Welcome to the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy!

 “We do not want … a Church that moves with the world.
We want a Church that will move the world.” ~G. K. Chesterton

Parish Updates: Fr. Bernard suffered a heart attack after the morning Mass on Sunday, 10/28, in Trumansburg. After a few days in the hospital he is now spending some time recuperating with his family. Father will be returning to the Friary this weekend (11/10) and, following doctor’s advice, will slowly resume his pastoral duties in the coming weeks. He thanks everyone for their ongoing prayers and good wishes.

Fr. Richard will be covering our regular schedule of Masses until Fr. Bernard’s return. Thank God for Fr. Richard’s availability during this time.

The Friday evening time for confessions or meeting with Fr. Bernard at St. Francis and the RICA classes at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays at St. James the Apostle will both resume at a later date.

The final EM meeting will be rescheduled at a later date. The lectors’ meetings scheduled for Nov. 10 and 11 will also be rescheduled.

There is no Confirmation class on Sunday, November 11.

The parish council meeting has been changed from November 8 to November 15 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus church annex.

Gospel Meditation—Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

November 11, 2018 ~ Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary TimeB155OT32_trad_2_EN_4c
In 1 Samuel, God advises the prophet Samuel not to observe as men see but as God sees. He tells him to “look to the heart.” This is the movement of this Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Beware the scribes,” Jesus advises. He points out their public greetings and “seats of honor,” which stands in sharp contrast to their private greed. For the Jewish people of Jesus’s day, honor resides at the top. Power and prestige created a high profile back then as it still does today. After his warning, Jesus turns his disciples’ attention elsewhere: a poor widow.

“She, from her poverty, has contributed all she had.” While the scribes donated large sums to the temple, they did so “from their surplus wealth.” This woman—in her faith and devotion—offers “her whole livelihood.” Jesus invited his disciples to see with God’s eyes, to recognize a holy life in people the world overlooks. Here—in the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized—God waits hidden.

Today’s Gospel begs a few questions. What do we see? Whom do we value? Are we impressed by the pomp and circumstance of modern day Pharisees? Do we ignore their self-righteousness because it looks impressive, even seems somewhat helpful? The point isn’t to judge the scribes, of course. God can see their hearts as well, and those assessments are firmly his responsibility. The point is to turn our eyes from the typically honored to the rarely respected. Are we disinterested in the poverty of the modern day widows? Do we ignore their faith because we forget to look for it? This Sunday, consider the widows in your own life. Who can you see with God’s eyes?

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Welcome to the web page for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. This parish has three churches:

  • Holy Cross in Ovid, New York;
  • St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken, New York; and
  • St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, New York.

The parish office is located at the Parish Center: 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, New York.

The title Mother of Mercy is thought to have been first given to Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Odo (d.942), Abbot of Cluny. It is a fitting title of Our Lady both because she brought forth for us Jesus, the Christ, the visible manifestation of the mercy of the invisible God, and because she is the spiritual mother of the faithful, full of grace and mercy. Please join us in faith and in person at any of our three churches. Our mass schedule is listed below and additional resources are available on subsequent pages.

To join the parish community or to celebrate the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, anointing of the sick, or marriage, please phone the Parish Center (607 294–0064) or email: immmercy@dor.org to make arrangements.

A list of our Mass intentions (also below) and parish meetings and events are available on our parish calendar page. All are welcome!

Prayer to Mary, Mother of Mercy

BVM #2Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay you with praise and  thanks for having rescued a fallen world by your generous consent! Receive our gratitude, and by your prayers obtain the pardon of our sins. Take our prayers into the sanctuary of heaven and enable them to make our peace with God.

Holy Mary, help the miserable, strengthen the discouraged, comfort the sorrowful, pray for your people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God. May all who venerate you feel now your help and protection. Be ready to help us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it your continual concern to pray for the people of God, for you were blessed by God and were made worthy to bear the Redeemer of the world, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.

Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of November 10–November 18, 2018:
November 10
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Lottie Judd from Kathy and Michael Szescila
November 11
9:00 a.m. at St. James Deceased Hogan and Ryan family members
from Bill and Joan Hogan
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross For parishioners and benefactors
Monday,    November 12 9:00 a.m. at St. James Communion service
November 13
9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
November 14
9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Special intention
November 15
8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Special intention
November 16
9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
November 17
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Special intention
November 18
9:00 a.m. at St. James Deceased Connelley and Hughes family members
from Bill and Joan Hogan
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross For parishioners and benefactors
Mass Times:
Weekend Masses (effective 1/6/18):

• Saturday, 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken, NY
• Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, NY
• Sunday, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid, NY

Weekday Liturgies:

• St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg: Communion service on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.
• St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken: Mass on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
• Holy Cross in Ovid: Mass on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

Note: If there is a funeral scheduled later that day or if the local schools are closed due to weather, the Mass or communion service will be cancelled.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:
Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

© 2018 The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy
3660 Orchard St., P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847

St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
Diocese of Rochester

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