April 3, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    For most of Christian history, the disciples of Jesus were most grateful to receive the promise and the assurance of forgiveness of our sins by the Lord Jesus.  Catholic Christians very much wanted to be forgiven and freed from the effects and the weight of their sins so that they might return to God’s friendship and divine life.
    For some reason today, many Christians in our nation (and in the Western world) simply aren’t concerned about asking for forgiveness.  Nor are many concerned with being absolved and forgiven.  The dynamic of sin and reconciliation simply doesn’t matter to them in that so much in life has become simply a matter of making choices without any moral judgements or consequences.
    Even if the Christian message is forgotten and ignored by many today, Jesus still offers Divine Mercy and forgiveness nonetheless.  May we who are faithful to the Lord always remember this great promise, and may we call on the Lord and his Mercy every day.  God bless!       
                                                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER PAMPHLETS
    For almost 20 years, this Second Sunday of Easter has been known as Divine Mercy Sunday since being designated as such by Pope Saint John Paul II.  Based upon the messages received by Saint Faustina Kowalska in the early 20th century, the assurance of the Lord’s Divine Mercy continues to be of tremendous importance in the Church and in the lives of all the Lord’s people.  Despite our sins and failings, the mercy and the forgiveness of God are given to us because of God’s divine love for us. 
    A novena of prayers is a part of the message and promise of Divine Mercy.  Pamphlets are located at the exits of the church for your daily use.  They’ve been provided by a parish member.  Use them well and call on God’s Divine Mercy daily!
   
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS SUPPORT!
    Thanks very much to our parish members and families who continue to support our parish and our Diocese through your regular financial contributions! 
    It is our faith and the grace of God and your support which are at the heart of our parish community.  Your goodness to Saint Scholastica Parish has given us 109 years of faith and education and evangelization and worshipIt is your goodness that continues to keep our parish operations and the programs of our Catholic Diocese vital and strong.
    May the Lord bless you for your goodness,  and may you know the gratitude of God and our parish! 

OUR TWO GOLDEN APPLE AWARD WINNERS!
    Congratulations to our CDTCA science teacher, Mrs. Christine Salvi,  as well as our parish member and Seton-LaSalle Catholic High School English teacher, Mr. Charles Bowen,  who will both receive one of this year’s Golden Apple Awards from the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and the charitable Family Foundation.  This is the 25th anniversary of the Golden Apple Awards which are given to outstanding Catholic elementary and high school educators in our diocesan schools.  Congratulations to both Mrs. Salvi and Mr. Bowen! 

EASTER SEASON THANKS!
    Our fifty day celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection is our most important event in the entire Church Year!   It is the Resurrection of Jesus that is the central and most important event of our Christian faith and hope and life!
    Thanks to everyone who’s joined our parish community for our Liturgies and services during Holy Week and Easter Sunday!
    Thank you also to everyone who helped to provide a wonderful Easter celebration!  Special thanks are offered to:  all our ministers and lectors and servers and greeters and ushers and collection crew;  our choirs and  music director and musicians;  our parish staff and maintenance staff and collection counters;  and our volunteers and helpers.  Thank you all for your goodness and participation and support.        
     God bless, and best wishes for a very good and blessed Easter Season!    

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS YEAR
    On Mission for the Church Alive! is our Diocese’s effort to plan ahead and to realign our parish communities so that future priests can serve all our members.  In 2016,  we have 200+ ordained priests.  By 2030, we will have less than 100 priests according to professional surveys.  Also, since 2000, our member participation on Sundays in every parish has declined by 40%.  We see all the empty seats at every Sunday Liturgy.
    In 2018, almost all parishes will be reconfigured in terms of administration.  Our local grouping includes Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and All Saints Parish.  After coming discussions, in 2018, we’ll embark  on a renewed mission as a new Catholic community!  Please participate, and pray for success!

A special program about your personal vocation will be held by our Diocese on Sunday, April 24, 5pm—9pm, at Saint Paul Seminary.  National speakers will offer guidance. Registration info coming.

Helping the Addicted will be the topic of a special evening at Saint Louise de Marillac Parish in Upper Saint Clair on Tuesday evening, May 3, at 7:00pm.  Doctor James Flannick will be the presenter.   Please call 412–833-1010  for information and registration.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APRIL 3  APPALACHIA SPAGHETTI DINNER
    This Sunday, April 3, from 4:00-7:00pm, our Appalachia Mission Team of adults and students will hold their annual “All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner” in the school cafeteria (via the Third Street entrance).  The donation will be $10 per person, and all proceeds will help to support the Appalachia Mission Trip this coming June.   All are welcome!

DONATIONS ARE STILL BEING ACCEPTED FOR THE APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP IN JUNE
    Our Appalachia Mission Team is very, very grateful for all of the Lenten donations and all of the financial support given to the Team this year for their upcoming Mission trip this June!  
    Anyone who would also like to make a monetary contribution to this important ministry (and to the students taking part) is welcome to do so!  Please place your donation in an envelope marked “Appalachia Mission Trip” and place it in the Sunday collection or in the parish office mail slot.
    Thank you again for your generous donations and your continued support of our youth and those whom they will serve in Appalachia.  God bless!

APPALACHIA ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN / WALK
    On Saturday, April 23, from 10am-12pm, our Appalachia Mission Trip Team will host their annual 5K Family Fun Run and Walk at Hartwood Acres.  The donation is $10 per person in advance  OR  $15 on April 23.   Strollers and dogs are also welcome!  Prizes will be awarded to the top finishers.  To register, send a message to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here.
  
OUR JUNE 13-17  VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
    All students ages 5-9 are welcome to participate in our parish’s Vacation Bible School, June 13-17.  The donation is $25  ($40 after May 15).   Visit our parish website or contact our Religious Education Office for information and registration.
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Give praise and thanks to the Risen Lord!

LEARN NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING AT HOME
    If you’d like to learn all about the Catholic form of Family Planning, contact Natural Family Planning International.  You’ll learn by way of their website and through instruction by email.  Visit www.nfpandmore.org  this week for complete information.

AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE FOOD
    Thanks to you, our Aquinas Guild is collecting food to help the Saint Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Sharpsburg.  Please consider bringing boxes of cereal and breakfast bars to the red bin in the church entrance.  Other non-perishable donations are also welcome!  Many local families are grateful for your generosity and support as you provide food for them.

SAVING MARRIAGES IN TROUBLE
    Our Diocesan Retrouvaille/ Rediscovery Program is offering a weekend retreat this April 8-10 to renew the life and love shared by husbands and wives who’ve become distant from each other.  Make a confidential call to 412-277-3434 for information and registration.  You’ll both be glad that you took part.

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.

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.  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 help us to meet our goal!

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, April 4 — The Annunciation of the Lord
   8:30 am   For all Pre-Born Children  (The Respect Life Committee)

Tuesday, April 5 — Saint Vincent Ferrer, Priest
   8:30 am   Mr. D. L. Vincent  (Thomas & Yvonne Maher)

Wednesday, April 6
   8:30 am   Sister Jane Fisher, OSF  (The Veltri Family)

Thursday, April 7 — St. John Baptist de la Salle, priest
   8:30 am   Kathleen Welsh  (The Byrnes Family)

Friday, April 8
   8:30 am   Katherine Arturo, birthday  (Renee Arturo)
 
Saturday, April 9
   9:00am   Gino Marsico  (wife, Rita Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Domenico Sciulli  (wife, Cecelia)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, April 10 — Third Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Kathleen Welsh  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Robert Clouse  (The Greif Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 3, 2016
Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16;  Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24; Revelation 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19; John 20:19-31
Monday: Solemnity of the Anunciation of the Lord: Isaiah 7:10-14, 8:10; Hebrews 10:4-10; Luke 1:26-38
Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 4: 32-37; John 3:7b-15
Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26; John 3:16-21
Thursday:  Acts of the Apostles 5:27-33; John 3:31-36
Friday: Acts of the Apostles 5:34-42; John 6:1-15
Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7; John 6:16-21
Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 5:27-32, 40b-41; Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Revelation 5:11-14; John 21:1-19 

PITTSBURGH HYMN FESTIVAL
    Everyone is welcome to the Pittsburgh Hymn Festival at Sacred Heart Church, Shadyside, on Friday April 22 at 8:00pm.  Admission is free.  Please bring a canned good for the local food bank.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned beans, canned meat or fish, canned beef stew or canned chili, boxed meal mixes, and peanut butter.  Gray donation bins are located 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 Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Visits of CDTCA are available again in April and May for all interested parents  of new students and transfer students coming to our academy in August 2016!  Please contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at the office (412-781-7927) in the coming days or weeks.

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 beginning April 1 to schedule a tour of CDTCA where great beginnings do last a lifetime! 
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Graduate Studies in Theology are available at Duquesne University—especially for those interested in being lay ministers.  An Open House will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 4:00-6:00pm, at the university.  Contact Dr. Maureen O’Brien, Ph.D. (by email here  OR  412-396-6530) for info and registration.

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!

LEARNING MORE ABOUT THE FOUR GOSPELS
    Last Christmas, our parish ministers and volunteers received a book of the Four Gospels of the New Testament.  Additional copies are still available to any parish member or family who’d like a copy. 
    Please visit or call the parish office this week to request your copy of this informative and enlightening annotated version of the Gospels.  You’ll be very glad to have and to read this worthwhile volume.  Get yours this week.

Jesus is Risen and promises Mercy! Alleluia!
As Catholic Christians, we celebrated the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus last Sunday and throughout this Easter Week!  The Resurrection is the most important event in the history of humanity and of the entire world! It is good to celebrate now and throughout the fifty days of the Easter Season.    May we also celebrate the mercy and love of Jesus offered us now and always!

    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