Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg

eNOTES FOR MAY 17, 2022

(with bulletin information for the weekends of May 29 and June 5) 



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 May 29 for the May 31 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends JUNE 12 and 19. 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





Through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg, will Ordain to the Order of Priesthood Deacon Leagon James Carlin.

You are cordially invited to join in the Ordination Liturgy on Saturday, the twenty-first of May, Two thousand and twenty-two at eleven o’clock in the morning at St. Mary’s Cathedral, 415 Hamilton Street, Ogdensburg, New York 13669.

A Reception will immediately follow the Ordination downstairs in the Brzana Hall. The Ordination Mass will also be livestreamed at The Ordination Mass program will be available at the same link shortly before the Ordination.      

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The Department of Faith Formation invited you to a two-day diocesan LEAD event in Lake Placid.

Monday, June 6
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Music as Prayer: Its Role in Celebrating Eucharist

Enjoy an interactive and lively presentation involving singing, praying, and sharing

Where: St. Agnes Church, Lake Placid
Presenter: Sister Mary Gregory Munger, SSJ
A social at High Peaks Resort to follow.


Tuesday, June 7
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Eucharist: Remember. Celebrate. Believe.

Where: High Peaks Resort, Lake Placid
Presenter: Tim O'Malley, Ph.D. from Notre Dame University Center for Liturgy

Mass to follow at St. Agnes Church


More speaker information at

Attendees are responsible for their own room reservations. High Peaks Resort offers a reduced rate of $169 per night.

All are welcome.
Cost to attend is $30 upon registration at 

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LIFE GIVING WOUNDS RETREAT: for adult children of separated or divorced families

The Life-Giving Wounds retreat is designed for anyone 18 or over whose parents are no longer together either through separation, divorce, or were never married. Topics will include anxiety, anger, sin, temptation and forgiveness. All presentations are given by trained, expert speakers who are children of divorce.

The retreat will be held Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12 at The Guggenheim Center, Saranac Lake, NY. The registration fee is $100 and includes overnight accommodations, food and all retreat materials.

To register, go to
For more information about the retreat
If you are in need of financial assistance to attend the retreat, please contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or



From The Diocesan Offices: 


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Saturday , May 28, 2022. Everyone is Welcome, but Registration Required

Register today at 

Campers, Staff, Members and Chaplains...Past Present and Future...and anyone who might be interested in seeing what Guggenheim has to offer, are most welcome. This is a terrific opportunity to reconnect with those that share our Guggenheim experience, and others who love camp just as much as you did!


  • 9:00 – 10:00am arrival of Former Campers & Guggenheim Enthusiasts
  • 11:00am – 50th Anniversary Mass celebrated by Bishop Terry LaValley
  • Nnoon – Lunch
  • 1:00pm – Tours of Camp Guggenheim and Camp fun!
  • 4:00pm – Departure for all except Staff, Staff Alumni and their Families


Those under 18 must attend with a parent/guardian. Registration is necessary for all.  


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BROWNBAG CHAT SERIES: Evangelization Lunchtime Discussion via Zoom

The Office of New Evangelization will be running a new Brownbag Chat starting Wednesday, June 8 from noon-1pm via Zoom. We will use videos from The Search Continues on In each session, we will watch one or two short videos together via zoom and then have an informal discussion. 

Description of the Series:The Search Continues is a series of Q&A interviews by Chris Stefanick with professors from the Augustine Institute. Based on some of the most searched questions on the internet on the Catholic faith, these videos accompany The Search and help facilitators with questions that might come in The Search group discussions. 

If you would like to join us this series of lunch-time chat discussions, please sign up online at .  For more information, contact Marika Donders at

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ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS COLLECTION: June 11 and 12 Collection information

The annual Communications Collection which support local communications, the work of the USCCB and Catholic University is scheduled for June 11 and 12. Pulpit and bulletin announcements are available for download in Word and PDF formats.




Through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley, Bishop of Ogdensburg will Ordain to the Order of Deacon Mr. Lukas Hermann Gruber.

You are cordially invited to join in the Ordination Liturgy on Saturday, the twenty-fifth of June, Two thousand and twenty-two at eleven o’clock in the morning at The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary, 17 Lawrence Avenue, Potsdam, NY 13676.

A Reception will immediately follow the Ordination on the rectory lawn across the street from The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary. The Ordination Mass will also be livestreamed at The Ordination Mass program will be available at the same link shortly before the Ordination.

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WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE SANCTIFICATION OF PRIESTS, JUNE 24, 2022: All pastors, catechists, principals

World Day for the Sanctification of Priests takes place every year on the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. This day is celebrated on Friday, June 24, 2022. This day is all about praying for your priest or priests in your parish and his sanctification, that is, his/their holiness! Every day our priests pray for us and our intentions at they preside over Mass, hear confessions, baptize our children or bury our loved ones. Our priests need our prayers, and you should tell them that you are praying for them. You never know what your parish priest or pastor is going through, sacrificing out of love for his parishioners. 

Mass Announcement
Today is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and World Priest Day, which is a day set aside to pray for priests, so we encourage each of you to pray in a special way today for Father______________ that he is strengthened and renewed each day as he serves as a priest of Jesus Christ.
Prayers of the Faithful
For Father_______, our (pastor, associate pastor) in his ministry to the People of (parish name), that the Holy Spirit will come down upon him and light his heart anew for the priesthood, we pray to the Lord.
That we may never take the presence of our priests for granted, as we cherish the celebration of the Mass and are nourished by the Eucharist, we pray to the Lord.

Prayer for Bulletin
Sacred Heart of Jesus, protect our priest_____in the midst of his work at our parish______________. Comfort him in his afflictions. Give him health of body, assistance in his temporal needs, and your blessing on all that he does. We ask the Holy Spirit to come down and light his heart anew for the priesthood and help him to grow in holiness.


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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 August 25-28. Session 3 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

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RACHEL'S VINEYARD RETREAT: After-Abortion Healing Weekend

If you (or a friend) are suffering after an abortion, you're not alone. Consider participating in the next Rachel's Vineyard retreat offered September 2-4 at the Guggenheim Center in Saranac Lake. The weekend will be held at the main camp to provide more social distancing. Each retreatant will have their own room. Open to women and men. Registration is online or contact the Respect Life office 518-524-0774 or Don't suffer alone. Help is available.

Parish Events and Notifications 

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ST. B'S BLACK FLY 5K RUN, WALK, ROLL, OR STROLL: A FUNdraiser for St. Bernard's School

Description: St. Bernard’s School will host its annual Black Fly 5K Run, Walk, Roll, or Stroll on June 11th at Dewey Mountain Recreation Center.

Whether casual, competitive, serious, or silly, all ages and abilities are welcome to join. Community members can form teams, enter as solo competitors, or even just sponsor a runner. After the event, enjoy some fun and games at the base lodge, a brew or two from Hex and Hop beer tent, and some chow from Freddy B’s Grill. All proceeds from the event will benefit the tuition assistance program at St. Bernard’s School.

Each participant will receive a commemorative performance t-shirt, created by Bear Essentials Apparel of Saranac Lake, and a tin of all natural deet-free Bye-Bye Blackfly insect repellent.

Contact the school office for more information: 518-891-2830


CHICKEN BBQ: St. Mary's, Canton

Annual Chicken BBQ is Back
June 12, 10:30am-1:00pm
St. Mary’s in Canton
Drive thru at the corner of Court and Powers Streets

½ Chicken, Baked Beans, Salt Potatoes, Cole Slaw, Dinner Roll
First Come, First Served

Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary’s
Call (315)386-2543 for info



The 34th Annual Peru Knights of Columbus Council 7273 Bill McBride Jr. Memorial Charity Golf Tournament will be held Friday, June 17th at the Adirondack Golf and Country Club in Peru. The four-person scramble will feature a “New Car Hole in One” sponsored by Bailey Ford and other great prizes. Shotgun start at 10 a.m. All are invited! Obtain entry forms and information from Greg Lombard at 518-593-2652 or email



Please join us on Saturday, July 9 at St. Helen’s Church in Chasm Falls (8 a.m.) for the annual St. Andre Bessette Parish Pilgrimage. The 9-mile walk will follow Whippleville Road and River Road, and end at Notre Dame Church in Malone around Noon. Light refreshments will then be served.

If you are concerned about your ability to walk the route, please consider joining us in Eucharistic Adoration prayer at Notre Dame. It will take place at the same time as the walk, from 8 a.m. to Noon.

Proceeds from this fundraiser will help defray the cost of the Our Lady of the Rosary Healing Retreat, to be held at Wadhams Hall in Ogdensburg October 6-9 for women of the Diocese of Ogdensburg.

Donations are greatly appreciated. They can be mailed to:

Wadhams Hall/Women’s Retreat
c/o Mr. William Seymour
6866 State Highway 37
Ogdensburg, NY 13669

For more information contact Nancy and Mark Beddoe at   

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

Regular Features:


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Did You Know…an effective child victimization prevention program accomplishes the following objectives:  emphasizes every child’s right to live free of abuse, promotes healthy social relationships, mutual kindness and respect, teaches the importance of setting personal and digital boundaries, assists with identification of trusted adults, and upholds a zero-tolerance environment in which harassment and abuse are openly discussed and disclosed. For more information, or to register for an upcoming VIRTUS training session, contact Jean Grizzuto at 315-393-2920 x1413 or at


PLANNED GIVING: How to Transfer a Gift of Stock 

Gifts of stock can be given to benefit our parish, the Capital Campaign, your favorite Catholic School, programs, ministries, Missionary Projects and the Diocese of Ogdensburg. The proceeds can be restricted according to your wishes or directed to an endowment fund held in the Foundation of the RC Diocese of Ogdensburg. For more information, contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email

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for the May 28/29 Bulletin

“There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it’s wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle”.( Laudato Si’) Jesus often uses nature to educate us how to live life to the fullest. What lessons have you learned from the patterns of the seasons and its creatures that have brought about changes in your lifestyle? i.e. Nature only uses what if needs.

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for the June 4/5 Bulletin

“God of creation, guide me to appreciate the warmth of the sun, the tenderness of the night, and the beauty of Your Glory. Lead me to recognize my responsibility as steward of Your creation.”
100 Days of Prayer created by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange



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

June – Trafficking is a crime that can happen in front of our eyes and traffickers are never on vacation.  Be alert to children who may be potential targets for traffickers. For more information see



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ST. PETER'S MAY FESTIVAL: May 19,20 & 21,2022

St. Peter's May Festival will be Thursday, Friday, & Saturday, May 19,20, 21,2022 at the Lewis County Fairgrounds. The grounds open on Thursday evening at 5 pm. Why not stop by and sample some of delicacies we have to offer? We will offer you the opportunity to try skills at a variety of games

Festivities include a Ride Special every day of the weekend. This ‘n That booth which features unique and one-of-a-kind items. On Friday evening, the Allan Scott Band will perform at 7 p.m. Admission is a donation of canned goods for the Lowville Food Pantry.

Saturday, May 20 at 4:00 pm Mass will be celebrated on the fairgrounds.

On Saturday, Chicken Barbecue begins serving at 5 p.m. take-outs are available, or you can eat on site.

This year’s festival promises to entertain, to challenge, and to entice you. Come and join the fun!!

For more information contact Elizabeth Turck at or 315-376-6662

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SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE: In Loving Memory of Sr. Jean Beyette, SA

Description: A Service of Remembrance and Mass will be celebrated for Sister Jean Beyette, SA at Our Lady of the Adirondacks House of Prayer (7270 Star Road, Route 190, Ellenburg, NY) on Friday, May 20, 2022 at 5 PM. Sister Jean served as the Director of the House from 1984 - 2007. She served the Lord and her Order, the Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement, with great dedication to the mission of the House of Prayer, making many friends in the North Country over the years of her service. All are welcome. A small reception will follow. For more information, please call the House of Prayer at 518-594-3253 or Sarah Anderson at 518-534-9976.


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To commemorate the 150th anniversary of our Diocese, parishes and Catholic organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in the Octave of Service from May 19th through May 26th.  The Octave of Service is an opportunity to carry our various forms of outreach in their communities while living out the Gospel values of encounter and accompaniment, journeying together as disciples in mission.  


Octave of Service projects should focus on supporting and improving your community as well as cultivating relationships with others, including through prayer. These opportunities could be new initiatives as well as initiatives with which your parish has already been involved.

For project ideas and other resources please see 


Sample Bulletin Announcement – adjust to your parish's situation and plans 

OCTAVE OF SERVICE: Let your faith make a difference 

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, parishioners are invited to participate in the Octave of Service from May 19 to May 26.  This is an opportunity for parishioners to join together to serve the greater community with the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Some suggested projects are:

- A clean-up day the cemetery, raking leaves, trimming weeds on Saturday morning
- Collecting personal hygiene products for our local resource center – baskets are at the doors
- A group of parishioners will visit the local nursing home and lead a rosary with the residents and deliver greeting cards made by the children in the religious education program.
- A concluding prayer service and ministry fair on the eve of the Feast of the Ascension to pray for an increase in discipleship in our parishes.

You can also gather with fellow parishioners and create your own simple project: invite a lonely neighbor for coffee or dinner at your house or help an elderly neighbor rake their yard.  Take a trash bag and pick up the bottles and other trash along your street. Knit or crochet lap blankets for nursing home residents. 

For more information and to share your projects, contact Deacon ____ 

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The Diocese of Ogdensburg annually offers two grants of $5,000.00 each to assist the parishes and institutions of the Diocese in providing assistance for people with disabilities. 

These funds are made available from the annual contribution of the New York State Knights of Columbus to the Diocese of Ogdensburg. They will be distributed by the diocese on the recommendations of Catholic Charities and the Department of Education. 

The criteria for acceptability of the request cover several factors. Improvement in already existing programs or facilities will be considered. Some ideas for funding include: adapting facilities, special equipment, training for personnel, and program development.

It is important to remember that programs which have received funding previously may not apply for the grant for the following three years.  Programs/projects must show proof of additional sources of revenue to support the programs/projects.

If you wish to be considered for a grant, please plan your proposal carefully. The grant application may be downloaded HERE.   

Applications must be submitted by May 20, 2022. Monies will be allocated by mid-June 2022.

If you have any questions regarding the grant and/or the application, please contact or call (315) 393-2920 ext. 1411.

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CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL: May 21 and 22 Collection information

The documents (Word Doc or PDF) offer bulletin blurbs and links to other information (possibly, there is a problem on the USCCB website which delayed this notice) regarding the Catholic Home Mission Appeal. Thank you for supporting US dioceses that struggle to make ends meet.

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MATER DEI COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Attention High School Seniors

Are you a Catholic who is currently in your senior year of high school who currently resides in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and is planning to attend a Catholic College or University in the Fall? The Mater Dei College Foundation is pleased to offer a scholarship opportunity to qualifying students going on to study liberal arts and sciences at a degree-granting Catholic college or university. To request an application form, please email Valerie Mathews, Mater Dei Foundation Scholarship Chair at Application deadline is June 1, 2022.

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CHICKEN BAR-B-Q: Silent Auction, Watertown.

Chicken Bar-B-Q $14.00 and Silent Auction Tickets available at the door!
Saturday, June 4, 2022 @5PM
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Gym
320 W. Lynde St.
Watertown, NY 13601
For More Information contact Mary Peto @ 315-782-1474 or




SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMP: Guggenheim Youth Camp is accepting registrations for Summer Sessions

Registration is open for the 2022 Summer Camp Season!
In joyful anticipation for the opportunity to resume Summer Camp Guggenheim 2022, you may register your child(ren) at this time. The Guggenheim Summer Camp program runs from July 3rd to August 12th.
The reasonable fee to attend a week long session is $375.00 and is made possible by the Bishops Fund Appeal

Please keep in mind that the COVID pandemic is still in process, and we will be following the guidance of the CDC and NYSDOH with regards to our camp COVID requirements.

If you have any questions and/or concerns please feel free to reach out to Tom Semeraro, Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry Tom can be reached by phone at 315-393-2920 ext. 1415 or email

To register please visit:

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ANNUAL HEALING MASS: St. Mary's Church, Clayton

Annual Healing Mass: St. Mary's Church, Clayton will once again host the Annual Healing Mass on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11am at St. Mary's Church in Clayton. The Sacrament of the Sick will be offered, prayer teams will be available for individual prayers following the Mass, and light refreshments will follow. For more information, contact St. Mary's Parish office at 315-686-3398 or

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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

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VERY SPECIAL HOUSE SITTERS: Salary...Pearl of Great Price! Ellenburg

Our Lady of the Adirondacks House of Prayer, 7270 Star Road, Route 190, Ellenburg, NY is looking for many Volunteer "House Sitters." The responsibility is to arrive by 10 AM on your chosen day(s), and remain on premises until 4 PM to welcome visitors. Lunch and snack items on hand along with tea, coffee, soda, and bottled water. Training will be provided on the history of the House of Prayer, its mission, and the various ways to carry out this gentle ministry of hospitality for those seeking time in a home of Mary to listen to our Lord, browse in the library, or visit the "Gift Shop". Flexible schedule (and hours) are fine. If interested in volunteering for one day a month, or week, or more, please call Sarah Anderson at 518-534-9976. 

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The St. Andre Bessette Sisters, a Catholic women’s group in Malone, New York, is sponsoring a Diocesan-wide Our Lady of the Rosary Healing Retreat, at Wadham’s Hall October 6-9, 2022, for up to thirty women from the Diocese of Ogdensburg. The Most Reverend Bishop Terry LaValley has supported the efforts of the retreat committee and will be offering Mass for the retreatants. Speakers at the retreat include Sister Kelly and Sister Grace of the Capuchin Sisters of Nazareth in Pennsylvania, and Dave McClow of Catholic Counselors. Father Bryan Stitt, of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Canton, New York, will be the presiding priest for the weekend.

The retreat committee is currently in a fundraising drive to assist with the expenses of room and board and guest speaker expenditures while with keeping affordable participant registration fee for women throughout the Diocese. For those prayerfully considering donating to this worthy retreat, please make a check payable to: Wadham’s Hall/Women’s Retreat. The address: c/o Mr. William Seymour, 6866 St. Hwy. 37, Ogdensburg, NY 13669.

Retreat registration information will come out in the near future.


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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:

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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!
This is your last chance to experience the world-famous Passion Play of Oberammergau until 2030!


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