Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ June 2, 2019

First reading:
Stephen said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:56)

The Lord is king, the most high over all the earth. (Ps. 97)

Second reading:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” (Rev. 22:13)

“Father, they are your gift to me. I wish that where I am they also may be with me, that they may see my glory that you gave me.” (Jn. 17:24a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How do we find our way through life and discover who we really are? It is easy to get distracted by life’s preoccupations and worldly constructs. We can avoid dealing with deeper questions simply by being absorbed in life’s demands and the roles we are asked to play. Is it important to us that we come from God and have our identity in Him? The world cannot succeed in telling us who we are. Only God can. Only through Jesus’s resurrection can we see clearly that he is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, and the bright morning star. It is by following his example that we can all become one with the Father and brought to perfection. We are designed to be one with God and united with one another as believers in Jesus Christ. When someone experiences our speech and actions, do they witness the fact that we truly believe this?

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. (June 11)
    • 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. (June 3)
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • First Communion: Aidan Grave, June 2 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Pentecost Brunch: Dish-to-pass, after 10:30 a.m. Mass, Holy Cross
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Donations for T’burg Food Pantry: June 10, St. James
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Coffee Hour: July 7, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Catholic Communication Campaign:
The annual collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will take place after the parish’s regular collection next weekend, June 8 and 9. This national appeal supports efforts in the United States and around the world to use the media, Internet, and print publications to help people connect with Christ. Fifty percent of funds collected remain in each diocese to support local communication efforts. The other half is used to support national projects in the United States and in developing countries around the world.

Parish Council Results:
At the 10:30 a.m. Mass last Sunday, May 26, Lynne Stager and Charles Mullins were selected for three-year terms to the Parish Council and Mark Albanese and Thomas Perry were both selected for one-year terms as alternates. We thank all who nominated nineteen parishioners to the council and all the nominees for considering their nomination. We thank our outgoing members whose terms will be completed at the end of June: Michelle Humulock, Gerard Messmer, Norman Hummel, and Jessica Portillo. All who participate on the Parish Council are a blessing to the pastor and to the parish. “Thank you.”

Pentecost Brunch:
There will be a dish-to-pass brunch on Pentecost Sunday, June 9, after the 10:30 Mass at Holy Cross. The brunch will take place in the parish meeting center at Holy Cross. Bring your food items to the house before Mass. There will be a sign-up sheet in the ramp entrance. If you have any questions contact Kathy Sinkiewicz at 869-2285. Come and enjoy some great food and company.

First Communion:
This Sunday, June 2, Aidan Grove will celebrate his First Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Aidan’s first communion is a cause of joy for his family and for our parish.

Parish Part-time Position:
There is a new position offered in the parish, as a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job, which begins July 1, would require five and a half hours per week plus a three-hour Sunday commitment once a month. Everyone is welcome to apply for the position. Please speak with Fr. Bernard regarding the job description.

April Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of April (which included Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday) there were 71 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, 127 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and 104 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The average Mass collections during the month were: $1,040 at St. Francis on Saturdays, and, on Sundays, $1,094 at St. James and $1,193 Holy Cross. Parishioners participating through WeShare online giving contributed $3,900. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring non-perishable food items to St. James church. They will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. You may place the items in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination this year. A celebration of this event will take place on Sunday, September 8 on the grounds of St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken. A committee is forming to plan the celebration. Parishioners interested in helping are asked to phone Phyllis Motill 607-869-3818 or Kathy Sinkiewicz, 607-869-2285.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to:

Retreat Day for Ministers:
A retreat day for those in ministry will be held on Wednesday, June 5, from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the Abbey of the Genesee. The theme of the day will be: “Come Holy Spirit: God’s Presence in My Life.” To register go to and click on “register for live events.” If you have additional questions, please contact Katey Bourne at [email protected].

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 1969? We’d love to have you return to camp for our 2019 alumni gathering on Tuesday, June 25. We’re looking to show our camper alumni everything that’s changed and remained the same about CSM over the years. We’ll be hosting two gatherings that day, a breakfast from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. and a dinner from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. If you are interested in attending during either time period, please RSVP by emailing [email protected] or by calling 585-346-2243.

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.

Support Group:
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 or contact Mary Joslyn at [email protected].

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

June 1, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

June 8, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 2, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday)
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

June 9, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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