Bulletin for April 9, 2017 ~ Palm Sunday


Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

“Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest.” And when he entered Jerusalem the whole city was shaken and asked, “Who is this?” And the crowds replied, “This is Jesus the prophet, from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Mt. 21:9-11)

First Reading:
The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced; I have set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame. (Is. 50:7)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Ps. 22)

Second Reading:
He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Phil. 2:8)

And they placed over his head the written charge against him: This is Jesus, the King of the Jews. (Mt. 27:37)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our liturgy, with its very dramatic and poignant readings, immerses into all of the raw emotions life can often bring. We hear of betrayal, fear, anger, disappointment, confusion, suffering, and even death. The veil of injustice is pulled over the life of the innocent Lamb and God, who walked with us, is called to face his death on the cross. Yet Jesus remains faithful and accepts the fate that is before him. In all of this, he never wavers from the truth and continues to speak of mercy, forgiveness, and a God who loves. When life gets the best of us and brings us to our knees, can we remain faithful to the truth and accept what we cannot control?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“How could I bear a crown of gold when the Lord bears a crown of thorns? And bears it for me!” ~St. Elizabeth of Hungary

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Upcoming Events:

  • 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).
  • Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Private Confession: Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.
  • Parish Choir Rehearsal: Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg
  • Doug’s Fish Fry event to support Covert Bicentennial: on April 12 with a request for donations for the desert table
  • 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

Communal 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 this Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

Lent officially ends before evening prayer of Holy Thursday, April 13.

Easter Triduum—Three Days of Easter:
The Easter Triduum consists of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. It begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and ends with the conclusion of the evening prayer of Easter Sunday. These Easter days are most sacred to Catholics. To celebrate their holiness everyone is encouraged to be present and participate in the liturgies on each of these Easter days.

Holy Thursday—First Day of Easter:
On Holy Thursday this is only one Mass is permitted—the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Mass may be permitted by the bishop in the morning but exclusively for those unable to participate in the evening Mass. The evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be at 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid.

Good Friday—Second Day of Easter:
The paschal fast is observed on Good Friday and continues until the Easter Vigil to honor the suffering and death of the Lord Jesus and to prepare ourselves to share more deeply in His resurrection. The celebration of the Lord’s Passion will take place at 3:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Holy Saturday and The Easter Vigil—Third Day of Easter:
The entire celebration of this vigil takes place at night, that is, after nightfall and end before the dawn of Sunday. This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. The Easter Vigil is not to be celebrated at the time of day that it is customary to celebrate anticipated Sunday Masses. The Easter Vigil will be celebrated at 7:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Easter Sunday:
On Easter Sunday the times and places of the Masses follow the ordinary Sunday schedule, that is: 8:15 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken; 9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid; and 11:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Good Friday—A Day of Fast and Abstinence:
Fasting, for Catholics between the ages of 21 and 59, means that no food may be eaten between meals. Only one full meal a day is allowed. Two other small meals are allowed with the total amount of food not exceeding the full meal. Abstinence, for Catholics over the age of 14, means to abstain from eating meat.

Celebration of Easter Sacraments:
At the Easter Vigil Mr. James Landon will be celebrating the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Ms. Amber Denman and Mr. Matthew Donovan will be making a profession in the Catholic Church and celebrating the sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Mr. Raymond Zajac Jr. will be celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation. We rejoice with them—they are a joy to our parish family.

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. on April 14. 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 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. on April 15. 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.

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.

Easter Duty:
(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).

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, or CDs and DVDs. Simply place your donated items in the St. James garage.

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.

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!

Parish Choir Rehearsal:
All parishioners are welcome to be part of the parish choir. The next rehearsal date is Tuesday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg

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.

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 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

Schedule for April 15 and 16, 2017 (Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday follows third Sunday schedule):

Easter Vigil 8:00 p.m. Mass
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

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Robin Hamula, St. James; Charlotte Huyler, St. Francis; Kathy Sinkiewicz, Holy Cross

Easter Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Susan Stafford, Mark Scibilia-Carver

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross:

April 2017:
4/2/17 4/9/17 4/16/17 4/23/17 4/30/17
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

Lector Schedule

April 2017 (forthcoming)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

April 2017 (forthcoming)


REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki before giving to congregation.





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