May 21, 2017

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

    Before returning to the Father in the event of the Ascension, Jesus spent time with his Apostles and disciples for forty days following his Resurrection from the dead.  We can and should be very grateful that during these forty days, Jesus continued to share his life and grace and teaching with those who began the life of the Church.
    All too often, this season of Easter passes very quickly, and we forget the tremendous importance that Jesus’ Resurrection had in establishing the early Church.  Yet it’s only because Jesus shared time with his followers in his risen and glorified existence that those first leaders and followers committed their lives and their work to sharing the Good News and to growing the Church and the Kingdom of God.  Spend time in prayer with Jesus, and you’ll want to do the same as well.  God bless!                                                                                                       —Father Jim Torquato

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This weekend, May 20-21, our annual second collection is for the support of the work of Catholic Relief Services as well as mission efforts in Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and Africa.  Your generosity continues to help the Church make progress in these areas that continue to grow stronger in the Catholic faith!   Thank you much!

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 to one another.  Please move forward as you choose your seat/s in Church. Thanks!

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 for information and reservations.

OUR HOLY DAY OF THE ASCENSION THIS THURSDAY
    We’ve now completed the first 40 days of the Easter Season and will celebrate Ascension Thursday this coming Thursday.  All Catholic Christians in our region of the nation are still obligated to participate in the Holy Day Liturgy.  Our schedule for the Holy Day Liturgies is as follows:  8:30am Thursday morning, 12 noon, and 7:00pm.  Please mark your calendar and be sure to join us for Ascension Thursday!

CONFIRMATION SUNDAY
    This Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm,  we will welcome Bishop David Zubik for our annual celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation with our eighth grade Confirmation Candidates.
    We’re grateful to Bishop Zubik for joining us for our celebration, and we congratulate our newly Confirmed students.  Please keep our young students in your prayers today and as they begin their mission of sharing the Gospel and building the Kingdom!

ON MISSION TOWN HALL MEETINGS THIS MONTH
    You can see below our newly  recommended parish grouping for the future.  Diocesan staff overseeing the On Mission process would like to have your feedback.  As such, we’ll have two gatherings to ask your input. We’ll meet this Wednesday, May 24, 7:00-8:30pm in the hall and also Tuesday, May 30, 7:00-8:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to come for the latest information  and to express your thoughts as On Mission moves forward!

OUR PARISH GROUPING IS . . .
    Diocesan officials have announced the parishes in our area  which will be creating a unified parish.  They are Saint Scholastica Parish; Saint Joseph Parish, O’Hara Twp.; Saint Juan Diego Parish, Sharpsburg; and the former Saint Edward Parish area of Saint Pio Parish in Blawnox. 
    In March 2018, priests will be assigned to begin their assignments in October 2018.  At that time, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be reduced to 1-2 Liturgies per church building.   Each grouping of parishes will have 6-7 Liturgies for the entire grouping beginning in October 2018.   The final work of consolidating our parishes into a single parish with a primary church and 1-2 subsidiary churches is now scheduled to be completed in October 2021. 
    Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

REGISTER NOW FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School, June 12-16.  The donation is $25 per child.  A third or fourth child in any family may attend without any donation.  See the flyers in church!

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.  Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here now.
     For Middle School students of our parish,  the annual Camp Helping Hand will be held again in July.  Information will follow soon for this summer service opportunity .  Plan now to join us in July!
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CHILDREN'S LITURGY OF THE WORD GRATITUDE!
    This is the final Sunday for our 9:00am Sunday Children’s Liturgy of the Word until September.  As we conclude, many thanks go to our Liturgy of the Word leaders:  Andy Bechman, Meredith Troyan, Melissa Scheffler, Jamie Dillon, and Molly Conroy.  Thanks also to the students in Youth Ministry and Religious Education who also participated and gave assistance.
    Thanks also to our young children and parents who participated this year.  Your openness to God’s Word and your thoughts were inspiring. 
    If you’d like to help next year, contact Andy Bechman at childrensliturgy@saintscholastica.com.

DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY EVENT IN JUNE
    Students in next year’s Class of 2018 are all welcome to visit Duquesne University, downtown Pittsburgh, on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 8:00am, for the annual Duquesne Fest!   For students and your parents, there will be activities and information about our local Catholic university and its admissions, financial aid, academics, majors, student life, classes, and more.  Register this week online at www.duq.edu/duquesnefest. Visit now, and apply this Fall!
 
THIS SUNDAY’S EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION
    Every May, a Eucharistic Rosary March is held in downtown Pittsburgh beginning at Epiphany Church, Center Avenue.  This Sunday, May 21, the March will begin at 1:15pm.  The procession will begin with prayer and then will return to Epiphany Church to conclude with adoration and prayer.  This year’s march coincides with the 100th Anniversary of the visit of the Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima in Portugal.   Everyone is welcome!
 
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 $1,215,802 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.

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 original art as well as concerts and poetry.  Visit the parish internet site (www.olgscott.org) or call the parish (412-279-7070).  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 22 — Saint Rita of Cascia, religious
   8:30 am   Helen Kaleida  (Family)

Tuesday, May 23
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Wednesday, May 24
   8:30 am   Elsie Sabatasso  (Georgene Veltri)

Thursday, May 25 — The Ascension of the Lord
   8:30 am   Alfreda Kopec   (Mr. & Ms. Dennis Bonessa)
   
   12:00 pm   Sister Alicia Snyder  (Bill & Jean Eckert)

   7:00 pm   Nick Powers  (Karen Powers)

Friday, May 26 —Saint Philip Neri, priest
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Saturday, May 27—Saint Augustine of Canterbury
   9:00 am   Angeline Carricato  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00pm   John Gentilcore  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 28 — Seventh Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Deceased Members of the Werries & Hudak Families  (Mr. & Mrs. Gerard E. Werries & Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

   11:00 am   Lillian Claire Darrigo   (The Hopkinson Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 21, 2017

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8, 14-17/Psalm 66:1-7, 16, 20/1 Peter 3:15-18/John 14:15-21 or Acts of the Apostles 8:5-8, 14-17/Psalm 66/1 Peter 4:13-16/John 17:1-11a

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 16:11-15/Psalm 149:1b-6a, 9b/John 15:26--16:4a

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 16:22-34/Psalm 138:1-3, 7c-8/John 16:5-11

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 17:15, 22--18:1/Psalm 148:1-2, 11-14/John 16:12-15

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 18:1-8/Psalm 98:1-4/John 16:16-20

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 18:9-18/Psalm 47:2-7/John 16:20-23

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 18:23-28/Psalm 47:2-3, 8-10/John 16:23b-28

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14/Psalm 27:1, 4, 7-8/1 Peter 4:13-16/John 17:1-11a
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    There’s an urgent need for:  clean blankets, bath towels, and adult backpacks.  Used items in good condition are fine. 
    Also, these food items are needed now:   canned red or black beans;   macaroni and cheese;  soup in pull tab cans;  and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the church entrance. 
        Larger donations in bags (NOT boxes) and ALL clothing may be brought to the SIDE DOOR of 316 3rd Street, Aspinwall, from 10am-12pm on Mondays and Fridays.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to 321 Blink (Branding-Video-Design-Digital),  Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall for being a sponsor.  Please see their advertisement.
 
CELEBRATING CONFIRMATION THIS SUNDAY
    Best wishes to all our Eighth Grade candidates as they prepare for their Confirmation Ceremony with Bishop David Zubik this Sunday at 1:00pm!

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Registrations are being accepted now for the 2017-2018 school year at Christ the Divine Teacher Catholic Academy, pre-school through eighth grade!  Call for a visit to our fine regional Catholic school!

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE IS AVAILABLE
    Financial assistance is available to most families at CDTCA.  In fact, many CDTCA families and students DO receive this important aid.  Contact our school office to learn more about tuition assistance!

WHAT OUR MERGERS MEAN FOR CDTCA
    While our schools are uniting into a regional administration and our parishes are merging into a larger unified parish, our CDTCA school will continue to exist as it has since its establishment.  CDTCA will receive greater support from our entire North Hills region, and our eventual merged parish will remain committed to our support and subsidy of CDTCA.  All will be well and strong in the years ahead!
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OUR 2017 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    Our Parish Share Campaign is still collecting our support for our Catholic Diocese.  We are asked to raise $69,950 before 2018.  This supports the budget 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!

HELPING OUR LOCAL ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to help the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry.  In May,  your donations of cereal and breakfast bars are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please place donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  

     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