Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

eNOTES FOR JANUARY 25, 2022

(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 6 and 13) 

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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 6 for the February 8 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends February 20 and 27. 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.


HIGHLIGHTS

 

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WORLD DAY FOR CONSECRATED LIFE: February 2, 2022

As the Second Vatican Council clearly stated, by our Baptism all are called to holiness. All who are baptized are consecrated “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” to live the Christian life in faith, hope and love. Living the Christian life, a call is given to each of us to live His love in a particular way of life to love Him more and to serve others.

Many are called to live the married life, others to priesthood, others to the single life. Some are called to live the consecrated life as a religious sister, brother or priest. Pope Saint John Paul II instituted a day for women and men who live the consecrated life. The universal day of celebration is February 2 which is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord. This day is known as Candlemas Day on which candles are blessed symbolizing Christ who is the Light of the world. Consecrated religious live their vowed life of poverty, chastity and obedience as prophetic witnesses of joy and hope of the Christian message. They offer a radical commitment to God “calling into question the this-worldly values of power, sexuality, and material possessions. Consecration to the evangelical counsels challenges the importance of these things to human dignity.” (Prophetic Witnesses to Joy, Juliet Mousseau, RSCJ)

Parishes will celebrate the World Day for Consecrated Life on February 5-6. There are religious communities within our diocese that continue to serve the People of the North Country by their daily prayer, active involvement in parishes, Catholic schools, Religious Education programs, Diocesan Offices, etc.

The Diocese needs more consecrated women and men to serve the needs of the Church. There are several ways to celebrate this day:
1. Pray for vocations at a Holy Hour
2. Invite a sister or sisters and priest (Missionary of the Sacred Heart, Watertown) to share his/her vocation story
3. Send a card/cards to the sisters and priests expressing gratitude for their vocation
4. Send a donation to a religious community in your area or to the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart to support their seminarians
5. Invite someone to discern their vocation to consecrated life with a religious community in your area or parish.

 



NEW POSTS

From The Diocesan Offices: 

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HOW TO: SMALL GROUP YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP: Free online webinar presented by Tom Semeraro

Join fellow ministers, volunteers, and anyone interested in working with young people on March 1 and 2 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for a video series and discussion on Small Group Discipleship for youth. The five-video series provided by YDisciple will be spread out over the two sessions, and we will meet via Zoom to view and discuss how to best apply these techniques in our parishes, homes, and schools. Each video is 10 to 15 minutes long and easy to absorb.

Video topics:

Understanding Teenagers
What is Small Group Discipleship
Secrets to Success in Discipleship
How To facilitate a Small Group
Getting Started: Guide for Parish Leaders

To Register for this free webinar please visit: https://www.rcdony.org/ministrydevelopment

For more information please contact Tom Semeraro: tsemeraro@rcdony.org or 315-393-2920


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COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: Bulletin announcements and other materials

Description: Please use bulletin announcements and other materials available in Word docx and Adobe pdf formats for the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on Ash Wednesday, March 2, 2022.


 

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THE LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST: JESUS PRESENT AND HOW TO SHARE IT: A Regional LEAD Event

A continuation of the Eucharist Initiative

Saturday, March 12
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Waddington Parish Center
Presenter: Sister Mary Eamon Lyng, SSJ

Holy Cross Parish Center, Plattsburgh
Presenter: Fr. Tojo Chacko, HGN

We hope you'll bring a bagged lunch for food and conversation afterwards.

Cost is free. To register for a location go to: www.rcdony.org/liturgyeucharist


 

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REFLECT AND RECONCILE: Lenten Retreats for Youth in 7 to 12 Grade

A Diocese of Ogdensburg youth retreat open to all young people in grades 7 to 12


March 12, 2022 from 1 pm to 5 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral Brzana Room (Ogdensburg)

March 26, 2022 from 1 pm to 5 pm at St. Mary's Church Parish Center (Champlain)

As we dive deeper into the sacrament of Reconciliation and the season of Lent, we should center ourselves and work to understand who we are. Join fellow youth in grades 7 to 12 as you get a chance to dive deeper, to understand more in a space that is judgment-free and supportive. The pace of this retreat experience will contain moments of fun, quiet reflection, candid conversation, and a presentation. Drinks and Snack included.


Registration: https://www.rcdony.org/lentenretreat
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 4:00 PM Mass offering.

For more information please contact: Tom Semeraro - Office of Youth Ministry - 315-393-2920 ext. 1415 or tsemeraro@rcdony.org


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NEW  JANUARY 26 POSTER

FORGIVEN: THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF CONFESSION: A Continuation of The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

Explore the transforming power and the healing grace of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. Discover the merciful way that God calls us back to Himself when we have sinned.

When: Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm

Held at seven locations:
• St. Mary's Parish Center in Clayton
• Dostie Hall in Watertown
• St. Peter's Church in Lowville
• St. Edmund's Parish Center in Ellenburg
• Holy Ghost Parish Center in Tupper Lake NEW Location
• The Emmaus Room inside St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh
• Fr. Amyot Parish Center in Norfolk

There will be much time for discussion during the event which is free to attend. Please bring a bagged lunch.

Register by March 4 for a location at www.rcdony.org/forgiven 

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Parish Events and Notifications 

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THE CHOSEN: Season 1; Ogdensburg, NY

The CHOSEN is an independent film series on the Life of Christ sweeping the world and told through the eyes of his disciples.  It is a unique and a refreshing way of telling the story of Jesus and is unlike anything we have seen before. Currently Vidangel Studios is working on the third season of the series and is expected to have 8 seasons.

Deacon Bill O’Brien will be streaming the first season (only) which consists of 8 episodes over a period of 8 weeks beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022.  There will be two sessions each week, one at 2:00 PM and one at 6:30 PM, both on Wednesdays in the Bishop Brzana Hall at St. Mary’s Cathedral.  There will be discussion after each episode with light refreshments provided.

There will be signup sheets at the entrances of both Notre Dame Church and St. Mary’s Cathedral entrances.  Or you can call or email Deacon Bill at 315-528-0461 or billob315@gmail.com.  All are welcome to attend.


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PREPARATION FOR PARISH NURSING

Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will offer preparation for the role of Parish Nurse beginning March 11 in Lake Placid and/or virtually by Zoom. 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 providing health screenins and health education, advocating for clients, connecting clients to services in their communities, listening and providing support. There is no charge for this course, but registration is required. It is a 36-contact-hour course offered on Fridays and Saturdays in March (see attached flyer for details). For further information, please contact Sister Catherine Cummings, RSM at ccummings@adkmercy.org or 518-523-5582.


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



From Neighboring Dioceses: 

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THE WAY FOR WOMEN: A Healing Retreat for Female Survivors of Abuse

The Way for Women is a 3-day retreat for adult female survivors of abuse offered by the Pyramid Life Center in Paradox, N.Y. on May 20-22, 2022. Registration deadline is May 1, 2022. Please contact Brian Evers at pyramidlifereservations@gmail.com or 518-585-7545 for more information. www.pyramidlife.org



Regular Features:

 

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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Did You Know…the 5 steps to protecting minors are (1) know the warning signs of adults, (2) screen and select employees and volunteers, (3) monitor all environments, including activities involving technology, (4) be attentive to children and youth, and (5) communicate your concerns. For more information, or to register for VIRTUS training, contact the Diocesan Safe Environment Office at (315) 393-2920.  


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PLANNED GIVING: Please Consider Your Parish in Your Estate Plans

When considering gifts in your Will or estate plans please remember your 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 more information, contact Scott Lalone, at 315-393-2920 or slalone@rcdony.org.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the February 5/6 Bulletin

When running properly, a typical clothes dryer extracts a fair quantity of air from within a home and expels it through a vent to the outside. In order to minimize the burden to your home heating system to warm the cold air coming into your home, try doing laundry on the warmest day of the week, if possible. 


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Creation Care Tips

for the February 12/13 Bulletin

When taking a shower in winter, close the drain on the tub to contain the heated water. Let the water stand in the tub for 15 to 20 minutes after your shower in an attempt to transfer a portion of the heat of the waste water to the air along with some moisture. 


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

February 8 is the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, patronness of kidnapped and trafficked children. Situations caused by Covid-19 have  pushed traffickers online and out of sight, making the exploitation of children more convenient.  U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking - sistersagainsttrafficking.org  


PREVIOUSLY POSTED

 

DIOCESAN COVID-19 INFORMATION 

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). For up-to-date diocesan resources, live-streamed Masses, and other information related to the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit www.rcdony.org/covid-19 . 

Parishes are encouraged to share the information found on this page with parishioners via their websites, social media or any other available communications methods.

 
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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.  


 

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THE DIOCESAN PHASE OF THE SYNOD: Added parish ideas and processes

We are updating the Synod webpage with ideas and processes as we receive them.  Please note that we have added resources for a beautiful prayer service to guide a synodal conversation to the news section of the page.  

Each parish is participating in the Synod in various ways. News, resources can be found at   http://150.rcdony.org/  under the Synod link. 


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GUGGENHEIM SUMMER CAMP LEADERSHIP: We are looking for qualified individuals to lead Summer Camp for the 2022 season

Description: The Diocese of Ogdensburg is seeking an energetic and dedicated individual for the position of Summer Youth Camp Director at the Guggenheim Center. The Camp Director must live onsite during the camp season and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the camp, including staff orientation week and the six weeks of Summer Camp (June 23rd to August 12th, 2022). An applicant must be an active practicing Catholic of at least 25 years of age with 24 weeks of administrative or supervisory experience or an equivalent experience which would support the position. Excellent communication skills and proficiency in digital technology are also required. A bachelor’s degree is preferred.

In addition, we are seeking an energetic and dedicated individual for the position of Summer Youth Camp Assistant Director at the Guggenheim Center. The Assistant Camp Director must live onsite during the camp season and reports to the Camp Director. The Assistant Director supports the Camp Director in the day-to-day operation of the camp, including staff orientation week and the six weeks of Summer Camp (June 23rd to August 12th, 2022). An applicant must be an active practicing Catholic of at least 21 years of age and have a proficiency in administrative and supervisory tasks, as well as excellent communication skills. Proficiency in digital technology required. Prior youth leadership, youth camp or youth program leader experience preferred. A bachelor’s degree or workforce experience preferred.

Submit letter of interest, resume and three professional references, one of which should be from your pastor to:

Thomas Semeraro
Director for the office of Youth Ministry
Diocese of Ogdensburg
P.O. Box 369, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
tsemeraro@rcdony.org
315-393-2920 ext. 1415


 

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SUMMER CAMP GUGGENHEIM EMPLOYMENT:We're Hiring Summer 2022 Staff

We are currently looking for counselors to live and work at Summer Camp Guggenheim during the 2022 summer season (June 23rd - August 12th). Summer Camp Guggenheim is located at, 1468 County Rte. 18, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
To Apply: A Guggenheim counselor candidate must be a High School graduate, 18 years or older, have a minimum of one year of college or workforce experience. Applicants should have participated in a counselor training program (E.G., Teen Vision) or worked as a Youth Counselor or in a Youth Leadership program. A counselor candidate should be a practicing Catholic who is willing to share their Faith with youth ages 12 to 18 yrs. old. Also, a counselor candidate will be able to serve for 7 weeks starting June 23rd to August 12th.
To Apply: www.rcdony.org/youth/camp
Scroll to: "Want to work or volunteer at camp?"
If you have any questions or inquiries please contact Tom Semeraro, Director of Youth Ministry at, tsemeraro@rcdony.org
315-393-2920 ext. 1415


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LOVING AUTHENTICALLY: Attention Commissioned Lay Minister and Candidates

This program for Commissioned Lay Ministers and Candidates is designed to strengthen the participants' conviction about the truth, beauty and importance of church teaching on natural law and sexual morality and to give participants a basic understanding of the ethical basis of the teaching.


Presenters: Deacon John Fehlner & Dr. Maura Fehlner,
Mr. Steve Tartaglia and other members of the Family Life Department.

Two remaining dates to choose from:

January 29, 2022
Emmaus Room, St. Peter's Church, Plattsburgh
9:30AM - 1:00PM

April 23, 2022
St. Peter's Church, Lowville
9:30AM - 1:00PM

Cost is free and all are welcome.
Bring your own lunch.

Participants are required to watch an 80-minute video prior to the event.  The link for the online video will be sent after registration.
Register at: https://www.rcdony.org/lovingauthentically.

If you have questions, contact Family Life Director, Steve Tartaglia at startaglia@rcdony.org or call 315-393-2920.


 

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DIGGING DEEPER INTO THE MYSTERY OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST: A Continuation of The Mystery of the Holy Eucharist

A day of reflection based on the fourth video of Presence, "Biblical Foundations."

Saturday, April 9
Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Presenters: Sister Bernadette Marie Collins, SSJ & Sister Mary Gregory Munger, SSJ

Lunch will be provided.

Cost to attend is $25 with the option to pay via PayPal or bill parish upon registration at www.rcdony.org/diggingdeeper


 

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ON OUR KNEES PRAYER CAMPAIGN: United in prayer for the Dobbs Supreme Court Case

October 22 - June 22 all are asked to pray for the protection of life in our nation.

Background: January 22, 1973: Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision began the era of abortion on demand in the USA.
• 2018: Mississippi passed a law protecting unborn children after 15 weeks of gestation, when the baby has a heartbeat, eyes that open, ears that hear, and can move and kick. The law was challenged and the case, known as Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is being heard by the Supreme Court.
• Dobbs v Jackson is a landmark case that could potentially overturn the decision of Roe v Wade. The possibility for future laws protecting the unborn hangs in the balance.
• December 1, 2021: oral arguments for the case were heard. A decision is expected in June 2022. More information at www.prayfordobbs.com

 



PILGRIMAGES:

 

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OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE: Classic Austria and Germany Pilgrimage Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau!

Classic Austria and Germany Pilgrimage
Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau!
Hosted by Father Andrew Amyot
11 Days: September 13-23, 2022
$4099 per person from Montreal (Air/land tour price is $3599 plus $500 taxes/airline surcharges)
Visiting: Heidelberg, Rhine Valley, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Altötting, Munich & Rothenburg!
Price includes: Roundtrip air from Montreal, First Class/Select hotels, hotels & guesthouses in Oberammergau, First Class (Category 1) admission tickets for the Passion Play, most meals, comprehensive sightseeing by private motor coach with an English-speaking guide and much more!
FOR DETAILED BROCHURE, PLEASE CONTACT FATHER AMYOT at (315) 384-2064 or fraamyot2@twcny.rr.com
SPACE IS LIMITED – BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
This is your last chance to experience the world-famous Passion Play of Oberammergau until 2030!


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CRUISE NORWAY IN JULY OF 2022

Join Father John Yonkovig of St. Agnes in Lake Placid for a wonderful 14-day cruise on Holland America's new "Rotterdam," setting sail on July 9, 2022.  For more information check the website:  www.stagneslakeplacid.com


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WORLD YOUTH DAY, 2023: Young Adults, are you interested?

World Youth Day is a worldwide encounter of Young Adults with the Holy Father that occurs approximately every three years. The next World Youth Day will be in Lisbon, Portugal from August 1-6, 2023. It is an amazing experience of the universality of the Church with thousands of young adults from around the world. If you are interested in attending World Youth Day in 2023 and will be 18 or older by the time of travel (late July 2023), contact Marika Donders at mdonders@rcdony.org. Additional details will be released to interested parties as we get closer to the event.  



 

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