The Diocese of Ogdensburg is actively following the directive of the county public health departments to ensure that all diocesan parishes, schools, ministries, and charities are responding appropriately to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Bishop Terry R. LaValley’s Wednesday, March 18 letter to parishioners regarding suspending all public Masses and parish events.
Let us use this time of great anxiety, uncertainty and suffering to grow closer to God through increasing our prayers and sacrifices for the good of all. In addition to praying daily the Marian Prayer I asked we all pray during this time of crisis (below), I invite you to consider other suggestions to make this an especially fruitful Lenten Season for you personally and for the world. These can be especially helpful in addressing our Diocesan Priority of Strengthening Faith Formation in Family Life.
Of course, attending Mass is best and most proper. While we cooperate and try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, you can participate via television, Internet and radio options. More options include:
Within the Diocese of Ogdensburg
· Ogdensburg, St. Mary’s Cathedral, 8:00am Sunday Mass livestream at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass
- Schedule for Holy Week and Divine Mercy Sunday at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEEYlfIYg7Lj6zUiAiGoLZxkq-DxRkUru
- Previously recorded Masses can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEEYlfIYg7Lj6zUiAiGoLZxkq-DxRkUru
- Also, via radio: 8:00am Sunday Mass via radio WQTK 92.7 in Ogdensburg and WIRY in Plattsburgh
· Canton, St. Mary, 9:00am Sunday Mass at https://www.facebook.com/CantonCatholics and posted afterward to https://cantoncatholics.com/important-updates
· Carthage, St. James, Sunday Mass and Holy Hour at www.sj-sm.org
· Lake Placid, Light of Truth, 98.3FM WCLP broadcasts EWTN and local programming, info at https://www.lightoftruthministries.org/
· Malone, St. André, 9:00am Sunday Mass at https://www.facebook.com/Saint-Andr%C3%A9-Bessette-Roman-Catholic-Parish-373705389382838 . On Spectrum channel 30 on Sunday at 9:00am and Thursday at 7:00pm and 9:00pm
· Massena, St. Peter, Sunday Masses at 6:00pm on WMSA 1340AM. Holy Thursday 6:30pm, Good Friday 3:00pm, Easter Vigil 8:00pm and Easter Sunday 10:00am livestream at https://www.facebook.com/MassenaCatholicCommunity.
· Morrisonville, St Alexander, 4:00pm Saturday (Sunday Vigil) Mass at https://www.facebook.com/stalexanderscommunity, afterward also at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt22XMc-0IxGoxm64LvToiw. Holy Thursday 7:00pm, Good Friday 1:00pm & Easter Sunday 7:30am will also be live on Facebook and later on YouTube.
· Peru, St. Augustine, 9:30am Sunday and 8:00am daily Masses livestream at https://www.facebook.com/StAugustinesChurchPeruNY or https://www.facebook.com/ilovemothermary/
· Plattsburgh parishes, Sunday Mass posted by 4:00pm Saturday at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4BjwHaFdqIUkDbOtgyiBJA
· Saranac Lake, St. Bernard/Church of the Assumption, Sunday Mass on tape delay at 11:00am Sunday and 8:00pm Thursday on Spectrum channel 2. Stations of the Cross airs through Easter at 8:00pm on Friday.
· Waddington, St. Mary's, 9:00am Sunday Mass livestream at https://www.facebook.com/StMaryWaddington
· Watertown, St. Anthony & St Patrick, 3:00pm Rosary, 4:00pm Daily Mass and 5:00 Evening Prayer podcasts at https://www.spreaker.com/show/catholic-watertown
Options from outside the diocese
- Albany: multiple options available at https://www.rcda.org/livemass
- Syracuse: Internet streaming at https://www.youtube.com/syrdio
- New York: SiriusXM, The Catholic Channel, channel 129, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NY weekdays 7am, Sundays 10am, 11am and Our Lady of Angels, Los Angeles at 1pm
- EWTN: Mass is aired at 12am, 8am, 12pm and 7pm on Spectrum channel 460, DirectTV channel 370, Dish Network channel 261 and is available via streaming at https://video.ewtn.com/
- CatholicTV Network: Internet live streaming at https://www.watchthemass.com/.
- Word on Fire Daily Mass broadcast at https://www.wordonfire.org/daily-mass/
- Pray a family rosary for Coronavirus victims. Guides to praying the Rosary are available from
Knights of Columbus
US Catholic Bishops
. Recorded audio of the Rosary, led by Bishop LaValley are available for each of the Mysteries;
- Click here to pray Pope Francis' Litany of Supplication from the Urbi et orbi" on March 24.
- Pray the Divine Office as a family. You can find today's Divine Office by clicking here.
- Read the Bible, Lives of the Saints and good spiritual books.
- Pray the Angelus. The Angelus is a short prayer, traditionally prayed in the morning, midday and evening. The prayer can be downloaded by clicking here.
- While some pastors are offering confessions in creative ways such as a drive through or in a chapel so that appropriate physical distance can be maintained. For those who cannot access the sacramental confession, click on this link:
Forgiveness of sins & Plenary indulgence
- Take time to pray the Stations of the Cross on your own, particularly on Fridays, connecting your struggle with Jesus’ solitude in carrying His cross to Calvary.
- Stations of the Cross with Father Kevin McEwan
- Pray the Stations of the Cross with Bishop LaValley. Click the video below.
- Scroll down for Bishop LaValley’s Prayer During Coronavirus
- Establish your new family schedule– allow kids to have a real impact on what their days are going to look like. be intentional about things like screen time, getting outside, and physical activity
- You’re going to have a lot MORE time than usual, so one idea is to slowly expand things that your kids do– if they usually have to practice piano for 30 minutes, for example, maybe make it 35 for the first week, 40 for the next, etc.
- It’s a great time to teach everyone in the family to cook! There are great things like homemade pasta that you probably never have time to make.
- Stay connected to Bishop LaValley and your diocese by subscribing to the North Country Catholic
- Have a kid that hasn’t learned to ride a bike yet? This is the perfect time.
- Set aside time after lunch to do family cleaning/sanitizing (wiping down high touch surfaces)
- Review the kids spring/summer clothing/ switch the closets around from winter to spring
-Do a gratitude exercise with the family– but make up some rule, like “everything has to start with the letter R and include adjectives”
- Nature hiking- maybe the same walk at different times of day, observing how it changes at different times.
- Start indoor seeds (Now is a great time! Get some native wildflower seeds or vegetable seeds and start them inside and they will be ready to plant in May!)
- Get an area ready outside for gardening. You can plant radishes and greens now, maybe even some hardy lettuce
Spring cleaning! Work on fixing up or organizing an area of the house
- Perform music or have a family jam session. Have the kids prepare a play to perform in the evening. Play 1 board game as a family each week
- If you are asked to telework, find a routine and pace that allows for the most productivity, yet does not overwhelm you. Be sure to distance your personal and professional lives at your new “home office.”
- Be conscious of your mental health during this time of great anxiety. Be kind to yourself, be calm, and be patient with yourself and others.
Mary Immaculate, our Mother and our Patroness,
we ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our diocese, our nation and our world,
for our families and loved ones,
the protection of your Maternal mantle from this dreaded virus.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace and healing Presence of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Keep us in the embrace of your arms,
Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus our Lord AMEN.