• 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

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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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


“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.


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)


"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)


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 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.


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!!!


“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


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

--Luke 24:36


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


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.


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.


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.



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


  • 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 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.


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


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 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!

What You Need To Know About Lent

Lent is the perfect time to form new life-giving habits and abandon old self-destructive habits. But most of us just give up chocolate (or Oreos and popcorn…). Then, when Easter arrives, we realize we really haven’t grown spiritually since the beginning of Lent.

Giving things up can be helpful and powerful, but that is not all that Lent is about. Lent is about doing something –something BOLD to become a better husband or wife, father or mother, friend, neighbor, etc.

This Lent – do something LIFE CHANGING!

• Sign up: visit BestLentEver.com

• Join us for Daily Mass

• Pray before the Blessed Sacrament in Adoration

• Pray the Stations of the Cross each Friday

• Come to Benediction/Holy Hour

• Do some act of Service

• Participate in “Resisting Happiness” Sessions on Tuesday 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall, Holy Cross or Thursday 8:00 AM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall

• Heal relationships- Seek forgiveness, say “I’m sorry”; Give forgiveness, say “I forgive you”

• Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation


What is Prayer? – St. Therese of Lisieux wrote, “For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.” And yet, the truth is, prayer is perhaps the most difficult thing we will ever do.

Prayer is central to the Christian experience. A Christian life is not sustainable without it; growth in the Christian life is simply not possible without prayer. Growing in character and virtue, learning to hear the voice of God in our lives, and walking where he calls us all requires the discipline of prayer.

If you want to know God, and if you want to know yourself, pray. Talk to God. There are many different kinds of prayer (adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving), but in the end, prayer is simply conversation with God.

To find where to begin – checkout Dynamic Catholic Prayer Process (BestLentEver.com). Next week “What is Fasting?”