Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 14, 2018


First reading:
I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. (Wis. 7:7)

Fill us with your love, O Lord, and we will sing for joy! (Ps. 90)

Second reading:
Indeed the word of God is living and effective, sharper than any two-edged sword. (Heb. 4:12a)

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mk. 10:25)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Are we content and satisfied with the bare minimum and essentials of our faith, or do we desire excellence and proficiency? The Ten Commandments represent the minimum and, if we are honest with ourselves, are pretty easy to keep. The fullness of the Gospel, however, is another story. Truly living as Jesus taught often comes with great self-sacrifice, self-emptying, and possibly leaving the things of this world behind. Are we ready to pursue this kind of life? God wants us to live and love abundantly not superficially. Love asks that we extend ourselves beyond the status quo and the bare minimum and venture into that which is risky, countercultural, and even radical. What we possess can no longer be important. When Jesus laid this out before the rich young man, he went away sad because he had much. When Jesus lays it out before us, how do we react?

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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. (October 16). 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. (October 22).
  • Bernard is Available: Every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, and no appointment is needed.
  • Confirmation Candidates Meeting: Eighth and ninth graders will meet in the pine room at St. James the Apostle at 4:00 p.m. on Sundays
  • Robotics: Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 6:00–8:00 p.m. in the church hall (basement) of St. James the Apostle
  • Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
  • RICA Classes: Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle church’s pine room at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Crop Hunger Walk: October 14 at the Trumansburg Methodist church
  • A Fall Day of Retreat: Presented by Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R., at Notre Dame Retreat House on Tuesday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Peace Week Documentary: The Nuns, The Priests and the Bomb, on October 22, in St. Catherine of Siena’s Mahler Hall
  • Peace Week Muslim-Catholic Dialogue: at 7:00 p.m. in All Saints Church on October 24
  • Peace Prayer Service: on October 28 at 5:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception church
  • Empty Rice Bowl Events: October 16 at Our Lady of Peace parish, Center Street, Geneva, and on October 24, at Sacred Heart church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn
  • Winter Coat Collection for Seneca County: Please bring any donations to either Holy Cross or St. Francis church. The local distribution will take place at the Ovid VFW on October 27, from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Celebrate 185 Years of Faithful Service: Join the School Sisters of Notre Dame as they celebrate a special liturgy on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
  • Coffee Hour: November 4 at St. James the Apostle following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

World Mission Sunday
Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests and religious and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers, and be generous in next week’s collection of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Holy Days of Obligation:
Throughout the year, there are six holy days of obligation, i.e. days on which all Catholics who have been initiated into the Sacrament of Holy Communion are obliged to attend Mass. In our parish, the times and places for those Masses will begin with a Vigil Mass the day before the holy day at 6:00 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken. On the feast the day itself there will be a Mass at 9:00 a.m. in St. James the Apostle church in Trumansburg and another at 6:00 p.m. at Holy Cross church, Ovid. Our next holy day of obligation is All Saints Day, November 1.

Ovid Community Garden:
Individuals are welcome to rent raised 8 x 4 foot garden beds for $10.00 each. You must be a member of the garden to grow and pick produce. Please contact the STEPS (Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions) office at 607 403 0069 if you would like to become a member.

Workbook for Lectors:
Lectors are asked to please pick up the 2019 Workbook for Lectors located in the churches where you usually proclaim the word of God. Please take the book that has your name posted on the workbook.

Maintenance Person:
Our parish is in need of one person who would be on call for periodic maintenance jobs for each of our church buildings. Jobs could include things like painting, minor electrical or plumbing work, repair of kneelers, changing light bulbs, or other such tasks. If interested, or you know of someone who might a good candidate, please contact the parish office regarding this paid service.

2018-2019 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Hopefully everyone has received the Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) mailing and has had a chance to review the materials. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Sharing our Blessings.” The CMA affords each of us an opportunity to support the larger Church so that it can meet real needs throughout our diocese. Every gift is needed and important! If it is easier, you may make your gift online at You may also pay your pledge off in six installments by May 31. CMA envelopes are available in the back of each of our churches. CMA has produced an extraordinary video in connection with this year’s appeal that is posted to the diocesan website ( Our given parish goal this year is $29,979 which is $570 less than last year’s parish goal.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA):
This is a faith formational program for people interested learning more about Jesus Christ and His Church, with a leaning toward being baptized, confirmed, and celebrating Holy Communion. It is also for Catholics who have yet to celebrate the sacraments of Confirmation and/or Holy Communion and for Catholics who are interested in continuing with their religious education formation. The classes will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in St. James the Apostle church’s pine room. All are welcome.

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:102818_cf13_4c
All Souls’ Day is November 2. It is a tradition is to have “All Souls’ Day” envelopes for parishioners to record the names of their beloved deceased. On November 2 the envelopes will be placed on the altar and remain there throughout the month. For this purpose All Souls’ Day envelopes will be inserted into the October 21 parish bulletin and are also in your boxes of offering envelopes. The envelopes may be deposited in the collection in time for All Souls’ Day.

Prayer for Healing:
St. Catherine of Siena Parish will hold a “Prayer for Healing” on Friday, October 19, at 7 p.m. Through song, ritual action, and spoken prayer, we will ask God to heal those who have been victims of clerical abuse, pray for our Church in the midst of this crisis, and tap into the hope needed for the future. This prayer experience (not a Mass) is open to anyone of any denomination who would like to pray for healing.

Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty:
This year marks the thirtieth year for the local Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Hunger Walk and the thirtieth anniversary of the Trumansburg Food Pantry. The Crop Hunger Walk will take place this Sunday, October 14, and it will start and finish at the Trumansburg Methodist Church (site of the Food Pantry). Walker registration will be at 1:45 p.m. and the Walk will begin at 2:00 p.m. CROP is sponsored by the Ecumenical Church World Service—a way to give to our local pantry and share in viable hunger projects beyond our community. Plan to walk and begin now to ask people to sponsor you. If are unable to walk, please consider sponsoring a walker.

Winter Coat Collection:
The annual collection for winter coats in Seneca County is currently underway. The local distribution will take place at the Ovid VFW on Saturday, October 27, from 10:00 a.m. until noon. Warm winter coats are needed, from infant through adult sizes and the coats can be new or gently used and clean. The coats donated will be shared locally. Collection bins will be located at Holy Cross in the entry ramp and at St. Francis in the vestibule. We are in need of volunteers to help the children find their “perfect coat.” If you want to volunteer or need further information, please contact Gerry Frank at 607-869-5009.

Peace Week 2018:
In the midst of wars and violence, we are all called to be peacemakers. Join with Catholics from around Tompkins County this month for our annual Peace Week events to learn and pray together.

  • There will be a documentary on Monday, October 22, The Nuns, The Priests and the Bomb, about active resistance to nuclear weapons. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. followed by the film screening and discussions beginning at 6:30 in St. Catherine of Siena’s Mahler Hall. A $5 donation helps to defray the cost of the food.
  • The second event is on Wednesday, October 24, and will consist of a “Muslim-Catholic Dialogue” beginning at 7:00 p.m. at All Saints church. This is an opportunity to meet and learn from our Muslim neighbors as we talk together on how we can work together for peace.
  • On Sunday October 28, there will be a Peace Prayer Service at 5:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception church that will include prayers and reflections on peace and non-violence and featuring an uplifting inter-parish choir.

Annual Empty Bowls Events:
There will be two “Empty Rice Bowl” events in our area. One is on October 16 at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Center Street, Geneva, and the second on October 24, at Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn. Both events begin at 5:00 pm and run until 7:00 p.m. with a cost of $20.00 per ticket for adults or $10.00 per ticket for children under ten. Cost includes soup, bread, beverage, dessert, and a handmade ceramic bowl. Empty Bowls began in a Michigan High School classroom and has become a popular event to raise awareness of the effects of hunger and food insecurity. Participants walk away with a commemorative Empty Bowl that serves as a reminder that hunger does indeed exist in our community. For tickets or more information contact Rhonda Zettlemoyer at 315-789-2235, ext. 104 or email or All proceeds will benefit programs of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. Please help us help others!

A fall day of retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY) will take place on Tuesday, October 16 with the theme of “The Problem of Good and Evil in the Book of Job and How that can Apply to our Own Lives.” It will be presented by Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R, rector/director of Notre Dame Retreat House. The retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and concludes at 3:00 p.m. There will be lunch and a reconciliation Mass as part of the conference activities. The fee of $25.00 includes lunch. Please call 585-394-5700 or email: to register.

School Sisters of Notre Dame:
Celebrate 185 years of faithful service with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In 1833, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame to educate young women. Since then, the sisters have expanded her initial provincial mission to deepen communion with God and transform the world through education at all stages of life. Please join the sisters as they celebrate a special liturgy on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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.

October 13, 2018 (Second Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

October 20, 2018 (Third Weekend):
Lector: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EM: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

October 14  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers (for Maria Connell)
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

October 21 (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.

October 2018

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