November 12, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Only a small percentage of Catholic Christians devote a lot of weekly time to their spiritual life and their knowledge of our faith.  There are so many distractions in today’s society, and most people are focused first primarily on their families, their work, and their entertainment.
    Yet it’s only the realm of the spiritual which remains forever.  Everything else will fade in time and will disappear from this earthly domain.  If we indeed wish to live forever in the company of our family and friends and all God’s people in the Kingdom of Heaven, then we need to deepen our faith in the Lord Jesus and our spiritual life in God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. 
    This November and the Season of Advent are an important time for us to move beyond all the distractions of life today and instead focus on our life in the Lord.  Being spiritually awake and alive in Jesus will benefit us now and in the life to come.  God bless!                                     
                                                                                              — Father Jim Torquato

SUPPORTING OUR RETIRED RELIGIOUS
    On 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! 

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 DISCERNEMENT 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.

A Baptism Seminar for expectant and new parents will be held this Monday, November 13 at 7:30pm.  Please contact the parish office today to register.

OUR SUNDAY ATTENDANCE AND PARTICIPATION
     Every October, officials of the Diocese 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 beginning 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!

THIS YEAR’S MEN’S RETREAT
     Be sure to join us for this coming weekend’s 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
  • Pet Therapy session on November 14, 4:00pm-5:00pm, at the VA Hospital, Delafield Road.  Contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon now to participate.
  • Appalachia Meeting, Nov. 14, 7pm, Parish Hall.
  • NO eighth grade Mega Meeting on Nov. 19.    
  • NO CCD classes on November 21 or Nov. 26.
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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 call or email Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office to begin your inquiry.

OUR UPCOMING CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE
    In two weeks, during the weekend of November 25-26, we’ll begin 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 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 13 — Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Certo Family  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, November 14
   8:30   Bess Hussey  (Matt & Art Hussey)

Wednesday, November 15 —Saint Albert the Great
   8:30 am   Teresa Costantini Marsico  (Tish Marsico)

Thursday, November 16 — Saint Margaret of Scotland
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, November 17 — Saint Elizabeth of Hungary
   8:30 am   Patricia Hogan  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Saturday, November 18  — Saint Rose Duchesne
   9:00 am   Anna & Joseph Wessell  (Regis & Mary Lou Wessell)

   5:00pm   Elizabeth Williams  (The Maher Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, November 19 — 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Dr. & Mrs. W.H. Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Clara Giuffre  (The Saunders Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of November 12, 2017

Sunday: Wisdom 6:12-16/Psalm 63:2-8/1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 or 4:13-14/Matthew 25:1-13

Monday: Wisdom 1:1-7/Psalm 139:1b-10/Luke 17:1-6

Tuesday: Wisdom 2:23—3:9/Psalm 34:2-3, 16-19/Luke 17:7-10

Wednesday: Wisdom 6:1-11 /Psalm 82:3-4, 6-7/Luke 17:11-19

Thursday: Wisdom 7:22b—8:1/Psalm 119:89-91, 130, 135, 175/Luke 17:20-25

Friday: Wisdom 13:1-9/Psalm 19:2-5ab/Luke 17:26-37

Saturday: Wisdom 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Psalm 105:2-3, 36-37, 42-43/Luke 18:1-8

Saturday: Dedication: Acts of the Apostles 28:11-16, 30-31/Psalm 98:1-6/Matthew 14:22-33

Next 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

 
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;  and macaroni & cheese.   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 Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location, telephone, and internet contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR UPCOMING CDTCA PTG FALL FLING
    Next 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 CDTCA STUDENTS WILL BE HELPING UPMC SAINT MARGARET HOSPITAL TO BEGIN THEIR HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
    This coming Tuesday, November 14, our students in the Third Grade and the Fourth Grade will once again head to UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital for the lighting of their holiday tree. 
    Our students will be providing carols for the assembled guests, and their performance will be recorded and then made available to the patients in their rooms throughout the coming Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Year holidays.
    This is a wonderful act of charity on the part of our CDTCA school students in bringing cheer and goodness to local hospital patients in their time of illness and recuperation!

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 insists that we stay awake!
    During these months when we experience fewer hours of daylight, it’s undeniably hard to stay awake at least physically. Without sunshine, our bodies and brains are very much prone to move toward sleep and hibernation. Spiritually, however, may we remain awake and diligent in remaining faithful to the Lord.
     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