Roman Catholic 
Diocese of Ogdensburg


(with bulletin information for the weekends of September 20 and 27) 




We have changed to a new format with this edition of eNotes, to highlight the NEW submissions.  Feedback would be appreciated. Email

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. Others can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at

The next submission deadline is September 21 for the September 24 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends October 4 and 11. 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


SEASON OF CREATION: September 1 – October 4

Season of Creation is an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home starting September 1 – the World Day of Prayer for Creation – and continuing to October 4 – the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This year, the celebration takes place in the Laudato Si’ Year of celebration called for by Pope Francis, and we are invited to take part.

The Laudato Si’ group and the Faith and Ecology groups around the diocese are planning opportunities for learning more about the issues presented through three Zoom discussion: September 3, September 17 and October 1. All three sessions will run from 7pm to 8pm. Details are still being finalized and will be posted on the diocesan Laudato Si’ Webpage and Facebook Page.

Pastors, Petitions for the Prayers of the Faithful can be downloaded HERE.  



From The Diocesan Offices: 


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Zoom in to Priest Discernment

High School Junior men & older are invited to join Father Howard Venette & guests for 60-minute virtual discernment sessions on the following Sundays at 3:00 PM:

Sept. 20
Oct. 4 & 18
Nov. 1, 15 & 29
Dec. 13

Contact Father Venette at for meeting access.

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FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE: How to Evangelize in Uncertain Times
September 26, 12-3pm 

The Organizers of the Annual New Evangelization Summit are offering a free Online Evangelization Conference on how to evangelize during this uncertain time. The speaker for this one-day event are George Weigel, Tim Glemkowski, Michelle Thompson, Father Jon Bielawski and Dr. Mary Healy. The Confernce is hosted by Michael Dopp and Josh and Lisa Canning. 

The Conference is free but registration is required. Register at . 

If there is interest, the Diocese of Ogdensburg Office of the New Evangelization will offer a follow-up conversation to unpack the conference on Saturday, October 3 at 10am via Zoom.  To register for the followup conversation, email Marika Donders at

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COMMISSIONED LAY MINISTERS FALL GATHERING: A Special Mass and Program for all CLMs Jefferson & Lewis Deaneries

You are invited to the 2020 CLM Fall gathering. We will gather at Holy Family Church, 129 Winthrop St., Watertown, NY, as it provides ample space to social distance. Rev. John M. Demo has agreed to be our celebrant for Mass and Dcn. Jim Crowley will present a program on Catholic Leadership in a COVID-19 World. We are excited to offer you an opportunity to get together and enjoy a pleasant evening with other CLMs. Please note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are not able to hold a community meal as part of our program. It will be terrific to see friends and catch up, although from a distance. Please register prior to October 9, 2020. It’s easy to register, just click on the link : .  For more information, call Jeannie Grizzuto at 315-393-2920, Ext. 1413.

Regular Features:


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Did you know…taking away internet access because a child has a made a mistake online rarely solves the problem. Taking away access in our current environment would likely do far more harm than good. Beyond affecting a child’s ability to complete distance-learning tasks, it would all but completely isolate them from friends and other family; a support system that is essential right now. If you must, limit access (shorter window for digital socializing, gaming, restricted use to certain public areas of the house, etc.) rather than removing it entirely.  


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 Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg. For more information, contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email




(for the September 19/20 Bulletin)

A Tip for celebrating the JUBILEE OF THE EARTH, this Year’s theme for the Season of Creation (Sept.1-Oct. 4): Jubilee is a time for renewing. When enjoying the taste of fresh veggies and fruits of the season, think of the preciousness of the soil, water and sun that nurtured their growth and the hands that cared for them and brought them to your table. This “moment of blessing,” however brief, is a reminder of interconnectedness with all life and our total marvelous dependence on God. (#227) 




(for the September 26/27 Bulletin) 

A Tip for celebrating the Jubilee of the Earth, the theme for this year’s Season of Creation (Sept. 4 –Oct. 4): Jubilee is a time for repairing. As we witness the volume of trash generated in America, reports that nearly 20% of trash comes from plastics, like bags, packaging, disposable beverage containers, etc. What’s in your trash?? Take a few minutes this week and check to see what is in your trash can before you pay for it to be taken to a landfill. What is one way you could repair the damage to our "common home" by reducing the amount of plastics in the trash? 

Parish Events:

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September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, at 7 pm via Zoom

The Last Things: Judgement, heaven, hell, purgatory.

These are all teachings of our faith. It’s important for us to get a good grasp on what we believe. Knowing that what we believe must be rooted in scripture and not in popular beliefs. Msgr. Aucoin is offering a series of sessions via ZOOM on what we call in Catholic teachings "The Last Things." With the assistance of videos from Bishop Barron, we will offer five sessions with these topics:

• What will happen when we die?
• Does God really send people to Hell?
• Why Purgatory is actually a good thing…
• What can we know about angels?
• What is the goal of Christianity?

This program will be offered online via Zoom. The meetings will be on 5 Wednesdays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, at 7 pm. Each session will be no more than one hour. If you are interested in participating, you will need to register email Msgr Aucoin at






We are very sorry to announce that we must cancel the Harvest Dinner we had scheduled for September 27, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church in Chazy. We hope to return next year. 


No other new parish events were submitted.  Please check your parish bulletins.




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 . 

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.



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. 



IRON SHARPENS IRON PROJECT: Videos From The Conference

Description: Check out the Iron Sharpens Iron Project at to see the videos from the Virtual Family Life Conference or to submit a video of your family doing something fun.

For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at


FALL WORSHIP NOTES: including new Covid19 Liturgical Offerings.

The Office for Worship produces a quarterly Worship Notes bulletin with timely information regarding Holy Days and other special feasts and celebrations, Mass and Confirmations in the time of pandemic, SCAP etc.  The Fall Worship Notes can be downloaded HERE. The Fall Worship Notes mention two attachments, which can be downloaded by clicking the links: JOHN PAUL II and JOHN XXIII. Past editions of Worship Notes can be found on the Pastoral Documentation site. For more information, contact Fr. Bryan Stitt, Director for Worship at






LIFECHAIN SUNDAY: October 4, 20202

Stand up for LIFE at this year's LIFECHAIN! Join in the 33rd annual peaceful, prayerful, public, pro-life witness to the sanctity of life. Rain or shine. All faiths are welcome! Bring a friend! Signs are provided. LIFECHAIN practices social distancing. Please stand 25 feet apart. For information about the LIFECHAIN in your area, visit

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LEAD: Brochure for 2020-2021

Theme: We are called to be a sacramental people

LEAD events are a way to offer continuing formation as well as networking to all of our parish ministers.

Our focus this year is on sacramental preparation and sacramental living. We are hoping we will be able to hold in-person events if it is safe to do so. Time will tell! 

To register for LEAD events, contact Faith Formation Secretary, Jessica Hargrave. Phone: 315-393-2920, Email:

VIRTUAL FALL RETREAT: Putting Forgiveness and Love into Practice

Retreat time will explore Scriptures on forgiveness and consider some of the barriers and aids to making these teachings a reality in our daily lives. The retreat will be virtual using Zoom on the computer. It includes presentations, time for personal prayer and reflection with optional times for sharing. Facilitators will be Sister Bethany Fitzgerald, SSJ, Molly Amoriell, and Jane Wells. Date: September 19-20. For more information, contact (315-212-6592). Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

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EGYPT AND THE GREAT NILE CRUISE: 11 Days: November 8-18, 2021

Egypt and the Great Nile Cruise
11 Days November 8-18, 2021
Cairo, Luxor, EDFU, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Memphis, Sakkara
hosted by Fr. Donald A. Robinson
$3499 From New York*
*Air/land tour price is $2899 plus $600 gov't taxes/airline surcharges

For more information, please contact Fr. Donald A. Robinson, 315-493-3224 or email

Don't Miss This Trip of a Lifetime! 

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COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS: respond now.

It is important to complete the census.  Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education; planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems; planning and funding for employment and training—including programs for vocational rehabilitation state grants, dislocated workers, and American Indian and Alaska Native employment and training; planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.

A census response is required from every property, including seasonal homes: If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time.  If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you were staying on April 1, 2020.  However, a census response is required from each and every property.200629 census


To complete the census: go to or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)


The Diocesan Calendar

Office of Vocations General Intercessions Cycle A

Office of Vocations Bulletin Blurbs Cycle A 

Office of Vocation Seasonal Bulletin Blurbs 

Office of Vocations Newsletters 

Office of Evangelization Blog

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