Parish Council

“A parish is a definite community of the Christian faithful established on a stable basis within a particular church; the pastoral care of the parish is entrusted to a pastor as its own Shepherd under the authority of the diocesan bishop.” (Canon 515)

A pastoral council  acts as a consultative body in assisting the pastor in maintaining the Christian life of the parish community. Parish council members are representative of the various constituencies that form the parish family and have a vested interest in the life and development of the parish.

The council only meets from 4 to 8 times a year but its effect on the parish is important. For more information about the council see the March 2017 Pastoral Council Guidelines for Mary, Mother of Mercy. Please feel free to contact any of the following council members whose terms began on July 1, 2022.

Officers (parish council officers, with the pastor, form the executive committee):

  • Tim Davis, chair
  • Andrew Morpurgo, vice chair
  • Susan Guydosh, secretary

Word committee (evangelization and education): Alba Betancourt-Trompa, Charles Mullins, and Lynne Stager (chair)

Worship committee (liturgy): Marc Albanese, Leo Kawczenski, Barbara Willers (chair), and Ray Zajac Jr.

Witness committee (outreach): William Connor, Gerald Frank (chair), Richard Pell, and Karen Salino

Fellowship committee (social and communications): Scott Hamula, Jacqueline Leidenfrost, Russ Wedemeyer, and Martha Wooledge (chair)

Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy Parish Council’s meetings are available here. Most meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus annex. The Council’s next meeting will be on March 9 at 7:00 p.m. in St. Francis.

Parish Council Members 2022–2023
for the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy
(as of July 1, 2022):

Mark Albanese

William Connor

Tim Davis

Gerald Frank

Susan Guydosh

Scott Hamula

Leo Kawczenski

Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Andrew Morpurgo

Charles Mullins

Richard Pell

Karen Salino

Lynn Stager

Russ Wedemeyer

Barbara Willers

Martha Wooledge

Ray Zajac Jr.


Alba Betancourt-Trompa

The diocese highlighted the parish and the chair of the pastoral council in their Spring 2017 newsletter, vol. 5, issue 1.


Mass Times:

Daily Mass is available weekdays at 8:30 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, N.Y.

Please note that weekday liturgies may be cancelled due to funerals or bad weather.

Weekend schedule of Masses in the parish:

4:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken

9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid

(If you are unable to attend in person due to health reasons, please see this list of ways to participate in Sunday Mass online.)

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

Private Prayer:

• St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken is open at all times.
• St. James the Apostle Church in Trumansburg is open most days from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

© 2023 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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