• 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

Christmas Giving Tree

Christmas Giving Tree

The CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE will be in the vestibules of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament on November 23. UNWRAPPED gifts to be returned by December 8.

November Movie Night

Movie Night

Tuesday, November 19 6:30 p.m. Kelley Hall “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical filmed for video is a fun-filled, family oriented rags to riches story of Joseph and his eleven brothers and Joseph’s many colored coat. A great way to enter into the story of Jacob and his twelve son’s in the book of Gensis.

Tuesday, November 19 6:30 p.m. Kelley Hall “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical filmed for video is a fun-filled, family oriented rags to riches story of Joseph and his eleven brothers and Joseph’s many colored coat. A great way to enter into the story of Jacob and his twelve son’s in the book of Genesis.

Sons of the American Legion Raffle

SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION SQUADRON 328 will be selling raffle tickets after all masses. Proceeds to benefit the Gino J Merli Veterans Center and the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets are $5, top prize $1,000 drawing date Nov 27, 2013.

Christmas Flowers

Christmas Flowers

Anyone wishing to make a donation in memory of a deceased loved one towards the purchase of Christmas flowers is asked to use the Christmas Flower Envelope located in your packet of envelopes. Please write the name you wish to make the donation in memory of on the envelope or on a plain white envelope.

Collection for the Philippines

Thank you for your continued generosity. The parish of Holy Cross collected over $3,000 for the people in the Philippines. Blessed Sacrament collected $804.

Thanksgiving Food Drive - Thanks!

A special Thank You to all who donated to our food drive. Food will be distributed to local food pantries to feed the hungry throughout the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Prayer 2013

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.

2014 Calendars Available

2014 Calendars are here!

The 2014 calendars are available this weekend at Blessed Sacrament. A special thanks is extended to the John. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donation to Blessed Sacrament Parish for sponsoring the calendars.

BAPTISMAL CERTIFICATES NEEDED

Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s Baptismal Certificate is required by Monday, December 16th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

Christmas Decorating Volunteers Needed

Volunteers for Christmas Decorating Needed!

If you are willing to help clean or decorate, please come to the church on Sunday December 21 at Holy Cross and on Sunday, December 21 at Blessed Sacrament. Both churches will begin decorating at noon.

CTV CATHOLIC TELEVISION UPDATE  

“OUR FAITH…OUR DIOCESE”

#87, December, 2013

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In the December edition of Our Faith…Our Diocese:

                                                                                                   We’ll see how young adults from around our Diocese will soon be reaching out to persons with disabilities thanks to a new music ministry offered by our Office for Parish Life.

   Bishop Bambera celebrates a special liturgy commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Theresians International of Scranton.

2014 Diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass

His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2014 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 22. The event includes a 2:30 pm mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with a mailing address, should be made through your pastor before February 14.

2017 Financial Statements

Please call the office for your records.

Financial Statements for the 2017 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2017, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2017 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement for your donations please call the office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.

Gratitude for Food Collected

A special word of appreciation to all the members of the Social Justice Committee for continuing this tradition. Thank you to the students and faculty of Mid Valley School District who collected a truck load of food for distribution. Also a work of thanks to the Rotary Club for continuing their yearly tradition. And finally a word of thanks to our parishioners who were very generous.

Parish Christmas Party 2013

Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes will hold a combined Parish Christmas Party on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at the Amore in Dickson City beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Christmas party is open to all parishioners and friends of the parish. EJ the D.J. will be playing for your enjoyment. Further details will follow.

Pope Francis on Evangelization

Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in Assisi, Italy. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, our Holy Father lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

Pope Francis’ voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document’s relatively relaxed style – he writes that an “evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” – and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and “spiritual worldliness.”

The church’s message “has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary,” he writes. “In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead.”

Inspired by Jesus’ poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a “church which is poor and for the poor.”

The poor “have much to teach us,” he writes. “We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voices to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”

The Candy Cane

The Candy Cane

The Candy Cane is just one of the many symbols of the Christmas season; it is a symbol of Jesus our Savior. It is in the shape of a shepherd’s crook, reminding us that Jesus is the Good Shepherd. Upside down, it forms a “J” to symbolize His name. The white is for His life, holy, perfect, and without blame. And the stripe of red is for His blood so pure and freely given on the cross for our salvation. Next time you enjoy a sweet-tasting Candy Cane, take the opportunity to say a short prayer, thanking God for the great gift of his Son, Jesus.

Quilts for the Homeless Project

The Quilts for the Homeless Project made by the Confirmation Class will be delivered to St Francis Kitchen December 14.

Christmas Blessings

Mary and the baby Jesus

“Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. For today in the city of David, a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” Luke 2:8-11.

News of Great Joy!

We move from Advent waiting and joyful expectation to the familiar refrain, “Joy to the World! As heaven and nature sing, we receive the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ, joy is constantly born anew…I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy.”

Celebrate Christmas joy with us at Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop

Joy at Christmas Mass:

Blessed Sacrament, Throop

December 24 @ 4:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M.

December 25 @ 9:30 A.M.

Holy Cross, Olyphant

December 24 @ 4:00 P.M. and 10:30 P.M.

December 25 @ 11:00 A.M.

Christmas Blessings and Peace

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

Change of Address or Phone Number

Have you recently moved or changed your phone number? Has one of your children been baptized at another church? If your personal information changes, please call the Parish Office so we can update our database. Without accurate information regarding your address, phone number or the names of your children, we have no way to contact you with information regarding the parish, religious education or other important events in the life of the parish. All information is confidential!

Prayers for the Christmas Season

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. 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!!

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 and a Happy New Year to all. - Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

The Holy Family

Let us put our hope in Jesus, the name of salvation given to men and women of every language and race. Confessing his name, let us walk trustfully toward the future, certain that we will not be disappointed if we trust in the most holy name of Jesus. Lord, I offer you my life. All my dreams, plans, hopes and fears are yours. Give me the Faith to follow you today, knowing that you will work all things together for my good.

Thanks to all!!

A word of gratitude to all who continue to make this Christmas season merry and bright, our wonderful staff, liturgical ministries, volunteers, men’s & women’s groups, choirs and music directors – to one and all, Thank You. Thank you also to all for cards and sweets and expression of generosity, kindness and prayers. May God bless us, everyone. A Holy and Happy New Year Gratefully, Monsignor Delaney

Chalk for New Year House Blessing


The blessing of the home is a popular Epiphany custom. Many families use blessed chalk and mark the entrances of their home with the year and the initials CMB: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar, the names of the three wise men. The inscription this year would read: “20 + C + M + B + 20.” Blessed chalk and the prayer for the annual house blessing will be available next week.

2014 March For Life

The 2014 March For Life will be held January 22, 2014.

Pennsylvania will join tens of thousands of their counterparts from across the nation for the 40th Annual March for Life on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 , in Washington, D.C. Regional charters of the Pennsylvanians for Human Life (PHL) will offer round-trip bus transportation. Bus reservations are requested as soon as possible.

In Washington, participants will join together with other activists in a peaceful march to protest the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, which legalized abortion-on-demand and has caused the deaths of more than 50 million unborn children.

Prior to the march, there will be a peaceful rally at noon on the Ellipse, just south of the White House. The march will proceed to the Capitol and the Supreme Court building. Afterward, marchers may visit their local congressional delegations and demonstrate their concern on the continuing effort to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Aslo on this day, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States marks a Day of Prayer for legal protection of unborn children.

2014 New Year's Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God and is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule for New Year’s is as follows:

Tuesday, December 31st 2013

  • 4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
  • 4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

Wednesday , January 1st 2014

  • 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
  • 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

January 1 Happy New Year!!!

January 21, 2014 Movie Night

Movie Night

"Bella"

Tuesday, January 21 at 6:30 Kelley Hall

Bella is a powerful and moving utterly unique story that will life your spirits and capture your heart.

The life affirming message of “Bella" helps us to enter into reflection, conversation, prayer and fasting as we life up the dignity of life from the moment of conception until natural death.

2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“Has Christ Been Divided?” (1 Corinthians 1: 1-17) is the theme for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: "that all may be one... that the world may believe" (John 17:21). The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches.

2013 Christmas Party Thanks

Christmas Party: A good time was had by all, music and food were good. We missed you!!!