Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ October 1, 2023

National Eucharistic Revival:    June 19, 2022–Pentecost 2025

Parish Eucharistic Revival:       June 11, 2023–June 2024

First Reading:
But if he turns from the wickedness he has committed, he does what is right and just, he shall preserve his life. (Ez .18:27)

Remember your mercies, O Lord. (Ps .25)

Second Reading:
Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus. (Phil .2:5)

Jesus said to them, “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” (Mt. 21:31)

Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass ©2001, 1998, 1970 CCD. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
God invites each of us to work in His vineyard, but it’s our choice whether we “clock in” or stay home. Let’s never fail to show up. It’s the most important job we will ever have.

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:












  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated Church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m.
    • Food Truck: First Tuesday of the month (October 3), 4:00–6:00 p.m., South Seneca High School
    • Interlaken Reformed church: Fridays, 3:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
    • Trumansburg Food Pantry: Every other Monday (October 9) 3:30–6:30 p.m., Methodist church
  • Family Hope Center: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Fr. Bernard is available: Fridays, 6:30–7:30 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • 2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA): Pledges are being accepted. Parish goal is $31,000.
  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony: St. James the Apostle
    • Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
    • October 12 & 26; 7:00 p.m.
  • Book Study: Wednesdays, 3:15 p.m., St. James
  • Taizé Prayer: October 5 & 19; 7:30 p.m.; St. James
  • Sweet Sunday: October 1, 10:00 a.m., St. James
  • Blessing of Animals: October 4, 6:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Game Night: October 4, 6:30 p.m., Holy Cross
  • Family Faith Formation: October 14, 5:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus
  • Parish Cemetery Collection: October 7/8

Eucharistic Miracles:
The Knights of Columbus (Ithaca Council 277) is sponsoring a photographic display of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ exhibition of Eucharistic Miracles at Immaculate Conception Church, Ithaca from 10:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on October 21–22 and November 11–12. Blessed Carlo Acutis created the art for the Eucharistic Miracles panels before his death from leukemia at age 15. His goal during his short life was to help bring others closer to Jesus through awareness of the mystery of the Eucharist. 

40 Days for Life:
Ithaca 40 Days for Life will be praying at Ithaca Planned Parenthood from September 27–November 5. For details contact Becky Fluger at [email protected] or 607–423–7015. Sign-up at

Sweet Sunday:
This Sunday, and the first Sunday of every month, parishioners are invited to a social time after the 9:00 a.m. Mass at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

Parish Game Night:
Join us for an evening of games on October 4 from 6:30–8:30 p.m. This month’s Game Night is hosted by Holy Cross Church, Ovid. Invite a friend and bring a snack if you wish.

Blessing of Animals:
The Blessing of Animals will take place Wednesday, October 4, at 6:00 p.m. at the parish center, St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken. It is the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi who had a love for all God’s creation. It is traditional to bless animals on his feast day.

Parish Eucharistic Revival – June 2023–June 2024:
Every parish throughout the United States is inviting parishioners to: Reinvigorate Worship by parishes diligently being faithful to the norms prescribed for the celebration of the Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass); provide monthly holy hour Encounter Nights to help parishioners personally encounter Jesus in the Eucharist; create a Faith Formation opportunity through a small group seven session study guide titled “Jesus and the Eucharist”; and to launch an “Invite One Back” initiative, that is, reaching out to one who has abandoned the gift of Jesus himself, the Eucharist.

With the help of Patrick Miller, who is our Eucharistic Revival Point Person and the Parish Council, especially the Worship and Word Committees, our parish will begin to schedule, in October, events proposed for the Parish Eucharistic Revival.

NYS Eucharistic Congress:
This event will be held October 20–22, 2023 at Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine, Auriesville, NY. We need a parishioner to plan and organize our participation in this Congress. One vision is to arrange a parish bus trip. If you, or know of anyone who can organize such an event, please notify the parish office. Thank you. For more information on the Eucharistic Congress go to

Parish Cemeteries Second Collection:
Next weekend there is a second collection to benefit the Mary, Mother of Mercy parish cemeteries. The cemeteries do not generate regular income and do not have a fully funded Permanent Maintenance Fund. Please give what you are able as this collection helps to defray costly maintenance expenses. Donations may also be made online using WeShare Online Giving. Thank you.

2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal:
Our Diocese of Rochester has launched the 2023-2024 Catholic Ministries Appeal (CMA) to serve people in need; provide diocesan wide services to parishes and institutions; support seminarians, Deacons and Pastoral Leaders; educate the young in the Catholic faith, fund the operation of diocesan offices/ministries, etc. The CMA goal is $6,725,000. Our given parish goal is $31,000. As in the past, please participate in the Appeal. Participation is primary, what is pledged is secondary.

CROP Hunger Walk:
The CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Walk is October 8 at 2:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg Methodist Church. Sign-in begins at 1:45 p.m. 25% of funds raised go to our local Food Pantry. To register, see our CROP Walk coordinator, Camille Taranto, or visit

Volunteers Needed for Coat Distribution:
The Seneca County Community Christmas Project (SCCCP) Coat Distribution is October 14 from 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Ovid VFW. Volunteers are needed for set-up/clean-up and to help children choose coats. Families can fill out applications for the SCCCP December gift distribution at this time. If you are interested in helping, please contact Gerry Frank at [email protected].

Food Donations Needed
St. James the Apostle Church: every second Sunday of the month non-perishable food and hygienic items can be placed on the table in front of the Blessed Mother statue.

Holy Cross and St. Francis Solanus: food and hygienic items can be placed at the foyers at any time. Monetary donations by check are accepted (Mary, Mother of Mercy with food pantry in the memo line).

Vocation Discernment Weekend:
The Capuchin Franciscans, Province of St. Mary are sponsoring a Come and See Discernment Weekend November 17–19 at San Lorenzo Friary, Jamaica Plain, MA. For further information please contact Fr. Erik Lenhart, OFM Cap. at [email protected] or 857–615–3893.

Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua:

  • October 12: “My Life with God, an Ignatian Day of Prayer” presented by Fr. Daniel Ruiz. There is a   $35.00 fee.
  • October 20–22: a Women’s Retreat, “Keep Hope Alive” presented by Fr. Dennis Billy, C.SS.R.; Fr. Danial Ruiz; Sr. Donna DelSanto, SSJ; Nancy Lynch; and Jodie Scordo.

To register: phone 585-394-5700 or email For more information, visit:

American Red Cross:
A blood drive will be held October 7, from 8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. at the Trumansburg American Legion. To schedule an appointment to donate, phone 1-800-733-2767 or visit

Consider Online Giving:
WeShare Online Giving is safe and secure, and there are benefits for both you and our parish.

Benefits to you:

  • Gifts may be made by bank account, credit card, debit card, or Google Pay.
  • Recurring donations allow you to support our parish if you are unable to attend Mass.
  • Convenient way to donate to Holy Days, second collec-tions, and parish cemeteries.
  • Benefits to our parish:
  • Reduced volume of collections counted by volunteers from our parish
  • Guaranteed stream of income helps Parish expense budgeting
  • Reduced data entry for our part-time parish staff.

Visit to sign up.

Donating to Your Parish:
Online giving by WeShare is safe, simple and convenient. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Visit the parish website’s giving page:
  2. Follow the directions under the “Donate Online” section.
  3. Set up your donation or payment.

That’s it! Your account will be created and you can put away your checkbook. If you experience any problem, please e-mail Eileen at [email protected].

Programs at St. James the Apostle:
Sister Anne Alderman, SSJ facilitates three programs in the Pine Room at St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg.

  • Prayer for Healing and Harmony meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 7:00 p.m. and every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. This time of silent prayer provides an opportunity for personal reflection and healing. The session closes with a time to share any reflections that came to you.
  • The Taizé Prayer is facilitated on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 p.m. Taizé Prayer was developed by an ecumenical community of monks in Taizé, France. It consists of readings and prayers interspersed with quiet, repetitive songs—a good way to quiet your soul and psyche after a busy day.
  • Every Wednesday at 3:15 p.m., all are invited to participate in a book study. The current book is Wisdom Distilled from the Daily by Joan Chittiston.

Questions? Contact Sister Anne at 607-209-4206 or [email protected]

Family Hope Center:
The Family Hope Center has two locations: one in Geneva and a satellite location in Ovid in the Holy Cross Church Rectory. Family Hope Center fights for life by valuing life above all else. It means offering support through free pregnancy tests, a limited ultrasound referral, parenting and life skills classes, bible studies, material aid such as diapers and clothing, and through our forgiven and set free post abortion study. It means looking at our clients and saying, “I see your life; I value your life. I see and value your children’s lives. You are important and loved.” Women come to the Family Hope Center to be valued. The Pregnancy Care Center of the Finger Lakes is located at 551 Exchange St. in Geneva with an office in Ovid at 7231 Main St. “If you regret your abortion, you are not alone. Let us help you learn to forgive yourself.” To learn more visit, call 315–789–0708, text: 315-945-1019, or email [email protected].

Prayers for Our Parish:
The Sisters of St. Joseph have a prayer ministry for the Diocese of Rochester. Sister Anne Marie Burns and Sister Dolores Bachman will be praying for our parish and parishioners throughout 2023. We thank the Sisters for their thoughtfulness and kindness toward us. In our appreciation, please keep the Sisters of St. Joseph, especially Sisters Anne Marie and Dolores, in your thoughts and prayers.

Mass Intention Requests:
Those wishing to have someone remembered at a Mass may fill out a Mass Intentions Request form which is automatically submitted to the church office. You may also phone the parish office (607-294-0064) with your request or fill out one of the paper forms available in the foyer of each church and either mail it to the parish office or put it in the collection. There are several reasons why a person may ask a priest to offer a Mass for another individual: in thanksgiving; for the intentions of another person (such as on a birthday); or, as is most common, for the repose of the soul and in memory of someone who has died.

Sanctuary Lamp:
In Catholic Churches, a candle is always lit to indicate that the Blessed Sacrament is present in the church. This candle is called the “sanctuary lamp.” Every week the candle or oil is renewed. In many churches, people donate to the church for the sanctuary lamp be lit for the week for the intention of the donor. This has been the custom at Holy Cross Church, Ovid and is now extended to St. James the Apostle and St. Francis Solanus Churches. In making the donation simply put on the envelope, “donation for the sanctuary lamp” and specify the week and, if so desired, your intention.

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.

Prayer Intentions:
Please feel free to add your prayer requests in the books available for that purpose in each church. The prayer requests of fellow parishioners are listed on the parish website (see PRAYERS in top bar). You may also add a request by emailing the parish at [email protected] or phoning the parish office at 607–294–0064 and it will be added to the list.

Let Us Pray: Please remember in your prayers those members of our parish who are in the hospital, sick at home, in a nursing home, or who have requested our prayers (see the list on the parish’s PRAYERS page). We also ask you to pray for those who have died. May the Lord bring comfort to their family and friends during this difficult time and may they find hope in the Resurrection.



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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
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