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