January 31, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Our Catholic Schools in the United States have been an amazing and wonderful part of our Catholic heritage for several centuries now.  Inspired by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and early Catholic educators, our schools have provided a first rate education in a safe and faith filled environment for many generations.  Our regional school, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, as well as all Catholic elementary and secondary schools and colleges and universities are still excellent in providing the education and faith shared with our young students.
      In past centuries, parish communities provided the funding for Catholic schools.  Today, families and benefactors bear the responsibility of funding our schools.  My hope is that everyone views your investment in Catholic education as a truly worthwhile and important gift to your children and grandchildren!
     May we all cherish CDTCA and all Catholic Schools, and may we gladly support them throughout the years ahead.  God bless!   
                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

COFFEE SOCIAL NEXT WEEKEND IN THE HALL
     Next weekend, February 6-7, several members of our parish Pastoral Council will host both a Saturday Punch and Cookie social and a Sunday Coffee/Tea and donut event in the parish hall after all Liturgies! 
     These gatherings will coincide with Mardi Gras as well as the traditional memorial day of our patron Saint Scholastica which is February 10  (but which is superseded by Ash Wednesday this year)!  
     Everyone is welcome to come together, meet other members, and spend some time with one another!  Plan to join us and bring your families and friends!

AQUINAS GUILD MARDI GRAS LUNCHEON
    The Season of Lent is almost here, and that means it’s rime once again for the Aquinas Guild’s Ladies’ Mardi Gras Luncheon!  Please join us at the Cornerstone Restaurant on Tuesday, February 9, at 11:30am, for a selected menu of entrees and desserts.  Reservations are required.  Please see today’s bulletin insert for full information.  Come celebrate with us . . . and bring your Mardi Gras beads!

WOMEN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN LENT
    At 12 noon on the Fridays of Lent (prior to Good Friday), our Aquinas Guild will gather in church to pray A Woman’s Stations of the Cross.  Following each station, a reflection on following Jesus from a woman’s perspective will be read.  On alternating Fridays in Lent, we will use a Stations book written from the perspective of the Lord’s mother, Mary.  All women are invited to join us on Lenten Fridays at 12!

SAINT BLAISE BLESSING OF THROATS
    This coming Wednesday, February 3, is the memorial of Saint Blaise which follows the Feast of the Lord’s Presentation on February 2.  Candles are connected with the Presentation because Jesus is proclaimed the Light of the World.  Candles are then connected to Saint Blaise Day when we use candles to impart the Blessing of Saint Blaise to those who request this blessing and prayer for deliverance from all illnesses this year.
     Our Saint Blaise Day blessings will be offered in the church this Wednesday at 9:00am, 12:00pm, 4:00pm, and 7:00pm.  All are welcome!

OUR WORLDWIDE YEAR OF MERCY
    We are in the early months of the Holy Year of Mercy established by Pope Francis!  We’re invited to remember the Lord’s mercy shown toward us, and we’re called to extend mercy to one another, especially our family members, our relatives, our fellow believers, and our co-workers.  May we be grateful for God’s mercy and forgiveness, and may we always be merciful toward all others!  God bless!

LENT BEGINS IN TEN DAYS!
    The season of Lent will begin on February 10 with the celebration of Ash Wednesday.  We prepare for Easter during Lent, and we strive to become more like Jesus as people of holiness, charity, and prayer.
    We will celebrate the Mass at 8:30am, then prayer services at 12 noon and 4:00pm, and then another Mass at 7:00pm.   Ashes are distributed after the Homily during the Liturgy.  Please plan to join us on February 10 for Ash Wednesday and this year’s Season of Lent!  (This is NOT a Holyday of Obligation.)

OUR NEW 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     Next week, our Diocese will begin the 2016 Parish Share Campaign in order to collect the funds needed to support our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh during the coming fiscal year.  All of our 200 parish communities are asked to reach the goal set by the Diocese based on last year’s parish offertory income.  
    Your generous donations provide the financial means needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik, for his administrative staff, and for numerous projects that benefit the people of our Diocesan Church.  You’ll receive information in the mail.  Please be generous once again, and help us to meet our goal in 2016!

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE
     Would you like to be introduced once again to the message of the Bible—the story of God’s love and our everlasting salvation?
     If you’d like a deeper relationship with God and a better understanding of our faith, join us for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible—an eight part video series of presentations offered by well known Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins.  This program will meet on 8 Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library beginning February 17.  Register before Ash Wed., February 10 by calling the office, or send an email to andybechman@saintscholastica.com.  The course donation for materials is $20 payable at the first session.  Learn the “Big Picture” of Bible, and join us!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

FEBRUARY 7  “SOUPER BOWL” SUNDAY PROJECT TO BENEFIT LOCAL SOUP KITCHEN
     Next weekend, our Youth Ministry will participate in the national Souper Bowl Sunday charitable effort to benefit the poor.  Donations will be accepted at the church exits after each Mass, and funds will be sent to Jubilee Kitchen in the Hill District to help provide daily meals for those in need.  Thanks for your help!

ASH WEDNESDAY MEAGER MEAL HERE
    All parish members and families are invited to participate in a parish Meager Meal this Ash Wednesday, February 10 in the Parish Hall.  A variety of soups and bread will be served for a $5 donation per person.  The hours are 11:30am—1pm and then 4:00pm—7:00pm.  All proceeds will help support the Appalachia Mission Trip this June.

DONATING MUGS AND CONTAINERS TO THE JUBILEE SOUP KITCHEN NEXT WEEKEND, FEBRUARY 6—7
     As a Confirmation Service Project, three of our eighth grade students are collecting mugs and reusable plastic containers for the Jubilee Soup Kitchen.  This Kitchen in Uptown serves meals every day free of charge to hundreds of individuals in need. 
    The mugs will be used for hot beverages at the Kitchen, and the reusable plastic containers will be used for “To Go Soups”.  If you’d like to donate one or more of these items, please bring all donations to the Parish Hall on February 6-7.  Thank you!
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Our Parish Choirs and Music Ministry  are seeking new participants for our Holy Week and Easter Season choirs.  Come join us!  Please contact Sister Pat Baker, CDP, or our parish office before Ash Wednesday, February 10.  You’ll enjoy this ministry!

AN IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a kid-friendly interpretation of the Sunday Readings for children ages 4-10 during the readings and homily at the 9:00am Sunday Mass.
    We’re now seeking adult parish members to lead this program and to serve as assistants.  With a small commitment, you can truly benefit our parish children!  High school and middle school students can also help and learn to be leaders. 
    If you’d like to know more, please contact  Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff at  childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.  Your help will be greatly appreciated by our families and their young children!

APRIL REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    All women of our parish and of the Diocese are welcome to the Saturday, April 16, Day of Reflection on God’s Mercy from 8:00am—3:00pm.  This Day of Reflection will be held at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township, and it will be sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Registration will open on January 15.  More information may be found at www.womenalivepgh.org.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this special day!

“ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!” PROGRAM IN THESE NEXT TWO YEARS
   During the coming two years, our entire Diocese will be examining our life as a Church to prepare for the future.  This is needed because of our demographics.
    First, the population of our region is not increasing.  Most communities and school districts know this.  Second, regular participation of our members has declined, and financial support has also decreased.  Finally, the number of priests serving our Diocese continues to decline as well.
    Given this scenario and the need to plan for the future, Bishop Zubik will be leading us through a process of preparing for the decades ahead.  Plans for the future will be announced in 2018 as we seek to keep the Church Alive and well! 
  
Please remember Saint Scholastica Parish in your final plans and your will.  Thank you very much!

Tune into local  24/7  Catholic radio — 860 AM  OR 106.7 FM. Also, try EWTN Catholic TV channel 799.

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, February 1  
   8:30 am   Walter Baguet  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, February 2 — The Presentation of the Lord
   8:30 am   Katie & Kara Getz, living  (Patricia Dolan)

Wednesday, February 3—Saint Blaise, bishop / martyr
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert, Jr.  (Family)
   12:00pm  Service with Throat Blessings
   4:00pm    Service with Throat Blessings
   7:00pm    All Saint Scholastic Parish Members

Thursday, February 4
   8:30 am   Sophie Skowron  (Family)

Friday, February 5 — Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr
   8:30 am   Celia Mancini   (The Mancini Family)
Saturday, February 6 — The Japanese Martyrs
   9:00 am   Joseph Conley   (The Saint Monica Society)

   5:00 pm   Graemer K. Hilton  (Mrs. G. K. Hilton)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, February 7 — Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Donal Hogan (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Dr. Raimund Rueger  (Wife, Dolores & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 31, 2016

Sunday: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19/Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17/1 Corinthians 12:31--13:13 or 13:4-13/Luke 4:21-30

Monday: 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Psalm 3:2-7/Mark 5:1-20

Tuesday: Malachi 3:1-4/Psalm 24:7-10/Hebrews 2:14-18/Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Wednesday: 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17/Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7/Mark 6:1-6

Thursday: 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12/1 Chronicles 29:10-12/Mark 6:7-13

Friday: Sirach 47:2-11/Psalm 18:31, 47, 50-51/Mark 6:14-29

Saturday: 1 Kings 3:4-13/Psalm 119:9-14/Mark 6:30-34

Next Sunday: Isaiah 6:1-2a, 3-8/Psalm 138:1-5, 7-8/1 Corinthians 15:1-11 or 15:3-8, 11/Luke 5:1-11
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  spaghetti, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, brown or white rice, canned chili, beef stew, corned beef, or chicken, (any canned protein).  Donation bins are inside our church entrance. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

Again, thanks for helping to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help! 

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

     All Catholic Schools in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week this week, February 1-8!  Join us in celebrating Catholic School education both in past generations and today!   Great beginnings do last a lifetime!

CDTCA ACTIVITIES THIS WEEK
    During Catholic Schools Week, our Catholic Academy students will participate in:  an upper grades/ younger grades Buddy Day, a reading day, a bowling trip to Funfest, a students versus faculty kickball game, and other activities.  To learn more about our fine Catholic Academy, please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927) this week for a visit!

CDTCA FEBRUARY BAKE SALE
   During the February 13 and 14 weekend, our Academy PTG will hold their annual Bake Sale after every weekend Liturgy at the church.  Mark your calendar for the Valentines Day weekend and enjoy all the delicious baked goods from our school community!

CDTCA NIGHT AT THE RACES ON MARCH 5
    Our annual Academy fundraiser of horse races, additional games, and auctions will be held on Saturday evening, March 5, in the gymnasium.  The doors will open at 5:30pm.  There will be video horse races, small games of chance, a Chinese auction, and other exciting games. For tickets and information, call the Academy at 412-781-7927 or email cdtca.natr@gmail.com.  Be sure to join us!
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RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE NEWS
        The Forty Days for Life prayer at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, Downtown, begins Ash Wednesday, February 10, until Palm Sunday.  See today’s bulletin insert for more information.
       A “United for Life” chili cook off,   will be held on February 6  at 5:00pm at St. Irenaeus Parish, Oakmont, to support area Pregnancy Support Centers. Join us!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to 321 Blink,  Brilliant Avenue for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their ad about their branding and design services.

Jesus calls us all to know and love him!
    We learn about Jesus from our parents and grandparents and from our teachers and catechists!  It’s very important for all of us to know the Lord and to place our faith in him. This week, we recognize all the efforts of our Catholic Schools, our educators, catechists, and families in sharing the Lord’s Good News with all of us!
 
     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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

January 24, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO     
     In these weeks, our Sunday Gospel accounts present the start of Jesus’ public ministry.  It’s very important to focus on the important and good news that Jesus came to announce.  In his preaching and teaching, we hear what Jesus means for humanity!
     Jesus has come to share God’s goodness and love with us.  He has come to us to bring good news, liberty, recovery, freedom, and jubilation.  Jesus wants us all to know that God loves us and that God offers us the fullness of life.   Let us all receive and give thanks for these divine blessings.  God bless!
                                                —Father Jim Torquato

OUR COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND FOR THE FLOODING AND TORNADO VICTIMS
    This weekend, January 23-24, every parish in our Diocese will hold a Second Collection to assist those impacted by this year’s flooding and tornadoes in our nation.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated!

FEBRUARY 7  “SOUPER BOWL” SUNDAY PROJECT TO BENEFIT LOCAL SOUP KITCHEN
     In two weeks, our Youth Ministry will participate in the national Souper Bowl Sunday charitable effort to benefit the poor.  Donations will be accepted at the church exits after each Mass, and funds will be sent to Jubilee Kitchen in the Hill District to help provide daily meals for those in need.  Thanks for your help! . 

2015 CHRISTMAS APPEAL RESULTS
    Our parish staff sent Christmas Financial Appeal Letters to more than 450 households from whom we have not heard in recent years.  We requested their assistance and financial support.
    Of the 450 Appeal Letters sent, we’ve received 7 responses (1%+) and a total of $1,420  donated.   We’ll continue to request support from all our parish households so that we might keep our parish alive in the years and generations ahead!
    Many thanks once again to all of our regular financial contributors for your generosity and support each year.  Your kindness  and donations are greatly appreciated and truly necessary.  Thank you!

BECOMING A NEW HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER
    Our local hospitals would greatly appreciate your assistance as an adult volunteer!   You can assist at UPMC Mercy Hospital  (412-232-8111).   You may also volunteer at UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital which is affiliated with the Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Please call 412-784-4000 to volunteer at Saint Margaret Hospital.  Thank you for your help!

OUR PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Many centuries ago, Christian unity and the Church of the Lord were fractured because of disagreements and cultural differences.  For the past century, genuine efforts have been made among all Christians to restore unity to the Lord’s people. 
    Please join all Christians in praying for unity among the Lord’s disciples this weekend and on Monday.   May the Holy Spirit draw all of us together into one faith, one holy life, and one People of God!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP IN DECEMBER
December donations to our parish —    $43,039
Monthly parish donations needed —     $47,576

Christmas donations to our parish—      $22,073
Budget amount for Christmas —             $21,500

Thank you for your generosity and support!

THIS SUNDAY’S PROGRAM ON COPING WITH AN UNEXPECTED DEATH
    This Sunday afternoon, January 24, from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the Parish Hall,  our Bereavement Committee will host a special program on coping with the unexpected loss of a family member or a loved one.  Even if you haven't registered, please join us for a beneficial video and time of discussion and support!

THE REASONS FOR OUR “ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!” PROGRAM IN THESE NEXT TWO YEARS
   During the coming two years, our entire Diocese will be examining our life as a Church in order to prepare for the future.  This is necessary because of changes in our demographics and in the Church. 
    First, while the population is growing in other regions of our nation, the population of our region is not increasing.  Most communities and school districts certainly know this.  Second, regular participation of our members has declined, and financial support has also decreased.  Finally, the number of priests serving our Diocese continues to decline as well.
    Given this scenario and given the need to plan responsibly for the future, Bishop Zubik will be leading us through a process of preparing for the decades ahead.  Plans for the future will be announced in 2018 as we seek to keep the Church Alive and well! 

AN EVENING SESSION ABOUT COLLEGE AID
     This Thursday evening, January 28, at 6:30pm, Pa. State Representative Dom Costa will host a seminar on College Financial Aid at the Sharpsburg Municipal Building, 1611 Main Street, Sharpsburg.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

THE DATE FOR OUR CONFIRMATION CEREMONY
     The date for this year’s Confirmation celebration here at Saint Scholastica Parish has been set for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:00pm with Bishop David Zubik.  This date is later than usual because Bishop Zubik will be leading a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April.   As such, his schedule of Confirmations will be delayed for a time, but we will be very happy to welcome our Bishop on June 5!

CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS THIS WEEK
     •  Hoagies purchased to benefit the 2016 Appalachia Trip  will be available for pick up this weekend, January 23-24, after each Mass.

     •  Home Study Check In for all Students  in the Religious Education Home Study program will be this Sunday morning, January 24, 8:00-9:00am.

     •  Our Second Grade Reconciliation Retreat  will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  First Reconciliation will be celebrated then.  All students must be accompanied by one or both parents for this special event. 
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AN IMPORTANT REQUEST FROM OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word is a kid-friendly interpretation of the Sunday Readings for children ages 4-10 during the readings and homily at the 9:00am Sunday Mass.
    We’re now seeking adult parish members to lead this program and to serve as assistants.  With a small commitment, you can truly benefit our parish children!  High school and middle school students can also help and learn to be leaders. 
    If you’d like to know more, please contact  Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff at  childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.  Your help will be greatly appreciated by our families and their young children!

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE NEWS
     •  Thanks to all who came to the January 10  Pancake breakfast.  The 50/50 winner was Mr. Ferris.  Thanks to your support, we were able to transport adults and young people to the National March for Life and Youth Rally in Washington, DC.
     •  The Forty Days for Life prayer at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, downtown, begins Ash Wednesday, February 10, until Palm Sunday.  More information will follow.
     •  A “United for Life” chili cook off at St. Irenaeus Parish, Oakmont will be held on February 6  at 5:00pm to support area Pregnancy Support Centers. Join us!
  
APRIL REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    All women of our parish and of the Diocese are welcome to the Saturday, April 16, Day of Reflection on God’s Mercy from 8:00am—3:00pm.  This Day of Reflection will be held at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township, and it will be sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Registration will open on January 15.  More information may be found at www.womenalivepgh.org.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this special day!

A Baptism Preparation Session for expectant and new parents will be held on Monday, February 1, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Come learn about the sacrament and the ceremony!   Contact Mr. Andy Bechman through our parish office.  The next session will be March 14.
  
A local two evening course on the spirituality of the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be held on Wednesdays, January 27 and February 3 from 6:30pm—8:30pm at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road.  The presenter will be Father Michael Ackerman.  The donation is $15.  Contact Lisa Rulis (412-486-5521) this month.

Our Children’s Room is available for our Sunday Liturgies.  Please ascend the stairs near the sacristy entrance (by the organ).  There are seats for all as well as tables for the young ones.  There’s also a restroom and a diaper changing station.  

Please remember Saint Scholastica Parish in your final plans and your will.  Thank you very much!

Tune into local  24/7  Catholic radio — 860 AM  OR 106.7 FM. Also, try EWTN Catholic TV channel 799.

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, January 25 — The Conversion of Saint Paul
   8:30 am   Katherine Arturo  (Renee Arturo)

Tuesday, January 26 — Saints Timothy and Titus
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Putze   (The Bentlejewski Family)

Wednesday, January 27 — Saint Angela Merici
   8:30 am   Bill Huston  (The Georgene Veltri Family)

Thursday, January 28 — Saint Thomas Aquinas, priest
   8:30 am   John “Jack” Heneroty  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Friday, January 29
   8:30 am   Ann Russell, Living  (Mrs. G.K. Hilton)
Saturday, January 30
   9:00 am   Mary Catherine Cavanaugh  (James & Vicki Cavanaugh)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 31 — Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Tim Sheerer  (Jackie & Ted Sheerer)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Sister Genevieve Brandstetter, CDP  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Kevin Scanlon  (The Scanlon Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of January 24, 2016

Sunday: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21

Monday: Acts 22:3-16 or 9:1-22/Psalm 117:1-2/Mark 16:15-18

Tuesday: 2 Timothy 1:1-8 or Titus 1:1-5/Psalm 96:1-3, 7-8, 10/Mark 3:31-35

Wednesday: 2 Samuel 7:4-17/Psalm 89:4-5, 27-30/Mark 4:1-20

Thursday: 2 Samuel 7:18-19, 24-29/Psalm 132:1-5, 11-14/Mark 4:21-25

Friday: 2 Samuel 11:1-4a, 5-10a, 13-17/Psalm 51:3-7, 10-11/Mark 4:26-34

Saturday: 2 Samuel 12:1-7a, 10-17/Psalm 51:12-17/Mark 4:35-41

Next Sunday: Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19/Psalm 71:1-6, 15-17/1 Corinthians 12:31--13:13 or 13:4-13/Luke 4:21-30


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  spaghetti, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, brown or white rice, as well as canned chili, beef stew, corned beef, and chicken, (any canned protein).  Donation bins are inside our church.  [Note: This online version is more current than the print bulletin.]
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

Again, thanks for helping to clean up our church after (and before)  each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

     All Catholic Schools in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week this coming
February 1-8!  Join us in celebrating Catholic School education both in past generations and today!   Great beginnings do last a lifetime!

JANUARY 30  OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
    This Saturday, January 30, from 2:00pm—4:00pm, our Academy will welcome all interested parents and students planning to enter Pre-School or Grades K-8 next August.   If you’re interested in a quality Catholic education here in our regional academy, come join us for a tour and for discussions with our parents and staff.  Reservations are suggested but not necessary.  Please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927  OR  by email here)  for information. 

CDTCA FEBRUARY BAKE SALE
   This coming February 13 and 14, our Academy PTG will hold their annual Bake Sale after every weekend Liturgy at the church.  Please mark your calendar for the Valentines Day weekend and enjoy all the delicious baked goods from our school community!

CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE
    Lottery Calendars for 2016 are still available in the school office or by contacting Mrs. Lori Russell by email here.  Each calendar is $25, and the daily prizes range from $25—$275.  Your participation in the Lottery Calendar will benefit CDTCA  in 2016!

CDTCA NIGHT AT THE RACES ON MARCH 5
    Our annual Academy fundraiser of horse races, additional games, and auctions will be held on
Saturday evening, March 5 in the gymnasium.  The doors will open at 5:30pm.  There will be video horse races, small games of chance, a Chinese auction, and other exciting games. For tickets and information, call the academy at 412-781-7927 or email here.  Be sure to join us!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to   W. Hough Contracting, Inc.   for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their ad regarding their hauling and cleaning services.

Jesus calls all his disciples to unity!
In Jesus’ final prayers presented in the Gospel according to John, the Lord prays fervently that his followers would remain united as they continue his mission of building God’s Kingdom and bringing humanity to divine salvation. May we pray in these days that Jesus will renew our unity in his life and in our mission! 
 
     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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

January 17, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    In his letter to all Catholic Christians entitled The Gospel of Life,  Pope Saint John Paul II reminded us that we must promote and support and foster human life and the life of all creation each and every day of our lives. 
    It’s important to have events such as the January 22nd March for Life which remembers the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States.  It is also good to have our Respect Life month in October every year.
    Yet, in addition to having these events, it’s also essential that we express our gratitude and respect for life every day!  We must be people of the Gospel of Life at all times.  Before humanity eliminates even more people, it’s necessary that we respect and promote the goodness and sacredness of life every day.  God bless!                                  —Father Jim Torquato
    
OUR SAINT ANTHONY SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN COLLECTION THIS WEEKEND
    This weekend, January 16-17, every parish in our Diocese will hold the annual Second Collection to support the work of the St. Anthony School Programs for Children with special needs as well as to support the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech.  Your generosity will be greatly appreciated!

2015 CHRISTMAS APPEAL RESULTS
    In early December,  our parish staff sent Christmas Financial Appeal Letters to more than 450 households from whom we have not heard in recent years.  We requested their assistance and financial support for our parish community and operations.
    Of the 450 Appeal Letters sent last month, we’ve received 7 responses (1%+) and a total of $1,420  in donations.   We’ll continue to request support from all our parish households so that we might keep our parish alive in the years and generations ahead!
    Many thanks once again to all of our regular and annual financial contributors for all of your generosity and support throughout each year.  Your kindness  and donations are greatly appreciated and truly necessary.  Thank you!

BECOMING A NEW HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER
    If you have some free time, our local hospitals would greatly appreciate your assistance as an adult volunteer!   You can assist at UPMC Mercy Hospital at 412-232-8111.   You may also volunteer at UPMC Saint Margaret Hospital which is affiliated with the Episcopalian Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Please call 412-784-4000 to volunteer at Saint Margaret Hospital.  Thank you for sharing your help with these hospitals!
  
OUR WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
    Many centuries ago, Christian unity and the Church of the Lord were fractured because of disagreements and cultural differences.  For the past century, genuine efforts have been made among all Christians to restore unity to the Lord’s people. 
    Please join all Christians in praying for unity among the Lord’s disciples during this week of January 18-25.   May the Holy Spirit draw all of us together into one faith, one holy life, and the one People of God!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP IN DECEMBER
December donations to our parish —                      $43,039
Monthly parish donations needed —                       $47,576

Christmas donations to our parish —                       $22,073
Budget amount for Christmas —                               $21,500

Thank you for your generosity and support!

ANOTHER SPECIAL COLLECTION NEXT WEEK FOR FLOODING AND TORNADO VICTIMS
    Many people across our nation have seen the video reports from various regions in our country devastated  by terrible flooding and destructive tornadoes in the past four weeks.
    Because so many have suffered from these disasters and because so much has been destroyed, the Catholic Bishops of the United States are asking that each parish in every diocese conduct a special collection NEXT WEEK,  January 23-24,  for the relief of those affected by these tornadoes and flooding in our country.
    Your generosity will be greatly appreciated in a special Second Collection next weekend!

THE REASONS FOR OUR “ON MISSION FOR THE CHURCH ALIVE!” PROGRAM IN THESE NEXT TWO YEARS
   During the coming two years, our entire Diocese will be examining our life as a Church in order to prepare for the future.  This is necessary because of changes in our demographics and in the Church. 
    First, while the population is growing in other regions of our nation, the population of our region is not increasing.  Most communities and school districts certainly know this.  Second, regular participation of our members has declined, and financial support has also decreased.  Finally, the number of priests serving our Diocese continues to decline as well.
    Given this scenario and given the need to plan responsibly for the future, Bishop Zubik will be leading us through a process of preparing for the decades ahead.  Plans for the future will be announced in 2018 as we seek to keep the Church Alive and well!  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

THE DATE FOR OUR CONFIRMATION CEREMONY
     The date for this year’s Confirmation celebration here at Saint Scholastica Parish has been set for Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 1:00pm with Bishop David Zubik.  This date is later than usual because Bishop Zubik will be leading a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in April.   As such, his schedule of Confirmations will be delayed for a time, but we will be very happy to welcome our Bishop on June 5!

CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS THIS WEEK
  • For the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, there will be NO CCD classes on January 17 or 19. 
  • Hoagies purchased to benefit the 2016 Appalachia Trip  will be available for pick up on January 23-24.

  • Our Second Grade Reconciliation Retreat  will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 10:00am-12:00pm.  First Reconciliation will be celebrated then.  All students must be accompanied by one or both parents for this special event. 
  • Home Study Check In for all Students and Families in the Religious Education Home Study program will be Sunday, January 24, 8:00-9:00am.
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IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT OUR CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    For twelve years, Mrs. Natalie Gillespie has provided leadership for our Sunday 9:00am Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  She offered a kid friendly interpretation of the Bible readings for each Sunday and encouraged and guided others in this ministry as well.  At this time, Mrs. Gillespie has decided to step down from this role.  We offer many thanks to her for all that she’s shared with our children and our parish throughout these twelve years!
    As such, we’re seeking adult parish members to lead this program and to serve as assistants in the Children’s Liturgy of the Word.  With a small commitment, you can truly benefit our parish children!  High school and middle school students can also help and learn to be leaders. 
    If you’d like to know more, please contact  Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff by email here.  Your help will be greatly appreciated by our families and their young children!


APRIL REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    All women of our parish and of the Diocese are welcome to the Saturday, April 16, Day of Reflection on God’s Mercy from 8:00am—3:00pm.  This Day of Reflection will be held at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Cranberry Township, and it will be sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Registration will open on January 15.  More information may be found at www.womenalivepgh.org.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this special day!

A Baptism Preparation Session for expectant and new parents will be held on Monday, February 1, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Come learn about the sacrament and the ceremony!   Contact Mr. Andy Bechman through our parish office.  The next session will be March 14.

The Vincentian Academy Open House  will be held next Sunday, January 24 from 11:30am—1:30pm, and the Entrance Exam will be January 18.  Call Kathy at 412-364-1616, ext. 115 for information.

A local two evening course on the spirituality of the Jubilee Year of Mercy will be held on Wednesdays, January 27 and February 3 from 6:30pm—8:30pm at Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, 2510 Middle Road.  The presenter will be Father Michael Ackerman.  The donation is $15.  Contact Lisa Rulis (412-486-5521) this month.

Our Children’s Room is available for our Sunday Liturgies.  Please ascend the stairs near the sacristy entrance (by the organ).  There are seats for all as well as tables for the young ones.  There’s also a restroom and a diaper changing station.  

Please remember Saint Scholastica Parish in your final plans and your will.  Thank you very much!

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, January 18 — Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
   8:30 am   Tud Albacker  (Georgene Veltri)

Tuesday, January 19
   8:30 am   George W. Eckert, Jr.  (Family)

Wednesday, January 20 — Saint Sebastian, martyr
   8:30 am   Rita Marie Thomas  (Georgene Veltri)

Thursday, January 21 — Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr
   8:30 am   Edward Page   (The Newell Family)

Friday, January 22 — Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Preborn Children
   8:30 am   Marion Arturo, anniversary   (Renee Arturo)

Saturday, January 23 — Saint Vincent, martyr
   9:00 am   Monica Ribar  (Family)

   5:00 pm   John Marmarella  (Wife & Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, January 24 — Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Margaret Leonard   (The Troyan Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Barlow Palminteri  (Roseann & JoJo Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of January 17, 2016

Sunday: Isaiah 62:1-5/Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10/1 Corinthians 12:4-11/John 2:1-11

Monday: 1 Samuel 15:16-23/Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23/Mark 2:18-22

Tuesday: 1 Samuel 16:1-13/Psalm 89:20-22, 27-28/Mark 2:23-28

Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17:32-33, 37, 40-51/Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10/Mark 3:1-6

Thursday: 1 Samuel 18:6-9; 19:1-7/Psalm 56:2-3, 9-13/Mark 3:7-12

Friday: 1 Samuel 24:3-21/Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11/Mark 3:13-19

Saturday: 2 Samuel 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27/Psalm 80:2-3, 5-7/Mark 3:20-21

Next Sunday: Nehemiah 8:2-4a, 5-6, 8-10/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/1 Corinthians 12:12-30 or 12:12-14, 27/Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21
  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  instant potatoes, cereal, oatmeal in boxed packets/small cylinders, as well as canned chili, beef stew, corned beef, chicken, and any canned protein.   Donation bins are inside our church. 
     Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you very much!

Again, thanks for helping to clean up our church after (and before) each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very grateful for your care and your help!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

     All Catholic Schools in the United States will celebrate Catholic Schools Week this coming February 1-8!  Join us in celebrating Catholic School education both in past generations and today!   Great beginnings do last a lifetime!

JANUARY 30  OPEN HOUSE FOR NEW AND TRANSFER STUDENTS AND FAMILIES
    On Saturday, January 30, from 2:00pm—4:00pm, our Academy will welcome all interested parents and students planning to enter Pre-School or Grades K-8 next August.   If you’re interested in a quality Catholic education here in our regional academy, come join us for a tour and for discussions with our parents and staff.  Reservations are suggested but not necessary.  Please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre (412-781-7927  OR  by email here)  for information. 

SCHOOL ALUMNI EVENT THIS JANUARY 23
    CDTCA will be hosting our annual Alumni  Event on Saturday, January 23!   We’ll begin with the 5:00pm Liturgy, and then the Varsity Girls will play Saint Bede School at 6:30pm, and the Varsity Boys will play Saint Bede School at 7:45pm. Afterward, there will be a reception for alumni in the parish hall.   Save the date and invite your classmates and other alumni to join us!  We look forward to our alumni evening together and to seeing all of you here!  

CDTCA RETAIL GIFT CARDS ON SALE THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 17
    This Sunday morning, January 17, after our Liturgies, our Academy staff will make retail Gift Cards available in the church entrance for purchase.  Thank you for supporting our Academy!

CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS STILL AVAILABLE
    Lottery Calendars for 2016 are still available in the school office or by contacting Mrs. Lori Russell by email here.  Each calendar is $25, and the daily prizes range from $25—$275.  Your participation in the Lottery Calendar will benefit CDTCA  in 2016!
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BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to  Catholic Relief Services (CRS)   for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.

 Jesus brings us God’s blessings!
   Among the reasons why Jesus came from God the Father to live among us was God’s desire to share love, goodness, and blessings with all of us! Today’s story of the miracle at the Cana wedding is a wonderful account of the Lord’s goodness to the people of his day.  Yet it should remind us that God blesses us generously too!

     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, Joshua Condosta

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927