January 7, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Yes, there are many people among us today who are still searching — many even searching very desperately.  For what are they searching, you might ask?  Many are looking for love in their lives.  Many are searching for meaning.  Many are searching for answers to life’s persistent questions.  Many are searching for peace.
    All of us who are Catholic Christians know that the one person in whom we can find love, meaning, answers, and peace is Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Lord, Jesus the Son of God and our Savior. 
    So many people look everywhere except to Jesus.  They live in confusion and ignorance and darkness.  Like the Wise Men of old, we who have found Jesus (and who place our faith in him) have found our light and our peace and divine love.  May we remain true and close to Jesus throughout 2018, and may we lead others to Jesus throughout this New Year.  God bless!                               
                                                                                          — Father Jim Torquato

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

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).

BEST WISHES TO OUR PARISH AND ALL OUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS FOR A BLESSED AND JOYFUL NEW YEAR 2018!
    It’s amazing that we have already completed seventeen years of this new century and this new millennium!   Twenty years ago, Pope Saint John Paul II invited all Catholic Christians to rededicate ourselves to the Lord and to our faith in this Third Christian Millennium.  This has happened in many lands, and in many nations the Church and the Gospel and the Kingdom are steadily growing.
    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 once again into the lives of more and more people, most especially into the lives of those who’ve been baptized into Christ Jesus and the Church yet have gone astray.
    Best wishes for this New Year, and thank you for serving the Lord Jesus, the Gospel, and the Church in 2018 and every year!  God bless!
 
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO’VE MADE  CHRISTMAS SO MEMORABLE THIS YEAR!
    Thanks very much to all our parish members and staff who helped to make this Christmas Season a joyful and memorable celebration! 
    Thanks to those who’ve decorated the church, all those providing our beautiful Christmas music, all our liturgical ministers, our ushers and collection counters, and our dedicated staff members.  May the Lord bless you and all of our parish in this joyful Christmas Season and throughout the New Year of 2018!

TODAY’S RESPECT LIFE PANCAKE BREAKFAST
    Come support our Respect Life Committee and their work at the annual January 7 Pancake Breakfast, 8:00am—12:45pm in the school cafeteria.  The donation is $5 A/ $4 C.  All are welcome!

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

THE SILVER RING THING
    This very popular, high energy presentation on chastity and sexuality for Catholic teens will be presented once again this Friday, January 12, from 7:00-9:00pm at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School in Mount Lebanon.  There will also be a session for parents at 7:00pm.  Please contact Meredith Troyan this week for further information.
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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 hall.  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 8, please contact Andy Bechman at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, or email him here.   We hope you can join us for this special Bible Study in January!

A GENTLE REMINDER, TOO, FOR ALL OUR LITURGICAL MINISTERS AND SERVERS
    Our parish is very grateful for the ministry that you provide for our parish community at the Sunday Liturgy and during the week throughout the whole year. 
    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 call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him 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 at www.diopitt.org/yam  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 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.  

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.

Be our divine Light, Lord Jesus!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, January 8 — The Baptism of the Lord
   8:30 am   Morgan F. Flaherty  (Mary Labriola)

Tuesday, January 9
   8:30 am   Matthew Elder  (Family)

Wednesday, January 10
   8:30 am   Mary Elizabeth Monteverde  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, January 11
   8:30 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero   (Mrs. Thelma Ruggiero & Family)

Friday, January 12
   8:30 am   Ross R. Molinaro, Jr.   (Wife, Nancy Molinaro)

Saturday, January 13 — Saint Hilary, bishop
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Family)     

   5:00pm   Rev. Paul J. Grunebach  (Mary Jo Romano)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 14—Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Dr. W.H. Labriola   (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Raymond J. Drennan   (The James Finley Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 7, 2018

Sunday: Isaiah 60:1-6/Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 /Ephesians 3:2-3a, 5-6/Matthew 2:1-12

Monday: Isaiah 42:1-4, 6-7 or Isaiah 55:1-11 or Acts of the Apostles 10:34-38 or 1 John 5:1-9/Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6 /Mark 1:7-11

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 1:9-20/1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd /Mark 1:21-28 or 1 Samuel 1:1-8 and 1:9-20/1 Samuel 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8abcd /Mark 1:14-20 and 1:21-28

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20/Psalm 40:2 and 5, 7-8a, 8b-9, 10 /Mark 1:29-39

Thursday: 1 Samuel 4:1-11/Psalm 44:10-11, 14-15, 24-25 /Mark 1:40-45

Friday: 1 Samuel 8:4-7, 10-22a/Psalm 89:16-17, 18-19 /Mark 2:1-12

Saturday: 1 Samuel 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1a/Psalm 21:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 /Mark 2:13-17

Next 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
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffle bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: canned red or black beans and macaroni & cheese.   Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy handling. Gray bins are in the entrance to the church. 
    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 Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for 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! 
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To receive the Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper at home OR a copy of the Sunday bulletin for the homebound, please contact our parish office now!
 
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.

CAN YOU HELP CATHOLIC CHARITIES?
    Our Catholic Charities offices are hosting a warming station for seniors and the needy in their building at 212 Ninth Street, downtown beginning this week.  If you’d like to be an adult volunteer, call 412-456-6696.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Best wishes for Epiphany Sunday!  
     Today we celebrate a most wonderful event in the young life of Jesus—the event of the Epiphany with the visit of the three wise men and the manifestation of Jesus as the Light of the World.  Tomorrow, we’ll celebrate the Baptism of Jesus and the close of the Christmas Season.  Best wishes for these holydays and 2018!

     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