Church News


Vacation Bible School and Youth Retreat

The St. Paul the Apostle Vacation Bible School and Youth Retreat, An Adventure Through the Sacraments, will be held June 25-29, 2017.
Click the following links for additional information.

     1.  An Adventure Through the Sacraments Schedule

     2.  Online Registration Form

     3.  Printable Registration Form


St. Paul-St. Martin-Nativity of the Lord May Crowning

St. Paul-St Martin parish and their invited Nativity of the Lord guests joined together Saturday, April 14, 2017 to pay special tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary in a Living Rosary and May Crowning celebration. Each decade of the living rosary was led by a person standing at the podium as the people representing individual beads of the rosary replied in unison to the prayers. The highlight of the living rosary was the youth groups’s  release of helium filled blue and white balloons attached together to form rosary. The living rosary was followed by a May crowning ceremony in which Fr.  Andrezj led a procession of the participants around the outside of the church and finally inside the church to a beautifully decorated place of honor for Mary.  The afternoon concluded with a 6:00 p.m. celebration of the Mass.

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Pastor’s Corner 

Dear Friends, 

    Holy Week invites us to enter more deeply into the 

heart of the paschal mystery so that our lives may be 

more intimately joined to and patterned after Jesus.  Holy 

week gives us an opportunity to step away from life’s 

distractions to remember God’s great love for us and the 

price Christ paid to win our salvation. 

      On Holy Thursday we will celebrate the Mass of the 

Lord’s Supper and begin Sacred Triduum.  This Mass 

c  ommemorates the institution of the Holy Eucharist and 

the sacrament of Holy Orders. It was at this Mass that 

Jesus changed bread and wine into His Body and Blood. 

He then directed His disciples to carry out this same 

ritual:  “Do this in remembrance of Me”.  Throughout the 

whole of His life Jesus poured Himself out in humble love 

and service to others.  After this Mass will take place 

silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.  I encourage 

you to stay after Mass and adore Jesus.  On this night let 

us stay an hour with Jesus.  Let us do now what he 

invited His Apostle to do then—to be with Him in this hour 

of seeming defeat, so that we can experience with Him 

His invincible glory. 

    The Liturgy of Good Friday recalls graphically the 

 passion and death of Jesus. The Cross of shame in 

Jesus’ time has become for us the sign of victory over sin 

and death. The reading of the Passion describes the 

suffering and death of Jesus.  On Good Friday we show 

great reverence for the crucifix, the sign of our 

redemption.  On this day the Church does not celebrate 

the Sacraments at all, except for Penance and the 

Anointing of the Sick.  No Mass on this day.  This is only 

one day in Liturgical Year that Church does not celebrate 

the Eucharist.  We will have another chance for adoration 

from 11:00 am to 1:25 pm in the parish hall.  Please 

come and spend more time with Jesus on Good Friday.   

    The most beautiful Liturgy in the Catholic Church will 

take place on Holy Saturday (Easter Vigil Mass).  The 

solemn Vigil is the anticipation by night of the 

Resurrection, when the time comes for paschal joys, the 

abundance of which over flows to occupy fifty days.  We 

begin the blessing of the fire and preparation of the 

Candle.  Later we will hear the Easter Proclamation.  Our 

Liturgy will continue with Liturgy of the Word and 

Celebration of Baptism and end with Liturgy of Eucharist. 

This year we will have four people who will receive the 

sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist.  

Please come to welcome them to St Paul’s Parish Family. 

     On Easter Sunday the Church celebrates Christ’s 

Resurrection.  We will celebrate and rejoice in the 

triumph of Christ over the power of death. I invite all of 

you to come and celebrate the most important Liturgies of 

the Year.  If you plan to be away for Easter, have a safe 

trip and blessed Easter.

 Faith Formation & Youth Ministry 


The next practice will be held on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:30 pm to 5:30pm at St Paul the Apostle. 

Holy Week & Divine Mercy Sunday  

Youth, children, and their families are urged to participate in Holy Week and Mercy Sunday activities. Please 

contact Amanda Grigar for more information or if you are interested in participating. 

Faith Formation 

No Youth Masses or Class  4/16 due to Easter. 

Faith Formation Schedule 

Saturday, April 22 – Confirmation, 1:00 PM at Nativity of the Lord Parish, Alma 

Sunday, April 23 – Faith Formation Classes 

Saturday, April 29 – Youth Service Activity, 2:00 PM at The Laurels of Fulton 

Sunday, April 30 – Final Faith Formation Classes for 2016-2017 School Year 

Calling All Student Musicians and Singers   

The children and youth of St. Paul the Apostle and Nativity of the Lord parishes will be leading the music 

during the Divine Mercy Sunday Holy Hour from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Sunday, April 23 at St. Paul the Apostle. 

Practices will be held at St. Paul the Apostle on Wednesday, April 19 from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM, with an 

additional youth practice opportunity beginning at 7:00 PM. 

Divine Mercy Sunday Celebration 

Sunday, April 23 at St  Paul the Apostle Church.  

There will be a community-wide lunch at 1:00 PM, with Eucharistic Adoration, Reconciliation, Chaplet of 

Divine Mercy, and music provided by cohort youth from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Jesus requested that we celebrate 

the Feast of His Mercy on the Sunday after Easter, come celebrate and learn more. All are welcome!




Sunday, March 26, 2017 News

ST MARTIN ALTAR SOCIETY  – will have a meeting on Monday, April 3rd at the home of Linda Shepard. Time is 7 pm.

ST PAUL CCW  – will meet Tuesday, March 28, 6 :30 pm at Marla Macha’s home, 420 S Jeffery Ave, Ithaca. All women of the parish are invited. We welcome your input in planning our activities.

Faith Formation and Youth Ministry  – No Youth Masses or Classes (4/2, 4/9, 4/16) due to Spring Break and Easter.  Faith Formation Classes will resume on Sunday, April 23.

Not going away for Spring Break?  – There will be a Youth Community Service Activity at the Food Bank at the Presbyterian Church in Ithaca on Wednesday, April 5. Please contact Amanda Grigar if you are interested in participating.

Holy Week & Divine Mercy Sunday  – Youth, children, and their families are urged to participate in Holy Week and Mercy Sunday activities. Please contact Amanda Grigar for more information or if you are interested in participating.

33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY  – If you did not have the opportunity to participate last year, you are invited to attend this 6 week parish retreat, 11⁄2 hours per week, April 23-May 28. Dates, times, and sites of the sessions will be determined by the wishes of those who sign up. If you are interested, please complete the form at the bottom of the flyer in this week’s bulletin. You may put it in the collection basket no later than Palm Sunday. You may also sign up on the sheet in the vestibule.

LIVING ROSARY  – Please remember that next weekend, April 1/2, is the first weekend of the month and we will be praying the rosary before all Masses. Please try to join us by coming 30 minutes before Mass begins. April 1 is the FIRST SATURDAY and the day we remember and honor Our Lady of Fatima. Please join us for 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Paul. The First Saturday is also the time when we change to pray the next mystery. If you have any questions, please check the chart in the vestibule.

Office hours for Wednesday, March 29 only will be from 11:00 to 3:00 pm. It will return to regular hours 9:00 am to 1:00 pm the weeks to follow.

Poland Tour, August 24 – September 6, 2017, sponsored by Tri-City Polish Heritage Society. For Information and brochure contact Fr Andrzej.

Our CSA pledge totals are decreasing, it is now $1,325. to goal! Thank you for your great generosity and God bless you all.


You Did It To Me

“You Did It to Me” Intergenerational Lenten Retreat Sunday, March 12 Potluck Meal at 5:30 PM with Retreat beginning at 6:00 PM. This Lent, join your parish family members of all ages in contemplating the spirituality of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Everything we do, we do for Jesus! RSVP appreciated. Sign-up sheets in churches. *You can help feed the hungry! Please consider bringing a can of vegetables to the retreat with you.


Faith Formation and Sacramental Preparation Schedule

Faith Formation Schedule:

March 5 – Youth Masses

March 12 – Faith Formation Classes

March 19 – Faith Formation Classes

March 26 – Faith Formation Classes

Sacramental Preparation Schedule:

March 11 – First Reconciliation Retreat 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. All children preparing to receive the sacrament of reconciliation should attend with a parent.

March 18 – First Reconciliation 10:00 AM Please pray for the children of our parish who are preparing to receive the sacraments this spring.


The Big Raffle

Through The BIG Raffle, our parish has the opportunity to raise funds to support our Faith Formation and Youth Programs. In the past, the parish has used these funds for the Faith Formation Summer Program (Vacation Bible School). Raffle tickets are only $5 each for a chance to win these fantastic prizes: Chevrolet SPARK or $10,000 cash, $5,000 home improvement project, Airfare for two within the continental US an iPad and a Laptop Computer. This year, the parish’s goal is to raise more funds than in past years, that we could expand our youth offerings in addition to holding the Faith Formation Summer Program. Winning tickets will be drawn at the Center for Ministry on Friday, April 21, 2017. TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE AFTER MASS OR contact the parish office to learn more about purchasing tickets or to help sell tickets. Thank you!


Lenten Fasting Regulations

1) Abstinence on all the Fridays of Lent, and on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. No meat may be eaten on days of abstinence. Catholics 14 years and older are bound to abstain from meat. Invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt. 2) Fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Fasting means having only one full meal to maintain one’s strength. Two smaller, meatless and penitential meals are permitted according to one’s needs, but they should not together equal the one full meal. Eating solid foods between meals is not permitted. Catholics from age 18 through age 59 are bound to fast. Again, invalids, pregnant and nursing mothers are exempt. 3) Friday Abstinence Outside of Lent. It should be noted that Fridays throughout the year are designated days of penance. The Code of Canon Law states that Friday is a day of abstinence from meat throughout the year. The American Bishops have allowed us to choose a different form of penance rather than abstaining from meat, but there must be some form of penance, for this is the day we commemorate Christ’s suffering and death. The bishops stress that “[a]mong the works of voluntary self-denial and personal penance…we give first place to abstinence from flesh meat” (Pastoral Statement on Fasting and Abstinence)


St. Paul CCW


St Paul CCW will meet Tuesday, February 28, at 6:30 pm at Katherine Vojtas’ home, 2783 N Ely Hwy, Alma. The car pool will leave St Paul at 6:00 pm. All women of the parish are invited. We welcome your input in planning our activities.

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