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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

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First Holy Communion

The Body of Christ. Amen.
The Blood of Christ. Amen.

Under normal circumstances, you, our 1st Communion candidates would be receiving First Communion this weekend in our parishes. But - you are not a normal group of students. You are an extraordinary group of young people - hungry for the presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, excited about coming to the table of the Lord for the first time, having to be a little more patient as we look forward to sharing what is sure to be a wonderful experience. In the meantime, we -- the members of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes, our family of faith, are praying for you.

"Father, you give each one of us a special life and love in our families. It is through the experience of sharing and growing together that we deepen our experience of You. As we join with our children in this time of preparation before they celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist for the first time, we ask you to be with us in the power and gift of your Spirit. We ask You to encourage all of us to be aware of the wonder of Your gift and to deepen our union with You and with one another in and through Jesus Your son. Amen."

Blessed Sacrament

Madison Baltrusaitis
Ryan Fagan
Emma Charney
Leland James
Roman Davitt
Mason Kelly Ava Merrifield

Holy Cross

Michael Abda
Jacob Foley
Paul Alunni
Elizabeth Fortuner
Jacob Bennett
Kyrin Frushon
Jake Borusiewicz
Joshua Gaughan
Liam Brophy
Daniel Krott
Andrew Buranich
Anthony Paone
Elijah Campbell
Marteen Pisanchyn
Luke Cantafio
Clare Reckless
Adam Coviello
Nevaeh Rembish
Joseph DiChiara
Sofia Roman
Mia Fazio
Ava Takacs
Emma Finlon
Emma Thomas
Luke Fiorelli
Sophia Vitaletti
Mia Williams


"On this day in particular, but also in the ordinary pastoral life of our communities, I ask the Church to continue to promote vocations. May she touch the hearts of the faithful and enable each of them to discover with gratitude God's call in their lives, to find courage to say 'yes' to God, to overcome all weariness through faith in Christ, and to make of their lives a song of praise for God, for their brothers and sisters and for the whole world. May the Virgin Mary accompany us and intercede for us."

+Pope Francis, World Day of Prayer for Vocations, 2020


Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7

First Letter of Saint Peter 2:4-9

John 14:1-12

"You are a' chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises' of him who called you out of darkness into his wonder light." 1 Peter 2:9

The work of discipleship, the responsibility of each and every baptized person, is to live our lives as a reflection of the light and love of God we have received in our Baptism. Who are we choosing to be? What are we doing with the gift of God's loving grace today? To bring light in these days of worry, to be hope in moments of anxiety to fight off negativity and cynicism, to stand firmly in the love of our god and the peace of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ is the clear challenge of this weekend's readings.

This Easter season is going by so quickly-stop and take the time to pray, to reflect, to be grateful for blessings and graces.


The readings for the last few Sundays have been about the Resurrection, but today's Gospel takes us back in time to an event in Jesus' life before his Passion. Jesus tells his disciples that he is going to prepare a place for them in his Father's house. He promises that where he is going, his disciples will be able to follow. Thomas, who will later doubt the disciples' reports that they have seen the Risen Lord, contradicts Jesus by saying that the disciples don't know where Jesus is going or how to get there. Jesus explains that he himself is the way, the truth, and the life. In knowing and loving Jesus, the disciples now love God the Father.

Philip then makes a request that challenges Jesus' words. Philip wants Jesus to show the Father to the disciples. Recall that Jesus has just told his disciples, "If you know me, then you will also know my father. From now on you do know him and have seen him." As a good teacher, Jesus responds to Philip by repeating and elaborating on what he has just told the disciples: they have seen and known Jesus, so they have seen and known the Father. Then Jesus offers another reassurance about his departure: because of faith in God and in Jesus, the disciples will do the work that Jesus has done and more.

The connection between Jesus and his Father, between Jesus' work and the work of the Father, is made clear in today's Gospel. Jesus is in the Father, and God the Father is in Jesus. As God spoke his name to Moses, "I am," so too Jesus speaks his name to his disciples: "I am the way and the truth and the life."

The revelation of the Trinity is completed in the passage that follows today's reading, and it is the Gospel for next Sunday. Because Jesus goes away, the Father will send in Jesus' name the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, who will continue the work of the Father and of Jesus.


Happy Mother's Day

Navigating Mother's Day while sheltering in place, being socially distant, feels particularly hard, doesn't it? A person I spoke to recently responded when asked, "Do you need anything?" "I want my Mother." Of course. Who better to bring comfort, stability, reassurance, order, a big hug, her kitchen specialties. I texted a parishioner also - "how's it going with the grandkids?" Text back - "They. Are. Climbing. The. Walls." So - I hope we can find solace and peace in our Mom's voices during a visual brunch, a drive by beep and wave, watching a movie together/apart and calling during commercials - watching Moms and grandmothers light up with the creative, surprising things we do to let them know just how loved and cherished they are.


Good and Gentile God,

We pray in gratitude for our mothers who have joined with you in the wonder of bringing new life. You, who became human through Mary, grant to all mothers the courage they need to face the uncertain future that life with children always brings. Give them strength to live generously and to be loved in return. Give them the faithful support of their families and friends as they care for the physical and spiritual growth of their children.

Give them joy and delight in their children to sustain them through the challenges of motherhood. Give them the wisdom to turn to you for help when they need it most.

Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of the Church, pray for all our Moms. Amen.


The Ascension of the Lord

Thursday, May 21 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. We will be live streaming Mass on Facebook (The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament) at 7:00 PM.

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Acts 8: 5-8, 14-17

1 Pt. 3: 15-18

John 14: 15-21

"Whoever loves me will be loved by my father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him." Jn 14:21 Jesus knew that he was soon to be leaving his disciples and going back to the Father. He promises to send a special helper - the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells his disciples about this precious gift. Through the Holy Spirit Jesus was able to remain with the apostles then and with us in the same way today. We are not alone. We may feel impatient during this time of isolation being apart from one another but we are never alone. In Baptism and in Confirmation we have received the Holy Spirit. How is the indwelling Spirit helping you now? Take time in quiet prayer to acknowledge the Holy Spirit and to utilize the gifts we've been given to help us as we move forward.

Some helpful images from Scripture to pray with:
• If you love me, you will do as I command you.
• People focused on this world cannot know the Holy Spirit.
• I won't leave you.
• I am one with the Father.
• Many were healed.

To profess that we love God may be easy, but being obedient to Jesus' commands takes us to a new level of commitment in our Christian journey. Summed up and so familiar: Love God and love each other. Sounds easy, but when we're asked to love people with whom we disagree, people who provoke us or even treat us badly, we need to call upon the Holy Spirit in our lives. The Holy Spirit is with us and within us, a source of inner strength and empowerment helping us to live well and lovingly in these challenging times.


On Thursday, 5/28 from 3 to 5 PM, at our office on 102 Spartan Dr, Throop, PA, the staff and I will be distributing to public 500 hot dinners.

Chicken Pasta Primavera

Prepared by Tiffany’s Tap and Grill

It has been a difficult time for all. It’s just my way of saying, stay strong, it will get better and I’ll be hugging all of you again!!!!

Limit 4 dinners per car.

Please come and take home a great dinner prepared by Tom and Cheryl Farrell!

I hope to see you all this coming Thursday!

Meals donated by Bernie Fagnani


Vacation Bible School will not be held this summer-Holy Cross Chicken Bar-B-Q and Blessed Sacrament Family Festival will not take place this year.


First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 1:12-14

Second Reading: 1 Peter 4:13-16

Gospel Reading: John 17:1-11a

Today's reading is a prayer, which appears at the conclusion of Jesus' Last Supper discourse. At the end of the prayer, Jesus is arrested in the garden. The prayer might be read as Jesus' final commendation of himself to the Father. In the prayer, Jesus also expresses care and concern for his disciples.

Jesus' prayer reaffirms the complete union between Jesus and the Father. Throughout John's Gospel, Jesus has been presented as the Word, who pre-existed with the Father and was sent to do the Father' work on earth. In this prayer we learn that Jesus' life and ministry have been directed toward one purpose, revealing the father. When this work is accomplished, Jesus is to return to the Father to be glorified. Regardless of what happens to Jesus, in John's Gospel, Jesus and the Father are in charge. Even in the description of Jesus' death, Jesus does not simply die but instead hands over his spirit.

In today's Gospel we also note the distinction found in John's Gospel between the world and the disciples. The disciples are in the world, but they are separate from it because they have been given to Jesus. They are chosen from the world to be in service to the world for its salvation. This salvation has been accomplished in Jesus because Jesus has revealed the Father to the world, but the disciples will be sent by Jesus to make both the Father and Jesus known to the world. Jesus' prayer is for the disciples' work in the world.


As we continue to pray for the sick, for healthcare workers and all those who may be in harm's way. We pause and remember to be grateful.

Lord god, let us never forget all that you do for us. Sustain us with hope and light and love and joy. May we be ever mindful of the many new ways we are learning to encounter and experience you as we long to receive you in the Eucharist and share one another's company. May our lives continue to be a testimony to your incredible blessings, that your love may be known and experienced by all we are called to serve. In Jesus' name, Amen.


Pentecost Sunday


We celebrate and experience the powerful out pouring of the Holy Spirit on the whole church and on those who call themselves disciples and followers of the risen Lord. We remember and celebrate that we are filled with, anointed with the Holy Spirit.

We pray in a most special way for the Confirmation candidates of our parishes. We look forward to the moments of grace we will share with them in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The church is in need of the vitality, enthusiasm, goodness and love of our young people to bring and use their God-given gifts in sharing their love of the Lord in the world.

The first followers of Jesus weren't strong, courageous or even very faithful. They betrayed Jesus. They denied and deserted him when he needed them most. After his crucifixion they hid in fear. They had lost heart and hope.

Then - Pentecost - the Holy Spirit. They are changed, transformed. New heart, new hope, new purpose.

In this Pandemic Pentecost, we're invited to see with new eyes the reality of God's love we share. To be grateful and to use our thanksgiving to motivate us to be this love for others. To be a new people with a new message. At this very moment, our church is being reborn.

Through our Baptism and Confirmation, each of us has been filled and anointed with the same Holy Spirit who filled the hearts of believers in the early Church, in every age and, right now is this time.

Saint Oscar Romero, a martyr who laid down his life in defense of the poor, said in 1978, "The Spirit makes all things new; we are the ones who grow old and want to keep everything to our aged way of doing things.the Spirit is never old, the Spirit is always young."

As we pray for one another, our Confirmation candidates and all of God's children, we pray that each of us will be refreshed and renewed by the Holy Spirit. May we do what Pope Francis asks of each of us" 'Go out again and again, without hesitation, without fear and proclaim this joy which is for all people."

Happy, Holy Pentecost


Gia Baldan                         Andrew Lantka
Abrielle Beck                     Brady Lettieri
Lauren Beck                       Noah Lukasik
Ariel Coleman                     Mia Mills
Evan Coppola                     Alex Morano
Jovani Crisafulli                 Nicholas Pasko
Andrew Daiute                     Vanessa Pitoniak
Callum deQuevedo             Randy Ramos
Steven Halloran                 Ryan Repecki
Daniel Karsnak                   Jordan Ricciardi
Mae Kaufman                     Zachary Smith
Patrick Kolcharno             Richard Vinansky
Jack Krowiak                     Allie Wisneski


Gerard Dolinsky III                    William Philipp
Michelle Kostik                     Emilee Tomsak
Luke Lorenzetti                    Grace Yusavage


THIS SUNDAY, PENTECOST SUNDAY, would have been our celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. We look forward to the day when our young people can celebrate the Sacrament. We are very proud of them and all of the hard work they have done. God bless you. Know our love and prayers as we pray for patience during these moments of challenge.


On this Memorial Day, we pray for those who have courageously laid down their lives for the cause of freedom. May the examples of their sacrifice inspire in us the selfless love of You Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Bless the families of our fallen troops and fill their homes and their lives with Your strength and peace.


As we anticipate moving forward to a phase of limited participation, we have been preparing for what that will look like for our parishes. When we are told that Lackawanna county will enter the "Yellow Phase", a mailing will be shared with parishioners detailing our plans. Bishop Bambera has given us specific details to move ahead when able. It is important to become familiar with this general information:

Public Masses can Gradually Resume in the Yellow Phase -- * The obligation to attend Sunday Mass remains suspended. *

Livestreaming opportunities should continue. * Masses will be limited to 25 people.

* Parishes determine reservation system. * Masks will be required.

* Social distancing will be practiced. * Holy Communion to be distributed at the end of Mass.

Sacraments can Resume in the yellow Phase -- * Funeral Masses with a limit of 25 people can be held.

* Confessions allowed with proper social distancing in place.

* Weddings with a maximum of 25 people attending.

* First Holy Communions and Confirmations can take place as determined by parish.

For further information on all directives, in addition to proper safety and sanitation protocols that will need to be followed, visit www.dioceseofscranton.org.


God bless Deacon Mark DeCelles. We celebrate with the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton the ordination to the transitional diaconate of Mark DeCelles. Deacon DeCelles served in our parishes during the summer of 2018. His remarkable talent is matched by the enormity of his loving heart and desire to serve God's people.

God bless you, Deacon CeCelles.

Notes of support and congratulations may be sent to:
Deacon Mark DeCelles 923 E. Drinker Street Dunmore, PA 18512

The Catholic Viewpoint on Race Relations

"The distinction of body and blood among men are transcended by unity with the Body and Blood of Christ.

The Mass is the re-enactment of the cross's mighty onslaught upon human differences: the breaking down of the wall of partition. We participate in common, as in one family, in the Holy Eucharistic offering. We are united with one another through our union with Jesus Christ in Communion.

John La Farge, SJ. "The Catholic Viewpoint on Race Relations"

Happy Father's Day

St. Joseph and Jesus

On this Father's Day weekend, we celebrate our Fathers, Grandfathers, and Fore Fathers, as well as those who have been like a Dad to us.

God Bless You.

Dear God,

Thank you for all the fathers and father-figures in this world and for the many ways you use them to lovingly guide others to your heart. Bless them and give them great joy and peace. May they see you and know you in new ways. Show them how much you love them and care about them. Guide their steps, use their hands, and make them a blessing to others as you continue to fulfill Your special purpose for their lives.

St. Joseph, pray for our Dads.



Congratulations, Graduates!

We lift up, honor, and celebrate our graduates! After years of hard work, personal growth, and spiritual development, we ask God to bless you as you move forward, building on the firm foundation built on and rooted in God's gracious love. May God empower you to walk into the future with faith, hope, and great love guided by God's light, using your talents as we build a better, more just and peaceful world.




Through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people, sisters and brothers to each other.

We ask for your help in calling on your Son, seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect one another.

We ask for your help in obtaining the evil of racism and to build a just society.

We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love that respects the dignity of each person.

Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts: pray for us.



Bishop Joseph Bambera celebrated the Sacrament of Holy Orders ordaining three transitional deacons to priestly service for the People of God of the Diocese of Scranton. We join with all of our brothers and sisters celebrating with and congratulating Father Jonathan Kuhar, Father Shawn Simchock and Father Kevin Miller. The ordination was celebrated this past Saturday in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, in a limited way due to measures in place, but also with limitless joy that God has called, these men have responded and the Church has ratified and validated their readiness for ministry. Please pray for Frs. Kuhar, Simchock and Miller as they begin their priestly service in our Diocese.


Gracious and loving God we thank you for the gift of our priests. Through them, we experience your presence in the sacraments.

Help our priests to be strong in their vocation. Set their souls on fire with love for your people.

Grant them the wisdom, understanding, and strength they need to follow in the footsteps of Jesus. Inspire them with the vision of your Kingdom.

Give them the words they need to spread the Gospel. Allow them to experience joy in their ministry.

Help them to become instruments of your divine grace.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our Eternal Priest.



Independence Day


Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Galatians 5:1).

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 Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4th, not with a parade of tanks and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism." .. Irma Bombeck



Solemn Novena to St. Ann

The Novena will be held at the Monastery starting Friday July 17 and run through July 26th, which is the Feast of Saint Ann. In order for the Novena to be made available for as many people as possible in the safest way, there will be significant changes due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. As in previous years, the novena will be streamed online. Please refer to www.stannmonasterybasilica.org or the Monastery's Facebook page (St. Ann Monastery Basilica Parish) for more information.


O glorious Saint Ann, you are filled with compassion

for those who invoke you, and with love for those suffer.

Heavily burdened with the weight of my troubles,

I cast myself at your feet

and humbly beg of you to take the present intention,

which I recommend to you in your special care.

Please recommend it to your daughter, the Blessed Virgin Mary,

and place it before the throne of Jesus, so that he may bring it to a happy issue.

Continue to intercede for me until my request is granted.

But above all obtain for me the grace one day to see my God face to face.

and with you and Mary and all the saints to praise and bless him for all eternity. Amen.

Our Father;Haily Mary; Glory be


May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.


-Written by Rev. Dr. William J Barber II


Bishop Joseph C. Bambera has set Monday, September 14, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, as a Day of Prayer and Gratitude for Priests in the Diocese of Scranton.

The bishop invites all priests and the faithful to join together for Evening Prayer with the Renewal of Priestly Promises live at 4:00 PM via CTV: Catholic Television, the Diocese of Scranton website or any of the Diocese of Scranton social media platforms.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our priests have continued to do Christ's work by offering the sacraments to the sick and dying, finding creative ways to serve parishioners and serve the poor through food pantries and personal outreach. We thank them for their priestly commitment and service.


We are less than two weeks away from the first day of school in the Diocese of Scranton. That might be an introduction to any school year at this time of the year. This however, is not like any other first day of school. Corona virus and the resulting COVID- 19 have changed our lives dramatically. March 13th will be a day that we will all remember as the day, schooling as we knew it changed drastically.

Two weeks off turned into "until Easter" to "the end of the year." I realize that all our lives were rearranged and we learned how to wear a mask, how to estimate six feet, and how long it takes to sing "Happy Birthday" twice or recite two "Hail Mary's."

The 2020-2021 Religious Education Year is about to begin. Our first day of class is scheduled for October 4th. This year, our primary focus will be on our preparation for the Sacraments of Confirmation (grades 7 and 8) and Holy Communion (grades 1 and 2). For students in grades 3 to 6, we will be providing them with materials to continue their Religious Education Formation at home. We will not be providing a Kindergarten program this year.

Students in grades 1, 2, 7 and 8 will receive direct instruction on Sunday mornings. Classes will be created based on the number of students who register. We will be following all CDC guidelines and social distancing.

We are working to create an environment that sets a tone that all of our parishioners' health is foremost on our minds. We have been keeping up with the CDC, DOH, and Diocesan Guidelines for re-opening our churches and the programs we can offer. There are protocols and procedures that are being put into place for our students, teachers, and staff. Please remember that we all have to be extremely vigilant and cooperative in order to have face-to-face learning. Parents will be expected to do daily checklist screenings and students and teachers must wear masks.

In an effort to better prepare for this year's program and to make the best use of our limited space, we are asking you to complete the registration form included with this letter as soon as possible. In this way we can best prepare our classrooms and order materials needed for this year's instruction.

Our health will depend on everyone's cooperation and adherence. Specifics will be sent as soon as numbers are totaled based on the registrations we receive.

For our 1st, 2nd, 7th, and 8th grade students, our plan is that if we receive a total of 30 registrations (for example), that class will be divided into three groups of ten. These students would then meet once every third week while completing work at home on their off weeks.

For our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders, we will be providing them with textbooks and an outline to follow allowing your child to continue their religious formation with your help at home.

Specifics as to the keys to a healthy environment so that we can continue face-to- face learning will be sent to you prior to the first day of class. Please continue to stay healthy and safe.

Monsignor Michael J. Delaney Pastor

Deacon John Musyt
D.R.E. Holy Cross Parish

Karen Doyle
D.R.E Blessed Sacrament Parish

Happy 100th Birthday Vincent Intoccia!

Happy Birthday!

Mr. Vincent Incoccia is celebrating his 100th Birthday this week. Since a public celebration isn't possible, please join us as we wish him well. He lives with his daughter-in-law Debbie here in Throop, and is the father of our dear friend, the late Neil Intoccia. We're hoping to get 100 cards to Vince to brighten his birthday. Birthday wishes may be sent to:

Mr. Vincent Intoccia
160 Dimmick St.
Throop, PA 18512


Mr. Vincent Intoccia expresses his gratitude to those who sent birthday greetings, prayers and best wishes as he marked his 00th birthday. God Bless you Mr. Intoccia.