February 14, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     What does Lent mean to you?   Is it a special time of the year when you renew your Christian self-discipline and your life in the Lord Jesus?  Is this a season when you look forward to the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection at Easter?  Is this simply a time for a few traditional practices and a menu change?  Or could this possibly be a time that holds little meaning for you?
    For 20 centuries, we Christians have observed the Season of Lent as a sacred time of the year for our conversion and the renewal of our Christian faith, life, discipleship, holiness, and service.  I truly hope that you and all our parish members will make the most of the days ahead and will find new life in Jesus once again.  God bless!             
                                                                  — Father Jim Torquato

OUR NEW 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     This past week, our Diocese began 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 total income.  
    Our Parish Share Campaign assessment for 2016 is $74,497.   Each of our households is asked to pledge and contribute  $250 or more  as in past years.   Your generous donations provide the financial means needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik, for his administrative staff, and for the 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!

40 DAYS’ WITNESS FOR HUMAN LIFE
     Wednesday, February 24 is OUR day!  The Forty Days for Life  prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood on Liberty Avenue, downtown, are being held now and until Palm Sunday. 
     Our parish members are invited to continue the Prayer Vigil from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 24.  This will be a peaceful and prayerful time standing up for the dignity and sanctity of human life (especially the pre-born) outside a place where lives are taken every day.
     Will you help in the cause of protecting pre-born children so that they may have life just as your parents shared life with you?  Isn’t this the very least that we can all do?
    Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon  (412-781-6550)  if you (and  family or friends?)  will join our parish group on Wednesday, February 24, 5pm-7pm.  Thank you very much!
     
WANT YOUR BEST LENT  EVER?
     Visit Matthew Kelly’s website www.DynamicCatholic.com/bestlentever for a great Lenten experience!  You can register for daily email messages that will guide and inspire you throughout this Season of Lent.    You’ll also find the offer of a free book as well as other spiritual materials to benefit your life and soul and discipleship.  Visit Matthew Kelly’s website today!

UNLOCKING THE MYSTERY OF THE BIBLE
     Join us for Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible—an eight part video series of presentations offered by  Catholic Bible scholar Jeff Cavins.  This program will meet on 8 Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall beginning February 17.  [Note: the location has been updated from the print bulletin.]  Register NOW by calling the office, or emailing Mr. Andrew Bechman here.  The donation for materials is $20.  Come learn the “Big Picture” of the Bible!

Today is World Marriage Day!   Helpful resources for married couples and families may be found at www.foryourmarriage.org—provided by our U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC.

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  extend this mercy to one another.  May we imitate the Lord in being merciful toward one another always!

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!

OUR CATHOLIC PRACTICES FOR LENT
    Most Catholic Christians know all about our Lenten practices, but in case you’d like a reminder . . . Lent is our time to return to the Lord though conversion, repentance and holiness, AND Lent is our time to prepare for the celebration of the Resurrection at Easter.  Our regular practices include:  prayer, penance and fasting, and charity.
     In addition, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are Days of Fasting (only one full meal for those ages 18-59  —  OR  if you have a serious medical condition, you may perform some other act of penance) and Abstaining from Meat (beginning age 14).  Also, the Fridays of Lent require our Abstaining from Meat.
     In addition to these basic requirements, all of us are called to conversion and the transformation of our lives with the help of God’s grace!  Please make this Lent a truly Holy Season so that you’ll draw closer to the Lord and be prepared to celebrate his glorious Resurrection and the Easter Season with great joy!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

Due to the Presidents Day holiday, CCD classes are not scheduled this week, February 14 and 16.

BRING YOUR PARENTS TO MASS NEXT SUNDAY
      All of our CCD students in all of our Religious Education classes and programs are asked to bring your parents to Mass next Sunday, February 21, at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Let’s all help keep our parents and families connected with the Lord and with our parish community. 
     All students are to check in with your catechist that morning.  A pot luck brunch will follow the 9:00 am Liturgy in the school cafeteria!

YOUTH MINISTRY FOOD FAST FOR C.R.S.
     All students in grades 8-12 are welcome to participate in the Lenten Food Fast to raise funds for Catholic Relief Services and their help for the poor.  From February 20 to 21, this 24 hour event of fellowship, prayer, service, fun, and fasting is a good Lenten practice, it helps CRS, and it connects us with the experience of those who are poor and, even today, have little food for their lives.

YOUTH MINISTRY AND HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
     On Saturday, February 20, all Youth Ministry members are welcome to participate in the current Habitat for Humanity project from 8:45am –1:30pm.  Adult chaperons are welcome.  Reply by this Thursday if you’d like to participate.

CONFIRMATION PREP MEETING ON FEB. 28
     The next Mega Meeting for our Confirmation Preparation program will be held on Sunday, February 28, at 12 noon, in the parish hall.  All students are required to attend along with one parent or their sponsor.  Thanks for continuing on this road to the Sacrament of Confirmation!

The Second Grade Reconciliation Retreat will be Saturday, February 27, 10am-12pm, in the parish hall.

INTERSECTION BIBLE STUDY FOR STUDENTS
     All students in grades 8-12 are welcome to the Sunday, February 28  Youth Bible Study in the Ministry Center from 10am-11am.

All Appalachia Trip applications are due by the next group meeting on Tuesday, March 2, at 7:00pm. 
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AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE FOOD
    Our Aquinas Guild will begin collecting food to help the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Sharpsburg.  Please consider bringing cans of soup, stews, and chili  to the red bin in the church entrance.  Other non-perishable donation are also welcome!

LENTEN FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS
     All parish members, neighbors, and friends are welcome to join us for the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent at 7:00pm in the church. 

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.  All women are invited to join us on Lenten Fridays at Noon.

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 is open at this time.  More information may be found at www.womenalivepgh.org.  You’ll be glad that you took part in this day!
  
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 15 — Presidents Day
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Bozik Family   (The Miketic Family)

Tuesday, February 16
   8:30 am   Kathryn Massimi  (Mrs. G.K. Hilton)

Wednesday, February 17
   8:30 am   William & Kirk Noe  (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Thursday, February 18
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Walter Davlin   (Drs. Lawrence & Martha John)

Friday, February 19 — Day of Abstaining
   8:30 am   Paul M. Kennedy  (Paul F. Kennedy)
   7:00pm    Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 20
   9:00 am   Kathleen Welsh  (Jim & Karyn Lynch)
   5:00 pm   Albert Savko  (Marie Savko)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, February 21 — Second Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Veltri & Powers Families  (Sissy & Pat)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Joe & Stella Veltri  (Jojo & Roseann Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 14, 2016

Sunday: Deuteronomy 26:4-10/Psalm 91:1-2, 10-15/Romans 10:8-13/Luke 4:1-13

Monday: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/Matthew 25:31-46

Tuesday: Isaiah 55:10-11/Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19/Matthew 6:7-15

Wednesday: Jonah 3:1-10/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19/Luke 11:29-32

Thursday: Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8/Matthew 7:7-12

Friday: Ezra 18:21-28/Psalm 130:1-8/Matthew 5:20-26

Saturday: Deuteronomy 26:16-19/Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8/Matthew 5:43-48

Next Sunday: Genesis 15:5-12, 17-18/Psalm 27:1, 7-9, 13-14/Philippians 3:17--4:1 or 3:20--4:1/Luke 9:28b-36


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The local group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned beans, spaghetti, macaroni and cheese, and canned chili.  Please place these items in the gray donation bins near 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to  TEQ GUYS  Technology Services  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement  for contact information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA FEBRUARY 13-14  BAKE SALE
   During this February 13 -14 weekend, our Academy PTG will hold their annual Bake Sale after every weekend Liturgy at the church.  Stop by the bake sale  and enjoy all the delicious baked goods from our school community and families!  Thanks very much.
    
FEBRUARY 26 CDTCA FISH FRY!
    The annual CDTCA PTG Fish Fry will be held in the cafeteria on Friday, February 26!  Take out lunches are available 11:00am-1:00pm.  Dine in or take out dinners are 4:00pm-7:00pm.  We’ll have baked and fried fish dinners and sandwiches, pizza, homemade sides, and desserts.  See next Sunday’s bulletin insert.  Plan to bring your family, neighbors, and friends!

DESSERTS WELCOME FOR THE FISH FRY
     Donation of baked goods are welcome for our
February 26 Fish Fry event!  Donations can be homemade or purchased cakes, pies, cupcakes, and brownies. Please bring donations to the school office on Thursday, February 24, 8:30am-3:00pm OR on Friday, February 26, 8:30am-1:00pm.Thank you!

REGISTRATIONS FOR 2016-2017 ARE BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
     Sign up now!  Registrations for the next school are being accepted NOW for 3 & 4 year old Pre-School children as well as for students planning to enter Kindergarten through Grade 8 in August.  Please call the school office (412-781-7927) or visit www.cdtca.org for registration materials. 
     You may also contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at the school office to schedule a tour of CDTCA where great beginnings do last a lifetime! 

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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Jesus calls us to himself this Lent!
    Welcome to the Holy Season of Lent which began this past week on Ash Wednesday. These are the 40 days when we are called to listen more closely to Jesus and draw nearer to him in faithfulness and holiness as we prayerfully prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection at Easter. Draw closer to Jesus now!

     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