Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ July 14, 2019

First reading:
“It is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you only have to carry it out.” (Dt. 30:14)

Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live. (Ps. 69)

Second reading:
He is the head of the body, the church. (Col. 1:18a)

“But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.” (Lk. 10:33)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We have heard the story of the Good Samaritan so many times. Have we ever realized that it is an enemy and outcast who is the hero of the story? Freed from laws that limit acts of mercy and compassion, the Samaritan becomes the example of how to love God by loving our neighbor. Our minds know what our faith teaches, and our mouths know what words to speak. Ultimately, deep down in our conscience, we know how we ought to act. Yet, as we encounter each new day, do we always do what we are called to do? Our neighbors live next to us and far away. They are down the street, sitting beside us, living in Mexico, Honduras, Ecuador, Guatemala, Poland, Russia, China, Korea, and Iraq. Our neighbors are even found in people who want to hurt us. How do we love them as Jesus asks us to? How we answer this question will determine how much we really love God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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  • 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. (July 23)
    • 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. (July 15)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Francis Solanus Feast Day Social: July 14 after the 5:00 p.m. Mass, St. Francis
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches with Mass: July 18, facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap.
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: July 23, Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants through the beautiful mysteries of light.
  • James the Apostle Feast Day: July 25
  • A Family Musical: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, August 1–3 at 7:00 p.m. and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m., Trumansburg High School auditorium
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: August 2–4 at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Catholic Spirituality and Culture: August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee
  • Summer Retreat Day at Branches: August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux”
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

St. Francis Solanus Feast Day:
There will be wine and cheese social after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturday, July 14, in honor of the feast day for St. Francis Solanus, O.F.M., even though in the United States it is celebrated on Tuesday, July 16. St. Francis Solanus was born on March 10, 1549, in Montilla, Cordoba, Spain. He joined the Order of Friars Minor in 1570 and was ordained a priest in 1576. In 1589 he was assigned as a missionary to South America and labored most successfully in Peru, northwestern Argentina, and Paraguay for twenty years. He died on July 14, 1610, in Lima, Peru, and was canonized a saint on December 27, 1726, by Pope Benedict XIII. He is the patron saint of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, and Peru. The northernmost mission along the “El Camino Real” (the King’s Highway connecting missions in what is now California) was named for Francis Solanus in 1823.

Feast Day for St. James the Apostle:
St. James the Apostle’s feast day is July 25. St. James, sometimes called James the Greater, is the brother of John the Apostle and both were sons of Zebedee and were given the name “Sons of Thunder” by Jesus. James was the first of the twelve apostles to be martyred, being decapitated by order of Herod Arippa I around the year 44 A.D. He is the patron of pilgrims, laborers, Spain, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. There will be an ice cream social at St. James the Apostle Church to celebrate the feast day. Stay tuned for more details!

Attendance and Collections in May:
On an average in the month of May there were 73 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, 109 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and 162 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The average Mass collections during the month were: $875 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass; $1,089 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass; and $767 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $2,575. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

You Made a Difference:
This winter, during public policy weekend, our parish collected signatures in support of the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act. Over 10,300 signatures were collected around the diocese. We’re happy to report that the New York State legislature finally passed legislation to give farmworkers basic labor rights, including the right to form a union and bargain collectively and to have one day of rest per week! We had been advocating for farmworkers to get paid overtime as well; the final bill establishes overtime for farmworkers after 60 hours of work a week. This is still not equal with other workers, but it is a step forward. Thank you for standing with our sisters and brothers whose work feeds us.

The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

Summer Retreats at Branches:
Take time for rest and prayer at some of the Branches retreat days this summer. Thursday, July 18, will be a day of faith formation, music, and a healing Mass. “Worship in the Woods and Healing Mass,” will be facilitated by R. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. In “Contemplating Christ with Mary,” on Tuesday, July 23, Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, will guide participants in contemplation of Christ through the beautiful mysteries of light. On Friday, August 9, Ann Kern will facilitate “The Little Way of St. Therese of Lisieux,” focusing on the simple life and intense love of God of this doctor of the Church and beloved saint who has inspired thousands. Branches Rest and Renewal Center is located on Seneca Lake. For more information visit:, phone 716-901-4313, or email

Summer Love:
Why not plan for summer love by attending a worldwide marriage encounter weekend at the Notre Dame Retreat House overlooking Canandaigua Lake on August 2–4. Visit for more information and/or to register. You can also email Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera at

A Family Musical:
Please join the Encore Players for their summer musical production of Ian Fleming’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This is a delightful, family friendly production will be performed on August 1, 2, and 3 at 7:00 p.m., and on August 4 at 3:00 p.m. The show will take place in the Trumansburg High School auditorium (which is air conditioned) at 100 Whig Street. Tickets are $14 and available at the door or through the web site:

St. Bernard’s in Pittsford:
St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry is offering a number of courses this summer. One, Catholic Spirituality and Culture, is a retreat course offered together with the Monks of the Abbey of the Genesee. The course will be co-taught by professors from St. Bernard’s and monks from the Abbey from August 5–9 at Merton Hall, Abbey of the Genesee. For more information, please phone: 585–271–3657 or go to the website:

Catholic Homeschool:
St. Margaret’s is a small, Catholic homeschool group focusing on living the liturgical year. They are currently meeting once a month, and, on July 20, they will be starting a series on Marian consecration for children by Carrie Gress, with a consecration date of August 22, the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please contact Jessica Fanaro at
or 540–305–9835 if you would like to participate.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets monthly on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library, 31 E. Williams St., from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit on line at:

Help for Victims:
Victims of abuse should always report abuse to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victims’ assistance coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, by phone at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555; toll-free at 1–800–388–7177, ext. 1555; or by email:

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.

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 or contact Mary Joslyn at

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

July 13, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

July 20, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Patty Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

July 14, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

July 21, at 9:00 a.m. (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

Not available at this time



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