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, 2023.

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): Scott Hamula (chair), William Connor, Leo Kawczenski, and Kevin Oefelein

Worship committee (liturgy): Marc Albanese (chair), Richard Pell, and Duane Porterfield

Witness committee (outreach): Gerald Frank (chair),  Sharon Dal Cero, Sheila Ryan, and Karen Salino

Fellowship committee (social and communications): Russ Wedemeyer (chair),  Barbara Bero, Elizabeth Coats, and Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy Parish Council’s meetings are available here. The Council’s next meeting will be on November 9, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus annex, Interlaken. Subsequent meetings will be held on January 11, March 14, and May 9, 2024.

Parish Council Members 2023–2024
for the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy
(as of July 1, 2023):

Marc Albanese

Elizabeth Coats

William Connor

Sharon Dal Cero

Tim Davis

Gerald Frank

Susan Guydosh

Scott Hamula

Leo Kawczenski

Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Andrew Morpurgo

Richard Pell

Sheila Ryan

Karen Salino

Russ Wedemeyer


Duane Porterfield

Barbara Bero

Kevin Oefelein

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. 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 Mas in person due to health reasons, please see this list of ways to participate in Sunday Mass online.

Mass intentions: Those wishing to have someone remembered at a parish Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office.

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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