• 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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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

The Canticle of Brother Sun St Francis of Assisi

Most High, all powerful, good Lord, Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor, and all blessing.

To You alone, Most High, do they belong, and no man is worthy to mention Your name.

Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures, especially through my lord Brother Sun, who brings the day; and you give light through him. And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor! Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.

Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather through which You give sustenance to Your creatures.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water, which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.

Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us and who produces varied fruits with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.

Blessed are those who endure in peace for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death, from whom no living man can escape.

Woe to those who die in mortal sin. Blessed are those whom death will find in Your Most holy will, for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks

And serve Him with great humility.


World Meeting of Families Prayer

God and Father of us all, In Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us Your sons and daughters in the family of the Church.

May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel

May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us!

Annual Coat Drive 2016

Coat Collection

The Annual Social Justice Committee Coat Drive is underway and organizers are looking to keep a string of successful collections going this Year. The Coat Drive will run through October 28. Organizers are once again asking for new or gently used coats in all sizes, from infants to adults. Donations are asked to be clean, and in good condition. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

Annual Coat Drive 2017

Coat Collection

The coat drive will run from October 29 to November 5. Organizers are once again asking for new or gently used coats in all sizes, from infants to adults. Donations are asked to be clean and in good condition. Coats may be placed in the collection bins at the entrances of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.


You are invited to the 10th Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish, which will take place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Family Festival has become a huge success with traditional ethnic and picnic foods like Pierogi, Piggies, Potato Pancakes, Porketta, Haluski or Cabbage & Noodles, Sausage & Peppers, Corn -on-the-Cob, Homemade Jam, Pizza, Funnel Cake, French Fries, Wimpies, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, a traditional Old Fashioned Ice Cream Sandwich, Specialty Sundae, and more, a large bake sale of homemade items, games for all ages, FREE ICE NOVELTY FOR CHILDREN, Moonwalk, and Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday. A Seek, And Ye Shall Find activity for the youth of the Parish Community will be held on Saturday morning beginning at 9AM.HELLO YOUNG PEOPLE ! (15 YEARS OLD AND UNDER). Would you like a FREE T-Shirt? Join us on Saturday, August15, at 9AM. Sign-up sheets located in the front and side entrance of Blessed Sacrament Parish. Please print your name, T-Shirt size, and include a phone number. Guaranteed Fun and a FREE T-Shirt! Friday and Saturday the food and games will be available beginning at 5PM. On Sunday, there will be a Breakfast Buffet immediately after the 9:30AM Mass including Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Home Fries, Coffee, and Orange Juice. For those in need of a Breakfast Delivery call Joseph Butash at 570.489.4515. Cost of the Breakfast is $6. Bingo will take place at 1:00PM in the Parish Hall.


We are in need of Volunteers of all ages to help in a variety of ways over the 3 days. Please volunteer to support your parish community. We will be setting up the Tents and Stands beginning Wednesday at 1P,M. All ages invited, no help refused!

By this time we hope all registered Parishioners have received their ticket envelope, which includes 2 Food Ticket Vouchers, 50/50 Tickets (reminder to return all with name and phone number), and a BINGO Ticket. More tickets are available at the Parish Offices. Please make your returns this week.


This weekend on Sunday beginning at Noon and then Monday through Thursday beginning at 9AM in the Parish Hall. Please join us as this is a big undertaking. If you are able to help, even for a short time, contact Rita Priorielli at 570.430.9200 or Lucille Radziewski at 570.489.7115 or just show up.


We are looking for Themed Gift Basket Donations, please contact Karen Doyle at 570.489.2552.

If you can donate something for the Bake Sale call Barbara Long at 570.489.8295. Baked goods can be dropped off from 11am on Friday and Saturday.


Additional Tickets and information contact Debbie Rimosites at 570.489.1208. Even if you don't wish to play, purchase your BINGO Ticket for just $5, and you will automatically be entered into the Specialty Raffle.


The winning ticket usually wins nearly or just over $1000. Try your luck! Purchase additional 50/50 Tickets at this weekend Masses, or on the Festival Grounds. Bring you family, bring your neighbor, bring a stranger, bring yourself! We look forward to the Parish's biggest fund-raiser! ALL ARE WELCOME!


“Laudato Si, mi’ Signore” – “Praise be to you, my Lord.” These are the words that open Pope Francis’ encyclical on ecology and care for God’s creation. These words quoting St. Francis of Assisi’s beautiful canticle, remind us that our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.


Triune Lord, wondrous community of infinite love,
Teach us to contemplate you
In the beauty of the universe,
For all things speak of you.
Awaken our praise and thankfulness
For every being that you have made.
Give us the grace to feel profoundly joined
To everything that is

God of love, show us our place in this world
As channels of your love
For all the creatures of this earth,
For not one of them is forgotten in your sight.
Enlighten those who possess power and money
That they may love the common good, advance the weak,
And care for this world in which we live.
The poor and the earth are crying out.
O Lord, seize us with your power and light,
Help us to protect all life,
To prepare for a better future,
For the coming of your Kingdom
Of justice, peace, love and beauty.
Praise be to you!






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A SESSION FOR NEW LECTORS IS SET FOR Wednesday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish for prospective lectors from Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. Please consider serving our parishes in this most important liturgical ministry.


A PRAYER FOR PRIESTS: by Cardinal O’Connor

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.

O loving Mother Mary of Priests, take to your heart your sons who are close to you because of their priestly ordination and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Christ in a world which needs them so much. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength and especially help them to live and to defend the ideals of consecrated celibacy.

Lord Jesus, we your people pray to You for our priests. You have given them to us for OUR needs. We pray for them in THEIR needs.

WE know that you have made them priests in the likeness of your own priesthood. You have consecrated them, set them aside, anointed them filled them with the Holy Spirit, appointed them to teach, to preach, to minister, to console, to forgive and to feed us with YOUR BODY and BLOOD.

Yet we know, too, that they are one with us and share our human weaknesses. We know too that they are tempted to sin and discouragement as are we, needing to be ministered to, as do we, to be consoled and forgiven, as do we. Indeed, we thank you for choosing them from among us, so they understand us as we understand them, suffer with us and rejoice with us and trust with us, share our beings, our lives, our faith.

We ask that YOU give them this day the gift YOU gave YOUR chosen ones on the way to Emmaus: YOUR presence in their hearts, YOUR holiness in their souls, YOUR joy in their spirits. And let them see YOU face to face in the breaking of the EUCHARISTIC bread.

We pray to YOU, O Lord, through Mary the mother of all priests, for YOUR priests and for ours. Amen

FARWELL to Mr. Rev. Michael Drevitch.

Deacon Michael, will be leaving us on August 3 to return to the seminary in Maryland to finish his last year of study. Next June with the help of God he will be ordained a priest of the Scranton Diocese. We want to thank Deacon Michael for his kind, generous and faithful service to both of our parishes.


This is not a holy day of obligation this year, but Msgr. will have a mass 7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament and 8:00 AM mass at Holy Cross.


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.

Pope Francis' Prayer for Vocations

Pope Francis

God our Father,

You made each of us to use

Our gifts in the Body of Christ.

We ask that you inspirev 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.




Your spiritually adopted baby was born this month – nine months after his/her mother conceived him/her. The only change at birth is a change in the external life support system of the baby. He/she is not different now than he/she before birth except that he breathes and eats differently. He began as a 46 chromosome cell and has developed over the past nine months into this unique human baby. Never before in history nor ever again will anyone exist who is just like your spiritually adopted baby. Your prayers saved his/her life. Thank you on behalf of the little babies that you cared enough to pray for him/her and his/her mother.


Pope Frances has asked all Catholics worldwide to use the months ahead as a time of preparation and prayer for the World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia, September 2015.

Pope Francis prayed: “Let every family be a welcoming place of goodness and peace for children and the elderly, for the sick and the lonely, for the poor and the needy”


God and Father of us all,

In Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us

Your sons and daughters

In the family of the Church.

May your grace and love

Help our families

In every part of the world

Be united to one another

In fidelity to the Gospel.

May the example of the Holy Family

With the aid of your Holy Spirit,

Guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer

And to always seek your truth and live in your loved.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

Pray for us!

Donations for the Child Advocacy Center

There’s A Place For Everyone In Child Advocacy During the month of July, the Social Concerns Committee is holding its annual drive in support of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Northeastern Pennsylvania. This is a private, non-profit, charitable organization whose mission is assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect. We invite you to join us in support of these children. When it comes to making a difference in improving children’s lives, there is a place for everyone to contribute. Please click on the links below for for more information about the Child Advocacy Center, and most especially for a list of items that the center can always use. While any items are appreciated, there is a large need for items for teen age boys and girls who may be aging out of the foster care system.

You can also find more information at their website: http://cacnepa.org/


Just a reminder to all candidates preparing for Confirmation on September 17, 2015 Service Hours, Reflection Paper, Saint Report, Sponsor Certificates and Confirmation fee are due by the end of August. If your sponsor belongs to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament they do not need a form. All other sponsors must have a form signed by their current Pastor. All forms and paper work should be returned to the Holy Cross Parish Office. If you have any questions about these forms or the due dates, please contact John Musyt or Rosemarie Liesiefsky at the Parish Office. There will be a parents meeting on August 31, 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall. At least one parent must be present.