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eNOTES FOR FEBRUARY 16, 2017

(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 26 and March 5, 2017)

 

 

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DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION:

 

 

FROM THE OFFICE OF THE BISHOP

 

 

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BISHOP LAVALLEY'S STATEMENT ON REFUGEES:

Bishop LaValley has released a statement on the current refugee and immigration crisis.  It can be downloaded HERE or by clicking on the image above. 


FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR 

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COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTERAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: Suggested Bulletin Announcements

Week Before the Collection (FEBRUARY 19)

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports the Church in over 20 countries, many of which are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of Soviet rule. Funds from this collection support pastoral care, catechesis, building renovations, and seminary formation. Your support restores the Church and builds the future in this region. Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection next week. More information can be found at www.usccb.org/ccee .

Week of the Collection (February 26)

On Ash Wednesday, there is a collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Your donation helps restore the Church and build the future in 20 countries, many of which still struggle to recover in the aftermath of Soviet rule. Funds from this collection help support reconstruction, education, formation, and poverty outreach. For more information, please visit www.usccb.org/ccee . Thank you for your generosity.

Week After the Collection (March 1)

Thank you for your generous contributions last week to the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe! As a parish, we collected $[amount] to help restore the Church and build the future in over 20 countries. If you missed the collection, it is not too late to give, visit www.usccb.org/nationalcollections , and click on the “How to Give” link on the left.

 


FROM THE OFFICE FOR THE NEW EVANGELIZATION

 

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LENT STARTS MARCH 1

The Office for the New Evangelization has created a page with Lenten Resources, ideas, videos, etc. The page includes Pope Francis' message for Lent as well as a video of Bishop LaValley's lenten message. The page will be updated throughout the lenten season as relevant pages and resources are updated. If you would like us to post your parish events, missions, days of Reconcilliation etc., please email details to Marika Donders mdonders@rcdony.org or submit the event to eNotes via the submission form and indicate you would like to also post the event on the Lenten Resource Page.


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NOTICES FOR BULLETINS:

Bulletin Editors: Please add these notices to your parish bulletin(s).  You can simply cut the text and paste it in your bulletin.

 

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CAMP GUGGENHEIM REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2017 season is now open!

Register soon to ensure a spot for an incredible week of fun and growth in faith! Go to www.rcdony.org/camp  to register! For more information contact the Office of Youth Ministry at 315-393-2920 or vlalonde@rcdony.org


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the February 25/26 Bulletin)

Taking Care of our “Common Home.” The average U.S. household produces about 4.5 pounds of solid waste per day. About a third of it is packaging used only to get the item to your home. Every pound of solid waste that goes to the landfill generates 2 lbs. of greenhouse gases. Suggestions to reduce packaging: bring your own cloth bags when shopping, buy in bulk, purchase items with the least packing, and buy reusable items. Simple actions can have a lasting effect on our 
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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the March 4/5  Bulletin)

Taking care of the precious gift of water. Some suggestions to reduce the amount of water used for dishwashing, DISHWASHER – use only when you have a full load; scrape off food, but rinse only if necessary for your washer. Use the energy –saving setting to dry dishes. (“AIR dry” rather than “heat dry.”) HANDWASHING –Wash dishes in a pan of hot soapy water. Fill a second pan with rinsing dishes; this saves not only the amount of water used when left running, but also the energy needed to heat the water.


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PLANNED GIVING: MEMORARE LEGACY SOCIETY

Have you already or have been thinking about leaving a legacy by designating a portion of your assets to pass at death to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, your parish or school or diocesan program or organization? The Memorare Legacy Society honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Diocese of Ogdensburg through estate or deferred gifts.  Members of this society are those who have informed the Diocese of a planned gift that, in the future, will benefit the Diocese of Ogdensburg or any of its parishes or programs. This ensures a continuous commitment of care to their Church, to the Church’s vision and to the charitable works that flow from her missions through their thoughtful planned gift. For more information on the Memorare Legacy Society, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, slalone@rcdony.org.


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40 DAYS FOR LIFE, PLATTBURGH: Begins Ash Wednesday

From March 1 through April 9, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood, 66 Brinkerhoff St, Plattsburgh, NY, daily 7 am-7pm, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact: Nancy Belzile 518-593-6024 https://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/plattsburgh/


DEACON FORMATION INFORMATION SESSIONS: Attention Pastors and Interested Parties

The Deacon Formation Program for the Diocese of Ogdensburg is offering Informational Sessions for Pastors and all interested parties. The sessions should last approximately one hour each and are scheduled as follows:

February 22, 6:30pm, Church of the Visitation Parish Center, Norfolk;
March 8, 6:30pm, Sister of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Watertown;
March 15, 6:30pm, St. Peter’s Church (Emmaus Room), Plattsburgh.

For more information or to register for a specific session, please contact Deacon John White at jwhite@rcdony.org.


PARISH VOCATION MINISTRY MEETINGS:

All parish vocation ministry people are invited to attend one of the regional follow-up meetings scheduled. Any parish not yet with a vocation ministry may send people to any of these meetings.

Who: All parish vocation ministry participants and those who wish to become involved

Where:

   February 25: St. Augustine Parish Center, 3029 Main Street, Peru 

   March 4: Hearthside Room, SSJ Motherhouse, 1425 Washington St., Watertown

   March 11: St. John’s Parish Center, 6148 State Route 30, Lake Clear

   April 8: Parish of the Visitation Parish Center, 3 Morris St., Norfolk

When: 10:30 am start until 12:00 noon

What: Follow-up

   Review goals of WE ARE CALLED diocesan vocation plan

   What ideas have worked well? (Come prepared to share what you have done)

   What do you need to take it to the next level?

   Discussion of the annual parish reporting mechanism for vocation ministry

If your parish has not yet started a vocation ministry, come and learn how to get one going! It is never too late. Please register at least three days ahead of the meeting by emailing or calling: Diocesan Vocation Office (Cathy Russell, Coordinator) crussell@rcdony.org  315-393-2920


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D.O.V.S.

Did you know our diocese has a group called D.O.V.S (diocese of Ogdensburg Vocation Society)? It is a group of dedicated people who pray for and work to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in our diocese. They meet most months, plan events to thank our priests and religious and annually take a pilgrimage. Please consider joining! Call Connie at 315-265-276 or the Vocations Office at 315-393-2920 to join or to ask questions or attend our next meeting on March 15th in Norfolk. 


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NATIONAL CATHOLIC YOUTH CONFERENCE: Open to students in grades 8-11

National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) will be held in Indianapolis November 16-18. A group from the Diocese of Ogdensburg will be traveling to this huge conference where youth from across the country gather to pray, hear renowned speakers and performers, and participate in a variety of interactive programs. Interested students must be in grades 9-12 during the '17-'18 academic year. A deposit and registration is due by March 1, and registration is limited! 
Get details and register at www.rcdony.org/youthncyc/ncyc  


 

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LENTEN DAY OF RECOLLECTION: Attention All Diocesan Parishioners

Lenten Day of Recollection
Sponsored by the Ogdensburg Cursillo Movement
Church of the Visitation Parish Center, Norfolk, NY
Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 10:00AM to 5:00PM
Join Bishop Terry LaValley, Fr. Jack Downs and Fr. Tim Canaan, Fr. Pat Mundy and Fr. Al Hauser for a day of talks, prayer, personal witness, recollection and opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation. A children’s program may also be available. Please inquire early if interested.
Lunch will be provided.
Anticipated Sunday Mass will be celebrated by Bishop LaValley at 4:00PM at St. Andrew's Church in Norwood, NY.
Pre-registration is requested to assure seating and food. A donation of $10 adult is suggested upon arrival to help defray expenses. 

Please register by mail, email or phone no later than Feb. 25, 2017 

Mail Email Phone: Ken and Kathy Racette (kracette1a@gmail.com 518-578-3056 or kathyracette@gmail.com 518-314-1505), 679 Cumberland Head Road,Plattsburgh, NY 12901 



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ANNUAL RITE OF ELECTION: Attention RCIA

Annual Diocesan Rite of Election will take place on March 5, 2017 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm at St. Mary's Cathedral, 415 Hamilton Street, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. For more information please contact the Department of Faith Formation at 315-782-3620.


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ATTENTION COMMISSIONED LAY MINISTERS:

The CLM Association of SLFA Deaneries is hosting an Afternoon of Prayer and Reflection on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Mary's Cathedral Ogdensburg in the Bishop Brzana Hall. The program will run 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. ollowed by Mass at 4:00 p.m.. Deacon Tony Pastizzo will be presenting “Commissioned Lay Ministry: Bringing Christ to Others”. The event is free of charge and does include a snack. To register, please contact Jeannie Grizzuto at 315-393-2920 Ext. 1413 or e-mail her at jgrizzuto@rcdony.org.


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TRIP TO ITALY!

Fr. Ray Moreau, pastor of St. Augustine Parish in North Bangor and St. Mary Parish in Brushton, will lead a trip to Rome and to southern Italy in September, 2017, with Fr. Joe Porpiglia, a classmate and friend from the Diocese of Buffalo. A visit to Assisi is also available to participants. Fr. Ray and Fr. Joe invite you to join them for this enriching and pleasurable travel experience. Both priests are veteran international travelers and group leaders.

Departing on September 24 from either Montreal’s Trudeau Airport or Toronto’s Pearson Airport, and return on October 4 or October 6 (later dates includes a visit to Assisi).

Rome, the Vatican, Monte Cassino, Naples, Sorrento, the Isle of Capri, Amalfi and the ruins of Pompeii are but a few of the sites and events included in the itinerary.

If you register by March 15 you can deduct $100 per person from the announced all-inclusive per person price of $3,995 (for returns on October 4) or from the $4,450 per person price if you choose to return on October 6.

Consult Fr. Ray Moreau at (518) 529-7433 or Departure Point at (800) 764-6836 for more information.


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LENTEN RETREAT FOR YOUTH:Open to all students in grades 6-12

Diocesan Youth Council is hosting a peer-led Lenten retreat open to all students in grades 6-12. Interested youth can attend in Malone on March 25 or in Canton on March 26.
The event is free, but participants must pre-register and bring a bagged lunch. 
Details and registration can be found at www.rcdony.org/lentenretreat.


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SHRINES OF ITALY PILGRIMAGE: April 18-28, 2017

Join Fr. Chris Looby of St. Mary's Church of Evans Mills on a pilgrimage visiting the shrines of Italy April 18-28, 2017! Highlights will include Rome, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo, Tomb of Padre Pio, Abbey of Santissima Trinita, Madonna del Rosario, Vatican City, Papal Audience, Christian Rome City Tour, St. Paul Outside the Walls, St. John Lateran, St. Peter's Basilica, St. Mary Major and much more! Book now and save $100 per person. For more information, visit www.indianrivercatholics.org or call Apt to Travel at 315-265-4340. Viva Italia!


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DEACON ASSEMBLY FEATURES DEACON KANDRA: May event in Lake Placid

Permanent Deacons of the Ogdensburg Diocese have been invited to the annual Deacon Assembly by Bishop Terry R. LaValley. The Assembly is held for deacons, their wives and widows of deacons each year. The Crowne Plaza Hotel and Resort in Lake Placid is the site for this year's event, May 3 and 4, 2017. Deacon Greg Kandra, writer, blogger and internationally known lecturer will be the principal presenter. Dcn. Kandra is from the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY and is a former broadcast journalist. For more information contact: Deacon Kevin Mastellon kmastellon@spwatn.org


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YOUTH RALLY REGISTRATION: Registration for the High School Youth Rally is available 

The 2017 High School Youth Rally will be held on May 6 at IHC in Watertown. This full-day event will feature keynote speaker Paul J. Kim, prayer, interactive workshops, games, and Mass presided by Bishop LaValley. The cost to attend is $25 before April 1, $30 after April 1. 
Each group attending needs to have one Virtus-trained and background-checked adult for each eight students. Youth leaders can register themselves and youth at www.rcdony.org/youthrally/rally.
Contact Kelly at kdonnelly@rcdony.org with any questions.


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CLIMATE EMBASSADOR: Dr. Gerry Gacioch

The Diocese of Ogdensburg and St. Peter's Church of Plattsburgh present Climate Ambassador Dr. Gerry Gacioch at 1pm on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at St. Peter's Church, Cornelia Street, in Plattsburgh, NY. His engaging public presentation will include focus on Pope Francis' encyclical on Environmental Stewardship entitled Laudato Si, Care of our Common Home, plus why we should care about our common home, as individuals and together, as human beings. For more information, contact DEnise Tetrault at spchurchdenise@primelink1.net or at 518-563-1692.


 

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RACHEL'S VINEYARD: 2017 Retreats set

Two Rachel's Vineyard after-abortion healing retreats will be offered in our diocese in 2017. The spring retreat will be June 16-18. The fall retreat will be September 1-3. Fr. Thomas Higman will serve as the chaplain for the spring retreat. Retreats are held at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. For more information and a confidential registration form please visit www.rcdony.org/prolife. Dates and locations of retreats outside of our diocese are available at www.rachelsvineyard.org. Don't suffer alone. Help is available.


 

PARISH EVENTS:

These are parish and other local events that may be of interested to your parishioners. If you would like to share them in your parish bulletin, you can simply cut and paste the text under the "Description."

 

 

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BISHOP ROBERT BARRON STUDY PROGRAM: St. Mary's Church, Massena

Begin the journey from sin to sanctity with Bishop Robert Barron's 9 week study program " Seven Deadly Sins, Seven Lively Virtues".
Date: Tuesdays, from February 7 through April 4 (the week before Holy Week)
Time: 2pm to 4pm and also offered at 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Place: St. Mary's Social Hall - 7 Sycamore St., Massena 

Cost: No Charge (though a free will offering will be accepted)

To Register: Visit website at www.massenacatholics.com or call the parish Rectory at 315-769-2469.


PANCAKE BREAKFAST: West Chazy, NY

St. Joseph’s Men’s Club, West Chazy, NY, will host an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until Noon in the Parish Center. Menu includes: pancakes with real North Country maple syrup, ham, scrambled eggs, sausage, home fries and beverages. Cost is $8.50 per adult, Children 6-10 $3.00 and children 5 and under free. For more information, call 518-493-4521.


 

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MONTHLY HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS ON FIRST FRIDAYS: St. Mary's Church, Massena
Next Date: Friday, March 3
Time: 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Place: St. Mary's Church, 9 Sycamore St., Massena NY

For more information, see http://www.massenacatholics.com/ 


LENTEN ADORATION IN MASSENA ON MONDAYS & FRIDAYS: St. Mary's Church, Massena

Begins on Friday, March 3

Every Monday & Friday in Lent, from 6am to 10pm

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Mary's Church, 9 Sycamore St., Massena

Side Chapel Room to left of Sanctuary - all are welcome to spend some time in prayer and adoration during these hours - whether "signed up" or not!

For more information, see http://www.massenacatholics.com/


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HEARTS ON FIRE: Friday, March 3rd, Malone, NY

Join us for Adoration with praise and worship music on March 3 at 7 p.m. in Notre Dame Church in Malone. A bonfire with snacks will follow! This event is open to all and occurs on every first Friday. Contact Catherine Suprenant (catherine@standres.org) for more information


 

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ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Morrisenville, NY

St. Alexander and St. Joseph Morrisonville NY will be hosting All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfasts on the following Sundays:

February 5th, 2017
March 5th, 2017
April 2nd, 2017
April 23rd, 2017

Pancake Breakfasts will take place from 8:00 AM till 12 Noon at St. Joseph's Parish Hall in Plattsburgh (Treadwell Mills). Adults $7.00 - Children $3.00 - Under 5 FREE! Menu - Pancakes with REAL MAPLE SYRUP!, Scrambled Eggs, Home Fries, Sausage, Fruit Cocktail, Coffee, Milk and Orange Juice. For more information call 518-561-5039.


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SACRED HEART PARISH ANNUAL FISH FRY: Chazy, NY

Sacred Heart will have their Annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4:40 pm - 7:30 pm at the Parish Center, 8 Hall Street, Chazy. Menu will be fried perch, homemade macaroni and cheese, French fries, cole slaw, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $10, Children 6-12 $5. All take outs are $10. For more info, call Noreen at 846-7650. 


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ST. RAPHAEL'S FOOD PANTRY

St. Raphael's Food Pantry will be open every Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The food pantry is located at the Parish Center, 27 Justina Street, Heuvelton. For more information, contact Father O'Brien at 315-393-2920 or 315-344-2383.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR

February 22: Deacon Formation Information Session, Norfolk

February 25: Rite of Acolyte for deacon candidates

March 1: Ash Wednesday

March 1: 2nd Collection: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection

March 2: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep Gouverneur (1/2)

March 3: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep Lowville (1/2) 

March 4: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep Gouverneur 2/3

March 5: Rite of Election

March 8: Council of Priests

March 8: Deacon Formation Information Session, Watertown

March 9: Diocesan Staff Meeting

March 10: Diocesan Staff Day of Prayer

March 11: Diocesan Pastoral Council

March 12: North Country Catholic Campaign

March 13-14: Public Policy Meeting in Albany

March 15: Deacon Formation Information Session, Plattburgh

March 16: Committee on Assignments

March 16: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep, Saranac Lake 1/2


 

LINKS:

Bulletin Announcements opposing Assisted Suicide

Office of Vocations General Intercessions

Office of Vocations Newsletters 

Office of the New Evangelization Blog

North Country Catholic