Parish Activities


  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (June 6) 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.–2:00 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
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: June 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross: May 25; June 8 & 22
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: June 1 & 15; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Parish Finance Council meeting: May 26, 11:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Pentecost brunch: June 5, after 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Food, Faith, & Fun: June 5, 5:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse


  • Michael Huhn, age 66, died November 17, 2021. A graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery, Interlaken, NY on May 9, 2022.
  • Christopher Carrican, age 59, died December 24, 2021. A graveside service was held at St. James the Apostle Cemetery on May 9, 2022.

Call for Singers and Musicians:
Singers and Musicians are invited to sing and play at the three churches in the parish of Mary Mother of Mercy to praise our Lord. Anyone interested in participating or who wants more information can inquire with choir members, Fr. Bernard or contact Leo at [email protected] We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Ascension Thursday:
This Thursday, May 26, marks forty days after Easter. It is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – a holy day of obligation. The parish will have two Masses:

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 7:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid

Parish Finance Council Meeting:
The Finance Council will meet on Thursday, May 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Parish Center.

Parish Council Selection of New Members:
The selection of new Parish Council members will take place next Sunday, May 29 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The names of the nominees are placed in a basket and the needed number of new members are drawn (selected) from the basket. There are nomination ballots in the foyer of the church to nominate yourself or another parishioner. Ballots are to be submitted to the parish office by this Wednesday night (May 25). The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. It is the last Parish Council meeting of the year. At the June 9 meeting, in preparation for the September meeting, an executive committee will be elected, and members will be assigned to the Parish Council standing committees of their choice.

Pentecost Brunch:
The brunch will take place on Sunday, June 5, following  the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Rectory. As in past years it is a potluck brunch held on Pentecost Sunday where the attendees bring a dish to the meal. Everyone is welcome to this grand parish event.

Food, Faith and Fun:
A gift has been given to the parish for a gathering of people between the ages of 21 and 45. The gathering will take place on Sunday, June 5 at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a sit-down dinner. After the meal there will be a brief faith presentation and sharing followed by a planned activity. Space is limited. To register, contact the parish office at 607–294–0064 or [email protected] by next Sunday, May 29. If interested in helping to work on this event please notify the parish office. Thanks. 

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 107 parish households who have pledged $32,300 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue until May 31. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Social Ministry Conference – Open to all:
The annual Diocesan Social Ministry Conference will take place virtually on Wednesday May 25 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. over Zoom. The conference theme is the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which calls all Catholics to take seriously our moral obligation to address environmental degradation and climate change. Through a variety of discussions and workshops we’ll learn about ways our families and parishes can embrace this mission and protect our common home. Join with Catholics from around the diocese to learn and share ideas. Register at 

Desert Day of Prayer:
June 1, from 8:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is offering a day for individuals seeking a one day retreat alone with God. During your time with us, our priests are available for confession and/or conversation and will offer mass at the closing of our day. The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch! Attendance is limited to 25. To register, please contact us at 585–394–5700 or [email protected]

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings are Wednesdays and begin at 2:00 p.m. The upcoming dates at St. James are June 1 and 15. At Holy Cross, there will be gatherings on May 25, and June 8 and 22. Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are June 1 and 15. This event will run through June.

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.

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.
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