Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 15, 2019

First reading:
So the Lord relented in the punishment he had threatened to inflict on his people. (Ex. 32:14)

I will rise and go to my father. (Ps. 51)

Second reading:
This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. (1 Tm. 1:15a)

“In just the same way, I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Lk. 15:10)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We all struggle with worshiping things that are not God. These are things that we place in our lives and reverence more than God himself. Things such as our self-image, power, status, possessions, securities, and even ideologies can be allowed to make great claims on us. Sometimes, who “god” is for us is what we make this “god” out to be. Our self-constructed gods serve little purpose, other than placating us and making us feel better about ourselves and our world. This is not the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, nor the God whom Jesus called Father. The true God challenges us out of our comfort zones and pushes us to discover our potential. But, He does so patiently and with great love. He knows how fickle we can be and is always eager to welcome us home.

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 17)
    • 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
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development: September 14 and 15, second collection at all churches
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • Musical Celebration: 7:00 p.m., September 21, First Baptist church in Trumansburg
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13 in Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Peace Weekend: October 19 and 20
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
As Catholics we’re wonderful at charity work, providing food, clothing, housing, etc. for people in need. This is important, but it’s not enough; it doesn’t change the conditions that make people poor. Fifty years ago our U.S. bishops established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to fund efforts by low-income people to address the root cause of their poverty and oppression. CCHD has supported thousands of projects that empower people to improve their working and housing conditions, get better paying jobs, and stand up for their human dignity. YOU can be part of this effort by generously supporting the special collection for CCHD this weekend, September 14 an 15, at each of our parish churches. The funds collected will support major projects across the country and smaller local anti-poverty projects, right here in our diocese.

Religious Education Program:
Parents with children in grades 1 thru 7 will meet at St. James the Apostle church this Sunday, September 15 (Catechetical Sunday), at 6:00 p.m. Parents who have not yet done so may register their child(ren) at that time. The registration fee is $50 per family (financial assistance is available to those who may need it). At this first meeting Fr. Bernard will introduce the new Religious Education Coordinator, Susan Guydosh, and an outline of the faith formation program will be presented along with the distribution of educational materials. This year, students will use the “Sadlier Workbook” series and students will work with their parents on weekly lessons at home.

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:
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.

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. You can also request Mass intentions by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

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.

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 contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or Carolann Darling at 607-351-6668.

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 [email protected].

Trumansburg’s First Baptist Church:
Bring your voice to join with the voices of the First Baptist church in Trumansburg as they host a joyous musical celebration for their 200th anniversary. This event will take place on Saturday, September 21, at 7:00 p.m., 4443 E. Seneca Road, Trumansburg.

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

September 21, at 5:00 p.m. (fourth weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, 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 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Mark Scibilia-Carver (for Debbie Short)

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

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