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
  • (A)Wednesday:
    8:30 AM
    8:30 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM
  • St. John
  • Monday:
    9:00 AM
    9:00 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)
    (B) Friday:
    9:00 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM

(A) St. James – 3rd Wednesday – Mass at 8:30 am at St. James and 10:15 am at Elderwood Nursing Home.

     St. James – During Lent Mass will be at 5pm followed by Stations of the Cross and soup supper

(B) St. Patrick- 3rd Friday – Mass 10:00 am at Riverview / 1st Friday – Mass 10:30 am at St. Patrick

Reconciliation (Confession) Times:

  • St. James
  • Tuesday 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
  • Saturday 4:00 – 4:45 p.m
  • St. John
  • St. Margaret Mary
  • St. Patrick
  • Wednesday 5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m
  • Saturday 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.

Upcoming Community Events:

For information on all annual Community Events, please refer to the Community page.

What’s happening:

Thanksgiving Mass Schedule

Thursday, November 28

  • 9:00 a.m. St. Patrick Church
  • 9:00 a.m. St. James Church

Memorial Mass for Father Vincent Langan

A Memorial Mass for Father Langan will be celebrated at Epiphany Church, Sayre on November 16th at 1:30 PM. Members of Father’s family will be present for the Mass. Please join us in expressing our gratitude and appreciation for Father’s devotion to the numerous parish families in our area for many years. Following the Mass, light refreshments will be available in the Church Hall and a time to offer your condolences to Father’s family.

St. Patrick’s Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale

10” Deep Dish Homemade Pies made to order $15

Apple, Pumpkin, Chocolate, Banana Cream, or Coconut Cream

Donations greatly appreciated: **Sugar ** Flour ** Cool Whip ** 100% Pure Pumpkin ** Flaked Sweetened Coconut ** **Crisco Shortening ** Eggs

Donation of ingredients may be left in the Church Hall.

All Proceeds to Support: St. Patrick’s Altar Rosary Society

Deadline for Pie orders Friday, November 15, 2019.

Contact via Text, phone, or email: Kelley Peron 607-624-1664 ( or JoAnne Murphy 607-624-1506(

Knitting Circle

Patrick Parish Center. We have many knitters and many who work with needle crafts. If it’s portable and can fit on your lap, come along and join us Thursday evenings beginning November 7th from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Bring your current project and join us for conversation, encouragement and fun. For more information contact Judy Riesbeck at 687-1790. We would love to see you there.

Chili "Kick-off" Lunch

Sunday, November 10th at Noon St. Margaret Mary Hall

Come join us for lunch before the Sunday football games begin. Enjoy good company, good food, and later, hopefully a good game! There will be chili, mac and cheese, cornbread, desserts, and drinks. Since this is a parish fundraiser, we are looking for donations of chili, cornbread, and desserts. Donations towards ingredients welcome as well.

Cost is only $8, $4 age 5-12, under 5 free.

Veterans free in honor of Veterans Day. This is open to the public – so bring some friends.

Contact Bernie Kuratnick to sign up at 607-972-9276 or

Turkey Raffle and Bake Sale

St. James Altar & Rosary Society will hold their annual turkey raffle and bake sale after St. James Masses on November 23/24. This is a great opportunity to pick up treats for your Thanksgiving table.

Raffle tickets are $1 each. All donations of baked goods are warmly welcomed.

55 & Alive! Senior Citizen Breakfast at St. John Church

The Hospitality Committee would like to invite Senior Citizens to a breakfast on Monday, November,11th in St. John’s Church Hall. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Menu to include breakfast egg casserole, scones and fruit. Please come and enjoy some food and fellowship!

*** For those who are interested, we will have a couple tie blankets to work on which will be donated.

Box of Joy!

Cross Catholic Outreach is an organization that provides for the needs of the poorest of the poor in dioceses around the world. Once again, we are excited to be participating in CCO’s Box of Joy program, which enables children in these impoverished countries to experience the joy of Christmas in a special way. By packing Christmas gift boxes for girls & boys from ages 2 to 14 and sponsoring the cost of the shipment, we can deliver Boxes of Joy to children overseas who would otherwise receive nothing. We will be collecting donations for the boxes at each site from Oct. 12 – 27 & our children & youth will pack the boxes on Nov. 3. Please help us out with this project by donating items for the boxes and cash donations to help with shipping.

Box of Joy flyers with information & suggestions for gift donations are available at each church site. Please pick one up if you are interested in helping us out! For more details, contact Julie Durand at 607-687-5607, or

St. James Rummage Sale

St. James Hall

  • Friday, November 8 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, November 9 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a bag sale @ noon

Clean, sellable items can be dropped off in St. James Hall. Please use the Clark Street entrance. Drop Off times:

  • November 4, November 5, November 7 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • November 6 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m

Daily Prayer of the Month (November)

Heavenly Father,

We pray we will join your saints one day and remember those loved ones who have gone before us. We beseech You on behalf of those in Purgatory. We appeal to You for vocations to religious life. We ask You bless our Veterans and keep them close to You. On Thanksgiving and always we thank You for the love You have shown this country. On the day we commemorate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary may we honor her and remember You chose her among all others in Your plan for our salvation. We plead all this in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe,


Please pray this prayer along with our Prayer Partners today and throughout this month. If you have a suggestion for prayer intentions please let us know at

Giving Trees at St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick Churches

  • Thank you for helping Tioga County Rural Ministr(TCRMthis November in one or all of these ways: Choose a gift card from the tree; fill in and leave small white tag at church; return wrapped gift, with card attached, ASAP – no later than Tuesday Dec. 3
  • Donate warm mittens, gloves, hats or scarves for all ages-there is special need for more WARM teen/adult size gloves
  • Donate unwrapped gift items for seniors and shut-ins, such as nuts, sweets, hand cream, gum, tea towels, activity books, etc.
Bring all of your gifts to church as soon as possible, no later than Tuesday Dec. 3      Questions:
Thank you!

Thank you! 2019 St. John’s Polish Dinner


Thank you to all who supported St. John’s annual Polish Dinner. Thanks to all who volunteered cooking, setting-up. cleaning-up, selling tickets, baking and serving. This year’s dinner was a tremendous success! We sold 282 dinners, 23 dozen pierogi and 5 1/2 dozen halupki. Our total profit was $2365.82. Great job!

Thanksgiving Dinner

A few years ago, Common Ground in Owego, hosted a Thanksgiving dinner for people who had no friends or family to gather with. We invited them, picked up the ones who needed transportation, served the meal family style, then sat and ate and visited with them. We sang Christmas carols then took them home.

We would like to do that again this year, on Wednesday, November 27 at 2:00 pm at Common Ground in Owego.

Volunteers are needed. Can you spare a couple of hours to help with setup, or transportation, or hosting, or cleanup? It means a lot to people who would otherwise sit alone on Thanksgiving, maybe eating a delivered meal, but in no way feeling a part of a Thanksgiving ‘family.’

We also need help finding potential guests. If you would please help us find guests and volunteers it would be so greatly appreciated. Please call (607) 972-7054.

St. John’s Adopt A Family Program

St. John’s Adopt A Family Program has begun. 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. Gifts are due Sunday, December 7th.
  • Donate new mittens/gloves and hats for the mitten tree
  • Volunteer to be a delivery driver on December 22nd.
  • Monetary donations will be accepted to cover the cost of store gift cards, vegetables and dairy products.

St. John’s Christmas Eve Choir Practice

St. John’s choir practice for Christmas Eve Mass will be on Monday evenings from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm beginning on Nov. 11. All are welcome to join us.

Muffin Extravaganza!

St. John’s youth group invites you to our annual coffee hour and muffin sale after Mass on Sunday, Nov. 24. Proceeds benefit our adopted family. Thank you for your support.

Homemade Squash and Applesauce Sale

Sunday, Nov 24 after 10:45 Mass

St. Margaret Mary Hall

Just in time for Thanksgiving dinner, come get your fresh, homemade squash and applesauce.

Squash $7, Applesauce $5 per quart.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Paige Benson
Jerry Beurket
Ernie Blaasch
Florence Brooks
Chrissy Butchko
Paul Caffrey
Rosemary Cheresnowsky
Bishop Emeritus Matthew Clark
Tom Doty
Deacon Joe Federowicz
Jerry Flynn
George Howell
Jana Howell
Nathan Jones
Rosie Kessler
Isla Landon
Lydia Ling
Cheryl McDonald
Paul Martin
Cornelia Mead
Bob Modlo
Hall Moore
Lucille Pignatelli
Violet Ray
Joseph Rigoli
Ann Rogers
Jim Schmeh
Ruth Stoughton
Alicia Tinney
Nate Titus
Jim Walsh
Grace Ward
Julianna Ward
Chris Watters
Jack Williams

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
Emilly Botts
Shane Bradley
Matthew Cascarino
Kamren Curtis
Kerilyn Curtis
Jennifer Leary Dean
Casey Ford
Jonathan Gavazzi
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Andrew Malia
Joshua Malia
Patricia Mallins
Adam Meyrick
Alexander Pannone
Blaise Rogers
Nicholas Scherrer
Brian Schlicher
Paul Stauder
Justin Williams
Dalton Wojcuich
Andrew Yammine
Robert Zogg
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