11/5/2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today’s Gospel passage has been an unfortunate stumbling block for too many Christians throughout recent centuries.  As you know, many Christians who are not members of the Catholic Church use this passage to say that priests should never be called “Father.”  This Ignores the fact that we all call our dads by the same name “Father” even if these same Christians deny that fact.
    Rather than get sidetracked by such an issue, Jesus’ actual message is meant to remind us that all our gratitude and praise and attention should be directed toward God—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and toward God first and foremost.
    May our hearts, lives, thoughts, and families be fully focused on the Lord our God who is a loving and magnificent Creator, teacher, healer, Redeemer, Savior, and companion on our journey to God’s Kingdom.  God bless!                         
                                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

     Please remember to vote this Tuesday for our judges and for other office holders!   May we all support the public officials who share our Catholic and Christian values, especially the value of life!

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!

THE DEDICATION OF THE LATERAN BASILICA IN ROME
    The people of the Lord’s Church are most important in our building the Kingdom of God.   Our places of worship are also important as the sacred places where we gather and celebrate our faith in Jesus.  Each church building is a visible witness to the Gospel and the Lord and the Church.
     The Lateran Basilica in Rome (officially the Basilica of Christ our Savior) is the Pope’s actual cathedral.  It is the historic place where Popes have proclaimed the faith and governed the Church.  It is the first among all our churches and a continuing symbol of the Lord’s and the Church’s presence in the world.  May our celebration on November 9 remind us of the importance of our presence in this world!

HONORING OUR NATION’S MILITARY VETERANS
    Every November 11, our nation honors the living veterans of our American military services.  Both on November 10 (our observed holiday) and on November 11, we are invited to extend our gratitude to all the men and women who have served in all the branches of the American military services.  
     The members of our nation’s military provide for the defense of the United States.  They also help to secure freedom and peace in our world.  While we all wish that the nations and peoples of the world would live in peace, it’s the people of the military who provide their necessary and heroic service to our nation and to countless people.  Again, may we show our gratitude and respect to all military personnel and to all veterans throughout this week!

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!
 
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.
  • Pet Therapy session on November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon.
PACKING ONE MILLION MEALS
    On Friday morning, November 24, 9:00am—12:30pm,  Bishop David Zubik and the leaders of numerous Christian communities are coming together at the David Lawrence Convention Center for a new effort to do good for the local community and for thousands of families. 
    They are inviting 2500 volunteers from all parishes and communities to 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.

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 6.  You’ll be thankful that you took part!

THANKSGIVING IN THE STREETS
    For many years, our local outreach to the poor, the homeless, and the needy has provided many families with all the necessary ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving Day holiday dinner. 
    If you’d like to help provide these Thanksgiving menu items to families in need, you may bring to the gray bins in our church entrance any of these holiday items:  instant mashed potatoes, packaged stuffing mix, and canned jellied cranberry sauce.
    In addition, if you’re able and inclined 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 for your Thanksgiving 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 contact Andy Bechman at our office or email him here.

SUPPORTING OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    In two weeks, this November 18-19, we’ll take up the annual Collection for Retired Religious.  This national collection has helped hundreds of Religious Orders and tens of thousands of Religious in meeting the financial needs of their retired members who have served our schools and parishes for many decades.  Your generosity toward our retired Religious Sisters, Brothers, and Priests will be greatly appreciated! 

CHRISTMAS DISCERNMENT RETREAT
    Young men considering a vocation to the ordained priesthood are welcome to participate in a December 15-17 Christmas Discernment Retreat sponsored by the Diocesan Vocations Office and being held at the Saint Paul of the Cross Retreat Center on the South Side. 
    Come and deepen your relationship with Jesus, seek to know your calling, and learn more about discerning a call to the priesthood.  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.

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 6
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Tish Marsico)

Tuesday, November 7
   8:30 am   Louise & Arthur Bauer  (Bob Bauer)

Wednesday, November 8
   8:30 am   Cathy Chase Boring   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Thursday, November 9 — Dedication of the Lateran Basilica
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, November 10 — Pope Saint Leo the Great
   8:30 am   Guillermo Amezaga  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, November 11 — Saint Martin of Tours
   9:00 am   Georgene Veltri  (Kathy Murray)

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

Sunday, November 12 — 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Patrick D’Amico  (Pat Revello)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Jean Eckert  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 5, 2017

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

Monday: Romans 11:29-36/Psalm 69:30-31, 33-34, 36/Luke 14:12-14

Tuesday: Romans 12:5-16b/Psalm 131:1bcde-3/Luke 14:15-24

Wednesday: Romans 13:8-10/Psalm 112:1b-2, 4-5, 9/Luke 14:25-33

Thursday: Ezra 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/1 Corinthians 3:9c-11, 16-17/John 2:13-22

Friday: Romans 15:14-21/Psalm 98:1-4/Luke 16:1-8

Saturday: Romans 16:3-9, 16, 22-27/Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11/Luke 16:9-15
Next Sunday: Wisdom 6:12-16/Psalm 63:2-8/1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 or 4:13-14/Matthew 25:1-13
 
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 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 Nancy Tabacjar Ware and Northwood Realty Services for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see her bulletin advertisement for telephone and internet 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 25th 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 for years and generations to come!
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    It’s the weekend to set all our clocks BACK one hour as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end and Standard Time begins.  Enjoy the extra hour!

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

Jesus is the greatest teacher!
    Hopefully, we’ve all had good teachers in our lives.  Whether they be our parents or grandparents, school teachers or college professors, bosses or mentors, it is good and important to have teachers who both educate and inspire us. Of course, we believe that, in every way, Jesus is the best teacher for us and for all people!
 
     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