Bulletin for November 6, 2016 ~ Thirty-second 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, Interlaken, on Tuesday, at 8:00 p.m.
• “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session: beginning October 4 until December 13
• Third Annual Vets’ breakfast: Sunday, November 6, at the Trumansburg American Legion Post at 8:00 a.m.
• Women’s Guild meeting: Sunday, November 6, after the 11 a.m. Mass in the Pine Room at St. James.
• November 6–12 is National Vocation Awareness week.
• Religion education / formation parent meetings: November 9 at 7:00 p.m. at St. James Church.
• Parish council meeting: Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center
• Parish year of mercy conclusion rite: Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis
• Knights of Columbus Presentation: on November 12 and 13 during the Mass announcement time.
• The first of two sessions for training new Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Saturday, November 19 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church.
• Parish altar serving training: Saturday, November 12, at St. Francis Solanus Church at 11:00 a.m.
• Pilgrimage to Fatima: November 14–20, 2016.


• Fr. James Mcintyre, OFM Cap died on October 17 at the age of 90. He was pastor of St. Francis Solanus Church and guardian of St. Fidelis Friary from 1978–1984. Please remember Fr. James in your prayers.

• Margaret (Markie) Laper’s funeral was October 22 at Holy Cross Church.

Cemetery Financial Help Needed:
This weekend, November 5 and 6, the basket will be passed soliciting offerings to help support the parish cemeteries, St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg and Holy Cross in Ovid. Expenses at both locations far exceed the yearly income (income is derived primarily from the sale of graves) and, as a result, the cemetery savings are being depleted at a fast rate. We ask your help to keep our church cemeteries solvent and in good order. Thank you.

2016/2017 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The theme for this year’s CMA 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 $15,904 has been pledged by parishioners. Making a pledge is primary what is pledged is secondary. Here is a link to a CMA informative video youtu.be/z1t-yW3Bu8k.

National Collection for the Archdiocese for Military Services:
The national collection will be taken up next weekend, November 12 and 13. The collection 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.

Religion Education / Formation Parent Make-up Meetings:
Parents/guardians who were unable to attend the September 6 meeting or who have not had an individual meeting with Fr. Bernard are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting on Wednesday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. at St. James Church.

St. James Women’s Guild Meeting:
The Women’s Guild is meeting this Sunday, November 6, after the 11 a.m. Mass in the Pine Room at St. James. Future activities will be discussed, along with plans for electing new officers.  If you have a particular item you would like to discuss, please let Mary Szymanski know @ 607-229-2709 or [email protected].

Parish Council Meeting:
The next parish council meeting will be held this Thursday, November 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center. Please keep the committee reports brief (no more than five minutes) and then offer the Council proposals for their consideration. The goal is that a meeting will be conducted within an hour.

Parish Year of Mercy Conclusion Rite:
The concluding rite for the parish Year of Mercy will be this Saturday, November 12, at 9:30 a.m. Parishioners are invited to pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at St. Francis Solanus Church and the closing rite will include exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confessions for those who wish, and a light breakfast following the devotion.  This will tie in nicely with the recent Parish Mission given by Fr. William Winters, OFM Cap. as well as to celebrate the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which occurs on November 20. Come spend an hour praying for what we need most….His mercy!

Parish Altar Serving Training:
A training for people interested in becoming altar servers will be held this Saturday, November 12, at St. Francis Solanus Church at 11:00 a.m. Men, women, boys, and girls are all welcome to learn how to serve Mass and minister in this capacity.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Training Session:
The first of two sessions will be held on Saturday, November 19, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners interested in this ministry are welcome to participate in the training.

Thank Yous:
A thank you to all who made the October 28 dinner/dance celebrating the July 1, 2016, merger a possibility. We thank the fellowship committee of the parish council and their hard work: Nancy Shumway, Phyllis Kaiser ,and Susan Houseknecht. We thank Phyllis Motil and Cathy Millspaugh who helped the committee. We thank the Trumansburg American Legion for the extraordinary dinner and the Tarp Band for their extraordinary music. We thank all who provided the deserts which were fabulous. We thank all who donated door prizes, which gave an added joy to the event. There were about ninety parishioners and others in attendance. It was a grand party.

St. James Food Donations:
Food donations may be brought to St. James church next weekend and 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.

Ithaca Knights of Columbus:
The local Knight of Columbus, COUNCIL #277, will give a brief presentation on November 12 and 13 at the Mass announcement time. After the Mass concludes Knights will be present to speak with parishioners interested in the Knights.

National Vocation Awareness:
“I would like to ask you: have you sometimes heard the Lord’s voice, in a desire, in a worry, did he invite you to follow him more closely? Ask Jesus what he wants of you and be brave! Be brave!” said Pope Francis, in St. Peter’s Square on April, 2013. November 6–12 is National Vocation Awareness week. Thinking about the priesthood? For more information about the priesthood in the diocese of Rochester visit www.ROCPriest.org. You may also email [email protected] or call 585-271-7240.

Food Pantries:
• Ovid Federated Church:  Mondays, 10:00 a.m. with the Food Truck every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (November 15 and 29)
• Interlaken Federated Church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
• Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist Church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (November 7 and 21)

Parish Center Needs:
The parish center is in need of a microwave oven and a desk with a key board pull out. If you happen to have one of these items not being used and would like to donate them please phone the Parish Center.

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 AM 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.

Hundredth Anniversary of the Apparitions at Fatima:
Catholic Tour is sponsoring a seven day pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal, from 3 Airline Gateways of Newark, NJ; New York JFK; and Boston, MA. The price is $1,599 and they can assist in securing air from your home city to one of the 3 gateways. The pilgrimage will also be leaving from Miami. The travel will be November 14–20, 2016. Brochures and reservation forms are available. Phone 1 877 627 4268 or email [email protected].

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 5 and 6 (first Sunday):

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

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross
November 2016:
11/6/16 11/13/16 11/20/16 11/27/16
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy J. Roach
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 L. Kurkchi T. Jasikoff P. Motill K. Knapp
Lector 2 M. Frank E. Moore J. Swanson J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 G. Frank D. Moore L.A. Fox F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 S. Limoncelli D. Brandow° M. Frank D. Brandow
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen A. Calice P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 2 E. Conroy J. Taylor E. Conroy S. Limoncelli
Usher 3 P. Marrella T. Grasak P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 4 A. Reagan 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 6: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time  Gerry Messmer Millie Messmer
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 6: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Cathy Millspaugh  Maryann Dendis Mary Ruckdeschel
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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