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

Gospel Meditation—Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

October 21, 2018 ~ Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time


“What do you wish me to do for you?” Jesus asks a similar question in different Gospel passages, but the request of James and John is not repeated on any other occasion. “Grant that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left.” They ask not for knowledge of God, not for crooked limbs to be straightened, nor for the blind to see. They ask for power and authority. Jesus’s response should trouble them. “You do not know what you are asking.”

“Can you drink the cup that I drink?” Jesus asks. “They said to him, ‘We can’.” But what is Christ’s cup? Could James and John have possibly known it or understood it here at the height of Jesus’s ministry? Jesus’s cup is the cup of trial, of difficulty, of public ridicule. His final, thirsting sip occurs as he hangs on the cross. In Christ’s kingdom, drinking his cup and participating in his life are not the sharing of power the way we are accustomed. Jesus flips their paradigm. “Whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all.”

The cup of Jesus is the cup of giving oneself. “The Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” As Christians, how easy it can be to want the acclaim of good deeds, the gratitude for volunteering, the attention for donating to the church. “It shall not be so among you.” If you are overlooked, offer thanks to God for imitating Jesus, rather than bitter complaint at someone else’s oversight. Look for opportunities to do good needs unnoticed. This week, consider one way you can drink the cup of Jesus!

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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 October 20 through October 28, 2018:
October 20
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Lottie Judd from Kathy and Michael Szescila
October 21
9:00 a.m. at St. James Gerald Morley from Rick and Barb Willers
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross For parishioners and benefactors
Monday,    October 22 9:00 a.m. at St. James Communion service
October 23
9:00 a.m. at St. James Betty Hetzler from Mary Kay Hasenauer
October 24
9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Elizabeth Palumbo from the Mason family
October 25
8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Elizabeth Palumbo from the Mason family
October 26
9:00 a.m. at St. James Elizabeth Palumbo from the Mason family
October 27
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Lottie Judd from Kathy and Michael Szescila
October 28
9:00 a.m. at St. James Jeffrey Albertsman from Chet and Karen Arcy
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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