September 9, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Most of us are blessed with good hearing and clear speech.  Like everything else in our lives, we probably take these abilities and gifts for granted each day.  Yet along with everything in this world and everything in our lives, we should be truly grateful and give thanks every Sunday and every day—perhaps even many times a day!
    These abilities of hearing and speech—which Jesus restored to the deaf and mute man in today’s Gospel—serve us so wonderfully well in our lives.  These abilities of hearing and speech should also serve to draw us closer to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, each and every day as well.  
    Each day, we do very well to read and listen to the Word of God contained in the Bible.  It is the story of God’s love for humanity and for each of us.  Each day, we also draw close to the Lord through prayer and through sharing the Good News with others.
    May we grateful for our ability to hear and to speak, and may we listen to and praise the Lord every day.  God bless!                
                                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato   

PRO-LIFE VOTER REGISTRATION THIS WEEKEND   
    This weekend, our Respect Life Committee will place voter registration and absentee ballot forms at our exits.  You must be 18, a US citizen, and a resident of your district for at least 30 days.  Please make your vote down in favor of Pro-Life candidates. Please register, and please vote for Life!  Thank you.

OPEN HOUSE AT DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY
    Next Sunday, September 16, our city’s Catholic university, Duquesne University, will hold an Open House starting at 8:30am.  High school seniors and families may register at www.duq.edu/fallopenhouse (+).

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!

ANNOUNCING THE NEW SUNDAY SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 15
    This weekend, our Diocese is announcing 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.
    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 will be 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.

OUR 17th NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE AND SERVICE
    This Tuesday, September 11, we remember the terrorist attacks on our nation on September 11, 2001.  We also honor all those who perished as well as all those who rescued and served so valiantly.
    Tuesday is also now Patriot Day as well as our National Day of Service during which every American is encouraged to step outside and meet and serve our neighbors and our communities.  God bless!

CUSHIONS FOR OUR CHURCH SEATS
    As Father Torquato announced in church last weekend, 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!

A PRAYER SERVICE FOR MERCY AND REPARATION
    Today, Sunday, September 9, the historic Saint Anthony Chapel, 1400 Harpster Street on nearby Troy Hill will host a service of prayer for reparation and healing as those gathered pray for the Lord’s mercy and forgiveness of past sins.  There will be prayer before the Blessed Sacrament at 1:00pm and a Holy Hour of Reparation.  All are welcome!

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!

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!
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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9!
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word resumes THIS 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 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 or email him here.

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.  No need to register—just join us!

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 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! 

I believe in One God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, September 10
  8:30 am   Maria Scuglia  (Sandy & Tony Ricchiuto)

Tuesday, September 11—Patriot Day
  8:30 am   Edward & Helen Hoolahan  (The Scanlon Family)

Wednesday September 12—Most Holy Name of Mary
   8:30 am   Irene Kelhofer  (The Greif Family)

Thursday, September 13—St. John Chrysostom
   8:30 am   Helen Hoolahan, birthday  (The Greif Family)

Friday, September 14—The Exaltation of the Holy Cross
   8:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano  (Wife)

Saturday, September 15—Our Lady of Sorrows                  
   9:00 am   Peter Bernardo  (Molly & Paul Gabos)

   5:00 pm   Noreen Williams  (Bill Eckert)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, September 16 — 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer  (Tish Marsico) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Christine Harmon  (The Aquinas Guild) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2018
Sunday:  Isaiah 35:4-7a; Psalm 146:7-10; James 2:1-5; Mark 7:31-37

Monday:  1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Psalm 5:5-7, 12; Luke 6:6-11

Tuesday:  1 Corinthians 6:1-11; Psalm 149:1b-6a, 9b; Luke 6:12-19

Wednesday:  1 Corinthians 7:25-31; Psalm 45:11-12, 14-17; Luke 6:20-26

Thursday:  1 Corinthians 8:1b-7, 11-13; Psalm 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 23-24; Luke 6:27-38

Friday:  Numbers 21:4b-9; Psalm 78:1bc-2, 34-38; Philippians 2:6-11; John 3:13-17

Saturday:  1 Corinthians 10:14-22; Psalm 116:12-13, 17-18;  John 19:25-27 or Luke 2:33-35

Next Sunday:  Isaiah 50:5-9a; Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9; James 2:14-18; Mark 8:27-35

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR 
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now: canned red or black beans, powdered or shelf-stable milk, plain crackers, cereal bars, and single serving fruit or pudding cups.  [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.  Information will be shared with you soon!

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 Parishes Online for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement.

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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Share our faith with others.  They’ll be grateful!

     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