Third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ January 21, 2018

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


First Reading:
When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out. (Jonah 3:10)

Teach me your ways, O Lord. (Ps. 25)

Second Reading:
I tell you, brothers and sisters, the time is running out. From now on, let those having wives act as not having them, those weeping as not weeping, those rejoicing as not rejoicing, those buying as not owning. (1 Cor. 7:29-30)

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea; they were fishermen. Jesus said to them, “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mk. 1:16-17)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Jesus proclaims today the Gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the Gospel.” Jesus challenges us to accept a change of heart, to start believing and thinking differently. The Gospel asks us to take the focus off ourselves and away from self-concern, and place it on our brothers and sisters, especially those most broken and in need, and on our environment. We are called to be stewards of all God has created. This means that we are also called to work on God’s behalf ensuring that all that God created and all who God created is cared for and protected.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Nothing is so strong as gentleness; nothing is so gentle as real strength.” ~St. Francis de Sales

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Upcoming Events:

  • Parish Weekend Mass Schedule: Saturday at 5:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken; Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg; and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross, Ovid
  • 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. (January 23 and February 6). 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. (January 22 and February 5)
  • Book Discussion: Mother Teresa: No Greater Love at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Classes on January 21 and 28 (cancelled during February)
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour: January 26, Friday, 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
  • SouperBowl of Caring: Food items may be brought to the churches on January 27 and 28 and February 3 and 4.
  • 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.

Mother Teresa’s No Greater Love:
Saint Teresa of Calcutta was known for her compassionate and selfless work with the poor, the ill, and the outcast. Come join a five-week discussion of Mother Teresa: No Greater Love, a collection of the essential wisdom of this saint. Let the words of Saint Teresa of Calcutta give you God’s strength, hope, and peace. The discussion will be after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle. Books will be provided. If you need additional information, call Camille Taranto, 387-3125.

SouperBowl of Caring 2018:
February 4 is Super Bowl Sunday and across this nation it is also the date for the “SouperBowl of Caring.” The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will be participating in this event by collecting donations of non-perishable food items and cash that would go directly to the local food pantries. Food items may be brought to the churches the weekend of January 27 and 28 and the weekend of February 3 and 4. On February 4, at St. James the Apostle church, the second year Confirmation students will assist in taking up a collection for monetary donations after Mass as part of their community service. Please consider being as generous as you possibly can—all items and monies collected will be going to our local food pantries to help those who have the need!

2018 Offertory Envelopes:
Parishioners using the boxes of offertory envelopes may pick up their box at the following locations: at St. James the Apostle in the Pine Room, at St. Francis Solanus in the annex, and at Holy Cross in the church vestibule/foyer. The boxes at each location are labeled with your name and address. If you would like a box of offertory envelopes please contact the parish office.

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
An update of January 5 shows that, of our parish goal of $30,549, one hundred and twenty-three households have pledged $28,096, which represents 91.97% of the goal. “Thank you” to all who have made a pledge to the appeal. Pledge envelopes have been mailed and there are envelopes in the foyers of the churches. If we are to reach our given goal—“Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.”

Year of the Eucharist:YearofEucharist_150_LOGO (1)
The following is taken from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano’s pastoral letter announcing a “Year of the Eucharist” in celebration of the 150 (sesquicentennial) anniversary of the diocese. “During this ‘Year of the Eucharist,’ in support of our parents and all entrusted to our pastoral care, I ask that throughout our deaneries and in our schools, institutions, agencies and pastoral programs, the centrality of the Most Holy Eucharist is reflected in our words and actions, in our catechesis and in our religious education programs. It is my hope that there will be greater availability of educational and devotional opportunities for both children and adults to deepen their knowledge about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.” The Bishop’s complete letter may be read on the diocese’s website.

Trumansburg Community Chorus:
Do you like to sing? Come join the Trumansburg Community Chorus! Rehearsals for the spring session will begin on Monday, January 29, and run each Monday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville United Methodist Church, 1869 Trumansburg Road. Alice Ploss, director, has wide experience leading choral musicians of all ages. New members who like to sing are welcome, regardless of formal experience. The fee is $40 for adults and $25 for students. An optional extra $20 would help to purchase music. More information can be found at

Thank You:
• The Trumansburg Food Pantry thanks the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, for donations to the pantry. “We are grateful for the support from such a caring community.”

• The South Seneca Ecumenical Food Pantry sent a thank you to the parish for … “your support…. You are a blessing to us, and our community.”

Justice for Immigrants, Stand with Pope Francis:
In today’s first reading from the Book of Jonah the people of Nineveh get a second chance to turn from their sinful ways and, when they do so, God relents. Pope Francis continually reminds us of the compassion of God who gives us a second chance and he recently launched a campaign called “Share the Journey,” calling on Catholics to learn about and stand on the side of refugees and migrants. The 2018 Public Policy Advocacy Weekend is February 10 and 11 and this year’s issue is the passage by Congress of “The Dream Act.” Here in the Diocese of Rochester Bishop Matano and the Diocesan Public Policy Committee are asking parishes to specifically stand with the Dreamers, the young people who were brought to the United States as children by their parents. The Dream Act offers a “second chance” by providing them an opportunity for legal permanent residence with a pathway to citizenship for those who can fulfill specific conditions. We’ll be signing petitions on this issue soon, but you can get a jump start by calling Rep. Tom Reed’s office at 202-225-3161 to ask him to support this bill.

Ithaca MobilePack:
Come to the second annual “Beyond the Plate,” an evening of local cuisine in support of the Ithaca MobilePack for Feed My Starving Children ( “Beyond the Plate” will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Ithaca on Sunday, February 11, 5:00–9:00 p.m. (first course served at 5:30 p.m.). Local expert chefs are donating their time and artistry, each preparing a course tailored to the evening, with wine pairings as well. Tickets are $100 per person and go on sale Tuesday, January 16. Go to St. Catherine’s website for more information and to order tickets: (under “News and Events”), or call 516-319-6752. All proceeds from the dinner will go to the Ithaca MobilePack, which brings together over 1,400 local volunteers from the Ithaca community to pack over 300,000 meals for Feed My Starving Children, a national Christian organization that delivers these meals to hungry children around the world. Thank you for your support!

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.

Ministry Schedules for St. James the Apostle

January 21, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Barbara Willers and Beth Duff
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan

January 28, 2018 (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Tim Davis and Lynne Stager
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:  Patty Messmer, Tim O’Boyle, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

January 2018:

1/21/18 1/28/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock N. Shumway
Lector 2 P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Frank A. Calice
Usher 1 (Lead) A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 M. Maleski
Usher 4

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lectors: 1. Barbara Willers, 2. Ann Buddle
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Cathy Millspaugh, 2. Carol Kuklo, 3. Kathleen Rourke

Lectors: 1. Carol Kuklo, 2. Sheila Haddad
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Patti Perry, 2. Kathleen Rourke, 3. Millie Messmer

Lectors: 1. Scott Hamula, 2. Gerry Messmer
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Robin Hamula, 2. Millie Messmer, 3. Carol Kuklo

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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