Second Sunday of Lent ~ March 17, 2019

First reading:
The Lord God took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.” (Gn. 15:5)

Psalm:
The Lord is my light and my salvation. (Ps. 27)

Second reading:
He will change our lowly body to conform with his glorified body by the power that enables him also to bring all things into subjection to himself. (Phil. 3:21)

Gospel:
While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. (Lk. 9:29)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our minds are often preoccupied with the things of this world, and we forget about the things of heaven. We live our lives as if what we see before us is all there is and almost place the truth of eternity on hold until it is absolutely necessary to confront it. We fail to see the connection between earth and heaven and to see the road of transformation we are all called to travel. When Jesus was transfigured before his disciples, they saw the truth of who he was. Earth and heaven were wed that day, just as they will one day come together for us. God desires to transfigure us as well, changing our earthly body into our heavenly one. We miss our true destiny if we don’t factor this into the choices we make and the paths we choose to walk.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 19)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (March 18)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Hope for Climate Action Presentation: March 19, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Quaker Meeting House, Ithaca
  • Movie Gosnell: March 27, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo
  • Coffee Hour: April 7, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James

Feast Day:
Tuesday, March 19 is the feast day of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. Joseph is the patron of the Universal Church and patron of workers, carpenters, and fathers. He also has the title of Guardian of the Redeemer.

T’burg Food Pantry Volunteers:
A reminder for those who volunteered to help out in March and April at the Trumansburg Food Pantry: the dates are March 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. If you didn’t sign up but want to help out during these two months when our parish provides volunteers for the food distribution, feel free to join us. Details are on the bulletin boards at St. James. Thank you.

Fridays in Lent:
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means that people over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.

 

Stations of the Cross:

  • Thursdays of Lent, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church followed by a communal soup supper.
  • Fridays of Lent at 3:30 p.m. at St. James followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available on Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at the St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.
  • The sacrament will also be available at St. James the Apostle on the Fridays of Lent, after the Stations of the Cross and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (see above).

Daily Meditations:
The Center for Action and Contemplation offers daily mediations that have proved most helpful to thousands of people. Please go to https://cac.org or Meditations@cac.org.

Mass Intentions:
People wishing to have a Mass offered for whatever reason, may send in the request via phone, email, or U.S. mail to the parish office (see front of bulletin for contact information). It is important you clearly indicate the purpose for the Mass intention, the date and time desired, and the name of the person(s) making the request. Please include your phone number or e-mail so the request can be confirmed or to resolve any questions. It is also helpful to let us know if you desire a Mass intention card for you to give to the family or an individual. The suggested stipend (offering) for an announced Mass (meaning it will be published in the Sunday bulletin) is $10 which can be mailed to the parish office. You can also deposit it in the weekly collection, but you need to clearly indicate it is intended for a Mass stipend and for whom the Mass is requested.

2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of March 4, 2019, revealed that 105 parish households have pledged $26,972 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the church vestibules there are CMA pledge envelopes and CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the CMA page at www.dor/org/cma.

Free Movie:
The movie Gosnell will be shown, with free admission, at St. Mary’s Church, 35 Center St., Waterloo, on Wednesday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The film is the shocking true story of the investigation and trial of Dr. Kermit Gosnell and his thirty-year abortion practice and the political and media establishment that tried to cover it up. It is rated PG13 and runs for 93 minutes. A discussion will follow for those who wish to participate. For more information contact Kathy Peters at 315-539-8006.

Hope for Climate Action:
The Interfaith Climate-Justice Action Network invites you to a presentation on a federal bill, called the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, a bipartisan solution for climate change. The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference has already praised the bill calling it a “hopeful sign that more and more climate change is beginning to be seen as a crucial moral issue.”  Join us on Tuesday, March 19, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. (refreshments at 6:45 p.m.) at the Quaker Meeting House, 120 Third Street, Ithaca, to learn more.

40 Days For Life:
Peaceful prayer to end abortion continues at the vigil site across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca.  Consider selecting an hour or more per week as part of your Lenten offering. See more details at the websitewww.40daysforlife.com/ithacaFor more information about the Ithaca vigil, contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or Carolann Darling at 607-351-6668. “Like” us on Facebook at Ithaca 40 Days for Life.

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle but could use more people as substitutes. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays and you need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute but it would be good to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their participation. You have to be 18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year (Church Law #920).


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

March 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

March 23 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

March 17 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

March 24 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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First Sunday of Lent ~ March 10, 2019

First reading:
“Therefore, I have now brought you the first fruits of the products of the soil which you, O LORD, have given me.” (Dt. 26:10a)

Psalm:
Be with me, Lord, when I am in trouble. (Ps. 91)

Second reading:
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:13)

Gospel:
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry. (Lk. 4:1-2)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Temptation is a part of our lives. Even Jesus wrestled with temptation. Our faith tells us that we are meant to live our lives in service of God’s kingdom. Yet, we often find ourselves pursuing our own desires rather than God’s. The Gospel clearly tells us that true power is found in the embrace of virtue—living lives of non-violence, mercy, and forgiveness. Yet, we still are not convinced and seek things that will hurt us and retaliate against those who harm us. When Jesus faced temptation, he found security in who he was, which firmly rooted him in his mission and gave him the determination to trust in God. We, too, must learn to find security in our identity as a son or daughter of God, to live out our mission rooted in that truth, and to be confident in God’s abiding presence.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 19)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (March 18)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Practices: March 14 at 6:30 p.m., St. Francis; after Sunday Mass, St. James; and Tuesdays, at 10:00 a.m., Holy Cross
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Donations to T’burg Food Pantry: March 10, in front of statue of Mary, St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, classes will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Day of Penance and Mercy in the Diocese: March 13, 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Instruction will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: April 7, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James

Black, Native American, and Hispanic Collection:
This collection will be taken up this weekend. Originally mandated by the III Plenary Council in 1884, the 125-year-old national collection continues as the embodiment of the Church’s concern for evangelizing the Black, Native American, and Hispanic people of the United States. The funds are distributed as grants to dioceses throughout the United States, supporting and strengthening evangelization programs which otherwise would cease.

Rice Bowl:
Through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), our parish provides Rice Bowl boxes for people to use during Lent. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl at the back of your church and, throughout Lent, add in your pocket change or other money. This is an easy way we can all give to those in need around the world and 25% of what we collect will stay in our local community. During the forty days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

Choir Practice:
As the liturgical year moves closer to Ash Wednesday and ultimately the Tridium, there will be a group Tridium practice at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis on March 14. The Tuesday morning group has commenced at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross. This also provides an alternative practice time for any choir member who prefers not to be out at night. At St. James, feel free to stay and practice after Sunday Mass.

T’burg Food Pantry:
This weekend is our chance to donate food or money to the Trumansburg pantry. Just leave your donations on the table in front of the Mary statue at St. James. Also, we still need a couple more volunteers to help out at the Trumansburg Food Pantry, located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. The food pantry counts on our parish to provide to people to help out during March and April. Please sign up on the lists provided in the St. James foyer. Thank you!

Fridays in Lent:
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence. Abstinence means that people over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat on Fridays.

Stations of the Cross:
There will be Stations of the Cross on Thursdays of Lent beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church followed by a communal soup supper. On Fridays of Lent, at 3:30 p.m. at St. James, the Stations will be followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the opportunity to participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
The Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) is available on Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis church or by appointment with a priest. March 13, the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, will be a day of penance and mercy throughout the Diocese of Rochester. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in parishes throughout the diocese on that day, including at our parish center (St. Francis Solanus church) from 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m. Please make note of this opportunity as the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a “graced opportunity for us to celebrate God’s forgiveness.” On Fridays of Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation will also be available at St. James after Benediction. Do you have questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Visit http://forgiven.dor.org and click on “Commonly Asked Questions.”

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to be substitutes for when one or more of our regular counters is either ill or otherwise unavailable. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute. It would be best to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be 18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year (Church Law #920).

Daily Meditations:
The Center for Action and Contemplation offers daily mediations that have proved most helpful to thousands of people. Please go to https://cac.org or Meditations@cac.org.

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018) it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit over the sixth month period of $1,405. This deficit would have been higher, if not for the fact that our ordinary expenses were down $7,663.76 from the previous year’s sixth month reporting. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

March 9 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

March 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

March 10 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

March 17 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ March 3, 2019

First reading:
Praise no one before he speaks, for it is then that people are tested. (Sir. 27:7)

Psalm:
Lord, it is good to give thanks to you. (Ps. 92)

Second reading:
Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Cor. 15:58)

Gospel:
“A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Lk. 6:45

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How quick are we to point out the faults of others? It is so easy to see what others are doing wrong and much harder to see ourselves for who we are. Many want to see themselves as one of the privileged and the saved and are quick to condemn those who choose to do things differently. We can be so hypocritical while at the same time proclaiming to be so spiritual. What we speak reveals the true thoughts of our minds and intention of our hearts. We fool no one but ourselves. Rather than being defensive, critical, and exclusive, does it not make more sense to help each other and work together for the kingdom of God? We may have to leave something behind, but in turn, we’ll gain much more.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 5)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (March 4)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: March 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ash Wednesday: March 6
  • Choir Practices: March 7 and 14 at 6:30 p.m., St. Francis; after Sunday Mass, St. James; and Tuesdays, at 10:00 a.m., Holy Cross
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, classes will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Day of Penance and Mercy in the Diocese: March 13, 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Instruction will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

T’burg Food Pantry:
When Jesus fed the multitudes, he needed people to help distribute the loaves and fishes. March and April are the months for Mary, Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry, located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. The food pantry counts on our parish to provide to help out during these two months and we still need people on the afternoon shifts on March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Please sign up on the lists provided in the St. James foyer. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Next weekend is also our chance to donate food or money to the pantry. Just leave your donations on the table in front of the Mary statue at St. James. Thank you!

Rice Bowl
Through Catholic Relief Services (CRS), our parish provides Rice Bowl boxes for people to use during Lent. Pick up your family’s CRS Rice Bowl at the back of your church and, throughout Lent, add in your pocket change or other money. This is an easy way we can all give to those in need around the world and 25% of what we collect will stay in our local community. During the forty days of Lent, as companions on the journey, we will encounter our neighbor.

Choir Practice:
As we move closer to Ash Wednesday and, ultimately the Tridium, there will be a group Tridium practice at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis on March 7 and 14. The Tuesday morning group has commenced at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross. This also provides an alternative practice time for any choir member who prefers not to be out at night. At St. James, feel free to stay and practice after Sunday Mass.


 Lent in the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy

Lenten Reminders and Devotions:

  • The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (March 6) until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 18).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The Sunday and daily Mass readings for Lenten have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.

Lenten Days of Fast and Abstinence:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fast and abstinence.
  • Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
  • Abstinence: those who are over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat.
  • Fasting: those who are between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast (i.e. two small meals are not to equal one full meal

Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019:

Distribution of Ashes:

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • 6:00 p.m. Distribution of Ashes Service at Holy Cross

Why Ashes? Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. On this day the Church invites us to receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads as a sign that during the Season of Lent we will make sincere efforts to cleanse our lives of sin and to discipline ourselves through prayer and fasting.

Who May Receive Ashes? Baptized individuals who have reached the age of reason may receive the ashes. Babies and young children who have not yet received the Sacrament of Penance should not be presented to receive ashes. The purpose of Ash Wednesday is to lead the baptized members of the Church to repentance and renewal of their baptismal promises at Easter.

Stations of the Cross:

  • Thursdays of Lent, at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church followed by a communal soup supper.
  • Fridays of Lent at 3:30 p.m. at St. James followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:

  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) is available Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at the Parish Center (St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken) or by appointment with a priest.
  • A diocesan day of penance and mercy will occur on Wednesday, March 13. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in parishes throughout the diocese and in our parish at the parish center (St. Francis Solanus church) from 2:00–4:00 p.m. and 6:00–8:00 p.m.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. (Church law #920)

Easter Triduum:
“The summit of the liturgical year is the Easter Triduum—from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. The single celebration of the Triduum marks the end of the Lenten season, and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil” (from the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops web site: http://www.usccb.org). Easter this year is April 21, 2019.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

March 2 (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

March 9 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

March 3 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

Ash Wednesday, March 6, at 9:00 a.m.:
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke

March 10 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information not available at this time)

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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 24, 2019

First reading:
“The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness.” (1 Sm. 26:23a)

Psalm:
The Lord is kind and merciful. (Ps. 103)

Second reading:
The first man was from the earth, earthly; the second man, from heaven. (1 Cor. 15:47)

Gospel:
“Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven.” (Lk. 6:37)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Love your enemies and do good to those who hate you.” We do not like hearing these words, but they are at the heart of Jesus’s teaching. When we are hurt, we want to get defensive and fight back. We prefer engaging in battle with something that is negative and evil rather than returning a heart of love. It is easy to love those who will love us back and much harder to love those who may not. But there is no credit to be found in simply surrounding ourselves with friends. Jesus wants to push us out of our comfort zones. We still find ourselves judging others and condemning them when the order of the Gospel is forgiveness and mercy. Why are we so unwilling to let go of the control? Perhaps the answer is found in a failure to love and an absence of faith.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 5)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (March 4)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • James Choir Rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Coffee Hour: March 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ash Wednesday: March 6
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, classes will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Day of Penance and Mercy in the Diocese: March 13, 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Instruction will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., is visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please thank Fr. John for his time with us this month.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size (examples: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice). There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. The final collection of items is this weekend, February 23 and 24.

Coffee Hour:
There will be a coffee hour on March 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James. This is sponsored by the local Knights of Columbus.

Ash Wednesday:
Ash Wednesday is celebrated on March 6 this year. It is a day of fast and abstinence which means those who are between the ages of 18 and 59 are obliged to fast (i.e. two small meals are not to equal one full meal) and all those over the age of 14 are obliged to abstain from eating meat. Ashes will be distributed at St. James the Apostle church at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and there will be with a distribution of ashes service at Holy Cross church at 6:00 p.m.

Lent Stations of the Cross:
The Stations of the Cross devotion will be held twice every week during Lent. One will be at Holy Cross on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. followed by a soup supper. The other will be held at St. James the Apostle on Fridays at 3:30 p.m. followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament (the Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available after Benediction).

Helping Others:
When Jesus fed the multitudes, he needed people to help distribute the loaves and fishes. The same is true in Trumansburg. Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary, Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. The Food Pantry counts on our parish to provide assistance for this important ministry during these two months so please come and help out. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Please sign up on the list provided in the St. James foyer. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Have questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Has it been a while since you last celebrated this sacrament? There is nothing to fear. Visit http://forgiven.dor.org and click on “Commonly Asked Questions” to ease your worries. Throughout the Diocese of Rochester, March 13, the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, will be celebrated as a day of penance and mercy. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in parishes throughout the diocese on that day, including at our parish center (St. Francis Solanus church) from 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m. Please make note of this opportunity as the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a “graced opportunity for us to celebrate God’s forgiveness.”

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018) it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit over the sixth month period of $1,405. This deficit would have been higher, if not for the fact that our ordinary expenses were down $7,663.76 from the previous year’s sixth month reporting. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” invites participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers are Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP, and registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details.

Forty Days for Life:
Beginning on March 6, our community will take part in “40 Days for Life,” a groundbreaking and coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our community. From March 6 to April 14 there will be a peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting in Ithaca, across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St, in the public right-of-way, daily from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. We hope you will consider an hour or two of prayer vigil per week with your family, a friend, or church group. Come and pray together! For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315 246-7479 or via e-mail at sweetwind53@yahoo.com

Choir Rehearsals:
Parish choir rehearsals have commenced on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone from 15 years old to 115 years young is welcome! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Joanie Gelatt at 607 220–9579.

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to fill in as substitutes. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ushers. If we could increase the ministry by at least four additional people, that would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be 18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.
1) You have already started by visiting the parish website
2) click “Giving” in bar across top of page
3) click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
4) click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
5) click “Recurring donations”
6) a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
7) respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

February 23 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson

March 2 (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

February 24 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

March 3 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information not available at this time)

 

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Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 17, 2019

First reading:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD; whose hope is in the LORD. (Jer. 17:7)

Psalm:
Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. (Ps. 1)

Second reading:
If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? (1 Cor. 15:12)

Gospel:
Raising his eyes toward his disciples [Jesus] said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” (Lk. 6:20)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Getting ahead in the world is something many see as important. Success, a comfortable life, and worldly securities are seen as what is needed to achieve happiness. Whether or not we like to admit it, these pursuits are operative in many of our lives. As much as we want to believe in the Gospel, we also find it hard not to cling to these other things. Unconditional trust in God must be first if we are going to perceive the kingdom of God. And while God does not want us to go out of our way to be miserable, Jesus clearly gives preference to those who are poor, hungry, weeping, marginalized, vulnerable, and despised. When people encounter these things, they touch God. It teaches us not to get too comfortable with our riches and that there is much more to true life than the stuff we find so important.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (February 19)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (February 18)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • James Choir Rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Coffee Hour: March 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, classes will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Day of Penance and Mercy in the Diocese: March 13, 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Instruction will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., is visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size (examples: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice). There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. The collection of items occur on weekends in February, beginning February 9 and ending February 24.

Volunteers Needed in March and April:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary, Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the St. James foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Have questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Has it been a while since you last celebrated this sacrament? There is nothing to fear. Visit http://forgiven.dor.org and click on “Commonly Asked Questions” to ease your worries. Throughout the Diocese of Rochester, March 13, the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday, will be celebrated as a day of penance and mercy. The celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation will take place in parishes throughout the diocese on that day, including at our parish center (St. Francis Solanus church) from 2:00–4:00 and 6:00–8:00 p.m. Please make note of this opportunity as the Sacrament of Reconciliation is a “graced opportunity for us to celebrate God’s forgiveness.”

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018) it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit over the sixth month period of $1,405. This deficit would have been higher, if not for the fact that our ordinary expenses were down $7,663.76 from the previous year’s sixth month reporting. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” invites participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers are Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP, and registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details.

Forty Days for Life:
Beginning on March 6, our community will take part in “40 Days for Life,” a groundbreaking and coordinated international mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our community. From March 6 to April 14 there will be a peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting in Ithaca, across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St, in the public right-of-way, daily from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. We hope you will consider an hour or two of prayer vigil per week with your family, a friend, or church group. Come and pray together! For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315 246-7479 or via e-mail at sweetwind53@yahoo.com

Choir Rehearsals:
Parish choir rehearsals have commenced on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone from 15 years old to 115 years young is welcome! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Joanie Gelatt at 607 220–9579.

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to be substitutes for when one or more of our regular counters is either ill or otherwise unavailable. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute. It would be best to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.
1) You have already started by visiting the parish website
2) click “Giving” in bar across top of page
3) click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
4) click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
5) click “Recurring donations”
6) a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
7) respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

February 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

February 23 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

February 17 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

February 24 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information not available at this time)

 

 

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Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 10, 2019

First reading:
I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? Who will go for us?”
“Here I am,” I said; “send me!” (Is. 6:8)

Psalm:
In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord. (Ps. 138)

Second reading:
Therefore, whether it be I or they, so we preach and so you believed. (1 Cor .15:11)

Gospel:
Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching men.” When they brought their boats to the shore, they left everything and followed him. (Lk. 5:10b-11)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Have you ever felt a compelling urge to respond to a situation and then found yourself questioning whether you should do so? Fear often takes hold of us, and we find ourselves making excuses for why it is better to just mind our own business. There is a voice within each of us that is saying, “Follow me.” What does this prompting mean? The purpose of discipleship is not to secure our own station in life and enhance our comfort zone. Discipleship is about taking risks and venturing forth into the unknown, tending to the needs of others and being prophetic voices of change. We will not drink deeply of life until we listen to the voice of God within. When God asks, “Whom shall I send?” will you reply, “Here I am—send me!”?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (February 19)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (February 18)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • James Choir Rehearsals: Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Communion Service: On Mondays at 9:00 a.m. will resume February 11, St. James
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Coffee Hour: March 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Forty Days for Life: From March 6 through April 14, Ithaca
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, classes will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Instruction will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Friday Evenings:
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, beginning February 9 and ending February 24.

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018) it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit over the sixth month period of $1,405. This deficit would have been higher, if not for the fact that our ordinary expenses were down $7,663.76 from the previous year’s sixth month reporting. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Choir Rehearsals:
Parish choir rehearsals have commenced on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone from 15 years old to 115 years young is welcome! If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Joanie Gelatt at 607 220–9579.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers will be Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP, and registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.

Forty Days for Life:
From March 6 through April 14, 40 Days for Life, a peaceful campaign of prayer and fasting, will take place in Ithaca, across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St, in the public right-of-way, daily from 7:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. We hope you will consider an hour or two of prayer vigil per week with your family, a friend, or church group. Come and pray together! For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315 246-7479 or via e-mail at sweetwind53@yahoo.com

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to be substitutes for when one or more of our regular counters is either ill or otherwise unavailable. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute. It would be best to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Volunteers Needed in March and April:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the St. James foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Equal Rights for Farmworkers:
You can be a voice for justice today! In the words of the New York State Catholic Conference, “There is no legitimate reason for treating farmworkers inequitably.” Today you can support justice for farmworkers by signing our diocese-wide petition to our state elected officials in favor of the “Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act.” This bill would give tens of thousands of farmworkers in our state equal labor rights. Put your faith into action. Stand with them and take the time to sign the petition this weekend, February 9–10, which is Public Policy Weekend.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Have questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation? Has it been a while since you last celebrated this sacrament? There is nothing to fear. Visit http://forgiven.dor.org and click on “Commonly Asked Questions” to ease your worries.

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.
1) You have already started by visiting the parish website
2) click “Giving” in bar across top of page
3) click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
4) click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
5) click “Recurring donations”
6) a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
7) respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

February 9 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

February 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

February 10 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

February 17 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information not available at this time)

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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 3, 2019

First reading:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. (Jer. 1:5)

Psalm:
I will sing of your salvation. (Ps. 71)

Second reading:
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

Gospel:
[Jesus] said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” (Lk. 4:24)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
No one wants to listen to a prophet, especially when the prophet is someone close to us. We have a hard time accepting that ordinary associations can develop the type and depth of wisdom that can not only positively change lives but profoundly challenge them. To many folks, Jesus was simply the son of Joseph, even though his words caught their attention and amazed them. After his words sunk in, they were infuriated and drove him out of town. Is Jesus simply the son of Joseph to us as well, or is he the God who knew us before we were formed in the womb? If he is God, then we need to heed his message and change our lives accordingly.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (February 5)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (February 4)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing: February 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Cornell
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Communion Service: On Mondays at 9:00 a.m. will resume February 11, St. James
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Friday Evenings:
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
You are being called to a life of forgiveness. Accept God’s invitation! The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Prepare yourself for Lent by embracing the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Learn more at http://forgiven.dor.org.

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018), it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit of $1,405. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
This Sunday, February 3, is Super Bowl Sunday and Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this one-day event. The goal is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to our local food pantries. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. On February 3, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, February 9 through February 24.

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring non-perishable food items to St. James the Apostle church. You may place the items in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Volunteers Needed in March and April:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the St. James foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to be substitutes for when one or more of our regular counters is either ill or otherwise unavailable. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute. It would be best to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at singer.consulting@snet.net or Father Bernard Maloney at Fr.Bernard.Maloney@dor.org.

Equal Rights for Farm workers:
Next week you’ll have the opportunity to sign our diocese-wide Public Policy Weekend petition in support of farm workers. It will read: “The labor of tens of thousands of farm workers brings food to our tables. However, New York State labor law categorically denies farm workers basic rights and protections enjoyed by virtually all other workers. These exclusions mean that, unlike other workers, farm workers do not have the right to: a guaranteed day of rest per week; overtime pay; employer contributions to disability insurance; public health protections including sanitation and housing standards; or protections while bargaining collectively. Farming is a vital part of the New York State economy. Economic policies that protect family farms are essential. We urge the legislature to support New York State farmers along with farmworkers. We believe that the sacred human dignity of every man, woman, and child, without exception, should be respected and that the basic rights of all workers should be recognized. Therefore, we urge the New York State Assembly, Senate and Governor Cuomo to support the ‘Farm workers Fair Labor Practices Act’ ending the exclusion of farm workers from basic rights and granting them equal treatment under our labor laws.”

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

How Do We Help the Poor:
Each year the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children provides thousands of meals to children in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. Natural disasters and famines make emergency food essential for those most in need, but free food can also have a negative impact on local economies and farmers. We hope you will come to “When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing,” a roundtable discussion addressing global hunger this Sunday, February 3, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University. Speakers will include Mark Crea and Matt Muraski from Feed My Starving Children, Ted Miles from Maryknoll Lay Missionaries, and Christopher Barrett of Cornell University.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers will be Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP, and registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.
1) You have already started by visiting the parish website
2) click “Giving” in bar across top of page
3) click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
4) click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
5) click “Recurring donations”
6) a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
7) respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

February 9 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

February 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

February 10 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

February 17 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information not available at this time)

 

 

 

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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 27, 2019

First reading:
Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people, their hands raised high, answered, “Amen, amen!” Then they bowed down and prostrated themselves before the LORD, their faces to the ground. (Neh. 8:6)

Psalm:
Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life. (Ps. 19)

Second reading:
As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body, so also Christ. (1 Cor. 12:12)

Gospel:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Lk. 4:18a, 19)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
St. Theresa of Avila reminds us that, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but yours; no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He is to bless His people.” We are, in every way shape and form, the Body of Christ. Our bodies are not just one single part but many. We are many, and we are all uniquely different. Yet each in his or her own way contributes significantly to the whole. We are all baptized in one spirit, and there are no distinctions that separate us. We must keep our eyes focused on the greater whole and not get distracted or consumed with particular parts. Everything and everyone must work together for the praise and glory of God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (February 5)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (rescheduled January 28 and February 4)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Antonine’s Eightieth Birthday: January 31
  • Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing: February 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Cornell
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Communion Service: On Mondays at 9:00 a.m. will resume February 11, St. James
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute

Rev. Bartholomew Minson, OFM Cap.:
Fr. Bart died on Friday, January 18, 2019, at Calvary Hospital, Bronx, at the age of eighty. He had suffered with cancer over the previous five years. His funeral was on Tuesday, January 22, at Sacred Heart church in Yonkers, N.Y. Fr. Bart was the pastor of St. Francis Solanus and Holy Cross parishes from 2008 through 2014. Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Friday Evenings:
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).

Communion Service:
There will be no communion service on January 28 and February 4. The Monday morning communion service at St. James the Apostle will resume on February 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Brother Antonine’s Birthday:
Br. Antonine Lizama, OFM Cap., is a member of the St. Fidelis Fraternity in Interlaken. He will be celebrating his eightieth birthday on January 31. This is a momentous event! If the occasion presents itself, please wish him a “happy birthday.”

2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of January 14, stated that 103 parish households have pledged $25,372 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Prayer for Christian Unity:
Although the annual week of prayer for Christian unity concluded Friday, we continue to remember this year’s theme: “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20) and pray “that all may be one… that the world may believe” (John 17:21). In the coming weeks and months, we will be joining other Christian churches in our area in various ecumenical opportunities. Your active participation is encouraged. For more information go to: www.geii.org.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
Sunday, February 3, is Super Bowl Sunday and Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this one-day event. The goal is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to our local food pantries. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. On February 3, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, beginning February 9 and ending February 24.

Thank you:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry sent a “Thank You” to the parish for donations given. “We are grateful for the support from such a caring community. Your kindness enables us to purchase food or personal care items for the families who benefit from the bi-monthly distributions. No other goods or services are purchased with your donation.”

Volunteers Needed in March and April:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Catholics Speak Out for Justice:
Protecting workplace dignity is essential to protecting human dignity in general. As Catholics, we believe that workers have fundamental rights, including the right to organize themselves to petition for improved working conditions. This has been part of Church teaching for over 125 years. In New York State, farm workers are excluded from this and other basic rights granted to other workers. For example, they can be fired if they collectively bring a grievance to their supervisor. During the upcoming Public Policy Weekend, February 9–10, please plan to sign the diocese-wide petition that will go to state elected officials, urging them to support equal labor rights for farm workers.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
You are being called to a life of forgiveness. Accept God’s invitation! The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Prepare yourself for Lent by embracing the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Learn more at http://forgiven.dor.org.

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

How Do We Help the Poor:
Each year the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children provides thousands of meals to children in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. Natural disasters and famines make emergency food essential for those most in need, but free food can also have a negative impact on local economies and farmers. We hope you will come to “When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing,” a roundtable discussion addressing global hunger on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University. Speakers will include Mark Crea and Matt Muraski from Feed My Starving Children, Ted Miles from Maryknoll Lay Missionaries, and Christopher Barrett of Cornell University.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers are Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP. Registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.

  1. From the parish website, see top bar under church photos
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
  4. click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

January 26 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson

February 2 (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

January 27 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

February 3 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information to come)

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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 20, 2019

First reading:
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Is. 62:3)

Psalm:
Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations. (Ps. 96)

Second reading:
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. (1 Cor. 12:7)

Gospel:
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn. 2:3-5)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Did you ever consider that God takes great delight in you? We are by no means second or afterthoughts of God. As the master artisan, God takes delight in every fabric of our being and every single component of who we are. We are intentionally and lovingly designed! God gets much joy out of every child He creates, and He does not abandon us. God is definitely in charge! God can take a painful past or an apparent dead-end and turn it into a glorious future. He can transform nothing into something and is always eagerly ready to give us the gifts of faith, hope, and love. We are never bound by the past and never without options. All we have to do is listen to Him. Are we willing to give up the controls and allow Him to do what He does best?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 22)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (January 21)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18 through January 25
  • Baptism: Liam Lane LaBrake, January 20, during 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Finance Council: January 24, St. Francis
  • Antonine’s Eightieth Birthday: January 31
  • Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing: February 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Cornell
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute

Funerals:

  • William J. Cool, 85, died on January 6, 2019. A funeral Mass was held on January 10 at Holy Cross church.
  • Jerome W. Ohlsten, 87, died on December 16, 2018. A funeral Mass was held on January 12, 2019, at St. James the Apostle church.

Finance Council:
Council members will meet with the pastor and business staff members on Thursday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis annex, Interlaken.

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Friday Evenings:
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).

2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of January 7, 2019, stated that 102 parish households have pledged $25,297 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
The annual week of prayer for Christian unity concludes on Friday, January 25. Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the theme chosen for 2019: “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Throughout 2019, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one,” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ. For this purpose, there are prayer cards in the foyers of each of the churches. For more information go to: www.geii.org.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
Sunday, February 3, is Super Bowl Sunday and Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this one-day event. The goal is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to our local food pantries. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. On February 3, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.

Vocations to Religious Life or Priesthood:
The Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Franciscans will hold a discernment weekend at St. Michael’s Friary, New York, on February 22–24, for men interested in religious life. If you would like to participate, please contact Fr. Bernard at the parish office.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers are Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP. Registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.

Average Attendance and Collections in December:
The average attendance in December were: 62 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, 101 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James, and 81 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. At each of the three churches the collections averaged: $901 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays, and, on Sundays, $969 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and $780 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. This reporting does not include the Christmas Mass attendances and collections.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, beginning February 9 and ending February 24.

Brother Antonine’s Birthday:
Br. Antonine Lizama, OFM Cap., is a member of the St. Fidelis Fraternity in Interlaken. He will be celebrating his eightieth birthday on January 31. This is a momentous event! If the occasion presents itself, please wish him a “happy birthday.”

Catholics Speak Out for Justice:
Protecting workplace dignity is essential to protecting human dignity in general. As Catholics, we believe that workers have fundamental rights, including the right to organize themselves to petition for improved working conditions. This has been part of Church teaching for over 125 years. In New York State, farmworkers are excluded from this and other basic rights granted to other workers. For example, they can be fired if they collectively bring a grievance to their supervisor. During the upcoming Public Policy Weekend, February 9–10, please plan to sign the diocese-wide petition that will go to state elected officials, urging them to support equal labor rights for farmworkers.

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

How Do We Help the Poor:
Each year the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children provides thousands of meals to children in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. Natural disasters and famines make emergency food essential for those most in need, but free food can also have a negative impact on local economies and farmers. We hope you will come to “When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing,” a roundtable discussion addressing global hunger on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University. Speakers will include Mark Crea and Matt Muraski from Feed My Starving Children, Ted Miles from Maryknoll Lay Missionaries, and Christopher Barrett of Cornell University.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

January 19 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

January 26 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

January 20 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

January 27 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information to come)

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The Baptism of the Lord ~ January 13, 2019

First reading:
Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. (Is. 40:5)

Psalm:
O bless the Lord, my soul. (Ps. 104)

Second reading:
He saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. (Ti. 2:5b)

Gospel:
The Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” (Lk. 3:22)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
At the baptism of Jesus, a voice came from heaven saying, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.” Through Baptism, Jesus’s identity as God’s Son is revealed and understood. He knows very clearly who he is. Baptism does the same for us. It gives us our identity as daughters and sons of God. We have the wonderful opportunity, given to us as a gift, to share in the same intimate relationship Jesus has with God his Father. Being a daughter or son of God gives us a unique and focused mission to which we must be faithful. Our identity, as with Jesus, is rooted in God. This is a simple fact we all must accept. Through Baptism, we are given the power and ability to see the world as God sees and to think and act as God would think and act. This is a tall order but one that will lead us to truth and ultimately to happiness.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Jan. 22)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Jan. 21)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Buildings and Grounds Committees: January 17 at various churches
  • March for Life: January 18, Washington, D.C.
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18 through January 25
  • Baptism: Liam Lane LaBrake, January 20, during 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Finance Council: January 24, St. Francis
  • Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute

Wedding:
George Hade III and Bethanne Beckhorn were married on December 29, 2108, at St. James the Apostle church.

Buildings and Grounds Committees:
The committees will meet this Thursday, January 17, at each individual church. The Holy Cross committee will meet at 9:15 a.m., St. Francis Solanus will meet at 10:30 a.m., and St. James the Apostle will meet in the pine room at 1:00 p.m.

Finance Council:
Council members will meet with the pastor and business staff members on Thursday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis annex, Interlaken.

2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 31, 2018, stated that ninety-six parish households have pledged $23,472 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
The annual week of prayer for Christian unity begins this Friday, January 18, and concludes next Friday, January 25. Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the theme chosen for 2019: “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Throughout 2019, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one,” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ. For this purpose, there are prayer cards in the foyers of the church. For more information go to: www.geii.org.

Educational Courses:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering courses for spring 2019 using their online zoom videoconferencing software. The courses this semester include:

  • Canon Law and Ministerial Leadership, on Mondays from 6:00–9:00 p.m., from January 14–April 22;
  • Unless You Become Like Children: Catholicism, Culture, and the Child, on Tuesdays from 7:00–9:30 p.m., weekly from January 15–April 30;
  • Special Issues in Pastoral Care: Sudden Death, Suicide and Addiction, on Mondays from 6:00–9:30 p.m., from January 14– April 29; and
  • The Problem of Suffering: Is it God’s Fault? on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m., January 23 through May 1.

For more information contact Matthew Brown at matthew.brown@stbernards.edu or phone 585 271 3657.

Vocations to Religious Life or Priesthood:
The Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Franciscans will hold a discernment weekend at St. Michael’s Friary, New York, on February 22–24, for men interested in religious life. If would like to participate, please contact Fr. Bernard at the parish office.

March for Life 2019:
Join the many thousands of people who will be marching because every human life is unique from day one, with inherent value. Buses from the diocese of Rochester to the March for Life event in Washington D.C. will leave on Thursday night, January 17, and return on Friday night, January 18. The march will follow a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University of America, with Bishop Matano as the principal celebrant. People will then march with Bishop Matano and others from the diocese. Make your reservations today. You may also choose to pick one of two buses from the Southern Tier. One leaves from St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads and the other from Notre Dame High School, with two other pickups in Painted Post, NY and Mansfield PA. Seats are available for $65. Call Steve Spaulding at 607-739-9282 to reserve your seat.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
February 3 is Super Bowl Sunday and it is also the date for the Souper Bowl of Caring in which our parish will be participating. The idea is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that will go directly to the local food pantries in the three communities that make up our parish. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. As part of their community service project this year, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection for monetary donations after Mass has ended at Saint James the Apostle Church on February 3. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.

Women’s Conference:
The bishop invites women to attend what has become an annual conference in the diocese, “a beautiful witness to the unity and charity so characteristic of women of faith and it provides a special opportunity to strengthen our faith in a very challenging and difficult time in the church.” The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers include Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP. Registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at mjoslyn11@gmail.com.

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 (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

January 12 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Patty Messmer (for Lee Davidson), Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

January 19 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

January 13 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

January 20 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information to come)

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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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