February 26, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Lent is finally here!  It’s our holy time to draw closer to the Lord Jesus and to prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection during the Easter Season!
    As always, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and the marking with ashes which give public admission to our sinfulness and our hope for conversion.
    It’s NOT the ashes that save us.  The ashes mark our iniquity.  It’s the Lord Jesus and our faith and life in him which save us!
    For the next 90 days, we will focus on the Lord and his Resurrection—40 days of Lent to prepare for the Easter Season, and 50 days to celebrate the Resurrection, Ascension, and Pentecost! 
    May we all have a good beginning this Ash Wednesday, and may the next 90 days deepen our faith and life in Jesus as well journey with him to eternal life in his glorious Kingdom.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our parish members and families who support our parish community and operations throughout each year.  Every parish and every Diocese exists thanks to the grace of God and thanks to the participation and financial support of the Lord’s disciples within each local Church.  Without your support and participation, the Church would find it difficult to exist in a given area.  There’s NO source of funding except for the funding provided by you!
    Each Sunday and every year, our contributors and our participants keep our local parish and Church Alive!  Please know how grateful our pastor, staff, and entire community are for your faith, your goodness, and your support.  God bless you!

CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church.  So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,166,609 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and YOUR help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Each year, your generosity to Bishop David Zubik and the operations and programs of our Catholic Diocese are greatly appreciated!   Your financial support of the Diocese is also very much needed.
    As such, we’re beginning our 2017 Parish Share Campaign to collect and remit to our Central Diocesan  Administration the amount required of us this year.  Based on last year’s donations to our parish, we are asked to raise $69,950 before January 2018.  This amount is 17.5% of our own parish’s income last year.  As always, we’re asked to collect these funds to support the Diocese.
    As we’ve done for the past 40 years, we’ll be sending you in the mail an information letter and brochure along with a donation or pledge card.  We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250 once again.  If you can contribute more ($300, $500, $1000, or even $2000), your generosity will be greatly helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget. 
    Again, thank you very much for your support as we begin our 2017 Parish Share Campaign.  The Bishop, all our pastors, and the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh appreciate your goodness and support.  God bless!

ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE SEASON OF LENT
     In three days, on Ash Wednesday, March 1, all Christians will begin the Season of Lent as a time of prayer and conversion in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.  The goal is to be closer to the Lord and better Christian disciples come Easter Sunday.
    Ashes will be distributed following the Homily at the 8:30am Liturgy, a service at 12 Noon, a service at 4:00pm, and a Liturgy at 7:00pm. Mark your calendar!
     Regarding Ash Wednesday, it is always a day of fasting (for everyone 18-59 years) and abstaining from meat (everyone age 14 years and older).  If for some medical reason, fasting is not advisable, then another form of penance should be performed.
     In addition, Lent should be a time of additional prayer at home and in church.  Join us for the weekday morning Liturgies.  Come on Fridays for the Women’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon or the parish Stations at 7:00pm.  Lent should also be a time of penance, fasting, spiritual self-discipline, contrition for our sins, and sacramental Reconciliation.  Likewise, Lent should be a season of increased charity at home, in our community, and toward the needy and poor.
     Make plans now for Ash Wednesday and for the 40 days of Lent!   May all of us draw closer to Jesus in the holy weeks ahead, and may we be even better and more faithful disciples of Christ this coming Easter!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

ASH WEDNESDAY MEAGER MEAL TO BENEFIT OUR APPALACHIA MISSION
    This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, a Day of Fasting and Abstaining from meat for us.  You’re all  invited to a Meager meal of a bowl of soup and bread as part of your Ash Wednesday observance and as a way to contribute to our Appalachia Team’s fund-raising for its June Mission Trip to southern West Virginia. 
    The donation for a bowl of soup and bread is $5.  You may also purchase a quart of soup for $10.
The meals will be served 11:00am-1:30pm and then 4:00-7:00pm THIS Wednesday, March 1 in the parish hall. Come join us to get your Lent off to a good start!

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE
    Our Appalachia Team still has a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase.  Each candy bar is $2, and your help supports the Mission Trip to West Virginia.  Thanks very much!
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COME GET YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!
    During this weekend of February 25—26, our local Girl Scout Troop will be offering their Girl Scout cookies for sale after all our weekend Liturgies.  Your support of this local and national organization that benefits many young girls will be greatly appreciated.

TODAY’S MARDI GRAS COFFEHOUSE
    This Sunday morning, February 26, our parish women’s Aquinas Guild will host a coffeehouse for parish members and families in the parish hall after our Sunday Liturgies.  Thanks to our Aquinas Guild for assembling these Mardi Gras socials before Lent begins. Please join us this Sunday morning in the hall.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 “ON MISSION “ LENTEN REFLECTION GATHERINGS
    In 16 parish churches around the Diocese, on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am until 12 noon, our Bishop and his staff will host Lenten Reflection and Prayer Gatherings to help prepare our church members for the upcoming On Mission changes in our diocesan church. 
    Locally, these sessions will be held at: Saint Bonaventure Church, Shaler;  Our Lady of Joy Parish, Plum;  Saint Alphonsus Parish, Wexford; and Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree.
    Please join other members of the Church for a morning of prayer and reflection in this important time!

Three hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation have been scheduled in every parish on March 15 from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Prepare now to be reconciled!
 
Get a Spiritual Boost Online! Here are two online resources that can give you a spiritual boost during the day.  Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a 3 minute daily prayer online here.

A REQUEST FROM SAINT MARY CEMETERY
     If your family members are laid to rest at Saint Mary Cemetery, Sharps Hill, please know that the annual clean up of the cemetery will take place during the month of March.  All items placed at the graves will be removed.  If you’d like to retrieve any of these items currently at any graves, please come for them before March 1.  Thank you!
    Also, with the recent establishment of the Catholic Parish Cemetery Association for the administration and oversight of all parish cemeteries, Saint Mary Cemetery (and all parish cemeteries) will be contacting as many families as possible in order to update family information at the cemetery.  Please expect a telephone call in the near future for this purpose—or call them at 412-784-8700!
  
‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Beginning March 1 through April 9,  7:00am until 7:00pm each day,  a Lenten prayer vigil will be held outside the Planned Parenthood clinic at 933 Liberty Avenue, Downtown. Join others in saving lives!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In March,  your donations of canned tuna, chicken, salmon, and/ or sloppy joes are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance. 

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!
 
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, February 27
   8:30 am   Mary Byrne  (M. Griffith)

Tuesday, February 28
   8:30 am   Holy Face of Jesus

Wednesday, March 1 — Ash Wednesday
   8:30 am   Anthony P. Fiorentino  (Georgene Veltri)
   12:00 pm   Service with Ashes
   4:00 pm   Service with Ashes
   7:00 pm   Sheila Massalski and Peter Massalski  (The Massalski Family)

Thursday, March 2
   8:30 am   Charity Specht  (Georgene Veltri)

Friday, March 3 — Saint Katherine Drexel
   8:30 am   John Dimasi  (Family)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 4 — Saint Casimir
   9:00 am   Donald Roddy  (Lawrence and Martha John)
   5:00 pm   John Mroz  (Paula Scalamogna)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday March 5 — First Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola   (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Dr. Robert Romano (Wife)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 26, 2017

Sunday: Isaiah 49:14-15/Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9/1 Corinthians 4:1-5/Matthew 6:24-34

Monday: Sirach 17:20-24/Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7/Mark 10:17-27

Tuesday: Sirach 35:1-12/Psalm 50:5-8, 14, 23/Mark 10:28-31

Wednesday: Joel 2:12-18/Psalm 51:3-6ab, 12-14, 17/2 Corinthians 5:20--6:2/Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

Thursday: Deuteronomy 30:15-20/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Luke 9:22-25

Friday: Isaiah 58:1-9a/Psalm 51:3-6ab, 18-19/Matthew 9:14-15

Saturday: Isaiah 58:9b-14/Psalm 86:1-6/Luke 5:27-32

Next Sunday: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17/Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Matthew 4:1-11

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned vegetables, canned red or black beanscanned soup with meat or beans in pull tab cans;  boxed meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper);  and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the 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 Walnut Grill, Waterworks Mall  for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement with their $2 donation to our parish community for each Sunday Adult Brunch ordered!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

HANDING ON OUR CATHOLIC FAITH EACH DAY
     At the heart of the education provided to students at CDTCA is our teaching and celebrating our Catholic faith each and every day!  If you’d like to share our Catholic Christian faith and life with your children or grandchildren, consider enrolling your young students in CDTCA.  Contact our school office (412-781-7927).

OUR 2017 NIGHT AT THE RACES
     On Saturday evening, March 18, our school PTG will hold their annual Night at the Races fundraiser in the parish gymnasium.  Come and join in the fun, and also support our regional Catholic elementary school!  Complete with horse races and table games and raffles and other fun, you can continue to keep CDTCA vital and strong now and in the years ahead! Contact our school office (412-781-7927) for tickets, information, and for info about sponsoring races or contributing to this special event!   Come join us!
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Several prayer booklets for Lent  are available at the church entrances!   Get your copy or copies while they last,  and make good use of them during Lent!

SIGN UP FOR A LIFE CHANGING LENT!
    The national program Dynamic Catholic and author Matthew Kelly invite you to have your Best Lent Ever.  Sign up at the Dynamic Catholic website here to receive a daily Lenten email and brief video that will help guide you to faith and happiness in the Lord!

WOMEN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS LENT
    Every Friday this Lent, our Aquinas women’s Guild invites all the women of our parish to their Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in the church.  This year will feature “Mary’s Way of the Cross” which sees the Stations through the eyes of our Blessed Mother Mary.

SPRING BIBLE STUDY ON MARCH 9
    Would you like to deepen your understanding of the Bible AND your spiritual connection to our common home, the Earth?   A Bible study about our Stewardship of the Earth will be held here for six Thursdays at 7:30pm beginning March 9.  The seminar materials donation is $20 per person.  Please contact Andy Bechman  (412-781-0186, ext. 18  OR  by email here) before March 1. 

Jesus calls us to a Holy Lent!
     In today’s gospel teaching, Jesus reminds us that the love of God provides countless blessings for all people in this world and in this lifetime. During the Season of Lent, Jesus also calls us to find life and mercy and salvation in him. May we always be mindful of these promises, and may we deepen our life in the Lord this Lent!

     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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

February 19, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Do you realize that Christian love has changed so much of humanity?   Jesus makes generous and sacrificial love an essential part of his way and of our discipleship.  Many of our ancestors in the Church and in the faith made this practice of charitable love a high priority in their interaction with others—family and friends and strangers.
    Many Catholic Christians today still make generous and charitable love central to their lives and Christian discipleship.  This love imitates the very love of God, and this love greatly benefits many people of all ages.  Of all the things for which we’re known in our lives, may we be known and appreciated for the Christian love that we share with all others.  God bless!                                    
                                                                             —Father Jim Torquato

ONE FINAL UPGRADE FOR THE CHOIR AREA
     One final addition to the choir area is a new brass railing for the safety of the choir members as they move around the upper level of the sanctuary.    
    On the other side of the sanctuary, a similar brass railing was added for reasons of safety.  There is also a brass handrail on both sides of the sanctuary steps to help the choir, Communion ministers, Lectors, and Priests with the sanctuary steps.  Hopefully these upgrades will benefit all!

Give thanks to the Lord for his goodness!
  
CONTINUING OUR DIOCESAN CAMPAIGN
     As you remember from 2013, in our Diocesan Campaign for the Church Alive,  Bishop David Zubik asked for the support of all Church members and families to strengthen the life of our diocesan Church by establishing new efforts and by bolstering the existing programs of our Catholic schools, Catholic religious education, hospital and college ministry, services to those elderly and poor and in need, formation of priests and deacons and lay leaders, and other ways of keeping our Church Alive!
     So far, our parish members and families have generously contributed $1,166,609 of your pledges of $1,782,887.   Please fulfill your pledges so that, with the Lord’s grace and support and YOUR help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Each year, your generosity to Bishop David Zubik and the operations and programs of our Catholic Diocese are greatly appreciated!   Your financial support of the Diocese is also very much needed.
    As such, we’ll soon begin our 2017 Parish Share Campaign to collect and remit to our Central Diocesan  Administration the amount required of us this year.  Based on last year’s donations to our parish, we are asked to raise $69,950 before January 2018.  This amount is 17.5% of our own parish’s income last year.  As always, we’re then asked to collect an additional 17.5% (or $69, 950) to support the Diocese.
    As we’ve done for the past 40 years, we’ll be sending you in the mail an information letter and brochure along with a donation or pledge card.  We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250 once again.  If you can contribute more ($300, $500, $1000, or even $2000), your generosity will be greatly helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget. 
    Again, thank you very much for your support as we begin our 2017 Parish Share Campaign.  The Bishop, all our pastors, and the entire Diocese of Pittsburgh appreciate your goodness and support.  God bless!
 
ASH WEDNESDAY AND THE SEASON OF LENT WILL ARRIVE VERY SOON
     In ten days, on Ash Wednesday, March 1, all Christians will begin the Season of Lent as a time of prayer and conversion in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.  The goal is to be closer to the Lord and better Christian disciples come Easter Sunday.
     Regarding Ash Wednesday, it is always a day of fasting (for everyone 18-59 years) and abstaining from meat (everyone age 14 years and older).  If for some medical reason, fasting is not advisable, then another form of penance should be performed.
     In addition, Lent should be a time of additional prayer at home and in church.  Join us for the weekday morning Liturgies.  Come on Fridays for the Women’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon or the parish Stations at 7:00pm.  Lent should also be a time of penance, fasting, spiritual self-discipline, contrition for our sins, and sacramental Reconciliation.  Likewise, Lent should be a season of increased charity at home, in our community, and toward the needy and poor.
     Make plans soon for Ash Wednesday and for the 40 days of Lent!   May all of us draw closer to Jesus in the holy weeks ahead, and may we be even better and more faithful disciples of Christ this coming Easter!
     

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE
    Our Appalachia Team still has a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase.  Each candy bar is $2, and your help supports the Mission Trip to West Virginia.  Thanks very much!

Intersection Youth Bible Study—February 26, 10am in the Ministry Center.
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COME GET YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!
    During the weekend of February 25—26, our local Girl Scout Troop will be offering their Girl Scout cookies for sale after all our weekend Liturgies.  Your support of this local and national organization that benefits many young girls will be greatly appreciated.

A MARDI GRAS COFFEHOUSE
    On Sunday morning, February 26, our parish women’s Aquinas Guild will host a coffeehouse for parish members and families in the parish hall after our Sunday Liturgies.  Thanks to our Aquinas Guild for assembling these Mardi Gras socials before Lent begins.  Please be sure to join us on February 26.

WOMEN’S MARDI GRAS TUESDAY LUNCHEON
    Our Aquinas Guild will host a Mardi Gras Luncheon next Tuesday, February 28 at 11:30am at the Cornerstone Restaurant, Freeport Road and Eastern Avenue, Aspinwall.  The donation is $20 per person.  Call Joanne (412-963-8319) for information. Please bring written reservation info and donations before this Friday to the parish office. 

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 “ON MISSION “ LENTEN REFLECTION GATHERINGS
    In 16 parish churches around the Diocese, on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am until 12 noon, our Bishop and his staff will host Lenten Reflection and Prayer Gatherings to help prepare our church members for the upcoming On Mission changes in our diocesan church. 
    Locally, these sessions will be held at: Saint Bonaventure Church, Shaler;  Our Lady of Joy Parish, Plum;  Saint Alphonsus Parish, Wexford; and Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree.
    Please join other members of the Church for a morning of prayer and reflection in this important time!

A Mandated Reporter Training Session for church volunteers and parents will be at Saint Cyril Parish, North Side, Sunday, February 26, 12noon—3:00pm.  Email  cmurin@diopitt.org  to register.
 
Get a Spiritual Boost Online!  Here are two online resources that can give you a spiritual boost during the day.  Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a 3 minute daily prayer here.

A REQUEST FROM SAINT MARY CEMETERY
     If your family members are laid to rest at Saint Mary Cemetery, Sharps Hill, please know that the annual clean up of the cemetery will take place during the month of March.  All items placed at the graves will be removed.  If you’d like to retrieve any of these items currently at any graves, please come for them before March 1.  Thank you!
    Also, with the recent establishment of the Catholic Parish Cemetery Association for the administration and oversight of all parish cemeteries, Saint Mary Cemetery (and all parish cemeteries) will be contacting as many families as possible in order to update family information at the cemetery.  Please expect a telephone call in the near future for this purpose—or call them at 412-784-8700!
 
The Pittsburgh Catholic newspaper will be delivered to every household of every parish this coming Friday as we prepare for Lent.  Enjoy all the news articles and catechesis and spiritual guidance!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In February,  your donations of macaroni and cheese OR  pasta and sauce are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance. 

Once again, thank you for helping to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

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, February 20
   8:30 am   Paul M. Kennedy  (Paul F. Kennedy)

Tuesday, February 21 — Saint Peter Damian, bishop
   8:30 am   Richard Allen  (The Allen Family)

Wednesday, February 22 — Chair of Saint Peter
   8:30 am   Kevin Vincent Sullivan, DMD  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, February 23 —Saint Polycarp, martyr
   8:30 am   George, Margaret & Joe Eckert  (Jean and Bill Eckert)

Friday, February 24
   8:30 am   Mary L. Sette   (Regis and Mary Lou Wessell)

Saturday, February 25
   9:00 am   Pauline Napier  (The Georgene Veltri Family)
   
   5:00 pm   Edna Jenca  (Friends)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday February 26 — Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Jarvis Cecil  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   John Marmarella  (Wife and Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 19, 2017

Sunday: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18/Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13/1 Corinthians 3:16-23/Matthew 5:38-48

Monday: Sirach 1:1-10/Psalm 93:1-2, 5/Mark 9:14-29

Tuesday: Sirach 2:1-11/Psalm 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40/Mark 9:30-37

Wednesday: 1 Peter 5:1-4/Psalm 23:1-3a, 4-6/Matthew 16:13-19

Thursday: Sirach 5:1-8/Psalm 1:1-4, 6/Mark 9:41-50

Friday: Sirach 6:5-17/Psalm 119:12, 16, 18, 27, 34-35/Mark 10:1-12

Saturday: Sirach 17:1-15/Psalm 103:13-18/Mark 10:13-16

Sunday: Isaiah 49:14-15/Psalm 62:2-3, 6-9/1 Corinthians 4:1-5/Matthew 6:24-34

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned red or black beans;  canned soup with meat or beans;  boxed meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper);  macaroni and cheese;  and jelly.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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 Tudi Mechanical Systems for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for company information.  
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

HANDING ON OUR CATHOLIC FAITH EACH DAY
     At the heart of the education provided to students at CDTCA is our teaching and celebrating our Catholic faith each and every day!  If you’d like to share our Catholic Christian faith and life with your children or grandchildren, consider enrolling your young students in CDTCA.  Contact our school office (412-781-7927).

OUR 2017 NIGHT AT THE RACES
     On Saturday evening, March 18, our school PTG will hold their annual Night at the Races fundraiser in the parish gymnasium.  Come and join in the fun!  Contact our school office (412-781-7927) for tickets, information, and for information about sponsoring races or contributing to this special event!

CDTCA CONTINUES TO RECEIVE UPGRADES IN OUR TECHNOLOGY AND OUR FACILITIES
    Thanks to generous donations from several donors and school families, our regional Catholic school has received upgrades in our technology and facilities.   New Media Centers and computers were added to each school building.  A new laser engraver, new 3D printers, and new vinyl cutters were installed in the Science Lab to promote engineering studies.  Also, new flat screen monitors were added to each building to provide school info and community photos for everyone to see our daily life at CDTCA.  Thanks so very much to our generous donors!
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SIGN UP FOR A LIFE CHANGING LENT!
    The national program Dynamic Catholic and author Matthew Kelly invite you to have your Best Lent Ever.  Sign up here to receive a daily Lenten email and brief video that will help guide you to faith and happiness in the Lord!

SPRING BIBLE STUDY COMING SOON!
    Would you like to deepen your understanding of the Bible AND your spiritual connection to our common home, the Earth?   A Bible study about our Stewardship of the Earth will be held here for six Thursdays at 7:30pm beginning March 9.  The seminar materials donation is $20 per person.  Please contact Andy Bechman  (412-781-0186, ext. 18  OR  andybechman@saintscholastica.com) by March 1.


 Jesus calls us to love and serve all!
     As disciples of Jesus and Catholic Christians, we believe that God loves all people. The Lord has given life to us all and cares for us all. The Lord also invites all people to come to the fullness of divine life in God through Jesus and his Church. In turn, may we remember that the Lord calls us to love all others too!
 
     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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927

February 12, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Have you ever been annoyed by a law or a rule?  Whether it’s our traffic laws or the tax code or sports rules or state and national laws or even Executive Presidential Orders, there are plenty of occasions in our lives when we are frustrated with the rules and statutes that guide us and our actions.
    The same can also be true of our attitude toward the commandments and statutes of our faith.  From the time that Almighty God gave commandments to Adam & Eve, Noah, and Moses until the teachings given us by Jesus and the Church, many people question why we need laws and commandments for our lives, families, and Church. 
    However, when we take time to consider the need for and benefit of our laws and regulations, we can understand the value of our inheritance.  Left to ourselves, a lack of rules would result in chaos, anarchy, violence and mayhem. The commandments and laws given to us and enacted in our own time are meant to ensure good order and fairness and justice.
    May we appreciate and be grateful for the commands of the Lord and for all that these divine laws have provided for God’s people and for all the world.  God bless!              
                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato 

BISHOP ZUBIK’S ‘WHITE MASS’ TO CELEBRATE THE HEALTH CARE PROFESSION NEXT WEEK
    Next Sunday, February 19, at 12 Noon,  in Saint Paul Cathedral, Oakland,  Bishop David Zubik invites and welcomes all members of the Health Care Profession to join him for the annual ‘White Mass’ to honor all whose lives are dedicated to the healing and care of our community members and families.  A light reception will follow.  Visit www.cathmedpittsburgh.org for further information. 
 
2017 MOVES US CLOSER TO OUR NEW FUTURE
    We’re now closer to the reorganization of all parishes here in the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  For all of us, this project will be a challenge that will require a good deal of work and patience and understanding.   To keep the Church Alive and present here, this is absolutely necessary given the real decline of our region, our population, and the  participation of our members.  May the Lord be with us throughout this year in our work! 

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY AND SAINT VALENTINE’S DAY
    This February, most people think of Saint Valentine’s Day as the most popular day of the month—followed by Presidents Day.  For Christians throughout the world, this Sunday prior to Saint Valentine’s Day is celebrated as World Marriage Day to remind all Christians of the importance and blessings of married life.   
     At the heart of married life is the love of God for all his people as well as the love shared between husband and wife.  This World Marriage Day is a very good day for all married couples to recommit themselves to one another and to rekindle their love for one another.  May the Lord bless our married couples and your families today and every day!
 
ONE FINAL UPGRADE FOR THE CHOIR AREA
     As you’ve seen in recent months, the choir area of the sanctuary has been rearranged a bit.  The piano has been moved closer to the choir, and the cantor stand has been moved closer to the piano. 
    One final addition to the choir area will be a new brass railing for the safety of the choir members as they stand in and move around the upper level of the sanctuary.  This new safety railing should be installed in the coming weeks.    
    On the other side of the sanctuary, a similar brass railing will be added for reasons of safety.  There will also be a brass handrail (finally) added on both sides of the sanctuary steps to help the choir, Communion ministers, Lectors, and Priests ascend and descend the sanctuary steps.  Hopefully these upgrades will be of benefit to all in the sanctuary and to our Liturgy.
 
THE SEASON OF LENT BEGINS MARCH 1
   In two weeks, on Ash Wednesday, March 1, all Christians will begin the Season of Lent as a time of prayer and conversion in preparation for the celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter.  The goal is to be closer to the Lord and better Christian disciples come Easter Sunday. Make plans soon for the days of Lent!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS 

APPALACHIA TEAM CANDY SALE
    Our Appalachia Team still has a variety of Sarris chocolate bars available for purchase.  Each candy bar is $2, and your help supports the Mission Trip to West Virginia.  Thanks very much!

CCD Home Study check in—February 12, 8-9:00am.
Pet Therapy Session — February 14,  4:00--5:00pm.
Family House Meal — February 15,  4:15-6:45pm.
Youth Ski Trip — February 17, evening — 7 Springs.
Intersection Youth Bible Study—February 26, 10am in the Ministry Center.
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OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    In the coming weeks, we’ll begin our annual Parish Share Campaign to collect our required financial support of our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.  You’ll receive information in the mail by March 1.  Thanks very much for your generous support!

COME GET YOUR GIRL SCOUT COOKIES!
    During the weekend of February 25—26, our local Girl Scout Troop will be offering their Girl Scout cookies for sale after all our weekend Liturgies.  Your support of this local and national organization that benefits many young girls will be greatly appreciated.

A MARDI GRAS COFFEHOUSE
    On Sunday morning, February 26, our parish women’s Aquinas Guild will host a coffeehouse for parish members and families in the parish hall after our Sunday Liturgies.  Thanks to our Aquinas Guild for assembling these Mardi Gras socials before Lent begins.  Please be sure to join us on February 26.

SATURDAY, MARCH 4 “ON MISSION “ LENTEN REFLECTION GATHERINGS
    In 16 parish churches around the Diocese, on Saturday, March 4, from 9:00am until 12 noon, our Bishop and his staff will host Lenten Reflection and Prayer Gatherings to help prepare our church members for the upcoming On Mission changes in our diocesan church. 
    Locally, these sessions will be held at: Saint Bonaventure Church, Shaler;  Our Lady of Joy Parish, Plum;  Saint Alphonsus Parish, Wexford; and Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree.
    Please join other members of the Church for a morning of prayer and reflection in this important time!

A Mandated Reporter Training Session for church volunteers and parents will be at Saint Cyril Parish, North Side, Sunday, February 26, 12noon—3:00pm.  Email  cmurin@diopitt.org  to register.
 
Get a Spiritual Boost Online!   Here are two online resources that can give you a spiritual boost during the day.  Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition developed by St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a 3 minute daily prayer at www. loyolapress.com/3-minute-retreats-daily-online-prayer.
 
HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In February,  your donations of macaroni and cheese OR  pasta and sauce are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in the church entrance. 

SUPPORTING OUR LOCAL MEALS ON WHEELS
    For 42 years, our local Meals on Wheels has been providing meals and kindness to those who are elderly, disabled, and homebound in our local area.  If you’d like to support them as a volunteer, driver, helper, or donor, please call 412-820-8350 or visit www.aspinwallmealsonwheels.org.  Thank you!

Once again, thank you for helping   to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re very grateful that you care for your church property!

Join the Catholic Alumni Club for singles this year!  Visit www.cacpittsburgh.org for information!

CATHOLIC YOUTH THEATER IN ETNA
    All Saints Catholic Parish in Etna has begun a new Theater Program with their Youth Group, and everyone is welcome to their first presentation this coming February 17 and 18 at 7:00pm in their Activities Building.  They will present "A Lily in Winter" about the life of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.  The donation is $5, or $15 for an entire family.  Call 412-781-5183 for further information.
 
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, February 13
   8:30 am   Deceased Member of the Long Family  (Family)

Tuesday, February 14 — Saints Cyril and Methodius
   8:30 am   Living & Deceased Members of the Greif Family  (Marjorie Greif)

Wednesday, February 15
   8:30 am   Carol Shaughnessy  (Emma & Tarquino Ciummo)

Thursday, February 16
   8:30 am   Julia Byrne  (M. Griffith)

Friday, February 17 
   8:30 am   Barbara A. Finnerty  (Kathy Murray)

Saturday, February 18
   9:00am   Dianne Dice Powell   (Jean & Bill Eckert)
   
   5:00 pm   Walter Chojnicki  (Wife, Eva Chojnicki)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday February 19 — Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    7:30 am   Nicholas Powers   (Kathy Murray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    9:00 am   Dr. Yvonne Maher  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of February 12, 2017

Sunday: Sirach 15:15-20/Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34/1 Corinthians 2:6-10/Mt 5:17-37 or 5:20-22a, 27-28, 33-34a, 37

Monday: Genesis 4:1-15, 25/Psalm 50:1, 8, 16bc-17, 20-21/Mark 8:11-13

Tuesday: Genesis 6:5-8; 7:1-5, 10/Psalm 29:1a, 2, 3ac-4, 3b, 9c-10/Mark 8:14-21

Wednesday: Genesis 8:6-13, 20-22/Psalm 116:12-15, 18-19/Mark 8:22-26

Thursday: Genesis 9:1-13/Psalm 102:16-21, 29, 22-23/Mark 8:27-33

Friday: Genesis 11:1-9/Psalm 33:10-15/Mark 8:34--9:1

Saturday: Hebrews 11:1-7/Psalm 145:2-5, 10-11/Mark 9:2-13

Next Sunday: Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18/Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13/1 Corinthians 3:16-23/Mt 5:38-48 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned red or black beans;  canned soup with meat or beans;  boxed meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper);  and jelly.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.  Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also needed are men’s thermal long underwear (pants) in sizes L, XL, and XXL.  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 McCabe Brothers Funeral Home for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for more information.  
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA PTG ANNUAL BAKE SALE THIS WEEKEND,  FEBRUARY 11-12
    Our school PTG will hold their annual Saint Valentine’s Day Bake Sale THIS weekend, February 11-12, after each Liturgy in the main entrance of our church.  Please visit and enjoy the St. Valentines Day treats!

CDTCA CONTINUES TO RECEIVE UPGRADES IN OUR TECHNOLOGY AND OUR FACILITIES
    Thanks to generous donations from several donors and school families, our regional Catholic school has received upgrades in our technology and facilities.   New Media Centers and computers were added to each school building.  A new laser engraver, new 3D printers, and new vinyl cutters were installed in the Science Lab to promote engineering studies.  Also, new flat screen monitors were added to each building to provide school info and community photos for everyone to see our daily life at CDTCA.  Thanks so very much to our generous donors!

CONSIDER CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.  SCHEDULE A VISIT SOON!
    Our regional Catholic Academy is one of the finest Catholic K-8 elementary schools and pre-school programs in the Diocese.  Our student population remains strong with nearly 170 students in K-8, and our school will remain Pre-school to Eighth Grade for years to come!   CDTCA offers a comprehensive education in our Catholic faith and in all fields of study along with numerous sports and activities!
    If you’d like to enroll your child/ren or grandchild/ren, contact our school office (412-781-7927  OR by email here) to schedule a visit to our Academy!
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Jesus guides us through life!
     People spend a lot of time considering what decisions and choices to make. Too many people think they need to find their own way through life. Yet, in truth, the Lord Jesus gives us clear guidance in his teachings
throughout the Gospels and through the letters of the New Testament. May we know and follow his way!  

 
     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
Bruce Hassing

CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Principal
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927
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