May 7, 2017

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO 

Alleluia!  Best wishes for a joyful Easter Season!

     Whatever age we might be, most of us want at least one other person to love and care for us.  Whether it be our parents or grandparents (or our spouse or even our children and grandchildren), we all feel better knowing that someone cares for us and has our health, well being, and best interest in mind.
    An amazing part of the Gospel and of our faith is Jesus’ promise in the Gospel today that we can place our trust in him to care for us and guide us and look after us!   He wants to be our Good Shepherd.   He wants to care for each of us.  He wants to lead and guide and protect us as well.
   It’s always good to have someone who loves us and supports us and cares for us.  May we stay close to Jesus so we’ll know he’s with us, and may we always be assured that he’s indeed a Good Shepherd to each and every one of us.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

MOTHER'S DAY IS NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 14!
    Next Sunday, May 14, our nation will celebrate Mother's Day this year!   Best wishes to all our moms!

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!
 
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 consider this invitation to come forward before you choose your seat/s in Church on Sunday. Thank you!

A SPECIAL COLLECTION FOR THE NATIONAL SHRINE ON MAY 14
    Next weekend, for Mother's Day, our Respect Life Committee will be accepting donations after each Liturgy to help support the work of Genesis House in providing support for infants and their moms.
    Also, next weekend May 13-14, we’ll have a special second collection at each Liturgy to help complete the “Mother Church” of the United States—that is, the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of our Mother, Mary. 
     This is the Basilica Church in Washington, DC that was begun in 1920 and is now nearly complete.  It is the largest church in the Western Hemisphere and the eighth largest church in the world.
    In order to complete the interior artwork of the dome before the centennial celebration, the Bishops of the United States have asked every parish in the country to take up a special collection this month to fund our National Shrine’s completion by 2020.
    Your generous donation will truly help all Catholic Christians in the United States in completing this tremendous Basilica dedicated to Mary, our Mother in heaven!   Thank you very much for your generosity on May 13-14!
 
ENTERING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
    This 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. 
    Our local group of four parishes to be consolidated will be announced 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

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR APPALCHIA TEAM BY ORDERING FLOWER BASKETS BY MONDAY
   Please see today’s bulletin insert.  Flower orders are needed by Monday morning at the parish office.  Flowers can be picked up in the hall next weekend!

REGISTER THIS MONTH FOR VACATION  BIBLE SCHOOL THIS JUNE 12-16
    Please enroll your child/ren now for Vacation Bible School.  The donation is $25 per child.  A third or fourth 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 6:00pm.   Reply to Mrs. Jamie Dillon here now.
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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 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.  

SACRED RELICS OF SAINT (PADRE) PIO OF PIETRELCINA ARE COMING TO OUR CATHEDRAL
    Known well to the senior members of the Church, Saint (Padre) Pio is a Capuchin Saint who was a deeply spiritual man and Catholic priest in the mid-20th century.  In addition to being a famous spiritual director and confessor in Italy, Saint Pio received the Stigmata (wounds) of the Cross on his hands and feet as a sign of his union with Jesus.
    This Tuesday, May 9, 12 noon until  8:30pm, these sacred relics can be seen at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue in Oakland.   Bishop David Zubik will celebrate the Liturgy at 12 noon, and evening prayer will be prayed at 8:30pm.
    Everyone is welcome to Saint Paul Cathedral this Tuesday, May 9, for the relics and prayer.
 
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.
 
BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION IN MAY
    A preparation session for expectant and new parents will be held this 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 8
   8:30 am   Arthur Bonessa  (Mr. & Mrs. Dennis Bonessa)

Tuesday, May 9
   8:30 am   Deceased Members of the Conflenti Family  (Family)

Wednesday, May 10 —Saint Damien of Molokai
   8:30 am   Victor Nicholas, anniversary  (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Thursday, May 11
   8:30 am   Margaret Cummings  (M. Griffith)

Friday, May 12 — Saints Nereus and Achilleus
   8:30 am   John Stafford  (Judy Stafford)

Saturday, May 13 — Our Lady of Fatima
   9:00 am   Katie Turiak Butler  (The Gonzalez Family)

   5:00pm   The Lavery Family  (Marie Romango)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, May 14 — Fifth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Rocky Benton  (Friends & Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of May 7, 2017

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

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 11:1-18/Psalm 42:2-3; 43:3-4/John 10:11-18

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 11:19-26/Psalm 87:1b-7/John 10:22-30

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 12:24--13:5a/Psalm 67:2-3, 5-6, 8/John 12:44-50

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 13:13-25/Psalm 89:2-3, 21-22, 25, 27/John 13:16-20

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 13:26-33/Psalm 2:6-11ab/John 14:1-6

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 13:44-52/Psalm 98:1-4/John 14:7-14

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7/Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/1 Peter 2:4-9/John 14:1-12

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
    These items are needed now: canned red or black beans, canned vegetables, canned soup with pull-tab lids,  and prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper).  [Note: this list is more current than the print bulletin.] 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 James P. Leslie, CFP and RBC Wealth Management for being a sponsor.  Please see his bulletin advertisement.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Retail certificates are available for purchase this Sunday morning, May 7, in the main church entrance after each Sunday Liturgy!  Thanks for your support!

DINE THIS MONDAY AND DONATE TO CDTCA
    This Monday, May 8, you can visit La Cappella's in the Waterworks Mall  from 11:00am until 10:00pm, and they will donate 20% of your bill to CDTCA.   A flyer is in our church entrances (and at CDTCA) which you need to take to LaCappella's for this Dine and Donate offer.  [The flyer is also available via a link in the Special Alerts box of our home page here.] Thank you for your support of our regional Catholic elementary school!

A FAREWELL RECEPTION  FOR  MRS. KATOCS AS SHE BEGINS HER RETIREMENT
    On Wednesday, May 17, from 6-8pm, our school will host a retirement reception in the parish hall to thank Mrs. Peg Katocs as she prepares to retire.  Current and former students and school families are welcome to Mrs. Katocs’ reception.    
    Having given 40+ years of her career to the students of CDTCA (and Saint Scholastica Parish School), Mrs. Margaret (‘Peg’) Katocs will retire in June.  Our school community is grateful to Mrs. Katocs for her instruction of our students and her years of preparing many students for their First 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, 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!
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OUR ANNUAL MOTHERS DAY COLLECTION FOR GENESIS OF PITTSBURGH
    After our Liturgies during next 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 very helpful and most appreciated!

Jesus promises to protect us!
     Most Catholic Christians appreciate the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd an image and promise that we will hear for several Sundays of this Easter Season. The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd is a wonderful promise that the Lord cares for us. It is also a blessed assurance that Jesus will always protect us!

     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