April 9, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO  
    The final days of Jesus’ life are so very important to the Christian Gospel and to our faith in the Lord Jesus of Nazareth!   We know the plot against Jesus.  We celebrate his final words and his gift of the Eucharist and priesthood.  We also witness the agony and torture to which he was subjected.
     We also know, as Jesus foretold, that God the Father and the Holy Spirit raised Jesus from the dead by their divine power and established him as the Risen Lord with dominion over the Church and over all humanity.  May we closely follow and remain with Jesus during this Holy Week, and may we celebrate joyfully the glorious event of his Resurrection next Sunday and throughout the Easter Season.  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!
    At the request of our parish staff, all of our parish members, families, and visitors are invited to move forward in church for our Sunday Liturgy.
    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 away at a distance decreases our experience and our participation in the sacred proclamations and actions taking place in every Liturgy. 
    Likewise, we’d like to create even more the sense that we are gathered 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!
 
PLEASE PLAN TO JOIN US DURING THIS HOLY WEEK!
    During Holy Week, the Church celebrates very solemn and meaningful remembrances of the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus and his final days before his death on the Cross and his Resurrection.    
     Plenty of seats will be available for you and your family!  Please join us again for Monday’s evening Tenebrae Service this April 10 at 7:30pm, our Holy Thursday Liturgy at 7:30pm, our Good Friday services at 12 noon, 1:30pm, and 7:00pm, as well as our Sacred Easter Vigil at 8:30pm on April 15, and our April 16 Easter Sunday Liturgies at 7:30am, 9:00am, and 11:00am!   Plan now to join us throughout Holy Week.  You and the Lord will be glad that you did!

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 AS CCD CLASSES CONCLUDE
    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!


YOUTH MINISTRY STATIONS OF THE CROSS
    Each Good Friday at 12 Noon, our Youth Ministry presents the Living Stations of the Cross in the Church.   For all high school and middle school students wishing to participate, a rehearsal will take place this coming Wednesday, April 12 at 3:00pm in the church.  Please email Mrs. Dillon here if you’ll be taking part. 

OUR ANNUAL ADOPT A HIGHWAY CLEAN UP THIS WEDNESDAY 
    Our Youth Ministry will once again clean up part of Freeport Road in Aspinwall on Wednesday, April 12.   Please meet at the Ministry Center at 2:00pm this Wednesday!    All teenagers are most welcome and encouraged to help with our Youth Ministry promise!

APPALACHIA LENTEN 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
    On 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 WEEK FOR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL THIS JUNE 12-16
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School.  See the flyers in the church entrances!
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CHILDREN’S LITURGY OF THE WORD
    Our Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word WILL take place this Sunday, April 9, at the 9:00am Liturgy, but it will NOT be held next week on Easter Sunday.

SUPPORT THE GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION FOR THE HOLY LAND THIS APRIL 14
    Every Good Friday, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, asks all Catholic Christians throughout the world to offer our generous support for the Catholic community in the Holy Land of Jerusalem and Israel. 
    Our fellow Catholic Christians in the land of Jesus need our support to help them remain there despite the challenges.  We can also do much to help them educate and catechize the next generations of Catholic Christians there.  Please support the life of the Church in the land where Jesus himself lived!


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. 

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!

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 10 — Monday of Holy Week 
   8:30 am   Elsie Sabatasso  (Kathleen Piper)
   7:30 pm   Tenebrae Prayer Service

Tuesday, April 11 — Tuesday of Holy Week 
   8:30 am   Gennaro Zullo   (Pina LeDonne & Family)

Wednesday, April 12 — Wednesday of Holy Week
   8:30 am   Joanne D. Vey   (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)

Thursday, April 13 — Holy Thursday
   7:30 pm   Dr. Mary Frances Ricketts   (The Ricketts Family)

Friday, April 14 — Good Friday
   12:00 noon   Youth Stations of the Cross
   1:30 pm   Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, April 15 — Holy Saturday
   8:30 pm Easter Vigil   Julia Lazar  (daughter, Sherry Schaffer)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 16 — Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Resurrection
   7:30 am   Alice Byrne  (M. Griffith)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Sr. Mary Alicia, OSF , former principal of St. Scholastica School  (Jerry & Carole Werries  & family) 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 9, 2017

Sunday: Matthew 21:1-11/Isaiah 50:4-7/Psalm 22:8-9, 17-20, 23-24/Philippians 2:6-11/Matthew 26:14--27:66 or 27:11-54

Monday: Isaiah 42:1-7/Psalm 27:1-3, 13-14/John 12:1-11

Tuesday: Isaiah 49:1-6/Psalm 71:1-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15, 17/John 13:21-33, 36-38

Wednesday: Isaiah 50:4-9a/Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31, 33-34/Matthew 26:14-25

Holy Thursday: Chrism Mass: Isaiah 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Psalm 89:21-22, 25, 27/Revelation 1:5-8/Luke 4:16-21

     Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14/Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18/1 Corinthians 11:23-26/John 13:1-15

Friday: Isaiah 52:13--53:12/Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-17, 25/Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9/John 18:1--19:42

Saturday: Vigil: Genesis 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12-14, 24, 35 or Psalm 33:4-7, 12-13, 20-22/Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Psalm 16:5, 8-11/Exodus 14:15--15:1/Exodus 15:1-6, 17-18/Isaiah 54:5-14/Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13/Isaiah 55:1-11/Isaiah 12:2-6/Baruch 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Psalm 19:8-11/Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28/Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3-4 or Isaiah 12:2-6 or Psalm 51:12-15, 18-19/Romans 6:3-11/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Matthew 28:1-10

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


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned beans;  macaroni and cheese;  canned soup with pull-tab lids; 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to the Seniors Medical Alert System for being a sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA RETAIL CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE
FOR PURCHASE THIS WEEKEND
    This Sunday morning, April 9, after the Liturgies, our school staff will be offering retail store certificates in the main church entrance.  They may excellent Easter gifts, and your purchase benefits our school programs and operations.  Thanks for your support!

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 ON BREAK DURING HOLY WEEK
    As scheduled by the Fox Chapel School District, our own Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy will have a week long Spring break during Holy Week, April 9-17.  
   Please contact our school office after April 17 if you’d like to register your child/ren for the 2017-2018 school year. CDTCA will open on Tuesday, April 18. 
    Best wishes to all our CDTCA community for a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Easter celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection!  God bless!
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Aspinwall Borough is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate its 125th Anniversary  on Holy Saturday, April 15, 9:00-11:00am at the Baseball Field.  Children age 1-12 (and parents) are most welcome to participate!  Please take your own baskets.

THE SAINT MONICA SOCIETY WELCOMES YOU
    The Saint Monica Society meets monthly to pray for those who have drifted from the Church as well as to stay in contact with those in nursing homes.  Join them on the first Saturday of each month at 9:40am in the parish hall.   For info, call Mrs. Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) this month.

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

Jesus gave his life to set us free!
We’ve come to Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, and we hear the story from Matthew of the Lord’s suffering and death on the cross. This account presents all the events of Jesus’ final days. It also reminds us once again that Jesus gave his life as a sacrifice for our sins and to conquer death for our sake and forever.

     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