• The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • The Parishes of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament
  • 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

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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Altar Flowers

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend have been donated in memory of Casmir & Mary Hodorowski & Deceased Family offered by M/M Frank Hodorowski.

Weekly flowers can be donated in memory of a Living or Deceased family member or friend. Please call the Parish Office to schedule your donation.


August 15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day of Obligation

Friday, August 15th is the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven, a Holy Day of Obligation. The mass schedule for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish is as follows:

August 14, 2014 Vigil

  • 4:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament
  • 7:00 p.m. Holy Cross

August 15, 2014 Holy Day

  • 7:30 am. Blessed Sacrament
  • 8:00 a.m. Holy Cross
  • 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross


August Food Drive

During the month of August, our Social Concern Committee is holding a food drive to benefit the newly dedicated St. Francis Commons, a Catholic Social Service facility that provides food and supportive services for homeless veterans. Our food drive will benefit St Frances Commons as it initiates the operating their food pantry. Please bring non-perishable food items and place them in the vestibule of our churches during the month of August.

Baptismal Instruction

Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Holy Name Society News


August 15th, 16th, and 17th




The 9th Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish will be held this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If you haven't made your ticket returns, please do so this week at the Parish Offices, or at the Festival. 


PARISH GROUNDS AND HALL SET-UP. Volunteers of all ages needed, no experience necessary.


The Festival will run from 5PM To 9:30PM on Friday. Food, games, Moonwalk, and More! Menu items will include both ethnic and traditional picnic items including Haluski, Sausage & Peppers, Wimpies, Porketta, Pierogi, Piggies, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, French Fries, Pizza, Potato Pancakes, Pizza Frita, Rita's Jam (Strawberry, Peach, and Blueberry), Fried Pierogi, Corn on the Cob, and new this year Funnel Cakes. A Special "Family Festival Sundae" with Strawberries and Blueberries, and the traditional "Old-Faashioned Ice-Cream Sandwiches" will be available.  And of course a terrific Bake Sale!  *LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:  Friday-  *Rice of Drive and Blinded Passenger.ALL CHILDREN GET YOUR FREE ICE!!!!


We will start things with a Health Walk to the scenic Lackawanna River. We hope to play a game of Whiffle Ball, hold a Relay Race, and recreate the excitement of the 1930s and beyond, when the Town of Throop was the "Home of National Marble Champions."  We have received a beautiful donation of Marbles with Royal Blue Velvet  Pouches, and we have enough for everyone. Thank you Michael and JoAnn Taylor (parishioners of Holy Cross) for this fine donation! Parishioners and non-Parishioners are all welcome! ALL AGES!!!!!!! No experience necessary!

The food and game stands will open from 5:00PM to 9:30PM.

Saturday Mass at 5:30PM. 

See above for our wide variety of menu items. Entertainment on Saturday-Jack & Bonnie. ALL CHILDREN GET YOUR FREE ICE!!!! 

*Sunday Mass at 9:30AM


$6 for a delicious Breakfast. Tickets at the door. Immediately after morning Mass, (if you need a Breakfast Delivered call Joseph Butash at 570-489-4515. Breakfast will include Scrambles Eggs, Bacon, Sausage, Hash Browns, Coffee, Orange Juice, and More.



Tickets available at the door. For more tickets call Debbie Rimosites at 570-489-1208. 21 Games, Specials, & More!

Special Food Items available in the Parish Hall during B-I-N-G-O.


We have a wide variety of Baskets. Karen Doyle is the go to person if you would like to donate one and help our parish. To donate a basket, drop it off at the Parish Offices all this week, place it in the Church Hall, or call Karen at  570-489-2552.

******4:45PM 50/50 GRAND PRIZE DRAWING

*50/50 Drawing: Tickets are available during our 3 day event.

We are always in special need of more help for grounds clean-up and take-down, on Sunday late afternoon. Please help if you can.


We need cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies, breads, and all other delicacies for Our Annual Bake Sale. Contact Barbara Long at 570-489-8295 if you can help by making and or donating something for the Bake Sale. 



Tell your neighbor, Bring the Family, Bring a Stranger,  Bring Yourself! 

*We are in need of Volunteers of all ages.*



Tickets for the new round of drawings for the Holy Name Society's WINNERS CLUB of Blessed Sacrament Parish are still available from any member, by calling Society President Adam Nosak at 570.489.2561, or the Parish Offices at 570.489.1963/570.489.0752. Your support of this fundraiser is most appreciated! Best of Luck!


The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of the month at 10:00 a.m.. in the rectory. The women make booties and hats for our newly baptized infants. New members are always welcome

Special Thanks to the Stitchers!

A special Thank You to the The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers. Club for the baby items they “stitched this winter” for our newly baptized infants. The women knitted about 52 booties and hats. May God continue to bless our newly baptized babies and our women for their continued generosity and work!!


Tickets for the next round of drawings for the Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament Parish are available from any member, by calling Society President Adam Nosak at 570.489.2561, or the Parish Offices at 489-1963/489-0752. You can’t win if you don’t play. Good luck!!

Ninth Annual Family Festival Tickets

Tickets for the Ninth Annual Blessed Sacrament Parish Family Festival will soon be available in the front entrance to Our Church. Kindly help us to save on postage, by picking up your envelope, and those of any family members and friends. Remember to return all 50/50 Tickets with your name and phone number on each ticket. If your joining us for BINGO, return Stub (with your name and phone number), and of course we'd love to see you there.

The Ninth Annual Family Festival of Blessed Sacrament Parish will be held on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 15, 16, and 17.

We are in need of 8oz. Canning Jelly Jars. If you have any, kindly drop them off at the entrances to Our Church, or place them in the kitchen area of Our Parish Hall.

Ticket returns can be made in the weekend collection, mailed to the Parish Offices, or dropped off at the offices.

New: There will be an event on Saturday, August 16, beginning at 9AM, for all ages. (more information to come).

Get ready for a "Special Family Festival Sundae"

All Family Festival Meetings are opened to all. We are in need of volunteers of all ages. See you at the next planning meeting.

Live entertainment, ethnic and traditional foods, games for all ages, an expanded Sunday Morning Breakfast, followed by BINGO, and More! Mark the Calendar, tell your neighbor, save the dates. August 15, 16, & 17. WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR YOU!!!!!!

Calling All Angels

Hospice of the Sacred Heart hopes no patient dies alone. Therefore Hospice of the Sacred Heart needs “Guardian Angels” volunteers to provide a caring residence by sitting quietly at the bedside. This volunteer opportunity provides patients and their families with additional support. For more information, please contact Ann Seechock, Volunteer Coordinator at 1-800-657-6405 or 570-706-2400.


Catholic Golden Age meeting August 14 at 6:30 PM, Senior Center, Grant Street, Olyphant. Food collection continues.

Catholic Underground

Catholic Underground: Our next Catholic Underground will be on Saturday 14 June with Paging Samuel. This is rescheduled from February. Please come and bring a friend or so with you. Holy Hour is at 7:00 in the Gate of Heaven Church with Underground to follow in the John Paul II Center (formerly the GOH gym).


In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.

Cemetery Graves - When are they Filled?

A number of Parishioners have asked when their loved one's grave would be filled and reseeded. Please keep in mind that when a grave is dug it must settle for at least 3-6 months before any work can be done. A grave typically continues to settle for several months after the body has been interred--especially if that section of the cemetery is/has been wet. Last week, the maintenance men spent several days filling in and reseeding a number of graves throughout our six parish cemeteries. If your loved one's grave was not addressed, please know that it must continue to settle before it can be filled in. Also, a reminder that headstones should not be installed until the grave has settled and been reseeded. Please have the monument company contact the parish to receive permission to install the headstone. The parish does not install headstones or military markers.


Now that spring is here and cemetery clean-up and maintenance has begun, please be mindful of our cemetery regulations. These regulations are in effect for all six cemeteries under the care of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes:

  • Artificial flowers must be in pots and posts are not to be fully buried in the ground. Any flowers stuck directly in the ground may cause a hazard when grass cutting and weed trimming and will be removed by cemetery or grass cutting personnel;
  • Flower beds may not extend more than one foot (12”0) from the front of the monument and may not extend past the sides of the monument;
  • Flower beds must be maintained in a reasonable manner. Flowerbeds that become overgrown or unsightly will be cut by the cemetery personnel;
  • No borders are allowed. No stones, bricks, wood, marble chips, gravel, metal, plastic or fencing of any kind are allowed around monuments. Cemetery personnel will remove them;
  • Flower beds may contain mulch;
  • Families in need of foundations for new monuments or monuments that have tipped over should contact a monument company as soon as possible to insure they are properly installed. Parish Office approval for all headstones, markers or other work is required before any marker may be placed;
  • Trees and shrubs are not allowed. Existing overgrown or unattended trees and shrubs will be removed at the Pastor/Caretaker’s discretion;
  • Vigil lights MUST be in an enclosed container and MUST be placed close to the monument;
  • Flags and markers are to be placed close to the monument to avoid being damaged by mowers and trimming equipment;
  • Tattered and worn flags will be removed and properly disposed. Flags are regularly replaced by the American Legion and/or VFW;
  • Any and all objects that present an obstacle to the cutting of grass or that may break or cause injury or become unsightly will be removed.
  • Trash (old flowers, pots, etc.) may not be dumped in the woods. Please take all trash home or place in the dumpster at St. Patrick’s or in the available garbage cans at St. John’s and St. Mary’s;
  • Do not drive on the grass or over graves;
  • Parishioners are not permitted to bury cremains without the expressed permission of the Pastor and proper burial permit;
  • No dogs allowed in the cemetery;
  • The ongoing care and upkeep of each cemetery is the responsibility of the Parish under the guidance of the Pastor. No organization or individual parishioner is responsible for their maintenance or care. All questions or concerns should be directed to the Pastor.

All cemetery regulations are now in effect in order to keep our six parish cemeteries in an appropriate condition and to facilitate their care. Please contact Monsignor Delaney at the Parish Office if you have any questions about these regulations.

Change of Address or Phone Number

Have you recently moved or changed your phone number? Has one of your children been baptized at another church? If your personal information changes, please call the Parish Office so we can update our database. Without accurate information regarding your address, phone number or the names of your children, we have no way to contact you with information regarding the parish, religious education or other important events in the life of the parish. All information is confidential!


  • Dress appropriately.
  • Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
  • Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
  • Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
  • Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
  • Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
  • Please do not chew gum in church.
  • Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
  • Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
  • Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
  • Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
  • Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
  • What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
  • Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!
  • Collection for Haiti at Saint Ann's Solemn Novena 2014

    Father Rick Frechette, C.P., a Passionist priest from Haiti, will be preaching at this year’s Saint Ann's Solemn Novena, at the Basilica in Scranton. The Novena begins on Thursday, July 17th and concludes on the Feast Day, Saturday, July 26th. There will be a clothing collection during the entire novena for the impoverished and disadvantaged served by Father Rick's many programs in Haiti.

    Anyone attending the novena can drop off infant, children and adult sized gently used summer clothing and shoes at the Saint Luke’s Passionist Mission Tent set up near the food stand on the Basilica’s grounds. For further information you may call Pat at 570-840-9304.

    Confraternity of Christian Women

    The bus trip to Sight & Sound Theater will leave St. Patrick’s parking lot at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 7-9-14. It will return between 8:30 and 9:00 p.m. Any questions call Anne 570-489-9405 or Jackie 570-589-8143.

    Congratulations to Sara Rose Krukovitz

    Congratulations to Sara Rose Krukovitz from Olyphant for being the Salutatorian from Marywood University for the Graduating class of 2014!



    #87, December, 2013

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    In the December edition of Our Faith…Our Diocese:

                                                                                                       We’ll see how young adults from around our Diocese will soon be reaching out to persons with disabilities thanks to a new music ministry offered by our Office for Parish Life.

       Bishop Bambera celebrates a special liturgy commemorating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Theresians International of Scranton.

    Deadline For Bulletin Announcements

    All parish societies and civic organizations are welcome to place an announcement in the bulletin regarding an upcoming event or meeting. Please note, however, because the bulletin must be submitted to the printer on Monday mornings, all announcements must be received at the Parish Office by the Wednesday before the week of the event.

    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

    Please remember in your prayers our parishioners and Friends of the parish who have recently died: John J. Nagurney, John J. Matone, Helen Saslo, Joseph Hudak, Eleanor Ohal, Daniel & Rosemary Doherty, Michelle Coleman, Joyce Ann Soluri. . Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them


    During the month of June we will honor our living and deceased fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and father-like friends. Father’s Day intention envelopes are in your box of envelopes. The envelopes will be placed in front of the altars of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parish during the month of June to remember the donor’s intentions. Envelopes should be dropped in collection basket by Sunday, June 8, 2014.

    Flowers Delivered to Shut-In

    Just a word of appreciation to all those who delivered flowers earlier this week to members of Holy Cross Parish who are unable to be with us for Easter. Thank you for your help in reaching out to the elderly and shut-in of our parish!


    With the beginning of the flu season, just a few reminders about some common-sense practices that will help curtail the spread of the flu. Remember, if you are sick or not feeling well, there is no obligation to attend Mass on Sunday.

    The Center for Disease Control and Prevention lists a number of helpful practices. Frequently wash your hands with warm water and soap. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or handkerchief when you are coughing or sneezing. If you don’t have a tissue or handkerchief, cough into your elbow rather than into your hand. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs spread this way.

    If you do not feel well or have a cough, please avoid receiving the Precious Blood from the cup when it is offered. Be conscious that those around you may not shake your hand at the Sign of Peace because they may not be feeling well.

    If we all practice these common, everyday precautions, hopefully we can prevent a significant outbreak of the flu in our community.


    The Catholic Bishops of the United States recently outlined several concerns over the threat to religious freedom in their statement: “Our first, Most Cherished Liberty.” The Bishops of the United States have called all the faithful to the third annual celebration of the Fortnight for Freedom: June 21st – July 4th, 2014. The theme of this year’s Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church’s teaching.

    Bishop Bambera will celebrate a special Mass to acknowledge the Fortnight for Freedom and to recognize the generous and dedicated service offered by so many people in the Diocese on behalf of the poor and most vulnerable. Please invite your whole parish for this Mass, and especially encourage those from your parish who are most active in these types of ministries. The Mass will be Sunday, June 29th, 12:15pm at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

    Holy Cross Parish

    Blessed Sacrament Parish

    THANK YOU!!!

    We thank all the generous sponsors that have been supporting our Chicken Bar B Que but this week we especially thank the St Ludmila Society Branch 108 for their generous contribution.

    Adoration - Hours Available

    The joy of being Catholic is in the Eucharist. The Most Holy Eucharist, also called the Sacred Liturgy, is the wellspring of Catholic life and its summit. The Church lives From Eucharist to Eucharist, amazed by the wonder of so great a gift and waits with “Blessed hope for the return of Christ in glory. The Eucharist life begins on the way to church. Go to church with a heart made ready for the mystery. Begin at home by reading the texts appointed for the day’s Mass. Let the word of God. resonate in your heart; read the texts aloud, slowly and with attention.

    Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins on Mondays at 8:30 a.m. and concludes on Fridays at 6:00 p.m. in the chapel; Open hours of adoration are. Tuesday 6 a.m.., Wednesday and Thursday at 1 a.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. If you are available for this hour and would like to experience an hour with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, please call Eydie at 570-489-8816


    VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED: set up, clean up, work at the Bar-B-Q. If you can help please show up Sunday, August 3; come to cut cakes, set up raffle baskets, etc. at 9:00 am. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Help is also needed at the end of the Barbeque, clean-up.

    Dinner Tickets

    Some dinner tickets may be available the day of the Barbeque.


    The Bar-B-Q will run bingo games in Kelley Hall from 1 to 3 PM.




    Please do not remove items from the bulletin board. Items are listed and removed by the office staff. Thank you for your cooperation.


    In keeping with the sacredness of the liturgy, please make every effort to turn off or silence your cell phone during the Celebration of the Eucharist. Children should also be reminded that Mass is a special time to listen and pray to God; it is not a time to be texting others.


    1. Dress appropriately.
    2. Arrive a few minutes early – take a few minutes to pray and ready yourself for the Celebration of the Eucharist.
    3. Observe silence before Mass begins – people are trying to pray.
    4. Please join the entire congregation by taking a seat; don’t stand in front of the confessionals, especially while Confessions are being heard.
    5. Don’t forget to bless yourself with Holy Water when you enter and leave the church building.
    6. Before entering the pew, as a sign of reverence, genuflect to the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the tabernacle.
    7. Turn off all cell phones or any other electronic device that may disrupt the celebration.
    8. Please do not chew gum in church.
    9. Did you fast one hour before receiving Holy Communion? Are you in the state of grace?
    10. Don’t forget to make a bow as a sign of reverence before receiving Holy Communion.
    11. Did you say ‘Amen’ as you received Communion?
    12. Take a few moments after receiving Holy Communion to express your gratitude in private prayer. What are you saying to God if you leave church as soon as you receive Holy Communion?
    13. Pick up any tissues or wrappers that you may have left in the pew.
    14. What’s the rush? Stay until the priest exits the church.
    15. Don’t forget to take the bulletin home with you!

    How You Can Make a Difference

    Holy Cross Parish has served the Catholic community of the Diocese of Scranton by spreading the Gospel message, celebrating the sacraments and serving the poor in Olyphant. You can help keep that activity alive by providing for the future financial needs of each parish.

    Please consider Holy Cross Parish in your estate planning. Some ways you can provide lasting benefits to the parish include:

    • Bequests through Will – Designate a dollar amount or percentage of your estate;
    • Annuities – Donation of stocks, bonds, or mutual funds. You receive the interest or dividends and upon death, the remainder of the gift goes to the parish;
    • Life Insurance – Name the Holy Cross Parish as the beneficiary to an existing life insurance policy;
    • Other Assets – A contribution of a specific cash amount or property.

    Contact your accountant or financial ad visor for additional information on how you can benefit from making a charitable donation to your parish.

    Holy Cross/Blessed Sacrament Choir

    Our Choirs need you! If you have sung before, great. If this is your first time, no problem. If you read music, that's a plus, but it's not a requirement. If you're ready to join, please contact Mr. Ned Dructor at Blessed Sacrament or Mrs Mary Therese McKane at Holy Cross or stop by the choir loft after Mass.

    Holy Week Appreciation 2014

    Many thanks to the numerous people who worked so hard to prepare for our various Holy Week services: the Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, the Lectors, Altar Servers, Adult Altar Servers, Sacristans, members of our Music Ministry, Ushers, and Church Cleaners, maintenance and secretarial staff. What a beautiful job once again! Also a word of appreciation to the Confraternity of Christian Women of Holy Cross Parish and the Altar & Rosary of Blessed Sacrament Parish for purchasing the chocolate crosses for the children. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for our parish!

    How to Make a Good Confession

    Preparation: Before going to confession, take some time to examine your conscience. This might be done by reviewing your life in comparison to the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, the example of Christ’s life. Pray to God for forgiveness.

    Going to Confession:

    1. The priest will welcome you, and you both make the sign of the cross:
      In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    2. You continue with these traditional words:
      Bless me Father, for I have sinned. It has been (how long) since my last confession. You might also add any other background that will allow the priest to be most helpful to you in the circumstances of your everyday life.
    3. The priest will encourage you to have trust in God, and invite you to confess your sins.
      Speak freely and honestly – nothing you say in confession will ever be repeated by the priest. The priest may talk with you about how to make up for the sins you confess. He will then assign an act of penance corresponding to the nature of the sins – this may take the form of prayer, self-denial, and especially service to one’s neighbor.
    4. Act of Contrition – you offer a prayer expressing sorrow for your sins and resolving not to sin again. You may say this in your own words, or use this traditional prayer:
      My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy.
    5. Following this prayer, the priest extends his hands over your head and says the words of absolution:
    6. God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son, has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins. Through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. As the priest concludes this prayer, he will make the sign of the cross over your head – you bless yourself and respond, Amen.
    7. The priest will invite you to go in peace.

    After Confession: When you leave the confession room, take a few minutes of private prayer and thanksgiving. Plan how you will complete the assigned act of penance. Make a firm resolve to continue your conversion by a life renewed according to the Gospel and the love of God.

    If You Have Moved

    Have you changed your address recently? If so, please contact the Parish office at 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963 so your envelopes and other communications will be delivered to you. The Envelope Company cannot forward them through the postal service. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


    Parents who are sitting in the choir loft with their children, are asked NOT to sit in the first row due to safety issues. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.

    In the Hospital

    You must notify us if you are in the hospital.

    Due to Federal privacy regulations, the hospitals will no longer notify the parish about a parishioner’s admission. The family must contact the Parish so that Monsignor Delaney can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner who may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit.

    Our local hospitals are having problems with their computer systems and are unable to give us patients names. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the office so Monsignor Delaney may visit. Thank you for your help.

    Interested in Becoming Catholic?

    The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the way for non-Catholics to enter into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church and for Catholics who have not been fully initiated to receive Holy Communion and/or Confirmation. If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming Catholic, the RCIA is for you. The RCIA is a regional program, coordinated by Deacon Jan Mroz at St. Mary’s Parish, Dickson City. Please call the Monsignor Delaney at 489-0752 if you or someone you know would like to become fully initiated in the Catholic Church. The Inquiry Phase of the RCIA will begin in early October.

    Kind Reminder

    In an effort to assist the money counters, please mark the amount of your donation on the front of your weekly offertory envelope. Please do not tape or staple the envelope or its contents. Use an elastic band to keep them together. Thank you!

    Know a Marriage That Needs Help

    Know a Marriage That Needs Help?  Throw them a lifeline and tell them about Retrouvaille, an international program that helps couples who are experiencing marital difficulties.  This program is for all couples, at any stage of marriage, that need help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner.  The next program in the Diocese of Scranton is February 14-16 at Fatima Renewal Center in Dalton.  Please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit http://www.retrouvaille.org/ for more information or to register.

    Lent - Entering The Desert

    The 40 days of Lent recall the 40 days of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness. The story of Jesus’ time in the desert is always read on the first Sunday of Lent (this year from Matthew’s Gospel) as a reminder that we are all called to explore our own temptations and the deserts within us that allow them to flourish.

    Little Sisters of the Poor

    Little Sisters of the Poor will be coming to our parish this weekend. We are all aware of the wonderful work that the sisters do for our community. Please be as generous as possible.

    Little Sisters ofthe Poor Inaugural St Patrick's Day Celebration and Dinner

    The Little Sisters of the Poor Kick-Off St. Patrick’s Day in Scranton with Inaugural Celebration and Dinner

    Sunday, March 9 from 12-4 p.m.

    Proceeds Will Assist the Little Sisters in Updating the Safety and Security System of Holy Family Residence’s 25 exterior doors

    The Little Sisters of the Poor are kicking off St. Patrick’s Day in the city of Scranton at its inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Celebration and Dinner on Sunday, March 9 at Holy Family Residence, 2500 Adams Ave., Scranton, located adjacent to Marywood University. The event will begin with Mass at 11 a.m. with a bagpipe processional and recessional in the chapel followed by the dinner and entertainment from 12-4 p.m. in the auditorium.

    Menu includes ham and cabbage with potatoes and carrots, fruit salad, rolls and butter, vanilla ice cream with mint syrup, and beverages. The entertainment for the afternoon includes “Tableside Magic by Damian the Magician” courtesy of Arcaro & Genell Restaurant & Catering from 12-1 p.m.; Frankie Gervasi of “The Poets” from 1-2 p.m.; and Irish step dancing by the Crossmolina School of Dance from 2-3 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for children 10 and younger. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling (570) 343-4065 or online at www.littlesistersofthepoorscranton.org. They can also be purchased at the door.

    In addition to the dinner, there will be a bake sale which will include the Sisters’ famous homemade scones and an assortment of other baked goods. There will also be raffles for gift baskets and gift certificates for area restaurants and businesses as well as 50/50 raffles.

    There will be plenty of free and convenient parking in the residence’s parking lot or via a handicap accessible bus providing transportation from the Marywood University parking lot on the corner of Adams and University Avenues to the Sisters’ front door.


    God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them: “Give to him who begs from you, do not refuse him who would borrow from you.” The Church’s love for the poor…is a part of her constant tradition. This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and his concern for the poor. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2443) The works of mercy (spiritual and corporal) are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his/her spiritual and bodily necessities. (#2447)

    Spiritual Works of Mercy

    1. To instruct the ignorant
    2. To counsel the doubtful
    3. To admonish sinners
    4. To bear wrongs patiently
    5. To forgive offenses willingly
    6. To comfort the afflicted
    7. To pray for the living and the dead

    Corporal Works of Mercy

    1. To feed the hungry
    2. To shelter the homeless
    3. To give drink to the thirsty
    4. To clothe the naked
    5. To visit the sick and imprisoned
    6. To ransom the captive
    7. To bury the dead

    The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day. ~Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    Mass in Remembrance of Victims of Violent or Tragic Death

    The Diocese of Scranton is offering the annual Mass in remembrance of victims of violent or tragic death. This Mass is offered for the families and friends of those who have died in tragedy, especially through murder, suicide, and accident. The Mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Saint Peter's Cathedral, 315 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. All persons who have lost a loved one through tragic and traumatic death are invited to this liturgy. We ask that the names of deceased loved ones are registered on registration forms which are available in the parish office or accessed on the Service and Social Concerns webpage on the Diocese of Scranton’s website, www.dioceseofscranton.org. Questions concerning this Mass may be directed to the Office for Parish Life at 570/207-2213, ext. 1130.

    Mass Intention Book to Open

    The 2014 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross Parish and Blessed Sacrament Parish will be opened on Tuesday, September 10th. All Masses will be scheduled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because of the limited number of Masses, families will only be allowed to request one weekend Mass and one daily Mass. Mass intentions must be paid for at the time of request. Mass intentions which are not paid for will not be scheduled. Please note, the parish reserves the right to reschedule any Mass intention request or to send Mass intentions to the missions. Mass intentions may be changed due to a change in the daily Mass schedule or a priest’s availability. Thank you for your understanding.

    Memorial /Honor Candles

    The sanctuary candle burning before the tabernacle has been donated for this week as follows:

    Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Mildred Chury donated by Sue Onze.

    Blessed Sacrament Parish – In loving memory of Anthony Gataveskas donated by Family.

    Neighboring Parish & Community Events

    Blood Drive Thursday, August 14

    Blood Drive August 14, 2014

    Blood Drive Thursday, August 14 from noon to 5:00 p.m. at LaSalle Hall Church, Jessup.

    Exclusive Weekend in New England Fall Foliage, Football, and Fun Raffle to benefit the Little Sisters of the Poor at Holy Family Residence, Scranton

    Tickets are now available for the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Weekend in New England Fall Foliage, Football, and Fun raffle.

    The lucky winner will receive two lower level tickets to the New England Patriots vs. the Oakland Raiders NFL game on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 1 p.m.; a $100 Visa gift card; lodging and breakfast September 19 and 20 at the Four Points by Sheraton Norwood Hotel; and a $100 gift card to Patriot Place shopping, dining, and entertainment center.

    Chances are $10 each or three for $25. The drawing is Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.


    Visitation of the BVM Church, Dickson City, PA invites you to join us on our Annual Bus Trip to the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Show time is at 2:00 p.m. The bus will leave from in front of St. Mary’s Church, 619 Dundaff St., Dickson City, at 8:30 a.m. and will leave New York City at 6:30 p.m. The price of the bus and show with orchestra seats is $95.00 per person. A $45.00 deposit is required at time of reservation. Seats will not be held without deposit. The balance is due by October 18th. To make your reservation, stop in or mail your deposit to the parish office, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City, PA 18519, make checks payable to Visitation BVM Church. Call the parish office at 489-2091 for more info.


    The Divine Mercy Prayer Group of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Diocese of Scranton will be conducting a weekly series of instructions on living life in the Spirit of God.

    This Holy Spirit Encounter, entitled “Life in the Spirit”, will begin on September 8, 2014 and will conclude on October 20, 2014. The seminar series, conducted by prayer group members, is designed to help individuals take the first steps to an enhanced relationship with the Lord and to live in the power and peace of the Holy Spirit.

    The weekly sessions will take place after the 7:30 P.M. liturgy on Monday evenings at the church of St. Mary of Czestochowa, Christ the King Parish, 417 Main Street, Eynon, Pa. All are encouraged to attend the 7:30 P. M. liturgy. For more information and to register you may contact any of the following: Victor Fanucci at 489-4976: Raymond Pacini at 383-1895; Noreen Carney at 878-2450; William Castaldi at 983-9409; Linda Melnick at 222-4024; AnnMarie Prusinski at 876-0595.

    What: St. Paul Parish Block Party


    When: September 12, 13 and 14, 2014


    Where: 1510 Penn Ave., Scranton – Church grounds


    Live entertainment – Friday, 9/12 -7 to 10 p.m. - Pat and Mike


    Saturday, 9/13 – 7 to 10 p.m. – Old Friends


    Raffles, Variety Baskets, Food, Children’s games (3 inflatables), Wine Pull, Silent Auction and much more!

    Thank You!

    VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014, 6 to 9 p.m. Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale (Scott Twp)*

    (570-254-9502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

    Woodloch Pines Trip

    Join Visitation of the BVM Parish, Dickson City, on Wednesday, September 24th on a trip to Woodloch Pines for dinner and a show. Family style Dinner Dance to the band and watch our “Back to the 80’s” Theme Show in our Heritage Nightclub! Price of $65.00 per person includes bus, dinner, show & tip. Bus leaves St. Mary’s at 4:30 p.m. Payment must accompany reservation. Stop in or mail to the parish office, 1090 Carmalt Street, Dickson City, PA 18519. 570-489-2091.

    5th Annual Vocations Golf Classic

    Vocation discernment to the priesthood and seminary education of our future priests is among the most urgent responsibilities in the Church today. Please support the 5th Annual Vocations Golf Classic to benefit the Saint John Vianney Endowment for Seminarians to be held Monday, July 14, at Blue Ridge Trail Golf Club, Mountain Top, PA. Golfers, sponsors and donors are welcome at all levels. For a complete brochure, visit www.DioceseofScranton.org, email \n This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-383-9688. Checks made payable to HCFPA. Benefits Holy Cross High School Football Program


    Sacred Heart, 1101 Willow St., Peckville will be holding their Annual Indoor Summer Flea Fest on Friday and Saturday, August 8th and 9th from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Refreshments include Friday pierogies, clam chowder Saturday, Italian fare, Sunday, SURPRISE!! Please leave resalable items under the canopy on the Mott Street side of the building anytime from July 19 to August 6. For larger items, please call the parish office at 383-3244 to make arrangements.

    McDonnell Family Fundraiser

    Kathleen McDonnell has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Kathleen and her family are actively involved within the Diocese of Scranton. The McDonnell family are members of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Dunmore. The McDonnell children attend Holy Cross High School and Kevin McDonnell is employed by the Diocese. We hope that our parish communities will be able to support this cause.

    To make a donation please call 570-489-5794 & leave a message; or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Marywood University Aphasia Group

    Marywood University Aphasia Group is a free community service support group that is made up of people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, in addition to family members and caregivers. Our aphasia group encourages individuals affected by stroke to come together in a warm and accepting environment. Through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities, we aim to encourage independence and to maximize speech, language, and reading skills. New members are always welcome. For more information please contact Marla Kovatch, SLP and Clinical Supervisor at 570-348-6299, extention 2259.

    McDAde-Chinchilla Apartments

    The McDade-Chinchilla Apartments located in downtown Olyphant is now accepting applications for housing designed for Senior Citizens, handicapped or disable individuals. Apartments are available. For more information, please call 570-489-4756.

    JMJ Catholic Radio Boosts Power and Expands to 24-Hour Programming on 98.9 FM to Meet Public Interest

    In response to public interest, JMJ Catholic Radio proudly announces it is now available 24 hours a day on 98.9 FM to a wider audience of listeners. Prior to this new and improved capability, the station operated exclusively at 750 AM from sunrise to sunset and also streamed online on the station’s website www.jmj750.com. Combining their current 750 AM frequency with a boosted power signal and the new 98.9 FM channel, an increased amount of listeners can now receive the best of local Catholic programming as well as an expanded roster of syndicated programs from leading Catholic media outlet EWTN.

    Just a few of the programs now available include local favorites “Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff,” “In Love of Christ with Jerome Gilmartin,” “Reflections with Fr. Leo McKernan,” “Novena from St. Ann’s in Scranton,” “Novena to St. Joseph,” “The Catholic View,” as well as national favorites “Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica and the Nuns of Our Lady of the Angels Monastery,” “Daily Mass from EWTN’s Our Lady of the Angels Chapel,” “Catholic Connection with Teresa Tomeo,” “Women of Grace with Johnnette Benkovic,” and “Sunday Night Prime with Fr. Benedict Groeschel."

    For more information or to learn how you can support Catholic radio, please contact the station at (570) 287-4670, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or P.O. Box 851, Pittston, PA 18640.

    Altar Bread Department

    The Passionist Nuns of Saint Gabriel’s Monastery/Retreat Center are hiring trainees for work in the Altar Bread Department at their facility in South Abington Township. Please call Barbara or Sister Teresita at 586-2791 for inquiries or an interview.

    Property Tax/Rent Rebate Help for Seniors

    Genevieve Lupini, Tax Colector for Jessup Borough will be available to assist any qualifying senior citizen with their 2013 State Property Tax/Rent rebate. Eligibility Guidelines and assistance can be obtained by contacting the Jessup tax office. Call 383-1217 for appointments.

    The Healing Pathway Grief Workshop

    THE VNA HOSPICE INVITES YOU to “The Healing Pathway Grief Workshop”. Classes will be held on 4 consecutive Thursdays at 6:30 PM, September 19 & 26 and October 3 & 10 at VNA Hospice, 301 Delaware Avenue, Olyphant. Join them for Education, Conversation and Support. Learn how to cope with changes in your life meeting others who are living through the same experiences. Please call 570-383-5180, to let them know you will attend.


    Learn the art of making FISHERMAN KNOT ROSARIES, on Tuesdays, September 10 – October 15, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM. Once the rosaries are completed they will be donated to area hospices and nursing homes. Please call 570-383-5180 for more info.


    Bereavement Support Group Support Group: This on-going support group for adults grieving the death of a loved one meets the 3rd Thursday of each month from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at the VNA offices. There are no charges for this service. A professional counselor facilitates the sessions. Please call at 383-5180 with questions.


    How about doing something for yourself that increases flexibility, enhances your strength, helps with concentration, improves posture, breathing and balance. Yoga Class second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, 6:15 – 7:45 pm $8 per 90 minute session per person. . Please call at 383-5180 with questions.

    British Landscapes

    VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY CHURCH presents…British Landscapes. Join Msgr. Patrick Pratico from May 8 to 17, 2014.Highlights include: London, London Theatre Performance, Cambridge, York, Edinburgh Castle, Lake District, North Wales, Stratford-upon-Avon, Cotswolds & Stonehenge. Book before November 8th and receive $250.00 off. Price includes Round Trip Air for Newark, Air Taxes and Fees, Hotel Transfers, 13 Meals. For more information join us on Monday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at Visitation BVM Rectory, 1090 Carmalt St., Dickson City for anyone interested in this trip. Parish office 570-489-2091.


    The Divine Mercy Prayer group has moved to a new location. The group will meet at St Mary’s of Czestochowa in Eynon on Monday night beginning October 1, mass @ 7:30 p.m. will be followed by a Charismatic Prayer meeting. All are welcome. For more information, please call Shirley or Victor Fanucci at 489-4976.

    An invitation is hereby extended to everyone to come and pray the rosary with friends and neighbors, whether you are looking to spend time in prayer or have a special request to present to the Lord. Please contact Deacon Carmine Mendicino at 341-2252 for more information.

    First Friday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

    Held outside the office of Planned Parenthood, 63 N. Franklin St, Wilkes-Barre. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Friday of every month at 9:00am. All Faithful are invited to Participate.

    First Saturday Pro-Life Rosary Vigil

    Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, held outside the offices of Planned Parenthood, located at 316 Penn Ave. Scranton. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in the country. Rosary offered to end abortion will be recited on the first Saturday of every month at 10:00am. All faithful are invited to participate.

    Outdoor Rosary

    Every Sunday at 7:00pm sponsored by Lay Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Pray 15 decades of the rosary at the Fatima Grotto in Wilkes-Barre. North Main St. - Across from Holy Cross Retirement Center.

    Forty Days for Life

    Held September 26 to November 4th in front of Planned Parenthood in Wilkes-Barre. Held Monday through Friday at 9:00am at 63 N. Franklin St. Come pray 5 decades of the rosary for an end to abortion. 40 Days for Life is a community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of a three-point program.


    Progressive jackpot included in admission package each week at Visitation of the BVM Parish Center at LaSalle Academy Primary Campus, 625 Dundaff Street, Dickson City. For more information please call 489-2091. Prize of $100 per game! $150 prize for specials! Early Bird at 6:40 pm; regular games at 7:00 pm. Door and kitchen opens at 4:40 pm, pizza available after 7:30 pm.

    Special Program on CTV: Bishop-elect Joseph R. Kopacz

    CTV: Catholic Television has produced a special program on Bishop-elect Joseph R. Kopacz, who was ordained and installed as the 11th Bishop of Jackson, Mississippi on February 6, 2014.

    The program can be viewed on the Diocesan website at http://www.dioceseofscranton.org/media/pope-francis-appoints-father-joseph-r-kopacz-ph-d-diocese-of-scranton-priest-as-bishop-of-jackson-mississippi/


    What a privilege it is to serve around the Altar of the Lord! Is your son or daughter interested in becoming an altar server at Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament? Any boy or girl entering 3rd grade (or up) as of September is welcome to serve. Practice for new altar servers will be held at Blessed Sacrament on Tuesday, June 17th and Tuesday June 24 @ 4:30 p.m. and at Holy Cross on Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, June 26th. Practice will be held at 6:30. Children must attend 3 of the 4 available practices. If your son or daughter is interested in altar serving, please call the Parish Office at 489-0752 by Friday, June 13th to register.

    Newly Baptized

    Congratulations Alyssa Leigh Miller daughter of Jolie Ann Cesari who will be baptized this weekend at Blessed Sacrament Parish. May God bless you and your family and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you


    The 6th Annual Olyphant Queen City Nights sponsored by Olyphant Hose Co. #2 and Queen City Hose Co. #8 will be held Thursday thru Saturday

    July 10 thru 12 downtown behind the borough building beginning at 5:00 p.m. The festival includes a Firemen’s Parade on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    Basket raffles, jewelry, novelty items, food, rides games and bingo and lots of entertainment.

    Come and enjoy the festivities!!

    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

    Parish Council

    Parish Council

    What is a Parish Pastoral Council?

    Every diocese develops its own guidelines or norms for Parish Pastoral Councils in line with Church teaching, Canon Law and the vision the bishop has for sharing his “shepherding” role with his pastors, clergy, religious and lay leaders.

    Bishop Joseph C. Bambera, in exercising a collaborative Servant Leadership style has called for reinvigorated Parish Pastoral Councils, ones which reflect the Servant Leadership of Jesus Christ. Bishop Bambera states that, “the future of the diocese lies in the generous Servant-Leadership of priests, religious and laity who wounded but loved, freely give themselves to Christ’s good news mission of gathering those scattered from the love of God and the Church” The Bishop goes on to remind us that “the mystery of parish life lies in generous self- giving or Servant Leadership in the way of Jesus.”

    Parking Around Parish

    Parking around Holy Cross Parish and the Parish Center is very limited. However, Olyphant Borough has asked us to remind all parishioners, for safety reasons, parishioners should not park illegally. Recently, the Olyphant Police have been issuing citations to all cars that are parked illegally, especially on Grant Street. Those who are able to walk, please consider using the Holy Ghost parking lot. Also, please do not block the rectory garage as the priests need to exit and travel to other Masses.


    Please note, the Federal privacy laws make it difficult for the parish to obtain information regarding a parishioner’s status in one of the local hospitals or his/her placement in one of the area’s long-term facilities. We request that you contact the Parish if a family member or friend is hospitalized (especially if they are admitted through the Emergency Room) or placed in a long-term facility so that Msgr. Delaney, can visit with them. We apologize to any parishioner that may have been hospitalized recently and did not receive a visit. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

    Pilgrims from Scranton

    Pope Francis, October 23, 2013

    On Wednesday, October 23, faithful from the Diocese of Scranton joined with 80,000+ pilgrims from around the world for the weekly audience with His Holiness Pope Francis. In his address to the faithful, the Holy Father reflected upon Mary as a model of faith and charity for all believers.

    The presence of pilgrims from the Diocese of Scranton was announced during the audience and Bishop Bambera, along with Father Thomas Muldowney, Vicar General, were given the opportunity to meet the Holy Father personally.

    Bishop Bambera noted that he thanked the Holy Father for his great example and invitation to all of the faithful to generous service in the Church. The Holy Father responded by stating that he was grateful for the bishop's words and asked the bishop and faithful of the Diocese, “Please pray for me.”

    Bishop Bambera meets Pope Francis after the Holy Father’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on October 23.

    Pope Francis Calls to Those Who Feel Far From God

    Pope Francis offered another gesture to Catholics who are estranged from the church, saying Monday he respects them but that God is waiting for them.

    Francis made the comments after he celebrated Epiphany, a major Catholic feast day that recalls the visit to the infant Jesus Christ by three kings.

    "I would like to tell all those who feel far from God and the church — and I say this respectfully to those who are afraid or indifferent: The Lord calls you and wants you to be part of his people and does so with great respect and love!" Francis said. "The Lord doesn't proselytize, he gives love and this love looks for you, waits for you — for you who don't believe or have drifted away. This is the love of God."

    Pope Francis on Evangelization

    Pope Francis meets with the poor in Assissi, Italy.

    Pope Francis leads a meeting with the poor in Assisi, Italy. In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, our Holy Father lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society’s poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

    Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

    The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

    Pope Francis’ voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document’s relatively relaxed style – he writes that an “evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!” – and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and “spiritual worldliness.”

    The church’s message “has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary,” he writes. “In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead.”

    Inspired by Jesus’ poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a “church which is poor and for the poor.”

    The poor “have much to teach us,” he writes. “We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voices to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”


    Holy Thursday – Tuesday, April 15- Blessed Sacrament 6:30 PM; Holy Cross 7:30 PM.

    Good Friday – Wednesday, April 16- Blessed Sacrament 5:30 PM; Holy Cross 6:30 PM

    Saturday Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 19 – Holy Cross 9:30 AM


    Almighty God, Father of all nations, for freedom you have set us free in Christ Jesus (Gal 5:1). We praise you and bless you for the gift of religious liberty, the foundation of human rights, justice, and the common good. Grant to our leaders the wisdom to protect and promote our liberties; by your grace may we have the courage to defend them, for ourselves and for all those who live in this blessed land. We ask this through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, our patroness, and in the name of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, with whom you live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

    Prayer For Vocations

    Provident God, You bless us with the gift of Jesus who cares for us as a good shepherd. By our baptism we are anointed and sent to continue the mission of Jesus. Guide your people to prayerfully choose a way of life that best serves you with their gifts. Empower us by your Holy Spirit to live dedicated lives as married and single people, as deacons, priests and religious. United with Jesus, our shepherd, we are one with you, now and forever. Amen.

    Prayer of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

    Say this prayer every day for nine months to save a baby’s life! “Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.

    Quilts for the Homeless Project

    The Quilts for the Homeless Project made by the Confirmation Class will be delivered to St Francis Kitchen December 14.

    Realize Above All

    Realize above all that you are in God’s presence. Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the Grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it.

    Religious Education News


    Classes will start on Sunday, September 7, 2014. Holy Cross – 9:20 am until 10:30 am; Blessed Sacrament – 10:30 am until 11:45 am. Specific locations will be announced in the parish bulletin.


    Registration forms for the 2014-2015 religious education program have been mailed to all registered parishioners with children in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. If you have not received a form, you may not be registered as a parishioner in our database. Please contact the Parish Office to register your family as members of the parish. Parents are asked to complete the form and drop it in the collection basket or bring it to the Parish Office. The registration fee for the 2014-2015 school year is $20 per child or $50 for three children or more. The registration fee helps to defray the cost of the program, including books and supplies.

    Registration forms and fees should be returned by Friday, August 8so that class lists and materials can be prepared. Children who were in the Confirmation Class last year do not have to pay the $20 registration fee; they must pay the $50 Confirmation fee.


    The Religious Education Programs of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament are in need of volunteers. Consider how you can contribute in the faith formation of our young children. For more information or to volunteer, please call John Musyt or Rose Liesiefsky at the Parish Office.

    Greyhound Reunion

    The graduating class  "The Greyhounds "of 1954 from Olyphant High School (OHS) are planning their 60th Reunion on September 27th, 2014,  at the Green Ridge Club, in Scranton, PA. We are looking for all classmates from 1954  and OHS Graduating classes from 1950-1960 to attend this Reunion.  For additional Information call Maria at 570-489-6206 or Helen at 570-383-1506. Please bring Olyphant High School paraphernalia and other momentous of the  past  60 years to share. WE are looking for all local and long distance classmates to attend. 


    Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for Baptism or sponsor for Confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the request date. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Holy Cross High School has launched our Facebook Page!

    By visiting www.facebook.com/HolyCrossDunmore, you can keep up-to-date on news from Holy Cross. The page is filled with great photos, videos, and new information. We hope that you "like" and "share" us! Be sure to check back often for exciting news and information!


    Congratulations to those parents who have experienced the great gift of a new child or are expecting the birth of a newborn. As you prepare for your child’s Baptism, just a reminder that parents should contact the Parish Office to register for Baptismal Instruction. Classes are held the first Sunday of the month at the Parish Center on Willow Street, Olyphant.

    FOCCUS for Marriage Preparation

    for Marriage Preparation – have any questions about enrolling engaged couples for this tool online? Call Bernadette: 570-207-2213

    VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

    MONDAY, AUGUST 18, 2014, 6 to 9 p.m. Saint John Vianney Parish, Montdale (Scott Twp)*

    (570-254-9502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )


    This class is necessary for anyone teaching Religious Education or their aides. If you have not attended this course, please make arrangements to attend.

    VIRTUS: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Program.

    This training session is required for all adult volunteers who work a minimum of 20 hours or more per year with children. During the three-hour training, a facilitator, who will teach you the tools and show you the resources to maintain a safe environment for all children, will incorporate techniques in a discussion format to help you recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse and how to respond to it appropriately and effectively.

    Discover the Value of a Catholic Education

    • 98% of graduates were accepted into post-secondary education programs.
    • Combined SAT scores are above the national average.
    • $33.8 million in performance based scholarships, an average of over $91,000 per graduate, were merited by the Class of 2012.
    • Diocesan high schools offer Advanced Placement classes and the Diocesan Scholars Program awards grants to high school juniors and seniors to take college level courses at The University of Scranton, Marywood University, Misericordia University and King’s College.
    • Over $1 million was awarded by the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation for students to attend Diocesan Catholic Schools.


    Just a reminder to parents from Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament with children preparing to receive 1st Holy Communion that a copy of your child’s baptismal certificate is required by Monday, December 10th if your child was not baptized at one of the Catholic churches in Olyphant or Throop.

    Two Year Preparation for Sacraments

    The Diocese of Scranton requires that all students preparing for the Sacrament of 1st Holy Communion or Confirmation must be enrolled in religious education classes for at least two years. Children who are not enrolled for at least two full years of classes and participate in all scheduled activities may be delayed in the reception of the Sacrament. If you have questions about your child’s eligibility to receive a sacrament this year, please contact Monsignor Delaney or John Musyt.

    Brian’s father asked him what he really liked about church, Brian thought about it a moment and replied, “The benediction.”


    Any parishioner who is asked to be a godparent for baptism or sponsor for confirmation should call the Parish Office at least two weeks in advance of the deadline or date needed and request to meet with the pastor to review their qualifications for being a godparent or sponsor. In order for a person to be a Godparent for Baptism or a Sponsor for Confirmation, Canon Law (Church Law) identifies several qualifications for that person:

    1. Must be registered in a Catholic parish, attend Mass weekly, and receive the sacraments. Please note, the pastor is not allowed to give a sponsor card for people who are not registered at the parish;
    2. Must have completed their sixteenth (16th) year and cannot be the father or mother of the one being baptized or confirmed;
    3. Must have received the three Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist;
    4. If married, the marriage must be recognized as valid by the Catholic Church; couples who are not married may not be living together;
    5. Those Catholics who have joined another religion may not act as a Godparent or Christian witness;
    6. For Baptism, two sponsors are suggested, one of each gender; however, only one sponsor is required. For Confirmation, only one sponsor is needed;

    How to Receive Communion

    Holy Communion under the form of bread is offered to the communicant with the words "The Body of Christ." The communicant may choose whether to receive the Body of Christ in the hand or on the tongue. When receiving in the hand, the communicant should be guided by the words of St. Cyril of Jerusalem: "When you approach, take care not to do so with your hand stretched out and your fingers open or apart, but rather place your left hand as a throne on top of your right, as befits one who is about to receive the King. Then receive him, taking care that nothing is lost." (General Instruction of the Roman Church, #51). The communicant should not take or grab the Eucharist from the minister but rather should receive the Eucharist from the minister. Before you receive either the Body of Christ or the Blood of Christ, the Church asks that you make a sign of reverence by bowing to the sacred species before you respond ‘Amen.’

    PRAYER: The Key to Heaven

    Seek the Face of God in Everything

    We are called to be contemplatives in the heart of the world by seeking the face of God in everything, everyone, everywhere, all the time, and his hand in every happening.
    - Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

    Sincere Thank You

    A total of $3,198.50 was collected for the Little Sisters of the Poor. A sincere thank you from the Sisters for your continued support


    The water is now turned on and the water lines have been repaired at St. John the Baptist and St. Mary Cemeteries. The water spigots closest to the house on Marshwood Drive in the ‘old’ section of St. John have been capped and will no longer be available. The water line was damaged in too many places to fix. Please use the spigots in the center of the cemetery. Also, water will only be available in the ‘new’ section of St. John at the shed on Lynnwood Rood. The water line that ran above ground and along the fence was busted in too many places to be repaired. If you see water running from any of the spigots in the cemeteries, please call the Parish Office immediately so the cemeteries do not incur a large water bill. Thank you for your assistance.

    Soup and Stations - Volunteers Needed

    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 at 489-8143 or Carol at 489-1915. Thank you for helping to continue this wonderful parish Lenten tradition.


    The annual spring clean-up of our six parish cemeteries has begun. The maintenance staff has begun removing all old winter decorations. The staff has also begun the process of filling in those graves which were dug over the last several months and have now settled. Thank you for your patience as we strive to maintain our cemeteries. Thank you to Steve, Tom and Bill for their dedication to our cemeteries. Any questions, please call Monsignor Delaney at the parish office.

    St. Francis Kitchen - Coffee and Non-Dairy Creamer Needed

    St. Francis Kitchen – Coffee and Non-dairy Creamer needed If you are able to donate either of these items you may drop them off at St. Francis Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton any day from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. Thank you for your support!

    St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen in Need

    The numbers of folks coming to St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen are at an all - time high. St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, Pa. is serving more meals than ever before. We are in need of the following: Tuna Fish, Carrots, Peas, Coffee .

    St. Patrick's High School Class of 1964 Reunion

    ST. PATRICK’S HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1964 is planning a 50th class reunion for October 2014. If you are interested, please get in touch with Barbara Rosetti 570-489-2872 or Betty McCormick Ciciloni 570-383-0487.

    Support Christians in the Holy Land

    The Good Friday Pontifical Collection Provides: Pastoral care for parishes in the Holy Land Housing and health care for the poor and elderly. Care for the shrines and chapel Schools often at no charge to students. Thank you for your generosity.

    The People of Yes

    The irony is that many people think of us Catholics as people of No -- don’t do this, don’t do that. In reality we are the people of Yes -- yes to God, yes to life, yes to compassion for the poor and suffering, yes to the solidarity and community that make us messengers of joy even in a valley of tears.
    - Cardinal Seán O’Malley, homily at Opening Mass of the 2014 National Prayer Vigil for Life

    The Ultimate Test of Greatness

    The ultimate test of your greatness is the way you treat every human being, but especially the weakest and most defenseless. If you want equal justice for all and true freedom and lasting peace, then America, defend life.
    - Saint John Paul II

    Too Busy to Pray

    If we are too busy to pray, maybe we are just too busy. In today's world many people are busy doing good and necessary things. Accomplishing primary tasks instead of dwelling on secondary ones is a matter of setting our priorities aright. Jesus set the example as he withdrew from the crowds to pray and commune with his heavenly Father. "But the news about Him was spreading even farther, and large crowds were gathering to hear Him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray (Luke 5:15-16 NASB). Surely, preaching and healing the sick were good and necessary pursuits; but despite the clamor of the crowds, Jesus often forsook them for a higher priority, prayer.




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    If your family member is a resident of one of the local nursing homes or long-term facilities, we ask that you contact the Parish Office in the next two weeks so that we can update our lists. Over the next few months, the priests will be visiting the local facilities in order to pray and anoint our parishioners. Thank you for your assistance and may the grace of God continue to help you and support you and your loved one.

    Weekday Masses - Surrounding Churches

    This Lent are you looking to attend daily Mass? Daily Mass is celebrated as follows at our neighboring parishes:

    Christ the King Parish

    • St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Archbald – Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri at 7:15 a.m. and 12:00 noon
    • St. Mary’s Church, Eynon – Thursdays at 7:15 and 12:00 noon

    Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville

    • Monday thru Friday at 6:50 a.m. and 12 noon

    Mary Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup

    • St. James Church – Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m.5:30 pm on Friday with stations

    Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dickson City

    • Monday thru Friday at 7:30 a.m. 5:30 pm on Friday with stations

    What is unique or different about the way Catholics read and are exposed to the Bible

    Catholics are exposed to Scripture primarily through the Sunday readings from a book known as the Lectionary. The Lectionary is a book of selected passages from the Bible set in the context of a liturgical season, such as Advent, Lent, or Ordinary Time. There are four readings assigned to any Sunday: the first reading (usually from the Old Testament), the responsorial psalm, the second reading (usually from a New Testament letter), and the Gospel reading.

    These readings together give them a new context. The selected readings relate to one another in a unique manner that is not present in the Bible text itself. In close proximity to each other, these readings now have the opportunity to converse with each other in a way that would have not been possible before. A homilist pays attention to all four readings, preparing a reflection that speaks of this conversation among the readings. Thus, the homily can be a good way of connecting the readings, enabling us to zero in on what this unique combination of God's word has to say to us this particular Sunday. Next time that you celebrate Sunday liturgy, prepare by reading the Scripture ahead of time and see how this new relationship among the readings addresses and challenges you to be a better Christian here and now.

    YEAR OF FAITH: Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013

    "…They called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith..."(Acts 14:27).

    In the Acts of the Apostles, we learn that God has opened the door of faith for the early Church. But did you know that God has opened the door of faith for each one of us and he invites us to step through the threshold into a deeper relationship with him. The upcoming Year of Faith is an opportunity for every Catholic to turn towards Jesus Christ, encounter him in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist and rediscover the Faith and Church. We are all looking for happiness, peace and love. “Have not fear of moving into the unknown. Simply step out fearlessly knowing that God is with you, therefore no harm can befall you, all is very, very well. Do this in complete faith and confidence.: Pope John Paul II And whether we know it or not, we will find ourselves most fulfilled when we find Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

    Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, Wisconsin, chairman of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop, has offered ten ways Catholics can live the year of Faith:

    • Participate in Mass often, if not daily
    • Make a good confession
    • Learn about the lives of the saints
    • Read the Bible daily
    • Read the documents of Vatican II
    • Study the Catechism
    • Volunteer in the parish
    • Help those in need
    • Bring a friend to mass
    • Incorporate the Beatitudes in daily life

    Youth Group News

    Youth Group News


    Hosted by our Youth Group CIA, (Christians in Action). Families are invited to enjoy this classic Disney/Pixar cartoon.

    What’s the story: Remy a determined young rat, dreams of becoming a renowned French Chef. Torn between his family’s wishes and his true calling, Remy and his pal Linguine, set in motion a hilarious chain of events that turns the City of Lights upside down.

    A great treat. All are invited. No cost. Refreshments will be provided.

    Tuesday, July 22 6:30 p.m. Kelley Hall