April 30, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
Alleluia!  Best wishes for a joyful Easter Season!

    Following his glorious Resurrection, Jesus spent time with his Apostles and disciples for 40 days in order to assure them of his new life and to begin the life of his Church through his followers and the Holy Spirit.   Jesus gave these wonderful gifts of time and company and instruction to his disciples and to the entire Church!
    Likewise, for 40 days we now remember the time the Lord shared with Peter and the Apostles and all his disciples.   We read the accounts in the Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles and celebrate this joyful Easter Season of the Resurrection during these days before the Ascension of Jesus and then during the 10 days leading to the great event of Pentecost Sunday and the reception of the Holy Spirit.
    For a total of 90 days  (from Ash Wednesday through Pentecost Sunday),  our attention and our faith are directed toward the death and the Resurrection of the Lord.  May everyday of the year and every day of our lives be filled with faith in the death and the Resurrection of Jesus which are at the heart of our Christian faith and of our hope for Christian life.  God bless!      
                                                                                    —Father Jim Torquato
    
OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our 2017 Parish Share Campaign is taking place now to collect and remit to our Catholic Diocese our support for this year.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before January 2018.  This amount supports the operating budget and work and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and 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!
    All of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.
As you know, the pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should want to be as close as possible!  
    Likewise, we’d like to create the sense that we are gathered together with one another as a community of disciples at prayer!  It’s good when family members draw close together.  The same is true of our Liturgy.  It’s important that we draw close to Jesus and one another.  Please consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS!
    This Easter Season, our Second Grade students and their families are celebrating First Eucharist.  This is the first time that our young students are sharing in the Lord’s Supper.  Hopefully, like all Catholic Christians, they will receive the life of the Lord thousands of times during the Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies in which they and their parents and families participate throughout all the years ahead.
    Then, on May 21, our Eighth Grade students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop David Zubik.  Our congratulations go to all these students and their parents and families and teachers.  May the Lord bless you and keep you close to himself!
 
ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    Next Sunday, May 7, at the 9:00am Liturgy, Miss Alysa Wright will be received into Full Communion with the Catholic Church.  Already a baptized Christian, Alysa will make a Profession of Faith, receive Confirmation, and then join us at the table of the Lord.  Please pray for Alysa and her sponsor (and fiancé), Mr. Dino Cilenti, as they approach this joyful event!

OUR NEW ‘ON MISSION’ TIMELINE
    Bishop Zubik has announced that our ’On Mission’ process will be slowed down.  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 be announced very soon.  Then in March 2018, all the priest assignments will be announced.  All these priest assignments will begin 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

HELPING BISHOP ZUBIK AND THE DINNER FOR CATHOLIC CHARITIES ON MAY 19
    The students of our parish Youth Ministry are being given the opportunity to assist Bishop David Zubik and our Diocesan Catholic Charities before and during their annual fundraising dinner at the Westin Convention Center Hotel on Friday, May 19.  Our set up work will begin at 4:00pm.  For those available during the evening, volunteer assistance will be needed with a variety of duties until 9:30pm.  Please contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon here either today or tomorrow, May 1, at the latest!

REGISTER THIS MONTH FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THIS JUNE 12-16
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School.  The donation before May 1 is $15 per child. After May 1, the donation is $25 per child.  A third child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in the church entrances!

STUDENT HELP NEEDED FOR OUR JUNE VBS
    High School and Junior High School students are needed and most welcome to assist with our June 12-16 Vacation Bible School, 8:30am-12:15pm each day.  You can lead groups, tell stories, prep food, help with crafts and AV, and do other tasks.  Come to the ministry center for a meeting on May 9 at 7:00pm to begin preparing.  Reply to Mrs. Dillon now here.
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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. 

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST AND TALK FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    On Saturday morning, May 13, from 9:00am—12:00pm, the Magnificat Breakfast and talk will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel  (401 Holiday Drive)  in Green Tree.  All women are welcome to gather for prayer, breakfast, and a talk by Irene Carubia of Morgantown, WV.   Tickets are $23.  Call Pam  (412-461-8906)  before May 1 for reservations.  

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!

SPRING CLEANING FOR CHARITY!
    If you’re doing Spring cleaning in your home, please consider donating all your unneeded items to our local Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  The local SVdP store (900 Main Street) in Sharpsburg is accepting clothing, toys, shoes, purses, household items, and some furniture.  Your charity can help many families and individuals in our local area.
 
BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION IN MAY
    A preparation session for expectant and new parents will be held on Monday, May 8, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall  adjacent to the church.  Parents are asked to come and learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism ceremony to prepare for your own child's Baptism celebration.  The next Baptism preparation session will be held on June 26. 

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!

A PENTECOST SACRED ARTS FESTIVAL
    This June 1-3, Our Lady of Grace Parish (310 Kane Boulevard) in Scott Township will host a Sacred Arts Festival from 3pm-9pm.  There will be an extensive original art exhibit as well as musical concerts and poetry readings by well known performers and writers.  Visit the parish internet site here or call the parish (412-279-7070) in May for complete information.  All are welcome!

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, May 1 —Saint Joseph the Worker
   8:30 am   Lawrence Conley  (Judy Stafford)

Tuesday, May 2 — Saint Athanasius, bishop
   8:30 am   Ruth Ann Perlik  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Wednesday, May 3 — Saints Philip and James, apostles
   8:30 am   Rose Lombardo  (Friends)

Thursday, May 4 — National Day of Prayer
   8:30 am   Verenes Canel O’Toole  (Family)

Friday, May 5
   8:30 am   Shawn Neville, birthday   (Sandy & Jeffrey Witte)

Saturday, May 6
   9:00 am   Mary Certo  (The Certo Family)
  
   5:00pm   Rev. Michael Scanlon, TOR  (Tish  Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 7 — Fourth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Patrick D’Amico  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Jane Souser   (Jer & Carole Werries and Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 30, 2017

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33/Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/1 Peter 1:17-21/Luke 24:13-35

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 6:8-15/Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30/John 6:22-29
                 
Joseph the Worker: Genesis 1:26--2:3 or Colossians 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Psalm 90:2-4, 12-14, 16/Matthew 13:54-58

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 7:51--8:1a/Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6, 7b, 8a, 17, 21ab/John 6:30-35

Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 15:1-8/Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-7a/John 14:6-14

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40/Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20/John 6:44-51

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 9:1-20/Psalm 117:1bc, 2/John 6:52-59

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 9:31-42/Psalm 116:12-17/John 6:60-69

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 2:14a, 36-41/Psalm 23:1-6/1 Peter 2:20b-25/John 10:1-10


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned red or black beans;   canned vegetables;   and cereal.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags.   Gray bins are in the main 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!

AN OCTOBER PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Home Security Team for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information on protecting your family.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

FOLLOWING 42 YEARS OF TEACHING, MRS. KATOCS IS RETIRING IN JUNE
    Having given 42 years of her teaching career to the students and families of CDTCA (and Saint Scholastica Parish School), Mrs. Margaret (‘Peg’) Katocs will be retiring from CDTCA at the beginning of June.  
    Our school community and the parish communities of CDTCA are all most grateful to Mrs. Katocs for her instruction of our young students as well as her many years of preparing her many Second Grade students for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
    Thank you very much, Mrs. Katocs, and best wishes for all the years ahead.  God bless!

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 soon for a visit and tour of our very fine regional Catholic elementary school!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Thanks to the Bishop’s Education Fund and several state approved programs, financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this helpful and important aid.  Please contact our school office to learn more about help in funding CDTCA tuition!
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OUR ANNUAL MOTHER'S DAY COLLECTION FOR GENESIS OF PITTSBURGH
    After our Liturgies during the weekend of May 13-14, members of our Parish Respect Life Committee will accept donations in support of Genesis of Pittsburgh which provides services and programs for pregnant women and their infants and young children.  Your generosity is both very helpful and most appreciated by Genesis and by all those whom they assist!

CATHOLIC TELEVISION AND RADIO
    Every day, you can enjoy Catholic programming on television and radio and the internet.  Be sure to turn on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) on Comcast cable channels 184 and 799 for quality Catholic programs.  EWTN and other broadcasters are also available on radio, on satellite radio, and on the internet.  Check local listings or an internet search engine to find everything that’s available.

Jesus comes to us even today!
   In the Gospels and the Acts, we read numerous accounts of the risen Lord Jesus’ visits with his Apostles and disciples. These followers were most fortunate to share time with the Lord in those 40 days following the Resurrection. We too can spend time with the Lord in prayer even now! What a blessing! Let’s begin today!
     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

April 23, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO    
    Beginning with the messages given by Jesus to Saint Faustina Kowalska of Poland more than a  century ago, we have been reminded regularly of the Lord’s promise of mercy and forgiveness first given to the Apostles in today’s Gospel event and account.
    All these years later, we probably take this Divine Mercy and forgiveness for granted, but in fact, we should be thankful for this wonderful promise from the Lord!   For most of human history, mercy and forgiveness were not a common practice.  Most of our ancient ancestors only sought vengeance and retribution for any harm done to them.  Then, Jesus changed this attitude by his ministry and message.  Jesus promised the mercy and forgiveness of Almighty God and then called all his disciples to be merciful and forgiving as well.
    We all need mercy and forgiveness, and we do receive mercy from God.  May we be grateful each day, and may we make mercy a daily practice and virtue in our own lives and families.  God bless!
                                                                                         —Father Jim Torquato
  
OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our 2017 Parish Share Campaign is taking place now to collect and remit to our Catholic Diocese our support for this year.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before January 2018.  This amount supports the operating budget and work and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and 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!
    All of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.  As you know, the pulpit and the altar are the sacred places in the Church where “the action” takes place.  These are the two locations where all of us should want to be as close as possible!  
    Likewise, we’d like to create the sense that we are gathered together with one another as a community of disciples at prayer!  It’s good when family members draw close together.  The same is true of our Liturgy.  It’s important that we draw close to Jesus and one another.  Please consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!
 
 EASTER SEASON THANKS!
    Thank you very much to all of our parish members and families, our parish staff and maintenance staff, to our choir and cantors and musicians and music director, to our lectors and Communion ministers and servers, to our church decorators, and to our ushers and collection counters for making our Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday and the Easter Season a wonderful and memorable celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection!
    Thanks to you, our observance of the Season of Lent and this celebration of the Easter Season has been prayerful and blessed in many ways.  May you be filled with joy, and may your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus be renewed in this holy time! 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR STUDENTS!
   This weekend and next weekend, our Second Grade students and their families are celebrating First Eucharist.  Then, on May 21, our Eighth Grade students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop David Zubik.  Our congratulations go to all these students and their parents and families and teachers.  May the Lord bless you and keep you close to himself!

OUR NEW ‘ON MISSION’ TIMELINE
    Bishop Zubik has announced that our ’On Mission’ process will be slowed down.  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 be announced very soon.  Then in March 2018, all the priest assignments will be announced.  All these priest assignments will begin 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

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 23
    This 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 lend a hand!

REGISTER THIS MONTH FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THIS JUNE 12-16
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School.  The donation before May 1 is $15 per child. After May 1, the donation is $25 per child.  A third child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in the church entrances!
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WELCOMING MORE CHURCH MEMBERS
    The program of Adult Christian Initiation forms individuals in our faith and life, and then we welcome them into our parish and into the Church. 
    Gina Gautieri  has been preparing with our RCIA team.  She was baptized into the Church as a child and is now completing her formation in the faith.  Gina has participated in our Liturgies and programs and other events.  When she feels ready, Gina will receive the Sacraments of the Eucharist and Confirmation to complete her Christian initiation. 
    Also, Alysa Wright will be received into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church on Sunday, May 7 at the 9:00am Liturgy.  Please pray for them!

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST AND TALK FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    On Saturday morning, May 13, from 9:00am—12:00pm, the Magnificat Breakfast and talk will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel  (401 Holiday Drive)  in Green Tree.  All women are welcome to gather for prayer, breakfast, and a talk by Irene Carubia of Morgantown, WV.   Tickets are $23.  Call Pam  (412-461-8906)  before May 1 for reservations. 

Alleluia!  Alleluia!  The Lord Jesus is risen!
 
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!

SPRING CLEANING FOR CHARITY!
    If you’re doing Spring cleaning in your home, please consider donating all your unneeded items to our local Saint Vincent de Paul Society.  The local SVdP store (900 Main Street) in Sharpsburg is accepting clothing, toys, shoes, purses, household items, and some furniture.  Your charity can help many families and individuals in our local area.

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION IN MAY
    A preparation session for expectant and new parents will be held on Monday, May 8, at 7:30pm in the Parish Hall  adjacent to the church.  Parents are asked to come and learn about the Sacrament of Baptism and the Baptism ceremony to prepare for your own child's Baptism celebration.  The next Baptism preparation session will be held on June 26. 

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. 

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 24 
   8:30 am   Robert Stoneburner  (Ted & Ann Phillips)

Tuesday, April 25 — Saint Mark
   8:30 am   Anthony Fiorentino  (Sisters)

Wednesday, April 26
   8:30 am   Joe Mazzie  (Georgene Veltri & Family)

Thursday, April 27
   8:30 am   The Noonan Family  (Marjorie N. Ladley)

Friday, April 28
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif, anniversary  (Wife, Marjorie)

Saturday, April 29 —Saint Catherine of Siena
   9:00 am   Gennaro Zullo ( Family)

   5:00pm   Alexandria Torkos  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Sunday, April 30 — Third Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Helen K. Gallagher  (Eileen & Dan Gallagher)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   In Thanksgiving for baby Christiano-Eric  (Pap Pap Jer & Grandma Carole)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 23, 2017

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47/Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24/1 Peter 1:3-9/John 20:19-31

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 4:23-31/Psalm 2:1-9/John 3:1-8

Tuesday: 1 Peter 5:5b-14/Psalm 89:2-3, 6-7, 16-17/Mark 16:15-20

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26/Psalm 34:2-9/John 3:16-21

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 5:27-33/Psalm 34:2, 9, 17-20/John 3:31-36

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 5:34-42/Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14/John 6:1-15

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7/Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/John 6:16-21

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33/Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11/1 Peter 1:17-21/Luke 24:13-35
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:  canned beans; canned chicken;  prepared meal mixes; and cereal.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags.   Gray bins are in the main 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!

AN OCTOBER PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to W. Hough Contracting, Inc.  for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact 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!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Thanks to the Bishop’s Education Fund and several state approved programs, financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this helpful and important aid.  Please contact our school office to learn more about help in funding CDTCA tuition!
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THIS SUNDAY IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY!
    Based on the Gospels as well as the messages of Divine Mercy shared by the Lord with Saint Faustina Kowalska a century ago, our former shepherd, Pope Saint John Paul II, designated the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.  The Gospel account this Sunday contains Jesus’ promise of both mercy and the forgiveness of sins. 
    As Catholic Christians, we have rejoiced in the Lord’s promise of mercy and forgiveness for 20 centuries.  May we continue to believe and trust in the mercy and love of the Lord.  You can find more information on the internet here about Divine Mercy Sunday and the prayers and messages shared with Saint Faustina by the Lord Jesus. 

CALLED BY NAME TO FOLLOW JESUS
    Next Sunday, April 30, 4:00pm—8:30pm at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree,  our Diocesan Church will host a special program for all high school students and youth leaders on the universal call to faith and holiness.  
    Several dynamic speakers will lead sessions dedicated to following Jesus faithfully and serving the Lord and his Kingdom.  There is NO admission cost.  More info is available at www.pghpriest.com.  All high school students and youth group members are most welcome.  Also, contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon for info.

A SPECIAL REQUEST TO HELP INFANTS
   Baby items  (cribs, clothes, blankets, diapers, baby furniture)  are needed to help six local infants and their moms.  Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).  Your help is greatly appreciated!

Jesus promises Divine Mercy to us!
Most days, we probably don’t give much consideration to our need for mercy. Yet, when we’ve committed some sin and find ourselves in serious trouble, then we repeatedly plead for mercy from God and others. Jesus promises us divine mercy. May we always be conscious of the Lord’s promise and be grateful every day!
 
     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

April 16, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    For 20 centuries, the events of Jesus’ death and Resurrection have been at the heart of the Christian gospel and faith.  It is the Resurrection of the Lord which established once and for all Jesus’ identity as the divine Son of God, and it’s the Resurrection which gives us the promise and hope that we too will, one day, rise to new life with the Lord.
    This Easter event of the Resurrection is so very important  that we celebrate it for 50 days until the Sunday of Pentecost.  May Jesus bless you and your family in this joyful celebration and holy season, and may your heart always be set on the Resurrection and our own promise of rising to new and eternal life.  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, and it supports the operating budget and work and programs of the Bishop and the Diocese.
    You received information in the mail along with a donation or pledge card.  We ask every parish member or household to donate or pledge $250.  If you can contribute $300, $500, $1000, or even $2000, your generosity will be very helpful and 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!
    All of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited to move forward in church for our Liturgy.
    As you know, 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 at a distance decreases our experience and our participation in the sacred proclamations and actions of every Liturgy. 
    Likewise, we’d like to create even more the sense that we are gathered together with one another 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!
 
Best wishes to all of our
parish members, families, guests,
friends, and neighbors for a joyful and blessed Easter celebration
and Easter Season!
May the Resurrection of Jesus renew your faith and hope
and joy in the Lord!

EASTER SEASON THANKS!
    Thank you very much to all of our parish members and families, our parish staff and maintenance staff, to our choir and cantors and musicians and music director, to our lectors and Communion ministers and servers, to our church decorators, and to our ushers and collection counters for making our Easter Vigil and this Easter Sunday and Easter Season a wonderful and memorable celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection!
    Thanks to you, our observance of the Season of Lent and this first celebration of the Easter Season has been prayerful and blessed in many ways.  May you be filled with true joy this Easter, and may your faith in the Risen Lord Jesus be renewed in this holy time!  God bless!
 
OUR NEW ‘ON MISSION’ TIMELINE
 After receiving feedback from across the Diocese, Bishop Zubik announced in all our Vicariate clergy meetings that our ’On Mission’ process and program will be slowed down.  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

MANY THANKS FOR THIS CCD YEAR
    Many thanks to our Religious education students, parents, catechists, helpers, and staff as this 2016-17 Catechetical Year comes to an end!   A light brunch for catechists and helpers will be held on Sunday, May 7, at 12 noon in the parish hall.
    Please also keep our First Communion students and Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they prepare for these most important Sacraments!

REGISTER THIS MONTH FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THIS JUNE 12-16
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School.  The donation before May 1 is $15 per child. After May 1, the donation is $25 per child.  A third child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in the church entrances!

APPALACHIA MISSION TRIP DONATIONS BEING ACCEPTED NOW!
    Our Appalachia Team depends on your generosity to fund their Mission Trip  to southern West Virginia.  They are asking your financial donations and support so that they might return again for this week of witness, catechesis, and service.
    If you’d like to make a Lenten donation toward this effort, you’ll find envelopes in the main church entrance with suggested donation amounts.  Please place donations in the parish office or in the Sunday collection before Sunday, April 30.   Thank you for your generosity and your support!

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER ON SUNDAY, APRIL 23
    Next 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 lend a hand!
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EASTER SUNDAY BLESSINGS!
     This Easter Sunday afternoon, April 16, from 2:00pm —3:00pm,  Bishop David Zubik and Auxiliary Bishop William Waltersheid will offer blessings to families of the Diocese at Saint Paul Cathedral in Oakland.  This has been an Easter tradition here in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for the past 50+ years, and it continues once again this Easter. 
     Be sure to join them and take a camera for photographs.  All families are welcome to travel to Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue in Oakland for this opportunity to spend time with our shepherds and to receive blessings from them this Easter Sunday!
 
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!
 
ASPINWALL GREEN STREETS
    This coming Saturday, April 22, from 10:00am—2:00pm, all Aspinwall residents are invited and welcome to help with the annual borough clean up and placement of mulch.  Please come to the Aspinwall Borough Building on Commercial Avenue to pick up gloves, vests, and trash bags.  Entertainment by local bands will follow until 2:00pm.

MAGNIFICAT BREAKFAST AND TALK FOR ALL CATHOLIC WOMEN
    On Saturday morning, May 13, from 9:00am—12:00pm, the Magnificat Breakfast and talk will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel  (401 Holiday Drive)  in Green Tree.  All women are welcome to gather for prayer, breakfast, and a talk by Irene Carubia of Morgantown, WV.   Tickets are $23.  Call Pam  (412-461-8906)  before May 1 for reservations. 

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. 

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 17 — Easter Monday 
   8:30 am   Ruth Hassing  (Kathy Murray)

Tuesday, April 18 — Easter Tuesday
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Wednesday, April 19 — Easter Wednesday
   8:30 am   John Gentilcore  (Jean & Bill Eckert)

Thursday, April 20 — Easter Thursday
   8:30 am   Robert B. Egan  (The Egan Children)

Friday, April 21 — Easter Friday
   8:30 am   Sally McNamara  (Sandra & Jeffrey Witte)

Saturday, April 22 — Easter Saturday
    9:00 am   Gennaro Zullo,  Gennaro Asciuti, Imaculata & Giovanni Moccia  (Pina LeDonne & Family)
   5:00pm   John Mroz  (Pola Scalamogna)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 23 — Divine Mercy Sunday  / Second Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Paula Oxley Stevens  (Carroll Mackey)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Robert Styslinger, anniversary  (The Styslinger Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Colossians 3:1-4 or 1 Corinthians 5:6b-8/John 20:1-9 or Matthew 28:1-10 or Luke 24:13-35

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 2:14, 22-33/Psalm 16:1-2a, 5, 7-11/Matthew 28:8-15

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 2:36-41/Psalm 33:4-5, 18-20, 22/John 20:11-18

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10/Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9/Luke 24:13-35

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 3:11-26/Psalm 8:2ab, 5-9/Luke 24:35-48

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 4:1-12/Psalm 118:1-2, 4, 22-27a/John 21:1-14

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 4:13-21/Psalm 118:1, 14-15ab, 16-21/Mark 16:9-15

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47/Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24/1 Pt 1:3-9/John 20:19-31

  
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now:   canned beans;  prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper);  canned chicken; and cereal.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags.   Gray bins are in the main 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!

A PILGRIMAGE TO THE CATHOLIC SHRINES OF FRANCE
    Join Bishop David Zubik this October 1-10 for a pilgrimage to the Shrines of France including Paris, Ars, Lisieux, Chartres, and others.  $4,400/ person DO.  Call Marianna (1-800-777-7432) this month.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Renaissance Paint and Flooring for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact 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 CLASSES RESUME THIS TUESDAY
    Best wishes to all our CDTCA community for a joyful Easter celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.  All classes at CDTCA will resume this Tuesday morning, April 18.  Welcome back from the Holy Week and Easter break, and God bless! 
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NEXT SUNDAY IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY!
    Based on the Gospels as well as the messages of Divine Mercy shared by the Lord with Saint Faustina Kowalska a century ago, our former shepherd, Pope Saint John Paul II, designated the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.  The Gospel account next Sunday contains Jesus’ promise of mercy and the forgiveness of sins. 
    As Catholic Christians, we have rejoiced in the Lord’s promise of mercy and forgiveness for 20 centuries.  May we continue to believe and trust in the mercy and love of the Lord.  You can find more information on the internet about Divine Mercy Sunday and the prayers and messages shared with Saint Faustina by the Lord Jesus. 

CALLED BY NAME TO FOLLOW JESUS
    On Sunday, April 30, 4:00pm—8:30pm at Saint Paul Seminary, Green Tree,  our Diocesan Church will host a special program for all high school students and youth leaders on the universal call to faith and holiness.  
    Several dynamic speakers will lead sessions dedicated to following Jesus faithfully and serving the Lord and his Kingdom.  There is NO admission cost.  More info is available at www.pghpriest.com.  All high school students and youth group members are most welcome.  Also, contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon for info.

A SPECIAL REQUEST TO HELP INFANTS
   Baby items  (cribs, clothes, blankets, diapers, baby furniture)  are needed to help six local infants and their moms.  Contact Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550).  Your help is greatly appreciated!

 Jesus has been raised from the dead!
Can you think of any event more amazing than a person being resurrected from the dead? It’s only happened once in human history an event that’s truly changed humanity and history THE event which we’ve celebrated for twenty centuries now. Jesus’ being raised from the dead causes us all to sing “Alleluia!”
 
     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