• 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
  • 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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Bible Study - Faith Sharing - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thursday, May 25 at 2:00 PM; Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Come and join the conversation and prayer. We will reiew the readings for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Acts 1: 1-11; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Matthew 28: 16-20.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: John 14: 15-21, Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17,1 Peter 3: 15-18

A “paraclete” (from the Greek parakletos, meaning “beside” and “to call’) is one who intervenes and intercedes in favor of what is right or good. In legal terminology, a paraclete is an advocate who defends the accused on trial. For John, Christ is the first “Paraclete,” who comes to liberate humanity from the slavery of sin. The second “Paraclete,” promised by Jesus in today’s Gospel, is the Spirit of truth, the Church’s living, creative memory in which the mystery of God’s love, revealed by and in Christ, lives for all time.

The universal mission of the Church takes its first steps outside of the Jewish world in today’s first reading from Acts. Philip the deacon (“ordained” in last week’s first reading) goes to Samaria, where his preaching about Jesus the Messiah is enthusiastically received. This was an unlikely and unexpected place for such a beginning - the Samaritans, remember, were the despised outcasts of Judaism. The acceptance of the Samaritans as equals in the Christian community was suspect by many of the Jewish members of the Church.

Themes:

The Paraclete: faith that transforms our world. Jesus acknowledges in his farewell to his disciples that their witness to him will be costly. He promises to send, from the Father, a Paraclete who will stand by them (and us) during the difficult times ahead. The Spirit of truth, “whom the world cannot accept,” illuminates our vision and opens our hearts to discern the will and wisdom of God. The Paraclete advocates within us what is good, what is right and what is just, despite the skepticism and rejection of those who are blind to what is good.

The bishops of the United States wrote in their 1986 pastoral, Economic Justice for All: “After Jesus had appeared to them and when they received the gift of the Spirit, they became apostles of the good news to the ends of the earth. In the face of poverty and persecution they transformed human lives and formed communities which became signs of the power and presence of God. Sharing this same resurrection faith, contemporary followers of Christ can face the struggles and challenges that await those who bring the Gospel vision to bear on our complex economic world.”

The demanding love of the Risen Christ.

In his Gospel, John never allows love, as taught by Jesus, to remain at the level of sentiment or emotion. Its expression is always highly moral and is revealed in obedience to the will of the Father. To love as Jesus loved – in total and selfless obedience, without conditions and without expectation of that love ever being returned – is the difficult love that Jesus expects of those who claim to be his disciple. The world might say that only fools love like that, but such “hard” love is the recognition of the true nature of love. In dying to our own interests we can become fully alive, fully human in the image of the Risen Christ.