February 8, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In recent years, a television mini-series based on the Bible attracted many viewers and much attention.  In the months that followed the television broadcast, the same series producers distributed a movie version (actually a part of the television series) called Son of God.  This movie production also did very well in theaters, and I imagine that many parishes and churches will be showing this movie often in the years ahead.
    While watching this movie, Son of God, I thought of how the people of Jesus’ day were so very blessed to be in his presence.  What a wonderful experience it must have been to be in the company of the Lord who is all caring and loving, understanding and good!
    While we may not have Jesus physically with us as did the people of his own day, the Lord is definitely still with us spiritually and sacramentally.  Jesus is with us through his divine Spirit.  Jesus is with us every day in our personal prayer, in our community Liturgy, in the Eucharist and the Sacraments, and in reading the Word of God in the Bible. 
    May we love the Lord, and may we cherish his presence in our lives and in the Church.  May we live in his company and make our way with him to the eternal Kingdom that Jesus promises us.  God bless!                                                      
                                                     —Father Jim Torquato

ASH WEDNESDAY AND LENT
    In ten days, 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 and the Easter Season. 
    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 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
Next 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!

SAINT SCHOLASTICA DAY ON FEBRUARY 10
    This weekend after each Liturgy, our Pastoral Council will be hosting refreshments and fellowship in the parish hall to celebrate our patron saint’s memorial day.  The day of Saint Scholastica is Tuesday, February 10.  See the bulletin insert and celebrate our saint and hero with us!

PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    In the coming weeks, our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh will also 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
    In the coming days, 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 in Scripture" will be held on Thursday evenings, from 7:30 pm—9:00 pm, from March 5 to April 16  (except April 2).  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 andybechman@saintscholastica.com.  Please register by February 23 so materials may be ordered.   Come join us!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

A YOUTH MINISTRY COMEDY TOUR EVENT
    Next 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.

On Monday, February 16 (Presidents Day),  our Youth Ministry will head to the Skate Park at North Park. Please contact Meredith Troyan this week.  The group will meet at the parish at 11:30 am.  Skate Park admission is $12.  Skates and helmets are a few dollars more.  All skaters must wear athletic shoes.  Also see www.funslidespark.com for additional information.

Intersection Bible Study for our Youth . . . Sunday, February 8, and Sunday, February 22, for Grades 8-12, in the Ministry Center from 10 am-11 am.  All are welcome!
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The World Day for Consecrated Life is being observed this 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.

THIS WEEK’S MEETING OF OUR PARISH’S HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
    This Wednesday, February 11, at 7:30 pm, all parish members are invited to join our Hope for Haiti Committee at their monthly meeting in the pastoral center.  Next month, on March 4, the committee will host a Lenten evening of reflection with guest speakers.  More information to follow.

IF YOU’D LIKE A MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPE INSTEAD OF WEEKLY ENVELOPES . . .
    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!

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!

BREAKFAST FUNDRAISER FOR THE ASPINWALL FIRE  DEPARTMENT
    This 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 Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, February 15, 12 Noon—5:00 pm, at the Springdale Twp. Fire Hall to assist a local family who recently suffered a fatal house fire.   Call Joanne (724-274-4692) for 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 9
    8:30 am   Andrea Certo (The Certo Family)

Tuesday, February 10—Saint Scholastica, virgin
    8:30 am   John P. Roughen (Helen Langhoff)
          
Wednesday, February 11 —  Our Lady of Lourdes
    8:30 am   Rosemary and Russ Barrus, Sr. (Mr. & Mrs. Timothy Kernan)

Thursday, February 12
    8:30 am   Isabel Adamcik (Mary Labriola)

Friday, February 13
   8:30 am   Marcy Galda (The Scanlon Family)

Saturday, February 14 — Saints Cyril and Methodius 
   9:00 am   Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James Cavanaugh)
  
   5:00 pm   Edward P. Williams (Mary Ellen and Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, February 15—Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
                 
   9:00 am   Linda Rose Klena (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato 
  
   11:00 am   Deceased Members of Gobrish Family (The Santarcangelo Family) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

The Altar Flowers today are donated in memory of Doctor Raimund Rueger by his wife, Dolores, and family.

THE CHURCH EVANGELIZING
      “Be a friend.  Be a friend of Jesus.  Make friends for Jesus.”
      With these words, Bishop Zubik sums up our call to evangelization.  For most Catholics, “evangelization” is an unfamiliar word.  What do Bishop Zubik and Pope Francis mean when they speak of it?  What are they asking us to do?
      We are gathering a small group of parish members to read Bishop Zubik’s letter, “The Church Evangelizing!” and talk about what it means for us.  We will meet on seven Wednesday afternoons from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. in the parish hall, beginning on February 25.  You will receive a copy of Bishop Zubik’s letter at the first meeting.  Please contact Andy Bechman at the parish office (412-781-0186, ext. 18) or via email at andybechman@saintscholastica.com now if you are interested.
      What a wonderful spiritual challenge it would be for Lent to read Bishop Zubik’s letter with an open heart and to take some steps toward putting it into practice!  We hope you can join us!

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.  Please also consider donating: 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 for information.  Thanks very much!

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION
“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.”
      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 about 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.

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!
  
VALENTINE’S WEEKEND BAKE SALE
    Next 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 during Lent will be held by our CDT Catholic Academy PTG on Friday evening, February 27.  Please mark your calendar now, and plan to join us for a delicious meal and an enjoyable time together!  More information will follow in the coming weeks.

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 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!
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