May 3, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Which Catholic images are your favorite images in both the Bible and our Christian tradition?  Do you like the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd?   Or maybe you prefer the image of the Lord’s birth?  Then again, might you more so appreciate the image of Jesus feeding the 5000 or the Lord establishing the Eucharist at his Last Passover?  Perhaps you lean toward the many images of Mary and the Saints?
    In this Easter Season, the Gospel according to John provides a number of Christian images that are very important to our Catholic faith, our prayer, and our appreciation of the Good News.  John presents Jesus as the Divine Word and the Son of God.  John also presents Jesus as the Light of the World.  These are all wonderful and important images of our belief and heritage.
    This Sunday, John also gives us the image of Jesus as the Vine which provides divine sustenance to all who are united with the Lord.  From the Vine that is Jesus, we can produce abundant life and goodness for the benefit of God’s Kingdom!  This is certainly a good image for us to contemplate as we remember that Jesus nourishes us and that we are the people who will bring forward a harvest of goodness for the Lord.   God bless you in this Easter Season!                      
                                                                     — Father Jim Torquato

ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!
    As you know from Bishop David Zubik’s letter to all the members, families, and clergy of our Diocesan Church that was printed in our bulletin three Sundays ago, we are now beginning a new era in the life of the Diocese that will prepare us for the coming generations of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.
    In keeping with Bishop Zubik’s vision for The Church Alive!,  we are all invited to examine our own discipleship and the life of the parish communities in which we participate.  So that we might fully address the present and the future, we are now beginning a three year self study of all our parishes, schools, and programs. 
    We’re beginning with prayer and refection in 2015.  Then we’ll initiate our self  study in each parish and school.  In 2018, we’ll come to the conclusion of this important planning process and will begin implementing plans for the future of the Diocese.   Information and participation in this process will be offered to all members of each parish.  Please be sure to take part as we faithfully and prayerfully prepare for the next 50 years of our Diocesan life in Christ!

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.

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!

FINISHING YEAR NUMBER ONE!
    One year ago, my service as pastor of Saint Scholastica Catholic Parish began, and it’s been a very good year!  Together with our members and families, our councils and organizations, and our staff and volunteers, we continue to move forward as a parish community that’s dedicated to the Lord Jesus and committed to the service of all those in our local communities. 
    From our weekend Liturgies to our educational and catechetical programs, from our sacramental celebrations to our organized events, the life of our parish community remains strong and, with your participation, will continue to be the presence of the Lord and of his holy people here in our part of God’s Kingdom! 
    Thank you again for your participation in our parish life and for your support of our community and our operations.  I look forward to continuing our life in the Lord, and I look forward to sharing with all of you many years still to come.  Thank you, and God bless!          —Father Jim Torquato

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!

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.

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!

The Lord is our hope and our salvation!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS


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. 

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 place your orders through this Sunday, May 3.  Only the flowers ordered by May 3 will be purchased for pickup in the Pastoral Center on May 9 and 10.  Thanks!

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.  Thank you!

Our Youth Ministry will go see the Pirates on Friday evening, May 8!  Please contact Mrs. Dillon now.
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RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION FOR GENESIS
    Next Sunday, May 10, on Mother's Day, our Respect Life Committee will welcome your donations at the church exits after each Liturgy to support Genesis and their care for young and single moms in our local area.  Many thanks!

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 has begun 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 parish@saintscholastica.com.  Your service to our to our Liturgy and to our parish will be greatly appreciated! 

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.

Alleluia!  Jesus has been raised from the dead!

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!

Have your Blood Pressure checked without cost by local EMT’s this Sunday,  May 3, at the 10 am-12 pm Aspinwall Flea Market at 217 Commercial Avenue!   Ask about classes in blood pressure control offered locally!

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 8:00am .  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 at www.duq.edu/duquesnefest.

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, May 4
   8:30 am   John Vollmer (Edna Jenca)

Tuesday, May 5
   8:30 am   Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, MD (Nadine Block)
           
Wednesday, May 6
   8:30 am   Joseph Costa, birthday (Antonietta Costa & Family)

Thursday, May 7
   8:30 am   Dr. Michael Shaughnessy, MD (Nadine Block)

Friday, May 8
   8:30 am   Shawn Neville, birthday (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)

Saturday, May 9
   9:00 am   Mary Certo (The Certo Family)
 
   5:00 pm   Victor Nicholas, anniversary (Mary Ann Nicholas)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, May 10— Sixth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
               
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Celia Mancini (The Mancini Family)  
      Presider : Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 3, 2015
Sunday: Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8
Monday: Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26
Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a
Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11
Friday: Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21
  
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.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND POOR
    Thanks to everyone who responded to our recent requests for food from the local group that serves our neighbors who are homeless and poor!  Items that are still needed include: canned vegetables, boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper), canned tuna, and canned chicken or other canned meats.  Donations may be left in the containers near the church’s front entrance.
     You are also invited to donate $5 McDonald’s gift cards, and PAT $2.50 Connect Cards and 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!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY


AN IMPORTANT CHANGE IN THE CDTCA ANNUAL GOLF OUTING!
    Because the Fox Chapel Golf Club is doing extensive repairs on 12 of its golf course greens,  arrangements have been made to move the CDTCA Golf Outing to the nearby Pittsburgh Field Club on Monday, June 1!   For more 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.  

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!

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!
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A Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat for post-abortion healing will be held by our Catholic Charities of the Diocese this May 22-24 at the Spiritan Center off Route 88 in Bethel Park.  For confidential information, call Toni at 412-352-5348  or  visit www.ccpgh.org.

A Paper Shredding Morning will be held by State Rep. Dom Costa on Saturday, May 23, from 9 am—12 noon in the Saint Raphael School parking lot, 1154 Chislett Street in Morningside. Bring any and all papers that need shredding!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to  Splurge, Freeport Road for being a bulletin sponsor.   Visit the store this week!

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