• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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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

2013 Financial Statements

Please call the office for your records.

Financial Statements for the 2013 calendar year will be mailed in mid-January. All credited donations for tax purposes for the year 2013 should be made by December 31, 2013 Anyone needing their contributions for the year 2013 is asked to call the rectory for their tax letter. Please leave your current address and telephone number. Thank you for your cooperation.

2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Corinthians 1: 1-17) is the theme for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: "that all may be one... that the world may believe" (John 17:21). The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches.

Altar & Rosary Society Meeting

The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm in the church basement. The meeting will follow immediately afterwards. New members are always welcome. Springer ladies: Leona Gataveskas, Frances Gentile, Dolores Gretzula, Theresa Kalinoski, Rose Kaminski, Josephine Karolewicz, Claudia Kausmeyer, Marion Kowalski. Advisory: Marge Pabis & Rosalie Bialy

Altar Flowers

May Perpetual Light Shine Upon them! Weekly flowers can be donated in memory of a Living or Deceased family member or friend. Please call the Parish Office to schedule your donation.

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 16th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

Baptismal Instruction

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

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish

LENTEN BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

When -Tuesdays in Lent 2:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish

What Reflection /Faith Sharing on the upcoming Sunday readings for the Lenten Season

Come and join us, all are most welcome

The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm in the church basement. The meeting will follow immediately afterwards. New members are always welcome. Springer ladies: Leona Gataveskas, Frances Gentile, Dolores Gretzula, Theresa Kalinoski, Rose Kaminski, Josephine Karolewicz, Claudia Kausmeyer, Marion Kowalski. Advisory: Marge Pabis & Rosalie Bialy

Easter Egg Hunt

Holy Cross / Blessed Sacrament CIA Youth Group is sponsoring Easter Egg Hunt Bring your baskets, April 5th 11:00 a,m, t 12:00 (Noon) at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca Street, Throop. Call rectory to register 570-489-0752 by Wednesday, March 26 Pre-School to 4th grade .

CIA (Christians in Action) are looking for donations for the Easter Egg Hunt. Plastic eggs, candy to fill eggs, prizes for boys and girls. Please drop off at rectory before March26. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Holy Name Society News

  • The Holy Name Society will hold their Annual Pizza, Pagach, Handmade Lamb Shaped Butter,and Easter Chocolate sale on Friday, April 11. Order sheets are available at the front and side entrances of the Church. Prices remain the same. Pagach, Pizza, and Chocolate $10. Handmade Lamb-Shaped Butter $5. The Chocolate Assortment with a Specially Designed Chocolate Bar (10 pieces of assorted chocolate in all) will be made by our friends at Chocolate Creations. The sale will run from 11AM to 5:45PM in the Parish Hall. Orders can also be placed by calling the Parish Offices at 489-1963/489-0752. Delivery available at 2PM and 4PM. The Holy Name thanks all parishioners and friends for supporting this annual event.
  • The Holy Name Society's Annual "Spring Hospitality Sunday", will be held on Sunday, April 27, immediately following the 9:30AM Mass outside by Our Heritage Monument. Rolls, Coffee, Orange Juice, and Fellowship. Bring your family, bring your neighbor, bring a stranger, most importantly bring yourself! All ages invited.
  • Meetings-Second Sunday of Month 7PM:The Holy Name extends an open invitation to all men and juniors to join our Society. Just contact any member, or come join us for one of our meetings. We would like to increase our membership as we head into Spring. We are in the process of making new membership cards. Please contact Mark Wallo to pay your 2014 dues. If you have any questions about the Holy Name Society you can contact Society President Adam Nosak.
  • ROSARY for CHARLES F. MULEA Sunday April 6, 9AM: The Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish will recite the Rosary for their late member Charles F. "Charlie" Mulea who passed away recently. For years, Charlie was a staple at the Holy Name's 'Praying of the Rosary' for deceased members. All Holy Name members and friends of Charlie are invited to recite the Rosary beginning at 9AM, on Sunday, April 6, immediately before 9:30AM Mass. Holy Name Members are asked to sit in a group.
  • NEW WINNERS CLUB TICKETS FOR NEXT 26 WEEKS AVAILABLE NOW

    Tickets for the weekly WINNERS CLUB DRAWING for the next 26 weeks are now available from any Holy Name Member or by contacting Adam Nosak at 489-2561. Your support of this Holy Name Society fundraiser is most appreciated and helps support Our Blessed Sacrament Parish Community in many ways.

  • Winner's Club Week #12: Janet Feola, Debbie Zielinsky, Kim McAndrew
  • Winner's Club Week #13: Louise Kapp, Al Caruso, Vince Mikulski
  • Winner's Club Week #14: Ralph Obelinas, Lacy Harrington, Sally Lorent
  • Winner's Club Week #15: $50 M Portonova,$25 Michelle Chang, $25 Marie Castellano
  • Winner's Club Week #16: $50 Mary Ann Labas,$25 Sam Runco, $25 Marie Mary Ann Muto
  • Winner's Club Week #17: $50 Joseph J Wallo Jr,$25 Ed Long, $25 Frank Halkovic
  • BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH ANNUAL SPRING CLEANUP   Blessed Sacrament Parish will hold their Annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 12, from 8:30AM to Noon. All ages are invited to help spruce up the Parish Property. Rakes and other tools will be provided. Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions. Wear gloves if you have them. This will be a rain or shine event. Why not join us and Welcome Spring!!! Again, All ages are welcome!

THANK YOU!!!

Thank you for the very generous donation from the Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society. It certainly will be put to good use.

BLESSED SACRAMENT MEMORIAL DONATIONS

BLESSED SACRAMENT MEMORIAL DONATIONS were given in memory of Charles Mulea by Bridgid E. Carey and one given by Scott & Marie Edmunds. A memorial donation was also given in memory of Joseph Smiegal by the Smiegal Family.

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

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

Did you know?

 Ushers at St. John the Baptist Parish (1905-2009) in 1980 included: Joseph C. Wargo, Frank Cupina, Gus Franchetti, John Chimock, Maurice Menichetti, and Bernard Pasko. Altar Servers at St. Bridget Parish (1916-2009) in 1980 included: Adam Uhl, Danny Reilly, Matthew Boniewicz, Mark Reilly, Jason Abbott,and Christian Bonewicz.

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.

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.

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!
  • Confraternity of Christian Women

    CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is sponsoring a “Bakeless Bake Sale”. Attached to the bulletin you will find an envelope to place your donation. If you didn’t receive an envelope, please use a plain white envelope, mark “Bakeless Bake Sale” and place your envelope in the collection basket. With the CCD classes meeting in Kelley Hall, we do not have the space for a bake sale. Last year they did very well with their “Bakeless Bake Sale”, please help them again this year.

    Due to a conflict with schedules we are going to change the April meeting for the Confraternity from April 6th to April 13th. Please mark the date on your calendar.

    BUS TRIP CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN, HOLY CROSS PARISH is sponsoring a trip to Sight & Sound Theater, Lancaster for the new show MOSES on Wednesday, July 9 with lunch at Pain & Fancy Restaurant, Cost is $115 which includes Bus, Show, Lunch, Taxes and tips. For reservations, information call Anne @ 570-489-9405 or Jackie at 570-489-8143.

    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.

    DAYS OF FAST AND ABSTINENCE

    Fast from judging others;

    feast on seeing the best in people.

    Fast from emphasis on differences;

    feast on the unity of all life.

    Fast from despair; feast on hope.

    Fast from thoughts of illness;

    feast on the healing power of God.

    Fast from words that destroy;

    feast on the phrases that are encouraging.

    Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

    Fast from anger; feast on patience.

    Fast from being negative; feast on being positive.

    Fast from worry; feast on trust.

    Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

    Fast from hostility; feast on peacemaking.

    Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.

    Fast from constant activity; feast on slowing down.

    Fast from disrespect;

    feast on recognizing the sacred in all life.

    Fast from self concern;

    feast on compassion for others.

    All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence where all Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to abstain from meat. And Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.All Catholics 18 years of age and over are bound by Church law to fast; only one large meal and two smaller meals. At the age of 60 (or if one is sick), a person is no longer required to fast.

    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.

    Deanery Communal Penance Services for 2014

    • April 3 (Thursday) Blessed Sacrament at St. Anthony’s, Throop 6:30 pm
    • April 6 (Sunday) Sacred Heart, Peckville 3:00 pm
    • April 8 (Tuesday) Visitation B.V.M. , Dickson City 7:00 pm
    • April 8 (Tuesday) Holy Cross at St. Patrick’s, Olyphant 6:30 pm
    • April 9 (Wednesday) Christ the King at St. Thomas, Archbald 6:30 pm
    • April 9 (Wednesday) St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale 6:30 pm
    • April 10 (Thursday) Queen of Angels at St. Michael’s , Jessup 7:00 pm
    • April 10 (Thursday) Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at Sacred Heart of Mary, Jermyn 6:30 pm

    Diocesan Annual Appeal

    Diocesan Annual Appeal 2013

    “SERVE WITH LOVE”

    THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PLEDGED. Our goal this year is $52,000 for Holy Cross. To date we have received $45,377.00 (6,623.00) We are almost at our goal, Please prayerfully consider giving what your budget will allow.

    Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

    His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 22. The event includes a 2:30 pm mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your pastor before February 14.

    Easter Duty

    All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation to confess any mortal sin. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 8th.

    Easter Triduum Schedule

    Easter Triddum Schedule


    Holy Thursday - April 17th


    Mass of the Lord's Supper

    6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
    7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

    Good Friday - April 18th


    The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

    1:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
    3:30 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

    Stations of the Cross

    5:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
    6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

    Holy Saturday - April 19th


    Blessing of Baskets

    11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
    12:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

    Easter Vigil

    8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

    Easter Sunday - April 20th


    Blessing of Baskets

    8:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
    9:30 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
    11:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
    11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
    12:30 a.m.Holy Cross – Throop

    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

    Please remember in your prayers our parishioners and Friends of the parish who have recently died: Msgr. Paul J. Purcell. Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them

    First Holy Communion 2014

    First Holy Communion will take place Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices. Please contact John Musyt or Rose Liesiefsky if you have any questions about the dates or times of practices

    Flowers Delivered to Shut-In

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

    FLU SEASON PRECAUTIONS

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

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

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

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

    Gratitude for Food Collected

    A special word of appreciation to 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 work of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

    Holy Cross Parish

    Blessed Sacrament Parish

    Soup and Stations Volunteers Needed

    Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall. Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie at 489-8143 or Carol at 489-1915. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

    Adoration - Hours Available

    The joy of being Catholic is in the Eucharist. The Most Holy Eucharist, also called the Sacred Liturgy, is the wellspring of Catholic life and its summit. The Church lives From Eucharist to Eucharist, amazed by the wonder of so great a gift and waits with “Blessed hope for the return of Christ in glory. The Eucharist life begins on the way to church. Go to church with a heart made ready for the mystery. Begin at home by reading the texts appointed for the day’s Mass. Let the word of God. resonate in your heart; read the texts aloud, slowly and with attention.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. in the Blessed Pope John Paul II Chapel. Each time you approach the Blessed Sacrament, remember that Jesus has been waiting for you for Twenty centuries for this personal visit from you (St Josemaria Escriva) Our Chapel is open Monday through Friday. The open hour of adoration is Tuesday 11 pm. Please call Eydie if you can fill this time.

    LOTTERY TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PICK-UP

    Holy Cross Parish will conduct their Lotto during the month of June. If you ordered tickets, they can be picked up at the main entrance of the church. NO money is needed at this time. If you have not received a call to order tickets, you can buy tickets at this time or call the Rectory Office.

    MOVIE NIGHT

    Tuesday, 4/22/14 6:30 p.m. Kelley Hall, “Bonneville”

    THANK YOU!!!

    The St Ludmilla Ladies Society Branch 108 Of Olyphant contributed a generous sum to Holy Cross Parish for their Easter Donation. Thank you for your continued generosity

    BULLETIN BOARD

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

    CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

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

    CHURCH ETIQUETTE

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

    How You Can Make a Difference

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

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

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

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

    Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament Choir

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

    How to Make a Good Confession

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

    Going to Confession:

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

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

    IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

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

    In the Hospital

    You must notify us if you are in the hospital.

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

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

    Interested in Becoming Catholic?

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

    Kind Reminder

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

    Know a Marriage That Needs Help

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

    Lent - Entering The Desert

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

    Lent - FAQ

    Lent is a special season where the Church prepares for the great feast of Easter. In many ways, it is a forty-day retreat of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. At Mass, we mark this time of preparation with several different liturgical actions.

    Why is the Gloria not sung during Lent? The Gloria is always omitted during Lent, although it is sung on solemnities such as St. Joseph’s Day and the Annunciation. By suppressing the joyful song of the Gloria, the liturgy places greater emphasis on the Act of Penance. This gives the whole liturgy a more somber air, suitable for a season of preparation and penance.

    Why is the Gospel Acclamation different? The Gospel Acclamation (the Alleluia) is a way of honoring Jesus Christ and elevating the Gospel reading above the others. However, during Lent the word Alleluia is not used. This is another sign of the season’s character as a time of restraint and sobriety, when we do penance and are conscious of sin and the need for conversion.

    Why does the priest use the Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation? There are two Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation; both are appropriate for the season of Lent as a time of repentance and preparation for baptismal renewal. The first Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation reminds us: “Now is the time for your people to turn back to you and be renewed in Christ your Son, a time of grace and reconciliation.”

    Little Sisters of the Poor

    Little Sisters of the Poor will be coming to our parish on May 24-25 We are all aware of the wonderful work that the sisters do for our community. Please be as generous as possible.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    LOVE FOR THE POOR & THE WORKS OF MERCY

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

    Spiritual Works of Mercy

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

    Corporal Works of Mercy

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

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

    Mass Intention Book to Open

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

    Memorial /Honor Candles

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

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Peter & Mary Squirlock and Deceased Children offered by Family.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish – In loving memory of Frank Palumbo & Maryann Palumbo offered by Nellie Palumbo.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    LA SALLE ACADEMY PRESENTS… BASKET BONANZA 2014

    • Friday, April 25, 2014
    • Fiorelli Catering, 1501 Main St., Peckville
    • Over 200 Baskets
    • $$$ Thousands in prizes$$$
    • $27.50 per Adult
    • $22.50 per Child 10 & younger

    Ticket price includes a sit down dinner of Chicken Piccata and 25 raffle tickets for Tier 1 baskets. Cash bar. Dinner tickets and additional raffle tickets must be ordered before April 16th. All seating is pre-arranged. Tables of 8-10 can be reserved. No tickets sold at the door. Doors open at 5:00 pm, dinner is at 6:30 pm and raffle begins at 7:15 pm. Tickets available at the school offices.

    The Scranton Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

    The Scranton Diocesan Council of Catholic Women announces their annual Mass and brunch on Sunday May 4th. Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM at St. Peter’s Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Brunch follows at St Mary's Center 320 Mifflin Ave

    ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICES

    ECUMENICAL LENTEN SERVICES will be held at

    • St. James/St. George, Jermyn, Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 pm.. , Rev. Virginia Miner
    • March 26 Blakely Baptist Rev. Dr Michael Shambora
    • April 2 Peckville United Methodist Rev. Peter Pearson
    • April 9 Lackawanna Valley Presbyterian Msgr. Michael Delaney

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church: Polish Ethnic Dinner

    Saturday, March 22, 2014, 12:00noon to 6:30pm

    Where: In the Parish Center at LaSalle Academy Primary Campus Cafeteria 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City, PA

    Adult Dinner: $10.00, Includes pierogi, piggies, kielbasi, haluski, dinner roll, dessert, & beverage.

    Children's Dinner: $6.00, Includes pierogi, piggie, kielbasi, mashed potatoes, dinner roll, dessert, & beverage

    Eat In Or Take Out

    Raffles and a Bake Sale will be held

    Tickets are available at the parish office, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519 (570) 489-2091

    The Cathedral of Saint Peter presents: Tenebrae: Song of the Shadows – Sunday, April 13, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

    You are invited to experience Tenebrae: Song of the Shadows at the Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, on Palm Sunday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae, the Latin word for shadows, is a prayer service which recreates the passion story through the use of readings and hymns. A candle is extinguished following each hymn, except for the last candle which is “buried” signifying the burial of Christ. Begin your journey through Holy Week by experiencing this very moving prayer service.

    YOU ARE INVITED TO THE CHRISM MASS

    You are invited to attend the Chrism Mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, on Tuesday, April 15 th at 4:00 p.m. At this Mass priests from throughout the Diocese will renew their priestly promises before the Bishop, and the oils to be used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Anointing of the Sick and Holy Orders will be blessed. Participation in the Chrism Mass is a beautiful way to pray for and support the priests of the Diocese.

    THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST

    Mel Gibson’s electrifying depiction of the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus, will be shown at 7 pm on Good Friday, April 18, at St. Joseph Church, N. Main Ave. & Theodore Sts, by St. Thomas More Parish. No admission will be charged. Feel free to bring a comfortable folding chair and snacks or non-alcoholic beverages. Parking is available. Parents are reminded that the Crucifixion sequence is very realistic and may upset younger children. (The MPAA Rating is R.)

    Baked Haddock Fish Dinner

    The 3rd Annual Meatless Meal for Lent "Baked Haddock Fish Dinner" sponsored by Saint Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, PA on Friday, April 11, 2014. It will be held at The REGAL ROOM, 216 Lackawanna Ave. Olyphant, PA. Starting at 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Pre-sold tickets are $13.00 per person/dinner. You can "Sit In or Take Out" The dinner will included, baked haddock, potato vegetable, cole claw, roll, dessert with coffee or tea. At the door, a limited amount of tickets will be $15.00 per dinner. Call Sandra at 570-383-9487 for reservations before Monday April 7th, 2014. Rev. Nestor Iwasiw is Pastor. Website: http://www.stcyrils.maslar-online.com/

    PORKETTA SANDWICH SALE

    The Nadine Cenci Marchegiani Foundation will hold a porketta sandwich sale, Saturday, April 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jessup Hose Company #2, 333 Hill Street, Jessup. Sandwiches are $3.50 each and advance orders are recommended. For tickets, please call 570-383-0783 or contact any board member.

    ANNIVERSARY MASS

    His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 22. The event includes a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your pastor before February 14.

    PYSANSKY

    The Art of Pysanky
    March 30 and April 6th.  Limited space per class.  Cost  $15.00 per person and supplies are included.  Interested, contact Lauren Telep, ASAP, only 25 people per class,  via  e-mail or my home phone 570-383-0319 before it goes to the MEDIA. Easter is April 20th 2014. Class: "Learn how to make Pysanky"  (Ukrainian Easter Eggs) Dates; March 16, 23, 30 and April 6th Price: $15.00 per person Place; SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church-PARISH HALL       207 River Street, Olyphant, PA  Free Parking!!!Time: 2;00 P.M.-4:00 P.M.

    Lent Program - Rediscovering Catholicism

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Dickson City, is planning a program during Lent on Tuesday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the school cafeteria to discuss the book, Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Catholics and non-Catholics are invited to attend. A FREE copy of the book will be available for anyone who attends the program and does not already have one. The sessions will be one hour in length and refreshments will be served. You do not have to have the book completely read by then, as we will be discussing the following pages/chapters in this order:

       
    • March 4 - Where To From Here? Pages 13–25
    • March 11 - We Become What We Celebrate. Pages 27-66
    • March 18 - The Authentic Life. Pages 67-144
    • March 25 - The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality. Pages 145-228
    • April 1 - The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality (Cont). Pages 229-284
    • April 8 - Now Is Our Time. Pages 285-324

    The sessions will take place in the School Cafeteria at LaSalle Academy Primary Campus, 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City. Anyone with questions may call the parish office at 570-489-2091.

    Trip to Radio City Music Hall

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church

    Invites you to join us on

    Wednesday, April 30th

    on a bus trip to

    RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL

    for

    HEART AND LIGHTS

    Starring the Rockettes and celebrating the greatest city in the world, New York ! This is a limited engagement 5 week only show. Tickets are $90 per person and includes round trip bus and orchestra seats. The bus will leave from St. Mary's Visitation Church, 619 Dundaff St., Dickson City at 7:30 am, the show is at 11:00 am, and departure from NYC will be at 6:30 pm. Payment must accompany your reservation. Call 570-489-2091 for information. Seats are going fast. Hurry, before they are gone

    McDonnell Family Fundraiser

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

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

    Marywood University Aphasia Group

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

    McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

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

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

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

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

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

    Altar Bread Department

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

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

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

    The Healing Pathway Grief Workshop

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

    VNA HOSPICE BEREAVEMENT PROGRAM

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

    VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

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

    VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

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

    British Landscapes

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

    DIVINE MERCY PRAYER GROUP:

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

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

    First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

    First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

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

    Outdoor Rosary

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

    Forty Days for Life

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

    MONDAY NIGHT BINGO-ST. MARY’S, DICKSON

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

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

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

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

    Newly Baptized

    Congratulations Emma Sophia Tracewski, daughter of Chester & Sherry Tracewski and Harper Ann Frable, daughter of Ryan & Holly Frable 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.

    Oops - Note to Envelope Users

    ENVELOPE USERS: Our PDS Computer system and the Envelope Company put in a conversion program and we were not aware, once again new parishioners were dropped from receiving new envelope packets. We have about 100 families that have not received their packets. Temporary envelopes are being sent. Please be sure to mark your name on the temporary envelopes.

    Outreach Services

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

    Parish Council

    Parish Council

    What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

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

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

    Parking Around Parish

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

    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 hat may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation

    Pilgrims from Scranton

    Pope Francis, October 23, 2013

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

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

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

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

    Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

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

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

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

    Pope Francis on Evangelization

    Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    PRACTICE TIMES FOR HOLY WEEK SERVICES

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

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

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

    Prayer For Vocations

    Provident God, You bless us with the gift of Jesus who cares for us as a good shepherd. By our baptism we are anointed and sent to continue the mission of Jesus. Guide your people to prayerfully choose a way of life that best serves you with their gifts. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to live dedicated lives as married and single people, as deacons, priests and religious. United with Jesus, our shepherd, we are one with you, now and forever. Amen.

    Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

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

    Quilts for the Homeless Project

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

    Realize Above All

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

    Religious Education News

    YOUTH FOR LIFE ART & ESSAY CONTEST

    Students from grades 7 to 12 are invited to enter the contest sponsored by Pennsylvanians Students may choose one of two themes, “Adoption is a loving option” or “How teens can help to build a culture of life. ”Deadline for entries is May 16, 2014. If you have questions, please call Marge at the Pro Life Center at 570-343-5099

    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!

    First Holy Communion

    First Holy Communion will take place Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices. Please contact John Musyt or Rose Liesiefsky if you have any questions about the dates or times of practices

    Religious Education Times

    Parents/Guardians of students attending Religious Education Classes in Kelley Hall are reminded that classes begin at 9:20 AM and end at 10:30 AM.  Beginning with our next class in October , the doors to Kelley Hall will be closed and no one will be permitted to enter the area outside the classrooms until 10:30 AM when Mr. Musyt or one of the volunteers will open the doors.  Parents/guardians must remain outside of the classrooms, in the vestibule area, to avoid disrupting valuable teaching time.  The doors will open at 10:30 A.M.

    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.

    RELIGIOUS EDUCATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

    FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

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

    VIRTUS DIOCESE OF SCRANTON

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

    VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

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

    Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

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

    BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES NEEDED

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

    Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

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

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

    QUALIFICATIONS FOR GODPARENTS FOR BAPTISM & CONFIRMATION SPONSORS

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

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

    How to Receive Communion

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

    PRAYER: The Key to Heaven

    Seek the Face of God in Everything

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

    Soup and Stations - Volunteers Needed

    Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall. Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie at 489-8143 or Carol at 489-1915. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

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

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

    St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Need

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

    St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

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

    Support Christians in the Holy Land

    The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.

    The Light Is On For You - Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

    The Light Is On For You – all Mondays of Lent from 5:30-7:00pm. All the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual confessions. In keeping with the spirit of Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter, Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered, inviting Catholics to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important dimension of the Lenten journey. The website, www.dioceseofscranton.org/light has materials to assist you in preparing to make a good confession, prayers you may find helpful, and answers to frequently asked questions. Please make plans to come on a Lenten Monday, and spread the word of this special outreach of mercy to those you know.

    THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

    “Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his Paschal Mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.” These days recall the central mystery of our faith: the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ.

    From the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, paragraphs #18-19.

    HOLY THURSDAY – The season of Lent concludes with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The only Mass celebrated is in the evening when we remember Jesus’ celebration of the Passover meal. We recall that Jesus took the form of a slave and washed the feet of his disciples – giving us an example of what it means to follow Christ. Furthermore, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, when Jesus gave us his Body and Blood to feed us on our journey of faith. After communion, a ciborium with consecrated hosts for Good Friday is left on the altar. The Holy Eucharist then leads the procession to the Lower Chapel where the Eucharist will be reposed, reminding us of Christ’s prayer in the Garden. After the procession, the altar in the Upper Church is stripped, all candles are extinguished, and the holy water is removed from the fonts.

    GOOD FRIDAY – Good Friday is a celebration of Jesus’ Passion – recalling His suffering and death on the cross that He suffered for each of us. Because it is through His death that we have salvation we call the day ‘Good.’ Traditionally the Lord’s Passion is celebrated between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Based on the Gospel accounts, it is presumed that Jesus died around 3:00 p.m. Note, there is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday, rather it is a celebration of the Word which includes the veneration of the cross and distribution of Holy Eucharist which was consecrated on Holy Thursday.

    HOLY SATURDAY – The Easter Vigil is the highest celebration of the Church’s liturgical year. This is the celebration that our Lenten preparations have pointed to – both the Resurrection of Jesus and the welcoming of new members into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The Easter Vigil begins in darkness, symbolizing the darkness of the tomb. The Paschal Candle enters the church symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world and Christ who is now risen from the dead. The light of Christ shatters the darkness and illuminates the entire Church as the Gloria is sung. The elect are baptized and confirmed after the homily.

    The Passion of the Lord

    It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you. Today begins Holy Week. This week we have the great privilege of standing with Jesus as he undergoes his passion.

    Like the Twelve, we may not always do this perfectly. We may fall asleep in the garden instead of keeping vigil. We may strike out clumsily with a sword and miss the real foe. Maybe we will join him only at the last moment, like the “good thief” who recognized Jesus’ innocence and asked to be remembered in his kingdom. But no matter how successful we are, Jesus remains determined to do his Father’s will, all because of his love for us.

    On Holy Thursday, we join, Jesus at table and as he washes his apostles’ feet, institutes the first priesthood and offers the first Eucharist. Late into the night, we can keep watch with him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

    On Good Friday, we can accompany him along the way of the cross and stand by him on Calvary.

    At the Easter Vigil, we can celebrate his victory over death as we light a new fire and rejoice as our new brothers and sisters are baptized and received into the Church. Don’t wait for the last minute. Start walking with the Lord today.

    Let us pray, Father your Son chose your will for Him over His own desires. Help us to remember your will, even when it seems difficult. You are always with us, especially in our times of need. We are thankful for your blessing every day. Amen.

    Third Annual Baby Shower for St. Joseph's Center

    When: Sunday April 27, 2014 At 2:00 PM

    Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 216 Rebecca St., Throop, Pa.

    Hosted by Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross parishes Social Concerns Committee

    Please RSVP by April 20, 2014

    Call 489-5125 or 383-0710

    Reservation forms are in the vestibule of the Churches and in the bulletin.

    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.

    UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

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

    Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

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

    Christ the King Parish

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

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

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

    Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

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

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

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

    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

    • Name chosen for BS/HC Youth Group: “CIA: Christians in Action.”
    • Youth Group Meeting Date March 23 in Kelley Hall from 5 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.
    • Practice for Living Stations

      Sundays 5:00 - 6:30

      March 16 & 23 Kelley Hall

      March 30 Blessed Sacrament

    • Living stations presentation

      Arrive at 5 o’clock, we will eat and practice

      April 4 Blessed Sacrament

      April 11Holy Cross

    • Holy Cross / Blessed Sacrament CIA Youth Group is sponsoring Easter Egg Hunt Bring your baskets, April 5th 11:00 a,m, t 12:00 (Noon) at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca Street, Throop. Call rectory to register 570-489-0752 by Wednesday, March 26 Pre-School to 4th grade.
    • CIA (Christians in Action) are looking for donations for the Easter Egg Hunt. Plastic eggs, candy to fill eggs, prizes for boys and girls. Please drop off at rectory before March26. Thank you for your continued generosity.