Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 11, 2018


First reading:
“For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of oil run dry, until the day when the LORD sends rain upon the earth.’” (1 Kgs. 17:14)

Praise the Lord, my soul! (Ps. 146) or Alleluia

Second reading:
But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice. (Heb. 9:26b)

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all the other contributors to the treasury.” (Mk. 12:43b)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We are all generous, at least to some degree. Most of us when asked for something—whether it be our time, our talent, or our treasure—assess whether we can “afford” to fulfill the request and still preserve our own needs. Have we ever given the last bit of what we had knowing that we will have to do without so that someone else can benefit? We all tend to be a little covetous of our time, talent, and treasure. There are people throughout history who have given everything away only to find that they have received much more in return. St. Francis of Assisi is a prime witness. The Scriptures today bring us two widows who do the same. Do we see in people such as these examples of foolishness or wisdom, inspiration, and hope?

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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 19).
  • Confirmation Formation Classes: There will be no class 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
  • The Friday evening time for confessions or meeting with Fr. Bernard will resume at a later date
  • RICA Classes: at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle are postponed for now
  • Pie Sale: after Mass on November 10 at St. Francis Solanus and on November 11 at St. James
  • Jewelry and Handbag Sale: November 10 (10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.) in the St. Catherine of Siena parish center
  • Risking Prison for Peace: Presentations by Clare Grady on November 12, at 12:45 p.m. in Immaculate Conception’s parish and again on Sunday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall
  • 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.
  • Annual Christmas Craft Show: November 17 at St. Francis-St. Clare parish in Waterloo
  • TAC Advent Concert: December 2 at 4:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, Trumansburg

Share the Warmth in T’burg:
The Trumansburg Rotary Club placed a collection bin in the St. James parking lot for their “Share the Warmth” campaign. They are collecting winter coats, boots, blankets, and other warm items for distribution through Catholic Charities in Ithaca. This season’s campaign began on November 3 and will end December 9. The Rotary Club will gather donations as they arrive, then remove the bin at the end of the campaign.

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 10 at St. Francis Solanus and after the 9:00 a.m. Mass on 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!

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. As of November 2 your gifts amount to $10,277 or 34.78% 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.

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.

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:

Annual Christmas Craft Show:
St. Francis-St. Clare parish in Waterloo will hold their annual Christmas craft show and luncheon on November 17 beginning at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at 35 Center Street in Waterloo (former St. Mary School). Free coffee will be available between 8:00–9:00 a.m. Santa will be there between 9:00 until noon. Be sure to bring your camera! Parishioners will again bake their favorite Christmas cookies, which will be sold for $8.00 a pound. A homemade lunch menu will be available. Catholic Daughters will sell recycled jewelry at reasonable prices and raffles will be held for many variations of filled baskets along with a 50-50 raffle. Over fifty crafters will present their talents and wares with many new and unique items including Christmas ornaments and wreathes, and other decorations. For more information call the Ministry Center at 315-539-8006.

How Being Catholic Makes Me Risk Prison for Peace:
Local Catholic Clare Grady will give two presentations on why her faith motivates her to risk prison time to call attention to the immorality of nuclear weapons. Clare will be going on trial soon for protesting at a nuclear submarine base in Georgia. Her talks will take place on Monday, November 12, at 12:45 p.m. in Immaculate Conception’s parish hall (corner of Geneva and Seneca Streets) and again on Sunday, November 18, at 10:15 a.m. in St. Catherine of Siena’s parish hall, (309 Siena Drive). Come learn about Catholic Church teaching on nuclear weapons and why Clare believes that the Gospel calls her to disarm them. This event is sponsored by Catholic Charities of Tompkins/Tioga.

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 10, 2018 (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

November 17, 2018 (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

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

November 18 (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

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Swanson J. Liedenfrost°
Lector 2 K. Knapp E. Moore M. Frank N. Shumway
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 D.Traphagen S. Limoncelli M. Humulock M. Frank
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Humulock P. Schirmer K. Sinkiewicz D. Brandow
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) M. Maleski J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow
Usher 2 T. Humulock A. Reagan M. Maleski M. Maleski
Usher 3 J. Taylor M. Maleski T. Grasek A. Reagan
Usher 4 T. Humulock


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