ext. 18.
 
LATE NIGHT CATECHISM 2  PERFORMANCE
    On Saturday, December 2, at 7:00pm, Saint Joseph Parish, Dorseyville Road, in O’Hara Township, will host a presentation of "Late Night Catechism 2: The Magi’s Gold."  Tickets are $30 each.  You may also reserve seats at a 5:30pm dinner for an additional $17.50 per person.   Proceeds benefit the McGuire Memorial Home in Beaver County.  Call 412-508-5383 for information and tickets.

DONATING COOKIES AND BAKED GOODS TO SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL IN DECEMBER
    All our parish bakers are welcome to contribute homemade cookies and baked goods to the Aquinas Guild cookie collection in December!  Plan now to increase the amount of your baking in December, and all your extra items will be welcome here at the parish hall on December 9-10 so they can be delivered to families assisted at Christmas by our local St. Vincent de Paul Society.  Thank you all very much!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
In December,  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, November 27
   8:30 am   Matilda R. Marsico  (Bill Eckert)

Tuesday, November 28
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)

Wednesday, November 29
   8:30 am   Dr. Joseph J. Skemp  (Mary Jo Romano)

Thursday, November 30 —Saint Andrew, apostle
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Gabos Family  (Paul & Molly Gabos)

Friday, December 1
   8:30 am   Alfreda Kopec  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Saturday, December 2
   9:00 am   Georgene Veltri  (Jer & Carole Werries)

   3:00 pm   Wedding of Evan R. Severs  and Elizabeth D. Benckart

   5:00pm   Martha Flynn  (Eileen & Dan Gallagher)

Sunday, December 3 — First Sunday of Advent
   7:30 am   John Gentilcore  (The Livingston Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Edward Williams  (The Maher Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of November 26, 2017

Sunday: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17/Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6/1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28/Matthew 25:31-46

Monday: Daniel 1:1-6, 8-20/Daniel 3:52-56/Luke 21:1-4

Tuesday: Daniel 2:31-45/Daniel 3:57-61/Luke 21:5-11

Wednesday: Daniel 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Daniel 3:62-67/Luke 21:12-19

Thursday: Romans 10:9-18/Psalm 19:8-11/Matthew 4:18-22

Friday: Daniel 7:2-14/Daniel 3:75-81/Luke 21:29-33

Saturday: Daniel 7:15-27/Daniel 3:82-87/Luke 21:34-36

Next Sunday: Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7/Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 [4]/1 Corinthians 1:3-9/Mark 13:33-37

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now:  cereal;  canned red or black beans;  canned vegetables;  macaroni & cheese;  canned chicken;  and instant potatoes.   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 the Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company, East Carson Street for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location and contact information.

HAVING A GREAT YEAR AT CDTCA!
     Thanks be to the Lord, our regional Catholic elementary school is having another very good year!  Our students are all making progress in their education, and our academic programs are among the finest.  In addition, our mathematics, science, and technology courses are excellent.  Likewise, our music and arts programs, our sports teams, and our other extracurricular and community programs help to provide a very fine education and formation for all our students!
    If you’d like to include your child/ren and family in our CDTCA community in 2018, please contact Mrs. Katie Lovett now and we’ll begin your introduction to Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, the Catholic elementary school for our local region!
 
OUR DECEMBER 2 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FAIR AND GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP
    On Saturday, December 2, our CDTCA school PTG will have two sessions of their popular new Gingerbread Workshop at 10:00am and then again at 2:00pm in the school cafeteria.  Register NOW.  The donation is $25 for the initial Gingerbread kit.
    Also, in the parish gymnasium that Saturday, there will be a Christmas craft and vendor show as well as a visit and photos with Santa Claus!  
    Come enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and/or the Christmas Craft and Vendor Show in the gym.  See the bulletin insert for more information!

    To receive the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper at home OR a copy of the Sunday bulletin for the homebound, please contact our parish office now!

Jesus is our Lord and King!
   Each and every day, public attention is given to the many leaders and celebrities of our nation and of the world who make the news. We usually pay too much attention to these individuals.
   As we give our devotion to the Lord Jesus today, may we do so every day. May we make Jesus the most important person in our lives and in our world each day!

 
     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

November 19, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Every evening, I make a schedule for the following day so that I more easily remember what and when is on my daily schedule.  I’ve learned not to trust my memory when there’s so much going on throughout the week.
    As a pastor, there’s always lots of administration, but there’s also—of course—a great deal of pastoral work to be done.  There’s always work to do for the Lord—and for many others—no matter who we are.
    When you’re planning out your day or days, do you also make time for service to God and God’s people and Kingdom?  Might you think of ways that you can help family members, friends, neighbors, and even strangers?   Do you also schedule time for prayer in the company of the Lord?
    Then at the end of our time, Jesus will easily know all we’ve done with the years and the blessings that God has shared with us for the building of the Kingdom.  God bless! 
                                                                                  — Father Jim Torquato
   
SUPPORTING OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    This November 18-19, we’ll take up the annual Collection for Retired Religious.  This national collection has helped many Religious Orders and thousands of Religious with the financial needs of their retired members who served our schools and parishes.  Your generosity toward our retired Religious is greatly appreciated! 

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH CANDLES
    You and/or your family can light the church Advent Wreath candles beginning December 2-3.  Please see Sister Pat, or sign up at the organ console in church.

ADVENT BY CANDLELIGHT—SAVE THE DATE
    On Thursday, November 30, at 7:00pm,  our Aquinas Guild will host its Advent by Candlelight.  This is a women’s evening of music and reflections . . . and dessert!   All women of our parish and your friends are invited to attend.  Prelude music begins at 6:45pm.   A dessert reception will follow the program.  A $10  donation will be accepted at the door.

CHRISTMAS DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    Young men considering a vocation to the ordained priesthood are welcome to a December 15-17 Christmas Discernment Retreat sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Office.  Participants must be 18 years or older. There is NO cost for this retreat weekend.  Register at www.PGHPriest.com now.

BEST WISHES FOR THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY!
    So many Americans agree that Thanksgiving Day is their favorite holiday of the year! 
    Compared to Christmas and other annual holidays, Thanksgiving Day is quieter and simpler.  It’s a day to give thanks to God and to spend time with family and friends!
    Best wishes to all our parish members and families for a blessed Thanksgiving Day holiday!  Everyone is welcome to begin the day by coming to our 9:00am Liturgy on Thanksgiving Day to offer thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May you all have a wonderful day and an enjoyable four day weekend.   
May the Lord also bless all those who are preparing for and cooking for the holiday.  We’re all very grateful!

OUR SUNDAY ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
     Every October, Diocesan officials ask us to count the number of parish members who participate in each Sunday (and Saturday evening) Liturgy. 
    In fact, we’ve been asked to take this count from now until next Easter as we begin to plan the Liturgy schedule for our newly combined parish grouping that will be our new reality in October 2018.
    This October, our Sunday attendance was between 540—600 persons on any given Sunday.  Having fewer members coming to the Liturgy is often due to death or relocation.  The percentage of members participating in the Liturgy and supporting our parish continues to be about 25%.
    Our Church has 530+ seats.  This means that ONE LITURGY would almost meet the Liturgical needs of our parish community at this time.   Don’t worry though.  We will continue to have FOUR weekend Liturgies until next October.  However, next October, every parish in the Diocese will see its schedule significantly reduced so that Liturgies will have fewer empty seats and more members praying together at every Mass. 
    Again, thanks for your support of our parish and the Diocese and the whole Church as we work together with the Lord to keep the Church Alive!
  
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.   Then 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
  • NO eighth grade Mega Meeting on Nov. 19.  
  • NO CCD classes on November 21 or Nov. 26.
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REPLACING THE ROOF OF THE MINISTRY CENTER IN 2018
    Before the Spring of 2018, Welte Roofing will replace the roof of the old Convent (our Ministry Center today) as well as the roof of the rectory garage.  Both roofs are in a condition of deterioration, and for the preservation of the buildings, the Diocese has given our parish its permission to replace the roofs for a total of $66,000.  Because of water damage from leaks in these roofs, this work needs to be accomplished in the coming months. 
    We will keep the parish informed as to when this work will begin and what it will entail.  Our goal is to have all our parish and school buildings and property in good condition before our local parishes are merged into one parish with 3-6 churches in 2021.

PACKING ONE MILLION MEALS ON FRIDAY
    This Friday morning, November 24, 9:00am—12:30pm,  Bishop David Zubik will welcome many helpers to the David Lawrence Convention Center for a new effort to do good for thousands of local families. 
    More than 2500 volunteers from all parishes and communities will spend the morning after Thanksgiving packing one million meals for the poor and needy to be distributed by local food banks.  All Catholic organizations and parishes are encouraged to help in this effort. 
    Please register yourselves, your family, or your Catholic group at www.AmentoAction.org  now.

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
    Our local outreach to the needy provides families with food for a Thanksgiving Day dinner. 
    If you’d like to provide these Thanksgiving items to families in need, you may bring to the gray bins in our church any of these items:  instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, canned jellied cranberry sauce, and sturdy, disposable aluminum roasting pans.
    If you’re able to provide frozen turkeys, please deliver them to the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, November 20 ONLY — before 9:00am.   Do NOT bring turkeys to the church.  Thank you all!

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 Mr. Andy Bechman by phone (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or email here at our parish office to begin your inquiry.

OUR UPCOMING CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
    Next weekend, November 25-26, we’ll begin our annual Christmas Giving Tree project to provide Christmas gifts for children and infants whose families are in need.  There will be ornaments requesting gifts of clothing and toys for local children. There will also be ornaments requesting  a donation for our parish efforts in Haiti, or a donation for the Diocesan Maternity Hospital in Chimbote, Peru, or a donation for the parish social service efforts, or a donation for the work of the local Saint Vincent dePaul Society.
    For many years, our parish members and families have been so very generous to those in need at Christmas.  Thank you in advance for your generosity once again in the year’s Christmas Giving Tree project.  Please plan to take one or more ornaments in two weeks, and then return your donations to the church during the weekend of December 9-10 so that we can share your gifts with others by mid-December.  Thank you all very much!
 
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, November 20
   8:30 am   Georgene Veltri  (The Greif Family)

Tuesday, November 21 — The Presentation of Mary
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (The Greif Family)

Wednesday, November 22 — Saint Cecelia, martyr
   8:30 am   Guillermo Amezaga  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, November 23—Thanksgiving Day
   9:00 am   Georgene Veltri  (Tish Marsico)

Friday, November 24 — The Vietnamese Martyrs
   8:30 am   Sarah Kristin Owen  (The Owen Family)

Saturday, November 25—Saint Catherine of Alexandria
   9:00 am   Tillie Marsico  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00pm   Carol Shaughnessy  (Mary Shatlock)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, November 26 — Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe
   7:30 am   Catherine Mahardy   (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Clara Giuffre   (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 19, 2017

Sunday: Proverbs 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31/Psalm 128:1-5/1 Thessalonians 5:1-6/Matthew 25:14-30 or 25:14-15, 19-21

Monday: 1 Maccabees 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Psalm 119:53, 61, 134, 150, 155, 158/Luke 18:35-43

Tuesday: 2 Maccabees 6:18-31/Psalm 3:2-7/Luke 19:1-10

Wednesday: 2 Maccabees 7:1, 20-31/Psalm 17:1bcd, 5-6, 8b, 15/Luke 19:11-28

Thursday: 1 Maccabees 2:15-29/Psalm 50:1b-2, 5-6, 14-15/Luke 19:41-44

Friday: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37, 52-59/1 Chronicles 29:10bcd-12/Luke 19:45-48

Saturday: 1 Maccabees 6:1-13/Psalm 9:2-4, 6, 16, 19/Luke 20:27-40

Next Sunday: Ezekiel 34:11-12, 15-17/Psalm 23:1-3, 5-6/1 Corinthians 15:20-26, 28/Matthew 25:31-46

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now:  cereal;  canned red or black beans;  macaroni & cheese;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  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 The Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location, telephone, and internet contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

MRS. MARY LOU COLAIZZI, OUR CDTCA KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
     Known to many in our community, Mrs. Mary Lou Colaizzi has been teaching our Kindergarten classes since 1998.  Mrs. Colaizzi attended Duquesne University’s School of Education for both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master’s Degree in Education. 
    She began teaching in 1970 and taught the youngest students at both Saint Raphael School and then Saint Irenaeus School.  She took time to raise both her daughter and her son in their early years and then returned to teaching full time in 1989. 
    She is most thankful for her family, her two children, her two grandchildren, her friends, her good health, and for all past and present students!  Mrs. Colaizzi considers CDTCA to be a wonderful school, and she’s grateful for her amazing vocation as a Catholic educator!

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
     Many thanks to all our school parents and supporters who participated in the Fall Fling Dinner and Auction last Saturday at the Fox Chapel Racquet Club.  It was a wonderful evening for all attending,  and the Fall Fling raised significant support for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy!

OUR DECEMBER 2 CHRISTMAS SHOPPING FAIR AND GINGERBREAD WORKSHOP
    On Saturday, December 2, our CDTCA school PTG will have two sessions of their popular new Gingerbread Workshop at 10:00am and then again at 2:00pm in the school cafeteria.  Register NOW.  The donation is $25 per for the initial Gingerbread kit.
    Also, in the parish gymnasium that Saturday, there will be a Christmas craft and vendor show as well as a visit and photos with Santa Claus!  
    Come enjoy the Gingerbread House Workshop and/ or the Christmas Craft and Vendor Show in the gym.  See the bulletin insert for more information!
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Jesus will judge our discipleship!
    Like all of Jesus’ teachings, today’s Gospel passage is worth considering for more than just a few minutes today.  As we come to the close of the Church Liturgical Year, we hear Jesus allude to our final evaluation by God our Creator. What will our judgement be? Are we serving the Lord, the Church, and the Kingdom? Or not?


  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