Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 3, 2019

First reading:
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. (Jer. 1:5)

I will sing of your salvation. (Ps. 71)

Second reading:
So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

[Jesus] said, “Amen, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own native place.” (Lk. 4:24)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
No one wants to listen to a prophet, especially when the prophet is someone close to us. We have a hard time accepting that ordinary associations can develop the type and depth of wisdom that can not only positively change lives but profoundly challenge them. To many folks, Jesus was simply the son of Joseph, even though his words caught their attention and amazed them. After his words sunk in, they were infuriated and drove him out of town. Is Jesus simply the son of Joseph to us as well, or is he the God who knew us before we were formed in the womb? If he is God, then we need to heed his message and change our lives accordingly.

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. (February 5)
    • 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. (February 4)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing: February 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Cornell
  • Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
  • Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
  • Communion Service: On Mondays at 9:00 a.m. will resume February 11, St. James
  • Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
  • Bernard: Being available on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. will resume March 8, St. Francis
  • Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, will resume March 10 at 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): will resume March 20 at 7:00 p.m., St. James

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

Friday Evenings:
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
You are being called to a life of forgiveness. Accept God’s invitation! The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6. Prepare yourself for Lent by embracing the gift of the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Learn more at

Parish Finances:
The parish finance council met on January 25, and, in the review of the sixth month finance report, (July 1–December 31, 2018), it was noted that our parish ordinary income, i.e. weekend collections, are not meeting our ordinary expenses, creating a deficit of $1,405. Also noted was that our ordinary income was $11,635.62 less than the previous year’s ordinary income. It is suspected that, because our weekend Mass attendance is down from the previous year, possibly due to the Mass schedule changes, our collections are down as well. On another level, church collections are down nationally because of the scandals the Church is dealing with at this time. Whatever the reason why our collections are down, we need to alert parishioners to the situation. Please continue to invite parishioners who are not attending weekly Mass to return to the celebration of God’s word, the celebration of the memorial of Jesus’s death and resurrection, and the celebration of our union with Jesus and one another in the sacrament of Holy Communion. It would also be helpful if parishioners could increase their weekly offering according to their means. Thank you for your kind consideration of this matter.

Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
This Sunday, February 3, is Super Bowl Sunday and Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this one-day event. The goal is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to our local food pantries. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. On February 3, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.

Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, February 9 through February 24.

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring non-perishable food items to St. James the Apostle church. You may place the items in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Volunteers Needed in March and April:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. March and April are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the St. James foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are March 4 and 18, and April 1, 15, and 29. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

More Counters Needed:
We currently have four two-person teams counting the offertory collections at St. James the Apostle. The counting is done after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sundays or Tuesdays. It would be good to have a one or two additional parishioners to be substitutes for when one or more of our regular counters is either ill or otherwise unavailable. You need to be eighteen years old or older to be a counter. The commitment involves one hour of training and then counting four or five times per year. If you are interested, please contact either Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at or Father Bernard Maloney at

Ministers of Hospitality Needed:
St. James the Apostle is in need of additional volunteers to serve as ministers of hospitality/ ushers. It currently has two two-person teams and one substitute. It would be best to increase the ministry by at least four additional people. That would give the church four two-person teams and would allow each team to usher just once a month. We currently do not have any women involved in this ministry and would welcome their involvement. You do have to be18 years old or older (men or women) to be an usher. If anyone is interested, please contact Ron Singer at 607-387-6577 or at or Father Bernard Maloney at

Equal Rights for Farm workers:
Next week you’ll have the opportunity to sign our diocese-wide Public Policy Weekend petition in support of farm workers. It will read: “The labor of tens of thousands of farm workers brings food to our tables. However, New York State labor law categorically denies farm workers basic rights and protections enjoyed by virtually all other workers. These exclusions mean that, unlike other workers, farm workers do not have the right to: a guaranteed day of rest per week; overtime pay; employer contributions to disability insurance; public health protections including sanitation and housing standards; or protections while bargaining collectively. Farming is a vital part of the New York State economy. Economic policies that protect family farms are essential. We urge the legislature to support New York State farmers along with farmworkers. We believe that the sacred human dignity of every man, woman, and child, without exception, should be respected and that the basic rights of all workers should be recognized. Therefore, we urge the New York State Assembly, Senate and Governor Cuomo to support the ‘Farm workers Fair Labor Practices Act’ ending the exclusion of farm workers from basic rights and granting them equal treatment under our labor laws.”

Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.

How Do We Help the Poor:
Each year the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children provides thousands of meals to children in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. Natural disasters and famines make emergency food essential for those most in need, but free food can also have a negative impact on local economies and farmers. We hope you will come to “When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing,” a roundtable discussion addressing global hunger this Sunday, February 3, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University. Speakers will include Mark Crea and Matt Muraski from Feed My Starving Children, Ted Miles from Maryknoll Lay Missionaries, and Christopher Barrett of Cornell University.

Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers will be Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP, and registration is now open. Please visit the website at for conference details and more information.

On-Line Giving:
Parishioners can easily sign-up online to support the parish financially.
1) You have already started by visiting the parish website
2) click “Giving” in bar across top of page
3) click “online giving link” in blue or the “Online Giving By WeShare” logo (toward the bottom of the page)
4) click “Make a Donation” in the Offertory box
5) click “Recurring donations”
6) a page will appear titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
7) respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your personal account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will be automatically deducted as per your instructions. If you have questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

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

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

February 9 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

February 16 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

February 10 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

February 17 (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

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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