April 24, 2016

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Most of us have far too many activities, events, and responsibilities going on in our lives, in our work, and in our families these days!   Life is pulling us in too many different directions, and before we know it, entire months and years and decades have passed like a whirlwind!
    During all this activity — and at times, in spite of all this activity — it’s very important for all of us to make sure that we show love to one another, to our spouses and children and family members, and to all those who share this life with us.
    At the heart of our Christian way of life is LOVE as Jesus reminds us today in the Gospel.  May we be loving toward others each and every day.  God bless!
                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK DAY
    The Sharpsburg Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will hold a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, from 10am—2pm, at the Sharpsburg Borough Building, 1611 Main Street, Sharpsburg.  This service is free and open to the public.  No questions asked.  Make your home safer by removing unneeded drugs.

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 continue to 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 all see the many 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 upcoming discussions, we’ll embark in 2018 on a renewed mission as a new Catholic community!  Please participate, and pray for our success!

LET US PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER
    Our Aquinas Guild has reestablished a Ministry of Prayer for our parish members and families.  If you’d like prayers offered for yourself or your loved ones,  OR  if you’d also like to be a person or family who prays for the intentions requested by others, please sign up underneath the video screen in the main church entrance, or send an email here.  Thank you, and God bless!

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!

May the Lord and the Holy Spirit bless you!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

LAST WEEK FOR APPALACHIA 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 help to our Appalachian Ministry by supporting this year’s Spring Flower Sale.  Thank you!

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.

DONATIONS ARE STILL WELCOME FOR THE APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP IN JUNE
    Our Appalachia Mission Team is very, very grateful for all 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. Thank you!
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ASPINWALL-BLAWNOX CHURCH CAMP
    For 40 years, members of Saint Pio Parish in Blawnox have held a summer camp for students age 10-16 years at Laurel Hill State Park to share activities and reflections on Christian faith and life and prayer with them.  The camp week is July 31-August 6.  The donation is $120 (with financial assistance available).  For information, contact adamjanosko@gmail.com  OR call 412-848-3024 this week.  

BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
    For new 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 and the ceremony of Baptism with Andy Bechman of our staff.  Register with the parish office now.  The next Baptism Prep Seminar is June 20.

AQUINAS GUILD INVITES YOU TO DONATE FOOD
    Our Aquinas Guild is collecting food to help the Saint Vincent dePaul Food Bank in Sharpsburg.  Please consider bringing boxes of cereal and breakfast bars to the red bin in the church entrance.  Thanks for your generosity to those in need of food for their families and themselves!

The 69th Annual Rosary March will be held in downtown Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon, May 15, beginning at Epiphany Church at 1:00pm and then, after the procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, concluding with Benediction back at Epiphany Church at about 2:30 pm. Call 412-885-8822 for more info. All are welcome!
  
A Local German Maifest Performance and Dinner Dance  will be held at the Teutonia  Mannerchor Club off Route 28 at 16th Street on Saturday, May 14.  You’re welcome to join them in this celebration of Bavarian Catholic traditions from 5:00pm—11:30pm.  Tickets are still available for the dinner and/ or the dance that begins at 7:30pm.  Call Tricia (724-822-9444) or visit their site at www.isartalerpittsburgh.org.

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.

Celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection every day!

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 25 — Saint Mark, evangelist
   8:30 am   Itzel Velasquez   (Manny & Carole Gonzalez)

Tuesday, April 26
   8:30 am   Marion Constantakis  (Family)

Wednesday, April 27
   8:30 am   Roman P. Kronenwetter  (Rose M. Gabbianelli)

Thursday, April 28 — Saint Peter Chanel
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif, anniversary  (Marjorie Greif)

Friday, April 29 — Saint Catherine of Siena
   8:30 am   Josephine Bonessa (Jane & Jim Finley)
 
Saturday, April 30 — Pope Saint Pius V
   9:00am   Helen K. Gallagher   (Dan & Eileen Gallagher)

   5:00 pm   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato  

Sunday, May 1 — Sixth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Dr. Robert Romano (Mary Jo Romano)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Mr. Paul L. Balonick, Sr.   (The Balonick Family)
      Presider:  Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   11:00 am   Betty Shannon  (The Shannon Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

SCRIPTURE READINGS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 24
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
Monday: 1 Peter 5:5b-14; Mark 16:15-20
Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 14:19-28;  John 14: 27-31a
Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-6; John 15:1-8
Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 15: 7-21; John 15:9-11
Friday: Acts of the Apostles 15:22-31; John 15:12-17
Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 16:1-10; John 15:18-21
Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 15:1-2, 22-29; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8;  Revelation 21:10-14, 22-23; John 14:23-29

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,  spaghetti, 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!

Summer Catholic Faith Conferences will be held at nearby Franciscan University of Steubenville.  For info, visit www.steubenvilleconferences.com/adult.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
    Our thanks go to the  McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes, Inc. for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!  

CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO MRS. SALVI
    Our Academy is pleased to congratulate once again our science educator, Mrs. Christine Salvi, for being chosen to receive a Golden Apple Award from the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2016 as one of the best and most effective educators in the elementary schools of our Diocese!   The eight elementary school teachers and two secondary school teachers honored this year will receive their awards on May 24 during this year’s 25th anniversary Golden Apple Awards Dinner.  Congratulations, and very well done!

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 aid for the new school year!

Visits of CDTCA are available in May for parents of new students and transfer students coming to our academy in August!  Contact Mrs. Traci Giuffre at the school (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. 

RAISING FUNDS  FOR CDTCA AT LA CAPPELLA’S RESTAURANT
    On Wednesday, May 4, from 11am until 10pm, LaCappella’s Restaurant in the Waterworks will send
20% of your bill to CDTCA when you present the form located in our main church entrance.  Thanks much!
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Once again, thank you 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 shares his love with us!
    Whether we’re married or single, older or younger, or a member of a large family or a small family, each
person wants to know if they’re lovable and if they’re loved!  These are fundamental questions in the hearts
of all people.  As Catholic Christians, Jesus assures each of us that we are all lovable to him AND that we are all loved by him.  What a blessed and joyful assurance! 
      
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