Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 29, 2019

First reading:
Therefore, now they shall be the first to go into exile, and their wanton revelry shall be done away with. (Am. 6:7)

Praise the Lord, my soul! (Ps. 146)

Second reading:
But you, man of God, pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness. (1 Tm. 6:11)

“Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead’.” (Lk. 16:31)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
People often think that if they witness something miraculous, it would bring them to a greater faith and motivate them for greater involvement. Such is not necessarily true, as coming to a real and authentic faith still requires that we struggle with ourselves a bit and change our approach to living. Authentic faith is acquired when we see wisdom and life in the words of the prophets and in the teachings of Jesus Christ. All of these point us to a God who has a particular set of priorities for how life is meant to be lived. We have to avoid the trap of complacency that is rooted in preserving our own self-interests and living lives that pursue “righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” (1 Tm. 6: 11) Complacency keeps us stuck in the status quo and prevents us from working toward respect for life, equality, and justice, and from advocating on behalf of the needs of the poor, the homeless, and the alien. Are you complacent?

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 1)
    • 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
  • Blessing of Animals: Friday, October 4, 6:00 p.m., St. Francis
  • Respect Life Mass: 11:15 a.m., October 6, Sacred Heart Cathedral, Rochester, with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano
  • 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
  • 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

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 on 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. To enroll your child/children, please either pick up a form from the church foyers or print out the registration form available here. Once completed, mail the form to the parish office: P.O. Box 403, Interlaken, NY 14847.

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day:
This Friday, October 4, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and there will be our regular Mass at 9:00 a.m. at St. James. The blessing of animals will take place that evening at St. Francis Solanus church, beginning at 6:00 p.m.

August Attendance and Collections
On an average in the month of August there were 65 people at the 5:00 p.m. Mass, 111 at the 9:00 a.m. Mass, and 109 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The average Mass collections during the month were $907 at the Saturday evening Mass at St. Francis; and, on Sundays, $1,072 at the 9:00 a. m. Mass at St. James; and $856 at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross. Parishioners participating through the WeShare online giving contributed $1,835. “Thank you all for your attendance and offerings.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

CROP Hunger Walk:
CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty and their goal is “ending hunger one step at a time.” This year’s CROP walk will take place in Trumansburg on Sunday, October 13, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Presbyterian church. More information will come in subsequent bulletins.

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

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.

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

Respect Life Program and Mass:
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 October 6, next Sunday, and a Respect Life Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester at 11:15 a.m. with Bishop Salvatore R. Matano as the principal celebrant and homilist. The parish of Mary, Mother of Mercy, is in need of parish coordinators to assist with our parish’s participation in the Respect Life program. 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.

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

September 28, at 5:00 p.m. (fifth weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers (for Ann Buddle)
EMs: Millie Messmer, Robin Hamula

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

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 29, at 9:00 a.m. (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Tim O’Boyle, Mary Szymanski

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

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Not available at this time

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