Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 13, 2019

First reading:
“For I will no longer holocaust or sacrifice to any other god except the Lord.” (2 Kgs. 5:17a)

The Lord has revealed to the nations his saving power. (Ps. 98)

Second reading:
This saying is trustworthy: If we have died with him we shall also live with him. (2 Tm. 2:11)

Then [Jesus] said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has saved you.” (Lk. 17:19)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
When standing in a place of privilege, it is difficult to see all of the wonders, healings, and graces God bestows upon us. We can easily take God’s abiding, healing, and sustaining presence for granted in our lives if our sights are too focused on earthly pleasures, status, or concerns. Those who have less often have a greater appreciation for even the smallest of gifts and tiniest of blessings. We live in a world of entitlement, and this error of thinking that things are “due me” or “deserved by me” can distort and corrupt our vision. How many times a day are you truly thankful and filled with gratitude? If you truly treasure the life God has given you, then every breath you take can be an opportunity to express joyful appreciation. Every moment of life is an occasion for healing and transformation.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







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  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (October 29)
    • 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. (October 21)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Trumansburg Robotics: Mondays 5:00–8:00 p.m. and Tuesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m., St. James
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13, Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Peace Weekend: October 19 and 20, Ithaca
  • World Mission Sunday: October 20
  • Religion Education Monthly Gathering: October 20, after 9:00 a.m. Mass, St. James
  • Confirmation Classes Begin: October 20, St. James
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn
  • A Force More Powerful: October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, Ithaca
  • Talking Circles on Racism: October 24 at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca
  • Winter Coat Distribution: October 26, 9 a.m.–12 p.m., Ovid VFW
  • Parish Ministry Fair:After Mass on October 26 and 27
  • Capuchin Franciscans Annual Benefit Dinner: October 29, 6:00–10:00 p.m., Glen Island Harbour Club in New Rochelle
  • Birthright in Ithaca Luncheon: November 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Ithaca, Ithaca.

World Mission Sunday:
Next weekend we will celebrate World Mission Sunday. Pope Francis invites the entire Church to support the mission dioceses in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe, where priests, religious, and lay leaders serve the world’s most vulnerable communities. Please keep the Pope’s missions in your prayers and be generous in next week’s collection for the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
In the coming week, past Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) donors will receive a letter in the mail with a pledge card asking for their CMA commitment. Please prayerfully consider your commitment. Every gift to the CMA helps those in need, supports the mission of the Church, and comes back to help our parish. Thank you. Let us continue to pray for the success of our efforts. Please note that all monies raised in the CMA are only used for the programs, services, and ministries for which they are designated. No gifts to the CMA are used to satisfy legal fees or settlement costs associated with abuse. A listing of CMA allocations may be found at

Parish Ministry Fair:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” (Romans 12: 6) By our baptism we are called to share in the ministry of the Church, using the gifts and talents God has provided. We invite you to think about your talents. What can you contribute to your church? The Worship Committee will be having a ministry fair at each of our churches on October 26 and 27. Stop by after Mass and enjoy some food as you speak with members of the various ministries that enrich our parish. You will have an opportunity to ask questions before signing up for the ministry that best fits your gifts and interests.

Winter Coat Collection:
The annual collection of winter coats for the Seneca County Community Christmas Project has begun and will end the weekend of October 19. Warm winter coats from infant through adults are needed. This is a great opportunity to live our faith by working to help those in need. The coats can be new or gently used clean coats. The collection bins are located at Holy Cross at the ramp entrance and at St. Francis Solanus in the vestibule. The coats you donate are shared locally. Coat distribution is scheduled on October 26, 2019 from 10 am until noo at the Ovid VFW [address?]. We are in need of volunteers to help children find their “perfect coat” on distribution day. If you want to volunteer or need further information, please contact Gerald Frank at 607-869-5009.

CROP Hunger Walk:
The annual Trumansburg CROP Walk, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place this Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. (all walkers register at 1:45 p.m.). Host and starting place will be the First Presbyterian Church, Trumansburg. CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” Community members of all ages and faiths come together to step out for neighbors close to home and throughout the world in need of food programs and clean water! Please consider joining the walk and petitioning others to sponsor you. It is always a great event in the community. For more information go to

Peace Week:
Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga has announced their annual “Peace Week.” Does non-violence really work to change society for the better? Come be inspired by people brave enough to fight for justice without using guns and hatred at the screening and discussion of the film A Force More Powerful on Monday, October 21, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish Center, Ithaca. A pizza supper will be served prior to the film, at 6:00 p.m. (a $5 donation helps defray the cost). For more information contact: Laurie Konwinski at 607 272 5062 ext. 12 or email [email protected].

Talking Circles on Racism:
On Thursday, October 24, at 7:00 p.m. at Immaculate Conception church, Ithaca, all are invited to “Talking Circles on Race and Racism,” an important, honest, and eye-opening conversation on the many ways racism affects us all, even if we personally disavow racism, and an invitation to participate in a more extensive workshop on this subject in the future. For more information contact: Laurie Konwinski at 607 272 5062 ext. 12 or email [email protected].

Birthright in Ithaca:
Celebrate thirty-eight years of compassionate care for women and families at a fund-raiser luncheon, November 16, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hotel Ithaca, 222 S. Cayuga Street, Ithaca. Advanced purchased tickets are $19.95 and are available through Birthright. RSVP by November 1 to Birthright, 605 W. State St. #1, Ithaca, New York, 14850. Also, they are seeking items for a silent auction as part of the Birthright fund-raiser event. Do you have a family-friendly service, skill, or craft item and are willing to make a donation? Possibly you might be willing to create a themed gift basket? Please contact Carolann Darling, 607-351-6668, or the Birthright director, Beth, 607-272-9070.

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. I know it is important and local, but after so many weeks without changes, can we drop this? Also, the job description may be changing soon.

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.

Annual Capuchin Dinner:
The Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary will be holding their annual benefit dinner on October 29 and would be very pleased if you could attend! The benefit will be at the Glen Island Harbour Club located in New Rochelle, New York, beginning at 6:00 p.m. There are several ways to support the event even if you are unable to attend. For more information, please visit or contact George Vogel at (212) 564-0759, ext. 284, or by email at [email protected].

Employment Opportunity:
Could you use a little extra income? The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting thousands of people to collect important information for the 2020 census in their own communities. These are temporary, part-time, or full-time positions with flexible hours. The hourly wages are $17 an hour for an enumerator/lister and $18.50 for a census field supervisor. Mileage is reimbursed at $0.58 per mile. No experience or educational requirement is necessary. If you are interested or have questions go to This is your chance to be a part of history!

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

October 12, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Millie Messmer and Cathy DelSignore (for Lee and Mary Davidson), Robin Hamula

October 19, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

October 13, 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

October 20, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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