April 19, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    How many of us might still be wishing each other a “Happy Easter”??   Probably very few of us are still expressing this greeting, and those who are using this expression are undoubtedly getting unusual responses as if there’s something wrong with them. 
    In the minds of almost everyone, we’ve moved on from Easter Week and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus.  To most people, we’re now planning for the Derby or Mothers Day or Memorial Day or the conclusion of the Spring semester and the school year.
    Yet, in the Catholic Christian calendar, and in our Liturgies and prayers, this is still the Easter Season when we celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection and all that it means to our faith, to our lives, and to our hope for everlasting life!  Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus mean everything to all of us who are his faithful disciples!  May we continue to celebrate this holy Season of Easter, and may you and all of us continue to be filled with the Easter joy of the Lord’s Resurrection.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

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!

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!

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 this week!

ADDING  WEEKEND GREETERS, USHERS, LECTORS, AND COMMUNION MINISTERS
    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.
  
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST THIS SUNDAY
    Congratulations to our Confirmation candidates and our First Communion students on receiving these important Sacraments of the Lord today!  
    We welcome our Auxiliary Bishop,  the Most Reverend William Waltersheid, DD  as the celebrant of today’s 1:00 pm Confirmation celebration.   Our students will celebrate and receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit as did the Apostles on Pentecost.  Our Candidates will personally and publicly profess our faith as young adults and commit themselves to the Lord Jesus.   Thanks and congratulations and best wishes to them and their parents and families on this  special and joyful day.   Please keep all of them in your prayers today and in the weeks ahead!
  
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!

CLEANING UP THE TOWN ON APRIL 25
    The annual Aspinwall Clean Up Day will be on Saturday, April 25.  Meet at Beans 'n' Cream at 10 am to receive supplies and to get started.  Call the borough for information.

A ‘HELPING YOUR PARENTS’ SEMINAR NEXT SUNDAY AFTERNOON
    Facilitated by Sister Pat Baker, CDP and the Saint Scholastica Parish Bereavement Committee, a seminar will be held NEXT Sunday afternoon, April 26, from 1—3 pm in the parish hall of the Pastoral Center.  Come for a video presentation and a discussion about caring for your aging parents.  All parish members are welcome!

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!

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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

  
OUR 5K FUN RUN OR WALK FOR APPALACHIA
    This coming Saturday, April 25, at 10 am, our Appalachia Trip 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 here or Meredith Troyan here this week to register.

A Youth Festival of Praise will be held on Saturday evening, May 2, at the Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio.  Register with Mrs. Dillon or Meredith Troyan.  Departure from the Ministry Center will be at 5 pm for the 7 pm Festival.  It will be an outstanding evening of great music and prayer!  You’ll be grateful for participating!

JUNE’S VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    During the week of June 8, our 13th annual Vacation Bible School will be Monday through Friday for students ages 5-9.  The theme is Oceans of Faith.  Teens are also invited to register as VBS volunteers for that week. 

Vacation Bible School adult and teen volunteers are invited to a preparation meeting with Jamie Dillon on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 pm in the Ministry Center.   Please inform Jamie Dillon or Meredith Troyan if you’ll be taking part in VBS and in this prep meeting.  Thank you!
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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 at the parish office for more information.
   
A DIOCESAN DAY OF RELECTION AND PRAYER FOR ALL WOMEN
    This coming Saturday, April 25, from 9:30 am—3:00 pm, 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.

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.

Fill us with divine life and power, O Holy Spirit!

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 this Sunday, April 19, at 10 am, in the parish hall.  See today’s insert, and contact Peggy Santelli by email at 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 7:30pm in the parish hall.

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.

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!

Summer Retreats will be hosted by Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe.   Visit their website here for more information.

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.

Readings for the Week of April 19, 2015
Sunday: Acts 3:13-15, 17-19/1 Jn 2:1-5a/Lk 24:35-48
Monday: Acts 6:8-15/Jn 6:22-29
Tuesday: Acts 7:51--8:1a/Jn 6:30-35
Wednesday: Acts 8:1b-8/Jn 6:35-40
Thursday: Acts 8:26-40/Jn 6:44-51
Friday: Acts 9:1-20/Jn 6:52-59
Saturday: 1 Pt 5:5b-14/Mk 16:15-20

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, April 20
   8:30 am  Bill Slanders (Kathleen Piper)

Tuesday, April 21
   8:30 am  Joan Grace Farina, anniversary (Anthony & Jean Marie Farina)
           
Wednesday, April 22
   8:30 am  Domenico Sciulli (Georgine Veltri)

Thursday, April 23 — Saint George
   8:30 am  Robert Styslinger, anniversary (The Styslinger Family)

Friday, April 24
   8:30 am  Rhodora Donahue, 90th birthday (Virginia Ware)

Saturday, April 25
   9:00 am  Rev. Henry McAnulty CSSp (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
 
   5:00 pm  Loretta Pollock (Bob & Nancy Pollock and Family) 
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, April 26— Fourth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  Linda Leonard Klena (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
  
   11:00 am  Vincent Yacono (Carmen & Joyce Stellitano)  
      Presider : Father James Torquato
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The local group that serves the homeless and poor is looking for a person who has 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 by 8:00am.  This work should require only one hour on Sunday mornings.   Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office.
   This group is also requesting these food items:  canned red or black beans, pasta, cereal, boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, and tuna (especially in pouches or pull-tab cans).  There are so many items requested because supplies are running low. Donations may be left 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 ConnectCards.  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!

A NEW 3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM  HAS BEEN ADDED TO OUR 4 YR. OLD PRE-KINDERGARTEN!
    Our Catholic Academy is adding a 2-day, 3-year-old Pre-School to our 4-year-old Pre-K (both 5 days or 3 days) program!   If you’re interested in visiting the program, please call Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) this week.  

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS!
    Best wishes and congratulations are offered to our many Catholic Academy students celebrating your First Communion or your Confirmation in these days!   May the Lord bless you, your parents, and your families always! 
    Also, congratulations to our many students who recently participated in Junior Achievement!  May you all be very successful as future entrepreneurs!

DINING AT PANERA’S TO BENEFIT CDTCA!
    Please take a flyer in our main church entrance, take the flyer to Panera’s in the Waterworks from 5—8 pm on Wednesday, April 22, and 15% of your total bill will be donated to CDTCA.  It’s delicious and easy way to support our Catholic Academy!

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!

VISITING 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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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Our parish thanks go to  Gators Grille, Saxonburg Boulevard, for being a bulletin sponsor.  Visit them for good meals and good times!

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