March 13, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Just imagine being the young woman caught in sin in today’s Gospel.  She was probably overwhelmed by embarrassment, regret, and fear as she was ridiculed publicly while her lover went away free of any trouble.
     This is a situation similar to what many people of all ages suffer today as a result of social media and the Internet.  There may not be a threat of being literally stoned with rocks, but the stones of insult and ridicule can be very painful as well.
     No matter what amount of shame or insult or embarrassment any of us may experience because of our faults, sins, and transgressions, Jesus is still most willing to forgive us and restore us to himself as long as we promise to “go and sin no more.” 
     We can all get ourselves into many messes.  May we turn back to the Lord, may we truly ask forgiveness, and may we be restored to life through the mercy and goodness of God who alone can and wants to forgive us no matter what.  God bless!                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato

TIME THIS LENT FOR RECONCILIATION
     There are still a number of hours when you can celebrate Jesus’ Sacrament of Reconciliation here in the church Reconciliation Room.     
      Please see today’s bulletin insert with the self-examination of conscience, and then mark your calendar to come to confession.  You’ll receive the Lord’s forgiveness and the divine grace of God.  Hopefully you’ll find your spirit relieved and uplifted.  Come receive mercy and forgiveness!

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!

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!

NEXT WEEK, WE WILL CELEBRATE PALM SUNDAY OF THE LORD’S PASSION AND THE BEGINNING OF HOLY WEEK!
     In our parish community and in every parish community, about 25% of Catholic Christians come to participate in the Sunday Liturgy.  Even fewer of us (maybe 10%) will take part in the observances of Holy Week.  Why not come and join us during Holy Week?
     Next Sunday, of course, we’ll celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem when he was hailed as the Messiah.  Then next Monday evening, we have our Tenebrae Service to remember the last hours of Jesus earthly life.  We’ll then head to Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland on Holy Thursday morning for the 10 a.m. Chrism Mass with our Bishop.   Our parish Mass of the Lord's Supper is Thursday evening at 7:30.
    Our Good Friday remembrance will begin with our 12 noon Youth Ministry Living Stations, then our 1:30pm Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion, followed at 7:00pm by the Stations of the Cross.  On Holy Saturday, we’ll celebrate the great Easter Vigil from 8:30pm to 10pm, and then on Easter Sunday, we’ll gather for the Liturgy at 7:30am, 9am, and 11am.  Please be sure to join us for this holiest week of the year!   God bless!

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING
    Most members of our Diocesan Church are STILL  asking: “what is On Mission for the Church Alive?”  In brief, our times and our Diocesan circumstances continue to evolve.  In 1992, we had 330 parishes.  Today, we have 200 parishes.  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.
    On Mission  is our Diocese’s effort to plan ahead and to realign our parish communities so that future priests can serve all our members.  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.  There’s still much to be studied and discussed, and then in 2018, we’ll embark  on a renewed mission as a new Catholic community!  Please participate, and pray for success!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!
     Best wishes to all who celebrate our faith and heritage on Saint Patrick’s Day!  May you have a good and safe holiday!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

COMING TO THE CONCLUSION OF THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    In these final days of the Catechetical Year, our sincere thanks are offered to all of our participating students, parents, families, catechists, aides, and parish staff for all of your efforts to receive and to hand on our Catholic Christian faith!
    Our second grade and eighth grade students will receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation in the coming months.
    Have a blessed Spring and Summer, and please continue to learn, celebrate, live, and share our wonderful Catholic Christian faith every Sunday and every day this year.  God bless!

YOUTH MINISTRY LIVING STATIONS
    On Good Friday, March 25, at 12 noon, our parish Youth Ministry will once again present the Living Stations of the Cross in the church.  All high school and middle school students are invited to participate.  Rehearsals will be Monday, March 21 at 3:00pm and Good Friday, March 25, at 10am in the church.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon here  this week!

MARCH 16 VISIT TO FAMILY HOUSE
    This Wednesday, March 16, our Youth Ministry will again be preparing dinner for the guests at Family House.  All HS and MS students are welcome.  Meet at the Ministry Center at 4:15pm this Wednesday.  Reply today to Mrs. 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).  See this week’s bulletin insert for the registration form. 
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A SERVICE OF SINCERE APOLOGY
    On Monday, March 21, at 7:00pm, Bishop David Zubik will lead a Service of Apology at Saint Paul Cathedral.  Anyone who has been hurt or alienated by the Church community is encouraged to attend.

INFORMATION SESSIONS ON ACQUIRING A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT
     For those who are divorced and seeking a Decree of Nullity, our Diocese is holding free info sessions locally to share with you how the process has been updated.  You may attend this week’s session at   Saint Raphael Parish, Morningside, on Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00pm.  Call 412-456-3033 to register and to confirm the session date and time!

 MARCH 14 BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
   All new and expectant parents are welcome to participate in our March 14, 7:30pm preparation session for the Sacrament of Baptism.  Please contact our parish office this week to register.  The next session will be May 2.

LENTEN FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS
     All parish members are welcome to join us for the Stations of the Cross each Friday in Lent at 7:00pm in the church.  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.  All women are invited to join us on Lenten Fridays at 12noon.
  
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.

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 peanut butter and jelly  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.

Remain close to the Lord in these holy days!

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, March 14
   8:30 am   Deceased members of the Miketic Family   (The Miketic Family)

Tuesday, March 15
   8:30 am   Anthony Michael Farina, birthday (Anthony & Jean Marie)

Wednesday, March 16
   8:30 am   Gilda Trozzi  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Thursday, March 17 — Saint Patrick, bishop
   8:30 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)

Friday, March 18 — Day of Abstaining from Meat
   8:30 am   Thomas Rogers  (The Veltri Family)
   12:00 pm  Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 19 — Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary
   9:00 am   For all those Preborn   (Respect Life Committee)
   5:00 pm   Michael J. O’Donnell  (Jane & Jim Finley)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, March 20 — Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Betty Haberman  (Laura Perdices)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Kathleen Welsh  (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of March 13, 2016
 Sunday: Isaiah 43:16-21/Psalm 126:1-6/Philippians 3:8-14/John 8:1-11

Monday: Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Psalm 23:1-6/John 8:12-20

Tuesday: Numbers 21:4-9/Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21/John 8:21-30
Wednesday: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Daniel 3:52-56/John 8:31-42

Thursday: Genesis 17:3-9/Psalm 105:4-9/John 8:51-59

Friday: Jeremiah 20:10-13/Psalm 18:2-7/John 10:31-42

Saturday: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29/Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22/Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a

Next Sunday: Luke 19:28-40/Isaiah 50:4-7/Philippians 2:6-11/Luke 22:14-23:56 or 23:1-49

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  cereal, canned beans, spaghetti, macaroni & cheese, and peanut butter.  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  James P. Leslie, CFP and RBC Wealth Management  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see the advertisement for information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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! 

The CDTCA Spring Break (coinciding with our local school district)  will be March 19-March 29.  Best wishes to our Academy community for these coming days.  Please join us for our Holy Week services during your time away from classes!

Retail store certificates to benefit CDTCA will be sold on Sunday, March 20, in the church entrance!
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On Wednesday of Holy Week, March 23, the Supreme Court  of the United States will hear the Religious Freedom case brought before it by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh and Bishop David Zubik.  Our Bishop will be present at the court.  He asks that each parish have a time of adoration that day to pray for the success of this effort.  Our time in church will be 11:45am—2:00pm,  March 23.

EASTER BLESSINGS AT THE CATHEDRAL
    On Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection, March 27,  Bishop David Zubik, along with Bishop William Waltersheid and Bishop William Winter, will offer Easter Blessings to families, couples, and individuals who come to Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Ave., Oakland, beginning at 2:00pm.  All are welcome!

TURNING OUR CLOCKS AHEAD THIS WEEKEND
    All clocks are to be turned ahead one hour as of Saturday night, March 12. Do it now if you forgot!

Jesus forgives and saves!
     We’re fortunate to be listening to the Gospel according to Luke during this Church Year. Luke presents Jesus as being always understanding, compassionate, merciful, and forgiving throughout his ministry and even when he was hanging upon the cross.  Jesus’ entire mission to humanity is to forgive and to reconcile all people to God. Take time this Lent to be forgiven! 
 
     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