• 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

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

Baptismal Instruction

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. The next class will be held Sunday, January 11 at Holy Cross Parish in the Parish Center (Willow Avenue).

Cemetery Graves - When are they Filled?

A number of Parishioners have asked when their loved one's grave would be filled and reseeded. Please keep in mind that when a grave is dug it must settle for at least 3-6 months before any work can be done. A grave typically continues to settle for several months after the body has been interred--especially if that section of the cemetery is/has been wet. Last week, the maintenance men spent several days filling in and reseeding a number of graves throughout our six parish cemeteries. If your loved one's grave was not addressed, please know that it must continue to settle before it can be filled in. Also, a reminder that headstones should not be installed until the grave has settled and been reseeded. Please have the monument company contact the parish to receive permission to install the headstone. The parish does not install headstones or military markers.

New Web Site

Our new Web Site is up and running!!! Take a look at www.holycrossblessedsacrament.org.

Parking Around Parish

Parking around Holy Cross Parish and the Parish Center is very limited. However, Olyphant Borough has asked us to remind all parishioners, for safety reasons, parishioners should not park illegally. Recently, the Olyphant Police have been issuing citations to all cars that are parked illegally, especially on Grant Street. Those who are able to walk, please consider using the Holy Ghost parking lot. Also, please do not block the rectory garage as the priests need to exit and travel to other Masses.

Diocesan Annual Appeal: "Serve One Another" (1 Peter 4:10)

Last Call for Pledges!

"Serve One Another" 1 Peter 4:10

Congratulations and thank you to all who have contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Blessed Sacrament raised $18,130 which is $1,620 over their suggested goal. Holy Cross raised $45,464 missing their goal by $$6,536.

Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament Choir

Our Choirs need you! If you have sung before, great. If this is your first time, no problem. If you read music, that's a plus, but it's not a requirement. If you're ready to join, please contact Mr. Ned Dructor at Blessed Sacrament or Mrs Mary Therese McKane at Holy Cross or stop by the choir loft after Mass.

YEAR OF FAITH: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013

"…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..."(Acts 14:27).

In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church. But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one of us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church. We are all looking for happiness, peace and love. “Have not fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that God is with you, therefore no harm can befall you, all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.: Pope John Paul II And whether we know it or not, we will find ourselves most fulfilled when we find Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop, has offered ten ways Catholics can live the year of Faith:

  • Participate in Mass often, if not daily
  • Make a good confession
  • Learn about the lives of the saints
  • Read the Bible daily
  • Read the documents of Vatican II
  • Study the Catechism
  • Volunteer in the parish
  • Help those in need
  • Bring a friend to mass
  • Incorporate the Beatitudes in daily life


Time to turn the clocks back!

Daylight Savings Time concludes on Sunday, November 5. Don’t forget to “Fall Behind!” on Sunday at 2:00 AM. You get an extra hour of sleep as we return to Standard Time!



Please note, the Federal privacy laws make it difficult for the parish to obtain information regarding a parishioner’s status in one of the local hospitals or his/her placement in one of the area’s long-term facilities. We request that you contact the Parish if a family member or friend is hospitalized (especially if they are admitted through the Emergency Room) or placed in a long-term facility so that Msgr. Delaney, can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner that may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

NOVEMBER is Dedicated to the Holy Souls

NOVEMBER is dedicated to the holy souls. We remember all of our beloved deceased this month. Place pictures of your departed ones in a special spot with a candle and pray for all of our dead and ASK THEM TO PRAY FOR US ALSO. Eternal rest grant to them O Lord and may Perpetual Light shine upon them; may they rest in peace. Amen and may their memories be eternal.


Each of us is aware of the devastation and loss being encountered by people impacted by Hurricane Sandy. Many of our brothers and sisters from counties within the Diocese of Scranton remain without power, while countless others of our neighbors in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, West Virginia and beyond need our prayers and support as they begin to recover, rebuild their lives and restore hope.

In order to support those in need, Bishop Bambera has authorized a special collection in all parishes of the Diocese of Scranton. The collection can be taken up during Masses the weekend of November 17th and 18th.

If individuals are either not able or not prepared to give a donation during the weekend, monetary donations can be made out to: Diocesan Relief Fund and can be collected by the parish and sent to the: Diocese of Scranton, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503; or individual donations can be sent directly to the Diocese. Various Diocesan offices have been and will continue to work with our local parishes and Catholic Charities USA, which provide critical disaster services to those in need. Your cooperation in forwarding receipts from this collection to the Diocesan Finance Office is deeply appreciated.

Please pray for those who have lost so much as our willingness and ability to provide prayerful and tangible assistance in the form of prayers and charitable donations will support those affected as they face the long road to recovery.

Veteran's Day Prayer

We remember with great esteem all who gave their lives in service to our country that we might live in freedom and peace. We honor all our veterans who served us so valiantly. We especially pray for those currently serving in our Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and National Guard. May God bless you all.

Heavenly Father, today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country. We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us. Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made for their many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression. We respect them, we thank them, we honor them, we are proud of them, and we pray that you will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.



THANK YOU to one and all who supported our First Annual Craft Fair. A profit of $381.00 was made on this affair. Listed below are the winners of the baskets and raffle:

  • Lottery Basket: Chris Ross
  • Soup Mug: Basket Erwin
  • Santa Brownies: Tine Bechaver
  • American Girl Clothes: Carly Gambo
  • Hair Bow Basket: Liz Piorkowski
  • Tupperware Basket: C&S Body Shop



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.


All parishioners are invited to our special Thanksgiving Day Liturgies on Thursday, November 28 at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament. Mass at both parishes will be celebrated at 9:00 a.m. We invite you to begin your celebration of this special holiday by joining in the celebration of the Eucharist.


Lord, we thank you for the goodness of our people and for the spirit of justice that fills this nation. We thank you for the beauty and fullness of the land and the challenge of the cities. We thank you for our work and our rest, for one another, and for our homes. We thank you Lord (add your own intention).

For all that we have spoken and for all that we keep in our hearts, accept our thanksgiving on this day. We pray and give thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (A Holy Day of Obligation)

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) on Saturday, December 8th – Masses will be held on Friday , December 7th at 6:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament and on Saturday December 8 at Holy Cross at 8 a.m. Please note that the obligation to attend Mass is not lifted (as with other Holy Days) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thus, the faithful must fulfill this obligation by attending Mass for the Holy Day (either Friday vigil or Saturday), and they must fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation (either Saturday vigil or Sunday). Thank you for your diligence in reminding the faithful of this obligation.

2013 Calendars Available

The 2013 calendars are available this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish. A special thanks is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky and the John Glinsky Funeral Homes for once again sponsoring our calendars. If you have an opportunity, please thank the Glinsky Funeral Homes for their support of our parish.

Advent - A New Church Year Begins

Advent Wreath

Advent (ad-venio in Latin or ‘to come to’) begins the Church year and consists of the four Sundays before Christmas. The Advent season is a time of reparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. Advent devotions remind us of the meaning of the season. Special Advent devotions include the lighting of the Advent Wreath each Sunday, the Advent Calendar helps remind us of the season with daily thoughts and activities, and special Advent prayers prepare us spiritually for Jesus’ birth. Advent begins Sunday December 1.

Advent Confession Schedule 2013

Advent Wreath

The churches of the Mid-Valley invite all parishioners to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on the following days throughout the area.

  • December 12th @ Blessed Sacrament Parish (Throop) 6:30 p.m.
  • December 15th @ 3:00 p.m. Sacred Heart Parish (Peckville)
  • December 16th @ Holy Cross Parish (Olyphant)6:30 p.m.
  • December 16th @ Sacred Heart Parish (Jermyn)7:00 p.m.
  • December 18st @ Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish (Dickson City) @ 7:00 p.m.
  • December 18 @ Christ the King Parish (Eynon) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 19th @ Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish (Jessup) 7:00 p.m.
  • December 19rd @ St. Rose Parish (Carbondale)

Christ the King Sunday

This Sunday is “Christ the King Sunday.” It is the last Sunday of Ordinary Time; the Sunday before the Season of Advent begins. In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that Christ's Kingship is not based on "human power" but on loving and serving others. The perfect exemplar of that acceptance, he pointed out, is the Virgin Mary. Her humble and unconditional acceptance of God's will in her life, the Pope noted, was the reason that "God exalted her over all other creatures, and Christ crowned her Queen of heaven and earth.

Christmas Wafers - Oplatek


Packets of Christmas Wafers will be available in the main entrance of each church. The donation for each packet is $3.00. The tradition of the Oplatek is that on Christmas Eve, as a family gathers to share their meal, they first break bread and share the Christmas wafer uniting family members and remind us of the unity we share in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Retirement Collection for Religious

The Retirement Fund for Religious Collection was this weekend. This national campaign supports the retirement needs of sisters, brothers and religious order priests who spent their lives in church ministries such as education, health care and social services. The collection for the Religious Retirement Fund remains distinct and separate from the monthly collection taken in parishes for the Care and Education of Priests of the Diocese of Scranton. Thank you for your generosity. A total of $1,200 was raised.

The Scranton Diocesan Council of Catholic Women 2013

The Scranton Diocesan Council of Catholic Women would like to remind the faithful that Advent is a season of prayer and sacrifice. During this time we should practice the 3 Eminent Good Works: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. Make every effort to move away from the materialistic, secular society that has been created in a season that should be more meaningful to experience the birth of our Savior. The liturgical season of Christmas begins with the vigil Masses on Christmas Eve and concludes on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. During this season, we should celebrate the birth of Christ and reflect on the meaning of His gift of salvation.

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.

The 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas

From the middle of the 16th century through the early 19th century, Roman Catholics in England were not allowed to openly practice their faith. As a result, the familiar Christmas carol, the 12 Days of Christmas, was written as a teaching tool, that contained a ‘hidden’ message that only the members of the Church would understand. Each element in the carol is a code word for some teaching of the Church. Because the words were put to music it was an easy way for children to remember the tenets of their faith.

  • The partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah;
  • The two turtle doves represent the Old and New Testaments;
  • The three French hens stood for the theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and love;
  • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John;
  • The five golden rings recall the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament which represent the Law;
  • The six geese a-laying represent the six days of creation;
  • The seven swans a-swimming represent the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord;
  • The eight maids a-milking stand for the eight beatitudes;
  • The nine ladies dancing are the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-control;
  • The ten lords a-leaping are the Ten Commandments;
  • The eleven pipers stand for the eleven faithful disciples;
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in the Apostles Creed.

A Blessed, Joy Filled Christmas to All

“Love is the light and in the end, the only light- that can always illuminate a world grown dim and give us the courage to keep living and working. Love is possible, and we are able to practice love because we are created in the image and likeness of God. To experience love is to cause the Light of God to enter “into the world” Pope Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est (God is Love).

Christmas leads us to encounter Jesus, our Messiah to establish, to deepen, to renew our relationship with the Lord as we commemorate his birth and celebrate our life in Him. This Spirit is alive in the hearts and communities of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes!!

The Word, God, Love, has become flesh and continues to make His dwelling within us. May we continue to live the mystery of the Incarnation by making Him known in our loving one another.

In the eyes of the Christ child, in the miracle of the humble birth at the manger. In the star that lit all heaven, we see, we experience God’s love.

May that love fill the hearts of each member of our community, and as we experience love this Christmas, may we cause the Light of God to enter into the world. Be the light of God’s love for others. A Holy, Blessed Merry Christmas to all.

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney