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