• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
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  • 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

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Holy Week 2018 - Easter Triduum

Holy Week

Holy Thursday – March 29
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
6:00 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
7:00 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Good Friday—March 30
The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
1:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant
3:30 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Stations of the Cross
5:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant
6:00 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
Holy Saturday, March 31

Blessing of Baskets
11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
12:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Easter Vigil, March 31

8:00 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Easter Sunday, April 1

8:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant
9:30 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop
11:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant
11:00 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

PLEASE NOTE: The Easter Vigil is celebrated on Saturday, March 31st at 8:00 PM. NO Mass is celebrated at Holy Cross at 4:00 PM or 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament.

  • No scheduled confession on Saturday, March 31, by appointment only.

  • A screen is set up for the 11:00 AM Easter Mass at Holy Cross in Olyphant for the overflow crowd to be able to participate in the Easter Sunday Mass.

Good Friday - Fast and Abstinence

Just a reminder that Good Friday is a day of fast and abstinence. All Catholics 18 years of age and over are bound by Church law to fast: only one large meal and two smaller meals.

Best Lent Ever - Beautiful Hope


Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 am Holy Cross, Olyphant.

Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 am Blessed Sacrament, Throop.


Consider signing up for an hour before the Eucharistic Presence of Our Lord. Call Eydie 570-489-8816.


Fridays in Lent: 5:30 pm Holy Cross followed by a simple meal of soup and bread, 6:00 pm Blessed Sacrament. THERE WILL BE NO SOUP SERVED ON GOOD FRIDAY


The Light Is On For You – all Mondays of Lent from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Our parishes, and all the parishes in the Diocese of Scranton, will be open for individual confessions. In keeping with the spirit of Bishop Bambera’s Pastoral Letter “Wounded and Loved, Regathering the Scattered”, we invite Catholics to experience Christ’s healing love through the Sacrament of Reconciliation; an essential element of our preparation for Easter.


Monday March 12 Holy Cross

Monday March 19 Blessed Sacrament

Monday March 26 Holy Cross

Also, Saturdays, Holy Cross 3:00 to 3:45 pm and Blessed Sacrament 4:30 to 5:15 pm, or by appointment, please call the Rectory.

CONFESSION: A number of priests will be available to hear confessions:

Thursday, March 15, 6:30 PM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

Tuesday, March 20, 6:30 PM Holy Cross, Olyphant

Thursday, March 22, 6:30 PM St. Mary’s Visitation, Dickson City


A Lenten Series hosted by the Mid Valley Ecumenical Ministerium. We are delighted to participate, once again, with our dear friends in our local Christian Churches.

All services at 7:00 PM:

Wednesday, March 14, St. James/St. George Episcopal Church, 398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn.
Host: Rev. William Marshal
Message: Rev. Andrew Kurovsky

Wednesday, March 21, First United Presbyterian Church of Lackawanna County, 1557 Main Street, Peckville.
Host: Rev. Virginia Miner
Message: Rev. William Duke


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Holy Thursday: Sunday, March 25, Blessed Sacrament, 2:00 PM; Holy Cross 3:30 PM Good Friday: Wednesday, March 28, Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM, Holy Cross 7:00 PM Saturday Easter Vigil: Saturday, March 31, Holy Cross 9:00 AM Easter Vigil lectors and 9:45 AM Easter Vigil Altar Servers

Volunteers Needed - Soup and Stations

Soup and Stations

Holy Cross Parish invites you to join in soup and fellowship after Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent in Kelley Hall.

Volunteers are needed to help make Lenten soup and set-up and clean-up. If you would be interested in helping with this parish activity, please call Jackie Musyt at 570-489-8143. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.

Ash Wednesday Schedule 2018

Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018 - Mass and Distribution of Ashes

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

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

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

5:30 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop

7:00 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant


Choose Life

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 6:30 PM Holy Hour/Adoration/Benediction

Join us as we lift up in prayer our faith in the holiness of all life, the dignity of each woman person created in the image and likeness of God. January 22nd marks the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States. We earnestly pray for the safty of all unjborn children, for all expectant Moms and their families, and that the love of God will touch and transform human hearts to be dedicated to care for, treasur and cherish every man, woman and child from conception until natural death.


On Monday, January 9th, our Merciful Father called his devoted daughter, our sister and friend, Therese Peko, home to eternal life.

Therese began her service to the Church of St. Anthony of Padua in 1948, 70 years ago, continuing to share her gentle spirit and gifts with the people of our community after the consolidation of parishes until very recently.

Therese was born in Throop, daughter of the late Stephen and Tessi Lewandowski Peko, she was a graduate of Throop High School and attended classes at Marywood College. She served our parish with exemplary commitment and devotion as parish secretary, organist, companion and dear friend. She leaves us with an extraordinary model of faith and service for us to follow.

As we mourn her passing, we pray for her sister Estelle Hanis and her brother Henry Peko and for her many nieces and nephews. Therese was preceded in death by four sisters and four brothers: Ceil Borden, Ann Rudzinski, Stepheny McCurl, Martha Mallas, Stanley, Stephen, Chester and Gene Peko. After sharing 70 years of love and service to our parish, we pray…..Eternal rest grant unto Therese Peko, O Lord.

“They whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before. They are now wherever we are.” ………St. John Chrysostom


The Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendor of true love,
to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the
and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Pope Francis


Almighty God with you
There is no beginning and no end
For you are the origin and goal of all creation.
May this New Year which we dedicate to you
bring us abundant prosperity
and growth in holy living.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you and
the Holy
Spirit, one God, forever and ever.



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

This year’s film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” is a wonderful reflection on the creation of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”

The story of stodgy, miserly Ebenezer Scrooges’ conversion from a “bah humbug” life to his promise to his proclamation “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the past, the present and the future. I will not shut out the lessons they teach.” And so here we are, December 2017, gathering to “honor Christmas.” Because the Word became Flesh, God dwells among His people and we see in the birth of our Savior an invitation to rebirth, to newness of life, to wake up, wide-eyed and big hearted, to encounter Jesus, the Christ, in all we meet.

There are many wonderful film adaptations of “A Christmas Carol.” One of my favorites, not so surprisingly, is “The Muppet Christmas Carol.” Taking poetic license in wit and whimsy, the story is lovingly shared. On Christmas day, Tiny Tim sings a poignant prayer for his family. It is my prayer also for each of us and all of us. With a grateful, humble heart, I thank all those who make parish life an expression of our commitment to Jesus Christ, our staff, volunteers in all capacities and ministries and every child, woman and man in the Parishes of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross, God bless us, every one. Let us “honor Christmas in our hearts, and try to keep it all the year.”

Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

Here is Tiny Tim’s prayer:


Life is full of sweet surprises, everyday’s a gift
The sun comes up and I can feel it lift my spirt
It fills me up with laughter, it fills me up with song
I look into the eyes of love and know that I belong
Bless us all, who gather here
The loving family I hold dear
No place on Earth, compares with home
And every path will bring me back from where I

Bless us all, that as we live
We always comfort and forgive
We have so much that we can share

With those in need we see around us everywhere
Let us always love each other
Lead us toward the light
Let us hear the voice of reason
Singing in the night

Let us run from anger
And catch when we fall
Teach us in our dreams and please, yes, please
Bless us one and all

Bless us all with playful years
With noisy games and joyous tears
We reach for you, and we stand tall
And in our prayers and dreams we ask you bless us


Father Nalazala Irudaya Raj (Father Raj) celebrates the 25th anniversary of ordination to priestly ministry for the Diocese of Nellore, India. This Silver Jubilee will be celebrated on January 17, 2018 in the company of his Bishop and family and friends. We join with them in prayerful gratitude to God for Father Raj’s priestly service. Father Raj’s address:

Rev. Fr. N.A. Irudaya Raj
Infant Jesus Church
Kandukur (Post & Mandal)
Prakasam (Dt.) 523105
A.P. (ST) India

Christmas and New Year's Mass Schedule for 2017/2018

Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant
Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!


Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the long-awaited savior of the world, Emmanuel – God with us! The Christmas Mass schedule is as follows:

Christmas Eve - Sunday, December 24, 2016

4:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant
4:00 p.m. at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
9:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
10:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

Christmas Day - Monday, December 25th, 2016

9:30 a.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish - Throop
11:00 a.m. Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant

New Year’s Mass Schedule

New Year’s Day is the Feast of Mary, Mother of God. Since it falls on a Monday this year, it is not a Holyday of obligation in the USA.

New Year’s Day (Monday), January 1, 2018

7:30 AM at Blessed Sacrament Parish – Throop
8:00 AM at Holy Cross Parish - Olyphant


Immaculate Conception

December 8 is the Patronal Feast day of the United States and a holy day of obligation. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the saving work of God in preserving the Blessed Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin from the moment of her conception in the womb of St. Ann. Mass schedule:

December 7

Vigil Mass

5:30 PM Blessed Sacrament

December 8

Holy Day

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament
8:00 AM Holy Cross
7:00 PM Holy Cross


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Bishop Joseph C. Bambera will preside as ordaining prelate and principal celebrant on Saturday, November 25, for the ordination of 11 men to the Permanent Diaconate for service as deacons in the Diocese of Scranton. The newly ordained deacons will join the ranks of clergy who minister to the faithful in parishes and other settings throughout the Diocese.

Along with ten other candidates, our own John P. Musyt will be ordained.

These men have completed a five-year formation program and will become members of the threefold ordained ministry that consists of bishops, priests and deacons.

The deacon’s service has three aspects: word, worship and charity. He can perform certain ministerial functions such as administering baptism, serving as the deacon of the Mass, including proclaiming the Gospel, preaching the homily and distributing Holy Communion, bringing viaticum to the sick; presiding at wake services, funeral liturgies and burial rites; and with permission of the pastor, may celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony.

Saturday, November 25, 10:00 AM, St. Peter Cathedral, Scranton.

All the faithful of the diocese are welcome to attend the ordination. Please keep John Musyt and the deacon candidates in your prayers.

November 19, 2017

READINGS: Matthew 25: 14-30

Proverbs 31: 10-13, 19-20, 30-31

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-6

The “measure” of Christ’s judgement in the world to come is made clear in the parable of the talents (Gospel). The Lord will judge us according to how well we have used the “talents” and gifts every one of us has been given. The greater the “capital” we have been given, the greater God’s expectations.

The First Testament Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise sayings, collected over a period of 500 years from sources throughout the world. Today’s first reading, from the final chapter of Proverbs, is part of a poem envisioning the ideal wife as wisdom in action: a woman of prayer, of loving service to her family and of charity to all. Read in the light of today’s Gospel, it is a portrait of the faithful servant of God.

More important to Paul is not the exact time of the Lord’s return in the future but the attitude of expectation we must adopt in the present. Paul exhorts the Christian community at Thessolonica, (today’s second reading) to remember that they have been called, in baptism, to live in the daylight of knowledge and hope in the Risen Christ. We do not live in fear but in joyful expectation of his return at the end of time.


The ‘stewardship’ of talent and ability. Every one of us possesses some degree of talent, ability and skill. The “talents” we possess have been “entrusted” to us by the “Master.” Jesus teaches in today’s Gospel that our place in the reign of God will depend on our stewardship of those gifts from God. The “good wife” in today’s reading from Proverbs and the two industrious servants of the Gospel are successes in God’s eyes because their lives are of benefit to others. Their greatness will be exalted by God. But those servants who cannot see beyond themselves, who squander their talents, who use their talents irresponsibly for personal profit or self-gratification, are useless and will have no share in the joy of God’s reign.


Readings: Matthew 25: 31-46

Ezekiel 34: 11-12, 15-17

1 Corinthians 15: 20-26, 28

Matthew’s is the only description of the Last Judgement in any of the Gospels. It is Jesus’ last discourse recorded by Matthew before the events of the Passion begin to unfold. In the vision he presents in this Gospel, Christ is the king who sits in judgement “as a shepherd separates sheep from goats.” Mercy and charity will be the standards for determining one’s entry into the future kingdom of God.

The People of Israel, exiled from their homeland and living in servitude under the Babylonians, cry out for a king to lead them. In today’s first reading, Ezekiel offers an oracle of consolation and hope: God will no longer entrust his people to evil and incompetent leaders, but will himself look after and “tend” his chosen and faithful people. The theme of personal responsibility of one’s life (a major teaching of Ezekiel) and the judgement between one “sheep” and another reflect today’s Gospel description of the Last Judgement.

Some of the Corinthians are denying the resurrection of the dead, apparently because of their inability to imagine how any king of bodily existence could be possible after death. Paul addresses this issue in chapter 15 of his first letter to the Corinthians. In the verses that make up today’s second reading, Paul praises Christ as the “first fruits” of the Resurrection – the triumphant, living Christ represents the promise that is the future of all the faithful. The Risen Christ who has vanquished death now reigns over all forever.


The Risen Christ in the ‘disguise’ of nameless poor. Christ the Shepherd-King clearly and unequivocally identifies himself with the poor. Our “greatness” lies in our ability to reach beyond ourselves to bring justice, peace and reconciliation into the lives of everyone.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta put today’s Gospel theme so succinctly when she said: “At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat…I was naked and you clothed me…I was homeless and you took me in.’

Hungry not only for bread – but hungry for love; naked not only of clothing – but naked of human dignity and respect; homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection. This is Christ in distressing disguise.”


“If the only prayer we ever say in our lives is “Thank You”, that will be enough.” ……Meister Eckhart

Thursday, November 23:

7:30 AM Blessed Sacrament, Throop

9:00 AM Holy Cross, Olyphant

(followed by coffee and refreshments in Kelley Hall) Join us as we give thanks to Almighty God for the gifts of freedom, faith and family, celebrating this National Holiday together at the table of the Lord.

Please remember to bring non-perishable food items to Mass. Keep then with you in your pew to be presented at the altar at the preparation of gifts.


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2016 thru October 2017). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year. A small reception will be held immediately after each Mass. Everyone is invited.


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2016 thru October 2017). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish. All parishioners are invited to attend these Masses and support those who have lost a family member this year. A small reception will be held immediately after each Mass. Everyone is invited.


Vocation Awarness Week


will be celebrated in our country November 5 – 11, 2017. Pease ask our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.


Thursday, November 16, 6:30 PM at Holy Cross Parish. Join with the parishioners of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes as we pray for an increase in vocations to priestly and religious life, asking God to send shepherds to guide His flock, leaders to gather the faithful, joyful ministers to proclaim the Good News.


William Asinari
Andrew McCarroll
Dcn. Edward Casey
Kevin Miller
Mark DeCelles
Jan Carlo Perez
Bernard Gardzalla
Marc Phillips
Dcn. Ryan Glenn
David Sebolka
Christopher Kircher
Shawn Simchock
Jonathan Kuhar
Mark Watrucki


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