January 28, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    From the humble and simple beginning of his public ministry, Jesus has transformed the world.  He is so important that our very calendars are dated from the year of his birth.  When a person’s birth year marks the beginning of the international calendar, then it’s easy to understand just how important he is—just how important Jesus is.
    Jesus accomplished so much for the people of his own time and land, and Jesus and his Church have accomplished so many great blessings for humanity since Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection!
    The Gospel passage today assures us that Jesus was welcomed as the long awaited Messiah who came with power and authority to bring God’s presence, love, and life to the world.  May we also be grateful for the Lord like the people of Jesus’ own lifetime, and may we remain devoted disciples and friends of Jesus throughout our lives.  God bless!
                                                                              — Father Jim Torquato

A GENTLE REMINDER FOR OUR COMMUNITY
    Faithfulness to the Lord Jesus and a healthy spiritual life aren’t very common.  Yet, both are still very important to our lives and for our hope of sharing in the eternal Kingdom that Jesus promises his faithful and holy and loving people!  
    The most important way that we strengthen our faithfulness and our spiritual lives is the Sunday Eucharist!   All Catholic Christians are invited and obligated to join in the Sunday Liturgy to keep holy the Lord’s Day, to give thanks to God, to share in the Lord’s Supper, and to replenish our spiritual life and the grace within our souls.   Be sure to make our Sunday Liturgy your highest priority each week.  Thank you very much.  God bless!

SAINT BLAISE DAY IS NEXT SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
    As Catholic Christians, we are dedicated to Jesus.  We place our faith in Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and we dedicate our lives to him. 
    In addition to Jesus, we are also blessed to be joined to his company of saints.  The saints are our heroes and role models.  They pray for us, and one day they’ll welcome us into the Kingdom. 
      As we honor Saint Blaise on February 3, the blessing of throats will be offered in the church next Saturday at 9:30am, 12 noon, and 6:00pm.  You’re welcome to come to the church at these times to receive the Saint Blaise Day blessing on Saturday, February 3!

THE IMPORTANCE OF OUR CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS, SECONDARY SCHOOLS, COLLEGES, AND UNIVERSITIES
    All that we do as Catholic Christians is meant to share the Gospel, build the Kingdom, and give glory to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  These are our highest priorities, and all our ministries, parish communities, schools and universities, hospitals, social services, and cultural programs are all meant to serve the Lord Jesus and to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth.
   A very important part of building the Kingdom is our work of Catholic education in our schools and colleges and universities.  More important than trophies or the highest GPA or SAT scores, our goal is to share our wonderful Catholic Christian faith with our children and students who are the youngest generations of the Church.  More than boasting about star athletes or brilliant scholars, we should first say that our students and graduates are very fine Catholic Christians and devoted disciples of the Lord Jesus.
    May we be grateful for the many thousands of Catholic schools and hundreds of Catholic institutions of higher learning that exist in our nation, and may we support them as these schools form disciples dedicated to Jesus and to building the Kingdom of God in many future generations.  Best wishes for Catholic Schools Week!
 
SPECIAL PRESENTATION ABOUT HAITI
    On Thursday, February 8, in the parish hall at 7:00pm, our parish Hope for Haiti Committee will host a special evening with Mr. Michael Neumann, the Director of Partners in Progress, who will speak about his organization’s work to empower the people of Haiti through education, training in practical skills, and other efforts. 
   Please join our committee and other parish members to learn how our community can help the people of Haiti in their rebuilding effort.  For more info, contact Dr. Maureen O’Brien at hopeforhaiti@saintscholastica.com.  Please plan to join us on February 8.

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    Saint Scholastica Parish, Saint Joseph Parish, Saint Juan Diego Parish, and Saint Pio Parish will be merged by 2022.    
    In late April  2018,  priests will receive assignments that will begin in October 2018.   In October 2018, the Liturgy Schedule of each church will be changed to 1-2 Liturgies per church.  
     The final consolidation is set to be completed by the end of 2021.   Our Diocese is doing our best given our decline in population, participation, donations, and clergy.  Thanks for your support of  On Mission for the Church Alive!

UPCOMING CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS
  • Taco Tuesday evening Bible Study for high school students continues this Tuesday night, January 30 through March.
  • Also, next Saturday evening will bring another Youth Mass on February 3 at the 5:00pm Liturgy.
  • Following the February 3 Youth Liturgy, our Youth Ministry will host a Movie Night for our high school and middle school students at 6:00pm in the parish hall.  All our students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join us for this Mass and for the Movie Night that will follow.
    Please contact Meredith Troyan for all needed information and for registration!
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A GENTLE REMINDER, TOO, FOR ALL OUR LITURGICAL MINISTERS AND SERVERS
    Our parish is grateful for the ministry you provide to our community at the Sunday Liturgy. 
    Please remember to join us for the Sunday Liturgy both when you’re scheduled for your ministry or serving and when you’re not scheduled as well.  For some reason, it’s becoming common in many parishes to think that it’s only necessary to participate in the Sunday Mass when you’re on the schedule,  but in fact, the Lord asks us to join with him and with our parish community every Sunday for the Liturgy.   Be sure to join us each week as we give thanks to the Lord in the gathering of his people.  Thank you!

LENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
    In only seventeen days, we will begin the holy Season of Lent as we come to Ash Wednesday on February 14.  
    Please make your plans now for Lent.  We have books for prayerful reading available at the church entrances.  Also, you’re welcome to participate in the Best Lent Ever program of Dynamic Catholic.  Visit their website here (+) to register.
    Please also remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting, and Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent are days for abstaining from consuming meat.
    Best wishes for a holy and beneficial Season of Lent.  God bless!

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!

Remain close to the Lord each day in prayer!

CURIOUS ABOUT CATHOLIC CHRISTIANITY?
    If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a Catholic Christian, then you (or they) are invited to come and explore your questions and your interest.  Please call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office or email him here to begin your inquiry.

YOUNG ADULTS’ CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
    For 12 centuries, Catholic Christians have made a long pilgrimage across northern Spain to the Shrine of Saint James (Santiago) in Compostela, Spain.  Our Diocese is inviting young adult Catholics in their 20’s-30’s to take part in this same pilgrimage this late Spring.  You’ll travel together with clothing, a backpack, and a pair of boots.  Visit www.creatio.org/causes/pittsburgh-camino  (+) soon for information.

PLEASE KEEP THIS IN MIND AT EACH MASS
    The wooden holders which hold our song books are NOT  meant to be trash containers.  Please take all Kleenex and litter to a trash container after the Liturgy.

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    The Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your February donations of hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, hot chocolate packets, and hot tea are most welcome  along with any non-perishable items.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.   
    Thank you very much for your continued and generous donations.  The local SVdeP organizers and their clients are very grateful for all your goodness!

VICTIM’S  DIOCESAN  ASSISTANCE  HOTLINE
    Our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh offers a toll-free hotline for anyone needing to report abuse.  The Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

Repent now and believe in the Lord Jesus!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, January 29
   8:30 am   Norman Bergeron  (The Burke Family)

Tuesday, January 30
   8:30 am   Charles W. Welsh  (Kathy Murray)

Wednesday, January 31—Saint John Bosco
   8:30 am   Mary Louise Sullivan  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, February 1
   8:30 am   Tillie Marsico  (Sachie Igims & Grace Langer)

Friday, February 2 — The Presentation of the Lord
   8:30 am   Paula Oxley Stevens-living  (Mom & Dad)

Saturday, February 3—Saint Blaise, bishop and martyr
   9:00 am   Jack C. Dorsey  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

   5:00pm   William Daddio, Jr.  (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, February 4—Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Karen Torquato  (Kathy Murray)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Denise Donnelly  (Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of January 28, 2018

Sunday: Deuteronomy 18:15-20/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 7-9, /1 Corinthians 7:32-35/Mark 1:21-28

Monday: 2 Samuel 15:13-14, 30; 16:5-13/Psalm 3:2-3, 4-5, 6-7 /Mark 5:1-20

Tuesday: 2 Samuel 18:9-10, 14b, 24-25a, 30--19:3/Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 /Mark 5:21-43

Wednesday: 2 Samuel 24:2, 9-17/Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 6, 7 /Mark 6:1-6

Thursday: 1 Kings 2:1-4, 10-12/1 Chronicles 29:10, 11ab, 11d-12a, 12bcd /Mark 6:7-13

Friday: Malachi 3:1-4/Psalm 24:7, 8, 9, 10 /Hebrews 2:14-18/Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22-32

Saturday: 1 Kings 3:4-13/Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 /Mark 6:30-34

Next Sunday: Job 7:1-4, 6-7/Psalm 147:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 /1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23/Mark 1:29-39

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  There’s still a need for clean comforters, blankets, bedspreads, and duffel bags.  Used items in good condition are most welcome.  Thanks!   
   These items are needed now: peanut butter, canned chicken;  macaroni & cheese; and rice.   Please leave your donations in plastic bags for easy handling. Gray bins are in the 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!

LEARNING TO EXPLAIN OUR FAITH
    All Saints Parish in Etna will hold Thursday pm sessions starting February 15  to help you know and explain our faith.   Call Camille (412-821-2346).

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to 321 Blink on Brilliant Avenue in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for all that they offer to businesses and individuals and groups.

THIS WEEK’S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
    Beginning this weekend, our school will celebrate Catholic Schools Week.   Catholic schools in America have educated millions of young Catholics.  Thanks to our families and supporters for your dedication to Catholic education!   May we all hand on the Catholic Christian faith to all our children!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT!
    Every Sunday and every day, we’re most grateful for your financial support and generosity!  Thanks to the grace of God and your regular and continuing financial support, we continue to be a living parish community as well as the Church Alive here in our Diocese!  Many thanks, and may the Lord bless you!

THE BISHOP’S LITURGY TO PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS AND THEIR FAMILIES
    On Sunday, February 11, at 2:30pm, Bishop David Zubik will pray with families of those lost to the heroin and opioid crisis.  If you’ve lost a family member, friend, or neighbor, you’re welcome to participate and pray with him at Saint Paul Cathedral, Oakland.

ADULT FORMATION SESSIONS HERE
   "Living In the Spirit," a group of adults supporting each other and sharing practices and resources for spiritual growth, is meeting monthly.  The next session is Wednesday, February 21, at 7:30pm in the Ministry Center Library.  There is no need to register for this group--just join us!
   On February 28, we will begin a 7 week program on Pope Francis’ letter “On Love in the Family”.  More information coming soon!

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREAT IN MARCH
    All women and men coping with the aftermath of an abortion are welcome to participate in a weekend healing retreat this March 2-4.  Contact Toni (412-352-5348 OR by email here)  for complete and confidential information.

Jesus calls us to hand on the Gospel! 
    It’s a great blessing that we received Jesus’ Gospel and the Catholic faith from our parents, grandparents, and ancestors in the Church! Are we ourselves making certain that the Gospel and our Catholic faith are handed on to our children and grandchildren? Please do so, and help our schools and programs in this work! 


     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