April 17, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO      
    During this Easter Season, we continue to celebrate the Resurrection of the Lord and all that this amazing event means for our faith, our life, and our hope that we too will share fully one day in the eternal life of God.
    In today’s Gospel reading, we hear that Jesus is our Good Shepherd in addition to being the Son of God and our Savior and our everlasting hope.  Jesus is waiting to welcome us into the Kingdom, and he is also with us in this world through his Holy Spirit and his chosen shepherds to guide us and care for us all.
    To keep alive this ministry of the Good Shepherd in our own day and in the future, it’s important that we encourage the youth of the Church to listen to God’s Spirit and be guided in the way they are called to serve the Kingdom.  The Lord wants and needs good spouses and disciples, servants and leaders.  He especially needs more shepherds to guide and more servants to serve the People of God.   May we pray for Church vocations, and may we encourage young Catholics to step forward and generously serve Jesus and his holy people in the Church.  God bless!
                                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

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 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.
    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!

Be with us, Lord, and shepherd your people!

OUR NEW A.E.D. DEFIBRILLATORS AND FIRST AID STATIONS
    It’s good to prepare for life safety issues.  Our parish has recently leased SIX new AEDs (Automatic External Defibrillators) for the buildings of our parish campus.  Provided by Cintas, these new AEDs are now in the main church entrance, the parish hall, the ministry center, each of our two school buildings, and the gymnasium.  They are for use in the event of a cardiac emergency along with CPR.  In addition to the medical professionals in our parish and present at our Liturgies, we’ll be scheduling CPR training in the near future for adults willing to assist with this life-saving equipment.
    Each AED has a video instruction screen as well as audio instructions, adult and children’s chest pads, and all necessary equipment.  Each cabinet has an alarm to indicate that the door has been opened.  Also, each will be checked monthly by Cintas to make certain that each device and battery work properly.
    In addition, a full First Aid Center is now located in the parish hall, and basic first aid kits have been added to the ministry center, the gymnasium kitchen, the cafeteria, and both school buildings.  These will also be checked monthly and stocked by Cintas staff.  Hopefully, these additions to our facilities will benefit our community whenever needed.
   
PARISH STEWARDSHIP LAST MONTH
March/ Easter donations to our parish —       $ 38,758
Monthly/ Easter parish donations needed — $ 59,340

Thank you very much for your generosity and donations to Saint Scholastica Parish!

OUR 2016 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
     Our 2016 Diocesan Parish Share Campaign is collecting the money to fund our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  Our own 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 support needed for the work of Bishop David Zubik, for his staff, and for the numerous efforts that benefit all the people of our Diocesan Church.  Please help us to meet our goal this year!

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 Hotel in 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).   Visit our parish website or contact our Religious Education Office for information and registration.
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BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
    For new and expectant parents, our parish will hold a Baptism Preparation Seminar on Monday, May 2 at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the ceremony of Baptism with Mr. Andy Bechman of our staff.  Register for the seminar and for the baptism through the parish office now.  The next Baptism Prep Seminar is June 20.

 The History of Islam  will be the topic of a special presentation by Capuchin Father Scott Seethaler at Saint Ferdinand Parish, Rochester Road, in Cranberry Township  on Wednesday, April 27 at 7:00pm in Oldenski Hall.   Free admission.  Registration is NOT necessary.  All are welcome to attend. 

A Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat  for women and men coping with the pain and aftermath of an abortion is scheduled for May 27-29 at the Spiritan Center in Bethel Park.  This weekend is sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh as well as Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh.  The donation is $150, and financial assistance is available.  Call 412-456-3157 by May 20 for confidential information/ reservations. 

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.

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.

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 18
   8:30 am   Rita Bren  (Michael & Marion Feeney)

Tuesday, April 19
   8:30 am   Janet V. Rosati  (Bob & Gloria Rosati)

Wednesday, April 20
   8:30 am   Joshua Schillo  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Thursday, April 21 — Saint Anselm, bishop
   8:30 am   Joan Grace Farina, anniversary   (Anthony & Jean Marie)

Friday, April 22
   8:30 am   Alfreda Kopec  (Mrs. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)
 
Saturday, April 23 — Saint George;  Saint Adalbert
   9:00am   Joseph Massaro  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Rosemarie Kavanaugh  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, April 24 — Fifth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Reverend Henry McAnulty CSSp   (Manny & Carole Gonzalez)
Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Robert Styslinger  (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 17
Sunday:  Acts of the Apostles 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5; Revelation 7:9, 14b-17; John 10:27-30
Monday: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18; John 10:1-10
Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-26; John 10:22-30
Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 12:24-13:5a; John 12:44-50
Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25; John 13:16-20
Friday: Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33; John 14:1-6
Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 13:44-52; John 14:7-14
Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27; Psalm 145:8-9, 10-11, 12-13; Revelation 21:1-5a; John 13:31-33a, 34-35

A Local Job Fair  will be held by Pa. State Rep. Dom Costa at the Ross Township Municipal Center, 1000 Ross Municipal Drive  (near McKnight Road at Babcock Blvd.), on Friday, April 22, 10am-1pm.  Bring copies of your resume.  Please dress professionally.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    The group which serves our neighbors now needs these items: dried fruit (bags or boxes of raisins, apricots, etc.), canned beans,  and prepared meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper).  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  Mr. Chad Gregorini of State Farm Insurance for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see his bulletin advertisement for contact information.  

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES!
    Most of our CDTCA families receive Financial Aid toward their children’s school tuition through both the Bishop’s Education Fund as well as PA state authorized, privately funded tuition assistance programs.   
    We can help you afford the tremendous investment that is Catholic education at CDTCA.  Please register with our school now,  and speak with our CDTCA administration about applying for and receiving student financial support for the new 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 now to schedule a tour of CDTCA where great beginnings do last a lifetime! 
  
Retail store certificates to benefit CDTCA will be sold this Sunday after the morning Liturgies!

Congratulations  to Charlie Massaro of CDTCA for receiving a Carson Scholar Award this year.   Also renewing their previous awards are both David Collins and Will Collins.  Each has been recognized by this national program for their academic achievements as well as their community service and their leadership
abilities. 
    These three CDTCA students will be honored this Sunday at the Annual Awards Banquet.  In addition to an Award Medal, each recipient also receives a $1000 scholarship for their college education.  Congrats!
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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!

Jesus is our Best Shepherd!
We all appreciate having someone who looks out for us and for our well-being. Of course, this begins with
the care that our parents and grandparents give to us.  Then we have the care provided by a spouse and family and even friends. Their care is important and comforting.  Always remember that we also have the most important care that’s given to us—the care of Jesus !
      
     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