Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 7, 2018


First reading:
“This one shall be called ‘woman,’ for out of ‘her man’ this one has been taken.” (Gn. 2:23b)

May the Lord bless us all the days of our lives. (Ps. 128)

Second reading:
For it was fitting that he, for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the leader to their salvation perfect through suffering. (Heb. 2:10)

“So they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” (Mk. 10:8b-9)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
As a disciple, an extremely important question must always take precedence in decision-making. What does God want me to do? In discerning answers to life’s questions and difficulties, it doesn’t matter what humans permit or even what popular choice dictates. It is what God says that matters. God’s will is often dismissed, even by those who claim to believe in Him. We discern God’s will by developing a strong and mature prayer life, listening to Scripture and church teaching, consulting church tradition, paying attention to the rhythms of life, and seeking His presence in all we experience and observe. As Jesus realized in his final hours, it is “not my will but yours be done.” Are we ready to follow his example and give ourselves over to what God wants?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:








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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 16). 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 8).
  • Bernard is Available: Every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, and no appointment is needed.
  • Coffee Hour: October 7 at St. James the Apostle following the 9:00 a.m. Mass and sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.
  • Confirmation Candidates Meeting: Eighth and ninth graders will meet in the pine room at St. James the Apostle 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: Held on Wednesdays in St. James the Apostle church’s pine room at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Catholic Men’s Conference: October 13 at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Rochester, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Organ Concert: October 13, at 4:00 p.m. at the United Methodist church, Trumansburg
  • Crop Hunger Walk: October 14 at the Trumansburg Methodist church
  • A Fall Day of Retreat: Presented by Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R. at Notre Dame Retreat House on Tuesday, October 16, from 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
  • Empty Rice Bowl Events: October 16 at Our Lady of Peace parish, Center Street, Geneva, and on 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.

Derek Andrew Brown and Meghan Elizabeth Durling were married on September 29, 2018, in St. James the Apostle church, Trumansburg.

Rosemary Theresa Fanaro was baptized on September 30, 2918, in Holy Cross church, Ovid.

Workbook for Lectors:
Lectors are asked to please pick up the 2019 Workbook for Lectors located in the churches where you usually proclaim the word of God. Please take the book that has your name posted on the workbook.

Weekly Offerings:
The parish will be ordering the boxes of offertory envelopes for 2019. If you are not presently using the box of offertory envelopes and would like to, please notify the parish office and an order for a box of offertory envelopes will be made for you. A reminder that offerings to the parish can also be made by donating on line through “WeShare.” In this regard please consult the bulletin announcement “Donate on Line.”

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 the parish website 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

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 ( and the CMA page (www.dor/org/cma). 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.

Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty:
This year marks the thirtieth year for the local Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) Hunger Walk and the thirtieth anniversary of the Trumansburg Food Pantry. The Crop Hunger Walk will take place next 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. If are unable to walk, please consider sponsoring a walker.

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.

Annual Capuchin Dinner:
On October 23 the Capuchin Franciscans of the Province of St. Mary will be holding their annual dinner and would be very pleased if you could attend! The dinner will be at the Glen Island Harbour Club located in New Rochelle, NY. There are several ways to support the dinner 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

Organ Concert:
The United Methodist Church in Trumansburg will have an organ concert on Saturday, October 13, at 4:00 p.m. The church has an 1862 Garret House organ, which is a tracker organ. Guest organists are Permelia and David Sears who specialize in nineteenth century tracker organs. Both have performed organ recitals across the Northeast. A freewill donation to benefit the Food Bank would be accepted.

Parish Choir:
In preparation for Thanksgiving ecumenical service, the TAC Advent concert, and Christmas liturgies, Joan Gelatt will have choir practices weekly on Tuesdays. Two practice times will be offered—one at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Cross and the other in the evening at a time and place to be determined. All are welcome to join in.

Annual Empty Bowls Events:
There will be two “Empty Rice Bowl” events in our area. One is on October 16 at Our Lady of Peace Parish, Center Street, Geneva, and the second on October 24, at Sacred Heart Church, 90 Melrose Road, Auburn. Both events begin at 5:00 pm and run until 7:00 p.m. with a cost of $20.00 per ticket for adults or $10.00 per ticket for children under ten. Cost includes soup, bread, beverage, dessert, and a handmade ceramic bowl. Empty Bowls began in a Michigan High School classroom and has become a popular event to raise awareness of the effects of hunger and food insecurity. Participants walk away with a commemorative Empty Bowl that serves as a reminder that hunger does indeed exist in our community. For tickets or more information contact Rhonda Zettlemoyer at 315-789-2235, ext. 104 or email or All proceeds will benefit programs of Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes. Please help us help others!

Communion5_18sp_4cCatholic Men’s Conference:
Three nationally recognized speakers are due to headline the fourth-annual Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference, scheduled for Saturday, October 13. For the past four years, this annual conference has been highly successful in serving men throughout our diocese. This year’s conference will take place at St. Jude the Apostle parish, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester, N.Y. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration is currently open for the conference, which will feature “The Eucharist” as its theme. Register at For more information, flyers have been placed in the churches.

A fall day of retreat at Notre Dame Retreat House (5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, NY) will take place on Tuesday, October 16 with the theme of “The Problem of Good and Evil in the Book of Job and How that can Apply to our Own Lives.” It will be presented by Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R, rector/director of Notre Dame Retreat House. The retreat will begin at 9:00 a.m. with morning coffee and concludes at 3:00 p.m. There will be lunch and a reconciliation Mass as part of the conference activities. The fee of $25.00 includes lunch. Please call 585-394-5700 or email: to register.

School Sisters of Notre Dame:
Celebrate 185 years of faithful service with the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In 1833, Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger founded the School Sisters of Notre Dame to educate young women. Since then, the sisters have expanded her initial provincial mission to deepen communion with God and transform the world through education at all stages of life. Please join the sisters as they celebrate a special liturgy on October 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

Ovid Community Garden:
Individuals are welcome to rent raised 8 x 4 foot garden beds for $10.00 each. You must be a member of the garden to grow and pick produce. Please contact the STEPS (Seneca Towns Engaging People for Solutions) office at 607 403 0069 if you would like to become a member.

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 6, 2018 (First Weekend):
Lectors: Marie Roloson, Scott Hamula
EMs: Millie Messmer, Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers

October 13, 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.

October 7 (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Joan Hogan, Patty Messmer, Mark Scibilia-Carver

October 14  (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Barbara Willers (for 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.

October 2018

10/7/18 10/14/18 10/21/18 10/28/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski
Altar Ser 1 P. Schirmer G. Frank G. Frank M. Humulock
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 M. Humulock E. Moore K. Knapp N. Shumway
Lector 2 T. Humulock J. Swanson L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost°
Extraordinary Min 1 L.A. Fox D. Moore F. Grasek S. Limoncelli
Extraordinary Min 2 A. Calice D. Brandow° K. Sinkiewicz D. Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Traphagen T. Humulock M. Frank P. Schirmer
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) J. Taylor S. Brandow° J. Taylor M. Maleski
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski T. Grasek T. Humulock
Usher 3 P. Marrella P. Marrella
Usher 4

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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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