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
10:00 AM (D)
- St. Margaret Mary
- St. Patrick
12:00 PM (noon)
12:00 PM (noon)
(A) St. James- 3rd Wednesday no 8:30 am – Mass at 10:15 am at Elderwood and 11:00 a.m. at Elderwood
(B) St. John – no 8:30 am 1st Friday
(C) St. Patrick- 3rd Friday – Mass 10:30 am at Riverview / 1st Friday – Mass 9:00 am at St. Patrick
(D) Tridentine Latin Mass – Starting on the First Saturday of September 2017, and every First Saturday thereafter, we will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.
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.
3rd Sunday of Easter
It had been an especially trying day. He had been out of work for over six months, and despite many interviews, he had not been offered any positions. He thought he had qualifications for the positions he had applied, what with a college degree and many years’ experience in his field. Still, he continued to be turned down, often with no explanation whatsoever. Depressed, he turned to a particularly good book and read the words of a reassuring friend: “Peace be with you.” That afternoon, he received a call from an employer.
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke’s version of last week’s reading from John. Two men have just visited the disciples and told of their encounter with the risen Jesus on their way to Emmaus. Excitedly, they recalled how they did not recognize him, but felt a burning in their hearts as they walked along and listened to him speak. Not until he broke the bread at dinner did they understand in whose presence they were. And as they told their story, Jesus appeared to them all in the room, startling them with his presence so they were unable to recognize him. “Peace be with you,” he tells them.
At times in our lives, we are hidden behind locked doors, fearful of the world and what it may have to offer us, or even what it may want to take from us. It is at these times that we must look for the resurrected Jesus and listen for his offer of peace. We celebrate the liturgy in expectation of Christ’s return; we pray in hope through the Holy Spirit (CCC 2657). When we are fearful, remember the prayer of St. Paul: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy Spirit” (Rom 15:13).
Prayer Pockets for 1st Communion
Please pray for the children who will be receiving First Communion on April 29th. Pictures and prayer pockets are located in the back of the church for notes, prayers and well wishes.
12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth
All junior and senior high youth are invited to join us for our 9th annual 12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth.
Date & Time: Friday, April 13 at 7:00 PM – Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 AM
Place: St. John’s Church & Hall
There will be plenty of FOOD, FUN and FAITH throughout the event. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to spend quality time with GOD as we introduce you to our beautiful Catholic tradition of Eucharistic Adoration! You are welcome to come for a few hours, or stay for the whole event. Contact your youth minister or Julie Durand (687-5607) for details.
Parents and other parishioners are welcome to join us for Adoration Friday night from 9:00 – 11:00 PM or Saturday morning from 7:00 – 9:00 AM.
2018 Fall Festival
The Fall Festival Committee is gearing up for this year’s event and we have a need for more volunteers to help with planning. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, April 17th in the Parish Center at 6:00 pm. Please consider playing a larger part in this year’s festival by attending and sharing your time and talent with our parish and community.
Gospel Meditation - Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture
The first light of Easter dawn had begun to creep over the horizon. The steadfast women from Friday’s gory events are returning again to the body of their Lord. “Who will roll back the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” How quickly we return to mundane concerns and how thoroughly God wants to surprise us! Imagine the utter shock upon seeing the stone rolled away, the tomb empty, and a stranger clothed in light proclaiming the impossible. “You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.” He is risen indeed and the world will never be the same.
We know from other Gospel passages that Mary Magdalene made haste to the disciples to proclaim the Good News. We know that Peter and John rushed to the tomb to see for themselves. We know that the wonder and awe of the Resurrection permeated the lives of the apostles until their own dying day.
Can we comprehend the utterly world-changing nature of this surprise? The historical reanimation of a dead man is of no real value to us. But we know that Easter Sunday is so much more. By the Resurrection of Jesus, life has triumphed over death for us all. The gates of heaven are opened and the treasury of graces is poured out upon the here and now. This Resurrection Day, let us draw near, amazed yet unafraid, to the risen Christ. Let us recall the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “Jesus is not a character from the past. He lives, and he walks before us as one who is alive, he calls us to follow him, the living one, and in this way to discover for ourselves the path of life” (Easter Vigil, April 15, 2006).
Daily Prayer of the Month (April)
Heavenly Father (Abba),
We thank you for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, for our redemption because of His Resurrection journey which began with the Annunciation. We also thank You for the grace of Your Divine Mercy. We ask that Earth Day and Arbor Day be reminders of the wonder of Your Creation and increase our respect for it. We pray You encourage vocations to religious life for “the harvest is plentiful, the laborers few”. We ask these in Jesus’ name,
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
Discount Savings Cards and Gertrude Hawk Candy Bars
Please support the Blessed Trinity & St. Patrick Youth Groups by purchasing a Discount Savings Cards for $20. Many local restaurants and businesses are listed on the back of the cards. You can take advantage of the savings over and over again, until the cards expire in October, 2018.
AND the youth are also selling Gertrude Hawk Candy Bars for $1 each. We have a variety of candy bars available at St. James, St. Margaret Mary, St. John and the church office. Please help our youth continue to attend conferences and events.
Free Catholic Movies, Videos and eBooks!
Roman Catholic DOR - 150 Years of Faith, Hope and Charity
Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester 150 Years of Faith, Hope and Charity
Discover the history of the Diocese of Rochester in a richly illustrated book. A great gift for family, friends and loved ones.
hard cover, glossy paper, 324 pages Format: 9.45” x 12.40” – full color throughout Cost: $30 (cash or check payable to Blessed Trinity Parish)
Call the office to order your copy: 607-687-1068
Decorations at the Cemeteries
All Winter and Christmas decorations at St. James Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery must be removed no later than Sunday, April 8, 2018. Anything left after April 8th will be disposed of by the cemetery personnel. Thank you.
TCRM Spring Cleanup
Senior residents living in the town of Owego and village of Apalachin are welcome to call Sr. Mary or Rachel (687-3021), if you would like assistance with yard work, window washing or other light housework on Saturday, April 14, from 10-4. We are also seeking adult volunteers who would serve as supervisors and drive college and high school students from site to site. If you can help, please call as soon as possible.
Be Bold. Be Catholic.
The mission of Dynamic Catholic is to re-energize the Catholic Church in America by developing resources that inspire people to rediscover the genius of Catholicism. Dynamic Catholic wants to be the innovative leader in the New Evangelization helping Catholics and their parishes become the-best-version-ofthemselves. Stop by www.dynamiccatholic.com and take some time to look around. Free resources and email programs are available to all (sign up for Daily Reflections or Best Lent ever).
Please let Father Amato, Father Valenti or a council member know your thoughts. We would like to know how you would feel about implementing some of the benefits of Dynamic Catholic in our parish!
Thank You - or the Palm Sunday Bake Sale
St. James Altar and Rosary Society would like to thank everyone who baked and made candy for the Palm Sunday Bake Sale. A special thanks to Tina and Jerry Weed who donated hams and decorated the hall. Also, special thanks to Clark’s Busy Market and Soprano’s Italian Market for their continued support of the Altar and Rosary Society.
The winners of the ham raffle are Deb Mosier, Kathy Shaw, Laura Kwiatkowski, Diane Lopreste, Ron Dougherty, and Mildred Meissner.
Many Thanks from Living Stations
We would like to thank everyone who came out and supported us this season. Thanks to the many adult volunteers, parents, drivers and the cast members for their commitment. A special thanks to Father Valenti for his spiritual guidance. We also had a very nice turnout for our soup supper on Good Friday. Thanks to all the soup makers for such a wonderful variety of delicious soups, and for all the breads and desserts. A special thanks to the members of St Margaret Mary Altar Rosary for help with cleanup.
Thank You for the Easter plants
We would like to thank all those who purchased Easter plants. The youth groups made over $400 towards retreats and activities, and many plants were donated to decorate our church sites for Easter Sunday. Thanks for supporting our youth.
Please Pray for:
Rose Marie Cheresnowsky
Mary Harper Edsall
Mary Ann Larkin
Katherine Murphy Sassani
Katherine Gowan Whittemore
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