Bulletin for May 14, 2017 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

5th Sunday Easter Contemp

First reading:
So the Twelve called together the community of the disciples and said, “It is not right for us to neglect the word of God to serve at table. Brothers, select from among you seven reputable men, filled with the Spirit and wisdom, whom we shall appoint to this task.” (Acts 6:3-4)

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. (Ps. 33)

Second reading:
You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. (1 Pt. 2:9)

“In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be.” (Jn. 14:2-3)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Let yourself be built into a spiritual house.” These words are found in today’s second reading. Are we willing to take up this challenge? Being built into a spiritual house means that I am willing to be shaped, constructed, stretched, changed, and designed. Growth involves many challenges and a lot of pain. It is not easy allowing my humanness to be transformed into the divine, and trusting God to do the work. Life’s issues can easily cause us to try to control the uncontrollable and to become overly anxious when confronted with life and death issues. Yet Jesus tells his followers, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me.” For those willing to be stretched and shaped into the spiritual dwelling they are meant to be, these words can be reassuring and lead to greater trust.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“In all your actions seek in the first place the kingdom of God and his glory.” ~St. Bernardine of Siena

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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. (May 16 and May 30). 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. (May 22 and June 5).
  • Weekends in May: Parishioners are invited to bring flowers to Church, to be part of the processional at Mass, and place the flowers at the statue of Mary.
  • Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin at Fatima, Portugal: The rosary will be prayed fifteen minutes before the Masses on May 13 and 14
  • Birthright and Mothers’ Day: The annual Mothers’ Day Flower Sale will be May 13 and 14
  • Day Retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House: presented by Fr. Dan Tormey, on Tuesday, May 16.
  • Trumansburg Board of Education Vote: May 16, from noon to 9:00 p.m. at the Ulysses Historical Society.
  • Annual Trumansburg Community Yard Sale: Saturday, May 20.
  • Holy Cross Cemetery Clean-up in Ovid: Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m.
  • Selection of Parish Council Members: Nominations need to be in by May 21 with voting the last weekend of May (May 27 and 28) at each of the churches.
  • Personal Care Products Collection: This collection for clients of the Interlaken and Ovid food pantries ends the weekend of May 28.
  • Pentecost Social Gathering: Parish House at Holy Cross Church, Ovid, on June 4, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

Happy Mothers’ Day:
Today we praise God for our mothers. Their continued loving service is rejoiced in and is an inspiration for us to imitate. We pray God to bless all mothers in our parish family and beyond. Mothers enjoy the day dedicated to you and rejoice in the expressions of love and gratitude.

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Month of May:
The Blessed Virgin Mary is honored in a special way during the month of May. On the weekends of May, parishioners are invited to bring flowers to Church, to be part of the processional at Mass, and place the flowers at the statue of Mary. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer of the church for those wishing to do so.

Birthright and Mothers’ Day:
The annual Mothers’ Day Flower Sale is this weekend. One flower is $1.00, a half dozen are $5.00, and one dozen is $10.00. Please extend your support to Birthright, an organization that helps pregnant women, offers free self-administered pregnancy tests, prenatal information, medical maternity, and baby clothes.

Capuchin Franciscan Provincial Chapter:
The Capuchin Franciscans of New York/New England will be gathering for their Provincial Chapter, held every three years. The 2017 Provincial Chapter will be at Holy Family Retreat Center, Hartford, Connecticut, from Sunday evening (May 14) to Friday morning (May 19). Three friars from Interlaken will be attending: Br. Antonine and Frs. Brendan and Bernard. The weekday Masses at St. James will be covered by Fr. Eugene. There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus on Wednesday and no 8:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross on Friday. Please keep the Capuchin Franciscans of New York/New England in special prayer this week.

Monthly Maintenance Fund Collection:
The second collection today is to help support the maintenance of parish buildings and grounds. Whatever, help you can give is appreciated greatly.

Diocesan Missions Appeal Next Weekend:
In our diocese, the Sisters of St. Joseph have a mission in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy have a mission in Chile. Each year we are asked to help support those missions. The sisters have maintained the missions for more than fifty years and are asking our help that they may continue to bring Christ into a world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail.

First_Communion_4cFirst Communion:
It is with great joy that we announce that next Sunday, May 21, at St. James the Apostle Church at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, the following will celebrate their First Communion: Abby Arco, Charlotte Masters, Harry Mullins, Claire Olney, Sofia Shaff, Alessa Whitaker, and Sofiya Wright. On June 4 at St. Francis Solanus Church at the 8:15 a.m. Mass the following will celebrate their First Communion: Zackary Tingue and Davin Updike. We praise their parents for bringing them to this day. We thank the coordinator for the First Communion program, Ms Helen Arco, and all those who assisted her.

Parish Council Nominations:
Ballots for nominating membership on the Parish Council are available in the church. This year St. Francis Solanus Church needs three new members while Holy Cross needs one and St. James needs two new members. Each church needs an additional parishioner as an alternate. The membership selection will take place on the weekend of May 27 and 28. Nominations need to be in by Sunday, May 21.

Trumansburg Community Yard Sale:
This coming Saturday, May 20, is the date of the Trumansburg Community Yard Sale. Have you started to clean out your closets, or maybe your basement or attic? The Women’s Guild will again participate, in this annual event. You may donate all clean and workable items, except clothing, bedclothes or bath linens, books, VHS tapes, CDs and DVDs. Simply place your items in the St. James garage.

Personal Care Products Collection:
During the month of May parishioners are asked for donations of personal care items for clients of the Interlaken and Ovid food pantries. Personal care products needed are soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, deodorants, etc. This promoted collection will end on the weekend of May 28.

Ovid Holy Cross Cemetery:
A clean-up date has been set for Saturday, May 20, at 10:00 a.m. As in the past all parishioners are welcome to help. Those who clean-up before Saturday, please remember to take home the debris you collect.

Pentecost Brunch:
There will be a dish to pass brunch on June 4 following the 9:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church. There will be a sign up sheet in the ramp entrance of the church. Please join to celebrate and share a little fellowship with your church community. Contact Kathy Sinkiewicz with any questions, 869 2285.

Parish Liturgical Planning Committee:
At their meeting of April 26 to review the Holy Week and Easter liturgies and to plan for future liturgical celebrations, Mark Sinkiewicz was elected chair for the coming year. A debt of gratitude to Mark and all members of the committee.

Trumansburg Board of Education:
Our parishioner, Jhoanna Haynes, is running for a position on the board. Voting will take place on May 16, from noon to 9:00 p.m. at the Ulysses Historical Society. Please visit www.tburgschools.org/districtpage. for more details on the candidates.

“Life after Easter:
A day retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424), presented by Fr. Dan Tormey, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 16. The day schedule is: 9:00 a.m. registration along with coffee and pastries, 9:30 a.m. conference begins, lunch at noon, followed by reconciliation and Mass, and the day ends at 3:00 p.m. For more details on the presentation and what the day offers, please visit the website: notredameretreat.org. You may call 585-394-5700 to register. A fee of $25.00 is payable at registration.

Catholic Daughters:
Catholic daughters will be holding their annual English High Tea on Sunday, May 21 at the St. Francis-St. Clare Ministry Center (former St. Mary School gym in Waterloo) at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon sipping tea and eating homemade tea sandwiches and desserts as you are conversing with new and old friends. Classical music will be performed on the piano by fourteen-year-old Shane Saxton. All women younger and older are welcomed. For reservations or more information, contact Joan Saxton at 315-325-4844.

2016-2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. We need all parishioners’ help to reach the given goal of $29,855. The May 5 update reported that our parish has pledged $28,845. We are presently $1,010 shy of our given goal. If you have not made a pledge, please do so as soon as possible. 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.

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.

Clothing Closet Need:
Catholic Charities in Ithaca is recruiting volunteers for the busy Clothing Closet, which provides community members free clothing, shoes, blankets, sheets, and many more items. The Clothing Closet gets close to 20–30 visits per day and gives away around 2,000 free items per month! This service keeps elders dressed warmly in winter, provides kids with school clothes, and enables adults to find appropriate attire for interviews and work. Volunteers who can commit to three hours a week, enjoy helping others, and want to be a part of a strong community of kindness are asked to contact Michaela at 272-5062 ext. 10 or at [email protected]. Volunteers are especially needed on Tuesday afternoons and Friday mornings right now, but volunteers for other weekdays are also welcome.

Sisters of St. Joseph Prayer Ministry:
The sisters have alerted us that throughout this year, 2017, Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman are praying for our parishioners and parish. In appreciation for their thoughtfulness, kindness, and prayers, please keep them in your prayers. 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.

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 May 13 and 14, 2017 (Second Sunday):

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

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
EM: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps

Schedule for May 20 and 21, 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

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross:

May 2017:

5/14/17 5/21/17 5/28/17
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 M. Humhlock G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 K. Knapp N. Shumway J. Swanson
Lector 2 E. Moore L. Kurkchi J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 D. Moore L.A. Fox F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Brandow° M. Frank A. Calice
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen K. Sinkiewicz S. Limoncelli
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow° A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 2 J. Taylor E. Conroy T. Grasak
Usher 3 T. Grasak S. Limoncelli M. Maleski
Usher 4 M. Maleski

June 2017:

6/4/17 6/11/17 6/18/17 6/25/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 M. Humhlock M. Humhlock G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 P. Motill E. Moore N. Shumway J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 T. Humulock K. Knapp J. Swanson E. Moore
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasak L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 S. Limoncelli D. Traphagen P. Schirmer M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz T. Humulock
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan
Usher 2 E. Conroy A. Reagan E. Conroy M. Maleski
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski T. Grasak S. Limoncelli
Usher 4 S. Limoncelli

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:



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