Our Lord, Jesus Christ, King of the Universe ~ November 26, 2017

Year of the Eucharist June 18, 201– June 3, 2018


First Reading:
As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep. I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark. (Ez. 34:12)

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. (Ps. 23)

Second Reading:
For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man. For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life. (1 Cor. 15:21-22)

“Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me’.” (Mt. 25:34-36)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
As the King of the universe, Christ does not desire earthly power or kingly admiration. What Christ our King desires is that we advocate and work for those most in need among us: the poor, the unfortunate, the forsaken, the abused, and the exploited. Providing for the basic needs of others is a human right that we must strive to fulfill. If someone is hungry, feed her. If someone is without shelter, provide one. If a person requires clothes, clothe him. When others are in harm’s way, find them safety. When it comes to basic human needs, it does not matter WHY a person is in need; all that matters is that someone IS. That’s where you and I, who are citizens of God’s eternal kingdom, come in. What we do for the least of these, we do for God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“In all your actions seek in the first place the Kingdom of God and his glory.” ~St. Bernardine of Siena

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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. (November 28 and December 12). 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. (December 4 and 18).
  • Rehearsals for the St. James Guitar Choir: Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the choir loft.
  • Holy Hours on Fridays: from 7:00–8:00 p.m. at the parish center
  • “Share the Warmth” campaign: at St. James from November 2 through the end of the month. Distribution is scheduled for December 4–15, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Parish Choir Rehearsal: Wednesday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m. (place?).
  • Restocking Food Shelves: Between November 12 and December 10 parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items to Holy Cross or St. Francis Solanus
  • Magnificat Rochester Women’s Breakfast: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, at the Ramada Plaza Inn Airport in Rochester
  • Social for Fr. Brendan: December 3, after the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the St. James church hall.
  • Open House: Margaret Home, 207 W. Filbert Street, East Rochester, on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) Concert: 4:00 p.m. on December 3 at the First Baptist Church, Trumansburg.

Fr. Brendan Buckley, OFM Cap.:
Next Sunday, December 3, will be Fr. Brendan’s last Sunday as our parochial vicar. There will be a social sponsored by the Woman’s Guild after the 11:00 a.m. Mass in the St. James church hall. All are welcome. The Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary, because of illnesses, has unexpectedly become immediately in need of two Spanish speaking pastors, one in Manchester, N.H., and the other in Brooklyn, NY. The Provincial Minister has assigned Fr. Brendan to St. Michael’s Church in Brooklyn, to be the pastor beginning December 4. It is with sadness that Fr. Brendan will be leaving the parochial, prison, and Hispanic ministry in our area where he has been so effective and appreciated. We praise God for his presence among us and pray for him as begins his new ministry. “Thank you, Fr. Brendan.”

Parish Mass Schedules:
With the transfer of Fr. Brendan and no replacement, the Mass schedule has to be changed to accommodate one priest. At this time (11/15/17) what is hoped for is one Parish Mass on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Where those Masses will be celebrated is yet to be determined. For the weekend Masses the hope is to have a Saturday Vigil Mass and two Masses on Sunday—a total of three Masses for the Parish on the weekend. The Parish Council will be working with Fr. Bernard to create a new Mass schedule. The daily Mass schedule has to be determined and executed by December 4. The weekend Mass schedule would hopefully begin the weekend of December 24.

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree sponsored by the Women Guild has been set up at St. James church. They are looking for donations of new items, for all ages. Items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties before Christmas. Please consider making a donation.

Year of the Eucharist:
YearofEucharist_150_LOGO (1)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. “The rich inheritance of faith and Eucharistic identification with Christ places upon us certain demands and responsibilities. … First and foremost, it means faithfully attending Holy Mass every weekend: Jesus personally desires and askes for our presence not just twice, three times a month, or on special occasions, but every weekend; not only when religious education classes are conducted during the academic year, but throughout the entire year.” The Bishop’s letter in its entirety may be found on the diocese website.

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
An update of November 10 was issued: our parish goal for the appeal is $30,549. Seventy-eight households have pledged $12,885 which represents 42.17% of our goal. A “thank you” to all who have made a pledge to the appeal. We ask all households to make a pledge as soon as possible. Pledge envelopes have been mailed and there are envelopes in the foyers of the churches. “Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary”

Need Substitute Collection Counters:
Parishioners interested in helping to count the weekend collection—we need fill-in substitutes. Please volunteer and phone the parish office. Thanks for considering the request.

TAC Concert:
The Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) concert will take place next Sunday, December 3, at 4:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, 4443 E. Seneca Road, Trumansburg. All are invited.

Christmas Flower Offering:
The boxes of offertory envelopes contain an envelope titled “Christmas Flower Offering.” The envelope offers the opportunity to make the offering in memory or in honor of someone. At your convenience please deposit the envelope in the regular Sunday collection. “Thank you for your help.”

The Catholic University of America Collection:
There will be a second collection next weekend for the support of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Parish Choir Rehearsal:
The rehearsal will take place this Wednesday, November 29, at 6:30 p.m. (place?).

Restocking Food Shelves:
Until December 10, parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items to restock the shelves of the Ovid and Interlaken food pantries. Donations may be left at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus Churches.

October Mass Attendance:
The average Mass attendance for October: 73 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass; 62 at the 8:15 a.m. Mass; 88 at the 9:30 a.m. Mass, and 81 at the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Catholics invite Catholics to come to Mass in the Lord’s house on the Lord’s day.

Share the Warmth:
St. James parishioners can help others cope with the oncoming cold weather by contributing new or gently used winter clothing and blankets to the twenty-fifth annual “Share the Warmth” campaign. Donations of jackets, boots, coats, and winter accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens are distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga through the Samaritan Center free of charge to individuals who are in need of such items. The collection bin is located on the rectory porch of St. James the Apostle until the end of November. Distribution is scheduled for December 4–15, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Parishioners willing to volunteer for a two-hour shift during this two week event can phone Catholic Charities at 607-272-5062 to be scheduled.

Witnessing to the Sanctity of Human Life:
Jerome Lejeune M.D. committed himself to the pro-life cause when he discovered that children with Down syndrome were being aborted in ever-greater numbers. In 1991, he wrote a summary of his reflections on medical ethics: “1) Christians, be not afraid. It is you who possess the truth. Not that you invented it but because you are the vehicle for it. To all doctors, you must repeat: ‘You must conquer the illness, not attack the patient.’ 2) We are made in the image of God. For this reason alone all human beings must be respected. 3) Abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes. 4) Objective morality exists. It is clear and it is universal. 5) In so-called pluralistic societies, they shout it down our throats: ‘You Christians do not have the right to impose your morality on others.’ Well, I tell you, not only do you have the right to try to incorporate your morality in the law but it is your democratic duty.”

Program for Single, Pregnant Women:
You are invited to an open house at the Margaret Home, 207 W. Filbert Street, East Rochester, on Sunday, December 3, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Margaret Home is a long-term residential program for single, pregnant women which will provide safe and secure housing and connect women with needed resources and programs to develop the necessary skills for stable, independent living. Please join us and tour of the residence, get to know other supporters, sign up for upcoming activities, and have something to eat. Bring a friend! For more information, email themargarethome@gmail.com or call Fr. Mike Mayer at 315-789-0930, ext.113.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2017, Sister Dolores Bachman and Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as an expression of gratitude. Sisters of St. Joseph website: www.ssjrochester.org.

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.

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.

Cancer Services Program (Cortland and Tompkins Counties):
This a program that provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. For more information call 1-866 442 2262.

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

Schedule for November 25 and 26, 2017 (Fourth Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
EM: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tim Davis and Lynne Stager
EM: Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps, Tim O’Boyle

Schedule for December 2 and 3, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and 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

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

November 2017:

Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Frank
Lector 2 J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 A. Calice
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor
Usher 2 P. Marrella
Usher 3 M. Maleski
Usher 4

December 2017:

12/3/17 12/10/17 12/17/17 12/24/17 12/31/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Frank K. Knapp N. Shumway J. Leidefrost° J. Swanson
Lector 2 E. Moore J. Swanson L. Kurkchi P. Motill M. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 1 S. Limoncelli G. Frank F. Grasak L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Moore T. Humulock P. Schirmer M. Frank F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 3 L.A. Fox D. Brandow° L.A. Fox K. Sinkiewicz A. Calice
3 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 A. Reagan S. Limoncelli T. Grasak P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli T. Grasak
Usher 4


Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule

November 26 Feast of Christ the King Barbara Willers Marie Roloson
December 3 1st Sunday of Advent Stephanie Houck Jeff Houck
December 8 Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED   FOR 12:15 PM MASS
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Charlotte Huyler Ann Buddle
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Marie Roloson Sheila Haddad
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Karl Messmer Pat Messmer
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Jeff Houck Stephanie Houck

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

DATE PreciousBlood SET UP AND PURIFICATION PreciousBlood
November 26 Feast of Christ the King  Jennifer Sharp Cathy Millspaugh Pat Messmer
December 31st Sunday of Advent Jeanie Wiggins Charlotte Huyler Chris Duthie
December 8Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED  FOR 12:15 PM    MASS
December 102nd Sunday of Advent Patti Perry Marie Roloson Michele Barr
December 173rd Sunday of Advent Cathy Millspaugh Jeanie Wiggins Mary Ruckdeschel
December 244th Sunday of Advent Chris Duthie Jennifer Sharp Charlotte Huyler
December 31Feast of Holy Family Pat Messmer Marie Roloson Michele Barr


REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki and Maryann Dendis before giving to congregation.

Altar Server Schedule:

November 26 Feast of Christ the King Ashton and/or Debbie – maybe
December 31st Sunday of Advent Rian & Nicky
December 8Feast of Immaculate ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 12:15 PM MASS
December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Ben andDebbie (maybe)
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Nicky
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Ben
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Rian & Nicky


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