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  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

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

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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

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.

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

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.

FEAST DAY OF DIVINE MERCY

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.

ALLELUIA! CHRIST IS RISEN, HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA!

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.

BLESSED SACRAMENT

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

Holy Cross

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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

THANK YOU

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.

HOLY COMMUNION

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.

NEED A BUTTER LAMB ($5), PASKA,KOLACHI, OR EASTER COOKIES ($10) FOR YOUR BASKET

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.

BLESSING OF EASTER BASKETS

Saturday, April 20

11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament

12:30 PM Holy Cross.

A NON-PERISHABLE FOOD COLLECTION

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.

Amen

Prayer for an End to Infanticide

The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act—legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive, following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age. Please pray for an end to infanticide:

“Jesus, Lord of Life, transform the hearts of all elected leaders to recognize that infanticide is wrong and must not be tolerated. Open hearts and minds to recognize and defend the precious gift of every human life.”

MY SACRIFICE AND YOURS

Celebrating the Eucharist is the most important thing we do as Catholics. Participating at Mass is more than receiving Holy Communion – it is offering a sacrifice. All of the baptized are called by God to offer a sacrifice at Mass.

In the booklet shared on Ash Wednesday and this weekend, Father Paul Turner explains the meaning of the sacrifice of the Mass and how we share in this sacrifice as priestly people by our Baptism. Each section of the pamphlet includes some questions for reflection and a discussion, a helpful tool entering into our Lenten experience. “My Sacrifice and Yours” is a beautiful exploration of Christ’s sacrifice and our participation in this sacrifice at Mass.

LENTEN ECUMENICAL SERVICES

Lenten Ecumenical Services

Sponsored by the Ministerium of the Mid Valley

Wednesdays in Lent, all services at 7:00 PM

• Wednesday, March 13
Holy Cross Parish, 200 Delaware Avenue,
Olyphant, PA 18447
Message: Rev. David Brague

• Wednesday, March 20
St. James/St. George Episcopel Church
398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn, PA 18433
Message: Rev. David Repenning

• Wednesday, March 27
Peckville United Methodist Church
722 Main Street, Peckville, PA 18452
Message: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

• Wednesday, April 3
Blakely Baptist Church
201 Main Street, Blakely, PA 18447
Message: Rev. Daniel Jones

• Wednesday, April 10
First United Presbyterian Church
1557 Main Street, Peckville, PA 18452
Message: Rev. Andrew Kurovsky

Fellowship and refreshments follow each
service. All are invited to participate in prayer
with our neighbors and friends of the Christian
Churches of the Mid Valley as we prepare for
Easter.

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2019

Ash Wednesday

March 3, 2019 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

SEVENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C

First Reading: 1 Samuel 26:2, 7-9,12-13,22-23 David does not kill Saul.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 103:1-4,8,10,12-13 A song in praise of God’s mercy.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 As we bear the image of Adam, so we will bear the image of the one from heaven.

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:27-38 Jesus teaches his disciples to be merciful as God is merciful.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s gospel reading is a continuation of the teaching that began in last Sunday’s gospel. We continue to hear Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. Recall that in Luke’s Gospel, this teaching is addressed to Jesus’ disciples. This is in contrast to the parallel found in Matthew’s Gospel, the Sermon on the Mount, in which Jesus’ words are addressed to both the disciples and to the crowds.

These words from Jesus’ teaching are familiar to us. They constitute the crux and the challenge of what it means to be a disciple: Love your enemies, turn the other cheek, give to those who ask, do unto others, lend without expecting repayment, judge not lest you be judged.

There are several similarities between Luke’s and Matthew’s report of Jesus’ great teaching. Both begin with the Beatitudes. Matthew includes nearly all the content that Luke does; the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s Gospel is longer than Luke’s Sermon on the Plain. There are, however differences in language and nuance. For example, Matthew presents this portion of the teaching as a contrast between Jesus’ teaching and the teaching of the law and the prophets. This is in keeping with Matthew’s concern to address his predominantly Jewish audience. It is likely that Luke omits this contrast because it was unnecessary for the Gentile believers for whom Luke is writing.

Another point of contrast between Matthew and Luke’s presentation is the terminology. In Luke, Jesus contrasts the behavior of his followers with the behavior of “sinners.” In Matthew, Jesus contrasts the behavior desired with the behavior of tax collectors and Gentiles. Matthew concludes the teaching about love of enemies with the admonition to be perfect as God is perfect; Luke concludes by emphasizing God’s mercy.

In both Gospels, Jesus’ words challenge those who would follow him to be more like God. God loves us beyond our expectations, beyond anything we can possibly imagine. In response to God’s love, we are to love as God loves, beyond expectations and with a depth beyond imagining.

SIXTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME CYCLE C

First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8 Put trust and hope in the Lord, not in human beings.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1:1-4,6 Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12,16-20 Our hope for resurrection is sure because Christ has been raised from the dead.

Gospel Reading: Luke 6:17,20-26 Jesus teaches the crowd the way to happiness.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Last Sunday we heard Jesus call Peter to be his disciple. Jesus then travels with Peter and the other disciples. Luke reports acts of healing (a person with leprosy and a paralytic man) and the call of Levi, the tax collector. Jesus also replies to questions from the Pharisees regarding fasting and the observance of the Sabbath. In the verses immediately before today’s gospel reading, Jesus is reported to have chosen 12 men from among his disciples to be apostles. Apostle is a Greek word that means “one who is sent.”

Today’s gospel reading is the beginning of what is often called the Sermon on the Plain. We find a parallel to this passage in Matthew 5:1-7,11 that is often called the Sermon on the Mount. As these titles suggest, there are differences and similarities between these gospel readings.

When spoken from the mountaintop in Matthew’s Gospel, we can’t miss the impression that Jesus is speaking with the authority and voice of God. The mountaintop is a symbol of closeness to God. Those who ascend the mountain see God and speak for God; recall the story of Moses and the Ten Commandments. As Luke introduces the location of Jesus’ teaching, Jesus teaches on level ground, alongside the disciples and the crowd. Luke present Jesus’ authority in a different light. He is God among us.

Another distinction found in Luke’s version is the audience. Luke’s Sermon on the Plain is addressed to Jesus’ disciples, although in the presence of the crowd; Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount is addressed to the crowd. In keeping with this style, the Beatitudes in Luke’s Gospel sound more personal than those in Matthew’s Gospel—Luke uses the article “you” whereas Matthew uses “they” or “those.” There is also a difference in number: Matthew describes eight beatitudes; Luke presents just four, each of which has a parallel warning.

The form of the Beatitudes found in Luke’s and Matthew’s Gospel is not unique to Jesus. Beatitudes are found in the Old Testament, such as in the Psalms and in Wisdom literature. They are a way to teach about who will find favor with God. The word blessed in this context might be translated as “happy,” “fortunate,” or “favored.”

As we listen to this Gospel, the Beatitudes jar our sensibilities. Those who are poor, hungry, weeping or persecuted are called blessed. This is, indeed, a Gospel of reversals. Those often thought to have been forgotten by God are called blessed. In the list of “woes,” those whom we might ordinarily describe as blessed by God are warned about their peril. Riches, possessions, laughter, reputation…these are not things that we can depend upon as sources of eternal happiness. They not only fail to deliver on their promise; our misplaced trust in them will lead to our demise. The ultimate peril is in misidentifying the source of our eternal happiness.

The Beatitudes are often described as a framework for Christian living. Our vocation as Christians is not to be first in this world, but rather to be first in the eyes of God. We are challenged to examine our present situation in the context of our ultimate horizon, the Kingdom of God.