July 2, 2017 ~ Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

13th Sunday Ordinary Time

First Reading:
So she said to her husband, “I know that Elisha is a holy man of God. Since he visits us often, let us arrange a little room on the roof and furnish it for him with a bed, table, chair, and lamp, so that when he comes to us he can stay there.” (2 Kgs. 4:9-10)

For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord. (Ps. 89)

Second Reading:
If, then, we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. (Rom. 6:8)

“Whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple–amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.” (Mt. 10:42)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How does your commitment to Jesus Christ affect your life? Our faith is not just a private affair but something that influences all of our relationships. Our baptism brings us into a very intimate relationship with God and makes us a brother or a sister to all of God’s children. That identity we share colors how we relate to them and the level of responsibility we have to them. If we open ourselves to truly receive our God as Father and those with whom we journey as brothers and sisters, it can profoundly change and affect us. How has your baptism changed you?

Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“The truest crosses are those we do not choose ourselves.” ~St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

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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. (July 11 and July 23). 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. (July 3 and July 17).
  • Independence Day: There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass in Tuesday, July 4
  • Going Away Pass-the-dish Dinner: Thursday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Annex for parishioners Chris and Gene Carroll. All are welcome.
  • St. Francis Solanus feast day is July 16. Plans are being made for a breakfast to be served after the 8:15 a.m. Mass in the Annex
  • Feast Day of St. James the Apostle is on July 25: Plans are being made to have a Mass at 7:00 p.m. instead of 9:00 a.m. to allow for more people to participate. The evening Mass will be followed by an ice cream social.
  • Parish celebration: the second Sunday of September (this year September 10) will be the day we annually celebrate our parish.
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., Beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.

The Church in Central and Eastern Europe:
Next week, we will take up the collection for the church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the church in over twenty countries, many of which are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of Soviet rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations and seminary formation. Your support restores the church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee.

The cemetery committees of St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross are looking to increase their membership. There is a need for more people to become familiar with the cemeteries and their operation. It is an opportune time for new members because the Diocese of Rochester has initiated a wonderful new program for cemeteries. The more people we have that know the program the better off will be our parish cemeteries. Please phone the parish office to volunteer for membership on the committee.

Holy Cross Buildings and Grounds:
This committee is in need of membership to review and suggest planning for the maintenance of the Holy Cross’s buildings and grounds. The committee meets about six times a year. The next meeting is July 19 (Wednesday), at a time yet to be set. If interested in helping, please contact David Moore at dmoore77@rochester.rr.com or phone 315 585 6227. You may also contact Fr. Bernard at the Parish Center.

Gardening Enthusiasts Needed:
St. James is in need of help with our Building and Grounds Committee and welcome all to join our group. The committee is especially interested in volunteers to help make the grounds beautiful. You don’t need to join the committee to help make the grounds lovely. Maybe you would enjoy taking a small area and designating it as your own to plant and garden as you wish. You could also get together with a few friends to plant your favorite flowers and bushes. If interested please contact Kathleen Rourke at Kathleen8@fltg.net or Sandy Tielens at Tielensny@gmail.com, co-chairs of the St. James Building and Grounds Committee. We look forward to hearing from you. We need you!

Save the Date:
There will be a going away pass-the-dish dinner this Thursday, July 6, at 6:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Annex for parishioners Chris and Gene Carroll, who will be moving away from Interlaken. Please bring your own table service. Dessert will be provided. Those planning to attend, please use the sign-up sheet in the vestibule. All are welcome.

Year of the Eucharist:
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. “… I wish to share with you some reflections upon the greatest treasure we have, the gift of the Most Holy Eucharist and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. … Let us all take to heart and believe these beautiful words offered to God in solemn prayer: ‘For at the Last Supper with His Apostles, establishing for the ages to come the saving memorial of the Cross, Jesus offered Himself to you as the unblemished Lamb, the acceptable gift of perfect praise. Nourishing you faithful by this sacred mystery, you make them holy so that the human race, bounded by one world, may be enlightened by one faith and united by one bond of charity.” (Preface II of the Most Holy Eucharist). In our Catholic faith, the Most Holy Eucharist is our greatest blessing from Jesus Himself.” The full pastoral letter is available on the diocesan website.

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

July Fourth, Independence Day:2017_IndependenceDay_EN_4c
There will be no 9:00 a.m. Mass in Tuesday, July 4, our national holiday.

Feast Day of St. Francis Solanus:
In the United States St. Francis Solanus feast day is July 16. This year that date falls on a Sunday. Plans are being made for a breakfast to be served after the 8:15 a.m. Mass in the Annex. All parishioners are invited to come and help celebrate the feast day.

Feast Day of St. James the Apostle:
July 25 is the feast day of St. James the Apostle. This year it falls on a Tuesday. Plans are being made to eliminate the 9:00 a.m. Mass that day and instead have a Mass at 7:00 p.m. to allow for more people to participate. The Mass will be followed by an ice cream social. All parishioners are invited to join in this celebration of St. James the Apostle.

Maintenance Fund Envelope:
There will not be a second collection for the Maintenance Fund this month of July. The collection is normally taken up on the second weekend of the month. However, this month the Church in Eastern and Central Europe collection will be taken up on that weekend. Please deposit the Maintenance Fund envelope in the regular weekend collection.

Thank You:

  • The Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary say thank you for the purchase of raffle tickets which amounted to $1,500. We hope that our parishioners are winners in this raffle.
  • Birthright of Ithaca sends a thank you for the purchase of flowers on Mother’s Day. An approximate profit of $2,500 was realized to continue the mission of preserving precious life.
  • South Seneca Ecumenical Food Pantry offers a thank you for our “Church Family” support. “Everything is much appreciated by many.”

Fill the Bus School Supply Collection:
Beginning July 1 and ending the weekend of August 12 both Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus Churches will be collecting school supplies for the “Fill the Bus” collection for Seneca County students. We are in need of glue sticks; pencils; blue and black pens; rulers; thick and thin magic markers; crayons; one subject spiral notebooks; composition books; loose leaf paper; 1, 1 ½, and 2 inch binders; tab dividers; two pocket folders; and pencil cases. All supplies will be collected at the Fayette Fire Department on August 16 and then taken to the four school districts in the county. We will need volunteers to help sort and box the collected supplies on August 16. If you’re able donate an hour or more of your time to help, it would be greatly appreciated as always. Please contact Gerald Frank 869-5009 or email: gfrank@zoom-dsl.com.

Hearing Impaired:
Holy Cross Church has portable transmitters available for the hearing impaired. Before Mass, please go to the sacristy and inquire about this service.

Branches Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Inc. invites you for a day of rest and renewal at our Seneca Lake property. Our 2017 summer retreat schedule is: “Bread and Water, Food for Our Spiritual Journey” facilitated by Sr. Kathleen Murphy, OSF, on Tuesday, July 18; “Amazing Grace” facilitated by Fr. Brendan P. Buckley, OFM, Capuchin on Friday, July 28; “Sin and Mercy” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 5; and “Most Holy Rosary” facilitated by Donna Wieand on Tuesday, August 15. Each retreats runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a donation is $30 which includes light breakfast, snacks, drinks, and lunch. For more information visit branchescenter.org or contact Donna Wieand (716) 901-4313, email: branches1515@live.com.

Great Links:
The New York State Catholic Conference has an excellent website at http://www.nyscatholic.org. It is a good way to stay informed of the issues and a great way for each to quickly notify your legislators regarding issues that concern you. Another good link is the Catholic Charities, USA offering a variety of helpful programs, https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/advocacy-and-policy.

The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy:
In the Church’s calendar of feast days there is no date given for Mary, Mother of Mercy. Other churches having that name choose their own date to celebrate. After discussion with the our Parish Council in early April and a brief discussion at the June meeting, the Worship Committee met on June 13 and recommended to Fr. Bernard that the second Sunday of September (this year that date is September 10) will be the day we celebrate our parish feast day. Suggestions have been made to have an outdoor Mass (weather permitting) at St. Fidelis Friary in early afternoon followed by our annual parish picnic at the boathouse.

Ministry Fair:
The Worship Committee has begun planning for a Ministry Fair for late September/the beginning of October. The Ministry Fair provides opportunities for parishioners to volunteer for liturgical ministries and other areas of parish life depending on volunteers.

Guidelines for the Reception of Holy Communion:
Please note that our Catholic Church has a discipline, namely, that Catholics cannot receive Communion in non-Catholic churches and non-Catholics cannot receive communion in Catholic churches. A summarized rationale is that there is no uniformity among the churches regarding the understanding of the Eucharist and that even though we may be one in our belief in Jesus, in reality we are divided as believers in Jesus. The Catholic Church’s discipline highlights the reminder and the need to continually work for oneness among Christians that is, that we all may be one in faith, life, and worship. Please communicate to Catholics and to non-Catholics requesting that they respect and follow the Catholic discipline. The guidelines can be found in the hymnal on page 231.

Ministry Schedules for St. James

Schedule for July 1 and 2, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Carol Kuklo (for 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 July 8 and 9, 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 schedule for Holy Cross

July 2017:

7/2/17 7/9/17 7/16/17 7/23/17 7/30/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 L. Kurkchi N. Shumway M. Humulock E. Moore P. Motill
Lector 2 P. Motill E. Moore J. Swanson J. Leidefrost° K. Knapp
Extraordinary Min 1 G. Frank D. Moore L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Traphagen M. Frank D. Brandow A. Calice T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice T. Humulock S. Limoncelli D. Traphagen K. Sinkiewicz
3 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow T. Grasak J. Taylor
Usher 2 J. Swanson T. Grasak M. Maleski S. Limoncelli P. Marrella
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski P. Marrella M. Maleski S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule


Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:


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