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