• 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
  • 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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2017 Diocesan Annual Appeal Walk Together in the Light of Christ

Next weekend is The Annual Appeal Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Peter’s Cathedral.

You are invited to attend an “Annual Appeal Mass of Thanksgiving” to be held at St Peter’s Cathedral, Scranton, on Sunday, November 26, at 10:00 AM. The Mass will be celebrated by Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera and followed by a reception in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Your intention as you expressed on pledge envelopes during In-Pew Weekend will be remembered at this Mass. This Mass also marks the Liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King and the conclusion of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis.

“Since our earliest days we have been taught how to pray by the words that Jesus himself shared with us in the scriptures. He began that prayer by saying, ‘Our Father.’ We walk together as brothers and sisters in the light of Christ by the very nature of our faith. In his great instruction to us, Evangelii Gaudum (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis invites us all to missionary discipleship as authentic followers of the Lord Jesus. Missionary discipleship calls us to go out of ourselves and to preach the Gospel and to respond to the needs of our brothers and sisters with whom we walk.” - Bishop Joseph C. Bambera

Our Holy Father tells us, “God’s heart has a special place for the poor, so much so that he himself ‘became poor.’” He explains that the proclamation of the Gospel “is itself the prime form of charity.” You are invited to join with parishioners across the Diocese as they “Walk Together in the Light of Christ” proclaiming the Gospel by supporting the many ministries and services made possible through gifts to the 2017 Annual Appeal throughout the 11 counties of our Diocese.


“Giving everyone the opportunity to read, see and hear the Good News.”

Spreading the Gospel and the message of our Catholic faith is the vital mission of the Catholic Media and Communications Office of the Diocese of Scranton. This is why we provide a wide-ranging media program that offers print, online and broadcasting services throughout our 11-county Diocese. The message is delivered through The Catholic Light, the official newspaper of the Diocese which is delivered to 46,000 households; Catholic Television (CTV), the Diocesan television station; and the Diocesan website. CTV reaches more than 235,000 homes, hospitals and nursing facilities broadcasting the daily Mass and many other faith-based programs. The Diocesan website is an excellent online resource for information about life and events in the Diocese, including videos of the daily Mass and the special liturgies celebrated at St. Peter’s Cathedral and Bishop Bambera’s homilies.

Text To Give

Next Weekend is “Text to Give” Weekend: Don’t leave your cell phone at home or in the car. Bring it with you to Mass. Next Sunday is “Text to Give” Weekend throughout the Diocese. Parishioners who haven’t made a pledge or a gift—or who wish to increase their gift— will be able to do so by texting Appeal on their cell phones.

Where we stand

Holy Cross: Goal $50,000.00, we are at $42101.00 pledged, 85% of goal. Blessed Sacrament: Goal $17,000.00, we are at $18592.00 pledged, 110% of goal.

Your gifts support the following ministries made possible by the Diocesan Appeal: Catholic Social Services and Parish Social Justus Grants; Catholic Education in Schools and Parishes; Clergy Formation, Education and Support; Parish Life and Ministry Formation; Catholic Media and Communication.

Thanks to all who have made a pledge. Please help us to move forward to get to our goal. 75% of all donations made above our goal will be returned to our parishes. God bless you for your generosity.

Altar Flowers

October 29, 2017

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish last weekend were in memory of Ambrose Oravec offered by wife Helen Oravec. The flowers at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated by Joseph & Bonnie Poklemba & Family in memory of their parents Joseph & Rose Poklemba.

Blessed Sacrament Parish


will meet on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM; Rosary at 6:30 PM. Hostess’ – Amanda Rimosites, Ryanne Rocco, Charlotte Runco, Nicki Sekelski, Alyssa Sekelski, Christina Senepedis. Bakers – Antonette Rocco and Donna Rocco.


is coming on Sunday, November 12 at 1:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Doors open at Noon. For tickets please call Debbie at 570-489-1208.


HOSPITALITY SATURDAY has been scheduled for October 14. Refreshments and Fellowship outside in the courtyard, immediately following the 5:30 PM Liturgy. All are welcome!

Christmas Ornament Sale!

O Come, All Ye Faithful HNS 2017 specially designed historically themed Christmas ornaments are on sale. A remembrance of our heritage of nearly 123 years with St. Mary, St. John the Baptist, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Bridget. Cost $10.00. Available at the Church entrance. Thank you for your support.


Blessed Sacrament Parish Altar Servers are invited to join the Holy Name Society’s Communion Breakfast as we celebrate Liturgy with Bishop James C. Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese. Breakfast in the Parish Hall immediately afterwards and Altar Servers and their parents/guardians are invited as guests.

The event, which celebrates the Holy Name and their religious and active help in Our Parish, has a rich history in the town of Throop. The event takes place next Sunday, November 26, 9:30 AM.

Please contact Society Member Dennis Pabis if you and your parents/guardians can join us. In addition to Bishop Timlin speaking, we will also have two young people from our parish speaking about their experiences at Blessed Sacrament; Ashley Javitz and Matthew Rossi.

Tickets are available from any member or by contacting President Adam Nosak at 570-489-2561 or Recording Secretary Robert Fuhr at 570-489-7760. You do not have to be a member to attend. Please join us in the Parish Hall by 9:15 AM so we can process in as a group.


Here we come a caroling!

Blessed Sacrament Parish Christmas Caroling sign-up sheets are now located at Church entrances. Everyone invited-all ages-no singing experience required. Refreshments afterwards. Christmas Spirit Guaranteed! If you, or someone you know, would enjoy a short visit please sign up with address/name. If you plan on caroling, please sign your name and phone number. Sunday, December 10, gathering at Blessed Sacrament Vestibule beginning at 2:30 PM. Dress for the weather, bring a flashlight. Refreshments afterwards. JOIN US!

Eucharistic Adoration/Benediction, 6:30 pm, Thursday, October 12 at Blessed Sacrament Parish.


would like to thank everyone for supporting their Chrusciki & Bake Sale. It was very successful! Thanks to all the volunteers. Many hands made light work. Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale April 22-Art Festival at the Throop Civic Center, 11 am to 6 pm. Altar & Rosary meeting April 6. Recitation of the Rosary 6:30 pm, meeting 7:00 pm. Bakers: Archy Poplawsky, Lucille Radziewski Hostess: Theresa Paciotti, Nellie Palumbo, Debbie Rimosites, Amanda Rimosites, Antonette Rocco, Donna Rocco.

Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale!!!

Next Chrusciki & Bake Sale April 22-Art Festival at the Throop Civic Center, 11 am to 6 pm.


We are sorry for the error in Blessed Sacrament envelopes. Some parishioners received envelopes, some didn’t, some names were wrong on the envelopes. We are trying to work with the envelope company and hope to have this problem solved shortly.

Baton twirling lessons

Baton twirling lessons will begin at the Blessed Sacrament Parish hall in Throop on Tuesdays at 5:00pm. Children 4 years old and older are welcome to attend. For more information or to register, please call 489-1935


The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!


Many thanks to Janet and Mary Ann Popovich and the women of the Stitchers Club of Blessed Sacrament who graciously knitted many pairs of booties to distributed at baptisms at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. The booties serve as a wonderful symbol that these children have been incorporated into the Body of Christ, the Church. And together, with family, friends, and parishioners, we walk in the Light of Christ – striving to be faithful disciples of the Lord


Why not consider joining the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish? Meetings are held only once a month. Dues are minimal. Help our parish community grow in a spiritual and social way that has a rich tradition in the history of the Catholic Parishes in the community of Throop. The Holy Name needs new members, junior members are most welcome. If you are a member and have not paid your dues for 2013, please contact Adam Nosak.

  The Officers of Blessed Sacrament Parish Holy Name Society for 2015 are President Adam Nosak, 1st Vice-President-Dominck Rocco, Jr.,  2nd Vice-President-Michael Rocco, Recording Secretary-Robert Fuhr, Financial Secretary-Mark Wallo, Treasurer-Jim Liesiefsky, and Sergeant-at-Arms- Vincent Lorent. New members and Junior members are invited to join us at our meetings. The Holy Name meets the second Sunday of the month at 7PM in Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Contact Society President Adam Nosak with any questions.


Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.


Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.

Confraternity of Christian Women


will meet Sunday, November 5, 2:00 PM, Kelley Hall. All are welcome.


The Confraternity is one of our parish’s oldest and most dedicated ministries. Members of the Confraternity serve Holy Cross Parish by living out their call to holiness distinctively as women, who are the backbone of this spiritual and charitable organization, which is under the banner of our Blessed Mother. They share a social bond as well as a love of their parish, and the need to participate in helping it grow and prosper. While primarily a spiritual group, the Confraternity also helps organize and run a number of different events throughout the year. Members are also active in volunteering with other parish ministries. Meetings are held monthly. The Confraternity of Christian Women welcomes women of any age for prayer, community, spirituality, service and friendship.


Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.

Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

All parish societies and civic organizations are welcome to place an announcement in the bulletin regarding an upcoming event or meeting. Please note, however, because the bulletin must be submitted to the printer on Monday mornings, all announcements must be received at the Parish Office by the Wednesday before the week of the event.


Join in for “Best Advent Ever”

Remember the excitement you felt leading up to Christmas when you were a child?

We have Advent every year – this period of time leading up to Christmas. It’s meant to be a time of preparation. But very often the world steals that time from us in a hundred different ways by distracting us. Don’t let this be just another Advent where you get distracted and busy. Rediscover the joy in the season with a free e-mail program Best Advent Ever.

Starting December 3, the First Sunday of Advent, you will receive daily e-mails with:

*Short inspirational videos from Matthew Kelly and Allen Hunt.

*Simple tips to incorporate what you learn into your everyday life.

This year, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime experience at Christmas because you’ve had your best Advent ever. Get ready for the best Christmas of your life! Sign-up – Go online: DynamicCatholic.com Best Advent Ever.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Lily Grace Fagan,Theresa Novak, Thomas Mielechowski, Msgr. George R.Demouth, Angelo L. Martarano, Alberta Kisel, Michael Edward Chorba, Joseph Milewski, Rose Marie Nemeth.

Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them


Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the Patronal Feast day of the United States and a holy day of obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann. Mass schedule:

December 7

Vigil Mass

5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament

December 8

Holy Day

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
7:00 PM Holy Cross

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish


HOLY CROSS LOTTO is back for the month of December. All money was due on November 23. Please get your money in. You can’t win if you don’t buy!


Adoration Hours are Available

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held in St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish from Monday at 8:30 AM until Friday at 6:00 PM. If you would like to experience a peaceful hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, there are open hours: Tuesday 8:00 AM and Thursday 5:00 AM. sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.


Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003

An unsolicited comment from one of our own parish Eucharistic Adoration participant: A woman parishioner, also an eleven year participant, said when asked why she would commit to one hour for life, she replied, “It’s the best hour of my week”. Commitment is not for life, it’s for only as long as one is able to fulfill it.


In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.


  1. Dress appropriately.
  2. Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  3. Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  4. Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  5. Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  6. Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  7. Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  8. Please do not chew gum in church.
  9. Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  10. Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  11. Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  12. Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
  13. Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  14. What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  15. Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!

How You Can Make a Difference

Holy Cross Parish has served the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the poor in Olyphant. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish.

Please consider Holy Cross Parish in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to the 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 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 ad visor for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

How to Make a Good Confession

Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness.

Going to Confession:

  1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross:
    In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
  2. You continue with these traditional words:
    Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life.
  3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins.
    Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor.
  4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer:
    My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
  5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution:
  6. God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen.
  7. The priest will invite you to go in peace.

After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.


Parents who are sitting in the choir loft with their children, are asked NOT to sit in the first row due to safety issues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.


Due to changes at area hospitals it has become increasingly difficult for us to know when a member of our parish has been admitted to the hospital. Due to Federal privacy regulations, the hospitals will no longer notify the parish about a parishioner’s admission. The family must contact the Parish so that Monsignor Delaney can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner who may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the Parish Office. When registering at the hospital please indicate Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament.

Interested in Becoming Catholic?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way for non-Catholics to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and for Catholics who have not been fully initiated to receive Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for you. The RCIA is a regional program, coordinated by Deacon Jan Mroz at St. Mary’s Parish, Dickson City. Please call the Monsignor Delaney at 489-0752 if you or someone you know would like to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry Phase of the RCIA will begin in early October.


Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will preside as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, November 25, for the ordination of 11 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

Along with ten other candidates, our own John P. Musyt will be ordained.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism, serving as the deacon of the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion, bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission of the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM, St. Peter Cathedral, Scranton.

All the faithful of the diocese are welcome to attend the ordination. Please keep John Musyt and the deacon candidates in your prayers.

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

Join the Choir - You'll be Glad You Did!

As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.

Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.

Know a Marriage That Needs Help

Know a Marriage That Needs Help?  Throw them a lifeline and tell them about Retrouvaille, an international program that helps couples who are experiencing marital difficulties. This program is for all couples, at any stage of marriage that needs help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner. The next program in the Scranton Diocese begins Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016, at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Please call 800-470-2230 for more information or to register or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.org.


God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” The Church’s love for the poor…is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and his concern for the poor. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2443) The works of mercy (spiritual and corporal) are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his/her spiritual and bodily necessities. (#2447)

Spiritual Works of Mercy

  1. To instruct the ignorant
  2. To counsel the doubtful
  3. To admonish sinners
  4. To bear wrongs patiently
  5. To forgive offenses willingly
  6. To comfort the afflicted
  7. To pray for the living and the dead

Corporal Works of Mercy

  1. To feed the hungry
  2. To shelter the homeless
  3. To give drink to the thirsty
  4. To clothe the naked
  5. To visit the sick and imprisoned
  6. To ransom the captive
  7. To bury the dead

The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta


Were you married outside of the Catholic Church? Would you like to have your marriage blessed by the Church?

This is called the marriage convalidation process, and the Church is here to help.

Couples may find themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons. It may be that a Catholic entered into a marriage outside the Church and did not realize that the Church asks us to marry in the Church. It might be that one, or both parties, was not free to marry in the Catholic Church due to a previous marriage or because he or she was awaiting an annulment.

No matter the situation, now is a great time to explore the convalidation process.

Consider this your invitation! Call the Rectory for an appointment with Monsignor Delaney (570)489-0752 or email Monsignor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


When a person dies, many people often request a Mass card as a way of praying for the deceased person and expressing their sympathy to the family. Because Canon Law requires that a Mass request be celebrated within a year of its request, parishes often have to send the Mass intention to the missions. Instead of requesting a Mass card, please consider making a donation to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish in loving memory of the deceased. Your donation to the parish expresses your sympathy while helping to financially support the parish. Thank you for your consideration.

Memorial /Honor Candles

The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated as follows:

November 19, 2017

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Gloria Griffiths offered by Elaine Palfrey.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Karen Kowalski offered by husband Dan & Family.

November 26, 2017

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Rose & Joseph Poklemba offered by Robert & Connie Kolosinsky & Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Anthony, Anna & Edward Varcella offered by Barb & Ed.

Movie Night

MOVIE NIGHT: “Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story” – Monday, November 27, 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall.

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was an American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert. She lived hard, made mistakes, endured the consequences. She made a difference, left a mark. During the depression, she vowed to house the homeless, feed the hungry, tend the sick. Not easily done when her total finances amounted to 97 cents in a battered canister. She persisted. She launches the newspaper “The Catholic Worker” and saw to it that what she believed and wrote about was put into action. Her life is a moving lesson of a faith not just believed, but loved.

The case for her canonization continues, she is called “Servant of God” for her heroic dedication to the poor.

“The journey towards faith in such a secularized environment was particularly difficult, but grace acts none the less”…..Dorothy Day

Neighboring Parish & Community Events


#GivingTuesday is a movement which celebrates and supports giving back to charities and non-profits. November 28, the official #GivingTuesday, is now less than three weeks away. Kindly consider donating to one of our schools with an end of the year gift. At each one of our 20 schools, there is a gift opportunity for a unique project the school would like to have funded. We have already raised close to $12,000.00. Please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/DOSCatholicSchoolsGivin gTuesday2017.

MARK YOUR CALANDAR! Thanksgiving Ecumenical Prayer Service

Wednesday, November 22, 2017; 7:00 PM at Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main Street, Peckville, Rev. David Repenning, host pastor. Father Andrew Kurovsky, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Peckville will preach.

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ST. ANN’S BASILICA COUNCIL 12572 presents “Breakfast with Santa”

on Sunday, November 26; 9:00 AM till 1:00 PM at St. Ann’s Basilica Shrine Dining Room. Pre-Sale tickets $7.00 adults, $5.00 children; tickets at door $8.00 adults, $6.00 children. Breakfast: eggs, pancakes, homefries, sausage, coffee, tea, milk and juice. For tickets please all St. Ann’s Parish Office or 570-591- 1375.

GREAT IS THY FAITHFULNESS, an Advent Service of Word and Song

Three Roman Catholic parishes will present two special services during the upcoming Advent season. An Advent service of word and song, will be presented on Sunday, December 10, 6:00 PM, at St. Anthony of Padua Church, Dunmore, with Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera residing. The second is set for Thursday, December 14 at Holy Family Parish Church, Luzerne, beginning at 7:00 PM with Most Reverend James C. Timlin presiding.

The music for the service features the combined choir from Holy Family Parish, Luzerne; Saints Anthony & Rocco Parish, Dunmore; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Dunmore, as well as several soloists and instrumental ensemble.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness offers those who participate an opportunity to embrace the season of Advent and its spirit of preparation for Christmas. For more information please call the office of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish 570-346-7429 or Saints Anthony & Rocco Parish 570-344-1209.


will be held on Saturday, December 9 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sunday, December 10 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM at the studio, 280 Main Street, Eynon. Admission $2.00 adults, $1.00 students and children, GTSD dancers are free. Interested vendors can rent space by contacting Gina at 570-362-4091. Come out and support your local artists and craftspeople! Sample the goodies from our bake sale and other refreshments. Try your luck at the basket raffle!


The Northeast Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, Inc. (NEPGS) has many available resources which can aid in your genealogical quest. From books, newspapers, magazines, manuscripts, city records, church records, cemetery records and family histories, we have a wide range of material on various topics related to genealogy and local history. NEPGS in partnership with the Diocese of Scranton is digitizing parish records in eleven northeastern Pennsylvania counties. The project which began in May 2016, reached a milestone in October 2017 with the 250th church/parish completed!

Address: 689 Main Road, Hanover Township, PA 18706. NEPGS is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization and is open to the public. Hours of operation: Thursdays from 10 AM to 7 PM. Also open the 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM. When you visit the society, volunteer staff can answer questions about the use of the Digital Collections. Contact- 570-829-1765.


- Eagle Hose Firehouse, Dickson City from Noon to 4 PM. The event is free and available for the elderly, alone, needy and others. No reservations required. Volunteers are welcome. Call 570-499-5839 for information. Sponsored by Judy & Brian Richards, Ellen Wheeler Yuscavage and Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski.


will present the 16th Generations Sing Concert on Sunday evening, November 12 at 7:30 PM at St. Peter’s Cathedral. As in the past years, this year’s celebration concert strives to celebrate both ecumenical diversity and multigenerational singers. Since the first presentation, the CCS has hosted singing groups of all ages from public and private schools throughout Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, presenting four or five different age groups at each concert.

All are invited; there is no admission charge, however, the opportunity for supporting the concert through a free will offering will be available. For more information please call 570-575-1040 or www.catholichoralsociety.org.


-The Parish of the Cathedral of Saint Peter will hold a Turkey Dinner on Sunday, November 5, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM at The Green Ridge Club, 1646 Green Ridge Street, Scranton. The buffet dinner will feature roast turkey, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, vegetables, cranberry sauce, roll and butter, dessert. Unlimited coffee and hot tea are also included. A cash bar will be available. Tickets are $12.00 adults and $5.00 children. You may purchase tickets in advance at St. Peter’s Rectory. For more information please call 570-344- 7231.


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2016 thru October 2017). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish and on Saturday, November 11 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. Everyone is invited.

#Leaveamark 17

a gathering of the young church with Bishop Joseph C. Bambera to kickoff National Vocation Awareness Week in the Diocese of Scranton, will be held on Sunday, November 5 with Mass in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton at 5:00 PM. A reception will follow in the Diocesan Pastoral Center. For more information please call the Diocesan Vocation Office at 570-207-1452 or visit facebook.com/scrantonvoc.


- The Parents Club will conduct its annual Galleria fundraiser which benefits all the students at Scranton Prep: Saturday, November 11 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 12 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission $5.00, children under 12 are free. Breakfast with Santa – Sunday 10:00 am to 12 noon. Adults $10.00, children $5.00 ages 4 – 10. Advance reservations only, call 570-941-7743.


Join Msgr. Patrick Pratico and Father Joseph Verespy June 16 - 25, 2018 for a nine day tour of England and Scotland including Windsor, Oxford, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Cardiff, Stonehenge and London. The trip includes your roundtrip bus to Newark airport, flights on Virgin Atlantic to and from London and complete tours. This four star tour includes thirteen meals. The price per person is $3,195.00. Detailed brochures are available from Visitation BVM Parish Office. Please call 570-489-2091.


will be held at St. Lucy’s, 949 Scranton Street on the first Friday, November 3 at 7:00 PM with a prelude of inspirational up-tempo healing theme music that will begin at 6:30 PM Anointing and healing prayers will take place during Mass. Music will be provided by the Sacred Heart Singers

PORK & SAUERKRAUT DINNER Saturday, October 21

First United Methodist Church, Charles Street, Throop. Take-outs 2 to 4 PM. Family style serving 4 to 7 PM. Tickets-adults $10.00, children 12 and under $5.00. Contact Marilyn 489-3352.


- Pope Francis: “Dear young people, we didn’t come into this world to ‘vegetate’, to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: to leave a mark.” In response to our Holy Father’s challenge, young people are gathering for a Diocesan Day of Service (#Leaveamark 17) for those aged 16 – 35 and adult chaperones on Saturday, September 16, 2017. Online registration: www.dioceseofscranton.org or contact Dominic Costantno Jr. 570-207-1452.

SENIOR ALERT PROGRAM- Proper medication disposal.

Learn about the importance of proper storage and disposal of medications, the potential of drug theft and abuse, current trends, personal protection, protection of environment, FDA guidelines or proper disposal, and medication take back sites. Where: St. Mary’s Villa Assisted Living Residence 516 St. Mary’s Villa Road, Elmhurst

When: October 4, 2017

Prizes, food, refreshments and giveaways. Please call 570-795-2810 for more information.


Sacred Hearts of Jesus and March Church, 624 Madison Avenue, Jermyn, holds bingo nights on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Doors open at 5:00 PM, early bird games 6:00 PM, regular games at 6:30 PM. Admission is free. Homemade food will be on sale. There will also be specialty games, door prizes and a progressive jackpot. Call 570-876-1061 for more information.


A Membership program to benefit the retired IHM Sisters. SILVER CIRCLE is a membership program that benefits retired IHM Sisters. For only $25 per membership, your name is entered in more than 324 drawings from October 2015 through June 2016 with cash prizes from $50 to $1,000. You will also be remembered in a monthly mass for benefactors and in the prayers of the IHM Sisters. Circle Membership Form. Thank you for your kind support of the IHM Sisters.

United Neighborhood Center Mid Valley Active Adult Community Center

This is a friendly reminder that we are now taking membership applications & dues (at a cost of $10.00) for July 2015-June 2016. For our current members, we value your support and enjoy having you as a member of our family. For those who are curious about the center, please visit us for a while, pick up a calendar of events, take a look at the menu and perhaps become a member of our family .To make a meal reservation-call the Mid Valley Center at 570-489-4415, two (2) days prior to the day you would like to eat lunch with us.

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers

Hospice of the Sacred Heart is looking for Volunteers for their new inpatient unit located at 100 William Street, Dunmore. Opportuniteis range from visiting with patients, providing a caring presence by quietly sitting at bedside, meal preparation, and clerical tasks. Anyone with previous healthcare experience is encouraged to request specialized training. For more information please contact Ann Seechock at 800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.

The Call to Carmel

If you desire a deeper prayer life with the support of a loving community, perhaps Our Lady is calling you to Carmel. If so, you maybe interested in the Lay Carmalities who strive to develop a deeper understanding of prayer. Greater love of God and neighbor, community and apostolc work. Being good standing Catholics, we seek God’s will in ordinary circumstances of the day. If you are interested, please contact: Rose Bordi @570-445-5457.


At Visitation BVM Parish Center

In LaSalle Academy Primary Campus

625 Dundaff St., Dickson City, PA

Progressive Jackpot

Admission Package includes 27 Games!

Prize of $100 per game!

$150 prize for specials!

Doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Early Bird at 6:40 p.m.—Regular Games at 7:00

Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m.

Offering a variety of Foods and Beverages.

Homemade pizza available after 7:30 p.m.

McDonnell Family Fundraiser

Kathleen McDonnell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen and her family are actively involved within the Diocese of Scranton. The McDonnell family are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore. The McDonnell children attend Holy Cross High School and Kevin McDonnell is employed by the Diocese. We hope that our parish communities will be able to support this cause.

To make a donation please call 570-489-5794 & leave a message; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marywood University Aphasia Group

Marywood University Aphasia Group is a free community service support group that is made up of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, in addition to family members and caregivers. Our aphasia group encourages individuals affected by stroke to come together in a warm and accepting environment. Through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities, we aim to encourage independence and to maximize speech, language, and reading skills. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Marla Kovatch, SLP and Clinical Supervisor at 570-348-6299, extention 2259.

McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

The McDade-Chinchilla Apartments located in downtown Olyphant is now accepting applications for housing designed for Senior Citizens, handicapped or disable individuals. Apartments are available. For more information, please call 570-489-4756.

JMJ Catholic Radio Boosts Power and Expands to 24-Hour Programming on 98.9 FM to Meet Public Interest

In response to public interest, JMJ Catholic Radio proudly announces it is now available 24 hours a day on 98.9 FM to a wider audience of listeners. Prior to this new and improved capability, the station operated exclusively at 750 AM from sunrise to sunset and also streamed online on the station’s website www.jmj750.com. Combining their current 750 AM frequency with a boosted power signal and the new 98.9 FM channel, an increased amount of listeners can now receive the best of local Catholic programming as well as an expanded roster of syndicated programs from leading Catholic media outlet EWTN.

Just a few of the programs now available include local favorites “Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff,” “In Love of Christ with Jerome Gilmartin,” “Reflections with Fr. Leo McKernan,” “Novena from St. Ann’s in Scranton,” “Novena to St. Joseph,” “The Catholic View,” as well as national favorites “Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery,” “Daily Mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel,” “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo,” “Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic,” and “Sunday Night Prime with Fr. Benedict Groeschel."

For more information or to learn how you can support Catholic radio, please contact the station at (570) 287-4670, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA 18640.

Altar Bread Department

The Passionist Nuns of Saint Gabriel’s Monastery/Retreat Center are hiring trainees for work in the Altar Bread Department at their facility in South Abington Township. Please call Barbara or Sister Teresita at 586-2791 for inquiries or an interview.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

Genevieve Lupini, Tax Colector for Jessup Borough will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2013 State Property Tax/Rent rebate. Eligibility Guidelines and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.


Bereavement Support Group Support Group: This on-going support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the VNA offices. There are no charges for this service. A professional counselor facilitates the sessions. Please call at 570-383-5180 with questions.


How about doing something for yourself that increases flexibility, enhances your strength, helps with concentration, improves posture, breathing and balance. Yoga Class second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6:15 – 7:45 pm $8 per 90 minute session per person. . Please call at 383-5180 with questions.

First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

Held outside the office of Planned Parenthood, 63 N. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. All Faithful are invited to Participate.

First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, held outside the offices of Planned Parenthood, located at 316 Penn Ave. Scranton. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am. All faithful are invited to participate.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

November 19, 2017

Congratulations Mia Louise Rozaieski, daughter of Paul Rozaieski and Kayla Witkowski and Jacob Stephen Kosik son of Jacob & Kaitlin Kosik who were baptized last weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the lIght of the world, always guide and protect you.

November 26, 2017

Congratulations Harper Lane Hoban daughter of John & Melissa Hoban who was baptized last weekend at Holy Cross Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the light of the world, always guide and protect you.

November 19, 2017

READINGS: Matthew 25: 14-30

Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

The “measure” of Christ’s judgement in the world to come is made clear in the parable of the talents (Gospel). The Lord will judge us according to how well we have used the “talents” and gifts every one of us has been given. The greater the “capital” we have been given, the greater God’s expectations.

The First Testament Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, collected over a period of 500 years from sources throughout the world. Today’s first reading, from the final chapter of Proverbs, is part of a poem envisioning the ideal wife as wisdom in action: a woman of prayer, of loving service to her family and of charity to all. Read in the light of today’s Gospel, it is a portrait of the faithful servant of God.

More important to Paul is not the exact time of the Lord’s return in the future but the attitude of expectation we must adopt in the present. Paul exhorts the Christian community at Thessolonica, (today’s second reading) to remember that they have been called, in baptism, to live in the daylight of knowledge and hope in the Risen Christ. We do not live in fear but in joyful expectation of his return at the end of time.


The ‘stewardship’ of talent and ability. Every one of us possesses some degree of talent, ability and skill. The “talents” we possess have been “entrusted” to us by the “Master.” Jesus teaches in today’s Gospel that our place in the reign of God will depend on our stewardship of those gifts from God. The “good wife” in today’s reading from Proverbs and the two industrious servants of the Gospel are successes in God’s eyes because their lives are of benefit to others. Their greatness will be exalted by God. But those servants who cannot see beyond themselves, who squander their talents, who use their talents irresponsibly for personal profit or self-gratification, are useless and will have no share in the joy of God’s reign.


In Observance of Thanksgiving, the Parish Office will be closed on Thursday, November 23nd and Friday, November 24th. The office will reopen on Monday, November 27th at 9:00 a.m. If the services of a priest are needed, please call the Parish Office and leave a message. One of the priests will return your call as soon as possible.

Parish Registration & Membership

Recently, we have received phone calls from people indicating that they are members of either Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish; however, they are not listed on our parish census. Please note, parish membership is not automatic; just because a person was baptized or married at a parish does not make him/her a member of the parish. To be considered a member of the parish, all persons should be listed in the parish database and receive envelopes. Parishioners who do not use their envelopes after three years are removed from the parish census and are no longer considered parishioners. People who have been removed from the parish census and no longer receive envelopes and would like to re-register at the parish should call the Parish Office. Children over the age of 19 should be registered as adults and no longer registered as children of their parents.

Religious Education News


Sunday, September 17. Holy Cross – 9:20 AM until 10:30 AM; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 AM until 11:45 AM.

SCRANTON PREP- The Parents Club will conduct its annual Galleria fundraiser

which benefits all the students at Scranton Prep: Saturday, November 11 – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday, November 12 – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Admission $5.00, children under 12 are free. Breakfast with Santa – Sunday 10:00 am to 12 noon. Adults $10.00, children $5.00 ages 4 – 10. Advance reservations only, call 570-941-7743.


Sunday, October 29 from 12 Noon to 3:00 PM at 501 E Drinker Street, Dunmore. Holy Cross continues the rich heritage of Catholic secondary education. Our high school provides each student with the opportunity to reach their fullest potential and promises to help then fulfill their future goals.


#GivingTuesday is a movement which celebrates and supports giving back to charities and non-profits. This year Diocesan Catholic Schools will participate in #GivingTuesday with a campaign beginning in October and ending on November 28, the official #GivingTuesday. At each one of our 20 schools, there is a gift opportunity for a unique project the school would like to have funded. For more information, or to make a gift to a specific school, please visit https://www.crowdrise.com/DOSCatholicSchoolsGivin gTuesday2017.


training session will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 6:00 PM, Mary, Mother of God Parish, Scranton, register by calling 570-342.4881. The training session is required for all adult employees and volunteers who have direct contact or routine interaction with children.


“ Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome. Join us as we come to know Christ and unpack the great gift of the Scriptures all will hear proclaimed this upcoming Sunday, November 12, the Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.


We are in the process of gathering adult candidates for the Sacraments of Initiation for the upcoming season. Are you – or do you know-someone- who, as an adult has not been baptized and would like to know more about the Catholic faith? Are you – or do you know – someone who has been a baptized member of another Christian church and is curious about Catholicism? Invite someone you know to join us – can’t be shy, most people who are interested in the Catholic Church are just waiting to be invited. Our session for those inquiring about the Catholic Faith will be held Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish. Call the Rectory for more information 570-489- 0752.

UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON will host an Open House

for prospective students and their families on Sunday, November 5.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

VNA HOSPICE- “I’m Grieving—Now What?”

A Grief Workshop. Sessions are on 4 consecutive Thursday evenings: September 21 & 28 and October 5 & 12 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant.

We recognize that learning how to live without your loved one is difficult. Everything has changed! How do I cope? What about holidays and special occasions? Will I feel “normal” again? This workshop will address all your questions and offer ways in which to continue living your life productively even when it’s a “tough day.”

Pease let us know if you are coming 570-383-5180. Park in the secure lot behind our building and enter through the rear door.


When: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Where: Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton

All who minister to the bereaved are invited to this daylong seminar on topics related to grief support ministry. Three sessions will cover significant topics to help them develop their abilities to walk with grieving parishioners. In addition there will be opportunities for discussion of the presentations, networking and prayer. Cost for the day is $20.00; includes lunch. To register call 570-207-2213 or www.dioceseofscranton.org.

N.B. This day is to teach those who minister to the grieving; it is NOT a support session for those who are grieving.


PARISH? Any boy or girl who has received their First Holy Communion and is in the third grade or higher is invited to attend Altar Server Training at Holy Cross Parish on Tuesday, October 17 at 6:30 PM and Thursday, October 19 at 6:30 PM. Any current servers who could benefit from a refresher course are welcome. Interested servers must attend the two training sessions to qualify. Sessions are for both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament.


Did you know Jesus is after your heart? He loves you more than you can imagine. He calls to you! To assist the Dunmore community answer this call, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish will offer a Scripture study titled “He’s After Your Heart: A Journey To The Heart Of God Through The Gospel of John.” The parish’s devotional ministry team will lead this journey beginning on Wednesday, September 20. This program will run for twelve sessions, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM each Wednesday through mid-December and will be held at the parish. You can attend one, several or all sessions.

In order to be able to order the necessary materials, please call the parish office 570-346-7429 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register. The program is open to all.


The Diocese of Scranton continues to #partnerwithfrancis to gather the voices of the young Church (16-35) and those who work with them in preparation for Pope Francis’ 2018 Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” To get involved, participate in a Diocesan listening session and/or complete a survey online at www.partnerwith francis.org. For more information and /or to register for a listening session, please contact Dominick Constantino at 570-780-2996.


will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5. Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.

Live Session of Mandated Reporter Training

An “in person” session for the mandated reporter training will be held on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017; 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center, 330 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA Registration by September 5. Limited to 50 people. For those who are in religious education and youth ministry who may not be proficient with computer based training. To register call Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


a nationally recognized Jesuit university in northeast Pennsylvania, will host two Open House events for prospective students and their families on Sunday, October 22 and Sunday, November 5.

Open House includes a complimentary brunch for prospective students and their families. Registration and campus tours begin at 9:00 AM. For additional information please call the admissions office at 1-888- SCRANTON or visit www.scranton.edu/admissions.


Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

Bible Study/Faith Sharing Tuesday, September 20th at 2:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

All are most welcome to join in the conversation as we break open the Scriptures we will pray with this upcoming Sunday: Amos 6 1,4-7, 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Luke 16 : 19-31


Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)

RCIA will meet Monday, October 3, at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall.

Are you someone or do you know someone Who…

A. Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic

B. Has a child over the age of seven who has not been Baptized?

C. Was baptized Catholic as a child but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our faith.

Sessions of church and prepare individuals to celebrate the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation or Eucharistic during the Easter season. There are separate sessions for children or youth. You are welcome to participate in the process with your questions. Your insights and your faith story in a warm accepting setting.

For more information, please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 and we will be happy to fill you in.

First Session, Monday, September 26th

Kelley Hall 6:30 p.m.


If your marriage is tearing you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce Retrouvaille can help you! Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and rebuild loving relationships. All calls confidential. Cost by donation. For more information or to register, please call 800-470-2230


A training for adults in the Protecting God’s Children (PGC-VIRTUS) program is scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, at 6:00 PM at All Saints Academy, Scranton. There is also a training session on Friday, September 15, 3:00 PM on the Campus of Marywood University, Scranton. There is also a training program on Sunday, September 17 at 1:30 PM at Christ the King Parish, Archbald. If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children, please make every effort to participate in this training.


Parish: Canon Law requires anyone who wishes to be considered a member of a particular parish to be officially registered in the parish. Lately, we have had a number of requests for sponsor cards for individuals who are not registered, but yet attend Mass at the parish. It is most important that one be registered and actively participating in order to obtain sponsor cards for Baptism and Confirmation. Attending Mass does not automatically mean that a person is a member of our parish family. If you know that you are not registered, or are unsure as to your registration status, but attend Mass on a regular basis, please call the office to inquire about registering so that when requesting sponsor cards one is not turned away because of a lack of registration. Also, any child of the parish who has turned eighteen years old needs to register independently from his or her parents/guardians in order to be considered a member of the parish. All families who register children for any Catholic Elementary School or Holy Cross High School must be registered members and actively participate in our faith community. Yearly, each school notifies the supporting parishes of those families who stated they are members of a particular parish. We are obligated to notify the school if families are not full and active participants which could result in a higher tuition rate if families are not participating in our faith community.

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IHM Educational Enrichment Institute, located in the IHM Center, is offering an individualized tutoring Program. For further information, contact: Sister Rose Marie Mozzachio, IHM, 570-346-5429.


In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

Catholicism Video Series

Catholicism Video Series will be held Tuesday, May 5th at 6:30 in Kelley Hall, Session 8 “A Vast Company of Witnesses: The Communion of Saints.”

The story of the Church is told in the example of those who dedicated their lives to knowing and serving Jesus Christ. Celebrated in this session are some of the church’s most extraordinary Saints, Eidth Stein, Mother Teresa, Therese of Lisieux and Katherine Drexel.


Holy Cross – 9:20 am until 10:30 am; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Location of Classes is as follows:

Holy Cross

K through 3rd & 6th grade Kelley Hall

4 through 8 & Confirmation Parish Center

Blessed Sacrament

All children report to the church hall; teachers will take to classrooms. Parents will pick students up in Church Hall.


Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003.

Holy Cross High School has launched our Facebook Page!

By visiting www.facebook.com/HolyCrossDunmore, you can keep up-to-date on news from Holy Cross. The page is filled with great photos, videos, and new information. We hope that you "like" and "share" us! Be sure to check back often for exciting news and information!


Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

for Marriage Preparation – have any questions about enrolling engaged couples for this tool online? Call Bernadette: 570-207-2213


This class is necessary for anyone teaching Religious Education or their aides. If you have not attended this course, please make arrangements to attend.

VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

This training session is required for all adult volunteers who work a minimum of 20 hours or more per year with children. During the three-hour training, a facilitator, who will teach you the tools and show you the resources to maintain a safe environment for all children, will incorporate techniques in a discussion format to help you recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse and how to respond to it appropriately and effectively.

Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

  • 98% of graduates were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
  • Combined SAT scores are above the national average.
  • $33.8 million in performance based scholarships, an average of over $91,000 per graduate, were merited by the Class of 2012.
  • Diocesan high schools offer Advanced Placement classes and the Diocesan Scholars Program awards grants to high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses at The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and King’s College.
  • Over $1 million was awarded by the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation for students to attend Diocesan Catholic Schools.


Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is required by Monday, December 10th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

The Diocese of Scranton requires that all students preparing for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation must be enrolled in religious education classes for at least two years. Children who are not enrolled for at least two full years of classes and participate in all scheduled activities may be delayed in the reception of the Sacrament. If you have questions about your child’s eligibility to receive a sacrament this year, please contact Monsignor Delaney or John Musyt.

Brian’s father asked him what he really liked about church, Brian thought about it a moment and replied, “The benediction.”


Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the deadline or date needed and request to meet with the pastor to review their qualifications for being a godparent or sponsor. In order for a person to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, Canon Law (Church Law) identifies several qualifications for that person:

  1. Must be registered in a Catholic parish, attend Mass weekly, and receive the sacraments. Please note, the pastor is not allowed to give a sponsor card for people who are not registered at the parish;
  2. Must have completed their sixteenth (16th) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one being baptized or confirmed;
  3. Must have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
  4. If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church; couples who are not married may not be living together;
  5. Those Catholics who have joined another religion may not act as a Godparent or Christian witness;
  6. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested, one of each gender; however, only one sponsor is required. For Confirmation, only one sponsor is needed;

How to Receive Communion

Holy Communion under the form of bread is offered to the communicant with the words "The Body of Christ." The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: "When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne on top of your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost." (General Instruction of the Roman Church, #51). The communicant should not take or grab the Eucharist from the minister but rather should receive the Eucharist from the minister. Before you receive either the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ, the Church asks that you make a sign of reverence by bowing to the sacred species before you respond ‘Amen.’

Smile and Help the Little Sisters of the Poor

Amazon helps the Little Sisters of the Poor--with your help.

The Christmas shopping season will officially be underway this Friday! When purchasing items from Amazon.com, please consider logging into your account via the Amazon Smile Program. A portion of your sale will be donated to our home at no additional cost to you!

To help, log in to your account at smile.amazon.com/ch/24-0832764.


Please Give, Thanks!


1. Non-perishable Food Drive. This drive is conducted through the month of November each weekend. Food donated will be given to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve needy families in our community.

2. Pampered Chef Party- If you missed the Pampered Chef Party, it is not too late to place an order. You can shop on-line at PamperedChef.com; look for Chris Posly as the host. The party will close on 12/3 and orders will arrive in time for holiday baking or holiday gift giving! Proceeds will benefit programs for drug and alcohol abuse treatment within the Diocese.

3. Giving Tree- Our annual Giving Tree supports Catholic Social Service and makes Christmas a little brighter for so many children in our area thanks to your generosity. This year Holy Cross will be supporting St. Anthony’s Haven, a shelter for men and women and Blessed Sacrament will support St. Joseph’s Center. Gifts are to be unwrapped and are due back by the weekend of December 9th and 10th.


Readings: Matthew 25: 31-46

Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17

1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28

Matthew’s is the only description of the Last Judgement in any of the Gospels. It is Jesus’ last discourse recorded by Matthew before the events of the Passion begin to unfold. In the vision he presents in this Gospel, Christ is the king who sits in judgement “as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.” Mercy and charity will be the standards for determining one’s entry into the future kingdom of God.

The People of Israel, exiled from their homeland and living in servitude under the Babylonians, cry out for a king to lead them. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel offers an oracle of consolation and hope: God will no longer entrust his people to evil and incompetent leaders, but will himself look after and “tend” his chosen and faithful people. The theme of personal responsibility of one’s life (a major teaching of Ezekiel) and the judgement between one “sheep” and another reflect today’s Gospel description of the Last Judgement.

Some of the Corinthians are denying the resurrection of the dead, apparently because of their inability to imagine how any king of bodily existence could be possible after death. Paul addresses this issue in chapter 15 of his first letter to the Corinthians. In the verses that make up today’s second reading, Paul praises Christ as the “first fruits” of the Resurrection – the triumphant, living Christ represents the promise that is the future of all the faithful. The Risen Christ who has vanquished death now reigns over all forever.


The Risen Christ in the ‘disguise’ of nameless poor. Christ the Shepherd-King clearly and unequivocally identifies himself with the poor. Our “greatness” lies in our ability to reach beyond ourselves to bring justice, peace and reconciliation into the lives of everyone.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta put today’s Gospel theme so succinctly when she said: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat…I was naked and you clothed me…I was homeless and you took me in.’

Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love; naked not only of clothing – but naked of human dignity and respect; homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection. This is Christ in distressing disguise.”

St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery

St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery has received a donation in memory of Carol Jablonski, for the upkeep of the cemetery, by her family. Thank you!

St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

ST. PATRICK’S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 is planning a 50th class reunion for October 2014. If you are interested, please get in touch with Barbara Rosetti 570-489-2872 or Betty McCormick Ciciloni 570-383-0487.

Support Christians in the Holy Land

The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.

Thank You!

Thak You!


A word of deep appreciation to Mary DeSales, Margaret and Patricia Walsh who spent several hours this past weekend decorating the Holy Cross Sanctuary with a wide array of vegetables and produce. This is their 35th year decorating the church in this way. What a beautiful display and a great reminder of the many blessings we have received from God!


has received a generous donation in memory of the Chorba, Mezick, and Gambal Families from James & Mary Mezick. Thank you!

THANK YOU! A donation has been given to Blessed Sacrament Parish by Dave & Wendy Szymczyk in memory of Angela Radzikowski, Blanche & Terri Pietrolaj and M/M Ralph Ferrone. A donation has been given to Holy Ghost Cemetery by Carolyn Matala in memory of Andrew & Anna Matala. Also, a donation was given to St. Patrick’s Cemetery by John McCormick.

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a memorial donation in memory of Dorothy Rudzinski offered by her family. Thank you!


Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers and wrote cards earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Seventy-five flowers were delivered by over twenty parishioners! Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

The Annual Convocation for Priests of the Diocese of Scranton takes place this week (April 24-28).

We are grateful to Father Richard Burke, C.P., and our friends from St. Ann’s Monastery for covering Masses for us.

THANK YOU to Mike and Rose Martarano for their generous donation to Blessed Sacrament.

THANK YOU: A substantial donation was made to Holy Ghost Cemetery in memory of M/M Joseph M Novajovsky and Dolores.

THANK YOU- On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee and Ready, Set, Brush!, we want to thank you for your generous contributions to the dental supply drive. Because of your donations, we were able to provide over 700 dental supply items to the Children’s Advocacy Center and United Neighborhood Center. Thank you!

THE EASTER PASCHAL CANDLE at Blessed Sacrament Parish

has been donated in memory of Husband John Scotty McAlarney offered by wife Delores McAlarney. Thank you!

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has been donated in memory of Charles and Anna Misiura offered by daughters. Thank you!

A donation was given to Blessed Sacrament in memory of mother Pearl Mileski Bohenek offered by the Bohenek Family & Lois & George Kouzis.

LITTLE SISTERS OF THE POOR would like to thank you for your most generous donation. Total $3001.23. THANK YOU!


Just a word of appreciation to all those who helped to deliver flowers to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Christmas. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

THANK YOU for the donation received by the Wargo & Slaboda Families to Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Many Thanks

Thanks to all those who have dropped off coats and food items. Your generosity is amazing and overwhelming. On behalf of Sr. Ann Walsh, IHM of Friends of the Poor and the staff and volunteers of the Food Pantries housed at St. Clare Church, Green Ridge and Queen of the Angels, Jessup, Thank You.


A special word of appreciation to Greg and Christine Posly and all the members of the Social Justice Committee for continuing this tradition. Thank you to the students and faculty of Mid Valley School District who collected a truck load of food for distribution. Also a word of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

THANK YOU for the memorial donations offered for Mary Bibak from John Jr. & M. Kearney, Suzanne & Michael O’Boyle, Barbara Kochis, Bertrand & R Geoffrey, Elaine S. Camili.

THANK YOU FOR THE MEMORIAL DONATION given to Blessed Sacrament Parish in memory of Mary Bibak offered by Barbara Scozzaro and Family.

To thank you for your kindness and sympathy at a time when it was deeply appreciated, Dear Members of Blessed Sacrament Church at St. Anthony’s

Thank you for your prayers and personal support to our family. Blessings, The Andrelchick Family, Sister Bernice, John Pohutsky, and Tod Jensan.


Special thanks to the Confraternity of Holy Cross Parish for the recent purchase of an A.E.D. (Automated External Defibrillator) for use during a sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). AED’s are portable medical devices that automatically analyze and detect cardiac arrhythmias of SCA patients through electrodes, and are able to produce a shock which stops the heart and allows it to return to a normal rhythm a process called defibrillation.

THANK YOU for the memorial donation

Offered to Blessed Sacrament for Rosie Gombar offered by the Gombar Family.


Mary Bibak offered by Kevin & Maine Keith and Eleanor Vonsavage offered by her sister Marie & Leigh Lovering.

Appreciation to 2nd Grade teachers & Aides

On behalf of the Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament, thank you to Mrs. Barbara Tracewski and Mrs. Karen Doyle and all their aides who helped prepare our children for this weekend’s celebration of 1st Holy Communion. Second grade is a very special time in the life of a child’s faith journey as they celebrate Reconciliation and 1st Holy Communion. Thank you for helping them prepare for these special moments. Also a word of appreciation to Mr. John Musyt and Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, our Directors of Religious Formation for all their work with the children throughout the year!

Thank You!

...to Blessed Sacrament Altar & Rosary Society for providing the First Communion Retreat lunches and children’s gift packs and to Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society for the Retreat craft projects and the flowers the children will present to the Blessed Mother. Thank you to Susanne Baka for the crown for the Blessed Mother and to Jim and Rose Liesiefsky for the Altar flowers.

Thank You

...to the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, Holy Cross Parish for providing the Communion Class with the Communion gifts, altar flowers, flowers and crown presented to the Blessed Mother


To our parish staff, to our Music Ministry and liturgical ministers, to all those who have participated in the Sacred Triduum. To everyone who give generously of time and talent and treasure so that the mission of the Gospel continues, To all, who, out of love of the Lord, permit themselves to be used as instruments of God’s mercy in our parishes. Thank You. Blessed Easter.


Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St. Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108.


Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To all who joined us for Stations of the Cross, soup and fellowship each Friday during the Lenten Season.

Thank you to all who donated, soup, food, their time. We would like to wish all of you who participated in a Blessed Easter Season. We would especially like to thank Jackie Musyt for chairing the Soup and Stations and would ike to thank our (CIA Christians in Action) under the direction of Beckie and David DePrato for their guidance and direction.

Thank you for your financial generosity to our parish community: Thank You to Helen Mooney for her donation for this year’s Paschal Candle in memory of her sister Ann and the deceased members of the Mooney Family. We would also like to thank Delores McAlarney for her donation at Blessed Sacrament in memory of her deceased husband, John (Scotty) McAlarney.

On behalf of the Social Concerns Committee we would like to thank Attorney Spegar for his presentation on Safety.

A word of gratitude to all who continue to make this Christmas season merry and bright, our wonderful staff, liturgical ministries, volunteers, men’s & women’s groups, choirs and music directors – to one and all, Thank You. Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expression of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

Holy Cross Parish received a very generous donation from the St Ludmila Ladies Society Branch 108. Thank You

Thank you to the St John Baptist Society for their generous donations to our Parish Cemeteries and to our Youth Group.

A MEMORIAL DONATION was received at Blessed Sacrament Parish for Marg Shivietz offered by Michael T. Shivieta. Thank you!

BLESSED SACRAMENT has received a memorial donation in honor of Hilda Mallick from Barbara & Laura Olszow. Thank you!

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a memorial donation by Theodore & Helen Hanus Kyriacopoulas in memory of Theresa Kalinoski. Thank you!

A very generous donation was received at Holy Cross Parish in memory of Ann Mooney .The flowers for our First Holy Communion Class were donated by Central Park Florists. Thank you!

BLESSED SACRAMENT PARISH has received a very generous donation in memory of husband Michael Bibak, and father Joseph C. Kochis, offered by Mary Kochis Bibak, Children and Grandchildren.

We gave Father Raj a happy send-off to India as we all waved and said our good byes from the front porch. Father Raj asked us to please thank everyone at the parish for their love, prayers and generosity.

Blessed Sacrament Holy Name Society recently purchased an AED unit for the Church, in case of a health emergency. Thank you Holy Name, and member Vince Lorent, for arranging the purchase through the Dickson City Community Ambulance which serves Throop Borough

THANK YOU: A FUN TIME WAS HAD BY ALL WHO PARTICPATED IN THIS YEAR’S Bible Camp. Thank you to Lindsey and Connie Wotanis who organized the event. See you all next year.

THANK YOU- a memorial donation was made to Blessed Sacrament Parish in honor of Reggie Genievich by the Rinaldi Family.


Thank you to all who made our Annual chicken BBQ a huge success. A special word of appreciation to Mary & Tom Kearney who chaired and organized the event. Thank you to all who helped with the set-up and clean-up, all who provided a themed basket, those who baked many of the homemade desserts, those who made so many various donations to help reduce the expenses of the barbeque. A special thank you to the members of Olyphant Excelsior Hose Co. #1 who assembled the barbeque pit and cooked the chicken. Without these men, we would not have a chicken barbeque .Thank you to the many local vendors who generously made a donation to the barbeque. Thank you to the volunteers that worked the day of the event and to all the Confirmation candidates who worked. And finally, thank you to all who supported the barbeque by purchasing dinner and raffle tickets and supporting the various stands at the barbeque.

The Bulletin On Parishes Online

We are now able to view our weekly bulletin online each week. To access this program you will go to www.parishesonline.com.The first block asks you the name of the church, Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament, 2nd question asks for location which will be Olyphant.

You can also access it through the link on the parishes' website at www.holycrossblessedsacrament.org/.



in the Diocese of Scranton continues its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the worldwide Catholic Charismatic Renewal movement by hosting a Retreat on Friday and Saturday, September 15-16. This Golden Jubilee Retreat will be held at the Villa of Our Lady in Mount Pocono. The retreat will be led by Bob Valiante who is the overall Coordinator of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Scranton. Bob will dynamically lead us to open our hearts to receive more of the power of the Holy Spirit, that we may more eagerly proclaim the Lordship of Jesus our Savior and live more fully and joyfully our life in the Spirit. Retreatants can commute for all or part of the retreat, or can stay overnight at The Villa. The main program will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and conclude at 8:00 PM on Saturday. The registration for the retreat includes three meals on Saturday. For additional information and registration details, contact the office of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, P.O. Box 3306, Scranton, PA 18505; phone 570-344-2214; or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The People of Yes

The irony is that many people think of us Catholics as people of No -- don’t do this, don’t do that. In reality we are the people of Yes -- yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion for the poor and suffering, yes to the solidarity and community that make us messengers of joy even in a valley of tears.
- Cardinal Seán O’Malley, homily at Opening Mass of the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life

The Social Concerns Committee


1. The Social Concerns Committee of Blessed Sacrament and Holly Cross Parishes are hosting a “Pampered Chef” Party to benefit Catholic Social Service Drug and Alcohol Programs.
Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 215 Rebecca St., Throop.
When: Sunday, November 19, 2:00 to 5:00 PM. Come join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Get some Christmas shopping done! RSVP by November 14- Rose Kaminski- 570- 489-5125.

2. Non-perishable Food Drive. This drive is conducted through the month of November each weekend, also please remember to bring foodstuffs to Thanksgiving Day Mass! Food donated will be given to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve needy families in our community.

3. Social Concerns Committee Meeting: Tuesday, November 14 at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall.

The Ultimate Test of Greatness

The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.
- Saint John Paul II

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has requested that a one-time national collection be taken up in all parishes throughout the United States to support the completion of the mosaic adorning the central Trinity Dome of the Great Upper Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. The Basilica of the National Shrine is dedicated to Our Lady as Patroness of the Church in the United States.

This national collection is scheduled for Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.

There, you will see how he loves us.

Look at his adorable face. Look at his glazed and sunken eyes. Look at his wounds. Look Jesus in the face. There, you will see how he loves us.
..St. Therese of Lisieux


Readings: Luke 24: 13-35

Acts 2: 14, 22-28

1 Peter 1: 17-21

Today’s Gospel begins on the afternoon of that miraculous Easter Sunday. Having just completed the observance of the Passover Sabbath, two disciples of Jesus (one identified as Cleopas) are making the seven-mile trip to the village of Emmaus. By identifying them as disciples, Luke is emphasizing that these two were more than just impartial observers of the events of Holy Week.

Luke writes that their exchange was “lively” – we can well imagine! As well as anger at the great travesty of justice that had taken place, they must have felt emotionally shattered at what had befallen their revered Rabbi Jesus. The two are suddenly joined by a stranger who asks the subject of their “lively” conversation. The stranger then explains, to their astonishment, the why of each of the events of the past week. When they reach the village, the two disciples ask the stranger to stay with them. And, in the words from Luke’s Gospel that we have come to treasure, the two disciples “come to know (the Risen Christ) in the breaking of the bread.”


‘Bread blessed and broken’ for us.

Luke’s Easter night story parallels our own experience of the Eucharist: Sometimes we come to the Lord’s table feeling angry, hurt, despairing, alone, but at this table, coming to “know him in the breaking of the bread,” we can experience the peace and presence of the Risen Christ.


Luke 24: 35-48 Acts 3: 13-15, 17-19 1 John 2: 1-5

Today’s Gospel is Luke’s account of Jesus’ first post-Resurrection appearance to his disciples. The two disciples who met Jesus on the road to Emmaus have returned to Jerusalem to confirm the women’s story of the Resurrection. While they are excitingly telling their story, Jesus appears.

Luke goes to great lengths in his Easter accounts to make clear that the Resurrection was not the fantasy of crazy zealots, nor is the Resurrection story a plot concocted by the disciples who somehow managed to spirit the body of Jesus away. (According to Luke’s account, the disciples themselves had not gone near the tomb themselves nor even expected any kind of “resurrection.”) In the details he presents here, Luke is countering the arguments forwarded to explain away the resurrection myth. There can be no mistake: The Resurrection of Jesus Christ is a reality – a reality in which all of the Scriptures – the law, the prophets and their writings – find their ultimate fulfillment.

For Luke, the power of Jesus’ resurrection is realized in the way it “opens” one’s heart and mind to understand the deeper meaning of God’s Word and to fully embrace the Spirit of God. In our faith and trust in the Risen Christ, we become “witnesses” of the mercy and forgiveness of God.

In his temple sermon (first reading), Peter gives witness to the mercy and forgiveness of God, inviting his Jewish hearers to embrace the life of the Servant Jesus, in whom the promises of their ancient faith are fulfilled.

The writer of the first letter of John (second reading) also proclaims the mercy and forgiveness of God, reminding his community that in Jesus Christ we have before God a “just intercessor.”

Learning to hope in Easter despite life’s many Good Fridays.

“We learn as much from sorrow as from joy,” the novelist Pearl S. Buck wrote, “as much from illness as from health, as much from handicap as from advantage – and indeed, perhaps more.” Through dealing with life’s difficulties, disappointments and injustices we come to understand and appreciate what this gift of life is all about. In today’s Gospel, the Risen Jesus challenges his disciples – and us – to recall what he taught and what they had witnessed. The Easter miracle is God’s assurance that love and forgiveness, even in the most difficult situations, are never offered in vail; in learning to cope without losing hope, in learning from the painful realities of life and in accepting the lessons learned in God’s Spirit of humility and patience, we become capable of growth, re-creation, transformation – and resurrection.


Monday, April 20: Acts 6: 8 – 15 Jn 6 – 22 - 29

Tuesday, April 21: Acts 7: 51 – 8:1a Jn 6:30 – 35

Wednesday, April 22 Acts 8: 1b – 8 Jn 6:35 – 40

Thursday, April 23: Acts 8:26 – 40 Jn 6:44 – 51

Friday, April 24: Acts 9: 1 – 20 Jn 6:52 – 59

Saturday, April 25: Saint Mark Evangelist 1 Pt 5:5b – 14 Mk 16: 15-20

Too Busy to Pray

Too Busy to Pray?

If we are too busy to pray, maybe we are just too busy. In today's world many people are busy doing good and necessary things. Accomplishing primary tasks instead of dwelling on secondary ones is a matter of setting our priorities aright. Jesus set the example as he withdrew from the crowds to pray and commune with his heavenly Father. "But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (Luke 5:15-16 NASB). Surely, preaching and healing the sick were good and necessary pursuits; but despite the clamor of the crowds, Jesus often forsook them for a higher priority, prayer.




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If your family member is a resident of one of the local nursing homes or long-term facilities, we ask that you contact the Parish Office in the next two weeks so that we can update our lists. Over the next few months, the priests will be visiting the local facilities in order to pray and anoint our parishioners. Thank you for your assistance and may the grace of God continue to help you and support you and your loved one.


Did you know that if you celebrate Mass at another church in the area, you can still support your home parish by placing your Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament envelope in the collection basket? It is customary for parishes to forward a parishioner’s weekly offertory envelope to the parish that issued the envelope. On a given weekend, we forward envelopes to many of the neighboring parishes. Please continue to support your parish by placing your envelope in the basket where ever you attend Mass.

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Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

This Lent are you looking to attend daily Mass? Daily Mass is celebrated as follows at our neighboring parishes:

Christ the King Parish

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon
  • St. Mary’s Church, Eynon – Thursdays at 7:15 and 12:00 noon

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

  • Monday thru Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 12 noon

Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

  • St. James Church – Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m.5:30 pm on Friday with stations

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

  • Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm on Friday with stations


Join us at Kelley Hall at 12 Noon each Wednesday for a free community meal. The nutritious meal, prepared at St. Francis Kitchen, Scranton, is served cafeteria style. All are welcome.


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Our parish family welcomes all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend. If you are not a registered member of the parish and would like to join the parish, please contact the parish office or see Monsignor Delaney or Father Paulish for more information.

Welcome to New Parishoners

Our parish family welcomes all who joined us for the celebration of the Eucharist this weekend. If you are not a registered member of the parish and would like to join the parish, please contact the parish office or see Monsignor Delaney for more information.

What is unique or different about the way Catholics read and are exposed to the Bible

Catholics are exposed to Scripture primarily through the Sunday readings from a book known as the Lectionary. The Lectionary is a book of selected passages from the Bible set in the context of a liturgical season, such as Advent, Lent, or Ordinary Time. There are four readings assigned to any Sunday: the first reading (usually from the Old Testament), the responsorial psalm, the second reading (usually from a New Testament letter), and the Gospel reading.

These readings together give them a new context. The selected readings relate to one another in a unique manner that is not present in the Bible text itself. In close proximity to each other, these readings now have the opportunity to converse with each other in a way that would have not been possible before. A homilist pays attention to all four readings, preparing a reflection that speaks of this conversation among the readings. Thus, the homily can be a good way of connecting the readings, enabling us to zero in on what this unique combination of God's word has to say to us this particular Sunday. Next time that you celebrate Sunday liturgy, prepare by reading the Scripture ahead of time and see how this new relationship among the readings addresses and challenges you to be a better Christian here and now.

Youth Group News

Youth Group News


Our linked-parish youth group will meet on Sunday, January 15 at 5:00 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant.

Come join us as we begin a new year of activities, service projects and events. All are most welcome.