February 26, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Lent is finally here!  It’s our holy time to draw closer to the Lord Jesus and to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection during the Easter Season!
    As always, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and the marking with ashes which give public admission to our sinfulness and our hope for conversion.
    It’s NOT the ashes that save us.  The ashes mark our iniquity.  It’s the Lord Jesus and our faith and life in him which save us!
    For the next 90 days, we will focus on the Lord and his Resurrection—40 days of Lent to prepare for the Easter Season, and 50 days to celebrate the Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost! 
    May we all have a good beginning this Ash Wednesday, and may the next 90 days deepen our faith and life in Jesus as well journey with him to eternal life in his glorious Kingdom.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our parish members and families who support our parish community and operations throughout each year.  Every parish and every Diocese exists thanks to the grace of God and thanks to the participation and financial support of the Lord’s disciples within each local Church.  Without your support and participation, the Church would find it difficult to exist in a given area.  There’s NO source of funding except for the funding provided by you!
    Each Sunday and every year, our contributors and our participants keep our local parish and Church Alive!  Please know how grateful our pastor, staff, and entire community are for your faith, your goodness, and your support.  God bless you!

CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church.  So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,166,609 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and YOUR help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Each year, your generosity to Bishop David Zubik and the operations and programs of our Catholic Diocese are greatly appreciated!   Your financial support of the Diocese is also very much needed.
    As such, we’re beginning our 2017 Parish Share Campaign to collect and remit to our Central Diocesan  Administration the amount required of us this year.  Based on last year’s donations to our parish, we are asked to raise $69,950 before January 2018.  This amount is 17.5% of our own parish’s income last year.  As always, we’re asked to collect these funds to support the Diocese.
    As we’ve done for the past 40 years, we’ll be sending you in the mail an information letter and brochure along with a donation or pledge card.  We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250 once again.  If you can contribute more ($300, $500, $1000, or even $2000), your generosity will be greatly helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget. 
    Again, thank you very much for your support as we begin our 2017 Parish Share Campaign.  The Bishop, all our pastors, and the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh appreciate your goodness and support.  God bless!

ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE SEASON OF LENT
     In three days, on Ash Wednesday, March 1, all Christians will begin the Season of Lent as a time of prayer and conversion in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.  The goal is to be closer to the Lord and better Christian disciples come Easter Sunday.
    Ashes will be distributed following the Homily at the 8:30am Liturgy, a service at 12 Noon, a service at 4:00pm, and a Liturgy at 7:00pm. Mark your calendar!
     Regarding Ash Wednesday, it is always a day of fasting (for everyone 18-59 years) and abstaining from meat (everyone age 14 years and older).  If for some medical reason, fasting is not advisable, then another form of penance should be performed.
     In addition, Lent should be a time of additional prayer at home and in church.  Join us for the weekday morning Liturgies.  Come on Fridays for the Women’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon or the parish Stations at 7:00pm.  Lent should also be a time of penance, fasting, spiritual self-discipline, contrition for our sins, and sacramental Reconciliation.  Likewise, Lent should be a season of increased charity at home, in our community, and toward the needy and poor.
     Make plans now for Ash Wednesday and for the 40 days of Lent!   May all of us draw closer to Jesus in the holy weeks ahead, and may we be even better and more faithful disciples of Christ this coming Easter!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

ASH WEDNESDAY MEAGER MEAL TO BENEFIT OUR APPALACHIA MISSION
    This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting and Abstaining from meat for us.  You’re all  invited to a Meager meal of a bowl of soup and bread as part of your Ash Wednesday observance and as a way to contribute to our Appalachia Team’s fund-raising for its June Mission Trip to southern West Virginia. 
    The donation for a bowl of soup and bread is $5.  You may also purchase a quart of soup for $10.
The meals will be served 11:00am-1:30pm and then 4:00-7:00pm THIS Wednesday, March 1 in the parish hall. Come join us to get your Lent off to a good start!

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE
    Our Appalachia Team still has a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase.  Each candy bar is $2, and your help supports the Mission Trip to West Virginia.  Thanks very much!
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COME GET YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!
    During this weekend of February 25—26, our local Girl Scout Troop will be offering their Girl Scout cookies for sale after all our weekend Liturgies.  Your support of this local and national organization that benefits many young girls will be greatly appreciated.

TODAY’S MARDI GRAS COFFEHOUSE
    This Sunday morning, February 26, our parish women’s Aquinas Guild will host a coffeehouse for parish members and families in the parish hall after our Sunday Liturgies.  Thanks to our Aquinas Guild for assembling these Mardi Gras socials before Lent begins. Please join us this Sunday morning in the hall.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 “ON MISSION “ LENTEN REFLECTION GATHERINGS
    In 16 parish churches around the Diocese, on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am until 12 noon, our Bishop and his staff will host Lenten Reflection and Prayer Gatherings to help prepare our church members for the upcoming On Mission changes in our diocesan church. 
    Locally, these sessions will be held at: Saint Bonaventure Church, Shaler;  Our Lady of Joy Parish, Plum;  Saint Alphonsus Parish, Wexford; and Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree.
    Please join other members of the Church for a morning of prayer and reflection in this important time!

Three hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation have been scheduled in every parish on March 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Prepare now to be reconciled!
 
Get a Spiritual Boost Online! Here are two online resources that can give you a spiritual boost during the day.  Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a 3 minute daily prayer online here.

A REQUEST FROM SAINT MARY CEMETERY
     If your family members are laid to rest at Saint Mary Cemetery, Sharps Hill, please know that the annual clean up of the cemetery will take place during the month of March.  All items placed at the graves will be removed.  If you’d like to retrieve any of these items currently at any graves, please come for them before March 1.  Thank you!
    Also, with the recent establishment of the Catholic Parish Cemetery Association for the administration and oversight of all parish cemeteries, Saint Mary Cemetery (and all parish cemeteries) will be contacting as many families as possible in order to update family information at the cemetery.  Please expect a telephone call in the near future for this purpose—or call them at 412-784-8700!
  
‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Beginning March 1 through April 9,  7:00am until 7:00pm each day,  a Lenten prayer vigil will be held outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown. Join others in saving lives!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In March,  your donations of canned tuna, chicken, salmon, and/ or sloppy joes are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance. 

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!
 
VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Victim's Assistance Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, February 27
   8:30 am   Mary Byrne  (M. Griffith)

Tuesday, February 28
   8:30 am   Holy Face of Jesus

Wednesday, March 1 — Ash Wednesday
   8:30 am   Anthony P. Fiorentino  (Georgene Veltri)
   12:00 pm   Service with Ashes
   4:00 pm   Service with Ashes
   7:00 pm   Sheila Massalski and Peter Massalski  (The Massalski Family)

Thursday, March 2
   8:30 am   Charity Specht  (Georgene Veltri)

Friday, March 3 — Saint Katherine Drexel
   8:30 am   John Dimasi  (Family)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 4 — Saint Casimir
   9:00 am   Donald Roddy  (Lawrence and Martha John)
   5:00 pm   John Mroz  (Paula Scalamogna)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday March 5 — First Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola   (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Dr. Robert Romano (Wife)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 26, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 49:14-15/Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9/1 Corinthians 4:1-5/Matthew 6:24-34

Monday: Sirach 17:20-24/Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7/Mark 10:17-27

Tuesday: Sirach 35:1-12/Psalm 50:5-8, 14, 23/Mark 10:28-31

Wednesday: Joel 2:12-18/Psalm 51:3-6ab, 12-14, 17/2 Corinthians 5:20--6:2/Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: Deuteronomy 30:15-20/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 9:22-25

Friday: Isaiah 58:1-9a/Psalm 51:3-6ab, 18-19/Matthew 9:14-15

Saturday: Isaiah 58:9b-14/Psalm 86:1-6/Luke 5:27-32

Next Sunday: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17/Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Matthew 4:1-11

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned vegetables, canned red or black beanscanned soup with meat or beans in pull tab cans;  boxed meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper);  and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   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 very much!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Walnut Grill, Waterworks Mall  for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement with their $2 donation to our parish community for each Sunday Adult Brunch ordered!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

HANDING ON OUR CATHOLIC FAITH EACH DAY
     At the heart of the education provided to students at CDTCA is our teaching and celebrating our Catholic faith each and every day!  If you’d like to share our Catholic Christian faith and life with your children or grandchildren, consider enrolling your young students in CDTCA.  Contact our school office (412-781-7927).

OUR 2017 NIGHT AT THE RACES
     On Saturday evening, March 18, our school PTG will hold their annual Night at the Races fundraiser in the parish gymnasium.  Come and join in the fun, and also support our regional Catholic elementary school!  Complete with horse races and table games and raffles and other fun, you can continue to keep CDTCA vital and strong now and in the years ahead! Contact our school office (412-781-7927) for tickets, information, and for info about sponsoring races or contributing to this special event!   Come join us!
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Several prayer booklets for Lent  are available at the church entrances!   Get your copy or copies while they last,  and make good use of them during Lent!

SIGN UP FOR A LIFE CHANGING LENT!
    The national program Dynamic Catholic and author Matthew Kelly invite you to have your Best Lent Ever.  Sign up at the Dynamic Catholic website here to receive a daily Lenten email and brief video that will help guide you to faith and happiness in the Lord!

WOMEN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS LENT
    Every Friday this Lent, our Aquinas women’s Guild invites all the women of our parish to their Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in the church.  This year will feature “Mary’s Way of the Cross” which sees the Stations through the eyes of our Blessed Mother Mary.

SPRING BIBLE STUDY ON MARCH 9
    Would you like to deepen your understanding of the Bible AND your spiritual connection to our common home, the Earth?   A Bible study about our Stewardship of the Earth will be held here for six Thursdays at 7:30pm beginning March 9.  The seminar materials donation is $20 per person.  Please contact Andy Bechman  (412-781-0186, ext. 18  OR  by email here) before March 1. 

Jesus calls us to a Holy Lent!
     In today’s gospel teaching, Jesus reminds us that the love of God provides countless blessings for all people in this world and in this lifetime. During the Season of Lent, Jesus also calls us to find life and mercy and salvation in him. May we always be mindful of these promises, and may we deepen our life in the Lord this Lent!

     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
Internet site:  www.saintscholastica.com
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
Debbie VanDemark, Amy Condosta, ………….....Ext.10

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

Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, MS, MA, RRT................................Ext. 20 

Assistants for the Religious Education Program
Meredith Troyan, Gina Musser.........................Ext. 21

Director of Adult Religious Education and R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, MEd....................................Ext. 18 

Bookkeeper/ Safe Environment Coordinator
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