• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament

Mass Times

Saturday Vigil
4:00pmHoly Cross
5:30pmBlessed Sacrament

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

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

Reconciliation

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

Blessed Sacrament
3:15pm to 3:45pm

Outreach Services

ServicePhone
AA Helpline1-800-640-7545
Al-Anon1-800-339-9006
Birthright of Scranton570-961-1133
National Hotline For Abortion Recovery1-866-482+5433
Rachel’s Vineyard Post Abortive Healing1-877-467-3463
PA 24 Hour Child Abuse Hot Line1-800-932-0313

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Neighboring Parish & Community Events

SUPPORT OUR DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

#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.

GINA TOMASSONI SCHOOL OF DANCE HOLIDAY CRAFT AND BAKE SALE

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!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN FAMILY HISTORY?

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.

18TH ANNUAL THANKSGIVING DINNER

- 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.

CATHOLIC CHORAL SOCIETY

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.

TURKEY DINNER

-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.

REMEMBERING THOSE WHO HAVE DIED

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.

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.

BEST OF BRITIAN TOUR: ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND

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.

A HEALING MASS

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.

DIOCESAN DAY OF SERVICE

- 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 MARY CHURCH BINGO

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.

SILVER CIRCLE

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.

MONDAY NIGHT BINGO

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.

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH:

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.

VNA HOSPICE HOME HEALTH: YOGA FOR HEALING:

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.