Live the Liturgy – Inspiration for the Week:
Merry Christmas! On Christmas Day is born our Savior, Christ the Lord! The Word, Jesus Christ, was with God from the beginning and brought life to the world. What an awesome thought! Jesus being born in time reminds all of us that our birth is not an accident. God uniquely created each one of us and gave us life out of love. He designed us with purpose and blessed each one of us with gifts and talents. Jesus, Emmanuel and Son of God, shows us who we are and who we are meant to become!
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
- 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. (January 10 and 24). 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. (January 2 and 16).
- NO Communion service: at St. James the Apostle on Monday,
- New Year’s: The regular Sunday Mass schedule will be followed
for New Year’s weekend.
- Liturgy Planning Committee: The first meeting will be held on Tuesday,
January 10, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center.
- Scripture study classes of the Gospel: will resume on on Tuesdays
beginning January 24, 2017, after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St.
James the Apostle Church.
- Public Policy Weekend: February 4 and 5, 2017.
Christmas Day—Two Collections:
Because Christmas falls on a Sunday this year, there will be the regular Sunday Collection and the Christmas Offering Collection. The Church has always been greatly dependent and appreciative on our parishioners’ generosity to their church at Christmas time. So again, this Christmas, we request your help for the financial support of the parish. You may also pay online at marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
Donations/Contributions Made by Check:
Beginning January 1, 2017, when making donations/contributions, please make checks out to: The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. On the memo line of the check you may name of the church be it St. James the Apostle, St. Francis Solanus, or Holy Cross.
2017 Offertory Envelopes:
The 2017 boxes of offertory envelopes, for those who use offertory envelopes, may be picked up after the Masses (at St. James the Apostle in the Pine Room, at St. Francis Solanus in the Annex, at 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.
Monday, December 26:
Please be aware that there will be no 9:00 a.m. Communion service at St. James the Apostle on Monday, December 26.
Feast Day: The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph:
This feast day is regularly celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas. However, this year that day is New Year’s Day which is when the Church celebrates the octave day of the Nativity of the Lord / Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. Instead, on Friday, you might want to come to Mass to pray for your family, or better, come to Mass with you family.
New Year’s Day Masses:
The regular Sunday Mass schedule will be followed for New Year’s weekend.
Liturgy Planning Committee:
The Parish Council Worship Committee announces the formation of a Liturgy Planning Committee. The Liturgy Planning Committee is a subcommittee of the Worship Committee and any parishioner of Mary Mother of Mercy who is interested in planning liturgies is welcome. The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center (Interlaken). Meetings will recur once a month. We encourage all who are interested to participate.”
2016-2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
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 December 13, 2016, stated that our parish has pledged $20,690. We are a distance from our goal. Pledge envelopes are located in the vestibules of the church. A third and final mailing from the Diocese took place on December 7. The letter was sent to all those donors who made a gift in one of the last three CMA years, but have not yet given to this year’s campaign. Please respond as soon as possible.
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.
Birthright of Ithaca:
Please help support new mothers and their babies. There is a need for clothing donations (sizes newborn—4T, diapers, and miscellaneous baby items). Items may be new, or used in good condition. Unfortunately, baby furniture cannot be accepted. Donations may be dropped off at St. James the Apostle Pine Room and will be picked up on Tuesdays for delivery by Ellen Rider (607 387 6693) to the Birthright of Ithaca.
Public Policy Weekend—Jesus, Ultimate Human Dignity:
God becoming one of us is the ultimate confirmation of the inherent dignity of human life. That dignity does not depend on how functional or productive we are. We have dignity because we ARE. Yet the elderly, the disabled, those who are not getting the care they need, are vulnerable in the face of the push to legalize physician-assisted suicide there in New York State. Learn more and advocate to protect the dignity of all human live. Check out more information about the diocesan public policy agenda on the diocese’s website (http://www.dor.org/index.cfm/catholic-charities/public-policy/). Sign a letter or petition to your legislators opposing assisted suicide on Public Policy Weekend February 4 and 5, 2017.
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga:
Share the warmth by donating winter outerwear. 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.
Cancer Services Program:
This program of Cortland and Tompkins Counties 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, please phone: 1 866 442 2262.
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes Job Opportunity:
Are you interested in part-time employment that can make a meaningful difference in the lives of children? Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes is hiring per diem (limited part-time) caseworkers. The job entails providing supervised visitation to families involved in the child-welfare system. Must have an associate’s degree or related experience, excellent written and oral communication skills, computer literacy in MS Word, a dependable car and valid driver’s license, and a willingness to travel within the region. Some evening or weekend hours may be required. Email resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 94 Exchange Street, Geneva, NY 14456. No phone calls please. This is an equal employment opportunity.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2017, Sister Dolores Bachman and Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as an expression of gratitude. 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.
Parishioners are welcome to join an informal study of The Gospel According to Mark which will resume January 24, 2017, on Tuesday mornings after the 9:00 a.m. Mass (St James the Apostle Church), The study is facilitated by Debbie Short and Camille Taranto. The Liguori Catholic Bible Study will be used. Questions: contact Camille (607) 387-3125.
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Christmas 2016 at St. James the Apostle:
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
Mass at 9:30 a.m.
Lectors: Barbara Willers, Tommy Perry
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Laurie and Patrick Miller, Mark Scibilia-Carver
Schedule for New Year’s Weekend (first Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Amy Panek
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski
Ministry schedule for Holy Cross
|10:00 PM||9:30 AM|
|Greeter in addition to Usher||M. Maleski|
|Altar Ser 1||G. Frank||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2||P. Schirmer|
|Lector 1||L. Kurkchi||E. Moore|
|Lector 2||J. Swanson|
|Extraordinary Min 1||L.A. Fox||S. Limoncelli|
|Extraordinary Min 2||M. Frank||D. Moore|
|Extraordinary Min 3||K. Sinkiewicz|
|2 Envelopes||2 Envelopes|
|Usher 1 (Lead)|
|Usher 2||M. Maleski|
Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church
|Date||First reading from Old Testament
||Second reading from New Testament
|December 25: Christmas Day||Jeff Houck||Stephanie Houck|
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
||Precious Blood||Set-up and purification||Precious Blood|
|December 25: Christmas Day||Cathy Millspaugh||Jennifer Sharp||Millie Messmer|