December 8th is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sine from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann .
Our Mass schedule is:
(Dec 7) Vigil Mass
5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament
(Dec 8) Holy Day
7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
7:00 PM Holy Cross
As baptized followers of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, we strive to proclaim the Gospel by promoting a welcoming community; celebrating the Eucharist and living our faith with charity, peace and justice.
Pastor: Monsignor Michael Delaney
This Sunday, John the Baptist is placed before us with Jesus. John’s clothing, food and preaching have all connections to the patriarch’s and prophets of the Old Testament His preaching, then and now calls us to welcome the reign of Jesus Necessary to welcome the reign of Jesus Our Messiah. The Baptist’s fire, wrath, the ax and winnowing fan remind us of the hard work and painful wrenching demanded of disciples who take the conversion to heart.
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 13th @ 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Olyphant
- December 15th @ 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
- December 18th @ 3:00 pm Sacred Heart Peckville
- December 19th @ 6:00 pm Queen of Angels, Jessup
- December 20st @ 6.30 pm Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City)
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.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a deceased loved one towards the purchase of Christmas flowers is asked to use the Christmas Flower Envelope located in your packet of envelopes. Please write the name you wish to make the donation in memory of on the envelope or on a plain white envelope.
Packets of Christmas Wafers will be available in the main entrance of each church. The donation for each packet is $3.00. The tradition of the Oplatek is that on Christmas Eve, as a family gathers to share their meal, they first break bread and share the Christmas wafer uniting family members and remind us of the unity we share in the celebration of the Eucharist.
If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then the Retrouvaille Program can help you, Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and to rediscover a more loving relationship.
The next local program will be Feb. 24-26, 2017 at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA . Registration Required. All calls confidential. Cost is by donation. For more information or to register call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org. Why run it for so long? Because it often takes troubled couples awhile to accept that they may need some help.
A SPECIAL COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN DURING THE WEEKEND OF December 10-11 for the Retirement Fund for Religious Sisters and Brothers. This national appeal is to help all religious congregations and the Diocese of Scranton care for the elderly and infirm sisters, brothers and priests who have so generously served in our diocese. Thank you for your continued generosity.
The Christmas shopping season will officially be underway this Friday! When purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider logging into your account via the Amazon Smile Program. A portion of your sale will be donated to our home at no additional cost to you!
To help, log in to your account at smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0832764.
There is St Mary’s Cilla Assisted Living. If you are interested in living here for just the winter months or a shorter period of time to stay active and keep busy during the long winter, call 570-795-2810.
Our parish family welcomes all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend. If you are not a registered member of the parish and would like to join the parish, please contact the parish office or see Monsignor Delaney for more information.
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.
On Wednesday, November 23rd at 7 pm, the night before Thanksgiving, we are hosting the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service at Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant of Clergy and friends from our neighboring Christian Churches as we come together to give thanks to God, the source of all we have and are, for the many blessings we share. The service will be followed by refreshments in Kelley Hall.
Father Bill Marshall from St. James-St George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the Thanksgiving message.
A collection will be taken to support the Breadbasket of Northeast PA
- Thanksgiving Day Mass, Blessed Sacrament, Throop 7:30 AM Thursday, November 24.
- Thanksgiving Day Mass, Holy Cross Olyphant 9:00 AM
- Fellowship, coffee, doughnuts after Mass in Kelley Hall.
- Food Collection: Please bring non-perishable food items to any/all of our Thanksgiving services. Food items will be brought up in procession during Thanksgiving Day Masses at the preparation of the gifts.
Our Social Concerns Food Drive will continue through the month of November. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes are once again providing a hot dinner at Christmas for the residents of St. Anthony’s Haven (a homeless shelter). The women of the Social Concerns have been working diligently throughout the year and have accomplished many worthy projects. Thank you for your generosity to all of the parish projects that help to raise money. Thank you.
On the Care of our Common Home
Our Social Concerns Committee is hosting a presentation on Pope Francis recent teaching “Laudato Si” on the Care of our Common Home” Monsignor Vincent Grimalia will present information and lead conversation on the important topics which surface from Pope Francis ‘ historic encyclical.
When: Monday, December 5 @ 6:30M Where Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
All are invited and welcome. Refreshments will be served.
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
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.
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.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a special collection be taken up in all parishes to support Hurricane Matthew On the weekend of October 29-30 there will be an emergency second collection in each parish for this purpose. These funds will be used to support the efforts
Lord, give might to those who need your strength to carry on. Fill their troubled hearts with your peace and move us with your compassion, that we may respond generously to those in need. Amen.
St Francis of Assisi Soup Drive: Monsignor Joseph P Kelly, Director of St Francis Kitchen has asked that local parishes collect cans of soup to help fill a specific need at the kitchen. We ask that you drop off soup cans next weekend October 22-23 in the vestibules of our parish churches. Thank you for your generosity.
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.
The Catholic Churches of Olyphant and Throop welcome you to a free Community Meal at Holy Cross Parish at 12 Noon each Wednesday. The nutritious meal is prepared at St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton.
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.
in Your wisdom and love
You surround us with the mysteries of the universe.
In times long past you sent us
Your prophets to teach us Your laws
and to bear witness
to Your undying love.
You sent us your Son
to teach us by word and example
that true wisdom comes from you alone.
Send Your Spirit upon our students
and their teachers
and fill them with Your wisdom and blessings.
Grant that during this academic year
they may devote themselves to their studies
and share what they have learned with others.
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.
Where we stand:
Holy Cross Parish: HOLY CROSS:We are at 87% of our $50,000 goal; $43,825.00 ($6,175.00)
Blessed Sacrament: Congratulations!! We are at 107% of our $17,000 goal;$18,180, $1,180.00 over. Remember that 75% of collected appeal donations above goal will be returned our parishes.
As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.
Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.
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