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:

Ash Wednesday Mass Schedule

Ash Wednesday Mass @ St. Patrick

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ash Wednesday Mass @ St. John

March 1 @ 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Soup Supper after Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass @ St. James

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

Soup Supper after Mass

Ash Wednesday Mass @ St. Margaret Mary

March 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Regulations for Lenten Sacrifice

the 1983 Code of Canon Law:

  • All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for Catholics over 14.
  • Ash Wednesday (March 1) and Good Friday (April 14) are days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59. Fasting means taking only one full meal and two smaller meals that, taken together, do not equal one full meal.

Pastoral Council Corner


Your Pastoral Council Representatives met 2-2-17 at St. Patrick’s.

Administrators Update:

  • Possibility of Sister of Life to speak at Women’s Retreat.
  • Fifteen Youth will be receiving Hands of Christ Awards in Horseheads on 2-9-17. Recipients will be recognized 2-19-17 at all Sunday Masses with Awards and a Special Blessing.

Youth Representatives reported on:

  • Living Stations, Birthright Coffee Hour at St. Margaret Mary, 24 hour Food Fast for CRS at St. Johns. Watch bulletin for details.

Nat’l Marriage Week 2-7 thru 2-14-17. David Smith provided statistics 1970 thru current. Next meeting PC Members will discuss ideas to strengthen marriage; looking for input from our Parishioners. Please contact your Representative.

All Parishioners are encouraged to contact our Priests with any questions/concerns. May telephone, e-mail, or make an appointment.

As always, Parishioners are encouraged to attend the Parish Council Meetings. See PC Minutes for full details of this meeting.

First Penance & First Holy Communion

Preparation classes for these Sacraments of Initiation will begin on March 20, with both ceremonies taking place in May. A complete schedule will be sent to registered families. You can find registration forms on the parish website or at the church entrance. If your child(ren) has received Holy Communion, but not Penance (due to Restored Order), contact Annette Larrabee Office: 607-687-1068

Food Fast

Food Fast

February 24 @ 6:00 pm - February 25 @ 3:00 pm

All Junior and Senior High Youth are invited to attend our annual 24 Hour FOOD FAST! Join us in fighting the global problems of hunger and poverty through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. And, of course, there will be plenty of time for fun and fellowship during our time together! Call the church Office: 607-687-1068 or contact […]

Jack Frost Chicken BBQ

Jack Frost Chicken BBQ

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

$9.00 includes: 1/2 chicken, homemade macaroni & cheese, baked beans, roll, dessert, beverage w/eat-in Tickets available at the church office or call Office: 607-687-1068 to reserve. Delivery to St. John’s, St. Margaret Mary and St. James. Contact the office for delivery times. Office: 607-687-1068 Hosted by : St. Patrick Church

Monthly Adoration

There will be Eucharistic Adoration at St. Margaret Mary’s on February 18th. All are welcome to stop in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel and spend some time with the Lord from 7pm – midnight.

Fall Festival 2017

Fall Festival 2017

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As we approach St. Patrick’s 175th Anniversary, the Fall Festival Committee invites all parishioners to join us in planning our 2017 event. Mark your calendar and plan on attending a planning meeting on Tuesday, February 21, at 6 pm in St. Patrick Hall. Let’s make Fall Festival 2017 a huge success!

Red Cross Blood Drives

Red Cross Blood Drive

February 22 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Red Cross Blood Drive

February 27 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Shrove Tuesday Supper

Shrove Tuesday Supper

February 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join the Altar Rosary Society of St. Patrick for a Pancake Supper on February 28 in the church hall. It will be a free will offering and the proceeds will benefit – you guessed it – the grotto of our Blessed Virgin Mary. We are working hard to have all funds in place for […]

Family Game Night

Family Game Night

February 17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Our Joyful Journey Homeschool Group is sponsoring a family game night at St. John’s on Friday, Feb. 17, from 7– 9 pm. All are welcome to join us. Bring a snack or drink to share and your favorite board game.

Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s

Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our next Sunday morning breakfast will be Sunday, March 5th after the 9 am Mass in St. Patrick Hall. Bring a dish to pass and join us for coffee, breakfast and time to enjoy your fellow parishioners.

Fish Dinners

Fish Dinner @ St. John

March 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Fish Dinner @ St. James

March 31 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

St. John Bible Study Interest Session

St. John Bible Study Interest Session

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Are you interested in a Bible study group that would meet at St. John this spring? You are invited to attend an Interest Session at St. John Hall on Sunday, March 5 to explore starting a Bible study group. We will meet following 11:15 am Mass for approximately 45 minutes. At the Interest Session, we […]

Sunday Night Joy

For all the details, please the specific webpage:

St. Val’s

St. Val’s Week 20 Winners

  • $30 Christine Fisher
  • $20 Kelley Peron
  • $15 Julie O’Brien
  • $10 MaryAnne Premock

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

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

Elevate - Steubenville Youth Conference

Please help us fill a bus for the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer! We can still add registrations, but we must act quickly! Contact Annette Larrabee at the main office if your child(ren), currently in grades 9 through 12 would like to attend. The conference dates are July 21 – 23, 2017. Come join the fun!

Daily Prayer of the Month (February)

Abba, In February we honor Catholic Schools Week and ask for Your support and guidance of those schools and the teachers who educate our youth, the future of the US Catholic Church. We pray for Your Blessings on those in the Consecrated Life and our prayerful support of them. Heavenly Father, we ask Your support for marriages as couples navigate the realities of life and family and that they truly have reason to celebrate St. Valentine’s Day. As we commemorate Presidents’ Day, we ask Your Blessings on President Trump as he sets his foreign and domestic policies. Finally, we ask Your support and guidance of Pope Francis who currently occupies the Chair of St. Peter. 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

Help Needed at Funeral Lunches at St. John’s

Thank you to all those who have worked or contributed in anyway on funeral lunches at St. John’s. It’s such a meaningful service to our parishioners. It provides a time for families to continue closure and to meet friends and relatives without the responsibility of preparing for meals.

Funeral lunches were started years ago by the Rosary Society. When they broke up, the ladies of the Rosary Society, along with members of the church, continued this beautiful ministry.

Because of the loss of members over the past couple of years, we need help for our 3 teams. Please call Gerry Mertson at 607-642-9946 if you can help in anyway.

Are You Hurting In Your Marriage

If your marriage has become troubled or stressed, unloving, or uncaring; if your relationship has grown cold and distant; if you are thinking of separation or divorce, or if you are already separated of divorced but want to try again, then the Retrouvaille Program can help you. For more information call: 800-470-2230 or visit

Women’s Weekend Retreat - April 21 - 23

This year’s retreat topic, “Prayer: God is talking, Are you listening?” encourages us to live a “prayerful life” by moving beyond mere recitation of prayer. Join women from other parishes in our diocese to learn the meaning of prayer, as well as, different styles of prayer and how to enrich your prayer time. Call the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua at 585-394-5700 to reserve your place for the weekend.

Save the date! Ladies Spring Tea & Chinese Auction

Sunday, April 30th is the date for the Ladies Spring Tea and Chinese Auction. This year the Tea will benefit agencies helping those who are struggling with addiction and their families, The Bridge and Kids at Risk. “Gift-type” items are needed for the auction and can be left at the church entrances. Ticket sales will begin March 18th, plan on getting your ticket early as this event always sells out. Tickets will be $10.

Questions, contact Leslie Fagan or Laura Hoppe.

Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Join our faith community—and nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the United States—in a life-changing Lenten journey of encounter with CRS Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl from church and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! May these 40 days better prepare us to encounter ourselves, our neighbors and our God.

2017 Knights of Columbus District Level Free Throw Championship


The following 9-14 year old contestants won today’s [Feb. 11] district level Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship held at Tioga Central High School and sponsored by Blessed Trinity Council 251 of Tioga County.  All except Taylor Bubble (Ithaca/Newfield) are from the Tioga and Valley area. They will advance to the Knights of Columbus Chapter level on Sunday March 12th at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester.  (See full upcoming advancement schedule below).

11 year old: Taylor Bubble, Newfield
13 year old: Lauryn Jones, Athens
14 year old:  Eve Wood, Tioga
9 year old: James Luther, Tioga
10 year old: Jase Babcock, Athens
11 year old: Evan Sickler, Athens
12 year old: Mason Lister, Athens
13 year old: Nalen Carling,Athens
In group photo, left to right: Mason Lister, Nalen Carling, Evan Sickler, Jase Babcock, James Luther, Taylor Bubble, Eve Wood, Lauryn Jones
Finger Lakes Chapter Final
Date:             Sunday March 12th 2017
Time:             Check-in: Noon    Competition Starts: 1:00 PM
Place:            McQuaid Jesuit High School
                        Rochester, NY 
Upstate Regional Final
Date:             Saturday March 18th, 2017
Time:             11:00 AM (Doors Open 10:00 AM)
Place:             Bishop Ludden High School
                        Syracuse, New York
New York State Finals
Date:             Sunday April 2nd, 2017
Time:             1:00 PM (Doors Open at Noon)
Place:             West Point Military Academy
                        West Point, New York

2017 Father / Daughter Dance

If you have any pictures from the Mother / Son Dance, please consider sending them to us at:

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Lauren Ambury
Lori Argenio
Ken Brinkman
Bob Carpenter
MaryLou Conklin
Chuck Curtis
Kathy Watts-Decker
Pat Dewitt
Steve D’Urso
Tina Farrell
Sandra Gorman
Stuart Hill
Brody Hines
Nate Kennedy
Isla Landon
Margaret Lawton
Dick Litzel
Joe Lopreste
Eleanor Lynch
Fr. Francis Martin
Tim McGovern
Ann Miner
Deacon Martin Oliveri
Isabel Quartararo
Violet Ray
Linda Roden
Jerry Stahl
Cathy Soprano
Gloria Ward
Don Zimmer

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
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder
Jon Tennis
Isaac Vandeweert