A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
As we continue our celebration of this Easter Season, we hear several very important messages from Jesus in the Gospels—especially in the Gospel according to John. Numerous messages about Jesus promising to give himself to us as the Bread of eternal Life. We also hear Jesus’ assurance that he will call forth shepherds to serve and guide his disciples until he returns to the earth.
Far too many Catholic Christians think that these chosen shepherds simply materialize out of nowhere, and that there will always be sufficient shepherds to serve the Lord’s flock. If only that were true. Shepherds of the flock are nurtured by the parents to be people of service and generosity, and they are encouraged by the parish community to hear and follow God’s call to give their lives in ministry. Without this nurturing and encouragement, the call goes unheard and there are fewer and fewer shepherds for the Church.
During these weeks, we are all asked to encourage more shepherds to come forth for the service of God’s people. Please pray for Vocations, and please encourage your sons and grandsons and neighbors to listen to the Lord’s call to possible become shepherds of his people. God bless!
—Father Jim Torquato
MANY THANKS FROM THE AQUINAS GUILD!
Our parish Aquinas Guild would like to thank all those who helped to make the 2015 Spring Luncheon so very successful on April 18th! The generosity of all our sponsors and donors is very much appreciated. Special thanks go to Dina Valant of Dina Ellen Clothing Boutique, Shadyside, for her fabulous Fashion Show . . . as well as to all our lovely mother-daughter models! Also, congratulations to our $250 Teacup Raffle winner, Kathy Murray. The weather and decorations, the delicious meal and accommodations at the Pittsburgh Field Club, and the wonderful friendship enjoyed by all in attendance proved to truly make this event “A New Beginning” for the social, spiritual, and service fellowship that the Aquinas Guild seeks to provide for all women of Saint Scholastica Parish!
Our next Baptism Preparation Seminar for new and expectant parents will be held on Monday, May 4 at 7:30 pm in the Pastoral Center. Call the parish office to register.
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!
CONFIRMATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST CONGRATULATIONS AND THANKS!
Congratulations, once again, to all of our parish students who celebrated the Sacraments of First Eucharist and Confirmation on recent Sundays! There were nearly 60 students receiving each of these Sacraments of Initiation. These grace-filled gifts of the Lord will hopefully keep you close to Jesus now and throughout your lives!
Many thanks to our parents and sponsors, grandparents and families for educating your sons and daughters in our Faith and for leading them to these sacred celebrations! We hope sincerely that each of our families will continue growing in the faith in your life at home. We hope too that you’ll all now join us regularly in our Sunday Liturgies and will continue to deepen your life in Jesus and in our parish!
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. We’re getting closer to reaching our goal, but we still very much need YOUR help! If the 1000+ households from whom we’re waiting to hear would respond and donate, our parish community would benefit greatly!
Please respond generously so that we can meet our obligation to our Bishop and the Diocese and then we’ll receive additional funds for Saint Scholastica Parish once our Diocesan goal is accomplished. Thank you!
A SEMINAR ON ‘HELPING YOUR PARENTS’ THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Facilitated by Sister Pat Baker, CDP, and the Saint Scholastica Parish Bereavement Committee, a seminar will be held THIS 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!
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!
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.
The Resurrection is our hope for eternal life!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
The Spring Flower Sale to support the upcoming Appalachian Mission Trip is being held NOW with the pick up of all flowers to take place the weekend of May 9 and 10. Please see today’s bulletin insert with its listing of the flowers available and the prices. Please place your orders now through next Sunday, May 3. Only the flowers ordered by May 3 will be purchased for pickup in the Pastoral Center during the weekend of May 9 and 10. Thanks for your continued generous support!
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 here or Meredith Troyan here if you’ll be taking part in VBS and in this prep meeting. Thank you!
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.
ADDING AND TRAINING NEW ALTAR SERVERS
Students in Third Grade through Eleventh Grade 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Your service to our to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated! Please sign up this month!
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. Please call the parish office.
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. Contact Peggy Santelli at email@example.com for more information.
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.
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!
Duquesne University, our regional Catholic university located in downtown Pittsburgh, will host its DuquesneFest on Sunday, June 14, beginning at 8:00 am . This day is held to allow upcoming high school seniors and their parents to visit Duquesne University and learn all about this excellent Catholic university and its programs and admissions. Register now on the Duquesne website here.
Summer Retreats will be hosted by Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe. Visit their website here.
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 27
8:30 am The Noonan Family (Marjorie Ladley)
Tuesday, April 28—Saint Louis de Monfort
8:30 am Domenico Sciulli (Sandy & Tom Ricchiuto)
Wednesday, April 29—Saint Catherine of Siena, doctor
8:30 am Nancy Mack (The VanDemark Family)
Thursday, April 30—Pope Saint Pius V
8:30 am Helen K. Gallagher (The Gallagher Family)
Friday, May 1—Saint Joseph the Worker
8:30 am Lawrence Conley (Judy Stafford & Family)
Saturday, May 2—Saint Athanasius, bishop
9:00 am Rick (Deana Miller)
5:00 pm Frank Marsico (Children)
Presider: Father James Torquato
Sunday, May 3— Fifth Sunday of Easter
7:30 am All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
Presider: Father James Torquato
9:00 am Linda Klena (Tish Marsico)
Presider: Father James Torquato
11:00 am Gerard Santarcangelo (Wife & Children)
Presider : Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
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 8:00 am. This work should require only one hour on Sunday mornings. Please contact Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office if you can offer some volunteer time on Sunday mornings.
Food supplies are running low at this time. Items that are needed include canned vegetables, canned red or black beans, tuna, cereal, boxed meal mixes, (Hamburger Helper, etc.). 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!
LEADERSHIP WITH THE HEART OF CHRIST
Bishop David Zubik will host a special evening with Coadjutor Archbishop Bernard Hebda, DD of Newark, NJ on Monday, June 15, at 6:30 pm at Saint Paul Seminary. Archbishop Hebda is a Pittsburgh native ordained here in 1989. He will speak on leading others to the Lord.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org this month! Your participation is greatly appreciated by our students and by the PTG!
CDTCA VOLUNTEERS LITURGY AND BREAKFAST RECEPTION SET FOR MAY 22
Can you believe that this school year is coming to a close already? Our Catholic Academy will host a Liturgy and Breakfast on May 22 beginning at the 8:30 am Mass in order to thank the many parents and volunteers who’ve helped to make this academic year the success that it has been. Our appreciation for all that you do for CDTCA is truly beyond measure! Thank you all. Please join us on May 22!
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.
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!
A GIRLS SEMINAR ON GOVERNMENT IN HARRISBURG THIS JUNE
The Women and Girls Foundation of Pittsburgh is offering a unique experience to girls entering grades 9—12 this August. As a way to introduce girls to the work of state government, the foundation is offering three days of discovery (June 14-17) at the State Capitol in Harrisburg. Expenses will be covered by the foundation. There are monthly meetings after June that will keep participants connected with the Women and Girls Foundation as well as with other participants. For information, call Blayre Holmes (412-258-2567) or email her here this month!
BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
Our parish thanks go to Hartwood Chiropractic for being a bulletin sponsor. Call now and visit them for your personal and family health needs!
Readings for the Week of April 26, 2015
Sunday: Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18
Monday: Acts 11:1-18/Jn 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts 11:19-26/Jn 10:22-30
Wednesday: Acts 12:24--13:5a/Jn 12:44-50
Thursday: Acts 13:13-25/Jn 13:16-20
Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6
Joseph the Worker: Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58
Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14
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
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
Thomas Galda, Matthew Ross, David Urso
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927