Pentecost Sunday ~ May 20, 2018

Year of the Eucharist June 18, 2017–June 3, 2018

First reading:
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:3-4A)

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

Second reading:
If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. (Gal. 5:25)

Jesus said to his disciples: “When the Advocate comes whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth that proceeds from the Father, he will testify to me.” (Jn. 15:26)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Lord, send out your Spirit and renew the face of the earth!” We only know that the wind exists because of what it does. A gentle breeze felt on our face or watching a tree swaying or swirling snowflakes all prove the existence of “something” causing these things to happen. But, apart from its effects, we cannot see the origin or substance of wind. The Holy Spirit is the wind of God. Watching an early Church emerge, people coming to believe, disciples of Jesus change the way they live and conduct their affairs-all give witness to the presence of the Holy Spirit. Observing the courage and conviction of those who have found faith, working for justice, feeding the poor, seeing how wounds are healed-all point to something greater than ourselves working and living among us. How do our lives give witness to the Spirit?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:









Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (May 29 and June 12). A food pantry is at the Interlaken Reformed church on Fridays, 3:00–6:00 p.m. The Trumansburg food pantry is at the Methodist church every other Monday 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30–6:00 p.m. (May 28 and June 11)
  • Meeting with Fr. Bernard: 6:30 p.m. every Friday at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, no appointment needed.
  • Small-group Retreat: “33 Days to Morning Glory,” through May 29, from 6:50–8:30 p.m., in the Holy Cross parish house
  • Diocesan Missions Sunday: Second collection on May 19 and 20 is in support of the work being done by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile.
  • Guest Speaker: Tony Magliano, an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, will address the assembly after the final prayer of each of the Masses this weekend.
  • Music Festival: May 20, at 5:00 p.m., with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and S. Shade Zajac, as conductor, in the auditorium of South Seneca Central High School, Ovid.
  • Pentecost Brunch: May 20 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church parish house. Please bring a dish to pass.
  • Discover Notre Dame Day:On May 22 at Notre Dame High School in Elmira
  • The Climate Reality Project: Ian Shapiro, founder, of TAITEM Engineering (Technology As If The Earth Matters), will give a presentation on May 24, at 7:00 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist church in Ithaca.
  • Parish Council Nominations: The selection of new members will take place on the weekend of May 27
  • Financial Peace University: A nine week course of learning and exploration that has the power to transform your financial life begins May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the Traders Village, State Route 89, Romulus
  • Priesthood Vocation: For Catholic men, ages 17–35, who have expressed interest in the priesthood, “24 Hours with the Lord,” will take place June 1 and 2
  • “Sharing the Light” Award Dinner: Honoring Phyllis Motill, June 14, at the Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Grand Adventure by Bus: Visit Our Lady of Victory national shrine (Fr. Baker shrine) and the Buffalo-Erie County Botanical Gardens in Lackawanna on Tuesday, June 19

Pentecost Sunday:
The Easter season concludes with the Evening Prayer (Vespers) of Pentecost. The Easter candle will then be placed near the baptismal font where it is displayed with honor through the rest of the liturgical year.

Guest Speaker Today:
This weekend we welcome Tony Magliano, an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, who will address the assembly after the final prayer at each of the Masses. His theme is to clearly explain how prayerful reflections upon the ancient wisdom of the Gospel, and the modern principles of Catholic social teaching, can effectively guide a consistent, logical, and life-affirming approach to the moral issues facing humanity in the twenty-first century.

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
For over fifty years the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy have provided missionary work in Brazil and Chile. This weekend, May 19 and 20, we call upon all to help the sisters with your prayers and a sacrificial gift. A second collection will be taken up next Sunday so that the sisters may be supported in continuing to bring Christ into a world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail.

Thank You:
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (Ascension Thursday, May 10) was enhanced by socials after each of the Masses. We owe a debt of gratitude to the organizers: Ronnie Fairclough for providing juice and pastries at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross; Janice McLaughlin for both strawberry and peach shortcakes at the 12:15 Mass at St. Francis; and Camille Taranto for the amaretto coffee, amaretto cheese cakes, and cannoli at the 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. James. They were each great gatherings for our parishioners on this feast day.

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the suggestion of the Liturgy Planning Committee, the rosary will be recited fifteen minutes before the weekend Masses. All are invited to arrive early to Mass in order to join this special devotion.

Flowers for the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Each weekend of May families and parishioners are invited to honor Mary by bringing flowers to be placed at the statue of Mary during the beginning of Mass. There is a sign-up sheet in each of the churches to reserve a weekend in May. Flowers can be from your garden or purchased. Please consider honoring Mary in this special way.

Music Festival:
This Sunday, May 20, the Seneca Summer Music Festival will present, in concert, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra with S. Shade Zajac as conductor. The performance will be in the auditorium of South Seneca Central High School, Ovid. The festival starts at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Easter Duty:
“All the faithful, after they have been initiated into the Most Holy Eucharist, are bound by the obligation of receiving Communion at least once a year. The precept must be fulfilled during the Easter season unless it is fulfilled for a just cause at some other time during the year.” (Church Law #920) In reference to this law the Easter season is considered from the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year May 27).

Parish Council Nominations:
During the month of May we ask parishioners to nominate themselves or others for membership on the Parish Council. The council meets a minimum of four times a year. Members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, and Fellowship. This year the council needs to select two members from St. Francis Solanus and two members from Holy Cross. The council also needs an alternate from each of the three churches. The selection of new members will take place on the weekend of May 27. The final meeting of the council for this year will be June 21 at which the new members will be present.

2017–2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
This year’s CMA appeal concludes at the end of the month of May. On May 11 it was reported that our parishioners have pledged $30,463 toward the parish goal of $30,549. We have reached 99.72% of our goal. Our appreciation goes to the 141 households who have participated in the CMA and a special expression of gratitude to parishioners who made outstanding contributions and some who made extraordinary contributions. All parish households are invited and encouraged to make a pledge. Participation is primary. What is pledged is secondary. If you have not yet participated in the CMA, please obtain a CMA envelope located in the foyer of the church and make a pledge according to your means. Thank you.

Summer Faith Formation Program:
The parish’s summer religious education program will run from Monday, August 13, through Friday, August 17. Each day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and last until 3:30 p.m. at the St. Fidelis Friary boathouse, 153 County Road 153, Interlaken. There is a fee of $50 per child, with a discount if siblings are attending. Do not let the registration fee prevent your child from attending. If you have questions please contact Helen Arco at [email protected]. The registration form is available here. Parents are asked to please sign up their children by Friday, June 29.

Personal Care Products Collection:
During the month of May donations of personal care items for the clients of our local food pantries are being solicited. While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, additional attention is being paid to these items that are needed on a constant basis. Personal care products that are needed include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, and deodorants. This special collection will end May 27.

Sharing the Light Award Dinner:
The Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes sponsors the “Sharing the Light” award dinner to honor those who give so much of their time and talent to the betterment of our community. This year, our parishioner, Phyllis Motill, will be one of the recipients of the award. The event, at $50 per person, will take place Thursday, June 14, at the Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, N.Y. beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information phone Rhonda at 315 789 2686 X 104. Register on website at

The Climate Reality Project:
“[W]orking to accelerate the global shift from the dirty fossil fuels driving climate change to renewables so we can power our lives and economies without destroying our planet.” Ian Shapiro, founder of TAITEM (Technology As If The Earth Matters) Engineering in 1989 and the author of two books on energy use in buildings, will give a presentation this Thursday, May 24, 7:00 p.m. at the St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 402 N. Aurora Street, Ithaca. The event is sponsored by the Interfaith Climate-Justice Action Network (ICAN). For more information phone Laurie 607 272 5065 X 12 or [email protected].

Financial Peace University:
Using timeless principles imparted by the Bible and proven methods, all are invited to undertake a nine-week course of learning and exploration that has the power to transform your financial life. Classes begin Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30 p.m. at the Traders Village, 6128 State Route 89, Romulus. To register phone Peter Arena (607) 280 0064, email at [email protected], or go to:

Grand Adventure:
St. Mary’s of the Lake Parish, Watkins Glen, is hosting a bus trip to Our Lady of Victory National Shrine (Fr. Baker Shrine) and the Buffalo-Erie County Botanical Gardens in Lackawanna on Tuesday, June 19. The bus departs from St. Mary’s in Watkins Glen, 905 Decatur Street, at 8 a.m. arriving at the shrine around 10:30 a.m. Enjoy a relaxing, spiritually uplifting day while also visiting the Fr. Baker museum, the gift shop, and attending Mass at 12:10. The Botanical Gardens, with an array of flowers and plant life, are just a block away. The bus will depart at 4:00 p.m. arriving at St. Mary’s at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $40 and you should bring your own lunch. For more information and reservations phone 607 525 2786.

Discover Notre Dame Day:
Come visit Notre Dame High School for kids in grades 7–12 and “DISCOVER ND” on Tuesday, May 22. Group tours run from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. You will be able to meet faculty, staff, administrators, and representatives of the student body. Learn about academic offerings, the performing and visual arts programs, co-curricular activities, and athletic programs. Appointments may also be scheduled to discuss financial aid opportunities. Space is limited and registration for the tour is required. To reserve your spot, please call Michelle Barkley at 607-734-2267 x321.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2018 Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Such an act of love offers us the opportunity to keep Sr. Anne Marie and the Sisters of St. Joseph in our prayers.

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.

The Seneca County Transportation Corps:
This organization provides rides for residents of Seneca County to medical and dental appointments and other health-related destinations. If you need a ride phone 315–333–2179 or email [email protected].

Holy Spirit at Vatican

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle

May 20, 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday, Pentecost):
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

May 27, 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Beth Duff) and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver for Tom Duff, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church

5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays

5/5/18 5/10/18

12 pm

5/12/18 5/19/18 5/26/18 6/2/18 6/9/18 6/16/18
Lector 1 Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke Scott Hamula Sheila Haddad Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke
Lector 2 Marie Roloson Millie Messmer Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Millie Messmer Barb Willers
Extraordinary Min. 1 Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Lee Davidson Patti Perry
Extraordinary Min. 2 Mary Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson
Extraordinary Min. 3 Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Patti Perry Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Robin Hamula
6/23/18 6/30/18 7/7/18 7/14/18 7/21/18 7/28/18 8/4/18 8/11/18
Lector 1 Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Scott Hamula Kathleen Rourke Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Sheila Haddad
Lector 2 Kathleen Rourke Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Sheila Haddad Millie Messmer Marie Roloson Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Min. 1 Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Millie Messmer Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula
Extraordinary Min. 2 Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry
Extraordinary Min. 3 Mary Davidson Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson

#1 on the schedule distributes the host. Also sets up for Communion and cleans up.

#2 and #3 on the schedule distributes the precious blood.


Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

May 2018:





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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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