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Mardi Gras as well as the traditional memorial day of our patron Saint Scholastica which is February 10  (but which is superseded by Ash Wednesday this year)!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!

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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