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.
Important Announcement from Fr. Valenti
As you may or may not know, Blessed Trinity Parish has had a financial deficit for the past several years; the current deficit is $125,000. From a financial viability standpoint, this is not sustainable indefinitely. Blessed Trinity has been able to survive due to a large donation given many years ago. This large donation falls under the stable patrimony policy of the Diocese of Rochester which is put in place to provide protection of funds for long term stability, not for the support of ongoing operations.
After discussion with Diocesan officials, a formal plan must be developed to reduce and eventually eliminate the deficit spending. A plan will be devised that will look at both income opportunities and expense reductions to reduce the deficit.
It has been mandated by the Diocese that Blessed Trinity reduce the deficit by at least $75,000 beginning in the next fiscal year, which commences on July 1, 2016. While this mandate is not directed to St. Patrick parish, the operating plan will likely impact St. Patrick parish in some ways due to shared services.
While I understand that this will require some changes in our parish, we will be using this opportunity to examine all ministries within our parish to ensure that the spiritual needs of the faith community are met. We ask for your continued prayers and support as we move through the process of reducing the deficit.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Pastoral Council Corner
The three new people who were elected on Pentecost Sunday to fill the vacating seats on Pastoral Council are:
- Josh Clark- St. John’s
- John Coccia – St. Margaret Mary
- Tina Kidney – St. Patrick
The Most Holy Trinity
“The Spirit of truth… will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” Jesus says in today’s Gospel that the Spirit declares something to US. We actually have a kind of share in the blessed life of the Trinity through this spiritual declaration. In particular, God gives us the gift of his truth. Traditionally, we say that God–the Blessed Trinity–is the source of all truth, beauty, and goodness. Today’s reading reminds us that truth exists, that it comes from God, and that we can know it, hear it, and live according to it. “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”
This is so important to remember in today’s cultural climate. These days, the very idea of truth is a touchy subject. Because there is so much focus on tolerance and not offending anyone, we tend to shy away from discussions about “absolute” truth. Instead, we hear a lot of talk about “what’s true for me” or “what’s true for you.” Too often we get confused about how to respect others’ differing beliefs while still maintaining our own. Instead of embracing the fact that there is real truth–like, for example, the truth that God became man and was born of Mary–it is more popular to refer to “beliefs” and “traditions” and “practices,” emphasizing that these things differ among people. Yes, those things differ. But truth does not change. Either Jesus is God, or he isn’t. Either his claims were true or they weren’t. It’s not a matter of personal opinion.
The Holy Spirit helps to convince us of what is really right. But we needn’t fear that this will lead us to be intolerant. It is this same Spirit within us that brings the fruits of love, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity.
Deacon and Priest Ordinations
On Saturday, May 28th, Fr. Van Lieshout will attend the Deacon Ordination at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.
On Saturday, June 4th, Fr. Valenti and Fr. Van Lieshout will attend the Priest Ordination at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. The 11:00 am confessions at St. John and the 2:00 pm confessions at St. Margaret Mary will be cancelled on this day. Confessions will be held at 4:00 pm at St. James and 4:00 pm at St. Patrick.
New Dates for Eucharistic Adoration for Youth
Memorial Day Masses
In accordance with the new Diocesan Sacramental Policies, Memorial Day Masses will no longer be held outdoors (i.e. in the cemeteries), as has been done in the past. This year Memorial Day Masses (May 30th) will be offered at 8:30am at St. James church and 9:00am at St. Patrick church. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ!
Vacation Bible School
July 11 – July 15 @ St. John Newark Valley (6:00 – 8:00 pm)
July 11 – July 15 @ St. James, Waverly
Aug 1 – Aug 5 @ St. Margaret Mary, Apalachin
*Registration forms will be available at the church entrances and on the parish website. Contact Annette Larrabee at the church office with questions. 607-687-1068
Join Us For Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s Hall
Please pray for the children who will be receiving First Communion this month. Pictures and prayer pockets are located in the back of the church for notes, prayers and well wishes.
First Communion Receptions
First Communion Receptions will take place in the church halls after Masses on Sunday, May 22.
Please plan to take a few moments to join us in this opportunity to congratulate our new communicants as well as enjoy some refreshments.
Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Catholic Charities
Pictures - Bible Study, Book of Luke
Daily Prayer of the Month
Especially during the month of May, let us remember to always honor Your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; her visit to Elizabeth; and appearance at Fatima. As the Easter Season draws to a close for us, may we also remember our Orthodox brethren who celebrate Easter this month. Also during the month of May, we recall the Ascension of Jesus who kept His promise of sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and to each of us in our Baptism and Confirmation. We also celebrate the feasts of the Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi. We ask that all of these commemorations lead us to a more prayerful life. Finally, let us remember those in the armed forces as we celebrate Armed Forces Day. We ask all of this in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
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
Join the Flock - Birds of Pray
Soap for Hope
Bins are in St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary this month waiting for your donation of laundry soap, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Your donations will help restock the pantry shelves at TCRM. These are necessary items that are often difficult to purchase. Thank you for your help for all God’s children.
Spring Cleaning? The Youth Groups of St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary are in need of furniture in usable condition. If you have any of the following items that you are looking to replace, please consider donating to the youth of our parish. couches ~ recliners ~ bean bag chairs ~ air mattresses
Please contact Annette Larrabee at the church office (607-687-1068) about arrangements for delivery.
St. Margaret Mary Altar & Rosary
St. Margaret Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m.in the hall. There will be no meetings during July and August, but will resume our regular schedule on Thursday, September 1 at 1 p.m. in the hall. New members would be most welcome to join us in prayer to our Blessed Mother.
Works of Charity & Mercy
The Social Justice Committee received thank you notes from A New Hope Center, Waverly Chow for Children and The First Baptist Church of Owego for our support of the KIND project.
The Mother’s Day Carnation Sale for Birthright was again successful, over $350 went to Birthright. Thank you for your participation in the sale.
Please Pray for:
Tori McCloe Freeman
Nathan Harrington Family
Mary Gillow Madison
Sister Theresa Thayer
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