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Diocese of Ogdensburg

eNOTES for September 20, 2022

(with bulletin information for the weekends of October 2 and 9) 



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

The next submission deadline is October 2 for the October 4 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends October 16 and 23. The link to the submission form can also be found in the menu on the eNotes page ( We welcome suggestions for improvements to newsletter. Suggestions can be sent via email to


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BLUE MASS: Save the Date

Bishop Terry R. LaValley cordially invites all Police, Corrections, Fire and EMS Personnel to the Diocese of Ogdensburg Blue Mass at 2:30 p.m. on September 25, 2022.  This year the Blue Mass will be at St. Mary's Church, 521 James Street, Clayton, NY. The entire New York North Country Community is invited to join in prayer for the safety and wellbeing of all first responders and public safety personnel.

For more information contact, Fr. Chris Carrara  at 315-605-1039  or    

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The Sacramental Worldview

The presentation is an opportunity to understand how Christ draws us to Himself through all things in this world!
All are welcome to attend this event presented by the Diocese of Ogdensburg’s Department of Education at the location most convenient to them.

When: Saturday, October 1, 9 AM - 3 PM and Saturday, October 15, 9 AM – 3 PM


October 1:

• St. Mary’s Social Hall in Massena
• St. Peter’s Church in Lowville
• St. Elizabeth Parish Hall in Elizabethtown

October 15:

• St. Mary’s Parish Center in Brushton
• Dostie Hall in Watertown
• Emmaus Room, St. Peter’s Church in Plattsburgh

This is an in-person event only. Attendees must bring their own lunch. It is free to attend, and you’re encouraged to bring a friend.

Register for a location at


From The Diocesan Offices: 

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MIDDLE SCHOOL RETREAT: All pastors, catechists, principals

The Vocation Office and the Office of Youth Ministry is sponsoring a Middle School Retreat (Grades 6-8) in three regions of the Diocese. The purpose of a Middle School Retreat is to guide young women and men to prayerfully consider God’s plan 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.

These retreats will be held from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at the following locations:

Friday, October 7 at Our Lady of Victory Center, Plattsburgh for the Clinton, Essex, Adirondack Deaneries
Friday, November 4 at Immaculate Heart Central School, Watertown for Jefferson, Lewis, Hamilton-Herkimer Deaneries 
Friday, November 16 at St. Mary’s Social Hall, Massena for the St. Lawrence and Franklin Deaneries

Contact your pastor, Catholic school principal, or Religious Education Coordinator for a registration form. 

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CLERGY PERSPECTIVE ON THE 150TH DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY: Presented by the St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Adirondack Deaneries CLM Association

The St. Lawrence, Franklin, and Adirondack Deaneries CLM Association Presents Their Fall Meeting Event for Commissioned Lay Ministers

Theme: Clergy perspective on the 150th diocesan anniversary from different generations of priests

Date: October 12
Time: 6:30 PM
Where: St. Mary's Social Hall, Massena (7 Sycamore Street)
Speakers: Father John Downs, Father Mark Reilly, and one more newly ordained priest
Registration fee: $20

Register at:

Be sure to choose the correct CLM event when registering. There are two events from different deaneries going on during the month of October. You will then be taken to PayPal where you'll choose the correct registration fee.

Check payment will also be accepted. Please mail checks to: Diocese of Ogdensburg, Attn: Formation for Ministry Office, PO Box 106, Canajoharie, NY 13317 

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SYRACUSE WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: Maintaining a Eucharist Heart in a Broken World
Register Early!!! Limited Seating

The Syracuse Catholic Women’s Commission is pleased to announce we are back at the Convention Center at the Oncenter, this year for our 12th Annual Women’s Conference.  


Doors open at 7:30am
9:00 a.m. Mass with Bishop Douglas Lucia
Adoration * Confession * Inspiring Speakers * Vendors

Lunch provided• Women 18 and older• Nursing infants welcome

Sonja Corbitt, author, podcaster and Bible study teacher is self-proclaimed “evangelista” with a simple message — Jesus literally loves you to death; let Him.
Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, Dominican Sister, teacherand author. Founder in Catholic Faith & Culture Program at University of Dallas.
Bishop Terry R. LaValley, is the fourteenth Bishop of Ogdensburg, serving since 2010. His motto is “follow me”— seen in all four Gospels, Jesus’ invitation to His apostles and disciples.

LOCATION: Oncenter Complex Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, NY 13202

COST: $55 Online through October 8 or by mail if postmarked by October 1 ($70 at the door IF space allows)
NO REFUNDS. If for some reason you cannot attend, your ticket will be donated to a religious sister or other in need of sponsorship

For more information and to register: 


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A JOURNEY OF CONVERSION: Presented by the Jefferson-Lewis Deanery CLM Association

The presentation for Commissioned Lay Ministers titled A Journey of Conversion will begin with a RCIA ministry introduction by Tony Marra of the Blessed Sacrament Parish and will then feature Kathy Falge and Allyssa Francis who have recently entered the Catholic Church via the RCIA process.

The evening begins with Mass at 5:30 celebrated by Father Donald Robinson followed by dinner.

When: Thursday, October 20
Where: St. Anthony's Church in Watertown
Time: Mass at 5:30pm, dinner and presentation immediately to follow.
Cost: : $15 per person.

Register at:

Be sure to choose the correct CLM event when registering. There are two events from different deaneries going on during the month of October. You will then be taken to PayPal where you'll choose the correct registration fee.

Check payments are also accepted. They can be mailed to: Diocese of Ogdensburg, Attn: Formation for Ministry Office, PO Box 106, Canajoharie, NY 13317.  

Parish Events and Notifications 



The parish of the Visitation and St. Raymond's, Norfolk, NY, is actively accepting resumes for a full-time position in church maintenance. This individual will be responsible for day-to-day duties as well as facilitating long-term maintenance of the parish's buildings and grounds. This includes the church, rectories, the Father Amyot Parish Center, Visitation Cemetery, and all other property or buildings owned by the parish. Responsibilities will also include supplemental tasks at the parishes of St. Andrew's in Norwood and St. Patrick's in Brasher Falls on an "as-needed" basis upon direction from the pastor or his delegate. This is a minimum 30 hours per week position, eligible for the diocesan health insurance and retirement programs. For more information and a complete job description contact the parish office at 315-384-4242 or email at Salary negotiable with experience.


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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: K of C Fundraiser - Evans Mills

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner on Saturday, October 8th, 2022
Serving from 4 to 7 PM at St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills, NY
Meal includes spaghetti & meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and beverage. Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus. For more information call 315-629-4678. 

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

Regular Features:




FREE Virtual Eucharistic Revival Conference: Thursday September 22-Saturday September 24 

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You may wish to share this video on your parish website or social media: 

In order to share the video go to: and 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 

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Did You Know…1 in 4 students has been bullied and 1 in 5 students has been cyberbullied; 30% of young people admit to bullying others; and 71% of young people say they have seen bullying in their schools. However, when bystanders speak up, bullying stops within 10 seconds more than half the time. Instances of bullying in schools should be reported to school administration. For more information, contact the Safe Environment Office at (315) 393-2920.


PLANNED GIVING: Memorare Legacy Society

Please Consider Our Parish in Your Estate Plans

When considering gifts in your Will or estate plans please remember our parish. Gifts can be made to our parish in the following manner: Specific dollar amount: a percentage of your estate or a particular asset such as savings bond, life insurance, real estate or other valuables. For further information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or

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for the October 1/2 Bulletin

This coming Tuesday, Oct. 4, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi and the final day of the Season of Creation. Since all entities in the universe were formed by the same heavenly Father, St. Francis recognized that everything in nature must be our brothers and sisters in creation. The Creator made it so that all of creation is interconnected and interdependent. This is why harming one of God’s creatures, regardless of how small or insignificant, can eventually impact all other entities in some way. It is for this reason that we are called to care for what God has made and limit the harm we inflict on everything around us. It is also because of this that we should pray for wisdom to use the resources of the planet carefully, try to protect the most vulnerable, and seek forgiveness for the harm that we have done. 

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for the October 8/9 Bulletin

During this harvest season, the bounty of food with which we are blessed often becomes evident by the excess that is thrown out. In an attempt to limit the food wastes that so often occur in our daily lives, it is wise to plan more conservatively portion sizes for meals and snacks. As a society, we throw away far more left-overs and unused food items than is available to many people across the globe. Acquiring excess food places a strain on garbage facilities and composting operations. During this Season of Creation, let’s strive to create a healthier body for ourselves and a more vibrant environment in which to live. 


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

October – It’s Trick or Treat Time and tricking potential victims into promising them something they may never be able to get on their own is a given for traffickers….a way they make their money. U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking 





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. 

St. Mary's, Massena ~ Saturday, November 19, 2022
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 For more information contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or

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ST. BERNARD'S SCHOOL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION: 100 Years of St. Bernard's School, Saranac Lake

This fall, St. Bernard’s School will celebrate our 100th Anniversary! Our school began as a one room schoolhouse in the fall of 1922, and we have been providing the families of Saranac Lake a quality Catholic education ever since. The celebration will be held throughout the weekend of September 23-25. On Friday evening we will have dinner at The Hotel Saranac, Saturday will be our annual Golf Tournament, and on Sunday we will have a reception after 10am Mass and school tours. In all these events we will have opportunities to look back at the school throughout the years, connect with other alums, and meet current staff, parents, and students. Please email:, call: 518-891-2830, or use the QR code to RSVP to any of these events or for more information.  

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VATICAN RELEASES NEW E-BOOK FOR YOUTH: "Keys to Bioethics" 22 Page Manual

The Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life has released Keys to Bioethics: A Manual for Youth, a free e-book prepared by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation. “With this Manual we wish to offer young people around the world a practical and up-to-date tool to answer some of the questions that clutter their minds when faced with the great challenges generated by scientific and technological progress,” said Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the Dicastery’s prefect.

The Manual states that human life begins at fertilization and that IUDs, RU-486, and the morning-after pill can induce abortions—and that the regular birth control pill can have an abortifacient effect. Other topics covered include the contraceptive mentality, genetic screening, reproductive technology, eugenics, stem-cell research, euthanasia, organ donation, and gender. To download the manual click: 


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GOD IS OUR COMPASS: Youth Leadership Retreat for Teens in Grades 9 to 12

God created each of us intentionally, out of love, and for a purpose. Each of us is equipped with God given gifts and talents intended for the glory of God.

During this overnight youth retreat we invite high school age teens an opportunity to learn skills for Christian leadership and ministry in a series of workshops and practical applications. The following skill points will be covered: Christian leadership, communication skills, group dynamics, decision making and planning skills.

Each retreatant will be asked to use the skills above by visioning with their work group a plan for youth ministry at their parish or vicariate and possibly on a diocesan level.
Each retreatant will grow in personal awareness by participating in small groups for discussion and practical experiences of Christian Leadership, Community, Prayer and Affirmation.
Each retreatant will gain knowledge and experience by participating in worship experiences and liturgical celebrations.

Overnight accommodations in the Dorm and meals included for a fee of $95 per teen. Once you register, you will be directed to the payment page. After completing payment, you will receive a Guggenheim packing list and schedule for drop off and pick up times. The retreat will be held at the Guggenheim Center located at: 1468 County Route 18 Saranac Lake, New York.

Retreatant check in is: Friday, September 30th at 6:00PM.
Retreatant check out is: Sunday, October 2nd at 10:00AM.
If you have any questions please contact: Jeannie Grizzuto – – 315-393-2920 ext. 1413

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Come away and rest awhile with the Lord amid the beauties of Fall in the Adirondack Mountains.
Theme: “Meeting God in the Mountains and Valleys of Life."
When: September 30-October 2. Where: Guggenheim Lodge, Saranac Lake. Space limited.
Facilitator: Sister Bethany Fitzgerald, SSJ, Faith Formation Educator; Father Paul Kelly will be celebrant for Mass on Saturday afternoon. Suggested Offering: $150. For info.: 315-212-6592 or 

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This the 35th year of the National Lifechain! Each year, Life Chains form nationwide to make a public, prayerful, peaceful stand for life. Stand & pray in these locations: Potsdam 2-3 Across from Roxy Theatre; Plattsburgh 2:30-3:30 Smithfield Blvd.; and Saranac Lake 2:30-3:30 Bandshell Park along River Street. Additional location added: Massena Lifechain 2:30-3:30 Main Street & Rt. 37. Meet at parking lot across from Kinney Drugs.

We stand for life rain or shine. Signs provided. Bring a friend. More information and a listing of all locations at

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The Office of Worship has published the WORSHIP NOTES for Late Summer and Early Fall with updates, information about the Natioanl Eucharistic Revival, the Role of Deacons at Baptisms within Mass, SCAP refresher and Dates to Note. The WORSHIP NOTES can be downloaded HERE or by clicking the image above.  Also available are The Office of Readings for the Feasts of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII.

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Updated website and brochure and flyer  


Download Flyer: CLICK HERE

The St. Andre Bessette Sisters (SABS) of Malone, New York, is sponsoring a Healing Retreat for 30 women of the Diocese of Ogdensburg beginning Thursday, October 6, through Sunday, October 9, 2022. Women must be age 18 or older to attend. The purpose of the Healing Retreat is to ‘make more room within for God’, allowing His love and mercy to heal as He desires. The Retreat will be held at Wadham’s Hall, 6866 St. Hwy. 37, Ogdensburg, New York, 13669.  Bishop LaValley, Father Bryan Stitt, Sister Kelly and Sister Grace Capuchin Sister of Nazareth, and Dave McClow will be presiding and presenting. For more information and registration visit the Diocese of Ogdensburg website at . The cost per person is $250, which includes accommodations and all meals. This reasonable amount was achieved through the generous donations of many, many individuals, businesses and organizations inside and outside the Diocese. All are welcome to join the SABS in praying the 54 Day Rosary Novena beginning August 15 ending on October 7 – Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary, for the healing of all those who attend as well as for  each and every person who offered prayers, time, treasure and talent for this very blessed event.

For more information download the brochure. To register:    

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FAMILY GUGGENHEIM: Registration is open

Online Registration is open for the Family Guggenheim program at
Session 1 is August 18 -21. Session 2 is October 7-9. Don't delay...sessions are filling fast.
Family Guggenheim welcomes families of all dimensions to come enjoy a special weekend in the beauty of the Adirondacks. Expect fun family workshops and activities that will have you working and laughing together. Celebrate Christ’s presence in your lives through liturgy (often outside) and special prayer services. Take time for great outdoor activities like paddle boat rides, beach volleyball, and hiking. You are never too young or too old to enjoy being family at Camp Guggenheim! For more information, please contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or 




Men's Weekend: October 27-30
Women's Weekend: November 17-20

A Cursillo Weekend is an encounter with self, Christ and others. It is three days of joyful living and sharing, experiencing and learning a simple method to know God better and develop more fully as a Christian. The purpose of the weekend is to provide the tools for daily Christian living. Cursillo begins on a Thursday evening and ends Sunday evening.
During the three days, participants hear talks given by priests, deacons and lay persons, and may participate in discussion with others in small groups. The Eucharist is celebrated each day, and there is time for personal prayer and reflection, Sacrament of Reconciliation and fellowship. The weekend reviews the basics of Catholic faith with an emphasis on how you may live it more effectively in your own life.
Since each person’s circumstances in life are different and each has a unique relationship with God, the Cursillo weekend is a deeply personal experience and, as such, can’t be fully described. It must be lived and experienced first-hand to appreciate.

For more information or to download the application:
If you have questions, or would like to be sponsored, please contact Michael Neaton, the pre-cursillo coordinator at 


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ROSARY FOR LIFE: Every Saturday

A Rosary for Life is recited every Saturday at 4:25 pm immediately preceding the 5pm Vigil Mass.
St. Mary's Church
68 Court St. Canton



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