The Most Holy Trinity Sunday and Father’s Day ~ June 16, 2019

First reading:
“Then was I beside him as craftsman, and I was his delight day by day, playing before him all the while.” (Prv. 8:30)

O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! (Ps. 8)

Second reading:
Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Rom. 5:5)

“But when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you to all truth.” (Jn. 16:13a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We believe in one God who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The reality that God is three distinct Persons yet One is something that is difficult for the mind to grasp. But, understanding God in this way is not impossible for the contemplative heart. We need only to look around us to see our triune God playing and interplaying with all of creation with each of His Persons manifesting itself. God our Father abounds in and through creation. God the Son beats in every human heart, in love, in tenderness of mercy, and in our neighbor. God the Holy Spirit breathes life into all things and guides the course of time and the seasons, bringing wisdom and guidance to all things. Breathe in the height and depth of God’s triune presence and may your heart contemplate His presence and glory.

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. (June 25)
    • 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 17)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage: at Notre Dame Retreat House on June 18.
  • Camp Stella Maris Alumni Gathering: June 25
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8

Father’s Day:
We wish all the fathers of our parish a “happy day.” Enjoy all the greetings of appreciation for the love and service you have given to your family. Your love and service is an inspiration to us all. May God bless and reward you many times over.

Church Sacristan:
The Worship Committee is hoping for a volunteer (or two) to be appointed sacristan for St. Francis Solanus church. The sacristan would primarily be responsible for setting up for Mass, ordering supplies, and assuring that scheduled lectors and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion are present for Mass. If interested in this position, please notify the parish office.

The Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, has two cemeteries: St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. The cost of a traditional burial plot at either cemetery is $650. Please phone the parish office if you are interested in purchasing a plot or for further information.

June’s Day of Prayer:
Join Sr. Carole Proia, SSJ, and Regina Civiletter as they share “Reconciliation and Forgiveness as an Approach to Healing Our Excess Emotional Baggage” at Notre Dame Retreat House (Canandaigua, N.Y.) on June 18. Scriptures call us to forgive but as we all know, to forgive is not always easy. Thus, we often carry heavy burden(s), our emotional baggage that can weigh us down. The presenters will share words of comfort from scripture as well as moving personal stories of being able to forgive. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and ends with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email

Action Alert on Commercial Surrogacy:
Governor Cuomo has prioritized passage (by the end of June) of dangerous legislation to allow surrogate motherhood for profit. The bill would enable the buying and selling of children, the exploitation of women, and would lead to an increased reliance on IVF (in vitro fertilization) and the destruction of human embryos. Please let your elected officials know that you oppose this legislation. Go to and click on “Maintain the ban on surrogacy” to send a quick email message to your representatives in Albany. While you’re there, please check out the rest of the Latest Action Alerts—all issues of life and death! If you need more information, contact Suzanne Stack, Diocesan Life Issues Coordinator, at 585-328-3210 or

Ovid Community Garden:
Please contact the Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions (STEPS) office at 607-403-0069 if you would like to become a member of the community garden in Ovid. Members can rent raised earth beds, 8 ft. x 4 ft., for $10.00.

Right to Life:
A video is available to help you understand the different procedures of abortion at different stages of fetal development. Go to:

Thrift Shop in Mecklenburg:
Mecklenburg United Methodist Church, 6069 Turnpike Road, has the best thrift shop. The Check it Out Shop is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until September 7. They have quality household and craft items, puzzles, toys, children’s clothes, sporting goods, books, small furniture, knick-knacks, kitchenware, and much, much more at very reasonable prices.

Support Group:
Many people who have suddenly lost a family member, friend, classmate, or colleague to suicide may find that sharing openly with fellow survivors about what they have lived through can help with the healing process. The “Sudden Loss/After Suicide Support Group” meets on the third Monday at the Ovid Federated Church, 7137 Main St., Ovid, and on the first Monday at Waterloo Library 31 E. Williams St., Waterloo, from 6:30–8:00 p.m. Visit online at:

Help for Victims:
Victims of abuse should always report abuse to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victims’ assistance coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, by phone at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555; toll-free at 1-800-388-7177, ext. 1555; or by email:

Attention Camp Stella Maris Alumni:
Were you a Camp Stella Maris (CSM) camper in the years 1926 through 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 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

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

June 15, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

June 22, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

June 29, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

June 16, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday)
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

June 23, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

June 30, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time


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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.
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