Bulletin for May 21, 2017 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

First reading:
Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent them Peter and John… Then they laid hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit.  (Acts 8:14, 17)

Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. (Ps. 66)

Second reading:
Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope. (1 Pt. 3:15)

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. But you know him, because he remains with you, and will be in you.” (Jn. 14:15-17)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
St. Teresa of Calcutta once said, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” Keeping the commandments of Jesus ultimately means loving as he loves. How do you think people feel after they leave your presence? This is a question worth pondering if we are serious about being disciples. Gentleness and reverence are beautiful charisms to foster as they speak boldly of love. If we truly love God and our brothers and sisters, we will always be gentle with them and treat them with the reverent dignity they deserve, regardless of what they have done. This is the ultimate challenge of discipleship. Committing ourselves today to following Jesus’ commandments and to love as Jesus loves, how can we make those who meet us this week leave us happier and grateful that they have crossed our path?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Let me get through today, and I shall not fear tomorrow.” ~St. Philip Neri

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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 30 and June 13). 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.
  • First Communion: May 21 at St. James the Apostle and June 4 at St. Francis Solanus
  • Spring concert: “Sing a Song of Hope” by the Trumansburg Community Chorus on Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses
  • Ascension Thursday: May 25, Holy Day of Obligation
  • Poverty Simulation: May 25 from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo
  • 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 Brunch: at the Parish House, Holy Cross Church, on June 4 after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.

First Communion:
First_Communion_4cIt is with great joy that we announce that this 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.

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, 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 and to assure participation.

Diocesan Missions Appeal this 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.

Parish Council Nominations:
Nominations are for people to serve on the parish council are due this weekend. Ballots for nominating members are available in each of the churches. 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 next weekend, May 27 and 28.

Holy Day of Obligation this Week:AscensionoftheLord1_17sp_4c
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is this Thursday (Ascension Thursday), May 25. The times and places of the Masses are as follows:

  • 7:00 p.m. Wednesday vigil Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • 9:00 a.m. Thursday Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • 12:15 p.m. Thursday Mass at St. Francis Solanus
  • 6:00 p.m. Thursday Mass at Holy Cross

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.

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.

Spring Concert:
Please join the Trumansburg Community Chorus for their spring concert, “Sing a Song of Hope,” on Sunday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 E. Main St., Trumansburg. The concert is free, but donations are always welcome!

Grants Available:
Groups working to address the root causes of poverty and powerlessness in Yates, Ontario, Seneca, and/or Cayuga counties are invited to apply for a Catholic Campaign for Human Development small grant. These grants are for projects benefiting and led by groups of low-income people working together to bring about positive social change. The focus can be on any of a variety of social justice issues aimed at rooting out poverty, such as access to health care, workplace justice, and affordable housing. Grants are not for projects doing direct social service or charity work but must aim to bring about institutional change. Application materials are available via Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes by
contacting Deacon Gregory Kiley, [email protected], 315-789-2235, ext 124.

Poverty Simulation:
It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day—the decisions they have to make and the fears and frustrations they feel. The Community Action Poverty Simulation provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. One participant commented, “This poverty simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!” The “Poverty Simulation” will take place on Thursday, May 25, from 9:00–11:00 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 25 Center Street, Waterloo. Contact Tricia Kerr, [email protected] for more information and registration.

Catholic Charities in NY State:
The hundredth anniversary of Catholic Charities in NY State was on April 24—a centennial of service to the poor, marginalized, down-trodden, 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.

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 each 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.

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.

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 27 and 28, 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: TBD
EM: Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps

Schedule for June 3 and 4, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and 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:

May 2017:

Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson
Lector 2 J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 A. Calice
Extraordinary Min 3 S. Limoncelli
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Grasak
Usher 3 M. Maleski
Usher 4

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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