Bulletin for August 21, 2016 ~ Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Upcoming Events:
• Scripture study classes of the Gospel according to Mark: Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle Church
• Parish Choir meeting/rehearsal: Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Parish Center.
• Parents/guardian meeting for religious education: Tuesday, September 6 at St. James the Apostle Church at 7:00 p.m.
• Religious education starts: Classes begin September 18
• Picnic sponsored by St. James the Apostle: Sunday, September 11 at the St. Fidelis Friary Boat House grounds, 7790 County Rt. 153, Interlaken.
• Magnificat Rochester breakfast for women: Saturday, September 24; 8:30 a.m. until noon at the Diplomat Banquet Center on 1 Diplomat Way off of Lyell Ave.
• Diocese of Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: Saturday, October 1, at St. Jude the Apostle Parish 4100 Lyell Road Rochester.
• Pilgrimage to Fatima: November 14–20, 2016.

Religion Education:
Parents/Guardians of school age children should have received a letter at the beginning of August announcing that classes will begin September 18. The letter also contained a registration form to be returned by August 15. The registration forms are needed to determine the number of children participating in the program and to help determine the need for teachers, the time, and place for the instructions. A parents/guardians meeting for Tuesday, September 6 at St. James the Apostle Church at 7:00 p.m. was also announced in the letter.

Music Ministry:
Those involved and those interested in the music ministry met on August 4 at the Parish Center. Among items discussed was the formation of a parish choir. All parishioners are welcome. The first meeting/rehearsal will be Wednesday, August 31 at 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Parish Center. Rehearsals will be once a month and a tentative schedule has been suggested. Transportation will be provided for those in need. It was also concluded that the music ministers from the three churches would meet twice a year. An interest was expressed and work has begun to provide music at the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Vigil Mass. A reminder was given regarding the Roman Catholic Church’s directive from the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) speaking about the importance of singing # 40: “Great importance should therefore be attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass, with due consideration for the culture of peoples and abilities of each liturgical assembly. Although it is not always necessary (e.g., in weekday Masses ) to sing all the texts that are in principle meant to be sung, every care should be taken that singing by the ministers and the people not be absent in celebrations that occur on Sundays and on holy days of obligation.”

Marriage Annulments:
Pope Francis has simplified the process to determine the nullity of a marriage. There is a renewed emphasis on the primacy of the person and making the process more accessible to the person. Those seeking an annulment will now work closely with the parish minister in conjunction with the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal. Cases presented can be resolved within six months. There is now no fee (cost) for the process.

Making Contributions by Check:
Our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is yet to be civilly incorporated, therefore checks cannot be made out in the parish’s name. For the present time, please make checks out in the name of the church, that is, to St. James the Apostle, or St. Francis Solanus, or Holy Cross.

Gardening Around St James the Apostle Church:
A request is being made from the St. James Buildings and Grounds Committee for volunteers (individuals and/or families) to take on responsibility for one of the gardens around the church, that is, gardening required for: a) the Marian Shrine, or b) in front of the church; or c) in front of the rectory or d) on the back side of the Annex between the church and the rectory, or e) the back yard (church/rectory). This would be a great service project for students looking for service hours. Parishioners interested and able please phone the St. James Parish Office.

Scripture Study:
Any parishioners who would like to deepen their faith through a better understanding of Scripture are welcome to join an informal study of The Gospel According to Mark. The first session will start on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, after the 9 a.m. mass (St James the Apostle Church), and will be facilitated by Debbie Short and Camille Taranto. Anyone interested in Scripture study may just come the first session or any subsequent sessions.  The Liguori Catholic Bible Study for The Gospel According to Mark will be used as a supplemental text and will be provided for all participants. If you have questions, please contact Camille (607) 387-3125.

Mark Your Calendars for a Picnic:
A picnic sponsored by St. James the Apostle Church will be held on Sunday, September 11 at the St. Fidelis Friary Boat House grounds, 7790 County Rt. 153, Interlaken.

Don’t Let Your Veggies Grow Up to Be Compost:
Approximately 20% of children growing up in our area experience food insecurity. In other words, due to poverty, about 1 in 5 kids in our community might not eat a decent meal today. Elderly people and others are affected as well. Altogether, about 14% of our neighbors experience food insecurity. If you have extra produce (fruit, vegs and eggs) from your garden or CSA share, please drop it off in the cooler at 94 W. Main Street, Trumansburg on Mondays until October. All food will be donated to local families. Your donation counts! Thank you, Maria Connell.

Pat Guinan – Holy Cross Organist:
Please visit http://www.catholiccourier.com/photo-video/videos/longtime-ovid-organist-eyes-retirement/ and review the tribute paid to Pat for her forty-nine years as the church organist. You have been a treasure for the Church Pat.

Magnificat Rochester
All women are invited to a breakfast on Saturday, September 24; seating at 8:30 a.m., program begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon. It will be held at the Diplomat Banquet Center on 1 Diplomat Way off of Lyell Ave. The presenter is Mary DeTurris Poust, a writer, editor, public speaker, retreat leader, and Catholic commentator. She is Director of Communications for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, N.Y. Early reservations: $18.00; after Sept. 17: $20.00; student: $10.00. No tickets sold at the door. For more information: call Kathy Murty at 436-1284, or send an email to: [email protected].

Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima:

Our Lady of Fátima and the Children: Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Our Lady of Fátima and the Children: Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto

Catholic Tour is sponsoring a seven day pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, from 3 Airline Gateways of Newark, NJ; New York JFK; and Boston, MA. The price is $1,599 and they can assist in securing air from your home city to one of the 3 gateways. The pilgrimage will also be leaving from Miami. The travel will be November 14-20, 2016. Brochures and reservation forms are available. Phone 1 877 627 4268 or email [email protected].

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:2015 Year of Mercy logo
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.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Prayers:
Sister Susan Schantz, SSJ, continues to pray for St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg. Let us keep Sr. Susan and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of the 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 this weekend, August 20 and 21 (third Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Robin Hamula (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore, Traci Bump

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

Schedule for next weekend, August 27 and 28 (fourth Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan,

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tara and Leon Webster
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Anna Zavala, Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps

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