September 16, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Have you ever wanted your life to be difficult?  No, I didn't think so.  When we look at Jesus suffering on the cross, we feel badly for him, but we probably hope that we never need to suffer in our lives like he did in his final days.
    However, Jesus clearly teaches all of us who are his disciples that this life and our discipleship will involve suffering no matter what.   Some of our suffering may come exactly because we are Jesus’ followers who might be rejected and scorned by others.  Some suffering may come our way simply because life is life and people are people.
    No matter the source of our suffering, we should not refuse to suffer or become enraged by our troubles or misfortune.  Rather we should see our suffering as a share in Jesus’ suffering and a way for us to learn and to grow because of life’s difficult experiences.
    Ours is a long journey through this life to the glory of the Lord’s Kingdom.  This journey will not always be easy.  It will involve sadness and troubles and suffering.  Yet in the end, if we are close and faithful to the Lord Jesus, he will give a full share in his glory and eternal life in the Kingdom of the Almighty.  God bless!
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

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!

TWO BRIEF BIBLE STUDY PROGRAMS COMING
   In this time of change, we turn to the Scriptures for guidance.  Join us for the Bible Study  “Hospitality: Welcoming the Stranger” on Wednesdays, October 3, 10, and 17, 7:30pm in the Ministry Center.   Next will be the Bible Study “Dashed Hopes:  When Our Best Laid Plans Fall Apart”  on Wednesdays, Oct, 24, Nov. 7 and 14, 7:30pm, Ministry Center Library.  $15/ program, or $25 for both.  Register by Sept 24 by calling Andy Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

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!

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 15
    The new consolidated Liturgy schedule for this grouping of four parishes will begin the week of October 15.
    Please see the bulletin insert for the October schedule.   Extra copies are at the church exits so you might take extra copies home.  Also, a copy of this schedule was mailed this week to the home of every registered parish household.
    In addition to the planned 9 Liturgies for this grouping, the new Clergy Team has decided to add a tenth Liturgy as well.  Please review the schedule!
     As such, there will now be seating for 5000 to accommodate the 2650 members who do participate during the weekend. There will be fewer Liturgies but also (hopefully) 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.

THE NEW CONSOLIDATED OCTOBER LITURGY SCHEDULE
    This will be the new Liturgy schedule for our four parish grouping beginning Monday, October 15:

Saturday evening        4:00pm   Saint Joseph Church
                                       4:30pm   Madonna Church
                                       5:00pm   St. Scholastica Church

Sunday morning          8:00am   St .Francis, Harmar Twp.
                                       9:00am   St. Joseph Church
                                       9:30am   St. Scholastica Church
                                      10:00am  St. Edward Church
                                      11:00am  St. Joseph Church
                                      11:30am  St. Mary Church
                                      12:00pm  St. Scholastica Church

Weekdays       8:00am   Mon.– Fri.  St. Joseph Church
                         9:00am   M, T, W   Madonna Church
                         9:00am   Th, F, S   St. Edward Church
                        10:00am  Mon.—Fri.  St. Scholastica

CUSHIONS FOR OUR CHURCH SEATS
    As Father Torquato announced in church, another new project we’ll be undertaking is the manufacturing of new seat cushions for all the seating in the church. 
    This project should make our time in the Liturgy more comfortable for everyone!  The cushions have been ordered through the Merhaut Religious Goods Company in Hampton, and after they’re made, they should be installed before the end of October!  Enjoy!
  

FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

BEGINNING THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    This Sunday and this week, the Church in the United States is observing the beginning of the Catechetical Year and our Faith Formation Programs in every parish. 
    We’re grateful to all our parents who are making certain that your children receive our Catholic faith at home and here in our parish.  We’re also grateful to all our parish catechists and teaching aides who generously volunteer their time to teach our Catholic Christian faith to your children. 
    Finally, we’re grateful to our Faith Formation staff who oversee all our programs.  They include Mrs. Delia Barr—Faith Formation Director, Miss Meredith Troyan—Youth Ministry Director, Mr. Andy Bechman—Adult Faith Formation Director, and Mrs. Gina Musser—program  assistant. 
    May the Lord Jesus bless you, and may he give everyone a very good and faith-filled year!

INFORMATION FOR OUR CCD FAMILIES
    Faith Formation classes for Grades K-5 will be begin today and be held Sundays at 10am OR Tuesdays at 6:15pm.   Come first to the cafeteria!
    Grades 6-8 small groups will sign up either Sunday, Sept. 23 or 30 from 10-11am in the school.
    All homestudy students should pick up your books in the school on Sunday, Sept. 30, 10-11am.
    Finally, there will be a meeting for Parents of all Confirmation Class students on Sunday, Sept. 30 from 12pm—1pm in the parish hall.

CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD HAS BEGUN
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumed last Sunday.  It is held 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 you’re invited to come forward before the Liturgy of the Word begins.  Parents are welcome to accompany your children to the hall if you’d like. 
   We ask that all children who participate 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 (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

A Baptism Preparation Seminar for new Parents will be held on Monday, September 24, 7:30pm in the hall. Come learn about the Sacrament and the Ceremony.  Please call the office to register this week.
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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!

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 de Paul 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 emil him here to begin your inquiry and learning.

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 17—Saint Robert Bellarmine
   8:30 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)

Tuesday, September 18
   8:30 am   Christine Harmon  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday September 19—Saint Januarius, martyr
   8:30 am   Edward & Helen Hoolahan  (Friend)

Thursday, September 20—The Korean Martyrs
   8:30 am   Marion Arturo, birthday  (Renee Arturo Kleiner)

Friday, September 21—Saint Matthew, apostle
   8:30 am   Michael Bucha  (JoAnn & Jack Lovey)

Saturday, September 22                 
   9:00 am   Richard Bellinger  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

   5:00 pm   Edward Hoolahan, birthday  (The Greif Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 23 — 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Kathleen McAndrews)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Christine Harmon  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Sunday:  Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

Monday:  1 Corinthians 11:17-26, 33; Psalm 40:7-10, 17; Luke 7:1-10

Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 12:12-14, 27-31a; Psalm 100:1-5; Luke 7:11-17

Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 12:31 -- 13:13; Psalm 33:2-5, 12, 22; Luke 7:31-35

Thursday:  1 Corinthians 15:1-11; Psalm 118:1b-2, 16ab-17, 28; Luke 7:36-50

Friday:  Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-13; Psalm 19:2-5; Matthew 9:9-13

Saturday:  1 Corinthians 15:35-37, 42-49; Psalm 56:10c-14;  Luke 8:4-15

Next Sunday:  Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Psalm 54:3-8; James 3:16–4:3; Mark 9:30-37

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now: breakfast bars, powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans, and fruit or pudding in single-serving containers.  [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.] 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 St.  Thanks!

The Forty Days for Life Prayer Vigil is returning to downtown Pittsburgh this September 26 to November 4.    See today’s bulletin insert for information.

MEALS ON WHEELS CAN SERVE YOU
    The Aspinwall Meals on Wheels has been serving area senior citizens since 1975.  If you or a parent or family member needs help with meals, please call 412-820-8350 this week.  Volunteers are also welcome!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Aspinwall Meals on Wheels for being a sponsor.   Please see their advertisement.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Store Certificates offered by CDTCA will be on sale NEXT Sunday, September 23 after the morning Liturgies.  Your purchase of retail certificates will help support the programs and students of our regional Catholic School!  Thank you very much!

OUR CDTCA COMMUNITY OF STUDENTS, PARENTS, AND FAMILIES
    Our classes at CDTCA have begun, and this year is off to a very good start.  We’re very happy to have  200+ students and their parents and families in our CDTCA community!  Thank you for investing in your children’s Catholic education and in their future 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 ask you to share our Catholic faith, life, and prayer with your students.  Be certain to bring your children to the Liturgy every Sunday.  Our worship is the heart of our faith.  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 follow him!                           
    We’ve been raised to choose our path in life. From the time we were young, our parents, family and teachers told us to consider what would bring us fulfillment and then pursue it with all our energy and dedication. Yet Jesus teaches another lesson. He calls us to follow him above all else even when it involves the cross!
 
     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