• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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  • 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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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.


Louisana Flood Collection

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a special collection be taken up in all parishes on the weekend of September 17-18, 2016 to support the victims of the 2016 Louisiana Floods, the worst domestic disaster since Hurricane Sandy

Feast of the Exaltaiton of the Holy Cross 2016

“We adore you O’ Christ and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.”

Come and celebrate with us as we mark this special parish Feast Day. On this day we honor the Holy Cross on which Christ died out of love for us bringing salvation and redemption to humanity. We offer our prayers for all of the members of Holy Cross Parish, praying for the well-being of all and the ongoing spiritual growth of our community. Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will follow.

Feast of the Exaltaiton of the Holy Cross

“We adore you O’ Christ and we praise you, because by your Holy Cross you have saved the world.”

Come and celebrate with us as we mark this special parish Feast Day. On this day we honor the Holy Cross on which Christ died out of love for us bringing salvation and redemption to humanity. We offer our prayers for all of the members of Holy Cross Parish, praying for the well-being of all and the ongoing spiritual growth of our community. Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will follow.


Our annual backpack drive for the Children's Advocacy Center will run from the week-end of August 27th through the week-end of September 17th. This year the Advocacy center is in desperate need of adult large and x-large sweatpants, hoodies, tee-shirts and underwear needed for the older children in the program. Any school supplies, backpacks or specific clothing listed that you could supply will be greatly appreciated. Please place items in the containers provided in the entrance of the Churches.

Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias

The Social Concerns Committee of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish, under the direction of Monsignor Michael Delaney, is pleased to announce that Ms. Susan Scanland MSN, CRNP,GNP-BC, CDP, CSP will be presenting a Sunday Seminar on Alzheimer’s and other Dementias October 16, 2016. The lecture, which is free to the public, will take place at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church) at 2 PM.

Susan Scanland is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner/Certified Dementia Practitioner and a national Alzheimer’s expert. Over 34 years of practice, she supported family caregivers, diagnosed and treated all dementias in long-term care, assisted living and home care. Ms. Scanland is the founder of Dementia Connection® LLC, a dementia education and consultation business.

Susan is one of two nurse practitioners in the world to receive the Certified Speaking Professional Award (CSP) through the National Speakers Association. She has presented over 600 seminars in the United States and Canada, as well as the International Conference on Vascular Dementia in Valencia, Spain.

Ms. Scanland has been nationally certified as a gerontological nurse practitioner since 1984 and is also a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP). She holds a Nursing Faculty Specialist position at the University of Scranton. Susan has also taught in geriatric faculty positions at Binghamton University (SUNY) from 1999-2004 and the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency in Kingston, Pennsylvania from 1987-1999. She received her MSN from the University of Pittsburgh and BSN from Wilkes University.

The Social Concerns Committee and Monsignor Delaney hope that you will attend this Sunday Seminar and gain insight into this topic that greatly affects our families and our friends.


As the Solemnity of the Assumption falls on a Monday this year, it is not listed as a Holy Day of Obligation. Come join us as we honor Mary:

7:30AM Blessed Sacrament

8:00 AM Holy Cross

Assumption of Mary


As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

The Year of Mercy Offers an Opport unity to Bring Healing in the Area of Failed Marriages

When marriages fail, Catholics may be unclear about their relationship to the Church. 

“I am civilly divorced and not sure whether I can continue to receive the Eucharist or be a part of the parish community.”

“I am not sure about the status of my marriage.  It would be helpful to talk to someone who could explain it to me.”

“My spouse and I would like to explore having our marriage blessed in the Church.”

“I don’t know what an annulment really is and why I would want one.  Also, I heard they are expensive.”

Do any of these voices sound like you or someone you know? In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee.  Please contact the rectory at 570-489-0752 or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation.  It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.


The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament/Holy Cross Parishes has received a $4,000.00 grant through the Social Justice Trust Diocesan Annual Appeal.

The allocation letter stated “Your parishes’ proposal conveys diligent and missionary responsiveness to the members of your parishes and your primary service areas.” We are grateful to the Diocese for the support we receive.

Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

Lord Jesus Christ,

You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary Mother of Mercy, you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


Altar Server and Eucharistic Minister Schedules

THE NEW ALTAR SERVER AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTER SCHEDULES for Holy Cross were mailed out. Please keep your scheduled time or find someone to take your place.


Thank you to all who made the Annual Chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who set up and cleaned up. To those who provided themed baskets, to those who baked and who made various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. Thank you to the members of the Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Our final thank you to those who ate all that chicken, it was delicious. Thank you to all. See you next year!!!


Once again, thanks to all who have helped, through sacrifice and generosity, to make the 2015 Appeal a great success.

As you may remember, 75% of contributions collected above and beyond our goal is returned to our parishes. Last week we received checks from the Diocese:

Blessed Sacrament Parish $3,165.75

Holy Cross Parish $7,009.24

God bless you for supporting the Diocesan Appeal and the many ministries and good works supported by the appeal.

Paish Food Drive June 4/5 2016

One weekend Only June 4/5. Please be as generous as you can.


We have been reviewing our parish database and have noticed that there are many parishioners who have not been active the past three years. It is the policy of the Parish to remove parishioners from the database if they are inactive after three years.

If you would like to remain a parishioner or if you have not received your weekly envelopes, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 or 489-1963 by July 30.


As summer is upon us, just a few reminders about proper church etiquette

First, appropriate dress. Church is a special place where we come to give praise and thanks to God. Please no tank tops, short shorts, cut-offs, shirts with inappropriate statements, etc. Please be modest in your dress.

Second, arriving on time. Sometimes there are situations in our lives that cause us to be late for things. Please try to be on time for liturgy. If you are late for Mass, please try to be as discrete as possible. It is distracting not only to the presider but also to many parishioners sitting in the front of the church when people enter through the side entrance.

Third, standing in the back of the church. Recently, it seems more and more parishioners are standing in the back of the church. Please join the rest of the congregation by taking a seat.

Fourth, leaving early. It is amazing to see how many people have left church before the priest has even processed down the aisle. Take a moment to finish the recessional song and then greet the presider.

Fifth, receiving Holy Communion. When you come to receive Holy Communion, please respond ‘Amen’ before the priest places the Eucharist in your hands or on your tongue. Amen is a Greek word which means ‘Yes, I believe!’ Do you believe this is the most precious gift that God has given to us? When receiving Holy Communion, you should not be chewing gum as you prepare to receive.

Finally, as you are leaving the church, please help us keep the church clean and in order for the parishioners attending the next Mass. Please put the kneeler up, the hymnal back in the holder, and pick up any tissues or papers that you may have left in the pew. Please take the bulletin home with you or return it to one of the holders at the church entrances.


Several groups and organizations require young adults to complete service hours as a way of growing in their commitment to the wider-community. The Church also requires Confirmation students and Catholic school children to complete service hours as a way of imitating Jesus’ selfless love. What better way to complete those hours and grow in appreciation for your parish family than by volunteering at your home parish. If your son/daughter needs to complete service hours, please contact Monsignor Delaney There are a variety of possible service projects at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish., the Chicken Barbeque or the Family Festival.