Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 28, 2024

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
“’I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their kin, and will put my words into his mouth; he shall tell them all that I command him.’” (Dt. 18:18)

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Ps. 95)

Second Reading:
An unmarried woman or a virgin is anxious about the things of the Lord, so that she may be holy in both body and spirit. (1 Cor. 7:34)

The people were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. (Mk. 1:22)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
With one swift command, Jesus freed a man from the possession of evil spirits. He has that same power to banish the shadow of sin from our own lives. Let’s invite him into our hearts, asking him to cleanse the darkness he finds there.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:









  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Feb. 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (February 5) 3:30–6:00 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd.
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard’s availability on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, will resume in March.
  • Recitation of the Rosary: Tuesday–Friday, 8:00 a.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023–2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.;
    • February 8 & 22, 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: February 4, 10:00 a.m., St. James

Sweet Sunday:
Next Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

The Pastor Will Be Away:
Fr. Bernard will be away January 29-March 5. Frs. Brendan Buckley and Regis Armstrong will be covering the Mass schedule. On Mondays during this time, instead of the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus, there will be a communion service at 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle church. Additionally, the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confessions) will not be scheduled on Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus during the month of February.

Confession Offerings while Pastor is Away:

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
Next weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary, Mother of Mercy parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

Encounter Night (Monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour):
There will be no “Encounter Night” on February 1st. The next monthly Eucharistic Holy Hour will be on March 7th at St. Francis Solanus Church.

“SouperBowl” Sunday—February 11:
Our parish is participating in SouperBowl Sunday, a national ecclesiastical event. It draws attention to those experiencing the need for food in our communities. All food items and funds you donate will go to the local food pantries located in Interlaken, Lodi, Ovid, and Trumansburg.

Non-perishable food items or personal care items may be brought to our churches any time that you are able to do so. On February 11, a basket will be in the back of the churches for monetary donations. Checks may be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy with the notation “Food Pantry” in the memo line. Donations may also be made online through WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
We thank those who have given generously to the Catholic Ministries Appeal and ask all who have not yet given to prayerfully consider doing so. Participation in the Appeal is primary. What is pledged is secondary. The CMA helps our Church and our parish in many ways. Our given parish goal is $31,000. On January 17, 2024, it was reported that eighty-seven parish households have pledged $21,865 which is 70.53% of goal.

Trivia Event:
Our parish is holding a fun afternoon of Trivia at St. James the Apostle! On February 18th, beginning at 1:00 p.m., come work together with your fellow parishioners to answer multiple choice trivia questions. The team with the highest score is the winner. If able, bring a small appetizer to pass.

Encouraging a Culture of Life:
The Family Hope Center is open every Tuesday and Thursday at the Holy Cross Rectory, Ovid. They offer ultrasounds, classes on fetal development and pregnancy, etc. Their vision statement reflects their values, goals and priorities which is as follows: “Family Hope Center envisions a community where the values of sexual integrity, marriage, respecting all stages of life including the unborn, adoption and parenting as pregnancy choices, and a relationship with God are part of the culture.”

Protecting Preborn Babies:
During the month of January, we continue to commemorate the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision which led to the deaths of tens of millions of children in utero. Learn how Catholics are protecting preborn children through the parish-based effort called “Walking with Moms in Need.”

COLLIS Institute:
On February 1 and 13 from 7:30–8:45 p.m., COLLIS Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Cornell University and Fons Vitae at Duke University are pleased to host, “Feeding the Hungry, Caring for Creation,” a two-part webinar featuring leading Christian economists and theologians on fighting global food insecurity in an era of environmental challenges. Visit for more information.

Red Cross Blood Shortage:
The Red Cross blood supply has fallen to critically low levels across the country. In recent weeks, the Red Cross has had to limit distributions of some of the most transfused blood types to hospitals. To see a list of area blood drives and schedule an appointment visit You can also call 1–800–733–2767 to schedule an appointment.

Notre Dame Retreat House:

  • “Just As You Are:” Couples Retreat, February 16–18
  • “Lenten Change Maker Series:” Four free evenings with a simple supper followed by a 1 hour inspirational talk on a Social Justice Issue (Immigration, Food Insecurity, Care for God’s Creation, Ethical Purchasing), February 22 & 29, March 4 & 18

For more details on and how to register, visit or phone 585–394–5700.

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.
Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collections, parish cemeteries, and CMA.

Benefits to our parish:

  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting, and
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

It’s simple to sign up. Visit

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page:
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Programs at St. James:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three reoccurring programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: On the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m., and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., Sr. Anne leads a time of silent prayer providing an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

If you have questions, contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or email [email protected].

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.

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© 2024 The Parish of Mary Mother of Mercy
3660 Orchard St., P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847

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.
Diocese of Rochester

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