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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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14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings

Mark 6: 1-6

Ezekiel 2: 2-5

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10

Mark begins a new theme narrative with today’s Gospel: the blindness of people to the Power and authority of Jesus. The people of his hometown reject his message. They consider Jesus too much “one of them” to be taken seriously. They are too obsessed with superficialities – occupation, ancestry, origins – to realize God present in their midst and to be affected by that presence.

Today’s first reading is the story of another prophet who experienced trying times. Ezekiel is called by God to speak his word to his own people – Judean Jews who have been repatriated from their beloved Jerusalem to Babylon. They are a defeated, distrusting people who feel abandoned by God and suspicious of anyone who claims to speak of the God they, in fact, had themselves “rebelled” against.

In the final reading in this weekly series from his letters to the Corinthians (second reading), Paul reflects on the difficult challenge of discipleship.

Themes:

The authority of inspiration.

There is the kind of authority that one possesses by virtue of an office or position, the authority that bestows the “power” to make decisions and set policy. But there is another kind of authority that one possesses by virtue of study, performance or commitment to a high set of moral and ethical standards, an authority that give that individual the “power” to inspire. Such is the authority of Jesus. His authority is not derived from his ability to manipulate the fears, suspicions, apathy or ignorance of those around him but from the spirit of mercy, justice and compassion he is able to call forth from them. Those who speak not to our emotions and wants but to our consciences, who speak not in catchy slogans and buzz words but in the conviction of their actions possess the authority of Jesus that is deserving of our respect and attentiveness.

2019 Mass Intention Book to Open

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

AED TRAINING

An AED (automated external defibrillator) is placed in the sacristy at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. On Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross, Olyphant; an AED training session will take place. The session allows the trainee to learn how and when to use an AED. All are welcome to participate.

Altar Flowers

October 7, 2018

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

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

MASS FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE --- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 6:30 PM, BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH

The Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of Scranton, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States as well as the universal church, continue to respond to Pope Francis’ call to pray for, help heal and proactively protect children from the terrible sin of sexual abuse. For whenever we have failed to protect our children, we beg God’s forgiveness. For whenever we have failed to support victims of sexual abuse, we beg for their forgiveness. We have learned from the pain of such moments to motivate a rigorous prevention program.

We invite and encourage all who are able to join us in prayer for healing and forgiveness, seeking the strength needed from the Eucharist to chart a path forward, renewing our commitment and ensuring that we remain vigilant against the scourge of abuse.

HOLY HOUR FOR LIFE - DATE CHANGE

Thursday, October 22, 6:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Every Life. Cherished. Chosen. Sent

God creates every person for eternal union with Himself and continually invites us to embrace a loving relationship with Him. Each person is cherished, chosen and sent into the world. We are all sent into the larger community, called to be messengers of God’s love, treating one another as cherished and chosen by Him. In doing so, we help build a culture that respects all human life. The church has consistently taught that every human life is precious and worthy of protection. Every intentional abortion is gravely wrong. In 2018, Pope Francis wrote: “Our defense of the innocent unborn…needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development.”

JOIN US AT BLESSED SACRAMENT on Saturday (October 13)

after the 5:30 PM Mass for our annual HNS Fall Hospitality. Apple Cider Doughnuts, Hot and Cold Apple Cider, Coffee, surprises and new this Autumn: Soup. Fellowship and some enjoyable seasonal treats for all. Join us outside by our heritage monument. All are welcome!

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING, Thursday, October 18, 1:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish.

HOLY NAME SOCIETY COMMUNION BREAKFAST

Sunday, November 25 after the 9:30 AM Mass. All are invited! See Adam Nosak or Joseph Butash for tickets. A reminder that all Altar-Servers and their parents or guardians are invited as guests of the Holy Name Society. More details forthcoming.

THE HOLY NAME SOCIETY AT BLESSED SACRAMENT will hold their monthly meeting Sunday, October 14 at 7:00 PM. All are invited!

BATON TWIRLING LESSONS

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

FAMILY FESTIVAL THANK YOU!

Thank you to all who supported the 13th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival. All donors, volunteers of all agesparishioners and non-parishioners, and all who attended the three day event, contributed to Blessed Sacrament’s largest fundraiser. The 50/50 Grand Prize was $1500.00 won by Diane Kujawski. The Family Festival final profit will be determined after all the bills are payed. Again, a big thank you to everybody!

13th ANNUAL BLESSED SACRAMENT FAMILY

FESTIVAL netted a profit of $14,719.35. Thank you to all donors, volunteers and parishioners and friends of the Parish for supporting our parish’s largest fundraiser. See you next August!

Highlights from Saturday


Highlights from Friday


BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HISTORY PROJECT

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

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

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

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

APPRECIATION TO STITCHERS CLUB

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

HOLY NAME SOCIETY SEARCHING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Why not consider joining the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish? Meetings are held only once a month. Dues are minimal. Help our parish community grow in a spiritual and social way that has a rich tradition in the history of the Catholic Parishes in the community of Throop. The Holy Name needs new members, junior members are most welcome. If you are a member and have not paid your dues for 2013, please contact Adam Nosak.

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

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES

Unexpected Pregnancy

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

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING

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

Cemetery Maintenance

Please note, we are most concerned about the maintenance and up-keep of our cemeteries; however, certain work can only be done at certain times of the year. New grass cannot be planted until the weather has sufficiently warmed – approximately early May. All new graves must settle for several months before any replanting of grass can be done or headstones can be installed. Grave markers and headstones cannot be installed during the winter months as the concrete footer will crack. Grave markers are installed by the monument companies as soon as the weather permits and the grave has settled. Our maintenance men have started to work on our cemeteries this past week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our six cemeteries clean and up-kept as a sign of dignity for those who have gone before us.

Community Lunch Begins 4th Year!

Congratulations to our volunteers who help us to conduct our weekly community lunch.

We have served 11,298 meals over 146 weeks totaling 292 volunteer hours with the assistance of 60 + volunteers. We’re grateful to our dear friend Michael McDonnell who prepares and transports lunch to us from St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen each week. Thanks to our volunteers who come by to set up, serve, spend time with our neighbors and friends and then stay for cleanup. Thanks to our parish staff as well and a huge chunk of gratitude is extended to Jackie Musyt for coordinating and supervising our efforts.

We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 PM (it is also the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) in Holy Cross Parish with all of our volunteers who assist us each week.

Confraternity of Christian Women

CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

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

THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is seeking new members!

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

CONGRATULATIONS ON 33 YEARS OF SERVICE TO GOD'S PEOPLE MONSIGNOR DELANEY

Thank you so much for all you do for us!

COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

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

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

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

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL

Your generosity helps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Our Parish goals for 2018: Blessed Sacrament $17,000.00 and Holy Cross $50,000.00. As always, thank you for your generosity.

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH GOALS MET!!!

A NOTE FROM BISHOP BAMBERA

Dear Monsignor Delaney,

Congratulations to you and your parishioners for surpassing your parish goal for our 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal.

I appreciate your commitment to helping us once again raise more than $5 million in gifts and pledges to support all of our Diocesan ministries. Thank you for “walking together in the light of Christ” to bring joy and hope to all who seek our assistance.

Kindly extend my gratitude to your parishioners for their generous spirit and faithful service to your parish and to our Diocese. When we open our hearts to extend God’s mercy and love to our sisters and brothers, we grow as disciple of Jesus Christ. May God bless you and your parishioners as you continue to share His mercy6 and love in all that you do.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Joseph C. Bambera
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton

As always thank you for your generosity.

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Pastor

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Frank Brilla, Mary “Molly” Farinola, Genevieve Yazdzik, Fred Clark, Joan Breig, Robert Grady Sr., Justin “Pokey” Poklemba, Joseph C. Price Sr., Joan M. Breig, Ann Putignano, Carol Meranti Shamonsky, Forrest Carpenter, Geraldine Stine, Lucille Shimkus, Kara Noel Santarelli.

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

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.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish

HOLY CROSS DECEMBER LOTTO IS BACK

Volunteers will be calling to get your orders for tickets. Tickets are $10.00 and good for the month of December. Please be kind to the callers. Watch the bulletin for pick-up date of tickets. Please DO NOT send money in until you have your tickets.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Adoration Hours are Available

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held in St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish from Monday at 8:30 AM until Friday at 6:00 PM. If you would like to experience a peaceful hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, there are open hours: Monday midnight, Tuesday 1:00 PM, Wednesday 6:00 PM, Thursday 9:00 AM, Friday 11:00 AM & 12 Noon. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

EUCHARISTIC – 12 YEARS OF ADORATION

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

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

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

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

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

HOLY CROSS CHICKEN BBQ THANKS!


Cash Raffle Winners: $50.00 April Morris, $100.00 Dorothy Cipilewski, $100.00 Kathy Williams, $250.00 John P. Wargo, $500.00 Jeanine Shuta-Suhanick. A profit of $13,266.96 was made on the BBQ. Thank you once again to everyone who helped in some way and a special thank you to Tom & Mary Kearney for once again taking on the title of “Chairmen.”

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

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

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

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

How You Can Make a Difference

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

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

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

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

How to Make a Good Confession

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

Going to Confession:

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

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

IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

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

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PASTORAL HOSPITAL VISITS

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

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

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

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

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

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

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

Know a Marriage That Needs Help

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

MARRIAGE CONVALIDATION

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

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

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

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

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

MASS CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

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

Memorial /Honor Candles

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

September 2, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of the Morell & Rose Families offered by Mary Ann & Tom.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Joseph McCarthy Sr, Alice McCarthy, Clara Szustak & Lunario Families offered by Florence McCarthy.

September 9, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of George A. Kalavsky offered by Niece Rebecca.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Mary & Michael Blaha offered by Daughter Mary and Granddaughter Deborah.

September 16, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Corrine Griggs and Deceased Family offered by Bill Griggs & Kaitlin.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Karen Kowalski offered by Husband Dan & Children.

September 23, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of John J. Krajewski offered by Sons.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Bertha Laskowski & the DeGutis & Pogorelski Families offered by Robert & Ann Marie Stine & Family.

September 30, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of the Pawlowski, Novak, Mase, Oleniacz Families offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Concetta, Arnold, Robert, Sandra, Dolores Ligi offered by Marie Martillotti Family.

October 7, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Michael Zuczek Jr. offered by wife & daughter.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Therese Peko offered by the Blessed Sacrament Stichers.

October 14, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Joseph F. Pawlowski offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Dominick Rocco offered by wife, Toni.

October 21, 2018

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of John J. Krajewski offered by Wife, Eileen.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Mother Rose Stine Greenwood and Brother Edward Stine offered by Robert & Ann Marie Stine & 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.

Movie Night

Paul, Apostle of Christ

MOVIE NIGHT: PAUL APOSTLE OF CHRIST Wednesday, October 24; 6:30 PM; Kelley Hall

St. Paul, who goes from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Christ’s most influential Apostle, is spending his last days in a dark and bleak prison cell awaiting execution. Before Paul’s death sentence can be enacted, Luke resolves to write another “book,” one that details the beginning of “The Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the Christian Church. Their faith challenged an empire. Their words charged the world and continue to transform hearts. 107 minutes.

NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Readings:
Isaiah 49: 1-6
Acts 13: 22-26
Luke 1: 56-66,80.

This fest, a segment of Advent in the season of Ordinary Time, makes us aware of the wonderful inner relationship between the sacred mysteries; for we are still in the midst of one Church year and already a bridge is being erected to the coming year of grace.

Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint’s death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original sin (for which reason even her very conception is commemorated by a special feast), and John was cleansed of original sin in the womb of his mother. This is the dogmatic justification for today’s feast. In the breviary St. Augustine explains the reason for today’s observance in the following words:

“Apart from the most holy solemnity commemorating our Savior’s birth, the Church keeps the birthday of no other person except that of John the Baptist. (The feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin had not yet been introduced.) In the case of other saints or of God’s chosen ones, the Church as you know, solemnizes the day on which they were reborn to everlasting beatitude after ending the trials of this life and gloriously triumphing over the world.

“For all these the final day of their lives, the day on which they completed their Earthly service is honored. But for John the day of his birth, the day on which he began this mortal life is likewise sacred. The reason for this is, of course, that the Lord willed to announce to men His own coming through the Baptist, lest if He appeared suddenly, they would fail to recognize Him. John represented the Old Covenant and the Law. Therefore he preceded the Redeemer, even as the Law preceded and heralded the new dispensation of grace.

In other words, today’s feast anticipates the feast of Christmas. Taking an overall view, we keep during the course of the year only two mysteries, that of Christ’s Incarnation and that of His Redemption. The Redemption mystery is the greater of the two; the Incarnation touches the human heart more directly. To the Redemption mystery the entire Easter season is devoted, from Septuagesima until Pentecost; and likewise every Sunday of the year, because Sunday is Easter in miniature.

The Christmas season has for its object the mystery of God-become-Man, to which there is reference only now and then during the remaining part of the year, e.g., on Marian feasts, especially that of the Annunciation (March 25) and today’s feast in honor of the Baptist. In a sense, then, we are celebrating Christ’s incarnation today. The birth of Jesus is observed on December 25 at the time of the winter solstice, while the birth of His forerunner is observed six months earlier at the time of the summer solstice. Christmas is a “light” feast; the same is true today. The popular custom centering about “St. John’s Fire” stems from soundest Christian dogma and could well be given renewed attention. St. John’s Fire symbolizes Christ the Light; John was a lamp that burned and shone. We Christians are called to be the light of the world.

Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

TREE LIGHTING – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

at the VNA Office Building, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. This candlelight remembrance is to honor and celebrate the lives of loved ones. November is National Hospice Month and the start of the holiday season. The lights will remain on throughout the holidays as a reminder that they are always with us.

THROOP HOSE COMPANY #1 will hold an egg, pancake & sausage breakfast

at 512 Center Street, Throop on Sunday, October 7. Serving 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Adults $7.00 children 10 and under $3.00. For tickets call Ralph Obelinas at 570-489-9782 or Dave Benson at 570-383-1019.

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY PARISH, JERMYN

will hold a Pork Dinner on Saturday, October 27. Cost is $12.00. Take-outs from 2 to 4 PM; eat in from 5 to 6:30 PM. The meal includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, sauerkraut, rolls, desserts. A raffle basket will also be held. Tickets can be purchased at Sacred Hearts Rectory 570-876- 1061 or at the door.

VISITATION OF THE BVM PARISH FALL FESTIVAL AND CHICKEN DINNER

Saturday, October 20 in the school cafeteria, 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson. Homemade stuffed boneless chicken breast dinner includes salad, mashed potatoes, vegetable, dessert and beverage; adults $12.00, children’s chicken nugget dinner $5.00. 12 Noon until 6:00 PM. Tickets are available at the parish office 570-489-2091.

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY PARISH, JERMYN will hold a Pork Dinner

on Saturday, October 27. Cost is $12.00. Take-outs from 2 to 4 PM; eat in from 5 to 6:30 PM. The meal includes roast pork, mashed potatoes, green beans, sauerkraut, rolls, desserts. A raffle basket will also be held. Tickets can be purchased at Sacred Hearts Rectory 570-876- 1061 or at the door.

VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY

has two fundraising events coming up: New York City Day trip, Saturday, October 27. Pick up at Valley Community Library, dropping off at W. 77th Street and Central Park West. Cost $40.00 for bus. For $70.00 trip will include entrance and tour of “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” at New York Historical Society. For information 570-489-1765.

Fall Book Sale at Valley Community Library on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday November 8 from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Prices vary from 25 cents to $2.00.

ST. LUCY’S will hold their annual Candlelight Rosary Novena

October 6 through October 14. Please come to pray for our world, our church and individual intentions. The Rosary will be recited by Candlelight and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be observed each night. Contact 570-347-9421 for any questions.

THE LIONS CLUB OF OLYPHANT and the Mid- Valley Leo Club will conduct their annual “White Cane Days”

on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21. Please be generous. All funds received from this drive are for ongoing sight conservation and eye research projects, hearing programs and other community betterment projects.

BUILD A SPARTAN FOUNDATION’S 2ND ANNUAL SPOOKTACULAR

Saturday, October 27; 2:30 to 7 PM, Mid Valley Sports Complex, 52 Underwood Road, Throop.

This free admission event includes a Mid Valley youth soccer tournament, basket raffle extravaganza, custom corn hole game set raffle, food and refreshments, games for kids of all ages and the Spooktacular raffle.

Spooktacular raffle tickets are $50 and can be purchased at the event or in advance at the following locations: All Mid Valley home football games; Olyphant Borough Building; Sanderson St. Traven, Throop; DC Pet Center, Dickson; Debbie’s Flower Boutique, Jermyn. If all tickets are sold, the maximum prizes are: $10,000; $3,000; $2,000. If fewer tickets are sold, prizes will be scaled proportionally to maintain a 50/50 split.

The Build A Spartan Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 2016 to support academics, arts, and athletics at the Mid Valley School District.

Visit BuildASpartan.org for more information.

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS SOCIETY

will hold a Rummage & Bake Sale on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 in the Parish Center, Prospect Avenue, Scranton from 9 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

THROOP HOSE COMPANY #1 will hold an egg, pancake & sausage breakfast

at 512 Center Street, Throop on Sunday, October 7. Serving 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Adults $7.00 children 10 and under $3.00. For tickets call Ralph Obelinas at 570-489-9782 or Dave Benson at 570-383-1019.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

will hold an Open House on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 PM. Seventh and eighth grade students, their parents and families are cordially invited to attend. Scholarship entrance exam will be held on Saturday, December 1. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the exam starts at 9 AM. Students may pre-register by calling 570-941-7737, extension 141 or by visiting www.scrantonprep.com.

VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU TO “HEAL FROM GRIEF”…..A WORKSHOP

on two consecutive Thursday evenings, and October 4 & 11 at 6:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for education, support and conversation. They will explore feelings and emotions related to the sadness of losing someone we love, but also the best way to take care of ourselves. For additional information please call 570-383-5180. Park behind the VNA building and enter through the rear door.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL CRAFT FAIR

will be held on October 21 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the school 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore. Over 95 vendors, basket raffle, door prizes and homemade food available. Admission $3.00, $2.00 for seniors and students; 12 and under free. Information 570-614-3727.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

will host two Open House events for prospective and students and their families on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday November 4.

At the Open House, participants can learn about Scranton’s 68 undergraduate majors, meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted throughout the day and will include residence halls, dining halls, computer labs, science labs and academic facilities.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For information contact Scranton’s Admission Office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 28 from 12 Noon until 3:00 PM at 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore.

Holy Cross continues the rich heritage of Catholic secondary education within the Diocese of Scranton. Our High School provides each student with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and promises to help them fulfill their future goals. Financial assistance is available. Check us out at www.hchspa.org!

CRAFT FAIR

sponsored by the Women’s Guild of Divine Mercy Parish, Davis Street, Scranton, on Saturday, September 29 from 9 AM to 3 PM in the Parish Center. Door prizes all day, bake sale, refreshments. Admission $2.00.

ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS SOCIETY

will hold a Rummage & Bake Sale on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 in the Parish Center, Prospect Avenue, Scranton from 9 AM to 3:30 PM each day.

PUBLIC SQUARE ROSARY RALLY

will be held on Saturday, October 13 at 12 Noon at the Olyphant Train Station. This rally is going on all over the USA, sponsored by America Needs Fatima. Please come and join with others in prayer.

BATON TWIRLING LESSONS

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

MARYWOOD’S LIFE LONG LEARNERS

will have a bus trip to West Point on Wednesday, October 3. The bus will leave Marywood at 8:00 AM and includes a guided tour and lunch at the Historic Thayer Hotel, price $120.00. On December 3 the group will visit Longwood Gardens, lunch will also be included for $110.00. For reservations call 570-383-0544.

OLYPHANT HOSE COMPANY NO. 2

will hold a chicken barbecue on Saturday, September 22, Noon to 4:00 PM. It is take out only. Cost is $10.00 and tickets are available at the firehouse (located behind the Olyphant Borough building), any member or call 570- 489-3473.

“SUMMER FOREVER”

Larry Spegar recently filmed and directed several segments from summer events throughout northeast Pennsylvania, which are now televised on local Comcast station EC-TV and titled “Summer Forever.”

The events included in the feature are Jessup’s “Race of the Saints,” Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant “Chicken Barbecue,” Blessed Sacrament, Throop “Family Festival,” St. Rocco, Dunmore “Procession of Faith,” LaFesta Italiana and “The Little League World Series,” including film of the title game and interviews with players, coaches and families from World Series Champions, Honolulu Hawaii.

The focus of “Summer Forever” is to celebrate family, friends and community (and of course, Good Food). For more information call 570-498-8066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

HEALING MASS

will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM.

GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY

- The Cathedral of St. Peter’s Parish will once again hold a Grief Support group program for people in our community who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In our community we are frequently reminded of the reality of Death, and of our Christian responsibility to offer some degree of comfort to those who mourn. Our Ministry is not confined to Parish members only and is available to anyone in the community who feels the need to participate in a Grief Ministry Program. The next group will meet weekly for 4 weeks starting Wednesday, September 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue. If you would like to attend please contact the Cathedral Parish Office at 570-344-7231.

SAINT JOSEPH’S CENTER AUXILIARY 8TH ANNUAL CHICKEN DINNER

< will be held Sunday, September 23; 12:00 PM until 4:00PM, 2010 Adams Avenue, Scranton. Tickets $10.00 and must be purchased in advance. Drive thru take out or limited seating. Back this year Mr. Yock’s BBQ. Menu: half roasted chicken, baked potato, corn, roll, bottle of TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 water, cookie. For more information please call 570- 963-1290.

ST. LUCY’S CHURCH

will be having their annual “Take Out Penne Pasta” dinner on Thursday, September 20 from 3 to 7 PM. Dinners include: penne Pasta, meatballs, salad, bread and dessert (containers provided). Dinners can be picked up in the church auditorium or drive thru is available in church parking lot. Dinners are $10.00 each.

SAINT GABRIEL’S FALL RETREAT

October 19-21, Men & Women’s Retreat- “The Passion of Jesus Christ”: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Retreat Center. Retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, (registration 7 PM), and ends after the noon meal on Sunday. Retreat consists of conferences, personal reflection, reconciliation and liturgy. A deposit is required. Information please call 570-586-4957.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH, DUNMORE

will offer a new study titled “Speaking God’s Love: Understanding the Sacraments.” Their parish’s devotional ministry team will lead a journey through the seven sacraments. The program will begin Monday, September 17 and will run for seven sessions from 7 to 8:15 pm each Monday through October 29 and will be held at the parish rectory. If you are interested please call the parish office.

NEW MAUSOLEUM FOR OUR MOTHER OF SORROWS CEMETERY

will be built at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Greenfield Township, in the near future. An investment in a mausoleum ensures a peaceful, maintenance-free resting place that will last for centuries to come. Pre-planning your cemetery arrangements will relieve your family and help to provide the peace of mind they deserve. Discounts are available for pre-purchases. For information please call St. Rose Parish Office at 570-282-2991.

HEALING MASS

will be held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, 322 Chestnut Street, Dunmore on Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH, DUNMORE

will offer a new study titled “Speaking God’s Love: Understanding the Sacraments.” Their parish’s devotional ministry team will lead a journey through the seven sacraments. The program will begin Monday, September 17 and will run for seven sessions from 7 to 8:15 pm each Monday through October 29 and will be held at the parish rectory. If you are interested please call the parish office at 570-346-7429 or e-mail Greg Solfanelli at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CHURCH UPCOMING TRIPS:

Woodloch Pines “Dinner & Show”- Wednesday, October 17, $70.00 per person includes bus, dinner and a show. $35.00 deposit due with reservation. Army Football at West Point “Army vs Air Force” on Saturday, November 3. Price $99.00 per person includes lunch. $50.00 deposit due with reservation. Please call St. Mary’s 570-489-2019 for information.

GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY

- The Cathedral of St. Peter’s Parish will once again hold a Grief Support group program for people in our community who are grieving the loss of a loved one. In our community we are frequently reminded of the reality of Death, and of our Christian responsibility to offer some degree of comfort to those who mourn. Our Ministry is not confined to Parish members only and is available to anyone in the community who feels the need to participate in a Grief Ministry Program that offers spiritual as well as emotional support during the weeks, months or years following the death of a close family member or friend. The next group will meet weekly for 4 weeks starting Wednesday, September 5 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue. If you feel that you may benefit from this program and would like to attend please contact the Cathedral Parish Office at 570-344-7231.

MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATION SCIENCES & DISORDERS DEPARTMENT

Donate your hearing aids regardless of age or condition. The Hearing Aid Donation Center begins the process of recycling and remanufacturing hearing aids for those in need. Your donated hearing aids will help others enjoy the sounds many of us take for granted. Please consider dropping off your used hearing aids to the Marywood University Audiology Clinic who will ship the aids to Hearing Aid Charities of America at no cost to you. All donations are tax deductible through Hearing Aid Charities of America and you will receive a letter of acknowledgment from them upon receipt of your hearing aid. For additional information please contact the Marywood University Audiology Clinic at 570-348-6299.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR TO HOSE FURNITURE & HOME FURNISHING SALE

The Little Sisters of the Poor will host a furniture and home furnishing sale on Saturday, September 22 through Sunday, September 30, in the auditorium of Holy Family Residence. The sale will take place from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday and 12 to 4 PM on Sunday. The Sisters will also sell their famous homemade scones. All items must be taken on the day they are purchased. Delivery is not available. For more information please call Sister Joan at 570-840-6214.

DIOCESAN SCOUT MASS

will be held on Thursday, June 7 at 7:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Scranton. Scouts who have earned the Ad Altare Dei, Pope Paul Pius XII, I Live My Faith, Mary the First Disciple and Spirit Alive religious emblems will be invited to this Mass. Family members and scout leaders are also invited. The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton, will be celebrant.

SISTERS OF SAINTS CYRIL & METHODIUS, DANVILLE

will hold their Annual Summer Festival, Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am to 5:00 pm. Fun, food, games, flea market, baked goods, dinner, bingo and much more. Saturday Mass for Sunday 5:00 pm in the Basilica. Come out and support the sisters who served Olyphant and the Mid Valley area for many years.

UP AND OVER – MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT

On June 1-3, middle school students from across the Diocese of Scranton will gather at camp Orchard Hill in Dallas for the Up & Over Jr. High Retreat This retreat is designed to teach students problem solving skills, communication and team building through small group sessions and diverse activities such as a low-ropes obstacle course. Students are guaranteed to leave the weekend with new friends, a different perspective of their faith, and skills that they’ll be able to put to use! For more information visit dioceseofscranton.org or call 570-207-2213x1155.

New York Yankees vs Baltamore Orioles

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

9TH ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC - 2018

The Diocese of Scranton hosts the 9th Vocations Golf Classic on Monday, July 9 at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top. This golf outing benefits our future priests through the Vianney Endowment which helps fund seminarian education and programs to foster vocations and assist men in priestly discernment. The Endowment also helps to ensure that no men hesitates to answer God’s call due to prior financial obligation. Call the Development Office with questions 570-207- 2250.

QUO VADIS DAYS – HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP JUNE 24 – 27, 2018

The Diocesan Vocations Office started the “Quo Vadis” experience for high school young men at Misericordia University in June of 2015. Bringing together young men who are serious about their intentional and missionary disciples and supports their ongoing vocational discernment. On line registration opens May 1: vocations.dioceseofscranton.org. Cost $40.00 (please notify our office; our parish will cover cost). Questions: Father Don Williams, Director of Vocations and Seminarians 570-207-1452; Monsignor Michael J. Delaney 570-489-0752.

TELESPOND SENIOR SERVICES

is holding a designer handbag bingo on October 28, 1 to 4 PM at the Eagle McClure Hose Co., Old Forge. Tickets are $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. For more information please call 570-346-7860. Tickets are also available at Telespond, 1200 Saginaw St., Scranton.

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

TELESPOND SENIOR SERVICES, INC. “SENIOR COMPANION PROGRAM”

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

MCDADE/CHICHILLA APARTMENTS

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

VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU TO “HEAL FROM GRIEF”…..A WORKSHOP

on three consecutive Thursday evenings, September 27 and October 4 & 11 at 6:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for education, support and conversation. They will explore feelings and emotions related to the sadness of losing someone we love, but also the best way to take care of ourselves. For additional information please call 570-383-5180. Park behind the VNA building and enter through the rear door.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FAMILY HISTORY?

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

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

SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CHURCH BINGO

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

SILVER CIRCLE

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

United Neighborhood Center Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center

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

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

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

The Call to Carmel

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

MONDAY NIGHT BINGO

At Visitation BVM Parish Center

In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

Progressive Jackpot

Admission Package includes 27 Games!

Prize of $100 per game!

$150 prize for specials!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

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

Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

McDonnell Family Fundraiser

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

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

Marywood University Aphasia Group

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

McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

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

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

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

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

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

Altar Bread Department

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

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

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

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

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

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

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

First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

September 2, 2018

Congratulations Nolan Franco Bhagwandass, son of Nithin & Nicole Bhagwandass who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

September 9, 2018

Congratulations Jessica Olivia Yasinskas daughter of Joseph and Jennifer Yasinskas who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

September 23, 2018

Congratulations Kieran John & Chaney Michael Carito, sons of Francis & Maura Carito who were baptized at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

September 30, 2018

Congratulations Bryer Noel Boynton son of Corey & Brooke Boynton and Jeffrey Scott Wisneski son of Jeffrey & Dana Wisneski who were baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

October 7, 2018

Congratulations Aliyah Marie Fox daughter of Brandon Fox and Alexus Swingle 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.

November 19, 2017

READINGS: Matthew 25: 14-30

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

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

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

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

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

THEMES:

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

OFFICE CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Deacon Edward Casey and Deacon Ryan Glenn have been ordained priests of the Diocese of Scranton by our Bishop, Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. on Saturday, June 9.

Congratulations to Father Casey and Father Glenn. May God bless them with many happy years of service to the Church of Scranton.

Parish Registration & Membership

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

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

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

Prayer for Vocation

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

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

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

We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen

PRAYER THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer

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

VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY has two fundraising events coming up: New York City Day trip, Saturday, October 27. Pick up at Valley Community Library, dropping off at W. 77th Street and Central Park West. Cost $40.00 for bus. For $70.00 trip will include entrance and tour of “Harry Potter: A History of Magic” at New York Historical Society. For information 570-489-1765.

Readings for October 21, 2018

FIRST READING: Isaiah 53:10-11 Through his suffering, the servant of Yahweh will justify many.

RESPONSORIAL: PSALM: Psalm 33:4-5,18- 19,20-22 A prayer of praise for God’s mercy.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus is the high priest who sympathizes with our weakness.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:35-45 (shorter form Mark 10:42-45) Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.

Readings for Sunday October 14, 2018

FIRST READING: Wisdom 7:7-11 Wisdom is preferred above gold and silver.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 90:12-13,14- 15,16-17 The Lord fills us with love and joy.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 4:12-13 The Word of God exposes the heart.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:17-30 (shorter form Mark 10:17-27) A man with many possessions asks Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life.

RECITATION OF THE ROSARY

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

Religious Education News

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING, Thursday, October 18 and October 25, 1:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish.

1ST COMMUNION PARENTS MEETING

will take place on Monday, October 15, 6:30 PM at Holy Cross Parish. This meeting is for both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament classes.

CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL Sunday, October 21 at St. Mary’s, Dickson City. Rehearsal is for both candidates and sponsors.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

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

CONFIRMATION RETREAT

CONFIRMATION RETREAT for all candidates will be held on Saturday, September 29, 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the Diocesan Center, Scranton. This retreat is mandatory for all students.

VIRTUS TRAINING

is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24, 6:00 PM at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow. If you are interested in attending please call the Diocesan Office 570-207-2238 or Heather- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 28 from 12 Noon until 3:00 PM at 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore.

Holy Cross continues the rich heritage of Catholic secondary education within the Diocese of Scranton. Our High School provides each student with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and promises to help them fulfill their future goals. Financial assistance is available. Check us out at www.hchspa.org!

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEWS

Confirmation candidates (9th grade) who are receiving Confirmation this year (October 28 at 4:00 PM Mass at Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City) are scheduled for interviews this week, Monday, October 1; Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3. Parents have scheduled the meeting time for their child and are reminded to accompany your child to the interview. Please be prompt as to not delay other candidates for their appointed time. As always, thank you for your cooperation.

YOU ARE INVITED

You are cordially invited to come and join us on September 27, 2:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall as we gather to pray, study and reflect on the Word of God. This isn’t just any invitation, it is an opportunity to ask and seek, to grow spiritually and personally, to prepare well to celebrate Sunday Mass more meaningfully and to encounter the love of our God in His Holy Word. Our gathering will last one hour and consist of praying with the readings for the upcoming Sunday.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 28 from 12 Noon until 3:00 PM at 501 East Drinker Street, Dunmore. Holy Cross continues the rich heritage of Catholic secondary education within the Diocese of Scranton. Our High School provides each student with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and promises to help them fulfill their future goals. Financial assistance is available. Check us out at www.hchspa.org!

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

will host two Open House events for prospective and students and their families on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday November 4.

At the Open House, participants can learn about Scranton’s 68 undergraduate majors, meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted throughout the day and will include residence halls, dining halls, computer labs, science labs and academic facilities.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For information contact Scranton’s Admission Office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

will hold an Open House on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 PM. Seventh and eighth grade students, their parents and families are cordially invited to attend. Scholarship entrance exam will be held on Saturday, December 1. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the exam starts at 9 AM. Students may pre-register by calling 570-941-7737, extension 141 or by visiting www.scrantonprep.com.

VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU TO “HEAL FROM GRIEF”…..A WORKSHOP

on two consecutive Thursday evenings, and October 4 & 11 at 6:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for education, support and conversation. They will explore feelings and emotions related to the sadness of losing someone we love, but also the best way to take care of ourselves. For additional information please call 570-383-5180. Park behind the VNA building and enter through the rear door.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

will host two Open House events for prospective and students and their families on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday November 4.

At the Open House, participants can learn about Scranton’s 68 undergraduate majors, meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted throughout the day and will include residence halls, dining halls, computer labs, science labs and academic facilities.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For information contact Scranton’s Admission Office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

will hold an Open House on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 PM. Seventh and eighth grade students, their parents and families are cordially invited to attend. Scholarship entrance exam will be held on Saturday, December 1. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the exam starts at 9 AM. Students may pre-register by calling 570-941-7737, extension 141 or by visiting www.scrantonprep.com.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITITATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

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

*Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

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

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

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

SAINT GABRIEL’S FALL RETREAT

October 19-21, Men & Women’s Retreat- “The Passion of Jesus Christ”: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Retreat Center. Retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, (registration 7 PM), and ends after the noon meal on Sunday. Retreat consists of conferences, personal reflection, reconciliation and liturgy. A deposit is required. Information please call 570-586-4957.

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH, DUNMORE

will offer a new study titled “Speaking God’s Love: Understanding the Sacraments.” Their parish’s devotional ministry team will lead a journey through the seven sacraments. The program will begin Monday, September 17 and will run for seven sessions from 7 to 8:15 pm each Monday through October 29 and will be held at the parish rectory. If you are interested please call the parish office.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY 2018

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 16. The 2018 theme is be “Living as Missionary Disciples.” Those who the Community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

Our catechists are commissioned this weekend at the 9:30 Am and 11:00 AM Masses.

“SUMMER FOREVER”

Larry Spegar recently filmed and directed several segments from summer events throughout northeast Pennsylvania, which are now televised on local Comcast station EC-TV and titled “Summer Forever.”

The events included in the feature are Jessup’s “Race of the Saints,” Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant “Chicken Barbecue,” Blessed Sacrament, Throop “Family Festival,” St. Rocco, Dunmore “Procession of Faith,” LaFesta Italiana and “The Little League World Series,” including film of the title game and interviews with players, coaches and families from World Series Champions, Honolulu Hawaii.

The focus of “Summer Forever” is to celebrate family, friends and community (and of course, Good Food). For more information call 570-498-8066 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

SAINT GABRIEL’S FALL RETREAT

October 19-21, Men & Women’s Retreat- “The Passion of Jesus Christ”: St. Gabriel’s Passionist Retreat Center. Retreat begins on Friday evening at 7:30 PM, (registration 7 PM), and ends after the noon meal on Sunday. Retreat consists of conferences, personal reflection, reconciliation and liturgy. A deposit is required.

For more information please call the Retreat Office 570-586-4957, or email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS ACCEPTING REGISTRATION

- LaSalle Academy, St. Mary of Mount Carmel and Holy Cross High School, our regional diocesan schools, are now taking student registration for all grades for the 2018-19 school year. Our diocesan schools are committed to educating students in the Catholic faith and providing a Catholic education that is spiritually sound and academically excellent. For more information please call LaSalle Academy at 570-489-2010, St. Mary of Mount Carmel at 570-346-4429 or Holy Cross High School 570-346- 7541.

DO YOU ENJOY READING SCRIPTURE?

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

VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU TO “HEAL FROM GRIEF”…..A WORKSHOP

on four consecutive Thursday evenings, September 20 & 27 and October 4 & 11 at 6:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for education, support and conversation. They will explore feelings and emotions related to the sadness of losing someone we love, but also the best way to take care of ourselves. For additional information please call 570-383-5180. Park behind the VNA building and enter through the rear door.

“COME BACK TO YOUR MAT”

– VNA will present Yoga classes starting Tuesday, September 11 at 6:15 PM and ends on October 16. Classes are $10.00 a lesson. Yoga is a priceless investment in YOURSELF. Classes are 60 minutes long. Please call 570-383-5180 for additional information.

MARYWOOD’S LIFE LONG LEARNERS

will have a bus trip to West Point on Wednesday, October 3. The bus will leave Marywood at 8:00 AM and includes a guided tour and lunch at the Historic Thayer Hotel, price $120.00. On December 3 the group will visit Longwood Gardens, lunch will also be included for $110.00. For reservations call 570-383-0544.

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON will host two Open House events

for prospective and students and their families on Sunday, October 21 and Sunday November 4.

At the Open House, participants can learn about Scranton’s 68 undergraduate majors, meet with faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Student-led campus tours will be conducted throughout the day and will include residence halls, dining halls, computer labs, science labs and academic facilities.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For information contact Scranton’s Admission Office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit

www.scranton.edu/admissions.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

will hold an Open House on Sunday, October 14 from 1 to 4 PM. Seventh and eighth grade students, their parents and families are cordially invited to attend. Scholarship entrance exam will be held on Saturday, December 1. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and the exam starts at 9 AM. Students may pre-register by calling 570-941-7737, extension 141 or by visiting www.scrantonprep.com

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

is scheduled as follows: Wednesday, September 12; 6:00 to 9:00 PM Ascension Parish, Forest City and Wednesday, October 3; 5:30 to 8:30 PM St. Ann Basilica Parish, Scranton. To register please call Kathy Bolinski at 570-207-1453 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please note: this training is not a virtus session.

SCRANTON CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

is sponsoring its 36th annual conference at the University of Scranton during the weekend of August 3 – 5. This year’s theme is “He restores my soul!” The conference will feature inspiring speakers and uplifting music. Mass is celebrated each afternoon. A well-stocked book/gift store will be available. The full weekend registration fee is $50.00 up to and including July 23 and $65.00 after July 23. Single day registration is also available on-site. Commuting and brown-bagging is encouraged, while dormitory housing and cafeteria meals are available at a moderate cost. For registration forms visit our website www.ccrscranton.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ST. MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL, DUNMORE will hold an Open House and Rummage Sale

on Friday, July 20; 4 to 8 PM and Saturday, July 21: 7 AM until 2 PM. School tours will be given. Come join us for treasures and treats!!!

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

group will meet on Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall. The readings reviewed are from this upcoming Sunday, July 15 – Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13. All are invited and most welcome.

The strength of praying with the Scriptures in anticipation of Sunday Mass is that it keeps our conversation closely connected to the Liturgy and helps Catholics to know the Scripture and use them in all aspects of life. Our session lasts for one hour and all are welcome to participate. Through study and reflection on the Sunday readings over time the participants learn from each other the value of God’s Word in their lives.

BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction.

THANK YOU: A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL WHO PARTICIPATED IN THIS YEAR’S BIBLE CAMP.

Thank you to Lindsey and Connie Wotanis who organized the event. See you all next year!

The Diocesan Vocations Office started the “Quo Vadis” experience for high school young men at Misericordia University in June of 2015. Bringing together young men who are serious about their intentional and missionary disciples and supports their ongoing vocational discernment. On line registration opens May 1: vocations.dioceseofscranton.org. Cost $40.00 (please notify our office; our parish will cover cost). Questions: Father Don Williams, Director of Vocations and Seminarians 570-207-1452; Monsignor Michael J. Delaney 570-489-0752.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN (VIRTUS)

A training for adults is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 PM on the campus of Keystone College, LaPlume. If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children, please make every effort to participate in this training. To register please contact Mariel at 570-466- 3380 or Heather at heatherbetts@ dioceseofscranton.org or 570-207-2238, ext. 1089.

MARK THE DATE: “REFRESH YOUR FAITH”

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

CATCH OUR SPIRIT

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

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

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

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

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

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

SUPPORT OUR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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

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

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

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

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

#PartnerwithFrancis

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

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

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

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

Are you someone or do you know someone Who…

A. Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic

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

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

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

Sessions of church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharistic during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions. Your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.

For more information, please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 and we will be happy to fill you in.

First Session, Monday, September 26th

Kelley Hall 6:30 p.m.

RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

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

VIRTUS PROGRAM

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

REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

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


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IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

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

CELL PHONES

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

Catholicism Video Series

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

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

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

Holy Cross

K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall

4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center

Blessed Sacrament

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

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.

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

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

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

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

How to Receive Communion

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

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

THE ANNUAL SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE COAT DRIVE

Coat Collection

The coat drive will run until November 4. Organizers are once again asking for new or gently used coats in all sizes, from infants to adults. Donations are asked to be clean and in good condition. Coats may be placed in the collection bins at the entrances of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

The Social Concerns Committee would like to thank everyone who donated items to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center. All items were delivered.

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

Readings: Matthew 25: 31-46

Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17

1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28

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

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

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

Themes:

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

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

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

St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery

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

St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

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

THANK YOU AGAIN, MARK DECELLES

Mark DeCelles, a seminarian preparing for priestly ministry for the Diocese of Scranton, was kind to leave the Book of Christian Prayer (also referred to as the Liturgy of the Hours or the Breviary) in the Saint John Paul II Adoration Chapel for adorers prayerful use. Mark’s inscription: “Dear Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, Thank you for a wonderful summer!”

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves more reservedly to Him.”----- St. Ignatius of Loyola Please pray for our seminarians, but more importantly, pray that more Christians, whether laypersons, seminarians, priests or religious may have the courage to abandon themselves without reserve into His hands.

We thank Mark DeCelles for his kindness and pray for him as he continues his discernment and formation. If you would like to drop a note of encouragement and support to Mark:

Mark DeCelles
St. Mary’s Seminary
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210-1994

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU MARK DECELLES

We are grateful to have had the pleasure of sharing these past weeks with Mark DeCelles, Ph.D., a seminarian preparing for priestly ministry to, for and with the People of God of the Diocese of Scranton.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld said, “As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that I could do nothing other than to live for him.”

The process of discernment, study and spiritual formation, responding to God’s invitation to priestly ministry, is filled with joys and challenges. Mark, in his openness to sharing his many talents as well as receiving the faith and example of the good people of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, has given witness to his desire to “live for God.”

We ask Almighty God to bless and to deepen that desire as Mark moves forward in prayer and preparation. We pray this prayer for vocations for Mark and all those discerning a call to priestly ministry.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

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

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

A FEW WORDS FROM MARK DECELLES

It’s hard to believe that August is already upon us. A new school year is right around the corner, with new joys and new possibilities, new things to learn, people to meet, places to be.

For me, it is a bittersweet time, since August 5 marks the last day of my summer assignment here at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. I am so very grateful to have had the privilege of accompanying this community during the past eight weeks, to pray with you, mourn with you, celebrate with you, learn with you. I have been edified by your faith and lifted up by your kindness and love.

What a wonderful gift, to have been able to minister to you alongside Monsignor Delaney. Many thanks to Monsignor for putting me up and putting up with me; to him and Deacon John for mentoring me and challenging me to grow in pastoral ministry; to all the parish staff for your help, support and encouragement; to the altar servers and liturgical ministers who showed me the ropes; to all those who participated in Vacation Bible School, adoration and benediction, and our adult bible study in Kelley Hall; and to all the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross for your generosity, hospitality, kind words, and prayers.

You will always have a special place in my heart. As I return to seminary later this month, I humbly request your continued prayers for me, as I will be praying for you. God bless you all.

Thank You!

Thak You!

THANK YOU !

Holy Cross Parish has received a generous donation from Susan and David Borys. Blessed Sacrament Parish has received a very generous donation from the Zawacki, Rozaieski and Yablonski Families.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received donations in Memory of John F. Glinsky Jr. offered by The Simpson Family, the Thomas Family, the Giumento Family, Frank & Barbara Scozzaro, Florence Chmiel and Patrick & Patricia DeNaples.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a generous donation in Memory of John F. Glinsky Jr. offered by M/M Michael Remetta.

GRATITUDE

Many thanks to all who have helped us go over goal for the Diocesan Annual Appeal, 2018.

75% of all contributions above and beyond our goal comes back to us for parish use.

Our 2018 goal for Blessed Sacrament was $17,000.00, our rebate $2397.75.

Once again thank you and God Bless you for your generosity and dedication.

Blessed Sacrament has received a generous donation in Memory of John F. Glinsky Jr. offered by M/M Konstanty Kowalewski.

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a donation in memory of Stephanie Kraycer. Thank you!

HOLY CROSS PARISH HAS RECEIVED A GENEROUS DONATION FROM TWO OF OUR FAMILIES. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

THANK YOU for the generous donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish from the Therese Musyt Family.

SOCIAL CONCERS BABY SHOWER

Thank you to everyone who came out to help support our Social Concerns sponsored Baby Shower to benefit St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry. This year we were able to collect over $600.00, as well as many beautiful outfits, crocheted baby blankets, and several packages of baby diapers in variety of sizes. A special thank you to everyone who donated a gift basket for our raffle, baked, helped prepare the delicious food and set up.

HOLY WEEK APPRECIATION

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

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

FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-INS:

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT STICHERS

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

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

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

Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

HOLY CROSS PARISH

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

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

APPRECIATION FOR CHURCH DECORATIONS

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

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH

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

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

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

FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE EASTER PASCHAL CANDLE at Blessed Sacrament Parish

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

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

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

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

CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN DELIVER FLOWERS:

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

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

Many Thanks

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

GRATITUDE FOR FOOD COLLECTED

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

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

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

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

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

A.E. D. and CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN

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

THANK YOU for the memorial donation

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

THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIAL DONATIONS AT BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Appreciation to 2nd Grade teachers & Aides

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

Thank You!

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

Thank You

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

EASTER GRATITUDE

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

THANK YOU:

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

FLOWERS DELIVERED TO SHUT-IN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CHICKEN BBQ DINNER – APPRECIATION

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

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD

Readings:

Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

Exodus 24: 3-8

Hebrews 9: 11-15

Today’s celebration of the Body and Blood of the Lord originated in the Diocese of Liege in 1246 as the feast of Corpus Christi. In the reforms of Vatican II, the feast was joined with the feast of the Precious Blood (July 1) to become the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Today, we celebrate the Christ’s gift of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our life together as the Church.

Today’s Gospel is Mark’s account of the Last Supper. At the Passover meal marking the First Covenant, Jesus, the Lamb of the New Covenant, institutes the New Passover of the Eucharist.

The ancients believed the source of life was contained in blood – blood, therefore, belonged to God alone (that is why even today a devout Jew will never eat any meat which is not completely drained of blood). In marking Israel’s covenant with the Lord who brought them out of slavery and into freedom, Moses splashes half of the offerings’ blood on the altar, the symbol of God, and sprinkles the other half on the people, joining the covenanted people to their God (first reading).

This understanding of the sacredness of blood is central to the theme of the letter to the Hebrews (second reading). Jesus is both priest and victim on the cross, whose own blood seals a new covenant and creates a new Israel.

Themes:

Eucharist: becoming the body of Christ.

“If you have received worthily,” St. Augustine preached, “you are what you have received.” The gift of the Eucharist comes with an important “string” is attached: it must be shared. In sharing the body of Christ, we become the body of Christ. If we partake of the one bread and cup, then we must be willing to become Eucharist for others – to make the love of Christ real for all.

Eucharist: the table of the Lord.

Christ calls us to his table, offering his peace, affirmation, support and love. We come to the Eucharist to celebrate our identity as his disciples and to seek the sustaining grace to live the hard demands of such discipleship; we come to the Eucharist seeking the peace and hope of the Risen One in the compassion and support we offer and receive from one another. At Christ’s table, we are always welcome. In celebrating the Eucharist, we make our parish family’s table the Lord’s own table, a place of reconciliation and compassion.

The Bulletin On Parishes Online

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

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

THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

THE CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

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

THE CHURCH CELEBRATES 7 NEW SAINTS

A canonization is a statement by the Church that a person who has lived a holy life is now with God in heaven. While it’s often mistakenly expressed that the Church “credits” or “makes” saints. The reality is that a person’s holiness speaks for itself. A process of study, prayer and discernment concludes with this formal recognition that a person’s name should be placed within the “canon” of the saints, the list of all who are universally venerated by the Church. Acclaimed as holy and admirable examples of the faith, these saints may be invoked in the official prayers of the Church. Churches may be built in their honor, a feast day is set aside in their memory, and they may be designated as special patrons. All those who are canonized are united to the Church as powerful intercessors, and we ask, therefore, for their prayers and those of the whole communion of saints.

Our new saints:

- Nunzio Sulprizio. St. Numzio was only 19 years old when he died in 1836. He is lauded as a model for workers and young people.

- Maria Katharine Kasper. Born in Germany, Saint Maria Katherina cared for the poor and abandoned, formed religious community the “Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ”, died 1898.

- Francesce Spinelli. St. Francesco was a priest of the Diocese of Bergamo, Italy. A co-founder of the Sacramentine Sisters and the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. He died on February 6, 1913.

- Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus. Saint Nazaria Ignacia founded the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church, caring for women, orphans, soldiers and many others.

- Vincenzo Romano. Saint Vincenzo proclaimed a simple message of love aimed at educating the faithful. He died December 20, 1831.

- Oscar Romero. Saint Oscar used his pulpit to speak out against poverty, injustice and violence. On March 24, 1980, a gunman assassinated him while he celebrated Mass. The death of this holy martyr has inspired many to fight for the oppressed.

- Pope Paul VI. Saint Paul VI was elected pope in 1963 in the midst of the Second Vatican Council. He implemented Church reforms and worked toward justice and peace, bringing the world a message of human dignity and development. He died August 16, 1978.

Saints of God, pray for us.

THE DAILY DECALOGUE OR TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SAINT POPE JOHN 23RD

1) Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2) Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3) Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4) Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5) Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6) Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7) Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8) Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9) Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearance, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10)Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

The Social Concerns Committee

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE NEWS

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

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

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

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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

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

There, you will see how he loves us.

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

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Readings: Luke 24: 13-35

Acts 2: 14, 22-28

1 Peter 1: 17-21

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

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

Themes:

‘Bread blessed and broken’ for us.

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

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER READINGS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THIRD WEEK OF EASTER READINGS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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TWENTIETH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE B

First Reading: Proverbs 9:1-6

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 34:2-3,4-5,6-7

Second Reading: Ephesians 5:15-20

Gospel Reading: John 6:51-58

On this Sunday, we continue to read from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of John. Today’s Gospel elaborates further on the teaching that Jesus began in our liturgy last week. In that reading, the crowds wondered about how Jesus could say that he had come down from heaven because they knew Jesus to be the son of Joseph. In this Gospel, some have difficulty with Jesus’ teaching that he is the living bread sent from God. Recall that Jesus had told them that just as God gave the Israelites manna to sustain them in the desert, so now God has sent new manna that will give eternal life. We hear the concluding verse of last week’s Gospel repeated in today’s reading: Jesus himself is the bread sent by God; Jesus’ flesh is the bread that is given for the life of the world.

Among the stumbling blocks for those who heard but did not understand Jesus is the teaching that the bread that Jesus will give is his own flesh. In response to the people who quarreled over his words, Jesus teaches with even greater emphasis that salvation comes to those who eat his Body and Blood. Jesus doesn’t seem to answer the question posed about how salvation will come about, perhaps because this reality can only be understood after his death and Resurrection. Instead, Jesus teaches about the life that he will give to the world.

To many ears, Jesus’ words are jarring and difficult to hear. Many who heard Jesus could not accept what he said. Many today continue to struggle to accept these words. But they are important words because they reveal our intimate connection with Jesus.

This is the mystery that is at the heart of our eucharistic theology. In the elements of bread and wine, Jesus’ Body and Blood are made truly present. When we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus himself comes to dwell within us. This communion with the Lord makes us one body, brings us eternal life, and sends us forth to be Christ’s body for the life of the world.

TWENTY-FIFTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE B

First Reading: Wisdom 2:13, 17-20 The just one is put to the test.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 54:3-4, 5, 6 & 8 A prayer for God’s protection.

Second Reading: James 3:16 –4:3 James teaches about the wisdom from above.

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:30-37 Jesus teaches his disciples that the greatest are those who serve all.

Background on the Gospel Reading: In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus again predict his passion, death, and Resurrection to his disciples. The setting here is important. Jesus and his disciples are preparing to journey through Galilee, a Jewish territory in which Jesus has already encountered problems with the Pharisees. Perhaps this is why Mark indicates that Jesus was trying to journey in secret. In predicting his passion, Jesus is acknowledging the danger they will face and is trying to preparing his disciples for it. Yet Mark tells us that the disciples did not understand what Jesus was saying and were afraid to ask what he meant. Such hesitation on the part of the disciples is not characteristic behavior. Peter had no fear about rebuking Jesus in last week’s Gospel. Perhaps this is an indication that the disciples were aware that a new situation was emerging.

Mark paints a vivid picture in today’s Gospel. Having arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples enter a house. In this private place, Jesus asks his disciples about the argument they had while they were journeying. Again, the disciples are uncharacteristically silent and afraid to answer. They have been found out. Jesus then summons the Twelve, whom Mark identified earlier in his Gospel as those chosen by Jesus to preach and to drive out demons. To this select group of disciples, Jesus teaches that those who would be first in God’s kingdom must be servants of all.

Jesus then calls forward a child and teaches the Twelve that to receive a child in Jesus’ name is to receive both Jesus and the one who sent him. We might easily fail to understand the significance of this action. In first-century Palestine, children were without status or power, possessing no legal right. In this action, Jesus is teaching his disciples and us that when we serve the least ones among us, we serve Jesus himself. Who are the people without power or status in our society that Jesus is calling us to serve? Do we do so willingly? Jesus teaches that God’s judgement of us will be based on this criterion alone.

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE A

First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23

God’s kindness is forever.

Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36

Paul Sings praise to God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20

Simon Peter acknowledges Jesus as the Christ and is given the key to the Kingdom of Heaven. It is important to read today’s Gospel and next week’s Gospel as two parts of a single story. These readings are a turning point in Matthew’s Gospel. This week we hear Jesus name Simon Peter as the rock upon which he will build his Church. Next week we will hear Jesus call this same Simon Peter “Satan” when he reacts negatively to Jesus’ prediction about his passion and death.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples what people are saying about his identity. The disciples indicate that most people believe that Jesus is a prophet of Israel. Then Jesus ask his disciples who they believe that he is. Simon Peter answers, identifying Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.

Jesus commends Simon Peter for this profession of faith, indicating that this insight has come from God. Because of Simon Peter’s response, Jesus calls him the “rock” upon which Jesus will build the Church. This is a word play on the name Peter, which is the Greek word for “rock.” Peter is then given special authority by Jesus, a symbolic key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter will play an important role in the early Christian community as a spokesperson and a leader.

In today’s Gospel, Peter’s recognition of Jesus’ identity is credited to a revelation by God. This will contrast sharply with Jesus’ rebuke of Peter in next week’s Gospel. When Peter rejects Jesus’ prediction of his passion and death, Peter is said to no longer be thinking as God does but as humans do.

The use of the term church in today’s Gospel is one of only three such occurrences in Matthew’s Gospel. Peter in this Gospel is being credited as the foundation for the Church, a privilege granted to him because of his recognition of Jesus’ identify. The Church continues to be grounded in the faith that Jesus Christ is Lord.

A PRAYER TO JESUS, SHEPHERD OF PEACE

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
Listen to our prayers,
and join to your own suffering on the cross
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in
them.

Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and
sisters

Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:

Heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

……Adapted from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE B

This Sunday’s Readings:

First Reading: Isaiah 50:5-9

The suffering servant of Yahweh is assured of God’s help

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 116:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9

A prayer of praise to God for his salvation.

Second Reading: James 2:14-18

James teaches that faith must be demonstrated in one’s works.

Gospel Reading: Mark 8:27-35

Peter declares that Jesus is the Christ, and Jesus teaches that those who would follow him must take up his or her cross.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s reading is the turning point in Mark’s Gospel. In the presentation of the life and ministry of Jesus found in the Gospel of Mark, the deeds of Jesus have shown Jesus to be the Son of God. Yet many, including Jesus’ disciples, have not yet realized his identity. In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks the disciples for a field report by asking what others say about him. He then turns the question directly to the disciples and asks what they believe. Peter speaks for all of them when he announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ.

The word Christ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word for Messiah, which means “the anointed one.” At the time of Jesus, the image of the Messiah was laden with popular expectations, most of which looked for a political leader who would free the jewish people from Roman occupation. Jesus does not appear to have used this term for himself. As we see in today’s reading, Jesus refers to himself instead as the Son of Man, a term derived from the Jewish Scriptures, found in the Book of Daniel and in other apocryphal writings. Many scholars suggest that the phrase Son of Man is best understood to mean “human being.”

Now that the disciples have acknowledged Jesus as the Christ, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he will be rejected, must suffer and die, and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely. The image of Christ that Jesus is giving is not the image of the Messiah that Peter was expecting. Jesus then teaches the crowd and the disciples about the path of discipleship: To be Christ’s disciple is to follow in the way of the cross.

TWENTY-SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE B

First Reading: Genesis 2: 8-24 God creates woman from Adam’s rib.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 A prayer for God’s blessing.

Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11 Christ was made perfect through suffering so that we might all be consecrated.

Gospel Reading: Mark 10:2-16 Jesus teaches against divorce and welcomes the children.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today we continue to read from the Gospel according to Mark. For the past three Sundays, we have been hearing Mark’s reports of conversation between Jesus and his disciples. Recall that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses these private moments to teach his disciples in greater detail about the Kingdom of God. Beginning with today’s Gospel, Jesus returns to Judea, Jewish territory and resumes his public ministry. The first verse of Chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel tells us that crowds gathered around Jesus, and he taught them, as was his custom. Immediately, the Pharisees approach Jesus to test him.

The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his wife if he finds her to be indecent. This is the justification that the Pharisees reference when Jesus inquires about the commandment of Moses. In reply, Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and counters that God’s original intention was that men and women would become one flesh in marriage. Jesus describes the teaching of Moses as a concession made to God’s original intention because of human stubbornness.

At first glance, the final part of today’s Gospel seems unconnected to the previous teaching about divorce. When read together, however, these passages present a strong picture of Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of family. God intended for women and men to be joined together in marriage. Among the purposes of marriage is the raising of children. By welcoming children and fostering their relationship with God, parents and families bear witness to the Kingdom of God.

At the end of today’s Gospel, the people were bringing their children to Jesus, and again Jesus’ disciples show that they just don’t get it. Recall that in the Gospel for each of the past two Sundays, Jesus has taught his disciples the value and importance of these “little ones” in the Kingdom of God. Yet in today’s Gospel, the disciples try to prevent people from bringing their children to Jesus. Jesus reprimands his disciples and welcomes these children. Again Jesus offers these children as an example of the kind of complete trust and dependence upon God that ought to be the attitude of all believers.

TWENTY-SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME, CYCLE B

First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29 The Lord bestows his spirit on the seventy elders.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14 The Law of the Lord brings joy.

Second Reading: James 5:1-6 James chastises the rich.

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 Jesus teaches that whoever is not against him is for him.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today we continue to read from the Gospel of Mark. Recall that last week we heard Jesus chastise his disciples for their argument about who among them was the greatest. Jesus taught them that the greatest among them will be those who serve the least ones. In today’s Gospel, the disciple John questions Jesus about an unknown exorcist who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John’s question might have been motivated by jealousy. Previously in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus healed a boy whom the disciples had been unable to heal. John’s question is further evidence that the disciples have not yet grasped Jesus’ words to them. They continue to compare themselves to others who seem to have greater healing powers, and they do not want to share the power of Jesus’ name with others.

Today the demon possession described in the Gospels might be seen as a form of mental illness, but the need for healing these syndromes was as real then as it is now. Exorcism was a common practice in firstcentury Palestine, Some people had the power to heal the symptoms of possession. One of the strategies used was to invoke the name of a person or figure who was believed to have the power to heal.

The disciples observed that the unknown exorcist invoked Jesus’ name and was successful in his healing efforts. This unknown healer recognized the power of Jesus’ name, yet he was not a follower of Jesus. In his reply to his disciples, Jesus acknowledges that deeds of faith can precede the words of faith. He also teaches that the disciples should not be reluctant to share Jesus’ healing powers with others.

Later in this Gospel, Jesus teaches us not to create obstacles for those who are just beginning to have faith but to encourage even the smallest signs of faith. The Greek word used here for sin also connotes “stumbling” or “causing scandal.” In vivid terms Jesus teaches his disciples the consequences to those who would put obstacles before people who are on the road to faith.

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.

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Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

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

Christ the King Parish

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

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

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

Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

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

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

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

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL

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

WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS!

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

Welcome to New Parishoners

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

Youth Group News

Youth Group News

CHRISTIANS IN ACTION (Youth Group)

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

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