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.”

Mass Schedule:

  • St. James
  • Monday:
    8:30 AM
    8:30 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM
  • St. John
  • Monday:
    9:00 AM
    8:30 AM
    11:15 AM
  • St. Margaret Mary
  • Tuesday:
    7:00 AM
    7:00 AM
    10:45 AM
  • St. Patrick
  • Tuesday:
    12:00 PM (noon)
    12:00 PM (noon)
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM

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.

What’s happening:

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” This is a promise that anyone would love to hear. With these words Jesus comforts and reassures us. He suggests that we will be satisfied and welcomed and fulfilled. His message in today’s Gospel assures us that our heavenly Father loves us even more than earthly parents love their children. So we can enjoy the security of knowing that God will take good care of us.

But God’s care may not always look exactly the way we expect it to. His care for us is based on knowing what is best for us and what will make us flourish. And, sometimes, what we think we need isn’t really best. It’s important to keep this context in mind. This prevents us from understanding Jesus’ words today in a selfish way. As the end of the passage makes clear, this asking and seeking that Jesus refers to is ultimately fulfilled in the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is promising us that if we ask God for his Spirit, he will certainly give it to us, his children.

For most of us, we actually received this gift at our baptism. But have we taken full advantage of this? Although we may not realize it at first, in receiving the Holy Spirit we actually receive a whole host of gifts. With God’s Spirit come the sevenfold gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. And the fruits of the Spirit as St. Paul lists them in Galatians 5 include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. God knows that all of these gifts and fruits make us very well equipped for life on earth, and for eternal life in heaven! What more do we really need to ask for?

Bible Timeline Study Registration

Registration is still open for the fall Bible Timeline Study groups that begin to meet in September. Come to an Information Sessions during July to find out more and register for a group time and location that works for you.

For questions about Apalachin or Owego groups, please contact Ken Donovan, or (607-625-2683). Those interested in a Waverly group should contact Tom Ambury.

Faith Formation/Youth Group Registration

Registration forms for children and youth Religious Education programs are available at the church entrances and on the parish website. Faith Formation classes, for children in grades Pre-K through 6 will begin Sunday, September 18th, at all sites. Youth Group sessions, for grades 7 through 12, will also begin on that date. The deadline for registration is August 15th.

Children – Pre-K through Grade 6

Youth Ministry Registration Form

Vacation Bible School

*Registration forms will be available at the church entrances and on the parish website. Contact Annette Larrabee at the church office with questions. 607-687-1068

For specific details on dates and times, please see the page:

Red Cross Blood Drive @ St. Margaret Mary Hall

Red Cross Blood Drive

July 21 @ 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Splendors ’16

Splendors ’16

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

General Info: Silent Auction & LIVE! Auction Dinner & other FUN things! $25 per person ONLY 160 tickets will be sold & ALL must be pre-purchased. (Tables of 10 can be purchased NOW! Call the office @ 607-687-1068) Be part of the Splendor Squad! Contacts: Evenly Bale, Cindy Blackwell, Ruthanne Orth, Judy Stewart or call […]

Join the Flock - Birds of Pray

Join the Flock – Birds of Pray

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - July 23 @ 6:00 am

This year the Tioga County Relay for Life is being held on July 22 beginning at 6 PM at the Owego Free Academy.  The Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.  I have formed a team and it is called Birds of Pray.  You may think that is an odd […]

Feast of St. James Picnic

Feast of St. James Picnic

July 30 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

A picnic supper will be held after Mass on Saturday, July 30th. Once again, Ted Clark’s Busy Market has generously offered to donate the hot dogs and rolls. There are sign up sheets at the church entrances for anyone who wishes to make something for the meal and there will be donation baskets for those […]

Red Cross Blood Drive @ St. Patrick hall

Red Cross Blood Drive

August 6 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Daily Prayer of the Month

Heavenly Father,

Especially during the month of May, let us remember to always honor Your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; her visit to Elizabeth; and appearance at Fatima. As the Easter Season draws to a close for us, may we also remember our Orthodox brethren who celebrate Easter this month. Also during the month of May, we recall the Ascension of Jesus who kept His promise of sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and to each of us in our Baptism and Confirmation. We also celebrate the feasts of the Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi. We ask that all of these commemorations lead us to a more prayerful life. Finally, let us remember those in the armed forces as we celebrate Armed Forces Day. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

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

Steubenville Here We Come!

The following young people from our parish will be attending a 3-day youth retreat from July 22nd through July 24th. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and protection during their inspirational and faith-filled journey to Steubenville, Ohio.

  • Josh Blazey
  •  Giovanni Damiano
  •  Laura Durand
  •  Thomas Durand
  •  Daniel Gillio
  • Gabriella Kopalek
  •  Anne Marie Mantei
  •  Jacob Ovedovitz
  •  Allison Schweiger

Message from Bishop Matano requesting prayers for victims and an end to violence

Bishop Matano has asked that prayers continue to be offered for an end to the violence now plaguing our country and our world. While renewing our prayers for the victims of the horrific violent tragedy in Orlando and united in prayer with the families of all who mourn their loss, we also pray for the victims and families of the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Bangladesh and Baghdad, and throughout the world where the family of God is being torn apart because we do not acknowledge that all life is sacred and we are all God’s children.

Catholic Charities Back to School School and Personal Care Supplies

Make a Child Smile During this Year of Mercy!

Please help Catholic Charities Tioga County gather school and personal care supplies for local children as they start back to school. Many families can’t afford all the necessary supplies needed. Your donations (notebooks, paper, pencils, pens, pocket folders, crayons, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush, soap) can be dropped in the bins at all our churches through August 21. Your donations will be distributed by Catholic Charities to families with children throughout the county. Thank you for helping local children have a happy back to school experience.

TCRM Back to School Shoes and Apparel

Tioga County Rural Ministry would again like to assist some teens with back to school shoes and apparel. Volunteers drive a teen and his or her parent to a store of their choice to do their own personal shopping with the guidance of a parent. Based on the amount of donations we determine how many teens we can fund with an amount of $200. We were blessed this year to again receive $3000 in funding from the Hooker Foundation. We hope to match that amount with donations from the community. Last year we were able to assist 32 teens, thanks to the kindness and generosity of so many donors. If you’d like to make a donation toward this project, please send your donation to TCRM by August 5 and mark it: “Back to School.”

Also, if you are interested in serving as a volunteer driver, give us a call (607-687-3021) and we’ll add your name to our list of volunteers. Shopping takes place during the month of August and takes place at a time that is most convenient to the driver. Thanks to all for your tremendous support.

Thank You - Bunko for the Grotto

Thanks to everyone that joined us for an evening of fun. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and can be pleased to know that all proceeds will be going to repair Mary’s Grotto. Estimates gathered by our buildings and grounds committee inform us that that the repairs will cost slightly over $6100 and we are on our way! So be on the lookout for other events from St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society.

Our hopes are that the work could be done next spring. If you would like to make a donation to this specific project, please write your check to St. Patrick Altar Rosary with Grotto in the notation. You can mail to the church and our treasurer will acknowledge your gift. Thank you.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Cindy Barnhart
Dick Bierl
Ryan Both
Marylou Conklin
James Dubinsky
Moriah Harrington
Art Hilliard
Natalie Hilliard
Brody Hines
Larry Kasmarcik
Walter Krawczyk
Chrissy Krebs
Isla Landon
Gabriella Laubisch
Mary Gillow Madison
Tim McGovern
Jim Mertson
Tim Nannery
Len Nossal
Violet Ray
Denise Sult
Steve Supa
Anne Thomas
Steve D’Urso
Alicia Vasilow
Ed Yeckinevich
Gloria Ward
Jody Zevan

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:

Craig Basel
Don Bolduc
Matthew Cascarino
Jennifer Leary Dean
Megan DeKay
Casey Ford
Chad Halliday
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder