• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

Mass Times

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

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

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

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
Rachel’s Vineyard Post Abortive Healing1-877-467-3463
PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

Thank You from Rev. Paul Hien Dinh

Dear Msgr Delaney:

I was so joyful and impressed with the kindness and generosity of the people of your parishes, Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. This is a short letter to convey to you my heartfelt thanks and appreciation and through you to the people of your parish who have heard my appeal and have responded to it in such a wonderful way.

On behalf of our Bishop and the people of the diocese of Xuan Loc, I can only say thanks and many thanks. I can only say thanks and many thanks.

May God bless you and your people always and reward you all million fold for whatever you have done for my diocese. I really trust that the people of the diocese of Xuan Loc will pray for you and your parish in return.

With best wishes for the season, I remain

Fraternally yours in the Lord

Rev. Paul Hien Dinh

Diocese of Scranton Maintenance Position

The Diocese of Scranton is looking for a dependable and experienced individual to perform general maintenance duties and responsibilities primarily for the Chancery Building in Scranton and some involvement with other facilities associated with the Diocesan Administrative Offices. This is a full-time position with a competitive benefit package and the established normal hours of work will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Salary will commensurate with experience. Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the diocesan website at www.dioceseofscranton.org to review a more comprehensive job description. In order to apply, please contact the Diocesan Human Resource Office at (570) 207-1453 for an application packet or send your resume with references to:

James Burke

Diocesan Secretary for Human Resources

300 Wyoming Ave. Scranton Pa. 18503

Or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

RIO DE JANEIRO

In rain soaked Rio de Janeiro, young Catholics enthusiastically embrace the Faith and their pontiff, who exhorted them to “go, do not be afraid, and serve”

In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society.

Francis led the way, with upward of 3 million faithful gathering for his Mass on Copacabana beach, a gushing local press following his every move on nationwide TV and even a group of nuns squealing in delight like groupies upon spotting him. By all measures, the pope's first international trip was a smash success.

It is God who gives life. Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb. ~ Pope Francis, Tweet from @Pontifex, May 15, 2013

[We must] promote religious freedom for everyone, everyone! Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God. ~ Pope Francis, Address on the Vigil of the Feast of Pentecost, May 18, 2013

Thanks from Fr William Flynn

Fr. William Flynn would like to thank Msgr. Delaney and the parishioners of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament for the beautiful roses and prayers for his well- being. Thank you for all of your prayers.

Gospel and Homily for July 28, 2013: Ask, Seek, Knock

In this homily, Monsignor Delaney talks about how we should pray. We should pray shamelessly about anything and everything." Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you." Jesus wasn't kidding. He want's to hear from you. He wants a relationship with you, so that you can come to him with all your problems, your hopes, your dreams...literally with anything and everything.

Gospel and Homily for August 4, 2013:Rich in what matters to God

Too often we get caught up worrying about things that don't matter. In this homily, Monsignor implores us to abandon worry over frivolous things, focus on what is truly important, embrace generosity, and to be rich in what matters to God.

Memories of the 2013 Holy Cross Chicken Barbecue

On August 4, 2013, Holy Cross Parish had it's primary fundraiser: The Chicken Barbecue! (or BBQ if you prefer!) The Chicken was fantastic this year, along with a great bake sale, games for the kids, music by John Quinn, bingo in the basement and raffles galore! Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!!!

Memorial to Father Malcolm

As a Memorial to Father Malcolm listed below is an insert from Fr. Malcolm’s Book Arise & Renew:

We too are disciples of the Lord, and yet from time to time our vision becomes blurred, and our journey in faith seems to slow down to a crawl. But because of Christ’s presence in our prayerful conversations with him and in his presence in the Word, Sacrament and other believers, we too can know renewing moments when the spark of his life is rekindled in our hearts., It is in these moments that the same dull road of our life’s journey becomes an open highway spurring us on to fulfill our call as his disciples and witnesses. Like the renewed disciples of the Emmaus story, we too can recount what has happened on our road and how we have come to know Jesus not only in the breaking of the bread but in every experience of his risen presence.

Gospel for August 11, 2013: On a day you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much. And still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."

On this feast of St. Claire of Assisi, we are asked to strip ourselves of those things that get in the way of our relationship with God, and be attentive to the needs of others. We need to share what God given gifts we have. Perhaps we are not called to abandon everything and live a life of radical poverty, as St. Claire of Assisi did (perhaps we are!). But we are certainly asked to carefully consider how we are creating our lives and shaping our lives, and perhaps sometimes if we are not very vigilant, we go down the wrong path. We are called today to refocus, and create a new agenda based on what is important.

The challenge of the Gospel is to live today. On a day you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

Be prepared. Live this day right. Let us ask Almighty God to help us live our commitment to Jesus as best we can.

Gospel for August 15, 2013: Feast of the Assumption of Mary

"Blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it."

With these words, Jesus could certainly have been talking about His Mother, who heard the word of God and acted upon it. But he is also talking about what is expected of us. Mary's complete acceptance of God's will is our example. We are called to hear the Word, to carry the Word, and to observe the Word, to act upon the Word, as did Mary.

Mary is also our example in another way. On this feast of the Assumption, we celebrate that Mary was taken into heaven body and soul. This is what has been promised to us. Anyone who is distressed or grieving should take great comfort in this--even celebrate! With this knowledge, how can we not hear the Word, carry the Word, observe the Word, act upon the Word, as did Mary.

Gospel for August 18, 2013: I have come to divide...

In this homily, Monsignor explores readings that have been used to wrongly justify religious strife, intolerance, and even holy wars. This is not what Jesus meant. There is no hidden agenda in the Gospel. The goal is not division--the goal with Jesus is always peace. But He knew what He was doing would bring division. He was coming to change the value system, and resistance was inevitable. We are called to recognize that following Jesus means that we will face conflict. We must persevere in running the race that lies before us. We don't get out of this life without some heavy cross carrying. That's one of the reasons we gather each week--to support one another in the community of faith.

There are people who don't understand who we are or what we're doing. The values of this world don't align with ours. This brings conflict. Thus we must persevere in the faith, continuing to build the Kingdom of God even in the face of the resistance of this world. There is joy at the end of the race, but we must continue to run until we get there.

2013 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival Memories

Here are some "home movies" from the 2013 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival!

The first video features Day 1. (August 16, 2013) Including performances by Asialena!

The second video features Day 2. (August 17, 2013) Including the 5K Run/Walk and a Ray Charles inspired performance by Sarah Marie and Joseph!

And finally the third video features Day 3.(August 18, 2013) Including the Bingo and Basket Raffles!

Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!!!

Thanks to everyone who made the event such a success!

Strive to enter through the narrow gate.

In this homily, Monsignor explores the challenging message of Jesus. Jesus doesn't worry if the message will "sell in Peoria." He doesn't care what people think. The message is the message.

We are told to take the narrow road--the harder path. You can't become complacent. Those who become complacent, who think everything is wonderful, may find themselves left out of the kingdom.

We are called to love God gives us opportunities to show our love for one another. Right now our food pantries are empty. Next weekend we shall be taking up an emergency food collection. Please bring non-perishable food next week.

We are also collecting for the Child Advocacy Center. A simple gesture of buying a backpack, filling it with items that can help children in dire need, from clothes to school supplies can mean so much. These children often leave dangerous situations with only the clothes on their back. They need our help.

These are just two examples. There are many ways we are called to be the body of Christ in the community. Over and over we hear that the poor are the favored of God. We are called over and over to tend to their needs.

Let us choose to receive Jesus, who chose to be poor so that we could be rich in God's mercy. And having received him, act out that faith by tending to the needs of those around us.

Emergency Food Drive

Our local food pantries for the poor are out of food. Rarely does this happen this early in the year, so the need is great. This weekend we are having an emergency food collection. Food can be left at collection points in the vestibule. The hour is desperate, and we need your help and your prayers!

Catechetical Sunday is September 15

The theme returns us to the Year of Faith

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 15, 2013, and will focus on the theme "Open the Door of Faith." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel.

Diocesan Annual Appeal

Diocesan Annual Appeal 2013

“SERVE WITH LOVE”

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE PLEDGED. Our goal this year is $52,000 for Holy Cross. To date we have received $45,377.00 (6,623.00) We are almost at our goal, Please prayerfully consider giving what your budget will allow.

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross: Saturday, September 14th.

“We adore you O’ Christ and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.”

Come and celebrate with us as we mark this special parish Feast Day. On this day we honor the Holy Cross on which Christ died out of love for us bringing salvation and redemption to humanity. We offer our prayers for all of the members of Holy Cross Parish, praying for the well-being of all and the ongoing spiritual growth of our community. Mass will be celebrated at a special parish Mass at 9:00 a.m.. at Holy Cross Parish on Saturday, September 14th. O Come, let us adore. Join us after the 9:00 a.m.. Mass in Kelley Hall for some light refreshments.

Mass Intention Book to Open

The 2020 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be opened on Tuesday, September 17. All masses will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be paid for at the time of the request. Please note: the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for understanding. Sanctuary Candles are limited to two per family.

New School Year Blessings 2013

Spirit of God, fill our hearts with a desire to seek truth and rejoice in beauty. Help us to know what is pleasing to you and to understand what is right and good in your sight. Give us the spirit of learning that we may please you by our thoughts and love you in your creation. We ask God’s blessings on all our students, teachers, administrators, and staff as they begin a new school year. May the Lord continue to guide them and direct them in the great blessing of educating our children.

Children's Advocacy Backpack Project

Chris Posly has been working with the Children’s Advocacy Center with this year’s “Backpack Project” This project will run until the end of September. Please note that we are requesting, new or gently used clothing. Thank you for your generosity.

National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month. Alcohol and drugs are not the only addictive substances. Gambling, over-eating and relationships can also become addictive illnesses and rob people of self-esteem, of family, of housing and of employment. Addictions destroy the human spirit. Families are often driven to despair from guilt and shame.

Parish Offices Closed for Columbus Day

The Parish Offices of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be closed next Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day. If you have a sacramental emergency and a family member needs to be anointed, please call 489-0752 and leave a message; one of the priests will return your call as soon as possible

Gospel and Homily for September 1 2013: The one who humbles himself will be exalted.

In this homily, Father Brice teaches us about true humility--one of the most misunderstood concepts in existence. It means, in the most beautiful sense, to be like Jesus. He did not come to be served, but to serve. It means to live not for ourselves, but for others. To use our talents not for ourselves and our own Glory, but for others and their needs. And to illustrate these points, he shares two stories. One about former Miami Dolphins coach Don Shula, and one about a man named Charlie Brown--who just happened to lend his name to a famous cartoon character.

Annual Blessing of the Animals

The annual blessing of the animals to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi will be held Sunday , October 6 at 100. at Blessed Sacrament.

POPE FRANCIS’ SPEECH ON PEACE

If you heard Pope Francis” homily September 7 during the day of fasting and prayer for peace, you know it was nothing less than remarkable. His words were passionate, but gentle, a mix of strong charge with a heartfelt plea.

  1. God created the world to be one family.
  2. Selfishness leads to ruin
  3. Unlike Cain and Abel, we must be our brother’s keeper
  4. Change is possible if we only look to the Cross
  5. Encounter wins out

Altar & Rosary Society Meeting

The next Altar & Rosary meeting will be held on Thursday, April 3. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 pm in the church basement. The meeting will follow immediately afterwards. New members are always welcome. Springer ladies: Leona Gataveskas, Frances Gentile, Dolores Gretzula, Theresa Kalinoski, Rose Kaminski, Josephine Karolewicz, Claudia Kausmeyer, Marion Kowalski. Advisory: Marge Pabis & Rosalie Bialy

Letter from Bishop Bambera Regarding Father W. Jeffrey Paulish

Dear Friends,

On Friday, September 20, 2013, I was notified of an incident involving Father W. Jeffrey Paulish, a priest of the Diocese of Scranton. According to law enforcement, Father Paulish was discovered in an inappropriate act with a minor. Some of you may recall that Father Paulish served as assistant pastor at Holy Cross Parish from August 2012 to November 2012. With sadness and a deep concern for you, I encourage anyone who may have been involved in or may be aware of any abusive situation involving Father Paulish to immediately contact the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office at 570-963-6717 or local law enforcement.

Regretfully, I am painfully aware of the harm that the abuse of minors by some members of the clergy has caused. I am sorry for any way in which the Church, in particular its bishops, priests and deacons, have failed victims of child sexual abuse. I reaffirm my personal pledge as Bishop of Scranton to adhere to all civil and church laws when accusations of abuse are brought to my attention or to the attention of those who work most closely with me in diocesan leadership.

Please join me in praying for the healing of all those affected by such situations.

Thank you and God bless you.

Faithfully Yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton