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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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Thanks to  Pittsburgh Vein Center, Monroeville  for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  See their ad for information!
  
      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