Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 21, 2018


First reading:
He shall see his descendants in a long life, and the will of the LORD shall be accomplished through him. (Is. 53:10b)

Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you. (Ps. 33)

Second reading:
So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and to find grace for timely help. (Heb. 4:16)

“For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mk. 10:45)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Persistence is really a virtue and the face of a strong character. We all have heard stories of people who have done incredible things in the presence of obstacles that appear insurmountable. These are real stories of real people who have lost limbs or faced other physical challenges. They have become amazing athletes and sometimes saints who overcame incredible difficulties in order to proclaim God’s love and presence. Where there is a strong will, there is a way. What do we want Jesus to do for us? Let your faith inspire you to find the courage to love in the face of bitterness, the faith to persevere when tempted to give up, and the hope to move forward when falling into despair. Jesus saves us from ourselves and gives us the clear vision to see as God sees.

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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 30). 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: Fridays at 6:30 p.m., St. Francis, Interlaken, and no appointment is needed.
  • Confirmation Candidates Meeting: Eighth and ninth graders will meet in the pine room at St. James 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 at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
  • 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
  • Religion Education/Formation Program: Parents with children meeting, October 28 at 6:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle
  • Empty Rice Bowl Event: 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.
  • Fall Cemetery Cleanup: All decorations/flowers need to be removed by November 9.

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Today is World Mission Sunday. We celebrate this day by remembering the revitalizing mission at the heart of our Christian faith—to bring the Gospel to all! The collection today for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith ensures the work and service of the Mission Church, as it supports priests, and religious and lay leaders who offer the Lord’s mercy and concrete help to the most vulnerable communities in the Pope’s missions. Thank you for your generosity.

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.fa1624bi_4c

All Souls’ Day Envelopes:
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.

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.

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.

September Average Attendance:
The average attendance in September at our weekend Masses were 64 people at the Saturday, 5:00 p.m. Mass. On Sundays there were 116 parishioners at the 9:00 a.m. Mass and 99 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Our numbers are dropping! Please bring a friend to Mass.

Fall Cemetery Cleanup:
Please have all previous seasonal decorations/flowers removed by November 9. Anything left may be disposed of as the cemetery staff deems appropriate.

Religion Education / Formation Program:
“Our Family Based Religion Education Program,” is the title of a new program of religious education for families with children. It will begin on Sunday, October 28, at 6:00 p.m. at St. James the Apostle with a presentation by Mr. Rich Rasmussen, faith formation director at Immaculate Conception church in Ithaca, who will explain the program. Parents at that time will be able sign-up and register. Basically the “Our Family Based Religion Education Program” comprises one monthly student on-line learning experience (about thirty minutes) and one monthly gathering of all the families at the church for a meal and learning session (about an hour and a half). Please spread the word to all parish families with children with the encouragement to attend the October 28 meeting.

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

October 27, 2018 (Fourth Weekend):
Lectors: Gerry and Millie Messmer
EMs: Cathy DelSignore, Mary Davidson, Marie Roloson

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

October 21 (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

October 29  (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.

October 2018

10/21/18 10/28/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 K. Knapp N. Shumway
Lector 2 L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 K. Sinkiewicz D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 M. Frank P. Schirmer
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor M. Maleski
Usher 2 T. Grasek T. Humulock
Usher 3
Usher 4



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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
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