April 10, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO      
    This Sunday’s Resurrection passage from the Gospel according to John is a remarkable account of the Apostles’ encounter with the Risen Lord Jesus!  As dramatized in the new movie “Risen,” this visit with Jesus on the beach after a night of fishing must have been joyous and remarkable and forever memorable!
    Risen from the grave, Jesus extends tremendous kindness and care toward the Apostles even after they deserted him while he died on the cross.  They were not dedicated to him.  Nonetheless, Jesus was entirely faithful to his closest friends.   He forgave them and came to their aid because of his great love for them.
    Often overlooked is Jesus’ simple command that he speaks to all of them.  Jesus simply says “Follow me.”  What a wonderful invitation!  Jesus doesn’t demand extraordinary goals or expectations.  He simply asks the Apostles to “Follow me.”  
    May we know the Lord’s gratitude and care given to all of us who are his disciples, and may we resolve to do what Jesus asks and follow the Lord in faithfulness and holiness.  God bless!   
                                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

DIVINE MERCY PRAYER PAMPHLETS
    For almost 20 years, the Second Sunday of Easter has been known as Divine Mercy Sunday since being designated as such by Pope Saint John Paul II.  Based on 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.   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 worship!    It 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 our parish!  

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!

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 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.
    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!

PRAYERS AND PRAY-ERS STILL WELCOME!
    Our parish Aquinas Guild is reestablishing the Ministry of Prayer this year by inviting parish members to become intercessors in prayer for the intentions and prayers of other community members.  You can add your prayer requests in the book located in the main church entrance. 
    You can also volunteer to pray for all requests by contacting Guild members via their email found on the blue flyer the church entrance!  May we all pray for your requests, and may we pray together for one another!  Thy Kingdom come!  Thy will be done!

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.

The Magnificat Prayer Breakfast for Women is scheduled on Saturday, May 7 at the Crowne Plaza Green Tree at 9:00am.  Please call 412-461-8906 by April 27 to register.  Thanks for joining us!

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.   All are welcome!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA MAY FLOWER SALE
    Flower orders are still being accepted by our parish Appalachia Mission Team until April 30. Order forms are available in the main church entrance or in the parish office or through our Youth Ministry Office (412-781-0186, ext. 21). 
    Enjoy the flowers and colors of the Spring and give your support to our Appalachian Ministry by supporting this year’s Spring Flower Sale.  Thank you!

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 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).  Contact our Religious Education Office for information and registration.
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THE PITTSBURGH CATHOLIC  IS COMING HOME!
    This weekend’s edition of the Pittsburgh Catholic will be received in registered families’ homes, and it will feature the work of “On Mission for the Church Alive!”  Learn more about the work of reconfiguring all diocesan parishes in the year 2018.  Please be sure to review all the articles and features in this edition.

GIRLS’ SUMMER SEMINAR IN HARRISBURG
     The local Women’s and Girls’ Foundation is holding its summer Harrisburg experience for girls entering grades 9—12.  This is a program to introduce girls to the fields of public service and leadership and state government.  For further information about this June 12—16 program at the state capital, please see the posters in the church entrance OR call Blayre (412-258-2567) before April 15.  

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.

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, April 11 — Saint Stanislaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Dr. Kevin Sullivan, DMD  (Carol Shaughnessy)

Tuesday, April 12
   8:30 am   Helen Kaleida  (G. Martin Francis)

Wednesday, April 13 — Pope Saint Martin I
   8:30 am   Paul Sands  (Carole & Manny Gonzalez)

Thursday, April 14
   8:30 am   John Jackson Phelps   (Dr. & Mrs. Phil Kaleida)

Friday, April 15
   8:30 am   Msgr. Donald Kraus  (Jo & Natalie Certo)
 
Saturday, April 16
   9:00am   Dr. Mary Frances Ricketts   (The Ricketts Family)

   5:00 pm   Joanne D. Vey  (Dr. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, April 17 — Fourth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Frances Maher  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

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

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

  HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items:  canned beans, canned fruit,  and peanut butter and jelly.  Gray donation bins are located in our main 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   Eye Physicians and Surgeons, Ltd. in Aspinwall for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for locations and contact information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Visits to 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! 

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! 

Retail store certificates to be sold next Sunday!
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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 version of the Gospels.  You’ll be very glad to have and to read this worthwhile volume.  Get yours this week.

Jesus gives life and blessings!
   The wonderful accounts of the Lord’s’ Resurrection give us the Christian belief that Jesus was raised from the grave after his death on the cross. Without this testimony shared with us by the Apostles, we wouldn’t have the faith and the Church that are ours!    Thankfully, these accounts give us reassurance that Jesus blesses us and cares for all of us who are his chosen people!

     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