• 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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Memorial Day 2017

Never Forget Their Service

IN TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN who have served this nation so unselfishly, the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish, has presented wreaths at the Veterans Memorials at the Throop Borough building, the VFW Memorial on Boulevard Avenue and also at the Church Memorial at Blessed Sacrament Parish. A special thank you to Suzanne Boyer-Baka for her craftsmanship and generosity.

We are honored to remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives throughout the history of our nation – those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from harm. We salute all those now serving and we raise this prayer for their safety and blessing.

A MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country. Preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. We pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our souls that surpasses all understanding. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.

Amen.

THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASCENSION OF THE LORD (HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

Jesus Ascending to Heaven

Mass schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 8:00 AM Holy Cross
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:00 PM Holy Cross

Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The Ascension is an important Christian holiday that attests to the reality of Jesus Christ, God and human, returning to the Father, to return again in the future second coming. The Ascension is the final component of the Paschal Mystery, which consists of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

The Catholic Catechism highlights three important theological aspects of the Ascension concisely:

1. Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11) this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. 61 3:3)

2. Jesus Christ, head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious Kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever.

3. Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (ccc 665- 67).

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.

Mother's Day Envelopes 2017

All parishioners are reminded that in your box of envelopes this year there are special Mother’s Day intention envelopes to remember living and deceased mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, and mother like friends. The envelopes will be placed on the altar of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament during the month of May to remember the donor’s intentions.

A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations

“It is not surprising that where people pray fervently, vocations flourish.” ….Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30 PM, Holy Cross Parish; Scripture, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Join us as we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

“Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, may young people in our parishes hear your call and follow your voice as they discern their vocations. Lead your people to heaven through the ministry of holy priests and consecrated men and women. Jesus, we trust in you! Amen.

FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

READINGS:

John 14: 1-12

Acts 6: 1-7

1 Peter 2: 4-9

The scene of today’s Gospel is the Last Supper. John’s account of that night is the longest in the Gospels – five chapters in length (but with no account of the institution of the Eucharist). The evangelist uses a literary device common in Scripture: A leader (Moses, Joshua, David, Tobit) gathers his own (family, friends, disciples) to announce his imminent departure, offer advice and insight into the future and give final instructions.

At the time John is writing his Gospel, Christians are being harassed by both the Jews and the Romans. Proclaiming the crucified Jesus as the Messiah is blasphemy to Judaism, while accuring the Romans of “judicial murder” in the death of Jesus threatened the new faith’s chances of survival as a “lawful religion” tolerated by their Roman occupiers.

The dominant themes here are consolation and encouragement: Be faithful, remember and live what I have taught you, for better days are ahead for you. Christ the Way to God, the Truth of God and Life incarnate of God - wll return for the faithful “who do the works that I do.”

THEMES:

Christ: ‘the way, the truth and the life.’

The Jesus of the Gospel does not only show us the way – his life of humble and generous servanthood is the way; he does not only philosophize about a concept of truth – he is the perfect revelation of the truth about a God enduring and unlimited love for his people; he is not just a preacher of futuristic promises – he has been raised up by God to a state of existence in God to which he invites all of us. In embracing the Spirit of his Gospel and living the hope of his Word, we encounter, in Christ, God himself.

Discipleship: ‘to do the work I do.’

Regardless of the career path we choose – doctor, laborer, bank teller, teacher, parent or priest – if we truly consider ourselves disciples of the Risen Jesus, we are called “to do the work I do.” In our homes, workplaces, city halls and playgrounds, we are called to bring the miracle of Easter life: the reconciliation, justice and peace of the Risen One in whom God has revealed himself to all of humanity.

Our return ‘home.’

Seldom do we think of death as a return home, but today’s Gospel image of the “house with many dwelling places” helps us to realize that we were created for a life beyond this one – we were created by God for life in and with him. The Risen Jesus is the way to our return “home” to the Father.

IMPORTANT

Parents who sit in the choir loft with their children are asked NOT to sit in the front pews with their children, due to safety issues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

Mother's Day Wishes 2017

Mother's day

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney , and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers grandmothers, and godmothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

BE A VOCATION MISSIONARY

Prayer for Vocations

In his letter for 2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Francis has a personal message: you are called to be a missionary, to share the Gospel of Jesus with the world!

“As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves…We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience to ourselves.”

What does that have to do with vocations? Pope Francis explains that to be a missionary disciple means sharing actively in the mission of Christ, including praying for vocations:

“I ask parish communities, associations, and the many prayer groups present in the Church, not to yield to discouragement but to continue praying that the Lord will send workers into his harvest.

May he give us priests enamoured of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sister, living signs of God’s merciful love.”

HOW TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS

Today on World Day of Prayer for Vocations consider praying a rosary for vocations, alone or with family and friends:

  • Pray the first decade that you may grow in holiness in your own vocation.
  • Pray the second decade for all those called to marriage.
  • Pray the third decade for those called to the permanent diaconate.
  • Pray the fourth decade for all those called to religious life.
  • Pray the fifth decade for all those called to the priesthood.

At Every Sunday Mass when you take time for personal prayer at Mass, ask God that a young man from your parish will hear the call to the priesthood or religious life, and that a young woman will hear the call to become a sister.

At Home during mealtime, pray for vocations with your family, and encourage your children to be open to God’s call.

Year-Round pledge to pray for vocations at the international web site invisiblemonaster.com. It allows you to choose your diocese, then specify how and when you will pray.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS ON MAY 7

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 reached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 1ST HOLY COMMUNION STUDENTS FOR 2017

First Communion

Blessed Sacrament

Gabriella Baglivo Spencer Kalinoski
Isabelle Baglivo Aidan Shimkus
Lily Fagan Emerson Shimkus

Holy Cross

Parker Bennett Madelyn O’Malley
Addison Bilski Lola Palazzari
Luke Borusiewicz Owen Paone
Delaney Caines Nicholas Petrochko
Corey Checefsky Matthew Porto
Kate Coviello Mackenzie Richards
Emily Fitzpatrick Santino Roman
Brayden Gilgallon Joseph Romanosky
Madison Healey Connor Sawka
Dominic Klem Alaina Scassellati
Allison Kohut Trista Schroeder
Kristiania Krisler Leah Tirado
Abigail Krott Addison Tully
Gavin Lettieri Jake Uhrin
Nicholas Martini Gianna Wheeler
Catherine Mattioli Baylee Yurkanin

Thank You to our second grade teachers: Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Mrs. Karen Doyle; assistants: Mrs. Ellen Caines, Mrs. Linda Sablan, Miss Amanda Rimosites.

Thank you to LaSalle Academy, St. Clare/St. Paul Elementary School and St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School teachers.

Thank you to our directors of Religious Education: Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky and Mr. John Musyt.

Thank you to our parents and grandparents and extended family for your dedication to your child’s religious education and his/her faith development.

A special “Thank You” for your contributions to our First Communion Class. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.

  • Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary for the First Communion Retreat lunch and the gift packets for our First Communion children;
  • Blessed Sacrament Holy Name for the First Communion retreat projects and the flowers for the children for the Blessed Mother;
  • Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish for the lunch and refreshments for the Penance Service;
  • Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish for the altar flowers, flowers for the children for the Blessed Mother and the crown for the Blessed Mother;
  • Susanne Boyer-Baka for the crown for the Blessed Mother and Jim & Rosemarie Liesiefsky for the altar flowers at Blessed Sacrament.

RECITATION OF THE ROSARY

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and is a special time of reciting the Rosary. Please join us in reciting the Rosary before Mass as we pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please note, the Rosary should not be said during the celebration of Mass. The celebration of the Eucharist is the greatest prayer that Jesus left the Church and should be prayed fully and actively. Please join us in reciting the rosary before the 4 PM mass every Saturday at Holy Cross. Please join the Altar & Rosary & Holy Name Societies of Blessed Sacrament recite the rosary before the 9:30 AM mass every Sunday during the month of May.

Carnation Sale 2017

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

The Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be selling carnations after each mass on Mothers’ Day Weekend (May 13 & 14).

Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.

Cemetery Maintenance

Holy Cross Parish

THE EASTER PASHAL CANDLE at Holy Cross Parish

has been donated in memory of Charles and Anna Misiura offered by daughters. Thank you!

Adoration - Hours Available

Adoration Hours are Available

We are nearing 12 years of Eucharistic Adoration in our St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish. Would you consider coming to the chapel for an hour each week? There is an hour open on Thursday at 7:00 am & Monday 11:00 pm. To sign up for an hour or for more information, please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

Eucharistic Adoration 12th Anniversary Mass & Dinner

Members of the Eucharistic Adoration Program are invited to attend the 11:00 am Mass on Sunday, May 21 which will be offered for the deceased members of our adoration program. Our members will also gather socially after Mass for a buffet dinner at Fiorelli’s Catering, Main Street, Peckville. Parishioners, family and friends are invited to attend. Adults - $15.00, Children under 12 - $5.00, no charge for toddlers. Anyone interested in attending can place your reservations in the basket at weekend Masses, drop it off or mail it to the rectory. If you have any questions, please call Eydie at 489-8816. (Please Note, the date in our May Calendar is incorrect)

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003

An unsolicited comment from one of our own parish Eucharistic Adoration participant: A woman parishioner, also an eleven year participant, said when asked why she would commit to one hour for life, she replied, “It’s the best hour of my week”. Commitment is not for life, it’s for only as long as one is able to fulfill it.

HOLY CROSS LOTTERY IS BACK!

Tickets are ready for pick up in the vestibule of Holy Cross. No money necessary to pick up ordered tickets. Tickets are also on sale $10.00 for the month of June. We have 112 tickets left. You can’t win if you don’t purchase!

MOVIE NIGHT: “LION”>

Lion

Thursday, May 11th, 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall

Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train traveling away from his home and family. Somehow he survives on the streets to be, ultimately, adopted by a family in Australia. As an adult he suppresses his past and his emotional need to discover more about his history so as to not offend his adoptive parents. His journey to find home and his first family is amazing and extraordinary. This remarkable true story is a beautiful tribute to all Moms, birth Mothers, adoptive Mothers and all who love their children like a Mother.

PG13 118 minutes

There is no fee. Refreshments served.

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

  1. Dress appropriately.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  4. Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  5. Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  6. Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  7. Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  8. Please do not chew gum in church.
  9. Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  10. Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  11. Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  12. Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
  13. Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  14. What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  15. Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!

How You Can Make a Difference

Holy Cross Parish has served the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the poor in Olyphant. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish.

Please consider Holy Cross Parish in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to the parish include:

  • Bequests through Will – Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;
  • Annuities – Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;
  • Life Insurance – Name the Holy Cross Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy;
  • Other Assets – A contribution of a specific cash amount or property.

Contact your accountant or financial ad visor for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

BISHOP’S 2017 YOUTH AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2017 Bishop’s awards.

8th Grade

  • Gabrielle Ciborosky
  • Gianna Matassa
  • Donald Healey
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Audrianna Keller
  • John Sekelsky
  • Brianna Kohut
  • Christian Snee
  • Gabriel Lott
  • Gabrielle Snee
  • John Tomcho

12th Grade

  • Jesse Doyle
  • Austin Mizerak
  • Emily Temple

HELP KEEP OUR CHURCH CLEAN

Please help us to keep our churches clean for the next Mass! When you are leaving church, please take the bulletin home with you or place it back in the bin. Also, please place the missalettes back in the rack and pick up any tissues or wrappers you may have dropped. Thank you for helping to keep our churches clean and tidy for those who worship at the next Mass.

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament have served the catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the needy in Olyphant and Throop. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish. Please consider the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to either parish include:

Bequests through Will - Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;

Annuities - Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;

Life Insurance - Name the Holy Cross Parish or Blessed Sacrament Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy:

Other Assets - A contribution of a specific cash amount or property. Contact your accountant or financial adviser for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

KIND REMINDER

In an effort to assist the money counters, please mark the amount of your donation on the front of your weekly offertory envelope. Please do not tape or staple the envelope or its contents. Thank you!

PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer

Prayer is nothing else than union with God. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding.

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of Christ, tech us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed. For these ordinary beads strung on threads hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer. Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. ………….Catherine Doherty

"May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month is which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne."

……..Pope Paul VI

SEEING JESUS IN THE NEEDY

“Jesus who came as ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us, Mt 1:23) and who promises to be with his people until the end of the age (Mt 28:20) is hidden in those most in need; to reject them is to reject God made manifest in history.” U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All (1986) 44.

World Day of Prayer for Vocatons on May 7

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. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 23, 2017

First Reading:

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.

Second Reading:

Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pt 1:8-9)

Gospel:

"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." (Jn 20:27b-29)