March 29, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    This Sunday, we enter into the holiest days of the Catholic Christian year with the celebration of Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion.  Many of us think of this as the Sunday with the longer Liturgy and the longer reading of the Gospel account of Jesus' suffering and death.  Despite these extended elements of this Sunday, it truly is a blessed day when we commemorate this very important testimony and witness to the Lord Jesus given by the people of his day.
    As today’s account continues through Jesus’ final Passover, his prayer in the garden of Gethsemane, his arrest and torture, his condemnation and crucifixion, and his death on the Cross, we have a profound testimony to Jesus as the Son of God and as our Lord.  We are moved to sorrow because of the treatment suffered by Jesus, and we are reminded that only someone so convinced of his identity and his mission would endure what Jesus endured for the sake of all human persons.
    May all of us appreciate this Holy Week as we move toward the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection!  May our faith as individual disciples, as families, and as God’s people be renewed and deepened throughout these holiest of days.  Please join us each day.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato 

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, siblings, grandparents, spouses and loved ones is through the request of a Mass Intention.   Intentions are still available for this current year.  The offering is still only $10 for each Intention.  Please call or visit the parish office this month!

LOOKING TO ADD ADDITIONAL WEEKEND GREETERS, USHERS, LECTORS, AND
MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION
    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 Liturgy.  Very little extra time and effort are needed, but you can help a great deal, and you can serve the Lord in these special ways.  If you’re interested, please call the parish office after Easter Sunday.

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 here.  Your service to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated!  Please sign up now!

CELEBRATING HOLY WEEK WITH OUR PARISH
    This Sunday, we arrive at Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion!   Thank you for joining us for this important event of Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem and his final week before his death and Resurrection.  Please plan to join us also on Monday evening for our Tenebrae, and then Thursday through Easter Sunday for these holiest of days!

OUR SPECIAL MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK CATHOLIC ‘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!

GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION TO SUPPORT CATHOLICS IN THE HOLY LAND
    Every year on Good Friday, Catholics around the world are invited to financially support the Catholic communities and shrines and schools in Israel—the homeland of Jesus and of our Catholic faith.  Catholics in the Holy Land face tremendous challenges every day.  Without support from the entire Church, many Catholic Christians in Israel would flee the Holy Land in favor of a life with less tension and fewer threats to their safety. 
    Please help Pope Francis to give support to all Catholics in Israel through our annual Good Friday special collection!  Thank you all very much for your generosity!

GOOD FRIDAY REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL OF US
    For this Good Friday, April 3,  abstaining from meat begins at age 14 and is expected of all adult Catholics.  Good Friday also requires fasting for all those ages 16-60.  Now (and for the rest of our years), 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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS


Our Youth Ministry will present Living Stations on Good Friday at 7 pm.  All our students in grades 6-12 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 2, at 3:00 pm in the church.  Please contact Jamie or Meredith if you’re interested in taking part!

Our high school students are invited to take part in our Spring clean up along Freeport Road this Holy Thursday, April 2, from 1:00-2:30 pm.  Please come to the Ministry Center before 1:00 pm this Thursday!  

A Pet Therapy visit to the V.A. Hospital will be held on Tuesday, April 7 from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.   Sign up now!

The Spaghetti Dinner for our Appalachia Trip will be held on Sunday, April 12 in the school cafeteria, 4-7pm.  It’s all you can eat.  $10 per person.  $30 per family.  Join us!

There is no Family House meal on April 1.  The print version of the bulletin is mistaken in this regard.
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FIRST EUCHARIST AND CONFIRMATION EVENTS
    Our parish will celebrate First Eucharist at six Liturgies on April 12 and April 19.  Then, we’ll welcome Bishop William Waltersheid on April 19 at 1:00 pm for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation for our 60 eighth grade students.  Congratulations and best wishes to our students and our families.  Please keep them in your prayers!

SPRINGTIME AQUINAS GUILD LUNCHEON
    We invite all women of our parish to join the Aquinas Guild for an afternoon including Lunch at the Pittsburgh Field Club, a Basket Raffle, a Purse Auction, a Teacup Raffle, and a Fashion Show presented by Dina Ellen.  At this time, basket and purse sponsorships are still available.  This Luncheon celebrates “A New Beginning” for our Aquinas Guild!   For information, please contact Joanne Saunders (412-963-8319 / or by email here) soon!

LADIES … YOUR TEACUPS ARE NEEDED!
    As our Aquinas Guild prepares for the 2015 Spring  “A New Beginning”  Luncheon, the Social Committee of the Guild would appreciate donations of teacups and saucers  for one of their raffles.  If you have teacups that you’d be able to donate, bring them to the parish office during regular hours.  (Donations will NOT be returned.)   Be sure to join us for our April 18 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, then please consider joining our parish members who help the poor of Haiti—the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.  Contact Dr. Maureen O'Brien (by email here) this month for more information!

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 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!

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!

HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS 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.  Contact Peggy Santelli by email here this week. 

One final Fish Fry will be held this Good Friday at Holy Spirit Parish, North Avenue, in Millvale from 11:000 am—6:30 pm.  Call 412-874-5470 for information.

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!

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 www.vision.nd.edu.

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 30—Monday of Holy Week
   8:30 am  Dorothy Killian (Jeanne Killian)
   7:30 pm  Tenebrae Service with the Choir

Tuesday, March 31—Tuesday of Holy Week
   8:30 am  Thomas D. Maher Sr. (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)
           
Wednesday, April 1—Wednesday of Holy Week
   8:30 am  Gino Marsico (wife, Rita Marsico)

Thursday, April 2—Holy Thursday
   7:30 pm  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Ray Capone)

Friday, April 3—Good Friday
   12:00 pm  Stations of the Cross
   1:30 pm  Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
   7:00 pm  Youth Ministry Living Stations

Saturday, April 4—Holy Saturday
   8:30 pm  The Easter Vigil—Eckert, Weissert and Canel Families  (Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, April 5— Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection
   7:30 am  Thomas and Alice Kotchey (The Strahler Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  Joseph Costa and Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider: Father  Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am  Mr. & Mrs. D.L. Vincent (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)   
      Presider : Father James Torquato

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items: canned vegetables; canned red, black, or kidney beans; and spaghetti.
    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 now until June 9 at 6:30 pm at Madonna of Jerusalem Church.  All are welcome to this weekly Tuesday Liturgy and Novena!

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.  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!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER  BREAK AT CDTCA
    In conjunction with the Fox Chapel Area School District, our own Catholic Academy will be observing a Holy Week Break now through 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) NEXT week for a visit and tour.  CDTCA will resume our classes on Easter Tuesday, April 7.

ARE YOU AWARE THAT CDTCA HAS A 4-YEAR-OLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM?
    Our Catholic Academy has a 4-year-old Pre-K with both a 5 day and a 3 day per week program!   If you’re interested in meeting our staff and visiting the Pre-K program, please call the school office after Easter (412-781-7927).

CDTCA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS NOW FOR THE 2015-2016 YEAR
    Our Catholic Academy continues to grow in these years!  If you’d like a quality Catholic education for your child or children in a faith-filled and nurturing school community, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) for a tour and for complete information about CDTCA!
    
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, please contact Mrs. Lori Russell here this month!  Your participation is greatly appreciated by our students and by the PTG!
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THINKING OF OUR PARISH AND OUR FUTURE
    At times, members of our parish generously include Saint Scholastica Parish in their will and estate.  Their love for the Lord, for the Church, and for our parish inspires them to arrange one final gift to our parish upon their passing to the realm of the Lord.  Your inclusion of our parish in your plans will be greatly appreciated, and your support will help keep our parish viable and strong in the coming generations!

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
    We’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes.  When we have 50 members who’d like monthly envelopes, our envelope company 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 the  Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Contact the Ajak Family for your needs and your  advance arrangements!

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Celebrating Holy Week
We’ve now come to our solemn celebration of Holy Week and our joyful celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday and throughout the Easter Season. If you’re hoping to renew your life in Christ Jesus and to receive a new beginning of holiness and grace, now’s the time!

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