• 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

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2021

Readings: Mark 1: 14-20,

Jonah 3: 1-5, 10

1 Corinthians 7: 29-31

The day of the Messiah has dawned; but newness demands change: a “turning away” from business as usual and a complete trust in the life and love of God. Simon and Andrew’s “abandoning” their nets and James’ and John’s “abandoning” their father in today’s Gospel illustrate the total trust and commitment Jesus demands of those who would be his disciples.

Jonah is a reluctant prophet. Nineveh was the capital of the despised Assyrians, Israel’s one-time occupier and bitter enemy. When first sent by God to Nineveh, Jonah refused, believing that Nineveh deserved to be destroyed. But Jonah is made to realize that every nation and every people who turn to the Lord are precious to the loving Creator and Father of all. To be God’s holy people, Israel must abandon its sense of intolerance and vindictiveness.

For Paul and many of the early Christians, Jesus Christ’s return was imminent – they fully expected Christ to appear in their lifetimes.

Despite the near alarmist urgency of today’s brief second reading. Paul makes an important point about the impermanence of our relationships and material goods in this world, a world that “as we know it is passing away.”

THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME THEMES

Our value and worth before God.

Jesus began his ministry by calling simple fishermen to be his most trusted friends. Although the Twelve were hardly scholars or men wise in the ways of the world, Jesus saw beyond their gruff simplicity to call forth from them faith, sincerity and integrity. As Mark's Gospel unfolds each Sunday this year, the first disciples will misunderstand Jesus, desert him and even deny and betray him. But Jesus entrusts to them, for all of humankind, the proclamation of his Gospel. We, too, possess such value and trust in the eyes of our God.

Jesus' call to 'abandonment' for the sake of the Gospel.

Their families must have thought that the first disciples were crazy for just dropping everything to follow the itinerant rabbi from Nazareth. To be a disciple of Jesus means abandoning the world's values to embrace the demanding values of the Gospel. Thomas Merton wrote "How many fear to follow their consciences because they would rather conform to the opinion of others than to the truth they know in their souls? How can I be sincere if I am constantly changing my mind to conform with the shadow of what I think others expect of me? Others have no right to demand that I be anything other than what I ought to be in the sight of God."

The possibilities of change through the Gospel.

The Gospel is about possibilities. Christ came to show us how it is possible to love life to the fullest, if we dare to make forgiveness, reconciliation and selfless charity the center of our lives. It is difficult to move beyond our biases and prejudices and to rise above the pressures and deadlines imposed on us to hear that small voice of the Spirit within us. That is the challenge of discipleship to see forgiveness when the rest of the world demands vengeance; to see Christ in the faces of those who have been "written off" by society; to work for justice when there is nothing in it for us; to embrace the role of servant when the conventional wisdom dictates "me first." Jesus' Gospel is challenging, demanding and unreasonable - but, oh, the possibilities!

COLLECTION OF PALMS

In preparation for Ash Wednesday (February 17th), you may drop off blessed Palms from your home in the entrance way of our parish churches.