“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12:6)

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are selected by the pastor and undergo training to be sure that the consecrated species are handled with appropriate reverence. Eucharistic ministers distribute Holy Communion during Mass and may also bring it to members of the congregation who are home bound.

Lectors must strongly believe in the Word of God that they are proclaiming. It is a sacred duty that involves a sharing of one’s own faith and requires adequate preparation as proclaiming sacred scripture is different from other kinds of public speaking. Not only do lectors need to be effective communicators, they also need to absorb and express the spirit of the liturgy.

Sacristans are responsible for setting up for each Mass. They help maintain the vestments and anything else needed for the celebration, including books, cruets, chalices and communion cups, linens, processional crosses, wine, hosts, and candles. The sacristan ensures that the things necessary for worship are always available and in good order.

Altar servers are people of faith, either children who have received their first communion or adults, who are trained to assist the priest in the celebration of the Mass.

Musicians, serving either as cantors, instrumentalists, or vocalists, help select appropriate hymns that will reinforce the message of the readings in the Mass. They rehearse regularly and provide music for liturgies. Music ministers do not perform but rather help to enrich worship and lead the congregation in songs that enhance the liturgy.

Ushers, also called ministers of hospitality, help greet and seat parishioners, pass around baskets for the collection, and assist with bringing up the gifts during offertory. They are crucial to making sure the services run smoothly and that everyone in the congregation feels welcomed into the Church.

Fellowship committee members provide refreshments at various parish events and deliver hospitality in support of other ministries.

Church cleaners help maintain the good condition of the church and make sure the rooms being used are clean and safe to use.

Religious education instructors prepare children of the parish for the sacraments and give them continued teaching about the church and their faith through the school year. They also assist in adult education through Bible study and leading RICA classes. Religious education instructors are instrumental in assuring the future of our Church.

Church decorators maintain the decor of the worship space according to the season, enhancing the faith experience.

The Women’s Guild was organized in the 1930s to promote the spiritual and social life of the St. James parish and to respond to requests from the pastor. The Guild continues this work while also participating in charitable activities in Trumansburg, in Tompkins County, and its surrounding area, as well as in charities throughout the world. The Women’s Guild is now a part of the Fellowship Committee for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy.

Youth Group is for members of the congregation in grades 8-12 and meets periodically on Sundays from September to May. Participants engage in various social events, Bible study, and charitable activities.If you are interested in more information about any of these ministries or would like to participate in any of the above, please contact Fr. Bernard.

Ministry Schedules for St. James
the Apostle Church, Trumansburg

effective 9/1/19

First Weekend:
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

Second Weekend:
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers [Elvira Brockman begins in May]
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Third Weekend:
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Fourth Weekend:
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle, Beth Koeng

Fifth Weekend: (March 2020, May 2020, August 2020, November 2020)
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski

Possible substitutes, in addition to above:
Eileen Heptig (EM)
Christy Reynolds (EM)
Tommy Perry (Lector)
Ron Singer (EM)


  • For lectors, the first name is in the opening procession, reads first reading, and leads the responsorial psalm (unless there is either a choir or cantor); second name reads epistle, intercessions, and announcements.
  • For EMs, when you enter the sanctuary, the person who stands closest to the ambo is usually handed the ciborium of hosts by the priest
  • Please join in if you notice less than three extraordinary ministers of communion coming forward during Mass.
  • You should not serve in more than one ministry per Mass.
  • If you know you will not be available to serve during your regularly scheduled Mass, please find a replacement.

Updated May 11, 2018 (KER)

Ministry schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m. 

First Weekend:
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

Second Weekend:
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Millie Messmer and Cathy DelSignore (for Lee and Mary Davidson), Robin Hamula

Third Weekend:
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Fourth Weekend:
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke, and Robin Hamula (for Mary and Lee Davidson)

Fifth Weekend: (March 2020, May 2020, August 2020, November 2020)
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula, Cathy DelSignore

·      Saturday Mass depends on the Sunday calendar date. If Sunday is the first day of the month then the Saturday Vigil Mass will be considered a “First weekend.”
·      Everyone is asked to find a substitute if they cannot serve at an assigned Mass
·      First named EM on the schedule distributes the host and also sets up for Communion and cleans up.
·      The second and third EM on the schedule distributes the precious blood.

Possible substitutes:
-Patty Messmer (EM & Lector)
-Anne Haus (EM)
-Mary Ann Dendis (EM)
-Marie Roloson (EM & Lector)
-Karl Messmer  (Lector)

~As of February 15, 2020 (KER)

Ministry Schedules for Holy Cross Church

(not presently available)

Mass Times:

Weekday liturgies have resumed, Monday through Friday, at 8:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, N.Y.

Below is the parish weekend schedule of Masses (with limited assembly, face masks required, and social distancing in place):

4:00 p.m. at St. James (limited assembly of about 54 people)
5:00 p.m. at St. Francis (limited assembly of about 35 people)

9:00 a.m. at St. James (limited assembly of about 54 people)
10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross (limited assembly of about 80 people)

Sunday and holy day Masses, will continue to be videotaped in our parish churches and are made available via this web site. If you cannot attend in person, you are encouraged to participate in Sunday Mass by viewing it on TV or via the Internet.

All regularly scheduled parish social and educational events are suspended until further notice.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest (social distancing will be respected).

In re Diocese of Rochester Case No. 19-20905

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On September 12, 2019, the Diocese of Rochester ("Diocese") filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code"). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the "Bar Date"). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit or call (855) 347-3773 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

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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.
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