I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD. I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD. (Ez. 37:14)
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption. (Ps. 130)
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you. (Rom. 8:11)
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” (Jn. 11:25-27)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
As our season of Lent quickly draws to a close, we are reminded today that God’s creative and life giving presence is always at work, bringing light out of darkness and new life out of death. The prophet Ezekiel reminds us that God’s spirit is within us. Realizing this allows us to endure not only our eventual physical deaths but any difficulty, disappointment or crisis we may encounter. God’s desire to bring all things into loving union with him is eternal.
Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Say to Jesus as the apostles did: ‘Lord, teach us to pray’.” ~John Baptist de la Salle
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- RCIA Program, Convert Classes: Sundays, 12:00 noon, at St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Classes are open to all.
- 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 4 and 18). 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 10 and 24).
- Stations of the Cross during Lent: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Francis Solanus Church
- Parish Choir Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross (Ovid).
- Interfaith Climate Action Network presentation: April 5 potluck dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Ithaca
- Lenten Cantata: Joseph Martin’s “A Journey to Hope” will be performed on April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca
- Retrouvaille / Recovery for Married Couples: retreat weekend at Notre Dame Retreat House on April 7–9
- Sacrament of Reconciliation with private confession: Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.
- Doug’s Fish Fry event to support Covert Bicentennial: on April 12 with a request for donations for the desert table
Catholics Invite Catholics:
“Come to Mass in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day.” A way to remind people of a way to be faithful to the third commandment: Keep holy the Lord’s day.
Maintenance Fund Collection:
The second collection this weekend is the monthly “Maintenance Fund Collection.” This collection helps in the support of the parish buildings and grounds maintenance. Your help is appreciated greatly. Thank you.
Trumansburg Food Pantry:
May and June are the months when St. James the Apostle church provides volunteers at the Trumansburg Food Pantry. A sign-up sheet with more details has been posted in the St. James foyer. Please sign-up if you are available to help out. We also need additional volunteers this year to help with heavy lifting at around 9:00 a.m. and again at 12:45 p.m. 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 your items, in the St. James garage.
Sunday Collection Counters:
Churches are encouraged to have at least four counting teams on a rotating basis. Parishioners who are trustworthy and like to count money, we need you! St. James the Apostle church is in special need. Regarding the commitment, the goal is that a team would count once a month and the time would be about two hours. Could you give your church two hours a month in service? If interested please contact the Parish Office to volunteer. Thanks for your kind consideration of this request.
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 March 28 stated that our parish has pledged $25,690. We are presently $4,165 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.
Stations of the Cross:
This Lenten season devotion is held on the Thursdays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken.
Holy Thursday—Foot Washing Rite:
Within the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which will be celebrated at Holy Cross Church, Ovid at 7:00 p.m., there is the “Washing of Feet” ceremony. The rite comprises of twelve people having a foot ceremonially washed. We are in need of twelve volunteers to have a foot ceremonially washed during the Liturgy. Please consider being a participant. If interested and willing please volunteer by adding your name to the sign-up sheet in the vestibule of the churches.
Good Friday—Altar Servers:
We are in need of four altar servers for the Good Friday Liturgy that will be celebrated at St. Francis Solanus Church at 3:00 p.m. If you are interested and willing to serve, please volunteer by adding your name to the sign-up sheet located in the vestibule of the churches. Training will be provided.
Holy Saturday—Easter Vigil Altar Servers:
We are in need of six altar servers for the Easter Vigil that will be celebrated at St. James the Apostle Church at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested and willing to serve, please volunteer by adding your name to the sign-up sheet located in the vestibule of the churches. Training will be provided.
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation:
In preparation for the celebration of Easter all are invited to celebrate, with prayerful music, the Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Private Confession. This parish event will take place on the Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.
Parish Choir Rehearsal:
All parishioners are welcome to be part of the parish choir. The next rehearsal date is Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross (Ovid).
St. James the Apostle Food Donations:
Food donations may be brought to the church next weekend and placed on the table located in the front of the church. Monetary donations are also accepted.
Expressions of “Thanks”:
• From Nancy Canniff, director of the South Seneca Ecumenical Food Pantry: “You are a blessing to us, and many in our community.”
• From the school nurses at the South Seneca Elementary School: “Your timely gift helps to replenish much needed supplies. … Once again thank you for thinking of our health office.”
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.
This is a Lenten program sponsored by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) to help support the hungry and neglected throughout the world. Everyone is invited to pick up the CRS Rice Bowl located in the vestibules of the churches and put the bowl in a prominent location in the home where family members can place all coins saved from a self-indulgent sacrifice throughout Lent. At the end of Lent the money accumulated will go to Catholic Relief Services to help the hungry of the world. Learn more at crsricebowl.org/families.
Retrouvaille / Recovery for Couples:
Retrouvaille (pronounced retro-vi = recovery) is a program is for married couples who feel disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. It is a worldwide Catholic program that has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the Spring program beginning with a weekend at Notre Dame Retreat Center, Canandaigua on April 7–9, please phone 585 293 1552 or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
Town of Covert 1817–2017:
The Town of Covert has planned events in celebration of their bicentennial. For a listing of the events please watch the newspaper and TOC2017 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.
The Immaculate Conception Church will present another Lenten Cantata. Joseph Martin’s “A Journey to Hope”, based on spirituals, will be performed on Friday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva Street in downtown Ithaca. This inspirational music will be presented by a forty-five-member choir with singers from many regional churches along with a twenty piece orchestra of local musicians. This event is free and open to the public.
Interfaith Climate Action Network:
Join with other local people of faith at the spring gathering of the Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN). Program will include a presentation on how you can lower your bills and your use of fossil fuels to heat and to cool your house with an air-sourced heat pump. This is a great technology that can help you put into action Pope Francis’ call to protect the planet. We’ll also hear about the fun and educational activities planned for Earth Day Ithaca (April 29) and how you can help make the day a success. Wednesday, April 5, there will be a Potluck Dinner at 6:15 p.m. with the program beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, corner of Court and Cayuga Streets on DeWitt Park in downtown Ithaca. Please enter via green door on Court Street.
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 April 1 and 2, 2017 (first Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Amy Panek
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski
Schedule for April 8 and 9, 2017 (second Sunday, Palm Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Scott Hamula, with Barbara Willers (as narrator), Mark Scibilia-Carver (as other speaker) in Gospel reading
EMs: Anne Haus, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tara and Leon Webster with Tim Davis (as narrator) and Nancy Olszewski (as other speaker) in Gospel reading.
EMs: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps, Susan Stafford
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.