February 11, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Throughout my career as a priest, a number of parish members have reminded me to take care of my physical health.  I eventually realized how correct they were in saying that, without good health, we have little else.  Without good health, we cannot live the best life, we cannot achieve our potential, and we cannot help and care for our family members and loved ones and others in our community. 
    The same is true for our spiritual health as well as our physical health.  Without good spiritual health, we suffer many ills.  We can become selfish and sour, angry and bitter, miserable and lost.  For our own good and for the good of all those with whom we share our lives, cultivating good spiritual health is most important.
    This coming Lent, may all of us pay attention to our spiritual health and well-being so that the health of our soul and our spirit will be in the best condition.  God bless!                              
                                                                                          —Father Jim Torquato

PARISH SHARE STARTING THIS WEEK
    Thank you for your annual support of our Parish Share Campaign which allows us to support Bishop Zubik and our Diocesan Church of Pittsburgh!    Our 2018 Parish Share Campaign will begin this month, and you’ll receive your pledge letter soon.  Thank you for helping our community to meet our 2018 Parish Share goal before Easter Sunday!

Booklets for Lent and for your spiritual reading are available at the church doors.  Feel free to take copies for yourself and your family and friends!

THE BISHOP’S LITURGY TO PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS AND THEIR FAMILIES
    This Sunday, February 11, at 2:30pm, Bishop David Zubik will pray with families of those lost to the heroin and opioid crisis.  You’re welcome to pray with our Bishop at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland this Sunday.

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.   Please make our Sunday Liturgy your highest priority each week.  God bless!

LENT BEGINS ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
    On Ash Wednesday, February 14, we will begin the holy Season of Lent.  
    Please make your plans now.  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 the Dynamic Catholic website here (+) to register.
    This Ash Wednesday, we will celebrate the Liturgy at 8:30am and 7:00pm.  We’ll also have prayer services at 12 noon and 4:00pm.  As always, ashes will be given after the homily.  Please also remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting (ages 18-59), and Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent are days for abstaining from meat (ages 14+).  Good wishes for a holy Season of Lent.  God bless!  

APPALACHIA MISSION TEAM MEAGER MEAL ON ASH WEDNESDAY
    On Ash Wednesday, February 14, our Appalachia Mission Team will hold their annual Meager Meal in the parish hall  (11am—1pm & 4pm-7pm).  Everyone is welcome on this Day of Fasting and Abstaining from Meat.  For a $5 donation, you’ll receive a bowl of soup and some bread.

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY THIS SUNDAY
    The entire Catholic Church will celebrate World Marriage Day this Sunday.  It’s a time for spouses to rededicate themselves to one another, and it’s a time for all Catholic Christians to pledge our support for all married couples.  Happy World Marriage Day!

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 bulletins to your home, and please take all tissues and litter to a trash container after the Liturgy.  Thank you!

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, February 13, through March.
  •     The Silver Ring Thing is a special annual event to speak with Middle School students about personal relationships and the benefit and importance of chastity.  Because of difficult weather, this year’s event was rescheduled from January to Thursday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm, at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, McNeilly Road, South Hills.  Contact Meredith Troyan!
A Mardi Gras Lunch for the Women of our parish will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 11:30am at the Cornerstone Restaurant.  A reservation and pre-payment of $25 per person are required today.  Leave yours at the parish office or contact Karyn Lynch (412-963-9399) today for information.  See you Tuesday!

Please take a stand for Life this Lent.  You can join the prayerful witness of 40 Days for Life at Planned Parenthood, Downtown this Lent.  Call Mary Catherine Scanlon (412-781-6550) for more information.

WOMEN’S STATIONS OF THE CROSS THIS LENT
    Beginning Friday, February 16, at 12 noon, our Aquinas Women’s Guild will host the Women’s Stations of the Cross here in the church every Friday during the Season of Lent.  All women of our parish, of nearby parishes, and your friends and neighbors are most welcome to join in this special time of Lenten prayer in the coming two months.

SEMINAR ON POPE FRANCIS’ LETTER
    On Wednesday, February 28, Mr. Andy Bechman will begin a 7 week program on Pope Francis’ letter “On Love in the Family”.  The suggested donation is $15 for materials,  Contact Andy Bechman at the parish office  (412-781-0186) for further information.

A GENTLE REMINDER, TOO, FOR ALL OUR LITURGICAL MINISTERS AND SERVERS
    Please 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 him and 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!

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.

DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND PRAYER HERE AT OUR PARISH
     "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!
 
ARE YOU CONSIDERING OR SEEKING AN ANNULMENT FOLLOWING A DIVORCE?
    Mr. Jay Conzemius, the moderator of our Diocesan Tribunal, will be offering a presentation on marriage annulments (including time for Q&A) at Saint Bede Parish, Point Breeze, on Tuesday, March 6, at 7:00pm.   You will also be able to begin the process then.  Call 412-456-3033  to register for this information session.  

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your February donations of hot and cold cereals, breakfast bars, hot chocolate packets, and tea bags (and any non-perishable items) are most welcome.  Please put donations in the red bin in our church’s main entrance.  
    Thank you for your generous donations.  Contact our parish office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent DePaul Society!

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 Confidential Abuse Hotline is 1-888-808-1235.

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, February 12
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Tuesday, February 13
   8:30 am   Holy Face of Jesus

 Wednesday, February 14— Ash Wednesday
   8:30 am   Frederick Greif  (Marjorie Greif) 
   12:00 noon   Service with Ashes
   4:00 pm   Service with Ashes
   7:00 pm   Yvonne Maher  (Thomas Maher)

Thursday, February 15
   8:30 am   Esther Marie Weible Macchioni  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Friday, February 16
   8:30 am   Mary Louise Sullivan  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)
   12:00 noon   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 17
   9:00 am   Catherine Fetterman  (John Staley)

   5:00pm   Karen Torquato  (Mary Jo Romano)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, February 18 — First Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Mrs. Barbara Flanagan  (Mr. & Mrs. Richard Zappala)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Mrs. Barbara Flanagan   (Mr. & Mrs. Richard Zappala)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 11, 2018
Sunday: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46/Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11/1 Corinthians 10:31--11:1/Mark 1:40-45
Monday: James 1:1-11/Psalm 119:67, 68, 71, 72, 75, 76 /Mark 8:11-13
Tuesday: James 1:12-18/Psalm 94:12-13a, 14-15, 18-19/Mark 8:14-21
Wednesday: Joel 2:12-18/2 Corinthians 5:20--6:2/Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 12-13, 14 and 17 /Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Deuteronomy 30:15-20/Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 /Luke 9:22-25
Friday: Isaiah 58:1-9a/Psalm 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 18-19 /Matthew 9:14-15
Saturday: Isaiah 58:9b-14/Psalm 86:1-2, 3-4, 5-6 /Luke 5:27-32
Next Sunday: Genesis 9:8-15/Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /1 Peter 3:18-22/Mark 1:12-15
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: canned fruitmacaroni & cheese; and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.   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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Home Security Team for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information so you too can protect your family.
 
OUR REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS NOW PREPARING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
    Every day and every week, our school community at CDTCA is busy with education and activities and sports.  This school year continues to be a very good year once again!
    At the same time, we’re preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for the August start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
    Our current families will be registering soon for next year.  If you or your relatives or neighbors would like to join our school community too, please invite them to contact our school office this week.  Our school of 205 students (Pre-School through Eighth Grade) is growing every year and provides a premier Catholic education to our students.
    You’re most welcome to join us so your child/children will receive an excellent education and a fine formation in our Catholic faith!  Call our office this week (412-781-7927) to register for August.

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!

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.

A five day Lenten Parish Mission will be held at Saint Sebastian Parish, McKnight Road at Siebert Road, February 19-23, 7:00pm.  All are welcome!   Visit their website here (+) for info.

Mandated Reporter Training for parish volunteers will be at Holy Apostles Parish in Baldwin, February 27, 6:00-9:00pm.  Contact our office to register.

Jesus makes us whole!
We often call on our doctors, nurses, dietitians, and trainers to help us achieve physical health and healing. Jesus also wants us to be well and to be whole physically and spiritually. The Lord brought wholeness, healing, and heath to the people of his day and in the past 20 centuries. May we pray for healing and wholeness too! 
 
     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