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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

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Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
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The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) is August 15.

Mass schedule: Tuesday, August 14….5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

Wednesday, August 15….7:30 AM blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU MARK DECELLES

We are grateful to have had the pleasure of sharing these past weeks with Mark DeCelles, Ph.D., a seminarian preparing for priestly ministry to, for and with the People of God of the Diocese of Scranton.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld said, “As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that I could do nothing other than to live for him.”

The process of discernment, study and spiritual formation, responding to God’s invitation to priestly ministry, is filled with joys and challenges. Mark, in his openness to sharing his many talents as well as receiving the faith and example of the good people of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, has given witness to his desire to “live for God.”

We ask Almighty God to bless and to deepen that desire as Mark moves forward in prayer and preparation. We pray this prayer for vocations for Mark and all those discerning a call to priestly ministry.

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 preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

A FEW WORDS FROM MARK DECELLES

It’s hard to believe that August is already upon us. A new school year is right around the corner, with new joys and new possibilities, new things to learn, people to meet, places to be.

For me, it is a bittersweet time, since August 5 marks the last day of my summer assignment here at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. I am so very grateful to have had the privilege of accompanying this community during the past eight weeks, to pray with you, mourn with you, celebrate with you, learn with you. I have been edified by your faith and lifted up by your kindness and love.

What a wonderful gift, to have been able to minister to you alongside Monsignor Delaney. Many thanks to Monsignor for putting me up and putting up with me; to him and Deacon John for mentoring me and challenging me to grow in pastoral ministry; to all the parish staff for your help, support and encouragement; to the altar servers and liturgical ministers who showed me the ropes; to all those who participated in Vacation Bible School, adoration and benediction, and our adult bible study in Kelley Hall; and to all the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross for your generosity, hospitality, kind words, and prayers.

You will always have a special place in my heart. As I return to seminary later this month, I humbly request your continued prayers for me, as I will be praying for you. God bless you all.

CONGRATULATIONS ON 33 YEARS OF SERVICE TO GOD'S PEOPLE MONSIGNOR DELANEY

Thank you so much for all you do for us!

14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

Readings

Mark 6: 1-6

Ezekiel 2: 2-5

2 Corinthians 12: 7-10

Mark begins a new theme narrative with today’s Gospel: the blindness of people to the Power and authority of Jesus. The people of his hometown reject his message. They consider Jesus too much “one of them” to be taken seriously. They are too obsessed with superficialities – occupation, ancestry, origins – to realize God present in their midst and to be affected by that presence.

Today’s first reading is the story of another prophet who experienced trying times. Ezekiel is called by God to speak his word to his own people – Judean Jews who have been repatriated from their beloved Jerusalem to Babylon. They are a defeated, distrusting people who feel abandoned by God and suspicious of anyone who claims to speak of the God they, in fact, had themselves “rebelled” against.

In the final reading in this weekly series from his letters to the Corinthians (second reading), Paul reflects on the difficult challenge of discipleship.

Themes:

The authority of inspiration.

There is the kind of authority that one possesses by virtue of an office or position, the authority that bestows the “power” to make decisions and set policy. But there is another kind of authority that one possesses by virtue of study, performance or commitment to a high set of moral and ethical standards, an authority that give that individual the “power” to inspire. Such is the authority of Jesus. His authority is not derived from his ability to manipulate the fears, suspicions, apathy or ignorance of those around him but from the spirit of mercy, justice and compassion he is able to call forth from them. Those who speak not to our emotions and wants but to our consciences, who speak not in catchy slogans and buzz words but in the conviction of their actions possess the authority of Jesus that is deserving of our respect and attentiveness.

THE PARISH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 4

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

A PRAYER FOR OUR NATION FOR THIS FOURTH OF JULY

God of justice and Lord of all, You guide all creation with fatherly care.

On this Independence Day, we recall the day when our country claimed its place among the family of nations.

You reveal that those who work for peace will be called your sons and daughters.

Continue to send your spirit to touch the hearts and minds of all who cherish the rights to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As you have called us to be one nation, grant that under your providence our country may share your blessings with all the peoples of the earth.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


A Prayer for Our Nation

NATIVITY OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

THE FEAST OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST

Readings:
Isaiah 49: 1-6
Acts 13: 22-26
Luke 1: 56-66,80.

This fest, a segment of Advent in the season of Ordinary Time, makes us aware of the wonderful inner relationship between the sacred mysteries; for we are still in the midst of one Church year and already a bridge is being erected to the coming year of grace.

Ordinarily the Church observes the day of a saint’s death as his feast, because that day marks his entrance into heaven. To this rule there are two notable exceptions, the birthdays of Blessed Mary and of St. John the Baptist. All other persons were stained with original sin at birth, hence, were displeasing to God. But Mary, already in the first moment of her existence, was free from original sin (for which reason even her very conception is commemorated by a special feast), and John was cleansed of original sin in the womb of his mother. This is the dogmatic justification for today’s feast. In the breviary St. Augustine explains the reason for today’s observance in the following words:

“Apart from the most holy solemnity commemorating our Savior’s birth, the Church keeps the birthday of no other person except that of John the Baptist. (The feasts of the Immaculate Conception and of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin had not yet been introduced.) In the case of other saints or of God’s chosen ones, the Church as you know, solemnizes the day on which they were reborn to everlasting beatitude after ending the trials of this life and gloriously triumphing over the world.

“For all these the final day of their lives, the day on which they completed their Earthly service is honored. But for John the day of his birth, the day on which he began this mortal life is likewise sacred. The reason for this is, of course, that the Lord willed to announce to men His own coming through the Baptist, lest if He appeared suddenly, they would fail to recognize Him. John represented the Old Covenant and the Law. Therefore he preceded the Redeemer, even as the Law preceded and heralded the new dispensation of grace.

In other words, today’s feast anticipates the feast of Christmas. Taking an overall view, we keep during the course of the year only two mysteries, that of Christ’s Incarnation and that of His Redemption. The Redemption mystery is the greater of the two; the Incarnation touches the human heart more directly. To the Redemption mystery the entire Easter season is devoted, from Septuagesima until Pentecost; and likewise every Sunday of the year, because Sunday is Easter in miniature.

The Christmas season has for its object the mystery of God-become-Man, to which there is reference only now and then during the remaining part of the year, e.g., on Marian feasts, especially that of the Annunciation (March 25) and today’s feast in honor of the Baptist. In a sense, then, we are celebrating Christ’s incarnation today. The birth of Jesus is observed on December 25 at the time of the winter solstice, while the birth of His forerunner is observed six months earlier at the time of the summer solstice. Christmas is a “light” feast; the same is true today. The popular custom centering about “St. John’s Fire” stems from soundest Christian dogma and could well be given renewed attention. St. John’s Fire symbolizes Christ the Light; John was a lamp that burned and shone. We Christians are called to be the light of the world.

Excerpted from The Church’s Year of Grace, Pius Parsch.

MISSION APPEAL JULY 14 – 15

Join in the world wide mission of Jesus… July 14 and 15 we are invited to take part in our Church’s worldwide mission by special “prayer and sacrifice” through the Propagation of Faith Appeal.

Catholics have extended their love and generosity to the missions of the world through the Propagation of Faith, the Church’s central source of mission support.

This year, the missionary priest from the Philippines, Rev. Joey B. Manaran of the Disciples of Mary will be sharing his missionary experience among the young people in the Philippines. We would like to invite you to take part in his mission apostolate through your prayers and donations as he reaches out to so many youth who are confronted with the serious challenges of addiction, materialism, violence, and abuse.

What an opportunity you will have on July 14 and 15 to respond to our baptismal call to take part in our Church’s missionary challenge…and to receive the full graces of the Eucharist offered for us by this missionary priest.

Please be as generous as possible in responding to our Lord’s call to each one of us to take part in His mission to all people.

FATHER’S DAY WISHES

Happy Father's Day

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen

THE DAILY DECALOGUE OR TEN COMMANDMENTS OF SAINT POPE JOHN 23RD

1) Only for today, I will seek to live the livelong day positively without wishing to solve the problems of my life all at once.

2) Only for today, I will take the greatest care of my appearance: I will dress modestly; I will not raise my voice; I will be courteous in my behavior; I will not criticize anyone; I will not claim to improve or to discipline anyone except myself.

3) Only for today, I will be happy in the certainty that I was created to be happy, not only in the other world but also in this one.

4) Only for today, I will adapt to circumstances, without requiring all circumstances to be adapted to my own wishes.

5) Only for today, I will devote 10 minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.

6) Only for today, I will do one good deed and not tell anyone about it.

7) Only for today, I will do at least one thing I do not like doing; and if my feelings are hurt, I will make sure that no one notices.

8) Only for today, I will make a plan for myself: I may not follow it to the letter, but I will make it. And I will be on guard against two evils: hastiness and indecision.

9) Only for today, I will firmly believe, despite appearance, that the good Providence of God cares for me as no one else who exists in this world.

10)Only for today, I will have no fears. In particular, I will not be afraid to enjoy what is beautiful and to believe in goodness. Indeed, for 12 hours I can certainly do what might cause me consternation were I to believe I had to do it all my life.

SEMINARIAN- MARK DECELLES

My name is Mark DeCelles. You may have seen me at Mass this past weekend, but for those who have not….I am a seminarian for the Diocese of Scranton and I am in my second year of theological studies at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland.

I am thrilled that the diocese has assigned me to Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes for the summer!

My family and I are parishioners at Immaculate Conception Church in Scranton, where we got to know Monsignor Delaney many years ago. I am a native of Dunmore and I studied at St. Clare’s, St. Paul’s and Scranton Prep. I have a Ph.D in theology from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC; my Bachelor’s and Master’s came from the same school.

I am looking forward to getting to know you all over the next several weeks. God Bless You!

.......Mark DeCelles

ORDINATION TO THE PRIESTHOOD

Deacon Edward Casey and Deacon Ryan Glenn have been ordained priests of the Diocese of Scranton by our Bishop, Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. on Saturday, June 9.

Congratulations to Father Casey and Father Glenn. May God bless them with many happy years of service to the Church of Scranton.

HAPPY 60TH ANNIVERSARY, FR. CAMPBELL!

Father William D. Campbell, a native son of St. Patrick Parish, Olyphant, celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood for ministry and service to the people of God in the Diocese of Scranton. We join Father Campbell’s family and friends in love and celebration as we mark this special moment with Father Campbell. Notes of congratulations may be sent to:

Father William D. Campbell
Little Flower Manor
200 South Meade Street, Room 204
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702

THE BODY AND BLOOD OF THE LORD

Readings:

Mark 14: 12-16, 22-26

Exodus 24: 3-8

Hebrews 9: 11-15

Today’s celebration of the Body and Blood of the Lord originated in the Diocese of Liege in 1246 as the feast of Corpus Christi. In the reforms of Vatican II, the feast was joined with the feast of the Precious Blood (July 1) to become the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord. Today, we celebrate the Christ’s gift of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our life together as the Church.

Today’s Gospel is Mark’s account of the Last Supper. At the Passover meal marking the First Covenant, Jesus, the Lamb of the New Covenant, institutes the New Passover of the Eucharist.

The ancients believed the source of life was contained in blood – blood, therefore, belonged to God alone (that is why even today a devout Jew will never eat any meat which is not completely drained of blood). In marking Israel’s covenant with the Lord who brought them out of slavery and into freedom, Moses splashes half of the offerings’ blood on the altar, the symbol of God, and sprinkles the other half on the people, joining the covenanted people to their God (first reading).

This understanding of the sacredness of blood is central to the theme of the letter to the Hebrews (second reading). Jesus is both priest and victim on the cross, whose own blood seals a new covenant and creates a new Israel.

Themes:

Eucharist: becoming the body of Christ.

“If you have received worthily,” St. Augustine preached, “you are what you have received.” The gift of the Eucharist comes with an important “string” is attached: it must be shared. In sharing the body of Christ, we become the body of Christ. If we partake of the one bread and cup, then we must be willing to become Eucharist for others – to make the love of Christ real for all.

Eucharist: the table of the Lord.

Christ calls us to his table, offering his peace, affirmation, support and love. We come to the Eucharist to celebrate our identity as his disciples and to seek the sustaining grace to live the hard demands of such discipleship; we come to the Eucharist seeking the peace and hope of the Risen One in the compassion and support we offer and receive from one another. At Christ’s table, we are always welcome. In celebrating the Eucharist, we make our parish family’s table the Lord’s own table, a place of reconciliation and compassion.

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