• 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

Latest Tweets

Advent - A New Church Year Begins! 2015

Welcome to a New Church Year!!!!

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or ‘to come to’) begins the Church year and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of reparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday, the Advent Calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities, and special Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ birth. Advent began Saturday, November 29.

2016 Calendars Available

Once again the 2016 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross . A special thank you is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home for their donation to Holy Cross Parish. If you have an opportunity, please thank Mr. Michael Glinsky.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which celebrates the preservation of the Virgin Mary from original sin, will be celebrated on December 8th. It is a Holy Day of Obligation, and the mass schedule is as follows:

Vigil Mass:

  • Blessed Sacrament, 7:00pm

Holy Day Masses:

  • Blessed Sacrament, 7:30am
  • Holy Cross, 8:00am
  • Holy Cross, 5:00pm

Readings for the Week of November 8, 2015

  • Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44
  • Monday: Ez 47:1-2, 8-9, 12/1 Cor 3:9c-11, 16-17/Jn 2:13-22
  • Tuesday: Wis 2:23--3:9/Lk 17:7-10
  • Wednesday: Wis 6:1-11/Lk 17:11-19
  • Thursday: Wis 7:22b--8:1/Lk 17:20-25
  • Friday: Wis 13:1-9/Lk 17:26-37
  • Saturday: Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9/Lk 18:1-8
  • Next Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32

Readings for the Week of Novemer 1, 2015

  • Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a
  • Monday: Wis 3:1-9/Rom 5:5-11 or 6:3-9/Jn 6:37-40
  • Tuesday: Rom 12:5-16b/Lk 14:15-24
  • Wednesday: Rom 13:8-10/Lk 14:25-33
  • Thursday: Rom 14:7-12/Lk 15:1-10v Friday: Rom 15:14-21/Lk 16:1-8
  • Saturday: Rom 16:3-9, 16, 22-27/Lk 16:9-15
  • Next Sunday: 1 Kgs 17:10-16/Heb 9:24-28/Mk 12:38-44 or 12:41-44


  • CCD Classes are in session on Sunday mornings in Olyphant and Throop – PLEASE drive slowly and carefully on and around our parish properties.
  • Please remember to secure items in the trunk of your car when attending Mass and/or programs. Never leave purses or valuables in view of passersby. Thank you

All Souls Day Intentions 2015

During the month of November we will remember the deceased family members and friends whose names are submitted. Your All Souls’ envelope to list these intentions can be found in your packet of envelopes.

Readings for the Week of October 25, 2015

  • Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52
  • Monday: Rom 8:12-17/Lk 13:10-17
  • Tuesday: Rom 8:18-25/Lk 13:18-21
  • Wednesday: Eph 2:19-22/Lk 6:12-16
  • Thursday: Rom 8:31b-39/Lk 13:31-35
  • Friday: Rom 9:1-5/Lk 14:1-6
  • Saturday: Rom 11:1-2a, 11-12, 25-29/Lk 14:1, 7-11
  • Next Sunday: Rv 7:2-4, 9-14/1 Jn 3:1-3/Mt 5:1-12a


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2014 thru October 2015). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 7 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Saturday, November 14 at 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year. A small reception will be held immediately after each Mass.


Helps us reach out to the hungry in our neighborhood! The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament are collecting non-perishable food items until Friday, November 27. Food will be distributed to local food pantries to feed the hungry throughout the holiday season. Food items can be placed in the vestibule.

DRIVE: During the month of November we invite all parishioners to bring a bag of non-perishable food items to our parishes to support local needy families during the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. Bring food items on the Sundays of November and also the Thanksgiving Day Masses. As always, thank you for your generosity.


October is designated by the USCCB as Respect Life Month and the month of November, beginning with All Saints’ Day and the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed, traditionally focuses on those who have died. Both are rooted in our understanding of what it means to be human: that is, to be made in the image and likeness of God. We possess, from the moment of conception to our last human breath, a dignity that comes not from any act of our own, but from the source of our being: God. Just as important is our belief that human dignity continues beyond this life into the next; as our physical bodies decay, our souls live on, continuing in relationship with God and humans. Father Karl Rahner, a theologian of the Church, remarks in Content of Faith: "Our loved ones do not leave us. Where are they? In darkness? Oh, no! It is we who are in darkness. We do not see them but they see us. Their eyes, radiant with glory, are fixed upon our eyes, filled with tears…They are not absent, but living near to us, transfigured (p. 625)." Pastoral Liturgy (September 2009)

Readings for the Week of October 18, 2015

  • Sunday: Is 53:10-11/Heb 4:14-16/Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45
  • Monday: Rom 4:20-25/Lk 12:13-21
  • Tuesday: Rom 5:12, 15b, 17-19, 20b-21/Lk 12:35-38
  • Wednesday: Rom 6:12-18/Lk 12:39-48
  • Thursday: Rom 6:19-23/Lk 12:49-53
  • Friday: Rom 7:18-25a/Lk 12:54-59
  • Saturday: Rom 8:1-11/Lk 13:1-9
  • Next Sunday: Jer 31:7-9/Heb 5:1-6/Mk 10:46-52

Readings for the Week of October 11, 2015

  • Sunday: Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 10:17-30 or 10:17-27
  • Monday: Rom 1:1-7/Lk 11:29-32
  • Tuesday: Rom 1:16-25/Lk 11:37-41
  • Wednesday: Rom 2:1-11/Lk 11:42-46
  • Thursday: Rom 3:21-30/Lk 11:47-54
  • Friday: Rom 4:1-8/Lk 12:1-7
  • Saturday: Rom 4:13, 16-18/Lk 12:8-12
  • Next Sunday: Is 53:10-11/Heb 4:14-16/Mk 10:35-45 or 10:42-45


Some parishioners have asked about the Church’s teaching on the practice of cremation. Cremation is permitted with the approval of one’s pastor. However, the cremains must be buried immediately after they have been returned to the family. The Church’s regulation regarding cremation states: “The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they came. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and final disposition. The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased are not the reverent disposition the Church requires.” If you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

Food Drive Thanks

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney, Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish we would like to thank the members of our parishes for their generous donations to our recent food drive Your donations have made it possible for us to stretch our limited budget and keep the food pantry program open in Scranton and Jessup.. Tom Pearce and Bill Kosydar took 3 truck- loads of food to the various food pantries. Matthew 25: 37, 40 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?” And the king will answer to them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Blessing Of Pets, Feast of St. Francis Assisi

Sunday, October 4th 1:00 pm on the grounds of Blessed Sacrament Parish, 215 Rebecca St., Throop. All pets and all shapes and sizes are welcome. (Stuffed animals too!)

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross 2015

Monday, September 14 Mass 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m.

Following the 7:00 p.m. Mass, light refreshments will be served in Kelley Hall. Come and join us as we celebrate this Parish Feast Day!

Good Hearts, Generous Spirits - Diocesan Annual Appeal 2015

The Annual Appeal kicked off in our parishes September 12 & 13. The theme for the 2015 Diocesan Annual Appeal is “Good Hearts, Generous Spirits” which reflects the affirming spirit of all of our parishioners. As we begin our Appeal this year, we are personally invited to join in the good work that will support the important ministries of our Diocese. The goal for Holy Cross Parish is $50,000 and the goal for Blessed Sacrament Parish is $17,000.

Care & Education of Priests

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 91 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 Vocations Office, which has been blessed with encouraging growth, .guiding those who are considering priesthood through a comprehensive discernment process. We are grateful to have 10 seminarians pursuing the priesthood in the Diocese of Scranton and 29 candidates to the permanent deaconate. Your gift to the Annual Appeal directly supports the celebration of the Eucharist, proclamation of the Gospel, administration of the Sacraments and devotions within our parish communities

Catholic Education

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 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students benefitted from the academic programs and spiritual guidance offered by our Catholic Schools. More than 18, 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.

Congratulations and thank you to all who have contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Blessed Sacrament raised $20,981.00 which is $3,981.00 over their suggested goal. Holy Cross raised $52,171.00 which is $2,171.00 over their suggested goal. Monsignor was chairman for this year’s Diocesan Appeal and he personally thanks you for your contribution.


22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 30, 2015 NATIONAL DAY OF REMEMBRANCE The second Saturday of September is the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children. Memorial services are being held across the country at gravesites. This common act of prayer witnesses to our society that we are truly living amidst a holocaust, and that the abortion debate is not simply about viewpoints but about victims.


Sunday, October 4, 2015 2:30 p.m. (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop, Monsignor Vincent Grimalia will present an overview of Pope Francis’ message.

Our Holy Father’s encyclical “Laudeto Si” (Praise be to you, Lord) takes its title from the “Canticle of the Sun” the beautiful prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, who serves as a model of “a more passionate concern for the protection of our world”. Pope Francis challenges Roman Catholics as well as all people of good will to a deeper understanding of our moral and spiritual responsibility to care for the creation given to us.

Join us! All are most welcome. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Social Concerns of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes.

“The external deserts in the world are growing, because the internal deserts have become so vast.” Pope Benedict XV1 2005

“For this reason, the ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.” Pope Francis, “Lausato Si – Chapter 6, Part iii

Following our Holy Father’s remarkable visit to the United States, join us as we reflect upon his message of hope, his call to conversion and in the words of Will Cohen, Ph.D., Pope Francis’ invitation to “cultivate a new way of looking at the world and a different way of living in it.

Laudato Si Be Praised My Lord

Readings for the Week of October 4, 2015

  • Sunday: Gn 2:18-24/Heb 2:9-11/Mk 10:2-16 or 10:2-12
  • Monday: Jon 1:1--2:2, 11/Lk 10:25-37
  • Tuesday: Jon 3:1-10/Lk 10:38-42
  • Wednesday: Jon 4:1-11/Lk 11:1-4
  • Thursday: Mal 3:13-20b/Lk 11:5-13
  • Friday: Jl 1:13-15; 2:1-2/Lk 11:15-26
  • Saturday: Jl 4:12-21/Lk 11:27-28
  • Next Sunday: Wis 7:7-11/Heb 4:12-13/Mk 1:17-30 or 10:17-27