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