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
• Stations of the Cross: at Holy Cross on Thursdays of Lent at 6:00 p.m.
• Stations of the Cross and Benediction: at St. James the Apostle on Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m.
• Weekend Backpack Program Project: at St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross, February 13–28
• Italian Night to benefit Notre Dame High School: Tuesday, February 16, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the Country Club of Ithaca
• World Marriage Day: The second Sunday of February
• St. Francis Solanus – Finance Council: will meet on Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James and Holy Cross.
• St. Francis Solanus – Parish Council: will meet this Tuesday, February 16, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James & Holy Cross parishes.
• Holy Cross – Finance Council: will meet this Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James & St. Francis parishes.
• Dinner dance: Sunday afternoon, February 21 at the American Legion Hall in Trumansburg, for parishioners of all three parishes
• Day of Penance and Mercy: March 9, 12:30–7:30 p.m. throughout diocese.
• Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference: March 12, at Aquinas Institute High School, Rochester.
Black & Indian Mission Collection—Building Our Mission to the Missions:
There will be a second collection will taken up this weekend in support of Black and Indian Missions. U.S. Catholic bishops established this Catholic Church charity for the Catholic Missions in 1884 to administer a national collection—the first of its kind in the United States—to support missionary work.
Dinner Dance – “30 Days Till Spring”:
Join us as we get together, to talk, eat, dance ,and get to know our neighbor better on Sunday, February 21, 1:00-5:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Tickets are $15 per person, children under 12 are free. Tickets will be available after the Masses. The group, the “TARPS”, will provide the music. Dinner will be served at 1:00 p.m. followed by music for your listening and dancing pleasure. All parish volunteers will be recognized, so please make every attempt to be present. For further information contact: Russ Wedemeyer 520 906 0832 email@example.com / Cathy Millspaugh 607 532 4788 firstname.lastname@example.org / Phyllis Motill 607 869 3818 email@example.com. Watch for our weekly updates.
Lenten Reflection Opportunities:
• Free booklets: Lent 2016 are located in the church vestibule.
• Join Bishop Robert Barron and 275,000 Catholics in receiving free daily Lenten reflections. Go to http://LentReflections.com or wordonfire.org, click resources, click blogs, then scroll down to sign up.
• The Catholic Courier’s” Journey to Easter” calendar is designed to support you throughout the Lenten season of penance, reflection and fasting in preparation for Christ’s resurrection. As you visit the online calendar each day, you will be able to open a box containing a multimedia resource to help you along the way. Visit catholiccourier.com/easterjourney starting February 9 through March 27.
Fridays of Lent:
Please remember that Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence, that is, a meatless day.
Stations of the Cross :
Stations of the Cross devotion will be held at:
• Holy Cross on Thursdays of Lent at 6:00 p.m. followed by a soup supper.
• St. James the Apostle on Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
Day of Penance and Mercy:
Accept God’s invitation! Plan to go to confession during Lent. To learn more about his Sacrament of Healing go to http://forgiven.dor.org. Throughout the Diocese, Wednesday March 9 will be a day of penance and mercy. Confessions will be held in all churches from 12:30–7:30 p.m.
Stepping Stones—Bereavement Support Program:
A bereavement support program for children, teens, and their families will be held for eight weeks on Tuesday evenings, March 1–April 19, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo, NY. Registration is required by February 25. Please contact Adrienne Daniels by phoning 585 214 1414.
2015-2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal Report – February 5, 2016: 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 $7,196. 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 February 9 for St. James the Apostle:
Goal: $ 19,696.00 Commitment: $12,500.00 by 66 people 63.46 % of goal
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.
Five Points Correctional Facility Volunteers:
The Five Points Correctional Facility is looking for volunteers to be with children in the play area on “Visiting Saturdays.” The play area is a separate space in the visiting room that is monitored by security staff. The children, ages 4–12 years old, are able to come into the room and play with toys, games, puzzles, coloring books, etc. The volunteers are needed for one Saturday per month for three hours (10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.). If interested please contact Maureen Collins (the Catholic chaplain at the prison) at 315 729 0376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be an Italian Night to benefit Notre Dame High School, Grades 7–12 and the ND-Ithaca Bus, held this Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Country Club of Ithaca, 189 Pleasant Grove Road, Ithaca. Goodwill offering at the door. All are welcome. notredamehighschool.com
Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference: will be held on March 12, 2016 at Aquinas Institute High School, Rochester. The theme “Love One Another” invites all to share God’s love and mercy with everyone. The speakers are: Sr. Clare Matthias of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, Marcus Grodi of the Coming Home Network International, and Kelly Wahlquist, founder of Women in the New Evangelization (WINE). Registration online at Rochestercwc.org/ for conference details or contact Lisa Gorton 607 351 6338 for more information. (Information cards and registration forms are in the vestibule of the Church.
Weekend Backpack Program Project:
St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross parishioners are requested to participate in supporting this program which is funded by the community. There will be money collection jars at both churches. If you wish to write a check, write it to Weekend Backpack Program. You can put the check in our donation jar or mail it to Ovid Federated Church, PO Box 340, Ovid, NY 14521. Food items donated must be single serving size: cereal, canned milk or juice, canned fruit, microwaveable individual meals and popcorn are some examples. The collection dates for this program will be from the weekend of February 13/14 through February 27/28. Thank you for supporting our children in need.
• St. Francis Solanus Finance Council will meet this Tuesday, February 16, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James and Holy Cross.
• St. Friancis Solanus Parish Council will meet this Tuesday, February 16, at 7:15 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James & Holy Cross parishes.
• Holy Cross – Finance Council will meet this Tuesday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m. to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of merging with St. James & St. Francis parishes.
Merging of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus and St. James the Apostle: Planning Team Update
•Thank you to the many parishioners who stayed after Mass and participated in a parish meeting one of the past two weekends. If you have additional input regarding pastoral advantages or disadvantages of the proposed merging of the three parishes, please send it to Fr. Bernard as soon as possible. Your comments will be included in the packet of information going to Bishop Matano.
• A Prayer of Unity: A member of the planning team, has prepared a prayer for our use during Lent and beyond. Copies are available at each of the churches and on the St. James website under “parish merge.” Please incorporate this prayer into your daily time of prayer. We will also use it at parish meetings.
World Marriage Day:
The second Sunday of February is a day that honors husband and wife as head of the family, the basic unit of society. It salutes the beauty of their faithfulness, sacrifice, and joy in daily married life. “Thank you”
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Schedule for next weekend, February 13 and 15 (second Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Amy Panek (substituting for Scott Hamula) and Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula, Barbara Willers
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: George Hade and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ron Singer, Mary Szymanski, Joan Hogan
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Eileen Heptig, Glenn Stamps, Mark Scibilia-Carver
Schedule for next weekend, February 20 and 21 (third Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Scott Hamula (substituting for Amy Panek)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Anne Haus, Kathleen Rourke
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Mary Szymanski and George Hade
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Anna Zavala, Barbara Willers, Marc Albanese
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Susan Stafford, Mark Scibilia-Carver