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.
- 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 29 and December 13 and 27). 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 and 19).
- Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show: At the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church on November 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- RCIA classes: Begin the First Sunday of Advent, November 27 at 12:15 p.m. at St. James the Apostle
- Parish Choir: The rehearsal date is Tuesday, November 29, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. at the Parish Center
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 $10,125 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.
Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service:
The service will be hosted by the Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy at Holy Cross Church, Ovid, this Sunday, November 20, 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. A reception will follow the service.
Cookies are needed for the reception that follows the ecumenical service mentioned above. If willing to help please bring them to the service. Thank you.
The national holiday is this Thursday, November 24. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle Church. This is a great opportunity to gather as a parish family to glorify God for all the blessing we enjoy.
The rehearsal date is Tuesday, November 29, 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 next week November 27, first Sunday of Advent, at 12:15 p.m. at St. James the Apostle. Please phone the parish center or be in touch with Fr. Bernard to register for the classes.
All Souls Day Remembrances:
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.
If you wish an announcement in the Sunday bulletin it must be submitted nine (9) days before the date of publication. Announcements are put together on a Friday, a week and two days before the actual publishing date. Please forward announcements to the Parish Office. The parish email address may be used which is found on the front page of the bulletin. Regarding events, it is a good idea to have them announced four weeks in advance, that is, to give the parishioners a reminder four times.
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 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. To participate in the survey go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EastDeaneryMinistryAssessment.
Home-made Pie Sale:
Pies baked by Joan Hogan for the St. James Woman’s Guild fund raiser and ordered and paid for last weekend, can be picked up today. All proceeds will go to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.
St. James the Apostle Offertory Collection Counters:
We currently have three counting teams that perform their counting activity either on Sunday (after the 11:00 a.m. Mass) or 9:30 a.m. on Monday. The counting activity takes about one and a half hours depending on the size of the collection(s). We need substitutes for when one of the counters is either ill or on holiday and would like to increase the number of teams to four so that each team counts only once a month. Each team would consist of a minimum of two non-related individuals and would attend a training class to review the diocesan/St. James counting procedures, which takes about one hour.
St. James the Apostle Christmas Hat/Mitten/Scarf Tree:
The tree has been placed near the altar. Items will be donated to Catholic Charities in Ithaca. Items are needed for all ages from babies to adults, both sexes.
Looking for a Family Advent Activity:
Looking for a creative way to help our local food pantries during Advent? Set a box or basket in your house and, each day of Advent, add one food item to the box or basket. After Christmas donate the contents of the box to your local food pantry. This is a wonderful activity for the whole family while helping those in need.
Seneca County Christmas Project:
An ecumenical group of volunteers are taking applications to partake in the Christmas Project at the Ovid and Interlaken Food Pantries through November. Parishioners are asked to take a tag from the Angel Tree that is ready this weekend. The gifts suggested on the tag are returned before the gift distribution date, which will be announced.
Catholic-Lutheran Discussion/Bible Study Group:
Since 1965, the Lutherans and Catholics have had intense, 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 [email protected] or by phone at 585 328 3228 ext. 1287.
Seeking Volunteers to “Share the Warmth”:
Catholic Charities is seeking volunteers to help with set-up, distribution, and clean-up for the annual Share the Warmth project, which distributes hundreds of coats, hats, gloves, and boots to people in need. Specifically we are looking for some strong and able-bodied folks to help during the day with set-up on Monday, November 21, and take-down on Monday, December 12. Then from Monday, November 28, through Friday, December 2, and Monday, December 5, through Friday, December 9, we are seeking volunteers from 8:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., generally in two-hour shifts, to interact with people, helping them find coats and hats and gloves. We try to make it like shopping, only everything is free! To help ensure that both kids and adults are adequately clothed this winter, please contact Michaela Cortright at 272-5062 ext. 10 or [email protected] to sign up for a shift.
Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca:
The school is looking to hire a part time after school aide. The position would have hours from 4:00–5:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Phone: 607 273 2707 or visit icsithaca.org.
Holiday Bazaar and Craft Show:
The Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church will hold the event on Saturday, November 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There will be unique vendors and crafts, the Christmas Attic, hand crafted boutique, silent auction, baked goods and luncheon.
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.
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.
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 26 and 27 (fourth Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke (for Paul Povinelli) and Carol Kuklo
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tara and Leon Webster
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Anna Zavala, Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps
Schedule for next weekend, December 3 and 4 (first Sunday):
5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Carol Kuklo (for Amy Panek)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke
11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski
Schedule for following weekend, December 10 and 11 (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
Ministry schedule for Holy Cross
|Greeter in addition to Usher||C. Conroy||J. Roach|
|Altar Ser 1||G. Frank||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2|
|Lector 1||P. Motill||K. Knapp|
|Lector 2||J. Swanson||J. Leidefrost°|
|Extraordinary Min 1||L.A. Fox||F. Grasak|
|Extraordinary Min 2||M. Frank||D. Brandow|
|Extraordinary Min 3||P. Schirmer||K. Sinkiewicz|
|2 Envelopes||2 Envelopes|
|Usher 1 (Lead)||A. Reagan||S. Brandow|
|Usher 2||E. Conroy||S. Limoncelli|
|Usher 3||P. Marrella||M. Maleski|
|Usher 4||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 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 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|