• 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

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PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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Readings for the Week of December 6, 2015

  • Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Is 12:2-6/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18
  • Monday: Nm 24:2-7, 15-17a/Ps 25:4-9/Mt 21:23-27
  • Tuesday: Zep 3:1-2, 9-13/Ps 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23/Mt 21:28-32
  • Wednesday: Is 45:6b-8, 18, 21b-25/Ps 85:9-14/Lk 7:18b-23
  • Thursday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Ps 72:1-4, 7-8, 17/Mt 1:1-17
  • Friday: Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19/Mt 1:18-25
  • Saturday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-6, 16-17/Lk 1:5-25
  • Next Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45

Readings for the Week of November 29, 2015

  • Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36
  • Monday: Rom 10:9-18/Ps 19:8-11/Mt 4:18-22
  • Tuesday: Is 11:1-10/Ps 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17/Lk 10:21-24
  • Wednesday: Is 25:6-10a/Ps 23:1-6/Mt 15:29-37
  • Thursday: Is 26:1-6/Ps 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27/Mt 7:21, 24-27
  • Friday: Is 29:17-24/Ps 27:1, 4, 13-14/Mt 9:27-31
  • Saturday: Is 30:19-21, 23-26/Ps 147:1-6/Mt 9:35--10:1, 5a, 6-8
  • Next Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Ps 126:1-6/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6

Readings for the Week of November 22, 2015

  • Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37
  • Monday: Dn 1:1-6, 8-20/Lk 21:1-4
  • Tuesday: Dn 2:31-45/Lk 21:5-11
  • Wednesday: Dn 5:1-6, 13-14, 16-17, 23-28/Lk 21:12-19
  • Thursday: Dn 6:12-28/Lk 21:20-28
  • Friday: Dn 7:2-14/Lk 21:29-33
  • Saturday: Dn 7:15-27/Lk 21:34-36
  • Next Sunday: Jer 33:14-16/1 Thes 3:12--4:2/Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

Readings for the Week of November 15, 2015

  • Sunday: Dn 12:1-3/Heb 10:11-14, 18/Mk 13:24-32
  • Monday: 1 Mc 1:10-15, 41-43, 54-57, 62-63/Lk 18:35-43
  • Tuesday: 2 Mc 6:18-31/Lk 19:1-10
  • Wednesday: 2 Mc 7:1, 20-31/Lk 19:11-28
  • Thursday: 1 Mc 2:15-29/Lk 19:41-44
  • Friday: 1 Mc 4:36-37, 52-59/Lk 19:45-48
  • Saturday: 1 Mc 6:1-13/Lk 20:27-40
  • Next Sunday: Dn 7:13-14/Rv 1:5-8/Jn 18:33b-37

Thanks for Thanksgiving Generosity

Once again, our clients benefit from your generosity!

As the volunteer with responsibility for supplying and staffing the St. Paul Food Pantry at St. Clare Church, I am writing to express our gratitude for the Thanksgiving donation from your combined churches of more than 860 pounds of food! Given the evidence of increasing client need, it is, indeed, most welcome.

We operate from the St. Clare Church basement on Friday afternoons, and would be happy to host any member who might like to see us “in action” or otherwise learn more about our services.


Barbara Burkhouse

The Vatican’s “Year of Mercy”

The Vatican’s Year of Mercy


In the Bull of Indiction, the document announcing the Jubilee Year, the Holy Father expresses his desire that each of us entrust ourselves to God’s mercy in a special way. This extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy is a time for each person to experience the merciful gaxe of the Father, it is a time to show mercy to our neighbor precisely because we have first experienced the mercy of God. “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers, nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy.” (MV10)


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.v 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 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 is 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.


Mass Schedule for Christmas and New Years 2015

Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve - Thursday, December 24, 2015

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
10:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Christmas Day - Friday, December 25th, 2014

9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
Please Note - NO 8:00 a.m. Mass


New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and is a Holy Day of obligation. The Mass schedule for New Year’s is as follows:

New Year's Eve - Thursday, December 31st 2015

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
5:30 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

New Year's Day - Friday, January 1st, 2016

9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Please Note - NO 8:00 a.m. Mass

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