March 15, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    When we read Jesus’ words to the people of his day, we are invited to consider his words as spoken directly to us as well.  In the Gospel according to John, when Jesus is interacting with the "beloved disciple”, that particular disciple’s name is never given because scholars believe that the “beloved disciple” is intended to be each and every one of us who reads the Gospel and who places our faith in Jesus.  Many once believed that the “beloved disciple” was John, but in these years, the understanding is that Jesus’ words and his intimate friendship are meant to be shared with each of us and not only one person of his own day.
    In today’s Gospel account, when Jesus assures Nicodemus that the Son of God came to save us rather than to condemn us, his words are spoken to all of us and to each of us today.  The same promise and assurance of salvation Jesus gave to followers are the same wonderful promises made to us today.  The Lord wants to share our company.  He wants us to join him in the Kingdom!
    May we all be assured that Jesus wants to share life with us in this world and in the world to come.  May we read Jesus’ words and know that he is speaking to each of us.  May we then respond to him and share our life with him now and for all eternity. God bless!  
                                                                    — Father Jim Torquato

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION TO HELP AMERICANS IN POVERTY   
    This weekend, all parishes of the United States are taking up a second collection to assist people working to lift themselves out of poverty in the United States.  This Campaign for Human Development is an important Lenten outreach of charity offered to the poor by the Church.  Your generosity is needed and greatly appreciated!

MARCH 18 EVENING OF RECONCILIATION
    On Wednesday, March 18, from 6:00 pm—9:00 pm, Bishop David Zubik is once again inviting all members of our Catholic Diocese to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our parish church or in any of our 200 parish churches.  Come and be reconciled to the Lord!

BEST WISHES TO ALL FOR A BLESSED SAINT PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION!
    For all Catholic Christians, and especially all those of Ireland and of Irish descent, Saint Patrick’s Day is a very special celebration of our Catholic Christian faith and of our life in God.  It’s also a special celebration of our connection with Saint Patrick and the entire company of the Saints of God.   Best wishes to everyone for a joyful and blessed celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day this Tuesday, March 17!

UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital is offering free tests and cooking sessions on March 25.  Call 866-939-7787.

REMEMBERING YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES WITH A MASS INTENTION
    One of the most special and important ways that we remember and pray for our deceased parents, grandparents, spouses and loved ones is through the request of a Mass Intention to be offered for them at some time during this year.  When a Mass Intention is scheduled, the pastor offers his prayers and the Sacrifice of the Mass for the person named.  Intentions are still available now and throughout this year.  The offering is still $10 for each Intention.  Please call or visit the parish office this month!

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!
  
HAITI COMMITTEE EVENING OF REFLECTION RESCHEDULED FOR THIS WED., MARCH 18!
    Due to the weather on March 4, our Hope for Haiti Committee rescheduled their Lenten Evening of Reflection for this coming Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm-9:00 pm in the parish hall.  Speakers will include local volunteers who gave their time and service to many in Haiti.  Join us for prayer, stories, reflections, and images of those in need and those served.  This will be a special Lenten evening!

ADDING AND TRAINING NEW ALTAR SERVERS
    Students in Third Grade and Fourth Grade — and any students in Grades 5 through 11 — are welcome to register as a new server.  Training will begin next week with Meredith Troyan of our Religious Education Staff, and it will be held in two sessions for groups of new servers.  To sign up to become  a new server, send an email to parish@saintscholastica.com  OR  to  meredithtroyan@saintscholastica.com.  Your service to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated!  Please sign up now!

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.  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!

THANKS TO THE AQUINAS GUILD FOR THEIR LENTEN EVENING OF REFLECTION!
    Many thanks go to the parish’s Aquinas Guild for hosting last Monday’s Evening of Reflection for Lent here at the parish.  Father Joe Freedy spoke to 150+ participants about our faith in God’s love and our life in the Lord.   We’re also grateful that Father Freedy preached at our Liturgies last weekend.  For more Lenten inspiration, please visit www.BestLentEver.com.  To join the Aquinas Guild, please contact our parish office this month!

THE GIRL SCOUTS NEED YOUR HELP!
    In addition to purchasing Girl Scout Cookies, our local Girl Scout Troop is celebrating the Girl Scouts’ March 16 birthday by collecting items for the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry in Sharpsburg.  If you can help, donations of: cake mix, frosting, table covers, birthday candles, napkins, paper plates, noise makers, and party hats.  Please place all donations in our main church entrance this week.  Thanks!

COOKING FOR OTHERS IN NEED
    If you like to cook and to help others, a new group is being formed in our parish to provide meals for families and individuals experiencing a challenge in their lives.  Such a gift could be provided during a time of illness, bereavement, or maybe even the birth a of a child.   The first meeting will be held next Sunday, March 22, at 10am in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Please join us and bring your ideas and your recipes.  Contact Peggy Santelli (pssantelli@gmail.com)  for more information. 

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!

SPRINGTIME AQUINAS GUILD LUNCHEON
    The invitations have been mailed to our parish women for the April 18 Spring “A New Beginning” Luncheon!  We hope that you’ll join the Aquinas Guild for a lovely afternoon of events—including Lunch at the Pittsburgh Field Club, a Basket Raffle, a Purse Auction, a Teacup Raffle, and a Fashion Show presented by Dina Ellen.  Basket and purse sponsorships are still available at this time.  For more information, please contact Joanne Saunders (412-963-8319 or js.saunders@verizon.net) this week!

Make www.saintscholastica.com the home page of your Internet service.  You can keep updated with parish information every time you connect to the Internet!

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!

Please continue supporting our Parish Share Campaign and our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive!  Your support helps us to continue building God’s Kingdom!

RECEIVING MEALS ON WHEELS EACH DAY AND VOLUNTEERING TO HELP THE PROGRAM
    Anyone in the territory of the Fox Chapel School District who is homebound and unable to cook for themselves is eligible to receive weekday meals from the local Meals on Wheels program.  The program is here to assist you, and the volunteers are eager to bring meals to your residence.
    Also, if you have a few hours each week to assist in any number of ways, you’re most welcome to volunteer your service to this vital ministry.  Please give this program some consideration, and call 412-820-8350 to sign up for service OR to volunteer your time for this important and worthwhile volunteer meal service program.  Thank you!

YOU CAN STILL ATTEND OUR BIBLE STUDY ON THE HOLY EUCHARIST
    Yes, you can still join our Lenten Bible Study on what the Scriptures say about the Eucharist!  Sessions are being held on Thursdays in the Ministry Center Library form 7:30 pm—9:00 pm.   Please contact our parish office this week and we’ll get you started in the Bible Study!

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 ‘Praying Lent 2015’ here for more internet resources. Lent is our season to renew our Catholic Christian identity

A special Bingo at Saint Juan Diego Parish will be held next Sunday, March 22, at 12 noon, to benefit victims of the recent fire in Sharpsburg.  All adults are welcome!

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 16
    8:30 am  Janet Fitzgerald (Children)

Tuesday, March 17—Saint Patrick, bishop
   8:30 am  Craig Shondeck, anniversary (Judy Shondeck & Family)
           
Wednesday, March 18—Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
   8:30am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (M/M Tarquinio Ciummo)

Thursday, March 19—Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary
   8:30 am  Janet Fitzgerald (Children)

Friday, March 20
   8:30 am  Marcy Galda (Mr. & Mrs. Ron Stypula)
   12:00pm  Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 21
   9:00 am  Margaret Ferraro (Constance Donnelly)

   5:00 pm  Barbaro Jacko (The Fallek Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, March 22—Fifth Sunday of Lent 
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  Linda Klena (Contemporary Choir)
      Presider: Father  Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
   11:00 am  George Luster (Step-daughter, Marianne Chatham)  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items: canned vegetables, canned beans, powdered milk, and boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper).
    There is also a special need for $5 McDonald’s gift cards. Please 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!

Need a lifeline for your marriage?  Plan to attend a  local Retrouvaille (Rediscovery) Weekend this April 10-12.  Call 412-277-3434 for confidential information.

A 13 week Saint Anthony Novena will be held at Saint Juan Diego Parish in Sharpsburg beginning Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm at Madonna of Jerusalem Church.  All are welcome to this weekly Liturgy and Novena!

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

SPRING BREAK AT CDTCA
    In conjunction with the Fox Chapel Area School District, our own Catholic Academy will be observing a Spring Break during Holy Week and Easter, March 27-April 7.  If you or those you know are interested in registering at CDTCA for next August, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at the school (412-781-7927) this week for a visit and tour.  CDTCA will resume our classes on Easter Tuesday, April 7

THE CDTCA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING ON MAY 18
    Our Catholic Academy’s annual Golf Outing is set for Monday, May 18, at the Fox Chapel Golf Club!  For information, or to reserve a foursome, please contact Mrs. Lori Russell at lmrussell@verizon.net this month!  Your participation and support are greatly appreciated by our students and by the PTG!

STORE CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE NEXT SUNDAY AT THE CHURCH
    Our school staff will make store certificates available at the church entrance next Sunday.  Your support of this program benefits CDTCA and all our students! Thank you!

CONSIDER CDTCA 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.
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BAPTISM PREPARATION ON MARCH 23
    For new and expectant parents, we will hold a Baptism Preparation Seminar on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.  Come and learn about the sacrament and the ceremony with Mr. Andy Bechman of our parish staff.  Contact our parish office to register.  The next Baptism Preparation Session will be held on May 4.

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.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to Gentilcore Jewelers, Fox Chapel Plaza,  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Visit them this month!


Renewing discipleship this 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