Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 5, 2017

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

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First Reading:
After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. (Rev. 7:9)

Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face. (Ps. 24)

Second Reading:
Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. (1 Jn. 3:2)

“Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.” (Mt. 5:11-12a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Saints are not only found in the official records of the church; they live among us. They are our brothers and sisters who take Jesus’ teaching on the beatitudes and live it fully. They are the peacemakers, the poor in spirit, the humble, the merciful, and those who challenge our often comfortable lifestyles. We have a cloud of witnesses who stand before us, both in eternity and here on earth, who inspire us to go the distance and fully live the Gospel, even when it is difficult or hurts. They, by example, give us the courage to forge ahead through the most challenging of circumstances. With their inspiration and God’s grace, we can do incredible things.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Earth hath no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.” ~St. Thomas More

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Upcoming Events:

  • AA Meetings: St. Francis 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. (November 14 and November 28). 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. (November 6 and November 20).
  • Rehearsals for the St. James Guitar Choir: Sundays at 10:00 a.m. in the choir loft.
  • Holy Hours on Fridays: from 7:00–8:00 p.m. at the parish center
  • “Share the Warmth” campaign: at St. James from November 2 through the end of the month.
  • Parish Ministry Fair on November 4 and 5: Stop by after Mass.
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program Classes: November 5, 12, and 19 at St. James the Apostle
  • Notre Dame High School Open House: for grades 7–12, on November 5, from 1:00–3:00 p.m.
  • “On the Road to Emmaus: Lessons in Discipleship:” November 7 at Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • Parish Choir Christmas Mass Practice: November 9, at Holy Cross Church, Ovid, from 6:30–8:00 p.m.
  • Complimentary Veterans Breakfast: November 12, from 8:00–11:00 a.m. at the Trumansburg American Legion.
  • Solanus Casey, OFM Cap., Beatification: November 18 in Detroit, MI.
  • Holy Cross Cemetery Cleanup: November 18, at 10:00 am.
  • Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) Concert: 4:00 p.m. on December 3 at the First Baptist Church, Trumansburg.

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. The striving is most difficult because the cemeteries do not have the opportunity for income sufficient to cover their costs. Your financial help is appreciated each year when a collection for the cemeteries is taken up. This year a second collection will be taken up this weekend, November 4 and 5, to financially help both cemeteries.

2017 National Vocations Awareness Week:
Did you know that in our country, compared to 50 years ago, there are 20,000 fewer priests and 130,000 fewer religious sisters? At the same time, the Catholic population has continued to grow steadily. Many factors have contributed to the decline: growing secularism, a lengthened period of adolescence, attitudes about celibacy, etc. During Vocation Awareness Week, please pray that young people in today’s society will hear and respond to God’s call and do your part to encourage them to consider the priesthood and religious life.

Parish Ministry Fair:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12: 6). By our baptism we are called to share in the ministry of the church, using the gifts and talents God has provided. We invite you to think about your talents. What can you contribute to your church? The Worship Committee will be having a ministry fair at each of our churches this weekend, November 4 and 5. Stop by after Mass and enjoy some food as you speak to members of the various ministries that enrich our parish. You will have an opportunity to ask questions before signing up for the ministry that best fits your gifts and interests.

Parish Choir Rehearsal:
This Thursday, November 9, the parish choir will have a Christmas Mass practice at Holy Cross Church, Ovid, from 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Food Donations:
Next weekend (November 12) food donations may be brought to St. James the Apostle Church and placed on the table in front of the statue off the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary donations are also accepted.

Holy Cross Cemetery:
Volunteers are invited to clean the Holy Cross Cemetery in Ovid on Saturday November 18 at 10:00 a.m.

Maintenance Fund Collection:
Next weekend (November 12) there will be a second collection for the support of our parish buildings and grounds.

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma:
It has been reported that our parishioners contributed $6,276.44 for the relief efforts for the victims of Harvey and Irma. This is most generous and inspirational. The Lord will reward you many times over for your help.

Mass Attendance for September:
September average attendance for the Masses: 5:00 p.m. had 79 people; 8:15 a.m. had 81; 9:30 a.m. had 104, and 11:00 a.m. had 71.

Year of the Eucharist:YearofEucharist_150_LOGO (1)
“The quality of sacred music, properly chosen and theologically sound, which appreciates the Church’s rich musical heritage over the centuries, a veritable ‘treasure of inestimable value’ (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 112), not restricted by only one period; the décor of the Church which identifies it as a holy place, a consecrated place set apart as the House of God ‘worthy, becoming and beautiful, signs and symbols of things supernatural’ (Sacrosanctum Concilium, no. 122); the Tabernacle, clearly visible and prominently located where Christ resides among His people; and the careful preparation of deacons, readers, servers and the altar and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, all these very important elements enhance the richness of the Church’s liturgies and inspire the faithful.” The above 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. The full pastoral letter is available on the diocesan website.

Dinner Dance:
The Parish Council’s Fellowship Committee is hoping to have a parish dinner dance in April. Please consider being part of the planning committee. If interested and able please phone the parish office (607-294-0064) and volunteer. The committee would love to have you.

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
An update on how we are doing: our parish goal for the appeal is $30,549. Sixty-four donors have pledged $10,645 which represents 34.85% of our goal. A “thank you” to all who have made a pledge to the appeal. We ask all households to make a pledge as soon as possible. Pledge envelopes have been mailed and there are envelopes in the foyers of the churches. “Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.”

People Helping People:
The Seneca County Transportation Corps is providing rides for residents of Seneca County to medical and dental appointments and other health-related destinations. If you are in need of a ride please phone 315–333–2179.

Substitute Collection Counters Needed:
Parishioners interested in helping to count the weekend collection—we need fill-in substitutes. Please volunteer. If interested, phone the parish office at 607-294-0064. Thanks for considering the request.

TAC Concert:
The guitar choir group at St. James in Trumansburg is starting practices every Sunday for the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) concert, which will be at 4:00 p.m. on December 3 at the First Baptist Church of Trumansburg, 4443 E. Seneca Road. This is a free concert open to the public that many area churches perform in. If you are interested and over 15 years of age, please see us in the choir loft before or after the 11:00 a.m. Mass Sunday. You can also contact Debbie Swartz at 607-387-9717 for more information. The deadline to join is November 11.

Notre Dame Retreat House:
“On the Road to Emmaus: Lessons in Discipleship” is the topic of a day retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House. Join us on Tuesday, November 7, at Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, New York. The day schedule is: 9:00 a.m. registration along with coffee and pastries; the conference begins at 9:30; lunch is at noon; followed by reconciliation and mass; the day ends at 3:00 p.m. Please call 585-394-5700 to register. A fee of $25.00 is payable at registration. Fr. Denis has recently been assigned to Notre Dame Retreat House Ministry. From 2008 to 2016, he was professor, scholar-in-residence at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. From 1988 to 2008, he was professor of the history of moral theology and Christian spirituality at the Alphonsian Academy of the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. He has authored over thirty books and has currently received a grant to study tie between spiritual direction, moral life.

Share the Warmth:
St. James parishioners can help others cope with the oncoming cold weather by contributing new or gently used winter clothing and blankets to the twenty-fifth annual “Share the Warmth” campaign. Donations of jackets, boots, coats, and winter accessories such as hats, scarves, gloves, and mittens are distributed by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga through the Samaritan Center free of charge to individuals who are in need of such items. The collection bin at St. James will be available by November 2 and will be accessible until the end of the month. Distribution is scheduled for December 4–15, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Complimentary Veterans Breakfast:
A complimentary veterans breakfast will be held next Sunday, November 12, from 8:00–11:00 a.m. for veterans and their loved ones at the Trumansburg American Legion. The Trumansburg United Methodist Church is sponsoring the event. No RSVP is required.

Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester:
The sisters have a prayer ministry and throughout 2017, Sister Dolores Bachman and Sister Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish and parishioners. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as an expression of gratitude. Sisters of St. Joseph website:

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

Schedule for November 4 and 5, 2017 (First Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Scott Hamula and Amy Panek
EM: Barbara Willers, Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Maria Connell
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Glenn Stamps, Mary Szymanski

Schedule for November 11 and 12, 2017 (Second Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke and Scott Hamula
EM: Barbara Willers, Carol Kuklo, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Rich and Hilary Wong
EM: Lynne Stager, Glenn Stamps

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

November 2017:

11/12/17 11/19/17 11/26/17
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 K. Knapp M. Humulock M. Frank
Lector 2 E. Moore P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 D. Moore L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Brandow° T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 T. Humulock P. Schirmer A. Calice
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Limoncelli A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 P. Marrella M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 M. Maleski M. Maleski
Usher 4

December 2017:

12/3/17 12/10/17 12/17/17 12/24/17 12/31/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock G. Frank G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Frank K. Knapp N. Shumway J. Leidefrost° J. Swanson
Lector 2 E. Moore J. Swanson L. Kurkchi P. Motill M. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 1 S. Limoncelli G. Frank F. Grasak L.A. Fox T. Humulock
Extraordinary Min 2 D. Moore T. Humulock P. Schirmer M. Frank F. Grasak
Extraordinary Min 3 L.A. Fox D. Brandow° L.A. Fox K. Sinkiewicz A. Calice
3 Envelopes 2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 A. Reagan S. Limoncelli T. Grasak P. Marrella M. Maleski
Usher 3 P. Marrella M. Maleski J. Swanson S. Limoncelli T. Grasak
Usher 4


Ministry Schedules for St. Francis Solanus Church

Lector Schedule

November 5 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Jeff Houck Stephanie Houck
November 12 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Sheila Haddad Ann Buddle
November 19 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Pat Messmer Karl Messmer
November 26 Feast of Christ the King Barbara Willers Marie Roloson
December 3 1st Sunday of Advent Stephanie Houck Jeff Houck
December 8 Feast of Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation





December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Charlotte Huyler Ann Buddle
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Marie Roloson Sheila Haddad
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Karl Messmer Pat Messmer
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Jeff Houck Stephanie Houck

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:

DATE Precious




November 5

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time


Cathy Millspaugh


Michele Barr


Patti Perry

November 12

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Chris Duthie


Jeanie Wiggins

Charlotte Huyler
November 19

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time


Patti Perry


Marie Roloson

Mary Ruckdeschel
November 26

Feast of Christ the King


Jennifer Sharp

Cathy Millspaugh  

Pat Messmer

December 3

1st Sunday of Advent


Jeanie Wiggins

Charlotte Huyler  

Chris Duthie

December 8

Feast of Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation




FOR 12:15 PM




December 10

2nd Sunday of Advent


Patti Perry


Marie Roloson


Michele Barr

December 17

3rd Sunday of Advent


Cathy Millspaugh


Jeanie Wiggins

Mary Ruckdeschel
December 24

4th Sunday of Advent


Chris Duthie


Jennifer Sharp

Charlotte Huyler
December 24

Christmas Eve/Day







December 31

Feast of Holy Family


Pat Messmer


Marie Roloson


Michele Barr


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

Altar Server Schedule:

November 1 All Saints Day

Holy Day of Obligation

November 5 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time Nicky & Ben
November 12 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time Ashton & Rian
November 19 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time Nicky & Ben
November 26 Feast of Christ the King Ashton and/or Debbie – maybe
December 31st Sunday of Advent Rian & Nicky
December 8Feast of Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation

December 10 2nd Sunday of Advent Ben andDebbie (maybe)
December 17 3rd Sunday of Advent Nicky
December 24 4th Sunday of Advent Ben
December 31 Feast of Holy Family Rian & Nicky


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