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  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

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

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
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Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
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PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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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.

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

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!

Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule for 2017/2018

Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Christmas MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24, 2016

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
10:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25th, 2016

9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

New Year’s Mass Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Since it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a Holyday of obligation in the USA.

New Year’s Day (Monday), January 1, 2018

7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
8:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY (A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the Patronal Feast day of the United States and a holy day of obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann. Mass schedule:

December 7

Vigil Mass

5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament

December 8

Holy Day

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
7:00 PM Holy Cross

JOHN MUSYT TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will preside as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, November 25, for the ordination of 11 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

Along with ten other candidates, our own John P. Musyt will be ordained.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism, serving as the deacon of the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion, bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission of the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM, St. Peter Cathedral, Scranton.

All the faithful of the diocese are welcome to attend the ordination. Please keep John Musyt and the deacon candidates in your prayers.

THANKSGIVNG DAY MASSES

“If the only prayer we ever say in our lives is “Thank You”, that will be enough.” ……Meister Eckhart

Thursday, November 23:

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

9:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant

(followed by coffee and refreshments in Kelley Hall) Join us as we give thanks to Almighty God for the gifts of freedom, faith and family, celebrating this National Holiday together at the table of the Lord.

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to Mass. Keep then with you in your pew to be presented at the altar at the preparation of gifts.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED

The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2016 thru October 2017). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year. A small reception will be held immediately after each Mass. Everyone is invited.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED

The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2016 thru October 2017). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year. A small reception will be held immediately after each Mass. Everyone is invited.

NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK

Vocation Awarness Week

NATIONAL VOCATION AWARENESS WEEK

will be celebrated in our country November 5 – 11, 2017. Pease ask our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.

HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS

Thursday, November 16, 6:30 PM at Holy Cross Parish. Join with the parishioners of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes as we pray for an increase in vocations to priestly and religious life, asking God to send shepherds to guide His flock, leaders to gather the faithful, joyful ministers to proclaim the Good News.

CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD
PRAY FOR OUR SEMINARIANS

William Asinari
Andrew McCarroll
Dcn. Edward Casey
Kevin Miller
Mark DeCelles
Jan Carlo Perez
Bernard Gardzalla
Marc Phillips
Dcn. Ryan Glenn
David Sebolka
Christopher Kircher
Shawn Simchock
Jonathan Kuhar
Mark Watrucki

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

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30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings: Matthew 22: 34-40

Exodus 22: 20-26

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10

In this week’s Gospel, as in last week’s, the Jewish leaders seek to trip up Jesus. The question the lawyer poses was much discussed in rabbinical circles: Which is the greatest commandment? The Pharisees’ intention in posing the question was to force Jesus into a single rabbinical school, thereby opening him up to criticism from all other sides. Jesus’ answer, however, proves his fidelity to both the Jewish tradition and to a spirituality that transcends the legal interpretations of the commandments: the “second” commandment is the manifestation of the first. If we love the Lord God with our whole being, that love will manifest itself in our feeding of the hungry, our sheltering of the homeless and our liberating of the oppressed.

Today’s first reading is from the section of the Book of Exodus known as the “Code of the Covenant,” a detailed explanation of the moral, civil and ritual legislation by which the Israelites were to become a holy people. Today’s reading outlines the laws of charity toward the poor and “aliens” and the promise of Yahweh’s protection of the helpless and defenseless.

In today’s second reading, Paul encourages the young Church at Thessalonica to be a model of faithful community for the new churches in the region.