Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 8, 2019

First reading:
Who knows God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? (Wis. 9:13)

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. (Ps. 90)

Second reading:
Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you would have him back forever, no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a brother. (Philemon 15–16a)

“Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” (Lk. 14:27)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
Hearing and listening are two different things. Even in our human relationships, people can hear what we are saying, but are they really listening? This is true with God as well. We hear God’s word as it comes to us through Sacred Scripture, but are we really listening to it? Listening requires a good dose of humility and openness to the one who is speaking. It requires that we free up some of our personal space so that we can be available and receptive to another person and to God. Listening does not require the use of words. We can listen to God through art, creation, the unfolding of life, and the human story. Truly listening to God provides us with the direction of where we need to go, how we are to live, what we are to choose, and what we must avoid. Listening prepares and anchors us. Are you listening?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:







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  • AA Meetings:
    • Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., St. Francis Solanus, Interlaken
    • Thursdays, noon, St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg
  • Food Pantries:
    • Ovid Federated church: Mondays, 10:00 a.m. Food truck is every other Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. (September 17)
    • 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. (September 9)
  • Fr. Bernard is Available: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., St. Francis
  • Celebration of Father Bernard’s Fiftieth Ordination Anniversary: September 8, St. Fidelis Friary
  • Out of the Darkness Walk: September 8, Sampson State Park
  • September’s Day of Prayer: September 10, Notre Dame Retreat House, Canandaigua
  • Parish Council Meeting: 7:00 p.m., September 12, St. Francis annex
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development: September 14 and 15, second collection at all churches
  • Religions Education Classes Start: Catechetical Sunday, September 15, St. James
  • CROP Hunger Walk: October 13 in Trumansburg
  • Rochester Catholic Men’s Conference: October 19, St. Jude the Apostle church, Rochester
  • Regional Pastoral Council Forum: October 21, St. Francis of Assisi church, Auburn

Catholic Campaign for Human Development:
As Catholics we’re wonderful at charity work, providing food, clothing, housing, etc. for people in need. This is important, but it’s not enough; it doesn’t change the conditions that make people poor. Fifty years ago our U.S. bishops established the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) to fund efforts by low-income people to address the root cause of their poverty and oppression. CCHD has supported thousands of projects that empower people to improve their working and housing conditions, get better paying jobs, and stand up for their human dignity. YOU can be part of this effort by generously supporting the special collection for CCHD on September 14 and 15 at each of our parish churches. The funds collected will support major projects across the country and smaller local anti-poverty projects, right here in our diocese.

Religious Education Program:
Religious Education registration is now open! Like last year, students will work on a weekly lesson at home, and there will be a monthly social gathering with all children and parents to review the lessons and discuss a religious topic relevant to the home studies. The first monthly gathering will be on Catechetical Sunday, September 15, at St. James at 6:00 p.m. This year, students will use the “Sadlier Workbook” series. Registration forms are available in the foyers of each of the churches and through this website. The registration fee is $50 per family and financial assistance is available to those who may need it.

Classes for the Sacrament of Confirmation:
Confirmation classes for our high school students will resume in the fall. The program is a two-year course with a minimum of twenty-five class hours per year. Classes are held Sunday afternoons at Saint James the Apostle church. Students must be in the eighth grade to begin but older students are also welcome. If you are interested in having your student confirmed in our faith, please call the parish office (607-294-0064) to start the registration process as soon as possible so that study materials may be ordered for those who register.

Weekend Collection Counters:
This September the parish will lose two collection counters at St. Francis Solanus church. Parishioners willing and able to give two hours monthly for this important parish task are asked to please notify Fr. Bernard or phone the parish office (607-294-0064) as soon as possible.

Mass Intention Requests:
Parishioners requesting a Mass intention for a particular date and time can do so by completing the newly formulated “Mass Intentions Request Form” located in the foyer of each of our churches. You can also request Mass intentions by speaking with Fr. Bernard and/or phoning the parish office (607-294-0064).

Walk for Suicide Prevention:
An “Out of the Darkness Walk” will be held on September 8 at Sampson State Park, Romulus, N.Y. Check-in time and registration is 11:00 a.m. and the walk will occur from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. The Seneca County Suicide Prevention Coalition sponsors this event. For more information about registration and sponsorship opportunities visit: For those who have lost someone to suicide or in other sudden ways, know that there are open and anonymous group meetings: the first Monday of the month at Waterloo Public Library and the third Monday of the month at the Ovid Federated Church. Both meetings run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

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.

Forty Days For Life:
Using Biblical principles of prayer, fasting, outreach, and vigil-watch, you can help save lives in your community by joining in “Forty Days for Life” in Ithaca. For the past ten years, people have united in love and peaceful witness in Ithaca to pray for an end to abortion and provide life-affirming options to those who are considering abortion. Join us in prayer at the vigil site. Visit: to sign-up for an hour or more per week through November 3 and to access life-affirming resources. For more information contact Mary Anne Tissot at 315-246-7479 or Carolann Darling at 607-351-6668.

September’s Day of Prayer:
Join Fr. Frank Jones, C.Ss.R., director of the Notre Dame retreat house, for a day of prayer on September 10. “Looking at the World Through the Eyes of Faith and Finding God in All Things” will take place at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y. The retreat will be based on learning to see God everywhere, learning to talk to Him throughout the day, and, more importantly, to listen to Him and enjoy hearing Him as He speaks to you in the ordinary things of life. The conference runs from 9:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and will be followed by lunch, free time, confessions, and conclude with Mass at 2:00 p.m. There is a $25.00 fee, which includes the retreat and lunch. Please register by calling 585-394-5700 or email

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.

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.

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 7, at 5:00 p.m. (second weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

September 14, at 5:00 p.m. (third weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

September 8, 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

September 15, at 9:00 a.m. (third Sunday):
Lectors: Lynne Stager (for Donna Ryan) and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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