September 30, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Do you have a Retirement Account?  Are you perhaps a person of substantial means?  Do you play and hope to win the lottery some day?  Most of us in this nation spend a great deal of time working and saving and gambling to accumulate money, maybe even a fortune, in our lifetime.
    Today in the Gospel, however, Jesus calls us to direct our efforts toward sharing the love and life of God with others—especially the young—and building the Kingdom of God in which we’ll share everlasting life. 
    This life and this world are not eternal, and no one really wants to suffer in the fires of Gehenna.  It’s very important, as Jesus teaches, that we direct our faith and our lives beyond this life toward the eternal life of God which is promised to those who do the will and the work of the Almighty.  God bless!
                                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato
    
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 as soon as possible by calling Andy Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or emailing him here.

YOU CAN STILL JOIN OUR SUNDAY CHOIR
    Beginning Sunday, October 21, our parish will have ONE Sunday choir which will assist with singing at the new 9:30am Liturgy.  As you know, the weekend Liturgies will begin at 5:00pm Saturday, and 9:30am and 12:00pm on Sundays.  The consolidated choir will be present at the 9:30am Mass.
    If you’d like to join this unified, larger choir, please contact Sister Pat Baker before October 1.  The choir will have its practices on Wednesday evenings.

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!

Give thanks to the Lord for he is good!

A TIME FOR FAREWELLS ON OCTOBER 9
    All parish families and members are welcome to come to a farewell reception for Father Jim Torquato on Tuesday, October 9, from 6:00pm—8:00pm, in the parish hall.  This will simply be a time to say farewell as Father Jim leaves on Sunday, October 14 for his new ministry in southern Butler and southern Lawrence Counties at Saint Ferdinand Parish in Cranberry Township,  Saint Gregory Parish in Zelienople, and Holy Redeemer Parish in Ellwood City.  Refreshments will be offered.  Many thanks to our Aquinas Guild members for their help and service!
 
FOSTERING INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP
    As the Church heads into the future, we’re reminded that we’re all called to follow Jesus and to live our faith with true intention and dedication.  Choose to be an intentional disciple every day!

THE NEW CONSOLIDATED OCTOBER LITURGY SCHEDULE
    This is the Liturgy schedule for our new four parish grouping as of Monday, October 15.
     Yes, there will be fewer Liturgies—but hopefully more participants gathered at each Sunday Mass.
      This approved interim schedule will begin October 15, and then this interim October schedule will be reviewed after Easter 2019.

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

Confessions / Reconciliation Times
Wednesdays       6:30pm     Saint Scholastica Church
Saturdays            9:30am     Saint Edward Church
Saturdays            3:30pm     Madonna of Jerusalem Church
 

FAITH FORMATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

BEGINNING THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    This is the beginning of the Catechetical Year and our Faith Formation Programs in every parish.  All students in public schools or private academies or charter schools are required to participate in our faith formation programs in every grade K-8.  Be sure to register your children and bring them every week for class or their small group study! 
    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 have begun and will be held weekly on Sundays at 10am OR Tuesdays at 6:15pm.  
    Grades 6-8 small groups will sign up TODAY, Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10-11am in the school.
    Home Study students should pick up books today, Sunday, Sept. 30, in the school on  10-11am.
    Finally, there will be a meeting for Parents of all Confirmation Class students, today, Sunday, Sept. 30 from 12pm—1pm in the parish hall.
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28th ANNUAL LOVE WALK FOR THE POOR
    On Sunday, November 4, at 2:00pm, our Catholic Diocese will host this year’s Love Walk for the Poor inviting high school students, young adults, and parents to join for prayer and praise and the Sunday Liturgy beginning at 2:00pm at Saint Peter Church, Arch Street, North Side. This time will be followed by a walk together taking winter scarves, hats, coats, gloves, and winter food packets to the Catholic Charities Welcome Center on Ninth Street, Downtown.  Contact Meredith Troyan now if you’d like to participate in this day of prayer and charity!

BOY SCOUTS’ POPCORN FUNDRAISER THIS WEEKEND
    THIS weekend, September 29-30, our local Boy Scouts will be selling Popcorn items as part of their annual fundraising.  Thanks for your support!

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 October donations of hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, hot chocolate packets, and tea packets — 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 email 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, October 1—Saint Therese of the Child Jesus
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (Wife)

Tuesday, October 2—The Holy Guardian Angels
   8:30 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, October 3
   8:30 am  Irene Kelhofer  (The Scanlon Family)

Thursday, October 4—Saint Francis of Assisi, deacon
   8:30 am   LeRoy Lundgren  (The Scanlon Family)

Friday, October 5—Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos
   8:30 am   Barbara Dziubek  (Paul & Molly Gabos)

Saturday, October 6—Blessed Marie Rose Durocher
   9:00 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Nicholas & Lorraine Maslaney)

   5:00 pm   Jean Canel Eckert  (Husband Bill & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, October 7 — 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Friend)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan CSSp
   11:00 am   Carol Newell  (The Goreczny Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Sunday:  Numbers 11:25-19; Psalm 19:8, 10, 12-14; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48

Monday:  Job 1:6-22; Psalm 17:1bcd-3, 6-7; Luke 9:46-50

Tuesday:  Job 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23; Psalm 88:2-8; Matthew 18:1-5, 10

Wednesday:  Job 9:1-12, 14-16; Psalm 88:10bc-15; Luke 9:57-62

Thursday:  Job 19:21-27; Psalm 27:7-9abc, 13-14; Luke 10:1-12

Friday:  Job 38:1, 12-21; 40:3-5; Psalm 139:1-3, 7-10, 13-14ab; Luke 10:13-16

Saturday:  Job 42:1-3, 5-6, 12-17; Psalm 119:66, 71, 75, 91, 125, 130; Luke 10:17-24

Next Sunday:  Genesis 2:18-24; Psalm 128:1-6; Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  canned meat, fish, or entrees; powdered or shelf-stable milk; canned red or black beans; and dried fruit.  [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!

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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Catholic Match Pennsylvania.  Please see their advertisement for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Interested parents and grandparents can always find information about our excellent regional school at www.cdtca.org.  Come join us this year!

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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WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HELP WITH YOUR MARRIED LIFE?
    Life is not easy.  If your marriage needs support or help, take part in a local Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend.  Call  412-277-3434 for confidential info.

WEEKEND RETREAT FOR HEALING
    The Rachel’s Vineyard Ministry will hold a weekend for the healing of women and men affected by the choice to procure an abortion.  This weekend of discussion and prayer will be held November 16-18 at the Ark and the Dove Center, 10745 Babcock Boulevard, north of North Park Lake.  The donation is $175 per person for lodging and meals.  Please contact Toni Jester (412-352-5348) for information.  Please register before November 9.

Jesus appreciates the good we do!                                
    There is so much good being done by the members of the Church and by the disciples of Jesus even now in the 21st century since Jesus’ time! Yet there is always need for more good, charity, and kindness in our community, society and world. May we all do good each day, and may we encourage all others to do good too.

     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