To him all the prophets bear witness, that everyone who believes in him will receive forgiveness of sins through his name. (Acts 10:43)
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. (Ps 118)
Brothers and sisters: If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Col 3:1)
Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. (1 Cor. 5:7)
“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” (Mt 28:5b-7)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Alleluia, the Lord is risen! Mary of Magdala went to Jesus’s tomb and found that it was empty. She was the first witness of the Resurrection and announced the empty tomb to other disciples. We are called to be witnesses too. Can you imagine the joy the disciples experienced when they realized that Jesus was actually raised from the dead? Sometimes our faith in the Resurrection can run lukewarm. We don’t fully doubt that Jesus was raised but we aren’t fully convinced either. Once we become convinced our lives, no matter where our roads take us, will automatically radiate with joy. Like Mary, we are called to then share that joy with others so that they may realize that it is the Lord and come to believe.
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”
~St. John Paul II
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- Scripture study classes of the Gospel: on Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle church.
- 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. (April 18 and May 2). 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. (April 24 and May 8).
- The Bishop’s dinner for vocations: Friday, April 21, at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 115 Maple Ave, Victor, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the church with Mass.
- Planning for Your Legacy: seminar at St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish Center, 905 N. Decatur St. in Watkins Glen, 7:00–8:30 p.m., April 24
- Trumansburg Food Pantry: May and June are the months when St. James the Apostle church provides volunteers to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.
- Selection of Parish Council members: The last weekend of May (May 27 and 28) at each of the churches.
The Lord has indeed risen, alleluia. Glory and kingship be his forever and ever. Enjoy this holy season of the year rejoicing in Jesus’s victory over death and the fact that He shares that victory with us. We have been promised heaven. May this promise always be a source of hope and strength in times of trouble. Rejoice and be glad.
Celebration of Easter Sacraments:
At the Easter Vigil Mr. James Landon celebrated the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Ms Amber Denman and Mr. Matthew Donovan made a profession in the Catholic Church and celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Mr. Raymond Zajac Jr. celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. We rejoice with them—they are a joy to our parish family.
Easter Sunday Offering:
It is traditional that the Easter collection is one of those special times when parishioners make a more than usual offering to their parish in appreciation for the ministries and service provided in the parish. Besides that, the parish has come to rely on the generosity of the parishioners at this time to help with the total annual expenses during the fiscal year. What you are able to offer, know that it will be appreciated greatly.
Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members ends this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new parish council members for a three-year term will take place at the end of May (the weekend of May 28). Newly selected members will attend the June Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1, though there are no scheduled meetings in the summer. The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness, and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken. The last weekend of April, Parish Council nomination ballots will be available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners please, at this time, consider being a Parish Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.
Trumansburg Community Yard Sale:
Have you started to clean out your closets, or maybe your basement or attic? The Women’s Guild will again participate, in the annual Trumansburg Community Yard Sale. You may donate all clean and workable items, except clothing, bedclothes or bath linens, books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs. Simply place these items, in the St. James garage.
Trumansburg Food Pantry:
May and June are the months when St. James the Apostle church provide volunteers to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. A sign-up sheet has been provided in the St. James foyer. Please sign up if you are available to help out. The pantry also needs additional volunteers this year to help with heavy lifting at around 9:00 a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m. Thank you.
Requests for Mass Intentions:
Announced Mass Intentions may be requested by phoning the Parish Center or contacting one of the priests. Announced Masses are those printed in the Sunday bulletin and are dated for a particular time and place. A Mass card containing the Mass intention is provided for those who request it. The stipend for an announced Mass is $10.00.
Personal Care Items:
In the vestibules of the churches there is a box (basket) to place new personal care items such as, soap, shampoo, toothpaste (and brushes), deodorant, etc. These items are distributed to our local food pantries and Catholic Charities. There is always a need for these items and they are most appreciated.
2016-2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. We need all parishioners to help reach our parish given goal of $29,855. A report issued on April 4 stated that our parish has pledged $27,045. We are presently $2,810 shy of our given goal. If you have not made a pledge, please do so as soon as possible. If our parish does not reach our given goal, the difference will be billed to the parish. Pledge envelopes are located in the vestibules of the church. Please respond as soon as possible.
Bishop’s Dinner for Vocations:
The Bishop’s dinner for vocations is intended for young adult Catholic men ages 17 to 40. The Bishop’s dinner is specially designed to provide an evening of food, fellowship, and information about a way of life that nourishes thousands of people and connects a man in a profound way to Jesus Christ. The dinner with Bishop Matano will be held on Friday, April 21, at St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 115 Maple Ave, Victor, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the church with Mass. To reserve a spot please contact Fr. Bernard by Wednesday, April 19. The dinner is sponsored by the Diocesan Office of Vocation Awareness and the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Knights of Columbus.
(Church Law #920) “All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the 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 11).
For those who have suffered a loss through divorce, death, or separation, “Beginning Experience” provides support. ”Healing Beginning Experience” weekend programs are offered in spring and fall. “Rebuilding” support programs are offered throughout the year. For more information phone 585 987 1750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also visit the website: www.beginningexperiencerochesterny.org.
CRS Rice Bowl:
We prayed, fasted and gave alms—and now we celebrate Easter joy! Our Lenten journey with CRS Rice Bowl ends as we encounter our risen Lord. We reflect on our brothers and sisters whom we have walked with in India, Zambia, El Salvador, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Hawaii. And we commit to bring Easter joy to each person we meet in our daily lives. Don’t forget to turn in your CRS Rice Bowl to the church or count the amount in the Rice Bowl and mail a check to Catholic Relief Services, Rice Bowl, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, Maryland 21297-0303.
Town of Covert 1817–2017:
The Town of Covert has planned Bicentennial events. For a listing of the events please watch the newspaper and TOC200 Facebook page for details. The planning committee is asking for volunteers to help with the April 12 Doug’s Fish Fry event. They are requesting donations for the desert table.
Sisters of St. Joseph Prayer Ministry:
The sisters have alerted us that throughout this year, 2017, Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman are praying for our parishioners and parish. In appreciation for their thoughtfulness, kindness, and prayers, please keep them in your prayers. Sisters of St. Joseph website: www.ssjrochester.org.
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.
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 Schedule for the Parish’s Triduum Services
Easter Triduum ~ 2017
Holy Thursday: Holy Cross, April 13, at 7:00 p.m.
1st Lector, (Exodus 12:1-8, 11-1) L. Kurkchi, Holy Cross
2nd Lector, (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) Chartotte Huyler, St. Francis
3rd Lector, Prayer of Faithful: Scott Hamula, St. James
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EM):
EM #1: D. Moore, Holy Cross
EM #2: Chris Duthie of St. Francis
EM #3: Robin Hamula, St. James
Altar servers: Gerry Frank and P. Schrimer, Holy Cross; Andy Morpurgo, Debbi Short, and Alex Hamula from St. James
Usher: S. Brandow
Washing of Feet: Ann Buddle, Marilyn Frank, Lee Anne Fox, Ellen Moore, David Moore, Jennifer Sharp, Jeanie Wiggins, Michelle Tingue, Dave Lifka
Good Friday: St. Francis, April 14, at 3:00 p.m.
1st Lector, (Isaiah 52:13-52:12): Ellen Moore of Holy Cross Church
2nd Lector, (Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9): Leon Webster, St. James
3rd Lector, (John 18:1-9:42), narrator: Charlotte Huyler of St. Francis
4th Lector, (John 18:1-9:42), voice: Amy Panek, St. James
General intercessions: Mark Sinkewicz, Holy Cross
EM: Cathy Millspaugh of St. Francis
Altar servers: Gerry Frank of Holy Cross and Gerry Messmer of St. Francis
Easter Vigil: St. James the Apostle, April 15, at 8:00 p.m.
1st Lector, (#1 Genesis 1:1-2:2): Phyllis Motill, Holy Cross
2nd Lector, (#3 Exodus 14:15-15:1): Ann Buddle, St. Francis
3rd Lector, (#5 Isaiah 55:1-11): Tara Webster, St. James
4th Lector, (Romans 6, 3-11): Maria Connell, St. James
5th Lector, intercessory prayers: Leon Webster, St. James
EM #1: Robin Hamula, St. James
EM #2: Charlotte Huyler, St. Francis
EM #3: Kathy Sinkiewicz, Holy Cross
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Schedule for April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday):
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver
Schedule for April 22 and 23, 2017 (Fourth Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
EM: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
EM: Mark Scibilia-CarverMary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps
Schedule for April 29 and 30, 2017 (Fifth Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Kathleen Rourke
EM: Traci Bump, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tim Davis and Lynne Stager
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Mary Szymanski
Ministry schedule for Holy Cross:
|Greeter in addition to Usher||C. Conroy||M. Maleski||C. Conroy||M. Maleski||C. Conroy|
|Altar Ser 1||G. Frank||G. Frank||G. Frank||P. Schirmer||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2|
|Lector 1||N. Shumway||M. Frank||E. Moore||K. Knapp||P. Motill|
|Lector 2||P. Motill||J. Swanson||L. Kurkchi||J. Leidefrost°||L. Kurkchi|
|Lector 3 (Nar)||n/a||L. Kurkchi||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Lector 4 (Voice)||n/a||T. Jasikoff||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|Extraordinary Min 1||L.A. Fox||D. Moore||F. Grasak||S. Limoncelli||L.A. Fox|
|Extraordinary Min 2||S. Limoncelli||D. Traphagen||L.A. Fox||D. Traphagen||K. Sinkiewicz|
|Extraordinary Min 3||K. Sinkiewicz||D. Brandow°||D. Moore||A. Calice||M. Frank|
|2 Envelopes||2 Envelopes||2 Envelopes|
|Usher 1 (Lead)||J. Taylor||S. Brandow°||J. Taylor||A. Reagan||S. Brandow|
|Usher 2||E. Conroy||A. Reagan||E. Conroy||M. Maleski||A. Reagan|
|Usher 3||P. Marrella||M. Maleski||T. Grasak||P. Marrella||M. Maleski|
|Usher 4||S. Limoncelli||S. Limoncelli||E. Conroy|
Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church
April 2017 (forthcoming)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
April 2017 (forthcoming)
REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki before giving to congregation.