• 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

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.

2015 Holy Days of Obligation

The Church teaches that in addition to attending Mass on Sunday, there are six Holy Days of Obligation for all Catholics

  1. January 1st - Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God ***
  2. Ascension Thursday – 40 days after Easter
  3. August 15th – Assumption of Mary ***
  4. November 1st – All Saints Day ***
  5. December 8th – Immaculate Conception of Mary
  6. 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.

Altar Flowers

For the weekend of June 7, altar flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish have been donated in memory of John & Anna Maslar and Deceased Family offered by Frank & Florence Hodorowski.

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. The next class will be held Sunday, January 11 at Holy Cross Parish in the Parish Center (Willow Avenue).

Bishop's Youth Awards 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to the youth of our parish who recently received the Bishop’s Youth Award from Bishop Joseph C. Bambera at St. Peter’s Cathedral: Holy Cross – Vincent Talutto, Robert Craig, Felicia Saar, Kelcie Bensinger Blessed Sacrament – Alyssa Wallo, Zachary Nemitz, Alyssa Sekelsky, Zachary Blau, Erica Nemitz.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING, BREAKING OPEN THE WORD OF GOD

When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2:00 p.m.

Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, Throop

For Whom: All are invited

The group will focus on the readings for the upcoming Sunday. Come for prayer and reflection to deepen understanding of and appreciation for God’s Holy Word. The group will be led by Deacon Michael Drevitch.

BLESSED SACRAMENT FAMILY FESTIVAL

FAMILY FESTIVAL will be held at Blessed Sacrament August 14-15-16. Watch for further details..

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet Sunday, June 7 at 7:00 PM.

Thank You!

Blessed Sacrament received a donation in memory of beloved parents Henry & Blanche Konopka and grandmother Mary Kowalewski by Maryann Konopka Yanochik. Thank you!

Blessed Sacrament has received a donation in memory of brother Edward Roczkowski offered by brother Konstanty & Jean Kowalewski. Thank you!

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

A special Thank You to The Blessed Sacrament Stichers Club for the baby items they “stitched this winter” for our newly baptized infants.

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 7: $50 Susan Zak, $25 Dave Pecca. $25 Tony Zelazny.

Week 8: Ruth Molitaris, Diana Brrogan, Debbie & Gary Onofrey,

Week 9: Walt Lesnefsky, Tracey Cutler, Anna Marshalek

Week 10: Richard Bialy, Ann Veltri, Desales Allen

Week 11: $50 Mary Ellen Zimmerman, $25 Marie Collins. $25 Kathy Dolan.

Week 12: $50.00 Bob Connors, $25 E. DePasquale, $25 Kathy Donovan,

Week 13: $50 V. & V. Cesari, $25 Rita Priorelli,$25 Mary Ann Tomchak.

Week 14: Rich Burdyn, Vince & Sally Lorent, R. Kenny.

Week 15: Helen Solensky, Patrice Scarlata, Patty Muto.

Week 16: Theresa Tylenda, Joseph Mazzucca, Richard Bialy.

Week 17: Rose Balicki, Stanley Prushinski, Joe Arnold.

Week 18: Marie Gregg, Mary Ellen Zimmerman, Joan Buckas

Week 19: Kim McAndrew, Delores McAlarney, Janet Feola

Week 20: Mildred Nagy, Kathy Donovan, Dorothy Rudzinski

Week 21: F Zemalowski, JJ & Kaatie Glinsky, Jacob Martillotti

Week 22: $50 Helen Oravec, $25 Fr. Louis Kaminski, $25 Lori

Week 23: $50 Gail Schultz, $25 Ciro F. Casale, $25 Anna Marshalek

Grand prize drawing for winner’s club ticket holders – Sunday, July 12, 2015 following 9:30 AM Mass. Hard rolls, Danish, juice and coffee will be served.

Blessed Sacrament received a donation in memory of Gerald Panaro by Web Sling & Tie Down Association. Thank you!

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.

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

Cathedral Cemetery Adding New Garden Mausoleum

CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE

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

CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES

Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL COUNSELING

Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.

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!

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!
  • Church’s teaching on the practice of cremation.

    Cremation is permitted with the approval of one’s pastor. However, the cremains must be buried immediately after they have been returned to the family. The Church’s regulation regarding cremation states: “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they came. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Monsignor Delaney.

    Confraternity of Christian Women

    Bus Trip

    THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN-HOLY CROSS PARISH bus trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse for Wednesday, May 20 has been CANCELLED.

    Congratulations Eagle Scout

    Eagle Scout

    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.

    Congratulations Graduates of 2015!!!

    Congradulations Graduates!

    Congratulations to all our graduates. May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors. A special congratulation to all of our parents for their support and example to our children

    Congratulations On Your First Communion

    Congratulations on your First Holy Communion

    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHILDREN RECEIVING THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AT HOLY CROSS


    Amber AcevedoSamantha Magliocchi
    Anthony BalashaitisAlex Mancuso
    Anais ButovichGabriella Martini
    Jordan CarrollCatrina Masko
    Samuel CianfichiBraeden McMaster
    Bianca CoppolaDaniel Murphy
    Brooke CovingtonMadysin O’Connor
    Olivia DePratoLorenzo Hernandez-Oqendo
    Cayden DickensDante Palazzari
    Jack DoughtonAnthony John Piestrak
    Chase EshelmanRamon Ramos
    Thomas Fiorelli IVRandy Ramos
    Emily GaughanOlivia Reese
    Alyssa GiumentoNicholas Reese
    Nicholas GiumentoGavin Richards
    Daniel KarsnakAlessandra Rosetti
    Jacob KarsnakAngelo Rotell
    Ava KulenichChristopher Russin
    Abigail LottTimothy Ulkoski
    Brianna MadayAdam Witzke


    CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CHILDREN RECEIVING THEIR FIRST HOLY COMMUNION AT BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH


    Adriana CesariWilliam Philipp
    Andrew CesariCayden Ross
    Ella ChapmanAbigail Tomsak
    Krista CortazarIsabella Urso
    Elizabeth DructorKylie Walsh
    Porter MatoneHannah Ware
    Justin OsmanChiara Zavislak


    Prayer at a Child's First Communion

    Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of

    the Eucharist You left us the outstanding

    manifestation of your limitless love for us.

    Thank You for giving our child the

    opportunity to experience this love

    in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.

    May your Eucharist presence keep him/her

    ever free from sin, fortified in faith,

    pervaded by love for God and neighbor,

    and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may

    continue to receive You throughout life

    and

    attain final union with You at

    death. Amen.

    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

    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>

    Diocesan Pilgrimage to Papal Mass in Philadelphia

    Pope Francis with Kids

    Join the Diocese of Scranton delegation for this historic first visit of Pope Francis to the United States, The Diocese of Scranton invites you to participate in a pilgrimage to Philadelphia for the Mass to be celebrated there by Pope Francis on September 27, 2015.

    The Holy Father announced last November that he will come to Philadelphia for the eighth World Meeting of Families being held there. He will celebrate a public Mass with a million or more participants on Sunday, September 27 on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, in full view of the crowds arrayed from the museum down the Ben Franklin Parkway. No tickets are required for the Mass, and thus no pre-arranged seating is offered.

    Prayer and reflection resources will also be provided to enable pilgrims to share a common experience as the Diocesan Church in preparation for and on the day of this special event.

    Registration for the bus trip to Philadelphia is closed at this time. We are making an effort to procure additional busses but cannot promise that requests which have come in since Easter Sunday will be met. Once we determine the maximum capacity for the seats available, we will confirm with everyone who entered a request on the website and/or by phone to the Office for Parish Life. We cannot accept any additional requests unless we are able to identify an additional source for bus rental.

    Do Not Call List

    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 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: Anthony DePietro, Thomas Sochovka, Mary Lou Yanchik, Agnes Rutkowski, Mary Jayne Barrett, John “Jack” McDonough, David P. Vorozilchak. 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.

    FEAST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY 2015

    In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

    Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in with the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

    The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

    “I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuges and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender eyes are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

    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.

    Fortnight For Freedom

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    A REFLECTION ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY:

    In the opening chapter of Declaration on Religious Liberty, the Council Fathers at Vatican II forthrightly declared that “the human person has a right to religious freedom.” This right is founded upon the intrinsic dignity of the human person. From God’s revelation we know that the dignity of human beings resides in their being created in the image and likeness of God (Gn 1:27). Like God we are intelligent beings with free will. Because of this we can know the truth and perform God-like actions, such as being loving, kind, forgiving, etc. Reason itself, in knowing what a human being is, confirms that we possess a dignity and worth that exceeds the rest of creation and that cannot be violated, but rather needs to be protected and fostered.

    What challenges to religious liberty do you see within our contemporary world? When the Council says that religious liberty must be upheld “within due limits,” what would fall outside of “due limits”? What religious belief would seriously offend the moral order or a just law?

    For more information, visit Fortnight4Freedom.org

    FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER READINGS

    Luke 24: 35-48

    John 4:10-11

    1 John 3: 1-2

    One of the units in junior high social studies curriculum is learning how a bill becomes a law. Basic governmental literacy rests on an understanding of the process, from the bill's introduction, through amendments and votes, to its final disposition for a signing or veto. We can all probably picture the chart that was in our textbook with the arrows that led the bill on different paths depending on the result of each step in the process. Even then, that chart was a simplified version of how things actually take place in the present legislative process. The laws we're presented with in today's Gospel have very little in common with the laws that are enacted through legislation. The lawgiver in today's text is Jesus. He presents the beatitudes (and other laws, which we'll hear in the coming weeks) in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew presents Jesus as the new teacher and lawgiver, now standing in the place of Moses who brought the tablets of the law-the Ten Commandments-down from Mt. Sinai. Jesus now gives the Eight Beatitudes as the law for the Christian life, a way of acting in the world. You'll hear a lot of people talk about the Ten Commandments as a basis for law. Even some Christian preachers will speak out about the necessity of having them posted in public places. Yet the New Testament, in Matthew's Gospel, makes it clear that there is a new law, a new dispensation, ushered in by Jesus who begins his own catalogue of commands with, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Mt 5:3). Like the recollection of that chart from junior high social studies, I suspect that most of us could get through reciting the Ten Commandments, at least by naming the subject of each one even if we couldn't recite them word for word. But how many of us can recite the Christian law: the Eight Beatitudes? GOD CREATES OUT OF NOTHING. WONDERFUL YOU SAY. YES, TO BE SURE BUT HE DOES WHAT IS STILL MORE WONDERFUL: HE MAKES SAINTS OUT OF SINNERS: Soren Kierkegaard, the journals of Kierkegaard.

    Learning to hope in Easter despite life’s many Good Fridays.

    “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy,” the novelist Pearl S. Buck wrote, “as much from illness as from health, as much from handicap as from advantage – and indeed, perhaps more.” Through dealing with life’s difficulties, disappointments and injustices we come to understand and appreciate what this gift of life is all about. In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus challenges his disciples – and us – to recall what he taught and what they had witnessed. The Easter miracle is God’s assurance that love and forgiveness, even in the most difficult situations, are never offered in vail; in learning to cope without losing hope, in learning from the painful realities of life and in accepting the lessons learned in God’s Spirit of humility and patience, we become capable of growth, re-creation, transformation – and resurrection.

    FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER READINGS:

    Readings for the Week of April 25, 2015

    Sunday: Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18

    Monday: Acts 11:1-19/Jn 10:1-10

    Tuesday: Acts 11:1926/jn 10:22-30

    Wednesday: Acts 12:24-13:5a/Jn 12:44-50

    Thursday: Acts 13:13-25/Jn 1:16-20

    Friday: Acts 13:26-33/Jn 14:1-6

    Joseph the Worker: Gn 1:26--2:3 or Col 3:14-15, 17, 23-24/Mt 13:54-58

    Saturday: Acts 13:44-52/Jn 14:7-14

    Next Sunday: Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn...

    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

    CHICKEN BBQ DINNER – DATE SET!

    The Annual Parish Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Sunday, August 2 from 11:30 until 4:00 p.m. Items needed: water, cake containers, dinner containers, paper towels, plastic & Styrofoam cups, heavy duty forks & knives, prizes for children’s games. Bring your theme baskets to the rectory as soon as you can. Tickets on sale during July.

    HOLY CROSS LOTTERY

    All money was due on May 20. Please make your returns as soon as possible. There are tickets available to purchase. You can’t win if you don’t play!

    HOLY CROSS LOTTO WINNERS:

    June 1-#054, $50.00 Anna Gowrty; June 2 #763, $50.00 Jackie Musyt; June 3 #274, $50.00 Jeff Hinder Jr.; June 4 #027, $50.00 Rose Sanderson; June 5 #492, $50.00 Ann Marie Burns; June 6 #580, $100 Jay McDevitt; June 7 #740, $100 Donald Kirchner; June 8 #258, $50.00 Ronnie Santarelli Jr.; June 9 #871, $50.00 Bernadette Mackrell; June 10 #948, $50.00 Helen Mooney; June 11 #720, $50.00 Patricia Walsh; June 12 #198, $50.00 Mary Chichilla; June 13 #038, $100 Rich Kanuik; June 14 #957, $100 T. Fiorelli III; June 15 #015, $50.00 Ann O’Connor; June 16 #879, $50.00 Victoria Misiura; June 17 #324, $50.00 Nancy Vrabel. .

    Adoration - Hours Available

    Adoration Hours are Available

    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. Open hours, Wednesdays at 1:00 a.m. and Midnight. If you can spend an hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, please call Eydie at 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.

    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.

    Lectors Needed

    Would you be willing to share your gifts and talents around the Altar at the weekend Masses? The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament are in need of women and men (Age 18+) who would be willing to be a lector at Mass. If you would be willing to participate in this important ministry of the Church, please call the Parish Office A training session will be held based on people’s availability. Thank you for considering volunteering as a lector!

    Let Us Put Our Hope in Jesus

    Holy Family

    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.

    LISTENING WITH THE HEART-- A SPIRITUAL PERSONAL AND PASTORAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AND A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PASTORAL VISITORS.

    WHAT: A program to prepare a person for ministry in the parish and home through reflection on the God of Mercy and compassion who speaks to us all.

    FOR WHOM: Those who currently or would like to visit the homebound. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and any and all who would like to join in a program of spiritual development and person growth.

    WHEN: SAVES THESE DATES

    MON JUNE , 8, 15, 29

    Tuesday June 23

    All sessions are two and a half hours. It’s important that you attend all sessions. PRESENTORS: Sister Jane O’Donnell, R.S.M

    A Carol Salva from the Mercy Consultation Center, Dallas, PA

    Please call the Parish Office to register. There is no fee for this program.

    Holy Cross (570) 489-0752

    Blessed Sacrament (570) 489-1963

    O God, who make the faithful to be of one mind and will grant that we, Your people, may love what you command and desire what you promise so that, amid the changing things of this world our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found. Amen

    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 CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

    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.

    Memorial /Honor Candles

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

    The weekend of June 7, 2015

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Edmund & Theresa Krushinsky offered by family. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving memory of Jean Bialy(Bailey) offered by Family.

    The weekend of June 14, 2015

    Holy Cross Parish – In loving memory of John S. Kolosinsky Jr. offered by Karen Kolosinsky. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Dorothy Pagani offered by Family.

    The weekend of June 21, 2015

    Holy Cross Parish – In loving memory of the Living & Deceased Father’s of St. Patrick, Holy Ghost, St. Michael the Archangel & Holy Cross. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Marion Costa offered by Blessed Sacrament Stitchers.

    The weekend of June 28, 2015

    Holy Cross Parish – Deceased Members of the Novak & Oleniacz Families offered by the Frank Novak Family. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Frank Yankowski offered by Wife, Liz & Son Frank Jr.

    Mission Appeal 2015

    Our Mission appeal will take place at Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish the weekend of April 18-19. We will have a guest speaker at all the masses offering the annual mission appeal for the church’s many-faceted missionary activities throughout the world. Foundation for Children in Need is a Catholic lay organization based in Arlington Heights, Illinois. Dr. Geetha Yeruva Cofounder/President of FCN is very happy to visit us and share about their mission work in the interior villages in the Southern part of India. FCN sponsors 2200 children and college students. They have been responsible for building several schools, boarding homes, a community health center and a home for the elderly. They provide free medical check-ups and medicine to thousands of needy people and children. We welcome Dr. Geetha and encourage you to support their mission work generously. The second collection, on the weekend of April 18-19, will be taken up for the mission. To know more about their mission work, please visit: www.fcn-usa.org.

    Mother's Prayer

    Happy Mother's Day Mother's Prayer

    Movie Night

    MOVIE NIGHT: Wednesday, July 1 @ 6:30 “1776” Kelley Hall. All are welcome.

    “1776” is a delightful musical celebration of the founding of the United States of America. The story centers around the familiar historical characters as they organize a movement for independence from Mother England. All events lead up to that most significant date, July 4, 1776 and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Excellent family viewing. Refreshments provided.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal 33rd Annual conference

    Our Diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal is sponsoring its 33rd annual conference at the University of Scranton during the weekend of July 31-August 1. This year’s theme is: “Father That They May be One Jn. 17:21” and we will focus on unity in diversity reflecting on the call of Pope Francis, “Building the unity of the Church is the task of every Christian.”

    The Conference will feature a variety of inspiring speakers and uplifting music. Mass is celebrated each afternoon. A well-stocked book/gift store will be available. Separate tracks for Children and Youth are also available. The full-weekend Registration Fee is $50 before July 17 and $65 after July 17. Single-day registration is also available. Commuting and brown-bagging is encouraged, while dormitory housing and cafeteria meals are available at a moderate cost. For Registration Forms, please write to: CCR, PO Box 3306, Scranton PA 18505, call the CCR Office at 570-344-2214, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE

    The Gina Tomassoni School of Dance will present “Keep On Dancin’” on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The recital will be held at the Mid-Valley High School Auditorium, Underwood Road, Throop, Pennsylvania. Tickets are available in advance or can be purchased at the door the night of the show. The cost is $12.00 for adults and $7.00 for students. For tickets or information, please call Gina at (570) 876-3437. Proceeds will benefit the Easter Seals Society of Northeast.

    St. John Vianney Parish Rummage and Bake Sale

    St. John Vianney Parish is hosting their 6th Annual Rummage and Bake Sale! The sale is held at Corpus Christi Church on Route 438 (704 Montdale Road) in Scott Township. LOWER PRICES! 6,000 square feet of everything you can imagine! There is something for everyone in the family at prices you can’t refuse! Exit 201 off 81 – Follow the Signs. Sale Dates: Friday, July 10th: 9am-2pm; Saturday, July 11th: 9:00am- 6:30pm; Sunday, July 12th: 9am – 2pm.

    ST. PAUL OF THE CROSS PARISH (Father Sterowski)

    1217 Prospect Ave

    Scranton, PA 18505

    Pasta Take Out Dinner

    Sunday June 28, 2015

    Pasta, meatballs, salad, roll & dessert.

    Sunday, between Noon & 3 PM

    No Sales at door

    For tickets call the rectory at 570-343-6420 before Tuesday, June 23.

    Historic House Tour on the Hill

    The Lackawanna Historical Society is conducting the 2015 Historic Hill House Tour. This is a tour of historic homes and landmarks in the Hill Section of Scranton. The tour will take place on Sunday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participants will have a chance to visit some of the Hill’s most beautiful, historic homes and landmarks. In addition to the homes on the tour, this year, the Society has partnered with Holy Cross graduate (class of 2015) Jack Shean. Jack has authored the book, "Scranton's Hill Section", which provides information on the history of homes in the hill section, their architecture and residents. Jack will be available for a book signing at one of the tour stops. Consider coming out to meet this incredible young man and take in some of Scranton's history! For additional information on the tour and purchasing tickets, please call the Lackawanna Historical Society at 570-344-3841.

    MARY, MOTHER OF GOD BLOCK PARTY

    Ethnic Foods *Games * Raffle Baskets * Wine & Spirits

    Thursday, Friday, Saturday * June 18-19-20

    Thurs. & Fri. 6pm-11pm • Sat. 5pm-11pm

    THURS: Damian the Magician 6p-8p

    The Chatter 8p-11p

    FRI: Act Out Theater Group 6p-7p

    Picture Perfect 7p-11p

    SAT: Blinded Passenger 7p-11p

    Corner of West Market St. & Wayne Ave., North Scranton

    Quo Vadis Camp

    Fr. Don Williams, Diocesan Vocations Director, has asked us forward this to you. You may have already heard of the Quo Vadis Camp which will take place at Misericordia University from June 28 through July 1. Quo Vadis is meant for high school young men who are actively involved in the life and ministry of the parish. It is also meant to give information / invite possibilities to take seriously our call and response to Jesus. (whatever that looks like; marriage or priesthood). If you know of any young men who would benefit from this experience, please have them call Friday, June 19 at the latest.

    Mary Anne Malone

    Office for Parish Life

    Office: 570.207.2213 x1100

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    Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius Summer Festival Summer Festival

    Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius Villa Sacred Heart Danville, PA 17821 In the name of Jesus we teach and heal. SPIRITUALITY: Christ centered and Mary-Modeled. MOTTO: Thy Kingdom Come! Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius Summer Festival Summer Festival Mark your Calendar to Save the Date for the Sisters of Saints Cyril and Methodius Saturday, July 11th 10:30 am - 5:00 pm Fun and Games and Food and Prizes Flea Market and Baked Goods and Dinner Silent Auction and Children’s Games Mass in the Basilica at 5:00 p.m.

    Mass in Remembrance of Victims of Violent or Tragic Death

    The Mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy.

    We ask that the names of deceased loved ones are registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or accessed on the Service and Social Concerns webpage on the Diocese of Scranton’s website, www.dioceseofscranton.org. Questions concerning this Mass may be directed to the Office for Parish Life at 570-207-2213.

    WOODLOCK PINES TRIP

    Visitation of the BVM Church

    Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd on a trip to Woodloch Pines for dinner and a show. Family Style Dinner features fruit cup, Salad, Roasted Filet of Beef, Salmon with Thai Noodle Salad, Chicken mushrooms & thyme with Champagne Sauce, Four Cheese Ravioli, Asparagus, Chantilly Potatoes.

    Price of $65.00 per person includes bus, dinner, show & tip.

    Bus leaves St. Mary’s at 4:30 p.m. from 619 Dundaff St. Dickson City.

    Stop in or mail to the parish office at 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City.Call 570-489-2091 for more information.

    RADIO CITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR BUS TRIP

    Bus Trip to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall

    Join us on our Annual Bus Trip to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, December 3rd. Show time is at 2:00 p.m. The bus will leave from in front of Visitation BVM Church 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 $98.00 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 16th. To make your reservation, stop in or mail your deposit to the parish office at 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, make checks payable to Visitation.

    Crusader Boys Basketball Camp

    Crusader Boys Basketball camp will be June 22-26 from 8:30 - 12:00 at the high school. The camp is open to kids in grades 4-9. The camp is open to the first 65 campers. Call or email to reserve your spot. Call - 650-9858, 677-1288, or email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    SACRED HEART OF JESUS CHURCH BIBLE CAMP

    SACRED HEART OF JESUS CHURCH, PECKVILLE will hold a Bible Camp, Sunday, June 28 – Thursday, July 1, 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Open to children entering K through 5th grade. Contact Mrs. Gayle Castellani at 570-383-2777 to register. Registration forms are also available at the church.

    Sixth Annual Vocation Golf Classic

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera and Fr. Don Williams with Diocesan Seminarians at the 2014 Golf Classic.

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera and Fr. Don Williams with Diocesan Seminarians at the 2014 Golf Classic.

     The 2015 Golf Classic.

    The Diocese of Scranton will host the Sixth Annual Vocation Golf Classic on Monday, July 13, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountaintop, to benefit the Saint John Vianney Endowment Fund. The Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, is honorary chair and will be golfing and participating in the day-long event. Father Donald J. Williams, Diocesan Director of Vocations and Director of Seminarians, is event chair.

    Golfer packages, at a cost of $250, include cart and green fees, lunch, dinner and reception.   A number of tournament sponsorship opportunities are available from $2,500 Archangel sponsorships, which include four golfers, to $100 hole sponsorships. Donations of any amount are welcome. Donors are acknowledged on the course, in the dinner program and in The Catholic Light.  Brochures with complete information are available on the web at DioceseofScranton.org, under the Vocations tab, or by calling the Diocesan Development Office at 570-207-2250.

    St. Joseph Center Summer Festival

    The Annual Summer Festival to benefit St. Joseph’s Center will be held on the grounds of Marywood University on July 24, 25 and 26, 2015. The Auxiliary is asking for your help to stock our General Store, Holiday Hut and Bookworm Booth with items for sale. Bestsellers are new or “gently used” hardcover books, paperback books, dvd’s, audiobooks, any holiday decorations, frames, candles, figurines, dishes, kitchen ware, serving items, toys, and home décor. No clothing please. Drop off days will start on Wednesday May 20 and continue until the end of June. Donations will be accepted on Wednesday’s 6:00 -8:00 pm and Saturday’s 9:00-11:00 a.m. at our warehouse located at 320 Blakely Street, Dunmore, PA - please use the entrance on the W. Pine Street side of the building.

    St Patrick's Summer Festival

    St. Patrick's Summer Festival will be held on Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th from 5:00 - 10:30 p.m. on the parish grounds, 1403 Jackson St., Scranton. Friday's entertainment includes music by the The Magics and Saturday's entertainment will be Old Friends. Basket Raffle, Variety Stand, Quilt Raffle, Great Food and More! Please join us in making our biggest parish fundraiser a great success

    Fourth Annual Lady Crusader Girls Basketball Camp

    The Fourth Annual Lady Crusader Girls Basketball Camp will be held July 20 through July 24, 2015 at Holy Cross High School Gym, Drinker Street, Dunmore, PA. Each camp session will be from 9AM to 1PM. Instruction will include offense, defense, and individual shooting. Each day will include competitive games that will emphasize the skills taught that day. Instructors will include high school coaches and players. The camp is open to girls entering grades 4 through 9in the upcoming school year and cost $50.00 which includes all camp sessions, a commemorative t-shirt and end of camp pizza party. For more information contact Coach Bob McCormack at 570-309-1635 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    International Student Leadership Institute

    International Student Leadership Institute

    ISLI is supported by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton who recently promulgated his pastoral vision for the Church of Scranton…a vision focused on servant leadership. The intent of our ISLI program is to gather young people from around the eleven counties of the Diocese for a faith-filled experience that enhances leadership skills and promotes learning, sharing and prayer. Through ISLI, the Diocese desires to foster servant leadership and to nurture the continued development of value based, Christian decision making.

    Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 thru Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Arrival Time: Registration at 1:00 P.M.

    Departure Time: Thursday, June 18, 2015 after the closing Mass at 6:00 P.M.

    Where: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Who: 9th – 12th Grade Students

    For further information, please call Tommy at 570-207-2213.

    Orioles - Yankees Game

    THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Jessup and Peckville Chapter is sponsoring a bus trip to the Orioles-Yankees game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Sunday, June 14. Cost is $85.00. Call 570-489-0023 or 570-383-0347 for more information.

    DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE ~ SHRINES OF FRANCE !!!!!!!!

    Only a few seats remain for a 9-day Pilgrimage to the Shrines of France from August 23-September 1, 2015. Join Bishop Bambera for visits to the shrines of Saint Therese of Lisieux, “The Little Flower,” and Saint Catherine Laboure and St. Vincent de Paul in Paris. Celebrate Mass at the American Cemetery in Normandy and spend two nights in Lourdes where Our Lady appeared to St. Bernadette. For more information or reservations, contact TravelWorld at 570-342-5790.

    SACRED HEARTS OF JESUS AND MARY CHURCH BINGO

    Sacred Hearts of Jesus and March Church, 624 Madison Avenue, Jermyn, holds bingo nights on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (next bingo April 1). Doors open at 5:00 PM, early bird games 6:00 PM, regular games at 6:30 PM. Admission is free. Homemade food will be on sale. There will also be specialty games, door prizes and a progressive jackpot. Call 570-876-1061 for more information.

    CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY

    The annual spring concert of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will be presented on Friday evening, May 15 at 7:30 PM at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. A second performance will be presented on Sunday evening, May 17 at 7:00 PM at St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753; tickets are also available at the door: adults $10, under 12 free.

    Memorial Mass for Joyce Wilding

    There will be a memorial mass celebrated for JOYCE WILDING, offered by Fr. Phillip Sladicka and celebrated by Fr. Phillip Sladicka on Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 PM at Queen of the Apostles Parish, 715 Hawthorne Street, Avoca. After the mass light refreshments will be served. All family and friends are invited to attend.

    CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY

    The annual spring concert of the Catholic Choral Society of Scranton will be presented on Friday evening, May 15 at 7:30 PM at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton. A second performance will be presented on Sunday evening, May 17 at 7:00 PM at St. Ignatius Church, Kingston. Tickets are available from society members or by calling 570-587-2753; tickets are also available at the door: adults $10, under 12 free.

    “Books Appetit”

    THE VALLEY COMMUNITY LIBRARY will be presenting its annual “Books Appetit” celebration on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM at the Library, 739 River Street, Peckville. This event will feature samples of delicious regional food and dessert specialties, donated by area restaurants and bakers. There will also be raffle baskets and prizes. Tickets for the event are $25.00 per person and may be purchased at the library. For more information call the library at 570-489-1765 ext. 0.

    Bus Trip to the Orioles-Yankees Game

    THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, Jessup and Peckville Chapter is sponsoring a bus trip to the Orioles-Yankees game at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Sunday, June 14. Cost is $85.00. There will be additional time to visit the Inner Harbor. Call 570-489-0023 or 570-383-0347 for more information.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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:

    June 7, 2015

    Congratulations Elizabeth Ruth Weber, daughter of Brian & Mary Bea Weber who will be baptized this weekend at Holy Cross Parish and Tyler John DeAngelis, son of Joseph & Jenna DeAngelis 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. Correction: The baby baptized last weekend at Holy Cross was Bryson John Becker, parents Markol Becker & Megan Kostage.

    June 14, 2015

    Congratulations Eliza Mary Iyoob daughter of Jason & Erica Iyoob 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.

    June 21, 2015

    Congratulations Maxwell James Trowbridge, son of Michael & Megan Trowbridge 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.

    June 28, 2015

    NEWLY BAPTIZED- Congratulations Alex Joseph Cantafio, son of Anthony & Jamie Cantafio and Brielle Susanne Dixon daughter of Stephen & Susanne Dixon 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.”

    Parish Registration & Membership

    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 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.

    PASCHAL CANDLE, 2015

    “Upon this rock” – the design on this year’s paschal candle features the rich symbolism of St. Peter. The silver and gold keys to the Kingdom of Heaven entrusted to Peter by Christ.

    “Whatever you declare bound on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you declare loosed on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” The inverted cross, which Peter requested to be crucified on, stating he was not worthy of being crucified in the same manner as Jesus Christ. This candle was also chosen to honor our Holy Father, Pope Francis, successor to St. Peter, as we anticipate his visit to Philadelphia in September and his call for a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning on the 1st Sunday of Advent.

    Feel comfortable in approaching the Paschal Candle to examine the symbolism.

    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.

    Peter's Pence Collection

    On the weekend of June 27th - 28th, our diocese will take up the Peter's Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to aid the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Your gift makes you a pilgrim of charity around the globe. Please use the envelope from your yearly boxed set to contribute to the Peter's Pence Collection.

    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 Confirms Trip to Philadelphia

    World Meeting of Families

    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 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 FOR HOLY WEEK – SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY

    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.

    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 OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN

    As we celebrate Memorial Day please remember in your prayers all the men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces as well as those who have served in previous years. May God bless them and keep them safe.

    Dear God, Hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen

    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 for Vocations

    God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.

    We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

    Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

    We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

    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.

    Readings for the Week of February 1, 2015

    Readings:

    • 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”

    THEMES;

    "If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

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    Readings for the Week of February 8, 2015

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    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.

    Readings for the Week of May 3, 2015

    Sunday: Acts 9:26-31/1 Jn 3:18-24/Jn 15:1-8

    Monday: Acts 14:5-18/Jn 14:21-26

    Tuesday: Acts 14:19-28/Jn 14:27-31a

    Wednesday: Acts 15:1-6/Jn 15:1-8

    Thursday: Acts 15:7-21/Jn 15:9-11

    Friday: Acts 15:22-31/Jn 15:12-17

    Saturday: Acts 16:1-10/Jn 15:18-21

    Readings for the Weekend of January 18, 2015

    Readings:

    • 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)

    THEMES;

    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.

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    Readings for the Weekend of January 25, 2015

    Readings:

    • 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.

    THEMES

    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. 

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    Readings for the Weekend of March 15, 2015

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    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

    REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP

    Parish: Canon Law requires anyone who wishes to be considered a member of a particular parish to be officially registered in the parish. Lately, we have had a number of requests for sponsor cards for individuals who are not registered, but yet attend Mass at the parish. It is most important that one be registered and actively participating in order to obtain sponsor cards for Baptism and Confirmation. Attending Mass does not automatically mean that a person is a member of our parish family. If you know that you are not registered, or are unsure as to your registration status, but attend Mass on a regular basis, please call the office to inquire about registering so that when requesting sponsor cards one is not turned away because of a lack of registration. Also, any child of the parish who has turned eighteen years old needs to register independently from his or her parents/guardians in order to be considered a member of the parish. All families who register children for any Catholic Elementary School or Holy Cross High School must be registered members and actively participate in our faith community. Yearly, each school notifies the supporting parishes of those families who stated they are members of a particular parish. We are obligated to notify the school if families are not full and active participants which could result in a higher tuition rate if families are not participating in our faith community.

    Protecting God’s Children (PGC-VIRTUS)

    An upcoming training for adults in the Protecting God’s Children (PGC-VIRTUS) program will take place on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, beginning at 6 p.m., at LaSalle Academy, Jessup. Please check out our website: www.dioceseofscranton.org (safe environment-child protection/VIRTUS). If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children, please make every effort to participate in this training.

    2015 CONFIRMATION DATE SET

    Just a reminder to all candidates preparing for Confirmation on September 17, 2015. Service Hours, Reflection Paper, Saint Report and the Sponsor Certificates due by the end of August. If your sponsor belongs to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament they do not need a form. All other sponsors must have a form signed by their current Pastor. All forms should be returned to the Holy Cross Parish Office. If you have any questions about these forms or the due dates, please contact John Musyt or Rosemarie Liesiefsky at the Parish Office.

    La Salle Academy

    La Salle Academy is now accepting registrations for the 2015-16 academic school year. New scholarship opportunities are available, as well as tuition reduction programs. For information or to schedule a visit, please call 570-489-0061 (pre k3 – Grade 3) or 570-489-2010 (Grades 4 - 8)

    IHM EDUCATIONAL ENRICHMENT INSTITUTE

    IHM Educational Enrichment Institute, located in the IHM Center, is offering an individualized tutoring Program. For further information, contact: Sister Rose Marie Mozzachio, IHM, 570-346-5429.

    LISTENING WITH THE HEART

    ‘COMPASSION asks us to go where it Hurts, to enter into the places of pain, To share in brokenness, fear confusion and anguish.

    COMPASSION challenges us to cry out with Those in misery, to mourn with those who are lonely, To weep with those in tears.

    COMPASSION requires us to be weak with The weak, vulnerable with the vulnerable, and Powerless with the powerless. Compassion means full Immersion in the condition of being human”

    Henri J. M. Nouwen.

    LISTENING WITH THE HEART

    A SPIRITUAL PERSONAL AND PASTORAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM AND A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR PASTORAL VISITORS.

    WHAT: A program to prepare a person for ministry in the parish and home through reflection on the God of Mercy and compassion who speaks to us all.

    FOR WHOM: Those who currently, or would like to visit the homebound., Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion who carry the Blessed Sacrament to the sick and any and all who would like to join in a program of spiritual development and person growth.

    WHEN: SAVE THESE DATES

    MON JUNE , 8, 15, 22, 29

    Tuesday June 23

    WHERE: 6:30 P.M. Kelley Hall Holy Cross Parish

    All sessions are two and a half hours. It’s important that you attend all sessions.

    PRESENTORS: Sister Jane O’Donnell, R.S.M

    A Carol Salva from the Mercy Consultation Center, Dallas, PA Please call the Parish Office to register. There is no fee for this program. Holy Cross (570) 489-0752: Blessed Sacrament (570) 489-1963

    O God, who make the faithful to be of one mind and will grant that we, Your people, may love what you command and desire what you promise so that, amid the changing things of this world ,our hearts may be fixed where true joys are to be found . Amen

    GRIEF SUPPORT MINISTRY TRAINING

    Sr. Jane Connolly, IHM pastoral associate at St. Rose & Our Lady of Mt Carmel in Carbondale, will conduct a workshop for those who wish to become grief support ministers as well as those who would like to develop further their abilities to walk with the grieving. Tuesday June 2, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at St. Monica Parish, 363 W. Eight St., West Wyoming. Call 570-207-2213 to register.

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: “THE STORY OF MOSES”

    Monday, July 13 thru Friday, July 17, 9 a.m. – noon. Registration forms are in the back of each church. Forms should be returned to the rectory offices by Friday, July 3.

    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.

    CCD APPRECIATION

    May 3, is the last day for Religious Education classes for the 2013-2014 year. Thank you to all the parents and guardians who encouraged their children to attend classes on a regular basis. Also, a word of thanks to John and Jackie Musyt and Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky for coordinating the CCD program, and to the numerous teachers and aides who so generously gave of their time throughout the year. Please note that the registration forms for next year have been sent home with the children. Please return the forms as quickly as possible so that we can order our books and have them for the first day of class and prepare our classrooms according to class size. Please continue to pray for our students and their teachers.

    CCD REGISTRATION

    CCD REGISTRATION FORMS are due. Please send them to the Parish Office as soon as possible.

    International Student Leadership Institute

    International Student Leadership Institute

    ISLI is supported by the Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton who recently promulgated his pastoral vision for the Church of Scranton…a vision focused on servant leadership. The intent of our ISLI program is to gather young people from around the eleven counties of the Diocese for a faith-filled experience that enhances leadership skills and promotes learning, sharing and prayer. Through ISLI, the Diocese desires to foster servant leadership and to nurture the continued development of value based, Christian decision making.

    Date: Monday, June 15, 2015 thru Thursday, June 18, 2015

    Arrival Time: Registration at 1:00 P.M.

    Departure Time: Thursday, June 18, 2015 after the closing Mass at 6:00 P.M.

    Where: King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA

    Who: 9th – 12th Grade Students

    For further information, please call Tommy at 570-207-2213.

    CELL PHONES

    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.

    Catholicism Video Series

    Catholicism Video Series will be held Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 in Kelley Hall, Session 8 “A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints.”

    The story of the Church is told in the example of those who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. Celebrated in this session are some of the church’s most extraordinary Saints, Eidth Stein, Mother Teresa, Therese of Lisieux and Katherine Drexel.

    RCIA

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

    Do you know someone who would like to be Catholic? Please encourage your family member and or friend and call the rectory so that we can provide support and direction.

    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.

    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!

    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.’

    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.

    Social Concerns Meeting

    SOCIAL CONCERNS: Meeting June 23 6:30 p.m. in Kelley Hall

    Special Prayers for Dad

    God our Father,

    In your wisdom and love you made all things.

    Bless those fathers, who have taken upon themselves the responsibility of parenting.

    Bless those who have lost a spouse to death…or divorce

    Who are parenting their children alone.

    Strengthen them by your love that they may become the loving, caring persons they are meant to be.

    Grant this through Christ our Lord.

    Amen

    Sponsor Thanks

    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.

    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. Michael the Archangel Cemetery

    St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery has received a donation in memory of Carol Jablonski, for the upkeep of the cemetery, by her family. Thank you!

    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!

    Thak You!

    A very generous donation was received at Holy Cross Parish in memory of Ann Mooney .The flowers for our First Holy Communion Class were donated by Central Park Florists. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a very generous donation in memory of husband Michael Bibak, and father Joseph C. Kochis, offered by Mary Kochis Bibak, Children and Grandchildren.

    We gave Father Raj a happy send-off to India as we all waved and said our good byes from the front porch. Father Raj asked us to please thank everyone at the parish for their love, prayers and generosity.

    Thank you!!

    Thak You!

    Thank you to Mrs. Delores McAlarney for donating the Paschal Candle at Blessed Sacrament in memory of her husband.

    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 People That Walked In Darkness Have Seen A Great Light

    “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

    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 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

    There, you will see how he loves us.

    Look at his adorable face. Look at his glazed and sunken eyes. Look at his wounds. Look Jesus in the face. There, you will see how he loves us.
    ..St. Therese of Lisieux

    THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER READINGS

    Luke 24: 35-48 Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19 1 John 2: 1-5

    Today’s Gospel is Luke’s account of Jesus’ first post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples. The two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus have returned to Jerusalem to confirm the women’s story of the Resurrection. While they are excitingly telling their story, Jesus appears.

    Luke goes to great lengths in his Easter accounts to make clear that the Resurrection was not the fantasy of crazy zealots, nor is the Resurrection story a plot concocted by the disciples who somehow managed to spirit the body of Jesus away. (According to Luke’s account, the disciples themselves had not gone near the tomb themselves nor even expected any kind of “resurrection.”) In the details he presents here, Luke is countering the arguments forwarded to explain away the resurrection myth. There can be no mistake: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality – a reality in which all of the Scriptures – the law, the prophets and their writings – find their ultimate fulfillment.

    For Luke, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is realized in the way it “opens” one’s heart and mind to understand the deeper meaning of God’s Word and to fully embrace the Spirit of God. In our faith and trust in the Risen Christ, we become “witnesses” of the mercy and forgiveness of God.

    In his temple sermon (first reading), Peter gives witness to the mercy and forgiveness of God, inviting his Jewish hearers to embrace the life of the Servant Jesus, in whom the promises of their ancient faith are fulfilled.

    The writer of the first letter of John (second reading) also proclaims the mercy and forgiveness of God, reminding his community that in Jesus Christ we have before God a “just intercessor.”

    Learning to hope in Easter despite life’s many Good Fridays.

    “We learn as much from sorrow as from joy,” the novelist Pearl S. Buck wrote, “as much from illness as from health, as much from handicap as from advantage – and indeed, perhaps more.” Through dealing with life’s difficulties, disappointments and injustices we come to understand and appreciate what this gift of life is all about. In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus challenges his disciples – and us – to recall what he taught and what they had witnessed. The Easter miracle is God’s assurance that love and forgiveness, even in the most difficult situations, are never offered in vail; in learning to cope without losing hope, in learning from the painful realities of life and in accepting the lessons learned in God’s Spirit of humility and patience, we become capable of growth, re-creation, transformation – and resurrection.

    THIRD WEEK OF EASTER READINGS:

    Monday, April 20: Acts 6: 8 – 15 Jn 6 – 22 - 29

    Tuesday, April 21: Acts 7: 51 – 8:1a Jn 6:30 – 35

    Wednesday, April 22 Acts 8: 1b – 8 Jn 6:35 – 40

    Thursday, April 23: Acts 8:26 – 40 Jn 6:44 – 51

    Friday, April 24: Acts 9: 1 – 20 Jn 6:52 – 59

    Saturday, April 25: Saint Mark Evangelist 1 Pt 5:5b – 14 Mk 16: 15-20

    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 Deacon Michael S. Drevitch

    On Saturday, May 23, Bishop Bambera ordained Michael S. Drevitch and Joseph J. Mosley to the Transitional Diaconate. Bishop Bambera has been kind to us in sending Rev. Mr. Drevitch to Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes for his summer assignment. Deacon Drevitch will be with us for the months of June and July. Congratulations and welcome Rev. Mr. Michael S. Drevitch.

    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- Kelley Hall, May 6, 5:00 PM.

    Car Wash!

    CIA will be holding a carwash May 16; 10:00 AM till 2:00 PM at Custom Auto Service, Burke By Pass. Watch for further details.