Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of the Lord ~ March 31, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
This man God raised on the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. (Acts 10:40-41)

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. (Ps. 118)

Second Reading:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. (Col. 3:1)
Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. (1 Cor. 5:7)

For they did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. (Jn. 20:9) 

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

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Even as the disciples saw the empty tomb and the discarded burial cloths, they did not understand what had happened. But they kept faith, trusting that the Lord was at work. Let us keep that same faith when we do not find God where we expect Him to be.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:


Holy Saturday: March 30
Easter Vigil, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Easter Sunday: March 31
9:00 a.m., St. James the Apostle
10:30 a.m., Holy Cross

Easter Vigil – Bishop Salvatore Matano:
We are delighted, honored, and privileged to have Bishop Salvatore R. Matano come to our parish and celebrate the Easter Vigil. The celebration takes place on Holy Saturday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken. “Thank you” Bishop Matano.

Baptism / Confirmation / Holy Communion:
At the Easter Vigil the Gebhardt family celebrated Sacraments. Liana Gebhardt celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Communion). Mattew Gebhardt celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their two daughters, Poppy Holiday and Violet Jubilee, celebrated Baptism. This is a great day for Gebhardt’s and the Church.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt:
Is being held this Easter Sunday after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Each egg contains a delight.

Parish Easter Offering:
There is one collection on Easter. In previous years parishioners generally increase their offering by being more generous on that day than usual. The parish has come to rely on the Easter offering collection. Please do what you are able. Thank you.

Jesus and the Eucharist Study:
Seven of our parishioners have trained to lead small group discussions for the Jesus and the Eucharist Study sponsored by the National Eucharistic Revival organizers. The study is a seven-session series. Each session presents an inspiring video that is rich in content. Each video explores a different topic relating to the Eucharist. You do not need to attend every session.

The complete schedule is available here or in the foyers of the churches. Phone the parish office with any questions or to register for any of these sessions.

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

Holy Cross Cemetery Trimmers:
Last year a number of parishioners assisted with cemetery maintenance by using string cutters around the head stones. If you are interested in helping this year, please contact the parish office.

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection Next Weekend:
Our parish cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
It was reported on March 20, 2004, that ninety-six parish households have pledged $27,257 which is 87.93% of our goal. “Thank you” to all who have made a pledge. We encourage all households to help us reach our given goal of $31,000. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary. Know there are pledge envelopes in the foyers of the churches, or request one by phoning the parish office. We need everyone’s help.

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

Divine Mercy Service:
Next Sunday, 3:00 p.m., at Immaculate Conception Church, 113 N. Geneva St, Ithaca, Deacon George Kozak will be leading a Divine Mercy Service with recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Rosary and Adoration and Benediction. All are welcome.

Action Alerts:
Everyone is encouraged to be aware of what is being proposed as law by our New York State legislators. The New York State Catholic Conference Action Alert (nyscatholic.org) provides this opportunity. Presently there are two pieces of legislation favoring Physician Assisted Suicide being debated in Albany.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Light and Life: The Easter Workings of God”: April 16, 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m., includes lunch, $35
  • “Just as You Are”: Women’s retreat, April 12–14
  • “The Heavens Declare the Glory of God”: Solar Eclipse Retreat, April 5 and/or 6

For more details visit notredameretreat.org.

COLLIS Institute:
COLLIS Institute will be hosting four leading Catholic scholars for, “Is it Worth it to Have Kids? A Conversation between the Social Sciences and Theology,” 5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at 700 Clark Hall, Cornell or Via Zoom. For more information visit collistinstitute.org/publicevents.

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

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

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

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

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony is held every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. During this time Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal contemplation and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you. An evening version of Healing and Harmony is available on the second and fourth Thursday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. The next dates for these sessions are March 14, April 11 and 25, May 9 and 23, and June 13 and 27. There is no evening session on March 28 due to it being Holy Thursday.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence by Henri J. M. Nouwen.
  • Taizé Prayer will take place on the first and third Fridays of each month at 1:00 p.m. The next dates are March 15; April 5 and 19; and June 7 and 21. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs in a room lit by candlelight. It is a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.

All are welcomed to join any of these programs with a suggested donation of $5 which benefits the Sisters of St. Joseph. If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

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

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


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