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Mass Times

Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
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PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity

Readings: Matthew 28: 16-20

Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40

Romans 8: 14-17

As Ordinary Time resumes, two “solemnities of the Lord” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity originated in France in the eighth century and was adopted by the universal Church in 1334. The solemnity focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out on us in the Sustainer Spirit.

Before returning to God, the Risen Jesus commissions his fledgling Church to teach and baptize in the name of the Holy one who reveals himself as Father, Son and Spirit (Gospel). In the Trinity we find our identity as the people of God.

Israel encountered God, first, in God’s act of creation, and then in his redemption of the Israelites and his raising up of the nation of Israel. Moses exhorts the Israelites to remain faithful to the commandments of this great God they have encountered (first reading). The Spirit is that unique love that exists between God the Father and Son. Christ invites us to embrace that same Spirit, which enables us to cry out to God as “Father” and to one another as brothers and sisters, children of the same God (second reading).

Themes:

Trinity: the love of God revealed.

Many metaphors have been used to explain and depict the Trinity. St. John of Damascus, the great Eastern theologian of the eighth century, suggested that we think “of the Father as a root, of the Son as a branch, and of the Spirit as a fruit, for the substance of these three is one.” Today we celebrate the essence of our faith manifested in our lives: the loving providence of the Creator who continually invites us back to him; the selfless servanthood of the Redeemer who “emptied” himself to become like us in order that we might become like him; the joyful love of the Spirit that is the unique unity of the Father and Son.

The commission to ‘teach’ others about God.

Christ has revealed to us the depth of the Creator’s love and has called us to share with one another the unique Spirit of love that unites Father and Son. As disciples of the Risen Christ, we have been called now, in our time and place, to teach what we have seen and heard, to pass on to others “everything I have commanded you” through our imitation of the Teacher’s compassion, forgiveness and servanthood.

Called to be ‘children of God.’

The core of all of Jesus’ teaching is the revelation of God as Father to humanity. God calls us, not as the all-powerful Creator demanding homage from the lowly slaves he created, but as a loving parent welcoming one’s own children. God invites us to a relationship with him not based on fear and judgement but centered in love, mercy and trust. Today’s celebration of the Trinity confronts us with our response to God’s invitation and our worthiness to be called God’s “children.”

Memorial Day

Never Forget Their Service

PARISH OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED ON MONDAY, MAY 28-MEMORIAL DAY.

We are honored to remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives throughout the history of our nation – those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from harm. We salute all those now serving and we raise this prayer for their safety and blessing.

A MEMORIAL DAY PRAYER

Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country. Preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. We pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our souls that surpasses all understanding. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.

Amen.

PENTECOST

Pentecost

The Spirit: the powerful and enabling love of God. Today we celebrate the Spirit – the great love that binds the Father to the Son and now binds us to God and to one another. It is a love that transcends words but embraces the heart and soul of each one of us; it gives voice to the things we believe but are too afraid to speak; it gives us courage and grace to work for the dreams we are sometimes too cynical or fearful to hope for. The Spirit of God enables us to re-create our world in the love of the God who loved us enough to become one of us, to die for us and to rise for us. The theologian and scientist Teilhard de Chardin noted that “love is the only force that can make things one without destroying them…Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

The Spirit: the ‘birth’ of the Church.

Pentecost is a moment of profound realization and transformation for the community of disciples. The faith they had received, the wonders they had witnessed and the Word they had heard came together in a new understanding, clarity, unity and courage to begin the work Jesus had entrusted to them. In Jesus’ “breathing” upon them the new life of the Spirit, the community of the Resurrection – the Church – takes flight. That same Spirit continues to “blow” through today’s Church to give life and direction to our mission and ministry to preach the Gospel to every nation, to proclaim the forgiveness and reconciliation in God’s name, to baptize all humanity into the life of Jesus’ Resurrection.

MOTHER’S DAY WISHES

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. Please join us in reciting the rosary before the 4 PM mass every Saturday at Holy Cross. Please join the Altar & Rosary & Holy Name Societies of Blessed Sacrament recite the rosary before the 9:30 AM mass every Sunday during the month of May.

Cemetery Maintenance

Please note, we are most concerned about the maintenance and up-keep of our cemeteries; however, certain work can only be done at certain times of the year. New grass cannot be planted until the weather has sufficiently warmed – approximately early May. All new graves must settle for several months before any replanting of grass can be done or headstones can be installed. Grave markers and headstones cannot be installed during the winter months as the concrete footer will crack. Grave markers are installed by the monument companies as soon as the weather permits and the grave has settled. Our maintenance men have started to work on our cemeteries this past week. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we strive to keep our six cemeteries clean and up-kept as a sign of dignity for those who have gone before us.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Mary Most Holy,

as a young woman

living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care

the Word of God made flesh.

Please protect and accompany

all young men and women,

especially from Blessed Sacrament

and Holy Cross Parishes,

who are called to a vocation to

the priesthood or religious life.

Amen

SUMMER PLACEMENT

We are most grateful to Bishop Bambera for assigning Mark DeCelles, seminarian in preparation for priestly ministry for our diocese, to serve in our parishes from May 29 to August 5. We look forward to getting to know Mark and in Mark getting to know us!

DIOCESAN ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH GOALS MET!!!

A NOTE FROM BISHOP BAMBERA

Dear Monsignor Delaney,

Congratulations to you and your parishioners for surpassing your parish goal for our 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal.

I appreciate your commitment to helping us once again raise more than $5 million in gifts and pledges to support all of our Diocesan ministries. Thank you for “walking together in the light of Christ” to bring joy and hope to all who seek our assistance.

Kindly extend my gratitude to your parishioners for their generous spirit and faithful service to your parish and to our Diocese. When we open our hearts to extend God’s mercy and love to our sisters and brothers, we grow as disciple of Jesus Christ. May God bless you and your parishioners as you continue to share His mercy6 and love in all that you do.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Joseph C. Bambera
Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.
Bishop of Scranton

As always thank you for your generosity.

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Pastor

MARY ANN BISIGNANI

A death is not the extinguishingt of a light, but the puttting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.

Saint Paul reminds us: “That at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend in the heavens and on the earth; and every tongue proclaim, to the glory of God the Father that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.”

After living a life proclaiming that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, Mary Ann was called home to God’s love on April 3rd, on the Octave of Easter. Mary Ann worked tirelessly and spent her life selflessly for our parishes for twenty years.

Born in Jessup, Mary Ann Bisignani was the daughter of the late Helen Jakunski and Geremia (Frank) Galli. Mary Ann loved serving the Gospel as a member of our parish staff and shared her faith and creativity on many committees as well as carrying the Lord to God’s people as an extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Her talents were shared participating in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton. She believed deeply in the love God has for us and in the power of prayer, always remembering the needs of those around her.

We ask the kindness of your prayers for Mary Ann’s family and those who love her, especially her husband Richard (married 59 years) and children: Kathryn Tomsofsky and husband Paul; Richard (Ricky); Maria Harrell and Ron, and Dr. Lynn Mailloux and Brian as well as her treasured grandchildren: Christian, Morgan, Nicole, MaCayla, Parker and Sean; and her sisters Gerri Dunda and Nancy Casama and brother frank Galli, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Ann Bisignani, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Happy Easter!!!

He is risen.

Christian hope is not some kind of wishful thinking, far from it! Saint Peter said, “By his great mercy we have been born anew to living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).

We celebrate new life in Christ this Easter – in the newly initiated; in the hearts of those who have done the blessed work of Lent and come to Easter renewed; and in the lives of all those seeking a deeper relationship with and in the Risen Christ as that is experienced in community and family living.

Pope Francis reminds us: “This virtue of Hope…is hard to live. It is the smallest but strongest of the virtues. And our hope has a face: the face of the Risen Lord…The triumph of Jesus at the end of time will be the triumph of the Cross, the demonstration that the sacrifice of oneself for love of neighbor, in initiation of Christ, is the only victorious power, the only stable point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the word.”

This Easter Season we celebrate the hope which is ours in the Risen Christ. We pray that we will persevere, especially in the daily difficulties we experience.

Renewing our Baptismal promises we respond resoundingly “I Do” to questions asked: Do you Reject Darkness, Sin, Satan “I Do”, Do you Believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit “I Do”.

May, we pray O Gracious God, our Easter response echo in living Easter hope each and every day. Alleluia!

Blessed, Happy Easter to one and all.

Monsignor Delaney

EASTER SUNDAY, LIVING IN THE SCHOOL OF HOPE

“I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be Not Afraid”. ……… St. John Paul II

CATHOLIC PRAYER AT EASTER

Lord, the Resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope.

Help us to live as new people, in pursuit of the Christian ideal.

Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

(Source: New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)

“THE GREAT GIFT OF EASTER IS HOPECHRISTIAN HOPE WHICH MAKES US HAVE THE CONFIDENCE IN GOD, IN HIS ULTIMATE TRIUMPH, AND IN HIS GOODNESS AND LOVE, WHICH NOTHING CAN SHAKE.” ……….Cardinal Basil Home

Baby Shower 2018

Baby Shower For St. Joseph's

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament Parish will be hosting a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 4 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Admission is $15.00 or a comparable gift for St. Joseph’s. Come enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, basket raffle and 50/50 raffle. All proceeds to benefit St. Joseph’s Center. RSVP by April 16, call 570-489-5125 or 570- 393-0710.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2018

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will take place Saturday, May 5th at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 6th at 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices. Please contact John Musyt or Rosemarie Liesiefsky if you have any questions about the dates or times of practices:

Sunday, April 29th – during class (both churches)

Tuesday, May 1—6 to 8 PM. Both churches

Thursday, May 3 – 6 to 8 PM Both churches

Easter Duty

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 9.

A MEDITATION FOR PALM SUNDAY

For a closer union with Jesus in his humility, in his suffering.

This Sunday we hold palm branches in our hands, and wave them to greet our Lord’s entry into the city of our salvation. Last year’s palms were burned to form the ashes that marked our foreheads to begin this Lenten journey. We can place these palm branches – perhaps from each member of the family – in a special place in our home (maybe cutting a small piece and putting it some place where I work).

Each day this week they can represent our celebration of his love for me. That symbol can say so many words – all that I am about to celebrate and accept as love for me, and all the entry into Jerusalem experiences in my life.

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of Hosts, Heaven and earth are full of your glory! Hosanna in the highest! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!

A PRAYER ENTERING INTO HOLY WEEK

Loving God,

I am just beginning to realize how much you love me.

Your son, Jesus was humble and obedient.

He fulfilled your will for him by becoming human and suffering with us.

I ask you for the desire to become more humble

so that my own life might also bear witness to you.

I want to use the small sufferings I have in this world to give you glory.

Please, Lord, guide my mind with your truth.

Strengthen my life by the example of Jesus.

Help me to be with Jesus in this week as he demonstrates again his total love for me.

He died so that I would no longer be separate from you.

Help me to feel how close you are and to live in union with you.

Amen.

HELP US REACH OUR ANNUAL APPEAL PARISH GOAL

Holy Cross Parish is at 98.2%; only $903 still needed. We are grateful to the 319 parishioners who supported the 2017 Annual Appeal. IF you have not given your support, please:

• Call the Development Office at 570-207-2250 to make a pledge or give a gift by credit card

• Mail a check to the Diocesan Appeal Office at 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503

• Give online at www.DioceseofScranton.org Our parish is reimbursed 75% for any gifts made to the Appeal in excess of our Appeal goal. Every donation counts!! If you have not pledged, please.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM

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

Holy Thursday Food Drive

As we begin the Sacred Tridumm on Holy Thursday, March 29th please bring non-perishable food items to our parishes in order to support the local food pantries serving our families in need. On the night before He died, Jesus gave a clear mandate: “As I have done, so you must do.” We fulfill His call to be a servant Church in our care for those in need. Thank you for your generosity. Food items may be placed in the vestibule of our Churches.

Spring Ahead 2019!!!

Don't forget to set your clocks forward this weekend!

Please Note - Parish Office

All parish office transactions are to take place through the Holy Cross Parish Office which will be used to conduct all parish business for both Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross Parishes.

Parish Office Hours:

Monday – Thursday 7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Friday 7:30 am – 12:00 (noon)

Use of phone numbers from Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross both ring in the Parish Office in Olyphant.