• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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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
  • 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
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
Rachel’s Vineyard Post Abortive Healing1-877-467-3463
PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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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

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROFESSIONALS

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If you would like to run an ad or would like more information, please call Victor at 973-634-0586, or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

All Saints Day - Holy Day of Obligation

Wednesday, November 1 is All Saints Day, and a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, October 31:
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30am and 5:30pm

Wednesday, November 1:
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30am
Holy Cross: 8:00am and 7:00

RESPECT LIFE SUNDAY

Each year, the first Sunday of October is designated: “Respect Life Sunday”, when we are asked to recommit ourselves to promoting the culture of LIFE.

It is a good time to ask ourselves whether we are good witnesses to the respect we are called to have for all human life, from conception to natural death. This is challenging because we are members of a society in which there is tremendous pressure to limit our love and ignore the sacredness of human life.

We live in a violent society that sees violence and death by abortion, euthanasia, suicide and capital punishment as a solution to many of our personal and societal “problems”. Many of these attitudes are enshrined in our law and culture, leading to more violence, manifested in spousal and child abuse, the gang culture and so on.

On this Respect Life Sunday, we should pray hard for our legislators, for those mothers who feel forced to choose abortion and for those who provide and promote abortion. But we must also look at ourselves. Do we speak up for the innocent abortion victims? Do we promote pro-life values? Do we vote for pro-life politicians? Do we do anything tangible to protect the unborn?

We can definitely help change our society to become a culture of LIFE, but we must be active, informed and faithful witnesses.

Columbus Day

PARISH OFFIFES will be closed on Monday, October 9, Columbus Day.

27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings: Matthew 21: 33-43

Isaiah 5: 1-7

Philippians 4: 6-9

Today’s Gospel parable “updates” Isaiah’s allegory of the friend’s vineyard (first reading). God is the owner of the vineyard who has “leased” the property to the religious and political leaders of Israel. Many servants (prophets) were sent to the tenants, but all met the same fate. The owner finally sends his own Son, who is brutally murdered “outside” the vineyard (a prediction of his crucifixion outside the city of Jerusalem?) With this parable, Jesus places himself in the line of the rejected prophets. The owner finally comes himself and destroys the tenants and leaves the vineyard to others (the Church) who yield an abundant harvest. This parable is intended to give hope and encouragement to Matthew’s Christian community, which is scorned and persecuted by its staunchly Jewish neighbors.

Today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (second reading) continues his words of encouragement to his beloved converts at Philippi. In order that God’s peace may reign in their lives they must put into practice all that they have learned, received, heard and seen.

Themes: Harvesting our corner of the ‘vineyard.’ Each one of us has been given a portion of God’s vineyard to cultivate. Fear, selfishness and bigotry can kill whatever chances we have of turning our part of the vineyard into something productive; but, through justice, generosity and compassion, we can reap a rich and fulfilling harvest, regardless of how small or poor or insignificant our piece of the vineyard is.

The cost of faithful discipleship.

Faith can be costly. Throughout our lives we are challenged to sacrifice the treasures of God in order to embrace the values deemed important by society. The witness we are called to give can subject us to misunderstanding, suspicion, abuse, intimidation and ridicule from others. Living the values of the Gospel can be discouraging, humiliating and isolating. Yet everyone of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and a witness of his Resurrection is called to pay whatever price is demanded for the sake of the reign of God, for we believe that love rather than greed, peace rather than hostility, forgiveness rather than vengeance will yield the harvest of God’s reign.

FUNDRAISER AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT JERRY TULLY OF CUSTOM AUTO & CYCLE

Jerry Tully

FUNDRAISER AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT JERRY TULLY OF CUSTOM AUTO & CYCLE TO be held this Sunday, September 24, 2017.

Motorcycle ride starts and ends at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill, Lincoln Avenue, Olyphant. Registration for the ride is from 10 to 11:30 AM and KSU at 11:45 AM.

$20.00 rider/$10.00 for rider. At 1:00 PM all are invited to Thirst T’S for basket raffles, 50/50’s and more, donation is $10.00.

Please join in helping Jerry with his medical costs as his insurance does not cover all expenses. Jerry has always been there for us, with the chicken-b que and now he needs our help and support. Please come to lend support to our dear friend.

Bible Study - Faith Sharing

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING will be on Thursday, September 21 at 2:00 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

We will pray with the readings for the upcoming Sunday, September 24, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Is. 55: 6-9

Phil. 1:20-24, 27

Mt. 20: 1-16

Sharing conversation and praying with the Scriptures is a wonderful way to prepare for Sunday Mass. Join us!

CONGRATULATIONS

John & Mary Ann Wanas on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

PRAYER FOR AUTUMN DAYS

-Author Unknown

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender; with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

In Jesus’Name, we pray. Amen.

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

See you at the Family Festival!

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival is fast approaching. Make plans to volunteer, bring the family, neighbors, friends, and yourself, to our largest fund-raiser for our parish community. All are welcome. The Family Festival will be held on Friday, August 18, Saturday, August 19, beginning at 5:00 PM and Sunday, August 20, with 9:30 AM Liturgy followed by Breakfast and Bingo.

A reminder that all registered parishioners should have received an envelope with 2 Dinner Tickets, $5.00 worth of 50/50 tickets (sign name and phone number and return all 50/50 tickets) and a Bingo ticket. Please make returns as soon as possible.

If you can donate a gift basket contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552; if you can bake call Barbara Long 570- 489-8295; to make piggies call Lucille Radziewski 570- 489-7115 or Judy Menago 570-483-4347. The making of piggies will begin Sunday, August 13 at noon and continue on Monday, August 14 beginning at 9:00 AM.

For additional dinner tickets, bingo tickets, etc. please call the rectory office 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0756; or contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552.

BREAKFAST & BINGO – Sunday, August 20

immediately after the 9:30 AM Liturgy—Cash Breakfast in the Parish Hall, followed by Bingo. GROUNDS SET UP- Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00 PM. All help is welcome, all ages.

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR FAMILY FESTIVAL

Cans of soda and gift baskets are needed. Donations can be placed in the Church Entrance or call the Parish Office for pick up. Confirmation Class of 2018-Service hours available for helping with the festival.

2017 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, August 15, is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses: Monday, August 14….5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, August 15….7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

Assumption of Mary

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:

As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES

The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the sacraments of initiation (along with baptism and Eucharist) and is required for one to act as a sponsor or godparent for baptisms and confirmations. It is most recommended (but not strictly required) that Catholics should be confirmed in order to be married in the church.

Any adult Catholic who may not have been confirmed is urged to do so. In order to be properly prepared to receive this sacrament four classes have been scheduled on the following Sunday morning sin the rectory meeting room (St. Mary’s Church, Dickson City) from 9:00 to 10:00 AM: August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Monsignor Pratico will conduct the sessions.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at Visitation BVGM Church on October 17, 2017 for the parishes of Visitation BVM, Dickson City, Queen of Angels, Jessup and Sacred Heart, Peckville. The sacrament will be administered to those students who have just completed the eighth grade along with any adults completing the August classes.

Please contact St. Mary’s Rectory at 570-489-2091 to make a reservation for these classes. You should bring a recently issued copy of your baptismal certificate along with the name of your confirmation sponsor.

If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 570-489-2091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ALTAR SERVERS An important reminder

With summer vacations upon us, it’s easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve and/or call the rectory to inform us that you’ll be away. We are readying our next schedule, if you wish to make a change, please call the office. As always, thank you for your service.

BIBLE STUDYFAITH SHARING- Tuesday, June 13

at 2:00 PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. We will be praying with the readings for this upcoming weekend celebrating of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 14-16

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

John 6: 51-58

TRINITY SUNDAY

Readings: John 3: 16-18

Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9

2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

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.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, comes under the cover of darkness to meet the remarkable Rabbi he has heard so much about. In their discussion (today’s Gospel) Jesus speaks of the need to be reborn “from above” and of the great love of God who gives the world his own Son, not to condemn humankind but to save it.

The God of ‘new beginnings.’

The three readings today all speak of a God who is motivated by a love we mortals cannot fathom. As revealed to us by Jesus, our God is a God not of endings but beginnings; a God who does not demand the payment of debts but who constantly offers unconditional and unlimited chances to begin again; a God who does not take satisfaction in our failures but rejoices in lifting us up from our brokenness, despair and estrangement from him and from one another. Despite our ignorance, displacement and sometimes outright rejection of him, God continues to call us back to him, always making the first move to welcome us back: God readily forgives Israel and renews his covenant with them (Exodus); God is the ultimate source of loving community, even for the deeply divided Corinthian church (2 Corinthians); God re-creates humankind in touching human history in the Christ event (John). Today’s celebration is an invitation to share in God’s work of reconciliation, of creating communion and community among all his people.

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.

The Holy Spirit