• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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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

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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Alleluia

I am the resurrection and the life.

Alleluia!!

With Jesus’ Resurrection, “Love has triumphed, Mercy has been victorious.”

“Let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” Pope Francis.

Easter means that the love of God is stronger than death. It means that the love of God can transform our lives and let these desert places in our hearts bloom.

Pope Francis reminds us that “God’s mercy can make even the driest land to become a garden, can restore life to dry bones.”

In this Easter time, we celebrate our restoration in Christ. We experience new hope and new life in the forgiveness and mercy of our God

We are immersed again, dipped into the healing waters, proclaiming our faith and choosing consciously, deliberately – to live and be the merciful love we have received.

God Bless us all at Easter and every moment of every day.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

Attention Business Owners And Generous Parishioners

David Savich will be working on setting up the advertising sponsorships for our bulletin the week of March 28th, 2016. Please consider advertising in our bulletin.

Advertisements can be purchased for a business, family, or a sponsor ad can be purchased supporting community service organizations like emergency pregnancy counseling or the battered women’s shelter, etc. We need and appreciate your help.

If you are interested or would like more information, please call David Savich directly at (607) 624-9580.

Thank you in advance for your generous support, and please patronize our advertisers!

Social Concerns Committee Seminar

The SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE OF BLESSED SACRAMENT, THROOP and HOLY CROSS OLYPHANT is pleased to announce a seminar by THE LOU RUSPI FOUNDATION.

A Presentation will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop PA on Sunday, April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm By The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation. This is a private, non-private, charitable organization whose mission is to bring suicide prevention and mental health awareness to the community of Northeast PA through educational presentations and resources.

These presentations are led by licensed professional counselors, Christine Desousa, MA, NCC and/or Vanessa White, MS, RTC, LPC who are affiliated with the Foundation. The LRJ Foundation also works with The Advocacy Alliance and Scranton Counseling Center providing an unlimited amount of resources and crisis interventions if necessary. There will be time allotted for Questions and Answers.

Our Next Social Concerns Meeting will be scheduled for Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 @ Holy Cross Parish in Kelley Hall to arrange for the seminar by The Lou Ruspi Foundation.

Blessing of Easter Baskets 2016

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS will take place on Saturday, March 26: Blessed Sacrament 11:00 AM and Holy Cross 12:30 PM.

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, paragraphs #18-19.

HOLY THURSDAY – The season of Lent concludes with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The only Mass celebrated is in the evening when we remember Jesus’ celebration of the Passover meal. We recall that Jesus took the form of a slave and washed the feet of his disciples – giving us an example of what it means to follow Christ. Furthermore, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, when Jesus gave us his Body and Blood to feed us on our journey of faith. After communion, a ciborium with consecrated hosts for Good Friday is left on the altar. The Holy Eucharist then leads the procession to the Lower Chapel where the Eucharist will be reposed, reminding us of Christ’s prayer in the Garden. After the procession, the altar in the Upper Church is stripped, all candles are extinguished, and the holy water is removed from the fonts.

GOOD FRIDAY – Good Friday is a celebration of Jesus’ Passion – recalling His suffering and death on the cross that He suffered for each of us. Because it is through His death that we have salvation we call the day ‘Good.’ Traditionally the Lord’s Passion is celebrated between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Based on the Gospel accounts, it is presumed that Jesus died around 3:00 p.m. Note, there is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday, rather it is a celebration of the Word which includes the veneration of the cross and distribution of Holy Eucharist which was consecrated on Holy Thursday.

HOLY SATURDAY – The Easter Vigil is the highest celebration of the Church’s liturgical year. This is the celebration that our Lenten preparations have pointed to – both the Resurrection of Jesus and the welcoming of new members into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The Easter Vigil begins in darkness, symbolizing the darkness of the tomb. The Paschal Candle enters the church symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world and Christ who is now risen from the dead. The light of Christ shatters the darkness and illuminates the entire Church as the Gloria is sung. The elect are baptized and confirmed after the homily.

The Passion of the Lord

It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you. Today begins Holy Week. This week we have the great privilege of standing with Jesus as he undergoes his passion.

Like the Twelve, we may not always do this perfectly. We may fall asleep in the garden instead of keeping vigil. We may strike out clumsily with a sword and miss the real foe. Maybe we will join him only at the last moment, like the “good thief” who recognized Jesus’ innocence and asked to be remembered in his kingdom. But no matter how successful we are, Jesus remains determined to do his Father’s will, all because of his love for us.

On Holy Thursday, we join, Jesus at table and as he washes his apostles’ feet, institutes the first priesthood and offers the first Eucharist. Late into the night, we can keep watch with him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

On Good Friday, we can accompany him along the way of the cross and stand by him on Calvary.

At the Easter Vigil, we can celebrate his victory over death as we light a new fire and rejoice as our new brothers and sisters are baptized and received into the Church. Don’t wait for the last minute. Start walking with the Lord today.

Let us pray, Father your Son chose your will for Him over His own desires. Help us to remember your will, even when it seems difficult. You are always with us, especially in our times of need. We are thankful for your blessing every day. Amen.

ALTAR SERVER PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK 2016

Holy Thursday Practice Altar Servers Only

Sunday, March 20

2;00 Blessed Sacrament

3:30 Holy Cross

Good Friday Practice: Altar Servers Only

Wednesday, March 23

5:30 Blessed Sacrament

7:00 Holy Cross

Easter Vigil Practice: Holy Cross Only

Saturday, March 26

9:00 Lectors Only

9:45 Altar Servers only

Cemetery Maintenance

St Michael’s Caretaker has asked that all dead flowers, Christmas Decorations be removed from the cemetery.. Spring Clean-up will be started shortly.

THANK YOU, BISHOP BAMBERA

Many thanks to Bishop Bambera for the pastoral visit he shared with us last weekend at Blessed Sacrament. We’re grateful to Bishop Bambera for his kindness and support and the message of encouragement and challenge he shared with us, reminding us that God is always ready to provide a second chance.

Thank you to Deacon Matthew Lorent for serving as Master of Ceremonies, to our Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Societies of Blessed Sacrament, to Ned Dructor and our Music Ministry, servers and Liturgical Ministers and our sixth grade CCD class.

PLEAST NOTE STATIONS OF THE CROSS SCHEDULE CHANGE THIS WEEK

5:30 Holy Cross, followed by soup & friendship

7 3;0 p.m. Blessed Sacrament

Our Youth Group (CIA Christians in Actions) will lead our prayer with a reverent and meaningful “Lving Stations” reflection.

Easter Triduum Schedule 2016

Easter Triduum

Forty days of Lenten Preparation will bring us to the most important days of our church year: praying together the Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the great vigil of Holy Saturday.

Please do all you can to join us for these most solemn and significant moments of grace. Experience and celebrate the Mercy of God in this Jubilee Year.

LIVING STATIONS – BY THE YOUTH GROUP

Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament - Throop
Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross – Olyphant (There will be no soup servered on this date.)

LENTEN RECONCILIATION SERVICE

Thursday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. @ Blessed Sacrament Throop
Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross, Olyphant

CHRISM MASS

Tuesday , March 22, 4:00 p.m. St Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton

Easter Triddum Schedule


Holy Thursday - Thursday, March 24


Mass of the Last Supper

6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop / Adoration to conclude at 9:00 p.m
7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant / Adoration to conclude at 10:00 p.m.

Good Friday - March 25


The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

1:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
3:30 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Stations of the Cross

5:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Holy Saturday - March 26


Blessing of Baskets

11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Vigil - March 26

8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Sunday - March 27


8:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
9:30 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
11:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 a.m.Holy Cross – Throop

Alleluia Alleluia!

Dear Friends,

God called to himself my dear Mom, Mary T. Delaney, on February 21. On behalf of my family I want to extend my deep gratitude for the many prayers and notes of encouragement and consolation, Mass cards, flowers, food and countless kindness that have been such a great source of comfort and strength for us. God has blessed my life with a Mother of extraordinary goodness. As we as family grieve her passing, we will always remember how so many have gone out of their way so lovingly to lift us from our sadness.

May God bless you all.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Delaney, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

Sincerely, Monsignor Michael Delaney

2016 DIOCESAN MEN’S CONFERENCE

Registrations are now open at http://www.beamanconference.com for the Diocesan Men’s Conference on Saturday, April 23rd at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. The day includes great speakers, breakfast, lunch, confessions, Adoration and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Bambera. The early bird rate is $30 per adult ($35 after April 1st). We guarantee you will be fired up about your faith when leaving the conference on April 23.

First Holy Communion 2016

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices. Please contact John Musyt or Rose Liesiefsky if you have any questions about the dates or times of practices.

Easter Duty 2016

All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation to confess any mortal sin. This year Pentecost Sunday is May 15th.

Easter Duty 2017

All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 4.

Don't Forget to Spring Ahead March 13!

Spring Ahead!

Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on March 13!!

Pope Francis' Words Do You Want To Fast This Lent

  1. Fast from hurting words and say kind words
  2. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
  3. Fast from anger and be filled with patience
  4. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
  5. Fast from worries and trust in God
  6. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
  7. Fast from pressures and be prayerful
  8. Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
  9. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  10. Fast from grudges and be reconciled
  11. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

The Meaning of Lent

“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter.” Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes before the celebration of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday (this year, April 5th).

“Through its twofold theme of repentance and Baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens (those to be baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil) and the faithful already baptized, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery (the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus). Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) by means of the Rite of Election, the Scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful who are already baptized, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their own Baptismal promises.”

Traditional Lenten practices include: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.

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 at (570) 489-8143

READY, SET, BRUSH CAMPAIGN

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Maura Burns, a University of Scranton pre-dental student, is working with our Social Concerns committee collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. during the month of February. Items collected will be distributed to the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center

The Social Concerns Committee is partnering with Maura Burns, and Ready Set Brush, Inc. a nonprofit organization developed by University of Scranton Pre-dental students, who help children learn about the importance of good oral health at an early age. We are seeking donations of basic dental supplies to provide to local organizations in need. Collection boxes will be placed in the vestibules of both parishes during the month of February.

Items to be collected for both children and adults include:

  • Soft bristle toothbrushes made of nylon (Oral B, Colgate, Crest, any pharmacy brand.)
  • Toothpaste (Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Pepsodent, Arm & Hammer.)
  • Dental Floss (Glide Smooth, Oral B, Travel Dental Flossers.)
  • Mouthwash (Listerine, Act, Colgate, Crest, Agent Cool Blue.)