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Gospel and Homily, April 7, 2013: Divine Mercy Sunday

Happy Easter everybody!!

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, this Octave day in the season of Easter, we come to celebrate our Resurrection faith, and we continue and conclude the Octave of Easter. On this Octave Day we lift up our faith in God who has loved us so much he has given us Jesus. And having had prepared and having had commemorated and celebrated the suffering death and Resurrection of the Lord, the Easter season continues, and we gather together in faith, believing.

Not continuing our unbelieving, not doubting, but coming together and recognizing that Jesus is here in our midst; is celebrating His new life, His risen life, in our company, as this past week five members of our community have been brought to the sacraments of initiation, and now we anticipate the ongoing work of Easter. As infants are being prepared and families are preparing the celebrate the baptism of their children, our young people are anticipating their first communion, the sacraments of initiation continuing to be celebrated in our midst. Reminders and clear evidence and very tactile and concrete proof of our Resurrection faith and our ongoing celebration of the risen life of Jesus in our Midst.

You know, today I'd like to extend a word of hospitality. We have in our presence the little sisters of the poor. We just want to welcome you, and thank you for being here--please join me in welcoming the little sisters of the poor. (*Applause*) The little sister's commitment to the care of the elderly in our community is legendary and it is so because of the great love that they share, and in the selfless way they continue to give out their ministry. And so we're delighted to have sisters in our midst and to continue to support their work within our community and we ask God to bless them and reward them for their goodness to the sick and infirm of our community. And we ask everybody to be generous, as the sisters will be greeting you as you leaving mass this morning, at our entrances and exits. So we would ask that you please be generous in our support for the work of the little sisters of the poor.

On this Divine Mercy Sunday, we're reminded in the opening prayer about remembering who we are and what we're about, and where these gifts come from as we remember our initiation into God's love--how we have been saved, and in and through whom we have found redemption and salvation. We do remember that God has loved us and given us Jesus and the mercy of God has been poured out upon us. On this day we hear this remarkable Gospel about the account of Thomas. We call him doubting Thomas which is the most foolish way of describing this man. Because for these brief moments in the other places in the Gospels where we see Thomas, we see a man who is very strong willed in following the Lord. Saying as Jesus is going back to Lazarus, upon hearing of the death of Lazarus and going back to be with Mary and Martha his sisters, Thomas is the one who says "Let us return with the Lord and there we will die with Him." His commitment to the Lord is very clear. We See Thomas at other places in the Gospel, on the night before Jesus dies, "How is it you are telling us that you are going somewhere--we may not know the way." And Jesus tells him "I am the way and the truth and the life." As he receives these messages from Jesus, the conversations that he has, he's willing to enter into a dialogue which helps him find clarity.

The same is true today, as we see Thomas and his friends. As they're proclaiming that Jesus is risen and he wasn't there to experience the risen Jesus. And he's overwhelmed with grief. You can almost sense that, after recognizing and knowing that Jesus has suffered and died on the cross--and that's the most horrible death--how can it possibly be true that He is alive? And he refuses to believe--he says he can't believe--and what is this refusal? We refer to it as doubt, but really when I think about it, it must be this overwhelming hurt and grief that prevents him from being able to see the possibility of the new life, the risen life of Jesus.

And that's true for many of us who have encountered grief, and how that grief can sometimes be an obstacle to seeing the presence of God's love in the midst of the hurting we experience.

The fear of the disciples--in locked rooms where Jesus meets them repeatedly. Three times we here in the gospel today: "Peace be with you." That in spite of locked doors, locked in and locked out, because of grief, because of fear, Jesus enters in and brings peace and serenity and tranquility. He moves in in such a way that those things that are overwhelming to us emotionally, and overwhelming in the experiences that we share in our lives, somehow we are able to subside so that we can have an encounter with the presence of the risen Lord.

As we see that happen for Thomas, Thomas doubting "I will not believe," is invited to touch the wounds of Jesus in an intimate way. "Thomas take your finger and see my hands. Place your hand into my side." And as Thomas is invited to do that he touches not merely the wound and scar, but he draws himself more closely to the heart of Jesus in a way which will strengthen him. And as he moves forward, strengthened in his Resurrection faith, he will never turn back. He does not doubt. He gives his life because of his faith as our tradition reminds us and tells us, as he goes to the ends of the Earth, to continue to proclaim the good news of Jesus and His Resurrection, and what that might mean for those who believe.

"Do not continue in your unbelief but believe." Over and over again in the gospel of John, people are called to a deeper faith. And we who are celebrating this Divine Mercy Sunday, it's true for us as well. Even though we gather together in a moment, from time to time we may be sitting strong in our faith, or sometimes we may be sitting and we may be doubting or wondering. We may have questions. It's all part of our experience because of the human condition as it is. But we come together hearing the words of Jesus calling us to a deeper sense of his risen presence. He is alive among us and within us. And we come to celebrate that sacramentally as we hear the word of God and receive Him in the Eucharist.

So let's come to the Eucharist, and ask the Lord to help us move past the things that interfere--to move beyond the fear, to move beyond the worries and preoccupations and the anxieties that perhaps we may experience, and to feel and know deeply His presence among us. And to know that when we touch human wounds, when we touch the scars and go beyond ourselves, to be concerned about and care about the wounded body of Christ in our brothers and sisters, that Jesus is inviting us to live our Resurrection faith more profoundly and more beautifully. With faith in the risen Jesus we come to experience Him, and to receive Him in each Eucharist.

Let's carry our Resurrection faith into our community , and share the life of the Lord which we experience here.

Holy Cross Parish Memorial Dedication: April 8, 2013

On the feast of the Annunciation, Holy Cross Parish dedicated a new memorial to memories of the three parishes which were combined to form Holy Cross: Holy Ghost, St. Michael the Archangel, and St. Patrick's Parishes.

Blessing by Father Muldowney, and Proclamation by Councilman Hudak.

Transcripts of the Homily and Commentary may be found below:

Homily by Monsignor Delaney:

Once again, join me in welcoming Father Muldowney. I figure if we kiss up enough he'll come and move back to Olyphant with us. (*Applause*) It really is wonderful to have Father Muldowney home in Olyphant with us. And we're coming together here for a very particular reason. Because after a great deal of work and forethought and planning, a beautiful memorial has been constructed down near the cornerstones of our churches. Our church here, the church community of St. Patrick's, still in the building, and of course the cornerstones from Holy Ghost and St. Michael the Archangel are in a beautifully constructed monument. And I'd like to thank Bob--Bob if you would stand up for a moment--and also Bill...(*applause over Monsignor*)...for the beautiful, beautiful work that you've done. Thank you very much.

And that beautiful monument that's placed outside, it seems appropriate that we come together on this feast day, the feast of the annunciation of the Lord. And I say that because, it is an incarnational feast. The feast of course is celebrated every year on the 25th of March. But because of the celebration and our prayers during Holy Week, and our preparation and anticipation of the Sacred Trituum, this feast was made a movable feast, to the first day available after the Octave of Easter--and that's today. And so we come and we celebrate the solemnity of the Annunciation.

So when we celebrate the 25th of March, we know that there are 9 months of shopping left until Christmas. This morning I said to the folks at the 8 o'clock mass Merry Christmas, though every day we've been saying Happy Easter. And it seems appropriate because this incarnational feast is something that guides us and directs us to the 25th of December, when we will celebrate the great celebration of the incarnation, Word become flesh.

And I say that it's appropriate for today, because it's worth remembering those who come before us. What we're remembering is the mystery of God's love in Jesus has found a home in the hearts of very real men and women, the forefathers and fore-mothers of this community. And as our faith was brought here, and planted and set down here, in this community, in Olyphant, at St. Michael the Archangel, at Holy Ghost, and here at St. Patrick's Parishes that this Word has become flesh. And as we hear the gospel of Luke today, as we hear Mary's cooperation with God's plan, Mary's "Yes" to the will of God in her life has permitted the Word to become flesh within her. We spend our entire lives assimilating the same message, and following the pattern of her discipleship.

Mary listens. The Angel Gabriel comes to Mary to share a message, and Mary's stance, her posture, is that of listening and receiving. Mary ponders. Over and over again in scripture we see that Mary takes these things and she places them in her heart. She is a woman of prayer. And she places these things in her heart so she's able to think about them, reflect upon them. And then after assimilating and taking in the word of God, then she's able to act. She's able to move forward to do God's will and be about God's will.

Mary's model of discipleship has been lived in the men and the women who have gone before us. In the people of Olyphant who have claimed for themselves our catholic faith, and have handed on that faith from generation to generation. It is their great faith that brings us together tonight as we honor them and thank God for them. And the most appropriate response in gratitude for this kind of faith is to continue to proclaim and to live this faith, and to remember that their gift to us is now your responsibility and mine. That their gift to us is now, clearly, our cherished treasure. To take the message to hear the Word, assimilate the Word, to permit to touch our hearts and transform us, and then to act upon that Word.

Mary's Yes--her fiat--is a wonderful legacy to all of us to be able to continue to conduct ourselves in a similar manner. As we come together this is a day of great hope because as we gather together thank for those who come before us, remembering the wonderful legacy, the fantastic traditions, those things that have made us uniquely a catholic family here in Olyphant. We thank God. We thank God for all that has gone before. And we come together as a people of hope, knowing that we are bound together in unity of the Spirit. That the Holy Spirit guides us and directs us, and we who have just begun this celebration of Easter, after the Octave and now moving forward into a fifty day celebration of the Resurrection of the Lord, having recommitted ourselves to our baptismal covenant, we come together to proclaim that we this church is one, and holy, and catholic, and apostolic. As we proclaim our faith today, and we remember who we are. And that from the three catholic communities of Olyphant now bound together as one family united in God's love, united in our Resurrection faith, that we come together to give God thanks, and in the Gratitude, in the thanksgiving, to pledge to one another, to lift up in prayer and in petition, we ask God to strengthen our commitment and our resolve to continue to share our faith, and to permit the word of God--love--to become en-fleshed and experienced through us. As we continue our prayer, let's ask almighty God to bless us, to bless our parish family, to receive into His loving care all those who have gone before us.

You know, one of the wonderful things--and I say this over and over again when we're meeting and gathering with grieving families--one of the wonderful things about our Catholic faith, is that sense of a community of saints. At the Easter Vigil we gather and we sang the community of saints,we sang this great litany,as we prayed for one in our midst that was baptized into the faith of the church. And we prayed to the saints who were present for us, and in a particular and pointed way for him. We're never closer to those that have gone before us than when we gather at the table of the Lord. And the members of this community who have walked this journey of faith before us, dying in the company of our Savior, as we come and we take the Lord's presence in at this Eucharistic banquet. As we receive Him, and permit Eucharistic food to strengthen us, the Body of Christ to empower us, we know that we are united and in intimate communion with our brothers and sisters who have built this community of belief and have built this family of faith. For them we are grateful. And in gratitude let us continue to build up the kingdom of God in the church of Jesus Christ together.

Commentary by Father Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton:

It's good to be home!It's good to be seen, right? Very glad to be here and I'd first like to offer my sincere gratitude to Monsignor Delaney for extending this invitation on your behalf to come and bless the cornerstones of very significant buildings in your lives. And the buildings that we remember today we remember with great feelings of affection, wonderful memories, and certainly a lot of love.

I have to tell you that it's almost three year that I've been down in the big city of Scranton at the chancery building, and in three years a lot has changed--both for yourself as well as myself. I look in this beautiful church here, the church of St. Patrick, and I look around and see the changes. They have air conditioning now. I'm sure they appreciate that in the hot summer months. And the beautiful restoration of the organ project; I'm sure they value that wonderful musical instrument. A lot has changed in my life, when I left to become the Vicar for Clergy, and Bishop Bambera invited me and appointed me to be the Vicar General of the Diocese it will be a year this coming May. I've gained fifteen pounds in the three years I've been away from you, so I don't need to be told, "My you look healthy...they're feeding you well there." I know. I'm working on it. I'm down four pounds so give me some prayers, and encouragement I'm a little grayer as you all know. But I have to say one thing that hasn't changed, is my love and my affection for this parish community.

If you recall when I left here, I said to you the day I made the announcement with the appointment--at the time as Vicar for Clergy--I said that I leave here with a very heavy heart. Because this was my first true love. It was my first pastorate. And as a priest when you serve in the capacity as pastor, you are privileged to enter into the hearts and the lives of many many people. And I told you then and I'll repeat this tonight. The hearts that I was privileged to intertwine with certainly have made a lasting impression on my life, and certainly my priesthood.

And I also told you a philosophy that I've lived by for a very long time. It predates my seminary career and my priesthood. But I firmly believe that God takes us where we need to be when we need to be there.

Today as we gather here at this parish community, Holy Cross Parish, we gather here in a very special way, in a very significant way to remember--to remember our family members that have gone before us. Those family members that made a lasting impression on many, many people. But as we gather this evening, and as soon as we go out the doors of this church, where we will bless the cornerstones, I would like you to offer a prayer. And it's a prayer of gratitude. A prayer of gratitude to your parents, grandparents, Godparents, for the wonderful gift that they gave you: the gift of your faith. Because the first vocation of a married couple, the first vocation of a mother and father, in a Christian way of thinking, is to pass on their faith. That faith has been passed on to you. And now you are called to share it with each and every person you encounter--especially your children, your grandchildren, and your Godchildren.

So my friends it is a pleasure to be here. It's one of those experiences that I'm privileged to have, and I have to be honest with you. In my role as Vicar General, I have the opportunity to travel through the eleven counties of this Dioceses And many times I travel and I represent the Bishop of this Diocese, which is very humbling to do. Some of those invitations come with great joy, and some--to be very honest with you and you know I'm a straight shooter--some I'm like...alright I have to put that on my calendar and go. But his is not one of those situations. This is one of those wonderful invitations that I very much look forward to and I'm very happy to be here with you and for you.

So my friends, let us keep each other in prayer, let us continue to nurture the faith that God has give to each and every one of us, and may we continue to look back with gratitude, and may we look forward with hope. May God Bless you all. (*Applause*)

Gospel and Homily, April 14, 2013: Peter, Do You Love Me?

In the Gospel today, Jesus asks Peter three times, "Do you love me?" Monsignor Delaney shares with us how this question is still asked--this time of us. Do we love Jesus?

Gospel and Homily April 21, 2013: The Good Shepard

At a time when so many tragedies hold our attention, Monsignor reminds us that we should put our focus on the Resurrection of Jesus. In a world that is torn by strife and injustice, we must remember that strife and injustice do not have the final word.

Completion is found in the suffering, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Christ has the final word over all. We stand as a people of hope against human weakness, failings, and violence. We see so many examples of heroism, in the face of terrible horror, fear and violence. Immediately goodness surfaces.

For our part, in Olyphant on this day, we gather to hear the voice of the Shepard calling us to be one flock united in his love. The unity of the Trinity is given to us--to be a unified force of goodness and holiness in our community.

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.

Carnation Sale 2014

The Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be handing out carnations after each mass on Mothers’ Day Weekend (May 10th – 11th). Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation. A $1.00 donation is requested.

Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC)

Next week our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection communicates the Good News through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through podcasts, television, radio and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese, so please be generous in this collection.

Crusader Classic 5K Race

Fundraiser to benefit the Holy Cross High School Track & Field and Cross Country teams

Sunday, June 2, 2013. Registration 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.Race 8:30 a.m.

Entry fee

  • $20.00 pre-registration
  • $23.00 day of race
  • $8.00 13 & under

Race begins at Holy Cross High School, 501 E. Drinker Street, Dunmore

Race finishes at The Guild Studios, 400 Wyoming Ave., Scranton

For the very experienced runner to the novice Very easy course … all are welcome!

For more information regarding participation and sponsorship please contact 570-383-0961 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Easter Reflection


I received an announcement of the arrival of a new child. What made this announcement unusual was that this child was not born into the family but adopted. I went to the celebration with my small gift. The house was decorated, the new parents were beaming, the child was all smiles, and the friends were full of gifts and congratulations. It was an amazing and beautiful transformation from the quiet and sometimes sad home I used to visit to a vibrant place full of hope. New life always carries with it the seeds of new beginning and new dreaming. Our Easter Lord is about transformation. His new life carries with it the gift of new beginnings and new dreaming for us. The readings today combine amazement and belief. If the Lord has risen, what will this mean for the dispirited band of disciples? It took the disciples some time to learn about their own transformation. We celebrate with joy our new life in the Lord and, like the disciples, we wonder what this will mean and how we will be transformed .We pray: Lord, in you all life has become new. Your life spreads its light and warmth even to my darkest and coldest places. Lift me up today, Lord. Transform me. Amen! Alleluia!

For the First Communion Class of 2013

I would like to congratulate our First Communion Class of 2013. Mass will be celebrated next Saturday, May 4th at Holy Cross Parish, 10:00 a.m. and Sunday, May 5th at Blessed Sacrament Parish, 9:30 a.m. May we keep these children in our prayers and continue to nourish their faith. We should have a sense of pride when we see our Catholic faith being lived and passed on to our children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A THANK YOU to all who have helped prepare our children for this special day. May God continue to bless all of our children.

……………Monsignor Delaney

First Holy Communion Class: Holy Cross Parish

Julianne Marie BarrettDaniel Nemitz
Collin Michael Birtel Mason B. O’Malley
Charley Madison CainesRyan Pasko
Jaden CarrollMaranda L. Runco
Isabella DesmaraisTyler Schroeder
Natalie Kohut Kevin T. Snyder
Ella KulenichMolly Sweeny
Sean LeeVincent Pio Tanana
David Magliocchi IIIJoan Clauss-Walton
Tyler MancusoJon Clauss-Walton
Samantha E. MattioliAiden Wolak
Michael Justin McCauleyDavid Paul Wood
Dylan MitchellGabriel Wood
Molly Helen MurphyAidan John Zator

First Holy Communion Class: Blessed Sacrament Parish

Olivia CottrellMaurice Menichetti IV
Hannah Lee GriffithsMadison Novoczynski
Kendal Lily Johnson Brenden Richardson
Shane LeeGianna Soluri
Matthew LorenzettiBrooke Tylenda
Patrick Joseph Ware

Job Opening 2013

Congregation of the Sisters, I.H.M. has an opening for a full-time accountant in the business office. Requirements for this position include a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and 2-4 years experience in a comparable position. Excellent computer skills are necessary. Interested candidates submit resume and salary requirements to I.H.M. Human Resources Dept., Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Mother's Day Envelopes 2013

All parishioners are reminded that in your box of envelopes this year there are special Mother’s Day intention envelopes to remember living and deceased mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, and mother like friends. The envelopes will be placed on the altar of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament during the month of May to remember the donor’s intentions.


Come join us on Monday, May 13 @ 6:30 when Dave Clarke will speak to our Social Concerns Group. All are invited.

“Catholic social teaching is a powerful and liberating message in a world of stark contradictions: a world of inspiring new freedom and lingering oppression, of peaceful change and violent conflict, of remarkable economic progress for some and tragic misery and poverty for many others. Our teaching is a call to conscience, compassion, and creative action in a world confronting the terrible tragedy of widespread abortion, the haunting reality of hunger and homelessness, and the evil of continuing prejudice and poverty. Our teaching lifts up the moral and human dimensions of major public issues, examining ‘the signs of the times’ through the values of the Scriptures, the teaching of the Church, and the experience of the People of God.” U.S. Bishops, A Century of Social Teaching.

Holy Day of Obligation

This Thursday is Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation. Vigil Masses on May 8 are at 4pm at Blessed Sacrament and 7pm at Holy Cross. Thursday Masses are at 8am and 5pm at Blessed Sacrament, and 5pm at Holy Cross. The parish office will be closed on Thursday, May 9.


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

Mother's Day Wishes 2013

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney , and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers grandmothers, and godmothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Recitation of the Rosary

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary and is a special time of reciting the Rosary. Please join us in reciting the Rosary before Mass as we pray for an increase of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Please note, the Rosary should not be said during the celebration of Mass; the celebration of the Eucharist is the greatest prayer that Jesus left the Church and should be prayed fully and actively.

Gospel and Homily April 27, 2013: Love One Another

This week Monsignor Delaney challenged us to look for was to turn situations around. To build relationships where we might not expect it to be possible. Jesus tells us to love one another, even as He is being betrayed. That is our example. Even in the midst of betrayal and heartbreak, we are called to love. It's not always easy to be the people Jesus calls us to be. We care called at ever turn to break down barriers and to make connections, to open doors and to build bridges.

It's all about connection We are the Body of Christ--each and every one of us. And as members of this Body, we come together to build up--not to tear down, not to divide, but to be about building the kingdom of God--to be about unity and harmony and concord We come to the table of peace; the table of God's love broken and poured out for us in the person of Jesus Christ.

And as we receive and we hear His commandment--not a suggestion, His commandment--Love one another, for the times we haven't done so well we beg forgiveness. For the times we've been able to cooperate with God's grace we say "Thank you" to God. For we know the wonderful effects we receive when we choose to be God's love for others.

Let's be ready and willing to leave this house of prayer, this sacred space filled with the love of God, and as we are on the receiving end of that love in the sacrament, let us be committed and dedicated to sharing that love generously with God's people.

MOVIE: “For Greater Glory”

Tuesday: May 21 @ 6:30 p.m.

Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Church, Olyphant

“For Greater Glory” Tells the true story of the Mexican Saints of the Cristero War in 1920’s when the Catholic Church was suppressed by the Mexican government and clergy and lay people resisted often putting their lives on the line for their cherished Catholic faith.

Tuesday, May 21 is the Feast of Saint Christopher Magallanes and Companions. He and 21 diocesan priests and 3 laymen martyred for their association with the Cristero uprising opposing the anti-Catholic laws of the day. The Cristero motto was “Long Live Christ the King and Our Lady of Guadalupe”. The movies runs 150 minutes.

Note to parents: the movie is rated “R” because of war violence depicted.

Gospel and Homily for May 5, 2013: Peace Be With You

There are about sixty-four times throughout the Gospel that in one form or another Jesus tells us, "Peace Be With You." Jesus understands that not having peace is a real obstacle to love in the world. In this sermon, Monsignor Delaney invites us to listen to Jesus, as he teaches us along with the 2013 Blessed Sacrament First Holy Communion Class about the peace of Christ.

Gospel and Homily for May 8, 2013: Ascension Thursday

In this Sermon, Monsignor Delaney speaks of the transformation of the Apostles from men of fear to men of confidence and joy, as they watch Jesus ascend into Heaven, leaving with them the promise of the Holy Spirit, especially pointing out that God has empowered us to carry on His work in the same way he did the Apostles.

Gospel and Homily for May 12, 2013: Mother's Day and the Power of Prayer

On this Mother's Day Mass, Monsignor Delaney imparts a special blessing to all mothers, and then teaches us about the power of prayer in our lives, and how it can be a force for unity. The night before He died, Jesus took the time to pray for us; that we would be one church united in God's love.

Youth Group Car Wash to Benefit Fire Victim Kelly Brown; May 18, 2013

On May 18, 2013, the Youth Group of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes held a car wash to benefit Kelly Brown, who lost her family in a sudden Mother's day fire in Pottsville, PA. The event had been planned to generate funds for the youth group, but after hearing of the tragic story, the youth group wanted to reach out. This video shows just a little bit of their efforts, as they succeeded in raising $300.00. Many people who didn't have time to have their cars washed still donated, hoping to offer her some support.

While the money has practical uses, primarily we hope that Mrs. Brown knows that we have her and her family in our thoughts and prayers during this terrible time,as we pray that God's strength and peace that know no bounds will flow to her to carry her through this unfathomable loss.

Gospel and Homily, May 19, 2013: Pentecost Sunday

Happy Birthday!

On the birthday of the Church, Monsignor Delaney tells us how Pentecost propels us into the Church year. He urges us that this moment of grace--our Pentecost Sunday, the present that we are creating--must not pass us by. Right now we are creating the "Good old days" that other generations will look back on. Our Church must continually become young again.

It's about a youthful vision that permits us the wisdom of the past, while we look forward, knowing there is more ahead of us than there is behind us. Being a hopeful Church; not one that dwells on doubt or despair. The Church is a living organism, continuing to evolve. We celebrate the birth of the Church, responding to this moment of Grace, which calls us to be a hopeful Church, looking to a hope-filled future. Celebrating this moment as none before; recognizing that Jesus is present; the Holy Spirit has been poured out upon us.

And you have received the gifts that are necessary for the building up of the Church--the people of God in our midst. We celebrate the birth of the Church; we celebrate our rebirth, and re-dedication in Christ.

Happy Birthday, Everybody.

Solemn Eucharistic Adoration

May 7, 2013

Reverend and dear Father,

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI declared that the Year of Faith would provide the opportunity “to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; and is also the source from which all its power flows.” On the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Sunday, June 2nd, the Diocese of Scranton will unite with Pope Francis and Catholics throughout the world for the observance of Corpus Christi, which has been designated as a “2013 Great Event of the Year of Faith.” This observance calls for a worldwide celebration of Solemn Eucharistic Adoration.

On this day, Pope Francis will preside over a special Eucharistic Adoration that will extend at the same time all over the world in cathedral churches and parishes in each diocese. For one hour – 5:00pm Rome time (11:00am EST) – the whole world will be united in prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Here in the Diocese of Scranton, I will celebrate Mass at 10:00am at St. Peter’s Cathedral and will then preside at a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration at 11:00am. Pastors are invited to arrange for Holy Hours in their parishes. Recognizing that normal Sunday Mass schedules may pose a challenge for some, in keeping in the spirit of the gathering, you are encouraged to hold a Holy Hour at a more convenient time on that day, such as on Sunday afternoon following the last Mass of the day. It would also be appropriate to mark the celebration of regularly scheduled Masses at 11am with a special solemnity and to note the unity of prayer with the Holy Father at that specific time through the Homily and Prayer of the Faithful.

Shortly, Pope Francis will propose particular prayer intentions for this world-wide Eucharistic Adoration. Such materials and resources will be made available to parishes through the Diocesan Office for Parish Life and will also be posted on the Diocesan website: www.dioceseofscranton.org.

Thank you in advance for your good efforts and support. May God continue to bless you and the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

† Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton

Year of Faith Diocesan Congress

The Year of Faith Diocesan Congress is being coordinated by the Office for Parish Life with the theme Charged With the Spirit. It will take place on the campus of the University of Scranton on Saturday, October 5th beginning at 9 a.m. with a Welcome, Opening Prayer and Gathering Experience. Among the topics that will be addressed at the Diocesan Congress are the continuing renewal of parish communities, mission based catechesis, and the relevance of the Church to young adults. The day-long event will gather individuals who are involved in any aspect of parish life, leadership and ministry to come together in prayer, celebration, learning, exploring and dialogue.

In four time periods, participants will be able to choose from more than 40 workshops centered around topics essential to vibrant parish life. Lunch will be provided, with special interest groups gathering at designated tables for peer support and conversation. There will be an exhibit hall of service and resource vendors, as well as a “Parish Showcase” where individual parishes or clusters can demonstrate “what works” in your parish. The day will conclude with a 4 p.m. Mass with the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, as principal celebrant. The Diocesan Congress will be preceded by a special event the night before. A Concert Prelude will be held on Friday, October 4th from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Scranton. Titled Age to Age: Generations of Faith, the concert will be a live performance by renowned Catholic musicians Steve Angrisano, Dan Schutte and Curtis Stephan. Presented in partnership with Oregon Catholic Press, this will be an evening of prayerful inspirational music, spanning the life of the Church across the 50 years since the opening of the Second Vatican Council.

Any parishioners who are interested in attending the concert and/or workshops should contact the Parish Office at 489-0752 by Thursday, September 26th. The cost of participation will be covered by the parish.

Gospel and Homily, May 26, 2013: Feast of the Holy Trinity

In this homily, Monsignor Delaney explores the depths of the mystery of the Trinity, and how God relates to us in different ways.