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)
(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
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.
Open for Forgiveness Day of Penance and Mercy—March 28
Holy Week Mass Schedule
Women’s Day of Reflection
Living Stations of the Cross 2017 Schedule
Stations of the Cross
St. James Church
- 5:00 p.m.
- 3/10, 3/17, 3/31, 4/7
St. Patrick Church
- 5:15 p.m.
- 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7
Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s
Palm Sunday Easter Egg Hunt and Coffee Hour
Sunday, April 9
St. John’s Hall
All are invited!
Hosted by St. John’s Jr. & Sr. High Youth Groups
Youth Group Pilgrimage
All junior and senior high youth are invited to attend a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs in Auriesville, NY on Saturday, March 25. We will tour this beautiful and holy site and walk the very grounds where Saints Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, and John Lalande were martyred and St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born. Don’t miss out on this awesome and prayerful opportunity to celebrate our New York State Catholic heritage! Contact your youth minister or Annette Larrabee at the church Office: 607-687-1068 for details and to register for the trip. Please register by Monday, March 20.
Fall Festival Logo Contest
The Fall Festival Committee is looking for a Logo for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Fall Festival and would like to invite the Parish to participate in a Logo Contest. Details about the rules and other information can be found at the entrance of each church. Full details and updates can be found on the parish webpage:
- All designs must be submitted by April 23, 2017
- The winner will be announced: May 7, 2017
- Please contact the Parish office at: 607-687-1068
- Send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall Festival Planning 2017
A schedule of upcoming Fall Festival Planning meetings can be found at:
Fall Festival Planning Schedule
Sunday Night Joy
For all the details, please the specific webpage:
Steubenville Fundraiser - Easter flowers
The Youth Groups will be taking orders for Easter flowers this weekend to raise money for their trip to Steubenville this summer. You can purchase flowers for yourself, give them as gifts or donate a plant to the church! Flowers will be available for pick up on Palm Sunday. Orders will be taken until March 30. See a youth minister or call Bernie Kuratnick at 607-972-9276
Thank you for your support.
First Friday Adoration
Friday, April 7 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
Decorations at the Cemeteries
All winter/Christmas decorations at St. James Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery must be removed no later than Saturday, April 29, 2017. Anything left after April 29th will be disposed of by the cemetery personnel. Thank you.
Palm Sunday Ham Raffle and Bake Sale
St. James Altar & Rosary will hold their annual Palm Sunday Ham Raffle and Bake Sale in St. James Hall after Masses on April 8 and April 9.
Tickets for the raffle are $1.00.
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
We’ve rented the bus and still have 20 seats available! The conference dates are July 21 – 23, 2017. Come join the fun!
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 (March)
Heavenly Father, As we begin Lent and celebrate the World Day of Prayer, may we dedicate our souls to you in our daily life. Please encourage us to pray for one another and not be afraid to approach You as we remember the types of prayer: Blessing and Adoration, Petition, Intercession, Thanksgiving and Praise. We ask You to help us cope with the everyday trials and illnesses in our lives whether they be spiritual, physical or mental. May we be ever prayerful and cognizant of You around us in all things. May we see Christ in everyone. We pray for the girls in scouting that they become spiritual role models as was our Blessed Mother, Mary. This Lent, may we take the time to pray and fast and remember Your compassion blessing us with Your Son, Jesus. In His 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
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.
Catholic Charities Seeks Mentors for Youth in Tioga County
Could you offer two hours a week to help a young person succeed? Catholic Charities in Tioga County is seeking dedicated, caring adults who want to help local youth pursue their goals and gain the future they dream about. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please contact Laurie Ellis in the Catholic Charities Tioga County Office (Nichols) 607-414-1023 or email LEllis@dor.org. Training will be provided for mentors. Please consider offering two hours a week to this meaningful and rewarding volunteer work with youth in our county.
Elizabeth Ministry for Miscarriage and Infant Loss is forming to serve the Diocese of Rochester!
A Catholic Support Network for Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss.
As local Catholic women throughout the Diocese of Rochester who have experienced the loss of a child, our goal is to offer support through our shared experiences and Catholic faith to women and families suffering through the loss of a child. We offer emotional, spiritual, and practical support to women and families; distribute prayer shawls, comfort kits, provide resources, and can help make logistical arrangements.
Elizabeth Ministry also organizes two annual Masses of Remembrance for the loss of children each year. If you (or a loved one) are seeking support or are interested in getting on our group’s mailing list, please contact us!
Molly Hickey ElizabethMinistryROC@gmail.com
Janene Loughran at 607-329-1974
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.
Think Spring - Tioga County Rural Ministry
It’s Think Spring! time again, so, of course Spring Cleanup can’t be too far away. Tioga County Rural Ministry hopes to hear from seniors (65+) living in the town of Owego and the village of Apalachin who would welcome help with yardwork or indoor house cleaning, washing windows, vacuuming, and the like. The date is set for Saturday, April 8, from 10–4 pm. High school and college students are eager to put their energy to good use so please call Sr. Mary at 607-687-3021 to register. Call early to assure a spot on our list.
Pastoral Council Corner
A priority for the Parish is an increased reverence for the Eucharist and FaceTime before the Blessed Sacrament. We discussed allowance for quiet time before or after Mass for those who want to meditate/pray/worship in Church or before the Blessed Sacrament. Also, it was acknowledged people may want to socialize with friends they see once a week. Both of these were valid concerns. It was also recognized that each place of worship presented its own set of issues to address these concerns. Prayers were asked to resolve this dichotomy.
Parishioners are encouraged to attend the next Parish Council meeting at St. Patrick’s on Thursday, April 6 at 7pm.
Please Pray for:
Alice Mary Hogan
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