Bulletin for June 18, 2017 ~ Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ


First Reading:
He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your fathers, in order to show you that not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the LORD. (Dt. 8: 3)

Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. (Ps. 147)
or: Alleluia.

Second Reading:
Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. (1 Cor. 10: 17)

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world… For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (Jn. 6: 51, 55–56)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Today is all about transformation. The bread and wine is transformed into the body and blood of Christ and we, by partaking in the Eucharist, are also transformed into the body and blood of Christ. St. Augustine issued a wise instruction regarding the Eucharist: “Become what you eat.” This is the real challenge of every Eucharistic celebration. Will we allow God to transform us into his Son so that the hope, love, healing, comfort, and mercy he embodies can be brought to our world through us? As Jesus feeds us, how can we feed others?

Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“This blood that but one drop of has the power to win all the world forgiveness of its world of sin.” ~St. Thomas Aquinas

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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. (June 27 and July 11). 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. (June 19 and July 3).
  • Capuchin Franciscan Raffle: June 4 through June 18 with the drawing to be held on June 29.
  • Blood Drive: Saturday, June 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Arthur E. Bouton Post 770 in Trumansburg.
  • Going Away Pass-the-dish Dinner: Thursday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Annex for parishioners Chris and Gene Carroll. All are welcome
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., Beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.

Father’s Day:
We wish all the Fathers of our parish a “Happy Day.” Enjoy all the greetings of appreciation for the love and service you have given to your family. Your love and service is an inspiration to us all. God bless and reward you many times over.

Save the Date:
There will be a going away pass-the-dish dinner on Thursday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Annex for parishioners Chris and Gene Carroll, who are moving away from Interlaken. All are welcome.

2017–2018 Parish Council Committees:

  • Executive: Cathy Millspaugh, chair; Barbara Willers, vice chair; and Michelle Humulock, secretary.
  • Word: Andrew Morpurgo, chair; Pam Jasikoff; and Jeanie Wiggins
  • Worship: Jessica Portillo, chair; Gerald Frank; Scott Hamula; and Kathleen Rourke
  • Witness: Donna Brandow, chair; Charlotte Huyler; Roy Murdough; and Richard Pell • Fellowship: Janice McLaughlin and Gerard Messmer, co-chairs; Shirley Cleere; and Lydia Kurkchi.

Hearing Impaired:
Holy Cross Church has portable transmitters available for the hearing impaired. Before Mass, please go to the sacristy and inquire about this service.

Fiscal Year Third Quarter Report:
The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy March 2017 income report: $173,847 and expense report: $178,731. The third quarter ended with a deficit of $4,884. The deficit is attributed to pre-paid insurance. This parish fiscal year ends June 30, 2017.

Capuchin Franciscan Raffle:
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes totaling $5,000! The Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary (the religious order of our friars) are conducting a cash raffle through June 18th with the drawing to be held on June 29. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each; 6 for $50. You can purchase tickets outside after Mass or during the week at the parish office.

The Month of May:
The Blessed Virgin Mary was honored in a special way during the month of May. We wish to thank all the parishioners who brought flowers to church on the weekends of May and at the beginning of Mass placed them at the statue of the Mary. It was very impressive and a reminder to us all of the devotion we have to the Mother of God. We also thank the parishioners who led the rosary, and the participants in the recitation of the Rosary, in church before the Masses on the weekend of May 14 in celebration of the 100 anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three children (Lucia de Jesus Santos, and Francisco and Jacinto Marto) at Fatima, Portugal.

Gardening Enthusiasts Needed:
St. James is in need of help with our Building and Grounds Committee and welcome all to join our group. The committee is especially interested in volunteers to help make the grounds beautiful. You don’t need to join the committee to help make the grounds lovely. Maybe you would enjoy taking a small area and designating it as your own to plant and garden as you wish.  You could also get together with a few friends to plant your favorite flowers and bushes.  If interested please contact Kathleen Rourke at Kathleen8@fltg.net or Sandy Tielens at Tielensny@gmail.com, co-chairs of the St. James Building and Grounds Committee. We look forward to hearing from you.  We need you!

Trumansburg Blood Drive:
Giving blood helps save lives. On Saturday, June 24, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Arthur E. Bouton Post 770, 4431 Seneca Road, Trumansburg, there is a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross. Please phone 1-800-Red Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make your lifesaving appointment today.

Camp Stella Maris:
Camp Stella Maris is located on Conesus Lake and has been in existence for ninety-one years. It remains committed to the original mission of creating a Christ-centered caring environment and camp experience that fosters spiritual, physical, and emotional growth for children, adults, families, and groups. For more information contact 585 346 2243 or visit www.campstellamaris.org.

Catholic Charities in New York State:
The hundredth anniversary of Catholic Charities in NY State was on April 24—a centennial of service to the poor, marginalized, downtrodden, and those left on the sidelines of society. A wonderful video has been produced illustrating the great work done by Catholic Charities throughout the state. More than just recounting of work accomplished, it also speaks to why we reach out to the poor and suffering and how that outreach continues to change and to adapt to the unique needs of every age of history. The brief video is available by going to www.nyscatholic.org/charities. Please take the time to watch this wonderful video.

Guidelines for the Reception of Holy Communion:
Please note that our Catholic Church has a discipline, namely, that Catholics cannot receive Communion in non-Catholic churches and non-Catholics cannot receive communion in Catholic churches. A summarized rationale is that there is no uniformity among the churches regarding the understanding of the Eucharist and that even though we may be one in our belief in Jesus, in reality we are divided as believers in Jesus. The Catholic Church’s discipline highlights the reminder and the need to continually work for oneness among Christians that is, that we all may be one in faith, life, and worship. Please communicate to Catholics and to non-Catholics requesting that they respect and follow the Catholic discipline. The guidelines can be found in the hymnal on page 231.

Called to Care for Our Common Home:
“Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonable per consumer, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings.” (Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home) This Easter season, let the beauty of God’s love and mercy reinforce your commitment to care about the Earth and future generations. Choose to follow through with one of Pope Francis’s suggestions above.

Ministry Schedules for St. James

Schedule for June 17 and 18, 2017 (Third Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Barbara Willers
EM: Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore, Traci Bump

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver

Schedule for June 24 and 25, 2017 (Fourth Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
EM: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver
EM: Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

June 2017:

6/18/17 6/25/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 N. Shumway J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 J. Swanson E. Moore
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasak L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 P. Schirmer M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 K. Sinkiewicz T. Humulock
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor A. Reagan
Usher 2 E. Conroy M. Maleski
Usher 3 T. Grasak S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:


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Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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