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
April 22, 2018 ~ Fourth Sunday of Easter
Today’s Gospel occurs in the middle of Jesus’s ministry. At first, Jesus’s words seem to be about the value of self-sacrifice in a leader. “I am the Good Shepherd ? I will lay down my life for the sheep.” The Apostles likely would have accepted these words easily enough. But then comes something more strange. “I lay down my life in order to take it up again ? I have power to lay it down and power to take it up again.” Only later, when Jesus opened the Scriptures to them after his resurrection, would the Apostles understand his words. Only then would they understand why such an act was necessary for the salvation of the world.
Even now, we may struggle with the necessity of Holy Week. How often do we hear complaints against the silence of God, as if He is the “hired man” who “runs away” from suffering? Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection is our redemption in fact. God himself bears the full weight of sin’s consequences. The Paschal Mystery is also a sign that happens in full view of the human experience. We have seen Jesus lay down his life. We have seen him accompany others. “I know mine and mine know me.” We have seen him reach those outside the traditional flock, “sheep not of this fold.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd, not only in Scripture but in our daily lives.
While we can’t experience physically walking alongside him like the Apostles did, the grace of our redemption continues through the Church. We are shepherded by the sacraments, by faith formation, by good mentors. At the same time, we are not only the sheep. In imitating Jesus, we, too, are invited to lay down our lives for others. We can be the hands, feet, and shepherd’s crook of Christ.
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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 April 21 through April 29, 2018:
|8:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Lena Douglas from Gloria Hubble|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||For parishioners|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Patricia Moriarity from Mark and Linda Scibilia-Carver|
|5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Kaili Collins and Tom Marguet from Eileen Collins|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Lena Douglas from Annette and George Hade|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Marty David from Judy David|