A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Having received ashes on Ash Wednesday, what’s your personal goal now for the season of Lent?
Believe it or not, some people see these holy days as a time for weight loss or some other program in the field of self control. It’s as if some folks see this as the time to revisit their New Year’s Day resolutions and begin those plans once again.
However, for us as Catholic Christians, this season of Lent is first about our spiritual heart and our soul. This is a time to repent of our sinful ways (of which we've all probably indulged in quite a few) and to instead seek conversion back to the holy ways of the Lord Jesus. This is our time to turn from sin and evil and mistreatment of others to a truly Catholic Christian life of charity and kindness toward all as well as holiness and faithfulness toward God!
This is a long, forty day season, but now’s the day to get started on this annual effort to repent and to renew each of our lives. With the grace and the Spirit of God, may we all do so, and on Easter, may we be even better Catholic Christians than we are today. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
SPIRITUAL RESOURCES FOR LENT
Catholic author and evangelist Matthew Kelly is offering a free daily email message for Lent that will inspire you to become the best version of yourself. Visit www.BestLentEver.com for info and registration! You may also visit the "Praying Lent" site of Creighton University's Online Ministries here. 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. Have a good Lent!
A SPECIAL LENTEN WOMEN’S CONFERENCE
EWTN Catholic TV program host Johnette Benkovic will come to Pittsburgh on Saturday, March 7, for a one day conference at Saint Thomas More Parish, Fort Couch Road, in Bethel Park. She will present the program “Women: Bloom Where You Are” from 9:00 am-4:00 pm. For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also register at www.pgh.womenofgrace.com.
LENTEN REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OF US
During this Season of Lent, please keep in mind that 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!
PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
This month, 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!
Girl Scout Cookies from our CDTCA Troops will be available during the next two weekends here at the church!
A SPECIAL MARCH 4th EVENT FOR HAITI HERE AT SAINT SCHOLASTICA PARISH
Join our Hope for Haiti Committee and our special guest speakers, Linda Kincel and Jan Marco, for a special Lenten event on Wednesday, March 4, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm, in the Parish Hall of the Pastoral Center.
Jan and Linda traveled to Tabarre, Haiti, in 2014 to volunteer with the organizations directed by Father Rick Frechette, CP. He is a Passionist priest and physician who founded the Saint Luke Foundation for Haiti which oversees the Saint Damien Hospital and the Saint Helene Orphanage and the Father Wasson Angels of Light Orphanage. They both assisted with numerous children in various clinics and locations.
Deeply moved by their personal experiences, Jan and Linda will share their reflections, prayer, pictures, Scriptures, and music related to life in Haiti today. Join us to be renewed, inspired, and challenged for Lent! All are welcome!
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 at email@example.com. Please register by February 23 so materials may be ordered. Come join us!
Parents of children ages 4-17 are most welcome to visit our parish’s CDTCA regional school and our local Catholic high schools now. They’re worth the investment!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
March 1 is the final day to register for the parish Appalachian Mission Trip this coming June 21-27. This mission event is open to senior high school students, college students, and adults. Please contact Mrs. Dillon now if you’re interested. It’ll be a great mission adventure!
Intersection Bible Study for our Youth this 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 Mrs. Jamie Dillon by Sunday, February 22. At 4:15 pm, we’ll carpool from the parish Ministry Center 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 before this Tuesday, February 24, by contacting Mrs. Jamie Dillon ASAP.
A LENTEN EVENING OF REFLECTION HOSTED BY OUR AQUINAS GUILD
All parish members are invited by our Aquinas Guild to participate in an evening of free Lenten Reflection with Father Joseph Freedy (our Diocesan Vocations Director) on Monday evening, March 9, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm. He will speak on ‘Receiving the Love that Casts out Fear.’ Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY VERITAS CONFERENCE TO RENEW OUR CULTURE
This April 10-11, the Franciscan University of Steubenville (one hour from Pittsburgh) will host an important Veritas Conference with10 noted speakers. In addressing the renewal of our secular culture, they will address the topics of family life, sexual morality, education, politics, law, art and architecture, economic life, the media, and the plight of young people and minority groups. The registration fee is $50. For information and registration, visit the conference website here or call 1-740-284-5262 now.
IF YOU’D LIKE A MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE INSTEAD OF WEEKLY ENVELOPES . . .
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. To contribute your entire monthly contribution with one check, please call the office, and we’ll add you to the list of those interested.
TAKING A STAND FOR LIFE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
On Monday afternoon, March 9, from 3:00 pm to 7:00pm, members of our parish will be outside Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh as part of the Forty Days for Life effort. They will be on site to bring attention to the holocaust of abortion and to pray for the women and men giving thought to ending a pregnancy (as well as the workers who are abortion providers). You’re welcome to join them. Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) this week for additional information.
ALL LADIES OF OUR PARISH ARE INVITED TO THESE COMING AQUINAS GUILD EVENTS
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!
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 23—Saint Polycarp, martyr
8:30 am John P. Roughen (Jean & Charles Stackpole)
Tuesday, February 24
8:30 am Lynn Decker Vuocolo (Kathy Murray)
Wednesday, February 25
8:30 am Helen Jacob (Nancy & Steve Voss)
Thursday, February 26
8:30 am Janet Rosati (Robert Rosati)
Friday, February 27
8:30 am Marcy Galda (St. Monica Society)
12:00 noon Women’s Stations of the Cross
7:00pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday, February 28
9:00 am Leonor Catullo (Tish Marsico)
5:00 pm Deceased Members of the Lazzaro Family (Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Kernan)
Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
Sunday, March 1—Second Sunday of Lent
7:30 am Rosemarie Labriola, birthday (Labriola Family)
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Loretta Kline (Doug Benedetti)
Presider: Father James Torquato
OUR RECONCILIATION RETREAT FOR ALL SECOND GRADE STUDENTS AND PARENTS
On Saturday, February 28, 10am to 12 noon, our Second Grade students and parents will have their Reconciliation Retreat. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is included.
OUR PARISH’S SMALL GROUP GATHERING TO DISCUSS THE NEW EVANGELIZATION
Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff is hoping to gather 10 parish members to discuss Bishop Zubik’s recent letter on the New Evangelization. Meetings will be 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: pasta sauce, canned vegetables, canned beans (without sauce), peanut butter, tuna, and oatmeal. [Note: This online bulletin information is more up-to-date than that in the print bulletin.]
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 FRIDAY’S FEBRUARY 27 LENTEN FISH FRY
A Lenten Fish Fry will be held by our CDT Catholic Academy PTG on Friday evening, February 27, in the school cafeteria. Please mark your calendar, and join us for a delicious meal and an enjoyable time! Fish Fry information flyers can be found in the main church entrance. Take out orders for both lunch and dinner can be placed on February 27 beginning at 9:00 am by calling 412-781-6846. Join us or call for take out. Thank you very much for your support of CDTCA and the PTG!
YOU’RE WELCOME TO JOIN IN THE MARCH 7 NIGHT AT THE RACES IN SUPPORT OF OUR SCHOOL—CDTCA!
The CDTCA 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information and to make donations! 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 this weekend for the benefit of our school—CDTCA!__________________________________
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
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Making the most of Lent
We’ve now begun the holy Season of Lent. 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
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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927