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

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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NEW YEAR’S 2020

NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE

New Year’s Day is the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1

9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
11:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish -- Olyphant

A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING - (Henry VanDyke)

“The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and goodwill. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the Angels, The gladness of the Shepherds and the Worship of the Wise Men.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world. Let Kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

The joyful message of Bethlehem is proclaimed yet again. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14). Like the shepherds who first went with haste to the stable, we stop and see, with great humility we place our lives before the sign God gives us: “A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In holy silence, we fall on our knees – O Come let us adore Him! Then – and then we get up to carry the Good News we have received into the world. What is this Good News for you this Christmas? What does this child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell you – to tell all of us? This is a message about Family – the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and about our family of faith: God is a loving Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This Christmas message of family is a truth that is the basis of our Christmas vision of humanity.

My Christmas prayer for our beloved Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross is a wish for and about FAMILY. Family – loving, caring families in each and every home and individuals and in our neighborhoods and among peoples of every nation and every culture. Family, Holy Family, among women and men and children with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to each other. Jesus came to reveal the face of God to all those who seek Him. The face of God has been revealed to us in a human face, in Jesus, our Savior and Messiah. In this wonderful, glorious encounter, the Mystery of the Incarnation, we experience Salvation coming to us through love, acceptance, respect for all of God’s children, our family. The wonderful mosaic, beautiful and rich in our uniqueness and differences, bound together as one through the Baby in a Manger – May the little Child we celebrate at Christmas watch over all the children of the world. May all of us receive peace, comfort and strength in the birth of our Savior and, before the great grandeur of God’s love, our loving Father who gives us Jesus, realize once again, with a new enthusiasm and profound gratitude, that we are all brothers and sisters in this most wonderful and amazing family.

Christmas peace…..

United in His Service,
Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

(Historical only - no longer true) Both Churches Will Be Open Daily from 7:30AM to 1:00PM for Private Prayer

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

This article is included for historical purpose only. This policy was changed to full church closure shortly thereafter, and the churches are closed during the COVID-19 outbreak.

10th ANNUAL BLESSED SACRAMENT FAMILY FESTIVAL THIS WEEK



You are invited to the 10th Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish, which will take place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Family Festival has become a huge success with traditional ethnic and picnic foods like Pierogi, Piggies, Potato Pancakes, Porketta, Haluski or Cabbage & Noodles, Sausage & Peppers, Corn -on-the-Cob, Homemade Jam, Pizza, Funnel Cake, French Fries, Wimpies, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, a traditional Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwich, Specialty Sundae, and more, a large bake sale of homemade items, games for all ages, FREE ICE NOVELTY FOR CHILDREN, Moonwalk, and Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. A Seek, And Ye Shall Find activity for the youth of the Parish Community will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 9AM.HELLO YOUNG PEOPLE ! (15 YEARS OLD AND UNDER). Would you like a FREE T-Shirt? Join us on Saturday, August15, at 9AM. Sign-up sheets located in the front and side entrance of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Please print your name, T-Shirt size, and include a phone number. Guaranteed Fun and a FREE T-Shirt! Friday and Saturday the food and games will be available beginning at 5PM. On Sunday, there will be a Breakfast Buffet immediately after the 9:30AM Mass including Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Coffee, and Orange Juice. For those in need of a Breakfast Delivery call Joseph Butash at 570.489.4515. Cost of the Breakfast is $6. Bingo will take place at 1:00PM in the Parish Hall.

GROUNDS SET UP THIS WEDNESDAY AT 1PM

We are in need of Volunteers of all ages to help in a variety of ways over the 3 days. Please volunteer to support your parish community. We will be setting up the Tents and Stands beginning Wednesday at 1P,M. All ages invited, no help refused!

By this time we hope all registered Parishioners have received their ticket envelope, which includes 2 Food Ticket Vouchers, 50/50 Tickets (reminder to return all with name and phone number), and a BINGO Ticket. More tickets are available at the Parish Offices. Please make your returns this week.

PIGGIES PREP

This weekend on Sunday beginning at Noon and then Monday through Thursday beginning at 9AM in the Parish Hall. Please join us as this is a big undertaking. If you are able to help, even for a short time, contact Rita Priorielli at 570.430.9200 or Lucille Radziewski at 570.489.7115 or just show up.

DONATIONS STILL NEEDED

We are looking for Themed Gift Basket Donations, please contact Karen Doyle at 570.489.2552.

If you can donate something for the Bake Sale call Barbara Long at 570.489.8295. Baked goods can be dropped off from 11am on Friday and Saturday.

BINGO

Additional Tickets and information contact Debbie Rimosites at 570.489.1208. Even if you don't wish to play, purchase your BINGO Ticket for just $5, and you will automatically be entered into the Specialty Raffle.

50/50 TICKETS

The winning ticket usually wins nearly or just over $1000. Try your luck! Purchase additional 50/50 Tickets at this weekend Masses, or on the Festival Grounds. Bring you family, bring your neighbor, bring a stranger, bring yourself! We look forward to the Parish's biggest fund-raiser! ALL ARE WELCOME!

13th Annual Family Festival

Highlights from Saturday


Highlights from Friday


BLESSED SACRAMENT FAMILY FESTIVAL

13TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL IS HERE!!! The 13th Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17, 18, & 19. Join us after 5:30 PM Mass (Saturday, August 18). Piggie Dinner available until 7:00 PM or sold out! (in the Parish Hall).

Piggies, Potato Pancakes, Chrusciki, Haluski, Corn on the Cob, Free Ice for kids! (courtesy of J&J Snack Foods Mia Products), Pierogi, Pizza Frita, Broccoli & Noodles, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Pizza, Sausage & Peppers, Hot Dogs, Porchetta Sandwich, Hamburgers, French Fries, Funnel Cake Fries, Wimpies, Bake Sale, Breakfast, Bingo, Pirate Ship, Entertainment by “Ned the DJ,” and much more!

On Sunday (today, August 19), we begin with 9:30 AM Liturgy followed by a Cash Breakfast-eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, orange juice and coffee. Bingo will follow at 1:30 PM, seating begins at 12:30 PM, games start at 1:30 PM. Tickets available at the door. Bingo admission includes entrance in Bingo Raffle with a first place prize of $100. Basket Raffle and 50/50 grand prize drawing to follow at 4:20 PM.

GOOD LUCK!

If you can help clean-up and dismantle the tents outside on the Parish Grounds it will take place this weekend (Sunday, August 19) beginning at Noon. All Sunday events take place in the Parish Hall. All ages are welcome. If young people need service hours, this is an excellent opportunity. THANK YOU to Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society for purchasing specially designed baseball t-shirts for the participants in our PLAY WIFFLE! Event.

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.

2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

Special thanks to everyone who made this year's Family Festival such a success! Here is some video taken from the first day of the Festival.

Special thanks to Asialena and High Tension Wire, who performed so well for us!!!

2012 Blessed Sacrament Parish 5K Run/Walk

The 2012 Run/Walk--which is part of the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival--was very well attended, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

2012 Holy Cross Parish Chicken Barbecue

2012 was another successful year for our main fundraising event, the chicken BBQ. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!

Special thanks to John Quinn who performed for us so well!

2013 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival Memories

Here are some "home movies" from the 2013 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival!

The first video features Day 1. (August 16, 2013) Including performances by Asialena!

The second video features Day 2. (August 17, 2013) Including the 5K Run/Walk and a Ray Charles inspired performance by Sarah Marie and Joseph!

And finally the third video features Day 3.(August 18, 2013) Including the Bingo and Basket Raffles!

Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!!!

Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!

2013 Calendars Available

The 2013 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky and the John Glinsky Funeral Homes for once again sponsoring our calendars. If you have an opportunity, please thank the Glinsky Funeral Homes for their support of our parish.

2013 Christmas Party Thanks

Christmas Party: A good time was had by all, music and food were good. We missed you!!!

2013 Confirmation Class

The Holy Spirit come upon you and guide you always!

2013 Confirmation Class

Stephen Anthony Carite

Quinn Elizabeth Grace Kelley

Brittney Ann Therese Cesari-Frable

Alexis Louise Ann Killino

Alissa Ann Chorba

Samantha Rose Veronica Kropa

Kristen Rose Chorba

Thomas Edmund John Lynn

Logan Joseph Clauss-Walton

Austin Joseph Anthony Mizerak

Evan Robert Patrick Collins

Colin Patrick Joseph Munley

Michael Adam Conway

Kella Ann Brigid Pacifico

Douglas Allen Cooke

Elizabeth Marie Rose Piorkowski

Cali Ann Craig

Aaron Michael Timothy Polon

Brendan Michael Davies

Andrew Charles Reina

Jesse Elizabeth Theresa Doyle

Trevor Joseph Andrew Sablan

Liam Noel Michael Evanina

Daniel Joseph Patrick Schmidt

Anita Louise Hedwig Farah

Joseph Michael Skumanich

Catherine Grace Cecilia Farrell

Christina Ann Sophia Szymczyk

Zachary Taylor Samuel Fiume

Emily Marie Teresa Temple

Anthony Gregory Michael Giovagnoli

Amanda Lynn Angela Varaksa

Jocelyn Nicole Ann Griffin

Lauren Stephanie Bridget Williams

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parish, congratulations to our Confirmation candidates. May the Lord bless you and your families and may you always know of God’s great love! Many thanks to Mr. John Musyt, Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Parish, Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament, Dr. Lindsey Wotanis and Mrs. Laura Keller, Confirmation teachers, and all those who have prepared the children for this wonderful celebration!

Our most sincere thanks to Bishop Timlin and our Confirmation candidates, teachers, parents and sponsors for a wonderful service on Tuesday. A thank you also to the music ministry from both parishes. Thank you to Walter Lesnefsky for all the work that he completed on our programs. May God continue to Bless and Keep you all.

2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please Give, Thanks!

Helps us reach out to the hungry in our neighborhood! The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament are collecting non-perishable food items until Friday, November 22. Food will be distributed to local food pantries to feed the hungry throughout the holiday season. Food items can be placed in the vestibule.

2014 Annual Social Justice Committee Coat Drive

Coat Drive

The Annual Social Justice Committee Coat Drive is underway and organizers are looking to keep a string of successful collections gong this Year. The Coat Drive will run from Saturday, October 4th through Sunday, October 26th. 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 boxes at the entrances of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

2014 Calendars Available

2014 Calendars are here!

The 2014 calendars are available this weekend at Blessed Sacrament. A special thanks is extended to the John. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish for sponsoring the calendars.

2014 Communion Class

2014 Confirmation Class

Gia Baldan

Abrielle Beck

Lauren Beck

Sammantha Campbell

Ariel Coleman

Kacy Connor

Evan Coppola

Mackenzie Crane

Andrew Daiute

James Davis

Callum DeQuevedo

Maya Good

Steven Halloran

Mae Kaufman

Jack Krowiak

Giana Martinez-Urso

Jacob Mitchell

Alexander Morano

Nicholas Pasko

Vanessa Pitoniak

Brad Prado

Deonte Ratay-Inshetski

Ryan Repecki

Jordan Ricciardi

Randy Sewitsky Jr.

Lucia Smargiassi

Zachary Smith

Gabriella Staback

Richard Vinansky

Noah White

Brady Lettieri

Kelly Wilson

Noah Lukasik

Allie Wisneski

Katrina Davis

Kaylah Magliocchi

Gerard Dolinsky III

Jonathon Ottone

Michelle Kostik

Lucas Sekelsky

Luke Lorenzetti

Kiera Brooke Shibley

Emilee Tomsak

May God Bles You!!!

2014 Confirmation Class

The Holy Spirit come upon you and guide you always!

2014 Confirmation Class

  • MICHAEL LAWRENCE JOSEPH BUCHINSKI
  • TAYLOR FRANCIS BURDICK
  • JOHN MICHAEL CAINES
  • MIA ELIZABETH MARGARET CASTELLANO
  • RICHARD JOSEPH JOHN CHOWANEC
  • ANTHONY JOHN COLVIN
  • ANTON JAMES MARTIN DRAGTENSTEIN
  • NICOLE YVONNE STEPHEN FARAH
  • ELIZABETH ROSE GAVALIS
  • JOHN FRANCIS WILLIAM GLINSKY
  • JARED EMMANUEL JOHN GRIFFIN
  • KAITLIN CORINNE ROSE GRIGGS
  • KARISSA ROSE KALINOSKI
  • NICOLE ROSALIE KALINOSKI
  • KORI DOLORES ELIZABETH KAUSMEYER
  • JOSEPH DOMINICK MICHAEL KILLINO
  • SHAUN MICHAEL BLAISE KING
  • MATEO CARLOS JUAN DIEGO LOPEZ
  • DOMINIC MICHAEL ANTHONY LUPINI
  • MATTHEW FRANCIS MATASSA
  • NIKOHL KATERI NORTH-MOZDA
  • RACHAEL ROSE NORTH-MOZDA
  • NICOLE ANN MARIA PASKO
  • ROBERT JOSEPH BLAISE REILLY
  • TYLER ROBERT ROBERT ROSS
  • ANIYA MARIE KATERI SICOVITCH
  • DEVIN ALEXIA SEIFERT
  • MATTHEW DAVID PETER STANKIEWICZ
  • HALEY JOAN CLAUSS-WALTON
  • KATHERINE MARY TEREA WILSON
  • TYLER JOSEPH MICHAEL YAZDZIK

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish congratulations to our Confirmation candidates. May the Lord bless you and your families and may you always know of God’s great love! Many thanks to Mr. John Musyt, Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Parish, Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament, Dr. Lindsey Wotanis and Mrs. Laura Keller, Confirmation teachers, and all those who have prepared the children for this wonderful celebration! Most especially we welcome and thank Bishop Joseph Bambera for his presence and services to our parish and Diocese.

CONFIRMATION PRAYER

Spirit of God, grant me:

The gift of wisdom

To see the world through your eyes,

The gift of counsel

To make difficult decisions,

The gifts of knowledge and understanding

To use my mind to know you and to love you,

The gift of fortitude

To have the courage to live in the faith

Despite the difficulties and disappointments,

The gift of piety

To be able to express my special love

And commitment to you,

And the right kind of awesome fear

That makes me pause to wonder and revere

God’s Love.

Amen.

2014 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 22. The event includes a 2:30 pm mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your pastor before February 14.

2014 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Please call the office for your records.

2014 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS will be mailed in mid- January, upon request only. All credited donations for tax purposes for the year 2014 should be made by December 31, 2014.

2014 March For Life

The 2014 March For Life will be held January 22, 2014.

Pennsylvania will join tens of thousands of their counterparts from across the nation for the 40th Annual March for Life on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 , in Washington, D.C. Regional charters of the Pennsylvanians for Human Life (PHL) will offer round-trip bus transportation. Bus reservations are requested as soon as possible.

In Washington, participants will join together with other activists in a peaceful march to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized abortion-on-demand and has caused the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children.

Prior to the march, there will be a peaceful rally at noon on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The march will proceed to the Capitol and the Supreme Court building. Afterward, marchers may visit their local congressional delegations and demonstrate their concern on the continuing effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Aslo on this day, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States marks a Day of Prayer for legal protection of unborn children.

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

R E C T O R Y O F F I C E C L O S E D

The Rectory Office will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. If someone needs one of the priests in a case of emergency, please call the rectory number and follow the instructions.

2014 New Year's Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule for New Year’s is as follows:

Tuesday, December 31st 2013

  • 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
  • 4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

Wednesday , January 1st 2014

  • 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
  • 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

January 1 Happy New Year!!!

2014 The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation)

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) on Monday, December 8th – Masses will be held at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish and 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish Please note that the obligation to attend Mass is not lifted (as with other Holy Days) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  Thus, the faithful must fulfill this obligation by attending Mass  for the Holy Day . Thank you for your diligence in reminding the faithful of this obligation.

2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Corinthians 1: 1-17) is the theme for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: "that all may be one... that the world may believe" (John 17:21). The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches.

2014 World Day of the Sick

Pope Francis in the Popemobile

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has designated Tuesday, February 11, 2014, as the 22nd World Day of the Sick. Click here to read the latest from Vatican Radio

2015 Calendars Available

The 2015 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and to the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament for sponsoring the calendars. We sometimes take the generosity of these two gentlemen for granted, they are extremely generous to our parishes. Please remember to say THANK YOU.

2015 DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL APPRECIATION

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

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

Blessed Sacrament Parish $3,165.75

Holy Cross Parish $7,009.24

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

2015 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton and the Office for Parish Life which to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 21. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through the parish office by March 1.

2015 Holy Days of Obligation

The Church teaches that in addition to attending Mass on Sunday, there are six Holy Days of Obligation for all Catholics

  1. January 1st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God ***
  2. Ascension Thursday – 40 days after Easter
  3. August 15th – Assumption of Mary ***
  4. November 1st – All Saints Day ***
  5. December 8th – Immaculate Conception of Mary
  6. December 25th – Nativity of the Lord

*** Note the three holy days marked with asterisks are always holy days, however, the obligation to attend Mass is removed when the feast falls on a Monday or Saturday. Since Easter always falls on a Sunday, and Sundays are always a holy day, it is not identified as a Holy Day of Obligation.

2016 Advent Confession Schedule

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • Tuesday, December 13th @ 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Olyphant
  • Thursday, December 15th @ 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
  • Sunday, December 18th @ 3:00 pm Sacred Heart Peckville
  • Monday, December 19th @ 6:00 pm Queen of Angels, Jessup/li>
  • Tuesday, December 20st @ 6.30 pm Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City)

Please Note:

We will not have a priest available for confession before the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Masses at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament.

2016 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

As the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, it is not listed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Come join us as we honor Mary:

7:30AM Blessed Sacrament

8:00 AM Holy Cross

Assumption of Mary

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:

As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

2016 Calendars Available

Once again the 2016 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross . A special thank you is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home for their donation to Holy Cross Parish. If you have an opportunity, please thank Mr. Michael Glinsky.

2016 Chicken BBQ APPRECIATION

Thank you to all who made the Annual Chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who set up and cleaned up. To those who provided themed baskets, to those who baked and who made various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. Thank you to the members of the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Our final thank you to those who ate all that chicken, it was delicious. Thank you to all. See you next year!!!

2016 Confirmation Class

The Holy Spirit come upon you and guide you always!

2013 Confirmation Class

Jaedan Theresa Baldan

Vanessa Ann Mancuso

Moriah Veronica Cesari

Gianna Agatha Matassa

Gabrielle Faith Ciborosky

Patrick Joseph Murphy

Collin Patrick Clauss-Walton

Jeffrey Anthony Richards

Olivia Elizabeth Cottrell

John Joseph Sekelsky

James John Davis

Matthew Sebastian Smith

Abigail Veronica Galea

Christian James Snee

Gianna Ann Giumento

Gabrielle Elizabeth Snee

Matthew Joseph Hall

Oranegan St. Ledger

Donald Robert Healey III

Hunter James Stoffey

Lindsey Tabitha Jason

Jonathan Srelecki

Alice Julia Jones

William Sweeny III

Lindsey Theodora Kausmeyer John Michael Tomcho

Audrianna Mary Keller

Jake Blaise Yanoski

Brianna Joan Kohut

Emma Ann Yusavage

Maria Bernadette Laskowski

Edward Joseph Zator

Gabriel Francis Lott

Joshua Charles Zellers

We are happy and honored to welcome Bishop John M Dougherty, D.D., Auxiliary bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton.

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and our Parish families congratulations to our Confirmation candidates who will be confirmed this week May the Lord bless you and your families and may you always know of God’s great love! Many thanks to Mr. John Musyt, Director of Religious at Holy Cross Parish, Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Confirmattion teachers and all those who have prepared the children for this wonderful celebration.

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

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

Care & Education to Priests:

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

Educating the future generations of the faithful

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

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

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

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

Where we stand:

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

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

2016 DIOCESAN MEN’S CONFERENCE

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

2016 Holy Cross Parish Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

The Annual Holy Cross Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 11:30 until 4:00 p.m. Workers are needed to set up, take down, work the day of the Bar-B-Q. If you can help please call the rectory office to volunteer. We need at least some of the following: at least 1,500 heavy duty forks only, ,Cases of water, paper towels, large dinner napkins Foam double containers 3 compartments Mark your calendars! Next planning meeting is after the 11 o’clock mass on June 26. All are Welcome!

2017 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

The SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, August 15, is a Holy Day of Obligation.

Masses: Monday, August 14….5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, August 15….7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

Assumption of Mary

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:

As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

2017 Calendars Available

Calendar

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

2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

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

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

CATHOLIC MEDIA & COMMUNICATIONS:

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

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

Text To Give

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

Where we stand

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

2017 Financial Statements

Please call the office for your records.

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

2019 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

Family Festival

WELCOME TO THE 14TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL - Friday, Saturday, Sunday!!!

*August 17 Saturday Piggy Dinner Sale until 7 PM or sold out. ($10)---Join us after Mass!

*August 17 Saturday Grounds open until 9:30 PM Menu: Potato Pancakes, Haluski, Pierogies (Butter & Onion or Fried), Pizza Fritta, Porketta, Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Funnel Cake, Sausage & Peppers, Wimpies, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Hamburgers, Corn-on-the-Cob, ice cream, Bake Sale & More.

*August 18 Sunday 9:30 AM Liturgy, 10:30 AM, Cash Breakfast $6.00---1:30 PM Bingo ($5.00 entrance-also special drawing for attending). Tickets available at the door. Kitchen open during Bingo. Approximately 4:20 PM Basket Raffles and 50/50 Grand Prize Drawing, usually more than $1000.

Also on Sunday Noon outside clean-up and tent removal (Help of all ages needed and much appreciated? Service hours available.

The 14th annual Family Festival is our Parish largest fundraiser. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.

SEE YOU THEN!!!!

IMPORTANT DATES TO PREPARE FOR 14TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL

Wednesday August 14th at 1pm, we will set-up the grounds for the festival.


Family Festival

2019 Holy Cross Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

This Weekend

HOLY CROSS ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ SUNDAY AUGUST 4TH 11:30AM – 4PM

Holy Cross Chicken BBQ will take place this weekend, August 4, at Holy Cross Parking Lot. Come join in the fun. Food, entertainment, bake sale, bingo, children’s games, basket raffle. Hope to see you there!

Tickets are $10.00 for a chicken dinner that includes ½ chicken, potatoes, green beans, dessert. Tickets are $5.00 for a children’s dinner that includes nuggets, fries, dessert, and a soda.

Chicken BBQ

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.

2020 CALENDARS AVAILABLE

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

26th THROOP COW FLOP

Throop Borough will hold its 26th Cow Flop on Saturday and Sunday, June 28 & 29 at the Washington Street Park. The Cow Flop includes a ‘Big Ball’ tournament on Saturday, a chicken BBQ on Sunday, the Fireman’s Parade on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and a fireworks display, pony rides, and children’s games and rides. Come and enjoy a weekend with family and friends!

27TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings: Matthew 21: 33-43

Isaiah 5: 1-7

Philippians 4: 6-9

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

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

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

The cost of faithful discipleship.

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

2ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 23, 2017

First Reading:

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

Second Reading:

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

Gospel:

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

30TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings: Matthew 22: 34-40

Exodus 22: 20-26

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10

In this week’s Gospel, as in last week’s, the Jewish leaders seek to trip up Jesus. The question the lawyer poses was much discussed in rabbinical circles: Which is the greatest commandment? The Pharisees’ intention in posing the question was to force Jesus into a single rabbinical school, thereby opening him up to criticism from all other sides. Jesus’ answer, however, proves his fidelity to both the Jewish tradition and to a spirituality that transcends the legal interpretations of the commandments: the “second” commandment is the manifestation of the first. If we love the Lord God with our whole being, that love will manifest itself in our feeding of the hungry, our sheltering of the homeless and our liberating of the oppressed.

Today’s first reading is from the section of the Book of Exodus known as the “Code of the Covenant,” a detailed explanation of the moral, civil and ritual legislation by which the Israelites were to become a holy people. Today’s reading outlines the laws of charity toward the poor and “aliens” and the promise of Yahweh’s protection of the helpless and defenseless.

In today’s second reading, Paul encourages the young Church at Thessalonica to be a model of faithful community for the new churches in the region.

A Blessed, Joy Filled Christmas to All

“Love is the light and in the end, the only light- that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practice love because we are created in the image and likeness of God. To experience love is to cause the Light of God to enter “into the world” Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love).

Christmas leads us to encounter Jesus, our Messiah to establish, to deepen, to renew our relationship with the Lord as we commemorate his birth and celebrate our life in Him. This Spirit is alive in the hearts and communities of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes!!

The Word, God, Love, has become flesh and continues to make His dwelling within us. May we continue to live the mystery of the Incarnation by making Him known in our loving one another.

In the eyes of the Christ child, in the miracle of the humble birth at the manger. In the star that lit all heaven, we see, we experience God’s love.

May that love fill the hearts of each member of our community, and as we experience love this Christmas, may we cause the Light of God to enter into the world. Be the light of God’s love for others. A Holy, Blessed Merry Christmas to all.

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

A BLESSING OF EASTER FOODS

Not able to gather on Holy Saturday to experience this traditional blessing in anticipation of Easter, please pray this prayer of the Easter meal that has been prepared:

God of glory, the eyes of all turn to you as we celebrate Christ's victory over sin and death. Bless + us and this food of our first Easter meal.

May we who gather at the Lord's table, continue to celebrate the joy of his resurrection and be admitted finally to his heavenly banquet.

Grant this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

(Book of Blessings)

A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations

“It is not surprising that where people pray fervently, vocations flourish.” ….Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30 PM, Holy Cross Parish; Scripture, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Join us as we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

“Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, may young people in our parishes hear your call and follow your voice as they discern their vocations. Lead your people to heaven through the ministry of holy priests and consecrated men and women. Jesus, we trust in you! Amen.

A MEDITATION FOR PALM SUNDAY

For a closer union with Jesus in his humility, in his suffering.

This Sunday we hold palm branches in our hands, and wave them to greet our Lord’s entry into the city of our salvation. Last year’s palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches – perhaps from each member of the family – in a special place in our home (maybe cutting a small piece and putting it some place where I work).

Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love for me. That symbol can say so many words – all that I am about to celebrate and accept as love for me, and all the entry into Jerusalem experiences in my life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

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

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

United in His love and service,

Monsignor Delaney


Prayer

A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

will be taken up at the Holy Thursday evening mass. Please be generous. Food will be donated to our local food banks.

A NOTE TO OUR 1ST COMMUNION CANDIDATES

First Holy Communion

The Body of Christ. Amen.
The Blood of Christ. Amen.

Under normal circumstances, you, our 1st Communion candidates would be receiving First Communion this weekend in our parishes. But - you are not a normal group of students. You are an extraordinary group of young people - hungry for the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, excited about coming to the table of the Lord for the first time, having to be a little more patient as we look forward to sharing what is sure to be a wonderful experience. In the meantime, we -- the members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, our family of faith, are praying for you.

"Father, you give each one of us a special life and love in our families. It is through the experience of sharing and growing together that we deepen our experience of You. As we join with our children in this time of preparation before they celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, we ask you to be with us in the power and gift of your Spirit. We ask You to encourage all of us to be aware of the wonder of Your gift and to deepen our union with You and with one another in and through Jesus Your son. Amen."

Blessed Sacrament

Madison Baltrusaitis
Ryan Fagan
Emma Charney
Leland James
Roman Davitt
Mason Kelly Ava Merrifield

Holy Cross

Michael Abda
Jacob Foley
Paul Alunni
Elizabeth Fortuner
Jacob Bennett
Kyrin Frushon
Jake Borusiewicz
Joshua Gaughan
Liam Brophy
Daniel Krott
Andrew Buranich
Anthony Paone
Elijah Campbell
Marteen Pisanchyn
Luke Cantafio
Clare Reckless
Adam Coviello
Nevaeh Rembish
Joseph DiChiara
Sofia Roman
Mia Fazio
Ava Takacs
Emma Finlon
Emma Thomas
Luke Fiorelli
Sophia Vitaletti
Mia Williams


A Palm Sunday Prayer

A PALM SUNDAY PRAYER

Gracious God, you have heard the cries of your suffering people. You have sent Jesus to us to be our Redeemer and brother. Open our eyes to see the immensity of your love for us and the wonder of what you have done for us.

Give us the courage to be your hands and heart for those who are in pain.

Give us the wisdom to speak out for justice and righteousness.

May your will be done in us today and always. Amen (2014 Sisters of Mercy of the Americas)

A PRAYER ENTERING INTO HOLY WEEK

Loving God,

I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.

Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.

He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us.

I ask you for the desire to become more humble

so that my own life might also bear witness to you.

I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.

Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.

Help me to be with Jesus in this week as he demonstrates again his total love for me.

He died so that I would no longer be separate from you.

Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.

Amen.

A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION FOR THIS FOURTH OF JULY

God of justice and Lord of all, You guide all creation with fatherly care.

On this Independence Day, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations.

You reveal that those who work for peace will be called your sons and daughters.

Continue to send your spirit to touch the hearts and minds of all who cherish the rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As you have called us to be one nation, grant that under your providence our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


A Prayer for Our Nation

A PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A TIME OF REMEMBERING

As the liturgical year moves to its close and the earth gives up its bounty for us to harvest, the Church holds the month of November in dedication and remembrance of our beloved faithful departed, and honor with great respect, love and gratitude the memory of the dead. We believe that the ties of friendship and affection, which knit us as one throughout our lives, do not unravel with death.

ALL SAINTS DAY

We remember those who have lived lives of heroic virtue, the Saints in glory on November 1. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation, so signified is this day in the prayer of the church. The Saints provide us with an example to follow and through their intercession, we are blessed.

Our Mass Schedule for All Saints Day

Vigil Mass: Thursday, October 31, 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop (children are more than welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes).

Holy Day Masses: Friday, November 1, 7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop; 8:00 AM at Holy Cross, Olyphant and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross, Olyphant.

ALL SOULS DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed We pray for ALL those who have died – our loved ones and also those we have never met or known – that, through the mercy of God, will rest in peace.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament and 9:00 AM at Holy Cross

MASS INTENTIONS

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

Masses of Remembrance:

Saturday, November 2, Holy Cross at 4:00 PM Mass

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

Following the Masses of Remembrance, all are invited to share memories, conversation, friendship and light refreshments in our parish halls.

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

ALL SOULS DAY PRAYER

Merciful father,

On this day, we are called to remember those who have died, and to pray for their joyful reunion with You, their loving Creator.

As your Son taught us to call the stranger ”neighbor”, our fallen are many –

Names we will never know,

Voices we have never heard,

Yet brothers and sisters all.

You raised your Son from the dead

That all may share in His joyful Resurrection.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

May perpetual light shine upon them.

THE SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE OF HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISHES

will sponsor a discussion on Death and Grief on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall at Holy Cross Parish. Monsignor Michael Delaney, along with Mike Glinsky, Funeral Director and Vince Maletta, Funeral Director from the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant will be the discussion leaders and will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will follow.

A Year For Vocations

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

ADULT CONFIRMATION CLASSES

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

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

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

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

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

Advent - A New Church Year Begins

Advent Wreath

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or ‘to come to’) begins the Church year and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of reparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday, the Advent Calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities, and special Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ birth. Advent begins Sunday December 1.

Advent - A New Church Year Begins!

Welcome to a New Church Year!!!!

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or ‘to come to’) begins the Church year and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of reparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday, the Advent Calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities, and special Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ birth. Advent begins Sunday November 30.

Advent - A New Church Year Begins! 2015

Welcome to a New Church Year!!!!

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or ‘to come to’) begins the Church year and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of reparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday, the Advent Calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities, and special Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ birth. Advent began Saturday, November 29.

Advent - A time to be still

If there is a common sensation for all of us at this time of year, it is that feeling of being rushed, hurried and pressed for time! Perhaps that’s when we need most of all to spend some quiet time with the Lord. How blessed we are Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament to have our own Eucharistic Adoration Chapel located at Holy Cross one can go sit five days a week to sit in the peaceful solitude of being with the Lord. Our Chapel is open Monday through Friday.

Advent Confesion Schedule

Reconciliation

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • December 11th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m. at St Anthony, Throop
  • December 14th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 15th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant)6:30 p.m.
  • December 15th @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn)6:30 p.m.
  • December 16st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 6:30 p.m.
  • December 17 @ Christ the King Parish (Eynon) 7:00 p.m. (at St Thomas Church, Archbald)
  • December 18th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.at St Michael Church
  • December 18th @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale) 6:30 p.m.

Advent Confession Schedule 2015

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • December 10th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 13th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 14th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 14h @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 6.30 p.m.
  • December 16 @ Christ the King Parish Archbald 6:30 p.m.
  • December 17th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 17th @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale) 6:30 p.m.

Advent Confession Schedule 2013

Advent Wreath

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • December 12th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 16th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant)6:30 p.m.
  • December 16th @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn)7:00 p.m.
  • December 18st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 7:00 p.m.
  • December 18 @ Christ the King Parish (Eynon) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 19th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 19rd @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale)

ADVENT –Prepare the Way of the Lord

Advent - Prepare the Way of the Lord

THIRD Week OF ADVENT

John’s question, Are you the Messiah? Confronts us with the apparent silence of God in our secular, amoral society. Like, John, we seek a Messiah with decisive answers and vindicating power to over come the hatred, the intolerance, the selfishness that dooms our earth. But like John, we must come to recognize the Messiah in the liberating person of Jesus, the healer and reconciler. Selfless love, compassion and forgiveness revealed in the smallest and hidden ways are the surest sign that the reign of God has come.

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.

ALL EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS

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

All Saints Day - Holy Day of Obligation

Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day, and a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 31:
Blessed Sacrament: 5:30pm

Thursday, November 1:
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30am
Holy Cross: 8:00am and 7:00pm

All Saints Day 2016 - Holy Day of Obligation

All Saints Day - A Holy Day of Obligation

This Tuesday is a All Saints Day - A Holy Day of Obligation.

The Vigil mass is Monday, October 31 at 5:30PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish

The Masses for Tuesday, November 1 (All Saints Day) are as follows:

  • 7:00AM at Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:30AM at Holy Cross
  • 7:00Pm at Holy Cross

All Souls Day Intentions

Just a reminder that during the month of November the Church remembers all those who have died. If you would like to have your deceased family members or friends remembered in our prayers, please submit those names on the back of the special envelope that can be found in your packet of envelopes. Please drop your envelope in the collection basket before November 1st so that we can prepare our special area of remembrance for our deceased loved ones.

All SOUL’S DAY MASSES SATURDAY NOV 2

Blessed Sacrament: 7:30AM

Holy Cross: 9:00AM

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them! May they rest in peace. Amen. And may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

ALL SOULS DAY INTENTIONS 2014

Just a reminder that during the month of November the Church remembers all those who have died. If you would like to have your deceased family members or friends remembered in our prayers, please submit those names on the back of the special envelope that can be found in your packet of envelopes. Please drop your envelope in the collection basket before November 1st so that we can prepare our special area of remembrance for our deceased loved ones.

All Souls Day Intentions 2015

During the month of November we will remember the deceased family members and friends whose names are submitted. Your All Souls’ envelope to list these intentions can be found in your packet of envelopes.

ALL SOULS INTENTIONS

Just a reminder that during the month of November the Church remembers all those who have died. If you would like to have your deceased family members or friends remembered in our prayers, please submit those names on the envelope that can be found in your packet of envelopes.

Alleluia

I am the resurrection and the life.

Alleluia!!

With Jesus’ Resurrection, “Love has triumphed, Mercy has been victorious.”

“Let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” Pope Francis.

Easter means that the love of God is stronger than death. It means that the love of God can transform our lives and let these desert places in our hearts bloom.

Pope Francis reminds us that “God’s mercy can make even the driest land to become a garden, can restore life to dry bones.”

In this Easter time, we celebrate our restoration in Christ. We experience new hope and new life in the forgiveness and mercy of our God

We are immersed again, dipped into the healing waters, proclaiming our faith and choosing consciously, deliberately – to live and be the merciful love we have received.

God Bless us all at Easter and every moment of every day.

Alleluia, Alleluia

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!

I want to extend wishes of a beautiful and happy Easter to all parishioners and staff and visitors who gather this weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop and Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. We have prepared for 40 days, how we enter into the joyful season of Easter celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection and our participation in His Risen life.

We celebrate with Crystal and Steven, Stephen and Heather who celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Their desire to know, love and serve the Lord is a gift and grace reminding us all of the blessing it is to share our faith and to invite more and more to experience with us the love of Christ we encounter in Word and Sacrament.

We enter into these fifty days of rejoicing preparing our second graders to come to communion for the first time and our eighth graders to complete their initiation on Pentecost Sunday as they take ownership of and responsibility for the living out of this Resurrection faith we celebrate today.

We have so much to celebrate, so many reasons to be hopeful. We do not dismiss the hardships of life or the crosses we carry, do not diminish in any way the sufferings of the wounded Body of Christ in our midst, but we, in the midst of a broken world cry out “Christ Our Light,” Alleluia! We carry the hope and share the message of Easter—that we can move beyond darkness and doubt, that love is possible, that all people are imbued with sanctity and dignity as cherished children of God.

“Do you choose this day to reject sin so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?”... I do!.. We do! “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Christ has won the victory for us. The Church in her wisdom asks us to keep this festival alive for 50 days. Let’s reflect on this and just how much our Lord loves us. Flowers, Easter eggs, candy, keilbosi and butter lambs, beautiful music and so much more! The victory has been won in Christ who gives ultimate purpose to our lives.

We welcome all who join us this Easter. Pope Francis writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them: I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

I am grateful to our parish staff and to all who have helped us to celebrate Easter—Judy Novak, Tom Pearce, Ed Bush, Steve Senko, Deacon John Musyt, Karen Doyle, to Mary Therese McKane, Ned Dructor and our music ministry, John Kilker, Michele Malewicz, Jeannie Commadario, Sally Dziedzic—and to the army of volunteers who help us to live our Easter faith with joy and in hope.

May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all United in His Service,

Monsignor Delaney, Pastor

Altar & Rosary Meeting

The next Altar & Rosary meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th, 2015.  The Rosary will be recited at 6:30, and the meeting will follow afterwards in the church hall.   New members are always welcome.  The Bakers are Karen & Jesse Doyle.  The Hostess gifts are Terri Cuccura, Alice Fawcett, Laura Fawcett, Joan Ferranti, Leona Gataveskas, and Frances Gentile. 

Altar & Rosary Society Meeting

The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm in the church basement. The meeting will follow immediately afterwards. New members are always welcome. Springer ladies: Leona Gataveskas, Frances Gentile, Dolores Gretzula, Theresa Kalinoski, Rose Kaminski, Josephine Karolewicz, Claudia Kausmeyer, Marion Kowalski. Advisory: Marge Pabis & Rosalie Bialy

ALTAR SERVER

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

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

Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister Schedules

THE NEW ALTAR SERVER AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULES for Holy Cross were mailed out. Please keep your scheduled time or find someone to take your place.

Altar Server Practice

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

ALTAR SERVER PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR HOLY WEEK 2016

Holy Thursday Practice Altar Servers Only

Sunday, March 20

2;00 Blessed Sacrament

3:30 Holy Cross

Good Friday Practice: Altar Servers Only

Wednesday, March 23

5:30 Blessed Sacrament

7:00 Holy Cross

Easter Vigil Practice: Holy Cross Only

Saturday, March 26

9:00 Lectors Only

9:45 Altar Servers only

ALTAR SERVERS An important reminder

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

ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED AT BLESSED SACRAMENT AND HOLY CROSS PARISHES

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

ALTAR SERVERS: An important reminder

Important Reminder

With summer vacations upon us, it’s easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve and/or call the rectory to inform us that you’ll be away. As always, thank you for your service.

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

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

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

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

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

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

Annual Blessing of the Animals

The annual blessing of the animals to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held Sunday , October 6 at 100. at Blessed Sacrament.

Annual Coat Drive 2013

THE ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE COAT DRIVE WAS A HUGE SUICCESS. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

Annual Coat Drive 2016

Coat Collection

The Annual Social Justice Committee Coat Drive is underway and organizers are looking to keep a string of successful collections going this Year. The Coat Drive will run through October 28. 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. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

Annual Coat Drive 2017

Coat Collection

The coat drive will run from October 29 to November 5. 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 Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

Annual Novena to St. Ann

The Solemn Novena to St. Ann begins on Wednesday, July 17th and concludes on Thursday, July 26th The annual novena will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Basilica, Scranton at 8:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Confessions are heard before and after each service. A Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Bambera on Thursday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. The novena prayers will be prayed at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament after the daily Mass.

Broadcasts of The Solemn Novena to St. Ann on CTV are scheduled for: Monday through Friday at 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., except for Monday, July 22, no 3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 23, no 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday July 24/25, Novena only at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m.

The Closing Ceremony being held on Friday, July 26 will air on CTV on Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m.

APPRECIATION FOR RECEPTIONS

Thank you to members of the Confraternity of Christian Woman from Holy Cross and the members of the Altar & Rosary Society from Blessed Sacrament who provided the wonderful receptions after each of the special 4 p.m. liturgies. Also, a word of appreciation to the members of the choirs for providing such beautiful music.

Are you leaving a mark #Leavemark16

a gathering of the young church (16-35) as we begin National Vocation Awareness Week with Bishop Bambera on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton at 5 p.m. with a reception following in the Diocesan Center. For more information, please call the Diocesan Vocation Office at 570-207-1452 or visit facebook.com/scrantonvoc.

Ascension Thursday 2014

Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation for all Roman Catholics, will be celebrated on Thursday, May 29th.

Please note the following schedule for the Feast of the Ascension:

Wednesday, May 28th Regular morning Mass at 8:00 a.m.

Vigil Masses

  • 4:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross

Ascension Thursday Masses

Thursday, May 29th

  • 7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Cross
  • 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross

Ascension Thursday 2016

Ascension Thursday is this week! It is a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows.

Date Time Location Intention Requested By
Ascension Thursday Vigil 5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross Parish
Ascension Thursday 5/5 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament Rose & Jim – 5th Wedding Anniversary
8:00 AMHoly CrossMary & Walter MarekGeraldine & Frank Marek
7:00 PMHoly CrossDeceased Members of the Paul J. Spillar FamilyViolet Spillar

Please join us as we celebrate Christ's victorious return to the Father!

Ash Wednesday Retreat

"RADIATE CHRIST"

The office for Parish Life will offer this retreat on Wednesday February 26th from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Wyoming Ave. in Scranton. Catherine Butel, Diocesan Secretary for Parish Life, will lead the retreat. The theme will focus on how Lent is a counter-cultural season that is more about how we are meant to bring Christ to the world than just a focus on ourselves as individuals. The day will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation, mass at St. Peter's Cathedral, and a lunch will be provided. The fee is $30.00. To register, visit www.dioceseofscranton.org/parish-life/ash-wednesday-retreat or call 570-207-2213 ext 1000.

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Ash Wednesday

March 5, 2014 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2016

Ash Wednesday

Februrary 10, 2016 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2017

Ash Wednesday

March 1, 2017 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2018

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2019

Ash Wednesday

March 3, 2019 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

August 15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, August 15th is the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish is as follows:

August 14, 2014 Vigil

  • 4:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross

August 15, 2014 Holy Day

  • 7:30 am. Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Cross
  • 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross

Attention Business Owners And Generous Parishioners

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

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

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

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

ATTENTION BUSINESS OWNERS AND PROFESSIONALS

S. Victor Verbiest from Liturgical Publications will be in our office this coming week working on securing new ads for the advertisement section of our bulletin. We need your help! Please consider purchasing an ad. Your ad and participation makes our bulletin successful, and you attract customers!

If you would like to run an ad or would like more information, please call Victor at 973-634-0586, or via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ATTENTION CONFIRMATION CANDIDATES AND FAMILIES – MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Practice at Holy Cross Parish.Practice: Sponsors & Candidates Sunday Oct 26 2 p.m.

ATTENTION PARENTS, FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES AND CONFIRMATION

As you are aware, we do not, at the moment have information about how and when we will be able to celebrate these very special Sacraments with our children. We are continually talking about various possibilities when the time comes to gather together again, and will continue to explore these as we move forward. For now, know that we pray for our children who have prepared for so long and are anticipating the celebration of First Communion and Confirmation. You are remembered daily in prayer.

AUGUST FOOD DRIVE

AUGUST FOOD DRIVE

August Food Drive

As always, thank you for your generosity in feeding the needy of our community.

Authentic Vatican Replica of the Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin, Authentic Vatican Replica at St Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Scranton March 30, April 11, 2014. Call the parish office at 570-342-7023 for exhibit hours.

AVAILABLE SERVICE HOURS

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

Baby Shower

The Social Justice Committee will sponsor a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 7 to collect baby items in support of St. Joseph’s Center. The Baby Shower will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, prizes, basket raffle. Admission $15.00 or comparable gift. RSVP by March 30. Reservation forms can be found at the entrances of the Churches.

Baby Shower 2015

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE will sponsor a baby shower for ST. JOSEPH’S CENTER on Sunday, April 26 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Admission is $15.00 or a comparable gift. Come enjoy the games, food and fun.

Baby Shower 2018

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

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

BACKPACK DRIVE FOR CHILDREN'S ADVOCACY CENTER

Our annual backpack drive for the Children's Advocacy Center will run from the week-end of August 27th through the week-end of September 17th. This year the Advocacy center is in desperate need of adult large and x-large sweatpants, hoodies, tee-shirts and underwear needed for the older children in the program. Any school supplies, backpacks or specific clothing listed that you could supply will be greatly appreciated. Please place items in the containers provided in the entrance of the Churches.

BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES NEEDED

Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate is required by Monday, December 16th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

Baptismal Instruction

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

BE A VOCATION MISSIONARY

Prayer for Vocations

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

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

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

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

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

HOW TO PRAY FOR VOCATIONS

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

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

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

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

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

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS ON MAY 7

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

BE PROUD THAT YOU ARE CATHOLIC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Behind the Scenes: 2012 Blessed Sacrament Halupki Dinner Time Lapse

This is a quick, fun, time-lapse video of the Halupki Dinners coming together for the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival. Thanks to all who volunteered and made it happen!

Behind the Scenes: 2012 Blessed Sacrament Potato Pancake Time Lapse

This is a quick, fun, time-lapse video of the potato pancakes being cooked for the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival. Thanks to all who volunteered and made it happen!

Best Lent Ever - Beautiful Hope

JOIN US FOR DAILY MASS

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am Holy Cross, Olyphant.

Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am Blessed Sacrament, Throop.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

Consider signing up for an hour before the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord. Call Eydie 570-489-8816.

PRAY THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS

Fridays in Lent: 5:30 pm Holy Cross followed by a simple meal of soup and bread, 6:00 pm Blessed Sacrament. THERE WILL BE NO SOUP SERVED ON GOOD FRIDAY

CELEBRATE THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

The Light Is On For You – all Mondays of Lent from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Our parishes, and all the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton, will be open for individual confessions. In keeping with the spirit of Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter “Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered”, we invite Catholics to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation; an essential element of our preparation for Easter.

THE LENTEN SCHEDULE IS: (5:30 TO 7:00 PM)

Monday March 12 Holy Cross

Monday March 19 Blessed Sacrament

Monday March 26 Holy Cross

Also, Saturdays, Holy Cross 3:00 to 3:45 pm and Blessed Sacrament 4:30 to 5:15 pm, or by appointment, please call the Rectory.

CONFESSION: A number of priests will be available to hear confessions:

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM St. Mary’s Visitation, Dickson City

“EATING WITH JESUS”

A Lenten Series hosted by the Mid Valley Ecumenical Ministerium. We are delighted to participate, once again, with our dear friends in our local Christian Churches.

All services at 7:00 PM:

Wednesday, March 14, St. James/St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn.
Host: Rev. William Marshal
Message: Rev. Andrew Kurovsky

Wednesday, March 21, First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County, 1557 Main Street, Peckville.
Host: Rev. Virginia Miner
Message: Rev. William Duke

BEST LENT EVER 2018

What is it? It’s a free email program that will guide you on an incredible 40 day journey to become the-bestversion of yourself, making this a truly life-changing Lent. Sign up at Dynamic Catholic.com to receive daily reflection and suggestions to have a meaningful Lent.

“BEAUTIFUL HOPE” – FINDING HOPE EVERY DAY IN A BROKEN WORLD”

“Man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but only one second without hope.” (Unknown)

What gives you hope? What are your hopes and dreams for yourself, your children, your Church, your community, your nation?

What sustains that hope and turns those dreams into reality? What are some of the unique ways you bring hope to people in your life? The contributing authors featured in “Beautiful Hope” offer intensely personal answers to these questions. Their stories are meant to FOURTH SUNDAY OF LENT MARCH 11, 2018 spark your own exploration of hope and increase its abundance in your life.

Take advantage of any or all of the opportunities for renewal and spiritual growth placed before us and make this the Best Lent Ever.

PRACTICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

Holy Thursday: Sunday, March 25, Blessed Sacrament, 2:00 PM; Holy Cross 3:30 PM Good Friday: Wednesday, March 28, Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM, Holy Cross 7:00 PM Saturday Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31, Holy Cross 9:00 AM Easter Vigil lectors and 9:45 AM Easter Vigil Altar Servers

Bible Study - Faith Sharing

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

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

Is. 55: 6-9

Phil. 1:20-24, 27

Mt. 20: 1-16

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

Bible Study - Faith Sharing - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thursday, May 25 at 2:00 PM; Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Come and join the conversation and prayer. We will reiew the readings for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Acts 1: 1-11; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Matthew 28: 16-20.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: John 14: 15-21, Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17,1 Peter 3: 15-18

A “paraclete” (from the Greek parakletos, meaning “beside” and “to call’) is one who intervenes and intercedes in favor of what is right or good. In legal terminology, a paraclete is an advocate who defends the accused on trial. For John, Christ is the first “Paraclete,” who comes to liberate humanity from the slavery of sin. The second “Paraclete,” promised by Jesus in today’s Gospel, is the Spirit of truth, the Church’s living, creative memory in which the mystery of God’s love, revealed by and in Christ, lives for all time.

The universal mission of the Church takes its first steps outside of the Jewish world in today’s first reading from Acts. Philip the deacon (“ordained” in last week’s first reading) goes to Samaria, where his preaching about Jesus the Messiah is enthusiastically received. This was an unlikely and unexpected place for such a beginning - the Samaritans, remember, were the despised outcasts of Judaism. The acceptance of the Samaritans as equals in the Christian community was suspect by many of the Jewish members of the Church.

Themes:

The Paraclete: faith that transforms our world. Jesus acknowledges in his farewell to his disciples that their witness to him will be costly. He promises to send, from the Father, a Paraclete who will stand by them (and us) during the difficult times ahead. The Spirit of truth, “whom the world cannot accept,” illuminates our vision and opens our hearts to discern the will and wisdom of God. The Paraclete advocates within us what is good, what is right and what is just, despite the skepticism and rejection of those who are blind to what is good.

The bishops of the United States wrote in their 1986 pastoral, Economic Justice for All: “After Jesus had appeared to them and when they received the gift of the Spirit, they became apostles of the good news to the ends of the earth. In the face of poverty and persecution they transformed human lives and formed communities which became signs of the power and presence of God. Sharing this same resurrection faith, contemporary followers of Christ can face the struggles and challenges that await those who bring the Gospel vision to bear on our complex economic world.”

The demanding love of the Risen Christ.

In his Gospel, John never allows love, as taught by Jesus, to remain at the level of sentiment or emotion. Its expression is always highly moral and is revealed in obedience to the will of the Father. To love as Jesus loved – in total and selfless obedience, without conditions and without expectation of that love ever being returned – is the difficult love that Jesus expects of those who claim to be his disciple. The world might say that only fools love like that, but such “hard” love is the recognition of the true nature of love. In dying to our own interests we can become fully alive, fully human in the image of the Risen Christ.

BIBLE STUDYFAITH SHARING- Tuesday, June 13

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

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 14-16

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

John 6: 51-58

Bishop's Youth Awards 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to the youth of our parish who recently received the Bishop’s Youth Award from Bishop Joseph C. Bambera at St. Peter’s Cathedral: Holy Cross – Vincent Talutto, Robert Craig, Felicia Saar, Kelcie Bensinger Blessed Sacrament – Alyssa Wallo, Zachary Nemitz, Alyssa Sekelsky, Zachary Blau, Erica Nemitz.

BISHOP’S 2017 YOUTH AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2017 Bishop’s awards.

8th Grade

  • Gabrielle Ciborosky
  • Gianna Matassa
  • Donald Healey
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Audrianna Keller
  • John Sekelsky
  • Brianna Kohut
  • Christian Snee
  • Gabriel Lott
  • Gabrielle Snee
  • John Tomcho

12th Grade

  • Jesse Doyle
  • Austin Mizerak
  • Emily Temple

Blessed Sacrament Parish Women's Tea Series featuring Cheryl Radkiewicz; October 14, 2012

On October 14, 2012 Blessed Sacrament Parish hosted the 4th episode of the Women's Tea Series. The "Harvest Tea" featured a cooking demonstration by Cheryl Radkiewicz. Cheryl demonstrated several recipes and shared may tales of cooking, chefs, and life. This video features just a few of her recipes.

The event was organized by Tina Beachaver and Maureen Hart, and Grace was performed by Monsignor Michael Delaney. Proceeds benefited the Altar and Rosary society of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS

Saturday, April 20

11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament

12:30 PM Holy Cross.

Blessing of Easter Baskets 2016

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS will take place on Saturday, March 26: Blessed Sacrament 11:00 AM and Holy Cross 12:30 PM.

Blessing of Easter Baskets 2017

Saturday, April 15; 11:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament and 12:30 PM at Holy Cross.

BLESSING OF PETS

St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 PM, Parish Grounds, Blessed Sacrament, Throop.

Friday, October 4 is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. His love of all creation reminds us to be loving stewards to our pets entrusted to our care. Everyone is invited! Bring your cats and dogs, rabbits and snakes, Hermit crabs and turtles, cows and horses! Stuffed animals are also welcome!

Who is St. Francis!

St. Francis was born in the 12th century, lived in Italy and founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to lepers and for his love for animals and nature. He is the patron Saint of animals and the environment.

Celebrate his feast day with a Pet Blessing!

Blessing Of Pets 2016

Blessing of Pets

Bring your dogs, cats, turtles, fish, horses, elephants, iguanas, stuffed animals and/or any pet your like.Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 at Holy Cross, will meet outside on the parish grounds. As we honor St Francis of Assisi on Tuesday, October 4th, we remember the love of all creation and are reminded that we are stewards of all God’s creatures. Come join us for prayer, blessing and what will surely be a loud pet choir.

Blessing Of Pets 2018

Blessing of Pets

On Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM in Holy Cross Parking Lot we will share a blessing and prayers for all of our pets. Come one, come all—bring your cherished pets—ant farms or snails, turtles and snakes, dogs and cats, horses and cows. (stuffed animals are always welcome—just keep them away from teething puppies!) The blessing is shared each year in connection to our celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4) who reminds us to be stewards of God’s creation. St. Francis, pray for us.

Blessing Of Pets, Feast of St. Francis Assisi

Sunday, October 4th 1:00 pm on the grounds of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop. All pets and all shapes and sizes are welcome. (Stuffed animals too!)

Blessing of Throats

Tuesday , February 3rd is the Feast of St. Blaise, Bishop and Martyr. St. Blaise was a physician and bishop in Sebaste, Armenia in the 4th century. Tradition states that he once saved a child who was choking on a fish bone which has led to the tradition of blessing throats on his feast day. In honor of St. Blaise, the traditional blessing of throats will be offered at the end of all weekend Masses, February 7-8.

Calling All Angels

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

CAMP ST. ANDREW

  • WOMEN’S WEEKEND (must be 21 or older): July 5th-6th--7th
  • GIRLS BASKETBALL (entering grades 5-10): July 7th – 12th
  • GIRLS BASKETBALL (entering grades 5-10): July 14th – 19th
  • GIRLS TRADITIONAL CAMP (entering grades 3-10): July 7th – 12th
  • GIRLS TRADITIONAL CAMP (entering grades 3-10): July 14th – 19th
  • FATHER / SON WEEKEND (sons ages 6-13): July 19th – 20th-21st
  • BOYS BASKETBALL (entering grades 4-9):July 21st – 25th

Visit: www.dioceseofscranton.org click on Camp St. Andrew under Social Services or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/campstandrew for more information and registration.

Carnation Sale 2014

The Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be handing out carnations after each mass on Mothers’ Day Weekend (May 10th – 11th). Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation. A $1.00 donation is requested.

Carnation Sale 2017

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

The Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be selling carnations after each mass on Mothers’ Day Weekend (May 13 & 14).

Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.

Carnation Sale 2019

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

will take place after each mass on Mother’s Day Weekend. Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

A prayer for our catechists:

May the seeds of faith blossom as you nurture God’s young disciples, and may our ever-present connection to Christ through prayer be a joyful blessing for you and the children in your care.

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.

This year’s theme is “Stay with Us” quoting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who invited Jesus to stay with them (LK24:13-35)

Our catechists are called to share the gift of faith they have received with our children. They have been inspired and have responded to God’s call to serve our children.

We thank God for the generosity of our catechists and ask God to give them the grace to assist our young people as they grow in their knowledge and love of God.

Our catechists will be commissioned this weekend at Blessed Sacrament during the 9:30 AM Mass and at Holy Cross during the 11:00 AM Mass.

Catechetical Sunday is September 15

The theme returns us to the Year of Faith

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2013, and will focus on the theme "Open the Door of Faith." Those whom 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.

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)

Next week our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection communicates the Good News through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese, so please be generous in this collection.

CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE

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