April 5, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO

    Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
The Lord Jesus has been raised from the dead,
and we are promised a share in his Resurrection!

    Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection is and always should be a time of great celebration!   The event of Jesus’ Resurrection on the third day following his death on the Cross is the event which is at the very heart of all Christian faith and life. 
    Without the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead, there would be no Christianity as we know it.  Thankfully though, Jesus was resurrected by the love and power of the Father and the Holy Spirit, and he revealed himself as the Risen Lord to his Apostles and disciples in the 40 days following his Resurrection.
    The Resurrection of Jesus is so tremendously important that we celebrate this event for a full 50 days from today until Pentecost—that’s almost two months of joyfully celebrating Easter because it is so essential to all that we believe and all that we are as Catholic Christians!
    May the Risen Lord Jesus bless all of you—our parish members, families, and friends— and may you be filled with renewed faith and with true joy as we celebrate and share with others this heart of our  faith and our life.  God bless!  Happy Easter!                                    
                                                                                      —Father Jim Torquato
    
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!

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 can you 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 to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated!  Please sign up now!

MANY EASTER SEASON THANKS!
    Our Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Season celebrations need and receive much effort from our staff as well as the volunteer assistance of many parish members and families!   As such, our sincere parish gratitude is offered to all those who helped to make our recent events so very prayerful and so 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; and to all of our parish volunteers!
    May all of you get some rest in these days, and may you know the thankfulness of all our parish community for your generous assistance in making Lent, Holy Week, and Easter so very prayerful and beneficial to all of us and to our faith and our parish.  God bless all of you!
  
EASTER BLESSINGS FROM OUR BISHOP
    For the past 50 years, our Bishops have welcomed families to Saint Paul Cathedral on Easter Sunday afternoon to receive a family blessing .  Once again, this Easter Sunday afternoon, Bishop David Zubik invites all families of the Diocese to join him at the Cathedral, Fifth Avenue at Craig Street in Oakland, at 2:00 pm for this annual event.  All are welcome to come with your families!

PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN FOR 2015
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has begun 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!

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY IS NEXT SUNDAY
    Revealed to Saint Faustina Kowalska by Jesus more than a century ago, and promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II, 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 and with all people. 
    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!

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 

A Pet Therapy visit to the V.A. Hospital will be held this Tuesday, April 7 from 4:00 pm-5:00 pm.   Sign up now!
  
Theology of the Body for Teens will be offered next Sunday, April 12, 10 am—11 am, in the Ministry Center.

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

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 Jamie Meredith to register.

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 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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A DIOCESAN DAY OF RELECTION AND PRAYER FOR ALL WOMEN
    On 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.

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!
 
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!

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!

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 of a child.     Contact Peggy Santelli (nourish@saintscholastica.com)  this week. 

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 the Notre Dame Vision 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.

Rejoice in the Lord’s Resurrection!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, April 6—Easter Monday
   8:30 am  Marcy Galda (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Tuesday, April 7—Easter Tuesday
   8:30 am  Herbert Goetz (Orland Veltri Family)
           
Wednesday, April 8—Easter Wednesday
   8:30 am  Katherine Arturo, birthday (Renee Arturo)

Thursday, April 9—Easter Thursday
   8:30 am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Nadine Block)

Friday, April 10—Easter Friday
   8:30 am  Bill Romango (wife, Marie)

Saturday, April 11—Easter Saturday
   9:00 am  Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (Nadine Block)
 
   5:00 pm  Frances Maher (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
   
Sunday, April 12— Divine Mercy Sunday  
   7:30 am  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am  The Hudak and Werries Families (Jerry & Carole Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
  
   11:00 am  Mary Jane Herbolich Luster (daughter, Marianne Chatham)  
      Presider : Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    The ministry to the homeless and poor is requesting these items: canned vegetables, canned beans, peanut butter, 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 for information. Thanks very much!

Learn about the life and ministry of Religious Sisters on Sunday, April 19, 10 am—3 pm 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.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY

OUR APRIL RELIGIOUS VALUE OF THE MONTH
    Throughout this April, our students will be discussing and learning about “our need to care for all of God’s Creation” and our stewardship of the Earth which God has given us.

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).  

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.  CDTCA will resume our classes on Easter Tuesday, April 7.

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!
    
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!
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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  Attorney Paul Giuffre  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Contact his office for your legal needs!

Celebrating the Resurrection!

Alleluia! Alleluia! We’ve come to our joyful celebration of the Lord Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday and 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