February 1, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Who’s your favorite teacher these days?  Is there someone—a parent, spouse, grandparent, friend—who often teaches you lessons worth learning and living?  We usually think of our teachers as those individuals who were our classroom teachers when we were students in school.  However, we should never stop learning, and we should all have a few teachers throughout our life after graduation.
    I think the best teacher we’ll ever have is Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Lord!  Jesus taught his listeners and disciples during his own lifetime, and he’s taught all of humanity the profound message of God’s divine love for us.  Jesus taught us all about who God is as our Father.  Jesus taught us about who we are as God’s people, and Jesus taught us about how best to live as people of love and holiness and faithfulness!
    Not only did Jesus teach us in his own lifetime, he continues to teach us today through his words in the Gospels and through the teaching handed on through his Church.  We do well to read and meditate upon Jesus’ teaching on a daily basis, and we do well to let Jesus’ teaching form us and guide us throughout our lives. 
    May we always be grateful for the Lord Jesus and for the teaching that he gives us for our lives!  May we be as thankful as those first disciples and listeners of Jesus!  He is our Lord and our best teacher even today.  God bless!
                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato

OUR UPCOMING SIX WEEK BIBLE STUDY
    Would you like to know more about the Eucharist in the Bible?  The Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, comes to us from the final Passover Meal of Jesus celebrated the night before his death on the Cross.  The Eucharist has deep roots in the Old Testament, and it is essential to the New Testament and the life of the Church since the life of Jesus.  The Eucharist is our primary celebration every Sunday and weekday, and it has tremendous importance to our life in the Lord and our life shared with one another.
    Our Bible Study of the Eucharist will be held on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 pm—9:00 pm, from March 5 to April 16 (except Holy Thursday, April 2).  All sessions will be held in the Marsico Library of the Ministry Center.  We will use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  The requested donation for materials is $20 payable at the first session.  For information and registration, contact Andrew Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or by email here.  Please register by February 23 so materials may be ordered.   Come join us!

A Baptism Preparation Seminar for Parents  will be held on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall of the Pastoral Center.  Contact Mr. Andy Bechman (ext.18) if you wish to attend.  The next seminar will be March 23.

The Lord Jesus is the Light of our world!

THROAT BLESSINGS ON SAINT BLASE DAY
    As you know, February 2 is the Feast Day of the Lord’s Presentation in the Temple when Jesus was dedicated to God and proclaimed to be the Light of the Nations.  Candles and light are always associated with the Lord’s Presentation, and then, the day after, candles are also used to share the blessing of Saint Blase with the Lord’s people so that we may receive good health in this year.
    In keeping with our Catholic custom, we will have the Blessing of Throats this Tuesday, February 3, in the church after the 8:30 am Liturgy, at 12 noon, at 4:00 pm, and at 7:00 pm.  There will be a brief prayer and then the individual blessings.  Please arrive on time as these blessings are brief in duration.  May the Lord, through the intercession of Saint Blase, bishop and martyr, bless all of us with health, grace, and life!

OUR PARISH’S SMALL GROUP GATHERING TO DISCUSS BISHOP ZUBIK’S LETTER ON
THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
    As a trained facilitator, Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff is hoping to gather 10 parish members to read and discuss Bishop Zubik’s recent letter on the New Evangelization.  The meetings will take place weekly on a weekday afternoon in the Ministry Center.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish office (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or via email here.

IF YOU’D LIKE A MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE INSTEAD OF WEEKLY ENVELOPES . . .
    Yes, our parish needs financial contributions from ALL of our parish households, but for many years now, only 27% of our households have provided the financial support needed to meet our budget.  To all our contributors, we’re certainly very grateful for your goodness and generosity.
    To make contributing easier (and hopefully to increase the number of our contributing households), we’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes in addition to the customary weekly envelopes.  According to our envelope processing company, if and when we have 50 members and families who would like these monthly envelopes, they will begin providing them.  If you’d like to contribute your entire monthly contribution with one check, please call the office this week, and we’ll add you to the list of interested households.  Your support is needed and appreciated!

A Lenten Fish Fry has been scheduled  by the CDTCA PTG for Friday, February 27, in the cafeteria.  Mark your calendar, and join us for a delicious Lenten meal!
 
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
    We’re very, very grateful to all of our parish contributors
for your generosity and your support of our parish operations!   It’s your financial support and your active participation and service which continue to keep Saint Scholastica Parish vital and strong.  Please be assured of our tremendous gratitude for your goodness.  God  bless! 

 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Did you order Hoagies from our Appalachia Mission Trip Crew?   If yes, please retrieve them in the Pastoral Center Kitchen after Mass this weekend.  Thanks to everyone who supported this Mission Trip fundraiser!

A five week Parenting Program will be offered  once again by Mrs. Natalie Gillespie and Mrs. Jamie Dillon on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am during the regular CCD time beginning this February 1.  For information, please call Natalie (412-889-1950) or email her here.

Souper Bowl of Caring this Weekend  This Saturday and Sunday, our Youth Group members will be at the church doors to receive your donations for the “Souper Bowl of Caring.”  All donations from our parish will be sent to the Jubilee Soup Kitchen, Uptown, which provides daily meals for the needy.  Your generosity is appreciated!

Our Confirmation Retreat  for all Confirmation candidates  will be next Saturday, February 7, from 1:00 pm-6:00 pm.  All candidates MUST participate in the retreat.

A Youth Group Liturgy  will be held again next Saturday, February 7, at 5:00 pm.   All participating students should arrive at 4:00 pm for a music review.  Following the Liturgy, we will have a Scavenger Hunt for Warmth!
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The World Day for Consecrated Life will be observed in all parishes next Sunday, February 8,  when along with the Lord, all members of Religious communities in the Church are called to be a Light for the world.   This entire year is also The Year for Consecrated Life  as all Religious are called to “Wake Up the World!”   May we all express our gratitude to the Consecrated women and men of the Church.  May we encourage young church members to consider the Consecrated Life, and may they and all of us continue to share the Light of the Lord with many others!

Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America is a documentary being shown by the Divine Providence Sisters for this Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, February 8, at both 10:30 am and 2:00 pm. Call 412-931-5241 for info.

OUR 2015 CELEBRATIONS OF FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
    For First Communion, in keeping with the practices required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we will have 6 First Communion Liturgies (April 12 and April 19).  Our students’ preparations will continue in the coming months.
    For Confirmation, Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid will join us on Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 pm for this special celebration with our Sacrament of Confirmation candidates.  Preparation will continue in the coming months as well.
    Best wishes to our students, parents, and families!

ALL LADIES OF OUR PARISH ARE INVITED TO THESE COMING AQUINAS GUILD EVENTS
    At the nearby Cornerstone Restaurant on Freeport Road, our Aquinas Guild will host a Fat Tuesday February 17 Mardi Gras luncheon before Lent begins!  The luncheon begins at 11:30 am, and the donation is $20 per person.  Reservations and advance payment are required!  The Aquinas Guild works to promote fellowship and community among the women of Saint Scholastica Parish!  Contact Mary Ellen Maher (412-767-5863) to make your reservation.  We hope you’ll join our gathering!
    Join us for A Woman’s Stations of the Cross in the church every Wednesday of Lent.
    The 2015 Spring Luncheon sponsored by the Aquinas Guild will be held on Saturday, April 18, at the Pittsburgh Field Club  Please save the date!  More information will follow.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!
  
BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR THE ASPINWALL FIRE  DEPARTMENT
    Next Sunday morning, February 8, our Aspinwall Fire Department will hold its Valentines Hearts and Helmets Pancake and Sausage Breakfast from 8:00 am—11:00 am at the First Street Fire Station.  Everyone is welcome!

A presentation on the historic Shroud of Turin (the burial cloth of Jesus) will be offered by a national expert this  Thursday, February 5, at 1:00 pm at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery off 18th Street on the South Side.  Call the monastery at 412-381-1188 for complete information.  

Thank you for your help in keeping our church seating area clean for those coming to the next Liturgy.  Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by everyone!

DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGES BEING OFFERED FOR THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS IN SEPTEMBER
    If you’re interested in participating in the September 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (which Pope Francis is planning to attend), our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has arranged a variety of pilgrimage packages.  You’ll find information in the main church entrance this weekend and reservation forms in the parish office.   It’ll be an historic event that will truly be worth attending!

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, February 2—The Presentation of the Lord
    8:30 am   Sophie Skowron (Children and grandchildren)

Tuesday, February 3—Saint Blaise
    8:30 am   Denise Donnelly (Constance Donnelly)
          
Wednesday, February 4
    8:30 am   The Filippi Family (The Doherty Family)

Thursday, February 5—Saint Agatha, martyr
    8:30 am   Celia Mancini (The Mancini Family)

Friday, February 6—The Japanese Martyrs
    8:30 am   Catherine A. Cush (Dan Cush)

Saturday, February 7
    9:00 am   Charles J. Maxwell (The Pilewski Family)

    5:00 pm   John H. Stafford (Judy Stafford and family)                                                  
       Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, February 8—Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
       Presider: Father James Torquato
               
    9:00 am   Louis Hern (The Miketic Family)
       Presider: Father  Sean Hogan, CSSp

    11:00 am   Earl Simanek (wife, Helen Simanek) 
       Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Please remember the needs of the poor in our area during these winter months.  The local ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items at this time: any size clean sheets, heavy men’s winter socks and gloves, and size XL+ thermal underwear bottoms. Also needed:  canned fruit, canned kidney, black, or other beans, and cereal.
    You are also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards, PAT Zone 1 bus tickets, and $2.50 Connect Cards and leave them in the small gift bag in the church entrance.  Please continue to check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Thanks very much!

Give thanks to the Lord each day!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

CONSIDER A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR
GRANDCHILDREN, AGES 4-14  
    Our parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, is accepting inquiries and applications for new and transfer students for the coming school year.  If you’d like to register your 4 year old child for pre-Kindergarten, or if you have children in grades K to 7, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at CDTCA soon (412-781-7927) for a tour of the school and for further information.  CDTCA—an excellent school where we nurture faith and inspire excellence!

HAPPENINGS AT OUR CATHOLIC ACADEMY
    In these winter months, our students are busy with the PA Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) as they perform their experiments, create their displays, and polish their presentations.  This is always a special and successful part of our extracurricular activities!   Our students also took part in the Future Cities Competition to inspire students to become the engineers of future generations!  Best wishes and congratulations to all our students and teachers!

OUR FEBRUARY THEME AT CDTCA
    This February, our Catholic Social Teaching theme is Helping the Poor and the Vulnerable in our world.  Rather than placing our interests first, we’re called to care for others, especially those most in need.

MARCH 7 NIGHT AT THE RACES
    The CDTCA Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, March 7, in the parish gymnasium.  Please plan to join us for this special fundraising event for CDTCA!   You can also purchase advance Money Mayhem tickets, and you can also provide underwriting and advertising support!  Please call the CDTCA office (412-781-7927) this week!  Thanks!

AN ENJOYABLE ALUMNI EVENING LAST WEEK
   Many thanks to our Saint Scholastica School and CDTCA school alumni who attended last Thursday’s alumni event both at the CDTCA basketball game and the reception that followed!  It was a very enjoyable event as our school staff brought together our current students and many of our graduates!  The continuing support for CDTCA shown by  our graduates is very important and very much appreciated!
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      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.

Renewing our parish life
As Catholic Christians, we are called by Jesus the Christ to build the Kingdom of God in and through our parish community. May we build up our parish through our participation and support, and through our parish, may we build God’s Kingdom!

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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso    

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

January 25, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When we speak about Vocations, we’re usually referring to the call to service received by those in ordained ministry and in consecrated life.  In reality, every baptized Catholic Christian receives a call to service both in our Baptism and in our lives.
    Jesus called the Apostles and the first disciples to join him in initiating the Kingdom of God among humanity and here on earth.  In much the same way, Jesus speaks to us in our prayer, in our hearts, and in our lives.  Through his Spirit, he calls us to faith in him, to life in his way and his community, and to service of God’s Kingdom.
    Our discipleship and service extend far beyond attending classes when we’re children or participating in our Sunday Liturgy.  More than these basic elements of Christian life, we’re all called to be disciples who serve our parish community, who give Catholic witness to our neighbors, who lead lives of truth and holiness, and who extend charity to people in need.
    May we be inspired by Jesus’ call to his apostles and disciples, and may we hear and follow the call that Jesus extends to each of us who are his faithful people.  God bless!
                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

 OUR UPCOMING SIX WEEK BIBLE STUDY
    Would you like to know more about the Eucharist in the Bible?  The Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper, comes to us from the final Passover Meal of Jesus celebrated the night before his death on the Cross.  The Eucharist has deep roots in the Old Testament, and it is essential to the New Testament and the life of the Church since the life of Jesus.  The Eucharist is our primary celebration every Sunday and weekday, and it has tremendous importance to our life in the Lord and our life shared with one another.
    Our Bible Study of the Eucharist will be held on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 pm—9:00 pm, from March 5 to April 16 (except Holy Thursday, April 2).  All sessions will be held in the Marsico Library of the Ministry Center.  We will use materials from the Little Rock Scripture Study.  The requested donation for materials is $20 payable at the first session.  For information and registration, contact Andrew Bechman (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or by email here.  Please register by February 23 so materials may be ordered.   Come join us!

A Baptism Preparation Seminar for Parents  will be held on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall of the Pastoral Center.  Contact Mr. Andy Bechman (ext.18) this week.  The next preparation session will be March 23.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
    We’re very, very grateful to all of our parish contributors for your generosity and your support of our parish operations!   It’s your financial support and your active participation and service which continue to keep Saint Scholastica Parish vital and strong.  Please be assured of our tremendous gratitude for your goodness.  God  bless!

CELEBRATING CATHOLIC SCHOOL EDUCATION!
    This week, beginning with our Saturday evening 5:00 pm Liturgy, our parish community is celebrating our regional school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, and all Catholic schools during this Catholic Schools Week! 
    Since the days of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton in the nineteenth century, Catholic schools have grown to an amazing number throughout the United States.  Our senior members received their Catholic school education without cost thanks to our parish communities.  Today, parents and families make a significant investment in acquiring a great Catholic school education for their children and grandkids.
    A Catholic school education is certainly worth this investment.  Our school assists our parents every day in teaching the Catholic faith to their children.  Our teachers also share a quality education with our students in every class and in numerous activities and sports. 
    This Catholic Schools Week, we honor our students, parents, families, teachers, staff, principal, and parishes who comprise our CDTCA community.  We invite all our parish members to continue supporting our Catholic Academy this year and for many years to come.  May God bless CDTCA this year and throughout the years ahead!

IF YOU’D LIKE A MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE INSTEAD OF WEEKLY ENVELOPES . . .
    Yes, our parish needs financial contributions from ALL of our parish households, but for many years now, only 27% of our households have provided the financial support needed to meet out budget.  To all our contributors, we’re certainly very grateful for your goodness and generosity.
    To make contributing easier (and hopefully to increase the number of our contributing households), we’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes in addition to the customary weekly envelopes.  According to our envelope processing company, if and when we have 50 members and families who would like these monthly envelopes, they will begin providing them.  If you’d like to contribute your entire monthly contribution with one check, please call the office this week, and we’ll add you to the list of interested households.  Your support is needed and appreciated!

OUR 2015 CELEBRATIONS OF FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
    Families with students in grades 2 and 8 are invited to mark your calendars now for our very important celebrations of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. 
    For First Communion, in keeping with the practices required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we will have 6 First Communion Liturgies after Easter Sunday which is April 5.  In early February, families will be able to choose either the 5pm Saturday, or 9am, or 11am Sunday Liturgies on the weekends of April 11-12 or April 18-19.  We will schedule 6 groups of ten students and families according to the order of requests received.  Our students’ preparations will continue in the coming months.
    For Confirmation, Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid will join us on Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 pm for this special celebration with our Sacrament of Confirmation candidates.    Preparation will continue in the coming months as well.
    Please mark these special events on your family calendar, and best wishes to all our students and your parents and families as you prepare to receive these wonderful and divine gifts of God’s grace and life!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Take your parents to Mass this Sunday, January 25, at 9:00 am— All CCD students and families are asked to participate in the 9:00 am Liturgy on January 25!   This special annual event will be followed by a pot luck breakfast in the parish hall.  Please join us, and please bring a dish!

The Youth Ministry will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Saturday — on January 31 from 8:45 am—1:30 pm.  Students in grades 6-12 and your parents are welcome to participate.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon here before January 27!  Thanks for serving those in need!

A five week Parenting Program  will be offered  once again by Mrs. Natalie Gillespie and Mrs. Jamie Dillon on Sunday mornings at 10:00 am during the regular CCD time beginning on February 1.  For information, please call Natalie (412-889-1950) or email her at loveandlogic@saintscholastica.com.
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STORE CERTIFICATES WILL BE AVAILABLE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, in the main church entrance after each Liturgy.  Your purchase of store certificates is of  benefit to our parish school and our students.  Stop by and consider purchasing cards from the many stores offered!

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF THE DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    As the fundraising effort of our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive comes to its conclusion, Bishop David Zubik would like to thank all of our parishes and our campaign contributors for the overwhelming response to this request for financial support!   Important programs of the Diocese and of all our 200 parishes have received many generous pledges from our members and families. 
    As your contributions continue to be received during the next four years, our projects will move forward here and across the diocese.  Detailed information will be shared with all of us soon.  Our Parish Campaign projects include replacing the school windows, supporting Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, and undertaking significant work on the parish Ministry Center.  Thanks for continuing to fulfill your pledges and contributions in the coming months and years!
 
DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGES BEING OFFERED FOR THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS IN SEPTEMBER
    If you’re interested in participating in the September 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (which Pope Francis is planning to attend), our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has arranged a variety of pilgrimage packages.  You’ll find information in the main church entrance this weekend and reservation forms in the parish office.   It’ll be an historic event that will truly be worth attending!  

BIBLE READINGS FOR THIS WEEK
This Sunday:  Jonah 3:1-10; I Corinthians 7:29-31 / and Mark 1:14-20.
Monday—Saturday:  Hebrews 10-11 / Mark 3-4 
Next Sunday:  Deuteronomy 18:15-20 / I Corinthians 7:32-35 / and Mark 1:21-28

A College Financial Aid Night  will be held by the office of State Rep. Dom Costa this Thursday, January 29, at 6:30 pm at the West Penn Hospital Conference Center, Liberty Avenue, Bloomfield.  For info, call 412-361-2040.

A presentation on the historic Shroud of Turin  (the burial cloth of Jesus) will be offered by a national expert on Thursday, February 5, at 1:00 pm at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery off 18th Street on the South Side.  Call the monastery at 412-381-1188 for complete information.  

Thank you for your help  in keeping our church seating area clean for those coming to the next Liturgy.  Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by everyone!

EVANGELIZATION IN OUR LOCAL CHURCH
    Bishop David Zubik is now initiating  a new program of Evangelization in every parish of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Inspired by Pope Francis, we are called to be a friend of Jesus and to draw others to become friends of Jesus as well.  We’re called to a strong personal and communal connection to the Lord. 
    Our effort will be to share the Lord’s Gospel with our neighbors.  Our effort will also be to connect everyone to Jesus and to each other in the months and years ahead!

EVANGELIZATION TRAINING FOR SMALL GROUPS FACILITATORS
    Important to the New Evangelization mentioned above are small faith sharing groups in each parish.  Studies show that our faith becomes more real and more personal when we share it with fellow believers.  As such, our Diocese is beginning the process of creating small faith and prayer groups in each parish.  The first step is to train facilitators who can guide these new small groups.  If you’d like to become a facilitator of a small faith and prayer group, please contact our office.  The next facilitator training session will be held Saturday, February 7, 10 am—12 noon at Saint Paul Seminary, Greentree.  For more information, email sjimenez@diopitt.org this week.

Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America  is a documentary being shown by the Divine Providence Sisters for this Year of Consecrated Life on Sunday, February 8, at both 10:30 am and 2:00 pm.  Call 412-931-5241 for info.

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, January 26—Saints Timothy and Titus
   8:30 am  Marcy Galda (The Newell Family)
 
Tuesday, January 27—Saint Angela Merici
   8:30 am  Janet Fitzgerald (Tish Marsico)
          
Wednesday, January 28—Saint Thomas Aquinas
   8:30 am  Linda Klena (Kathleen Pieper)

Thursday, January 29
   8:30 am  Vincent Yacono (Georgine Veltri)

Friday, January 30
   8:30 am  Mary Vollmer (Edna Jenca)

Saturday, January 31—Saint John Bosco, priest
   9:00 am  Janet Fitzgerald (The Donnelly Family)

   5:00 pm  Kevin Scanlon (The Scanlon Family)                                                  
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, February 1—Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time 
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
  9:00 am  Kwang Ja Sohn (The DiNardo Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
   11:00 am  John Marmarella (Wife and Children) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Please remember the needs of the poor in our area during these winter months.  The local ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items at this time: any size clean sheets, heavy men’s winter socks and gloves, and size XL+ thermal underwear bottoms. Also needed:  canned fruit, canned kidney, black, or other beans, macaroni and cheese, and cereal.
    You are also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards, PAT Zone 1 bus tickets, and $2.50 Connect Cards and leave them in the small gift bag in the church entrance.  Please continue to check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Thanks very much!

Always be grateful to God for the gift of life!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONSIDER A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR
GRANDCHILDREN, AGES 4-14  
    Our parish school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, is accepting inquiries and applications for new and transfer students for the coming school year.  If you’d like to register your 4 year old child for pre-Kindergarten, or if you have children in grades K to 7, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at CDTCA soon (412-781-7927) for a tour of the school and for further information.  CDTCA—an excellent school where we nurture faith and inspire excellence!

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 24-31
    This week, our own CDTCA and all Catholic schools in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week!  These week allows our Catholic  Academy community to celebrate the importance of a Catholic education as well as the success of our students and our educational program. 
    Catholic Schools Week also gives us the opportunity to connect with school families and our neighbors in the community as well.  As a community of faith, knowledge, and service, CDTCA provides a quality education every day.  Our students and graduates are highly successful, and they’re all truly most grateful for your continued and ongoing support.  Visit www.cdtca.org for information!

SCHOOL ALUMNI  (21+ YEARS OF AGE) WELCOME TO CDTCA BASKETBALL GAME THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
    Once again this year, alumni of Saint Scholastica School and CDTCA (21+ years of age) are welcome to a special Alumni Night Basketball Game and Reception on Thursday, January 29, in the gymnasium and parish hall.  Come watch our Boys Varsity Team play in “throw back” St. Scholastica Scorpion jerseys!  An adult reception will follow in the parish hall with wine, beer, and light snacks.  Come and reminisce with your former classmates and teammates!  Reply to Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) at the Academy this week!

The CDTCA Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, March 7, in the parish gymnasium.  Please plan to join us for this special fundraising event for CDTCA!
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      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.

Renewing our parish life
As Catholic Christians, we are called by Jesus the Christ to build the Kingdom of God in and through our parish community. May we build up our parish through our participation and support, and through our parish, may we build God’s Kingdom!

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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso    

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

January 18, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    From the earliest generations of the Church in the first century, our ancestors maintained that the People of God found in the Church of Jesus is to be marked by four essential signs.  The Church of the Lord is meant to always be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic.  We find these four marks in the Catholic Church founded by Jesus upon Peter and the Apostles.
    Sadly, due to historic events in the 11th and the 16th centuries, the unity of Christianity was fractured in very significant ways.  First, the Western Church and the Eastern Churches dissolved their unity, and then five centuries later, the Church in the West became fractured because of cultural, political, and theological differences and disputes.
    We still maintain remarkable unity in the Catholic Church.  However, after the essential and ancient unity of Christianity was splintered, it would require centuries to heal the divisions and restore unity to Jesus’ community.  Bringing unity back to Christianity is still the goal of all Christians, and thankfully, this hope and effort have already received the efforts of numerous generations.  We have made great progress toward Christian unity.  However, even more prayer and effort will still be needed in the years ahead so that one day, reunited as the one People of God, all Christians may serve the Lord and his Kingdom in One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church of Christ.  
    May we continue to cherish Jesus’ birth and life.  May we also appreciate the Church that he established for us as well as the Kingdom of God.  May we pray each day for the unity of the Lord’s disciples so that we might together build the final Kingdom through our Christian discipleship and our service.  God bless!                         
                                                              —Father Jim Torquato
   
OBSERVING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR, DAY
    This Monday, January 19, our nation will observe and celebrate the national holiday of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   Before his assassination in 1968, he devoted his life to fostering racial equality and coexistence here in the United States.  
    As we now observe this American holiday, may we all dedicate ourselves to promoting equality, and may we be of genuine service to all God’s People and our local community in the spirit of Doctor King.

A Baptism Preparation Seminar for Parents will be held on Monday, February 2, at 7:30 pm in the Parish Hall of the Pastoral Center.  Contact Andy Bechman (ext.18) soon.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS!
    We’re very, very grateful to all of our parish contributors for your generosity and your support of our parish operations!   It’s your financial support and your active participation and service which continue to keep Saint Scholastica Parish vital and strong.  Please be assured of our tremendous gratitude for your goodness.  God  bless!

DAY OF PRAYER AND PENANCE THIS THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
    This Thursday marks the 42nd year since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision which made abortion legal in the United States.  Since that day, more than 50 million abortions have been performed just in our country in addition to the hundreds of millions worldwide. 
    As our nation continues to grapple with this holocaust,  our bishops across the country are asking all Catholic Christians to once again observe a National Day of Prayer and Penance this Thursday, January 22, as a time of reparation for this continued taking of innocent life. 
    Please pray for all those traveling to Washington, DC for the National March for Life, and please join in this day of penance as well as prayer for the legal protection of preborn children.  God’s children need your help!
     
THIS WEEKEND’S COLLECTION FOR OUR SPECIAL DIOCESAN SCHOOLS
    This January 17-18, all parishes will hold the special annual Collection to benefit the Saint Anthony School Programs and the DePaul School.  Both programs serve children with special needs.  Thanks for being generous!

WELCOME INTO THE CHURCH, MR. RYAN DODGE!
    This Sunday, January 18, at the 11 am Liturgy, Mr. Ryan Dodge will be received into the Catholic Church and receive the Sacraments of Confirmation and the Eucharist.  Ryan was baptized in the Episcopalian church and is now entering the Catholic Church.  He will be accompanied by his sponsor, Mr. Peter Froehlke, and some of his family will be at the Liturgy as well.  Please kindly join us in welcoming Ryan and his guests this Sunday morning.

OUR 2015 CELEBRATIONS OF FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION
    Families with students in grades 2 and 8 are invited to mark your calendars now for our very important celebrations of the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation. 
    For First Communion, in keeping with the practices required by the Diocese of Pittsburgh, we will have 6 First Communion Liturgies after Easter Sunday, which is April 5.  In early February, families will be able to choose either the 5 pm Saturday, or 9 am, or 11 am Sunday Liturgies on the weekends of April 11-12 or April 18-19.  We will schedule 6 groups of ten students and families according to the order of requests received.  Our students’ preparations will continue in the coming months.
    For Confirmation, Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid will join us on Sunday, April 19, at 1:00 pm for this special celebration with our Sacrament of Confirmation candidates.    Preparation will continue in the coming months as well.
    Please mark these special events on your family calendar, and best wishes to all our students and your parents and families as you prepare to receive these wonderful and divine gifts of God’s grace and life!

If you need parish contribution envelopes,  please contact the parish office by telephone or email this month!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION HOLIDAY
    In observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr, holiday this Monday, our Religious Education classes will NOT be held this week on either January 18 or January 20.

The Appalachia Trip Hoagie Sale is going on now!  You can support the Youth Ministry’s mission trip to Appalachia by purchasing one or more hoagies this week.  Both Italian and turkey hoagies are available for $8 each.  Please email your name, phone number, and order to meredithtroyan@gmail.com before Friday, January 23!

Take your parents to Mass on Sunday, January 25, at 9:00 am— All CCD students and families are asked to participate in the 9:00 am Liturgy on January 25!   This special annual event will be followed by a pot luck breakfast in the parish hall.  Please join us, and please bring a dish!

Meal Preparation and serving at Family House will be held on Wednesday, January 21, from 4:15 pm—7:00 pm.  Come and help our Youth Ministry serve dinner to a number of families staying in Pittsburgh during the current medical treatment being received by one of their family members.

The Youth Ministry will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Saturday — on January 31 from 8:45 am—1:30 pm.  Students in grades 6-12 and your parents are welcome to participate.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon here before January 27!  Thanks for serving those in need!
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2014 CONTRIBUTION STATEMENTS
    In January, we will begin compiling contribution statements for 2014 and will be sending them to all the households in our parish,  This practice allows you to verify the amount we have recorded for you.  It also allows you to use your statement for tax deduction purposes.  Thank you!

CELEBRATING THE SUCCESS OF THE DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    As the fundraising effort of our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive comes to its conclusion, Bishop David Zubik would like to thank all of our parishes and our campaign contributors for the overwhelming response to this request for financial support!   Important  programs of the Diocese and all of our 200 parishes have received many generous pledges from our members and families. 
    As your contributions continue to be received during the next four years, our projects will move forward here and across the diocese.  Detailed information will be shared with all of us soon.  Our Parish Campaign projects include replacing the school windows, supporting Youth Ministry and Family Ministry, and undertaking significant work on the parish Ministry Center.  Thanks for continuing to fulfill your pledges and contributions in the coming months and years!

JANUARY 22 MARCH FOR LIFE IN WASHINGTON, DC
    Adults, young adults, parents, and students are most welcome to join in this year’s National March for Life in Washington, DC on Thursday, January 22.   The departure will be at 1:00 am here at the church.  There will be a stop for breakfast, a special Catholic Liturgy at the Verizon Center in Washington, then the March for Life at noon, visits to our legislators, and finally departure at 4:30 pm.   Please contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon  (412-781-6550)  for information and registration.  The donation is only $25 per person.  You can help save many lives by your witness for human life and your participation in this national event!

Thank you for your help in keeping our church seating area clean for those coming to the next Liturgy.  Your thoughtfulness is very much appreciated by everyone!

A presentation on the historic Shroud of Turin  (the burial cloth of Jesus) will be offered by a national expert on Thursday, February 5, at 1:00 pm at Saint Paul of the Cross Monastery off 18th Street on the South Side.  Call the monastery at 412-381-1188 for complete information.  

EVANGELIZATION IN OUR LOCAL CHURCH
    Bishop David Zubik is now initiating  a new program of Evangelization in every parish of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Inspired by Pope Francis, we are called to be a friend of Jesus and to draw others to become friends of Jesus as well.  We’re called to a strong personal and communal connection to the Lord. 
    Our effort will be to share the Lord’s Gospel with our neighbors.  Our effort will also be to connect everyone to Jesus and to each other in the months and years ahead!

EVANGELIZATION TRAINING FOR SMALL GROUPS FACILITATORS
    Important to the New Evangelization mentioned above are small faith sharing groups in each parish.  Studies show that our faith becomes more real and more personal when we share it with fellow believers.  As such, our Diocese is beginning the process of creating small faith and prayer groups in each parish.  The first step is to train facilitators who can guide these new small groups.  If you’d like to become a facilitator of a small faith and prayer group, please contact our office.  Training sessions will be held in various locations in early 2015.  

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, January 19
   8:30 am   Brenda Scanlon (Scanlon Family)
 
Tuesday, January 20—Saint Sebastian, martyr
   8:30 am   Janet Fitzgerald (The Wehrl Family)
          
Wednesday, January 21—Saint Agnes, martyr
   8:30 am   The Unborn (The Respect Life Committee)

Thursday, January 22—Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Preborn Children
   8:30 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo)

Friday, January 23—Saint Marianne Cope, religious
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of Kernan Family (Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Kernan)

Saturday, January 24—Saint Francis de Sales 
   9:00 am   Vincent Leo Ruggiero (The Ruggiero Family)

   5:00 pm   Barlow Palminteri (Mrs. Joseph Veltri)                                                  
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, January 25—Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father  James Torquato
                 
   9:00 am   Kathryn V. Cush (Dan Cush)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    
   11:00 am   Katherine Arturo, anniversary (Renee Arturo) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Please remember the needs of the poor in our area during these cold winter months.  The local ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items in these weeks:  any size sheets, heavy men’s winter gloves, heavy men’s winter socks, and size XL+ thermal underwear bottoms.  Please also consider donating single serving oatmeal, powdered milk, macaroni and cheese, and tuna in cans or pouches.
    You are also welcome to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards, PAT Zone 1 bus tickets, and $2.50 Connect Cards and leave them in the small gift bag in the church entrance.  Please continue to check the parish website Stewardship page here for information.  Thanks very much!

Praise the Lord, all you people of God!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA OPEN HOUSE — BRING YOUR FAMILY, NEIGHBORS, AND FRIENDS!
    This Saturday, January 24 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm, our parish’s regional elementary school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, will hold its annual Open House for new and transfer students and your families.  Parents and students are welcome to come and visit our excellent Academy in addition to school visits during the months ahead.  Please join us, and share news of this event with your friends and neighbors! 
    Come and see the value and benefits of a Catholic education at our Catholic Academy.  For additional information, please call Mrs. Traci Giuffre at CDTCA this week (412-781-7927).

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK JANUARY 24-31
    Next week, our own CDTCA and all Catholic schools in the United States will observe and celebrate Catholic Schools Week!  These special days allow our Catholic  Academy community to celebrate the importance of a Catholic education as well as the success of our students and our educational program. 
    Catholic Schools Week also gives us the opportunity to connect with school families and our neighbors in the community as well.  As a community of faith, knowledge, and service, CDTCA provides a quality education every day.  Our students and graduates are highly successful, and they’re all truly most grateful for your continued and ongoing support.  Visit www.cdtca.org for information!

SCHOOL ALUMNI  (21+ YEARS OF AGE) WELCOME TO CDTCA BASKETBALL GAME
DURING CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    Once again this year, alumni of Saint Scholastica School and CDTCA (21+ years of age) are welcome to a special Alumni Night Basketball Game and Reception on Thursday, January 29, in the gymnasium and parish hall.  Come watch our Boys Varsity Team play in “throw back” St. Scholastica Scorpion jerseys!  An adult reception will follow in the parish hall with wine, beer, and light snacks.  Come and reminisce with your former classmates and teammates!  Reply to Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) at the Academy this week!
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DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGES BEING OFFERED FOR THE VISIT OF POPE FRANCIS IN SEPTEMBER
    If you’re interested in participating in the September 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia (which Pope Francis is planning to attend), our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has arranged a variety of pilgrimage packages.  You’ll find information in the main church entrance this weekend and reservation forms in the parish office.   It’ll be an historic event that will truly be worth attending!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
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      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.

Rebuilding every parish
As Catholic Christians, we are called by Jesus the Christ to build the Kingdom of God in and through our parish community. May we build up our parish through our participation and support, and through our parish, may we build God’s Kingdom!

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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso    

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927