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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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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


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Readings: Matthew 22: 34-40

Exodus 22: 20-26

1 Thessalonians 1: 5-10

In this week’s Gospel, as in last week’s, the Jewish leaders seek to trip up Jesus. The question the lawyer poses was much discussed in rabbinical circles: Which is the greatest commandment? The Pharisees’ intention in posing the question was to force Jesus into a single rabbinical school, thereby opening him up to criticism from all other sides. Jesus’ answer, however, proves his fidelity to both the Jewish tradition and to a spirituality that transcends the legal interpretations of the commandments: the “second” commandment is the manifestation of the first. If we love the Lord God with our whole being, that love will manifest itself in our feeding of the hungry, our sheltering of the homeless and our liberating of the oppressed.

Today’s first reading is from the section of the Book of Exodus known as the “Code of the Covenant,” a detailed explanation of the moral, civil and ritual legislation by which the Israelites were to become a holy people. Today’s reading outlines the laws of charity toward the poor and “aliens” and the promise of Yahweh’s protection of the helpless and defenseless.

In today’s second reading, Paul encourages the young Church at Thessalonica to be a model of faithful community for the new churches in the region.

All Saints Day - Holy Day of Obligation

Thursday, November 1 is All Saints Day, and a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, October 31:
Blessed Sacrament: 5:30pm

Thursday, November 1:
Blessed Sacrament: 7:30am
Holy Cross: 8:00am and 7:00pm


Each year, the first Sunday of October is designated: “Respect Life Sunday”, when we are asked to recommit ourselves to promoting the culture of LIFE.

It is a good time to ask ourselves whether we are good witnesses to the respect we are called to have for all human life, from conception to natural death. This is challenging because we are members of a society in which there is tremendous pressure to limit our love and ignore the sacredness of human life.

We live in a violent society that sees violence and death by abortion, euthanasia, suicide and capital punishment as a solution to many of our personal and societal “problems”. Many of these attitudes are enshrined in our law and culture, leading to more violence, manifested in spousal and child abuse, the gang culture and so on.

On this Respect Life Sunday, we should pray hard for our legislators, for those mothers who feel forced to choose abortion and for those who provide and promote abortion. But we must also look at ourselves. Do we speak up for the innocent abortion victims? Do we promote pro-life values? Do we vote for pro-life politicians? Do we do anything tangible to protect the unborn?

We can definitely help change our society to become a culture of LIFE, but we must be active, informed and faithful witnesses.

Columbus Day

PARISH OFFIFES will be closed on Monday, October 9, Columbus Day.


Readings: Matthew 21: 33-43

Isaiah 5: 1-7

Philippians 4: 6-9

Today’s Gospel parable “updates” Isaiah’s allegory of the friend’s vineyard (first reading). God is the owner of the vineyard who has “leased” the property to the religious and political leaders of Israel. Many servants (prophets) were sent to the tenants, but all met the same fate. The owner finally sends his own Son, who is brutally murdered “outside” the vineyard (a prediction of his crucifixion outside the city of Jerusalem?) With this parable, Jesus places himself in the line of the rejected prophets. The owner finally comes himself and destroys the tenants and leaves the vineyard to others (the Church) who yield an abundant harvest. This parable is intended to give hope and encouragement to Matthew’s Christian community, which is scorned and persecuted by its staunchly Jewish neighbors.

Today’s reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians (second reading) continues his words of encouragement to his beloved converts at Philippi. In order that God’s peace may reign in their lives they must put into practice all that they have learned, received, heard and seen.

Themes: Harvesting our corner of the ‘vineyard.’ Each one of us has been given a portion of God’s vineyard to cultivate. Fear, selfishness and bigotry can kill whatever chances we have of turning our part of the vineyard into something productive; but, through justice, generosity and compassion, we can reap a rich and fulfilling harvest, regardless of how small or poor or insignificant our piece of the vineyard is.

The cost of faithful discipleship.

Faith can be costly. Throughout our lives we are challenged to sacrifice the treasures of God in order to embrace the values deemed important by society. The witness we are called to give can subject us to misunderstanding, suspicion, abuse, intimidation and ridicule from others. Living the values of the Gospel can be discouraging, humiliating and isolating. Yet everyone of us who claims to be a disciple of Jesus and a witness of his Resurrection is called to pay whatever price is demanded for the sake of the reign of God, for we believe that love rather than greed, peace rather than hostility, forgiveness rather than vengeance will yield the harvest of God’s reign.


Jerry Tully


Motorcycle ride starts and ends at Thirst T’s Bar and Grill, Lincoln Avenue, Olyphant. Registration for the ride is from 10 to 11:30 AM and KSU at 11:45 AM.

$20.00 rider/$10.00 for rider. At 1:00 PM all are invited to Thirst T’S for basket raffles, 50/50’s and more, donation is $10.00.

Please join in helping Jerry with his medical costs as his insurance does not cover all expenses. Jerry has always been there for us, with the chicken-b que and now he needs our help and support. Please come to lend support to our dear friend.