September 2, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today, most people don’t like to be given commands unless they’re serving in the military or in some other program that demands strict discipline.  When most of us hear of commandments, we bristle as if our freedom is being taken from us.
    Perhaps hearing about divine commandments for the past 4000 years has grown tiresome for most people.  Also, with less religious faith in the world, there’s much less interest in hearing about any collection of divine directions and restrictions.  Most people just don’t want to be commanded any longer.
    Yet, it’s the commandments of our faith and tradition which have guided God’s people and which have benefited all humanity for four millennia, and we are all in a better world because of the commandments of truth and holiness first given to Moses and Israel and then confirmed by Jesus for all his Christian disciples.
    May we always keep in mind that it’s in following the commands and the ways of the Lord that we remain the People of God and that we remain on the path to God’s own Kingdom.  May we also remember how better our lives are when we all obey the commandments of God and lead lives of faithfulness, holiness, truth, chastity, goodness, and charity.  God bless!                        
                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

JOIN ONE OF OUR CHOIRS THIS MONTH
    While we’re awaiting the new Sunday schedule, our two Sunday choirs will begin singing after Labor Day and will sing for the six weeks prior to October 21.  The choir rehearsals will start September 4.  Please speak now with Sister Pat Baker.  You’ll enjoy being a choir member and helping us make beautiful music for the Lord each Sunday!

WOMEN’S SCRIPTURE STUDY THIS FALL
    The twelfth annual Women’s Scripture Study for this area will begin Tuesday, September 4, 1-3pm in our parish hall.   All women are welcome.  The topic will be the Letters of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.  This will be a video and studybook program.  The donation is $60.  Call 412-963-0198 for information.

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25  DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    Bishop David Zubik has requested that we host Eucharistic Adoration in our church to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish is Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our “On Mission” effort!
 
    For many generations, our nation has observed Labor Day as a way to recognize and honor all the workers of our country who have built the United States and who continue to serve the people of America.  It is a good and important national holiday since labor and work are an essential and vital part of our lives and families and society.
   Best wishes to all our members and families and community for a very good Labor Day holiday.  Begin your holiday in prayer.   Join us for our morning Liturgy at 9:00am this Monday!  God bless!

REMEMBERING SAINT TERESA OF CALCUTTA, MOTHER TO THE POOR
    This Wednesday, September 5,  the Church in every land remembers and honors Saint Teresa of Calcutta, the consecrated woman of great faith, holiness, charity, and dedication to the Lord and the poor of this world. 
    Mother Teresa cared for the poor and dying of India, and her Missionary Sisters of Charity have carried the love of God to the poor and dying of many nations including the United States.  Saint Teresa of Calcutta continues to inspire many Catholic Christians today.  May we follow her example of prayer and of service to Jesus in our service to the poor and sick and dying of the world.

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE
    In one week, our Diocese will announce the NEW Sunday/ Saturday evening schedule for this four parish grouping and for all 56 parish groupings being created this October throughout  the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
    Three of the four parishes of this grouping will change to TWO Masses during the weekend.  Only one parish will have three Liturgies for each weekend.  With three priests assigned here, the Diocese is allowing nine Sunday Liturgies as of October 15.  Today, there are 7 churches in use and 17 Liturgies each Sunday. 
      In October, given the seating capacity in these seven existing churches, there will still be seating for 4500 to accommodate the 2650 members who do participate during the weekend. There will be fewer Liturgies but also fewer empty seats on Sunday.
      This approved interim schedule will begin October 15, and then this interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
REGISTER NOW FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
    All parents with children in grades K-8 at public schools are asked to please register your children in our Faith Formation Program which will begin again the week of September 16.   
   Please call the office or register online here.  We appreciate your dedication to sharing the Catholic Faith with your family!
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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD BEGINS NEXT SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9!
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumes NEXT Sunday, September 9, during the 9:00am Liturgy.  Children ages 4-10 are invited to enjoy our kid-friendly treatment of the Sunday Scriptures.  Simply follow our adult leaders to the Parish Hall when they are invited forward before the Liturgy of the Word begins.  Parents are welcome to accompany your children if you’d like. 
   We ask that children participating be comfortable leaving their parents and be able to sit reasonably still and be attentive to the service.
    Adults and older youth interested in serving as leaders 2-3 times per season should contact Andy Bechman at the parish office or by email here.

A CELEBRATION OF FAITH ON THE WATERS
    On Sunday, October 14, from 3:00pm—6:00pm, our Catholic Diocese will host a Faith Afloat event for high school students on the Gateway Clipper Fleet.  The theme is “Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear” and will speak of God’s love for young people.  There will be music, dancing, talks, and prayer.  Contact Meredith Troyan now to register for this special event!

A SPECIAL DAYLONG EVENT FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN — OCTOBER 27
    On Saturday, October 27, the Catholic Women’s Fellowship of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will hold its 2nd Annual Catholic Women’s Conference entitled OVERFLOW at the Hyatt Airport Hotel!  
    This will be a time of friendship and prayer, talks and Liturgy.  Speakers for the day include Barbara Heil, Sister Bernadette Beamsley, DLJC, and Benedictine Father Benedict Hicks.  Come celebrate God’s overflowing love and grace given to us so that we may minister to our families and community.  Visit  www.cwfpitt.org  for information!
 
   DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE HERE
    Our program named “Living in the Spirit” consists of adult parish members who meet monthly to support each other spiritually and to share resources and practices for spiritual growth.  Join us on Thursday, September 13 at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center.  Our topic this month is "Spirituality and Food."  No need to register—just join us!

MANY THANKS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
   Our parish Respect Life Committee extends its thanks to our members who supported Birthright last Sunday with your contributions of $823.25.  Your support will help numerous moms and their babies!

Pro-Life Voter Registration here next weekend!

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your September donations of  paper products (bathroom tissues and napkins) and cleaning products (dish and laundry detergent, and soap bars) — and any non-perishable items — are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  Also, please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from our parish’s Saint Vincent DePaul Society!

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.

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.

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish property!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, September 3—Saint Gregory the Great
   9:00 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, September 4
   8:30 am   Edward & Helen Hoolahan  (Tish Marsico)

Wednesday September 5—Saint Teresa of Calcutta
   8:30 am   Arthur Bonessa  (The Bonessa Family)

Thursday, September 6
   8:30 am   Christine Harmon   (Saint Scholastica Parish Members)

Friday, September 7
   8:30 am   Maria Scuglia  (Tish Marsico)

Saturday, September 8—The Nativity of Mary                   
   9:00 am   Lillian Marmarella  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Carolyn Capozzi  (Lorraine Capozzi & Joe Huber) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 9 — 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Frances Maher & Elizabeth Williams  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Ann & Frank Slavish  (Family)
     Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

Sunday:  Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8; Psalm 15:2-5; James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27; Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23
Monday:  1 Corinthians 2:1-5; Psalm 119:97-102; Luke 4:16-30

Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 2:10b-16; Psalm 145:8-14; Luke 4:31-37

Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 3:1-9; Psalm 33:12-15, 20-21; Luke 4:38-44

Thursday:  1 Corinthians 3:18-23; Psalm 24:1bc-4ab, 5-6; Luke 5:1-11

Friday:  1 Corinthians 4:1-5; Psalm 37:3-6, 27-28, 39-40; Luke 5:33-39

Saturday:  Micah 5:1-4a or Romans 8:28-30; Psalm 13:6; Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23

Next Sunday:  Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146:7-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now: breakfast bars, powdered or shelf-stable milk, macaroni and cheese, pasta, and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  Please leave donations in plastic bags. 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!

The Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil is returning to downtown Pittsburgh this September 26 to November 4.  Information will be shared with you soon!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Medical Alert System for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

WELCOME TO ALL OUR STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND FAMILIES!
   Our classes at CDTCA have begun, and this year is off to a very good start.  Once again, we welcome all of our 200+ students and their parents and families to our CDTCA community!  Thank you for investing in your children’s Catholic education and in their future as members of the Church and as the People of the Lord Jesus. 
    As a Catholic school community, we welcome your participation in your children’s studies, activities, and events.  We also ask you to share our Catholic faith, life, and prayer with your students.  Please be certain to bring your children to the Liturgy every Sunday (or Saturday evening).  Our worship is the heart of our faith and our life.  Be sure to join us!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ALL AT CDTCA
    Most of our families at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy receive tuition assistance.  Much of this help comes from the Bishop’s Education Fund of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as Pennsylvania businesses contributing to the SOS and EITC tax credit programs.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition help!

CDTCA GOLF OUTING ON OCTOBER 8
    The annual CDTCA Golf Outing sponsored by the PTG will be held on Monday, October 8.  The donation for this all inclusive event is $375 per person OR $1500 per foursome.  Call 412-781-7927 for info.

BINGO NIGHT FOR CDTCA IN OCTOBER!
    On Friday evening, October 19, in our parish gymnasium, our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will host a BINGO NIGHT  to raise funds for our regional school!   This will be a night filled with Bingo Games, Raffles, Food Trucks, snacks, and fun!  Ticket sales will begin in early September, and tickets will be $30 per person.  Save the date, and tell all your family and friends!
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 Jesus calls us to holiness!                       
    Ever since almighty God called the people of Israel to be his people, our ancestors heard the command to live in truth and holiness for these are the ways of God.
    In his ministry, Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, also called the New People of God to live in truth and holiness. May we always live in God’s holiness and truth! 

     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
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
Receptionist/Safe Environment Coordinator    
Debbie VanDemark    Ext.10

Director of Music/ Bereavement Coordinator
Sister Patricia Baker, CDP     Ext. 17

Youth Ministry Director
Meredith Troyan     Ext. 20 

Faith Formation Staff Member
Gina Musser     Ext. 21

Director of Adult Faith Formation and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd     Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper
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