• 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

October 2013 Meeting Summary

  • Sept 30: Social Concern 6:30 at Holy Cross
  • Oct 1: Pastoral Council 6:30 at Holy Cross
  • Oct 7: 1st Parent’s Mtg 6:30 at Holy Cross
  • Oct 8: Pastoral Council 7:30 at Blessed Sacrament
  • Oct 8: 1st Parent’s Mtg 6:30 at Blessed Sacrament
  • Oct 15, 17: Confirmation Practice 6:30 pm at Holy Cross
  • Oct 20: Confirmation Practice with sponsors 2 p.m. at Holy Cross

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.

Gospel and Homily for September 8, 2013: He who does not take up his cross cannot be My disciple.

In this homily, Monsignor Delaney talks about how if we center our lives on God, everything else will work itself out. This often means taking the difficult path. We must take up our cross. What does that mean? We must look to the cross to find out. There violence was not met with violence. Peace in the most extreme was chosen. This is what we are called to in our daily lives. Meet every situation with an approach of peace and reconciliation.

Gospel for September 15, 2013: Rejoice with Me, because I have found My lost sheep!

In this homily, Father Earl teaches about the forgiveness of God. God is always ready to accept us back. His love is never failing. He always forgives us, and treats us as if we had never sinned. And because of this, we must forgive in the same unlimited fashion.

Gospel and Homily for September 22, 2013: The Parable of the Wily Manager: Making Connections

In this homily, Monsignor Delaney talks about making connections, and about being creative about living the message of Jesus. We're called to build bridges with people; not to tear them down. Look at how others are successful in making connections, and see if we can learn from them. The wily manager was not praised by his former master for his dishonesty, but for his recognition of the situation; he had to build relationships to survive. We are not called to mimic his dishonesty, but to reach out in the same fashion. Be creative. Build bridges. Establish relationships. Build the kingdom of God.

All Souls Day Intentions

Just a reminder that during the month of November the Church remembers all those who have died. If you would like to have your deceased family members or friends remembered in our prayers, please submit those names on the back of the special envelope that can be found in your packet of envelopes. Please drop your envelope in the collection basket before November 1st so that we can prepare our special area of remembrance for our deceased loved ones.


Blessed Sacrament: 7:30AM

Holy Cross: 9:00AM

Eternal rest grant unto them O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon them! May they rest in peace. Amen. And may their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Annual Coat Drive 2013

THE ANNUAL SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE COAT DRIVE WAS A HUGE SUICCESS. Thank you for giving the gift of warmth and comfort to those in need.

October is the Month of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of God, Our Mother

October is the month of the rosary. Please take a few minutes of your day to pray the rosary.

Special Mass of Remembrance

The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2012 thru October 2013). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Saturday, November 9h at 5:30 p.m. 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.

Thanks from St. Paul's

Dear Monsignor Delaney and Members of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes,

On behalf of Monsignor Feldcamp and St. Paul’s Parish I would like to thank the members of your parishes for their generous donations over the past few months to our Parish Food Pantry. St. Paul’s Parish Food Pantry was created nearly 10 years ago to service local families who turned to the church with hunger needs.

The need for our pantry to local families has never decreased, rather it has increased exponentially over the last few years due to joblessness, unemployment, reductions in the WIC and SNAP food programs and a slowing trend of Social Security increases to our elderly population. St. Paul’s is committed to these families who are falling short in being able to feed themselves AND pay for medication, heating costs and other rising expenses.

Your donations have made it possible for us to stretch our limited budget and keep our program open when other programs are making cutbacks. We are blessed to have neighboring parishes who so actively follow the ministry of Jesus.

Matthew 25: 37, 40 Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?” And the king will answer to them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.”

Blessings to your Parish Families,

Women's Retreat

“A Spirituality of Gratitude” is the theme of the Retreat Day planned for the women of our parishes for Saturday, November 23rd. From 9:00 to 2:00 at St Gabriel Retreat Center. The retreat is open to women of our parishes. Cost for the day is $15.00 which includes lunch. Transportation is not included. All women from both parishes are invited – and all are welcome to bring a friend. Our retreat speaker will be directed Sister Mary Beth Makuch SS C.M. Delegate for Consevate Life for the Diocese of Scranton and Coordinator of the Ministry with the Deaf and Persons with Disabilities. You may register by calling the parish office.

World Mission Sunday

This Sunday is World Mission Sunday! We are invited to "do good on earth," by putting our faith into action in support of the work of missionaries. Your prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday support the tireless work of so many priests, religious and lay leaders around the world as they offer practical, emotional and spiritual care to communities, children and families in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. For more information visit: www.IAmAMissionary.org.

September 24, 2013

Reverend and dear Father,

Dear Deacon,

On the weekend of October 19 and 20, World Mission Sunday will be celebrated by the universal Church. It is the Church’s yearly reminder that we are a people called to preach Christ to the ends of the earth.

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has touched the world by his deep resolve to proclaim the gospel message in both word and deed, especially to the poor, the brokenhearted and the most vulnerable among us. In so doing, he has challenged us to acknowledge and embrace the missionary nature of the Church. In every land, World Mission Sunday will be observed on the weekend of October 19 and 20, 2013. This essential observance calls us to reflect upon who we are as followers of Jesus. It also invites us to be inspired by the heroes of our Church who serve God’s beloved children in places of poverty, injustice, and even outright persecution. Missionary priests, religious, and lay groups make it possible for the neediest in our midst to encounter Christ, through the sacraments, the Word of God, and hearts that are open to the presence of the living God.

The Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Church's chief missionary support, provides resources for the work of evangelization in more than 1,150 mission dioceses throughout the world. No other effort is more integral to the Church's very existence. As such, on World Mission Sunday, every parish of the Diocese of Scranton is asked to embrace the missionary work of the Church, to support the good work of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith and to make as its own the words of Pope Francis: “The Church ... is not a relief organization or an enterprise ... but a community of people, animated by the Holy Spirit, who have lived and are living the wonder of the encounter with Jesus Christ and want to share this experience of deep joy, the message of salvation that the Lord gave us. It is the Holy Spirit that guides the Church in this path.”

The theme for Mission Sunday is: “Do good on earth.” It is taken from the words of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Patroness of the Missions, and is a call to put faith into action. At a time when the needs of worldwide missionary efforts have grown substantially and the urgency of the cry of the poor is so pronounced, the gift of your generosity is more appreciated than ever. Jesus commissioned His apostles and told them, “As the Father has sent me, so I have sent you” (John 20:21). On World Mission Sunday, may we be united in providing true assistance where it is needed most, for the sake of Christ! Thank you for all that you and the people of your parish do to embrace the missionary spirit of the Gospel.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

†Joseph C. Bambera

Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L.

Bishop of Scranton

2013 Confirmation Class

The Holy Spirit come upon you and guide you always!

2013 Confirmation Class

Stephen Anthony Carite

Quinn Elizabeth Grace Kelley

Brittney Ann Therese Cesari-Frable

Alexis Louise Ann Killino

Alissa Ann Chorba

Samantha Rose Veronica Kropa

Kristen Rose Chorba

Thomas Edmund John Lynn

Logan Joseph Clauss-Walton

Austin Joseph Anthony Mizerak

Evan Robert Patrick Collins

Colin Patrick Joseph Munley

Michael Adam Conway

Kella Ann Brigid Pacifico

Douglas Allen Cooke

Elizabeth Marie Rose Piorkowski

Cali Ann Craig

Aaron Michael Timothy Polon

Brendan Michael Davies

Andrew Charles Reina

Jesse Elizabeth Theresa Doyle

Trevor Joseph Andrew Sablan

Liam Noel Michael Evanina

Daniel Joseph Patrick Schmidt

Anita Louise Hedwig Farah

Joseph Michael Skumanich

Catherine Grace Cecilia Farrell

Christina Ann Sophia Szymczyk

Zachary Taylor Samuel Fiume

Emily Marie Teresa Temple

Anthony Gregory Michael Giovagnoli

Amanda Lynn Angela Varaksa

Jocelyn Nicole Ann Griffin

Lauren Stephanie Bridget Williams

On behalf of Monsignor Delaney and the entire Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parish, congratulations to our Confirmation candidates. May the Lord bless you and your families and may you always know of God’s great love! Many thanks to Mr. John Musyt, Director of Religious Education at Holy Cross Parish, Mrs. Rosemarie Liesiefsky, Director of Religious Education at Blessed Sacrament, Dr. Lindsey Wotanis and Mrs. Laura Keller, Confirmation teachers, and all those who have prepared the children for this wonderful celebration!

Our most sincere thanks to Bishop Timlin and our Confirmation candidates, teachers, parents and sponsors for a wonderful service on Tuesday. A thank you also to the music ministry from both parishes. Thank you to Walter Lesnefsky for all the work that he completed on our programs. May God continue to Bless and Keep you all.

Gospel and Homily for September 29, 2013: Charity - Who We Are and What We Are

"It is only for your love and your love alone that the poor will forgive you for what you give to them." - St. Vincent De Paul

In this homily, Monsignor Delaney speaks to us about the importance of service in our development as Christians. How true service is done without any expectation of gratitude If we do not put our faith into action, it leads to a spiritual emptiness. Thus service is as much for the person who serves as the person who is helped by the service.

Jesus reminds us that too frequently someone right in front us may be neglected because we are too distracted. Jesus wants us to remember who we are and what we are about.

Gospel and Homily for October 6, 2013: Increase Our Faith

In this Homily, Monsignor Delaney talks about working with what gifts we have been given. In the Gospel the disciples asked the Lord to "Increase our Faith." Jesus chastises them; their gifts are enough for all the challenges they shall face--for all the tasks they need to accomplish.

The same is true for us. Our faith, our talents, our strengths, our gifts, they are enough. We don't need anything else. What is required now is to carry this faith, these talents, into our community, and with them to grow the kingdom of God. That is what is required of us as "unprofitable servants." If we accomplish all that, it will only be what was required. Let us go together, and do what God requires of us.

Special All Souls Day Liturgy


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2012 thru October 2013). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Saturday, November 9 at 4:00 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.

Vote November 6th

Be sure to Vote November 6th


Our most sincere thanks to Bishop Timlin and our Confirmation candidates, teachers, parents and sponsors for a wonderful service on Tuesday. May God continue to Bless and Keep you all.

November 1: All Saint's Day: Holy Day of Obligation

Please note the mass schedule for this week's Holy Day of Obligation, All Saints Day.

Date Time Location Intention Requested By
Thursday 10/31 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament Deceased Members of the Stecco Family Joan & Ed Stecco
All Saints Vigil 4:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Mary Helen Peko Henry Peko & Family
7:00 PMHoly CrossJean McHughHusband & Family
Friday 11/1 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament John Glooch Lucia Spareboom
All Saints 8:00 AMHoly CrossIrene DubielCindy & Dave Culp
5:00 PMHoly CrossJoseph WasnetskyJoan & Nicole Wasnetsky
6:00 PM Blessed Sacrament Parishioners of Blessed Sacrament & Holy Cross

HEALING MASS set for Monday, November 4.

Monsignor John A Esseff will be celebrant at a Mass for Healing on Monday, November 4th at Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop. Confessions – 6:00 – 7:00 PM Mass will begin at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.


Thank you to members of the Confraternity of Christian Woman from Holy Cross and the members of the Altar & Rosary Society from Blessed Sacrament who provided the wonderful receptions after each of the special 4 p.m. liturgies. Also, a word of appreciation to the members of the choirs for providing such beautiful music.

Gifts for Kids 2013

Gifts For Kids

Catholic Social Services is teaming up Friends of the Poor for this year’s “Gifts for Kids” Toys are needed for both Scranton & Carbondale locations.

Registration is Required:

CSS, 516 Fig St, Nov 18th through Nov 22nd. Times are: 9:30 – 11:30 and 1:30 – 4:30. For Jessup & North - CSS, 80 Terrace St., Carbondale (same date and times as above) Scranton Donations can be dropped off at CSS, 516 Fig St., Scranton from 9 – 5 or at Friends of the Poor, Jackson Terrace, 148 Meridian Ave., Scranton from 9 – 3. .Scranton’s Distribution will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18th from 9 - 5, at Nativity/Marion Catholic Building, Hemlock St., Scranton

Parents should bring: Photo ID / verification of income for everyone in household / social security card or Access card for everyone in the household / proof of address with a recent date.

In the Hospital

You must notify us if you are in 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.

Our local hospitals are having problems with their computer systems and are unable to give us patients names. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the office so Monsignor Delaney may visit. Thank you for your help.

Parish Council

Parish Council

What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

Every diocese develops its own guidelines or norms for Parish Pastoral Councils in line with Church teaching, Canon Law and the vision the bishop has for sharing his “shepherding” role with his pastors, clergy, religious and lay leaders.

Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, in exercising a collaborative Servant Leadership style has called for reinvigorated Parish Pastoral Councils, ones which reflect the Servant Leadership of Jesus Christ. Bishop Bambera states that, “the future of the diocese lies in the generous Servant-Leadership of priests, religious and laity who wounded but loved, freely give themselves to Christ’s good news mission of gathering those scattered from the love of God and the Church” The Bishop goes on to remind us that “the mystery of parish life lies in generous self- giving or Servant Leadership in the way of Jesus.”

Pilgrims from Scranton

Pope Francis, October 23, 2013

On Wednesday, October 23, faithful from the Diocese of Scranton joined with 80,000+ pilgrims from around the world for the weekly audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. In his address to the faithful, the Holy Father reflected upon Mary as a model of faith and charity for all believers.

The presence of pilgrims from the Diocese of Scranton was announced during the audience and Bishop Bambera, along with Father Thomas Muldowney, Vicar General, were given the opportunity to meet the Holy Father personally.

Bishop Bambera noted that he thanked the Holy Father for his great example and invitation to all of the faithful to generous service in the Church. The Holy Father responded by stating that he was grateful for the bishop's words and asked the bishop and faithful of the Diocese, “Please pray for me.”

Bishop Bambera meets Pope Francis after the Holy Father’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 23.

2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive

Please Give, Thanks!

Helps us reach out to the hungry in our neighborhood! The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament are collecting non-perishable food items until Friday, November 22. Food will be distributed to local food pantries to feed the hungry throughout the holiday season. Food items can be placed in the vestibule.

Veteran's Day Prayer

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

Welcome to the Diocese of Scranton Facebook Page

We are pleased to announce the Diocese of Scranton Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DioceseOfScranton.

This addition to our communication outlets – which include The Catholic Light, CTV: Catholic Television, and the Diocesan website – provides another tool for raising awareness about the faith we share and the local and universal Church that we support.

We hope that our page will remain informational and useful to Catholics in the Diocese of Scranton while offering a valuable insight into our community for the faithful outside our diocese so that all who visit will learn more about the good work that is taking place in our eleven diocesan counties. We invite you to “like” our page, add it to your interest list, share it with your friends, and visit often.

You are also encouraged to visit the Facebook pages of other Diocesan departments. They are listed on our website at: http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/social-media/.