The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced. (Is. 50:7a)
I will walk before the Lord, in the land of the living. (Ps. 114) or Alleluia.
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? (Jas. 2:14)
“Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” (Mk. 8:34b)
Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Who do you say Jesus is? Some look to Jesus as the reliever of pain and suffering. We want to believe in a God who will take away the discomfort we are feeling and make things better. Frustration and even a lessening of faith can happen when we realize this is not happening. Jesus is the Christ. As the Christ, he is the one who shows us how to keep both the joys and sorrows of life in balance. There is no hopping, skipping, or jumping over suffering. It is a part of life. In addition to the physical pain we are asked to endure, living the Gospel can bring rejection and suffering as well. Jesus the Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Do we have the desire and faith to follow him?
Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“There can be no peace unless there is soul peace. For nothing happens in the external world that has not first happened within a soul.” ~Ven. Fulton Sheen
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- 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. (September 18). 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. (September 24).
- Bernard is Available: Every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, and no appointment is needed.
- Pro-life Novena: from August 3 to September 28
- Community Chorus Fall Session Begins: September 17 at the Jacksonville Methodist church.
- Lakeside Retreat: September 22, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. with Richard Crawley, OFM Cap. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake
- Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
- Renewing Your Relationship: 6:30–9:00 p.m. on September 29 in the Newcomb Friendship Center at St Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., Rochester.
- Catholic Men’s Conference: October 13 at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Rochester, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Crop Hunger Walk: October 14 at the Trumansburg Methodist Church
Campaign For Human Development:
Please be generous in this week’s second collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In the United States, one in seven people live in poverty. With this collection, you support programs that address the causes of poverty and provide a sustainable future for those who are struggling across the country. In addition, twenty-five percent of the funds collected remains in our diocese to fund local anti-poverty projects. Please prayerfully consider how you can support this collection. More information about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development can be found at www.usccb.org/cchd/collection.
Online giving is now available for parishioners with WeShare, an easy and convenient way to save time and support your parish. Donating is simple, safe, and completely secure. If you would like to enroll in Online Giving, please visit our website at https://marymotherofmercy.weshareonline.org/ and click on “Giving.” Follow the instructions you will see on that page. If you have any questions or concerns about the program or would like help setting up your account, please email our business manager, Eileen Heptig, at Eileen.email@example.com
Parish Feast Day Celebration:
Last Sunday, September 9, we celebrated our parish feast day for Mary, Mother of Mercy, with a parish picnic. Weather wise, it was a cloudy and cool day (60 degrees) but fifty or more people braved the weather and met on the front lawn of St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken, for an enjoyable prayer service in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a fun picnic afterwards. We thank all who came with their dishes to pass, including the ice cream social table. We thank the Fellowship Committee and the Liturgy Planning Committee for sponsoring the event. We “thank” Michelle Humulock, who chaired the event and made the arrangements for the purchase of the pulled pork (a big success) for the rolls, drinks, paper products, and all that goes into producing a successful picnic. We thank Tony Humulock, Michelle’s husband, for the delivery and set up. We “thank” Gerry Frank, Rick Willers, Mark Sinkiewicz, and all who helped deliver, set up, and take down the tables and chairs. The parish picnic ended up being an enjoyable afternoon and we are looking forward to next year’s parish feast day celebration.
Free Tables and Chairs:
St. Francis Solanus church has solid folding tables and chairs that have not been used in recent years. If you are interested in having one or several, please contact the parish office. The church also has an artificial Christmas tree in good condition to give away.
Ending Hunger One Step at a Time:
This year marks the thirtieth year for the local CROP Hunger Walk and the thirtieth anniversary of the Trumansburg Food Pantry. The Crop Hunger Walk will take place on 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.
Take a day to rest at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. located on beautiful Seneca Lake. Rev. Richard Crawley OFM Cap. will facilitate a day retreat about St. Pio’s charism and his quote: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry” on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. A $30 donation includes food and drink. Learn more at branchescenter.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Donna at (716) 901-4313.
Can You Love Enough:
“Love WILL end abortion,” Says Jim Havens. From September 26 until November 4, the Ithaca “40 Days for Life” will lead a peaceful and prayerful campaign right here in our community. Join in peaceful vigil across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, along the public right-of way, from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Please consider praying with us for just one or two hours weekly, with a friend, your church, or your family. For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot, 315-246-7479 or email email@example.com. Details/updates about Ithaca 40 Days for Life is available at www.40daysforlife.com/Ithaca. Visit and “like” our Facebook page: “Ithaca 40 Days for Life.”
Renewing Your Relationship:
A mini marriage enrichment session, from 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, will include a presentation, time for private reflection, and optional group sharing in the Newcomb Friendship Center at St. Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., Rochester. Time with spouse and childcare is available. Bring an appetizer to share. Drinks are provided and 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. is a time to enjoy food, drink, and conversation. RSVP by 9/21 to Leonor (Leo) and Ed Rivera either by email to LeoandEd@aol.com or call (585) 223-1121. If you’re ready for a full weekend enrichment experience go to wwme.org for info or register for the November 16-18 weekend at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y.
Catholic Men’s Conference:
For the past four years, this annual conference has been highly successful in serving men throughout our diocese. This year the conference will take place on Saturday, October 13, at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester, N.Y. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register at www.exultrochester.org. Cost is $40 (early bird) until August 31. For more information, flyers have been placed in the churches.
Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency
Volunteer drivers are being recruited to support its Medicaid Transportation Program. Our drivers transport people to and from medical appointments and are re-imbursed at the federal mileage rate of $0.545 per mile. Visit us online or contact us for more information, 315-255-1703 x222.
If You Like to Sing:
Do you like to sing? If so, come join the Trumansburg Community Chorus directed by Alice Ploss. New members who like to sing are welcome, regardless of formal experience. Rehearsals for the fall session will begin on September 17. The chorus meets each Monday from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Methodist church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd. The fee is $40 for adults and $25 for students and an additional $20 will help to purchase music. For more information see tburgchorus.com.
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.
September 15, 2018 (Third Weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore
September 22, 2018 (Fourth Weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Patti Perry, Cathy DelSignore, Marie Roloson
Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.
September 16 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short
September 23 (fourth Sunday):
Lectors: Beth Duff and Tim Davis
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Tom Duff, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle
Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid
Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
September 2018 Schedule
|Greeter in addition to Usher||C. Conroy||M. Maleski||C. Conroy||M. Maleski||C. Conroy|
|Altar Ser 1||G. Frank||G. Frank||P. Schirmer||M. Humulock||G. Frank|
|Altar Ser 2|
|Lector 1||J. Swanson||T. Humulock||L. Kurkchi||J. Liedenfrost°||N. Shumway|
|Lector 2||K. Knapp||M. Humulock||M. Frank||P. Motill||E. Moore|
|Extraordinary Min 1||F. Grasek||S. Limoncelli||L.A. Fox||G. Frank||D. Moore|
|Extraordinary Min 2||A. Calice||D. Brandow°||F. Grasek||T. Humulock||D.Traphagen|
|Extraordinary Min 3||L.A. Fox||P. Schirmer||S. Limoncelli||D. Brandow||M. Frank|
|Usher 1 (Lead)||T. Grasek||J. Taylor||J. Taylor||S. Brandow||J. Taylor|
|Usher 2||J. Swanson||M. Maleski||P. Marrella||M. Maleski||T. Humulock|
|Usher 3||P. Marrella||S. Brandow°||T. Grasek|