Fourth Sunday in Lent ~ March 10, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
Early and often did the LORD, the God of their fathers, send his messengers to them, for he had compassion on his people and his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, despised his warnings, and scoffed at his prophets, until the anger of the LORD against his people was so inflamed that there was no remedy. (2 Chr. 36:15-16)

Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you! (Ps. 137)

Second Reading:
God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ. (Eph. 2:4-5)

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (Jn. 3:16)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Out of love for us, God sent His son into the world, to illuminate the truth that brings salvation. But light can be blinding to eyes that have only seen darkness. Pray that God will teach us to walk bravely in the light.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








Lenten Daily Mediations and CRS Rice Bowls:
Booklets, The Word Among Us, are available in the foyers of the Church. The booklets contain a meditation for each day of Lent. All are welcome to make a free will offering toward the cost of the booklets.

CRS rice bowls are also available in the foyers of the Church. 75% of donations are used globally, and 25% of donations go to our local food pantries.

Stations of the Cross:

  • Holy Cross: Thursdays in Lent, 6:00 p.m., followed by a soup supper
  • James the Apostle: Fridays in Lent, 3:00 p.m.

Parish Council Meeting:
There is a Parish Council meeting on March 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for celebration every Friday at St. Francis Solanus Church beginning at 6:30 p.m. During the Season of Lent two other opportunities have been scheduled:

  • March 18, 6:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • March 19, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross

Holy Week Schedule:

  • Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, March 28, 7:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Good Friday: The Passion of Our Lord, March 29, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Easter Vigil: March 30, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Easter Sunday: March 31
    • 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle
    • 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross

Washing of the Feet Ritual:
On March 28, this ritual will take place during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church. We need 12 adult parishioners to volunteer to participate in this rite. There are sign-up sheets in the foyers of the Church.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt:
All are welcome to participate in the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle!  Join us!

Annual Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection:
This weekend our parish will take up The Catholic Relief Services Collection. Funds from this collection provide food to the hungry, support displaced refugees, and bring Christ’s love and mercy to vulnerable people here and abroad. Please give generously to the collection and reveal Christ’s love to those most in need. Learn more about the collection at

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year May 26).

Lenten Reminders:
The season of Lent runs until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (March 28).

  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.
  • The Easter celebration is: Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday – the Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter).
  • During the Season of Lent, the Church urges all the faithful to reflect a spirit of prayer, penance (conversion), and charity.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Lenten Change Maker Series:” free evening with a simple supper followed by a talk on a Social Justice Issue; March 18
  • “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”: Solar Eclipse Retreat, April 5 and/or 6

For more details visit

Online Giving:
WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection, and the CRS Rice Bowl. Also, a Mass Intention Request form is now available on WeShare.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.

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