Holy Year of Mercy: December 8, 2015–November 20, 2016:
“A time to heal, to help, to forgive.”
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.
• Scripture study classes: Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle Church
• Senior Living Expo: April 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Ithaca.
• Capuchin Franciscans candidate discernment weekend: April 8–10, at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA.
• Parishioner meeting about Mass schedules: after the Sunday Masses, April 10.
• Combined parish councils meeting: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.
• Planning team meeting: Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church annex
• First Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation – Confession): Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
• Men and Boys, Father and Son breakfast: at the American Legion in Trumansburg on Sunday, April 24, after 8:00 a.m. Mass.
• St. James Women’s Guild breakfast: Sunday, May 1, after the 8:00 a.m. Mass. The cost is $10 and the guest speaker is Dr. Richard Orzeck, D.V.M.
• First Holy Communion (Eucharist): Sunday, May 15, 2016, 10:30 a.m. Mass.
• Women’s Guild/T’burg Garage sale: Weekend of May 22.
Next Sunday’s Parishioner Meeting about Revised Mass Schedule:
Please participate in a parishioner meeting about a revised weekend Mass schedule for St. James the Apostle, Holy Cross, and St. Francis Solanus. Bishop Matano gave his blessing to our local development of a weekend schedule with one Mass each at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus and two at St. James the Apostle.
The planning team has worked through many different scenarios and now has two options to present to parishioners for input. Last weekend’s bulletin contained an insert including the two possible schedules, the principles the planning team agreed on, and the needs/wants of each community that had to be weighed. It is also available on the parish website at https://marymotherofmercy.com/parish-merge/.
The planning team is holding parishioner meetings on Sunday, April 10, after each of the Sunday Masses. Please plan to stay for a short while after whichever Mass you attend. Although the Saturday evening Mass will not change, parishioners who regularly attend it are encouraged to come to one of the Sunday meetings. The planning team will be asking for your feedback on the two proposed Mass schedules.
Easter Egg Hunt:
Thanks to all the children who participated in the Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday after the 10:30 Mass. A special thank you to Life’s So Sweet Chocolates, who helped the Easter Bunny deliver the eggs to St. James.
The combined parish councils for St. James the Apostle, St. Francis Solanus, and Holy Cross will meet a week from Wednesday, April 13, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. This is the first meeting as a unified parish council. Part of the agenda will be to review the guidelines for the new unified parish council.
Between the Lakes Planning Team Meeting:
The planning team will next be meeting a week from Thursday, April 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Church annex.
First Penance (Sacrament of Reconciliation, Confession) will be held on Sunday April 17 at 9:00 a.m. First Holy Communion (Eucharist), will be Sunday, May 15, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
It is understood that those going to the breakfast would first be together in attendance at Mass. Men and Boys, Father and Son breakfast will be on Sunday, April 24, after St. James the Apostle’s 8:00 a.m. Mass. The breakfast will be held at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Sign-up sheets are located in the vestibule of the churches.
St. James Women’s Guild breakfast will be on Sunday, May 1, after the St. James 8:00 a.m. Mass. It will be held at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Tickets are needed in advance and are available after all the Masses. The cost is $10 and the guest speaker is Dr. Richard Orzeck, D.V.M.
Women’s Guild Garage Sale in Conjunction With T’burg Village Garage Sale:
The Women’s Guild garage sale will be on the May 22 weekend. Please donate clean and unbroken items. They may be dropped off at the rectory garage. We cannot accept curtain rods, T.V.’s, computers, clothes, or books.
Scripture Studies—The Gospel of Matthew:
A study of the Gospel of Matthew is available on Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James. For more information phone or text Camille Taranto 607 793 7753.
Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:
The origin of the Christian Jubilee goes back to Old Testament times. The Law of Moses prescribed a special year for the Jewish people to make restitution for wrongs committed, to forgive debts owed, and set slaves free. In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year or Jubilee is a great religious event, for the forgiveness of sins and the punishment due to sin. A Jubilee is a year of reconciliation between adversaries. It is a time of solidarity, hope, justice and commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters. The guiding principle of the year: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.”
2015-2016 Catholic Ministries Appeal Report:
Our parish is well behind in meeting our given goal of $19,696. Every family’s help is needed. If we do not reach our goal we have to make up the difference from our ordinary weekend collections, which at the present time would be a hefty burden. Envelopes for making a pledge are in the pews and in the vestibule of the church. You may also contribute online. Please participate in the Appeal and do what you are able. If everyone participates we will reach our given goal. Your help is needed.
Report as of March 29:
Parish goal: $19,696 Pledged: $15,260 # of Donors: 83
% of goal: 77.48%
Please visit our web site www.stjamestburg.com to get started with this convenient giving option. On the home screen select the <giving> option and on the next screen select the <online giving> button. This will bring you to the “Online Giving Welcome” screen where you can create your own ID and password. Once your ID and password has been established you can log in and setup you banking information and you are ready to set up transactions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl:
Please return your filled rice bowls to the church at your earliest convenience. You may also write a check for the amount in the rice bowl or simply go to crsricebowl.org/give. Choose the method that works best for you.
Trumansburg Food Pantry:
The T’burg food pantry sent a “Thank you” to the parish for the $500 donation. “We are grateful for the support from such a caring community.”
Church Cleaners Needed:
Cleaning a small section of the church takes about thirty (30) minutes once a month. Contact Traci Bump at 607 387 3796 if you are interested.
Senior Living Expo:
Working towards an Age-Friendly Community will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Ramada Inn (23 N Triphammer Rd) . It is a free event with over 30 exhibitors. It is sponsored by Ithaca College Gerontology Institute and the Tompkins County Office for the Aging. (607-274 1607). Visit: Ithaca.edu/aging.
Capuchin Franciscans Candidate Discernment Weekend:
A discernment weekend will be held April 8–10, 2016, at Miramar Retreat Center, Duxbury, MA. The theme: Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Gospels & Following It. Please contact Brother Tim, email@example.com for more information and registration.
Schedule for this weekend, April 2 and 3 (first Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Scott Hamula
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Amy Panek, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Leon Webster
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ron Singer, Traci Bump, Marc Albanese
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Susan Stafford, Mark Scibilia-Carver
Schedule for next weekend, April 9 and 10 (second Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Carol Kuklo
8:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tara Webster and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Ron Singer, Mary Szymanski, Joan Hogan
10:30 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Eileen Heptig, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps