November 8, 2020 ~ Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:
Resplendent and unfading is wisdom, and she is readily perceived by those who love her, and found by those who seek her. (Wis 6:12) 

Psalm:
My soul is thirsting for you, O Lord my God. (Ps 63)

Second Reading:
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep. (1 Thes 4:14)

Gospel:
“Afterwards the other virgins came and said, ‘Lord, Lord, open the door for us!’ But he said in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” (Mt 25:11-13)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Do you consider yourself spiritually mature and awake? We can become a little presumptuous in the Christian life and even put a little too much stock in God’s mercy. We foolishly believe that in the end, God is going to give everyone a passing grade and all will be well. Therefore, until that time comes, I can remain mediocre in my faith disciplines and put aside the effort needed to go from okay to excellent. We can be accomplished procrastinators! The meeting of God face-to-face either when we die or when Christ comes again, whichever comes first, is not going to be as casual as we may think. There is no earthly meeting in our experience that can even compare to what it will be like to meet God. To say that we are going to be caught up in awe is an understatement. But, there is something even more significant than that to consider: If we haven’t learned how to be attentive, recognize, and long for the holy of holies in this life, what make us think we are going to recognize and desire it in the next? Pray for the wisdom to act prudently.

©LPi

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 (November 10), 4:00 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 (November 9)
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:00–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, Noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Bernard is Available: 6:30–7:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Sacrament of Reconciliation – More Time Allotted:
Friday evenings, beginning October 30, Fr. Bernard will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. (or beyond that time if needed) at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken for Confessions and for anyone (Catholics and non-Catholics) wishing simply to speak with him.

2020/2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts. We received a report on October 28 that thirty-six Mary, Mother of Mercy parish donors have pledged $7,947 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. This represents 26.52% of the goal.

Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all prior season’s decorations at Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries removed by November 13. Thank you.

The Word Among Us:
Daily meditations for Advent and the Advent daily Mass bible readings are available in the booklet, “The Word Among Us.” The booklets are in the church vestibules. A free will offering can be made for the booklet. It would be good that every household have and use the booklet daily during the Advent Season which begins Sunday, November 29.

Sundays:
Sundays are great days. They are holy days rooted in the third commandment of God, “Keep holy the Sabbath day.” During this pandemic time, many rightly do not gather in church. Therefore, we try to keep the day holy by taking time in our own homes to reflect on the word of God and pray in praise of God and petition. To help in this regard there is “The Family Zone Newsletter.” It is a wonderful help to keep Sundays holy. Search the web for “The Family Zone Newsletter” or find it on our Parish website: marymotherofmercy.com.

Cemetery Fund Collection:
The parish has two cemeteries: Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg. They both operate with an annual deficit. Cemeteries must strive to maintain a fully funded “Permanent Maintenance Fund.” It is difficult to achieve this goal because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity to produce ongoing income to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year. Please mail contributions to the parish office, deposit them in the basket at the door of the churches, or make the offering through WeShare online giving. Thank you.

Angel Tree Tags:
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will not be tags on our angel trees for Christmas gifts for those in need. The Community Christmas Project Committee will provide gift cards to children instead of physical gifts. If you would still like to participate in giving to those less fortunate, please consider sending a tax deductible donation for the Seneca County Community Christmas Project in care of Cayuga Seneca Community Action (CSCAA). Checks may be made out to CSCAA with Seneca Co. Christmas Project in the memo line. You may mail checks to Cayuga Seneca Community Action, 89 York St., Auburn, NY 13021. If you have questions or concerns, please email Gerry Frank at gfrank@ottcmail.com. Thank you.

Share the Warmth:
The annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc.) will take place at Catholic Charities from November 9–13 and November 16–20. Volunteers are needed, especially needed during morning shifts. Covid–19 safety protocols will be enforced. Please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607–272–5062 to sign up. There is a collection bin on the rectory porch at St. James the Apostle, and collection bins in stores around the area where you may leave donations.

Tompkins County Workers’ Center:
People who feel that they have received unfair or illegal treatment at work are welcome to contact the Worker’s Right Hotline at 607–269–0409 or email TCWRH@tcworkerscenter.org. The center works with each person’s individual circumstances and desires with the goal to empower them to be more effective and knowledgeable self-advocates and advocates for other workers in their workplaces.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

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.

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. 

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

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 with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

 

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November 1, 2020 ~ All Saints Day

First Reading:
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. (Rev. 7:9)

Psalm:
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. (Ps. 24)

Second Reading:
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure. (1 Jn. 3:2b-3) 

Gospel:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” (Mt. 5:3)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Especially with regard to living the Gospel, we are not alone. A great cloud of witnesses journey with us offering us inspiration, wisdom, intercession, and support. We look to them for the example of perseverance we desperately need in order to be faithful, and for what it means to “walk the talk!” The Beatitudes are indeed a blessed vision that people hunger to hear and embrace. But, they also clearly remind us that following Jesus is difficult. Poverty of spirit, meekness, mercy, and peace making are not virtues readily accepted by the world. Pursuing a purity of heart and acknowledging the hunger of our souls require not only a courageous stance, but a single-minded devotion to God. And, after going against the grain of the world and meeting resistance along the way, the true disciple may find themselves persecuted and paying a high price. Look to all the saints for the secret to happiness and the example of fidelity. Their lives speak volumes of how God can use even the weakest and most humble among us in tremendous ways. Saints are not even close to being perfect. They are just ordinary folks like us trying to give honor to God with their lives.

©LPi

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 (November 10), 4:00 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 (November 9)
  • Bernard is Available: 6:30–7:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Sacrament of Reconciliation – More Time Allotted:
Friday evenings, beginning October 30, Fr. Bernard will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. (or beyond that time if needed) at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken for Confessions and for anyone (Catholics and non-Catholics) wishing simply to speak with him.

2020/2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts. We received a report on October 22 that sixteen Mary, Mother of Mercy parish donors have pledged $1,572 toward our given parish goal of $29,979.

Annual Financial Report:
Please consult the bulletin insert [available here] containing the parish annual financial report (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020). Copies of the report will also be placed in the churches and posted on the bulletin boards. Thanks to you all for your financial support; the report is positive. You are a blessing to your parish. We take this opportunity to thank our parish trustees, Lee Anne Fox and Ron Singer, and the other members of the Finance Council during last year’s fiscal year, Kathleen Rourke and Bob Duthie. A special thanks to our parish business manager Eileen Heptig, and a special thanks also to the Diocesan Regional Finance director, David Zellinger, who oversees the temporal matters and finances of the parish. Mr. Zellinger prepared the annual report. The details that went into the report are available upon request.

All Saints’ Day:
Liturgically, this Sunday, November 1, we are celebrating All Saints’ Day. This liturgical celebration will take precedence over the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

All Souls’ Day:
Next Monday, November 2, is All Souls’ Day. It is not a holy day of obligation. At the daily 8:30 a.m. parish Mass at St. Francis Solanus Church, the names of our beloved parishioners and others who have died within the year (November 3, 2019–November 2, 2020) will be proclaimed, and a candle will be lit in their memory. All are welcome for this remembrance celebration.

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:
It is a tradition to have “All Souls’ Day” envelopes available for parishioners to record the names of their beloved deceased and to have them prayed for on that day and throughout the month of November. On November 2 the envelopes will be placed on the altar and remain there throughout the month. Remembrance envelopes are available in the Churches and in the offertory envelope boxes. You may also mail to the parish office (or phone the parish office) the names of the deceased loved ones you wish to have remembered and prayed for.

Cemetery Fund Collection:
The parish has two cemeteries: Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg. They both operate with an annual deficit. Cemeteries must strive to maintain a fully funded “Permanent Maintenance Fund.” It is difficult to achieve this goal because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity to produce ongoing income to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year. Please mail contributions to the parish office, deposit them in the basket at the door of the churches, or make the offering through WeShare online giving. Thank you.

Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all prior season’s decorations at Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries removed by November 13. Thank you.

Beatification of Fr. Michael McGivney:
The founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, will be beatified on October 31, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. He will be the first American parish priest to be beatified. Fr. McGivney (1852-1890) was born in Waterbury, CT and ordained as a priest in 1877. He founded the Knights of Columbus 138 years ago to enable Catholic men to support one another and their families with spiritual and temporal needs. Today, this fraternal order has become the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with 2 million members, sponsoring a wide range of educational, charitable, and religious activities. For more information on the new Blessed in the Church, go online and search: Fr. Michael McGivney Guild.

Remember to Vote… Be a Faithful Citizen:
As you prepare to vote this week, read the U.S. bishops’ statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, watch videos, and access other great resources on faithful citizenship. Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to explore how you can love your neighbors by advocating as a faithful citizen on behalf of those who are poor and vulnerable.

Share the Warmth:
The annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc.) will take place at Catholic Charities from November 9–13 and November 16–20. Volunteers are needed, especially needed during morning shifts. Covid–19 safety protocols will be enforced. Please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607–272–5062 to sign up. There is a collection bin on the rectory porch at St. James the Apostle, and collection bins in stores around the area where you may leave donations.

Young Adult’s Bible Study – by Zoom:
Young adults, ages 19–29, are invited to attend a 6 week bible study where the words of scripture will inspire, ground, and provide one with spiritual guidance while deepening their relationship with God. It will be an opportunity to share the challenges we face, the things we aspire to and hope for, and the questions we have about life and faith. The first meeting will be Sunday, November 1 from 7–8 p.m. Please email diane3@twcny.rr.com to get the Zoom link or for more information.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

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.

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. 

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

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 with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

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Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 25, 2020

First Reading:
“You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword.” (Ex. 22:21-23a)

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

Second Reading:
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. (1 Thes. 1:6-7)

Gospel:
Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:37-39)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Do we really understand how important our relationships with our brothers and sisters throughout the world truly are? Many give God’s commandment to love your neighbor and yourself a congenial glance of approval and agreement without really thinking about the implications. Sometimes it is easier to kneel in reverence before the tabernacle in a church than to kneel in reverence before the tabernacle of another person’s soul. Witnessing and being consumed by the Divine Power alive in the heart of every living being transforms not only how we see our brothers and sisters but how we see God Himself. The cries of the poor and those who are hurting must echo in our hearts. We can no longer be deaf to the world’s pain. It is no longer acceptable to judge others, unduly criticize, or marginalize, neglect, abuse, manipulate, or participate in the exploitation of anyone! We are asked to become hypersensitive to not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it. This holds true not only with regard to the daily conduct of our lives but our economic and corporate relationships and policies as well.
©LPi

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 (October 27), 4:00 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 (October 26)
  • Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Sacrament of Reconciliation – More Time Allotted:
Friday evenings, beginning October 30, Fr. Bernard will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. (or beyond that time if needed) at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken for Confessions and for anyone (Catholics and non-Catholics) wishing simply to speak with him.

Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all prior season’s decorations at Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries removed by November 13. Thank you.

All Saints’ Day:
Liturgically, next Sunday, November 1, we will be celebrating All Saints’ Day. This liturgical celebration will take precedence over the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

All Souls’ Day:
Next Monday, November 2, is All Souls’ Day. It is not a holy day of obligation. At the daily 8:30 a.m. parish Mass at St. Francis Solanus Church, the names of our beloved parishioners and others who have died within the year (November 3, 2019–November 2, 2020) will be proclaimed, and a candle will be lit in their memory. All are welcome for this remembrance celebration.

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:
It is a tradition to have “All Souls’ Day” envelopes available for parishioners to record the names of their beloved deceased and to have them prayed for on that day and throughout the month of November. On November 2 the envelopes will be placed on the altar and remain there throughout the month. Remembrance envelopes are available in the Churches and in the offertory envelope boxes. You may also mail to the parish office (or phone the parish office) the names of the deceased loved ones you wish to have remembered and prayed for.

Cemetery Fund Collection:
The parish has two cemeteries: Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg. They both operate with an annual deficit. Cemeteries must strive to maintain a fully funded “Permanent Maintenance Fund.” It is difficult to achieve this goal because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity to produce ongoing income to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year. Please mail contributions to the parish office, deposit them in the basket at the door of the churches, or make the offering through WeShare online giving. Thank you.

Respect Life:
To learn about the work of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities to protect and defend human life, go to: usccb.org/prolife. It is very informative.

2020/2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now, past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Practice Civil Dialogue.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics that we are called to engage in charitable, respectful, and civil dialogue during election season. In a culture that is dominated by “partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype,” the Church calls for a different kind of political engagement (no. 14). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org to access resources on civil dialogue and on how our faith calls us to engage during election season and beyond.

Share the Warmth:
The annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc.) will take place at Catholic Charities from November 9–13 and November 16–20. Volunteers are needed, especially needed during morning shifts. Covid–19 safety protocols will be enforced. Please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or 607–272–5062 to sign up. There is a collection bin on the rectory porch at St. James the Apostle, and collection bins in stores around the area where you may leave donations.

Beatification of Fr. Michael McGivney:
The founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, will be beatified on October 31, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. He will be the first American parish priest to be beatified. Fr. McGivney (1852-1890) was born in Waterbury, CT and ordained as a priest in 1877. He founded the Knights of Columbus 138 years ago to enable Catholic men to support one another and their families with spiritual and temporal needs. Today, this fraternal order has become the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with 2 million members, sponsoring a wide range of educational, charitable, and religious activities. For more information on the new Blessed in the Church, go online and search: Fr. Michael McGivney Guild.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

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.

Need for Election Inspectors:
There is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes. If you would like to learn more, visit the website of the board of elections for your respective county, or call 315–539–1760 for Seneca County, or 617–274–5522 for Tompkins County.

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.

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

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 with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

 

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Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 18, 2020

First Reading:
I am the LORD, there is no other, there is no God besides me. It is I who arm you, though you know me not. (Is. 45: 1, 5) 

Psalm:
Give the Lord glory and honor. (Ps. 96)

Second Reading:
For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction. (1 Thes. 1: 1-5b)

Gospel:
At that Jesus said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Mt. 22:21b)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
In the time of Jesus, a Roman coin bore the image of Caesar and it was precisely this coin that was returned to the emperor in the form of tax. What bears God’s image? Scripture tells us that human beings are made in the likeness and image of God. In truth, however, all of creation, even the entire universe, is fashioned in the image of God! Everything radiates Divine Presence and the spark and essence of God’s very life exists in all things. God breathes the life of Himself into all things. If we have to give back to civil authorities what speaks to them, then what do we give back to God? While the answer is simple, the implications are profound. We are asked to give back to God our very selves! Ultimately, all creation is in the process of returning to God and is on a journey of finding its final truth and essence in Him. As we continue that journey, all we have, all we are, all we see, and all we are responsible for must be offered back to Him. God is the beginning and the end of all things. Do our lives reflect this Divine allegiance?

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 (October 27), 4:00 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 (October 26)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • World Mission Sunday Second Collection: October 17 and 18

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.

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

Respect Life Month:
Each October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life to the end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

2020/2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Hopefully, you have received the Catholic Ministries Appeal mailing by this time and have had a chance to review the materials. The theme for this year’s campaign is Christ, Our Light. The CMA gives each of us an opportunity to share the Light of Christ and live out our purpose as Catholics. Through gifts to the CMA, we support the larger Church so that it may meet real needs throughout the Diocese. Your support enables the Church to be responsive and caring in fulfilling its mission. Please be as generous as your means allow in your response. Every gift is needed and important. Please pray for the success of our efforts. Thank you.

Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all prior season’s decorations at Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries removed by November 13. Thank you.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Learn the issues.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops lift up various issues of different moral weight and urgency. Some issues they mention include: abortion; euthanasia; the use of the death penalty and imprudent resort to war; protecting the fundamental understanding of marriage as the life-long and faithful union of one man and one woman; achieving comprehensive immigration reform; caring for our common home and addressing climate change; helping families and children overcome poverty; providing healthcare while respecting human life, human dignity, and religious freedom; and establishing and complying with moral limits on the use of military force. In their 2018 pastoral against racism, the Bishops call us to be aware of the sin of racism and systemic racism in our society. Learn more about these issues and others at www.faithfulcitizenship.org.

Ithaca Loves Life Vigils:
Monthly prayer vigils are held in Ithaca every fourth Saturday of the month, from 9:00–10:30 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).

Great Links:
The New York State Catholic Conference has an excellent website. This website, nyscatholic.org, is a good way to stay informed of the issues and a great way to quickly notify your legislators regarding issues that concern you. The Catholic Charities, USA website offers a variety of helpful programs: catholiccharitiesusa.org/advocacy.

Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Program:
Volunteer drivers are being recruited to support its Medicaid Transportation Program. Our drivers transport people to and from medical appointments and are reimbursed at the federal mileage rate of $0.545 per mile. Visit caphelps.org/medicaid-transportation-program or call 315–255–1703, ext. 222 for more information.

Distribution of Campaign Materials:
During this election season, distribution of election-related materials on church property is not permitted. Among other activities, posting flyers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields are prohibited.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

Need for Election Inspectors:
There is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes. If you would like to learn more, visit the website of the board of elections for your respective county, or call 315–539–1760 for Seneca County, or 617–274–5522 for Tompkins County.

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

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

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

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

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 with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

 

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Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 11, 2020

First Reading:
He will destroy death forever. The Lord GOD will wipe away the tears from every face; the reproach of his people he will remove from the whole earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Is. 25:8)

Psalm:
I shall live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. (Ps. 23)

Second Reading:
My God will fully supply whatever you need, in accord with his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father, glory forever and ever. Amen. (Phil. 4:19-20)

Gospel:
“Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.” The servants went out into the streets and gathered all they found, bad and good alike, and the hall was filled with guests. (Mt. 22:9-10)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Come to the feast! God calls us to participate in the banquet of life, a banquet that can fill and satisfy us like no other. It is a spiritual feast where we kind find inner refreshment and satisfy the thirst and hunger of our souls. Do you want to come? Every human being receives an invitation; no one is excluded. There is no charge and an abundant table is set. Some will blatantly refuse. They see no merit in attending and feel that they can fill their needs in other ways. Others will simply ignore the invitation. Maybe they are too consumed with other matters they feel are more important at the time. Still others may even get angry and feel deep resentment for even being asked, resorting to acts of violence in protest of the very presence of the feast. In spite of this, many will also come. They will be the good and the bad, the lost and the lonely, and the ones who understand. They know love when they see it. When they go to the feast, they will rejoice and be glad as they will have found the God for whom they looked!

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 (October 13), 4:00 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 (October 12)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • Crop Hunger Walk: October 11, 2 p.m., First Baptist Church, Trumansburg
  • World Mission Sunday Second Collection: October 17 and 18
  • Digital Catholic Men’s Conference: October 17, 7:30 a.m.

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.

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

Respect Life Month:
Each October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life to the end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

World Mission Sunday:
Next weekend, we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, parts of Latin America, and Europe where priests, religious, and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s mission in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.

20202021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Diocese is about to launch the 2020–2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). The purpose and necessity for the CMA is unchanged after nearly 40 years. We are responsible for continuing the Church’s mission through good times and bad – through prosperous times and lean times, and yes even through reorganization. People are still poor, hungry, in need of pastoral care, education, and employment. The faithful are in need of ministry and vibrant parish life. Our youth and young adults are yearning to learn and grow in their relationship with Christ. The Church and our diocese are in need of trained and educated seminarians, deacons, and pastoral leaders to lead our Church into the future. We cannot close our eyes to these needs even in these difficult times. Starting next weekend, we will have more information to share with you about this year’s appeal.

Distribution of Campaign Materials:
During this election season, distribution of election-related materials on church property is not permitted. Among other activities, posting flyers or signs, passing out campaign literature, and leaving unauthorized materials anywhere in the building or on car windshields are prohibited.

Crop Hunger Walk 2020:
The Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Hunger Walk will take place on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church on Seneca St. in Trumansburg. Due to COVID-19, money will not be collected at the walk. Donations may be made online at: crophungerwalk.org/trumansburgny/Team/View/139931/Mary-Mother-of-Mercy. Cash in a clearly marked envelope and checks written out to CWS/CROP may be placed in the collection basket at Mary, Mother of Mercy. If you are able to join the walk, please respect social distancing, wear a mask, and sign a COVID-19 waiver; waivers will be available at the walk. Walking maps and release forms will also be available on-site.

Catholics Stand Against Racism:
“Racism can often be found in our hearts – in many cases placed there unwillingly or unknowingly by our upbringing and culture. As such, it can lead to thoughts and actions that we do not even see as racist, but nonetheless flow from the same prejudicial root. Consciously or subconsciously, this attitude of superiority can be seen in how certain groups are vilified, called criminals, or are perceived as being unable to contribute to society, even unworthy of its benefits. Racism can also be institutional, when practices or traditions are upheld that treat certain groups of people unjustly. The cumulative effects of personal sins of racism have led to social structure of injustice and violence that makes us all accomplices in racism.” Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call To Love, pastoral against racism – US Catholic Bishops

ExultRochester Digital Catholics Men’s Conference:
ExultRochester and the Very Reverend Salvatore Matano, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, invite you to join the Sixth Annual Catholic Men’s online Conference on Saturday, October 17, from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The speakers are the host of the EWTN radio program Called to Communion, Dr. David Anders, and Troy Guy, Catholic apologist and nuclear aerospace engineer. For details and to register for free go to exultrochester.org. There is a freewill donation to cover basic costs.

Need for Election Inspectors:
There is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes. If you would like to learn more, visit the website of the board of elections for your respective county, or call 315–539–1760 for Seneca County, or 617–274–5522 for Tompkins County.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

U.S. Census:
There’s still time to respond to the U. S. Census. While 93.4 percent of New Yorkers have filled out the Census, we need to ensure every New Yorker is counted. There’s still time left to respond. You can respond by mail, by phone at 844–330–2020, or online at https://my2020census.gov. Spread the word, and let’s get counted, NY!

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.

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 with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789-0708, text: 315 945-1019, or e-mail familyhopecenter@outlook.com.

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

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Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 4, 2020

First Reading:
The vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the people of Judah are his cherished plant; he looked for judgment, but see, bloodshed; for justice, but hark, the outcry! (Is. 5:7)

Psalm:
The vineyard of the Lord is the house of Israel. (Ps. 80)

Second Reading:
Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you. (Phil. 4:6-9)

Gospel:
“Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” (Mt. 21:43)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Who has authority over God’s kingdom? While we know that the obvious answer is Jesus, that is not the answer our lives always reveal. We struggle with wanting control over God’s kingdom. We wrestle with ownership, privilege, status, and the protection of our rights. However, at the end of the day nothing in this world or in the one to come belongs to us. All that we see and know to be true belong to God, and Jesus is the only one who has any authority. How often do we defer any of our decision making to God? We often conduct our business as if we are the owner, lord and master of it all, but sadly we are not. God gives us the means and the potential to bear good Gospel-centered fruit. This desire and capacity exist within each individual. Unless we really acknowledge and accept who is ultimately in charge, the type of love, justice, peace, and other good fruits God desires for the world will never be realized.

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 (October 13), 4:00 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 (October 12)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • The Blessing of Animals: October 4, 12:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Confirmation Program: October 4, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Life Chain: October 4, 2–3 p.m., Cortland
  • Digital Catholic Men’s Conference: October 17, 7:30 a.m.

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.

St. Francis of Assisi – The Blessing of Animals:
October 4 is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. Liturgically, it is not celebrated this year because Sunday liturgies take precedent. However, in keeping with the spirit of Francis’s Day and as an expression of his love for all creation, the blessing of animals will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Parish Center (St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken).

Confirmation Program:
This Sunday (October 4) parish confirmation candidates, with their parents, will meet at 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle Church, Trumansburg. The meeting is for students in the eighth grade and above. Preparation for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation is two years. Due to the pandemic a new formation program will be presented.

Respect Life Month:
Each October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life to the end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

Life Chain:
The annual National Life Chain will take place on October 4, Respect Life Sunday, from 2–3 p.m. at the intersection of Groton Ave. and Main St. in Cortland. Join us in this peaceful, prayerful, and family-friendly event for just one hour. Save lives and change hearts to choose loving, life affirming options. For more information contact Petrina Fadel at 607–898–3978 or Carolann Darling at 607–351–6668.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.
As we celebrate Respect Life Sunday, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Gospel of Life, and continue to grow in our understanding of political engagement, we are reminded of Saint Pope John Paul II’s words that, “Human life finds itself most vulnerable when it enters the world and when it leaves the realm of time to embark upon eternity.” (Evangelium Vitae, 44) As we challenge our political leaders to support the dignity of human life, let us all take responsibility to walk with those in need at critical moments of decision-making.

Questions for reflection: On the preeminent priority of abortion, as described by the U.S. Bishops in the introductory note of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, how can I work with political leaders to end the tragedy of abortion in my community? How can I walk with moms-in-need this year to show that support for women and children in crisis is available? For more information please go to www.LifeRoc.org.

ExultRochester Digital Catholics Men’s Conference:
ExultRochester and the Very Reverend Salvatore Matano, Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, invite you to join the Sixth Annual Catholic Men’s online Conference on Saturday, October 17, from 7:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The speakers are the host of the EWTN radio program Called to Communion, Dr. David Anders, and Troy Guy, Catholic apologist and nuclear aerospace engineer. For details and to register for free go to exultrochester.org. There is a freewill donation to cover basic costs.

Office Hours at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
Our parish office, located at St. Francis Solanus, once again has regular hours! Our secretary, Susan Guydosh, will be on-site and able to assist you with general queries on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

“Desert Days” at Notre Dame Retreat House:
“Desert Days” are special days for individuals seeking a one day retreat alone with God. Allow yourself time to recover emotional balance, interior unity, inner balance, and peace of soul. There are four dates left with openings. Note that in order to address social distancing requirements we are limiting attendance on each “Desert Day” to fifteen people. Registration is almost full! For specifics on dates, retreat format, cost and how to register, please visit: www.notredameretreat.org. Please contact 585–394–5700 or ndretreat@rochester.rr.com with any inquiries.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

U.S. Census:
There’s still time to respond to the U. S. Census. While 93.4 percent of New Yorkers have filled out the Census, we need to ensure every New Yorker is counted. There’s still time left to respond. You can respond by mail, by phone at 844–330–2020, or online at https://my2020census.gov. Spread the word, and let’s get counted, NY!

Need for Election Inspectors:
New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District – R) writes: “With elections approaching in November, there is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes.” Visit the Board of Election websites or call to learn more. See link for Seneca County or call 315–539–1760, and link for Tompkins County or call 607–274–5522.

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.

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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Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 27, 2020

First Reading:
If he turns from the wickedness he has committed, he does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life. (Ez. 18:27)

Psalm:
Remember your mercies, O Lord. (Ps. 25)

Second Reading:
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves. (Phil. 2:3)

Gospel:
“When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” (Mt. 21:32)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When making decisions, we often struggle with what voice to follow. We acknowledge the presence of God, the existence of the Trinity, the priority of the Gospel, and the virtues and values they embody. Yet, even with all of that truth, knowledge, and tradition behind us, we think we know better. When confronted with a decision, we easily dismiss what we know we ought and need to do and entertain responses that stem from lesser desires and wants. We eventually may come around and realize that what God asks us to do is what we need to do, even if it wasn’t our original intention. God accepts our return to Him with joy. What becomes dishonest is deceiving ourselves, God, and others by originally saying yes to what we know we need (and are asked to do) and willfully doing something else. That is blatant hypocrisy.

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 (September 29), 4:00 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 (September 28)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • St. Bernard’s Cultural and Theology Series: 7:30 p.m.; September 22, October 6, November 2; Online

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.

Office Hours at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
Our parish office, located at St. Francis Solanus, once again has regular hours! Our secretary, Susan Guydosh, will be on-site and able to assist you with general queries on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote.:
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics about the call to participate in political life. “In the Catholic tradition,” they write, “responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation” (no. 13). Visit www.faithfulcitizenship.org today to read the statement, watch videos, and access other great resources to help us build a better society and world.

Catholics Stand Against Racism:
“Racism comes in many forms. It can be seen in deliberate, sinful acts. In recent times, we have seen bold expressions of racism by some groups as well as individuals. The re-appearance of symbols of hatred, such as nooses and swastikas in public spaces, is a tragic indicator of rising racial and ethnic animus. All too often, Hispanic and African Americans face discrimination in hiring, housing, educational opportunities, and incarceration. Racial profiling frequently targets Hispanics for selective immigration enforcement practices, and African Americans for suspected criminal activity. There is also growing fear and harassment of persons from majority Muslim countries. Extreme nationalist ideologies are feeding the American public discourse with xenophobic rhetoric that instigates fear against foreigners, immigrants, and refugees. Finally, too often racism comes in the form of the sin of omission, when individuals, communities, and even churches remain silent and fail to act against racial injustice when it is encountered.” Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call To Love, pastoral against racism – US Catholic Bishops

Respect Life Month:
Each October, the Church in the United States celebrates Respect Life Month, and the first Sunday of October is observed as Respect Life Sunday. As Catholics, we are called to cherish, defend, and protect those who are most vulnerable from the beginning of life to the end, and at every point in between. During the month of October, the Church asks us to reflect more deeply on the dignity of every human life.

“Desert Days” at Notre Dame Retreat House:
“Desert Days” are special days for individuals seeking a one day retreat alone with God. Allow yourself time to recover emotional balance, interior unity, inner balance, and peace of soul. There are four dates left with openings. Note that in order to address social distancing requirements we are limiting attendance on each “Desert Day” to fifteen people. Registration is almost full! For specifics on dates, retreat format, cost and how to register, please visit: www.notredameretreat.org. Please contact 585–394–5700 or ndretreat@rochester.rr.com with any inquiries.

Theology and Culture at St. Bernard’s:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a monthly Theology and Culture series. This is the school’s first virtual Theology and Culture event featuring a new three-part series on what it means to be a faithful citizen. The presenter will be Dr. Taylor P. O’Neill. The dates for the course are: September 22, October 6, and November 2. For more information and registration please phone Matt Brown, Director of Admissions, at 585–271–3657 ext. 2 or email, matthew.brown@stbernards.edu.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit ithacanhs.org/rentalassistance or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

Stress in Your Marriage?
Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vi, meaning rediscovery) is a program for married couples who feel disillusioned, hurt, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Sometimes life-changing events occur (pandemic, loss of a job, death of a loved one) and most don’t know how to communicate with their spouses about it. This world-wide Catholic program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about the next program beginning with a weekend away in Buffalo on October 2, please call 585–293–1552 or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org. All CDC guidelines will be followed for your safety. Space is limited.

U.S. Census:
There’s still time to respond to the U. S. Census. While 93.4 percent of New Yorkers have filled out the Census, we need to ensure every New Yorker is counted. There’s still time left to respond. You can respond by mail, by phone at 844–330–2020, or online at https://my2020census.gov. Spread the word, and let’s get counted, NY!

Need for Election Inspectors:
New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District – R) writes: “With elections approaching in November, there is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes.” Visit the Board of Election websites or call to learn more. See link for Seneca County or call 315–539–1760, and link for Tompkins County or call 607–274–5522.

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.

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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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 20, 2020

First Reading:
As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways and my thoughts above your thoughts. (Is. 55:9)

Psalm:
The Lord is near to all who call upon him. (Ps. 145)

Second Reading:
Brothers and sisters: Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. (Phil. 1:20c)

Gospel:
“‘Take what is yours and go. What if I wish to give this last one the same as you? Or am I not free to do as I wish with my own money? Are you envious because I am generous?’ Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last.” (Mt. 20:14-16a)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Think for a moment about the most special person in your life. Why do you love them? Many people will answer that question noting character traits they admire about the person, pointing to an indescribable compatibility that exists and describing a deep sense of connection and intimacy or even a sense of rightness about the relationship. In relationships that are authentic and true, rarely are the personal benefits gained from the relationship noted as motivating factors for its pursuit. If we truly love someone we do so simply because it is right and good to do so and not for some other self-serving reason. Why do you love God? The sense of happiness and the gift of mercy that come from that relationship are God’s to give, regardless of when in life we come to Him. God’s ways are different than ours.

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 (September 29), 4:00–6:00 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 (September 28)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • Second Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development: This weekend, September 19 and 20
  • Family Faith Formation: Begins September 20
  • Police Reform and Reinvention Forums: 6:00 p.m.,
    • September 21, Ovid Fire Department
    • September 23, Seneca Falls Community Center
    • September 24, Waterloo Fire Department
  • St. Bernard’s Cultural and Theology Series: 7:30 p.m.; September 22, October 6, November 2; Online

Break the Cycle of Poverty:
The special collection today supports the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. There are 40 million people in the United States living in poverty. This collection supports programs that empower low income people to address the root causes of their own poverty. Grants support organizations across the country, including four in our own Diocese. In addition, 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund smaller, local antipoverty projects. By supporting this collection, you are giving those on the margins a hand up, not a handout. Make your check out to your parish and write “CCHD” in the memo or check out your parish’s online giving options for designating your gift to CCHD. Please be generous.

Seneca County Criminal Justice:
The Seneca County Criminal Justice Advisory Board is sponsoring community forums on Police Reform and Reinvention. The community forum will discuss local police reform regarding topics that include: community policing, use of force, procedural justice, de-escalation, and implicit bias awareness. Law enforcement agencies are enthusiastically entering into a ground-breaking collaboration with the community to make real change happen. The three forums, all starting at 6 p.m., will be held this week on September 21 at the Ovid Fire Department, September 23 at the Seneca Falls Community Center, and September 24 at the Waterloo Fire Department.

“Desert Days” at Notre Dame Retreat House:
“Desert Days” are special days for individuals seeking a one day retreat alone with God. Allow yourself time to recover emotional balance, interior unity, inner balance, and peace of soul. There are four dates left with openings. Note that in order to address social distancing requirements we are limiting attendance on each “Desert Day” to fifteen people. Registration is almost full! For specifics on dates, retreat format, cost and how to register, please visit: www.notredameretreat.org. Please contact 585–394–5700 or ndretreat@rochester.rr.com with any inquiries.

Theology and Culture at St. Bernard’s:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a monthly Theology and Culture series. This is the school’s first virtual Theology and Culture event featuring a new three-part series on what it means to be a faithful citizen. The presenter will be Dr. Taylor P. O’Neill. The dates for the course are: September 22, October 6, and November 2. For more information and registration please phone Matt Brown, Director of Admissions, at 585–271–3657 ext. 2 or email, matthew.brown@stbernards.edu.

Family Faith Formation at Mary, Mother of Mercy:
The Family Faith Formation program begins this Sunday, September 20. If your family has children in grades K–7 and would still like to register, the registration form can be found on the website or contact Susan Guydosh at susan.guydosh@dor.org.

Stress in Your Marriage?
Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vi, meaning rediscovery) is a program for married couples who feel disillusioned, hurt, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Sometimes life-changing events occur (pandemic, loss of a job, death of a loved one) and most don’t know how to communicate with their spouses about it. This world-wide Catholic program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about the next program beginning with a weekend away in Buffalo on October 2, please call 585–293–1552 or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org. All CDC guidelines will be followed for your safety. Space is limited.

Your Home–A Domestic Church:
Beginning the first week in September The Family Zone newsletter will be adapted to be used by parishes as a lectionary-based learning playlist. A learning playlist is a format used widely today in formation and education. It allows the learner to choose from a variety of tasks that will engage their understanding of a topic. The Family Zone will offer a listing of activities and opportunities for further learning on the faith themes that best connect to each Sunday’s readings. This newsletter can easily be shared with families to encourage the promotion of parents as primary catechist. It is not suggested that this be the only method of catechesis, however, it will provide a strong foundation for your planning this year. The newsletter is linked from our parish’s web page and Facebook page. It may also be found by searching the web for “The Family Zone Newsletter.” People have found the newsletter to be of great interest, stimulating, and inspirational.

Racism:
In the 2018 pastoral statement, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic Bishops of the United States teach that, “The injustice and harm racism causes are an attack on human life. The Church in the United States has spoken out consistently and forcefully against abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other forms of violence that threaten human life. It is not a secret that these attacks on human life have severely affected people of color, who are disproportionately affected by poverty, targeted for abortion, have less access to healthcare, have the greatest number on death row, are most likely to feel pressure to end their lives when facing serious illness. As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to speak forcefully against and work toward ending racism. Racism directly places brother and sister against each other, violating the dignity inherent in each person.” (Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love, page 30).

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.

The Reception of Holy Communion Guidelines:
The guidelines can be found in the hymnal on page 231. Please note that our Catholic Church has a discipline, namely, that Catholics cannot receive Communion in non-Catholic Churches and Non-Catholics cannot receive Communion in Catholic Churches. A summarized rationale is that there is no uniformity among the churches regarding the understanding of the Eucharist and that even though we may be one in our belief in Jesus, in reality we are divided as believers in Jesus. The Catholic Church’s discipline highlights the reminder and the need to continually work for oneness among Christians that is, that we all may be one in faith, life, and worship. Please communicate to Catholics and to non-Catholics requesting that they respect and follow the Catholic discipline.

Need for Election Inspectors:
New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District – R) writes: “With elections approaching in November, there is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes.” Visit the Board of Election websites or call to learn more. See links here for Seneca County or call 315–539–1760, and for Tompkins County or call 607–274–5522.

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.”

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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Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 13, 2020

First Reading:
Forgive your neighbor’s injustice; then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven. (Sir. 28:2)

Psalm:
The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion. (Ps. 103)

Second Reading:
For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. (Rom. 14:8)

Gospel:
Peter approached Jesus and asked him, “Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.” (Mt. 18:21-22)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Deciding to travel the challenging road of forgiveness is choosing a journey toward greater freedom. Resentment, anger, and clinging to past hurts not only keep open wounds that long for healing but bring us down paths that are eventually self-destructive. Harboring grudges and withholding forgiveness not only shut down relationships with others, but with God and myself as well. To choose to forgive another person, regardless of how grave the wrong, is a choice to be released from bondage to past wounds and scars and to pursue the gift of life and love again. Who among us has not wrong or sinned against another? We certainly would want God to understand, forgive, and show mercy upon us. It is hypocritical of us to not extend that same grace to our neighbor.

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 (September 15) 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 (September 14)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • Holy Cross Patronal Feast Day: 8:30 a.m., September 14, daily Mass will take place at Holy Cross, Ovid
  • Second Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development: September 19 and 20
  • Family Faith Formation: Begins September 20

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.

Feast Day for Holy Cross Church:
Monday, September 14 is the feast of “The Exaltation of the Holy Cross.” It is the patronal feast day of one of our parish churches — Holy Cross Church. On this day, the daily 8:30 a.m. Mass will not be at St. Francis Solanus Church, but on this Monday, the 8:30 a.m. Mass will be at Holy Cross Church in Ovid.

Parish Feast Day:
The second Sunday of September (this year September 13) is the day our parish celebrates Mary, Mother of Mercy. This day is among other days in September dedicated to Mary (September 8, The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary; September 12, The Most Holy Name of Mary; and September 15, Our Lady of Sorrows). The celebration included a parish picnic. Due to the pandemic and the social distancing directive, our gathering on this day for a picnic has been cancelled. We rejoice in Mary being our patron. We honor her as the mother of Jesus, rejoicing in her title as the “Mother of God.” We ask for her intercession on behalf of the good for our parishioners. We pray to be like her in her love for Jesus and in serving Jesus. We pray to be disciples of Jesus as she was.

Break the Cycle of Poverty:
Next weekend, September 19 and 20, we’ll be taking up a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD addresses the root causes of poverty in America by supporting community-controlled, self-help organizations of low-income people. Here in our Diocese, four life-changing community organizations have been approved for major CCHD national grants. They include a farmworker organization, a workers’ center, a land trust of low-income people becoming homeowners in inner city Rochester, and a refugee organization empowering their members to know their rights as tenants. In addition, 25% of the funds we collect will remain in our diocese to fund smaller, local antipoverty projects. By supporting this collection, you are giving people on the margins a hand up, not a handout.

Stress in Your Marriage?
Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vi, meaning rediscovery) is a program for married couples who feel disillusioned, hurt, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Sometimes life-changing events occur (pandemic, loss of a job, death of a loved one) and most don’t know how to communicate with their spouses about it. This world-wide Catholic program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about the next program beginning with a weekend away in Buffalo on October 2, please call 585–293–1552 or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org. All CDC guidelines will be followed for your safety. Space is limited.

Your Home–A Domestic Church:
Beginning the first week in September The Family Zone newsletter will be adapted to be used by parishes as a lectionary-based learning playlist. A learning playlist is a format used widely today in formation and education. It allows the learner to choose from a variety of tasks that will engage their understanding of a topic. The Family Zone will offer a listing of activities and opportunities for further learning on the faith themes that best connect to each Sunday’s readings. This newsletter can easily be shared with families to encourage the promotion of parents as primary catechist. It is not suggested that this be the only method of catechesis, however, it will provide a strong foundation for your planning this year. The newsletter is linked from our parish’s web page and Facebook page. It may also be found by searching the web for “The Family Zone Newsletter.” People have found the newsletter to be of great interest, stimulating, and inspirational.

Racism:
In the 2018 pastoral statement, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic Bishops of the United States teach that, “The injustice and harm racism causes are an attack on human life. The Church in the United States has spoken out consistently and forcefully against abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other forms of violence that threaten human life. It is not a secret that these attacks on human life have severely affected people of color, who are disproportionately affected by poverty, targeted for abortion, have less access to healthcare, have the greatest number on death row, are most likely to feel pressure to end their lives when facing serious illness. As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to speak forcefully against and work toward ending racism. Racism directly places brother and sister against each other, violating the dignity inherent in each person.” (Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love, page 30).

The Reception of Holy Communion Guidelines:
The guidelines can be found in the hymnal on page 231. Please note that our Catholic Church has a discipline, namely, that Catholics cannot receive Communion in non-Catholic Churches and Non-Catholics cannot receive Communion in Catholic Churches. A summarized rationale is that there is no uniformity among the churches regarding the understanding of the Eucharist and that even though we may be one in our belief in Jesus, in reality we are divided as believers in Jesus. The Catholic Church’s discipline highlights the reminder and the need to continually work for oneness among Christians that is, that we all may be one in faith, life, and worship. Please communicate to Catholics and to non-Catholics requesting that they respect and follow the Catholic discipline.

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.

Need for Election Inspectors:
New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District – R) writes: “With elections approaching in November, there is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes.” Visit the Board of Election websites or call to learn more. See link for Seneca County or call 315–539–1760, and link for Tompkins County or call 607–274–5522.

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.”

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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Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 6, 2020

First Reading:
If you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself. (Ez. 33:9)

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

Second Reading:
Whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Rom. 13:9a)

Gospel:
“If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.” (Mt. 18:19)

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
It is not easy to confront someone who has wronged or hurt us. But it is absolutely necessary to do so in order for reconciliation to occur. We are taught to mind our own business and keep our thoughts to ourselves. When we have been hurt or wronged and we do not acknowledge and give voice to it, those feelings of hurt remain in our hearts and can eventually turn into anger. Verbalizing our feelings can diffuse them, and communicating how we actually feel brings honesty to our relationships. This is the only way that the path of love can remain open and that integrity and mutual respect can be maintained. It is no wonder that Jesus absolutely insisted upon healthy and compassionate confrontation. People don’t always realize that they are doing harm. Bringing this to light is not only good for the one who is hurt but for the one who caused the pain. The new insight and revelation may prevent the action from being repeated again.

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 (September 15) 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 (September 14)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
  • Second Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human   Development: September 19 and 20
  • Family Faith Formation: Begins September 20

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.

The Sacrament of Confirmation:
Nicolas Angulo-Stevensen and David Betancourt-Trompa were confirmed in the faith by Bishop Salvatore Mantano this past Wednesday, September 2, at St. Stephen’s Church in Geneva, NY. We rejoice with Nicolas and David on being fully initiated in the Church.

Labor Day:
There will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass on Monday, September 7.

Your Home–A Domestic Church:
Beginning the first week in September The Family Zone newsletter will be adapted to be used by parishes as a lectionary-based learning playlist. A learning playlist is a format used widely today in formation and education. It allows the learner to choose from a variety of tasks that will engage their understanding of a topic. The Family Zone will offer a listing of activities and opportunities for further learning on the faith themes that best connect to each Sunday’s readings. This newsletter can easily be shared with families to encourage the promotion of parents as primary catechist. It is not suggested that this be the only method of catechesis, however, it will provide a strong foundation for your planning this year. The newsletter is linked from our parish’s web page and Facebook page. It may also be found by searching the web for “The Family Zone Newsletter.” People have found the newsletter to be of great interest, stimulating, and inspirational.

African Americans’ Patron Saint:
“Wednesday, September 9, 2020, is the Memorial of St. Peter Claver who, as you may know, ministered to enslaved Africans,” the Most Reverend Shelton J. Fabre, Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux and Chairman of the USCCB’s Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, writes in the attached informational letter. “Accordingly, he is the patron saint of African Americans and enslaved peoples. I would like to invite us all to celebrate the feast of St. Peter Claver in a special way this year through the sacrifice of the Mass in reparation for sins against the Sacred Heart of Jesus and especially in reparation for sins based upon race.” 

Racism:
In the 2018 pastoral statement, Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love, the Catholic Bishops of the United States teach that, “The injustice and harm racism causes are an attack on human life. The Church in the United States has spoken out consistently and forcefully against abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, the death penalty, and other forms of violence that threaten human life. It is not a secret that these attacks on human life have severely affected people of color, who are disproportionately affected by poverty, targeted for abortion, have less access to healthcare, have the greatest number on death row, are most likely to feel pressure to end their lives when facing serious illness. As bishops, we unequivocally state that racism is a life issue. Accordingly, we will not cease to speak forcefully against and work toward ending racism. Racism directly places brother and sister against each other, violating the dignity inherent in each person.” (Open Wide Our Hearts: the Enduring Call to Love, page 30).

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
On September 19 and 20, we will be taking up a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty and social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops. Here, in our Diocese, four life-changing community organizations have been approved for major CCHD national grants. They include a farmworker organization, a land trust of low-income people becoming homeowners in inner city Rochester, and a refugee organization empowering their members to know their rights as tenants. Most exciting for us, they also include our own Tompkins County Workers Center which promotes living wages, assists low income workers in reclaiming wages stolen from them, and improves workplace conditions. Your support of CCHD helps people to address the root causes of poverty and reclaim their human dignity. Please be generous!

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. 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. Box 162, Trumansburg, N.Y. 14886 or to place food donations in the box at the Shur-Save. Thank you to all who contribute!

Stress in Your Marriage?
Retrouvaille (pronounced Retro-vi, meaning rediscovery) is a program for married couples who feel disillusioned, hurt, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Sometimes life-changing events occur (pandemic, loss of a job, death of a loved one) and most don’t know how to communicate with their spouses about it. This world-wide Catholic program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about the next program beginning with a weekend away in Buffalo on October 2, please call 585–293–1552 or visit the web site at www.HelpOurMarriage.org. All CDC guidelines will be followed for your safety. Space is limited.

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.

Need for Election Inspectors:
New York State Senator Pamela Helming (54th Senate District – R) writes: “With elections approaching in November, there is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes.” Visit the Board of Election websites or call to learn more. See link for Seneca County or call 315–539–1760, and link for Tompkins County or call 607–274–5522.

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.”

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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