You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the LORD, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. (Is. 62:3)
Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations. (Ps. 96)
To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit. (1 Cor. 12:7)
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.”
And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.” (Jn. 2:3-5)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Did you ever consider that God takes great delight in you? We are by no means second or afterthoughts of God. As the master artisan, God takes delight in every fabric of our being and every single component of who we are. We are intentionally and lovingly designed! God gets much joy out of every child He creates, and He does not abandon us. God is definitely in charge! God can take a painful past or an apparent dead-end and turn it into a glorious future. He can transform nothing into something and is always eagerly ready to give us the gifts of faith, hope, and love. We are never bound by the past and never without options. All we have to do is listen to Him. Are we willing to give up the controls and allow Him to do what He does best?
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. (January 22)
- 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. (January 21)
- Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis, no appointment needed
- Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
- Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
- Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: January 18 through January 25
- Baptism: Liam Lane LaBrake, January 20, during 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
- Finance Council: January 24, St. Francis
- Antonine’s Eightieth Birthday: January 31
- Coffee Hour: February 3, following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
- When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing: February 3, 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Cornell
- Souper Bowl of Caring: February 3
- Weekend Backpack Program Collections: weekends, February 9–24
- Public Policy Weekend: February 9–10
- Discernment Weekend: February 22–24, St. Michael’s Friary
- Catholic Women’s Conference: March 9, from 8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., at Aquinas Institute
- William J. Cool, 85, died on January 6, 2019. A funeral Mass was held on January 10 at Holy Cross church.
- Jerome W. Ohlsten, 87, died on December 16, 2018. A funeral Mass was held on January 12, 2019, at St. James the Apostle church.
Council members will meet with the pastor and business staff members on Thursday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the St. Francis annex, Interlaken.
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting and helping out in the parish during the month of February while Fr. Bernard is away. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.
During the month of February, Fr. Bernard will be out of town and therefore not available on Friday evenings in Interlaken to speak with people or provide the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Those wishing to celebrate the sacrament or simply to talk with a priest, may make an appointment with Fr. Richard or Fr. John by contacting them personally or by leaving a message on the phone at the parish office (607-294-0064).
2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of January 7, 2019, stated that 102 parish households have pledged $25,297 toward our given parish goal of $29,979. Thank you. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. In the vestibule of the churches there are CMA pledge envelopes. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website (www.dor.org) and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity:
The annual week of prayer for Christian unity concludes on Friday, January 25. Let us join other Christian churches in our area as we remember the theme chosen for 2019: “Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:20). Throughout 2019, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one,” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ. For this purpose, there are prayer cards in the foyers of each of the churches. For more information go to: www.geii.org.
Souper Bowl of Caring 2019:
Sunday, February 3, is Super Bowl Sunday and Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this one-day event. The goal is to collect donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to our local food pantries. Food items may be brought to any of the three churches on the weekends of January 26–27 and February 2–3. On February 3, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can as everything collected will be going directly to our local food pantries to help those who are in need.
Vocations to Religious Life or Priesthood:
The Province of St. Mary of the Capuchin Franciscans will hold a discernment weekend at St. Michael’s Friary, New York, on February 22–24, for men interested in religious life. If you would like to participate, please contact Fr. Bernard at the parish office.
Catholic Women’s Conference:
The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference will be held at the Aquinas Institute on Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This year’s theme, “Full of Grace,” will invite participants to reflect on Mary’s role in the Church, in history, and in an individual’s personal life. The speakers are Karlo Broussard and Sr. Anne Catherine Burleigh, OP. Registration is now open. Please visit the website at Rochestercwc.org/2019 for conference details and more information.
Average Attendance and Collections in December:
The average attendance in December were: 62 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, 101 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James, and 81 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. At each of the three churches the collections averaged: $901 at the 5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays, and, on Sundays, $969 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and $780 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. This reporting does not include the Christmas Mass attendances and collections.
Weekend Backpack Project:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in the Weekend Backpack Program. This program was designed to assist lower income families by providing food for elementary students within our parish community. Food items donated must be single serving size. Examples could include: canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, macaroni and cheese, packets of hot chocolate, packets of cheese and crackers, and pudding, cereal, canned milk, or juice. There will also be money collection jars in all three churches. If you wish to write a check, please make it payable to Mary, Mother of Mercy, and write “Backpack Program” on the memo line. Collection of items occur on weekends in February, beginning February 9 and ending February 24.
Brother Antonine’s Birthday:
Br. Antonine Lizama, OFM Cap., is a member of the St. Fidelis Fraternity in Interlaken. He will be celebrating his eightieth birthday on January 31. This is a momentous event! If the occasion presents itself, please wish him a “happy birthday.”
Catholics Speak Out for Justice:
Protecting workplace dignity is essential to protecting human dignity in general. As Catholics, we believe that workers have fundamental rights, including the right to organize themselves to petition for improved working conditions. This has been part of Church teaching for over 125 years. In New York State, farmworkers are excluded from this and other basic rights granted to other workers. For example, they can be fired if they collectively bring a grievance to their supervisor. During the upcoming Public Policy Weekend, February 9–10, please plan to sign the diocese-wide petition that will go to state elected officials, urging them to support equal labor rights for farmworkers.
Help Clothe our Neighbors in Need:
Catholic Charities’ free clothing closet is seeking volunteers to sign up for weekly shifts, any day Tuesday through Friday, from 1:00 until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers sort and stock donated items, and serve as clerks, although there is no charge for the items. This is an opportunity to show care and friendliness to people who struggle with poverty and loneliness, who need clothes for job interviews and school, or just to keep warm. If you are interested, please contact Michaela at Michaela.Cortright@dor.org or call 607-272-5062 ext. 17.
How Do We Help the Poor:
Each year the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children provides thousands of meals to children in some of the most impoverished areas of the world. Natural disasters and famines make emergency food essential for those most in need, but free food can also have a negative impact on local economies and farmers. We hope you will come to “When is a Free Lunch a Good Thing,” a roundtable discussion addressing global hunger on Sunday, February 3, from 2:00–3:30 p.m. in Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University. Speakers will include Mark Crea and Matt Muraski from Feed My Starving Children, Ted Miles from Maryknoll Lay Missionaries, and Christopher Barrett of Cornell University.
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.
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 www.facebook.com/SenecaSuicidePrevention or contact Mary Joslyn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.
January 19 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore
January 26 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson
Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.
January 20 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short
January 27 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle
Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid
Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
(information to come)