Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 1, 2019

First reading:
Humble yourself the more, the greater you are, and you will find favor with God (Sir. 3:18)

God, in your goodness, you have made a home for the poor. (Ps. 68)

Second reading:
You have approached Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and countless angels in festal gathering. (Heb. 12:22)

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Lk. 14:11)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Humility is often misunderstood as feeling inferior about ourselves and carrying around feelings of unworthiness. For many, humility is not considered a strength of character but a negative attribute and sign of weakness. Conversely, in fact, authentic humility is found in the person who is firmly grounded in reality, able to be honest with him or herself, and in right relationship with others and God. A humble person understands his or her place in life and who they are. While placing themselves at the service of others, they are comfortable in their own skin and able to step aside and let others go first. Knowing our proper place in life, offering appropriate respect, and looking to the needs of others are things that will enhance our lives and the lives of our brothers and sisters. Are you humble?

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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. (September 9)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8, Fidelis Friary
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, at St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Religious Education Program:
Religious Education registration is now open! The Parish Council’s Word Committee met with the new Religious Education 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 Workbook” series. The latter decision was made after the committee looked at various on-line religious education programs and found them to be non-engaging. Like last year, students will work on a weekly lesson at home and there will be a monthly social gathering with all children and parents to review the lessons and discuss a religious topic relevant to the home studies. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and on the parish website. The registration fee is $50 per family.

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:
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:
The Capuchin Franciscans, the parish, and Fr. Bernard’s family, relatives, and friends, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Fr. Bernard’s ordination on September 8 at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153 in Interlaken. The celebration will begin with Sunday Mass at noon, followed by appetizers, buffet dinner, and music by Backtalk. 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.

Parking and Desserts for the Celebration:
Because of the large number of quests expected, please consider carpooling to ensure all vehicles will find a place to park. Right now the space is limited. Also, many of you kindly signed up to provide a variety of baked good to be on the dessert bar at Father’s celebration (see above). The desserts may be brought with you to the celebration or brought to the Friary on September 7 around noon when people will begin setting up for the event.

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.

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.

Parish Fiscal Year Report:
The Finance Council met on August 23 and reviewed the end of the fiscal year report (the fiscal year ended on June 30, 2019). The ordinary operating revenues for our parish totaled $205,350.39 while the ordinary operating expenses amounted to $225,720.30, leaving the parish with a deficit of $20,369.91. During this past fiscal year the parish’s ordinary income decreased by $20,000 from the previous year. For example: weekend collections were down $13,000; monthly maintenance offerings were down $2,000; the Easter collection was down $1,200; and general donations and gifts were down $3,500. It should be noted that the ordinary income downward trend has been happening over the past several years. However, this past year, it was the worse it has ever been, creating the present operating deficit. A complete annual financial report will be distributed to the parish the weekend of October 6.

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. 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 31, at 5:00 p.m. (FIRST weekend, based on Sunday Mass):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

September 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

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, Tom Duff

September 8, at 9:00 a.m. (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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