• 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
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
Rachel’s Vineyard Post Abortive Healing1-877-467-3463
PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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2015 DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL APPRECIATION

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

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

Blessed Sacrament Parish $3,165.75

Holy Cross Parish $7,009.24

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

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

Our Catholic life begins and ends in the Parish because a Parish is the gathering of God’s faithful people. Today, more than ever, we must connect with our fellow parishioners, reinforcing our faith and keeping it vital for the next generation of Catholics. It is crucial that we foster a rich parish life, where families and friends come together in the spirit of Catholic fellowship. The Office for Parish Life assists in all aspects of Liturgy and Worship, Service & Social Concerns, Community and Family Development. Your gifts fund such programs as networking and training for Youth .Ministry Leaders, Directors of Religious Education, Music and Liturgical Ministry, Bereavement Support, Social Concerns and Parish Councils.

Care & Education to Priests:

“Answering God’s call to a life of service to His People” Our priests and deacons unconditionally answer the call to serve God’s people meeting increasing needs throughout our Diocese. Contributions to the Annual Appeal fund ongoing formation of our priests, permanent deacons, seminarians and deacon candidates. These funds also help us to care for and support our 96 retired or ill priests, many of whom continue to generously assist with the celebration of Masses, the visitation of the sick and by offering spiritual guidance to all in need. Appeal gifts also assist the Vocation Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, in guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to currently have 11 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, men in clergy formation, proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the Sacraments within our parish communities.

Educating the future generations of the faithful

Shaping the next generation of the faithful through a Catholic education in our schools and parishes is an essential mission of the Diocese of Scranton. Last year, more than 5,100 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 15,000 children received religious education in parish based-programs, instilling in them an intimate knowledge of the faith and the love of God and fostering a desire to serve one another.

If you didn’t bring your phone to Mass today, it’s not too late to make a gift or pledge using your cell phone. Gifts are appreciated in any amount and are fully tax-deductible. Will you help by sharing your gifts?

To text a gift using your cell phone to support the ministries and services supported by the Diocesan Appeal, just…Text the word “Appeal” to number 91999, and follow the prompts. We appreciate your generosity. May God bless you.

Living Faith, Serving with Mercy “The great gift of mercy lies at the heart of all that we do as a church, and it also lies at the heart of the support we receive from the Diocesan Annual Appeal.”

Where we stand:

Holy Cross Parish: HOLY CROSS:We are at 99.66% of our $50,000 goal; $49,830.00 ($170.00)

Blessed Sacrament: Congratulations!! We are at 107% of our $17,000 goal;$18,515.00, $1,515.00 over. Remember that 75% of collected appeal donations above goal will be returned our parishes.

2016 DIOCESAN MEN’S CONFERENCE

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

2017 Calendars Available

Calendar

The 2017 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and to the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament for sponsoring the calendars.

2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

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

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

NEXT WEEKEND IS IN-PEW COMMITMENT WEEKEND

Diocesan Appeal materials and pledge cards will be distributed to all parishioners during Masses celebrated next weekend. If you have not already done so, please make your pledge to help the thousands of people who will directly benefit from your caring support. Everyone at Mass will be asked to complete the pledge form, whether or not they have made a pledge or intend to pledge. You are also invited to list your personal prayer intentions on the inside pledge form and to attend a special Mass of Thanksgiving to be held at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, on Sunday, November 26, at 10:00 a.m. Your intentions will be remembered at this Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph C. Bambera. Prayer intentions are welcome whether or not you make a gift to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Thank you.

27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings: Matthew 21: 33-43

Isaiah 5: 1-7

Philippians 4: 6-9

Today’s Gospel parable “updates” Isaiah’s allegory of the friend’s vineyard (first reading). God is the owner of the vineyard who has “leased” the property to the religious and political leaders of Israel. Many servants (prophets) were sent to the tenants, but all met the same fate. The owner finally sends his own Son, who is brutally murdered “outside” the vineyard (a prediction of his crucifixion outside the city of Jerusalem?) With this parable, Jesus places himself in the line of the rejected prophets. The owner finally comes himself and destroys the tenants and leaves the vineyard to others (the Church) who yield an abundant harvest. This parable is intended to give hope and encouragement to Matthew’s Christian community, which is scorned and persecuted by its staunchly Jewish neighbors.

Today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (second reading) continues his words of encouragement to his beloved converts at Philippi. In order that God’s peace may reign in their lives they must put into practice all that they have learned, received, heard and seen.

Themes: Harvesting our corner of the ‘vineyard.’ Each one of us has been given a portion of God’s vineyard to cultivate. Fear, selfishness and bigotry can kill whatever chances we have of turning our part of the vineyard into something productive; but, through justice, generosity and compassion, we can reap a rich and fulfilling harvest, regardless of how small or poor or insignificant our piece of the vineyard is.

The cost of faithful discipleship.

Faith can be costly. Throughout our lives we are challenged to sacrifice the treasures of God in order to embrace the values deemed important by society. The witness we are called to give can subject us to misunderstanding, suspicion, abuse, intimidation and ridicule from others. Living the values of the Gospel can be discouraging, humiliating and isolating. Yet everyone of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and a witness of his Resurrection is called to pay whatever price is demanded for the sake of the reign of God, for we believe that love rather than greed, peace rather than hostility, forgiveness rather than vengeance will yield the harvest of God’s reign.

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 23, 2017

First Reading:

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

Second Reading:

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

Gospel:

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

A Year For Vocations

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

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES

The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the sacraments of initiation (along with baptism and Eucharist) and is required for one to act as a sponsor or godparent for baptisms and confirmations. It is most recommended (but not strictly required) that Catholics should be confirmed in order to be married in the church.

Any adult Catholic who may not have been confirmed is urged to do so. In order to be properly prepared to receive this sacrament four classes have been scheduled on the following Sunday morning sin the rectory meeting room (St. Mary’s Church, Dickson City) from 9:00 to 10:00 AM: August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Monsignor Pratico will conduct the sessions.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at Visitation BVGM Church on October 17, 2017 for the parishes of Visitation BVM, Dickson City, Queen of Angels, Jessup and Sacred Heart, Peckville. The sacrament will be administered to those students who have just completed the eighth grade along with any adults completing the August classes.

Please contact St. Mary’s Rectory at 570-489-2091 to make a reservation for these classes. You should bring a recently issued copy of your baptismal certificate along with the name of your confirmation sponsor.

If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 570-489-2091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Altar Flowers

September 24, 2017

ALTAR FLOWERS AT HOLY CROSS PARISH were donated anonymously for blessings received. Thank you!

October 1, 2017

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

The Altar Flowers in the sanctuary of Blessed Sacrament Parish have been donated in memory of Frank Giedieviells offered by Wife Shirley & Family.

October 8, 2017

ALTAR FLOWERS in the sanctuary of Holy Cross have been donated in memory of Helen & George Wallo offered by daughter Helen Oravec.

Altar Server Practice

Altar Server Practice will be held on Tuesday, July 14th, Wednesday, July 15th, and Thursday, July 16th at Holy Cross Parish for any interested boy or girl who has completed 2nd Grade. Practice will be in the Church from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Each child must attend a minimum of two practices before being placed on the next schedule.

ALTAR SERVERS An important reminder

With summer vacations upon us, it’s easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve and/or call the rectory to inform us that you’ll be away. We are readying our next schedule, if you wish to make a change, please call the office. As always, thank you for your service.

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

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

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

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

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

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

Attention Business Owners And Generous Parishioners

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

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

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

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

AVAILABLE SERVICE HOURS

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

Baptismal Instruction

Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. The next class will be held Sunday, January 11 at Holy Cross Parish in the Parish Center (Willow Avenue).

BE A VOCATION MISSIONARY

Prayer for Vocations

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS ON MAY 7

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is reached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

BE PROUD THAT YOU ARE CATHOLIC

Proud of Being Catholic (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman – (Not Catholic)

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of Americans it’s free.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics – in the United States today. But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia; 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving. The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what was written in Jeremiah:

‘Thus says the Lord: Stand by the earliest roads, ask the pathways of old. Which is the way to good, and walk it; thus you will find rest for our souls.’

Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

Bible Study - Faith Sharing

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING will be on Thursday, September 21 at 2:00 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

We will pray with the readings for the upcoming Sunday, September 24, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Is. 55: 6-9

Phil. 1:20-24, 27

Mt. 20: 1-16

Sharing conversation and praying with the Scriptures is a wonderful way to prepare for Sunday Mass. Join us!

BIBLE STUDYFAITH SHARING- Tuesday, June 13

at 2:00 PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. We will be praying with the readings for this upcoming weekend celebrating of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 14-16

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

John 6: 51-58

Blessed Sacrament Parish

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY

will host their annual Breakfast on today after the 9:30 AM mass. The women of the Altar & Rosary Society are happy to extend a welcome invitation to all of the women of the parish to come together in prayer and friendship. We look forward to a lovely morning, join us! Cost $8.00 per person.

BINGO

is coming on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall. More details will come.

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY

HOSPITALITY SATURDAY has been scheduled for October 14. Refreshments and Fellowship outside in the courtyard, immediately following the 5:30 PM Liturgy. All are welcome!

HNS 2017 specially designed historically themed Christmas Ornament sale begins the weekend of November 11/12. Cost $10.00.

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME COMMUNION BREAKFAST

Sunday, November 29, beginning with the 9:30 am Mass. Bishop James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese, to address group. Tickets are available from any member. All Altar-Servers and their parents or guardians are invited as guests of the HNS. Please contact Society Member Dennis Pabis if you and your parents/guardians can join us.

Eucharistic Adoration/Benediction, 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 12 at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY

would like to thank everyone for supporting their Chrusciki & Bake Sale. It was very successful! Thanks to all the volunteers. Many hands made light work. Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale April 22-Art Festival at the Throop Civic Center, 11 am to 6 pm. Altar & Rosary meeting April 6. Recitation of the Rosary 6:30 pm, meeting 7:00 pm. Bakers: Archy Poplawsky, Lucille Radziewski Hostess: Theresa Paciotti, Nellie Palumbo, Debbie Rimosites, Amanda Rimosites, Antonette Rocco, Donna Rocco.

Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale!!!

Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale April 22-Art Festival at the Throop Civic Center, 11 am to 6 pm.

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISHIONERS

We are sorry for the error in Blessed Sacrament envelopes. Some parishioners received envelopes, some didn’t, some names were wrong on the envelopes. We are trying to work with the envelope company and hope to have this problem solved shortly.

Baton twirling lessons

Baton twirling lessons will begin at the Blessed Sacrament Parish hall in Throop on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. Children 4 years old and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please call 489-1935

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!

APPRECIATION TO STITCHERS CLUB

Many thanks to Janet and Mary Ann Popovich and the women of the Stitchers Club of Blessed Sacrament who graciously knitted many pairs of booties to distributed at baptisms at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. The booties serve as a wonderful symbol that these children have been incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church. And together, with family, friends, and parishioners, we walk in the Light of Christ – striving to be faithful disciples of the Lord

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 2013, 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.

Calling All Angels

Hospice of the Sacred Heart hopes no patient dies alone. Therefore Hospice of the Sacred Heart needs “Guardian Angels” volunteers to provide a caring residence by sitting quietly at the bedside. This volunteer opportunity provides patients and their families with additional support. For more information, please contact Ann Seechock, Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE

The Mid-Valley Catholic Golden Age will restart on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Senior Center, Grant St., Olyphant Easter candy will be collected at the meeting. And St Patrick Day will be celebrated. New members are welcome. For more information about the Catholic Golden Age, please call 570 489-5806.

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.

Catholic Underground

Catholic Underground: Our next Catholic Underground will be on Saturday 14 June with Paging Samuel. This is rescheduled from February. Please come and bring a friend or so with you. Holy Hour is at 7:00 in the Gate of Heaven Church with Underground to follow in the John Paul II Center (formerly the GOH gym).

CATHOLICISM - The Pivotal Players

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players

This multi-part film series illuminates a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This series unlocks the truth behind some of the Catholic Church’s most influential people.

Week 6: G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday December 13 6:30 Kelley Hall Holy Cross

Wednesday, December 14 2:00 Blessed Sacrament

How does one engage a culture that is befuddled by Christ and suspicious of the Church? The life and witness of this 19th century literary convert shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelism is JOY, and life in Christ is a day to day with an abundant and surprising offer of grace. - Bishop Barron

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.

Cemetery Graves - When are they Filled?

A number of Parishioners have asked when their loved one's grave would be filled and reseeded. Please keep in mind that when a grave is dug it must settle for at least 3-6 months before any work can be done. A grave typically continues to settle for several months after the body has been interred--especially if that section of the cemetery is/has been wet. Last week, the maintenance men spent several days filling in and reseeding a number of graves throughout our six parish cemeteries. If your loved one's grave was not addressed, please know that it must continue to settle before it can be filled in. Also, a reminder that headstones should not be installed until the grave has settled and been reseeded. Please have the monument company contact the parish to receive permission to install the headstone. The parish does not install headstones or military markers.

Cemetery Maintenance

Holy Cross Parish

THE EASTER PASHAL CANDLE at Holy Cross Parish

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

Adoration - Hours Available

Adoration Hours are Available

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

Eucharistic Adoration 12th Anniversary Mass & Dinner

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

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

HOLY CROSS LOTTERY IS BACK!

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

MOVIE NIGHT: “LION”>

Lion

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

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

PG13 118 minutes

There is no fee. Refreshments served.

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

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

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

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

How You Can Make a Difference

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

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

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

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

CEMETERY REGULATIONS –OLYPHANT & THROOP

Now that spring is here and cemetery clean-up and maintenance has begun, please be mindful of our cemetery regulations. These regulations are in effect for all six cemeteries under the care of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes:

  • Artificial flowers must be in pots and posts are not to be fully buried in the ground. Any flowers stuck directly in the ground may cause a hazard when grass cutting and weed trimming and will be removed by cemetery or grass cutting personnel;
  • Flower beds may not extend more than one foot (12”0) from the front of the monument and may not extend past the sides of the monument;
  • Flower beds must be maintained in a reasonable manner. Flowerbeds that become overgrown or unsightly will be cut by the cemetery personnel;
  • No borders are allowed. No stones, bricks, wood, marble chips, gravel, metal, plastic or fencing of any kind are allowed around monuments. Cemetery personnel will remove them;
  • Flower beds may contain mulch;
  • Families in need of foundations for new monuments or monuments that have tipped over should contact a monument company as soon as possible to insure they are properly installed. Parish Office approval for all headstones, markers or other work is required before any marker may be placed;
  • Trees and shrubs are not allowed. Existing overgrown or unattended trees and shrubs will be removed at the Pastor/Caretaker’s discretion;
  • Vigil lights MUST be in an enclosed container and MUST be placed close to the monument;
  • Flags and markers are to be placed close to the monument to avoid being damaged by mowers and trimming equipment;
  • Tattered and worn flags will be removed and properly disposed. Flags are regularly replaced by the American Legion and/or VFW;
  • Any and all objects that present an obstacle to the cutting of grass or that may break or cause injury or become unsightly will be removed.
  • Trash (old flowers, pots, etc.) may not be dumped in the woods. Please take all trash home or place in the dumpster at St. Patrick’s or in the available garbage cans at St. John’s and St. Mary’s;
  • Do not drive on the grass or over graves;
  • Parishioners are not permitted to bury cremains without the expressed permission of the Pastor and proper burial permit;
  • No dogs allowed in the cemetery;
  • The ongoing care and upkeep of each cemetery is the responsibility of the Parish under the guidance of the Pastor. No organization or individual parishioner is responsible for their maintenance or care. All questions or concerns should be directed to the Pastor.

All cemetery regulations are now in effect in order to keep our six parish cemeteries in an appropriate condition and to facilitate their care. Please contact Monsignor Delaney at the Parish Office if you have any questions about these regulations.

Change of Address or Phone Number

Have you recently moved or changed your phone number? Has one of your children been baptized at another church? If your personal information changes, please call the Parish Office so we can update our database. Without accurate information regarding your address, phone number or the names of your children, we have no way to contact you with information regarding the parish, religious education or other important events in the life of the parish. All information is confidential!

CHOIR PRACTICE

Holy Cross Choir and Blessed Sacrament Choir will meet every Wednesday, 6:30 PM.

Christmas Giving Trees

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREES are in the vestibules of both parishes. UNWRAPPED gifts to be returned by December 11.

Church Chuckles

Little Girl at Prayer

A LITTLE GIRL’S PRAYER:

Dear God, please take care of Daddy and Mommy and my sister and my brother and me. And please take care of yourself, God. If anything happens to you, we’re gonna be in a big mess.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  • Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  • Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  • Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  • Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  • Please do not chew gum in church.
  • Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  • Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  • 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?
  • Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  • What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  • Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!
  • CHURCH ETIQUETTE 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Church’s teaching on the practice of cremation.

    Cremation is permitted with the approval of one’s pastor. However, the cremains must be buried immediately after they have been returned to the family. The Church’s regulation regarding cremation states: “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they came. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Monsignor Delaney.

    Columbus Day

    PARISH OFFIFES will be closed on Monday, October 9, Columbus Day.

    Confraternity of Christian Women

    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.

    CONGRATULATIONS

    John & Mary Ann Wanas on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

    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.

    CTV CATHOLIC TELEVISION UPDATE  

    “OUR FAITH…OUR DIOCESE”

    #87, December, 2013

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    In the December edition of Our Faith…Our Diocese:

                                                                                                       We’ll see how young adults from around our Diocese will soon be reaching out to persons with disabilities thanks to a new music ministry offered by our Office for Parish Life.

       Bishop Bambera celebrates a special liturgy commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Theresians International of Scranton.

    DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN

    Monday, January 23, 2017; 6:30 PM; Holy Cross Parish.

    All are invited to join in Prayer-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction, as we lift up, honor and validate the dignity and sanctity of life from conception until natural death. We place ourselves in the Lord’s Eucharistic Presence praying for the conversion of hearts and the protection of unborn children.

    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.

    Do Not Call List

    It  probably been a few years since you called  the "DO NOT CALL"  List by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and perhaps you might need to call again. Within the last 5 days, I received 10 telemarketing phone calls, ID showed they were from Ontario, Houston, Texas, Pittsburgh, PA., Denver, and Dallas, Texas.

    I called the FTC  "DO NOT CALL" at 888-382-1222 Phone Number,  from my home phone, today!!!!  Maybe you should too!!!!

    Don't Forget to Spring Ahead March 13!

    Spring Ahead!

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

    Don't Take A Vacation From Mass

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

    Donations to St. Mary's Chapel

    DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE to St. Mary’s Chapel in memory of Rosalie Kalinoski. Thank you to: AARP Pa. Con. Issues Task Force; Kathleen & Edward Ruby; Michael and Lorraine Kallay; William & Judith Looney; Stephen, Cynthia & Tyler Gardner.

    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

    Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Thomas Halloran, Mary Lou Mooty, Thomas V. Bennett, Bertha Zadgura, Stella Solensky, George Kalavsky, Shirley Merva, James Hanichak, Bernadette Kosydar,Msgr. Edmund Penkala, Steve Stacoviak, Ann Griffin, Karen Kowalski, Mary Liparulo, Enis Kemberling.

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

    FATHER’S DAY MEMORIAL ENVELOPES

    During the month of June we will honor our living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father-like friends. Father’s Day intention envelopes are in your box of envelopes. The envelopes will be placed in front of the altars of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish during the month of June to remember the donor’s intentions. Envelopes should be dropped in collection basket by Sunday, June 8, 2014.

    FEAST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY 2015

    In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

    Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in with the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

    The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

    “I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuges and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender eyes are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

    FIFTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

    READINGS:

    John 14: 1-12

    Acts 6: 1-7

    1 Peter 2: 4-9

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

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

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

    THEMES:

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

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

    Discipleship: ‘to do the work I do.’

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

    Our return ‘home.’

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

    Flowers Delivered to Shut-In

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

    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 OF ADVENT

    Advent

    Readings: Matthew 1: 18-24, Isaiah 10-14, Romans 1: 1-7

    Prepare the Way of the Lord

    “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”

    The last week of Advent shifts our focus from the promise of the Messiah to the fulfillment of that promise in the events surrounding Jesus’ birth.

    Today’s Gospel is Matthew’s version of Jesus’ birth at Bethlehem. This is not Luke’s familiar story of a child born in a Bethlehem stable, but that of a young, unmarried woman suddenly finding herself pregnant and her very hurt and confused husband wondering what to do. In Gospel times, marriage was agreed upon by the groom and the bride’s parents; but the girl continued to live with her family after the wedding until the husband was able to support her in his home or that of his parents. During that interim period, marital intercourse was not permissible.

    Yet Mary is found to be with child. Joseph, an observant but compassionate Jew, does not wish to subject Mary to the full fury of Jewish law, so he plans to divorce her “quietly.” Bit in images reminiscent of the First Testament “annunciations” of Isaac and Samuel, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream and reveals that this child is the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. Because of his complete faith and trust in God’s promise, Joseph acknowledges the child and names him “Jesus” (“Savior”) and becomes, in the eyes of the Law, the legal father of Jesus. Thus, Jesus, through Joseph, is born a descendent of David.

    Matthew’s point in his infancy narrative is that Jesus is the Emmanuel promised of old – Isaiah’s prophecy has finally been fulfilled in Jesus: the “virgin” has given birth to a son, one who is a descendent of David’s house (through Joseph). Jesus is truly Emmanuel – God is with us.

    Ahaz was king of Judah from 735-715 B.C. Politically naïve, the headstrong young leader forged an alliance with Assyria against Israel and Syria. The alliance had disastrous consequences for Judah, costing the nation its independence. Isaiah the prophet counsels the foolish king to return to the ways of God which he has abandoned. The prophet challenges Ahaz to ask God for some sign from the Lord that God will once again return and save Judah. Ahaz responds with sarcasm (“I will not tempt the Lord!”). Isaiah then speaks the most famous prophecy regarding the Messiah (first reading). Many interpreted this oracle as referring to Hezekiah, Judah’s next king, but Matthew and the New Testament writers see Isaiah’s words as fulfilled ultimately in Jesus Christ.

    Paul’s letter to the Romans was written to introduce himself to the Christian community at Rome in anticipation of his journey there – a journey that Paul eventually made, but as a prisoner. Writing from Greece (most probably Corinth), Paul introduces himself to the Roman community as an apostle of “Jesus Christ, descended from David…but made Son of God in power according to the spirit of holiness” (second reading). Jesus as the perfect fulfillment of the Mosaic covenant will be a major theme throughout Paul’s letter to the Romans.

    FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER READINGS

    Luke 24: 35-48

    John 4:10-11

    1 John 3: 1-2

    One of the units in junior high social studies curriculum is learning how a bill becomes a law. Basic governmental literacy rests on an understanding of the process, from the bill's introduction, through amendments and votes, to its final disposition for a signing or veto. We can all probably picture the chart that was in our textbook with the arrows that led the bill on different paths depending on the result of each step in the process. Even then, that chart was a simplified version of how things actually take place in the present legislative process. The laws we're presented with in today's Gospel have very little in common with the laws that are enacted through legislation. The lawgiver in today's text is Jesus. He presents the beatitudes (and other laws, which we'll hear in the coming weeks) in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew presents Jesus as the new teacher and lawgiver, now standing in the place of Moses who brought the tablets of the law-the Ten Commandments-down from Mt. Sinai. Jesus now gives the Eight Beatitudes as the law for the Christian life, a way of acting in the world. You'll hear a lot of people talk about the Ten Commandments as a basis for law. Even some Christian preachers will speak out about the necessity of having them posted in public places. Yet the New Testament, in Matthew's Gospel, makes it clear that there is a new law, a new dispensation, ushered in by Jesus who begins his own catalogue of commands with, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:3). Like the recollection of that chart from junior high social studies, I suspect that most of us could get through reciting the Ten Commandments, at least by naming the subject of each one even if we couldn't recite them word for word. But how many of us can recite the Christian law: the Eight Beatitudes? GOD CREATES OUT OF NOTHING. WONDERFUL YOU SAY. YES, TO BE SURE BUT HE DOES WHAT IS STILL MORE WONDERFUL: HE MAKES SAINTS OUT OF SINNERS: Soren Kierkegaard, the journals of Kierkegaard.

    Learning to hope in Easter despite life’s many Good Fridays.

    “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy,” the novelist Pearl S. Buck wrote, “as much from illness as from health, as much from handicap as from advantage – and indeed, perhaps more.” Through dealing with life’s difficulties, disappointments and injustices we come to understand and appreciate what this gift of life is all about. In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus challenges his disciples – and us – to recall what he taught and what they had witnessed. The Easter miracle is God’s assurance that love and forgiveness, even in the most difficult situations, are never offered in vail; in learning to cope without losing hope, in learning from the painful realities of life and in accepting the lessons learned in God’s Spirit of humility and patience, we become capable of growth, re-creation, transformation – and resurrection.

    FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER READINGS:

    Readings for the Week of April 25, 2015

    Sunday: Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18

    Monday: Acts 11:1-19/Jn 10:1-10

    Tuesday: Acts 11:1926/jn 10:22-30

    Wednesday: Acts 12:24-13:5a/Jn 12:44-50

    Thursday: Acts 13:13-25/Jn 1:16-20

    Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6

    Joseph the Worker: Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58

    Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14

    Next Sunday: Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn...

    Good Hearts, Generous Spirits - Diocesan Annual Appeal 2015

    The Annual Appeal kicked off in our parishes September 12 & 13. The theme for the 2015 Diocesan Annual Appeal is “Good Hearts, Generous Spirits” which reflects the affirming spirit of all of our parishioners. As we begin our Appeal this year, we are personally invited to join in the good work that will support the important ministries of our Diocese. The goal for Holy Cross Parish is $50,000 and the goal for Blessed Sacrament Parish is $17,000.

    Care & Education of Priests

    Our priests and deacons unconditionally answer the call to serve God’s people meeting increasing needs throughout our Diocese. Contributions to the Annual Appeal fund ongoing formation of our priests permanent deacons, seminarians and deacon candidates. These funds also help us to care for and support our 91 retired or ill priests, many of whom continue to generously assist with the celebration of Masses, the visitation of the sick and by offering spiritual guidance to all in need. Appeal gifts also assist the Vocations Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, .guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to have 10 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton and 29 candidates to the permanent deaconate. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, proclamation of the Gospel, administration of the Sacraments and devotions within our parish communities

    Catholic Education

    Shaping the next generation of the faithful through a Catholic education in our schools and parishes is an essential mission of the Diocese of Scranton. Last year more than 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 18, 000 children received religious education in parish-based programs, instilling in them an intimate knowledge of the faith and the love of God and fostering a desire to serve one another.

    Congratulations and thank you to all who have contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Blessed Sacrament raised $20,981.00 which is $3,981.00 over their suggested goal. Holy Cross raised $52,171.00 which is $2,171.00 over their suggested goal. Monsignor was chairman for this year’s Diocesan Appeal and he personally thanks you for your contribution.

    Gratitude for Food Collected

    Thanks for Sharing!

    A special word of appreciation to Greg and Christine Posly and all the members of the Social Justice Committee for continuing this tradition. Thank you to the students and faculty of Mid Valley School District who collected a truck load of food for distribution. Also a word of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

    GUIDELINES ON CREMATION

    Some parishioners have asked about the Church’s teaching on the practice of cremation. Cremation is permitted with the approval of one’s pastor. However, the cremains must be buried immediately after they have been returned to the family. The Church’s regulation regarding cremation states: “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they came. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

    HELP KEEP OUR CHURCH CLEAN

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

    HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES

    NEED HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES?

    If you are:

    1. aged 60+

    2. a resident of Lackawanna County

    3.have a monthly income below $1,916 for single individuals and $2,586 for married couples

    4. and resources under $9,000, excluding your home, primary vehicle and other items.

    You could qualify for SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Approximately 2 out of 3 seniors who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on benefits. Don't be one of them. Contact The Voluntary Action Center at 538 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503, 570-347-5616 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if you qualify.

    Here We Come A-Caroling

    Next Sunday, December 13, meeting in Blessed Sacrament Parish front entrance at 3:00PM.

    All ages invited. Please join us, sign up for a few hours of making the season bright. If you would like us to visit your home or if you know of someone who would enjoy a short visit, please sign the sheet at the entrances to the Church. If you can join us please also sign the sheet so we know the number of singers that are coming. the Caroling has taken place here at Blessed Sacrament for 10 years. All ages welcome! Refreshments afterwards. Dress for the weather.

    Bring a flashlight and your Christmas Spirit! O Come Al Ye Faithful!

    Holy Cross Parish

    Holy Cross Parish

    THE EASTER PASHAL CANDLE at Holy Cross Parish

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

    Adoration - Hours Available

    Adoration Hours are Available

    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 is one open hour: Thursday 2:00 PM. You may join another person at a more convenient time. To sign up for an hour or more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

    Eucharistic Adoration 12th Anniversary Mass & Dinner

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

    EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS MASS

    will take place on Thursday, September 14, 7:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish. On the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross we proclaim the Good News that God transforms suffering and death into new life. As Christians, we rejoice in the mystery of the Cross, which brings about our freedom, salvation and life. Join us for this Parish Feast Day ---- a reception will follow in Kelley Hall after Mass.

    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.

    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 Cross/Blessed Sacrament Choir

    Our Choirs need you! If you have sung before, great. If this is your first time, no problem. If you read music, that's a plus, but it's not a requirement. If you're ready to join, please contact Mr. Ned Dructor at Blessed Sacrament or Mrs Mary Therese McKane at Holy Cross or stop by the choir loft after Mass.

    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.

    HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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

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

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

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

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

    If You Have Moved

    Have you changed your address recently? If so, please contact the Parish office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963 so your envelopes and other communications will be delivered to you. The Envelope Company cannot forward them through the postal service. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    IMPORTANT

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

    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.

    In the Hospital

    You must notify us if you are in 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.

    Our local hospitals are having problems with their computer systems and are unable to give us patients names. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the office so Monsignor Delaney may visit. Thank you for your help.

    INACTIVE PARISHIONERS 2016

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

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

    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.

    Kind Reminder

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

    KIND REMINDER

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

    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.

    Lectors Needed

    Would you be willing to share your gifts and talents around the Altar at the weekend Masses? The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament are in need of women and men (Age 18+) who would be willing to be a lector at Mass. If you would be willing to participate in this important ministry of the Church, please call the Parish Office A training session will be held based on people’s availability. Thank you for considering volunteering as a lector!

    Let Us Put Our Hope in Jesus

    Holy Family

    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. Lord, I offer you my life. All my dreams, plans, hopes and fears are yours. Give me the Faith to follow you today, knowing that you will work all things together for my good.

    LISTENING WITH THE HEART-- A SPIRITUAL PERSONAL AND PASTORAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AND A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PASTORAL VISITORS.

    WHAT: A program to prepare a person for ministry in the parish and home through reflection on the God of Mercy and compassion who speaks to us all.

    FOR WHOM: Those who currently or would like to visit the homebound. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and any and all who would like to join in a program of spiritual development and person growth.

    WHEN: SAVES THESE DATES

    MON JUNE , 8, 15, 29

    Tuesday June 23

    All sessions are two and a half hours. It’s important that you attend all sessions. PRESENTORS: Sister Jane O’Donnell, R.S.M

    A Carol Salva from the Mercy Consultation Center, Dallas, PA

    Please call the Parish Office to register. There is no fee for this program.

    Holy Cross (570) 489-0752

    Blessed Sacrament (570) 489-1963

    O God, who make the faithful to be of one mind and will grant that we, Your people, may love what you command and desire what you promise so that, amid the changing things of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found. Amen

    LOVE FOR THE POOR & THE WORKS OF MERCY

    God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” The Church’s love for the poor…is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and his concern for the poor. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2443) The works of mercy (spiritual and corporal) are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his/her spiritual and bodily necessities. (#2447)

    Spiritual Works of Mercy

    1. To instruct the ignorant
    2. To counsel the doubtful
    3. To admonish sinners
    4. To bear wrongs patiently
    5. To forgive offenses willingly
    6. To comfort the afflicted
    7. To pray for the living and the dead

    Corporal Works of Mercy

    1. To feed the hungry
    2. To shelter the homeless
    3. To give drink to the thirsty
    4. To clothe the naked
    5. To visit the sick and imprisoned
    6. To ransom the captive
    7. To bury the dead

    The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    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. .

    Marriage Help

    If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then the  Retrouvaille  Program can help you,  Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and to rediscover a more loving relationship. 

    The next local program will be Feb. 24-26, 2017 at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA .  Registration Required.  All calls confidential.  Cost is by donation.  For more information or to register call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org. Why run it for so long?  Because it often takes troubled couples awhile to accept that they may need some help.

    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.

    Mass Intention Book to Open

    The 2018 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be opened on Tuesday, September 12th. 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 your understanding.

    Memorial /Honor Candles

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

    September 10, 2017

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Gertrude Dempsey offered by M/M Joseph Cuff.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of G.Falzetti Family offered by Gene & Jerry Panaro.

    September 17, 2017

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Rose & Delbert Prichard offered by R. Hulse & Family.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory Of Ray Kowalski offered by Wife, Marion & Children.

    September 24, 2017

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of John J. Krajewski offered by Wife & Family.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Rose, Edmund, Ed “Butch” Kallay offered by Kallay, Kalinoski & Ruby Families.

    October 1, 2017

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of David & Catherine Williams & Deceased Sons offered by Family.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Rose, Edmund, Ed “Butch” Kallay offered by Kallay, Kalinoski & Ruby Families.

    October 8, 2017

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Adrian & Mary Bianchi offered by Mary Ann & Tom.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Elizabeth Barnick offered by Barnick Family Children.

    Mission Appeal 2015

    Our Mission appeal will take place at Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish the weekend of April 18-19. We will have a guest speaker at all the masses offering the annual mission appeal for the church’s many-faceted missionary activities throughout the world. Foundation for Children in Need is a Catholic lay organization based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Dr. Geetha Yeruva Cofounder/President of FCN is very happy to visit us and share about their mission work in the interior villages in the Southern part of India. FCN sponsors 2200 children and college students. They have been responsible for building several schools, boarding homes, a community health center and a home for the elderly. They provide free medical check-ups and medicine to thousands of needy people and children. We welcome Dr. Geetha and encourage you to support their mission work generously. The second collection, on the weekend of April 18-19, will be taken up for the mission. To know more about their mission work, please visit: www.fcn-usa.org.

    Movie Night

    Every Brilliant Thing

    “Every Brilliant Thing”, 6:30 PM, Wednesday, September 20, Kelley Hall. Adapted from the acclaimed single-character stage production of the same name, “Every Brilliant Thing” confronts, with equal doses of humor and humanity, the troubling topics of depression and suicide and the lengths we go for those we love.

    As his story is shared, the presenter uses the audience to help him develop his message, fostering an intimate sense of community through comic dialogues. Inspiring and life-affirming. PG – 52 minutes.

    All are invited and most welcome. Refreshments to follow.

    NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

    22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2015 NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The second Saturday of September is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Memorial services are being held across the country at gravesites. This common act of prayer witnesses to our society that we are truly living amidst a holocaust, and that the abortion debate is not simply about viewpoints but about victims.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY, 12 Noon, Train Station, Olyphant.

    PORK & SAUERKRAUT DINNER Saturday, October 21

    First United Methodist Church, Charles Street, Throop. Take-outs 2 to 4 PM. Family style serving 4 to 7 PM. Tickets-adults $10.00, children 12 and under $5.00. Contact Marilyn 489-3352.

    DIOCESAN DAY OF SERVICE

    - Pope Francis: “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate’, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark.” In response to our Holy Father’s challenge, young people are gathering for a Diocesan Day of Service (#Leaveamark 17) for those aged 16 – 35 and adult chaperones on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Online registration: www.dioceseofscranton.org or contact Dominic Costantno Jr. 570-207-1452.

    SENIOR ALERT PROGRAM- Proper medication disposal.

    Learn about the importance of proper storage and disposal of medications, the potential of drug theft and abuse, current trends, personal protection, protection of environment, FDA guidelines or proper disposal, and medication take back sites. Where: St. Mary’s Villa Assisted Living Residence 516 St. Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst

    When: October 4, 2017

    Prizes, food, refreshments and giveaways. Please call 570-795-2810 for more information.

    FUNDRAISER AND MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT JERRY TULLY OF CUSTOM AUTO AND CYCLE

    to be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017. Motorcycle ride starts and ends at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill, Lincoln Avenue, Olyphant. Registration for the ride is from 10 to 11:30 AM and KSU at 11:45 AM. $20.00 rider/$10.00 for rider. At 1:00 PM all are invited to Thirst T’S for basket raffles, 50/50’s and more, donation is $10.00.

    Please join in helping Jerry with his medical costs as his insurance does not cover all expenses. Jerry has always been there for us, with the chicken-b que and now he needs our help and support. Please come to lend support to our dear friend.

    VILLA FALL BINGO

    – St. Mary’s Villa Residence, 516 Street, Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst will hold a bingo on Thursday, September 21, 1:30 to 3:30 pm. A donation of $5.00 will go towards Alzheimer’s Association Greater PA Chapter. Refreshments and 12 fun games of bingo with prizes. RSVP by September 18, seating is limited. Please call 570-795-2810.

    HEALING MASS

    will be held on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00PM in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore. All are welcome.

    ST. JOSEPH’S CENTER AUXILIARY ANNUAL CHICKEN DINNER

    Sunday, September 24; Noon to 4:00 PM at St. Joseph’s Center, Adams Avenue, Scranton. Drive thru take out or limited seating available. Tickets $10.00 and must be purchased in advance. For ticket information please call 570-963- 1290.

    FATIMA MOVIE NIGHT AT SACRED HEART SEPTEMBER 13

    Thousands of pilgrimages and special gatherings are happening all around the world this year to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917. Join us at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Peckville on September 13, 6:45 PM in the rectory conference room as we gather to watch the 2010 highly acclaimed feature film, Finding Fatima. Finding Fatima covers all the crucial details about the importance of the appearances and messages of Our Lady.

    ST. LUCY’S TAKE OUT DRIVE PASTA DINNER

    will be held on September 21 from 3 to 7 PM at St. Lucy’s Church, 949 Scranton Street, Scranton. Dinner includes penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and biscotti. Tickets are $10.00. Call 570-344-1672.

    THE CHRISTOPHER P. LEWIS MEMORIAL FUND FOUNDATION

    will host a drug & alcohol awareness symposium at the Olyphant Ambulance & Rescue Building on Sunday, September 24 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. The topic “Let’s Fight the Opioid Epidemic by Saving One life at a Time!” A panel discussion will be held from 3 to 4 PM. This event is free to the public. Middle School and High School students are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served and there will also be a basket raffle. Please call 570-876- 4595 for more information.

    DESIGNER PURSE BINGO FUNDRAISER

    for the Wiktor Family to help cover the cost of medical expenses. When: Saturday, September 16 Time: Games start at 5:30 PM, doors open at 3:30 PM Where: Visitation of the BVM Parish Center, 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City. Admission $25.00 includes 20 games. There will be Specials, 50/50, Basket Raffle, food and beverages. Handicapped accessible. For tickets or information call 570-489-2091.

    ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS PARISH

    will hold a chicken BBQ (Chicken by Kundla’s) on Sunday, September 17 in the parish hall. Tickets are $10.00. Reservations only. Please call 570-343-6420 for tickets.

    ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS PARISH SOCIETY

    will hold a Rummage & Bake Sale on Friday, October 6 and Saturday, October 7 in the Parish Center, 1215 Prospect Avenue, Scranton from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm each day.

    QUEEN OF ANGELS PARISH, JESSUP

    will conduct their annual rigatoni and meatball dinner, Saturday, October 28, 3:30 to 5:30 PM take-outs only. Sunday, October 29, Noon to 3:00 PM. Dinner includes: salad, roll, rigatoni, meatballs and dessert. Adults $10.00, children under 12 $5.00.

    THE DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

    invites you to the annual Musicians’ Mass on Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. A Mass of Thanksgiving with the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, acknowledging the ministry of musicians throughout the Diocese. A light reception will follow in the Diocesan Pastoral Center.

    UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

    a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania, will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5. Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

    THE VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY

    is now accepting donations of gently used books, puzzles, CD’s, and DVDs for their annual Summer Book and Bake Sale at the Valley View Elementary Center, June 21-22; 10 am to 7:00 pm daily. Donations may be taken to the library, River Street, Peckville during regular operating hours. (570-489-1765)

    LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR TO HOST ROAST BEEF DINNER

    on Sunday, October 15, 12 to 4:00 PM in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence, Adams Avenue, Scranton., located adjacent to Marywood University. The dinner will be catered courtesy of Stirna’s Restaurant: roast beef, mashed potatoes and gravy, carrots, rolls, butter, assorted pies and beverages. Takeouts available. Tickets are $12.00 adults and $6.00 children 10 and younger. There will also be a bake sale, raffles, gift baskets. Call in advance for tickets 570-343-4065, they will also be available at the door.

    SACRED HEART OF JESUS PARISH, PECKVILLE

    Is hosting a take-out roast beef dinner and cash raffle (Prizes $1,000, $500, $250, $150, and $100) on Sunday October 22. Take out only, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Dinner tickets are $12.00 in advance and $14.00 at the door. Cash raffle tickets are $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. Tickets are available at the parish office or after all Masses.

    SACRED HEART, PECKVILLE PURSE BINGO

    FUNDRAISER on Sunday, November 5 at 3:00 PM in the Parish Auditorium. Doors open at 2:00 PM, Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door. Tickets include 20 games of bingo. For tickets please call Pam at 489-1965 or the parish office 383-3244.

    HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR

    will be held on October 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the school located at 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore. Event features over 95 vendors. Basket raffle, door prizes and homemade food available. Admission $3.00; $2.00 for seniors and students; 12 and under free. Information 570-614-3727.

    Pilgrimage with Bishop Bambera

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera invites the faithful to join him on a special Pilgrimage to Spain and Portugal in honor of the 100th anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima's appearance to three young shepherd children in 1917. The pilgrimage will take place September 18-26, 2017 and will include Masses celebrated by the Bishop and visits to many sacred and historic sites. Space is limited, so it is recommended that you call as soon as possible for reservations. All arrangements and reservations are to be made through TRAVELWORLD at 800-828-6029.

    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.

    NEW ALTAR SERVERS

    What a privilege it is to serve around the Altar of the Lord! Is your son or daughter interested in becoming an altar server at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament? Any boy or girl entering 3rd grade (or up) as of September is welcome to serve. Practice for new altar servers will be held at Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, June 17th and Tuesday June 24 @ 4:30 p.m. and at Holy Cross on Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, June 26th. Practice will be held at 6:30. Children must attend 3 of the 4 available practices. If your son or daughter is interested in altar serving, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 by Friday, June 13th to register.

    Newly Baptized

    Newly Baptized!

    For the weekends of:

    September 17, 2017

    Congratulations Stella Anne Stankiewicz, daughter of Adam and Courtney Stankiewicz 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.

    September 24, 2017

    Congratulations Aaron Christopher Semanision son of Matthew & Janel Semanision and congratulations to Trey Christopher Farnham son of Shaun Farnham & Krystle Novak who were 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.

    Notice Regarding Reporting Sexual Abuse of a Minor

    It is the policy of the Diocese of Scranton to report any allegation of sexual abuse of a minor to law enforcement. If you are a victim of sexual abuse committed by a priest, deacon, religious or lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton, you are encouraged to immediately report the matter to law enforcement. If any priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Scranton has cause or reason to suspect that a minor has been subjected to any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse, the matter will be reported to law enforcement. In accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Laws, reports of suspected child abuse should also be made immediately by phone to the 24-Hour Child Abuse hotline (ChildLine) at 1-800-932-0313 or electronically at www.compass.state.pa.us/cwis.

    It is also the policy of the Diocese to adhere to all civil and state regulations. To this end, the Diocese is equally committed to adhering to the norms of the Code of Canon Law and to upholding the tenets of the USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which includes supporting victims of sexual abuse in their pursuit of emotional and spiritual well-being. As such, information regarding an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor should also be reported to the Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at (570-862-7551) or to Diocesan officials, including the Vicar General, Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, V.G., at (570-207-2269).

    OLYPHANT QUEEN CITY NIGHTS

    The 6th Annual Olyphant Queen City Nights sponsored by Olyphant Hose Co. #2 and Queen City Hose Co. #8 will be held Thursday thru Saturday

    July 10 thru 12 downtown behind the borough building beginning at 5:00 p.m. The festival includes a Firemen’s Parade on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    Basket raffles, jewelry, novelty items, food, rides games and bingo and lots of entertainment.

    Come and enjoy the festivities!!

    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

    Parish Council

    Parish Council

    What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

    Every diocese develops its own guidelines or norms for Parish Pastoral Councils in line with Church teaching, Canon Law and the vision the bishop has for sharing his “shepherding” role with his pastors, clergy, religious and lay leaders.

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, in exercising a collaborative Servant Leadership style has called for reinvigorated Parish Pastoral Councils, ones which reflect the Servant Leadership of Jesus Christ. Bishop Bambera states that, “the future of the diocese lies in the generous Servant-Leadership of priests, religious and laity who wounded but loved, freely give themselves to Christ’s good news mission of gathering those scattered from the love of God and the Church” The Bishop goes on to remind us that “the mystery of parish life lies in generous self- giving or Servant Leadership in the way of Jesus.”

    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.

    Parking Around Parish

    Parking around Holy Cross Parish and the Parish Center is very limited. However, Olyphant Borough has asked us to remind all parishioners, for safety reasons, parishioners should not park illegally. Recently, the Olyphant Police have been issuing citations to all cars that are parked illegally, especially on Grant Street. Those who are able to walk, please consider using the Holy Ghost parking lot. Also, please do not block the rectory garage as the priests need to exit and travel to other Masses.

    PASCHAL CANDLE, 2015

    “Upon this rock” – the design on this year’s paschal candle features the rich symbolism of St. Peter. The silver and gold keys to the Kingdom of Heaven entrusted to Peter by Christ.

    “Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The inverted cross, which Peter requested to be crucified on, stating he was not worthy of being crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ. This candle was also chosen to honor our Holy Father, Pope Francis, successor to St. Peter, as we anticipate his visit to Philadelphia in September and his call for a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

    Feel comfortable in approaching the Paschal Candle to examine the symbolism.

    PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK

    Please note, the Federal privacy laws make it difficult for the parish to obtain information regarding a parishioner’s status in one of the local hospitals or his/her placement in one of the area’s long-term facilities. We request that you contact the Parish if a family member or friend is hospitalized (especially if they are admitted through the Emergency Room) or placed in a long-term facility so that Msgr. Delaney, can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner that may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Peter's Pence Collection 2016

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

    Pilgrims from Scranton

    Pope Francis, October 23, 2013

    On Wednesday, October 23, faithful from the Diocese of Scranton joined with 80,000+ pilgrims from around the world for the weekly audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. In his address to the faithful, the Holy Father reflected upon Mary as a model of faith and charity for all believers.

    The presence of pilgrims from the Diocese of Scranton was announced during the audience and Bishop Bambera, along with Father Thomas Muldowney, Vicar General, were given the opportunity to meet the Holy Father personally.

    Bishop Bambera noted that he thanked the Holy Father for his great example and invitation to all of the faithful to generous service in the Church. The Holy Father responded by stating that he was grateful for the bishop's words and asked the bishop and faithful of the Diocese, “Please pray for me.”

    Bishop Bambera meets Pope Francis after the Holy Father’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 23.

    PLEASE REMEMBER

    • CCD Classes are in session on Sunday mornings in Olyphant and Throop – PLEASE drive slowly and carefully on and around our parish properties.
    • Please remember to secure items in the trunk of your car when attending Mass and/or programs. Never leave purses or valuables in view of passersby. Thank you

    Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

    Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

    Francis made the comments after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

    "I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!" Francis said. "The Lord doesn't proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don't believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God."

    Pope Francis on Evangelization

    Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

    Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in Assisi, Italy. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, our Holy Father lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

    Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

    The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

    Pope Francis’ voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document’s relatively relaxed style – he writes that an “evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” – and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and “spiritual worldliness.”

    The church’s message “has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary,” he writes. “In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead.”

    Inspired by Jesus’ poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a “church which is poor and for the poor.”

    The poor “have much to teach us,” he writes. “We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voices to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”

    Pope Francis' Prayer for Vocations

    Pope Francis

    God our Father,

    You made each of us to use

    Our gifts in the Body of Christ.

    We ask that you inspirev Young people whom you call

    To priesthood and consecrated life to

    Courageously follow your will.

    Send workers into your great

    Harvest so that the Gospel is

    Preached, the poor are served with

    Love, the suffering are comforted

    And your people are strengthened

    By the sacraments.

    Through Christ our Lord.

    Amen

    PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK – SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY

    PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK – SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY

    Holy Thursday Practice: Palm Sunday, March 29
    2:00 PM Blessed Sacrament; 3:30 PM Holy Cross.

    Good Friday Practice: Wednesday, April 1:
    5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament; 7:00 PM Holy Cross.

    Easter Vigil Practice: Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM
    Scheduled Easter Vigil Lectors and 9:45AM Scheduled Easter Vigil Altar Servers.

    PRACTICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

    Holy Thursday – Tuesday, April 15- Blessed Sacrament 6:30 PM; Holy Cross 7:30 PM.

    Good Friday – Wednesday, April 16- Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM; Holy Cross 6:30 PM

    Saturday Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 19 – Holy Cross 9:30 AM

    PRAYER FOR AUTUMN DAYS

    -Author Unknown

    God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

    God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender; with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

    God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

    God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

    God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

    God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

    God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

    God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

    In Jesus’Name, we pray. Amen.

    PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

    As we celebrate Memorial Day please remember in your prayers all the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces as well as those who have served in previous years. May God bless them and keep them safe.

    Dear God, Hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen

    PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

    Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise you and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Prayer For Vocations

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

    Prayer for Vocations

    God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.

    We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

    Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

    Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

    Say this prayer every day for nine months to save a baby’s life! “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.

    PRAYER- THE KEY TO HEAVEN

    Chair of St. Peter – February 22

    All-powerful Father, you have built your church on the rock of Saint Peter’s confession of faith. May nothing divide or weaken our unity in faith and love.

    During Lent we shall…with deep feeling meditate on the passion of our Lord and examine our conscience on what sin of ours caused that special pain to Jesus. …..Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

    Prayer

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

    ……..St. John Vianney

    Our Lady of the Rosary

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

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

    ……..Pope Paul VI

    PRESENTATION ON POPE FRANCIS’ NEW ENCYCLICAL, “Laudeto SI”, ON CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME”

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 2:30 p.m. (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, Monsignor Vincent Grimalia will present an overview of Pope Francis’ message.

    Our Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudeto Si” (Praise be to you, Lord) takes its title from the “Canticle of the Sun” the beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, who serves as a model of “a more passionate concern for the protection of our world”. Pope Francis challenges Roman Catholics as well as all people of good will to a deeper understanding of our moral and spiritual responsibility to care for the creation given to us.

    Join us! All are most welcome. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Social Concerns of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes.

    “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” Pope Benedict XV1 2005

    “For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.” Pope Francis, “Lausato Si – Chapter 6, Part iii

    Following our Holy Father’s remarkable visit to the United States, join us as we reflect upon his message of hope, his call to conversion and in the words of Will Cohen, Ph.D., Pope Francis’ invitation to “cultivate a new way of looking at the world and a different way of living in it.

    Laudato Si Be Praised My Lord

    Quilts for the Homeless Project

    The Quilts for the Homeless Project made by the Confirmation Class will be delivered to St Francis Kitchen December 14.

    Realize Above All

    Realize above all that you are in God’s presence. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the Grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it.

    RECITATION OF THE ROSARY

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

    Religious Education News

    1ST COMMUNION PARENTS MEETINGS

    will take place on Monday, October 23, 6:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish and Tuesday, October 24 at Holy Cross Parish.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

    Sunday, September 17. Holy Cross – 9:20 AM until 10:30 AM; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM.

    There will be no classes on Sunday, October 8, due to the Steamtown Marathon.

    RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (R.C.I.A.)

    We are in the process of gathering adult candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation for the upcoming season. Are you – or do you know-someone- who, as an adult has not been baptized and would like to know more about the Catholic faith? Are you – or do you know – someone who has been a baptized member of another Christian church and is curious about Catholicism? Invite someone you know to join us – can’t be shy, most people who are interested in the Catholic Church are just waiting to be invited. Our session for those inquiring about the Catholic Faith will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish. Call the Rectory for more information 570-489- 0752.

    HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR

    will be held on October 22, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at the school located at 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore. Event features over 95 vendors. Basket raffle, door prizes and homemade food available. Admission $3.00; $2.00 for seniors and students; 12 and under free. Information 570-614-3727.

    VNA HOSPICE- “I’m Grieving—Now What?”

    A Grief Workshop. Sessions are on 4 consecutive Thursday evenings: September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 12 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant.

    We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. Everything has changed! How do I cope? What about holidays and special occasions? Will I feel “normal” again? This workshop will address all your questions and offer ways in which to continue living your life productively even when it’s a “tough day.”

    Pease let us know if you are coming 570-383-5180. Park in the secure lot behind our building and enter through the rear door.

    GOD’S COMPASSIONATE FACE GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY SEMINAR

    When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

    Where: Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

    All who minister to the bereaved are invited to this daylong seminar on topics related to grief support ministry. Three sessions will cover significant topics to help them develop their abilities to walk with grieving parishioners. In addition there will be opportunities for discussion of the presentations, networking and prayer. Cost for the day is $20.00; includes lunch. To register call 570-207-2213 or www.dioceseofscranton.org.

    N.B. This day is to teach those who minister to the grieving; it is NOT a support session for those who are grieving.

    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.

    WEDNESDAY EVENING SCRIPTURE STUDY

    Did you know Jesus is after your heart? He loves you more than you can imagine. He calls to you! To assist the Dunmore community answer this call, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will offer a Scripture study titled “He’s After Your Heart: A Journey To The Heart Of God Through The Gospel of John.” The parish’s devotional ministry team will lead this journey beginning on Wednesday, September 20. This program will run for twelve sessions, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM each Wednesday through mid-December and will be held at the parish. You can attend one, several or all sessions.

    In order to be able to order the necessary materials, please call the parish office 570-346-7429 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The program is open to all.

    #PartnerwithFrancis

    The Diocese of Scranton continues to #partnerwithfrancis to gather the voices of the young Church (16-35) and those who work with them in preparation for Pope Francis’ 2018 Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” To get involved, participate in a Diocesan listening session and/or complete a survey online at www.partnerwith francis.org. For more information and /or to register for a listening session, please contact Dominick Constantino at 570-780-2996.

    UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

    will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5. Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

    Live Session of Mandated Reporter Training

    An “in person” session for the mandated reporter training will be held on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA Registration by September 5. Limited to 50 people. For those who are in religious education and youth ministry who may not be proficient with computer based training. To register call Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

    a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania, will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5.

    Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

    BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

    Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

    Bible Study/Faith Sharing Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

    All are most welcome to join in the conversation as we break open the Scriptures we will pray with this upcoming Sunday: Amos 6 1,4-7, 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16 : 19-31

    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.

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

    RCIA will meet Monday, October 3, at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall.

    Are you someone or do you know someone Who…

    A. Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic

    B. Has a child over the age of seven who has not been Baptized?

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

    We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.

    Sessions of church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharistic 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 more information, please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 and we will be happy to fill you in.

    First Session, Monday, September 26th

    Kelley Hall 6:30 p.m.

    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

    VIRTUS PROGRAM

    A training for adults in the Protecting God’s Children (PGC-VIRTUS) program is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, at 6:00 PM at All Saints Academy, Scranton. There is also a training session on Friday, September 15, 3:00 PM on the Campus of Marywood University, Scranton. There is also a training program on Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 PM at Christ the King Parish, Archbald. If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children, please make every effort to participate in this training.

    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.


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    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.

    Catholicism Video Series

    Catholicism Video Series will be held Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 in Kelley Hall, Session 8 “A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints.”

    The story of the Church is told in the example of those who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. Celebrated in this session are some of the church’s most extraordinary Saints, Eidth Stein, Mother Teresa, Therese of Lisieux and Katherine Drexel.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

    Holy Cross – 9:20 am until 10:30 am; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Location of Classes is as follows:

    Holy Cross

    K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall

    4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center

    Blessed Sacrament

    All children report to the church hall; teachers will take to classrooms. Parents will pick students up in Church Hall.

    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.

    Holy Cross High School has launched our Facebook Page!

    By visiting www.facebook.com/HolyCrossDunmore, you can keep up-to-date on news from Holy Cross. The page is filled with great photos, videos, and new information. We hope that you "like" and "share" us! Be sure to check back often for exciting news and information!

    BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

    Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

    FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

    for Marriage Preparation – have any questions about enrolling engaged couples for this tool online? Call Bernadette: 570-207-2213

    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.

    Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

    • 98% of graduates were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
    • Combined SAT scores are above the national average.
    • $33.8 million in performance based scholarships, an average of over $91,000 per graduate, were merited by the Class of 2012.
    • Diocesan high schools offer Advanced Placement classes and the Diocesan Scholars Program awards grants to high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses at The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and King’s College.
    • Over $1 million was awarded by the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation for students to attend Diocesan Catholic Schools.

    BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES NEEDED

    Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is required by Monday, December 10th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

    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.

    Brian’s father asked him what he really liked about church, Brian thought about it a moment and replied, “The benediction.”

    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.’

    SAFE ENVIRONMENT NOTES-DID YOU KNOW

    The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in Mary for the Public.

    SEEING JESUS IN THE NEEDY

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

    Seek the Face of God in Everything

    We are called to be contemplatives in the heart of the world by seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere, all the time, and his hand in every happening.
    - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    Sincere Thank You

    A total of $3,198.50 was collected for the Little Sisters of the Poor. A sincere thank you from the Sisters for your continued support

    SJB & SM CEMETERIES – WATER AVAILABLE

    The water is now turned on and the water lines have been repaired at St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Cemeteries. The water spigots closest to the house on Marshwood Drive in the ‘old’ section of St. John have been capped and will no longer be available. The water line was damaged in too many places to fix. Please use the spigots in the center of the cemetery. Also, water will only be available in the ‘new’ section of St. John at the shed on Lynnwood Rood. The water line that ran above ground and along the fence was busted in too many places to be repaired. If you see water running from any of the spigots in the cemeteries, please call the Parish Office immediately so the cemeteries do not incur a large water bill. Thank you for your assistance.

    Smile and Help the Little Sisters of the Poor

    Amazon helps the Little Sisters of the Poor--with your help.

    The Christmas shopping season will officially be underway this Friday! When purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider logging into your account via the Amazon Smile Program. A portion of your sale will be donated to our home at no additional cost to you!

    To help, log in to your account at smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0832764.

    SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

    SOCIAL CONCERNS MEETING will take place on Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

    SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE GRANT RECIPIENT

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

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

    Social Concerns Committee Seminar

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

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

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

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

    SOCIAL CONCERNS SPIRITUAL ADOPTION

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SPIRITUALLY ADOPTED BABY

    Your spiritually adopted baby was born this month – nine months after his/her mother conceived him/her. The only change at birth is a change in the external life support system of the baby. He/she is not different now than he/she before birth except that he breathes and eats differently. He began as a 46 chromosome cell and has developed over the past nine months into this unique human baby. Never before in history nor ever again will anyone exist who is just like your spiritually adopted baby. Your prayers saved his/her life. Thank you on behalf of the little babies that you cared enough to pray for him/her and his/her mother.

    Sponsor Thanks

    Please thank our sponsors for their advertisements which provide for the printing of our bulletin!

    The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament gratefully acknowledge the advertisement of all our bulletin sponsors.

    SPRING CEMETERY MANTENANCE

    The annual spring clean-up of our six parish cemeteries has begun. The maintenance staff has begun removing all old winter decorations. The staff has also begun the process of filling in those graves which were dug over the last several months and have now settled. Thank you for your patience as we strive to maintain our cemeteries. Thank you to Steve, Tom and Bill for their dedication to our cemeteries. Any questions, please call Monsignor Delaney at the parish office.

    St Mary's Villa Campus

    There is St Mary’s Cilla Assisted Living. If you are interested in living here for just the winter months or a shorter period of time to stay active and keep busy during the long winter, call 570-795-2810.

    St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Need

    Soup Needed

    St Francis of Assisi Soup Drive: Monsignor Joseph P Kelly, Director of St Francis Kitchen has asked that local parishes collect cans of soup to help fill a specific need at the kitchen. We ask that you drop off soup cans next weekend October 22-23 in the vestibules of our parish churches. Thank you for your generosity.

    St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery

    St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery has received a donation in memory of Carol Jablonski, for the upkeep of the cemetery, by her family. Thank you!

    St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

    ST. PATRICK’S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 is planning a 50th class reunion for October 2014. If you are interested, please get in touch with Barbara Rosetti 570-489-2872 or Betty McCormick Ciciloni 570-383-0487.

    Support Christians in the Holy Land

    The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.

    Thank You!

    Thak You!

    THANK YOU! A donation has been given to Blessed Sacrament Parish by Dave & Wendy Szymczyk in memory of Angela Radzikowski, Blanche & Terri Pietrolaj and M/M Ralph Ferrone. A donation has been given to Holy Ghost Cemetery by Carolyn Matala in memory of Andrew & Anna Matala. Also, a donation was given to St. Patrick’s Cemetery by John McCormick.

    BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a memorial donation in memory of Dorothy Rudzinski offered by her family. Thank you!

    FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-IN

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers and wrote cards earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Seventy-five flowers were delivered by over twenty parishioners! Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

    The Annual Convocation for Priests of the Diocese of Scranton takes place this week (April 24-28).

    We are grateful to Father Richard Burke, C.P., and our friends from St. Ann’s Monastery for covering Masses for us.

    THANK YOU to Mike and Rose Martarano for their generous donation to Blessed Sacrament.

    THANK YOU: A substantial donation was made to Holy Ghost Cemetery in memory of M/M Joseph M Novajovsky and Dolores.

    THANK YOU- On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee and Ready, Set, Brush!, we want to thank you for your generous contributions to the dental supply drive. Because of your donations, we were able to provide over 700 dental supply items to the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center. Thank you!

    THE EASTER PASCHAL CANDLE at Blessed Sacrament Parish

    has been donated in memory of Husband John Scotty McAlarney offered by wife Delores McAlarney. Thank you!

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

    A donation was given to Blessed Sacrament in memory of mother Pearl Mileski Bohenek offered by the Bohenek Family & Lois & George Kouzis.

    LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR would like to thank you for your most generous donation. Total $3001.23. THANK YOU!

    CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN DELIVER FLOWERS:

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who helped to deliver flowers to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Christmas. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

    THANK YOU for the donation received by the Wargo & Slaboda Families to Blessed Sacrament Parish.

    Many Thanks

    Thanks to all those who have dropped off coats and food items. Your generosity is amazing and overwhelming. On behalf of Sr. Ann Walsh, IHM of Friends of the Poor and the staff and volunteers of the Food Pantries housed at St. Clare Church, Green Ridge and Queen of the Angels, Jessup, Thank You.

    GRATITUDE FOR FOOD COLLECTED

    A special word of appreciation to Greg and Christine Posly and all the members of the Social Justice Committee for continuing this tradition. Thank you to the students and faculty of Mid Valley School District who collected a truck load of food for distribution. Also a word of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

    THANK YOU for the memorial donations offered for Mary Bibak from John Jr. & M. Kearney, Suzanne & Michael O’Boyle, Barbara Kochis, Bertrand & R Geoffrey, Elaine S. Camili.

    THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIAL DONATION given to Blessed Sacrament Parish in memory of Mary Bibak offered by Barbara Scozzaro and Family.

    To thank you for your kindness and sympathy at a time when it was deeply appreciated, Dear Members of Blessed Sacrament Church at St. Anthony’s

    Thank you for your prayers and personal support to our family. Blessings, The Andrelchick Family, Sister Bernice, John Pohutsky, and Tod Jensan.

    A.E. D. and CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

    Special thanks to the Confraternity of Holy Cross Parish for the recent purchase of an A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillator) for use during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). AED’s are portable medical devices that automatically analyze and detect cardiac arrhythmias of SCA patients through electrodes, and are able to produce a shock which stops the heart and allows it to return to a normal rhythm a process called defibrillation.

    THANK YOU for the memorial donation

    Offered to Blessed Sacrament for Rosie Gombar offered by the Gombar Family.

    THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIAL DONATIONS AT BLESSED SACRAMENT

    Mary Bibak offered by Kevin & Maine Keith and Eleanor Vonsavage offered by her sister Marie & Leigh Lovering.

    Appreciation to 2nd Grade teachers & Aides

    On behalf of the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, thank you to Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Mrs. Karen Doyle and all their aides who helped prepare our children for this weekend’s celebration of 1st Holy Communion. Second grade is a very special time in the life of a child’s faith journey as they celebrate Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion. Thank you for helping them prepare for these special moments. Also a word of appreciation to Mr. John Musyt and Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, our Directors of Religious Formation for all their work with the children throughout the year!

    Thank You!

    ...to Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary Society for providing the First Communion Retreat lunches and children’s gift packs and to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for the Retreat craft projects and the flowers the children will present to the Blessed Mother. Thank you to Susanne Baka for the crown for the Blessed Mother and to Jim and Rose Liesiefsky for the Altar flowers.

    Thank You

    ...to the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Holy Cross Parish for providing the Communion Class with the Communion gifts, altar flowers, flowers and crown presented to the Blessed Mother

    EASTER GRATITUDE

    To our parish staff, to our Music Ministry and liturgical ministers, to all those who have participated in the Sacred Triduum. To everyone who give generously of time and talent and treasure so that the mission of the Gospel continues, To all, who, out of love of the Lord, permit themselves to be used as instruments of God’s mercy in our parishes. Thank You. Blessed Easter.

    THANK YOU:

    Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St. Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108.

    FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-IN

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all who joined us for Stations of the Cross, soup and fellowship each Friday during the Lenten Season.

    Thank you to all who donated, soup, food, their time. We would like to wish all of you who participated in a Blessed Easter Season. We would especially like to thank Jackie Musyt for chairing the Soup and Stations and would ike to thank our (CIA Christians in Action) under the direction of Beckie and David DePrato for their guidance and direction.

    Thank you for your financial generosity to our parish community: Thank You to Helen Mooney for her donation for this year’s Paschal Candle in memory of her sister Ann and the deceased members of the Mooney Family. We would also like to thank Delores McAlarney for her donation at Blessed Sacrament in memory of her deceased husband, John (Scotty) McAlarney.

    On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee we would like to thank Attorney Spegar for his presentation on Safety.

    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 and all, Thank You. Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expression of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

    Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108. Thank You

    Thank you to the St John Baptist Society for their generous donations to our Parish Cemeteries and to our Youth Group.

    A MEMORIAL DONATION was received at Blessed Sacrament Parish for Marg Shivietz offered by Michael T. Shivieta. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a memorial donation in honor of Hilda Mallick from Barbara & Laura Olszow. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a memorial donation by Theodore & Helen Hanus Kyriacopoulas in memory of Theresa Kalinoski. Thank you!

    A very generous donation was received at Holy Cross Parish in memory of Ann Mooney .The flowers for our First Holy Communion Class were donated by Central Park Florists. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a very generous donation in memory of husband Michael Bibak, and father Joseph C. Kochis, offered by Mary Kochis Bibak, Children and Grandchildren.

    We gave Father Raj a happy send-off to India as we all waved and said our good byes from the front porch. Father Raj asked us to please thank everyone at the parish for their love, prayers and generosity.

    Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society recently purchased an AED unit for the Church, in case of a health emergency. Thank you Holy Name, and member Vince Lorent, for arranging the purchase through the Dickson City Community Ambulance which serves Throop Borough

    THANK YOU: A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL WHO PARTICPATED IN THIS YEAR’S Bible Camp. Thank you to Lindsey and Connie Wotanis who organized the event. See you all next year.

    THANK YOU- a memorial donation was made to Blessed Sacrament Parish in honor of Reggie Genievich by the Rinaldi Family.

    CHICKEN BBQ DINNER – APPRECIATION

    Thank you to all who made our Annual chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word of appreciation to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who helped with the set-up and clean-up, all who provided a themed basket, those who baked many of the homemade desserts, those who made so many various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. A special thank you to the members of Olyphant Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Without these men, we would not have a chicken barbeque .Thank you to the many local vendors who generously made a donation to the barbeque. Thank you to the volunteers that worked the day of the event and to all the Confirmation candidates who worked. And finally, thank you to all who supported the barbeque by purchasing dinner and raffle tickets and supporting the various stands at the barbeque.

    Thanks for Thanksgiving Generosity

    Once again, our clients benefit from your generosity!

    As the volunteer with responsibility for supplying and staffing the St. Paul Food Pantry at St. Clare Church, I am writing to express our gratitude for the Thanksgiving donation from your combined churches of more than 860 pounds of food! Given the evidence of increasing client need, it is, indeed, most welcome.

    We operate from the St. Clare Church basement on Friday afternoons, and would be happy to host any member who might like to see us “in action” or otherwise learn more about our services.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara Burkhouse

    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 CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

    THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

    in the Diocese of Scranton continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement by hosting a Retreat on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. This Golden Jubilee Retreat will be held at the Villa of Our Lady in Mount Pocono. The retreat will be led by Bob Valiante who is the overall Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Scranton. Bob will dynamically lead us to open our hearts to receive more of the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may more eagerly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus our Savior and live more fully and joyfully our life in the Spirit. Retreatants can commute for all or part of the retreat, or can stay overnight at The Villa. The main program will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and conclude at 8:00 PM on Saturday. The registration for the retreat includes three meals on Saturday. For additional information and registration details, contact the office of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, P.O. Box 3306, Scranton, PA 18505; phone 570-344-2214; or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    The People of Yes

    The irony is that many people think of us Catholics as people of No -- don’t do this, don’t do that. In reality we are the people of Yes -- yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion for the poor and suffering, yes to the solidarity and community that make us messengers of joy even in a valley of tears.
    - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, homily at Opening Mass of the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life

    The Social Concerns Committee

    The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament would like to thank all of the people that participated in the Giving Tree Project. It is because of your generosity that the children and adults receiving the gifts will have a Merry Christmas.

    The Ultimate Test of Greatness

    The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.
    - Saint John Paul II

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a one-time national collection be taken up in all parishes throughout the United States to support the completion of the mosaic adorning the central Trinity Dome of the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. The Basilica of the National Shrine is dedicated to Our Lady as Patroness of the Church in the United States.

    This national collection is scheduled for Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.

    There, you will see how he loves us.

    Look at his adorable face. Look at his glazed and sunken eyes. Look at his wounds. Look Jesus in the face. There, you will see how he loves us.
    ..St. Therese of Lisieux

    THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

    Readings: Luke 24: 13-35

    Acts 2: 14, 22-28

    1 Peter 1: 17-21

    Today’s Gospel begins on the afternoon of that miraculous Easter Sunday. Having just completed the observance of the Passover Sabbath, two disciples of Jesus (one identified as Cleopas) are making the seven-mile trip to the village of Emmaus. By identifying them as disciples, Luke is emphasizing that these two were more than just impartial observers of the events of Holy Week.

    Luke writes that their exchange was “lively” – we can well imagine! As well as anger at the great travesty of justice that had taken place, they must have felt emotionally shattered at what had befallen their revered Rabbi Jesus. The two are suddenly joined by a stranger who asks the subject of their “lively” conversation. The stranger then explains, to their astonishment, the why of each of the events of the past week. When they reach the village, the two disciples ask the stranger to stay with them. And, in the words from Luke’s Gospel that we have come to treasure, the two disciples “come to know (the Risen Christ) in the breaking of the bread.”

    Themes:

    ‘Bread blessed and broken’ for us.

    Luke’s Easter night story parallels our own experience of the Eucharist: Sometimes we come to the Lord’s table feeling angry, hurt, despairing, alone, but at this table, coming to “know him in the breaking of the bread,” we can experience the peace and presence of the Risen Christ.

    THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER READINGS

    Luke 24: 35-48 Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19 1 John 2: 1-5

    Today’s Gospel is Luke’s account of Jesus’ first post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples. The two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus have returned to Jerusalem to confirm the women’s story of the Resurrection. While they are excitingly telling their story, Jesus appears.

    Luke goes to great lengths in his Easter accounts to make clear that the Resurrection was not the fantasy of crazy zealots, nor is the Resurrection story a plot concocted by the disciples who somehow managed to spirit the body of Jesus away. (According to Luke’s account, the disciples themselves had not gone near the tomb themselves nor even expected any kind of “resurrection.”) In the details he presents here, Luke is countering the arguments forwarded to explain away the resurrection myth. There can be no mistake: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality – a reality in which all of the Scriptures – the law, the prophets and their writings – find their ultimate fulfillment.

    For Luke, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is realized in the way it “opens” one’s heart and mind to understand the deeper meaning of God’s Word and to fully embrace the Spirit of God. In our faith and trust in the Risen Christ, we become “witnesses” of the mercy and forgiveness of God.

    In his temple sermon (first reading), Peter gives witness to the mercy and forgiveness of God, inviting his Jewish hearers to embrace the life of the Servant Jesus, in whom the promises of their ancient faith are fulfilled.

    The writer of the first letter of John (second reading) also proclaims the mercy and forgiveness of God, reminding his community that in Jesus Christ we have before God a “just intercessor.”

    Learning to hope in Easter despite life’s many Good Fridays.

    “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy,” the novelist Pearl S. Buck wrote, “as much from illness as from health, as much from handicap as from advantage – and indeed, perhaps more.” Through dealing with life’s difficulties, disappointments and injustices we come to understand and appreciate what this gift of life is all about. In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus challenges his disciples – and us – to recall what he taught and what they had witnessed. The Easter miracle is God’s assurance that love and forgiveness, even in the most difficult situations, are never offered in vail; in learning to cope without losing hope, in learning from the painful realities of life and in accepting the lessons learned in God’s Spirit of humility and patience, we become capable of growth, re-creation, transformation – and resurrection.

    THIRD WEEK OF EASTER READINGS:

    Monday, April 20: Acts 6: 8 – 15 Jn 6 – 22 - 29

    Tuesday, April 21: Acts 7: 51 – 8:1a Jn 6:30 – 35

    Wednesday, April 22 Acts 8: 1b – 8 Jn 6:35 – 40

    Thursday, April 23: Acts 8:26 – 40 Jn 6:44 – 51

    Friday, April 24: Acts 9: 1 – 20 Jn 6:52 – 59

    Saturday, April 25: Saint Mark Evangelist 1 Pt 5:5b – 14 Mk 16: 15-20