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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

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Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity

Readings: Matthew 28: 16-20

Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40

Romans 8: 14-17

As Ordinary Time resumes, two “solemnities of the Lord” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity originated in France in the eighth century and was adopted by the universal Church in 1334. The solemnity focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out on us in the Sustainer Spirit.

Before returning to God, the Risen Jesus commissions his fledgling Church to teach and baptize in the name of the Holy one who reveals himself as Father, Son and Spirit (Gospel). In the Trinity we find our identity as the people of God.

Israel encountered God, first, in God’s act of creation, and then in his redemption of the Israelites and his raising up of the nation of Israel. Moses exhorts the Israelites to remain faithful to the commandments of this great God they have encountered (first reading). The Spirit is that unique love that exists between God the Father and Son. Christ invites us to embrace that same Spirit, which enables us to cry out to God as “Father” and to one another as brothers and sisters, children of the same God (second reading).

Themes:

Trinity: the love of God revealed.

Many metaphors have been used to explain and depict the Trinity. St. John of Damascus, the great Eastern theologian of the eighth century, suggested that we think “of the Father as a root, of the Son as a branch, and of the Spirit as a fruit, for the substance of these three is one.” Today we celebrate the essence of our faith manifested in our lives: the loving providence of the Creator who continually invites us back to him; the selfless servanthood of the Redeemer who “emptied” himself to become like us in order that we might become like him; the joyful love of the Spirit that is the unique unity of the Father and Son.

The commission to ‘teach’ others about God.

Christ has revealed to us the depth of the Creator’s love and has called us to share with one another the unique Spirit of love that unites Father and Son. As disciples of the Risen Christ, we have been called now, in our time and place, to teach what we have seen and heard, to pass on to others “everything I have commanded you” through our imitation of the Teacher’s compassion, forgiveness and servanthood.

Called to be ‘children of God.’

The core of all of Jesus’ teaching is the revelation of God as Father to humanity. God calls us, not as the all-powerful Creator demanding homage from the lowly slaves he created, but as a loving parent welcoming one’s own children. God invites us to a relationship with him not based on fear and judgement but centered in love, mercy and trust. Today’s celebration of the Trinity confronts us with our response to God’s invitation and our worthiness to be called God’s “children.”

Memorial Day

Never Forget Their Service

PARISH OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 28-MEMORIAL DAY.

We are honored to remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives throughout the history of our nation – those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from harm. We salute all those now serving and we raise this prayer for their safety and blessing.

A MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country. Preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. We pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our souls that surpasses all understanding. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.

Amen.

PENTECOST

Pentecost

The Spirit: the powerful and enabling love of God. Today we celebrate the Spirit – the great love that binds the Father to the Son and now binds us to God and to one another. It is a love that transcends words but embraces the heart and soul of each one of us; it gives voice to the things we believe but are too afraid to speak; it gives us courage and grace to work for the dreams we are sometimes too cynical or fearful to hope for. The Spirit of God enables us to re-create our world in the love of the God who loved us enough to become one of us, to die for us and to rise for us. The theologian and scientist Teilhard de Chardin noted that “love is the only force that can make things one without destroying them…Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

The Spirit: the ‘birth’ of the Church.

Pentecost is a moment of profound realization and transformation for the community of disciples. The faith they had received, the wonders they had witnessed and the Word they had heard came together in a new understanding, clarity, unity and courage to begin the work Jesus had entrusted to them. In Jesus’ “breathing” upon them the new life of the Spirit, the community of the Resurrection – the Church – takes flight. That same Spirit continues to “blow” through today’s Church to give life and direction to our mission and ministry to preach the Gospel to every nation, to proclaim the forgiveness and reconciliation in God’s name, to baptize all humanity into the life of Jesus’ Resurrection.

MOTHER’S DAY WISHES

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers, grandmothers and godmothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Mary Most Holy,

as a young woman

living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care

the Word of God made flesh.

Please protect and accompany

all young men and women,

especially from Blessed Sacrament

and Holy Cross Parishes,

who are called to a vocation to

the priesthood or religious life.

Amen

Happy Easter!!!

He is risen.

Christian hope is not some kind of wishful thinking, far from it! Saint Peter said, “By his great mercy we have been born anew to living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).

We celebrate new life in Christ this Easter – in the newly initiated; in the hearts of those who have done the blessed work of Lent and come to Easter renewed; and in the lives of all those seeking a deeper relationship with and in the Risen Christ as that is experienced in community and family living.

Pope Francis reminds us: “This virtue of Hope…is hard to live. It is the smallest but strongest of the virtues. And our hope has a face: the face of the Risen Lord…The triumph of Jesus at the end of time will be the triumph of the Cross, the demonstration that the sacrifice of oneself for love of neighbor, in initiation of Christ, is the only victorious power, the only stable point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the word.”

This Easter Season we celebrate the hope which is ours in the Risen Christ. We pray that we will persevere, especially in the daily difficulties we experience.

Renewing our Baptismal promises we respond resoundingly “I Do” to questions asked: Do you Reject Darkness, Sin, Satan “I Do”, Do you Believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit “I Do”.

May, we pray O Gracious God, our Easter response echo in living Easter hope each and every day. Alleluia!

Blessed, Happy Easter to one and all.

Monsignor Delaney

EASTER SUNDAY, LIVING IN THE SCHOOL OF HOPE

“I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be Not Afraid”. ……… St. John Paul II

CATHOLIC PRAYER AT EASTER

Lord, the Resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope.

Help us to live as new people, in pursuit of the Christian ideal.

Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

(Source: New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

“THE GREAT GIFT OF EASTER IS HOPECHRISTIAN HOPE WHICH MAKES US HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN GOD, IN HIS ULTIMATE TRIUMPH, AND IN HIS GOODNESS AND LOVE, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHAKE.” ……….Cardinal Basil Home

Baby Shower 2018

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament Parish will be hosting a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Admission is $15.00 or a comparable gift for St. Joseph’s. Come enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. RSVP by April 16, call 570-489-5125 or 570- 393-0710.

A MEDITATION FOR PALM SUNDAY

For a closer union with Jesus in his humility, in his suffering.

This Sunday we hold palm branches in our hands, and wave them to greet our Lord’s entry into the city of our salvation. Last year’s palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches – perhaps from each member of the family – in a special place in our home (maybe cutting a small piece and putting it some place where I work).

Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love for me. That symbol can say so many words – all that I am about to celebrate and accept as love for me, and all the entry into Jerusalem experiences in my life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

A PRAYER ENTERING INTO HOLY WEEK

Loving God,

I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.

Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.

He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us.

I ask you for the desire to become more humble

so that my own life might also bear witness to you.

I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.

Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.

Help me to be with Jesus in this week as he demonstrates again his total love for me.

He died so that I would no longer be separate from you.

Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.

Amen.

HELP US REACH OUR ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH GOAL

Holy Cross Parish is at 98.2%; only $903 still needed. We are grateful to the 319 parishioners who supported the 2017 Annual Appeal. IF you have not given your support, please:

• Call the Development Office at 570-207-2250 to make a pledge or give a gift by credit card

• Mail a check to the Diocesan Appeal Office at 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

• Give online at www.DioceseofScranton.org Our parish is reimbursed 75% for any gifts made to the Appeal in excess of our Appeal goal. Every donation counts!! If you have not pledged, please.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his Paschal Mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.” These days recall the central mystery of our faith: the Passion, death and Resurrection of Christ.

…….From the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar

Holy Thursday Food Drive

As we begin the Sacred Tridumm on Holy Thursday, March 29th please bring non-perishable food items to our parishes in order to support the local food pantries serving our families in need. On the night before He died, Jesus gave a clear mandate: “As I have done, so you must do.” We fulfill His call to be a servant Church in our care for those in need. Thank you for your generosity. Food items may be placed in the vestibule of our Churches.

Please Note - Parish Office

All parish office transactions are to take place through the Holy Cross Parish Office which will be used to conduct all parish business for both Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross Parishes.

Parish Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 (noon)

Use of phone numbers from Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross both ring in the Parish Office in Olyphant.

Holy Week 2018 - Easter Triduum

Holy Week

Holy Thursday – March 29
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
6:00 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
7:00 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Good Friday—March 30
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
1:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant
3:30 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Stations of the Cross
5:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant
6:00 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
Holy Saturday, March 31

Blessing of Baskets
11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
12:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Easter Vigil, March 31

8:00 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Easter Sunday, April 1

8:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant
9:30 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
11:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant
11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

PLEASE NOTE: The Easter Vigil is celebrated on Saturday, March 31st at 8:00 PM. NO Mass is celebrated at Holy Cross at 4:00 PM or 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

  • No scheduled confession on Saturday, March 31, by appointment only.

  • A screen is set up for the 11:00 AM Easter Mass at Holy Cross in Olyphant for the overflow crowd to be able to participate in the Easter Sunday Mass.

Good Friday - Fast and Abstinence

Just a reminder that Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. All Catholics 18 years of age and over are bound by Church law to fast: only one large meal and two smaller meals.

Best Lent Ever - Beautiful Hope

JOIN US FOR DAILY MASS

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am Holy Cross, Olyphant.

Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am Blessed Sacrament, Throop.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Consider signing up for an hour before the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord. Call Eydie 570-489-8816.

PRAY THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Fridays in Lent: 5:30 pm Holy Cross followed by a simple meal of soup and bread, 6:00 pm Blessed Sacrament. THERE WILL BE NO SOUP SERVED ON GOOD FRIDAY

CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The Light Is On For You – all Mondays of Lent from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Our parishes, and all the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton, will be open for individual confessions. In keeping with the spirit of Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter “Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered”, we invite Catholics to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation; an essential element of our preparation for Easter.

THE LENTEN SCHEDULE IS: (5:30 TO 7:00 PM)

Monday March 12 Holy Cross

Monday March 19 Blessed Sacrament

Monday March 26 Holy Cross

Also, Saturdays, Holy Cross 3:00 to 3:45 pm and Blessed Sacrament 4:30 to 5:15 pm, or by appointment, please call the Rectory.

CONFESSION: A number of priests will be available to hear confessions:

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM St. Mary’s Visitation, Dickson City

“EATING WITH JESUS”

A Lenten Series hosted by the Mid Valley Ecumenical Ministerium. We are delighted to participate, once again, with our dear friends in our local Christian Churches.

All services at 7:00 PM:

Wednesday, March 14, St. James/St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn.
Host: Rev. William Marshal
Message: Rev. Andrew Kurovsky

Wednesday, March 21, First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County, 1557 Main Street, Peckville.
Host: Rev. Virginia Miner
Message: Rev. William Duke

BEST LENT EVER 2018

What is it? It’s a free email program that will guide you on an incredible 40 day journey to become the-bestversion of yourself, making this a truly life-changing Lent. Sign up at Dynamic Catholic.com to receive daily reflection and suggestions to have a meaningful Lent.

“BEAUTIFUL HOPE” – FINDING HOPE EVERY DAY IN A BROKEN WORLD”

“Man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope.” (Unknown)

What gives you hope? What are your hopes and dreams for yourself, your children, your Church, your community, your nation?

What sustains that hope and turns those dreams into reality? What are some of the unique ways you bring hope to people in your life? The contributing authors featured in “Beautiful Hope” offer intensely personal answers to these questions. Their stories are meant to FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 11, 2018 spark your own exploration of hope and increase its abundance in your life.

Take advantage of any or all of the opportunities for renewal and spiritual growth placed before us and make this the Best Lent Ever.

PRACTICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Holy Thursday: Sunday, March 25, Blessed Sacrament, 2:00 PM; Holy Cross 3:30 PM Good Friday: Wednesday, March 28, Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM, Holy Cross 7:00 PM Saturday Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31, Holy Cross 9:00 AM Easter Vigil lectors and 9:45 AM Easter Vigil Altar Servers

Volunteers Needed - Soup and Stations

Soup and Stations

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall.

Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie Musyt at 570-489-8143. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2018

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

POPE FRANCIS - PRAYER TO THE HOLY FAMILY

The Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the
family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Amen.
Pope Francis

A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Almighty God with you
There is no beginning and no end
For you are the origin and goal of all creation.
May this New Year which we dedicate to you
bring us abundant prosperity
and growth in holy living.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy
Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

This year’s film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is a wonderful reflection on the creation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”

The story of stodgy, miserly Ebenezer Scrooges’ conversion from a “bah humbug” life to his promise to his proclamation “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, the present and the future. I will not shut out the lessons they teach.” And so here we are, December 2017, gathering to “honor Christmas.” Because the Word became Flesh, God dwells among His people and we see in the birth of our Savior an invitation to rebirth, to newness of life, to wake up, wide-eyed and big hearted, to encounter Jesus, the Christ, in all we meet.

There are many wonderful film adaptations of “A Christmas Carol.” One of my favorites, not so surprisingly, is “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Taking poetic license in wit and whimsy, the story is lovingly shared. On Christmas day, Tiny Tim sings a poignant prayer for his family. It is my prayer also for each of us and all of us. With a grateful, humble heart, I thank all those who make parish life an expression of our commitment to Jesus Christ, our staff, volunteers in all capacities and ministries and every child, woman and man in the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, God bless us, every one. Let us “honor Christmas in our hearts, and try to keep it all the year.”

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Pastor

Here is Tiny Tim’s prayer:

BLESS US ALL

Life is full of sweet surprises, everyday’s a gift
The sun comes up and I can feel it lift my spirt
It fills me up with laughter, it fills me up with song
I look into the eyes of love and know that I belong
Bless us all, who gather here
The loving family I hold dear
No place on Earth, compares with home
And every path will bring me back from where I
roam

Bless us all, that as we live
We always comfort and forgive
We have so much that we can share

With those in need we see around us everywhere
Let us always love each other
Lead us toward the light
Let us hear the voice of reason
Singing in the night

Let us run from anger
And catch when we fall
Teach us in our dreams and please, yes, please
Bless us one and all

Bless us all with playful years
With noisy games and joyous tears
We reach for you, and we stand tall
And in our prayers and dreams we ask you bless us
all!