March 26, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Are there blind spots in your vision?   All of us who still have clear eyesight presume that we can and do see all things clearly in our lives.  Yet, in reality, many people have blind spots where they do not see their shortcomings or their faults or their sins.  Many think that all is well with their lives when, in fact, they need the light and grace of the Lord Jesus to show them where they are not seeing clearly.
    Just as the man born blind in today’s Gospel passage wanted Jesus to restore and heal his vision, so too should we ask Jesus to open our eyes and help us see ourselves clearly and honestly this Lent.  We may assume that we’re perfect disciples, even saints.  Instead, we should ask Jesus to show us clearly where we need improvements to become the holy, humble, charitable, and respectful Catholic Christians that he calls us to be.  God bless!                                         
                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato    

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    We’ve begun 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 this amount to support the Diocese and all Diocesan programs.
    You received 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 very helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much for your support!
 
This Sunday, March 25-26, our annual Campaign for Human Development will be held to help lift our fellow Catholics out of poverty in our nation.

LENTEN MEAL AND PRAYER FOR HAITI
    All parish members and families and friends are welcome to a soup and bread dinner and prayer service on Wednesday, March 29, in the parish hall.  The meal will begin at 6:30pm, and the prayer service at 7:30pm.  
    During this evening, we’ll reflect on the seven Corporal (Physical) Works of Mercy and how they relate to us and to the people of Haiti.  Please plan to join us!  This event is sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee. 

MOVING FORWARD THIS SUNDAY!
    At the request of our parish staff, all of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited and welcome to move forward in the church for our Sunday Liturgy.
    The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where so much of “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should want to be as close as possible!  To stay away at a distance decreases our experience and our participation in the sacred proclamations and actions taking place in every Liturgy. 
    Likewise, we’d like to create even more the sense that we are gathered as a community of disciples at prayer and NOT simply as a group of spectators here to "see what's happening.”
    It’s good that family members draw close together at gatherings, and it’s good that they take part in family life.  The same is true of our Liturgy.  It’s important that we draw close to Jesus and one another and that we participate fully.  Please consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US DURING HOLY WEEK!
    Each year during Holy Week, the Church every where celebrates very solemn and meaningful remembrances of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus and his final days before his death on the Cross and his Resurrection.    
    At each celebration, there are plenty of open seats in our parish church.  Many of these places were once occupied by church members who are now in their 80’s or 90’s and older — or who have now gone home to God.
    These seats are now available for you and your family!   Please join us on the important days of Palm Sunday, Monday’s evening Tenebrae Service on April 10 at 7:30pm, our Holy Thursday Liturgy at 7:30pm, our Good Friday services at 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 7:00pm, as well as our Sacred Easter Vigil at 8:30pm on April 15, and our April 16 Easter Sunday Liturgies at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 11:00am!
    Plan now to join us throughout Holy Week.  You and the Lord will be glad that you did!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA LENTEN DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Our Appalachia Team depends on fundraising and your generosity to fund their visit to southern West Virginia for their Mission Trip.  This Lent, our Team is asking your financial donations and support so that they might return again for this June Mission week of witness, catechesis, and service.
    If you’d like to make a Lenten donation toward this important effort, you’ll find envelopes in the main church entrance with donation amounts suggested on each envelope.  Please place donations in the parish office or in the Sunday collection before Easter Sunday, April 16.   Thank you very much for your generosity and your support!

Pet Therapy—Tuesday, April 4, at 4:00pm at the Aspinwall Veterans Administration Hospital.
Produce to People service work — Saturday, April 8, at the Community Food Bank.  Meet here at 8:30am.

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23
    Join us next month on Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm—7:00pm, in the school cafeteria for our annual Appalachia Mission Team Spaghetti Dinner!   Come for a fine dinner and support this important parish effort!   If you can’t go to Appalachia to serve the poor and those in need, join us for dinner to do your part!
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS
   Join fellow parish members each Lenten Friday.  Women’s Stations of the Cross —12 noon.  Parish Stations of the Cross — 7:00pm.  All are welcome!

Young men in college and graduates considering a vocation to the ministerial priesthood are welcome to dinner and the movie Hacksaw Ridge on April 6, 6:30pm at St. Paul Seminary. Email tsullivan@diopitt.org for information and to reserve a seat.

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 help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!
 
SUPPORT THE GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND NOW AND ON APRIL 14
    Every Good Friday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks all Catholic Christians throughout the world to offer our generous support for the Catholic community in the Holy Land of Jerusalem and Israel. 
    Our fellow Catholic Christians in the land of Jesus need our support to help them remain there despite the challenges.  We can also do much to help them educate and catechize the next generations of Catholic Christians there.  Please support the life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
    All expectant and new parents are invited and welcome to our Baptism Preparation Session in the Ministry Center Library this Monday, March 27, at 7:30pm.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Ceremony.  Contact the parish office to register.  The next session will be May 8.

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. 

‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Now 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 pre-born lives!

DO YOU NEED A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT?
    This Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00pm, staff from the Diocesan Tribunal will offer a seminar in the Saint Paul Cathedral social hall.  Come and learn about beginning the nullity process after your divorce.
 
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, March 27
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Tuesday, March 28
   8:30 am   Robert Dean Henry   (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, March 29
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra  (The Sbarra Family)

Thursday, March 30
   8:30 am   Mary S. Rees, birthday   (daughter, Peggy Santelli)

Friday, March 31
   8:30 am   Lillian & Chuck Cochran   (Jean & Bill Eckert)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, April 1
   9:00 am   Connie Certo   (Aunt Jo & Aunt Natalie)
   5:00 pm   Gino Marsico, birthday  (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday April 2 — Fifth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Bradley Cone  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    9:00 am   Sr. Pat Baker—Blessings & continued health  (Carole & Jer Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of March 26, 2017

Sunday: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Psalm 23:1-6/Eph 5:8-14/John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Monday: Isaiah 65:17-21/Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-12a, 13b/John 4:43-54

Tuesday: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12/Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/John 5:1-16

Wednesday: Isaiah 49:8-15/Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-15, 17-18/John 5:17-30

Thursday: Exodus 32:7-14/Psalm 106:19-23/John 5:31-47

Friday: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22/Psalm 34:17-21, 23/John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday: Jeremiah 11:18-20/Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-12/John 7:40-53

Next Sunday: Ezekiel 37:12-14/Psalm 130:1-8/Romans 8:8-11/John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned red or black or baked beans,  canned vegetables, canned soup with pull-tab lids,small bottles of cooking oil, and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance.  
    This group does an annual Easter egg hunt for children.  They request donations of new or gently used stuffed animals of any size.  These donations can be left in the gray bins (in plastic bags if possible).
    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 the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY! 

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year!  Call the school soon for info.

Many thanks are extended to all our families and members who joined us for the recent Night at the Races and our Lenten Fish Fry.  These events were both very successful.  Thanks for your support!

MARCH 27 LENTEN FAMILY EVENING
    Plan now to attend a special Lenten evening for families of our parish and school communities this March 27 from 6:30pm—8:00pm in the parish hall.  There will be family activities and time together!   We’ll also be assembling boxes of items for the homeless.
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THE SAINT MONICA SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU
    The Saint Monica Society of our parish meets monthly to pray for those who have drifted from the Church and to continue contact with those in assisted living and nursing homes.  Join them on Saturday, April 1, at 9:40am in the parish hall.  For info, call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) today.

A SPECIAL REQUEST TO HELP INFANTS
   Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon is working to assist local young mothers in need.  Six infants need your care and goodness—including a set of three newborn, triplet girls.  If you can be of assistance with
baby items (cribs ,clothes, blankets, diapers, baby furniture), please contact Mary Catherine (412-781-6550) before Easter.  Your help is greatly appreciated and needed as well.  Thank you very much!

A NEW PROGRAM CALLED ‘VISIO DIVINA’
     This Sunday, March 26, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, in the parish hall,  Mr. Andy Bechman will expand on the program of Lectio Divina (‘Divine Reading’) with the spiritual program of Visio Divina  (Divine Seeing).  You’ll be looking for inspiring images.   Bring a digital camera or smartphone camera. 
    You’ll take time to find images that inspire.   In the hall, you’ll share your photos and use them to pray.  There is  NO FEE for this program!

Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

Draw ever closer to the Lord this Lent!

Jesus can open our eyes!
   Many Christians have forgotten all that Jesus has done for us and all that he can and will do for us. Among the many blessings that Jesus offers to his disciples are the gifts of light and sight and vision. Jesus shows us the love of God, the truth of our world, and the path to salvation. Look to him with open eyes!

     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