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Soap for Hope poster. Please help us support Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga. Samaritan Center

Soap for Hope Drive is Underway

The Soap for Hope drive to collect personal hygiene items for the Samaritan Center at Catholic charities is now underway. Personal items such as shampoo, toothpaste, laundry soap, bodywash, deodorant, etc. are needed. Please drop your items off during this collection month in the blue bins provided by the entrances to church. These will be collected regularly and dropped off at Catholic Charities to help benefit the needy in our Community.


As you may have noticed, things are beginning to move ahead with renovation on-goings within the church. While we try to be observant of keeping the space for prayer, please know that we do now have the outdoor garden space available, weather permitting, for prayer and for personal Rosaries. Work is moving ahead with the repairs and renovation of the organ, but it does mean that the workers will be taking up space and time. The Garden is always available.

Congratulations to those who have followed Bible-In-A-Year since we started in December. Completion of May’s readings will mare the halfway point in our journey through the Bible. Even if you have just spent 10-15minutes in your day with this study, you are sure to have grown deeper in hour love of the Lord and in His Word. Any month is a good time to begin reading your Catholic bible. This month we will complete the Book of Job and move to Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs before opening the Acts of the Apostles. The readings are perfectly suited for the Easter/Pentecost season. The Wisdom portion of the study focuses on Proverbs, where you will find gems of commonsense sayings, often mixed in with humor. The NT readings cover the Gospel according to St. John. Whether your Bible is hardcopy of online, refer to it daily and find out what god is telling you.

Due to many factors, Birthright of Ithaca is unable to do the annual Mother’s Day flower sale. This has always been a very successful fundraiser for us and has helped us with our operational costs. It saddens us that we will no longer be able to hold this event. We would welcome your continuing support. If you wish to make a donation, we now have a secure donations site at, or you could mail a check to Birthright of Ithaca, 223 Elmira Rd, Ithaca, New York, 14850.


This Sunday, May 1st, immediately following the 10:30 Mass, we will be holding our May Crowning by the Marian Chapel. As we begin this “Month of Mary”, please consider joining us for this special yearly tradition.


During the month of May, we will have regular Rosaries said prior to the 12:10pm Masses on Mondays and Thursdays, beginning at 11:40am. As we have done before, any group or individual can just “step up” to lead these! Let us continue to Honor our Blessed Mother during this “Marian” Month.

PEACE WEEK 2022 (April 30/May 1)

Peace Week in our Tompkins county Catholic parishes begins today! Please join with Catholics around the county in praying the Prayer of St. Francis today & for the next nine days as our novena for peace. And plan to attend our events:

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30pm St. Catherine of Siena Parish Hall: Orange Revolution in Ukraine. Screening & discussion of a documentary on the 2004, a non-violent movement in defense of democracy & fair elections by brave Ukrainians.

Thursday, May 5, 6:30pm Immaculate conception Parish Hall: If you want Peace, Care for God’s Creation. Discussion & hands-on activities on how to promote peace by reducing your use of fossil fuels & to advocate for action against climate change. The “Tiny Power House” will exhibit ways to reduce our energy use & transition to renewable forms of energy.