May 22, 2022 ~ Sixth Sunday of Easter

First Reading:
“It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.” (Acts 15:28)

Psalm:
O God, let all the nations praise you! (Ps. 67)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. (Rev. 21:10)

Gospel:
“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (Jn. 14:26) 

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Everyone wants to experience peace. When we look to the world to provide this for us, we can easily get disappointed. We associate peace with an absence of war and conflict, good relationships between neighbors and coworkers, the achievement of success and even the absence of noise! While all of these are worthy endeavors, pursuing them exclusively as a path to experiencing peace sets us up for failure. When we look for peace outside of ourselves, it will never be found. True and lasting peace is something that comes from within and not something we can produce on our own or receive from others. Peace is discovered when we experience an inner wholeness and harmony. It is born of a sense of connectedness with a God who is larger and greater than ourselves, gifting us with His presence. It is the only the peace offered by the Risen Christ that can settle our hearts and calm our fears. Regardless of the degree of turmoil around us, this sense of completeness that Jesus gives anchors our boats and prevents us from sinking.
©LPi 

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (June 6) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: June 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross: May 25; June 8 & 22
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: June 1 & 15; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Parish Finance Council meeting: May 26, 11:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Pentecost brunch: June 5, after 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Food, Faith, & Fun: June 5, 5:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse

Funerals:

  • Michael Huhn, age 66, died November 17, 2021. A graveside service was held at Lakeview Cemetery, Interlaken, NY on May 9, 2022.
  • Christopher Carrican, age 59, died December 24, 2021. A graveside service was held at St. James the Apostle Cemetery on May 9, 2022.

Call for Singers and Musicians:
Singers and Musicians are invited to sing and play at the three churches in the parish of Mary Mother of Mercy to praise our Lord. Anyone interested in participating or who wants more information can inquire with choir members, Fr. Bernard or contact Leo at [email protected] We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Ascension Thursday:
This Thursday, May 26, marks forty days after Easter. It is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord – a holy day of obligation. The parish will have two Masses:

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 7:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid

Parish Finance Council Meeting:
The Finance Council will meet on Thursday, May 26, at 11:00 a.m. at the Parish Center.

Parish Council Selection of New Members:
The selection of new Parish Council members will take place next Sunday, May 29 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The names of the nominees are placed in a basket and the needed number of new members are drawn (selected) from the basket. There are nomination ballots in the foyer of the church to nominate yourself or another parishioner. Ballots are to be submitted to the parish office by this Wednesday night (May 25). The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. It is the last Parish Council meeting of the year. At the June 9 meeting, in preparation for the September meeting, an executive committee will be elected, and members will be assigned to the Parish Council standing committees of their choice.

Pentecost Brunch:
The brunch will take place on Sunday, June 5, following  the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Rectory. As in past years it is a potluck brunch held on Pentecost Sunday where the attendees bring a dish to the meal. Everyone is welcome to this grand parish event.

Food, Faith and Fun:
A gift has been given to the parish for a gathering of people between the ages of 21 and 45. The gathering will take place on Sunday, June 5 at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a sit-down dinner. After the meal there will be a brief faith presentation and sharing followed by a planned activity. Space is limited. To register, contact the parish office at 607–294–0064 or [email protected] by next Sunday, May 29. If interested in helping to work on this event please notify the parish office. Thanks. 

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 107 parish households who have pledged $32,300 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue until May 31. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Social Ministry Conference – Open to all:
The annual Diocesan Social Ministry Conference will take place virtually on Wednesday May 25 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. over Zoom. The conference theme is the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, which calls all Catholics to take seriously our moral obligation to address environmental degradation and climate change. Through a variety of discussions and workshops we’ll learn about ways our families and parishes can embrace this mission and protect our common home. Join with Catholics from around the diocese to learn and share ideas. Register at www.dor.org/conference. 

Desert Day of Prayer:
June 1, from 8:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is offering a day for individuals seeking a one day retreat alone with God. During your time with us, our priests are available for confession and/or conversation and will offer mass at the closing of our day. The cost is $25.00 and includes lunch! Attendance is limited to 25. To register, please contact us at 585–394–5700 or [email protected]

Pending U.S. Supreme Court Decision:
“If Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health overturns Roe v. Wade, doesn’t that mean women in the US will no longer be able to get abortions?” The answer is “no”. The decision to overturn Roe v. Wade would allow each state to decide which restrictions it will allow on abortion. In states such as California and Vermont, abortion will continue to be permitted at least up until 24 weeks (when evidence show that preborn babies feel pain).

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings are Wednesdays and begin at 2:00 p.m. The upcoming dates at St. James are June 1 and 15. At Holy Cross, there will be gatherings on May 25, and June 8 and 22. Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are June 1 and 15. This event will run through June.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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May 15, 2022 ~ Fifth Sunday of Easter

First Reading:
They called the church together and reported what God had done with them. (Acts 14:27)

Psalm:
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. (Ps. 146)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away.” (Rev. 21:4)

Gospel:
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (Jn. 13:34)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The resurrected Christ gives us the strength to do things we can never have imagined. Life will often give us mountains to climb, and we wonder how we will find the energy, ability, and determination to forge ahead. But, with a good dosage of faith and a fervent life of prayer we find ourselves succeeding and ascending to heights that once frightened us. What we realize after we have reached the other side is that this hardship we once saw as an obstacle has become a vehicle for something better and greater. We are stronger. The same is true with the Gospel. The prospect of loving one another may seem idealistic or unobtainable. Yet, when we risk moving beyond just looking out for or helping each other to actually LOVING each other, miracles happen. There is something wonderful that occurs with love. We see people in ways we never saw before, understanding and appreciating each other’s journey. Love leads to reverence. Faith is strengthened and we move on to try again.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (May 16) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
  • James the Apostle: May 18; June 1 & 15
  • Holy Cross: May 25; June 8 & 22
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: May 18, June 1 & 15; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Diocesan Missions Second Collection: May 14 & 15

Funeral:
A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Apostle Church for Joan Hogan, 86, on May 7, 2022. The burial was at St. James the Apostle Cemetery.

Our Call To Protect God’s Creation:
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that we have a moral obligation to care for the Earth. The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a new initiative by the Holy See calling all sectors of the Church, including families, parishes, and schools to participate in this crucial work. Learn more At laudatosiactionplatform.org. One action platform is ecological spirituality. We could start by praying this prayer from Laudato Si:

All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with your peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Persons between the ages of 21 and 45:
Plans are underway for a gathering of this age group. The gathering will take place on Sunday, June 5, at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, NY beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a meal. After the meal there will be a brief faith presentation and sharing followed by a planned activity. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in helping to plan this event. Thank you.

First Communion Sunday:
Elise Wright will be celebrating her First Communion this Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We thank all who have helped prepare Elise for this day.

Diocesan Missions Sunday – Second Collection:
Today is Diocesan Missions Sunday honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile. We are called to take part in the missionary work of the Church. We may not all have to move to another town or city to do so, but impelled by the Holy Spirit, each one of us is to move beyond our daily concerns, important as they are, to help others live in the faith that sustains us. Bishop Salvatore Matano calls us to a responsible sharing in the missionary works of the Diocese of Rochester. No diocese is truly a diocese unless it extends beyond its own borders and allows itself to be touched by the presence of other churches. May we share the gift of faith today by helping our missionary friends with our prayers and a generous gift.

Call for Singers and Musicians:
Singers and Musicians are invited to sing and play at the three churches in the parish of Mary Mother of Mercy to praise our Lord. Anyone interested in participating or who wants more information can inquire with choir members, Fr. Bernard or contact Leo at [email protected] We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Priests’ Convocation:
The priests in the Diocese of Rochester will be gathering with Bishop Matano in Horseheads, NY, Monday afternoon, May 16, until Wednesday late morning, May 18. This annual event has been postponed the past two years. The convocation is a spiritual, intellectual and social event. Both Fathers Bernard and Richard will be attending. On Tuesday and Wednesday (May 17 & 18) there will be no 8:30 a.m Mass. However, Brother Francisco will celebrate a Communion Service at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church.

Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members end this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new Parish Council members for a three-year term and the selection of three alternates for a one-year term will take place on Sunday, May 29. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1. There are no scheduled meetings in the summer.

The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish, the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year, and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken.

Parish Council nomination ballots are now available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners, please consider being a Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 106 parish households who have pledged $32,250 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue until May 31. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Mom to Mom Sale:
St. Francis de Sales-St. Stephen School’s Mom to Mom Sale is Saturday, May 21 from 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the DeSales High School Gym, 90 Pulteney Street and High Street, Geneva. Admission for adults is $1. Resell your children’s used items for cash! Spaces are $25 for two tables. Each additional table is $10. If you have any questions or need a registration form, call the school at 315–789–1828 or email [email protected].

Pending U.S. Supreme Court Decision:
Between now and the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case involves a law in Mississippi that bans most abortions after the baby reaches 15 weeks. Jackson Women’s Health, as the only abortion provider in the state of Mississippi, sued, saying that the law is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade. In response, Mississippi essentially asked the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade as bad law, and barring that, to at least allow states to limit pre-viability abortions. While it is impossible to speculate what will happen, it is a hope that the Supreme Court will allow states to once again limit or prohibit abortion. Regardless of what happens, there will be significant coverage in the media giving rise to people being affected in various ways. Timely information and resources are available at our own diocesan website for life issues, liferoc.org, Join Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians uniting in prayer. Online search: Pray for Dobbs and join.

Breach of Trust:
The New York State Catholic Conference released the following statement on behalf of the NYS Bishops: “The leaking of an internal draft opinion of the Supreme Court is an egregious breach of trust, and an attack on the integrity of the Judicial Branch of government.  When our highest court cannot operate free of political interference or intimidation, it serves a stark example that nothing is sacred anymore.  While we fervently pray for legal protections of unborn children, we will not dignify the goals of the leaker by commenting on the contents of the draft document.”

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings are Wednesdays and begin at 2:00 p.m. The upcoming dates at St. James are May 18; June 1 and 15. At Holy Cross, there will be gatherings on May 25, and June 8 and 22. Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are May 18, June 1, and June 15. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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May 8, 2022 ~ Fourth Sunday of Easter

First Reading:
For so the Lord has commanded us, “I have made you a light to the Gentiles, that you may be an instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47)

Psalm:
We are his people, the sheep of his flock. (Ps. 100)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water. (Rev. 7:17)

Gospel:
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.” (Jn. 10:27-28)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Do we hear and follow? Before we can welcome Jesus as the Good Shepherd, we have to hear his voice. God’s voice breaks into the dialogue of our lives in myriad ways, but we have to be attentive and receptive in order to hear it. It comes through the beauty of creation, the warmth and energy of love, the gift of compassion both received and given, the sacred miracle of life, and the orderly and purposeful design of things and in the truth found in God’s commandments. Once we see the wisdom behind the commandments and teachings God places before us and are attentive to listening for His direction, we can begin to take the necessary steps and follow Him. We are easily misled and there are many convincing “shepherds.” Only one is Good. It is only the Good Shepherd who can lead us away from the evils that can hurt us and bring us to the good. We may not always like where God asks us to go, and it may not be the path others prefer to take. But we have to follow it because we trust that our kind Shepherd will keep us safe.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: May 10, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (May 16) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: May 18; June 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross: May 11 & 25; June 8 & 22
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: May 18, June 1 & 15; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Parish Council: May 12, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Diocesan Missions Second Collection: May 14 & 15

Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members end this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new Parish Council members for a three-year term and the selection of three alternates for a one-year term will take place on Sunday, May 29. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1. There are no scheduled meetings in the summer.

The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish, the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year, and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken.

Parish Council nomination ballots are now available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners, please consider being a Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.

Mother’s Day:
Today we praise God for our mothers. Their continued loving service is rejoiced in and is an inspiration for us to imitate. We pray God to bless all mothers in our parish family and beyond. “Mothers enjoy the day dedicated to you. Rejoice in the expressions of love, reverence and gratitude that you receive this day.” For you this day we pray: “Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your Church. Bless the mothers of our parish that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect. Grant this through Christ our Lord.”

Birthright of Ithaca Flower Sale:
Birthright announced that the annual Mother’s Day flower sale is canceled due to an increase in costs. Birthright has relied on this fundraiser to provide supplies, clothing, and services to families. If you would like to send a monetary donation, you can go to their secure online site at birthright.org, or send a check payable to Birthright of Ithaca to 223 Elmira Rd Suite #1, Ithaca, NY 14850.

First Communion Sunday:
Elise Wright will be celebrating her First Communion on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We thank all who have helped prepare Elise for this day.

Diocesan Missions Sunday – Second Collection:
Next weekend we are being asked to assist our dedicated religious, the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil, and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile, in bringing the truth of the Gospel to God’s people and to love as He first loved us, for, “This is how all will know that you are my disciples ..”(John 13:35). Whatever you can give to support the sisters in their missionary endeavors would be appreciated greatly.

Parish Council Meeting:
The Parish Council will meet this Thursday, May 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Annex.

Persons between the ages of 21 and 45:
Plans are underway for a gathering of this age group. The gathering will take place on Sunday, June 5, at the St. Fidelis Friary Boathouse, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, NY beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a meal. After the meal there will be a brief faith presentation and sharing followed by a planned activity. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in helping to plan this event. Thank you.

Pending U.S. Supreme Court Decision:
Between now and the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The case involves a law in Mississippi that bans most abortions after the baby reaches 15 weeks. Jackson Women’s Health, as the only abortion provider in the state of Mississippi, sued, saying that the law is in direct violation of Roe v. Wade. In response, Mississippi essentially asked the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade as bad law, and barring that, to at least allow states to limit pre-viability abortions. While it is impossible to speculate what will happen, it is a hope that the Supreme Court will allow states to once again limit or prohibit abortion. Regardless of what happens, there will be significant coverage in the media giving rise to people being affected in various ways. Timely information and resources are available at our own diocesan website for life issues, liferoc.org, Join Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant Christians uniting in prayer. Online search: Pray for Dobbs and join.

Regarding the Burial of the Deceased:
In 1963, an instruction was issued from Rome that “all necessary measures must be taken to preserve the practice of reverently burying the faithful departed”, adding however that cremation is not opposed … to the Christian religion” and that no longer should the Sacraments and funeral rites be denied to those who have asked that they be cremated. This directive was incorporated into the Code of Canon Law (1983) and the Code of Canons of Oriental Churches (1990). Following the most ancient Christian tradition, the Church insistently recommends that the bodies of the deceased be buried in cemeteries or other sacred places because this shows a greater esteem towards the deceased. When cremation of the body has been chosen, the ashes of the faithful must be laid to rest in a sacred place, that is in a cemetery or, in certain cases, in a church or an area, which has been set aside for this purpose. The reservation of the ashes of the departed in a sacred place ensures that they are not excluded from the prayers and remembrance of their family or the Christian community. It prevents the faithful departed from being forgotten, or their remains from being shown a lack of respect. For the reasons given above, the conservation of the ashes of the departed in a domestic residence is not permitted. The ashes may not be divided among various family members. It is not permitted to scatter the ashes of the faithful departed in the air, on land, at sea or in some other ways, nor be preserved in mementos, pieces of jewelry or other objects. Regarding Burial of the Deceased and the Conservation of Ashes was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, August 15, 2016. Copies of the complete instruction can be obtained at the Parish Office.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
“Vocations are born in prayer and from prayers; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit” –Pope Francis. May 8, 2022 has been designated as a day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For a vocation to the priesthood, one can take a discernment self-test and access a new “Nine Holy Hours to Discern the Priesthood” at GoPriest.com. For a list of all Vocation Directors in the U.S. go to Diocesanpriest.com.

Our Call To Protect God’s Creation:
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that we have a moral obligation to care for the Earth.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a new initiative by the Holy See calling all sectors of the Church, including families, parishes, and schools to participate in this crucial work. Learn more at laudatosiactionplatform.org. One area of focus for the Action Platform is ecological spirituality. We could start by praying this prayer from Laudato Si:

All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with your peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings are Wednesdays and begin at 2:00 p.m. The upcoming dates at St. James are May 18; June 1 and 15. At Holy Cross, there will be gatherings on May 11 and 25, and June 8 and 22. Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are May 18, June 1 and 15. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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May 1, 2022 ~ Third Sunday of Easter

First Reading:
“We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:32)

Psalm:
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. (Ps. 30)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” (Rev. 5:12)

Gospel:
Jesus came over and took the bread and gave it to them, and in like manner the fish. (Jn. 21:13)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
What prevents us from seeing the Lord? We are not used to seeing Jesus in the ordinary, everyday events of our lives. We expect some kind of startling, extraordinary revelation to occur that definitely and unmistakably sends a signal that God wants our attention. We don’t expect a visit from Jesus while we are having breakfast, doing the dishes, running after the kids, negotiating a deal at work, or taking a shower! Sometimes when God simply stands on the shore of our lives casually looking for us, we don’t recognize him. Did we ever stop and think that God is really and truly interested in the routine, run of the mill events of our lives? So, “what did you do today?” God may ask. Maybe we don’t think that God is concerned about such things, or we are so consumed with life’s demands that we give it little if any thought. Perhaps we are determined to achieve our own success, desire to control things ourselves or not really sure what God cares about. God is there. One day, out of the blue, God will get our attention and ask, “Do you love me?”
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: May 10, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (May 2) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: May 4 & 18
    • Holy Cross: May 11 & 25
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: May 4 & 18; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Religious Education: May 1, 10:00 a.m., St. James

Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members end this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new Parish Council members for a three-year term and the selection of three alternates for a one-year term will take place on Sunday, May 29. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1. There are no scheduled meetings in the summer.

The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish, the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year, and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken.

Parish Council nomination ballots are now available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners, please consider being a Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.

First Communion Sunday:
Elise Wright will be celebrating her First Communion on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We thank all who have helped prepare Elise for this day. 

Monthly Notes to Homebound Parishioners:
One of our parishioners wanted to express how much she appreciates the time and effort of the people who send cards and notes to our “at home” community. “It is so amazing to think that someone is taking the time to send me monthly notes. It means the world to me! God bless you.”

Food Donations Needed:
On the second Sunday of each month, non-perishable food items will be received at St. James the Apostle Church and placed on a table in front of the Blessed Mother statue. They will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Monetary donations are also welcome. (Please make checks out to Mary, Mother of Mercy, with “food pantry” in the memo line.)  Thank you to all who contribute!

Our Call To Protect God’s Creation:
In his encyclical Laudato Si’, Pope Francis makes it clear that we have a moral obligation to care for the Earth.

The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a new initiative by the Holy See calling all sectors of the Church, including families, parishes, and schools to participate in this crucial work. Learn more at laudatosiactionplatform.org. One area of focus for the Action Platform is ecological spirituality. We could start by praying this prayer from Laudato Si:

All powerful God, you are present in the universe and in the smallest of your creatures. You embrace with your tenderness all that exists. Pour out upon us the power of your love, that we may protect life and beauty. Fill us with your peace, that we may live as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
“Vocations are born in prayer and from prayers; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit” –Pope Francis. May 8, 2022 has been designated as a day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For a vocation to the priesthood, one can take a discernment self-test and access a new “Nine Holy Hours to Discern the Priesthood” at GoPriest.com. For a list of all Vocation Directors in the U.S. go to Diocesanpriest.com.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 105 parish households who have pledged $29,750 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue until May 31. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings are Wednesdays and begin at 2:00 p.m. The upcoming dates at St. James are May 4 and 18. At Holy Cross, there will be gatherings on May 11 and 25. Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Camp Stella Maris:
Each year, Camp Stella Maris sends hundreds of kids to camp through the Charles M. Bayer Campership Program. Campership awards are extended to families who may not have the opportunity to send their children to camp. Camp Stella Maris awards more than $150,000 to campers-in-need annually. For more information phone 585–346–2243.

Summer Academies & Girls Basketball Camp:
Notre Dame High School is accepting registrations. Visit: notredamehighschool.com/summer-camps-and-academies. All registrations will be taken online. Email: Michelle Barklet at [email protected] with questions. All academies and camps are held at Notre Dame High School, Elmira, NY.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30. 

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are May 4, and May 18. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

May 5, 2022

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April 24, 2022 ~ Second Sunday of Easter / Divine Mercy Sunday

First Reading:
Yet more than ever, believers in the Lord, great numbers of men and women, were added to them. (Acts 5:14)

Psalm:
Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love is everlasting. (Ps. 118)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
“I am the first and the last, the one who lives. Once I was dead, but now I am alive forever and ever.” (Rev. 1:17-18)

Gospel:
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the doors were locked, where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst. (Jn. 20:19)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Life is about to get very interesting for the disciples. Finding themselves questioning what happened to Jesus and whether he actually was raised from the dead, they are afraid and uncertain. In the midst of this fear, questioning, and uncertainty, Jesus decides to surprise them with a visit! This visit, complete with the gift of peace, fills the disciples with great excitement and joy. But their detailed testimony is not enough to convince their absent friend Thomas. He wants to see for himself. We struggle with belief as well. It is hard for some to give themselves over to the testimony of another. We want to see the resurrected Christ in person. God, through the gift of eyes of faith, gives us the ability to do precisely that: when we witness the healing that comes from forgiveness, the beauty that flows from love, the wonder of creation, the new life that comes after we fall, and the unique soul that lives behind each person’s life. Christ is risen. Life will get very interesting for us too, when we stop unbelieving and believe!
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: May 10, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (May 2) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: May 4 & 18
    • Holy Cross: May 11 & 25
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: May 4 & 18; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Catholic Home Missions Appeal collection: April 23 & 24

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal:
Support the Catholic Home Missions Appeal today! Nearly 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are considered mission territories because they are unable to fund essential pastoral activities needed in their communities. Your support funds religious education, seminary formation, lay ministry training, and other programs that build vibrant faith communities right here in the United States. Please be generous. More information can be found at usccb.org/home-missions.

Eater Triduum – “Thank you”:
The three days of Easter, that is, Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Resurrection of the Lord, were wonderful celebrations in the parish made so by those who decorated the churches for the liturgies, ushers, musicians, song leaders, altar servers, lectors and Eucharistic ministers and of course by all the participants in those liturgies which includes those who were in attendance. You were all a blessing to the parish, and God bless you many times over for your presence.

Sunday of Divine Mercy- Second Sunday of Easter:
On Sunday April 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva Street, Ithaca, NY, Deacon George Kozak will be leading a Divine Mercy Service with recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary and Adoration and Benediction. All are welcome.

First Communion Sunday:
Elise Wright will be celebrating her First Communion on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We thank all who have helped prepare Elise for this day.

Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members end this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new Parish Council members for a three year term and the selection of three alternates for a one year term will take place on Sunday, May 29. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1. There are no scheduled meetings in the summer. The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish, the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken. The last weekend of April, Parish Council nomination ballots will be available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners, please consider being a Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.

Blue Sunday:
The last Sunday in April is a day when churches take time in their service to pray for the victims of child abuse and for those who rescue them. There are over 3 million confirmed cases of child abuse in our nation annually. Of the 1,640 child deaths from child abuse most were under the age of 3. To end this violence, prayer is needed. Additional resources including videos and fact sheets are available online at www.bluesunday.org.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations:
“Vocations are born in prayer and from prayers; and only in prayer can they persevere and bear fruit” –Pope Francis. May 8, 2022 has been designated as a day of prayer for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. For a vocation to the priesthood, one can take a discernment self-test and access a new “Nine Holy Hours to Discern the Priesthood” at GoPriest.com. For a list of all Vocation Directors in the U.S. go to Diocesanpriest.com.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 104 parish households who have pledged $28,650 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue until May 31. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Camp Stella Maris:
Each year, Camp Stella Maris sends hundreds of kids to camp through the Charles M. Bayer Campership Program. Campership awards are extended to families who may not have the opportunity to send their children to camp. Camp Stella Maris awards more than $150,000 to campers-in-need annually. For more information phone 585–346–2243.

Summer Academies & Girls Basketball Camp:
Notre Dame High School is accepting registrations. Visit: notredamehighschool.com/summer-camps-and-academies. All registrations will be taken online. Email: Michelle Barklet at [email protected] with questions. All academies and camps are held at Notre Dame High School, Elmira, NY.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. The next dates are May 4, and May 18 at St. James and May 11, and May 25 at Holy Cross. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 20, May 4, and May 18. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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April 17, 2022 ~ Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord

First Reading:
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (Acts 10:40-41)

Psalm:
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. (Ps. 118)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col. 3:2-3)

Gospel:
For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (Jn. 20:9)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Alleluia, Christ is risen! What a glorious and holy day. The resurrection of Christ speaks of freedom, new life, restored faith and enduring, unconditional love. The huge stone, separating death and life, has been moved, allowing God’s radiant power to usher in eternal life. When we see the truth of Christ’s resurrection through eyes of love, we see the fullness of timeless beauty, truth, and wonder revealed. The emptiness of the tomb is filled with the eternity of love. We have many stones and boulders blocking the path to freedom, love, and joy. They are often too big for us to move, and they cripple us. We can take a leap of faith today and believe with all our heart, mind, and soul that there is much more than can be seen by the naked eye. There is something very holy, sacred, and eternal stirring within us. We want to live forever! Christ’s resurrection brings us joy and allows us to see ourselves as we are meant to be seen, as God’s children destined for glory!
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: May 10, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (April 18) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: April 20; May 4 & 18
    • Holy Cross: April 27; May 11 & 25
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: April 20; May 4 & 18; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle
  • Catholic Home Missions Appeal collection: April 23 & 24

Easter Sunday Masses, April 17:

  • 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle Church
  • 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross Church

Easter Egg Hunt:
After the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. All children are welcome.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

Happy Easter:
The Lord has indeed risen, alleluia. Glory and kingship be his forever and ever. Enjoy this holy day and season of the year rejoicing in Jesus’s victory over death and the fact that He shares that victory with us. We have been promised heaven. May this promise always be a source of hope and strength in times of trouble. Rejoice and be glad.

Parish Easter Offering:
There is one collection on Easter. In previous years parishioners generally increase their offering by being more generous on that day than usual. The parish as come to rely on the Easter offering collection. Please do what you are able. “Thank you.”

The Catholic Home Missions Appeal:
Next week we will take up the Catholic Home Missions Appeal. Today, nearly 40% of dioceses in the United States and its territories are unable to fund the essential pastoral work their communities need. Your support of this appeal helps them meet these faith formation and sacramental needs. Please prayerfully consider how you can support his appeal. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/home-missions/

Sunday of Divine Mercy- Second Sunday of Easter:
On Sunday April 24 at 3:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva Street, Ithaca, NY, Deacon George Kozak will be leading a Divine Mercy Service with recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the Rosary and Adoration and Benediction. All are welcome.

Parish Council Nominations:
The terms of five Parish Council members end this June. Parishioners interested in being on the Parish Council can now nominate themselves or be nominated by another parishioner. The selection of new Parish Council members for a three year term and the selection of three alternates for a one year term will take place on Sunday, May 29. Newly selected members will attend the June 9 Parish Council meeting. The term of membership begins July 1. There are no scheduled meetings in the summer. The Parish Council is a council to the pastor. It is not a governing body nor board. Through the Parish Council committees (Word, Worship, Witness and Fellowship), the members become aware of what is happening in the parish. Parish Council members are assigned to one of the committees after they give their preferences. From what is being done or proposed in the parish, the members offer advice to the pastor. The council can meet between 4–8 times a year and the meetings are held at the Parish Center, Interlaken. The last weekend of April, Parish Council nomination ballots will be available for the submission of nominees’ names. Parishioners, please consider being a Council member or nominating a parishioner. Thank you.

April—Child Abuse Prevention Month:
It is reported that over six million children are abused annually and 1,600 die annually because of abuse. These numbers do not include missing or exploited children through trafficking. Please join in creating an environment of awareness in our society. Sunday, April 24 is the National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer. Resources, including videos and fact sheets, are available online at www.bluesunday.org. 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:
This weekend is planned for April 22-24 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. Register online at wwme.org. The WWME weekend teaches communication techniques. It is based on the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and expresses the importance of love in the union and encourages this love be taken into the world in ministries to serve God.

Camp Stella Maris:
Each year, Camp Stella Maris sends hundreds of kids to camp through the Charles M. Bayer Campership Program. Campership awards are extended to families who may not have the opportunity to send their children to camp. Camp Stella Maris awards more than $150,000 to campers-in-need annually. For more information phone 585–346–2243.

Summer Academies & Girls Basketball Camp:
Notre Dame High School is accepting registrations. Visit: notredamehighschool.com/summer-camps-and-academies. All registrations will be taken online. Email: Michelle Barklet at [email protected] with questions. All academies and camps are held at Notre Dame High School, Elmira, NY.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 104 parish households who have pledged $28,650 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue to the end of May. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge to support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Online Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection and the Rice Bowl.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. The next dates are April 20, May 4, and May 18 at St. James and April 27, May 11, and May 25 at Holy Cross. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 20, May 4, and May 18. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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April 10, 2022 ~ Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord

First Reading:
I gave my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who plucked my beard; my face I did not shield from buffets and spitting. (Is. 50:6) 

Psalm:
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? (Ps. 22)

Second Reading:
He humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him. (Phil. 2:8-9)

Gospel:
Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last. (Lk. 23:46)
Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Hailed one moment and rejected the next. This seems to be the pattern that repeats itself not only throughout history but in our own lives as well. Jesus wants to be triumphantly welcomed into our hearts with joy! And welcome him we do! Then come the times when we do exactly the opposite and we reject the teachings of the Gospel and turn our backs on God’s friendship. The one who at one time is a friend now becomes an enemy. Jesus understands our ambivalence. He lived it on the way to the cross. Understanding the full array of human emotion, God accepts us where we are. There is a great deal of drama on the road to Calvary. Our lives can be dramatic as well. In all of those whirlwind moments it can be difficult to find God’s presence and understand his will. We walk with Jesus this week seeking inspiration and hope, the essential keys needed to unlock the door to God’s presence in our lives.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: April 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (April 18) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Religious education: April 10, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    • April 11, St. James the Apostle
    • April 12, Holy Cross
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: April 20
    • Holy Cross: April 13 & 27
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: April 20; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle

Easter Triduum Liturgical Services Schedule:

  • April 14, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church
  • April 15
    • Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church
    • Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church
  • April 16, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday), 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church (no 4:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday Masses, April 17:

  • 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle Church
  • 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross Church

Washing of the Feet Ritual:
This ritual takes place during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church. We need 12 adult parishioners to volunteer to participate in this rite. There are sign-up sheets in the foyers of the Church.

Good Friday – Fast and Abstinence Day:
On Good Friday, Catholics 14 years of age and older abstain from eating meat. Catholics between the ages of 18 and 59 fast, that is, they have one full meal, other meals not to equal the full meal.

Good Friday – Holy Land Collection:
This collection helps the Church in the Holy Land not only to support the sacred shrines but also to support parishes in the holy land as they provide faith formation programs and humanitarian aid in a place where there is unrest and instability especially hard on Christians. For more information visit: www.myfranciscan.org/good-friday. 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions):
Besides the regularly scheduled time for Confession (Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus Church),  the Sacrament may be celebrated at 7–8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at St. James the Apostle Church and Tuesday, April 12, at Holy Cross Church. These are wonderful opportunities to be shriven of one’s sins and the guilt attached to them and to be reconciled to God and his church. It is the Sacrament of Peace.

Parish Easter Offering:
There is one collection on Easter. In previous years parishioners generally increase their offering by being more generous on that day than usual. The parish as come to rely on the Easter offering collection. Please do what you are able. “Thank you.”

Easter Egg Hunt:
After the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. All children are welcome.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
On Tuesday, April 5, 2022, three parishioners, Lucas Grove, Grace Olney, and Michael Torres, were confirmed by Bishop Salvatore Matano at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist completes one’s initiation into the Kingdom of God. Confirmation celebrates one’s faith and trust in Jesus and the commitment to imitate him in thought and deed. The parish rejoices in our newly fully initiated Christians.

Seder Meal:
The First Baptist Church, 4443 E. Seneca Road, Trumansburg, invites everyone to a “Seder Meal” on Monday April 11, at   6:00 p.m. The theme: “Christ in the Passover”. RSVP by calling 607–387–7705.

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

April—Child Abuse Prevention Month:
It is reported that over six million children are abused annually and 1,600 die annually because of abuse. These numbers do not include missing or exploited children through trafficking. Please join in creating an environment of awareness in our society. Sunday, April 24 is the National Blue Sunday Day of Prayer. Resources, including videos and fact sheets, are available online at www.bluesunday.org.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:
This weekend is planned for April 22-24 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. Register online at wwme.org. The WWME weekend teaches communication techniques. It is based on the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and expresses the importance of love in the union and encourages this love be taken into the world in ministries to serve God.

Camp Stella Maris:
Each year, Camp Stella Maris sends hundreds of kids to camp through the Charles M. Bayer Campership Program. Campership awards are extended to families who may not have the opportunity to send their children to camp. Camp Stella Maris awards more than $150,000 to campers-in-need annually. For more information phone 585–346–2243.

Summer Academies & Girls Basketball Camp:
Notre Dame High School is accepting registrations. Visit: notredamehighschool.com/summer-camps-and-academies. All registrations will be taken online. Email: Michelle Barklet at [email protected] with questions. All academies and camps are held at Notre Dame High School, Elmira, NY.

Online Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection and the Rice Bowl.

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. The next dates are April 20 at St. James and April 27 at Holy Cross. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 20. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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April 3, 2022 ~ Fifth Sunday in Lent

First Reading:
See, I am doing something new! Now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? (Is. 43:19)

Psalm:
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. (Ps. 126)

Second Reading:
I consider everything as a loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things (Phil. 3:8)

Gospel:
“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” (Jn. 8:7)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Mercy makes us attentive to the voice of truth. We do not know what ever happened to the woman caught in adultery, after her encounter with Jesus. It is hoped that she found what she needed to feel true sorrow. What we do know is that through his gentle and wise persuasiveness, Jesus puts the Pharisees in their place and opens the door to grace for this child of God. Being exploited and used to test and discredit Jesus, she who is publicly known to be a sinner is now the victim. Jesus never tolerates people being used and immediately rushes to her defense. As the author of mercy, Jesus became her advocate and opened the door for her to God’s love. Jesus also stands between us and the harsh, judgmental, and often hurtful stance of our world. He invites us to grace, to leave the sin that binds us, and for which we are often criticized, and pursue a life of virtue and freedom.
©LPi 

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPI


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: April 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (April 4) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions): 7:00-8:00 p.m.
    • April 11, St. James the Apostle
    • April 12, Holy Cross
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Holy Hour: Wednesdays of Lent, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • James the Apostle: April 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross: April 13 & 27
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: April 6 & 20; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle

Easter Triduum Liturgical Services Schedule:

  • April 14, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church
  • April 15
  • Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church             Stations of the Cross, 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church
  • April 16, The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday), 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church (no 4:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday Masses, April 17:

  • 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle Church
  • 10:30 a.m., Holy Cross Church

Easter Egg Hunt:
After the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. All children are welcome.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
This Tuesday, April 5, 2022, three parishioners, Lucas Grove, Grace Olney, and Michael Torres, will be confirmed by Bishop Salvatore Matano at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca. Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist completes one’s initiation into the Kingdom of God. Confirmation celebrates one’s faith and trust in Jesus and the commitment to imitate him in thought and deed. The parish rejoices in our newly, fully initiated Christians.

Next Sunday: Palm Sunday:
The weekend Masses will begin with the Commemoration of the Lord’s Entrance into Jerusalem. The “Commemoration” will be celebrated outside (weather permitting) followed by a procession into the church. Palms will be distributed to the assembly before the “Commemoration.” Palms will be available throughout the day in the foyer of the Church.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions):
Besides the regularly scheduled time for Confession (Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus Church), the Sacrament may be celebrated at 7–8 p.m. on Monday, April 11, at St. James the Apostle Church and Tuesday, April 12, at Holy Cross Church. These are wonderful opportunities to be shriven of one’s sins and the guilt attached to them and to be reconciled to God and his church. It is the Sacrament of Peace.

Season of Lent Opportunity—Holy Hour:
The parish has a holy hour on Wednesdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church. The holy hour begins with the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a writing from one of the early church fathers. The holy hour is offered as an opportunity for parishioners to come together in prayer, meditation and to receive the Lord’s blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

Stations of the Cross:
A popular devotion during the Season of Lent is making the Stations of the Cross. Each station causes us to meditate on Jesus and what he encountered on his way to Calvary and his execution. They offer us inspiration as to how to be like Christ in our everyday living. We, individuals, and families, are invited to make the Stations of the Cross at least once during this Season of Lent. Public Stations of the Cross are held every Wednesday of Lent (except April 13) within a Holy Hour at St. Francis Solanus Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Fridays:
The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, that is, meatless days. This Lenten practice affects Catholics over the age of fourteen.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life and Vision:
This Sunday, April 3, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (1 Congress St.) there will be a   celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of nonviolence through hands-on education, art and writing activities, and discussion for people of all ages. Also featured are open mic readings of King’s speeches. The event is free. Sponsors include the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), Trumansburg Middle School Social Justice Club, and the Town of Ulysses.

Food Donations Needed:
On the second Sunday of each month, (next Sunday) non-perishable food items will be received at St. James the Apostle Church and placed on a table in front of the Blessed Mother statue. They will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Monetary donations are also welcome. (Please make checks out to Mary, Mother of Mercy, with “food pantry” in the memo line.)  Thank you to all who contribute!

Easter Duty:
All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter Season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law, the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12) Canon #920

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 103 parish households who have pledged $28,550 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue to the end of May. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge in support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Day of Prayer:
A “Day of Prayer” will be held on April 5, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m., at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua, NY. The theme will be “The Hope of Easter” and will be presented by Fr. Tom Travers, C.Ss.R. Fr. Tom is a Redemptorist Priest serving the ministry and mission of Notre Dame Retreat House. There is a $25.00 Fee. Please call 585–394–5700 or email us at [email protected] to register.

Online Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection and the Rice Bowl.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. At St. James the next dates are April 6 and 20, at Holy Cross: April 13 and 27. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 6 & 20. This event will run through June.

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Lenten Reminders:

  • The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (March 2) until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 14).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.
  • The Easter celebration is: Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday – the Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter).

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12).

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

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March 27, 2022 ~ Fourth Sunday in Lent

First Reading:
While the Israelites were encamped at Gilgal on the plains of Jericho, they celebrated the Passover. (Jos. 5:10)

Psalm:
Taste and see the goodness of the Lord. (Ps. 34)

Second Reading:
And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18)

Gospel:
“But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.” (Lk. 15:32)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Have you ever given thought to the fact that you are an “ambassador for Christ?” An ambassador is an accredited diplomat and official representative. We are asked to be ambassadors for Christ and his message of reconciliation. Within each one of us is a prodigal son who realizes the need to return home, an elder brother who struggles with entitlement and self-pity, and a forgiving father who simply wants to celebrate love. Realizing that all of these things are operative in our hearts, we can bring credibility to God’s ministry of reconciliation. Genuine witnesses are those who not only recognize their need for wholeness, mercy, and forgiveness but also their tendency to be over self-focused and stubborn. Then, discovering freedom from all that binds them, they can then extend the love they have received to others. These ambassadors embody unity, mercy, and reconciliation and can look on others with deep compassion because they know what it is to walk in their shoes. Can God count on you to deliver this message?
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: April 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (April 4) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Holy Hour: Wednesdays of Lent, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Catholic Relief Services collection: March 26 & 27
  • Religious education: March 27, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
    • St. James the Apostle: April 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross: April 13 & 27
    • St. Francis Solanus: March 30
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: April 6 & 20; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle

Funeral:
Louis C. Iannone, age 77, died on March 5. A Funeral Mass was held on March 12 at St. James the Apostle Church.

Easter Triduum Liturgical Services Schedule:
Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church

• Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church and Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church

• The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday), 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church (no 4:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday Masses:
• 9:00 a.m. St. James the Apostle Church
• 10:30 a.m. Holy Cross Church

Easter Egg Hunt:
After the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday there will be an Easter Egg Hunt. All children are welcome.

This Weekend a Second Collection:
This weekend our second collection is the annual Catholic Relief Services Collection which provides funding for the U.S. Catholic community’s global social ministries, such as the humanitarian aid we are providing to brothers and sisters in Ukraine at present. Thank you for your generous spirit.

Season of Lent Opportunity:
The parish is having a holy hour on Wednesdays beginning at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church. The holy hour will begin with the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a writing from one of the early church fathers. The holy hour is offered as an opportunity for parishioners to come together in prayers, meditation and to receive the Lord’s blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

Stations of the Cross:
A popular devotion during the Season of Lent is making the Stations of the Cross. Each station causes us to meditate on Jesus and what he encountered on his way to Calvary and his execution. They offer us inspiration as to how to be like Christ in our everyday living. We, individuals, and families, are invited to make the Stations of the Cross at least once during this Season of Lent. Public Stations of the Cross are held every Wednesday of Lent (except April 13) within a Holy Hour at St. Francis Solanus Church beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Fridays:
The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, that is, meatless days. This Lenten practice affects Catholics over the age of fourteen.

Online Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection and the Rice Bowl.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our parish has surpassed its assigned goal of $28,085. This was accomplished by 103 parish households who have pledged $28,550 to the CMA. Half of the amount over goal will be returned to the parish. The Appeal will continue to the end of May. We are most appreciative to those who pledged to the Appeal and invite others to make a pledge in support the works of the Diocese and our parish. Pledge envelopes are available in the foyers of the church. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Every gift is appreciated greatly.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. At St. James the next dates are April 6 and 20, at Holy Cross: April 13 and 27, and at St. Francis: March 30. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Community Action Programs (CAP):
CAP Seneca’s Volunteer Transportation Program is seeking drivers to provide rides to essential health and wellness appointments. Drivers receive door-to-door mileage reimbursement and flexible schedules and routes. Volunteers pick the days, times and frequency. The Volunteer Transportation Program is an opportunity that makes a crucial difference in the lives of others. Volunteer by phoning: 315–255–1703 Ext. 141 or email: [email protected].

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 6 & 20. This event will run through June.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Lenten Reminders:

  • The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (March 2) until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 14).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.
  • The Easter celebration is: Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday – the Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter).

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl:
In some villages in Guatemala, malnutrition is high and many communities struggle with water scarcity, poor education, poverty, and a changing climate. Raul and Lilian Chanchavac live in the village of Xequemeya where they grow tomatoes that were often destroyed by plant diseases. With help from a CRS program they received agricultural training and nutrition education. The CRS training helped them expand their crops adding onions, chili peppers and oranges, and CRS helped them register with the government to begin selling their produce to local schools. This helped the school children and allowed them to provide jobs for their family and others in the community. The sacrifices we make to support the CRS Rice Bowl during Lent have the power to change lives – deepening our faith and our connection to our one human family.

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12).

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic and for world peace, especially in Ukraine.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12).

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.

 

 

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March 20, 2022 ~ Third Sunday in Lent

First Reading:
“This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you.” (Ex. 3:14) 

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

Second Reading:
These things happened to them as an example, and they have been written down as a warning to us, up on whom the end of the ages has come. (1 Cor. 10:11)

Gospel:
“But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will parish as they did!” (Lk. 13:5)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God clearly reveals his identity as “I am who am.” God, who is really beyond all names, is the One who simply “is” as the ground of all being. This ever-existing, uncreated, and all-encompassing presence of unconditional God, who is Love, is very patient as he waits for us to grow and change. God is so near to us that it is easy to miss his presence. As true love requires, God seeks a devoted, intimate, free, and exclusive relationship with each of us. As we walk through the parched, desert experiences of our lives it is easily in our thirst for water and a respite from the heat that we reach for and construct idols that will bring us immediate relief and satisfaction. These false gods, made out of our comforts and earthly desires can quickly take the place of the One who really has first dibs on our hearts. Humans have often wandered far away from God as St. Paul reminds us. In helping each other cultivate and fertilize the ground upon which we walk, God gives us yet another chance to bear fruit and return.
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Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: April 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca High School parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (March 21) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Holy Hour: Wednesdays of Lent, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Catholic Relief Services collection: March 26 & 27
  • Religious education: March 27, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: 2:00 p.m.
  • James the Apostle: April 6 & 20
  • Holy Cross: March 23, April 13 & 27
  • Francis Solanus: March 30
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: April 6 & 20; 3:15 p.m.; St. James the Apostle

Easter Triduum Liturgical Services Schedule:
Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church

• Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church and Stations of the Cross at 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church

• The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night (Holy Saturday), 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church (no 4:00 p.m. Mass)

Easter Sunday Masses:
• 9:00 a.m. St. James the Apostle Church
• 10:30 a.m. Holy Cross Church

Lenten Fridays:
The Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, that is, meatless days. This Lenten practice affects Catholics over the age of 14.

Online Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for parishioners to give to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA), Easter Flowers, Easter collection and the Rice Bowl.

Season of Lent Opportunity:
During this Season of Lent, the parish will have a holy hour on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, (St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken). The holy hour will begin with the Stations of the Cross, followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and a brief sermon. The holy hour is offered as an opportunity for parishioners to come together in prayer, meditation and to receive the Lord’s blessing with the Blessed Sacrament.

Annual Catholic Relief Services Collection:
Next weekend our parish will take up the annual Catholic Relief Services Collection. This annual collection is separate from the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl – their Lenten program of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The Catholic Relief Services Collection provides basic operating funding for the US Catholic community’s global ministry carried out in their name by six Catholic agencies including: Catholic Relief Services, Catholic Migration and Refugee Services, Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church, United States Bishops’ Justice, Peace and Human Development Ministry, Catholic Legal Immigration Network and the Holy Father’s Relief Fund. These US Catholic agencies touch the lives of more than 100 million brothers and sisters all over the world annually.

“Thank you”:
Deacon Paul Bork from the U.S. Mission Education Apostolate Church Engagement Division – Maryknoll the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, sent a letter of gratitude to the Parish for the hospitality and support he received from our parishioners on the weekend of February 20. He writes: “Needless to say, this is a great help towards our efforts to bring the “Good News” to all nations.”

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The parish has exceeded our assigned goal of $28,085. The March 2, 2022, CMA report revealed that one hundred and one parish households have pledged $28,435. Bishop Matano wrote a letter to the parish expressing his most sincere gratitude. He further writes: “In keeping with the theme of this year’s Appeal, Forward in Faith, you are leading the way forward so that we can set about the work to reinvigorate, rebuild and renew our Church. I am so very thankful for, and, deeply encouraged by your continued commitment and dedication in these most challenging of times.” Pledges to the Appeal can continue to be made until the end of May. The parish will receive back half of what is over goal. “Thank you” to all who participated in the Appeal and “Thank you” for your generosity in achieving our assigned parish goal.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of prayer for healing and harmony. These gatherings begin at 2:00 p.m. and take place at St. James on the first and third Wednesday of each month: April 6 & 20. The gathering dates at Holy Cross are on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month: March 23 and April 13 & 27. There is a gathering at St. Francis on March 30. Questions? Call or email Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or [email protected].

Spiritual Book Reading and Discussion:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ is facilitating a discussion of the book Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr & John Feister on the first and third Wednesday of each month at St. James at 3:15 p.m. The next dates are April 6 & 20. This event will run through June.

Couples Celebrating their Marriage Anniversary:
Anniversary couples are invited to a Mass of Recognition of the Sacrament of Matrimony. The Mass will be Sunday, May 8, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, (296 Flower City Park, Rochester). All married couples and their guests are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register your attendance, go to: https://conta.cc/31DXmKu or email [email protected]. Additionally, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a Wedding Jubilee section. If you would like your name and anniversary (25, 50, and above) to be included, please send an email or a letter with the following information: Names, Church, Town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). Email: [email protected] or mail Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier PO Box 24279 Rochester, NY 14624-0379. Submissions are due by April 30.

Community Action Programs (CAP):
CAP Seneca’s Volunteer Transportation Program is seeking drivers to provide rides to essential health and wellness appointments. Drivers receive door-to-door mileage reimbursement and flexible schedules and routes. Volunteers pick the days, times and frequency. The Volunteer Transportation Program is an opportunity that makes a crucial difference in the lives of others. Volunteer by phoning: 315–255–1703 Ext. 141 or email: [email protected].

40 Days For Life:
Visit 40daysforlife.com/Ithaca to select a time to pray at the vigil site across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca. Join others in this peaceful time of prayer, fasting, and witness to life. Now through Palm Sunday.

Input for the Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convened a Synod of Bishops for October 2023. (A synod is a meeting convened to discuss issues relating to the Church – it is an advisory council). Before the Synod of Bishops meet, Pope Francis desires the input of all members of the Church, not just Bishops. He is asking Catholics to share how they themselves, and people from all walks of life, are relating to the Church and/or how the Church is relating to them. He is asking Catholics to speak out about what they are experiencing in the Church and about the concerns that have been told to them. We have until the end of March to record this input. Please forward the voiced issues and concerns to the Parish Office, and, in turn, the Parish Office will forward your input to the Diocese. Pope Francis desires to listen to all people and for them to have the opportunity to be participants in the Synod.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].

Lenten Reminders:

  • The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (March 2) until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (April 14).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.
  • The Easter celebration is: Holy Thursday, Good Friday & Holy Saturday – the Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter).

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl:
In some villages in Guatemala, malnutrition is high and many communities struggle with water scarcity, poor education, poverty, and a changing climate. Raul and Lilian Chanchavac live in the village of Xequemeya where they grow tomatoes that were often destroyed by plant diseases. With help from a CRS program they received agricultural training and nutrition education. The CRS training helped them expand their crops adding onions, chili peppers and oranges, and CRS helped them register with the government to begin selling their produce to local schools. This helped the school children and allowed them to provide jobs for their family and others in the community. The sacrifices we make to support the CRS Rice Bowl during Lent have the power to change lives – deepening our faith and our connection to our one human family.

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12).

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, or email [email protected].

Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2022. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sr. Anne Marie, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyers of the churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by phoning the parish office.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail [email protected].

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Easter Duty:
(Church Law #920) All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year. In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 12).

Let Us Pray:
Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time.


 

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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
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