Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The transfiguration of Jesus in today’s Gospel serves as a foretaste of the Resurrection. Each Lent we are given this vision on the second Sunday to encourage us in our penitential practices so that we may come to celebrate Easter joy.
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“All the efforts of the human mind cannot exhaust the essence of a single fly.”
~St. Thomas Aquinas
- RCIA Program, Convert Classes: Sundays, 12:00 noon, at St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Classes are open to all.
- 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. (March 21 and April 4). The food pantry is 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. (March 13 and 27).
- Stations of the Cross during Lent: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Francis Solanus Church
- Planning for Your Legacy: Two free seminars, one on March 13 at St. Francis DeSales Parish Center, 130 Exchange Street, Geneva; and second at St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish Center, 905 N. Decatur St. Watkins Glen. Both seminars will be at 7:00–8:30 p.m.
- St. Patrick’s Feast day on March 17: The Bishop has provided a dispensation from abstinence for this Friday in Lent.
- Irish Music and Coffeehouse Fundraiser: Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Saturday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m.
- Fourth annual Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference: March 18 at the Aquinas Institute
- Parish Choir Rehearsal: Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross in Ovid, in preparation for the liturgical services of Lent and the Easter Triduum.
- “Tolerance: A Key to Religious Freedom” by Tom Gallagher: Thursday March 23, 7:00 p.m., Immaculate Conception parish hall
- Day of Penance in the Diocese: On March 28 the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at the Parish Center in Interlaken from12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m.
- Spring Enrollment Open House: Thursday, March 30, at 9:00 a.m. at Immaculate Conception School, Ithaca
- Sacrament of Reconciliation with private confession: Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.
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.
Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion:
A Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion will take place this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Mary our Mother Church located in Horseheads with Bishop Salvatore Matano presiding. Four people from our parish will be participating: James Landon will be celebrating the Rite of Election and will be baptized at the Easter Vigil; Amber Deman and Matthew Donovan will be celebrating the Call to Continuing Conversion and will be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil; Raymond Zajac Jr. will also be celebrating the Call to Continuing Conversion and with the three others will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. We rejoice with them and keep them in prayer as they make final preparations for the Sacramental celebrations.
Stations of the Cross:
During Lent on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. there will be Stations of the Cross with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Center in St. Francis Solanus Church.
Diocesan Day of Penance and Mercy:
A diocesan day of penance will be on Tuesday, March 28, from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. Throughout the Diocese of Rochester, priests will be available at the parishes for Confession. A priest will be available at the Parish Center in St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken, during the times mentioned.
Sacrament of Reconciliation with Private Confession:
A Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation with Private Confession will be held on Monday of Holy Week, April 10, at the Parish Center in St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.
According to Church law #920: “All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday” (this year Trinity Sunday is June 11).
Easter Flower Collection:
Today there will be a second collection for the floral decorations in the church at Easter. Thank you for your support as it is greatly appreciated.
St. Patrick’s Day Dispensation:
The feast day of St. Patrick is this Friday, March 17. Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat). However, Bishop Matano has given a dispensation from the abstinence for that day. He writes: “In accordance with canon 87, paragraph 1 of the Code of Canon Law and noting the many celebrations that will occur on that day, I hereby grant a dispensation from abstinence to all the faithful of the Diocese of Rochester.”
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 March 3, 2017, stated that our parish has pledged $24,685. We are presently $5,170 shy of our given goal. If you have not made a pledge, please do so now. If our parish does not reach our given goal, the difference will be billed to the parish. Pledge envelopes are located in the vestibules of the church. Please respond as soon as possible.
Parish Choir Rehearsal:
All parishioners are welcome to be part of the parish choir. The next rehearsal date is this Tuesday, March 21, at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross in Ovid in preparation for the liturgical services of Lent and the Easter Triduum.
Town of Covert 1817–2017:
The Town of Covert has planned bicentennial events beginning in March. For a listing of the events please watch the newspapers and TOC2017 Facebook page for details. The planning committee is asking for volunteers to help with the Doug’s Fish Fry event on April 12. They are requesting donations for the desert table.
“Tolerance: A Key to Religious Freedom” Presentation:
As part of Catholic Charities twentieth anniversary commemoration, the agency is proud to welcome Tom Gallagher, a National Catholic Reporter journalist and former administrator of the Mother Teresa of Calcutta Center. Mr. Gallagher spent two years as a full-time volunteer with Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity and is now the CEO of the Religion News Foundation. Drawing on experiences (including a visit to a displaced persons camp in Iraq with Cardinal Timothy Dolan), he’ll be speaking on “Tolerance: A Key to Religious Freedom.” The evening will also include an update on Catholic Charities’ new refugee resettlement program. Please join us Thursday March 23, 7:00 p.m., in Immaculate Conception’s parish hall in downtown Ithaca.
Open Enrollment for Notre Dame High School:
The school is currently accepting applications for the 2017–2018 academic year for grades 7–12. An application may be found on the home page of the school’s web site. To download an application please visit: www.notredamehighschool.com. All applications are date stamped upon receipt and considered in the order in which they are received. If you would like to schedule a tour and/or shadowing experience or if you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Michelle Barkley at 607 734 2267 ext. 326. The school is located at 1400 Maple Ave, Elmira, NY 14904.
Irish Music and Coffeehouse Fundraiser:
The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts, Inc., is sponsoring a traditional open session with local Celtic musicians plus coffee, snacks, and surprises. It will be held on Saturday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory (Congress St. at McLallen St.) with a charge of $5.00 at the door.
2017 Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference:
The fourth annual Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held March 18 at the Aquinas Institute. This year’s half-day program begins with 8:45 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, and features the internationally renowned Immaculée Ilibagiza; author of seven books, motivational speaker, and Roman Catholic. A Rwandan genocide survivor, Ms. Ilibagiza persisted through 91 days in hiding with seven other women in a 3′ x 4′ room during the massacre. Her message on forgiveness has been applauded around the world, and has earned her the Mahatma Gandhi International Award for Reconciliation and Peace. You will not want to miss her dynamic and inspiring presentation which will include her story, information on Our Lady of Kibeho, and leading the hundreds in attendance with saying the rosary—something she did dozens of times a day and which sustained her during her difficult captivity. This year’s conference is offered for just $25 for adults and $15 for students (including college students), and includes Benediction, a continental breakfast, and book signing. For more information or to register, please visit www.rochestercwc.org. Don’t forget to register online by March 10 (or mail-in by March 3) for the Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference to be held on March 18. Thank you!
Requesting a Sunday Bulletin Announcement:
Please send requests for bulletin announcements to our parish e-mail address: email@example.com. The announcement is to be written as you wish it to appear in the Sunday bulletin. The announcement must be submitted ten days before it is to appear in the bulletin.
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.
Ministry Schedules for St. James
Schedule for March11 and 12, 2017 (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 March 18 and 19, 2017 (third Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: 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, Susan Stafford
Ministry schedule for Holy Cross:
|Greeter in addition to Usher||C. Conroy||M. Maleski||C. Conroy|
|Altar Ser 1||G. Frank||G. Frank||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2|
|Lector 1||L. Kurkchi||P. Motill||E. Moore|
|Lector 2||J. Swanson||J. Swanson||M. Frank|
|Extraordinary Min 1||L.A. Fox||S. Limoncelli||D. Moore|
|Extraordinary Min 2||M. Frank||D. Traphagen||P. Schirmer|
|Extraordinary Min 3||S. Limoncelli||K. Sinkiewicz||A. Calice|
|2 Envelopes||2 Envelopes|
|Usher 1 (Lead)||A. Reagan||J. Taylor||J. Taylor|
|Usher 2||E. Conroy||S. Limoncelli||E. Conroy|
|Usher 3||P. Marrella||M. Maleski||P. Marrella|
|Usher 4||A. Reagan|
Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church
through March 2017
|DATE||FIRST READING from OLD TESTAMENT||SECOND READING from NEW TESTAMENT|
|March 12-2nd Sunday of Lent||Jeff Houck||Stephanie Houck|
|March 19-3rd Sunday of Lent||Ann Buddle||Charlotte Huyler|
|March 26-4th Sunday of Lent||Heather Cranford||Barbara Willers|
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
through March 2017
|DATE||Precious Blood||SET UP AND PURIFICATION||Precious Blood|
|March 12-2nd Sunday of Lent||Mary Ruckdeschel||Jeanie Wiggins||Jennifer Sharp|
|March 19-3rd Sunday of Lent||Cathy Millspaugh||Marie Roloson||Patti Perry|
|March 26-4th Sunday of Lent||Chris Duthie||Charlotte Huyler||Millie Messmer|
REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki before giving to congregation.