Second Sunday of Easter ~ Sunday of Divine Mercy
Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple area and to breaking bread in their homes. (Acts 2:46)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, his love is everlasting. (Ps. 118)
Although you have not seen him you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Pt. 1:8-9)
“Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.” (Jn. 20:27b-29)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Breathing is necessary for living. Without air and the ability to breathe, we would die. It is no wonder then that Jesus breathed on the disciples and gave them the Holy Spirit. As our physical breath is essential to physically live, the Holy Spirit is essential to personally and socially live. Jesus shows his friends that God is within them, sustaining them with his gifts and providing them with the fullness of life and love. We take God’s role in our lives for granted and we give ourselves more credit than we ought. Much of what we treasure and accomplish every day is due to God’s inner presence moving and acting within us calling us to new life.
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“To the servant of God … every place is the right place, and every time is the right time.” ~St. Catherine of Siena
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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. (May 2 and May 16). 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).
- 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
- A screening of the recent documentary After Spring: Tuesday April 25, at 7:00pm at Cinemapolis movie theater, 120 E Green St, Ithaca.
- Earth Day in Ithaca: Organized by Sustainable Tompkins the event will start at 11:30 a.m. with the Fall Creek Marching Band leading the march from the Commons to the Space@GreenStar on Route 13
- Easter Lessons and Carols: April 30, at 2:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Cathedral
- Selection of Parish Council members: The last weekend of May (May 27 and 28) at each of the churches.
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.
Catholic Home Missions Appeal:
Next week, we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Right now, over 40 percent of dioceses in the U.S. are considered home missions because they are unable to fund essential pastoral work needed in their communities. Your support of this appeal helps ease the struggle of these dioceses. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this appeal. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions.
Cathedral Hosts Easter Lessons and Carols:
On Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m., the Rochester Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, will host Easter lessons and carols at Sacred Heart Cathedral. This service of scripture and music will include music by guest choirs as well as congregational song.
Madelyn Houck—Music Ministry Recognition Award:
High school music ministry recognition awards will be given to twenty-three teens from around the diocese, one of whom is our parishioner Madelyn Houck at the event listed above. Five adults involved in music ministry will also receive continuing education scholarships. Join us as we celebrate as an Easter people with Alleluia as our song on Sunday, April 30, at 2:00 p.m., at Sacred Heart Cathedral. All are welcome. For more information contact Ginny Miller: email@example.com.
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 with more information 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.
Parish Council Nominations:
The term 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.
Personal Care Items:
In the vestibules of the churches there are a boxes (baskets) 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 11 stated that our parish has pledged $27,960. We are presently $1,895 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.
(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 that is June 11).
For those who have suffered a loss through divorce, death, or separation, “Beginning Experience” programs provide 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website: www.beginningexperiencerochesterny.org.
2017 World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
May 7 is Good Shepherd Sunday. It is a day, throughout the world, when the Church encourages Catholics to continually pray for vocations to the religious life and priesthood. The encouragement is to: pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead; to keep parish priests in your prayers; to encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister; and to pray a rosary for more young men and women to respond to God’s call. Recently the Vatican urged Catholics to “organize an invisible monastery” in which people, are committed to continuous prayer for priestly vocations. For more information about how to pledge to pray for vocations see their website: invisiblemonastery.com.
Earth Day in Ithaca:
On Saturday, April 29, while some are marching in Washington, D.C., for climate, jobs, and justice, there will be a joyful sister march celebration in Ithaca. Organized by Sustainable Tompkins with several co-sponsors plus partners including our Interfaith Climate Action Network, the event will start at 11:30 a.m. with the Fall Creek Marching Band leading the march from the Commons to the Space@GreenStar on Route 13, where exhibitors will inform us while speakers and musicians inspire us.
Life in a Refugee Camp:
Please join Catholic Charities and the Peace Pins Project on Tuesday, April 25, for a screening of the recent documentary After Spring. With the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year, millions of people continue to be displaced. After Spring is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. Tickets are $10 and must be pre-ordered for the screening. Go to www.tugg.com/events/after-spring-qs5v or contact Catholic Charities at 272-5062 ext 12 or LKonwinski@dor.org to order. The screening is at 7:00pm at Cinemapolis movie theater, 120 E Green St, Ithaca.
Clothing Closet Need:
Catholic Charities in Ithaca is recruiting volunteers for the busy Clothing Closet, which provides community members free clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, and many more items. The Clothing Closet gets close to 20–30 visits per day, and gives away around 2,000 free items per month! This service keeps elders dressed warmly in winter, provides kids with school clothes, and enables adults to find appropriate attire for interviews and work. Volunteers who can commit to 3 hours a week, enjoy helping others, and want to be a part of a strong community of kindness are asked to contact Michaela at 272-5062 ext. 10 or MCortright@dor.org. Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings right now, but volunteers for other weekdays are also welcome.
Ministry Schedules for St. James
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-Carver, Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps
Schedule for April 29 and 30, 2017 (Fifth Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
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||M. Maleski||C. Conroy|
|Altar Ser 1||P. Schirmer||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2|
|Lector 1||K. Knapp||P. Motill|
|Lector 2||J. Leidefrost°||L. Kurkchi|
|Lector 3 (Nar)||n/a||n/a|
|Lector 4 (Voice)||n/a||n/a|
|Extraordinary Min 1||S. Limoncelli||L.A. Fox|
|Extraordinary Min 2||D. Traphagen||K. Sinkiewicz|
|Extraordinary Min 3||A. Calice||M. Frank|
|Usher 1 (Lead)||A. Reagan||S. Brandow|
|Usher 2||M. Maleski||A. Reagan|
|Usher 3||P. Marrella||M. Maleski|
|Usher 4||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.