• 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


FINANCIAL & PASTORAL MEETINGS: Holy Cross meeting will be held on June 3, Kelley Hall, 6:30 PM; Blessed Sacrament will be held on June 10, Parish Hall, 6:30 PM.

Hour of Eucharistic Adoration to mark the Year of Faith

This Sunday, June 2, 2013 we will celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) with adoration following the 9:30 AM Mass at Blessed Sacrament Parish 11:00 AM Mass at Holy Cross. Parish Adoration will last for one hour following Mass.

Gospel and Homily, 6/1/2013: Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ

On a very hot day, Monsignor Delaney asked us all to focus. On the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, on the Feast of Corpus Christi, he asked us to receive Communion as if it was the first time we ever received communion.

He asked us to receive Communion as if it was the last time we would ever receive communion.

He asked us to receive Communion as if it was the only time we would ever receive communion.

He asked us to be that aware of the miraculous presence of Christ in the Eucharist.

Congrats, 2013 Graduates!!!

Many congratulations to all our elementary, high school and college graduates. May God continue to bless you in your endeavors. Also, a note of congratulations to their parents for their support and example.


When you go on vacation in the summer, do you take a vacation from Mass? Do you make the days of summer lazy by staying home on Sunday? Here are four reasons to fit Mass into your summer schedule. 1) After Jesus' resurrection, his followers formed the early Church by gathering and keeping his message alive. Every time you attend Mass, you help to keep Jesus' message alive - but that can only happen in church. 2) At Sunday Mass, millions of people you don't know are praying for you and with you. Where else can you get that kind of help? 3) Attending Mass connects you to the Communion of Saints - the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory, and believers on earth. That's powerful company! 4) Mass is the way a Catholic fulfills the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. If God tells you to do something, it's a good idea to do it. To find a church or Mass time anywhere in the United States, visit www.masstimes.org.

Father's Day Wishes

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire parish staff, best wishes for a blessed and enjoyable Father’s Day to all fathers, grandfathers and godfathers.

God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen

Mass in Remembrance of Victims of Violent or Tragic Death

The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance of victims of violent or tragic death. This Mass is offered for the families and friends of those who have died in tragedy, especially through murder, suicide, and accident.

The Mass is scheduled for Thursday, August 1 ,2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy. Questions concerning this Mass may be directed to the Office for Parish Life at 570/207-2213, ext. 1130.

Peter's Pence Collection

On the weekend of June 27th - 28th, our diocese will take up the Peter's Pence Collection, which provides the Holy Father with the funds he needs to aid the most disadvantaged: victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Your gift makes you a pilgrim of charity around the globe. Please use the envelope from your yearly boxed set to contribute to the Peter's Pence Collection.


We have been asked by the office of Most Reverend Joseph C.Bambera, D.D. J.C.L to have a special collection this weekend, June 22/23 for the storms and disasters of 2013. The funds collected will be used to support the efforts of the USCCB and Catholic Charities as they respond to immediate emergency needs: water, food, shelter, medical care and the need to rebuild after widespread destruction. Please be as generous as possible.

St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Need

Soup Needed

St Francis of Assisi Soup Drive: Monsignor Joseph P Kelly, Director of St Francis Kitchen has asked that local parishes collect cans of soup to help fill a specific need at the kitchen. We ask that you drop off soup cans next weekend October 22-23 in the vestibules of our parish churches. Thank you for your generosity.

Gospel and Homily: June 16, 2013: Your sins are forgiven.

On this Father's Day, Monsignor Delaney speaks about family, relationships, and most of all about forgiveness. As we have died with Christ and now live with Christ, we are called to reject any judgmental approach to people, and to embrace the approach of forgiveness: never judging, always receiving.

ALTAR SERVERS: An important reminder

Important Reminder

With summer vacations upon us, it’s easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve and/or call the rectory to inform us that you’ll be away. As always, thank you for your service.

Dear Parishoners

Bishop Bambera has announced that I have been appointed Pastor of the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament, Throop and Holy Cross, Olyphant effective July 9th, 2013. I’m most grateful to Bishop Bambera for his support and thank God for the opportunity to continue to serve our parishes, now as Pastor. I ask the kindness of your prayers as we strive to serve the Lord and build up the Kingdom of God together. Be assured of my daily prayers. United in His Service, Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

Fortnight for Freedom


In their 2012 statement on religious freedom: “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” the Catholic Bishops of the United States outlined their concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. These threats continue today and have the potential to erode the religious liberty that serves as a cornerstone of our democracy; a right that every citizen enjoys and a right that each of us has a duty to protect. “A Fortnight for Freedom” is a 14 day period of prayer, reflection and action to promote a greater understanding of religious liberty.

At daily Masses from June 21 to July 4, reflections on religious liberty will be available to take home for personal prayer and reflection.


Almighty God, the Father of all nations, For Freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus We praise and bless you for the gift of religious liberty The foundation of human rights, justice and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties By your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of May Immaculate, our patroness and in the name of Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever.

Fourth of July


Thursday, July 4th is Independence Day. Masses will be held at 8:00 a.m. at Holy Cross and 7:30 at Blessed Sacrament. Please remember in your prayers all those elected and appointed officials who serve our country and all those who provide for our freedom.


Please note that the Parish Office will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observance of the national holiday. In the event of an emergency, please call 489-0752 and one of the priests will return your call as soon as possible. If no one is available, please leave a message and one of the priests will return your call as soon as possible.

Prayer to Mary - Patroness of the USA

Blessed Mother Mary, we turn to you in prayer for all the people in these United States. We again place ourselves in your care, in the gentle hands that cradled the Child Jesus.

We ask you to make us more alive in your faith, more generous in your love, more trusting in your hope. Teach us to imitate Jesus as you did, and always to follow him with your courage.

Mother Mary, help us to become a people who hunger for justice and who burn with compassion for those who suffer in our midst. Make us a people who cherish and defend the dignity of every human person. Free us from all selfishness and self-interest, that we truly might be the builders of the Kingdom of God.

Immaculate Mary, help us to stand among the family of nations as a people of compassion, generosity, and peace. Make us a people of vision and courage, who will gift this world with new life, new hope, and the unity for which your Son died.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who turn with confidence to you today. Amen!

Realize Above All

Realize above all that you are in God’s presence. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the Grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it.

Gospel and Homily June 23, 2013: Who do you say that I am?

In this homily, Father Brice challenges us to ask ourselves, Who is Jesus? Not on a historical level, or even a religious level, but on a personal level: who do we say that He is? How do we experience Jesus?

Then he continues with another question: how does Jesus experience us? Are we His followers? Do we pick up our cross and follow Him? Do we imitate Jesus in our daily lives? Are we for other people what Jesus is for us? Are were people that others can turn to in times of trouble? Can people come to us for guidance in times of confusion? Can others turn to us for help in times of need? Are we this kind of person especially for the members of our own family?

Is Jesus someone we think about for an hour on Sunday? Do we simply admire Jesus or do we do our best to imitate him?

These are the challenges we face today and everyday.

Gospel and Homily, June 30, 2013: Freedom of the Spirit

In this homily, Monsignor talks about the freedom of the spirit. There are more than 50 reference to freedom in the new testament. Christians find their freedom in fidelity to the love of God. To be really free means to be liberated from the prison and shackles of selfishness.

Gospel and Homily for July 6, 2013: Boast of Nothing But The Cross

In this homily, Monsignor talks about hospitality--of how we should receive others into our community. Of how like St. Paul, we should boast of nothing but the cross--to stay humble, for everything we have are gifts. And if all are gifts, then we must share those gifts with those around us.

Annual Novena to St. Ann

The Solemn Novena to St. Ann begins on Wednesday, July 17th and concludes on Thursday, July 26th The annual novena will be celebrated at St. Ann’s Basilica, Scranton at 8:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Confessions are heard before and after each service. A Pontifical Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Bambera on Thursday, July 27th at 7:30 p.m. The novena prayers will be prayed at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament after the daily Mass.

Broadcasts of The Solemn Novena to St. Ann on CTV are scheduled for: Monday through Friday at 12:00 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., except for Monday, July 22, no 3:30 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 23, no 7:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday July 24/25, Novena only at 9:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 21, at 6:00 p.m.

The Closing Ceremony being held on Friday, July 26 will air on CTV on Tuesday, July 30 at 8:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, July 31, at 10:00 a.m.

Father Paul Hien Dinh Chi

Pontifical Mission Societies in the U.S. will be sending Father Paul Hien Dinh Chi from Vietnam the weekend of July 20, 21. Father Chi will be speaking on his experiences in the United States. Please be as generous as you can to the people in Vietnam.

Thank You - Pope Francis Donations

THANK YOU for the following donations to our parishes in memory of loved ones: The Walsh Family donated the picture of Pope Francis in memory of their parent’s 71st Wedding Anniversary and Josephine Burdyn and Robert & Joann Bissland donated the picture of Pope Francis in honor of the Burdyn, Gongliewski and Karpinski Families.

Gospel and Homily for July 14, 2013: Who is my neighbor?

In this homily, Father Lee Havey CP from St. Ann's Monastery ponders the question "Who is our neighbor?" There are many version of "The Golden Rule." The concept of doing onto your neighbor as you would have done to you is ancient and common. The definition of neighbor varies a great deal. There was--and is--a lot of "us vs them" in the world. Your neighbor is generally considered "One of us," deserving of protection by the Golden Rule.

What Jesus did was remove the borders between us and them. The groundbreaking change to the "Golden Rule" that Jesus brought was expanding the definition of neighbor to everyone. Everyone is deserving of our care, compassion and love.

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

Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

Say this prayer every day for nine months to save a baby’s life! “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.

Gospel and Homily for July 21, 2013: Martha and Mary

In this homily, Father Paul Hien Dinh Chi tells us about the needs of the faithful in Vietnam, and how we can help. His community needs both our material support and our prayers to meet the day to day challenges in Vietnam.

These two needs--material and spiritual--mirror the way that Martha and Mary received Jesus in the gospel. We are invited to welcome Jesus in the same way. Like Mary, we need to be as close to Jesus as possible. Like Martha, we need to serve others, and meet their needs.