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
10:00 AM (D)
- 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
(D) Tridentine Latin Mass – Starting on the First Saturday of September 2017, and every First Saturday thereafter, we will be offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum.
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.
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Are you envious because I am generous?” The landowner in today’s Gospel parable surprised everyone. Contrary to standard practice, he paid all of his laborers the same wage, regardless of how many hours they had worked! Of course this was a very pleasant surprise for those who had begun their job late in the day. And, understandably, it was something of a disappointment for those who had toiled since the morning. From their perspective, they should have gotten more than the others. But in fact the landowner was not cheating anyone; he was simply being especially generous with the latecomers.
This story would have had a special meaning for the Jewish audience listening to Jesus. They, the Chosen People, were the laborers who had started at 9:00 am. They belonged to the group with a long history of worshipping the true God. Non-Jewish Gentiles, on the other hand, had appeared late in the game. Jesus was making the point that just because he would offer the same salvation and mercy to everyone, there should be no reason for the Jews to complain. They had received their promised Messiah; so what if, in God’s mercy, he allowed others who had not waited so long to be saved as well? Divine generosity is not meant to be a cause for jealousy.
Now, we may feel removed from the concerns of those Jews. But the basic lesson remains relevant: that we ought to appreciate God’s generosity, even when it reaches to those whom we may not expect God to forgive. Those who have long been faithful, for example, might think they deserve more benefits than sinners who repent late in life. But instead, we should all rejoice to see God’s mercy extended to EVERYONE, no matter when they joined the fold.
Second Collection to Assist Victims of Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma caused devastating damage in the southeastern U.S. and many areas of the Carribean. Our parish will conduct a Second Collection at weekend Masses on September 30 / October 1 to assist victims of the hurricane. All funds collected will be used in affected areas to support humanitarian aid and assistance with long-term efforts to restore impacted communities, including the pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church in those areas. If you use a check for the Collection, indicate “Irma Aid ” in memo/notes field. Thank you for your generosity
Religious Education Classes start 9/24
Registration forms for Sunday morning Faith Formation, as well as Youth Group, are available at all church entrances and on the Parish website. Please contact Annette Larrabee at the church office with questions. Deadline for registration is August 15th. Please be prompt, as books and materials need to be ordered before the school year begins.
Breakfast at St. Patrick’s
Tridentine Latin Mass
Senior Luncheon at St. John’s
The Hospitality Committee would like to invite our Seniors to a luncheon on Tuesday, October 3rd at 12 noon in St. John’s Church Hall. Menu will consist of pancakes, sausage, bacon and fruit. Playing cards and board games will be available. We are also looking for some parishioners who can contribute information about the history of St. John’s Church. Please come and enjoy some food and fellowship!
Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference “Create in me a Clean Heart”
In this year of the Eucharist in the diocese and the 150th anniversary year of the Diocese of Rochester, let us join with Bishop Matano in celebrating this great and holy year. In honor of the occasion, St Patrick and Blessed Trinity parishes will sponsor all attendee by contributing $20 for each person attending the conference toward the cost of attendance. In addition, we will coordinated car-pooling. If you plan to attend and/or want to car pool, please contact Deacon Rick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 607-239-0318
- October 14, 2017
- Diocese of Rochester Men’s Conference
- St Jude the Apostle Parish, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester
- Celebrate Mass with Bishop Salvatore Matano
- Fr Larry Richards – EWTN Radio
- Chris Padgett – Evangelist
- Fr Carter Griffin – Catholic Convert
- $40 Before August 1st.
- Includes breakfast, lunch and a snack!
For more information: www.exultrochester.org or
2017 Annual Fall Harvest Festival @ St. Margaret Mary
Retreat Weekend for Men
Daily Prayer of the Month (September)
We fervently ask you to watch over and guide our children as they return to school. Please let their Guardian Angels protect them especially as we honor this month your greatest Angels: Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary on her Nativity and as Our Mother of Sorrows. We also celebrate with our Jewish brethren as they commemorate Rosh Hashanah and observe their holiest day, Yom Kippur. We pray for all people to search their hearts as we mark Catechetical Sunday. As we note the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, we thank You for the summer months and look forward to Your fall colorful majesty. We Exalt His Holy Cross and ask all this in Jesus’ name.
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
Catholic Charities Seeks Mentors for Youth in Tioga County
Catholic Charities in Tioga County has received a grant from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to continue their youth mentoring program in Tioga County. We are seeking dedicated, caring adults who want to help local youth pursue their goals, overcome current obstacles and gain the future they dream about.
If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please call Laurie Ellis in the Catholic Charities Tioga County Office in Nichols for Laurie Ellis at 607-414-1023, or 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.
Blessed Trinity/St Patrick Fall Bible Study at St. James
This fall join us for “EPIC: A journey Through Church History”, by Ascension Press.
EPIC starts with the early Church under St. Peter and continues to present day. This is a great opportunity for those wanting to understand Church history and doctrines or to follow up on the Bible Timeline study of last year.
Why Study Our Church History? Understanding the Church’s formation, guided be the Holy Spirit, we hope to come to understand what it means to be One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic, Church. Learn why Catholics do what we do and believe what we believe.
Blessed Trinity/St Patrick Fall Bible Study at St. John
Join us this fall for the Bible Timeline Study by Ascension Press. Registration is now open. This Bible overview study helps you understand God’s salvation plan for his people. Creative study aids include a color-coded timeline chart so you can easily “see the big picture” for the Story of Salvation. All are welcome, especially if this is your first Bible study!
- Sign-ups at St. John will begin the weekend of 9/17/17.
- Bible Study sessions will begin the week of 10/1/17, on Mondays at 10:00 AM and on Thursday at 6:00 PM at St. John.
Collection Counters Needed!
Must be available Monday mornings approximately 9 am at the Owego office
- Once a month (possibly more)
- Office staff will provide training
- If you are interested, please call the Office: 607-687-1068
Calling all Hockey Lovers!
We have a feel-good deal for you. Purchase a $16 ticket for the Binghamton Devils vs. Lehigh Valley Phantoms Miracle on Ice game on Saturday, October 21 (7:05 pm) at the Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton and two dollars of your purchase price will benefit TCRM. Children, 12 and under, are free provided they have a ticket. Call TCRM at 607-687-3021 to receive a free children’s ticket. Call 607-722-7367 to order other tickets and please indicate that you want your donation to benefit TCRM.
40 Days of Prayer and Fasting
You are invited to join other Christians around the world for 40 Days of prayer and fasting to end abortion. Come join others in this peaceful prayer effort at 149 Vestal Parkway West (across from Tractor Supply Co.). The 40 Days will begin with a Candlelight Vigil on Tuesday, September 26 at 6:30 pm led by the Friars of the Immaculate. Snacks, music and fellowship will follow in the Vestal Pregnancy Resource Center. Please contact Mike Teoli at 607-895-6911
Diocesan Respect Life Mass
Celebrate Respect Life Sunday with Bishop Matano on Sunday October 1 at 4:30 PM.
Bishop Matano will celebrate Mass at Our Lady of Victory/St. Joseph Church on 210 Pleasant St. in downtown Rochester. This year’s USCCB Respect Life Program theme is Be not afraid: “Behold I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20). Our Lord’s assurance gives us courage to be a witness for LIFE, from the moment of conception to natural death.
Thank You from the Fall Festival Committee
The Fall Festival Committee would like to thank all parishioners for their support of this year’s event. We extend a special “Thank You!” to all volunteers. Your willingness to share the gift of your time was truly priceless. We were blessed to receive help from parishioners at all sites who helped draw our faith family a little closer together. We would also like to thank the following local businesses who provided much needed support through sponsorship or donation. Please be sure to thank them as well by patronizing their business and mentioning that you saw their sign at the festival. Sponsors: Owego/Endicott Agway, Mario’s Pizza, Estey, Munroe, and Fahey, Edward Jones, Ye Olde Country Florist, Scott, Smith & Son, Lawler’s Grocery and Liquor Store, The Parkview Restaurant,Tioga State Bank Owego Pharmacy, Lalor Creekside Dental, Entrust Wealth Management, Scoville-Meno Donors: Price Chopper, WEBO, Pennysaver Press,Tops New Beginnnings Hair Salon, Sincerely Yours
Polish Dinner at St. John
Discount Savings Cards
Please support the Blessed Trinity & St. Patrick Youth Groups by purchasing one of these discount savings cards for $20. Many local restaurants and businesses are listed on the back of the cards, including Arby’s, Subway, Original’s, Rail House, Pizza Hut, Fortunato’s, Our Country Hearts, Texas Road House, Las Chicas, Mario’s, Route 38 Bar and Grill, Sub Factory, Thai Basil, and California Grill. You can take advantage of the savings over and over again, until the cards expire in October, 2018.
PLUS: the “Three Winners” key tag attached to the card gives you a free online membership that allows you to print free coupons from hundreds of retailers of fast food, dining, auto repairs and service, travel, health and beauty, grocery stores, and department stores.
Cards will be available after all Masses at all 4 sites. Please help our youth continue to attend conferences and events.
Life Choices Center
Life Choices Center is on the frontlines championing unborn babies and helping their families discover abundant life through Christ. Come join the conversation at a coffee hour with Life Choices Center staff October 7th and 8th after each mass
Please Pray for:
Lori Brown Argenio
Rose Marie Cheresnowsky
Mary Harper Edsall
Mary Anne Larkin
Ann Marie 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:
Jennifer Leary Dean