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 for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time:
“The weeds are the children of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil.” This is not a pretty picture. Jesus shares a parable in today’s Gospel that reminds us of a truth we would rather forget: evil is real, and the devil is at work. The bountiful harvest of our faith is something that Satan wants to destroy. And he has a host of diabolical tactics to help him carry out his wicked plans. But there is one strategy in particular that we must be on guard against.
As the French poet Charles Baudelaire put it, “The devil’s finest trick is to persuade you that he does not exist.” Sneaky as it may be, this approach is effective! And, unfortunately, the attitude of our modern era is very conducive to buying the lie. Too often we dismiss the idea of the invisible spiritual reality of angels and demons. It doesn’t seem “scientific” enough for us because it can’t be seen or “proven.” But neither can our faith! We believe in a host of invisible realities starting with God himself. We should not be fooled into thinking that the devil is a make-believe cartoon character with red horns and a pitchfork on his shoulder. Alas, no. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: “Scripture witnesses to the disastrous influence of the one Jesus calls ‘a murderer from the beginning’” (CCC 394). And, as we read in the Bible, “Indeed, the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the Devil” (1 Jn 3:8). This is not pretend, and so it must be taken seriously. But so too, the reality of Satan must be situated within the broader context of God’s supreme power. The devil “cannot prevent the building up of God’s reign” (CCC 395). The influence of evil can never defeat the power of our faith, unless we let it do so.
© Liturgical Publications Inc.
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 July 22–July 30, 2017:
|Saturday, July 22||5:00 p.m. at St. James||Intentions of Doty and Ross families
from Lewis and Ellen Rider
|8:15 a.m. at St. Francis||For parishioners|
|9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Daniel Motill from Phyllis Motill|
|11:00 a.m. at St. James||James P. Rider from Ellen and Lew Rider|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||No 9:00 a.m. Mass|
|St. James Feast Day||7:00 p.m. at St. James||St. James the Apostle Feast Day|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Mass for the Deceased: Barbara Mearse|
|8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Mary Rose and Glenn Corcoran from Jyl Corcoran|
|9:00 a.m. at St. James||Intentions of Barbara Willers from Kathleen Rourke|
|5:00 p.m. at St. James||J. Mannino from the Mannino family|
|8:15 a.m. at St. Francis||George Petry from Trumansburg Tai Chi group|
|9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||For parishioners|
|11:00 a.m. at St. James||Jason David Cleveland from Beverly Cleveland|