Prayer Request:

Please pray for those making the March for Life trip this Thursday through Friday that they travel safely and make a terrific impact. We have almost 40 parishioners going to Washington. May God Bless them and their travels.

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
    (A) Wednesday:
    8:30 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM
  • St. John
  • Monday:
    9:00 AM
    (B) Friday:
    8:30 AM
    10:00 AM (D)
    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)
    (C) Friday:
    9:00 AM
    5:00 PM
    9:00 AM

(A) St. James – 3rd Wednesday – Mass at 8:30 am at St. James and 10:15 am at Elderwood Nursing Home.

(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 – 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.

What’s happening:

First Communion and First Penance 2019

It’s time to register your children, grades 2 and up, for First Communion and First Penance. Registration forms can be found at all church entrances and on the parish website. Instruction will begin in March, with the ceremonies taking place in May. Please contact Annette Larrabee at the Church office for more information.

Change for Life – Baby Bottles

Change for Life is the signature fundraising campaign for Life Choices Center, a local crisis pregnancy center that provides support to women facing unplanned pregnancies and offers hope and healing to people suffering from post-abortion trauma. This organization helps women and men in our community before, during, and after unplanned pregnancies. Simply pick up a baby bottle, fill it with cash, check, or coins and return it by Sunday, March 3rd. Let’s join them in making this campaign a huge success! To learn more about Life Choices Center, visit: Checks should be made out to Life Choices. Bottles are available at our church entrances.

2019 Sweetheart’s Ball (Mother/Son - Father/Daughter Dances)

All information can be found on the Parish Website:

Blessed Trinity/St Patrick Parishes Invite You to Attend the 2019 March for Life

Overnight Charter Bus Trip to Washington, D.C.

Thursday, January 17, 2019 – Leave at approximately 11:00pm from Elmira, NY and the ride bus overnight to Washington, D.C.

Friday, January 18, 2019 – Arrive at St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill at 5:15am, attend Mass, visit Capitol. Attend Rally and March for Life on the National Mall. Depart from Washington, D.C. at 3:45pm.

Return to Elmira/Horseheads at approximately 11:30pm on Friday.

Who: YOU! Adults, college students, families, youth groups…anyone is welcome. There is a lot of walking and the weather may be very cold.

Cost: $50 if paid registration by December 15, 2018 (bring your own snacks for bus, and money for food in D.C. and restaurant stop on the bus ride home). $65 after 12/15.

For details contact Mike Gillio or 301-997-3200

Everyday Stewardship—Recognize God in your Ordinary Moments

What have been the most significant moments in your life? You probably celebrate your birthday every year, so the day you were born must be pretty important. How about elementary, high school, or college graduations? Hopefully you do something special on or around your wedding anniversary if you are married. Do you have children? The birth of each child is probably near the top on the list of moments you will never forget. Then there are the sad moments of life: deaths, breakups, and tragedies. As you reflect on all these moments, you can see that you would not be who you are today without having experienced them. Of course as a Christian, you have one moment in time that has had an even greater impact on you and perhaps it didn’t even come to mind: your Baptism.

You might say you don’t remember it because you were an infant. Perhaps you do not even know the date it took place. You might not feel like it has had much impact on you at all. However, it has made all the difference.

Whether you feel the difference or not, on that day you were made a new creation in Jesus Christ. You were marked for Him with an indelible mark that no one can remove, not even you. On that day, you inherited a tradition and lineage of faith that has changed the face of the earth. Today, that baptismal grace beckons you to a real and substantial relationship with the One whose name was invoked on that day. It also calls you to respond with a stewardship way of life, where your gifts make a difference and glorify God. If today is the day you start taking all this seriously, you get to add a new moment to your list.

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

Steubenville Youth Conference, 2019

This summer’s youth retreat in Steubenville, Ohio, will be Friday, July 12th through Sunday, July 14th. Youth in current grades 8 through 12 are invited and encouraged to attend. Please contact Annette Larrabee at the church office 607-687-1068 or email to register.

Daily Prayer of the Month (January)

Dear God, As we begin the new calendar year, we ask the Holy Mother of God to pray Your will be done daily and for peace throughout the world. We pray for increased vocations to religious life. On the first Epiphany, You signaled the opening of the faith to all, may we also spread the Word made Flesh in Christ. May politicians honestly and productively address the issue of immigration as we observe National Migration Week. We pray for an end to abortion and support life in all its stages and ask that politicians enact policies which will accomplish these goals. In observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day may we respect the rights of all people especially the unborn. We ask for the unification of all Christians. We pray for the success of Catholic schools. In Jesus’ name we beseech You,


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

Bring Fr. Amato and and Fr. Mitch a Meal

If you would like to bring Fr. Amato and Fr. Mitch a meal on a Monday or Wednesday, sign up at

Go to “find” and enter – Name: Amato, Password: 0603 then choose your date and ‘follow the instructions. If you have any questions or don’t have access to a computer, call Katie Gillio 240-237- 0090 and she will help you sign up.

Roman Catholic DOR - 150 Years of Faith, Hope and Charity

Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester 150 Years of Faith, Hope and Charity

Discover the history of the Diocese of Rochester in a richly illustrated book. A great gift for family, friends and loved ones.


hard cover, glossy paper, 324 pages Format: 9.45” x 12.40” – full color throughout Cost: $30 (cash or check payable to Blessed Trinity Parish)

Call the office to order your copy: 607-687-1068

Free Catholic Movies, Videos and eBooks!

Our parish subscribes for unlimited access to on-line Catholic resources for all ages, including: movies, eBooks, talks, and videos. Go to to create your own account for free resources. Go to “REGISTER” and submit our Parish Code: C86JGW. Having problems? Call the Office at 607-687-1068.

Calling All Youth in Grades 7 to 12

Practices have begun for Living Stations of the Cross. This is a moving presentation, by the youth, of the Passion of Christ. Youth are needed, especially boys, to fill the major roles, be crowds people, or work behind the scenes. Practices are Sundays from 2 to 4 pm and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 pm at St. Margaret Mary hall. You do not need to attend all practices to participate. IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Practices go until our first performance on March 8th. Come see what it’s all about! Contact Bernie Kuratnick at 607-972-9276 with any questions.

Thank You - St. Patrick Children’s Christmas Play

Children of St. Patrick Faith Formation program beautifully presented the Nativity and story of Jesus’ birth to parishioners on Sunday, December 16th. A warm and special thank you is extended to the adults who made this happen by volunteering their time and talents: Bob and Michelle McLaren, Barbara Lainhart, Chris and Lindsay Wademan and Rose Donnelly.

St. John’s Adopt A Family Thank You

Many thanks to all the parishioners who participated in the St. John’s Adopt A Family program this year. We served a total of 28 adults and 54 children in both the giving tree and the family gift programs. We had enough hats and mittens for all of the 39 children in the family program. The religious education families and the hospitality committee collected personal care products to add to the family gifts. We were able to give each family fresh produce and Hollenbeck’s gift cards through your monetary donations. We had 11 volunteer drivers who delivered the family gifts. Once again, it was overwhelming to see the generosity of this site. Thank you!

Thank You - Cans/Bottles at St. James

Thank you to everyone who donated their NY deposit cans/bottles at St. James Church. 2018 saw 33,533 cans/bottles donated for $2,011.98 for our Parish. This project began in 2007 as part of the funding for the window restoration project at St. James and since then 478,388 cans/bottles, (yes almost half a million) have been donated for a grand total of $24,609.88!!!

If you are someone who donates cans/ bottles THANK YOU. If you would like to, please just leave your cans/bottles by the garage doors behind the rectory and they will be taken care of. Donations, large or small all add up.

5th Annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Winners

Results can be found on the Parish Facebook page.

THANK YOU! - St Margaret Mary and St Patrick’s Giving trees

THANK YOU to everyone who participated in any way with St Margaret Mary and St Patrick’s Giving trees and collections supporting Tioga County Rural Ministry’s service to those in need. Together we helped serve 115 kids from 54 families, collected $600 in gas cards, filled two 13 gallon plastic bags with hats, mittens, gloves and scarfs to be distributed, and contributed 6 grocery bags filled with assorted small gifts for elderly, shut ins and pantry patrons.

TCRM serves people of Tioga County year round. Please check the weekly bulletin for a listing of pantry needs. Items may be brought directly to Tioga County Rural Ministry or dropped in special collection baskets at the churches. Volunteers then bring the collections to TCRM.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Tyler Anderson
Beth Barker
Andy Bonetti
Betty Bonetti
Florence Brooks
Lorie Cerio
Chuck Curtis
Mel Dinga
Jeffrey Dusek
George Howell
Jana Howell
Leonard Jozwiak
Noela Jozwiak
Isla Landon
Odette Leclerc
June Leise
George Lewis
Lydia Ling
Paul Martin
Andrea Menzies
Bob Modlo
Hall Moore
Gloria Muscatello
Tom Reichhold
Ann Rogers
Frank Rybicki
Ruth Stoughton
Connie Streck
Charlotte Thomas
Nate Titus
Debbie Tucker
Mary Walker
Gloria Ward
Grace Ward
Julianna Ward
Corkie Whitmarsh

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
Shane Bradley
Matthew Cascarino
Kamren Curtis
Kerilyn Curtis
Jennifer Leary Dean
Casey Ford
Jonathan Gavazzi
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Andrew Malia
Joshua Malia
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Adam Meyrick
Alexander Pannone
Nicholas Scherrer
Brian Schlicher
Paul Stauder
Justin Williams
Dalton Wojcuich
Andrew Yammine