Ascension Thursday is this week! It is a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows.
|Ascension Thursday Vigil||5:30 PM||Blessed Sacrament||Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross Parish|
|Ascension Thursday 5/5||7:30 AM||Blessed Sacrament||Rose & Jim – 5th Wedding Anniversary|
|8:00 AM||Holy Cross||Mary & Walter Marek||Geraldine & Frank Marek|
|7:00 PM||Holy Cross||Deceased Members of the Paul J. Spillar Family||Violet Spillar|
Please join us as we celebrate Christ's victorious return to the Father!
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
The Social Concerns Committee is sponsoring a collection in support of St. Joseph’s Baby Pantry, Dunmore. St. Joseph’s Center continues a long tradition of caring for the needs of women, children and families who need assistance.
Any donations, new or gently used, would be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off May 13 – 29, 2016, in the vestibules of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, and Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant.
The following is a list of some of the items needed:
- Toiletries (Baby--Shampoo, Wash, Wipes)
- Diapers (up to size 6)
- Towels and Washcloths
- Onesies (all sizes) Sleepers Clothes
- Food and Formula
- Car Seats Car Seat Monitors
- Play Pens / Pak’ n Play
- Bouncer Seats
- High Chairs
Thank you for helping your children and parish community to grow in awareness and appreciation for all life that God has so lovingly created!
Congratulations to the following children who received Holy Communion for the first time! May God bless you and strengthen you throughout your life every time you receive the Body & Blood of Christ.
|Kathryn Apolinario||Aiden Mills|
|Lily Mei Balmer||Eli Mitchell|
|Carson Beck||Landon O’Malley|
|Jake Carroll||Nicholas Pinto|
|Hailey Cleveland||William Powell|
|Addison Daiute||Matthew Repecki|
|Anna Gaughan||Krysta Saar|
|James Glgallon||Gianna Santarelli|
|Zachary Kalinowski||Jennifer Sweeny|
|Callie Lantka||Natalie Talluto|
|Charlie makala||Aidan Tinney|
|Robert Mattioli||Mason Vinansky|
|Carly Joy Bozym||Michael Keller|
|Tyler Bradshaw||Cole Lipinski|
|Thomas Collins||Kate Rose Melesky|
|Evan Cortazar||Nicholas Mills|
|Isaiah Davitt||Michael Philipp|
|Kevin Essig||Aaliyah Sarnoski|
|Gabriel James||Cole Tonkin|
With Jesus’ Resurrection, “Love has triumphed, Mercy has been victorious.”
“Let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” Pope Francis.
Easter means that the love of God is stronger than death. It means that the love of God can transform our lives and let these desert places in our hearts bloom.
Pope Francis reminds us that “God’s mercy can make even the driest land to become a garden, can restore life to dry bones.”
In this Easter time, we celebrate our restoration in Christ. We experience new hope and new life in the forgiveness and mercy of our God
We are immersed again, dipped into the healing waters, proclaiming our faith and choosing consciously, deliberately – to live and be the merciful love we have received.
God Bless us all at Easter and every moment of every day.
Monsignor Michael J. Delaney
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.
“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.
God called to himself my dear Mom, Mary T. Delaney, on February 21. On behalf of my family I want to extend my deep gratitude for the many prayers and notes of encouragement and consolation, Mass cards, flowers, food and countless kindness that have been such a great source of comfort and strength for us. God has blessed my life with a Mother of extraordinary goodness. As we as family grieve her passing, we will always remember how so many have gone out of their way so lovingly to lift us from our sadness.
May God bless you all.
Eternal rest grant unto Mary Delaney, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her.
May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
Sincerely, Monsignor Michael Delaney
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 May 15th.
5:30 Holy Cross, followed by soup & friendship
7 3;0 p.m. Blessed Sacrament
Our Youth Group (CIA Christians in Actions) will lead our prayer with a reverent and meaningful “Lving Stations” reflection.
Many thanks to Bishop Bambera for the pastoral visit he shared with us last weekend at Blessed Sacrament. We’re grateful to Bishop Bambera for his kindness and support and the message of encouragement and challenge he shared with us, reminding us that God is always ready to provide a second chance.
Thank you to Deacon Matthew Lorent for serving as Master of Ceremonies, to our Holy Name and Altar and Rosary Societies of Blessed Sacrament, to Ned Dructor and our Music Ministry, servers and Liturgical Ministers and our sixth grade CCD class.
- Fast from hurting words and say kind words
- Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
- Fast from anger and be filled with patience
- Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
- Fast from worries and trust in God
- Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
- Fast from pressures and be prayerful
- Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
- Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
- Fast from grudges and be reconciled
- Fast from words and be silent so you can listen
“The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter.” Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and concludes before the celebration of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday (this year, April 5th).
“Through its twofold theme of repentance and Baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens (those to be baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil) and the faithful already baptized, to celebrate the Paschal Mystery (the life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus). Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist) by means of the Rite of Election, the Scrutinies, and catechesis. The faithful who are already baptized, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their own Baptismal promises.”
Traditional Lenten practices include: Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving.
Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS, Fridays during Lent., March 11 Holy Cross at 5:30 pm followed by soup & fellowship in Kelley Hall; Blessed Sacrament- 6:00 pm., Blessed Sacrament, Living Stations 7 p.m.
Please note, there will be no soup served March 18 and March 25.
WEEKLY WEDNESDAY LUNCH for anyone in our community who would like to stop by Working with St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton and Catholic Social Services, on Wednesdays at 12:00 (Noon) we will host a weekly lunch in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen is in need of sugar, salt and low sodium soups.
Monday evenings 5:30 to 7:00 pm THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU. A PRIEST IS AVAILABLE TO CELEBRATE THE Sacrament of Reconciliation
CONFESSION SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Saturdays before Masses
Holy Cross 3:00 p.m.
Blessed Sacrament 4:30 p.m.
Communal Celebration of Reconciliation
Thurs, March 10 6:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament, Throop
Tues. March 15 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross, Olyphant
By Appointment Call Rectory @ 570-489-0752
LIVE YOUR FAITH, PERFORM WORKS OF MERCY
Lent is our annual 40 day preparation for renewal of Baptismal promises and celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and our participation in His life. Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual acts of Mercy. “Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit.” Pope Francis said in his message for Lent.
Particularly during the Year of Mercy, Catholics are called to recognize their own need for God’s mercy. The greatness of God’s love seen in the death and resurrection of Christ and the obligation to assist others by communicating God’s love and mercy through words and deeds.
This Lent take time to pray, fast, be kind and charitable. May this time of grace be a blessing for the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross.
LENT IN THE JUBILEE YEAR
In introducing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s Mercy.” The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is to experience first hand.
“Let us not waste this season Lent, so favorable a time of conversion! A Blessed, grace filled Lent to one and all.
Just a reminder that all Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence where Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to abstain from meat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast (only one large meal) and Abstinence.
Lent is also a time for sacrifice and for spiritual renewal as we reflect upon our baptism and the call given to each of us to walk as disciples of the Lord. We are provided with three personal challenges associated with our individual observance of Lent:
- Almsgiving – generously giving to those in need
- Fasting – practicing self-discipline and self-denial
- Prayer – reading, hearing and reflecting on the Word of God
THE PARABLES OF MERCY IN THE GOSPEL OF LUKE LENTEN SERVICES 2016 SPONSORED BY THE MID-VALLEY ECUMENICAL MINISTERIUM Join us Wednesdays in Lent – WEDNESDAY EVENING WORSHIP 7:00 PM
Blakely Baptist Church
201 Main Street, Blakely
Preaching: Rev. Virginia Miner
Host Pastor: Rev. Dr. William Duke
Luke 7:36-35;The 2 Debtors and their Creditor
SS. James and George Episcopal Church
398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn
Preaching: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Host Pastor: Rev. Peter Pearson
Luke 10: 25-27; The Good Samaritan
Peckville United Methodist Church
728 Main Street, Peckville
Preaching: Rev. Dr. William Duke
Host Pastor: Rev. Michael Shambora
Luke 15: 1-10; Finding the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin
Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick’s Church
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant
Preaching: Rev. Peter Pierson
Host Pastor: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Luke 15: 11-32; The Prodigal Son and the Merciful Father
First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County
1557 Main Street, Peckville
Preaching: Rev. Michael Shamborav Host Pastor: Rev. Virginia Miner
Luke 16: 19-31; The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus
**Offerings will be given to The Bread Basket**
First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 1 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.
Based on a program formulated at Notre Dame University by Rev. Thomas Chambers, the student leadership institute is designed to identify and respond to the current needs of young people. It is open to all high school students who wish to learn about leadership and improve their already existing decision-making and problem solving skills through the teachings of the Catholic faith.To deal effectively with people is one of the most important skills a young person will acquire. It is believed that leadership can be learned and will enhance a student’s education and life by improving his or her interpersonal relationships.
Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 thru Sunday, February 28, 2016 Arrival Time: Registration at 5:00 P.M.
Departure Time: Sunday, February 28, 2016 after the closing Mass at 4:00 P.M.Where: Camp Ladore, 398 South Street, Waymart, PA 18472 For further information, please call Mary Anne Malone at 570-207-2213.
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.)
JUBILEE YEAR OF MERCY
In the Bull of Indiction, the document announcing the Jubilee Year, the Holy Father expresses his desire that each of us entrust ourselves to God’s mercy in a special way. This extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is a time for each person to experience the merciful gaxe of the Father, it is a time to show mercy to our neighbor precisely because we have first experienced the mercy of God. “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers, nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.” (MV10)
POPE FRANCIS’ PRAYER FOR THE JUBILEE OF MERCY
Lord Jesus Christ,
You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father
And have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money:
The adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
Made Peter weep after his betrayal,
And assured Paradise to the repentant thief.v Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father of the God
Who manifests his power above all forgiveness and mercy:
Let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
In order that they may feel compassion for those is ignorance and error:
Let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved and forgiven by God.
Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord.
And your Church with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.
We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
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