February 15, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    During the Sunday Liturgies of this past month, we've been listening to the accounts of Jesus’ early ministry in the Gospel according to Mark.  First, Jesus forever changes the lives of his Apostles by calling them to join him and share in his mission of establishing the Kingdom of God.  Following this event, Jesus changes forever the lives of the many people whom he healed—as well as the countless people who heard the Good News from him.
    As we approach Ash Wednesday and the holy Season of Lent, the two questions we should ask ourselves are:  what about my life would I like the Lord to change,  and then,  am I willing to let the Lord change me even if it needs to be a significant change?
    The Lord Jesus does want the best for each of us and for all of us.  He wants us to have the fullness of human and family life and the fullness of divine life as well.  If we are willing to truly join ourselves to Jesus, he will improve and change our lives forever.  May we always remember that the Lord came “for us and for our salvation.”  May we trust that, in turning our lives over to Jesus, he will remake our lives so that they will be the best.  God bless!
                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT
     On Wednesday, February 18,  the Church and all Christians will begin the holy season of Lent as we prepare for this year’s celebration of Easter, the Easter Season, the Ascension. and Pentecost. 
    Lent is our season to renew our Catholic Christian identity that is ours through our Baptism.  Lent is our time to renew our lives, our souls, our families, and our holiness so that we are truly are, once again, the holy and loving disciples of Jesus that we profess to be.
    On Ash Wednesday, February 18, we will begin Lent with prayer and with the reception of ashes that signify our repentance and our contrition for our sins.  The distribution of blessed ashes will take place at our 8:30 am Mass, at a 12 Noon service,  at a 4:00 pm service,  and at a 7:00 pm Mass in the church.   Please prepare yourself now for Lent, and be sure to join us on Ash Wednesday!

LENTEN REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OF US
    As we approach the Season of Lent, please keep in mind these important expectations.  Of course, in Lent, we’re all asked to increase our time in prayer, to fast from eating at times, and to perform charity for others. 
    Abstaining from meat begins at age 14 and is expected on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays of Lent.  Fasting for those ages 18-59 (only one regular meal) is expected on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.  All of us are expected to also perform other acts of penance and contrition as we seek conversion from our sins and the transformation of our lives toward true discipleship and genuine holiness!

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY
    This Saturday and Sunday, February 14 and 15, our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the entire Church will  observe World Marriage Day to promote the importance of Christian Marriage for the Church and for the world! 
    We usually take our marriages and family life for granted, but both are essential to our lives. Both marriage and family life are meant to be wonderful blessings for all God’s people.  May all of our parish spouses and families be blessed in your marriage and family life, and may you continue to be a tremendous blessing to one another and to our whole community,  May the Lord bless you all!

PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    This week, our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will begin this year’s Parish Share Campaign  in order to finance the work of Bishop David Zubik and the operations of our Diocese of Pittsburgh. 
    Each parish is given a goal based on our previous year’s parish contributions.  Then every household of our parish is asked to pledge and contribute $250+ during the course of the coming twelve months.  If you’re able to contribute $500, $1000, or more, your generosity will be greatly appreciated!   All the funds that are received above our goal will remain with our parish to fund our own operations. 
    Our goal for 2015 is $ 97,653.   As you do every year, please respond generously so that we can meet our obligation to the Diocese soon and then receive additional funds for Saint Scholastica parish once our Diocesan goal is accomplished.  Thank you all very much!

PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC  COMING TO ALL
    This weekend, the Lenten special edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic  newspaper will be delivered to every registered household of our parish and of the Diocese.   Please make good use of this special Lenten edition.  If you don’t receive a copy, please call our parish office to make certain that you’re currently registered here.

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.  The Eucharist has deep roots in the Old Testament, and it is essential to the New Testament and the life of the Church.  The Eucharist is our primary celebration, and it has tremendous importance to our life in the Lord and 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 All sessions will be in the 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!

TRY CHRISTIAN MEDITATION FOR LENT!
   “Christian meditation helps me rest in God,” one participant says.  “Having it on my schedule on a weekly basis helps me create space and time to foster a relationship with the source of our lives.  It helps to bring about a new perspective on my life.”  If you are looking for a new perspective, consider joining us for Christian meditation during Lent!
   We are shifting our meeting time to 7:15 a.m. on Wednesday mornings in Marsico Library in the Ministry Center.  After a brief time to gather, we meditate in silence for thirty minutes.  When the meditation time has ended, those who need to leave may do so and those who wish to stay can discuss our experience with an eye to helping each other develop our practice. We end by 8:30, in time for the morning liturgy.  You are invited to join us at any session.  You do not need any previous experience with meditation. 


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

A YOUTH MINISTRY COMEDY TOUR EVENT
    This Sunday, February 15,  Youth Group members will head to Peters Township for a 3:00 pm youth ministry comedy event with Tim Hawkins.  He rewrites song lyrics and presents an entertaining, Christian approach to today’s world.  Tickets are $21.  Contact Meredith Troyan for info.

Intersection Bible Study for our Youth . . . Sunday, February 22 and Sunday, March 8, for Grades 8-12, in the Ministry Center from 10 am-11 am.  All are welcome!

Our next Meal Service at Family House  is scheduled for Wednesday, February 25, in the evening.  Please reply to Meredith Troyan by Friday, February 20.  We’ll travel from the parish to Oakland together.  Drivers are also needed.  All high school and middle school students are encouraged to join us.  You’ll be glad that you did!

Our 24 hour Food Fast to benefit Catholic Relief Services (CRS)  will take place February 27-28 for students in grades 8-12. We will play, pray, serve, and raise funds to serve the poor through CRS while observing a Lenten fast.  Please reserve your spot by this Wednesday,  February 18, by contacting Meredith Troyan ASAP.
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A LENTEN EVENING OF REFLECTON FROM OUR HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
    On Wednesday, March 4, at 7:30 pm, all parish members are invited to join our Hope for Haiti Committee in the pastoral center for a special Lenten evening of reflection with guest speakers.  More information to follow.

OUR CDTCA MARCH 7 NIGHT AT THE RACES
    Our annual Night at the Races will be held on Saturday, March 7, in the parish gymnasium beginning at 5:30 pm.  Dinner will be provided by Max & Erma’s.  There will be video horse races, small games of chance, a silent auction, and a robust Teacup auction!  Contact Margot Geary  (cdtca.natr@gmail.com)  for information and to make donations!   Thank you for your participation in this special event!   Bring family and friends!

IF YOU’D LIKE A MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE INSTEAD OF WEEKLY ENVELOPES . . .
    To make contributing easier, we’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes in addition to the customary weekly envelopes.  According to our envelope company, when we have 50 members who’d like these monthly envelopes, they will provide them.  To contribute your entire monthly contribution with one check, please call the office, and we’ll add you to the list of those interested. Your support is appreciated!
 
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 Friday of Lent at 12 Noon.
    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!

Ladies of our parish, we need your baked goods!  Our Aquinas Guild is helping the CDTCA PTG with their February 27 Fish Fry in the school cafeteria.  Homemade or store made desserts are welcome.  Cakes, pies, cupcakes, and brownies are most appreciated.  You may drop off items at the school office February 26-27 (8:30am-3pm).  Thank you for your support and generosity to CDTCA!

A Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is today, Sunday, February 15, 12 Noon—5:00 pm, at the Springdale Twp. Fire Hall to assist a local family.   Call 724-274-4692.

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 16
   8:30 am  Steve Jenca (Family)

Tuesday, February 17—Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)
   8:30 am  In Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus
           
Wednesday, February 18 — Ash Wednesday
    8:30 am   Janet Fitzgerald (DeVito Family, Anne Dugan)
    12:00 pm   Prayer Service with Ashes
    4:00 pm   Prayer Service with Ashes
    7:00 pm   Janet Rosati (Robert Rosati)

Thursday, February 19
   8:30 am  Sheila Massalski (Ted Massalski)

Friday, February 20
   8:30 am  Paul M. Kennedy (Paul F. Kennedy)
   12:00 noon  Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 21—Saint Peter Damian, bishop
   9:00 am  Charles Hughes (E.J. & Catherine Farris)

   5:00 pm  Joseph A. Kessler (Family)                                                  
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, February 22—First Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  Mary Legath (Brother, Joe)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp 

    11:00 am   Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Veltri (Joseph Veltri) 
       Presider: Father James Torquato

The Altar Flowers this weekend have been donated in memory of  Mrs. Sheila Massalski by Mr. Ted Massalski.

OUR PARISH’S SMALL GROUP GATHERING TO DISCUSS 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 in the Ministry Center.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish office (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or by email here this week to join this small group.

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items: any clean sheets, heavy men’s winter socks and gloves, and size XL+ thermal underwear bottoms. Also needed:  canned fruit, canned vegetables, rice, canned tuna, peanut butter, boxed meals (such as Hamburger Helper), 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!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONSIDER A CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EDUCATION FOR YOUR CHILDREN OR
GRANDCHILDREN, AGES 4-14  
    Our 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 is an excellent school where we nurture faith and inspire excellence!

THIS VALENTINE’S WEEKEND BAKE SALE
    This weekend, February 14-15, at all our Liturgies, a Homemade Bake Sale will be held to benefit the PTG’s preparation for our CDTCA Night at the Races.  Your support is greatly appreciated!  Get your baked goods here!

FEBRUARY 27 LENTEN FISH FRY
    A Fish Fry will be held by our Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy PTG on Friday evening, February 27.  Please mark your calendar, and join us for a delicious meal and an enjoyable time!  More information will follow next week.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CDTCA STUDENTS!
    Congratulations to our CDTCA students who participated in the recent PA Junior Academy of Sciences (PJAS) at Duquesne University.  First Place was awarded to Claire Pilewski (Grade 8) as well as Will Carnevale, Elizabeth Giuffre, Riley Kipp, Patrick Kiszka, and Charlie Massaro (Grade 7).  In May, these students will compete at Penn State University.  Congratulation once again!
    Also, our CDTCA Girls Varsity Basketball Team has completed an undefeated season.  Congratulations, and best wishes for the basketball playoffs!

YOU CAN SUPPORT CDTCA IN MARCH!
   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 Money Mayhem tickets, and you can provide underwriting and advertising support!  
    Please call the CDTCA office (412-781-7927) now for more information.  Your attendance and your participation are greatly appreciated!  Your support helps to provide a quality Catholic education for our CDTCA students!

Many local store certificates will be sold at church next weekend for the benefit of our school—CDTCA!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Thanks to Showcase Kitchen and Bath, Aspinwall for being a Sunday Bulletin sponsor.  See their ad for info!

Making the most of Lent
In three days, we will begin the holy Season of Lent with our observance of Ash Wednesday. This is a time to prepare for our celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection at Easter!  Lent is also the time for conversion in our lives and for the renewal of our Catholic Christian discipleship. May we all become holier and more faithful in these special weeks!

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.

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