Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ September 9, 2018


First reading:
Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared. (Is. 35:5)

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

Second reading:
Did not God choose those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom that he promised to those who love him? (Jas. 2:5)

Then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him, “Ephphatha!”—that is, “Be opened!” And immediately the man’s ears were opened. (Mk. 7:34-35a)

Live the Liturgy—Inspiration for the Week:
We often associate the word “healing” with something that produces dramatic, physical results: the blind see, the crippled walk, and the deaf hear. Witnessing such miraculous events is few and far between for most. Healing happens more frequently in very ordinary ways using very ordinary means. And we can all be God’s instruments for bringing it about. Kindness, love, mercy, and compassion can go a very long way. Treating people with kindness; being inclusive and welcoming of the poor, the weak, and the powerless; listening to another’s story and pain; offering compassion and love to those who have wronged us; avoiding hurtful criticisms, and watching our tongues. All can go a long way to changing and healing human hearts. There is power in love and kindness. Does this power not speak of someone greater than ourselves working in and through us?

Catholic Quotes—Words to Inspire the Faithful:
“Heaven knows we need never be ashamed of our tears.” ~Charles Dickens

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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. (September 18). 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. (September 10).
  • Bernard is Available: Every Friday at 6:30 p.m. in St. Francis Solanus church, Interlaken, and no appointment is needed.
  • Pro-life Novena: from August 3 to September 28
  • Parish Picnic:September 9 at the St. Fidelis Friary, Interlaken
  • Day of Penance by Priests:During Mass on September 14
  • Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion Review: September 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Francis Solanus church
  • Community Chorus Fall Session Begins: September 17 at the Jacksonville Methodist church.
  • Lakeside Retreat: September 22, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. with Richard Crawley OFM Cap. at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Center on Seneca Lake
  • Forty Days for Life: A peaceful and prayerful vigil from September 26 until November 4
  • Renewing Your Relationship: 6:30–9:00 p.m. on September 29 in the Newcomb Friendship Center at St Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., Rochester.
  • 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

Fr. Brendan Buckley, OFM Cap., baptized Salomon Betancourt-Trompa, son of Herty and Alba Betancourt-Trompa, on September 1, 2018, at St. James the Apostle Church.

Stephen Lombodardi and Ashley Krawczyk were married on September 2, 2018, at Holy Cross church with Fr. Bernard M. Maloney, OFM Cap., officiating.

• Lottie Judd died August 5, 2018, at the age of ninety-nine. A funeral Mass was held on August 21 at St. James the Apostle church with Fr. William Endres officiating.

• Charlotte Huyler died August 20, 2018, at the age of seventy-seven. A funeral Mass was held on August 27 at St. Francis Solanus church with Fr. Bernard M. Maloney, OFM Cap., officiating.

Capuchin Franciscan Anniversaries:
On August 31 Fr. Eugene O’Hara, OFM Cap., celebrated sixty-five years as a Capuchin Franciscan and on August 16  Fr. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., celebrated twenty-five years as a Capuchin Franciscan. We praise God for their dedication, faithfulness, and service in the Capuchin Franciscan Order. It is with joy we proclaim, “Happy anniversary Fathers Eugene and Richard.”

Parish Picnic:
This Sunday, September 9, our parish will celebrate our patronal feast day of Mary, Mother of Mercy with a parish picnic. The picnic will be held in the front lawn pine grove at St. Fidelis Friary, 7790 County Road 153, Interlaken, N.Y. The picnic will begin at 1:00 p.m. with a prayer service honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary followed by a meal of pulled pork and rolls. Families are asked to bring a dish to pass. Soft drinks or water will be provided. Parking will be available behind and alongside the pine trees and walking will be kept to a minimum. Chairs and tables will be provided, however you might want to bring your own lawn chair. The boathouse will be open and it is your call if you wish to go swimming in Cayuga Lake.

ExhaltationoftheCross2_17su_4cDay of Penance by Priests:
On September 14 Bishop Matano has asked that all priests in the Diocese of Rochester join with him in observing the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross as a day of penance. Bishop Matano proposes that, as priests offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on that day, we plead for the Lord’s mercy for the grave sins committed and remember especially the innocent victims of clergy sexual abuse. We will remember the faith of our people and ask for the purification of the Church and the renewal of the clergy. Bishop Matano also has asked that the priests remember each other in prayer, that the Lord will strengthen their resolve to serve God’s people faithfully so that their priestly ministry may help heal His people, restore their trust, and that they will be uplifted by personal examples of priestly commitment.

Campaign For Human Development:
Next week, our second collection will be for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Over forty-three million people in the United States live in poverty. This collection supports programs to empower people to identify and address the obstacles they face as they work to bring permanent and positive change to their communities. Learn more about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development at

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 our website at 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

Free Tables and Chairs:
St. Francis Solanus church has solid folding tables and 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.

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion:
If you are an Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and missed the review of procedures meeting on August 23 please plan to attend the one on Saturday, September 15, at 11:00 a.m. in St. Francis Solanus church.

Ending Hunger One Step at a Time:
This year marks the thirtieth year for the local 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.

Lakeside Retreat:
Take a day to rest at Branches Christian Rest and Renewal Centers, Inc. located on beautiful Seneca Lake. Rev. Richard Crawley, OFM Cap., will facilitate a day retreat about St. Pio’s charism and his quote: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry” on Saturday, September 22, from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. A $30 donation includes food and drink. Learn more at, email at, or call Donna at (716) 901-4313.

Take a Stand for Life:
From September 26 until November 4, the Ithaca “40 Days for Life” will lead a peaceful and prayerful campaign right here in our community. Join in peaceful vigil across from Planned Parenthood, 620 W. Seneca St., Ithaca, along the public right-of way, from 7:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Please consider praying with us for just one or two hours weekly, with a friend, your church, or your family. For more information, contact Mary Anne Tissot, 315-246-7479 or email Details/updates about Ithaca 40 Days for Life is available at Visit and “like” our Facebook page: “Ithaca 40 Days for Life.”

Renewing Your Relationship:
A mini marriage enrichment session, from 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, will include a presentation, time for private reflection, and optional group sharing in the Newcomb Friendship Center at St Cecilia Church, 2732 Culver Rd., Rochester. Time with spouse and child care is available. Bring an appetizer to share. Drinks are provided and 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. is a time to enjoy food, drink, and conversation. RSVP by 9/21 to Leonor (Leo) and Ed Rivera either by email to or call (585) 223-1121. If you’re ready for a full weekend enrichment experience go to for info or register for the November 16-18 weekend at the Notre Dame Retreat House in Canandaigua, N.Y.

Catholic Men’s Conference:
For the past four years, this annual conference has been highly successful in serving men throughout our diocese. This year the conference will take place on Saturday, October 13, at St. Jude the Apostle Parish, 4100 Lyell Road, Rochester, N.Y. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register at Cost is $40 (early bird) until August 31. For more information, flyers have been placed in the churches.

If You Like to Sing:
Do you like to sing? If so, come join the Trumansburg Community Chorus directed by Alice Ploss. New members who like to sing are welcome, regardless of formal experience. Rehearsals for the fall session will begin on September 17.  The chorus meets each Monday from 7:00–9:00 p.m. at the Jacksonville Methodist church, 1869 Trumansburg Rd. The fee is $40 for adults and $25 for students and an additional $20 will help to purchase music. For more information see

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 8, 2018 (Second Weekend):
Lectors: Kathleen Rourke, Barbara Willers
EMs: Lee and Mary Davidson, Robin Hamula

September 15, 2018 (Third Weekend):
Lectors: Scott Hamula, Ann Buddle
EMs: Robin Hamula, Kathleen Rourke, Cathy DelSignore

Ministry Schedule for St. James the Apostle, Trumansburg

Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m.

September 9 (second Sunday):
Lectors: Mark Scibilia-Carver and Maria Connell
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Lynne Stager, Beth Koeng, Mary Szymanski

September 16  (third Sunday):
Lectors: Donna Ryan and Nancy Olszewski
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: Beth and Tom Duff, Debbie Short

Ministry Schedule for Holy Cross, Ovid

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

9/2/18 9/9/18 9/16/18 9/23/18 9/30/18
Greeter in addition to Usher C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy M. Maleski C. Conroy
Altar Ser 1 G. Frank G. Frank P. Schirmer M. Humulock G. Frank
Altar Ser 2
Lector 1 J. Swanson T. Humulock L. Kurkchi J. Liedenfrost° N. Shumway
Lector 2 K. Knapp M. Humulock M. Frank P. Motill E. Moore
Extraordinary Min 1 F. Grasek S. Limoncelli L.A. Fox G. Frank D. Moore
Extraordinary Min 2 A. Calice D. Brandow° F. Grasek T. Humulock D.Traphagen
Extraordinary Min 3 L.A. Fox P. Schirmer S. Limoncelli D. Brandow M. Frank
2 Envelopes
Usher 1 (Lead) T. Grasek J. Taylor J. Taylor S. Brandow J. Taylor
Usher 2 J. Swanson M. Maleski P. Marrella M. Maleski T. Humulock
Usher 3 P. Marrella S. Brandow° T. Grasek
Usher 4



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St. James the Apostle, 17 Whig St, Trumansburg, NY
Holy Cross, 7231 Main Street, Ovid, N.Y.
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