September 12, 2021 ~ Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

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. 50:8)

Psalm:
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. (Ps. 116)

Second Reading:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (Jas. 2:14)

Gospel:
And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said to him in reply, “You are the Christ.” (Mk. 8:29)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Rest in the presence of God simply because God is God and you are you. This is all that is necessary. Out of this relationship will come inspiration, understanding, courage, constancy, truth, and virtues of all kind. We will find ourselves knowing the true meaning of things and developing a depth of insight that is not found following purely human venues. It is God who inspires and opens human hearts to see truth and beauty. In God, we understand all of our relationships with a richer appreciation and come to know who Jesus, who speaks of God’s kingdom, really is. The trust that is fostered from resting with the Divine One allows us to see that God’s ways are not our ways. There is something bigger going on in this picture of life. It is something mystical and magical that seeks to surprise us at every turn. It is not for us to cling to this world and its limitations. Our adventure is to dream bigger and brighter, realizing that it is even in suffering that the radiant light of the dawn will come. God’s ways allow for our paths to be rocky, challenging, difficult, and even crippling at times. Purely human eyes cannot understand the ‘why’ of such experiences. The eyes and mind of God, however, reveal and detail a journey that ends in glorious resurrection joy. When we lose our axis and become too human in our thinking, Jesus rebukes us and gently reminds us how to see.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: September 14, 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 (September 13) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development collection: September 18 & 19
  • Family Faith Formation begins: September 19, 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: September 15; October 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: September 22; October 13 & 27
  • CROP Walk: October 10, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle

Parish Feast Day:
On the second Sunday of September our parish celebrates its feast day in honor of Mary, Mother of Mercy. Happy feast day. There are popular prayers that speak of Mary as Mother of Mercy. For example, “Hail holy Queen, Mother of mercy” …and, later: “turn, then, your eyes of mercy towards us.” In another prayer, the Memorare, we hear: “To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful, O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions but in your mercy, hear and answer me.” In recognizing Mary as our mother and as a mother of mercy, it is easy to approach her in prayer with confidence and joy.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

This Weekend—Mission Cooperative Appeal:
The Diocese of Rochester Propagation of the Faith office has invited the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India to participate in the Mission Cooperative Appeal in our parish this year. Rev. Antony Muthu will speak at all the Masses this weekend – September 11/12. The Kumbakonam Diocese is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Catholic population is 6% and is served by 224 diocesan and 79 religious priests, 620 nuns, 12 trained catechists and 330 untrained lay catechists and 2 social service centers.

Break the Cycle of Poverty:
Next weekend, September 18 and 19, is the collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD addresses the root causes of poverty in America by supporting community-controlled, self-help organizations of low-income people. Here in our Diocese, four life-changing community organizations are being funded with major CCHD national grants! They include a farmworker organization, a workers’ center, a land trust of low-income people becoming homeowners in inner city Rochester, and a refugee organization empowering their members to know their rights as tenants. In addition, 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund smaller anti-poverty projects. By supporting this collection, you are standing with people on the margins and making positive social change.

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.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
The gathering for prayer will take place Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. They will be at St. James the Apostle Pine Room on the first and third Wednesdays (September 15, October 6 & 20) and at Holy Cross Rectory on the second and fourth Wednesdays (September 22; October 13 & 27). Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the prayer sessions. For more information phone: 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program will begin Sunday, September 19 at St. James and is open to all families with children in grades K-7. If you have not yet registered, you can find the registration form available here along with more information. You can also phone the parish office or email susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

CROP Hunger Walk:
The annual Trumansburg Tom Lange Memorial CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place on Sunday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. (all walkers register at 1:45 p.m.). The host and starting place will be St. James the Apostle Church. The initials CROP stand for Christian Rural Overseas Program and/or Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty, and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” To register for the walk or to help sponsor the event with a donation please go here. Also, checks can be mailed to the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, Attn: Carol MacLeod, 69 E. Main Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Please make checks out to CWS/CROP. During this COVID time, waivers for all walkers must be completed and signed. Waivers will be available at the event or online.

Day of Prayer:
On Wednesday, September 15, Rev. Robert Werth will present “Feeding the Spiritual Hungers” at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. Fr. Werth has been a priest within the Diocese of Rochester for the last 42 years. He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Cabrini Rochester. He has a Masters in Scriptures and in Social Work. The conference is from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and the day will end with mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or email ndrtreat@rochester.rr.com.

The Healing Journey Class:
The Interlaken Reformed Church is hosting classes for anyone struggling with loss, grief, or depression. They are biblically based and designed for all, regardless of your faith perspective. To register please phone the church office at 607–532–4321. For more information, phone the class leader, Steve Messmer at 607–882–1374. The classes will begin September 21 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Reception of Holy Communion:
During these pandemic times, the church gives the encouragement to receive Holy Communion in the hand – the ancient and longest tradition of the Church. An added precaution for those choosing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue: please come up last in the Communion procession.

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: 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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

Respect Life:
All are welcome to come and pray every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, and be available to offer life-affirming options to women considering abortions. For more information contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

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September 5, 2021 ~ Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the mute will sing. (Is. 35:5-6)

Psalm:
Praise the Lord, my soul! (Ps. 146)

Second Reading:
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? (Jas. 2:5)

Gospel:
“He has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.” (Mk. 7:37)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Life can be challenging and frightening. Sometimes, it really hurts to be a human being. We face brokenness of all kinds: physical, emotional, and spiritual. For no apparent reason, life can quickly fall apart. What we knew to be familiar is gone and something we relied upon is taken away. We are left sitting with our incompleteness and swimming in the pools of our sadness. Be strong! Fear not! These admonitions flow from the mouths of prophets and are echoed by Jesus. It is difficult to trust that restoration, healing, and rejuvenation will one day come, and remain steadfast in our faith. But we are here because of a God who loves us, not as the result of a random occurrence. When we reach for that truth about who we are and who God is, life changes for us. We are healed from our old distorted way of seeing things. Our eyes, heart, and soul are opened to the beauty and magnificence of life. The pulse of our loving Creator is felt in all things and we can’t wait for God to come and touch us again. God made us, God loves us, and God keeps us. He has done all things well.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (September 14), 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 (September 13) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Liturgy Planning Committee Meeting: September 7, 6:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Council: September 9, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Family Faith Formation begins: September 19, 9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: September 15; October 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: September 8 & 22; October 13 & 27

Parish Feast Day:
Our parish celebrates its feast day in honor of Mary, Mother of Mercy on the second Sunday of September. This year it will be September 12.

Reception of Holy Communion:
During these pandemic times, the church gives the encouragement to receive Holy Communion in the hand – the ancient and longest tradition of the Church. An added precaution for those choosing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue: please come up last in the Communion procession.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

Liturgy Planning Committee:
This committee is a subcommittee of the Parish Council Worship Committee. They meet to plan the music for several weeks for the upcoming weekend Masses. The committee will meet Tuesday, September 7, at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Annex, at 6:00 p.m. Parishioners who are musically trained or inclined are welcome to attend the meeting.

Parish Council Meeting:
The meeting will take place this Thursday, September 9, at the Parish Center at 7:00 p.m. The following are the members of the Parish Council and the committees.

  • Executive Committee: Tim Davis, chair; Gerald Frank, vice chair; and Kathleen Rourke, secretary.
  • Word Committee: Andrew Morpurgo, chair; Marc Albanese, Susan Guydosh, and Jacqueline Leidenfrost.
  • Worship Committee: Thomas Duff, chair; Leo Kawczenski, Donna Ryan and Barbara Willers.
  • Witness Committee: Lynne Stager, chair; Bill Masterson, Charles Mullins and Richard Pell.
  • Fellowship Committee: Scott Hamula, chair; Laurenda Denmark and Martha Wooledge.

Mission Cooperative Appeal:
The Diocese of Rochester Propagation of the Faith office has invited the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India to participate in the Mission Cooperative Appeal in our parish this year. Rev. Antony Muthu will speak at all the Masses on the weekend of September 11/12. The Kumbakonam Diocese is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Catholic population is 6% and is served by 224 diocesan and 79 religious priests, 620 nuns, 12 trained catechists and 330 untrained lay catechists and 2 social service centers.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
The gathering for prayer will take place Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. They will be at St. James the Apostle Pine Room on the first and third Wednesdays (September 15, October 6 & 20) and at Holy Cross Rectory on the second and fourth Wednesdays (September 8 & 22; October 13 & 27). Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the prayer sessions. For more information phone: 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program will begin Sunday, September 19, and is open to all families with children in grades K-7. This year, the program will be weekly and will begin with the family attendance at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Following the Mass, families will gather for fellowship and a doctrinal lesson and activities based on the Sunday readings. At this time, it is hoped that the Religious Formation Director will be Brother Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap. He has recently received his Master’s Degree of Divinity and has been assigned to St. Fidelis Friary to begin a pastoral year of formation at our parish. You can find the registration form available here. Call Susan Guydosh at the parish office, 607-294-0064, or email susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

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.

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Day of Prayer:
On Wednesday, September 15, Rev. Robert Werth will present “Feeding the Spiritual Hungers” at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. Fr. Werth has been a priest within the Diocese of Rochester for the last 42 years. He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Cabrini Rochester. He has a Masters in Scriptures and in Social Work. The conference is from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and the day will end with mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or email ndrtreat@rochester.rr.com.

The Healing Journey Class:
The Interlaken Reformed Church is hosting classes for anyone struggling with loss, grief, or depression. They are biblically based and designed for all, regardless of your faith perspective. To register please phone the church office at 607–532–4321. For more information, phone the class leader, Steve Messmer at 607–882–1374. The classes will begin September 21 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

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: 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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

St. James the Apostle Church – New Collection Baskets:
New collection baskets have arrived, and the plan is to start using them September 5. We will be using collection baskets without handles. The ushers will start the baskets at the front pew, and each person can make their donation and then give the basket to the next person in the pew. When the basket reaches the end of the pew, please pass it to the person behind you.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

Respect Life:
All are welcome to come and pray every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, and be available to offer life-affirming options to women considering abortions. For more information contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

 

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August 29, 2021 ~ Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. (Dt. 4:2)

Psalm:
The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord. (Ps. 15)

Second Reading:
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves. (Jas. 1:22)

Gospel:
“You disregard God’s commandment but cling to human tradition.” (Mk. 7:8)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
What makes a person wise and intelligent? Certainly it is not the ability to memorize facts or minute details about a situation. What makes a person wise and intelligent is when their words and actions harmoniously unite and produce virtue. A person can know many facts and even do the right actions but still have a grave flaw in their character. We sometimes want to delude ourselves into thinking that as long as we are “doing” everything correctly, we are automatically in right relationship with all. Such is sadly not the case in the kingdom of God. We are called not to be just hearers of the Word, but doers as well. That means getting to the heart of what laws and rituals are meant to signify and nurture. If we do not bring the actions home, where they belong, and allow them to speak of the goodness, mercy, compassion, and love of God, then they are simply empty worthless gestures. Welcome the Word that has been planted within you so that you can be a truly wise and intelligent disciple of Jesus Christ.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (September 14), 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 (September 13) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • September 1, 1:00 p.m. (new time), St. James Pine Room
    • September 8, 1:00 p.m. (new time), Holy Cross Rectory

Funerals:
• Jean Patricia Seaman, age 89, died July 24, 2021. A Funeral Mass was held at St. James the Apostle on August 21, 2021.

• David R. Moore, age 77, died August 16, 2021. A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross on August 24, 2021.

Parish Feast Day:
Our parish celebrates its feast day in honor of Mary, Mother of Mercy on the second Sunday of September. This year it will be September 12.

Reception of Holy Communion:
During these pandemic times, the church gives the encouragement to receive Holy Communion in the hand – the ancient and longest tradition of the Church. An added precaution for those choosing to receive Holy Communion on the tongue: please come up last in the Communion procession.

Mission Cooperative Appeal:
The Diocese of Rochester Propagation of the Faith office has invited the Diocese of Kumbakonam, India to participate in the Mission Cooperative Appeal in our parish this year. Rev. Antony Muthu will speak at all the Masses on the weekend of September 11/12. The Kumbakonam Diocese is in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Catholic population is 6% and is served by 224 diocesan and 79 religious priests, 620 nuns, 12 trained catechists and 330 untrained lay catechists and 2 social service centers.

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program will begin Sunday, September 19, and is open to all families with children in grades K-7. This year, the program will be weekly and will begin with the family attendance at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Following the Mass, families will gather for fellowship and a doctrinal lesson and activities based on the Sunday readings. At this time, it is hoped that the Religious Formation Director will be Brother Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap. He has recently received his Master’s Degree of Divinity and has been assigned to St. Fidelis Friary to begin a pastoral year of formation at our parish. You can find the registration form available here. Call Susan Guydosh at the parish office, 607-294-0064, or email susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

St. James the Apostle Church – New Collection Baskets:
New collection baskets have arrived, and the plan is to start using them September 5. We will be using collection baskets without handles. The ushers will start the baskets at the front pew, and each person can make their donation and then give the basket to the next person in the pew. When the basket reaches the end of the pew, please pass it to the person behind you.

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.

The Healing Journey Class:
The Interlaken Reformed Church is hosting classes for anyone struggling with loss, grief, or depression. They are biblically based and designed for all, regardless of your faith perspective. To register please phone the church office at 607–532–4321. For more information, phone the class leader, Steve Messmer at 607–882–1374. The classes will begin September 21 on Tuesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Monday, August 30, Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake is sponsoring a presentation by Nancy Potter and Donna Wieand called Fatima and Our World Today. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand, 716–901–4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Day of Prayer:
On Wednesday, September 15, Rev. Robert Werth will present “Feeding the Spiritual Hungers” at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. Fr. Werth has been a priest within the Diocese of Rochester for the last 42 years. He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Cabrini Rochester. He has a Masters in Scriptures and in Social Work. The conference is from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and the day will end with mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or email ndrtreat@rochester.rr.com.

Fall Retreat Weekends for Men, Women, or Couples:
Explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges at the retreat, “Finding God in Life’s Transitions” at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. How we cope with the unexpected, how we discern ‘what next,’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the retreat weekend. To learn more, visit notredameretreat.org or call at 585–394–5700.

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: 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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The extended time of shared silence provides an opportunity for quieting personal reflection and healing. The facilitator is Sister Anne Alderman SSJ and there is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). This event will take place in the St. James Pine Room on the first and third Wednesdays of each month (September 1 and September 15), at 1:00 p.m. (new time). On the second and fourth Wednesdays (September 8 and September 22) the group will meet at the Holy Cross rectory, also at 1:00 p.m. You do not need to attend every session. Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

Respect Life:
All are welcome to come and pray every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, and be available to offer life-affirming options to women considering abortions. For more information contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

 

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August 22, 2021 ~ Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
“Therefore we also will serve the LORD, for he is our God.” (Jos. 24:18)

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

Second Reading:
This is a great mystery, but I speak in reference to Christ and the church. (Eph. 5:32)

Gospel:
Simon Peter answered him, “Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” (Jn. 6:68)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Many people give their allegiance to something until it asks them to do something challenging or radical. Then, they find themselves rethinking whether they want to be associated with it. The same holds for God. Either we serve God, or we don’t. There can be no lukewarm stance with regard to faith. If we are in, then faith in Jesus Christ asks us to do some difficult things: work in service of God’s kingdom, love our enemies, offer no resistance to injury, and trust that the Eucharist is in fact Jesus’ very Body and Blood. For some, buying into these things may prove too difficult and a return to a life without them is preferred. But truth is truth and it can only be found in God. If we find it hard to accept it from the mouth of Christ, where else can we go to find it? The task before us is to commit to the truth even when it may be easier to pursue something else. Truth is always worth obtaining even when it is difficult. Jesus offers us the truth of life, a life that is found in his own flesh and blood and a life of discipleship.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (September 14), 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 (August 23) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • August 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory

Funeral:
Robert Burns Mannix, 84, died April 30, 2021. A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Cross Church on August 13, 2021.

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.

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program will begin Sunday, September 19, and is open to all families with children in grades K-7. This year, the program will be weekly and will begin with the family attendance at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Following the Mass, families will gather for fellowship and a doctrinal lesson and activities based on the Sunday readings. At this time, it is hoped that the Religious Formation Director will be Brother Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap. He has recently received his Master’s Degree of Divinity and has been assigned to St. Fidelis Friary to begin a pastoral year of formation at our parish. You can find the registration form available here. Call Susan Guydosh at the parish office, 607-294-0064, or email susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

St. James the Apostle Church – New Collection Baskets:
New collection baskets have arrived, and the plan is to start using them September 5. We will be using collection baskets without handles. The ushers will start the baskets at the front pew, and each person can make their donation and then give the basket to the next person in the pew. When the basket reaches the end of the pew, please pass it to the person behind you.

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

Thank You:
Some of our homebound parishioners, recipients of notes sent monthly through our fellowship committee outreach, wanted to thank everyone involved in this important ministry. As one person said, “It gives you a heartwarming feeling that people are thinking and praying for you.” These personal notes, along with Father’s weekly communiqués and bulletins, help keep these honored parishioners a valuable part of our community. “I smile each time I see a new note in the mail.” Thank you to all who help make such smiles a reality. “Blessings to each person who writes such a cheerful note.”

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Monday, August 30, Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake is sponsoring a presentation by Nancy Potter and Donna Wieand called Fatima and Our World Today. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand, 716–901–4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Day of Prayer:
On Wednesday, September 15, Rev. Robert Werth will present “Feeding the Spiritual Hungers” at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. Fr. Werth has been a priest within the Diocese of Rochester for the last 42 years. He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Cabrini Rochester. He has a Masters in Scriptures and in Social Work. The conference is from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and the day will end with mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or email ndrtreat@rochester.rr.com.

Fall Retreat Weekends for Men, Women, or Couples:
Explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges at the retreat, “Finding God in Life’s Transitions” at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. How we cope with the unexpected, how we discern ‘what next,’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the retreat weekend. To learn more, visit notredameretreat.org or call at 585–394–5700. 

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The facilitator is Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com. This event will take place Wednesday, August 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross rectory.

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: 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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Respect Life:
All are welcome to come and pray every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, and be available to offer life-affirming options to women considering abortions. For more information contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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

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.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

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August 15, 2021 ~ Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rev. 12:1)

Psalm:
The queen takes her place at your right hand, arrayed in gold. (Ps. 45)

Second Reading:
Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1 Cor. 15:20)

Gospel:
“From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.” (Lk. 1:48-49)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Good mothers have a way of bringing their children hope. When we fall and hurt ourselves, our mothers can help us walk the path of healing. There is hope that we will get better and the trust that we have in mom’s comforting assurance allows us to move forward. Mothers know instinctively what we need and what we are capable of doing. They can be one of our biggest cheerleaders in life, and even when facing despair, can point the way to a brighter tomorrow. Our Blessed Mother does precisely that for us today. As one closest to our Lord, she cheers us on with the hope of what life will be for all of us. Although given the unique distinction of being raised in both body and soul, she nonetheless points to our true eternal destiny. Achieving this inheritance overrides any disappointment and her intercession and example inspires us to pick ourselves up when we fall. Always a mother filled with grace and hope, she calls us to reaffirm our faith in God and in the gifts we have each been given as we persevere even in the midst of life’s challenges and failures.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (September 14), 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 (August 23) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • August 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • August 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory

Thank You:
Some of our home bound parishioners, recipients of notes sent monthly through our fellowship committee outreach, wanted to thank everyone involved in this important ministry. As one person said, “It gives you a heartwarming feeling that people are thinking and praying for you.” These personal notes, along with Father’s weekly communiqués and bulletins, help keep these honored parishioners a valuable part of our community. “I smile each time I see a new note in the mail.” Thank you to all who help make such smiles a reality. “Blessings to each person who writes such a cheerful note.”

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program will begin Sunday, September 19, and is open to all families with children in grades K-7. This year, the program will be weekly and will begin with the family attendance at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Following the Mass, families will gather for fellowship and a doctrinal lesson and activities based on the Sunday readings. At this time, it is hoped that the Religious Formation Director will be Brother Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap. He has recently received his Master’s Degree of Divinity and has been assigned to St. Fidelis Friary to begin a pastoral year of formation at our parish. You can find the registration form available here. Call Susan Guydosh at the parish office, 607-294-0064, or email susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

St. James the Apostle Church – New Collection Baskets:
New collection baskets have arrived, and the plan is to start using them September 5. We will be using collection baskets without handles. The ushers will start the baskets at the front pew, and each person can make their donation and then give the basket to the next person in the pew. When the basket reaches the end of the pew, please pass it to the person behind you.

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The facilitator is Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.
This event will take place Wednesday, August 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church, and Wednesday, August 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross rectory.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Day of Prayer:
On Wednesday, September 15, Rev. Robert Werth will present “Feeding the Spiritual Hungers” at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua. Fr. Werth has been a priest within the Diocese of Rochester for the last 42 years. He is currently serving as Parochial Vicar at Cabrini Rochester. He has a Masters in Scriptures and in Social Work. The conference is from 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and the day will end with mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or email ndrtreat@rochester.rr.com.

Fall Retreat Weekends for Men, Women, or Couples:
Explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges at the retreat, “Finding God in Life’s Transitions” at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. How we cope with the unexpected, how we discern ‘what next,’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the retreat weekend. To learn more, visit notredameretreat.org or call at 585–394–5700.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Branches Center Summer Retreats:
At the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass on Friday, August 20. On Monday, August 30, Nancy Potter and Donna Wieand will co-facilitate a presentation on “Fatima and Our World Today.” For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Respect Life:
All are welcome to come and pray every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, and be available to offer life-affirming options to women considering abortions. For more information contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

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August 8, 2021 ~ The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb. (1 Kgs. 19:8)

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

Second Reading:
So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. (Eph. 5:1-2)

Gospel:
“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draw him, and I will raise him on the last day.” (Jn. 6:44)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Are we willing to be taught by God? If we are, then we will begin to see things and make judgments using a Divine lens. Often, we perceive things with purely human eyes and reference points. When we do this, reality can lose its Divine spark and we miss what God is trying to say. When using human eyes exclusively, Jesus is at best perceived simply as a prophet who has some wise things to say. The human element has a difficult time seeing Jesus’ divinity and recognizing him as the Bread of Life that comes down from heaven. We can easily get stuck on Jesus’ human associations and overlook the marvelous wonders God wants us to see. If we really allow ourselves to be taught by God, we will then come to see the truth about Jesus and the abundant everlasting life God offers. Jesus becomes the key that unlocks all of our relationships: with God, others, ourselves, and creation. He, as the true and lasting bread from heaven, shows us the gifts of faith, hope, and love that God bestows on us. Through this divine lens we see that all life sparkles and glows with God’s love.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (August 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 (August 9) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • August 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • August 11 and 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory

Funeral:
A funeral service was held at Covert Funeral Home on July 31, 2021 for Jane Taylor, who died on July 22, 2021 at the age of 82.

Wedding:
Jason Frank Day and Jean Marie Buddle were married on Saturday, July 31, 2021 at Holy Cross Church, Ovid.

Thank You:
Some of our home-bound parishioners, recipients of notes sent monthly through our fellowship committee outreach, wanted to thank everyone involved in this important ministry. As one person said, “It gives you a heartwarming feeling that people are thinking and praying for you.” These personal notes, along with Father’s weekly communiqués and bulletins, help keep these honored parishioners a valuable part of our community. “I smile each time I see a new note in the mail.” Thank you to all who help make such smiles a reality. “Blessings to each person who writes such a cheerful note.”

Food Pantry Donations Resume:
Non-perishable food items are once again being accepted at all three of our parish churches. Donations left at Holy Cross will go to the Ovid Federated Church; donations left at St. Francis Solanus will go to the Reformed Church in Interlaken; and food left at St. James the Apostle will be taken to the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.   

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
You are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The facilitator is Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

This event will take place Wednesday, August 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church, and Wednesdays, August 11 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross rectory.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Young Adult Summer Retreat:
“I came to cast fire upon the earth…!” (Lk. 12:49). A young adult retreat (ages 18–39) will be held on Saturday, August 14, from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Lodi, NY. Rocco Fortunato, Catholic speaker, evangelist, and founder of Spread the Blaze, will lead the life-transforming retreat. Capacity is limited to 30. Register ASAP to ensure a spot. The cost is $30 ($25 if by July 31) and financial help is available. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. To register or for more information, please visit branchescenter.org or call Donna at 716–901–4313.

Branches Center Summer Retreats:
At the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass on Friday, August 20. On Monday, August 30, Nancy Potter and Donna Wieand will co-facilitate a presentation on “Fatima and Our World Today.” For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Fall Retreat Weekends for Men, Women, or Couples:
Explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges at the retreat, “Finding God in Life’s Transitions” at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. How we cope with the unexpected, how we discern ‘what next,’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the retreat weekend. To learn more, visit notredameretreat.org or call at 585–394–5700.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
On Friday, August 20, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass at the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake. For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand 716–901–4313 or email: branches1515@live.com.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

Diocese of Rochester Request:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1–800–388–7177 ext. 1555 or by email to victgimsassistance@dor.org.

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August 1, 2021 ~ The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
Then the LORD said to Moses, “I will now rain down bread from heaven for you. Each day the people are to go out and gather their daily portion; thus I will test them, to see whether they follow my instructions or not.” (Ex. 16:4)

Psalm:
The Lord gave them bread from heaven. (Ps. 78)

Second Reading:
… be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth. (Eph. 4:23-24)

Gospel:
“I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.” (Jn. 6:35)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When we lose our ability to trust, we become afraid. When we are afraid, we may begin to grumble and question whether where we are is where we need to be. For us who have faith, we even question whether God is who God says He is. Trust is so important to our success on our journey. Often, the road of our lives can become a bit treacherous. We may find ourselves feeling more unsettled than comfortable and less fulfilled than we would like to be. As much as we try, the pieces of our puzzle don’t quite fit together as they ought. We wonder if we will ever experience happiness again. Then, something reminds us that God is very much present in this mess we call life. God is still bringing hope out of despair and life out of death. After all, God is the true bread that comes down from heaven to give life. All that is necessary is for us to trust in this truth, even when we may be lacking in some of life’s essentials. The God who gives life is the same God who sustains it. He is also the same God who assures us that we will not perish.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (August 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 (August 9) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center (Summer Hours): Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • New Saturday Mass schedule begins: July 31, 4:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • August 4 and 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • August 11 and 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory

Funeral:
On July 24, 2021, a memorial service was held for James Morley Hardesty, who died on June 9, 2021 at the age of 76.

Mary, Mother of Mercy Needs You:
The parish needs people who may be called upon to occasionally perform various small tasks, such as weeding one flower garden, changing a few light bulbs, or helping to move tables, chairs, fans, etc. Please sign up today. Sign up sheets are located on the churches’ bulletin boards.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

Baptisms:
• Timothy Paul Connolly was baptized at Holy Cross Church on July 24, 2021.

•  Liam Deane Madison was baptized at St. James the Apostle Church on July 24, 2021.

New Mass Schedule:
Beginning July 31, 2021, the parish Saturday evening Mass will be at 4:00 p.m. at our parish church, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
In this time of unrest, violence, and disease, when our society is polarized, you are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The extended time of shared silence provides an opportunity for quieting personal reflection and healing. You do not need to attend every session.

This event will take place on Wednesdays, August 4 and 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. It will also happen on Wednesdays, August 11 and 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Rectory.

The facilitator will be Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Volunteer with Catholic Charities:
You can be a friend to elders, youth and families who visit Catholic Charities by volunteering in our free clothing closet. People stop by in search of outfits for job interviews, work, school, and general purposes. For some folks, having a friendly conversation is as important as getting a shirt or pair of pants. We’re seeking volunteers to commit to one morning shift per week, Tuesday through Friday, to wait on customers and help sort donations at our office in downtown Ithaca. COVID-19 safety protocols will be enforced. To sign up, email Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607–272–5062.

Concert:
The Searsburg Community Church is sponsoring Sherry Anne in Concert. It will take place on Sunday, August 1, at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds at 3:00 p.m. In case of rain the concert will be held at the Searsburg Community Church (5719 Searsburg Road). A love offering will be accepted. For more information on Sherry Anne go to sherryanne.com.

Young Adult Summer Retreat:
“I came to cast fire upon the earth…!” (Lk. 12:49). A young adult retreat (ages 18–39) will be held on Saturday, August 14, from 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Lodi, NY. Rocco Fortunato, Catholic speaker, evangelist, and founder of Spread the Blaze, will lead the life-transforming retreat. Capacity is limited to 30. Register ASAP to ensure a spot. The cost is $30 ($25 if by July 31) and financial help is available. A continental breakfast and lunch are included. To register or for more information, please visit branchescenter.org or call Donna at 716–901–4313.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
On Friday, August 20, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass at the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake. For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand 716–901–4313 or email: branches1515@live.com. 

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Fall Retreat Weekends for Men, Women, or Couples:
Explore how to find God in the midst of life’s graces and challenges at the retreat, “Finding God in Life’s Transitions” at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY. How we cope with the unexpected, how we discern ‘what next,’ and how we draw strength and wisdom from others will be the focus of the retreat weekend. To learn more, visit notredameretreat.org or call at 585–394–5700.

Five Day Plastic Challenge:
There is a worldwide movement encouraging people to refuse single-use plastic. For five days “choose to refuse single-use plastic” such as plastic drinking straws, plastic forks and spoons, plastid lids on take-out beverages… The list goes on and on, and the plastic does, too, because it takes centuries for plastic to disintegrate in landfills. Choose to Refuse Single-use Plastic for five days; it may inspire you to stop using it altogether.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

Diocese of Rochester Request:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1–800–388–7177 ext. 1555 or by email to victgimsassistance@dor.org.

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July 25, 2021 ~ The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
“For thus says the LORD, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over’.” (2 Kgs. 4:43)

Psalm:
The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs. (Ps. 145)

Second Reading:
One body and one Spirit, as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all. (Eph. 4:4-6)

Gospel:
Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. (Jn. 6:11)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God shows up in unexpected ways! Just when we think we have God’s agenda figured out, another surprise comes. Expecting to find God only in some places hinders us from finding Him everywhere. Who would have thought that a young boy’s few loaves and fishes would feed thousands of people? The disciples were probably just as amazed as everyone else when this feast appeared before them. Sometimes, we find it difficult to believe that God can do amazing things with something small and simple. Yet, grasping this truth is really at the heart of understanding the power of the Eucharist. Having the Body and Blood of Christ made present for us is one amazing wonder. Actually being fed and nourished by that gift is another. Now being able to become what we have eaten, God can do tremendous things with the simple, humble gifts of our lives. All we have to do is realize that God dwells within us. When we do, then everyone we encounter and everything we do has the power to become a sacramental moment. When done with great love even the smallest gesture can be multiplied exponentially. Now, that’s amazing!
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (August 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 (July 26) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • August 4 & 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • July 28 and August 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory
  • New Saturday Mass schedule begins: July 31, 4:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

New Mass Schedule:
Beginning July 31, 2021, the parish Saturday evening Mass will be at 4:00 p.m. at our parish church, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
In this time of unrest, violence, and disease, when our society is polarized, you are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The extended time of shared silence provides an opportunity for quieting personal reflection and healing. You do not need to attend every session.

This event will take place on Wednesdays, July 21 and August 4 & 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. It will also happen on Wednesdays, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Rectory.

The facilitator will be Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Feast Day:
This Sunday, July 25, is the feast day of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of our Trumansburg parish church. The Liturgy for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time takes precedence and St. James feast day will not be liturgically celebrated this year.

St. James, also called James, son of Zebedee, or James the Greater, (born, Galilee, Palestine—died 44 AD, Jerusalem;), was one of the Twelve Apostles, distinguished as being in Jesus’s innermost circle and the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:2). James and his younger brother, St. John the Apostle, are designated Boanerges (from the Greek boanerges), or “Sons of Thunder” (Mark 3:17), perhaps because of their characteristic fiery zeal (Mark 9:38 and Luke 9:54).

With Saints Peter and Andrew, James and John were the first four disciples whom Jesus called (Mark 1:16–19). As a member of the inner circle, James witnessed the raising of Jairus’s daughter from the dead (Mark 5:37 and Luke 8:51), the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2), and Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33 and Matthew 26:37). James and John asked Jesus to let them sit, one at his right and one at his left, in his future glory (Mark 10:35–40), a favor that Jesus said was not his to grant. James was beheaded by order of King Herod Agrippa I of Judea; according to Spanish tradition, his body was taken to Santiago de Compostela, where his shrine attracts Christian pilgrims from all over the world.

Free Event:
An online presentation will be given on Vaccines, Ventilators and the Ethics of Covid-19 by Rev. Tadeusz Pacholczyk, Director of Education at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia, on Wednesday, July 28, at 7:00 p.m. Registration is required and you can do so at stbernards.regfox.com/fr-tad. Email Sophia.Zdanowski@stbernards.edu with questions regarding registration.

Concert:
The Searsburg Community Church is sponsoring Sherry Anne in Concert. It will take place on Sunday, August 1, at the Trumansburg Fairgrounds at 3:00 p.m. In case of rain the concert will be held at the Searsburg Community Church (5719 Searsburg Road). A love offering will be accepted. For more information on Sherry Anne go to sherryanne.com. All are welcome.

Five Day Plastic Challenge:
There is a worldwide movement encouraging people to refuse single-use plastic. For five days “choose to refuse single-use plastic” such as plastic drinking straws, plastic forks and spoons, plastid lids on take-out beverages… The list goes on and on, and the plastic does, too, because it takes centuries for plastic to disintegrate in landfills. Choose to Refuse Single-use Plastic for five days; it may inspire you to stop using it altogether.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
On Saturday, July 31, Ann Kern will facilitate the topic of: “No Other Gods Before Me” at the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake. Also, on Friday, August 20, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass. For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand 716–901–4313 or email: branches1515@live.com.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

Diocese of Rochester Request:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1–800–388–7177 ext. 1555 or by email to victgimsassistance@dor.org.

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July 18, 2021 ~ The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time/ Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. (Jer. 23:3)

Psalm:
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. (Ps. 23)

Second Reading:
In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. (Eph. 2:13)

Gospel:
When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mk. 6:34)

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.
©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We only have so much psychological and spiritual energy. We easily get tired. Responding to life’s demands and people’s needs can really zap us of all of our energy. Anger, frustration, exhaustion, discouragement, helplessness, and even apathy can run wild. We can find ourselves bitter and irritated by the fact that we have to do it all again. We need to rest, connect, and focus. Deserted places, free of unnecessary distractions and demands, are great places of refreshment and we all need them. Desiring to be alone for a bit and rest does not indicate selfishness. Rather, it radiates wisdom. God is the source of all we do and the satisfaction of every human heart. If we are going to use the gifts God gave us well, then we have to make sure our batteries are recharged and replenished. Jesus invites us to go to a desert place to rest and pray. Where is yours?
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (August 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 (July 26) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • July 21 and August 4 & 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • July 28 and August 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory
  • Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe: July 10 & 11
  • New Saturday Mass schedule begins: July 31, 4:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Funeral:
Teresa P. Kenney died on June 17, 2021 at the age of 86. A funeral Mass was celebrated on July 10 at St. James the Apostle Church.

New Mass Schedule:
Beginning July 31, 2021, the parish Saturday evening Mass will be at 4:00 p.m. at our parish church, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
In this time of unrest, violence, and disease, when our society is polarized, you are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The extended time of shared silence provides an opportunity for quieting personal reflection and healing. You do not need to attend every session.

This event will take place on Wednesdays, July 21 and August 4 & 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. It will also happen on Wednesdays, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Rectory.

The facilitator will be Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

Feast Day:
Next Sunday, July 25, is the feast day of St. James the Apostle, the patron saint of our Trumansburg parish church. The Liturgy for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time takes precedence and St. James feast day will not be liturgically celebrated this year.

St. James, also called James, son of Zebedee, or James the Greater, (born, Galilee, Palestine—died 44 AD, Jerusalem;), was one of the Twelve Apostles, distinguished as being in Jesus’s innermost circle and the only apostle whose martyrdom is recorded in the New Testament (Acts 12:2). James and his younger brother, St. John the Apostle, are designated Boanerges (from the Greek boanerges), or “Sons of Thunder” ( Mark 3:17), perhaps because of their characteristic fiery zeal (Mark 9:38 and Luke 9:54).

With Saints Peter and Andrew, James and John were the first four disciples whom Jesus called (Mark 1:16–19). As a member of the inner circle, James witnessed the raising of Jairus’s daughter from the dead (Mark 5:37 and Luke 8:51), the Transfiguration (Mark 9:2), and Jesus’ agony in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14:33 and Matthew 26:37). James and John asked Jesus to let them sit, one at his right and one at his left, in his future glory (Mark 10:35–40), a favor that Jesus said was not his to grant. James was beheaded by order of King Herod Agrippa I of Judea; according to Spanish tradition, his body was taken to Santiago de Compostela, where his shrine attracts Christian pilgrims from all over the world.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
On Saturday, July 31, Ann Kern will facilitate the topic of: “No Other Gods Before Me” at the Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake. Also, on Friday, August 20, Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. will facilitate the topic, “Reuniting for Renewal” followed by a Healing Mass. For more information visit branchescenter.org, contact Donna Wieand 716–901–4313 or email: branches1515@live.com.

Vacation Bible School:
The First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, located at 4443 East Seneca Rd, will be sponsoring a Vacation Bible School, July 18–21. All children are welcome. Please consult their website: www.tburgbaptist.com or phone their church office at 607–387–7705 for particulars.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

Diocese of Rochester Request:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1–800–388–7177 ext. 1555 or by email to victgimsassistance@dor.org.

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July 11, 2021 ~ The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
The LORD took me from following the flock, and said to me, “Go, prophesy to my people Israel.” (Am. 12:15)

Psalm:
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation. (Ps. 85)

Second Reading:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him. (Eph. 1:3-4)

Gospel:
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits. (Mk. 6:7)

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.
©LPi 

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God calls us to bring His Word to all corners of the earth. What does that mean for you and me? We are just simple and humble folks trying to find our way through the Gospel and our world. After all, we are not professional preachers but gentle servants. Jesus summons us to take his message on the road and bring it from the pew to the pavement. We cannot keep the joy of the Gospel to ourselves but must bring it into every aspect of our lives: our families, our schools, our work, our corporations, our politics, our social circles, and our philosophies. We cannot just accept the wisdom of the world as true and conduct our lives as if the Good News is a separate matter. They are one. Jesus never asked his friends to go and construct buildings where people could come to hear the truth. He asked them to go to their homes and meet them one on one, face to face. When the rubber meets the road and the message is challenging, rejection is quite possible. That’s the litmus test for whether we’re really doing what we have been asked.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: Every other Tuesday (July 13), 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 (July 12) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony with Sister Anne Alderman:
    • July 21 and August 4 & 18, 3:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Pine Room
    • July 14 & 18 and August 11 & 25, 3:30 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory
  • Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe: July 10 & 11

Funerals:
A burial service was held at Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Romulus for our parishioner Lloyd Brown on June 26, 2021. Lloyd died December 5, 2020. Lloyd was 55 years old.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated for Eugenia (Genie) Srmack on July 2, 2020 at Holy Cross Church, Ovid. Genie died on June 27, 2020 at the age of 87.

The Church in Central & Eastern Europe:
This week our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in more than 25 countries still struggling to recover from former communist rule. Funds from this collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please be generous to the collection today. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
In this time of unrest, violence, and disease, when our society is polarized, you are invited to gather for a time of quiet prayer for the healing and harmony of each of us and all of God’s creation. The format will include self-introductions, a brief opening reflection, about 30 minutes of silent, shared prayer and a brief closing. The extended time of shared silence provides an opportunity for quieting personal reflection and healing. You do not need to attend every session.

This event will take place on Wednesdays, July 21 and August 4 & 18, at 3:30 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. It will also happen on Wednesdays, July 14 & 28 and August 11 & 25, at 3:30 p.m. at the Holy Cross Rectory.

The facilitator will be Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ. There is a suggested donation of $2 or $3 to benefit the Sisters of St. Joseph (not required). Any questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607–209–4206 or a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Offertory Envelope Renewal Time:
Parishioners using boxes of offertory envelopes will receive a letter from the parish office inquiring about your continued use. Parishioners who desire to use boxes of offertory envelopes, please inform the parish office and an order will be placed for you. Please note that if one donates by personal check, there is no need to use an offertory envelope. What is always available is on-line giving. For this please consult the weekly bulletin.

Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Our given parish goal was $29,979 for the 2020-2021 CMA. Cash received at the CMA through June 7, 2021 was $32,804. Cash receipts in excess of goal were $2,825. 50% of cash, in excess of goal, returned to the parish was $1,413. Again, “Thank you” to all the parish households who contributed to the CMA. As was announced earlier our parish goal for 2021-2022 has been decreased. Out new parish goal will be: $28,086.

Feast Day:
In the United States, July 16 is the feast day of St. Francis Solanus, the patron saint of one of Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish Churches in Interlaken, NY. St. Francis Solanus was born March 10, 1549 in Montilla, Spain and died on July 14, 1610 in Lima, Peru, South America. He was a very successful Franciscan missionary and is called the “Apostle of the Tucuman,” that is today northwestern Argentina and Paraguay.

Sacrament of Matrimony:
The Mass of Recognition for couples celebrating anniversaries of Matrimony will take place on Sunday, August 29, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Register online at https://conta.cc/3vjYs7x or by emailing donald.smith@dor.org or katey.bourne@dor.org. Additionally, the September 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 the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional) to weddings@CatholicCourier.com or via mail to Wedding Anniversaries, Catholic Courier, P.O. Box 24379, Rochester, NY 14624-0379.

Vacation Bible School:
The First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, located at 4443 East Seneca Rd, will be sponsoring a Vacation Bible School, July 18–21. All children are welcome. Please consult their website: www.tburgbaptist.com or phone their church office at 607–387–7705 for particulars.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake is sponsoring Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF on Tuesday, July 13, in a presentation titled “Who is St. Francis of Assisi and What Does He Teach Us Today?” Also, on Saturday, July 31, Ann Kern will facilitate the topic of: “No Other Gods Before Me.” For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand 716–901–4313 or email: branches1515@live.com.

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 Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at immmercy@dor.org or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

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.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sisters Anne Marie Burns and Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2021. Let us keep in our prayers the two sisters praying for us and for all the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis initiated the Year of St. Joseph in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the Catholic Church. This year is dedicated to increase our love for this great saint, to encourage us to implore his intercession and to imitate his virtues and his zeal.

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 familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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.

Diocese of Rochester Request:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, contact our Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–3228, ext. 1555. Toll-free 1–800–388–7177 ext. 1555 or by email to victgimsassistance@dor.org.

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