First Sunday of Advent ~ December 3, 2017

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

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First Reading:
Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter: we are all the work of your hands. (Is. 64:7)

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

Second Reading:
He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Cor. 3:8-9)

“Watch, therefore; you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming, whether in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning. May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.” (Mk. 13:35-36)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
On this First Sunday of Advent, we are asked to be watchful and alert. Because of our baptism we are called to be gatekeepers of God’s house and God’s servants. We have been put in charge of caring for what God has made–the earth around us and our brothers and sisters. Being responsible means being attentive to what is within our care. Are we responsible and attentive stewards or does our attention and focus often wander to things that are not important to the kingdom of God?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“In thee, O Lord, have I put my hope. Let me never be confounded.” ~St. Francis Xavier

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis 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. (December 12 and 26). 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. (December 4 and 18).
  • Rehearsals for the St. James Guitar Choir: Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the choir loft.
  • Holy Hours on Fridays: from 7:00–8:00 p.m. at the parish center
  • “Share the Warmth” campaign: at St. James from November 2 through the end of the month. Distribution is scheduled for December 4–15, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Classes December 3, 10, and 17.
  • Restocking Food Shelves: Between November 12 and December 10 parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items to Holy Cross or St. Francis Solanus
  • Open House: Margaret Home, 207 W. Filbert Street, East Rochester, on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) Concert: 4:00 p.m. on December 3 at the First Baptist Church, Trumansburg.
  • Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary: December 8 is a holy day of obligation.
  • Due Date for Angel Tree Gifts: If you take a child’s tag, the gifts must be returned no later than December 10

The Catholic University of America Collection:
There will be a second collection this weekend for the support of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Christmas Flower Offering:
The boxes of offertory envelopes contain an envelope titled “Christmas Flower Offering.” The envelope offers the opportunity to make the offering in memory or in honor of someone. At your convenience please deposit the envelope in the regular Sunday collection. “Thank you for your help.”

Fr. Brendan Buckley, OFM Cap:
This Sunday, December 3, will be Fr. Brendan’s last Sunday as our parochial vicar. It is with sadness that Fr. Brendan will be leaving the parochial, prison, and Hispanic ministry in our area where he has been so effective and appreciated. He will be the new pastor of St. Michael’s Church, Brooklyn. We praise God for his presence among us and pray for him as begins his new ministry. “Thank you Fr. Brendan.”

New Parish Weekday Mass Schedule:
As announced at the Masses last weekend, with the transfer of Fr. Brendan and no replacement, the Mass schedule has to be changed to accommodate one priest. Please consult the bulletin cover for the times and places for the weekday Mass.

Patronal Feast Day of the United States:
Friday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is a holy day of obligation. The times and places for the Masses are:

  • On Thursday, December 7, a 7:00 p.m. Vigil Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • On Friday, December 8, a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle; a 12:15 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus; and a 6:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross

Please plan to continue the feast day celebration by joining the social gathering after each Mass.

Christmas Mass Schedule:
On Sunday, December 24, there will be a 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, a 6:30 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus, and a 9:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross. On Monday, December 25, there will be a 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle and a 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. Fr. Daniel McMullin from Cornell University will celebrating the 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Christmas Masses. He will also be celebrating the 11:00 a.m. Fourth Sunday of Advent Mass at St. James.

This Friday Evening Confessions and Holy Hour:
There will be no Confessions and Holy Hour this Friday, December 8, at St. Francis Solanus church due to the holy day Mass at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross.

Five Minutes with the Word:
Booklets are available in the foyer of the churches containing daily Advent Season meditations. They are a great help to prayer throughout this season.

2018 Calendar:
2018 calendars for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy are available in the foyers of the church. Please take only one per household.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMs) in the Diocese of Rochester are appointed by Bishop Matano for a three-year term. Many of our parish EM’s terms end in December 2017. All EMs are asked to pick up an envelope with your name on it in each of the churches. In the envelope is a form to be completed and returned to the church. The forms will be mailed petitioning for your re-appointment for another three-year term.

Trumansburg Area Churches Food Pantry:
Please bring non-perishable food items to St. James church next weekend. Place them or monetary donations on the table located in the front of the church at the statue of the BVM.

Maintenance Fund Collection:
Next weekend there will be a second collection for the maintenance of the parish’s buildings and grounds. Maintenance costs are always prevalent. Your help to cover these costs is always appreciated.

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The following is taken from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s pastoral letter announcing a “Year of the Eucharist” in celebration of the 150 (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the diocese. “The Catechism of the Catholic Church clearly instructs us: ‘The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reasons (for example, illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor (Cf. Code of Canon Law, canon 1245). Those who deliberately fail this obligation commit a grave sin.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 2181).” The Bishop’s letter in its entirety may be found on the diocese website.

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Our parish goal for the appeal is $30,549. An update of November 24, 2017, shows that ninety-two households have pledged $13,980, which represents 45.76% of our goal. A “thank you” to all who have made a pledge to the appeal. We ask all households to make a pledge as soon as possible. Pledge envelopes have been mailed and there are envelopes in the foyers of the churches. “Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.”

Need Substitute Collection Counters:
Parishioners interested in helping to count the weekend collection—we need fill-in substitutes. Please volunteer and phone the parish office. Thanks for considering the request.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are up 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 10. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 11. Please do not wrap the gifts—parents need to see what has been given for their children. You need to include the tag information where it can easily be seen. Also wrapping paper, ribbon, or bows would be appreciated. Distribution for gifts will be Wednesday, December 13; if you have helped in the past you will be contacted for your assistance again. If you would like to volunteer for the first time please contact Gerry Frank at 869 5009.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree sponsored by the Women Guild has been set up in St. James church. 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.

TAC Concert:
The Trumansburg Area of Churches (TAC) Concert will take place this Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, 4443 E. Seneca Road, Trumansburg. All are invited.

Restocking Food Shelves:
Until December 10, parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items to restock the shelves of the Ovid and Interlaken food pantries. Donations may be left at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus Churches.

Program for Single, Pregnant Women:
You are invited to an open house at the Margaret Home, 207 W. Filbert Street, East Rochester, on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Margaret Home is a long-term residential program for single, pregnant women which will provide safe and secure housing and connect women with needed resources and programs to develop the necessary skills for stable, independent living. Please join us to tour the residence, get to know other supporters, sign up for upcoming activities, and have something to eat. Bring a friend! For more information, email [email protected] or call Fr. Mike Mayer at 315-789-0930, ext.113.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2017, Sister Dolores Bachman and Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as an expression of gratitude. Sisters of St. Joseph website:

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.

Cancer Services Program (Cortland and Tompkins Counties):
This a program that provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and 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, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. For more information call 1-866 442 2262.

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

Schedule for December 2 and 3, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Amy Panek
EM: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski

Schedule for December 9 and 10, 2017 (Second Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Scott Hamula
EM: Barbara Willers, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
EM: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

December 2017:

12/3/17 12/10/17 12/17/17 12/24/17 12/31/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Frank K. Knapp N. Shumway J. Leidefrost° J. Swanson
Lector 2 E. Moore J. Swanson L. Kurkchi P. Motill M. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 1 S. Limoncelli G. Frank F. Grasak L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Moore T. Humulock P. Schirmer M. Frank F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 3 L.A. Fox D. Brandow° L.A. Fox K. Sinkiewicz A. Calice
3 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 A. Reagan S. Limoncelli T. Grasak P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli T. Grasak
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule

December 3 1st Sunday of Advent Stephanie Houck Jeff Houck
December 8 Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED   FOR 12:15 PM MASS
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Charlotte Huyler Ann Buddle
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Marie Roloson Sheila Haddad
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Karl Messmer Pat Messmer
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Jeff Houck Stephanie Houck

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

DATE PreciousBlood SET UP AND PURIFICATION PreciousBlood
December 31st Sunday of Advent Jeanie Wiggins Charlotte Huyler Chris Duthie
December 8Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  FOR 12:15 PM    MASS
December 102nd Sunday of Advent Patti Perry Marie Roloson Michele Barr
December 173rd Sunday of Advent Cathy Millspaugh Jeanie Wiggins Mary Ruckdeschel
December 244th Sunday of Advent Chris Duthie Jennifer Sharp Charlotte Huyler
December 31Feast of Holy Family Pat Messmer Marie Roloson Michele Barr


REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki and Maryann Dendis before giving to congregation.

Altar Server Schedule:

December 31st Sunday of Advent Rian & Nicky
December 8Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 12:15 PM MASS
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Ben andDebbie (maybe)
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Nicky
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Ben
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Rian & Nicky


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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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