The Epiphany of the Lord ~ January 6, 2019

First reading:
Rise up in splendor, Jerusalem! Your light has come, the glory of the Lord shines upon you. (Is. 60:1)

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

Second reading:
The Gentiles are coheirs, members of the same body, and copartners in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (Eph. 3:6)

Gospel:
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. (Mt. 2:11b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We all have had the experience of walking into a dark room and searching for the light switch. If we are really unfamiliar with the space, anxiety, uncertainty, disorientation, and even fear can easily arise. Once we find the light, all is illuminated and we are at peace. Our light has come into the world! The glory of God has been revealed! Today’s feast of the Epiphany teaches us to look to our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the way to truly be the human beings we were created to be. He shows us how to prioritize our lives, order our relationships, care for creation, and live as daughters and sons of God. God’s love and creative power is universal, transcending all races and nations. Jesus brings the light of peace to a broken world that still struggles to understand itself and to you and I who also struggle to understand who we are. May we find ourselves overjoyed that we have found our truth and allow Jesus to bring light to the darkness of our lives!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Jan. 8)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Jan. 7)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: January 6, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Parish Council Meeting: January 10 at 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Buildings and Grounds Committees: January 17 at various churches
  • Finance Council: January 24, St. Francis
  • Family Religion Education Program: January 6 at 6:00 p.m., St. James

Funeral:
Thomas John Martin, 84, died on December 16, 2018. His funeral Mass was held on December 21, at Holy Cross church in Ovid.

Parish Council:
The council members will meet this Thursday, January 10, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis annex in Interlaken.

Buildings and Grounds Committees:
The committees will meet on Thursday, January 17, at each individual church. The Holy Cross committee will meet at 9:15 a.m., St. Francis Solanus will meet at 10:30 a.m., and St. James the Apostle will meet in the pine room at 1:00 p.m.

Finance Council:
Council members will meet with the pastor and business staff members on Thursday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis annex, Interlaken.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 24, 2018, stated that ninety-six parish households have pledged $23,472 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, January 13, please bring a non-perishable food item to church and place it on the table in the front of the stature of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Thank You:
The Portillo-LaBrake family would like to thank all who participated in the baby shower for baby Liam back in June of 2018. They are grateful for all the support, love, and baby gifts they have received! The family would like to invite you, “our faith family, to the baptism of our son, Liam Lane LaBrake,” on Sunday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross. A brunch reception will follow in the parish house.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
“Justice, only justice, you shall pursue” (cf. Deuteronomy 16:20) was chosen as the theme for this year’s week of prayer for Christian unity (January 18–25) by the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute. The quote from Deuteronomy was chosen for its powerful message of promoting truth, equality, and unity. Begun in 1908, these days have been set aside each year so that Christians the world over may share the prayer of Jesus: “that all may be one… that the world may believe” (John 17:21). Prayer cards are available in the foyers of the churches. For more information go to: www.geii.org.

Educational Courses:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering courses for spring 2019 using their online zoom videoconferencing software. The courses this semester include:

  • Canon Law and Ministerial Leadership, on Mondays from 6:00–9:00 p.m., from January 14–April 22;
  • Unless You Become Like Children: Catholicism, Culture, and the Child, on Tuesdays from 7:00–9:30 p.m., weekly from January 15–April 30;
  • Special Issues in Pastoral Care: Sudden Death, Suicide and Addiction, on Mondays from 6:00–9:30 p.m., from January 14– April 29; and
  • The Problem of Suffering: Is it God’s Fault? on Wednesdays from 3:00-5:30 p.m., January 23 through May 1.

For more information contact Matthew Brown at matthew.brown@stbernards.edu or phone 585 271 3657.

Vocations:
The Capuchins of St. Mary Province offer a number of ways to show interested candidates the Capuchin Franciscan way of life, which is built around fraternity, ministry, and prayer. Please consider participating in their next discernment weekend for men interested in religious life. It will be held at St. Michael’s Friary, New York, on February 22–24. If interested in attending, please contact Fr. Bernard at the parish office.

Diocesan Mass for Life:
Join with others from our diocese to pray together at this Mass dedicated to the protection of all human life, especially the vulnerable unborn. Bishop Matano will be celebrating the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, January 13, at St. Mary’s church in Canandaigua. This is in anticipation of the pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life (see item below). The Canandaigua parish is hosting a light reception following Mass. If you have any questions, contact Suzanne Stack, diocesan life issues coordinator, at 585-328-3210 x1304 or suzanne.stack@dor.org.

March for Life 2019:
Join the many thousands of people who will be marching because every human life is unique from day one, with inherent value. Buses from the diocese of Rochester to the March for Life event in Washington D.C. will leave on Thursday night, January 17, and return on Friday night, January 18. The march will follow a 10:00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception at Catholic University of America, with Bishop Matano as the principal celebrant. People will then march with Bishop Matano and others from the diocese. Make your reservations today. You may also choose to pick one of two buses from the Southern Tier. One leaves from St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads and the other from Notre Dame High School, with two other pickups in Painted Post, NY and Mansfield PA. Seats are available for $65. Call Steve Spaulding at 607-739-9282 to reserve your seat.

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

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

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

January 5 (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Patty Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

January 12 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Patty Messmer (for Lee Davidson), Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

January 6 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Mark Scibilia-Carver

January 13 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

(information to come)

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The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph ~ December 30, 2018

First reading:
“I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” (1 Sm. 1:27-28)

Psalm:
Blessed are they who dwell in your house, O Lord. (Ps. 84)

Second reading:
And his commandment is this: we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another just as he commanded us. (1 Jn. 3:23)

Gospel:
After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions, and all who heard him were astounded at his understanding and his answers. (Lk. 2:46-47)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Families are complicated systems. They can be the most transforming or the most hurtful of experiences. Our families of origin have a huge claim on who we are and who we will become. While families need to help us fulfill some of our human needs, this cannot be their sole purpose or focus. Healthy and happy families consist of folks who always have their eyes on the needs and best interests of the other individuals who make up their family unit. We live in the greater family of the world, which is also God’s family. It can’t only be about us. We must focus our gaze on the needs and well being of our brothers and sisters. This whole seeing allows us to see others as God sees them. The Holy Family is the perfect example of how all families can work: our families of origin, the families in which we now find ourselves, and the family of our world. May we look to their example in helping us fine-tune our systems of family life so that God’s presence can truly be revealed in and through them!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Jan. 8)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Jan. 7)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Holy Day of Obligation: Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, is January 1, 2019
  • Coffee Hour: January 6, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Family Religion Education Program: January 6 at 6:00 p.m., St. James

New Year’s Day:
January 1, 2019, is the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God and is also the eighth day of Christmas. It is a holy day of obligation and our parish will have two Masses, both at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken. The Vigil Mass will be on Monday, December 31, at 6:00 p.m. and the Mass on Tuesday, January 1, will be at 9:30 a.m.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The CMA report of December 17 stated that 94 parish households have pledged $23,272 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s Appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Church Calendars:
2019 church calendars are available in the church vestibules. Please take only one calendar per family.

Card Ministry:
Card ministry is a working group of the parish’s Witness Committee. They are looking for parishioners who would be interested in writing and sending cards to our home bound or parish members in nursing home. As a member of this work group, you would send cards once a month to (currently) seventeen individuals. If you are interested please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com.

Sainthood for Benjamin Joseph Salmon:
The National Council of Pax Christi USA, at their annual meeting in August, unanimously supported the cause for sainthood of Ben Salmon, a native of Denver, CO, who was a conscientious objector in the first World War. Ben Salmon was explicit that his Roman Catholic faith and his understanding of the life and example of Jesus made it impossible for him to participate in warfare. Because of that, he served a lengthy imprisonment, solitary confinement, and ruined his health. Many people see Ben’s life, faith, and suffering as those of a saint and are actively working to petition the Catholic Church to formally recognize Ben Salmon as a saint. To learn more about Ben Salmon and to endorse the petition advocating his canonization, go to the website: www.bensalmon.org and scroll down to the yellow background that provides links to the sainthood page.

Notice:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report the abuse to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Debora Housel, 585 328 3228 ext. 1555 or by email to victimsassistance@dor.org. “You do not have to deal with this alone.”

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

Thanks from the Kitchen Cupboard:
Georgianne Bakker, director of the Interlaken Reformed church’s Kitchen Cupboard, wrote to the parish thanking us for the donation resulting from “Operation Rice Bowl.” In the note she writes that the number of families in need is on the increase. “We are having weeks where we have over 100 families come in. This is a large increase over where we were three years ago when sixty was the average weekly number.”

Parish Cemeteries:
Our parish has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost to purchase a plot for the right of burial for a body or cremains is $650. St. James has a green burial section that costs $950. For further information please phone the parish office.

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for January 1, 2019, the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God:

Monday, December 31:
6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke,
EMs: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Anne Haus

Tuesday, January 1:
9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Barbara Willers
EMs: Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 29 (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula, Patty Messmer

January 5 (first weekend):
Lectors: Barbara Willers [for Marie Roloson], Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 30 (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Nancy Olszewski (for Lynne Stager) and Barbara Willers
EMs: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan, Tom Duff (for Tim O’Boyle)

January 6 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Mark Scibilia-Carver


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4

 

 

 

 

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Fourth Sunday of Advent ~ December 23, 2018

First reading:
He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the LORD. (Mi. 5:3a)

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

Second reading:
By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Heb. 10:10)

Gospel:
“How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” (Lk. 1:43-44)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Life is often unfair. Sadly, life’s inequity usually occurs at our hands. The world’s systems—economic, political, and environmental—do not always serve the best interests of the people. We create situations that tip the scales by profiting a few and reducing the quality of life for many. We look at all of the injustices in our world, people being hurt and exploited, and wonder why God has abandoned us or why He won’t fix what is happening. God did fix it. He sent his Son into the world as our just ruler and the one who will bring peace. The problem is we still turn away and think that we can do better. The Son of Justice has come into the world. We can work for change and be the voice of justice. We can dream and do things differently. Blessed are you who believe that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

© Liturgical Publications Inc.


Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Dec. 31)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Jan. 8)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Breads Needed: In the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16
  • Remaining Choir Practice for Christmas: December 18, 7:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Holy Day of Obligation: Solemnity of Mary, the holy mother of God, is January 1, 2019
  • Coffee Hour: January 6, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Family Religion Education Program: January 6 at 6:00 p.m., St. James

Christmas Masses:
Our Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy will have three Christmas Masses. There will be two on Christmas Eve:

4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle and

8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross.

There will be one Christmas day Mass:

9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus.

Please spread the word and plan now as to which Mass you will attend.

Christmas Offering:
It is the custom in the Church that parishioners make a special contribution to their parish at Christmas. Parishes have come to rely on this offering, as is the case in our parish, taken up as a collection during the Christmas Masses. Please consider making a special offering, your Christmas gift to the parish. Thank you for your kind consideration of this custom and request.

The Season of Advent and Reconciliation:
During the season of Advent, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated in each church after each of the weekend Masses. The sacrament is also celebrated on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The 2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 4 stated that eighty-five parish households have pledged $22,362, nearly 75% toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s Appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Church Calendars:
2019 church calendars are available in the church vestibules. Please take only one calendar per family.

Card Ministry:
Card Ministry is a working group of the parish’s Witness Committee. They are looking for parishioners who would be interested in writing and sending cards to our homebound or parish members in nursing home. As a member of this work group, you would send cards once a month to (currently) seventeen individuals. If you are interested please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com.

Shur Save Donations:
At the Shur Save there is a box into which you can donate food for the food pantry to distribute. If you contribute, please check the expiration date first as they cannot use food items that are past the printed date. We can never have enough food to distribute but it needs to be safe too. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any possible donations you might be able to make.

You Are a Blessing:
Nancy Canniff, director of the South Seneca Ecumenical Food Pantry in Ovid, sent a card to our church family. In it she wrote: “Thank you for your support…throughout the year. You are a blessing to us and our community.”

Holy Day of Obligation on January 1:
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, on January 1, 2019, is a holy day of obligation. Masses will be held on Monday, December 31, at 6:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 1, at 9:30 a.m. Both Masses will be at St. Francis Solanus church. There will be no communion service at St. James on Monday morning, December 31.

Sainthood for Benjamin Joseph Salmon:
The National Council of Pax Christi USA, at their annual meeting in August, unanimously supported the cause for sainthood of Ben Salmon, a native of Denver, CO, who was a conscientious objector in the first World War. Ben Salmon was explicit that his Roman Catholic faith and his understanding of the life and example of Jesus made it impossible for him to participate in warfare. Because of that, he served a lengthy imprisonment, solitary confinement, and ruined his health. Many people see Ben’s life, faith, and suffering as those of a saint and are actively working to petition the Catholic Church to formally recognize Ben Salmon as a saint. To learn more about Ben Salmon and to endorse the petition advocating his canonization, go to the website: www.bensalmon.org and scroll down to the yellow background that provides links to the sainthood page.

Notice:
Victims of sexual abuse should always report the abuse to the civil authorities. To receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, please contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator, Debora Housel, 585 328 3228 ext. 1555 or by email to victimsassistance@dor.org. “You do not have to deal with this alone.”

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 22, 2018 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry Messmer and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Christmas Day:
Tuesday, December 25            9:30 a.m.
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Barbara Willers
EMs:

December 29 & 30 (fifth weekend):
Saturday, December 29            5:00 p.m.
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula,


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 23  (fourth Sunday):
Lector 1: Barbara Willlers (for Beth Duff) and Tim Davis
EMs: Deborah Short (for Tom Duff), Joan Hogan, Mark Scibilia-Carver (for Tim O’Boyle)

Christmas Eve:
Monday, December 24            4:30 p.m. at Saint James, Children’s Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Nancy Olszewski
EMs: Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore

Sunday, December 30  
Lectors: Nancy Olszewski (for Lynne Stager) and Barbara Willers
EMs: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan, Tom Duff (for Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24            8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4
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Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 16, 2018

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First reading:
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior. (Zep. 3:17a)

Psalm:
Cry out with joy and gladness, for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel. (Is. 12:2-3, 4, 5-6)

Second reading:
Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. (Phil. 4:6)

Gospel:
John answered them all, saying, “I am baptizing you with water, but one mightier than I is coming. I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Lk. 3:16)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
This Gaudete Sunday calls us to rejoice because the Lord is near. Does your heart rejoice and sing, or are the pressures and burdens of life weighing you down? We can easily become overwhelmed. The weaknesses and sins of life, indeed our own weakness and sin, eat away at the joy and hope God wants us to know. Those who are grounded in their faith and possess deep spiritual lives know that God is near. Realizing this puts life into perspective. We really want to be free from our burdens but do not always know how to achieve this. We keep stumbling and falling. Advent is a time when we can learn to “do life differently,” just like John the Baptist instructed the crowds. Joy and hope are the gifts God offers, not anxiety and despair.

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. (closed 12/24) Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Jan. 8)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Dec. 17)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Breads Needed: In the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16
  • Remaining Choir Practice for Christmas: December 18, 7:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Coffee Hour: First Sunday of the month following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Family Religion Education Program: January 6 at 6:00 p.m., St. James

The Season of Advent and Reconciliation:
During the season of Advent, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated in each church after each of the weekend Masses. The sacrament is also celebrated on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The 2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 4 stated that eighty-five parish households have pledged $22,362, nearly 75% toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s Appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Christmas Masses:
Our Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy will have three Christmas Masses. There will be two on Christmas Eve:

4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, with children participating, and

8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross.

There will be one on Christmas day:

9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus.

Please spread the word and plan now as to which Mass you will attend.

Church Calendars:
2019 church calendars are available in the church vestibules. Please take only one calendar per family.

Christmas Decorations at St. Francis:
All are welcome after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on December 22 to help in the Christmas decoration of the church.

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs 15 loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution at the Trumansburg Food Pantry on December 17. Breads may be left in the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in pine room at St. James. The request is for new items, for all ages. Items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties before Christmas. Please consider making a gift of a hat, scarf, or mittens for someone in need.

Card Ministry:
Card Ministry is a working group of the parish’s Witness Committee. They are looking for parishioners who would be interested in writing and sending cards to our home-bound or parish members in nursing home. As a member of this work group, you would send cards once a month to (currently) seventeen individuals. If you are interested please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com.

Ring Those Bells:
Bell ringers are needed to help collect donations at the entrance to the Shur Save for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army provides invaluable assistance to Trumansburg community members in need throughout the year. Please contact Judy Robertson at 387-6488 if you can take a shift.

Shur Save Donations:
At the Shur Save there is a box into which you can donate food for the food pantry to distribute. If you contribute, please check the expiration date first as they cannot use food items that are past the printed date. We can never have enough food to distribute but it needs to be safe too. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any possible donations you might be able to make.

Deep Sense of Gratitude:
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, diocesan director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, expressed a “…deep sense of gratitude” to the parish for the World Mission Sunday collection that amounted to $781. “Your people, through their prayers and generous response to World Mission Sunday, will enable Our Holy Father to each out to the countless number of people throughout the world who need our love and support.”

Grateful:
Anne Haus, coordinator of the Trumansburg Food Pantry, wrote: “The time of thanksgiving is here! I am grateful for all your church has done to make the Trumansburg Food Pantry an important ministry for helping our neighbors in need.”

November Attendance and Collections:
The average number of people at Mass on Saturdays in November, at the 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis, were 68, with an average collection of $597. On Sundays in November, at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James, there were on average 104 people in attendance with a collection of $944. At the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross there were generally 86 people with an average collection of $811.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 15, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke [for Scott Hamula], Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Millie Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore

December 22, 2018 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry Messmer and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Christmas Day:
Tuesday, December 25            9:30 a.m. at Saint Francis Solanus
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Barbara Willers
EMs:


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 16 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

December 23  (fourth Sunday):
Lector 1: Barbara Willlers (for Beth Duff) and Tim Davis
EMs: Deborah Short (for Tom Duff), Joan Hogan, Mark Scibilia-Carver (for Tim O’Boyle)

Christmas Eve:
Monday, December 24            4:30 p.m. at Saint James, Children’s Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Nancy Olszewski
EMs: Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Christmas Eve: Monday, December 24            8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4

 

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Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 9, 2018

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First reading:
Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever. (Bar. 5:1)

Psalm:
The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. (Ps. 126)

Second reading:
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6)

Gospel:
“Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Lk. 3:5-6)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Making straight the path of Christ is not only the vocation of John the Baptist but of every baptized believer. God desires to lead us with His mercy and justice. These are essentials in God’s kingdom and some of the gifts Christ’s future coming will bring. But our world’s systems do not place emphasis on these values. Wanting greater profits, downsizing companies in order to reduce expenses, using others for personal or corporate gain, and valuing institutions over people are just a few of the “values” we encounter every day. We are called to straighten the path to Christ. In a world that places value on things that are counter to our call, how do we respond? We need to learn to discern what is of real value and then take the risk of bringing it into the marketplace.

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Events:

  • AA Meetings:
  • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
  • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food Truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (Dec. 11)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Dec. 3)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. St. James
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: First Sunday of the month following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Gifts for Angel Trees: Due December 9 at Holy Cross and St. Francis
  • Blue Christmas Service: Mecklenburg United Methodist church, December 9, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Share the Warmth Distribution: December 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., volunteers needed
  • Remaining Choir Practices for Christmas: December 11 and 18, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross
  • Winter Concert: December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses
  • Breads Needed: In the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16

The Season of Advent and Reconciliation:
During the season of Advent, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated in each church after each of the weekend Masses. The sacrament is also celebrated on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

Family Activity for Advent:
A reverse Advent calendar is a creative way to help our local food pantries. Set out a box or basket near your kitchen and add one food item or personal care item to it each day of Advent. After Christmas donate the contents to your local food pantry.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are available at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches. If you take a child’s tag, the unwrapped gifts, with tags included, must be returned no later than Sunday, December 9. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 10. Wrapping paper, ribbon, or bows would be appreciated.

Share the Warmth:
Donate coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots into the “Share the Warmth” collection bins placed around the area, including one in the St. James the Apostle parking lot. Catholic Charities will be distributing the items for free, during the first two weeks of December. Volunteer to help distribute the items. If you are interested in volunteering for two hours shifts, December 10–14, or need more information, contact: phone 607 272 5062 ext. 14 or email: Shay.Washington@dor.org.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in pine room at St. James. They are looking for donations of new items, for all ages. Items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties before Christmas. Please consider making a gift of a hat, scarf, or mittens for someone in need.

Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The 2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 4 stated that eighty-five parish households have pledged $22,362, nearly 75% toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s Appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Christmas Masses:
Our Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy will have three Christmas Masses. There will be two on Christmas Eve: one will be at 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle and the other will be at 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross. There will be one Christmas day Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus. Please spread the word and plan now as to which Mass you will attend.

Advent Daily Meditations:
“Five Minutes with the Word” Advent booklets are available for free in the vestibules of each church. The booklets provide daily meditations during the season of Advent.

Church Calendars:
2019 church calendars are available in the church vestibules. Please take only one calendar per family.

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs 15 loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution at the Trumansburg Food Pantry on December 17. Breads may be left in the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Card Ministry:
Card Ministry is a working group of the parish’s Witness Committee. They are looking for parishioners who would be interested in writing and sending cards to our home-bound or parish members in nursing home. As a member of this work group, you would send cards once a month to (currently) seventeen individuals. If you are interested please contact Marilynn Frank at maren@ottcmail.com.

Ring those Bells:
Bell ringers are needed to help collect donations at the entrance to the Shur Save for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army provides invaluable assistance to Trumansburg community members in need throughout the year. Please contact Judy Robertson at 387-6488 if you can take a shift.

Shur Save Donations:
At the Shur Save there is a box into which you can donate food for the food pantry to distribute. If you contribute, please check the expiration date first as they cannot use food items that are past the printed date. We can never have enough food to distribute but it needs to be safe too. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any possible donations you might be able to make.

Blue Christmas Service:
Mecklenburg United Methodist church will again be hosting a “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. Christmas can be a hard time for many reasons, and this will be a time of reflection, when all come together, accepting the emotions and challenges of the season, finding comfort and even hope. The service will include readings and music with a simple reception to follow. All are welcome!

Winter Concert:
The Trumansburg Community Chorus will present a winter concert on Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 East Main St, Trumansburg. Admission is free, though donations to support the on-going activities of the chorus are gratefully accepted.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 8, 2018 (second weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula [for Kathleen Rourke], Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

December 15, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke [for Scott Hamula], Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Millie Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 9  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

December 16 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4
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First Sunday of Advent ~ December 2, 2018

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First reading:
“In those days, in that time, I will raise up for David a just shoot; he shall do what is right and just in the land.” (Jer. 33:15)

Psalm:
To you, O Lord, I lift my soul. (Ps. 25)

Second reading:
May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we have for you. (1 Thes. 3:12)

Gospel:
“Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Lk. 21:36)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
As we begin our Advent journey in preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth and in anticipation of his coming again in glory, we are reminded of our need to be vigilant and prepared. This short season of Advent can be a mini-retreat for us who find ourselves living in a world that is often counterproductive to developing mature, focused, and meaningful relationships with God. Being a Christian and standing firm in our faith requires a strength that can only come from prayer. These four short preparatory weeks can help us look back to what God has done in history, to what God continues to do in our lives today, and to what God promises for the future. May we use this Advent time wisely, calling us to greater holiness.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (December 11). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (December 3).
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eight and ninth graders meet on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. at St. James.
  • RICA Classes: at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle
  • Time with Fr. Bernard: He is available for conversation or confessions each Friday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis and no appointment is needed.
  • Coffee hour: Dec. 2 after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg
  • Praying Your Way through Advent: December 4 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: Holy day of obligation on December 9
  • Breads Needed: In the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16.
  • Share the Warmth Distribution: Friendly volunteers are needed at Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca for two hour shifts on December 3–7 and 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Gifts for Angel Trees: Due December 9 at Holy Cross and St. Francis
  • Ceremony of Remembrance: on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, N.Y.

Funeral:
Joyce Ann Hurd, age 84, died on November 18, 2018. A graveside service was held for her on November 23 at St. James the Apostle Cemetery.

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The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the patronal feast day of the United States, is this Saturday, December 8. Catholics are obliged to attend Mass on that day. There will be two Masses: a Vigil Mass on Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus and a 9:00 a.m. Mass on Saturday at St. James the Apostle.

The Season of Advent and Reconciliation
During the season of Advent, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (confession) will be available on Friday evenings at 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church and in all three of our parish churches after each of the weekend Masses.

Advent Concert:
The annual Advent Concert sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) will take place on this Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church, 69 East Main St., Trumansburg. Members from our parish, that is, musicians, choir members and song leaders, have prepared a selection of music for the concert. All are welcome. Year after year, this concert has been a joy in the community.

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs 15 loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc) for the Christmas distribution at the Trumansburg Food Pantry on December 17. Breads may be left in the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer. Thank you for sharing your baking skills!

Catholic University of America Collection:
There is a second collection today in support of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Christmas Flower Offering:
In the boxes of offertory envelopes there is an envelope titled the “Christmas Flower Offering.” The date for the collection is today, December 2. Please deposit your Christmas flower offering envelope in the regular collection.

Ring those Bells:
Bell ringers are needed to help collect donations at the entrance to the Shur Save for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army provides invaluable assistance to Trumansburg community members in need throughout the year. Please contact Judy Robertson at 387-6488 if you can take a shift. Come add some music to your life while helping others.

Shur Save Donations:
At the Shur Save there is a box into which you can donate food for the food pantry to distribute. If you contribute, please check the expiration date first as they cannot use food items that are past the printed date. We can never have enough food to distribute but it needs to be safe too. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any possible donations you might be able to make.

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, please bring a non-perishable food item to church and place it on the table in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome. All will be shared with the T’burg food pantry.

Family Activity for Advent:
A reverse Advent calendar is a creative way to help our local food pantries. Set out a box or basket near your kitchen and add one food item or personal care item to it each day of Advent. After Christmas donate the contents to your local food pantry.

Free Christmas Tree:
St. Francis Solanus church has an artificial Christmas tree in good condition. If interested in providing it with a new home, please contact the parish office.

Share the Warmth Volunteers Needed:
Donate coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, and boots to the annual “Share the Warmth” drive. Collection bins, including one in St. James the Apostle parking lot, have been placed around the area. Catholic Charities will be distributing the items for free during the first two weeks of December. Friendly volunteers are needed at Immaculate Conception School in Ithaca, to wait on customers and help them find the items they need. Two hour shifts are available, December 3–7 and 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It’s a great way to start Advent! If interested in volunteering or need more information, contact Shay: Shay.Washington@dor.org or 607-272-5062 ext.14.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are available at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches. If you take a child’s tag, the unwrapped gifts, with tags included, must be returned no later than Sunday, December 9. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 10. Wrapping paper, ribbon, or bows would be appreciated. Distribution of the gifts is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12. If you have helped in the past you will be contacted for your assistance again. First time volunteers should contact Gerry Frank at 607 869 5009.

Praying Your Way through Advent:
Begin your new liturgical year by preparing yourself spiritually for the birth of Christ by attending “Praying our Way through Advent” with Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Nancy Lynch who will offer Advent practices that will enhance this time of anticipation. The day of prayer will take place on Tuesday, December 4, at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, N.Y.), beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee payable day of the retreat that includes the conference, lunch, time for confessions, and Mass. Register today by calling 585-394-5700 or email: ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

Generous Parishioners:
Seventy-five people in our parish have generously responded with a gift or pledge to the diocese’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). Their contributions or pledges come to $12,762 as of November 21, just over 42% of our goal of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation as the CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org). For those who have already contributed, thank you and please continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

Maintenance Fund Collection:
Maintenance costs are always prevalent. Your help to cover these costs is always appreciated. Please deposit the Maintenance Fund Collection envelope in the regular Sunday collection at any time during the month.

Five Minutes With the Word:
These booklets are available in the foyer of the churches and contain daily Advent meditations. They are a great way to bring prayer into your lives this season.

2019 Calendar:
2019 calendars for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, are available in the foyers of each of the churches. Please take only one per household.

Blue Christmas Service:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church will again be hosting a Blue Christmas service on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. All are welcome! Christmas can be a hard time for many reasons, and this will be a time of reflection, when all come together, accepting the emotions and challenges of the season, finding comfort and even hope. The service will include readings and music with a simple reception to follow. All are welcome!

Reflections During Advent:
Prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ this Advent with “Everyday Stewardship Advent Reflections.” Sign up to receive daily reflections and challenges from Tracy Earl Welliver, straight to your inbox. See the Liturgical Publications website for more details on this and other options for Advent: http://4lpi.com/

Daily Gospel Reflections:
If you are interested in daily reflections on the Gospel, you can sign up to receive “Word on Fire” via your e-mail’s inbox. Once you sign up at DailyCatholicGospel.com, you’ll receive a brief email each morning that will contain a link to that day’s Gospel passage, so you can read the Scripture yourself. Then that will be followed by a short reflection on the passage from Bishop Robert Barron. It’s short, simple, but extremely powerful, like getting a mini-homily each morning from Bishop Barron.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 1, 2018 (first weekend):
Lectors: Barbara Willers [for Marie Roloson], Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

December 8, 2018 (second weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula [for Kathleen Rourke], Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 2 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan,  Mark Scibilia-Carver

December 9  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4
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Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ~ November 25, 2018

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First reading:
His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed. (Dn. 7:14b)

Psalm:
The Lord is king; he is robed in majesty. (Ps. 93)

Second reading:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.” (Rv. 1:8)

Gospel:
“For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (Jn. 18:37b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We live in interesting times. Life is constantly changing. While this can be exciting on one hand, change also presents challenges. We live in an age of relativism where people can pick and choose the truths that suit them and build their own system of beliefs. While humans certainly have the freedom to choose, losing sight of long-standing universal truths is not such a healthy course. Jesus Christ our King is our universal truth! He is the God who is nonnegotiable, our non-option! In Christ, we know what truth is. He alone points us to God, our true selves, our proper relationships with one another, and the world in which we live. Christ directs us to the poor and vulnerable and teaches us what God’s kingdom is meant to be. Christ is the king who serves others. He gets dirty. He ascends the throne of the cross. We are called to do the same.

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (November 27). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (December 3).
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • The Friday evening time for confessions or meeting with Fr. Bernard will resume at a later date
  • Lectors’ Meeting: All lector meetings will be rescheduled at a later date
  • RICA Classes: at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle are postponed for now
  • Holiday Bazaar: Jacksonville Community United Methodist church on November 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Final Guitar Group Practice for Advent Concert: November 27 at 7:00 p.m. in St. James church
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg
  • Praying Your Way through Advent: December 4 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • Share the Warmth Distribution: Friendly volunteers are needed at Immaculate Conceptoion School in Ithaca for two hour shifts on December 3–7 and 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
  • Gifts for Angel Trees: Due December 9 at Holy Cross and St. Francis
  • Ceremony of Remembrance: on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, N.Y.

Volunteering to Share the Warmth:
’Tis the season for donating coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots to the annual “Share the Warmth” drive. You’ll find collection bins around the area in grocery and other stores, including in the St. James the Apostle parking lot. Catholic Charities will be distributing these items for free during the first two weeks of December. Friendly volunteers are needed at Immaculate Conception School, W. Buffalo St. in Ithaca, to wait on customers and help them find the items they need. Two hour shifts are available, December 3–7 and 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. It’s a great way to start Advent! If interested in volunteering or need more information, contact Shay: Shay.Washington@dor.org or 607-272-5062 ext.14.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are available at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches. If you take a child’s tag, the gifts must be returned no later than Sunday, December 9. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 10. Please do not wrap the gifts as parents need to see what has been given for their children, but you do need to include the tag information where it can easily be seen. Wrapping paper, ribbon, or bows would be appreciated. Distribution of the gifts is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12. If you have helped in the past you will be contacted for your assistance again. First time volunteers should contact Gerry Frank at 607 869 5009.

An Appeal from Catholic Ministries:
As of November 13, seventy people in our parish have responded with a gift or pledge to the diocese’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). Their contributions or pledges come to $12,287, which, while generous, is not quite 41% of our goal of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation as the CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org). For those who have already contributed, thank you and please continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

On-line Giving:
Parishioners can sign up to support the parish financially online with a few easy steps:

  1. visit marymotherofmercy.com
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click the OnLine Giving We Share logo, toward the bottom of the page
  4. click Offertory “Make a Donation”
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. next will appear a page titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will automatically deduct from your account. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Annual Bazaar in Jacksonville:
There will be a holiday bazaar at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist church on Trumansburg Road on November 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The bazaar includes a visit from Santa, lunch, and many unique vendors and handcrafted items.

Advent Concert:
The annual Advent Concert sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) will take place on Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church, 69 East Main St., Trumansburg. All are welcome. Members of our parish will be participating and the final practice for the parish’s guitar group will be on November 27 at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church.

Ceremony of Remembrance:
For those who have experienced the death of a child, sibling, or grandchild of any age, you are invited to join a “Ceremony of Remembrance” on December 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Church of the Transfiguration, 50 West Bloomfield Road, Pittsford, N.Y. The ceremony will include each child’s name being read during a candle lighting, along with poetry and music. If you are interested in participating, please bring a framed photo (no larger than 8 x 10) by 6:15 pm on the night of the ceremony. Light refreshments will be served following the event. Please email by December 3 a picture of your child/person to be included in a slideshow and include the full name of child/person being honored and the number of people who will be attending. If you have questions or would like to RSVP contact childrenneverforgotten@gmail.com or call Elaine Deacon at (585) 889-2574.The ceremony is non-denominational and is held in conjunction with the Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting© and sponsored by Rochester Kids, Jeff Milano-Johnson Memorial Fund.

Praying Your Way through Advent:
Are you already caught up in the busyness of Christmas and missing out on Advent? Begin your new liturgical year by preparing yourself spiritually for the birth of Christ by attending “Praying our Way through Advent” with Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Nancy Lynch who will offer Advent practices that will enhance this time of anticipation. The day of prayer will take place on Tuesday, December 4, at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY 14424), beginning at 9:00 a.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee payable day of the retreat that includes the conference, lunch, time for confessions, and Mass. Register today by calling 585-394-5700 or email: ndretreat@rochester.rr.com.

Reflections During Advent:
Prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ this Advent with “Everyday Stewardship Advent Reflections.” Sign up to receive daily reflections and challenges from Tracy Earl Welliver, straight to your inbox. See the Liturgical Publications website for more details on this and other options for Advent: http://4lpi.com/

Daily Gospel Reflections:
If you are interested in daily reflections on the Gospel, you can sign up to receive “Word on Fire” via your e-mail’s inbox. Once you sign up at DailyCatholicGospel.com, you’ll receive a brief email each morning that will contain a link to that day’s Gospel passage, so you can read the Scripture yourself. Then that will be followed by a short reflection on the passage from Bishop Robert Barron. It’s short, simple, but extremely powerful, like getting a mini-homily each morning from Bishop Barron!

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

November 24, 2018 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke (for Gerry Messmer) and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson, Marie Roloson

December 1, 2018 (first weekend):
Lectors: Barbara Willers [for Marie Roloson], Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

November 25  (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle

December 2 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan,  Mark Scibilia-Carver


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Swanson J. Liedenfrost°
Lector 2 K. Knapp E. Moore M. Frank N. Shumway
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D.Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Humulock M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Humulock P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) M. Maleski J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Humulock A. Reagan M. Maleski M. Maleski
Usher 3 J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek A. Reagan
Usher 4 T. Humulock

 

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Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 18, 2018

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First reading:
“Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake; some shall live forever, others shall be an everlasting horror and disgrace.” (Dn. 12:2)

Psalm:
You are my inheritance, O Lord. (Ps. 16)

Second reading:
This one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God. (Heb. 10:12)

Gospel:
“And then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in the clouds’ with great power and glory.” (Mk. 13:26)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“But of that day or hour, no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” None of us knows when the world will end. All we know is that it will end. All things do. Many people choose to live a somewhat carefree life by living as if life will never end. They go from one day to the next, never giving a thought to the fact that today may be their last. If you knew exactly when your life will end, what would you do differently? As Christians, we are called to be people of beginnings and endings. God is in all of life even when we think that life cannot get any worse than it is. Creating life out of death is what God does best. We are asked to live vigilantly, seeing God in all things and being ever prepared to meet him, whenever that time comes.

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (November 27). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (November 19).
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • The Friday evening time for confessions or meeting with Fr. Bernard will resume at a later date
  • Lectors’ Meeting: All lector meetings will be rescheduled at a later date
  • RICA Classes: at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle are postponed for now
  • Pick Up Pies: after Mass on November 17 and November 18 at the church where they were ordered
  • Risking Prison for Peace: Presentation by Clare Grady on at 10:15 a.m., November 18, in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall
  • Ecumenical Service: at the Interlaken Reformed Church at 3:00 p.m. on November 18.
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg

Share the Warmth in T’burg:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club has placed a collection bin in the St. James parking lot for their “Share the Warmth” campaign. They are collecting winter coats, boots, blankets, and other warm items for distribution through Catholic Charities in Ithaca. This season’s campaign will end December 9. The Rotary Club will gather donations as they arrive, then remove the bin at the end of the campaign.

Enjoy Your Pies:
People who purchased pies to help raise money for the annual Trumansburg area Christmas Bureau can pick up their pies at the church where they were ordered. They will be available after Mass on November 17 and November 18. Thank you and God bless you!

Ecumenical Service:
There will be an ecumenical Thanksgiving service at the Interlaken Reformed Church at 3:00 p.m. on November 18. The parish choir of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating, led by Joan Gelatt and featuring Ronnie Fairclough on guitar and Beth Bevers on violin. They will be joined by the Hector Presbyterian Church choir with Mark Brown as director; the Ovid Federated Church Bell Choir with Marcia Klue, director; and the Interlaken Reformed Church Choir directed by Beverly Feindt.

Lectors’ Meeting:
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal has items related to the ministry of lector. Those items will be shared together with a review of ministry procedures so all three churches in the parish will be in sync with one another. The meetings will be brief and will be held after the each weekend Mass at a date yet to be determined.

Average Mass Attendance in October:
On average in October, 69 people attended Mass at 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays at St. Francis Solanus. The average in October for the Sunday Masses were 98 parishioners at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James and 94 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. Our numbers are dropping! Please invite a friend to join you at Mass.

Catholic Ministries Appeal Update:
As of November 9, seventy people in our parish have responded with a gift or pledge amounting to $12,287, which is 41% of our goal of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation as the CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org). For those who have already contributed, thank you and please continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

On-line Giving:
Parishioners can sign up to support the parish financially online with a few easy steps:

  1. visit marymotherofmercy.com
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click the OnLine Giving We Share logo, toward the bottom of the page
  4. click Offertory “Make a Donation”
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. next will appear a page titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will automatically deduct from your account. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Advent Concert:
The Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) have scheduled the annual TAC Advent Concert for Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church. In preparation for our parish participation, the parish guitar group will be practicing on Sundays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Those unable to make the Sunday practices are invited to practice on Tuesday, November 20 and 27, at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone interested is asked to please attend the Sunday or Tuesday rehearsals. All are welcome.

How Being Catholic Makes Me Risk Prison for Peace:
Local Catholic Clare Grady will give a presentation on why her faith motivates her to risk prison time to call attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons. Clare will be going on trial soon for protesting at a nuclear submarine base in Georgia. Her talk will take place on Sunday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall, (309 Siena Drive). Come learn about Catholic Church teaching on nuclear weapons and why Clare believes that the Gospel calls her to disarm them. This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

November 17, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

November 24, 2018 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson, Marie Roloson


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

November 18 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

November 25  (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

11/4/18 11/11/18 11/18/18 11/25/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Swanson J. Liedenfrost°
Lector 2 K. Knapp E. Moore M. Frank N. Shumway
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D.Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Humulock M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Humulock P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) M. Maleski J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Humulock A. Reagan M. Maleski M. Maleski
Usher 3 J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek A. Reagan
Usher 4 T. Humulock

 

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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 11, 2018

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First reading:
“For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” (1 Kgs. 17:14)

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

Second reading:
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice. (Heb. 9:26b)

Gospel:
“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.” (Mk. 12:43b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We are all generous, at least to some degree. Most of us when asked for something—whether it be our time, our talent, or our treasure—assess whether we can “afford” to fulfill the request and still preserve our own needs. Have we ever given the last bit of what we had knowing that we will have to do without so that someone else can benefit? We all tend to be a little covetous of our time, talent, and treasure. There are people throughout history who have given everything away only to find that they have received much more in return. St. Francis of Assisi is a prime witness. The Scriptures today bring us two widows who do the same. Do we see in people such as these examples of foolishness or wisdom, inspiration, and hope?

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (November 13). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (November 19).
  • Confirmation Formation Classes: There will be no class on November 11
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • The Friday evening time for confessions or meeting with Fr. Bernard will resume at a later date
  • RICA Classes: at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle are postponed for now
  • Pie Sale: after Mass on November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and on November 11 at St. James
  • Jewelry and Handbag Sale: November 10 (10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.) in the St. Catherine of Siena parish center
  • Risking Prison for Peace: Presentations by Clare Grady on November 12, at 12:45 p.m. in Immaculate Conception’s parish and again on Sunday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall
  • Lectors’ Meeting: After Mass on November 18 at St. James. The meetings at St. Francis and at Holy Cross will be rescheduled.
  • November’s Day of Prayer: November 13, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: November 16–18 at Notre Dame Retreat House.
  • Annual Christmas Craft Show: November 17 at St. Francis-St. Clare parish in Waterloo
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg

Share the Warmth in T’burg:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club placed a collection bin in the St. James parking lot for their “Share the Warmth” campaign. They are collecting winter coats, boots, blankets, and other warm items for distribution through Catholic Charities in Ithaca. This season’s campaign began on November 3 and will end December 9. The Rotary Club will gather donations as they arrive, then remove the bin at the end of the campaign.

Pies for Sale:
St. James church and the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will hold its annual pie sale to raise money to participate in the annual Trumansburg area Christmas Bureau. Please buy a pie and help this worthy cause. Pie orders and payment will be taken after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on November 11 at St. James. Pies will be available to be picked up at the church where they were ordered after the Mass on November 17 and November 18. Thank you and God bless you!

Lectors’ Meeting:
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal has items related to the ministry of lector. Those items will be shared together with a review of ministry procedures so all three churches in the parish will be in sync with one another. The meeting will be brief and will be held after the weekend Mass on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle. This will be repeated after the Masses at St. Francis and Holy Cross at a later date. Lectors should plan to attend one of these meetings.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign continues. Thank you to everyone in the parish who has responded with a gift or pledge. As of November 2 your gifts amount to $10,277 or 34.78% toward our given parish goal this year of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. Another letter and pledge form will soon be mailed to everyone who has not yet responded. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. We need your financial support to reach our potential. Thank you and please pray for the success of our efforts. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page.

On-line Giving:
Parishioners can sign up to support the parish financially online with a few easy steps:

  1. visit marymotherofmercy.com
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click the OnLine Giving We Share logo, toward the bottom of the page
  4. click Offertory “Make a Donation”
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. next will appear a page titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will automatically deduct from your account. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Advent Concert:
The Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) have scheduled the annual TAC Advent Concert for Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church. In preparation for our parish participation, the parish guitar group will be practicing on Sundays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Those unable to make the Sunday practices are invited to practice on three Tuesdays (November 13, 20, and 27) at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone interested is asked to please attend the Sunday or Tuesday rehearsals. All are welcome.

November’s Day of Prayer:
In honor of November’s Day of Prayer, Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. (author of Mary in 3-D: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion) will present “Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion.” The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at the Notre Dame Retreat House beginning at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and concluding around 3:00 p.m. The fee of $25.00 includes the conference, lunch, reconciliation, and Mass. Please call 585-394-5700 or email: ndretreat@rochester.rr.com to register.

A Get Away Weekend Before the Holidays:
All married couples are invited to attend the “Worldwide Marriage Encounter” weekend at Notre Dame Retreat House from November 16 through November 18. Give each other this gift of a special time away for just the two of you to become closer before the busy holiday season. There will be no mandatory group sharing. $100 application fee includes food and lodging. Call 585-223-1121 or email LeoandEd@aol.com to register or for more information. You can also go to: www.wwme.org.

Annual Christmas Craft Show:
St. Francis-St. Clare parish in Waterloo will hold their annual Christmas craft show and luncheon on November 17 beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 35 Center Street in Waterloo (former St. Mary School). Free coffee will be available between 8:00–9:00 a.m. Santa will be there between 9:00 until noon. Be sure to bring your camera! Parishioners will again bake their favorite Christmas cookies, which will be sold for $8.00 a pound. A homemade lunch menu will be available. Catholic Daughters will sell recycled jewelry at reasonable prices and raffles will be held for many variations of filled baskets along with a 50-50 raffle. Over fifty crafters will present their talents and wares with many new and unique items including Christmas ornaments and wreathes, and other decorations. For more information call the Ministry Center at 315-539-8006.

How Being Catholic Makes Me Risk Prison for Peace:
Local Catholic Clare Grady will give two presentations on why her faith motivates her to risk prison time to call attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons. Clare will be going on trial soon for protesting at a nuclear submarine base in Georgia. Her talks will take place on Monday, November 12, at 12:45 p.m. in Immaculate Conception’s parish hall (corner of Geneva and Seneca Streets) and again on Sunday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall, (309 Siena Drive). Come learn about Catholic Church teaching on nuclear weapons and why Clare believes that the Gospel calls her to disarm them. This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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

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Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

November 10, 2018 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

November 17, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

November 11  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Mark Scibilia-Carver) and Barbara Willers (for Maria Connell)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff (for Beth Koeng and Lynne Stager), Mary Szymanski

November 18 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Swanson J. Liedenfrost°
Lector 2 K. Knapp E. Moore M. Frank N. Shumway
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D.Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Humulock M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Humulock P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) M. Maleski J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Humulock A. Reagan M. Maleski M. Maleski
Usher 3 J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek A. Reagan
Usher 4 T. Humulock

 

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Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 4, 2018

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First reading:
“Fear the LORD, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments.” (Dt. 6:2a)

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

Second reading:
But Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. (Heb. 7:24)

Gospel:
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mk. 12:30)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Love of God and love of neighbor are intimately bound together. You cannot have one without the other. Who are my neighbor and how do I love them? It is easy to confess with our lips that we love our neighbor. But how does this get translated into action? Our neighbors are not only those who live around us or are most familiar to us. Everyone is our neighbor: those who are foreign to us, those who have come here illegally, those who have hurt us, those we envy, those we take for granted, and those who are poor. Embracing humanity in all of its forms is not always an easy task, and doing so can quickly take us out of our comfort zones. Working for justice, as God desires, often means adjusting how much I can have and sacrificing our wants and desires. The very image of God is on the faces of our neighbors, and our face can be found there as well. How much do we really love them?

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (November 13). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (November 5).
  • Confirmation Formation Classes: There will be no class on November 4 (see take home assignment instead) nor on November 11
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
  • RICA Classes: Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle at 7:00 p.m. are postponed for now
  • Pie Sale: After Mass on November 3 and November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and on November 4 and November 11 at St. James
  • Coffee Hour: November 4 at St. James the Apostle following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
  • Election Day Dinner: November 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church
  • Fall Cemetery Cleanup: All decorations/flowers need to be removed by November 9
  • Jewelry and Handbag Sale: November 9 (Noon–6:00 p.m.) and November 10 (10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.) in the St. Catherine of Siena parish center
  • Lectors’ Meeting: After Mass on November 18 at St. James. The meetings at St. Francis and at Holy Cross will be rescheduled.
  • November’s Day of Prayer: November 13, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: November 16–18 at Notre Dame Retreat House.
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg

Funeral:
Robert Victor Pezdek, 80, died October 18, 2018. His funeral Mass was on October 24 at St. James the Apostle church.

Second Collection for the Cemetery Fund:
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. A second collection in support of our parish cemeteries will be taken up this weekend, November 3 and 4.

Fall Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all previous seasonal decorations/flowers removed by November 9. Anything left may be disposed of as the cemetery staff deems appropriate.

Confirmation Formation Classes:
The confirmation class will not be held at St. James this Sunday, November 4. Instead an assignment will be sent to the students/parents for them to complete, with a required response for both the catechetical part and the scriptural part. There is no class scheduled for November 11.

Lectors’ Meeting:
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal has items related to the ministry of lector. Those items will be shared together with a review of ministry procedures so all three churches in the parish will be in sync with one another. The meeting will be brief and will be held after the weekend Mass on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle. This will be repeated after the Masses at St. Francis and Holy Cross at a later date. Lectors should plan to attend one of these meetings.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign continues. Thank you to everyone in the parish who has responded with a gift or pledge. Your gifts so far amount to $7,097 toward our given parish goal this year of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. Another letter and pledge form will soon be mailed to everyone who has not yet responded. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. We need your financial support to reach our potential. Thank you and please pray for the success of our efforts. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Pies for Sale:
St. James church and the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will hold its annual pie sale to raise money to participate in the annual Trumansburg area Christmas Bureau. Please buy a pie and help this worthy cause. Pie orders and payment will be taken after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on November 3 and November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on November 4 and November 11 at St. James. Pies will be available to be picked up at the church where they were ordered after the Mass on November 17 and November 18. Thank you and God bless you!

On-line Giving:
Parishioners can sign up to support the parish financially online with a few easy steps:

  1. visit marymotherofmercy.com
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click the OnLine Giving We Share logo, toward the bottom of the page
  4. click Offertory “Make a Donation”
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. next will appear a page titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will automatically deduct from your account. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Advent Concert:
The Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) have scheduled the annual TAC Advent Concert for Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church. In preparation for our parish participation, the parish guitar group will be practicing on Sundays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Those unable to make the Sunday practices are invited to practice on three Tuesdays (November 13, 20, and 27) at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone interested is asked to please attend the Sunday or Tuesday rehearsals. All are welcome.

Election Day Dinner:
There will be an election day dinner on Tuesday, November 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church. All you can eat adult dinners are $10.00 and children under 12 are $5.00.

November’s Day of Prayer
In honor of November’s Day of Prayer, Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. (author of Mary in 3-D: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion) will present “Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion.” The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at the Notre Dame Retreat House beginning at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and concluding around 3:00 p.m. The fee of $25.00 includes the conference, lunch, reconciliation, and Mass. Please call 585-394-5700 or email: ndretreat@rochester.rr.com to register.

A Get Away Weekend Before the Holidays:
All married couples are invited to attend the “Worldwide Marriage Encounter” weekend at Notre Dame Retreat House from November 16 through November 18. Give each other this gift of a special time away for just the two of you to become closer before the busy holiday season. There will be no mandatory group sharing. $100 application fee includes food and lodging. Call 585-223-1121 or email LeoandEd@aol.com to register or for more information. You can also go to: www.wwme.org.

Elegant Jewelry and Handbag Sale:
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 309 Siena Drive, Ithaca, will be having an elegant jewelry and handbag sale on November 9, from noon until 6:00 p.m., and November 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., in the parish center. Handbags include high-end Gucci, Coach, Dooney and Bourke, and Furla. There will be rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, including a lot of sterling silver. Only cash and local checks accepted. Tell your children that they can shop for their loved ones at the special “Kids/Youth Korner.”

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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

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

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


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

November 3, 2018 (First Weekend):
Lectors: Marie Roloson, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer

November 10, 2018 (Second Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula


Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

November 4 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan,  Mark Scibilia-Carver

November 11  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski


Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

November 2018 schedule forthcoming

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