• 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

2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday


The Rectory Office will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday. If someone needs one of the priests in a case of emergency, please call the rectory number and follow the instructions.

Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

Francis made the comments after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

"I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!" Francis said. "The Lord doesn't proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don't believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God."

Ash Wednesday Schedule

Ash Wednesday

March 5, 2014 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

8:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

12:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Lent Begins - March 5, 2014

40 Days of Lent

“[It] is a fitting time to climb the holy mountain of Easter. The Lenten season has a double character, namely to prepare both catechumens and faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. The catechumens, both with the Rite of lection and Scrutinies, and by catechesis, are prepared for the celebration of the sacraments of Christian Initiation (Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation); the faithful, ever more attentive to the word of God and prayer, prepare themselves by penance for the renewal of their baptismal promises.” Caeremoniale episcoporum 249

Office Closed for Presidents' Day

The Rectory Office will be closed Monday, February 17th for the Presidents’ Day Holiday. In a case of emergency needing a priest, please call the rectory number and follow the instructions. Thank you for your kind attention to this matter.

Remembering Saint Valentine

St. Valentine

The story of Valentine’s Day began in the third century with a young priest named Valentine, who lived in Rome. The Roman Emperor Claudius ordered all Romans to worship twelve gods, but Valentine was dedicated to the ideals of Jesus Christ and Christianity. Not even the threat of death could keep him from practicing his beliefs.

One story has it that Valentine secretly left food and clothing for poor families in his village with a note saying “From Your Valentine” He didn't want to embarrass people by giving them what they needed publicly. His generosity was discovered and even after his death people remembered his good deeds by sharing with the needy on Valentine’s feast day, February 14th.

While there are many other stories about St Valentine, it is clear that he was a loving caring person. How fitting is it that his feast day has become a day when people express their love for one another around the world.

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day!!

2014 World Day of the Sick

Pope Francis in the Popemobile

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has designated Tuesday, February 11, 2014, as the 22nd World Day of the Sick. Click here to read the latest from Vatican Radio

Deanery Communal Penance Services for 2014

  • April 3 (Thursday) Blessed Sacrament at St. Anthony’s, Throop 6:30 pm
  • April 6 (Sunday) Sacred Heart, Peckville 3:00 pm
  • April 8 (Tuesday) Visitation B.V.M. , Dickson City 7:00 pm
  • April 8 (Tuesday) Holy Cross at St. Patrick’s, Olyphant 6:30 pm
  • April 9 (Wednesday) Christ the King at St. Thomas, Archbald 6:30 pm
  • April 9 (Wednesday) St. Rose of Lima, Carbondale 6:30 pm
  • April 10 (Thursday) Queen of Angels at St. Michael’s , Jessup 7:00 pm
  • April 10 (Thursday) Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary at Sacred Heart of Mary, Jermyn 6:30 pm

Lent - Entering The Desert

The 40 days of Lent recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent (this year from Matthew’s Gospel) as a reminder that we are all called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us that allow them to flourish.

Little Sisters ofthe Poor Inaugural St Patrick's Day Celebration and Dinner

The Little Sisters of the Poor Kick-Off St. Patrick’s Day in Scranton with Inaugural Celebration and Dinner

Sunday, March 9 from 12-4 p.m.

Proceeds Will Assist the Little Sisters in Updating the Safety and Security System of Holy Family Residence’s 25 exterior doors

The Little Sisters of the Poor are kicking off St. Patrick’s Day in the city of Scranton at its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner on Sunday, March 9 at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, located adjacent to Marywood University. The event will begin with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel followed by the dinner and entertainment from 12-4 p.m. in the auditorium.

Menu includes ham and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, fruit salad, rolls and butter, vanilla ice cream with mint syrup, and beverages. The entertainment for the afternoon includes “Tableside Magic by Damian the Magician” courtesy of Arcaro & Genell Restaurant & Catering from 12-1 p.m.; Frankie Gervasi of “The Poets” from 1-2 p.m.; and Irish step dancing by the Crossmolina School of Dance from 2-3 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065 or online at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org. They can also be purchased at the door.

In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There will also be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as 50/50 raffles.

There will be plenty of free and convenient parking in the residence’s parking lot or via a handicap accessible bus providing transportation from the Marywood University parking lot on the corner of Adams and University Avenues to the Sisters’ front door.

Soup and Stations - Volunteers Needed

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall. Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie at 489-8143 or Carol at 489-1915. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

ST. PATRICK’S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 is planning a 50th class reunion for October 2014. If you are interested, please get in touch with Barbara Rosetti 570-489-2872 or Betty McCormick Ciciloni 570-383-0487.

The Light Is On For You - Celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation

The Light Is On For You – all Mondays of Lent from 5:30-7:00pm. All the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton will be open for individual confessions. In keeping with the spirit of Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter, Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered, inviting Catholics to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation is an important dimension of the Lenten journey. The website, www.dioceseofscranton.org/light has materials to assist you in preparing to make a good confession, prayers you may find helpful, and answers to frequently asked questions. Please make plans to come on a Lenten Monday, and spread the word of this special outreach of mercy to those you know.

Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

This Lent are you looking to attend daily Mass? Daily Mass is celebrated as follows at our neighboring parishes:

Christ the King Parish

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon
  • St. Mary’s Church, Eynon – Thursdays at 7:15 and 12:00 noon

Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

  • Monday thru Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 12 noon

Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

  • St. James Church – Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m.5:30 pm on Friday with stations

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

  • Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm on Friday with stations

Support Christians in the Holy Land

The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.

Authentic Vatican Replica of the Shroud of Turin

Shroud of Turin, Authentic Vatican Replica at St Vladimir Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Scranton March 30, April 11, 2014. Call the parish office at 570-342-7023 for exhibit hours.

Lent - FAQ

Lent is a special season where the Church prepares for the great feast of Easter. In many ways, it is a forty-day retreat of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. At Mass, we mark this time of preparation with several different liturgical actions.

Why is the Gloria not sung during Lent? The Gloria is always omitted during Lent, although it is sung on solemnities such as St. Joseph’s Day and the Annunciation. By suppressing the joyful song of the Gloria, the liturgy places greater emphasis on the Act of Penance. This gives the whole liturgy a more somber air, suitable for a season of preparation and penance.

Why is the Gospel Acclamation different? The Gospel Acclamation (the Alleluia) is a way of honoring Jesus Christ and elevating the Gospel reading above the others. However, during Lent the word Alleluia is not used. This is another sign of the season’s character as a time of restraint and sobriety, when we do penance and are conscious of sin and the need for conversion.

Why does the priest use the Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation? There are two Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation; both are appropriate for the season of Lent as a time of repentance and preparation for baptismal renewal. The first Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation reminds us: “Now is the time for your people to turn back to you and be renewed in Christ your Son, a time of grace and reconciliation.”


Fast from judging others;

feast on seeing the best in people.

Fast from emphasis on differences;

feast on the unity of all life.

Fast from despair; feast on hope.

Fast from thoughts of illness;

feast on the healing power of God.

Fast from words that destroy;

feast on the phrases that are encouraging.

Fast from discontent; feast on gratitude.

Fast from anger; feast on patience.

Fast from being negative; feast on being positive.

Fast from worry; feast on trust.

Fast from complaining; feast on appreciation.

Fast from hostility; feast on peacemaking.

Fast from bitterness; feast on forgiveness.

Fast from constant activity; feast on slowing down.

Fast from disrespect;

feast on recognizing the sacred in all life.

Fast from self concern;

feast on compassion for others.

All Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence where all Catholics 14 years of age and older are required to abstain from meat. And Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence.All Catholics 18 years of age and over are bound by Church law to fast; only one large meal and two smaller meals. At the age of 60 (or if one is sick), a person is no longer required to fast.

Oops - Note to Envelope Users

ENVELOPE USERS: Our PDS Computer system and the Envelope Company put in a conversion program and we were not aware, once again new parishioners were dropped from receiving new envelope packets. We have about 100 families that have not received their packets. Temporary envelopes are being sent. Please be sure to mark your name on the temporary envelopes.


Holy Thursday – Tuesday, April 15- Blessed Sacrament 6:30 PM; Holy Cross 7:30 PM.

Good Friday – Wednesday, April 16- Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM; Holy Cross 6:30 PM

Saturday Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 19 – Holy Cross 9:30 AM

St. Francis Kitchen - Coffee and Non-Dairy Creamer Needed

St. Francis Kitchen – Coffee and Non-dairy Creamer needed If you are able to donate either of these items you may drop them off at St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton any day from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. Thank you for your support!

First Holy Communion 2014

First Holy Communion took place Saturday, May 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Parish and on Sunday, May 4th at 9:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May our Lord bless and keep these children in his care. The Women’s Societies of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross have provided the First Holy Communion recipients with a rosary and a prayer packet. The men of both parishes have provided for the flowers to crown the Blessed Mother. Thank you for your continued generosity.


“Christ redeemed us all and gave perfect glory to God principally through his Paschal Mystery: dying he destroyed our death and rising he restored our life. Therefore the Easter Triduum of the Passion and Resurrection of Christ is the culmination of the entire liturgical year. The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.” These days recall the central mystery of our faith: the Passion, death, and Resurrection of Christ.

From the General Norms for the Liturgical Year and the Calendar, paragraphs #18-19.

HOLY THURSDAY – The season of Lent concludes with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The only Mass celebrated is in the evening when we remember Jesus’ celebration of the Passover meal. We recall that Jesus took the form of a slave and washed the feet of his disciples – giving us an example of what it means to follow Christ. Furthermore, we celebrate the institution of the Eucharist, when Jesus gave us his Body and Blood to feed us on our journey of faith. After communion, a ciborium with consecrated hosts for Good Friday is left on the altar. The Holy Eucharist then leads the procession to the Lower Chapel where the Eucharist will be reposed, reminding us of Christ’s prayer in the Garden. After the procession, the altar in the Upper Church is stripped, all candles are extinguished, and the holy water is removed from the fonts.

GOOD FRIDAY – Good Friday is a celebration of Jesus’ Passion – recalling His suffering and death on the cross that He suffered for each of us. Because it is through His death that we have salvation we call the day ‘Good.’ Traditionally the Lord’s Passion is celebrated between the hours of 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Based on the Gospel accounts, it is presumed that Jesus died around 3:00 p.m. Note, there is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday, rather it is a celebration of the Word which includes the veneration of the cross and distribution of Holy Eucharist which was consecrated on Holy Thursday.

HOLY SATURDAY – The Easter Vigil is the highest celebration of the Church’s liturgical year. This is the celebration that our Lenten preparations have pointed to – both the Resurrection of Jesus and the welcoming of new members into the Church through Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. The Easter Vigil begins in darkness, symbolizing the darkness of the tomb. The Paschal Candle enters the church symbolizing Christ, who is the light of the world and Christ who is now risen from the dead. The light of Christ shatters the darkness and illuminates the entire Church as the Gloria is sung. The elect are baptized and confirmed after the homily.

The Passion of the Lord

It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you. Today begins Holy Week. This week we have the great privilege of standing with Jesus as he undergoes his passion.

Like the Twelve, we may not always do this perfectly. We may fall asleep in the garden instead of keeping vigil. We may strike out clumsily with a sword and miss the real foe. Maybe we will join him only at the last moment, like the “good thief” who recognized Jesus’ innocence and asked to be remembered in his kingdom. But no matter how successful we are, Jesus remains determined to do his Father’s will, all because of his love for us.

On Holy Thursday, we join, Jesus at table and as he washes his apostles’ feet, institutes the first priesthood and offers the first Eucharist. Late into the night, we can keep watch with him in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

On Good Friday, we can accompany him along the way of the cross and stand by him on Calvary.

At the Easter Vigil, we can celebrate his victory over death as we light a new fire and rejoice as our new brothers and sisters are baptized and received into the Church. Don’t wait for the last minute. Start walking with the Lord today.

Let us pray, Father your Son chose your will for Him over His own desires. Help us to remember your will, even when it seems difficult. You are always with us, especially in our times of need. We are thankful for your blessing every day. Amen.

Third Annual Baby Shower for St. Joseph's Center

When: Sunday April 27, 2014 At 2:00 PM

Where: Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 216 Rebecca St., Throop, Pa.

Hosted by Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross parishes Social Concerns Committee

Please RSVP by April 20, 2014

Call 489-5125 or 383-0710

Reservation forms are in the vestibule of the Churches and in the bulletin.

2014 Communion Class

2014 Confirmation Class

Gia Baldan

Abrielle Beck

Lauren Beck

Sammantha Campbell

Ariel Coleman

Kacy Connor

Evan Coppola

Mackenzie Crane

Andrew Daiute

James Davis

Callum DeQuevedo

Maya Good

Steven Halloran

Mae Kaufman

Jack Krowiak

Giana Martinez-Urso

Jacob Mitchell

Alexander Morano

Nicholas Pasko

Vanessa Pitoniak

Brad Prado

Deonte Ratay-Inshetski

Ryan Repecki

Jordan Ricciardi

Randy Sewitsky Jr.

Lucia Smargiassi

Zachary Smith

Gabriella Staback

Richard Vinansky

Noah White

Brady Lettieri

Kelly Wilson

Noah Lukasik

Allie Wisneski

Katrina Davis

Kaylah Magliocchi

Gerard Dolinsky III

Jonathon Ottone

Michelle Kostik

Lucas Sekelsky

Luke Lorenzetti

Kiera Brooke Shibley

Emilee Tomsak

May God Bles You!!!

Ascension Thursday 2014

Ascension Thursday, a holy day of obligation for all Roman Catholics, will be celebrated on Thursday, May 29th.

Please note the following schedule for the Feast of the Ascension:

Wednesday, May 28th Regular morning Mass at 8:00 a.m.

Vigil Masses

  • 4:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross

Ascension Thursday Masses

Thursday, May 29th

  • 7:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Cross
  • 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross