• 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

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

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


Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

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PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313


First Holy Communion

The Body of Christ. Amen.
The Blood of Christ. Amen.

Under normal circumstances, you, our 1st Communion candidates would be receiving First Communion this weekend in our parishes. But - you are not a normal group of students. You are an extraordinary group of young people - hungry for the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, excited about coming to the table of the Lord for the first time, having to be a little more patient as we look forward to sharing what is sure to be a wonderful experience. In the meantime, we -- the members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, our family of faith, are praying for you.

"Father, you give each one of us a special life and love in our families. It is through the experience of sharing and growing together that we deepen our experience of You. As we join with our children in this time of preparation before they celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, we ask you to be with us in the power and gift of your Spirit. We ask You to encourage all of us to be aware of the wonder of Your gift and to deepen our union with You and with one another in and through Jesus Your son. Amen."

Blessed Sacrament

Madison Baltrusaitis
Ryan Fagan
Emma Charney
Leland James
Roman Davitt
Mason Kelly Ava Merrifield

Holy Cross

Michael Abda
Jacob Foley
Paul Alunni
Elizabeth Fortuner
Jacob Bennett
Kyrin Frushon
Jake Borusiewicz
Joshua Gaughan
Liam Brophy
Daniel Krott
Andrew Buranich
Anthony Paone
Elijah Campbell
Marteen Pisanchyn
Luke Cantafio
Clare Reckless
Adam Coviello
Nevaeh Rembish
Joseph DiChiara
Sofia Roman
Mia Fazio
Ava Takacs
Emma Finlon
Emma Thomas
Luke Fiorelli
Sophia Vitaletti
Mia Williams


"On this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God's call in their lives, to find courage to say 'yes' to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ, and to make of their lives a song of praise for God, for their brothers and sisters and for the whole world. May the Virgin Mary accompany us and intercede for us."

+Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2020


Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

First Letter of Saint Peter 2:4-9

John 14:1-12

"You are a' chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises' of him who called you out of darkness into his wonder light." 1 Peter 2:9

The work of discipleship, the responsibility of each and every baptized person, is to live our lives as a reflection of the light and love of God we have received in our Baptism. Who are we choosing to be? What are we doing with the gift of God's loving grace today? To bring light in these days of worry, to be hope in moments of anxiety to fight off negativity and cynicism, to stand firmly in the love of our god and the peace of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ is the clear challenge of this weekend's readings.

This Easter season is going by so quickly-stop and take the time to pray, to reflect, to be grateful for blessings and graces.


The readings for the last few Sundays have been about the Resurrection, but today's Gospel takes us back in time to an event in Jesus' life before his Passion. Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father's house. He promises that where he is going, his disciples will be able to follow. Thomas, who will later doubt the disciples' reports that they have seen the Risen Lord, contradicts Jesus by saying that the disciples don't know where Jesus is going or how to get there. Jesus explains that he himself is the way, the truth, and the life. In knowing and loving Jesus, the disciples now love God the Father.

Philip then makes a request that challenges Jesus' words. Philip wants Jesus to show the Father to the disciples. Recall that Jesus has just told his disciples, "If you know me, then you will also know my father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." As a good teacher, Jesus responds to Philip by repeating and elaborating on what he has just told the disciples: they have seen and known Jesus, so they have seen and known the Father. Then Jesus offers another reassurance about his departure: because of faith in God and in Jesus, the disciples will do the work that Jesus has done and more.

The connection between Jesus and his Father, between Jesus' work and the work of the Father, is made clear in today's Gospel. Jesus is in the Father, and God the Father is in Jesus. As God spoke his name to Moses, "I am," so too Jesus speaks his name to his disciples: "I am the way and the truth and the life."

The revelation of the Trinity is completed in the passage that follows today's reading, and it is the Gospel for next Sunday. Because Jesus goes away, the Father will send in Jesus' name the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will continue the work of the Father and of Jesus.


Happy Mother's Day

Navigating Mother's Day while sheltering in place, being socially distant, feels particularly hard, doesn't it? A person I spoke to recently responded when asked, "Do you need anything?" "I want my Mother." Of course. Who better to bring comfort, stability, reassurance, order, a big hug, her kitchen specialties. I texted a parishioner also - "how's it going with the grandkids?" Text back - "They. Are. Climbing. The. Walls." So - I hope we can find solace and peace in our Mom's voices during a visual brunch, a drive by beep and wave, watching a movie together/apart and calling during commercials - watching Moms and grandmothers light up with the creative, surprising things we do to let them know just how loved and cherished they are.


Good and Gentile God,

We pray in gratitude for our mothers who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing new life. You, who became human through Mary, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings. Give them strength to live generously and to be loved in return. Give them the faithful support of their families and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.

Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the challenges of motherhood. Give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church, pray for all our Moms. Amen.


The Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 21 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We will be live streaming Mass on Facebook (The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament) at 7:00 PM.

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Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17

1 Pt. 3: 15-18

John 14: 15-21

"Whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." Jn 14:21 Jesus knew that he was soon to be leaving his disciples and going back to the Father. He promises to send a special helper - the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells his disciples about this precious gift. Through the Holy Spirit Jesus was able to remain with the apostles then and with us in the same way today. We are not alone. We may feel impatient during this time of isolation being apart from one another but we are never alone. In Baptism and in Confirmation we have received the Holy Spirit. How is the indwelling Spirit helping you now? Take time in quiet prayer to acknowledge the Holy Spirit and to utilize the gifts we've been given to help us as we move forward.

Some helpful images from Scripture to pray with:
• If you love me, you will do as I command you.
• People focused on this world cannot know the Holy Spirit.
• I won't leave you.
• I am one with the Father.
• Many were healed.

To profess that we love God may be easy, but being obedient to Jesus' commands takes us to a new level of commitment in our Christian journey. Summed up and so familiar: Love God and love each other. Sounds easy, but when we're asked to love people with whom we disagree, people who provoke us or even treat us badly, we need to call upon the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is with us and within us, a source of inner strength and empowerment helping us to live well and lovingly in these challenging times.


On Thursday, 5/28 from 3 to 5 PM, at our office on 102 Spartan Dr, Throop, PA, the staff and I will be distributing to public 500 hot dinners.

Chicken Pasta Primavera

Prepared by Tiffany’s Tap and Grill

It has been a difficult time for all. It’s just my way of saying, stay strong, it will get better and I’ll be hugging all of you again!!!!

Limit 4 dinners per car.

Please come and take home a great dinner prepared by Tom and Cheryl Farrell!

I hope to see you all this coming Thursday!

Meals donated by Bernie Fagnani


First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:13-16

Gospel Reading: John 17:1-11a

Today's reading is a prayer, which appears at the conclusion of Jesus' Last Supper discourse. At the end of the prayer, Jesus is arrested in the garden. The prayer might be read as Jesus' final commendation of himself to the Father. In the prayer, Jesus also expresses care and concern for his disciples.

Jesus' prayer reaffirms the complete union between Jesus and the Father. Throughout John's Gospel, Jesus has been presented as the Word, who pre-existed with the Father and was sent to do the Father' work on earth. In this prayer we learn that Jesus' life and ministry have been directed toward one purpose, revealing the father. When this work is accomplished, Jesus is to return to the Father to be glorified. Regardless of what happens to Jesus, in John's Gospel, Jesus and the Father are in charge. Even in the description of Jesus' death, Jesus does not simply die but instead hands over his spirit.

In today's Gospel we also note the distinction found in John's Gospel between the world and the disciples. The disciples are in the world, but they are separate from it because they have been given to Jesus. They are chosen from the world to be in service to the world for its salvation. This salvation has been accomplished in Jesus because Jesus has revealed the Father to the world, but the disciples will be sent by Jesus to make both the Father and Jesus known to the world. Jesus' prayer is for the disciples' work in the world.


Pentecost Sunday


We celebrate and experience the powerful out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole church and on those who call themselves disciples and followers of the risen Lord. We remember and celebrate that we are filled with, anointed with the Holy Spirit.

We pray in a most special way for the Confirmation candidates of our parishes. We look forward to the moments of grace we will share with them in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The church is in need of the vitality, enthusiasm, goodness and love of our young people to bring and use their God-given gifts in sharing their love of the Lord in the world.

The first followers of Jesus weren't strong, courageous or even very faithful. They betrayed Jesus. They denied and deserted him when he needed them most. After his crucifixion they hid in fear. They had lost heart and hope.

Then - Pentecost - the Holy Spirit. They are changed, transformed. New heart, new hope, new purpose.

In this Pandemic Pentecost, we're invited to see with new eyes the reality of God's love we share. To be grateful and to use our thanksgiving to motivate us to be this love for others. To be a new people with a new message. At this very moment, our church is being reborn.

Through our Baptism and Confirmation, each of us has been filled and anointed with the same Holy Spirit who filled the hearts of believers in the early Church, in every age and, right now is this time.

Saint Oscar Romero, a martyr who laid down his life in defense of the poor, said in 1978, "The Spirit makes all things new; we are the ones who grow old and want to keep everything to our aged way of doing things.the Spirit is never old, the Spirit is always young."

As we pray for one another, our Confirmation candidates and all of God's children, we pray that each of us will be refreshed and renewed by the Holy Spirit. May we do what Pope Francis asks of each of us" 'Go out again and again, without hesitation, without fear and proclaim this joy which is for all people."

Happy, Holy Pentecost


Gia Baldan                         Andrew Lantka
Abrielle Beck                     Brady Lettieri
Lauren Beck                       Noah Lukasik
Ariel Coleman                     Mia Mills
Evan Coppola                     Alex Morano
Jovani Crisafulli                 Nicholas Pasko
Andrew Daiute                     Vanessa Pitoniak
Callum deQuevedo             Randy Ramos
Steven Halloran                 Ryan Repecki
Daniel Karsnak                   Jordan Ricciardi
Mae Kaufman                     Zachary Smith
Patrick Kolcharno             Richard Vinansky
Jack Krowiak                     Allie Wisneski


Gerard Dolinsky III                    William Philipp
Michelle Kostik                     Emilee Tomsak
Luke Lorenzetti                    Grace Yusavage


THIS SUNDAY, PENTECOST SUNDAY, would have been our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We look forward to the day when our young people can celebrate the Sacrament. We are very proud of them and all of the hard work they have done. God bless you. Know our love and prayers as we pray for patience during these moments of challenge.


On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who have courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of You Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.


As we anticipate moving forward to a phase of limited participation, we have been preparing for what that will look like for our parishes. When we are told that Lackawanna county will enter the "Yellow Phase", a mailing will be shared with parishioners detailing our plans. Bishop Bambera has given us specific details to move ahead when able. It is important to become familiar with this general information:

Public Masses can Gradually Resume in the Yellow Phase -- * The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. *

Livestreaming opportunities should continue. * Masses will be limited to 25 people.

* Parishes determine reservation system. * Masks will be required.

* Social distancing will be practiced. * Holy Communion to be distributed at the end of Mass.

Sacraments can Resume in the yellow Phase -- * Funeral Masses with a limit of 25 people can be held.

* Confessions allowed with proper social distancing in place.

* Weddings with a maximum of 25 people attending.

* First Holy Communions and Confirmations can take place as determined by parish.

For further information on all directives, in addition to proper safety and sanitation protocols that will need to be followed, visit www.dioceseofscranton.org.


Solemn Novena to St. Ann

The Novena will be held at the Monastery starting Friday July 17 and run through July 26th, which is the Feast of Saint Ann. In order for the Novena to be made available for as many people as possible in the safest way, there will be significant changes due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. As in previous years, the novena will be streamed online. Please refer to www.stannmonasterybasilica.org or the Monastery's Facebook page (St. Ann Monastery Basilica Parish) for more information.


O glorious Saint Ann, you are filled with compassion

for those who invoke you, and with love for those suffer.

Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,

I cast myself at your feet

and humbly beg of you to take the present intention,

which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary,

and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that he may bring it to a happy issue.

Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.

But above all obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face.

and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father;Haily Mary; Glory be

Happy 100th Birthday Vincent Intoccia!

Happy Birthday!

Mr. Vincent Incoccia is celebrating his 100th Birthday this week. Since a public celebration isn't possible, please join us as we wish him well. He lives with his daughter-in-law Debbie here in Throop, and is the father of our dear friend, the late Neil Intoccia. We're hoping to get 100 cards to Vince to brighten his birthday. Birthday wishes may be sent to:

Mr. Vincent Intoccia
160 Dimmick St.
Throop, PA 18512


Mr. Vincent Intoccia expresses his gratitude to those who sent birthday greetings, prayers and best wishes as he marked his 00th birthday. God Bless you Mr. Intoccia.


Happy Thanksgivng!

Blessed Sacrament, Throop - 7:30am

Holy Cross, Olyphant - 9:00am

How is it possible to express gratitude sufficiently in these moments of challenge, adversity, difficulty, and pain? This Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for the many new ways we have found the Presence of God. the surprising graces, the renewal of dedication, the deepening bonds among families and friends.

The call to live the love of Christ in the selflessness and generous ways people have chosen to reach out. Grateful for the new eyes and new hearts to "see more clearly and love more dearly."

We join together this Thanksgiving Day, humbly standing before God, the source of all blessings to say together (whatever together may look like this year) - THANK YOU. Love and blessings to all of our families.


The Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the solemn dogma defined by Blessed Pope Pius IX in 1854. Our Lady Immaculately Conceived is the Patroness of the United States. This year, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, is not marked as a holy day of obligation.

Through centuries, the Church has become ever more aware that Mary, "full of grace" through God, was redeemed from the moment of her conception.

Proclaimed on December 8, 1954, the dogma states

"The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin." - Catechism of The Catholic Church

Our Mass Schedule - Reservation Not Needed

Monday, December 7 - Vigil Mass 5 30pm - Blessed Sacrament

Tuesdayy, December 8 7 30am Blessed Sacrament 8 00am Holy Cross 7 00pm Holy Cross

Parish Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

On Thursday and Friday, November 26th & 27th, the parish offices will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.


Merry Christmas

Please pay attention to the Christmas, 2020 Mass Schedule. Reserving seats to help us prepare for social distancing will continue to be in place for all masses. We will begin taking reservations for the Christmas masses on Monday, December 14th. Masks are to be worn during Mass.


Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th 2:00pm - Please note time change


*There will not be a 4pm mass this year. Christmas Day - Friday December 25th 9:30am


Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24th 4:00pm 10:30pm

Christmas Day - Friday December 25th 8:00am 11:00am


Christmas Giving Tree

Catholic Social Services will be receiving toys from the Toys for Tots collection conducted by The United States Marine Corps Reserve. We have been asked to supplement this collection by contributing gift cards (Visa, Kohl's, Wal-Mart, Target, Boscov's, etc.). Please place gift cards in an envelope and place them in the collection basket in the vestibule of our parishes or drop them off in the mailbox at the Parish Office. Thank you!


Christmas wafers are available when entering our churches. Suggested donation is $3.00. Please make sure to by socially distant when picking up Oplatki (wafers). Upon leaving donation, hand sanitizer will be available.

Nativity of the Lord

"The people who walk in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone."

Isaiah 9 l, Mass at Midnight ".what came to be through Him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

John l 2, Mass During the Day "There's a light over the darkness There is a hope throughout the night There will be peace when this storm passes And no matter what we've lost will be alright, There will be light, there will be light." David Archuleta


Our prayer for this Christmas as we celebrate Jesus Christ, the Light of the World.


"In turning on the light of the Christmas tree, we wish for the light of Christ to be in us. Let there be light in the soul, in the heart; Let there be forgiveness to others;

Let there be no hostilities or darkness. Let there be the beautiful light of Jesus. May there be light in our hearts, in our families, in our cities. And now, with this prayer, let us turn on the light."

Merry Christmas to all. Enormous gratitude to our staff, continually bringing and being light in these most unusual, challenging times; great gratitude to all of our parishioners, supporting us and assisting us with extraordinary selflessness and sacrifice. Time to turn on the Light of Christ's love.

Merry, Merry Christmas, Msgr. Michael J. Delaney.


The following masses will be livestreamed on Facebook. A special thanks to Vince Shuta for helping us to make this happen!

Our Facebook page is The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

Christmas Eve - Thursday December 24th 2 00pm Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish Christmas Day - Friday December 25th 11 00am Mass at Holy Cross Parish


We have been blessed with the most wonderful staff, helping us to celebrate Christmas (this crazy, crazy Christmas) and to serve our parishes each day.

Thank you to Judy, Michele, Tom, Marty, Deacon John, Karen, Mary Therese, and Ned.

Thank you to our cantors.

Thank you to the remarkable volunteers who set up for Mass, receive and escort parishioners, and then clean- up after each Mass to prepare for the next group.

To our wonderful catechists and all parish volunteers participating in ministries in more challenging ways - heartfelt thanks. God bless you and reward you for the love you bring to the ministries you share.

Parish Offices will be closed Tuesday December 8th in observance of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

New Year's Masses

The Masses for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Reservations are required.

Date Time Location Intention Requested By
New Year's Eve Holy Cross 4:00pm Parishioners of Holy Cross Parish
Blessed Sacrament 5:30pm Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish
New Year's Day Blessed Sacrament9:30amParishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish
Holy Cross11:00amParishioners of Holy Cross Parish


Martin Luther King Jr.


Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.


Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.