As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort. (Is. 66:13)
Let all the earth cry out to God with joy. (Ps. 66)
From now on, let no one make troubles for me; for I bear the marks of Jesus on my body. (Gal. 6:17)
“Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” (Lk. 10:3)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus tells his disciples, “I am sending you like lambs among wolves.” Getting people to see the truth about who they are is not always easy or welcomed. Some people want to believe that they have life under control and they do not need any further advice, direction, or challenge from others. Being heralds of the Gospel means doing precisely that. We come with a message that is not always welcome or desired by our sisters and brothers. Yet, it is desperately needed. People need to be reminded of who they are, who God is, and the necessity of repentance for entering the Kingdom of God. It is not about what we want but what God wants. We are called to be peacemakers and laborers for justice and mercy. Are you willing to bring this challenging message to those who may be indifferent or even hostile to hearing it?
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 9)
- 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
- Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8
Collection for Emerging Churches:
The countries in Central and Eastern Europe have faced many years of hardship. The people there have been oppressed by czars and radical communism, suffered horrendous crimes against humanity, and endured revolutionary, civil, and world wars. Under communism, organized religion was opposed in favor of atheism in an attempt to overthrow the power of the Russian Orthodox Church. Since the collapse of the former Soviet Union in 1991, Central and Eastern European countries have been working to rebuild political structures, social welfare, and their economies. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Subcommittee on the Church in Central and Eastern Europe funds projects in 28 countries to build the pastoral capacity of the Church and to rebuild and restore the faith in these countries. The funds collected in the collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe are used to support seminaries, youth ministry, social service programs, pastoral centers, church construction and renovation, and Catholic communications projects in these countries. The collection for Central and Eastern Europe will be taken up this weekend, July 6 and 7.
Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring non-perishable food items to St. James church. You may place the items in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.
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.
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.
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, OFMCap. 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: branchescenter.org, phone 716 901 4313, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: www.stbernards.edu.
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 Jess.Fanaro@gmail.com 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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
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 www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 6, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula
July 13, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula
Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
July 7, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng
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
Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid
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