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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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Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass Obligation

Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is on December 8, which this year falls on a Saturday. Please note that the obligation to attend Mass is not lifted (as with other Holy Days) for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Thus, the faithful must fulfill this obligation by attending Mass for the Holy Day (either Friday vigil or Saturday), and they must fulfill their Sunday Mass obligation (either Saturday or Sunday). Our Mass schedule for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is:

Friday, December 7, 5:30 PM – Blessed Sacrament

Saturday, December 8, 8:00 AM – Holy Cross


First Reading: Daniel 12:1-3 Daniel prophesies about the judgement of the last days.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 16:5,8,9-10,11 God protects us and shows us the path of life.

Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14,18 Jesus’ offering for sin has made all to be consecrated perfect forever.

Gospel Reading: Mark 13:24-32 Jesus teaches about the signs of the coming of the Son of Man.

This Sunday is the second to last Sunday of our liturgical year. As we approach the end of the Church year, our Gospel invites us to consider Jesus’ predictions and teaching about the end of the world. In the context of Mark’s Gospel, Jesus’ words about this are spoken to his disciples as he prepares them for his passion and death.

Last Sunday we heard Jesus’ observation about the contributions being made to the temple treasury and the example of sacrificial giving that he saw in the poor widow’s offering. If we had been reading Mark’s Gospel continuously, we would have heard Jesus predict the destruction of the Temple, his teaching about the costs of discipleship, and the woes that will accompany the end times. Finally, we would have heard Jesus instruct his disciples about the need for watchfulness so that they will not be caught unprepared for this final day of judgment.

In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues this teaching by offering his disciples signs to look for that will indicate that the coming of the Son of Man is near. His words and images draw upon Old Testament imagery, especially images found in the Book of Daniel. Next, Jesus offers the lesson of the fig tree, a parable that teaches that if one knows how to read the signs, one can be prepared for the end times. Jesus also teaches, however, that no one knows when the end time will come, except the Father. In the verses that follow this reading in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus continues to warn his disciples to be on watch for this end time.

Jesus’ words are not spoken to frighten his disciples, nor should they frighten us. Rather, they are offered to prepare us for the changes we will experience during our lifetimes and at the end times. Our consolation and hope is found in the lasting nature of Jesus’ words and God’s never ending love for us.


Fr. Kizis has changed his address and wants to pass it on to his friends and former parishioners:

Rev. Kenneth G. Kizis
Little Flower Manor
200 South Meade Street
WilkesBarre, PA 18702


First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16 Through Elijah, a widow and her son are blest with enough flour and oil to supply them for a year.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 146:7,8-9 9-10 A prayer of praise to God who raises up the lowly.

Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28 Christ died once to take away sin; he will return again to bring salvation.

Gospel Reading: Mark 12:38-44 (shorter form, Mark 12:41-44 Jesus notices a poor widow’s offering and commends her great sacrifice.



National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated this week November 4 – 10, 2018. Please ask our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our parish communities and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation.


Loving and generous God,

it is You who call us by name

and ask us to follow you.

Help us to grow in the love

and service of our Church

as we experience it today.

Give us the energy and courage of your Spirit

to shape its future.

Grant us faith-filled leaders

who will embrace Christ’s Mission of love and


Bless the Diocese of Scranton

by raising up dedicated and generous leaders

from our families and friends who

will serve you as

Sisters, Priests, Brothers, Deacons and Lay


Inspire us to know You better and open our heart to

hear your call.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Wanted and needed: Altar Servers!

Altar Server training will be held on Tuesday, November 13 and Thursday, November 15 at 6:30 PM in Holy Cross Parish for interested new servers for both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross. Looking for students from grades 3 – 12. It is an honor to serve the table of the Lord.

Altar servers carry the cross, the processional candles, hold the Roman Missal (prayer book) for the priest, carry the incense, present the bread, water and wine to the altar and assists the deacon and priest during Mass and/or other liturgical celebrations (.i.e., weddings, Stations of the Cross, etc.)

Deacon John Musyt will provide instruction. Please consider participating in this important parish ministry. Call the Parish Office to register 570-489-0752.


Deuteronomy 6:2-6

Hebrews 7:23-28

Mark 12:28b-34


The Eagle Scout Court of Honor was conducted for Thomas Parise, son of Thomas and Melissa Parise, this past Saturday, October 27.

Eagle Scout Parise is a member of Boy Scout Throop 34 and serves faithfully as an altar server at Holy Cross Parish.

Congratulations and prayerful best wishes to Eagle Scout Parise!


The Parishes of Holy Cross & Blessed Sacrament will hold a special Mass remembering those parishioners who died this past year (from October 2017 through October 2018). Mass will be held on Saturday, November 3 at 4:00 PM at Holy Cross Parish and on Saturday November 10 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 to attend.



Confirmation Class of 2018

Samantha Cecilia Adams Alexandra Tatiana Kostik
Collin Patrick Birtel Cate Austin Kowalski
Ethan Vincent Cesari Megan Nicole Lutz
Colin Vincenzo Chapman Kaley Teresa Maday
Stanley John Cibrosky Gianna Giulia Magliocchi
Victoria Faith Cook Christina Anne Monroe
Jaime Elizabeth Cortazar Logan Joseph Matone
Hayden Stephen Davitt Thomas Sebastian Parise
Eric David DiBileo Lydia Anastasia Pickutoski
Kellen Louis Doughton Jacqueline Cecelia Pinto
Madison Anne Doyle Victoria Cecilia Pitoniak
Christian Anthony Dructor Jacob Patrick Scott
Johnathan James Essig Alyvia Grace Shelton
Kierstyn Elizabeth Ganz Timothy Edward St.Ledger
Megan Mary Gatto Audrey Laura Talluto
Katherine Frances Glinsky Kaylee Katherine Terranella
Zachary Felix Kalinoski Morgan Lucy Tullio
Joseph Sebastian Kalinowski Gavin Thomas Tylenda
Sydney Elizabeth Kausmeyer Alexandra Valentine Walko
Emma Elizabeth Kostage Aiden Theodore Wolak
Nicholas Boniface Ceccarani

Confirmation unites us more firmly to Christ. It strengthens our relationship with the Church, and it gives us special strength from the Holy Spirit to defend the faith and confess the name of Christ.

……Pope Francis

Today, Sunday, October 28 at 4:00 PM in Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, Dickson City, Bishop John M. Dougherty, D.D., Bishop Auxiliary Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton will confirm our candidates: 22 from Blessed Sacrament, Throop and 18 from Holy Cross, Olyphant. Congratulations to our young people, their sponsors, parents, grandparents, families and friends.

Thanks to our staff for their support and dedication: Karen Doyle, Director of Religious Education, Blessed Sacrament; Deacon John Musyt, Director of Religious Education, Holy Cross; our catechists Steve Kurilla and Maureen Pitcavage, staff of Scranton Prep and Holy Cross High School; and special thanks to Jackie Musyt and Judy Novak. May the Holy Spirit continue to fill and guide the lives of our young people as they live their commitment to Christ as witnesses of Gospel Joy.


Spirit of God, grant me:

The gift of wisdom

To see the world through your eyes,

The gift of counsel

To make difficult decisions,

The gifts of knowledge and understanding

To use my mind to know you and to love


The gift of fortitude

To have the courage to live in the faith

Despite the difficulties and disappointments,

The gift of piety

To be able to express my special love

And commitment to you,

And the right kind of awesome fear

That makes me pause to wonder and revere

God’s Love.



Just a reminder that during the month of November the Church remembers all those who have died. If you would like to have your deceased family members or friends remembered in our prayers, please submit those names on the envelope that can be found in your packet of envelopes.


A canonization is a statement by the Church that a person who has lived a holy life is now with God in heaven. While it’s often mistakenly expressed that the Church “credits” or “makes” saints. The reality is that a person’s holiness speaks for itself. A process of study, prayer and discernment concludes with this formal recognition that a person’s name should be placed within the “canon” of the saints, the list of all who are universally venerated by the Church. Acclaimed as holy and admirable examples of the faith, these saints may be invoked in the official prayers of the Church. Churches may be built in their honor, a feast day is set aside in their memory, and they may be designated as special patrons. All those who are canonized are united to the Church as powerful intercessors, and we ask, therefore, for their prayers and those of the whole communion of saints.

Our new saints:

- Nunzio Sulprizio. St. Numzio was only 19 years old when he died in 1836. He is lauded as a model for workers and young people.

- Maria Katharine Kasper. Born in Germany, Saint Maria Katherina cared for the poor and abandoned, formed religious community the “Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ”, died 1898.

- Francesce Spinelli. St. Francesco was a priest of the Diocese of Bergamo, Italy. A co-founder of the Sacramentine Sisters and the Sister Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. He died on February 6, 1913.

- Nazaria Ignacia de Santa Teresa de Jesus. Saint Nazaria Ignacia founded the Congregation of the Missionary Crusaders of the Church, caring for women, orphans, soldiers and many others.

- Vincenzo Romano. Saint Vincenzo proclaimed a simple message of love aimed at educating the faithful. He died December 20, 1831.

- Oscar Romero. Saint Oscar used his pulpit to speak out against poverty, injustice and violence. On March 24, 1980, a gunman assassinated him while he celebrated Mass. The death of this holy martyr has inspired many to fight for the oppressed.

- Pope Paul VI. Saint Paul VI was elected pope in 1963 in the midst of the Second Vatican Council. He implemented Church reforms and worked toward justice and peace, bringing the world a message of human dignity and development. He died August 16, 1978.

Saints of God, pray for us.

Readings for October 21, 2018

FIRST READING: Isaiah 53:10-11 Through his suffering, the servant of Yahweh will justify many.

RESPONSORIAL: PSALM: Psalm 33:4-5,18- 19,20-22 A prayer of praise for God’s mercy.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 4:14-16 Jesus is the high priest who sympathizes with our weakness.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:35-45 (shorter form Mark 10:42-45) Jesus teaches that those who wish to be great must be the servant of all.

Readings for Sunday October 14, 2018

FIRST READING: Wisdom 7:7-11 Wisdom is preferred above gold and silver.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: Psalm 90:12-13,14- 15,16-17 The Lord fills us with love and joy.

SECOND READING: Hebrews 4:12-13 The Word of God exposes the heart.

GOSPEL READING: Mark 10:17-30 (shorter form Mark 10:17-27) A man with many possessions asks Jesus what he must do to gain eternal life.


An AED (automated external defibrillator) is placed in the sacristy at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. On Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 PM in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross, Olyphant; an AED training session will take place. The session allows the trainee to learn how and when to use an AED. All are welcome to participate.


Your generosity helps:

Serve, comfort and care for thousands of our friends and neighbors each year through a variety of Catholic Social Services and Parish Outreach programs.

Support our retired priests and those who are ill, who have faithfully served our Diocese for many years. Assist our men in formation to become priests and deacons as we look to the future of our parishes and our Diocese.

Prepare our children for fulfilling and faith-filled lives through education in our Catholic schools and in our parish religious education programs.

Provide opportunities in our parish communities for everyone to more fully share their personal gifts in devoted service to God and one another.

Joyfully spread the Gospel and the message of our Catholic faith to all members of our Diocese and our community.

To make a donation to this year’s Annual Appeal, please visit www.AnnualAppeal.org or call 570-207-2250.

Thank you one and all for your generosity! Where we stand:

we stand:

Holy Cross $50,000.00 goal, 74% of goal, $36,834.00 in pledges and donations.

Blessed Sacrament $17,000.00 goal, 104% of goal! $17635.00 in pledges and donations.

Remember that 75% of all donations collected over goal are returned to the parish.


You may make a gift to your parish or to the Diocesan Annual Appeal directly from your IRA?

If you are 70 ½ or older and have a traditional individual retirement account, you can use all or part of your required minimum distribution to support your parish or the Diocesan Annual Appeal without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes.

Distributions must be sent directly to your parish or the Diocese by the plan administrator of your IRA. For more information please contact Jim Bebla, Diocesan Secretary of Development, at Jim- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 570-207-2250.


Today, we celebrate and honor the inviolable dignity of each and every human life. We recognize the sin of abortion, physician-assisted suicide, our state’s death penalty and all other actions that threaten the life and dignity of the human person.

On this day, we also recognize the ways in which our own Church, throughout its history, has failed to protect its young people and to respect the integrity of their claims against its clergy members.

This Sunday, we ask you to pray for all vulnerable members of our community, from the unborn to the struggling family.

We pray especially for healing for all those who feel isolated, hopeless, or ashamed. We also continue to pray for those who feel pressure to make difficult decisions with regard to respecting life, and with those in positions of power, that we may support them as a community of faith to create a culture of life.


First Reading: Genesis 2: 8-24 God creates woman from Adam’s rib.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 128:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 A prayer for God’s blessing.

Second Reading: Hebrews 2:9-11 Christ was made perfect through suffering so that we might all be consecrated.

Gospel Reading: Mark 10:2-16 Jesus teaches against divorce and welcomes the children.

Background on the Gospel Reading

Today we continue to read from the Gospel according to Mark. For the past three Sundays, we have been hearing Mark’s reports of conversation between Jesus and his disciples. Recall that in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus uses these private moments to teach his disciples in greater detail about the Kingdom of God. Beginning with today’s Gospel, Jesus returns to Judea, Jewish territory and resumes his public ministry. The first verse of Chapter 10 of Mark’s Gospel tells us that crowds gathered around Jesus, and he taught them, as was his custom. Immediately, the Pharisees approach Jesus to test him.

The Pharisees question Jesus about the lawfulness of divorce. Under specific conditions, divorce was an accepted practice among the Jewish people during the time of Jesus. It was regulated by the Law of Moses, as found in Deuteronomy 24:1-5. This law only permits that a husband may divorce his wife if he finds her to be indecent. This is the justification that the Pharisees reference when Jesus inquires about the commandment of Moses. In reply, Jesus quotes from the Book of Genesis and counters that God’s original intention was that men and women would become one flesh in marriage. Jesus describes the teaching of Moses as a concession made to God’s original intention because of human stubbornness.

At first glance, the final part of today’s Gospel seems unconnected to the previous teaching about divorce. When read together, however, these passages present a strong picture of Jesus’ emphasis on the importance of family. God intended for women and men to be joined together in marriage. Among the purposes of marriage is the raising of children. By welcoming children and fostering their relationship with God, parents and families bear witness to the Kingdom of God.

At the end of today’s Gospel, the people were bringing their children to Jesus, and again Jesus’ disciples show that they just don’t get it. Recall that in the Gospel for each of the past two Sundays, Jesus has taught his disciples the value and importance of these “little ones” in the Kingdom of God. Yet in today’s Gospel, the disciples try to prevent people from bringing their children to Jesus. Jesus reprimands his disciples and welcomes these children. Again Jesus offers these children as an example of the kind of complete trust and dependence upon God that ought to be the attitude of all believers.

Blessing Of Pets 2018

Blessing of Pets

On Sunday, September 30 at 1:00 PM in Holy Cross Parking Lot we will share a blessing and prayers for all of our pets. Come one, come all—bring your cherished pets—ant farms or snails, turtles and snakes, dogs and cats, horses and cows. (stuffed animals are always welcome—just keep them away from teething puppies!) The blessing is shared each year in connection to our celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi (October 4) who reminds us to be stewards of God’s creation. St. Francis, pray for us.

Community Lunch Begins 4th Year!

Congratulations to our volunteers who help us to conduct our weekly community lunch.

We have served 11,298 meals over 146 weeks totaling 292 volunteer hours with the assistance of 60 + volunteers. We’re grateful to our dear friend Michael McDonnell who prepares and transports lunch to us from St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen each week. Thanks to our volunteers who come by to set up, serve, spend time with our neighbors and friends and then stay for cleanup. Thanks to our parish staff as well and a huge chunk of gratitude is extended to Jackie Musyt for coordinating and supervising our efforts.

We will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving on Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 PM (it is also the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi) in Holy Cross Parish with all of our volunteers who assist us each week.


First Reading: Numbers 11:25-29 The Lord bestows his spirit on the seventy elders.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 19:8,10,12-13,14 The Law of the Lord brings joy.

Second Reading: James 5:1-6 James chastises the rich.

Gospel Reading: Mark 9:38-43,45,47-48 Jesus teaches that whoever is not against him is for him.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

Today we continue to read from the Gospel of Mark. Recall that last week we heard Jesus chastise his disciples for their argument about who among them was the greatest. Jesus taught them that the greatest among them will be those who serve the least ones. In today’s Gospel, the disciple John questions Jesus about an unknown exorcist who was driving out demons in Jesus’ name. John’s question might have been motivated by jealousy. Previously in Mark’s Gospel, Jesus healed a boy whom the disciples had been unable to heal. John’s question is further evidence that the disciples have not yet grasped Jesus’ words to them. They continue to compare themselves to others who seem to have greater healing powers, and they do not want to share the power of Jesus’ name with others.

Today the demon possession described in the Gospels might be seen as a form of mental illness, but the need for healing these syndromes was as real then as it is now. Exorcism was a common practice in firstcentury Palestine, Some people had the power to heal the symptoms of possession. One of the strategies used was to invoke the name of a person or figure who was believed to have the power to heal.

The disciples observed that the unknown exorcist invoked Jesus’ name and was successful in his healing efforts. This unknown healer recognized the power of Jesus’ name, yet he was not a follower of Jesus. In his reply to his disciples, Jesus acknowledges that deeds of faith can precede the words of faith. He also teaches that the disciples should not be reluctant to share Jesus’ healing powers with others.

Later in this Gospel, Jesus teaches us not to create obstacles for those who are just beginning to have faith but to encourage even the smallest signs of faith. The Greek word used here for sin also connotes “stumbling” or “causing scandal.” In vivid terms Jesus teaches his disciples the consequences to those who would put obstacles before people who are on the road to faith.