Parish Activities

“Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) which falls on the last Sunday of September.


  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (October 4), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 26) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: James Pine Room
    • Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays; October 13 & 27; 7:30 p.m.
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Sweet Sundays at St. James: October 2, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Religious Education: October 8, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Taizé Prayer: October 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m., St. James

Sweet Sundays at St. James:
Parishioners are invited for a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle next Sunday — the first Sunday of every month.

Community Christmas Project & Coat Distribution:
The Winter Coat Distribution will take place on October 15, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Ovid VFW, 7068 Rte. 96, Ovid. Seneca County residents may pick up coats for their children as well as submit applications for the Community Christmas Project. Applications for the Christmas Project will also be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays from September 26–October 31 and the Interlaken Food Pantry on Fridays from September 30–October 28. Proof of address and income are required. Contact Gerry Frank at [email protected] with any questions.

Opportunities for Prayer and Sharing – St. James Pine Room:

  • Prayer for Healing & Harmony: every Wednesday, 2:00–3:00 p.m., and the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)
  • Read and Reflect: every Wednesday, 3:15–4:15 p.m. (“Hope Against Darkness” by Richard Rohr)
  • Taizé prayer: 2nd and 4thThursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)

Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Death Penalty Abolition:
Jesus was not the first to be sentenced to death, tortured and executed by the Roman occupiers of his homeland. Jesus is forever identified with those who have been sentenced to death and executed under state authority. Today, 108 countries have abolished the death penalty. If Jesus lived in one of these countries today, he would not face a death penalty, no matter what crime he was alleged to have committed. Pope Francis is inviting the whole Church to pray for the global abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September. When praying please remember this invitation and keep the intention in mind.

Day of Prayer at Notre Dame Retreat House:
From 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on October 11, “Extending Compassion” will be presented by Deacon George Welch from Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Elmira, NY. There is a $25.00 Fee. Call 585–394–5700 or eail [email protected] to register.

Forty Days for Life Speaker:
Former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino, the current director of outreach of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at the Ithaca prayer vigil on October 11 at 10:00 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood, 620 West Seneca St., Ithaca. Trevino previously managed a Planned Parenthood abortion referral facility in Sherman, Texas. She is the author of Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back. For information about the Ithaca campaign, visit:

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome. If you are interested or would like more information, email Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.\

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

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.

For more information on many of these and other events please visit the bulletin page.

Please take time this week
to pray the rosary
for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic
and the war in Ukraine.

Check out our web page on ways to help support our local senior community.

Parish Picnic 2022:
Our parish picnic at the Friary was a joyous event! A huge thank you to our Fellowship Committee and volunteers for putting this event together and to all who were able to bring food to share. This parish is blessed to have such dedicated members.

Br. Francisco with Gerry and Grace

Brother Francisco has completed his pastoral year at Mary, Mother of Mercy. On his last Sunday in our parish there was a social after Mass at St. James so people could express their gratitude for his service to our parish.

Brother Francisco, we will miss your positive attitude and vibrant energy. We wish you well for what comes next. God bless you!


Volunteer Appreciation Week:
During the week of June 26th, the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, celebrated a week of dinners at the St. Fidelis Friary in appreciation of our parish volunteers who give of their time and energy for the benefit of our parish. The weather was lovely, the food was delicious, and the view across the lake was amazing. Thank you to all who do so much to keep our three churches running smoothly. Whether it’s through the liturgy or behind the scenes, your help is greatly appreciated!

Food, Faith, and Fun on Cayuga Lake:
The Food, Faith, and Fun event for young adults on June 5, 2022, was a delight. The parish is grateful for Meg and Charlie Mullins who prepared an excellent meal. Brother Francisco provided an array of entertaining games that kept guests laughing until sunset. Thank you to all who organized this event. Everyone had a great time!











Welcome to the table of the Lord!
Congratulations to Elise on celebrating her first communion at St. James on May 15, 2022.  Blessings to her and all who made this day possible.

Easter Egg Hunt: Through snow flurries and sun, the kids had fun!
Thanks to Andy Morpugo for making this happen.

Our Churches Decorated for Easter


St. James the Apostle

St. Francis Solanus

Holy Cross church

St. James Church Decorated for Christmas

Helping to End Hunger, CROP Walk 2021:
Thank you to all who walked or supported the annual Trumansburg Tom Lange Memorial CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), which took place on Sunday, October 10, 2021, and was hosted by St. James the Apostle church. The initials CROP stand for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.”

Blessing of Animals:
At St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken, Fr. Bernard, with Brother Francisco’s assistance, blessed a number of pets as part of the celebration of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis had a love for all of God’s creation and it is a tradition to bless animals in his honor.






First Communion 2021:


Working on pew banners for their First Holy Communion on May 2

Father Bernard Maloney with Grace Guydosh and Porter Landon following their first communion


Susan and Grace Guydosh


Porter Landon and his family

Religious Education:
The parish’s religious education kids are doing their monthly activities from home this year. This past month they learned about St. Margaret of Scotland whose feast day was November 16. In addition to her charity and prayerfulness St. Margaret was known for her literacy and love for reading scripture. The kids made and decorated origami bookmarks to honor her and here are some of their finished products.

The Blessing of Animals:
October 4 was the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Liturgically, it is not celebrated because Sunday liturgies take precedent. However, in keeping with the spirit of Francis’s Day and as an expression of his love for all creation, the blessing of animals took place at the St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken. Two canine companions, Daisy and Luke, and Little Bits the hamster attended the event and received a blessing from Father Bernard.


Each church in our parish put on their own St. Patrick’s day celebration. Our thanks to the parish’s fellowship committee for arranging these events. ☘️

Fr. Bernard enjoying the food at one of the socials.

Parishioners enjoying the St. Patrick’s day social at St. Francis Solanus church.


Parishioners and their pastor enjoying the Holy Cross’s social in honor of St. Patrick.


Enjoying a good time in honor of St. Patrick at St. James the Apostle.


A lovely St. Valentine’s Day social was held at Holy Cross church in

People enjoying the St. Patrick’s day social at Holy Cross church.

February, 2020 💕 Thank you to the parish’s fellowship committee for arranging this event!





A thank you to everyone who helped decorate our churches for Christmas, especially the children who made ornaments for the trees at St. James the Apostle.



After enjoying a wonderful spread of food, Father Bernard led the kids on a tour of the sanctuary and sacristy so they could learn more about the Eucharist. This was part of the monthly gathering in November for families involved in religious education.



Parishioners enjoying chili as part of the ministry fair at St. Francisn October 26 and 27 all three churches had ministry fairs where paParishioners could sign up for different ministries while enjoying food. Thank you to the worship and fellowship committees for planning these events!


All Saints’ Day is around the corner! After learning about this holy day, families at the monthly religious education gathering prayed for the deceased while lighting votives. The kids also played a trivia game. We have some very bright young people in our parish!!



Blessing of Pets:
October 4, was the feast day of St. Francis. Blessing of animals took place at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 6:00 p.m.




September 15 was Catechetical Sunday and a great group of families came to St. James as we kicked off the new school year with pizza and an activity. Check out the finished projects hanging in the Pine Room at St. James.

We are pleased to have nine students this year but we always have room for more. If you’d still like to sign up, call the church office or email the religious education coordinator, Susan Guydosh, at [email protected] The next meeting is after the 9 a.m. Mass on October 20.

On September 8, the parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of Father Bernard Maloney’s ordination. Father Bernard said Mass at the St. Fidelis Friary amongst parishioners, friends, family, and the Capuchin Franciscans. Thank you, Father Bernard, for the energy, time, and commitment you have selflessly shared with us. We are blessed to have you lead our parish.






The ice cream social at St. James on July 25, 2019, was a delight! Thank you to our fellowship committee for arranging this event; our parish is blessed to have so many dedicated volunteers!!

Parishioners enjoyed sensational sangria, Lucas wines, and an array of snacks while celebrating the feast day of Saint Francis Solanus on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Thank you to Norm, Scott, and all volunteers for your hard work!






Aiden Grove celebrated his First Holy Communion on June 2 at St. James. Here is Aiden with his family and Father Bernard after Mass. Congratulations!






See more photos on the parish’s FaceBook and Instagram pages.


Mass Times:

Daily Mass is available, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, N.Y.

Weekend schedule of Masses in the parish:

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 in person due to health reasons, please see this list of ways to participate in Sunday Mass online.)

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.

© 2022 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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