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Mass Times

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

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

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

Reconciliation

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

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

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

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2020 CALENDARS AVAILABLE

2020 CALENDARS AVAILABLE this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thank you is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donations of sponsoring the calendars.

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6 A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:2, 4,7-8, 8-9,10 Here am I, Lord: I come to do your will

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3 A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Gospel: John 1: 29-34 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

This Sunday we take a break from Matthew’s Gospel (the gospel we pray with during this “A” year) to read from John’s Gospel. We heard Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism last Sunday. Today, we hear John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus. Here, John the Baptist announces that he knows that Jesus is the Son of God. John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and cries out, giving witness about who Jesus is. John the Baptist uses two titles for Jesus that are familiar to us: “Lamb of God” and “Son of God”. By using these titles, John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the one who is to come after him.

John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus makes clear Jesus’ mission and identity. Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John’s purpose was to make Jesus known to Israel.

John the Baptist’s sense of purpose is clearly identified in this reading: he baptized in order to prepare for and make known the ministry of Jesus. By our Baptism, we are called to make Jesus known to all the world by our words and by the witness of our lives.

A FAITH RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

The coronavirus outbreak is stirring up anxiety, confusion and major inconveniences. It is a situation in which we can easily overreact or underreact. How can our faith tradition guide and comfort us through this troubling time?

ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE- Of course, we see these same dynamics play out in Scripture, where fear leads to hoarding. The most famous story is when the Israelites are in the desert without food (Exodus 16). God rains down manna from heaven but also cautions them to take only what they need for now. They disobey but find that the food they attempt to store away goes bad immediately. The consistent message we hear in the Bible is that we need to trust in God, who will provide enough for everyone. The problems come when people begin to take more than they need.

Fear of the coronavirus has cause some to stockpile and hoard unreasonable amounts of hand sanitizer, face masks and other supplies against the recommendations of leaders. The problem is that this wipes out supplies for those who truly need them the most-health care workers and those most vulnerable to the disease- without really making the buyers safer.

PROTECT THE VULNERABLE- Scripture and the social teachings of the church remind us again and again that we-as individuals and a society-must protect and give priority to those who are most vulnerable and at risk. We see this from the laws in the Old Testament that looked out for the poor and the widows, to Jesus' embrace of people on the margins of society, to the early church's adamant support of those who had less. The Bible urges us to put those who are most at risk first.

In the midst of the coronavirus, the vulnerable take many forms. Most obvious are those who are elderly or have other health conditions that make them most susceptible to illness. Those who are younger may not be concerned about our own health risks, but if we help pass on the virus, it can be a life-or-death situation for others.

Others are financially vulnerable and do not have the flexibility to take sick leave that many of us take for granted. That puts them in a difficult situation when they become ill and may have to choose between putting their job at risk and staying home to protect others. Likewise, many parents do not have the flexibility to stay home when school is canceled for their children.

The situation is impacting many others, such as small business owners who may already be on shaky financial ground.

A SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE- This health crisis is challenging many of us to make sacrifices in our lives. Some are huge, such as those made by exhausted health care workers around the world, desperately trying to keep patients alive (while avoiding the illness themselves.)

Other sacrifices fall more in the category of inconveniences. It is inconvenient when events are canceled, schools close, and travel is limited. It is inconvenient to wash our hands intentionally and regularly.

But this kind of sacrifice is at the very center of our faith. Every time we gather around the Lord's Table, we celebrate the powerful way Christ showed us how to love others. He sacrificed everything in self-giving love for us. Truly loving others will always cost us something.

Actions that may not entirely make sense to us can have huge effects. Scientists point to the 1918 flu when St. Louis proactively and aggressively closed its schools to prevent infections. Death rates in the city were about one third those in Pittsburg, which was much slower to close its schools. Thousands of lives were saved.

We may grumble about or resist changing our habits, especially if it's unclear what's in it for us. But we need to remember that many of these actions are more about protecting others. Perhaps the invitation amidst this crisis is to embrace the inconveniences fully, and then move beyond them to seek out the best ways to serve those who are most in need.

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR- Community is essential to us as Christians, We are the Body of Christ, and we know that when two or more gather in Jesus' name, he is present with us. So it may be a bit harder for us to handle the "social distancing" happening in many communities.

Our call to community is not only in the context of our church but also in our neighborhood community. How do we literally love our neighbor? How can we be witnesses on our streets?

One way is to regularly check in on your neighbors who may be vulnerable and isolated. Offer to deliver groceries or other items for them or to run other errands so they won't have to risk infection by leaving their home.

Be a positive, calming influence in any online neighborhood communities. Don't spread rumors or hysteria, but find ways to support each other through the crisis.

LIVING THE VIRTUES- Ultimately, as with life in general, we are called to live out the four cardinal virtues:

• Prudence-Carefully discern the best course of action not just for ourselves, but for the good of all. Ask: What action does God want me to take?

• Justice- Seek fairness for everyone, especially those who need it most. Ask" Who is not getting the help that they need?

• Temperance-Fina a healthy balance between self care and care for others. Ask: Do I err toward selfishness or an unhealthy co- dependence?

• Fortitude- Persevere in times of trial and difficulty. Ask: Do I have the courage to do the right thing even when the going gets tough?

A Message from Monsignor Delaney on the Challenges of This Lenten Season

Dear Friends,

What a very strange Lenten desert we're in. We are never alone, though worry, anxiety and isolation may weigh heavily. Last week we were reminded "hope will not leave us disappointed, because the love of Christ has been poured into our hearts." You are all in my heart, my prayers. We walk this unusual Lenten path to Calvary with Jesus and one another.

While there is no public Mass at this time, I remember you all at the Lord's table daily. While we have no public gatherings or meetings, please call your neighbors to check in with each other. Our Churches will be open, unless we are instructed differently, from 7:30 am until 1:00 pm daily. You are welcome to come to pray (the adoration chapel is closed, please do not use the adoration chapel) during these times.

I am most grateful to you for your generosity in remembering to continue your financial support as we move forward in this crisis.

I am available by appointment for those who would like to go to confession or feel the need to talk.

We are still collecting non-perishable food items to share with local food pantries.

Our Wednesday lunch is cancelled, but daily lunch is still available at St. Francis Kitchen at 11:00 am each day.

"Pray for us, Mary our Mother, for our parishes, community, nation and world. We lift up our families and loved ones, all those already afflicted we pray for healing and deliverance. Keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us to know the love of your Son, Jesus." Amen.

United in His love and service,

Monsignor Delaney


Prayer

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.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

Thursday March 19th 1:30pm at Blessed Sacrament.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT

Saturday, March 21st from 9am - noon at Blessed Sacrament Parish. This retreat is mandatory for First Communion Candidates.

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY will meet on Thursday, March 5, 6:30 PM Rosary and 7:00 PM meeting. All are welcome.

UPCOMING BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HOLY NAME SPRING EVENTS:

  1. Thursday, April 9, Annual Easter Basket Food Items Pick-up led by Adam Nosak, Steven Gedrich and Michael Rocco.
  2. Friday, April 17, 7:00 PM the showing of the "Documentary" FAITH 1895-2020, produced by parishioner Joseph Butash. The 70 minute video takes a look at the 125 years of the Roman Catholic Church in Throop and the long history of Blessed Sacrament Parish
  3. Sunday, April 19 "Spring Hospitality" immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass outside by the Heritage Monument. Treats and Fellowship, all are welcome.

HOLY NAME SOCIETY MEETING

Sunday, March 8th - 7pm at Blessed Sacrament

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!

Both Churches Will Be Open Daily from 7:30AM to 1:00PM for Private Prayer

The latest bulletin will be available at the back of the churches.

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.

Changes Due to COVID-19 (Cornoa Virus)

DAILY/SUNDAY MASS continues to be celebrated, not publicly, for the people of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. While apart, we are joined in prayer for one another. Please, check in on neighbors, especially those who are living alone. For every handshake not exchanged-make a phone call? For every hug and embrace not shared, remember in prayer those most in need.

WE CONTINUE TO ACCEPT non-perishable (only) food items. They can be left in our parishes which are open daily from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm for private prayer.

FUNERAL MASSES SERVICES continue to be shared with grieving families - with only immediate family members in attendance. While we understand how difficult and painful this is, it is out an abundance of caution and care for all. Additional memorial services/prayers may be scheduled at a future time.

CONFESSIONS- By appointment only. To be prayed in the body of the church abiding by social distancing requirements.

PARISH OFFICE: At this time, our parish office is closed to the public, all parish business is to be conducted by mail, phone or email.

PARISH CONTRIBUTIONS/ENVELOPES: As always, thank you for your generosity in this most challenging time. Please mail your weekly envelopes to our parish office (both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross) to 200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant, PA 18447. Please remember to write your encelop number on your check.

EWTN TV SCHEDULE

Masses: Sunday 8 am, 12 Noon

Monday - Saturday 8 am, 12 Noon, 7 pm Rosary: Sunday - Saturday 7:30 am

Stations of the Cross - Fridays 7 am & 4 pm Comcast - Channel 12 & Channel 1668 (HD) for EWTN and CTV

Directv - Channel 370 for EWTN - CTV not available.

Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites.

Dish Network - Channel 261 for EWTN - CTV not available. Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites. You can also watch live at www.ewtn.com/tv or www.dioceseofscranton.org, then click on media tab.

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.

Diocese of Scranton Coronavirus Update

All public masses and CCD classes are suspended until further notice. there will be masses streamed on CTV and the Diocese website and social media pages. Please read the Bishop's letter below.

Diocese of Scranton

March 12, 2020

Bishop Bambera's Letter to the Faithful regarding Suspension of all Public Masses March 16, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Effective immediately, and until further notice, I have suspended the celebration of Masses open to the public and all public gatherings in all diocesan parishes, worship sites, college campuses, chapels and health care facilities in the eleven counties of the Diocese of Scranton.

Churches of the Diocese will remain open daily for individual private prayer. The timeframe for each parish is to be determined by its pastor or parish life coordinator. The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time remains in effect.

Scheduled sacramental celebrations such as weddings, baptisms or funerals will be permitted, but attendance will be limited to immediate family members and follow any guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sacraments of the Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation will be available, when requested individually, by the faithful in cases of serious need.

It deeply saddens me to take this temporary action, knowing the depth of your faith and your desire to celebrate the Holy Eucharist on a regular basis. In light of continued concerns surrounding COVID-19, and upon the advice of medical experts, it is clear that we, as a faith community, must do our part in order to help slow the spread of this virus.

The number of faithful souls who filled our churches this past weekend, even with the dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass, was deeply consoling to me. As you always have, so many of you are turning to your faith as the surest place where we will find God’s peace, consolation and hope.

Unfortunately, the presence of such great numbers of worshippers in our churches is not serving our efforts to help mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus. In an effort to prevent overwhelming our hospitals and health care facilities, national, state and local leaders have urged people to avoid large gatherings of people and keep appropriate social distancing from one another.

As your bishop, in addition to the care of souls, the safety and health of all of our faithful parishioners, friends and those we welcome through our outreach and service, is of utmost importance to me. As such, the decision that I have announced, while difficult, is the best way for us to work together to serve the common good of all, both in our parishes and in our communities.

During these challenging times, it is also crucial that we not forget who we are as Christians. May we continue to offer, in whatever way we can, care and concern for those who are most vulnerable, including the poor, our senior citizens and those who are ill. I also urge those who can do so to maintain support for your parishes during these difficult days in order to sustain the ministries and outreach services for parishioners and those most in need.

Despite the suspension of public Masses, a private Mass will be celebrated daily in the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton, and made available on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton. On weekdays, the Mass will be broadcast at 12:10 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. On weekends, the Saturday Vigil Mass will be broadcast at 4:00 p.m. and rebroadcast on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Masses will also be streamed on the Diocese of Scranton’s website (www.dioceseofscranton.org), made available on the Diocese of Scranton’s social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and will be accessible on the Diocese of Scranton’s YouTube channel.

Additional resources for individual parishioners to deepen their faith during Lent are also available on the Diocese of Scranton’s website.

During this sacred season of Lent, we are being asked to sacrifice more than ever before – particularly with the loss of cherished religious practices, most especially the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. May we do so mindful of the selfless sacrifice of Jesus and for the sake of our brothers and sisters who are most vulnerable and in need of our help.

The Diocese of Scranton continues to monitor the rapidly evolving health situation regarding the coronavirus. We are constantly monitoring directives from national, state and local officials. This policy will be reassessed on a regular basis, in addition to the plans for Holy Week and Easter.

God bless you and keep each of you in His care. Let us continue to pray for one another.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
†Joseph C. Bambera
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton


Message from the Bishop

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Patricia (Wargo) Grabowski, James Soya, Raymonde Stepien, Matthew Wzorek, Martin Munley, Mary Toth Dubas, Marie Castellano, and Kathleen Conway,Ellen Benasutti, Florence Eltora, Carmen A. Longo, Gerald J. Fitzgerald, Patricia Grabowski, Rosanne Marie Veltri, Joan Marchalek, Martin Krowiak.

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

EWTN TV SCHEDULE

Masses: Sunday 8 am, 12 Noon

Monday - Saturday 8 am, 12 Noon, 7 pm Rosary: Sunday - Saturday 7:30 am/P>

Stations of the Cross - Fridays 7 am & 4 pm Comcast - Channel 12 & Channel 1668 (HD) for EWTN and CTV/P>

Directv - Channel 370 for EWTN - CTV not available./P>

Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites./P>

Dish Network - Channel 261 for EWTN - CTV not available. Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites./P>

You can also watch live at www.ewtn.com/tv or www.DioceseaOfScranton.org, then click on media tab.

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.

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday, March 29, 2020 Fifth Sunday of Lent

Ezekiel 37: 12-14

Romans 8: 8-11

John 11: 1-45

At the death of his dear friend Lazurus, Jesus accompanied by his disciples, comes to the tomb. "Take away the stone." But Jesus, surely there will be a stench." How often we avoid naming and addressing the dark, death-dealing consequences of our lack of love. "Take away the stone" Jesus says, "untie him and let him go free."

This week, in this strange and challenging Lent, we are called to pull off the band-aid, risk the stench, honestly look at those places in our hearts requiring our attention and the grace of God to be free. Live in the light of Christ. Live in the freedom of the children of God. Free from fear to the trust and hope, knowing that we are not alone in these moments of anxiety and isolation, that while apart, we are one Body in Christ the Healer. Being united as a Catholic community while apart from each other.

As more Catholics around the world find themselves unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis provided an example of a spiritual communion prayer that can be said from home.

"My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You," Pope Francis prayed March 21st in his televised daily Mass from his residence in Vatican city.

Financial Statements

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

FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS

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

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

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

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

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Cycle C

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

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

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

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

Background on the Gospel Reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Health Precautions for the Celebration of Mass from Bishop Banbera's Office

Diocese of Scranton

  • The faithful are strongly encouraged at this time to receive the Body of Christ (via the Sacred Host) in the hand, but the right of each individual to receive on the tongue, as guaranteed by the universal law of the Church, remains in place and is to be respected. This request is made in order to curtail the spread of germs to the communicant, the minister of Holy Communion, and other communicants.
  • The faithful should refrain from the use of holy water upon entering and exiting our churches. Out of an abundance of caution, pastors should remove holy water from fonts in effort to reduce the possible transmission of the virus.
  • Elderly parishioners who are not sick but are concerned about being in crowded spaces are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation.
  • The distribution of the Precious Blood (via the Chalice) is temporarily suspended.
  • The Sign of Peace will now be exchanged without physical contact.
  • Parishioners are also reminded that if they are sick, especially with flu-like symptoms, they should stay home for their own well-being and that of others. If parishioners are sick or suspect they are sick with a contagious illness, they are not bound by the Sunday Mass obligation.
  • Bishop Bambera encourages vigilance and discretion by our faithful to use common sense and good hygiene.

"We pray for all the sick, in particular those suffering from the flu or from the coronavirus. We pray for researchers trying to find a treatment, and we pray for those caring for the sick throughout the world."

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

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHAPEL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

HOLY CROSS LOTTERY IS BACK

Calls are being made. If you have not received a call and want to order a ticket(s), please call the Rectory at 570-489-0752. Tickets are $10 and good for the whole month of June. Please do not send any money until you pick up your ticket.

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

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

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

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

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

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

How You Can Make a Difference

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

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

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

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

HOW CAN WE HELP

(1) THE ANNULMENT PROCESS

If you are or know someone looking for information how to proceed and move forward after a divorce, please call the Rectory (570-489-0752).

(2) “HOW DO I GET MY MARRIAGE BLESSED IN THE CHURCH?”

If you’ve been married civilly (judge, mayor, justice of the peace, etc.) and are looking to have your marriage convalidated (blessed in the Church, celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony), and need information or have questions, please call the Rectory and ask for Monsignor Delaney.

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.

LIVING YOUR BAPTISM IN LENT - WEEKLY REFLECTION FOR YOUR JOURNEY

During Lent, the Church invites us to reflect on those times when we have turned away from God and consider how we can return to God in all we say and do. It is a time for reconciliation and healing. At the heart of all these actions is our relationship with God that began at our Baptism.

On each Tuesday during Lent, all are invited at 6:30pm in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish to come pray with and reflect upon the promises made during Baptism, through which we reject sin and profess our faith in God. We share in this journey with those who are preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Each week during Lent, we will reflect on one of the Baptismal promises and consider its meaning in our daily life. We are encouraged to transform our hearts so that we become witnesses to the love of God. Our Lenten journey leads us to the celebration of Easter, when we renew our Baptismal promises and rejoice in the salvation gained for us by Christ's Resurrection.

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:

March 1, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Pauline Guman offered by Maryann Rudalavage & family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Bertha & Stanley Laskowski and Josephine & Frank Bialy offered by Richard & Rosalie.

March 8, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of William Whitman, offered by Wife, Eleanor.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Salvatore Urso, offered by daughter Maria and Isabella.

March 15, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Michael Zuczek Jr., offered by wife Mary and daughter Mary Ann.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Mary and Joseph Wilchenski, offered by Family.

March 22, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Karen Kowalski, offered by Husband Dan and Children.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Carl & Martha Guagliardo, offered by Family.

March 29, 2020

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

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

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.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

CHRISM MASS

All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend this mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, on Tuesday, April 7 at 4pm. 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 David at 570-207-2213, ext. 1158 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"LIFT HIGH THE CROSS: REMEMBERING PASSIONIST COMPASSION WORLDWIDE 1720-2020"

This exhibit about the historical traditions and ministries of the Passionist Community is on display until April 19th at the University of Scranton's Weinberg Memorial Library - 5th Floor.

"OUR MODERN QUEST FOR COMPASSION OF THE MIND AND HEART:REFLECTION ON THE PASSIONIST TRADITION, 1720-2020"

This reception and program will be on April 1st at 6pm on the 5th floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. It will be given by Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph. D, adjunct professor of History and Passionist Historian.

VALLEY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL PERFORMING ARTS PRESENTS GUYS AND DOLLS

Friday and Saturday March 20th and 21st at 7pm and Sunday March 22nd at 2pm. Tickets are available at the door or by calling the school office at 570-876-4110.

ROAST BEEF DINNER

Saturday, March 28th at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 624 Madison Ave., Jermyn. This take-out only dinner will be available from 1-5:30pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. For tickets, call 570-876-1061.

LET THE BEATITUDES BE "MY ATTITUDE" THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Mondays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6pm.

VNA Hospice & Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the parking lot and enter through rear door. This free Lenten Bible Study will utilize the bible, video lessons, and discussion as we explore the Beatitudes and all that Jesus taught. Please call 570- 383-5180 for additional information.

SAUSAGE & PEPPER SANDWICH SALE

The Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament will be holding their second annual sale on March 28th from 12-noon until 5pm. The cost is $5. There are order forms at the entrances of Blessed Sacrament. Kindly put your name, phone number, and number of sandwiches. Thank you in advance for supporting this fundraiser.

ALL YOU CAN EAT SPAGHETTI DINNER

All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Eureka Hose Co. No 4 will host their annual dinner on Saturday March 7th at their station, 717 E. Grant St., Olyphant. Dinner will be served from 5-8pm, and take- out orders can be picked up from 3-5pm. Tickets are $10. See any member or call Mayor Sedlak at 570-383-1406 for tickets.

BAGS FOR BEADS DESIGNER PURSE BINGO

Sunday, March 29th at St. Michael's Hall, 403 Delaware St. in Jermyn. Doors open at noon with Bingo beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets or more info, contact Karen at 570-604-7682. Bingo benefits the Palermo Heart to Heart Beads of Courage which helps children with cancer.

LET THE BEATITUDES BE "MY ATTITUDE" THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Mondays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6pm.

VNA Hospice & Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the parking lot and enter through rear door. This free Lenten Bible Study will utilize the bible, video lessons, and discussion as we explore the Beatitudes and all that Jesus taught. Please call 570- 383-5180 for additional information.

COMEDY NIGHT AT HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL

Saturday, March 28th. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 which includes three comedy acts, dinner, drinks, and door prizes. Must be 21 to attend.BYOB. Reservations are required. Please call Renee at 570-614-3727.

CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY ANNUAL LENTEN CONCERTS

Sunday March 22nd at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Wilkes-Barre and Sunday March 29th at St. Mary's Visitation, Dickson City. Both concerts begin at 3pm and are open to the public. There is free admission, but there will be a good will offering. For more information please visit www.catholicchoralsociety.org or call 570- 575-1040.

THE CURSILLO - MEN'S ANNUAL RETREAT

Thursday, March 26 thru Sunday March 29th at St. Gabriel's retreat center in Clarks Summit. The Cursillo is a short course in Christianity, and its goal is to make Christ the primary influence in society. For more information, contact James Scoblick at 570-351-8509.

PACK 21 CUB SCOUT/PASTA DINNER

Pasta!

PACK 21 CUB SCOUT will host a pasta dinner on Saturday, March 14 at 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City. Dinner 5 to 7 PM, take out is also available. Tickets $10.00. Please contact Amy Yurkanin Pack 21 Cubmaster for tickets no later than Thursday March 5, 570-815-7427.

QUEEN ESTHER AT SIGHT & SOUND THEATRE

St. Mary's in Dickson City is holding a bus trip on Thursday July 9th. Trip includes bus, lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, and reserved main floor seating. Bus will depart from Saint Mary's at 8:30am. Tickets are $120.00 per person. $60.00 deposit is due with reservation, and remaining balance must by paid by June 19th. To reserve a seat or for more information call St. Mary's parish office at 570-489-2091.

LACKAWANNA HERITAGE APARTMENTS, OLYPHANT

is now accepting applications for housing designed for 62 or older senior citizens, handicapped, or disabled individuals. For information please call 570-383-6260

LIVE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville; Thursday, February 20; 5:30 PM, light dinner will be offered 6-9 pm, Training Session. Snow date February 27. Register by calling Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SCRANTON MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY OF ST. PETER'S CATHEDRAL

  • Provides a safe supportive space for individuals in our community who are experiencing mental illness. The ministry also supports the parents, family members and friends of those who are supporting a loved one experiencing mental illness.
  • 2 Spiritual support groups: For those living with a mental illness: 10AM- Second and Fourth Saturdays of the month for parents, family members and friends. 6 PM-First Thursday of the month.
  • The group meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Bishops Hall at the Cathedral Rectory, 314 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. (rear entrance and down the stairs)
  • Contact Deacon ed Shoener 570-344-7231; Deacon Jan Mroz 570-342-4881, Deacon Pat McDonald 570-961-5211.

The spiritual support groups are not group therapy but a ministry in which members seek to help support others during their time of need and to grow spiritually in their relationship with God.

A place where people with mental illness can find faith-filled supportive relationships and friendships.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a donation in memory of Michael Hegedus offered by Maryann Chindemi.

PAINT NIGHT FUNDRAISER AT VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Friday, February 7th at 6:30pm. Instructors from Spirited Art will lead the step-by-step class to help everyone create their own masterpiece. Cost is $35 per person. Registration is available at the library or www.spiritedart.com.

NEED HELP LEARNING HOW TO USE YOUR CELLPHONE OR COMPUTER?

Valley Community Library is offering one-on-one digital media classes. You can learn basic computer, cellphone, or tablet skills, but also, if interested, more advanced skills like how to use Microsoft Office, research genealogy, and other electronic resources the library has to offer. For more information or to register, call Danielle at 570-489-1765 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes are by appointment only.

MEALS ON WHEELS OF NEPA

is seeking a parttime (15-20 hours per week) meal deliverer. Meals on Wheels is about more than just dropping off a warm meal, it is a rewarding experience that provides nutrition to those who critically need it. A background and driving record check is required. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday within Lackawanna County. Opportunity for retired adults or those looking for a part-time position. Person must be responsible, prompt, reliable and caring. For more information please call Nicole at Meals on Wheels 570-346-2421.

SOCIAL JUSTICE TRUST FUND GRANT RECEPTION:

An opportunity for fellowship and reflection January 22, 65:00 PM, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Open to past recipients of the grant and all who are interested in learning more about the application process. All are welcome. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15.

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 2020 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 14. The event includes a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with an April mailing address, should be made through your parish office before March 16.

Volunteer Hose Company of Throop # 3 will hold its 14th Annual Super Bowl Sunday Wing Fest

Sunday February 2, 2020 from 12-4pm at the station located at 401 Dunmore Street, Throop, PA 18512.

Orders consist of 10 party size wings with celery and blu cheese for $10.00. Three flavors are offered, mild, hot and hot garlic.

Party orders are available. For tickets and information contact any member, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-851-9843.

Check out and like our Facebook page @27rescue for more about Volunteer Hose Company of Throop.

*All proceeds benefit the VHC of Throop General Operating Fund

PRINCE OF PEACE, OLD FORGE will be holding a Mardi Gras

on Saturday, February 8; 6:00 PM at Arcaro & Genell, Main Street, Old Forge. Tickets are $35.00, adults only. Dinner includes Hors D’Oeurves and full course dinner. Seating is limited to 125, reserve your seats early. All reservations close January 25. For reservations please call Francis at 570-451-0112. Entertainment by Frankie Gervasi of “The Poets”.

VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY

Teen Chess Club meets once a month, next meeting January 6 at 6:00 PM. Bring a friend or make new ones as you play. For ages 8 – 18 and registration is required. If you have questions call the library at 570-489-1765.

The “Parents A Second Time” group meets at the Library on the 4th Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You are not alone, join us at a monthly support group to hear similar situations. Learn about resources, community programs, services, and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons. Registration is required, please call Julie at 570-963-6740 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Library holds a monthly Vets’ Group on every second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM. Active Duty, Reserves, Retired – or just served one enlistment period or more…whether you served during war time or peace time. Join us as we thank you for your service to our country with a free meal and to meet new people. Please call 570-489-1765 if you are interested.

WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church), 215 Rebecca Street, Throop

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (Acts 28:2). Each year, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together with members of local congregations to celebrate our common faith in Jesus Christ, to honor, lift-up and validate this faith. We are reminded of the importance of need for “unusual Kindness” in the dialogue that leads to growth in unity. We do this in a world where separation and division hinder the quest for Christian Unity. In 2020, we are being called to show unusual Kindness towards one another.

Join us as we come together in prayerful withes for Christian Unity by heeding Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one”. Refreshments and fellowship to follow in the parish hall.

Host Pastor: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

Message to be shared by Rev. Dale Morrell, Pastor, Blakely Primitive Methodist Church.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

March 15, 2020

Congratulations Aaron Joseph Butash, son of Joseph and Ali Butash, who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God Bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

PALM COLLECTION

As we move forward planning for the Lenten season, please bring dried palm from your homes and leave in a bag in the vestibule of our parishes to be reverently disposed. The palms brought will be burned and used as the ashes to mark ourselves as we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.

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

As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world. O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.

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.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world.

O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.

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

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

Thursday March 19th 1:30pm at Blessed Sacrament.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT

Saturday, March 21st from 9am - noon at Blessed Sacrament Parish. This retreat is mandatory for First Communion Candidates.

LET THE BEATITUDES BE "MY ATTITUDE" THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT

Mondays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6pm.

VNA Hospice & Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the parking lot and enter through rear door. This free Lenten Bible Study will utilize the bible, video lessons, and discussion as we explore the Beatitudes and all that Jesus taught. Please call 570- 383-5180 for additional information.

THE CURSILLO - MEN'S ANNUAL RETREAT

Thursday, March 26 thru Sunday March 29th at St. Gabriel's retreat center in Clarks Summit. The Cursillo is a short course in Christianity, and its goal is to make Christ the primary influence in society. For more information, contact James Scoblick at 570-351-8509.

"LIFT HIGH THE CROSS: REMEMBERING PASSIONIST COMPASSION WORLDWIDE 1720-2020"

This exhibit about the historical traditions and ministries of the Passionist Community is on display until April 19th at the University of Scranton's Weinberg Memorial Library - 5th Floor.

"OUR MODERN QUEST FOR COMPASSION OF THE MIND AND HEART:REFLECTION ON THE PASSIONIST TRADITION, 1720-2020"

This reception and program will be on April 1st at 6pm on the 5th floor of the Weinberg Memorial Library. It will be given by Father Rob Carbonneau, C.P., Ph. D, adjunct professor of History and Passionist Historian.

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.

COMEDY NIGHT AT HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL

Saturday, March 28th. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 which includes three comedy acts, dinner, drinks, and door prizes. Must be 21 to attend.BYOB. Reservations are required. Please call Renee at 570-614-3727.

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.

Retrouvaille Weekend for Couples

Is your marriage going down the right road…or is it a little off track? Are you already separated? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication. Couples of al faiths as well as non-religious couples are welcome. For more information contact 717-356-2185 or visit the website at www.HelpOurMarriage.org.

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.

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

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday January 14th @ 6:30pm, Kelley Hall

Deacon Ed Shoener of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish will join us for our conversation on how the local church might better serve members of the community with mental health needs: about support, education, compassionate care. Join us for our dialogue, we’re always looking for new faces and ideas.

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.

STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Cancelled until further notice.

Thank You! 2019

Thak You!

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

THANK YOU!

Blessed Sacrament has received a generous donation in Memory of Veronica Iwanicki Gutknecht & Joseph Gutknecht from their daughter. Blessed Sacrament has received a generous donation in memory of Joseph L. & Ann V. Rudzinski and for the Rudzinski & Peko families from their family.

MANY THANKS to all those who have dropped off coats and food items. Your generosity is amazing and overwhelming.

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.

Thank You! 2020

Thak You!

THANK YOU! Holy Cross has received a generous donation in memory of Paul Kolcharno, offered by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Behl.

THANK YOU! Holy Cross has received a generous donation in memory of Paul Kolcharno, offered by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Marek. Blessed Sacrament has received generous donations in memory of Theresa Cucura, offered by Mildred Washenik and Frank "Babe" Scozzaro and John Scozzaro, offered by Barbara Scozzaro and Daughter.

HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT would like to thank Holy Cross Confraternity of Christian Women

for the purchase of new computers for the office. Money used was from the December Lotto. Also, a thank you to parishioners and friends for participating with the Lotto which made this possible.THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a donation in memory of Michael Hegedus offered by Maryann Chindemi.

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received generous donations in memory of George Barbolish offered by Leonard & Carol Sowinski and Elaine & Sandra Cameli. Thank you!

HOLY CROSS PARISH has received a generous Christmas donation from the Knights of Columbus, Olyphant Council 1095. Thank you! We have also received a generous memorial donation in Memory of Carl Kulwanoski and Peter Squirlock from Susan Williams. BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a generous donation in memory of the Chorba, Mezick, & Gambal Families from Dr. James & Pat Mezick.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION GRATITUDE

Thank you for your very generous Christmas offering. We are ever grateful for your generosity to the parish, especially in these very challenging economic times. If you were away over the holidays, please consider helping us reach our goal for this important yearly collection which helps us catch up on some of our outstanding bills. God bless you for your generosity in placing your parish community high on your gift list!

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 BAPTISM OF THE LORD

First Reading: Isaiah 42:1—4, 6--7
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 29:1—2, 3—4, 3, 9—10
The Lord will bless his people with peace.

Second Reading: Acts of the Apostles 10:34—38
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Gospel: Matthew 3:13—17
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.

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 HOLY FAMILY OF JESUS, MARY, AND JOSEPH, CYCLE A

Readings & Background

First Reading: Sirach 3:2-7,12-14 Honor to one’s parents will be rewarded.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2,3,4-5 Happy are those who follow the Lord’s ways.

Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21 (or short form, Colossians 3:12-17) Do all things in the name of Jesus and give thanks to God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 2:13-15,19-23 In a dream, God tells Joseph to flee to Egypt to protect Jesus from King Herod.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today we celebrate the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. As we do so, our Gospel invites us to consider Joseph’s protection of Jesus in the face of danger. Just as in the announcement of Jesus’ birth, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream. The angel warns him of Herod’s plans to harm Jesus. Joseph follows the command of the angel and takes Joseph and Mary to Egypt, returning only after receiving word in another dream that it was safe to do so.

This feast is part of the Christmas season, so we should look at today’s Gospel in the context of what Scripture tells us about Jesus’ birth. Today’s reading is found in the Gospel of Matthew, following the story of the visit of the Magi. Recall that Matthew’s story about the birth of Jesus makes Joseph the primary character. Among Matthew’s themes in this infancy narrative is Jesus as the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about the messiah. Indeed, the story of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt recalls the story of Moses in the Book of Exodus.

It should also be noted that today’s reading omits the verses that recount Herod’s order of the massacre of the infant boys in and around Bethlehem. We mark this event on the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28.

These events remind us of the difficult reality of Jesus’ birth. While the story of the Magi’s visit will be recalled in our liturgy on the Feast of the Epiphany, our Christmas celebration is made more sober by the recollection that not everyone received Christ’s birth with joy or obedience.

Herod’s jealousy and malice contrast with Joseph’s obedience to the words of the angel. The Holy Family’s escape to Egypt and the massacre that Jesus is saved from remind us of the struggles and sacrifices that are required as preparation for God’s salvation.

THE RITE OF ELECTION OF CATECHUMENS

The Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to continuing Conversion of Candidates who are Preparing for Reception into the Full Communion of the Catholic Church is celebrated each year on the First Sunday of Lent. We pray for those entering into Lent, as they have made their intention known to join us at the table of the Lord, as we, baptized members of the Roman Catholic Church, reflect upon our initiation and prepare to be renewed in our Baptism at Easter.

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

Cancelled until further notice.

Welcome to New Parishoners

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SICK

Our Lady Of Lourdes

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes is Tuesday February 11th. The World Day of the Sick was instituted by Saint John Paull II in 1992 and has three permanent themes.

  1. It reminds the faithful to pray intensely and sincerely for those who are sick.
  2. The celebration invites Christians to reflect and respond to human suffering.
  3. This day recognizes and honors all persons who word in healthcare and all who serve as caregivers.

"Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and to anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord." ...James 5:13

On Tuesday, February 11 all are invited to join us for a Holy Hour, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 215 Rebecca Street, Throop. In the context of Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of the Sick will be celebrated. All who seek the comfort, grace and consolation of the Sacrament are invited to be anointed, as we pray for healing and strength for the members of our community. Those who seek healing, those who are praying for the sick, family members and friends, and care givers are encouraged to join us.

PRAYER FOR THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

God of wholeness, of space, time and light,

Your presence peers in all and overall events and experiences of life,

I come to pray,

For the most vulnerable among us- The broken in mind, body and spirit.

For them You have come to be most near. They are among Your chosen ones,

To manifest Your healing and saving powers- Of mercy, patience, and faithful endurance.

As on the Cross,

Through this, our humanity You took on, In love, for love.

Touch and make holy, their sufferings Breathe in them Your Spirit.

Immerse and wash through old cells, Your precious blood and water.

Hide and make as Your own, their wounds. Hear them when they cry out, "Jesus, remember me."

They bend, like bruised reeds, but not broken. Like the good thief Dismas, not spurned.

For in all.who is like You, O God of compassion?

"Your will be done."

A new morning is birthed.

Amen. Isabelita Boquiren BCC