Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 14, 2019

First reading:
“It is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you only have to carry it out.” (Dt. 30:14)

Psalm:
Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live. (Ps. 69)

Second reading:
He is the head of the body, the church. (Col. 1:18a)

Gospel:
“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.” (Lk. 10:33)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We have heard the story of the Good Samaritan so many times. Have we ever realized that it is an enemy and outcast who is the hero of the story? Freed from laws that limit acts of mercy and compassion, the Samaritan becomes the example of how to love God by loving our neighbor. Our minds know what our faith teaches, and our mouths know what words to speak. Ultimately, deep down in our conscience, we know how we ought to act. Yet, as we encounter each new day, do we always do what we are called to do? Our neighbors live next to us and far away. They are down the street, sitting beside us, living in Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala, Poland, Russia, China, Korea, and Iraq. Our neighbors are even found in people who want to hurt us. How do we love them as Jesus asks us to? How we answer this question will determine how much we really love God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (July 23)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 15)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Francis Solanus Feast Day Social: July 14 after the 5:00 p.m. Mass, St. Francis
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches with Mass: July 18, facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap.
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: July 23, Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants through the beautiful mysteries of light.
  • James the Apostle Feast Day: July 25
  • A Family Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, August 1–3 at 7:00 p.m. and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m., Trumansburg High School auditorium
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: August 2–4 at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Catholic Spirituality and Culture: August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux”
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

St. Francis Solanus Feast Day:
There will be wine and cheese social after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, July 14, in honor of the feast day for St. Francis Solanus, O.F.M., even though in the United States it is celebrated on Tuesday, July 16. St. Francis Solanus was born on March 10, 1549, in Montilla, Cordoba, Spain. He joined the Order of Friars Minor in 1570 and was ordained a priest in 1576. In 1589 he was assigned as a missionary to South America and labored most successfully in Peru, northwestern Argentina, and Paraguay for twenty years. He died on July 14, 1610, in Lima, Peru, and was canonized a saint on December 27, 1726, by Pope Benedict XIII. He is the patron saint of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru. The northernmost mission along the “El Camino Real” (the King’s Highway connecting missions in what is now California) was named for Francis Solanus in 1823.

Feast Day for St. James the Apostle:
St. James the Apostle’s feast day is July 25. St. James, sometimes called James the Greater, is the brother of John the Apostle and both were sons of Zebedee and were given the name “Sons of Thunder” by Jesus. James was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred, being decapitated by order of Herod Arippa I around the year 44 A.D. He is the patron of pilgrims, laborers, Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. There will be an ice cream social at St. James the Apostle Church to celebrate the feast day. Stay tuned for more details!

Attendance and Collections in May:
On an average in the month of May there were 73 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, 109 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and 162 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The average Mass collections during the month were: $875 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass; $1,089 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass; and $767 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $2,575. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

You Made a Difference:
This winter, during public policy weekend, our parish collected signatures in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. Over 10,300 signatures were collected around the diocese. We’re happy to report that the New York State legislature finally passed legislation to give farmworkers basic labor rights, including the right to form a union and bargain collectively and to have one day of rest per week! We had been advocating for farmworkers to get paid overtime as well; the final bill establishes overtime for farmworkers after 60 hours of work a week. This is still not equal with other workers, but it is a step forward. Thank you for standing with our sisters and brothers whose work feeds us.

Cemeteries:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

Summer Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. Thursday, July 18, will be a day of faith formation, music, and a healing Mass. “Worship in the Woods and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716-901-4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Summer Love:
Why not plan for summer love by attending a worldwide marriage encounter weekend at the Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking Canandaigua Lake on August 2–4. Visit wwme.org for more information and/or to register. You can also email Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera at wwmeroc@gmail.com.

A Family Musical:
Please join the Encore Players for their summer musical production of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This is a delightful, family friendly production will be performed on August 1, 2, and 3 at 7:00 p.m., and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m. The show will take place in the Trumansburg High School auditorium (which is air conditioned) at 100 Whig Street. Tickets are $14 and available at the door or through the web site: encoreplayers.org

St. Bernard’s in Pittsford:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a number of courses this summer. One, Catholic Spirituality and Culture, is a retreat course offered together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585–271–3657 or go to the website: www.stbernards.edu.

Catholic Homeschool:
St. Margaret’s is a small, Catholic homeschool group focusing on living the liturgical year. They are currently meeting once a month, and, on July 20, they will be starting a series on Marian consecration for children by Carrie Gress, with a consecration date of August 22, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please contact Jessica Fanaro at Jess.Fanaro@gmail.com
or 540–305–9835 if you would like to participate.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets monthly on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library, 31 E. Williams St., from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit on line at: www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention.

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

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

July 13, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

July 20, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Patty Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

July 14, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

July 21, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 7, 2019

First reading:
As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. (Is. 66:13)

Psalm:
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. (Ps. 66)

Second reading:
From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. (Gal. 6:17)

Gospel:
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk. 10:3)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus tells his disciples, “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Getting people to see the truth about who they are is not always easy or welcomed. Some people want to believe that they have life under control and they do not need any further advice, direction, or challenge from others. Being heralds of the Gospel means doing precisely that. We come with a message that is not always welcome or desired by our sisters and brothers. Yet, it is desperately needed. People need to be reminded of who they are, who God is, and the necessity of repentance for entering the Kingdom of God. It is not about what we want but what God wants. We are called to be peacemakers and laborers for justice and mercy. Are you willing to bring this challenging message to those who may be indifferent or even hostile to hearing it?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (July 9)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 15)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Collection for Emerging Churches:
The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. The people there have been oppressed by czars and radical communism, suffered horrendous crimes against humanity, and endured revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism in an attempt to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects in these countries. The collection for Central and Eastern Europe will be taken up this weekend, July 6 and 7.

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

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

Cemeteries:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

Summer Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. Thursday, July 18, will be a day of faith formation, music, and a healing Mass. “Worship in the Woods and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFMCap. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716 901 4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

St. Bernard’s in Pittsford:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a number of courses this summer. One, Catholic Spirituality and Culture, is a retreat course offered together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585 271 3657 or go to the website: www.stbernards.edu.

Catholic Homeschool:
St. Margaret’s is a small, Catholic homeschool group focusing on living the liturgical year. They are currently meeting once a month, and, on July 20, they will be starting a series on Marian consecration for children by Carrie Gress, with a consecration date of August 22, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please contact Jessica Fanaro at Jess.Fanaro@gmail.com or 540-305-9835 if you would like to participate.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

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

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

July 6, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

July 13, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

July 7, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

July 14, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 30, 2019

First reading:
Elisha left the oxen, ran after Elijah, and said, “Please, let me kiss my father and mother good-bye, and I will follow you.” (1 Kgs. 19:20a)

Psalm:
You are my inheritance, O Lord. (Ps. 16)

Second reading:
But if you are guided by the Spirit, you are not under the law. (Gal. 5:18)

Gospel:
Jesus said, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” (Lk. 9:62)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.” Jesus’s words may seem a bit harsh but are directly on target. The life of discipleship can be costly. Upholding the tenets of the Gospel can put us at odds, even with those most close to us. Jesus never misses an opportunity to spend time with outcasts and sinners. It matters little to him whether doing so breaks a Sabbath law. The Gospel may seem unrealistic, but it is the Gospel nonetheless. We respect the dignity of all persons, from conception to natural death. We work on behalf of justice, which calls us to be with the poor, lonely, confused, and broken. The old “eye for an eye” mentality no longer applies when it comes to dealing with those who hurt us. When Jesus asks you to follow him, will you go?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

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© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (July 9)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 1)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Parish Anniversary: July 1
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Funerals:
On June 12, 2019, there was a graveside service for William P. (88) and James F. (81) Schramm at Holy Cross cemetery. There was a funeral service for Robert L. Davie (72) at the Covert Funeral Home on June 15, 2019. At Holy Cross church in Ovid on June 21, 2019, there was a funeral Mass for Robert E. Gurhrie (87). On June 22, 2019, there was a funeral service for Barbara Carey at the Covert Funeral Home.

Peter’s Pence Collection:
The national collection date for the Peter’s Pence Collection is this weekend, June 29 and 30. The Peter’s Pence Collection derives its name from an ancient custom when King Alfred the Great, in ninth-century England, collected money, called a “pence,” from landowners as financial support for the Pope. Today, the Peter’s Pence Collection supports the Pope’s philanthropy by giving the Holy Father the means to provide emergency assistance to those in need because of natural disaster, war, oppression, and disease.

Emerging Churches and USCCB:
The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. The people there have been oppressed by czars and radical communism, suffered horrendous crimes against humanity, and endured revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism in an attempt to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects in these countries. The collection for Central and Eastern Europe will be taken up next weekend, July 6 and 7.

Fr. Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
A committee of nine parishioners met on Monday, June 17, at the parish center in Interlaken to discuss the celebration plans for Fr. Bernard’s fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. The following was decided: the celebration will take place, under a tent, on the lawn of St. Fidelis Friary on Sunday, September 8, beginning with Mass at 12:00 noon, appetizers at 1:00 p.m., a buffet reception at 2:00 p.m., and a band for dancing from 3:00–6:00 p.m. Fr. Bernard’s family will be present. Hopefully all parishioners (adults and children) and others will join in the celebration to make this a parish family event.

Mary Ruckdeschel:
The parish is indebted to Mary for her five years of service to the parish as secretary. Mary has been conscientious and competent in her work. She has been faithful, reliable, and flexible especially during the merger of the three parishes. Please thank Mary and wish her well as she concludes her ministry at the parish on June 30, 2019.

Susan Guydosh:
Please welcome Susan Guydosh to the newly created position of parish office helper and coordinator of the parish’s religious education program.

Parish Council:
The Parish Council met on June 13, the last meeting for those whose terms end this month. We “thank” Norman Hummel, Michelle Humulock, Gerard Messmer, and Jessica Portillo for their parish ministry in serving on the council. We are most appreciative. The meeting continued with the welcoming of the new members: Charles Mullins and Lynne Stager, and the new alternates: Marc Albanese and Thomas Perry. The meeting concluded with the election of an executive committee and the appointment of members to the standing committees. The 2019–2020 committees are as follows:

  • Executive Committee: Barbara Willers, chair; Gerald Frank, vice chair; and Kathleen Rourke, secretary
  • Word Committee: Andrew Morpurgo, chair; Timothy David; Laurenda Denmark; and Susan Guydosh
  • Worship Committee: Thomas Duff, chair; Marc Albanese; Jacqueline Leidenfrost; and Charles Mullins.
  • Witness Committee: Leo Kawczenski, chair; Lynne Stager; Richard Pell; and Thomas Perry
  • Fellowship Committee: Janice McLaughlin, chair; Scott Hamula; and Nancy Gourty.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

Cemeteries:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to https://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/ and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or suzanne.stack@dor.org.

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle Church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

St. Bernard’s in Pittsford:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a number of courses this summer. One is Catholic Spirituality and Culture, is a retreat course offered together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585 271 3657 or go to the website: www.stbernards.edu.

Summer Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. Thursday, July 18, will be a day of faith formation, music, and a healing Mass. “Worship in the Woods and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFMCap. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716 901 4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Catholic Homeschool:
St. Margaret’s is a small, Catholic homeschool group focusing on living the liturgical year. They are currently meeting once a month, and, on July 20, they will be starting a series on Marian consecration for children by Carrie Gress, with a consecration date of August 22, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please contact Jessica Fanaro at Jess.Fanaro@gmail.com or 540-305-9835 if you would like to participate.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide may find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., Ovid, and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit online at: www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention.

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

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 29, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

July 6, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 30, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle

July 7, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ~ June 23, 2019

First reading:
“Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your foes into your hand.” (Gn. 14:20a)

Psalm:
You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. (Ps. 110)

Second reading:
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes. (1 Cor. 11:26)

Gospel:
They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets. (Lk. 9:17)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How can we ever succeed at truly loving God and our neighbor and fully embrace Gospel living? Achieving this goal without an intimate connection with Christ is impossible. The Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ, connects us with God in a unique and most intimate way. His very life and presence is wedded with ours. Being forgiven and nourished, we are given the strength and conviction to pick up our wounded and broken lives and be living heralds of Good News. Our world is broken and needs authentic, living witnesses to bring it back to truth. Nourished by the Body and Blood of Christ, are you ready to be sent?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (June 25)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 1)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Parish Anniversary: July 1
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Parish’s Third Anniversary:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, was established by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano on July 1, 2016. Happy anniversary to all parishioners!

The Eucharist:
Today’s bulletin included an insert that explains what we believe about the consecration of bread and wine into body and blood of Christ and how we are to receive the Eucharist. As Paul says in today’s second reading: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the death of the Lord until he comes.” (1 Cor. 11: 26). Read more about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ through this link: Receiving the Eucharist 2019.

Parish Council:
The Parish Council met on June 13, the last meeting for those whose terms end this month. We “thank” Norman Hummel, Michelle Humulock, Gerard Messmer, and Jessica Portillo for their parish ministry in serving on the Parish Council. We are most appreciative. The meeting continued with the welcoming of the new members, Charles Mullins and Lynne Stager, and the new alternates, Marc Albanese and Thomas Perry. The meeting concluded with the election of an executive committee and the appointment of members to the standing committees. The 2019–2020 committees are as follows:

  • Executive Committee: Barbara Willers, chair; Gerald Frank, vice chair; and Kathleen Rourke, Secretary
  • Word Committee: Andrew Morpurgo, chair; Timothy David; Laurenda Denmark; and Susan Guydosh
  • Worship Committee: Thomas Duff, chair; Marc Albanese; Jacqueline Leidenfrost; and Charles Mullins.
  • Witness Committee: Leo Kawczenski, chair; Lynne Stager; Richard Pell; and Thomas Perry
  • Fellowship Committee: Janice McLaughlin, chair; Scott Hamula; and Nancy Gourty.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

Cemeteries:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to https://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/ and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or suzanne.stack@dor.org.

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle Church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

St. Bernard’s in Pittsford:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a number of courses this summer. One is Catholic Spirituality and Culture, is a retreat course offered together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585 271 3657 or go to the website: www.stbernards.edu.

Summer Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. Thursday, July 18, will be a day of faith formation, music, and a healing Mass. “Worship in the Woods and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFMCap. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716 901 4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Catholic Homeschool:
St. Margaret’s is a small, Catholic homeschool group focusing on living the liturgical year. They are currently meeting once a month, and, on July 20, they will be starting a series on Marian consecration for children by Carrie Gress, with a consecration date of August 22, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please contact Jessica Fanaro at Jess.Fanaro@gmail.com or 540-305-9835 if you would like to participate.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide may find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., Ovid, and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit online at: www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention.

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

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 22, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

June 29, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 23, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

June 30, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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The Most Holy Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day ~ June 16, 2019

First reading:
“Then was I beside him as craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while.” (Prv. 8:30)

Psalm:
O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! (Ps. 8)

Second reading:
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Rom. 5:5)

Gospel:
“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” (Jn. 16:13a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We believe in one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The reality that God is three distinct Persons yet One is something that is difficult for the mind to grasp. But, understanding God in this way is not impossible for the contemplative heart. We need only to look around us to see our triune God playing and interplaying with all of creation with each of His Persons manifesting itself. God our Father abounds in and through creation. God the Son beats in every human heart, in love, in tenderness of mercy, and in our neighbor. God the Holy Spirit breathes life into all things and guides the course of time and the seasons, bringing wisdom and guidance to all things. Breathe in the height and depth of God’s triune presence and may your heart contemplate His presence and glory.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (June 25)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 17)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage: at Notre Dame Retreat House on June 18.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Father’s Day:
We wish all the fathers of our parish a “happy day.” Enjoy all the greetings of appreciation for the love and service you have given to your family. Your love and service is an inspiration to us all. May God bless and reward you many times over.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

Cemeteries:
The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

June’s Day of Prayer:
Join Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Regina Civiletter as they share “Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on June 18. Scriptures call us to forgive but as we all know, to forgive is not always easy. Thus, we often carry heavy burden(s), our emotional baggage that can weigh us down. The presenters will share words of comfort from scripture as well as moving personal stories of being able to forgive. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and ends with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to https://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/ and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or suzanne.stack@dor.org.

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide may find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., Ovid, and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit online at: www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention.

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

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing samantha@campstellamaris.org or by calling 585-346-2243.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 15, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

June 22, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

June 29, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 16, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday)
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

June 23, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

June 30, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Pentecost Sunday ~ June 9, 2019

First reading:
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. (Acts 2:3)

Psalm:
Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Ps. 104)
or
Alleluia.

Second reading:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When faced with a decision or a dilemma, where do we turn? Whenever we have to discern the proper course of action, the Holy Spirit is available as our advocate and guide. As Christians, we look not to our world for direction but to God. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to help us find our path to proper thought and conduct. Wisdom, right judgment, knowledge, understanding, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord are all perfect tools for discernment. These gifts allow us to keep our relationships and perspective in proper order. It is the Holy Spirit who opens our eyes to see that which we would otherwise overlook and opens our hearts to receive those people who would otherwise be ignored. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you today.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (June 11)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 17)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Catholic Communication Campaign: Second collection, June 8 and 9
  • Pentecost Brunch: Dish-to-pass, after 10:30 a.m. Mass on June 9, Holy Cross
  • Donations for T’burg Food Pantry: June 10, St. James
  • Parish Council Meeting: June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage: at Notre Dame Retreat House on June 18.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Catholic Communication Campaign:
The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will take place after the parish’s regular collection this weekend, June 8 and 9. This national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, Internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ. Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communication efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

Parish Council:
The Parish Council will meet this Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the parish center (St. Francis Solanus Church). Present will be the members whose terms are expiring at the end of this month: Michelle Humulock, Norman Hummel, Gerard Messmer, and Jessica Portillo. We are most grateful to them for participating in this ministry. Also present at the meeting will be new members: Charles Mullins and Lynne Stager, and new alternates: Mark Albanese, Jacqueline Leidenfrost, and Thomas Perry. The council’s other members for the 2019–2020 council year are: Tim Davis, Laurenda Denmark, Thomas Duff, Gerald Frank, Susan Guydosh, Scott Hamula, Leo Kawczenski, Nancy McGourty, Janice McLaughlin, Andrew Morpurgo, Richard Pell, Kathleen Rourke, and Barbara Willers.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

Thank You:
The celebration of Ascension Thursday was enhanced by the socials that followed the parish Masses. We are grateful to Janice McLaughlin and Susan Guydosh at St. Francis; Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, and Camille Taranto at St. James; Lydia Kurkchi at Holy Cross; and everyone else who helped make these socials possible and enjoyed by many.

June’s Day of Prayer:
Join Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Regina Civiletter as they share “Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on June 18. Scriptures call us to forgive but as we all know, to forgive is not always easy. Thus, we often carry heavy burden(s), our emotional baggage that can weigh us down. The presenters will share words of comfort from scripture as well as moving personal stories of being able to forgive. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and ends with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to https://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/ and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or suzanne.stack@dor.org.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood. 

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing samantha@campstellamaris.org or by calling 585-346-2243.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 8, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

June 15, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

June 16, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday)
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ June 2, 2019

First reading:
Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:56)

Psalm:
The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth. (Ps. 97)
or
Alleluia

Second reading:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Rev. 22:13)

Gospel:
“Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me.” (Jn. 17:24a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How do we find our way through life and discover who we really are? It is easy to get distracted by life’s preoccupations and worldly constructs. We can avoid dealing with deeper questions simply by being absorbed in life’s demands and the roles we are asked to play. Is it important to us that we come from God and have our identity in Him? The world cannot succeed in telling us who we are. Only God can. Only through Jesus’s resurrection can we see clearly that he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and the bright morning star. It is by following his example that we can all become one with the Father and brought to perfection. We are designed to be one with God and united with one another as believers in Jesus Christ. When someone experiences our speech and actions, do they witness the fact that we truly believe this?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (June 11)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 3)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • First Communion: Aidan Grave, June 2 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Pentecost Brunch: Dish-to-pass, after 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Donations for T’burg Food Pantry: June 10, St. James
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Coffee Hour: July 7, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Catholic Communication Campaign:
The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will take place after the parish’s regular collection next weekend, June 8 and 9. This national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, Internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ. Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communication efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

Parish Council Results:
At the 10:30 a.m. Mass last Sunday, May 26, Lynne Stager and Charles Mullins were selected for three-year terms to the Parish Council and Mark Albanese and Thomas Perry were both selected for one-year terms as alternates. We thank all who nominated nineteen parishioners to the council and all the nominees for considering their nomination. We thank our outgoing members whose terms will be completed at the end of June: Michelle Humulock, Gerard Messmer, Norman Hummel, and Jessica Portillo. All who participate on the Parish Council are a blessing to the pastor and to the parish. “Thank you.”

Pentecost Brunch:
There will be a dish-to-pass brunch on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, after the 10:30 Mass at Holy Cross. The brunch will take place in the parish meeting center at Holy Cross. Bring your food items to the house before Mass. There will be a sign-up sheet in the ramp entrance. If you have any questions contact Kathy Sinkiewicz at 869-2285. Come and enjoy some great food and company.

First Communion:
This Sunday, June 2, Aidan Grove will celebrate his First Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Aidan’s first communion is a cause of joy for his family and for our parish.

Parish Part-time Position:
There is a new position offered in the parish, as a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job, which begins July 1, would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Everyone is welcome to apply for the position. Please speak with Fr. Bernard regarding the job description.

April Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of April (which included Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) there were 71 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, 127 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and 104 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The average Mass collections during the month were: $1,040 at St. Francis on Saturdays, and, on Sundays, $1,094 at St. James and $1,193 Holy Cross. Parishioners participating through WeShare online giving contributed $3,900. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

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

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8 on the grounds of St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood.

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to www.dor.training and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at katey.bourne@dor.org.

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing samantha@campstellamaris.org or by calling 585-346-2243.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 1, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

June 8, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 2, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday)
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

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


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ May 26, 2019

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

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

Second reading:
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. (Rev. 21:22)

Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (Jn. 14:23)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
To listen openly and be willing to dialogue are the most effective ways to discern how to solve a problem. We must be open to the Holy Spirit and, under his guidance, allow our opinions to be challenged and changed. Learning to trust the active work of the Holy Spirit in all things releases us from fear and brings us closer to living in the peace Jesus promised. Scripture, Church teaching and practice, the wisdom of others in our community, our relationship with God, and the promptings and stirrings of our hearts all have to be weighed when making important decisions. This is how the Holy Spirit keeps us faithful to Christ and the Gospel and the way the Church brings resolution to questions that inevitably arise.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (May 28)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 3)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Personal Care Products Collection: During the month of May at each church
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at the 10:30 Mass
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, St. John Fisher College
  • Conference for Catholic Women: June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Coffee Hour: June 2, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes “Share the Light” Dinner: June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father’s Fiftieth Anniversary: September 8

Parish Council Member Selection:
This Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, the selection of new parish council members will take place by drawing names from a basket of those nominated. The first two persons so selected will serve a three-year term and the next three persons will serve will serve on the council for a one year term as alternates. “Thank you” to the parishioners who nominated themselves or others and to all the parishioners who accepted the nomination.

Holy Day of Obligation:
Thursday, May 30, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In celebration of this Solemnity, there will be a 6:00 p.m. Mass on Wednesday at St. Francis Solanus followed by a free will offering dinner of baked stuffed shells and meatballs. On Thursday there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle followed by a coffee hour. That day there will also be a 6:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross followed by a social event to be announced.

Pentecost Brunch:
There will be a dish to pass brunch on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, after the 10:30 mass at Holy Cross. The brunch will take place in the parish meeting center at Holy Cross. Bring your food items to the house before Mass. There will be a sign-up sheet in the ramp entrance. If you have any questions contact Kathy Sinkiewicz at 869-2285. Come and enjoy some great food and company.

First Communion:
Next Sunday, June 2, Aidan Grove will celebrate his First Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Aidan’s first communion is a cause of joy for his family and for our parish.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate his fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8 on the grounds of St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The staff and the parishioners of St. Pius X parish intend to pray for healing and hope for each of the parishes and faith communities in the Diocese of Rochester. During the week of May 26 they will be offering prayers specifically for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. They write: “During the week of our focus on your parish, our parishioners and clergy will be praying that the seeds you are planting will yield one-hundred-fold, that the love you offer will radiate in the hearts of all you encounter, and particularly, that you experience healing in any and all wounds within you parish.” Let us thank God for the loving expression of care for us by the parishioners of St. Pius X.

Parish Part-time Position:
There is a new position offered in the parish, as a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Everyone is welcome to apply for the position. Please speak with Fr. Bernard regarding the job description. The job would begin July 1, 2019.

Personal Care Products Collection:
While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, during the month of May additional attention is being paid to these items as being needed on a constant basis. These items are not covered by SNAP/food stamps. Personal care products that are needed include items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, or deodorants. This special collection will be held only during the month of May.

24 Hours with the Lord:
A discerner retreat is being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s vocations office for young adult Catholic men ages 18–35. Join in a time of prayer, fellowship, food, and reflection on Friday, May 31, through Saturday, June 1, at St. John Fisher College. Please reply by Friday, May 24, by phoning 585-328-3210 ext. 1327 or by email laurie.mcmahon@dor.org.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood.

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to www.dor.training and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at katey.bourne@dor.org.

Sharing the Light:
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will host their annual “Share the Light” award dinner on Tuesday, June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required by May 24 and the cost is $50 per person. For more information please contact Rhonda at 315-789-2235, ext. 104 or email: rhonda.zettlemoyer@dor.org.

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper between 1926–1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing samantha@campstellamaris.org or by calling 585-346-2243.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

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

June 1, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

June 2, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday)
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Fifth Sunday of Easter ~ May 19, 2019

First reading:

When they arrived, they called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. (Acts 14:27)

Psalm:
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. (Ps. 145)
or
Alleluia

Second reading:
The One who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Rev. 21:5a)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How do people know that you are a disciple of Jesus Christ? Some folks prefer to keep their faith a secret and rarely mention their belief in Jesus. Others are more vocal and readily tell people that they are Christian. For Jesus, there is another way to recognize whether one is a disciple. He tells his friends that all will know they are disciples if they have love for one another. The love to which Jesus calls us to is not just an earthly love. It’s not just about doing nice things for people or even keeping positive thoughts about others. Jesus’s love is divine love. Put simply, Jesus became human so that we can become divine. We are called to look at the world, people, and ourselves as God does. This requires unconditional compassion and a whole lot of mercy and forgiveness. We cannot do this alone. That is why the risen Christ remains with us, especially through the Eucharist, to help us become who he is. If done correctly, there will be no question about who has our allegiance.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (May 28)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 3)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Personal Care Products Collection: During the month of May at each church
  • Diocesan Missions Sunday: Second collection at each church, May 18 and 19
  • Walk for Life: May 18 beginning at the Family Hope Center, Geneva, N.Y.
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: May 19, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at the 10:30 Mass
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, St. John Fisher College
  • Conference for Catholic Women: June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Coffee Hour: June 2, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes “Share the Light” Dinner: June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Celebration of Father’s Fiftieth Anniversary: September 8

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
Today we are honoring the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile and we are invited to take part in the missionary work of the Church. We may not all have to move to another town or city to do so. Each of us is moved to help others live in the faith that sustains us. Bishop Salvatore Matano calls us to a responsible sharing in the missionary works of the Diocese of Rochester. May we share the gift of faith today by helping our missionary friends with our prayers and a generous gift in the second collection today.

Sacrament of Confirmation:On Thursday, May 16, at the Immaculate Conception church in Ithaca, Bishop Salvatore R. Matano confirmed several of our parishioners: Clare Marie Carver, Madison Feely, Bryce Grove, Colby Grove, Tylor Hunt, Andrew Masters, and Ashton Wiggins. Our parish rejoices in their commitment to our Lord Jesus and to being like Jesus in promoting the Kingdom of God.

Parish Council Nominations:
During the month of May we ask parishioners to nominate themselves or others for membership on the Parish Council. The council meets a minimum of four times a year and members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, or Fellowship. The selection of members will take place on Sunday, May 26. The final meeting of the council for this year will be June 13 at which both old and new members will be present.

Parish Part-time Position:
The parish is in need of a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Those interested in the position are asked to please speak with Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office. The job would begin July 1, 2019.

Third Quarter Finance Report:
The parish’s Finance Council met on April 25 and reviewed the fiscal year third quarter finance report that ended on March 31, 2019. Our operating revenue for the three quarters of the fiscal year amounted to $155,212.14 with operating expenses of $176,235.95, leaving the parish with an operating deficit of $21,023.81. Parish savings was used to cover that deficit. The weekend collections, in comparison to last year at this time, are down $11,637.79, largely attributed to the decrease in the number of parishioners attending weekend Mass. The report also showed that our ordinary expenses are down $10,047.65 from the previous year. At the time of the parish merger, $150,000 of parish savings was set aside for capital improvements. Of that amount this fiscal year, $52,459 has been spent on capital improvements and are not recorded as part of the regular operating expenses mentioned above.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate his fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Personal Care Products Collection:
While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, during the month of May additional attention is being paid to these items as being needed on a constant basis. These items are not covered by SNAP/food stamps. Personal care products that are needed include items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, or deodorants. This special collection will be held only during the month of May.

24 Hours with the Lord:
A discerner retreat is being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s vocations office for young adult Catholic men ages 18–35. Join in a time of prayer, fellowship, food, and reflection on Friday, May 31, through Saturday, June 1, at St. John Fisher College. Please reply by Friday, May 24, by phoning 585-328-3210 ext. 1327 or by email laurie.mcmahon@dor.org.

Catholic Women:
Are you looking for signs of hope in our church? The executive director of FutureChurch, Deb Rose Milavec, and others will talk about recent developments that are happening in our church both internationally and locally, including honoring local Catholic women. The conference, open to both men and women, takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y. Register before May 22 by sending $25 (includes breakfast and lunch) and your name and contact information to Karen Costello, 357 Marion St., Rochester, N.Y. 14610.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood.

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to www.dor.training and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at katey.bourne@dor.org.

2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) office reported on May 7 that nearly 24,000 generous donors have pledged more than $6 million to this year’s CMA. This represents 90% of the $6.725 million diocesan goal. Thirty-three parishes have reached their assigned goal (our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, being one of them) and another twenty-three have raised 90% or more of their assigned goal. Congratulations and sincere thanks to all of you for your hard and tireless work for the CMA. Please remember that only paid gifts/pledge payments received at the Pastoral Center by close of business Monday, June 3, 2019, will be counted toward this year’s campaign.

Walk for Life 2019:
The Family Hope Center (also known as the Pregnancy Care Center) will hold its annual “Walk for Life” on May 18 beginning at the Center located at 551 Exchange St., Geneva. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. for the two mile walk with prayers beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sponsor sheets may be attained by phoning 315-789-0708.

Sharing the Light:
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will host their annual “Share the Light” award dinner on Tuesday, June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required by May 24 and the cost is $50 per person. For more information please contact Rhonda at 315-789-2235, ext. 104 or email: rhonda.zettlemoyer@dor.org.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

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


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Fourth Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day ~ May 12, 2019

First reading:
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52)

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

Second reading:
“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17)

Gospel:
Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn. 10:27)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When something delights us, it touches us in a unique and special way. We are stirred within, filled with happiness, glee, and joy. The object of our delight captivates us, and we are eager, sometimes beyond words, to obtain it. Have you ever been delighted by your faith, the Gospel, God’s Word, or an encounter with God? The Gentiles were delighted when they learned they were sharers in the Good News and ecstatic that they were included. They recognized their shepherd and realized that they discovered something or someone unlike any other before. We can easily become lukewarm in our relationship with God and forget just how life-changing the Good News of our faith really is. We are brought to the springs of life-giving water and are gifted with something secular life simply cannot provide: Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (May 14)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (May 13)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Personal Care Products Collection: during the month of May at each church
  • Mother’s Day Flower Sale: in support of Birthright, this weekend at each church
  • Day of Prayer with Merton, Music, and More: May 14 at Notre Dame Retreat House
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation: May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
  • Diocesan Missions Sunday: Second collection at each church, May 18 and 19
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: May 19, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at the 10:30 Mass
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, St. John Fisher College
  • Conference for Catholic Women: June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Coffee Hour: June 2, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Celebration of Father’s Fiftieth Anniversary: September 8

The Sacrament of Confirmation:
On Thursday, May 16, at the Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca, at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will confirm several of our parishioners. They are: Clare Marie Carver, Madison Feely, Bryce Grove, Colby Grove, Tylor Hunt, Andrew Masters, and Ashton Wiggins. Our parish rejoices in their commitment to our Lord Jesus and to promoting the Kingdom of God.

Parish Council Nominations:
During the month of May we ask parishioners to nominate themselves or others for membership on the Parish Council. The council meets a minimum of four times a year and members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, or Fellowship. The selection of members will take place on Sunday, May 26. New members will be invited to attend the council’s meeting on June 13.

Parish Part-time Position:
The parish is in need of a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Those interested in the position are asked to please speak with Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office. The job would begin July 1, 2019.

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
Next weekend, May 18 and 19, we shall observe Diocesan Missions Sunday. Our dedicated Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile have been on pilgrimage sharing their gift of faith and service to God’s people. It was fifty-five years ago that the Diocese of Rochester sent the first sisters to work in the missions. We are called to help them next weekend with our prayers and sacrificial gifts (there will be a second collection that weekend), so that they may continue to bring Christ into a world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail. Surely, we can help to bring hope to them.

Third Quarter Finance Report:
The parish’s Finance Council met on April 25 and reviewed the fiscal year third quarter finance report that ended on March 31, 2019. Our operating revenue for the three quarters of the fiscal year amounted to $155,212.14 with operating expenses of $176,235.95, leaving the parish with an operating deficit of $21,023.81. Parish savings was used to cover that deficit. The weekend collections, in comparison to last year at this time, are down $11,637.79, largely attributed to the decrease in the number of parishioners attending weekend Mass. The report also showed that our ordinary expenses are down $10,047.65 from the previous year. At the time of the parish merger, $150,000 of parish savings was set aside for capital improvements. Of that amount this fiscal year, $52,459 has been spent on capital improvements and are not recorded as part of the regular operating expenses mentioned above.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate his fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping please are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale:
The annual Mother’s Day flower sale in support of Birthright happens this weekend. You may purchase one flower for $1, a half dozen for $5, or one dozen for $10. Birthright is an organization that helps pregnant women by offering alternatives to abortion. They offer free self-administered pregnancy tests, prenatal information, medical referrals, financial assistance, and medical maternity and baby clothes. All services are free and confidential. Please extend your support to Birthright.

Catholic Women:
Are you looking for signs of hope in our church? The executive director of FutureChurch, Deb Rose Milavec, and others will talk about recent developments that are happening in our church both internationally and locally, including honoring local Catholic women. The conference, open to both men and women, takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y. Register before May 22 by sending $25 (includes breakfast and lunch) and your name and contact information to Karen Costello, 357 Marion St., Rochester, N.Y. 14610.

May’s Day of Prayer
Sr. Monica Weis, SSJ (Nazareth college faculty emerita in English and communications) will present: “Merton, Music and the More” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on Tuesday, May 14. This will be a presentation of five periods of Merton’s life and invites participants to reflect on their own personal stories, while expanding their knowledge of Merton. There will be time for quiet and for sharing. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, and confessions and will end with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

Personal Care Products Collection:
While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, during the month of May, additional attention is being paid to these items as being needed on a constant basis. These items are not covered by SNAP/food stamps. Personal care products that are needed include items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, or deodorants. This special collection will be held only during the month of May.

24 Hours with the Lord:
A discerner retreat is being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s vocations office for young adult Catholic men ages 18–35. Join in a time of prayer, fellowship, food, and reflection on Friday, May 31, through Saturday, June 1, at St. John Fisher College. Please reply by Friday, May 24, by phoning 585-328-3210 ext. 1327 or by email laurie.mcmahon@dor.org.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: https://www.liveaction.org/news/court-rules-ohio-defund-planned-parenthood.

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to www.dor.training and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at katey.oourne@dor.org.

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

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

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

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


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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