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, 2020

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

  • Barbara Willers, chair
  • Gerald Frank, vice chair
  • Kathleen Rourke, secretary

Word committee (evangelization and education): TBD

Worship committee (liturgy): TBD

Witness committee (outreach): TBD

Fellowship committee (social and communications): TBD

Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy Parish Council’s meetings are available here.  A date for the Council’s next meeting has not yet been set. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus annex.

Parish Council Members 2020–2021
for the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy
(as of July 1, 2020):

Albanese, Mark

Tim Davis

Laurenda Denmark

Tom Duff

Gerald Frank

Susan Guydosh

Scott Hamula

Leo Kawczenski

Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Fr. Bernard Maloney, pastor

Andy Morpurgo

Charles Mullins

Richard Pell

Kathleen Rourke

Lynn Stager

Barbara Willers


Bill Masterson

Donna Ryan

Martha Wooledge

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, 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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