October 7, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Today is Respect Life Sunday and the start of our annual Respect Life Month.  This is the time when we acknowledge how blessed we are to receive life and goodness from God.  It’s also the time when we dedicate ourselves to reminding others of how sacred and wonderful is the gift of life.
    As Catholic Christians, we always cherish our life and the life of each other.  We are grateful to God for the lives of all people, both those living and those who have lived.  We cherish all human life—including the life of those waiting to be born.
    Knowing that pre-born children and all infants and youngsters need our protection, care, and goodness, we dedicate ourselves to the youngest of God’s children.  While our nation can be cruel to pre-born children, may we extend our care and protection to pre-born children now and always.  God bless!
                                                                                   — Father Jim Torquato 
    
YOU CAN STILL JOIN OUR BIBLE STUDIES
   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  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 calling Andy Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

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 today.  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!

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!

TODAY’S RESPECT LIFE PRAYER CHAIN
    Today’s Life Chain of Prayer will be held on Route 8 from Kittanning St. to Grant St., 2-3pm.  Come stand in silent witness to the sacredness of all life, and pray for pre-born children and an end to abortion.

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!
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BIRTHRIGHT FALL LUNCHEON AND FUNDRAISER ON NOVEMBER 3
    On Saturday, November 3, 10am—1pm, an early Luncheon and Fundraising Event will be held at the Chadwick Banquet Center in Wexford to benefit the work of Birthright which assists young mothers and their infants.  Call 412-621-1988 for information or visit their website here (+).

PLEASE BE VERY CAREFUL!
    Our song books carry a lot of weight—literally.  Please carefully place your song book into its holder.  Many of our song book holders have been broken because the books are being dropped into the holders.  Repairing these book holders requires a great deal of time.  Please be careful with your book.

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!
 
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.

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 8—Columbus Day
   8:30 am   Irene Marsico Kelhofer  (The Gonzalez Family)

Tuesday, October 9—Saint Denis and companions
   8:30 am   CDTCA students, staff & volunteers  (Kathleen McAndrews)

Wednesday, October 10
   8:30 am   Jan Vojta  (Maureen Griffith)

Thursday, October 11—Pope Saint John XXIII
   8:30 am   Irene Kelhofer  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Friday, October 12
   8:30 am   Nicholas Patrick Powers  (All his loved ones)

Saturday, October 13
   9:00 am   Lillian Marmarella  (The Gonzalez Family)

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

Sunday, October 14 — 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Francis Daily, Sr.  (The Daily Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan CSSp
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Frederick Greif  (Wife)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 7
Sunday:  Genesis 2:18-24;  Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6;  Hebrews 2:9-11; Mark 10:2-16
Monday:  Galatians 1:6-12;  Ps 111:1b-2, 7-8, 9+10c;  Luke 10:25-37   
Tuesday:  Galatians 1:13-24;  Ps 139:1b-3, 13-14ab, 14c-15;  Luke 10:38-42
Wednesday:  Galatians 2:1-2, 7-14;  Ps 117:1bc, 2;  Luke 11:1-4
Thursday:  Galatians 3:1-5;  Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75;  Luke 11:5-13
Friday:  Galatians 3:7-14;  Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6;  Luke 11:15-26
Saturday:  Galatians 3:22-29;  Ps 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7;  Luke 11:27-28
Next Sunday:  Wisdom 7:7-11;  Psalm 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17;  Hebrews 4:12-13;  Mark 10:17-30

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thanks for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered or shelf-stable milk, canned red or black beans,  dried fruit, and Hamburger Helper-type meal mixes.  [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.  Contact Meredith Troyan here to register!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall.  Please see their advertisement.

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!

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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ARE YOU WILLING TO WELCOME OTHERS?
    We welcome guests into our homes.  We’re also meant to welcome visitors into our churches!  
As October 15 approaches, would you be willing to welcome to parish members from our neighboring parishes on Saturday evening and Sunday morning?
    They will appreciate your words of welcome, and you can help them become familiar with our church and campus.  Your hospitality toward our fellow Church members is very important every Sunday!   Please complete a white card near the bulletins, or call the parish office (412-781-0186).

A FAREWELL NEXT SUNDAY, 8:10am
    Parish members who participate in the Sunday 7:30am Liturgy will host a farewell in the parish hall after the 7:30am Mass on October 14.  All who pray at the 7:30am Mass are welcome to come and spend time together as that early Liturgy comes to an end.

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.

Christian Meditation, Wed., 9:05am, in the church.

Jesus blesses his people with life!
    We are blessed by the Lord Jesus every day even if we don’t always recognize his goodness and his grace.  Beginning with our birth and then our Baptism, we receive natural life and spiritual life from God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  May we always know how blessed by God are our lives and our families every day!
 
     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