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