Pentecost Sunday ~ June 9, 2019

First reading:
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. (Acts 2:3)

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth (Ps. 104)

Second reading:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. (Rom. 8:14)

“The Advocate, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name he will teach you everything and remind you of all that I told you.” (Jn. 14:26)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When faced with a decision or a dilemma, where do we turn? Whenever we have to discern the proper course of action, the Holy Spirit is available as our advocate and guide. As Christians, we look not to our world for direction but to God. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are given to help us find our path to proper thought and conduct. Wisdom, right judgment, knowledge, understanding, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord are all perfect tools for discernment. These gifts allow us to keep our relationships and perspective in proper order. It is the Holy Spirit who opens our eyes to see that which we would otherwise overlook and opens our hearts to receive those people who would otherwise be ignored. Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you today.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (June 11)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (June 17)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Catholic Communication Campaign: Second collection, June 8 and 9
  • Pentecost Brunch: Dish-to-pass, after 10:30 a.m. Mass on June 9, Holy Cross
  • Donations for T’burg Food Pantry: June 10, St. James
  • Parish Council Meeting: June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at St. Francis
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage: at Notre Dame Retreat House on June 18.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Catholic Communication Campaign:
The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will take place after the parish’s regular collection this weekend, June 8 and 9. This national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, Internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ. Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communication efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

Parish Council:
The Parish Council will meet this Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the parish center (St. Francis Solanus Church). Present will be the members whose terms are expiring at the end of this month: Michelle Humulock, Norman Hummel, Gerard Messmer, and Jessica Portillo. We are most grateful to them for participating in this ministry. Also present at the meeting will be new members: Charles Mullins and Lynne Stager, and new alternates: Mark Albanese, Jacqueline Leidenfrost, and Thomas Perry. The council’s other members for the 2019–2020 council year are: Tim Davis, Laurenda Denmark, Thomas Duff, Gerald Frank, Susan Guydosh, Scott Hamula, Leo Kawczenski, Nancy McGourty, Janice McLaughlin, Andrew Morpurgo, Richard Pell, Kathleen Rourke, and Barbara Willers.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

Thank You:
The celebration of Ascension Thursday was enhanced by the socials that followed the parish Masses. We are grateful to Janice McLaughlin and Susan Guydosh at St. Francis; Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, and Camille Taranto at St. James; Lydia Kurkchi at Holy Cross; and everyone else who helped make these socials possible and enjoyed by many.

June’s Day of Prayer:
Join Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Regina Civiletter as they share “Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on June 18. Scriptures call us to forgive but as we all know, to forgive is not always easy. Thus, we often carry heavy burden(s), our emotional baggage that can weigh us down. The presenters will share words of comfort from scripture as well as moving personal stories of being able to forgive. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and ends with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to: 

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing or by calling 585-346-2243.

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate or colleague find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition hosts twice-monthly support groups which meet in Waterloo and Ovid for convenience of the entire community. These groups are held on the first- and third- Monday of every month; and provide people who are survivors of loss or survivors of suicide the opportunity to talk in an open and inclusive environment, free of judgment or stigma. The Waterloo Public Library plays host on the first Monday of every month and the Ovid session takes place on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church. Both sessions run from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. For more information see or contact Mary Joslyn at

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes, located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva, is offering a “Forgiven and Set Free” post abortive ten-week session beginning October 4 until December 13. There is no cost involved. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself. Pleased join us for this healing ministry program.” For more information phone 315 789 0708.

Cancer Services Program (CSP):
Cortland and Tompkins Counties offer free cancer screenings to those who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings. The screening services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For more information, contact CSP at 866 442 2262.

Toiletries and Hygiene Products:
There is a basket in the vestibule of St. James church for donations of toiletries. The request comes from Catholic Charities which is in need of items like shampoo, toothpaste, diapers etc. The items will be transferred to the Catholic Charities office in Ithaca.

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

June 8, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

June 15, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 9, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

June 16, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday)
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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