Religious Education News

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING: “EUCHARIST”

The next six sessions of Bible Study/Faith Sharing will focus on a single subject: The biblical foundations for the Church’s celebration of the Eucharist. You are invited to explore the Biblical foundations of the Eucharist. Through this exploration, you can enrich your understanding of this sacrament and deepen your appreciation of the great gift it is. Through texts from the Old Testament, the Apostles, and New Testament letters, you can discover that the Eucharist unites the prayers, works, joys and sufferings of our lives as an offering in union with Christ. Through meditation on these texts, you can learn to cultivate a Eucharistic life of prayer and active commitment in the world. Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall

The six dates: (Tuesdays, 1:30 PM)
1. September 10
2. September 17
3. October 1
4. October 15
5. October 29
All are invited.

VNA HOSPICE “MOVING THROUGH CHANGE WITH EASE AND GRACE”

– Classes at 6:30 PM, September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10, VNA, Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Living without your loved one is difficult. Everything is changed and you feel sad, alone and confused. Learn how to cope and manage with these changes while meeting others who are living through the same experiences. Support is so important. Let us help. Call 570-383-5180 with questions or just to let us know you are coming.

CCD BEGINS SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH

Holy Cross – All classes are 9:20-10:25am.
Note – Parish Center dismissal is at 10:20am.
Blessed Sacrament – All classes are 10:30-11:45am.
Holy Cross Classes: Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 5 Kelley Hall.
Grades 4, 6, 7, 8 Parish Center.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (CCD) FORMS

For the 2019-2020 school year can be found in the vestibule of the churches or at the Rectory Office. Parents are asked to complete all sections of the form, drop in the collection basket or mail to the Parish Office at 200 Delaware Street, Olyphant, PA 18447. The registration fee is $20.00 per child or $50.00 for three children or more. The registration fee helps to defray the cost of the program, including books and supplies. All forms are due by August 25.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON OPEN HOUSE; October 20 and November 3.

The University, a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families. At the Open House participants can learn about the 68 undergraduate majors, meet faculty, students, admissions counselors and financial aid representatives. Tours will be conducted. Open house includes a complimentary brunch for students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9 AM. For information please call 1-888SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

LA SALLE ACADEMY is currently registering students from PK -8th Grade.

Academic excellence and a faith-filled environment are the hallmarks of student life at LSA, where STREAM is part of our daily learning. Call today at 570-489-2010 to learn more about our academic program and extra curricular activities structured to foster the individual talents of each child. Tuition assistance is available.

ST. MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL, DUNMORE: Registration Open for New Enrollment for Pre K through 8th Grade.

Come and tour the school and learn about the great things happening here! Faithbuilding, Preparation for the Sacraments, Community Service, Robots, Coding, STREAM, Art, Music, Library, iPads, Chromebooks, Introduction to Engineering Design Process, plus strong emphasis on the basics of Reading, Writing and Math, Differentiated Learning, Support for a variety of abilities to achieve success in a warm, Christian Family setting: A Winning Combination! Call the school office for an appointment 570-346-4429.

ST. GABRIEL’S RETREAT CENTER Will hold a Women’s Retreat Weekend

September 6 – 8. Retreat begins Friday 7:00 PM – departure after the Noon meal on Sunday. Cost-$140 per person, deposit is required. No meals are served Friday evening. To register or for more information call the Retreat Office 570-586-4957 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Preached retreats consist of conferences on the spiritual life, time for personal reflection, prayer service, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Liturgy.

UP & OVER MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT SEPTEMBER 27-29:

a team building and problem solving retreat for middle school students in grades 6, 7, 8. It’s guaranteed to be a weekend of fun, friendship, and faith at the beautiful wooded Camp Orchard Hill in Dallas, PA. Participant will spend time outdoors, meet new friends & learn how their God-given gifts can be used when you work with others as a team! Built into the weekend are opportunities to deepen your faith and a number of fun activities and events including weekend mass, a movie, free time and an outdoor obstacle course! Students arrive at 7 PM on Friday, September 27 and depart at noon on Sunday, September 30. Cost for the weekend is $140.00. Register on line at Dioceseofscranton.org. For more information call 570- 207-2213.

LIVE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 6pm-9pm, at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Ave, Scranton(formally Bishop Hannon High School). Thiis limited to the first 50 participants and is for those individuals who are identified as mandated reporters of child abuse but have not yet completed the online training through the University of Pittsburg. Please note – this is not a VIRTUS training session. For VIRTUS trainings, refer to www.dioceseofscranton.org/compliance-office/victimassistance- coordinator/virtus/

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN (VIRTUS) TRAINING SESSIONS OPPORTUNITIES

Tuesday September 17th 6-9pm
All Saints Academy, Scranton

This training session is required for all adult employees and volunteers who have direct contact or routine interatction with children. During the three-hour training, a facilitator 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. To register, contact Heather at the Diocese of Scranton – Safe Enviroment Office, 570-207-2238, ext. 1089 or

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In addition, a training session for adults (Virtus) is scheduled for Thursday, September 5 beginning at 6:30 PM with Most Holy Trinity Parish, Susquehanna and also a session on Wednesday, September 18, beginning at 6:00 PM with Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow. If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children, please make an effort to attend this training. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ISLI LEADERSHIP RETREAT

is a peer-facilitated faith-based leadership retreat developed at the University of Notre Dame. The ISLI retreat is designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in both the leadership and membership roles of task oriented groups. During the retreat, participants take part in small group tasks that allow the student to do the following: make decisions; examine leadership styles; practice leadership behavior; learn about positive communication; develop self-motivational skills and learn problem solving; explore and express faith values in the Catholic Tradition. Applications are required by Monday, July 1. For information please call Shannon Kowalski at 570-207-2213, ext. 1155.

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 2019-2020 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.

RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION 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.

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.

BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

Parents anticipating the birth of their first child are required to attend baptismal instruction. Baptismal classes are held on the first Sunday of every month from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. We suggest that you attend this session before the birth of your child, if possible. Please contact the Parish Office to register. Baptisms cannot be scheduled until all the necessary paperwork is completed.

RETROUVAILLE PROGRAM

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

ALTUS FOR WOMEN

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

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ANNULMENT PROCESS?

In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation. It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.

REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

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

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.

RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

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

REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

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

IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

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

CELL PHONES

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

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

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

VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

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

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

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

Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

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

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

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

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

How to Receive Communion

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