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:

Ascension of the Lord Mass Schedule

Ascension of the Lord Mass @ St. James

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ascension of the Lord @ St. Patrick

May 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ascension of the Lord Mass @ St. James

May 25 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Ascension of the Lord Mass @ St. Patrick

May 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ascension of the Lord Mass @ St. John

May 25 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Ascension of the Lord Mass @ St. Margaret Mary

May 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Memorial Day Masses

Memorial Day Mass @ St. James

May 29 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Remembering those who served. All gave some.  Some gave all.

Memorial Day Mass @ St. Patrick

May 29 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Remembering those who served. All gave some.  Some gave all.

Good Bye Fr. Van Lieshout

All are invited to join us as we say goodbye and good luck to Fr. Van Lieshout. Fr. Van Lieshout’s new assignment at St. Peter’s Parish in Clifton Springs, NY begins on June 27.

  •  Sunday, June 4—12 noon St. Margaret Mary
  •  Sunday, June 11—12:15 p.m. St. John
  •  Saturday, June 17—6:00 p.m. St. Patrick
  •  Saturday, June 24—6:00 p.m. St. James

Diocesan Missions Sunday

Today is Diocesan Mission Sunday, a day to honor the missionary efforts of the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy working and serving the needs of our brothers and sisters in Brazil and Chile.

We are called to take part in the missionary work of the Church. We may not all have to move to another town or city to do so, but impelled by the Holy Spirit, each one of us is to move beyond our daily concerns, important as they are, to help others live in the faith that sustains us.

We are reminded that our missionary activity is a living sign of faith. The support of our Diocesan Missionaries by the Church of Rochester is a great piece of our history.

May we share the gift of faith today by helping our missionary friends with our prayers and a generous gift.

Doug’s Fish Fry & Bake Sale @ St. Patrick

Doug’s Fish Fry & Bake Sale @ St. Patrick

June 7 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

St. Patrick School Parking Lot (Front Street) Proceeds will benefit the youth attending the Steubenville Youth Conference

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ

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

Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Catholic Charities

Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Catholic Charities

June 7 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Catholic Charities cordially invites you to attend our Festa Italiana Fundraiser on Wednesday June 7 at the Elks Lodge at 223 Front Street in Owego. Owego Town Supervisor Don Castellucci will be the guest chef, serving up his homemade Italian pasta sauce. The program will include stories of hope by local people served by Catholic […]


“If you love me you will keep my commandments.” It’s really as simple as that. We are only paying lip service to the Lord if we externally declare ourselves to be Christians but don’t follow through on a life that confirms it.

In our modern culture, we often think of love as a feeling or a kind of devotion. It is thus all too common to separate love from appropriate action. Perhaps we reassure ourselves that we love Jesus because we believe that he is the Son of God and our personal Savior. But these thoughts- -or even any grateful or pleasant feelings that come along with them–are not the fullest manifestation of real love. Rather, as Jesus tells us directly in today’s Gospel, “Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me.”

Now, for those of us who may be asking what exactly these commandments are, it’s helpful to remember Jesus’ response when he was questioned on the subject. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37-39). These fundamental principles embrace everything that Jesus calls us to do. If we put God first and foremost in our lives, and if we treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated, then all the rest falls into place. The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and any other fundamental Christian codes of behavior are all summed up here. Indeed, if we truly seek to love Jesus, putting him first and following his ways won’t feel like a burden but rather like a beautiful blessing.

Buffalo Area Pilgrimage

Tour Amazing Tiffany Stain Glass Window Display in Lockport

Overnight stay within walking distance of Niagara Falls & Seneca Casino.

Mass and tour of majestic Our Lady of Victory Basilica & Father Baker Museum Details:

  •  Wednesday August 23rd 2017: Bus leaves Epiphany Church at 8:30 AM
  •  Lunch stop in Lockport and then tour windows at1st Presbyterian Church.
  •  Next stop Comfort Inn at the Point at Niagara Falls. Walk to falls/casino/nearby restaurants (breakfast included in motel).
  •  Thursday August 24th Our Lady Basilica: Fr. Baker Museum at 10:00 AM, Mass at 12:10, tour of Basilica 1 PM. Lunch option after tour. Return to Epiphany about 6:00 PM
  •  Cost: $185 per person (assume double occupancy), $295 for single occupancy, if sign up by June 15th; after June 15th, $195 up to deadline on July 9th 2017 for double (single $305).
  •  Contact: Rich or Cathleen Maggi or 570-888-3957 for more info

Summer Bible Study!

We are now accepting sign ups for the summer Bible Study. There are sign up sheets at the entrances of St. Patrick and St. James worship sites.

St James: Sunday @ 10:30 AM

Women of the Gospels – Cost of materials = $10.00

Wednesday @ 6:30 PM Book of Revelation – Cost of Materials = $15.00

Contact: Tom Ambury or 607-302-0917

St Patrick: Wednesday @ 1:00 PM

Women of the Gospels – Cost of Materials = $10.00

Contact: Rose Cornelius at or 607-624-7266

Material orders will be placed after 5/14/17 in order to assure delivery by 6/4/17, the start of the studies.

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 (May)

Heavenly Father,

Heavenly Father, You have chosen our parish as the vehicle by which You encounter us in our daily lives. Our parish is the assembly in which: Your Word is proclaimed and Your Eucharist is celebrated; Your people are united in a local community and divided into smaller groups so that we may become an agent of change for the betterment of the whole. Please Father through Your Holy Spirit make our parishioners aware of the many opportunities and responsibilities that are theirs as witnesses of You in the here and now for always and in all ways. Keep us aware and open to our need of Your love and fellowship. May the laity and religious of this faith community work together in serving You as we serve our brothers and sisters and each other. May You Bless our Mothers this Mother’s Day and remember those who died for our freedom on Memorial Day. 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

Fall Festival Winning Logo

This year’s logo for the Fall Festival was chosen from six designs received from three of our Parish sites. The winner of this contest wishes to remain anonymous. This logo will appear on all advertising and festival t-shirts. Thank you to all who submitted designs; we are grateful for your interest and participation.

Fall Festival Update:

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: please contact Lora Kuchinski at or 607-725-9511

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

Prayer Pockets

Please pray for the children who will be receiving First Communion on May 21st. Pictures and prayer pockets are located in the back of the church for notes, prayers and well wishes.

First Communion Receptions

First Communion receptions will take place in the church halls after Masses on Sunday, May 21st.

Please plan to take a few moments to join us in this opportunity to congratulate our new communicants as well as enjoy some refreshments.

Thank You - St. John’s May Crowning and Coffee Hour

Thank you to all who gathered on May 7th for St. John’s May Crowning and Coffee Hour after Mass. We had a wonderful turnout, and are grateful to all who helped us by donating baked items, or helped with set-up and clean-up. The monetary donations received will help us to Welcome the New Families, and New Babies added to our Faith Family this year.

St. John’s Hospitality Committee

Breakfast Thank You - St. James parishioners

Breakfast Thank You St. James parishioners—your support of the Mother’s Day Breakfast is greatly appreciated. Our next fundraiser for the youth trip to Steubenville will be on Sunday, June 4th. We are hosting a pancake breakfast after Mass and hope to see you all there!

Senior Recognition

Senior Recognition receptions will take place in the church halls after Masses on Sunday, June 11th. Please plan to take a few moments to join us in this opportunity to congratulate our graduating seniors as well as enjoy some refreshments.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Lauren Ambury
Lori Argenio
Doris Baylor
Ken Brinkman
Marie Calandra
Bob Carpenter
Rose Marie Cheresnowsky
MaryLou Conklin
Chuck Curtis
Kathy Watts-Decker
Pat Dewitt
Marie Di Gioia
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
Mike Murphy
Deacon Martin Oliveri
Joseph Patak
Isabel Quartararo
Violet Ray
Jim Robinson
Tom Schmeh
Ken Schneider
Jerry Stahl
Cathy Soprano
Evelyn Tatich
Ruth Telfer
Damien Titus
Nate Titus
Beth Tornatore
Bob Walker
Gloria Ward
Kathryn Whittemore
Louise Woodburn
Ann Marie Zevan

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
Shane Bradley
Matthew Cascarino
Jennifer Leary Dean
Casey Ford
Matthew Harford
John Harrington
Matthew Harrington
Travis Holland
Patricia Mallins
Colton Miller
Adam Meyrick
Alexander Pannone
Travis Phillips
Paul Stauder
Isaac Vandeweert
Andrew Yammine