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.
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 email@example.com 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!
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
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
CHRIST THE DIVINE TEACHER CATHOLIC ACADEMY
205 Brilliant Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Mr. Mark N. Grgurich, MSEd.................. (412)781-7927