Second Sunday of Advent ~ December 9, 2018


First reading:
Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery; put on the splendor of glory from God forever. (Bar. 5:1)

The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy. (Ps. 126)

Second reading:
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus. (Phil. 1:6)

“Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.” (Lk. 3:5-6)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Making straight the path of Christ is not only the vocation of John the Baptist but of every baptized believer. God desires to lead us with His mercy and justice. These are essentials in God’s kingdom and some of the gifts Christ’s future coming will bring. But our world’s systems do not place emphasis on these values. Wanting greater profits, downsizing companies in order to reduce expenses, using others for personal or corporate gain, and valuing institutions over people are just a few of the “values” we encounter every day. We are called to straighten the path to Christ. In a world that places value on things that are counter to our call, how do we respond? We need to learn to discern what is of real value and then take the risk of bringing it into the marketplace.

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. (Dec. 11)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (Dec. 3)
  • 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
  • Coffee Hour: First Sunday of the month following the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Gifts for Angel Trees: Due December 9 at Holy Cross and St. Francis
  • Blue Christmas Service: Mecklenburg United Methodist church, December 9, at 3:00 p.m.
  • Share the Warmth Distribution: December 10–14, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., volunteers needed
  • Remaining Choir Practices for Christmas: December 11 and 18, 7:00 p.m. at Holy Cross
  • Winter Concert: December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses
  • Breads Needed: In the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16

The Season of Advent and Reconciliation:
During the season of Advent, the celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) will be celebrated in each church after each of the weekend Masses. The sacrament is also celebrated on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

Family Activity for Advent:
A reverse Advent calendar is a creative way to help our local food pantries. Set out a box or basket near your kitchen and add one food item or personal care item to it each day of Advent. After Christmas donate the contents to your local food pantry.

Angel Tree Tags:
The angel trees are available at both St. Francis and Holy Cross churches. If you take a child’s tag, the unwrapped gifts, with tags included, must be returned no later than Sunday, December 9. All presents will be picked up Monday morning, December 10. Wrapping paper, ribbon, or bows would be appreciated.

Share the Warmth:
Donate coats, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves and boots into the “Share the Warmth” collection bins placed around the area, including one in the St. James the Apostle parking lot. Catholic Charities will be distributing the items for free, during the first two weeks of December. Volunteer to help distribute the items. If you are interested in volunteering for two hours shifts, December 10–14, or need more information, contact: phone 607 272 5062 ext. 14 or email:

Hat, Scarf, and Mitten Tree:
The annual hat, scarf, and mitten tree has been set up in pine room at St. James. They are looking for donations of new items, for all ages. Items will be taken to Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga Counties before Christmas. Please consider making a gift of a hat, scarf, or mittens for someone in need.

Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The 2018–2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) report of December 4 stated that eighty-five parish households have pledged $22,362, nearly 75% 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 ( and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Christmas Masses:
Our Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy will have three Christmas Masses. There will be two on Christmas Eve: one will be at 4:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle and the other will be at 8:00 p.m. at Holy Cross. There will be one Christmas day Mass at 9:30 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus. Please spread the word and plan now as to which Mass you will attend.

Advent Daily Meditations:
“Five Minutes with the Word” Advent booklets are available for free in the vestibules of each church. The booklets provide daily meditations during the season of Advent.

Church Calendars:
2019 church calendars are available in the church vestibules. Please take only one calendar per family.

Bakers Needed:
The Trumansburg Food Pantry needs 15 loaves of breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc.) for the Christmas distribution at the Trumansburg Food Pantry on December 17. Breads may be left in the St. James pine room after Mass on December 16. There is a sign-up sheet in the foyer.

Card Ministry:
Card Ministry is a working group of the parish’s Witness Committee. They are looking for parishioners who would be interested in writing and sending cards to our home-bound or parish members in nursing home. As a member of this work group, you would send cards once a month to (currently) seventeen individuals. If you are interested please contact Marilynn Frank at

Ring those Bells:
Bell ringers are needed to help collect donations at the entrance to the Shur Save for the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign. The Salvation Army provides invaluable assistance to Trumansburg community members in need throughout the year. Please contact Judy Robertson at 387-6488 if you can take a shift.

Shur Save Donations:
At the Shur Save there is a box into which you can donate food for the food pantry to distribute. If you contribute, please check the expiration date first as they cannot use food items that are past the printed date. We can never have enough food to distribute but it needs to be safe too. Thank you for your consideration of this request and any possible donations you might be able to make.

Blue Christmas Service:
Mecklenburg United Methodist church will again be hosting a “Blue Christmas” service on Sunday, December 9, at 3:00 p.m. Christmas can be a hard time for many reasons, and this will be a time of reflection, when all come together, accepting the emotions and challenges of the season, finding comfort and even hope. The service will include readings and music with a simple reception to follow. All are welcome!

Winter Concert:
The Trumansburg Community Chorus will present a winter concert on Friday, December 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Ulysses, 69 East Main St, Trumansburg. Admission is free, though donations to support the on-going activities of the chorus are gratefully accepted.

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.


Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

December 8, 2018 (second weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula [for Kathleen Rourke], Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

December 15, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke [for Scott Hamula], Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Millie Messmer (for Kathleen Rourke), Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

December 9  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

December 16 (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

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

12/2/18 12/9/18 12/16/18 12/23/18 12/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway P. Motill
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli F. Grasek
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasek D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Moore T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Frank P. Schirmer D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Humulock A. Reagan S. Brandow
Usher 3 T. Grasek
Usher 4
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