January 14, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Are you a Missionary Disciple?  Would you like to be a Missionary Disciple?
    Jesus called his listeners and followers to become his disciples.  From among them, he chose twelve Apostles to both follow him and then to go forth and share his message.  Since then, Jesus’ people have included both Apostles (officially, the Bishops, successors of the Apostles) as well as billions of Disciples.
    In the Church today, we’ve realized that many of the Disciples are also called to share the Good News with others.  Rather than calling them Apostles like the Bishops, the Church has chosen to begin using the term “Missionary Disciples” — church members with the calling and baptismal mission to evangelize and share the Gospel with many others in their community and in the world.
    Will you be a Missionary Disciple?   If yes, your service will be most important and most needed in our reconfigured parish community.  You can find more information on the Internet about Missionary Disciples of the Church.  Also, stay tuned in coming months for more opportunities to learn about Missionary Discipleship and the work in which YOU can participate to keep the Church Alive in our Diocese. God bless!                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato
 
A GENTLE REMINDER FOR OUR COMMUNITY
    Faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and a healthy spiritual life aren’t nearly as common as they were in past generations.  Yet, both are still very important to our daily living and for our hope of sharing in the eternal Kingdom that Jesus promises his faithful and holy and loving people!  
    The most important way that we strengthen our faithfulness and our spiritual lives is through our participation in the Sunday Eucharist!   All Catholic Christians are invited and obligated to join in the Sunday Liturgy to keep holy the Lord’s Day, to give thanks to God, to share in the Lord’s Supper, and to replenish our spiritual life and the divine grace within our souls.   Be sure to make our Sunday Liturgy your highest personal and family priority each and every week.  Thank you very much.  God bless!

Join our parish members attending the 2018 National  March for Life in Washington, DC on Friday, January 19!   The bus will leave Pittsburgh at midnight and return late Friday night.  Students can participate for free.  Adults $30 donation.  Please call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).

SPECIAL PRESENTATION ABOUT HAITI
    On Thursday, February 8, in the parish hall at 7:00pm, our parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host a special evening with Mr. Michael Neumann, the Director of Partners in Progress, who will speak about his organization’s work to empower the people of Haiti through education, training in practical skills, and other efforts. 
   Please join our committee and other parish members to learn how our community can help the people of Haiti in their rebuilding effort.  For more info, contact Dr. Maureen O’Brien now here.  Please plan to join us on February 8.

NEXT WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This January 20-21, every parish in our Diocese will take up the annual Second Collection for the support of the Saint Anthony School Programs for Exceptional Children as well as for the DePaul School for Children with Hearing Impairment.    
     Both of these local Catholic educational programs have helped thousands of young students in our Diocese for many generations.  Your generosity will help hundreds of students this year as well as they respond to their life challenges and also receive the love of the Lord through you and the Church.  Thank you very much for your generosity next weekend!
 
BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A BLESSED AND JOYFUL NEW YEAR 2018!
    In this New Year of the Lord 2018, may each of us and all of us recommit ourselves to the Lord Jesus and to our Catholic faith and to the Church so that the light and life and salvation of Jesus will enter into the lives of even more people, most especially the lives of those who’ve been baptized into Christ Jesus and the Church.
    Best wishes for this New Year, and thank you for serving the Lord Jesus, the Gospel, and the Church in 2018!

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 late April  2018,  priests will receive assignments that will 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

    Instead of going skiing or shopping this Monday, all Americans are encouraged to spend tomorrow in service to others in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday. 
    Don’t be shy about volunteering in our parish or in the community.  We can and should share our time and abilities with our community to help build the Kingdom of God and to bring the Lord’s love to others through our service.  Thank you very much!

The CCD programs of our local parishes will be assembling Care Bags for the Homebound on January 28.  Please consider donating individual packets of cocoa, mints, cookies, candy, small bottles of hand lotion, chapstick, tissues, pencils, pens, word search books, etc.  Donations bags are available in our main church entrance.  Please return donations to the church by January 22.  Thanks for your goodness!
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A THREE WEEK BIBLE STUDY IN JANUARY
    Are you looking for hope this winter?  Please join us for a three part Bible study on "Hope: An Anchor in Today’s World."  
    This program will be held Wednesday evenings, on January 17, 24, and 31 from 7:30pm—9:00pm in the parish library.  We will use a book from the Little Rock Scripture Study, and the donation for materials is $15 payable at the first session. 
    Before January 16, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, or email him here.

A GENTLE REMINDER, TOO, FOR ALL OUR LITURGICAL MINISTERS AND SERVERS
    Our parish is grateful for the ministry you provide to our community at the Sunday Liturgy. 
    Please remember to join us for the Sunday Liturgy both when you’re scheduled for your ministry or serving and when you’re not scheduled as well.  For some reason, it’s becoming common in many parishes to think that it’s only necessary to participate in the Sunday Mass when you’re on the schedule,  but in fact, the Lord asks us to join with him and with our parish community every Sunday for the Liturgy.   Be sure to join us each week as we give thanks to the Lord in the gathering of his people!

PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND AT EACH MASS
    The wooden holders which hold our song books are NOT  meant to be trash containers.  Please take all Kleenex and litter to a trash container after the Liturgy.

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 email Mr. Andy Bechman here to begin your inquiry.

ALL YOUNG ADULTS ARE WELCOME!
    On Friday, January 26, from 6:30pm--8:30pm, all young Catholic adults in their 20’s-30’s are welcome to the Cardinals’ Great Hall at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, near Green Tree for a special program called SENT.  There will be live music, complimentary food and beverages, prayer and time to network.  Professor Robert Rice will be speaking on Radical Living: Loving Jesus and Sharing the Gospel.  Register here (+)  soon.

YOUNG ADULTS’ CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
    For 12 centuries, Catholic Christians have made a long pilgrimage across northern Spain to the Shrine of Saint James (Santiago) in Compostela, Spain.  Our Diocese is inviting young adult Catholics in their 20’s-30’s to take part in this same pilgrimage this late Spring.  You’ll travel together with clothing, a backpack, and a pair of boots.  Visit www.creatio.org/causes/pittsburgh-camino  (+) soon for information.


HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
Your January donations of paper products (bathroom paper, napkins, paper towels) and cleaning products are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please put 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, January 15 — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (The Greif Family)

Tuesday, January 16
   8:30 am   Mother, Elaine Mitsch   (Connor & Henry Mitsch)

Wednesday, January 17 — Saint Anthony, abbot
   8:30 am   Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Monteverde  (Vincent H. Smith)

Thursday, January 18
   8:30 am   Ellen White  (The Burke Family)

Friday, January 19
   8:30 am   Anita LiVolsi  (Ray & Ruth Ann Weible)

Saturday, January 20 — Saint Sebastian, martyr
   9:00 am   Harry Bechman  (Kathy Murray)

   5:00pm   James J. Schaming  (Daughter, Diane Hupp)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 21—Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Greif Family, living & deceased  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 14, 2018

Sunday: 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19/Psalm 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10 /1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20/John 1:35-42

Monday: 1 Samuel 15:16-23/Psalm 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23/Mark 2:18-22

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 16:1-13/Psalm 89:20, 21-22, 27-28 Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Psalm 144:1b, 2, 9-10 /Mark 3:1-6

Thursday: 1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Psalm 56:2-3, 9-10a, 10b-11, 12-13 /Mark 3:7-12

Friday: 1 Samuel 24:3-21/Psalm 57:2, 3-4, 6 and 11 /Mark 3:13-19

Saturday: 2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7/Mark 3:20-21

Next Sunday: Jonah 3:1-5, 10/Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /1 Corinthians 7:29-31/Mark 1:14-20

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 easy handling. Gray bins are in the 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 W. Hough Contracting, Inc. for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR CDTCA JANUARY 27, 2018 OPEN HOUSE
    It’s time to enroll for the 2018-2019 school year here at CDTCA!   For all interested parents and young students, we’ll hold our annual January Open House on Saturday, January 27, 2018  from 2:00pm--4:00pm.    
    Come and tour the school buildings and classrooms and gymnasium, meet our teachers and students, learn about our academics, technology, activities, and sports, and receive information about Financial Aid.  You’ll love what you find here at CDTCA!   All students entering Pre-School and Kindergarten as well as students transferring into Grades 1-8 are all most welcome!   Call our office (412-781-7927) now to register for the Open House! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MRS. CHRISTINE SALVI
    Our CDTCA Science Teacher, Mrs. Christine Salvi, recently received the inaugural Teacher Award in Polymer Education from the Polymer Education Council.  Recognized once again for her innovative science education, Mrs. Salvi constantly seeks to introduce her students to new fields and to provide a very hands-on education.  She also introduced Fab Labs at CDTCA  to bring 3D printers, laser engravers, and vinyl cutters to our CDTCA students.  Once again, congratulations Mrs. Christine Salvi!
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A WEEKEND RETREAT FOR YOUNG MEN IN HIGH SCHOOL
    Our Diocesan Vocations Office is hosting a silent retreat weekend for young men in high school at the Martina Spirituality Center in West View near I 279 North.  This February 3-4 event will include quiet time for reflection, Liturgy, fraternity, Adoration, and dynamic presentations.  There is NO cost for participants.  Register at www.PGHPriest.com (+) before January 22.

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 invites us to be his disciples!  
   We all appreciate the company of other—our spouse, our parents, our grandparents, our children, our grandchildren, our relatives and friends. We also appreciate the company of good people, especially very fine people. May we treasure Jesus’ company above all, and may we remain close to him as his disciples!
 
     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