• 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

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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Christmas Flowers

Christmas Flowers

Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a deceased loved one towards the purchase of Christmas flowers is asked to use the Christmas Flower Envelope located in your packet of envelopes. Please write the name you wish to make the donation in memory of on the envelope or on a plain white envelope.

Christmas Giving Trees

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREES are in the vestibules of both parishes. UNWRAPPED gifts to be returned by December 11.


Packets of Christmas Wafers will be available in the main entrance of each church. The donation for each packet is $3.00. The tradition of the Oplatek is that on Christmas Eve, as a family gathers to share their meal, they first break bread and share the Christmas wafer uniting family members and remind us of the unity we share in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Marriage Help

If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, then the  Retrouvaille  Program can help you,  Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and to rediscover a more loving relationship. 

The next local program will be Feb. 24-26, 2017 at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA .  Registration Required.  All calls confidential.  Cost is by donation.  For more information or to register call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.helpourmarriage.org. Why run it for so long?  Because it often takes troubled couples awhile to accept that they may need some help.

Retirement Collection For Religious 2016

A SPECIAL COLLECTION WILL BE TAKEN THIS WEEKEND, December 10-11 for the Retirement Fund for Religious Sisters and Brothers. This national appeal is to help all religious congregations and the Diocese of Scranton care for the elderly and infirm sisters, brothers and priests who have so generously served in our diocese. Thank you for your continued generosity.

Smile and Help the Little Sisters of the Poor

Amazon helps the Little Sisters of the Poor--with your help.

The Christmas shopping season will officially be underway this Friday! When purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider logging into your account via the Amazon Smile Program. A portion of your sale will be donated to our home at no additional cost to you!

To help, log in to your account at smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0832764.

St Mary's Villa Campus

There is St Mary’s Cilla Assisted Living. If you are interested in living here for just the winter months or a shorter period of time to stay active and keep busy during the long winter, call 570-795-2810.

2016 Advent Confession Schedule

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • Tuesday, December 13th @ 6:30 pm at Holy Cross Olyphant
  • Thursday, December 15th @ 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
  • Sunday, December 18th @ 3:00 pm Sacred Heart Peckville
  • Monday, December 19th @ 6:00 pm Queen of Angels, Jessup/li>
  • Tuesday, December 20st @ 6.30 pm Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City)

Please Note:

We will not have a priest available for confession before the 4:00 PM Christmas Eve Masses at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament.

2017 Calendars Available


The 2017 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and to the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament for sponsoring the calendars.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Services and Thanksgiving Events


On Wednesday, November 23rd at 7 pm, the night before Thanksgiving, we are hosting the annual Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service at Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant of Clergy and friends from our neighboring Christian Churches as we come together to give thanks to God, the source of all we have and are, for the many blessings we share. The service will be followed by refreshments in Kelley Hall.

Father Bill Marshall from St. James-St George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the Thanksgiving message.

A collection will be taken to support the Breadbasket of Northeast PA

  • Thanksgiving Day Mass, Blessed Sacrament, Throop 7:30 AM Thursday, November 24.
  • Thanksgiving Day Mass, Holy Cross Olyphant 9:00 AM
  • Fellowship, coffee, doughnuts after Mass in Kelley Hall.
  • Food Collection: Please bring non-perishable food items to any/all of our Thanksgiving services. Food items will be brought up in procession during Thanksgiving Day Masses at the preparation of the gifts.

Our Social Concerns Food Drive will continue through the month of November. Thank you for your generosity.

All Saints Day 2016 - Holy Day of Obligation

All Saints Day - A Holy Day of Obligation

This Tuesday is a All Saints Day - A Holy Day of Obligation.

The Vigil mass is Monday, October 31 at 5:30PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish

The Masses for Tuesday, November 1 (All Saints Day) are as follows:

  • 7:00AM at Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:30AM at Holy Cross
  • 7:00Pm at Holy Cross

2016 Confirmation Class

The Holy Spirit come upon you and guide you always!

2013 Confirmation Class

Jaedan Theresa Baldan

Vanessa Ann Mancuso

Moriah Veronica Cesari

Gianna Agatha Matassa

Gabrielle Faith Ciborosky

Patrick Joseph Murphy

Collin Patrick Clauss-Walton

Jeffrey Anthony Richards

Olivia Elizabeth Cottrell

John Joseph Sekelsky

James John Davis

Matthew Sebastian Smith

Abigail Veronica Galea

Christian James Snee

Gianna Ann Giumento

Gabrielle Elizabeth Snee

Matthew Joseph Hall

Oranegan St. Ledger

Donald Robert Healey III

Hunter James Stoffey

Lindsey Tabitha Jason

Jonathan Srelecki

Alice Julia Jones

William Sweeny III

Lindsey Theodora Kausmeyer John Michael Tomcho

Audrianna Mary Keller

Jake Blaise Yanoski

Brianna Joan Kohut

Emma Ann Yusavage

Maria Bernadette Laskowski

Edward Joseph Zator

Gabriel Francis Lott

Joshua Charles Zellers

We are happy and honored to welcome Bishop John M Dougherty, D.D., Auxiliary bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton.

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and our Parish families congratulations to our Confirmation candidates who will be confirmed this week May the Lord bless you and your families and may you always know of God’s great love! Many thanks to Mr. John Musyt, Director of Religious at Holy Cross Parish, Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Confirmattion teachers and all those who have prepared the children for this wonderful celebration.

Are you leaving a mark #Leavemark16

a gathering of the young church (16-35) as we begin National Vocation Awareness Week with Bishop Bambera on Sunday, November 6, 2016. Mass will be celebrated in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton at 5 p.m. with a reception following in the Diocesan Center. For more information, please call the Diocesan Vocation Office at 570-207-1452 or visit facebook.com/scrantonvoc.

CATHOLICISM - The Pivotal Players

CATHOLICISM: The Pivotal Players

This multi-part film series illuminates a handful of saints, artists, mystics and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but changed the course of civilization. This series unlocks the truth behind some of the Catholic Church’s most influential people.

Week 6: G.K. Chesterton

Tuesday December 13 6:30 Kelley Hall Holy Cross

Wednesday, December 14 2:00 Blessed Sacrament

How does one engage a culture that is befuddled by Christ and suspicious of the Church? The life and witness of this 19th century literary convert shows that the fundamental disposition of effective evangelism is JOY, and life in Christ is a day to day with an abundant and surprising offer of grace. - Bishop Barron

Special Collection for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a special collection be taken up in all parishes to support Hurricane Matthew On the weekend of October 29-30 there will be an emergency second collection in each parish for this purpose. These funds will be used to support the efforts

Lord, give might to those who need your strength to carry on. Fill their troubled hearts with your peace and move us with your compassion, that we may respond generously to those in need. Amen.


Holy Cross Choir and Blessed Sacrament Choir will meet every Wednesday, 6:30 PM.

Statement of the Diocese of Scranton - Grand Jury Subpoena

Diocese of Scranton

The Diocese of Scranton confirms that it has received a subpoena from the state grand jury. In its commitment to protecting children and young people and to providing support to victims of sexual abuse, the Diocese of Scranton cooperates fully with all civil authorities in their investigation of such matters. The Diocese encourages anyone who has been sexually abused by a member of the clergy or anyone else, to immediately notify local law enforcement authorities; and to contact Mary Beth Pacuska, Victim’s Assistance Coordinator, at (570) 862-7551; or Monsignor Thomas M. Muldowney, Vicar General of the Diocese of Scranton at (570)-207-2269.


Lord God,

in Your wisdom and love

You surround us with the mysteries of the universe.

In times long past you sent us

Your prophets to teach us Your laws

and to bear witness

to Your undying love.

You sent us your Son

to teach us by word and example

that true wisdom comes from you alone.

Send Your Spirit upon our students

and their teachers

and fill them with Your wisdom and blessings.

Grant that during this academic year

they may devote themselves to their studies

and share what they have learned with others.

Blessing Of Pets 2016

Blessing of Pets

Bring your dogs, cats, turtles, fish, horses, elephants, iguanas, stuffed animals and/or any pet your like.Sunday, October 2nd at 1:00 at Holy Cross, will meet outside on the parish grounds. As we honor St Francis of Assisi on Tuesday, October 4th, we remember the love of all creation and are reminded that we are stewards of all God’s creatures. Come join us for prayer, blessing and what will surely be a loud pet choir.

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

2016 Diocesan Annual Appeal

Our Catholic life begins and ends in the Parish because a Parish is the gathering of God’s faithful people. Today, more than ever, we must connect with our fellow parishioners, reinforcing our faith and keeping it vital for the next generation of Catholics. It is crucial that we foster a rich parish life, where families and friends come together in the spirit of Catholic fellowship. The Office for Parish Life assists in all aspects of Liturgy and Worship, Service & Social Concerns, Community and Family Development. Your gifts fund such programs as networking and training for Youth .Ministry Leaders, Directors of Religious Education, Music and Liturgical Ministry, Bereavement Support, Social Concerns and Parish Councils.

Care & Education to Priests:

“Answering God’s call to a life of service to His People” Our priests and deacons unconditionally answer the call to serve God’s people meeting increasing needs throughout our Diocese. Contributions to the Annual Appeal fund ongoing formation of our priests, permanent deacons, seminarians and deacon candidates. These funds also help us to care for and support our 96 retired or ill priests, many of whom continue to generously assist with the celebration of Masses, the visitation of the sick and by offering spiritual guidance to all in need. Appeal gifts also assist the Vocation Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, in guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to currently have 11 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, men in clergy formation, proclamation of the Gospel and administration of the Sacraments within our parish communities.

Educating the future generations of the faithful

Shaping the next generation of the faithful through a Catholic education in our schools and parishes is an essential mission of the Diocese of Scranton. Last year, more than 5,100 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 15,000 children received religious education in parish based-programs, instilling in them an intimate knowledge of the faith and the love of God and fostering a desire to serve one another.

If you didn’t bring your phone to Mass today, it’s not too late to make a gift or pledge using your cell phone. Gifts are appreciated in any amount and are fully tax-deductible. Will you help by sharing your gifts?

To text a gift using your cell phone to support the ministries and services supported by the Diocesan Appeal, just…Text the word “Appeal” to number 91999, and follow the prompts. We appreciate your generosity. May God bless you.

Living Faith, Serving with Mercy “The great gift of mercy lies at the heart of all that we do as a church, and it also lies at the heart of the support we receive from the Diocesan Annual Appeal.”

Where we stand:

Holy Cross Parish: HOLY CROSS:We are at 99.66% of our $50,000 goal; $49,830.00 ($170.00)

Blessed Sacrament: Congratulations!! We are at 107% of our $17,000 goal;$18,515.00, $1,515.00 over. Remember that 75% of collected appeal donations above goal will be returned our parishes.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

We join in celebration with the Universal Church as we mark the canonization of St Teresa of Calcutta, this Sunday, September 4.

We thank you for the gift of our dearest Saint Teresa of Calcutta, canonized in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. You chose her to be your presence, yoyr love and compassion to the broken hearted, the unwanted, the abandoned and the dying. She responded wholeheartedly to your cry, “I thirst”: by the holiness of her life and humble works of love to the poorest of the poor.

We pray, through the Intercession of Saint Teresa of Calcutta, for the grace to experience your merciful love and share it in our own families, communities and with all our suffering brothers and sisters.

Help us to give “hearts to love and hands to serve” after the example of Saint Therese.

Lord Jesus bless every member f our families, our parishes, our diocese, our country, especially those most in need, that we all may be transformed by your merciful love.