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

Mass Times

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

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

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

Reconciliation

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

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

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

Latest Tweets

2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

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

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

CATHOLIC MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS:

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

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

Text To Give

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

Where we stand

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

2017 Financial Statements

Please call the office for your records.

Financial Statements for the 2017 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2017, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2017 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement for your donations please call the office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.

A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

Almighty God with you
There is no beginning and no end
For you are the origin and goal of all creation.
May this New Year which we dedicate to you
bring us abundant prosperity
and growth in holy living.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy
Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Amen.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Altar Flowers

October 29, 2017

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish last weekend were in memory of Ambrose Oravec offered by wife Helen Oravec. The flowers at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated by Joseph & Bonnie Poklemba & Family in memory of their parents Joseph & Rose Poklemba.

Baby Shower 2018

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament Parish will be hosting a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Admission is $15.00 or a comparable gift for St. Joseph’s. Come enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. RSVP by April 16, call 570-489-5125 or 570- 393-0710.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

BLESSED SACRAMENT FAMILY FESTIVAL

The Annual Family Festival at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop, will be Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th. Family Festival Bingo will be Sunday, August 19th.

Family Festival Planning Meeting: Wednesday, April 18th, 6:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

BLESSED SACRAMENT STICHERS

A special THANK YOU for the baby items you stitch for our newly baptized infants. May God continue to bless our newly baptized babies and our women for their continued generosity and work!

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HISTORY PROJECT

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HISTORY PROJECT MEETING, SATURDAY, MAY 19 AT 11:00 am PARISH HALL

In April of 2020, a little over 2 years away, an historical anniversary will occur. Blessed Sacrament Parish can trace its roots back to April 13, 1895, when the first Roman Catholics in the town of Throop officially organized. There is hope that the 125th Anniversary in April of 2020 can be celebrated by putting together a Coffee-Table Style Photo Book of the four former Parishes of Throop, and of Blessed Sacrament Parish (which was formed in December 2009). This project is in the preliminary stages. There will be a meeting Saturday, May 19 at 11 AM to gauge Parish interest. The Holy Name of Blessed Sacrament has graciously decided to support this undertaking. Everyone is welcome. Come and share your thoughts.

HOSPITALITY SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 9:30 AM MASS-

The Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament is happy to announce that they will provide refreshments, hard rolls and treats immediately following the 9:30 AM Liturgy on Sunday, April 22. The annual get-together for parishioners, children, friends, neighbors and strangers will be held outdoors by Our Heritage Monument. Remember the date!

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.

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.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES

Unexpected Pregnancy

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

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING

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

Confraternity of Christian Women

CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

Will hold their meeting on Sunday, April 8, 2:00 PM Kelley Hall. All are welcome.

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 FATHER RAJ!

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

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

COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

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

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

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

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This year, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Christmas because you’ve had your best Advent ever. Get ready for the best Christmas of your life! Sign-up – Go online: DynamicCatholic.com Best Advent Ever.

Easter Duty

All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year Pentecost Sunday is May 20.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Karla J. Stefanik, Frances Rencevicz, Incoronata ‘Grace’ DePietro, Rev. Robert Kelleher, Felix Oleniacz, Margaret Gaffney, Fred Magliocchi, Eleanor Huddy, Theresa Musyt, Mary Grady, Joseph Costello, Anthony Frushion, Mary Ann Antonik, Mary Ann Bisignani, Lena Ceccoli.

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

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will take place Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 6th at 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices. Please contact John Musyt or Rosemarie Liesiefsky if you have any questions about the dates or times of practices:

Sunday, April 29th – during class (both churches)

Tuesday, May 1—6 to 8 PM. Both churches

Thursday, May 3 – 6 to 8 PM Both churches

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.

Happy Easter!!!

He is risen.

Christian hope is not some kind of wishful thinking, far from it! Saint Peter said, “By his great mercy we have been born anew to living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).

We celebrate new life in Christ this Easter – in the newly initiated; in the hearts of those who have done the blessed work of Lent and come to Easter renewed; and in the lives of all those seeking a deeper relationship with and in the Risen Christ as that is experienced in community and family living.

Pope Francis reminds us: “This virtue of Hope…is hard to live. It is the smallest but strongest of the virtues. And our hope has a face: the face of the Risen Lord…The triumph of Jesus at the end of time will be the triumph of the Cross, the demonstration that the sacrifice of oneself for love of neighbor, in initiation of Christ, is the only victorious power, the only stable point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the word.”

This Easter Season we celebrate the hope which is ours in the Risen Christ. We pray that we will persevere, especially in the daily difficulties we experience.

Renewing our Baptismal promises we respond resoundingly “I Do” to questions asked: Do you Reject Darkness, Sin, Satan “I Do”, Do you Believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit “I Do”.

May, we pray O Gracious God, our Easter response echo in living Easter hope each and every day. Alleluia!

Blessed, Happy Easter to one and all.

Monsignor Delaney

EASTER SUNDAY, LIVING IN THE SCHOOL OF HOPE

“I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be Not Afraid”. ……… St. John Paul II

CATHOLIC PRAYER AT EASTER

Lord, the Resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope.

Help us to live as new people, in pursuit of the Christian ideal.

Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

(Source: New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

“THE GREAT GIFT OF EASTER IS HOPECHRISTIAN HOPE WHICH MAKES US HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN GOD, IN HIS ULTIMATE TRIUMPH, AND IN HIS GOODNESS AND LOVE, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHAKE.” ……….Cardinal Basil Home

HELP US REACH OUR ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH GOAL

Holy Cross Parish is at 98.2%; only $903 still needed. We are grateful to the 319 parishioners who supported the 2017 Annual Appeal. IF you have not given your support, please:

• Call the Development Office at 570-207-2250 to make a pledge or give a gift by credit card

• Mail a check to the Diocesan Appeal Office at 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

• Give online at www.DioceseofScranton.org Our parish is reimbursed 75% for any gifts made to the Appeal in excess of our Appeal goal. Every donation counts!! If you have not pledged, please.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration Hours are Available

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held in St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish from Monday at 8:30 AM until Friday at 6:00 PM. If you would like to experience a peaceful hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, there are open hours: Monday 10:00 AM, Tuesday 11:00 AM and Thursday 7:00 AM. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION/BENEDICTION

Tuesday, April 24th; 6:30 PM Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. Join us in the Easter Season before the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord for prayer and reflection.

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.

CHURCH CLEAN-UP

- Monday, April 30th, 6:00 PM Holy Cross volunteers are requested to help some highly motivated members of the Confraternity of Christian Women for Spring cleaning! Come help! Confirmation candidates and/or others looking for service projects are most welcome.

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.

How to Make a Good Confession

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

Going to Confession:

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

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

IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PASTORAL HOSPITAL VISITS

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

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

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

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

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

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

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

Know a Marriage That Needs Help

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

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. .

MARY ANN BISIGNANI

A death is not the extinguishingt of a light, but the puttting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.

Saint Paul reminds us: “That at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend in the heavens and on the earth; and every tongue proclaim, to the glory of God the Father that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.”

After living a life proclaiming that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, Mary Ann was called home to God’s love on April 3rd, on the Octave of Easter. Mary Ann worked tirelessly and spent her life selflessly for our parishes for twenty years.

Born in Jessup, Mary Ann Bisignani was the daughter of the late Helen Jakunski and Geremia (Frank) Galli. Mary Ann loved serving the Gospel as a member of our parish staff and shared her faith and creativity on many committees as well as carrying the Lord to God’s people as an extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Her talents were shared participating in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton. She believed deeply in the love God has for us and in the power of prayer, always remembering the needs of those around her.

We ask the kindness of your prayers for Mary Ann’s family and those who love her, especially her husband Richard (married 59 years) and children: Kathryn Tomsofsky and husband Paul; Richard (Ricky); Maria Harrell and Ron, and Dr. Lynn Mailloux and Brian as well as her treasured grandchildren: Christian, Morgan, Nicole, MaCayla, Parker and Sean; and her sisters Gerri Dunda and Nancy Casama and brother frank Galli, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Ann Bisignani, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

MASS CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

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

Memorial /Honor Candles

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

March 11, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of William Whiteman offered by wife, Eleanor.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Stanley Laskowski & Frank Stine offered by Robert & Ann Marie Stine and Family.

March 18, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Rocco L. DePietro offered by Wife Rosemary, Children & Grandchildren.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Frank “Butch” Giedieviells offered by Wife Shirley, Son Michael and Family.

March 25, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of the deceased members of the Boland & Gallagher Families offered by John, Debbie & Rachel Wargo.

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

April 1, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Peter & Mary Squirlock and Deceased Children offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of the Deceased Members of the Kowalski & Zaluski Families offered by Marion Kowalski & Children.

April 8, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Nancy Lally Kolcharno offered by the Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Karen Kowalski offered by Theresa Zaluski & Marion Kowalski & Family.

April 15, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Charles & Anna Misiura offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Irene Zukowski offered by Granddaughter Tina Zukowski.

Monthly Visitations

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

Movie Night

The Boy In the Striped Pajamas

MOVIE NIGHT: Thursday, April 19th, 6:00 PM Kelley Hall: “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas”

Based on the best-selling novel, “The Boy In The Striped Pajamas” is the tale of curious 8 year old Bruno. Bored in his new home, Bruno wanders off into the nearby woods where he discovers an unusual fence, behind which is a boy strangely dressed in “black and white pajamas.” Bruno embarks on a most unusual friendship with the boy, one that proves both ordinary and remarkable, both inspiring and tragic. PG13 94 minutes.

“Yom Shoah” or Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on Thursday, April 12th. We show this film to highlight our responsibility to both remember and learn from the past and to live our Catholic faith removing any and all anti-Semitism from our lives, honoring each person’s dignity as cherished children of our loving Father.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, DUNMORE NEW BIBLE STUDY “Becoming A Living Witness”

will be an eight-session program running On Thursdays beginning April 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and continue each Thursday through May 31 in the parish rectory. If you would like to sign up, please call the parish office at 570-346-7429.

on Friday, April 20 at Fiorelli’s Catering, Main Street, Peckville. The theme for this year is “Paris”. Hundreds of beautiful baskets will be raffled this year! Doors open at 4:30 PM for preview and dinner at 6:00 PM. Adult tickets are $30.00 each and children’s tickets are $20.00 for children age 14 and under. Please call 570-489-2010 or visit our LaSalle Academy page on Facebook. Tickets will not be sold at the door. We hope to see you there!!

CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PETER PASTA DINNER

will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM at The Green Ridge Club, 1645 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Take-out orders will be available from 11:00 AM to Noon. The dinner will feature pasta with marinara sauce, pasta with vodka blush sauce, pasta with broccoli and garlic, meatballs, sausage, salad, roll, butter and dessert. A cash bar is available. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for children. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged. You may obtain your tickets at the parish office, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton or online at www.atpeterscathedrsal.org. For information please call 570-344-7231.

MARY, MOTHER OF GOD PARISH

will sponsor a pasta take out night at Natale’s Restaurant, 1016 Tripp Street, Scranton on May 8 from 4 to 7 PM. This dinner is take-out only. Dinners include Penne pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert. Tickets will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under 10. This will be an advance ticket only event. Please call 570- 342-4881 for more information.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS NEW YORK YANKES

THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 10729 Jessup/Peckville will be sponsoring a bus trip on Saturday, June 2 to Camden Yards in Baltimore to see a baseball game between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles. There will be time to visit the Inner Harbor before the game. Cost is $95.00 per person. For More information call John Bogdanovicz at 489-0023 or Bob Wasilchak 383-0347.

HOLY GHOST BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH, JESSUP will hold a Mega Bucks Bingo

on Friday, May 4. Doors open at 4:30 PM, games begin at 6:30 PM. Cost is $50.00 for entry. Free hot dogs, chips and soda. Reservations required. Call Barbara at 570- 489-2545.

MID VALLEY CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE

will meet April 12 at 5:30 PM, Senior Center, Grant Street, Olyphant. New members are welcome. Call T. Emmett 570-489-5806.

“COMEDY NIGHT”

April 14 sponsored by Holy Cross High School Parent Club, 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore. Doors open at 5:30 PM. Admission is $25.00, advance reservations only, and this includes three separate comedy acts, dinner buffet, beer and nonalcoholic beverages, desserts and door prizes. Must be 21 to attend. For tickets or information contact Holy Cross High School at 570-346-7541.

JOB POSTING- Congregation of the Sisters, I.H.M. has the following position available for: Per Diem Maintenance Worker, evenings and weekends.

The candidate will be on site for events that occur at night or on the weekend. Position requires general maintenance skills for set up and breakdown of event rooms. Additional duties will include trash removal, clean up, security checks and general maintenance of buildings and grounds. Candidates may apply to: IHM Human Resources Department, Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509; 570-330-8644.

CHRIST IS HERE, COME AND SEE

4TH Annual Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday, May 5, 2018 at King’s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Registration/Breakfast 7:00 AM; speakers, lunch, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass-8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Register online at www.BeAManConference.com Or call the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 570-207-2213.

MARK THE DATE: “REFRESH YOUR FAITH”

1st Annual Women’s Conference, Saturday, June 23rd at the Byron Center, University of Scranton. Nationally known speakers, prayer and a day to be filled with faith, hope and joy. For more information go to www.dioceseofscranton.org/catholic-womensconference

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR

is a great opportunity to meet representatives from numerous colleges and universities. The sessions will help students and parents become familiar with the Application Review Process, College Selection Process and Financial Aid. Tuesday, April 10, starting time 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM.

THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

Will be celebrating a Regional Prayer Meeting on Monday, April 9, at 7:30 PM and all are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held at Queen of Apostles Hall, 715 Hawthorne Street, Avoca. There will be praise and worship with our combined music ministry, a witness and teaching. Please come and join in the celebration of the Love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit!

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR will sponsor a bus trip to Sight & Sound Theatre to see “Jesus,”

Tuesday, May 15. The bus will leave at 7:30 AM from Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Avenue, Scranton and return at 7:00 PM. The cost is $105.00 per person which includes transportation via a video bus with on board restroom, light refreshments served on the bus and balcony section ticket. All guests must be able to walk from the parking lot to the theatre. Guests may use a walker to enter the theatre, however walkers are not permitted on the elevator to the balcony area. They will need to be checked at the door. Canes are permitted. Following the show, guests will stop for lunch at a restaurant near the theatre.

To make reservations please contact Jackie Galvin at 570-343-4065 by Tuesday, April 17.

PARISH TRIP TO BALTIMORE & WASHINGTON, DC

Join Msgr. Pratico and the parishioners of St. Mary’s, Dickson City May 29 -31 on a parish trip to Baltimore & Washington, DC, 3 days and 2 nights. Trip includes transportation, tour the sites in Washington DC, visit the Baltimore Inner Harbor, Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 2 nights at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, evening reception at a cost of $495.00. A deposit of $150.00 per person is required at the time of reservation. Call the parish office at 570-489-2091.

All You Can Eat Egg, Pancake and Sausage Breakfast

THROOP HOSE CO. #1, 512 Center Street, Throop will hold an all you can eat egg, pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, April 15. Serving 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Adults $7.00, children 10 and under $3.00. For tickets call Dave Benson at 570-383-1019, Ralph Obelinas at 570-489-9782 or any hose company member.

SENIOR ALERT PROGRAM-PROPER MEDICATION DISPOSAL PRESENTATION

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 for proper disposal, medication take back sites and implementation of local programs and national events. Throop Neighborhood Watch Association, Throop Civic Center, 500 Sanderson Street, Throop. Prizes, food, refreshments and giveaways. Registration for the event please contact Trudy 570-489-7076.

DIOCESE OF SCRANTON:

All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:00 PM. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Chrism Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese. For reserved seating please call Diane Franklin in the Office for Parish Life 570-207-2213 ext. 1103 or email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

TELESPOND SENIOR SERVICES, INC. “SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM”

Do you know that Telespond offers a no-cost program to help qualified older adults who want to remain independent in their own homes as long as possible? This is a FREE service to residents of Lackawanna County! Do you need a friend, someone to talk to who really cares? Are you homebound or unable to manage completely on your own? Would you like us to provide short periods of relief to primary caregivers? “We are here to help you!” For more information call Kathy Coyne at 570-347-7911.

MCDADE/CHICHILLA APARTMENTS

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

WEDDING ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2018 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 10. The event includes a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through the parish office 570-489-0752 and should be made before March 12.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FAMILY HISTORY?

The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (NEPGS) has many available resources which can aid in your genealogical quest. From books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, city records, church records, cemetery records and family histories, we have a wide range of material on various topics related to genealogy and local history. NEPGS in partnership with the Diocese of Scranton is digitizing parish records in eleven northeastern Pennsylvania counties. The project which began in May 2016, reached a milestone in October 2017 with the 250th church/parish completed!

Address: 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, PA 18706. NEPGS is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization and is open to the public. Hours of operation: Thursdays from 10 AM to 7 PM. Also open the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM. When you visit the society, volunteer staff can answer questions about the use of the Digital Collections. Contact- 570-829-1765.

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CHURCH BINGO

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

SILVER CIRCLE

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

United Neighborhood Center Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center

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

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

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

The Call to Carmel

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

MONDAY NIGHT BINGO

At Visitation BVM Parish Center

In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

Progressive Jackpot

Admission Package includes 27 Games!

Prize of $100 per game!

$150 prize for specials!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

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

Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

McDonnell Family Fundraiser

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

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

Marywood University Aphasia Group

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

McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

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

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

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

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

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

Altar Bread Department

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

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

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

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

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

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

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

First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

March 11, 2018

Congratulations Benjamin James Penzone son of James & Judith Penzone, Brady Edward Galli son of Robert & Jessica Galli, Jiovanni Acosta Bonaddio son of Joniel Acosta-Gonzalez & Kierstyn Bonaddio 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.

March 18, 2018

Congratulations Cecilia Josephine Lombardo, daughter of Jacqueline Lombardo 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.

March 25, 2018

Congratulations Cora Jane Reynolds, daughter of Thomas and Leanne Reynolds who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

April 15, 2018

Congratulations Jordan Michael Waters son of Tyler & Alicia Waters and Michael William Passero son of Michael Passero & Jessica Romeo 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.

November 19, 2017

READINGS: Matthew 25: 14-30

Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

The “measure” of Christ’s judgement in the world to come is made clear in the parable of the talents (Gospel). The Lord will judge us according to how well we have used the “talents” and gifts every one of us has been given. The greater the “capital” we have been given, the greater God’s expectations.

The First Testament Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, collected over a period of 500 years from sources throughout the world. Today’s first reading, from the final chapter of Proverbs, is part of a poem envisioning the ideal wife as wisdom in action: a woman of prayer, of loving service to her family and of charity to all. Read in the light of today’s Gospel, it is a portrait of the faithful servant of God.

More important to Paul is not the exact time of the Lord’s return in the future but the attitude of expectation we must adopt in the present. Paul exhorts the Christian community at Thessolonica, (today’s second reading) to remember that they have been called, in baptism, to live in the daylight of knowledge and hope in the Risen Christ. We do not live in fear but in joyful expectation of his return at the end of time.

THEMES:

The ‘stewardship’ of talent and ability. Every one of us possesses some degree of talent, ability and skill. The “talents” we possess have been “entrusted” to us by the “Master.” Jesus teaches in today’s Gospel that our place in the reign of God will depend on our stewardship of those gifts from God. The “good wife” in today’s reading from Proverbs and the two industrious servants of the Gospel are successes in God’s eyes because their lives are of benefit to others. Their greatness will be exalted by God. But those servants who cannot see beyond themselves, who squander their talents, who use their talents irresponsibly for personal profit or self-gratification, are useless and will have no share in the joy of God’s reign.

OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

In Observance of Thanksgiving, the Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23nd and Friday, November 24th. The office will reopen on Monday, November 27th at 9:00 a.m. If the services of a priest are needed, please call the Parish Office and leave a message. One of the priests will return your call as soon as possible.

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.

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

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

PRAYER FOR UNBORN CHILDREN

Choose Life

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 PM Holy Hour/Adoration/Benediction

Join us as we lift up in prayer our faith in the holiness of all life, the dignity of each woman person created in the image and likeness of God. January 22nd marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States. We earnestly pray for the safty of all unjborn children, for all expectant Moms and their families, and that the love of God will touch and transform human hearts to be dedicated to care for, treasur and cherish every man, woman and child from conception until natural death.

READY, SET, BRUSH CAMPAIGN

Ready, Set, Brush

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Maura C. Burns, a University of Scranton pre-dental student and co-founder of Ready, Set, Brush is working with our Social Concerns Committee collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. during the month of February. Items collected will be distributed to local charities such as the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center. Collection boxes will be placed in the vestibules of both parishes.

Religious Education News

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

Classes on Sunday:
Holy Cross 9:20 AM dismiss at 10:25 AM;
Blessed Sacrament 10:30 AM dismiss 11:45 AM.

NO CLASSES ON EASTER SUNDAY.

BIBLE STUDY

- Monday, April 23rd, 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall, Holy Cross, Olyphant. Please note evening time. We will be looking at the readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter (4/29/18) in order to experience the Sunday readings in a deeper way. Join us!

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL, DUNMORE NEW BIBLE STUDY “Becoming A Living Witness”

will be an eight-session program running On Thursdays beginning April 12 from 6:30 to 8:00 PM and continue each Thursday through May 31 in the parish rectory. If you would like to sign up, please call the parish office at 570-346-7429.

on Friday, April 20 at Fiorelli’s Catering, Main Street, Peckville. The theme for this year is “Paris”. Hundreds of beautiful baskets will be raffled this year! Doors open at 4:30 PM for preview and dinner at 6:00 PM. Adult tickets are $30.00 each and children’s tickets are $20.00 for children age 14 and under. Please call 570-489-2010 or visit our LaSalle Academy page on Facebook. Tickets will not be sold at the door. We hope to see you there!!

MARK THE DATE: “REFRESH YOUR FAITH”

1st Annual Women’s Conference, Saturday, June 23rd at the Byron Center, University of Scranton. Nationally known speakers, prayer and a day to be filled with faith, hope and joy. For more information go to www.dioceseofscranton.org/catholic-womensconference

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL COLLEGE FAIR

is a great opportunity to meet representatives from numerous colleges and universities. The sessions will help students and parents become familiar with the Application Review Process, College Selection Process and Financial Aid. Tuesday, April 10, starting time 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM.

CHRIST IS HERE, COME AND SEE

4TH Annual Catholic Men’s Conference Saturday, May 5, 2018 at King’s College, Scandlon Physical Education Center, 149 North Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. Registration/Breakfast 7:00 AM; speakers, lunch, Eucharistic Adoration, Mass-8:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Register online at www.BeAManConference.com Or call the Diocesan Pastoral Center at 570-207-2213.

CATCH OUR SPIRIT

As families register their students for the upcoming year, consider becoming an Academic Angel! Your contribution is an investment in a child’s future…the outcomes speak for themselves. Our schools offer an instructional environment that challenges the mind, while inspiring and strengthening the spirit. Please consider supporting our students for the 2018-19 school year. You can designate the gift as a memorial or as an honor for someone special; you can also select a particular school to receive your gift, or allow us to allocate it to the area with the greatest need. Contributions can be sent to the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

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

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office 570-207-2246

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.

BOLD CHOICES RETREAT

Finding Your Passion & Living It Fully Young adults (18-35) are invited to attend this Retreat at Saint Gabriel’s Retreat Center, Clarks Summit, January 5 - 6. The 24 hour retreat will include presentations and interactive sessions on prayer making choices based in faith, finding your passion the art of discernment, small group discussion and more. Cost is $65.00. For more information and/or to register, visit vocations.dioceseofscranton.org or call 570-207-1452.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL FRIENDS OF THE CRUSADERS will hold “A Night At The Races”

Saturday, February 3, 2018, 501 E. Drinker Street, Dunmore. Basket preview/raffle sales 5:00 PM, doors open 5:30 PM, Post Time 7:00 PM. Admission is $15.00. Includes a complimentary Gourmet Buffet and refreshments throughout the evening. You must be 21 years of age to attend. Reservation Deadline is January 8, 2018.

SUPPORT OUR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

#GivingTuesday is a movement which celebrates and supports giving back to charities and non-profits. This year Diocesan Catholic Schools will participate in #GivingTuesday with a campaign beginning in October and ending on November 28, the official #GivingTuesday. At each one of our 20 schools, there is a gift opportunity for a unique project the school would like to have funded. For more information, or to make a gift to a specific school, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/DOSCatholicSchoolsGivin gTuesday2017.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN (VIRTUS)

A training for adults in the Protecting God’s Children program will take place on Monday, February 19, beginning at 6:00 PM at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow. 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. For more information: Heather- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2:00 PM, BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HALL:

“ Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome. Join us as we come to know Christ and unpack the great gift of the Scriptures all will hear proclaimed this upcoming Sunday, November 12, the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON will host an Open House

for prospective students and their families on 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.

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.’

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 COMMITTEE will meet on Monday, April 16 at 6:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Events

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament Parish will be hosting a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Admission is $15.00 or a comparable gift for St. Joseph’s. Come enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. RSVP by April 16, call 570-489-5125 or 570- 393-0710.

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

Readings: Matthew 25: 31-46

Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17

1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28

Matthew’s is the only description of the Last Judgement in any of the Gospels. It is Jesus’ last discourse recorded by Matthew before the events of the Passion begin to unfold. In the vision he presents in this Gospel, Christ is the king who sits in judgement “as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.” Mercy and charity will be the standards for determining one’s entry into the future kingdom of God.

The People of Israel, exiled from their homeland and living in servitude under the Babylonians, cry out for a king to lead them. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel offers an oracle of consolation and hope: God will no longer entrust his people to evil and incompetent leaders, but will himself look after and “tend” his chosen and faithful people. The theme of personal responsibility of one’s life (a major teaching of Ezekiel) and the judgement between one “sheep” and another reflect today’s Gospel description of the Last Judgement.

Some of the Corinthians are denying the resurrection of the dead, apparently because of their inability to imagine how any king of bodily existence could be possible after death. Paul addresses this issue in chapter 15 of his first letter to the Corinthians. In the verses that make up today’s second reading, Paul praises Christ as the “first fruits” of the Resurrection – the triumphant, living Christ represents the promise that is the future of all the faithful. The Risen Christ who has vanquished death now reigns over all forever.

Themes:

The Risen Christ in the ‘disguise’ of nameless poor. Christ the Shepherd-King clearly and unequivocally identifies himself with the poor. Our “greatness” lies in our ability to reach beyond ourselves to bring justice, peace and reconciliation into the lives of everyone.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta put today’s Gospel theme so succinctly when she said: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat…I was naked and you clothed me…I was homeless and you took me in.’

Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love; naked not only of clothing – but naked of human dignity and respect; homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection. This is Christ in distressing disguise.”

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!

HOLY WEEK APPRECIATION

Many thanks to the numerous people who worked so hard to prepare for our various Hoy Week services; the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Lectors, Altar Servers, Adult Altar Servers, Sacristans, members of our Music Ministry, Ushers, Church Cleaners, those who helped decorate the churches, maintenance and secretarial staff. What a beautiful job once again! Also a word of appreciation to the Chicken Bar-B-Que Committee from Holy Cross Parish and the Family Festival Committee from Blessed Sacrament Parish for purchasing the chocolate crosses for the children.

My personal thank you for the great support, many prayers, the cards, Easter treats and the generosity of the members of our parishes. Your kindness is overwhelming and most humbling. It is a real joy to serve the Lord in the company of such wonderful disciples ……….Msgr. Delaney

FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-INS:

Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers last 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!

BLESSED SACRAMENT STICHERS

A special THANK YOU for the baby items you stitch for our newly baptized infants. May God continue to bless our newly baptized babies and our women for their continued generosity and work!

THANK YOU! Holy Cross Parish has received a generous donation for Easter from St. Ludmila Society, Branch 108, FCSLA.

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

has received a generous donation from the Knights of Columbus, Olyphant Council 1095. Thank you for your generosity.

BLESSED SACRAMENT

has received a donation in memory of Joseph L. & Ann Rudzinski and for the Rudzinski & Peko Families from Leon, Stephen and Robert Rudzinski. Thank you!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU FROM HOLY CROSS PARISH, HOLY GHOST CEMETERY AND THE YOUTH GROUP to St. John the Baptist Society for the generous gifts given to the Parish.

APPRECIATION FOR CHURCH DECORATIONS

A word of deep appreciation to Mary DeSales, Margaret and Patricia Walsh who spent several hours this past weekend decorating the Holy Cross Sanctuary with a wide array of vegetables and produce. This is their 35th year decorating the church in this way. What a beautiful display and a great reminder of the many blessings we have received from God!

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH

has received a generous donation in memory of the Chorba, Mezick, and Gambal Families from James & Mary Mezick. Thank 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.

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

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE NEWS

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

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

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

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

THERESE B. PEKO REQUIESCAT IN PACE

On Monday, January 9th, our Merciful Father called his devoted daughter, our sister and friend, Therese Peko, home to eternal life.

Therese began her service to the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in 1948, 70 years ago, continuing to share her gentle spirit and gifts with the people of our community after the consolidation of parishes until very recently.

Therese was born in Throop, daughter of the late Stephen and Tessi Lewandowski Peko, she was a graduate of Throop High School and attended classes at Marywood College. She served our parish with exemplary commitment and devotion as parish secretary, organist, companion and dear friend. She leaves us with an extraordinary model of faith and service for us to follow.

As we mourn her passing, we pray for her sister Estelle Hanis and her brother Henry Peko and for her many nieces and nephews. Therese was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers: Ceil Borden, Ann Rudzinski, Stepheny McCurl, Martha Mallas, Stanley, Stephen, Chester and Gene Peko. After sharing 70 years of love and service to our parish, we pray…..Eternal rest grant unto Therese Peko, O Lord.

“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” ………St. John Chrysostom

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

Too Busy to Pray

Too Busy to Pray?

If we are too busy to pray, maybe we are just too busy. In today's world many people are busy doing good and necessary things. Accomplishing primary tasks instead of dwelling on secondary ones is a matter of setting our priorities aright. Jesus set the example as he withdrew from the crowds to pray and commune with his heavenly Father. "But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (Luke 5:15-16 NASB). Surely, preaching and healing the sick were good and necessary pursuits; but despite the clamor of the crowds, Jesus often forsook them for a higher priority, prayer.

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UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

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

VISITING ANOTHER CHURCH

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

Vote November 3rd

Be sure to Vote November 6th

DON’T FORGET TO VOTE NOVEMBER 3rd

Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

This Lent are you looking to attend daily Mass? Daily Mass is celebrated as follows at our neighboring parishes:

Christ the King Parish

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon
  • St. Mary’s Church, Eynon – Thursdays at 7:15 and 12:00 noon

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

  • Monday thru Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 12 noon

Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

  • St. James Church – Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m.5:30 pm on Friday with stations

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

  • Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm on Friday with stations

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL

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

WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS!

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

Welcome to New Parishoners

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

What is unique or different about the way Catholics read and are exposed to the Bible

Catholics are exposed to Scripture primarily through the Sunday readings from a book known as the Lectionary. The Lectionary is a book of selected passages from the Bible set in the context of a liturgical season, such as Advent, Lent, or Ordinary Time. There are four readings assigned to any Sunday: the first reading (usually from the Old Testament), the responsorial psalm, the second reading (usually from a New Testament letter), and the Gospel reading.

These readings together give them a new context. The selected readings relate to one another in a unique manner that is not present in the Bible text itself. In close proximity to each other, these readings now have the opportunity to converse with each other in a way that would have not been possible before. A homilist pays attention to all four readings, preparing a reflection that speaks of this conversation among the readings. Thus, the homily can be a good way of connecting the readings, enabling us to zero in on what this unique combination of God's word has to say to us this particular Sunday. Next time that you celebrate Sunday liturgy, prepare by reading the Scripture ahead of time and see how this new relationship among the readings addresses and challenges you to be a better Christian here and now.

Youth Group News

Youth Group News

CHRISTIANS IN ACTION (Youth Group)

Our linked-parish youth group will meet on Sunday, January 15 at 5:00 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant.

Come join us as we begin a new year of activities, service projects and events. All are most welcome.