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Diocese of Ogdensburg

eNOTES for February 7, 2023

(with bulletin information for the weekends February 19 and 26 , 2023) 

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eNOTES is a biweekly diocesan newsletter which is sent to the following distribution lists: all priests, diocesan staff, deacons, deacon candidates, bookkeepers and secretaries, catechetical leaders, principals, commissioned lay ministers, diocesan finance council, diocesan pastoral council, and pastoral associates and seminarians. Others can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at www.rcdony.org/enotes

The next submission deadline is February 19 for the February 21 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of March 5 and 12, 2023.  The link to the submission form can also be found in the menu on the eNotes page (www.rcdony.org/enotes). We welcome suggestions for improvements to newsletter. Suggestions can be sent via email to enotes@rcdony.org.

 



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LENT BEGINS FEBRUARY 22: Some resources

The Office of Evangelization has some suggestion for resources for Lent which may be useful for parishes or individual enrichment. Previews can be found on the Evangelization Blog. The Office of Evangelization is also available to facilitate workshops or days of reflection for parishes or groups. Please contact Marika Donders at mdonders@rcdony.org  to discuss options and availability. 


 

From The Diocesan Offices: 

 

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SURVIVING DIVORCE: Ministry to Separated and Divorced adults

The Family Life Office will offer the Surviving Divorce program again starting in late February in Gouverneur, Canton and Potsdam/Colton. Surviving Divorce features twelve video presentations that cover topics such as shock and grief, anger and forgiveness, money issues, dealing with children and a former spouse, and annulment and remarriage. This program is for the newly separated and divorced and those still struggling with issues many years later. It will help them find answers to their questions, restore their hope and begin authentic healing. Cost is $25. To register, go to https://www.rcdony.org/survivingdivorce. Facilitators at each site will contact registrants to establish exact dates and times for the meetings. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920.


 

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CHRISM MASS

All the faithful of the Diocese of Ogdensburg are invited to join Bishop LaValley in the annual Renewal of Priestly Commitment, the Blessing of the Holy Oils, and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism for use in all the churches of our Diocese. This ritual symbolizes that we are one family in Christ. The Chrism Mass will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 11:00am at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg, New York. The Chrism Mass will also be livestreamed at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass.


 

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RADICAL SOLIDARITY: A Pro-Life, Pro-Woman Legislative Agenda for New York State

The NYS Catholic Conference has issued a one page handout highlighting the pro-life agenda. As New York continues to present abortion as the best and only choice for vulnerable women, we offer a different vision. True choice exists when women, mothers, children, and families are supported. In these times of abortion extremism, we stand in radical solidarity with moms and their children. Learn more at www.nyscatholic.org


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PREPARATION FOR PARISH NURSING:  Begins March 10

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will offer preparation for the role of Parish Nurse beginning March 10th at St. Joseph's Outreach Center, Plattsburgh, NY. This course is open to registered  nurses and others who are interested in health ministry in their parishes or with Mercy Care. Parish Nurses (Faith Community Nurses) assist the members of their faith community to maintain or regain wholeness in body, mind and spirit. They promote wellness by health screening, health education, advocating for clients, connecting them to services in their community, listening and providing support. There is no charge for this course, but registration is required. It is 36 contact hour course offered on Fridays and Saturdays in March (see flyer above for details).  For further information, please contact Alexandria (Lexi) Bevilacqua, Program Director at abevilacqua@adkmercy.org or 518-523-5446. 


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WE ARE JESUS IN THE WORLD YOUTH RALLY: Open To Middle And High School Age Youth

The Office of Youth Ministry is excited to offer a day of celebration for the young people living in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. Our 2023 theme “We are Jesus in the World” is all about living our lives to the fullest by being Jesus to others. It’s not always easy but when we focus on using our gifts and talents for others, we can find joy and do some really good work for the Lord! Plan on having a really good time getting pumped up with a super presentation from Monet Souza and a bouncing concert from Catholic recording artist, Joe Melendrez. There will also be fun games, exciting competitions, MC entertainment and great food at the High Peaks resort. We will wrap up this fun filled day with a closing mass offered by Most Reverend Bishop Terry LaValley. This is an all, inclusive event and is made available at the low-ticket price of $35 per youth.

The 2023 Youth Rally is open to all Middle and High School age young people.

Please note that registration is needed for youth to attend.
To Register Visit: www.rcdony.org/youth/rally

The Youth Rally will be held on April 22 from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm in the High Peaks Resort, 2384 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid, New York from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm with closing Mass at 5:30 pm in nearby, St. Agnes Church.

Please contact the Youth Office with any questions. 315-393-2920 Jeannie Grizzuto 



Parish Events and Notifications 

 

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TRIVIA NIGHT: Presented by St. Mary's, Canton

Join us for a night of fun, fellowship, and food!
February 11th
St. Mary's Parish Center, 2 Powers Street, Canton NY
Doors Open 6:30 p.m. |Trivia Starts 6:45 p.m.
$20 Admission (Age 21+) includes Two beverages (beer or wine) and 2 slices of pizza and popcorn
Call today to reserve your team's spot with your team name-call the rectory at 315-386-2543.
Free childcare available. Door prizes and Grand Prize! Teams of 4-6, single players welcome, and will be placed on a team. (To benefit St. Mary's Church, Canton)


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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: K of C Fundraiser

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
Saturday, February 11, 2023
St. Mary's Parish Center, Evans Mills, NY
$9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children under 12, and children under 5 eat for free.
Benefit of Indian River Council 7471 Knights of Columbus
For more information call 315-629-4678


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NORFOLK KNIGHTS BREAKFAST: New Hours

Norfolk Knights of Columbus Sunday Breakfast has new hours! 

February 12, 2023 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m..  Adults $10, under 12: $5, under 5: Free. Omelets: Add $3. Take-outs available. 

Fr. Amyot Parish Center, 1 Morris Street, Norfolk, NY.


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40 CANS FOR LENT: Food Drive, Canton.

The Knights of Columbus in Canton invite you to participate in the "40 Cans for Lent" program as part of your Lenten journey.
Simply donate one can of food or a non-perishable item for each of the 40 days of Lent. Donations can be made at any of the doors at St. Mary's Church 68 Court St. in Canton.
Lent provides an opportunity for each of us to live generously- to show gratitude for God's gifts to us and to share those gifts with others.
"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him" Col 3:17

For more information contact the parish: 315-386-2543 or  paul@cantoncatholics.com


 

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ALPHA IN MASSENA!: You're Invited!

Location: St Mary's Social Hall. 7 Sycamore St. Massena
Date: Start Tuesday April 4th
Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Contact: Parish Office at 315-769-2469 or web massenacatholics.com for info or to register


No other new parish events were submitted.  Please check your parish bulletins and previously posted submissions below. 



Regular Features:

 

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EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL RESOURCES: 

Eucharistic Revival Musical Competition :  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) invites Catholic composers, hymn-writers, and poets to submit entries for the Eucharistic Revival Musical Competition. The goal of this competition is to express and renew our zeal for the Eucharist through poetry and song. For more information go to: https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/post/eucharistic-revival-musical-competition

 

Archbishop Broglio shares a beautiful testimony on the Eucharist:

In order to share the video, click on the share button under the video. Click on embed in order to get the embed code for your website or click on the social media link to share it on your social media page. For more information on the Eucharistic Revival see https://www.eucharisticrevival.org/ 



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PLANNED GIVING: Leaving a Legacy: Think about the part you want to play in our parish’s future.  You have the opportunity to support this ministry in many ways.  Naming our parish as a beneficiary in your estate plan or the making of an endowment gift can assure your continued participation in this ministry far into the future. For further information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or slalone@rcdony.org.


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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Did You Know…Vulnerable adults suffer from sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect just as children do. However, only a small percentage of abuse of elderly is sexual. With this population, sexual abuse is not typically due to a sexual fixation or attraction and is usually a tool used to expert power and control in the situation. Financial exploitation is the major form of abuse within this group. The Diocesan Safe Environment Office provides online training to help you learn more about how you can protect vulnerable adults. For more information, contact the Safe Environment Office at (315) 393-2920



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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the February 18/19 Bulletin

Lenten Creation Care Tip:
“Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian vocation.” (Laudato Si’ 217)
On Ash Wednesday we are reminded that we are dust – actually "STAR DUST" – made of the same stuff as all creation. For a Lenten practice: Plan to read Laudato Si’ On Care for our Common Home… need only to read 5 numbered sections a day! Available on-line: USCCB Laudato Si'


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the February 25/26 Bulletin

Lenten Creation Care Tip:
First Sunday of Lent Embrace the silence this Sunday – Turn off iPhones, TV, radio , computer. Spend time listening to the silence in nature. Pray for those most affected by climate change-those living in poverty. Try this week to use only reusable containers. 


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U.S. SISTERS AGAINST HUMAN TRAFFICKING: monthly bulletin announcements

February – February 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a slave turned saint, is also an International Day of Prayer and a call to an awareness of global trafficking. US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking



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From The Diocesan Offices: 

 

 

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LOVING AUTHENTICALLY: Sex, Happiness and Catholic Teaching

All diocesan and parish leaders are invited to attend this free seminar designed to deepen our understanding of how Church doctrine on sexual morality connects with our happiness. Please read Bishop LaValley's letter strongly recommending the seminar. Lunch is provided.

Newman Center, Plattsburgh ~ Sunday, February 12, 2023
St. Bernard's, Saranac Lake ~ Saturday, April 22, 2023
St. Mary's, Ticonderoga ~ Saturday, May 20, 2023

To register, go to https://www.rcdony.org/lovingauthentically. For more information contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or startaglia@rcdony.org


 

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ST. JAMES SCHOOL GALA: St. James School Gouverneur

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 AT 5:45 p.m – 12 a.m.
St. James School Gala 2023 "Return to Vegas"
St. James School Gouverneur
The lights, the excitement, the suspense, the fun.... its back IN PERSON! Return to our Vegas themed night to try your luck and help us raise a buck! Join us for all our party favorites including the in person treasure chest keys, silent and live auctions, Pay and Pick game, raffles, prizes, full course meal, famous dessert bar, cash bar and dancing! Tickets are on sale now! $75 Includes dinner, drinks, dancing, admission to auctions, door prizes, games, raffles and new surprises at our premiere event! Must be 21 years of age. Online silent auction link https://www.32auctions.com/SJS2023 or use the QR code below:
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KOFC MONTHLY PANCAKE BREAKFAST: To Support Augustinian Academy

PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Carthage - A pancake breakfast to be held to benefit Augustinian Academy sponsored by the Father John Cosmic Council 291 of the Knights of Columbus

Date: February 12, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. to Noon
Place: St. James Community Room
Cost: $9 for Adults
$7 for Seniors
$4 for Children under 10
$27 for a Family of 4 or more
Contact: For more information call 315-493-3224 


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COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: Collection on Ash Wednesday

Please help your parishioners show their solidarity with Ukraine and 25 other countries formerly under communist rule through the Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, Collection for Central and Eastern Europe. Download docx or pdf for bulletin announcements and links to other materials. Thank you!


 

RITE OF ELECTION: Attention RCIA Teams

The Rite of Election (ROE) this year will be held the first Sunday of Lent, February 26, 2023, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg. All parishioners are invited to come to the Cathedral to experience this liturgy and offer prayer and support to the Catechumens and Candidates preparing for full initiation into the Catholic Church this Easter. Contact Anita Soltero at asoltero@rcdony.org or 518-310-3669 with questions.


 

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YOUR BEST LENT YET!: Lenten Retreats for youth in grades 7 to 12

Lent is a perfect time for all of us to think about how we can be more like Jesus in our homes, at school, and in our communities.
During this retreat, you and your friends will be able to have some fun while putting together your “Best Lent Yet” plan! This compact retreat will contain moments of fun, reflection and conversation, and workshops.
Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Registration is required to attend. The deadline to register is: March 1, 2023

To register visit: www.rcdony.org/lentenretreat

Locations and Dates:
3/4/2023
Watertown
Sacred Heart (Dostie Hall)
320 West Lynde Street
Watertown, New York
Time: 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. with Mass at 4:30 p.m.

3/18/2023
Plattsburgh
St. Peter’s (Emmaus Room)
114 Cornelia Street
Plattsburgh, New York
Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with Mass at 4 p.m.

When registering, please choose the date and location that works best for you.
There is no fee to attend and, retreatants are encouraged to attend the Mass offering.

For more information contact: Tom Semeraro @ 315-393-2920 ext. 1415


 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT: St. Lawrence-Franklin Region, pastors, catechists, principals

The Vocation Office and the Office of Youth Ministry is sponsoring a Middle School Retreat (Grades 6-8) in the St. Lawrence/Franklin region of the Diocese on Wednesday, March 22 at St. Mary’s Social Hall, Massena from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact your pastor, Catholic school principal, or Religious Education coordinator for a registration form.
The purpose of a Middle School Retreat is to guide young women and men to prayerfully consider what God’s plan is for their lives. This invitation is open to students in Grades 6-8 both in the Catholic schools and public schools. This is a Retreat Day for the students and is considered a legal excused absence.


 

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WOMEN'S PRAYER AND HEALING RETREAT: "If You Only Know...Reflections on John 4:1-26"

Director: Sister Mary Michael Fox, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville

Friday, March 31
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Hearthside Room, Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Watertown

Cost at time of registration is $20. Three payment options available. To register go to www.rcdony.org/healingretreat

Brought to you by the Department of Faith Formation


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BLESSED, BROKEN, GIVEN: LIVING EUCHARISTIA!:  A Day of Reflection

Director: Sister Mary Michael Fox, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville

All are welcome.

Saturday, April 1
Starts with Mass at 9 AM - 4PM
Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg

Cost at time of registration is $30. There are payment options available.

Lunch is included.

To register go to www.rcdony.org/dayofreflection

Brought to you by the Department of Faith Formation


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IGNITE 2023: Diocese of Syracuse Catholic Men's Conference

Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

14th Annual IGNITE Catholic Men's Conference.  Scheduled speakers: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Christopher Stefanick, Mike McGlinn.  We will be back at the SRC Arena & Event Center.  Open to men ages 16 - 96.  We are expecting a close to sell-out crowd based on the slated speakers.  For more information and to register: https://www.ignitecatholicmen.org


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LEAD: SPRING EVENTS ANNOUNCED: Encounter Christ: Be Fed & Led

The Department of Faith Formation announces its LEAD events for Spring.
See the LEAD flyer for our next event. Registration links for events will appear in eNotes. Everyone is welcome!


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USCCB "DO NO HARM": A new series of federal regulations undermines Catholic institutions and harms the common good.

Learn more and sign up for "action alerts" to get the tools you need to advocate for religious freedom: https://www.usccb.org/do-no-harm


 

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NOW HIRING: Summer Camp Guggenheim

A great place to work and play.
We are hiring for the 2023 season.
For more information scan code or contact:
Tom Semeraro Director of Youth Ministry tsemeraro@rcdony.org
1-315-393-2920 ext. 1415


 

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GUGGENHEIM SUMMER CAMP: The 2023 registration is open!

We are currently filling camper spots for the 2023 Summer Season.
New this year is a mini-session for youth ages 11-13 years old.
Please visit the website listed below to learn more and register your child!

Camp Guggenheim is a Catholic sleepaway camp for teens ages 11 to 18 years old. All teens of any background are welcome at Guggenheim Summer Camp. This year camp offers 1 mini-session for 11–13-year olds, 4 week-long sessions for teens ages 12 to 15 years old, and 1 week-long session for teens 16 to 18 years old.
The 2023 season starts July 5th and ends August 11th. The cost to attend the mini-session is $200 and the remaining 5 weeklong sessions cost $425 per camper. Great meals and accommodations are included in the registration fee.
The camp is located on the northern shore of Lower Saranac Lake surrounded by the Adirondack Mountains.
There are so many fun things to do at camp! Like arts and crafts, Project Adventure, Liturgy, rappelling, hiking, basketball, or soccer. Guggenheim has its very own beach where you can swim, tool around on our watercrafts and play watersports. Evenings at camp are packed with fun activities like bonfire time, a dance, outdoor movies, and camp-wide games.
Summer Camp Guggenheim is a fun place where you can make great friends, escape the craziness of the world, and just chill with cool people like you.

To sign up for camp please visit: www.rcdony.org/youth/camp or call, Jeannie Grizzuto at 315-393-2920 ext. 1413

 

 


PILGRIMAGES:

 

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PILGRIMAGE TO BIBLICAL TURKEY: Hosted by Fr. Donald Robinson

Pilgrimage To Biblical Turkey. 12 Days-Oct 9-20, 2023. Istanbul * Ankara * Cappadocia * Pamukkale * Ephesus * Izmir * Pergamum * Canakkale. Hosted By Fr. Donald Robinson. $2,999 From New York. For More Information, Please Contact Fr. Robinson at 315-782-1143 or email to donrob4@twcny.rr.com 



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