• 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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Ready, Set, Brush

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Maura C. Burns, a University of Scranton pre-dental student and co-founder of Ready, Set, Brush is working with our Social Concerns Committee collecting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, etc. during the month of February. Items collected will be distributed to local charities such as the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center. Collection boxes will be placed in the vestibules of both parishes.

Lenten Ecumenical Services



Blakely Baptist Church
201 Main Street, Blakely
Preaching: Rev. Virginia Miner
Host Pastor: Rev. Dr. William Duke
Luke 7:36-35;The 2 Debtors and their Creditor


SS. James and George Episcopal Church
398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn
Preaching: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Host Pastor: Rev. Peter Pearson
Luke 10: 25-27; The Good Samaritan


Peckville United Methodist Church
728 Main Street, Peckville
Preaching: Rev. Dr. William Duke
Host Pastor: Rev. Michael Shambora
Luke 15: 1-10; Finding the Lost Sheep and Lost Coin


Holy Cross Parish at St. Patrick’s Church
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant
Preaching: Rev. Peter Pierson
Host Pastor: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney
Luke 15: 11-32; The Prodigal Son and the Merciful Father


First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County
1557 Main Street, Peckville
Preaching: Rev. Michael Shamborav Host Pastor: Rev. Virginia Miner
Luke 16: 19-31; The Rich Man and the Beggar Lazarus

**Offerings will be given to The Bread Basket**

Lent In the Year of Mercy


Lent is our annual 40 day preparation for renewal of Baptismal promises and celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord and our participation in His life. Lent is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual acts of Mercy. “Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbors in body and spirit.” Pope Francis said in his message for Lent.

Particularly during the Year of Mercy, Catholics are called to recognize their own need for God’s mercy. The greatness of God’s love seen in the death and resurrection of Christ and the obligation to assist others by communicating God’s love and mercy through words and deeds.

This Lent take time to pray, fast, be kind and charitable. May this time of grace be a blessing for the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross.


In introducing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis asked that “the season of Lent in this Jubilee Year be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s Mercy.” The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is to experience first hand.

“Let us not waste this season Lent, so favorable a time of conversion! A Blessed, grace filled Lent to one and all.


International Student Leadership Institute

Based on a program formulated at Notre Dame University by Rev. Thomas Chambers, the student leadership institute is designed to identify and respond to the current needs of young people. It is open to all high school students who wish to learn about leadership and improve their already existing decision-making and problem solving skills through the teachings of the Catholic faith.To deal effectively with people is one of the most important skills a young person will acquire. It is believed that leadership can be learned and will enhance a student’s education and life by improving his or her interpersonal relationships.

Date: Friday, February 26, 2016 thru Sunday, February 28, 2016 Arrival Time: Registration at 5:00 P.M.

Departure Time: Sunday, February 28, 2016 after the closing Mass at 4:00 P.M.Where: Camp Ladore, 398 South Street, Waymart, PA 18472 For further information, please call Mary Anne Malone at 570-207-2213.

Days of Fast and Abstinence

Just a reminder that all Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence where Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to abstain from meat. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fast (only one large meal) and Abstinence.

Lent is also a time for sacrifice and for spiritual renewal as we reflect upon our baptism and the call given to each of us to walk as disciples of the Lord. We are provided with three personal challenges associated with our individual observance of Lent:

  • Almsgiving – generously giving to those in need
  • Fasting – practicing self-discipline and self-denial
  • Prayer – reading, hearing and reflecting on the Word of God

Confessions During Lent

Monday evenings 5:30 to 7:00 pm THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU. A PRIEST IS AVAILABLE TO CELEBRATE THE Sacrament of Reconciliation


Sunday, March 13 3:00 PM Sacred Heart of Jesus Peckville
Monday, March 14 5:30 7:00 Blessed Sacrament
6:30 p.m. Holy Cross, Olyphant
Tuesday, March 15 A number of priests will be Available for confession
Wednesday, March 16 6:30 Christ the King, Archbald
6:30 St Rose of Lima, Carbondale
Thursday March 17 6:30 Queen of Angels, Jessup
6:30 Visitation of the BVM Dickson City
Saturday, March 19 3:00 Holy Cross
4:30 Blessed Sacrament

Saturdays before Masses

Holy Cross 3:00 p.m.

Blessed Sacrament 4:30 p.m.

Communal Celebration of Reconciliation

Thurs, March 10 6:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Tues. March 15 6:30 p.m. Holy Cross, Olyphant

By Appointment Call Rectory @ 570-489-0752

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2016

Ash Wednesday

Februrary 10, 2016 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Stations of the Cross

Each Friday afternoon

Holy Cross: 5:30 p.m,. followed by Soup in Kelley Hall

Blessed Sacrament: 6:00 p.m.

Mass Schedule for New Year's 2016


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

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and is a Holy Day of obligation.

Advent Confession Schedule 2015

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.

  • December 10th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 13th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 14th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 14h @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 6.30 p.m.
  • December 16 @ Christ the King Parish Archbald 6:30 p.m.
  • December 17th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 17th @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale) 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating Christmas in the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

Peace on Earth

“Then the Angel said to her: “Do not be afraid Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High.” Luke 1:30-32.

“Let us set aside all fear and dread, for these things do not benefit men and women who are loved. Instead, let us experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things” Pope Francis 12/8/15

A simple prayer for one and all at Christmas and throughout this Year of Mercy: May, we the members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parish and all we love, experience the joy of encountering that grace which transforms all things.

Be open to grace.

Prepare to be transformed.

May the Word become flesh, God who is love become more and more real for all of us, and through us for all his People.

Merry, Blessed Christmas,

United in His Service,

- Msgr. Michael J. Delaney, and all the staff of Blessed Sacrament, Throop, and Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant

“Let us be renewed by God’s Mercy, Let us be loved by Jesus, Let us enable the power of this love to transform our lives, too; and let us become agents of this mercy.” - Pope Francis

Christmas Decorating, Volunteers Needed 2015

Volunteers are needed to help decorate Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament for Christmas. If you are willing to help clean or decorate, please come to the church on December 22 at 4:00 Blessed Sacrament and at 12:00 Noon at Holy Cross. As you know, decorating the church is always a major undertaking. Thank you for any assistance you can provide

Here We Come A-Caroling

Next Sunday, December 13, meeting in Blessed Sacrament Parish front entrance at 3:00PM.

All ages invited. Please join us, sign up for a few hours of making the season bright. If you would like us to visit your home or if you know of someone who would enjoy a short visit, please sign the sheet at the entrances to the Church. If you can join us please also sign the sheet so we know the number of singers that are coming. the Caroling has taken place here at Blessed Sacrament for 10 years. All ages welcome! Refreshments afterwards. Dress for the weather.

Bring a flashlight and your Christmas Spirit! O Come Al Ye Faithful!

Readings for the Week of December 20, 2015

  • Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45
  • Monday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21/Lk 1:39-45
  • Tuesday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/1 Sm 2:1, 4-8/Lk 1:46-56
  • Wednesday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14/Lk 1:57-66
  • Thursday: Morning: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Lk 1:67-79
  • Friday: Vigil: Is 62:1-5/Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27, 29/Acts 13:16-17, 22-25/Mt 1:1-25 or 1:18-25
    Night: Is 9:1-6/Ps 96:1-3, 11-13/Ti 2:11-14/Lk 2:1-14
    Dawn: Is 62:11-12/Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12/Ti 3:4-7/Lk 2:15-20
    Day: Is 52:7-10/Ps 98:1-6/Heb 1:1-6/Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14
  • Saturday: Acts 6:8-10; 7:54-59/Ps 31:3-4, 6, 8, 16-17/Mt 10:17-22
  • Next Sunday: 1 Sm 1:20-22, 24-28 or Sir 3:2-6, 12-14/Ps 84:2-3, 5-6, 9-10/1 Jn 3:1-2, 21-24 or Col 3:12-21 or 3:12-17/Lk 2:41-52

Readings for the Week of December 13, 2015

  • Sunday: Bar 5:1-9/Ps 126:1-6/Phil 1:4-6, 8-11/Lk 3:1-6
  • Monday: Is 35:1-10/ Ps 85:9-14/Lk 5:17-26
  • Tuesday: Gn 3:9-15, 20/Ps 98:1-4/Eph 1:3-6, 11-12/Lk 1:26-38
  • Wednesday: Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10/Mt 11:28-30
  • Thursday: Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1, 9-13/Mt 11:11-15
  • Friday: Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Mt 11:16-19
  • Saturday: Zec 2:14-17 or Rv 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab/Jdt 13:18-19/Lk 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
  • Next Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/Is 12:2-6/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18

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.