February 28, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Farmers, gardeners, and all those involved in agriculture know that they need to cultivate and nurture trees and plants and flowers carefully and attentively if they want them to grow, blossom, and produce fruit and flowers.
    The same is true when it comes to our Christian lives.  If we truly want to have as much growth and fruitfulness as possible in our Christian discipleship, then we also need to cultivate our faith and our spiritual life each and every day.  We can do this through the daily and Sunday Eucharist, through time in personal prayer and meditation, and through participating in our Lenten practices.
    Cultivate your life in the Lord.  Sink your roots deeply into the divine life of Jesus.  You’ll find a richness of life in the Lord and will produce many blessings for the Kingdom of God.  God bless!
                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

THE LIGHT WILL BE ON FOR YOU!
     On Wednesday, March 9, from 6:00pm-9:00pm, Saint  Scholastica Parish and all parishes will be open for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Be reconciled!

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.  All parishes are asked to reach the goal based on last year’s parish 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!

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

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!

THANK YOU VERY, VERY MUCH!
    Many thanks to all of our parish members and families who support our parish community through your participation and to all who are supportive of our parish and school operations through your regular financial contributions!
    With your generosity, your weekly or monthly donations,  your Parish Share Campaign donations, and your Diocesan Capital Campaign contributions, our parish community continues to be strong and vital.  Thanks to your support, we’re able to maintain our community life, to celebrate our faith, to serve those in need, and to share the faith with our young members and the entire community each and every day.
    Again, thank you all very much, and best wishes for a holy and blessed Lent!

GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE
    Next Sunday, March 6, from 1:00pm to 3:00pm, our parish’s Bereavement Outreach Committee will host a  video seminar on “Grieving the Death of Someone You Love.”   All parish members and friends are welcome.  Please register with the parish office this week.

MARCH 7  PRESENTATION ON GOD’S MERCY
    Next Monday, March 7, from 7:30pm—9:00pm, Father Michael Ackerman will offer Holy Year reflections on the Divine Mercy of God.  A light reception will follow.  All are welcome!

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

CONFIRMATION PREP MEETING TODAY
     A Mega Meeting for our Confirmation Preparation program will be held this 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 our 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 Monday, February 29 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 Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00pm.  Call 412-456-3033 to register and to confirm session dates and times!

NEED A NEW BEGINNING IN YOUR LIFE?
    If you’ve lost your spouse through separation, divorce, or death, The Beginning Experience weekend   is a time to find a new start for your life.  You’re invited to participate this April 15-17 at the Gilmary Center, Moon Township.  Financial assistance is available.  Call Mary (412-523-2405) for information/ registration.

APRIL 16  REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    Please note that the registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15.    All women of our parish 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 is 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!

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 Knights of Columbus (Guyasuta Council)  is an international fraternity of Catholic men dedicated to  our faith and fraternal fellowship.  They invite all Catholic men to join them and to begin the induction process.  Call Jack (412-508-5383) to get started!

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!

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.

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.

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 29
   8:30 am   Denise Donnelly  (Family)

Tuesday, March 1
   8:30 am   Eckert & Weissert Families  (Family)

Wednesday, March 2
   8:30 am   Msgr. Donald Kraus  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Thursday, March 3 — Saint Katherine Drexel, virgin
   8:30 am   Kevin Sullivan, DMD (Carol Shaughnessy)

Friday, March 4 — Day of Abstaining from Meat
   8:30 am   Paul Sands (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross 
   7:00pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 5
   9:00 am   Dr. Robert L. Romano (Mary Jo Romano)

   5:00 pm   Living members of the DiCarlo Family   (The Dolan Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, March 6 — Fourth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Dale Stetzer  (Tim and Ellen Hayes)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 28, 2016

Sunday: Exodus 3:1-8a, 13-15/Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11/1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12/Luke 13:1-9
Monday: 2 Kings 5:1-15ab/Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4/Luke 4:24-30

Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25:4-9/Mt 18:21-35

Wednesday: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9/Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday: Jeremiah 7:23-28/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/Luke 11:14-23

Friday: Hosea 14:2-10/Psalm 81:6-11, 14, 17/Mark 12:28-34

Saturday: Hosea 6:1-6/Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21/Luke 18:9-14

Next Sunday: Joshua 5:9a, 10-12/Psalm 34:2-7/2 Corinthians 5:17-21/Luke 15:1-3, 11-32


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.  Gray donation bins are 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 the  Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home, Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact info.   

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  

A LENTEN EVENING FOR ALL PARISH FAMILIES!
    This Monday, February 29, from 6:30pm-8:00pm in the Parish Hall, our regional school welcomes all
families of our parish and of the community to gather together for an evening of Lenten family activities.  This will be a memorable time when parents and your children can spend time together enjoying various
activities that will bring you together in faith.

CDTCA NIGHT AT THE RACES ON MARCH 5
    Our annual Academy fundraiser of horse races, additional games, and auctions will be held this 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 on Saturday evening!

CDTCA FISH FRY THANK YOU!
    Many thanks are extended from CDTCA to all who attended this past Friday’s Fish Fry and to all our parents, students, friends, and supporters who made it such a successful day for our CDTCA PTG and  for our school community.   Thank you all very much!

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! 
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Duquesne University welcomes high school students and graduate students to learn about their many programs.  Duquesne is our region’s largest Catholic university providing education in the tradition of the Holy Spirit Fathers.  Please visit www.duq.edu  to begin your exploration of this fine Catholic university in downtown Pittsburgh!
  
 Jesus calls us to repentance!
We may not want to admit it, but it is quite easy for us to leave the right path and become lost on our journey through life. We’ve probably all had an experience of going astray and of needing to be called back to the right way. Once again, during this holy season of Lent, Jesus calls us back to true life in him. He wants us to really be one with God so that we may find salvation.

     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