Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time / Respect Life Sunday ~ October 6, 2019

First reading:
The rash one has no integrity; but the just one, because of his faith, shall live. (Hab. 2:4)

If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (Ps. 95)

Second reading:
For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. (2 Tm. 1:7)

“So should it be with you. When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do’.” (Lk. 17:10)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
All of the violence and unrest we regularly witness in our world can easily distress us. We can also find ourselves wondering how long it will take before God intervenes and does something about it. Then we remember our call to discipleship and spreading the Good News of the Gospel. We recall the persecutions the early disciples endured and the fate of so many martyrs throughout history, both past and present. It is not God’s responsibility to fix our mess but ours. God has given us the power of love and a strength of endurance that comes from Him alone. Our request of God becomes that of the disciples: “Increase our faith.” It is our task to stand up for the values of the Gospel and live them regardless of the price.

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 15)
    • 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 7)
  • 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
  • Respect Life Sunday: October 6, Mass in Rochester, Life Chain in Cortland
  • Confirmation Meeting for Parents and Students: October 6, 4:00 p.m., St. James Pine Room
  • Angels, Our Forgotten Friends: October 8 at the Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • McAuley Award Dinner: October 8, 6:00 p.m., Elmira Country Club
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Sacrament of Confirmation:Students in grades 8–12 who have not celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation, along with their parents, are requested to attend an introductory meeting this Sunday, October 6, at 4:00 p.m. in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle church. Confirmation classes will begin on Sunday, October 20, at St. James. If you did not receive a registration form in the mail they are located in the foyers of the churches or you may print out the registration form available here. Once completed, mail the form to the parish office: P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847.

2019-2020 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
The theme for this year’s Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) campaign is “I AM the vine, you are the branches.” The CMA gives each of us an opportunity to bear good fruit and live out our purpose as the branches of the true vine, Jesus Christ. Through gifts to the CMA, we support the larger Church so that it may meet real needs locally, including crucial outreach and ministries of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester and each of our parishes. Please be generous in your response so your diocese and parish may be responsive and caring in fulfilling its mission for each individual. Every gift is needed and important. Please see the brochure in the pew for more information. If you have given to the CMA in the past, you will receive a letter in the mail with your pledge card during the week of October 15. Please pray for the success of our efforts. Thank you.

Respect Life Sunday:
The annual Respect Life program is a year-round, nationwide effort to help Catholics understand, value, and become engaged with building a culture that cherishes every human life. A new cycle begins each October (Respect Life month) and continues through the following September. The 2019 observance of Respect Life Sunday is this Sunday, October 6. There is a Respect Life Mass at 11:15 a.m., on October 6 at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano. Another part of the Respect Life initiative is what is called a “Life Chain.” Since 1987, Life Chains have taken place in hundreds of cities throughout America peacefully and silently praying for an end to abortion. Join the Life Chain in Cortland on October 6 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. at the intersection of Groton Ave and Main St. For more information contact Carolann at 607-351-6668. Bring the whole family! Rain or shine!

Volunteer Needed:
The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is in need of parish coordinators to assist with the parish’s participation in the Respect Life program (see above). Our parish has received a most helpful Resource Guide for the 2019–2020 Respect Life Program. To volunteer, please phone the parish office at 607-294-0064.

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.

CROP Hunger Walk:
The annual Trumansburg CROP Walk, sponsored by the Trumansburg Area Churches (TAC), will take place 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 Weekend:
Catholic Charities Tompkins/Tioga has announced their annual “Peace Weekend” and invite parishioners from churches in both counties to join in the planning of events for the weekend of October 19 and 20. Please contact Laurie Konwinski at 607-272-5062, extension 12, or email her at [email protected].

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.

This past June, one of our parishioners, Scott Hamula, was awarded the 2019 Distinguished Advertising Educator Award at the ADMERICA conference in Hollywood, FL. This award recognizes the best advertising professors in the country. Well done, Scott!

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.

Notre Dame Dinner:
Notre Dame High School, for students in grades 7–12, is pleased to honor Rev. Lewis Brown ’59 and Mr. Bob Edger, posthumously, at the fourteenth annual McAuley award dinner on Tuesday, October 8, at 6 pm, at the Elmira Country Club. Reservations for the McAuley award dinner may be made by contacting Katie Lilley ’97, at 607-734-2267 x325. Seats for the evening are $75 per person.

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].

Marriage Enrichment:
If you’re ready for more in your marriage consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend. The next ones will be held on October 18–20, 2019; April 17–19, 2020; and November 20–22, 2020. Go to for more information. The mission of Worldwide Marriage Encounter is to proclaim the value of marriage and Holy Orders in the Church and in the world.

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! 

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.

Angels, Our Forgotten Friends:
“Angels: Our Forgotten Friends. What our Catholic Faith Teaches Us about Angels” will be the presentation on Tuesday, October 8, at the Notre Dame Retreat House, 5151 Foster Rd., Canandaigua, N.Y. Deacon Eric Bessette from Church of the Transfiguration, Pittsford, N.Y. will provide an insightful and inspiring look at the role of angels in our life. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until noon and is followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and concludes with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email [email protected].

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 5, at 5:00 p.m. (first weekend):
Lectors: Karl Messmer, Scott Hamula
EMs: Kathleen Rourke, Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

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

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

October 6, at 9:00 a.m. (first Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Beth Koeng

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

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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