Second Sunday in Ordinary Time~ January 19, 2020

First reading:
I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. (Is. 49:6b)

Psalm:
Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. (Ps. 40)

Second reading:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:3)

Gospel:
John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn. 1:29)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our relationships ground and define us. Understanding where we come from, who matters to us, and to whom we have an allegiance all frame and direct our lives. One unchangeable about who we are is that God formed us in our mother’s womb. Unless understanding of ourselves begins with this solid fact about ourselves, our knowledge will always be incomplete. John the Baptist and Jesus knew who they were and where they came from. This allowed them to understand their purpose and express their identity. To whom do you matter? If your primary answer is God then you are on your way to knowing who you are. Each of us has a purpose and mission to fulfill. See God as your strength and get about the business of meeting life’s challenges.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 21)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 20)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Fr. Bernard is available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Beginning January 18
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: after 9:00 a.m. Mass, January 19, St. James
  • Annual TAC Meeting: 1:00 p.m., January 19, Jacksonville United Methodist church
  • Registration for Spring Classes: now through January 21, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry
  • Respect for Life Novena: January 21 through the 29
  • Talking Circles on Race and Racism: 6:00 p.m.; January 23, and 30; Immaculate Conception church
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: January 22
  • March for Life: 12:45 p.m., January 24, Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca
  • Stand Out for Life: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., January 25, across the street from Planned Parenthood
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, February 2, St. James
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 8 and 9
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on March 4, St. Francis

Daily Mass Schedule:
Daily Mass in the parish is at 8:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Christians, the followers of Jesus, are presently divided. One of Jesus’s last prayers was that “all may be one.” Beginning on January 18, Christians are invited annually to pray for unity. The week of prayer ends with the celebration of the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul the apostle. During this week, in your daily prayers, please pray for Christian unity.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed:
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. February and March are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers this year. 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 February 3 and 17 and March 2, 16, and 30. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Sunday Collection Counters:
The parish is in need of people to count our weekend collections. Volunteers work with another volunteer once a month for about two–three hours. If you can do this ministry, it will be a great help to the parish. Please contact Fr. Bernard to volunteer.

2019–2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of January 9, 2020, one hundred parish families have pledged $21,816, which is 72.77% of the parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation; what is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

Priest Coverage:
Fr. Joseph Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna church in Ithaca, will be away the weekends of January 19 and 26, and has requested help. Fr. Bernard will fill in for Fr. Joseph on those weekends. Fr. Bernard will also be away during the month of February. At the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Fr. Richard will be the presider at the Masses for the last two weekends of January and during weekends throughout February. Fr. Richard will also be presiding over the weekday Masses at St. Francis, Tuesday through Friday, during February.

Trumansburg Area Churches:
Everyone is invited to annual meeting of the Trumansburg Area Church (TAC). It will be held this Sunday, January 19, at the Jacksonville United Methodist church at 1:00 p.m. Carmen Guidi will be providing a presentation on Second Wind Cottages Inc., which provides housing and support for homeless adults in the Tompkins County.

Public Policy Weekend:
Catholics speak out for the vulnerable by opposing physician-assisted suicide in New York State. Catholic teaching calls us to uphold the dignity and value of human life, from conception until its natural end. This year legislation is being proposed in New York to legalize physician-assisted suicide. In the coming weeks you’ll have the opportunity to sign our diocese-wide petition asking our New York State legislature to oppose legalizing physician assisted suicide in New York. Paper petitions will be available during Public Policy weekend, February 8 and 9. If you would prefer to sign the petition online, please to www.dor.org/petition.

Thank You:
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, diocesan director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, sent a letter of gratitude to the parish for the $705 we collected on World Mission Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Online Spring Courses:
Registration is now available, through January 21, at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry for this year’s spring courses. Is there an area of your faith you’d like to learn more about? Or perhaps do you feel drawn to a particular aspect of ministry? A complete list of spring courses can be found at the St. Bernard’s website: https://www.stbernards.edu. You don’t need to travel to the St. Bernard’s campus to experience these classes. Check out the school’s distance learning and online education options on their website. If you are concerned about costs, feel free to contact Matt Brown, director of admissions and financial aid, to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities via e-mail at matthew.brown@stbernards.edu or by phone at 585-271-3657, option 2.

Church Calendars for 2020:
In the foyers of the churches there are church calendars for the new year of 2020. The lower portion of the calendar contains helpful information regarding the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, e.g.: the mailing address, phone number, email address, and website plus the weekend Mass schedule. Please be sure to pick up a calendar for your home.

Financial Support for the Parish:
There are several ways to financially support the parish.

  • Boxes of offertory envelopes: These continue to be available for those who prefer to use offertory envelopes. For those who requested them, check your local church for the box with your name on it.
  • Writing a check: If you support the parish with a check, there is no need to use boxes of offertory envelopes. You will still receive your tax information in the new year.
  • On-line giving: You can safely contribute online through the WeShare Program by visiting our web site’s Giving page. Once on the giving page, click on the line “online giving link” which will lead you to the WeShare page for our parish. Under offertory you will see a box: “Make a Donation.” Click on that box and choose either “Recurring” or “One Time Donation” and then follow the directions to enter your donation. Please continue to use your WeShare account to support of your parish.

If you have questions please contact the Parish Office at 607–294–0064.

Respect for Life:
Join Catholics nationwide in a special Respect for Life novena from January 21 through the 29. You can sign up at www.9daysforlife.com for daily intentions, brief reflections, and more. Respect for life events also include the following:

  • The annual day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children will be held on Wednesday, January 22. Catholics are called to observe this day through prayer and penance. For more information: respectlifeprogram.org/january-22.
  • The local “March for Life”will take place in Ithaca on Friday, January 24, beginning at 12:45 p.m. from the steps of Immaculate Conception church. The Knights of Columbus will be providing refreshments following the March.
  • “Stand Out for Life”takes place on Saturday, January 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca Street. There will be a peaceful, prayerful, public witness for the protection of unborn children and their mothers and fathers.

For more information on the above items, contact Carolann at 607–351–6668.

Addressing Racism:
As Catholics we believe that racism is evil, a sin against human dignity. It’s not enough to say “I’m not a racist;” we have to actively work against racism. Educating people about how racism works is one important step to opposing it. Catholic Charities and the local Multi-cultural Resource Center in Ithaca are offering a great opportunity to do this with a class called “Talking Circles on Race and Racism” beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, and 30, at Immaculate Conception church. To sign up or learn more, contact Laurie at LKonwinski@dor.org or 607–272–5062 ext. 12.

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Card Ministry:
The Witness Committee is seeking one or two individuals who would be willing to join the group in writing and sending cards, notes, or letters to the home bound and hospitalized members of our parish. If you are interested in this ministry, you would be assigned one month in which you will agree to send a note or card to the names on the list. There are currently eighteen individuals on the parish home bound list. Please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com or 607 869 5009 if you have questions or would like to participate in this important ministry.

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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

January 18, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

January 25, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Millie Messmer and Kathleen Rourke (for Mary and Lee Davidson)


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

January 19, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

January 26, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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The Baptism of the Lord~ January 12, 2020

First reading:
Here is my servant whom I uphold, my chosen one with whom I am pleased. (Is. 42:1)

Psalm:
The Lord will bless his people with peace. (Ps. 29)

Second reading:
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power. (Acts 10:38a)

Gospel:
After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. (Mt. 3:16)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The Baptism of Jesus is similar in purpose to our own. As Jesus was distinguished as the beloved Son in whom God is well pleased, so, too, are we. We share that same special favor with God and are brought into an intimate relationship with Him. Does this reality change how we feel about ourselves? It certainly does. Baptism forever changes us and calls us to the ministries of mercy and humility. God has formed each of us in our mother’s womb and asks us to be a light for all people. We carry this light humbly as we know who ultimately has a claim on us and to whom we belong. We then are called to live our lives in imitation of Christ and become incarnate vessels of mercy. Our world needs to be touched by compassion and only we can complete the task.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 21)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 20)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Choir Rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Food Pantry Donations: January 12, St. James
  • Talking Circles on Race and Racism: 6:00 p.m.; January 16, 23, and 30; Immaculate Conception church
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: after 9:00 a.m. Mass, January 19, St. James
  • Annual TAC Meeting: 1:00 p.m., January 19, Jacksonville United Methodist church
  • Respect Life Novena: January 21 through the 29
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: January 22
  • March for Life: 12:45 p.m., January 24, Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca
  • Stand Out for Life: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., January 25, across the street from Planned Parenthood
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, February 2, St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on March 4, St. Francis

Baptism of the Lord:
With the celebration of the Baptism of the Lord on January 12, the Christmas season comes to an end liturgically. Ordinary time in the Church begins on January 13 and continues through February 25, the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. January 12 is not a holy day of obligation.

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

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed:
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. February and March are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers this year. 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 February 3 and 17 and March 2, 16, and 30. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Church Calendars for 2020:
In the foyers of the churches there are church calendars for the new year of 2020. The lower portion of the calendar contains helpful information regarding the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, e.g.: the mailing address, phone number, email address, and website plus the weekend Mass schedule. Please be sure to pick up a calendar for your home.

Financial Support for the Parish:

There are several ways to financially support the parish.

  • Boxes of offertory envelopes: These continue to be available for those who prefer to use offertory envelopes. For those who requested them, check your local church for the box with your name on it.
  • Writing a check: If you support the parish with a check, there is no need to use boxes of offertory envelopes. You will still receive your tax information in the new year.
  • On-line giving: You can safely contribute online through the WeShare Program by clicking on  “Giving.” Once on the giving page, click on the line “online giving link” which will lead you to the WeShare page for our parish. Under offertory you will see a box: “Make a Donation.” Click on that box and choose either “Recurring” or “One Time Donation” and then follow the directions to enter your donation. Please continue to use your WeShare account to support of your parish.

If you have questions please contact the Parish Office at 607-294-0064.

2019–2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of December 26, 2019, ninety-four parish families pledged $19,951 which is 66.55% of the parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation; what is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

Sunday Collection Counters:
The parish is in need of people to count our weekend collections. Volunteers work with another volunteer once a month for about two–three hours. If you can do this ministry, it will be a great help to the parish. Please contact Fr. Bernard to volunteer.

Priest Coverage:
Fr. Joseph Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna church in Ithaca, will be away the weekends of January 19 and 26, and has requested help. Fr. Bernard will fill in for Fr. Joseph on those weekends. Fr. Bernard will also be away during the month of February. At the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Fr. Richard will be the presider at the Masses for the last two weekends of January and during weekends throughout February. Fr. Richard will also be presiding over the weekday Masses at St. Francis, Tuesday through Friday, during February.

Trumansburg Area Churches:
Everyone is invited to annual meeting of the Trumansburg Area Church (TAC). It will be held next Sunday, January 19, at the Jacksonville United Methodist church at 1:00 p.m. Carmen Guidi will be providing a presentation on Second Wind Cottages Inc., which provides housing and support for homeless adults in the Tompkins County.

For Life:
Join Catholics nationwide in a special Respect Life novena from January 21 through the 29. You can sign up at www.9daysforlife.com for daily intentions, brief reflections, and more. Respect for life events also include the following:

  • The annual day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children will be held on Wednesday, January 22. Catholics are called to observe this day through prayer and penance. For more information: respectlifeprogram.org/january-22.
  • The local “March for Life”will take place in Ithaca on Friday, January 24, beginning at 12:45 p.m. from the steps of Immaculate Conception church. The Knights of Columbus will be providing refreshments following the March.
  • “Stand Out for Life”takes place on Saturday, January 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca Street. There will be a peaceful, prayerful, public witness for the protection of unborn children and their mothers and fathers.

For more information on the above items, contact Carolann at 607–351–6668.

Addressing Racism:
As Catholics we believe that racism is evil, a sin against human dignity. It’s not enough to say “I’m not a racist;” we have to actively work against racism. Educating people about how racism works is one important step to opposing it. Catholic Charities and the local Multi-cultural Resource Center in Ithaca are offering a great opportunity to do this with a three-session class called “Talking Circles on Race and Racism” beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 16, 23, and 30, at Immaculate Conception church. To sign up or learn more, contact Laurie at LKonwinski@dor.org or 607-272-5062 ext 12.

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Card Ministry:
The Witness Committee is seeking one or two individuals who would be willing to join the group in writing and sending cards, notes, or letters to the homebound and hospitalized members of our parish. If you are interested you would be assigned one month in which you will agree to send a note or card to the names on the list. There are currently eighteen individuals on the parish homebound list. Please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com or 607 869 5009 if you have questions or would like to participate in this important ministry.

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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

January 11, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Millie Messmer and Cathy DelSignore (for Lee and Mary Davidson), Robin Hamula

January 18, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

January 12, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

January 19, at 9:00 a.m. (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

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The Epiphany of the Lord~ January 5, 2020

First reading:
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. (Is. 60:1)

Psalm:
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you. (Ps. 72)

Second reading:
The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph. 3:6)

Gospel:
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Mt. 2:11b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Have you ever experienced a time in your life when everything came together and became abundantly clear? You may have been confused about something, in the dark, at a point of doubt, or unclear as to how to act. You may have questioned someone’s motivation and found yourself coming to the wrong conclusion. Then out of nowhere, the insight came and reality dawned. You experienced an epiphany of sorts! Today, we celebrate Christ’s manifestation to all of the nations of the world. Has it dawned on you yet that Jesus Christ is the answer humanity has been seeking? Jesus is truly the beginning and end of all things and the key to understanding God’s presence in every human heart. Once this real Epiphany dawns on us, we can never see God, ourselves, or one another in any other way. The Divine Light illumines everything and connects the dots.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events: 

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 7)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 6) [NOTE: time change in T’burg]
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Choir Rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, St. Francis
  • Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, January 5, St. James
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: 8:30 a.m., beginning January 7, St. Francis
  • Buildings and Grounds Committee Meetings: January 8
  • Parish Council Meeting: 7:00 p.m., January 9, St. Francis
  • Food Pantry Donations: January 12, St. James
  • Talking Circles on Race and Racism: 6:00 p.m.; January 16, 23, and 30; Immaculate Conception church
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: after 9:00 a.m. Mass, January 19, St. James
  • March For Life: 12:45 p.m., January 24, Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on Wednesday, March 4, St. Francis

Daily Mass Change:
Tuesdays through Fridays the daily Mass is now at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken. The Communion Service remains at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays at St. James.

Sweet Sunday:
There will be a “Sweet Sunday” social after Mass this Sunday, January 5, at St. James. We hope all can join in!

Buildings and Grounds Meetings:
The buildings and grounds committees of each church will meet this Wednesday, January 8. The St. Francis Solanus committee will meet at 9:15 a.m., the Holy Cross committee will meet at 10:30 a.m., and the St. James the Apostle committee will meet at 1:00 p.m.

Parish Council Meeting:
The parish council meets this Thursday, January 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus church annex, Interlaken.

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

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Church Calendars for 2020:
In the foyers of the churches there are church calendars for the new year of 2020. The lower portion of the calendar contains helpful information regarding the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, e.g.: the mailing address, phone number, email address, and website plus the weekend Mass schedule. Please be sure to pick up a calendar for your home.

Financial Support for the Parish:
There are several ways to financially support the parish.

  • Boxes of offertory envelopes: These continue to be available for those who prefer to use offertory envelopes. For those who requested them, check your local church for the box with your name on it.
  • Writing a check: If you support the parish with a check, there is no need to use boxes of offertory envelopes. You will still receive your tax information in the new year.
  • On-line giving: You can safely contribute online through the WeShare Program by visiting com and click “Giving.” Once on the giving page, click on the line “online giving link” which will lead you to the WeShare page for our parish. Under offertory you will see a box: “Make a Donation.” Click on that box and choose either “Recurring” or “One Time Donation” and then follow the directions to enter your donation. Please continue to use your WeShare account to support of your parish.

If you have questions please contact the parish office at 607-294-0064.

Card Ministry:
The Witness Committee is seeking one or two individuals who would be willing to join the group in writing and sending cards, notes, or letters to the homebound and hospitalized members of our parish. If you are interested you would be assigned one month in which you will agree to send a note or card to the names on the list. There are currently eighteen individuals on the parish homebound list. Please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com or 607 869 5009 if you have questions or would like to participate in this important ministry.

Sunday Collection Counters:
The parish is in need of people to count our weekend collections. Volunteers work with another volunteer once a month for about two–three hours. If you can do this ministry, it will be a great help to the parish. Please contact Fr. Bernard to volunteer.

Help for Victims:
Victims of abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victims’ assistance coordinator: Deborah A. Housel, phone (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1555. E-mail: victimsassistance@dor.org

Ithaca Loves Life:
The local “March for Life” will take place in Ithaca on Friday, January 24, beginning at 12:45 p.m. from the steps of Immaculate Conception Church. Save the date and join us!

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center out of Geneva will be using the rectory at Holy Cross, Ovid, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 noon through 4:00 p.m. The Family Hope Center offers hope to families by providing pregnancy and parenting education, support for relationships, and needed baby supplies. The Center emphasizes, with compassion and grace, the value of each family member and desires to empower the community, including those looking at a pregnancy decision, to make life-affirming choices through a transformational encounter with Jesus. Through their free and confidential support services, the center’s staff can assist people with exploring options, or just listen if you need to talk with someone as you move forward in life’s journey.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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

January 4, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

January 11, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

January 5, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

January 12, at 9:00 a.m. (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

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph ~ December 29, 2019

First reading:
Kindness to a father will not be forgotten, firmly planted against the debt of your sins—a house raised in justice to you. (Sir. 3:14)

Psalm:
Blessed are those who fear the Lord and walk in his ways. (Ps. 128)

Second reading:
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. (Col. 3:15)

Gospel:
When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you.” (Mt. 2:13a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Families can be challenging. As much as they can be places of love, growth, and life, they can also be places of hurt, conflict, and despair. What has been your experience of family? There is no way around it: being human requires family life. We have to learn how to celebrate and embrace as well as forgive and understand. Virtue is required. St. Paul asks us to “put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” We are asked to bear with one another and forgive one another. These are tall orders for anyone, but they are not impossible achievements. If we keep our eyes on Jesus and trust in God as the Holy Family did, St. Paul’s vision is obtainable. Our families can take on a sacramental character and become places where God’s love is revealed.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 7)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 6) [NOTE: time change in T’burg]
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Choir Rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • January 1: Holy day of obligation
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, January 5, St. James
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: 8:30 a.m., beginning January 7, St. Francis
  • Food Pantry Donations: January 12, St. James
  • Talking Circles on Race and Racism: 6:00 p.m.; January 16, 23, and 30; Immaculate Conception church
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: January 19, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • March For Life: 12:45 p.m., January 24, Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on Wednesday, March 4, St. Francis

New Year’s Day Masses:
January 1, 2020, is a holy day of obligation in celebration of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, and the Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord. There will be a Mass on Tuesday, December 31, at St. Francis beginning at 6:00 p.m. There will be no morning Mass that day. On Wednesday, January 1, there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James in Trumansburg and a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross in Ovid.

Daily Mass Schedule:
The Mass schedule change was to begin on January 2, but Mass has been cancelled on Thursday, January 2, and Friday, January 3. The new daily Mass schedule will begin on Tuesday, January 7. The new time and location for the parish’s daily Mass will be at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday, at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken. There will be a communion service at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 6, at St. James and on subsequent Mondays.

Fr. Eugene:
Fr. Eugene O’Hara, OFM Cap., pastor of St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg from 1996 through 2006, transferred from St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken, to St. Clare Friary (an assisted care facility) on December 9. His new address is: 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, New York 10703-2226.

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Church Calendars for 2020:
In the foyers of the churches there are church calendars for the new year of 2020. The lower portion of the calendar contains helpful information regarding the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, e.g.: the mailing address, phone number, email address, and website plus the weekend Mass schedule. Please be sure to pick up a calendar for use in your home.

Financial Support for the Parish:
There are several ways to financially support the parish.

  • Boxes of offertory envelopes: These continue to be available for those who prefer to use offertory envelopes. For those who requested them, check your local church for the box with your name on it.
  • Writing a check: If you support the parish with a check, there is no need to use boxes of offertory envelopes. You will still receive your tax information in the new year.
  • On-line giving: You can safely contribute online through the WeShare Program by visiting com and click “Giving.” Once on the giving page, click on the line “online giving link” which will lead you to the WeShare page for our parish. Under offertory you will see a box: “Make a Donation.” Click on that box and choose either “Recurring” or “One Time Donation” and then follow the directions to enter your donation. Please continue to use your WeShare account to support your parish.

If you have questions please contact the parish office at 607-294-0064.

Card Ministry:
The Witness Committee is seeking one or two individuals who would be willing to join the group in writing and sending cards, notes, or letters to the homebound and hospitalized members of our parish. If you are interested you would be assigned one month in which you will agree to send a note or card to the names on the list. There are currently eighteen individuals on the parish homebound list. Please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com or 607-869-5009 if you have questions or would like to participate in this important ministry.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of December 17, 2019, eighty-seven parish families have pledged $17,466 which is 58.26% of our parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

Addressing Racism:
As Catholics we believe that racism is evil, a sin against human dignity. It’s not enough to say, “I’m not a racist”; we have to actively work against racism. Educating ourselves about how racism works is one important step to opposing it. Catholic Charities and the local Multi-Cultural Resource Center are offering a three-session class called “Talking Circles on Race and Racism” on Thursdays January 16, 23, and 30, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception church. To sign up or learn more, contact Laurie at LKonwinski@dor.org or 607-272-5062 extension 12.

Ithaca Loves Life:
The local “March for Life” will take place in Ithaca on Friday, January 24, beginning at 12:45 p.m. from the steps of Immaculate Conception Church. Save the date and join us!

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center out of Geneva will be using the rectory at Holy Cross, Ovid, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 noon through 4:00 p.m. The Family Hope Center offers hope to families by providing pregnancy and parenting education, support for relationships, and needed baby supplies. The Center emphasizes, with compassion and grace, the value of each family member and desires to empower the community, including those looking at a pregnancy decision, to make life-affirming choices through a transformational encounter with Jesus. Through their free and confidential support services, the center’s staff can assist people with exploring options, or just listen if you need to talk with someone as you move forward in life’s journey.

Sweet Sunday:
There will be a “Sweet Sunday” social after Mass next Sunday, January 5, at St. James. We hope all can join in!

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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

December 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore

January 4, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski

January 5, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 22, 2019

First reading:
Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel. (Is. 7:14)

Psalm:
Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory. (Ps. 24)

Second reading:
Through him we have received the grace of apostleship, to bring about the obedience of faith. (Rom. 1:5a)

Gospel:
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus.” (Mt. 1:20b-21a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Have you ever asked God for a sign? What were you hoping to see? Signs validate our experience and give us assurance and direction. We tend to equate God’s signs with miraculous or marvelous events. We even sometimes look for small gestures as signs that God is confirming a particular experience or choice we are making. Being overly preoccupied with receiving these kinds of signs from God can often signal a lack of faith. Is there anything that can convince us that God is real and with us on our journey? Yes. God’s sign has already been given: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son and shall name him Emmanuel. Emmanuel, God with us, is God’s most perfect sign and the only one we need. Our incarnate God is all we need to set us straight and validate our experience. Only Jesus can direct us to the Father, to our self, one another, and our world. When our lives are conformed to His, nothing else is needed.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (December 24)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 6) [NOTE: no T’burg food pantry 12/30, check Ovid?]
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on Wednesday, March 4, St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Decorate St. Francis and Holy Cross churches: After Mass on December 21 and 22
  • Stand Out for Life Prayer Vigil: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., December 28, 620 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: 8:30 a.m. beginning January 2, St. Francis
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, January 5, St. James
  • Food Pantry Donations: January 12, St. James

Funeral:
Jeanne R. Quinn died on December 9, 2019, at the age of eighty-nine. Her funeral was at Holy Cross church, Ovid, on December 13.

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas is on a Wednesday this year. Our schedule of Masses for the holiday begins on Christmas Eve with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, and an 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid. There will be no morning Mass on December 24 and 26. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be one Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. We hope to see you at one of these Masses celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Decorating for Christmas:
This Saturday, December 21, everyone is invited to stay after evening Mass to help decorate St. Francis church for Christmas and the Christmas season (which ends Sunday, January 12, 2020). It will not take too long and it is always a joyous and happy event. Help is also needed after the 10:30 mass this Sunday for decorating Holy Cross for Christmas. We will start right after the Mass concludes. Any time you can give to help at either church would be greatly appreciated.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in the foyer at St. James church. Please consider making a donation of new items, for all ages. These much needed winter items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties for distribution before Christmas.

Fr. Eugene:
Fr. Eugene O’Hara, OFM Cap., pastor of St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg from 1996 through 2006, transferred from St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken, to St. Clare Friary (an assisted care facility) on December 9. His new address is: 110 Shonnard Place, Yonkers, New York 10703-2226.

November Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of November there were 56 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, 105 at the 9:00 a.m. Sunday Mass, and 80 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, also on Sunday. The average Mass collections during the month were: $803 at the Saturday evening Mass at St. Francis, and, on Sundays, $966 at the 9:00 a. m. Mass at St. James and $807 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $2,576. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Changes in the Daily Mass Schedule:
Our parish presently has daily morning Mass on Tuesday through Friday, in different places and without a consistent time. To provide an equal opportunity for all parishioners and to eliminate the confusion regarding the place and time, beginning January 2, 2020, the daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will be centrally located at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The communion service will continue on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. Please spread the word. Thank you.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of December 10, 2019, seventy-nine parish families have pledged $16,131, which is 53.81% of our parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

Ring Those Bells:
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell near the red bucket at the Shur-Save, now through Christmas, any time between 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Most shifts are an hour in length; though feel free to stay longer. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while helping those in need. The money raised will mainly be used in our local community. If you are interested in bell ringing, please call Judy at 387-6488. Thank you!

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center out of Geneva will be using the rectory at Holy Cross, Ovid, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:00 noon through 4:00 p.m. The Family Hope Center offers hope to families by providing pregnancy and parenting education, support for relationships, and needed baby supplies. The Center emphasizes, with compassion and grace, the value of each family member and desires to empower the community, including those looking at a pregnancy decision, to make life-affirming choices through a transformational encounter with Jesus. Through their free and confidential support services, the center’s staff can assist people with exploring options, or just listen if you need to talk with someone as you move forward in life’s journey.

Stand Out for Life
The next monthly “Stand Out for Life” takes place this Saturday, December 28, the Feast of the Holy Innocents, from 9:00 am to 10:30 a.m. across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca Street, Ithaca. This will be a peaceful, prayerful, and public witness for the protection of unborn children and their mothers and fathers. More information, contact Carolann 607-351-6668.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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

December 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

Wednesday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day at 9:30 a.m.
Lector: Barbara Willers

December 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 22, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan (for Beth Duff) and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager (for Tom Duff), Mary Szymanski (for Tim O’Boyle), Beth Koeng

December 24, Christmas Eve, 4:30 p.m. Children’s Mass:
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Carol Kuklo
EMs: Robin Hamula, Eileen Heptig, Anne Haus
Altar Servers: Ben Hamula, Alex Hamula, Deborah Short
Sacristan: Carol Kuklo

December 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 15, 2019

First reading:
Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you. (Is. 35:4b)

Psalm:
Lord, come and save us. (Ps.146)
or Alleluia

Second reading:
Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand. (Jas. 5:8b)

Gospel:
“This is the one about whom it is written: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you.” (Mt. 11:10)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Do you ever feel inwardly dry and parched? Where do you turn to gain a refreshed sense of being and purpose? Just as we often do not refresh our physical bodies with what is healthiest, we make the same mistake with our soul. We do not always reach for the healthiest spiritual food. We confuse our inner dryness with something else and reach out for the wrong thing. It is no wonder why so many people are lost and confused. We will never be completely satisfied or whole this side of our journey. A good measure of patience and waiting is needed as we hope for the rainwater of God’s presence to fall upon us. When are we going to finally realize that Jesus is the One who has come to refresh us, and we no longer have to search for another? Our souls will find refreshment and rest only when they rest in God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (December 24)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (December 16)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Catholicism Classes: 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Wednesdays, St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: 6:30 p.m., Thursdays, St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: after 9:00 a.m. Mass, December 15, St. James
  • Extra Sweet Sunday: after Mass, December 15, St. James pine room
  • Trumansburg Food Pantry Breads Needed: December 15, St. James pine room,
  • Decorate St. Francis church: After Mass on December 21, St. Francis
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: 8:30 a.m. beginning January 2, St. Francis,
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, January 5, St. James
  • Food Pantry Donations: January 12, St. James

Baptism:
Maeve Madison was baptized at St. James the Apostle church on November 30, 2019. We welcome this latest addition to our faith community.

Burial:
Barbara S. Harding from Middleburgh, New York, died on November 13, 2019, at the age of 77. Her burial took place at Holy Cross cemetery on November 25.

Extra Sweet Sunday:
There will be an additional coffee, pastries, and conversation social after Mass at St. James this Sunday, December 15. All are welcome!

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs over a dozen loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution on December 16. Breads may be left in the St. James Pine Room after Mass this Sunday, December 15. Thank you for all you do in support of the Food Pantry’s mission.

Help Decorate St. Francis:
Next Saturday, December 21, everyone is invited to stay after evening Mass to help decorate the church for Christmas and the Christmas season (which ends Sunday, January 12, 2020). It will not take too long and it is always a joyous and happy event.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in the foyer at St. James church. Please consider making a donation of new items, for all ages. These much needed winter items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties for distribution before Christmas.

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate in sharing the warmth this winter.

Sunday Collection Counters Needed:
St. Francis Solanus church is in urgent need of two volunteers who are able and willing to count the weekend collection once a month at St. Francis. Please contact Fr. Bernard for more information.

Catholicism Classes:
This Wednesday’s lesson is part two of “The Indispensable Men” and will focus on St. Paul: devout Jew, his youth and education, his conversion and mission, and Paul’s theology of the Resurrection and participation in Christ. If you can’t make all the classes—come when you are able and when there is a topic of interest to you. Bishop Robert Barron created the Catholicism Adult Formation Program. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken.

Changes in the Daily Mass Schedule:
Our parish presently has daily morning Mass on Tuesday through Friday, in different places and without a consistent time. To provide an equal opportunity for all parishioners and to eliminate the confusion regarding the place and time, beginning January 2, 2020, the daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will be centrally located at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The communion service will continue on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas is on a Wednesday this year. Our schedule of Masses for the holiday begins on Christmas Eve with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, and an 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be one Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. We hope to see you at one of these Masses.

Ring Those Bells:
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell near the red bucket at the Shur-Save from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas, any time between 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Most shifts are an hour in length; though feel free to stay longer. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while helping those in need. The money raised will mainly be used in our local community. If you are interested in bell ringing, please call Judy at 387-6488. Thank you!

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of November 27, fifty-one parish families have pledged $7,070, which is 23.58% of our parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

CMA Allocations:
In anticipation of a challenging fiscal and fundraising environment in the coming year, the Diocese of Rochester is not increasing the CMA 2019–2020 parish goals. While holding the overall CMA goal flat this year, the diocese is still committed to maintaining the usual level of services to the parishes. These include Catholic Charities, ministries to youth and young adults (faith formation, Catholic schools, campus ministry, CYO, etc.), seminarian and deacon education, and other CMA funded programs. It is important to remember that the CMA covers about 57% of the diocesan budget, not the entire diocesan budget.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. For an interview with author go here.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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

December 14, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

December 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

December 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

December 22, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan (for Beth Duff) and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager (for Tom Duff), Mary Szymanski (for Tim O’Boyle), Beth Koeng

December 24, Christmas Eve, 4:30 p.m. Children’s Mass:
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Carol Kuklo
EMs: Robin Hamula, Eileen Heptig, Anne Haus
Altar Servers: Ben Hamula, Alex Hamula, Deborah Short
Sacristan: Carol Kuklo

December 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 8, 2019

First reading:
Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, but he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land’s afflicted. (Is. 11:3b-4a)

Psalm:
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever. (Ps. 72)

Second reading:
Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Rom. 15:7)

Gospel:
John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Mt. 3:1-2)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
World, church, and local events continue to challenge our faith. This is all the more reason to continue to come together and find encouragement and hope in God’s word, sacraments, and our faith community. We are people of hope who are called to persevere, even in the midst of confusion and darkness, as we wait for what is to come. We are asked to repent, especially from our tendency to fall into doubt and despair. We are asked to repent and place our trust in Isaiah’s words that God’s world of innocence will be restored. We need to hear John the Baptist’s words today more than ever: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is a hand!” Rather than being disappointed by what human beings and world cannot give, let us commit anew to what God can and will provide.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (December 10)
    • 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. (December 9 and 16)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross rectory
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Offering for Christmas Flowers: This weekend, all churches
  • Food Pantry Donations: December 8, St. James
  • Angel Tree Gifts Due: December 8, St. Francis and Holy Cross
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 8, 4:00 p.m., Presbyterian church, Trumansburg
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: December 9, 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: December 15, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Extra Sweet Sunday: December 15, after Mass, St. James pine room
  • Trumansburg Food Pantry Breads Needed: St. James pine room, December 15
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: January 2, St. Francis, at 8:30 a.m.
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, January 5, St. James

Christmas Flower Offering:
There is a second collection today for the “Christmas Flower Offering.” Whatever you can give to help defray the cost for the Christmas flowers will be greatly appreciated.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:
This feast day traditionally occurs on December 8 and is the patronal feast day for the United States. Because it falls on a Sunday this year it has been transferred to Monday, December 9, and it will not be a holy day of obligation. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle in celebration of our country’s feast day.

 

Advent Concert:
The annual Advent concert, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place this Sunday, December 8, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church on Main Street, Trumansburg. Participating will be a number of our parish’s musicians, choir members, and song leaders who have prepared a selection of music for the concert. It is always a great and joyful event, so please come.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are up at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches! If you take a child’s tag, the gifts must be returned no later than Sunday, December 8. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 9. Please do not wrap the gifts—parents need to see what has been given for their children, though wrapping paper, ribbons, or bows would be appreciated. You need to include the tag information where it can easily be seen. Distribution for gifts will be on Wednesday, December 11. If you have helped in the past you will be contacted for your assistance again. If you would like to volunteer for the first time please contact Gerry Frank at 869 5009.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in the foyer at St. James church. Please consider making a donation of new items, for all ages. These much needed winter items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties for distribution before Christmas.

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate in sharing the warmth this winter.

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs over a dozen loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution on December 16. Breads may be left in the St. James Pine Room after Mass on December 15. A sign-up list will be posted in the foyer. Thank you for all you do in support of the Food Pantry’s mission.

Thank You:
Thank you to all who purchased a pie from the recent sale at St. James. Your support has made it possible for the parish to sponsor three children from the Ulysses Christmas Bureau who will now have a brighter Christmas because of your thoughtfulness. God bless you!

Food Pantry Collection:
This weekend, December 8, as we do on the second Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to contribute non-perishable food on the table placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue at St. James. The items will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy, with food pantry in the memo line. Thank you to all who contribute!

Sunday Collection Counters Needed:
St. Francis Solanus church is in urgent need of two volunteers who are able and willing to count the weekend collection once a month at St. Francis. Please notify Fr. Bernard for more information.

Catholicism Classes:
Bishop Robert Barron created the Catholicism Adult Formation Program. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken. This Wednesday’s lesson is part one of “The Indispensable Men” and will focus on St. Peter, the transfiguration, Peter’s call, and his profession of faith. If you can’t make all the classes—come when you are able and when there is a topic of interest to you.

Changes in the Daily Mass Schedule:
Our parish presently has daily morning Mass on Tuesday through Friday, in different places and without a consistent time. To provide an equal opportunity for all parishioners and to eliminate the confusion regarding the place and time, beginning January 2, 2020, the daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will be centrally located at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The communion service will continue on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Extra Sweet Sunday:
There will be an additional coffee, pastries, and conversation social after Mass at St. James on December 15. All are welcome!

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas is on a Wednesday this year. Our schedule of Masses for the holiday begins on Christmas Eve with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, and an 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be one Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. We hope to see you at one of these Masses.

Ring Those Bells:
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell near the red bucket at the Shur-Save from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas, any time between 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Most shifts are an hour in length; though feel free to stay longer. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while helping those in need. The money raised will mainly be used in our local community. If you are interested in bell ringing, please call Judy at 387-6488. Thank you!

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of November 27, fifty-one parish families have pledged $7,070, which is 23.58% of our parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

CMA Allocations:
In anticipation of a challenging fiscal and fundraising environment in the coming year, the Diocese of Rochester is not increasing the CMA 2019–2020 parish goals. While holding the overall CMA goal flat this year, the diocese is still committed to maintaining the usual level of services to the parishes. These include Catholic Charities, ministries to youth and young adults (faith formation, Catholic schools, campus ministry, CYO, etc.), seminarian and deacon education, and other CMA funded programs. It is important to remember that the CMA covers about 57% of the diocesan budget, not the entire diocesan budget.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Daily Meditations for Advent:
The Word Among Us booklets are available in the foyer of each church. The booklet contains, among other things, meditations and Mass prayers and readings for each day of Advent. The booklets are costly, so whatever donations you can make toward the expense would be appreciated.

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. For an interview with author go here.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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

December 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

December 14, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 8, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

December 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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First Sunday of Advent ~ December 1, 2019

First reading:
One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. (Is. 2:4b)

Psalm:
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. (Ps. 122)

Second reading:
You know the time; it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep. For our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Rom. 13:11)

Gospel:
“Therefore, stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come.” (Mt. 24:42)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Stay awake! With so many things competing for our attention and so many details to attend to, it is very easy to fall into a slumber. We can find ourselves simply going through the motions of life and losing a sense of purpose and direction. Busy with many things, we lose touch with the things of God, especially the gentle stirrings of His presence. Advent calls us to the challenge of living a wakeful life. Awake from the sleep that life’s demands can put on us, and allow God’s word to transform our hearts. Being ready for the coming of the Lord is life’s priority for the Christian. Let us walk in the light of the Lord!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (December 10)
    • 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. (December 2)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Second Collection for Catholic University: November 30 and December 1, all churches
  • Christmas Flowers Offering: Next weekend, all churches
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, December 1, St. James
  • Food Pantry Donations: December 8, St. James
  • Angel Tree Gifts Due: December 8, St. Francis and Holy Cross
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 8, 4:00 p.m., Presbyterian church, Trumansburg
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: December 9, 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: December 15, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Trumansburg Food Pantry Breads Needed: Pine Room, St. James, December 15
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: January 2, St. Francis, at 8:30 a.m.

The Season of Advent:
This Sunday, December 1, is the beginning of the Advent season. “Advent has a two-fold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and like wise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight” (from #39 of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar).

The Catholic University of America Collection:
There is a second collection today is in support of The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. CUA is the national university for the Catholic Church in America.

Christmas Flower Offering:
In the boxes of offertory envelopes there is an envelope titled the “Christmas Flower Offering” and it is dated for November 30 and December 1. The Christmas flower offering collection will not be taken up this weekend. Instead there will be a second collection next weekend, December 7 and 8, for this purpose.

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception:
This feast day traditionally occurs on December 8 and is the patronal feast day for the United States. Because it falls on a Sunday this year it has been transferred to Monday, December 9, and it will not be a holy day of obligation. There will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle in celebration of our country’s feast day.

Advent Concert:
The annual Advent concert, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place next Sunday, December 8, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church on Main Street, Trumansburg. Participating will be a number of our parish’s musicians, choir members, and song leaders who have prepared a selection of music for the concert.

Food Pantry Collection:
Next weekend, December 8, as we do on the second Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to contribute non-perishable food on the table placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue at St. James. The items will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy, with food pantry in the memo line. Thank you to all who contribute!

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs over a dozen loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution on December 16. Breads may be left in the St. James Pine Room after Mass on December 15. A sign-up list will be posted in the foyer. Thank you for all you do in support of the Food Pantry’s mission.

Thank You:
Thank you to all who purchased a pie from the recent sale at St. James. Your support has made it possible for the parish to sponsor three children from the Ulysses Christmas Bureau who will now have a brighter Christmas because of your thoughtfulness. God bless you!

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are up at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches! If you take a child’s tag, the gifts must be returned no later than Sunday, December 8. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 9. Please do not wrap the gifts—parents need to see what has been given for their children, though wrapping paper, ribbons, or bows would be appreciated. You need to include the tag information where it can easily be seen. Distribution for gifts will be on Wednesday, December 11. If you have helped in the past you will be contacted for your assistance again. If you would like to volunteer for the first time please contact Gerry Frank at 869 5009.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in the foyer at St. James church. Please consider making a donation of new items, for all ages. These much needed winter items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties for distribution before Christmas.

Ring Those Bells:
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell near the red bucket at the Shur-Save from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas, any time between 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Most shifts are an hour in length; though feel free to stay longer. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while helping those in need. The money raised will mainly be used in our local community. If you are interested in bell ringing, please call Judy at 387-6488. Thank you!

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate in sharing the warmth this winter.

Sunday Collection Counters Needed:
St. Francis Solanus church is in urgent need of two volunteers who are able and willing to count the weekend collection once a month at St. Francis. Please notify Fr. Bernard for more information.

Catholicism Classes:
The Catholicism Adult Formation Program was created by Bishop Robert Barron. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken. This Wednesday, December 4, the lesson is titled “Mary, the Mother of God.” Topics will include: the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, Mary as the mother of the Church and mother of the new Covenant, and the “Magnificat.” There will be a half-hour presentation by Bishop Barron followed by a half-hour discussion. If you can’t make all the classes—come when you are able and when there is a topic of interest to you.

Daily Meditations for Advent:
The Word Among Us booklets are available in the foyer of each church. The booklet contains, among other things, meditations and Mass prayers and readings for each day of Advent. The booklets are costly, so whatever donations you can make toward the expense would be appreciated.

Changes in the Daily Mass Schedule:
Our parish presently has daily morning Mass on Tuesday through Friday, in different places and without a consistent time. The parish boundary from north to south is forty miles long. Parishioners in the north are hesitant to travel to our to attend daily Mass in Trumansburg and parishioners in the south are hesitant to travel to our parish church in Ovid. Therefore, some parishioners desiring to attend daily Mass do not do so because of the travelling distance. Added to this is the confusion that daily Mass is celebrated in three different churches in our parish and one church has a different time than the other two. To provide an equal opportunity for all parishioners and to eliminate the confusion regarding the place and time, and after consultation with the Worship Committee and the Parish Council, beginning January 2, 2020, the daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will be centrally located at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The communion service will continue on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas is on a Wednesday this year. Our schedule of Masses for the holiday begins on Christmas Eve with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. James, Trumansburg, and a 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be one Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. We hope to see you at one of these Masses.

CMA Allocations:
In anticipation of a challenging fiscal and fundraising environment in the coming year, the Diocese of Rochester is not increasing the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) 2019–2020 parish goals. While holding the overall CMA goal flat this year, the diocese is still committed to maintaining the usual level of services to the parishes. These include Catholic Charities, ministries to youth and young adults (faith formation, Catholic schools, campus ministry, CYO, etc.), seminarian and deacon education, and other CMA funded programs. It is important to remember that the CMA covers about 57% of the diocesan budget, not the entire diocesan budget.

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. For an interview with author go here.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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

November 30, at 5:00 p.m. (This is considered a first weekend as Sunday is 12/1):
Lectors: Gerry Messmer (for Karl Messmer), Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

December 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan (for Lynne Stager) and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

December 8, at 9:00 a.m. (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

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Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ~ November 24, 2019

First reading:
“You shall shepherd my people Israel and shall be commander over Israel.” (1 Sm. 5:2b)

Psalm:
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord. (Ps. 122)

Second reading:
He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son. (Col. 1:13)

Gospel:
[Jesus] replied to him, “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk. 23:43)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Are we looking for Christ to be our earthly king or our eternal one? We often go back and forth with God on this question. What we find in the content of our prayer usually reveals the answer. Because life can be difficult, we may desire that God cushion our earthly experience a bit, make it more tolerable, remove the crosses, and do the miraculous. Preserving our earthly lives can take too much precedence and be of too much concern. Christ the eternal king offers a different promise and hope. The eternal king offers us a way through suffering and hardship to the greater glory to be revealed when our journey is completed in heaven. The eternal king is not the king of earthly comfort but the king who advocates for the poor, vulnerable, lost, broken, marginalized, and hurting. We are asked to become like the eternal king, Jesus Christ, both in this life and in the life to come.

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Events: 

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (November 26)
    • 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. (December 2)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Ecumenical Thanksgiving Prayer Service: November 24, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid
  • Thanksgiving Mass: November 27, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Sweet Sunday Social: December 1, St. James
  • Food Pantry Donations: December 8, St. James
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: December 15, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Trumansburg Food Pantry Breads Needed: Pine Room, St. James, December 15
  • Daily Mass Schedule Changes: January 2, St. Francis, at 8:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving Holiday Prayer Service:
An ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held this Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid. Participating will be the Interlaken Reformed church, Ovid Federation church, Christ Episcopal church at Willard, and our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. That Sunday is also the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The worship service will include both themes: Christ the King and Thanksgiving. All are invited.

Thanksgiving Holiday Mass Schedule:
Our parish will have a Thanksgiving holiday Mass on Wednesday, November 27, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church. There will be no morning Mass that day, nor on Thanksgiving day.

The Season of Advent:
Next Sunday, December 1, is the beginning of the Advent season. “Advent has a two-fold character, for it is a time of preparation for the Solemnities of Christmas, in which the First Coming of the Son of God to humanity is remembered, and like wise a time when, by remembrance of this, minds and hearts are led to look forward to Christ’s Second Coming at the end of time. For these two reasons, Advent is a period of devout and expectant delight” (from #39 of the Universal Norms on the Liturgical Year and the General Roman Calendar).

Sunday Collection Counters Needed:
St. Francis Solanus church is in urgent need of two volunteers who are able and willing to count the weekend collection once a month at St. Francis. Please notify Fr. Bernard for more information.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign continues. By now, past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. As of November 15, thirty parish families have pledged $5,340 which is 17.81% of our parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

CMA Allocations:
In anticipation of a challenging fiscal and fundraising environment in the coming year, the Diocese of Rochester is not increasing the CMA 2019–2020 parish goals. While holding the overall CMA goal flat this year, the diocese is still committed to maintaining the usual level of services to the parishes. These include Catholic Charities, ministries to youth and young adults (faith formation, Catholic schools, campus ministry, CYO, etc.), seminarian and deacon education, and other CMA funded programs. It is important to remember that the CMA covers about 57% of the diocesan budget, not the entire diocesan budget.

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. Go here for an interview with Bishop Barron about this letter.

Catholicism Classes:
The Catholicism Adult Formation Program was created by Bishop Robert Barron to enhance and support the Church’s mission to evangelize and teach the content of the faith. The programs explains what Catholics believe and why. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken. The classes are for all parishioners, for those contemplating being Catholic, and for Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist. Please join us!

Daily Meditations for Advent:
The Word Among Us booklets are available in the foyer of each church. The booklet contains, among other things, meditations and Mass prayers and readings for each day of Advent. The booklets are costly, so whatever donations you can make toward the expense would be appreciated.

Changes in the Daily Mass Schedule:
Our parish presently has daily morning Mass on Tuesday through Friday, in different places and without a consistent time. The parish boundary from north to south is forty miles long. Parishioners in the north are hesitant to travel to our to attend daily Mass in Trumansburg and parishioners in the south are hesitant to travel to our parish church in Ovid. Therefore, some parishioners desiring to attend daily Mass do not do so because of the travelling distance. Added to this is the confusion that daily Mass is celebrated in three different churches in our parish and one church has a different time than the other two. To provide an equal opportunity for all parishioners and to eliminate the confusion regarding the place and time, and after consultation with the Worship Committee and the Parish Council, beginning January 2, 2020, the daily Mass (Tuesday through Friday) will be centrally located at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The communion service will continue on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. Please spread the word. Thank you.

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate in sharing the warmth this winter.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.\

Parish Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas is on a Wednesday this year. Our schedule of Masses for the holiday begins on Christmas Eve with Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. James, Trumansburg, and a 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid. On Christmas Day, December 25, there will be one Mass at 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. We hope to see you at one of these Masses.

Sweet Sunday:
There will be a social with coffee and pastries after Mass at St. James on the first Sunday of each month, beginning on December 1. All are welcome!

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs over a dozen loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution on December 16. Breads may be left in the St. James Pine Room after Mass on December 15. A sign-up list will be posted in the foyer. Thank you for all you do in support of the Food Pantry’s mission.

Ring Those Bells:
The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers to ring the bell near the red bucket at the Shur-Save from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas, any time between 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. Most shifts are an hour in length, though feel free to stay longer. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors while helping those in need. The money raised will mainly be used in our local community. If you are interested in bell ringing, please call Judy at 387-6488. Thank you!

Bishop’s Vita Award:
Our own Mary Camobreco received a Vita Award from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano during the annual Respect Life Mass on October 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. Vita Awards are given to people in the Diocese of Rochester whose actions reflect and promote the consistent life ethic—the principle that calls for all human life to be respected and affirmed, from conception until natural death. Mary, who attends both Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca as well as St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, became the founding director of Birthright in Ithaca in 1981—the first crisis pregnancy center ever for that city. She continued in that role as a volunteer for some thirty-four years before stepping down in 2015. She still helps out at the Birthright facility, located at 605 W. State St., Ithaca, two days per week. Mary said that when she sought to establish a local Birthright, “I told God if I could be an instrument in saving one life, it would be worth it.” As it has turned out, she said, thousands of young women have been helped—and in many instances, the lives of would-be aborted babies have been spared. Mary has gladly devoted herself to helping others, noting that she’s done so out of gratefulness for blessings in her own life. “I have been given so much,” she remarked. “I just thank God.”

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

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.

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.

November is the Month of All Souls (various saints, detail from painting by Fra Angelico)


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

November 30, at 5:00 p.m. (This is considered a first weekend as Sunday is 12/1):
Lectors: Gerry Messmer (for Karl Messmer), Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

December 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

December 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan (for Lynne Stager) and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

December 8, at 9:00 a.m. (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

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time~November 17, 2019

First reading:
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays. (Mal. 3:20a)

Psalm:
The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. (Ps. 98)

Second reading:
In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. (2 Thes. 3:10)

Gospel:
“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.” (Lk. 21:17-18)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God’s fidelity is at the heart of Scripture. Trusting in God’s all-encompassing and abiding presence is what true faith is really all about. The sincere disciples always have their eyes on Jesus Christ and are not distracted by what others are doing or what is happening around them. We know that the world had a beginning, and we know that it will one day end. Trying to predict when that end will come or becoming too preoccupied with the business of others are futile endeavors. All they do is divert us from our main purpose and goal: to live and act in the person of Christ. Being a faithful son or daughter and witness to God’s faithfulness is all that is required and all that we need. If we do this well, it does not matter whether the world as we know it comes to an end tomorrow or at some unforeseen time in the future. We will be ready and properly prepared.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (November 26)
    • 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. (November 18)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: November 17, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Notre Dame High School Meet and Greet: November 18, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Tompkins County Public Library (BorgWarner Room East)
  • Ecumenical Choir Practice: November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Retirement Reception for Rev. Losey: November 23, from 2:00–4:00 p.m., Trumansburg United Methodist church’s Fellowship Hall
  • Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: November 24, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign continues. By now, past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. As of November 8, fifteen parish families have pledged $3,475, which is 11.59% of our parish goal of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider making a gift. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

CMA Concerns:
You might hear it said: “I don’t want to give to the diocese or the CMA, I only want to give to my parish.” By giving to the CMA, you are supporting your parish. The CMA provides funding for services and programs provided to the parish that would be difficult to fund on its own. Additionally, the diocese is able to obtain lower rates on insurance, benefits, utilities, and other services based on economies of scale for all parishes that stand-alone congregations would not be able to negotiate. Go here for answers to other frequently asked questions regarding the CMA.

October Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of October there were 63 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at on Saturdays at St. Francis, and, on Sundays, 98 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James and 94 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. The average Mass collections during the month were: $823 at St. Francis, $859 at St. James, and $1,013 at Holy Cross. The October parish average weekly collection was $2,694. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $3,010. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. Go here for an interview with the author about his letter.

Catholicism Classes:
The Catholicism Adult Formation Program was created by Bishop Robert Barron to enhance and support the Church’s mission to evangelize and teach the content of the faith. The programs explains what Catholics believe and why. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken. The classes are for all parishioners, for those contemplating being Catholic, and for Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist. Please join us!

Daily Meditations for Advent:
The Word Among Us booklets are available in the foyer of each church. The booklet contains, among other things, meditations and Mass prayers and readings for each day of Advent. The booklets are costly, so whatever donations you can make toward the expense would be appreciated.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Thanksgiving Holiday Service:
An ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid. Participating will be the Interlaken Reformed church, Ovid Federation church, Christ Episcopal church at Willard, and our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. That Sunday is also the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The worship service will include both themes: Christ the King and Thanksgiving. All are invited.

Ecumenical Choir:
If you would like to participate in the choir for the ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24 (see above), please join our rehearsal on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross. In December there will be another ecumenical service in which you may also participate as part of the choir. The December 8 service is sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) and will take place at the Presbyterian Church of Trumansburg. Please join us as we prepare for both of these ecumenical holiday events in our communities.

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate in sharing the warmth this winter.

Meet and Greet for Notre Dame High School:
Representatives from Notre Dame High School for grades 7–12 will be visiting the Tompkins County Public Library (BorgWarner Room East) on Monday, November 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to meet and greet students and families interested in learning about Notre Dame. Just stop by and say hello to the admissions director, faculty members, and current students and families. For more information, please visit www.notredamehighschool.com. Notre Dame offers daily busing from the Ithaca area.

Trumansburg Retirement Reception:
Reverend Doctor Jeff Losey, pastor of the Trumansburg United Methodist church, will be retiring at the beginning of the new year. Rev. Losey has been pastor for thirteen years. A reception for family, friends, colleagues, and parishioners will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable homeownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: https://tchabitat.com/homeownership. Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at liz@tchabitat.com. We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history!

Bishop’s Vita Award:
Our own Mary Camobreco was one of three people honored to receive the Vita Award from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano during the annual Respect Life Mass on October 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. Vita Awards are given to people in the Diocese of Rochester whose actions reflect and promote the consistent life ethic—the principle that calls for all human life to be respected and affirmed, from conception until natural death. Mary, who attends both Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca as well as St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, became the founding director of Birthright in Ithaca in 1981—the first crisis pregnancy center ever for that city. She continued in that role as a volunteer for some thirty-four years before stepping down in 2015. She still helps out at the Birthright facility, located at 605 W. State St., Ithaca, two days per week. Mary said that when she sought to establish a local Birthright, “I told God if I could be an instrument in saving one life, it would be worth it.” As it has turned out, she said, thousands of young women have been helped—and in many instances, the lives of would-be aborted babies have been spared. Mary has gladly devoted herself to helping others, noting that she’s done so out of gratefulness for blessings in her own life. “I have been given so much,” she remarked. “I just thank God.”

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.

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.

November is the Month of All Souls (various saints, detail from painting by Fra Angelico)


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

November 16, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lector: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EM: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

November 23, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke, Robin Hamula (for Mary and Lee Davidson)


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

November 17, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

November 24, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Mary Szymanski
(for Tim O’Boyle)


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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