Bulletin for May 28, 2017 ~ Seventh Sunday of Easter

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First reading:
All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. (Acts 1:14)

I believe that I shall see the good things of the Lord in the land of the living. (Ps 27)

Second reading:
But whoever is made to suffer as a Christian should not be ashamed but glorify God because of the name. (1 Pt 4:16)

Jesus raised his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come. Give glory to your son, so that your son may glorify you, just as you gave him authority over all people, so that your son may give eternal life to all you gave him. Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” (Jn 17: 1-3)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.” This is a very intimate promise given to us by God. We are meant to be eternally bonded with God in a way that fulfills us beyond our imagining. As suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension bring Christ to full stature so too does our suffering and death bring us to where we ultimately need to be as well. We are already on this eternal journey. All that we come to see and know about God and our relationship with him on earth is just a prelude of things to come. Knowing our destiny gives us the inspiration to use the gifts and talents God has given in service of that eternal goal. Are we ready to use our gifts for this purpose?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?
The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?”
~Psalm 27:1

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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. (June 5 and June 19).
  • 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.
  • Selection of Parish Council Members: Selection of members will take place this weekend (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.
  • Liturgical Planning Committee: Meeting on Wednesday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, Interlaken
  • Memorial Day Services: Parade, which begins at 10 a.m., will conclude in St. James Cemetery where services will take place.
  • Pentecost Brunch: at the Parish House, Holy Cross Church, on June 4 after the 9:30 a.m. Mass.
  • Capuchin Franciscan Raffle: June 4 through June 18 with the drawing to be held on June 29.
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.

Nest Sunday is Pentecost Sunday:
The conclusion of the Easter Season is next Sunday, Pentecost Sunday. It is the day the church celebrates the decent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles fortifying them to speak on behalf of Jesus (who He was and what He was promoting in the world—the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven). Red is the liturgical color chosen for the celebration of Pentecost Sunday and many people choose to wear red clothing on that day in keeping with the celebration.

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.

New Parish Council Members:
The selection for new parish council members will take place this weekend. We thank all who took the time to nominate someone, those who took the time to confirm each nomination, and we thank all who accepted their nomination. St. Francis Solanus will select two parishioners for a three-year term, one for a two-year term and one as an alternate. Holy Cross will select one person for a two-year term and one alternate. St. James the Apostle will select one person for a two-year term and an alternate. The next parish council meeting is Thursday, June 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, Interlaken. Both outgoing and new members will be in attendance.

Liturgical Planning Committee:
The committee will meet this Wednesday, May 31, at 6:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, Interlaken.

Finance Council Chair:
The parish finance council choose Ms. Lee Anne Fox to be the chair of the council. This was done at the finance council meeting on May 11.

Capuchin Franciscan Raffle:
The Province of St. Mary is a religious order of all the friars located here at Interlaken. In addition to our Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, the friars of the Province serve in other inner city, suburban, and rural parishes throughout New York and New England; teach in elementary schools, high school, and colleges; are hospital, prison, and university chaplains; are involved in youth and family retreat and service outreach programs to serve the poor. Capuchin Franciscans also carry their ministries abroad, serving in Africa, The Pacific, Asia, and Central America. The will be conducting a $5,000 cash raffle beginning on June 4 through June 18 with the drawing to be held on June 29. Raffle tickets will be available for purchase following Sunday Masses as well as during the week at the parish office. Raffle tickets can be purchased for $10 each or 6 tickets for $50. Checks should be made payable to the Province of St. Mary.

Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap.:
Sixty years after his death, Capuchin Franciscan Solanus Casey will move a step closer to canonization as Pope Francis announced May 4 that the beloved friar, who earlier had been named venerable, met the requirements for beatification and will be named “blessed,” the second U.S. born man to achieve such a designation. Fr. Solanus ministered in New York for two decades (Sacred Heart Church, in Yonkers; Our Lady Queen of Angels, East Harlem; and St. Michael’s, Brooklyn) before his assignment to St. Bonaventure’s Friary / Church in Detroit in 1924 where he began working as the porter. He died in 1957. It was in that last role—which eventually became the title of a 1968 biography written by James Patrick Derum, The Porter of St. Bonaventure’s—which cemented his reputation for holiness and compassion. The date of Solanus Casey’s beatification is set for November 18, 2017 in Detroit, MI.

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 16, 2017 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.

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.

Catholic Charities in N.Y. State:
April 24 marked the hundredth anniversary of Catholic Charities in New York State—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.

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 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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