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Mass Times

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

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

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


Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

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Readings: Matthew 22: 34-40

Exodus 22: 20-26

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10

In this week’s Gospel, as in last week’s, the Jewish leaders seek to trip up Jesus. The question the lawyer poses was much discussed in rabbinical circles: Which is the greatest commandment? The Pharisees’ intention in posing the question was to force Jesus into a single rabbinical school, thereby opening him up to criticism from all other sides. Jesus’ answer, however, proves his fidelity to both the Jewish tradition and to a spirituality that transcends the legal interpretations of the commandments: the “second” commandment is the manifestation of the first. If we love the Lord God with our whole being, that love will manifest itself in our feeding of the hungry, our sheltering of the homeless and our liberating of the oppressed.

Today’s first reading is from the section of the Book of Exodus known as the “Code of the Covenant,” a detailed explanation of the moral, civil and ritual legislation by which the Israelites were to become a holy people. Today’s reading outlines the laws of charity toward the poor and “aliens” and the promise of Yahweh’s protection of the helpless and defenseless.

In today’s second reading, Paul encourages the young Church at Thessalonica to be a model of faithful community for the new churches in the region.

All Saints Day - Holy Day of Obligation

Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day, and a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 31:
Blessed Sacrament: 5:30pm

Thursday, November 1:
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30am
Holy Cross: 8:00am and 7:00pm


Each year, the first Sunday of October is designated: “Respect Life Sunday”, when we are asked to recommit ourselves to promoting the culture of LIFE.

It is a good time to ask ourselves whether we are good witnesses to the respect we are called to have for all human life, from conception to natural death. This is challenging because we are members of a society in which there is tremendous pressure to limit our love and ignore the sacredness of human life.

We live in a violent society that sees violence and death by abortion, euthanasia, suicide and capital punishment as a solution to many of our personal and societal “problems”. Many of these attitudes are enshrined in our law and culture, leading to more violence, manifested in spousal and child abuse, the gang culture and so on.

On this Respect Life Sunday, we should pray hard for our legislators, for those mothers who feel forced to choose abortion and for those who provide and promote abortion. But we must also look at ourselves. Do we speak up for the innocent abortion victims? Do we promote pro-life values? Do we vote for pro-life politicians? Do we do anything tangible to protect the unborn?

We can definitely help change our society to become a culture of LIFE, but we must be active, informed and faithful witnesses.

Columbus Day

PARISH OFFIFES will be closed on Monday, October 9, Columbus Day.


Readings: Matthew 21: 33-43

Isaiah 5: 1-7

Philippians 4: 6-9

Today’s Gospel parable “updates” Isaiah’s allegory of the friend’s vineyard (first reading). God is the owner of the vineyard who has “leased” the property to the religious and political leaders of Israel. Many servants (prophets) were sent to the tenants, but all met the same fate. The owner finally sends his own Son, who is brutally murdered “outside” the vineyard (a prediction of his crucifixion outside the city of Jerusalem?) With this parable, Jesus places himself in the line of the rejected prophets. The owner finally comes himself and destroys the tenants and leaves the vineyard to others (the Church) who yield an abundant harvest. This parable is intended to give hope and encouragement to Matthew’s Christian community, which is scorned and persecuted by its staunchly Jewish neighbors.

Today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (second reading) continues his words of encouragement to his beloved converts at Philippi. In order that God’s peace may reign in their lives they must put into practice all that they have learned, received, heard and seen.

Themes: Harvesting our corner of the ‘vineyard.’ Each one of us has been given a portion of God’s vineyard to cultivate. Fear, selfishness and bigotry can kill whatever chances we have of turning our part of the vineyard into something productive; but, through justice, generosity and compassion, we can reap a rich and fulfilling harvest, regardless of how small or poor or insignificant our piece of the vineyard is.

The cost of faithful discipleship.

Faith can be costly. Throughout our lives we are challenged to sacrifice the treasures of God in order to embrace the values deemed important by society. The witness we are called to give can subject us to misunderstanding, suspicion, abuse, intimidation and ridicule from others. Living the values of the Gospel can be discouraging, humiliating and isolating. Yet everyone of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and a witness of his Resurrection is called to pay whatever price is demanded for the sake of the reign of God, for we believe that love rather than greed, peace rather than hostility, forgiveness rather than vengeance will yield the harvest of God’s reign.


Jerry Tully


Motorcycle ride starts and ends at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill, Lincoln Avenue, Olyphant. Registration for the ride is from 10 to 11:30 AM and KSU at 11:45 AM.

$20.00 rider/$10.00 for rider. At 1:00 PM all are invited to Thirst T’S for basket raffles, 50/50’s and more, donation is $10.00.

Please join in helping Jerry with his medical costs as his insurance does not cover all expenses. Jerry has always been there for us, with the chicken-b que and now he needs our help and support. Please come to lend support to our dear friend.

Bible Study - Faith Sharing

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING will be on Thursday, September 21 at 2:00 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

We will pray with the readings for the upcoming Sunday, September 24, the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Is. 55: 6-9

Phil. 1:20-24, 27

Mt. 20: 1-16

Sharing conversation and praying with the Scriptures is a wonderful way to prepare for Sunday Mass. Join us!


John & Mary Ann Wanas on their 50th Wedding Anniversary.


-Author Unknown

God of the seasons, there is a time for everything; there is a time for dying and a time for rising. We need courage to enter into the transformation process.

God of autumn, the trees are saying goodbye to their green, letting go of what has been. We, too, have our moments of surrender; with all their insecurity and risk. Help us to let go when we need to do so.

God of fallen leaves lying in colored patterns on the ground, our lives have their own patterns. As we see the patterns of our own growth, may we learn from them.

God of misty days and harvest moon nights, there is always the dimension of mystery and wonder in our lives. We always need to recognize your power-filled presence. May we gain strength from this.

God of harvest wagons and fields of ripened grain, many gifts of growth lie within the season of our surrender. We must wait for harvest in faith and hope. Grant us patience when we do not see the blessings.

God of geese going south for another season, your wisdom enables us to know what needs to be left behind and what needs to be carried into the future. We yearn for insight and vision.

God of flowers touched with frost and windows wearing white designs, may your love keep our hearts from growing cold in the empty seasons.

God of life, you believe in us, you enrich us, you entrust us with the freedom to choose life. For all this, we are grateful.

In Jesus’Name, we pray. Amen.



in the Diocese of Scranton continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement by hosting a Retreat on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. This Golden Jubilee Retreat will be held at the Villa of Our Lady in Mount Pocono. The retreat will be led by Bob Valiante who is the overall Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Scranton. Bob will dynamically lead us to open our hearts to receive more of the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may more eagerly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus our Savior and live more fully and joyfully our life in the Spirit. Retreatants can commute for all or part of the retreat, or can stay overnight at The Villa. The main program will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and conclude at 8:00 PM on Saturday. The registration for the retreat includes three meals on Saturday. For additional information and registration details, contact the office of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, P.O. Box 3306, Scranton, PA 18505; phone 570-344-2214; or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

“Since our earliest days we have been taught how to pray by the words that Jesus himself shared with us in the scriptures. He began that prayer by saying, ‘Our Father.’ We walk together as brothers and sisters in the light of Christ by the very nature of our faith. In his great instruction to us, Evangelii Gaudum (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis invites us all to missionary discipleship as authentic followers of the Lord Jesus. Missionary discipleship calls us to go out of ourselves and to preach the Gospel and to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters with whom we walk.” - Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

Our Holy Father tells us, “God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself ‘became poor.’” He explains that the proclamation of the Gospel “is itself the prime form of charity.” You are invited to join with parishioners across the Diocese as they “Walk Together in the Light of Christ” proclaiming the Gospel by supporting the many ministries and services made possible through gifts to the 2017 Annual Appeal throughout the 11 counties of our Diocese.


“Giving everyone the opportunity to read, see and hear the Good News.”

Spreading the Gospel and the message of our Catholic faith is the vital mission of the Catholic Media and Communications Office of the Diocese of Scranton. This is why we provide a wide-ranging media program that offers print, online and broadcasting services throughout our 11-county Diocese. The message is delivered through The Catholic Light, the official newspaper of the Diocese which is delivered to 46,000 households; Catholic Television (CTV), the Diocesan television station; and the Diocesan website. CTV reaches more than 235,000 homes, hospitals and nursing facilities broadcasting the daily Mass and many other faith-based programs. The Diocesan website is an excellent online resource for information about life and events in the Diocese, including videos of the daily Mass and the special liturgies celebrated at St. Peter’s Cathedral and Bishop Bambera’s homilies.

Text To Give

Next Weekend is “Text to Give” Weekend: Don’t leave your cell phone at home or in the car. Bring it with you to Mass. Next Sunday is “Text to Give” Weekend throughout the Diocese. Parishioners who haven’t made a pledge or a gift—or who wish to increase their gift— will be able to do so by texting Appeal on their cell phones.

Where we stand

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 Appeal: Holy Cross: $50,000.00 goal, 95% of goal! $47,132.00 in pledges and donations. Blessed Sacrament: $17,000.00 goal, 118% of goal! $20,002.00 in pledges and donations. Remember that 75% of all donations collected over goal are returned to the parish. God bless you for your generosity.

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

See you at the Family Festival!

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival is fast approaching. Make plans to volunteer, bring the family, neighbors, friends, and yourself, to our largest fund-raiser for our parish community. All are welcome. The Family Festival will be held on Friday, August 18, Saturday, August 19, beginning at 5:00 PM and Sunday, August 20, with 9:30 AM Liturgy followed by Breakfast and Bingo.

A reminder that all registered parishioners should have received an envelope with 2 Dinner Tickets, $5.00 worth of 50/50 tickets (sign name and phone number and return all 50/50 tickets) and a Bingo ticket. Please make returns as soon as possible.

If you can donate a gift basket contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552; if you can bake call Barbara Long 570- 489-8295; to make piggies call Lucille Radziewski 570- 489-7115 or Judy Menago 570-483-4347. The making of piggies will begin Sunday, August 13 at noon and continue on Monday, August 14 beginning at 9:00 AM.

For additional dinner tickets, bingo tickets, etc. please call the rectory office 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0756; or contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552.

BREAKFAST & BINGO – Sunday, August 20

immediately after the 9:30 AM Liturgy—Cash Breakfast in the Parish Hall, followed by Bingo. GROUNDS SET UP- Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00 PM. All help is welcome, all ages.


Cans of soda and gift baskets are needed. Donations can be placed in the Church Entrance or call the Parish Office for pick up. Confirmation Class of 2018-Service hours available for helping with the festival.



Masses: Monday, August 14….5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, August 15….7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

Assumption of Mary


As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.


The Sacrament of Confirmation completes the sacraments of initiation (along with baptism and Eucharist) and is required for one to act as a sponsor or godparent for baptisms and confirmations. It is most recommended (but not strictly required) that Catholics should be confirmed in order to be married in the church.

Any adult Catholic who may not have been confirmed is urged to do so. In order to be properly prepared to receive this sacrament four classes have been scheduled on the following Sunday morning sin the rectory meeting room (St. Mary’s Church, Dickson City) from 9:00 to 10:00 AM: August 6, 13, 20 and 27. Monsignor Pratico will conduct the sessions.

The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at Visitation BVGM Church on October 17, 2017 for the parishes of Visitation BVM, Dickson City, Queen of Angels, Jessup and Sacred Heart, Peckville. The sacrament will be administered to those students who have just completed the eighth grade along with any adults completing the August classes.

Please contact St. Mary’s Rectory at 570-489-2091 to make a reservation for these classes. You should bring a recently issued copy of your baptismal certificate along with the name of your confirmation sponsor.

If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 570-489-2091 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

ALTAR SERVERS An important reminder

With summer vacations upon us, it’s easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve and/or call the rectory to inform us that you’ll be away. We are readying our next schedule, if you wish to make a change, please call the office. As always, thank you for your service.


at 2:00 PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. We will be praying with the readings for this upcoming weekend celebrating of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

Deuteronomy 8: 2-3 14-16

1 Corinthians 10: 16-17

John 6: 51-58


Readings: John 3: 16-18

Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9

2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

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.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, comes under the cover of darkness to meet the remarkable Rabbi he has heard so much about. In their discussion (today’s Gospel) Jesus speaks of the need to be reborn “from above” and of the great love of God who gives the world his own Son, not to condemn humankind but to save it.

The God of ‘new beginnings.’

The three readings today all speak of a God who is motivated by a love we mortals cannot fathom. As revealed to us by Jesus, our God is a God not of endings but beginnings; a God who does not demand the payment of debts but who constantly offers unconditional and unlimited chances to begin again; a God who does not take satisfaction in our failures but rejoices in lifting us up from our brokenness, despair and estrangement from him and from one another. Despite our ignorance, displacement and sometimes outright rejection of him, God continues to call us back to him, always making the first move to welcome us back: God readily forgives Israel and renews his covenant with them (Exodus); God is the ultimate source of loving community, even for the deeply divided Corinthian church (2 Corinthians); God re-creates humankind in touching human history in the Christ event (John). Today’s celebration is an invitation to share in God’s work of reconciliation, of creating communion and community among all his people.


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.

The Holy Spirit

Memorial Day 2017

Never Forget Their Service

IN TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN who have served this nation so unselfishly, the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish, has presented wreaths at the Veterans Memorials at the Throop Borough building, the VFW Memorial on Boulevard Avenue and also at the Church Memorial at Blessed Sacrament Parish. A special thank you to Suzanne Boyer-Baka for her craftsmanship and generosity.

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.


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.



Jesus Ascending to Heaven

Mass schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 8:00 AM Holy Cross
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:00 PM Holy Cross

Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The Ascension is an important Christian holiday that attests to the reality of Jesus Christ, God and human, returning to the Father, to return again in the future second coming. The Ascension is the final component of the Paschal Mystery, which consists of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

The Catholic Catechism highlights three important theological aspects of the Ascension concisely:

1. Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11) this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. 61 3:3)

2. Jesus Christ, head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious Kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever.

3. Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (ccc 665- 67).