March 25, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Have you had an event or a day to which you were NOT looking forward?  Has there ever been something that you had to do even though you wished you could avoid it all together?
    I imagine that Jesus had such feelings even as he entered Jerusalem to the acclamations of the crowds.  Certainly it was a special day when Jesus was welcomed into the holy city before the beginning of the annual Passover celebration.  However, Jesus also knew what awaited him by the week’s end, and he knew that he would sacrifice his very life by the end of the Passover event.
    In this Holy Week, as we remember Jesus and his final days, may we remain close to the Lord by commemorating the events of these days.  The Lord always appreciates our company—especially in these holy days.  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 JOIN US DURING THIS HOLY WEEK!
    This Sunday, March 24-25, we once again come to Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion and the solemn celebrations of Holy Week. 
    While many are working this 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.  Please 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!

THESE FINAL DAYS OF LENT
    Today’s purple bulletin insert contains the remaining times for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 
    Please also remember that this Good Friday is a day for abstaining from meat (ages 14+) as an act of penance, and Good Friday is also a day of fasting for all Catholic Christians (ages 18-59).   

 OUR SANCTUARY WALL SURVEY
    Begun last Sunday, March 18, a survey is being taken now.  This parish survey is meant to help determine our members’ interest in possibly repainting the main church sanctuary wall in order to return it to a simple solid color.  The current appearance of the sanctuary wall was unveiled in 2011. 
    Many parish members have asked that the sanctuary wall be returned to its original appearance—especially before we welcome our three neighboring parish communities to join us for the Liturgy every Sunday beginning October 2018.
    Please complete your ballots located in the church and return them to the parish office before Tuesday, April 3.  Thank you very much!

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

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 local 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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OUR GREAT EASTER VIGIL THIS SATURDAY
    All of our parish members and friends are most welcome to join us for the annual celebration of the Great Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 31.  
    In keeping with Diocesan practice, our Vigil will begin at 8:30pm next Saturday.  This most important annual Holy Saturday celebration will conclude at about 11:00pm.  Please join us for this first celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus!

EASTER BLESSING OF FAMILIES
    From 2:00pm to 3:00pm this Easter Sunday, April 1, Bishop David Zubik will host an Easter Blessing of Families at Saint Paul Cathedral.  Each family can visit with and be blessed by the Bishop on Easter Sunday.  All are welcome!

SAINT PIO RELICS ON DISPLAY
    On April 4 and 5, 12 noon to 8pm, official relics of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will be on display at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland.  All are welcome to view these sacred relics of the saint!

   Thank you for helping us to clean up our church after each weekend Liturgy.  We’re grateful that all of us care for our parish 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.
 
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 (+).

PRAYER BREAKFAST FOR LIFE
    On Saturday, April 14, at 10:00am, the Pennsylvania Foundation for Life and the People Concerned for the Unborn Child will host their annual Pro-Life Breakfast in Penn Hills at the Comfort Inn, 699 Rodi Road.  The donation is $20 per person.  Call PCUC at 412-531-9272 for your reservations.

A Mandated Reporter Training Session  will be held at Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Moon Township on Thursday, April 12, 6pm-9pm.  Call 412-456-5633.

HELPING OUR LOCAL SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL
    Our Aquinas Guild appreciates your donations to the local Saint Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. 
    Your April donations of canned vegetables and fruits (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.  Please contact our office if you or your neighbors ever need confidential help from the St. Vincent DePaul 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 26
   8:30 am   Karen E. Torquato  (Mike & Janis Woshner)

   7:30 pm   Tenebrae Prayer Service

Tuesday, March 27
   8:30 am   Sheila & Peter Massalski  (Family)

Wednesday, March 28
   8:30 am   Jack C. Dorsey  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Thursday, March 29 — Holy Thursday
   7:30 pm   Mary S. Rees  (daughter, Peggy Santelli)

Friday, March 30 — Good Friday 
   12:00 pm   Mary’s Stations of the Cross
   1:30 pm   Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion
   7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 31 — Holy Saturday
   8:30 pm — Easter Vigil    All Saint Scholastica Parish Members
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 1 — The Resurrection of the Lord
   7:30 am   Nick Powers  (Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Thomas D. Maher  (The Maher Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp 
   11:00 am   Greif Family living & deceased  (Marjorie Greif)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of March 25, 2018

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

Monday: Isaiah 42:1-7/Psalm 27:1, 2, 3, 13-14 /John 12:1-11

Tuesday: Isaiah 49:1-6/Psalm 71:1-2, 3-4a, 5ab-6ab, 15 and 17 /John 13:21-33, 36-38

Wednesday: Isaiah 50:4-9a/Psalm 69:8-10, 21-22, 31 and 33-34 /Matthew 26:14-25

Thursday: Chrism Mass: Isaiah 61:1-3a, 6a, 8b-9/Psalm 89:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6 /Revelation 1:5-8/Luke 4:16-21

     Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper: Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14/Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 /1 Corinthians 11:23-26/John 13:1-15

Friday: Isaiah 52:13--53:12/Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 /Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9/John 18:1--19:42

Saturday: Vigil: Genesis 1:1--2:2 or 1:1, 26-31a/Psalm 104:1-2, 5-6, 10, 12, 13-14, 24, 35 or Psalm 33:4-5, 6-7, 12-13, 20-22 /Genesis 22:1-18 or 22:1-2, 9a, 10-13, 15-18/Psalm 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 /Exodus 14:15--15:1/Exodus 15:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 17-18 /Isaiah 54:5-14/Psalm 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 /Isaiah 55:1-11/Isaiah 12:2-3, 4, 5-6/Baruch 3:9-15, 32--4:4/Psalm 19:8, 9, 10, 11 /Ezekiel 36:16-17a, 18-28/Psalm 42:3, 5; 43:3, 4  or Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6  or Psalm 51:12-13, 14-15, 18-19 /Romans 6:3-11/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Mark 16:1-7

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 10:34a, 37-43/Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23/Colossians 3:1-4

You can download a PDF of our Reconciliation and Holy Week schedules on our home page.

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 Care at Home for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

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.

DISCOUNTED CDTCA LOTTERY CALENDARS AVAILABLE IN CHURCH THIS WEEKEND
   You can purchase the annual CDTCA Lottery Calendar for just $15 and share in the prizes beginning April 1 through December 31. Get yours this weekend and help support our excellent regional Catholic elementary school here at Saint Scholastica Parish!
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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!

A Bluegrass Benefit Concert to support the Saint Joseph House of Hospitality will be held on Friday, April 27, 7:00pm, Synod Hall, 125 North Craig St., Oakland.  Donation $20. Call 412-471-0666 for info.

Jesus is hailed as the Messiah!
   While the season of Lent moves along quickly, it’s always good to come to Palm Sunday and Holy Week!  Today, we recall Jesus’ entrance into the holy city of Jerusalem, the capital of Israel, as well as the people proclaiming Jesus as their Messiah. May we stay close to Jesus in this week, and may we acclaim him too!
 
     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