Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 2, 2018


First reading:
In your observance of the commandments of the LORD, your God, which I enjoin upon you, you shall not add to what I command you nor subtract from it. (Dt. 4:2)

The one who does justice will live in the presence of the Lord. (Ps. 15)

Second reading:
All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights. (Jas. 1:17a)

So the Pharisees and scribes questioned him, “Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the elders but instead eat a meal with unclean hands?” (Mk. 7:5)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
In response to how the Pharisees and scribes lived their faith, Jesus said, “This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” Both good and evil impulses come from our hearts. Which one has the upper hand depends on how well a person has taken on the mind and heart of God. How well we live our faith is determined by the same. As Pope Francis tells us, Jesus is present in all of our brothers and sisters, especially those who endure suffering like his own. Our world is full of tragedy, conflict, and suffering: slave labor, diseases, wars, terrorism, exploitation, famine, human trafficking. We cannot simply pay lip service to the evils of the world—we must act!

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:“What do they not see, who see Him in all things?” ~St. Gregory the Great








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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. (September 4). 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 10). The food pantry in Trumansburg will not be open on Labor Day.
  • 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
  • Coffee Hour at St. James: September 2 after Mass
  • Come and See Discernment Weekends: September 7–9 at the CYFM Retreat Center located in Garrison, N.Y., and November 16–18 at San Lorenzo Friary in Boston.
  • Breakfast by the Rochester chapter of Magnificat: at the Diplomat on 1 Diplomat Way in Rochester on September 8, from 8:30 a.m. until noon
  • Parish Picnic:September 9 at the St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Review: September 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Francis Solanus 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

Emmy Lou Probert, the daughter of Jeffrey and Katelyn Probert, was baptized on August 18, 2018, at St. James the Apostle church.

William J. Murphy, age seventy-nine, died on August 14, 2018. A funeral service was held on August 22 at the Covert Funeral Home in Ovid, N.Y.

Parish Picnic:
Next Sunday, September 9, our parish will celebrate our patronal feast day of Mary, Mother of Mercy with a parish picnic. The picnic will be held in the front lawn pine grove at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, N.Y. The picnic will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a prayer service honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a meal of pulled pork and rolls. Families are asked to bring a dish to pass. Soft drinks or water will be provided. Parking will be available behind and alongside the pine trees and walking will be kept to a minimum. Please bring a lawn chair. We hope to see you there.

Coffee Hours at St. James:
In order to share the good work of the Knights of Columbus and recruit new members, the local Knights Council is sponsoring coffee hours at St. James on the first Sunday of September, October, and November. The coffee hour will be held in the Pine Room after the 9:00 a.m. Mass. For more information or to contribute baked goods, please email Grand Knight Mike Barry at

Donate Online:
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 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

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
If you are an Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and missed the review of procedures meeting this past Thursday, please plan to attend the one on Saturday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

St. James the Apostle Food Donations:
Next Sunday, and every second Sunday of the month, please bring a non-perishable food item to church and place it on the table in front of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Monetary gifts are also welcome.

Magnificat of Rochester:
The Rochester chapter of Magnificat invites all women to a breakfast on Saturday, September 8. Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30 a.m. and ending at noon. The breakfast will take place at the Diplomat on 1 Diplomat Way off of Lyell Ave. Confessions will be heard at 8 a.m. and also at the end of the program. Reservations are $22.00 as of September 1, and students are $12.00. Registration is required. To register, mail check to: Magnificat Rochester, PO Box 24787, Rochester NY, 14624. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, and email address. You can also register via PayPal on our website at For more information: call Kathy Murty at 585-436-1284, or send an email to: Magnificat provides ministry to Catholic women and is approved by the Diocese of Rochester.

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.

Maintenance Fund Envelopes:
In the boxes of offertory envelopes there is, at the beginning of each month, an envelope for the maintenance fund. There is no second collection for this fund. Parishioners are asked to please deposit your contribution in the weekend offertory collection. There are always maintenance expenses. Your generosity is appreciated greatly.

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 Cost is $40 (early bird) until August 31. For more information, flyers have been placed in the churches.

Lakeside Retreat:
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, email at, or call Donna at (716) 901-4313.

Take a Stand for Life:
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 Details/updates about Ithaca 40 Days for Life is available at 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 child care 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 or call (585) 223-1121. If you’re ready for a full weekend enrichment experience go to for info or register for the November 16-18 weekend at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Sudden Loss / After Suicide:
Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors a support group that meets from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at the Waterloo Library, Waterloo, and on the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church, Ovid. For more information: or phone 315 651 0043.

Discernment Weekends:
The Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary invite men to two “Come and See Discernment Weekends.” The first will be held on September 7–9 at the CYFM Retreat Center located in Garrison, N.Y., and a second will be held November 16–18 at San Lorenzo Friary in Boston. For further information go to, phone 603 836 4063, or email:

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 1, 2018 (First Weekend):
Lectors: Marie Roloson, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Barbara Willers

September 8, 2018 (Second Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

September 2  (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver

September 9 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

Ministry schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
September 2018 Schedule

9/2/18 9/9/18 9/16/18 9/23/18 9/30/18
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
2 Envelopes
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
Usher 4





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