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