Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 4, 2018


First reading:
“Fear the LORD, your God, and keep, throughout the days of your lives, all his statutes and commandments.” (Dt. 6:2a)

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

Second reading:
But Jesus, because he remains forever, has a priesthood that does not pass away. (Heb. 7:24)

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.” (Mk. 12:30)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Love of God and love of neighbor are intimately bound together. You cannot have one without the other. Who are my neighbor and how do I love them? It is easy to confess with our lips that we love our neighbor. But how does this get translated into action? Our neighbors are not only those who live around us or are most familiar to us. Everyone is our neighbor: those who are foreign to us, those who have come here illegally, those who have hurt us, those we envy, those we take for granted, and those who are poor. Embracing humanity in all of its forms is not always an easy task, and doing so can quickly take us out of our comfort zones. Working for justice, as God desires, often means adjusting how much I can have and sacrificing our wants and desires. The very image of God is on the faces of our neighbors, and our face can be found there as well. How much do we really love them?

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis Solanus church, Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.
  • Food Pantries: There is a food pantry at the Ovid Federated church on Mondays at 10:00 a.m. The food truck is available to everyone every other Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. (November 13). A 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. (November 5).
  • Confirmation Formation Classes: There will be no class on November 4 (see take home assignment instead) nor on November 11
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
  • RICA Classes: Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle at 7:00 p.m. are postponed for now
  • Pie Sale: After Mass on November 3 and November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and on November 4 and November 11 at St. James
  • Coffee Hour: November 4 at St. James the Apostle following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
  • Election Day Dinner: November 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church
  • Fall Cemetery Cleanup: All decorations/flowers need to be removed by November 9
  • Jewelry and Handbag Sale: November 9 (Noon–6:00 p.m.) and November 10 (10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.) in the St. Catherine of Siena parish center
  • Lectors’ Meeting: After Mass on November 18 at St. James. The meetings at St. Francis and at Holy Cross will be rescheduled.
  • November’s Day of Prayer: November 13, from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Notre Dame Retreat House
  • Marriage Encounter Weekend: November 16–18 at Notre Dame Retreat House.
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg

Robert Victor Pezdek, 80, died October 18, 2018. His funeral Mass was on October 24 at St. James the Apostle church.

Second Collection for the Cemetery Fund:
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. A second collection in support of our parish cemeteries will be taken up this weekend, November 3 and 4.

Fall Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all previous seasonal decorations/flowers removed by November 9. Anything left may be disposed of as the cemetery staff deems appropriate.

Confirmation Formation Classes:
The confirmation class will not be held at St. James this Sunday, November 4. Instead an assignment will be sent to the students/parents for them to complete, with a required response for both the catechetical part and the scriptural part. There is no class scheduled for November 11.

Lectors’ Meeting:
The General Instruction of the Roman Missal has items related to the ministry of lector. Those items will be shared together with a review of ministry procedures so all three churches in the parish will be in sync with one another. The meeting will be brief and will be held after the weekend Mass on Sunday, November 18, at 10:00 a.m. at St. James the Apostle. This will be repeated after the Masses at St. Francis and Holy Cross at a later date. Lectors should plan to attend one of these meetings.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign continues. Thank you to everyone in the parish who has responded with a gift or pledge. Your gifts so far amount to $7,097 toward our given parish goal this year of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider your financial participation. Another letter and pledge form will soon be mailed to everyone who has not yet responded. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services, and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. We need your financial support to reach our potential. Thank you and please pray for the success of our efforts. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal. It is posted to the diocesan website ( and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma).

Pies for Sale:
St. James church and the parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, will hold its annual pie sale to raise money to participate in the annual Trumansburg area Christmas Bureau. Please buy a pie and help this worthy cause. Pie orders and payment will be taken after the 5:00 p.m. Mass on November 3 and November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on November 4 and November 11 at St. James. Pies will be available to be picked up at the church where they were ordered after the Mass on November 17 and November 18. Thank you and God bless you!

On-line Giving:
Parishioners can sign up to support the parish financially online with a few easy steps:

  1. visit
  2. click “Giving”
  3. click the OnLine Giving We Share logo, toward the bottom of the page
  4. click Offertory “Make a Donation”
  5. click “Recurring donations”
  6. next will appear a page titled “Create a new repeating donation for Offertory”
  7. respond to the sections on that page requesting information to set up your account.

Once you have added your account information, donations will automatically deduct from your account. If you have any questions, please contact the parish office at 607 294 0064.

Advent Concert:
The Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) have scheduled the annual TAC Advent Concert for Sunday, December 2, at 4:00 p.m. in the Presbyterian church. In preparation for our parish participation, the parish guitar group will be practicing on Sundays after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. Those unable to make the Sunday practices are invited to practice on three Tuesdays (November 13, 20, and 27) at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church. Anyone interested is asked to please attend the Sunday or Tuesday rehearsals. All are welcome.

Election Day Dinner:
There will be an election day dinner on Tuesday, November 6, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Community United Methodist Church. All you can eat adult dinners are $10.00 and children under 12 are $5.00.

November’s Day of Prayer
In honor of November’s Day of Prayer, Fr. Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R. (author of Mary in 3-D: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion) will present “Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Icon of Discipleship, Doctrine, and Devotion.” The event will take place on Tuesday, November 13, at the Notre Dame Retreat House beginning at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and concluding around 3:00 p.m. The fee of $25.00 includes the conference, lunch, reconciliation, and Mass. Please call 585-394-5700 or email: to register.

A Get Away Weekend Before the Holidays:
All married couples are invited to attend the “Worldwide Marriage Encounter” weekend at Notre Dame Retreat House from November 16 through November 18. Give each other this gift of a special time away for just the two of you to become closer before the busy holiday season. There will be no mandatory group sharing. $100 application fee includes food and lodging. Call 585-223-1121 or email to register or for more information. You can also go to:

Elegant Jewelry and Handbag Sale:
St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 309 Siena Drive, Ithaca, will be having an elegant jewelry and handbag sale on November 9, from noon until 6:00 p.m., and November 10, from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., in the parish center. Handbags include high-end Gucci, Coach, Dooney and Bourke, and Furla. There will be rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces, including a lot of sterling silver. Only cash and local checks accepted. Tell your children that they can shop for their loved ones at the special “Kids/Youth Korner.”

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.

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

Saturday Vigil Mass at 5:00 p.m.

November 3, 2018 (First Weekend):
Lectors: Marie Roloson, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer

November 10, 2018 (Second Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

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

November 11  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

November 2018 schedule forthcoming

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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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