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:

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” Can we be counted among the laborers? Are we ready and willing to work for the sake of our faith, or are we looking for the easy way out?

Our faith is more than a personal experience. It’s more than a routine that fits into our weekly schedule. Our faith is meant to be shared with others, even when that requires a bit of work on our part. In today’s Gospel, Jesus calls his followers to “Go on your way,” to prepare people for the Lord. And we are called to do the same. We are meant to go on our way-out of our homes, and even out of our churches-to share the good news of the Gospel and to serve those in need.

It can be tempting to think, “I believe, I go to church, isn’t that enough?” But Jesus tells us that there is an abundant harvest out there-countless people who may just need to know that Jesus loves them or that someone is willing to help. If we don’t step up to the task then those people will miss out on that word of encouragement, that personal invitation to Mass, that act of kindness that might have made all the difference in their life. God may be calling some of us to an even deeper commitment-to be a lay minister in a parish or to discern a religious vocation, for example-but there is no doubt that God is calling all of us to labor for his kingdom in some way.

This mission isn’t for someone else. It’s for us to carry out the work of the disciples because we are today’s disciples. When we accept this mission, we will not only enjoy seeing the benefits that others receive, we will also rejoice with those whose “names are written in heaven.”

Blessing for Independence Day

There is a saying, “To those whom much is given, much is expected.” That saying is from “Uncommon Wisdom of John F. Kennedy: A Portrait in His Own Words.” That saying should sum up our thoughts as we celebrate the founding of our country. As we look at our history, we may easily see that much has been given to this country, and many have sacrificed to make sure we have kept those gifts. However, our faith informs us that a gift reaches its ultimate good only when it is given away freely.

We have many gifts, and our country has a long tradition of giving many gifts to other nations. Moreover, sometimes it seems as if those gifts are not appreciated. Nevertheless, we continue to give. Let us pray for this great country of the United States of America:

God our Father, from whom all good gifts come, we are thankful for rest and food. Grant that, in all we do or say, we keep your goodness always in our thankful hearts. We entreat you to bless all those who work to keep us safe, and ask your blessings on all those who work to share our blessings with others around the world. We ask all this in the name of our brother and Savior, Jesus. Amen.

July 4th Mass

July 4 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

July 4th Mass

July 4 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Bible Timeline Information Sessions: July 6 & 10

Registration is now open for the fall Bible Timeline Study groups. This Bible overview study helps you understand God’s salvation plan for His people . . . including you! Creative study aids include a color-coded timeline so you can easily “see the big picture” for the Story of Salvation.

Groups start in September and run through April. Groups will be formed at different times in Apalachin, Owego, and Waverly based on parishioner interest. All are welcome, especially if this is your first Bible study! Come to one of the Information Sessions during July to find out more and register for a group time and location that works for you. The next two Information Sessions will be:

  •  Wednesday July 6, 7:00-7:45 pm St. Patrick McAuley Center
  •  Sunday July 10, 7:00-7:45 pm St. Margaret Mary Hall

If you are interested but cannot make one of these sessions, or if you have other questions, please contact Ken Donovan, or (607-625-2683). Those interested in a Waverly group should contact Tom Ambury.

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution @ St. Margaret Mary

Mobile Food Pantry Food Distribution

June 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Low to moderate income individuals and families are invited to Participate in a Mobile Food Pantry Distribution sponsored by the Apalachin Lions Club in partnership with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. The distribution will be held on June 29th at Noon at St Margaret Mary Church parking lot. Please bring your own bags […]

Blessed Trinity St. Margaret Mary Hosts Local Clothing Shed

St. Pauly Textile Inc. is a used clothing collection company that was founded 20 years ago in Rochester NY and is an A+ rated member of the Better Business Bureau. The company works with non-profit organizations to set up used clothing drop off sheds designed to give community members a clean, attractive, and well-monitored place to donate gently used textile items, which are then distributed both here in the U.S. and worldwide to people who need them.

Accepted items include clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, drapes, linens, pillowcases and stuffed animals. Donors are asked to donate items in a plastic bag to protect against dirt and the elements. There is a small box on the shed that contains receipts to help donors take a tax deduction.

The church receives funding for clothing collected, and additionally has the option to use any of this clothing to serve community needs. St. Pauly collects over 90,000 pounds of clothing every day and estimates that this clothing ends up in 44 different countries (including the United States) yearly. In 2015 St. Pauly was able to help keep over 71 million articles of clothing out of landfills.

For more information, visit St. Pauly’s website at

Red Cross Blood Drive @ St. James

Red Cross Blood Drive

June 29 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Bunko for the Grotto

Bunko for the Grotto

July 9 @ 6:30 am - 8:30 pm

St. Patrick Altar and Rosary Society is hosting an evening of fun with Bunko on July 9 beginning at 6:30 PM. 40 tickets only are available for an evening of food, fun and prizes. Our proceeds will be used to support the restoration of the Grotto of Mary. Please check with a member of the […]

Vacation Bible School

*Registration forms will be available at the church entrances and on the parish website. Contact Annette Larrabee at the church office with questions. 607-687-1068

For specific details on dates and times, please see the page:

Vacation Bible School Donations

Children of Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick will be taking donations after all Sunday Masses on June 19th and June 26th for Vacation Bible School. The funds will go toward supplies, craft materials, snacks, and drinks. Thank you, in advance, for your support in the religious education of our young parishioners.

Splendors ’16

Splendors ’16

November 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

General Info: Silent Auction & LIVE! Auction Dinner & other FUN things! $25 per person ONLY 160 tickets will be sold & ALL must be pre-purchased. (Tables of 10 can be purchased NOW! Call the office @ 607-687-1068) Be part of the Splendor Squad! Contacts: Evenly Bale, Cindy Blackwell, Ruthanne Orth, Judy Stewart or call […]

Daily Prayer of the Month

Heavenly Father,

Especially during the month of May, let us remember to always honor Your Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; her visit to Elizabeth; and appearance at Fatima. As the Easter Season draws to a close for us, may we also remember our Orthodox brethren who celebrate Easter this month. Also during the month of May, we recall the Ascension of Jesus who kept His promise of sending the Holy Spirit on Pentecost and to each of us in our Baptism and Confirmation. We also celebrate the feasts of the Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi. We ask that all of these commemorations lead us to a more prayerful life. Finally, let us remember those in the armed forces as we celebrate Armed Forces Day. We ask all of this 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

Join the Flock - Birds of Pray

Join the Flock – Birds of Pray

July 22 @ 3:00 pm - July 23 @ 6:00 am

This year the Tioga County Relay for Life is being held on July 22 beginning at 6 PM at the Owego Free Academy.  The Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.  I have formed a team and it is called Birds of Pray.  You may think that is an odd […]

Thank You from The Youth Group

The Youth Group room at Margaret Mary’s is looking fabulous, thanks to generous furniture donations from the following families and organizations:

  • Apalachin Public Library
  • Brown family
  • Dempski family
  • Howard family
  • Johnson family
  • Keefe family
  • Klemmt family
  • Smith family
  • Squier family

*We are still accepting donations of sofas, chairs, recliners, or air mattresses.

Please contact Annette Larrabee at the church office (607-687-1068) to make pick-up/delivery arrangements.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Cindy Barnhart
Dick Bierl
Ryan Both
James Dubinsky
Art Hilliard
Natalie Hilliard
Walter Krawczyk
Isla Landon
Gabriella Laubisch
Mary Gillow Madison
Jim Mertson
Len Nossal
Steve D’Urso
Alicia Vasilow

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
Don Bolduc
Matthew Cascarino
Jennifer Leary Dean
Megan DeKay
Casey Ford
Chad Halliday
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder