March 5, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Even though the Kingdom of God has grown in our world during the past 2000 years, there is still a real and strong presence of evil and sin in our world.  I’m sure we all know this from the news we hear and from our own personal experiences.
    However, this doesn’t mean that we should become involved in the sin and evil of this world.  We are called to rise above sin and evil and instead truly be people of God in every way!  We should keep in mind that sin and evil only bring harm and sadness into our lives and into our families.
    Like Jesus, we do well to avoid all the many temptations that enter into our lives.  They don’t lead to happiness and thrills but instead to darkness and destruction.  As we begin this season of Lent, may we first resolve to avoid temptation and sin and evil.  May we make every effort with the Holy Spirit’s help to remain true to God and to always be true to the Lord.  God bless!                       
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
    Thank you to all our parish members and families who support our parish community and operations.  Every parish and every Diocese exists thanks to the grace of God and the participation and financial support of the Lord’s disciples within each local Church.  Without your support, the Church would find it difficult to exist.  There’s NO source of funding except for the funding provided by you!
    Each Sunday and every year, our contributors and our participants keep our local parish and Church Alive!  Please know how grateful our pastor, staff, and entire community are for your faith, your goodness, and your support.  God bless you!
 
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!

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.   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!

THREE HOURS FOR RECONCILIATION ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15, 6:00-9:00PM
    On Wednesday, March 15, from 6:00pm until 9:00pm, every parish in the Diocese will make the Sacrament of Reconciliation available for parish members and families.  Please make use of this opportunity to receive the Lord’s sacramental mercy and forgiveness, especially if it’s been a long time!  Prepare in advance — examine your conscience!

THE SEASON OF LENT
     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 now 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

PREPARING FOR FIRST RECONCILIATION AND FIRST EUCHARIST
    This coming Saturday, March 11, our Second Grade students of both our CDTCA regional school and our parish Religious Education program will celebrate their First Reconciliation.  Then in the Easter Season, they will celebrate their First Eucharist.  Please keep them all in your prayers!

PREPARING FOR THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION
    Our Eighth Grade students are preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation that will be celebrated here by Bishop David Zubik on Sunday, May 21.  Thank you for supporting them and guiding them as they take this important step into Christian discipleship!

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!
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PARISH STATIONS OF THE CROSS ON FRIDAYS
    All members and families of our parish are invited and welcome to join us for the Lenten Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7:00pm in the church.

WOMEN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS LENT
    Every Friday this Lent, our Aquinas women’s Guild invites all the women to their Stations of the Cross at 12 noon in the church.  This year will feature “Mary’s Way of the Cross” which sees the Stations through the eyes of our Blessed Mother Mary.  Please join us!

SPRING BIBLE STUDY ON MARCH 9
    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).

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 at www.DynamicCatholic.com/bestlentever to receive a daily Lenten email and brief video that will help guide you to faith and happiness in the Lord!
 
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 Catholics 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.  May we all help to support the presence and life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived and where he died and rose again!

Get a Spiritual Boost Online!   Two online sites can give you a spiritual boost.   Visit  www.sacredspace.ie  from the Irish Jesuits for some prayer in the Jesuit tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola.   Also, the Jesuits’ Loyola Press offers a "3-minute retreat" daily prayer here.

‘40 DAYS FOR LIFE’ TO SAVE THE PRE-BORN
    Beginning March 1 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 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.

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. 

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, March 6
   8:30 am   Msgr. Donald Kraus  (Jo & Natalie Certo)

Tuesday, March 7 — Saints Perpetua and Felicity
   8:30 am   Theresa Noe  (Patricia Noe Kennedy)

Wednesday, March 8 — Saint John of God
   8:30 am   Betty Kost, birthday  (May Ann Nicholas)

Thursday, March 9 — Saint Francis of Rome
   8:30 am   Denise Donnelly   (The Donnelly Family)

Friday, March 10
   8:30 am   Yvonne Maher  (Kathy Murray)
   12:00 noon   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 11
   9:00 am   Katie Turiak Butler  (The Gonzalez Family)
   5:00 pm   George Daily  (The Daily Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday March 12 — Second Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   9:00 am   Richard Cullinan  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Marion Bihrle  (The Ogren Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of March 5, 2017

Sunday: Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7/Psalm 51:3-6, 12-13, 17/Romans 5:12-19 or 5:12, 17-19/Matthew 4:1-11

Monday: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18/Psalm 19:8-10, 15/Matthew 25:31-46

Tuesday: Isaiah 55:10-11/Psalm 34:4-7, 16-19/Matthew 6:7-15

Wednesday: Jonah 3:1-10/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19/Luke 11:29-32

Thursday: Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25/Psalm 138:1-3, 7c-8/Matthew 7:7-12

Friday: Ezra 18:21-28/Psalm 130:1-8/Matthew 5:20-26

Saturday: Deuteronomy 26:16-19/Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8/Matthew 5:43-48

Next Sunday: Genesis 12:1-4a/Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22/2 Timothy 1:8b-10/Matthew 17:1-9  

TIME CHANGE NEXT WEEKEND!
    Please make certain to adjust your clock forward by one hour next Saturday evening, March 11.  It’s time for daylight savings time once again.  Enjoy!

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned vegetables, canned red or black beans;  canned soup with meat or beans in pull tab cans;  boxed meal mixes (like Hamburger Helper);  and macaroni and cheese.  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 The Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Company for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement, and thank them all for their goodness to our parish community!

 

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, and also support our regional Catholic elementary school!  Complete with horse races and table games and raffles and other fun, you can continue to keep CDTCA vital and strong now and in the years ahead! Contact our school office (412-781-7927) for tickets, information, and for info about sponsoring races or contributing to this special event!  Come join us!
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Several prayer booklets for Lent are available at the church entrances!  Get your copy or copies while they last,  and make good use of them during Lent!

A NEW PROGRAM CALLED ‘VISIO DIVINA’
    On 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 introductory presentation, we’ll take some reflective time apart (indoors and outdoors if the weather permits)  to find sights that attract us and then take photos of them.  Gathering again in the hall, we’ll share our photos and use them in small groups to pray.  What a new and inspiring prayer time!
    Please register with Andy Bechman this week at andybechman@saintscholastica.com or call 412-781-0186, ext. 18.  There is NO fee for this program!

A LITURGY FOR THOSE DISABLED
    On Saturday evening, March 11, at the 5:00pm Liturgy, our respect Life Committee will again host the Deaf Choir from Saint Mary Parish in Mount Washington.  They’re reaching out to the community and to those with disabilities to help us be informed and be more accepting of all people!
 
     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