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
    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 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

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:

Happy Spring Dinner & Games @ St. James

Happy Spring Dinner & Games @ St. James

April 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Blessed Trinity Council 251, Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Spaghetti dinner on April 22, 2017 at St James, Waverly. We will also have an assortment of salads and desserts. This dinner will be after the 5 PM Mass. Also, we want to host our first ever Shuffleboard tournament! For those observant folks, St […]

12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth

12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - April 29 @ 11:00 am

All junior and senior high youth are invited to join us for our 8th annual 12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth. There will be plenty of FOOD, FUN and FAITH throughout the event. Don’t miss out on this awesome opportunity to spend quality time with GOD as we introduce you to our beautiful Catholic tradition […]

Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fun Raiser

Fruit of the Vine Wine Tasting Fun Raiser

April 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Featuring premium Finger Lakes wines hand-crafted by O-Neh-Da and Eagle Crest Vineyards, Hemlock Lake, NY. $10 per person. For tickets and more information call the church office 607-687-1068

Mother’s Day Breakfast at St. James

Mother’s Day Breakfast at St. James

May 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Muffins (and other sweet treats) for Mom, Grandma, God Mothers, Step Mothers and Mr. Moms. The menu includes breakfast egg casserole, home fries, muffins/breads, juice and coffee/tea. Donations will support the youth attending the Steubenville Youth Conference this summer

Women’s Weekend Retreat

Women’s Weekend Retreat

April 21 @ 8:00 am - April 23 @ 5:00 pm

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 […]

Breakfast @ St. Patrick

Breakfast @ St. Patrick

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bring a dish to pass and join us for coffee, breakfast and time to enjoy your fellow parishioners.

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ

June 4 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Living Rosary and May Crowning

Living Rosary and May Crowning

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Altar & Rosary Society of St. James will sponsor a Living Rosary and May Crowning. All parishioners are welcome and encourage to attend this special devotion to Our Blessed Mother which will be led by Fr. Van Lieshout. Light refreshments will follow in the church hall.

Summer Bible Study!

We are pleased to able to offer a bible study this summer at St James and St Patrick’s worship sites. At St James we will offer “Women of the Gospels” on Sunday after Mass and The Book of Revelation on Wednesday Evening. At St Patrick’s we will offer The Book of Revelation on Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned for worship sites sign ups. The Bible Study will begin the week of June 4th. For more information about the bible study or if you are interested in facilitating at a worship site please contact:
Tom Ambury or 607-302-0917

Fall Festival Logo Contest

The Fall Festival Committee is looking for a Logo for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Fall Festival and would like to invite the Parish to participate in a Logo Contest. Details about the rules and other information can be found at the entrance of each church. Full details and updates can be found on the parish webpage: fall-festival/#parish_logo_contest

  • All designs must be submitted by April 23, 2017
  • The winner will be announced: May 7, 2017


  1. Please contact the Parish office at: 607-687-1068
  2. Send email to:

Decorations at the Cemeteries

All winter/Christmas decorations at St. James Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery must be removed no later than Saturday, April 29, 2017. Anything left after April 29th will be disposed of by the cemetery personnel. Thank you.

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

We’ve rented the bus and still have 20 seats available! The conference dates are July 21 – 23, 2017. Come join the fun!

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 (April)

Heavenly Father,

During the remainder of Lent may we be ever closer to You and ask what You desire for us. We thank you for the life, death and resurrection of your Son in gaining our salvation. May Easter and the Easter Season bring us ever closer to You. We ask that the joy we experience on Easter and manifested by Your creation all around us as we celebrate Earth Day, be a reminder throughout the year of Your love for us. May we also recall the horrors of the Holocaust and recognize what happens when people forget You, Our Creator and Your Son’s sacrifice for us. 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

Reminder to turn in Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl

Encounter The Risen Christ

We prayed, fasted and gave alms-and now we celebrate Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our risen Lord. We reflect on our brothers and sisters whom we have walked with in India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia and Hawaii. And we commit to bring Easter joy to each person we meet in our daily lives. Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl.

Catholic Charities Seeks Mentors for Youth in Tioga County

Could you offer two hours a week to help a young person succeed? Catholic Charities in Tioga County is seeking dedicated, caring adults who want to help local youth pursue their goals and gain the future they dream about. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, please contact Laurie Ellis in the Catholic Charities Tioga County Office (Nichols) 607-414-1023 or email 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.

Elizabeth Ministry for Miscarriage and Infant Loss is forming to serve the Diocese of Rochester!

A Catholic Support Network for Miscarriage, Stillbirth and Infant Loss.

As local Catholic women throughout the Diocese of Rochester who have experienced the loss of a child, our goal is to offer support through our shared experiences and Catholic faith to women and families suffering through the loss of a child. We offer emotional, spiritual, and practical support to women and families; distribute prayer shawls, comfort kits, provide resources, and can help make logistical arrangements.

Elizabeth Ministry also organizes two annual Masses of Remembrance for the loss of children each year. If you (or a loved one) are seeking support or are interested in getting on our group’s mailing list, please contact us!
Molly Hickey
Janene Loughran at 607-329-1974

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.

Fall Festival Planning 2017

A schedule of upcoming Fall Festival Planning meetings can be found at:
Fall Festival Planning Schedule

Pictures- Think Spring - Tioga County Rural Ministry


It’s Think Spring! time again, so, of course Spring Cleanup can’t be too far away. Tioga County Rural Ministry hopes to hear from seniors (65+) living in the town of Owego and the village of Apalachin who would welcome help with yardwork or indoor house cleaning, washing windows, vacuuming, and the like. The date is set for Saturday, April 8, from 10–4 pm. High school and college students are eager to put their energy to good use so please call Sr. Mary at 607-687-3021 to register. Call early to assure a spot on our list.

Pictures - St. Patrick Children Faith Formation - Reading Stations

Thank you! Living Stations

I would like to send heartfelt thanks to all our volunteers, helpers, drivers, parents and especially cast members for a wonderful 41st year of Living Stations. You have touched many lives with your portrayal of the Passion of Christ. Special thanks to Father Valenti for his spiritual guidance and support. Thanks to our Parish family for their support. Thanks also for donations of soups and other items to make the Soup Supper a success. Special thanks to members of St Margaret Mary Altar Rosary for cleaning up at the supper. Many hands are needed to make this happen. We are looking for help for next year. Please speak to me if you are interested.

Bless you, Bernie Kuratnick

Thank You from St James Altar and Rosary Society

The St James Altar and Rosary Society wishes to thank everyone who contributed to the success of their annual Palm Sunday Bake Sale and Ham Raffle. Thanks to the bakers and all those purchasing their delicious goods and ham raffle tickets Altar Rosary collected $1105. Congratulations to our winners of the hams: who were Jeff Akins, Liz Fice, Donna Schweiger, John Sandusky, Jason Pipher, and Joe Lopreste. A special Thank You to Tina Weed for her very generous donation and for procuring the hams for the raffle from our local markets as well as providing the all our Easter decorations for the event. Our deepest appreciation goes out to Ted Clarks, Sopranos Italian Market and Tops for generously donating the hams.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Lauren Ambury
Lori Argenio
Doris Baylor
Ken Brinkman
Marie Calandra
Bob Carpenter
Rose Marie Cheresnowsky
MaryLou Conklin
Chuck Curtis
Pat Dewitt
Steve D’Urso
Tina Farrell
Sandra Gorman

Stuart Hill
Brody Hines
Alice Mary Hogan
Theresa Howell
Isla Landon
Dick Litzel
Joe Lopreste
Eleanor Lynch
Fr. Francis Martin
Lara McFarland
Tim McGovern
Ann Miner
Deacon Martin Oliveri
Joseph Patak
Bianca Picco
Isabel Quartararo
Violet Ray
Linda Roden
Tom Schmeh
Jerry Stahl
Cathy Soprano
Frank Strasser
Evelyn Tatich
Beth Tornatore
Gloria Ward
Kathryn Whittemore
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
Casey Ford
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder
Jon Tennis
Isaac Vandeweert
Andrew Yammine