“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:6)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are selected by the pastor and undergo training to be sure that the consecrated species are handled with appropriate reverence. Eucharistic ministers distribute Holy Communion during Mass and may also bring it to members of the congregation who are home bound.

Lectors must strongly believe in the Word of God that they are proclaiming. It is a sacred duty that involves a sharing of one’s own faith and requires adequate preparation as proclaiming sacred scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do lectors need to be effective communicators, they also need to absorb and express the spirit of the liturgy.

Sacristans are responsible for setting up for each Mass. They help maintain the vestments and anything else needed for the celebration, including books, cruets, chalices and communion cups, linens, processional crosses, wine, hosts, and candles. The sacristan ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available and in good order.

Altar servers are people of faith, either children who have received their first communion or adults, who are trained to assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass.

Musicians, serving either as cantors, instrumentalists, or vocalists, help select appropriate hymns that will reinforce the message of the readings in the Mass. They rehearse regularly and provide music for liturgies. Music ministers do not perform but rather help to enrich worship and lead the congregation in songs that enhance the liturgy.

Ushers, also called ministers of hospitality, help greet and seat parishioners, pass around baskets for the collection, and assist with bringing up the gifts during offertory. They are crucial to making sure the services run smoothly and that everyone in the congregation feels welcomed into the Church.

Fellowship committee members provide refreshments at various parish events and deliver hospitality in support of other ministries.

Church cleaners help maintain the good condition of the church and make sure the rooms being used are clean and safe to use.

Religious education instructors prepare children of the parish for the sacraments and give them continued teaching about the church and their faith through the school year. They also assist in adult education through Bible study and leading RICA classes. Religious education instructors are instrumental in assuring the future of our Church.

Church decorators maintain the decor of the worship space according to the season, enhancing the faith experience.

The Women’s Guild was organized in the 1930s to promote the spiritual and social life of the parish and to respond to requests from the pastor. This remains its main purpose. The Guild, open to all women of the parish, also participates in charitable activities in Trumansburg, in Tompkins County and its surrounding area, as well as in charities throughout the world.

Youth Group is for members of the congregation in grades 8-12 and meets periodically on Sundays from September to May. Participants engage in various social events, Bible study, and charitable activities.If you are interested in more information about any of these ministries or would like to participate in any of the above, please contact Fr. Bernard.

Ministry Schedules for St. James
the Apostle Church, Trumansburg


First Weekend:
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver

Second Weekend:
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Third Weekend:
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Fourth Weekend:
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis (Lynne Stager for Beth on Memorial Day weekend)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff (Mark Scibilia-Carver for Tom on Memorial Day weekend), Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle

Fifth Weekend:
Lectors: Patty Messmer and Lynne Stager
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle

Possible substitutes, in addition to above:
Eileen Heptig (EM) 387-3739
Christy Reynolds (EM) 607-342-3504
Tommy Perry (Lector) 607 227-8995
Ron Singer (EM) 387-6577


  • For lectors, the first name is in the opening procession, reads first reading, and leads the responsorial psalm (unless there is either a choir or cantor); second name reads epistle, intercessions, and announcements.
  • For EMs, when you enter the sanctuary, the person who stands closest to the ambo is usually handed the ciborium of hosts by the priest
  • Please join in if you notice less than three extraordinary ministers of communion coming forward during Mass.
  • You should not serve in more than one ministry per Mass.
  • If you know you will not be available to serve during your regularly scheduled Mass, please find a replacement.

Updated May 11, 2018 (KER)

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

March 2018:

3/4/18 3/11/18 3/18/18 3/25/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank P. Schrimer G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson K. Knapp M. Humulock N. Shumway
Lector 2 L. Kurkchi E. Moore P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasak D. Moore L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 S. Limoncelli D. Brandow° T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 K. Sinkiewicz D. Traphagen M. Frank A. Calice
2 Envelopes 2 Collections
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Limoncelli A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 T. Grasak S. Brandow° M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 A. Reagan P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 4

April 2018:

4/1/18 4/8/18 4/15/18 4/22/18 4/29/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock G. Frank P. Schrimer
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 N. Shumway K. Knapp P. Motill J. Leidefrost° T. Humulock
Lector 2 E. Moore J. Swanson N. Shumway K. Knapp M. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox A. Calice G. Frank L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek F. Grasak T. Humulock M. Frank D. Brandow
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Moore D. Brandow° L.A. Fox P. Schrimer A. Calice
2 Collections
Usher 1 (Lead) T. Grasak S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Grasak S. Limoncelli P. Marrella A. Reagan
Usher 3 M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli P. Marrella
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

5:00 Vigil Mass on Saturdays

5/5/18 5/10/18



12 pm

5/12/18 5/19/18 5/26/18 6/2/18 6/9/18 6/16/18

Lector 1


Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke Scott Hamula Sheila Haddad Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke

Lector 2


Marie Roloson Millie Messmer Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Millie Messmer Barb Willers

Extraordinary Min. 1


Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Lee Davidson Patti Perry

Extraordinary Min. 2


Mary Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson

Extraordinary Min. 3


Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Patti Perry Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Robin Hamula
6/23/18 6/30/18 7/7/18 7/14/18 7/21/18 7/28/18 8/4/18 8/11/18

Lector 1


Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Scott Hamula Kathleen Rourke Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Sheila Haddad

Lector 2


Kathleen Rourke Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Sheila Haddad Millie Messmer Marie Roloson Kathleen Rourke

Extraordinary Min. 1


Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Millie Messmer Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula

Extraordinary Min. 2


Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry

Extraordinary Min. 3


Mary Davidson Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson



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

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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