• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • 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

Latest Tweets

2014 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Financial Statements for the 2014 calendar year will be mailed in mid-January. All credited donations for tax purposes for the year 2014 should be made by December 31, 2014

2015 Calendars Available

The 2015 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. We sometimes take the generosity of these two gentlemen for granted, they are extremely generous to our parishes. Please remember to say THANK YOU.

2015 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

His Excellency, The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton and the Office for Parish Life which to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 21. The event includes a 2:30 p.m. mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through the parish office by March 1.

Advent - A New Church Year Begins!

Welcome to a New Church Year!!!!

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 began Sunday November 30.

Advent Confesion Schedule

Reconciliation

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 11th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m. at St Anthony, Throop
  • December 14th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 15th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant)6:30 p.m.
  • December 15th @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn)6:30 p.m.
  • December 16st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 6:30 p.m.
  • December 17 @ Christ the King Parish (Eynon) 7:00 p.m. (at St Thomas Church, Archbald)
  • December 18th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.at St Michael Church
  • December 18th @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale) 6:30 p.m.

Altar Flowers

Blessed Sacrament Altar Flowers for the Thanksgiving Weekend were in memory of Walter Radiewski offered by wife, Lucille and Family.

Baptismal Instruction

Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Children's Christmas Party

SAVE THE DATE! There will be a children's Christmas party at Blessed Sacrament Parish on December 14, 2014 from 12 noon until 3 pm.  All children of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes are invited. The Altar & Rosary, and Holy Name Societies are sponsoring the children's party.  We will serve pizza, hot dogs, drinks, and snacks.   The children will make a Christmas craft, play games,  have a visit with a special someone, and sing Christmas carols.  There will be a paper coming home with the children from CCD.  Students from Blessed Sacrament may remain after CCD for the party.  Children not of school age are welcome to attend with a parent or guardian.  If you are planning on attending please send back the paper, or call the rectory at 570 489-0752 or 489-1963, with the number of children and the ages of the children attending so we can be prepared.  All parents are welcome to remain for the party, but CCD students may be dropped off and picked up inside the church hall.  Students will not be sent out to the parking lot, we prefer someone come inside to pick them up.    

Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary Christmas Celebration

Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary society is planning their Christmas celebration on December 28,2014. Tickets will be on sale soon. Watch the bulletin for more information.

BLESSED SACRAMENT Has Received Memorial Donations

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received memorial donations for Ann Arvay given by husband Joseph “Silvers” Arvay, Paula Kalinoski by Ms. Brendalee Lonieski, and memory Martha Payne given by Nellie Palumbo, M/M Richard Bialy, Delores McAlarney and a friend.

Holy Name Society News

CHRISTMAS 2014 ORNAMENT SALE

Blessed Sacrament Christmas Ornament 2014

 BLESSED SACRAMENT CHRISTMAS 2014 ORNAMENTS   The Holy Name Society has available for purchase just over 100  Ornaments, special to Blessed Sacrament Parish, for Christmas 2014. The cost of the Wooden Christmas Ornament is $10. The Ornament, comes in a gift box, and is a picture of Our Main Altar at the Blessed Christmas Season. It is sure to become a Christmas Treasure. The ornaments are available - first come, first served, before and after each weekend Mass. If you are unable to make it to Church and would llike to purchase an ornament, contact Society Member Joseph Butash at 570.489.4515. The Holy Name Society Thanks  you for your support. 

ANNUAL BLESSED SACRAMENT CHRISTMAS CAROLING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

   Sign-up sheets for those wishing a short visit, as well as those who wish to join us for Caroling are located in the entrance of  the Church. We will meet at 3PM in the Church entrance. This has become an Annual Tradition here at Blessed Sacrament. Always a fun time, usually followed by a great snack! (Pizza anyone?).  Getting into the Christmas Spirit a guarantee! Joy To The World! All ages welcome! For a short visit-sign up today with your name, address, and phone number. You can also contact the parish offices 570-489-1963/570-489-0752 if you would like a visit from the carolers.

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m.. in the rectory. The women make booties and hats for our newly baptized infants. New members are always welcome

APPRECIATION TO STITCHERS CLUB

Many thanks to Janet and Mary Ann Popovich and the women of the Stitchers Club of Blessed Sacrament who graciously knitted many pairs of booties to be distributed at baptisms at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. The booties serve as a wonderful symbol that these children have been incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church. And together, with family, friends, and parishioners, we walk in the Light of Christ – striving to be faithful disciples of the Lord.

WINNERS CLUB WEEK #23

$50.00Marian Barrows, $25.00Lacy Harrington, $25.00 Judy Lesso. Congratulations!

WINNERS CLUB WEEK #24

$50.00Eydie Kenny, $25.00,Family of Martha Payne, $25.00 Ann Marie Muto. Congratulations!

WINNERS CLUB WEEK #25

$50.00 Dave Magliocchi, $25.00, Walter Rakosky $25.00 Georgette Reilly Congratulations!

WINNERS CLUB GRAND PRIZE DRAWING SUNDAY DECEMBER 28, AFTER 9:30AM MASS

Prizes to be awarded are $1000, $500, $300, and (8) $100. All current ticket holders are invited to Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall for light refreshments, immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass on December 28. Good Luck to all ticket holders. Tickets for the next 26 weeks are available from any Holy Name Society member. Thank you for supporting this important fundraiser!

Stitcher’s Club

We are working the “Stitcher’s Club” of Blessed Sacrament Parish very hard. They could use some help in knitting or crocheting baby afghans, booties, or lap robes. With the winter coming soon, this is something you can do at home. If you are interested, please call the rectory at 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0752.

Calling All Angels

Hospice of the Sacred Heart hopes no patient dies alone. Therefore Hospice of the Sacred Heart needs “Guardian Angels” volunteers to provide a caring residence by sitting quietly at the bedside. This volunteer opportunity provides patients and their families with additional support. For more information, please contact Ann Seechock, Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE

Catholic Golden Age meeting August 14 at 6:30 PM, Senior Center, Grant Street, Olyphant. Food collection continues.

Catholic Underground

Catholic Underground: Our next Catholic Underground will be on Saturday 14 June with Paging Samuel. This is rescheduled from February. Please come and bring a friend or so with you. Holy Hour is at 7:00 in the Gate of Heaven Church with Underground to follow in the John Paul II Center (formerly the GOH gym).

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

Cemetery Graves - When are they Filled?

A number of Parishioners have asked when their loved one's grave would be filled and reseeded. Please keep in mind that when a grave is dug it must settle for at least 3-6 months before any work can be done. A grave typically continues to settle for several months after the body has been interred--especially if that section of the cemetery is/has been wet. Last week, the maintenance men spent several days filling in and reseeding a number of graves throughout our six parish cemeteries. If your loved one's grave was not addressed, please know that it must continue to settle before it can be filled in. Also, a reminder that headstones should not be installed until the grave has settled and been reseeded. Please have the monument company contact the parish to receive permission to install the headstone. The parish does not install headstones or military markers.

CEMETERY REGULATIONS –OLYPHANT & THROOP

Now that spring is here and cemetery clean-up and maintenance has begun, please be mindful of our cemetery regulations. These regulations are in effect for all six cemeteries under the care of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes:

  • Artificial flowers must be in pots and posts are not to be fully buried in the ground. Any flowers stuck directly in the ground may cause a hazard when grass cutting and weed trimming and will be removed by cemetery or grass cutting personnel;
  • Flower beds may not extend more than one foot (12”0) from the front of the monument and may not extend past the sides of the monument;
  • Flower beds must be maintained in a reasonable manner. Flowerbeds that become overgrown or unsightly will be cut by the cemetery personnel;
  • No borders are allowed. No stones, bricks, wood, marble chips, gravel, metal, plastic or fencing of any kind are allowed around monuments. Cemetery personnel will remove them;
  • Flower beds may contain mulch;
  • Families in need of foundations for new monuments or monuments that have tipped over should contact a monument company as soon as possible to insure they are properly installed. Parish Office approval for all headstones, markers or other work is required before any marker may be placed;
  • Trees and shrubs are not allowed. Existing overgrown or unattended trees and shrubs will be removed at the Pastor/Caretaker’s discretion;
  • Vigil lights MUST be in an enclosed container and MUST be placed close to the monument;
  • Flags and markers are to be placed close to the monument to avoid being damaged by mowers and trimming equipment;
  • Tattered and worn flags will be removed and properly disposed. Flags are regularly replaced by the American Legion and/or VFW;
  • Any and all objects that present an obstacle to the cutting of grass or that may break or cause injury or become unsightly will be removed.
  • Trash (old flowers, pots, etc.) may not be dumped in the woods. Please take all trash home or place in the dumpster at St. Patrick’s or in the available garbage cans at St. John’s and St. Mary’s;
  • Do not drive on the grass or over graves;
  • Parishioners are not permitted to bury cremains without the expressed permission of the Pastor and proper burial permit;
  • No dogs allowed in the cemetery;
  • The ongoing care and upkeep of each cemetery is the responsibility of the Parish under the guidance of the Pastor. No organization or individual parishioner is responsible for their maintenance or care. All questions or concerns should be directed to the Pastor.

All cemetery regulations are now in effect in order to keep our six parish cemeteries in an appropriate condition and to facilitate their care. Please contact Monsignor Delaney at the Parish Office if you have any questions about these regulations.

Change of Address or Phone Number

Have you recently moved or changed your phone number? Has one of your children been baptized at another church? If your personal information changes, please call the Parish Office so we can update our database. Without accurate information regarding your address, phone number or the names of your children, we have no way to contact you with information regarding the parish, religious education or other important events in the life of the parish. All information is confidential!

Christmas Decorating Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for Christmas Decorating Needed!

If you are willing to help clean or decorate, please come to the church on Sunday December 21 at Holy Cross and on Sunday, December 21 at Blessed Sacrament. Both churches will begin decorating at noon.

Christmas Givng Trees

Christmas Giving Tree

Continuing a tradition of many years, the Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament is once again partnering with Catholic Social Services (CSS)  and the Friends of the Poor to provide Christmas gifts to those in our community who might not otherwise be remembered at Christmas.   This program gives the entire parish a chance to bring the spirit of Christ to those less fortunate and lets recipients know that others care about them.   The Giving Trees will be placed in the vestibule of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes.  There are tags for children, residents of nursing homes and St. Anthony's Haven.  Parishioners are given until Sunday, December 14th  to select a tag and provide the requested gift or an item appropriate to the age & gender listed. Please return your unwrapped gift with the tag no later than December 14th so that the gift can be delivered in time for distribution by the various agencies.   Thank you in advance for your continued support of this worthwhile cause!

Christmas Wafers - Oplatek

Oplatek

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.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

  • Dress appropriately.
  • Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  • Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  • Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  • Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  • Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  • Please do not chew gum in church.
  • Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  • Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  • Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
  • Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  • What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  • Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!
  • Confraternity of Christian Women

    APPRECIATION TO CONFRATERNITY

    Many thanks to the Confraternity of Christian Women for once again sending poinsettias to members of Holy Cross Parish at local nursing homes. This is an annual tradition of the Confraternity and a wonderful reminder to those in nursing homes that they are in our thoughts and prayers, especially at Christmas. Many thanks to Ms. Ann Boland for coordinating this activity and to all those who helped to deliver the flowers. Thank you!

    CTV CATHOLIC TELEVISION UPDATE  

    “OUR FAITH…OUR DIOCESE”

    #87, December, 2013

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    In the December edition of Our Faith…Our Diocese:

                                                                                                       We’ll see how young adults from around our Diocese will soon be reaching out to persons with disabilities thanks to a new music ministry offered by our Office for Parish Life.

       Bishop Bambera celebrates a special liturgy commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Theresians International of Scranton.

    Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

    All parish societies and civic organizations are welcome to place an announcement in the bulletin regarding an upcoming event or meeting. Please note, however, because the bulletin must be submitted to the printer on Monday mornings, all announcements must be received at the Parish Office by the Wednesday before the week of the event.

    Diocesan Annual Appeal 2014

    Diocesan Annual Appeal 2014

    Diocesan Annual Appeal Begins Weekend of September 13-14 TRANSFORMING LIVES TOGETHER

    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. For the many who belong to a new parish community, it is important that we foster a rich parish life, where neighbors, families and friends come together in the spirit of Catholic fellowship. The Appeal helps us to provide faith-based programs for those preparing for marriage, for youth and young adults for the deaf and persons with disabilities and Hispanic ministry; and enables us to provide added support through parish based religious education for more than 70,000 children, instilling in them an intimate knowledge of the faith and the love of God first fostered by parents and caregivers.

    Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the Kingdom.

    To raise funds if to offer people the chance to invest what they have in the work of God. Whether they have much of little is not as important as the possibility of making their money available to God.

    Asking is a form of ministry. It is a way of announcing the vision and inviting other people to share their resources and become part of that vision.

    Asking for funds is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision.

    We are not saying, ‘please help us out” Rather we are declaring, “We have a vision that is amazing and exciting” We are inviting you to invest in the resources God has given you, your energy, your prayers, your money in this work to which God has called us.

    Spirituality of Fund Raising by Henri Nouwen

    Our goal for Holy Cross parish this year is $53,000. and our goal for Blessed Sacrament is $16,510.00 Blessed Sacrament to date has contributed $16,135.00 (119 out of 435 parishioners have pledged). Holy Cross has contributed 42,992.00 Please prayerfully consider giving what your budget will allow. On behalf of all those who benefit from your generosity, thank you for giving to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Please pray for its successful completion.

    Donations to St. Mary's Chapel

    DONATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE to St. Mary’s Chapel in memory of Rosalie Kalinoski. Thank you to: AARP Pa. Con. Issues Task Force; Kathleen & Edward Ruby; Michael and Lorraine Kallay; William & Judith Looney; Stephen, Cynthia & Tyler Gardner.

    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

    Please remember in your prayers our deceased family, friends and our parishioners: Beatrice Mooney, Margaret Strawsky, Mary Cummings, Angeline Urso, Michael E. Magdon Jr., Michael A. Spegar Jr., William Draim, Anthony Fontini, and Dr. Ernest Shander. Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them

    FATHER’S DAY MEMORIAL ENVELOPES

    During the month of June we will honor our living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father-like friends. Father’s Day intention envelopes are in your box of envelopes. The envelopes will be placed in front of the altars of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish during the month of June to remember the donor’s intentions. Envelopes should be dropped in collection basket by Sunday, June 8, 2014.

    Flowers Delivered to Shut-In

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

    FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS

    With the beginning of the flu season, just a few reminders about some common-sense practices that will help curtail the spread of the flu. Remember, if you are sick or not feeling well, there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists a number of helpful practices. Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when you are coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue or handkerchief, cough into your elbow rather than into your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs spread this way.

    If you do not feel well or have a cough, please avoid receiving the Precious Blood from the cup when it is offered. Be conscious that those around you may not shake your hand at the Sign of Peace because they may not be feeling well.

    If we all practice these common, everyday precautions, hopefully we can prevent a significant outbreak of the flu in our community.

    Gratitude for Food Collected

    Thanks for Sharing!

    A special word of appreciation to Greg and Christine Posly and all the members of the Social Justice Committee for continuing this tradition. Thank you to the students and faculty of Mid Valley School District who collected a truck load of food for distribution. Also a word of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

    HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES

    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.

    You could qualify for SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Approximately 2 out of 3 seniors who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on benefits. Don't be one of them. Contact The Voluntary Action Center at 538 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA 18503, 570-347-5616 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see if you qualify.

    Holy Cross Parish

    Holy Cross Parish

    APPRECIATION FOR CHURCH DECORATION

    A word of deep appreciation to Mary DeSales, Margaret and Patricia Walsh who spent several hours this past weekend decorating the Holy Cross Sanctuary with a wide array of vegetables and produce. This is their 34th year decorating the church in this way. What a beautiful display and a great reminder of the many blessings we have received from God!

    HOLY CROSS LOTTERY WINNERS

    Dec. 1-$50.00-#609 Cathy Bianchi, Dec. 2-$50.00-#436 Helen Estock, Dec, 3-$50.00-#802 Sandra Buckshon.

    ALL LOTTO MONEY WAS DUE ON NOVEMBER 17. PLEASE HAND YOUR MONEY IN AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. IF YOU MISPLACED YOUR TICKET, WE HAVE YOUR TICKET NUMBER ON RECORD. PLEASE SEND IN THE MONEY AND YOU WILL BE GIVEN THE PROPER CREDIT.

    The Confraternity of Christian Women have informed us of all the projects that have been completed through your generosity of purchasing our lottery tickets:

    1. 1. New carpet on our front porch replacing the torn carpeting.
    2. Fixed the leak in the ceiling at the church
    3. Our insurance company mandated that we needed to fix the sidewalks on the Grant side of the church, they have been repaired and replaced
    4. Replaced the tile and flooring in our church kitchen.
    5. As you have noticed the parking lots and driveways at both Holy Cross and Holy Ghost have been paved and remarked

    Thank you. Without your generosity these expensive projects would take years to complete. Thank you and hope you are a winner!!

    Adoration - Hours Available

    Adoration Hours are Available

    Seeking peace and quiet during the hustle and bustle of Advent? Why not stop in and spend some time in Eucharistic Adoration in preparation of the Birth of Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes that the act of adoring God helps people focus on what is important. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is His name Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. in the Saint John Paul II Chapel. The following is a list of open hours: Tuesday 11 p.m., Wednesday at 1 a.m., 2 p.m., Thursday at Midnight and Friday at 3 p.m. If you can spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, please call 489-8816.

    BULLETIN BOARD

    Please do not remove items from the bulletin board. Items are listed and removed by the office staff. Thank you for your cooperation.

    CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

    In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

    CHURCH ETIQUETTE

    1. Dress appropriately.
    2. Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
    3. Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
    4. Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
    5. Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
    6. Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
    7. Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
    8. Please do not chew gum in church.
    9. Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
    10. Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
    11. Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
    12. Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
    13. Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
    14. What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
    15. Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!

    How You Can Make a Difference

    Holy Cross Parish has served the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the poor in Olyphant. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish.

    Please consider Holy Cross Parish in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to the parish include:

    • Bequests through Will – Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;
    • Annuities – Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;
    • Life Insurance – Name the Holy Cross Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy;
    • Other Assets – A contribution of a specific cash amount or property.

    Contact your accountant or financial ad visor for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

    Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament Choir

    Our Choirs need you! If you have sung before, great. If this is your first time, no problem. If you read music, that's a plus, but it's not a requirement. If you're ready to join, please contact Mr. Ned Dructor at Blessed Sacrament or Mrs Mary Therese McKane at Holy Cross or stop by the choir loft after Mass.

    Holy Week Appreciation 2014

    Many thanks to the numerous people who worked so hard to prepare for our various Holy Week services: the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Lectors, Altar Servers, Adult Altar Servers, Sacristans, members of our Music Ministry, Ushers, and Church Cleaners, maintenance and secretarial staff. What a beautiful job once again! Also a word of appreciation to the Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish and the Altar & Rosary of Blessed Sacrament Parish for purchasing the chocolate crosses for the children. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our parish!

    Hot Christmas Dinner

    A hot meal at St. Anthony's Haven.

    The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes are once again providing a hot dinner at Christmas for the residents at St Anthony’s Haven. The men and women of the Social Concerns have been working diligently throughout the year and have accomplished many worthy projects. Thank you.

    How to Make a Good Confession

    Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness.

    Going to Confession:

    1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross:
      In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    2. You continue with these traditional words:
      Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life.
    3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins.
      Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor.
    4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer:
      My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
    5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution:
    6. God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen.
    7. The priest will invite you to go in peace.

    After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.

    If You Have Moved

    Have you changed your address recently? If so, please contact the Parish office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963 so your envelopes and other communications will be delivered to you. The Envelope Company cannot forward them through the postal service. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

    IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

    Parents who are sitting in the choir loft with their children, are asked NOT to sit in the first row due to safety issues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

    In the Hospital

    You must notify us if you are in the hospital.

    Due to Federal privacy regulations, the hospitals will no longer notify the parish about a parishioner’s admission. The family must contact the Parish so that Monsignor Delaney can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner who may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit.

    Our local hospitals are having problems with their computer systems and are unable to give us patients names. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the office so Monsignor Delaney may visit. Thank you for your help.

    Interested in Becoming Catholic?

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way for non-Catholics to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and for Catholics who have not been fully initiated to receive Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for you. The RCIA is a regional program, coordinated by Deacon Jan Mroz at St. Mary’s Parish, Dickson City. Please call the Monsignor Delaney at 489-0752 if you or someone you know would like to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry Phase of the RCIA will begin in early October.

    Kind Reminder

    In an effort to assist the money counters, please mark the amount of your donation on the front of your weekly offertory envelope. Please do not tape or staple the envelope or its contents. Use an elastic band to keep them together. Thank you!

    Know a Marriage That Needs Help

    Know a Marriage That Needs Help?  Throw them a lifeline and tell them about Retrouvaille, an international program that helps couples who are experiencing marital difficulties.  This program is for all couples, at any stage of marriage, that need help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner.  The next program in the Diocese of Scranton is February 14-16 at Fatima Renewal Center in Dalton.  Please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.retrouvaille.org/ for more information or to register.

    Lent - Entering The Desert

    The 40 days of Lent recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent (this year from Matthew’s Gospel) as a reminder that we are all called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us that allow them to flourish.

    Let Us Put Our Hope in Jesus

    12 Days of Christmas

    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.

    Little Sisters of the Poor

    Little Sisters of the Poor will be coming to our parish this weekend. We are all aware of the wonderful work that the sisters do for our community. Please be as generous as possible.

    Little Sisters ofthe Poor Inaugural St Patrick's Day Celebration and Dinner

    The Little Sisters of the Poor Kick-Off St. Patrick’s Day in Scranton with Inaugural Celebration and Dinner

    Sunday, March 9 from 12-4 p.m.

    Proceeds Will Assist the Little Sisters in Updating the Safety and Security System of Holy Family Residence’s 25 exterior doors

    The Little Sisters of the Poor are kicking off St. Patrick’s Day in the city of Scranton at its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner on Sunday, March 9 at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, located adjacent to Marywood University. The event will begin with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel followed by the dinner and entertainment from 12-4 p.m. in the auditorium.

    Menu includes ham and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, fruit salad, rolls and butter, vanilla ice cream with mint syrup, and beverages. The entertainment for the afternoon includes “Tableside Magic by Damian the Magician” courtesy of Arcaro & Genell Restaurant & Catering from 12-1 p.m.; Frankie Gervasi of “The Poets” from 1-2 p.m.; and Irish step dancing by the Crossmolina School of Dance from 2-3 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065 or online at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org. They can also be purchased at the door.

    In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There will also be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as 50/50 raffles.

    There will be plenty of free and convenient parking in the residence’s parking lot or via a handicap accessible bus providing transportation from the Marywood University parking lot on the corner of Adams and University Avenues to the Sisters’ front door.

    LOVE FOR THE POOR & THE WORKS OF MERCY

    God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” The Church’s love for the poor…is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and his concern for the poor. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2443) The works of mercy (spiritual and corporal) are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his/her spiritual and bodily necessities. (#2447)

    Spiritual Works of Mercy

    1. To instruct the ignorant
    2. To counsel the doubtful
    3. To admonish sinners
    4. To bear wrongs patiently
    5. To forgive offenses willingly
    6. To comfort the afflicted
    7. To pray for the living and the dead

    Corporal Works of Mercy

    1. To feed the hungry
    2. To shelter the homeless
    3. To give drink to the thirsty
    4. To clothe the naked
    5. To visit the sick and imprisoned
    6. To ransom the captive
    7. To bury the dead

    The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    Mass Intention Book to Open

    The 2014 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish will be opened on Tuesday, September 10th. All Masses will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be paid for at the time of request. Mass intentions which are not paid for will not be scheduled. Please note, the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for your understanding.

    Mass Schedule for Christmas and New Years

    Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
    Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

    CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULE

    Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

    Christmas Eve - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
    4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
    9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
    10:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

    Christmas Day - Thursday, December 25th, 2014

    9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
    11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
    Please Note - NO 8:00 a.m. Mass

    NEW YEAR’S MASS SCHEDULE

    New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and is a Holy Day of obligation. The Mass schedule for New Year’s is as follows:

    New Year's Eve - Wednesday, December 31st 2014

    4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
    4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

    New Year's Day - Thursday, January 1st 2015

    9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
    11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
    Please Note - NO 8:00 a.m. Mass

    Memorial /Honor Candles

    The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated as follows:

    The weekend of November 30, 2014

    Holy Cross Parish - In memory of Theresa, Rocco Jr. & Joseph Jr. DiPietro offered by Carmen, Marion, Roseann & Joe.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish –In memory of Mary M. & Walter Nawrocki offered by Family.

    The weekend of December 7, 2014

    Holy Cross Parish - In memory of Joseph Tokash offered by Family.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish – In memory of Charles Mulea offered by Bridget E. Carey.

    The weekend of December 14, 2014

    Holy Cross Parish - In memory of the Deceased Members of the DiPietro & Genett Families offered by Carmen & Marion DiPietro.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish – In memory of Rose, Edmund & Ed “Butch” Kally offered by Family.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    St. Paul Parish Adoration at St. Clare Church is currently in desperate need of substitute adorers.

    If anyone is interested in being put on our substitute list please call St. Paul rectory at 570-961-1549.

    8th ANNUAL COOKIE WALK SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

    10:00 A.M. TILL NOON

    Homemade cookies $8.00/lb. at the Clarks Summit Fire Company, 321 Bedford St., Clarks Summit. For more information, call 570-586-8061.

    THE SLOVAK HERITAGE SOCIETY OF N.E. PA

    Cordially invites you to celebrate the FEAST OF ST NICHOLAS on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 p.m. at St Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church, 663 North Main St., Wilkes Barre. Join us for a wonderful afternoon of singing Slovak Christmas Carols and sharing Christmas Memories

    Feast of St. Nicholas

    Valley Blood Council Blood Drive

    Valley Blood Council will host a blood drive on Thursday, December 18 from Noon to 5:00 p.m. at All Saints Russian Orthodox Church, 213 Willow Avenue, Olyphant. The sponsors of the Drive are: All Saints Orthodox Church, Olyphant Lions and Mid Valley High School Leo Club, Holy Cross Parish and Valley Blood Council. This drive will be in memory of all deceased parishioners of All Saints Orthodox Church.

    THROOP HOSE CO #2

    206 Boulevard Avenue will be sponsoring a Texas Weiner sale on Saturday, December 13 from 5-7pm. Call 570-489-6431 to place your order.

    Christmas at the Cathedral

    Celebrate the birth of Our Lord through song as the Cathedral of St. Peter Parish Choir & Instrumentalists offer Christmas selections spanning the centuries. This exciting concert will be held on Saturday, December 27, at 7:30 p.m. at The Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. It is a concert you won’t want to miss!  We invite you and your parishioners to join us at the Cathedral for this uplifting evening of song!

    The Call to Carmel

    If you desire a deeper prayer life with the support of a loving community, perhaps Our Lady is calling you to Carmel. If so, you maybe interested in the Lay Carmalities who strive to develop a deeper understanding of prayer. Greater love of God and neighbor, community and apostolc work. Being good standing Catholics, we seek God’s will in ordinary circumstances of the day. If you are interested, please contact: Rose Bordi @570-445-5457.

    Catholic Parent Revival (CPR)

    Catholic Parent Revival (CPR), Saturday, Dec. 6, noon-6PM: Looking for support in your vocation of raising children?  Enjoy a day of inspiring speakers, moving music, and meaningful prayer meant to breathe new life into the vocation of parenthood.  We will participate in a conference in San Antonio, TX, via “live stream,” with nationally known speakers and musicians (like Steve Angrisano) as well as parents, grandparents, and guardians from across the country to revive our faith, increase our motivation, and enjoy support for growing in faith in our families. Location: Office for Parish Life, 330 Wyoming Ave., Scranton (the former Bishop Hannon High building). Cost is $12/person.  Call Jennifer at 570-207-2213 to register

    THE GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE

    THE GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the studio, 280 Main Street in Eynon. Admission is $2.00 for adults; $1.00 for students and children; and GTSD dancers are free. For additional information call Gina at (570) 876-3437

    Help Wanted

    St Eualia’s Parish is seeking an individual to assist the Music Director in the responsibilities of the Parish Music Ministry. Kindly respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Generations Sing Concert Scheduled for St. Peter’s Cathedral November 23rd at 7:30 PM

      The Catholic Choral Society will present the 13th Generations Sing Concert on Sunday evening, Nov. 23rd at 7:30PM at St. Peter's Cathedral in Scranton, Pa. As in past years, this year’s celebration concert strives to celebrate both ecumenical diversity and multigenerational singers. The Catholic Choral Society, marking its 67th season, is composed of more than 50 members from both Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties.

    St. John's Byzantine Catholic Church Christmas Pirohi Sale

    ST. JOHN’S BYZANTINE CATHOLIC CHURCH -310 BROADWAY, SCRANTON, PA. AUXILIARY is having a Christmas Pirohi Sale. The price is $8.00 a dozen packaged with or without onions. The last day to order is Saturday, November 22, 2014. Orders can be picked up on Monday, December 8, 2014 noon to 4:00 p.m .at the Church Hall. Please call Sylvia at 570-343-8820

    Saint Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church “Home-made” Bake Sale

    Saint Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, Pa is sponsoring a “Home-made” Bake Sale by the Ladies and Parishioners of the Church. It will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 23rd from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Held at the School Gym, 133 River Street, Olyphant, Pa, (free parking across the street) Just in time for Thanksgiving Day, On Thursday Nov. 27th, 2014 Call Dorothy at 570-489-2476 , Marlene at 570-876-1008, or Cheryl 570-489-4348 for more information. The 2015 Ecclesiastical Wall Calendar, with a Martyrology of the Byzantine Church is available for a donation along with “Favorite Recipes from our Best Cooks” Cookbook, Volume I and II Set for $25.00.

    Mid Valley Secondary Center PTSA 4th Annual Craft Fair

    Mid Valley Secondary Center PTSA is hosting it's 4th Annual Craft Fair on Sunday, November 23. More than 40 vendors, Photos with Santa, the famous Cookie Walk and home made lunch items are available from 10-3 at Mid Valley High School, 52 Underwood Road in Throop. Admission is $2.

    THE GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE

    THE GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR AND BAKE SALE will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the studio, 280 Main Street in Eynon. Admission is $2.00 for adults; $1.00 for students and children; and GTSD dancers are free. For additional information call Gina at (570) 876-3437

    Help Wanted: Assistant to the Music Director, St. Eualia's Parish

    St Eualia’s Parish is seeking an individual to assist the Music Director in the responsibilities of the Parish Music Ministry. Kindly respond to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Holy Cross High School presents Seussical the Musical

    November 21st and 22nd at 7pm. This exciting performance will feature students from throughout the Holy Cross School System, both onstage and behind the scenes. To reserve your tickets, please call Holy Cross High School at 570-346-7541. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students and seniors. We hope to see you there!

    MEN’S CONFERENCE

    I am pleased to announce the First Annual Catholic Men’s Conference for the Diocese of Scranton to be held on April 25th, 2015 at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Further information regarding specific details of the event will be forwarded to you as the date approaches.

    “CHRISTMAS GIFTS FOR KIDS” Sponsored by Catholic Social Services & Friends of the Poor

    Gifts For Kids

    Christmas Toy Registration - Lackawanna County

    Sign-up Dates: Monday, November 17th - Friday, November 21st.

    Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

    Location: Catholic Social Services, 516 Fig Street, Scranton

    Parents should bring:

    • Photo ID / verification of income for everyone in household / social security card or
    • Access Card for everyone in the household / proof of address with a recent date.

    Distribution - Dec 17th at the University of Scranton Byron Center from 9 AM – 3 PM.

    Families residing in Jessup & North - Sign up at CSS, 80 Terrace St., Carbondale. Distribution - Dec 18th at St. Rose Parish Center in Carbondale from 9 AM – 7 PM.

    THE ICON OF THE BLESSED JOSAPHATA IN OLYPHANT, PA FOR ONE DAY ONLY!!! 

    The Icon of the Blessed Josaphata will be at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, 135 River Street, Olyphant, PA. on Sunday, November 9, 2014.

    One Day Only.  The Divine Liturgy will start at 9:00 a.m to 10:15 a.m, and sung by the Church Choir in  Church Slavonic. The Icon will be on display during and  after each Divine Liturgy.(Mass) The 2nd Divine Liturgy in English starts at 11:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. followed by adoration of the icon throughout the evening.  All are invited to attend the Divine Liturgy's and adoration of the icon.

    OLYPHANT LIONS CLUB LOTTERY

    – Lion Club members are selling a $20.00 lottery ticket good for 6 months (evening drawing) beginning January 1 thru June 30, 2015. If interested please call Dick Kenny @ 570-862-9555 by December 15, 2014.

    RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR BUS TRIP

    Visitation of the BVM Church, Dickson City, PA invites you to join us on our Annual Bus Trip to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Show time is at 2:00 p.m. The bus will leave from in front of St. Mary’s Church, 619 Dundaff St., Dickson City, at 8:30 a.m. and will leave New York City at 6:30 p.m. The price of the bus and show with orchestra seats is $95.00 per person. A $45.00 deposit is required at time of reservation. Seats will not be held without deposit. The balance is due by October 18th. To make your reservation, stop in or mail your deposit to the parish office, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519, make checks payable to Visitation BVM Church. Call the parish office at 570 489-2091 for more info.

    MT. AIRY BUS TRIP TO BENEFIT CHRISTMAS PRESENT DRIVE FOR THE RESIDENTS OF HOLY FAMILY RESIDENCE

    The members of the Association Jeanne Jugan of Holy Family Residence will sponsor a bus trip to Mt. Airy Casino on Saturday, Nov. 15. The bus, which will be provided by Martz Trailways, will leave the parking lot of the residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, at 10 a.m. and return to the residence at 5 p.m. Bus tickets are $30 which includes $25 of slot play and a $10 food voucher. To make a reservation please contact Mrs. Jackie Galvin, M.S., director of development and communications, at (570) 343-4065 ext. 3144, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org by November 7.

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular Bus Trip Monday, December 1st

    Mary, Mother of God Parish

    316 William St. Scranton, 570-342-4881

    Radio City Christmas Spectacular Bus Trip

    Monday, December 1st

    Cost is $72/pp - includes bus fare & mezzanine ticket. Payment must be made IN FULL at time of purchase.

    Prince of Peace Parish Society of Old Forge Pre-Thanksgiving Bake Sale

    Before and after all Masses Saturday November 22nd and Sunday November 23rd.Enter from Lawrence Street St. Marys’ church building, to rear of parking lot, school entrance.

    The University of Scranton Commemorates 25th Anniversary of the Martyrs of El Salvador

    The University of Scranton has planned a series of events in November to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the martyrs of El Salvador – the six Jesuit priests and their housekeeper and her daughter who were murdered on the grounds of the University of Central America, a Jesuit university in El Salvador.

    “I have traveled annually to El Salvador for the past nine years, motivated by the selfless quest for service and sacrifice of the Martyrs of the University of Central America,” wrote University of Scranton President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., in an article to be published in the November issue of Connections, the monthly online news publication of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). “Each time, I am humbled by their example and inspired to make their story live on in the lives of others – especially those attending and serving at our Jesuit schools.”

    The University’s events begin on Tuesday, Nov. 18, with Will Cohen, Ph.D., associate professor of theology/religious studies at the University, delivering a lecture titled “Liberation Theology and the UCA Martyrs.” The lecture, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place at noon in the Moskovitz Theater on the fourth floor of the DeNaples Center on campus.

    The following day, Wednesday, Nov. 19, Oscar Torres’ award-winning film “Innocent Voices,” a biographical film about coming of age during the Salvadoran civil war, will be shown in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. The screening, which is free of charge and open to the public, will begin with a brief talk by Torres, the film’s writer and producer, at 6 p.m.

    MONDAY NIGHT BINGO

    At Visitation BVM Parish Center

    In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

    625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

    Progressive Jackpot

    Admission Package includes 27 Games!

    Prize of $100 per game!

    $150 prize for specials!

    Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

    Early Bird at 6:40 p.m.—Regular Games at 7:00

    Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

    Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

    Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

    McDonnell Family Fundraiser

    Kathleen McDonnell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen and her family are actively involved within the Diocese of Scranton. The McDonnell family are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore. The McDonnell children attend Holy Cross High School and Kevin McDonnell is employed by the Diocese. We hope that our parish communities will be able to support this cause.

    To make a donation please call 570-489-5794 & leave a message; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Marywood University Aphasia Group

    Marywood University Aphasia Group is a free community service support group that is made up of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, in addition to family members and caregivers. Our aphasia group encourages individuals affected by stroke to come together in a warm and accepting environment. Through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities, we aim to encourage independence and to maximize speech, language, and reading skills. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Marla Kovatch, SLP and Clinical Supervisor at 570-348-6299, extention 2259.

    McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

    The McDade-Chinchilla Apartments located in downtown Olyphant is now accepting applications for housing designed for Senior Citizens, handicapped or disable individuals. Apartments are available. For more information, please call 570-489-4756.

    JMJ Catholic Radio Boosts Power and Expands to 24-Hour Programming on 98.9 FM to Meet Public Interest

    In response to public interest, JMJ Catholic Radio proudly announces it is now available 24 hours a day on 98.9 FM to a wider audience of listeners. Prior to this new and improved capability, the station operated exclusively at 750 AM from sunrise to sunset and also streamed online on the station’s website www.jmj750.com. Combining their current 750 AM frequency with a boosted power signal and the new 98.9 FM channel, an increased amount of listeners can now receive the best of local Catholic programming as well as an expanded roster of syndicated programs from leading Catholic media outlet EWTN.

    Just a few of the programs now available include local favorites “Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff,” “In Love of Christ with Jerome Gilmartin,” “Reflections with Fr. Leo McKernan,” “Novena from St. Ann’s in Scranton,” “Novena to St. Joseph,” “The Catholic View,” as well as national favorites “Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery,” “Daily Mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel,” “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo,” “Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic,” and “Sunday Night Prime with Fr. Benedict Groeschel."

    For more information or to learn how you can support Catholic radio, please contact the station at (570) 287-4670, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA 18640.

    Altar Bread Department

    The Passionist Nuns of Saint Gabriel’s Monastery/Retreat Center are hiring trainees for work in the Altar Bread Department at their facility in South Abington Township. Please call Barbara or Sister Teresita at 586-2791 for inquiries or an interview.

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

    Genevieve Lupini, Tax Colector for Jessup Borough will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2013 State Property Tax/Rent rebate. Eligibility Guidelines and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.

    The Healing Pathway Grief Workshop

    THE VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU to “The Healing Pathway Grief Workshop”. Classes will be held on 4 consecutive Thursdays at 6:30 PM, September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10 at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for Education, Conversation and Support. Learn how to cope with changes in your life meeting others who are living through the same experiences. Please call 570-383-5180, to let them know you will attend.

    VNA HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM

    Learn the art of making FISHERMAN KNOT ROSARIES, on Tuesdays, September 10 – October 15, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. Once the rosaries are completed they will be donated to area hospices and nursing homes. Please call 570-383-5180 for more info.

    VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

    Bereavement Support Group Support Group: This on-going support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the VNA offices. There are no charges for this service. A professional counselor facilitates the sessions. Please call at 383-5180 with questions.

    VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

    How about doing something for yourself that increases flexibility, enhances your strength, helps with concentration, improves posture, breathing and balance. Yoga Class second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6:15 – 7:45 pm $8 per 90 minute session per person. . Please call at 383-5180 with questions.

    British Landscapes

    VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CHURCH presents…British Landscapes. Join Msgr. Patrick Pratico from May 8 to 17, 2014.Highlights include: London, London Theatre Performance, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh Castle, Lake District, North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Stonehenge. Book before November 8th and receive $250.00 off. Price includes Round Trip Air for Newark, Air Taxes and Fees, Hotel Transfers, 13 Meals. For more information join us on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Visitation BVM Rectory, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City for anyone interested in this trip. Parish office 570-489-2091.

    DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP:

    The Divine Mercy Prayer group has moved to a new location. The group will meet at St Mary’s of Czestochowa in Eynon on Monday night beginning October 1, mass @ 7:30 p.m. will be followed by a Charismatic Prayer meeting. All are welcome. For more information, please call Shirley or Victor Fanucci at 489-4976.

    An invitation is hereby extended to everyone to come and pray the rosary with friends and neighbors, whether you are looking to spend time in prayer or have a special request to present to the Lord. Please contact Deacon Carmine Mendicino at 341-2252 for more information.

    First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

    Held outside the office of Planned Parenthood, 63 N. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. All Faithful are invited to Participate.

    First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

    Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, held outside the offices of Planned Parenthood, located at 316 Penn Ave. Scranton. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am. All faithful are invited to participate.

    Outdoor Rosary

    Every Sunday at 7:00pm sponsored by Lay Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pray 15 decades of the rosary at the Fatima Grotto in Wilkes-Barre. North Main St. - Across from Holy Cross Retirement Center.

    Forty Days for Life

    Held September 26 to November 4th in front of Planned Parenthood in Wilkes-Barre. Held Monday through Friday at 9:00am at 63 N. Franklin St. Come pray 5 decades of the rosary for an end to abortion. 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program.

    MONDAY NIGHT BINGO-ST. MARY’S, DICKSON

    Progressive jackpot included in admission package each week at Visitation of the BVM Parish Center at LaSalle Academy Primary Campus, 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City. For more information please call 489-2091. Prize of $100 per game! $150 prize for specials! Early Bird at 6:40 pm; regular games at 7:00 pm. Door and kitchen opens at 4:40 pm, pizza available after 7:30 pm.

    Special Program on CTV: Bishop-elect Joseph R. Kopacz

    CTV: Catholic Television has produced a special program on Bishop-elect Joseph R. Kopacz, who was ordained and installed as the 11th Bishop of Jackson, Mississippi on February 6, 2014.

    The program can be viewed on the Diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/pope-francis-appoints-father-joseph-r-kopacz-ph-d-diocese-of-scranton-priest-as-bishop-of-jackson-mississippi/

    NEW ALTAR SERVERS

    What a privilege it is to serve around the Altar of the Lord! Is your son or daughter interested in becoming an altar server at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament? Any boy or girl entering 3rd grade (or up) as of September is welcome to serve. Practice for new altar servers will be held at Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, June 17th and Tuesday June 24 @ 4:30 p.m. and at Holy Cross on Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, June 26th. Practice will be held at 6:30. Children must attend 3 of the 4 available practices. If your son or daughter is interested in altar serving, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 by Friday, June 13th to register.

    Newly Baptized

    Newly Baptized!

    For the weekends of:

    November 30, 2014

    Congratulations Chase Joseph Sklareski son of Chris & Tracey Sklareski and Autumn Mary Collins daughter of Thomas & Khemthong Collins who will be baptized this weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish . May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the World, always guide and protect you.

    December 7, 2014

    Congratulations Vincenzo Cicco son of Thomas & Rita Cicco who will be baptized this weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the World, always guide and protect you.

    OLYPHANT QUEEN CITY NIGHTS

    The 6th Annual Olyphant Queen City Nights sponsored by Olyphant Hose Co. #2 and Queen City Hose Co. #8 will be held Thursday thru Saturday

    July 10 thru 12 downtown behind the borough building beginning at 5:00 p.m. The festival includes a Firemen’s Parade on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    Basket raffles, jewelry, novelty items, food, rides games and bingo and lots of entertainment.

    Come and enjoy the festivities!!

    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

    Parish Council

    Parish Council

    What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

    Every diocese develops its own guidelines or norms for Parish Pastoral Councils in line with Church teaching, Canon Law and the vision the bishop has for sharing his “shepherding” role with his pastors, clergy, religious and lay leaders.

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, in exercising a collaborative Servant Leadership style has called for reinvigorated Parish Pastoral Councils, ones which reflect the Servant Leadership of Jesus Christ. Bishop Bambera states that, “the future of the diocese lies in the generous Servant-Leadership of priests, religious and laity who wounded but loved, freely give themselves to Christ’s good news mission of gathering those scattered from the love of God and the Church” The Bishop goes on to remind us that “the mystery of parish life lies in generous self- giving or Servant Leadership in the way of Jesus.”

    Parking Around Parish

    Parking around Holy Cross Parish and the Parish Center is very limited. However, Olyphant Borough has asked us to remind all parishioners, for safety reasons, parishioners should not park illegally. Recently, the Olyphant Police have been issuing citations to all cars that are parked illegally, especially on Grant Street. Those who are able to walk, please consider using the Holy Ghost parking lot. Also, please do not block the rectory garage as the priests need to exit and travel to other Masses.

    PARKING FOR CHRISTMAS MASSES

    The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament welcome many family members returning home and visitors from out of town for the celebration of Christmas. Because of the large crowd expected at both parishes especially for the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass, please consider using the additional available parking lots. If you are able to walk the short distance, we encourage you to use the parking lot on Willow Avenue (for Holy Cross) and the overflow lot on Rebecca Street (for Blessed Sacrament). Please be mindful there are many elderly and handicapped parishioners that need to park near the church. Thank you for your willingness to use the additional lots and your patience during the Christmas Masses.

    PASTORAL CARE OF THE SICK

    Please note, the Federal privacy laws make it difficult for the parish to obtain information regarding a parishioner’s status in one of the local hospitals or his/her placement in one of the area’s long-term facilities. We request that you contact the Parish if a family member or friend is hospitalized (especially if they are admitted through the Emergency Room) or placed in a long-term facility so that Msgr. Delaney, can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner that may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Pilgrims from Scranton

    Pope Francis, October 23, 2013

    On Wednesday, October 23, faithful from the Diocese of Scranton joined with 80,000+ pilgrims from around the world for the weekly audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. In his address to the faithful, the Holy Father reflected upon Mary as a model of faith and charity for all believers.

    The presence of pilgrims from the Diocese of Scranton was announced during the audience and Bishop Bambera, along with Father Thomas Muldowney, Vicar General, were given the opportunity to meet the Holy Father personally.

    Bishop Bambera noted that he thanked the Holy Father for his great example and invitation to all of the faithful to generous service in the Church. The Holy Father responded by stating that he was grateful for the bishop's words and asked the bishop and faithful of the Diocese, “Please pray for me.”

    Bishop Bambera meets Pope Francis after the Holy Father’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 23.

    Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

    Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

    Francis made the comments after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

    "I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!" Francis said. "The Lord doesn't proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don't believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God."

    Pope Francis on Evangelization

    Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

    Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in Assisi, Italy. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, our Holy Father lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

    Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

    The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

    Pope Francis’ voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document’s relatively relaxed style – he writes that an “evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” – and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and “spiritual worldliness.”

    The church’s message “has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary,” he writes. “In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead.”

    Inspired by Jesus’ poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a “church which is poor and for the poor.”

    The poor “have much to teach us,” he writes. “We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voices to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”

    PRACTICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

    Holy Thursday – Tuesday, April 15- Blessed Sacrament 6:30 PM; Holy Cross 7:30 PM.

    Good Friday – Wednesday, April 16- Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM; Holy Cross 6:30 PM

    Saturday Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 19 – Holy Cross 9:30 AM

    PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

    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.

    Prayer For Vocations

    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.

    Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

    Say this prayer every day for nine months to save a baby’s life! “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.

    Quilts for the Homeless Project

    The Quilts for the Homeless Project made by the Confirmation Class will be delivered to St Francis Kitchen December 14.

    Realize Above All

    Realize above all that you are in God’s presence. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the Grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it.

    Religious Education News

    Holy Cross High School Placement Test for 8th Grade Non-Catholic Grade School Students

    501 E. Drinker St.

    Dunmore, PA

    Date:

    Saturday, December 6

    Test begins at 8:30 am

    Please call Holy Cross to Register

    570-346-7541

    RCIA

    Adult candidates for Christian Initiation meet each Saturday, 10:00 am in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES

    Holy Cross – 9:20 am until 10:30 am; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Location of Classes is as follows:

    Holy Cross

    K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall

    4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center

    Blessed Sacrament

    All children report to the church hall; teachers will take to classrooms. Parents will pick students up in Church Hall.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

    The Religious Education Programs of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament are in need of volunteers. Consider how you can contribute in the faith formation of our young children. For more information or to volunteer, please call John Musyt or Rose Liesiefsky at the Parish Office.

    REQUEST FOR SPONSOR CARDS

    Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for Baptism or sponsor for Confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the request date. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Holy Cross High School has launched our Facebook Page!

    By visiting www.facebook.com/HolyCrossDunmore, you can keep up-to-date on news from Holy Cross. The page is filled with great photos, videos, and new information. We hope that you "like" and "share" us! Be sure to check back often for exciting news and information!

    BAPTISMAL INSTRUCTION

    Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

    FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

    for Marriage Preparation – have any questions about enrolling engaged couples for this tool online? Call Bernadette: 570-207-2213

    VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

    This class is necessary for anyone teaching Religious Education or their aides. If you have not attended this course, please make arrangements to attend.

    VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

    This training session is required for all adult volunteers who work a minimum of 20 hours or more per year with children. During the three-hour training, a facilitator, who will teach you the tools and show you the resources to maintain a safe environment for all children, will incorporate techniques in a discussion format to help you recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse and how to respond to it appropriately and effectively.

    Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

    • 98% of graduates were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
    • Combined SAT scores are above the national average.
    • $33.8 million in performance based scholarships, an average of over $91,000 per graduate, were merited by the Class of 2012.
    • Diocesan high schools offer Advanced Placement classes and the Diocesan Scholars Program awards grants to high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses at The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and King’s College.
    • Over $1 million was awarded by the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation for students to attend Diocesan Catholic Schools.

    BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES NEEDED

    Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is required by Monday, December 10th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

    Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

    The Diocese of Scranton requires that all students preparing for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation must be enrolled in religious education classes for at least two years. Children who are not enrolled for at least two full years of classes and participate in all scheduled activities may be delayed in the reception of the Sacrament. If you have questions about your child’s eligibility to receive a sacrament this year, please contact Monsignor Delaney or John Musyt.

    Brian’s father asked him what he really liked about church, Brian thought about it a moment and replied, “The benediction.”

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

    Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the deadline or date needed and request to meet with the pastor to review their qualifications for being a godparent or sponsor. In order for a person to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, Canon Law (Church Law) identifies several qualifications for that person:

    1. Must be registered in a Catholic parish, attend Mass weekly, and receive the sacraments. Please note, the pastor is not allowed to give a sponsor card for people who are not registered at the parish;
    2. Must have completed their sixteenth (16th) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one being baptized or confirmed;
    3. Must have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
    4. If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church; couples who are not married may not be living together;
    5. Those Catholics who have joined another religion may not act as a Godparent or Christian witness;
    6. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested, one of each gender; however, only one sponsor is required. For Confirmation, only one sponsor is needed;

    How to Receive Communion

    Holy Communion under the form of bread is offered to the communicant with the words "The Body of Christ." The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: "When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne on top of your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost." (General Instruction of the Roman Church, #51). The communicant should not take or grab the Eucharist from the minister but rather should receive the Eucharist from the minister. Before you receive either the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ, the Church asks that you make a sign of reverence by bowing to the sacred species before you respond ‘Amen.’

    PRAYER: The Key to Heaven

    Seek the Face of God in Everything

    We are called to be contemplatives in the heart of the world by seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere, all the time, and his hand in every happening.
    - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    Sincere Thank You

    A total of $3,198.50 was collected for the Little Sisters of the Poor. A sincere thank you from the Sisters for your continued support

    SJB & SM CEMETERIES – WATER AVAILABLE

    The water is now turned on and the water lines have been repaired at St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Cemeteries. The water spigots closest to the house on Marshwood Drive in the ‘old’ section of St. John have been capped and will no longer be available. The water line was damaged in too many places to fix. Please use the spigots in the center of the cemetery. Also, water will only be available in the ‘new’ section of St. John at the shed on Lynnwood Rood. The water line that ran above ground and along the fence was busted in too many places to be repaired. If you see water running from any of the spigots in the cemeteries, please call the Parish Office immediately so the cemeteries do not incur a large water bill. Thank you for your assistance.

    Soup and Stations - Volunteers Needed

    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 489-8143 or Carol at 489-1915. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

    SPRING CEMETERY MANTENANCE

    The annual spring clean-up of our six parish cemeteries has begun. The maintenance staff has begun removing all old winter decorations. The staff has also begun the process of filling in those graves which were dug over the last several months and have now settled. Thank you for your patience as we strive to maintain our cemeteries. Thank you to Steve, Tom and Bill for their dedication to our cemeteries. Any questions, please call Monsignor Delaney at the parish office.

    St. Francis Kitchen - Coffee and Non-Dairy Creamer Needed

    St. Francis Kitchen – Coffee and Non-dairy Creamer needed If you are able to donate either of these items you may drop them off at St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton any day from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. Thank you for your support!

    St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Need

    The numbers of folks coming to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen are at an all - time high. St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, Pa. is serving more meals than ever before. We are in need of the following: Tuna Fish, Carrots, Peas, Coffee .

    St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

    ST. PATRICK’S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 is planning a 50th class reunion for October 2014. If you are interested, please get in touch with Barbara Rosetti 570-489-2872 or Betty McCormick Ciciloni 570-383-0487.

    Support Christians in the Holy Land

    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.

    Thank You - Baby Bottle Project 2014

    THANK YOU. Our Baby Bottle Project from Pro Life raised a total of $1,420.00. Needless to say Pro Life was ecstatic. Our parishes are extremely generous to those in need. Once again, thank you for your generosity.

    THANK YOU! Baby Bottle Project

    THANK YOU. Our Baby Bottle Project from Pro Life raised a total of $1,420.00. Needless to say the Pro Life was ecstatic. Our parishes are extremely to those in need. Once again, thank you for your generosity.

    The 12 Days of Christmas

    12 Days of Christmas

    From the middle of the 16th century through the early 19th century, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to openly practice their faith. As a result, the familiar Christmas carol, the 12 Days of Christmas, was written as a teaching tool, that contained a ‘hidden’ message that only the members of the Church would understand. Each element in the carol is a code word for some teaching of the Church. Because the words were put to music it was an easy way for children to remember the tenets of their faith.

    • The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah;
    • The two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments;
    • The three French hens stood for the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and love;
    • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John;
    • The five golden rings recall the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament which represent the Law;
    • The six geese a-laying represent the six days of creation;
    • The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord;
    • The eight maids a-milking stand for the eight beatitudes;
    • The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control;
    • The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments;
    • The eleven pipers stand for the eleven faithful disciples;
    • The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

    The Candy Cane

    The Candy Cane

    The Candy Cane is just one of the many symbols of the Christmas season; it is a symbol of Jesus our Savior. It is in the shape of a shepherd’s crook, reminding us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Upside down, it forms a “J” to symbolize His name. The white is for His life, holy, perfect, and without blame. And the stripe of red is for His blood so pure and freely given on the cross for our salvation. Next time you enjoy a sweet-tasting Candy Cane, take the opportunity to say a short prayer, thanking God for the great gift of his Son, Jesus.

    The People of Yes

    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

    The Social Concerns Committee

    The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes are once again providing a hot dinner at Christmas for the residents at the 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..

    The Ultimate Test of Greatness

    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

    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.

    TUNE IN TO THE VERY BEST

    TUNE IN TO THE VERY BEST LOCAL CATHOLIC RADIO STATION:

    JMJ RADIO

    750AM or 98.9FM

    UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

    If your family member is a resident of one of the local nursing homes or long-term facilities, we ask that you contact the Parish Office in the next two weeks so that we can update our lists. Over the next few months, the priests will be visiting the local facilities in order to pray and anoint our parishioners. Thank you for your assistance and may the grace of God continue to help you and support you and your loved one.

    Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

    This Lent are you looking to attend daily Mass? Daily Mass is celebrated as follows at our neighboring parishes:

    Christ the King Parish

    • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon
    • St. Mary’s Church, Eynon – Thursdays at 7:15 and 12:00 noon

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

    • Monday thru Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 12 noon

    Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

    • St. James Church – Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m.5:30 pm on Friday with stations

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

    • Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm on Friday with stations

    WELCOME TO NEW PARISHIONERS!

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    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 or Father Paulish for more information.

    What is unique or different about the way Catholics read and are exposed to the Bible

    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.

    YEAR OF FAITH: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013

    "…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..."(Acts 14:27).

    In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church. But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one of us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church. We are all looking for happiness, peace and love. “Have not fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that God is with you, therefore no harm can befall you, all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.: Pope John Paul II And whether we know it or not, we will find ourselves most fulfilled when we find Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

    Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop, has offered ten ways Catholics can live the year of Faith:

    • Participate in Mass often, if not daily
    • Make a good confession
    • Learn about the lives of the saints
    • Read the Bible daily
    • Read the documents of Vatican II
    • Study the Catechism
    • Volunteer in the parish
    • Help those in need
    • Bring a friend to mass
    • Incorporate the Beatitudes in daily life

    Youth Group News

    Youth Group News

    CHRISTIANS IN ACTION (Youth Group)

    Meetings December 7 and 21 from 5 to 6:30. The group will meet on December 13 from 1:30 to 3:30 at St Francis’s Kitchen for wrapping shoe box project items for the homeless. Our CIA students will be collecting 200 cans of shaving cream for this project. Help us meet our goal. Shaving cream can be dropped off at the rectories before December 5.