Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 18, 2019

First reading:
Then the king ordered Ebed-melech the Cushite to take three men along with him, and draw the prophet Jeremiah out of the cistern before he should die. (Jer. 38:10)

Lord, come to my aid! (Ps. 40)

Second reading:
Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart. (Heb. 12:3)

Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing!” (Lk. 12:49)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Our baptismal rite instructs the parents and godparents of the newly baptized children, “May they keep the flame of faith alive in their hearts.” Faith has often been associated with fire. While fire can be useful and welcomed as a source of light and warmth, it can also be devastating and destructive. The Gospel is very much like this. On the one hand, Jesus speaks of healing, liberty, mercy, and forgiveness. On the other, he challenges the secular mindset and ideology, risks opposition, and pushes people out of their comfort zones. We are more attracted to things that make us feel better about ourselves. Equipped with the flame of faith, are we willing to see the bigger picture and risk popularity and self-preservation in favor of the kingdom of God?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (August 20)
    • 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. (August 12)
  • Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Baptism for Noah James Landry: August 18, 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross
  • Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus: August 18, Country Club of Ithaca
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester

Baptism at Holy Cross:
This Sunday, August 18, the infant, Noah James Landry, will be baptized at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross church. Please join in welcoming this new member into our parish community.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. Mass intentions may also be requested by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary Celebration:
We will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. It will be begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. The caterers need an accurate number of people attending so we are asking you to let us know by August 25 if you plan to attend. You may either sign up on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to, or by calling the parish office, 607-294-0064. Please be sure to indicate the number of people attending and your name. If you have any questions see Phyllis Motill, Kathy Sinkiewicz (607-869-2285), Gerry Todi, Mary Szymanski, or Cathy Millspaugh. Regarding the Mass at noon, it will be a parish Sunday Mass. For those who will not be attending the anniversary Mass our regular Mass schedule will still be in effect: 5:00 p.m. on Saturday at St. Francis and, on Sunday, 9:00 a.m. at St. James and 10:30 a.m. at Holy Cross.

Help is Needed for the Celebration:
We are looking for donations of baked goods for the anniversary celebration. There is a sign-up sheet in the back of each church and we need to know by August 25. We are hoping to get a variety of baked good, up to twenty donations from each church, to be on the dessert bar at the celebration. These can be homemade or store bought. There shouldn’t be more than four of the same item from each church. The desserts could be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when we will be setting up for the event.

Conference for Men of the Parish:
The 2019 Rochester Catholic Men’s conference with the theme “Rebuilding the Family at Home and Through the Church” will take place Saturday, October 19, at St. Jude the Apostle church, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester beginning at 8:30 a.m. Register at In the foyers of our parish churches there are posters and flyers announcing this event.

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Beginning January 1, 2020, there will be a need for a new volunteer coordinator for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. In the foyer of St. James the Apostle church there are flyers describing the role of the coordinator. Even though the position begins in January 2020, for planning purposes the need for someone is immediate.

Chicken BBQ for Notre Dame Bus:
On Sunday, August 18, there will be a delicious chicken BBQ dinner cooked by Fr. Joe Marcoux, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena church, at the Country Club of Ithaca (189 Pleasant Grove Road). Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for either dine-in or take-out. Chicken dinners are $10 per person and include chicken with all the sides, dessert, and drink. The event will also include raffles with fun prizes. All proceeds will be benefit the Notre Dame High School’s Ithaca bus. Notre Dame students will be on hand to serve you and give their thanks for the support of the bus, about to begin the eighth year of transporting students to Notre Dame!

Notre Dame Retreat House:
Come join one of our fall weekend retreats on the theme of “Our Spiritual Journey.” There are three women weekends, two men weekends, and one couple’s weekend being offered between September 13 through October 27. Please visit our website at, phone 585-394-5700, or email us at for more details.

Video Message from the Bishop:
The Diocese of Rochester has produced a new video which includes a special message from the Bishop concerning the New York State Child Victims Act and outlines diocesan efforts to create a safe environment for everyone. The link to the video, can also be found on our parish website.

Help for Victims:
Victims of abuse should always report abuse to the civil authorities. To report a case of possible sexual abuse and to receive help and guidance from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, victims are encouraged to contact the victims’ assistance coordinator, Deborah A. Housel, by phone at (585) 328-3228, ext. 1555; toll-free at 1–800–388–7177, ext. 1555; or by email:

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.

Ministry Schedule for St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken

August 17, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

August 24, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary and Lee Davidson

August 31, at 5:00 p.m. (FIRST weekend, based on Sunday Mass):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

August 18, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

August 25, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 1, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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