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
August 19, 2018~Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this Sunday’s Gospel, the conflict escalates in the Bread of Life Discourse. Confusion is mounting in the crowd. “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” Their minds were thinking literally, not mystically. Jesus doesn’t seem to help, however, and only drives his point home with more emphasis. “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.” Jesus would later institute the Eucharist at the Last Supper. There he would definitively establish the sacramental reality in which bread and wine become substantially his own Body and Blood. We celebrate this sacrament in the Mass.
Perhaps we do not always understand what we receive. “My flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” What is the essence of food and drink? Food nourishes our bodies, providing essential calories for our survival. Water is used throughout the body to cushion joints, regulate body temperature, and protect sensitive tissues like the brain. When we receive the Eucharist, we receive the spiritual equivalent of these essential elements. Like water, the Eucharist strengthens the sanctifying grace moving through us. “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” The Eucharist connects us intimately to Jesus and confirms our union with him. That is why we abstain from the Eucharist while in a state of mortal sin. It would be a contradiction and deep disrespect to these words of Jesus. To receive the Body and Blood of Jesus is not a right but a gift we receive with deep humility.
As we receive the Bread of Life, grace strengthens our love, separates us from sin—even wiping away venial sins—unifies us with the universal Church, and helps commit us to humble service. Together we are nourished for our mission in the world!
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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.
Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of August 18 through August 26, 2018:
|5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Louis and Theresa Iannone’s
fiftieth wedding anniversary
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Tito Grenci from Gerry Todi|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Dominick Colonna Jr. from Connie and Edward Conroy|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Mass cancelled due to funeral at 10 a.m.|
|9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||Lawrence and Rosemary Lynch
from Barb and Phil Butterer
|8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Intentions of Caryl Funke from Gloria Hubble|
|5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Lottie Judd from Millie and Gerry Messmer|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Joseph Meskill from Barb and Rick Willers|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Henry and Ida Bromka from Steven and Patty Bromka|