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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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A FAITH RESPONSE TO THE CORONAVIRUS

The coronavirus outbreak is stirring up anxiety, confusion and major inconveniences. It is a situation in which we can easily overreact or underreact. How can our faith tradition guide and comfort us through this troubling time?

ENOUGH FOR EVERYONE- Of course, we see these same dynamics play out in Scripture, where fear leads to hoarding. The most famous story is when the Israelites are in the desert without food (Exodus 16). God rains down manna from heaven but also cautions them to take only what they need for now. They disobey but find that the food they attempt to store away goes bad immediately. The consistent message we hear in the Bible is that we need to trust in God, who will provide enough for everyone. The problems come when people begin to take more than they need.

Fear of the coronavirus has cause some to stockpile and hoard unreasonable amounts of hand sanitizer, face masks and other supplies against the recommendations of leaders. The problem is that this wipes out supplies for those who truly need them the most-health care workers and those most vulnerable to the disease- without really making the buyers safer.

PROTECT THE VULNERABLE- Scripture and the social teachings of the church remind us again and again that we-as individuals and a society-must protect and give priority to those who are most vulnerable and at risk. We see this from the laws in the Old Testament that looked out for the poor and the widows, to Jesus' embrace of people on the margins of society, to the early church's adamant support of those who had less. The Bible urges us to put those who are most at risk first.

In the midst of the coronavirus, the vulnerable take many forms. Most obvious are those who are elderly or have other health conditions that make them most susceptible to illness. Those who are younger may not be concerned about our own health risks, but if we help pass on the virus, it can be a life-or-death situation for others.

Others are financially vulnerable and do not have the flexibility to take sick leave that many of us take for granted. That puts them in a difficult situation when they become ill and may have to choose between putting their job at risk and staying home to protect others. Likewise, many parents do not have the flexibility to stay home when school is canceled for their children.

The situation is impacting many others, such as small business owners who may already be on shaky financial ground.

A SPIRIT OF SACRIFICE- This health crisis is challenging many of us to make sacrifices in our lives. Some are huge, such as those made by exhausted health care workers around the world, desperately trying to keep patients alive (while avoiding the illness themselves.)

Other sacrifices fall more in the category of inconveniences. It is inconvenient when events are canceled, schools close, and travel is limited. It is inconvenient to wash our hands intentionally and regularly.

But this kind of sacrifice is at the very center of our faith. Every time we gather around the Lord's Table, we celebrate the powerful way Christ showed us how to love others. He sacrificed everything in self-giving love for us. Truly loving others will always cost us something.

Actions that may not entirely make sense to us can have huge effects. Scientists point to the 1918 flu when St. Louis proactively and aggressively closed its schools to prevent infections. Death rates in the city were about one third those in Pittsburg, which was much slower to close its schools. Thousands of lives were saved.

We may grumble about or resist changing our habits, especially if it's unclear what's in it for us. But we need to remember that many of these actions are more about protecting others. Perhaps the invitation amidst this crisis is to embrace the inconveniences fully, and then move beyond them to seek out the best ways to serve those who are most in need.

LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR- Community is essential to us as Christians, We are the Body of Christ, and we know that when two or more gather in Jesus' name, he is present with us. So it may be a bit harder for us to handle the "social distancing" happening in many communities.

Our call to community is not only in the context of our church but also in our neighborhood community. How do we literally love our neighbor? How can we be witnesses on our streets?

One way is to regularly check in on your neighbors who may be vulnerable and isolated. Offer to deliver groceries or other items for them or to run other errands so they won't have to risk infection by leaving their home.

Be a positive, calming influence in any online neighborhood communities. Don't spread rumors or hysteria, but find ways to support each other through the crisis.

LIVING THE VIRTUES- Ultimately, as with life in general, we are called to live out the four cardinal virtues:

• Prudence-Carefully discern the best course of action not just for ourselves, but for the good of all. Ask: What action does God want me to take?

• Justice- Seek fairness for everyone, especially those who need it most. Ask" Who is not getting the help that they need?

• Temperance-Fina a healthy balance between self care and care for others. Ask: Do I err toward selfishness or an unhealthy co- dependence?

• Fortitude- Persevere in times of trial and difficulty. Ask: Do I have the courage to do the right thing even when the going gets tough?

A PRAYER FOR OUR UNCERTAIN TIMES

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Amen.

-Written by Rev. Dr. William J Barber II

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS WE MOVE FORWARD

BAPTISMS - PLEASE CALL THE RECTORY TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS.

FUNERAL MASSES WILL NOW BE CELEBRATED IN OUR PARISHES

Cemetery chapels are not yet available for prayer.

Memorial masses are being arranged with families who have lost loved ones during the closure of our churches.

THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Wednesday, September 16th - 6:30 to 7:15 PM, Blessed Sacrament Parish. Confessions will be given outside on the driveway between the Rectory and the Church. If raining, they will be given in Parish Hall. Masks must be worn during the celebration of the Sacrament /p>

OUR ADORATION CHAPEL REMAINS CLOSED AT THIS TIME


Altar Flowers

Flowers

August 30, 2020

TThe flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Neil Smargiassi, offered by daughters Ava and Lucia.

ANIMA CHRISTI

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds, hide me.

Separated from Thee let me never be. From the malignant enemy, defend me.

At the hour of death, call me.

To come to Thee, bid me,

That I may praise Thee in the company Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.

Amen.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING

Thursday March 19th 1:30pm at Blessed Sacrament.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION RETREAT

Saturday, March 21st from 9am - noon at Blessed Sacrament Parish. This retreat is mandatory for First Communion Candidates.

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY will meet on Thursday, March 5, 6:30 PM Rosary and 7:00 PM meeting. All are welcome.

UPCOMING BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH HOLY NAME SPRING EVENTS:

  1. Thursday, April 9, Annual Easter Basket Food Items Pick-up led by Adam Nosak, Steven Gedrich and Michael Rocco.
  2. Friday, April 17, 7:00 PM the showing of the "Documentary" FAITH 1895-2020, produced by parishioner Joseph Butash. The 70 minute video takes a look at the 125 years of the Roman Catholic Church in Throop and the long history of Blessed Sacrament Parish
  3. Sunday, April 19 "Spring Hospitality" immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass outside by the Heritage Monument. Treats and Fellowship, all are welcome.

HOLY NAME SOCIETY MEETING

Sunday, March 8th - 7pm at Blessed Sacrament

BLESSED SACRAMENT STITCHERS

The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!

Check Out These Websites

  1. www.dioceseofscranton.org Scroll to "Resources for a Time of Social Distancing"
  2. www.aleteia.org This is a website whose mission is to explain the Catholic faith, with reliable sources you can trust, providing daily content to inspire readers.

CONGRATUALTIONS GRADUATES!

Congratulations, Graduates!

We lift up, honor, and celebrate our graduates! After years of hard work, personal growth, and spiritual development, we ask God to bless you as you move forward, building on the firm foundation built on and rooted in God's gracious love. May God empower you to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love guided by God's light, using your talents as we build a better, more just and peaceful world.

COUNSELING SERVICES AVAILABLE

Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.

DAY OF PRAYER AND GRATITUDE FOR PRIESTS

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera has set Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, as a Day of Prayer and Gratitude for Priests in the Diocese of Scranton.

The bishop invites all priests and the faithful to join together for Evening Prayer with the Renewal of Priestly Promises live at 4:00 PM via CTV: Catholic Television, the Diocese of Scranton website or any of the Diocese of Scranton social media platforms.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our priests have continued to do Christ's work by offering the sacraments to the sick and dying, finding creative ways to serve parishioners and serve the poor through food pantries and personal outreach. We thank them for their priestly commitment and service.

DEACON MARK DE CELLES

God bless Deacon Mark DeCelles. We celebrate with the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton the ordination to the transitional diaconate of Mark DeCelles. Deacon DeCelles served in our parishes during the summer of 2018. His remarkable talent is matched by the enormity of his loving heart and desire to serve God's people.

God bless you, Deacon CeCelles.

Notes of support and congratulations may be sent to:
Deacon Mark DeCelles 923 E. Drinker Street Dunmore, PA 18512

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

All parish societies and civic organizations are welcome to place an announcement in the bulletin regarding an upcoming event or meeting. Please note, however, because the bulletin must be submitted to the printer on Monday mornings, all announcements must be received at the Parish Office by the Wednesday before the week of the event.

DEAR PARENTS, GUARDIANS, AND RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENTS

We are less than two weeks away from the first day of school in the Diocese of Scranton. That might be an introduction to any school year at this time of the year. This however, is not like any other first day of school. Corona virus and the resulting COVID- 19 have changed our lives dramatically. March 13th will be a day that we will all remember as the day, schooling as we knew it changed drastically.

Two weeks off turned into "until Easter" to "the end of the year." I realize that all our lives were rearranged and we learned how to wear a mask, how to estimate six feet, and how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice or recite two "Hail Mary's."

The 2020-2021 Religious Education Year is about to begin. Our first day of class is scheduled for October 4th. This year, our primary focus will be on our preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation (grades 7 and 8) and Holy Communion (grades 1 and 2). For students in grades 3 to 6, we will be providing them with materials to continue their Religious Education Formation at home. We will not be providing a Kindergarten program this year.

Students in grades 1, 2, 7 and 8 will receive direct instruction on Sunday mornings. Classes will be created based on the number of students who register. We will be following all CDC guidelines and social distancing.

We are working to create an environment that sets a tone that all of our parishioners' health is foremost on our minds. We have been keeping up with the CDC, DOH, and Diocesan Guidelines for re-opening our churches and the programs we can offer. There are protocols and procedures that are being put into place for our students, teachers, and staff. Please remember that we all have to be extremely vigilant and cooperative in order to have face-to-face learning. Parents will be expected to do daily checklist screenings and students and teachers must wear masks.

In an effort to better prepare for this year's program and to make the best use of our limited space, we are asking you to complete the registration form included with this letter as soon as possible. In this way we can best prepare our classrooms and order materials needed for this year's instruction.

Our health will depend on everyone's cooperation and adherence. Specifics will be sent as soon as numbers are totaled based on the registrations we receive.

For our 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th grade students, our plan is that if we receive a total of 30 registrations (for example), that class will be divided into three groups of ten. These students would then meet once every third week while completing work at home on their off weeks.

For our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, we will be providing them with textbooks and an outline to follow allowing your child to continue their religious formation with your help at home.

Specifics as to the keys to a healthy environment so that we can continue face-to- face learning will be sent to you prior to the first day of class. Please continue to stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,
Monsignor Michael J. Delaney Pastor

Deacon John Musyt
D.R.E. Holy Cross Parish

Karen Doyle
D.R.E Blessed Sacrament Parish

EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading Isaiah 55: 1-3

Second Reading Romans 8: 35, 37-39

Gospel Reading Matthew 14: 13-21

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today we jump ahead in our reading of Matthew's Gospel to Chapter 14. Last week, we heard Jesus conclude his discourse with the crowds about the Kingdom of Heaven. In Matthew's narrative, Jesus then leaves the crowds and returns to Nazareth, where he is rejected. Matthew then recounts the story of John the Baptist's arrest and execution at the hands of Herod. Today's Gospel reading begins at this point.

Upon hearing the news of the death of John the Baptist, Jesus seeks to withdraw, but the crowds follow him. Jesus reaches out to them in compassion and heals the sick. At the end of a long day, the disciples encourage Jesus to send the crowds away so that they might find provisions for themselves. Jesus again responds with compassion for the crowd. Jesus tells his disciples to provide food for the crowds. The disciples reply with a report of the meagerness of their own provisions-five loaves and two fish. The result is the very familiar miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish.

Matthew's Gospel tell us that 5,000 men were fed, and this number does not even include the women and children. Jesus' blessing brought abundance from the meager provisions of the disciples. In this action, Jesus offers us a sign of the Kingdom of Heaven that he has been teaching about in the parables. A feast results from the smallest of portions-remember the mustard seed and the yeast. In this miracle, we witness an example for Christian life and ministry. Even the smallest of offerings can produce abundant results when placed in the service of the Kingdom of Heaven.

We find the story of Jesus' multiplication of the loaves and the fish in each of the four Gospels. In the Gospels of Mark and Matthew, Jesus performs this same miracle on two separate occasions. The story of this miracle is an anticipation of the Eucharist in which we are fed by the abundant grace of God. The importance of the Eucharist has been a defining element of Christian life from the very beginning.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Monsignor Donald McAndrews, Eleanor Mullen, Shirley Misiura, Stephen Kishel, Rose Stine, Helen Hvezda and Joseph "Quinny" Quinn,Rose M. Bolser, Neil Furiosi, Jake Barrett, Irene Kosydar, Joseph Burnetti,Mary Ann Galassi, Eugene Good, Ned Posluszny, Robert Mancek, Donald Healey, Margaret Giunta, Patricia Forgione, John Wanas, Frances Zaluski, Mary Yerka, Michael Bohenek, Annie Oleniacz Bianchi,Judith Massenkeil, Sr. Gertrude Grimes,Dr. Leonard L. Szpara, Jesse Baldan, Janet Zuraski, and Edward Burak.

Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them

EWTN TV SCHEDULE

Masses: Sunday 8 am, 12 Noon

Monday - Saturday 8 am, 12 Noon, 7 pm Rosary: Sunday - Saturday 7:30 am/P>

Stations of the Cross - Fridays 7 am & 4 pm Comcast - Channel 12 & Channel 1668 (HD) for EWTN and CTV/P>

Directv - Channel 370 for EWTN - CTV not available./P>

Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites./P>

Dish Network - Channel 261 for EWTN - CTV not available. Parishioners that do not have Comcast can view through websites./P>

You can also watch live at www.ewtn.com/tv or www.DioceseaOfScranton.org, then click on media tab.

Guidelines for Safely Returning to Mass




Safety Measures

  • If you are feeling ill, stay safe at home.
  • We highly encourage those who are vulnerable (such as the elderly and people with underlying medical conditions) to continue to participate in Mass via parish livestreaming or CTV: Catholic Television.
  • Mass from the Cathedral of Saint Peter will continue to be broadcast daily on CTV: Catholic Television of the Diocese of Scranton. It is also available on the Diocese of Scranton website, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • People should wash their hands thoroughly before coming to church.


Face Masks

  • Face masks must be worn by all lay faithful who attend Mass. The only time a face mask may be removed is for the reception of Holy Communion.
  • Clergy are not to wear a face mask during the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy but must wear a face mask for the distribution of Holy Communion which takes place after Mass.


Social Distancing

Guidelines for Returning to Mass

  • Mass attendance will be limited to no more than 25-percent of a church’s seating capacity.
  • While within the church, all people need to maintain a safe social distance of six feet from others in all directions. The only exception is for immediate family members who may sit together.
  • Several pews may separate individuals/families to ensure the six foot distancing while within the church.
  • Parishioners will need to enter through only one designated door, follow social distancing guidelines during the line for communion, and exit the church through a separate door.
  • Congregational singing at Mass is discouraged at this time so as to minimize the spread of breath droplets.
  • Parishes may still utilize a cantor and organist for Mass as long as they are at least 10 feet away from each other, the assembly, and any ministers in the sanctuary.
  • Parishes may still utilize a cantor and organist for Mass as long as they are at least 10 feet away from each other, the assembly, and any ministers in the sanctuary.


Holy Communion

  • The distribution of Holy Communion will take place after the conclusion of Mass. After receiving communion, the faithful are to depart and not return to their pews.
  • Distribution of the Precious Blood remains suspended at this time.
  • Parishioners are strongly advised to receive the Body of Christ in the hand.
  • Priests and deacons (or any other minister) will wear a mask for the distribution of Holy Communion and are to use hand sanitizer before, immediately after, and if necessary, during the distribution of communion if contact is made with any person’s hand or tongue.
  • Holy Communion on the Tongue: Although it is strongly discouraged, anyone who still wishes to receive Holy Communion on the tongue can be instructed to wait until the end of the Communion distribution after everyone else has received. This will minimize the risk of spreading the virus to others, as well as allow time for the priest to sanitize his hands properly after each person who receives on the tongue.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sunday obligation to attend Mass remains suspended at this time


Please note: these measures will not take effect until June 8, 2020. Masses will continue to be streamed on Facebook until public masses return.


A Message from Monsignor Delaney

Dear Friends,

As Lackawanna County moves into the "Yellow" phase of re-opening, we are preparing to receive parishioners back to public Mass in a limited and responsible way.

In order to abide by social distancing requirements, our seating capacity is fewer than you might expect. Because of this, in order to attend Sunday Mass, you will be required to first call the Rectory to place a reservation. Calls will be received on a first call, first seated basis. Upon filling the number of seats available, you will be placed on the following weeks attendance list. Please do not come to Sunday Mass without having called us first. If not first registered, you will be asked to come to the next available Mass. We know that this sounds very strange and is unusual, but we also are all very aware that the guidelines are for the safety of our community. Masks must be worn in Church. Please, if able, bring your own hand sanitizer/wipes from home.

The Mass schedule is:

Blessed Sacrament Saturday 5:30 PM and Sunday 9:30 AM.

Holy Cross Saturday 4:00 PM and Sunday 11:00 AM.

Please note at this time, the 8:00 AM Sunday Mass is suspended.

You will be greeted upon entering and directed to where you will sit. Please be in church 15 minutes before the beginning of Mass to receive instructions.

For reservations, all the rectory: 570-489-0752, 570-489-1963

Thank you for your understanding and patience in helping us to move forward. As always, your continued generosity and support of our parishes helps us to together continue to conduct our mission.

A special note of gratitude to those who have agreed to set-up, direct and sanitize our churches in preparation for worship. United in the Love of Our God who reveals Himself to us as father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney June 6-7, 2020

Happy Father's Day

St. Joseph and Jesus

On this Father's Day weekend, we celebrate our Fathers, Grandfathers, and Fore Fathers, as well as those who have been like a Dad to us.

God Bless You.

Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to your heart. Bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see you and know you in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill Your special purpose for their lives.

St. Joseph, pray for our Dads.

Amen

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION CHAPEL IS CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

ADORATION MASS

Thursday August 13, 2020 at 6:30pm Holy Cross Parish.

Those who have participated in Eucharistic Adoration are invited to celebrate Mass together. We know well that many miss deeply the opportunity to pray before the Eucharistic presence of Jesus in Adoration. The hour of prayer before the Lord has been a great source of strength and comfort to so many. hile we are not able to re-open our Saint John Paul II Chapel for adoration at this time, this invitation is extended to those who have received blessings and spiritual support in this important prayer. Please call the rectory to make a reservation, 570-489-0752.

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003

An unsolicited comment from one of our own parish Eucharistic Adoration participant: A woman parishioner, also an eleven year participant, said when asked why she would commit to one hour for life, she replied, “It’s the best hour of my week”. Commitment is not for life, it’s for only as long as one is able to fulfill it.

CELL PHONE ETIQUETTE AT MASS

In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

CHURCH ETIQUETTE

  1. Dress appropriately.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  4. Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  5. Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  6. Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  7. Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  8. Please do not chew gum in church.
  9. Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  10. Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  11. Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  12. Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
  13. Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  14. What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  15. Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!

How You Can Make a Difference

Holy Cross Parish has served the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the poor in Olyphant. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish.

Please consider Holy Cross Parish in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to the parish include:

  • Bequests through Will – Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;
  • Annuities – Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;
  • Life Insurance – Name the Holy Cross Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy;
  • Other Assets – A contribution of a specific cash amount or property.

Contact your accountant or financial ad visor for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

HOW CAN WE HELP

(1) THE ANNULMENT PROCESS

If you are or know someone looking for information how to proceed and move forward after a divorce, please call the Rectory (570-489-0752).

(2) “HOW DO I GET MY MARRIAGE BLESSED IN THE CHURCH?”

If you’ve been married civilly (judge, mayor, justice of the peace, etc.) and are looking to have your marriage convalidated (blessed in the Church, celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony), and need information or have questions, please call the Rectory and ask for Monsignor Delaney.

IMPORTANT - CHOIR LOFT SAFETY

Parents who are sitting in the choir loft with their children, are asked NOT to sit in the first row due to safety issues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING PASTORAL HOSPITAL VISITS

Due to changes at area hospitals it has become increasingly difficult for us to know when a member of our parish has been admitted to the hospital. Due to Federal privacy regulations, the hospitals will no longer notify the parish about a parishioner’s admission. The family must contact the Parish so that Monsignor Delaney can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner who may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the Parish Office. When registering at the hospital please indicate Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament.

INDEPENDENCE DAY, 2020

Independence Day

A PRAYER FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:1).

We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty,

The foundation of human rights, justice and the common good.

Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties;

By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." .. Irma Bombeck

GOD BLESS AMERICA!

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way for non-Catholics to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and for Catholics who have not been fully initiated to receive Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for you. The RCIA is a regional program, coordinated by Deacon Jan Mroz at St. Mary’s Parish, Dickson City. Please call the Monsignor Delaney at 489-0752 if you or someone you know would like to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry Phase of the RCIA will begin in early October.

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

Join the Choir - You'll be Glad You Did!

As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.

Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.

Know a Marriage That Needs Help

Know a Marriage That Needs Help?  Throw them a lifeline and tell them about Retrouvaille, an international program that helps couples who are experiencing marital difficulties. This program is for all couples, at any stage of marriage that needs help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner. The next program in the Scranton Diocese begins Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016, at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Please call 800-470-2230 for more information or to register or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.org.

MARRIAGE CONVALIDATION

Were you married outside of the Catholic Church? Would you like to have your marriage blessed by the Church?

This is called the marriage convalidation process, and the Church is here to help.

Couples may find themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons. It may be that a Catholic entered into a marriage outside the Church and did not realize that the Church asks us to marry in the Church. It might be that one, or both parties, was not free to marry in the Catholic Church due to a previous marriage or because he or she was awaiting an annulment.

No matter the situation, now is a great time to explore the convalidation process.

Consider this your invitation! Call the Rectory for an appointment with Monsignor Delaney (570)489-0752 or email Monsignor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

MASS CARD OR DONATION TO THE PARISH

When a person dies, many people often request a Mass card as a way of praying for the deceased person and expressing their sympathy to the family. Because Canon Law requires that a Mass request be celebrated within a year of its request, parishes often have to send the Mass intention to the missions. Instead of requesting a Mass card, please consider making a donation to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish in loving memory of the deceased. Your donation to the parish expresses your sympathy while helping to financially support the parish. Thank you for your consideration.

MASS SCHEDULE

8:00am mass is back at Holy Cross!

Blessed Sacrament Parish: Saturdays at 5:30pm and Sundays at 9:30am

Holy Cross Parish: Saturdays at 4:00pm and Sundays at 8:00am and 11:00am.

At this time, reservations are required for weekend Masses.

You will be greeted upon entering each church and directed to where you will sit.

Please be in church 15 minutes before the beginning of Mass to receive instructions.

TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR MASS

Please call the rectory at: 570-489-0752 570-489-1963

Thank you for your understanding and patience in helping us to move forward. As always, your continued generosity and support of our parishes helps us to together continue to conduct our mission.

A special note of gratitude to those who have agreed to set-up, direct and sanitize our churches in preparation for worship. United in the Love of Our God who reveals Himself to us as father, Son and Holy Spirit,

Sincerely, Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

WEEKEND MASSES ON FACEBOOK

Every Saturday at 5:30pm from Blessed Sacrament and every Sunday at :00am from Holy Cross will continue to be broadcasted Live on Facebook.

Memorial /Honor Candles

sanctuary candle

The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated as follows:

July 5, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Paula C. Kalinoski, offered by Father Felix, Daughter Kayla, and Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of Deceased Members of the Mase, Pawlowski, Novak, and Oleniacz Families, offered by Frank Novak Family.

July 12, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament, offered by a friend.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of George Kalavsky and Deceased Family Members, offered by Wife.

July 19, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Mary and Joseph Nawrocki, offered by Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of Anna and Charles Misiura, offered by Family.

July 26, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Joseph Matone, offered by Son Michael, Kelley and Sherry Matone.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of Nancy Lally Kolcharno, offered by Family.

August 2, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Rosalie Kallay Kalinosky offered by Husband Felix and Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of George and Mary Beckage, offered by George and James Beckage.

August 9, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Falzett Family, offered by Nephew Gene.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of the Ofcharsky & Whitman Families, offered by Eleanor Whitman.

August 16, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Andrew & Harriet Onofrey, offered by Gary and Debbie.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of the Sr. Mary Manuelita, offered by Commadario, Yankowski, and Kohut Families.

August 23, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Stanley & Lottie, Stan Jr. and Jack Yanoski, offered by Marsha Gilbride and Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of the Living and Deceased Members of the Paone Family, offered by Family.

August 30, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Rosalie Kallay Kalinoski, offered by Husband Felix and Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of Neil Smargiassi, offered by Family.

September 6, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Bob and Elizabeth Davis, offered by Daughter Betty and Family.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of the Deceased Members of the Janowski and Onze Family, offered by Barbara and Sue.

September 13, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In Loving Memory of Ray Kowalski, offered by Marion and Children.

Holy Cross Parish - In Loving Memory of David and Catherine Williams, offered by Family.

Monthly Visitations

Any parishioner who is homebound and wishes to receive the Eucharist on a monthly basis is asked to contact the Parish Office to schedule a visit.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events

ANNUAL NOVENA IN HONOR OF  ST. THERESE-THE LITTLE FLOWER

ANNUAL NOVENA IN HONOR OF ST. THERESE-THE LITTLE FLOWER

Tuesday, September 22 - Thursday, October 1st. A general blessing with her relic and novena prayers will be said at all weekday and weekend masses at Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup. Please call 570-489-2252 for more information or to make a reservation.

Pasta

DRIVE THRU PASTA DINNER & $5,000 RA LE ST. JOHN VIANNEY PARISH, MONTDALE

Sunday, October 4th Noon - 3 00pm. Dinner tickets are $10, and must be purchased by September 27th. Raffle tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. For tickets or more information, call the Parish Office 570-254-9502, ext 1.

FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL

Saturday and Sunday September 19-20 11am - 7pm - Take Out Only Face Mask and Social Distancing Required

ST. CYRIL'S MUM SALE

Red, Yellow, Orange, and Purple Mums 9-Inch Pot $8 or 12-Inch Pot $20 To Order Call Jule at 570-357-6171 or Michaelene and 570-209-2026 All Orders due by September 10th with a pick up date of September 19th or 20th.

RIGATONI & MEATBALL DINNER QUEEN OF ANGELS PARISH DRIVE-THRU ONLY

October 25th 11:00am - 3:00pm Queen of Angels Pastoral Center, Church St. in Jessup. Tickets are $10 for adults, and children 12 and under are $5. Tickets for basket raffles are also available. Call 570-489-2252 for tickets or more information.

ROAST PORK DINNER

Saturday August 29, 2020 12-5pm. Black Diamond Hose Company #2 Rick St. in Archbald Tickets are $12.00. Take-outs only!

THROOP HOSE COMPANY NO. 1 ANNUAL CHICKEN BAR-B-QUE

512 Center St. in Throop

August 1st Noon-3pm. TAKE-OUTS ONLY. Tickets are available through all members or by calling Dave Benson at 570-383-1019. Donation of $9 per ticket

TAKE-OUT ONLY ROAST BEEF DINNER

Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish, 62 Madison Ave., Jermyn, will hold their dinner (rescheduled from March) on Saturday July 25th from 1:00-5:00pm in the Parish Center. Curb-side pick-up behind the church will also be available. Tickets are $12, and children under 12 are $6.00. Call 570-876-1061 for tickets.

MASS IN REMEMBRANCE OF VICTIMS OF VIOLENT OR TRAGIC DEATH

The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance of victims of violent or tragic death. The Mass is offered for those who have died in tragedy, especially through murder, suicide and accident. This year we keep in our hearts those who lost their struggle with COVID-19.

The Mass is Thursday, July 16 at 7:00 PM in Saint Peter's Cathedral. All persons who have lost a loved one are invited to this liturgy.

Seating is limited to 70 people. Please call the Office for Parish Life 570-207-2213 ext 1102 to reserve a seat. The Mass will be televised on CTV.

We ask that the names of deceased loved ones are registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or on the diocese of Scranton's website, www.dioceseofscranton.org. All forms must be received by July 13.

Saint Joseph's Center Auxiliary Summer Festival 2020

includes three events as well as some raffles. Information about all is available on the website www.stjosephscenter.org. Tickets are being sold for a drive-thru chicken dinner scheduled for Sunday, July 26. With pre-purchased tickets, dinners can be picked up between noon and 5 pm at Marywood University. Joe Snedeker's annual Go Joe Bike Ride features a Ride Along. Individuals and families can register and ride for St. Joe's. A registration fee of $30.00, you will receive a Go Joe shirt or yard sign. Your ride can be scheduled at any time, but just upload photos to show fun and participation. The annual Telethon will be held on Saturday, July 25 from 8 to 0 pm. This is always a time to share inspiring stories and many ways that your support changes lives. Thank you in advance for your support.

TRICKY TRAY OR ST. JOSEPH'S CENTER

St. Joseph's Center is holding an online basket raffle now until August 5th. Visit www.stjosephscenter.org and click on "Tricky Trays" to see the 70 beautiful baskets. Chances are 2/$1. inners will be announced the evening of August 5th and personally notified.

TRAVEL WITH R. FRANCIS LANDRY

Father is a retired pastor of St. Ann's Parish. The trip is from September 8 -18, 2021, and you will travel with Father from Scranton to the Holy Land; Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Galilee, Via Crucis, Last Supper, Gethsemane, Nativity Church, and Tel Aviv. Cost is $4,199.00 airfare and all included. For more information, contact 1-855-842-8001, 1-508-340-9370, or www.proximotravel.com

FURNITURE AND HOME DECOR SALE

FURNITURE AND HOME DECOR SALE

Friday August 7th and Saturday August 8th

SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church 135 River St., Olyphant, 9am - 6pm.

Sale will be held outside in the back of the church and rectory. Please wear a mask and respect social distancing. For more information or to donate furniture, please call 570-383-0319 or visit www.stcyrils.weconnect.com.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

March 15, 2020

Congratulations Aaron Joseph Butash, son of Joseph and Ali Butash, who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God Bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

August 2, 2020

Congratulations Jacob Earl Rochinski, son of Benjamin Eugene Rochinski and Dana Nicole Acquaviva who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

August 16, 2020

Congratulations Lucas Jacob Nemitz, son of Zachary Nemitz and Ashley Hanicak who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

August 30, 2020

Congratulations Levi Matthew Johnson, son of ric and Megan Johnson and Joseph John Thubbron, son of John and Kelly Thubbron were baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May Gold bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

September 6, 2020

Congratulations Charlee Elizabeth Zeiders, daughter of Matthew and Casey Zeiders and Miles Joseph DeCastro, son of Philip and Erin DeCastro who were baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish, and Louis John Calachino, son of Louis and Melissa Calachino who was baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

September 13, 2020

Congratulations Emma Leigh Kane, daughter of Martin and Sara Kane, who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.

NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading 1 Kings 19:9a,11-13a

Second Reading Romans 9:1-5

Gospel Reading Matthew 14:22-33

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today's Gospel directly follows last week's account of Jesus feeding a crowd of more than 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. For the sake of the crowds, Jesus had postponed his time of solitude. Now, at last, Jesus finds some time for quiet prayer. He sends his disciples ahead of him by boat, dismisses the crowds, and then withdraws to the mountain to pray.

The disciples do not fare well. They struggle to weather the wind and waves, making little progress in their journey. We are reminded of a previous story in Chapter 8 of Matthew's Gospel, when Jesus calms the seas. This time, however, Jesus does not calm the seas, and the disciples do not express fear until they see Jesus walking toward them on the water. In this story, it is not the storm that is feared but the sight of Jesus before them, whom they mistake for a ghost. Clues like these suggest that this story is about the disciples' growing understanding of the identity of Jesus. In continuity with last week's Gospel about the feeding of the multitude, today's Gospel is also about what the disciples' faith in Jesus will enable them to do.

In last week's Gospel, when the disciples see the crowds, they ask Jesus to send the crowds away. Jesus turns the situation around, telling the disciples to feed the crowd with the provisions that they have. Both of these Gospels tell us much about ministry.

Jesus calls to the disciples and calms their fears. He is not a ghost. The impulsive Peter seeks proof that the person is indeed Jesus. He asks Jesus to call him out onto the water, and Jesus grants this request. Peter's fear and doubt overtake him, however, once he is walking on the water. Jesus reaches out to Peter and saves him. When Jesus and Peter enter the boat, Matthew reports that the wind ceases, and the disciples confess that Jesus is the Son of God.

Faith in Jesus will enable the disciples to do the work that Jesus has done. Peter walks on water. The five loaves and two fish feed a multitude of people. The disciples can and will participate in the work of the kingdom of heaven. When Peter fears and doubts the person of Jesus, however, he falters. Peter's example teaches us that true Christian ministry emerges from the faith that Jesus is the Messiah, God's only Son.

OPEN WIDE OUR HEARTS

"OPEN WIDE OUR HEARTS: THE ENDURING CALL TO LOVE" USCCB, 2018

MARY, FRIEND AND MOTHER TO ALL

Through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

We ask for your help in obtaining the evil of racism and to build a just society.

We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.

Amen.

ORDINATION TO PRIESTLY SERVICE

Bishop Joseph Bambera celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Orders ordaining three transitional deacons to priestly service for the People of God of the Diocese of Scranton. We join with all of our brothers and sisters celebrating with and congratulating Father Jonathan Kuhar, Father Shawn Simchock and Father Kevin Miller. The ordination was celebrated this past Saturday in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, in a limited way due to measures in place, but also with limitless joy that God has called, these men have responded and the Church has ratified and validated their readiness for ministry. Please pray for Frs. Kuhar, Simchock and Miller as they begin their priestly service in our Diocese.

PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

Gracious and loving God we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.

Amen

Parish Registration & Membership

Recently, we have received phone calls from people indicating that they are members of either Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish; however, they are not listed on our parish census. Please note, parish membership is not automatic; just because a person was baptized or married at a parish does not make him/her a member of the parish. To be considered a member of the parish, all persons should be listed in the parish database and receive envelopes. Parishioners who do not use their envelopes after three years are removed from the parish census and are no longer considered parishioners. People who have been removed from the parish census and no longer receive envelopes and would like to re-register at the parish should call the Parish Office. Children over the age of 19 should be registered as adults and no longer registered as children of their parents.

PASCHAL CANDLE DONATIONS

Samples of Paschal Candles.

PASCHAL CANDLES HAVE BEEN DONATED!! THANK YOU!

Blessed Sacrament Parish: In Memory of Jackie Glinsky donated by wife Adele and Family.

Holy Cross Parish: In memory of the Deceased Members of the Griggs Family donated by Son Bill Griggs and Granddaughter Kaitlin.

PLEASE CONSIDER

We are looking for adult servers to assist in serving funeral Masses in our parishes. Thanks to the generous volunteers who help us as we support and pray with grieving families in our parishes. If you are able, please consider making the sacrifice of your time to assist us in this special ministry. Please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE WHENEVER A MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY HAS BECOME SICK OR HOSPITALIZED

PLEASE NOTE, BECAUSE OF THE GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS REGARDING PRIVACY, HOSPITALS CANNOT RELEASE INFORMATION WITHOUT A PATIENT’S CONSENT.

Prayer for Vocations

As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world. O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.

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

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Mary Most Holy, as a young woman living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care the Word of God make flesh.

Please protect and accompany all young men and women, especially from our parish, who are called to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.

Amen.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

Father, you call each one of us by name And ask us to follow you.

Bless your Church by raising up Dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as Lay Ministers, Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Deacons.

Inspire us as we grow to know you, And open our hearts To hear your call.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen

PRAYER TO MARY MOST HOLY MOTHER OF VOCATIONS

O Mary, we entrust to You the apostolate of the laity, the ministry of the priests, the witnessing of religious. We pray that priestly and religious vocations may be widely felt and followed for the glory of God and the vitality of the Church. May the new springtime of vocations, their new growth in the whole Church, become a significant proof of your motherly presence in the mystery of Christ in our times, and in the mystery of the Church throughout the world. Amen.

……..Saint John Paul II

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

O God, Father of all Mercies,

Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Grace upon those

You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;

preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of

you.

Open the hearts of Your children

that they may discern Your Holy Will;

inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves

to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life

guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,

all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

A FAMILY PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

In a special way, help us strive for holiness in our current states of life. Should You call some of us to the priesthood or religious life, help us to respond with courage and joy.

Together, we make heaven our goal, and pledge, with Your grace, to help each other on life’s journey to You. +Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.

CHRISTMAS PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world.

O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.

PRAYER THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer
In order to hear the voice of God, one has to have silence in one’s soul and to keep silence; not a gloomy silence, but an interior silence, that is to say, recollection in God. One can speak a great deal without breaking silence and, on the contrary, one can speak little and be constantly breaking silence.

……..St. Faustina Kowalska

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge.

………..St. Francis De Sales

Let us put our hope in Jesus, the name of salvation given to men and women of every language and race. Confessing his name, let us walk trustfully toward the future, certain that we will not be disappointed if we trust in the most holy name of Jesus. - St. John Paul II

Every moment of prayer, especially before our Lord in the tabernacle, is a positive gain. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

……….Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Prayer is nothing else than union with God. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding.

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of Christ, tech us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed. For these ordinary beads strung on threads hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer. Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. ………….Catherine Doherty

"May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month is which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne."

……..Pope Paul VI

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge. ……..St. Francis De Sales

The More you pray, the more you want to pray. It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, loses itself in the delights of conversation with God. ….St John Vianney

PROFOUND GRATITUDE

As we continue to pray for the sick, for healthcare workers and all those who may be in harm's way. We pause and remember to be grateful.

Lord god, let us never forget all that you do for us. Sustain us with hope and light and love and joy. May we be ever mindful of the many new ways we are learning to encounter and experience you as we long to receive you in the Eucharist and share one another's company. May our lives continue to be a testimony to your incredible blessings, that your love may be known and experienced by all we are called to serve. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Reminder - Driveway Courtesy

A REMINDER FROM MSGR. DELANEY

Please remember to keep the Rectory Garage clear of cars so that I can get back and forth to our parishes for Mass each day, as well as being able to get to hospitals in the event of an emergency. Seminarian Michael Boris will be living with us for the summer and will also be using our garage. Thank you for your understanding.

Retrouvaille Weekend for Couples

Is your marriage going down the right road…or is it a little off track? Are you already separated? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication. Couples of al faiths as well as non-religious couples are welcome. For more information contact 717-356-2185 or visit the website at www.HelpOurMarriage.org.

SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: 1 Kings 3:5,7-12

Second Reading: Romans 8:28-30

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:44-52 (shorter form Matthew 3 44-46)

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today's Gospel concludes three weeks of readings from the 3rd Chapter of Matthew's Gospel.

Throughout these three weeks, we have heard Jesus teaching crowds about the kingdom of heaven, and we have heard Jesus interpret some of his teachings for the disciples. In this week's Gospel, Jesus offers three more short parables.

The first two parables describe the great value of the kingdom of heaven. In the first parable, Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is like a buried treasure that is worth possessing even if it means giving up everything else. In the second parable, Jesus proposes that the kingdom of heaven is like a pearl of great worth for which one will sell everything else to possess. These parables teach us that we are to place everything we value in the service of the pursuit of the Kingdom of God.

The third parable that Jesus proposes in today's Gospel is different from the first two, but it is reminiscent of the parable of the sower heard in last week's Gospel. The kingdom of heaven is compared to fishing with a wide net. After the fish have been collected, the good fish are kept and the bad fish are thrown away; so too, in the final judgment, will the wicked and the righteous be separated.

Today's Gospel concludes with a curious statement about the scribe who understands the kingdom of heaven. Here a metaphor is offered this scribe is like the head of a household who "brings from his storeroom both the new and the old." The scribes referred to here are experts of Mosaic law. It is possible that Jesus is here instructing the early Christian community on how to proceed in the interpretation of Jewish law with respect to Jesus' "new" teaching.

Jesus' teaching about the kingdom of heaven does not replace the Jewish tradition; it interprets it in a different light.

SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: Wisdom 12:13,16-19

Second Reading: Romans 8:26-27

Gospel Reading: Matthew 13:24-43 (shorter form: Matthew 13:24-30)

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSEPL READING

In today's Gospel, Jesus offers three parables to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. He also explains why he speaks to the crowds in parables and interprets the parable of the sower for the disciples. This reading is a continuation of Jesus' discourse that we began reading last Sunday.

All three parables use commonplace experiences to describe aspects of the Kingdom of Heaven. The first parable is longer and more detailed than the next two, and it alerts us to the two-fold reality of the Kingdom of Heaven. The beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven can be found in this world. The fruition of the Kingdom of Heaven, however, will not be realized until the final judgment. In the meantime, as Jesus' explanation to the disciples cautions, any effort to judge the progress of the Kingdom of Heaven is premature. Only God, in the final judgement, will distinguish the fruit of the Kingdom of Heaven and offer its reward.

The second and third parables call to our attention the abundance that will result from the small beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as a mustard seed - the smallest of all seeds- will become a large bush, so too God will bring his Kingdom to full bloom. As a small amount of yeast will leaven the entire batch of bread, so too God will bring about the expansion of his Kingdom. In each case, the image is of the superabundance that God brings out of even the smallest of signs of the Kingdom.

Contained within these parables are words of caution as well as words of consolation. In the parable of the sower, we are warned against judging others. To judge and uproot the "weeds" prematurely will harm the wheat; final judgement rests with God. In the parables of the mustard seed and the yeast, we are consoled by the message that God can work wonders and produce abundance from even the smallest beginnings of the Kingdom of Heaven.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING

Tuesday January 14th @ 6:30pm, Kelley Hall

Deacon Ed Shoener of St. Peter’s Cathedral Parish will join us for our conversation on how the local church might better serve members of the community with mental health needs: about support, education, compassionate care. Join us for our dialogue, we’re always looking for new faces and ideas.

SOLEMNITY OF THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST

It is providential and most fitting that we re-gather the People of God as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Body of Christ with great joy!

We've been waiting so long for this day - to receive the Eucharistic presence of Our Lord together.

Moving forward with the guidelines given to us for public safety, we give thanks to God for this moment, mindful of the responsibility to keep all safe. We pray that we will live as a Eucharistic people, giving and sharing ourselves, as Christ continually does for us, breaking open and pouring out our love in selfless service. It's a wonderful day!

As most members of our parishes will continue to pray with us at home, we remember that there is no substitute for the reception of the Eucharist.

Moving forward ever so carefully, we pray for the grace to be mindful of the needy, to care for the lonely, to work for justice of people so that the love of Our Lord will be known in the world through us.

St Katherine Drexel

St. Katherine Drexel

"If we wish to serve God and to love our neighbor well, we must manifest our joy in the service we render God and to God's people. Let us open wide our hearts." St. Katherine Drexel

St. Katherine Drexel, the first saint born in the United States, committed her life to serving Native American and African American communities. Her message "Open Wide Our Hearts" is a clear call to people of good will as we create a path leading us to a more just society. She calls us to a humble and expansive love that challenges us to honestly look within and seek the grace needed to be changed more and more into the love of God. A love that respects human dignity and unites us all into a community in Christ. It is the ongoing work of the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ. It is our mission. Celebrating this feast day, we pray through the intercession of Saint Katherine Drexel of Philadelphia, that we can find inspiration to live with each other in more just and loving ways.

SUMMER EVENTS

Vacation Bible School will not be held this summer-Holy Cross Chicken Bar-B-Q and Blessed Sacrament Family Festival will not take place this year.

THANK YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS!

Blessed Sacrament Parish has received a check in the amount of $1,178.25 from the Development Office of the Diocese of Scranton. Surpassing our goal for the 2019 Diocesan Annual Appeal, the Appeal Rebate check represents 75% of the amount our parish raised over our appeal goal of $17,000.00.

Thank to all who have made this happen - your generosity is a blessing as we do the work of the Gospel in the backyard and supporting the mission of the Roman Catholic family of the Diocese of Scranton.

With the help and support of parishioners and friends, more than $4.1 million has been raised in the 2019 Appeal, directly supporting the wonderful ministries of our Diocese.

Thanks to all those at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes for your ongoing support and commitment.

Thank You! 2020

Thak You!

Thank ou to all those whose continuous financial and prayerful support permits us to continue our mission of sharing and bringing Good News to all.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Medicap Pharmacy 514 Burke Bypass, Olyphant, PA 18447, 570-383-6700, Eric M. Pusey, R.Ph., Owner/Manager Certified Diabetes Educator

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Michael P. Glinsky uneral Home, Inc., Corner of Willow & Grant Streets, Olyphant 570-489-5661, www.glinskyfuneralhome.com

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Hand Surgery Associates, 109 Terrace Drive Olyphant, PA 18447, 570-483-4603, Dr. Casey Burke, Specializing in Advanced Surgical Care of Hand, Wrist, and Elbow Injuries and Conditions.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Forget Me Not Cemetery Care 570-586-1257, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Specialized Personal Care For Your Loved Ones

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Dunmore Drug Store 702 North Blakely St, Dunmore, PA 18452, 570-342-8427, www.dunmoredrugs.com, Proudly Serving the Community Since 2003

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: TROY Mechanical, Inc., 100 State Highway, Moosic, PA 18507, 570-451-0140, Heating*Cooling*Controls*Design

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Falcon Oil 1630 Main St., Blakely, PA 18447, 570-383-3257, www.falconoilpa.com, *Call today for Lowest Heating Oil Price* "It's Our Service that Makes the Difference"

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Lackawanna Health and Rehab Center 260 Terrace Drive Peckville, PA 18452 570-489-8611 Ext 5306 Eileen Marzolino - Director of Admissions This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Fanucci and Kolcharno Attorneys at Law 1711 Main St. Blakely, PA 18447 570-383-0652

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO Community Bank, N.A. 128 Lackawanna Ave. Olyphant, PA 18447 570-489-4721 Communitybankna.com

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Walsh Street Metal Rear 818 Meadow Ave. Scranton, PA 18505

PLEASE REMEMBER TO SUPPORT ALL THOSE WHO ADVERTISE IN OUR WEEKLY BULLETIN THIS WEEK A SPECIAL THANKS TO: Luigi's Pizza, 302 Lackawanna Ave.,Olyphant, PA 18447, 570-383-3255 "Everything Made Fresh To Order"

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Schoonover Eye Care 240 Main St. Peckville 570-489-U-SEE www.icare4eyes.com "Helping you see 20/20."

Thank you to all those whose continuous financial and prayerful support permits us to continue our mission of sharing and bringing Good News to all.

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Frank T. Mazur Funeral Home, Inc. 601 Dundaff St. Dickson City. 570-489-6941. www.mazurfuneralhome.com "Our Family Serving Your Family."

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Yeselavage Rug, Guy & Renee Calabro, 577 Main Street, Eynon, Mon-Fri 10 to 5, Sat 9-12. 570-876-0172.

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: John J. Turko & Sons Funeral Home Inc. John J. Turko, F.D.; 404 Susquehanna Avenue, Olyphant and 402 Boulevard Avenue, Dickson City. 570-489- 3401 or 570-489-3489.

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Katrina's Pizza & Hoagie, 813 Boulevard Avenue, Dickson City. 570-489-8955.

Thank you to the Altar & Rosary Society and Confraternity of Christian Women for their contribution to Pennsylvania for Human Life in lieu of the annual Mother's Day Carnation sale.

As always, thank you for your generosity and understanding. Your weekly/monthly contributions help us to continue our mission as a Roman Catholic community of believers. God Bless you.

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Sylvester Chevrolet, 1609 Main Street, Peckville

570-489-7586

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Hudak O'Shea Funeral Home, Donna M. O'Shea Funeral Supervisor, Olyphant, 570-383-9033.

Please remember to support all those who advertise in our weekly bulletin: This week, a special thanks to: Medicap Pharmacy, Eric M. Pusey, R. Ph., Owner/Manager, 514 Burke Bypass, Olyphant, PA 18447 (570)383-6700

A special note of gratitude to all who have gone out of their way to continue to financially support our parishes. As with all of our families and households, we continue to be responsible to see that our bills are paid! God bless you for your many acts of kindness.

We continue to collect non-perishable food items to assist needy families.

Please remember to thank those who sponsor our weekly bulletin: This week: MICHAEL P. GLINSKY FUNERAL HOME, INC. OLYPHANT

THANK YOU! Holy Cross has received a generous donation in memory of Paul Kolcharno, offered by Mr. & Mrs. Charles Behl.

THANK YOU! Holy Cross has received a generous donation in memory of Paul Kolcharno, offered by Mr. & Mrs. Walter Marek. Blessed Sacrament has received generous donations in memory of Theresa Cucura, offered by Mildred Washenik and Frank "Babe" Scozzaro and John Scozzaro, offered by Barbara Scozzaro and Daughter.

HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT would like to thank Holy Cross Confraternity of Christian Women

for the purchase of new computers for the office. Money used was from the December Lotto. Also, a thank you to parishioners and friends for participating with the Lotto which made this possible.THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a donation in memory of Michael Hegedus offered by Maryann Chindemi.

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received generous donations in memory of George Barbolish offered by Leonard & Carol Sowinski and Elaine & Sandra Cameli. Thank you!

HOLY CROSS PARISH has received a generous Christmas donation from the Knights of Columbus, Olyphant Council 1095. Thank you! We have also received a generous memorial donation in Memory of Carl Kulwanoski and Peter Squirlock from Susan Williams. BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a generous donation in memory of the Chorba, Mezick, & Gambal Families from Dr. James & Pat Mezick.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION GRATITUDE

Thank you for your very generous Christmas offering. We are ever grateful for your generosity to the parish, especially in these very challenging economic times. If you were away over the holidays, please consider helping us reach our goal for this important yearly collection which helps us catch up on some of our outstanding bills. God bless you for your generosity in placing your parish community high on your gift list!

The Catholic Viewpoint on Race Relations

"The distinction of body and blood among men are transcended by unity with the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Mass is the re-enactment of the cross's mighty onslaught upon human differences: the breaking down of the wall of partition. We participate in common, as in one family, in the Holy Eucharistic offering. We are united with one another through our union with Jesus Christ in Communion.

John La Farge, SJ. "The Catholic Viewpoint on Race Relations"

The Social Concerns Committee

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE NEWS

1. The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holly Cross Parishes are hosting a “Pampered Chef” Party to benefit Catholic Social Service Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop.
When: Sunday, November 19, 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Come join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Get some Christmas shopping done! RSVP by November 14- Rose Kaminski- 570- 489-5125.

2. Non-perishable Food Drive. This drive is conducted through the month of November each weekend, also please remember to bring foodstuffs to Thanksgiving Day Mass! Food donated will be given to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve needy families in our community.

3. Social Concerns Committee Meeting: Tuesday, November 14 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

THIRTEENTH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: 2 Kings 4:8-11,14-16a

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 89:2-3,16-19 Sing God's praises forever.

Second Reading: Romans 6:3-4,8-11

Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:37-42

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today's Gospel is the conclusion of the instructions and consolations that we have heard Jesus offering to his disciples during the past few weeks. In this passage, Jesus summarizes both the costs of discipleship and its rewards. Once again, our understanding of the Gospel is strengthened by considering the context in which it was written and the perspective of Matthew's audience.

The conditions of discipleship outlined in Matthew's Gospel may appear harsh. Yet they underline for us a truth - choosing anything with one's whole heart has consequences. Choosing life with Christs means that every relationship we have must be understood from a new perspective. For many in Matthew's community, this choice brought division to their family.

Matthew also outlines the reward of hospitality offered to Jesus' followers. In today's Gospel, Jesus explains the difficulties of discipleship, yet reveals that those who welcome the disciples have also welcomed him. Today's Gospel also highlights for us the importance of hospitality in the Christian life. To welcome another in Jesus' name is to extend hospitality to Jesus himself.

We have many opportunities in our daily life to reach out to others, to be a welcoming presence and a sign of God's love.

TWENTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2020

First Reading: Isiah 56:1,6-7. The Lord reveals his salvation to all.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 67:2-3,5-6,8. All the nations will praise God.

Second Reading: Romans 11:13-15,29-32. God's favor to Israel is irrevocable.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 15:21-28. Jesus heals the daughter of the Canaanite woman because of her great faith.

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today we move ahead in our reading of Matthew's Gospel. Last week, we read about Jesus walking on the water and the disciples' confession of faith that Jesus is the Son of God. If we were reading Matthew's entire Gospel, we would have read about Jesus' debate with the Pharisees about Jewish purity laws. Jesus argues that it is not what goes into us that makes us unclean; he is referring to the strict Jewish dietary rules. Instead our words and our actions-what comes out of us-make us unclean because they emerge from a heart that is unclean.

Knowing about Jesus' debate with the Pharisees helps us to understand today's Gospel. In fact, the story heightens the surprise and shock we feel as we hear Jesus' exchange with the Canaanite woman. The woman, who is not Jewish, approaches Jesus, requesting that he heal her demon-possessed daughter. At first Jesus ignores her; he says nothing. The disciples ask Jesus to send her away, and Jesus agrees, remarking that he was sent to minister to the Jews alone.

The woman persists, paying homage to Jesus, and yet Jesus denies her request again. He even insults her, using a Jewish word of derision for Gentiles, "dog." But the woman cleverly turns Jesus' insult into an affirmation of faith. Only then does Jesus grant her request and heal her daughter.

Jesus' unresponsiveness to this woman may strike us as uncharacteristic or shocking. Yet in Matthew's Gospel, Jesus' ministry is directed primarily to the people of Israel. At only a very few points, such as the one found in today's Gospel, do we find Jesus anticipating the later Christian ministry to the rest of the world.

Behind Matthew's text, we can hear this early Christian community's struggle to understand how God's selection of Israel is consistent with two events:Isreal's rejection of Jesus and the Gentiles' acceptance of Jesus. Just as Jesus was surprised by the faith expressed by the Canaanite woman, so too the first Christians were surprised that the Gentiles would receive the salvation God offered through Christ. In today's second reading from Paul's letter to the Romans, we hear the apostle Paul considering this same concern.

The faith that the Canaanite woman expresses is an affirmation of and confidence in God's abundant mercy. Yes, salvation comes through Israel, but it overflows for the benefit of all.

TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME 2020

First Reading: Isaiah 22:19-23

Second Reading: Romans 11:33-36

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:13-20

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

It is important to read today's Gospel and next week's Gospel as two parts of a single story. These readings are a turning point in Matthew's Gospel. This week, we hear Jesus name Simon Peter as the rock upon which he will build his church. Next week, we will hear Jesus call this same Simon Peter "Satan" when he reacts negatively to Jesus' prediction about his passion and death.

In today's Gospel, Jesus asks his disciples what people are saying about his identity. The disciples indicate that most people believe that Jesus is a prophet of Israel.

Then Jesus asks his disciples who they believe that he is. Simon Peter answers, identifying Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God.

Jesus commends Simon Peter for this profession of faith, indicating that this insight has come from God. Because of Simon Peter's response, Jesus calls him the "rock" upon which Jesus will build the Church. This is a word play on the name Peter, which is the Greek word for "rock." Peter is then given special authority by Jesus, a symbolic key to the Kingdom of Heaven. Peter will play an important role in the early Christian community as a spokesperson and a leader.

In today's Gospel, Peter's recognition of Jesus' identity is credited to a revelation by God. This will contrast sharply with Jesus' rebuke of Peter in next week's Gospel. When Peter rejects Jesus' prediction of his passion and death, Peter is said to no longer be thinking as God does but as humans do.

The use of the term church in today's Gospel is one of only three such occurrences in Matthew's Gospel. Peter in this Gospel is being credited as the foundation for the Church, a privilege granted to him because of his recognition of Jesus' identity. The Church continues to be grounded in the faith that Jesus Christ is Lord.

TWENTY-SECOND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

First Reading: Jeremiah 20:7-9 Jeremiah laments but cannot fail to speak in God's name.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9 Our souls yearn for God.

Second Reading: Romans 12:1-2 Paul encourages the Romans to stay faithful to God.

Gospel Reading: Matthew 16:21-27 Jesus speaks of his Passion and rebukes Peter for his objection.

BACKGROUND ON THE GOSPEL READING

Today's Gospel continues the story that began in last week's Gospel. Simon Peter was called the "rock" upon which Jesus would build his Church, and yet Peter continues to show the limitations of his understanding of Jesus' identity. Now that the disciples have acknowledged that Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus confides in them the outcome of his ministry: he must suffer and die in Jerusalem to be raised on the third day. Peter rejects this prediction, and Jesus rebukes him severely, calling him "Satan." In opposing this aspect of Jesus' mission, Peter shows that he is no longer speaking based on the revelation from God but as a human being.

Jesus then teaches all of the disciples about the difficult path of discipleship: to be Christ's disciple is to follow in his way of the cross.

Peter could not yet understand what it meant to call Jesus the Messiah. It is unlikely that the other disciples understood any better. Messianic expectations were a common aspect of first-century Judaism. Under Roman occupation, many in Israel hoped and prayed that God would send a Messiah to free the Jews from Roman oppression. The common view was that the Messiah would be a political figure, a king that would free Israel from Roman rule. This is perhaps what Peter envisioned when he was led to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. In this passage, however, Jesus is beginning to teach his disciples that he would be the Messiah in a different way.

Jesus would be more like the suffering servant described by the prophet Isaiah than the political liberator. Those who would be Jesus' disciples would be called to a similar life of service. Perhaps this is what Peter feared most in Jesus' prediction of his Passion. He whom Jesus had called "rock" would also be called upon to offer himself in sacrifice and service to others. Christian leaders today are still called to sacrifice and serve others as Jesus did.

UPDATE NURSING HOME LISTS

If your family member is a resident of one of the local nursing homes or long-term facilities, we ask that you contact the Parish Office in the next two weeks so that we can update our lists. Over the next few months, the priests will be visiting the local facilities in order to pray and anoint our parishioners. Thank you for your assistance and may the grace of God continue to help you and support you and your loved one.

VISITING ANOTHER CHURCH

Did you know that if you celebrate Mass at another church in the area, you can still support your home parish by placing your Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament envelope in the collection basket? It is customary for parishes to forward a parishioner’s weekly offertory envelope to the parish that issued the envelope. On a given weekend, we forward envelopes to many of the neighboring parishes. Please continue to support your parish by placing your envelope in the basket where ever you attend Mass.

Volunteers Needed - Soup and Stations

Soup and Stations

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall.

Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up.

WEEKLY COMMUNITY MEAL

Cancelled until further notice.

Welcome to New Parishoners

Our parish family welcomes all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend. If you are not a registered member of the parish and would like to join the parish, please contact the parish office or see Monsignor Delaney for more information.