Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 5, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
You have turned aside from the way, and have caused many to falter by your instruction. (Mal. 2:8)

In you, Lord, I have found my peace. (Ps. 131)

Second Reading:
With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us. (1Thes 2:8)

“Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you, but do not follow their example. For they preach but they do not practice.” (Mt. 23:3)

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:
Christ turns the way of the world upside down: the great become the small and the honored ones become humble. Be small, and you will feel his greatness. Be humble, and you will know the honor of Heaven.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (Nov. 7), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (November 6) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
    • Lodi’s Community Pantry, Saturdays, 12:30–2:00 p.m., Lodi Rod & Gun Club, 9382 Lodi Center Rd
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., no appointment necessary,St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • November 9 & 30; 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Taizé Prayer: November 16, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • Cemetery Collection: November 4/5
  • Sweet Sunday: November 5, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Trivia Night: November 8, 6:30 p.m., St. James
  • Parish Council: November 9, 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Family Faith Formation: November 11, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus

Annual Financial Report:
The 2022–2023 Financial Report for the Parish for the parish is now available. Father would like to thank everyone for their continued and generous support of the parish.

Saturday Classes–Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation:
Adults interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth or interested in Catholicism or adults desiring to celebrate their first Communion and/or Confirmation, and students eighth grade and above who have not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (with one exception: the second Saturday of the month) at 5:00–6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. November 18th is the next session. The topic: The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist.

Cemeteries Collection this Weekend:
This past July our parish initiated a monthly collection for the financial support of our two parish cemeteries. In the past there has always been an annual Cemetery Fund Collection on the first Sunday of November. In keeping with the annual and monthly collection there will be a second collection this weekend for the cemeteries. As in the past please be as generous as your ability allows. Thank you.

Thank you to Holy Cross Cemetery Volunteers:
Thank you to Gerry Frank, Tom Grasek, Susan Guydosh, Ben Hamula, Kevin Oefelein, Dick Pell, Duane Porterfield, and David Wood.  This summer, this crew of volunteers gave generously of their time to trim, mow, and maintain Holy Cross Cemetery. Their work greatly defrayed maintenance expenses and was a great help to the parish. 

Collection Counters Needed:
Our parish desperately needs more Sunday collection counters at both St. James the Apostle and Holy Cross. Counters work in teams, and each team is only asked to count once every 3-4 weeks. The process of counting the collection takes 30-60 minutes. If you cannot commit to a regular schedule, consider volunteering as a substitute. Contact Susan Guydosh at [email protected] or phone our parish office. Many hands make light work; more volunteers lessen the burden on any one individual. 

Sweet Sunday at St. James the Apostle:
This Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time following the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Trivia Night this Wednesday:
Our parish is holding a Trivia Night this Wednesday, November 8th, from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg. Teams will be competing for the title of smartest parishioners in the parish. Do you know what time Midnight Mass is? In what city is the Cleveland Clinic? Refreshments will be provided.

Parish Council Meeting:
There is a Parish Council meeting this Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. at the Parish Center, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken.

Volunteer for Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Mondays, November 6 & 20 and December 4 & 18, are our parish’s dates to provide volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Sign-up sheets and descriptions of each task are provided in the foyers.

Empty Bowls – Event:
Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Trumansburg Food Pantry is this Sunday, November 5 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at Atlas Bowl. The event includes: a handcrafted bowl, soups, bread, cookies, 5 raffle tickets, and free bowling. Tickets are $40 (children 12 and under eat free).

Food Donations Needed

  • James the Apostle Church: every second Sunday of the month non-perishable, food and hygienic items can be placed on the table in front of the Blessed Mother statue.
  • Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus: food and hygienic items can be placed in the foyers at any time.

Monetary donations by check are also accepted (Mary, Mother of Mercy with food pantry in the memo line).

Share the Warmth:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club is sponsoring a collection bin on the front porch of the St. James rectory as part of their Share the Warmth campaign that runs through early December. Share the Warmth accepts all winter clothing in good repair: coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, etc. Blankets also are welcome. All donations should be new or gently used, and clean for future recipients. Thank you to all who participate.

Prayer Vigil for Peace:
All are welcome to gather to pray for peace on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00–2:00 p.m. and on Thursdays 8:30–10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg.

Seneca County Senior Center Events:

  • Movement & Music: November 14, 21, & 28, 1:15 p.m.
  • Tea and Talking: November 9, 16, & 30; 1:00 p.m.

These events will take place at Verona Village in Ovid and are open to Seneca County residents 60 and older.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
The CMA is happening. The Appeal serves people in need; provides diocesan wide services to parishes and institutions; supports seminarians, Deacons, and Pastoral Leaders; educates the young in the Catholic faith; and funds the operation of diocesan office/ministries, etc. Our parish given goal is $31,000. As of October 24th, forty-nine parish households have pledged $12,450 which is 40.16% of our goal. Please participate in the Appeal. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.

National Vocation Awareness Week:
National Vocation Awareness Week is this week, November 5-11. Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons, and consecrated men and women. May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of vocation. 

Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua:
Upcoming opportunities to renew your spirit:

  • “Spirituality of Aging” Day Retreat: November 7 with Fr. John Rose
  • “Keep Hope Alive” Retreat Weekends: Nov. 17-19 (Couple’s), Dec. 8–10 (Men’s)

For more details please visit our website at

Eucharistic Miracles:
The Knights of Columbus (Ithaca Council 277) is sponsoring a photographic display of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles at Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on November 11–12. Blessed Carlo Acutis created the art for the Eucharistic Miracles panels before his death from leukemia at age 15.

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 problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This time of silent prayer provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. 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.” To learn more visit, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.


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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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