• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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  • 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

AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
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

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Each year, the first Sunday of October is designated: “Respect Life Sunday”, when we are asked to recommit ourselves to promoting the culture of LIFE.

It is a good time to ask ourselves whether we are good witnesses to the respect we are called to have for all human life, from conception to natural death. This is challenging because we are members of a society in which there is tremendous pressure to limit our love and ignore the sacredness of human life.

We live in a violent society that sees violence and death by abortion, euthanasia, suicide and capital punishment as a solution to many of our personal and societal “problems”. Many of these attitudes are enshrined in our law and culture, leading to more violence, manifested in spousal and child abuse, the gang culture and so on.

On this Respect Life Sunday, we should pray hard for our legislators, for those mothers who feel forced to choose abortion and for those who provide and promote abortion. But we must also look at ourselves. Do we speak up for the innocent abortion victims? Do we promote pro-life values? Do we vote for pro-life politicians? Do we do anything tangible to protect the unborn?

We can definitely help change our society to become a culture of LIFE, but we must be active, informed and faithful witnesses.


Jerry Tully


Motorcycle ride starts and ends at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill, Lincoln Avenue, Olyphant. Registration for the ride is from 10 to 11:30 AM and KSU at 11:45 AM.

$20.00 rider/$10.00 for rider. At 1:00 PM all are invited to Thirst T’S for basket raffles, 50/50’s and more, donation is $10.00.

Please join in helping Jerry with his medical costs as his insurance does not cover all expenses. Jerry has always been there for us, with the chicken-b que and now he needs our help and support. Please come to lend support to our dear friend.

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

See you at the Family Festival!

The 12th Annual Blessed Sacrament Family Festival is fast approaching. Make plans to volunteer, bring the family, neighbors, friends, and yourself, to our largest fund-raiser for our parish community. All are welcome. The Family Festival will be held on Friday, August 18, Saturday, August 19, beginning at 5:00 PM and Sunday, August 20, with 9:30 AM Liturgy followed by Breakfast and Bingo.

A reminder that all registered parishioners should have received an envelope with 2 Dinner Tickets, $5.00 worth of 50/50 tickets (sign name and phone number and return all 50/50 tickets) and a Bingo ticket. Please make returns as soon as possible.

If you can donate a gift basket contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552; if you can bake call Barbara Long 570- 489-8295; to make piggies call Lucille Radziewski 570- 489-7115 or Judy Menago 570-483-4347. The making of piggies will begin Sunday, August 13 at noon and continue on Monday, August 14 beginning at 9:00 AM.

For additional dinner tickets, bingo tickets, etc. please call the rectory office 570-489-1963 or 570-489-0756; or contact Karen Doyle 570-489-2552.

BREAKFAST & BINGO – Sunday, August 20

immediately after the 9:30 AM Liturgy—Cash Breakfast in the Parish Hall, followed by Bingo. GROUNDS SET UP- Wednesday, August 16 at 1:00 PM. All help is welcome, all ages.


Cans of soda and gift baskets are needed. Donations can be placed in the Church Entrance or call the Parish Office for pick up. Confirmation Class of 2018-Service hours available for helping with the festival.



Masses: Monday, August 14….5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Tuesday, August 15….7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament; 8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.

Assumption of Mary


As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.


Readings: John 3: 16-18

Exodus 34: 4-6, 8-9

2 Corinthians 13: 11-13

As Ordinary Time resumes, two “solemnities of the Lord” are celebrated on the next two Sundays.

Today’s celebration of the Trinity originated in France in the eighth century and was adopted by the universal Church in 1334. The solemnity focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out on us in the Sustainer Spirit.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee and member of the Sanhedrin, comes under the cover of darkness to meet the remarkable Rabbi he has heard so much about. In their discussion (today’s Gospel) Jesus speaks of the need to be reborn “from above” and of the great love of God who gives the world his own Son, not to condemn humankind but to save it.

The God of ‘new beginnings.’

The three readings today all speak of a God who is motivated by a love we mortals cannot fathom. As revealed to us by Jesus, our God is a God not of endings but beginnings; a God who does not demand the payment of debts but who constantly offers unconditional and unlimited chances to begin again; a God who does not take satisfaction in our failures but rejoices in lifting us up from our brokenness, despair and estrangement from him and from one another. Despite our ignorance, displacement and sometimes outright rejection of him, God continues to call us back to him, always making the first move to welcome us back: God readily forgives Israel and renews his covenant with them (Exodus); God is the ultimate source of loving community, even for the deeply divided Corinthian church (2 Corinthians); God re-creates humankind in touching human history in the Christ event (John). Today’s celebration is an invitation to share in God’s work of reconciliation, of creating communion and community among all his people.


The Spirit: the powerful and enabling love of God.

Today we celebrate the Spirit – the great love that binds the Father to the Son and now binds us to God and to one another. It is a love that transcends words but embraces the heart and soul of each one of us; it gives voice to the things we believe but are too afraid to speak; it gives us courage and grace to work for the dreams we are sometimes too cynical or fearful to hope for. The Spirit of God enables us to re-create our world in the love of the God who loved us enough to become one of us, to die for us and to rise for us. The theologian and scientist Teilhard de Chardin noted that “love is the only force that can make things one without destroying them…Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.”

The Spirit: the ‘birth’ of the Church.

Pentecost is a moment of profound realization and transformation for the community of disciples. The faith they had received, the wonders they had witnessed and the Word they had heard came together in a new understanding, clarity, unity and courage to begin the work Jesus had entrusted to them. In Jesus’ “breathing” upon them the new life of the Spirit, the community of the Resurrection – the Church – takes flight. That same Spirit continues to “blow” through today’s Church to give life and direction to our mission and ministry to preach the Gospel to every nation, to proclaim the forgiveness and reconciliation in God’s name, to baptize all humanity into the life of Jesus’ Resurrection.

The Holy Spirit

Memorial Day 2017

Never Forget Their Service

IN TRIBUTE TO THE SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN who have served this nation so unselfishly, the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish, has presented wreaths at the Veterans Memorials at the Throop Borough building, the VFW Memorial on Boulevard Avenue and also at the Church Memorial at Blessed Sacrament Parish. A special thank you to Suzanne Boyer-Baka for her craftsmanship and generosity.

We are honored to remember the many brave men and women who have given their lives throughout the history of our nation – those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from harm. We salute all those now serving and we raise this prayer for their safety and blessing.


Heavenly Father, as our nation pauses today to remember those in the military who have given their lives for freedoms we enjoy, we pray you would have us all look to you for strength, comfort and guidance. Be with all who serve in our Armed Forces. Bless them and their families. Grant your loving protection. Let peace prevail among all the nations, O God. Especially let your mercy rest upon our land, even as we acknowledge with thanksgiving your past goodness on this country. Preserve the lives of the men and women in uniform as they defend our citizenry. We pray that you would turn the hearts of all – military and civilian – to your holy Word where we find the true peace for our souls that surpasses all understanding. Move us to know, take hold and treasure your saving grace. In the name of Jesus, our Savior and Your beloved Son, who alone gives this peace and hope for eternity, we pray.



Jesus Ascending to Heaven

Mass schedule:

  • Wednesday, May 24, 5:30 PM, Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
  • Thursday, May 25: 8:00 AM Holy Cross
  • Thursday, May 25: 7:00 PM Holy Cross

Forty days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, The Acts of the Apostles records Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The Ascension is an important Christian holiday that attests to the reality of Jesus Christ, God and human, returning to the Father, to return again in the future second coming. The Ascension is the final component of the Paschal Mystery, which consists of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

The Catholic Catechism highlights three important theological aspects of the Ascension concisely:

1. Christ’s Ascension marks the definitive entrance of Jesus’ humanity into God’s heavenly domain, whence he will come again (cf. Acts 1:11) this humanity in the meantime hides him from the eyes of men (cf. 61 3:3)

2. Jesus Christ, head of the Church, precedes us into the Father’s glorious Kingdom so that we, the members of his Body, may live in the hope of one day being with him forever.

3. Jesus Christ, having entered the sanctuary of heaven once and for all, intercedes constantly for us as the mediator who assures us of the permanent outpouring of the Holy Spirit (ccc 665- 67).

Bible Study - Faith Sharing - Sixth Sunday of Easter

Thursday, May 25 at 2:00 PM; Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Come and join the conversation and prayer. We will reiew the readings for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord. Acts 1: 1-11; Ephesians 1: 17-23; Matthew 28: 16-20.

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: John 14: 15-21, Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17,1 Peter 3: 15-18

A “paraclete” (from the Greek parakletos, meaning “beside” and “to call’) is one who intervenes and intercedes in favor of what is right or good. In legal terminology, a paraclete is an advocate who defends the accused on trial. For John, Christ is the first “Paraclete,” who comes to liberate humanity from the slavery of sin. The second “Paraclete,” promised by Jesus in today’s Gospel, is the Spirit of truth, the Church’s living, creative memory in which the mystery of God’s love, revealed by and in Christ, lives for all time.

The universal mission of the Church takes its first steps outside of the Jewish world in today’s first reading from Acts. Philip the deacon (“ordained” in last week’s first reading) goes to Samaria, where his preaching about Jesus the Messiah is enthusiastically received. This was an unlikely and unexpected place for such a beginning - the Samaritans, remember, were the despised outcasts of Judaism. The acceptance of the Samaritans as equals in the Christian community was suspect by many of the Jewish members of the Church.


The Paraclete: faith that transforms our world. Jesus acknowledges in his farewell to his disciples that their witness to him will be costly. He promises to send, from the Father, a Paraclete who will stand by them (and us) during the difficult times ahead. The Spirit of truth, “whom the world cannot accept,” illuminates our vision and opens our hearts to discern the will and wisdom of God. The Paraclete advocates within us what is good, what is right and what is just, despite the skepticism and rejection of those who are blind to what is good.

The bishops of the United States wrote in their 1986 pastoral, Economic Justice for All: “After Jesus had appeared to them and when they received the gift of the Spirit, they became apostles of the good news to the ends of the earth. In the face of poverty and persecution they transformed human lives and formed communities which became signs of the power and presence of God. Sharing this same resurrection faith, contemporary followers of Christ can face the struggles and challenges that await those who bring the Gospel vision to bear on our complex economic world.”

The demanding love of the Risen Christ.

In his Gospel, John never allows love, as taught by Jesus, to remain at the level of sentiment or emotion. Its expression is always highly moral and is revealed in obedience to the will of the Father. To love as Jesus loved – in total and selfless obedience, without conditions and without expectation of that love ever being returned – is the difficult love that Jesus expects of those who claim to be his disciple. The world might say that only fools love like that, but such “hard” love is the recognition of the true nature of love. In dying to our own interests we can become fully alive, fully human in the image of the Risen Christ.

Mother's Day Envelopes 2017

All parishioners are reminded that in your box of envelopes this year there are special Mother’s Day intention envelopes to remember living and deceased mothers, grandmothers, god-mothers, and mother like friends. The envelopes will be placed on the altar of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament during the month of May to remember the donor’s intentions.

A Eucharistic Holy Hour for Vocations

“It is not surprising that where people pray fervently, vocations flourish.” ….Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus

Wednesday, May 17th, 6:30 PM, Holy Cross Parish; Scripture, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction. Join us as we pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

“Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, may young people in our parishes hear your call and follow your voice as they discern their vocations. Lead your people to heaven through the ministry of holy priests and consecrated men and women. Jesus, we trust in you! Amen.

Mother's Day Wishes 2017

Mother's day

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney , and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Mother’s Day to all mothers, grandmothers, and godmothers.

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers grandmothers, and godmothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


First Communion

Blessed Sacrament

Gabriella Baglivo Spencer Kalinoski
Isabelle Baglivo Aidan Shimkus
Lily Fagan Emerson Shimkus

Holy Cross

Parker Bennett Madelyn O’Malley
Addison Bilski Lola Palazzari
Luke Borusiewicz Owen Paone
Delaney Caines Nicholas Petrochko
Corey Checefsky Matthew Porto
Kate Coviello Mackenzie Richards
Emily Fitzpatrick Santino Roman
Brayden Gilgallon Joseph Romanosky
Madison Healey Connor Sawka
Dominic Klem Alaina Scassellati
Allison Kohut Trista Schroeder
Kristiania Krisler Leah Tirado
Abigail Krott Addison Tully
Gavin Lettieri Jake Uhrin
Nicholas Martini Gianna Wheeler
Catherine Mattioli Baylee Yurkanin

Thank You to our second grade teachers: Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Mrs. Karen Doyle; assistants: Mrs. Ellen Caines, Mrs. Linda Sablan, Miss Amanda Rimosites.

Thank you to LaSalle Academy, St. Clare/St. Paul Elementary School and St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Elementary School teachers.

Thank you to our directors of Religious Education: Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky and Mr. John Musyt.

Thank you to our parents and grandparents and extended family for your dedication to your child’s religious education and his/her faith development.

A special “Thank You” for your contributions to our First Communion Class. Your help and support is greatly appreciated.

  • Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary for the First Communion Retreat lunch and the gift packets for our First Communion children;
  • Blessed Sacrament Holy Name for the First Communion retreat projects and the flowers for the children for the Blessed Mother;
  • Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish for the lunch and refreshments for the Penance Service;
  • Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish for the altar flowers, flowers for the children for the Blessed Mother and the crown for the Blessed Mother;
  • Susanne Boyer-Baka for the crown for the Blessed Mother and Jim & Rosemarie Liesiefsky for the altar flowers at Blessed Sacrament.

Carnation Sale 2017

Pro-Life Carnation Sale

The Pennsylvanians for Human Life will be selling carnations after each mass on Mothers’ Day Weekend (May 13 & 14).

Please support Pro-Life and purchase a beautiful carnation.


Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2017 Bishop’s awards.

8th Grade

  • Gabrielle Ciborosky
  • Gianna Matassa
  • Donald Healey
  • Patrick Murphy
  • Audrianna Keller
  • John Sekelsky
  • Brianna Kohut
  • Christian Snee
  • Gabriel Lott
  • Gabrielle Snee
  • John Tomcho

12th Grade

  • Jesse Doyle
  • Austin Mizerak
  • Emily Temple


The Diocesan Annual Appeal has reached and surpassed our $5 million goal, at 101% to date, $5,046,360 in gifts and pledges.

Thank you to all for your generosity and support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.

Blessed Sacrament $17,000 $19,825 in gifts & pledges

Holy Cross $50,000 goal $50,940.00 in gifts & pledges

Easter Gratitude

Thanks to all who have helped us to prepare for and celebrate the beginning of the Easter Time as reverently and beautifully. A very special thank you to our parish staff persons, to our liturgical ministers and servers, to Ned Dructor, Mary Therese McKane and our Music Ministry and to all of the members of our Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Catholic family, thank you for your generosity and overall kindness.

Monsignor Michael J Delaney

The resurrection of Jesus – the heart of Easter – reminds us right from the very beginning that we exist for a purpose: to proclaim the risen one. We do not exist for our own sake – but for mission – to do the work of God. May we pray for the grace and wisdom to nurture our relationship with the Risen Jesus. It is a treasure beyond imagining. And it is the reason why we Christians boldly proclaim “Alleluia!”

Feast of Divine Mercy 2017

Come To My Aid

In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in ith the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

“I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

The Risen Christ


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will take place Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 7 at 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices.


Blessed Sacrament May 2 6:30 – 8:00 PM

May 4 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Holy Cross May 2 6:30 -8:00 PM

May 4 6:30-8:00 PM

Christ is Risen!!!


“DO NOT BE AFRAID! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.”

--from the Gospel of Matthew, Easter Vigil


Just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

--Luke 24:36


May this Easter remove fear and strengthen our resolve to “go quickly” to tell our brothers and sisters, “He lives.”

Our Lenten preparation is over, let our Easter celebration begin! These fifty days of unpacking the glorious mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Paschal Mystery is at work, Jesus alive, within us and within our parish communities.

We join together in rejoicing in the joy of Jesus, and pray that as we feel the newly blessed Easter water and wholeheartedly proclaim “I do” in answering, renewing our Baptismal promises, that this “Easter people” will give witness to, everywhere we are, the presence of the Risen Christ. In joy, may we answer Jesus’ mission to us, and go out to Olyphant and Throop and anywhere and everywhere we may be bringing Jesus and his new life through our words and actions to all those in need of his love and mercy. Blessed, happy Easter, Alleluia!

…… Monsignor Delaney


Catholics often do not eat meat on Fridays, especially during Lent. This is an intentional way to remember Christ’s passion and death with an act of self-denial. It is generally practiced on Fridays, since that is the day that Jesus suffered and died.