Welcome to the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy!

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

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June 17, 2018 ~ Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God.” What is a kingdom? Is it the brick and mortar that build up the castle? Is it the expanse of land a king can reasonably defend? Our notions of kingdoms may be romanticized in the modern era, but for the Israelites, a kingdom held deep historical meaning. Thousands of years before the birth of Christ, the Israelites had asked God for a king. After the reigns of David and Solomon, the united kingdom dissolved into factions, and the land was conquered by the Assyrians, Babylonians, and, finally, Romans. For the Israelites, a kingdom was something to build, both structurally and civilly. While this had ended in ruin for their ancestors, many of Jesus’s contemporaries longed for the restoration of an earthly kingdom.

Jesus’s words in today’s Gospel are a radical departure from this perspective. He compares the Kingdom of God to a field, but it appears that the farmer has little to do with its progress. “The seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how. Of its own accord, the land yields fruit.” Jesus introduces his followers to a new sort of kingdom, a kingdom where God provides the growth.

There is work to be done, of course. “When the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once, for the harvest has come.” But for the Kingdom of God to flourish, there are certain things that are outside of our control. We sow seeds of kindness, justice, and integrity—and then we must be patient. As shoots of faith appear, we nurture the growth with encouragement. As Christians, our task is not to build the Kingdom of God under our power alone, but to trust in the life-giving movement of God.

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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 June 16 through June 24, 2018:
Saturday,
June 16
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis For parishioners and benefactors
Sunday,
June 17
9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross In memory of the Cavanaugh, Frick,
and Slike families from Thomas Slike
Monday,
June 18
9:00 a.m. at St. James Communion service
Tuesday,
June 19
9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
Wednesday,
June 20
9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Special intention
Thursday,
June 21
8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Special intention
Friday,
June 22
9:00 a.m. at St. James Robert Stanley from Jim and Jane Doolittle
Saturday,
June 23
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis For parishioners and benefactors
Sunday,
June 24
9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Special intention
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 Mass times:

• 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. in the parish meeting house

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
607-294-0064

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
www.dor.org

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