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Mass Times

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

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

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

Reconciliation

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

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

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

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Religious Education News

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

1ST COMMUNION PARENTS MEETING

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

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

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

CONFIRMATION RETREAT

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

VIRTUS TRAINING

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

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

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

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

CONFIRMATION INTERVIEWS

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

YOU ARE INVITED

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

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

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

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

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

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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

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

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

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

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

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

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITITATION OF ADULTS (RCIA)

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

*Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?

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

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

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

SAINT GABRIEL’S FALL RETREAT

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

OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL PARISH, DUNMORE

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

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY 2018

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

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

“SUMMER FOREVER”

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

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

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

SAINT GABRIEL’S FALL RETREAT

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

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

DIOCESAN SCHOOLS ACCEPTING REGISTRATION

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

DO YOU ENJOY READING SCRIPTURE?

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

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

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

“COME BACK TO YOUR MAT”

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

MARYWOOD’S LIFE LONG LEARNERS

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

THE UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON will host two Open House events

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

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

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

www.scranton.edu/admissions.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL

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

MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

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

SCRANTON CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC RENEWAL

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

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

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

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

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

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

BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

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

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

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

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

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN (VIRTUS)

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

MARK THE DATE: “REFRESH YOUR FAITH”

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

CATCH OUR SPIRIT

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

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

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

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

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

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

SUPPORT OUR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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

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

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

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

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

#PartnerwithFrancis

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

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

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

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

Are you someone or do you know someone Who…

A. Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic

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

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

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

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

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

First Session, Monday, September 26th

Kelley Hall 6:30 p.m.

RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

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

VIRTUS PROGRAM

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

REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

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


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IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

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

CELL PHONES

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

Catholicism Video Series

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

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

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

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

Holy Cross

K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall

4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center

Blessed Sacrament

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

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

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

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

Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

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

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

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

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

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

How to Receive Communion

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