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.
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day Masses
St. John’s Holy Day Mass & Meal
Christmas Mass Schedule
Breakfast with Santa
St. Margaret Mary is happy to announce that Santa will be joining us for breakfast in St. Margaret Mary Hall on Sunday, December 11th after the 10:45 am Mass. Everyone is invited to come and visit with Santa and enjoy some refreshments. Bring your camera!
Join Us For Breakfast @ St. Patrick
Men’s Advent Day of Recollection @ St. Patrick
Youth Advent Day of Recollection @ St. Patrick
Sunday Night Joy
For all the details, please the specific webpage:
First Friday Adoration
Friday, December 2 Immediately following the First Friday Mass at St. Patrick Church, the Blessed Sacrament will remain exposed in the Monstrance for public adoration from 9:30 am—12 noon.
St. Val’s Week 10 Winners
- $30 Mark Fisher
- $20 Margaret Lawton
- $15 Tom Masters
- $10 Rosemary Holobosky
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
Star of Bethlehem Movie
Star of Bethlehem Movie will be shown at the Kopernik Observatory & Science Center, 698 Underwood Road, Vestal, on Friday, December 9 and December 16. This fascinating documentary unlocks the mystery of the Star of Bethlehem by relating scientific knowledge about astronomy and historical clues from the bible.
Doors open at 6:30 PM and the movie begins at 7 PM. Admission $5 adults, $3 seniors/students, $16 family max, includes telescope viewing after movie (if clear). Kopernik members are free. Go to www.kopernik.org or call 607-748-3685 for more information.
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
Steubenville Youth Conference
The youth of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick Parishes are encouraged to attend the youth conference in Steubenville, Ohio this summer. All youth in current grades 8 through 12 are invited to attend. To register contact Annette Larrabee
Giving Trees at St. Margaret Mary & St. Patrick Churches
Trees with Giving Cards, assisting Tioga County Rural Ministry (TCRM), will be available beginning Saturday Nov 12th. Items needed are listed on the cards. Choose a card from the tree; fill-in and leave small white tag at church; return wrapped gift with card attached no later than Dec 4th.
We are also collecting unwrapped gift items for Seniors and shut-ins, such as jelly, candy, gum, nuts, tea towels, hand cream, shampoo, activity booklets, etc. Donations of mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves for all ages are also greatly appreciated by TCRM .
All gifts need to be returned to the Churches, the McAuley Center or TCRM by Dec 4th.
Thank-you for helping TCRM serve our community.
Adopt A Family at St. John’s
St. John’s Adopt A Family program will begin on November 13th. You can participate in any of the following ways:
- Choose a family to “adopt” on your own or with a fellow parishioner
- Choose a gift tag from the giving tree for a specific child
- Donate new mittens/gloves and hats for the mitten tree
- Volunteer to be a delivery driver on December 18th
- Monetary donations will be accepted to cover the cost of store gift cards, vegetables and dairy products
The Youth Groups at all sites will be selling poinsettias to help fund the Steubenville retreat. They will be taking orders the weekends of Nov 19/20, Nov 26/27, and Dec 3/4 for delivery Dec 17/18. These beautiful 6 inch pots will be available in red, pink or white for only $12. Great for Christmas gifts or donate to the church! Thank you for your support.
During Advent and Lent at our Saturday evening Masses at St. Patrick’s and St. James we are planning on incorporating a few simple traditional Gregorian chant melodies, such as the “Ave Maria,” the “Holy, Holy, Holy” and the “Lamb of God.” The chant melodies are easy to sing and the words to these responses are so familiar in English that the Latin shouldn’t pose a problem, even for someone who has never studied Latin. Contrary to popular belief, the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s actually gave pride of place to Gregorian chant among all types of liturgical music! Thus our singing of these basic chants gives us an opportunity (however small) to recapture this long tradition of sacred music.
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to offer their time and talent to help beautify St. Patrick Church for the upcoming holiday season and feast days. Both men and women, as well as youth, are encouraged to adorn the church. If you believe you can spare an hour or two of your time or if you think you have a creative flare, please consider volunteering for this great effort. Contact Debra Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org
An invitation from Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick Social Justice Ministry
“The Gospel tells us constantly to risk a face to face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their joy which infects us in our close continuous interaction. True faith in the incarnate Son of God is inseparable from self-giving, from membership in the community, from service, from reconciliation with others. The love of God, by becoming flesh, summons us to the revolution of tenderness.” + Pope Francis (Evangelii Gaudium—Joy of the Gospel)
Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick Parish Social Justice Committee invites you to serve as a member of this parish ministry leadership committee in 2017. We are seeking parishioners from St. James, St. John, St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick. Our mission is to help the parish community with ideas on how to live mercy; join our Bishops in advocating for justice, peace and protection of human life; raise awareness about Catholic Social Teaching.
Call the church office (607-687-1068) if you are willing to serve.
Report from Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parish Social Justice Ministry
Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Lent 2016
Thanks to our generous parish community for the $4,108.90 in alms given to Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl during Lent 2016! As you know, 75% is sent to Catholic Relief Services to help build hope around the world through agriculture, maternal/child health, water and sanitation, education, micro-enterprise projects and more. 25% ($1,027.21) returns to our parish to help local hunger relief efforts. Berkshire Food Pantry, Newark Valley Project Neighbor, Catholic Charities Tioga Outreach, and Tioga County Rural Ministry each received a share of these funds for their food pantries. What we gave up during Lent is changing lives for the better! As we journey through Lent 2017 with Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl, we will focus our prayers and sacrifices on the people of India, Zambia, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Mexico and Tioga County.
Christmas Craft Day
Daily Prayer of the Month (December)
Heavenly Father (Abba),
In December, as we celebrate the beginning of the Church year, we also honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Your choice for the birth of Your Son, Jesus. May we realize how profound was her selection and then wonder as she pondered the miracle taking place within her. We also proclaim her appearance at Guadalupe and the Feast of the Holy Family. As we continue Advent, may we prepare solemnly for the birth of Your Son. We thank You for Your wonderful Gift to us for our salvation. As we begin winter and the longest nights of the year, we ask You send the Holy Spirit to enlighten the darkness within us. 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
Splendor’s Auction Pictures
Pictures - Rutan going away party at St John
Thank You from St. James’ Altar & Rosary Society
St. James’ Altar & Rosary Society wishes to thank everyone one who helped (bakers & buyers!) make their annual turkey raffle and bake sale a huge success – over $1100 was collected. Thank you also to Tina Weed for procuring turkeys and gift certificates from Ted Clark’s Busy Market, Soprano’s Italian Market and Tops Friendly Markets. Congratulations to lucky winners Pauline Cleveland, Gary & Marilyn Keene, Mildred Meissner, Tom Palumbo, Joe Soos and Keith Van Allen.
St. Patrick Church Mary Grotto Repair Update
Mark your calendar! Bunko will be held on January 28th at 6 pm in St. Patrick Hall. Please join us to help get closer to our goal. Thank you St. Patrick Church Altar and Rosary Society
Christmas Choir Rehearsal @ St. John
St. John’s Christmas choir rehearsals will be on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. All are welcome to join us.
Calling all Cursillistas!
Save the date for our next Group Ultreya meeting. Sunday, December 11, 1 to 3pm in the McAuley Center. If you can help with: set-up, snacks, music, or sharing, please contact Jerry or Dodie Ward at Dodie Ward 607-786-0339.
Please Pray for:
Mary Jane Robie
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