February 21, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     It’s very good that we remember and celebrate each Sunday and every day what our faith is all about.  It’s important that we observe all the holy seasons of the year as well.  If we only give time and attention to our Catholic Christian faith, prayer, life, and worship a few times each year or even less often, then the treasure that we have received means little or nothing.
     It’s also very important that we recall often and celebrate who Jesus is!  All of our celebrations and observances center entirely around Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Lord!  In today’s account of the Transfiguration, God the Father announces that Jesus is his divine Son.  The presence of Moses and Elijah also testifies that Jesus is the promised Messiah and the Holy one of Israel.
     May we love and celebrate our Catholic Christian faith every day, and may we first love and celebrate the Lord Jesus every day as well.  God bless!
                                                                        — Father Jim Torquato

OUR NEW 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     Our Diocese has begun the 2016 Parish Share Campaign to collect the money to fund our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in the coming fiscal year.  All of our 200 parishes 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 staff, and for the numerous projects that benefit the people of our Diocesan Church. Please be generous, and help us to meet our goal!

40 DAYS’ WITNESS FOR HUMAN LIFE
     This 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 this coming 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?
    Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon  (412-781-6550)  if you 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 here  for a great experience of Lent!  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!

PARISH STEWARDSHIP LAST MONTH
January donations to our parish —                $43,625
Monthly parish donations needed —            $47,576

Thank you very much for your generosity and your donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

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 is meeting now on Wednesdays at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Register NOW by calling the office, or email Andy Bechman here.  The donation for materials is $20.  Come learn the “Big Picture” of the Bible!
  
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:  reading the Gospels and the Bible, prayer, penance and fasting, and generous charity toward those in need.
     As you know, the Fridays of Lent require our Abstaining from Meat (beginning age 14).  In addition, Good Friday is a Day 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 .           
    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

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

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

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 your sponsor.  Thanks for continuing on this road to the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, June 5!

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.

An Appalachia Mission Trip meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm in the parish hall.   All Appalachia Trip applications are due  before this March 1 meeting!
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INFORMATION SESSIONS ON ACQUIRING A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT
     For men and women who are divorced and seeking a Decree of Nullity, our Diocese is holding free info sessions locally to share with you how Pope Francis has simplified the process and removed process fees. 
     You may attend a session in Natrona Heights on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm at Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament Parish.  There are also sessions at:  Saint Athanasius Parish, West View, on Monday, March 7 at 7:00pm;  OR  at Saint Raphael Parish, Morningside, on Wednesday, March 9 at 7:00pm.  Call 412-456-3033 to register and confirm dates and times!

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ARE ON THEIR WAY!
    This is the time of year when our local Girl Scouts are selling Girl Scout Cookies to raise funds for their troops.  NEXT weekend, February 27-28, our local troop will be offering cookies for purchase at the entrance of our parish church. Come and get yours!

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 12:00pm.
  
The upstairs Children’s Room is always available during any Liturgy for parents with young children!

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 donations are also welcome!

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 22 — The Chair of Saint Peter
   8:30 am   Dr. Michael Shaughnessy (The Shaughnessy Family)
  
Tuesday, February 23 — Saint Polycarp, martyr
   8:30 am   Mr. & Mrs. Anthony Putze   (The Bentlejewski Family)

Wednesday, February 24
   8:30 am   Mary Legath  (Tom & Elaine McKenna)

Thursday, February 25
   8:30 am   John Welsh  (Lila Feldman)

Friday, February 26 — Day of Abstaining from Meat
   8:30 am   Joseph Massaro  (Carol Shaughnessy)
   12:00   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 27
   9:00 am   James Gismondi   (Drs. Lawrence & Martha John)

   5:00 pm   Sheila Massalski  (The Massalski Family)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Sunday, February 28 — Third Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Klug & Koch Families  (The Koch Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Louise Sindrich  (Christine Farrell)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 21, 2016

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

Monday: 1 Peter 5:1-4/Psalm 23:1-6/Matthew 16:13-19

Tuesday: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20/Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23/Matthew 23:1-12

Wednesday: Jeremiah 18:18-20/Psalm 31:5-6, 14-16/Matthew 20:17-28

Thursday: Jeremiah 17:5-10/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 16:19-31

Friday: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Psalm 105:16-21/Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Saturday: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20/Psalm 103:1-4, 9-12/Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Next Sunday: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15/Psalm 103:1-4, 6-8, 11/1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12/Luke 13:1-9
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  cereal/ oatmeal, canned beans, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, boxed meal mixes, and canned chili.  Please place donations in the gray bins in 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  Family Protection and the Home Security Team  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact info.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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 this Sunday’s bulletin insert.  Plan to bring your family, neighbors, and friends!  Phone orders are welcome beginning at 9:00am this coming Friday at 412-781-6846.

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 25, 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 year 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 cdtca.natr@gmail.com.   Be sure to join us!
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Pittsburgh Youth Lacrosse  is inviting boys (gr. K-8) and girls (grades 3-8) to their local 2016 program. Practices begin March 6.  See www.pghyouthlax.org.

Jesus is the Holy One of God!
     Today’s Gospel account of the Transfiguration is a wonderful event in the life of Jesus and his Apostles — Peter, James, and John!  Before reaching Jerusalem and the suffering and death he expected, Jesus shared a vision of his glory with these Apostles. Then God the Father as well as Moses and Elijah proclaim Jesus to be the Christ of God. What a wonderful message for us all! 
 
     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