Seventh Sunday of Easter ~ May 13, 2018

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


First reading:
“Therefore, it is necessary that one of the men who accompanied us the whole time the Lord Jesus came and went among us … become with us a witness to his resurrection.” (Acts 1:21-22B)

The Lord has set his throne in heaven. (Ps. 103)

Second reading:
Beloved, if God so loved us, we must also love one another. (1 Jn. 4:11)

Lifting up his eyes to heaven, Jesus prayed saying: “As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. And I consecrate myself for them, so that they also may be consecrated in truth.” (Jn. 17:11b, 18-19)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Prayer is essential to Christian living and decision making. The goal of prayer is really rather simple. By prayer we can deepen our love and desire for God and increase our knowledge and understanding of God’s unconditional love for us. Prayer is not about acquiring this or that or convincing God to act on our behalf. Prayer is the way we begin the process of change, of coming to see as God sees and realize that God’s presence permeates all God has created. If we strive to develop this life of prayer, then Jesus naturally will become our way, our truth and our life. We can then live in the world as he would live in the world.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (May 15 and May 29). A 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. (May 14 and May 28)
  • Small-group Retreat: “33 Days to Morning Glory,” through May 29, from 6:50–8:30 p.m., in the Holy Cross parish house
  • Day Retreat: “Be still and know that I am God,” on May 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Notre Dame Retreat House and presented by Dr. Joseph Kelly
  • Flower Sale: This weekend in support of Birthright
  • STEPS Sustainability Forum: May 15, in the South Seneca Elementary School cafeteria from 6:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
  • Liturgical Minister Invitation: “Transforming Prayer: The Heart of Ministry” at Notre Dame Retreat Center, on May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Diocesan Missions Sunday: Second collection on May 19 and 20 in support of the work being done by the Sisters of St. Joseph in Brazil and the Sisters of Mercy in Chile.
  • Music Festival: May 20, at 5:00 p.m., with the Genesee Symphony Orchestra and S. Shade Zajac, as conductor, in the auditorium of South Seneca Central High School, Ovid.
  • Pentecost Brunch: May 20 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church parish house. Please bring a dish to pass.
  • Parish Council Nominations: The selection of new members will take place on the weekend of May 27
  • Priesthood Vocation: For Catholic men, ages 17–35, who have expressed interest in the priesthood, “24 Hours with the Lord,” will take place June 1 and 2
  • “Sharing the Light” Award Dinner: Honoring Phyllis Motill, June 14, at the Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On May 3 there was a funeral Mass at St. James the Apostle for George A. Gerogiadis, who died on April 27, 2018, at the age of 57.

Jordan Thomas and Tristin John-Lee Staples were baptized into the Kingdom of God at St. James the Apostle Church on May 4, 2018.

First Communion:
On May 6 the following celebrated their First Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle church: Nicholas Haynes, Isla Landon, Augustus Mullins, and Jordan Staples.

Spring Fling:
The parish dinner/dance was held on April 28 at the American Legion Hall in Trumansburg with the “Tarps” providing the music. Recognized with expressions of appreciation for sharing their musical talent with the parish for many years were: Ronnie Fairclough, Patricia Guinan, Sandy Huhn, and Teresa Kenney. Lena Douglas (deceased) was recognized for her more than fifty years as sacristan at St. James the Apostle church. A plague will be placed in the sacristy of the church in her memory. There were over 110 tickets purchased for the event and the expressions most heard were: “What a great party.” “The food was delicious.” “The desserts were out of this world.” “The band was super.” For bringing this all together we need to thank: Janice McLaughlin and Gerry Messmer (co-chairs of the Fellowship Committee), along with Phyllis Motill, Camille Taranto, Mary Szymanski, Lydia Kurkchi, and Terri Knebel. What a great job!

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the suggestion of the Liturgy Planning Committee, the rosary will be recited fifteen minutes before the weekend Masses. All are invited to arrive early to Mass in order to join this special devotion.

Flowers for the Blessed Virgin Mary:
Each weekend of May families and parishioners are invited to honor Mary by bringing flowers to be placed at the statue of Mary during the beginning of Mass. There is a sign-up sheet in each of the churches to reserve a weekend in May. Flowers can be from your garden or purchased. Please consider honoring Mary in this special way.

2017_MothersDay_EN_4cHappy Mothers’ Day:
Today we praise God for our mothers. Their continued loving service is rejoiced in and is an inspiration for us to imitate. We pray God to bless all mothers in our parish family and beyond. Mothers, enjoy the day dedicated to you and rejoice in the expressions of love and gratitude that you receive.

Birthright and Mothers’ Day:
The annual mothers’ day flower sale in support of Birthright is this weekend. You may purchase one flower for $1, a half dozen for $5, and one dozen for $10. Birthright is an organization that helps pregnant women by offering alternatives to abortion. They offer free self-administered pregnancy tests, prenatal information, medical referrals, financial assistance, and medical, maternity, and baby clothes. All services are free and confidential. Please extend your support to Birthright, an organization that helps many families and works hard for a better world.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed:
Trumansburg Food Pantry relies on help from our parish during the month of May (May 14 and 28). There is a sign-up sheet in the vestibule of St. James church. Please consider helping during this limited time when the food pantry relies on our parish for volunteers.

Parish Council Nominations:
During the month of May we ask parishioners to nominate themselves or others for membership on the Parish Council. The council meets a minimum of four times a year. Members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, and Fellowship. This year the council needs to select two members from St. Francis Solanus and two members from Holy Cross. The council also needs an alternate from each of the three churches. The selection of new members will take place on the weekend of May 27. The final meeting of the council for this year will be June 21 at which the new members will be present.

Advancing the Kingdom of God:
On Pentecost Sunday weekend, May 19 and 20, Tony Magliano, an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist, will give a brief address after the final prayer of the Mass. His theme will highlight the prophetic baptismal call given to every Christian to transform society’s structures of sin, which oppress the poor and vulnerable, into structures of justice, love, and peace.

Diocesan Missions Sunday:
For over fifty years the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of Mercy have provided missionary work in Brazil and Chile. Next weekend, May 19 and 20, we call upon all to help the sisters with your prayers and a sacrificial gift. A second collection will be taken up next Sunday so that the sisters may be supported in continuing to bring Christ into a world where darkness, despair, and emptiness prevail.

052018_cf13_4cWear Red for Pentecost:
Next Sunday, May 20, is Pentecost Sunday. The Liturgy Planning Committee reminds parishioners that there is a Catholic custom to wear red clothing for the liturgical celebrations on Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Pentecost Brunch:
There will be a dish to pass brunch next Sunday, May 20, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross meeting house. There is a sign-up sheet at Holy Cross church. You can bring your dish to pass items to the meeting house before Mass that day. If you have any questions, contact Kathy Sinkiewicz at 869 2285.

Music Festival:
On Sunday, May 20, the Seneca Summer Music Festival will present, in concert, the Genesee Symphony Orchestra with S. Shade Zajac as conductor. The performance will be in the auditorium of South Seneca Central High School, Ovid. The festival starts at 5:00 p.m. and admission is free.

Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The 2017–2018 CMA appeal concludes at the end of the month of May. On May 4, it was reported that our parishioners have pledged $30,313 toward the parish goal of $30,549. We are at 99.23% of goal. Our appreciation goes to the 139 households who have participated in the CMA and a special expression of gratitude to parishioners who made outstanding contributions and some who made extraordinary contributions. All parish households are invited and encouraged to make a pledge. Participation is primary. What is pledged is secondary. If you have not yet participated in the CMA, please obtain a CMA envelope located in the foyer of the church and make a pledge according to your means. Thank you.

Invitation for All Parish Ministers:
Parish staffs—those involved in faith formation, music, and other aspects of ministry (liturgical ministers) are invited for a time of nourishment, refreshment, and renewal at Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, on Wednesday, May 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. The theme of the day is “Transforming Prayer: The Heart of Ministry.” For more information and to register by May 4, please contact Betsy McDermott 585-328-3228, extension 1287. The cost varies from $40 for one parish minister to $25 for four or more parish ministers.

Day Retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House:
There will be a day retreat on the theme of “Be still and know that I am God,” at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY) on Tuesday, May 15, presented by Dr. Joseph Kelly, professor of Hebrew Scriptures at St. Bernard’s Seminary. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee, followed by the conference and includes lunch. It concludes at 3:00 p.m. following a reconciliation Mass. The cost is $25. To register, call 585-394-5700 or email: [email protected]

STEPS in Seneca County:
Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) is a neighborhood health improvement initiative of the S2AY Rural Health Network funded by the Greater Rochester Health Foundation. The residents of the four South Seneca towns of Covert, Lodi, Ovid, and Romulus determine STEPS’s focused projects. Everyone is welcome to join in to encourage that every individual in our community reach high levels of social, economic, and personal health. A STEPS sustainability forum, “Exploring Community Well-being Now and for Our Future,” to which all are invited, is scheduled for Tuesday, May 15, at the South Seneca Elementary School cafeteria in Interlaken, from 6:15 p.m.–8:30 p.m. Supper and childcare is provided. Supper is 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. with childcare beginning at 6:00 p.m. Register today at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Seneca County events page or phone 607 403 0069.

sp1725bi_4cPriesthood Vocations:
Join a gathering of young adult Catholic men ages 17–35, who have expressed interest in the priesthood and have been encouraged by their pastor, parish, family, and friends to pursue the call to the ordained priesthood. The event: “24 Hours With The Lord” will take place June 1–2. For more information contact: Fr. Peter Van Lieshout at [email protected] or phone 315 462 2961.

Sharing the Light Award Dinner:
The Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes sponsors the “Sharing the Light” award dinner to honor those who give so much of their time and talent to the betterment of our community. This year, our parishioner, Phyllis Motill, will be one of the recipients of the award. The event, at $50 per person, will take place Thursday, June 14, at the Hobart and William Smith College, Geneva, N.Y. beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information phone Rhonda at 315 789 2686 X 104. Register on website at

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).

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.

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

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle

May 13, 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

May 20, 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church

5:00 p.m. Mass on Saturdays

5/5/18 5/10/18Volunteers


12 pm

5/12/18 5/19/18 5/26/18 6/2/18 6/9/18 6/16/18
Lector 1


Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke Scott Hamula Sheila Haddad Gerry Messmer Kathleen Rourke
Lector 2


Marie Roloson Millie Messmer Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Millie Messmer Barb Willers
Extraordinary Min. 1


Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Lee Davidson Patti Perry
Extraordinary Min. 2


Mary Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson
Extraordinary Min. 3


Robin Hamula Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Patti Perry Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Robin Hamula
6/23/18 6/30/18 7/7/18 7/14/18 7/21/18 7/28/18 8/4/18 8/11/18
Lector 1


Scott Hamula Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Scott Hamula Kathleen Rourke Gerry Messmer Ann Buddle Sheila Haddad
Lector 2


Kathleen Rourke Barb Willers Marie Roloson Barb Willers Sheila Haddad Millie Messmer Marie Roloson Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Min. 1


Robin Hamula Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula Millie Messmer Kathleen Rourke Millie Messmer Robin Hamula
Extraordinary Min. 2


Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry Lee Davidson Patti Perry
Extraordinary Min. 3


Mary Davidson Millie Messmer Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson Mary Davidson Marie Roloson

#1 on the schedule distributes the host. Also sets up for Communion and cleans up.

#2 and #3 on the schedule distributes the precious blood.


Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

May 2018:


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