Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish


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 1:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 AM. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS – OVERNIGHT HOURS: Anytime snow or icy weather conditions are forecast for overnight hours, the chapel will be closed automatically at an appropriate time during the evening and reopen after 8:00 AM Mass, weather permitting. Anyone whose hours is affected will be notified by phone.


December 1, #754-Lorraine Toth-$100.00; December 2, #151-Mary Fenocchi-$50.00; December 3, #685- Fran Ferrese-$50.00; December 4, #789-Regina Dippre-$50.00; December 5, #285-Marjorie Mellody- $50.00; December 6-#660-Lauren Owens-$50.00; December 7-#462-Suzanne Toth-$100.00; December 8- #561-Robert Marra-$100.00, December 9, #433-Kolcharno-$50.00; December 10, #176-Dolores Lesnefsky-$50.00; December 11- #531- Bill Griggs-$50.00; December 12-#015-Liz Polansky- $50.00, December 13- #455-The Bordi’s-$50.00; December 14- #507-Lenny Mitchko-$100.00; December 15-#344- CCW-$#100.00; December 16-#700-CCW-$50.00; December 17-#505-Shirley Smiegal-$50.00; December 18-#486-Bob Santorsa-$50.00, December 19-#337-$50.00-CCW; December 20-#375- Rita Novak-$50.00; December 21-#710-$100.00-Paula Simpson; December 22-#194-$100.00-Francis Marek; December 23-#549-$50.00-J.J. & E DiChiara; December 24-#896-$50.00-Marge Konkol; December 25-#247-$50.00-Vince Shuta, December 26-#472-$50.00-Amy & Dave DiChiara; December 27-#088-$50.00-CCW; December 28-#788- $100.00-CCW; December 29-#171-$100.00-E. Santarelli; December 30-#457-$50.00-Carol Penetar; December 31-#697-$500.00-Patrick Valonis.

Congratulations to all of our winners.

Thank you to all who purchased a ticket and supported the parish. Thank you to all who spent hours organizing, distributing and collecting the tickets. Also, thank you to the officers and members of the Confraternity of Christian Women who sponsored this Lottery and to all who helped call, distribute and work behind the scenes to make this a successful parish fundraiser. A special thank you to The Miner’s Beer Garden, Dickson City for sponsoring the tickets. $6350.00 was raised because of your generosity.


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.


This is the last weekend to purchase lottery tickets for Holy Cross’s December Lottery. All returns are due Monday, November 25th. Thank you for your generosity and support.


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.