Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord ~ March 24, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. (Is. 50:7)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Ps. 22)

Second Reading:
He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him. (Phil. 2:8-9)

They brought him to the place of Golgotha—which is translated Place of the Skull—. (Mk. 15:22)

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:
The crowds of Jerusalem beautified the path of Jesus as he came into the city, offering their own cloaks in homage. Let us make way in our hearts for the King as we enter into Holy Week.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:


Easter Triduum — The Three Days of Easter:

  • Holy Thursday: March 28
    • Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Good Friday: March 29
    • The Passion of Our Lord: 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross
    • Stations of the Cross: 7:00 .m., St. James the Apostle
    • (Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Francis Solanus is Cancelled)
  • Holy Saturday: March 30
    • Easter Vigil, 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.

Easter Vigil – Bishop Salvatore Matano:
We received the joyful news that our Bishop will be with us this Easter celebrating the Easter Vigil. The Easter Vigil (Saturday, March 30) will be celebrated at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken beginning at 8:00 p.m. All are invited.

Monday 8:30 a.m. Mass:
Regarding Mondays, from the last Monday in January until the first Monday of March 2024, there has been a Communion Service held at 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg and the 8:30 a.m. Monday Mass at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken was cancelled.  This practice will continue.

Baptism / Confirmation / Holy Communion:
At the Easter Vigil the Gebhardt family will be celebrating Sacraments. Liana Gebhardt will be celebrating the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion). Mattew Gebhardt will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their two daughters, Poppy Holiday and Violet Jubilee, will be celebrating Baptism. This is a great day for Gebhardt’s and the Church.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt—Volunteers Needed:
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!  We need volunteers next Sunday, March 24, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James to help fill the eggs. Your help is appreciated greatly.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
Six of our parishioners have trained to lead small group discussions based on a series of videos provided by the organizers of the Eucharistic Revival. The videos are inspiring, well designed, and rich in content. Each one explores a different topic relating to the Eucharist.
Each facilitator will be offering seven sessions. See the bulletin insert or bulletin boards in each church for the Eucharistic Revival April 7-13 2024 schedule. It is also available at

Parish Easter Offering:
There is one collection on Easter. In previous years parishioners generally increase their offering by being more generous on that day than usual. The parish has come to rely on the Easter offering collection. Please do what you are able. Thank you.

Holy Cross Cemetery Trimmers:
Last year a number of parishioners assisted with cemetery maintenance by using string cutters around the head stones. If you are interested in helping this year, please contact the parish office.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
It was reported on March 6, 2004 that ninety-two parish households have pledged $26,382 which is 85.1% of our goal. “Thank you” to all who have made a pledge. We encourage all households to help us reach our given goal of $31,000. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. If you have lost your pledge envelope, know they are in the foyers of the churches or request one by phoning the parish office. We need everyone’s help.

Pontifical Good Friday Collection:
Pope Francis has asked our parish to support the Pontifical Good Friday Collection, which helps Christians in the Holy Land. Your support helps the church minister in parishes and offer religious education. This collection also helps to preserve the sacred shrines of Christianity.

The pandemic hit Christians in the Holy Land hard. The war made their situation even more dire. In these times of crisis, the Pontifical Good Friday Collection is necessary to meet the basic needs of the people of God still living in this land. When you contribute to this collection, you join with Catholics around the world in solidarity with the Church in the Holy Land. For more information visit or

Eucharistic Holy Hour – Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be Thursday, April 4, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church. For many in the parish it will mean making the sacrifice to travel. December’s Encounter Night will be at Holy Cross Church.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Light and Life: The Easter Workings of God”: April 16, 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m., includes lunch, $35
  • “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”: Solar Eclipse Retreat, April 5 and/or 6
  • “Just as You Are”: Women’s retreat, April 12–14

For more details visit

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).

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony is held every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. During this time Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal contemplation and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you. An evening version of Healing and Harmony is available on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. The next dates for these sessions are March 14, April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, and June 13 and 27. There is no evening session on March 28 due to it being Holy Thursday.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
  • Taizé Prayer will take place on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1:00 p.m. The next dates are March 15; April 5 and 19; and June 7 and 21. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs in a room lit by candlelight. It is a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

All are welcomed to join any of these programs with a suggested donation of $5 which benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph. If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

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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