Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 22, 2019

First reading:
“We will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” (Am. 8:6)

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:
“If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” (Lk. 16:11)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“No servant can serve two masters.” We struggle with where we put and give our allegiance. Who has the ultimate authority and claim over us? While our minds want to answer “God,” our lives often reveal other conflicting allegiances. Because we are made in the image of God, we are not given a ticket of entitlement or privilege. On the contrary, we are given a level playing field where we are one among many and called to live just and trustworthy lives. To serve God is to serve others and to see the primary purpose and focus of our lives as being good stewards. As God lifts up the poor, so too do we. As much as we want the world and God to serve our own self advancement, we have to resist this temptation at all costs. Injustice has no place in the kingdom of God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (October 1)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (September 23)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • A Voice for the Voiceless: Pro-life march, September 28, at 1:00 p.m., Auburn
  • Ithaca Loves Life Prayer Vigil: from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., September 28
  • Confirmation Meeting for Parents and Students: October 6, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Angels, Our Forgotten Friends: October 8 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13, Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Peace Weekend: October 19 and 20, Ithaca
  • Confirmation Classes Begin: October 20, St. James
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Thank-you from Fr. Bernard:
It was the best. It was fabulous. Over 300 people gathered under a huge and beautifully decorated tent on a wonderful Sunday (September 8) at St. Fidelis Friary to join me in praising God for the gift of priesthood and for 50 years of striving to be like Jesus in His service to God and His holy people. Special “thanks” to Kathy Sinkiewicz and Phyllis Motill, co-chairs of the event, and the many committee members and helpers who helped in arranging for the invitations, the tent and its location, the dishes and silverware, porta-potties, the electrical and sound system; the creation of over 200 parking spaces; the setting up of tables, chairs, and decorations; the musicians, cantors, and choir; the wine, beer, cold drinks, and water; the delicious appetizers and buffet; the cellist; the desserts; the band; and the people who cleaned-up and dismantled everything. “Thank you all” for providing this grand event. Thank you to all who were part of the over 300 people attending and for your expressions of gratitude and for the parish gift of a book of photos, from my grammar school days to the present. It is a real treasure. God bless you all and “thank you!” You are the best and you are fabulous.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
Students in grades 8–12 who have not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation, along with their parents, are requested to attend an introductory meeting on Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church. Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, October 20, at St. James. To enroll your child/children, please either pick up a form from the church foyers or print out the registration form available at this link. Once completed, mail the form to the parish office.

Weekend Collection Counters:
The parish needs two more collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Regional Pastoral Council Forum:
Come learn about the role of a pastoral (parish) council in the parish, the important ways the pastoral council impacts the parish’s mission, and ways to make it more effective. This forum will be held on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Nacca Hall, 301 Clark Street, Auburn.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

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

Angels, Our Forgotten Friends:
“Angels: Our Forgotten Friends. What our Catholic Faith Teaches Us about Angels” will be the presentation on Tuesday, October 8, at the Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, N.Y. Deacon Eric Bessette from Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, N.Y. will provide an insightful and inspiring look at the role of angels in our life. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon and is followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and concludes with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” This year’s CROP walk will take place in Trumansburg on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church. More information will come in subsequent bulletins.

Marriage Enrichment:
If you’re ready for more in your marriage consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next ones will be held on October 18–20, 2019; April 17–19, 2020; and November 20–22, 2020. Go to wwme.org for more information. The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

Peace Weekend:
Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga has announced their annual “Peace Weekend” and invite parishioners from churches in both counties to join in the planning of events for the weekend of October 19 and 20. Please contact Laurie Konwinski at 607-272-5062, extension 12, or email her at laurie.konwinski@dor.org.

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to https://2020census.gov/en/jobs. This is your chance to be a part of history.

A Voice for the Voiceless:
Cayuga County Loves Life is planning a pro-life march on Saturday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. The event will begin with a rally at Veterans Memorial Park located at 172 Genesee Street, Auburn, N.Y., followed with a march to Auburn’s City Hall. At City Hall there will be a program with keynote speaker Bryan Kemper, founder and president of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and director of Youth Outreach at Priests for Life. The purpose of this march is to make people aware of New York State’s passage on January 22, 2019, of the “Reproductive Health Act” (RHA), which essentially has legalized abortion up until natural birth and made abortion a “fundamental right” in our state. Legally, it is now virtually impossible to enact regulations or restrictions on abortion, as most other states have done. For more information contact ccloveslife@outlook.com or 315-253-3742. Cayuga County Loves Life is a grassroots effort of citizens of Auburn, N.Y., and nearby communities to promote pro-life awareness, education, and events.

Ithaca Loves Life:
Ithaca Loves Life holds monthly prayer vigils every fourth Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., as a peaceful and prayerful public witness to end abortion. The next monthly prayer vigil is September 28. Ithaca Loves Life’s mission is to recognize the great need to witness in our own communities the protection of the lives of women and the lives of the unborn. Please join us as we boldly come together in love for ninety minutes each month. For more information pleas contact MaryAnne Tissot (315-246-4749) or Carolann Darling (607-351-6668).

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

September 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke, and Robin Hamula (for Mary and Lee Davidson)

September 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 22, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 15, 2019

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. 1:15a)

Gospel:
“In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk. 15:10)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We all struggle with worshiping things that are not God. These are things that we place in our lives and reverence more than God himself. Things such as our self-image, power, status, possessions, securities, and even ideologies can be allowed to make great claims on us. Sometimes, who “god” is for us is what we make this “god” out to be. Our self-constructed gods serve little purpose, other than placating us and making us feel better about ourselves and our world. This is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, nor the God whom Jesus called Father. The true God challenges us out of our comfort zones and pushes us to discover our potential. But, He does so patiently and with great love. He knows how fickle we can be and is always eager to welcome us home.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (September 17)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (September 23)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development: September 14 and 15, second collection at all churches
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • Musical Celebration: 7:00 p.m., September 21, First Baptist church in Trumansburg
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13 in Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Peace Weekend: October 19 and 20
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
As Catholics we’re wonderful at charity work, providing food, clothing, housing, etc. for people in need. This is important, but it’s not enough; it doesn’t change the conditions that make people poor. Fifty years ago our U.S. bishops established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to fund efforts by low-income people to address the root cause of their poverty and oppression. CCHD has supported thousands of projects that empower people to improve their working and housing conditions, get better paying jobs, and stand up for their human dignity. YOU can be part of this effort by generously supporting the special collection for CCHD this weekend, September 14 an 15, at each of our parish churches. The funds collected will support major projects across the country and smaller local anti-poverty projects, right here in our diocese.

Religious Education Program:
Parents with children in grades 1 thru 7 will meet at St. James the Apostle church this Sunday, September 15 (Catechetical Sunday), at 6:00 p.m. Parents who have not yet done so may register their child(ren) at that time. The registration fee is $50 per family (financial assistance is available to those who may need it). At this first meeting Fr. Bernard will introduce the new Religious Education Coordinator, Susan Guydosh, and an outline of the faith formation program will be presented along with the distribution of educational materials. This year, students will use the “Sadlier Workbook” series and students will work with their parents on weekly lessons at home.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
The parish needs two more collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. You can also request Mass intentions by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Regional Pastoral Council Forum:
Come learn about the role of a pastoral (parish) council in the parish, the important ways the pastoral council impacts the parish’s mission, and ways to make it more effective. This forum will be held on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Nacca Hall, 301 Clark Street, Auburn.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

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

Ithaca Loves Life:
Ithaca Loves Life holds monthly prayer vigils every fourth Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., as a peaceful and prayerful public witness to end abortion. The next monthly prayer vigil is September 28. Ithaca Loves Life’s mission is to recognize the great need to witness in our own communities the protection of the lives of women and the lives of the unborn. Please join us as we boldly come together in love for ninety minutes each month. For more information contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or Carolann Darling at 607-351-6668.

CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” This year’s CROP walk will take place in Trumansburg on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church. More information will come in subsequent bulletins.

Marriage Enrichment:
If you’re ready for more in your marriage consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next ones will be held on October 18–20, 2019; April 17–19, 2020; and November 20–22, 2020. Go to wwme.org for more information. The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

Peace Weekend:
Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga has announced their annual “Peace Weekend” and invite parishioners from churches in both counties to join in the planning of events for the weekend of October 19 and 20. Please contact Laurie Konwinski at 607-272-5062, extension 12, or email her at laurie.konwinski@dor.org.

Trumansburg’s First Baptist Church:
Bring your voice to join with the voices of the First Baptist church in Trumansburg as they host a joyous musical celebration for their 200th anniversary. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., 4443 E. Seneca Road, Trumansburg.

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

September 14, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

September 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

September 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Mark Scibilia-Carver (for Debbie Short)

September 22, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 8, 2019

First reading:
Who knows 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 would have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a brother. (Philemon 15–16a)

Gospel:
“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:27)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Hearing and listening are two different things. Even in our human relationships, people can hear what we are saying, but are they really listening? This is true with God as well. We hear God’s word as it comes to us through Sacred Scripture, but are we really listening to it? Listening requires a good dose of humility and openness to the one who is speaking. It requires that we free up some of our personal space so that we can be available and receptive to another person and to God. Listening does not require the use of words. We can listen to God through art, creation, the unfolding of life, and the human story. Truly listening to God provides us with the direction of where we need to go, how we are to live, what we are to choose, and what we must avoid. Listening prepares and anchors us. Are you listening?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (September 17)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (September 9)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8, St. Fidelis Friary
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • September’s Day of Prayer: September 10, Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • Parish Council Meeting: 7:00 p.m., September 12, St. Francis annex
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development: September 14 and 15, second collection at all churches
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13 in Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
As Catholics we’re wonderful at charity work, providing food, clothing, housing, etc. for people in need. This is important, but it’s not enough; it doesn’t change the conditions that make people poor. Fifty years ago our U.S. bishops established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to fund efforts by low-income people to address the root cause of their poverty and oppression. CCHD has supported thousands of projects that empower people to improve their working and housing conditions, get better paying jobs, and stand up for their human dignity. YOU can be part of this effort by generously supporting the special collection for CCHD on September 14 and 15 at each of our parish churches. The funds collected will support major projects across the country and smaller local anti-poverty projects, right here in our diocese.

Religious Education Program:
Religious Education registration is now open! Like last year, students will work on a weekly lesson at home, and there will be a monthly social gathering with all children and parents to review the lessons and discuss a religious topic relevant to the home studies. The first monthly gathering will be on Catechetical Sunday, September 15, at St. James at 6:00 p.m. This year, students will use the “Sadlier Workbook” series. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and through this website. The registration fee is $50 per family and financial assistance is available to those who may need it.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. You can also request Mass intentions by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: www.afsp.org/fingerlakes. For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Regional Pastoral Council Forum:
Come learn about the role of a pastoral (parish) council in the parish, the important ways the pastoral council impacts the parish’s mission, and ways to make it more effective. This forum will be held on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Nacca Hall, 301 Clark Street, Auburn.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

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

Forty Days For Life:
Using Biblical principles of prayer, fasting, outreach, and vigil-watch, you can help save lives in your community by joining in “Forty Days for Life” in Ithaca. For the past ten years, people have united in love and peaceful witness in Ithaca to pray for an end to abortion and provide life-affirming options to those who are considering abortion. Join us in prayer at the vigil site. Visit: http://www.40daysforlife.com/ithaca to sign-up for an hour or more per week through November 3 and to access life-affirming resources. For more information contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or Carolann Darling at 607-351-6668.

September’s Day of Prayer:
Join Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R., director of the Notre Dame retreat house, for a day of prayer on September 10. “Looking at the World Through the Eyes of Faith and Finding God in All Things” will take place at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y. The retreat will be based on learning to see God everywhere, learning to talk to Him throughout the day, and, more importantly, to listen to Him and enjoy hearing Him as He speaks to you in the ordinary things of life. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and conclude with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee, which includes the retreat and lunch. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” This year’s CROP walk will take place in Trumansburg on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church. More information will come in subsequent bulletins.

Marriage Enrichment:
If you’re ready for more in your marriage consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next ones will be held on October 18–20, 2019; April 17–19, 2020; and November 20–22, 2020. Go to wwme.org for more information. The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

September 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

September 14, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 8, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

September 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 1, 2019

First reading:
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God (Sir. 3:18)

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, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering. (Heb. 12:22)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Humility is often misunderstood as feeling inferior about ourselves and carrying around feelings of unworthiness. For many, humility is not considered a strength of character but a negative attribute and sign of weakness. Conversely, in fact, authentic humility is found in the person who is firmly grounded in reality, able to be honest with him or herself, and in right relationship with others and God. A humble person understands his or her place in life and who they are. While placing themselves at the service of others, they are comfortable in their own skin and able to step aside and let others go first. Knowing our proper place in life, offering appropriate respect, and looking to the needs of others are things that will enhance our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. Are you humble?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (September 3)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (September 9)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8, Fidelis Friary
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, at St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Religious Education Program:
Religious Education registration is now open! The Parish Council’s Word Committee met with the new Religious Education Coordinator, Susan Guydosh, on August 6. Together they concluded that the program this year will be for students in grades 1–7; that it will begin on Catechetical Sunday, September 15, at St. James at 6:00 p.m.; and the textbook will be the “Sadlier Workbook” series. The latter decision was made after the committee looked at various on-line religious education programs and found them to be non-engaging. Like last year, students will work on a weekly lesson at home and there will be a monthly social gathering with all children and parents to review the lessons and discuss a religious topic relevant to the home studies. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and on the parish website. The registration fee is $50 per family.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
The Capuchin Franciscans, the parish, and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on September 8 at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. The celebration will begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Parking and Desserts for the Celebration:
Because of the large number of quests expected, please consider carpooling to ensure all vehicles will find a place to park. Right now the space is limited. Also, many of you kindly signed up to provide a variety of baked good to be on the dessert bar at Father’s celebration (see above). The desserts may be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when people will begin setting up for the event.

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: www.afsp.org/fingerlakes. For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Regional Pastoral Council Forum:
Come learn about the role of a pastoral (parish) council in the parish, the important ways the pastoral council impacts the parish’s mission, and ways to make it more effective. This forum will be held on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Nacca Hall, 301 Clark Street, Auburn.

Parish Fiscal Year Report:
The Finance Council met on August 23 and reviewed the end of the fiscal year report (the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2019). The ordinary operating revenues for our parish totaled $205,350.39 while the ordinary operating expenses amounted to $225,720.30, leaving the parish with a deficit of $20,369.91. During this past fiscal year the parish’s ordinary income decreased by $20,000 from the previous year. For example: weekend collections were down $13,000; monthly maintenance offerings were down $2,000; the Easter collection was down $1,200; and general donations and gifts were down $3,500. It should be noted that the ordinary income downward trend has been happening over the past several years. However, this past year, it was the worse it has ever been, creating the present operating deficit. A complete annual financial report will be distributed to the parish the weekend of October 6.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

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

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

Video Message from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Rochester has produced a new video that includes a special message from the Bishop concerning the New York State Child Victims Act and outlines diocesan efforts to create a safe environment for everyone. Victims of abuse should always report abuse to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victim’s assistance coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, by phone at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555; toll-free at 1–800–388–7177, ext. 1555; or by email: victimsassistance@dor.org.

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 31, at 5:00 p.m. (FIRST weekend, based on Sunday Mass):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

September 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng, Tom Duff

September 8, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 25, 2019

First reading:
Thus says the Lord: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory. (Is. 66:18)

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

Second reading:
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed. (Heb. 12:12-13)

Gospel:
“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” (Lk. 13:30)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Developing healthy relationships with others requires discipline. This is also true of our relationship with God. As Christians, we are called to be like Christ. This does not just happen randomly or when it is convenient for us. It happens when we spend time with Christ every day and strive to be and think like him. This is no small task. It entails a willingness to see things, people, and God differently. Abandoning our self-focused needs and desires and putting on Christ is a challenging discipline to follow. However, if we choose to enter through the narrow gate of discipleship, we will find peace, live virtuous lives, and understand what it means to be saved. Resting and being cradled in God’s lap and enjoying His presence is where we really desire to be, even though we have to give up some things in order to do so.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (September 3)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (August 26)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Religion Education Program:
The Parish Council’s Word Committee met with the new Religion Formation Coordinator, Susan Guydosh, on August 6. Together they concluded that the program this year will be for students in grades 1–7; that it will begin on Catechetical Sunday, September 15, at St. James at 6:00 p.m.; and the textbook will be the “Sadlier” edition. The latter decision was made after the committee looked at various computer on-line religion education programs and found them to be non-engaging. The program will be parent taught at home with both parents and students participating in a social gathering once a month to discuss a religious educational topic relevant to the home studies. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and also linked here: Religious Education Registration Form 2019. The registration fee is $50 per family.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
This Sunday, August 25, is the last date for parishioners to sign up to attend the party in which the parish will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination. The party will take place on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken, and will begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. If you plan to attend, sign up today on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by call the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by this Sunday, August 25, if you can help. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

July Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of July there were 68 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, 126 people at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James, and 118 people at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. The average Mass collections during this month were: $744 at the Saturday evening Mass; $1,101 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday; and $797 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass that same day. Parishioners participating through the WeShare on line giving contributed $2,640. Thank you for all in attendance and for your offerings.

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: www.afsp.org/fingerlakes. For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

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

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

Video Message from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Rochester has produced a new video that includes a special message from the Bishop concerning the New York State Child Victims Act and outlines diocesan efforts to create a safe environment for everyone. The link to the video, https://www.dor.org/letter-to-the-faithful-2019/ can also be found on our parish website. Victims of abuse should always report abuse to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victim’s assistance coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, by phone at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555; toll-free at 1–800–388–7177, ext. 1555; or by email: victimsassistance@dor.org.

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 24, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

August 31, at 5:00 p.m. (FIRST weekend, based on Sunday Mass):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

August 25, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 18, 2019

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:
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12:3)

Gospel:
Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk. 12:49)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our baptismal rite instructs the parents and godparents of the newly baptized children, “May they keep the flame of faith alive in their hearts.” Faith has often been associated with fire. While fire can be useful and welcomed as a source of light and warmth, it can also be devastating and destructive. The Gospel is very much like this. On the one hand, Jesus speaks of healing, liberty, mercy, and forgiveness. On the other, he challenges the secular mindset and ideology, risks opposition, and pushes people out of their comfort zones. We are more attracted to things that make us feel better about ourselves. Equipped with the flame of faith, are we willing to see the bigger picture and risk popularity and self-preservation in favor of the kingdom of God?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 20)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (August 12)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Baptism for Noah James Landry: August 18, 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross
  • Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus: August 18, Country Club of Ithaca
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester

Baptism at Holy Cross:
This Sunday, August 18, the infant, Noah James Landry, will be baptized at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church. Please join in welcoming this new member into our parish community.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at exultrochester.org. In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: www.afsp.org/fingerlakes. For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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

Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus:
On Sunday, August 18, there will be a delicious chicken BBQ dinner cooked by Fr. Joe Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena church, at the Country Club of Ithaca (189 Pleasant Grove Road). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for either dine-in or take-out. Chicken dinners are $10 per person and include chicken with all the sides, dessert, and drink. The event will also include raffles with fun prizes. All proceeds will be benefit the Notre Dame High School’s Ithaca bus. Notre Dame students will be on hand to serve you and give their thanks for the support of the bus, about to begin the eighth year of transporting students to Notre Dame!

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

Video Message from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Rochester has produced a new video which includes a special message from the Bishop concerning the New York State Child Victims Act and outlines diocesan efforts to create a safe environment for everyone. The link to the video, https://www.dor.org/letter-to-the-faithful-2019/ can also be found on our parish website.

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 17, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

August 24, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

August 31, at 5:00 p.m. (FIRST weekend, based on Sunday Mass):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

August 18, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

August 25, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 11, 2019

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:
So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. (Heb. 11:12a)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We are asked to be vigilant until our Master returns. Even though our faith tells us that Christ will come again and that our purpose and destiny is an eternal one, it is hard not to lose heart, grow weary, and become distracted. Remembering the stories of our faith and what God has done throughout history is one way of remaining fresh and focused. Celebrating, recalling, and making real and tangible again what God has done is what our community does liturgically each time we gather. As the author of Hebrews reminds us: Faith makes real what we hope for and is the evidence of things we cannot see. Let us take this time once again to remember and participate in what God has done and continues to do.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 20)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (August 12)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Holy Day of Obligation, August 15
  • Retreat Day at Branches: August 16, Lena Shipley, “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within”
  • Baptism for Noah James Landry: August 18, 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross
  • Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus: August 18, Country Club of Ithaca
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Holy Day of Obligation:
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is this Thursday, August 15. It is a holy day of obligation, which means that Catholics who have celebrated their First Holy Communion are obliged to attend Mass. There will be a Vigil Mass on Wednesday, 6:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken, instead of the 9:00 a.m. Mass. On Thursday there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, and Mass at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid, instead of at 8:30 a.m. This feast day of Mary came to be celebrated as early as the fifth century in the East and in Rome. It is the patronal feast day of France, Paraguay, Jamaica, South Africa, and New Caledonia.

Baptism at Holy Cross:
Next Sunday, August 18, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church the infant, Noah James Landry, will be baptized. Please join in welcoming this new member into our parish community.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

School Supply Collection:
United Way of Seneca County runs a coordinated countywide effort to help local students through the 2019 “Fill the Bus” campaign that will run through August 14. The goal is to provide basic school supplies to students in need. Individuals, businesses, and organizations can collect supplies and both Holy Cross and Saint Francis Solanus churches are collection sites. On August 14 all donated items will be moved to the Fayette Fire Hall. Volunteers are needed on that day to help sort, organize, and deliver supplies to the area schools. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made to United Way of Seneca County.

Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus:
On Sunday, August 18, there will be a delicious chicken BBQ dinner cooked by Fr. Joe Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena church, at the Country Club of Ithaca (189 Pleasant Grove Road). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for either dine-in or take-out. Chicken dinners are $10 per person and include chicken with all the sides, dessert, and drink. The event will also include raffles with fun prizes. All proceeds will be benefit the Notre Dame High School’s Ithaca bus. Notre Dame students will be on hand to serve you and give their thanks for the support of the bus, about to begin the eighth year of transporting students to Notre Dame!

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

Lakeside Retreats at Branches:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” will be facilitated by Lena Shipley on August 16. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716-901-4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join us for one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

Video Message from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Rochester has produced a new video which includes a special message from the Bishop concerning the New York State Child Victims Act and outlines diocesan efforts to create a safe environment for everyone. The link to the video, https://www.dor.org/letter-to-the-faithful-2019/ can also be found on our parish website.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 10, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

August 17, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

August 11, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

August 18, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 4, 2019

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:
For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ your life appears,
then you too will appear with him in glory. (Col. 3:3-4)

Gospel:
Then [Jesus] said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Lk. 12:15)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How preoccupied and anxious are you over preserving and maintaining a particular standard of wealth? It is easy to develop an unhealthy relationship with our possessions and invest ourselves more in their protection and growth than in our relationship with God. Greed can overtake us, often without our immediate notice. Anxiety of heart can find us living more with sorrow and grief than with freedom and joy. We can never allow things to replace God, and we always have to keep our possessions and wealth in proper perspective. Once they begin to control us, we have a problem. Anxiety and worry can become our greatest sins. There is a joyful life to be discovered when we discover true faith!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 6)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (August 12)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Missionary Cooperative Second Collection: August 3–4 at all three Masses
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: August 3 at 7:00 p.m. and August 4 at 3:00 p.m., Trumansburg High School auditorium
  • Catholic Spirituality and Culture: August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: August 9, Ann Kern, “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux”
  • Retreat Day at Branches: August 16, Lena Shipley, “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within”
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Missionary Cooperative:
Deacon Kevin Carges of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith will join us this weekend, to share information about his charity “Eight 4 World Hope” that builds schools in impoverished rural communities of Jamaica. The majority of children who attend these schools live in conditions that are considered subhuman in America—broken down shacks with no running water or electricity. Often times the meal the children receive at the school is their only meal of the day. Together, through education, we can live the Gospel by lifting people out of the poverty they were born into. There will be a second collection today to help support Eight 4 World Hope. 

Sacrament of Confirmation Classes:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of 25 class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

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

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Transportation Corps:
The Seneca County Transportation Corps provides rides for residents of Seneca County who need help getting to medical and dental appointments and other health-related destinations. If you need such assistance, please call 315-333-2179.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

School Supply Collection:
United Way of Seneca County runs a coordinated countywide effort to help local students through the 2019 “Fill the Bus” campaign which will run through August 14. The goal is to provide basic school supplies to students in need. Individuals, businesses, and organizations can collect supplies and both Holy Cross and Saint Francis Solanus churches are collection sites. On August 14 all donated items will be moved to the Fayette Fire Hall. Volunteers are needed on that day to help sort, organize, and deliver supplies to the area schools. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made to United Way of Seneca County.

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

Lakeside Retreats at Branches:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux.” “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” will be facilitated by Lena Shipley on August 16. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716-901-4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

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

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

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join in one of Notre Dame Retreat House’s fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 3, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

August 10, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

August 4, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

August 11, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 28, 2019

“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Lk. 11: 9–13

First reading:
[Abraham] persisted: “Please, do not let my Lord grow angry if I speak up this last time.” (Gn. 18:32)

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

Second reading:
Brothers and sisters: You were buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him… (Col. 2:12a)

Gospel:
“And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Lk. 11:9)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We do not need to use a lot of words in order to pray well. Keeping things simple often works best, and it appears to be the form of prayer most preferred by Jesus. The simplicity of the Lord’s Prayer, the Our Father, gets quickly to the heart of all of our important relationships in life and sets us straight. Praying simply provides proper focus and helps us develop greater trust in God’s providential care. We never know how each day will unfold and cannot control a good measure of what happens to us. What we can control is the disposition we bring to life and how much we trust and hope in God’s desire to make all things new and right. Pray simply and listen deeply. Our Father is calling.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 6)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 29)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • A Family Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, August 1–3 at 7:00 p.m. and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m., Trumansburg High School auditorium
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: August 2–4 at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Missionary Cooperative Second Collection: August 3–4 at all three Masses
  • Catholic Spirituality and Culture: August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux”
  • Retreat Day at Branches: August 16, “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” by Lena Shipley
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Funerals

  • Dominick Badalamenti, 89, died on June 24, 2019. There was a funeral Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid, on July 2.
  • Frank Elliot Brockman, 79, died on July 10, 2019. His funeral Mass was held at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, on July 17.

Missionary Cooperative:
Deacon Kevin Carges of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith will join us next weekend, August 3–4, to share a little bit about his charity “Eight 4 World Hope” that builds schools in impoverished rural communities of Jamaica. The majority of children who attend these schools live in conditions that are considered subhuman in America—broken down shacks with no running water or electricity. Often times the meal the children receive at the school is their only meal of the day. Together, through education, we can live the Gospel by lifting people out of the poverty they were born into. There will be a second collection to help support Eight 4 World Hope.

Sacrament of Confirmation Classes:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of 25 class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Blessed Francis Solanus Casey:
The feast day for Blessed Francis Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., is this Tuesday, July 30. He was born of immigrants from Ireland in Oak Grove, WI, on November 25, 1870, and named Bernard Francis Casey. He joined the Capuchin Franciscans in January 1897 and was ordained a priest in July 1904. Because he lacked academic success, he was not granted faculties to preach doctrinal sermons or hear confessions. He ministered as a porter or doorman at friaries in Yonkers, New York City, and Detroit. He counseled people with spiritual, emotional, and physical struggles and was the instrument of many miraculous healings (a wonder-worker). He died in Detroit on July 31, 1957. In 1995 the Church gave him the title of “Venerable” and he was beatified on November 18, 2017.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

June Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of June there were 64 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass in Interlaken, and, on Sunday, 115 at the Mass in Trumansburg and 102 at the Mass in Ovid. The average Mass collections during the month were: $761 at the Saturday evening Mass, $1,068 at the 9:00 a. m. Mass, and $797 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $1,895. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

School Supply Collection:
United Way of Seneca County runs a coordinated countywide effort to help local students through the 2019 Fill the Bus campaign which will run through August 14. The goal is to provide basic school supplies to students in need. Individuals, businesses, and organizations can collect supplies and both Holy Cross and Saint Francis Solanus Churches are collection sites. On August 14 all donated items will be moved to the Fayette Fire Hall. Volunteers are needed on that day to help sort, organize, and deliver supplies to the area schools. Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks should be made to United Way of Seneca County.

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

Lakeside Retreats at Branches:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” will be facilitated by Lena Shipley on August 16. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716-901-4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

Retreat with the Monks:
Catholic Spirituality and Culture is a retreat course offered by St. Bernard’s together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. This retreat course provides the opportunity to pursue a “kneeling theology” through the study of primary and secondary texts in the Catholic intellectual tradition, while simultaneously being enveloped in an atmosphere and practice of prayer. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585 271 3657 or go to the website: www.stbernards.edu.

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

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

Notre Dame Retreat House
Come join us for one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at notredameretreat.org, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at ndretreat@rochester.rr.com for more details.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

July 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

August 3, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

July 28, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

August 4, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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Sixteenth Sunday In Ordinary Time ~ July 21, 2019

First reading:
[Abraham] said, “Sir, if I may ask you this favor, please do not go on past your servant.” (Gn. 18:3)

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

Second reading:
It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. (Col. 1:28)

Gospel:
“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” (Lk. 10:42)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We all have a tremendous amount of responsibility. Every day presents more challenges and lists of things we need to accomplish. Life, however, is more than just to do lists. Life is more about who we are and how present we are to what is happening around us. Our relationship with God is the same. It is not just about doing the right things or showing up in the right places, even though these are certainly important. What is more important is the quality of our presence in God’s presence. How attentive are we to His revelations of presence to us? If life’s demands, however noble they be, overly consume us, we will miss being surprised by God’s presence: in creation, in sacrament, in our brothers and sisters, and in ourselves. Listen carefully to Martha and Mary’s story today.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (July 23)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (July 29)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Seneca Summer Music Festival Orchestra: July 21 at 3:00 p.m., South Seneca High School in Ovid
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: July 23, Kathleen Murphy, OSF
  • James the Apostle Feast Day: July 25 with Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by ice cream social
  • A Family Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, August 1–3 at 7:00 p.m. and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m., Trumansburg High School auditorium
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: August 2–4 at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Catholic Spirituality and Culture: August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux”
  • Retreat Day at Branches: August 16, “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” by Lena Shipley
  • Summer Festival: July 25–27, parish of St. Francis and St. Clare in Waterloo
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Mass and Ice Cream Social at St. James:
This Thursday, July 25, is the feast day of St. James the Apostle, patron saint of the parish’s Trumansburg church. St. James, sometimes called James the Greater, is the brother of John the Apostle and both were sons of Zebedee and were given the name “Sons of Thunder” by Jesus. James was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred, being decapitated by order of Herod Arippa I around the year 44 A.D. He is the patron of pilgrims, laborers, Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will celebrate the feast day at St. James church with Mass at 7:00 p.m. followed by an ice cream social. Children of all ages love this event.

Thursday Morning Mass:
There will be no Mass this Thursday, July 25, at 8:30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church due to the feast day celebration of St. James the Apostle. Daily Mass that day will be at 7:00 p.m. at St. James followed by an ice cream social. All parishioners of Mary, Mother of Mercy, are most welcome!

Seneca Summer Music Festival Orchestra:
This Sunday, July 21, at 3:00 p.m., the Seneca Summer Music Festival Orchestra will perform a diverse selection of classical music at the South Seneca High School in Ovid. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to the Special Olympics of New York.

Ithaca Loves Life:
Monthly prayer vigils for life are held every fourth Saturday of the month, from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. These vigils are a peaceful, prayerful public witness to end abortion and to offer information to the abortion-minded. The next prayer vigil will be held on July 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Let’s unite and boldly come together in love for 90 minutes each month. For more information contact MaryAnne Tissot (315-246-4749) or Carolann Darling (607-351-6668).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to immmercy@dor.org, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

Thank You:
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, diocesan director of the Society For the Propagation of the Faith, sent a letter of gratitude to the parish for our financial support of the missionary Sisters of St. Joseph and Sisters of Mercy working in Brazil and Chile. The collection was taken up in the church on the weekend of May 19 and amounted to $783.00. In giving testimony to their efforts the sisters said, “If it were not for the generosity of the good people of this diocese, we could not accomplish our work.”

Annual Summer Festival:
The parish of St. Francis and St. Clare in Waterloo is having their annual summer festival on July 25, 26 and 27, rain or shine as it is under a tent. Admission and entertainment is free. Food booths open at 5:00 p.m. and game booths open at 6:15 p.m. Total cash prize drawings: $17,800.

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

Lakeside Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. “Interior Castle: A Spiritual Journey Within” will be facilitated by Lena Shipley on August 16. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit: branchescenter.org, phone 716-901-4313, or email branches1515@live.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

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

July 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

July 28, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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