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):

  • Tim Davis, chair
  • Gerald Frank, vice chair
  • Kathleen Rourke, secretary

Word committee (evangelization and education): Andrew Morpurgo, chair; Marc Albanese; Susan Guydosh; and Jacqueline Leidenfrost

Worship committee (liturgy): Thomas Duff, chair; Leo Kawczenski; Donna Ryan; and Barbara Willers.

Witness committee (outreach): Lynne Stager, chair; Bill Masterson; Charles Mullins; and Richard Pell.

Fellowship committee (social and communications): Scott Hamula, chair; Laurenda Denmark; and Martha Wooledge

Minutes and agendas of the Mother, Mother of Mercy Parish Council’s meetings are available here. The Council’s next meeting will be on May 12, 2022. All meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus annex.

Parish Council Members 2021–2022
for the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy
(as of July 1, 2021):

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.

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.

© 2022 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.
Diocese of Rochester

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