April 12, 2015

 A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Nearly a century ago, Saint Faustina Kowalska was blessed with appearances and messages from Jesus during her life as a Religious Sister.  These messages from the Lord spoke of Jesus’ Divine Mercy offered  to all his disciples and his desire to lead all people to life in him.  In 1978, after his election as Pope and Chief Shepherd of the Catholic Church, Pope Saint John Paul II began sharing this message and devotion with the entire world.
    In the years before his death, Saint John Paul II also announced that, henceforth, the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday throughout the Catholic world.  This Sunday was chosen because the Risen Lord Jesus assures the Apostles of his mercy and forgiveness in the Gospel accounts of his appearance to them on the night of his Resurrection!
    This year, Pope Francis has announced that he is calling for a Year of Mercy as well to assure all Catholic Christians of Jesus’ forgiveness and his desire to bring all his flock back to life in him!   May we rejoice in the Divine Mercy of the Lord, and may we invite all our family members and friends to make a return to Jesus in this Easter Season and during this Year of Mercy.  God bless!
                                                        —Father Jim Torquato

The Seminar for Protecting God’s Children will be at Saint Raphael Parish, 1116 Chislett St., Morningside, on April 23 at 6:30 pm.  Call 412-298-6845 now to register.

REMEMBERING YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES WITH  MASS INTENTIONS
    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!

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 to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated!  Please sign up this week!

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.  You can help a great deal, and you can serve the Lord in these special ways.  If interested, please call the parish office this week.
  
MANY EASTER SEASON THANKS!
    All of our Easter Season and Holy Week celebrations receive much effort from our staff as well as the assistance of a number of parish members and families!   Our sincere parish gratitude is offered to all those who helped to make our recent events very prayerful and memorable.
    Our thanks are extended to:  our cantors, choirs, instrumentalists, and music director;  to all our lectors, Communion ministers, greeters, ushers, and altar servers;  to all of our office, parish, maintenance, and custodial staff members;  to our church decorators, our landscaping staff;  to our collection counters;  and to all our parish volunteers!
    May you all know the thankfulness of all our parish community for your generous efforts in making Lent, Holy Week, and Easter so very prayerful and beneficial to all of us and to our faith and to our parish.  God bless you all!
  
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY IS THIS SUNDAY
    The message of the Lord’s Divine Mercy is essential to our belief in the incredible goodness and mercy of God.  Saint John Paul II established Divine Mercy Sunday to promote this message on the Second Sunday of Easter when Jesus, in the Gospel, assures his followers of his desire to share mercy and forgiveness with all his disciples. 
    You’ll find more information about the Divine Mercy on the Internet.  You might add this holy devotion to your prayers and your spiritual life each day.  God bless!

OUR PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is continuing this year’s Parish Share Campaign  to finance the work of Bishop David Zubik and our Catholic 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!

A Life Action Day Rally will be held this Monday. April 13, at 11:30 am in the State Capitol building in Harrisburg.  If you’d like to make a one day trip to this special Pro-Life event, please call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for further information.

The Bishop’s Annual Dinner for Catholic Charities will be held on Friday, May 15 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel, Downtown.  Everyone is most welcome to this gala event which raises funding for the daily efforts of Catholic Charities.  Visit www.ccpgh.org  for information.

A Bluegrass Concert to benefit the Saint Joseph Home for Men will be held Friday, April 24, 7:30 pm at Synod Hall near the Cathedral. The donation is $20.  Visit www.ccpgh.org for information and tickets.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

  
This Sunday’s Spaghetti Dinner to support our  Summer Mission Work in Appalachia will be held today, Sunday, April 12, in the school cafeteria, 4-7 pm.  It’s all you can eat.  $10 per person.  $30 per family.  Join us!

Theology of the Body for Teens will be offered this Sunday, April 12, 10-11 am, in the Ministry Center.

OUR 5K FUN RUN OR WALK FOR APPALACHIA
    On Saturday, April 25, at 10 am, our Appalachia Team will host the annual parish 5K at Hartwood Acres, Middle Road.  Entrance is $15.  Strollers and dogs are welcome.  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.  All proceeds will benefit this year’s Mission Trip for service in West Virginia.  Contact Jamie Dillon or Meredith Troyan to register.

FIRST EUCHARIST AND CONFIRMATION EVENTS
    Our parish will celebrate First Eucharist at five 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 Confirmation for our 60 eighth grade students.  Congratulations and best wishes to our students and our families.  Please keep them in your prayers!
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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!

TRY SOME MORNING MEDITATION WITH FELLOW  PARISH MEMBERS
    Some of our best prayer time is actually spent in silence, meditation, and reflection.  On Wednesday mornings at 7:15 am, members of our parish community gather in the Library of the Pastoral Center with Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff for meditation and prayer.  You’re most welcome to join them for an hour of prayer every Wednesday!  Contact Andy here for more information.
   
A DIOCESAN DAY OF RELECTION AND PRAYER FOR ALL WOMEN
    On Saturday, April 25, from 9:30am—3:00pm, the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will host a spiritual day for all women in the Cardinals’ Great Hall at Saint Paul Seminary near Green Tree.  The theme is  “Women Disciples of Jesus: Bearing the Good News to the World.”  The suggested offering is $25.  Send an email to pghdccw@gmail.com to request further information.

REALLY HELPING YOUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED
   The new ministry, NOURISH, has been formed in our parish to provide meals for families and individuals experiencing challenges.  A meeting will be held next Sunday, April 19, at 10am, in the parish hall.  See today’s insert, and contact Peggy Santelli (nourish@saintscholastica.com). 

THE NEXT HAITI COMMITTEE MEETING
    Step up to help the people of Haiti.  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, May 6, at 7:30 pm in the parish hall.
  
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!

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!

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!

Learn about the life and ministry of Religious Sisters next Sunday, April 19, 10am—3pm at the Saint Joseph Convent in Baden.  There’s no fee for the day.  Call 1-724-869-6585 for information and registration.

Summer Retreats will be hosted by Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe.  Visit www.saintvincentretreats.org.

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, April 13—Pope Saint Martin I
   8:30 am  Joanne D. Vey (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Tuesday, April 14
   8:30 am  Dr. Mary Frances Ricketts (The Ricketts Family)
           
Wednesday, April 15
   8:30 am  Domenico Sciulli (Jean and Bill Eckert)

Thursday, April 16
   8:30 am  Tony Weisenberger (The Ware Family)

Friday, April 17
   8:30 am  John Stafford (Paul and Molly Gabos)

Saturday, April 18
   9:00 am  Deceased members of the Gabos Family (Paul and Molly Gabos)
 
   5:00 pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, April 19— Third Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am  Sharon Neal (Barbara Michaels)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
   9:00 am  Janet Rosati, 20th anniversary (The Rosati Family)
      Presider: Father   James Torquato
  
   11:00 am  Joseph Costa and Rosalia Costa-Clarke (Antonietta Costa and family)  
      Presider : Father James Torquato
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The local group that serves our neighbors who are homeless and poor is looking for a person who has access to a truck or van and who’d be willing to pick up a large amount of baked goods from Giant Eagle early on Sunday mornings.  The items need to be delivered to the distribution site near our church by about 8:00 am.  After training, this work should require only one hour on Sunday
mornings.  Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office if you can volunteer for this work on some Sundays.
   This group of volunteers is also requesting these food items this month:  canned vegetables, canned beans, spaghetti, cereal, boxed meal mixes, (Hamburger Helper, etc.), peanut butter, crackers, and chicken or tune in sealable pouches or pull tab cans.  Donation may be left in the containers in the church’s main entrance.
    You’re also invited to donate in the small gift bag in church both $5 McDonald’s gift cards and PAT $2.50 Connect cards.  See our parish website here for more information.  Thank you all very much! 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  

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 at lmrussell@verizon.net this month!  Your participation is greatly appreciated by our students and by the PTG!

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 (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 in a faith-filled and nurturing school community, contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) for application information!

VISITNG CDTCA THIS MONTH
    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.  
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THINKING OF OUR PARISH AND OUR FUTURE
    Some members of our parish have generously included Saint Scholastica Parish in their will.  Their love for the Lord, for the Church, and for our parish inspired them to arrange one final gift to our parish.  Your inclusion of our parish in your final plans will be greatly appreciated. Your support will keep our parish viable in the coming years!

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTION ENVELOPES
    We’d like to offer monthly donation envelopes.  When we have 50 interested members, our envelope company will provide them.  To contribute your entire contribution with one monthly check, call the office to be added to our list.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  Eye Physicians and Surgeons in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Contact their offices for your personal and family eye care needs!
  
Celebrating the Resurrection! 
Alleluia! Alleluia! During these joyful fifty days, we’re continuing our celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection during the Easter Season.  This glorious event of Jesus’ being raised from the dead by God the Father and the Holy Spirit is the reason for our hope in our own Resurrection to new life!


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