Religious Education News

VIDEO PRESENTATION: "The Last Lecture"

Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall. Experience the moving lecture that generated a best selling book and inspired millions to believe in the power of achieving their childhood dreams.

Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch was asked to deliver his "Last Lecture" - a series designed to examine the final lessons the speaker would impart when facing their own mortality. For Pausch, who had recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis, the topic was anything but hypothetical. The message - hopeful and life - affirming - resonated with people around the globe. Running time for video is 30 minutes to be followed with conversation.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING: Monday ,February 10; 1:30 PM; Blessed Sacrament Hall.

LIVE MANDATED REPORTER TRAINING

at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville; Thursday, February 20; 5:30 PM, light dinner will be offered 6-9 pm, Training Session. Snow date February 27. Register by calling Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ST. MARY’S OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE – SUNDAY JANUARY 26TH

Open house will be from 12:30 – 3:00pm. Come and tour the building, meet the teachers, and see some of their S.T.R.E.A.M. projects. Registration is also open for 2020-2021 school year.

PREPARING FOR PRE-K at ST. MARY OF MOUNT CARMEL SCHOOL

On Monday, January 27th 6-7pm, St. Mary’s will hold an evening for parents of children preparing for Pre-K. Speakers will discuss readiness, the importance of developing the foundations of a sound education and share a day in the life of a pre-kindergartener.

FULL STREAM AHEAD AT LA SALLE ACADEMY!!!

All are welcome to visit our Open House on Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Come check out all of the amazing things we have to offer! Financial Aid is available…Learn more by calling 570-489-2010 or by visiting our website at lsaelementary.org

FIRST PENANCE PRACTICE FOR ALL 2nd GRADE STUDENTS

Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday 22nd at 6:30pm at Holy Cross. First Penance is Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am at Holy Cross.

CCD-RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE (I.S.L.I.)

I.S.L.I. is a peer facilitated Leadership Retreat for High School Students, February 14 – 16, 2020 at Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, Dalton. For more information – applications are available on line at Dioceseoscranton.org; call 570-207-2213X1155; or facebook at ISLIDOS.

PROTECTING GOD’S PEOPLE (PGC-VIRTUS)

program is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Scranton. 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. For information: www.dioceseofscranton.org, under Child Protection-Victim Assistance.

SCRANTON PREPARATORY SCHOLARSHIP ENTRANCE EXAM

Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 am. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. The exam is for all eighth graders interested in applying for the 2020 fall term. Students may also register and apply at www.scrantonprep.org.

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.

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.’