December 21, 2003 Volume 3, Issue 51
Advent Remember when Christmas decorations appeared in The season concludes with the Baptism of the Lord.
the stores AFTER Thanksgiving? Now from the middle Here is a chance for us to reflect on our own baptism.
of October on we are reminded that Christmas is coming. What does it mean for us to be followers of Christ? How
And by December 26th the Christmas things disappear. has following Christ changed your life and do you believe
Challenging for us as Christians to keep the spirit of the you are on a life-long journey? Where are you going on
Christmas season alive when all around us it appears to your journey this year? How will you manifest God's gift
be over by the day after Christmas! But it isn't over - it's of love, peace and hope throughout the coming year?
just beginning! "The Source Book for Sundays and Some other suggestions - resist the urge to take your
Seasons" has this to say about the Christmas Season. tree down by the new year. Join in singing the Christmas
"Even though we celebrate a historical event on songs at mass with gusto and joy. Schedule a Christmas
Christmas Day, its meaning does not rest in the past ... party during the Christmas Season - gather family and
The Son of God, the eternal Word, became flesh as friends together in the relaxed atmosphere that prevails
Jesus the Christ. Our belief and actions bring Christmas AFTER December 25th. You will truly enjoy this time
to life. Whenever we give a gift of charity, sing of God's together. Send Christmas cards to some of the people
goodness, or support the needy, we are the body of you might have forgotten, to a shut- in or someone from
Christ, newly born, bringing life and redemption to a our list of sick parishioners. (NO, it's really not too late to
weary world." The Christmas Season is a "Festival of send Christmas cards after Christmas!) Go visit some of
Lord, make us many days: The liturgical celebration of Christmas our shut-ins. Remember Christmas day isn't the only day
turn to you; let extends for several weeks beyond Christmas Day. The people need reassurance they are loved and cared for.
us see your mystery is so deep that the liturgical calendar gives us a The beginning of January with all of the winter weather
series of occasions to enter it again and again."*** The can make shut- ins feel even more isolated than usual.
face and we
celebration lasts from Christmas day through the Baptism How about inviting someone to dinner or offer to take
shall be saved. of the Lord. How do we keep the season joy- filled? them shopping? Share the gift of yourself - there is no
(Psalm 80:4) Holy Family Sunday offers us a wonderful opportunity to better way to keep the Christmas season alive. Mend a
celebrate family. Invite your entire family to mass and relationship - perhaps a note or a phone call or a visit
follow it with a holiday brunch. (The diet can wait a little might help in the processo healing.
longer.) Share photos and family stories with each other. Finally, remember the stranger coming to mass -
INSIDE: PAGE: On New Year's day join the rest of the church in honoring there will be many visitors during this season. Welcome
Praying Together the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God by praying them with joy and hospitality. Let them see in ALL of us
Mass Schedule . . . . . . . . . .. . . 2
Prayer Requests . . . . . . . . . . 2
for peace -peace that comes from being in right the manifestation of God's love. In the midst of the
Sacraments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 relationship with God and each other. This is followed by messiness of humanity God showed His absolute love for
the Feast of Epiphany. In days past Epiphany was us by the gift of His Son being born into that humanity. In
Food/Fun Activities . . . . .4 celebrated with Twelfth Night plays and feasts. Epiphany the celebration of the Christmas season we have the
Growing Together is the manifestation of God's love to all the world. opportunity to manifest that love to others.
Life-Long Faith Formation
and Youth Activities . …..5
Families would exchange gifts of books as a sign of their
search for the truth. This would be a good occasion to Enjoy and remember- keep saying Merry Christmas!
extend the gift-giving of Christmas with a book for a loved
Church and Community
one to treasure during the cold month of January, or a
Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …... 6
Giving Together family could share a new children's story around a table
***Sourcebook for Sundays & Season, by Paul Turner, Liturgy Training
Sacrificial Giving ......... 6 lit with candles to celebrate this feast of light.
Publications, 1800 North Hermitage Ave. Chicago IL 60622-1101.
St. Francis St. James St. John the Evangelist St. Margaret Mary St. Patrick St. Pius X
Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent
7:45 a.m. (SJ) + For the People
8:30 a.m. (SPX) + Andy & Gary Berecki/Mary & Bill Nolan
21 9:00 a.m. (SP)
- Marge Berecki
+ Ann Miller
- Bud & Dee Cole 21 Sunday
9:30 a.m. (SF) + Walter & Malvine Slozenski 10:00 a.m. Church Decorating - SP Church
10:30 a.m. (SJM) + Rev. Edward J. Foy
10:00 a.m. Children’s Choir Practice - SP Church
- Kingston Family 11:30 a.m. Church Decorating - SJM Church
10:45 a.m. (SMM) + Marie Maslyn 11:45 a.m. Young People’s Choir Practice - SMM Music Room
11:15 a.m. (SJ) + Chet Judski 2:00 p.m. SP Jr. High Youth Group Christmas Caroling- SP Hall
- Marie Porzucek
5:00 p.m. Longest Night - McAuley
Monday 6:00 p.m. Music Rehearsal - SJM Church
7:30 a.m. (SP) + Rita Barry 7:00 p.m. Reconciliation Service - SMM Church
22 8:30 a.m. (SJM) + Dorothy Miller
7:00 a.m. (SMM) + Mary Hoffman 7:00 p.m. Children’s Choir Practice - SJ Church
- Hinchchliffe Family
23 8:30 a.m. (SJM) + Bill Costello
- Margaret Costello & Family 23 Tuesday
9:00 a.m. (SJ ) + Barbara Bennett
12 noon (SP ) + Nick Root
- Wife 24 Wednesday
Wednesday Vigil: Christmas All Blessed Trinity & St. Patrick Offices will be closing at Noon.
4:00 p.m. (SJM) + John Cocco
- Jean Cocco 25 Thursday
24 4:00 p.m. (SMM)
4:00 p.m. (SJ)
+ Margaret Bisnett
+ Christopher Malinosky All Blessed Trinity & St. Patrick Offices will be closed.
5:30 p.m. (SP) + Claude Morton 26 Friday
5:30 p.m. (SPX) + Earl & John Saunders All Blessed Trinity & St. Patrick Offices will be closed.
- Kay Saunders
10:00 p.m. (SP) + For the People
10:00 p.m. (SJM) + Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Watts
11:00 p.m. (SMM) + For the People
Thursday The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas) 28 Sunday
9:00 a.m. (SP) + Al & Billy Conti
25 9:30 a.m. (SF)
+ Benjamin F. Nagel
- Josephine Nagel
10:30 a.m. (SJM) + Deceased Members of the Alamo Family
- Liz Alamo
10:45 a.m. (SMM) + Evelyn Schwalbach
11:15 a.m. (SJ) + Frank X. Gebert
Friday Stephen, first martyr
26 No masses
Saturday Vigil: Holy Family
5:00 p.m. (SMM) + Frank & Catherine Newfrock Alice Alexander Jeanne Fowler Jeanne Macri Margaret Schumacher
27 5:00 p.m.(SJM)
- Pete & Mary Anne Premock
+ Theresa Ford
Fr. Elmer Schmidt
- Al Kraus & Family Johanna Andrew Jeannae Gentile Alice Marks Frances Sostowski
5:30 p.m. (SP) + Richard E. Eschler Michael Austin Betty Goodnow Louise Madak Diane Speakman
- Eschler Family Teresa Barnes Joyce Gregor Claire McRoberts Angela Swagler
Gene Barno Irene Gromniak Paul McTamney Stephanie Theodore
Sunday Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph Judy Buckenmeye r Josephine Gwara Moe Miller Constance Trueb
Deacon George Burnett Grace Hackett Diane Monahan Tom Turner
7:45 a.m. (SJ) + Tom Malone
- Richard & Marilynn Charsky George Burnett, Jr Helen Hogan Fred Morey Noah Valint
28 8:30 a.m. (SPX) + Charlotte Walter
- Kay Walter & Joan Teeter
Geraldine Carpineta Edric Howell
Frances Christensen John Jasielonis
Anne Marie Moshier
9:00 a.m. (SP) + Aaron James Martin Robert Clarke Eleanor Kerness Sue Munroe Helen Watlock
- Martin Family Irene Coveney Elizabeth Knight Theresa Newell Mike Wilcox
9:30 a.m. (SF) + Donald Strong Evelyn Cron Mary Knoblock Joe Nossal Stan Winnick
- Bob & Lois Barden Dick DiOrio Julia Koroluck Helen Oliver Shirley Zimmer
10:30 a.m. (SJM) + Angelo & Domenico Gregorio Deacon Bob Dizer Josephine Labnoski Donald Peters Yvonne Zimmer
Kelly Donnelly James Lathrop Helga Pletka
10:45 a.m. (SMM) + Agapito Jemenez
- Jemenez Family
Dorothy Dubinsky Rita Lupold Paul Racht
11:15 a.m. (SJ) + For the People Maureen Foos Mary Lynch Elizabeth Rhone
This sacrament celebrating God’s forgiveness is
available by appointment (contact a priest) or at
the following scheduled times.
Central Office St. Patrick/St. John
300 Main St. Betty D’Arcy, St. Francis - First Saturday 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
Owego, NY 13827 Pastoral Associate, St. James - Saturday 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
(607) 687-1068 642-3404 (H) St. John - Third Saturday 10:30 -11:00 a.m.
M-F 8:00-4:00 St. Margaret Mary - Saturday 4:00 -4:45 p.m.
Waverly Office St. James/St. Pius X St. Patrick - Saturday 4:15 - 5:00 p.m.
Hall Moore St. Pius X - Sunday 8:00 - 8:20 a.m.
503 Clark St.
Waverly, NY 14892 Pastoral Minister
(607) 565-2014 (570) 888-1575 (H) Anointing of the Sick
M, W 8:00 -12:00 St. Margaret Mary/St. Francis Ths Sacrament of strength and healing is
Apalachin Office available upon request for those who are sick or
1110 Penn. Ave. elderly. Please contact your church office.
Apalachin, NY 13732
625-4625 (H) Hospital/Nursing Home visits
In case of Pastoral Emergency call
T, Th 9:00 -1:00 Please notify your church office if you or a family
pager number 1-800-388-4117 member will be hospitalized and would like the
Sacrament of the Sick or a staff member to visit.
Holy Communion at Home
Reconciliation Service Please call your church office if you wish to
bring Holy Communion to a sick friend or family
Sunday, December 21st 7:00 p.m. St. Margaret Mary member or to arrange a visit by one of our
Christmas Liturgies Memorial donations are accepted for the
Sanctuary lamp that burns before the Blessed
Christmas Eve: Christmas Day: Sacrament and the Bread and Wine used in our
4:00 p.m. St. James 9:00 a.m. St. Patrick Eucharistic celebrations. Please contact your
4:00 p.m. St. Margaret Mary 9:30 a.m. St. Francis
(Carols begin at 3:30 p.m.) 10:30 a.m. St. James Sanctuary Lamp:
Family of Bob Wolcott - St. Patrick
4:00 p.m. St. John 10:45 a.m. St. Margaret Mary Edna & Cecil Haner - St. John
5:30 p.m. St. Patrick 11:15 a.m. St. John Eric & Nicholas Volpe - St. Pius X
5:30 p.m. St. Pius X Stephen Sabin - St. James
10:00 p.m. St. James
10:00 p.m. St. Patrick Baptisms
11:00 p.m. St. Margaret Mary Baptismal preparation is offered and required
for parents of children to be baptized in our
churches. Please contact your church office for
an initial interview and baptismal preparation.
Baptism Preparation for Blessed Trinity Parish and St.
Baptism is the sign of our unity with Christ’s community, and a witness
to our desire to be part of the discipleship of Christ. Adults and children of
catechetical age make this choice for themselves; parents make the
choice for infants. When bringing your child to the church for Baptism, Marriage
your Parish Family will want to know that you are a faith-filled member by Couples should contact a Priest or Deacon to
sharing regularly in worship with them and committed to a way of life influ- begin their preparation for marriage at least six
months before any anticipated wedding.
enced by Christ Jesus.
Parents in Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick Parishes are required to at- Wedding Banns:
tend a pre-baptismal class before scheduling a date for baptism. Please
call the parish office at 687-1068 as soon as you know you are expecting Last week, the front page bulletin
so that we may share in your joy, your preparation, and also pray for you article inadvertently left out Marty
and your baby. Schneider and Reed Durand as St.
Baptism preparation classes are held four times per year (two ses- John’s Pastoral Council members.
sions each) starting in January . Please call the parish office for details. We apologize for this omission.
St. Francis Adopt a Family Community Dinner
St. Francis Youth Group is once again organizing Again this year, our parish cluster
the Adopt -a-Family program for St. Francis Church. If will be providing a community dinner at
you want to help with this project please take a gift tag St. John’s in Newark Valley on Christ-
from the Giving Tree, but the gift listed on the tag, and mas Day. We will also continue our
return the wrapped gift with the tag by Sunday, Dec. practice of delivering dinners to those unable to share
21st. On the tree there are also envelopes for money dinner with us on this Holiday. If you know someone
donations to buy food. Thank you for helping us to who would enjoy a holiday meal delivered or if any pa-
share God’s love during this blessed season. rishioners and folks from the community would like to
join us for dinner, please call Lisa. Deliveries begin at
Noon and the sit down dinner begins when drivers re-
New Families at turn from deliveries, usually around 1 P.M. Volunteers
St. Patrick’s are needed for deliveries to the homebound, preparing
dinners, donations of food (ham, turkey, squash, pota-
The coffee hour to welcome new
toes, etc.) and/or money donations. All are welcome to
families of St. Patrick’s Parish has
join us. You can join us for dinner, but please call Lisa,
been rescheduled for Sunday,
at 687-1068, for reservations.
January 11th following the 9:00 a.m.
Mass. If you joined our faith community
in 2003, please come and meet some of Fruit Baskets
your fellow parishioners. Fruit Basket orders may be picked up
be after all the Masses this weekend. The
money raised will be used to help pay for
the youth retreats and workshops. Thank
St. Val’s Club Wrap-up you for supporting this worthwhile project,
The St. Val’s Club committee for this past year it benefits so many people of all ages.
would like to announce that we were able to present a
check in the amount of $2,400 to Blessed Trinity parish, Blood Pressure Screening at
which represents the total amount remaining after all
prizes and expenses for the dinner/dance were paid. St. Margaret Mary
We would like to thank all our members for their contin- Beginning January 2004, Saturday BP screenings
ued support and also for the positive feedback we re- will be discontinued. We will continue providing this ser-
ceived following the dinner/dance held on November15th vice the first Sunday of the month after the 10:45 liturgy
at the Owego Treadway Inn. We had 144 people who at St. Margaret Mary’s.
attended that evening and of those, 133 signed up and
paid at least the first week’s dues for the club for 2004. St. Margaret Mary’s NCYC
If anyone is interested in being on the St. Val’s Com-
mittee for 2004, please call Madeline & Gene Barno at St. Margaret Mary's NCYC group is having a reunion
625-2638. Sunday, January 4th from 12:00-2:00 in St. Margaret
Mary’s Hall. Bring your pictures to share.
Living Stations of the Cross
St. Margaret Mary's Youth Group would like to invite Choir Practices at Blessed Trinity
all youth from all sites in grades 8-12, to attend an
Parish and St. Patrick Parish
information meeting about Living Stations of the Cross.
The following is the schedule for the Christmas
We will meet in the hall at St. Margaret Mary’s on
Choir practices at Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick.
Sunday, January 4th from 2:00-4:00.
St. James - Music Rehearsal is at 6:00 p.m. in St.
Christmas Caroling James Church on Sunday, 12/21.
St. John - Children’s Choir Practice is at 7:00 p.m. in St.
Attention all Families! On
John’s Church on Monday, 12/22.
December 21st at 5:30 p.m., St.
St. Margaret Mary - Choir Practice is at 11:45 a.m. in
Patrick’s Jr. High Youth Group will
be sponsoring a Christmas Caroling St. Margaret Mary’s Music Room on Sunday, 12/21.
outing. We will be caroling in the St. Patrick - Children’s Choir Practice is at 10:00 a.m. in
St. Pat’s neighborhood. Bring your St. Patrick Church on Sunday, 12/21.
jingle bells and join us. There will
be cookies and hot chocolate in the
Because of circumstances beyond our control, the Catholic Update
Stephen Ministry Training for New Stephen Ministers did Is this an impossible mission?
not begin this past September. We will be starting a new Your assignment, if you are
class in late January. Please think about this ministry, willing to accept it, is to pick up a copy of
and if God is calling you to serve others as a Stephen the Catholic Update titled “Examen of Conscious-
Minister, contact Betty at 687-1068. Watch the bulletin ness” (not examination of conscience), read it,
for more information. and for one week apply the five steps recom-
mended by St. Ignatius to examine your life and
Intercessory Prayer Group gain freedom to cooperate with God’s will.
The Monday evening Intercessory Prayer Group at St. Pick up a copy of this issue at the church
Margaret Mary’s will resume meeting on Monday, Janu- entrances this week.
ary 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Daily Mass Chapel.
Building Peace with Justice Nativity
The journey this year of 2003 has been a difficult one You are invited to bring a "family favorite" to add to
for people who love and build peace. The war in Iraq, the our Nativity at St. Margaret Mary’s during the
thousands killed there, the continuing escalation of vio- Christmas Season - perhaps this is a treasured
lence in our own communities, the scarcity of employ- stuffed animal friend or something from your family
ment. Yet we know we are a gifted people, we have Christmas tradition that speaks to you of what
been given the great gift of life. We have been loved into Christmas means. You can even make something that
our being. How do we reconcile 2003 and with the great represents your family and leave it at the Nativity. If
gift of Faith? A line from King Lear which says it all: “So
you plan on being in town for the Christmas masses
we’ll live, and pray, and sing, and tell old tales, and laugh
you can bring your "favorite" to mass. Otherwise feel
at gilded butterflies………and take upon us the mystery
of things, as if we were God’s spies. free to drop it off anytime during the Christmas Season
Helen Luke, a spiritual writer, says that a spy is one which ends on January 11, 2004 with the Baptism of
who penetrates a hidden mystery, and a spy of God is the Lord. PS - look for a stuffed llama or two or.........
one who sees at the heart of every manifestation of life
the mystery that is God. What is the mystery of your life?
St. Patrick’s Lectors, Servers &
Please return your scheduling requests by 12/21 for Thank you to all the parishioners at Blessed Trinity
and St. Patrick who have made a pledge or gift to the
the interval between 1/3 - 3/28. You may do this by re-
Partners in Faith campaign. Through their efforts we
turning the green request sheet that was mailed to you,
have raised 93% of our overall goal both the Blessed
using e-mail to email@example.com or calling Ray Trinity and St. Patrick. There are still many families
Rushing @ 687-6038. Please make sure your name is on that we have not heard from! We need your help to
the green request sheet, otherwise we can’t identify the push us over the top! The average gift/pledge per
senders. household over a three to five year period so far is
$2,254. If you have not done so already, please com-
Longest Night Memorial Christmas Prayer plete a pledge card, and return it to the Parish Office or
Service place it in the collection. Yellow pledge cards are in the
This year our Memorial Christmas Prayer Service for vestibule of each church. Please consider matching
anyone grieving the death of a loved one will be held on the average gift in making your pledge over a 3-5 year
Sunday, December 21st at 5:00 p.m. at the McAuley period. But remember no gift is too small please
Center. This is an annual prayer service hosted by the prayerfully consider giving what you can.
Bereavement Support Group of Blessed Trinity/St. Pat- St. Patrick’s Target: $415,000 - pledged as of this
rick and is open to anyone wishing to attend. Contact week $381,6427 or 92% of the parish goal.
Betty or Eamonn at 642-3404 for a ride or additional in- Blessed Trinity’s Target: $625,000 - pledged as of this
formation. Refreshments will be served following the week $583,180 or 93% of the parish goal.
service. 50 % of all funds raised locally will come back to our
parishes for local needs.
TTY Capabilities Community Christmas Cantata
The Diocese of Rochester’s Parish Support Ministries A Christmas Cantata, “The First Noel” written by Joe
in the Pastoral Center on Buffalo Road now is equipped E. Parks and based on the familiar Carol is being pre-
with TTY capabilities to serve the deaf community. The sented on Sunday, 12/21 at 7:00 p.m. at the First
direct number is 1-585-529-9528. Persons wishing to United Methodist Church, 70 Main Street (Rt 38), New-
use TTY to communicate to anyone in the Pastoral Cen- ark Valley. The Cantata consists of several choral set-
ter can call the number, type their message and rest as- tings, narration, new music and some traditional hymn
sured that it will be delivered as promptly as possible. singing by the congregation. Sixty voices from eight
Yvonne Moss of PSM will then relay a response back
local churches are involved in the performance. Jewel
Griffith is directing the choir. All are invited to attend
this celebration. A free will offering will be collected. A
Are the Poor included in your reception with light refreshments will follow the cantata.
A basic moral test is how our most vulnerable mem- To all who helped...
bers are faring. In a society marred by deepening divi- Because of your generosity, over 150 children and
sions between rich and poor, our tradition recalls the families to whom TCRM ministers, will have a Merry
story of the Last Judgment (Mt. 25:31-46) and instructs Christmas. Thanks to all of you.
us to put the needs of the poor and vulnerable first.
Sharing Catholic Social Teaching
Oplatki, the Christmas Wafer, is now available at all
United Sates Catholic Bishops 1998
Blessed Trinity and St. Patrick sites.
Regional Food Pantries
Tioga County Rural Spencer-Van Etten Valley Food Pantry Newark Valley Project
The Food cupboard is need The Valley Food pantry has a Due to a decrease in funding,
We are thankful for all you
of: Peanut Butter, Jelly, Tuna weekly need for the following the Newark Valley Project
do to help those in need in
fish, Fruit Cocktail, Soups, items: Cereal, jelly/jams, Neighbor food pantry is in need
our own county. This week
Crackers, Cereal, Spaghetti canned pasta and snack items of cereal, spaghetti and maca-
the pantry needs dry milk and
Sauce, Crackers, Sugar, Pan- for children. These items may roni. These may be left in St.
cake Syrup, Mustard, be dropped off at the pantry or John’s Hall. Thank you.
Ketchup, Toothpaste, Laun- at St. James church for pickup.
dry, Dish & Hand Soap.
Your sacrificial gifts are necessary to support the ministries of our churches and staff. Please gift-wrap
your donation in an envelope each week. Envelopes are available from your church office.
Sacrificial Offerings - Weekend of December 13/14
Parish: Envelopes : Attendance: Total Gifts:
St. Francis 13 50 $ 204.00
St. James 94 267 $2658.00
St. John 40 172 $1005.00
St. Margaret Mary 87 261 $2941.00
St. Pius X 13 42 $ 302.00
Total: 247 792 $7110.00
St. Patrick 172 483 $5937.00
Make Parish a Priority! Please Use Your Envelopes.