March 22, 2015


A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    From the years when we were young children, most of us were encouraged by our parents and our families to achieve for ourselves all that we could achieve.  We were taught to do our best and then to enjoy the results of what we’d accomplished.  This has stayed with most of us throughout the years, and we now enjoy the achievements of our efforts.
    Then we hear today’s Gospel passage, and we hear the message that we should negate ourselves, that we should live for others and die to ourselves.  It’s a very hard message to accept when it is contrary to most of what we’ve been taught since we were children.
    Yet, this teaching remains at the heart of Jesus’ Good News.  That is, if we live like Jesus and give away our lives like Jesus, then we will receive the reward of everlasting life like Jesus. 
    In fact, so many disciples and parents and spouses and Church members do sacrifice their lives for the benefit of family and others.  This self-sacrifice will indeed be rewarded by Jesus.  May all who give their lives for the benefit of others be blessed in this life and in the eternal life  that Jesus promises his faithful people.  God bless!
                                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

OUR SPECIAL HOLY WEEK ‘TENEBRAE’ SERVICE
    On Monday of Holy Week, March 30, at 7:30 pm, we’ll host a Tenebrae Service in the church.  This is an ancient tradition in which we remember Jesus’ suffering and death through Bible readings and choral songs.  Our choir members, music director, and lectors will gather to present this special program to our parish community and guests.  Please plan to join us for this special and sacred service during the holiest week of the entire year—it will make your Holy Week all the more prayerful, meaningful, and truly memorable!

LOOKING TO ADD ADDITIONAL WEEKEND GREETERS, USHERS, LECTORS, AND
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
    So many parish members have generously given their service to you and all our parish through their ministries during our weekend Liturgies.  Now, with many ministers having retired from this work, our parish very much needs to add new volunteers in all four of these ministries. 
    With some training and just 3 hours to complete the Diocesan Safe Environment Program, you can assist our parish Liturgy and community while you’re here at the Sunday Mass.  Very little extra time and effort are needed, but you can help a great deal and can serve the Lord in these special ways.  If interested, please call the parish office this week or during the weeks ahead.  Thank you!

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

By Jesus’ holy Cross, he has redeemed the world!

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!
 
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 the parish office here  OR  to Meredith Troyan here.  Your service to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated!  Please sign up now!

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 by email here) this week!

LENTEN REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OF US
    During this Season of Lent, abstaining from meat begins at age 14 and is expected on all Fridays of Lent.  All of us are expected to perform additional acts of penance and contrition as we seek conversion from our sins and the transformation of our lives toward genuine holiness!

Lord Jesus, have mercy on all of us!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

Youth Ministry to present Living Stations on Good Friday at 7 pm.  All our high school students are invited and encouraged to participate in the Living Stations in church this Good Friday, April 3, at 7:00 pm.  Rehearsal is Holy Thursday, April 3 at 3:00 pm in the church.  Please contact Jamie or Meredith if you’re interested in taking part! 

  THIS WEEK’S CONCLUSION OF OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION SESSIONS
    Thanks very much, and congratulations to all our CCD students, families, catechists and staff on the conclusion of another very fine CCD year!  We hope you’ve all grown in the faith and are even closer now to God and the Lord Jesus!  Best wishes for a good Spring and Summer filled with God’s blessings and divine life!
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COOKING FOR OTHERS IN NEED
   A new group is being formed in our parish to provide meals for families and individuals experiencing a challenge in their lives.  This could be provided during illness, bereavement, or maybe even the birth a of a child.   The first meeting will be held this Sunday, March 22, at 10 am in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Please join us and bring your ideas and your recipes.  Contact Peggy Santelli here 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!

HELPING THE POOREST OF THE POOR
    Jesus clearly calls us all to feed the poor and to care for those most in need (see Matthew chapter 25).  If you’d like to fulfill Jesus’ command to do so, then please consider joining our fellow parish members who have dedicated themselves to helping the poor of Haiti—the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  If you’d like to make a difference and serve the poor, contact Dr. Maureen O‘Brien here this month for more information!

UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME SUMMER STUDENT CONFERENCES
    This coming June and July, the University of Notre Dame will once again host various five day summer conferences for high school students to explore how young Catholics can hear and respond to the call of the Lord and serve God’s Kingdom in your lives.  There are various brochures in our church’s main entrance, or visit vision.nd.edu.
  
PREPARING FOR HOLY WEEK
    Next Sunday, we will arrive at Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion!  Please plan to join us for this important event of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and his final week before his death and Resurrection.  Plan to join us next Sunday, then Monday for our evening Tenebrae, and then Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday for these holiest of days!

Thank you very much for supporting our Parish Share Campaign and our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive!  Your support helps us in building God’s Kingdom!

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!

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

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!

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 here for info and registration!   You may also search visit the ‘Praying Lent 2015’ site here for more internet resources. Lent is our season to renew our Catholic Christian identity.

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 23
    8:30 am  Tommaso Sbarra (Family)

Tuesday, March 24
    8:30 am  Anthony M. Greco, birthday (wife, Tina & family)
           
Wednesday, March 25— The Annunciation of the Lord
    8:30 am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Nadine Block)

Thursday, March 26
   8:30 am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Ray Capone)

Friday, March 27
   8:30 am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Nadine Block)
   12:00pm  Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 28
   9:00 am  Anthony W. Wasson (Son, Robert)

   5:00 pm  Joseph L. Schultz (Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, March 29— Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion 
   7:30 am  Thomas D. Maher  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father  James Torquato

   11:00 am  Gloria Greco (Wehrle Family)  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

DONATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items: canned vegetables, canned red or black beans, canned fruit, and macaroni and cheese.
    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!

A Young Adult Catholic Bible Study is being held every Tuesday at 7pm at the Panera in the Pittsburgh Mills Mall, Route 28.  Contact Anna at youngadultsinchristdiopitt@gmail.com for more information. 

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 here 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 Doctor Robert DeFazio, DMD  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Visit his dentist offices this month!
  
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Preparing for Holy Week
We’re very close now to Holy Week, the end of the Season of Lent, and our celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday and during the Easter Season. If you’re hoping to renew your life in Christ and to receive a new beginning of holiness, you still have time. Get to it now!

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