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.
• 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.
Catholic Relief Services Collection:
A second collection for the Catholic Relief Service is next weekend, March 6, 2016. Your donation will help provide humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families and advocating on behalf of victims. Please visit www.usccb.org/catholic-relief to learn how you are making a difference.
Building and Maintenance Fund Envelope:
The building and maintenance fund is not a collection; however, in the boxes of envelopes there is a blue envelope labeled “Building and Maintenance Fund.” Please place your Building and Maintenance Fund contribution envelope in the regular collection. Thank you for your help in this regard.
Dinner / Dance “30 Days Until Spring:”
The dinner/dance was held last Sunday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Over 170 people from St. James, St. Francis, and Holy Cross were present. It was an impressive sight to see the hall full to capacity. The meal was delicious (salad, chicken, pasta, potatoes, sirloin tips, vegetable kabobs and rolls). The meal was completed with homemade desserts. The band, the Tarps, was extraordinary. It was a celebration of the parish families coming together on a Sunday to enjoy one another’s company, to have fun, and especially to “thanks” the 176 parish volunteers from the three parishes who form the back bone of the parishes.
Parish volunteers are sacristans, sacristy launderers, church cleaners and decorators, ushers, greeters, musicians (organists, piano, guitars, violins, trumpeters etc.) song leaders, cantors, choir members, altars servers, lectors, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, parish office workers (receptionists, secretaries, typists, bookkeepers, collection counters and recorders, parish census workers), members of the Parish Council, Finance Council, Building and Grounds committee, liturgy committee, funeral receptions committee, religion education directors, catechists, social outreach people, and parish social (fellowship) organizers. The St. James Women’s Guild was received special mention. Special “thanks” were given to Russ Wedemeyer, Phyllis Motil, and Cathy Millspaugh for creating the event for us. Certificates of appreciation and thankfulness for the blessing our volunteers are to the parishes, were delivered to the volunteers present and will be available to volunteers who were unable to attend.
It was truly an uplifting Catholic event who are a minority in the area between Cayuga Lake and Seneca Lake and who nevertheless contribute so much not only to their parishes but to the community. Thank you to all who attended making this a memorable event in the life of the parishes.
Merging of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus, and St. James the Apostle: Planning Team Update
• Minutes from the January/February parishioner meetings at each of the churches are available on the website: https://marymotherofmercy.com/parish-merge/.
• The three parishes’ pastoral councils and finance councils met during February as part of the process of considering a merger of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus, and St. James the Apostle.
• Please continue to use the Prayer of Unity during your daily prayer this Lent.
Fridays of Lent:
Fridays during Lent are days of abstinence, that is, a meatless day.
Stations of the Cross Devotion:
Stations of the Cross are held at Holy Cross on Thursdays of Lent at 6:00 p.m. followed by a soup supper. At St. James the Apostle they are held on Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
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.
Day of Penance and Mercy:
Do you want to go to confession on March 9 but aren’t sure exactly how to do it? Go to http://forgiven.dor.org to find the form and prayers you need to know to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance. 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.
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 – February 23, 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 $6,346. 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 23 for St. James the Apostle:
Goal: $ 19,696.00 Commitment: $13,350.00 by 70 people 67.78 % of goal
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.
A Sacristan is Still Needed for the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass:
This need has been expressed earlier this year and continues to be a need. Basically it is setting up for the 10:30 AM Sunday Mass and assuring all has been set in place after the Mass. A job description has been drawn up. It would require arriving 15 minutes before Mass and staying 15 minutes after Mass. Please contact the parish office for inquiries.
Five Points Correctional Facility:
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 AM – 1:00 PM). If interested please contact Maureen Collins (the Catholic chaplain at the prison) at 315 729 0376 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stepping Stones—Bereavement Support Program for Children, Teens, and their Families:
will be held for eight weeks – Tuesday evenings, March 1 – April 19 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo, NY. Registration is required by February 25th. Please contact Adrienne Daniels by phoning 585 214 1414
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl:
Please join the nearly 14,000 Catholic communities across the US—in a life- changing Lenten journey with the Rice Bowl. Pick up your family’s rice bowl from the vestibule of the church and don’t forget to download the CRS Rice Bowl app! Remember, what you give up for Lent changes lives.
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.
Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference:
This year’s Catholic Women’s Conference will be held on March 12 at Aquinas Institute High School, Rochester. The theme “Love One Another” invites all to share God’s love and mercy with everyone. 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.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Prayers:
Sister Susan Schantz, SSJ, continues to pray for St. James the Apostle Parish in Trumansburg. Let us keep Sr. Susan and the Sisters of St. Joseph in your prayers.
Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of the church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities Office in Ithaca.
Cancer Services Program (Cortland and Tompkins Counties):
This a program that provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. For more information call 1-866 442 2262.
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Schedule for this weekend, March 5 and 6 (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: Traci Bump, Ron Singer, 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, March 12 and 13 (second Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula, Barbara Willers
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tara Webster 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, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps