March 1, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    Today in the Gospel according to Mark, we hear the wonderful account of Jesus’ Transfiguration in the presence of Peter, James, and John.  It is a wonderful account in so many ways.
    The Transfiguration account presents Jesus speaking with Moses the Lawgiver and Elijah the Prophet as a most important sign that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Covenant of God with the people of Israel.  The Transfiguration account also gives us (along with Peter, James, and John) an amazing display of Jesus’ divine glory that was given to bolster the faith of the Apostles prior to Jesus’ suffering and death in Jerusalem.
    The placement of the Transfiguration account in the season of Lent is also a call to all of us to remain close to Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem and his final days that we will commemorate during Holy Week.  We are meant to walk close to Jesus every day of our lives and every day of Lent.  May we spiritually remain close to the Lord during these days so that we’ll be in his company during Holy Week and in the Easter celebration of his Resurrection.  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.Best Lent Ever.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 CONFEREMCE
    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 womenofgrace@stmpgh.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 all Fridays of Lent.  Fasting for those ages 18-59 (only one regular meal) is expected on Good Friday.  All of us are expected to perform other acts of penance and contrition as we seek conversion from our sins and the transformation of our lives toward genuine holiness!

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!

PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    In these months, our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has begun 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 even 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!
  
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!

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES AVAILABLE NOW!
    Girl Scout Cookies from our CDTCA Troops will be available during this weekend and next weekend here at the church!   For many generations, the Girl Scouts have provided opportunities, experiences, and learning for girls.   GS cookies are always good, and their sales provide support for their programs as well as for other charitable organization and efforts.  All families (and all former scouts) are invited to purchase cookies (and make donations)!

FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY VERITAS CONFERENCE TO RENEW OUR CULTURE
    This April 10-11, the Franciscan University of Steubenville (one hour from Pittsburgh) will host the Veritas Conference with 10 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 www.franciscan.edu/veritas  or  call 1-740-284-5262 now.  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Today, 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!

Our Youth Group will be at the March 7 Liturgy at 5 pm.  Pizza and a Christian movie will follow.  All teens and families are most welcome!

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

Pet Therapy at the V.A. will be held on Tuesday, March 10 from 4-5 pm at the nearby Veterans Hospital.
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THE MARCH 9  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 to 9:00 pm.  He will speak on ‘Receiving the Love that casts out Fear.’  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

ALL LADIES OF OUR PARISH ARE INVITED TO THESE 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 . . . YOUR TEACUPS ARE NEEDED
    As our Aquinas Guild prepares for the 2015 Spring  “A New Beginning”  Luncheon, the Social Committee of the Guild is asking you for donations of teacups and saucers in very good condition to use for one of their raffles.  If you have a teacup or two (or more) that you’d be able to donate, please bring them to the parish office during regular hours.  (Donations will NOT be returned.)  Mark your calendar for April 18, and be sure to join us for our Spring Luncheon!

REMEMBER TO SET YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD
  Next Saturday night, March 7, please set your clocks ahead one hour as we begin Daylight Savings Time.  This will help all of us make it to the church (and everywhere else) on time!
  
TAKING A STAND FOR LIFE AT PLANNED PARENTHOOD
    On Monday afternoon, March 9, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, members of our parish will be outside Planned Parenthood, 933 Liberty Avenue, downtown Pittsburgh as part of the Forty Days for Life effort.  They will be on site to bring peaceful and prayerful 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 for one hour or more.  A supervisor with Forty Days for Life will also be present.  Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) this week for additional information.  See you there!

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!

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 to 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 andybechman@saintscholastica.com.  Come join us!

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, March 2
   8:30 am  Sharon Neal (Barbara Michaels)

Tuesday, March 3—Saint Katherine Drexel, virgin
   8:30 am  Janet Fitzgerald (The Stillitano Family)
           
Wednesday, March 4—Saint Casimir
   8:30 am  Francis Clifford, birthday (L. Clifford)

Thursday, March 5
   8:30 am  Denise Donnelly (Constance Donnelly)

Friday, March 6—World Day of Prayer
   8:30 am  Jean Squillaci (Georgine Veltri)
   12:00 pm  Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 7—Saints Perpetua and Felicity
   9:00 am  Janet Rosati (Robert Rosati)

   5:00 pm  Millie & Eugene Kaczynski (Bob & Nancy Pollock & Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, March 8—Third Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
                 
   9:00 am  Deceased members of the Miketic Family (The Miketic Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
   11:00 am  Margaret A. Folino (Mr. & Mrs. Leonard Marsico) 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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 vegetables, canned beans, pasta sauce, peanut butter, tuna, and oatmeal.
    You are also invited to donate  $5 McDonald’s gift cards, PAT Zone 1 bus tickets, and $2.50 ConnectCards 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!

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
    We’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes in addition to our 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 contribution with one monthly check, call the office, and we’ll add you to the list of those interested.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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 this 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!  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!

LENTEN FISH FRY THANKS!
    Thanks to all our families and members who participated in the Lenten Fish Fry this past Friday at CDTCA!   Your support and the work of our PTG, parents, school staff, volunteers, and the Aquinas Guild all made for a wonderful lunch and dinner in support of our Catholic Academy!  Many thanks to all once again!

CDTCA BAKE SALE THANKS!
    Thanks to all for your support of CDTCA through your purchase of goodies during our recent Valentine’s Day Bake Sale at the church!   Together with the CDTCA Bake Sale at Saint Joseph Parish, our PTG raised $2,565 to help fund our Night at the Races.  Despite the bitter cold, it was a great weekend!  Thanks to all our bakers and volunteers and parish customers for all your support this year!

CONSIDER OUR 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!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Thanks to Marisqueira Mediterranean Bistro!   See their ad for information.  Visit them for their Sunday Brunch !   

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           
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