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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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CONGRATULATIONS FATHER RAJ!

Father Nalazala Irudaya Raj (Father Raj) celebrates the 25th anniversary of ordination to priestly ministry for the Diocese of Nellore, India. This Silver Jubilee will be celebrated on January 17, 2018 in the company of his Bishop and family and friends. We join with them in prayerful gratitude to God for Father Raj’s priestly service. Father Raj’s address:

Rev. Fr. N.A. Irudaya Raj
Infant Jesus Church
Kandukur (Post & Mandal)
Prakasam (Dt.) 523105
A.P. (ST) India

Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule for 2017/2018

Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

Christmas MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24, 2016

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
10:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25th, 2016

9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

New Year’s Mass Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Since it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a Holyday of obligation in the USA.

New Year’s Day (Monday), January 1, 2018

7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
8:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

FEAST OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY (A HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION)

Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the Patronal Feast day of the United States and a holy day of obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann. Mass schedule:

December 7

Vigil Mass

5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament

December 8

Holy Day

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
7:00 PM Holy Cross

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JOHN MUSYT TO BE ORDAINED TO THE PERMANENT DIACONATE

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will preside as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, November 25, for the ordination of 11 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

Along with ten other candidates, our own John P. Musyt will be ordained.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism, serving as the deacon of the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion, bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission of the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM, St. Peter Cathedral, Scranton.

All the faithful of the diocese are welcome to attend the ordination. Please keep John Musyt and the deacon candidates in your prayers.

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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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.

2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

“Since our earliest days we have been taught how to pray by the words that Jesus himself shared with us in the scriptures. He began that prayer by saying, ‘Our Father.’ We walk together as brothers and sisters in the light of Christ by the very nature of our faith. In his great instruction to us, Evangelii Gaudum (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis invites us all to missionary discipleship as authentic followers of the Lord Jesus. Missionary discipleship calls us to go out of ourselves and to preach the Gospel and to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters with whom we walk.” - Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

Our Holy Father tells us, “God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself ‘became poor.’” He explains that the proclamation of the Gospel “is itself the prime form of charity.” You are invited to join with parishioners across the Diocese as they “Walk Together in the Light of Christ” proclaiming the Gospel by supporting the many ministries and services made possible through gifts to the 2017 Annual Appeal throughout the 11 counties of our Diocese.

CATHOLIC MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS:

“Giving everyone the opportunity to read, see and hear the Good News.”

Spreading the Gospel and the message of our Catholic faith is the vital mission of the Catholic Media and Communications Office of the Diocese of Scranton. This is why we provide a wide-ranging media program that offers print, online and broadcasting services throughout our 11-county Diocese. The message is delivered through The Catholic Light, the official newspaper of the Diocese which is delivered to 46,000 households; Catholic Television (CTV), the Diocesan television station; and the Diocesan website. CTV reaches more than 235,000 homes, hospitals and nursing facilities broadcasting the daily Mass and many other faith-based programs. The Diocesan website is an excellent online resource for information about life and events in the Diocese, including videos of the daily Mass and the special liturgies celebrated at St. Peter’s Cathedral and Bishop Bambera’s homilies.

Text To Give

Next Weekend is “Text to Give” Weekend: Don’t leave your cell phone at home or in the car. Bring it with you to Mass. Next Sunday is “Text to Give” Weekend throughout the Diocese. Parishioners who haven’t made a pledge or a gift—or who wish to increase their gift— will be able to do so by texting Appeal on their cell phones.

Where we stand

The great gift of mercy lies at the heart of all that we do as a church, and it also lies at the heart of the support we receive from the Diocesan Appeal: Holy Cross: $50,000.00 goal, 95% of goal! $47,132.00 in pledges and donations. Blessed Sacrament: $17,000.00 goal, 118% of goal! $20,002.00 in pledges and donations. Remember that 75% of all donations collected over goal are returned to the parish. God bless you for your generosity.

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.