April 8, 2018

A NOTE FROM FATHER TORQUATO
    Mercy and forgiveness have been essential gifts of the Lord in the Christian Gospel and in the life of the Church for 20 centuries!  We tend to take these gifts for granted—to the point of presuming that we’re always forgiven, even without confessing our offenses and asking for forgiveness.  Yet, it’s our Catholic Christian faith which continues this message and these gifts of Jesus—unlike other religions which do not have these divine gifts as part of their heritage.
    The gifts of mercy and forgiveness were promised us by the Risen Lord, and the Church has handed on these treasures for nearly 2000 years.  The Saints of God—including Saint Faustina Kowalska and Pope Saint John Paul II—proclaimed the Divine Mercy of Jesus throughout the last century, and they’ve shared these divine gifts with us.
    May we always be honest about our sins and offenses.  May we be grateful that the Lord Jesus will and does mercifully forgive us.  May we be thankful that Jesus promises his Divine Mercy and a new beginning to us—especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  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 JOYFUL AND BLESSED EASTER SEASON, AND MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO’VE MADE EASTER A WONDERFUL CELEBRATION!
    This month, the Church throughout the world once again observes our 50 day celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus!  May you and your family have a blessed Easter Season now through Pentecost Sunday!
    Many thanks, too, to all our parish members, choir members, musicians, music director, lectors, communion ministers, servers, ushers, collection counters, maintenance staff, and parish staff for making this year’s Easter celebration both memorable and prayerful.  Thank you all!   Have a blessed Easter Season!
 
 THE SURVEY ABOUT OUR SANCTUARY WALL
    Thanks to everyone who submitted a ballot regarding the appearance of our main sanctuary wall.  This bulletin went to the printer before the due date for ballots, and so the final tally and the final decision will be shared next week with our parish community.

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

IMPORTANT FIRST COMMUNION AND CONFIRMATION NOTES
    Second grade parents are asked to contact Mrs. Jamie Dillon before Tuesday, April 10 to schedule your child’s “Super Secret Behind the Scenes Church Tour” before their First Holy Communion.  Our First Communion Liturgies will be held NEXT weekend.
    All Confirmation Candidates are required to attend the Confirmation Pep Rally and Prep Event next Thursday, April 19 ,at 7:00pm in the parish hall.  Our Confirmation Ceremony with Bishop William Winter will be held on Sunday, April 22, at 1:00pm.

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.
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“LIVING IN THE SPIRIT” GROUP MEETING
    On Thursday, April 12, at 7:30pm, you’re welcome to come to the Ministry Center Library to learn more about personal spiritual growth.  Our spirituality group meets each month.  Contact Andy Bechman for additional information.

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

A SPECIAL 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!

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 (+). 

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, April 9—The Annunciation of the Lord
   8:30 am   Communion Service

Tuesday, April 10
   8:30 am   Communion Service
  
Wednesday, April 11—Saint Stanislaus, martyr
   8:30 am   Anita LiVolsi  (Ray & Ruth Ann Weible)

Thursday, April 12
   8:30 am   Christopher Kopay   (Dr. & Mrs. Phillip Kaleida)

Friday, April 13—Pope Saint Martin I, martyr
   8:30 am   Dr. Mary Frances Ricketts   (The Ricketts Family)

Saturday, April 14
   9:00 am   Karen E. Torquato  (Mike & Janis Woshner)

   5:00 pm   Joanne Vey  (Dr. E. Kenneth Vey)
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Sunday, April 15 — Third Sunday of Easter
   7:30 am   Frances N. Maher  (The Maher Family)
      Presider: Father Sean Hogan, CSSp

   9:00 am   Harry Bechman  (St. Scholastica Parish Staff)
      Presider: Father James Torquato
 
   11:00 am   All Saint Scholastica Parish Members  
      Presider: Father James Torquato

Readings for the Week of April 8, 2018

Sunday: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-35/Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24/1 John 5:1-6/John 20:19-31

Monday: Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10/Psalm 40:7-8, 8-9, 10, 11/Hebrews 10:4-10/Luke 1:26-38

Tuesday: Acts of the Apostles 4:32-37/Psalm 93:1ab, 1cd-2, 5/John 3:7b-15

Wednesday: Acts of the Apostles 5:17-26/Psalm 34:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9/John 3:16-21

Thursday: Acts of the Apostles 5:27-33/Psalm 34:2 and 9, 17-18, 19-20/John 3:31-36

Friday: Acts of the Apostles 5:34-42/Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14/John 6:1-15

Saturday: Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7/Psalm 33:1-2, 4-5, 18-19/John 6:16-21

Next 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 

HELPING THE HOMELESS AND THE POOR
   Thank you for your help!  These items are needed now: macaroni and cheese; powdered or shelf-stable milk; 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!

BAPTISM PREPARATION SESSION
    All expecting and new parents are required to attend a Baptism Preparation session before your child’s Baptism.  Our session will be Monday, April 16 at 7:30pm, in the parish hall.  Please contact our parish office to register.  The next session is May 7.

BULLETIN SPONSOR OF THE WEEK
   Our thanks go to The McCabe Brothers Funeral Homes for being a bulletin sponsor.   Please see their bulletin advertisement for contact information.

GOOD NEWS FROM OUR ACADEMY!

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR CDTCA SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, MR. MARK GRGURICH!
    Now in his 4th year as our CDTCA principal and his 18th year as a Catholic school principal, Mr. Mark Grgurich has been selected as this year’s principal recipient of the Golden Apple Award. 
    For 27 years, our Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Donahue Family Foundation, and our Catholic Schools Office have awarded the Golden Apple Award to outstanding Catholic school educators here in our Diocesan schools.  Along with this important recognition, each recipient is also given a monetary prize along with their Golden Apple.
    The award celebration will be held on Tuesday evening, May 29, with Bishop Zubik and all the award recipients.  Again, congratulations to Mr. Mark Grgurich on your receiving a Golden Apple Award this year.  It is very much deserved!
 
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.

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 in the main church entrance and help support our excellent regional Catholic elementary school here at Saint Scholastica Parish!
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A blessed Easter Season to all God’s people!

Jesus offers us forgiveness!
   It’s significant for our faith that, in the Gospel according to John, Jesus promises mercy and forgiveness on the very night of his Resurrection. The Risen Lord Jesus also granted the authority to forgive sins to his Apostles as he met with them that night. May we cherish these gifts of mercy and forgiveness throughout our lives! 

     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