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
  • Every Saturday
    4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • St. John
  • Please contact a priest for an appointment
  • St. Margaret Mary
  • Please contact a priest for an appointment
  • St. Patrick
  • Every Saturday
    4:00 – 4:45 PM

What’s happening:

Annual Harvest Dinner

Annual Harvest Dinner

October 16 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Menu: Roast Pork, baby potatoes, Homemade squash & applesauce, vegetables, rolls & butter, beverage & dessert Adults – $9.00 – Children 5-12 – $5 – Under 5 Free Take out – 625-3191



November 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

An auction – Silent & Live It was a major fundraiser for St. Patrick School. Now, it is a PARISH-WIDE fundraiser! WHEN & WHERE? Friday, November 13, 2015 Doors open at 6:00pm ~ Treadway Inn Owego COST? $20 per person Includes Admission & Dinner Buffet Questions? Please call the office!! 687-1068

Polish Dinner

Polish Dinner

October 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Menu: Holupki, Pierogi, Kielbasa, Noodles & Cabbage, Sauerkraut, Bread, Tossed Salad, Dessert & Drink Donation: $7.50 – advance & $8.00 @ door Advance Sale tickets – Church Office: 687-1068 Pickup deadline for advance sale purchases is 1 PM Children’s Meal available: hot dog, chips, drink & dessert – $2.00

Living Rosary

Living Rosary

October 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

St. James Altar & Rosary Society is hosting next month’s Living Rosary on Tuesday, October 6 at 7 p.m. Fr. VanLieshout will lead us in this special devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Light refreshments will follow downstairs in the church hall. All are welcome.

St. Val’s

Week Twenty-One WINNERS!

$40 – Lisa Salamida St. John

$20 – Bob Delaney St. Margaret Mary

Daily Prayer of the Month

Heavenly Father, As we remember the toils of people this Labor Day, may we not forget the work of your Son with His teachings and His final sacrifice for our salvation. We also pray that those who return to school excel in their labor: students, teachers and caregivers alike. Finally, as we see the last days of Summer and start those of Fall, we thank-You for their beauty and pray that we become closer to You. In Jesus name we ask all this.


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

Travel to Europe via a Hope ‘n A Prayer

Change of Plans…..Our leader, needs surgery, our new travel dates are 11/8/15 to 11/20/15. For anyone who may have missed previous communications, I have the rare opportunity to join a group from Rochester, NY on a pilgrimage to Eight of Nine Vatican approved Marian apparition sites in Europe. I offer to carry your heartfelt requests, hopes, & prayers with me to each of the apparition sites. At each site your intentions will be blessed and offered up to Jesus through the intercession of the Blessed Mother. I have already received many letters. You & your requests are in my daily prayers. Mary, Mother of Jesus, appeared “supernaturally” to the seemingly unlikely — children, the humble, uneducated, the poor. She appeared with a definite purpose to be revealed over the course of time. Countless miracles, physical & spiritual healings took place then, and continue to be recorded for those who visit the apparition sites to this day. Join me in “Spirit” on this Marian Pilgrimage, send your Requests, Hopes, & Prayers in a letter or card to:

Hope ‘n A Prayer

Marian Pilgrimage 2015

PO Box 287

Apalachin, NY 13732

Mail requests to arrive by 11/06/15.

Peace, Kelley Peron

Marian Apparition Sites to be visited in September 2015:

  •  Rue de Bac, Paris France—1830 (Our Lady of Miraculous Medal)
  •  LaSalette, France—1846 (Our Lady of LaSalette)
  •  Lourdes, France—1858 (The Immaculate Conception)
  •  Pontmain, France—1871 (Our Lady of Hope)
  •  Knock, Ireland—1879 (Our Lady of Knock)
  •  Fatima, Portugual—1917 (Our Lady of Fatima)
  •  Beauring, Belgium—1932—1933 (Virgin of the Golden Heart)
  •  Banneux, Belgium—1933 (Virgin of the Poor)

Diocesan Respect Life Sunday White Mass

Bishop Matano will be celebrating this Mass on Sunday, October 4, 2015, 2:30 PM at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester. All the faithful are invited to this special celebration of respect for all human life as the annual White Mass for medical professionals is combined with a Diocesan Liturgy in honor of Respect Life Sunday, followed by a reception. For more information, please contact the Finger Lakes Guild of the Catholic Medical Association on the web at or email, or Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator by email or phone 585-328-3210 x1304.

Can and Bottle Drive

Fundraiser for NCYC Trip

We will be collecting CANS & BOTTLES @ St. Patrick, St. Margaret Mary & St. John. (St. James already has a collection project!)


  • St. Patrick- put in foyer/side entrance
  • St. John – put in foyer
  • St. Margaret Mary – put by hall entrance


Neighborhood Redemption Center 763 State Route 17c in Owego

Phone: 240-5016

We have an account called “NCYC”


  • St. Patrick—Daniel Raftis 738-4279
  • St. John—Jessica Fitzgerald 642-9509
  • St. Margaret Mary—Joe Kuratnick 972-9276

St. James Annual Rummage Sale

St. James Annual Rummage Sale

November 6 - November 7

Call Office for specific times.

Public Square Rosary Rally

Public Square Rosary Rally

October 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Come join us in praying the Holy Rosary for Our Lady of Fatima for peace in the world and for an end to abortion. All are welcome. Please bring a chair. We will pray the rosary rain or shine.

Prayer Chain Ministry

We are a group of people who pray for people in need of prayers. We have traditionally been a “telephone” prayer chain, but we are now offering an additional means of receiving prayer requests using an “e-mail” prayer chain.

If you would like to be on the e-mail distribution list to receive prayer requests, please send your information to Ruthanne Orth at This method would be good for people who are not around their phones often, but look at their e-mails daily and who would like to pray for others. Once an e-mail is received, there would be no need to “follow the chain”…. prayer requests would be sent via a distribution list.

Our current telephone prayer chain will continue (but will be modified due to the people who want to change over to the e-mail chain). The e-mail prayer chain will be an additional way to reach out to people willing to pray for others. Please let Ruthanne (687-2496) know if you would like to be added to either the telephone prayer chain or the e-mail prayer chain.

Everyone…please remember these chains are here for your benefit! To ask for prayers, call Ellen Keough at the church office (687-1086) or Mary Jane Robie (687-4297). When you contact Ellen or Mary Jane, you are initiating both the telephone and the e-mail prayer chains. If you are from St. James Church, call Judy Stewart at 687-1540 to request prayers.

The Valley Bible Study Group

The Valley Bible Study Group will start again Oct 19. The group meets every Monday evening from 7 to 8 pm. We are reading the Book of Genesis. This year we begin with Chapter 9.

“Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” St. Jerome

All are invited to join us. Do not ignore Christ, He gave His life to save ours. “But the deepest truth about Scripture is this –it is a privileged place where we encounter God and where He speaks a living, personal, life-changing word to us.” Dr. Marcellino D’Ambrosio

Call Joe Muscato for more information. (607) 565-9173

Join Cub Scouts, Because Too Much Fun is Never Enough!

We are getting ready for another great year of Scouting. If you enjoy sports, crafts, field trips and much more join us. To join Cub Scouts you must have completed Kindergarten (or age 7) to Grade 5 (or age 10). To find out more information about Cub Scouting please call the contact person below.

Owego Middle School 10/15/2015

Ralph Trenchard (607) 972-9825

Your Son, Scouting and You

As a parent, you want your son to grow up to be a person of worth, a self-reliant, dependable, and caring individual. Scouting has these same goals in mind for him. Since 1910, we’ve been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, and enhancing physical fitness in youth. These values help your son make good decisions throughout his lifetime and give him confidence as he becomes an adult leader of tomorrow

Catholic Ministries Appeal 2015/2016

Hopefully everyone has received the Catholic Ministries Appeal mailing by this time and has had a chance to review the materials. Extra copies of the brochure are available in the church. The theme for this year’s campaign is “We Are All One Body”. The CMA affords each of us an opportunity to support the larger Church so that it can meet real needs throughout the Diocese. Your support enables the Church to be responsive and caring. Please be generous in your response. Every gift is needed and important! If it is easier, you can make your gift at – you can also pay your pledge off in six installments. Pledge forms, which can be put in the collection or mailed directly to the Diocese, are available in the back of the church. Please pray for the success of our efforts. Thank you.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Tom Ambury
Maeve Anderson
Marith Anderson
Marie Basile
Barbara Bayer
Wanda Berkley
Marie Calandra
Louie DeSantis
James Dubinsky
Grace Ellis
Frances England
Tori McCloe Freeman
John Gilligan
Sandy Gumbie
Mary Holman
Jim Judski
Mary Judski
Janet LaClair
Isla Landon
Don LeMoine
Edna Lewis
Jim Liberatore
Tim McGovern
Alba Moreno
Don Murch
Dick Niznik
Greg Pedroza
Pete Premock
Violet Ray
Ray Rushing
Deacon Warren Rutan
Sean Spicer
Jerry Stahl
Judy Stankus
Joanne Stoughton
Bob Stuhlmiller
Anne Thomas
Randy Varney
Jacob Walters
Sue White
Dave 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:

Don Bolduc
Matthew Cascarino
Jennifer Leary Dean
Megan DeKay
Chad Halliday
Matthew Harford
Cameron Harrington
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Adam Lasater
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder