Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ February 11, 2018

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


First reading:
“If the man is leprous and unclean, the priest shall declare him unclean by reason of the sore on his head.” (Lv. 13:44)

I turn to you, Lord, in times of trouble, and you fill me with the joy of salvation (Ps. 32)

Second reading:
Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God. (1 Cor. 10:31)

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, he stretched out his hand, touched him, and said to him, “I do will it. Be made clean.” (Mk. 1:40-41)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We never marginalize or turn our backs on those who suffer violence, oppression from unjust systems, poverty, illness, or disease. Jesus never turned anyone away, but always extended a hand of healing and compassion. He would insist on extending God’s merciful and unconditional love to all, even if it meant breaking the Sabbath or civil law. Does the way we treat others, especially those who are different than us, reflect the freedom, joy, love, and good news of the Gospel?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.” ~Henri Nouwen

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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. (February 6 and 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. (February 19 and March 5)
  • Book Discussion: Mother Teresa: No Greater Love at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Classes cancelled during February
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour: Fridays, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., in St. Francis Solanus church, cancelled during February
  • Trumansburg Community Chorus: Rehearsals begin on January 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jacksonville United Methodist Church
  • 2018 Public Policy Advocacy Weekend: February 10 and 11
  • Beyond the Plate: at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca on February 11 from 5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Ash Wednesday: February 14
  • 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.

There was a funeral Mass at St. James the Apostle on February 2, 2018, for Lena Douglas, 95, who died on January 26.

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.

Black and Indian Mission Collection:
Next weekend there will be a national second collection for the Black and Indian Missions.

Diocese of Rochester Public Policy Committee:
Today we join with the United States Catholic Bishops and parishioners across our diocese to advocate for passage of the Dream Act. Thank you for caring about these young people who were brought here as children and long for the opportunity of legal residence and a pathway to citizenship. Thank you for signing the petition provided by the Diocese of Rochester Public Policy Committee. We will send these to our members of the U.S. House of Representative and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand.

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 weekends of February 17 and 18 through March 3 and 4. Thank you for supporting our children in need.

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.

Lent in the Parish of Mary
Mother of Mercy

During the Season of Lent, the Church urges all the faithful to reflect a spirit of prayer, penance (conversion), and charity.

Lenten Reminders and Devotions:

  • The season of Lent runs from Ash Wednesday (February 14) until the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday (March 29).
  • “Alleluia” is not sung or said from the beginning of Lent until the Easter Vigil.
  • During Lent the altar is not to be decorated with flowers.
  • Musical instruments may be played only to give necessary support to the singing.
  • The readings for the Lenten Masses have been chosen in relation to the themes of baptismal renewal and conversion.

Lenten Days of Fast and Abstinence:

  • Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fast and abstinence.
  • 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 14 and continues to oblige throughout one’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.
  • Fasting: requires that only one full meal be taken per day. Two other smaller meals may be taken during the day to maintain physical strength, but these two meals together should not equal a full meal in quantity. Fasting obliges all those who have reached the age of 18 and continues to oblige until age 59. Those not specifically obliged to fast are encouraged to join in the discipline of fasting to the extent that they are able.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
A diocesan day of penance and mercy is Wednesday, March 14, 12:300–7:30 P.M.

Throughout the diocese, priests will be available at the parish churches for Confession. A priest will be available at the Parish Center in St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

There will be a Communal Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
with Private Confession on March 26, Monday of Holy Week, at the Parish Center in St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken.

The sacrament of Reconciliation/Confessions are every Friday, 6:30–7:00 p.m., at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken or by appointment with a priest.

Ash Wednesday ~ February 14, 2018:

Distribution of Ashes:

  • 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • 12:15 p.m. Distribution of Ashes Service at Holy Cross
  • 7:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis Solanus

Why Ashes? Ash Wednesday is the beginning of the season of Lent. On this day the Church invites us to receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads as a sign that during the Season of Lent we will make sincere efforts to cleanse our lives of sin and to discipline ourselves through prayer and fasting.

Who May Receive Ashes? Baptized individuals who have reached the age of reason. Babies and young children who have not yet received the Sacrament of Penance should not be presented to receive ashes. Ashes are intended for those who are capable of personal sin. The keeping of Ash Wednesday is for leading the baptized members of the Church to repentance and renewal of baptismal promises at Easter.

Ashes and the Word of God. As with all material things that are used as religious symbols, the symbolism of ashes is complex. In themselves ashes have little meaning. But received in light of God’s revealing Word, ashes can become for Christians the biblical symbol they are intended to be – a sign of our desire to turn back to God. It is for this reason that the Church has placed the reception of ashes within the framework of the reading of Scripture. Ashes are reminders of mortality and the fleetingness of life. Through the Scripture readings, God calls us to turn to Him with our whole heart and be faithful to the gospel again. In the light of these readings the reception of ashes becomes for us the symbol of hearts that desire to turn to God, a God who is “gracious and merciful, rich in kindness and relenting in punishment.”

Stations of the Cross:

  • 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.

Easter Triduum (Three Days of Easter):
March 29 and 30, April 1

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).

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

9:00 a.m. Mass on Ash Wednesday, February 14, 2018:
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Patty Messmer, Joan Hogan, Carol Kuklo
Distribution of Ashes: Ron Singer, Cathy DelSignore
Altar server: Debbie Short

February 18, 2018 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom and Beth Duff, Debbie Short

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

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

February 2018:

2/11/18 2/18/18 2/25/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 K. Knapp P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Lector 2 J. Swanson N. Shumway L. Kurkchi
Extraordinary Min 1 A. Calice G. Frank L.A. Fox
Extraordinary Min 2 F. Grasak T. Humulock M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Brandow° L.A. Fox P. Schrimer
2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan
Usher 2 T. Grasak S. Limoncelli P. Marrella
Usher 3 M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

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

Lectors: 1. Ann Buddle, 2. Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Carol Kuklo, 2. Patti Perry, 3. Robin Hamula

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

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




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