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