“If you love me you will keep my commandments.” It’s really as simple as that. We are only paying lip service to the Lord if we externally declare ourselves to be Christians but don’t follow through on a life that confirms it.
Now, for those of us who may be asking what exactly these commandments are, it’s helpful to remember Jesus’ response when he was questioned on the subject. “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Mt 22:37-39). These fundamental principles embrace everything that Jesus calls us to do. If we put God first and foremost in our lives, and if we treat our neighbors as we would wish to be treated, then all the rest falls into place. The Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and any other fundamental Christian codes of behavior are all summed up here. Indeed, if we truly seek to love Jesus, putting him first and following his ways won’t feel like a burden but rather like a beautiful blessing
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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: email@example.com to make arrangements.
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 May 20–May 28, 2017:
|Saturday, May 20||5:00 p.m. at St. James||Joseph DeLaurentiis from Anne Haus|
|8:15 a.m. at St. Francis||For parishioners|
|9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Dorothy Abbruzzie
from Ramona and Robert Fairclough
|11:00 a.m. at St. James||Elsie Moller from Marianna Wright|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Robert Todi from Gerry Todi|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|7:00 p.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Anne Mary Craig from Joan Craig|
|Ascension Thursday||12:15 p.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
|8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Bill and Jane Clark from Janice Scarrott|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Sally Guthrie from Linda and Mark Schibilia-Carver|
|5:00 p.m. at St. James||Sally Guthrie from Lois and William McNamara|
|8:15 a.m. at St. Francis||Therese Driscoll Elliott from Diane and Brian Jecker|
|9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Robert Burchell from Rae Arena|
|11:00 a.m. at St. James||For parishioners|