August 6, 2017 ~ The Transfiguration of the Lord

Year of the Eucharist June 18, 2017 – June 3, 2018



First Reading:
The one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship; all peoples, nations, and languages serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed. (Dn. 7:14)

The Lord is king, the Most High over all the earth. (Ps. 97)

Second Reading:
We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain. (2 Pt. 1:18)

While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” (Mt 17:5)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Today our Gospel presents us with the story of the transfiguration of Jesus. We hear God say, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” Because of our baptism, we share in the same intimate relationship with the Father that Jesus has. This intimate relationship we have with God can transform us, just as it transformed Jesus. We, too, can radiate with love and newness of life and then help in transforming and positively impacting the lives of others. How has your relationship with God transformed you?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Hold your eyes on God and leave the doing to him. That is all the doing you have to worry about.” ~St. Jane Frances de Chantal

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Church, on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: Ovid Federated Church on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 8 and August 22). The food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed Church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist Church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (August 14 and August 28).
  • Fill the Bus: Beginning July 1 and ending the weekend of August 12 both Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus churches will be collecting school supplies for Seneca County students
  • Summer Program at Branches Lakeside Retreat: “Sin and Mercy” facilitated by Ann Kern on August 5
  • Summer Religious Education Program: running from August 7–11
  • Summer Program at Branches Lakeside Retreat: “Most Holy Rosary” facilitated by Donna Wieand on August 15
  • Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: this holy day of obligation is Tuesday, August 15
  • Music Ministers Meeting: Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.
  • Parish Choir: Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, August 29, at Holy Cross Church, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
  • Parish Celebration: Sunday, September 10, at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse
  • Sesquicentennial Mass: Friday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., Beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.

Year of the Eucharist:
“When we come to the celebration of Holy Mass or any of the Sacraments with a true spirit of humility and gratitude, it Jesus Calls all of usessentially forms our attitude toward the sacramental nature of the Church and, in particular, our reception of the Lord in Holy Communion. Realizing that in the sacraments, especially in the Eucharist, Jesus becomes one with us, we then approach Him not first asking what is in it for me, but how can I possibly thank the omnipotent God Who has chosen to make His home within me! The Sacraments, the Most Holy Eucharist, belong to God who graciously invites us to participate in His life through these personal meetings with Him. It is truly proper then that the prayers of the Mass authentically, prayerfully and solemnly reflect the divine reality which they signify.” (Taken from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s pastoral letter announcing a Year of the Eucharist in celebration of the 150 [Sesquicentennial] anniversary of the diocese. The full pastoral letter is available on the diocesan website.)

Liturgical Posture:
One of the items in Bishop Matano’s pastoral letter announcing a Year of the Eucharist states the liturgical norm of the Roman Catholic Church that at Mass, after the Lamb of God, the assembly is to kneel. He expresses that in our churches we are to follow the rubric thereby keeping in union with the universal church. Our parish will eventually, and soon, adopt this norm and a date will be set for its implementation. For uniformity sake please continue to stand after the Lamb of God until the date is announced for the change. This announcement is in preparation for the eventual change.

Diocesan 150 Anniversary Mass:
The Sesquicentennial Mass is scheduled for Friday, September 22, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. His eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will be the principal celebrant and homilist. Due to seating capacity limitations, our parish has been allocated three seats. Parishioners wishing to attend are asked to Peter Paul Rubens The Assumption of the Virgin Mary_-_Google_Art_Projectplease notify the parish office with your email address no later than Tuesday, August 15. The first three parishioners to confirm their interest will be accepted.

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
This feast day is Tuesday, August 15, and it is a holy day of obligation. The times and places of the Masses are: St. James the Apostle, 9:00 a.m.; St. Francis Solanus, 12:15 p.m.; Holy Cross, 6:00 p.m.; and St. James the Apostle at 7:00 p.m.

Society of the Propagation of the Faith:
Every summer throughout the United States each parish welcomes a missionary to promote their mission work. This will take place in our parish on the weekend of August 20. The visiting missionary is from India, Fr. Eugene Savarimuthu from the Diocese of Kumbakonam. More information about Fr. Eugene and the mission will be available in next week’s Sunday bulletin.

Preliminary Annual Finance Report:
The Parish Finance Council met on July 20 to review the finances for fiscal year July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017. The ordinary income amounted to $239,119.83 and the ordinary expenses were $220,262.96. The parish net operating was a positive, $18,856.87. For our first year as the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, “thank you” for your financial support over the year. A more complete financial report will be issued containing the balance sheet and non-operating revenue and expenses. A report will also be issued for our parish cemeteries, Holy Cross Cemetery and St. James the Apostle Cemetery. The finance council was also made aware, through the Buildings and Grounds Committees, of major construction, maintenance, and repair projects for the three churches.

Next Weekend Offering:
The Maintenance Fund offering will be taken up the weekend of August 13. Your support of the parish buildings and grounds is greatly appreciated.

Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) Food Pantry:
Please bring non-perishable food items to St. James the Apostle next weekend. Place them or monetary donations on the table located in the front of the church at the statue of the BVM.

Music at the 5:00 p.m. Mass:
Jessica Portillo and Ronnie Fairclough volunteered to provide music at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. James on a temporary basis. For several months they have been present at the Mass with other parishioners joining them. Jessica and Ronnie also help provide music at the 9:30 a.m. Mass. At Holy Cross. Because this routine is outstanding and demanding they have ended the temporary arrangement at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. “Thank you” to Jessica and Ronnie and others who joined them. Not to be totally abandoned, Ms. Joan Gelatt, an organist, will assume the responsibility for providing music with others at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Welcome Joan.

Parish Feast Day Celebration:
Save the date: Sunday, September 10, at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse for the celebration of our feast day for Mary, Mother of Mercy. A Mass at 1:00 p.m. on the friary grounds is planned. The annual parish picnic will follow the Mass.

Parish Choir:
Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, August 29, at Holy Cross Church, 6:30–8:00 p.m. The choir will be rehearsing for Advent, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. All parishioners are welcome to join the parish choir. We are especially in need of altos, tenors, and instrumentalist of all kinds. For more information please contact Jessica Portillo at or 210 268 7662.

Music Ministers Meeting:
The next music ministers meeting will take place on Thursday, August 24, 6:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus. Music ministers meet twice a year to discuss current and upcoming events, needs of music ministry, special masses, etc. All current music ministers and all interested in joining music ministry are encouraged to attend.

Fill the Bus School Supply Collection:
Beginning July 1 and ending the weekend of August 12 both Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus Churches will be collecting school supplies for the Fill the Bus Collection for Seneca County students. We are in need of glue sticks; pencils; blue and black pens; rulers; thick and thin magic markers; crayons; one subject spiral notebooks; composition books; loose leaf paper; 1, 1 ½, and 2 inch binders; tab dividers; two pocket folders; and pencil cases. All supplies will be collected at the Fayette Fire Department on August 16 and then taken to the four school districts in the county. We will need volunteers to help sort and box the collected supplies on August 16. If you’re able donate an hour or more of your time to help, it would be greatly appreciated as always. Please contact Gerald Frank 869-5009 or email

Extra Vegetables and Fruit:
Don’t let your veggies grow up to be compost! Donate extra produce (vegetables, fruit, and eggs) from your garden or CSA share at 94 West Main Street Trumansburg every Monday 9:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. until October 1. It will be distributed to a local family the next day. No donation is too small. For more information visit

The Jacksonville Attic Thrift Shop:
A fresh supply of household items, camping supplies, books, craft supplies, and glassware cover the tables and fill the shelves. The clothing closet room holds an assortment of spring and summer clothes and toys just waiting for you and your family, including a large stock of next-to-new summer children’s clothing. Donations gladly received during business hours. They are open Tuesdays from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Attic Thrift Shop is located in the Old School House next to the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church at 1869 Route 96 in Jacksonville.

“Every child not allowed to be born, but unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, the Lord’s face … Life is always, in all its phases and at any age, sacred…” ~Pope Francis

Eucharistic Living:
Deacon Dan Callan (St. Charles Borromeo Parish) will present a retreat on “Eucharistic Living” on Tuesday, September 5, as a day retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY). The day’s schedule is: 9:00 a.m. registration along with coffee and pastries; 9:30 a.m. conference begins; lunch at noon; reconciliation and mass; day ends at 3:00 p.m. For more details on the presentation and what the day offers, please visit our website: notredameretreat.orgYou may call 585-394-5700 to register. A fee of $25 is payable at registrationInspired by Bishop Matano’s letter: “The Year of Eucharist”, Deacon Dan will relate the letter to social teachings of the church as well as share his own experience of linking suburban parishioners to the needs within the inner city of Rochester.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2017, Sister Dolores Bachman and Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as an expression of gratitude. Sisters of St. Joseph website:

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.

Cancer Services Program (Cortland and Tompkins Counties):
This a program that provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. For more information call 1-866 442 2262.

Ministry Schedules for St. James

Schedule for August 5 and 6, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and TBD
EM: Carol Kuklo (for Barbara Willers), Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Beth Duff (for Mary Szymanski)

Schedule for August 12 and 13, 2017 (Second Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Scott Hamula
EM: Barbara Willers, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
EM: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps


Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

August 2017:

8/6/17 8/13/17 8/20/17 8/27/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock M. Humulock G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Frank P. Motill N. Shumway J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 J. Swanson K. Knapp T. Humulock L. Kurkchi
Extraordinary Min 1 S. Limoncelli D. Moore F. Grasak L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 K. Sinkiewicz D. Traphagen P. Schirmer M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice D. Brandow° L.A. Fox K. Sinkiewicz
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski
Usher 2 M. Maleski S. Limoncelli T. Grasak P. Marrella
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule

July – August – September 2017

August 6 Transfiguration of the Lord  Gerry Messmer Millie Messmer
August 13 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Jeffrey Houck  Stephanie Houck
August 15 Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin MaryHoly Day of Obligation Karl Messmer Pat Messmer
August 20 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Gerry Messmer Millie Messmer
August 27 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Barbara Willers Sheila Haddad
September 3 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Marie Roloson  Karl Messmer
September 10 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Gerry Messmer Charlotte Huyler
September 1724th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeffrey Houck Stephanie Houck
September 2425th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Ann Buddle  Marie Roloson

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion 

July – August – September   2017

DATE Precious Blood SET UP AND PURIFICATION Precious Blood
August 6 Transfiguration of the Lord Mary Ruckdeschel Chris Duthie Charlotte Huyler
August 13 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Cathy Millspaugh  Michele Barr Marie Roloson
August 15 Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin MaryHoly Day of Obligation  Millie Messmer Pat Messmer Charlotte Huyler
August 20 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time  Mary Ruckdeschel Charlotte Huyler  Cathy Millspaugh
August 27 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeanie Wiggins Jennifer Sharp Marie Roloson
September 3 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Michele Barr  Chris Duthie  Pat Messmer
September 10 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Mary Ruckdeschel Jeanie Wiggins Jennifer Sharp
September 17 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Cathy Millspaugh  Marie Roloson  Patti Perry
September 24 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Chris Duthie Charlotte Huyler Millie Messmer

 to take Communion to Richard Suchocki and Maryann Dendis before giving to congregation.

Altar Server Schedule:

July – August – September 2017

August 6 Transfiguration of the Lord Ben & Rian
August 13 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time Nicky & Ben
August 15 Feast of Assumption of Blessed Virgin MaryHoly Day of Obligation   Volunteer needed for 12:15 p.m.   Mass
August 20 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ashton & Rian
August 27 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time Ben
September 3 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Ashton & Rian
September 10 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Nicky & Ben
September 17 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time Nicky & Ashton
September 24 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Ben & Rian


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