Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 30, 2018


First reading:
But Moses answered him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the people of the LORD were prophets!” (Nm. 11:29)

The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart. (Ps. 19)

Second reading:
The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. (Jas. 5:4b)

Jesus replied, “Do not prevent him. For whoever is not against us is for us.” (Mk. 9:39a, 40)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Whoever is not against us is with us. Is your image of God bigger than the labels and categories into which we often place Him? God has been acting in our world from the beginning of time and has been intimately wedded to creation for thousands of years before the creation of humanity. Did you ever consider that God was present when dinosaurs traveled the earth? God’s presence surprises us, but He can be clearly seen when people, regardless of their faith or creed, rise to the occasion and do the right thing. We have seen this countless times throughout history when people have put their differences aside, sacrificing their own security and needs to help others. God is much larger than we make Him out to be. Try to be present and mindful and not miss God working in all moments of life. If we are not attentive, God’s presence can go unnoticed.

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 2). 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.
  • Confirmation Candidates Meeting: Eighth and ninth graders and their parents will meet in the St. James pine room at 4:00 p.m. on September 30
  • Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
  • RICA Classes: Held on Wednesdays, beginning October 3 in St. James the Apostle church’s pine room at 7:00 p.m. All are welcome.
  • Francis of Assisi Pet Blessing Ceremony: October 4, at St. Francis Solanus church, at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to bring their pets for the blessing ceremony.
  • Vigil Mass for Respect Life Sunday: at 4:30 pm. on October 6 in the Church of the Holy Spirit, 1355 Hatch Rd, Webster
  • Catholic Men’s Conference: October 13 at St. Jude the Apostle parish in Rochester, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Crop Hunger Walk: October 14 at the Trumansburg Methodist church
  • 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.
  • Organ Concert: October 13, at 4:00 p.m. at the United Methodist church, Trumansburg093018_cf15_4c

St. Francis of Assisi Day:
This Thursday, October 4, is the feast day for all Franciscans including the Capuchin Franciscans. The feast day Mass will be celebrated at Holy Cross church in Ovid at 8:30 a.m. It is traditional that on this feast day there be a blessing of animals. The blessing will take place at St. Francis Solanus Church, Interlaken, at 6:30 p.m. that same day. All are welcome to bring their pets for the blessing ceremony.

Free Chairs and a Tree:
St. Francis Solanus church has folding chairs that have not been used in recent years. If you are interested in having one or several, please contact the parish office. The church also has an artificial Christmas tree in good condition to give away.

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.” The bulletin announcement below will tell you how to donate online.

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.

Weekdays with a Funeral Mass:
When there is a funeral Mass scheduled on a weekday, the scheduled daily Mass for that day will be cancelled. The announced Mass intention for the day will be transferred to the nearest available date.

Snow Days:
When the Trumansburg or South Seneca school districts announce the cancellation of classes due to hazardous weather, the daily Mass scheduled for that day will be cancelled. The announced Mass intention for that day will be transferred to the nearest available date.

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. It is also for Catholics who are interested in continuing with their religious education formation. The classes will be held on Wednesdays, beginning this week, October 3, at St. James the Apostle church’s pine room at 7:00 p.m. 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 on 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.

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.

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.

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.

September 29, 2018 (Fifth Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Scott Hamula (for Ann Buddle)
EMs: Marie Roloson, Robin Hamula (for Millie Messmer)

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

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

September 30  (fifth Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager and Barbara Willers
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Mark Scibilia-Carver, Joan Hogan, Tim O’Boyle

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

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

Sunday Mass at 10:30 a.m.
September 2018 Schedule

9/23/18 9/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 M. Humulock G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Liedenfrost° N. Shumway
Lector 2 P. Motill E. Moore
Extraordinary Min 1 G. Frank D. Moore
Extraordinary Min 2 T. Humulock D.Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 D. Brandow M. Frank
Usher 1 (Lead) S. Brandow J. Taylor
Usher 2 M. Maleski T. Humulock
Usher 3
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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