May 10, 2015

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Best wishes to all mothers, grandmothers, expectant mothers, stepmothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, godmothers, and all women of our parish community and among our friends for a very good Mothers Day holiday!  I pray that you’ll know the gratitude of your children, your family and our community for the life, service, and love that you have given them and that you continue to share with them every day of every year!
    When we learn our Christian understanding of God, we readily proclaim that “God is Love.”  When we think of our moms and the women of our lives and our community, we also naturally associate them with Love as well.  The Love of our mothers and of all women is a priceless gift that we should cherish always as well as a gift for which we should be grateful on Mothers Day and, in fact, on every day of our lives!
    We are most fortunate that our nation observes this Sunday as Mothers Day each year.  May we honor our living and deceased moms in a fitting way through our celebrations as well as our prayers for them, and may we all express our thanks today and every day to our mothers and all the women who share life and love and faith with us.  God bless!                                                
                                                                                 —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, we are beginning a new era in the life of the Diocese that will prepare us for the coming decades 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 starting 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!

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!

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!
  
THE HOLY DAY OF THE LORD’S ASCENSION THIS THURSDAY, MAY 14
    This coming Thursday, May 14, is our annual Holy Day of the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into the presence of the Father.  The Ascension Holy Day celebrates Jesus being raised into the realm of God’s glory forty days after Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead.  From his place at the Father’s right hand, Jesus now sends forth his divine Holy Spirit to fill us with divine life and to keep us in communion with the life of the Holy Trinity!
    Ascension Thursday is still a Holy Day of Obligation to worship for all Catholic Christians in our state and in the northeastern states.  Our Ascension Holy Day Liturgy schedule is as follows:  8:30 am, 12 noon, and 7:00 pm.  Please mark your calendar now and be sure to join us for an Ascension Thursday Holy Day Liturgy this week!

JOIN US FOR OUR MORNING LITURGY EVERY WEEKDAY
    Are you at home during many or most mornings?  Might you be looking for a best way to begin your day in a most meaningful and uplifting way?  If so, please consider joining dozens of our parish members and friends for our daily morning Mass here at Saint Scholastica Church.     
    Participating in the Liturgy is such a good and special use of our time on Sundays and every day.  Listening to God’s holy Word, sharing in the Lord’s Supper, and receiving divine life in Holy Communion are truly beneficial to our personal faith and to our participation in the very life of God.  You’re welcome to join us often on weekday mornings.  We’ll be happy to have you with us each day!

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!

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 this 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!

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. 

A Youth Group Liturgy  will be held next Saturday, May 16, at 5:00 pm.  Students wishing to participate are asked to arrive in the church by 3:30 pm for rehearsal.

A NEW Summer Religious Education Home Study program  will begin next Saturday, May 16, at 6:00 pm in the parish hall.  Register online using the parish website!

Remembering and honoring your mom—  this month, you can honor or remember your mother by sponsoring a rental van for the Appalachian Mission Trip in June.  Contact Jamie Dillon here this month.
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RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION FOR GENESIS
    On Sunday, May 24,  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!

STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE NEXT WEEKEND
    The staff of our Catholic Academy will be at all our Liturgies next Sunday morning, May 17, to make available numerous different store certificates for your purchase.  By purchasing these certificates, a portion of your purchase will be returned to our Academy to help in many ways.  Thanks for buying store and restaurant certificates next Sunday!

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.

The Annual Rosary March will take place downtown next Sunday, May 17 at 1:30 pm beginning at Epiphany Church on Centre Avenue.  All are welcome to participate!

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!
  
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 at the Duquesne website here.

TRY SOME MORNING MEDITATION
    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 for meditation and prayer.  You’re most welcome to join them!  Contact Andy at the parish office 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.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, May 11
   8:30 am   John H. Stafford (Judy Stafford & Family)

Tuesday, May 12
   8:30 am   Grace Huston (Georgine Veltri)
           
Wednesday, May 13—Our Lady of Fatima
   8:30 am   Sigmund Bienowski (Rainey and Emory Redd)

Thursday, May 14—The Ascension of the Lord, Holy Day
   8:30 am   Stanley, Theresa & Jonathan Marsico (Tish Marsico)
   12:00pm  All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
   7:00pm    Arthur Bonessa (The Bonessa Family)

Friday, May 15—Saint Isidore
   8:30 am   Mary Catherine Cavanaugh (James Cavanaugh)

Saturday, May 16
   9:00 am   Frederick James Greif (Georgine Veltri)
   5:00 pm   Kevin Scanlon (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider:  Father James Torquato
    
Sunday, May 17— Seventh Sunday of Easter  
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
               
   9:00 am   Tom & Millie Wenzel, 57th anniversary
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Vincent Yacono (Carmen & Joyce Stellitano)  
      Presider : Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 10, 2015
Sunday: Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48/1 Jn 4:7-10 or 1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn 15:9-17 or Jn 17:11b-19
Monday: Acts 16:11-15/Jn 15:26--16:4a
Tuesday: Acts 16:22-34/Jn 16:5-11
Wednesday: Acts 17:15, 22--18:1/Jn 16:12-15
Thursday: Acts 1:1-11/ Eph 4:1-13 or 4:1-7, 11-13 or Eph 1:17-23/Mk 16:15-20
Friday: Acts 18:9-18/Jn 16:20-23
Saturday: Acts 18:23-28/Jn 16:23b-28
Next Sunday: Acts 1:15-17, 20a, 20c-26/1 Jn 4:11-16/Jn 17:11b-19
 
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 from the group which helps the homeless and poor in our area.  Items that are now needed include  canned vegetables, boxed meal mixes, and canned tuna, chicken,  and other proteins.  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 Connect cards.  See our parish website here for more information.  Thank you all 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 here 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 WILL BE MAY 22
    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 year such a success.  We greatly appreciate all that you do for CDTCA!  Thank you.  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 PARISH BRUNCH TO BENEFIT HAITI
    The annual brunch to benefit students in Haiti will be held this Thursday, May 14, at 9:30 at the home of the Bonessa Family,111 Hickory Hill Road in Fox Chapel.  The brunch will be preceded by the rosary and a presentation by our parish Hope for Haiti Committee.  This morning will be hosted by the Aquinas Guild.  Call 412-963-0198 now to reserve a seat.  Additional donations can be made to the Mortel Family Charitable Foundation and sent to the
Aquinas Guild or Haiti Committee at our parish office. 

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our parish thanks go to Chad Gregorini of State Farm Insurance  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Visit his web site and office this week for your insurance 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