Sixth Sunday of Easter ~ May 6, 2018

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


First reading:
Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.” (Acts 10:34)

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. (Ps. 98)

Second reading:
In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. (1 Jn. 4:9)

“It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.” (Jn. 15:16-17)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love.” So many people hunger for love. All of us desire to be intimately connected with others, God, and our world. Many things can work against this and cause us to feel alienated and even profoundly sad. Pope Francis tells us that our “infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love.” We have been touched by God’s love. We are called to bring that love to others so that their sadness and wounds can be healed. We must do this even for those we do not particularly like or who have hurt us. We cannot let anything stand in the way of love.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” ~Jean Vanier

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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
  • First Communion: May 6 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: May 6, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart cathedral with Bishop Matano
  • Ascension Thursday: May 10 is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and is a holy day of obligation.
  • Notre Dame High School MayFEST: May 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Notre Dame High School in Elmira
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Pentecost Brunch: May 20 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church parish house. Please bring a dish to pass.
  • 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.

First_Communion_4cFirst Holy Communion:
This Sunday, May 6, Nicholas Haynes, Isla Landon, Auggie Mullins, and Jordan Staples will celebrate, for the first time, the reception of the Body and Blood of Jesus in Holy Communion at the 9:00 a.m. Mass. We praise their parents and teachers for preparing them for this most sacred event.

Mass Schedule for Ascension Thursday:051018_cf14_4c
Thursday, May 10, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord and is a holy day of obligation. The times and places of the Masses on that day are:

  • 9:00 a.m. at Holy Cross in Ovid,
  • 12:15 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus in Interlaken, and
  • 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg.

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 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.

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.

Food Donations at St. James:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring non-perishable food items to church and place them on the table in the front beneath the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Old toolsFlowers 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.

Mother’s Day Flower Sale:
Birthright’s annual Mother’s Day flower sale will be Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13. 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, and financial assistance along with adoption referrals. They also offer diapers, formula, and 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.

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.

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

Personal Care Products Collection:
During the month of May we are asking all parishioners for donations of personal care items for the clients of our local food pantries. 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. SNAP/food stamps apparently do not cover these items. Personal care products that are needed include soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body soap or washes, shaving soap, razors, and deodorants. We also thank all the parishioners who regularly put personal care items in their food donation bags.

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]

Notre Dame High School’s MayFEST:
Notre Dame High School is currently seeking a wide variety of craft vendors for MayFEST, which will take place on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. MayFEST is an annual event that seeks to provide a variety of events, games, and entertainment for people of all ages. Interested applicants may download an application at: Questions may be directed to: Tracy Brunton at 607-734-2267 ext. 325. Notre Dame High School is located at 1400 Maple Avenue, Elmira, NY.

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. The topics will include: “Where We Are,” “Assets and Vulnerabilities,” “Farms and Gardens,” “Lakes and Wildlife,” “Village,” “Towns,” and “Citizen Role.” 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 6, 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Tim Davis (for Lynne Stager) and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan

May 10, Solemnity of the Ascension, 7 p.m.:
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mary Szymanski, Cathy DelSignore, Mark Scibilia-Carver

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

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church

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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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
Diocese of Rochester

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