March 18, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Jesus doesn’t ask much of us — Jesus asks everything of us!  Just as Jesus gave his entire life for our salvation, so too does Jesus ask us to give our lives to him and to his Gospel and to his Kingdom!
    Jesus teaches us in today’s Gospel account that his mission of transforming humanity and his work of building God’s own Kingdom are of paramount importance in every age, and for every disciple, and for the entire Church. 
    All too often, we live like everyone else, and we indulge in the matters and enjoyments of this world.  Yet, Jesus reminds us each year in Lent and through his holy Word that we should find our fulfillment in God alone rather than this world.
    May we direct our lives toward Jesus now and every day, and may we give our lives to the Lord just as he gave his life to us so that, living in him now, we may come to live in him forever in his eternal Kingdom.  God bless!                     
                                                                  —Father Jim Torquato

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.

PLEASE BE SURE TO JOIN US DURING HOLY WEEK BEGINNING NEXT SUNDAY!
    Next Sunday, March 24-25, we will once again come to Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and the solemn celebration of Holy Week.  While many are working that week and many will be away on vacation, please know that all of our members, families, and neighbors are most welcome to join us here at the church for the special celebrations of Palm Sunday, the Tenebrae Prayer Service on Monday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, the Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday!
    These are our holiest days of the entire Catholic Year.  Be sure to join us for our prayer and worship as we remember the final events of Jesus’ life and then commemorate the glory of his Resurrection.  The complete schedule is on the purple bulletin insert!

FINAL LENTEN OBSERVANCES
    Today’s purple bulletin insert contains the remaining times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, including this Wednesday’s three evening hours of Confessions (6:00pm-9:00pm). 
    Please also remember that all the Fridays of Lent are days for abstaining from meat (ages 14+) as an act of penance.  Good Friday will also be a day of fasting for all Catholic Christians (ages 18-59).   
 
THIS THURSDAY’S LENTEN SOUP DINNER AND PRAYER WITH THE HOPE FOR HAITI COMMITTEE
    This Thursday evening, an evening of prayer and a simple meal will be hosted by our Hope for Haiti Committee in the parish hall.  This special Lenten gathering will express our parish’s solidarity with the poor of Haiti as well as raise awareness of life and conditions in this poorest of nations.  Please join us at 6:30pm, Thursday, March 22, in the parish hall for a homemade soup and bread dinner in support of our work for the people of Haiti!

OUR NEW PARISH IN 2022
    As our diocesan “On Mission for the Church Alive!” program moves forward, 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 

    The Silver Ring Thing  is an event for Middle School students about the benefit and importance of chastity.   This year’s event is  this Thursday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm, at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, South Hills.  Contact Meredith Troyan here!

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL JUNE 11-15
    From Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, our parish Religious Education staff will once again hold a morning Vacation Bible School for young children ages 5-9.  The donation is $15 for each student before May 1 and then $25 for each student after  May 1, 2018.   
    In addition, older students and parents are welcome to offer your time as VBS helpers. Please register now through the parish office, our web site, or the bulletin flyers at the church exits.

CAMP HELPING HAND JULY 9-11
    For three days, July 9-11, our Religious Education staff will hold the annual Camp Helping Hand to engage middle school students (grades 6-8) in local service projects for the benefit of our community.  Again, please register now through our office, through our website, or using the flyer available at the church exits.  Sign up your youngsters today!
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GIRL SCOUT COOKIES ON SALE THIS WEEKEND
    This weekend, March 17-18, 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 THIS weekend.

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 for more information.

SEMINAR ON ‘LOVE IN THE FAMILY’
    For seven Wednesdays, 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 Bechman at the office  (412-781-0186) or by email here for further information.

   Thank you for helping us to clean up our church before and after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re all very, very grateful that you care for your parish community property!

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 Monday, 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 today!

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 de Paul Society!

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 19—Saint Joseph, husband of Mary
   8:30 am   Esther Marie Weible Macchioni  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Tuesday, March 20
   8:30 am   John Donahue  (Dr. & Mrs. McCarthy)

Wednesday, March 21
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Thursday, March 22
   8:30 am   Tommaso Sbarra, anniversary  (Family)

Friday, March 23
   8:30 am   Robert Dudas  (mom, L. Scotty)
  12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
  7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 24
   9:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Tish Marsico)

   5:00 pm   Peggy Dunn  (Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, March 25 — Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Harry Bechman ( Tish Marsico)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   11:00 am   Harry Bechman  (Kathleen McAndrews)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

Readings for the Week of March 18, 2018

Sunday: Jeremiah 31:31-34/Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 14-15 /Hebrews 5:7-9/John 12:20-33

Monday: 2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16/Psalm 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 /Romans 4:13, 16-18, 22/Matthew 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Luke 2:41-51a

Tuesday: Numbers 21:4-9/Psalm 102:2-3, 16-18, 19-21 /John 8:21-30 or 2 Kings 4:18b-21, 32-37/Psalm 17:1, 6-7, 8b and 15 /John 11:1-45

Wednesday: Daniel 3:14-20, 91-92, 95/Daniel 3: 52, 53, 54, 55, 56 /John 8:31-42 
Thursday: Genesis 17:3-9/Psalm 105:4-5, 6-7, 8-9 /John 8:51-59 
Friday: Jeremiah 20:10-13/Psalm 18:2-3a, 3bc-4, 5-6, 7 /John 10:31-42 

Saturday: Ezekiel 37:21-28/Jeremiah 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13 /John 11:45-56 
Next Sunday: Mark 11:1-10 or John 12:12-16/Isaiah 50:4-7/Psalm 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24 /Philippians 2:6-11/Mark 14:1--15:47 or 15:1-39

 
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: canned red or black beans; and prepared meal mixes like Hamburger Helper.  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 Walnut Grill, Waterworks Mall, and their Sunday Brunch  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information and for a $2 coupon which can be used for today’s brunch.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

Thanks very much to all in our community who came to the March 16 CDTCA Fish Fry!  We all hope that you enjoyed this great event!

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.

CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE IN CHURCH THIS 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 THIS WEEKEND
    Our school staff will be selling a wide variety of store certificates in the main church entrance after morning Masses THIS Sunday, March 18.  Your support of our school, CDTCA, is truly appreciated!
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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!

Events from State Representative Dom Costa—Thursday, March 22, Fugh Hall (27 Crescent Street, Etna)—learn about obtaining a state pardon for offenses; AND Tuesday, March  27, at Goodwill, Lawrenceville (118 52nd Street)—attend a seminar on Domestic Violence.  Register at  412-361-2040.

Jesus gave his life for us!
   There are many beliefs in our Christian faith about which we’re reminded during this season of Lent. One of these essential beliefs is that Jesus gave his life on the cross so that we ourselves might have the promise of new life thanks to his Resurrection which followed his death. May we be grateful for his gift and rejoice!
  
     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