The Diocesan Year of the Eucharist
June 18, 2017 ~ June 3, 2018
Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“We do not want … a Church that moves with the world.
We want a Church that will move the world.” ~G. K. Chesterton
Gospel Meditation—Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture
February 18, 2018~First Sunday of Lent
Why do we always go to the desert? We see this example in Scripture time and time again. The Israelites wandered in the desert. King David and prophets were driven into the wilderness. And now Jesus is in the same place. Lent after Lent, we too are invited into a barren, desolate place. Why do we always go to the desert?
Throughout Scripture, the desert is a place of testing. It’s also a place of hiding and withdrawal. In the Old Testament, David fled into the wilderness to hide from Saul, Elijah from Jezebel, and Jonah from God! In other words, the desert is a place of “retreat.” In Christian circles, we use the word to describe a spiritual weekend away. But its meaning comes from warfare, as we well know. To retreat means to draw back, to separate oneself from the fighting. Of course, a military retreat brings its own kind of “battle”—the internal assessment of why the fighting went so poorly.
As we enter into this Lenten season, we are invited to retreat into the desert with Jesus. Attending a day or weekend of reflection is a wonderful spiritual practice. This “desert spirituality,” however, can fill all forty days. We can fulfill our Lenten resolutions with a purpose—writing daily notes to family and friends can inspire new gratitude, every time we pass up that specific food item can be cause for intercession for deeper sufferings and privations of others.
The Gospel tells us that “the Spirit drove him out into the desert.” In other words, God wants us to be here. What feels uncomfortable is actually part of our spiritual journey. To be stretched, to be challenged, to confront our own areas of weakness—these things are essential in our walk with God. This Lent, will you go to the desert?
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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
Blessed 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.
St. Augustine of Hippo’s prayer to Mary, Mother of Mercy
Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of February 17 through February 25, 2018:
|5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention from Teresa Kenney|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||John Kuklo from Carol Kuklo|
|9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||For parishioners|
|8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Martha DeLaurentiis from the DeLaurentiis family|
|5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||George, Margret, and Donald Lewin from Doris Lewin|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Stephen E. and Anne M. Craig from Joan Craig|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||For parishioners|