April 15, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Most Christians quickly forget that Easter and the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus are celebrated for 50 days—NOT only for one Sunday.  When we gather for the Sunday and weekday Liturgies, we’re reminded that this is still the Easter Season and our celebration of the most important event in history and in our faith—the Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Only Son of God!
    Throughout the Easter Season, we hear the accounts of Jesus’ 40 days with the Apostles and disciples after his Resurrection from the dead.  At each Easter Season Liturgy, we also hear the accounts of the early Church in the Acts of the Apostles.  All of these passages confirm our faith in the Risen Lord Jesus, and they remind us of how the Apostles’ proclamation of Jesus’ Resurrection was welcomed by the people with great joy and enthusiasm. 
    May we celebrate Easter and the Resurrection with great faith and joy now and throughout these 50 days.  God bless!                   
                                                                                   — Father Jim Torquato
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
    To all of our financial contributors and our parish volunteers, thank you very much for your constant generosity to our parish community!   Our staff, school, and entire community greatly appreciate your financial and volunteer support.  You all help to keep our parish community strong and alive!  Thanks!

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!  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 April 30!

BEST WISHES FOR A BLESSED EASTER SEASON!
    For 50 days beginning with Easter Sunday, the Church throughout the world observes our celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus!   May you and your family have a blessed Easter Season now through Pentecost Sunday!
    
THE SURVEY ABOUT OUR SANCTUARY WALL
    Thanks to everyone who submitted a ballot regarding the appearance of our main sanctuary wall.   Because Father Torquato was away last weekend at a friend’s wedding celebration, he will be tallying the wall survey ballots as this bulletin goes to print. 
    The final determination of whether to repaint the sanctuary wall will be made in the coming weeks.  The survey results of our parish community and the points recently raised by our parish community will all be taken into serious consideration as a final determination is made.  Since this church will eventually become a secondary church site for the new parish grouping, it will be important to make the best decision now as it will probably be the decision remaining in place for all the years to come.
 
A SPECIAL SEPTEMBER DAY OF EUCHARISTIC ADORATION FOR ‘ON MISSION’
    As our Diocese launches the next important phase of our “On Mission” effort this April 29,  Bishop David Zubik has requested that all of our current 188 parishes host time for Eucharistic Adoration in our churches to pray for the success of this program.  The date given to our parish for this prayer will be Tuesday, September 25, 12 noon—7:00pm.  Let’s all pray for our future and for the “On Mission” effort!

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

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION STUDENTS!
    Congratulations to our 55 students in the Second Grade who are receiving their First Holy Communion this weekend!  All of the Second Grade students in our CDTCA regional school and in our parish Religious Education program are sharing in the Eucharist given to us by Jesus for the first time.  The Lord gives us this sacred gift so that we might always be in union with him and so that we receive the divine life of God in Holy Communion. Congratulations to all our First Communion recipients and to your parents and teachers and catechists!

CONFIRMATION PEP RALLY THIS THURSDAY
    Our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will be held next Sunday, April 22, at 1:00pm.  All our Eighth Grade Confirmation Candidates are required to attend this coming Thursday’s Confirmation Pep Rally and Prep Event on April 19 at 7:00pm in the parish hall.   Bishop William Winter will be with us as the presiding Bishop for this special event.

APPALACHIA TEAM SPAGHETTI DINNER
    On Sunday, April 29, 4:00pm—7:00pm, our Appalachia Mission Team will hold its annual Spaghetti Dinner in the school cafeteria to help raise funds for this June’s Mission Trip.  Families, adults, and children are welcome to attend.  Details will be coming next week.  You’re welcome to come for dinner and to support this Appalachia Mission Trip.

THANKS FOR YOUR APPALACHIA DONATIONS
    Thanks very, very much to all our parish members and families who donated to our Appalachia Mission Team through the Appalachia House fund raising effort during Lent!  Your donations will help with our Mission Trip this year.  June will be here very soon!

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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ANNIVERSARY FOR OUR ENTIRE DIOCESE OF PITTSBURGH
    On Sunday, July 29, at Saint Paul Cathedral, Fifth Avenue, Oakland, Bishop David Zubik and the entire Church of Pittsburgh will celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese.  All members and families of our Diocesan Church are invited to join in this celebration at 2:30pm, July 29!

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.
 
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, April 16
   8:30 am   Jack C. Dorsey  (Raymond J. & Ruth Ann Weible)

Tuesday, April 17
   8:30 am   Killian Cavanaugh  (The Lovey Family)
  
Wednesday, April 18
   8:30 am   Hattie Komorowski  (Family)

Thursday, April 19
   8:30 am   Helen Kaleida  (Phil & Liz Kaleida)

Friday, April 20
   8:30 am   Sue Ann McCabe  (Maureen Griffith)

Saturday, April 21—Saint Anselm, bishop
   9:00 am   Dr. Salvatore Certo  (The Gonzalez Family)

   5:00 pm   Donald Kiszka  (The Saunders Family)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 22 — Fourth Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members   
      Presider: Father James Torquato
   9:00 am   Harry Bechman  (Mary Ellen & Jack Maher)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp
   11:00 am   Christopher Marion  (Cabrini & Jim Vioral)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 15, 2018

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 3:13-15, 17-19/Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9/1 John 2:1-5a/Luke 24:35-48

Monday: Acts of the Apostles 6:8-15/Psalm 119:23-24, 26-27, 29-30/John 6:22-29

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 7:51--8:1a/Psalm 31:3cd-4, 6 and 7b and 8a, 17 and 21ab/John 6:30-35

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 8:1b-8/Psalm 66:1-3a, 4-5, 6-7a/John 6:35-40

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 8:26-40/Psalm 66:8-9, 16-17, 20/John 6:44-51

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 9:1-20/Psalm 117:1bc, 2/John 6:52-59

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 9:31-42/Psalm 116:12-13, 14-15, 16-17/John 6:60-69

Next Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12/Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29/1 John 3:1-2/John 10:11-18


HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: powdered or shelf-stable milk; macaroni and cheese; 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 Frida0ys.  Please do NOT leave any donations outside 316 or 318 Third Street.  Thank you!

A GATHERING OF YOUNG ADULT CATHOLICS
    On April 27, our Diocese will host a SENT gathering for young adults. Visit www.diopitt.org (+) for information.

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.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to Gentilcore Jewelers of Fox Chapel Plaza for being a bulletin sponsor.  Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.
 

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

REGISTERING 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.
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A GATHERING OF CATHOLIC MEN, APRIL 21
    On Saturday, April 21, from 9:00am—5:00pm, the Catholic Men’s Fellowship will hold its 12th Annual Gathering of Catholic Men at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School, Route 228, in Cranberry.  This faith filled day will include enthusiastic speakers, prayer, Reconciliation, the Liturgy, and more.  Adults $40.  Youth $10.  Group discounts too.  Visit www.cmfpitt.org (+) for information and registration.

THANKS FOR YOUR FOOD DONATIONS!
    Last month, many parish families and members donated food and other supplies to our youth ministry effort to provide for the needs of homeless men and women in local emergency shelters.  Your generous help in this effort is greatly appreciated.  Thank you very much to all our food and supply donors!

GIRLS GETTING INVOLVED IN GOVERNMENT
    Once again this year, the Women and Girls Foundation of Southwest PA is offering two free weekend seminars this summer to girls entering grades 9-12.  Join many other girls from our region in learning about leadership, government , civics, community involvement, and more.  Apply before April 30 at www.GirlGov.org (+). 

Jesus embraces all people!
   In today’s Gospel account, Jesus once again offers mercy and forgiveness in the name of God, and he offers these gifts to all people and all nations! This Easter Season and always, may we be grateful for these promises given to us, and may we remember that Jesus asks us to offer these gifts to all people of the earth! 

    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
office@cdtca.org