Holy Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015–November 20, 2016:
“A time to heal, to help, to forgive.”
Catholics Invite Catholics:
“Come to Mass in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day.” A way to remind people of a way to be faithful to the third commandment: Keep holy the Lord’s Day.
• Scripture study classes: Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle Church
• Women’s Guild meeting: after 9:00 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, March 30.
• Senior Living Expo: April 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Ithaca.
• Capuchin Franciscans candidate discernment weekend: April 8–10, at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA.
• Parishioner meeting about Mass schedules: After Sunday Masses, April 10.
• First Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession): Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
• First Holy Communion (Eucharist): Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Mass.
• Women’s Guild/T’burg Garage sale: Weekend of May 22.
On this day we rejoice in the celebration of Jesus’s victory over evil and death. Jesus’s resurrection is the root cause for our faith in Him. We also rejoice that Jesus’s victory is a demonstration of the power of God to save us all from evil and death and raise us up in the company with His Son. God has bestowed Jesus’s new life on us through our faith and baptism. We have been gifted with salvation. Rejoice in this historical event and how it has affected us and tell others of this Good News.
Parishioner Meeting about Revised Mass Schedule:
Please participate in a parishioner meeting about a revised weekend Mass schedule for St. James the Apostle, Holy Cross, and St. Francis Solanus. Bishop Matano gave his blessing to our local development of a weekend schedule with one Mass each at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus and two at St. James the Apostle. The planning team has worked through many different scenarios and now has two options to present to parishioners for input. Today’s bulletin contains an insert including the two possible schedules, the principles the planning team agreed on, and the needs/wants of each community that had to be weighed.
The planning team is holding parishioner meetings on Sunday, April 10 after each of the Sunday Masses. Please plan to stay for a short while after whichever Mass you attend. Although the Saturday evening Mass will not change, parishioners who regularly attend it are encouraged to come to one of the Sunday meetings. The planning team will be asking for your feedback on the two proposed Mass schedules.
First Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession), will be held on Sunday April 17 at 9:00 a.m. First Holy Communion (Eucharist), will be Sunday, May 15, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
Women’s Guild Garage Sale in Conjunction With T’burg Village Garage Sale:
The Women’s Guild garage sale will be on the May 22 weekend. Please donate clean and unbroken items. They may be dropped off at the rectory garage. We cannot accept curtain rods, T.V.’s, computers, clothes, or books.
Women’s Guild Meeting:
A Women’s Guild meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 30 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. The agenda includes discussing the craft sale and the communion breakfast.
Scripture Studies—The Gospel of Matthew:
A study of the Gospel of Matthew is available on Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James. For more information phone or text Camille Taranto 607 793 7753.
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:
The origin of the Christian Jubilee goes back to Old Testament times. The Law of Moses prescribed a special year for the Jewish people to make restitution for wrongs committed, to forgive debts owed, and set slaves free. In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year or Jubilee is a great religious event, for the forgiveness of sins and the punishment due to sin. A Jubilee is a year of reconciliation between adversaries. It is a time of solidarity, hope, justice and commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters. The guiding principle of the year: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.”
2015-2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal Report:
Our parish is well behind in meeting our given goal of $19,696. Every family’s help is needed. If we do not reach our goal we have to make up the difference from our ordinary weekend collections, which at the present time would be a hefty bill of $5,876. Envelopes for making a pledge are in the pews and in the vestibule of the church. Please participate in the Appeal and do what you are able. If everyone participates we will reach our given goal. Your help is needed.
Report as of March 9:
Parish goal: $19,696 Pledged: $13,820 # of Donors: 75 % of goal: 70.17%
Please visit our web site www.stjamestburg.com to get started with this convenient giving option. On the home screen select the <giving> option and on the next screen select the <online giving> button. This will bring you to the “Online Giving Welcome” screen where you can create your own ID and password. Once your ID and password has been established you can log in and setup you banking information and you are ready to set up transactions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl:
Please return your filled rice bowls to the church at your earliest convenience. You may also write a check for the amount in the rice bowl or simply go to crsricebowl.org/give. Choose the method that works best for you.
Trumansburg Food Pantry:
The T’burg food pantry sent a “Thank you” to the parish for the $500 donation. “We are grateful for the support from such a caring community.”
Church Cleaners Needed:
Cleaning a small section of the church takes about thirty (30) minutes once a month. Contact Traci Bump at 607 387 3796 if you are interested.
Senior Living Expo:
Working towards an Age-Friendly Community will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn (23 N Triphammer Rd) . It is a free event with over 30 exhibitors. It is sponsored by Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. (607-274 1607). Visit: Ithaca.edu/aging.
Capuchin Franciscans Candidate Discernment Weekend:
A discernment weekend will be held April 8–10, 2016, at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA. The theme: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Gospels & Following It. Please contact Brother Tim, email@example.com for more information and registration.
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Schedule for this weekend, April 2 and 3 (first Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Scott Hamula
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Amy Panek, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Leon Webster
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ron Singer, Traci Bump, Marc Albanese
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Susan Stafford, Mark Scibilia-Carver
Schedule for next weekend, April 9 and 10 (second Sunday)