Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ May 26, 2019

First reading:
“It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities.” (Acts 15:28)

O God, let all the nations praise you! (Ps. 67)

Second reading:
I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. (Rev. 21:22)

Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.” (Jn. 14:23)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
To listen openly and be willing to dialogue are the most effective ways to discern how to solve a problem. We must be open to the Holy Spirit and, under his guidance, allow our opinions to be challenged and changed. Learning to trust the active work of the Holy Spirit in all things releases us from fear and brings us closer to living in the peace Jesus promised. Scripture, Church teaching and practice, the wisdom of others in our community, our relationship with God, and the promptings and stirrings of our hearts all have to be weighed when making important decisions. This is how the Holy Spirit keeps us faithful to Christ and the Gospel and the way the Church brings resolution to questions that inevitably arise.

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. (May 28)
    • 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)
  • Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA): Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m., St. James
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 6:00-8:00 p.m., St. James
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Personal Care Products Collection: During the month of May at each church
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at the 10:30 Mass
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, St. John Fisher College
  • Conference for Catholic Women: June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y.
  • Coffee Hour: June 2, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ministers on Retreat: June 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Abbey of the Genesee
  • Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes “Share the Light” Dinner: June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father’s Fiftieth Anniversary: September 8

Parish Council Member Selection:
This Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. Mass, the selection of new parish council members will take place by drawing names from a basket of those nominated. The first two persons so selected will serve a three-year term and the next three persons will serve will serve on the council for a one year term as alternates. “Thank you” to the parishioners who nominated themselves or others and to all the parishioners who accepted the nomination.

Holy Day of Obligation:
Thursday, May 30, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. In celebration of this Solemnity, there will be a 6:00 p.m. Mass on Wednesday at St. Francis Solanus followed by a free will offering dinner of baked stuffed shells and meatballs. On Thursday there will be a 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle followed by a coffee hour. That day there will also be a 6:00 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross followed by a social event to be announced.

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:
Next 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.

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary:
Fr. Bernard was ordained a priest on November 8, 1969, and so will celebrate his 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.

Prayers for Our Parish:
The staff and the parishioners of St. Pius X parish intend to pray for healing and hope for each of the parishes and faith communities in the Diocese of Rochester. During the week of May 26 they will be offering prayers specifically for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. They write: “During the week of our focus on your parish, our parishioners and clergy will be praying that the seeds you are planting will yield one-hundred-fold, that the love you offer will radiate in the hearts of all you encounter, and particularly, that you experience healing in any and all wounds within you parish.” Let us thank God for the loving expression of care for us by the parishioners of St. Pius X.

Parish Part-time Position:
There is a new position offered in the parish, as a catechetical coordinator/office helper. The job 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. The job would begin July 1, 2019.

Personal Care Products Collection:
While many personal care items are donated to the food pantries throughout the year, during the month of May additional attention is being paid to these items as being needed on a constant basis. These items are not covered by SNAP/food stamps. Personal care products that are needed include items like soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, or deodorants. This special collection will be held only during the month of May.

24 Hours with the Lord:
A discerner retreat is being sponsored by the Diocese of Rochester’s vocations office for young adult Catholic men ages 18–35. Join in a time of prayer, fellowship, food, and reflection on Friday, May 31, through Saturday, June 1, at St. John Fisher College. Please reply by Friday, May 24, by phoning 585-328-3210 ext. 1327 or by email [email protected].

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].

Sharing the Light:
Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes will host their annual “Share the Light” award dinner on Tuesday, June 11, at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva beginning at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required by May 24 and the cost is $50 per person. For more information please contact Rhonda at 315-789-2235, ext. 104 or email: [email protected].

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper between 1926–1969? 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

May 25, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

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

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

May 26, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

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

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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