• 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

Sunday
8:00amHoly Cross
9:30amBlessed Sacrament
11:00amHoly Cross

Daily Mass
Mon, Wed, Fri: 8:00amHoly Cross
Tues,Thurs: 7:30amBlessed Sacrament

Reconciliation

Saturdays
Holy Cross
3:00pm to 3:45pm

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
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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HOW YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament have served the catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the needy in Olyphant and Throop. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish. Please consider the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to either parish include:

Bequests through Will - Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;

Annuities - Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;

Life Insurance - Name the Holy Cross Parish or Blessed Sacrament Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy:

Other Assets - A contribution of a specific cash amount or property. Contact your accountant or financial adviser for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

KIND REMINDER

In an effort to assist the money counters, please mark the amount of your donation on the front of your weekly offertory envelope. Please do not tape or staple the envelope or its contents. Thank you!

PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Prayer

Prayer is nothing else than union with God. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding.

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of Christ, tech us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed. For these ordinary beads strung on threads hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer. Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. ………….Catherine Doherty

"May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month is which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne."

……..Pope Paul VI

SEEING JESUS IN THE NEEDY

“Jesus who came as ‘Emmanuel’ (God with us, Mt 1:23) and who promises to be with his people until the end of the age (Mt 28:20) is hidden in those most in need; to reject them is to reject God made manifest in history.” U.S. Bishops, Economic Justice for All (1986) 44.

World Day of Prayer for Vocatons on May 7

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. We ask that you inspire 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. Amen.

2nd SUNDAY OF EASTER - APRIL 23, 2017

First Reading:

Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes.

Second Reading:

Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pt 1:8-9)

Gospel:

"Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe." Thomas answered and said to him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him, "Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed." (Jn 20:27b-29)

Congratulations!!!

The Diocesan Annual Appeal has reached and surpassed our $5 million goal, at 101% to date, $5,046,360 in gifts and pledges.

Thank you to all for your generosity and support of the Diocesan Annual Appeal.

Blessed Sacrament $17,000 $19,825 in gifts & pledges

Holy Cross $50,000 goal $50,940.00 in gifts & pledges

Easter Gratitude

Thanks to all who have helped us to prepare for and celebrate the beginning of the Easter Time as reverently and beautifully. A very special thank you to our parish staff persons, to our liturgical ministers and servers, to Ned Dructor, Mary Therese McKane and our Music Ministry and to all of the members of our Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Catholic family, thank you for your generosity and overall kindness.

Monsignor Michael J Delaney

The resurrection of Jesus – the heart of Easter – reminds us right from the very beginning that we exist for a purpose: to proclaim the risen one. We do not exist for our own sake – but for mission – to do the work of God. May we pray for the grace and wisdom to nurture our relationship with the Risen Jesus. It is a treasure beyond imagining. And it is the reason why we Christians boldly proclaim “Alleluia!”

Feast of Divine Mercy 2017

Come To My Aid

In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in ith the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

“I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Mercy to be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of my tender are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of my mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

The Risen Christ

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2017

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION will take place Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 7 at 9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Parents and/or guardians are asked to please make sure your children attend all practices.

ATTENTION :FIRST COMMUNION CANDIDATES - HERE ARE THE PRACTICE TIMES

Blessed Sacrament May 2 6:30 – 8:00 PM

May 4 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Holy Cross May 2 6:30 -8:00 PM

May 4 6:30-8:00 PM

Christ is Risen!!!

Christ

“DO NOT BE AFRAID! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: “He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.”

--from the Gospel of Matthew, Easter Vigil

PRAYER: THE KEY TO HEAVEN

Just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

--Luke 24:36

ALLELUIA! HAPPY, BLESSED EASTER!

May this Easter remove fear and strengthen our resolve to “go quickly” to tell our brothers and sisters, “He lives.”

Our Lenten preparation is over, let our Easter celebration begin! These fifty days of unpacking the glorious mystery, the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and how the Paschal Mystery is at work, Jesus alive, within us and within our parish communities.

We join together in rejoicing in the joy of Jesus, and pray that as we feel the newly blessed Easter water and wholeheartedly proclaim “I do” in answering, renewing our Baptismal promises, that this “Easter people” will give witness to, everywhere we are, the presence of the Risen Christ. In joy, may we answer Jesus’ mission to us, and go out to Olyphant and Throop and anywhere and everywhere we may be bringing Jesus and his new life through our words and actions to all those in need of his love and mercy. Blessed, happy Easter, Alleluia!

…… Monsignor Delaney

WHY DO CATHOLICS NOT EAT MEAT ON FRIDAY

Catholics often do not eat meat on Fridays, especially during Lent. This is an intentional way to remember Christ’s passion and death with an act of self-denial. It is generally practiced on Fridays, since that is the day that Jesus suffered and died.

SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE MEETING

THE SOCIAL CONCERNS COMMITTEE will meet on Monday, March 27 at 6:30 PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. All are invited to join us as we plan and implement activities reflecting our desire to be about the works of Mercy in our parishes.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT NOTES-DID YOU KNOW

The Charter calls for annual audits of dioceses and eparchies to ascertain compliance with USCCB guidelines. Annual Audits have been conducted since 2003. Results of the audits are published online in Mary for the Public.

LENTEN PRAYER FOR TRANSFORMATION

Lent

I invite you into my life today and make myself available to you. Help me to become the best-version-of-myself by seeking your will and becoming a living example of your love in the world.

Open my heart to the areas of my life that need to change in order for me to carry out the mission and experience the joy you have imagined for my life.

Inspire me to live the Catholic faith in ways that are dynamic and engaging. Show me how to best get involved in the life of my parish. Make our community hungry for best practices and continuous learning.

Give me courage when I am afraid, hope when I am discouraged, and clarity in times of decision. Teach me to enjoy uncertainty and lead your Church to become all you imagined it would be for the people of our times. Amen

LENTEN PENANCE SCHEDULE

  • Monday, March 27, 5:30 to 7:00 pm, Holy Cross, Olyphant
  • Thursday, March 30, 6:30 pm Holy Cross, Olyphant
  • Saturday, April 1, an hour before Masses
  • Sunday, April 2, 3:00 pm Sacred Heart, Peckville
  • Monday, April 3, 5:30 to 7:00 pm Blessed Sacramentv Throop
  • Tuesday, April 4, 6:30 pm Blessed Sacrament, Throop
  • Thursday, April 6, 6:30 pm St. Mary’s, Dickson City
  • Saturday, April 8, an hour before Masses

Please take advantage of the opportunities presented to prepare for Easter celebrating God’s mercy and forgiveness in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

HOLY WEEK PRACTICE FOR HOLY WEEK

SCHEDULED ALTAR SERVERS ONLY

Holy Thursday Practice- Palm Sunday, April 9 – 2:00 pm at Blessed Sacrament; 3:30 pm at Holy Cross.

Good Friday Practice- Wednesday, April 12 – 5:30 pm at Blessed Sacrament and 7:00 pm at Holy Cross.

SCHEDULED LECTORS AND ALTAR SERVERS ONLY:

Saturday, April 15 – 9:00 am Lectors and 9:45 am Altar Servers at Holy Cross.

EUCHARISTIC BENEDICTION HOLY HOUR, EXPOSITION

Easter Monday, April 17, 6:30 pm Easter Octave. As we continue to celebrate Easter in the Eucharistic presence of the Risen Christ.

Blessing of Easter Baskets 2017

Saturday, April 15; 11:00 AM at Blessed Sacrament and 12:30 PM at Holy Cross.

CEMETERY CLEAN-UP 2017

CEMETERY CLEAN-UP will start shortly. All winter and Christmas decorations will be taken off the graves. If you want your decorations, please remove as soon as possible.

Easter Triduum Schedule 2017

Easter Triduum

Easter Triddum Schedule


Holy Thursday – April 13


Mass of the Last Supper

6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Good Friday – April 14


The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

1:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
3:30 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Stations of the Cross

5:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Holy Saturday – April 15


Blessing of Baskets

11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Vigil - April 15

8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Sunday – April 16


8:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
9:30 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
11:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 a.m.Holy Cross – Throop

Alleluia Alleluia!