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Southern Tier parishes teem with Lenten activities

Southern Tier parishes have served up a large dose of spiritual, social and service activities thus far this Lent — and, as the season’s midpoint arrives, many more opportunities await.

Chemung County

At Elmira’s Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, a parish mission on the Eucharist — led by Father Robert Kennedy, a senior diocesan priest — was set for March 4-6; “Soup and Scripture” is held each Friday after the 12:05 p.m. Mass at St. Mary Church; a Living Rosary is slated for March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Mary; children are collecting needed items for the poor; “The Rescue Project,” a Lenten video series striving to recover the meaning and impact of the Gospel message, runs through March 12; and a Holy Hour of meditative Lenten music was presented March 3 at St. Mary.

At St. Mary Our Mother School in Horseheads, sixth-grade students will conduct Living Stations of the Cross Friday, March 22, at 1:30 and 5:15 p.m. at St. Mary Our Mother Church.

Livingston County

St. Agnes, Avon/St. Paul of the Cross, Honeoye Falls/St. Rose, Lima are taking part in ecumenical Lenten lunches. The cluster also held an Ignatian prayer and reflection night Feb. 27 at St. Paul of the Cross led by Andrew Hoelperl, theology faculty member at McQuaid Jesuit High School. In addition, food items are being collected for Easter baskets to be distributed by Avon Food Pantry.

At St. Mary, Honeoye/St. Matthew, Livonia, soup suppers are following Stations of the Cross each Wednesday. The cluster also is conducting weekly small-group studies on Jesus and the Eucharist, as well as a food drive for area pantries.

At St. Luke the Evangelist Parish, a 9 a.m. Mass followed by breakfast is taking place each Lenten Saturday at Holy Angels Church in Nunda. Also at Holy Angels, a soup supper was offered March 1 after adoration and First Friday Mass.

Schuyler County

In Schuyler Catholic Community, each Lenten Friday features Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. followed by adoration at St. Mary of the Lake Church, Watkins Glen. In addition, the cluster’s parochial administrator, Father Jeffrey Tunnicliff, was set to conduct Lenten presentations Feb. 22 on “Why Should I Go to Confession?” and March 7 on “Why Should I Go to Mass?”

Steuben County

At Holy Family Catholic Community, family Masses were scheduled for Feb. 17, March 2 and March 16 at St. Mary Church in Dansville; and soup suppers — followed by short presentations on prayer — were set for Feb. 22 and March 7 at Sacred Heart Community Center in Perkinsville.

At All Saints Parish, Friday-evening Stations of the Cross are being followed by a short sermon by Father Matthew Walter, parochial administrator; a Bible study on the Book of Genesis is being led by Deacon Brian Mizzoni; and a parish mission is set for March 10.

Our Lady of the Valley Parish is encouraging parishioners to take published materials from its kiosks for Lenten reading.

At Ss. Isidore and Maria Torribia Parish, Stations of the Cross are taking place before each daily Mass throughout Lent.

St. John Vianney Parish is conducting a weekly Lenten prayer program combined with slow-cooker dinners; offering macaroni-and-cheese dinners on Lenten Fridays; and joining in community ecumenical luncheons.

Tioga County

In Blessed Trinity/St. Patrick parishes, St. James Church in Waverly will offer a fish dinner March 8 and is taking part in area ecumenical gatherings; St John the Evangelist in Newark Valley hosted a fish dinner Feb. 23 and is presenting a weekly Lenten youth Bible study; St. Patrick in Owego conducted a youth food fast Feb. 24; and Father Anthony Amato will give a Lenten talk, “Cultivating a Personal Prayer Life,” at St. Patrick March 11 with vespers at 6:30 p.m. and the talk at 7.

Tompkins County

St. Catherine of Siena Parish is presenting Stations of the Cross, followed by a soup supper, each Lenten Friday at 5:30 p.m. The parish also is conducting a Lenten initiative by which parishioners pray for intentions that are filled out on prayer cards. In addition, Father Daniel McMullin — director of Catholic campus ministry at Ithaca College and Cornell University — spoke Feb. 24 on adult prayer during Lent.

In the northern Tompkins churches, Lisa Lickona, theology professor at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry, gave a presentation on “Eucharist and the Saints” March 2 at All Saints Church in Lansing. Meanwhile, Father John Gagnier, parochial administrator, is conducting online Lenten discussions on the Letter to the Hebrews.

At Immaculate Conception in Ithaca, a retreat took place Feb. 24-25 led by Father Brendan Buckley, OFM Cap. The parish also is offering a reading group during Lent on the National Eucharistic Revival, as well as conducting its Lenten collection-bag initiative by which parishioners donate their spare change and cash to benefit the needy through Catholic Charities.

Cornell Catholic Community is offering sign-ups for daily text messages during Lent “to help you make realistic daily prayer, fasting, and almsgiving goals,” according to its website.

Ithaca College Catholic Community presented a Lenten retreat March 1-3 at Christ the King Retreat House in Syracuse.

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