Parish Activities


  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (June 22), 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (June 21) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Council Meeting: June 24, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Peter’s Pence Collection: June 26 and 27


  • Frieda Mannino, age 92, died on June 3, 2021. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, on Friday, June 18.
  • John “Jack” Christensen, age 87, died on June 5, 2021. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Holy Cross, Ovid, on Saturday, June 19.

World Refugee Day:
Today we celebrate World Refugee Day. On World Refugee Day we pause and remember the 26 million refugees who have had to flee their countries in search of safety for their families. Refugees are people looking for the same thing that everyone wants: happiness and a safe home for their families. Let us remember the sacrifice those who have been forced from their homes make to seek safety for their families. Let everyone know that you support and protect the right of refugees to be welcomed in the United States.

Father’s Day:
We wish all the Fathers of our parish a “Happy Day.” Enjoy all the greetings of appreciation for the love and service you have given to your family. Your love and service are an inspiration to us all. God bless and reward you many times over.

Peter’s Pence Collection:
Next week we will take up the Peter’s Pence Collection, which is a way to support the Universal Church and the work of the Holy See, including helping Pope Francis with the funds to carry out his charitable works. These works benefit our brothers and sisters on the margins of society, including victims of war, oppression, and disasters. Please be generous. For more information, visit

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

Parish Council:
The Parish Council will meet this Thursday, June 24, at the Parish Center at 7:00 p.m. Part of the agenda will be the election of an Executive Committee and the appointment of members to a standing committee with the election of a committee chair. The standing committees are: Word, Worship, Witness, and Fellowship. The Pastor will also be looking for input on the Saturday Vigil Mass. The last meeting of the Parish Council was in March 2020. We are looking forward to this being a grand gathering and meeting. The 2021-2022 members are: Marc Albanese, Tim Davis, Laurenda Denmark, Tom Duff, Gerald Frank, Susan Guydosh, Scott Hamula, Leo Kawczenski, Jacqueline Leidenfrost, Andrew Morpurgo, Charles Mullins, Richard Pell, Kathleen Rourke, Lynn Stager, and Barbara Willers. The alternates (not members but elected participants on the Council) are: Bill Masterson, Donna Ryan. and Martha Wooledge.

Diocesan Patronal Feast Day:
Bishop Salvatore R. Matano invites the faithful to the Diocesan Patronal Feast Day Mass of St. John Fisher on Tuesday, June 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. This Mass will begin Religious Freedom Week, June 22–June 29, as the Diocese of Rochester joins all dioceses in the United States to “Pray – Reflect – Act” in promoting religious freedom. 

Religious Freedom Week – June 22–29:
Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Tomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. To learn more about Religious Freedom Week go to:

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at or by emailing or Additionally, the September issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50 and above) to be included, please send the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake is sponsoring Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF on Tuesday, July 13, in a presentation titled “Who is St. Francis of Assisi and What Does He Teach Us Today?” For more information visit, contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313, or email

• St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken is open at all times.
• St. James the Apostle Church in Trumansburg is open weekdays 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.

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

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 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.

Below is the weekend schedule of Masses in the parish (for those who are not vaccinated or would prefer to practice social distancing, each church will have a designated section where face masks are required):

4:00 p.m. at St. James (limited assembly)
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis (limited assembly )

9:00 a.m. at St. James (limited assembly)
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross (limited assembly)

Sunday and holy day Masses will continue to be videotaped in our parish churches and are made available via this web site. If you cannot attend in person, you are encouraged to participate in Sunday Mass by viewing it on TV or via the Internet.

All regularly scheduled parish social and educational events are suspended until further notice.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest (social distancing will be respected).

© 2021 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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