• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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  • 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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Religious Education News

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

Sunday, September 17. Holy Cross – 9:20 AM until 10:30 AM; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM.

SCRANTON PREP- The Parents Club will conduct its annual Galleria fundraiser

which benefits all the students at Scranton Prep: Saturday, November 11 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 12 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission $5.00, children under 12 are free. Breakfast with Santa – Sunday 10:00 am to 12 noon. Adults $10.00, children $5.00 ages 4 – 10. Advance reservations only, call 570-941-7743.

HOLY CROSS HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

Sunday, October 29 from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM at 501 E Drinker Street, Dunmore. Holy Cross continues the rich heritage of Catholic secondary education. Our high school provides each student with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and promises to help then fulfill their future goals.

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.

VIRTUS: PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN FOR ADULTS PROGRAM

training session will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 PM, Mary, Mother of God Parish, Scranton, register by calling 570-342.4881. The training session is required for all adult employees and volunteers who have direct contact or routine interaction with children.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2:00 PM, BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HALL:

“ Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome. Join us as we come to know Christ and unpack the great gift of the Scriptures all will hear proclaimed this upcoming Sunday, November 12, the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.

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.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON will host an Open House

for prospective students and their families on Sunday, November 5.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

VNA HOSPICE- “I’m Grieving—Now What?”

A Grief Workshop. Sessions are on 4 consecutive Thursday evenings: September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 12 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant.

We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. Everything has changed! How do I cope? What about holidays and special occasions? Will I feel “normal” again? This workshop will address all your questions and offer ways in which to continue living your life productively even when it’s a “tough day.”

Pease let us know if you are coming 570-383-5180. Park in the secure lot behind our building and enter through the rear door.

GOD’S COMPASSIONATE FACE GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY SEMINAR

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

All who minister to the bereaved are invited to this daylong seminar on topics related to grief support ministry. Three sessions will cover significant topics to help them develop their abilities to walk with grieving parishioners. In addition there will be opportunities for discussion of the presentations, networking and prayer. Cost for the day is $20.00; includes lunch. To register call 570-207-2213 or www.dioceseofscranton.org.

N.B. This day is to teach those who minister to the grieving; it is NOT a support session for those who are grieving.

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.

WEDNESDAY EVENING SCRIPTURE STUDY

Did you know Jesus is after your heart? He loves you more than you can imagine. He calls to you! To assist the Dunmore community answer this call, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will offer a Scripture study titled “He’s After Your Heart: A Journey To The Heart Of God Through The Gospel of John.” The parish’s devotional ministry team will lead this journey beginning on Wednesday, September 20. This program will run for twelve sessions, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM each Wednesday through mid-December and will be held at the parish. You can attend one, several or all sessions.

In order to be able to order the necessary materials, please call the parish office 570-346-7429 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The program is open to all.

#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.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5. Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

Live Session of Mandated Reporter Training

An “in person” session for the mandated reporter training will be held on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA Registration by September 5. Limited to 50 people. For those who are in religious education and youth ministry who may not be proficient with computer based training. To register call Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON

a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania, will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

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. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

Bible Study/Faith Sharing Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

All are most welcome to join in the conversation as we break open the Scriptures we will pray with this upcoming Sunday: Amos 6 1,4-7, 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16 : 19-31

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.

Holy Cross High School has launched our Facebook Page!

By visiting www.facebook.com/HolyCrossDunmore, you can keep up-to-date on news from Holy Cross. The page is filled with great photos, videos, and new information. We hope that you "like" and "share" us! Be sure to check back often for exciting news and information!

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. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

for Marriage Preparation – have any questions about enrolling engaged couples for this tool online? Call Bernadette: 570-207-2213

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.

Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

  • 98% of graduates were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
  • Combined SAT scores are above the national average.
  • $33.8 million in performance based scholarships, an average of over $91,000 per graduate, were merited by the Class of 2012.
  • Diocesan high schools offer Advanced Placement classes and the Diocesan Scholars Program awards grants to high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses at The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and King’s College.
  • Over $1 million was awarded by the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation for students to attend Diocesan Catholic Schools.

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 10th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

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.’