“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.

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.

Mass Times:

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

© 2021 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.
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