“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
Second Sunday of Lent ~ March 17, 2019
As we march through Lent, it can be easy to think it’s all about sacrifice. No chocolate, no alcohol, no meat on Fridays. Yet here, only in the second week of Lent, we have the story of the transfiguration. This reading reminds us of the “why” behind what we do. We don’t fast from dessert to lose weight. We don’t donate money or serve others because it’s merely a nice thing to do. Lent is about transformation!
Peter, James, and John trudged up the mountainside behind Jesus. This must have been a difficult hike, because when they reached the top, “Peter and his companions had been overcome by sleep.” Despite our best efforts, perhaps we, too, can be asleep to the deeper meaning of the Lenten season. Jesus is transfigured while they slumber, but eventually they become “fully awake, [and] they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.”
This is no small thing! The disciples witness Jesus in his divine splendor and see the miraculous apparitions of Moses and Elijah. The entire mountain becomes a spiritual breakthrough. “A cloud came and cast a shadow over them, and they became frightened when they entered the cloud.” These symbols are present in the Old Testament. They are present on Mount Sinai when Moses prayed alone and received the Ten Commandments. Elijah had a similar experience when he prayed alone before God. But here are ordinary men, former fishermen, who have been drawn up into an adventure beyond their wildest expectations. Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the fulfillment of all that came before. But Christianity is not the religion of the elite, where only the select few are allowed to participate. We are all invited into spiritual transformation. Lent is a privileged time for this!
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Fridays in Lent:
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means that people over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.
Stations of the Cross:
There will be Stations of the Cross on Thursdays of Lent beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church followed by a communal soup supper. On Fridays of Lent, at 3:30 p.m. at St. James, the Stations will be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is available on Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis church or by appointment with a priest. March 13, the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, will be a day of penance and mercy throughout the Diocese of Rochester. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in parishes throughout the diocese on that day, including at our parish center (St. Francis Solanus church) from 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a “graced opportunity for us to celebrate God’s forgiveness.”
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.
A list of our Mass intentions (also below) and parish meetings and events are available on our parish calendar page. All are welcome!
Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of March 16–March 24, 2019:
|Saturday, March 16||5:00 p.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|Sunday, March 17||9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||For parishioners and benefactors|
|Monday, March 18||9:00 a.m. at St. James||Communion service
|Tuesday, March 19||9:00 a.m. at St. James||George Frantz from Clara Frantz|
|Wednesday, March 20||9:00 a.m. at St. Francis||Special intention|
|Thursday, March 21||8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Glenn and Mary Rose Corcoran from Jyl Corcoran|
|Friday, March 22||9:00 a.m. at St. James||George Frantz from Clara Frantz|
|Saturday, March 23||5:00 a.m. at St. Francis||For parishioners and benefactors|
|Sunday, March 24||9:00 a.m. at St. James||Special intention|
|10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross||Special intention|
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.