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. Pastoral 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, 2018.

Executive committee:

Word committee (evangelization and education):

Worship committee (liturgy):

  • Tom Duff (, chair
  • Jessica Portillo
  • Scott Hamula
  • Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Witness committee (outreach):

Fellowship committee (social and communications):

  • Janice McLaughlin, (, chair
  • Susan Guydosh
  • Norman Hummel
  • Nancy McGourty

Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy Parish Council’s meetings are available here. The council’s next meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus annex.

Parish Council Members 2018–2019
for Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy
(as of July 1, 2018):

Tim Davis

Laurenda Denmark

Gerald Frank, vice chair

Susan Guydosh

Scott Hamula

Norman Hummel

Michelle Humulock

Leo Kawczenski

Fr. Bernard Maloney, pastor

Janice McLaughlin

Gerard Messmer

Andy Morpurgo

Richard Pell

Jessica Portillo

Kathleen Rourke, secretary

Barbara Willers, chair


Tom Duff

Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Nancy McGourty

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


Mass Times:
Weekend Masses:

• Saturday, 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken, NY
• Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg, NY
• Sunday, 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid, NY

Weekday Liturgies:

• St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg: Communion service on Mondays at 9:00 a.m. and Mass on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9:00 a.m.

• St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken: Mass on Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.

• Holy Cross in Ovid: Mass on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.

Note: If there is a funeral scheduled later that day or if the local schools are closed due to weather, the Mass or communion service will be cancelled.

Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession:

Fridays, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

© 2019 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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