• 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

Latest Tweets

BISHOP’S 2017 YOUTH AWARDS

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

HELP KEEP OUR CHURCH CLEAN

Please help us to keep our churches clean for the next Mass! When you are leaving church, please take the bulletin home with you or place it back in the bin. Also, please place the missalettes back in the rack and pick up any tissues or wrappers you may have dropped. Thank you for helping to keep our churches clean and tidy for those who worship at the next Mass.

HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament have served the catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the needy in Olyphant and Throop. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish. Please consider the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to either parish include:

Bequests through Will - Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;

Annuities - Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;

Life Insurance - Name the Holy Cross Parish or Blessed Sacrament Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy:

Other Assets - A contribution of a specific cash amount or property. Contact your accountant or financial adviser for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

KIND REMINDER

In an effort to assist the money counters, please mark the amount of your donation on the front of your weekly offertory envelope. Please do not tape or staple the envelope or its contents. Thank you!

PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer

Prayer is nothing else than union with God. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding.

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of Christ, tech us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed. For these ordinary beads strung on threads hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer. Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. ………….Catherine Doherty

"May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month is which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne."

……..Pope Paul VI

SEEING JESUS IN THE NEEDY

“Jesus who came as ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us, Mt 1:23) and who promises to be with his people until the end of the age (Mt 28:20) is hidden in those most in need; to reject them is to reject God made manifest in history.” U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All (1986) 44.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a one-time national collection be taken up in all parishes throughout the United States to support the completion of the mosaic adorning the central Trinity Dome of the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. The Basilica of the National Shrine is dedicated to Our Lady as Patroness of the Church in the United States.

This national collection is scheduled for Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.

THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER

Readings: Luke 24: 13-35

Acts 2: 14, 22-28

1 Peter 1: 17-21

Today’s Gospel begins on the afternoon of that miraculous Easter Sunday. Having just completed the observance of the Passover Sabbath, two disciples of Jesus (one identified as Cleopas) are making the seven-mile trip to the village of Emmaus. By identifying them as disciples, Luke is emphasizing that these two were more than just impartial observers of the events of Holy Week.

Luke writes that their exchange was “lively” – we can well imagine! As well as anger at the great travesty of justice that had taken place, they must have felt emotionally shattered at what had befallen their revered Rabbi Jesus. The two are suddenly joined by a stranger who asks the subject of their “lively” conversation. The stranger then explains, to their astonishment, the why of each of the events of the past week. When they reach the village, the two disciples ask the stranger to stay with them. And, in the words from Luke’s Gospel that we have come to treasure, the two disciples “come to know (the Risen Christ) in the breaking of the bread.”

Themes:

‘Bread blessed and broken’ for us.

Luke’s Easter night story parallels our own experience of the Eucharist: Sometimes we come to the Lord’s table feeling angry, hurt, despairing, alone, but at this table, coming to “know him in the breaking of the bread,” we can experience the peace and presence of the Risen Christ.

World Day of Prayer for Vocatons on May 7

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow your will. Send workers into your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and your people are strengthened by the sacraments. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 23, 2017

First Reading:

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.

Second Reading:

Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pt 1:8-9)

Gospel:

"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." (Jn 20:27b-29)

Congratulations!!!

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 2017

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.

ATTENTION :FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES - HERE ARE THE PRACTICE TIMES

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!!!

Christ

“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

PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

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

--Luke 24:36

ALLELUIA! HAPPY, BLESSED EASTER!

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

WHY DO CATHOLICS NOT EAT MEAT ON FRIDAY

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.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING

THE SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE will meet on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. All are invited to join us as we plan and implement activities reflecting our desire to be about the works of Mercy in our parishes.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT NOTES-DID YOU KNOW

The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in Mary for the Public.

LENTEN PRAYER FOR TRANSFORMATION

Lent

I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you. Help me to become the best-version-of-myself by seeking your will and becoming a living example of your love in the world.

Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change in order for me to carry out the mission and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.

Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish. Make our community hungry for best practices and continuous learning.

Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged, and clarity in times of decision. Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times. Amen

LENTEN PENANCE SCHEDULE

  • Monday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Holy Cross, Olyphant
  • Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm Holy Cross, Olyphant
  • Saturday, April 1, an hour before Masses
  • Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm Sacred Heart, Peckville
  • Monday, April 3, 5:30 to 7:00 pm Blessed Sacramentv Throop
  • Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
  • Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm St. Mary’s, Dickson City
  • Saturday, April 8, an hour before Masses

Please take advantage of the opportunities presented to prepare for Easter celebrating God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

EUCHARISTIC BENEDICTION HOLY HOUR, EXPOSITION

Easter Monday, April 17, 6:30 pm Easter Octave. As we continue to celebrate Easter in the Eucharistic presence of the Risen Christ.