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  • 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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Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish, under the direction of Monsignor Michael Delaney, is pleased to announce that Ms. Susan Scanland MSN, CRNP,GNP-BC, CDP, CSP will be presenting a Sunday Seminar on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias October 16, 2016. The lecture, which is free to the public, will take place at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church) at 2 PM.

Susan Scanland is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Certified Dementia Practitioner and a national Alzheimer’s expert. Over 34 years of practice, she supported family caregivers, diagnosed and treated all dementias in long-term care, assisted living and home care. Ms. Scanland is the founder of Dementia Connection® LLC, a dementia education and consultation business.

Susan is one of two nurse practitioners in the world to receive the Certified Speaking Professional Award (CSP) through the National Speakers Association. She has presented over 600 seminars in the United States and Canada, as well as the International Conference on Vascular Dementia in Valencia, Spain.

Ms. Scanland has been nationally certified as a gerontological nurse practitioner since 1984 and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She holds a Nursing Faculty Specialist position at the University of Scranton. Susan has also taught in geriatric faculty positions at Binghamton University (SUNY) from 1999-2004 and the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1987-1999. She received her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Wilkes University.

The Social Concerns Committee and Monsignor Delaney hope that you will attend this Sunday Seminar and gain insight into this topic that greatly affects our families and our friends.

2016 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

As the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, it is not listed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Come join us as we honor Mary:

7:30AM Blessed Sacrament

8:00 AM 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.

The Year of Mercy Offers an Opport unity to Bring Healing in the Area of Failed Marriages

When marriages fail, Catholics may be unclear about their relationship to the Church. 

“I am civilly divorced and not sure whether I can continue to receive the Eucharist or be a part of the parish community.”

“I am not sure about the status of my marriage.  It would be helpful to talk to someone who could explain it to me.”

“My spouse and I would like to explore having our marriage blessed in the Church.”

“I don’t know what an annulment really is and why I would want one.  Also, I heard they are expensive.”

Do any of these voices sound like you or someone you know? In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee.  Please contact the rectory at 570-489-0752 or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation.  It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE GRANT RECIPIENT

The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament/Holy Cross Parishes has received a $4,000.00 grant through the Social Justice Trust Diocesan Annual Appeal.

The allocation letter stated “Your parishes’ proposal conveys diligent and missionary responsiveness to the members of your parishes and your primary service areas.” We are grateful to the Diocese for the support we receive.

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,

You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen

Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister Schedules

THE NEW ALTAR SERVER AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULES for Holy Cross were mailed out. Please keep your scheduled time or find someone to take your place.

2016 Chicken BBQ APPRECIATION

Thank you to all who made the Annual Chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who set up and cleaned up. To those who provided themed baskets, to those who baked and who made various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. Thank you to the members of the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Our final thank you to those who ate all that chicken, it was delicious. Thank you to all. See you next year!!!

2015 DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL APPRECIATION

Once again, thanks to all who have helped, through sacrifice and generosity, to make the 2015 Appeal a great success.

As you may remember, 75% of contributions collected above and beyond our goal is returned to our parishes. Last week we received checks from the Diocese:

Blessed Sacrament Parish $3,165.75

Holy Cross Parish $7,009.24

God bless you for supporting the Diocesan Appeal and the many ministries and good works supported by the appeal.

Paish Food Drive June 4/5 2016

One weekend Only June 4/5. Please be as generous as you can.

INACTIVE PARISHIONERS 2016

We have been reviewing our parish database and have noticed that there are many parishioners who have not been active the past three years. It is the policy of the Parish to remove parishioners from the database if they are inactive after three years.

If you would like to remain a parishioner or if you have not received your weekly envelopes, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 or 489-1963 by July 30.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE 2016

As summer is upon us, just a few reminders about proper church etiquette

First, appropriate dress. Church is a special place where we come to give praise and thanks to God. Please no tank tops, short shorts, cut-offs, shirts with inappropriate statements, etc. Please be modest in your dress.

Second, arriving on time. Sometimes there are situations in our lives that cause us to be late for things. Please try to be on time for liturgy. If you are late for Mass, please try to be as discrete as possible. It is distracting not only to the presider but also to many parishioners sitting in the front of the church when people enter through the side entrance.

Third, standing in the back of the church. Recently, it seems more and more parishioners are standing in the back of the church. Please join the rest of the congregation by taking a seat.

Fourth, leaving early. It is amazing to see how many people have left church before the priest has even processed down the aisle. Take a moment to finish the recessional song and then greet the presider.

Fifth, receiving Holy Communion. When you come to receive Holy Communion, please respond ‘Amen’ before the priest places the Eucharist in your hands or on your tongue. Amen is a Greek word which means ‘Yes, I believe!’ Do you believe this is the most precious gift that God has given to us? When receiving Holy Communion, you should not be chewing gum as you prepare to receive.

Finally, as you are leaving the church, please help us keep the church clean and in order for the parishioners attending the next Mass. Please put the kneeler up, the hymnal back in the holder, and pick up any tissues or papers that you may have left in the pew. Please take the bulletin home with you or return it to one of the holders at the church entrances.

AVAILABLE SERVICE HOURS

Several groups and organizations require young adults to complete service hours as a way of growing in their commitment to the wider-community. The Church also requires Confirmation students and Catholic school children to complete service hours as a way of imitating Jesus’ selfless love. What better way to complete those hours and grow in appreciation for your parish family than by volunteering at your home parish. If your son/daughter needs to complete service hours, please contact Monsignor Delaney There are a variety of possible service projects at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish., the Chicken Barbeque or the Family Festival.

A Year For Vocations

Provident God, You bless us with the gift of Jesus Who cares for us as a good shepherd. By our Baptism we are anointed and sent to continue the mission of Jesus. Guide Your people to prayerfully choose a way of life that best serves you with their gifts. Empower us by Your Holy Spirit to live dedicated lives as married and single people, as deacons, priests, and religious. United with Jesus, our shepherd, we are one with You, now and forever. Amen.

The 11th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival

Family Festival

The 11th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival will be held August 19, 20, and 21. Included will be a Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, Breakfast, BINGO, and a variety of Children’s games. Donations needed, particularly cans of Soda. Jars are also needed for the making of Homemade Jam. Looking for Volunteers of all ages. Next planning meeting is Wednesday June 15 at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall.

KINDLY MAKE YOUR TICKET RETURNS

   

  Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by placing them in the weekend collection, by mail, or by dropping off at the Parish Offices. A reminder that the Dinner Tickets are $10, BINGO Ticket is $5, and 50/50 Tickets that all registered Parishioners  received are $5 (include name and phone number on all tickets). If you purchase all the tickets, the total is $30. Thank you for supporting Our Parish Community's largest fundraiser.

        There will be a Family Festival meeting this Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. New volunteers needed! All ages welcome!

*Cakes needed for Dinner please contact Rita Priorelli at 570.430.9200 or Lucille Radziewski

    at 570.489.7115

*Can you make/donate to Our Delicious Bake Sale? Contact Barbara Long at 570.489.8295

  *Can you donate a Basket for Our Basket Raffle? We are looking for Themed Gift Basket

  Donations, please contact Laura Horvath Keller at 570.877.3819 or for any donations that need  to be picked up call Karen Doyle at 570.489.2552.  DONATIONS NEEDED, ESPECIALLY CANS OF SODA.  

*****CAN YOU LEND A HAND FOR OUR DINNER PREPARATIONS?

*DINNER PREPS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEKEND ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, BEGINNING AT NOON (CORING CABBAGE), AND MONDAY, AUGUST 15, STARTING AT  8AM, (ROLLING PIGGIES). WE NEED LOTS OF HELP. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. ALL HELP IS INVITED!

FRIDAY OF FESTIVAL WEEK-DAMIAN the MAGICIAN 600PM-BRING THE KIDS!!     -- FOLLOWED BY  "DJ NED"

SATURDAY-Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner,Noon to 7PM (Delivery for homebound at 11AM)

 

THE MUSIC OF BINKY, BONNIE, AND JACK@6:30PM

SUNDAY-BREAKFAST AFTER 9:30AM MASS & BINGO BEGINNING AT 1:30PM

   

JOIN US FOR A GAME OF WIFFLE! Saturday, August 20 at 9AM during the Family Festival - FREE T-SHIRT

   

Sign-up sheets for Saturday August 20, Wiffle Ball, for ages 16 and under are now located at Church entrances. Please include your T-Shirt size and phone number. Everybody who signs and shows up, gets a FREE T-Shirt.  Next weekend is the deadline to sign-up to insure that you receive a FREE T-Shirt .Thank you to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for purchasing the T-Shirts for all participants. Everybody plays, refreshments afterwards!

NEW MENU ITEMS THIS YEAR INCLUDE : FROZEN FRUIT KABOB, AND BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH "SPECIALITY SUNDAY" --FULL MENU  WILL BE AVAILABLE IN NEXT WEEKEND'S BULLETIN.

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NEED MORE TICKETS FOR OUR DELICIOUS PIG-IN-THE BLANKET DINNER, BINGO, AND 50/50 RAFFLE? TICKETS  AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OFFICES, OR BY CALLING 570.489.1963 OR 570.489.0752.

FAMILY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR UPCOMING WEEKEND

Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by mail, place in weekend collection, or drop off at the Parish Offices. (The Family Festival is less than a week away.. A reminder that more Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Tickets are available at the Parish Office.

Donations items still needed include cans of soda, napkins, and Ajax dish detergent. A reminder that the deadline for young people to sign up for whiffle ball (and get a free t-shirt) is next Sunday. Festival meeting on Wednesday at 6:30PM

Peter's Pence Collection 2016

Our parish will soon hold the Peter’s Pence Collection. This Collection supports the charitable works of the Holy Father and provides emergency assistance to those most in need, including victims of oppression, natural disaster, and war. Please be as generous as you can.

Don't Take A Vacation From Mass

When you go on vacation in the summer, do you take a vacation from Mass? Do you make the days of summer lazy by staying home on Sunday? Here are four reasons to fit Mass into your summer schedule. 1) After Jesus’ resurrection, his followers formed the early Church by gathering and keeping his message alive. Every time you attend Mass, you help to keep Jesus’ message alive – but that can only happen in church. 2) At Sunday Mass, millions of people you don’t know are praying for you and with you. Where else can you get that kind of help? 3) Attending Mass connects you to the Communion of Saints – the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and believers on earth. That’s powerful company! 4) Mass is the way a Catholic fulfills the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. If God tells you to do something, it’s a good idea to do it. To find a church or Mass time anywhere in the United States, visit www.masstimes.org.

2016 Holy Cross Parish Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

The Annual Holy Cross Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 11:30 until 4:00 p.m. Workers are needed to set up, take down, work the day of the Bar-B-Q. If you can help please call the rectory office to volunteer. We need at least some of the following: at least 1,500 heavy duty forks only, ,Cases of water, paper towels, large dinner napkins Foam double containers 3 compartments Mark your calendars! Next planning meeting is after the 11 o’clock mass on June 26. All are Welcome!

Spiritual Adoption Baby Shower to Benefit St. Joseph's Baby Pantry

Members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes have been praying for the life of a Spiritually Adopted Child for the last 9 months, and now we celebrate the birth of lives that have been saved by those prayers. As a pro-life Church, we seek not only to save the lives of the unborn, but aid and protect the courageous women and men who have made the choice for life.

The Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a collection in support of St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry, Dunmore. St. Joseph’s Center continues a long tradition of caring for the needs of women, children and families who need assistance.

Any donations, new or gently used, would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off May 13 – 29, 2016, in the vestibules of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, and Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant.

The following is a list of some of the items needed:

  • Toiletries (Baby--Shampoo, Wash, Wipes)
  • Diapers (up to size 6)
  • Towels and Washcloths
  • Onesies (all sizes) Sleepers Clothes
  • Food and Formula
  • Car Seats Car Seat Monitors
  • Cribs
  • Strollers
  • Play Pens / Pak’ n Play
  • Swings
  • Bouncer Seats
  • High Chairs

Thank you for helping your children and parish community to grow in awareness and appreciation for all life that God has so lovingly created!

Mothers Day is May 8, 2016

Mother’s Day remembrance envelopes can be found in your envelope packets, please hand in early so we can place them on our altar for Mother’s Day.

First Holy Communion Class of 2016

Congratulations to the following children who received Holy Communion for the first time! May God bless you and strengthen you throughout your life every time you receive the Body & Blood of Christ.

Holy Cross

Kathryn ApolinarioAiden Mills
Lily Mei Balmer Eli Mitchell
Carson BeckLandon O’Malley
Jake CarrollNicholas Pinto
Hailey ClevelandWilliam Powell
Addison DaiuteMatthew Repecki
Anna GaughanKrysta Saar
James GlgallonGianna Santarelli
Zachary KalinowskiJennifer Sweeny
Callie LantkaNatalie Talluto
Charlie makalaAidan Tinney
Robert MattioliMason Vinansky
Brett Yanoski

BLESSED SACRAMENT

Carly Joy BozymMichael Keller
Tyler BradshawCole Lipinski
Thomas CollinsKate Rose Melesky
Evan CortazarNicholas Mills
Isaiah DavittMichael Philipp
Kevin EssigAaliyah Sarnoski
Gabriel JamesCole Tonkin

Ascension Thursday 2016

Ascension Thursday is this week! It is a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows.

Date Time Location Intention Requested By
Ascension Thursday Vigil 5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross Parish
Ascension Thursday 5/5 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament Rose & Jim – 5th Wedding Anniversary
8:00 AMHoly CrossMary & Walter MarekGeraldine & Frank Marek
7:00 PMHoly CrossDeceased Members of the Paul J. Spillar FamilyViolet Spillar

Please join us as we celebrate Christ's victorious return to the Father!