Fourth Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day ~ May 12, 2019

First reading:
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. (Acts 13:52)

We are his people, the sheep of his flock. (Ps. 100)

Second reading:
“For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:17)

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn. 10:27)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When something delights us, it touches us in a unique and special way. We are stirred within, filled with happiness, glee, and joy. The object of our delight captivates us, and we are eager, sometimes beyond words, to obtain it. Have you ever been delighted by your faith, the Gospel, God’s Word, or an encounter with God? The Gentiles were delighted when they learned they were sharers in the Good News and ecstatic that they were included. They recognized their shepherd and realized that they discovered something or someone unlike any other before. We can easily become lukewarm in our relationship with God and forget just how life-changing the Good News of our faith really is. We are brought to the springs of life-giving water and are gifted with something secular life simply cannot provide: Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

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. (May 14)
    • 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. (May 13)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Personal Care Products Collection: during the month of May at each church
  • Mother’s Day Flower Sale: in support of Birthright, this weekend at each church
  • Day of Prayer with Merton, Music, and More: May 14 at Notre Dame Retreat House
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation: May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
  • Diocesan Missions Sunday: Second collection at each church, May 18 and 19
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: May 19, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at the 10:30 Mass
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, St. John Fisher College
  • Conference for Catholic Women: June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Coffee Hour: June 2, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Celebration of Father’s Fiftieth Anniversary: September 8

The Sacrament of Confirmation:
On Thursday, May 16, at the Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca, at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will confirm several of our parishioners. They are: Clare Marie Carver, Madison Feely, Bryce Grove, Colby Grove, Tylor Hunt, Andrew Masters, and Ashton Wiggins. Our parish rejoices in their commitment to our Lord Jesus and to promoting the Kingdom of God.

Parish Council Nominations:
During the month of May we ask parishioners to nominate themselves or others for membership on the Parish Council. The council meets a minimum of four times a year and members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, or Fellowship. The selection of members will take place on Sunday, May 26. New members will be invited to attend the council’s meeting on June 13.

Parish Part-time Position:
The parish is in need of a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Those interested in the position are asked to please speak with Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office. The job would begin July 1, 2019.

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
Next weekend, May 18 and 19, we shall observe Diocesan Missions Sunday. Our dedicated Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile have been on pilgrimage sharing their gift of faith and service to God’s people. It was fifty-five years ago that the Diocese of Rochester sent the first sisters to work in the missions. We are called to help them next weekend with our prayers and sacrificial gifts (there will be a second collection that weekend), so that they may continue to bring Christ into a world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail. Surely, we can help to bring hope to them.

Third Quarter Finance Report:
The parish’s Finance Council met on April 25 and reviewed the fiscal year third quarter finance report that ended on March 31, 2019. Our operating revenue for the three quarters of the fiscal year amounted to $155,212.14 with operating expenses of $176,235.95, leaving the parish with an operating deficit of $21,023.81. Parish savings was used to cover that deficit. The weekend collections, in comparison to last year at this time, are down $11,637.79, largely attributed to the decrease in the number of parishioners attending weekend Mass. The report also showed that our ordinary expenses are down $10,047.65 from the previous year. At the time of the parish merger, $150,000 of parish savings was set aside for capital improvements. Of that amount this fiscal year, $52,459 has been spent on capital improvements and are not recorded as part of the regular operating expenses mentioned above.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate his fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping please are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale:
The annual Mother’s Day flower sale in support of Birthright happens this weekend. You may purchase one flower for $1, a half dozen for $5, or one dozen for $10. Birthright is an organization that helps pregnant women by offering alternatives to abortion. They offer free self-administered pregnancy tests, prenatal information, medical referrals, financial assistance, and medical maternity and baby clothes. All services are free and confidential. Please extend your support to Birthright.

Catholic Women:
Are you looking for signs of hope in our church? The executive director of FutureChurch, Deb Rose Milavec, and others will talk about recent developments that are happening in our church both internationally and locally, including honoring local Catholic women. The conference, open to both men and women, takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y. Register before May 22 by sending $25 (includes breakfast and lunch) and your name and contact information to Karen Costello, 357 Marion St., Rochester, N.Y. 14610.

May’s Day of Prayer
Sr. Monica Weis, SSJ (Nazareth college faculty emerita in English and communications) will present: “Merton, Music and the More” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on Tuesday, May 14. This will be a presentation of five periods of Merton’s life and invites participants to reflect on their own personal stories, while expanding their knowledge of Merton. There will be time for quiet and for sharing. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. through 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, and confessions and will end with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email [email protected].

Personal Care Products Collection:
While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, during the month of May, additional attention is being paid to these items as being needed on a constant basis. These items are not covered by SNAP/food stamps. Personal care products that are needed include items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, or deodorants. This special collection will be held only during the month of May.

24 Hours with the Lord:
A discerner retreat is being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s vocations office for young adult Catholic men ages 18–35. Join in a time of prayer, fellowship, food, and reflection on Friday, May 31, through Saturday, June 1, at St. John Fisher College. Please reply by Friday, May 24, by phoning 585-328-3210 ext. 1327 or by email [email protected].

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to:

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at [email protected].

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 [email protected].

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

May 11, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

May 18, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

May 12, 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

May 19, at 9:00 a.m. (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

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