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
Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate (or Oreos and popcorn…). Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent.
Giving things up can be helpful and powerful, but that is not all that Lent is about. Lent is about doing something –something BOLD to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, friend, neighbor, etc.
This Lent – do something LIFE CHANGING!
• Sign up: visit BestLentEver.com
• Join us for Daily Mass
• Pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration
• Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday
• Come to Benediction/Holy Hour
• Do some act of Service
• Participate in “Resisting Happiness” Sessions on Tuesday 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall, Holy Cross or Thursday 8:00 AM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
• Heal relationships- Seek forgiveness, say “I’m sorry”; Give forgiveness, say “I forgive you”
• Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation
What is Prayer? – St. Therese of Lisieux wrote, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” And yet, the truth is, prayer is perhaps the most difficult thing we will ever do.
Prayer is central to the Christian experience. A Christian life is not sustainable without it; growth in the Christian life is simply not possible without prayer. Growing in character and virtue, learning to hear the voice of God in our lives, and walking where he calls us all requires the discipline of prayer.
If you want to know God, and if you want to know yourself, pray. Talk to God. There are many different kinds of prayer (adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving), but in the end, prayer is simply conversation with God.
To find where to begin – checkout Dynamic Catholic Prayer Process (BestLentEver.com). Next week “What is Fasting?”
Tuesdays in Lent 6:30 PM Kelley Hall, Holy Cross or Thursdays in Lent, following 7:30 AM Mass, Blessed Sacrament.
The right book at the right time can be life-changing. “Resisting Happiness” is that book.
We all know things that will make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Why? We’re resistant. With his signature combination of the profound and the practical, New York Times bestselling author Matthew Kelly helps you learn why we sabotage ourselves, feel over whelmed, set aside our dreams, and lack the courage to simply be ourselves…and how to start choosing happiness again.
“Resisting Happiness” will inspire you to break through resistance so you can become the-best-version-of-yourself and start living with passion and purpose.
Join us for conversation and prayer as we review “Resisting Happiness”.
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 (570) 489-8143
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.)
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 conffessions.
The Light is On For You. Schedule is as follows:
- Monday, March 6 - Blessed Sacrament
- Monday, March 13 - Holy Cross
- Monday, March 20 - Belssed Sacrament
- Monday, March 27 - Holy Cross
- Monday, April 3 - Blessed Sacrament
- Monday, April 10 - Holy Cross
Best Lent Ever is a free, daily email program that will help those who participate have a truly life-changing Lent. This year’s program is based on Matthew Kelly’s newest bestseller, “Resisting Happiness”.
We all know the things that make us happy, but we don’t always do them. Lent is an opportunity to change that. This year we invite you to do something different.
This book leads readers, in a deeply personal way
to the realization that they cannot get to where they want to go without God. It is specifically written to re-engage disengaged Catholics and inspire individuals to grow in their spiritual lives.
How Does It Work?
1. All are encouraged to visit BestLentEver.com to sign up.
2. Beginning Ash Wednesday, March 1st, participants will receive daily emails with practical tips, short inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly, and personal reflections.
3. Participants will discover how to open their hearts to God and do more than just give up chocolate for Lent – helping all to have our Best Lent Ever.
4. The Book “Resisting Happiness” has been handed out at all Ash Wednesday Masses – free of charge, as our gift, take it home for your spiritual Lenten prayer.
5. Sessions for Prayer and Conversation – each Tuesday night during Lent at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall at Holy Cross and/or each Thursday morning following 7:30 AM mass in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. We will conduct sessions about “Resisting Happiness”.
The book “Resisting Happiness” will be available to all who would like a copy – please call the Rectory 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963 to reserve a copy or sign up in the gathering spaces of our parishes. There is no fee. Books are free. During Lent we will also conduct sessions for prayer and reflection as we review “Resisting Happiness.”
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- March 8 Peckville United Methodist Church, 725 Main St. Peckville
- March 15 Holy Cross Parish at St Patrick's Church, 200 Delaware Ave. Olyphant
- March 22 SS James & George Episcopal Church, 3998 Washington Ave., Jermyn
- March 29 Blakely Baptist church, 201 Main Street, Blakely
- April 5 First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County, 1557 Main St., Peckville
All Services begin at 7:00 PM
Today’s Gospel, the story of the astrologers and the star of Bethlehem, is unique to Matthew’s Gospel. Note that Matthew does not call them kings or “magi” but “astrologers,” nor does he give their names or report where they came from – in fact, Matthew never even specifies the number of astrologers (because three gifts are reported, it has been a tradition since the fifth century to picture “three wise men”). In stripping away the romantic layers that have been added to the story, Matthew’s point can be better understood.
The gifts of the astrologers indicate the principal dimensions of Jesus’ mission:
- gold is a gift fitting for a king, a ruler, one with power and authority;
- frankincense is a gift for a priest, one who Offers sacrifice (frankincense was an aromatic perfume sprinkled on the animals sacrificed in the Temple);
- myrrh is a fitting “gift” for some one who is to die (myrrh was used in ancient time for embalming the bodies of the dead before burial).
The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Monday, January 9 brings the Christmas season to an end. To mark the day, here is a reflection composed by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader.
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the Kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
- to find the lost,
- to heal the broken,
- to feed the hungry,
- to release the prisoner,
- to rebuild the nations,
- to bring peace among the people,
- to make music in the heart.
The traditional New Year’s blessing of homes begins with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 8, 2017. Since the majority of families are unable to be present for the house blessing during weekdays “The Book of Blessing of the Catholic Church” allows for a lay person to offer the prayers for the traditional house blessing. This allows the family together at their convenience. Blessed chalk will be available at all masses the weekend of January 7 & 8.
Financial Statements for the 2016 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2017, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2016 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement for your donations please call the office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.
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.
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- A Year For Vocations
- Don't Take A Vacation From Mass
- SOCIAL CONCERNS SPIRITUAL ADOPTION
- COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE
- Pope Francis' Prayer for Vocations
- PRAYER FOR OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN
- CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES
- Prayer for Vocations
- Youth Group News
- Confraternity of Christian Women
- Let Us Put Our Hope in Jesus
- HELP PAYING FOR GROCERIES
- What is unique or different about the way Catholics read and are exposed to the Bible
- The Ultimate Test of Greatness
- The People of Yes
- PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM
- Support Christians in the Holy Land
- Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God
- IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY
- Pope Francis on Evangelization
- Know a Marriage That Needs Help
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