Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 4, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
I am filled with restlessness until the dawn. (Jb. 7:4)

Psalm:
Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted. (Ps. 147)
Or:
Alleluia.

Second Reading:
If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it! (1 Cor. 9:16)

Gospel:
He cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons. (Mk 1:34)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus went from town to town, synagogue to synagogue, following the need. He follows it still, to this very day. Your life is the town he is visiting, your heart the synagogue where he preaches. Remember that for this purpose he has come.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Feb. 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (February 5) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard’s availability on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, will resume in March.
  • Recitation of the Rosary: Tuesday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • February 8 & 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Cemetery Collection: February 3/4
  • Sweet Sunday: February 4, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Catholic Courier Collection: February 10/11
  • Food Pantry Collection: February 10/11
  • Trivia Get Together: February 18, 1:00 p.m., St. James
  • Encounter Night—Eucharistic Holy Hour: March 7, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Encounter Night (Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour):
There will be no “Encounter Night” on February 1st. The next monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour will be on March 7th at St. Francis Solanus Church.

The Pastor Will Be Away:
Fr. Bernard is away until March 5. Frs. Brendan Buckley and Regis Armstrong will be covering the Mass schedule.

There will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass on Mondays at St. Francis Solanus during this time. Instead, there will be a communion service at St. James the Apostle at 9:00 a.m. lead by Kathleen Rourke.

Also, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will not be scheduled on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus during the month of February.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection—This Weekend:
This weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary, Mother of Mercy parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

Sweet Sunday:
Next Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

“SouperBowl” Sunday—February 11:
Our parish is participating in SouperBowl Sunday, a national ecclesiastical event. It draws attention to those experiencing the need for food in our communities. All food items and funds you donate will go to the local food pantries located in Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg.

Non-perishable food items or personal care items may be brought to our churches any time that you are able to do so. Next weekend, a basket will be in the back of the churches for monetary donations. Checks may be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy with the notation “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Donations may also be made online through WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

The Catholic Courier—Please Support the Parish:
The Diocese of Rochester requires all parishes to financially support the publication of The Catholic Courier. The annual bill for our parish is over $4,900.00, and we are prayerfully asking our parishioners to help defray this cost.

Next weekend, baskets will be placed in the back of the church for your donation. The offertory envelope boxes have a recommended donation of $11.00, and you can also donate online through WeShare. Whatever help you can give will be appreciated greatly. Thank you.

February 14 – Ash Wednesday:
Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the Season of Lent. On this day the Church invites us to receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads as a sign that during the Season of Lent we will make sincere efforts to reflect and pray toward transforming our way of thinking and acting to be like Jesus in his way of thinking and acting. This is called repentance.

Reception of Ashes on Ash Wednesday:
On Ash Wednesday, February 14, ashes will be distributed:

  • 8:30 a.m. Mass, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
  • 12:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service, Holy Cross, Ovid
  • 7:00 p.m. Ash Wednesday Service, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Lenten Daily Mediations:
Booklets, The Word Among Us, are available in the foyers of the Church. The booklets contain a meditation for each day of Lent. They are most useful for private and family gathering use. All are welcome to make a free will offering toward the cost of the booklets.

Trivia Event:
Our parish is holding a fun afternoon of trivia at St. James the Apostle! On February 18th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., come work together with your fellow parishioners to answer multiple choice trivia questions. The team with the highest score is the winner. If able, bring a small appetizer to pass.

Confession Offerings while Pastor is Away:

  • Immaculate Conception, Ithaca:
    • Saturdays, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish, Geneva:
    • Our Lady of Peace Chapel: Monday–Friday, 11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m
    • Francis deSales Church: Saturdays, 3:30–4:15 p.m.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On January 24, 2024, it was reported that eighty-seven parish households have pledged $23,665 which is 76.34% of goal.

Vocation Discernment Weekend:
The Capuchin Franciscans are holding a vocation discernment weekend, Come and See, February 16-18 in Jamaica Plain, MA. For information or questions contact Fr. Erik Lenhart, OFM Cap. at 857-615-3893

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Just As You Are:” Couples Retreat, February 16–18
  • “Lenten Change Maker Series:” Four free evenings with a simple supper followed by a 1 hour inspirational talk on a Social Justice Issue (Immigration, Food Insecurity, Care for God’s Creation, Ethical Purchasing), February 22 & 29, March 4 & 18

For more details on and how to register, visit notredameretreat.org or phone 585–394–5700.

COLLIS Institute:

  • A Knight of Malta at Weill Cornell: The Vocation of Medicine”: February 7, 6:30 p.m., 230 Anabel Taylor Hall or Zoom
  • “Feeding the Hungry, Caring for Creation”: February 13, 7:30-8:45 p.m., Zoom

Visit collisinstitute.org/publicevents for more information and to register.

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit marymotherofmercy.com/giving.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 28, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
“’I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.’” (Dt. 18:18)

Psalm:
If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Ps. 95)

Second Reading:
An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. (1 Cor. 7:34)

Gospel:
The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. (Mk. 1:22)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
With one swift command, Jesus freed a man from the possession of evil spirits. He has that same power to banish the shadow of sin from our own lives. Let’s invite him into our hearts, asking him to cleanse the darkness he finds there.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Feb. 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (February 5) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard’s availability on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, will resume in March.
  • Recitation of the Rosary: Tuesday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • February 8 & 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: February 4, 10:00 a.m., St. James

Sweet Sunday:
Next Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

The Pastor Will Be Away:
Fr. Bernard will be away January 29-March 5. Frs. Brendan Buckley and Regis Armstrong will be covering the Mass schedule. On Mondays during this time, instead of the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus, there will be a communion service at 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle church. Additionally, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will not be scheduled on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus during the month of February.

Confession Offerings while Pastor is Away:

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
Next weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary, Mother of Mercy parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

Encounter Night (Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour):
There will be no “Encounter Night” on February 1st. The next monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour will be on March 7th at St. Francis Solanus Church.

“SouperBowl” Sunday—February 11:
Our parish is participating in SouperBowl Sunday, a national ecclesiastical event. It draws attention to those experiencing the need for food in our communities. All food items and funds you donate will go to the local food pantries located in Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg.

Non-perishable food items or personal care items may be brought to our churches any time that you are able to do so. On February 11, a basket will be in the back of the churches for monetary donations. Checks may be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy with the notation “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Donations may also be made online through WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On January 17, 2024, it was reported that eighty-seven parish households have pledged $21,865 which is 70.53% of goal.

Trivia Event:
Our parish is holding a fun afternoon of Trivia at St. James the Apostle! On February 18th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., come work together with your fellow parishioners to answer multiple choice trivia questions. The team with the highest score is the winner. If able, bring a small appetizer to pass.

Encouraging a Culture of Life:
The Family Hope Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday at the Holy Cross Rectory, Ovid. They offer ultrasounds, classes on fetal development and pregnancy, etc. Their vision statement reflects their values, goals and priorities which is as follows: “Family Hope Center envisions a community where the values of sexual integrity, marriage, respecting all stages of life including the unborn, adoption and parenting as pregnancy choices, and a relationship with God are part of the culture.”

Protecting Preborn Babies:
During the month of January, we continue to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which led to the deaths of tens of millions of children in utero. Learn how Catholics are protecting preborn children through the parish-based effort called “Walking with Moms in Need.”

COLLIS Institute:
On February 1 and 13 from 7:30–8:45 p.m., COLLIS Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Cornell University and Fons Vitae at Duke University are pleased to host, “Feeding the Hungry, Caring for Creation,” a two-part webinar featuring leading Christian economists and theologians on fighting global food insecurity in an era of environmental challenges. Visit collisinstitute.org/publicevents for more information.

Red Cross Blood Shortage:
The Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had to limit distributions of some of the most transfused blood types to hospitals. To see a list of area blood drives and schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org. You can also call 1–800–733–2767 to schedule an appointment.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Just As You Are:” Couples Retreat, February 16–18
  • “Lenten Change Maker Series:” Four free evenings with a simple supper followed by a 1 hour inspirational talk on a Social Justice Issue (Immigration, Food Insecurity, Care for God’s Creation, Ethical Purchasing), February 22 & 29, March 4 & 18

For more details on and how to register, visit notredameretreat.org or phone 585–394–5700.

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit marymotherofmercy.com/giving.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 21, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. (Jon. 3:10)

Psalm:
Teach me your ways, O Lord. (Ps. 25)

Second Reading:
For the world in its present form is passing away. (1 Cor. 7:31)

Gospel:
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mk. 1:14-15)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The disciples were fishing when Christ found them, hard at work to support their families, casting their nets into the sea. Sometimes when God calls us, we are in the middle of something else. Don’t be afraid to change your plans to follow Him.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Feb. 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (January 22) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • Recitation of the Rosary: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • January 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: February 4, 10:00 a.m., St. James

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On January 10, 2024, it was reported that eighty-seven parish households have pledged $21,865 which is 70.53% of goal.

Praying for the Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a “Prayer Ministry.” We have been informed that Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will pray for The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy during 2024. The parish is most appreciative.

The Pastor Will Be Away:
Fr. Bernard will be away from the end of January to the beginning of March. Frs. Brendan Buckley and Regis Armstrong will be covering the Mass schedule. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will not be scheduled on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus during the month of February.

Parish Storm Damage:
Holy Cross Church and both parish cemeteries sustained damage from the heavy winds on January 9th. Five trees were blown down at St. James Cemetery, one tree at Holy Cross Cemetery, and two trees at Holy Cross Church. We express our gratitude to Ron Singer and Gerry Frank for their quick response and continuing work to resolve this damage.

Rosary Recitation:
On weekdays, before the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus, Carol Kuklo leads a recitation of the Rosary beginning at 8:00 a.m. This is a most meditative experience, and all are welcome to attend. Carol has led the recitation of the Rosary before the daily Mass for many years, and the parish thanks her for her dedication.

“SouperBowl” Sunday—February 11:
Our parish is participating in SouperBowl Sunday, a national ecclesiastical event. It draws attention to those experiencing the need for food in our communities. All food items and funds you donate will go to the local food pantries located in Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg.

Non-perishable food items or personal care items may be brought to our churches any time that you are able to do so. On February 11, a basket will be in the back of the churches for monetary donations. Checks may be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy with the notation “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Donations may also be made online through WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, January 27, is “Sources of Moral Truth.”

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

COLLIS Institute:
On February 1 and 13 from 7:30–8:45 p.m., COLLIS Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Cornell University and Fons Vitae at Duke University are pleased to host, “Feeding the Hungry, Caring for Creation,” a two-part webinar featuring leading Christian economists and theologians on fighting global food insecurity in an era of environmental challenges. Visit collisinstitute.org/publicevents for more information.

Red Cross Blood Shortage:
The Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had to limit distributions of some of the most transfused blood types to hospitals. A sufficient blood supply is critical to being able to provide timely care for all patients in need of lifesaving blood transfusions. It’s the blood on the shelves that helps in times of emergency. To see a list of area blood drives and schedule an appointment visit redcrossblood.org. You can also call 1–800–733–2767 to schedule an appointment.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Just As You Are:” Couples Retreat, February 16–18
  • “Lenten Change Maker Series:” Four free evenings with a simple supper followed by a 1 hour inspirational talk on a Social Justice Issue (Immigration, Food Insecurity, Care for God’s Creation, Ethical Purchasing), February 22 & 29, March 4 & 18
  • “Practicing Lent One Day at a Time:” Presented by Not Your Typical Church Ladies (Anne Gallagher, Vicky Wejko and Karen Luke), March 5

For more details on and how to register, visit notredameretreat.org or phone 585–394–5700.

Nine Days for Life:
From January 16 through January 24, join Catholics around the U.S. in praying the annual novena for the protection of life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message. Go to 9Daysforlife.com for more information.

Protecting Preborn Babies:
During the month of January, we continue to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which led to the deaths of tens of millions of children in utero. Learn how Catholics are protecting preborn children through the parish-based effort called “Walking with Moms in Need.”

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit marymotherofmercy.com/giving.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 14, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
The LORD came and revealed his presence, calling out as before, “Samuel, Samuel!”
Samuel answered, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Sm. 3:10)

Psalm:
Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will. (Ps. 40)

Second Reading:
Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. (1 Cor. 6:15, 17)

Gospel:
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying, and they stayed with him that day. (Jn. 1:39)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Come and see,” Jesus said to the disciples who were curious to know about him. Today, he whispers this invitation into the deepest place of our heart. Have courage — go, and see what Christ has to show you.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Feb. 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (January 22) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • January 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Family Faith Formation: January 13, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Sweet Sunday: February 4, 10:00 a.m., St. James

Food Pantry Thanks:
Thank you to the many parishioners who volunteered to represent the parish at the Trumansburg Food Pantry during November and December. You were all dependable, cheerful, and hard workers, providing valuable assistance to our community. The parish months next year will be September and October. We hope to see you then! If you would like to become a regular volunteer, please contact us at [email protected].

New Closing Time for Food Pantry:
Please note that the closing time for the Trumansburg Food Pantry has changed to 6:00 p.m. See more details at trumansburgfoodpantry.com. The Trumansburg Food Pantry has been helping to feed local families since 1989.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, January 20, is “Introduction to Christian Morality.”

The Pastor Will Be Away:
Fr. Bernard will be away from the end of January to the beginning of March. Frs. Brendan Buckley and Regis Armstrong will be covering the Mass schedule. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will not be scheduled on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus during the month of February.

Praying for the Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a “Prayer Ministry.” We have been informed that Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will pray for The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy during 2024. The parish is most appreciative.

Nine Days for Life:
From January 16 through January 24, join Catholics around the U.S. in praying the annual novena for the protection of life. Each day’s intention is accompanied by a short reflection and suggested actions to help build a culture of life. Participants can download the novena or sign up to receive the daily prayers via email or text message. Go to 9Daysforlife.com for more information.

Protecting Preborn Babies:
During the month of January, we continue to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which led to the deaths of tens of millions of children in utero. Learn how Catholics are protecting preborn children through the parish-based effort called “Walking with Moms in Need.”

Notre Dame Retreat House:
“Just as You Are”: January 19–21 (Men), February 2–4 (Men), February 16–18 (Couples)
For more details on presenters, themes, fees and how to register, please visit our website at notredameretreat.org or phone 585–394–5700.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On January 3, 2024, it was reported that eighty-six parish households have pledged $21,665 which is 69.89% of goal.

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit marymotherofmercy.com/giving.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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The Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 7, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. (Is. 60:1)

Psalm:
Lord, every nation on earth will adore you. (Ps. 72)

Second Reading:
It was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that the Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph. 3:5-6)

Gospel:
“Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (Mt. 2:2)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Though the magi did not know where the star of Bethlehem would lead, they trusted that God would be with them along the way. Let us all embrace that same faith as we go about the journey God has planned for us this year.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Jan. 9), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (January 8) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • January 11 & 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: January 7, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Parish Council: January 11, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Family Faith Formation: January 13, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On December 20, 2023, it was reported that eighty-one parish households have pledged $19,795 which is 63.85% of goal.

Parish Council:
There is a Parish Council meeting this Thursday, January 11, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Christmas Season:
This year the Christmas Season ends on Monday, January 8th. The Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, which this year is January 8th, concludes the Christmas Season.

Seneca County Community Christmas Project:
Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas Project a success! Our parish took fifty (50) names. In total, there were 237 families and 943 people served. Compared to last year there were 26 more families, 75 more teens, and 150 more total people. Again, thank you for sharing Christmas this year with those less fortunate.

Family Faith Formation Gathering:
Saturday, January 13, and the second Saturday of each month, families with children in grades K–7 are invited to enjoy a dish-to-pass meal and children’s activity. Please RSVP for planning purposes by contacting Susan at [email protected] or phoning the parish office. The gathering begins at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
This weekend, and the first weekend of every month, there is a second collection to benefit the Mary Mother of Mercy Parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Thank you.

Sweet Sunday:
This Sunday, January 7th, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, January 6, is “Introduction to Christian Morality.”

Food Donations Needed

  • James the Apostle Church: every second Sunday of the month non-perishable, food and hygienic items can be placed on the table in front of the Blessed Mother statue.
  • Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus: food and hygienic items can be placed in the foyers at any time.

Monetary donations by check are also accepted (Mary, Mother of Mercy with food pantry in the memo line). Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Just as You Are”: January 19–21 (Men), February 2–4 (Men), February 16–18 (Couples)
  • “A Time for Every Purpose”: January 10

For more details on presenters, themes, fees and how to register, please visit our website at notredameretreat.org or phone 585–394–5700.

2024 Calendars and Boxed Offering Envelopes:
2024 Parish Calendars have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home. 2024 boxed offering envelopes are also available for pick up at each church. If you did not order a box and would like one, please contact the parish office.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph ~ December 31, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


 

First Reading:
“Your own issue shall be your heir.” The Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can. Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.” (Gn. 3:4-5)

Psalm:
The Lord remembers his covenant forever. (Ps. 105)

Second Reading:
By faith he received power to generate, even though he was past the normal age—and Sarah herself was sterile. (Heb. 11:11)

Gospel:
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. (Lk. 2:40)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God’s timing is not always our timing. Sometimes, we have to wait years for the answer to our prayer. Never despair. Remember that God keeps His word.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Jan. 2), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (January 8) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary, St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • January 11 & 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour—Encounter Night: January 4, 6:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle
  • Sweet Sunday: January 7, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Family Faith Formation: January 13, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On December 20, 2023, it was reported that eighty-one parish households have pledged $19,795 which is 63.85% of goal.

This Sunday—December 31st:
The feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas. It is a family day celebration and a good time to gather families to celebrate the family’s union with Jesus in the Eucharist (Holy Communion).

January 1, 2024 (Monday):
New Year’s Day is the Octave Day (Eighth Day) of Christmas. It is also the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. In celebration of that day, there will be one Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. This year January 1st is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Monday.

Eucharistic Holy Hour – Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter Nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be Thursday, January 4, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg.

“Thank you”:
Thank you to the Fellowship Committee of our Parish Council for organizing the parish Christmas Social on December 10. The joyful event was appreciated by all who attended.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
Next weekend, and the first weekend of every month, there is a second collection to benefit the Mary Mother of Mercy Parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Thank you.

Sweet Sunday:
Next Sunday, January 7th, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, January 6, is “Introduction to Christian Morality.”

2024 Parish Calendars and Boxed Offering Envelopes:
Parish Calendars for next year (2024) have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home. 2024 boxed offering envelopes are now available for pick up at each church. If you did not order a box and would like one, please contact the parish office.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 24, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


Christmas Readings:

First Reading:
For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. (Is. 9:5)

Psalm:
Today is born our Savior, Christ the Lord. (Lk. 2:11)

Second Reading:
The grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age. (Ti. 2:11-12)

Gospel:
“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.” (Lk. 2:11)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Christ was born for you, exactly as you are. But he has come to offer you a new life. A better life. Don’t be afraid to cast off the darkness. Step into the light of Christ’s love.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Jan. 2), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (Jan. 8) 3:30–6:00 p.m. (note new closing time), Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.; January 11 & 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Encounter Night: January 4, 6:30 p.m., St. James
  • Family Faith Formation: January 13, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24

  • 4:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 8:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

Monday, December 25

  • 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Mass Obligation – December 24 and 25:
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, Bishop Matano sent a notice to remind Catholics that there is an obligation to celebrate Mass both Sunday and Christmas even though they are only a day apart.

Christmas Offering:
The Parish has always been most grateful for the parishioners’ most generous offerings at Christmas time, especially on Christmas day. The parish has come to rely on that collection to help keep our parish solvent. The Lord reward you many times over for your kindness to your parish.

“Thank you”:
The parish is most appreciative of all who volunteer their time and talent to the church. Among them are those who help with the celebration of Mass. The Worship Committee of the Parish Council requested at this time to thank our sacristans and altar servers who are present weekly. Thank you for your dedication and devotedness. Your service is appreciated greatly.

Sunday December 31st:
The feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph is celebrated on the first Sunday after Christmas. It is a family day celebration and a good time to gather families to celebrate the family’s union with Jesus in the Eucharist (Holy Communion).

January 1, 2024 (Monday):
New Year’s Day is the Octave Day (Eighth Day) of Christmas. It is also the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. In celebration of that day, there will be one Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. This year January 1st is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Monday.

Eucharistic Holy Hour – Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter Nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be Thursday, January 4, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, January 6, is “Sacraments of Service of Communion” (Holy Orders and Matrimony).

2024 Parish Calendars and Boxed Offering Envelopes:
Parish Calendars for next year (2024) have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home. 2024 boxed offering envelopes are now available for pick up at each church. If you did not order a box and would like one, please contact the parish office.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


 

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Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 17, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
I rejoice heartily in the LORD, in my God is the joy of my soul. (Is. 61:10)

Psalm:
My soul rejoices in my God. (Is. 61:10b)

Second Reading:
May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thes. 5:23)

Gospel:
 “I baptize with water; but there is one among you whom you do not recognize, the one who is coming after me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to untie.” (Jn. 1:23) 

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God sends a John the Baptist into every person’s life—someone who prepares His way, who calls out His truth. Look for the John the Baptist in your life. Pray you can be this person for someone else.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

@LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Jan. 2), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (December 18) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.; January 11 & 25, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Taizé Prayer: December 21, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • Christmas Choir Practice: December 17, 11:45 a.m., Holy Cross
  • Family Faith Formation: January 13, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24

  • 4:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 8:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

Monday, December 25

  • 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Christmas Choir Practice:
All are welcome to be part of the Christmas Choir for the December 24th 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church. The choir practice will be after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 17, from 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Birthright Donations and Mitten Tree:
This Advent, our parish is collecting diapers and wipes for Birthright in Ithaca. Please place your donations of diapers and wipes in the basket near the side altar at St. James.

     Another Advent tradition at St. James is the Mitten Tree. Children’s and adults’ mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks may be hung on the tree at the front of the church. Items will be brought to Catholic Charities in Ithaca. 

Volunteer for Trumansburg Food Pantry:
December 18 is our parish’s last day to provide volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Sign-up sheets are provided in the foyers.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of our Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups based on videos containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. The sessions allow time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. Facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has, the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator.

Mass Obligation – December 24 and 25:
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, Bishop Matano sent a notice to remind Catholics that there is an obligation to celebrate Mass both Sunday and Christmas even though they are only a day apart.

The Word Among us Advent Booklet:
The booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

2024 Parish Calendars and Boxed Offering Envelopes:
Parish Calendars for next year (2024) have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home.

2024 boxed offering envelopes are now available for pick up at each church. If you did not order a box and would like one, please contact the parish office.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, December 23, is Sacraments of Healing – Confession & Anointing of the Sick.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
As of December 6th, seventy-two parish households have contributed to the CMA. We thank those who have given generously and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. Our parish households have pledged $17,905 which is 57.76% of our goal. 

Trumansburg Community Chorus-This Weekend:
The Trumansburg Community Chorus will be holding their winter concerts on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 East Main Street, Trumansburg.

Blue Christmas Service:
Jacksonville United Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd., Jacksonville, is holding a Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 19th, at 2:30 p.m.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer. This provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you. You do not need to attend every session.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 10, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! (Is. 40:3)

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

Second Reading:
We await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. (1 Pt. 1:13)

Gospel:
John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mk. 16:4)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Christ is making a journey into each of our hearts this Advent. Clear away whatever blocks his way. Make straight the path. Invite him in.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

©LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Jan. 2), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (December 18) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.; December 14, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Taizé Prayer: December 21, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • Cemetery Collection: December 9/10
  • Christmas Festival: December 10, 1:00 p.m., St. James
  • Additional Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • December 13, 6:30 p.m., St. James
    • December 14, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Christmas Choir Practice: December 17, 11:45 a.m., Holy Cross

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24

  • 4:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 8:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

Monday, December 25

  • 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Christmas Choir Practice:
All are welcome to be part of the Christmas Choir for the December 24th 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church. The choir practice will be after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 17, from 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
This weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary, Mother of Mercy Parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Thank you.

Christmas Festival:
The Parish is holding a Christmas social this Sunday, December 10th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church. Bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share. There will be ornament making, games, and fun activities. This will be an enjoyable event for the whole family.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
There are additional opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this season. It is a good practice to do during the Season of Advent when we are more conscious about doing God’s will and following his way as we joyfully await Jesus’s second coming in glory. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Thursday, December 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid, and
  • Every Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Angel Tree Tags:
If you took an Angel Tree Tag, gifts must be returned by this Sunday, December 10th. Please include the tag information where it can easily be seen, and do not wrap the gifts. Gift cards from Walmart are also appreciated.

Volunteer for Trumansburg Food Pantry:
December 18 is our parish’s last day to provide volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Sign-up sheets are provided in the foyers.

Birthright Donations and Mitten Tree:
This Advent, our parish is collecting diapers and wipes for Birthright in Ithaca. Please place your donations of diapers and wipes in the basket near the side altar at St. James.

     Another Advent tradition at St. James is the Mitten Tree. Children’s and adults’ mittens, gloves, scarves, hats, and socks may be hung on the tree at the front of the church. Items will be brought to Catholic Charities in Ithaca.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of the Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups. Each session is video based containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. Besides the video, the session contains time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. That is, facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator and to participate in a training session.

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, December 16th, is the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Mass Obligation – December 24 and 25:
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, Bishop Matano sent a notice to remind Catholics that there is an obligation to celebrate Mass both Sunday and Christmas even though they are only a day apart.

The Word Among us Advent Booklet:
The booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

2024 Parish Calendars and Boxed Offering Envelopes:
Parish Calendars for next year (2024) have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home.

2024 boxed offering envelopes are now available for pick up at each church. If you did not order a box and would like one, please contact the parish office.

Eucharistic Holy Hour – Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter Nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be Thursday, January 4, from 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle. For many in the parish it will mean making the sacrifice to travel.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
As of November 29th, sixty-five parish households have contributed to the CMA. We thank those who have given generously and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. Our parish households have pledged $16,315 which is 52.63% of our goal.

Trumansburg Community Chorus:
The Trumansburg Community Chorus will be holding their winter concerts on December 16 at 7:30 p.m. and December 17 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 East Main Street, Trumansburg.

Blue Christmas Service:
Jacksonville United Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd., Jacksonville, is holding a Blue Christmas Service on Tuesday, December 19th, at 2:30 p.m.

American Red Cross
A blood drive will take place on Saturday, December 16th from 7:30–11:30 a.m. at the Trumansburg American Legion, 4431 Seneca Rd, Trumansburg. To schedule an appointment to donate phone 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer. This provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you. You do not need to attend every session.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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


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First Sunday of Advent ~ December 3, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024


First Reading:
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, with the mountains quaking before you. (Is. 63:19)

Psalm:
Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. (Ps. 80)

Second Reading:
The testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:6-7)

Gospel:
“Watch, therefore; you do not know when the lord of the house is coming.” (Mk. 13:35)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Advent is a time for waiting, for hoping, for praying. It is a time for reflecting on the special work to which God calls us all. Stay alert. Show Him you are listening.
@LPi

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

@LPi


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Dec. 5), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (December 4) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary, St. Francis Solanus
    (December 8 Reconciliation will be held at Holy Cross)
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.; December 14, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Taizé Prayer: December 7 & 21, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • Flower Collection: December 2/3
  • Sweet Sunday: December 3, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Encounter Night: December 7, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Cemetery Collection: December 9/10
  • Family Faith Formation: December 9, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Christmas Festival: December 10, 1:00 p.m., St. James
  • Additional Opportunities for Reconciliation:
    • December 13, 6:30 p.m., St. James
    • December 14, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Christmas Choir Practice: December 17, 11:45 a.m., Holy Cross

Christmas Flower Offering:
This weekend is the annual Christmas Flower Offering collection. Your offerings help provide the beautiful flowers and decorations that adorn our three churches at Christmas each year.

Patronal Feast Day of the U.S.:
This Friday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the patronal feast day of the United States of America and a holy day of obligation. There will be two Masses:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, and
  • 6:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross, Ovid.

Sacrament of Reconciliation – This Friday:
Because of the Holy Day Mass on Friday, December 8th at 6:00 p.m., there will be no confessions at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken at 6:30 p.m. Confessions will be heard at Holy Cross Church after the 6:00 p.m. Mass.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
Next weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary Mother of Mercy Parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Thank you.

Eucharistic Holy Hour – Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter Nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be this Thursday, December 7, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Church. For many in the parish it will mean making the sacrifice to travel. January’s Encounter Night will be at St. James the Apostle.

Christmas Festival:
The Parish is holding a Christmas social next Sunday, December 10th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church. Bring your favorite Christmas dessert to share. There will be ornament making, games, and fun activities. This will be an enjoyable event for the whole family.

Angel Tree Tags:
The Angel Trees are up at both St. Francis and Holy Cross for the Seneca County Community Christmas Project! If you take a child’s tag, gifts must be returned by next Sunday, December 10th. Please include the tag information where it can easily be seen, and do not wrap the gifts. Gift cards from Walmart are also appreciated. Contact Gerry Frank at 607–869–5009 or [email protected] with questions.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
There are additional opportunities to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) this season. It is a good practice to do during the Season of Advent when we are more conscious about doing God’s will and following his way as we joyfully await Jesus’s second coming in glory. The dates are:

  • Wednesday, December 13, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Thursday, December 14, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid, and
  • Every Friday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Saturday Classes:
Adults and students eighth grade and above who are interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth and Catholicism, or who desire to celebrate the sacraments of First Communion or confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (except for the second Saturday of the month) from 5:00-6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. The topic for the next class, December 16th, is the Sacrament of the Eucharist.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
The Word Committee of the Parish Council is planning a seven-session series on Jesus and the Eucharist sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival. The goal is to have small study groups. Each session is video based containing a main lesson that includes personal testimonies from Catholics across the country. Besides the video, the session contains time for small group discussion.

Currently parishioners are being asked to consider being facilitators. That is, facilitators would set the day, time, and place convenient to themselves to show the video and lead the small group discussion. The more facilitators the parish has the more opportunities parishioners would have to participate in the study of Jesus and the Eucharist. Please notify the Parish Office if you are interested in being a facilitator and to participate in a training session.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
As of November 22nd, sixty-five parish households have contributed to the CMA. We thank those who have given generously and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. Our parish households have pledged $14,815 which is 47.79% of our goal.

The Word Among us Advent Booklet:
The booklet titled, The Word Among Us, is available in the foyer of the church. The booklet contains daily meditations for the Advent Season. Please take one for your home and for daily prayer.

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Sunday, December 24

  • 4:00 p.m., St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • 8:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

Monday, December 25

  • 9:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

Christmas Choir Practice:
All are welcome to be part of the Christmas Choir for the December 24th 8:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church. The choir practice will be after the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, December 17, from 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Mass Obligation – December 24 and 25:
Because Christmas Eve falls on a Sunday, Bishop Matano sent a notice to remind Catholics that there is an obligation to celebrate Mass both Sunday and Christmas even though they are only a day apart.

2024 Parish Calendars:
Parish Calendars for next year (2024) have been placed in the foyers of the churches. Parishioners are welcome to take one for their home.

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

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

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer. This provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you. You do not need to attend every session.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit familyhopecentergeneva.org, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

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

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

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

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

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