• 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

Easter Triduum Schedule

Easter Triddum Schedule

Holy Thursday - April 17th

Mass of the Lord's Supper

6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
7:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Good Friday - April 18th

The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

1:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
3:30 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Stations of the Cross

5:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
6:00 p.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop

Holy Saturday - April 19th

Blessing of Baskets

11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Vigil

8:00 p.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant

Easter Sunday - April 20th


8:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
9:30 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
11:00 a.m.Holy Cross – Olyphant
11:00 a.m.Blessed Sacrament – Throop
12:30 a.m.Holy Cross – Throop

Baby Shower

The Social Justice Committee will sponsor a Baby Shower on Sunday, April 7 to collect baby items in support of St. Joseph’s Center. The Baby Shower will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall. Enjoy some food, desserts, beverages, party games, prizes, basket raffle. Admission $15.00 or comparable gift. RSVP by March 30. Reservation forms can be found at the entrances of the Churches.

The Passion of the Lord

It is you who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer a kingdom on you. Today begin 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.

FIrst Holy Communion 2013

Congratulations to our Holy Communion Classes that received their First Holy Communion this weekend. May our Lord always protect these children and nourish their faith.

Easter Duty 2014

All parishioners are reminded of their obligation to fulfill their “Easter Duty.” A person’s Easter duty consists of receiving Holy Communion at least once between Ash Wednesday and Pentecost Sunday as well as celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation to confess any mortal sin. This year Pentecost Sunday is June 8th.


  • WOMEN’S WEEKEND (must be 21 or older): July 5th-6th--7th
  • GIRLS BASKETBALL (entering grades 5-10): July 7th – 12th
  • GIRLS BASKETBALL (entering grades 5-10): July 14th – 19th
  • GIRLS TRADITIONAL CAMP (entering grades 3-10): July 7th – 12th
  • GIRLS TRADITIONAL CAMP (entering grades 3-10): July 14th – 19th
  • FATHER / SON WEEKEND (sons ages 6-13): July 19th – 20th-21st
  • BOYS BASKETBALL (entering grades 4-9):July 21st – 25th

Visit: www.dioceseofscranton.org click on Camp St. Andrew under Social Services or visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/campstandrew for more information and registration.

Confraternity of Christian Women


will hold their meeting on March 1, 2:00 PM at Kelley Hall. All are welcome to attend.

HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT would like to thank Holy Cross Confraternity of Christian Women

for the purchase of new computers for the office. Money used was from the December Lotto. Also, a thank you to parishioners and friends for participating with the Lotto which made this possible.THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is seeking new members!

The Confraternity is one of our parish’s oldest and most dedicated ministries. Members of the Confraternity serve Holy Cross Parish by living out their call to holiness distinctively as women, who are the backbone of this spiritual and charitable organization, which is under the banner of our Blessed Mother. They share a social bond as well as a love of their parish, and the need to participate in helping it grow and prosper. While primarily a spiritual group, the Confraternity also helps organize and run a number of different events throughout the year. Members are also active in volunteering with other parish ministries. Meetings are held monthly. The Confraternity of Christian Women welcomes women of any age for prayer, community, spirituality, service and friendship.


In Saint Faustina’s vision, Jesus asked that the Feast of Mercy be celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. In this, our Lord is showing us the close connection between the Easter mystery of man’s redemption and His Divine Mercy. The Feast of Divine Mercy is a day of grace for all people.

Jesus attached great promises to this Feast, the greatest of which is tied in with the reception of Holy Communion. He promises complete forgiveness of sins if one approaches the fountain of Life on the Feast of Mercy with an attitude of trust.

The greatness of this Feast lies also in the fact that everyone, even those who are converted that every day may obtain grace for the asking, if what they ask is compatible with God’s will.

“I want this image of Divine Mercy” Jesus told Faustina to be solemnly blessed on the first Sunday after Easter. I desire the Feast of Marcy to be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though their sins be scarlet.

Flowers Delivered to Shut-In

Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!


Many thanks to the numerous people who worked so hard to prepare for our various Holy Week services: the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Lectors, Altar Servers, Adult Altar Servers, Sacristans, members of our Music Ministry, Ushers, and Church Cleaners, maintenance and secretarial staff. What a beautiful job once again! Also a word of appreciation to the Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish and the Altar & Rosary of Blessed Sacrament Parish for purchasing the chocolate crosses for the children. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our parish!

I am the Ressurection and the Life - 2013

John 11:25

“Lowly and yet chosen”.

“Miserando atque eligendo”

“Because he saw him through the eyes of mercy and he chose him”

Blessed, Happy Easter! Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has as his papal motto a beautiful reminder that he, and we, have been chosen by a loving and gracious God to be awakened to mercy and to be Gods’ mercy for others.

Celebrating Easter. We remember those in our midst who have chosen to enter into a relationship with our community and have been initiated into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil with Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.

On the First Sunday of Lent, their choice to be in relationship, to be family with us was validated and ratified by Bishop Bambera at St. Peter’s Cathedral. Bishop Bambera said “I choose you to come to celebrate the sacraments of initiation at the Easter Vigil”.

This Easter Sunday, as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ in the company of the newly initiated, we renew our baptismal covenant as we choose anew to build up the Body of Christ in our midst: in our families, our Church and community.

This day we are asked once again, “Do you choose to reject sin so as to live in the freedom of the Children of God?” We respond, “I Do”. Yes, we do. We, who have been seen through the eyes of God’s mercy and chosen by God, choose, consciously and deliberately to proclaim and live our resurrection faith.

May your Easter be filled with joy and the love of our Risen Savior.

Msgr. Delaney

Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor will be coming to our parish this weekend. We are all aware of the wonderful work that the sisters do for our community. Please be as generous as possible.

Statement of Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton

The election of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the 265th Successor of St. Peter is joyful news. In calling forth Pope Francis to serve as Bishop of Rome and the visible head of the universal Church, God has blessed us with a leader who reflects deeply what it means to be Servant of the servants of God. Known both for his intellectual talents and pastoral ability, Pope Francis is a man of great humility, deeply committed to Christ’s teaching, with a particular sensitivity to the plight of the poor. As a leader dedicated to renewal and the work of evangelization, Pope Francis’ actions and words have long served as examples of Christ’s selfless love for all people, ensuring a sense of welcome, respect and care for all. His Latin American roots are a beautiful sign to the world of the universal nature of the Church and a powerful invitation to unity among all Catholics. I join with the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton and from around the world in praying that God will bless and sustain Pope Francis as he leads the Church, calling each of us to be faithful witnesses of the Gospel of Jesus.


Remember there were two thieves flanking Jesus at Golgotha. One of them wanted to be saved from the cross. “Save yourself and us,” he says, echoing those who mocked Jesus a few verses earlier. But the man known as the ‘good’ thief seemed to know a deeper truth: We are not to be saved from our crosses; we are only saved in and by his cross.

2012 Holy Cross Parish Chicken Barbecue

2012 was another successful year for our main fundraising event, the chicken BBQ. Thanks to everyone who made it possible!

Special thanks to John Quinn who performed for us so well!

2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

Special thanks to everyone who made this year's Family Festival such a success! Here is some video taken from the first day of the Festival.

Special thanks to Asialena and High Tension Wire, who performed so well for us!!!

2012 Blessed Sacrament Parish 5K Run/Walk

The 2012 Run/Walk--which is part of the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival--was very well attended, and everyone seemed to have a good time.

Behind the Scenes: 2012 Blessed Sacrament Halupki Dinner Time Lapse

This is a quick, fun, time-lapse video of the Halupki Dinners coming together for the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival. Thanks to all who volunteered and made it happen!

Behind the Scenes: 2012 Blessed Sacrament Potato Pancake Time Lapse

This is a quick, fun, time-lapse video of the potato pancakes being cooked for the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival. Thanks to all who volunteered and made it happen!

Sarah Marie and Joseph: Performing at the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Fesitival

Special thanks to Sarah Marie and Joseph, who performed so well at the Family Festival!

Roy E. Wood and David: Performing at the 2012 Blessed Sacrament Family Fesitival

Special thanks to Roy E. Wood and David, who performed so well at the Family Festival!

Gospel and Homily 9/16/2012: Monsignor Michael Delaney Speaks of Taking Up Our Cross

In this video, Monsignor Delaney's homily is about what it means to take up our cross and truly follow Christ.

Gospel and Homily 9/23/2012:Father James Rafferty Speaks of Accepting Christ as a Child

In this video, Father James Rafferty talks about about what it means to accept Christ as a child would, and the incomprehensible love demonstrated on the cross.

Gospel and Homily 9/30/2012: Monsignor Michael Delaney Speaks of Removing Obstacles

In this video, Monsignor Delaney's homily is about removing the obstacles that get in the way of our faith, and what it means to do the work of Christ.

Blessed Sacrament Parish Women's Tea Series featuring Cheryl Radkiewicz; October 14, 2012

On October 14, 2012 Blessed Sacrament Parish hosted the 4th episode of the Women's Tea Series. The "Harvest Tea" featured a cooking demonstration by Cheryl Radkiewicz. Cheryl demonstrated several recipes and shared may tales of cooking, chefs, and life. This video features just a few of her recipes.

The event was organized by Tina Beachaver and Maureen Hart, and Grace was performed by Monsignor Michael Delaney. Proceeds benefited the Altar and Rosary society of Blessed Sacrament Parish.

Gospel and Homily 10/28/2012: Monsignor Michael Delaney Talks about Jesus Curing the Blind

There are many things that we can blind us to Jesus' presence in our lives--from the simple daily grind to the deepest fears to our own vanity. But if we truly want to see, Jesus will open our eyes.

Gospel and Homily All Saints Day 11/1/2012: Monsignor Michael Delaney Talks of Unity with the Saints

While we call for prayers and support for all those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, we look to the saints for their example and their intercession. We remember that they are not gods or mythical beings or even angels. The saints are real people who have experienced this life, lived it well, by their example teach us, and through their prayers united with the power of God, help us in times of distress.

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