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  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
Rachel’s Vineyard Post Abortive Healing1-877-467-3463
PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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Rosary for the Solemnity of Saint Joseph

March 18, 2020: Pope Francis is encouraging Catholics to pray the rosary at the same hour tomorrow, March 19, the Feast of Saint Joseph.

“Tomorrow we will celebrate the Solemnity of Saint Joseph. In life, in work, in the family, in joy and in sorrow, he always sought and loved the Lord, meriting Scripture’s praise as a just and wise man. Invoke him always with trust, especially in difficult moments, and entrust your existence to this great saint.

“I make my own the appeal of the Italian bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every religious community, all united spiritually tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. (4 p.m. Eastern time in Northeastern Pennsylvania) for the recitation of the rosary, with the Mysteries of Light. I will accompany you from here.

“Mary, Mother of God, Health of the Sick, leads us to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and to His Heart. We turn to her with the prayer of the rosary, under the loving gaze of St. Joseph, custodian of the Holy Family and of our families. And we ask him to guard our family, our families, in a special way, in particular the sick and the persons taking care of the sick: the doctors, the men and women nurses, the volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.”


Solemnity of Saint Joseph

The Luminous Mysteries

  • The First Luminous Mystery - The Baptism of Jesus
  • The Second Luminous Mystery - The Wedding at Cana
  • The Third Luminous Mystery - Proclaiming the Kingdom
  • The Fourth Luminous Mystery - Transfiguration
  • The Fifth Luminous Mystery - The INstitution of the Eucharist

Hail, holy queen, mother of mercy! Our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley, of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us; and after this our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb Jesus; O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

LENTEN SERIES 2020, WEDNESDAYS AT 7 PM

  • March 4 Blakely Baptist, 1748 Main Street, Blakely: Host Dr. William Duke - Message Msgr. Michael Delaney
  • March 11 Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main Street, Peckville: Host Rev. David Repenning - Message Rev. Jack Munley
  • March 18 St. James & George Episcopal Church 398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn: Host Rev. Brian Pauvlic - Message Rev. David Repenning
  • March 25 First United Presbyterian of Lackawanna Valley, 1557 Main Street, Peckville: Host Pastor Margaret Hartman -- Message Rev. Andrew Kurovsky
  • April 1 Rescue & Restore Church, 125 Lakawanna Avenue, Olyphant: Host Rev. Jack Munley - Message Dr. Willaim Duke

Ash Wednesday Retreat

"RADIATE CHRIST"

The office for Parish Life will offer this retreat on Wednesday February 26th from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Wyoming Ave. in Scranton. Catherine Butel, Diocesan Secretary for Parish Life, will lead the retreat. The theme will focus on how Lent is a counter-cultural season that is more about how we are meant to bring Christ to the world than just a focus on ourselves as individuals. The day will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation, mass at St. Peter's Cathedral, and a lunch will be provided. The fee is $30.00. To register, visit www.dioceseofscranton.org/parish-life/ash-wednesday-retreat or call 570-207-2213 ext 1000.

February 26th is Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

All times will be a full Mass and distribution of ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

NEW YEAR’S 2020

NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE

New Year’s Day is the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1

9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
11:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish -- Olyphant

A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS MORNING - (Henry VanDyke)

“The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and goodwill. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the Angels, The gladness of the Shepherds and the Worship of the Wise Men.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world. Let Kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.

GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST!

MERRY CHRISTMAS

The joyful message of Bethlehem is proclaimed yet again. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14). Like the shepherds who first went with haste to the stable, we stop and see, with great humility we place our lives before the sign God gives us: “A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In holy silence, we fall on our knees – O Come let us adore Him! Then – and then we get up to carry the Good News we have received into the world. What is this Good News for you this Christmas? What does this child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell you – to tell all of us? This is a message about Family – the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and about our family of faith: God is a loving Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This Christmas message of family is a truth that is the basis of our Christmas vision of humanity.

My Christmas prayer for our beloved Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross is a wish for and about FAMILY. Family – loving, caring families in each and every home and individuals and in our neighborhoods and among peoples of every nation and every culture. Family, Holy Family, among women and men and children with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to each other. Jesus came to reveal the face of God to all those who seek Him. The face of God has been revealed to us in a human face, in Jesus, our Savior and Messiah. In this wonderful, glorious encounter, the Mystery of the Incarnation, we experience Salvation coming to us through love, acceptance, respect for all of God’s children, our family. The wonderful mosaic, beautiful and rich in our uniqueness and differences, bound together as one through the Baby in a Manger – May the little Child we celebrate at Christmas watch over all the children of the world. May all of us receive peace, comfort and strength in the birth of our Savior and, before the great grandeur of God’s love, our loving Father who gives us Jesus, realize once again, with a new enthusiasm and profound gratitude, that we are all brothers and sisters in this most wonderful and amazing family.

Christmas peace…..

United in His Service,
Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

Ways to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent

Advent Confession Schedule

All parishioners are invited 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.

* Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop Tuesday December 17th at 6:30 pm

*Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City Wednesday December 18th at 6:30 pm

* Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant Thursday December 19th at 6:30 pm

*Saturdays 3:00 to 3:45 pm at Holy Cross 4:30 to 5:15 pm at Blessed Sacrament

*By appointment: Call Msgr. Delaney at the Rectory (570) 489-0752/(570) 489-1963 to schedule an appointment.

Children and Families are most welcome. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an amazing gift from our Lord to help us to grow as individuals, families and Church. As we draw closer to Christmas, what better way to prepare, nourished with the food of God’s divine mercy and forgiveness.

Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve been to confession. Remember “Do not fear” (Isaiah 41:10). The priest sharing the Sacrament with you will guide you.

“The Lord has done great things for us,” We are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

May the Lord grant us all the gift of reconciliation and may we all receive it and celebrate it well in these days of preparation for Christmas.

GIVING TREE

Christmas Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be filled with Christmas gift suggestions on Saturday, November 23 at both parishes. Please consider taking a tag and purchasing a Christmas gift to help a child who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present. This drive is coordinated by the Social Concerns Committee and the gifts are donated to Catholic Social Services for distribution. All gifts are due back by DECEMBER 9. Thank you for your generosity in making someone’s Christmas brighter.

MARK YOU CALENDAR-30TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOE BOX PROJECT

Where: St. Francis Kitchen

When: Saturday, December 14; 1 to 2:30 PM

Youth ministry groups and confirmation candidates gather to fill some 200 shoe boxes with toiletries to be distributed to guests coming to St. Francis Kitchen on Christmas Day. A great opportunity for service and for our young people to see what happens at St. Francis Kitchen. We’ve been tasked to collect 100 Liquid Body Wash bottles to bring with us. Please drop off Body Wash containers in the entrances of our parishes.

THANKSGIVING 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

We praise God for the abundant gifts he has bestowed upon us. We celebrate God’s generous love and tender mercy, and we call all to eat and be renewed – at the table of the Lord and at Thanksgiving tables in our homes.

Please Give Thanks!

SHARE YOUR GRATITUDE! NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

Our Social Concerns Committee is conducting our annual food drive up to and including our Thanksgiving Day Mass. All food items can be dropped off in the vestibule of both churches. All donations will go to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve families in our community.

THANKSGIVING EVE ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE

Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm
Holy Cross Parish
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant

Please join with Christian communities throughout the Mid Valley as we celebrate our gratitude to God for all of his blessings. The collection taken at this service will go directly to the Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rev. Brian A. Pavlac, Ph.D. of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the message. Refreshments and fellowship following the service in Kelley Hall.

BEGIN THANKSGIVING DAY AT THE TABLE OF THE LORD

As your turkey is being prepared on Thanksgiving Day, join us at the table of gratitude, The Eucharist, as we thank God together as a family of faith.

Thanksgiving Day Mass:

at Blessed Sacrament 7:30 AM

at Holy Cross 9:00 AM

Following Mass at Holy Cross, all are invited to join for coffee, donuts, orange juice and friendship in Kelley Hall.

21st ANNUAL FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER BUFFET

Thursday, November 28th Noon – 3:30 PM at Eagle Hose Company Hall (1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City). All are invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski, Judie & Brian Richards. There will also be live music.

Thanksgiving

THANKSGIVING PRAYER

God, Creator, we celebrate Your overflowing love, and we give thanks to You for all that we have, all that we are. Bless the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, may we always remember to share the blessings we have received generously with those in need. Bless our nation with peace and harmony. May we live in Your light and your love. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving

Schedule Changes for Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day

NO CCD CLASSES THIS WEEKEND

In observance of Veteran’s Day, there will be no classes. Classes resume next weekend.

PARISH OFFICES CLOSED

Offices will be closed Monday November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.


ALTAR SERVERS NEEDED AT BLESSED SACRAMENT AND HOLY CROSS PARISHES

Have you ever thought about serving the Lord at the Altar during Mass? Would you like to help lead the people of your parish in prayer? Are you in the 3rd grade or older? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a good candidate for the ministry of being an Altar Server. Deacon Musyt will be conducting a training session for new altar servers on Wednesday November 20th and Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm at Holy Cross Parish. Interested servers must attend both practice sessions.

PARISH OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST


A TIME OF REMEMBERING

As the liturgical year moves to its close and the earth gives up its bounty for us to harvest, the Church holds the month of November in dedication and remembrance of our beloved faithful departed, and honor with great respect, love and gratitude the memory of the dead. We believe that the ties of friendship and affection, which knit us as one throughout our lives, do not unravel with death.

ALL SAINTS DAY

We remember those who have lived lives of heroic virtue, the Saints in glory on November 1. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation, so signified is this day in the prayer of the church. The Saints provide us with an example to follow and through their intercession, we are blessed.

Our Mass Schedule for All Saints Day

Vigil Mass: Thursday, October 31, 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop (children are more than welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes).

Holy Day Masses: Friday, November 1, 7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop; 8:00 AM at Holy Cross, Olyphant and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross, Olyphant.

ALL SOULS DAY SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed We pray for ALL those who have died – our loved ones and also those we have never met or known – that, through the mercy of God, will rest in peace.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament and 9:00 AM at Holy Cross

MASS INTENTIONS

We remember members of our Parishes who have died (October 2018 – October 2019) in this past year.

Masses of Remembrance:

Saturday, November 2, Holy Cross at 4:00 PM Mass

Saturday, November 9, Blessed Sacrament, 5:30 PM Mass

Following the Masses of Remembrance, all are invited to share memories, conversation, friendship and light refreshments in our parish halls.

All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year.

ALL SOULS DAY PRAYER

Merciful father,

On this day, we are called to remember those who have died, and to pray for their joyful reunion with You, their loving Creator.

As your Son taught us to call the stranger ”neighbor”, our fallen are many –

Names we will never know,

Voices we have never heard,

Yet brothers and sisters all.

You raised your Son from the dead

That all may share in His joyful Resurrection.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

May perpetual light shine upon them.

THE SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE OF HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISHES

will sponsor a discussion on Death and Grief on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall at Holy Cross Parish. Monsignor Michael Delaney, along with Mike Glinsky, Funeral Director and Vince Maletta, Funeral Director from the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant will be the discussion leaders and will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will follow.

PARISH OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED

Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.

OCTOBER COAT DRIVE

October Coat Collection

Please check your closets for new or gently used coats that you no longer use (or don’t fit anymore!). All coats can be dropped off at the entrances of our parish churches during the month of October. Thank you, as always, for your generosity and support of our Social Concerns Committee.

Diocese Adds Two Names to List of Credibly Accused Individuals

Following the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera pledged to be open and transparent in the way that the Diocese of Scranton handles occurrences of child sexual abuse. As a result, the Diocese announces two names have been added to its list of clergy that have a credible claim of sexual abuse against a minor.

In August 2019, the Diocese published on its website a list of all clergy, staff and volunteers who had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Eleven additional names were added to the online list in January 2019. Since then, additional survivors have come forward. After a review was completed in consultation with the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the two new named are listed below. We will continue to alert you periodically in the case that additional individuals are added to list.

The Diocese of Scranton urges individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement. If you are aware of additional allegations of wrongdoing or any information that should be included on this list, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at 570-862-7551. If you have suffered abuse by clergy or anyone working on behalf of the Diocese, you are encouraged to contact Mary Neth Pacuska.

These names have been added to the original list of credibly accused individuals:

Diocesan Clergy
Oldfield, Albert E.

Members of Religious Orders
Gormley, James J. (S.J.)

BLESSING OF PETS

St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 PM, Parish Grounds, Blessed Sacrament, Throop.

Friday, October 4 is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. His love of all creation reminds us to be loving stewards to our pets entrusted to our care. Everyone is invited! Bring your cats and dogs, rabbits and snakes, Hermit crabs and turtles, cows and horses! Stuffed animals are also welcome!

Who is St. Francis!

St. Francis was born in the 12th century, lived in Italy and founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to lepers and for his love for animals and nature. He is the patron Saint of animals and the environment.

Celebrate his feast day with a Pet Blessing!

CATECHETICAL SUNDAY

A prayer for our catechists:

May the seeds of faith blossom as you nurture God’s young disciples, and may our ever-present connection to Christ through prayer be a joyful blessing for you and the children in your care.

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.

This year’s theme is “Stay with Us” quoting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who invited Jesus to stay with them (LK24:13-35)

Our catechists are called to share the gift of faith they have received with our children. They have been inspired and have responded to God’s call to serve our children.

We thank God for the generosity of our catechists and ask God to give them the grace to assist our young people as they grow in their knowledge and love of God.

Our catechists will be commissioned this weekend at Blessed Sacrament during the 9:30 AM Mass and at Holy Cross during the 11:00 AM Mass.

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL 2019

SERVING IN FAITH WITH HOPE AND GRATITUDE


Thank you for your continued support for our seminarians and clergy and for all the Diocesan ministries which depend on your gifts to the Annual Appeal to serve people in need throughout our 11 counties. If you have not donated please call the Development Office 570-207-2250 to make a pledge or give a gift by credit card; mail a check to the Diocesan Appeal Office at 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton 18503 or give online at www.DioceseofScranton.org. Our parish is reimbursed 75% for any gifts made to the Appeal in excess of our Appeal goal.

Once again, THANK YOU to all who have contributed so generously to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Holy Cross: Our Goal: $50,000 - To Date: $40,355.38 We are at 81% of goal with $9,644.62 to go! Blessed Sacrament:Our Goal: $17,000 - To Date: $18,591 109% of our goal!

CONGRATULATIONS TO BLESSED SACRAMENT FOR GOING BEYOND OUR GOAL.

Your donation truly matters. Call 570-207-2250, or give online at AnnualAppeal.org.

Be a minister of God’s hope and love…Help us reach our Parish Appeal goal.

Our Annual Appeal begins in September. New in 2019:

• More direct support to parishes for Social Justice Grants and New Faith Formation Grants

• Increased support for Catholic Social Services

• Opportunity to designate your Appeal gift to the ministry of your choice

• Unique videos featuring parishioners and clergy showing the Appeal at work in your region Gifts to the 2018 Appeal touched thousands of lives:

• 4,143 Families served in Catholic Social Services Food and Clothing Pantries

• 104 Retired & Ill Priests Received Care

• 12 Seminarians receiving tuition and living expenses

• 44 Parishes using Social Justice Grants to serve countless families

• 118 Parishes receiving support in all aspects of Parish Life

• 16,555 Nights of shelter and Support

• 15,000 Children in Religious Education and 4,500 in Catholic Schools.

Share your blessings. Give to the Appeal. Gifts to the Appeal support Diocesan ministries and will not be used to defray legal fees or fund the Survivors Compensation Program.

The Parish Offices will be closed Monday September


WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER FRESH START BENEFIT

September 8, 2019

2pm – 4pm

The benefit will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, and is hosted by the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes Social Concerns Committee. Admission is $20.00 or a comparable gift from the wish list. There will be a buffet offered consisting of Salad, Roll, Pasta, Meatballs, Broccoli Bacon Salad, Fresh Fruit Tray, Dessert, Coffee and Water. There will also be Basket Raffles and 50/50 Raffle. Please RSVP by August 30th to 570-489-5125.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER WISH LIST

Gift Cards for Groceries, Gas Cards, Colts Bus Passes, Phone Cards, Gift Cards for Car Repair, Retail Gift Cards, New Car Seats, Children’s Pajamas, New Women’s Socks, New Women’s Underwear, Women’s Pajamas, Hair Care Products for Women of Color, Journals/Notebooks, Pocket Calendars, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Tampons, Pads, Hairbrushes/Combs, New Hair Dryers, New Towels, New Washcloths, New Bed Sheets & Pillowcases, Cookware-Pots & Pans, Utensils and Silverware, Plates, Cups, Bowls, Backpacks for Boys & Girls, School Supplies, Flash Drives, New Small Household Appliances, Laundry Detergent, Laundry Baskets, Dry and/or Canned Pet Food (Smaller Bags), and Cat Litter.