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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

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

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New Year’s Day is the feast of Mary, Mother of God.

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31

4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1

9:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
11:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish -- Olyphant


“The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven, and crowns another year with peace and goodwill. Help us rightly to remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the song of the Angels, The gladness of the Shepherds and the Worship of the Wise Men.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love all over the world. Let Kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting. Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings, and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children, and the Christmas evening bring us to our bed with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.



The joyful message of Bethlehem is proclaimed yet again. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14). Like the shepherds who first went with haste to the stable, we stop and see, with great humility we place our lives before the sign God gives us: “A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In holy silence, we fall on our knees – O Come let us adore Him! Then – and then we get up to carry the Good News we have received into the world. What is this Good News for you this Christmas? What does this child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell you – to tell all of us? This is a message about Family – the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and about our family of faith: God is a loving Father and we are all brothers and sisters. This Christmas message of family is a truth that is the basis of our Christmas vision of humanity.

My Christmas prayer for our beloved Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross is a wish for and about FAMILY. Family – loving, caring families in each and every home and individuals and in our neighborhoods and among peoples of every nation and every culture. Family, Holy Family, among women and men and children with different ideas, yet capable of respecting and listening to each other. Jesus came to reveal the face of God to all those who seek Him. The face of God has been revealed to us in a human face, in Jesus, our Savior and Messiah. In this wonderful, glorious encounter, the Mystery of the Incarnation, we experience Salvation coming to us through love, acceptance, respect for all of God’s children, our family. The wonderful mosaic, beautiful and rich in our uniqueness and differences, bound together as one through the Baby in a Manger – May the little Child we celebrate at Christmas watch over all the children of the world. May all of us receive peace, comfort and strength in the birth of our Savior and, before the great grandeur of God’s love, our loving Father who gives us Jesus, realize once again, with a new enthusiasm and profound gratitude, that we are all brothers and sisters in this most wonderful and amazing family.

Christmas peace…..

United in His Service,
Monsignor Michael J. Delaney

Ways to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Advent

Advent Confession Schedule

All parishioners are invited to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Consider taking this opportunity to prepare for Christmas and to receive God’s grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

* Blessed Sacrament Parish, Throop Tuesday December 17th at 6:30 pm

*Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City Wednesday December 18th at 6:30 pm

* Holy Cross Parish, Olyphant Thursday December 19th at 6:30 pm

*Saturdays 3:00 to 3:45 pm at Holy Cross 4:30 to 5:15 pm at Blessed Sacrament

*By appointment: Call Msgr. Delaney at the Rectory (570) 489-0752/(570) 489-1963 to schedule an appointment.

Children and Families are most welcome. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an amazing gift from our Lord to help us to grow as individuals, families and Church. As we draw closer to Christmas, what better way to prepare, nourished with the food of God’s divine mercy and forgiveness.

Maybe it’s been a long time since you’ve been to confession. Remember “Do not fear” (Isaiah 41:10). The priest sharing the Sacrament with you will guide you.

“The Lord has done great things for us,” We are filled with joy.” Psalm 126:3

May the Lord grant us all the gift of reconciliation and may we all receive it and celebrate it well in these days of preparation for Christmas.


Christmas Giving Tree

The Giving Tree will be filled with Christmas gift suggestions on Saturday, November 23 at both parishes. Please consider taking a tag and purchasing a Christmas gift to help a child who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present. This drive is coordinated by the Social Concerns Committee and the gifts are donated to Catholic Social Services for distribution. All gifts are due back by DECEMBER 9. Thank you for your generosity in making someone’s Christmas brighter.


Where: St. Francis Kitchen

When: Saturday, December 14; 1 to 2:30 PM

Youth ministry groups and confirmation candidates gather to fill some 200 shoe boxes with toiletries to be distributed to guests coming to St. Francis Kitchen on Christmas Day. A great opportunity for service and for our young people to see what happens at St. Francis Kitchen. We’ve been tasked to collect 100 Liquid Body Wash bottles to bring with us. Please drop off Body Wash containers in the entrances of our parishes.


Happy Thanksgiving!

We praise God for the abundant gifts he has bestowed upon us. We celebrate God’s generous love and tender mercy, and we call all to eat and be renewed – at the table of the Lord and at Thanksgiving tables in our homes.

Please Give Thanks!


Our Social Concerns Committee is conducting our annual food drive up to and including our Thanksgiving Day Mass. All food items can be dropped off in the vestibule of both churches. All donations will go to our local food pantries. Please help us to serve families in our community.


Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 pm
Holy Cross Parish
200 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant

Please join with Christian communities throughout the Mid Valley as we celebrate our gratitude to God for all of his blessings. The collection taken at this service will go directly to the Breadbasket of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Rev. Brian A. Pavlac, Ph.D. of St. James and St. George Episcopal Church, Jermyn, will share the message. Refreshments and fellowship following the service in Kelley Hall.


As your turkey is being prepared on Thanksgiving Day, join us at the table of gratitude, The Eucharist, as we thank God together as a family of faith.

Thanksgiving Day Mass:

at Blessed Sacrament 7:30 AM

at Holy Cross 9:00 AM

Following Mass at Holy Cross, all are invited to join for coffee, donuts, orange juice and friendship in Kelley Hall.


Thursday, November 28th Noon – 3:30 PM at Eagle Hose Company Hall (1 Eagle Lane, Dickson City). All are invited to enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving meal. Dinner is sponsored by Dr. J. Donald Kazmerski, Judie & Brian Richards. There will also be live music.



God, Creator, we celebrate Your overflowing love, and we give thanks to You for all that we have, all that we are. Bless the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, may we always remember to share the blessings we have received generously with those in need. Bless our nation with peace and harmony. May we live in Your light and your love. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving

Schedule Changes for Veteran's Day

Veteran's Day


In observance of Veteran’s Day, there will be no classes. Classes resume next weekend.


Offices will be closed Monday November 11th in observance of Veteran’s Day.



As the liturgical year moves to its close and the earth gives up its bounty for us to harvest, the Church holds the month of November in dedication and remembrance of our beloved faithful departed, and honor with great respect, love and gratitude the memory of the dead. We believe that the ties of friendship and affection, which knit us as one throughout our lives, do not unravel with death.


We remember those who have lived lives of heroic virtue, the Saints in glory on November 1. All Saints Day is a Holy Day of Obligation, so signified is this day in the prayer of the church. The Saints provide us with an example to follow and through their intercession, we are blessed.

Our Mass Schedule for All Saints Day

Vigil Mass: Thursday, October 31, 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop (children are more than welcome to attend in their Halloween costumes).

Holy Day Masses: Friday, November 1, 7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament, Throop; 8:00 AM at Holy Cross, Olyphant and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross, Olyphant.


Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed We pray for ALL those who have died – our loved ones and also those we have never met or known – that, through the mercy of God, will rest in peace.

Saturday, November 2, 7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament and 9:00 AM at Holy Cross


We remember members of our Parishes who have died (October 2018 – October 2019) in this past year.

Masses of Remembrance:

Saturday, November 2, Holy Cross at 4:00 PM Mass

Saturday, November 9, Blessed Sacrament, 5:30 PM Mass

Following the Masses of Remembrance, all are invited to share memories, conversation, friendship and light refreshments in our parish halls.

All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year.


Merciful father,

On this day, we are called to remember those who have died, and to pray for their joyful reunion with You, their loving Creator.

As your Son taught us to call the stranger ”neighbor”, our fallen are many –

Names we will never know,

Voices we have never heard,

Yet brothers and sisters all.

You raised your Son from the dead

That all may share in His joyful Resurrection.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

May perpetual light shine upon them.


will sponsor a discussion on Death and Grief on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:30 PM in Kelley Hall at Holy Cross Parish. Monsignor Michael Delaney, along with Mike Glinsky, Funeral Director and Vince Maletta, Funeral Director from the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant will be the discussion leaders and will be available to answer questions. Refreshments will follow.


Monday, October 14th in observance of Columbus Day.


October Coat Collection

Please check your closets for new or gently used coats that you no longer use (or don’t fit anymore!). All coats can be dropped off at the entrances of our parish churches during the month of October. Thank you, as always, for your generosity and support of our Social Concerns Committee.

Diocese Adds Two Names to List of Credibly Accused Individuals

Following the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report in 2018, Bishop Joseph C. Bambera pledged to be open and transparent in the way that the Diocese of Scranton handles occurrences of child sexual abuse. As a result, the Diocese announces two names have been added to its list of clergy that have a credible claim of sexual abuse against a minor.

In August 2019, the Diocese published on its website a list of all clergy, staff and volunteers who had been credibly accused of child sexual abuse. Eleven additional names were added to the online list in January 2019. Since then, additional survivors have come forward. After a review was completed in consultation with the Diocesan Independent Review Board, the two new named are listed below. We will continue to alert you periodically in the case that additional individuals are added to list.

The Diocese of Scranton urges individuals who have been sexually abused by a priest, deacon, religious, lay employee or volunteer of the Diocese to report abuse directly to law enforcement. If you are aware of additional allegations of wrongdoing or any information that should be included on this list, please contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator Mary Beth Pacuska at 570-862-7551. If you have suffered abuse by clergy or anyone working on behalf of the Diocese, you are encouraged to contact Mary Neth Pacuska.

These names have been added to the original list of credibly accused individuals:

Diocesan Clergy
Oldfield, Albert E.

Members of Religious Orders
Gormley, James J. (S.J.)


St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 PM, Parish Grounds, Blessed Sacrament, Throop.

Friday, October 4 is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. His love of all creation reminds us to be loving stewards to our pets entrusted to our care. Everyone is invited! Bring your cats and dogs, rabbits and snakes, Hermit crabs and turtles, cows and horses! Stuffed animals are also welcome!

Who is St. Francis!

St. Francis was born in the 12th century, lived in Italy and founded the men’s Order of Friars Minor, the women’s Order of Saint Clare, and the Third Order of Saint Francis for men and women not able to live the lives of itinerant preachers. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

He is remembered for his generosity to the poor, his willingness to minister to lepers and for his love for animals and nature. He is the patron Saint of animals and the environment.

Celebrate his feast day with a Pet Blessing!


A prayer for our catechists:

May the seeds of faith blossom as you nurture God’s young disciples, and may our ever-present connection to Christ through prayer be a joyful blessing for you and the children in your care.

Each year, the Catholic Church in the United States designates the third Sunday in September as “Catechetical Sunday” – a day on which to celebrate and pray for the Church’s mission to teach the Gospel to all people.

This year’s theme is “Stay with Us” quoting the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who invited Jesus to stay with them (LK24:13-35)

Our catechists are called to share the gift of faith they have received with our children. They have been inspired and have responded to God’s call to serve our children.

We thank God for the generosity of our catechists and ask God to give them the grace to assist our young people as they grow in their knowledge and love of God.

Our catechists will be commissioned this weekend at Blessed Sacrament during the 9:30 AM Mass and at Holy Cross during the 11:00 AM Mass.

The Parish Offices will be closed Monday September


September 8, 2019

2pm – 4pm

The benefit will be held at Blessed Sacrament Parish, and is hosted by the Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes Social Concerns Committee. Admission is $20.00 or a comparable gift from the wish list. There will be a buffet offered consisting of Salad, Roll, Pasta, Meatballs, Broccoli Bacon Salad, Fresh Fruit Tray, Dessert, Coffee and Water. There will also be Basket Raffles and 50/50 Raffle. Please RSVP by August 30th to 570-489-5125.


Gift Cards for Groceries, Gas Cards, Colts Bus Passes, Phone Cards, Gift Cards for Car Repair, Retail Gift Cards, New Car Seats, Children’s Pajamas, New Women’s Socks, New Women’s Underwear, Women’s Pajamas, Hair Care Products for Women of Color, Journals/Notebooks, Pocket Calendars, Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Tampons, Pads, Hairbrushes/Combs, New Hair Dryers, New Towels, New Washcloths, New Bed Sheets & Pillowcases, Cookware-Pots & Pans, Utensils and Silverware, Plates, Cups, Bowls, Backpacks for Boys & Girls, School Supplies, Flash Drives, New Small Household Appliances, Laundry Detergent, Laundry Baskets, Dry and/or Canned Pet Food (Smaller Bags), and Cat Litter.



First Reading: Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Jeremiah is punished for criticizing the wealthy for their corruption and their injustice to the poor.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:2-4,18 A prayer for God’s help.

Second Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4 Let persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Having reminded the apostles and the crowd that facing the coming judgment takes patience, Jesus now goes on to speak of how difficult it will be to wait. He tells them that he has come to set the earth on fire. Recall that in chapter 3 of Luke’s Gospel, John the Baptist tells the crowds that he is baptizing with water, but someone mightier is coming who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. The fire Jesus speaks of here is the distress caused by the coming judgment. It is also the fire of the Spirit that Luke, in the Acts of the Apostles, will describe descending on the disciples on Pentecost. That fire will strengthen them to go out to the whole world to preach the good news of Jesus’ Resurrection.

The coming judgment forces us to look at the implications of our commitments. As Jesus warned in last Sunday’s Gospel, a commitment of faith requires us to change our attitude toward material possessions and to take even more seriously our moral responsibilities. Here he reminds the crowds that those who commit to him will find it affects the way they relate to friends and family members. The angel who announced the birth of John the Baptist to Zechariah said John would go before Jesus to turn the hearts of fathers toward their children. But a commitment to Jesus forces us to change the way we live our lives, and this can put strains on relationships.

We don’t expect to hear such difficult words from Jesus in the Gospel. But it is good to be reminded once in a while that the decision to do the right thing, the good thing, is not always easy and without conflict. Jesus himself did not make easy decisions and avoid conflict. In today’s reading, he reminds his followers to be prepared for difficult decisions and conflict as well.

2019 Blessed Sacrament Family Festival

Family Festival


*August 17 Saturday Piggy Dinner Sale until 7 PM or sold out. ($10)---Join us after Mass!

*August 17 Saturday Grounds open until 9:30 PM Menu: Potato Pancakes, Haluski, Pierogies (Butter & Onion or Fried), Pizza Fritta, Porketta, Chicken Fingers, French Fries, Funnel Cake, Sausage & Peppers, Wimpies, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Hamburgers, Corn-on-the-Cob, ice cream, Bake Sale & More.

*August 18 Sunday 9:30 AM Liturgy, 10:30 AM, Cash Breakfast $6.00---1:30 PM Bingo ($5.00 entrance-also special drawing for attending). Tickets available at the door. Kitchen open during Bingo. Approximately 4:20 PM Basket Raffles and 50/50 Grand Prize Drawing, usually more than $1000.

Also on Sunday Noon outside clean-up and tent removal (Help of all ages needed and much appreciated? Service hours available.

The 14th annual Family Festival is our Parish largest fundraiser. Volunteers of all ages are welcome.



Wednesday August 14th at 1pm, we will set-up the grounds for the festival.

Family Festival

Jesus’ instructions on how to be ready for the coming judgement


First Reading: Wisdom 18:6-9 The Hebrew people awaited the salvation of the just.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 33:1, 12, 18-22 Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own.

Second Reading: Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19 We will look for the city designed and built by God.

Gospel Reading: Luke 12:32-48 You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Jesus’ instructions on how to be ready for the coming judgement continue in the stories and sayings found in today’s gospel. We are not to be like the greedy rich man in last Sunday’s Gospel who planned to store his great harvest in barns rather than share it. We are, rather, to share our wealth with those in need. The antidote for the anxiety brought on by the coming judgement is to relinquish our possessions and provide for the needs of others. Our treasure will be in heaven where it will not wear out or be destroyed.

The other major way to be ready for the coming judgement is to be watchful. In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus tells a parable about watchfulness to begin making this point. We must be life servants waiting for the master’s return from a wedding banquet, which, even now, can last for a few days in the Middle East. We must e watchful so that e3ven if the master comes after midnight, we will be ready for him. This is what the coming of the Son of Man will be like.

Peter asks if this parable is meant for the apostles or for the large crowd that has gathered to listen to Jesus. Without answering Peter’s question, Jesus responds with another parable about servants awaiting the return of their master. It begins with a question: “Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?” This parable adds to the theme of watchfulness; it explains how to wait and reminds us of the reward for the faithful follower at the heavenly banquet after the judgment. If it is addressed to the apostles, then it could also be addressed to leadership in the early Church. Either way, the parables reminds us that we should be found doing our jobs when the master arrives. If we are doing our jobs, our reward will be great. But if we relax, neglect our duties, and begin to act like the greedy rich man—eating, drinking and making merry—we will not have a place in the kingdom. Watchfulness means living in such a consistently moral and obedient way that we are always ready to give an account to God of how we have lived.

2019 Holy Cross Chicken BBQ

Chicken BBQ

This Weekend


Holy Cross Chicken BBQ will take place this weekend, August 4, at Holy Cross Parking Lot. Come join in the fun. Food, entertainment, bake sale, bingo, children’s games, basket raffle. Hope to see you there!

Tickets are $10.00 for a chicken dinner that includes ½ chicken, potatoes, green beans, dessert. Tickets are $5.00 for a children’s dinner that includes nuggets, fries, dessert, and a soda.

Chicken BBQ

Holy Day of Obligation: Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary August 15

Assumption of Mary

KEEP IN MIND the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (a Holy Day of Obligation) is August 15.

Mass schedule: Wednesday, August 14…..5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

Thursday, August 15…..7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament;8:00 AM and 7:00 PM at Holy Cross.


As summer vacation draws to a close, Catholics, observe and important feast day, August 15, The Feast of the Assumption. Honoring Mary, Mother of Jesus. This feast commemorates two events, the “falling asleep” (Or “Dormito” of the Blessed Virgin at the end of her life and her being taken up to heaven. The Assumption in which Mary’s body left the earth and entered eternity with God, gives hope to Christians of overcoming death in eternity through union with God. The Feast of the Assumption is an honoring and an exultation of Mary, the most blessed of women and the Mother of the Son of God. As Catholics, we believe that Mary enjoys the full bliss of heaven. It is our belief that on the Last Day, we too shall be raised body and soul and enjoy the same heavenly reward.

Assumption of Mary


Thak You!

We are grateful to have had the pleasure of sharing these past weeks with Michael Boris, a seminarian preparing for priestly ministry to, for and with the People of God of the Diocese of Scranton.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld said, “As soon as I believed that there was a God, I understood that I could do nothing other than to live for him,”

The process of discernment, study and spiritual formation, responding to God’s invitation to priestly ministry, is filled with joys and challenges. Michael, in his openness to sharing his many talents as well as receiving the faith and example of the good people of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes, has given witness to his desire to “live for God.”

We ask Almighty God to bless and to deepen that desire as Michael moves forward in prayer and preparation. We pray this prayer for vocations for Michael and all those discerning a call to priestly ministry.


God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ. we ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.


I thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for making my time here at Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes a truly blessed experience. Being with you, the people of God, has inspired and challenged me to be more like Christ every day. I thank you for welcoming me into the various moments in your lives, from joyful to sorrowful and everything in between. Know that you are in my prayers as I continue with my studies and discernment. God Bless!

Michael Boris
5400 Roland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21210