Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time~November 3, 2019

First reading:
For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you have made. (Wis. 11:24a)

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God. (Ps. 145)

Second reading:
We always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose and every effort of faith. (2 Thes. 1:11)

“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.” (Lk. 19:10)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Imagine God coming to you at this very moment saying, “Today I must stay at your house!” How do you react when you hear those words? God must stay at your house. There is no time to clean or organize things or make any preparations. There is no time to backtrack and catch up on things that may have slipped by during the week. God is coming and doesn’t care how things look! God just wants to spend time with you. God’s mercy is very wide. It is so wide that we sometimes have a difficulty accepting just how unconditional and free it really is. We may find ourselves thinking that there must be some folks who don’t deserve it or aren’t worthy. All are worthy. The book of Wisdom tells us, “But you have mercy on all and you overlook people’s sins that they may repent.” There is no way around it: God must offer mercy. We are lost and we desperately need it.

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, 3:00 p.m. (November 12)
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Methodist church every other Monday, 1:00–2:00 p.m. and 5:30-6:00 p.m. (November 4)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • Diocese’s Vocations Week: November 3–9
  • Birthright in Ithaca Luncheon: November 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Ithaca, Ithaca
  • Religion Education Monthly Gathering: November 17, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Ecumenical Choir Practice: November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: November 24, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross

Esther Thomas, 89, died on October 17, 2019. Her funeral service was held at Ness-Sibley Funeral Home on October 24.

Cemetery Fund Collection Today:
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 but 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 2 and 3.

Food Pantry Collection:
Next weekend, the second Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to contribute non-perishable food on the table placed in front of the Blessed Mother statue at St. James. The items will be donated to the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted. Checks should be made out to Mary, Mother of Mercy, with food pantry in the memo line. Thank you to all who contribute!

Ecumenical Choir:
There will be an ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. in Holy Cross church in Ovid, complete with a choir. If you would like to participate in that choir, please join our rehearsal on Thursday, November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Holy Cross. In December there will be another ecumenical service in which you may also participate as part of the choir. The December 8 service is sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) and will take place at the Presbyterian Church of Trumansburg. Please join us as we prepare for both of these ecumenical holiday events in our communities.

Archdiocese for the Military Services:
St. John Paul II established the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) in 1985. It is the only U.S. diocese responsible for the pastoral care of men and women serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, enrolled at a U.S. military academy, being treated as a patient at any of the 153 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Medical Centers, or working for the federal government beyond U.S. borders. AMS priests and deacons serve approximately 1.8 million Catholics across the world. All U.S. dioceses are faithful served by the AMS, yet most Catholics still do no know about AMS, so continuing to increase awareness about and support for the AMS is both a critical challenge and opportunity. The Archdiocese for the Military Services will be the beneficiary of a second collection being taken up next weekend, November 9–10.

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:
Saturday, November 2, was All Souls’ Day and it is a tradition to have All Souls’ Day envelopes for parishioners to record the names of their beloved deceased. All Souls’ Day envelopes may be found in the foyers of each church. Returned envelopes will be placed on the altar and remain there throughout the month of November. The envelopes may be deposited in the collection, left in the sacristy, or handed to either Fr. Bernard or Fr. Richard.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish Catholic Ministries Appeal (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 consider making a gift. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church. We need your financial support to reach our parish goal of $29, 979. Thank you and please pray for the success of our efforts.

CMA and Abuse Settlements:
The question has been raised: “How will the diocese pay for legal settlements associated with abuse if CMA funds are not used?” The response: As part of the diocesan reorganization plan, the diocese has created a fund with a pool of money from both diocesan assets and funds from insurance carriers. A listing of CMA allocations may be found at

Catholicism Adult Formation Program:
The Catholicism Adult Formation Program is not a video lecture, Church history, or Scripture study; but an engaging and interesting formational program that uses the art, architecture, literature, music and all the treasures of the Catholic tradition to illuminate the timeless teachings of the Church. The program will explain not only what Catholics believe and why, but also display the richness of the Church’s global culture as you travel with Bishop Robert Barron around the globe to see the faith in the depths of its belief and practices. The classes will be held on Wednesdays beginning October 30 in the St. Francis church annex. The same class will be held at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. The classes are for all parishioners from the north, south, and in between, as well as for those contemplating being Catholic or Catholics who have not yet celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist. Please join us!

Called to Be a Deacon:
The Diocese is inviting interested men of strong and active faith to explore a possible call to ordained ministry as a permanent deacon. A deacon is a man who can demonstrate a record of service in the communities in which they live, work, and worship, and who is called from the community that already recognizes his dedication to service. He is one who is ready to make a lifetime commitment to serving the People of God by proclaiming the Word, assisting and presiding at liturgies, and ministering in the areas of charity and social justice. A deacon gives witness to his availability to the community by addressing present and emerging needs of the Church. If you are interested, please speak with Fr. Bernard or you may contact Deacon Edward Giblin, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, at For more details see the diocese’s webpage:

Habitat House for Sale:
There is a Habitat for Humanity home available for sale in Trumansburg. The home has three bedrooms and one bath and is located at 19 Salo Drive on .36 acres. Habitat for Humanity of Tompkins and Cortland Counties provides an affordable homeownership opportunity by offering a “hand up, not a hand out” and evaluate applications based on need, ability to pay, and willingness to partner. The total gross household income should be at least $28,000. Other details about partnering with Habituate in owning your own home are available on their website: Applications for the Salo Drive home will be accepted until November 30. If interested in the home call 607-844-3529 or email Liz Warner at We want to help you purchase your own home!

Birthright in Ithaca:
Celebrate thirty-eight years of compassionate care for women and families at a fund-raiser luncheon, November 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. Advanced purchased tickets are $19.95 and are available through Birthright. RSVP by November 1 to Birthright, 605 W. State St. #1, Ithaca, New York, 14850. Also, they are seeking items for a silent auction as part of the Birthright fund-raiser event. Do you have a family-friendly service, skill, or craft item and are willing to make a donation? Possibly you might be willing to create a themed gift basket? Please contact Carolann Darling, 607-351-6668, or the Birthright director, Beth, 607-272-9070.

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to This is your chance to be a part of history!

Prayers from the Sisters of St. Joseph:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry and Sr. Dolores Bachman and Sr. Anne Marie Burns will be praying for our parish throughout 2019. Let us keep the sisters in our prayers as well.

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.

November is the Month of All Souls (various saints, detail from painting by Fra Angelico)

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

November 9, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Robin Hamula

November 16, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lector: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EM: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

November 10, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Tim Davis (for Mark Scibilia-Carver) and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Tim O’Boyle (for Mary Szymanski)

November 17, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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