• 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

Latest Tweets

2019 Mass Intention Book to Open

The 2019 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be opened on Tuesday, September 18. All masses will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be paid for at the time of the request. Please note: the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for understanding. Sanctuary Candles are limited to two per family.

A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

will be taken up at the Holy Thursday evening mass. Please be generous. Food will be donated to our local food banks.

ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

dress in white robes for Holy Thursday evening mass and sit as a group.

Altar Flowers

October 7, 2018

The Altar Flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Chester P. Tracewski Jr. offered by Wife, Son & Family.

October 21, 2018

The Altar Flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory Memory of Ambrose Oravec offered by his wife Helen.

November 11, 2018

The Altar Flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Bernadette Lapera offered by the Rusnak Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

HOLY NAME “SPRING HOSPITALITY”

will be held on Sunday, April 28, immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass outside by our Heritage Monument. Bring the family, a friend, a neighbor, yourself. All are invited. Need a new lawn mower? The Holy Name Society will be raffling off a new mower and two consolation prizes on Sunday, April 28, during our Spring Hospitality. Tickets are $5 or 3 for $10. See any member for tickets or call Art Phillips at 570-840-1283. You need not be present to win.

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY

will meet on Palm Sunday, April 14 at 6:00 in the Parish Hall. New members welcomed. Note the new time of meeting.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

will take place at Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, April 11 at 1:30 PM.

1895-2020 KEEP THE FAITH VIDEO:

Interested in being part of the extensive history of the Catholic Church in Throop? Parishioner & Videographer Joseph Butash is attempting to document in picture, words and video, the formation of the four former parishes and the establishment of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Interviews have been recorded, if you would like to be interviewed contact Joseph Butash at 570-489-4515. The hope is to have this project done by April 2020.

PHOTO BOOK celebrating 125 years of Roman Catholics in Throop

is being compiled. Histories of the four former parishes and the formation of Blessesd Sacrament Parish will be included. Photos from St. Bridget’s Parish are still needed. Contact Joseph Butash if you can supply photos. The hope is to have this book available by Christmas.

HOLY NAME ANNUAL EASTER BASKET FOOD ITEM SALE

Blessed Sacrament Holy Name is now taking orders for Plain Paska, Raisin Paska, Handmade Butter Lamb, a variety of Kolach including nut, poppy, apricot, lekvar, cheese and raspberry, and new this Easter season a box of Easter Cookies. Butter Lambs are $5.00, all other items are $10.00. Orders can be made at the entrances of Blessed Sacrament or by calling Joe Butash at 570-489-4515 or any Society Member. Pickup will be Holy Thursday, April 18 between 1:00 and 4:45 PM in the Parish Hall.

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETIES

will hold their meeting on Thursday, April 4: Rosary 6:30 AM, meeting 7:00 PM. Bakers: Rose Kaminski & Barbara Long. Hostess: Marion Kowalski, Rose Liesiefsky, Judy Menago, Phyllis Mikulski, Marg Pabis and Theresa Paciotti..

BINGO, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

- The Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary Society is sponsoring Bingo on Sunday, February 17 in the Parish Hall. Doors open at noon. Bring 5 non-perishable food items for an extra Bingo card. Come, beat the Winter Blues, join us for an afternoon of fun and friendship.

BATON TWIRLING LESSONS

will begin at the Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall on Tuesdays at 5:00 PM. Children 4 years old and older are welcome to attend. For more information and to register please call 570-489-1935 or visit doublertwirl.com.

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HISTORY PROJECT

In April of 2020 an historical anniversary will occur. Blessed Sacrament Parish can trace its roots back to April 13, 1895, when the first Roman Catholics in the town of Throop officially organized. There is hope that the 125th Anniversary in April of 2020 can be celebrated by putting together a Coffee-Table Style Photo Book of the four former Parishes of Throop, and of Blessed Sacrament Parish (which was formed in December 2009). This project is in the preliminary stages. There will be a meeting in the Spring to gauge Parish interest. The Holy Name of Blessed Sacrament has graciously decided to support this undertaking. More information in the Spring!

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!

HOLY NAME SOCIETY SEARCHING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Why not consider joining the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish? Meetings are held only once a month. Dues are minimal. Help our parish community grow in a spiritual and social way that has a rich tradition in the history of the Catholic Parishes in the community of Throop. The Holy Name needs new members, junior members are most welcome. If you are a member and have not paid your dues for 2019, please contact Adam Nosak.

  The Officers of Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society for 2015 are President Adam Nosak, 1st Vice-President-Dominck Rocco, Jr.,  2nd Vice-President-Michael Rocco, Recording Secretary-Robert Fuhr, Financial Secretary-Mark Wallo, Treasurer-Jim Liesiefsky, and Sergeant-at-Arms- Vincent Lorent. New members and Junior members are invited to join us at our meetings. The Holy Name meets the second Sunday of the month at 7PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Contact Society President Adam Nosak with any questions.

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS

Saturday, April 20

11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament

12:30 PM Holy Cross.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES

Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING

Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.

Confraternity of Christian Women

CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

will hold their meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2:00 PM, Kelley Hall.

THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is seeking new members!

The Confraternity is one of our parish’s oldest and most dedicated ministries. Members of the Confraternity serve Holy Cross Parish by living out their call to holiness distinctively as women, who are the backbone of this spiritual and charitable organization, which is under the banner of our Blessed Mother. They share a social bond as well as a love of their parish, and the need to participate in helping it grow and prosper. While primarily a spiritual group, the Confraternity also helps organize and run a number of different events throughout the year. Members are also active in volunteering with other parish ministries. Meetings are held monthly. The Confraternity of Christian Women welcomes women of any age for prayer, community, spirituality, service and friendship.

COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

All parish societies and civic organizations are welcome to place an announcement in the bulletin regarding an upcoming event or meeting. Please note, however, because the bulletin must be submitted to the printer on Monday mornings, all announcements must be received at the Parish Office by the Wednesday before the week of the event.

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL

Your generosity helps:

Serve, comfort and care for thousands of our friends and neighbors each year through a variety of Catholic Social Services and Parish Outreach programs.

Support our retired priests and those who are ill, who have faithfully served our Diocese for many years. Assist our men in formation to become priests and deacons as we look to the future of our parishes and our Diocese.

Prepare our children for fulfilling and faith-filled lives through education in our Catholic schools and in our parish religious education programs.

Provide opportunities in our parish communities for everyone to more fully share their personal gifts in devoted service to God and one another.

Joyfully spread the Gospel and the message of our Catholic faith to all members of our Diocese and our community.

To make a donation to this year’s Annual Appeal, please visit www.AnnualAppeal.org or call 570-207-2250.

Thank you one and all for your generosity! Where we stand:

we stand:

Holy Cross $50,000.00 goal, 74% of goal, $36,834.00 in pledges and donations.

Blessed Sacrament $17,000.00 goal, 104% of goal! $17635.00 in pledges and donations.

Remember that 75% of all donations collected over goal are returned to the parish.

DID YOU KNOW…

You may make a gift to your parish or to the Diocesan Annual Appeal directly from your IRA?

If you are 70 ½ or older and have a traditional individual retirement account, you can use all or part of your required minimum distribution to support your parish or the Diocesan Annual Appeal without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes.

Distributions must be sent directly to your parish or the Diocese by the plan administrator of your IRA. For more information please contact Jim Bebla, Diocesan Secretary of Development, at Jim- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-207-2250.

Easter Duty

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 9.

Easter Triduum Schedule 2019

Easter Triduum

Forty days of Lenten Preparation will being 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 the most solemn and significant moments of grace. Experience and celebrate the Mercy of God.

Easter Triddum Schedule


Holy Thursday – April 18


Mass of the Last Supper

6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Good Friday – April 19


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 – April 20


Blessing of Baskets

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

Easter Vigil - April 20

8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Sunday – April 21


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

Alleluia Alleluia!

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: John Romanosky, Frank “Babe” Scozzaro, Harold Nickolson & Michael Gershey, Joseph P. Foley,Joseph P. Foley, Linda S. Gerber, Rev. Thomas J. O’Malley, Judith Keyasko, Betty Coleman, Rudolph Mitchko, Florence Hart Browning, Lawrence, Susan Kubrick, Grace Oravec and Eleanor Lanuti, Theresa Townsend.

Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

First Reading: Isaiah 6:1-2a,3-8 Isaiah describes his vision and call from the Lord.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-5,7-8 A song of thanks to God who saves us.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11 (shorter form, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8,11) Paul reminds the Corinthians of the gospel that he announced to them.

Gospel Reading: Luke 5:1-11 The fishermen (Simon, James and John) leave their fishing boats and follow Jesus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Last Sunday, we heard how Jesus was rejected in his hometown of Nazareth. In the verses that follow, Jesus travels to the town of Capernaum and begins his ministry of teaching and healing. While in Capernaum, Jesus cures a man possessed with a demon and heals Simon’s mother-in-law. After spending some time there, Jesus prepares to preach in other places. The fact that Jesus had previously been in Simon’s home and healed his mother-in-law suggests that this encounter is not the first between Jesus and Simon Peter. We can read today’s Gospel, therefore, as a description of the developing relationship between Jesus and Simon Peter.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus teaches from Simon’s boat. Jesus turns to Simon and instructs him about where to lower the fishing nets. Simon and others have been fishing throughout the night and have not caught anything. Simon protests, claiming that such an effort would be futile. Simon ultimately obeys Jesus and lowers his nets into the deeper water as directed. Notice here that Peter calls Jesus by the title “master.”. He already recognizes Jesus as a person of authority. They catch so many fish that the nets begin to tear; Jesus’ presence has created abundance out of scarcity, just as it did at the wedding feast at Cana, which we heard at Mass just a few weeks ago.

Simon Peter becomes a follower of Jesus immediately. He calls Jesus “Lord” –the title given to Jesus after his Resurrection—and protests his worthiness to be in Jesus’ presence. Today’s Gospel therefore, marks a turning point in the relationship between Jesus and Peter. Two of Simon’s partners are also named as witnesses to the event descried in today’s Gospel: Zebedee’s sons, James and John. Yet Jesus’ words are addressed only to Simon. Jesus gives Simon a new job, telling him that he will become a different kind of fisherman. No longer will he catch fish; instead he will catch people. In these words, we hear the beginning of the leadership role that Peter will have within the community of disciples. Peter was chosen for this role. His task will be to bring others to Jesus. Already he is doing so; the Gospel tells us that all the fishermen with Peter also left their nets and followed Jesus.

We continue to speak of Peter’s leadership and influence in the Church today when we call the pope the “successor of Peter.” We participate in the mission of the Church when we bring people to Christ through the example and positive influence of our lives.

Financial Statements

Financial Statements for the 2018 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2019, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2018 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement please call the parish office.

FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS

With the beginning of the flu season, just a few reminders about some common-sense practices that will help curtail the spread of the flu. Remember, if you are sick or not feeling well, there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists a number of helpful practices. Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when you are coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue or handkerchief, cough into your elbow rather than into your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs spread this way.

If you do not feel well or have a cough, please avoid receiving the Precious Blood from the cup when it is offered. Be conscious that those around you may not shake your hand at the Sign of Peace because they may not be feeling well.

If we all practice these common, everyday precautions, hopefully we can prevent a significant outbreak of the flu in our community.

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Cycle C

First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 The Lord assures Jeremiah that he will deliver him from all who fight against him.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5- 6,15,17 A song in praise of God’s salvation.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 (shorter form, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13) Paul describes love as the greatest of virtues.

Gospel Reading: Luke 4:21-30 Jesus is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

This Sunday we read from the Gospel of Luke, continuing immediately from last week’s Gospel. Recall that in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah and announced that this Scripture was now fulfilled.

In today’s Gospel, we learn that the people of Nazareth are impressed by Jesus’ words, and yet they seem surprised. They still think of Jesus as merely Joseph’s son. They do not expect such words from someone they believe that they know.

This Gospel is about who Jesus is and who people believe him to be. The story of Jesus’ preaching and rejection at Nazareth is found in each of the Synoptic Gospels. In Luke’s Gospel, this incident is told in a way that foretells Jesus’ passion and death and helps explain the inclusion of the Gentiles in the promise of salvation. In Luke’s Gospel this incident appears at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry; in Matthew and Mark, this event is placed considerably later, after Jesus has preached and taught elsewhere. Only Luke identifies the content of Jesus’ teaching in any detail, telling us that Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue. In Mark and Matthew’s Gospels, Jesus teaches in the synagogue in Nazareth, and the townspeople take offense because Jesus is only the son of a carpenter. They reject his authority to teach them. In Matthew and Mark, it is only after Jesus is rejected that he observes times when Israel has rejected prophets.

In Luke’s Gospel, the people are surprised but not immediately offended by Jesus’ words in the synagogue. It is the words that follow his reading from the prophet Isaiah that seem to offend them. Jesus challenges and provokes the people of Nazareth by referring to examples in which Israel rejected the prophets. He also challenges them to respond to his message, the message of a prophet, in a way that is different from their ancestors. This call for a new response leads to his rejection.

It is helpful to consider the historical context of Luke’s Gospel. Luke has witnessed the acceptance of the gospel message among many Gentiles. He endeavors to explain why the Good News of Jesus has not been as well-received by his Jewish contemporaries. Luke’s report interprets the cause of Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth in the context of this later Christian history. Just as the people at Nazareth did not welcome the Good News that Jesus announced, so too many among the people of Israel will not accept the preaching of the gospel.

After Jesus’ words of challenge, Luke reports that there was a movement to kill Jesus by throwing him over a cliff. This differs from the reports found in Mark and Matthew’s Gospels, where Jesus is said to be unable to perform miracles in Nazareth because of the people’s lack of faith. Luke says that Jesus walks away from the crowd that intended to kill him; it is not yet his time. The animosity of the people of Nazareth prefigures and prepares the reader of Luke’s Gospel for the cross. Luke wants all to understand that it is through his death on the cross that Jesus offers God’s salvation to all.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish

“BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS”

We launch the Lenten series this week at Holy Cross Parish – we’re happy to host this first Wednesday prayer, thinking of that which unites us in Christ and being grateful for those things we share in common.

Rev. David Brague, Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Peckville, will share a message on Baptism, that which makes us all brothers and sisters in the Lord.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration Hours are Available

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held in St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish from Monday at 8:30 AM until Friday at 6:00 PM. If you would like to experience a peaceful hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, there are open hours: Monday midnight, Tuesday 1:00 PM, Wednesday11:00 AM, Thursday 5:00 AM, Friday 11:00 AM. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONSOVERNIGHT HOURS: Any time snow or icy weather conditions are forecast for overnight hours, the chapel will be closed automatically at an appropriate time during the evening and reopen the next morning, weather permitting. Anyone whose hour is affected will be notified by phone.

EUCHARISTIC – 12 YEARS OF ADORATION

Prayer and reflection before the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord has been happening for 12 years in the Saint John Paul II chapel in Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. (then Bishop) Cardinal Antonio Tagle of the Philippines shared a profound reflection on Eucharistic Adoration in 2008 at the 49th International Eucharistic Congress. His message:

“In the Eucharist, the Church joins Jesus in adoring the God of life. But the practice of Eucharistic adoration enlivens some features of worship. We believe that the presence of Christ in the Eucharist continues beyond the liturgy. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament connotes being present, resting, and beholding. In adoration, we are present to Jesus whose sacrifice is ever present to us. Abiding in him, we are assimilated more deeply into his self-giving. Beholding Jesus, we receive and are transformed by the mystery we adore. Eucharistic adoration is similar to standing at the foot of the Cross of Jesus, being a witness to his sacrifice of life and being renewed by it. The sacrifice or spiritual worship of Jesus on the cross is his supreme act of adoration.”

Congratulations and blessings to all who make the weekly commitment of an hour before the Lord. May we all be transformed into people of gratitude, loving kindness and justice, as we reflect upon what Jesus requires of us, each and all, who partake of the Eucharistic banquet.

To sign up for an hour of adoration or for more information, please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

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!

Calls are being made. If you have not received a call and want to order a ticket please call the Rectory, 570-489-0752. Tickets are $10.00 and good for the whole month of June. Please do not send any money until you pick up your ticket which will be during the end of April.

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.

HOLY WEEK PRACTICE SCHEDULE

SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY

Holy Thursday Practice- Palm Sunday, April 14 – 2:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament; 3:30 pm at Holy Cross.

Good Friday Practice- Wednesday, April 17 – 5:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament and 7:00 pm at Holy Cross.

SCHEDULED LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS ONLY:

Saturday, April 20 – 9:00 am Lectors and 9:45 am Altar Servers at Holy Cross.

How to Make a Good Confession

Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness.

Going to Confession:

  1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross:
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  2. You continue with these traditional words:
    Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life.
  3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins.
    Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor.
  4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer:
    My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
  5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution:
  6. God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen.
  7. The priest will invite you to go in peace.

After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.

IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PASTORAL HOSPITAL VISITS

Due to changes at area hospitals it has become increasingly difficult for us to know when a member of our parish has been admitted to the hospital. Due to Federal privacy regulations, the hospitals will no longer notify the parish about a parishioner’s admission. The family must contact the Parish so that Monsignor Delaney can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner who may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the Parish Office. When registering at the hospital please indicate Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament.

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way for non-Catholics to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and for Catholics who have not been fully initiated to receive Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for you. The RCIA is a regional program, coordinated by Deacon Jan Mroz at St. Mary’s Parish, Dickson City. Please call the Monsignor Delaney at 489-0752 if you or someone you know would like to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry Phase of the RCIA will begin in early October.

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

Join the Choir - You'll be Glad You Did!

As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.

Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.

Know a Marriage That Needs Help

Know a Marriage That Needs Help?  Throw them a lifeline and tell them about Retrouvaille, an international program that helps couples who are experiencing marital difficulties. This program is for all couples, at any stage of marriage that needs help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner. The next program in the Scranton Diocese begins Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016, at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Please call 800-470-2230 for more information or to register or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.org.

LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERVICES

Lenten Ecumenical Services

Sponsored by the Ministerium of the Mid Valley

Wednesdays in Lent, all services at 7:00 PM

• Wednesday, March 13
Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware Avenue,
Olyphant, PA 18447
Message: Rev. David Brague

• Wednesday, March 20
St. James/St. George Episcopel Church
398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA 18433
Message: Rev. David Repenning

• Wednesday, March 27
Peckville United Methodist Church
722 Main Street, Peckville, PA 18452
Message: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

• Wednesday, April 3
Blakely Baptist Church
201 Main Street, Blakely, PA 18447
Message: Rev. Daniel Jones

• Wednesday, April 10
First United Presbyterian Church
1557 Main Street, Peckville, PA 18452
Message: Rev. Andrew Kurovsky

Fellowship and refreshments follow each
service. All are invited to participate in prayer
with our neighbors and friends of the Christian
Churches of the Mid Valley as we prepare for
Easter.

Lenten Prayer

Heavenly Father,

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.

As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgement.

Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.

Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.

In your name I pray.

Amen

MARRIAGE CONVALIDATION

Were you married outside of the Catholic Church? Would you like to have your marriage blessed by the Church?

This is called the marriage convalidation process, and the Church is here to help.

Couples may find themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons. It may be that a Catholic entered into a marriage outside the Church and did not realize that the Church asks us to marry in the Church. It might be that one, or both parties, was not free to marry in the Catholic Church due to a previous marriage or because he or she was awaiting an annulment.

No matter the situation, now is a great time to explore the convalidation process.

Consider this your invitation! Call the Rectory for an appointment with Monsignor Delaney (570)489-0752 or email Monsignor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MASS CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

When a person dies, many people often request a Mass card as a way of praying for the deceased person and expressing their sympathy to the family. Because Canon Law requires that a Mass request be celebrated within a year of its request, parishes often have to send the Mass intention to the missions. Instead of requesting a Mass card, please consider making a donation to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish in loving memory of the deceased. Your donation to the parish expresses your sympathy while helping to financially support the parish. Thank you for your consideration.

Memorial /Honor Candles

sanctuary candle

The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated as follows:

April 7, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Carl & Martha Guagliardo offered by Great Grandchildren Lizzy, Elena, Amelia.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Andrew & Mildred Chobey and Joseph McCarthy offered by Florence McCarthy.

April 14, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of George & Mary Beckage offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Vincent Cesari Jr. offered by Mom, Dad and Brother Rich.

Monthly Visitations

Any parishioner who is homebound and wishes to receive the Eucharist on a monthly basis is asked to contact the Parish Office to schedule a visit.

Movie Night

MOVIE NIGHT:“Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Tuesday, March 12, 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall.

A little kindness makes a world of difference. In Luke’s gospel (Luke 10:25-37), a man approaches Jesus seeking fullness of life, asking “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus then shares the cherished parable of the Good Samaritan, calling us to treat one another with mercy and compassion.

For over thirty years, Fred Rogers, an unassuming minister, puppeteer, writer and producer was beamed daily into homes across America in his beloved television program “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This documentary takes an intimate look at Fred Rogers, a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. There hadn’t been anything on TV like Mr. Rogers before or since. Come join us as we reflect upon the Gospel mandate to love God and neighbors as seen through the eyes of Mr. Rogers. PG13 – 1 hour 35 minutes; refreshments afterwards.

MY SACRIFICE AND YOURS

Celebrating the Eucharist is the most important thing we do as Catholics. Participating at Mass is more than receiving Holy Communion – it is offering a sacrifice. All of the baptized are called by God to offer a sacrifice at Mass.

In the booklet shared on Ash Wednesday and this weekend, Father Paul Turner explains the meaning of the sacrifice of the Mass and how we share in this sacrifice as priestly people by our Baptism. Each section of the pamphlet includes some questions for reflection and a discussion, a helpful tool entering into our Lenten experience. “My Sacrifice and Yours” is a beautiful exploration of Christ’s sacrifice and our participation in this sacrifice at Mass.

NEED A BUTTER LAMB ($5), PASKA,KOLACHI, OR EASTER COOKIES ($10) FOR YOUR BASKET

Empty Easter Basket

You can still order this weekend at the entrances to Blessed Sacrament Parish. Paska, with or without raisins, Kolachi-nut, poppy, cheese, lekvar, apricot and raspberry, a boxed dozen of Easter Cookies, all made by Bakery Delite; and our Hand-Made Butter Lamb. Pickup up is on Holy Thursday from 1 to 4:45 PM. Orders can also be made by calling Joseph Butash 570- 489-4515. The Holy Name thanks you for supporting this fundraiser.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

ALL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS, SAVE THE DATE!

The Baccalaureate Mass for graduation seniors will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus, Peckville on Sunday, June 2 at the 10:00 AM mass. Watch the bulletin for further details.

THROOP’S 125TH CELEBRATION “QUASQUI COCKTAIL KICKOFF FOR A CAUSE”

to benefit St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry will be held on Saturday, May 4, 6 to 9 PM, Volunteer Hose Company of Throop Station, 401 Dunmore Street. Food and beverages included, music by East Coast Trio. Donation $10.00 per person plus baby item to “fill the van”. No one under 21 permitted. All proceeds benefit St. Joseph’s Center. Call 570-687- 4520 for tickets.

LA SALLE ACADEMY

will hold their annual “Basket Bonanza” fundraiser on Friday, April 24 at Fiorelli’s Catering, Peckville. Doors open at 4:30 PM and dinner will be at 6:00 PM. Adult tickets are $30.00 and children’s tickets are $20.00. Pleae call 570-489-2010 for tickets. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS JESSUP, PECKVILLE COUNCIL

will conduct an all you can eat sausage, egg & pancake breakfast, Holy Ghost Hall, Jessup, Sunday, April 14, 8 AM to 12:30 PM, $9.00 adults, children under12 $4.00, chiuldren under 6 free.

MARY’S WAY OF THE CROSS

Friday, April 12 at 7:00 PM, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City. This is a powerful Stations of the Cross devotion presented from the perspective of Mary as she reflects upon each of the 14 stations of her son Jesus’ journey to Calvary.

SIGHT & SOUND

Join parishioner Judy Fusiak on a day trip to see the Jesus production in Lancaster on Thursday, July 11. Adult $145.00 and children ages 3-10 $105.00. Includes bus, shopping at Kitchen Kettle Village, Shady Maple lunch buffet and show. Pickup in Dickson City and Scranton. Call Cindy at Travel World 570-342-5790 for information.

COMEDY NIGHT

April 6 sponsored by Holy Cross High School Parent Club, 501 East Drinker St., Dunmore. Doors open at 5:30 PM, admission $25.00 by reservation only. Price includes three separate comedy acts, dinner buffet, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, desserts and door prizes. Must be 21 to attend. Raffle table and 50/50 chances will be available. For information call Renee Hanna at 570-614-3727.

CHRISM MASS

at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Tuesday, April 16 at 4:00 PM. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Chrism Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese. For reserved seating please call Diane Franklin at 570-207-2213 ext. 1103

MEATLESS MEAL FOR LENT

will be sponsored by SS.Cyril & Methodius Church on April 12 at the Regal Room. Baked Haddock dinner, potatoe, coleslaw, roll and dessert. 5 to 7 PM, Tickets $13.00. Call 570- 383-9487

CHINA EXHIBIT

This April marks the 90th anniversary of three Passionist Catholic priests killed in China. “Life, Death and Memory: Art and Artifacts from the Passionist China Collection, honors their memory at the University of Scranton, Weinberg Memorial Library, 5th floor Heritage Room. Exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours until April 24. Contact Fr. Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph.D. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Telephone: 443-986-3834.

CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY

will present their annual Lenten Concerts in Scranton and Harford, PA. The first concert will be on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 PM at St. Patrick Church, 1403 Jackson Street, Scranton. The second concert will be Sunday, March 31 at 3:00 PM at the First Congregational Church of Harford, 5016 Creek Road, Harford, PA.

Concerts are open to the public free of charge. There will be a good will offering. Further information please call 570-575-1040 and also at www.catholicchoralsociety.org.

VNA HOSPICE invites you to this year’s Lenten Bible Study.

This is a 4 week series that will examine the parallels that occur in the lives of Joseph and Jesus, demonstrating God’s loving and all-wise providence. You will study the jealousy, deception, betrayal and rejection that led them both to redeem their people. Joseph—beloved by his father Jacob, Jesus—beloved by his father, God.

March 11, 18 & 25 and April 1; 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the VNA Hospice, Delaware Avenue, 570-383-5180.

To get a head start read Genesis 37 and the story of Joseph.

Light refreshments will be served. Please park in the lot behind the building, enter through the rear door.

VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY’S SPRING BOOK SALE

Valley community Library's Spring Book Sale

Wednesday, March 27 and Thursday, March 28; 10:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Prices vary from, 25 cents to $2.00.

CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

will be held Saturday, June 22 at the Byron Center, University of Scranton. Admission $40.00; $20.00 student admission; religious admission is free. Register at CWCNEPA.COM

Included in the program: Teresa Tomeo, syndicated Catholic talk show host; Jill Metz personal faith witness; and Sr. Mercy Marie, Sister of Life. The Nashville music group, His Own, will provide music.

The day will be filled with faith, hope and joy for Catholic women of all ages.

ST. JOSEPH’S CENTER AUXILIARY

is collecting items for the Summer Festival: used books in good condition, holiday decorations, household items, decorative items, toys, NO CLOTHING.

Items can be dropped off starting March 20 to April 20 every Saturday morning 10 AM to 12 Noon; every Wednesday evening 5 to 7 PM at the DeNaples Family Community Services Building, 320 South Blakely Street, Dunmore (across from CVS).

ST. LUCY’S SPAGHETTI DINNER

April 3 & 4, in the church auditorium, Scranton Street, Scranton. Takeouts 3 to 5 PM (container provided). Sit down dinners from 5 to 8 PM, cost $10.00 per dinner, tickets available at the door or the church rectory office. (570- 347-9421)

ST. JOHN NEUMANN PARISH

presents Bingo Extravagaza! April 28, 1 to 4 PM at Nativity Church Auditorium, 638 Hemlock St., Scranton. Tickets $20 in advance. Call Marita McGoff 570-344-6759.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR TO HOST THIS, THAT, AND THE OTHER THING SALE

extend weekly “This, That and the Other Thing Sale” through April 27 at Holy Family Residence. Sale hours from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Thursday through Saturday. All items must be taken on the day they are purchased. For more information call 570-343-4065.

“BE A MAN CONFERENCE-2019”

Saturday, April 27

Holy Redeemer High School

159 South Pennsylvania Boulevard

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

To register for this year’s Catholic Men’s Conference, call 570-207-2213. Register on line: www.beamanconference.com

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON- Intercultural Music Ministry Workshop

Intercultural Music Ministry Workshop

March 30, 2019 – 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Our Lady f Fatima Parish

134 South Washington Street

Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701

To register please call Luis Rivera, OFS; 570-207-2213 extension 1130.

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2019 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 30. The event includes a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through the Rectory Office before April 2.

MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY LIFE LONG LEARNERS

are having a spring bus trip on April 11 to the Corning Glass Museum and Rockwell Art Museum. Lunch will be included for $105.00. The group will travel to Jim Thorpe on May 8 with tours of the Old Jail Museum and ASA Packer Mansion, dinner at the Powerhouse Restaurant in White Haven for $99.00. To make reservations call 570-383-0544.

TELESPOND SENIOR SERVICES, INC. “SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM”

Do you know that Telespond offers a no-cost program to help qualified older adults who want to remain independent in their own homes as long as possible? This is a FREE service to residents of Lackawanna County. For more information call Kathy Coyne at 570- 347-7911.

SENIOR COMPANION: Are you 55 years of age or older? Do you reside in Lackawanna County? Do you enjoy spending time with older adults? As a Senior Companion Volunteer you will receive many benefits including: a tax-free stipend, paid holidays and vacation time. If you are interested please call Kathy Coyne at 570-347-7911.

Bingo!

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY, JERMYN invites you to their Bingo which is held the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. Doors open at 5:00 PM with 20 regular games beginning at 6:00 PM. The church basement is handicap accessible.

MAKE A WISH

As you may know, Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children with critical illnesses. Since 1988 they have granted 261 wishes for children living in Lackawanna County. A child with a critical illness who is between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish. For more information please call Lily Nardozzi at 1-800-480-9474 or write to 327 North Washington Avenue, Suite 501, Scranton, PA 18503.

CATHOLIC SERVICES IN SCRANTON

is offering a support group for people who are feeling alone or struggling to find companionship in their lives. This group offers the opportunity to meet new people and make connections with others who are struggling to find friendship and companionship. The group is being offered on Monday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 PM at the 516 Fig Street office. For more information please contact Peg Mahoney, LCP: 570-207-2283X2130.

VNA HOSPICE & HOME HEALTH

Do you have an hour a week to spare? The VNA is seeking caring, compassionate, and dynamic individuals to join their volunteer team. The volunteer would share their unique skills and talents to enhance the patient’s quality of life.

Currently they are seeking individuals to provide companionship services for their patients, caregiver relief and supportive services and in-office volunteer time. The volunteer visit would be either in the patient’s home or in a facility or at the office 301 Delaware Avenue.

If you would like more information please contact Marina Suche Pambianco at 570-383-5180.

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CHURCH BINGO

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and March Church, 624 Madison Avenue, Jermyn, holds bingo nights on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Doors open at 5:00 PM, early bird games 6:00 PM, regular games at 6:30 PM. Admission is free. Homemade food will be on sale. There will also be specialty games, door prizes and a progressive jackpot. Call 570-876-1061 for more information.

SILVER CIRCLE

A Membership program to benefit the retired IHM Sisters. SILVER CIRCLE is a membership program that benefits retired IHM Sisters. For only $25 per membership, your name is entered in more than 324 drawings from October 2015 through June 2016 with cash prizes from $50 to $1,000. You will also be remembered in a monthly mass for benefactors and in the prayers of the IHM Sisters. Circle Membership Form. Thank you for your kind support of the IHM Sisters.

United Neighborhood Center Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center

This is a friendly reminder that we are now taking membership applications & dues (at a cost of $10.00) for July 2015-June 2016. For our current members, we value your support and enjoy having you as a member of our family. For those who are curious about the center, please visit us for a while, pick up a calendar of events, take a look at the menu and perhaps become a member of our family .To make a meal reservation-call the Mid Valley Center at 570-489-4415, two (2) days prior to the day you would like to eat lunch with us.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers for their new inpatient unit located at 100 William Street, Dunmore. Opportuniteis range from visiting with patients, providing a caring presence by quietly sitting at bedside, meal preparation, and clerical tasks. Anyone with previous healthcare experience is encouraged to request specialized training. For more information please contact Ann Seechock at 800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

The Call to Carmel

If you desire a deeper prayer life with the support of a loving community, perhaps Our Lady is calling you to Carmel. If so, you maybe interested in the Lay Carmalities who strive to develop a deeper understanding of prayer. Greater love of God and neighbor, community and apostolc work. Being good standing Catholics, we seek God’s will in ordinary circumstances of the day. If you are interested, please contact: Rose Bordi @570-445-5457.

MONDAY NIGHT BINGO

At Visitation BVM Parish Center

In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

Progressive Jackpot

Admission Package includes 27 Games!

Prize of $100 per game!

$150 prize for specials!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Early Bird at 6:40 p.m.—Regular Games at 7:00

Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

McDonnell Family Fundraiser

Kathleen McDonnell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen and her family are actively involved within the Diocese of Scranton. The McDonnell family are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore. The McDonnell children attend Holy Cross High School and Kevin McDonnell is employed by the Diocese. We hope that our parish communities will be able to support this cause.

To make a donation please call 570-489-5794 & leave a message; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marywood University Aphasia Group

Marywood University Aphasia Group is a free community service support group that is made up of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, in addition to family members and caregivers. Our aphasia group encourages individuals affected by stroke to come together in a warm and accepting environment. Through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities, we aim to encourage independence and to maximize speech, language, and reading skills. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Marla Kovatch, SLP and Clinical Supervisor at 570-348-6299, extention 2259.

McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

The McDade-Chinchilla Apartments located in downtown Olyphant is now accepting applications for housing designed for Senior Citizens, handicapped or disable individuals. Apartments are available. For more information, please call 570-489-4756.

JMJ Catholic Radio Boosts Power and Expands to 24-Hour Programming on 98.9 FM to Meet Public Interest

In response to public interest, JMJ Catholic Radio proudly announces it is now available 24 hours a day on 98.9 FM to a wider audience of listeners. Prior to this new and improved capability, the station operated exclusively at 750 AM from sunrise to sunset and also streamed online on the station’s website www.jmj750.com. Combining their current 750 AM frequency with a boosted power signal and the new 98.9 FM channel, an increased amount of listeners can now receive the best of local Catholic programming as well as an expanded roster of syndicated programs from leading Catholic media outlet EWTN.

Just a few of the programs now available include local favorites “Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff,” “In Love of Christ with Jerome Gilmartin,” “Reflections with Fr. Leo McKernan,” “Novena from St. Ann’s in Scranton,” “Novena to St. Joseph,” “The Catholic View,” as well as national favorites “Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery,” “Daily Mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel,” “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo,” “Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic,” and “Sunday Night Prime with Fr. Benedict Groeschel."

For more information or to learn how you can support Catholic radio, please contact the station at (570) 287-4670, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA 18640.

Altar Bread Department

The Passionist Nuns of Saint Gabriel’s Monastery/Retreat Center are hiring trainees for work in the Altar Bread Department at their facility in South Abington Township. Please call Barbara or Sister Teresita at 586-2791 for inquiries or an interview.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

Genevieve Lupini, Tax Colector for Jessup Borough will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2013 State Property Tax/Rent rebate. Eligibility Guidelines and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

Bereavement Support Group Support Group: This on-going support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the VNA offices. There are no charges for this service. A professional counselor facilitates the sessions. Please call at 570-383-5180 with questions.

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

How about doing something for yourself that increases flexibility, enhances your strength, helps with concentration, improves posture, breathing and balance. Yoga Class second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6:15 – 7:45 pm $8 per 90 minute session per person. . Please call at 383-5180 with questions.

First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

Held outside the office of Planned Parenthood, 63 N. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. All Faithful are invited to Participate.

First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, held outside the offices of Planned Parenthood, located at 316 Penn Ave. Scranton. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am. All faithful are invited to participate.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

April 7, 2019

Congratulations Olivia Rose Santarelli, daughter of Greg & Lori Santarelli who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

April 14, 2019

Congratulations Abigail Beatrice Weber daughter of Brian & Mary Beatrice Weber who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish and Rocco Tylenda son of Timothy & Laura Tylenda who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your families and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

Parish Registration & Membership

Recently, we have received phone calls from people indicating that they are members of either Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish; however, they are not listed on our parish census. Please note, parish membership is not automatic; just because a person was baptized or married at a parish does not make him/her a member of the parish. To be considered a member of the parish, all persons should be listed in the parish database and receive envelopes. Parishioners who do not use their envelopes after three years are removed from the parish census and are no longer considered parishioners. People who have been removed from the parish census and no longer receive envelopes and would like to re-register at the parish should call the Parish Office. Children over the age of 19 should be registered as adults and no longer registered as children of their parents.

PASCHAL CANDLE DONATIONS

Samples of Paschal Candles.

PASCHAL CANDLES HAVE BEEN DONATED!! THANK YOU!

Blessed Sacrament Parish: In Memory of Jackie Glinsky donated by wife Adele and Family.

Holy Cross Parish: In memory of the Deceased Members of the Griggs Family donated by Son Bill Griggs and Granddaughter Kaitlin.

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE WHENEVER A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY HAS BECOME SICK OR HOSPITALIZED

PLEASE NOTE, BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS REGARDING PRIVACY, HOSPITALS CANNOT RELEASE INFORMATION WITHOUT A PATIENT’S CONSENT.

Prayer for an End to Infanticide

The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive, following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. Please pray for an end to infanticide:

“Jesus, Lord of Life, transform the hearts of all elected leaders to recognize that infanticide is wrong and must not be tolerated. Open hearts and minds to recognize and defend the precious gift of every human life.”

Prayer for Vocation

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

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Mary Most Holy, as a young woman living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care the Word of God make flesh. Please protect and accompany all young men and women, especially from our parish, who are called to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

Amen.

PRAYER THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge.

………..St. Francis De Sales

Let us put our hope in Jesus, the name of salvation given to men and women of every language and race. Confessing his name, let us walk trustfully toward the future, certain that we will not be disappointed if we trust in the most holy name of Jesus. - St. John Paul II

Every moment of prayer, especially before our Lord in the tabernacle, is a positive gain. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

……….Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge. ……..St. Francis De Sales

PRAYERS AND BEST WISHES FOR BILL KOSYDAR

Bill Kosydar has served at Blessed Sacrament Parish, called to join us in our mission and ministry on May 27, 2011. We thank Bill for his dedication to his work and his kindness to our people, especially those in need of care and consolation at the death of a loved one. We thank God for the gifts and skills he has given to Bill and ask God to guide his path as he begins new employment. May you continue to serve God and God’s people in the new adventure before you.

Religious Education News

CONFIRMATION PARENTS MEETING

for both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, April 23, 6:30 PM, at Holy Cross.

CONFIRMATION CANDIDATE RETREAT

will be held on Saturday, April 27, 8:30 AM until 2:00 PM. at the Diocesan Pastoral Center in Scranton. More information will follow.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

will take place at Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, April 4 at 1:30 PM.

RCIA

will meet in Kelley Hall Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 PM.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT

will be held on Saturday, March 30 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. The Retreat, which is mandatory for First Communion Candidates, begins at 9:00 AM and concludes at Noon.

“BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS”

We launch the Lenten series this week at Holy Cross Parish – we’re happy to host this first Wednesday prayer, thinking of that which unites us in Christ and being grateful for those things we share in common.

Rev. David Brague, Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church, Peckville, will share a message on Baptism, that which makes us all brothers and sisters in the Lord.

VIRTUS-PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN

is scheduled for Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 PM at Ascension Parish, Forest City. Please contact Heather- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

VNA HOSPICE invites you to this year’s Lenten Bible Study.

This is a 4 week series that will examine the parallels that occur in the lives of Joseph and Jesus, demonstrating God’s loving and all-wise providence. You will study the jealousy, deception, betrayal and rejection that led them both to redeem their people. Joseph—beloved by his father Jacob, Jesus—beloved by his father, God.

March 11, 18 & 25 and April 1; 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the VNA Hospice, Delaware Avenue, 570-383-5180.

To get a head start read Genesis 37 and the story of Joseph.

Light refreshments will be served. Please park in the lot behind the building, enter through the rear door.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

Holy Cross-all classes begin at 9:20 AM and end at 10:25 AM. Note: Parish Center dismissal is 10:20 AM. Blessed Sacrament-all classes start at 10:30 AM and end at 11:45 AM.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

will take place at Blessed Sacrament on Thursday, March 7 at 1:30 PM.

‘COME AND SEE’

A unique opportunity to answer the call to Missionary Discipleship

A Vocation Retreat will be held on March 8-9 at Villa of Our Lady Retreat House, 245 Meadowside Road, Mount Pocono, PA 18344. The retreat starts Friday at 7:00 PM and concludes with dinner on Saturday. Participants are welcome to stay through Sunday lunch. There is no charge. Bring casual clothes, personal toiletries. Sheets, pillows, towels are provided.

This retreat is designed to help men (high school seniors and older) understand God’s call to Diocesan Priesthood.

Interactive presentations will include:

• Practical steps for discerning a vocation to Diocesan Priesthood

• Seminary life, academics, spiritual life, and pastoral ministry

• Seminarians and priests sharing their vocation stories.

Free time to relax, pray and connect with others from throughout the Diocese.

RSVP to Father Don Williams by February 28: Diocesan Vocation Office, 570-207-1452; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

CATCH OUR SPIRIT

As families register their students for the upcoming year, consider becoming an Academic Angel! Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future…the outcomes speak for themselves. Our schools offer an instructional environment that challenges the mind, while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please consider supporting our students for the 2019-2020 school year. You can designate the gift as a memorial or as an honor for someone special; you can also select a particular school to receive your gift, or allow us to allocate it to the area with the greatest need. Contributions can be sent to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITITATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

Are you someone or do you know someone who…….

*Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

*Has a child over the age of 7 who has not been baptized?

*Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

Here at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross we offer an opportunity to come together to learn more about our faith. Sessions focus on the teachings and experience of Church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions, your insights and your faith story in a warm, accepting setting. For information please contact the Rectory at 570-489-0752 or 570-489- 1963.

FIRST PENANCE

The children of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament received their First Penance on Saturday, January 12 at Holy Cross Parish. Please continue to keep the children, their parents and our teachers in your prayers as they complete the requirements for the sacrament of Holy Communion.

DO YOU ENJOY READING SCRIPTURE?

Maybe you should consider being a Lector at Mass. On Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 PM, Holy Cross Parish, Deacon John Musyt will be conducting a Lector training class for anyone from our linked parishes.

BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

Parents anticipating the birth of their first child are required to attend baptismal instruction. Baptismal classes are held on the first Sunday of every month from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. We suggest that you attend this session before the birth of your child, if possible. Please contact the Parish Office to register. Baptisms cannot be scheduled until all the necessary paperwork is completed.

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

is a program that helps couples who may be experiencing tension, stress and loneliness in the marriage relationship. Program helps couples, even those separated and divorced to better communicate and resolve conflicts in their relationships. Please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit the website www.helpourmarriage.org for more information or to pre-register. All calls are confidential. Cost of the program is by donation. Next local weekend: March 2-4, 2018 at the Ramanda Inn, Clarks Summit. Contact persons: Nettie and Bob Goldate 570- 587-0415.

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

is a ministry in partnership with the Office for Parish Life in the Diocese of Scranton. They have offered faithfully Catholic courses and events to women in the area for 4 years and are now offering their first FREE-READ-ALONG both online and in local groups! They will be reading and discussing the book, “My Sisters the Saints”. Are you looking for something meaningful and exciting to do during the cold winter months? Do you like to connect with other women? Are you looking for a good book to read? If you answered yes then the Altus Winter Readalong is for you! All details can be found at https://www.altusforwomen.com/about-read-along.

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

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 your pastor 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.

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the event.

INTERESTED IN BEING AN ALTAR SERVER AT HOLY CROSS OR BLESSED SACRAMENT

PARISH? Any boy or girl who has received their First Holy Communion and is in the third grade or higher is invited to attend Altar Server Training at Holy Cross Parish on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 PM and Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM. Any current servers who could benefit from a refresher course are welcome. Interested servers must attend the two training sessions to qualify. Sessions are for both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament.

RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

If your marriage is tearing you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce Retrouvaille can help you! Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and rebuild loving relationships. All calls confidential. Cost by donation. For more information or to register, please call 800-470-2230

REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

Parish: Canon Law requires anyone who wishes to be considered a member of a particular parish to be officially registered in the parish. Lately, we have had a number of requests for sponsor cards for individuals who are not registered, but yet attend Mass at the parish. It is most important that one be registered and actively participating in order to obtain sponsor cards for Baptism and Confirmation. Attending Mass does not automatically mean that a person is a member of our parish family. If you know that you are not registered, or are unsure as to your registration status, but attend Mass on a regular basis, please call the office to inquire about registering so that when requesting sponsor cards one is not turned away because of a lack of registration. Also, any child of the parish who has turned eighteen years old needs to register independently from his or her parents/guardians in order to be considered a member of the parish. All families who register children for any Catholic Elementary School or Holy Cross High School must be registered members and actively participate in our faith community. Yearly, each school notifies the supporting parishes of those families who stated they are members of a particular parish. We are obligated to notify the school if families are not full and active participants which could result in a higher tuition rate if families are not participating in our faith community.

IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

IHM Educational Enrichment Institute, located in the IHM Center, is offering an individualized tutoring Program. For further information, contact: Sister Rose Marie Mozzachio, IHM, 570-346-5429.

CELL PHONES

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.

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.

VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

This class is necessary for anyone teaching Religious Education or their aides. If you have not attended this course, please make arrangements to attend.

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

This training session is required for all adult volunteers who work a minimum of 20 hours or more per year with children. During the three-hour training, a facilitator, who will teach you the tools and show you the resources to maintain a safe environment for all children, will incorporate techniques in a discussion format to help you recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse and how to respond to it appropriately and effectively.

Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

The Diocese of Scranton requires that all students preparing for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation must be enrolled in religious education classes for at least two years. Children who are not enrolled for at least two full years of classes and participate in all scheduled activities may be delayed in the reception of the Sacrament. If you have questions about your child’s eligibility to receive a sacrament this year, please contact Monsignor Delaney or John Musyt.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the deadline or date needed and request to meet with the pastor to review their qualifications for being a godparent or sponsor. In order for a person to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, Canon Law (Church Law) identifies several qualifications for that person:

  1. Must be registered in a Catholic parish, attend Mass weekly, and receive the sacraments. Please note, the pastor is not allowed to give a sponsor card for people who are not registered at the parish;
  2. Must have completed their sixteenth (16th) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one being baptized or confirmed;
  3. Must have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
  4. If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church; couples who are not married may not be living together;
  5. Those Catholics who have joined another religion may not act as a Godparent or Christian witness;
  6. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested, one of each gender; however, only one sponsor is required. For Confirmation, only one sponsor is needed;

How to Receive Communion

Holy Communion under the form of bread is offered to the communicant with the words "The Body of Christ." The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: "When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne on top of your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost." (General Instruction of the Roman Church, #51). The communicant should not take or grab the Eucharist from the minister but rather should receive the Eucharist from the minister. Before you receive either the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ, the Church asks that you make a sign of reverence by bowing to the sacred species before you respond ‘Amen.’

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C

First Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9,12-13,22-23 David does not kill Saul.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13 A song in praise of God’s mercy.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 As we bear the image of Adam, so we will bear the image of the one from heaven.

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27-38 Jesus teaches his disciples to be merciful as God is merciful.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s gospel reading is a continuation of the teaching that began in last Sunday’s gospel. We continue to hear Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. Recall that in Luke’s Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus’ disciples. This is in contrast to the parallel found in Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus’ words are addressed to both the disciples and to the crowds.

These words from Jesus’ teaching are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.

There are several similarities between Luke’s and Matthew’s report of Jesus’ great teaching. Both begin with the Beatitudes. Matthew includes nearly all the content that Luke does; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel is longer than Luke’s Sermon on the Plain. There are, however differences in language and nuance. For example, Matthew presents this portion of the teaching as a contrast between Jesus’ teaching and the teaching of the law and the prophets. This is in keeping with Matthew’s concern to address his predominantly Jewish audience. It is likely that Luke omits this contrast because it was unnecessary for the Gentile believers for whom Luke is writing.

Another point of contrast between Matthew and Luke’s presentation is the terminology. In Luke, Jesus contrasts the behavior of his followers with the behavior of “sinners.” In Matthew, Jesus contrasts the behavior desired with the behavior of tax collectors and Gentiles. Matthew concludes the teaching about love of enemies with the admonition to be perfect as God is perfect; Luke concludes by emphasizing God’s mercy.

In both Gospels, Jesus’ words challenge those who would follow him to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God’s love, we are to love as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining.

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C

First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Put trust and hope in the Lord, not in human beings.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-4,6 Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20 Our hope for resurrection is sure because Christ has been raised from the dead.

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17,20-26 Jesus teaches the crowd the way to happiness.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Last Sunday we heard Jesus call Peter to be his disciple. Jesus then travels with Peter and the other disciples. Luke reports acts of healing (a person with leprosy and a paralytic man) and the call of Levi, the tax collector. Jesus also replies to questions from the Pharisees regarding fasting and the observance of the Sabbath. In the verses immediately before today’s gospel reading, Jesus is reported to have chosen 12 men from among his disciples to be apostles. Apostle is a Greek word that means “one who is sent.”

Today’s gospel reading is the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. We find a parallel to this passage in Matthew 5:1-7,11 that is often called the Sermon on the Mount. As these titles suggest, there are differences and similarities between these gospel readings.

When spoken from the mountaintop in Matthew’s Gospel, we can’t miss the impression that Jesus is speaking with the authority and voice of God. The mountaintop is a symbol of closeness to God. Those who ascend the mountain see God and speak for God; recall the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. As Luke introduces the location of Jesus’ teaching, Jesus teaches on level ground, alongside the disciples and the crowd. Luke present Jesus’ authority in a different light. He is God among us.

Another distinction found in Luke’s version is the audience. Luke’s Sermon on the Plain is addressed to Jesus’ disciples, although in the presence of the crowd; Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the crowd. In keeping with this style, the Beatitudes in Luke’s Gospel sound more personal than those in Matthew’s Gospel—Luke uses the article “you” whereas Matthew uses “they” or “those.” There is also a difference in number: Matthew describes eight beatitudes; Luke presents just four, each of which has a parallel warning.

The form of the Beatitudes found in Luke’s and Matthew’s Gospel is not unique to Jesus. Beatitudes are found in the Old Testament, such as in the Psalms and in Wisdom literature. They are a way to teach about who will find favor with God. The word blessed in this context might be translated as “happy,” “fortunate,” or “favored.”

As we listen to this Gospel, the Beatitudes jar our sensibilities. Those who are poor, hungry, weeping or persecuted are called blessed. This is, indeed, a Gospel of reversals. Those often thought to have been forgotten by God are called blessed. In the list of “woes,” those whom we might ordinarily describe as blessed by God are warned about their peril. Riches, possessions, laughter, reputation…these are not things that we can depend upon as sources of eternal happiness. They not only fail to deliver on their promise; our misplaced trust in them will lead to our demise. The ultimate peril is in misidentifying the source of our eternal happiness.

The Beatitudes are often described as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

The Social Concerns Committee of our parishes will meet on Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish.

Our committee coordinates various charitable works in our parishes, conducts adult education programs and offers support and guidance in outreach more effectively accomplishing the corporal works of mercy. We welcome one and all in assisting us in this ministry.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross

Every Friday during Lent: Holy Cross 5:30 PM, soup will follow. Blessed Sacrament 6:00 PM.

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross in Kelley Hall. Volunteers needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up.

Thank You! 2019

Thak You!

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH THANKS:

Jessica Cervantes, Eddie Kaufman, Michael McCauley and Pio Tanana for helping with the clean up on the parish grounds. The four confirmation students gained service hours for their Confirmation Class.

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a generous donation in memory of Frank “Babe” Scozzaro by Pat & Beth Troy.

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a generous donation from Lackawanna County Adult Probation & Parole Department in memory of Frank “Babe” Scozzaro. Thank you!

HOLY CROSS PARISH has received a generous donation towards our Easter Collection by the St. Ludmila Society, Branch 108, FCSLA. Thank you!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

The offering from the March 13 ecumenical service here at Holy Cross amounted to $438.20. Thank you for your kindness. This donation has been given to Bread Basket of Northeast Pa to assist food pantries in our local communities.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received generous donations in memory of Frances Gentile offered by the Over 55 Club of Throop; Archangel Berg and son Mark Berg and the Kreis Family.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a generous donation in memory of Frances Gentile offered by Archy Poplawsky & Family.

Samples of Paschal Candles.

PASCHAL CANDLES HAVE BEEN DONATED!! THANK YOU!

Blessed Sacrament Parish: In Memory of Jackie Glinsky donated by wife Adele and Family.

Holy Cross Parish: In memory of the Deceased Members of the Griggs Family donated by Son Bill Griggs and Granddaughter Kaitlin.

HOLY CROSS PARISH LOTTO THANK YOU

Thank you to all who supported our December Lotto. We would like to give a special thank you to the REGAL ROOM for sponsoring our lotto tickets. Thank you to those who called, delivered, sold, filled orders and bought tickets. Congratulations to all of our winners. We made a profit of $6611.00.

THANK YOU TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS for their generous donation to Holy Cross Parish.

THANK YOU TO THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS for their generous donation to Holy Cross Parish.

CHRISTMAS SEASON THANKS

A word of gratitude to all who continue to make this Christmas season merry and bright, our wonderful staff, liturgical ministries, volunteers, men’s & women’s groups, choirs and music directors – to one an all, THANK YOU! Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expressions of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year,

Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

HOLY CROSS THANK YOU: M/M William Simpson

for the generous donation to Holy Cross Parish In Memory of their beloved son, Brandon. Thank you to the Albini Funeral Home, Jessup for their generous donation to Holy Cross Parish. Thank you to Gene Panaro for the donation in memory of Gene & Jule Cecere.

BLESSED SACRAMENT THANK YOU: Thank you to Gene Panaro

for his generous donation in memory of Gerard & Jean Panaro and the Falzett Family. Thank you to Dr. & Mrs. James Mezick for their generous donation in memory of the Chorba, Mezick and Gambal Families.

The Bulletin On Parishes Online

We are now able to view our weekly bulletin online each week. To access this program you will go to www.parishesonline.com.The first block asks you the name of the church, Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament, 2nd question asks for location which will be Olyphant.

You can also access it through the link on the parishes' website at www.holycrossblessedsacrament.org/.

The Light is On For You

The Light is On for You.

The Light Is On For You - all Mondays of Lent from 5:30-7:00pm. All the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual conffessions.

The Light is On For You. Schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, March 11 - Holy Cross
  • Monday, March 18 - Blessed Sacrament
  • Monday, March 25 - Holy Cross
  • Monday, April 1 - Blessed Sacrament
  • Monday, April 8 - Holy Cross
  • Monday, April 15 - Blessed Sacrament

  • Tuesday, April 9 - Blessed Sacrament, Throop

  • Wednesday, April 10 - St. Mary's, Dickson City

  • Thursday, April 11 - Holy Cross, Olyphant

The Social Concerns Committee

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE NEWS

1. The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holly Cross Parishes are hosting a “Pampered Chef” Party to benefit Catholic Social Service Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop.
When: Sunday, November 19, 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Come join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Get some Christmas shopping done! RSVP by November 14- Rose Kaminski- 570- 489-5125.

2. Non-perishable Food Drive. This drive is conducted through the month of November each weekend, also please remember to bring foodstuffs to Thanksgiving Day Mass! Food donated will be given to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve needy families in our community.

3. Social Concerns Committee Meeting: Tuesday, November 14 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

If your family member is a resident of one of the local nursing homes or long-term facilities, we ask that you contact the Parish Office in the next two weeks so that we can update our lists. Over the next few months, the priests will be visiting the local facilities in order to pray and anoint our parishioners. Thank you for your assistance and may the grace of God continue to help you and support you and your loved one.

VISITING ANOTHER CHURCH

Did you know that if you celebrate Mass at another church in the area, you can still support your home parish by placing your Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament envelope in the collection basket? It is customary for parishes to forward a parishioner’s weekly offertory envelope to the parish that issued the envelope. On a given weekend, we forward envelopes to many of the neighboring parishes. Please continue to support your parish by placing your envelope in the basket where ever you attend Mass.

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.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL

Join us at Kelley Hall at 12 Noon each Wednesday for a free community meal. The nutritious meal, prepared at St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton, is served cafeteria style. All are welcome.

Welcome to New Parishoners

Our parish family welcomes all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend. If you are not a registered member of the parish and would like to join the parish, please contact the parish office or see Monsignor Delaney for more information.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK

Our Lady Of Lourdes

Monday, February 11th Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Saint John Paul II in 1992 and has three permanent themes. First, it reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick. Second, the celebration invites Christians to reflection and respond to human suffering and third, this day recognizes and honors all persons who work in health care and all who serve as caregivers.