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
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.
CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players
Bishop Robert Baran’s “Catholicism: The Pivotal Players “ is a multi -part film series that illuminates a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This beautifully filmed video series unlocks the truth behind the Catholic Church’s most influential people. From St Francis of Assisi to St. Catherine of Sienna from St. Thomas of Aquinas to Michelangelo all the way to Blessed John Henry Newman and G.K Chesterton, Christ’s Incarnation is on display through the minds and lives of his Church’s members.
Week 1: St Francis of Assisi, The Reformer
Monday, November 7 @ 6:30 Kelley Hall
Tuesday, November 8 @2:00 pm Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, Throop
“Rebuild my Church!!” Christ’s mission to St Francis if the perennial task of the Church in every age of its life. But how is that reform and renewal accomplished? The radical simplicity of St Francis life demonstrates how the foundations of true and lasting reform are to be built on the solid rock that is the witness of the saints.
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. Where we stand: Holy Cross Parish: Goal $50,000, we are at 56% with $28,305, Blessed Sacrament Parish: Goal $17,000 we are at 74% of goal with $12,639 pledged.
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.
The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish, under the direction of Monsignor Michael Delaney, is pleased to announce that Ms. Susan Scanland MSN, CRNP,GNP-BC, CDP, CSP will be presenting a Sunday Seminar on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias October 16, 2016. The lecture, which is free to the public, will take place at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church) at 2 PM.
Susan Scanland is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Certified Dementia Practitioner and a national Alzheimer’s expert. Over 34 years of practice, she supported family caregivers, diagnosed and treated all dementias in long-term care, assisted living and home care. Ms. Scanland is the founder of Dementia Connection® LLC, a dementia education and consultation business.
Susan is one of two nurse practitioners in the world to receive the Certified Speaking Professional Award (CSP) through the National Speakers Association. She has presented over 600 seminars in the United States and Canada, as well as the International Conference on Vascular Dementia in Valencia, Spain.
Ms. Scanland has been nationally certified as a gerontological nurse practitioner since 1984 and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She holds a Nursing Faculty Specialist position at the University of Scranton. Susan has also taught in geriatric faculty positions at Binghamton University (SUNY) from 1999-2004 and the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1987-1999. She received her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Wilkes University.
The Social Concerns Committee and Monsignor Delaney hope that you will attend this Sunday Seminar and gain insight into this topic that greatly affects our families and our friends.
Too Busy to Pray?
If we are too busy to pray, maybe we are just too busy. In today's world many people are busy doing good and necessary things. Accomplishing primary tasks instead of dwelling on secondary ones is a matter of setting our priorities aright. Jesus set the example as he withdrew from the crowds to pray and commune with his heavenly Father. "But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (Luke 5:15-16 NASB). Surely, preaching and healing the sick were good and necessary pursuits; but despite the clamor of the crowds, Jesus often forsook them for a higher priority, prayer.
The Diocese of Scranton confirms that it has received a subpoena from the state grand jury. In its commitment to protecting children and young people and to providing support to victims of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Scranton cooperates fully with all civil authorities in their investigation of such matters. The Diocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy or anyone else, to immediately notify local law enforcement authorities; and to contact Mary Beth Pacuska, Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, at (570) 862-7551; or Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton at (570)-207-2269.
When marriages fail, Catholics may be unclear about their relationship to the Church.
“I am civilly divorced and not sure whether I can continue to receive the Eucharist or be a part of the parish community.”
“I am not sure about the status of my marriage. It would be helpful to talk to someone who could explain it to me.”
“My spouse and I would like to explore having our marriage blessed in the Church.”
“I don’t know what an annulment really is and why I would want one. Also, I heard they are expensive.”
Do any of these voices sound like you or someone you know? 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 the rectory at 570-489-0752 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.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.
Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Provident God, You bless us with the gift of Jesus Who cares for us as a good shepherd. By our Baptism we are anointed and sent to continue the mission of Jesus. Guide Your people to prayerfully choose a way of life that best serves you with their gifts. Empower us by Your Holy Spirit to live dedicated lives as married and single people, as deacons, priests, and religious. United with Jesus, our shepherd, we are one with You, now and forever. Amen.
When you go on vacation in the summer, do you take a vacation from Mass? Do you make the days of summer lazy by staying home on Sunday? Here are four reasons to fit Mass into your summer schedule. 1) After Jesus’ resurrection, his followers formed the early Church by gathering and keeping his message alive. Every time you attend Mass, you help to keep Jesus’ message alive – but that can only happen in church. 2) At Sunday Mass, millions of people you don’t know are praying for you and with you. Where else can you get that kind of help? 3) Attending Mass connects you to the Communion of Saints – the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and believers on earth. That’s powerful company! 4) Mass is the way a Catholic fulfills the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. If God tells you to do something, it’s a good idea to do it. To find a church or Mass time anywhere in the United States, visit www.masstimes.org.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SPIRITUALLY ADOPTED BABY
Your spiritually adopted baby was born this month – nine months after his/her mother conceived him/her. The only change at birth is a change in the external life support system of the baby. He/she is not different now than he/she before birth except that he breathes and eats differently. He began as a 46 chromosome cell and has developed over the past nine months into this unique human baby. Never before in history nor ever again will anyone exist who is just like your spiritually adopted baby. Your prayers saved his/her life. Thank you on behalf of the little babies that you cared enough to pray for him/her and his/her mother.
Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.
God our Father,
You made each of us to use
Our gifts in the Body of Christ.
We ask that you inspirev Young people whom you call
To priesthood and consecrated life to
Courageously follow your will.
Send workers into your great
Harvest so that the Gospel is
Preached, the poor are served with
Love, the suffering are comforted
And your people are strengthened
By the sacraments.
Through Christ our Lord.
As we celebrate Memorial Day please remember in your prayers all the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces as well as those who have served in previous years. May God bless them and keep them safe.
Dear God, Hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen
An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING
Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.
God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.
We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.
Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
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- Let Us Put Our Hope in Jesus
- HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES
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- The People of Yes
- PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
- Support Christians in the Holy Land
- Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God
- IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY
- Pope Francis on Evangelization
- Know a Marriage That Needs Help
- Outreach Services
- Parking Around Parish
- Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
- Realize Above All
- LOVE FOR THE POOR & THE WORKS OF MERCY
- Seek the Face of God in Everything