• 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

Latest Tweets


2020 CALENDARS AVAILABLE this weekend in Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. A special thank you is extended to the Michael P. Glinsky Funeral Home in Olyphant and the John F. Glinsky Funeral Home in Throop for their donations of sponsoring the calendars.


First Reading: Isaiah 49: 3, 5-6 A reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40:2, 4,7-8, 8-9,10 Here am I, Lord: I come to do your will

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1-3 A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians

Gospel: John 1: 29-34 A reading from the holy Gospel according to John

This Sunday we take a break from Matthew’s Gospel (the gospel we pray with during this “A” year) to read from John’s Gospel. We heard Matthew’s account of Jesus’ baptism last Sunday. Today, we hear John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus. Here, John the Baptist announces that he knows that Jesus is the Son of God. John the Baptist sees Jesus approaching and cries out, giving witness about who Jesus is. John the Baptist uses two titles for Jesus that are familiar to us: “Lamb of God” and “Son of God”. By using these titles, John the Baptist knew that Jesus was the one who is to come after him.

John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus makes clear Jesus’ mission and identity. Jesus will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John’s purpose was to make Jesus known to Israel.

John the Baptist’s sense of purpose is clearly identified in this reading: he baptized in order to prepare for and make known the ministry of Jesus. By our Baptism, we are called to make Jesus known to all the world by our words and by the witness of our lives.

Altar Flowers


October 13, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Chester P. Tracewski Jr., offered by Wife Barbara, Son, and Family.

October 20, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Ambrose Oravec, offered by Wife, Helen.

November 10, 2019

The flowers in the sanctuary at Holy Cross Parish this weekend are in memory of Bernadette Lapera, requested by the Rusnak Family.


Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes invite all young people who are currently in 3rd grade and older to consider becoming altar servers. It is a great honor to assist at the altar as we celebrate the Mass together.

When: Wednesday, September 11; Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. Deacon John Musyt will conduct the training sessions. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross.


Have you ever thought about serving the Lord at the Altar during Mass? Would you like to help lead the people of your parish in prayer? Are you in the 3rd grade or older? If you answered yes to these questions, then you are a good candidate for the ministry of being an Altar Server. Deacon Musyt will be conducting a training session for new altar servers on Wednesday November 20th and Thursday November 21st at 6:30pm at Holy Cross Parish. Interested servers must attend both practice sessions.

Ash Wednesday Retreat


The office for Parish Life will offer this retreat on Wednesday February 26th from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Diocesan Pastoral Center on Wyoming Ave. in Scranton. Catherine Butel, Diocesan Secretary for Parish Life, will lead the retreat. The theme will focus on how Lent is a counter-cultural season that is more about how we are meant to bring Christ to the world than just a focus on ourselves as individuals. The day will include the Sacrament of Reconciliation, mass at St. Peter's Cathedral, and a lunch will be provided. The fee is $30.00. To register, visit www.dioceseofscranton.org/parish-life/ash-wednesday-retreat or call 570-207-2213 ext 1000.

Blessed Sacrament Parish

Blessed Sacrament

BLESSED SACRAMENT ALTAR & ROSARY will meet on Thursday, March 5, 6:30 PM Rosary and 7:00 PM meeting. All are welcome.


  1. Thursday, April 9, Annual Easter Basket Food Items Pick-up led by Adam Nosak, Steven Gedrich and Michael Rocco.
  2. Friday, April 17, 7:00 PM the showing of the "Documentary" FAITH 1895-2020, produced by parishioner Joseph Butash. The 70 minute video takes a look at the 125 years of the Roman Catholic Church in Throop and the long history of Blessed Sacrament Parish
  3. Sunday, April 19 "Spring Hospitality" immediately after the 9:30 AM Mass outside by the Heritage Monument. Treats and Fellowship, all are welcome.


The Blessed Sacrament Stitchers meet the second Friday of each month at 10:00 A.M. in Blessed Sacrament Parish rectory. In order to create and deliver soft and cuddly booties and hats for the newly baptized infants of Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes the stitchers are seeking donations of the following items:

  • White soft baby knitting yarn
  • Small paper gift bags in pink, blue or white (approximately 5x7)
  • Pink and blue tissue paper and ribbon

Donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the Parish rectory. New members are always welcome!


Unexpected Pregnancy

An unexpected pregnancy may cause one to panic and feel their entire world is falling apart. Pregnancy counseling is available to every pregnant woman regardless of age, race, religion, or marital status. Supportive counseling is also offered to anyone affected by the pregnancy. For assistance or more information call Catholic Social Services at 800-982-4310.


Are you or someone you know struggling with problems related to Drugs or Alcohol? For over 80 years Catholic Social Services has helped individuals and families deal with substance abuse. For more information please call Catholic Social Services at 570-829-3489.


Now that summer 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 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”) from the front of 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;
  • 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 or 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.

Confraternity of Christian Women


will hold their meeting on March 1, 2:00 PM at Kelley Hall. All are welcome to attend.

HOLY CROSS AND BLESSED SACRAMENT would like to thank Holy Cross Confraternity of Christian Women

for the purchase of new computers for the office. Money used was from the December Lotto. Also, a thank you to parishioners and friends for participating with the Lotto which made this possible.THE CONFRATERNITY OF CHRISTIAN WOMEN is seeking new members!

The Confraternity is one of our parish’s oldest and most dedicated ministries. Members of the Confraternity serve Holy Cross Parish by living out their call to holiness distinctively as women, who are the backbone of this spiritual and charitable organization, which is under the banner of our Blessed Mother. They share a social bond as well as a love of their parish, and the need to participate in helping it grow and prosper. While primarily a spiritual group, the Confraternity also helps organize and run a number of different events throughout the year. Members are also active in volunteering with other parish ministries. Meetings are held monthly. The Confraternity of Christian Women welcomes women of any age for prayer, community, spirituality, service and friendship.


Catholic Social Services of The Diocese of Scranton offers compassionate counseling in a safe, comfortable environment where your privacy is always respected. Counseling is about self-discovery and can be used for personal growth or when distressing conditions exist and you need a bit of extra support… help is available. Anyone who struggles with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions or a variety of emotional or psychological conditions is welcome. For more information or to make an appointment, call 570-207-2283.

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.



Thank you for your continued support for our seminarians and clergy and for all the Diocesan ministries which depend on your gifts to the Annual Appeal to serve people in need throughout our 11 counties. If you have not donated please call the Development Office 570-207-2250 to make a pledge or give a gift by credit card; mail a check to the Diocesan Appeal Office at 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton 18503 or give online at www.DioceseofScranton.org. Our parish is reimbursed 75% for any gifts made to the Appeal in excess of our Appeal goal.

The goal for Holy Cross is $50,000.00. To date we have raised $40,165.38. The goal for Blessed Sacrament is $17,000.00. To date we have raised $18,556.00.


Your donation truly matters. Call 570-207-2250, or give online at AnnualAppeal.org.

Be a minister of God’s hope and love…Help us reach our Parish Appeal goal.

Our Annual Appeal begins in September. New in 2019:

• More direct support to parishes for Social Justice Grants and New Faith Formation Grants

• Increased support for Catholic Social Services

• Opportunity to designate your Appeal gift to the ministry of your choice

• Unique videos featuring parishioners and clergy showing the Appeal at work in your region Gifts to the 2018 Appeal touched thousands of lives:

• 4,143 Families served in Catholic Social Services Food and Clothing Pantries

• 104 Retired & Ill Priests Received Care

• 12 Seminarians receiving tuition and living expenses

• 44 Parishes using Social Justice Grants to serve countless families

• 118 Parishes receiving support in all aspects of Parish Life

• 16,555 Nights of shelter and Support

• 15,000 Children in Religious Education and 4,500 in Catholic Schools.

Share your blessings. Give to the Appeal. Gifts to the Appeal support Diocesan ministries and will not be used to defray legal fees or fund the Survivors Compensation Program.

Eternal Rest Grant Unto Them, O Lord

Please remember in your prayers our parishioners, family and friends who have recently died: Lucy Generotti, George J. Barbolish, Christine Fretty, Roseann Anderson, Dorothy Chezik, Richard Buchinski, Marie Kanuik, Joan Mazur, Theresa Cucura, Frank Balmer, John Scozzara, John Stoffey. Kelly McDermott, Charles Stankiewicz, Michael Hegedus, Paul Kolcharno, Eleanor Ratay, Alda Grande, Kathryn Estock, Patricia (Wargo) Grabowski, James Soya, Raymonde Stepien, Matthew Wzorek.

Eternal rest grant unto them, and may perpetual light shine upon them


The distribution of Communion during Mass and taking the Blessed Sacrament to the sick are essential ministries in the community. Training for new Eucharistic Ministers will take place on Wednesday, September 18 and Thursday, September 19 at 6:30 PM. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for candidates from both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes.

February 26th is Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday

All times will be a full Mass and distribution of ashes

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

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

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

5:30 p.m. Holy Cross Parish – Olyphant

7:00 p.m. Blessed Sacrament Parish

Financial Statements

Financial Statements for the 2019 calendar year will be mailed in late January 2019, upon request only. Donations for tax purposes for 2019 should have already been made. If you would like a tax statement please call the parish office.


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.


First Reading: Jeremiah 1:4-5,17-19 The Lord assures Jeremiah that he will deliver him from all who fight against him.

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 71:1-2,3-4,5- 6,15,17 A song in praise of God’s salvation.

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:31—13:13 (shorter form, 1 Corinthians 13:4-13) Paul describes love as the greatest of virtues.

Gospel Reading: Luke 4:21-30 Jesus is rejected in his hometown of Nazareth.

Background on the Gospel Reading:

This Sunday we read from the Gospel of Luke, continuing immediately from last week’s Gospel. Recall that in last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah and announced that this Scripture was now fulfilled.

In today’s Gospel, we learn that the people of Nazareth are impressed by Jesus’ words, and yet they seem surprised. They still think of Jesus as merely Joseph’s son. They do not expect such words from someone they believe that they know.

This Gospel is about who Jesus is and who people believe him to be. The story of Jesus’ preaching and rejection at Nazareth is found in each of the Synoptic Gospels. In Luke’s Gospel, this incident is told in a way that foretells Jesus’ passion and death and helps explain the inclusion of the Gentiles in the promise of salvation. In Luke’s Gospel this incident appears at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry; in Matthew and Mark, this event is placed considerably later, after Jesus has preached and taught elsewhere. Only Luke identifies the content of Jesus’ teaching in any detail, telling us that Jesus read from the book of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue. In Mark and Matthew’s Gospels, Jesus teaches in the synagogue in Nazareth, and the townspeople take offense because Jesus is only the son of a carpenter. They reject his authority to teach them. In Matthew and Mark, it is only after Jesus is rejected that he observes times when Israel has rejected prophets.

In Luke’s Gospel, the people are surprised but not immediately offended by Jesus’ words in the synagogue. It is the words that follow his reading from the prophet Isaiah that seem to offend them. Jesus challenges and provokes the people of Nazareth by referring to examples in which Israel rejected the prophets. He also challenges them to respond to his message, the message of a prophet, in a way that is different from their ancestors. This call for a new response leads to his rejection.

It is helpful to consider the historical context of Luke’s Gospel. Luke has witnessed the acceptance of the gospel message among many Gentiles. He endeavors to explain why the Good News of Jesus has not been as well-received by his Jewish contemporaries. Luke’s report interprets the cause of Jesus’ rejection at Nazareth in the context of this later Christian history. Just as the people at Nazareth did not welcome the Good News that Jesus announced, so too many among the people of Israel will not accept the preaching of the gospel.

After Jesus’ words of challenge, Luke reports that there was a movement to kill Jesus by throwing him over a cliff. This differs from the reports found in Mark and Matthew’s Gospels, where Jesus is said to be unable to perform miracles in Nazareth because of the people’s lack of faith. Luke says that Jesus walks away from the crowd that intended to kill him; it is not yet his time. The animosity of the people of Nazareth prefigures and prepares the reader of Luke’s Gospel for the cross. Luke wants all to understand that it is through his death on the cross that Jesus offers God’s salvation to all.


An important reminder! With summer vacations upon us, it is easy to forget to get a replacement when away with family. Please remember to find a replacement when unable to serve. Holy Cross, call the rectory to inform us that you will be away. Blessed Sacrament please call Karen Doyle who is now doing the mass schedule for Blessed Sacrament. Thank you for your service.

Holy Cross Parish

Holy Cross Parish


Adoration Hours are Available

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION is held in St. John Paul II Chapel at Holy Cross Parish from Monday at 8:30 AM until Friday at 6:00 PM. If you would like to experience a peaceful hour in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, there are open hours: Tuesday 1:00 PM, Wednesday 11:00 AM. Sign up for an hour, or for more information please call Eydie at 570-489-8816.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS – OVERNIGHT HOURS: Anytime snow or icy weather conditions are forecast for overnight hours, the chapel will be closed automatically at an appropriate time during the evening and reopen after 8:00 AM Mass, weather permitting. Anyone whose hours is affected will be notified by phone.


December 1, #754-Lorraine Toth-$100.00; December 2, #151-Mary Fenocchi-$50.00; December 3, #685- Fran Ferrese-$50.00; December 4, #789-Regina Dippre-$50.00; December 5, #285-Marjorie Mellody- $50.00; December 6-#660-Lauren Owens-$50.00; December 7-#462-Suzanne Toth-$100.00; December 8- #561-Robert Marra-$100.00, December 9, #433-Kolcharno-$50.00; December 10, #176-Dolores Lesnefsky-$50.00; December 11- #531- Bill Griggs-$50.00; December 12-#015-Liz Polansky- $50.00, December 13- #455-The Bordi’s-$50.00; December 14- #507-Lenny Mitchko-$100.00; December 15-#344- CCW-$#100.00; December 16-#700-CCW-$50.00; December 17-#505-Shirley Smiegal-$50.00; December 18-#486-Bob Santorsa-$50.00, December 19-#337-$50.00-CCW; December 20-#375- Rita Novak-$50.00; December 21-#710-$100.00-Paula Simpson; December 22-#194-$100.00-Francis Marek; December 23-#549-$50.00-J.J. & E DiChiara; December 24-#896-$50.00-Marge Konkol; December 25-#247-$50.00-Vince Shuta, December 26-#472-$50.00-Amy & Dave DiChiara; December 27-#088-$50.00-CCW; December 28-#788- $100.00-CCW; December 29-#171-$100.00-E. Santarelli; December 30-#457-$50.00-Carol Penetar; December 31-#697-$500.00-Patrick Valonis.

Congratulations to all of our winners.

Thank you to all who purchased a ticket and supported the parish. Thank you to all who spent hours organizing, distributing and collecting the tickets. Also, thank you to the officers and members of the Confraternity of Christian Women who sponsored this Lottery and to all who helped call, distribute and work behind the scenes to make this a successful parish fundraiser. A special thank you to The Miner’s Beer Garden, Dickson City for sponsoring the tickets. $6350.00 was raised because of your generosity.


Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003

An unsolicited comment from one of our own parish Eucharistic Adoration participant: A woman parishioner, also an eleven year participant, said when asked why she would commit to one hour for life, she replied, “It’s the best hour of my week”. Commitment is not for life, it’s for only as long as one is able to fulfill it.


This is the last weekend to purchase lottery tickets for Holy Cross’s December Lottery. All returns are due Monday, November 25th. Thank you for your generosity and support.


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.



If you are or know someone looking for information how to proceed and move forward after a divorce, please call the Rectory (570-489-0752).


If you’ve been married civilly (judge, mayor, justice of the peace, etc.) and are looking to have your marriage convalidated (blessed in the Church, celebrating the Sacrament of Matrimony), and need information or have questions, please call the Rectory and ask for Monsignor Delaney.

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.


As Hurricane Dorian continues to impact the southern United States, you may have already seen some of the heartbreaking images from the Bahamas. We pray for our Bahamian brothers and sisters who have been affected by Hurricane Dorian. We ask our Lord to be with the responders and rescue crews and that all those in harm’s way be given the help they need.

If any of our parishioners are looking for ways to help, donations are being accepted by Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA.

Online donations for catholic Relief Services can be made at https://support.crs.org/donate/hurricane-dorian and Catholic Charities USA at https://app.mobilecause.com/form/RTKRvQ?vid=1snqm. Thank you for your consideration in promoting this humanitarian response. ………Msgr. Muldowney


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.


Due to changes at area hospitals it has become increasingly difficult for us to know when a member of our parish has been admitted to 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. If your loved ones are being admitted to the hospital, please call the Parish Office. When registering at the hospital please indicate Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament.

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.

Join the Choir - You'll Be Glad You Did

Join the Choir - You'll be Glad You Did!

As Augustine is remembered as saying “He who sings prays twice” Come join our parish choirs and help lead our parishes in prayers.

Choirs began meeting on Wednesday, September 7th at 6:30 pm. In both Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament Parishes. Holy Cross is under the direction of Mary Therese McKane, Blessed Sacrament.

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 needs help to communicate with each other in a more attentive and loving manner. The next program in the Scranton Diocese begins Feb. 26-Feb. 28, 2016, at The Ramada Inn, Clarks Summit, PA. Please call 800-470-2230 for more information or to register or visit the website at www.helpourmarriage.org.


  • March 4 Blakely Baptist, 1748 Main Street, Blakely: Host Dr. William Duke - Message Msgr. Michael Delaney
  • March 11 Peckville United Methodist Church, 732 Main Street, Peckville: Host Rev. David Repenning - Message Rev. Jack Munley
  • March 18 St. James & George Episcopal Church 398 Washington Avenue, Jermyn: Host Rev. Brian Pauvlic - Message Rev. David Repenning
  • March 25 First United Presbyterian of Lackawanna Valley, 1557 Main Street, Peckville: Host Pastor Margaret Hartman -- Message Rev. Andrew Kurovsky
  • April 1 Rescue & Restore Church, 125 Lakawanna Avenue, Olyphant: Host Rev. Jack Munley - Message Dr. Willaim Duke


Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes invite all young people who are currently in 3rf grade and older to consider becoming altar servers. It is a great honor to assist at the altar as we celebrate the Mass together.

When: Wednesday, September 11 and Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM. Training will take place in Holy Cross Parish for both Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross Parishes. Deacon John Musyt will conduct the training sessions.


During Lent, the Church invites us to reflect on those times when we have turned away from God and consider how we can return to God in all we say and do. It is a time for reconciliation and healing. At the heart of all these actions is our relationship with God that began at our Baptism.

On each Tuesday during Lent, all are invited at 6:30pm in Kelley Hall, Holy Cross Parish to come pray with and reflect upon the promises made during Baptism, through which we reject sin and profess our faith in God. We share in this journey with those who are preparing for Baptism at the Easter Vigil. Each week during Lent, we will reflect on one of the Baptismal promises and consider its meaning in our daily life. We are encouraged to transform our hearts so that we become witnesses to the love of God. Our Lenten journey leads us to the celebration of Easter, when we renew our Baptismal promises and rejoice in the salvation gained for us by Christ's Resurrection.


Were you married outside of the Catholic Church? Would you like to have your marriage blessed by the Church?

This is called the marriage convalidation process, and the Church is here to help.

Couples may find themselves in this situation for a variety of reasons. It may be that a Catholic entered into a marriage outside the Church and did not realize that the Church asks us to marry in the Church. It might be that one, or both parties, was not free to marry in the Catholic Church due to a previous marriage or because he or she was awaiting an annulment.

No matter the situation, now is a great time to explore the convalidation process.

Consider this your invitation! Call the Rectory for an appointment with Monsignor Delaney (570)489-0752 or email Monsignor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


When a person dies, many people often request a Mass card as a way of praying for the deceased person and expressing their sympathy to the family. Because Canon Law requires that a Mass request be celebrated within a year of its request, parishes often have to send the Mass intention to the missions. Instead of requesting a Mass card, please consider making a donation to Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish in loving memory of the deceased. Your donation to the parish expresses your sympathy while helping to financially support the parish. Thank you for your consideration.

Mass Intention Book to Open

The 2020 Mass Intention Book for Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament will be opened on Tuesday, September 17. 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 the request. 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 understanding. Sanctuary Candles are limited to two per family.

Memorial /Honor Candles

sanctuary candle

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

January 5, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Mary Zvonik offered by Daughter.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Helen Solensky offered by Blessed Sacrament Stitchers.

January 12, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Christine & Joe Paone offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of the Falzett Family offered by Nephew Gene.

January 19, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Joseph F. Pawlowski, offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Judy Lesso, offered by Blessed Sacrament Bible Study Group.

January 26, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Thomas Elliott Jr. offered by Mrs. Stephen Kostage.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of James, John & Ann Pochas offered by Lynn Pochas.

February 2, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Florence Nalevanko offered by a friend.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Delores "Dee" McAlarney offered by the Blessed Sacrament Stichers.

February 9, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Ann & Jerry Durkin, offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Rose, Frank, and Edward Stine, offered by the Robert & Ann Marie Stine.

February 16, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of William & Mary McCormick and the deceased members of the Rook & McCormick Families, offered by Family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of John Chimock, offered by Wife and Children.

February 23, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Karen Sheroshik offered by daughter Rebecca.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Irene Zukowski offered by Granddaughter Tina Zukowski.

March 1, 2020

Holy Cross Parish - In loving memory of Pauline Guman offered by Maryann Rudalavage & family.

Blessed Sacrament Parish - In loving memory of Bertha & Stanley Laskowski and Josephine & Frank Bialy offered by Richard & Rosalie.

Monthly Visitations

Any parishioner who is homebound and wishes to receive the Eucharist on a monthly basis is asked to contact the Parish Office to schedule a visit.


All parishioners are reminded that in your packet of envelopes there is a special Mother’s Day intention envelope to remember living and deceased mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and mother like friends. The envelopes will be placed on the altar of Holy Cross and Blessed Sacrament during the month of May to remember the donor’s intentions.

Movie Night


MOVIE NIGHT - Thursday, March 12; 6:30 PM; Kelley Hall; Holy Cross, Olyphant

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in this timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America's most beloved neighbor. A wonderful Lenten reflection on the importance of compassion. Rated PG 109 minutes.

Neighboring Parish & Community Events


The Holy Name Society of Blessed Sacrament will be holding their second annual sale on March 28th from 12-noon until 5pm. The cost is $5. There are order forms at the entrances of Blessed Sacrament. Kindly put your name, phone number, and number of sandwiches. Thank you in advance for supporting this fundraiser.


All You Can Eat Spaghetti Dinner

Eureka Hose Co. No 4 will host their annual dinner on Saturday March 7th at their station, 717 E. Grant St., Olyphant. Dinner will be served from 5-8pm, and take- out orders can be picked up from 3-5pm. Tickets are $10. See any member or call Mayor Sedlak at 570-383-1406 for tickets.


Sunday, March 29th at St. Michael's Hall, 403 Delaware St. in Jermyn. Doors open at noon with Bingo beginning at 1pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For tickets or more info, contact Karen at 570-604-7682. Bingo benefits the Palermo Heart to Heart Beads of Courage which helps children with cancer.


Mondays - March 9th, 16th, 23rd, & 30th at 6pm.

VNA Hospice & Home Health, 301 Delaware Ave., Olyphant. Park in the parking lot and enter through rear door. This free Lenten Bible Study will utilize the bible, video lessons, and discussion as we explore the Beatitudes and all that Jesus taught. Please call 570- 383-5180 for additional information.


Saturday, March 28th. Doors open at 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 which includes three comedy acts, dinner, drinks, and door prizes. Must be 21 to attend.BYOB. Reservations are required. Please call Renee at 570-614-3727.


Sunday March 22nd at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Wilkes-Barre and Sunday March 29th at St. Mary's Visitation, Dickson City. Both concerts begin at 3pm and are open to the public. There is free admission, but there will be a good will offering. For more information please visit www.catholicchoralsociety.org or call 570- 575-1040.


St. Mary's in Dickson City is holding a bus trip on Thursday July 9th. Trip includes bus, lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord, and reserved main floor seating. Bus will depart from Saint Mary's at 8:30am. Tickets are $120.00 per person. $60.00 deposit is due with reservation, and remaining balance must by paid by June 19th. To reserve a seat or for more information call St. Mary's parish office at 570-489-2091.


is now accepting applications for housing designed for 62 or older senior citizens, handicapped, or disabled individuals. For information please call 570-383-6260


at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville; Thursday, February 20; 5:30 PM, light dinner will be offered 6-9 pm, Training Session. Snow date February 27. Register by calling Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Provides a safe supportive space for individuals in our community who are experiencing mental illness. The ministry also supports the parents, family members and friends of those who are supporting a loved one experiencing mental illness.
  • 2 Spiritual support groups: For those living with a mental illness: 10AM- Second and Fourth Saturdays of the month for parents, family members and friends. 6 PM-First Thursday of the month.
  • The group meeting will last approximately 90 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Bishops Hall at the Cathedral Rectory, 314 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. (rear entrance and down the stairs)
  • Contact Deacon ed Shoener 570-344-7231; Deacon Jan Mroz 570-342-4881, Deacon Pat McDonald 570-961-5211.

The spiritual support groups are not group therapy but a ministry in which members seek to help support others during their time of need and to grow spiritually in their relationship with God.

A place where people with mental illness can find faith-filled supportive relationships and friendships.

THANK YOU! Blessed Sacrament has received a donation in memory of Michael Hegedus offered by Maryann Chindemi.


Friday, February 7th at 6:30pm. Instructors from Spirited Art will lead the step-by-step class to help everyone create their own masterpiece. Cost is $35 per person. Registration is available at the library or www.spiritedart.com.


Valley Community Library is offering one-on-one digital media classes. You can learn basic computer, cellphone, or tablet skills, but also, if interested, more advanced skills like how to use Microsoft Office, research genealogy, and other electronic resources the library has to offer. For more information or to register, call Danielle at 570-489-1765 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Classes are by appointment only.


is seeking a parttime (15-20 hours per week) meal deliverer. Meals on Wheels is about more than just dropping off a warm meal, it is a rewarding experience that provides nutrition to those who critically need it. A background and driving record check is required. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday within Lackawanna County. Opportunity for retired adults or those looking for a part-time position. Person must be responsible, prompt, reliable and caring. For more information please call Nicole at Meals on Wheels 570-346-2421.


An opportunity for fellowship and reflection January 22, 65:00 PM, Diocesan Pastoral Center, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton. Open to past recipients of the grant and all who are interested in learning more about the application process. All are welcome. RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by January 15.


His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, and the Office for Parish Life wish to invite couples celebrating their 25th or 50th wedding anniversary in 2020 to a diocesan Wedding Anniversary Mass on Sunday, June 14. The event includes a 2:30 PM mass at St. Peter’s Cathedral followed by a reception. Requests for an invitation, with an April mailing address, should be made through your parish office before March 16.

Volunteer Hose Company of Throop # 3 will hold its 14th Annual Super Bowl Sunday Wing Fest

Sunday February 2, 2020 from 12-4pm at the station located at 401 Dunmore Street, Throop, PA 18512.

Orders consist of 10 party size wings with celery and blu cheese for $10.00. Three flavors are offered, mild, hot and hot garlic.

Party orders are available. For tickets and information contact any member, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 570-851-9843.

Check out and like our Facebook page @27rescue for more about Volunteer Hose Company of Throop.

*All proceeds benefit the VHC of Throop General Operating Fund

PRINCE OF PEACE, OLD FORGE will be holding a Mardi Gras

on Saturday, February 8; 6:00 PM at Arcaro & Genell, Main Street, Old Forge. Tickets are $35.00, adults only. Dinner includes Hors D’Oeurves and full course dinner. Seating is limited to 125, reserve your seats early. All reservations close January 25. For reservations please call Francis at 570-451-0112. Entertainment by Frankie Gervasi of “The Poets”.


Teen Chess Club meets once a month, next meeting January 6 at 6:00 PM. Bring a friend or make new ones as you play. For ages 8 – 18 and registration is required. If you have questions call the library at 570-489-1765.

The “Parents A Second Time” group meets at the Library on the 4th Monday of every month. Are you an older adult raising children of a family member? You are not alone, join us at a monthly support group to hear similar situations. Learn about resources, community programs, services, and agencies that can provide connections, guidance and peer support to older persons. Registration is required, please call Julie at 570-963-6740 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Library holds a monthly Vets’ Group on every second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 PM. Active Duty, Reserves, Retired – or just served one enlistment period or more…whether you served during war time or peace time. Join us as we thank you for your service to our country with a free meal and to meet new people. Please call 570-489-1765 if you are interested.


Thursday, January 23, 7:00 PM at Blessed Sacrament Parish (St. Anthony’s Church), 215 Rebecca Street, Throop

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness” (Acts 28:2). Each year, leaders of faith communities throughout the world gather together with members of local congregations to celebrate our common faith in Jesus Christ, to honor, lift-up and validate this faith. We are reminded of the importance of need for “unusual Kindness” in the dialogue that leads to growth in unity. We do this in a world where separation and division hinder the quest for Christian Unity. In 2020, we are being called to show unusual Kindness towards one another.

Join us as we come together in prayerful withes for Christian Unity by heeding Jesus’ prayer “that they all may be one”. Refreshments and fellowship to follow in the parish hall.

Host Pastor: Msgr. Michael J. Delaney

Message to be shared by Rev. Dale Morrell, Pastor, Blakely Primitive Methodist Church.

Newly Baptized

Newly Baptized!

For the weekends of:

January 17, 2020

Congratulations Michael Vincent Kinney Jr., son of Michael Vincent and Karyna Butler Kinney who was baptized December 29th at Blessed Sacrament Parish. Congratulations Harper Sue Anderson, daughter of Sean Casey Anderson and Kathleen Ann Casey who was baptized December 29th at Holy Cross. May God bless you and your families and may Jesus, the Light of the world, always guide and protect you.


As we move forward planning for the Lenten season, please bring dried palm from your homes and leave in a bag in the vestibule of our parishes to be reverently disposed. The palms brought will be burned and used as the ashes to mark ourselves as we begin our Lenten journey on Ash Wednesday.

Parish Registration & Membership

Recently, we have received phone calls from people indicating that they are members of either Holy Cross or Blessed Sacrament Parish; however, they are not listed on our parish census. Please note, parish membership is not automatic; just because a person was baptized or married at a parish does not make him/her a member of the parish. To be considered a member of the parish, all persons should be listed in the parish database and receive envelopes. Parishioners who do not use their envelopes after three years are removed from the parish census and are no longer considered parishioners. People who have been removed from the parish census and no longer receive envelopes and would like to re-register at the parish should call the Parish Office. Children over the age of 19 should be registered as adults and no longer registered as children of their parents.


Samples of Paschal Candles.


Blessed Sacrament Parish: In Memory of Jackie Glinsky donated by wife Adele and Family.

Holy Cross Parish: In memory of the Deceased Members of the Griggs Family donated by Son Bill Griggs and Granddaughter Kaitlin.


We are looking for adult servers to assist in serving funeral Masses in our parishes. Thanks to the generous volunteers who help us as we support and pray with grieving families in our parishes. If you are able, please consider making the sacrifice of your time to assist us in this special ministry. Please contact the Rectory 570-489-0752 or 570-489-1963.



Prayer for Vocations

As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world. O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.

God our Father, You made each of us to use our gifts in the Body of Christ.

We ask that You inspire young people whom you call to priesthood and consecrated life to courageously follow Your will.

Send workers into Your great harvest so that the Gospel is preached, the poor are served with love, the suffering are comforted, and Your people are strengthened by the sacraments.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.



Mary Most Holy, as a young woman living in obscurity you nurtured with loving care the Word of God make flesh.

Please protect and accompany all young men and women, especially from our parish, who are called to a vocation to the priesthood or religious life.



Father, you call each one of us by name And ask us to follow you.

Bless your Church by raising up Dedicated and generous leaders from our families and friends who will serve your people as Lay Ministers, Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Deacons.

Inspire us as we grow to know you, And open our hearts To hear your call.

We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen


O Mary, we entrust to You the apostolate of the laity, the ministry of the priests, the witnessing of religious. We pray that priestly and religious vocations may be widely felt and followed for the glory of God and the vitality of the Church. May the new springtime of vocations, their new growth in the whole Church, become a significant proof of your motherly presence in the mystery of Christ in our times, and in the mystery of the Church throughout the world. Amen.

……..Saint John Paul II


O God, Father of all Mercies,

Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Grace upon those

You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;

preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of


Open the hearts of Your children

that they may discern Your Holy Will;

inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves

to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life

guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.

Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,

all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.


In a special way, help us strive for holiness in our current states of life. Should You call some of us to the priesthood or religious life, help us to respond with courage and joy.

Together, we make heaven our goal, and pledge, with Your grace, to help each other on life’s journey to You. +Through the intercession of the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Amen.


As we celebrate Christmas we join with the shepherds in adoration at the Manger. May God send shepherds to our church to guide our families and communities to Jesus Christ, our Messiah and Savior of the world.

O Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, grant that the men and women of our community may have the grace and courage to answer Your call to priesthood and religious life. Give them the wisdom to remain open to the invitation to serve, to spread the gospel message of Christmas joy and to be instruments of Your peace in our world.


In order to hear the voice of God, one has to have silence in one’s soul and to keep silence; not a gloomy silence, but an interior silence, that is to say, recollection in God. One can speak a great deal without breaking silence and, on the contrary, one can speak little and be constantly breaking silence.

……..St. Faustina Kowalska

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge.

………..St. Francis De Sales

Let us put our hope in Jesus, the name of salvation given to men and women of every language and race. Confessing his name, let us walk trustfully toward the future, certain that we will not be disappointed if we trust in the most holy name of Jesus. - St. John Paul II

Every moment of prayer, especially before our Lord in the tabernacle, is a positive gain. The time we spend in having our daily audience with God is the most precious part of the whole day.

……….Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Prayer is nothing else than union with God. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax molded into one; they cannot anymore be separated. It is a very wonderful thing, this union of God with his insignificant creature, a happiness passing all understanding.

……..St. John Vianney

Our Lady of the Rosary

Mary, Mother of Christ, tech us to pray your rosary as it should be prayed. For these ordinary beads strung on threads hold within themselves all the mysteries of our holy faith and all the main ways of prayer. Mary, Queen of the Rosary, open to us its holy secrets. Let it be our door to the heart of your son, his Father, and the Holy Spirit. ………….Catherine Doherty

"May is a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. This is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month is which a greater abundance of God’s merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother’s throne."

……..Pope Paul VI

Meditation is the mother of the love of God, and contemplation is the daughter of the love of God. Contemplation is nothing other than taking delight in the goodness of him whom we have learned to know in meditation, and whom we have learned to love by means of this knowledge. ……..St. Francis De Sales

The More you pray, the more you want to pray. It’s like a fish that starts by swimming near the surface of the water then plunges and goes on swimming deeper and deeper. The soul plunges, is swallowed up, loses itself in the delights of conversation with God. ….St John Vianney

Religious Education News


Wednesday, February 5 at 6:30 PM, Kelley Hall. Experience the moving lecture that generated a best selling book and inspired millions to believe in the power of achieving their childhood dreams.

Carnegie Mellon professor Randy Pausch was asked to deliver his "Last Lecture" - a series designed to examine the final lessons the speaker would impart when facing their own mortality. For Pausch, who had recently received a terminal cancer diagnosis, the topic was anything but hypothetical. The message - hopeful and life - affirming - resonated with people around the globe. Running time for video is 30 minutes to be followed with conversation.

BIBLE STUDY/FAITH SHARING: Monday ,February 10; 1:30 PM; Blessed Sacrament Hall.


at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish, Peckville; Thursday, February 20; 5:30 PM, light dinner will be offered 6-9 pm, Training Session. Snow date February 27. Register by calling Kathy Bolinski 570-207-1453 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Open house will be from 12:30 – 3:00pm. Come and tour the building, meet the teachers, and see some of their S.T.R.E.A.M. projects. Registration is also open for 2020-2021 school year.


On Monday, January 27th 6-7pm, St. Mary’s will hold an evening for parents of children preparing for Pre-K. Speakers will discuss readiness, the importance of developing the foundations of a sound education and share a day in the life of a pre-kindergartener.


All are welcome to visit our Open House on Sunday, January 26 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Come check out all of the amazing things we have to offer! Financial Aid is available…Learn more by calling 570-489-2010 or by visiting our website at lsaelementary.org


Tuesday January 21st and Wednesday 22nd at 6:30pm at Holy Cross. First Penance is Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am at Holy Cross.


Holy Cross – All classes are 9:20-10:25am.
Note – Parish Center dismissal is at 10:20am.
Blessed Sacrament – All classes are 10:30-11:45am.
Holy Cross Classes: Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 5 Kelley Hall.
Grades 4, 6, 7, 8 Parish Center.


I.S.L.I. is a peer facilitated Leadership Retreat for High School Students, February 14 – 16, 2020 at Holy Transfiguration Retreat Center, Dalton. For more information – applications are available on line at Dioceseoscranton.org; call 570-207-2213X1155; or facebook at ISLIDOS.


program is scheduled for WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM in the Diocesan Pastoral Center, Scranton. If you are an adult employee or volunteer who has direct contact or routine interaction with children please make every effort to participate in this training. For information: www.dioceseofscranton.org, under Child Protection-Victim Assistance.


Saturday, December 7th at 9:00 am. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. The exam is for all eighth graders interested in applying for the 2020 fall term. Students may also register and apply at www.scrantonprep.org.


Maybe you should consider being a Lector at Mass. On Thursday, August 30, at 6:30 PM, Holy Cross Parish, Deacon John Musyt will be conducting a Lector training class for anyone from our linked parishes.


Parents anticipating the birth of their first child are required to attend baptismal instruction. Baptismal classes are held on the first Sunday of every month from 12 Noon until 1:00 PM. We suggest that you attend this session before the birth of your child, if possible. Please contact the Parish Office to register. Baptisms cannot be scheduled until all the necessary paperwork is completed.


is a program that helps couples who may be experiencing tension, stress and loneliness in the marriage relationship. Program helps couples, even those separated and divorced to better communicate and resolve conflicts in their relationships. Please call 1-800-470-2230 or visit the website www.helpourmarriage.org for more information or to pre-register. All calls are confidential. Cost of the program is by donation. Next local weekend: March 2-4, 2018 at the Ramanda Inn, Clarks Summit. Contact persons: Nettie and Bob Goldate 570- 587-0415.


is a ministry in partnership with the Office for Parish Life in the Diocese of Scranton. They have offered faithfully Catholic courses and events to women in the area for 4 years and are now offering their first FREE-READ-ALONG both online and in local groups! They will be reading and discussing the book, “My Sisters the Saints”. Are you looking for something meaningful and exciting to do during the cold winter months? Do you like to connect with other women? Are you looking for a good book to read? If you answered yes then the Altus Winter Readalong is for you! All details can be found at https://www.altusforwomen.com/about-read-along.


In the Diocese of Scranton, the annulment process is now more “user friendly” than you might expect, and there is no longer a processing fee. Please contact your pastor or the Diocesan Tribunal Office (570-207-2246) to begin a conversation. It is possible to get clear answers to these questions and to renew your connection with the Church.


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 event.


If your marriage is tearing you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce Retrouvaille can help you! Retrouvaille is helping couples put the pieces back together and rebuild loving relationships. All calls confidential. Cost by donation. For more information or to register, please call 800-470-2230


Parish: Canon Law requires anyone who wishes to be considered a member of a particular parish to be officially registered in the parish. Lately, we have had a number of requests for sponsor cards for individuals who are not registered, but yet attend Mass at the parish. It is most important that one be registered and actively participating in order to obtain sponsor cards for Baptism and Confirmation. Attending Mass does not automatically mean that a person is a member of our parish family. If you know that you are not registered, or are unsure as to your registration status, but attend Mass on a regular basis, please call the office to inquire about registering so that when requesting sponsor cards one is not turned away because of a lack of registration. Also, any child of the parish who has turned eighteen years old needs to register independently from his or her parents/guardians in order to be considered a member of the parish. All families who register children for any Catholic Elementary School or Holy Cross High School must be registered members and actively participate in our faith community. Yearly, each school notifies the supporting parishes of those families who stated they are members of a particular parish. We are obligated to notify the school if families are not full and active participants which could result in a higher tuition rate if families are not participating in our faith community.


IHM Educational Enrichment Institute, located in the IHM Center, is offering an individualized tutoring Program. For further information, contact: Sister Rose Marie Mozzachio, IHM, 570-346-5429.


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.


Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshiping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood,” Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects toward a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration. Published by Our Sunday Visitor. Copyright 2003.


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.

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.


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.’

Reminder - Driveway Courtesy


Please remember to keep the Rectory Garage clear of cars so that I can get back and forth to our parishes for Mass each day, as well as being able to get to hospitals in the event of an emergency. Seminarian Michael Boris will be living with us for the summer and will also be using our garage. Thank you for your understanding.

Retrouvaille Weekend for Couples

Is your marriage going down the right road…or is it a little off track? Are you already separated? Retrouvaille can help and offers hope for a better relationship. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples that can help you learn the tools of healthy communication. Couples of al faiths as well as non-religious couples are welcome. For more information contact 717-356-2185 or visit the website at www.HelpOurMarriage.org.


The RCIA is the church’s definitive statement on conversion.

When the bishop of the Second Vatican Council called for a restoration of the catechumenate, the original processes of preparing adults to be received into the family of faith, they were asking us to change the way we think about conversion. Conversion would no longer mean “becoming Catholic” (as in, I used to be a Lutheran, but I am a convert to Catholicism”). Conversion has a much more profound meaning.

The R.C.I.A. is basically a conversion machine. The rite states: “The rite of Christian Initiation is designed for adults who, after hearing the mystery of Christ proclaimed, consciously and freely seek the living God and enter the way of faith and conversion as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts.”

The process of preparation involving a commitment to radical transformation, a journey that continues throughout the lives of Jesus’ followers.

The process is Jesus-based. The seeker’s conversion is to Christ. It is not to just the church, to a set of doctrines, to a pastor or spiritual leader. The catechumens will be baptized into the death and resurrection of Christ.

When they join us at the Eucharistic table, it is Christ that will be broken for them and poured out for them. They will be incorporated into Christ. Everything about their conversion journey must be focused on Jesus Christ.

It is Church based. The journey of conversion takes place in the midst of the community. Members of our parishes at Blessed Sacrament and Holy Cross invite, extend friendship, offer support and model discipleship for those seeking the Lord.

We pray that we will all be willing to connect with those who do not yet know Christ to recognize Him, encounter His love and be strengthened for discipleship.

If you know of someone who would like to know more about our Catholic faith, or if you are an adult, never baptized or baptized into another Christian Church and are inquiring about Catholocism, or if you are an adult Catholic but have not completed your initiation (have never received communion or have yet to be confirmed), call the Rectory at 570-489-0752 and we will get you started.