Second Sunday of Lent ~ February 25, 2018

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


First Reading:
“I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you acted as you did in not withholding from me your beloved son, I will bless you abundantly.” (Gen. 9:16-17A)

To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving, and I will call upon the name of the LORD (Ps. 116)

Second Reading:
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but handed him over for us all, how will he not also give us everything else along with him? (Romans 8:31b-32)

Then a cloud came, casting a shadow over them; from the cloud came a voice, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone but Jesus alone with them. (Mk. 9:7-8)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
The hope of being transformed or transfigured into the image of God awaits all of God’s children. We walk through this life knowing that our eternal destiny is to be like God and live eternally in his presence. How does this truth about who we can become change the way we live today? Does it even matter to us that we are called to a higher purpose that is often quite different than the one we fabricate for ourselves here on earth? A transformed, eternal life is God’s desire for all of his daughters and sons. Knowing this helps us put suffering in perspective and walk peacefully with hope in our hearts.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: Ovid Federated Church on Mondays, 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (March 6 and March 20). The 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. (March 5 and March 19)
  • Book Discussion: Mother Teresa: No Greater Love at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Classes will resume on March 4
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour: Fridays, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., in St. Francis Solanus church, cancelled during February
  • Weekend Backpack Program Project: There will be money collection jars at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus the weekends of February 17 and 18 through March 3 and 4.

Visiting Priest:
Fr. John Mellitt, OFM Cap., will be visiting the parish and helping out while Fr. Bernard is away, from February 5–28. Please welcome Fr. John to our parish.

If you are unable to make it to confessions on Friday evenings Fr. John can be available at other times. Please feel free to call him at 914-536-0982 to make an appointment.

Easter Flower Offering:
There is a second collection today. It is the Easter flower offering collection. Your contribution toward this parish expense is always appreciated greatly.

Weekend Backpack Program Project:
Parishioners are invited to participate in supporting this program. There will be money collection jars at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus. If you wish to write a check, write it to “Weekend Backpack Program.” You can put the check in the donation jar or mail it to Weekend Backpack Program, P.O. Box 340, Ovid, N.Y. 14521. Food items donated must be single serving size, e.g. cereal, canned milk or juice, canned fruit and pudding cups, microwaveable individual meals, and popcorn. The collection dates will be the weekend March 3 and 4. Thank you for supporting our children in need.

Year of the Eucharist
The following is taken from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s pastoral letter announcing a “Year of the Eucharist” in celebration of the 150 (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the diocese. “At this special moment in the life of our Diocese, daily let us call to mind the words of Saint John Paul II: ‘…never forget that Jesus in the tabernacle wants you at his side, so that he can fill your hearts with the experience of his friendship, which alone give meaning and fulfillment to your lives.’ (Mane Nobiscum Domine, no. 30).” The Bishop’s complete letter may be read on the diocese’s website.

Daily Meditations:
The Center for Action and Contemplation offers daily meditations that have proved most helpful to thousands of people. Please go to or [email protected].

Flu Season and the Sign of Peace:
The faithful should be aware that, using their best judgment, they may offer the sign of peace with a simple nod or bow of the head, and simply say: “Peace be with you,” and the response of the other being: “And with our spirit.”

Flu Season and Holy Communion:
Holy Communion may be given under the one species of the Sacred Host. “Christ is ‘truly, really and substantially contained’ (cf. “Council of Trent,” session xiii) in Holy Communion. His presence is not momentary nor simply signified, but wholly and permanently real under each of the consecrated species of bread and wine.” (“Norms for the Distribution and Reception of Holy Communion under Both Kinds in the United States of America,” No. 8). As relates to the distribution of Holy Communion under both species, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal states: “Above all, they (the pastors) should instruct the faithful that the Catholic Faith teaches that Christ, whole and entire, and the true Sacrament, is received even under only one species, and hence that as regards the resulting fruits, those who receive under only one species are not deprived of any grace that is necessary for salvation.” (General Instruction of the Roman Missal, No. 272). See the diocese web site,, for more information.

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  • Thursdays of Lent, 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church followed by a communal “Soup Supper.”
  • Fridays of Lent, beginning March 2, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus Church with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Center.

Fridays of Lent:
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, i.e. meatless days. Abstinence prohibits individuals from eating meat on a particular day. Abstinence obliges all those who have reached the age of fourteen and continues to oblige throughout a person’s entire life. Those not specifically obliged to abstain from eating meat are encouraged to join in this discipline to the extent that they are able.

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).

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].

Cancer Services Program:
The program is available for residents of Cortland and Tompkins Counties. It provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and for men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings, and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctors’ offices, and hospitals. For further information: 607-758-5523 or 1-866-442-2262.

“Thank you women who are mothers! You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail. This experience make you…the one who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.” ~St. John Paul II

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
If you have not yet made a pledge to the CMA, please help us reach our parish goal of $30,549 by making a pledge as soon as possible. At the CMA report of February 16 we were 93.79% of goal. CMA pledge envelopes are available in the foyer of the church for making a pledge. If we do not reach our parish goal we will be billed to make up the difference between the parish goal and what was pledged. If all parish households participate in the appeal we should reach our goal. Participation of primary, what is pledged is secondary. Thank you for your kind consideration of the request.

Clothing Closet Volunteers:
Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga is looking for reliable and friendly volunteers to run our free clothing closet at our Ithaca office, which serves hundreds of low-income people each year. Volunteers must be willing to commit to one three-hour shift per week and have basic computer skills. Other tasks may involve sorting and organizing donations, hanging, and restocking clothes. The Clothing Closet hours are: Tuesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. until noon and 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. If interested or have questions contact Michaela at 607-272-5062 ext. 17 or [email protected]

40 Days for Life:
A Lenten “40 Days For Life” peaceful prayer campaign to end abortion continues at our vigil site across from Ithaca’s Planned Parenthood abortion clinic. Invite a friend, or prayer group, and come pray with us. Sign up online to pray for any hour or more weekly at the site between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. through Palm Sunday. For more information and printable pro-life resources visit or contact Carolann Darling, 607-351-6668. Join us at our modern-day Calvary, where one beating heart is stopped forever, while another is forever broken.

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.

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.

Cancer Services Program (Cortland and Tompkins Counties):
This a program that provides free cancer screenings (breast, cervical, and colorectal) to women from ages 40–64 and men ages 50–64, who are uninsured or have health insurance that does not cover these screenings and who meet income eligibility requirements. These services are provided in local health centers, doctor’s offices, and hospitals. For more information call 1-866 442 2262.

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

February 25, 2018 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Tim Davis and Lynne Stager
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle, Cathy DelSignore

March 4, 2018 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

February 2018:

Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 L. Kurkchi
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 P. Schrimer
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) A. Reagan
Usher 2 P. Marrella
Usher 3 S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

February 24
Lectors: 1. Sheila Haddad 2. Scott Hamula
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Kathleen Rourke, 2. Robin Hamula, 3. Millie Messmer

March 3
Lectors: 1. Barbara Willers, 2. Ann Buddle
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Cathy Millspaugh, 2. Carol Kuklo, 3. Kathleen Rourke

March 10
Lectors: 1. Carol Kuklo, 2. Sheila Haddad
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Patti Perry, 2. Lee Davidson, 3. Mary Davidson

March 17
Lectors: 1. Scott Hamula, 2. Gerry Messmer
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Robin Hamula, 2. Millie Messmer, 3. Carol Kuklo

March 24
Lectors: 1. Gerry Messmer, 2. Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Millie Messmer, 2. Cathy Millspaugh, 3. Patti Perry

REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki and Maryann Dendis before giving to congregation.


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