Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ November 19, 2017

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

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First reading:
When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. (Prv. 31:10)

Blessed are those who fear the Lord. (Ps. 128)

Second reading:
For all of you are children of the light and children of the day. We are not of the night or of darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do, but let us stay alert and sober. (1 Thes. 5:5-6)

“‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy’.” (Mt. 25:20b-21)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Every one of God’s children is a unique creation with talents and gifts that are found in no one else. Each of us is asked to bring our special “twist” to life and to living the Gospel, leaving our impact on the world in a way that no one else can. Are we ever afraid to use our gifts or to be who we are? Fear can cripple us and prevent us from discovering the profound and creative ways in which we can become the person God meant us to be. We like our comfort zones and do not like to be stretched and challenged. Yet this is necessary if we are going to produce the fruit we are capable of producing and live the radical message of the Gospel. For serious Christians, the status quo has got to go!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“¡Viva Cristo Rey!” ~Bl. Miguel Agustín Pro

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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 28 and December 12). 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 20 and December 4).
  • 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. Distribution is scheduled for December 4–15, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
  • Restocking Food Shelves: Between November 12 and December 10 parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items
  • Pie Sale: Distribution at St. James following Mass on November 18 and 19.
  • Women’s Guild meeting: November 19 after the 11 a.m. Mass at St. James
  • Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service: at the Ovid Federated Church at 2:00 p.m. on November 19
  • Confirmation Candidates’ Program Class: November 19 at St. James the Apostle
  • Thanksgiving Mass: November 23 at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken
  • Magnificat Rochester Women’s Breakfast: Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 2, at the Ramada Plaza Inn Airport in Rochester
  • Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC) Concert: 4:00 p.m. on December 3 at the First Baptist Church, Trumansburg.

Fr. Brendan Buckley, OFM Cap.:
It was announced last Sunday that the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Mary, because of illnesses, has unexpectedly become immediately in need of two Spanish speaking pastors in Manchester, N.H., and Brooklyn, N.Y. The Provincial Minister has assigned Fr. Brendan to St. Michael’s Church in Brooklyn, to be the pastor/administrator of that parish beginning December 4, 2017. It is with sadness that Fr. Brendan will be leaving the parochial, prison, and Hispanic ministry in our area where he has been so effective and appreciated. We praise God for his presence among us and pray for him as he begins his new ministry. “Thank you Fr. Brendan”.

Women’s Guild Meeting:
There will be a Women’s Guild meeting after the 11:00 a.m. Mass today, November 19, at St. James. The agenda is posted on the bulletin board in the vestibule of the church.

2017_Thanksgiving _EN_4cThanksgiving Ecumenical Service:
This Sunday there will be a Thanksgiving service at 2:00 p.m. in the Ovid Federated Church. Leading the service will be the pastor of the Federated Church, Rev. J Robert Mellgard together with Rev. Lesley Adams, pastor of the Willard Episcopal Church; David Leonard, pastor of the Interlaken Reformed Church; and Fr. Bernard M. Maloney, pastor of the Parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. All are welcome.

Thanksgiving Day:
For our parish there will be one Mass on Thursday, November 23, Thanksgiving Day, at 9:00 a.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken (there will be no morning Mass at St. James). This day is not a holy day but certainly a day to gather as God’s people to praise and offer thanks to God for all blessings we enjoy and with which we have been gifted.

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The following 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. “Our belief in the Real Presence of Christ, body, blood, soul and divinity, the very One Whom we receive in Holy Communion is, therefore, what truly identifies us as Catholics, Christians firmly believing in Christ, uniting us with our ancestors in the faith who first celebrated the Eucharist in the very shadow of Christ’s earthly ministry.” The Bishop’s letter in its entirety may be found on the diocese website.

2017-2018 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The active phase of our parish CMA campaign continues. Thank you to everyone who has responded with a gift or pledge. If you have not yet responded, please give consideration to your financial participation. Another letter and pledge form have been mailed to everyone who has not yet responded. The Catholic Ministries Appeal 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. An update report as of November 10 on how we are doing: our parish goal for the appeal is $30,549. Seventy-eight donors have pledged $12,885 which represents 42.17% 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.”

Need Substitute Collection Counters:
Parishioners interested in helping to count the weekend collection—we need fill-in substitutes. Please volunteer and phone the parish office. Thanks for considering the request.

TAC Concert:
The guitar choir group at St. James in Trumansburg has started practicing for the Trumansburg Area of Churches Concert, which will be at 4:00 p.m. on December 3. This is a free concert open to the public in which many area churches perform. You can contact Debbie Swartz at 607-387-9717 for more information.

Restocking Food Shelves:
Between November 12 and December 10 parishioners are asked to bring food supplies and personal care items in order to restock the shelves of the Ovid and Interlaken Food Pantries. Donations may be left at St. Francis and Holy Cross churches.

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. Parishioners willing to volunteer for a two-hour shift during this two week event can phone Catholic Charities at 607-272-5062 to be scheduled.

Discernment and Formation for Ministry:
Within the Biblical tradition, God continually speaks to humanity, calling them to the holiness of life. Recognizing the lifelong development of Christian spiritual formation, this course, taught by Professors Hawkins and Palma, guides the beginning student in the practice and art of spiritual discernment. Based on the great spiritual masters of the Catholic tradition, this course will help those attempting to discern how God calls and to what ministry within the baptized assembly on is called. The class will take place on various Wednesdays in the spring semester: 1/17, 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/14, 4/11, 4/25, and 5/2; from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 pm. You may attend the class in person at St. Bernard’s school in Pittsford or participate via video-conferencing, which is available at many locations, including in Ithaca. If interested, contact St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry at 585–271–3657.

Ministry to Catholic Women:
Magnificat Rochester invites all women to a breakfast on Saturday, December 2, at the Ramada Plaza Inn Airport at 911 Brooks Ave. in Rochester. Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. and the event ends at 12 noon. Our speaker is Jeanne Walker, a mother, grandmother, and widow who has experience death of her loved ones, divorce, and physical pain. She has survived by learning how God has loved and protected her all along and always will. Reservations are presently $20.00; but after November 25 it will be $22.00. The cost for students is $12.00. Registration is required, as no tickets will be sold at the door. To register, mail your check to: Magnificat Rochester, P.O. Box 24787, Rochester, N.Y., 14624. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address. You can also register via PayPal on our website at For more information email:

Witnessing to the Sanctity of Human Life:
Jerome Lejeune M.D. committed himself to the pro-life cause when he discovered that children with Down syndrome were being aborted in ever-greater numbers. In 1991, he wrote a summary of his reflections on medical ethics: “1) Christians, be not afraid. It is you who possess the truth. Not that you invented it but because you are the vehicle for it. To all doctors, you must repeat: ‘You must conquer the illness, not attack the patient.’ 2) We are made in the image of God. For this reason alone all human beings must be respected. 3) Abortion and infanticide are unspeakable crimes. 4) Objective morality exists. It is clear and it is universal. 5) In so-called pluralistic societies, they shout it down our throats: ‘You Christians do not have the right to impose your morality on others.’ Well, I tell you, not only do you have the right to try to incorporate your morality in the law but it is your democratic duty.”

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 18 and 19, 2017 (Third Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Carol Kuklo and Barbara Willers
EM: Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore, Traci Bump

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Glenn Stamps and Nancy Olszewski
EM: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tom and Beth Duff

Schedule for November 25 and 26, 2017 (Fourth Sunday):

5:00 p.m. Mass
Lectors: Paul Povinelli and Carol Kuklo
EM: Cathy DelSignore, Joan Hogan, Robin Hamula

11:00 a.m. Mass
Lectors: Tim Davis and Lynne Stager
EM: Mary Szymanski, Glenn Stamps, Tim O’Boyle

Ministry schedules for Holy Cross

November 2017:

11/19/17 11/26/17
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock M. Frank
Lector 2 P. Motill J. Leidefrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 T. Humulock D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 P. Schirmer A. Calice
Usher 1 (Lead) A. Reagan J. Taylor
Usher 2 M. Maleski P. Marrella
Usher 3 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 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 ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED   FOR 12:15 PM MASS
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 PreciousBlood SET UP AND PURIFICATION PreciousBlood
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 31st Sunday of Advent Jeanie Wiggins Charlotte Huyler Chris Duthie
December 8Feast of Immaculate Conception

Holy Day of Obligation



December 102nd Sunday of Advent Patti Perry Marie Roloson Michele Barr
December 173rd Sunday of Advent Cathy Millspaugh Jeanie Wiggins Mary Ruckdeschel
December 244th Sunday of Advent Chris Duthie Jennifer Sharp Charlotte Huyler
December 31Feast 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 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 ConceptionHoly Day of Obligation  VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR 12:15 PM MASS
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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