Bulletin for December 11, 2016 ~ Third Sunday of Advent

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.


Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Today is Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means “rejoice!” Our Scriptures provide us with wonderful images of healing, restoration, and justice. St. James reminds us to be patient as the coming of the Lord is at hand. But it is the prophet Isaiah who provides the encouragement we so desperately need. Our world and our country are in need of peace. We long for God’s justice, which does not bring retribution but equity. Isaiah shows us that if we walk with God all of these things can be ours, not only in the future but now.

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.
  • 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. (December 13 and 27). At the Interlaken Reformed Church on Fridays, 3:00 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. (December 19).
  • The Angel Trees at St. Francis and Holy Cross churches: Gifts must be returned no later than Sunday, December 11
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe: Her feast day is celebrated on December 12
  • Parish choir: Rehearsals on Tuesdays, December 13 and 20, at 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid.
  • Seneca Singers Concerts: Wednesday, December 14, first at South Seneca High School, Ovid, at 2:00 p.m. and the second at the Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga St., at 4:30 p.m.
  • Blue Christmas Service: A simple and contemplative service on Thursday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church
  • Holiday breads: Breads can be delivered to the St. James Pine Room after Masses on December 17 and 18 or at the Methodist Church by 10:00 a.m. on December 19

Parish Masses for Christmas:
Christmas Eve—Saturday, December 24
5:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus
8:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle
10:00 p.m. at Holy Cross

Christmas Day—Sunday, December 25
9:30 a.m. at St. James the Apostle (there will be no 11:00 a.m. Mass)
9:30 a.m. at Holy Cross

Patronness of the Americas—Our Lady of Guadalupe:
This feast day for North, Central, and South America is celebrated on December 12, this Monday.

2017 Offertory Envelopes:
The 2017 boxes of offertory envelopes—for those who use offertory envelopes—may be picked up after the Masses (St. James the Apostle in the Pine Room; St. Francis Solanus in the Annex; Holy Cross in the vestibule of the church). Please pick up your 2017 parish calendar at the same time. If you presently do not use envelopes and would like to, please phone the parish center and make the request. Thank you.

Advent Reflections Delivered to Your In Box:
Join Bishop Robert Barron and 275,000 Catholics in receiving free daily Advent reflections. To sign up, go to adventreflections.com and follow instructions. An easy way to take five minutes each day this hectic season and prepare for the celebration of the Lord’s birth and His second coming.

Family Activity for Advent:
This is a creative way to help our local food pantries. Set a box or basket in your house. Each day of Advent add one food item to the box or basket. After Christmas donate the contents of the box to your local food pantry. This is a wonderful activity for the whole family while helping those in need.

2016-2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. 2016-cma_webartWe need all parishioners to help reach our parish given goal of $29,855. A report issued on November 22, 2016, stated that our parish has pledged $12,125. We are a good distance from our goal. Please respond as soon as possible. Pledge envelopes are located in the vestibules of the church.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
For those interested in learning more about what the followers of Jesus believe or becoming Catholic or completing the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist), classes are held on Sundays at 12:15 p.m. at St. James the Apostle in the Pine Room. Please phone the parish center or be in touch with Fr. Bernard to register.

St. James Christmas Hat/Mitten/Scarf Tree:
The tree has been placed near the altar. Items will be donated to Catholic Charities in Ithaca. Items needed are for all ages from babies to adults; both sexes.

Parish Choir:
Rehearsal dates, times and place: Tuesdays, December 13 and 20, at 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid.

St. James Pie Sale:
THANK YOU from the Women’s Guild to all those who purchased a home-made pie before Thanksgiving. “We especially want to thank the pie-maker, who asked to be kept anonymous. Together we raised $300, which is being donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry! God bless you for your generosity!”

St. James Request for Holiday Breads:
As is done every year, the Trumansburg Food Pantry is asking for holiday breads from the churches of the Trumansburg area. St. James the Apostle needs twenty loaves of bread (banana, pumpkin, etc.). There is a sign-up in the vestibule of the church. Breads can be delivered to the pine room after Masses on December 17 and 18 or at the Methodist Church by 10:00 a.m. on December 19.

Catholic Charities—Tompkins /Tioga:
Share the warmth by donating winter outer-wear. Items needed: children’s coats, snow pants, and boots; adults’ coats and boots; hats; gloves, mittens, and scarves. Regarding household goods and personal care products, what is needed: sheets, towels, blankets, work boots, black slacks for men and women, deodorant, hair conditioner, hand lotion, and diapers. Drop-off times: Tuesday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–Noon and 1:00–3:30 p.m. at 324 West Buffalo St. Ithaca. For more information call 607 272 5062.

Blue Christmas Service:
You may be grieving a loss, feeling alone or in despair. You are not alone in your “Christmas Blues.” You are invited to a Blue Christmas service of readings, gentle music, and candle lighting—a simple, contemplative service—Thursday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, corner of Turnpike Rod and Steve St., just off Rt. 79 in Mecklenburg.

Seneca Singers Christmas Concert:
Seneca Singers will be performing two concerts in northern and southern communities in Seneca County on Wednesday, December 14, under the direction of Dr. Susan Avery. The first concert will be held at South Seneca High School, 7263 Main St. in Ovid at 2:00 p.m. and the second being at the Seneca Falls Library, 47 Cayuga St. at 4:30 p.m. Both concerts are free and open to all “who would like to hear good Christmas music during this holiday season.”

Bulletin Announcements:
If you wish an announcement in the Sunday bulletin it must be submitted nine (9) days before the date of publication. Announcements are put together on a Friday­—a week and two days before the actual publishing date. Please forward announcements to the Parish Center—the parish email address may be used which is found on the front page of the bulletin. Regarding events, it is a good idea to have them announced four weeks in advance—that is, to give the parishioners a reminder four times.

St. James the Apostle Offertory Collection Counters:
We currently have three counting teams that perform their counting activity either on Sunday (after the 11:00 a.m. Mass) or 9:30 a.m. on Monday. The counting activity takes about one and a half hours depending on the size of the collection(s). We need substitutes for when one of the counters is either ill or on holiday and would like to increase the number of teams to four so that each team counts only once a month. Each team would consist of a minimum of two non-related individuals and would attend a training class to review the diocesan/St. James counting procedures which takes about one hour.

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.

Scripture Study:
Parishioners are welcome to join an informal study of The Gospel According to Mark on Tuesday mornings after the 9:00 a.m. Mass (St James the Apostle Church), The study will be facilitated by Debbie Short and Camille Taranto. The Liguori Catholic Bible Study will be used. Questions: contact Camille (607) 387-3125.

Making Contributions by Check:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is yet to be civilly incorporated, therefore checks cannot be made out in that 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.

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 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 this weekend, December 10 and 11 (second Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Scott Hamula
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Barbara Willers, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps, Susan Stafford

Schedule for next weekend, December 17 and 18 (third Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Amy Panek (for Carol Kuklo) and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: 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

Christmas 2016 at St. James the Apostle:

Christmas Eve:
Mass at 5 p.m. (Children’s Mass)
Lectors: Carol Kuklo, Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Eileen Heptig, Susan Stafford, Traci Bump

Mass at 8 p.m.
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Robin Hamula, Anne Haus (tentative), Joan Hogan

Christmas Day:
Mass at 9:30 a.m.
Lectors: Barbara Willers, Tommy Perry
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Laurie and Patrick Miller, Mark Scibilia-Carver


Ministry schedule for Holy Cross
December 2016:
12/11/16 12/18/16 12/24/16 12/25/16
10:00 PM 9:30 AM
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2 P. Schirmer
Lector 1 K. Knapp N. Shumway L. Kurkchi E. Moore
Lector 2 E. Moore P. Motill J. Swanson
Extraordinary Min 1 D. Moore F. Grasak L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Traphagen P. Schirmer M. Frank D. Moore
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Brandow° L.A. Fox K. Sinkiewicz
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow° J. Taylor
Usher 2 A. Reagan E. Conroy M. Maleski
Usher 3 M. Maleski T. Grasak
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church
December 2016


Date First reading from Old Testament
Second reading from New Testament
December 11: 3rd Sunday of Advent Marie Roloson Sheila Haddad
December 18: 4th Sunday of Advent Karl Messmer Charlotte Huyler
December 25: Christmas Day  Jeff Houck  Stephanie Houck


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

Precious Blood Set-up and purification Precious Blood
December 11: 3rd Sunday of Advent Michele Barr Jeanie Wiggins Charlotte Huyler
December 18: 4th Sunday of Advent Pat Messmer  Patti Perry  Maryann Dendis
December 25: Christmas Day Cathy Millspaugh Jennifer Sharp Millie Messmer


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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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