April 22, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    It’s good and important for us to remember each day—throughout these 50 days of the Easter Season—that the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the most important event in the history of the world and the history of humanity!  The Resurrection of Jesus was a phenomenal event which also confirmed Jesus’ identity as the only Son of God and as the Messiah and Savior of humanity.
    In addition to Jesus’ event and promise of the Resurrection, the Lord has also given us sacred gifts about which we hear in the Scripture readings of this Easter Season.  In those amazing 50 days of the first Easter, Jesus also gave all his followers the gift of divine life in the Eucharist which we still celebrate today.  The Risen Lord also gave us his gift of mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  In addition, Jesus gave us all the promise that he would be our Good Shepherd who cares for and protects and provides for all of us who are his people.
    May we always remain close to the Lord Jesus and be grateful for all the goodness and gifts that he gives to us throughout our lives.  God bless!
                                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato

NEWS ABOUT OUR SANCTUARY WALL
    The survey results have been tallied, and it’s a photo finish!  More than 550 members and friends participate in our Sunday Liturgies each week.  About 250 adults and family members chose to submit a ballot in our sanctuary wall survey.  While some expected the result to be an overwhelming request to repaint the sanctuary wall, such is not the case.  Slightly more than half of the ballots voted for repainting, and nearly half of those responding have asked that the current appearance be retained. 
    Since the result is so close, I will wait and discuss this matter with the new administrative team (of the new local parish grouping) that will be named by the Bishop next weekend.   This seems to be a fair approach. 
                                                                                   — Father Jim Torquato
    
OUR 2018 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Thank you for your annual support of our Parish Share Campaign which allows us to support Bishop Zubik and our Diocesan Church!
    Our 2018 Parish Share goal is to raise $67,780 for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.   Each household is asked to contribute $250 or more at this time or to make a monthly pledge.    On behalf of our Bishop and our entire Diocesan Church, thank you for helping our parish community to meet our 2018 Parish Share goal before April 30!

    OUR CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION TODAY
   This Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm, we will welcome retired Bishop William J. Winter for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation.   
    Nearly 60 students from Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, Saint Pio Parish, and our regional school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, will be here with their sponsors, parents, and families as the fullness of the Holy Spirit is shared with them.  These young men and women will also publicly profess and commit themselves to our faith and life as Catholic Christians in the Church. 
   May the Lord bless these young Catholic Christians, their families, our parish communities, and all the Church today and through all the years ahead!

NEXT WEEKEND’S IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS
    We’re only one week away from Bishop Zubik’s announcement of the new Clergy Teams of priests and deacons who will serve and lead each of the new parish groupings that will come into effect on Sunday, October 15.  Next weekend, the Bishop’s letter that will be read at each Liturgy will share the names of the priests and deacons being assigned to each parish grouping, and the letter will also announce the new assignments where current parish clergy will be transferred on October 15.  Let us all continue to pray for our Diocesan Church and for all our parishes, clergy, and church members!

A CHANGE IN OUR PARISH STAFF
   Beginning tomorrow, Monday,  April 23, our parish bookkeeper, Mrs. Amy Condosta, will change from her full time position with our parish staff to a part-time evening role here as she also  begins her new work in the finance division of a company located near her home.  Amy will continue as our part-time parish bookkeeper until mid-October when the new clergy administrative team will begin a new era (and a new administration) for all four parishes here in this local parish grouping.
    Regarding Amy’s other responsibilities here, the bookkeeping for Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy has now been transferred to the regional North Hills Regional Catholic Elementary Schools and will be overseen by Andrea Vescio, the regional business manager. 
    Also, our Safe Environment Program will be overseen by Mrs. Debbie VanDemark.  We will also work to provide office and telephone coverage so that our parish will continue to be administered well from now until mid-October when the new future begins!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CONFIRMATION STUDENTS!
    Congratulations to our 50 students in the Eighth Grade who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday!  All of the Eighth Grade students in our CDTCA regional school and in our parish Religious Education program are receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit.  The Lord gives us this sacred gift so that we might always be in union with him and so that we receive the divine life of God. To all our newly Confirmed students and to your parents and teachers and catechists, congratulations!  God bless!

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER
    Next Sunday, April 29, 4:00pm—7:00pm, our Appalachia Mission Team will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner in the school cafeteria to help raise funds for this June’s Mission Trip.  All are welcome to come for dinner and support this Mission Trip.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 11-15
    From Monday, June 11, through Friday, June 15, our parish Religious Education staff will once again hold a morning Vacation Bible School for young children ages 5-9.  The donation is $15 for each student before May 1 and then $25 for each student after  May 1, 2018.   
    In addition, older students and parents are welcome to offer your time as VBS helpers. Please register now through the parish office, our web site, or the bulletin flyers at the church exits.

CAMP HELPING HAND JULY 9-11
    For three days, July 9-11, our Religious Education staff will hold the annual Camp Helping Hand to engage middle school students (grades 6-8) in local service projects for the benefit of our local community.  Again, please register now through our office, through our website, or using the flyer available at the church exits.  Sign up your youngsters today!
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ASHLEY DEMOSS JOINS US IN THE CHURCH
    This weekend, Ashley DeMoss is joining us in the Catholic Church.  Ashley was baptized and then raised in the Episcopalian Church.  Now she will profess the faith with us, be confirmed, and receive the Eucharist.  Welcome, Ashley!  God bless you.

ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR ENTIRE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
    On Sunday, July 29, at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik and the entire Church of Pittsburgh will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese.  All members and families of our Diocesan Church are invited to join in this celebration at 2:30pm, July 29!

A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER 25 DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    As our Diocese launches the next important phase of our “On Mission” effort this April 29,  Bishop David Zubik has requested that all of our current 188 parishes host time for Eucharistic Adoration in our churches to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish for this prayer will be Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our future and for the “On Mission” effort!

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!

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.

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your April donations of canned vegetables and fruits (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  Thank you for your generous donations.  Please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent DePaul Society!

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.
 
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, April 23—Saint George, martyr
   8:30 am   Henry & Helen Kaleida   (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Tuesday, April 24—Saint Fidelis, martyr
   8:30 am   Albert Urso  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, April 25—Saint Mark, evangelist
   8:30 am   Joseph Skemp   (Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Calihan)

Thursday, April 26
   8:30 am   Esther Marie Weible Macchioni  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Friday, April 27
   8:30 am   The Noonan Family  (Marjorie Ladley)

Saturday, April 28—Saint Peter Chanel, martyr
   9:00 am   Fr. John Brennan, living  (Maureen Griffith)

   5:00 pm   John Gentilcore  (Jack & Cindy Patrick)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 29 — Fifth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Carol Wiel   (Jer & Carole Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Shirley Horne  (The Sims Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of April 22, 2018

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12/Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29/1 John 3:1-2/John 10:11-18

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18/Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3, 4/John 10:1-10

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-26/Psalm 87:1b-3, 4-5, 6-7/John 10:22-30

Wednesday: 1 Peter 5:5b-14/Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17/Mark 16:15-20

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25/Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27/John 13:16-20

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33/Psalm 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-11ab/John 14:1-6

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 13:44-52/Psalm 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4/John 14:7-14

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 9:26-31/Psalm 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32/1 John 3:18-24/John 15:1-8

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese;  powdered or shelf-stable milk;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.   Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the main 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!

A GATHERING OF YOUNG ADULT CATHOLICS
    On April 27, our Diocese will host a SENT gathering for young adults. Visit the diocesan website here (+) for information.

A Bluegrass Benefit Concert to support the Saint Joseph House of Hospitality will be held on Friday, April 27, at 7:00pm in Synod Hall, 125 North Craig St., Oakland.  Donation $20. Call 412-471-0666 for info.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

REGISTERING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    You’re most welcome to join us so that your child/children will receive an excellent education and a
fine formation in our Catholic faith!  Call our office this week (412-781-7927) to register for August.

CDTCA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
    Mrs. Gina Studebaker has been the Language Arts teacher for Grades 6-8 for 11 years.  Mrs. Studebaker began her career in Catholic education at North American Martyrs School in Monroeville as an art teacher.  After raising her children, Elizabeth and Ben, Mrs. Studebaker came to CDTCA in 2007.  She has always appreciated the Catholic educational environment here at CDTCA, and she is most thankful to be a faculty member of CDTCA where she can share and live the Catholic faith with her students every day.
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GIRLS GETTING INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT
    Once again this year, the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest PA is offering two free weekend seminars this summer to girls entering grades 9-12.  Join many other girls from our region in learning about leadership, government , civics, community involvement, and more.  Apply before April 30 at www.GirlGov.org (+). 

The next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast for Women will be held May 12, 9:00am-12 noon at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Green Tree.  The donation is $23 per person.  Call 412-461-8906 by May 4 to register.

 Jesus is our Good Shepherd!
   All people want someone to look after them and to care for them. This is true of spouses, children, grandchildren, and friends as well. For millennia, our ancestors knew that God our Creator cared and provided for them. As Catholic Christians, we and all the Church know too that Jesus does and always will care for us!
 
     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