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.
First Communion Registration
Celebration of First Communion will be held at Sunday Masses of all Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick Churches on May 22nd, 2016. Immediate Preparation will begin on Monday, April 18th, at the former St. Patrick School building.
Exact dates and locations of consecutive classes will be announced. Registration forms are available at all 4 sites, on the parish website, and through the Church office. The deadline for registration of the Sacrament is February 15th. Readiness for First Communion is an emotional, spiritual, and intellectual process. A child’s readiness is greatly influenced by the experience of participating in the liturgy each week with his/her family. Other readiness factors include:
- Desire for the Sacrament
- The ability to distinguish Eucharist from ordinary bread
- Willingness to continue life in the community after reception of the Sacrament
- Appropriate faith formation for a child’s age, including 2 years of consistent Parish Religious Education classes or 2 years of attendance in a Catholic School
- Celebration of First Penance prior to receiving Eucharist
- Registered member of the Parish
Questions can be directed to Director of Faith Formation & Youth Ministry
Parish First Eucharist information (including online registration forms) can be found on our website at:
Divine Mercy and the Blessed Sacrament Classes
If you are looking for a way to make this Lent special, to celebrate the Year of Mercy, and to grow in the knowledge and love of our Catholic faith, consider joining us for our annual Lenten Parish mission. The theme for this year’s mission is “Divine Mercy and the Blessed Sacrament,” and it will be preached by Father Van Lieshout.
The mission will consist of four sessions. Each session will start with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by a 45 minute mission talk, and conclude with Benediction.
In order to make sure that many people can conveniently attend the mission talks, Father Van Lieshout will give each talk twice—on Sunday afternoon at St. Patrick’s in Owego and on Tuesday evening at St. James in Waverly. This schedule will also allow for greater flexibility so that people can make up a session by attending at the other location.
Please extend the invitation to others who may not be members of our parish, and even to non-Catholic friends and family who may be interested in learning and experiencing more about our love for Jesus’ Real Eucharistic Presence!
Sweethearts Ball - Mother & Son Dance @ St. Patrick
Sweethearts Ball - Father & Daughter Dance @ St. Patrick
St. James Altar and Rosary Meeting
Food Fast @ St. John
Jack Frost Chicken BBQ @ St. Patrick’s
Monthly Adoration @ St. Margaret Mary
Diocese to offer Day of Penance
All Catholics in the 12-county Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester are invited to participate in a special diocesan-wide Day of Penance and Mercy Wednesday, March 9, to experience God’s mercy and forgiveness through Confession. Priests will hear individual Confessions from 12:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at all parishes.
The Diocese has created a special website at http://forgiven.dor.org/ to explain the sacrament and offer “how to’s.”
Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving
When I was first in parish work, I remember the parish priest talking with the schoolchildren about the topic of Lent and prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. He asked them if any of them knew what fasting was. After a very long wait, one student raised his hand and said, “It is what I do when my Mom is mad at me. I run really fast!” The adults in the assembly burst into laughter.
Laughter is good. However, the Lenten devotions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are very serious practices for us as we prepare to celebrate the Easter mysteries.
As our catechumens prepare for the Easter sacraments, we are called by the Church to model what it means to be a Catholic Christians. We are called, especially during this Lenten season, to pray, fast, and give from the wealth we have to those who need our assistance.
Thank You - 2nd Annual Dan Manwaring Free Throw Championship
The 2nd Annual Dan Manwaring Free Throw Championship sponsored by the Knights of Columbus was held January 9th at Tioga Central High. The contest, for boys & girls ages 9-14, is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district, and state competitions. Since its beginning in 1972, over 2.5 million youths have participated in the contest.
The local event is held in memory of Daniel Manwaring, a long-time volunteer coach who was killed by a hit-and-run driver while jogging. Organizers hope to remind the community of Dan’s spirit and enthusiasm for youth sports. A donation to the family is made through T-shirt sales at the event.
The local contest is sponsored by Blessed Trinity Council #251 with members from four Catholic Churches in Tioga County. With more than 1.9 million members worldwide, the Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest Catholic lay organization. It provides members and their families with volunteer opportunities in service to the Catholic Church, the community, families, and young people. In 2014, the Knights of Columbus at all levels of the organization raised and distributed $173.6 million to charity and rendered 71.5 million hours of volunteer service.
We all know someone….
Someone in crisis who doesn’t know where to turn. Someone who is tense, upset, worn out – needing someone to talk with, someone to care. You want to help – but how?
There are three easy steps.
- Listen and care for your friend in your own relationship together.
- Ask your friend for permission to share his or her need with someone who can help. Be sure to tell your friend that all information will be kept confidential.
- Once permission is given, report his or her need as promptly as possible. You can do this by calling one of our Stephen Leaders: Ellen Keough at 607-687-1068 (work) or 607-687-5139 (home), Suzann Strauss at 607-642-8268, Janice Hess at 607-687-2151 or Mary Ann Cascarino at 607-625-2790.
St. Matthew said that at the last judgment Jesus will say these words: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothes me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (Matthew 25:35-36)
One of the ways our congregation cares for others is through our trained Stephen Minister, who go to those in need and care for them. Continue sharing this ministry by praying for our Stephen Ministers and for their care receivers. If you would like more information, please call our parish office at 607-687-1068
In times of trouble, we look to caring Christian friends to listen to us while we work through our feelings. A Stephen Minister can be such a friend, either to you or to someone you know. If you or someone you know could benefit from the trained, caring presence and listening ear of a Stephen Minister.
For more information:
2016 Living Stations of the Cross performance schedule (40th Anniversary)
For more details on Living Stations of the Cross, please visit the page:
Living Stations of the Cross
Regulations for Lenten Sacrifice
The following regulations for Lenten sacrifice are based on the 1983 Code of Canon Law:
- All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence from meat for Catholics over 14.
- Ash Wednesday (February 10) and Good Friday (March 25) 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.
- Throughout Lent, Catholics are especially encouraged to perform voluntary acts of penance.
Daily Prayer of the Month
During this Lenten Season, we ask that we prepare well as we recall the sacrifice of Your Son, Jesus, for our salvation. On the 7th, as we observe World Day for Consecrated Life, may we pray for their continued dedication to Your Word and acknowledge their service to us. Also during this month, we celebrate World Marriage Day and Valentine’s Day, may we always cherish those closest to us and keep You closest of all. 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
Praying the Stations
The Stations of the Cross are one of the traditions of our church that have been around since the earliest days. Beginning when people actually went to the Holy Land on pilgrimage to walk the Way, we have today, dramatized versions, sung versions and so many different written versions. So why do we pray them?
So I googled it! A website for campus ministry (www.focus.org) gave us 8 reasons from Pope Francis. Here is one: “They put us into the Story.” Are we Pilate, Mary or Simon?
In addition to the Living Stations – see separate schedule, we will be praying the stations:
- St. John, Friday mornings at 11:30 AM
- St. James, Friday afternoons at 5 PM
- St. Patrick, Friday evenings at 7 PM
Did You Know?
There are several methods to memorialize, designate a special intention, or celebrate an important life event for someone special in your life. Consider the celebration of a memorial mass, the dedication of a Tabernacle Sanctuary Lamp, or inscribing a personalized hymnal to honor a loved one. These options are available by contacting the Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick Parish office
Public Policy Signing
Please take a moment to sign the petitions in the church entrances calling on our Governor and the New York State Legislature to invest $190 million to provide subsidies for high-quality child care for children in low-income working families in our community
We received a note from the Chemung County Right to Life for our support for the busses to the March for Life. Although the busses were cancelled due to the winter storm, we have 20 seats reserved for next year. Please prayerfully consider this. Thank you notes were received for our support of the Mercy House in Endicott, the Bridge (for funds for gas cards & transportation), and the Waverly School nurses for our support and care packages.
We will continue to support Mercy House this month, and will provide funds to the fourteen food pantries within our parish boundaries with our February tithing money.
We will be sending the January tithing funds to the Salvation Army in support of their work (in conjunction with the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and The United Way) in Flint, MI. Funds will be used to purchase water, filters and to help pay delinquent water bills for residents.
“I was thirsty and you gave me a drink…”
Ugly Quilts (My Brother’s Keeper)
Small purse size tissues, band-aids, toothbrushes, washcloths, adult socks, (can be used if CLEAN), sweatshirts, sweaters, t-shirts, short sleeve knit shirts, sweatpants, jogging pants Items can be dropped off at the Athens United Methodist Church, 118 S. Main St Athens, PA 570-888-2241.
Please Pray for:
Tori McCloe Freeman
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