February 4, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Have you ever felt forgotten or outcast or abandoned?  Many people feel this way at some time in their life.  It might occur when you’re ill or in the hospital.  It might occur in a time of distress, or a time of depression, or a time of loneliness.
    When these difficult times take place in our lives, it’s easy to convince ourselves that no one cares for us or for our lives.  We can even make our condition worse by thinking that we’ve reached bottom and that no one cares about us.
    However, today’s Gospel account serves as a clear reminder that, even in the worst or most difficult times in our lives, Jesus is still with us to support us, to carry us, and to be a friend and brother to us—especially when life is difficult and we are suffering or even sinking under the stormy waves.
    In difficult times, please remember to call on Jesus to be with you and to help you.  Don’t run from Jesus or become angry with him.  Instead, call out to Jesus in prayer often, and he will help you like he helped the people of his own day.  God bless!
                                                                                        — Father Jim Torquato

PARISH SHARE STARTING NEXT 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!

THE BISHOP’S LITURGY TO PRAY FOR VICTIMS OF THE OPIOID CRISIS AND THEIR FAMILIES
    Next 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 our Bishop at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland next 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.   Be sure to make our Sunday Liturgy your highest priority each week.  Thank you very much.  God bless!
 
HONORING OUR PATRONESS, SAINT SCHOLASTICA
    Saturday, February 10 is the Memorial of our parish patroness, Saint Scholastica.  The twin sister of the well-known Saint Benedict, Saint Scholastica lived a life devoted to prayer and religious community life.    
    She is the first Religious woman to establish and foster community life among women of the Church in the late fourth century A.D. just as her brother, Benedict, established Religious and community life among men. Scholastica is the patroness of Catholic Religious Sisters, and she continues to pray for us and guide us to Jesus from her place among the company of all the Saints!

WORLD MARRIAGE DAY NEXT SUNDAY
    The entire Catholic Church will celebrate World Marriage Day next Sunday.  It is 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!

LENT BEGINS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
    In only ten 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 the Dynamic Catholic 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!

A SPECIAL PRESENTATION ABOUT HAITI
    This 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, and other efforts. 
   Please join our committee to learn how we can help the people of Haiti.   For more info, contact Doctor Maureen O’Brien, PhD, here.  Join us 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!

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

UPCOMING CCD AND YOUTH EVENTS
    Taco Tuesday evening Bible Study for high school students continues this Tuesday night, January 30, at 8 pm.
    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 High School, McNeilly Road, in the South Hills.  Please contact Meredith Troyan here!
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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!

A Mardi Gras Lunch for the Women of our parish will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 11:30am at the Cornerstone Restaurant.  $25.  Contact Joanne (412-963-8319) today for information.  See today’s insert.

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) or by email here to register.  For further information, see our Adult Faith Formation page here.

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

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!
 
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!

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.

Be with us, Lord, each and every day!
 
LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, February 5 — Saint Agatha, virgin and martyr
   8:30 am   Andrea Certo  (The Certo Family)

Tuesday, February 6 — The Japanese Martyrs
   8:30 am   Anita LiVolsi   (Ray & Ruth Ann Weible)

Wednesday, February 7
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Thursday, February 8 — Saint Jerome Emiliani
   8:30 am   Yvonne B. Maher  (Thomas Maher)

Friday, February 9
   8:30 am   Elizabeth Metrovich ( Tish Marsico)

Saturday, February 10 — Saint Scholastica, virgin
   9:00 am   Margaret Kopay  (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

   5:00pm   Karen Torquato  (Parish Staff)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, February 11—Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
   7:30 am   Edward Williams   (Jack & Mary Ellen Maher)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato 
   11:00 am   Karen Torquato   (Sister Pat and the Parish Schola)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of February 4, 2018
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

Monday: 1 Kings 8:1-7, 9-13/Psalm 132:6-7, 8-10 /Mark 6:53-56

Tuesday: 1 Kings 8:22-23, 27-30/Psalm 84:3, 4, 5 and 10, 11 /Mark 7:1-13

Wednesday: 1 Kings 10:1-10/Psalm 37:5-6, 30-31, 39-40 /Mark 7:14-23

Thursday: 1 Kings 11:4-13/Psalm 106:3-4, 35-36, 37 and 40 /Mark 7:24-30

Friday: 1 Kings 11:29-32; 12:19/Psalm 81:10-11ab, 12-13, 14-15 /Mark 7:31-37

Saturday: 1 Kings 12:26-32; 13:33-34/Psalm 106:6-7ab, 19-20, 21-22 /Mark 8:1-10

Next Sunday: Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46/Psalm 32:1-2, 5, 11 /1 Corinthians 10:31--11:1/Mark 1:40-45

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.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: canned fruit;  macaroni & 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 McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for location and contact information

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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.

DINE AND DONATE FOR CDTCA
    This Wednesday, February 7, 2:30pm—7:00pm, our community can support our school by dining at Zoup! in the Fox Chapel Plaza.   Please take a flyer from the church entrance to Zoup!  with you. Then, 20% of your bill will be sent to CDTCA to help our school.  Thanks for your support!
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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.

Be merciful, O Lord!

Jesus cleanses and heals the world
   Many comment on the condition of our society. With all the negative news in the media and the social conditions that is often unreported, they’re certain the world is in a desperate condition. However, Jesus and his disciples have brought light and goodness to the world. The Kingdom is here, and it will continue to grow! 

     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