March 4, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    We believe that Jesus came to establish the Kingdom of God throughout the Earth!  This divine work includes creating a world of goodness, love, truth, holiness, and peace.  Also, building the Kingdom of God requires eliminating the evil, crime, and sinfulness that still plagues much of our world.
    Just as Jesus drove out of the Temple all that was offensive to God, may we also thrust out of our lives whatever is wrong, sinful, and offensive to God!  Evil and darkness don’t simply disappear. We must be the disciples who drive out what is unholy in the world and then create here a home for the Lord.   May we imitate our ancestors in the Church and may we help Jesus make this world a fitting dwelling place for almighty God.                         
                                                                             — Father Jim Torquato

NEXT WEEKEND’S SECOND COLLECTION
    Next 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
    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 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’
    It’s not too late to join our program on Pope Francis’ letter “On Love in the Family.”  We are meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7:30 in the Ministry Center library. Contact Andy Bechman at the parish office (412-781-0186) or by email here to sign up!

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

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

    On Friday, 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 an event for Middle School students about the benefit and importance of chastity.   This year’s event is  Thursday, March 22, 7:00-9:00pm, at Seton LaSalle Catholic High School, South Hills.  Contact Meredith Troyan here!
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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 on February 18 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!
 
Next Saturday night, please remember to move all your clocks ahead ONE HOUR as, once again, we begin Daylight Savings Time.  Enjoy the daylight!

BECOME PREPARED FOR SEVERE WEATHER
    Local meteorologists Dennis Bowman and Matthew Kramar will present important information on severe weather preparations here in our parish hall this Tuesday, March 6, from 7:00pm—9:00pm.  Everyone is welcome!   This event is brought to our community by Aspinwall Borough and by the staff of Aspinwall Emergency Management.  Come join us, and be certain to be prepared!

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.  To begin your inquiry, please call Mr. Andy Bechman at our parish office (412-781-2767, ext. 18) or email him here.
 
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.  

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.

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.

Become holy as the Lord Jesus is holy!

LITURGY SCHEDULE / PRIEST’S INTENTION
Monday, March 5
   8:30 am.  Tillie Marsico   (Sachie Igims & Grace Langer)

Tuesday, March 6
   8:30 am.  Dr. Robert L. Romano, birthday  (Wife)
  
Wednesday, March 7—Saints Perpetua and Felicity
   8:30 am.  Betty Kost, birthday  (Mary Ann Nicholas)

Thursday, March 8—Saint John of God, religious
   8:30 am   For the Pre-born  (Respect Life Committee)

Friday, March 9—Saint Frances of Rome, religious
   8:30 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (Jo & Natalie) 
  12:00 pm   Women’s Stations of the Cross
  7:00 pm   Stations of the Cross

Saturday, March 10
   9:00 am.  Dr. Thomas & Susan Tamburo  (Evelyn Conflenti)
   5:00pm   Karen E. Torquato  (Ted & Ann Phillips)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, March 11 — Fourth Sunday of Lent
   7:30 am.  Richard Cullinan  (The Cordaro Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members 
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp 
   11:00 am.  Marion Bihrle  (The Ogren Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
Readings for the Week of March 4, 2018
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
Monday: 2 Kings 5:1-15b/Psalm 42:2, 3; 43:3, 4 /Luke 4:24-30 or Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Tuesday: Daniel 3:25, 34-43/Psalm 25:4-5ab, 6 and 7bc, 8-9 /Matthew 18:21-35 Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Wednesday: Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9/Psalm 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20 /Matthew 5:17-19 or Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Thursday: Jeremiah 7:23-28/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9 /Luke 11:14-23 or Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Friday: Hosea 14:2-10/Psalm 81:6c-8a, 8bc-9, 10-11ab, 14 and 17 /Mark 12:28-34 or Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Saturday: Hosea 6:1-6/Psalm 51:3-4, 18-19, 20-21ab /Luke 18:9-14 or Exodus 17:1-7/Psalm 95:1-2, 6-7ab, 7c-9 /John 4:5-42
Next Sunday: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23/Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 /Ephesians 2:4-10/John 3:14-21

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now:  fruit in pull-tab cans;  canned chili;   canned beef stew;  and macaroni & cheese.   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!

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!

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to The Weddell-Ajak Funeral Home in Aspinwall  for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for information.
  

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CDTCA’S NIGHT AT THE RACES
    Next 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!

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 FORENSICS TOURNAMENT
    Recently, our school hosted a Forensics Tournament for numerous students from 12 local Catholic schools.  CDTCA teacher Gina Studebaker coaches students beginning in 6th grade.  Congratulations to Mrs. Studebaker and our students for an excellent event, and best wishes for the years ahead!
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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!

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING SEMINAR
    All church employees, ministers, and volunteers as well as adults connected to a school community are required by our Commonwealth to know the expectations of being a State Mandated Reporter.  A seminar will be held next Saturday, March 10, 9am-12pm, at All Saints Parish in Etna.  Please contact our parish office (412-781-0186) to register!

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 here (+).

 Jesus cleanses the Temple of God.
   In an unexpected action, Jesus cleansed the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem by driving out the merchants and money changers who had turned the holy House of God into a marketplace. This Lent, may we cleanse ourselves of all the things that pollute our lives, and may we become purified and holy disciples of Jesus!
 
     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