eNOTES FOR JULY 30, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of August 9 and 16, 2020)
We have changed to a new format with this edition of eNotes, to highlight the NEW submissions. Feedback would be appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.rcdony.org/enotes.
The next submission deadline is August 10 for the August 13 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends August 23 and 30. The link to the submission form can also be found in the left-hand column on the eNotes page (www.rcdony.org/enotes). We welcome suggestions for improvements to newsletter. Suggestions can be sent via email to email@example.com.
ORDINATION TO THE ORDER OF PRIESTHOOD AND ORDER OF DEACON
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 Jude Chijioke Nnadibuagha and Deacon Severinus Kwasi Torwoe and to the Order of Deacon Matthew Stanley Conger, John Kennedy Ojuok and Donald Joseph Wilder.
Due to the COVID-19 guidelines from New York State limiting the seating capacity in St. Mary’s Cathedral, we invite you to join us via livestream at www.rcdony.org/ordination on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 11:00am. The Ordination Mass program will be available at www.rcdony.org/program shortly before the Ordination.
From The Diocesan Offices:
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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VIRTUAL FAMILY LIFE CONFERENCE: Free for all families
The Family Life Office is holding a Free Virtual Family Life Conference from 7pm, Friday, August 21st to 3pm, Sunday, August 24th. Registered participants will be mailed a package of materials with a schedule and instructions to link to the presentations. It's not necessary to attend the entire conference. Pick the parts that work best for you. To register, please go to rcdony.org/VFLC. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at email@example.com or 315-393-2920.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (315-212-6592). Free will offering gratefully accepted.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know…the Diocese of Ogdensburg recently revised its Child & Youth Protection Policy (CYPP). Among the revisions are clarification of investigative procedures, bishop accountability, and enhanced safe environment training requirements for employees and volunteers whose duties involve contact with minors. To view the revised CYPP, visit the Safe Environment page on the diocesan website: https://www.rcdony.org/safe-environment.html
PLANNED GIVING: MEMORARE LEGACY SOCIETY
Have you already or have been thinking about leaving a legacy by designating a portion of your assets to pass at death to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, your parish or school or diocesan program or organization? The Memorare Legacy Society honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Diocese of Ogdensburg through estate or deferred gifts. Members of this society are those who have informed the Diocese of a planned gift that, in the future, will benefit the Diocese of Ogdensburg or any of its parishes or programs. This ensures a continuous commitment of care to their Church, to the Church’s vision and to the charitable works that flow from her missions through their thoughtful planned gift. For more information on the Memorare Legacy Society, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, email@example.com.
(for the August 8/9 Bulletin)
Have you sought the 'treasures' in your own backyard for fresh seasonal produce at a local Farmers’ market, produce stand and/or a U-Pick farm? Taste the difference of local veggies and fruits while supporting your local economy. Let us praise the Creator for all these delicious foods!
(for the August 15/16 Bulletin)
A tip to save water these hot days ….water your garden or lawn in the early morning or later in day to prevent evaporation.
REQUEST FOR USED RELIGIOUS ITEMS
A woman by the name of Kimberly Walters from a ‘St. Mary’s Mission’ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is emailing some of our parishes, claiming to “find new homes for used Religious items.” This woman is asking for sacred vessels, vestments, statuary, rosaries, etc. that are no longer being used. Although the email states these items will be given to parishes and organizations in need of them, the Diocese of Harrisburg has informed us this woman is selling these items on eBay. Please do not send this woman any sacred vessels or other religious items from your parish. Thank you.
No 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 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.
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.
BISHOP WELCOMES PARISHIONERS BACK TO MASS ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA: Working Toward Re-opening Our Churches and Public Worship
As we honor and celebrate this local saint who suffered greatly as a result of a smallpox epidemic, Bishop LaValley welcomes parishioners back to Mass as we weather the pandemic of our own time.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Miss This Trip of a Lifetime!
TIPS ON HOW TO SPOT SPOOFING OR PHISHING SCAM EMAILS: A Reminder from the IT Director
There has been an increase in the number of Spoofing or Phishing emails throughout the diocese. Email spoofing is an email message with a forged header (from) address. The message appears to have originated from a legitimate or familiar source. It is often used to trick people into providing information, giving money, or infecting your computer with a virus. The following are some tips on how to spot a spoofing or phishing email:
- Don’t trust the display name.
- Verify the “from email address”.
- Check for grammatical or spelling mistakes within the email;
- Look at the salutation;
- Never provide personal, bank or credit card information in an email; The Diocese, Priests and others will never ask for money or personal information.
- Beware of urgent or threatening language in subject line;
- Don’t click on attachments or a link;
- Don’t reply to a suspect email;
If you are unsure, contact email@example.com or call the person or send them a new email to the address that you have in your contacts.
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.
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To complete the census: go to www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)