As we approach the start of the school year, Catholic School administrators, principals and faculty, as well as the pastors and Christian Formation staff in our parishes, are working diligently to provide students with a learning environment that is safe, healthy and conducive for their intellectual, spiritual and social growth.
Working Toward Re-opening Our Churches and Public Worship
As we honor and celebrate this local saint who suffered greatly as a result of a smallpox epidemic, Bishop LaValley welcomes parishioners back to Mass as we weather the pandemic of our own time.
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).
With Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement that churches may open for public worship for up to 50 percent of the building’s seating capacity, effective immediately, Bishop Terry R. LaValley has authorized the Catholic Churches in the Diocese of Ogdensburg, with approved parish reopening plans, to open up their churches for public worship to accommodate up to 50% of the building’s seating capacity.
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Dioceses typically celebrate a Chrism Mass late in Lent. At
this special Mass, Holy Oils are blessed by the bishop and distributed to all
parishes of the diocese, and the bishop leads the priests in the renewal of
their promises of celibacy, prayer for the Church and obedience to their
Due to the pandemic, the Diocese of Ogdensburg could not hold the Chrism Mass during Lent. Bishop LaValley and the priests of the diocese will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Friday, June 19 at 2 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Unfortunately, due to capacity restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chrism Mass will not be open to the lay faithful. All are invited to pray for our diocese, our bishop, and especially the sanctification of our priests on the most appropriate day, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can also participate via livestream at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass. Click here to download the Chrism Mass program including prayers and music.
On May 1st, the Feast of Saint Joseph the Worker, Bishop Terry R. LaValley consecrated the Diocese of Ogdensburg to Saint Joseph, our spiritual father, for the sake of our families, our marriages, our Church and our sick. You can read
Bishop LaValley’s letter by clicking here. The Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse in Watertown hosted the Consecration on May 1st at 11:00am. The Mass of Consecration
can be watched here. You can also download
the program for the Mass and
a holy card for your personal use and to share.
Prior to the Consecration of the Diocese to Saint Joseph, clergy from around our diocese led a Novena beginning on April 22nd. You can find those videos on our Consecration to St. Joseph playlist and the text for the entire Novena prayer.
As intense research continues in the effort to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, it’s imperative that pharmaceutical developers not create vaccines from aborted fetal cells. A vaccine must be sought that doesn’t rely on the harvesting of the body parts of aborted children. All human life is sacred and should never be exploited. Particularly during times of crisis, our fundamental moral principles cannot be ignored.
If you would like Bishop LaValley to pray for you or someone you love, please share your intention below. Bishop LaValley will include your request in his daily prayers.
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
o 8:00am Sunday Mass livestream at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass
o 8:00am Sunday Mass via radio WQTK 92.7 in Ogdensburg and WIRY in Plattsburgh
o Schedule for upcoming Masses and events and previously recorded
. Alexandria Bay, St. Cyril, Saturday vigil Mass posted early Saturday evening at https://www.stcyrils.org/.
· Canton, St. Mary, 9:00am Sunday Mass livestream and posted afterward.
· 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.
· Malone, St. André, 9:00am Sunday Mass at livestream. 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. 10:00am Sunday Mass livestream, 4:00pm daily Mass livestream.
· Morrisonville, St Alexander, 4:00pm Saturday (Sunday Vigil) Mass livestreamand afterward.
· Peru, St. Augustine, 9:30am Sunday and 8:00am daily Masses livestream or also here.
· Plattsburgh parishes, Sunday Mass posted by 4:00pm Saturday.
· 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.
· Waddington, St. Mary's, 9:00am Sunday Mass livestream.
· Watertown, , St. Anthony & St. Patrick, 3:00pm Rosary, 4:00pm Daily Mass and 5:00 Evening Prayer podcasts.
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/.
- Pray a family rosary for Coronavirus victims. Guides to praying the Rosary are available from
Knights of Columbus and
US Catholic Bishops. Recorded audio of the Rosary, led by Bishop LaValley are available for each of the Mysteries;
Sorrowful Mysteries, and
- 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
- 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.