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
• Dinner dance: Sunday afternoon, February 21 at the American Legion Hall in Trumansburg, for parishioners of all three parishes
• Merge Planing Team Meeting: Thursday, February 25 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis.
• 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.
Dinner – Dance “30 Days Until Spring”:
The dinner dance will be held this Sunday at the American Legion, Trumansburg, from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Dinner will be served at 1:00 p.m. followed by an expression of gratitude to the parishes’ volunteers. St. James had 94 appreciation certificates printed. The dinner will be followed by music by the Traps for listening and dancing. The number of people attending is 153+.
Merging of the Parishes Planing Team Meeting:
The planning team will meet this Thursday, February 25, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.
Merging of Holy Cross, St. Francis Solanus, and St. James the Apostle 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.
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, days in which you do not eat meat.
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:
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:
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 $7,146. 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 17 for St. James the Apostle:
Goal: $ 19,696.00 Commitment: $12,550.00 by 67 people 63.72 % of goal
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 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.
Church Cleaners Needed:
St. James needs people willing to spend about thirty (30) minutes to clean a small section of the Church once a month. If interested, contact Traci Bump at 607 387 3796.
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 a.m.–1:00 p.m.). If interested please contact Maureen Collins (the Catholic chaplain at the prison) at 315 729 0376 or email email@example.com.
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 prayer.
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, February 27 and 28 (fourth Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Anne Haus, Barbara Willers
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: George Hade and John Hager
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ron Singer, Barbara Willers, Joan Hogan
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Eileen Heptig
Schedule for next 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 George Hade
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