November 28, 2021 ~ First Sunday of Advent / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land. (Jer. 33:15)

Psalm:
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. (Ps. 25)

Second Reading:
Strengthen your hearts, to be blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his holy ones. (1 Thes. 3:13)

Gospel:
Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand. (Lk. 21:28)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Any human success requires vigilance. Opportunities and powerful moments of encounter can easily be missed when we are not attentive. It is all too easy today to live distracted and preoccupied lives. There is so much vying for our attention that it can be hard to be selective and really focus. Caught up in this whirlwind of busyness and anxiety, we become tired and almost sleepwalk through life. Advent is a time to selectively focus. These beautiful four short weeks are a time to look backward and forward and be attentive to the human journey and God’s revelation. From the beginning of time, God has been seeking our attention. He constantly reminds us of the justice he desires to bring and the promise of his abiding unconditional love. Understanding and growing in these truths requires alertness so that we can be strengthened in our faith and prepared for whatever will come.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: December 14, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (December 6) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • James Pine Room: December 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross Rectory: December 8 & 24
  • Religious Education: November 28, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Catholic University of America special collection: November 27 & 28
  • Advent gathering/holy hour: December 3, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Christmas Flower Offering second collection: December 4 & 5
  • Immaculate Conception Holy Day Masses: December 8
    • 9:00 a.m., St. James
    • 6:00 p.m., Holy Cross

Second Collections:
Second collections will be announced following the Prayer of the Faithful. The collection will be taken up immediately after the offertory procession when the celebrant has received the first collection offerings and the gifts of bread and wine.

On-line Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for donors to give to the parish Christmas Flower collection and pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA).

The Catholic University of America Collection:
This collection will take place next weekend, the weekend of November 28. Catholic University seeks to:

  • Prepare the next generation to address complex social, economic, and scientific problems, and to offer beauty to a world seeking transcendent meaning.
  • Spearhead exploration, discovery, and invention in   our age. Commit ourselves to the education of the next generation of research pioneers.
  • Lead theological, philosophical, and moral inquiries into the most important issues of our time.

Catholic University is taking a bold step forward in its commitment to contribute to society her best citizens — the thinkers, explorers, innovators, artists, and faith leaders of tomorrow. By undertaking the most ambitious campaign in our history, the University will light the way as the leading national Catholic research university.

No Daily Mass—Communion Service:
This Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (November 29, 30, and December 1) there will be no Mass. The Capuchin Franciscans NY-NE are holding their Provincial Chapter of Content in West Hartford, CT. However, there will be a Communion Service at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus on those days. Kathleen Rourke will be leading the Communion Service.

A Gathering:
Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 3, for a gathering at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken to participate in a holy hour marking the beginning of the Advent Season. The holy hour will begin with Br. Francisco and a presentation on the Advent Season with the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model during this season. The hour will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and after the Holy Hour.

Christmas Flower Offering:
Next weekend, December 4 and 5, there will be a second collection. It is the annual Christmas Flower Offering collection. Your offerings help defray the cost of Christmas flowers and decorations.

Holy Day of Obligation:
The patronal feast day of the United States is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is December 8. This year it is a Wednesday. There will be two Masses on that day: St. James the Apostle at 9:00 a.m. and Holy Cross at 6:00 p.m. Please plan now to come to Mass on that day.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year the tags for the Angel Tree will need to be requested in advance. The tags would be for children up to age 12. While we cannot guarantee a specific gender or age for the child’s tag you might receive, all the children do come from families that have been or are having a difficult time and could use some outside support to help ensure a joyful Christmas for their children. If you would like to sponsor a child, or more than one child, please contact Gerald Frank at 607–869–5009 and leave a message or e-mail to gfrank@ottcmail.com. All requests will receive a confirmation. All gifts for the children will be due no later than December 5. Additional information will be provided with the tags that you receive. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those you don’t know.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Our given parish goal is $28,086. This is $2,000 less than in previous years. As of November 12, 2021, fifty parish households have made a pledge to the Appeal. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Last year our parish exceeded its given goal by $2,825 and the parish received a rebate of $1,413. Please do what you are able and make a pledge as soon as possible.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis announced a special year dedicated to St. Joseph. The year began on December 8, 2020 and will conclude this December 8, 2021. The year of St. Joseph marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. The hope of the year was that Christians would grow in the knowledge of St. Joseph’s virtues and imitate them. During the year our parish prayed the Litany of St. Joseph on Wednesdays after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. The Litany contains a list of the many virtues of St. Joseph. The Litany was prayed for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and that all people would have a respect for human life from conception to death.

Season of Advent – Daily Meditations:
A booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Also the booklet contains the scripture Mass readings for each day of Advent. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
Prayer sessions are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. The next dates at St. James the Apostle are December 1 & 15. At Holy Cross Rectory the next dates are December 8 & 22. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Desert Days in Advent:
On December 1 and 8, from 9 a.m.– 3:00 p.m., Notre Dame Retreat House will be offering single days in silence, reflection and prayer entitled “Desert Days in Advent” There is a $25.00 fee. Lunch, time for confession, and Mass will be included in the day. Please register by calling 585–394–5700 or emailing ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 21, 2021 ~ The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed. (Dn. 7:14)

Psalm:
The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty. (Ps. 93)

Second Reading:
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father, to him be glory and power forever and ever. (Rv. 1:5-6)

Gospel:
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.” (Jn. 18:37)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God is wonderfully and surprisingly creative! He turns the tables on our understanding of what it means to be a king by sending us a king who embraces poverty, insults, suffering, ridicule, rejection, and even death. This is our king. Jesus is not the king of prestige or grandeur but the king who brings light to darkness, hope to despair, sinners to mercy, and new life out of death. God dances on, around, in and through all of the silliness and ugliness of the world bringing all of creation to the eternal dance of new life and hope. Whether we accept it now or hope that we one day do, Christ is king of the universe. Christ is the alpha and the omega, the beginning and the end. Every human being, even those who scorned and rejected him and failed to see him in the least of our brothers and sisters will look upon him. Only those who understand truth will understand that we are on this awesome universal journey to Christ. It is a journey of surprises but also a journey of enlightenment when we will one day see and experience with the deepest joy our being in Christ. We will be restless until we are all one day together united in Christ our King.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: December 14, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (November 22) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • James Pine Room: December 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross Rectory: November 24, December 8 & 24
  • Religious Education: November 28, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Mass of Thanksgiving: November 25, 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Catholic University of America special collection: November 27 & 28
  • Advent gathering/holy hour: December 3, 7:00 p.m., Francis Solanus

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
Prayer sessions are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. The next dates at St. James the Apostle are December 1 & 15. At Holy Cross Rectory the next dates are November 24 and December 8 & 22. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Lectors:
In the sacristy of the church, please pick up your 2022 Workbook for Lectors. Each book has a label with your name.

Thanksgiving Day:
The national holiday this year is November 25th. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church.

On-line Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for donors to give to the parish Christmas Flower collection and pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA).

The Catholic University of America Collection:
This collection will take place next weekend, the weekend of November 28. Catholic University seeks to:

  • Prepare the next generation to address complex social, economic, and scientific problems, and to offer beauty to a world seeking transcendent meaning.
  • Spearhead exploration, discovery, and invention in   our age. Commit ourselves to the education of the next generation of research pioneers.
  • Lead theological, philosophical, and moral inquiries into the most important issues of our time.

Catholic University is taking a bold step forward in its commitment to contribute to society her best citizens — the thinkers, explorers, innovators, artists, and faith leaders of tomorrow. By undertaking the most ambitious campaign in our history, the University will light the way as the leading national Catholic research university.

A Holy Hour Gathering:
Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 3, for a gathering at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken to participate in a holy hour marking the beginning of the Advent Season. The holy hour will begin with Br. Francisco and a presentation on the Advent Season with the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model during this season. The hour will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and after the Holy Hour.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year the tags for the Angel Tree will need to be requested in advance. The tags would be for children up to age 12. While we cannot guarantee a specific gender or age for the child’s tag you might receive, all the children do come from families that have been or are having a difficult time and could use some outside support to help ensure a joyful Christmas for their children. If you would like to sponsor a child, or more than one child, please contact Gerald Frank at 607–869–5009 and leave a message or e-mail to gfrank@ottcmail.com. All requests will receive a confirmation. All gifts for the children will be due no later than December 5. Additional information will be provided with the tags that you receive. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those you don’t know.

Capuchin Franciscans: New York-New England:
The Capuchin Franciscans of New York – New England will hold their Provincial Chapter of Content (not a chapter for electing a Provincial & Counselors) at Holy Family Retreat and Conference Center, West Hartford, CT beginning on Sunday evening November 28 until December 1. The friars at St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken are to be in attendance. Please keep the friars in your thoughts and prayers. 

Season of Advent – Daily Meditations:
A booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Also the booklet contains the scripture Mass readings for each day of Advent. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

Year of St. Joseph:
Pope Francis announced a special year dedicated to St. Joseph. The year began on December 8, 2020 and will conclude this December 8, 2021. The year of St. Joseph marked the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of St. Joseph as the Patron of the Universal Church. The hope of the year was that Christians would grow in the knowledge of St. Joseph’s virtues and imitate them. During the year our parish prayed the Litany of St. Joseph on Wednesdays after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. The Litany contains a list of the many virtues of St. Joseph. The Litany was prayed for vocations to the priesthood and religious life and that all people would have a respect for human life from conception to death.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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November 14, 2021 ~ Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
“But the wise shall shine bright like the splendor of the firmament, and those who lead the many to justice shall be like the stars forever.” (Dn. 12:3)

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

Second Reading:
For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated. (Heb. 10:14)

Gospel:
“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.” (Mk. 13:26-27)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Every human being asks and answers a very important existential question. What happens to us when we die? The answer we provide will determine how we chart the course of our existence. It will also determine whether the Second Coming of Christ will be of any concern to us. For many, life is simply a random occurrence with no significant intention or meaning about it. For these people, their eventual death, and the end of the earth as they know it, have little importance beyond their personal consequences. But, for people of faith our natural death and the Second Coming of Christ have huge implications. It is to these things that our faith speaks volumes and can bring a keen understanding and direction that the secular world simply cannot provide. This is where the call to vigilance and the primordial virtues of faith, hope, and love become useful and meaningful. We are works in progress who can either resist the inspirations of the Divine Artist or give into the wonderful surprising creativity of his will.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: December 14, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (November 22) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • James Pine Room: November 17, December 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross Rectory: November 24, December 8 & 24
  • Religious Education: November 14, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Mass of Thanksgiving: November 25, 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Advent gathering/Holy hour: December 3, 7:00 p.m., Francis Solanus

On-line Giving:
The WeShare online giving provides the opportunity for donors to give to the parish Christmas Flower collection and pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA).

Lectors:
In the sacristy of the church, please pick up your 2022 Workbook for Lectors. Each book has a label with your name.

Thanksgiving Day:
The national holiday this year is November 25th. There will be a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year the tags for the Angel Tree will need to be requested in advance. The tags would be for children up to age 12. While we cannot guarantee a specific gender or age for the child’s tag you might receive, all the children do come from families that have been or are having a difficult time and could use some outside support to help ensure a joyful Christmas for their children. If you would like to sponsor a child, or more than one child, please contact Gerald Frank at 607–869–5009 and leave a message or e-mail to gfrank@ottcmail.com. All requests will receive a confirmation. All gifts for the children will be due no later than December 5. Additional information will be provided with the tags that you receive. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those you don’t know.

Share the Warmth:
Trumansburg Rotary Club has placed a collection bin for winter outerwear on the St. James the Apostle Rectory porch. So, if you have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. that are not being used, drop them off to benefit another. This year, the annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear will take place at Ithaca Catholic Charities from November 8-12 and November 15-19. Friendly volunteers are needed to wait on customers. Covid-19 safety protocols will be enforced. Contact Michaela to sign-up at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607–272–5062.

A Gathering:
Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 3, for a gathering at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken to participate in a holy hour marking the beginning of the Advent Season. The holy hour will begin with Br. Francisco and a presentation on the Advent Season with the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model during this season. The hour will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and after the Holy Hour.

Capuchin Franciscans: New York-New England:
The Capuchin Franciscans of New York – New England will hold their Provincial Chapter of Content (not a chapter for electing a Provincial & Counselors) at Holy Family Retreat and Conference Center, West Hartford, CT beginning on Sunday evening November 28 until December 1. The friars at St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken are to be in attendance. Please keep the friars in your thoughts and prayers.

Season of Advent – Daily Meditations:
A booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Also the booklet contains the scripture Mass readings for each day of Advent. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
Prayer sessions are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. The next dates at St. James the Apostle are November 17 and December 1 & 15. At Holy Cross Rectory the next dates are November 24 and December 8 & 22. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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November 7, 2021 ~ Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
She left and did as Elijah had said. She was able to eat for a year, and he and her son as well; the jar of flour did not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, as the LORD had foretold through Elijah. (1 Kgs. 17:15-16)

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

Second Reading:
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice. (Heb. 9:26)

Gospel:
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury. For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” (Mk. 12:43-44) 

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

©LPi

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
It all really boils down to a matter of the heart, and actions do speak louder than words. We cannot hide from the truth. A problem with religion is that it is possible for someone to make everything appear to be right when actually it is not. We can say all of the right prayers, perform all of the proscribed rituals, claim that we adhere to orthodox doctrines and still lead a distorted, empty and sometimes pitiful life. Only actions springing from true and deep sacrifice demonstrate true integrity. Without sacrifice, even the noblest looking actions can amount to nothing. It is no wonder, then, that the widow who contributed from her poverty received great admiration from Jesus. While it may not always appear to be the case, God has a special care and regard for those who depend upon him in times of trouble and want. Only the person who is truly poor is the only one who can see this. Because of a lack of trust, the one who has much is afraid to take a risk and sees only what they possess as their only security.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: November 9, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (November 8) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • James Pine Room: November 17, December 1 & 15
    • Holy Cross Rectory: November 10 & 24, December 8 & 24
  • Religious Education: November 14, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Cemetery Fund collection: November 6 & 7
  • Advent gathering/Holy hour: December 3, 7:00 p.m., Francis Solanus

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW):
This week is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations to the priesthood, diaconate, and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations. NVAW began in 1976 when the U. S. bishops designated the 28th Sunday of the year for NVAW. National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 7-13, 2021. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation.

Cemetery Fund Collection—Today:
Our parish has two cemeteries: Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg. They both operate with an annual deficit. Cemeteries must strive to maintain a fully funded “Permanent Maintenance Fund.” It is difficult to achieve this goal because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity to produce ongoing income to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year. This weekend a second collection will be taken up for the support of our parish cemeteries. You may also mail contributions to the parish office or make an offering through WeShare online giving. Thank you.

Cemeteries Fall Cleanup:
The fall cleanup for Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries will take place on Saturday, November 13. Please have all previous season’s decorations removed by that date. If possible, please take them home for disposal.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year the tags for the Angel Tree will need to be requested in advance. The tags would be for children up to age 12. While we cannot guarantee a specific gender or age for the child’s tag you might receive, all the children do come from families that have been or are having a difficult time and could use some outside support to help ensure a joyful Christmas for their children. If you would like to sponsor a child, or more than one child, please contact Gerald Frank at 607–869–5009 and leave a message or e-mail to gfrank@ottcmail.com. All requests will receive a confirmation. All gifts for the children will be due no later than December 5. Additional information will be provided with the tags that you receive. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those you don’t know.

Share the Warmth:
Trumansburg Rotary Club has placed a collection bin for winter outerwear on the St. James the Apostle Rectory porch. So, if you have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. that are not being used, drop them off to benefit another. This year, the annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear will take place at Ithaca Catholic Charities from November 8-12 and November 15-19. Friendly volunteers are needed to wait on customers. Covid-19 safety protocols will be enforced. Contact Michaela to sign-up at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607–272–5062. 

Seneca County Christmas Project:
Applications (sign-up) for participation in the Christmas Project will be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays through November 8 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. For more information phone 315–835–1996. 

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
Prayer sessions are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. The next dates at St. James the Apostle Pine Room are November 17 and December 1 & 15. At Holy Cross Rectory the next dates are November 10 & 24 and December 8 & 22. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

A Gathering:
Please mark your calendars for Friday, December 3, for a gathering at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken to participate in a holy hour marking the beginning of the Advent Season. The holy hour will begin with Br. Francisco and a presentation on the Advent Season with the Blessed Virgin Mary as a role model during this season. The hour will conclude with Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and after the Holy Hour.

The Word Among Us:
Daily meditations for Advent and the Advent daily Mass bible readings are available in the booklet, “The Word Among Us.” The booklets are in the church vestibules. A free will offering can be made for the booklet. It would be good that every household have and use the booklet daily during the Advent Season.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

Birthright of Ithaca:
Birthright of Ithaca is celebrating 40 years of service to women and children in need in our surrounding communities. Come help us celebrate and see our new space! We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 13, from 1:00–3:00 p.m.  We are located at 223 Elmira Rd. in Ithaca. We hope to see you there!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:
Marriage Encounter will be November 12–14 at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua. Register online at wwme.org. Couples can apply for a discount rate with the code ED&LEO35 at wwme.org. ​The WWME weekend teaches communication techniques such as active listening, listening with the heart and empathy towards your spouse’s feelings. It is based on the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and expresses the importance of love in the union and encourages this love be taken out into the world in various ministries to serve God by strengthening the couples and families in the church.

Day of Prayer:
The Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua is offering a day of prayer with Fr. Ed Palumbos with the theme “The Table of the Lord”. The day of prayer is scheduled for November 10 from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.. The cost, $25.00. To register please phone, 585–394–5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 31, 2021 ~ Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
“Therefore, you shall love the LORD, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength.” (Dt. 6:5)

Psalm:
I love you, Lord, my strength. (Ps. 18)

Second Reading:
But Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. Therefore, he is always able to save those who approach God through him. (Heb. 7:24-25)

Gospel:
And when Jesus saw that he answered with understanding, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mk. 12:34)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!” This ancient prayer has been found on the lips of many of God’s devoted servants throughout history. In its simplicity it reminds us of a timeless truth we often forget. We often worship other gods rather than the One true God and find all of our relationships distorted as a result. This One True and Eternal God who alone has a solitary claim on us and must be loved with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength. It is important that we remind ourselves often of God’s primary place in our lives, lest we get distracted and sidetracked. But there is one more important piece that Jesus insists belongs with this. We must love our neighbor as ourselves. You cannot have one without the other. God’s presence within each one of us requires that all of our relationships work together. This is at the heart of God’s kingdom.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: November 9, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (November 8) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • James Pine Room: November 3 & 17, December 1 & 1
    • Holy Cross Rectory: November 10 & 24, December 8 & 24
  • Religious Education: October 31, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Cemetery Fund collection: November 6 & 7

Parish Annual Financial Report:
The annual financial report, fiscal year July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021, was distributed by email or postal service to all parishioners on the weekend of October 10, 2021. Copies of the report are in the foyers of the Church. Thank you for your financial support and for keeping the parish solvent. You are a blessing.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

All Saints’ Day – November 1:
This year All Saints’ Day is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Monday. On all Saints’ Day there will be one Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken.

All Souls’ Day is November 2:
It is the day the Church commemorates all the faithful departed. It is the custom that the names of one’s beloved deceased be submitted to be remembered and prayed for on that day and throughout the month of November. Envelopes are available in the churches to record the names of those to be remembered and prayed for. The envelopes will remain on the altar for the month of November. On that day, at the 8:30 a.m. Mass, the names of all those whose burial took place through the ministry of the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy during the past year will be announced, and a candle will be lit in remembrance of them. 

Cemetery Fund Collection:
Collection for the support of our two parish cemeteries will be taken up on the weekend of November 7. In preparation for that collection envelopes have been placed in the churches. Also, the opportunity to donate is online through the WeShare program.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year the tags for the Angel Tree will need to be requested in advance. The tags would be for children up to age 12. While we cannot guarantee a specific gender or age for the child’s tag you might receive, all the children do come from families that have been or are having a difficult time and could use some outside support to help ensure a joyful Christmas for their children. If you would like to sponsor a child, or more than one child, please contact Gerald Frank at 607–869–5009 and leave a message or e-mail to gfrank@ottcmail.com. All requests will receive a confirmation. All gifts for the children will be due no later than December 5. Additional information will be provided with the tags that you receive. Thank you in advance for your kindness to those you don’t know.

Share the Warmth:
Trumansburg Rotary Club has placed a collection bin for winter outerwear on the St. James the Apostle Rectory porch. So, if you have coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc. that are not being used, drop them off to benefit another.

Cemeteries Fall Cleanup:
The fall cleanup for Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries will take place on Saturday, November 13. Please have all previous season’s decorations removed by that date. If possible, please take them home for disposal.

Seneca County Christmas Project:
Applications (sign-up) for participation in the Christmas Project will be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays through November 8 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and at the Interlaken Food Pantry on Fridays through November 5 from 3:00–6:00 p.m. For more information phone 315–835–1996.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
Prayer sessions are held on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. The next dates at St. James the Apostle Pine Room are November 3 & 17 and December 1 & 15. At Holy Cross Rectory the next dates are November 10 & 24 and December 8 & 22. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

Birthright of Ithaca:
Birthright of Ithaca is celebrating 40 years of service to women and children in need in our surrounding communities. Come help us celebrate and see our new space! We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 13, from 1:00–3:00 p.m.  We are located at 223 Elmira Rd. in Ithaca. We hope to see you there!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:
Marriage Encounter will be November 12–14 at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua. Register online at wwme.org. Couples can apply for a discount rate with the code ED&LEO35 at wwme.org. ​The WWME weekend teaches communication techniques such as active listening, listening with the heart and empathy towards your spouse’s feelings. It is based on the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and expresses the importance of love in the union and encourages this love be taken out into the world in various ministries to serve God by strengthening the couples and families in the church.

News:
The official voice of the Catholic Church in the Empire State is the New York State Catholic Conference. Stay on top of the issues of concern to Catholics, get the latest new on our Bishops and Dioceses, find inspiring content to deepen your spiritual life and more! Facebook: @nyscatholicconference; Twitter: @NYSCatholicConf or Instagram: @NYSCatholicConf.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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October 24, 2021 ~ Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
I will gather them from the ends of the world, with the blind and the lame in their midst. (Jer. 31:8)

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

Second Reading:
No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. (Heb. 5:4)

Gospel:
The blind man replied to him, “Master, I want to see.” Jesus told him, “Go your way; your faith has saved you.” (Mk. 10:46-52)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek Him the greatest adventure; to find Him the greatest human achievement.” These words of St. Augustine are timeless. Every human being would certainly profit with wisdom if they realized Who calls them and to Whom they belong. There is only one way to satisfy the deepest longing of the human heart and that is in relationship with our Creator. When we seek God with true sincerity of heart and God passes us along our way, we will cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me!” We will instinctively know that it is only our Divine Master who can restore our sight and heal us. The blind man fell in love with Jesus, embarked upon this life-saving adventure to reach him and achieved a goal many have only remotely thought possible. This is mercy in action. No matter how far we stray or how blind we become God patiently waits to console us, guide us, and heal us. All we need to do is desire Him with all our heart.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: November 9, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 25) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: October 27, 1:00 p.m., Holy Cross Rectory
  • Religious Education: October 31, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • World Mission Sunday special collection: October 23 & 24
  • Cemetery Fund collection: November 6 & 7

Funeral:
Michael C. Iannone, age 30, died October 12. There was a graveside service October 16, 2021, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Ovid. For the past seven years Michael did the grass cutting at Holy Cross Church and Cemetery and recently at St. James Catholic Cemetery. He also did the snow plowing at Holy Cross. Michael died of COVID. The parish was always appreciative of Michael’s work and his faithfulness. We keep him in our hearts and prayers.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
The next gathering for prayer will be at Holy Cross Rectory on Wednesday, October 27. Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the prayer sessions. For more information phone 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

World Mission Sunday 2021:
Today is World Mission Sunday. We celebrate this day by remembering our baptismal call – to bring the Gospel to all! The collection today for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith supports the work and witness of the Mission Church, as it provides for priests, religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Thank you for your generosity.

Baby Leighton Update:
Several weeks ago, Fr. Richard asked parishioners to pray for a baby relative of his. Fr. Richard reports that the baby is doing fine. Thank you all so much for your prayers. Everyone is so grateful.

All Saints’ Day – November 1:
November 1 is a Monday, therefore this year All Saints’ Day is not a holy day of obligation. On All Saints’ Day there will be one Mass at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken.

All Souls’ Day is November 2:
It is the day the Church commemorates all the faithful departed. It is the custom that the names of one’s beloved deceased be submitted to be remembered and prayed for on that day and throughout the month of November. Envelopes are available in the churches to record the names of those to be remembered and prayed for. The envelopes will remain on the altar for the month of November. On that day, at the 8:30 a.m. Mass, the names of all those whose burial took place through the ministry of the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy during the past year will be announced, and a candle will be lit in remembrance of them.

Cemetery Fund Collection:
Collection for the support of our two parish cemeteries will be taken up on the weekend of November 7. In preparation for that collection envelopes have been placed in the churches.

Cemeteries Fall Cleanup:
The fall cleanup for Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries will take place on Saturday, November 13. Please have all previous season’s decorations removed by that date. If possible, please take them home for disposal.

Parish Annual Financial Report:
The annual financial report, fiscal year July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021, was distributed by email or postal service to all parishioners on the weekend of October 10, 2021. Copies of the report are in the foyers of the Church. Thank you for your financial support and for keeping the parish solvent. You are a blessing.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Hopefully, you have received the Catholic Ministries Appeal mailing and have had a chance to review the materials. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Forward in Faith.” The CMA supports each of us in our faith life and enables us to live out our purpose as Catholics. Through gifts to the CMA, we support the larger Church so that it may meet real needs throughout the Diocese. Your gift to the CMA enables the Church to be responsive and caring in fulfilling it mission. Please be as generous as your means allow in your response. Every gift is needed and important! Please pray for the success of our efforts. Thank you.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Synod: a church meeting to consult on church matters) to take place in Rome in October 2023—two years from now. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. The theme for the Synod of Bishops is: For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission. The first phase is described as “listening to one another and walking forward together, guided by the Holy Spirit” on a Diocesan level.

Seneca County Christmas Project:
Applications (sign-up) for participation in the Christmas Project will be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays through November 8 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and at the Interlaken Food Pantry on Fridays through November 5 from 3:00–6:00 p.m. For more information phone 315–835–1996.

Birthright of Ithaca:
Birthright of Ithaca is celebrating 40 years of service to women and children in need in our surrounding communities. Come help us celebrate and see our new space! We will be hosting an Open House on Saturday, November 13, from 1:00–3:00 p.m.  We are located at 223 Elmira Rd. in Ithaca. We hope to see you there!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter:
Marriage Encounter will be November 12–14 at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua. Register online at wwme.org. Couples can apply for a discount rate with the code ED&LEO35 at wwme.org. ​The WWME weekend teaches communication techniques such as active listening, listening with the heart and empathy towards your spouse’s feelings. It is based on the sacrament of Holy Matrimony and expresses the importance of love in the union and encourages this love be taken out into the world in various ministries to serve God by strengthening the couples and families in the church.

October—Respect Life Month:
The month of October is dedicated to helping Catholics understand and value the gift of human life and help build a culture that cherishes and protects life. During this Year of St. Joseph, Pope Francis I invites us to reflect more deeply on how St. Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart. Joseph’s unhesitating adherence to God’s will as he faithfully and lovingly protected the Christ Child and the Blessed Mother bears witness to our own call as Christians to safe guard God’s gift of human life. May St. Joseph help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life, especially where it is vulnerable or threatened, and obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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October 17, 2021 ~ Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
If he gives his life as an offering for sin, he shall see his descendants in a long life. (Is. 53:10)

Psalm:
Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. (Ps. 33)

Second Reading:
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Heb. 4:16)

Gospel:
“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk. 10:45)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
It’s the positions of power and great authority that people often admire. We equate success with six figure incomes, high positions, management, and influence. We even go above and beyond to find favor with our bosses so that we can get a little extra recognition and maybe the next promotion when it comes up. This is the way of the world. Those who have their values set on earthly things are going to work by earthly rules. We forget that it doesn’t work that way in the Kingdom of God. Success is measured not from the place of status, influence, or prestige but from the place of humility, service, and sacrifice. The authority that one hopes to achieve is not an authority over others but an authority that comes from wisdom and developing one’s relationship with God. Jesus flips the tables on our priorities. Even the first disciples had a tough time understanding this. They really thought that they would somehow receive a privilege or bonus from being faithful. We often operate under that same illusion.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: November 9, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 25) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • RCIA: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: October 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: October 27
  • Religious Education: October 17, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • World Mission Sunday special collection: October 23 & 24

World Mission Sunday 2021:
Next weekend, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands and part of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith. This year also marks the 200th Anniversary of the Founding of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith by Pauline Marie Jaricot.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
This is a faith formational program for people interested in learning about Jesus Christ and His Church, with a leaning toward being baptized, confirmed and celebrating Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who have yet to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation and/or Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who are interested in continuing their religious education formation. The classes will be begin on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners knowing people who might be interested in such a program please inform Fr. Bernard or Br. Francisco. For more information and/or to register, please phone the parish office.

Cemeteries Fall Cleanup:
The fall cleanup for Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries will take place on Saturday, November 13. Please have all previous season’s decorations removed by that date. If possible, please take them home for disposal.

CROP Hunger Walk:
Thank you to all who helped in last Sunday’s CROP Hunger Walk (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty). Thank you to all who walked and to their sponsors and all who made donations. It was reported before the walk that Trumansburg Area Churches, since 1989, when Rev. Tom Lange of the Presbyterian Church initiated Trumansburg’s participation in the hunger walk, raised $211,300. That is $52,800 for the Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Vocations Committee:
The Diocesan Vocation Directors have requested that each parish develop a committee to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their parish. They have materials available to assist this ministry. Our church needs priests and religious. Please consider helping and volunteer for the committee.

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

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to take place in Rome in October 2023. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. On October 10, 2021, Bishop Matano, in union with our Holy Father, will celebrate the convocation of the Synod of Bishops under the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11:15 a.m.  The invitation to the Mass is extended to all parishioners.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Our Diocese has launched the 2021-2022 Annual Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). The purpose and necessity for the CMA is unchanged after 40 years. We are responsible for continuing the Church’s mission through good times and bad – through prosperous times and lean times. People are still poor, hungry, in need of pastoral care, education and employment. The faithful need ministry and a vibrant parish life. Our youth and young adults are yearning to learn and grow in their relationship with Christ. The Church and our Diocese need trained and educated seminarians, deacons, and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future. We cannot close our eyes to these needs even in these difficult times. Please pray for the success of our efforts. Thank you.

Seneca County Christmas Project:
Applications (sign-up) for participation in the Christmas Project will be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays through November 8 from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. and at the Interlaken Food Pantry on Fridays through November 5 from 3:00–6:00 p.m. For more information phone 315–835–1996.

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
40 Days for Life is an international campaign of fasting and peaceful prayer outside of abortion clinics. In Ithaca we pray across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. The next prayer campaign begins September 22–October 31, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. everyday. 40daysforlife.com/ithaca offers daily devotions, resources, and an online calendar to select your hour to pray. Together, our peaceful prayer and witness will offer hope and life-affirming options to vulnerable women. For more info contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668. 

ExultRochester Catholic Men’s Conference:
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Parish of the Holy Family at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester. Information and registration are available online: exultrochester.org.

Notre Dame High School
The 16th annual McAuley Award evening will be held on Tuesday, October 19. This year, it is a hybrid event and those who are unable to be physically present at the Elmira Country Club can join virtually via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit https://www.notredamehighschool.com/mcauley-awards Questions may be directed to Theresa Tobey, Director of Advancement at 607-734-2267.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 10, 2021 ~ Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her. (Wis. 7:7-8)

Psalm:
Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! (Ps. 90)

Second Reading:
No creature is concealed from him, but everything is naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must render an account. (Heb. 4:13)

Gospel:
“Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” (Mk. 10:21)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Presumption can be a great sin. We can easily convince ourselves that as long as we do the bare minimum or master the basics, it is sufficient. Love doesn’t operate this way. If we are truly in love with God, then the basics are not going to be enough. That love is going to want to get expressed in going above and beyond, in leaving the comfortable and familiar, in stretching and growing and in following a voice other than our own. This is what those who are truly in pursuit of wisdom come to realize. Just like any human relationship worth achieving reveals, we never reach a plateau in following the Gospel or growing in wisdom and holiness. Wisdom is the rudder that guides us through all of life’s attractions and options. It alone determines what is worth pursuing and what must be left behind. That is why those who are only concerned about checking the boxes and doing the least amount possible often walk away sad when offered God’s gift of life eternal. They are not truly in love.
©LPi 

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: October 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 11) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • RCIA: Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: October 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: October 13 & 27
  • CROP Walk: October 10, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Fall Appeal Letter from Bishop Matano was mailed to our parishioners sometime during this past week. Hopefully you have all received the Appeal letter. Our parish given goal this year has been decreased from $29,979 to $28,086. Please respond to this Appeal as soon as you are able. Participation in the Appeal is primary. Please note that if all our parish households participated, our goal would be easily reached.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
This is a faith formational program for people interested in learning about Jesus Christ and His Church, with a leaning toward being baptized, confirmed and celebrating Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who have yet to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation and/or Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who are interested in continuing their religious education formation. The classes will be begin on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners knowing people who might be interested in such a program please inform Fr. Bernard or Br. Francisco. For more information and/or to register, please phone the parish office.

Cemeteries Fall Cleanup:
The fall cleanup for Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries will take place on Saturday, November 13. Please have all previous season’s decorations removed by that date. If possible, please take them home for disposal.

CROP Hunger Walk:
The CROP Hunger Walk, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place this Sunday, October 10, at 2:00 p.m. (all walkers register at 1:45 p.m.). The host and starting place will be St. James the Apostle Church. To register for the walk or to help sponsor our team with a donation please go to: events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/team/the-parish-of-mary-mother-of-mercy. Also, checks can be mailed to the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, Attn: Carol MacLeod, 69 E. Main Street, Trumansburg, NY 14886. Please make checks out to CWS/CROP. If you would like to contribute directly on behalf of the parish, please go here.

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

Vocations Committee:
The Diocesan Vocation Directors have requested that each parish develop a committee to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their parish. They have materials available to assist this ministry. Our church needs priests and religious. Please consider helping and volunteer for the committee.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to take place in Rome in October 2023. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. On October 10, 2021, Bishop Matano, in union with our Holy Father, will celebrate the convocation of the Synod of Bishops under the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11:15 a.m.  The invitation to the Mass is extended to all parishioners.

Rosary Rally:
This annual rally is promoted by a group called “America Needs Fatima.” The rally commemorates the last apparition of our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the sun which occurred on October 13, 1917 and offers prayers for our nation, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary there will be an ending of the chaos, immorality, and social upheaval in our nation. A rosary rally will take place on October 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, 8251 Lower Lake Road, Lodi. On that date and time, it is expected that over 20,000 rosary rallies will be taking place throughout our nation.

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
40 Days for Life is an international campaign of fasting and peaceful prayer outside of abortion clinics. In Ithaca we pray across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. The next prayer campaign begins September 22–October 31, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. everyday. 40daysforlife.com/ithaca offers daily devotions, resources, and an online calendar to select your hour to pray. Together, our peaceful prayer and witness will offer hope and life-affirming options to vulnerable women. For more info contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

Winter Coat Distribution:
Children’s coats will be distributed on Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m.–Noon – bring your child/children with you to the Ovid VFW, 7068 Route 96, Ovid. The event is sponsored by the Community Christmas Project. The free coats are for Seneca County residents only, you must have proof of address and income. 2021 community Christmas project applications will be accepted at the coat give-away.

“The Devil Made Me Do It”:
On Wednesday, October 13, Deacon Eric Bessette will give a presentation on what the Catholic Church teaches about the devil. It will take place at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua beginning at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $25. There will be lunch, free time, confessions and Mass at 2:00p.m. Please register by phoning 585–394–5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

ExultRochester Catholic Men’s Conference:
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Parish of the Holy Family at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester. Information and registration are available online: exultrochester.org.

GriefShare Meetings:
Ovid Federated Church will be starting a cycle of GriefShare meetings on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. The GriefShare Program is a Biblical, Christ-centered seminar that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. For information call the Ovid Federated Church office at 607–869–2794 or Judy Mellgard at 814–762–6928.

Notre Dame High School:
The 16th annual McAuley Award evening will be held on Tuesday, October 19. This year, it is a hybrid event and those who are unable to be physically present at the Elmira Country Club can join virtually via Zoom. For more information or to register, visit https://www.notredamehighschool.com/mcauley-awards Questions may be directed to Theresa Tobey, Director of Advancement at 607-734-2267.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 3, 2021 ~ Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one flesh. (Gn. 2:24)

Psalm:
May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives. (Ps. 128)

Second Reading:
He who consecrates and those who are being consecrated all have one origin. (Heb. 2:11)

Gospel:
“Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk. 10:9)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“What God has joined together.” We are all familiar with these words. Because man and woman are essentially of the same substance, although also distinctively different, there is an innate desire to be connected and united. Admittedly, marriage covenants can be extremely difficult to negotiate and, at times, very painful to experience. But they can also be celebrations of great union and happiness. This is proven by couples who have been married for many years who still have that same twinkle of devotion in their eyes that was present on their wedding day. God designed it to be this way. By God’s power, the two become one. This is not of human design. The true intimacy of marriage is a Divine Intimacy. It is a bond created by a power far greater than any found in the two people who are joined. Marriage is where the virtue of love is most fully expressed.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: October 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 11) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Blessing of Animals: This Sunday, October 3, 1:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • RCIA begins: October 6, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: October 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: October 13 & 27
  • CROP Walk: October 10, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle

Funerals: 

  • Elizabeth Jenner, age 104, died September 11, 2021. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Apostle Church on September 22, 2021.
  • Lee Davidson, age 75 died September 23, 2021. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Francis Solanus Church, on September 30, 2021.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
This is a faith formational program for people interested in learning about Jesus Christ and His Church, with a leaning toward being baptized, confirmed and celebrating Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who have yet to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation and/or Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who are interested in continuing their religious education formation. The classes will be begin on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners knowing people who might be interested in such a program please inform Fr. Bernard or Br. Francisco. For more information and/or to register, please phone the parish office.

Baptisms:
Jack and Brad Agnello were baptized on September 21, 2021, at Holy Cross Church.

Blessing of Animals:
This Sunday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m. at the parish center, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken, the Blessing of Animals will take place. Monday, October 4, is the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Francis has a love for all of God’s creation. It is traditional to bless animals for his feast day.

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

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

Vocations Committee:
The Diocesan Vocation Directors have requested that each parish develop a committee to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their parish. They have materials available to assist this ministry. Our church needs priests and religious. Please consider helping and volunteer for the committee.

October – Respect Life Month:
The first Sunday of October, which is Respect Life Sunday, begins the Respect Life Month. The month is dedicated to helping Catholics understand and value the gift of human life and help build a culture that cherishes and protects life. During this Year of St. Joseph, Pope Francis I invites us to reflect more deeply on how St. Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart. Joseph’s unhesitating adherence to God’s will as he faithfully and lovingly protected the Christ Child and the Blessed Mother bears witness to our own call as Christians to safe guard God’s gift of human life. May St. Joseph help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life, especially where it is vulnerable or threatened, and obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things.

2021-2022 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Fall Appeal Letter from Bishop Matano was mailed to our parishioners sometime during this past week. Hopefully you have all received the Appeal letter. Our parish given goal this year has been decreased from $29,979 to $28,086. Please respond to this Appeal as soon as you are able. Participation in the Appeal is primary. Please note that if all our parish households participated, our goal would be easily reached.

Synod of Bishops:
Pope Francis I has convoked an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to take place in Rome in October 2023. Preliminary work for the Synod begins this month in all dioceses throughout the world. On October 10, 2021, Bishop Matano, in union with our Holy Father, will celebrate the convocation of the Synod of Bishops under the theme: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The Mass will be at Sacred Heart Cathedral at 11:15 a.m.  The invitation to the Mass is extended to all parishioners.

 Rosary Rally:
This annual rally is promoted by a group called “America Needs Fatima.” The rally commemorates the last apparition of our Lady of Fatima and the miracle of the sun which occurred on October 13, 1917 and offers prayers for our nation, that through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary there will be an ending of the chaos, immorality, and social upheaval in our nation. A rosary rally will take place on October 16 at 12:00 p.m. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, 8251 Lower Lake Road, Lodi. On that date and time, it is expected that over 20,000 rosary rallies will be taking place throughout our nation.

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
40 Days for Life is an international campaign of fasting and peaceful prayer outside of abortion clinics. In Ithaca we pray across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. The next prayer campaign begins September 22–October 31, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. everyday. 40daysforlife.com/ithaca offers daily devotions, resources, and an online calendar to select your hour to pray. Together, our peaceful prayer and witness will offer hope and life-affirming options to vulnerable women. For more info contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

ExultRochester Catholic Men’s Conference:
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Parish of the Holy Family at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester. Information and registration are available online: exultrochester.org.

GriefShare Meetings:
Ovid Federated Church will be starting a cycle of GriefShare meetings on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. The GriefShare Program is a Biblical, Christ-centered seminar that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. For information call the Ovid Federated Church office at 607–869–2794 or Judy Mellgard at 814–762–6928.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 26, 2021 ~ Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time / Year of St. Joseph

First Reading:
But Moses answered him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!” (Nm. 11:29)

Psalm:
The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart. (Ps. 19)

Second Reading:
Your wealth has rotted away, your clothes have become moth-eaten, your gold and silver have corroded, and that corrosion will be a testimony against you; it will devour your flesh like fire.” (Jas. 5:3)

Gospel:
“If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna, into the unquenchable fire.” (Mk. 9:43)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Who are the little ones? They are the many and varied faces of people who see hope in Jesus’ message about the Kingdom of God. They have come to believe that there is a different world to be had: a place where everyone has a home, all have an equal opportunity to share in God’s bountiful gifts and blessings, where justice reigns, truth presides, and peace fills hearts. The little ones are those who may have left their former views behind, perhaps even their former lives to follow Jesus and believe in the Beatitudes as God’s world vision. They are the poor, the marginalized, the women and men at the well, the Zacchaeus’ looking for Jesus from a tree, the blind who want to see, and the lame who want to walk. They are the lepers who have been told that they are unclean, and the ones who have learned that suffering and death are nothing to fear. These are all of the little ones. Jesus gathers and protects them as a shepherd guards his sheep. Whoever causes one of these little ones to sin deserves the greatest wrath. Be more concerned about what people are doing than where they came from.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck: October 12, 4:00 p.m., South Seneca high school parking lot
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.,
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 27) 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation program begins: September 26, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • RCIA begins: October 6, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 1:00 p.m.
    • St James the Apostle: October 6 & 20
    • Holy Cross Rectory: October 13 & 27
    • Francis Solanus: September 29
  • CROP Walk: October 10, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle

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

Confirmation Program:
Candidates for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation will begin classes this Sunday, September 26 at 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Pine Room.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
This is a faith formational program for people interested in learning about Jesus Christ and His Church, with a leaning toward being baptized, confirmed and celebrating Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who have yet to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation and/or Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who are interested in continuing their religious education formation. The classes will be begin on Wednesday, October 6 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church. Parishioners knowing people who might be interested in such a program please inform Fr. Bernard or Br. Francisco. For more information and/or to register, please phone the parish office.

Vocations Committee:
The Diocesan Vocation Directors have requested that each parish develop a committee to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their parish. They have materials available to assist this ministry. Our church needs priests and religious. Please consider helping and volunteer for the committee.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
The gathering for prayer will take place Wednesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m. They will be at St. James the Apostle Pine Room on the first and third Wednesdays (October 6 & 20) and at Holy Cross Rectory on the second and fourth Wednesdays (October 13 & 27). On the fifth Wednesday there will be a gathering at St. Francis Solanus (September 29). Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ will facilitate the prayer sessions. For more information phone: 607–209–4206 or email a.alder1980@gmail.com.

October – Respect Life Month:
The first Sunday of October, which is Respect Life Sunday, begins the Respect Life Month. The month is dedicated to helping Catholics understand and value the gift of human life and help build a culture that cherishes and protects life. During this Year of St. Joseph, Pope Francis I invites us to reflect more deeply on how St. Joseph loved Jesus with a father’s heart. Joseph’s unhesitating adherence to God’s will as he faithfully and lovingly protected the Christ Child and the Blessed Mother bears witness to our own call as Christians to safe guard God’s gift of human life. May St. Joseph help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life, especially where it is vulnerable or threatened, and obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things.

Respect Life Mass:
Sunday, October 3, at 11:15 a.m. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will be the principal celebrant and homilist at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester celebrating a “Respect Life Mass.” He has a desire that each parish send two delegates or more to the Mass as an expression of the parish’s commitment to life issues. If you are so inclined, please notify Fr. Bernard at the parish office.

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
40 Days for Life is an international campaign of fasting and peaceful prayer outside of abortion clinics. In Ithaca we pray across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. The next prayer campaign begins September 22–October 31, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. everyday. 40daysforlife.com/ithaca offers daily devotions, resources, and an online calendar to select your hour to pray. Together, our peaceful prayer and witness will offer hope and life-affirming options to vulnerable women. For more info contact Carolann Darling, 607–351–6668.

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

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

ExultRochester Catholic Men’s Conference:
This conference will be held on Saturday, October 23 from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Parish of the Holy Family at St. Jude, 4100 Lyell Rd, Rochester. Information and registration are available online: exultrochester.org.

GriefShare Meetings:
Ovid Federated Church will be starting a cycle of GriefShare meetings on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. The GriefShare Program is a Biblical, Christ-centered seminar that focuses on grief topics associated with the death of a loved one. For information call the Ovid Federated Church office at 607–869–2794 or Judy Mellgard at 814–762–6928.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.heptig@dor.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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