March 9, 2014

      On April 28, 2014 Fr. James Torquato will become pastor of our parish.  For the past ten years he has been pastor of St. Basil Parish in Carrick.  This coming July he will be celebrating his 25th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.  Since I announced that he was been selected by Bishop Zubik to be our next pastor, there have been some rumors and misinformation circulating in our parish.
      About fifteen years ago a complaint of sexual harassment was made against Fr. Jim by an adult.  The Diocese of Pittsburgh investigated this situation and found it to be without merit.  Also, this matter was referred to civil authorities by the complainant and those authorities also determined that this allegation had no substance.  This is the only complaint ever made  against Fr. Jim.
      An important and sad fact about this issue relates to the blogger who has made these postings.  This particular blogger has an "agenda" which alleges that the Catholic Church is not attentive to the protection of children.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I want to stress that our diocesan policy is that no priest may be in ministry if there  is a credible accusation against him concerning the abuse of a minor.
      Our parish Pastoral Council has committed to make 2014 the "Year of Welcoming" for our parish.  The Pastoral Council wants all of us to give a welcome to anyone who enters into our church building or our parish community.  Since Fr. Jim will be our newest parishioner, as well as our new pastor, I urge all of us to give him a warm welcome as a brother in Christ.       Fr. Ken

      Habitat for Humanity is March 15.  We will meet at 8:45 am at Target in Harmarville.  Please RSVP by Thursday to Jamie Dillon.  Teens and adults welcome.

      Family House Meal on Wednesday, March 12.  We will meet at 4:15 pm to travel to Oakland and prepare dinner.  RSVP by Monday if you are interested.  This is for students in grades 6-12.

      Mark your calendar for April 6 Spaghetti Dinner!

      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.

      This year in every parish across the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available on Wednesday, March 12 from 6 pm - 9 pm.  Consider making a commitment this Lent to experience the healing grace of God's forgiveness and love.  Visit for more information.

      Are you looking for a new practice of prayer for Lent?  If so, please consider joining us for Christian meditation on Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center. After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for twenty minutes.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need previous experience with meditation.

Being a Christian means renouncing ourselves, taking up the cross and carrying it with Jesus. There is no other way.                                   -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:
      While one of our clients, working with an agency, has been promised keys to his apartment this week, we are finding that the number of homeless people coming to our line is on the increase.  For this reason, we are in dire need of XL and larger heavy men's jackets.  Most of our clients wear these sizes because they try to wear as many layers of clothing under their coats as they possibly can.
      A special thanks to the parishioner who donated the new backpacks.  They will have been given to our needy brothers and sisters before you read this.  We are ALWAYS in need of backpacks! Duffels are also helpful.
                                                         Yours in Christ,

 Help Needed!
      Nancy requests the following items:
      •  McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
      •  washcloths.   
      Food items that are needed include:
      • peanut butter;
      •  canned beans (kidney, black, white, etc.).
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
      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.  We appeal to all to refrain from leaving any items on the porches of  316 and 318 Third St.
      Thank you for your generosity!

More Help Needed!
      During March, the St. Scholastica Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides volunteers to bring veterans from their rooms to Sunday Mass at the VA Hospital on Delafield Rd.  Volunteers need to arrive by 10 a.m. to bring the veterans to 10:30 Mass, which the volunteers can attend as well. Individuals or parents with teens are encouraged to provide this service.  If you are interested, please contact Carol Paulick at

      Bible, Rosary and Jewelry Sale after all Masses the weekend of March 22, 23.  this is a very convenient way to get Catholic gift items.

      Our annual Food Fast for Catholic Relief Services is March 14 and 15.  This is open to all students in grades 8-12.  Please contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.

      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.

      Wednesday, March 5th to April 13th.  Recognizing that "with God, all things are possible," our parish community is joining with hundreds of other cities for this spring's global 40 Days for Life--the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history.  40 Days for Life is a peaceful, prayerful and proven effective pro-life campaign that has already been embraced by more than half a million people worldwide, saved 8,245 lives from abortion, led to the conversion of 88 abortion workers, and seen 44 abortion facilities close. 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).

      Jeffrey Witte, our catechumen, will travel to the Cathedral next Sunday afternoon.  There, Bishop Zubik will inquire into the preparation of the catechumens and ask them if they wish to enter fully into the life of the Church through baptism, confirmation and the eucharist.  Upon their assent, he will announce that God has chosen them, and he will invite them to solemnly inscribe their names in the Book of the Elect.  Next Saturday at the 5 p.m. Mass, we will celebrate a Rite of Sending for Jeffrey.  This ritual "offers the local community the opportunity to express its approval of the catechumen and to send him forth to the celebration of election assured of the parish's care and support."
      Mara Baginski, already a baptized Christian, will also go to the Cathedral next Sunday to celebrate the Call to Continuing Conversion with Bishop Zubik. There the bishop will hear and recognize the desire of Mara and other candidates to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Mara will have a Rite of Sending next Sunday at the 11 a.m. Mass.
      Please pray for Mara and Jeffrey and offer them your support as they undertake these steps in their journey toward the sacraments at Easter.

      As part of our Parish Year of Welcoming, we are reinstituting the Welcome Committee.  Our first meeting will be at 7 pm on Tuesday March 18th in the Pastoral Center.  Anyone interested in volunteering for this committee is invited to attend.  We will plan a Welcome Breakfast for new parishioners and discuss additional ideas for the Year of Welcoming.  The meeting will be in the Parish Office.

      Our fundraiser continues this week.  You will notice a house in the back of the church with envelopes.  Please consider supporting our mission trip this June.

Sunday: Gn 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Rom 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Mt 4:1-11
Monday: Lv 19:1-2, 11-18/Mt 25:31-46
Tuesday: Is 55:10-11/Mt 6:7-15
Wednesday: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 11:29-32
Thursday: Est C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Mt 7:7-12
Friday: Ez 18:21-28/Mt 5:20-26
Saturday: Dt 26:16-19/Mt 5:43-48
Next Sunday: Gn 12:1-4a/2 Tm 1:8b-10/Mt 17:1-9

      The Aquinas Guild, in collaboration with the Pastoral Council, invites all women of the parish to  a Women's Evening of Prayer and Reflection. This evening is for YOU, the women of our parish, to come together in prayer, reflection and fellowship. Held on the first day of Spring, Thursday, March 20, the event will begin at 7:00 pm with a prayer service in the church followed by light refreshments in the Pastoral Center. When was the last time that you took a break from your life as wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, friend, neighbor, or co-worker and spent some quiet time in prayerful reflection? Perhaps now is the time to do so during this Lenten Season.  Please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 20, invite a special woman or women in your life who could also benefit from this event and join us on the first day of spring to renew, reflect and refresh!                                  .

      The first Fish Fry of the 2014 Lenten Season will be held on this Friday, March 14. Take-out lunch will be served from 11:00-1:00 and dine-in or take-out dinner will be from 4:00-7:00. Come enjoy fried and baked fish dinners and sandwiches, homemade macaroni and cheese and pierogis, kids' pizza, additional sides and homemade desserts. This Fish Fry has earned its reputation of being "delicious"!  Flyers and order forms for take-out are available in the back of church.  Fried and baked fish dinners are $10.00, seniors $9.00, fish sandwiches $6.00.  All proceeds benefit our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.

      The Silver Ring Thing Catholic Edition is back!  Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22!  This is open to all students in grades 8-12.  "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything!".  Register at to reserve your seat (and one for your parent at the parent session) or call the Ministry Office. 

      During the weekend of March 15-16, we welcome Dr. Rodrigue Mortel – physician, deacon and founder of the Good Samaritans School in St. Marc, Haiti, to our Parish.  Dr. Mortel will speak at each mass and a second collection will be taken up to benefit the Good Samaritans School; our Parish is proud to currently sponsor six students at this School.  Meet Dr. Mortel following the 9:00 am and 11:00 am masses on March 16th at a Coffee House in the Pastoral Center.  This event is sponsored by the Hope for Haiti Committee and the Pastoral Council. 

Saturday, Vigil of the First Sunday of Lent, March 8
   5:00 pm  Mary Legath (Jean & Bill Eckert)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, First Sunday of Lent, March 9
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   9:00 am  Richard Cullinan (Cordaro Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   11:00 am  Bill Berkopec (Patricia Rodella)
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Monday, Lenten Weekday, March 10
   8:30 am  Birthday, Dr. Thomas Tamburo (Evelyn Conflenti)

Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, March 11
   8:30 am  James Dybalski (Byrnes Family)

Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, March 12
   8:30 am  Dr. Bruno Casile (Jean DiGregory)

Thursday, Lenten Weekday,  March 13

Friday, Lenten Weekday, March 14
   8:30 am  Owen Pieper (Carol & Manny Gonzalez)

Saturday, Lenten Weekday, March 15
   9:00 am  Birthday, Anthony Michael Farina (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)

Saturday, Vigil of the Second Sunday of Lent, March 15
   5:00 pm  Robert Tunno (Tunno Family)
      Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White

Sunday, Second Sunday of Lent, March 16
   7:30 am  Parishioners of St. Scholastica
       Presider:  Fr. Kenneth White
   9:00 am  Pamela McCorkle (Giuffre Family)
       Presider:  Fr. Sean Hogan
   11:00 am  Helen McAuliffe (Tish Marsico)
       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