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\



Gospel Meditation—Encourage Deeper Understanding of Scripture

First Sunday of Advent ~ December 1, 2019

“I’m never getting enough rest! How can I possibly be ‘asleep’?” In a world of jam-packed schedules and high anxiety levels, physical rest may be hard to come by. Yet relentless pursuit of our to-do lists and social calendars may keep our minds off of the things that really matter. Jesus knows all too well a pattern of busy, harried ignorance. “In those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage…they did not know until the flood came and carried them all away…two men will be out in the field…two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and one will be left.” When it comes to the spiritual life, we can be at work or at relaxation and still be spiritually asleep.

Each year, we are called back to remember the essential things. God comes to save His people. He becomes flesh to dwell among us. Supernatural light pierces the world’s darkness and our own. Advent wakes us up. “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” Every Advent, we prepare to celebrate Christ’s first coming at Christmas, and we anticipate his second coming at the end of time.

“At an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” There’s another hour, too, both known and unknown. It’s the present moment. Whether it’s a lazy Saturday morning or a major business proposal, whether it’s attending a kindergarten play or an elderly relative’s bedside, at every moment the Lord wants to enter into our hearts. This Advent, let’s pray for the grace to stay alert. Christ is coming soon.

© 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: immmercy@dor.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!


Mass Intentions at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken for the week of November 30–December 8, 2019:
Saturday, Nov. 30 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis For parishioners and benefactors
Sunday, Dec. 1 9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Robert Favreau from June Favreau
Monday, Dec. 2 9:00 a.m. at St. James Communion service
Tuesday, Dec. 3 9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
Wednesday, Dec. 4 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Special intention
Thursday, Dec. 5 8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Special intention
Friday, Dec. 6 9:00 a.m. at St. James Special intention
Saturday, Dec. 7 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Ruth Rourke from Kathleen Rourke
Sunday, Dec. 8 9:00 a.m. at St. James For parishioners and benefactors
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.

 

Mass Times:
Weekend Masses:

• 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 Liturgies:

• 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.

Note: If there is a funeral scheduled later that day or if the local schools are closed due to weather, the Mass or communion service will be cancelled.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.



© 2019 The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy
3660 Orchard St., P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847
607-294-0064

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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