So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Is. 55:11)
The seed that falls on the good ground will yield a fruitful harvest. (Ps. 65)
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us. (Rom. 8:18)
“But some seed fell on rich soil, and produced fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” (Mt. 13:8-9)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Any good farmer will tell you that regardless of how good the quality of the seed, its sprouting and bearing of effective fruit is dependent upon the quality of the soil. Preparing the soil is one of the most essential components of farming. There is no doubt that the seed of God’s Word will eventually achieve its purpose. God cannot and will not fail. When and how that seed bears fruit is, however, dependent upon us. What is the quality and condition of your soil? Life’s concerns and preoccupations can cause us to become inattentive to our inner life. This sometimes unintentional neglect can result in our soil becoming hard, overgrown with weeds, rocky, parched, and lifeless. When God’s seed is sown, it doesn’t always take root because it struggles to establish roots and flourish. How can you more attentively attend to the soil of your heart so that it will be a fertile and vital place for the fruit of the Gospel to grow?
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
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- Food Pantries:
- Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 21) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
- Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
- Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 13)
- Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
- Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
- Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
Kathryn Ann Hanna was baptized on July 4, 2020, in St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken. The following day, July 5, Grace Diane Balish was baptized at Holy Cross church in Ovid.
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at email@example.com or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.
The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.
Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:
- 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
- 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.
The Sunday Mass schedule is:
- 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
- 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.
Copies of the Magnificat booklets for July are now available in the vestibule of all three churches. They are free to all parishioners.
To All Parish Households:
In recent weeks, households have become more aware of themselves as domestic churches. To help support the church at home, the Diocese of Rochester’s Office of Evangelization and Catechesis provides families with weekly gospel reflections, catechesis, ideas for family time, parent support, and more. Each week a newsletter titled Family Zone is posted on the diocesan Facebook page. The newsletter may also be obtained by searching on the web for the Family Zone newsletter/evangelization and catechesis or by clicking on the link on our parish’s web page. The newsletter is proving to be a great resource and it has something that appeals to people of all ages. Even if you are living alone, you will find it of great interest, both stimulating and inspirational. Simply check it out and see for yourself.
Parish Feast Days:
Our three parish churches have feast days on the following dates:
- July 16 for St. Francis Solanus,
- July 25 for St. James the Apostle, and
- September 14 for Holy Cross (the Exultation of the Holy Cross).
Because there is no Church calendar date for Mary, Mother of Mercy, the parish has chosen to celebrate our parish feast day on the second Sunday of September. This year it is September 13. Presently and sadly, unlike former years, because of the ban on social gatherings there are no plans for celebrating the parish churches’ feast days or the parish feast day.
Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule included:
- “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
- “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., on Friday, August 14.
Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
- Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
- Set up your donation or payment.
That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ithaca Loves Life Vigils:
Monthly prayer vigils are held in Ithaca every fourth Saturday of the month, from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. These vigils are a peaceful, prayerful public witness to end abortion and to offer information to the abortion-minded. Let’s unite and boldly come together in love for 90 minutes each month. For more information contact MaryAnne Tissot (315-246-4749) or Carolann Darling (607-351-6668).
For Young Adults:
The “Called and Gifted Discernment Process” helps Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to provide them with the power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God’s goodness for people. Whether extraordinary or ordinary, all charisms ought to be exercised in the service of God. The “Called and Gifted” process includes a virtual workshop that lays the foundation for beginning of discernment, an online Catholic spiritual gifts inventory, a “gifts” interview to help them unpack their inventory, and working with a small group over several weeks to experiment with their gifts. More information can be found at: https://siena.org/called-gifted. Space is limited for this online event that begins July 1. Young adults, ages 21–39, who are interested in being a part of this process, can go to https://conta.cc/2UPtdRE to register.
Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.
Cancer Services Program (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.