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
    Thanks to Splurge, Freeport Road, for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  Visit them for your home needs!

      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