• 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 ANNUAL APPEAL APPRECIATION

Once again, thanks to all who have helped, through sacrifice and generosity, to make the 2015 Appeal a great success.

As you may remember, 75% of contributions collected above and beyond our goal is returned to our parishes. Last week we received checks from the Diocese:

Blessed Sacrament Parish $3,165.75

Holy Cross Parish $7,009.24

God bless you for supporting the Diocesan Appeal and the many ministries and good works supported by the appeal.

2016 ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

As the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, it is not listed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Come join us as we honor Mary:

7:30AM Blessed Sacrament

8:00 AM Holy Cross

Assumption of Mary

THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:

As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

2016 Chicken BBQ APPRECIATION

Thank you to all who made the Annual Chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who set up and cleaned up. To those who provided themed baskets, to those who baked and who made various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. Thank you to the members of the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Our final thank you to those who ate all that chicken, it was delicious. Thank you to all. See you next year!!!

2016 DIOCESAN MEN’S CONFERENCE

Registrations are now open at http://www.beamanconference.com for the Diocesan Men’s Conference on Saturday, April 23rd at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. The day includes great speakers, breakfast, lunch, confessions, Adoration and a Mass celebrated by Bishop Bambera. The early bird rate is $30 per adult ($35 after April 1st). We guarantee you will be fired up about your faith when leaving the conference on April 23.

A Year 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.

Altar Flowers

The Weekend of May 29st

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Edward Bylotas offered by the Blake Family.

The Weekend of May 29st

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of M/M John Maslar and Deceased Family Members offered by M/M Frank Hodorowski.

The Weekend of July 24

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in loving memory of the birthday of Alex Poplawsky offered by his family.

The Weekend of August 7

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Audrey Durkin offered by Eldora Talenti and Anne Boland.

The Weekend of August 14

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in n honor of St. Patrick’s High School Class of 1961.

Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister Schedules

THE NEW ALTAR SERVER AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULES for Holy Cross were mailed out. Please keep your scheduled time or find someone to take your place.

Altar Server Practice

Blessed Sacrament Parish

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY SOCIETY: NEXT MEETING-THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm, ROSARY @ 6:30 pm.

BAKERS: THERESA TYLENDA & LAURA WALLO HOSTESS’: ALYSSA WALLO, THERESA ZALUSKI, IRENE ZUKOWSKI, MARIAN BARBOLISH, DONNA BARNICK & TINA BEACHAVER.

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet Sunday, May 15 at 7:00 PM in the parish hall.

New members are welcome. There will be NO meeting on Mother’s Day.

Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival

Festival Foods

The parishioners are starting to think about the Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival. They are in need of 8 oz. jelly jars for their homemade jelly. You can drop the jars off at the front of Blessed Sacrament Church.

BLESSED SACRAMENT WINNER’S CLUB GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

1st-M. Zimmerman, 2nd-Jim Barnick, 3rd-Ruth Molitoris, 4th-Pat Spinosi, 5th-John Grzenda, 6th-Sue Zak, 7th-Char Tomasovitch, 8th-Margaret Demanovich, 9th-Jean Warnero, 10th-David Pecca, 11th-Maryellen Kearney. CONGRATULATIONS!

New hospitality date for HNS SUNDAY HOSPITALITY The correct date is Sunday April 17 after 9:30AM Mass

Blessed Sacrament Altar and Rosary's Next Meeting:

April 7, 2016 Thursday 7PM, Rosary at 6:30 PM

New members are Welcome !

Hostess’: Bakers - Charlotte Runco, Arlene Skutnick; Hostess - Ryan Rocco, Nicki Sekelski, Alyssa Sekelski, Christina Sedapedis, Patricia Spinosi, Ann Marie Stine.

Baton twirling lessons

Baton twirling lessons will begin at the Blessed Sacrament Parish hall in Throop on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. Children 4 years old and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please call 489-1935

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!

APPRECIATION TO STITCHERS CLUB

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

HOLY NAME SOCIETY SEARCHING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Why not consider joining the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish? Meetings are held only once a month. Dues are minimal. Help our parish community grow in a spiritual and social way that has a rich tradition in the history of the Catholic Parishes in the community of Throop. The Holy Name needs new members, junior members are most welcome. If you are a member and have not paid your dues for 2013, please contact Adam Nosak.

  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.

Attention Business Owners And Generous Parishioners

David Savich will be working on setting up the advertising sponsorships for our bulletin the week of March 28th, 2016. Please consider advertising in our bulletin.

Advertisements can be purchased for a business, family, or a sponsor ad can be purchased supporting community service organizations like emergency pregnancy counseling or the battered women’s shelter, etc. We need and appreciate your help.

If you are interested or would like more information, please call David Savich directly at (607) 624-9580.

Thank you in advance for your generous support, and please patronize our advertisers!

AVAILABLE SERVICE HOURS

Several groups and organizations require young adults to complete service hours as a way of growing in their commitment to the wider-community. The Church also requires Confirmation students and Catholic school children to complete service hours as a way of imitating Jesus’ selfless love. What better way to complete those hours and grow in appreciation for your parish family than by volunteering at your home parish. If your son/daughter needs to complete service hours, please contact Monsignor Delaney There are a variety of possible service projects at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish., the Chicken Barbeque or the Family Festival.

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).

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish

BLESSED SACRAMENT HOLY NAME SOCIETY will meet Sunday, June 12 at 7:00 PM in the parish hall.

New members are welcome.

Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival

Festival Foods

The parishioners are starting to think about the Blessed Sacrament Parish Festival. They are in need of 8 oz. jelly jars for their homemade jelly. You can drop the jars off at the front of Blessed Sacrament Church.

BLESSED SACRAMENT WINNER’S CLUB GRAND PRIZE WINNERS

1st-M. Zimmerman, 2nd-Jim Barnick, 3rd-Ruth Molitoris, 4th-Pat Spinosi, 5th-John Grzenda, 6th-Sue Zak, 7th-Char Tomasovitch, 8th-Margaret Demanovich, 9th-Jean Warnero, 10th-David Pecca, 11th-Maryellen Kearney. CONGRATULATIONS!

New hospitality date for HNS SUNDAY HOSPITALITY The correct date is Sunday April 17 after 9:30AM Mass

Blessed Sacrament Altar and Rosary's Next Meeting:

April 7, 2016 Thursday 7PM, Rosary at 6:30 PM

New members are Welcome !

Hostess’: Bakers - Charlotte Runco, Arlene Skutnick; Hostess - Ryan Rocco, Nicki Sekelski, Alyssa Sekelski, Christina Sedapedis, Patricia Spinosi, Ann Marie Stine.

Baton twirling lessons

Baton twirling lessons will begin at the Blessed Sacrament Parish hall in Throop on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. Children 4 years old and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please call 489-1935

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!

APPRECIATION TO STITCHERS CLUB

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

HOLY NAME SOCIETY SEARCHING FOR NEW MEMBERS

Why not consider joining the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish? Meetings are held only once a month. Dues are minimal. Help our parish community grow in a spiritual and social way that has a rich tradition in the history of the Catholic Parishes in the community of Throop. The Holy Name needs new members, junior members are most welcome. If you are a member and have not paid your dues for 2013, please contact Adam Nosak.

  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.

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

The Mid-Valley Catholic Golden Age will restart on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Senior Center, Grant St., Olyphant Easter candy will be collected at the meeting. And St Patrick Day will be celebrated. New members are welcome. For more information about the Catholic Golden Age, please call 570 489-5806.

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 ETIQUETTE 2016

    As summer is upon us, just a few reminders about proper church etiquette

    First, appropriate dress. Church is a special place where we come to give praise and thanks to God. Please no tank tops, short shorts, cut-offs, shirts with inappropriate statements, etc. Please be modest in your dress.

    Second, arriving on time. Sometimes there are situations in our lives that cause us to be late for things. Please try to be on time for liturgy. If you are late for Mass, please try to be as discrete as possible. It is distracting not only to the presider but also to many parishioners sitting in the front of the church when people enter through the side entrance.

    Third, standing in the back of the church. Recently, it seems more and more parishioners are standing in the back of the church. Please join the rest of the congregation by taking a seat.

    Fourth, leaving early. It is amazing to see how many people have left church before the priest has even processed down the aisle. Take a moment to finish the recessional song and then greet the presider.

    Fifth, receiving Holy Communion. When you come to receive Holy Communion, please respond ‘Amen’ before the priest places the Eucharist in your hands or on your tongue. Amen is a Greek word which means ‘Yes, I believe!’ Do you believe this is the most precious gift that God has given to us? When receiving Holy Communion, you should not be chewing gum as you prepare to receive.

    Finally, as you are leaving the church, please help us keep the church clean and in order for the parishioners attending the next Mass. Please put the kneeler up, the hymnal back in the holder, and pick up any tissues or papers that you may have left in the pew. Please take the bulletin home with you or return it to one of the holders at the church entrances.

    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

    CONFRATERNITY BUS TRIP

    The Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish is sponsoring a bus trip to the Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster. The new show is “Samson” The bus will depart St Patrick’s Parking lot at 7:30 am on July 27th. Show time is 11:00 am. Dinner will follow at Plain & Fancy Restaurant at 2:30 pm. Following dinner we will visit the ROCKVALE SQUARE MALL for about an hour and a half and depart from there and arrive home around 8:30 pm. Donation for trip is $125 which includes, bus, show, dinner, tax & tips. For information/reservation, call Anne at 570-489-9405 or Jackie at 570-489-8143.

    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

    COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

    Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.

    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.

    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!!!!

    Don't Forget to Spring Ahead March 13!

    Spring Ahead!

    Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour on March 13!!

    Don't Take A Vacation From Mass

    When you go on vacation in the summer, do you take a vacation from Mass? Do you make the days of summer lazy by staying home on Sunday? Here are four reasons to fit Mass into your summer schedule. 1) After Jesus’ resurrection, his followers formed the early Church by gathering and keeping his message alive. Every time you attend Mass, you help to keep Jesus’ message alive – but that can only happen in church. 2) At Sunday Mass, millions of people you don’t know are praying for you and with you. Where else can you get that kind of help? 3) Attending Mass connects you to the Communion of Saints – the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and believers on earth. That’s powerful company! 4) Mass is the way a Catholic fulfills the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. If God tells you to do something, it’s a good idea to do it. To find a church or Mass time anywhere in the United States, visit www.masstimes.org.

    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: Pearl Grzenda., Elaine Gallagher, Pearl Krisanda , Ida (Riccardi) Ilacqua, Joseph Yorkanis.Ann Harkins Daryl Caria, Irene Zukowski,Dolores Kanuik, John F. Polster, Leslie Walter Sobol, Carol A. Narcavage, Rose Valvano Runco, Ruth & Tom Comerford, Tony Naro. 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.

    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...

    Good Hearts, Generous Spirits - Diocesan Annual Appeal 2015

    The Annual Appeal kicked off in our parishes September 12 & 13. The theme for the 2015 Diocesan Annual Appeal is “Good Hearts, Generous Spirits” which reflects the affirming spirit of all of our parishioners. As we begin our Appeal this year, we are personally invited to join in the good work that will support the important ministries of our Diocese. The goal for Holy Cross Parish is $50,000 and the goal for Blessed Sacrament Parish is $17,000.

    Care & Education of Priests

    Our priests and deacons unconditionally answer the call to serve God’s people meeting increasing needs throughout our Diocese. Contributions to the Annual Appeal fund ongoing formation of our priests permanent deacons, seminarians and deacon candidates. These funds also help us to care for and support our 91 retired or ill priests, many of whom continue to generously assist with the celebration of Masses, the visitation of the sick and by offering spiritual guidance to all in need. Appeal gifts also assist the Vocations Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, .guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to have 10 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton and 29 candidates to the permanent deaconate. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, proclamation of the Gospel, administration of the Sacraments and devotions within our parish communities

    Catholic Education

    Shaping the next generation of the faithful through a Catholic education in our schools and parishes is an essential mission of the Diocese of Scranton. Last year more than 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 18, 000 children received religious education in parish-based programs, instilling in them an intimate knowledge of the faith and the love of God and fostering a desire to serve one another.

    Congratulations and thank you to all who have contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Blessed Sacrament raised $20,981.00 which is $3,981.00 over their suggested goal. Holy Cross raised $52,171.00 which is $2,171.00 over their suggested goal. Monsignor was chairman for this year’s Diocesan Appeal and he personally thanks you for your contribution.

    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.

    GUIDELINES ON CREMATION

    Some parishioners have asked about the 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

    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.

    Here We Come A-Caroling

    Next Sunday, December 13, meeting in Blessed Sacrament Parish front entrance at 3:00PM.

    All ages invited. Please join us, sign up for a few hours of making the season bright. If you would like us to visit your home or if you know of someone who would enjoy a short visit, please sign the sheet at the entrances to the Church. If you can join us please also sign the sheet so we know the number of singers that are coming. the Caroling has taken place here at Blessed Sacrament for 10 years. All ages welcome! Refreshments afterwards. Dress for the weather.

    Bring a flashlight and your Christmas Spirit! O Come Al Ye Faithful!

    Holy Cross Parish

    Holy Cross Parish

    Adoration - Hours Available

    Adoration Hours are Available

    Our 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. We have an open hour at 1 pm on Thursday. If you can spend an hour, please call Eydie at 570-489-8866.

    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

    EXPOSITION/BENEDICTION

    Holy Hour June 13 @ 7pm at Holy Cross.

    MOVIE NIGHT “Brooklyn” at 6:30 pm, June 14. Kelley Hall

    Eilis Lacey is a young Irish Immigrant navigating through 1950’s Brooklyn. Based n the best-selling novel, Brooklyn is a warm and wonderful story about falling in love and finding your way home.

    PG 13, 111 minutes

    All are welcome, refreshments and movie are free.

    HOLY CROSS PARISH LOTTO WINNERS

    Wednesday, June 1 #163-$50.00-M/M D. Cerra; Thursday, June 2 #404-$50.00-Laurie Munley; Friday, June 3 #569-$50.00-Christian Mother’s; Saturday, June 4 #604-$100.00-Maureen Noll; Sunday, June 5 #314-$100.00-K&B Resinger, Monday, June 13-#763-$50.00-Leonard Lupini; Tuesday, June 14-#246-$50.00-Kimberly Castellano; Wednesday, June 15-#786-$50.00-George Fulmer; Thursday, June 16-#487-$50.00-Sandra Zigray; Friday, June 17-#475-$50.00-Rose Sanderson; Saturday, June 18-#127-$100.00-Fr. Sladicka; Sunday, June 19-#784-$100.00-Kevin & Eileen Swift.

    ANNUAL CHICKEN BBQ DINNER

    Annual Chickn BBQ

    The Annual Parish Chicken BBQ Dinner will be held on Sunday, August 7 from 11:30 until 4:00 p.m. Items needed: water, divided dinner containers, paper towels, 9 oz plastic cups, , heavy duty forks & knives, prizes for children’s games, “Bakers & Chefs Clear Frying Oil” 35lbs. (Sam’s Club), Bakers for the dinner dessert and for the Bake Sale, and Volunteers. Bring your theme baskets to the rectory as soon as you can. Tickets on sale during July.

    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.

    INACTIVE PARISHIONERS 2016

    We have been reviewing our parish database and have noticed that there are many parishioners who have not been active the past three years. It is the policy of the Parish to remove parishioners from the database if they are inactive after three years.

    If you would like to remain a parishioner or if you have not received your weekly envelopes, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 or 489-1963 by July 30.

    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 needs help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner. The next program in the Scranton Diocese begins Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016, at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Please call 800-470-2230 for more information or to register or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.org.

    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.

    Mass Intention Book to Open

    The 2015 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross Parish will be opened on Tuesday, September 15th. All Masses will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be submitted in writing and paid for at the time of request. Mass intentions which are not paid for will not be scheduled. Please note, the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for your understanding

    Memorial /Honor Candles

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

    May 29, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of M/M John Maslar & Deceased Family Members offered by M/M Frank Hodorowski. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Neil Smargiassi offered by Family.

    June 5, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Deceased Members of the Novak & Oleniacz Families offered by the Frank Novak Family. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Michael & Mary Blaha offered by daughter Mary and granddaughter Debbie.

    June 12, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Rose Poklemba offered by Connie & Bob Kolosinsky & Family.Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Amanda Hacker offered by Theresa Zaluski & Marion Kowalski.

    June 19, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Thomas Williams offered by Family.Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Peter Kloss offered by wife Patti & Children.

    June 26, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of David P. David offered by niece Rebecca. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Ed Liesniesky offered by wife Marlene & daughters Lisa and Lori.

    July 3, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Carmen, Louise, Joseph A., Joseph D. & Donna Longo offered by the Frank Novak Family. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Rosalie “Kallay” Kalinoski offered by husband Felix, children David, Robert, Linda, Lisa, Paula & Craig.

    July 10, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Carl Guagliardo offered by Lizzy & Elena. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Joseph Long offered by Barb & Ed.

    July 17, 2016

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Anna & Charles Misiura offered by Family. Blessed Sacrament Parish - In memory of Joseph S. Naro Sr. offered by Family.

    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.

    Movie Night

    The second part of the movie “Bakhita” based on the life of Saint Josephine Bakhita will be shown in Kelley Hall on Monday, March 7th at 6:30 in Kelley Hall.

    Bakhita

    NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

    22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2015 NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The second Saturday of September is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Memorial services are being held across the country at gravesites. This common act of prayer witnesses to our society that we are truly living amidst a holocaust, and that the abortion debate is not simply about viewpoints but about victims.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    Would you like to be in Saint Peter’s Square when Pope Francis proclaims as a Saint, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta on Sunday, September 4, 2016?

    Travel with Monsignor Patrick Pratico, pastor of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Dickson City, and Proximo Travel for a trip to the Holy Land and Italy departing August 27th and returning September 9th, 2016. All the major sites in the Holy Land (Nazareth, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem) as well as Rome, Assisi, Florence and Venice will be visited. For more information, please call the parish office at 570-489-2091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Seneca Lake Wine Trip

    Visitation of the BVM Church, Dickson City Seneca Lake Wine Trip on Saturday, September 24, 2016

    Trip Time departure from Saint Mary’s Visitation Church at 8 AM and return 10:30 PM. Trip is $135.00 per person and includes the following: Round trip Coach Service to: Wineries Lunch, Dinner at Belhurst Castle.

    For more information or to make a reservation call 570-489-2091 or visit the rectory at 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519

    Huge Indoor Summer Flea & Food Fest

    – Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville, will be holding their Annual Indoor Summer Flea & Food Fest on August 13th-August 15th in the parish air-conditioned auditorium.  Please come and enjoy the treasure hunt along with delicious homemade ethnic foods from our concession stand:  Saturday 8am to 6pm; Sunday and Monday – 8am to 4pm.  A take-out pasta & meatball dinner will be served on Sunday from 11am to 3pm. Tickets are $10 and available through the parish office, 1101 Willow Street, 570-383-3244 through August 10th.  This fundraiser will also benefit other local charitable non-profit organizations. 

    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. 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.

    SILVER CIRCLE

    A Membership program to benefit the retired IHM Sisters. SILVER CIRCLE is a membership program that benefits retired IHM Sisters. For only $25 per membership, your name is entered in more than 324 drawings from October 2015 through June 2016 with cash prizes from $50 to $1,000. You will also be remembered in a monthly mass for benefactors and in the prayers of the IHM Sisters. Circle Membership Form. Thank you for your kind support of the IHM Sisters.

    United Neighborhood Center Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center

    This is a friendly reminder that we are now taking membership applications & dues (at a cost of $10.00) for July 2015-June 2016. For our current members, we value your support and enjoy having you as a member of our family. For those who are curious about the center, please visit us for a while, pick up a calendar of events, take a look at the menu and perhaps become a member of our family .To make a meal reservation-call the Mid Valley Center at 570-489-4415, two (2) days prior to the day you would like to eat lunch with us.

    Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

    Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers for their new inpatient unit located at 100 William Street, Dunmore. Opportuniteis range from visiting with patients, providing a caring presence by quietly sitting at bedside, meal preparation, and clerical tasks. Anyone with previous healthcare experience is encouraged to request specialized training. For more information please contact Ann Seechock at 800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

    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.

    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 570-383-5180 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.

    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 19, 2016

    Congratulations Cody Joseph Borusiewicz son of David & Nicole Borusiewicz who was baptized last 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 26, 2016

    Congratulations Mariclare Grace Sandrowicz, daughter of Kenneth & Elizabeth Sandrowicz and Phoenix Milo-Anselmi Vergnetti child of Gian Peter Vergnetti & Alexis Natasha Anselmi who were baptized last 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.

    July 3, 2016

    Congratulations Brooke Elizabeth Kropa, daughter of Steve & Jennifer Kropa who was baptized last 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.

    July 10, 2016

    Congratulations Ethan Joseph Arnone, son of Gregory Arnone & Brooke Lipperini who was baptized last 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.

    July 17, 2016

    Congratulations Gemma Gallichild of Robert & Jessica Galli; Keegan Carter Wintermantel child of Sean & Taryn Wintermantel, and Frank Joseph McCullagh child of James McCullagh & Trisha McCullagh who were baptized last 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.

    August 7, 2016

    Congratulations Willow Teresa Gray daughter of Jennifer Gray Pender who was baptized last 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.

    August 14, 2016

    Congratulations Michael John Batz son of Donald & Ashley Batz who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. Congratulations Reese Harper Yazinski daughter of Douglas & Bridget Yazinski who was baptized last 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.

    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 2016

    Our parish will soon hold the Peter’s Pence Collection. This Collection supports the charitable works of the Holy Father and provides emergency assistance to those most in need, including victims of oppression, natural disaster, and war. Please be as generous as you can.

    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.

    PLEASE REMEMBER

    • CCD Classes are in session on Sunday mornings in Olyphant and Throop – PLEASE drive slowly and carefully on and around our parish properties.
    • Please remember to secure items in the trunk of your car when attending Mass and/or programs. Never leave purses or valuables in view of passersby. Thank you

    Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

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

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

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

    Pope Francis on Evangelization

    Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Pope Francis' Prayer for Vocations

    Pope Francis

    God our Father,

    You made each of us to use

    Our gifts in the Body of Christ.

    We ask that you inspirev Young people whom you call

    To priesthood and consecrated life to

    Courageously follow your will.

    Send workers into your great

    Harvest so that the Gospel is

    Preached, the poor are served with

    Love, the suffering are comforted

    And your people are strengthened

    By the sacraments.

    Through Christ our Lord.

    Amen

    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.

    Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

    Lord Jesus Christ,

    You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
    and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
    Show us your face and we will be saved.

    Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
    the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
    made Peter weep after his betrayal,
    and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

    Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
    “If you knew the gift of God!”

    You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
    of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
    let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

    You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
    in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
    let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

    Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
    so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
    and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
    proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
    and restore sight to the blind.

    We ask this through the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

    Amen

    PRESENTATION ON POPE FRANCIS’ NEW ENCYCLICAL, “Laudeto SI”, ON CARE OF OUR COMMON HOME”

    Sunday, October 4, 2015 2:30 p.m. (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, Monsignor Vincent Grimalia will present an overview of Pope Francis’ message.

    Our Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudeto Si” (Praise be to you, Lord) takes its title from the “Canticle of the Sun” the beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, who serves as a model of “a more passionate concern for the protection of our world”. Pope Francis challenges Roman Catholics as well as all people of good will to a deeper understanding of our moral and spiritual responsibility to care for the creation given to us.

    Join us! All are most welcome. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Social Concerns of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes.

    “The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” Pope Benedict XV1 2005

    “For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.” Pope Francis, “Lausato Si – Chapter 6, Part iii

    Following our Holy Father’s remarkable visit to the United States, join us as we reflect upon his message of hope, his call to conversion and in the words of Will Cohen, Ph.D., Pope Francis’ invitation to “cultivate a new way of looking at the world and a different way of living in it.

    Laudato Si Be Praised My Lord

    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 December 13, 2015

    • Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Ps 126:1-6/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6
    • Monday: Is 35:1-10/ Ps 85:9-14/Lk 5:17-26
    • Tuesday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Ps 98:1-4/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
    • Wednesday: Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10/Mt 11:28-30
    • Thursday: Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1, 9-13/Mt 11:11-15
    • Friday: Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Mt 11:16-19
    • Saturday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Jdt 13:18-19/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
    • Next Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Is 12:2-6/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18

    Readings for the Week of December 20, 2015

    • Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
    • Monday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21/Lk 1:39-45
    • Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/1 Sm 2:1, 4-8/Lk 1:46-56
    • Wednesday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/Lk 1:57-66
    • Thursday: Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Lk 1:67-79
    • Friday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
      Night: Is 9:1-6/Ps 96:1-3, 11-13/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
      Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
      Day: Is 52:7-10/Ps 98:1-6/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
    • Saturday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Ps 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17/Mt 10:17-22
    • Next Sunday: 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28 or Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10/1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24 or Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Lk 2:41-52

    Readings for the Week of December 6, 2015

    • Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Is 12:2-6/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18
    • Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Ps 25:4-9/Mt 21:23-27
    • Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13/Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23/Mt 21:28-32
    • Wednesday: Is 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25/Ps 85:9-14/Lk 7:18b-23
    • Thursday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Ps 72:1-4, 7-8, 17/Mt 1:1-17
    • Friday: Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19/Mt 1:18-25
    • Saturday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-6, 16-17/Lk 1:5-25
    • Next Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45

    Readings for the Week of November 15, 2015

    • Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32
    • Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43
    • Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10
    • Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28
    • Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44
    • Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/Lk 19:45-48
    • Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13/Lk 20:27-40
    • Next Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

    Readings for the Week of November 22, 2015

    • Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
    • Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4
    • Tuesday: Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11
    • Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk 21:12-19
    • Thursday: Dn 6:12-28/Lk 21:20-28
    • Friday: Dn 7:2-14/Lk 21:29-33
    • Saturday: Dn 7:15-27/Lk 21:34-36
    • Next Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

    Readings for the Week of November 29, 2015

    • Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
    • Monday: Rom 10:9-18/Ps 19:8-11/Mt 4:18-22
    • Tuesday: Is 11:1-10/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17/Lk 10:21-24
    • Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Ps 23:1-6/Mt 15:29-37
    • Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27/Mt 7:21, 24-27
    • Friday: Is 29:17-24/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14/Mt 9:27-31
    • Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Ps 147:1-6/Mt 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6-8
    • Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Ps 126:1-6/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6

    Readings for the Week of November 8, 2015

    • Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
    • Monday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
    • Tuesday: Wis 2:23--3:9/Lk 17:7-10
    • Wednesday: Wis 6:1-11/Lk 17:11-19
    • Thursday: Wis 7:22b--8:1/Lk 17:20-25
    • Friday: Wis 13:1-9/Lk 17:26-37
    • Saturday: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Lk 18:1-8
    • Next Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32

    Readings for the Week of Novemer 1, 2015

    • Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a
    • Monday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40
    • Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24
    • Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33
    • Thursday: Rom 14:7-12/Lk 15:1-10v Friday: Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8
    • Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27/Lk 16:9-15
    • Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44

    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 forms and fees are due!!!

    CCD REGISTRATION FORMS FOR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES have been mailed out. If you have not received a form and need one please call the rectory office or come to the office for the forms. Parents are asked to complete the form and drop it in the collection basket or bring it to the Parish Office. The registration fee for the 2016-2017 school year is $20 per child or $50 for three children or more. The registration fee helps to defray the cost of the program, including books and supplies.

    CONFIRMATION SERVICE HOURS AVAILABLE

    Please see Laura Horvath Keller and attend a short special meeting for all volunteers on Monday, August 15 at 6PM, in the Parish Hall.

    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 event.

    Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

    Are you someone or do you know someone Who…

    A. Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic

    B. Has a child over the age of seven who has not been Baptized?

    C. Was baptized Catholic as a child but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

    We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.

    Sessions of church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharistic during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions. Your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.

    For more information, please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752

    RETREAT FOR MARRIED COUPLES

    If your marriage is tearing you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce Retrouvaille can help you! Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and rebuild loving relationships. All calls confidential. Cost by donation. For more information or to register, please call 800-470-2230

    VIRITUS TRAINING:

    Please consider joining your community on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale, to take part in this vital program to help safeguard our most vulnerable and precious gifts: our children. The session details are listed below and also on our website. Thank you for your cooperation and your willingness to protect all our children and to keep them safe.

    TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016, 6:30 PM

    Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale

    **Session will take place in the Church Hall (lower church)**

    To register, please call the parish at 570.254.9502

    or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, August 22

    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.


    Catch Our Spirit - catholic Schools Now Registering

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 COMMITTEE GRANT RECIPIENT

    The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament/Holy Cross Parishes has received a $4,000.00 grant through the Social Justice Trust Diocesan Annual Appeal.

    The allocation letter stated “Your parishes’ proposal conveys diligent and missionary responsiveness to the members of your parishes and your primary service areas.” We are grateful to the Diocese for the support we receive.

    Social Concerns Committee Seminar

    The SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE OF BLESSED SACRAMENT, THROOP and HOLY CROSS OLYPHANT is pleased to announce a seminar by THE LOU RUSPI FOUNDATION.

    A Presentation will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop PA on Sunday, April 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm By The Lou Ruspi Jr. Foundation. This is a private, non-private, charitable organization whose mission is to bring suicide prevention and mental health awareness to the community of Northeast PA through educational presentations and resources.

    These presentations are led by licensed professional counselors, Christine Desousa, MA, NCC and/or Vanessa White, MS, RTC, LPC who are affiliated with the Foundation. The LRJ Foundation also works with The Advocacy Alliance and Scranton Counseling Center providing an unlimited amount of resources and crisis interventions if necessary. There will be time allotted for Questions and Answers.

    Our Next Social Concerns Meeting will be scheduled for Thursday, April 14th at 6:30 @ Holy Cross Parish in Kelley Hall to arrange for the seminar by The Lou Ruspi Foundation.

    Social Concerns Meeting

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

    SOCIAL CONCERNS SPIRITUAL ADOPTION

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY – SPIRITUALLY ADOPTED BABY

    Your spiritually adopted baby was born this month – nine months after his/her mother conceived him/her. The only change at birth is a change in the external life support system of the baby. He/she is not different now than he/she before birth except that he breathes and eats differently. He began as a 46 chromosome cell and has developed over the past nine months into this unique human baby. Never before in history nor ever again will anyone exist who is just like your spiritually adopted baby. Your prayers saved his/her life. Thank you on behalf of the little babies that you cared enough to pray for him/her and his/her mother.

    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 of Assisi Kitchen in Need

    St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Scranton is in need of Coffee. Any donations will be greatly appreciated! Thank You, Msgr. Joseph P. Kelly

    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!

    Appreciation to 2nd Grade teachers & Aides

    On behalf of the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, thank you to Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Mrs. Karen Doyle and all their aides who helped prepare our children for this weekend’s celebration of 1st Holy Communion. Second grade is a very special time in the life of a child’s faith journey as they celebrate Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion. Thank you for helping them prepare for these special moments. Also a word of appreciation to Mr. John Musyt and Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, our Directors of Religious Formation for all their work with the children throughout the year!

    Thank You!

    ...to Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary Society for providing the First Communion Retreat lunches and children’s gift packs and to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for the Retreat craft projects and the flowers the children will present to the Blessed Mother. Thank you to Susanne Baka for the crown for the Blessed Mother and to Jim and Rose Liesiefsky for the Altar flowers.

    Thank You

    ...to the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Holy Cross Parish for providing the Communion Class with the Communion gifts, altar flowers, flowers and crown presented to the Blessed Mother

    EASTER GRATITUDE

    To our parish staff, to our Music Ministry and liturgical ministers, to all those who have participated in the Sacred Triduum. To everyone who give generously of time and talent and treasure so that the mission of the Gospel continues, To all, who, out of love of the Lord, permit themselves to be used as instruments of God’s mercy in our parishes. Thank You. Blessed Easter.

    THANK YOU:

    Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St. Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108.

    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!

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all who joined us for Stations of the Cross, soup and fellowship each Friday during the Lenten Season.

    Thank you to all who donated, soup, food, their time. We would like to wish all of you who participated in a Blessed Easter Season. We would especially like to thank Jackie Musyt for chairing the Soup and Stations and would ike to thank our (CIA Christians in Action) under the direction of Beckie and David DePrato for their guidance and direction.

    Thank you for your financial generosity to our parish community: Thank You to Helen Mooney for her donation for this year’s Paschal Candle in memory of her sister Ann and the deceased members of the Mooney Family. We would also like to thank Delores McAlarney for her donation at Blessed Sacrament in memory of her deceased husband, John (Scotty) McAlarney.

    On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee we would like to thank Attorney Spegar for his presentation on Safety.

    A word of gratitude to all who continue to make this Christmas season merry and bright, our wonderful staff, liturgical ministries, volunteers, men’s & women’s groups, choirs and music directors – to one and all, Thank You. Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expression of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

    Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108. Thank You

    Thank you to the St John Baptist Society for their generous donations to our Parish Cemeteries and to our Youth Group.

    A MEMORIAL DONATION was received at Blessed Sacrament Parish for Marg Shivietz offered by Michael T. Shivieta. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a memorial donation in honor of Hilda Mallick from Barbara & Laura Olszow. Thank you!

    BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a memorial donation by Theodore & Helen Hanus Kyriacopoulas in memory of Theresa Kalinoski. Thank 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.

    Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society recently purchased an AED unit for the Church, in case of a health emergency. Thank you Holy Name, and member Vince Lorent, for arranging the purchase through the Dickson City Community Ambulance which serves Throop Borough

    THANK YOU: A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL WHO PARTICPATED IN THIS YEAR’S Bible Camp. Thank you to Lindsey and Connie Wotanis who organized the event. See you all next year.

    THANK YOU- a memorial donation was made to Blessed Sacrament Parish in honor of Reggie Genievich by the Rinaldi Family.

    CHICKEN BBQ DINNER – APPRECIATION

    Thank you to all who made our Annual chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word of appreciation to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who helped with the set-up and clean-up, all who provided a themed basket, those who baked many of the homemade desserts, those who made so many various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. A special thank you to the members of Olyphant Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Without these men, we would not have a chicken barbeque .Thank you to the many local vendors who generously made a donation to the barbeque. Thank you to the volunteers that worked the day of the event and to all the Confirmation candidates who worked. And finally, thank you to all who supported the barbeque by purchasing dinner and raffle tickets and supporting the various stands at the barbeque.

    Thanks for Thanksgiving Generosity

    Once again, our clients benefit from your generosity!

    As the volunteer with responsibility for supplying and staffing the St. Paul Food Pantry at St. Clare Church, I am writing to express our gratitude for the Thanksgiving donation from your combined churches of more than 860 pounds of food! Given the evidence of increasing client need, it is, indeed, most welcome.

    We operate from the St. Clare Church basement on Friday afternoons, and would be happy to host any member who might like to see us “in action” or otherwise learn more about our services.

    Sincerely,

    Barbara Burkhouse

    The 11th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival

    Family Festival

    The 11th Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival will be held August 19, 20, and 21. Included will be a Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, Breakfast, BINGO, and a variety of Children’s games. Donations needed, particularly cans of Soda. Jars are also needed for the making of Homemade Jam. Looking for Volunteers of all ages. Next planning meeting is Wednesday June 15 at 6:30PM in the Parish Hall.

    KINDLY MAKE YOUR TICKET RETURNS

       

      Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by placing them in the weekend collection, by mail, or by dropping off at the Parish Offices. A reminder that the Dinner Tickets are $10, BINGO Ticket is $5, and 50/50 Tickets that all registered Parishioners  received are $5 (include name and phone number on all tickets). If you purchase all the tickets, the total is $30. Thank you for supporting Our Parish Community's largest fundraiser.

            There will be a Family Festival meeting this Wednesday, August 10, at 6:30PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. New volunteers needed! All ages welcome!

    *Cakes needed for Dinner please contact Rita Priorelli at 570.430.9200 or Lucille Radziewski

        at 570.489.7115

    *Can you make/donate to Our Delicious Bake Sale? Contact Barbara Long at 570.489.8295

      *Can you donate a Basket for Our Basket Raffle? We are looking for Themed Gift Basket

      Donations, please contact Laura Horvath Keller at 570.877.3819 or for any donations that need  to be picked up call Karen Doyle at 570.489.2552.  DONATIONS NEEDED, ESPECIALLY CANS OF SODA.  

    *****CAN YOU LEND A HAND FOR OUR DINNER PREPARATIONS?

    *DINNER PREPS WILL TAKE PLACE NEXT WEEKEND ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 14, BEGINNING AT NOON (CORING CABBAGE), AND MONDAY, AUGUST 15, STARTING AT  8AM, (ROLLING PIGGIES). WE NEED LOTS OF HELP. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. ALL HELP IS INVITED!

    FRIDAY OF FESTIVAL WEEK-DAMIAN the MAGICIAN 600PM-BRING THE KIDS!!     -- FOLLOWED BY  "DJ NED"

    SATURDAY-Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner,Noon to 7PM (Delivery for homebound at 11AM)

     

    THE MUSIC OF BINKY, BONNIE, AND JACK@6:30PM

    SUNDAY-BREAKFAST AFTER 9:30AM MASS & BINGO BEGINNING AT 1:30PM

       

    JOIN US FOR A GAME OF WIFFLE! Saturday, August 20 at 9AM during the Family Festival - FREE T-SHIRT

       

    Sign-up sheets for Saturday August 20, Wiffle Ball, for ages 16 and under are now located at Church entrances. Please include your T-Shirt size and phone number. Everybody who signs and shows up, gets a FREE T-Shirt.  Next weekend is the deadline to sign-up to insure that you receive a FREE T-Shirt .Thank you to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for purchasing the T-Shirts for all participants. Everybody plays, refreshments afterwards!

    NEW MENU ITEMS THIS YEAR INCLUDE : FROZEN FRUIT KABOB, AND BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH "SPECIALITY SUNDAY" --FULL MENU  WILL BE AVAILABLE IN NEXT WEEKEND'S BULLETIN.

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    NEED MORE TICKETS FOR OUR DELICIOUS PIG-IN-THE BLANKET DINNER, BINGO, AND 50/50 RAFFLE? TICKETS  AVAILABLE AT THE PARISH OFFICES, OR BY CALLING 570.489.1963 OR 570.489.0752.

    FAMILY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR UPCOMING WEEKEND

    Please make your Pig-in-the-Blanket Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Raffle Ticket returns by mail, place in weekend collection, or drop off at the Parish Offices. (The Family Festival is less than a week away.. A reminder that more Dinner, BINGO, and 50/50 Tickets are available at the Parish Office.

    Donations items still needed include cans of soda, napkins, and Ajax dish detergent. A reminder that the deadline for young people to sign up for whiffle ball (and get a free t-shirt) is next Sunday. Festival meeting on Wednesday at 6:30PM

    The People of Yes

    The irony is that many people think of us Catholics as people of No -- don’t do this, don’t do that. In reality we are the people of Yes -- yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion for the poor and suffering, yes to the solidarity and community that make us messengers of joy even in a valley of tears.
    - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, homily at Opening Mass of the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life

    The Social Concerns Committee

    The Social Concerns Committee of 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

    The Year of Mercy Offers an Opport unity to Bring Healing in the Area of Failed Marriages

    When marriages fail, Catholics may be unclear about their relationship to the Church. 

    “I am civilly divorced and not sure whether I can continue to receive the Eucharist or be a part of the parish community.”

    “I am not sure about the status of my marriage.  It would be helpful to talk to someone who could explain it to me.”

    “My spouse and I would like to explore having our marriage blessed in the Church.”

    “I don’t know what an annulment really is and why I would want one.  Also, I heard they are expensive.”

    Do any of these voices sound like you or someone you know? In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee.  Please contact the rectory at 570-489-0752 or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation.  It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.

    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.

    Vote November 3rd

    Be sure to Vote November 6th

    DON’T FORGET TO VOTE NOVEMBER 3rd

    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

    WEEKLY WEDNESDAY LUNCH

    WEEKLY WEDNESDAY LUNCH for anyone in our community who would like to stop by Working with St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton and Catholic Social Services, on Wednesdays at 12:00 (Noon) we will host a weekly lunch in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen is in need of sugar, salt and low sodium soups.

    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)

    The Living Stations will be presented at Blessed Sacrament on Friday, March 11 at 7:00 p.m. and at Holy Cross on Friday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m.