Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 22, 2019

First reading:
“We will buy the lowly for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the refuse of the wheat we will sell!” (Am. 8:6)

Praise the Lord who lifts up the poor. (Ps. 113)
or Alleluia

Second reading:
This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth. (1 Tm. 2:3-4)

“If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth, who will trust you with true wealth?” (Lk. 16:11)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
“No servant can serve two masters.” We struggle with where we put and give our allegiance. Who has the ultimate authority and claim over us? While our minds want to answer “God,” our lives often reveal other conflicting allegiances. Because we are made in the image of God, we are not given a ticket of entitlement or privilege. On the contrary, we are given a level playing field where we are one among many and called to live just and trustworthy lives. To serve God is to serve others and to see the primary purpose and focus of our lives as being good stewards. As God lifts up the poor, so too do we. As much as we want the world and God to serve our own self advancement, we have to resist this temptation at all costs. Injustice has no place in the kingdom of God.

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. (October 1)
    • 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. (September 23)
  • 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
  • A Voice for the Voiceless: Pro-life march, September 28, at 1:00 p.m., Auburn
  • Ithaca Loves Life Prayer Vigil: from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., September 28
  • Confirmation Meeting for Parents and Students: October 6, 4:00 p.m., St. James
  • Angels, Our Forgotten Friends: October 8 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13, Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Peace Weekend: October 19 and 20, Ithaca
  • Confirmation Classes Begin: October 20, St. James
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Thank-you from Fr. Bernard:
It was the best. It was fabulous. Over 300 people gathered under a huge and beautifully decorated tent on a wonderful Sunday (September 8) at St. Fidelis Friary to join me in praising God for the gift of priesthood and for 50 years of striving to be like Jesus in His service to God and His holy people. Special “thanks” to Kathy Sinkiewicz and Phyllis Motill, co-chairs of the event, and the many committee members and helpers who helped in arranging for the invitations, the tent and its location, the dishes and silverware, porta-potties, the electrical and sound system; the creation of over 200 parking spaces; the setting up of tables, chairs, and decorations; the musicians, cantors, and choir; the wine, beer, cold drinks, and water; the delicious appetizers and buffet; the cellist; the desserts; the band; and the people who cleaned-up and dismantled everything. “Thank you all” for providing this grand event. Thank you to all who were part of the over 300 people attending and for your expressions of gratitude and for the parish gift of a book of photos, from my grammar school days to the present. It is a real treasure. God bless you all and “thank you!” You are the best and you are fabulous.

Sacrament of Confirmation:
Students in grades 8–12 who have not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation, along with their parents, are requested to attend an introductory meeting on Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle church. Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, October 20, at St. James. To enroll your child/children, please either pick up a form from the church foyers or print out the registration form available at this link. Once completed, mail the form to the parish office.

Weekend Collection Counters:
The parish needs two more 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.

Regional Pastoral Council Forum:
Come learn about the role of a pastoral (parish) council in the parish, the important ways the pastoral council impacts the parish’s mission, and ways to make it more effective. This forum will be held on Monday, October 21, from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi, Nacca Hall, 301 Clark Street, Auburn.

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.

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.

Angels, Our Forgotten Friends:
“Angels: Our Forgotten Friends. What our Catholic Faith Teaches Us about Angels” will be the presentation on Tuesday, October 8, at the Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, N.Y. Deacon Eric Bessette from Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, N.Y. will provide an insightful and inspiring look at the role of angels in our life. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon and is followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and concludes with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email

CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” This year’s CROP walk will take place in Trumansburg on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church. More information will come in subsequent bulletins.

Marriage Enrichment:
If you’re ready for more in your marriage consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next ones will be held on October 18–20, 2019; April 17–19, 2020; and November 20–22, 2020. Go to for more information. The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

Peace Weekend:
Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga has announced their annual “Peace Weekend” and invite parishioners from churches in both counties to join in the planning of events for the weekend of October 19 and 20. Please contact Laurie Konwinski at 607-272-5062, extension 12, or email her at

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.

A Voice for the Voiceless:
Cayuga County Loves Life is planning a pro-life march on Saturday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. The event will begin with a rally at Veterans Memorial Park located at 172 Genesee Street, Auburn, N.Y., followed with a march to Auburn’s City Hall. At City Hall there will be a program with keynote speaker Bryan Kemper, founder and president of Stand True Pro-Life Outreach and director of Youth Outreach at Priests for Life. The purpose of this march is to make people aware of New York State’s passage on January 22, 2019, of the “Reproductive Health Act” (RHA), which essentially has legalized abortion up until natural birth and made abortion a “fundamental right” in our state. Legally, it is now virtually impossible to enact regulations or restrictions on abortion, as most other states have done. For more information contact or 315-253-3742. Cayuga County Loves Life is a grassroots effort of citizens of Auburn, N.Y., and nearby communities to promote pro-life awareness, education, and events.

Ithaca Loves Life:
Ithaca Loves Life holds monthly prayer vigils every fourth Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., as a peaceful and prayerful public witness to end abortion. The next monthly prayer vigil is September 28. Ithaca Loves Life’s mission is to recognize the great need to witness in our own communities the protection of the lives of women and the lives of the unborn. Please join us as we boldly come together in love for ninety minutes each month. For more information pleas contact MaryAnne Tissot (315-246-4749) or Carolann Darling (607-351-6668).

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

September 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Kathleen Rourke, and Robin Hamula (for Mary and Lee Davidson)

September 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Ann Buddle
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 22, at 9:00 a.m. (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Tim O’Boyle

September 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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