Reaching Up to Worship – Reaching Out to Serve
Parish Vision – “Together we will build an atmosphere of faith in which the fruit of the Spirit will abound and draw others to Christ.”
- St. James
- St. John
- St. Margaret Mary
- St. Patrick
12:00 PM (noon)
12:00 PM (noon)
Reconciliation (Confession) Times:
- St. James
- Tuesday 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
- Saturday 4:00 – 4:45 p.m
- St. John
- Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
- St. Margaret Mary
- Saturday 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
- St. Patrick
- Wednesday 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
- Saturday 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule
Regulations for Lenten Sacrifice
the 1983 Code of Canon Law:
- All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for Catholics over 14.
- Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good Friday (April 14) are days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. Fasting means taking only one full meal and two smaller meals that, taken together, do not equal one full meal.
Pastoral Council Corner
Your Pastoral Council Representatives met 2-2-17 at St. Patrick’s.
- Possibility of Sister of Life to speak at Women’s Retreat.
- Fifteen Youth will be receiving Hands of Christ Awards in Horseheads on 2-9-17. Recipients will be recognized 2-19-17 at all Sunday Masses with Awards and a Special Blessing.
Youth Representatives reported on:
- Living Stations, Birthright Coffee Hour at St. Margaret Mary, 24 hour Food Fast for CRS at St. Johns. Watch bulletin for details.
Nat’l Marriage Week 2-7 thru 2-14-17. David Smith provided statistics 1970 thru current. Next meeting PC Members will discuss ideas to strengthen marriage; looking for input from our Parishioners. Please contact your Representative.
All Parishioners are encouraged to contact our Priests with any questions/concerns. May telephone, e-mail, or make an appointment.
As always, Parishioners are encouraged to attend the Parish Council Meetings. See PC Minutes for full details of this meeting.
First Penance & First Holy Communion
Preparation classes for these Sacraments of Initiation will begin on March 20, with both ceremonies taking place in May. A complete schedule will be sent to registered families. You can find registration forms on the parish website or at the church entrance. If your child(ren) has received Holy Communion, but not Penance (due to Restored Order), contact Annette Larrabee Office: 607-687-1068
Jack Frost Chicken BBQ
There will be Eucharistic Adoration at St. Margaret Mary’s on February 18th. All are welcome to stop in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and spend some time with the Lord from 7pm – midnight.
Fall Festival 2017
Red Cross Blood Drives
Shrove Tuesday Supper
Family Game Night
Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s
St. John Bible Study Interest Session
Sunday Night Joy
For all the details, please the specific webpage:
Living Stations of the Cross 2017 Schedule
St. Val’s Week 20 Winners
- $30 Christine Fisher
- $20 Kelley Peron
- $15 Julie O’Brien
- $10 MaryAnne Premock
September 26, 2016 – February 6, 2017
80 Winners ~ 4 Winners Per Week ~ 20 Weeks
Weekly Prizes: $30, $20, $15, $10 $40 per person $2 a week or $40 up front
* * New This Year: CASH ONLY
* * (Per New York State Gaming Commission – NO CHECKS – St. Val’s is considered a game of chance/raffle) Put your registration form and cash in an envelope marked “St. Val’s” and place it in the collection basket or drop it off at the church office. Questions?
Call the church Office: 607-687-1068
Face Time with the Blessed Sacrament
Mother Teresa’s primary goal was to increase her own faith and prayer life. Can you spend one minute each day before the Blessed Sacrament?
We have made arrangements to have all our churches open during the day.
St. James 8:30 am—4:00 pm
St. John 7:00 am—7:00 pm
St. Margaret Mary Chapel is open 24 hours
St. Patrick 7:00 am—3:00 pm
Elevate - Steubenville Youth Conference
Please help us fill a bus for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer! We can still add registrations, but we must act quickly! Contact Annette Larrabee at the main office if your child(ren), currently in grades 9 through 12 would like to attend. The conference dates are July 21 – 23, 2017. Come join the fun!
Daily Prayer of the Month (February)
Abba, In February we honor Catholic Schools Week and ask for Your support and guidance of those schools and the teachers who educate our youth, the future of the US Catholic Church. We pray for Your Blessings on those in the Consecrated Life and our prayerful support of them. Heavenly Father, we ask Your support for marriages as couples navigate the realities of life and family and that they truly have reason to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. As we commemorate Presidents’ Day, we ask Your Blessings on President Trump as he sets his foreign and domestic policies. Finally, we ask Your support and guidance of Pope Francis who currently occupies the Chair of St. Peter. In Jesus’ name we pray,
Please pray this prayer along with our Prayer Partners today and throughout this month. If you have a suggestion for prayer intention please let us know at email@example.com
Help Needed at Funeral Lunches at St. John’s
Thank you to all those who have worked or contributed in anyway on funeral lunches at St. John’s. It’s such a meaningful service to our parishioners. It provides a time for families to continue closure and to meet friends and relatives without the responsibility of preparing for meals.
Funeral lunches were started years ago by the Rosary Society. When they broke up, the ladies of the Rosary Society, along with members of the church, continued this beautiful ministry.
Because of the loss of members over the past couple of years, we need help for our 3 teams. Please call Gerry Mertson at 607-642-9946 if you can help in anyway.
Are You Hurting In Your Marriage
If your marriage has become troubled or stressed, unloving, or uncaring; if your relationship has grown cold and distant; if you are thinking of separation or divorce, or if you are already separated of divorced but want to try again, then the Retrouvaille Program can help you. For more information call: 800-470-2230 or visit http://www.HelpOurMarriage.com
Women’s Weekend Retreat - April 21 - 23
This year’s retreat topic, “Prayer: God is talking, Are you listening?” encourages us to live a “prayerful life” by moving beyond mere recitation of prayer. Join women from other parishes in our diocese to learn the meaning of prayer, as well as, different styles of prayer and how to enrich your prayer time. Call the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua at 585-394-5700 to reserve your place for the weekend.
Save the date! Ladies Spring Tea & Chinese Auction
Sunday, April 30th is the date for the Ladies Spring Tea and Chinese Auction. This year the Tea will benefit agencies helping those who are struggling with addiction and their families, The Bridge and Kids at Risk. “Gift-type” items are needed for the auction and can be left at the church entrances. Ticket sales will begin March 18th, plan on getting your ticket early as this event always sells out. Tickets will be $10.
Questions, contact Leslie Fagan or Laura Hoppe.
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl
Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from church and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.
2017 Hands of Christ Recipients
2017 Knights of Columbus District Level Free Throw Championship
The following 9-14 year old contestants won today’s [Feb. 11] district level Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship held at Tioga Central High School and sponsored by Blessed Trinity Council 251 of Tioga County. All except Taylor Bubble (Ithaca/Newfield) are from the Tioga and Valley area. They will advance to the Knights of Columbus Chapter level on Sunday March 12th at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester. (See full upcoming advancement schedule below).
2017 Father / Daughter Dance
If you have any pictures from the Mother / Son Dance, please consider sending them to us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please Pray for:
Fr. Francis Martin
Deacon Martin Oliveri
Pray for our Troops:
“Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.”
Please Pray for:
Jennifer Leary Dean