March 23, 2014

       Several weeks ago Bishop Zubik announced that Fr. James Torquato will become the next pastor of our parish.  The official date is Monday, April 28th.  On Sunday, May 4th, at the 11:00 am Mass Bishop Zubik will install Fr. Jim as pastor.  At that same Mass twelve of our 2nd graders will be receiving their First Holy Communion.  Also, that same Sunday Bishop Zubik will preside at the Confirmation of our eight graders at a 2:00 pm Mass (please note the change of time: from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm).  We welcome Fr. Jim as our new pastor and know that he can count on our prayers and support. 
Fr. Ken

      We have confessions scheduled at St. Mary's in Sharpsburg on Monday, March 24th at 7:00 pm.  Also, we have confessions at St. Scholastica on Saturdays at 9:30 am.

      There will be a second collection next week for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Catholic Home Missions Appeal, National Collection for Black and Native American Missions.  Thank you for your generosity for the upcoming collection, as well as this past week's collection for the students of Good Samaritans School in Haiti.  This Haitian collection was about $3,500.00.

      Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy is now taking registrations for the 2014-2015 school year.  For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact the school at 412-781-7927.

      Spring and Easter are a time of new birth, so help us celebrate with a "Diaper Drive" for families in need.  On Sunday, April 6, we will be collecting packages of baby diapers and wipes for donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg and like organizations.  All brands and sizes are welcome.  Please bring your donations to the Pastoral Center by Noon.

      Everyone is invited to the Pastoral Center after the 9:00 am and 11:00 am Masses on Sunday, March 30.  Join us as we welcome those who have joined our parish in the last year.  Coffee, tea, juice and refreshments will be served.

      On Saturday, April 12, the 9th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men will take place at the A.J. Palumbo Center.  Pre-registration is $40 and event day registration is $50.  College or high school student registration is $10. See promotional items in the back of the church. Completed registrations can be placed in the collection basket. For further information contact Eric at 724-766-6116.

      Appalachia meeting Monday, March 31 at 7:00 pm in the Pastoral Center.

      Youth Mass is Saturday, April 5 at 5:00 pm.

      Catholic Bibles, Jewelry, Rosaries and garden items.  All proceeds benefit Appalachia.

The world makes us look towards ourselves, our possessions, our desires.  The Gospel invites us to be open to others, to share with the poor.                   --Pope Francis 

A Note from Nancy
      Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless.  She writes:
       Last week, our beloved Pope Francis celebrated his first anniversary as Pope.  What an impact he has made in such a short time!  Pope Francis has made it abundantly clear that God expects each and every one of us to serve his homeless and needy children, and for that we will be blessed.
      Monday, March 3, we had ten students and two staff chaperones from King's College in Wilkes-Barre go out in the streets to work with us.  Here are some of their reflections regarding their night in the streets:
      • "I realized the common thread of humanity.  I learned that passion and love of all God's children are what is needed to help those in need."
      • "The best part of this experience was being exposed to people in dire need.  This enabled me to see Christ in a totally different, more pure form."
      • "So much support work goes into helping others so indirect service is just as important as direct service."
      • "This has truly been a life-changing experience.  I've pushed myself further than I could have ever imagined and grown as a person through my service work.  I cannot express how grateful I am for this opportunity.  I hope that I helped others a fraction of the amount they helped me."
      • "Thank you for taking my studies from idealistic to practical!"
      Pope Francis, the young people get it!
                                                            Yours in Christ,

Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      • McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      • Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card);
      • washcloths and large bath towels;
      • adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.   
      Food items that are needed include:
      • canned vegetables;
      • canned beef stew;
      • cereal;
      • plain crackers (such as Ritz).
      Donated items may be left in the bins in the back of church. Gift cards may be left in the small blue gift bag near the bins.  Please do not leave donations that are not appropriate for our ministry to poor and homeless persons.
      Thank you for your generosity!

      Now through April 13th.  40 Days for Life features three components: Prayer & Fasting, Community Outreach, and a 40-Day Peaceful Vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, every Day from March 5 to April 13 (7 am-7 pm).  We encourage everyone to say a daily prayer for the babies during Lent and those able to join us for our turn at the vigil please call Mary Catherine Scanlon 412.781.6550.

      The Tribunal Office will be providing a 45-minute presentation in each of the four Vicariates of the diocese.  The purpose of the talk is to provide information about the nullity process and help those wanting to begin the process to do so by receiving the initial paperwork.  The talk is directed toward those who have a desire for adult education regarding this often misunderstood subject.  People involved in RCIA as teachers or directors may have a special interest in attending this talk.  Registration is not required, but to plan for chairs and refreshments please let us know that you are coming at or call 412-456-3033.  Presentations at other parishes throughout the diocese are scheduled as follows:  March 25, Ascension, Ingram; March 31, Saint Fidelis, Meridian; April 2, Saint Thomas More, Bethel Park; April 3, Saint Athanasius, West View; April 8, North American Martyrs, Monroeville; April 10, Ave Maria, Bentleyville. All presentations will begin at 7:00 p.m. and are free.

      Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to a Movie & Meal on Wednesday, March 26.  Meet at Waterworks Cinema at 11:30 am for a 12:05 pm showing of "Son of God" then to Panera Bread afterwards for discussion and a bite to eat. Movie ticket is $6.50 and food is on your own.  Movie run time is 2 hours 25 minutes.  RSVP to Sherry Schaffer at (412) 728-5983.

      People Concerned for the Unborn Child are having an open forum for college and high school students, and the public on Saturday, March 29th from noon to 4:00 pm at Synod Hall (behind St. Paul's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue). Distinguished speakers will be Dr. Brian Donnelly, Rose Tennant and Mary Beddingfield.  Pregnancy Care Centers and "Silent No More" will be there.  The South Hills Pregnancy Support ultrasound equipped mobile unit will be available for tours.  Music by Jamie Dillon, refreshments, prizes (2 Google Nexus 7 Tablets 16Gb) and a gift bag for each attendant make this an event not to be missed.  Come meet friends who share your values, goals and respect for all human life.

      Living Stations that was scheduled for March 25 has been postponed.

      Please pray for the repose of the souls of Frances Ceresa and of Martha Krotec, grandmother of Mara Baginski.

      All teens in grades 8-12 are invited to attend Hosanna at Stage AE on Palm Sunday.  This day will feature Steve Angrisano and Mass with Bishop Zubic.  Our youth ministry is providing some of the games for the event.  Contact Jamie Dillon ASAP if you are interested.

Sunday: Ex 17:3-7/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/Jn 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42
Monday: 2 Kgs 5:1-15ab/Lk 4:24-30
Tuesday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6/Lk 18:9-14
Next Sunday:1 Sm 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Eph 5:8-14/Jn 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

          "BEYOND GOOD FRIDAY:  Fasting from Fear and Other  Habits  that Crowd Christ Out" is the theme   of our 2014 parish retreat.  The two-session program will allow all to pause and examine your relationship with Christ.  Is it being weakened by everyday habits such as worrying, controlling, judging oneself and others, holding onto hurts . . . ?  We can all probably add to this list.  Join counselor and retreat facilitator  Eileen Colianni, M. S. Ed., on Thursdays, April 3 and 10, to learn how to heal such habits, thereby clearing the inner space  they consume and enabling us to move into closer communion with the Resurrected Christ.  All are welcome  and there is no fee.  Reservations are not required.  The sessions begin at 7 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center.

      Are you prepared to save a life?  Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to potentially save a loved one's life.  Help parishioner Ian Gillespie, EMT, earn his CPR Instructor certification by attending this accredited American Heart Association course.  Monitor will be present.  Sunday, April 13 at noon in the Pastoral Center.  Preregistration required-limited number of seats, $30 fee payable at time of course.  Allow 2 ½ hours.  Register by contacting Ian Gillespie at or 412.973.3268.

        Last weekend at St. Paul Cathedral, Bishop Zubik formally enrolled our catechumen, Jeffrey Witte, as one of the Elect who have been chosen by God to receive baptism at the Easter Vigil.  He also recognized Mara Baginski, our candidate for admission into full communion. Along with hundreds of other catechumens and candidates from across the diocese, Jeffrey and Mara are now preparing spiritually for the Easter sacraments.
        As early as the second century, Christian communities prayed for protection and deliverance from evil for those who had been chosen for baptism.  In the revived RCIA, this tradition is carried out in three ceremonies called Scrutinies. We pray that God will heal all that is weak or sinful in the hearts of the elect, and strengthen all that is upright and good.
        This weekend at the 5:00 pm Mass on March 22, we will celebrate the First Scrutiny for Jeffrey.  The Second and Third Scrutinies will occur the following two Sundays at the 11:00 am Mass. Please pray for Jeffrey as he turns to Jesus for freedom from sin and protection from all evil.

      Get your tickets now! Available in the Pastoral Center after all Masses this weekend.

Saturday, Vigil of the Third Sunday of Lent, March 22
   5:00 pm Mary Dee Maloney (Patty Maloney)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Third Sunday of Lent, March 23
   7:30 am  Birthday, Robert Dudas (Mother, Laura & Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Mary Legath (Jim & Lillian Ranii)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 24
   8:30 am  Birthday, Anthony M. Greco (Wife Tina & Family)

Tuesday, Annunciation of the Lord, March 25
   8:30 am  Expectant Parents

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 26
   8:30 am  Magdalen Lang (Pat & Larry Wolfson)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday,  March 27

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 28
   8:30 am  Joseph L. Shultz (Family)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 29
   9:00 am  Anniv., Tommaso Sbarra (Family)

Saturday, Vigil of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 29
   5:00 pm  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan

Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Lent, March 30
   7:30 am  Helen McAuliffe (Respect Life Committee)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Tim Maher (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
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Parish Office:  Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  

Rev. Kenneth White, M.Th., M.Ed……………....…Ext. 14

Director of Music/Bereavement
Sr. Patricia Baker, C.D.P……………………….…...Ext. 17

Director of Adult Religious Education & R.C.I.A.
Andrew Bechman, M.Ed……………………….…....Ext. 18

Director of Religious Education & Youth Ministry
Jamie Dillon, M.S., M.A., R.R.T…………………....Ext. 20

Program Director for Religious Education
Gina Musser……………………………………...….Ext. 21

Coordinator of the Protection of Children
Mrs. Mary Swindal…………………………...……..Ext. 10
Toll-free Victim's Assistance Hotline 1-888-808-1235

Church Secretary
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10

Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24

Facilities Manager
Tom Galda

Bulletin Editor
Amy Condosta
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays

Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927