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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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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

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



First Reading: Genesis 18:1-10a Abraham entertains three strangers and is promised a son.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 15:2-5 Those who do justice will live in the presence of the Lord.

Second Reading: Colossians 1:24-28 The mystery hidden from ages past has now been revealed in Christ.

Gospel Reading: Luke 10:38-42 Jesus visits the house of Martha and Mary.


The story of Jesus in the home of Martha and Mary complements the story of the Good Samaritan, which immediately precedes it in Luke’s Gospel. Both stories are unique to Luke, The story of the Samaritan opens with the words “ a certain woman.” The Samaritan is an example of how a disciple should see and act. Mary is an example of how a disciple should listen. Mary, a woman is a marginalized person in society, like the Samaritan. Both do what is not expected of them. As a woman, Mary would be expected, like Martha, to prepare hospitality for a guest. Here again Jesus breaks with the social conventions of his time. Just as a Samaritan would not be a model for neighborliness, so a woman would not sit with the men around the feet of a teacher.

Both stories exemplify how a disciple is to fulfill the dual command which begins chapter 10—love of God (Mary) and love of neighbor (the Samaritan). These are the two essentials of life in the kingdom. By using the examples of a Samaritan and a woman, however, Jesus is saying something more. Social codes and boundaries were strict in Jesus’ time. Yet to love God with all one’s heart and one’s neighbor requires breaking those rules. The Kingdom of God is a society without distinctions and boundaries between its members. It is a society that requires times for seeing and doing and also times for listening and learning at the feet of a teacher.


First Reading: 1 Kings 19:16b,19-21 Elijah anoints Elisha as his successor.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11 I set the Lord ever before me.

Second Reading: Galatians 5:1,13-18 Christ has set us free.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:51-62 Jesus resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today’s Gospel reading begins a long section unique to Luke’s Gospel. Jesus begins his journey to Jerusalem, which will end with his ministry in Jerusalem. We read that Jesus’ days for being “taken up” were fulfilled. The Greek word that Luke uses for “taken up” is the same word he uses to describe the Ascension. We also read that Jesus is determined to journey to Jerusalem. For Luke, Jesus’ ministry begins in Galilee and then is one long journey to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, he will meet his death but also enter into his glory. Only in Luke does Jesus then spend 40 days in Jerusalem instructing his disciples. It is in Jerusalem that his disciples wait after his Ascension to be sent the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. And it is from Jerusalem, in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles, that the Good News is spread to Rome and the ends of the earth.

Immediately, Jesus is met with rejection, as a Samaritan village will not receive him because he is going to Jerusalem. There was animosity between Samaritans who worshipped on Mount Gerazim and Jews who worshipped in Jerusalem. Jesus was also rejected as he began his ministry in Galilee in Chapter 4, and he will be rejected for the last time when he reaches Jerusalem. James and John want to call down fire from heaven to destroy the people in the village, but Jesus rebukes them and moves on. There is often the temptation to use violence to achieve right. Jesus has come to break this temptation. He is aware that he must undergo violence himself before he can enter his glory.

The rest of today’s reading is about the radical demands of discipleship. The three people who volunteer to become disciples on this journey show that they do not understand the demands Jesus will bake of them. Neither care of self, care for the dead, nor care of one’s family (as required by the Fourth Commandment) can come before the demands of discipleship. Jesus reminds the first volunteer, who would go wherever Jesus goes, that animals in the wild have more security than do Jesus and his followers. The second, who wants to bury a parent, is reminded that the demands of proclaiming the Kingdom of God take precedence. The third, who wants to say farewell to his family, is reminded that once you put your hand to the plow, you cannot look back or the furrow will be crooked. Such a person is not ready for the Kingdom of God.

Jesus seems harsh here, but he is only asking of his disciples what he asks of himself. Jesus’ unconditional commitment to God’s saving work will demand of him his life. He know this, but the disciples do not understand. Jesus does not want anyone to rush into discipleship because the demands of discipleship require everyone considering it to be aware of the cost, make Jesus and his mission central to his life, and then go forward without looking back.


First Reading: Genesis 14:18-20 Melchizedek, king of Salem, blessed Abram.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 110:1-4 You are a priest forever, in the line of Melchizedek.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 As often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.

Gospel Reading: Luke 9:11b-17 They all ate and were satisfied.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today, the second Sunday after Pentecost, we celebrate a second solemnity, which marks our return to Ordinary Time. Today is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. At one time, this day was called Corpus Christi, Latin for “the Body of Christ.” In the most recent revision of the liturgy, the name for this day is expanded to be a more complete reflection of our Eucharistic theology.

The feeding of the 5,000 is the only one of Jesus’ miracles to appear in all four Gospels. Luke places it between Herod’s question, “Who is this about whom I hear such things?” and Peter’s response to Jesus’ question about who he thought Jesus was: “You are the Messiah of God.” In Luke the feeding is not the result of Jesus’ compassion for the crowd but is instigated by the disciples. They wanted Jesus to send the crowd away to town. Instead Jesus tells the disciples to give them some food on their own.

The passage is meant to remind us of two feedings in the Old Testament: the feeding of the Israelites in the desert and Elisha’s feeding of 100 people with 20 loaves in 2 Kings 4:42-44. It is also connected to the institution of the Eucharist. As in the Last Supper accounts in Matthew, Mark and Luke and in Paul’s account in 1 Corinthians 11:23-24, Jesus takes bread, looks to heaven, blesses the bread, breaks it, and then gives it to the disciples. In using this exact language, Luke is reminding his readers that in the miracle Jesus is doing more than feeding hungry people as God did for the Israelites and the prophet Elisha did as well. The bread he gives is his body, which he will continue to give as often as the community breaks bread in remembrance of him in the Eucharist.

Next Week’s Readings:

Sunday, June 30th Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time 1 Kings 19:166, 19-21 Galations 5:1. 13-18 Luke 9:51-62


First Reading: Acts of the Apostles 7:55-60
Stephen is martyred as Saul looks on.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 97:1-2, 2-7,9
The Lord is king over all the earth.

Second Reading: Revelation 22:12-14,16-17,20
Come, Lord Jesus.

Gospel Reading: John 17:20-26
Jesus prays for his disciples.



On Pentecost Sunday, June 9, our 8th grade students will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation:

Blessed Sacrament-Sunday, June 9; 9:30 AM Mass

Holy Cross-Sunday, June 9, 2:00 PM

Please keep our Confirmation candidates in your prayers as they complete their preparation to celebrate the Sacrament.

Please note practice times:

Sunday, June 2; 1:00 PM Holy Cross (with sponsors)

Sunday, June 2; 3:00 PM Blessed Sacrament (with sponsors)

“Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love….”