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  • 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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Mass Schedule for Christmas 2018

Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24, 2018

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
11:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25th, 2018

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

New Year’s Mass Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation

New Year’s Eve, Monday December 31

4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament – Throop

New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1

9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
11:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Obligation

Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8, which this year falls on a Saturday. Please note that the obligation to attend Mass is not lifted (as with other Holy Days) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thus, the faithful must fulfill this obligation by attending Mass for the Holy Day (either Friday vigil or Saturday), and they must fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation (either Saturday or Sunday). Our Mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is:

Friday, December 7, 5:30 PM – Blessed Sacrament

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 AM – Holy Cross


Today, we celebrate and honor the inviolable dignity of each and every human life. We recognize the sin of abortion, physician-assisted suicide, our state’s death penalty and all other actions that threaten the life and dignity of the human person.

On this day, we also recognize the ways in which our own Church, throughout its history, has failed to protect its young people and to respect the integrity of their claims against its clergy members.

This Sunday, we ask you to pray for all vulnerable members of our community, from the unborn to the struggling family.

We pray especially for healing for all those who feel isolated, hopeless, or ashamed. We also continue to pray for those who feel pressure to make difficult decisions with regard to respecting life, and with those in positions of power, that we may support them as a community of faith to create a culture of life.

Blessing Of Pets 2018

Blessing of Pets

On Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM in Holy Cross Parking Lot we will share a blessing and prayers for all of our pets. Come one, come all—bring your cherished pets—ant farms or snails, turtles and snakes, dogs and cats, horses and cows. (stuffed animals are always welcome—just keep them away from teething puppies!) The blessing is shared each year in connection to our celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4) who reminds us to be stewards of God’s creation. St. Francis, pray for us.

13th Annual Family Festival

Highlights from Saturday

Highlights from Friday


13TH ANNUAL FAMILY FESTIVAL IS HERE!!! The 13th Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 17, 18, & 19. Join us after 5:30 PM Mass (Saturday, August 18). Piggie Dinner available until 7:00 PM or sold out! (in the Parish Hall).

Piggies, Potato Pancakes, Chrusciki, Haluski, Corn on the Cob, Free Ice for kids! (courtesy of J&J Snack Foods Mia Products), Pierogi, Pizza Frita, Broccoli & Noodles, Ice Cream Sandwiches, Pizza, Sausage & Peppers, Hot Dogs, Porchetta Sandwich, Hamburgers, French Fries, Funnel Cake Fries, Wimpies, Bake Sale, Breakfast, Bingo, Pirate Ship, Entertainment by “Ned the DJ,” and much more!

On Sunday (today, August 19), we begin with 9:30 AM Liturgy followed by a Cash Breakfast-eggs, sausage, bacon, potatoes, orange juice and coffee. Bingo will follow at 1:30 PM, seating begins at 12:30 PM, games start at 1:30 PM. Tickets available at the door. Bingo admission includes entrance in Bingo Raffle with a first place prize of $100. Basket Raffle and 50/50 grand prize drawing to follow at 4:20 PM.


If you can help clean-up and dismantle the tents outside on the Parish Grounds it will take place this weekend (Sunday, August 19) beginning at Noon. All Sunday events take place in the Parish Hall. All ages are welcome. If young people need service hours, this is an excellent opportunity. THANK YOU to Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society for purchasing specially designed baseball t-shirts for the participants in our PLAY WIFFLE! Event.


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

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

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


Have a happy and safe 4th of July!


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

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

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

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

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

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

A Prayer for Our Nation


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

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

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

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

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


Happy Father's Day

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

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


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

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

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

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

.......Mark DeCelles


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

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

Trinity Sunday

The Holy Trinity

Readings: Matthew 28: 16-20

Deuteronomy 4: 32-34, 39-40

Romans 8: 14-17

As Ordinary Time resumes, two “solemnities of the Lord” are celebrated on the next two Sundays. Today’s celebration of the Trinity originated in France in the eighth century and was adopted by the universal Church in 1334. The solemnity focuses on the essence of our faith: the revelation of God as Creator, the climax of his creation in Jesus the Redeemer, the fullness of the love of God poured out on us in the Sustainer Spirit.

Before returning to God, the Risen Jesus commissions his fledgling Church to teach and baptize in the name of the Holy one who reveals himself as Father, Son and Spirit (Gospel). In the Trinity we find our identity as the people of God.

Israel encountered God, first, in God’s act of creation, and then in his redemption of the Israelites and his raising up of the nation of Israel. Moses exhorts the Israelites to remain faithful to the commandments of this great God they have encountered (first reading). The Spirit is that unique love that exists between God the Father and Son. Christ invites us to embrace that same Spirit, which enables us to cry out to God as “Father” and to one another as brothers and sisters, children of the same God (second reading).


Trinity: the love of God revealed.

Many metaphors have been used to explain and depict the Trinity. St. John of Damascus, the great Eastern theologian of the eighth century, suggested that we think “of the Father as a root, of the Son as a branch, and of the Spirit as a fruit, for the substance of these three is one.” Today we celebrate the essence of our faith manifested in our lives: the loving providence of the Creator who continually invites us back to him; the selfless servanthood of the Redeemer who “emptied” himself to become like us in order that we might become like him; the joyful love of the Spirit that is the unique unity of the Father and Son.

The commission to ‘teach’ others about God.

Christ has revealed to us the depth of the Creator’s love and has called us to share with one another the unique Spirit of love that unites Father and Son. As disciples of the Risen Christ, we have been called now, in our time and place, to teach what we have seen and heard, to pass on to others “everything I have commanded you” through our imitation of the Teacher’s compassion, forgiveness and servanthood.

Called to be ‘children of God.’

The core of all of Jesus’ teaching is the revelation of God as Father to humanity. God calls us, not as the all-powerful Creator demanding homage from the lowly slaves he created, but as a loving parent welcoming one’s own children. God invites us to a relationship with him not based on fear and judgement but centered in love, mercy and trust. Today’s celebration of the Trinity confronts us with our response to God’s invitation and our worthiness to be called God’s “children.”

Memorial Day

Never Forget Their Service


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.




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.


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.


Mary Most Holy,

as a young woman

living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care

the Word of God made flesh.

Please protect and accompany

all young men and women,

especially from Blessed Sacrament

and Holy Cross Parishes,

who are called to a vocation to

the priesthood or religious life.



We are most grateful to Bishop Bambera for assigning Mark DeCelles, seminarian in preparation for priestly ministry for our diocese, to serve in our parishes from May 29 to August 5. We look forward to getting to know Mark and in Mark getting to know us!



Dear Monsignor Delaney,

Congratulations to you and your parishioners for surpassing your parish goal for our 2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal.

I appreciate your commitment to helping us once again raise more than $5 million in gifts and pledges to support all of our Diocesan ministries. Thank you for “walking together in the light of Christ” to bring joy and hope to all who seek our assistance.

Kindly extend my gratitude to your parishioners for their generous spirit and faithful service to your parish and to our Diocese. When we open our hearts to extend God’s mercy and love to our sisters and brothers, we grow as disciple of Jesus Christ. May God bless you and your parishioners as you continue to share His mercy6 and love in all that you do.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

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

As always thank you for your generosity.

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney


A death is not the extinguishingt of a light, but the puttting out of the lamp because the dawn has come.

Saint Paul reminds us: “That at the Name of Jesus, every knee should bend in the heavens and on the earth; and every tongue proclaim, to the glory of God the Father that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.”

After living a life proclaiming that “Jesus Christ is Lord”, Mary Ann was called home to God’s love on April 3rd, on the Octave of Easter. Mary Ann worked tirelessly and spent her life selflessly for our parishes for twenty years.

Born in Jessup, Mary Ann Bisignani was the daughter of the late Helen Jakunski and Geremia (Frank) Galli. Mary Ann loved serving the Gospel as a member of our parish staff and shared her faith and creativity on many committees as well as carrying the Lord to God’s people as an extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. Her talents were shared participating in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton. She believed deeply in the love God has for us and in the power of prayer, always remembering the needs of those around her.

We ask the kindness of your prayers for Mary Ann’s family and those who love her, especially her husband Richard (married 59 years) and children: Kathryn Tomsofsky and husband Paul; Richard (Ricky); Maria Harrell and Ron, and Dr. Lynn Mailloux and Brian as well as her treasured grandchildren: Christian, Morgan, Nicole, MaCayla, Parker and Sean; and her sisters Gerri Dunda and Nancy Casama and brother frank Galli, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Eternal rest grant unto Mary Ann Bisignani, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Happy Easter!!!

He is risen.

Christian hope is not some kind of wishful thinking, far from it! Saint Peter said, “By his great mercy we have been born anew to living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” (1 Peter 1:3).

We celebrate new life in Christ this Easter – in the newly initiated; in the hearts of those who have done the blessed work of Lent and come to Easter renewed; and in the lives of all those seeking a deeper relationship with and in the Risen Christ as that is experienced in community and family living.

Pope Francis reminds us: “This virtue of Hope…is hard to live. It is the smallest but strongest of the virtues. And our hope has a face: the face of the Risen Lord…The triumph of Jesus at the end of time will be the triumph of the Cross, the demonstration that the sacrifice of oneself for love of neighbor, in initiation of Christ, is the only victorious power, the only stable point in the midst of the upheavals and tragedies of the word.”

This Easter Season we celebrate the hope which is ours in the Risen Christ. We pray that we will persevere, especially in the daily difficulties we experience.

Renewing our Baptismal promises we respond resoundingly “I Do” to questions asked: Do you Reject Darkness, Sin, Satan “I Do”, Do you Believe in Father, Son and Holy Spirit “I Do”.

May, we pray O Gracious God, our Easter response echo in living Easter hope each and every day. Alleluia!

Blessed, Happy Easter to one and all.

Monsignor Delaney


“I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be Not Afraid”. ……… St. John Paul II


Lord, the Resurrection of Your Son has given us new life and renewed hope.

Help us to live as new people, in pursuit of the Christian ideal.

Grant us wisdom to know what we must do, the will to want to do it, the courage to undertake it, the perseverance to continue to do it, and the strength to complete it.

(Source: New Saint Joseph People’s Prayer Book)