March 6, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son and the extravagant, merciful  Father is one of the most well known and beloved stories in Christianity as well as human history.  Jesus presents an image of a most merciful God that is a tremendous change in the history of religion. 
    As Christians, we are so very blessed and fortunate to receive this revealed message of Jesus that God is parental and loving and merciful to all people.  We take for granted the mercy and love of God, but we shouldn’t.  These magnificent and divine gifts are so wonderful and so freely given that we should offer a prayer of thanks each Sunday and every day!
    God is most merciful and forgiving.  Be grateful.  God bless!                                      
                                                                                           —Father Jim Torquato

THE LIGHT IS STILL ON FOR YOU!
   This coming Wednesday, March 9, from 6:00pm--9:00pm,  the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Penance/ Confession) will be available here at Saint Scholastica Parish and at every parish church here in our Catholic Diocese.  For nearly 20 years, then-Bishop Wuerl and now Bishop Zubik have requested that all priests offer this wonderful Sacrament in “The Light is On for You!” program.
     Please see today’s bulletin insert with the self-examination of conscience, and then mark your calendar for this Wednesday.  You’ll receive the Lord’s forgiveness and the divine grace of God.  Hopefully you’ll find your spirit relieved and uplifted.  Come Wednesday — 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!

MARCH 7  PRESENTATION ON GOD’S MERCY PRESENTED BY FATHER MIKE ACKERMAN
    This  Monday, March 7, from 7:30pm—9:00pm in the church and hall, Father Michael Ackerman will offer Holy Year of Mercy reflections on the Divine Mercy of God.  The Aquinas Guild invites all parish members, families, neighbors, and friends to join us!  A light reception will follow in the hall.  Everyone is most welcome!   Come and join us.

THIS SUNDAY’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This weekend, our parish and all parishes of the United States will hold the annual second collection for the Campaign for Human Development.  This national Catholic program provides help to many  communities and programs that are working to help the needy and poor of our country.

GRIEVING THE DEATH OF A LOVED ONE
    This Sunday, March 6, from 1:00pm--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.
  
A CELEBRATION OF THE ARTS TO CONCLUDE THE YEAR FOR CONSECRATED LIFE
    This Sunday afternoon, March 6,  from 1:00pm—4:00pm at Saint Paul Seminary, 2900 Noblestown Road, near Green Tree, women and men Religious of our Diocese will display their sacred art and will perform sacred music as a final celebration of our recent worldwide Year for Consecrated Life.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Admission is free.

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

COMING CLOSE TO THE CONCLUSION OF THIS CATECHETICAL YEAR
    At this time, our CCD program has only a few more weeks of religious education before the year comes to its conclusion.  In these final weeks, 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!

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 next week’s bulletin insert for the registration form. 
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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 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!

APRIL 16  REFLECTION DAY FOR ALL WOMEN
    The registration deadline is Tuesday, March 15.  See the event website about free transportation from Oakland Catholic HS at 7am!    All women are welcome to the Saturday, April 16, Day of Reflection on God’s Mercy from 8:00am—3:00pm at the new Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Cranberry Township sponsored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.  Info and registration are at www.womenalivepgh.org.  You’ll be glad you went!

LaRoche College Open House, Babcock Blvd., North Hills, Sat.,April 9, 9am-2pm. Call 412-536-1272.

Please remember Saint Scholastica Parish in your final plans and your will.  Thank you very much!

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.

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 dePaul Food Bank in Sharpsburg.  The March items are peanut butter and jelly.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance.  Other non-perishable donations are also welcome!

Tune into local  24/7  Catholic radio — 860 AM  OR 106.7 FM. Also, try EWTN Catholic TV channel 799.

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 7 — Sts. Perpetua and Felicity, martyrs
   8:30 am   Denise Donnelly  (Family)

Tuesday, March 8 — Saint John of God
   8:30 am   Helen Kaleida  (Mary Labriola)

Wednesday, March 9 — Saint Frances of Rome
   8:30 am   Theresa Noe  (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Thursday, March 10
   8:30 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)

Friday, March 11 — Day of Abstaining from Meat
   8:30 am   Frank Bisceglia  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00pm  Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 12
   9:00 am   Joseph A. Massaro  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

   5:00 pm   Florence Palminteri  (Roseann & Jojo Veltri)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, March 13 — Fifth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Richard Cullinan  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Bobby Fay, Jr.  (The Resurrection Choir)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 6, 2016

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

Monday: Isaiah 65:17-21/Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/John 4:43-54

Tuesday: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12/Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/John 5:1-16

Wednesday: Isaiah 49:8-15/Psalm 145:8-9, 13-14, 17-18/John 5:17-30

Thursday: Exodus 32:7-14/Psalm 106:19-23/John 5:31-47

Friday: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22/Psalm 34:17-21, 23/John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday: Jeremiah 11:18-20/Psalm 7:2-3, 9-12/John 7:40-53 

Next Sunday: Isaiah 43:16-21/Psalm 126:1-6/Philippians 3:8-14/John 8:1-11 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  cereal, canned red or black beans, macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, and peanut butter.  Gray donation bins are in our church entrance.  [Note: This list 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 the  Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company  for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their advertisement for contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  
NIGHT AT THE RACES THANK YOU!
    Many, many thanks are extended to all our guests, sponsors, contributors, volunteers, parents, families, teachers, friends, staff, and principal for a wonderful Night at the Races on Saturday night.  This event is always enjoyable, and it raises significant funds to support Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy each year.  Thank you once again, and God bless!

OUR STUDENTS’ SCIENCE ACHIEVEMENT
     Our Sixth Grade students recently participated in the regional Future Cities Competition along with 25+ other schools.  As part of the science curriculum, our Sixth Grade students (competing primarily against eighth grade students from the other schools) were chosen as the Fifth Best Team Overall.  Congratulations to our students and to their advisor, Mrs. Salvi.

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!

TURN YOUR CLOCKS AHEAD 1 HOUR NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT
    It’s time for more evening daylight!  Turn all your clocks ahead one hour next Saturday night, March 12! 

Jesus is calling us back to life in him!
    The parable of the Prodigal Son is so very important and reassuring to all Christians. The Father wants to share life with his son once again after their separation.
Jesus too wants to share his life with each of us and all of us as well. He too is forgiving and merciful and loving. He too calls us back to himself when we stray so that we can return to the very best life—life in God! 
 

     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