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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a Abraham entertains three strangers and is promised a son.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15:2-5 Those who do justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 The mystery hidden from ages past has now been revealed in Christ.

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits the house of Martha and Mary.


The story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements the story of the Good Samaritan, which immediately precedes it in Luke’s Gospel. Both stories are unique to Luke, The story of the Samaritan opens with the words “ a certain woman.” The Samaritan is an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an example of how a disciple should listen. Mary, a woman is a marginalized person in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. As a woman, Mary would be expected, like Martha, to prepare hospitality for a guest. Here again Jesus breaks with the social conventions of his time. Just as a Samaritan would not be a model for neighborliness, so a woman would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher.

Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfill the dual command which begins chapter 10—love of God (Mary) and love of neighbor (the Samaritan). These are the two essentials of life in the kingdom. By using the examples of a Samaritan and a woman, however, Jesus is saying something more. Social codes and boundaries were strict in Jesus’ time. Yet to love God with all one’s heart and one’s neighbor requires breaking those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and also times for listening and learning at the feet of a teacher.


First Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b,19-21 Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11 I set the Lord ever before me.

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1,13-18 Christ has set us free.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s Gospel reading begins a long section unique to Luke’s Gospel. Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem, which will end with his ministry in Jerusalem. We read that Jesus’ days for being “taken up” were fulfilled. The Greek word that Luke uses for “taken up” is the same word he uses to describe the Ascension. We also read that Jesus is determined to journey to Jerusalem. For Luke, Jesus’ ministry begins in Galilee and then is one long journey to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, he will meet his death but also enter into his glory. Only in Luke does Jesus then spend 40 days in Jerusalem instructing his disciples. It is in Jerusalem that his disciples wait after his Ascension to be sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And it is from Jerusalem, in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, that the Good News is spread to Rome and the ends of the earth.

Immediately, Jesus is met with rejection, as a Samaritan village will not receive him because he is going to Jerusalem. There was animosity between Samaritans who worshipped on Mount Gerazim and Jews who worshipped in Jerusalem. Jesus was also rejected as he began his ministry in Galilee in Chapter 4, and he will be rejected for the last time when he reaches Jerusalem. James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy the people in the village, but Jesus rebukes them and moves on. There is often the temptation to use violence to achieve right. Jesus has come to break this temptation. He is aware that he must undergo violence himself before he can enter his glory.

The rest of today’s reading is about the radical demands of discipleship. The three people who volunteer to become disciples on this journey show that they do not understand the demands Jesus will bake of them. Neither care of self, care for the dead, nor care of one’s family (as required by the Fourth Commandment) can come before the demands of discipleship. Jesus reminds the first volunteer, who would go wherever Jesus goes, that animals in the wild have more security than do Jesus and his followers. The second, who wants to bury a parent, is reminded that the demands of proclaiming the Kingdom of God take precedence. The third, who wants to say farewell to his family, is reminded that once you put your hand to the plow, you cannot look back or the furrow will be crooked. Such a person is not ready for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus seems harsh here, but he is only asking of his disciples what he asks of himself. Jesus’ unconditional commitment to God’s saving work will demand of him his life. He know this, but the disciples do not understand. Jesus does not want anyone to rush into discipleship because the demands of discipleship require everyone considering it to be aware of the cost, make Jesus and his mission central to his life, and then go forward without looking back.


First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 110:1-4 You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:11b-17 They all ate and were satisfied.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, Latin for “the Body of Christ.” In the most recent revision of the liturgy, the name for this day is expanded to be a more complete reflection of our Eucharistic theology.

The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one of Jesus’ miracles to appear in all four Gospels. Luke places it between Herod’s question, “Who is this about whom I hear such things?” and Peter’s response to Jesus’ question about who he thought Jesus was: “You are the Messiah of God.” In Luke the feeding is not the result of Jesus’ compassion for the crowd but is instigated by the disciples. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to town. Instead Jesus tells the disciples to give them some food on their own.

The passage is meant to remind us of two feedings in the Old Testament: the feeding of the Israelites in the desert and Elisha’s feeding of 100 people with 20 loaves in 2 Kings 4:42-44. It is also connected to the institution of the Eucharist. As in the Last Supper accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke and in Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Jesus takes bread, looks to heaven, blesses the bread, breaks it, and then gives it to the disciples. In using this exact language, Luke is reminding his readers that in the miracle Jesus is doing more than feeding hungry people as God did for the Israelites and the prophet Elisha did as well. The bread he gives is his body, which he will continue to give as often as the community breaks bread in remembrance of him in the Eucharist.

Next Week’s Readings:

Sunday, June 30th Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:166, 19-21 Galations 5:1. 13-18 Luke 9:51-62


First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60
Stephen is martyred as Saul looks on.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97:1-2, 2-7,9
The Lord is king over all the earth.

Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
Come, Lord Jesus.

Gospel Reading: John 17:20-26
Jesus prays for his disciples.



On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, our 8th grade students will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation:

Blessed Sacrament-Sunday, June 9; 9:30 AM Mass

Holy Cross-Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PM

Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they complete their preparation to celebrate the Sacrament.

Please note practice times:

Sunday, June 2; 1:00 PM Holy Cross (with sponsors)

Sunday, June 2; 3:00 PM Blessed Sacrament (with sponsors)

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love….”

The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Holy Day of Obligation)

Ascension Thursday

Mass schedule: Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament; Thursday, May 30, 7:30 AM, Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM, Holy Cross; 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.

Congratulations to Dante Hernandez

CONGRATULATIONS to Dante Hernandez, celebrating his First Holy Communion on Sunday, May 12 at the 11:00 AM mass at Holy Cross.

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day

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.

How to Pray for Vocations


Today on World Day of Prayer for Vocations consider praying a rosary for vocations:

*Pray the first decade that you may grow in holiness in your own vocation.

*Pray the second decade for all those called to marriage.

*Pray the third decade for those called to the permanent diaconate.

*Pray the fourth decade for all those called to religious life.

*Pray the fifth decade for all those called to the priesthood.

At Every Sunday Mass when you take time for personal prayer at Mass, ask God that a young man from your parish will hear the call to the priesthood or religious life, and that a young woman will hear the call to become a sister. At Home during mealtime, pray for vocations with your family and encourage your children to be open to God’s call.


God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is reached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Thank You Reception!

Thank You!

Monsignor Delaney would like to thank all parishioners, both from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, for their generosity over the past year. Every time we have a fundraiser or ask for donations there is an overwhelmingly positive response and it is sincerely appreciated. There will be a Thank You Reception on June 22nd after the 4:00 PM Mass at Holy Cross and on June 23rd after the 9:30 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to attend.

Summer Festivals - Set the Dates!

Holy Cross Annual Chicken Bar-B-Q – Sunday, August 4, 2019. Chicken Bar-B-Q organizational meeting Wednesday, May 15 at 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall.

Blessed Sacrament Annual Family Festival – Friday, August 16; Saturday, August 17; Sunday, August 18— Bingo. Volunteers are needed – come join in the fun and help in putting together a successful event! Meeting: Tuesday, May 14, 6:30 PM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.


In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

“I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.

The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.


I want to extend wishes of a beautiful and happy Easter to all parishioners and staff and visitors who gather this weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop and Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant. We have prepared for 40 days, how we enter into the joyful season of Easter celebrating Jesus’ Resurrection and our participation in His Risen life.

We celebrate with Crystal and Steven, Stephen and Heather who celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil. Their desire to know, love and serve the Lord is a gift and grace reminding us all of the blessing it is to share our faith and to invite more and more to experience with us the love of Christ we encounter in Word and Sacrament.

We enter into these fifty days of rejoicing preparing our second graders to come to communion for the first time and our eighth graders to complete their initiation on Pentecost Sunday as they take ownership of and responsibility for the living out of this Resurrection faith we celebrate today.

We have so much to celebrate, so many reasons to be hopeful. We do not dismiss the hardships of life or the crosses we carry, do not diminish in any way the sufferings of the wounded Body of Christ in our midst, but we, in the midst of a broken world cry out “Christ Our Light,” Alleluia! We carry the hope and share the message of Easter—that we can move beyond darkness and doubt, that love is possible, that all people are imbued with sanctity and dignity as cherished children of God.

“Do you choose this day to reject sin so as to live in the freedom of the children of God?”... I do!.. We do! “This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Christ has won the victory for us. The Church in her wisdom asks us to keep this festival alive for 50 days. Let’s reflect on this and just how much our Lord loves us. Flowers, Easter eggs, candy, keilbosi and butter lambs, beautiful music and so much more! The victory has been won in Christ who gives ultimate purpose to our lives.

We welcome all who join us this Easter. Pope Francis writes: “I invite all Christians, everywhere at this very moment to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them: I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step toward Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.”

I am grateful to our parish staff and to all who have helped us to celebrate Easter—Judy Novak, Tom Pearce, Ed Bush, Steve Senko, Deacon John Musyt, Karen Doyle, to Mary Therese McKane, Ned Dructor and our music ministry, John Kilker, Michele Malewicz, Jeannie Commadario, Sally Dziedzic—and to the army of volunteers who help us to live our Easter faith with joy and in hope.

May the Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all United in His Service,

Monsignor Delaney, Pastor

First Holy Communion Class of 2019

Congratulations to the following children who received Holy Communion for the first time! May God bless you and strengthen you throughout your life every time you receive the Body & Blood of Christ.


Ashlyn BradshawAngela Laskowski
Luke CollinsEric Meleski
Thomas CollinsKate Rose Melesky
Ethan CortazarJeffrey Miller Jr.
Rhys GriffinKayden Miller
Jack Mackar-Muller

Holy Cross

Emily BeckHayden Panusky
Karsyn CainesPaige Paone
Joshua CarrollSean Patchcoski
Jake CarrollShane Patterson
Richard CarrollMichael Peregrim III
Aziel ChavezLyndsay Powell
Dominick DelRossoGary Puhalla
Lily DesirMia Ricciardi
Annabelle FrableZachery Sadavage
Kali GilgallonJoseph Sandrowicz
Dante HernandezEva Schuler
Jack JudgeGreyson Shimkus
Andrew KarsnakMia Ricciardi
Stephen Klem IVOlivia Thomas
Falynne LukasikJulian Williams
Marley MoranoRobert Wilson
Ryan MonroeLeo Wisniewski
Salvatore PalazzariTess Yanoski


to our second grade teachers: Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Miss Amanda Rimosites; assistant: Mrs. Linda Sablan. Thank you to LaSalle Academy, St. Clare/St. Paul Elementary School and St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School teachers. Thank you to our directors of Religious Education: Mr. John Musyt and Mrs. Karen Doyle. Thank you to our parents and grandparents and extended family for your dedication to your child’s religious education and his/her faith development.


The first time I received Jesus

Was a wondrous day for me!

To be united with Christ, my Savior

Who died for us on Calvary.

This prayer reminds me to thank Him

For the special gift He gave:

The sacrament of Holy Eucharist

Through which we all are saved.

It helps me think of the first time

Jesus came into my heart

And if I but follow His message

He and I will never part.

As Jesus said on that holy night

So many years ago

If we but take and eat this bread

Eternal Life we will know.

Each time I receive communion

I’ll think of His love for me

And I’ll thank Him for giving to us

The greatest miracle in history.

“I am the living bread which has

Come down from heaven. Anyone

Who eats this bread will live forever.”

Carnation Sale 2019

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

will take place after each mass on Mother’s Day Weekend. Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.


Empty Easter Basket

You can still order this weekend at the entrances to Blessed Sacrament Parish. Paska, with or without raisins, Kolachi-nut, poppy, cheese, lekvar, apricot and raspberry, a boxed dozen of Easter Cookies, all made by Bakery Delite; and our Hand-Made Butter Lamb. Pickup up is on Holy Thursday from 1 to 4:45 PM. Orders can also be made by calling Joseph Butash 570- 489-4515. The Holy Name thanks you for supporting this fundraiser.


Saturday, April 20

11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament

12:30 PM Holy Cross.


dress in white robes for Holy Thursday evening mass and sit as a group.


will be taken up at the Holy Thursday evening mass. Please be generous. Food will be donated to our local food banks.

Easter Triduum Schedule 2019

Easter Triduum

Forty days of Lenten Preparation will being us to the most important days of our church year: praying together the Triduum; Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the great Vigil of Holy Saturday.

Please do all you can to join us for the most solemn and significant moments of grace. Experience and celebrate the Mercy of God.

Easter Triddum Schedule

Holy Thursday – April 18

Mass of the Last Supper

6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Good Friday – April 19

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

1:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
3:30 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Stations of the Cross

5:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Holy Saturday – April 20

Blessing of Baskets

11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Vigil - April 20

8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Sunday – April 21

8:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
9:30 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
11:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Alleluia Alleluia!

Lenten Prayer

Heavenly Father,

As I enter another week of my Lenten journey, guide me to the path that leads to you. Fill my heart with gratitude, patience, strength, and peace as I strive to become the-best-version-of-myself, honestly admitting my shortcomings and sins.

As I renew my resolve each day to become a better person, let me hear your voice in the deepest reaches of my heart. Give me rest in you. Help me to accept others, showing them your great love instead of casting judgement.

Stay with me through the busy days this week and remind me that when I need comfort, solitude, wisdom, or guidance, I can always turn to you.

Help me develop discipline and generosity through fasting and almsgiving, and come closer to you through prayer this Lent.

In your name I pray.