February 25, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    The Transfiguration account which we hear every Lent is an important confirmation of Jesus’ identity as the divine Son of God.  It’s an account that assures us that the Lord whom we follow is truly the divine Messiah sent to redeem and save us!
    Likewise, the Transfiguration account also shows us that Jesus is the fulfillment of the covenant with Israel as Jesus is seen conversing with both Moses and Elijah who represent the Law and the Prophets of Israel.  Jesus completes the revelation to Israel and has created the New People of God who are the Lord’s Church.  May we always believe in the Lord Jesus seen in his glory and raised to new life.  God bless!       
                                                                                — Father Jim Torquato

UPDATING OUR CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
    Every three months, our pastor publishes the Church Alive Campaign report in a bulletin insert.  It lists the Diocesan and parish goals of the campaign.     
   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 IS FORTY IMPORTANT DAYS
    This holy Season of Lent is our time for repentance, for the conversion of our hearts, and for growth in holiness, love, and charity.
    Once again, 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 here 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!  

SEMINAR ON ‘LOVE IN THE FAMILY’
    This 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) or by email here for further information.

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!
 
CCD AND YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS
The Saturday Afternoon Retreat for all Confirmation Candidates will be next Saturday, March 3, 1:00pm-6:00pm in the parish hall.

The Saturday Morning Reconciliation Retreat for all Second Grade students will be the following Saturday, March 10, 10:00am-12 noon in the parish hall.

The Appalachia Mission Team meeting will be this Tuesday, February 27 at 7:00pm in the parish hall. All applications for the June Appalachia Mission Trip are needed before this Thursday, March 1.

Taco Tuesday evening Bible Study for high school students continues this Tuesday night, February 27 through March.

On Thursday, March 16, at 4:00pm, our students are invited to help prepare meals and then deliver them to the emergency shelters that are served by Operation Safety Net and Mercy Hospital.  Please register with Meredith Troyan here before March 12!

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.    This year’s event is Thursday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm, at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, McNeilly Road, South Hills.  Contact Meredith Troyan here!
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     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 info.

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!
 
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 at 412-781-0186, ext. 18, or email him here to begin your inquiry.

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.

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 26
   8:30 am    Esther Marie Weible Macchioni  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Tuesday, February 27
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (The Newell Family)

 Wednesday, February 28
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore A. Certo  (Kathy Murray)

Thursday, March 1
   8:30 am   Anita LiVolsi  (Ray & Ruth Ann Weible)

Friday, March 2
   8:30 am   Msgr. Donald Kraus  (Jo & Natalie Certo)
   12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 3—Saint Katharine Drexel, religious
   9:00 am   Denise Donnelly  (Family)
   5:00pm   John E. Dimasi  (daughter, Mary Jo Romano)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, March 4 — Third Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Rosemarie Labriola  (The Labriola Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Christopher Paul  (Stanley & Valerie Paul)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 25, 2018

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

Monday: Daniel 9:4b-10/Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 and 13 /Luke 6:36-38

Tuesday: Isaiah 1:10, 16-20/Psalm 50:8-9, 16bc-17, 21 and 23 /Matthew 23:1-12

Wednesday: Jeremiah 18:18-20/Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16 /Matthew 20:17-28

Thursday: Jeremiah 17:5-10/Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6 /Luke 16:19-31

Friday: Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a/Psalm 105:16-17, 18-19, 20-21 /Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46

Saturday: Micah 7:14-15, 18-20/Psalm 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12 /Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Next Sunday: Exodus 20:1-17 or 20:1-3, 7-8, 12-17/Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 /1 Corinthians 1:22-25/John 2:13-25
 
HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  fruit in pull-tab cans;  applesauce or fruit in single serve containers;  canned red or black beans;   macaroni & cheese;  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!

MARCH 2 WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
    This Friday, March 2 at 11:00am, a World Day of Prayer service will be held at Christ Church, 630 Squaw Run Road East.  Lunch will follow.  Call 412-781-1161 for reservations.  

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Liturgical Publications for being our bulletin provider.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for job opportunities and contact information.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA’S NIGHT AT THE RACES
    On Saturday evening, March 10, at 5:30pm, our school PTG will hold its annual Night at the Races in our parish gymnasium.  All adults are welcome to join us for dinner, horse races, raffles, games, and more.  Contact the school office (412-781-7927) for info!

OUR YOUNG SCIENTISTS
    This year, 33 eighth and seventh grade students took part in the PA Junior Academy of Sciences at Duquesne University.  Eleven of our students will go to Penn State in May to compete in the state finals.  Congratulations and best wishes to all!

PREPARING FOR THE NEXT SCHOOL YEAR
   CDTCA is preparing for the coming school year by accepting registrations for 2018-2019.
    You’re most welcome to join us so that 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.
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MARCH 8 LENTEN RETREAT EVENING 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!

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.

COLLEGE DISCERNMENT EVENING
    All college age and post college men are welcome to Saint Paul Seminary for a March 19, 5:30-8:30pm, evening to hear about discerning God’s will for your life.  Contact Ms. Theresa Sullivan here to register now!

CALLED BY NAME TO HOLINESS OF LIFE
    ALL high school young men and women are welcome to this Sunday, April 15, 4:00pm—8:30pm program.  No cost.  Register here (+).

 Jesus acknowledged as God’s Son!
   We’re all most thankful that Jesus’ companions, Peter, James, and John, shared the news of the Transfiguration event with the other Apostles and disciples following Jesus’ Resurrection. Along with the divine message at Jesus’ Baptism, this statement from God that Jesus is the Father’s beloved Son is most important to our faith!

    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