Bulletin for June 25, 2017 ~ Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time


First Reading:
“Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” (Jr. 20:13)

Lord, in your great love, answer me. (Ps. 69)

Second Reading:
But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many. (Rom. 5:15)

“Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge. Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Mt. 10:29-31)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus tells us today, “Fear no one.” All of us have fears. Some of us may fear the future, change, rejection, being out of control, ridiculed, losing a cherished relationship, failure, and even sickness and death. We have no control over much that we fear. Anxiety and worry become a futile waste of time and serve only to impact the quality of life. Faith, which brings a trust in God’s promise that he is with us, allows us to face whatever comes with courage and acceptance. While very difficult to do, this is exactly what we are asked to do.

Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“It is better to be a child of God than king of the whole world.” ~ St. Aloysius Gonzaga

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Upcoming Events:

  • 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).
  • July 1: First anniversary of our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy.
  • 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.
  • Parish celebration: the second Sunday of September (this year September 10) will be the day we annually celebrate our parish.
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., Beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.


• Martin R. David, 82 died on June 10, and there was a funeral Mass at Holy Cross on June 15, 2017.

• Sheila Ann Tierney, 79, died on June 10, and there was a funeral Mass at St. James the Apostle on June 16, 2017.

Scripture Study Classes of the Gospel:
The Scripture study classes, usually held on Tuesdays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Jam070515_cf12_4ces the Apostle church, will be on hiatus for the summer and expect to resume in September.

July Fourth, Independence Day:
There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, July 4, our national holiday.

Feast Day of St. Francis Solanus:
In the United States St. Francis Solanus feast day is July 16. This year that date falls on a Sunday. Plans are being made for a breakfast to be served after the 8:15 a.m. Mass in the Annex. All parishioners are invited to come and help celebrate the feast day.

Feast Day of St. James the Apostle:
July 25 is the feast day of St. James the Apostle. This year it falls on a Tuesday. Plans are being made to eliminate the 9:00 a.m. Mass that day and instead have a Mass at 7:00 p.m. to allow for more people to participate. The Mass will be followed by an ice cream social. All parishioners are invited to join in this celebration of St. James the Apostle.

The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy:
In the Church’s calendar of feast days there is no date given for Mary, Mother of Mercy. Other churches having that name choose their own date to celebrate. After discussion with the our Parish Council in early April and a brief discussion at the June meeting, the Worship Committee met on June 13 and recommended to Fr. Bernard that the second Sunday of September (this year that date is September 10) will be the day we celebrate our parish feast day. Suggestions have been made to have an outdoor Mass (weather permitting) at St. Fidelis Friary in early afternoon followed by our annual parish picnic at the boathouse.

Be a Witness of Charity with Peter’s Pence Collection:
There is a second collection today, for Peter’s Pence, a worldwide collection that supports the charitable works of Pope Francis. Funds from this collection help victims of war, oppression, and natural disasters. Take this opportunity to join with Pope Francis and be a witness of charity to our suffering brothers and sisters. Please be generous today. For more information, visit www.usccb.org/perters-pence.

The cemetery committees of St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross are looking to increase their membership. There is a need for more people to become familiar with the cemeteries and their operation. It is an opportune time for new members because the Diocese of Rochester has initiated a wonderful new program for cemeteries. The more people we have that know the program the better off will be our parish cemeteries. Please phone the parish office to volunteer for membership on the committee.

Ministry Fair:
The Worship Committee has begun planning for a Ministry Fair for late September/the beginning of October. The Ministry Fair provides opportunities for parishioners to volunteer for liturgical ministries and other areas of parish life depending on volunteers.

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.

Year of the Eucharist:
Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, issued a pastoral letter announcing a “Year of the Eucharist” in celebration of the 150 (Sesquicentennial) anniversary of the diocese which will be celebrated on March 3, 2018 with solemn observances to begin in the Fall of this year, 2017. “It is my prayer and firm conviction that we make the Most Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the heart and center of our Sesquicentennial Celebration. Indeed, this august sacrament, the real presence of Christ among us, has sustained us over these many years and has been the driving force of our diocese’s pastoral, apostolic, and charitable works… Therefore, with gratitude to God and in conjunction with our 150 anniversary, I am declaring the observance of a ‘Year of the Eucharist’ to commence on Sunday, June 18, 2017, the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, Corpus Christi, and to conclude on Sunday, June 3, 2018, on this same Solemnity.” The full pastoral letter is available on the diocesan website.

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.

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!

Fill the Bus School Supply Collection:
Beginning July 1 and ending the weekend of August 12 both Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus Churches will be collecting school supplies for the “Fill the Bus” collection for Seneca County students. We are in need of glue sticks; pencils; blue and black pens; rulers; thick and thin magic markers; crayons; one subject spiral notebooks; composition books; loose leaf paper; 1, 1 ½, and 2 inch binders; tab dividers; two pocket folders; and pencil cases. All supplies will be collected at the Fayette Fire Department on August 16 and then taken to the four school districts in the county. We will need volunteers to help sort and box the collected supplies on August 16. If you’re able donate an hour or more of your time to help, it would be greatly appreciated as always. Please contact Gerald Frank 869-5009 or email: gfrank@zoom-dsl.com

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.

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 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

Schedule for July 1 and 2, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Carol Kuklo (for Amy Panek)
EM: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

June 2017:

Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 E. Moore
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 T. Humulock
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) A. Reagan
Usher 2 M. Maleski
Usher 3 S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

July 2017:

7/2/17 7/9/17 7/16/17 7/23/17 7/30/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 L. Kurkchi N. Shumway M. Humulock E. Moore P. Motill
Lector 2 P. Motill E. Moore J. Swanson J. Leidefrost° K. Knapp
Extraordinary Min 1 G. Frank D. Moore L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Traphagen M. Frank D. Brandow A. Calice T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice T. Humulock S. Limoncelli D. Traphagen K. Sinkiewicz
3 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow T. Grasak J. Taylor
Usher 2 J. Swanson T. Grasak M. Maleski S. Limoncelli P. Marrella
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski P. Marrella M. Maleski S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:


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