“DO NOT BE AFRAID! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.”
--from the Gospel of Matthew, Easter Vigil
PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN
Just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
ALLELUIA! HAPPY, BLESSED EASTER!
May this Easter remove fear and strengthen our resolve to “go quickly” to tell our brothers and sisters, “He lives.”
Our Lenten preparation is over, let our Easter celebration begin! These fifty days of unpacking the glorious mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Paschal Mystery is at work, Jesus alive, within us and within our parish communities.
We join together in rejoicing in the joy of Jesus, and pray that as we feel the newly blessed Easter water and wholeheartedly proclaim “I do” in answering, renewing our Baptismal promises, that this “Easter people” will give witness to, everywhere we are, the presence of the Risen Christ. In joy, may we answer Jesus’ mission to us, and go out to Olyphant and Throop and anywhere and everywhere we may be bringing Jesus and his new life through our words and actions to all those in need of his love and mercy. Blessed, happy Easter, Alleluia!
…… Monsignor Delaney
Easter Triddum Schedule
Holy Thursday – April 13
Mass of the Last Supper
Good Friday – April 14
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday – April 15
Blessing of Baskets
Easter Vigil - April 15
Easter Sunday – April 16
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
All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 4.
I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you. Help me to become the best-version-of-myself by seeking your will and becoming a living example of your love in the world.
Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change in order for me to carry out the mission and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.
Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish. Make our community hungry for best practices and continuous learning.
Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged, and clarity in times of decision. Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times. Amen
Catholics often do not eat meat on Fridays, especially during Lent. This is an intentional way to remember Christ’s passion and death with an act of self-denial. It is generally practiced on Fridays, since that is the day that Jesus suffered and died.
SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY
Holy Thursday Practice- Palm Sunday, April 9 – 2:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament; 3:30 pm at Holy Cross.
Good Friday Practice- Wednesday, April 12 – 5:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament and 7:00 pm at Holy Cross.
SCHEDULED LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS ONLY:
Saturday, April 15 – 9:00 am Lectors and 9:45 am Altar Servers at Holy Cross.
- Monday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Holy Cross, Olyphant
- Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm Holy Cross, Olyphant
- Saturday, April 1, an hour before Masses
- Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm Sacred Heart, Peckville
- Monday, April 3, 5:30 to 7:00 pm Blessed Sacramentv Throop
- Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
- Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm St. Mary’s, Dickson City
- Saturday, April 8, an hour before Masses
Please take advantage of the opportunities presented to prepare for Easter celebrating God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in Mary for the Public.
Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate (or Oreos and popcorn…). Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent.
Giving things up can be helpful and powerful, but that is not all that Lent is about. Lent is about doing something –something BOLD to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, friend, neighbor, etc.
This Lent – do something LIFE CHANGING!
• Sign up: visit BestLentEver.com
• Join us for Daily Mass
• Pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration
• Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday
• Come to Benediction/Holy Hour
• Do some act of Service
• Participate in “Resisting Happiness” Sessions on Tuesday 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall, Holy Cross or Thursday 8:00 AM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
• Heal relationships- Seek forgiveness, say “I’m sorry”; Give forgiveness, say “I forgive you”
• Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
What is Prayer? – St. Therese of Lisieux wrote, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” And yet, the truth is, prayer is perhaps the most difficult thing we will ever do.
Prayer is central to the Christian experience. A Christian life is not sustainable without it; growth in the Christian life is simply not possible without prayer. Growing in character and virtue, learning to hear the voice of God in our lives, and walking where he calls us all requires the discipline of prayer.
If you want to know God, and if you want to know yourself, pray. Talk to God. There are many different kinds of prayer (adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving), but in the end, prayer is simply conversation with God.
To find where to begin – checkout Dynamic Catholic Prayer Process (BestLentEver.com). Next week “What is Fasting?”
Tuesdays in Lent 6:30 PM Kelley Hall, Holy Cross or Thursdays in Lent, following 7:30 AM Mass, Blessed Sacrament.
The right book at the right time can be life-changing. “Resisting Happiness” is that book.
We all know things that will make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Why? We’re resistant. With his signature combination of the profound and the practical, New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly helps you learn why we sabotage ourselves, feel over whelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves…and how to start choosing happiness again.
“Resisting Happiness” will inspire you to break through resistance so you can become the-best-version-of-yourself and start living with passion and purpose.
Join us for conversation and prayer as we review “Resisting Happiness”.
All are welcome – if you haven’t participated in prior discussions, you’re able to pick up and join the conversion!
Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall.
Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie at (570) 489-8143
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Maura Burns, a University of Scranton pre-dental student, is working with our Social Concerns committee collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. during the month of February. Items collected will be distributed to the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center
The Social Concerns Committee is partnering with Maura Burns, and Ready Set Brush, Inc. a nonprofit organization developed by University of Scranton Pre-dental students, who help children learn about the importance of good oral health at an early age. We are seeking donations of basic dental supplies to provide to local organizations in need. Collection boxes will be placed in the vestibules of both parishes during the month of February.
Items to be collected for both children and adults include:
- Soft bristle toothbrushes made of nylon (Oral B, Colgate, Crest, any pharmacy brand.)
- Toothpaste (Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Pepsodent, Arm & Hammer.)
- Dental Floss (Glide Smooth, Oral B, Travel Dental Flossers.)
- Mouthwash (Listerine, Act, Colgate, Crest, Agent Cool Blue.)
The Light Is On For You - all Mondays of Lent from 5:30-7:00pm. All the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual conffessions.
The Light is On For You. Schedule is as follows:
- Monday, March 6 - Blessed Sacrament
- Monday, March 13 - Holy Cross
- Monday, March 20 - Belssed Sacrament
- Monday, March 27 - Holy Cross
- Monday, April 3 - Blessed Sacrament
- Monday, April 10 - Holy Cross
Best Lent Ever is a free, daily email program that will help those who participate have a truly life-changing Lent. This year’s program is based on Matthew Kelly’s newest bestseller, “Resisting Happiness”.
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
This book leads readers, in a deeply personal way
to the realization that they cannot get to where they want to go without God. It is specifically written to re-engage disengaged Catholics and inspire individuals to grow in their spiritual lives.
How Does It Work?
1. All are encouraged to visit BestLentEver.com to sign up.
2. Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1st, participants will receive daily emails with practical tips, short inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly, and personal reflections.
3. Participants will discover how to open their hearts to God and do more than just give up chocolate for Lent – helping all to have our Best Lent Ever.
4. The Book “Resisting Happiness” has been handed out at all Ash Wednesday Masses – free of charge, as our gift, take it home for your spiritual Lenten prayer.
5. Sessions for Prayer and Conversation – each Tuesday night during Lent at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall at Holy Cross and/or each Thursday morning following 7:30 AM mass in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. We will conduct sessions about “Resisting Happiness”.
The book “Resisting Happiness” will be available to all who would like a copy – please call the Rectory 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963 to reserve a copy or sign up in the gathering spaces of our parishes. There is no fee. Books are free. During Lent we will also conduct sessions for prayer and reflection as we review “Resisting Happiness.”
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Please Note- Rescheduled:
We are happy to host this event which has been rescheduled due to the March snowstorm. Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 PM- Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant, Preaching: Rev. Virginia Miner. Refreshments to follow the service.
- March 8 Peckville United Methodist Church, 725 Main St. Peckville
- March 15 Holy Cross Parish at St Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware Ave. Olyphant
- March 22 SS James & George Episcopal Church, 3998 Washington Ave., Jermyn
- March 29 Blakely Baptist church, 201 Main Street, Blakely
- April 5 First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County, 1557 Main St., Peckville
All Services begin at 7:00 PM
Today’s Gospel, the story of the astrologers and the star of Bethlehem, is unique to Matthew’s Gospel. Note that Matthew does not call them kings or “magi” but “astrologers,” nor does he give their names or report where they came from – in fact, Matthew never even specifies the number of astrologers (because three gifts are reported, it has been a tradition since the fifth century to picture “three wise men”). In stripping away the romantic layers that have been added to the story, Matthew’s point can be better understood.
The gifts of the astrologers indicate the principal dimensions of Jesus’ mission:
- gold is a gift fitting for a king, a ruler, one with power and authority;
- frankincense is a gift for a priest, one who Offers sacrifice (frankincense was an aromatic perfume sprinkled on the animals sacrificed in the Temple);
- myrrh is a fitting “gift” for some one who is to die (myrrh was used in ancient time for embalming the bodies of the dead before burial).
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Monday, January 9 brings the Christmas season to an end. To mark the day, here is a reflection composed by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
- to find the lost,
- to heal the broken,
- to feed the hungry,
- to release the prisoner,
- to rebuild the nations,
- to bring peace among the people,
- to make music in the heart.
The traditional New Year’s blessing of homes begins with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 8, 2017. Since the majority of families are unable to be present for the house blessing during weekdays “The Book of Blessing of the Catholic Church” allows for a lay person to offer the prayers for the traditional house blessing. This allows the family together at their convenience. Blessed chalk will be available at all masses the weekend of January 7 & 8.
Financial Statements for the 2016 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2017, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2016 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement for your donations please call the office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.
Monday, January 23, 2017; 6:30 PM; Holy Cross Parish.
All are invited to join in Prayer-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction, as we lift up, honor and validate the dignity and sanctity of life from conception until natural death. We place ourselves in the Lord’s Eucharistic Presence praying for the conversion of hearts and the protection of unborn children.
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.
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