March 20, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna in the highest!
     We’re very accustomed to singing this ancient acclamation in every Catholic Liturgy.  It is the same song of praise with which the people of Jerusalem welcomed Jesus and his Apostles when they entered the holy city.  This was the song of praise sung at the beginning of the Lord’s final days in Jerusalem during which his life would be stolen from him—and by which Jesus would become the source of resurrection for all God’s holy people!
   As we welcome and celebrate Jesus in 2016, may we also profess our faith, and may we lead many others to the life and joy of God’s holy Kingdom.  God bless!                                        
                                                                                            —Father Jim Torquato
  
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION THIS WEDNESDAY
     On Wednesday of Holy Week, this 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.

A SERVICE OF SINCERE APOLOGY
    This coming Monday evening, March 21, Bishop David Zubik will present a Service of Apology at 7:00pm at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland.  Inspired by the outreach of pope Saint John Paul II, Bishop Zubik is celebrating this service once again this year to reach out to any person in the church who has been hurt or who feels hurt by someone else in the community of the Lord’s Church.  Because new life comes from asking forgiveness, Bishop Zubik wants to bring reconciliation and new life beginning this Monday evening.  All are welcome!

Try some Wednesday morning meditation!  All parish members are welcome to the Ministry Center at 7:15am for silence, meditation, and reflection. Join us.

CELEBRATING HOLY WEEK
     Why not come and join us for our  Holy Week services and prayer?
     This Sunday,  we celebrate Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem when he was hailed as the Messiah.  Then this Monday evening, March 21, we have our Tenebrae Service at 7:30pm to remember the last hours of Jesus earthly life.  On Holy Thursday we’ll then celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 pm here in our parish church.  The church will be open until midnight for prayer. 
    Our Good Friday, March 25 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.  Friday is also a day of fasting and abstaining.  
    On Holy Saturday, March 26, we’ll celebrate the great Easter Vigil from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.
    On Easter Sunday, March 27, 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!     
    Then, we’ll celebrate the Holy Season of Easter for fifty days through Pentecost Sunday.  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 fewer 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!

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.

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!
  

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

COMING TO THE CONCLUSION OF THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    As we conclude this Catechetical Year, our sincere thanks are offered to all of our participating students, parents, families, catechists, aides, and parish staff!
    Our second grade and eighth grade students will receive the Sacraments of First Communion and Confirmation in the coming weeks and 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
    This 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 today!

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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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!
  
SATURDAY COLLEGE PLANNING EVENT
    A local program on Planning for College Financing will be held at the Lauri Ann West Community Center, 1220 Powers Run Road, O’Hara Township, on Saturday, March 26, at 1:00pm.  For information, call the Center (412-828-8566) or call Education Planning Resources (1-800-743-4731) this week.
  
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
    Our Aquinas Guild will begin collecting food to help the Saint Vincent dePaul 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.

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.

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 21 — Monday of Holy Week
   8:30 am   Dom Schepis  (Kathleen Piper)
   7:30 pm   Tenebrae Service

Tuesday, March 22 — Tuesday of Holy Week
   8:30 am   Muriel Koch  (The Saint Monica Society)

Wednesday, March 23 — Wednesday of Holy Week
   8:30 am   Bud Clouse  (The Scanlon Family)

Thursday, March 24 — Holy Thursday
   7:30 pm   Anthony M. Greco, birthday   (wife, Tina & Family)

Friday, March 25 — Good Friday — Day of Fasting and Abstaining from Meat
   12:00 pm  Youth Ministry Living Stations
   1:30 pm   Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
   7:00 pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 26 — Holy Saturday
   8:30 pm — Easter Vigil   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, March 27  — The Resurrection of the Lord
   7:30 am   Thomas & Alice Kotchey  (The Strahler Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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

   11:00 am   Joseph Costa & Rosalia Costa-Clarke  (Antonietta Costa & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 20, 2016

Sunday: Luke19:28-40/Isaiah 50:4-7/Philippians 2:6-11/Luke 22:14-23:56 or 23:1-49

Monday: Isaiah 42:1-7/Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14/John 12:1-11

Tuesday: Isaiah 49:1-6/Psalm 71:1-6, 15, 17/John 13:21-33, 36-38

Wednesday: Isaiah 50:4-9a/Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34/Matthew 26:14-25

Thursday: Chrism Mass: Isaiah 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Psalm 89:1-6/Revelation 1:5-8/Luke 4:16-21
                   
Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14/Psalm 116:12-13, 15-18/1 Corinthians 11:23-26/John 13:1-15

Friday: Isaiah 52:13--53:12/Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25/Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9/John 18:1--19:42

Saturday: Vigil: Genesis 1:1-2:2/Genesis 22:1-18/Exodus 14:15-15:1/Isaiah 54:5-14/Isaiah 55:1-11/Baruch 3:9-15, 32-4:4/Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Romans 6:3-11/Luke 24:1-12

Easter Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8/John 20:1-9 or Luke 24:1-12 or Luke 24:13-35


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned fruit, canned beans, and canned beef stew or 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  S&T Bank,  O’Hara Township Office  near the Waterworks Mall for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact 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 beginning April 1 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 this Sunday, March 20, in the church entrance!
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RECONCILIATION TIMES THIS LENT
     There are still a number of hours when you can celebrate Jesus’ Sacrament of Reconciliation here in the church’s 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!

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

Praise Jesus, our Messiah and Lord!
     Before we hear the Passion account of Jesus this Palm Sunday, we first hear of Jesus’ entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel.    Jesus’ arrival and entrance is greeted with excitement and overwhelming joy!
     May we also greet and welcome Jesus with great excitement and joy as well as he approaches his own death to gain salvation and Resurrection 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