THIS WEEK IN LENT
Confessions this week are on Saturday morning at 9:30 am. Stations of the Cross are on Friday evening at 7:00 pm. Consider participating at a weekday Mass. Check this bulletin for the Mass Schedule.
CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD
I must apologize to the parents and children who were looking for the Children's Liturgy of the Word at last Sunday's 9:00 Mass. I became preoccupied with last-minute preparations and missed the appropriate time to begin. We assure parents that the Children's Liturgy will continue at the 9:00 Sunday Mass into May.
Diaper Drive collection this weekend! Please bring packages of baby diapers and wipes for donation to the Pastoral Center by Noon on Sunday, April 6. All brands and sizes are welcome.
ST. MONICA SOCIETY
The St. Monica Committee will meet next Saturday, April 12, at 9:30 am in the Pastoral Center. All are welcome to join us for coffee and prayers as we write Easter cards for our shut in parishioners. If you have a family member or friend who could use a card please call Mary Catherine Scanlon at 412-781-6550.
CPR TRAINING COURSE
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 12:00 pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 412.973.3268.
RCIA—THE SCRUTINIES CONCLUDE
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 11:00 am liturgy, we observe the last of the scrutinies for Jeffrey Witte. Please pray for Jeffrey and for Mara Baginski, who is preparing to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. We invite you to show your support for Mara and Jeffrey by participating in the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday night. It is at the same time the most solemn and most joyful of liturgies—the highlight of the Church's year!
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND, MOVIE & MEAL
The Aquinas Guild invites all women of the parish to see "Noah" at the Waterworks Cinema on Monday, April 14, at 3:00 pm. $5 plus free popcorn. Movie runs 2 hours and 25 minutes. Join us afterwards, for dinner and discussion if you wish. Dinner place TBD that day. Please RSVP to Sherry Schaffer 412-728-5983. We hope to see you and all newcomers for Lenten fellowship!
All of us who are baptized are missionary disciples. We are called to become a living Gospel in the world. --Pope Francis
Easter Egg Hunt
Nancy Heil coordinates an extensive Christian service effort for people and families who are poor or homeless. Each year, Nancy and her coworkers hold an Easter egg hunt for a couple of hundred children and elderly people on the North Side. She requests donations of small or large new (or like new) stuffed animals (bunnies are especially welcome). Easter candy would also be appreciated. Please leave Easter donations by Wednesday, April 9.
Nancy requests the following items:
• McDonald's gift cards ($5 on each card);
• Port Authority ConnectCards ($2.50 on each card);
• men's heavy winter jackets, size XL:
• men's walking shoes or sneakers in good condition, sizes 10-15;
• washcloths and large bath towels;
• men's underwear, size S;
• adult-sized backpacks and duffel bags.
Food items that are needed include:
• canned vegetables;
• canned beef stew;
• instant potatoes;
• peanut butter;
• breakfast bars;
• fruit or pudding cups.
These groceries go to poor families and to people living in shelters.
If you have donated ConnectCards or McDonald's gift cards, Nancy wants you to know how important your gifts have been. Recently, she met a "lovely young couple" who are expecting their first child—and are without a home. The young lady found a doctor willing to do a sonogram for her, but they had no way to get to the doctor's office. Nancy was able to provide ConnectCards for the bus trip and McDonald's cards so that they could eat along the way. Your generosity matters!
Please do not leave donations that are inappropriate for our ministry to poor and homeless persons. If you are cleaning out a closet, please only give Nancy items that she has requested. Please take other clothing donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Shop in Sharpsburg.
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 overload bags.
Thank you for your generosity!
Pet therapy is this Tuesday, April 8, at 4:00 pm at the Aspinwall VA.
FORTY DAYS FOR LIFE
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 until 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.
HOSANNA AT STAGE AE
Hosanna 2014 is almost here! All teen are invited to join us at Stage AE for this exceptional Palm Sunday event concluding with mass with Bishop Zubic. Contact Jamie Dillon asap to reserve your ticket.
Please join us for our second fish fry, to be held Friday, April 11. Come early to enjoy fried and baked fish dinners and sandwiches, homemade pierogis and macaroni and cheese, assorted side dishes and desserts. Word is catching on that this is the best fish fry around so be sure to get there early! All proceeds benefit our school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy.
Join us for a Spaghetti dinner this Sunday, April 6, from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the cafeteria. $10 for all-you-can-eat, includes salad and dessert. $35 for a family. Wine will also be available for purchase for the adults. Proceeds benefit the Appalachia mission trip.
APPALACHIA HOUSE FUNDRAISER
This weekend is the final week for the Appalachia House fund raiser. Please return envelopes this week. Thank you for your support.
ALTAR FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
As you know, during Lent we have no flower arrangements in the sanctuary. However, during the Easter season and summer we usually have a flower arrangement in front of the altar. If you would like to honor someone (birthday, wedding anniversary, date of death, etc.) a donation of $50.00 or more will dedicate the altar arrangement for that person. Also, we will publish that person's name in the bulletin for that week. For information and available dates, please call the parish office: 412-781-0186, ext. 10.
2014 MASS INTENTIONS
Mass Intentions are still available for 2014. Special requests will be considered for 25th or 50th Wedding Anniversary Masses requested during the regularly scheduled Mass times. The donation for Masses, as mandated by the Diocese, remains at $10.00 each. For information and available dates, please call the parish office, 412-781-0186, ext. 10.
The Youth Ministry is planning a trip to Sky Zone on Tuesday, April 15. All teens are welcome. RSVP to email@example.com.
READINGS FOR THE WEEK: APRIL 6, 2014
Sunday: Ez 37:12-14/Rom 8:8-11/Jn 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45
Monday: Dn 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Jn 8:1-11
Tuesday: Nm 21:4-9/Jn 8:21-30
Wednesday: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Jn 8:31-42
Thursday: Gn 17:3-9/Jn 8:51-59
Friday: Jer 20:10-13/Jn 10:31-42
Saturday: Ez 37:21-28/Jn 11:45-56
Next Sunday: Mt 21:1-11/Is 50:4-7/Phil 2:6-11/Mt 26:14--27:66 or 27:11-54
PARISH LENTEN RETREAT CONTINUES APRIL 10
The second session of our parish retreat continues this Thursday at 7:00 pm in the Duch Pastoral Center. Even if you were unable to attend last week's program, please feel free to come and learn how to "fast from fear and other habits that crowd Christ out." Join counselor and retreat facilitator Eileen Colianni, M.S. Ed., 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 retreat is sponsored by the Aquinas Guild.
The Parish Office will be closed Holy Week, April 14-20. 2014
ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS
Help parents send their children to our quality Catholic school. You can divert your state taxes to needy families for tuition assistance. Go to newpa.com and register with the Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED). Click on single application, upper right corner. Once you create a user name and password you are permanently registered. Apply as a for profit entity. Once you submit, a new application will come up for EITC or OSTC. You can apply for either. Right now you can apply for OSTC since there is $20,000,000 available. The critical date coming up for new EITC applications is July 1, 2014 This is the date you apply for your tax credit. Please call Dr. Bowes at 412-456-3090 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We will have voter registration this weekend, April 5th and 6th. Voter Registration forms and Absentee forms will be available in the Church vestibule. If you are currently registered, you do not need to re-register unless you have moved or changed your name since you last registered. To register you must be a citizen of the U.S., a resident of PA and your election district for 30 days and be 18 years old by the May 20th election. All voting applications must be in the election office by April 21st in order to vote in the May election. Remember, unborn babies' lives will be affected by your vote.
FAMILY HOUSE MEAL
Family House Meal this Wednesday, April 9, at 4:15 pm. Contact Jamie Dillon if you are interested.
Saturday, Vigil of the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 5
5:00 pm Margaret Garvey & son, Peter J. Garvey (Patricia Snyder)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 6
7:30 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
9:00 am Pamela McCorkle (Newell Family)
Presider: Fr. James Torquato
11:00 am Suzanne Rosado (Scanlon Family)
Presider: Fr. James Torquato
Monday, Lenten Weekday, April 7
8:30 am Lawrence Macino (Tish Marsico)
Tuesday, Lenten Weekday, April 8
8:30 am Birthday, Katherine Arturo (Renee Arturo)
Wednesday, Lenten Weekday, April 9
8:30 am John Stafford (Lawrence & Joan Ferlan)
Thursday, Lenten Weekday, April 10
8:30 am COMMUNION SERVICE
Friday, Lenten Weekday, April 11
8:30 am Dolly Giovannetti (Bill & Kathleen Gavlak)
Saturday, Lenten Weekday, April 12
9:00 am Owen Pieper (Kim Pieper)
Saturday, Vigil of Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 12
5:00 pm Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
Sunday, Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, April 13
7:30 am Frances Maher (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
Presider: Fr. Robert Duch
9:00 am Parishioners of St. Scholastica
Presider: Fr. Sean Hogan
11:00 am Stephen Miketic (Miketic Family)
Presider: Fr. Kenneth White
SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
309 Brilliant Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Church Office 412-781-0186; Fax 412-781-4316
World Wide Web: www.saintscholastica.com
Parish Office: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
ST. SCHOLASTICA PROFESSIONAL STAFF
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
ST. SCHOLASTICA SUPPORT STAFF
Pat Wolfson…………………………………...…….Ext. 10
Office Manager/Parish Accountant
Chrissy Morton ……………………………………..Ext. 24
Submissions for bulletin items are due by Noon on Mondays
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
Sr. Dorothy Dolak S.C.N……………………(412)781-7927