February 18, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
     Jesus sums up the season of Lent with his call to “Repent!”  in today’s gospel account.  This is our holy season for the conversion of our hearts and our lives away from sin and evil.  This is our time to repent of the wrong that we so often commit against God and against others.  It’s our annual time to pursue holiness and sainthood in our lives and our discipleship!
    Whether or not we admit it, most of us sin and hurt others all too often.  We sin through our actions, our attitudes, and especially our words.
    Receiving ashes is just the beginning of our repentance.  Through a change of heart,  through prayer, sacrifice, and charity, we should become holy, renewed Catholic Christians by Easter.  God bless!
                                                                         — Father Jim Torquato
 
UPDATING OUR CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
    Every three months, when our pastor receives and publishes the Church Alive Campaign report in a bulletin insert, the reverse side contains the lists of Diocesan and parish objectives for which this campaign was conducted.  As for the parish goals, we’ve addressed three of our four objectives.     
   The fourth and final objective proposed by Father Ken White and the parish campaign team in 2013 was the demolition of the former convent and the rectory and the construction of a NEW Ministry Center  with three offices and three meeting rooms.  The cost of such a construction project was estimated to be at least $1.5+ million.  About $400,000 of that amount was to be raised by the Church Alive Campaign, but as it stands, about $250,000 has been donated for such a NEW Ministry Center.  An extra  $1.25+ million  would be needed.
    Because of the upcoming On Mission parish mergers (first unveiled in 2016) and because constructing a New Ministry Center is cost prohibitive at this time, our pastor and the pastoral and finance councils have asked Bishop David Zubik and diocesan officials if we might use our remaining Campaign funds to upgrade our existing Ministry Center rather than build a new one.  These funds would go toward replacing the roof and the electrical wiring of the former convent.  We’ll also examine the windows and the building interior. 
    By changing this Ministry Center project, we can use funds donated by our parish community to enhance this historic parish building and insure the continued presence of our former convent and current Ministry Center.  We hope this change request is acceptable to the bishop and our donors. Thank you!

OUR 2018 PARISH SHARE CAMPAIGN
    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 has begun, and all registered households have been sent your campaign pledge letter. 
    Our 2018 Parish Share goal is to raise $67,780 for the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh.   Each household is asked to contribute $250 or more at this time or to make an 11 month pledge.  On behalf of our Bishop and our entire Diocesan Church, thank you for helping our parish community to meet our 2018 Parish Share goal before Easter Sunday!
 
LENT HAS BEGUN AND WILL CONTINUE FOR FORTY IMPORTANT DAYS
    On Ash Wednesday, February 14, we began the holy Season of Lent.   This is our time for repentance, for the conversion of our hearts, and for growth in holiness, love, and charity.
    We still 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.  You may also contact Mr. Andy Bechman (through our parish office) regarding spiritual and educational programs for adults.
   You’re also welcome to join us for the Stations of the Cross every Friday.  The Stations for Women are at 12 noon, and the Stations for the entire community are at 7:00pm.
  Please also remember that all the Fridays of Lent are days for abstaining from meat (ages 14+) as an act of penance.  Good wishes for a holy Season of Lent.  God bless!  

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!

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.
 
UPCOMING CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS
    Taco Tuesday evening Bible Study for high school students will not meet this Tuesday, Feb. 20.  It will resume on the 27th.
    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!

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
    Our Aquinas Women’s Guild is hosting the Women’s Stations of the Cross at 12 noon 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 prayer throughout Lent.

SEMINAR ON ‘LOVE IN THE FAMILY’
    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.  Please register by email here or by leaving a voicemail message at 412-781-0186, Ext. 18.

A GENTLE REMINDER 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 most 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!

Draw nearer to the Lord in these days!

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 412-781-0186, Ext. 18 or email him here to begin your inquiry.

DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE AND PRAYER HERE AT OUR PARISH

      "Living in the Spirit" is a group of adults supporting each other and sharing practices and resources for spiritual growth.  We meet 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 hot tea (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 19
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Martha Perego)

Tuesday, February 20
   8:30 am   John F. Donahue  (Thomas Maher)

 Wednesday, February 21—Saint Peter Damien, bishop
   8:30 am   Mary Louise Sullivan  (The Donnelly Family)

Thursday, February 22—The Chair of Saint Peter
   8:30 am   Marjorie Noonan Ladley  (Kathy Murray)

Friday, February 23—Saint Polycarp, martyr
   8:30 am   Jack C. Dorsey  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, February 24
   9:00 am   Jim Hoctor  (Karen & John Staley)
   5:00pm   Carmen Torockio (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Sunday, February 25 — Second Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Robert G. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Karen Torquato  (Sister Pat & Ensemble)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 18, 2018

Sunday: Genesis 9:8-15/Psalm 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /1 Peter 3:18-22/Mark 1:12-15

Monday: Leviticus 19:1-2, 11-18/Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 15 /Matthew 25:31-46

Tuesday: Isaiah 55:10-11/Psalm 34:4-5, 6-7, 16-17, 18-19 /Matthew 6:7-15

Wednesday: Jonah 3:1-10/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19 /Luke 11:29-32

Thursday: 1 Peter 5:1-4/Psalm 23:1-3a, 4, 5, 6/Matthew 16:13-19

Friday: Ezekiel 18:21-28/Psalm 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-7a, 7bc-8 /Matthew 5:20-26

Saturday: Deuteronomy 26:16-19/Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8 /Matthew 5:43-48

Next Sunday: Genesis 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Psalm 116:10, 15, 16-17, 18-19 /Romans 8:31b-34/Mark 9:2-10

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  canned fruit in pull-tab cansfruit and applesauce in single-serve containersmacaroni & cheese;  canned red or black beans;  prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  [This list is more current than the print bulletin.] 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!

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  email her here)  for complete and confidential information.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Catholic Match Pennsylvania for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

OUR REGIONAL CATHOLIC SCHOOL IS NOW PREPARING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    If you or your relatives or neighbors would like to join our school community too, please contact our school office now.  Our school of 205 students (Pre-School through Eighth Grade) is growing every year and provides a premier Catholic education.
    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.

OUR TEACHER OF THE MONTH
    Miss Erica Seigneur is in her first year at CDTCA and teaches Fifth Grade reading, English, math, and science as well as Physical Education for all grades.  Miss Seigneur is a graduate of Grove City College and has been a science teacher for several years.  She is pursuing graduate studies at LaRoche College and also coaches swimming. 

STORE CERTIFICATES ON SALE THIS SUNDAY
    Our school staff will be selling store certificates this Sunday morning.  Thanks for your support!
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MARCH 8 LENTEN RETREAT HERE
    Is God speaking to you?  This is the theme of this year’s  Aquinas Guild Lenten Retreat on Thursday, March 8 from 7:00pm—8:30pm  in the parish hall.  The presenter will be Father Frank Almade, former pastor of the Catholic Community in Sharpsburg and current Catholic pastor in New Castle.  A light reception will follow.  No reservations are necessary.  Everyone is welcome!

MARCH 2 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
    On Friday, March 2 at 11:00am, the local ecumenical World Day of Prayer service will be held at Christ Church, 630 Squaw Run Road East.  The theme is “All God’s Creation is Very Good!”, and the speaker is from the South American nation of Suriname.  Lunch will follow.  Call 412-781-1161 for lunch reservations and for child care if needed.  

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.

Jesus offers us God’s Kingdom!
   As we begin this holy season of Lent, we’re reminded that Jesus came not simply to restrict us with rules and regulations but to offer us life in God and life in God’s Kingdom. All our conversion, prayer, fasting, and charity this Lent are meant to deepen our life in God and to insure our inclusion in the eternal Kingdom of God!
 
     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