Second Sunday in Ordinary Time~ January 19, 2020

First reading:
I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. (Is. 49:6b)

Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will. (Ps. 40)

Second reading:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:3)

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (Jn. 1:29)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our relationships ground and define us. Understanding where we come from, who matters to us, and to whom we have an allegiance all frame and direct our lives. One unchangeable about who we are is that God formed us in our mother’s womb. Unless understanding of ourselves begins with this solid fact about ourselves, our knowledge will always be incomplete. John the Baptist and Jesus knew who they were and where they came from. This allowed them to understand their purpose and express their identity. To whom do you matter? If your primary answer is God then you are on your way to knowing who you are. Each of us has a purpose and mission to fulfill. See God as your strength and get about the business of meeting life’s challenges.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







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  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (January 21)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15-6:00 p.m., every other Monday (January 20)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: 4:00 p.m., Sundays, St. James
  • Trumansburg Robotics: 5:00–8:00 p.m. on Mondays and 3:00–6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, St. James
  • Family Hope Center: 12:00–4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, Holy Cross rectory
  • Fr. Bernard is available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Beginning January 18
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: after 9:00 a.m. Mass, January 19, St. James
  • Annual TAC Meeting: 1:00 p.m., January 19, Jacksonville United Methodist church
  • Registration for Spring Classes: now through January 21, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry
  • Respect for Life Novena: January 21 through the 29
  • Talking Circles on Race and Racism: 6:00 p.m.; January 23, and 30; Immaculate Conception church
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children: January 22
  • March for Life: 12:45 p.m., January 24, Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca
  • Stand Out for Life: 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., January 25, across the street from Planned Parenthood
  • Sweet Sunday Social: After Mass, February 2, St. James
  • Public Policy Weekend: February 8 and 9
  • Catholicism Classes: will resume on March 4, St. Francis

Daily Mass Schedule:
Daily Mass in the parish is at 8:30 a.m., Tuesdays through Fridays, at St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
Christians, the followers of Jesus, are presently divided. One of Jesus’s last prayers was that “all may be one.” Beginning on January 18, Christians are invited annually to pray for unity. The week of prayer ends with the celebration of the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul the apostle. During this week, in your daily prayers, please pray for Christian unity.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed:
Every two months the churches of Trumansburg and Jacksonville take turns providing volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry located in the Trumansburg United Methodist church. February and March are the months for Mary Mother of Mercy/St. James to provide volunteers this year. Please consider helping by signing up on the list provided in the foyer. There are various times and tasks available from which you can choose and the dates are February 3 and 17 and March 2, 16, and 30. Don’t forget to leave your phone number if you would like a reminder call. Thank you.

Sunday Collection Counters:
The parish is in need of people to count our weekend collections. Volunteers work with another volunteer once a month for about two–three hours. If you can do this ministry, it will be a great help to the parish. Please contact Fr. Bernard to volunteer.

2019–2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Thank you to everyone who has responded with a pledge to the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA). As of January 9, 2020, one hundred parish families have pledged $21,816, which is 72.77% of the parish goal of $29,979. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation; what is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

Priest Coverage:
Fr. Joseph Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Sienna church in Ithaca, will be away the weekends of January 19 and 26, and has requested help. Fr. Bernard will fill in for Fr. Joseph on those weekends. Fr. Bernard will also be away during the month of February. At the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, Fr. Richard will be the presider at the Masses for the last two weekends of January and during weekends throughout February. Fr. Richard will also be presiding over the weekday Masses at St. Francis, Tuesday through Friday, during February.

Trumansburg Area Churches:
Everyone is invited to annual meeting of the Trumansburg Area Church (TAC). It will be held this Sunday, January 19, at the Jacksonville United Methodist church at 1:00 p.m. Carmen Guidi will be providing a presentation on Second Wind Cottages Inc., which provides housing and support for homeless adults in the Tompkins County.

Public Policy Weekend:
Catholics speak out for the vulnerable by opposing physician-assisted suicide in New York State. Catholic teaching calls us to uphold the dignity and value of human life, from conception until its natural end. This year legislation is being proposed in New York to legalize physician-assisted suicide. In the coming weeks you’ll have the opportunity to sign our diocese-wide petition asking our New York State legislature to oppose legalizing physician assisted suicide in New York. Paper petitions will be available during Public Policy weekend, February 8 and 9. If you would prefer to sign the petition online, please to

Thank You:
Rev. Robert C. Bradler, diocesan director for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, sent a letter of gratitude to the parish for the $705 we collected on World Mission Sunday, October 20, 2019.

Online Spring Courses:
Registration is now available, through January 21, at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry for this year’s spring courses. Is there an area of your faith you’d like to learn more about? Or perhaps do you feel drawn to a particular aspect of ministry? A complete list of spring courses can be found at the St. Bernard’s website: You don’t need to travel to the St. Bernard’s campus to experience these classes. Check out the school’s distance learning and online education options on their website. If you are concerned about costs, feel free to contact Matt Brown, director of admissions and financial aid, to explore financial aid and scholarship opportunities via e-mail at or by phone at 585-271-3657, option 2.

Church Calendars for 2020:
In the foyers of the churches there are church calendars for the new year of 2020. The lower portion of the calendar contains helpful information regarding the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, e.g.: the mailing address, phone number, email address, and website plus the weekend Mass schedule. Please be sure to pick up a calendar for your home.

Financial Support for the Parish:
There are several ways to financially support the parish.

  • Boxes of offertory envelopes: These continue to be available for those who prefer to use offertory envelopes. For those who requested them, check your local church for the box with your name on it.
  • Writing a check: If you support the parish with a check, there is no need to use boxes of offertory envelopes. You will still receive your tax information in the new year.
  • On-line giving: You can safely contribute online through the WeShare Program by visiting our web site’s Giving page. Once on the giving page, click on the line “online giving link” which will lead you to the WeShare page for our parish. Under offertory you will see a box: “Make a Donation.” Click on that box and choose either “Recurring” or “One Time Donation” and then follow the directions to enter your donation. Please continue to use your WeShare account to support of your parish.

If you have questions please contact the Parish Office at 607–294–0064.

Respect for Life:
Join Catholics nationwide in a special Respect for Life novena from January 21 through the 29. You can sign up at for daily intentions, brief reflections, and more. Respect for life events also include the following:

  • The annual day of prayer for the legal protection of unborn children will be held on Wednesday, January 22. Catholics are called to observe this day through prayer and penance. For more information:
  • The local “March for Life”will take place in Ithaca on Friday, January 24, beginning at 12:45 p.m. from the steps of Immaculate Conception church. The Knights of Columbus will be providing refreshments following the March.
  • “Stand Out for Life”takes place on Saturday, January 25, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. across the street from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca Street. There will be a peaceful, prayerful, public witness for the protection of unborn children and their mothers and fathers.

For more information on the above items, contact Carolann at 607–351–6668.

Addressing Racism:
As Catholics we believe that racism is evil, a sin against human dignity. It’s not enough to say “I’m not a racist;” we have to actively work against racism. Educating people about how racism works is one important step to opposing it. Catholic Charities and the local Multi-cultural Resource Center in Ithaca are offering a great opportunity to do this with a class called “Talking Circles on Race and Racism” beginning at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, and 30, at Immaculate Conception church. To sign up or learn more, contact Laurie at or 607–272–5062 ext. 12.

Catholicism Class:
The adult faith formation program by Bishop Robert Barron called “Catholicism” will resume on Wednesday, March 4, and will continue throughout the Season of Lent on Wednesdays at St. Francis.

Card Ministry:
The Witness Committee is seeking one or two individuals who would be willing to join the group in writing and sending cards, notes, or letters to the home bound and hospitalized members of our parish. If you are interested in this ministry, you would be assigned one month in which you will agree to send a note or card to the names on the list. There are currently eighteen individuals on the parish home bound list. Please contact Marilynn Frank at or 607 869 5009 if you have questions or would like to participate in this important ministry.

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to This is your chance to be a part of history!

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable home ownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at We want to help you purchase your own home!

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to This is your chance to be a part of history!

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

January 18, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

January 25, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Millie Messmer and Kathleen Rourke (for Mary and Lee Davidson)

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

January 19, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

January 26, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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