Bulletin for November 13, 2016 ~ Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, December 8, 2015–November 20, 2016:
“A time to heal, to help, to forgive.”

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.

Upcoming Events:
• Scripture study classes of the Gospel according to Mark: 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. (November 15 and 29). At the Interlaken Federated 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. (November 21 and December 5).
• Knights of Columbus Presentation: on November 12 and 13 during the Mass announcement time.
Journey West, a musical program chronicling the migration of melody: Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. at St Catherine of Sienna church.
• Collection for the Archdiocese for Military Services: this weekend, November 12 and 13
• Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC): meeting Thursday, November 17, at the Church of the Epiphany beginning at 7:00 p.m.
• Presentation on end of life: Thursday, November 17, at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception parish hall
• Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service: hosted by Holy Cross Church, Ovid, next Sunday, November 20, at 3:00 p.m.
• RCIA classes: Begin the First Sunday of Advent, November 27
• Parish Choir: The rehearsal date is Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Parish Center

Collection for the Archdiocese for Military Services:
This national collection is this weekend, November 12 and 13 and will help ensure that the archdiocese has the resources needed to provide pastoral care and the sacraments to Catholic men and women serving in the U.S. military, enrolled in the U.S. Military Academies, or undergoing treatment at any of the 153 Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Centers. The National Collection for the Archdiocese for Military Services will also help ensure that the Vocations and Co-Sponsored Seminarian Programs have the resources needed to continue to provide priests for home dioceses as well as to replace the increasing number of chaplains forced to retire due to age restrictions or health reasons. Please visit www.milarch.org/nationalcollection for additional information. Thank you for your prayers and support for the mission and ministry of the Archdiocese for Military Services.

2016/2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The theme for this year’s campaign is “Raised in Christ. The CMA affords each of us an opportunity to support the larger Church so that it can meet real needs throughout the Diocese. Your support enables the Church to be responsive and caring. Every gift is needed and important! Pledge forms, which can be put in the collection or mailed directly to the Diocese, are also available in the back of the church in case you have misplaced the one mailed to your home. The goal for The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy is $29,855 and thus far $6,755 has been pledged by parishioners. Making a pledge is primary what is pledged is secondary. Here is a link to a CMA informative video https://youtu.be/z1t-yW3Bu8k.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training:
The first of two sessions will be held this Saturday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners interested in becoming Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion please plan to attend this session.

St. James Food Donations:
This weekend food donations can placed on the table located in the front of the church. Monetary donations are accepted also. All donations go to help the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Image result for knights of columbusIthaca Knights of Columbus Council #277:
The Knights will give a brief presentation this weekend, November 12 and 13, at the Mass announcement time. Knights will be present to speak with parishioners after the Mass.

Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC):
TAC will meet this Thursday, November 17, at the Church of the Epiphany beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service:
The service will be hosted by Holy Cross Church, Ovid, next Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. The service will comprise of prayers, sacred scripture readings, hymns sung by various church choirs and the combined choirs singing “We Are Many Parts.” Everyone is welcome.

All Souls Day Remembrances:
Beginning this Sunday, ten Masses have been scheduled for the deceased whose names were recorded on the All Souls Day envelopes. God bless you for remembering and praying for your beloved ones.

Parish Choir:
The rehearsal date is Tuesday, November 29, 2016 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Parish Center (St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken). Rehearsals generally take place on the last Thursday of the month but because of Thanksgiving Day the rehearsal will be moved to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. All who are interested in joining the choir are welcome.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
For those interested in learning more about what the followers of Jesus believe or becoming Catholic or completing the celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist), classes will begin the first Sunday of Advent, that is November 27. Please phone the parish center or be in touch with Fr. Bernard.

Your Help is Solicited:
In order to ensure that the Catholic mission of word, worship, service (witness), and community (fellowship) continues in a vibrant way throughout the parishes in the eastern area of the diocese, parishioners are being asked to complete an online survey. The survey is sixty questions and will be used to help pastors, staff, and councils to identify priorities, areas for improvement, and areas where parishes can work together to increase ministry opportunities or training. The survey will be open until December 4, when reports will be compiled by the Diocesan Office of Pastoral Resources and Planning and sent to each Pastor to distribute. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey, which is linked from our web page and also available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastDeaneryMinistryAssessment

Physician-assisted Suicide:
End of life issues can be difficult and easily misunderstood, so it is important for all of us to understand the proposal to legalize physician-assisted suicide in New York State. Our parish and our Diocesan Public Policy Committee invite you attend a presentation on this topic on Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception parish hall. Stephanie Woodward, a young lawyer with the Disability Rights Center who is herself a disabled person, will explain what physician-assisted suicide is and why people with disabilities are opposed to it. Her organization and our Diocesan Life Issues office are teaming up to raise awareness about this issue and to encourage active opposition to the proposed legislation. Please come on November 17 and learn more, even, and especially, if you aren’t sure what you think about physician-assisted suicide.

Catholic-Lutheran Discussion / Bible Study Group:
Since 1965, the Lutherans and Catholics have had intense and fruitful discussions about church, ministry, and Eucharist. The goal has been to find areas of agreement and unity. Several dialogue reports and documents have resulted. If you are interested in participating in Catholic-Lutheran discussions, contact Betsy McDermott at [email protected] or by phone at 585–328–3228 ext. 1287.

Journey West, the Migration of Melody:
Journey West, a musical program chronicling the migration of melody, on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m. at St Catherine of Sienna church. Journey West illustrates the ways that melodies and instruments travel from one area to others, showing how each culture changes and incorporates what has come before. Their powerful interactive musical and visual performance illustrates how music changes in its journey from the Middle East through Eastern and Western Europe to the United States. The suggested donation for admission is $15, which will be gladly accepted at the door. Part of any proceeds received will be donated to Ithaca Welcomes Refugees, a community initiative that fosters a welcoming and fair environment for refugees who come to our region. All are welcome!

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.

Scripture Study:
Parishioners are welcome to join an informal study of The Gospel According to Mark on Tuesday mornings after the 9:00 a.m. Mass (St James the Apostle Church), The study will be facilitated by Debbie Short and Camille Taranto. The Liguori Catholic Bible Study will be used. Questions: contact Camille (607) 387-3125.

Making Contributions by Check:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is yet to be civilly incorporated, therefore checks cannot be made out in that name. For the present time, please make checks out in the name of the church, that is, to St. James the Apostle, or St. Francis Solanus, or Holy Cross.

Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy:2015 Year of Mercy logo
The origin of the Christian Jubilee goes back to Old Testament times. The Law of Moses prescribed a special year for the Jewish people to make restitution for wrongs committed, to forgive debts owed, and set slaves free. In the Roman Catholic tradition, a Holy Year or Jubilee is a great religious event, for the forgiveness of sins and the punishment due to sin. A Jubilee is a year of reconciliation between adversaries. It is a time of solidarity, hope, justice and commitment to serve God with joy and in peace with our brothers and sisters. The guiding principle of  the year: “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester Prayers:
Sister Susan Schantz, SSJ, continues to pray for St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg. Let us keep Sr. Susan and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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 this weekend, November 12 and 13 (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 next weekend, November 19 and 20 (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, Anna Zavala, Susan Stafford

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross
November 2016:
11/13/16 11/20/16 11/27/16
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy J. Roach
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 T. Jasikoff P. Motill K. Knapp
Lector 2 E. Moore J. Swanson J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 D. Moore L.A. Fox F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Brandow° M. Frank D. Brandow
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow° A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 2 J. Taylor E. Conroy S. Limoncelli
Usher 3 T. Grasak P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 4 M. Maleski T. Grasak

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church
November through December 2016


Date First reading from Old Testament
Second reading from New Testament
November 13: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Heather Cranford  Barbara Willers
November 20: Feast of Christ the King Karl Messmer Pat Messmer
November 27: 1st Sunday of Advent Gerry Messmer Millie Messmer
December 4: 2nd Sunday of Advent Stephanie Houck Jeff Houck
December 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception  Volunteers needed if  there is a Mass.      
December 11: 3rd Sunday of Advent Marie Roloson Sheila Haddad
December 18: 4th Sunday of Advent Karl Messmer Charlotte Huyler
December 25: Christmas Day  Jeff Houck  Stephanie Houck


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

Precious Blood Set-up and purification Precious Blood
November 13: 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Millie Messmer  Marie Roloson Jennifer Sharp
November 20: Feast of Christ the King  Patti Perry Chris Duthie Jeanie Wiggins
November 27: 1st Sunday of Advent  Charlotte Huyler Michele Barr  Maryann Dendis
December 4: 2nd Sunday of Advent Cathy Millspaugh Pat Messmer Marie Roloson
December 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception Volunteers  needed if there  is a Mass
December 11: 3rd Sunday of Advent Michele Barr Jeanie Wiggins Charlotte Huyler
December 18: 4th Sunday of Advent Pat Messmer  Patti Perry  Maryann Dendis
December 25: Christmas Day Cathy Millspaugh Jennifer Sharp Millie Messmer
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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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