Third Sunday of Easter ~ May 5, 2019

First reading:
“We are witnesses of these things, as is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Acts 5:32)

I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. (Ps. 30)

Second reading:
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing.” (Rev. 5:12b)

This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to his disciples after being raised from the dead. (Jn. 21:14)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
If you really want to get to know someone, invite them to dinner. Sharing a meal with someone opens up the door to a deeper, more intimate, and more authentic encounter. When we gather around a table, we are more vulnerable and are reminded not only of our need for food and sustenance, but also the love of friends and community. We are meant to be together. Meals can be opportunities not only for authentic meetings, but for healing relationships, for understanding one another better, and for renewal. Jesus invites us to dine with him once again at today’s Eucharist. He receives our pain and blesses our wounds. We are forgiven, set straight, renewed, and reconfirmed in our task of discipleship. Love is celebrated here again. May we bring that love to those who need it most, especially those we may find difficult to love and to those who have hurt us. Share with them the bread of compassion and the wine of mercy.

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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 14)
    • 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. (May 13)
  • Confirmation Candidates: Eighth and ninth graders, Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • 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
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation: May 16, 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church
  • Renewing Wedding Vows: May 19, 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral
  • Selection of New Parish Council Members: May 26 at each church
  • Discerner retreat: May 31 to June 1, at 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

Rich Rasmussen “thanks” both Mary, Mother of Mercy, and Immaculate Conception parishes for their support with the pancake breakfast fundraiser for St. Juan Bautista Church in Don Juan, Dominica Republic, that was held on April 7 at Immaculate Conception in Ithaca. The event raised $1,496.10 toward the rebuilding of the church. “This is awesome.”

The Sacrament of Confirmation:
On Thursday, May 16, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca, at 7:00 p.m. Bishop Salvatore R. Matano will confirm several of our parishioners. They are: Clare Marie Carver, Madison Feely, Bryce Grove, Colby Grove, Tylor Hunt, Andrew Masters, and Ashton Wiggins. Our parish rejoices in their commitment to our Lord Jesus and to promoting the Kingdom of God.

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

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 and members are assigned, after expressing their preference, to one of the standing committees: Word, Worship, Witness, or Fellowship. The selection of members will take place on Sunday, May 26. New members will be invited to attend the council’s meeting on June 13.

Birthright and Mothers’ Day:
The annual Mothers’ Day flower sale in support of Birthright is next weekend. You may purchase one flower for $1, a half dozen for $5, or 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, financial assistance, and medical maternity and baby clothes. All services are free and confidential. Please extend your support to Birthright.

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, ending May 26.

Renew Your Marriage Vows:
All married couples and their families are welcome to attend and renew their marriage vows with Bishop Matano on Sunday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park, Rochester, NY. Those celebrating milestone jubilees will be given special recognition. To register go to: Additionally, as part of the recognition, the June issue of the Catholic Courier will feature a wedding jubilee section. To be included in this, please send an email, or a letter, with the following information: names, church, town where you were married, wedding date/year, and a wedding photo (optional). To be included you need to e-mail [email protected] by May 6.

Parish Is on Social Media:
Social media got you down? Come and follow Mary, Mother of Mercy, on Facebook and Instagram! Both platforms will keep you updated on parish events (including photos), and the church community. It is also a good way to view positive devotional messages. The Facebook link is and on Instagram you can find us at marymotherofmercyparish. If you have something you would like to add to our parish pages, please contact Susan Guydosh at [email protected].

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].

Catholic Women:
Are you looking for signs of hope in our church? The executive director of FutureChurch, Deb Rose Milavec, and others will talk about recent developments that are happening in our church both internationally and locally, including honoring local Catholic women. The conference, open to both men and women, takes place on Saturday, June 1, from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Pittsford, N.Y. Register before May 22 by sending $25 (includes breakfast and lunch) and your name and contact information to Karen Costello, 357 Marion St., Rochester, N.Y. 14610.

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 precept the Easter season is considered the First Sunday of Lent until Trinity Sunday (this year June 16).

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

40 Days For Life:
We thank all of who have participated in our largest campaign ever! What’s next you ask? Day 41! Come join others praying peacefully on Fridays throughout the year, or, any day that suits your schedule. Stay up to date with state legislative motions that will protect women, the unborn, and families affected by abortion expansion-join the Catholic Action Network of the NYS Catholic Conference. For more information 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].

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

May 11, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

May 5, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday)
Lectors: Donna Ryan (for Lynne Stager) and Tim Davis (for Barbara Willers)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

May 12, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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