Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 22, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival: June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival: June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
Thus says the LORD to his anointed, Cyrus, whose right hand I grasp, subduing nations before him. (Is. 45:1)

Give the Lord glory and honor. (Ps. 96)

Second Reading:
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers, unceasingly calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love. (1 Thes. 1:2-3)

“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Mt. 22:21)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God is greater than this world, and his truth is stronger than all its ideologies. Remember that no matter how we vote, who we agree with or what our background is, we belong to Him alone.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (November 6), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 23) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation classes: Saturdays, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James the Apostle
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • October 26; 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Family Faith Formation: November 11, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Taizé Prayer: November 2 & 16, 7:30 p.m., St. James
  • World Mission Sunday Collection: October 21/22
  • Encounter Night: Eucharistic Holy Hour: November 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Sweet Sunday: November 5, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Trivia Night: November 8, 6:30 p.m., St. James

Eucharistic Miracles:
The Knights of Columbus (Ithaca Council 277) is sponsoring a photographic display of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles at Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on October 21–22 and November 11–12. Blessed Carlo Acutis created the art for the Eucharistic Miracles panels before his death from leukemia at age 15. His goal during his short life was to help bring others closer to Jesus through awareness of the mystery of the Eucharist. 

Volunteer for Trumansburg Food Pantry:
Mondays, November 6 & 20 and December 4 & 18, are our parish’s dates to provide volunteers for the Trumansburg Food Pantry. Sign-up sheets and descriptions of each task are provided in the foyer. Thank you.

Eucharistic Holy Hour –  Encounter Night:
Spend time with Jesus in the Eucharist. Encounter nights create the opportunity for a personal encounter with Our Lord. They are monthly opportunities to experience a powerful form of worship as a parish. The next Encounter Night will be Thursday, November 2, 6:30–7:30 p.m. at St. Francis Solanus Church. For many in the parish it will mean making the sacrifice to travel. December’s Encounter Night will be at Holy Cross Church.

Saturday Classes – Adult Inquiry & Confirmation Preparation:
Adults interested in knowing more about Jesus of Nazareth or interested in Catholicism or adults desiring to celebrate their first Communion and/ or Confirmation, and students eighth grade and above who have not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation, are invited to attend classes on Saturdays (with one exception: the second Saturday of the month) at 5:00–6:15 p.m. in the St. Francis Solanus Annex. October 28th session: being sealed in the gift of the Holy Spirit – the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Trivia Night in November:
Our parish is holding a Trivia Night on November 8th from 6:30–8:30 p.m. at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg. Teams will be competing for the title of smartest parishioners in the parish. Do you know what time Midnight Mass is? In what city is the Cleveland Clinic? Refreshments will be provided. 

World Mission Sunday:
Embrace the Pope’s Missions with “Hearts on Fire, Feet on the Move” this World Mission Sunday! Today, Pope Francis echoes the universal call of our Baptism – to be Christ’s witnesses to the world. As we gather with global Catholics on this World Mission Sunday, our prayers and contributions to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith bolster the Pope’s missions, enabling:

  • Over 844,000 catechists to share the faith
  • 258,540 Religious Sisters to tend to families and children
  • 38,140 seminarians to journey towards the priesthood
  • Education for 26 million children
  • Medical assistance in 12,000 clinics
  • Comfort in 8,750 homes for the orphaned and elderly

By supporting this cause, we truly live out the call to be the spark that transforms lives. May your prayers and gifts create ripples of love and transformation. Thank you for your missionary zeal! Learn more at

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA):
Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) to serve people in need; provide diocesan wide services to parishes and institutions; support seminarians, Deacons and Pastoral Leaders; educate the young in the Catholic faith; fund the operation of diocesan offices/ministries, etc. The CMA goal is $6,725,000. Our given parish goal is $31,000. As in the past, please participate in the Appeal. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.

Empty Bowls – Event:
Empty Bowls is a fundraiser for the Trumansburg Food Pantry sponsored by local businesses. It will be held on Sunday November 5 from 1:00–4:00 p.m. at Atlas Bowl. The event includes: local handcrafted bowl, eight varieties of soups, bread, cookies, 5 raffle tickets, and free bowling. Tickets are $40 (children 12 and under eat free). Purchase tickets at Salmon Pottery and Atlas Bowl.

Empty Bowls – Cookies:
The Empty Bowls event requires 800 cookies. Parish bakers are invited to each supply four dozen cookies. Please notify the Trumansburg Food Pantry is you can help.

40 Days for Life:
Ithaca 40 Days for Life will be praying at Ithaca Planned Parenthood from September 27–November 5. For details contact Becky Fluger at [email protected] or 607–423–7015. Sign-up at

Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua:
Upcoming opportunities to renew your spirit:

  • “Keep Hope Alive” Retreat Weekends: November 3-5 (Women’s), Nov. 17-19 (Couple’s), Dec. 8–10 (Men’s)
  • “Spirituality of Aging” Day Retreat: November 7 with Fr. John Rose
  • “Boundless Compassion” 4 Day Retreat: Oct. 30–Nov. 2
  • “Advent, A Season of Darkness and Light” Day Retreat: December 5 with Sr. Karen Dietz, SSJ

For more details on presenters, themes, fees and how to register, please visit our website at

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page:
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This time of silent prayer provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.

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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
St. Francis Solanus, 3660 Orchard St., Interlaken, N.Y.
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