• 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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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) 2016

Immaculate Conception

December 8th is the Patronal Feast Day of the United States and a Holy Day of Obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sine from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann .

Our Mass schedule is:

(Dec 7) Vigil Mass

5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament

(Dec 8) Holy Day

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament

8:00 AM Holy Cross

7:00 PM Holy Cross

ADVENT –Prepare the Way of the Lord

Advent - Prepare the Way of the Lord


John’s question, Are you the Messiah? Confronts us with the apparent silence of God in our secular, amoral society. Like, John, we seek a Messiah with decisive answers and vindicating power to over come the hatred, the intolerance, the selfishness that dooms our earth. But like John, we must come to recognize the Messiah in the liberating person of Jesus, the healer and reconciler. Selfless love, compassion and forgiveness revealed in the smallest and hidden ways are the surest sign that the reign of God has come.


Proud of Being Catholic (Excerpts of an article written by Sam Miller, prominent Cleveland Jewish businessman – (Not Catholic)

Why would newspapers carry on a vendetta on one of the most important institutions that we have today in the United States, namely the Catholic Church? Do you know – the Catholic Church educates 2.6 million students everyday at the cost to your Church of 10 billion dollars, and a savings on the other hand to the American taxpayer of 18 billion dollars. Your graduates go on to graduate studies at the rate of 92%, all at a cost to you. To the rest of Americans it’s free.

The Church has 230 colleges and universities in the U.S. with an enrollment of 700,000 students. The Catholic Church has a non-profit hospital system of 637 hospitals, which account for hospital treatment of 1 out of every 5 people - not just Catholics – in the United States today. But the press is vindictive and trying to totally denigrate in every way the Catholic Church in this country. They have blamed the disease of pedophilia on the Catholic Church, which is as irresponsible as blaming adultery on the institution of marriage.

Let me give you some figures that you as Catholics should know and remember. For example, 12% of the 300 Protestant clergy surveyed admitted to sexual intercourse with a parishioner; 38% acknowledged other inappropriate sexual contact in a study by the United Methodist Church, 41.8% of clergy women reported unwanted sexual behavior; 17% of laywomen have been sexually harassed. Meanwhile, 1.7% of the Catholic clergy has been found guilty of pedophilia; 10% of the Protestant ministers have been found guilty of pedophilia. This is not a Catholic problem.

A study of American priests showed that most are happy in the priesthood and find it even better than they had expected, and that most, if given the choice, would choose to be priests again in face of all this obnoxious PR the church has been receiving. The Catholic Church is bleeding from self-inflicted wounds. The agony that Catholics have felt and suffered is not necessarily the fault of the Church. You have been hurt by a small number of wayward priests that have probably been totally weeded out by now.

Walk with your shoulders high and your head higher. Be a proud member of the most important non-governmental agency in the United States. Then remember what was written in Jeremiah:

‘Thus says the Lord: Stand by the earliest roads, ask the pathways of old. Which is the way to good, and walk it; thus you will find rest for our souls.’

Be proud to speak up for your faith with pride and reverence and learn what your Church does for all other religions.

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.