For your might is the source of justice; your mastery over all things makes you lenient to all. (Wis. 12:16)
Lord, you are good and forgiving. (Ps. 86)
And the one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because it intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will. (Rom. 8:27)
“Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, ‘First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn’.” (Mt. 13:30b)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Grace and sin are found together. As much as our hearts long for union with God, there is always that part of us that resists. As much as I wholeheartedly believe in God, there is a dimension of disbelief with which I also wrestle. Even though we may seek purity and integrity in all of our thoughts, words, and deeds, there is also the path toward weakness and sin that we find ourselves traversing. Just as weeds can easily overtake the best of gardens, so too can weakness and sin overtake and overwhelm a person. The call is to realize the power the weeds of sin have to choke us off from God’s presence. While God allows the wheat and the weeds to exist together, we must keep our eyes fixed on God’s mercy and forgiveness and resist the death that comes from giving way to sin and evil. In God’s time, the eternal harvest will come, and we will no longer have to worry about the weeds. For now, we must be vigilant and regularly seek the assistance of the Master Gardener.
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
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- Food Pantries:
- Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (July 21) at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
- Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
- Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (July 27)
- Bishop’s Sunday Mass: 11:00 a.m., live stream from Sacred Heart cathedral
- Fr. Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
- Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer
The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.
Corona Virus Safety Precautions:
The celebration of Mass in our churches has resumed, though with a limited number of people in attendance: 33% of the total occupancy of each building (refer to the front cover of the weekend bulletin for the number allowed at Mass in each of our parish churches). Please be assured that the following procedures are being done to keep everyone safe:
- The pews are sanitized before and after Mass.
- Parishioners attending are to sanitize their hands at the entrance of the church.
- People are to wear face masks and keep a six foot distance between themselves and others not of the their household.
- The church doors will remain open so that people will not need to touch the doors to enter or leave.
- Cry rooms are closed.
- All unnecessary chairs, tables, and furniture have been removed.
- All hymnals and other paper resources have been removed from the pews.
- Holy Water fonts have been emptied and will remain empty.
- The books of intercessions have also been removed (prayer requests can be made by phoning the parish office).
- Offertory collections will not take place. Parishioners can make monetary contributions in the baskets provided at the entrance(s) of the church or, better yet, contribute online.
- Collections of food, supplies, etc. for charitable giving cannot take place.
- Going up to communion starts at the front of the church.
- The opposite takes place at the end of Mass, with people in the back of the church leaving first.
- People are encouraged to receive Holy Communion in the hand. Those wishing to receive on the tongue are to come last in the communion procession.
- The priest must sanitize his hands each time after giving Holy Communion on the tongue.
All of us owe a debt of gratitude to the parishioners who have assumed responsibility for the planning and execution of these directives. Thank you.
Weekend Mass Schedule:
A 4:00 p.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle has been temporarily added to the weekend Mass schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our weekend Mass schedule for Saturday is:
- 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and
- 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus church in Interlaken.
The Sunday Mass schedule is:
- 9:00 a.m. at St. James and
- 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid.
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass on a particular day and time and place may phone the parish office expressing their request. Please be sure we have the name of the person or the intention stated, whether the person is deceased or living, and who is requesting the Mass intention and what date and time would be preferred. There is a handy form now available from our web page that has all of these questions listed. Just print out the Mass intention form, fill it out, and send it into the parish office.
Lakeside Day Retreats:
Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc., invites you for a day of rest and renewal at their Seneca Lake property. Their 2020 summer schedule includes:
- “Saint Pope John Paul II The Great,” facilitated by Ann Kern on Saturday, August 8; and
- “In HIS Steps Retreat and Healing Mass,” facilitated by Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., on Friday, August 14.
Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:
- Visit the parish website’s giving page: https://marymotherofmercy.com/giving.
- Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
- Set up your donation or payment.
That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at [email protected].
Ithaca Loves Life Vigils:
Monthly prayer vigils are held in Ithaca every fourth Saturday of the month, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. These vigils are a peaceful, prayerful public witness to end abortion and to offer information to the abortion minded. Let’s unite and boldly come together in love for 90 minutes each month. For more information contact MaryAnne Tissot (315-246-4749) or Carolann Darling (607-351-6668).
Copies of the Magnificat booklets for July are now available in the vestibule of all three churches. They are free to all parishioners.
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at [email protected] or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.
Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” 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.