Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 16, 2020

First Reading:
Thus says the LORD: Observe what is right, do what is just; for my salvation is about to come, my justice, about to be revealed. (Is. 56:1)

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

Second Reading:
Just as you once disobeyed God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now disobeyed in order that, by virtue of the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. (Rom. 11:30-31)

Gospel:
Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed from that hour. (Mt. 15:28)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
As much as some folks may not want to admit it, we all want to be healed. Human beings suffer physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually. There are many wounds. Of all of the maladies that can afflict us, the ones that require the greatest attention are of a spiritual nature. What can happen if we are healed inwardly, brought back to center, and restored in our relationships, especially in our relationship with God? We will find the courage, strength, conviction, and hope needed to deal with the more tangible struggles that may not find an easy remedy. Inner strength, gained by persistent faith, is what allows strong, determined, and courageous people to overcome incredible challenges and hurdles. Be persistent in your faith, and seek the inner spiritual healing that you so desperately desire and need.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (August 18) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (August 24)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • George Floyd and Elijah McLain Memorial Service: 6:00 p.m., Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca
  • Registration for the Family Faith Formation program open until: August 25

Parish Mass:
During this time of social distancing the parish has provided ways for attending Mass in celebrating the memory of Jesus’s death and resurrection and the presence and union with Jesus in Holy Communion. The parish has four Masses on the weekend (two at St. James the Apostle, one at St. Francis Solanus, and one at Holy Cross); an 8:30 a.m. daily Mass at St. Francis (Monday–Friday); and a video taken each week of the Sunday Mass at St. James the Apostle is available on the parish website. The attendance at public Masses is limited to 33% of the total building occupancy which percentage has never been reached in the churches. It has been suggested that parishioners might consider attending a daily Mass where social distancing is more easily attained.

Family Faith Formation:
Registration for the 2020 Family Faith Formation program is underway! The program begins on September 20 and is open to families with children in grades K-7. Like last year, this year’s program will consist of a weekly home based portion and a monthly gathering for families (when permitted) on the third Sunday of each month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. James. We are switching to the Faith and Life book series this year. The theme for this year’s group gatherings will be the Saints. We will learn about a different Saint each month: their background, their accomplishments, and their motivations. Due to public health concerns, a take home kit for the monthly gathering will be available to families who request it or when gatherings are not permitted. Click here for the registration form. Please register by August 25 so book orders can be placed. Contact Susan Guydosh at susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
Due to the Pandemic, the Diocesan Propagation of the Faith Office was not able to celebrate Diocesan Missions Sunday in May. Bishop Matano has given permission to honor the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy working in Brazil and Chile on the weekend of August 22–23. We call upon you to help with your prayers and sacrificial gift, so that they may continue to bring Christ into the world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail.

St. James the Apostle Rectory:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ and Ms. Jan Seeley (a lay SSJ Associate) have visited the rectory and have expressed an interested in it as a possible living quarters. Negotiations between the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Diocese, and the Parish are taking place. Sr. Anne and Jan would like to be moved in by September 1, 2020.

Parish Cemeteries:
St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross churches have cemeteries. Each cemetery has a committee to oversee the cemeteries. The parish has the need for more volunteers to be committee members. Please phone the parish office to join the committee. Thank you.

Memorial Service:
In recognizing our calling as Catholics to defend the dignity of every human life and to stand against racism, there will be a memorial service for George Floyd, Elijah McClain, and other victims of racism . The gathering will take place on Friday, August 21 at 6:00 pm in front of Immaculate Conception Church (corner of Geneva and Seneca Streets in downtown Ithaca) on the eve of the three-month and one-year anniversaries of their murders. Please join us to pray, reflect, repent, and stand in vigil as we resolve to dismantle racism in our hearts and in our society. Masks and social distancing are required. Bring a lawn chair and a sign to hold in vigil if you would like.

To All Parish Households:
Lately, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week the Diocese publishes a newsletter titled Family Zone. The newsletter is linked from our parish’s web page and Facebook page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource, and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

Fill Out your 2020 US Census:
The every-10-year-census count is extremely important. It determines how many state and federal representatives our region will get and informs the distribution of billions of dollars of federal and state funding. You can answer the quick census questionnaire at www.my2020census.gov/ or by phoning 844–330– 2020 or by filing out the questionnaire you received in the mail. And tell others, “Fill out your 2020 US Census.”

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

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

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

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

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

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

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Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 9, 2020

First Reading:
“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.” (1 Kgs. 11a)

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

Second Reading:
For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. (Rom. 9:3)

Gospel:
Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw how strong the wind was he became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” (Mt. 14:29-30)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
There is something very sacred about silence. Silence connects us. It is where the heartbeat of all of creation—and its life blood and source—are embraced and where oneness is experienced. When in the presence of an environment that is silent, the worries, tribulations, struggles, and challenges of life seem to fade away, and we can experience a peaceful whisper. We can call that whisper God. Through the practice of contemplative prayer, we can find our way to that inner place of silence even in the midst of great distraction, busyness, and noise. The silence becomes one with us and grounds us. When we become friends with silence, friends with God, we can hear the gentle whisper of God’s voice saying, “Come, stay here. Trust me and you will not fall.”

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Upcoming Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck is every other Tuesday (August 18) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (August 10)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Parish Mass:
During this time of social distancing the parish has provided ways for attending Mass in celebrating the memory of Jesus’s death and resurrection and the presence and union with Jesus in Holy Communion. The parish has four Masses on the weekend (two at St. James the Apostle, one at St. Francis Solanus, and one at Holy Cross); an 8:30 a.m. daily Mass at St. Francis (Monday–Friday); and a video of the Sunday Mass is on the parish website. The attendance at public Masses is limited to 33% of the total building occupancy which percentage has never been reached in the churches. It has been suggested that parishioners might consider attending a daily Mass where social distancing is more easily attained.

Family Faith Formation:
Registration for the 2020 Family Faith Formation program is underway! The program begins on September 20 and is open to families with children in grades K-7. Like last year, this year’s program will consist of a weekly home based portion and a monthly gathering for families (when permitted) on the third Sunday of each month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. James. We are switching to the Faith and Life book series this year. The theme for this year’s group gatherings will be the Saints. We will learn about a different Saint each month: their background, their accomplishments, and their motivations. Due to public health concerns, a take home kit for the monthly gathering will be available to families who request it or when gatherings are not permitted. Click here for the registration form. Please register by August 25 so book orders can be placed. Contact Susan Guydosh at susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

St. James the Apostle Rectory:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ and Ms. Jan Seeley (a lay SSJ Associate) have visited the rectory and have expressed an interested in it as a possible living quarters. Negotiations between the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Diocese, and the Parish are taking place. Sr. Anne and Jan would like to be moved in by September 1, 2020.

Parish Cemeteries:
St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross churches have cemeteries. Each cemetery has a committee to oversee the cemeteries. The parish has the need for more volunteers to be committee members. Please phone the parish office to join the committee. Thank you.

Helping our Seniors:
Many of us begin to experience mobility limitations, physical impairments, and cognitive changes over time. Moreover, during the current global pandemic, new needs can arise. Since not every senior has a family member nearby to lean on, there is a large gap the church community can help fill, in addition to praying for our elders. Standup for Caregivers, has provided a list of web pages, linked here, with information that will help you understand the needs of our elderly and how you might be able to be of assistance. Standup for Caregivers is an organization that was created in 2017 to help those who provide care for others, protecting and advocating for the health and wellbeing of all adult caregivers.

Fall Semester at St. Bernard’s:
The School of Theology and Ministry is offering fall semester courses beginning August 20. A few course highlights include: Sacred Scripture; Faith, Fiction and Film: the Drama of Belief; History of Philosophy; and Discernment and Formation for Ministry. For more information phone: 585–271–3657 or go to www.stbernards.edu.

Habitat for Humanity:
Construction for the Habitat House located at 2320 County Road 139 in Ovid has started. It is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Volunteers are needed, and even an hour is appreciated. Any groups, organizations, clubs, or individuals who may be interested may stop by during the above times or email menzo.case@mygenbank.com with “Habitat” in the subject line.

Right to Life:
“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. On Friday, August 14, “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM, Cap. For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716–901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com.

Fill Out your 2020 US Census:
The every-10-year-census count is extremely important. It determines how many state and federal representatives our region will get and informs the distribution of billions of dollars of federal and state funding. You can answer the quick census questionnaire at www.my2020census.gov/ or by phoning 844–330– 2020 or by filing out the questionnaire you received in the mail. And tell others, “Fill out your 2020 US Census.”

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

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

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

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

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Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 2, 2020

First Reading:
Come to me heedfully, listen, that you may have life. (Is. 55:3a)

Psalm:
The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs. (Ps. 145)

Second Reading:
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Rom. 8:38-39)

Gospel:
Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds. They all ate and were satisfied. (Mt. 14:19-20a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
What do you really hope and hunger for? We are most familiar with our physical hungers and cravings as they are quite obvious. What we don’t always realize is that we also have emotional and spiritual hungers. Many are starving for acceptance and love. Many others hunger for a sense of purpose, more focused direction, and deeper connection and meaning. Our hungers can easily get confused. We think we are in need of one thing but are actually being driven by another. We need to recognize and pursue our spiritual hungers. If we do not do so, we will attempt to fill these needs with lesser, and not always healthier, things. God, ultimately through the Eucharist, is the only One who can quench our more profound thirsts. Have we discovered this yet?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food truck is every other Tuesday (August 4) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Mon-day (August 10)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • Live/Virtual Music for the Soul: 7–8 p.m., August 2, First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, Trumansburg
  • Vigil Against Nuclear Weapons: 10–11 a.m., August 8, Ithaca

Parish Mass:
During this time of social distancing the parish has provided ways for attending Mass in celebrating the memory of Jesus’s death and resurrection and the presence and union with Jesus in Holy Communion. The parish has four Masses on the weekend (two at St. James the Apostle, one at St. Francis Solanus, and one at Holy Cross); an 8:30 a.m. daily Mass at St. Francis (Monday – Friday); and a video of the Sunday Mass is on the parish website. The attendance at public Masses is limited to 33% of the total building occupancy which percentage has never been reached in the churches. It has been suggested that parishioners might consider attending a daily Mass where social distancing is more easily attained.

Live/Virtual Music for the Soul:
The First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses (FPCU) on Main St. in Trumansburg invites the community to a unique music gathering on Sunday, August 2, from 7–8 p.m. in the FPCU Church Yard under the tent. Music will be provided by Joe Pepper on the keyboard, church members, singers from around the world, and audience. This event will occur in the sanctuary in case of inclement weather with seating arranged for social distancing. Please bring your own chair. We hope you’ll attend and enjoy the uplifting music program.

Helping our Seniors:
Many of us begin to experience mobility limitations, physical impairments, and cognitive changes over time. Moreover, during the current global pandemic, new needs can arise. Since not every senior has a family member nearby to lean on, there is a large gap the church community can help fill, in addition to praying for our elders. Standup for Caregivers, has provided a list of web pages, available here, with information that will help you understand the needs of our elderly and how you might be able to be of assistance. Standup for Caregivers is an organization that was created in 2017 to help those who provide care for others, protecting and advocating for the health and wellbeing of all adult caregivers.

Family Faith Formation:
Registration for the 2020 Family Faith Formation program is underway! The program begins on September 20 and is open to families with children in grades K-7. Like last year, this year’s program will consist of a weekly home based portion and a monthly gathering for families (when permitted) on the third Sunday of each month after the 9 a.m. Mass at St. James. We are switching to the Faith and Life book series this year. The theme for this year’s group gatherings will be the Saints. We will learn about a different Saint each month: their background, their accomplishments, and their motivations. Due to public health concerns, a take home kit for the monthly gathering will be available to families who request it or when gatherings are not permitted. Click here for the registration form. Please register by August 25 so book orders can be placed. Contact Susan Guydosh at susan.guydosh@dor.org with any questions.

Fall Semester at St. Bernard’s:
The School of Theology and Ministry is offering fall semester courses beginning August 20. A few course highlights include: Sacred Scripture; Faith, Fiction and Film: the Drama of Belief; History of Philosophy; and Discernment and Formation for Ministry. For more information phone: 585–271–3657 or go to www.stbernards.edu.

Habitat for Humanity:
Construction for the Habitat House located at 2320 County Road 139 in Ovid has started. It is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Volunteers are needed, and even an hour is appreciated. Any groups, organizations, clubs, or individuals who may be interested may stop by during the above times or email menzo.case@mygenbank.com with “Habitat” in the subject line.

Helping People in Need:
Usually on the second Sunday of a month parishioners are invited to contribute non-perishable food at St. James the Apostle church to be distributed by the Trumansburg Food Pantry, sponsored by Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) and associated with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. COVID-19 directives do not allow us to continue the practice of collecting food items in a church at this time. Instead you are invited to send monetary donations directly to the Trumansburg Food Pantry at P.O. Box162, Trumansburg, N.Y. 14886. Thank you to all who contribute! “For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matthew 25: 35

Vigil Against Nuclear Weapons:
The Ithaca Catholic Worker invites you to join us for a special vigil on August 8 from 10–11 a.m. at the corner of Clinton St. and S. Meadow St. We want to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima (August 6) and Nagasaki (August 9). Nuclear war remains a terrible imminent threat to all life on earth. Nuclear weapons eviscerate the rule of law, enforce white supremacy, perpetuate endless war and environmental destruction, steal from all in our nation and world by their theft of much-needed resources. It represents a crime against humanity. We declare our opposition to this madness and invite you to stand with us on August 8. We will observe safe distancing and wear masks. We welcome your participation. Bring signs.

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

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

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

Parish Cemeteries:
St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross churches have cemeteries. Each cemetery has a committee to oversee the cemeteries. The parish has the need for more volunteers to be committee members. Please phone the parish office to join the committee. Thank you.

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule included:

  • “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
  • “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM, Cap., on Friday, August 14.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716–901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com.

Mass Intentions:
Those wishing to have others remembered at a Mass on a particular day and time and place may phone the parish office expressing their request. Please be sure we have the name of the person or the intention stated, whether the person is deceased or living, who is requesting the mass intention and what date and time would be preferred. There is a handy form, linked from here, that has all of these questions listed. Just tap on the link, print out the Mass intention form, fill it out, and send it into the parish office.

Right to Life:
“We must not be surprised when we hear of murders, of killings, of wars, of hatred. If a mother can kill her own child, what is left but for us to kill each other.” ~Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Fill Out your 2020 US Census:
The every-10-year-census count is extremely important. It determines how many state and federal representatives our region will get and informs the distribution of billions of dollars of federal and state funding. You can answer the quick census questionnaire at www.my2020census.gov/ or by phoning 844–330– 2020 or by filing out the questionnaire you received in the mail. And tell others, “Fill out your 2020 US Census.”

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 26, 2020

First Reading:
“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” (1 Kgs. 3:9a)

Psalm:
Lord, I love your commands. (Ps. 119)

Second Reading:
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

Gospel:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” (Mt. 13:44)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When a merchant finally finds a priceless, perfect pearl, he sells all he has and buys it. He does this because that pearl matters to him. It has significance and brings a depth of joy like none other. What matters and is of importance to you? When what matters to us has something to do with the kingdom of God, God is delighted. His exuberant happiness is hard to contain because He knows that we are happy stumbling upon this beautiful wisdom. Ask God to help you discover this pearl of great price. There are many things competing for our attention every day. But not all of these things are important. We focus too much energy on the unimportant, superficial stuff and neglect paying attention to the things that really make a difference and have the greatest impact. Things all too easily become more significant than people, and our agendas become more essential than God’s. We do not have to empty our bank accounts and totally detach from everything we have in order to serve God. But, we are asked to prioritize our lives and make what matters to God what matters most to us. In doing so, when we rise each day, we will be able to see what really needs our attention and embrace it with great joy!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (August 4) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 27)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

Helping our Seniors:
Many of us begin to experience mobility limitations, physical impairments, and cognitive changes over time. Moreover, during the current global pandemic, new needs can arise. Since not every senior has a family member nearby to lean on, there is a large gap the church community can help fill, in addition to praying for our elders. Standup for Caregivers, has provided a list of web pages, linked here, with information that will help you understand the needs of our elderly and how you might be able to be of assistance. Standup for Caregivers is an organization that was created in 2017 to help those who provide care for others, protecting and advocating for the health and well being of all adult caregivers.

Live/Virtual Music for the Soul:
The First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses (FPCU) on Main St. in Trumansburg invites the community to a unique music gathering on Sunday, August 2, from 7–8 p.m. in the FPCU Church Yard under the tent. Music will be provided by Joe Pepper on the keyboard, church members, singers from around the world, and audience. This event will occur in the sanctuary in case of inclement weather with seating arranged for social distancing. Please bring your own chair. We hope you’ll attend and enjoy the uplifting music program.

Habitat for Humanity:
Construction for the Habitat House located at 2320 County Road 139 in Ovid has started. It is on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4–8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Volunteers are needed, and even an hour is appreciated. Any groups, organizations, clubs, or individuals who may be interested may stop by during the above times or email menzo.case@mygenbank.com with “Habitat” in the subject line.

Corona Virus Safety Precautions:
The celebration of Mass in our churches has resumed, though with a limited number of people in attendance: 33% of the total occupancy of each building (refer to the front cover of the weekend bulletin for the number allowed at Mass in each of our parish churches). Please be assured that the following procedures are being done to keep everyone safe:

  • The pews are sanitized before and after Mass.
  • Parishioners attending are to sanitize their hands at the entrance of the church.
  • People are to wear face masks and keep a six foot distance between themselves and others not of the their household.
  • The church doors will remain open so that people will not need to touch the doors to enter or leave.
  • Cry rooms are closed.
  • All unnecessary chairs, tables, and furniture have been removed.
  • All hymnals and other paper resources have been removed from the pews.
  • Holy Water fonts have been emptied and will remain empty.
  • The books of intercessions have also been removed (prayer requests can be made by phoning the parish office).
  • Offertory collections will not take place. Parishioners can make monetary contributions in the baskets provided at the entrance(s) of the church or, better yet, contribute online.
  • Collections of food, supplies, etc. for charitable giving cannot take place.
  • Going up to communion starts at the front of the church.
  • The opposite takes place at the end of Mass, with people in the back of the church leaving first.
  • People are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Those wishing to receive on the tongue are to come last in the communion procession.
  • The priest must sanitize his hands each time after giving Holy Communion on the tongue.

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the parishioners who have assumed responsibility for the planning and execution of these directives. Thank you.

Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Mass Intentions:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass on a particular day and time and place may phone the parish office expressing their request. Please be sure we have the name of the person or the intention stated, whether the person is deceased or living, and who is requesting the Mass intention and what date and time would be preferred. There is a handy form now available from our web page that has all of these questions listed. Just print out the Mass intention form, fill it out, and send it into the parish office.

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule includes:

  • “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
  • “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., on Friday, August 14.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716 901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com

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

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

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

Magnificat Booklets:
Copies of the Magnificat booklets for July are now available in the vestibule of all three churches. They are free to all parishioners.

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

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 19, 2020

First reading:
For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. (Wis. 12:16)

Psalm:
Lord, you are good and forgiving. (Ps. 86)

Second reading:
And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. (Rom. 8:27)

Gospel:
“Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn’.” (Mt. 13:30b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Grace and sin are found together. As much as our hearts long for union with God, there is always that part of us that resists. As much as I wholeheartedly believe in God, there is a dimension of disbelief with which I also wrestle. Even though we may seek purity and integrity in all of our thoughts, words, and deeds, there is also the path toward weakness and sin that we find ourselves traversing. Just as weeds can easily overtake the best of gardens, so too can weakness and sin overtake and overwhelm a person. The call is to realize the power the weeds of sin have to choke us off from God’s presence. While God allows the wheat and the weeds to exist together, we must keep our eyes fixed on God’s mercy and forgiveness and resist the death that comes from giving way to sin and evil. In God’s time, the eternal harvest will come, and we will no longer have to worry about the weeds. For now, we must be vigilant and regularly seek the assistance of the Master Gardener.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 21) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 27)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

Corona Virus Safety Precautions:
The celebration of Mass in our churches has resumed, though with a limited number of people in attendance: 33% of the total occupancy of each building (refer to the front cover of the weekend bulletin for the number allowed at Mass in each of our parish churches). Please be assured that the following procedures are being done to keep everyone safe:

  • The pews are sanitized before and after Mass.
  • Parishioners attending are to sanitize their hands at the entrance of the church.
  • People are to wear face masks and keep a six foot distance between themselves and others not of the their household.
  • The church doors will remain open so that people will not need to touch the doors to enter or leave.
  • Cry rooms are closed.
  • All unnecessary chairs, tables, and furniture have been removed.
  • All hymnals and other paper resources have been removed from the pews.
  • Holy Water fonts have been emptied and will remain empty.
  • The books of intercessions have also been removed (prayer requests can be made by phoning the parish office).
  • Offertory collections will not take place. Parishioners can make monetary contributions in the baskets provided at the entrance(s) of the church or, better yet, contribute online.
  • Collections of food, supplies, etc. for charitable giving cannot take place.
  • Going up to communion starts at the front of the church.
  • The opposite takes place at the end of Mass, with people in the back of the church leaving first.
  • People are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Those wishing to receive on the tongue are to come last in the communion procession.
  • The priest must sanitize his hands each time after giving Holy Communion on the tongue.

All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the parishioners who have assumed responsibility for the planning and execution of these directives. Thank you.

Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Mass Intentions:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass on a particular day and time and place may phone the parish office expressing their request. Please be sure we have the name of the person or the intention stated, whether the person is deceased or living, and who is requesting the Mass intention and what date and time would be preferred. There is a handy form now available from our web page that has all of these questions listed. Just print out the Mass intention form, fill it out, and send it into the parish office.

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule includes:

  • “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
  • “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., on Friday, August 14.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716 901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com

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

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

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

Magnificat Booklets:
Copies of the Magnificat booklets for July are now available in the vestibule of all three churches. They are free to all parishioners.

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

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

 

 

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Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 12, 2020

First reading:
So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Is. 55:11)

Psalm:
The seed that falls on the good ground will yield a fruitful harvest. (Ps. 65)

Second reading:
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. (Rom. 8:18)

Gospel:
“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” (Mt. 13:8-9)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Any good farmer will tell you that regardless of how good the quality of the seed, its sprouting and bearing of effective fruit is dependent upon the quality of the soil. Preparing the soil is one of the most essential components of farming. There is no doubt that the seed of God’s Word will eventually achieve its purpose. God cannot and will not fail. When and how that seed bears fruit is, however, dependent upon us. What is the quality and condition of your soil? Life’s concerns and preoccupations can cause us to become inattentive to our inner life. This sometimes unintentional neglect can result in our soil becoming hard, overgrown with weeds, rocky, parched, and lifeless. When God’s seed is sown, it doesn’t always take root because it struggles to establish roots and flourish. How can you more attentively attend to the soil of your heart so that it will be a fertile and vital place for the fruit of the Gospel to grow?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 21) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 13)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Baptisms:
Kathryn Ann Hanna was baptized on July 4, 2020, in St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken. The following day, July 5, Grace Diane Balish was baptized at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

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

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Magnificat Booklets:
Copies of the Magnificat booklets for July are now available in the vestibule of all three churches. They are free to all parishioners.

To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

Parish Feast Days:
Our three parish churches have feast days on the following dates:

  • July 16 for St. Francis Solanus,
  • July 25 for St. James the Apostle, and
  • September 14 for Holy Cross (the Exultation of the Holy Cross).

Because there is no Church calendar date for Mary, Mother of Mercy, the parish has chosen to celebrate our parish feast day on the second Sunday of September. This year it is September 13. Presently and sadly, unlike former years, because of the ban on social gatherings there are no plans for celebrating the parish churches’ feast days or the parish feast day.

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule included:

  • “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
  • “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., on Friday, August 14.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716 901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com

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

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

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

For Young Adults:
The “Called and Gifted Discernment Process” helps Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to provide them with the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God. The “Called and Gifted” process includes a virtual workshop that lays the foundation for beginning of discernment, an online Catholic spiritual gifts inventory, a “gifts” interview to help them unpack their inventory, and working with a small group over several weeks to experiment with their gifts. More information can be found at: https://siena.org/called-gifted. Space is limited for this online event that begins July 1. Young adults, ages 21–39, who are interested in being a part of this process, can go to https://conta.cc/2UPtdRE to register.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

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

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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 5, 2020

First reading:
See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass. (Zec. 9:9b) 

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

Second reading:
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. (Rom. 8:13)

Gospel:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Mt. 11:28)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The flesh is our old self of yesterday and the one we left behind in baptism. It is the self of doubts and fears, sin and error, reluctance, untamed passion, and errors in judgment. It is also the self of missed opportunities and roads untraveled. Although we were baptized many years ago, every day is another day to live, not according to the flesh of yesterday with its regrets and misgivings, but rather to live the life of the spirit of today and tomorrow. The burdens of our personal baggage and of life itself can weigh us down. The love of Jesus Christ and the life of the spirit can pick us up, refresh us, and provide us with the hope for new opportunities and discoveries. Because we have been baptized in Christ, we need not be anxious about what we did or did not do yesterday or anxious about what will come tomorrow. We need only to seek out the love that is before us, around us, and in us and learn.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 7) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 13)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Collection for Central and Eastern Europe:
This week, our special collection supports the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation today helps restore the Church and build the future in the more than twenty countries still struggling to recover from Communist rule. Funds from this collection support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. Please be generous to the collection today. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/ccee.

Helping People in Need:
Usually on the second Sunday of a month parishioners are invited to contribute non-perishable food at St. James the Apostle church to be distributed by the Trumansburg Food Pantry, sponsored by Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) and associated with the Food Bank of the Southern Tier. COVID-19 directives do not allow us to continue the practice of collecting food items in a church at this time. Instead you are invited to send monetary donations directly to the Trumansburg Food Pantry at P.O. Box162, Trumansburg, N.Y. 14886. Thank you to all who contribute! “For I was hungry and you gave me food.” Matthew 25: 35

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

Victims of Sexual Abuse:
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester gives the reminder that victims of sexual abuse should always report to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the diocese contact Deborah Housel, 585 328–3228, ext. 1555 (toll-free: 1 800 388–7177 ext. 1555), or by e-mail to victimsassistance@dor.org.

Parish Feast Days:
Our three parish churches have feast days on the following dates:

  • July 16 for St. Francis Solanus,
  • July 25 for St. James the Apostle, and
  • September 14 for Holy Cross (the Exultation of the Holy Cross).

Because there is no Church calendar date for Mary, Mother of Mercy, the parish has chosen to celebrate our parish feast day on the second Sunday of September. This year it is September 13. Presently and sadly, unlike former years, because of the ban on social gatherings there are no plans for celebrating the parish churches’ feast days or the parish feast day.

Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule included:

  • “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
  • “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley OFM, Cap., on Friday, August 14.

For more information visit www.branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand by phone: 716 901–4313, or email: branches1515@live.com

For Young Adults:
The “Called and Gifted Discernment Process” helps Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to provide them with the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God. The “Called and Gifted” process includes a virtual workshop that lays the foundation for beginning of discernment, an online Catholic spiritual gifts inventory, a “gifts” interview to help them unpack their inventory, and working with a small group over several weeks to experiment with their gifts. More information can be found at: https://siena.org/called-gifted. Space is limited for this online event that begins July 1. Young adults, ages 21–39, who are interested in being a part of this process, can go to https://conta.cc/2UPtdRE to register.

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

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

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

Right to Life:
“If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell people not to kill one another?” ~Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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

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

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 28, 2020

First reading:
Elisha promised, “This time next year you will be fondling a baby son.” (2 Kg. 4:16a)

Psalm:
For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. (Ps. 89)

Second reading:
Consequently, you too must think of yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. (Rom. 6:11)

Gospel:
“Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Mt. 10:38)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?” What do you understand these words to mean? Many see these words as an indication of what may come in eternal life. In actuality, they have more to do with our lives here and now. We are called to die to ourselves and offer our lives as gifts given generously to others. It is not about us. We are asked to serve God and not continue in our service of sin. Life is about learning to do what we really do not want to do because it brings us deeper into the mystery of God, ourselves, and others. Learning how to accept and live with the “small deaths” and sacrifices we encounter teaches us how to live with and approach our final death. We can do so with a heart that has been touched by and is open to mercy or one that is self- focused and closed.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 7) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (June 29)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

No Mass on Independence Day:
On Saturday, July 4, there will be there will be no 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. Mass. 

Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is (except for July 4, Independence day):

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Weekend Mass Limitations:
Recent civic directives state that churches may allow only a limited number of people at any one time in each of our churches. This weekend we are allowed to have 80 people in Holy Cross, 35 in St. Francis Solanus, and 54 in St. James the Apostle. Those attending are to adhere to the civil directives, namely, sanitize one’s hands upon entering the church, wear a face mask covering your nose and mouth, stay six feet from one another, and exit the church from back pews to front pews. Households may sit together.

Peter’s Pence Collection:
The Peter’s Pence collection was originally scheduled for this weekend, June 28, but has been postponed. The national collection date will now be the weekend of October 3–4, 2020.

Bishop Thanks You:
Bishop Matano has written a letter to the pastor and devoted parishioners, expressing his sincere gratitude for the parish exceeding their assigned goal for the 2019–2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). “Your commitment to supporting the mission of our Diocese, to love God above all things, and to serve our neighbors in need, for the love of Him, is deeply encouraging. I pray that the Lord will continue to bless your parish family. …in your kindness, remember me in you good prayers.”

Appeal Comes to a Close:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) reports are now showing the final numbers for the 2019–2020 CMA campaign. More than 22,000 generous donors contributed $6.1 million to this year’s CMA, representing nearly 90.8% of the $6.725 million diocesan goal. Thirty-seven parishes reached their assigned goals. Congratulations to all. We are genuinely humbled and amazed by the generosity of CMA donors who continued to give during one of the most challenging times our generation has experienced.

Second Collection Next Weekend:
The annual collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe is scheduled for next weekend, July 5. This collection supports the Church in more than 20 countries that still struggle to recover from Communist rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.

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

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

If You Need Assistance:
During this pandemic of COVID-19 the town of Ulysses is working with Tompkins County to coordinate access to the community resources that are available for people, from food assistance to mental health. Simply phone 2-1-1 to connect with a wide range of resources.

To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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

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

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

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ June 21, 2020

First reading:
“Sing to the Lord, praise the Lord, for he has rescued the life of the poor from the power of the wicked!” (Jer. 20:13)

Psalm:
Lord, in your great love, answer me. (Ps. 69)

Second reading:
But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many. (Rom. 5:12-15)

Gospel:
“Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” (Mt. 10:32)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus knows that the challenges a disciple of the Gospel will face in the world are real. He tells all of us point blank, “Do not be afraid.” There are many things we can fear as we attempt to live the Gospel: unpopularity, being rebuked, rejection, anger, being challenged, having to defend ourselves, standing alone, insecurity, failure, and even death. Many folks know that their faith calls them to live life more deliberately and radically but are cowards when it comes to putting it into practice. We easily justify sticking with the “acceptable” norms with which we are accustomed. These only serve to keep us stuck and mired in mediocrity. The Gospel—given flesh by the very presence of Christ—seeks to stretch, challenge, and change us. We do not have to fear anything, even death. Sometimes, living with our fears brings us a sadly disordered sense of comfort. Maybe what we really fear above all else is change.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (June 23) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (June 29)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

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

Weekend Mass Schedule:
Beginning this weekend, a 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:

  • 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
  • 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Sunday Mass schedule is:

  • 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
  • 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Weekend Mass Limitations:
The recent civic directives state that churches may have a capacity of 25% of each church’s total occupancy. Therefore, the number of attendees permitted is:

  • 60 people in Holy Cross church in Ovid,
  • 41 people in St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg, and
  • 26 people in St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church. 

Directives for Gathering for Mass:

  • There is to be no social congregating before or after Mass. This includes congregating in the church, vestibule, narthex, on the steps of the church, or in the church parking lot.
  • People are required to wear a cloth covering their nose and mouth. If you forget your facemask, the church will provide one.
  • People need to sanitize their hands at the entrance of the church before entering the building.
  • People are to sit six feet away from others in all directions (families of the same household may sit together).
  • All hymnals, prayer cards, and other paper resources are removed from the pews.
  • Cry rooms and other ancillary areas in the church are closed and locked.
  • Holy water fonts are empty.
  • The “Book of Intentions” has been removed.
  • Congregational singing is not allowed and there will be no choirs.
  • A musician and a cantor are allowed.
  • Altar servers are not allowed.
  • One lector is allowed.
  • There will be no offertory collection. Parishioners may place their monetary contributions in a collection box provided at the entrance of the church. (Parishioners are encouraged to give online at https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.)
  • The priest celebrant and other ministers do not wear masks during the celebration of Mass, with the exception of during distribution of Holy Communion. Priest celebrant and other ministers never wear gloves at any point during Mass.
  • The priest presider is to proceed from the sacristy directly to the altar.
  • The offertory procession is omitted.
  • Holding of hands during the Lord’s Prayer, not part of the Roman Rite, is strictly forbidden.
  • The invitation to exchange a sign of peace is omitted.
  • The priest sanitizes his hands before the distribution of Holy Communion and wears a mask while distributing the Eucharist.
  • There will be only one station for the distribution of Holy Communion.
  • For the reception of Holy Communion, you may lower your mask is to receive.
  • It is strongly encouraged to receive Communion in the hand (the earliest and longest tradition in the Church’s 2,000 year history).
  • Maintain six feet distance from one another when approaching to receive Holy Communion.
  • Those preferring Holy Communion on the tongue are to come last to receive and the priest will sanitize his hands before distributing Holy Communion to the next person receiving on the tongue.
  • The reception of the Precious Blood is not offered.
  • The priest’s recessional is from the altar directly into the sacristy.

For updated and additional information, please visit the diocese’s web page related to the Covid-19 response.

Disinfecting Volunteers Needed:
Each church is to be sanitized before and after Mass. It is not cleaning the church but rather spraying the church with a sanitizing chemical. We are in need of volunteers for this task in each church. If interested in helping, please phone the parish office at 607-294-0064. Thank you.

Volunteers Needed at St. James:
With the present Mass schedule that now allows us to use each of our three churches, the parish needs people to help with various tasks as we resume operations. Please let Father know, at 607-294-0064, if you can help with any of the following:

  • To be an usher/minister of hospitality for Mass either on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. or on Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
  • To help count the collection(s) every third Sunday.
  • To be the counter (at St. James only) who can run the Tompkins Trust remote deposit software every Sunday for about 30 minutes to process incoming checks.

To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

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

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

If You Need Assistance:
During this pandemic of COVID-19 the town of Ulysses is working with Tompkins County to coordinate access to the community resources that are available for people, from food assistance to mental health. Simply phone 2-1-1 to connect with a wide range of resources.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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

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

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

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

 

 

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The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ ~ June 14, 2020

First reading:
“Not by bread alone does one live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord.” (Dt. 8:3b) 

Psalm:
Praise the Lord, Jerusalem. (Ps. 147) or Alleluia

Second reading:
Because the loaf of bread is one, we, though many, are one body, for we all partake of the one loaf. (1 Cor. 10:17)

Gospel:
“For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (Jn. 6:55-56) 

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
They recognized him in the breaking of bread. This was the amazing revelation or epiphany that occurred on the Road to Emmaus. Bread that had been transformed into the Body of Christ opened the eyes of the disciples and showed them who was really with them. Their hearts were burning. Sometimes we struggle with our belief in the Eucharist because we make it too much of an intellectual challenge. If God’s divinity was wed to humanity in the incarnation of Christ, then why is it not possible for God to take simple elements of bread and wine and transform them into his Body and Blood? Affirm your faith today that the Eucharist you receive is God Himself. Become what you eat and allow God to embrace your soul and touch that part of you that no one else can touch.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (June 23) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (June 15)
  • Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Note:
On Saturday, June 6, Bishop Matano issued a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Rochester. He reported that at the present time churches located in the diocese may have no more than of 25% of each church’s total occupancy. For our parish this means that 60 people could be in attendance at Holy Cross, 41 at St. James the Apostle, and 26 at St. Francis Solanus. Maintaining social distancing in the church (except for members of the same household), and adhering to other directives when people gather, complicates how to arrange for only 25% of our parishioners in each building. Right now the hope is that each of the parish churches will be open for weekend Masses beginning next weekend (June 21). Through email, postal service, and our parish website we will continue to be in communication with you regarding this matter. Two related issues:

1) The dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will remain until further notice.

2) We will continue to offer the videotape of Sunday Mass on our parish website Mass until we can have full occupancy in each of our churches.

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ:
“The mode of Christ’s presence under the Eucharistic species is unique. … In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained.’ This presence is called ‘real’—by which is not intended to exclude the other types of presence as if they could not be ‘real’ too, but because it is presence in the fullest sense: that is to say, it is a substantial presence by which Christ, God and man, makes himself wholly and entirely present.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1374)

Catholic Communication Campaign:
If we were together this weekend there would have been a second collection for the annual Catholic Communication Campaign. Your contribution to this collection connects people in the United States and around the world to the merciful love of Christ. Half of your donation stays in our diocese to support local communications projects. To learn more visit www.usccb.org/ccc.

Daily Mass Resumes:
We have resumed the parish’s daily Mass at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken, at 8:30 a.m. Monday to Friday. There are several directives we are required to follow. No more than 26 people may be in attendance and each person needs to wear a cloth covering their nose and mouth. They will need to sanitize their hands at the entrance of the church and remain six feet away from others in all directions, though families of the same household may sit together. There will be no social gathering before or after Mass. Be aware that in the church all hymnals, prayer cards, and other paper resources, including the “Book of Intentions,” will be removed from the pews and the church building. Holy water fonts will be empty. Congregational singing is not allowed. There will be only one lector and altar servers are not allowed to serve. The priest presider is to proceed from the sacristy directly to the altar and, after Mass, will return directly to the sacristy. The holding of hands during the Lord’s Prayer, not part of the Roman Rite, is strictly forbidden, and the invitation to exchange a sign of peace is omitted. It is strongly encouraged that you receive Communion in your hand (the earliest and longest tradition in the Church) while maintaining six feet distance from one another. During distribution of Holy Communion you may lower your face covering (mask) to receive the Eucharist. Those preferring to receive the Eucharist on the tongue are to come last to receive and the priest will sanitize his hands before distributing Holy Communion to each person who receives on the tongue. The reception of the Precious Blood is not offered, nor are the faithful to receive by intinction. The priest will wear a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion. For more information visit the diocesan’s web page on the COVID-19 response.

Virtual Parish Mass:
The parish expresses its gratitude to Joan and Alan Gelatt for initiating and taping our parish’s virtual Sunday and Holy Day Masses. They were joined by Tom Duff who used his expertise to enhance the sound capability. We also express our gratitude to the following for sharing their talents: organist-Joan Gelatt; violinist-Beth Bevars; guitarist-Mark Sinkiewicz; cantors-Deb Swartz, Nancy McKenna, and Madelyn Houck; lectors-Kathleen Rourke, Nancy Potter, Ellen Moore, Lydia Kurkchi, Karl Messmer, and Tim Davis. The virtual Masses will continue as long as necessary. The following is a statement from the Diocese of Rochester: “It is Bishop Matano’s fervent prayer that the Sacraments will soon be able to be celebrated with a reasonable number of faithful present, always mindful of our genuine concern that the People of God may receive the Sacraments, and that the necessary safety precautions are in place for the protection of all.” Meanwhile, please join in thanking the above-mentioned people for helping to bring the Mass from our parish into your home.

To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.

Solemnity of the Sacred Heart:
This Friday, June 19, is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is a feast day that invites us to never underestimate the love and service of Jesus for humanity. It is a day that calls us to celebrate and rejoice in the love of Jesus.

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

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

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

Needing Assistance:
During this pandemic of COVID-19 the town of Ulysses is working with Tompkins County to coordinate access to community resources that are available for people, from food assistance to mental health. Simply phone 2-1-1 to connect with a wide range of resources.

A Right to Life:
“Women have a right to choose what to do with their body, not the baby’s body,” says Dr. Alveda Celeste King. She is an American activist, author, and former state representative for the twenty-eighth district in the Georgia House of Representatives. Dr. King is also the niece of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

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