March 27, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!
The Lord Jesus is Risen from the dead!

    The most wonderful proclamation in the world is our proclamation that the Lord Jesus has been raised from the dead!  
    Before the Resurrection of the Lord, human life was destined only for the grave or for actual disintegration.  Now, by the Lord’s Resurrection, we are given a new hope and a new promise.  By the Lord’s Resurrection, we are given the assurance that we are destined for eternal life with God.  We’re also assured that by being Jesus’ faithful disciples, we will share in life everlasting in the very Kingdom of God.
    Thank you for joining us for this wonderful Easter celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection, and best wishes to you, your family, your relatives and neighbors and loved ones for a joyful Easter Sunday today and a blessed Easter Season throughout the coming 50 days.  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!  God bless!                                                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato
    
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 scripture study.  You’ll be very glad to have and to read this worthwhile volume.  Get yours this week.

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 by phone at 412-396-6530) for info and registration.

Try some Wednesday morning meditation!   All parish members are welcome to the Ministry Center at 7:15am for silence, meditation, and reflection. Join us.
   
EASTER SUNDAY THANKS!
    Today’s 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, during the Holy Triduum, and again during the  Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday!
    Thank you also to everyone who contributed your time and talent to provide a wonderful and memorable  Easter celebration for all of us!  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
    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!

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.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

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!

APRIL 3  APPALACHIA SPAGHETTI DINNER
    Next 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!

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. Dillon here.
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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).   Contact our Religious Education Office for information and registration.

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 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.

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, March 28 — Easter Monday
   8:30 am   Nancy Smith  (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Tuesday, March 29 — Easter Tuesday
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra  (Wife & Daughters)

Wednesday, March 30 —Easter Wednesday
   8:30 am   John P. Finke  (Jane & Jim Finley)

Thursday, March 31 — Easter Thursday
   8:30 am   John “Jack” Heneroty   (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Friday, April 1 — Easter Friday
  8:30 am   Dorothy Killian  (Family)
 
Saturday, April 2 —Easter Saturday
   9:00am   Special Intention  (The Certo Family)
   5:00 pm   Thomas D. Maher   (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, April 3 — Divine Mercy Sunday
   7:30 am   Bradley C. Cone  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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

   11:00 am   Robert Boley, birthday  (Children)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 27, 2016

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

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33/Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/Matthew 28:8-15

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 2:36-41/Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22/John 20:11-18

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10/Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9/Luke 24:13-35

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 3:11-26/Psalm 8:2, 5-9/Luke 24:35-48

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 4:1-12/Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27/John 21:1-14

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21/Psalm 118:1, 14-21/Mark 16:9-15
Next Sunday:  Acts of the Apostles 5:12-16/Psalm 118: 2-4, 13-15, 22-24/Revelation 1:9a-11a, 12-13, 17-19/John 20:19-31

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned beans, canned fish, boxed meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper), peanut butter, and canned beef, chili, or other meat.  Gray donation bins are located in our church entrance.  [Note: this information is more current than the print bulletin.]
     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 Catholic Match Pennsylvania for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

The CDTCA Spring Break (coinciding with our local school district) will conclude on March 29. 
Classes and programs at CDTCA will resume this Wednesday, March 30.  Best wishes to our Academy community for the final months of this academic year!

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! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ATHLETES
    This year’s Basketball Season was a very successful one for all our boys and girls teams!  Both the
Varsity and JV girls’ teams and both the Varsity and JV boys teams were in this year’s championship playoffs!   The Varsity girls team made it to the Finals, and the Varsity boys team made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations to all our players and coaches and families and fans on a great season!
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EASTER SUNDAY BLESSINGS AT THE CATHEDRAL
    Today,  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!

The Lord Jesus is Risen!  Alleluia!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus has been raised from the dead!  The Risen Jesus is the beginning of a new humanity and a new creation which will share in the everlasting life of God!  This wonderful news and central Christian belief should be shared once again with other disciples and non-believers to encourage everyone to believe in Jesus and to find salvation in him!

    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