September 25, 2022 ~ Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with. (1 Kgs. 19:7)

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

Second Reading:
I charge you before God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who gave testimony under Pontius Pilate for the noble confession, to keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearance of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Tm. 6: 13-14)

Gospel:
“My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented.” (Lk. 16: 25)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We can be blindly arrogant and selfish. For some, the lens through which we view life is the lens of self-benefit. Having this myopic vision, the plight and station of others are off our radar and of no genuine concern. Being self-sufficient and resilient, we can wonder if all of this “God-talk” is for real. If we believe we are solely responsible for our destiny and well-being, what place is there for God? Tangible faith requires an actual change of heart, a conversion. It involves walking a courageous journey of transformation that consists of a shift in priorities and focus. Humility becomes the order of the day. An authentic loving relationship with God blossoms within a person’s soul. God becomes an ever-faithful companion. Whether this faith is stumbled upon because of messages heard from prophets in our midst or from someone coming back from the dead, the journey is the same. Faith has to be owned and become something permanent. If we are unwilling to lose the arrogance, any truth-filled message will fall on deaf ears.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (October 4), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 26) 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.–12:00 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: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: James Pine Room
    • Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays; October 13 & 27; 7:30 p.m.
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Sweet Sundays at St. James: October 2, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Religious Education: October 8, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Taizé Prayer: October 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m., St. James

Sweet Sundays at St. James:
Parishioners are invited for a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle next Sunday — the first Sunday of every month.

2022-2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Nest week the Diocese is launching the 2022-2023 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 are in need of 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 are in need of trained and educated seminarians, deacons, and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future. We cannot close our eyes to these needs. Starting next weekend, we will have more information to share with you about this year’s appeal. The first mailing for the Appeal was sent out the week, September 15. The given goal for our parish is $31,000.

Community Christmas Project & Coat Distribution:
The Winter Coat Distribution will take place on October 15, from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. at the Ovid VFW, 7068 Rte. 96, Ovid. Seneca County residents may pick up coats for their children as well as submit applications for the Community Christmas Project. Applications for the Christmas Project will also be accepted at the Ovid Food Pantry on Mondays from September 26–October 31 and the Interlaken Food Pantry on Fridays from September 30–October 28. Proof of address and income are required. Contact Gerry Frank at [email protected] with any questions.

Opportunities for Prayer and Sharing – St. James Pine Room:

  • Prayer for Healing & Harmony: every Wednesday, 2:00–3:00 p.m., and the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)
  • Read and Reflect: every Wednesday, 3:15–4:15 p.m. (“Hope Against Darkness” by Richard Rohr)
  • Taizé prayer: 2nd and 4thThursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)

Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Death Penalty Abolition:
Jesus was not the first to be sentenced to death, tortured and executed by the Roman occupiers of his homeland. Jesus is forever identified with those who have been sentenced to death and executed under state authority. Today, 108 countries have abolished the death penalty. If Jesus lived in one of these countries today, he would not face a death penalty, no matter what crime he was alleged to have committed. Pope Francis is inviting the whole Church to pray for the global abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September. When praying please remember this invitation and keep the intention in mind.

Day of Prayer at Notre Dame Retreat House:
From 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on October 11, “Extending Compassion” will be presented by Deacon George Welch from Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Elmira, NY. There is a $25.00 Fee. Call 585–394–5700 or eail [email protected] to register.

Forty Days for Life Speaker:
Former Planned Parenthood manager Ramona Trevino, the current director of outreach of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at the Ithaca prayer vigil on October 11 at 10:00 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood, 620 West Seneca St., Ithaca. Trevino previously managed a Planned Parenthood abortion referral facility in Sherman, Texas. She is the author of Redeemed by Grace: A Catholic Woman’s Journey to Planned Parenthood and Back. For information about the Ithaca campaign, visit: www.40daysforlife.com/ithaca

40 Days for Life Prayer Campaign:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome. If you are interested or would like more information, email Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.\

Online Giving – WeShare:
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 problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees” is the theme chosen by the Holy Father for the 108th World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) which always falls on the last Sunday of September.

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September 18, 2022 ~ Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Hear this, you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land! (Am. 8:4) 

Psalm:
Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor. (Ps. 113)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. (1 Tm. 2:3-4)

Gospel:
“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” (Lk.16:13)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Human beings are often very clever when managing money and making a profit. Sometimes, we place so much of our sense of security in money that we lower ourselves to deceit and fraud. Our need to produce a profit can easily lead to economic injustice and exploitation. Money is necessary to conduct the business of our lives. However, it cannot become the god we serve. Being smart, savvy, and creative with financial wealth can be good. Being smart, savvy, and creative with living out our relationship with God is even better. Our hearts have to find a home somewhere. Jesus reminds us of a choice we must make: God or mammon. We need to be cautious about “selling our souls” to what cannot fully satisfy us and falling into the traps of lust, gluttony, pride, and greed. Instead, we can better direct our efforts and our talents to the management of God’s kingdom, which in the end is the only thing that matters. Any ideas on how we can use the talents and skills God gave us to make for a better world?
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (October 4), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 26) 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.–12:00 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: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: James Pine Room
    • Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, September 22, October 13 & 27; 7:30 p.m., at 7:30 p.m.
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development second collection: September 17/18
  • Sweet Sundays at St. James: October 2, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Religious Education: October 8, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Taizé Prayer: October 13 & 27, 4:00 p.m., St. James

Parish Feast Day Celebration and Picnic:
The celebration took place last Sunday, September 11. It was a rainy day. However, all were dry under the tent that was beautifully decorated with flower arrangements on every table. The food was plentiful and delicious. About 90 parishioners were present. Thank you to the Fellowship Committee of the Parish Council: Martha Wooledge, Scott Hamula, Jacqueline Leidenfrost and Russ Wedemeyer (who was most present in the set up of the tent, tables and chairs and the clean-up – the first to arrive and the last to leave). A special “Thanks” to Hollie Kroening for being part of the planning and offering her skills and equipment in the set-up and serving of food and drink. Thanks to all who came to the celebration and for the “dishes-to-pass”. It was a grand event.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
Please be generous in this week’s special collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, more than 11% of the population lives in poverty. With this collection, you support programs that address the root causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those struggling across the country. In addition, 25% of the funds we collect remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection and support those working on the margins. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd.

2022-2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Nest week the Diocese is launching the 2022-2023 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 are in need of 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 are in need of trained and educated seminarians, deacons, and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future. We cannot close our eyes to these needs. Starting next weekend, we will have more information to share with you about this year’s appeal. The first mailing for the Appeal was sent out the week, September 15. The given goal for our parish is $31,000.

Death Penalty Abolition:
Jesus was not the first to be sentenced to death, tortured and executed by the Roman occupiers of his homeland. Jesus is forever identified with those who have been sentenced to death and executed under state authority. Today, 108 countries have abolished the death penalty. If Jesus lived in one of these countries today, he would not face a death penalty, no matter what crime he was alleged to have committed. Pope Francis is inviting the whole Church to pray for the global abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September. When praying please remember this invitation and keep the intention in mind.

Opportunities for Prayer and Sharing – St. James Pine Room:

  • Prayer for Healing & Harmony: every Wednesday, 2:00–3:00 p.m., and the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Sept. 22; Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)
  • Read and Reflect: every Wednesday, 3:15–4:15 p.m. (“Hope Against Darkness” by Richard Rohr)
  • Taizé prayer: 2nd and 4thThursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 8 & 22)

Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

September Ladies Brunch:
The Interlaken Reformed Church invites women to a Fall Ladies Brunch with Eileen Banks as a guest speaker. The event will be held on Saturday, September 24, at 10:00 a.m. Bring along a dish-to-share, if you can. For more information, please phone the church at 607–523–4321, or the Parsonage at 607–532–4763.

Day of Prayer at Notre Dame Retreat House:
From 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on October 11, “Extending Compassion” will be presented by Deacon George Welch from Parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus, Elmira, NY. There is a $25.00 Fee. Call 585–394–5700 or email [email protected] to register.

Forty Days for Life:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.

Online Giving – WeShare:
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 problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 11, 2022 ~ Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
So the LORD relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people. (Ex. 32:14)

Psalm:
I will rise and go to my father. (Ps. 51)

Second Reading:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tm. 1:15)

Gospel:
“I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.” (Lk. 15:7)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
It is easy to worship things other than God. Our perception of reality gets distorted as well as our understanding of truth. Ideologies and theories that find a popular reception are extolled when they are simply lies. Human beings easily get lost. God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ to rescue us from our sins and keep us where we need to be. But we have to realize that we are living in darkness before we can ask for light. We have to recognize that we are lost so that we can desire to be found. And, we have to know that we have sinned so that we can repent. God always patiently waits. God is delighted when one of His children chooses life over death and runs toward His unconditional Mercy. Let’s not be so stubborn and stiff-necked that we fail to recognize that we may have wandered into the wrong pasture.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (October 4), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 12) 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.–12:00 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: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: James Pine Room
    • Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursdays, September 22, October 13 & 27; 7:30 p.m., at 7:30 p.m.
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Parish Picnic: September 11, 1:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development second collection: September 17/18
  • Taizé Prayer: October 13, 4:00 p.m., St. James

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
Next week our special collection will support the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. More than 37 million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs that empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face in bringing permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Campaign at www.usccb.org/cchd.

Parish Picnic / Parish Feast Day Celebration
This Sunday, September 11, at St. Fidelis Friary’s front lawn beginning at 1:00 p.m. will be the celebration of our parish feast day, Mary, Mother of Mercy with a picnic. The picnic will take place under a tent. Pulled pork on a roll will be supplied by the parish. Please bring a dish to pass. Lemonade, iced tea and water will be available.

Sacrament of Confirmation Program:
Students in the eighth grade and above are eligible to prepare for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the Diocese of Rochester, it is a two-year program. Classes will begin this Saturday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken. Registration forms have been mailed to possible candidates. Forms can be returned to the parish office or at the time of the first gathering of youth. Parishioners please alert families of that age group and invite and encourage them to participate in the gathering and program.

Finance Council:
The Finance Council met with the Reginal Finance Director, Rebecca Pizzirusso, and Parish Business Manager, Eileen Heptig to review the 2021-2022 fiscal year financial report. The fiscal year ended, June 30, 2022. A complete report to the parish will be forthcoming. Regarding the Statement of Revenues and Expenditures, the year’s revenues amounted to $240,276.55 and the expenditures amounted to $227,396.22 ending with a net operating revenue of $12,880.33. Thank you all for your financial support and for an outstanding donation to the parish of $10,000. All financial gifts are a blessing and help to keep the parish solvent.

Opportunities for Prayer and Sharing – St. James Pine Room:

  • Prayer for Healing & Harmony: every Wednesday, 2:00–3:00 p.m., and the 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m. (Sept. 22; Oct. 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec. 22)
  • Read and Reflect: every Wednesday, 3:15–4:15 p.m. (“Hope Against Darkness” by Richard Rohr)
  • Taizé prayer: second Thursday, 4:00–5:00 p.m. (Oct. 13; Nov. 10; Dec. 8)

Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc.:
On Monday, September 19, “Divine Mercy is Really Present” will be facilitated by Rev. Matt Nycz with Mass at 3:30 p.m. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Pope’s Letter to the Faithful (called an Encyclical):
In his encyclical Laudato Si, Pope Francis makes it clear that we have a moral obligation to care for the Earth. The Laudato Si Action Platform is the Vatican’s seven-year effort calling all Catholics to this mission. It invites all sectors of the Church, including families, parishes, schools, and businesses, to participate in this crucial work. Learn more at www.laudatosiactionplatform.org Let’s pray for this mission using some of the words from Laudato Si’:

“O God of the poor help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes. Bring healing to our lives, that we may protect the world and not prey on it, that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain at the expense of the poor and the earth.”

Forty Days for Life:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.

Death Penalty Abolition:
Pope Francis is inviting the whole Church to pray for the global abolition of the death penalty throughout the month of September. When praying please remember this invitation and keep the intention in mind.

2022-2023 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The first mailing for the Appeal will be sent out this week, September 15. The given goal for our parish is $31,000. The launching of the Appeal will be the weekend of September 24/25, 2022.

Online Giving – WeShare:
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 problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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September 4, 2022 ~ Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? (Wis. 9:13)

Psalm:
In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. (Ps. 90)

Second Reading:
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother. (Philemon 9:15-16)

Gospel:
“Anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:33)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Stand up straight and don’t slouch!” Many a child has heard these words bellowed from their mother’s lips. We need the perspective of others to help us understand when we are not walking as straight as we could be. God sends us the Holy Spirit to correct and guide us so that our paths through life can be straight. Without this assistance, how we see and understand ourselves and the world around us is incomplete. We will also lack the virtue of fortitude. It takes courage to listen to the Holy Spirit and devote ourselves to the task of discipleship. We have to put aside things that the world says are necessary and follow a path placed before us by Jesus Christ. Jesus is asking us to follow him. We must consider what we have to do to be free enough to do so. God needs us to show the world a complete picture of what life is meant to be, correct its vision and tell it to stand up straight!
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

St. Teresa’s feast day is Sept. 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (September 5), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 12) 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.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Every Wednesday, 2:00 p.m.; Thursdays, September 8 & 22, at 7:30 p.m.; St. James Pine Room
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Taizé Prayer: September 8, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Parish Council: September 8, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Confirmation program: September 10, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Picnic: September 11, 1:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary

Parish Picnic / Parish Feast Day Celebration:
Next Sunday, September 11th at St. Fidelis Friary’s front lawn beginning at 1:00 p.m. will be the celebration of our parish feast day, Mary, Mother of Mercy with a picnic. The picnic will take place under a tent. Pulled pork on a roll will be supplied by the parish. Please bring a dish to pass. Lemonade, iced tea and water will be available. One game is planned for all the attendees’ participation. Parishioners are invited to bring a dessert and the most popular dessert will be proclaimed. We need people to oversee the parking of cars, the beverage area, the garbage and the immediate cleaning. Please phone the parish office to volunteer to help. Thanks.

Sweet Sundays at St. James the Apostle:
On the first Sunday of the month a social gathering is held in the St. James the Apostle Church Pine Room after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. However, this Sunday, September 4, is Labor Day weekend, and the social is cancelled. The socials will resume on October 2nd.

Capuchin Franciscan Events:
Perpetual Profession: Bro. Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap, Saturday, August 27, 2022. The event took place where Br. Francisco is assigned – St. Michael’s Church, 225 Jerome Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207.

50th Anniversary as a Capuchin Franciscan: Fr. John Tokaz, OFM Cap, Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Jamaica Plain, MA. Fr. John is presently the Pastor of St. Peter’s Church, 134 Convent Av., Rutland, VT 05701.

Parish Council Meeting:
The Parish Council, members and alternates, will meet on this Thursday, September 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

Finance Council:
The Finance Council met with the Reginal Finance Director, Rebecca Pizzirusso, and Parish Business Manager, Eileen Heptig to review the 2021-2022 fiscal year financial report. The fiscal year ended, June 30, 2022. A complete report to the parish will be forthcoming. Regarding the Statement of Revenues and Expenditures, the year’s revenues amounted to $240,276.55 and the expenditures amounted to $227,396.22 ending with a net operating revenue of $12,880.33. Thank you all for your financial support and for an outstanding donation to the parish of $10,000. All financial gifts are a blessing and help to keep the parish solvent.

Sacrament of Confirmation Program:
Students in the eighth grade and above are eligible to prepare for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. In the Diocese of Rochester, it is a two-year program. Classes will begin this Saturday, September 10th at 5:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken. Registration forms have been mailed to possible candidates. Forms can be returned to the parish office or at the time of the first gathering of youth. Parishioners please alert families of that age group and invite and encourage them to participate in the gathering and program.

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available every Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and the second and fourth Thursdays of the month (September 8 & 22) at 7:30 p.m. at  St. James the Apostle. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Forty Days for Life:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome to hopefully cover the whole day. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. On Monday, September 19, “Divine Mercy is Really Present” will be facilitated by Rev. Matt Nycz with Mass at 3:30 p.m. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People:
Notre Dame Retreat House Canandaigua, NY 14424 585-394-5700 or [email protected] is sponsoring retreat weekends to learn the “Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People” to learn the importance of the Eucharist and why it is a gift and the action that should inspire everyday living. Notre Dame Retreat House Team will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass such as Mass and its History; Mass as a Meal; Mass as Thanksgiving and Mass as Mission. There are six weekends this Fall . . . We are limiting each to 50. Early registration suggested! Visit our website: notredameretreat.org for more details and weekend date options. A Ministry of the Redemptorist Priest & Brothers

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
On Sept. 17/18, we’ll be taking up a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Here in our Diocese, two life-changing community organizations have been approved for major CCHD national grants. They are City Roots Land Trust, made up of low-income people becoming homeowners in inner city Rochester, and Alianza Agricola, a farmworker organization.  Your support of CCHD helps people to address the root causes of poverty and reclaim their human dignity.

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Usually the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month at 4:00 p.m. This month it will be only on September 8. Upcoming dates are October 13 & 27; Nov. 10; Dec 8 & 22 (the 3rd Thursday).
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 28, 2022 ~ Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God. (Sir. 7:18)

Psalm:
God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor. (Ps. 68)

Second Reading:
You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God. (Heb. 12:22)

Gospel:
“For every one who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk.14:11)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Humble yourself the more, the greater you are.” These words from Sirach are packed with wisdom. Who we become, and the success we achieve, is due not only to our own merits but also to God’s grace. Without God, we cease to be. This is a simple fact. If we ever feel entitled to honor, superior treatment, or privileges, then we are deluding ourselves. The person who truly understands and is responsible for their well-being and success will quickly become a servant of others. We tend to forget how important service is. Being generous and kind, especially to those who cannot repay us, is the hallmark of the Christian life. Are we willing to put ourselves last? An easy way to seek an answer is to determine how much value you place on sitting in the seat you occupy today or the space you choose to park your car. Would you offer these to someone else?
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (September 5), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (September 12) 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.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation program: September 10, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Picnic: September 11, 1:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary

Parish Picnic:
The Fellowship Committee of the Parish Council is working on the celebration of our Parish Feast Day and Picnic. Please note the date: Sunday, September 11, at St. Fidelis Friary’s front lawn beginning at 1:00 p.m. The picnic will take place under a tent. Pulled pork on a roll will be supplied by the parish. Please bring a dish to pass. Lemonade, iced tea and water will be available. One game is planned for all the attendees’ participation. There will be a 50-50 raffle. Parishioners are invited to bring a dessert and the most popular dessert will be proclaimed. We need people to oversee the parking of cars, the beverage area, the garbage and the immediate cleaning. Please phone the parish office to volunteer to help. Thanks.

Sweet Sundays at St. James the Apostle:
On the first Sunday of the month a social gathering is held in the St. James the Apostle Church Pine Room after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. However, next Sunday, September 4, is Labor Day weekend, and the social is cancelled. The socials will resume on October 2.

Capuchin Franciscan Events:
Perpetual Profession: Bro. Francisco Serrano, OFM Cap, Saturday, August 27, 2022. The event took place where Br. Francisco is assigned – St. Michael’s Church, 225 Jerome Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207.

50th Anniversary as a Capuchin Franciscan: Fr. John Tokaz, OFM Cap, Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Jamaica Plain, MA. Fr. John is presently the Pastor of St. Peter’s Church, 134 Convent Av., Rutland, VT 05701.

Elderly / Sick Outreach:
Two families in the parish have requested help. They need someone to visit and sit (for a short time) with a relative so the care giver can periodically attend to other needs outside the house. If interested in offering this help and support, please notify the parish office. Thank you.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Forty Days for Life:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome to hopefully cover the whole day. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. On Monday, September 19, “Divine Mercy is Really Present” will be facilitated by Rev. Matt Nycz with Mass at 3:30 p.m. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People:
Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is sponsoring retreat weekends to learn about,“The Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People.” The Notre Dame Retreat House team will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass including the history, Mass as a Meal, Mass as Thanksgiving, and Mass as Mission. There are six weekends this Fall. Early registration is suggested! Visit notredameretreat.org for more details, or contact at 585-394-5700 or [email protected].

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 21, 2022 ~ Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
They shall bring all your brothers and sisters from all the nations as an offering to the LORD. (Is. 66:20)

Psalm:
Go out to all the world and tell the Good News. (Ps. 117)
Or
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
“My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by him; for whom the Lord loves, he disciplines.” (Heb. 12:5-6)

Gospel:
And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. (Lk. 13:29)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Discipline is necessary for us to focus our attention and develop and refine our skills. A disciplined person has integrity and can make difficult but necessary choices. Most people do not like discipline, especially children. When we have to rise above our impulses and desires and do something challenging, it can appear as a punishment. The struggles of living a good and effective Christian life, especially when we actively choose virtue over vice, are allowed by God and necessary for reaching spiritual maturity. God invites us to share in His Kingdom. Hearing and accepting that invitation requires an active, conscious decision on our part. Reforming our lives and changing how we do things does not come easily. But it is precisely what is necessary for us to enter through the narrow gate that leads to life. Discipline is essential if we are going to discover our desire for union with our Creator and live in God’s house. In this way, we will not risk finding the door locked when we need it to be open.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: South Seneca High School, September 5, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (August 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.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Parish Picnic: September 11, 1:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary

Parish Picnic / Parish Feast Day Celebration:
The Fellowship Committee of the Parish Council is working on the celebration of our Parish Feast Day and Picnic. Please note the date, Sunday, September 11, at St. Fidelis Friary’s front lawn beginning at 1:00 p.m. The picnic will take place under a tent. Pulled pork on a roll will be supplied by the parish. Each household is requested to bring a dish to pass. Lemonade, iced tea, and water will be available. One game is planned for all the attendees’ participation. There will be a 50-50 raffle. Parishioners are invited to bring a dessert and people will have the opportunity to judge the one they like most. There will be instrumental music. We need people to oversee the parking of cars, someone(s) to oversee the food distribution area, another for the beverage area, another for the garbage collection and another for cleaning when it might be needed. Please phone the parish office to volunteer to help. It should be a grand parish event.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Forty Days for Life:
The 40 Days for Life Campaign has been praying at Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St. Ithaca every Friday morning from 8:30–11:00 a.m. More volunteers are welcome to hopefully cover the whole day. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Becky at [email protected] or phone Carol or Roy at 607–277–3843/607–592–0557.

Diocesan Office of Evangelization & Catechesis:
The Office is looking for married couples who would be interested in being a part of a teams to facilitate “in-person pre-canas.” For more information please email Don Smith at [email protected].

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property:

  • Thursday, August 25, Liturgy of the Hours with 3:00 p.m. Mass, facilitated by Deacon Ward Nolan and Jayne Badano-Bidwell. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Amato.
  • Monday, September 19, “Divine Mercy is Really Present” facilitated by Rev. Matt Nycz with Mass at 3:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People:
Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is sponsoring retreat weekends to learn about,“The Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People.” The Notre Dame Retreat House team will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass including the history, Mass as a Meal, Mass as Thanksgiving, and Mass as Mission. There are six weekends this Fall. Early registration is suggested! Visit notredameretreat.org for more details, or contact at 585-394-5700 or [email protected].

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 14, 2022 ~ Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite to take three men along with him, and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he should die. (Jer. 38:10)

Psalm:
Lord, come to my aid! (Ps. 40)

Second Reading:
Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus. (Heb. 12:1-2)

Gospel:
“Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.” (Lk. 12:51)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
There is a “great cloud of witnesses” found in the official saints of the church and in ordinary people we meet every day. They are faith-filled inspirations who, by their example, help us to persevere in our faith. Living in a sea of conflict, change, challenge, and confusion, it is easy to grow tired and get weary. With so many things in competition for our attention, it is challenging to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and the Kingdom of God. We have to keep running the race and continue proclaiming the Good News. This message is not always welcome. It can cause division, challenge accepted mindsets, ruffle peoples’ feathers, and cause some folks to become defensive. God’s ways are not always our ways. Even though often rejected by the world, the message of God in Jesus Christ must continue to be preached. We can rely on the examples of faith before us and around us and not lose heart. As Jesus endured the voices of opposition, so too can we.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: South Seneca High School, September 5, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (August 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.–12:00 p.m., and Thursdays 4:00–6:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: August 15, 8:30 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Picnic: September 11, 1:00 p.m., St. Fidelis Friary

Wedding:
Mark Stilwell and Nichole Bromka were married August 7, 2022 at Holy Cross Church, Ovid.

Parish Feast Day and Picnic:
The Fellowship Committee of the Parish Council is working on the celebration of our Parish Feast Day and Picnic. Please note the date: Sunday, September 11, at St. Fidelis Friary beginning at 1:00 p.m. All parish households are invited. Please mark your calendars.

August 15:
The Solemnity of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on August 15. In our country it is a holy day of obligation. This year, because this feast day falls on a Monday, it is not a day of obligation. There will be a Mass in celebration of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Monday, August 15, at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

Fill the Bus:
Fill the Bus a school supply drive to benefit all four Seneca County school districts based on need. Items needed are: Crayola Crayons, colored pencils, #2 pencils, Elmer’s glue sticks, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, kid’s Fiskar scissors, and back packs. This is a “drop off event” on Friday, August 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Canoga Fire Department, 3576 State Route 89, Seneca Falls. Supplies can also be dropped off at any Seneca County Library prior to the event.

“Thank you”:
The parish received a note of gratitude from the Trumansburg Food Pantry for the financial support given by our parishioners. “Your kindness enables us to purchase food and personal care items for the families who benefit from our bi-monthly distributions”. With gratitude, The Trumansburg Food Pantry.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Diocesan Office of Evangelization & Catechesis:
The Office is looking for married couples who would be interested in being a part of a teams to facilitate “in-person pre-canas.” For more information please email Don Smith at [email protected].

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property:

  • Thursday, August 25, Liturgy of the Hours with 3:00 p.m. Mass, facilitated by Deacon Ward Nolan and Jayne Badano-Bidwell. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Amato.
  • Monday, September 19, “Divine Mercy is Really Present” facilitated by Rev. Matt Nycz with Mass at 3:30 p.m.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People:
Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is sponsoring retreat weekends to learn about,“The Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People.” The Notre Dame Retreat House team will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass including the history, Mass as a Meal, Mass as Thanksgiving, and Mass as Mission. There are six weekends this Fall. Early registration is suggested! Visit notredameretreat.org for more details, or contact at 585-394-5700 or [email protected].

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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August 7, 2022 ~ Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
For when you punished our adversaries in this you glorified us whom you had summoned. (Wis. 18:8)

Psalm:
Blessed the people the Lord has chosen to be his own. (Ps. 33)

Second Reading:
For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and maker is God. (Heb. 11:10) 

Gospel:
“You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” (Lk. 12:40)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The fruits of our labors are not always seen in our lifetimes. Faith is not conditional on seeing results. Faith is a radical trust in what is unseen. It requires vigilance and self-investment. It requires our attention even when our efforts don’t bear fruit or are unappreciated or unrecognized. A person who is open to accepting God’s presence, however it comes, and is willing to share the love received with others is a true inspiration. Good works will flow from this vigilant depth of faith. It will be directed where it is most needed and detached from the need for recognition or gratitude. Faith exercised in secret is the most profound expression of faith and a testament of true love for our Creator. No one needs to know the humility, generosity, and goodness of our hearts, only God. Standing erect and watchful, we are prepared to receive the gift of Divine Love and freely share it with others, without recognition or self-benefit.
©LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


 Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: South Seneca High School, September 5, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (August 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
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sundays: August 7, following 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James the Apostle

Sweet Sundays at St. James:
Parishioners are invited for a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle on the first Sunday of every month. The next Sweet Sunday is August 7.

Parish Feast Day and Picnic:
The Fellowship Committee of the Parish Council is working on the celebration of our Parish Feast Day and Picnic. Please note the date: Sunday, September 11, at St. Fidelis Friary beginning at 1:00 p.m. All parish households are invited. Please mark your calendars.

Fill the Bus:
Fill the Bus a school supply drive to benefit all four Seneca County school districts based on need. Items needed are: Crayola Crayons, colored pencils, #2 pencils, Elmer’s glue sticks, loose leaf paper, binders, notebooks, kid’s Fiskar scissors, and back packs. This is a “drop off event” on Friday, August 19, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Canoga Fire Department, 3576 State Route 89, Seneca Falls. Supplies can also be dropped off at any Seneca County Library prior to the event.

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

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Diocesan Office of Evangelization & Catechesis:
The Office is looking for married couples who would be interested in being a part of a teams to facilitate “in-person pre-canas.” For more information please email Don Smith at [email protected].

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property:

  • Saturday, August 13, Suffering and Faith, facilitated by Ann Kern, and
  • Thursday, August 25, Liturgy of the Hours with 3:00 p.m. Mass, facilitated by Deacon Ward Nolan and Jayne Badano-Bidwell. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Amato.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People:
Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, NY is sponsoring retreat weekends to learn about,“The Eucharist, God’s Gift to His People.” The Notre Dame Retreat House team will offer thoughts on the different aspects of the Mass including the history, Mass as a Meal, Mass as Thanksgiving, and Mass as Mission. There are six weekends this Fall. Early registration is suggested! Visit notredameretreat.org for more details, or contact at 585-394-5700 or [email protected].

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 31, 2022 ~ Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
For what profit comes to man from all the toil and anxiety of heart with which he has labored under the sun? (Ecc. 2:22)

Psalm:
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Ps. 90)

Second Reading:
If you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Think of what is above, not of what is on earth. (Col. 3:1-2)

Gospel:
“God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’” (Lk. 12:20)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Greed is more present and powerful in our lives than we care to admit. We like our “stuff” and are hesitant to part with it. What we convince ourselves that we really need, we really do not. If everything we own is taken away from us tomorrow, life will continue. We will find happiness again. How many relationships are ruined because of inheritance issues? Our possessions cannot come with us when we die. Why do we foolishly think that we cannot live without them here? Wealth and happiness do not have physical origins. True wealth and happiness are gifts of God’s kingdom and matters of heart and soul. We are much more than what we possess, and greed is more real and operative than we think. Let us begin our journey to detachment with an honest admission. We often place more importance on things than on people and God. Ask God to accept our conflicted hearts and give us the courage to do things differently.
©LPi 

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: South Seneca High School, August 2, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (August 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
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sundays: August 7, following 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James the Apostle

Funeral:
Robert W. “Bob” Fairclough died on July 1, 2022 at the age of 90. Bob was not a Catholic, and the parish was honored to be asked to have a funeral service for him at Holy Cross Church, Ovid on July 22, 2022.

Sweet Sundays at St. James:
Parishioners are invited for a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle on the first Sunday of every month. The next Sweet Sunday is August 7.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

Pilgrimage:
There is a Catholic pilgrimage to Fatima/Lourdes and Spain on October 24–November 5, 2022. Daily Mass at the Holy sites, all sightseeing, and most meals are included. Father Tom McNamara OFM Cap. will be the Spiritual Director. For more information or a flyer, call Mike Milano at 1–800–773–2660.

Regarding Pope Francis Letter – Laudato Si:
The Laudato Si’ Action Platform is a worldwide initiative calling Catholics to take seriously our moral obligation to protect the Earth, our fellow humans, and all other species from climate change. One part of that call is to engage in ecological economics. Installing energy efficient appliances and solar panels costs money. Choosing to spend our money on items that help to protect the planet might mean we have less money for other things. What are we willing to sacrifice in order to live more ecologically? It’s a moral question we should consider as part of our faith. See www.laudatosiactionplatform.org

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property:

  • Saturday, August 13, Suffering and Faith, facilitated by Ann Kern, and
  • Thursday, August 25, Liturgy of the Hours with 3:00 p.m. Mass, facilitated by Deacon Ward Nolan and Jayne Badano-Bidwell. Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Anthony Amato.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Victims of Sexual Abuse:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese oof Rochester, contact the diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator: Deborah Housel, 585–328–2338, ext. 1555 or by email, [email protected].

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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July 24, 2022 ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
“Please, let not my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time. What if there are at least ten there?” He replied, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.” (Gn. 18:32)

Psalm:
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. (Ps. 138)

Second Reading:
He brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions. (Col. 2:13)

Gospel:
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Lk. 11:9-10)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Ultimately, what does God promise to give us when we pray? The short answer to that question is God. God promises to give Himself to us in prayer. Prayer is about union with God, not receiving favors. When God comes to us in prayer, His presence comes with faith, hope, and love. When we find these virtues enhanced and nurtured, we know that our prayer has been heard and answered. When we seek out, listen to, and live by these virtues we find ourselves led back to God and more united with the Divine Presence. We struggle with what we want God to do and how we want our prayer validated. That’s what makes Jesus’ prayer, the Our Father, so perfect. It celebrates a deepening intimate relationship of trust between our Creator and us. When we persistently cry out for God in love, how can that prayer go unanswered?
©LPi 

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: South Seneca High School, August 2, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (July 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
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Spiritual Book Reading & Discussion: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Taizé Prayer: Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Visiting Missionary: July 23 & 24
  • Sweet Sundays: August 7, following 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James the Apostle

Funeral:
Joseph Reynolds died on June 4, 2022 at the age of 77. A Funeral Mass was celebrated at St. James the Apostle on July 16.

Missionary Cooperation Plan – Visiting Missionary:
The Missionary Cooperation Plan is sponsored by The Society of the Propagation of the Faith. This weekend Fr. John Bosco from the Diocese of Cuddapah in India will be preaching and making an appeal for financial help. His diocese has a Catholic population of 85,000 whose total population is 8 million. His diocese has 68 parishes and 125 priests. Each parish is comprised of 5 to 15 mission stations. 80% of the Catholics are socially and economically poor and are mostly agricultural laborers. The main thrust of the diocese is evangelization and education. Fr. John Bosco will speak more on the ministries in the diocese and the need for financial help.

Sweet Sundays at St. James:
Parishioners are invited for a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle on the first Sunday of every month. The next Sweet Sunday is August 7.

Prayer for Healing and Harmony:
This opportunity is available on Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. at the St. James the Apostle Pine Room. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The format is a brief opening, a reflection, 25 minutes of silent prayer followed by an opportunity to share reflections that came during that time. Any questions? Phone Sr. Anne at 607–209–4206 or email [email protected].

Reading & Reflecting:
A time to gather to read and discuss a contemporary spiritual book will be available on Wednesday afternoons, 3:15–4:15 p.m., in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle Church. Sr. Anne Alderman, SSJ will be the facilitator. The book is Hope Against Darkness by Richard Rohr and John Feister.

St. James the Apostle–Feast Day:
The feast day of St. James is July 25 and he is the patron of our parish church in Trumansburg. He was born in Galilee, Palestine and was martyred in 44 A.D. in Jerusalem. His younger brother was St. John the Apostle. They are referred to as the “Sons of Zebedee” and the “Sons of Thunder”. He was one of the first four apostles called to accompany Jesus to initiate the Kingdom of God in this world.

Lakeside Day Retreat:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property:

  • Tuesday, July 26, Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, facilitated by Nancy Potter and Donna Wieand, and
  • Saturday, August 13, Suffering and Faith facilitated by Ann Kern.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand at 716–901–4313 or [email protected].

Pilgrimage:
There is a Catholic pilgrimage to Fatima/Lourdes and Spain on October 24–November 5, 2022. Daily Mass at the Holy sites, all sightseeing, and most meals are included. Father Tom McNamara OFM Cap. will be the Spiritual Director. For more information or a flyer, call Mike Milano at 1–800–773–2660.

Artisans/Crafters & Rummage Sale:
This event will take place on July 30 at the Presbyterian Church, 69 E. Main St., Trumansburg, from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. Crafters will be under the tent in the church side yard. There is no fee to set up a table. Donations to the church are a personal choice. Please provide your own table. Contact Pam Postle at 607–387–5356 or [email protected] for more information.

Online Giving – WeShare:
WeShare, our online giving provider, has been upgraded. When you log in, using your current email address and password, you will see the new landing page. Improvements include:

  • Ability to donate to multiple collections at once
  • Improved process of updating your payment information
  • Ability for more detailed receipts
  • Ability to upload documents
  • Easier Account Creation

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Heptig at [email protected]

Taizé Prayer:
Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France, and has become popular around the world, especially with young people (although more mature people like it, too). It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs. The room is lighted with candles. A good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

  • When: Tuesday evenings in July and August at 7:00
  • Where: St. James Pine Room, Trumansburg
  • Facilitator: Sister Anne Alderman
  • Suggested Donation: $5.00 (Benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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