Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time~November 17, 2019

First reading:
But for you who fear my name, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays. (Mal. 3:20a)

The Lord comes to rule the earth with justice. (Ps. 98)

Second reading:
In fact, when we were with you, we instructed you that if anyone was unwilling to work, neither should that one eat. (2 Thes. 3:10)

“You will be hated by all because of my name, but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.” (Lk. 21:17-18)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God’s fidelity is at the heart of Scripture. Trusting in God’s all-encompassing and abiding presence is what true faith is really all about. The sincere disciples always have their eyes on Jesus Christ and are not distracted by what others are doing or what is happening around them. We know that the world had a beginning, and we know that it will one day end. Trying to predict when that end will come or becoming too preoccupied with the business of others are futile endeavors. All they do is divert us from our main purpose and goal: to live and act in the person of Christ. Being a faithful son or daughter and witness to God’s faithfulness is all that is required and all that we need. If we do this well, it does not matter whether the world as we know it comes to an end tomorrow or at some unforeseen time in the future. We will be ready and properly prepared.

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 26)
    • 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 18)
  • Confirmation Candidates Classes: Sundays, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Catholicism Classes: Wednesdays, 9:30 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
  • Religious Education Monthly Gathering: November 17, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Notre Dame High School Meet and Greet: November 18, 6:30–8:00 p.m., Tompkins County Public Library (BorgWarner Room East)
  • Ecumenical Choir Practice: November 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Retirement Reception for Rev. Losey: November 23, from 2:00–4:00 p.m., Trumansburg United Methodist church’s Fellowship Hall
  • Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service: November 24, 3:00 p.m., Holy Cross, Ovid

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. As of November 8, fifteen parish families have pledged $3,475, which is 11.59% of our parish goal of $29,979. If you have not yet responded, please consider making a gift. What is primary is our parishioners’ participation. What is secondary is what is pledged. The CMA provides funding for important programs, services and ministries that strengthen our whole Church.

CMA Concerns:
You might hear it said: “I don’t want to give to the diocese or the CMA, I only want to give to my parish.” By giving to the CMA, you are supporting your parish. The CMA provides funding for services and programs provided to the parish that would be difficult to fund on its own. Additionally, the diocese is able to obtain lower rates on insurance, benefits, utilities, and other services based on economies of scale for all parishes that stand-alone congregations would not be able to negotiate. Go here for answers to other frequently asked questions regarding the CMA.

October Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of October there were 63 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at on Saturdays at St. Francis, and, on Sundays, 98 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James and 94 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. The average Mass collections during the month were: $823 at St. Francis, $859 at St. James, and $1,013 at Holy Cross. The October parish average weekly collection was $2,694. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $3,010. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

To a Suffering Church:
Bishop Robert Barron has written a letter to Catholics who feel demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit because of the sexual abuse scandal in the Church. Many are asking “Why stay Catholic with so much scandal?” It is a compelling letter encouraging Catholics to stay and fight—and to do so on behalf of themselves, and their families, but especially on behalf of those who have suffered so grievously at the hands of wicked men. Copies of the letter (contained in a small booklet format) are located in the foyer of each church in our parish. Please take a copy and, after reading the letter, pass it on to other Catholics. Go here for an interview with the author about his letter.

Catholicism Classes:
The Catholicism Adult Formation Program was created by Bishop Robert Barron to enhance and support the Church’s mission to evangelize and teach the content of the faith. The programs explains what Catholics believe and why. Our parish classes are held on Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m., both at the St. Francis church annex in Interlaken. The classes are for all parishioners, for those contemplating being Catholic, and for Catholics who have not celebrated the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Eucharist. Please join us!

Daily Meditations for Advent:
The Word Among Us booklets are available in the foyer of each church. The booklet contains, among other things, meditations and Mass prayers and readings for each day of Advent. The booklets are costly, so whatever donations you can make toward the expense would be appreciated.

Snow Days:
A reminder that if during the week a “snow day” for the local schools has been declared there will be no morning Mass or communion service that day.

Thanksgiving Holiday Service:
An ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held on Sunday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church in Ovid. Participating will be the Interlaken Reformed church, Ovid Federation church, Christ Episcopal church at Willard, and our parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy. That Sunday is also the Solemnity of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. The worship service will include both themes: Christ the King and Thanksgiving. All are invited.

Ecumenical Choir:
If you would like to participate in the choir for the ecumenical Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24 (see above), 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.

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 in sharing the warmth this winter.

Meet and Greet for Notre Dame High School:
Representatives from Notre Dame High School for grades 7–12 will be visiting the Tompkins County Public Library (BorgWarner Room East) on Monday, November 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. to meet and greet students and families interested in learning about Notre Dame. Just stop by and say hello to the admissions director, faculty members, and current students and families. For more information, please visit Notre Dame offers daily busing from the Ithaca area.

Trumansburg Retirement Reception:
Reverend Doctor Jeff Losey, pastor of the Trumansburg United Methodist church, will be retiring at the beginning of the new year. Rev. Losey has been pastor for thirteen years. A reception for family, friends, colleagues, and parishioners will take place on Saturday, November 23, from 2:00–4:00 p.m. in the church’s Fellowship Hall. All are welcome.

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!

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!

Bishop’s Vita Award:
Our own Mary Camobreco was one of three people honored to receive the Vita Award from Bishop Salvatore R. Matano during the annual Respect Life Mass on October 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester. Vita Awards are given to people in the Diocese of Rochester whose actions reflect and promote the consistent life ethic—the principle that calls for all human life to be respected and affirmed, from conception until natural death. Mary, who attends both Immaculate Conception Church in Ithaca as well as St. James the Apostle in Trumansburg, became the founding director of Birthright in Ithaca in 1981—the first crisis pregnancy center ever for that city. She continued in that role as a volunteer for some thirty-four years before stepping down in 2015. She still helps out at the Birthright facility, located at 605 W. State St., Ithaca, two days per week. Mary said that when she sought to establish a local Birthright, “I told God if I could be an instrument in saving one life, it would be worth it.” As it has turned out, she said, thousands of young women have been helped—and in many instances, the lives of would-be aborted babies have been spared. Mary has gladly devoted herself to helping others, noting that she’s done so out of gratefulness for blessings in her own life. “I have been given so much,” she remarked. “I just thank God.”

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

November 23, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke, Robin Hamula (for Mary and Lee Davidson)

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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

November 24, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Mary Szymanski
(for Tim O’Boyle)

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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In re Diocese of Rochester Case No. 19-20905

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT, On September 12, 2019, the Diocese of Rochester ("Diocese") filed for protection under chapter 11 of title 11 of the United States Code (the "Bankruptcy Code"). The Bankruptcy Court has established August 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (prevailing Eastern time) as the deadline to file proofs of claim against the Diocese (the "Bar Date"). If you have a claim against the Diocese, including, without limitation, a claim related to sexual abuse committed by any person connected with the Diocese, you must file a claim on or before the Bar Date.

Please visit or call (855) 347-3773 for more information on how to file your proof of claim.

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