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
  • 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.

What’s happening:

All Saints - Holy Day Mass Schedule

All Saints Mass

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Holy Day

All Saints Mass

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Holy Day

All Saints Mass

October 31 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Holy Day

All Saints Mass

November 1 @ 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Holy Day

All Saints Mass

November 1 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Holy Day

All Saints Mass

November 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Holy Day

First Penance Registration

Registration forms for First Penance (Reconciliation) can be found at the church entrances or on the parish website. If your child will be receiving First Eucharist in the spring, he/she must attend sacramental preparation classes and receive Penance this fall.

If your child has already received Eucharist and Confirmation, (restored order), but has not received Penance please fill out and submit the registration form. You will be notified of separate class times for older students. Contact Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry  with questions.

The registration deadline for all children/ youth is Friday, October 28th.

Schedule and information can be found at:


Sunday Night Joy

For all the details, please the specific webpage:

Ultreya Meeting

Ultreya Meeting Calling all Cursillistas! Save the date for our next Group Ultreya meeting on Sunday, October 30th at 1 pm in St. Patrick’s hall. More information to follow.

Rummage & More Sale - St. Margaret Mary

Rummage & More Sale – St. Margaret Mary

November 5 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

You’re sure to find treasures! Expect a mix of antiques, dishes & glassware, music & movies, books, tools, DIY projects, jewelry (a couple of musical instruments) and more! Surprises priced to sell! We’ll even give you ideas on how to use and display some special pieces. Your donations are needed! Drop off days & times […]

Rummage Sale - St. James

Rummage Sale – St. James

November 11 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

November 11 & 12 Drop off clean, saleable items in St. James Church Hall. Drop off times: Mon, Nov. 7 & Tues, Nov. 8 8 am—5 pm Wed, Nov. 9 8 am—8 pm Thurs, Nov. 10 8 am—5 pm Sale—Friday, November 11 9 am—5 pm Saturday, November 12 9 am—3 pm (bag sale at noon)

Rummage Sale – St. James

November 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

November 11 & 12 Drop off clean, saleable items in St. James Church Hall. Drop off times: Mon, Nov. 7 & Tues, Nov. 8 8 am—5 pm Wed, Nov. 9 8 am—8 pm Thurs, Nov. 10 8 am—5 pm Sale—Friday, November 11 9 am—5 pm Saturday, November 12 9 am—3 pm (bag sale at noon)

Splendors ’16

Contact your “Splendor Squad” Rep!

St. James— Judy Stewart

St. John—Ruthanne Orth

St. Margaret Mary—Evelyn Bale

St. Patrick—Cindy Blackwell, Cindy Farabaugh

These ladies are working to make the Splendors Auction not only a profitable event but a FUN evening out! Please ask them what YOU can do to help make this PARISH-WIDE fundraiser a SUCCESS!

Splendors ’16

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

General Info: Silent Auction & LIVE! Auction Dinner & other FUN things! $25 per person ONLY 160 tickets will be sold & ALL must be pre-purchased. (Tables of 10 can be purchased NOW! Call the office @ 607-687-1068) Be part of the Splendor Squad! Contacts: Evenly Bale, Cindy Blackwell, Ruthanne Orth, Judy Stewart or call […]

St. Val’s

St. Val’s Week 3 Winners

  • $30 Elizabeth Goodwin
  • $20 Mary Sullivan
  • $15 Dawn Bigney
  • $10 Jim Bigney

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

Daily Prayer of the Month

Heavenly Father (Abba),

We pray during the month of October as we celebrate Respect Life Sunday and Our Lady of the Rosary, that we remember how precious life is in all its stages and pray to Our Lady through the Rosary that all people respect life. We also pray for our youth as they celebrate World National Youth Day in the US later in the month. Finally we ask Your Blessing on our Priests who are commemorated on Priesthood Sunday and who labor for us on Your behalf. May we show them our admiration, gratitude and support as they work for us and for You. 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

Living Rosary at St. Patrick Church

Thursday, October 20 ~ 6:30 p.m.

St. Patrick Church

Coffee, Cider and Donuts will be served in the church hall after the Rosary. All are invited to join us.

Praying the Rosary at St. John’s

We will be praying a rosary after the 11:15 am Mass at St. John’s each Sunday in October. Please join us

Praying the Rosary at St. Patrick Church

During the month of October, we will be praying the rosary at St. Patrick Church on Saturdays at 4:40 pm and Sundays at 8:40 am. Please join us.

St. Margaret Mary’s prayer for Peace, with Our Blessed Mother

Every Sunday in October, beginning at 10:35 am at St. Margaret Mary Church, one decade of the rosary will be said; one glorious mystery each week. All are invited to join us.

Praying for peace in our hearts, homes, communities, parishes, state, nation and in our world


  • Has expressed an interest in becoming Catholic?
  •  Has a child over the age of seven who has not been baptized?
  • Was baptized Catholic as a child, but has not celebrated the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist?

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) class will begin in mid-October. We offer an opportunity to come together in a small group to learn more about our Catholic faith and prepare for the reception of the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist during the Easter season. Locations and dates of classes will be set in accordance with participant feedback. Please contact the main office at 607-687-1068 to set up an introductory meeting with Father Van Lieshout.

4th Annual Coat Drive

Sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club

The Apalachin Lions Club will be collecting CLEAN useable winter coats for those in need through November 20th. They can be left off at St. Margaret Mary’s on the table at the right as you exit mass, the Apalachin Library during regular hours and Johnson’s Pools and Spas.

Deacon Warren and Marion Rutan are moving to Florida!

At the end of this month, Deacon Warren and Marion Rutan will be moving to the sunshine state of Florida. All parishioners of Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Parishes are invited to attend a coffee hour reception to honor them at St. John’s Church. This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 23rd after the 11:15 am Mass.

Please join us as we wish them well and recognize their many years of service to our community.

Change for Life – Baby Bottles

Change for Life is the signature fundraising campaign for Life Choices Center, a crisis pregnancy center that provides support to women facing unplanned pregnancies & offers hope and healing to people suffering from post-abortion trauma. With offices in Owego & Binghamton, this organization helps people in our community before, during, and after unplanned pregnancies.

October is Respect Life month. Please join us in supporting the important work of Life Choices through the baby bottle campaign. Bottles are available at our church entrances. Take one home, fill it as best you can, & return it to the church by Sunday, Nov. 6. Checks should be made out to Life Choices.

Altar Servers

Altar servers are needed at St. Margaret Mary Church and St. Patrick Church. Children must be in 3rd grade or higher, and must have received Sacraments of Penance and First Eucharist. Please contact Annette Larrabee or Father Van Lieshout at the main office with questions.

Holy Hour

In the 1670’s a young French nun, known today as St. Margaret Mary, received a series of visions from Jesus teaching her about the tremendous love of His Sacred Heart and asking her to spread devotion to It in a variety of ways.

During one such vision while St. Margaret Mary was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament, Our Lord appeared, showing his pierced heart, and said: “Behold this Heart, Which has loved men so much, that It has spared nothing, even to exhausting and consuming Itself, in order to testify to them Its love; and in return I receive from the greater number nothing but ingratitude by reason of their irreverence and sacrileges, and by the coldness and contempt which they show Me in this Sacrament of Love [the Eucharist.”

Join us at St. Margaret Mary’s church on Sunday, October 16th at 3pm for a Eucharistic Holy Hour in adoration of the Sacred Heart and in honor of our church’s patron saint!

Gifts of the Spirit Prayer Group

The newly formed Gifts of the Spirit Prayer Group will have their fist meeting at St. Margaret Mary’s on Monday, October 17 at 7 pm. All are invited to join us

World Mission Sunday

Sunday, October 23, 2016, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Its theme this year is “Mercy Changes the World.” Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the young mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve some of the poorest of the poor. Please keep the Missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

YES Program

The Youth Engagement Services (YES) Mentoring Program, of Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga, is looking for caring adults to help youth, ages 9 to 17, overcome the obstacles of life and academia. Adults over the age of 18 that can plan weekly activities that will make a difference in the life of a child are invited to apply! Free training, background checks and monthly mileage reimbursement are included! The YES program also takes referrals for mentees.

For more information contact Julia, the Program Specialist or Sonnie, the Program Coordinator at 607-414-1023

St. Patrick and St. James Cemetery

All summer flowers, plastics, decorations and stands should be removed from the cemeteries no later than November 15, 2016.

Over the next several weeks, St. Patrick Cemetery personnel are going to be accessing the cemetery grounds and will remove bushes and shrubs that are overgrown, blocking headstones and/or impeding lawn maintenance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the cemetery manager, Christopher Smith, at 607-687-1068

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

Pictures - St. Patrick’s Fall Festival

Polish Dinner Thank You


Thank you to all who supported St. John’s annual Polish Dinner! The dinner this year was again a tremendous success with a profit of about $1300. Thanks to all who volunteered cooking, set-up, clean-up, ticket sales, baking and serving. A special thank you to our chefs, Rick Niznik and Regis and Diana Schaffer.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle was Dick Bence.

Coming soon! 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.


Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Richard Antioch
Dick Bierl
Marylou Conklin
Teresa Costello
Kathleen Watts-Decker
James Dubinsky
Moriah Harrington
Stuart Hill
Brody Hines
Christopher Holt
Larry Kasmarcik
Barbara Keener
John Keener
Walter Krawczyk
Chrissy Krebs
Isla Landon
Gabriella Laubisch
Derek Lee
Tim McGovern
Juan Munoz
Don Murch
Grace Murch
Gloria Muscatello
Bev Porcari
Isabel Quartararo
Violet Ray
Mary Jane Robie
Michael Sayah
Cathy Soprano
Candy Stanton
Denise Sult
Steve Supa
Anne Thomas
Steve D’Urso
Alicia Vasilow
Gloria Ward

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
Scott Berghorn
Don Bolduc
Matthew Cascarino
Jennifer Leary Dean
Megan DeKay
Casey Ford
Chad Halliday
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder
Jon Tennis