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.
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.
The Church teaches that in addition to attending Mass on Sunday, there are six Holy Days of Obligation for all Catholics
- January 1st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God ***
- Ascension Thursday – 40 days after Easter
- August 15th – Assumption of Mary ***
- November 1st – All Saints Day ***
- December 8th – Immaculate Conception of Mary
- December 25th – Nativity of the Lord
*** Note the three holy days marked with asterisks are always holy days, however, the obligation to attend Mass is removed when the feast falls on a Monday or Saturday. Since Easter always falls on a Sunday, and Sundays are always a holy day, it is not identified as a Holy Day of Obligation.
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. The next class will be held Sunday, January 11 at Holy Cross Parish in the Parish Center (Willow Avenue).
Blessed Sacrament received a donation in memory of beloved parents Henry & Blanche Konopka and grandmother Mary Kowalewski by Maryann Konopka Yanochik. Thank you!
APRIL 12, HOLY NAME SOCIETY HOSPITALITY SUNDAY
AFTER 9:30AM MASS. OUTSIDE IN THE COURTYARD, ALL AGES ARE INVITED. MAKE PLANS TO JOIN US FOR SOME FELLOWSHIP WITH A COFFEE, JUICE, AND MORE. BRING A FRIEND. ALL ARE WELCOME!a
PIZZA, PAGACH, & MORE, FRIDAY MARCH 27
The Holy Name Society will hold their Annual Lenten Pizza, Pagach, Handmade Lamb Shaped Butter, and Easter Chocolate Bar Sale on Friday, March 27. The sale will run from 11AM to 5:30PM in the Parish Hall. The Pagach, Pizza, and Chocolate Bar are $10 each. The Chocolate Bar is available in both Milk and Dark Chocolate, please specify on sign-up sheets. The Butter Lamb is still only $5. There are sign-up sheets at the Church entrances. Thank you for supporting this Holy Name Society event. For those who are unable to make it to The Parish Hall, Delivery will be available at 2PM and 4PM. Call Joseph Butash at 570.489.4515 if you need Delivery.
** A reminder that the Holy Name meets the second Sunday of the month at 7PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Contact Society President Adam Nosak with any questions. New members and Junior members are most welcome and invited to join at our Sunday meeting.
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
BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY WINNERS CLUB NEW TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE
Tickets for the next 26 weeks are now available from any Holy Name Member. Thank you for supporting this fundraiser of Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society. Good Luck to all ticket holders in 2015!
The Officers of Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society for 2015 are President Adam Nosak, 1st Vice-President-Dominck Rocco, Jr., 2nd Vice-President-Michael Rocco, Recording Secretary-Robert Fuhr, Financial Secretary-Mark Wallo, Treasurer-Jim Liesiefsky, and Sergeant-at-Arms- Vincent Lorent. New members and Junior members are invited to join us at our meetings. The Holy Name meets the second Sunday of the month at 7PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Contact Society President Adam Nosak with any questions.
BLESSED SACRAMENT WINNER’S CLUB
Week 1- $50.00 Theresa Tylenda, $25.00 Ralph Obelinas, $25.00 Connie Kolosinsky Week 2- $50.00 Joan Marshalek $25.00 Barbara Burak $25.00 Mrs. M. Dolan Week 3- $50.00 Carol Woods $25.00 Mike Remetta $25.00 Ryan Nosak Week 4- $50.00 R. Fuhr $25.00 Robin Galli $25.00 Heather Washenko Week 5 $50.00 Helen Oravec $25.00 Mrs. M. Dolan $25.00 Steve Rebar Week 6 $50.00 Michelle Chang $25.00 Archy Poplawski $25.00 Fazio Family.
SATURDAY, MARCH 21, ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP
The Annual Spring Cleanup of The Parish Grounds of Blessed Sacrament will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 8AM to 11AM. All ages invited. Rakes and brooms provided (or shovels!) Please wear gloves if you have them. No experience necessary, and all ages are encouraged to participate. Welcome Spring!!!!
ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY – CHRUSCIKI SALE
The Altar & Rosary Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish will conduct a Chrusciki Sale. Chrusciki will be sold by pre-orders only. Please call 570-489-5125 or 570-489-7754 to place an order or sign the order sheets at the entrance of the church. The price is $6per dozen. A limited quantity will be made and the deadline for ordering is February 8th. Pickup will be February 14th & 15th. Check future bulletins for more information.
The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers gratefully acknowledge the kindness of the family of Marian Costa for the generous donation given in her memory.
A memorial donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish was received in memory of Marion Costa by Sister Irene, Niece Tina & Nephew Al Zukowski.
Blessed Sacrament received a donation in memory of Gerald Panaro by Web Sling & Tie Down Association. Thank you!
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 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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN ARE SPONSORING A BUS TRIP TO Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Clinton, N. J. on Monday, April 13. The show is “Abie’s Irish Rose”. The cost is $85 which includes lunch, show, tax and tips. The bus will leave the parking lot at 9:00 a.m. and return about 6:00 pm. For reservations or further information call Anne at 570-489-9405 or Jackie at 570-489-8143.
Patrick J. O’Shea, IV was recently inducted by the Eagle Scout Court of Honor to the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations! Eagle Scout O’Shea is the son of P.J. and Donna O’Shea. God bless you as we celebrate this great accomplishment with you. Eagle Scout O’Shea is a member of Boy Scout Troop 21.
“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.
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 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
THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PLEDGED
With grateful hearts, we thank the families from Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament parish who have already made a gift or pledge to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. CONGRATULATIONS to the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament for making their goal. Holy Cross has still not reached their goal. They need $5,200 to make their goal./P>
It probably been a few years since you called the "DO NOT CALL" List by the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) and perhaps you might need to call again. Within the last 5 days, I received 10 telemarketing phone calls, ID showed they were from Ontario, Houston, Texas, Pittsburgh, PA., Denver, and Dallas, Texas.
I called the FTC "DO NOT CALL" at 888-382-1222 Phone Number, from my home phone, today!!!! Maybe you should too!!!!
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.
All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their Easter Duty. A person’s Easter Duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as going to the Sacrament of Reconciliation to confess any mortal sin.
Please remember in your prayers our deceased family, friends and our parishioners: Rev. Stanley J. Kurash, Vincent Piorkowski, Catherine Tomchak, Dr. Francis Murphy, Marie Heber, Milton Dragtenstein, Emma Evans, Lois J. Miller, Irene Kiesel, Deborah Lucke Runco. Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The St Ludmilla Ladies Society Branch 108 Of Olyphant contributed a generous sum to Holy Cross Parish for their Easter Donation. Thank you for your continued generosity.
Stations of the Cross
During Lent, Stations of the Cross will be celebrated on Fridays at 5:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish followed by fellowship and a meager meal at Holy Cross Parish. Please call Carol Avashieri or Jackie Musyt or the office to donate soup, bread, etc. Stations of the Cross will also be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Parish on Fridays at 6:00
Adoration - Hours Available
ADORATION – HOURS AVAILABLEOur Eucharistic Adoration Chapel at Holy Cross Parish has adoration 24 hours a day from Monday after 8 a.m. Mass until Friday evening at 6 o’clock. Those hours are Monday 9 p.m., Wednesdays at 1:00 a.m. and Midnight and 6 p.m. .If you can spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, please call Eydie at 489-8816.
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.
- 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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution:
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 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.
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.
Throughout the Lenten season, many opportunities are provided to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please make yourselves aware of these opportunities and take advantage of this Lenten journey to prepare well for Easter.
The Light is on For You Once again on the Mondays of Lent, a priest is available for Confession. Mondays – 5:30 – 7:00. We will alternate confession in Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes: March 16 @ Holy Cross Parish.
- Weekend Confession Schedule: Holy Cross 3:00 – 3:45, Blessed Sacrament 4:30 - 5:15
- Communal Lenten Confession: See Church bulletin for Confession Schedule in the Mid Valley Churches.
- By appointment. Call the Parish Office and ask for Monsignor Delaney.
Mid-Valley/ Lackawanna Deanery Penance Services for 2015:
- March 19 (Thursday) Blessed Sacrament at St Anthony’s Throop 6:30 pm
- March 22 (Sunday) Sacred Heart, Peckville 3:00 pm
- March 24 (Tuesday) Visitation B.V.M. , Dickson City 6:30 pm
- March 24 (Tuesday) Holy Cross at St. Patrick’s, Olyphant 6:30 pm
- March 25 (Wednesday) Christ the King at St. Thomas, Archbald 6:30 pm
- March 25 (Wednesday) St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale 6:30 pm
- March 26 (Thursday) Queen of Angels at St. Michael’s , Jessup 7:00 pm
- March 26 (Thursday) Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at Sacred Heart of Mary, Jermyn 6:30 pm
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 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.
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.
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
- To instruct the ignorant
- To counsel the doubtful
- To admonish sinners
- To bear wrongs patiently
- To forgive offenses willingly
- To comfort the afflicted
- To pray for the living and the dead
Corporal Works of Mercy
- To feed the hungry
- To shelter the homeless
- To give drink to the thirsty
- To clothe the naked
- To visit the sick and imprisoned
- To ransom the captive
- 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
When a person dies, many people often request a Mass card as a way of praying for the deceased person and expressing their sympathy to the family. Because Canon Law requires that a Mass request be celebrated within a year of its request, parishes often have to send the Mass intention to the missions. Instead of requesting a Mass card, please consider making a donation to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish in loving memory of the deceased. Your donation to the parish expresses your sympathy while helping to financially support the parish. Thank you for your consideration.
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.
The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated as follows:
The weekend of March 15, 2015
Holy Cross Parish - In memory of Michael Zuczek Jr.offered by Mary & Mary Ann.
Blessed Sacrament Parish – In memory of Dolores Bicksza offered by the Peko Family.
The weekend of March 22, 2015
Holy Cross Parish - In memory of Dena Palfrey offered by daughter, Elaine.
Blessed Sacrament Parish – In memory of Douglas & Helen Burns offered by daughter, Linda Helene Burns.
LA SALLE ACADEMY PRESENTS…BASKET BONANZA 2015
Friday, April 17, 2015
Visitation of the BVM Church
LENTEN ETHNIC DINNER
Saturday, March 21, 2015
12:00 noon to 6:30 pm
In the School Cafeteria
LaSalle Academy Primary Campus
625 Dundaff Street
Dickson City, PA
Adult Dinner: $12.00 includes 3 pierogi, 2 stuffed cabbage, kielbasi, haluski, dinner roll, dessert.
Child’s Dinner: $7.00 includes 2 pierogi, 1 stuffed cabbage, kielbasi, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, dessert.
Tickets are available at the parish office, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City and will be sold before Mass the weekend’s of March 7 and 14.Eat in or Take out
A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.
Clam Chowder and Halusky
ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS PARISH, PROSPECT AVE., SCRANTON is having a Clam Chowder ($7.00 per quart) and Halusky ($5.00 per quart) sale Friday, March 20, take outs only from 2 to 6 PM. Deadline for orders is March 17, call 570-343-6420 to place orders.
All the faithful of the Diocese are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 4:00 pm. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Christ Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese.
DANTE CLUB Lenten fundraiser is BACK!
BAKED HADDOCK DINNER
Sponsored by Ss. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, Pa.
FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2015
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
At the REGAL ROOM (Ballroom/side entrance)
Sit Down or Take Out!!
(pre-sold)$13.00 per ticket/dinner
Baked haddock, potato, vegetable, cole slaw, roll and dessert
Call 570-383-9487 for Reservations
*Deadline for pre-sold Tickets is Monday, March 23, 2015
*LIMITED amount of Dinners will be available a the Door $15.00
The SPIRITUALITY of the 12 STEPS FOR EVERYONE
Host and Moderator Msgr. Patrick J. Pratico
Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
Rectory – 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519 570-489-2091
11:00 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. on:
February 17 & 24; March 3, 10, 17 & 24; April 7, 14, 21; May 5, 12, 19
In the St. John Paul II Meeting Room Located in the parish rectory (lower level)
Since Bill Wilson created the first twelve-step fellowship in 1938, countless men and women have participated in this powerful program. Although associated with Alcoholics Anonymous, the spirituality of the twelve steps transcends multiple religious and secular traditions. This is truly a life-giving spiritual approach for everyone: it allows us to overcome attachments from which we all suffer, and in turn to grow in faith and understanding.
Now, renowned spiritual expert Fr. Anthony Ciorraa, Ph.D., will guide you through the deep spirituality behind the twelve steps.
The twelve steps offer freedom and new life by getting to the heart of the most basic of human desires: happiness, peace, and inner freedom. You will understand attachment as anything that stands in the way of the fulfillment of these desires. In some way, we are all addicted to control, trying to orchestrate our lives and the lives of others according to our plans. Fr. Ciorra shows you how to let go of these false desires and embrace a deeper spirituality.
Your will look at the models of such spiritual guides as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Mother Theresa of Calcutta, who similarly struggled and overcame “dark nights” of the soul. In addition to looking at these spiritual guides, you will explore moving poetry that will help you reach a deeper spirituality.
Join Fr. Ciorra on a video pilgrimage that will lead you along the steps towards freedom and new life. By fully realizing the power of the spirituality behind the twelve steps, you will discover a peace in your heart that the world cannot give.
Topics include: The Journey from the Head to the Heart; The Art of Happiness; What You Desire Defines Who You Are; Leaning into the Darkness; Driving with One Hand; I’ll Do It My Way; Forgiving God; Risking the Truth of Grace; Falling in Love; Staying in Love; Absorbed in Gratitude; Pray as You Can; Not as You Can’t; Homecoming.
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.
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 MEN'S CONFERENCE, SATURDAY APRIL 25
The First Annual Catholic Men's Conference for the Diocese of Scranton will be held on Saturday, April 25 at King's College in Wilkes-Barre. Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society has graciously agreed to lead the delegation of men from Our Parish Community. If any male of Blessed Sacrament would like to attend this one day event (you do not have to be a Holy Name Member) , please contact Holy Name Member Jim Liesiefsky at 570.489.0272. Any male parishioner of Blessed Sacrament Parish is welcome to attend. If interested contact Jim today. The event will feature nationally known speakers.
Save the Date & Bring a Friend!
Event: Free Estate Planning Basics Seminar Date and Time: Sunday, April 19, 2015 @ 2:00 PM Location: Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca Street, Throop, PA
Hosted by: The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament/Holy Cross Parishes.
Guest Speaker: Nancy M. Barrasse, a Scranton attorney who specializes in Elder Law and Family Law.
Description: Estate planning allows individuals to ensure that their final wishes regarding property and health care are honored, and that their loved ones are provided for in their absence. Dying is not the only reason to have an estate plan in place. An unexpected or long term disability can often have greater consequences on your personal and financial affairs or that of your spouse if you require long term care in a facility. Decisions such as who will handle your finances, raise your children, or make healthcare decisions on your behalf are extremely important and are ideally made when there is not a sense of urgency .
Atty. Barrasse is committed to helping seniors and their families for life care planning, Medicare and Medicaid planning, asset protection planning in the context of an estate, elder care law, nursing home law, and veteran’s benefits for seniors. She will cover many critical aspects including how to create a plan of care, how to navigate the complex field of insurance and Veterans benefits as well as describe resources which may be available to help pay for care in your own home while protecting assets that were acquired over a lifetime of hard work. She will provide an overview about a will which some consider to be the cornerstone of all estate plans as compared to a Trust; the inheritance and estate tax system and how it works; gifting and the impact on qualifying for Medicaid as well as taxes related to gifting; the importance of Beneficiary Designation Forms and the new Power of Attorney Act which became effective on January 1, 2015.
Join us and get important information about some steps you should consider when you plan your estate.MONDAY NIGHT BINGO
At Visitation BVM Parish Center
In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus
625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the weekends of:
March 15, 2015
Congratulations Addison Rose Colosimo daughter of James and Catherine Colosimo 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.
March 22, 2015Congratulations Ezra Joseph Campbell son of Jeffrey & Tara Campbell 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.
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!!
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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.”
Recently, we have received phone calls from people indicating that they are members of either Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish; however, they are not listed on our parish census. Please note, parish membership is not automatic; just because a person was baptized or married at a parish does not make him/her a member of the parish. To be considered a member of the parish, all persons should be listed in the parish database and receive envelopes. Parishioners who do not use their envelopes after three years are removed from the parish census and are no longer considered parishioners. People who have been removed from the parish census and no longer receive envelopes and would like to re-register at the parish should call the Parish Office. Children over the age of 19 should be registered as adults and no longer registered as children of their parents.
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.
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.
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.”
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 Confirms Trip to Philadelphia
Pope Francis confirmed in November he will make his first visit to the United States to take part in the 8th World Meeting of Families in September.
Details on his itinerary are forthcoming, but tradition suggests he will celebrate a Papal Mass on the final day, Sunday, Sept. 27. The Mass would take place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Philadelphia will welcome numerous other dignitaries, pilgrims and others for the World Meeting from Sept. 22-27. In June 2012, the 7th World Meeting, held in Milan, Italy, drew hundreds of thousands to the city with more than one million attending the Holy Father’s Mass.
Since its inception by John Paul II in 1994, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme, which aims to emphasize the good news of the family and highlight its intrinsic value to the good of society. The theme for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families in our society.
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 FOR HOLY WEEK – SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY
Holy Thursday Practice: Palm Sunday, March 29
2:00 PM Blessed Sacrament; 3:30 PM Holy Cross.
Good Friday Practice: Wednesday, April 1:
5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament; 7:00 PM Holy Cross.
Easter Vigil Practice: Saturday, April 4, 9:00 AM
Scheduled Easter Vigil Lectors and 9:45AM Scheduled Easter Vigil Altar Servers.
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
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.
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.
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.
- Deuteronomy 18:15-20
- Corinthians 7:32-3
- Mark 1:21-28
The Book of Deuteronomy is composed of speeches delivered by Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab at the end of the forty-year desert wanderings. Moses is preparing the Israelites for their long-awaited entry into the promised land, reminding them of key aspects of the Law.
In today’s reading, Moses foretells the arrival of a prophet who will guide the people and deliver God’s words to them: “A prophet like me will the Lord, your God raise up for you from among your own kin.” Early in the desert journey, the people had asked Moses to speak for God, since communicating directly with God was so terrifying. Moses is assuring them that they will continue to have an intermediary. He knows they will need such a leader to keep them from turning to the “soothsayers and fortune-tellers” of the other native people occupying the promised land. Israel must not assimilate the cultural practices of other peoples, for that would threaten the covenantal relationship between God and Israel so clearly laid out in the giving of the law.
Moses’s news of a future prophet is intended to assure them of God’s ongoing presence. “I God will put my words into his mouth, he shall tell them all that I command him: But there is also a warning to this prophecy. “Whoever will not listen to my words which he speaks in my name, I myself will make him answer for it”
"If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”
My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and the fact that I think I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so. But I believe that the desire to please You does in fact please You I. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire. And I know that, if I do this, You will lead me by the right road, though I may know nothing about it. Therefore I will trust You always though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death, I will not fear, for You are ever with me, and You will never leave me to face my perils alone.
- John 1: 35-42
- 1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19
- 1 Corinthians 6: 13-15, 17-20
A new beginning and a sacred invitation mark today’s Gospel. In John’s proclamation of Jesus as the “Lamb of God,” the age of the prophets ends and the era of the Messiah begins.
Jesus’ invitation to Andrew to “Come and see” so moves Andrew that he invites his brother Simon Peter to “come and see” for himself. This is the first of three episodes in John’s Gospel in which Andrew introduces someone to Christ. Andrew brings to Jesus the lad with the five barley loaves and a couple of dried fish (John 6:8-9) and it is Andrew who asks Jesus to meet the Greeks who have requested, “Sir, we would like to meet Jesus. (John 12:22)
God’s persistent invitation to us to “Come and see."
The mystery of God’s love is its limitlessness; throughout human history, despite our rejection of God and obtuseness to his ways, God never ceases to call us back to him, to “come and see.” Our God is a God of newness and beginnings, who constantly extends his grace “to start over” and begin again.
“Come and see” is both an invitation and a challenge, Jesus dares us, really to come- and leave behind the things that deter us from God and we see to focus not on what the world exalts as important but on the values of God.
- Jonah 3: 3:1-5. 10
- 1 Samuel 3: 3-10, 19
- 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31
The prophet Jonah is one of the more interesting biblical characters. Disobedient to God’s call to prophesy, miraculously rescued in his flight from prophetic duties, and later frustrated by the successful conversion of the Ninevites, Jonah is truly a prophet like no other in the Old Testament. Some scholars even see the Book of Jonah as closer in literary form to a prophetic parable than to a historical account.
In today’s reading, this is actually the second time the Lord has requested Jonah to preach repentance to the citizens of Nineveh. Upon the first request, Jonah fled to the city of Tarshish (Jonah 1:1-3). After much delay, Jonah finally preaches repentance to the Ninevites. Much to the surprise and disappointment of the prophet, all the citizens of Nineveh “great and small” repented of their sins against God. Jonah’s perplexing reaction to God’s show of mercy to the Ninevites stems from two probable factors. First, the Ninevites did not belong to the Chosen People, they were counted among the other nations (Gentiles) Second, Nineveh was the capital city of Assyria, the historic enemies of Israel.
The call for repentance from sin was a consistent strand in Israel’s prophetic tradition.
One of the basic teachings of Jesus to us is to “Repent and believe in the gospel.”
"Repent, and believe in the gospel." What would happen if Jesus spoke these commanding words today? Would his listeners accuse him of shoving his religion down their throats? Would they give him a lecture on tolerance or insist that repentance is an outdated idea from a bygone era obsessed with guilt? How many of us would actually listen to him, take him at his word, and do what he said?
Our modern sensitivities have been programmed to respond with skepticism, if not anger, to any suggestion that there is a "right" way of doing things or a "true" religion. Much of our culture subtly preaches that right and wrong is all relative and that religions are all generally the same.
But when Jesus tells us to repent, he implies that some of the choices we are making are wrong, that we need to change; to eliminate our sins, to turn toward God, and to become more loving, more generous, and more forgiving. And when he tells us to believe in the Gospel, he's not just making a recommendation or offering some sage advice. He is giving us directions for what we need to do to enter into "the kingdom of God." The challenge we face in our day and age is to silence the societal messages that color our thoughts and instead listen to Jesus with an open mind. Are we willing to let his words affect us? Are we ready to examine our lives and repent of our sins? Are we prepared to believe the good news he preached of salvation and forgiveness? His message is more than a command. It's an invitation. He wants us to share in the glory of his heavenly kingdom, now and for all eternity. The question is only how we will respond to this divine invitation.
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.
SUMMER MISSION TRIP – HIGH SCHOOL JUNIORS
The Pontifical Mission Societies Office of the Diocese of Scranton will sponsor a Summer Mission Trip from July 6, 2015 to the Sacred Heart Southern Missions in Walls, Mississippi, a Catholic Ministry in Northern Mississippi, Diocese of Jackson. This trip is open to all students currently in their junior year of high school. A letter of interest must be submitted by or before January 26, 2015 indicating your name, address, phone number, email address, school, parish, parents’ names, and a description of why you are interested in the mission trip.
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:
K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall
4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center
All children report to the church hall; teachers will take to classrooms. Parents will pick students up in Church Hall.
WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?
Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003.
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Plans are currently underway for Catholic Schools Week, January 25h thru January 30th This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Faith, Knowledge and Service.” The week consists of appreciation days for faculty and students, guest speakers and assemblies, and fun and surprises for all. Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Scranton are accredited by the Middles States Association of Colleges and Schools and over 98% of Catholic high school graduates go on to college. Catholic schools are rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church. Join us in celebrating the strong faith, academics, and values of Catholic education!
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!
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:
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
Know a Marriage That Needs Help? If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then the Retrouvaille program can help. Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and to rediscover a more loving relationship. The next local program will be Feb. 27- Mar. 1, 2015 at the Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Registration required All calls confidential. Cost is by donation. Please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.retrouvaille.org/ for more information or to register.
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
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.
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.
Please thank our sponsors for their advertisements which provide for the printing of our bulletin!
The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament gratefully acknowledge the advertisement of all our bulletin sponsors.
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 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!
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 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.
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. 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. 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.
A word of gratitude to all who continue to make this Christmas season merry and bright, our wonderful staff, liturgical ministries, volunteers, men’s & women’s groups, choirs and music directors – to one and all, Thank You. Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expression of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney
Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his Paschal Mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.
These days recall the central mystery of our faith: the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ.
From the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, paragraphs #18-19.
The season of Lent concludes with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The only Mass celebrated is in the evening when we remember Jesus’ celebration of the Passover meal. We recall that Jesus took the form of a slave and washed the feet of his disciples – giving us an example of what it means to follow Christ. Furthermore, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, when Jesus gave us his Body and Blood to feed us on our journey of faith. After communion, a ciborium with consecrated hosts for Good Friday is left on the altar. The Holy Eucharist then leads the procession to the Lower Chapel where the Eucharist will be reposed, reminding us of Christ’s prayer in the Garden. After the procession, the altar in the Upper Church is stripped, all candles are extinguished, and the holy water is removed from the fonts.
Good Friday is a celebration of Jesus’ Passion – recalling His suffering and death on the cross that He suffered for each of us. Because it is through His death that we have salvation we call the day ‘Good.’ Traditionally the Lord’s Passion is celebrated between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Based on the Gospel accounts, it is presumed that Jesus died around 3:00 p.m. Note, there is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday, rather it is a celebration of the Word which includes the veneration of the cross and distribution of Holy Eucharist which was consecrated on Holy Thursday.
The Easter Vigil is the highest celebration of the Church’s liturgical year. This is the celebration that our Lenten preparations have pointed to – both the Resurrection of Jesus and the welcoming of new members into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The Easter Vigil begins in darkness, symbolizing the darkness of the tomb. The Paschal Candle enters the church symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world and Christ who is now risen from the dead. The light of Christ shatters the darkness and illuminates the entire Church as the Gloria is sung. The elect are baptized and confirmed after the homily.
It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you. Today begins Holy Week. This week we have the great privilege of standing with Jesus as he undergoes his passion.
Like the Twelve, we may not always do this perfectly. We may fall asleep in the garden instead of keeping vigil. We may strike out clumsily with a sword and miss the real foe. Maybe we will join him only at the last moment, like the “good thief” who recognized Jesus’ innocence and asked to be remembered in his kingdom. But no matter how successful we are, Jesus remains determined to do his Father’s will, all because of his love for us.
On Holy Thursday, we join, Jesus at table and as he washes his apostles’ feet, institutes the first priesthood and offers the first Eucharist. Late into the night, we can keep watch with him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
On Good Friday, we can accompany him along the way of the cross and stand by him on Calvary.
At the Easter Vigil, we can celebrate his victory over death as we light a new fire and rejoice as our new brothers and sisters are baptized and received into the Church. Don’t wait for the last minute. Start walking with the Lord today.
Let us pray, Father your Son chose your will for Him over His own desires. Help us to remember your will, even when it seems difficult. You are always with us, especially in our times of need. We are thankful for your blessing every day. Amen.
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 people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those whgo dwelt in the land of gloom, a light has shone.” The words of the prophet Isaiah help us to begin our Christmas celebration, from John’s Gospel: “A light shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.”
Over and over again, the birth of Jesus is described as a light shining in darkness. The shepherds are out in the fields, keeping their watch at night, a dangerous time, anything can happen in the darkness. Too often, we experience that darkness and we feel lost. And so this Christmas is for you and me, for all of us to find our way, to follow the light. To experience in a new way that light given to us at Baptism – “see that this light burns brightly; to permit the light of God’s love to illuminate our homes, community and parish.
Into lives too often bleak and wary, the Word becomes flesh, Jesus is born in time and place. For all of us, and in every kind of darkness, the light of Christ shines anew. Advent’s message has been clear: Awake, o sleeper and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Wake up to this new day of God’s Glory. Glory to God in the highest.
There is a piece of our darkness that the Light of Christ cannot penetrate. The question is whether we will allow the Light to enter and dispel the darkness. Let go of fear. Let go of pride. Let go! Let the warmth of this Christmas light surround and envelope, heal and make whole and holy.
Remember we are children of the light. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus told his disciples “You are the light of the world” This is our Christmas commissioning to live in the light of God’s love and to bear this hopeful light to each and every person we encounter. When we are light for one another, the Word becomes flesh again and Christmas is real and wonderful.
I pray that we will all be guided by and to this heavenly light, and carry the after glow into and through each day. A Blessed and Holy Christmas.
- Monsignor Delaney
We desire to be able to welcome Jesus at Christmas time, not in a cold manger of our heart but in a heart full of love and humility, in a heart so pure, so immaculate, so warm with love for one another.- Mother Theresa
The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament would like to thank all of the people that participated in the Giving Tree Project. It is because of your generosity that the children and adults receiving the gifts will have a Merry Christmas.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
"…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:
Students from grades 7 to 12 are invited to enter the 2015 Youth for Life Art and Essay Contest sponsored by Pennsylvanians for Human Life. The theme is “Human Life is Precious in All its Stages.” Prizes are awarded to winners in a senior and junior division for the essay contest while in the art contest, all grades are combined. Three $100 first prizes, three $60 second prizes and three $30 third prizes (one for each category) are awarded. Essays MUST be from 400 to 600 words typewritten or legibly handwritten. The deadline for entries is May 13, 2015. Please mail entries to: Youth for Life Contest, Pro-Life Information Center, 506 Broadway, Scranton, PA 18505. If you have questions, please call Sue at 570-343-5099.