As baptized followers of Jesus Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit, we strive to proclaim the Gospel by promoting a welcoming community; celebrating the Eucharist and living our faith with charity, peace and justice.
Pastor: Monsignor Michael Delaney
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pt 1:8-9)
"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." (Jn 20:27b-29)
Thanks to all who have helped us to prepare for and celebrate the beginning of the Easter Time as reverently and beautifully. A very special thank you to our parish staff persons, to our liturgical ministers and servers, to Ned Dructor, Mary Therese McKane and our Music Ministry and to all of the members of our Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Catholic family, thank you for your generosity and overall kindness.
Monsignor Michael J Delaney
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 ith 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 refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender 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.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will take place Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 7 at 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices.
ATTENTION :FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES - HERE ARE THE PRACTICE TIMES
Blessed Sacrament May 2 6:30 – 8:00 PM
May 4 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Holy Cross May 2 6:30 -8:00 PM
May 4 6:30-8:00 PM
“DO NOT BE AFRAID! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.”
--from the Gospel of Matthew, Easter Vigil
PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN
Just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
ALLELUIA! HAPPY, BLESSED EASTER!
May this Easter remove fear and strengthen our resolve to “go quickly” to tell our brothers and sisters, “He lives.”
Our Lenten preparation is over, let our Easter celebration begin! These fifty days of unpacking the glorious mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Paschal Mystery is at work, Jesus alive, within us and within our parish communities.
We join together in rejoicing in the joy of Jesus, and pray that as we feel the newly blessed Easter water and wholeheartedly proclaim “I do” in answering, renewing our Baptismal promises, that this “Easter people” will give witness to, everywhere we are, the presence of the Risen Christ. In joy, may we answer Jesus’ mission to us, and go out to Olyphant and Throop and anywhere and everywhere we may be bringing Jesus and his new life through our words and actions to all those in need of his love and mercy. Blessed, happy Easter, Alleluia!
…… Monsignor Delaney
The Diocesan Annual Appeal has reached and surpassed our $5 million goal, at 101% to date, $5,046,360 in gifts and pledges.
Thank you to all for your generosity and support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.
Blessed Sacrament $17,000 $19,825 in gifts & pledges
Holy Cross $50,000 goal $50,940.00 in gifts & pledges
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. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 4.
The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in Mary for the Public.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Maura Burns, a University of Scranton pre-dental student, is working with our Social Concerns committee collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. during the month of February. Items collected will be distributed to the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center
The Social Concerns Committee is partnering with Maura Burns, and Ready Set Brush, Inc. a nonprofit organization developed by University of Scranton Pre-dental students, who help children learn about the importance of good oral health at an early age. We are seeking donations of basic dental supplies to provide to local organizations in need. Collection boxes will be placed in the vestibules of both parishes during the month of February.
Items to be collected for both children and adults include:
- Soft bristle toothbrushes made of nylon (Oral B, Colgate, Crest, any pharmacy brand.)
- Toothpaste (Crest, Colgate, Sensodyne, Aquafresh, Pepsodent, Arm & Hammer.)
- Dental Floss (Glide Smooth, Oral B, Travel Dental Flossers.)
- Mouthwash (Listerine, Act, Colgate, Crest, Agent Cool Blue.)
Monday, January 23, 2017; 6:30 PM; Holy Cross Parish.
All are invited to join in Prayer-Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Adoration and Benediction, as we lift up, honor and validate the dignity and sanctity of life from conception until natural death. We place ourselves in the Lord’s Eucharistic Presence praying for the conversion of hearts and the protection of unborn children.
Proud of Being Catholic (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman – (Not Catholic)
Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of Americans it’s free.
The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics – in the United States today. But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.
Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia; 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.
A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving. The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.
Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what was written in Jeremiah:
‘Thus says the Lord: Stand by the earliest roads, ask the pathways of old. Which is the way to good, and walk it; thus you will find rest for our souls.’
Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.
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.
If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then the Retrouvaille Program can help you, Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and to rediscover a more loving relationship.
The next local program will be Feb. 24-26, 2017 at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA . Registration Required. All calls confidential. Cost is by donation. For more information or to register call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org. Why run it for so long? Because it often takes troubled couples awhile to accept that they may need some help.
The Christmas shopping season will officially be underway this Friday! When purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider logging into your account via the Amazon Smile Program. A portion of your sale will be donated to our home at no additional cost to you!
To help, log in to your account at smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0832764.
There is St Mary’s Cilla Assisted Living. If you are interested in living here for just the winter months or a shorter period of time to stay active and keep busy during the long winter, call 570-795-2810.
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 for more information.
The 2017 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and to the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament for sponsoring the calendars.
The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes are once again providing a hot dinner at Christmas for the residents of St. Anthony’s Haven (a homeless shelter). The women of the Social Concerns have been working diligently throughout the year and have accomplished many worthy projects. Thank you for your generosity to all of the parish projects that help to raise money. Thank you.
On the Care of our Common Home
Our Social Concerns Committee is hosting a presentation on Pope Francis recent teaching “Laudato Si” on the Care of our Common Home” Monsignor Vincent Grimalia will present information and lead conversation on the important topics which surface from Pope Francis ‘ historic encyclical.
When: Monday, December 5 @ 6:30M Where Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
All are invited and welcome. Refreshments will be served.
St Francis of Assisi Soup Drive: Monsignor Joseph P Kelly, Director of St Francis Kitchen has asked that local parishes collect cans of soup to help fill a specific need at the kitchen. We ask that you drop off soup cans next weekend October 22-23 in the vestibules of our parish churches. Thank you for your generosity.
The Catholic Churches of Olyphant and Throop welcome you to a free Community Meal at Holy Cross Parish at 12 Noon each Wednesday. The nutritious meal is prepared at St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton.
Our Catholic life begins and ends in the Parish because a Parish is the gathering of God’s faithful people. Today, more than ever, we must connect with our fellow parishioners, reinforcing our faith and keeping it vital for the next generation of Catholics. It is crucial that we foster a rich parish life, where families and friends come together in the spirit of Catholic fellowship. The Office for Parish Life assists in all aspects of Liturgy and Worship, Service & Social Concerns, Community and Family Development. Your gifts fund such programs as networking and training for Youth .Ministry Leaders, Directors of Religious Education, Music and Liturgical Ministry, Bereavement Support, Social Concerns and Parish Councils.
Care & Education to Priests:
“Answering God’s call to a life of service to His People” 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 96 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 Vocation Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, in guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to currently have 11 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, men in clergy formation, proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the Sacraments within our parish communities.
Educating the future generations of the faithful
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 5,100 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 15,000 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.
If you didn’t bring your phone to Mass today, it’s not too late to make a gift or pledge using your cell phone. Gifts are appreciated in any amount and are fully tax-deductible. Will you help by sharing your gifts?
To text a gift using your cell phone to support the ministries and services supported by the Diocesan Appeal, just…Text the word “Appeal” to number 91999, and follow the prompts. We appreciate your generosity. May God bless you.
Living Faith, Serving with Mercy “The great gift of mercy lies at the heart of all that we do as a church, and it also lies at the heart of the support we receive from the Diocesan Annual Appeal.”
Where we stand:
Holy Cross Parish: HOLY CROSS:We are at 99.66% of our $50,000 goal; $49,830.00 ($170.00)
Blessed Sacrament: Congratulations!! We are at 107% of our $17,000 goal;$18,515.00, $1,515.00 over. Remember that 75% of collected appeal donations above goal will be returned our parishes.
As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.
Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.
The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish, under the direction of Monsignor Michael Delaney, is pleased to announce that Ms. Susan Scanland MSN, CRNP,GNP-BC, CDP, CSP will be presenting a Sunday Seminar on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias October 16, 2016. The lecture, which is free to the public, will take place at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church) at 2 PM.
Susan Scanland is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Certified Dementia Practitioner and a national Alzheimer’s expert. Over 34 years of practice, she supported family caregivers, diagnosed and treated all dementias in long-term care, assisted living and home care. Ms. Scanland is the founder of Dementia Connection® LLC, a dementia education and consultation business.
Susan is one of two nurse practitioners in the world to receive the Certified Speaking Professional Award (CSP) through the National Speakers Association. She has presented over 600 seminars in the United States and Canada, as well as the International Conference on Vascular Dementia in Valencia, Spain.
Ms. Scanland has been nationally certified as a gerontological nurse practitioner since 1984 and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She holds a Nursing Faculty Specialist position at the University of Scranton. Susan has also taught in geriatric faculty positions at Binghamton University (SUNY) from 1999-2004 and the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1987-1999. She received her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Wilkes University.
The Social Concerns Committee and Monsignor Delaney hope that you will attend this Sunday Seminar and gain insight into this topic that greatly affects our families and our friends.
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.
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