The 11th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival will be held August 19, 20, and 21. Included will be a Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, Breakfast, BINGO, and a variety of Children’s games. Donations needed, particularly cans of Soda. Jars are also needed for the making of Homemade Jam. Looking for Volunteers of all ages. Next planning meeting is Wednesday June 15 at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall.
KINDLY MAKE YOUR TICKET RETURNS
Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by placing them in the weekend collection, by mail, or by dropping off at the Parish Offices. A reminder that the Dinner Tickets are $10, BINGO Ticket is $5, and 50/50 Tickets that all registered Parishioners received are $5 (include name and phone number on all tickets). If you purchase all the tickets, the total is $30. Thank you for supporting Our Parish Community's largest fundraiser.
There will be a Family Festival meeting this Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. New volunteers needed! All ages welcome!
*Cakes needed for Dinner please contact Rita Priorelli at 570.430.9200 or Lucille Radziewski
*Can you make/donate to Our Delicious Bake Sale? Contact Barbara Long at 570.489.8295
*Can you donate a Basket for Our Basket Raffle? We are looking for Themed Gift Basket
Donations, please contact Laura Horvath Keller at 570.877.3819 or for any donations that need to be picked up call Karen Doyle at 570.489.2552. DONATIONS NEEDED, ESPECIALLY CANS OF SODA.
*****CAN YOU LEND A HAND FOR OUR DINNER PREPARATIONS?
*DINNER PREPS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEKEND ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, BEGINNING AT NOON (CORING CABBAGE), AND MONDAY, AUGUST 15, STARTING AT 8AM, (ROLLING PIGGIES). WE NEED LOTS OF HELP. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. ALL HELP IS INVITED!
FRIDAY OF FESTIVAL WEEK-DAMIAN the MAGICIAN 600PM-BRING THE KIDS!! -- FOLLOWED BY "DJ NED"
SATURDAY-Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner,Noon to 7PM (Delivery for homebound at 11AM)
THE MUSIC OF BINKY, BONNIE, AND JACK@6:30PM
SUNDAY-BREAKFAST AFTER 9:30AM MASS & BINGO BEGINNING AT 1:30PM
JOIN US FOR A GAME OF WIFFLE! Saturday, August 20 at 9AM during the Family Festival - FREE T-SHIRT
Sign-up sheets for Saturday August 20, Wiffle Ball, for ages 16 and under are now located at Church entrances. Please include your T-Shirt size and phone number. Everybody who signs and shows up, gets a FREE T-Shirt. Next weekend is the deadline to sign-up to insure that you receive a FREE T-Shirt .Thank you to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for purchasing the T-Shirts for all participants. Everybody plays, refreshments afterwards!
NEW MENU ITEMS THIS YEAR INCLUDE : FROZEN FRUIT KABOB, AND BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH "SPECIALITY SUNDAY" --FULL MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE IN NEXT WEEKEND'S BULLETIN.a
NEED MORE TICKETS FOR OUR DELICIOUS PIG-IN-THE BLANKET DINNER, BINGO, AND 50/50 RAFFLE? TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OFFICES, OR BY CALLING 570.489.1963 OR 570.489.0752.
FAMILY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR UPCOMING WEEKEND
Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by mail, place in weekend collection, or drop off at the Parish Offices. (The Family Festival is less than a week away.. A reminder that more Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Tickets are available at the Parish Office.
Donations items still needed include cans of soda, napkins, and Ajax dish detergent. A reminder that the deadline for young people to sign up for whiffle ball (and get a free t-shirt) is next Sunday. Festival meeting on Wednesday at 6:30PM
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
As the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, it is not listed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Come join us as we honor Mary:
7:30AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:
As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.
Thank you to all who made the Annual Chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who set up and cleaned up. To those who provided themed baskets, to those who baked and who made various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. Thank you to the members of the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Our final thank you to those who ate all that chicken, it was delicious. Thank you to all. See you next year!!!
THE NEW ALTAR SERVER AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULES for Holy Cross were mailed out. Please keep your scheduled time or find someone to take your place.
WEEKLY WEDNESDAY LUNCH for anyone in our community who would like to stop by Working with St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton and Catholic Social Services, on Wednesdays at 12:00 (Noon) we will host a weekly lunch in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen is in need of sugar, salt and low sodium soups.
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
CONFRATERNITY BUS TRIP
The Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish is sponsoring a bus trip to the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster. The new show is “Samson” The bus will depart St Patrick’s Parking lot at 7:30 am on July 27th. Show time is 11:00 am. Dinner will follow at Plain & Fancy Restaurant at 2:30 pm. Following dinner we will visit the ROCKVALE SQUARE MALL for about an hour and a half and depart from there and arrive home around 8:30 pm. Donation for trip is $125 which includes, bus, show, dinner, tax & tips. For information/reservation, call Anne at 570-489-9405 or Jackie at 570-489-8143.
Let us put our hope in Jesus, the name of salvation given to men and women of every language and race. Confessing his name, let us walk trustfully toward the future, certain that we will not be disappointed if we trust in the most holy name of Jesus. Lord, I offer you my life. All my dreams, plans, hopes and fears are yours. Give me the Faith to follow you today, knowing that you will work all things together for my good.
NEED HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES?
If you are:
1. aged 60+
2. a resident of Lackawanna County
3.have a monthly income below $1,916 for single individuals and $2,586 for married couples
4. and resources under $9,000, excluding your home, primary vehicle and other items.
Catholics are exposed to Scripture primarily through the Sunday readings from a book known as the Lectionary. The Lectionary is a book of selected passages from the Bible set in the context of a liturgical season, such as Advent, Lent, or Ordinary Time. There are four readings assigned to any Sunday: the first reading (usually from the Old Testament), the responsorial psalm, the second reading (usually from a New Testament letter), and the Gospel reading.
These readings together give them a new context. The selected readings relate to one another in a unique manner that is not present in the Bible text itself. In close proximity to each other, these readings now have the opportunity to converse with each other in a way that would have not been possible before. A homilist pays attention to all four readings, preparing a reflection that speaks of this conversation among the readings. Thus, the homily can be a good way of connecting the readings, enabling us to zero in on what this unique combination of God's word has to say to us this particular Sunday. Next time that you celebrate Sunday liturgy, prepare by reading the Scripture ahead of time and see how this new relationship among the readings addresses and challenges you to be a better Christian here and now.
The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.- Saint John Paul II
The irony is that many people think of us Catholics as people of No -- don’t do this, don’t do that. In reality we are the people of Yes -- yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion for the poor and suffering, yes to the solidarity and community that make us messengers of joy even in a valley of tears.- Cardinal Seán O’Malley, homily at Opening Mass of the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life
Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise you and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.
- 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