April 2, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     The accounts of Jesus’ raising Lazarus and other individuals from the dead are not heard very often in the cycle of Sunday Gospel readings.  Yet when we do hear of these marvelous and amazing events, they hopefully remind us of the power of Almighty God and the power manifested in Jesus.
     Hopefully, these events of raising the dead also inspire in us the faith that Jesus truly is the Son of God. From the life of Jesus, we believe that God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit who created all life can also, with divine power, recreate all life according to the plan and the will of the Holy Trinity. 
     Jesus’ own Resurrection is our assurance that he loves humanity and will raise us up to everlasting life with him.  God bless!    
                                                                   —Father Jim Torquato

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    We’ve begun our 2017 Parish Share Campaign to collect and remit to our 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 this amount to support the Diocese and all Diocesan programs.
    You received 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 very helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much for your support!
 
MOVING FORWARD EVERY SUNDAY!
    At the request of our parish staff, all of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited to move forward in church for our Sunday Liturgy.
    The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where so much of “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should want to be as close as possible!  To stay away at a distance decreases our experience and our participation in the sacred proclamations and actions taking place in every Liturgy. 
    Likewise, we’d like to create even more the sense that we are gathered as a community of disciples at prayer. 
    It’s good that family members draw close together at gatherings, and it’s good that they take part in family life.  The same is true of our Liturgy.  It’s important that we draw close to Jesus and one another and that we participate fully.  Please consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!
 
PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US DURING HOLY WEEK!
    During Holy Week, the Church celebrates very solemn and meaningful remembrances of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus and his final days before his death on the Cross and his Resurrection.    
     Plenty of seats will be available for you and your family!   Please join us on the important days of Palm Sunday, Monday’s evening Tenebrae Service on April 10 at 7:30pm, our Holy Thursday Liturgy at 7:30pm, our Good Friday services at 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 7:00pm, as well as our Sacred Easter Vigil at 8:30pm on April 15, and our April 16 Easter Sunday Liturgies at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 11:00am!  Plan now to join us throughout Holy Week.  You and the Lord will be glad that you did

OUR NEW ‘ON MISSION’ TIMELINE
    After receiving feedback from across the Diocese over the past six months, Bishop Zubik announced last week in all our Vicariate clergy meetings that our ’On Mission’ process and program will be slowed down at this point.  Instead of completing the process in October 2018, we will all be given three more years to complete our parish mergers. 
    At this point, we know that Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish (O’Hara Twp.), and Saint Juan Diego Parish (Sharpsburg) will be combined in our local merger.  There is still an open question as to whether the fourth will be All Saints Parish (Etna)  OR  Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Parish (Blawnox).  
    Our local group of parishes to be consolidated will finally be announced in the week after Easter 2017.  Then in March 2018, all the priest assignments will be announced for every grouping of parishes within the Diocese.  All these priest assignments will go into effect in October 2018, and at that same time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.  
    For the most part, each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.   The final work of consolidating multiple parishes into a single parish with a primary church and 1-2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed for most of the Diocese in October 2021.  The most populous  parishes of the Diocese may receive up to two more years to complete their merger. 
    Yes, Bishop Zubik is doing his best for our Diocese of Pittsburgh given the ongoing and significant decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

WELCOME TO OUR CCD PARENTS AND FAMILIES TODAY
    Several times during each Catechetical Year, we invite our CCD parents and families to come to the church together and join us for the Sunday Liturgy.  Today is one of these Sundays, and so we welcome all our CCD parents and families to the 9:00am Liturgy this Sunday.  Thank you for joining us in prayer and worship.  A potluck brunch will be held in the school cafeteria after the Liturgy.  Please join us!

APPALACHIA LENTEN DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Our Appalachia Team depends on fundraising and your generosity to fund their visit to southern West Virginia for their Mission Trip.  This Lent, our Team is asking your financial donations and support so that they might return again for this June Mission week of witness, catechesis, and service.
    If you’d like to make a Lenten donation toward this important effort, you’ll find envelopes in the main church entrance with donation amounts suggested on each envelope.  Please place donations in the parish office or in the Sunday collection before Easter Sunday, April 16.   Thank you very much for your generosity and your support!

Pet Therapy—Tuesday, April 4 at 4:00pm at the Aspinwall Veterans Administration Hospital.

Produce to People service work — Saturday, April 8 at the Community Food Bank.  Meet here at 8:30am.
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THE RITE OF CONTINUING CONVERSION
    Miss Alysa Wright of our parish community joined hundreds of other adults and children to celebrate the Rite of Continuing Conversion with Bishop David Zubik several weeks ago at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland.  Like the other participants, Alysa is a baptized Christian who will soon be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church on May 7 at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Please keep Alysa and all those entering the Church in your prayers during these days.

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23
    On Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm—7:00pm, in the school cafeteria,  an Appalachia Mission Team Spaghetti Dinner will be held!   Come for dinner and support this important parish effort!   If you can’t go to Appalachia, join us for dinner to do your part!
 
SUPPORT THE GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND NOW AND ON APRIL 14
    Every Good Friday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks all Catholic Christians throughout the world to offer our generous support for the Catholic community in the Holy Land of Jerusalem and Israel. 
    Our fellow Catholic Christians in the land of Jesus need our support to help them remain there despite the challenges.  We can also do much to help them educate and catechize the next generations of Catholic Christians there.  Please support the life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived!

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

‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Now 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 pre-born lives!

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 help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!

Thank you for helping us 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, April 3
   8:30 am   Robert Boley, birthday  (Children)

Tuesday, April 4 — Saint Isidore of Seville, bishop
   8:30 am   Gennaro Zullo   (Pina LeDonne & Family)

Wednesday, April 5 — Saint Vincent Ferrer, priest
   8:30 am   Donald & Helen Vincent  (Thomas D. Maher, Jr.)

Thursday, April 6
   8:30 am   Audrey Berardini   (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Friday, April 7 — Saint John Baptist de la Salle, priest
   8:30 am   Lawrence D. Ellis, MD  (Kathy Murray)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, April 8
   9:00 am   Dr. Thomas Tamburo, birthday  (Evelyn Conflenti)
   5:00 pm   Katherine Arturo, birthday   (Renee Arturo Kleiner)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, April 9 — Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
   7:30 am   Tom & Alice Kotchey   (The Strahler Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Living & Deceased Members of the Greif Family  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of April 2, 2017

Sunday: Ezekiel 37:12-14/Psalm 130:1-8/Romans 8:8-11/John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45

Monday: Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41c-62/Psalm 23:1-6/John 8:1-11

Tuesday: Numbers 21:4-9/Psalm 102:2-3, 16-21/John 8:21-30

Wednesday: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Daniel 3:52-56/John 8:31-42

Thursday: Genesis 17:3-9/Psalm 105:4-9/John 8:51-59

Friday: Jeremiah 20:10-13/Psalm 18:2-7/John 10:31-42

Saturday: Ezekiel 37:21-28/Jeremiah 31:10-12abcd, 13/John 11:45-56

Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion: Matthew 21:1-11/Isaiah 50:4-7/Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24/Philippians 2:6-11/Matthew 26:14--27:66 or 27:11-54

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned beans;  canned vegetables;  canned soup with pull-tab lids; and cereal.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
    Also, on Palm Sunday, April 9, an Easter Egg Hunt for disadvantaged children will be held on the North Side.  Donations of new or gently used stuffed animals are welcome before April 7.
    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 Patsy Welsh Ford of Howard Hanna Realty for being a sponsor.   Please see her bulletin advertisement for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, 3-4 year old pre-school through eighth grade!   Call the school soon for information and a visit and tour of our very fine regional Catholic elementary school!   You’ll be glad you did!

CDTCA ON BREAK DURING HOLY WEEK
    As scheduled by the Fox Chapel School District for all their schools, our own regional Catholic elementary school—Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy—will have a week long Spring break during Holy Week, April 9-17.  
   Please contact our school office THIS WEEK if you’d like to register your child/ren for the 2017-2018 school year.  Classes will resume and the school office will be open again on Tuesday, April 18. 
    Best wishes to all our CDTCA community for a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection!   God bless!

You may order retail certificates in time for Easter by submitting your order form to the school office before April 6. Forms are in the church, or call the office.
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THE SAINT MONICA SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU
    The Saint Monica Society of our parish meets monthly to pray for those who have drifted from the Church and to continue contact with those in assisted living and nursing homes.  Join them on the first Saturday of each month at 9:40am in the parish hall.  For info, call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) this month.

A SPECIAL REQUEST TO HELP INFANTS
   Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon is working to assist local young mothers in need.  Six infants need your care and goodness—including a set of three newborn, triplet girls.  If you can be of assistance with baby items (cribs, clothes, blankets, diapers, baby furniture), please contact Mary Catherine (412-781-6550) before Easter.  Your help is greatly appreciated and needed as well.  Thank you very much! 

Jesus brings the dead to life!
Since humanity’s Fall from the grace and life of God, death has been an unfortunate reality for human beings. We would rather live on than be subject to the pain, sadness, and termination that comes with death. In Jesus, we now have our great hope that we will be raised from the dead to a new and everlasting life!    

  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

March 26, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Are there blind spots in your vision?   All of us who still have clear eyesight presume that we can and do see all things clearly in our lives.  Yet, in reality, many people have blind spots where they do not see their shortcomings or their faults or their sins.  Many think that all is well with their lives when, in fact, they need the light and grace of the Lord Jesus to show them where they are not seeing clearly.
    Just as the man born blind in today’s Gospel passage wanted Jesus to restore and heal his vision, so too should we ask Jesus to open our eyes and help us see ourselves clearly and honestly this Lent.  We may assume that we’re perfect disciples, even saints.  Instead, we should ask Jesus to show us clearly where we need improvements to become the holy, humble, charitable, and respectful Catholic Christians that he calls us to be.  God bless!                                         
                                                                               —Father Jim Torquato    

OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    We’ve begun 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 this amount to support the Diocese and all Diocesan programs.
    You received 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 very helpful and much appreciated.
    All funds received beyond our $69,950 goal will remain with our parish for our own operating budget.  Thank you very much for your support!
 
This Sunday, March 25-26, our annual Campaign for Human Development will be held to help lift our fellow Catholics out of poverty in our nation.

LENTEN MEAL AND PRAYER FOR HAITI
    All parish members and families and friends are welcome to a soup and bread dinner and prayer service on Wednesday, March 29, in the parish hall.  The meal will begin at 6:30pm, and the prayer service at 7:30pm.  
    During this evening, we’ll reflect on the seven Corporal (Physical) Works of Mercy and how they relate to us and to the people of Haiti.  Please plan to join us!  This event is sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee. 

MOVING FORWARD THIS SUNDAY!
    At the request of our parish staff, all of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited and welcome to move forward in the church for our Sunday Liturgy.
    The pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where so much of “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should want to be as close as possible!  To stay away at a distance decreases our experience and our participation in the sacred proclamations and actions taking place in every Liturgy. 
    Likewise, we’d like to create even more the sense that we are gathered as a community of disciples at prayer and NOT simply as a group of spectators here to "see what's happening.”
    It’s good that family members draw close together at gatherings, and it’s good that they take part in family life.  The same is true of our Liturgy.  It’s important that we draw close to Jesus and one another and that we participate fully.  Please consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!

PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US DURING HOLY WEEK!
    Each year during Holy Week, the Church every where celebrates very solemn and meaningful remembrances of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus and his final days before his death on the Cross and his Resurrection.    
    At each celebration, there are plenty of open seats in our parish church.  Many of these places were once occupied by church members who are now in their 80’s or 90’s and older — or who have now gone home to God.
    These seats are now available for you and your family!   Please join us on the important days of Palm Sunday, Monday’s evening Tenebrae Service on April 10 at 7:30pm, our Holy Thursday Liturgy at 7:30pm, our Good Friday services at 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 7:00pm, as well as our Sacred Easter Vigil at 8:30pm on April 15, and our April 16 Easter Sunday Liturgies at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 11:00am!
    Plan now to join us throughout Holy Week.  You and the Lord will be glad that you did!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA LENTEN DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Our Appalachia Team depends on fundraising and your generosity to fund their visit to southern West Virginia for their Mission Trip.  This Lent, our Team is asking your financial donations and support so that they might return again for this June Mission week of witness, catechesis, and service.
    If you’d like to make a Lenten donation toward this important effort, you’ll find envelopes in the main church entrance with donation amounts suggested on each envelope.  Please place donations in the parish office or in the Sunday collection before Easter Sunday, April 16.   Thank you very much for your generosity and your support!

Pet Therapy—Tuesday, April 4, at 4:00pm at the Aspinwall Veterans Administration Hospital.
Produce to People service work — Saturday, April 8, at the Community Food Bank.  Meet here at 8:30am.

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23
    Join us next month on Sunday, April 23, 4:00pm—7:00pm, in the school cafeteria for our annual Appalachia Mission Team Spaghetti Dinner!   Come for a fine dinner and support this important parish effort!   If you can’t go to Appalachia to serve the poor and those in need, join us for dinner to do your part!
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS
   Join fellow parish members each Lenten Friday.  Women’s Stations of the Cross —12 noon.  Parish Stations of the Cross — 7:00pm.  All are welcome!

Young men in college and graduates considering a vocation to the ministerial priesthood are welcome to dinner and the movie Hacksaw Ridge on April 6, 6:30pm at St. Paul Seminary. Email tsullivan@diopitt.org for information and to reserve a seat.

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 help, we’ll always remain the Church Alive!
 
SUPPORT THE GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND NOW AND ON APRIL 14
    Every Good Friday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks all Catholic Christians throughout the world to offer our generous support for the Catholic community in the Holy Land of Jerusalem and Israel. 
    Our fellow Catholic Christians in the land of Jesus need our support to help them remain there despite the challenges.  We can also do much to help them educate and catechize the next generations of Catholic Christians there.  Please support the life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
    All expectant and new parents are invited and welcome to our Baptism Preparation Session in the Ministry Center Library this Monday, March 27, at 7:30pm.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Ceremony.  Contact the parish office to register.  The next session will be May 8.

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. 

‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Now 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 pre-born lives!

DO YOU NEED A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT?
    This Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00pm, staff from the Diocesan Tribunal will offer a seminar in the Saint Paul Cathedral social hall.  Come and learn about beginning the nullity process after your divorce.
 
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, March 27
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Tuesday, March 28
   8:30 am   Robert Dean Henry   (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, March 29
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra  (The Sbarra Family)

Thursday, March 30
   8:30 am   Mary S. Rees, birthday   (daughter, Peggy Santelli)

Friday, March 31
   8:30 am   Lillian & Chuck Cochran   (Jean & Bill Eckert)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, April 1
   9:00 am   Connie Certo   (Aunt Jo & Aunt Natalie)
   5:00 pm   Gino Marsico, birthday  (wife, Rita Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday April 2 — Fifth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Bradley Cone  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
    9:00 am   Sr. Pat Baker—Blessings & continued health  (Carole & Jer Werries)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of March 26, 2017

Sunday: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Psalm 23:1-6/Eph 5:8-14/John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

Monday: Isaiah 65:17-21/Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-12a, 13b/John 4:43-54

Tuesday: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12/Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9/John 5:1-16

Wednesday: Isaiah 49:8-15/Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-15, 17-18/John 5:17-30

Thursday: Exodus 32:7-14/Psalm 106:19-23/John 5:31-47

Friday: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22/Psalm 34:17-21, 23/John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Saturday: Jeremiah 11:18-20/Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-12/John 7:40-53

Next Sunday: Ezekiel 37:12-14/Psalm 130:1-8/Romans 8:8-11/John 11:1-45 or 11:3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned red or black or baked beans,  canned vegetables, canned soup with pull-tab lids,small bottles of cooking oil, and macaroni and cheese.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy transport.   Gray bins are in the church entrance.  
    This group does an annual Easter egg hunt for children.  They request donations of new or gently used stuffed animals of any size.  These donations can be left in the gray bins (in plastic bags if possible).
    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 the Thomas M. Smith Funeral Home in Blawnox for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY! 

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year!  Call the school soon for info.

Many thanks are extended to all our families and members who joined us for the recent Night at the Races and our Lenten Fish Fry.  These events were both very successful.  Thanks for your support!

MARCH 27 LENTEN FAMILY EVENING
    Plan now to attend a special Lenten evening for families of our parish and school communities this March 27 from 6:30pm—8:00pm in the parish hall.  There will be family activities and time together!   We’ll also be assembling boxes of items for the homeless.
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THE SAINT MONICA SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU
    The Saint Monica Society of our parish meets monthly to pray for those who have drifted from the Church and to continue contact with those in assisted living and nursing homes.  Join them on Saturday, April 1, at 9:40am in the parish hall.  For info, call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) today.

A SPECIAL REQUEST TO HELP INFANTS
   Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon is working to assist local young mothers in need.  Six infants need your care and goodness—including a set of three newborn, triplet girls.  If you can be of assistance with
baby items (cribs ,clothes, blankets, diapers, baby furniture), please contact Mary Catherine (412-781-6550) before Easter.  Your help is greatly appreciated and needed as well.  Thank you very much!

A NEW PROGRAM CALLED ‘VISIO DIVINA’
     This Sunday, March 26, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, in the parish hall,  Mr. Andy Bechman will expand on the program of Lectio Divina (‘Divine Reading’) with the spiritual program of Visio Divina  (Divine Seeing).  You’ll be looking for inspiring images.   Bring a digital camera or smartphone camera. 
    You’ll take time to find images that inspire.   In the hall, you’ll share your photos and use them to pray.  There is  NO FEE for this program!

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

Draw ever closer to the Lord this Lent!

Jesus can open our eyes!
   Many Christians have forgotten all that Jesus has done for us and all that he can and will do for us. Among the many blessings that Jesus offers to his disciples are the gifts of light and sight and vision. Jesus shows us the love of God, the truth of our world, and the path to salvation. Look to him with open eyes!

     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

March 19, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    We’ve all probably seen the greeting cards which read  “A true friend is someone who knows all your flaws but still loves you!”   We all have our flaws and failings, but hopefully we all have family members and close friends who indeed love us nonetheless.
    As we see depicted in today’s account from the Gospel according to John, those who witnessed Jesus’ life and ministry saw that Jesus does, in fact, know everything about each of us.  As the Son of God, Jesus knows all and sees all.  He knew all about the Samaritan woman.  Nothing about her life was hidden from Jesus.
    Yet, he still showed care and concern and love for her.  What an act of kindness on his part as he called her to a new life and assured her of the love of God for her.  May we keep in mind that Jesus knows all about us, and still he loves each one of us very, very much.  God bless!
                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

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 this amount to support the Diocese.
    As we’ve done for the past 40 years, you received 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.  Thank you very much for your support!
 
Next Sunday, March 25-26, our annual Campaign for Human Development will be held to help lift our fellow Catholics out of poverty in our nation.

ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    This Sunday afternoon, Miss Alysa Wright will travel to Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland for a ceremony called the “Rite of Election and the Call to Continuing Conversion” celebrated by Bishop David Zubik.  Alysa was baptized as a child in the Presbyterian church.  She has now decided that she would like to enter the Catholic Church.  She has been working with our RCIA Team since June to prepare.  Her sponsor is her fiancé, Mr. Dino Cilenti.
    As a baptized Christian, Alysa can be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church on an appropriate Sunday Liturgy.  She will make a Profession of Faith, be Confirmed, and then join us at the Eucharistic Table of the Lord.  He reception into the Church will take place on Sunday, May 7.  Please pray for Alysa as she prepares to join our Catholic community!
 
LENTEN MEAL AND PRAYER FOR HAITI
    All parish members and families and friends are welcome to a soup and bread dinner and prayer service on Wednesday, March 29 in the parish hall.  The meal will begin at 6:30pm, and the prayer service at 7:30pm.  During this evening, we’ll reflect on the seven Corporal (Physical) Works of Mercy and how they relate to us and to the people of Haiti.  Please see the bulletin insert today and plan to join us!  This event is sponsored by our Hope for Haiti Committee.

     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!

    Bringing others to Jesus is what On Mission is all about in these years and in the years ahead according to Bishop David Zubik!   In the Gospel today, the woman at the well brought her entire town to the Lord.  She had a mission, and so do we.  How can we share the love of Jesus with others so they will be drawn to the Lord and bring others along with them?   Visit  OnMissionChurchAlive.org  this week!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER
    Join us NEXT Sunday, March 26, 4:00pm—7:00pm in the school cafeteria for our annual Appalachia Mission Team Spaghetti Dinner! Come for a fine dinner and support this important parish effort!

APPALACHIA LENTEN DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Our Appalachia Team depends on fundraising and your generosity to fund their visit to southern West Virginia for their Mission Trip.  This Lent, our Team is asking your financial donations and support so that they might return again for this June Mission week of witness, catechesis, and service.
    If you’d like to make a Lenten donation toward this important effort, you’ll find envelopes in the main church entrance with donation amounts suggested on each envelope.  Please place donations in the parish office or in the Sunday collection before Easter Sunday, April 16.   Thank you very much for your generosity and your support!

Family House Visit and Meal — Wed., March 22, 4:15—6:30pm.  Meet at the Ministry Center.
Intersection Bible Study for students in grades 8-12 — March 26, 10-11am, Ministry Center.
High School 24 hour Food Fast — March 24-25. Prayer, fasting, service, and community building.
Pet Therapy—Tuesday, April 4 at 4:00pm at the Aspinwall Veterans Administration Hospital.
Produce to People — Saturday, April 8 at the Community Food Bank.  Meet here at 8:30am.
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STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS
   Join fellow parish members each Lenten Friday.  Women’s Stations of the Cross —12 noon.  Parish Stations of the Cross — 7:00pm.  All are welcome!

SPRING BIBLE STUDY DURING LENT
    Would you like to deepen your understanding of the Bible  AND  your spiritual connection to our common home, the Earth?   A Bible study about Stewardship of the Earth will be held here on Thursdays at 7:30pm this Lent .  The seminar materials donation is $20 per person.  Please contact Andy Bechman  (412-781-0186, ext. 18).

Young men in college and graduates considering a vocation to the ministerial priesthood are welcome to dinner and the movie Hacksaw Ridge on April 6, 6:30pm at St. Paul Seminary. Email tsullivan@diopitt.org for information and to reserve a seat.

SUPPORT THE GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND NOW AND ON APRIL 14
    Every Good Friday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks all Catholic Christians throughout the world to offer our generous support for the Catholic community in the Holy Land of Jerusalem and Israel. 
    Our fellow Catholic Christians in the land of Jesus need our support to help them remain there despite the challenges.  We can also do much to help them educate and catechize the next generations of Catholic Christians there.  Please support the life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SEMINAR
    All expectant and new parents are invited and welcome to our Baptism Preparation Session in the Ministry Center Library on Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm.  Come learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Ceremony.  Contact the parish office to register.  The next session will be May 8.

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. 

‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Now 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 pre-born lives!

DO YOU NEED A MARRIAGE ANNULMENT?
    On Tuesday, March 28, at 7:00pm, staff from the Diocesan Tribunal will offer a seminar in the Saint Paul Cathedral social hall.  Come and learn about beginning the nullity process after your divorce.
 
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, March 20 — Saint Joseph, spouse of Mary
   8:30 am   Jane Souser  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Tuesday, March 21
   8:30 am   Hattie Komorowski  (Family)

Wednesday, March 22
   8:30 am   Ruth Donnelly Egler  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, March 23 — Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo
   8:30 am   Jane Souser   (The Georgine Veltri Family)

Friday, March 24
   8:30 am   Jim Gismondi   (Drs. Lawrence & Martha John)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 25 — Annunciation of the Lord
   9:00 am   Connie Certo   (Tish Marsico)
   3:00 pm   Wedding of Anthony J. Smith and Amanda P. Hartle
   5:00 pm   Dianne Powell (Rose & Larry Kenny)  
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday March 26 — Fourth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Nick Powers  (Karen Powers)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Carmen J. Torockio   (Drs. Lawrence & Martha John)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 19, 2017

Sunday: Exodus 17:3-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/Rom 5:1-2, 5-8/John 4:5-42 or 4:5-15, 19b-26, 39a, 40-42

Monday: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29/Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22/Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a

Tuesday: Daniel 3:25, 34-43/Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6, 7bc, 8-9/Matthew 18:21-35

Wednesday: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9/Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Matthew 5:17-19

Thursday: Jeremiah 7:23-28/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-9/Luke 11:14-23

Friday: Hosea 14:2-10/Psalm 81:6c-11ab, 14, 17/Mark 12:28-34

Saturday: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10/Psalm 40:3-4, 18-21ab/Hebrews 10:4-10/Luke 1:26-38

Next Sunday: 1 Samuel 16:1b, 6-7, 10-13a/Psalm 23:1-6/Ephesians 5:8-14/John 9:1-41 or 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned beans, canned soup with pull-tab lids, canned vegetables, small bottles of cooking oil, and macaroni and cheese.  [Note: This list is more current than the print bulletin.] 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 J&S Transmission Specialists, Inc. for being a sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year!  Call the school soon for info.

Our Second Grade students have been preparing for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist.  Our Third and Fourth Grade girls have been doing very well in our basketball developmental program.  Our Seventh and Eighth Grade students spent a day at the Carnegie Science Center with visits to the SportsWorks Center and the submarine Requin.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR TEAMS!
    Congratulations to all our CDTCA Panther basketball teams.  Each team had a very good season and did well in the playoffs and tournaments.  Congrats!

MARCH 24 LENTEN FISH FRY
    On Friday, March 24, Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will hold its one Lenten Fish Fry in the school cafeteria. 
    Information flyers and CDTCA return boxes are in the main church entrance,  OR return forms to the school office!  Take out lunch will be available, and dinner is dine in or take out.  Come join us for this event  coordinated by the Athletic Association.
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MARCH 27 LENTEN FAMILY EVENING
    Plan now to attend a special Lenten evening for families of our parish and school communities this March 27 from 6:30pm—8:00pm in the parish hall.  There will be family activities and time together!   We’ll also be assembling boxes of items for the homeless.

A NEW PROGRAM CALLED ‘VISIO DIVINA’
     Next Sunday, March 26, from 2:00pm until 4:00pm, in the parish hall,  Mr. Andy Bechman will expand on the program of Lectio Divina (‘Divine Reading’) with the spiritual program of Visio Divina  (Divine Seeing).  You’ll be looking for inspiring images.   Bring a digital camera or smartphone camera. 
    After an introduction, you’ll take time (indoors and outdoors)  to find sights that inspire and then take photos.  Back in the hall, you’ll share your photos and use them in small groups to pray.  What a new and inspiring form of prayer!  Register with Andy Bechman at andybechman@saintscholastica.com or call 412-781-0186, ext.18.  NO FEE for this program!
  
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!

Jesus invites us to drink deeply!
     Whenever something good takes place, we want it to continue. Whenever we’re thirsty and get a drink of water, we want to keep drinking water. Whenever we have an experience of God, we want more and more of this divine encounter. Jesus will give us his life each and every day. May we receive all that he has to give us!
 
     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