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
    Wednesday:
    8:30 AM
    Saturday
    5:00 PM
    Sunday
    9:00 AM
  • St. John
  • Monday:
    9:00 AM
    Friday:
    8:30 AM
    Sunday
    11:15 AM
  • St. Margaret Mary
  • Tuesday:
    7:00 AM
    Thursday:
    7:00 AM
    Sunday
    10:45 AM
  • St. Patrick
  • Tuesday:
    12:00 PM (noon)
    Thursday:
    12:00 PM (noon)
    Saturday
    5:00 PM
    Sunday
    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:

Important Announcement from Fr. Valenti

As you may or may not know, Blessed Trinity Parish has had a financial deficit for the past several years; the current deficit is $125,000.  From a financial viability standpoint, this is not sustainable indefinitely.  Blessed Trinity has been able to survive due to a large donation given many years ago.  This large donation falls under the stable patrimony policy of the Diocese of Rochester which is put in place to provide protection of funds for long term stability, not for the support of ongoing operations.

After discussion with Diocesan officials, a formal plan must be developed to reduce and eventually eliminate the deficit spending.  A plan will be devised that will look at both income opportunities and expense reductions to reduce the deficit.

It has been mandated by the Diocese that Blessed Trinity reduce the deficit by at least $75,000 beginning in the next fiscal year, which commences on July 1, 2016.  While this mandate is not directed to St. Patrick parish, the operating plan will likely impact St. Patrick parish in some ways due to shared services.

While I understand that this will require some changes in our parish, we will be using this opportunity to examine all ministries within our parish to ensure that the spiritual needs of the faith community are met.  We ask for your continued prayers and support as we move through the process of reducing the deficit.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Pastoral Council Corner

The three new people who were elected on Pentecost Sunday to fill the vacating seats on Pastoral Council are:

  1. Josh Clark- St. John’s
  2. John Coccia – St. Margaret Mary
  3. Tina Kidney – St. Patrick

The Most Holy Trinity

“The Spirit of truth… will take from what is mine and declare it to you.” Jesus says in today’s Gospel that the Spirit declares something to US. We actually have a kind of share in the blessed life of the Trinity through this spiritual declaration. In particular, God gives us the gift of his truth. Traditionally, we say that God–the Blessed Trinity–is the source of all truth, beauty, and goodness. Today’s reading reminds us that truth exists, that it comes from God, and that we can know it, hear it, and live according to it. “But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.”

This is so important to remember in today’s cultural climate. These days, the very idea of truth is a touchy subject. Because there is so much focus on tolerance and not offending anyone, we tend to shy away from discussions about “absolute” truth. Instead, we hear a lot of talk about “what’s true for me” or “what’s true for you.” Too often we get confused about how to respect others’ differing beliefs while still maintaining our own. Instead of embracing the fact that there is real truth–like, for example, the truth that God became man and was born of Mary–it is more popular to refer to “beliefs” and “traditions” and “practices,” emphasizing that these things differ among people. Yes, those things differ. But truth does not change. Either Jesus is God, or he isn’t. Either his claims were true or they weren’t. It’s not a matter of personal opinion.

The Holy Spirit helps to convince us of what is really right. But we needn’t fear that this will lead us to be intolerant. It is this same Spirit within us that brings the fruits of love, peace, patience, kindness, and generosity.

Deacon and Priest Ordinations

On Saturday, May 28th, Fr. Van Lieshout will attend the Deacon Ordination at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester.

On Saturday, June 4th, Fr. Valenti and Fr. Van Lieshout will attend the Priest Ordination at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. The 11:00 am confessions at St. John and the 2:00 pm confessions at St. Margaret Mary will be cancelled on this day. Confessions will be held at 4:00 pm at St. James and 4:00 pm at St. Patrick.

New Dates for Eucharistic Adoration for Youth

12 Hour Eucharistic Adoration for Youth

May 20 @ 7:00 pm - May 21 @ 11:00 am

All junior and senior high youth are invited to join us for our 7th 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 […]

Memorial Day Masses

In accordance with the new Diocesan Sacramental Policies, Memorial Day Masses will no longer be held outdoors (i.e. in the cemeteries), as has been done in the past. This year Memorial Day Masses (May 30th) will be offered at 8:30am at St. James church and 9:00am at St. Patrick church. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Memorial Day Mass

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

In accordance with the new Diocesan Sacramental Policies, Memorial Day Masses will no longer be held outdoors (i.e. in the cemeteries), as has been done in the past. This year Memorial Day Masses (May 30th) will be offered at 8:30am at St. James church and 9:00am at St. Patrick church. Thank you for your understanding […]

Memorial Day Mass

May 30 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

In accordance with the new Diocesan Sacramental Policies, Memorial Day Masses will no longer be held outdoors (i.e. in the cemeteries), as has been done in the past. This year Memorial Day Masses (May 30th) will be offered at 8:30am at St. James church and 9:00am at St. Patrick church. Thank you for your understanding […]

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ!

St. John’s Annual Chicken BBQ!

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Sunday, June 5 Noon ~ 2:00 St. John’s Hall $8 PRE-SALE $9 @ the door (pre-sale MUST be picked up NO LATER than 1:30!) TICKETS ON SALE TODAY! After Mass @ St. John’s or Call the office @ 607-687-1068 Eat More Chicken!

Vacation Bible School

July 11 – July 15 @ St. John Newark Valley (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

July 11 – July 15 @ St. James, Waverly

Aug 1 – Aug 5 @ St. Margaret Mary, Apalachin

*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

Join Us For Breakfast @ St. Patrick’s Hall

Join Us For Breakfast

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

Our next Sunday morning breakfast will be Sunday, June 5 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.

Prayer Pockets

Please pray for the children who will be receiving First Communion this month. 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 22.

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

Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Catholic Charities

Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser for Catholic Charities

May 25 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Catholic Charities cordially invites you to attend the Festa Italiana Pasta Dinner Fundraiser on Wednesday May 25 at the Elks Lodge at 223 Front Street in Owego. Owego Town Supervisor Don Castellucci will be the guest chef, serving up his homemade pasta sauce. The program will include stories of hope by local people served by […]

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 hawaii2343@yahoo.com

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 […]

Soap for Hope

Bins are in St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary this month waiting for your donation of laundry soap, dish soap, bath soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. Your donations will help restock the pantry shelves at TCRM. These are necessary items that are often difficult to purchase. Thank you for your help for all God’s children.

Spring Cleaning?

Spring Cleaning? The Youth Groups of St. Patrick and St. Margaret Mary are in need of furniture in usable condition. If you have any of the following items that you are looking to replace, please consider donating to the youth of our parish. couches ~ recliners ~ bean bag chairs ~ air mattresses

Please contact Annette Larrabee at the church office (607-687-1068) about arrangements for delivery.

St. Margaret Mary Altar & Rosary

St. Margaret Mary’s Altar & Rosary Society will meet at 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m.in the hall. There will be no meetings during July and August, but will resume our regular schedule on Thursday, September 1 at 1 p.m. in the hall. New members would be most welcome to join us in prayer to our Blessed Mother.

Works of Charity & Mercy

The Social Justice Committee received thank you notes from A New Hope Center, Waverly Chow for Children and The First Baptist Church of Owego for our support of the KIND project.

The Mother’s Day Carnation Sale for Birthright was again successful, over $350 went to Birthright. Thank you for your participation in the sale.

Prayer Requests:

Please Pray for:

Rachael Adams
Maeve Anderson
Marith Anderson
Nettie Aten
Cindy Barnhart
Doris Baylor
Dick Bierl
Amy Brisson
Cheryl Crosby
Pat Dewitt
James Dubinsky
Scott Ellis
Tori McCloe Freeman
Kevin Gatesman
Sandy Gumbie
Nathan Harrington Family
Barbara Houman
Larry Kasmarcik
Isla Landon
Gabriella Laubisch
Paula Lawrence
Johnathan Lawton
Mary Gillow Madison
Tim McGovern
Gloria Muscatello
Dick Niznik
Len Nossal
Anne Owen
Greg Pedroza
Bill Porter
Violet Ray
Tim Rupright
Jim Schaller
Jerry Stahl
Steve Supa
Kathy Szulcha
Sister Theresa Thayer
Anne Thomas
Bill Thompson
Alicia Vasilow
Kathleen Watts-Decker
Albert Wetterling
Dave 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
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