Third Sunday of Lent ~ March 4, 2018

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


First reading:
“I, the LORD, am your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me.” (Ex. 20:2-3)

The decree of the LORD is trustworthy, giving wisdom to the simple. (Ps. 89)

Second reading:
For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. (1 Cor. 1:25)

And to those who sold doves he said, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me. (Jn. 2:16-17)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
How seriously do we take the Ten Commandments? Many today adopt a free spirit approach to life and resist conforming their thoughts and actions to established guidelines and principles. We all need direction. Those who travel realize how much easier journeys can be when equipped with the proper directions. The Ten Commandments are God’s proper directions for us to assist us in living our lives as his children. We are given the example of Jesus, the living temple. Jesus allows us to share in his intimate relationship with his Father so that we can more quickly find our way to him. Guidelines and structure are important. Lent reminds us we are created in a certain way and are meant to live our lives in God.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:










Upcoming Events:

  • 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. (March 6 and March 20). 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. (March 5 and March 19)
  • Book Discussion: Mother Teresa: No Greater Love at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays at St. James the Apostle
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program: Classes will resume on March 4
  • Eucharistic Holy Hour: Fridays, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., in St. Francis Solanus church
  • Stations of the Cross: Thursdays of Lent, 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church followed by a communal “Soup Supper.”
  • Weekend Backpack Program Project: There will be money collection jars at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus the weekend of March 3 and 4.
  • Lenten Day of Reflection: March 13 at Notre Dame Retreat House
  • St. Patrick’s Day Social: after the March 17 evening Mass in the St. Francis Solanus church annex
  • Holy Cross Cemetery cleanup: all winter decorations should be removed by March 31
  • Sacrament of Confirmation: April 5 at St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo
  • Small-group Retreat: “33 Days to Morning Glory,” beginning April 24 through May 29, from 6:50–8:30 p.m., Holy Cross parish house
  • Parish Dinner Dance: April 28 at the American Legion in Trumansburg.

Maintenance Fund Envelope:
In the offertory boxes of envelopes, at the beginning of each month there is an envelope marked “Maintenance Fund.” There is no date on the envelope and there will be no second collection taken up for the maintenance fund. We ask parishioners to please support the maintenance fund by placing your contribution in the regular Sunday collection. The collection helps support the regular and reoccurring costs for buildings and grounds.

YearofEucharist_150_LOGO (1)Year of the Eucharist:
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. “My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, I urge you to continue to deepen your personal devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. It is in knowing and in loving the Jesus of the Eucharist that you will have the means to understand life, to find security, to be a people with roots. It is Christ who sustains and supports us in the many trials, struggles, challenges, transitions and happenings of our human existence. Our ancestors in the faith have given us an example of faith that is eternal, a faith that unites heaven and earth, a faith where heaven and earth meet in the Most Holy Eucharist.” The Bishop’s complete letter may be read on the diocese’s website.

Stations of the Cross:
Thursdays of Lent, 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church followed by a communal “Soup Supper.”

• Fridays of Lent, beginning March 2, at 7:00 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus Church with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at the Parish Center.

Lenten Days of Abstinence:022518_cf14_4c
Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence, i.e. meatless days. Abstinence prohibits individuals from eating meat on a particular day. Abstinence obliges all those who have reached the age of fourteen and continues to oblige throughout a person’s entire life. Those not specifically obliged to abstain from eating meat are encouraged to join in this discipline to the extent that they are able.

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).

Weekend Backpack Program Project:
Parishioners are invited to participate in supporting this program. There will be money collection jars at Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus. If you wish to write a check, write it to “Weekend Backpack Program.” You can put the check in the donation jar or mail it to Weekend Backpack Program, P.O. Box 340, Ovid, N.Y. 14521. Food items donated must be single serving size, e.g. cereal, canned milk or juice, canned fruit and pudding cups, microwaveable individual meals, and popcorn. The collection dates will be the weekend March 3 and 4. Thank you for supporting our children in need.

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

Catholic Relief Services Collection:
This national collection will be taken up next weekend. Your donation helps provide humanitarian aid, resettling displaced individuals and families, and advocating on behalf of the vulnerable. Please visit to learn how you are making a difference.

Holy Cross Cemetery:
Please have all winter decorations removed by March 31. Thank you.

Parish Dinner Dance:
Please make plans to attend the parish dinner dance scheduled for Saturday evening, April 28, at the American Legion in Trumansburg. Music will be provided by the Tarps.

St. Patrick’s Day Social:
Irish Coffee with other delights will be served after the Saturday 5:00 p.m. Mass on March 17 in the St. Francis Solanus Church Annex. All are welcome.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
Bishop Salvatore Matano will confirm eight of our young parishioners along with many other confirmation candidates on Thursday, April 5, at St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo. Let us keep those preparing for the celebration of this Sacrament in our thoughts and prayers throughout this month.

The Easter Triduum and Easter Sunday Schedule:
Please make plans now to celebrate the three days of Easter:

  • March 29, Thursday of the Lord’s Supper (Holy Thursday), 7:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle;
  • March 30, Friday of the Passion of the Lord (Good Friday), 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross; and
  • March 31, Saturday, the Easter Vigil in the Holy Night, 8:00 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus.

The Easter Sunday Masses on April 1, will be the regular Sunday schedule, namely, 9:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Would You Like to Grow in Holiness:
If you’re looking for a simple way to be spiritually renewed, grow in holiness, and develop a deeper relationship with the Sacred Heart of Jesus through the Heart of Mary, join us for “33 Days to Morning Glory,” a small-group retreat co-hosted by the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, and Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center, Inc. A small group will meet once a week for six weeks, beginning Tuesday, April 24 through May 29, from 6:50-8:30 p.m. in the Holy Cross parish house, ending with Mass on Thursday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. For more information: pick-up a flyer at the church entrance, log on to, e-mail:, or call Donna Wieand (716) 901-4313.

Lenten Day of Reflection:
There will be a Lenten day of reflection at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY) on March 13. It will begin at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and end at 3:00 p.m. following Mass. The theme is “Navigating Life’s Challenges: Utilizing God’s Help to Find Joy Amid the Struggles” and is presented by Deacon Peter Dohr, executive director Catholic Charities Wayne County. He also serves as deacon at St. Agnes/St. Paul of the Cross/St. Rose parishes. There is a $25.00 fee that includes lunch. Please call 585-394-5700 or e-mail: to register.

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

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 Schedules for St. James the Apostle

March 4, 2018 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan

March 11, 2018 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Ron Singer

Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

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

March 10
Lectors: 1. Carol Kuklo, 2. Sheila Haddad
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Patti Perry, 2. Lee Davidson, 3. Mary Davidson

March 17
Lectors: 1. Scott Hamula, 2. Gerry Messmer
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Robin Hamula, 2. Millie Messmer, 3. Carol Kuklo

March 24
Lectors: 1. Gerry Messmer, 2. Kathleen Rourke
Extraordinary Ministers: 1. Millie Messmer, 2. Cathy Millspaugh, 3. Patti Perry

REMEMBER: to take Communion to Richard Suchocki and Maryann Dendis before giving to congregation.

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross

March 2018:

3/4/18 3/11/18 3/18/18 3/25/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank P. Schrimer G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson K. Knapp M. Humulock N. Shumway
Lector 2 L. Kurkchi E. Moore P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasak D. Moore L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 S. Limoncelli D. Brandow° T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 K. Sinkiewicz D. Traphagen M. Frank A. Calice
2 Envelopes 2 Collections
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Limoncelli A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 T. Grasak S. Brandow° M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 A. Reagan P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 4



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