Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 25, 2019

First reading:
Thus says the Lord: I know their works and their thoughts, and I come to gather nations of every language; they shall come and see my glory. (Is. 66:18)

Go out to all the world and tell the Good News. (Ps. 117)

Second reading:
So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed. (Heb. 12:12-13)

“For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” (Lk. 13:30)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Developing healthy relationships with others requires discipline. This is also true of our relationship with God. As Christians, we are called to be like Christ. This does not just happen randomly or when it is convenient for us. It happens when we spend time with Christ every day and strive to be and think like him. This is no small task. It entails a willingness to see things, people, and God differently. Abandoning our self-focused needs and desires and putting on Christ is a challenging discipline to follow. However, if we choose to enter through the narrow gate of discipleship, we will find peace, live virtuous lives, and understand what it means to be saved. Resting and being cradled in God’s lap and enjoying His presence is where we really desire to be, even though we have to give up some things in order to do so.

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. (September 3)
    • 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 26)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester

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.

Religion Education Program:
The Parish Council’s Word Committee met with the new Religion Formation Coordinator, Susan Guydosh, on August 6. Together they concluded that the program this year will be for students in grades 1–7; that it will begin on Catechetical Sunday, September 15, at St. James at 6:00 p.m.; and the textbook will be the “Sadlier” edition. The latter decision was made after the committee looked at various computer on-line religion education programs and found them to be non-engaging. The program will be parent taught at home with both parents and students participating in a social gathering once a month to discuss a religious educational topic relevant to the home studies. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and also linked here: Religious Education Registration Form 2019. The registration fee is $50 per family.

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:
This Sunday, August 25, is the last date for parishioners to sign up to attend the party in which the parish will celebrate, with the Capuchin Franciscans and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination. The party will take place on Sunday, September 8, at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken, and will begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. If you plan to attend, sign up today on the sign-up sheets in the back of the church, respond by email to, or by call 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 this Sunday, August 25, if you can help. 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.

July Attendance and Collections:
On an average in the month of July there were 68 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Francis, 126 people at the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James, and 118 people at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. The average Mass collections during this month were: $744 at the Saturday evening Mass; $1,101 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday; and $797 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass that same day. Parishioners participating through the WeShare on line giving contributed $2,640. Thank you for all in attendance and for your offerings.

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.

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.

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 that 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. 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 victim’s 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 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 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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