Fifth Sunday of Lent ~ March 18, 2018

Year of the Eucharist June 18, 2017–June 3, 2018


First reading:
I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts; I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (Jeremiah 31:33B)

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. (Ps. 51)

Second reading:
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered. (Heb. 5:8)

Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” (Jn. 12:23-24)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We all fear losing that which is familiar. We fear dying. When our securities and familiarities are threatened, the anxiety of uncertainty can lead us into fear and despair. We have difficulty believing that new life comes from death. This is the basis of what it means to hope. There are no dead ends or final endings with God. Through his passion and death, Jesus opens up the possibility for new life and new beginnings for all believers. “Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” As our journey of Lent hastens to an end, the mystery of Christ’s passion and death come before us to teach us valuable lessons both for this life and the next.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: Ovid Federated church on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 20 and April 3). The 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. (March 19 and April 2)
  • Book Discussion: Mother Teresa: No Greater Love at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Sunday, March 18
  • Stations of the Cross with Soup Supper: Thursdays of Lent, 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church followed by a communal “Soup Supper.”
  • Stations of the Cross with Benediction: Fridays of Lent, 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Patrick’s Day Social: after the March 17 evening Mass in the St. Francis Solanus church annex
  • Holy Cross Cemetery Cleanup: all winter decorations should be removed by March 31
  • Sacrament of Confirmation: April 5 at St. Mary’s church, Waterloo
  • Small-group Retreat: “33 Days to Morning Glory,” beginning April 24 through May 29, from 6:50–8:30 p.m., Holy Cross parish house
  • Parish Dinner Dance: A “Spring Fling” on April 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Trumansburg.
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart cathedral with Bishop Matano

031818_cf15_4cSolemnity of St. Joseph:
The feast day of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is March 19. This year the feast day falls on a Monday. To celebrate the feast day there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle in place of the communion service.

Palm Sunday:
Next weekend the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem will be celebrated at each Mass beginning outside (weather permitting) with a procession into the church for Mass. At St. James the Apostle the commemoration of the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem will begin at 8:45 a.m., so those attending the 9:00 a.m. Mass should plan to arrive 15 minutes earlier.

Foot Washing Service:
There is a foot washing service within the Holy Thursday liturgy. Please help by volunteering to have your foot washed. There is a sign-up sheet in the churches. This year the Holy Thursday liturgy will be at St. James the Apostle at 7:00 p.m.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed:
Trumansburg Food Pantry relies on help from our parish during the months of April and May (April 2, 16, and 30; and May 14 and 28). There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of St. James church. Please consider helping during this limited time when the food pantry relies on our parish for volunteers.

Holy Cross Cemetery:
Please have all winter decorations removed by March 31. Thank you.

Parish Dinner Dance:
Please make plans to attend the parish dinner dance, “Spring Fling,” scheduled for Saturday evening, April 28, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Music will be provided by the Tarps. Cost: adults are $25.00 and children under the age of ten are free. The sale of tickets will begin the weekend of April 8. At the “Spring Fling” dinner dance our parish will express gratitude to the following people: Ronnie Fairclough, Patricia Guinan, Sandy Hugh, and Teresa Kenney for the many years they have contributed and shared their musical talent at parish liturgies. We will also recognize Lena Douglas (deceased) for her fifty years as sacristan at St. James the Apostle.

Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday Schedule:
Please make plans now to celebrate the three days of Easter:

  • March 29, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle;
  • March 30, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross; and
  • March 31, Saturday, the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.

The Easter Sunday Masses on April 1, will be the regular Sunday schedule, namely: 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
Bishop Salvatore Matano will confirm the following parishioners: Alexia Angulo-Stevensen, Eric Davis, Nicholas Houck, Joshua Knebel, Nicholas Knebel, Noah Koeng, Virginia Marion, and Makenzie Masters along with many other candidates on Thursday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Church in Waterloo. Let us keep those preparing for the celebration of this sacrament in our thoughts and prayers throughout this month.

Second Collections:
Beginning the weekend of April 29 the second collections will be taken up following the first collection. An announcement of the second collection will take place at the end of the general intercessions (prayer of the faithful).

Church Cleaners for St. Francis Solanus:
A petition is going out for willing and able volunteers to help clean the church. A sign-up sheet has been placed in the foyer of the church together with a job description. Please help.

Wedding Anniversaries:
All married couples are welcome to attend and renew their vows with Bishop Matano. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. This event will take place on Sunday, May 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Please register at

February Weekend Mass Attendance:
During the month of February the parish had the following average Mass attendance: 55 at the 5:00 p.m.; 118 at the 9:00 a.m.; and 62 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Small Group Retreat:
If you are looking for a simple way to be spiritually renewed, grow in holiness, and develop a deeper relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary, participate in a program called “33 Days to Morning Glory.” The small group(s) will meet once a week for six weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 24 through May 29, from 6:50 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid. For more information: pick-up a flyer at the church entrances, log on to, e-mail:, or call Donna Wieand (716) 901-4313.

Diocese of Rochester Permanent Diaconate:
The deacon is a man of faith, called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service. He makes a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. The diocese is inviting interested men who may wish to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon, to first speak with their pastor for an initial conversation. For additional information they may also contact Deacon Edward Giblin, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at A potential candidate must be at least 35 years old and no older than 62 at the time of ordination after a five (5) year period of formation. He must be in good health, emotionally mature, have stable relationships, and have the wholehearted support of his wife (if married) and family to enter the phase of inquiry. The parish community is asked as well to invite from among its members men who exhibit strong faith and a spirit of service and encourage them to consider a possible vocation to the permanent diaconate.

Chicken for Charities:
Get out of cooking and support a great cause. On Saturday, March 24, from noon until all is gone, the Eagles Club of Ithaca will be hosting a delicious chicken BBQ to benefit Catholic Charities work in Tompkins County. The cost is only $10 per dinner, which includes: half of a BBQ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, roll, and dessert. Both eat in or take out are available. The Eagles Club is located at 161 Cecil Malone Drive, behind Wegman’s. Advanced tickets aren’t needed but they sure are helpful, and they’re available at Catholic Charities (324 West Buffalo Street, Ithaca) or by calling 272-5062 ext. 12, and at the Eagles Club.

wi1625bi_4cLenten Days of Abstinence:
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, i.e. meatless days. Abstinence prohibits individuals from eating meat on a particular day. Abstinence obliges all those who have reached the age of fourteen and continues to oblige throughout a person’s entire life. Those not specifically obliged to abstain from eating meat are encouraged to join in this discipline to the extent that they are able.

Easter Duty:
“All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year.” (Church Law #920) In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year May 27).

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.

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.

The Seneca County Transportation Corps:
This organization provides rides for residents of Seneca County to medical and dental appointments and other health-related destinations. If you need a ride phone 315–333–2179 or email

Cancer Services Program:
The program is available for residents of Cortland and Tompkins Counties. It provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and for men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings, and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For further information: 607-758-5523 or 1-866-442-2262.

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

March 18, 2018 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom and Beth Duff, Debbie Short

Palm Sunday, March 25, 2018 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff (for Tim Davis) and Lynne Stager with Barbara Willers as Gospel narrator and Patty Messmer as Gospel speaker
3 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

March 17
Lectors: 1. Scott Hamula, 2. Gerry Messmer
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Robin Hamula, 2. Marianne Dendis, 3. Carol Kuklo

March 24
Lectors: 1. Gerry Messmer, 2. Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Millie Messmer, 2. Marianne Dendis, 3. Patti Perry

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

March 2018:

3/18/18 3/25/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock N. Shumway
Lector 2 P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Frank A. Calice
Usher 1 (Lead) A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 M. Maleski
Usher 4


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