March 11, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO   
    Since the beginning of Creation, the God in whom we believe has been generous and good to the universe that’s been created as well as to humanity given life on this Earth.  To contemplate the vastness of all creation leaves us astonished.  Then to contemplate the goodness of our Creator leaves us just as amazed.
    The goodness of God whom we call Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has been clearly revealed to the world first through the People of Israel and then fully in the life and message of Jesus of Nazareth, Jesus the Christ, Jesus the Lord.
    This goodness of God is shared with us each day in the Church and in our lives, and God’s goodness is promised to us in the eternal Kingdom.  May we all receive life in God forever.  God bless!
                                                                —Father Jim Torquato

THIS WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    This weekend, March 10-11, every parish will hold the annual national Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Your donations will go to help fund programs for the needy and poor in America as well as Mission efforts here in the United States.  Thank you for your generosity!

UPDATING OUR CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES
    Among our Church Alive Campaign goals, 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.  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, the electrical wiring, and possibly the windows. 
    By changing this Ministry Center project, we can use funds donated by our parish community to enhance this parish building and insure the continued presence of our former convent and current Ministry Center.  At this time, officials of the Diocese have given permission to change the original plans and continue renovating our current Ministry Center.

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 their website here (+) to register.  You may also contact Mr. Andy Bechman (through our parish office)  regarding spiritual and educational programs.
   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’
    For seven Wednesdays, at 7:30pm, Andy Bechman is hosting a 7 week program on Pope Francis’ letter “On Love in the Family”.  The suggested donation is $15 for materials,  Contact Andy at the 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!
 

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS

EVERYONE’S INVITED TO HELP AT HOMELESS SHELTERS THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 16
    On Friday, March 16, at 4:00pm, our students and families  and members are all invited to help prepare meals and then deliver them to the emergency shelters that are served by Operation Safety Net and Mercy Hospital.  Needed are 300 dinner rolls, 50 pans of macaroni and cheese, and 300 cupcakes.  Drivers and servers are also needed.  Please contact Jamie Dillon here or Meredith Troyan here now if you can help!

    The Silver Ring Thing  is an event for Middle School students about the benefit and importance of chastity.   This year’s event is  next Thursday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm, at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, South Hills.  Contact Meredith Troyan here!
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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ON SALE NEXT WEEKEND
    Next weekend, March 18, our Girl Scouts are scheduled to offer their boxes of cookies for sale here at the church after our Liturgies.  Enjoy these treats, and support the Girl scouts NEXT weekend.

THE RITE OF CONTINUING CONVERSION
    Accompanied by their sponsors, Ashley DeMoss, Jared Ruggieri, and M/M John and Joy Lubawski traveled to Saint Paul Cathedral this Lent to participate in the Rite of Continuing Conversion with Bishop David Zubik.  
    Baptized Christians who wish to enter the Catholic Church participate in a time of preparation.  When they’re ready, they join the church in a Profession of Faith at a Sunday Liturgy.  Then they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation and join us at the table of the Eucharist.  This will take place in April, and M/M Lubawski will be joined by their son, Gunnar, who is a 2nd grade student at CDTCA. 
    Please pray for these candidates this Lent as they prepare to enter the Catholic Church.  Thank you!

     This weekend, please remember to move all your clocks ahead ONE HOUR as, once again, we begin Daylight Savings Time.  Enjoy the daylight!

DEVELOP YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE RIGHT HERE
     On Tuesday, March 20, at 7:30pm, in the Ministry Center Library, you’re invited to gather with the “Living in the Spirit” group to learn about and share practices and resources for spiritual growth.  Our topic will be the Holy Spirit.  This spirituality group meets every month.  Contact Andy Bechman here.

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.

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 Mrs. Theresa Sullivan at our Diocesan Vocations Office here  to register now!

CALLED BY NAME TO HOLINESS OF LIFE
    ALL high school young men and women are welcome to a Sunday, April 15, 4:00pm—8:30pm program on the Call to Holiness being held at Saints John and Paul Parish in Wexford. No cost. Register now at www.PGHPriest.com (+).

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your March donations of canned soups, stews, chili, and rice  (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, March 12
   8:30 am   Karen Torquato  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Tuesday, March 13
   8:30 am   John M. Mahardy  (Mark & Cathy Bellinger)

Wednesday, March 14
   8:30 am   Jack C. Dorsey  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Thursday, March 15
   8:30 am   George & Margaret Oxley  (Rich & Donna)

Friday, March 16
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Bill Eckert)
  12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
  7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 17—Saint Patrick, bishop
   9:00 am   Edmond Downey  (The Downey Family)

   5:00 pm   The Hoolahan Family, living & deceased  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, March 18 — Fifth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am   Karen Torquato  (The Gonzales Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   9:00 am   Harry Bechman   (Sister Pat Baker, CDP)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 11, 2018

Sunday: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23/Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 /Ephesians 2:4-10/John 3:14-21

Monday: Isaiah 65:17-21/Psalm 30:2 and 4, 5-6, 11-12a and 13b /John 4:43-54 
Tuesday: Ezekiel 47:1-9, 12/Psalm 46:2-3, 5-6, 8-9 /John 5:1-16 
Wednesday: Isaiah 49:8-15/Psalm 145:8-9, 13cd-14, 17-18 /John 5:17-30 
Thursday: Exodus 32:7-14/Psalm 106:19-20, 21-22, 23 /John 5:31-47 
Friday: Wisdom 2:1a, 12-22/Psalm 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23 /John 7:1-2, 10, 25-30 
Saturday: Jeremiah 11:18-20/Psalm 7:2-3, 9bc-10, 11-12 /John 7:40-53 
Next Sunday: Jeremiah 31:31-34/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 /Hebrews 5:7-9/John 12:20-33

Please see the Reconciliation schedule and the  Holy Week schedule on today’s bulletin insert.

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  powdered milk;  canned red or black beans; and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.   [Note: this list is more up-to-date than the print bulletin.] Please leave your donations in plastic bags.  Gray bins are in the main 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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Nancy Tabacjar Ware and Northwood Realty for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

THIS COMING FRIDAY’S SCHOOL FISH FRY
    This coming Friday, March 16, our school will hold its annual Fish Fry in the school cafeteria—11am-1pm for take out lunch, and 4pm—7pm for eat in or take out dinner.  Please see todays’ bulletin insert for complete information.  Order forms can dropped off in advance in the school office.

NIGHT AT THE RACES THANKS
   Our school Parent Teacher Guild would like to express its gratitude to the many participants, sponsors, parents, teachers, and volunteers who helped to make this weekend’s Night at the Races a great success.  This annual event benefits our school students and programs, and the participation and help of so many is most greatly appreciated.  Thank you!

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.

OUR CDTCA TEACHER OF THE MONTH
    Mrs. Erin Steinberg absolutely loves teaching our First Grade class at CDTCA.  She began as our pre-school teacher in 2006 and became our First Grade teacher in 2010.  Mrs. Steinberg loves the warm and welcoming environment that is found at CDTCA, and she finds our school to be a wonderful place to teach.  She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Duquesne University.  Mrs. Steinberg also enjoys family time with her husband and their two daughters as well as adventures with them at the zoo and the aviary.  

CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE IN CHURCH NEXT WEEKEND
   With a payout start date of April 1, this year’s lottery calendars will be available in the church next weekend for the reduced donation of just $15.  Get yours next weekend and help support our school!

STORE CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE IN CHURCH NEXT WEEKEND
    Our school staff will be selling a wide variety of store certificates in the main church entrance after morning Masses NEXT Sunday, March 18.  Your support of our school, CDTCA, is truly appreciated!
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Jesus came for eternal life!
   In today’s Gospel account from John, Jesus gives one of the most favorite teachings in the New Testament. Jesus assures us that he was sent from the Father not to condemn the world but to bring and offer eternal life to humanity. May we be grateful for this marvelous teaching, and may we all receive eternal life!
 
     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