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

A Letter from Our Pastor:

May 24, 2024

Dear Parish householders,

When we gather this weekend for Mass, we will be reminded of a commissioning Jesus gave to his followers. It is called the “Great Commissioning.” Namely, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” As presented in the gospel of Matthew 28:16-20, this commissioning came after his resurrection and before his ascension. It can be called “Great” because it continues the mission Jesus was given by our heavenly Father. It involves going to the entire world – all peoples and all nations. Its job is to teach all that Jesus taught and to initiate people into belonging to God and God’s Kingdom through Baptism. The commissioning is called “Great” because every disciple of Jesus is commissioned. It is called “Great” because it expresses the purpose for why the Church continues to exist. It is the defining aspect of the Church’s identity. And as formidable is the commission, with seems to be an impossible task, Jesus promises to be with all who are on this mission. Let us be aware of our commissioning and do whatever we can to fulfill this mission.

Regarding Sunday: it is the Lord’s Day, that is, the day belongs to God. A good way to start that day is to gather with fellow Catholics on Saturday evening or Sunday and celebrate the word of God and the memory of Jesus’s death, resurrection, and ascension for our benefit, and to rejoice in a holy communion with him by receiving the Sacrament of his body and blood.

Next Sunday, June 2nd is the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi). It has special importance this year because it is the year of the Parish Eucharistic Revival. On Saturday, June 1st following the 4:00 p.m. Sunday Vigil Mass, the parish will have a Corpus Christi – outdoor – Procession, weather permitting. After the procession there will be a social with a dish-to-pass supper. Please try to make this spiritual and social event a priority over the 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. Masses.

On Sunday, June 9th, Paul Zucarelli, a speaker, and author will give a presentation on “Faith Understood.” He is a survivor of nine cardiac arrests and was dead for two hours. The event will take place at Holy Cross Church Rectory, Ovid, NY, at 12:00 noon. Everyone is welcome.

With love for you all,
Fr. Bernard


  • I am available every Friday from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at the Parish Center. No appointment is required.
  • The bulletin for this Sunday, May 26, is available on the bulletin page or by viewing it from this link: May 26 2024 bulletin.

Gospel Meditation—Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

The Most Holy Trinity ~ May 26, 2024

Once I was at a meeting with representatives of various religions. On a coffee break, a man from another religion mused to me: “You know, with all our differences, all religions are really about being good people.” I lowered my cappuccino and said as warmly as I could, “That’s not what mine’s about.” His quizzical look begged for clarification. “Mine is about plunging into the life of God,” I said.

Just before Jesus ascends into heaven, he commands the eleven apostles, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). The word “baptize” means “to immerse in, to plunge into.” It presupposes the use of water. But what does it mean to be immersed in God’s name? In the Bible, God’s name is identical to God Himself. So, to be baptized into water, using Jesus’s formula, is to be plunged into the life of God. Said another way, it is to die with Jesus and rise with him as a member of his body.

The Trinity isn’t a doctrine simply to accept and ponder. It’s more like an ocean: a mystery into which we are baptized … inserted, immersed, dunked, plunged. Baptism gives us power to live our lives as beloved children of God, patterned after Jesus himself, who is always with us, until the end of the ages. Hardly the same as being good people. Stranger, but much better.
~ Father John Muir

“Christ is Always with Us”

The National Eucharistic Revival is a three-year movement to “renew the Church by enkindling a living relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.” (Mission Statement for the National Eucharistic Revival, The Secretariat of Evangelization & Catechesis USCCB)

The National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025
Parish Eucharistic Revival:  June 11, 2023–June 2024

Here is a link to the schedule for our parish’s discussions for the Jesus and the Eucharist Study sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival organizers.

Go here to find out more about what our diocese is doing to participate in this important movement.

Will you join us?
“It is in knowing and in loving the Jesus of the Eucharist that you will have the means to understand life, to find security, to be a people with roots. It is Christ who sustains and supports us in the many trials, struggles, challenges, transitions and happenings of our human existence,” wrote our Bishop wrote in his pastoral letter on the Eucharist. “Join us in sharing the light of Christ!”

Those who cannot attend Mass in person are encouraged to check out the diocese’s list of Masses that are available online. Additionally, the diocese provides a variety of virtual events for “prayer, worship, and faith sharing.”

We look forward to seeing you Mass at any of our three churches: Holy Cross in Ovid, NY; St. Francis in Interlaken, NY; and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, NY!

Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of May 18–May 26, 2024:
Saturday, May 18 St. Francis, 8:00 p.m.
Joyce Kitcho from Scott and Robin Hamula
Sunday, May 19 St. James, 9:00 a.m.
Intentions of Maria Vargas from Carol Ann Kuklo
Holy Cross, 10:30 a.m. Parishioners and benefactors
Monday, May 20 St. James, 9:00 a.m. Communion service
Tuesday, May 21 St. Francis, 8:30 a.m. Special intention
Wednesday, May 22 St. Francis, 8:30 a.m. Special intention
Thursday, May 23 St. Francis, 8:30 a.m. Special intention
Friday, May 24
St. Francis, 8:30 a.m. Special intention
Saturday, May 25 St. Francis, 4:00 p.m.
Parishioners and benefactors
Sunday, May 26
St. James, 9:00 a.m. Rogelio Vargas from Carol Ann Kuklo
Holy Cross, 10:30 a.m. Special intention

Mass intentions: Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass on a particular day and time and place may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. All of the Mass intentions presently scheduled can be seen on the parish calendar.

Sanctuary Lamp Intention:

A donation may be made to the parish for a sanctuary lamp to be lit for your intention in any one of our three churches. Contact the parish office to make your request known.

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.
~Saint Augustine of Hippo

Mass Times:

Weekday Liturgies:
Communion service at 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle church.

Tuesday through Friday:
Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus church (Recitation of the Rosary begins at 8:00 a.m.)

NOTE: Weekday liturgies may be cancelled due to funerals or bad weather.

Weekend Masses:
4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid

If you are unable to attend Mass in person due to health reasons, please see this list of ways to participate in Sunday Mass online.

Mass intentions: Those wishing to have someone remembered at a parish Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

Private Prayer:

• St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken is open at all times.
• St. James the Apostle Church in Trumansburg is open most days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

© 2024 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.
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