Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 25, 2020

First Reading:
“You shall not wrong any widow or orphan. If ever you wrong them and they cry out to me, I will surely hear their cry. My wrath will flare up, and I will kill you with the sword.” (Ex. 22:21-23a)

I love you, Lord, my strength. (Ps. 18)

Second Reading:
You became imitators of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit, so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. (1 Thes. 1:6-7)

Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mt. 22:37-39)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. 

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Do we really understand how important our relationships with our brothers and sisters throughout the world truly are? Many give God’s commandment to love your neighbor and yourself a congenial glance of approval and agreement without really thinking about the implications. Sometimes it is easier to kneel in reverence before the tabernacle in a church than to kneel in reverence before the tabernacle of another person’s soul. Witnessing and being consumed by the Divine Power alive in the heart of every living being transforms not only how we see our brothers and sisters but how we see God Himself. The cries of the poor and those who are hurting must echo in our hearts. We can no longer be deaf to the world’s pain. It is no longer acceptable to judge others, unduly criticize, or marginalize, neglect, abuse, manipulate, or participate in the exploitation of anyone! We are asked to become hypersensitive to not only what we are doing, but why we are doing it. This holds true not only with regard to the daily conduct of our lives but our economic and corporate relationships and policies as well.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday (October 27), 4:00 p.m., in the parking lot at South Seneca high school
    • Interlaken Reformed church: 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Fridays
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 5:15–6:00 p.m., every other Monday (October 26)
  • Bernard is Available: 6:30 p.m., Fridays, St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Churches: Opened daily for private visiting and prayer

Sacrament of Reconciliation – More Time Allotted:
Friday evenings, beginning October 30, Fr. Bernard will be available from 6:30–7:30 p.m. (or beyond that time if needed) at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus Church in Interlaken for Confessions and for anyone (Catholics and non-Catholics) wishing simply to speak with him.

Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all prior season’s decorations at Holy Cross and St. James cemeteries removed by November 13. Thank you.

All Saints’ Day:
Liturgically, next Sunday, November 1, we will be celebrating All Saints’ Day. This liturgical celebration will take precedence over the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time.

All Souls’ Day:
Next Monday, November 2, is All Souls’ Day. It is not a holy day of obligation. At the daily 8:30 a.m. parish Mass at St. Francis Solanus Church, the names of our beloved parishioners and others who have died within the year (November 3, 2019–November 2, 2020) will be proclaimed, and a candle will be lit in their memory. All are welcome for this remembrance celebration.

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:
It is a tradition to have “All Souls’ Day” envelopes available for parishioners to record the names of their beloved deceased and to have them prayed for on that day and throughout the month of November. On November 2 the envelopes will be placed on the altar and remain there throughout the month. Remembrance envelopes are available in the Churches and in the offertory envelope boxes. You may also mail to the parish office (or phone the parish office) the names of the deceased loved ones you wish to have remembered and prayed for.

Cemetery Fund Collection:
The parish has two cemeteries: Holy Cross in Ovid, and St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg. They both operate with an annual deficit. Cemeteries must strive to maintain a fully funded “Permanent Maintenance Fund.” It is difficult to achieve this goal because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity to produce ongoing income to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year. Please mail contributions to the parish office, deposit them in the basket at the door of the churches, or make the offering through WeShare online giving. Thank you.

Respect Life:
To learn about the work of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities to protect and defend human life, go to: It is very informative.

2020/2021 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. By now, past CMA donors have received a special letter in the mail with a personalized pledge card. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please prayerfully consider a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts.

Catholics Care. Catholics Vote. Practice Civil Dialogue.
In their statement on Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, the U.S. Catholic bishops remind Catholics that we are called to engage in charitable, respectful, and civil dialogue during election season. In a culture that is dominated by “partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype,” the Church calls for a different kind of political engagement (no. 14). Visit to access resources on civil dialogue and on how our faith calls us to engage during election season and beyond.

Share the Warmth:
The annual Share the Warmth distribution of free winter outerwear (coats, hats, gloves, scarves, boots, etc.) will take place at Catholic Charities from November 9–13 and November 16–20. Volunteers are needed, especially needed during morning shifts. Covid–19 safety protocols will be enforced. Please contact Michaela at or 607–272–5062 to sign up. There is a collection bin on the rectory porch at St. James the Apostle, and collection bins in stores around the area where you may leave donations.

Beatification of Fr. Michael McGivney:
The founder of the Knights of Columbus, Venerable Fr. Michael J. McGivney, will be beatified on October 31, 2020 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. He will be the first American parish priest to be beatified. Fr. McGivney (1852-1890) was born in Waterbury, CT and ordained as a priest in 1877. He founded the Knights of Columbus 138 years ago to enable Catholic men to support one another and their families with spiritual and temporal needs. Today, this fraternal order has become the largest lay Catholic organization in the world with 2 million members, sponsoring a wide range of educational, charitable, and religious activities. For more information on the new Blessed in the Church, go online and search: Fr. Michael McGivney Guild.

COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program:
This program is designed to provide up to three months of rent relief to eligible households who have experienced a loss of income related to the public health crisis. To learn more or apply, visit or phone 607–277–4500. Assistance is available to renters in four counties including Seneca, Schuyler, Tioga, and Tompkins.

The Bishop’s Reminder:
Due to the prevalence of the Coronavirus, the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is suspended until further notice. Those who are at a higher risk of COVID-19 and those concerned for their health are urged not to come to church for Mass. Those who feel in any way sick should not enter any parish building or church.

Need for Election Inspectors:
There is an urgent need for Election Inspectors. Inspectors help make our elections run safely and smoothly. It is important that our polling locations are properly staffed. This is an important opportunity to give back and get involved in the civic process. Election inspectors receive a stipend for working on election day and for taking the required training classes. If you would like to learn more, visit the website of the board of elections for your respective county, or call 315–539–1760 for Seneca County, or 617–274–5522 for Tompkins County.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page:
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problems, please email Eileen at

~Please take time this week to pray the rosary for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. ~

Prayer Intentions:
Since we presently cannot have the prayer request books in our churches, do know that the prayer requests of fellow parishioners are still being listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). If you would like to add a request, please email the parish at or phone the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. They have informed our parish that Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, during 2020. In gratitude, let us pray for Sr. Anne Burns and all the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes:
The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” For more information phone 315 789 0708, text: 315-945-1019, or e-mail

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.


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