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

Mass Times

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

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

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

Reconciliation

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

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

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

Latest Tweets

2019 Mass Intention Book to Open

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

ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

Altar Flowers

Flowers

October 13, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Chester P. Tracewski Jr., offered by Wife Barbara, Son, and Family.

October 20, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Ambrose Oravec, offered by Wife, Helen.

November 10, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Bernadette Lapera, requested by the Rusnak Family.

ALTAR SERVER

Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes invite all young people who are currently in 3rd grade and older to consider becoming altar servers. It is a great honor to assist at the altar as we celebrate the Mass together.

When: Wednesday, September 11; Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. Deacon John Musyt will conduct the training sessions. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross.

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED AT BLESSED SACRAMENT AND HOLY CROSS PARISHES

Have you ever thought about serving the Lord at the Altar during Mass? Would you like to help lead the people of your parish in prayer? Are you in the 3rd grade or older? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a good candidate for the ministry of being an Altar Server. Deacon Musyt will be conducting a training session for new altar servers on Wednesday November 20th and Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm at Holy Cross Parish. Interested servers must attend both practice sessions.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

MASS INTENTIONS

We remember members of our Parishes who have died (October 2018 – October 2019) in this past year.

Mass of Remembrance:

Saturday, November 9, Blessed Sacrament, 5:30pm Mass

Following the Mass of Remembrance, all are invited to share memories, conversation, friendship and light refreshments in the parish hall.

All parishioners are invited to attend this Mass and support those who have lost a family member this year.

HOLY NAME SOCIETY MEETING

Meeting will be Sunday November 10th at 6:00pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish.

BLESSED SACRAMENT ANNUAL PARISH FAMILY CHRISTMAS CAROLING

Sunday, December 15th at 3:00pm. We will meet in the vestibule of the church. All are invited to come and get some Christmas spirit – no singing experience required. Sign-up sheets are located at Church entrances for both caroling or if you would like a short visit. Refreshments will be available after caroling courtesy of The Family Festival.

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH PICTORIAL HISTORY BOOK FAITH 1895-2020 DEADINE THIS FRIDAY/PAYMENT NEEDED

A hard-cover coffee-table style book with a pictorial history of the formation of Blessed Sacrament Parish is being finished. The 56 page book includes short histories along with photos of the four former parishes in Throop, also includes the establishment of Blessed Sacrament. The cost of the book is expected to be around $90.00 plus postage. The hope is to have the book ready for Christmas gift-giving. This will be a one time order with the deadline fast approaching, with payment needed by this Friday, November 1 at Noon. This is not a fundraiser. The price that the book company is charging to make the book, plus postage, is the price you will pay. Contact Joseph Butash at 570- 489-4515 to order.

10th ANNUAL BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME COMMUNION BREAKFAST

will be held on Sunday, December 1; 9:30 AM Mass and breakfast and program afterwards in the Parish Hall.

A reminder that all Parishioners 75 years old and up, along with all Altar-Servers, their parents or guardians, are invited (free) to attend as guests of the Holy Name. Please call Artie Philipp Jr. at 570-840-1283 or Joseph Butash at 570-489-4515 for tickets. We want to celebrate the fact that come April 2020, it will be 125 years that Roman Catholics have been organized in the town. We want to get a number of attendees as soon as we can, so please call Artie or Joe. Also service hours will be available for young people before, during and after the Breakfast. The Breakfast is open to all.

We are celebrating the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Scranton with Deacon Matt Lorent and Deacon John Musyt who both have families that have extensive roots in the Catholic Church of Throop. Deacon Matt will deliver the homily at the Mass and speak to those gathering for breakfast

Breakfast Set-Up -Friday November 29th 6:00pm. Volunteers are welcome

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!

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.

CEMETERY REGULATIONS – OLYPHANT & THROOP

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

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

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

Confraternity of Christian Women

CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

will hold their meeting on November 2, 2:00 PM at Kelley Hall. All are welcome to attend.

THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is seeking new members!

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

COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

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

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

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

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL 2019

SERVING IN FAITH WITH HOPE AND GRATITUDE

“We are able to help so many people in need because of your generosity.

As we reflect on our Catholic faith, may we open our hearts to be filled with God’s grace and mercy and so enable us to reflect in our lives the theme of this year’s Annual Appeal –

Serving in Faith with Hope and Gratitude.”

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.l.

Bishop of Scranton


From Youth retreats to Pre-Cana Marriage Preparation, Men’s and Women’s Convocations to Catechesis Camp and Lay Ministry certifications, the actual cost to participants for programs offered by the Office for Parish Life is offset with funds from the Annual Appeal. For a complete list of offerings visit DioceseofScranton.org/parish-life.

The goal for Holy Cross is $50,000.00. To date we have raised $32,135.38. The goal for Blessed Sacrament is $17,000.00. To date we have raised $16,105.00. Your donation truly matters. Call 570-207-2250, or give online at AnnualAppeal.org.

Be a minister of God’s hope and love…Help us reach our Parish Appeal goal.

Our Annual Appeal begins in September. New in 2019:

• More direct support to parishes for Social Justice Grants and New Faith Formation Grants

• Increased support for Catholic Social Services

• Opportunity to designate your Appeal gift to the ministry of your choice

• Unique videos featuring parishioners and clergy showing the Appeal at work in your region Gifts to the 2018 Appeal touched thousands of lives:

• 4,143 Families served in Catholic Social Services Food and Clothing Pantries

• 104 Retired & Ill Priests Received Care

• 12 Seminarians receiving tuition and living expenses

• 44 Parishes using Social Justice Grants to serve countless families

• 118 Parishes receiving support in all aspects of Parish Life

• 16,555 Nights of shelter and Support

• 15,000 Children in Religious Education and 4,500 in Catholic Schools.

Share your blessings. Give to the Appeal. Gifts to the Appeal support Diocesan ministries and will not be used to defray legal fees or fund the Survivors Compensation Program.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Michael Pasko, Victoria Jenkins, Stephen Verespy and Elizabeth Tabor, Genevieve “Jane” Tomaszewski, James ‘Jimbo’ Conlon, Donna Shipley, Andrew M. Polovitch, Carl “Carby” Kulwanoski.

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

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTER OF HOLY COMMUNION

The distribution of Communion during Mass and taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick are essential ministries in the community. Training for new Eucharistic Ministers will take place on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 PM. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for candidates from both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes.

FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS

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

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

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

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

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Cycle C

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

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

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

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

Background on the Gospel Reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

GIVING TREE

Christmas Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be filled with Christmas gift suggestions on Saturday, November 23 at both parishes. Please consider taking a tag and purchasing a Christmas gift to help a child who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present. This drive is coordinated by the Social Concerns Committee and the gifts are donated to Catholic Social Services for distribution. All gifts are due back by DECEMBER 9. Thank you for your generosity in making someone’s Christmas brighter.

HOLY CROSS & BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR SERVERS, LECTORS, EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

An important reminder! With summer vacations upon us, it is easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve. Holy Cross, call the rectory to inform us that you will be away. Blessed Sacrament please call Karen Doyle who is now doing the mass schedule for Blessed Sacrament. Thank you for your service.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish

THANKGIVING EVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday November 27th at 7:00pm
Holy Cross Parish
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant

Please join with Christian communities throughout the Mid Valley as we celebrate our gratitude to God for all of his blessings. The collection taken at this service will go directly to the Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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: Tuesday 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 AM. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489- 8816.

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

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

FINAL WEEKEND TO PURCHASE TICKETS

This is the last weekend to purchase lottery tickets for Holy Cross’s December Lottery. All returns are due Monday, November 25th. Thank you for your generosity and support.

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.

HURRICANE DORIAN

As Hurricane Dorian continues to impact the southern United States, you may have already seen some of the heartbreaking images from the Bahamas. We pray for our Bahamian brothers and sisters who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. We ask our Lord to be with the responders and rescue crews and that all those in harm’s way be given the help they need.

If any of our parishioners are looking for ways to help, donations are being accepted by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.

Online donations for catholic Relief Services can be made at https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian and Catholic Charities USA at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1snqm. Thank you for your consideration in promoting this humanitarian response. ………Msgr. Muldowney

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.

LITURGICAL MINISTRIES PREPARATION ALTAR SERVER

Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes invite all young people who are currently in 3rf grade and older to consider becoming altar servers. It is a great honor to assist at the altar as we celebrate the Mass together.

When: Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. Deacon John Musyt will conduct the training sessions.

MARK YOU CALENDAR-30TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PROJECT

Where: St. Francis Kitchen

When: Saturday, December 14; 1 to 2:30 PM

Youth ministry groups and confirmation candidates gather to fill some 200 shoe boxes with toiletries to be distributed to guests coming to St. Francis Kitchen on Christmas Day. A great opportunity for service and for our young people to see what happens at St. Francis Kitchen. We’ve been tasked to collect 100 Liquid Body Wash bottles to bring with us. Please drop off Body Wash containers in the entrances of our parishes.

MARRIAGE CONVALIDATION

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

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

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

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

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

MASS CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

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

Mass Intention Book to Open

The 2020 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be opened on Tuesday, September 17. All masses will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be paid for at the time of the request. Please note: the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for understanding. Sanctuary Candles are limited to two per family.

Memorial /Honor Candles

sanctuary candle

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

November 3, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of the Deceased Members of the Kostage & Elliot Families, offered by Wife Pat & Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Rose McAndrew, offered by Family.

November 10, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Bernadette Lapera, offered by the Rusnak Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Stephen Orlevitch, offered by Wife and Sons.

November 17, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Tony Picchio, offered by Rose Marie Coleman.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Zaluski & Kovaleski Families, offered by Theresa Zaluski.

November 24, 2019

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Helen & George Wallo, offered by Romayn & Joe Wallo.

Blessed Sacrament ParishIn loving memory of Angeline Urso, offered by Daughter Maria and Isabella.

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.

MOTHER’S DAY ENVELOPES

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

Movie Night

Movie Night

“MAMA MIA” MOVIE NIGHT!

TOur November Movie is “Mama Mia”! Movie will be shown on Thursday, November 14 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall. All are invited.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

21st ANNUAL FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER BUFFET

Turkey Dinner

Thursday November 28th Noon – 3:30pm at Eagle Hose Company Hall (1Eagle Lane, Dickson City). All are invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski, Judie & Brian Richards. There will also be live music.

HE LIFTS UP THE LOWLY AN ADVENT SERVICE OF WORD AND SONG

The parishes of Holy Family, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and Saints Anthony and Rocco are continuing an annual tradition of collaborating to present two special services during the upcoming Advent season. The first service is Sunday, December 8th at 6:00pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 208 Smith St., Dunmore. The second service is Thursday, December 12th at 7:00pm at Holy Family Parish Church, 574 Bennett St., Luzerne. This is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the season of Advent and its spirit of preparation for Christmas through Scripture readings and musical selections. All are welcome. For additional information, please contact 570-344-1209.

VNA HOSPICE, 301 DELAWARE AVENUE, OLYPHANT

welcomes you along with family, friends to join them for a Holiday Tea, which will be held on December 7, 1 to 3 PM. Call 570-383-5180 for more information.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

November 3, 2019

Congratulations Charlotte Rose Carite, daughter of Tyler Vanerson and Lauren Carite who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. Congratulations Blake Charlotte Yazinski daughter of Douglas & Bridget Yazinski who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your families and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

November 17, 2019

Congratulations Blake John Krajewski, son of David Patrick and Brianna Krajewski who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your families and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

Parish Registration & Membership

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

PASCHAL CANDLE DONATIONS

Samples of Paschal Candles.

PASCHAL CANDLES HAVE BEEN DONATED!! THANK YOU!

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

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

PLEASE CONSIDER

We are looking for adult servers to assist in serving funeral Masses in our parishes. Thanks to the generous volunteers who help us as we support and pray with grieving families in our parishes. If you are able, please consider making the sacrifice of your time to assist us in this special ministry. Please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.

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 Vocations

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

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

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

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Mary Most Holy, as a young woman living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care the Word of God make flesh.

Please protect and accompany all young men and women, especially from our parish, who are called to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

Amen.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Father, you call each one of us by name And ask us to follow you.

Bless your Church by raising up Dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as Lay Ministers, Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Deacons.

Inspire us as we grow to know you, And open our hearts To hear your call.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

PRAYER TO MARY MOST HOLY MOTHER OF VOCATIONS

O Mary, we entrust to You the apostolate of the laity, the ministry of the priests, the witnessing of religious. We pray that priestly and religious vocations may be widely felt and followed for the glory of God and the vitality of the Church. May the new springtime of vocations, their new growth in the whole Church, become a significant proof of your motherly presence in the mystery of Christ in our times, and in the mystery of the Church throughout the world. Amen.

……..Saint John Paul II

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

O God, Father of all Mercies,

Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Grace upon those

You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;

preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of

you.

Open the hearts of Your children

that they may discern Your Holy Will;

inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves

to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life

guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,

all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A FAMILY PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

In a special way, help us strive for holiness in our current states of life. Should You call some of us to the priesthood or religious life, help us to respond with courage and joy.

Together, we make heaven our goal, and pledge, with Your grace, to help each other on life’s journey to You. +Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

PRAYER THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer
In order to hear the voice of God, one has to have silence in one’s soul and to keep silence; not a gloomy silence, but an interior silence, that is to say, recollection in God. One can speak a great deal without breaking silence and, on the contrary, one can speak little and be constantly breaking silence.

……..St. Faustina Kowalska

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

………..St. Francis De Sales

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

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

……….Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

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

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

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

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

……..Pope Paul VI

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

The More you pray, the more you want to pray. It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, loses itself in the delights of conversation with God. ….St John Vianney

Religious Education News

FAITH FORMATION PROGRAM “ THE MASS”

Walk through the Liturgy with Bishop Robert Barron and be transformed through insights on this most privileged and intimate encounter with Our Lord Jesus Christ. See how the Mass brings us out of the fallen world and into the heavenly realm, how it resonates with a call from God and a response from his people, the Church, and, most importantly, how we are intimately joined with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus through the Holy Eucharist.

The video series “The Mass will help you understand how to fully, consciously and actively participate in the source and summit of the Christian life.

Dates: Tuesday, November 12- A Privileged Encounter Called out of the World

Tuesday, November 19- God Speaks our story Responding to God

Tuesday, November 26- Preparing for Sacrifice, The Real Presence Creates Communion.

All sessions are 6:30 PM in Kelley Hal1, Holy Cross Parish. All are most welcome.

LECTOR MEETING: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 6:30 PM AT HOLY CROSS

On December 1, the First Sunday of Advent, we will begin a new church year and begin praying with and reflecting upon the Gospel of Matthew. Join us as we reflect upon this wonderful gospel and talk about this most important liturgical ministry. Meeting will take place in Kelley Hall.

CCD-RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

Holy Cross – All classes are 9:20-10:25am.
Note – Parish Center dismissal is at 10:20am.
Blessed Sacrament – All classes are 10:30-11:45am.
Holy Cross Classes: Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 5 Kelley Hall.
Grades 4, 6, 7, 8 Parish Center.

BOLD CHOICES YOUNG ADULT RETREAT

This Finding Your Passion and Living It Fully retreat is for ages 18-35. It will be held at St. Gabriel’s Retreat Center, Clarks Summit from October 25th – 26th. This 24-hour retreat will not only include presentations and interactive sessions on prayer, making choices based in faith, finding your passion, and the art of discernment, but will also connect young adults from around the diocese. The cost is $65.00. For more information and/or to register, call 570-780-2996 or visit vocations.dioceseofscranton.org.

TRAINING FOR PGC-VIRTUS

Session for adults in the Protecting God’s Children program is scheduled for Thursday, October 24th at 6:00pm with Prince of Peace Parish, Old Forge. 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. Your attendance is important. Complete and detailed information can be found at www.dioceseofscranton.org, under Child Protection-Victim Assistance.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOLARSHIP ENTRANCE EXAM

Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 am. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. The exam is for all eighth graders interested in applying for the 2020 fall term. Students may also register and apply at www.scrantonprep.org.

DO YOU ENJOY READING SCRIPTURE?

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

BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

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

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

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

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation. It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

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

REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

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

IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

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

CELL PHONES

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

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

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

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

Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

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

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

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

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

How to Receive Communion

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

Reminder - Driveway Courtesy

A REMINDER FROM MSGR. DELANEY

Please remember to keep the Rectory Garage clear of cars so that I can get back and forth to our parishes for Mass each day, as well as being able to get to hospitals in the event of an emergency. Seminarian Michael Boris will be living with us for the summer and will also be using our garage. Thank you for your understanding.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS

The RCIA is the church’s definitive statement on conversion.

When the bishop of the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the catechumenate, the original processes of preparing adults to be received into the family of faith, they were asking us to change the way we think about conversion. Conversion would no longer mean “becoming Catholic” (as in, I used to be a Lutheran, but I am a convert to Catholicism”). Conversion has a much more profound meaning.

The R.C.I.A. is basically a conversion machine. The rite states: “The rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.”

The process of preparation involving a commitment to radical transformation, a journey that continues throughout the lives of Jesus’ followers.

The process is Jesus-based. The seeker’s conversion is to Christ. It is not to just the church, to a set of doctrines, to a pastor or spiritual leader. The catechumens will be baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ.

When they join us at the Eucharistic table, it is Christ that will be broken for them and poured out for them. They will be incorporated into Christ. Everything about their conversion journey must be focused on Jesus Christ.

It is Church based. The journey of conversion takes place in the midst of the community. Members of our parishes at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross invite, extend friendship, offer support and model discipleship for those seeking the Lord.

We pray that we will all be willing to connect with those who do not yet know Christ to recognize Him, encounter His love and be strengthened for discipleship.

If you know of someone who would like to know more about our Catholic faith, or if you are an adult, never baptized or baptized into another Christian Church and are inquiring about Catholocism, or if you are an adult Catholic but have not completed your initiation (have never received communion or have yet to be confirmed), call the Rectory at 570-489-0752 and we will get you started.

Next Session - Monday November 25th 6:30pm, Kelley Hall

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings

First Reading: Genesis 18:20-32 Abraham pleads with God to save the innocent people of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 138:1-3,6-8 Lord, on the day I cried for help, you answered me.

Second Reading: Colossians 2:12-14 You were buried with Christ in Baptism and also raised with him.

Gospel Reading: Luke 11:1-13 Jesus teaches the disciples about prayer.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Luke gives more attention to Jesus’ teachings on prayer than any other Gospel writer. He also mentions Jesus at prayer more than the others. In today’s reading, from the beginning of Chapter 11 of his Gospel, Luke presents the core of Jesus’ teaching on prayer. It consists of Jesus teaching a prayer to his disciples, a parable on the persistent neighbor, and assurances that God hears our prayers.

The disciples notice Jesus praying “in a certain place.” They ask him to teach them to pray just as John the Baptist had taught his disciples. Jesus teaches them a simple version of the most famous Christian prayer, the Our Father, or the Lord’s Prayer. Matthew’s version show signs of being shaped by public prayer. Luke’s version is probably closer to the original form that Jesus taught. Stripped of much of the language we are used to, Luke’s version seems simple and direct. We pray that God’s name will be recognized as holy and that his rule over all will be established. This is followed by petitions for our needs for bread, for forgiveness, and for deliverance. Luke uses the more theological language of “sins” rather than “debts,” which is used in Matthew’s version.

Having taught his disciples a simple, daily prayer, Jesus goes on to reassure them that God answers prayers. First he tells a parable about a persistent neighbor who asks a friend for bread at midnight. The friend is already in bed and has no desire to disturb his family by opening the door. But because the neighbor is persistent, the sleeping man gets up and gives him all that he needs. If a neighbor is willing to help us if we are persistent enough, how could God not respond to our requests?

This teaching concludes with the reminder that if we seek, we will get a response. If a human father, with all his faults, knows how to give good gifts to his children, now much more will our heavenly Father give us?

Instead of good gifts however, Luke substitutes the word Holy Spirit. This foreshadows the gift of the Holy Spirit, who is central to Luke’s theology and who will play an important role in the growth of the early Church after Pentecost.

The parable and the concluding teaching in this section should not lead us to think of prayer as a series of requests presented to God. Rather, as Jesus teaches in his model prayer, prayer consists in recognizing God’s holiness and his rule over all things.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

Our Social Concerns Committee is conducting our annual food drive up to and including our Thanksgiving Day Mass. All food items can be dropped off in the vestibule of both churches. All donations will go to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve families in our community.

Christmas Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be filled with Christmas gift suggestions on Saturday, November 23 at both parishes. Please consider taking a tag and purchasing a Christmas gift to help a child who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present. This drive is coordinated by the Social Concerns Committee and the gifts are donated to Catholic Social Services for distribution. All gifts are due back by DECEMBER 9. Thank you for your generosity in making someone’s Christmas brighter.

SOLEMNITY OF OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST, KING OF THE UNIVERSE

Readings: 2 Samuel 5: 1-3

Colossians 1: 12 -20

Luke 23: 35 – 43

The Feast of Christ the King brings the Church year to a close. We thank God for the graces and blessings we shared in this past year as we anticipate new beginnings, Advent, and a new liturgical year.

Thank You! 2019

Thak You!

MEMORIAL DONATIONS

were given to Blessed Sacrament Parish in Memory of Francis J. Homnick and also a memorial in Memory of the Mid Valley eight, Thank you!

A NOTE OF THANKS

A sincere Thank You to all Altar & Rosary members that helped to make the Jam, slippers and Chrusicki to sell at the Blessed Sacrament Parish stand at 2019 Throop Quasquicentennial. A special thank you to Diane Gataveskas and Seminarian Michael Boris, for also volunteering your time to set up, sell and transporting the goods. With all of your help our profit was over $1000.00 to benefit our Parish making it a great Success.

MY PICTURE MISSAL

Thank you to Paul and Yvette Wentland for providing our parishes with 120 plus copies of “My Picture Missal” for our young children. They will be placed in various pews in our churches for the benefit of our very young children sometimes looking to be kept busy during Mass. They are to be left in Church for use by our children. Once again, many thanks to Paul and Yvette.

HOLY CROSS PARISH has received a generous donation in memory of Sophie Romayn Wallo. Thank you!

OUR GRATITUDE

Our linked parishes’ Social Concern Committee extends sincere and profound gratitude for the generosity shown by the members of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes.

Whether gathering food; collecting coats and personal hygiene items at Christmas; providing assistance to new moms, feeding the homeless, conducting our weekly held community lunch or aiding in so many other service projects, your compassionate, generous response helps us to be about our mission loving God and loving our neighbor.

On Saturday, June 22 following 4:00 PM Mass at Holy Cross and on Sunday, June 23 following 9:30 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament, the Social Concerns Committee will host a THANK-YOU RECEPTION. All are invited to attend.

HOLY CROSS PARISH has a received a memorial donation from Joseph & Linda Sablan in memory of Sohpie Romayn Wallo. Thank you!

THANK YOU for the memorial donation, given to Holy Cross Parish in memory of Sophie Romayn Wallo offered by Kenneth & Sherry Setzer.

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH THANKS:

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

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

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

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

THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY

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

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

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

Samples of Paschal Candles.

PASCHAL CANDLES HAVE BEEN DONATED!! THANK YOU!

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

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

HOLY CROSS PARISH LOTTO THANK YOU

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

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

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

CHRISTMAS SEASON THANKS

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

Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

HOLY CROSS THANK YOU: M/M William Simpson

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT THANK YOU: Thank you to Gene Panaro

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

THANKSGIVING 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

We praise God for the abundant gifts he has bestowed upon us. We celebrate God’s generous love and tender mercy, and we call all to eat and be renewed – at the table of the Lord and at Thanksgiving tables in our homes.

Please Give Thanks!

SHARE YOUR GRATITUDE! NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

Our Social Concerns Committee is conducting our annual food drive up to and including our Thanksgiving Day Mass. All food items can be dropped off in the vestibule of both churches. All donations will go to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve families in our community.

THANKSGIVING EVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm
Holy Cross Parish
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant

Please join with Christian communities throughout the Mid Valley as we celebrate our gratitude to God for all of his blessings. The collection taken at this service will go directly to the Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rev. Brian A. Pavlac, Ph.D. of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the message. Refreshments and fellowship following the service in Kelley Hall.

BEGIN THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE TABLE OF THE LORD

As your turkey is being prepared on Thanksgiving Day, join us at the table of gratitude, The Eucharist, as we thank God together as a family of faith.

Thanksgiving Day Mass:

at Blessed Sacrament 7:30 AM

at Holy Cross 9:00 AM

Following Mass at Holy Cross, all are invited to join for coffee, donuts, orange juice and friendship in Kelley Hall.

21st ANNUAL FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER BUFFET

Thursday, November 28th Noon – 3:30 PM at Eagle Hose Company Hall (1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City). All are invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski, Judie & Brian Richards. There will also be live music.

Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

God, Creator, we celebrate Your overflowing love, and we give thanks to You for all that we have, all that we are. Bless the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, may we always remember to share the blessings we have received generously with those in need. Bless our nation with peace and harmony. May we live in Your light and your love. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING EVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday November 27th at 7:00pm

Holy Cross Parish
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant

Please join with Christian communities throughout the Mid Valley as we celebrate our gratitude to God for all of his blessings. The collection taken at this service will go directly to the Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Rev. Brian A. Pavlac, Ph.D. of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the message. Refreshments and fellowship following the service in Kelley Hall.

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 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.

THIRTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C

First Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 Jewish martyrs give witness to their faith, even unto death.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 17:1,5-6,8,15 The just person will live in God’s presence.

Second Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Paul encourages the Thessalonians and asks for their prayers.

Gospel Reading: Luke 20:27-38 Jesus answers a question from some Sadducees about the resurrection of the dead. (short form Luke 20:27, 34-38)

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

READINGS AND BACKGROUND

First Reading: Amos 8:4-7
Unfair business practices and injustice to the poor will be judged by God.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113:1-2,4-6,7-8
Praise be to God, who raises up the poor.

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8
Paul tells Timothy that prayer for those in authority is pleasing to God because God wills the salvation of all.

Gospel Reading: Luke 16:1-13
Jesus tells a parable about a dishonest steward who is commended for his prudence; one cannot serve both God and money.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today’s Gospel sounds puzzling to contemporary readers, but it can be made less so by considering the economic system which stands behind the parable. A steward is dismissed because he is squandering his master’s property. He is called dishonest because he is not serving the interests of the rich man, his employer.

In response the steward, in an attempt to ensure favor for himself among the rich man’s debtors, brokers repayment of the rich man’s loans by foregoing the interest and fees that had been levied to line the steward’s pockets. It is this action in which the steward puts aside his greed and takes the longer perspective in order to enhance his security, which is commended by the rich man.

The passage concludes with three morals for the listeners. The first exhorts the listener to be prudent about the use of wealth. Like the steward in the parable, those who would follow Jesus must put transitory affairs in proper perspective. Christians should handle the affairs of temporal life with an eye toward eternal life.

The second concerns trustworthiness. Those who can be trusted in small things can also be trusted in great things. If Christians handle money and other passing things responsibly, then they can also be trusted with the affairs of the Kingdom of God.

Finally, Jesus tells his listeners that no one can serve two masters simultaneously. God must be put ahead of money.

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE C

First Reading: Exodus 17:8-13
Joshua and the Israelites defeat Amalek with the help of God and his servant, Moses.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
The Lord is the Guardian of Israel.

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2
Paul exhorts Timothy to continue to preach the word Timothy received from his teachers.

Gospel Reading: Luke 18:1-8
Jesus urges his disciples to pray and not lose heart, for God hears and answers prayers.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

This is the first of two parables that Jesus tells in Luke 18 about prayer. (The second will be read at Mass next Sunday.) This first parable is a lesson in persistence in prayer. (Next Sunday’s parable will address attitude in prayer.) While the parable seems to present prayer as nagging God for what we want, such a reading misses the point. God is not like the judge in the parable, worn down by requests and coerced to respond. The key is found in the description of the judge as corrupt and unjust. Since God can be neither, we must understand Jesus to be saying that if even an unjust judge responds to the persistence of the widow, how much more so will God listen to our payers. God truly wants to hear our needs and respond generously. It is the final lament of Jesus that gets to the point of the parable. The lesson is about the persistence of the one who prays. God wants us to be like the persistent widow, staying in relationship with God, confident that god hears and answers prayers. Then Jesus laments, “Will such faith be found when the Son of Man comes?” In this lament, Jesus notes how easy it can be for us to lose heart.

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

READINGS & BACKGROUND

First Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7 God will judge the complacency of the people and their leaders.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 146:7-10 Happy are those who find solace in God, the help of the poor.

Second Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Paul exhorts Timothy to stay faithful to God in all things.

Gospel Reading: Luke 16:19-31 Jesus tells the parable of the reversal of fortunes between the rich man and the poor man, Lazarus

UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

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

VISITING ANOTHER CHURCH

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

Volunteers Needed - Soup and Stations

Soup and Stations

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall.

Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL

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

Welcome to New Parishoners

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