eNOTES FOR May 24, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of June 3 and 10, 2018)
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 June 4 for the May June 7 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of June 17 and 24. To submit an announcement to be included in eNotes, use the submission form. 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.
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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
PARISH RECORDS: Offers for free digitizing
Spring is in the air and so are the “record digitization” companies. The Chancery and several parishes have seen offers like “We’ll digitize your records for free!” Parish records may not be shared with free digitization services.
These services are not free. They want to scan and make searchable parish sacramental records. The cost is a loss of privacy. The company will eventually be able to sell access to the information.
More important, parish sacramental registries may not be open to the public. Confidential information, such as the paternity of adopted children, is recorded in parish registries. Inquiries for baptismal, marriage and other records should be performed by trusted parish staff and only appropriate, requested information returned to the inquirer.
If you have any questions, please contact Deacon James Crowley, Chancellor at 315-393-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ROSARY PILGRIMAGE: Join Pope Francis praying for peace in Syria
Pope Francis made a rosary pilgrimage on May 1 to invoke the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for peace in Syria. The Pope invited us to spiritually join his pilgrimage. Bishop LaValley asks us to respond through the intentional dedication of a rosary to our twin diocese of Latakia and Bishop Chbeir.
Perhaps the intentions of a scheduled rosary in the parish could be for peace in Latakia and for the welfare of her people and the many refugees. Appropriate celebrations might be on May 21st, the new memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church or on Pentecost, the day prior. Another idea is May 31st, the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Sunday prior. As Mary goes to visit Elizabeth, we extend our prayers to our brothers and sisters in Syria.
News about the Pope’s pilgrimage is available at https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/pope-francis-makes-rosary-pilgrimage-for-peace-in-syria-86610. Information about our twinning effort, Solidarity in Faith, is at https://www.rcdony.org/about-the-diocese/solidarity-in-faith.html.
CATHOLIC HOME MISSIONS APPEAL: Strengthening the Church at Home
Thank you for helping our parishioners contribute to dioceses in the United States that cannot support their own. The attached document (PDF) contain bulletin announcements for the weekends of May 19-20, 26-27 and June 2-3. (To download a WORD document of the information please click HERE).
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATION AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY COLLECTION: Bulletin and oral announcements
Please use the attached documents for your announcements! The documents can be downloaded HERE. Thank you!
FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
HANDICAP GRANT: Attention Pastors
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 the handicapped. 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 25, 2018. Monies will be allocated after June 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the grant and/or the application, please contact email@example.com or call (315) 393-2920 ext. 1411.
FROM THE OFFICE OF WORSHIP
2018 CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE: Attention: Parish Staff Members
See the UPDATED AND EXPANDED confirmation schedule HERE or view it on Pastoral Documents. Please contact Linda Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. Bryan Stitt at email@example.com or 518-593-6044 with questions.
Bulletin Editors: Please add these notices to your parish bulletin(s). You can simply cut the text and paste it in your bulletin.
CATHOLIC BOY AND GIRL SCOUTS: Attention Youth ministers and parents
Now's the time to start working on a religious emblem. There are a variety of emblems for Scouts of all types and ages (Daisy, Brownie, Cub, Girl, Boy, Venture, and Explorer). For more information, go to www.rcdony.org/scouting or contact Scott Quinell at 315-212-0137 or firstname.lastname@example.org.The emblems are awarded at the annual Bishop's Scout Mass in October. Get started today!
SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE FOR CAMP GUGGENHEIM!
Registration for Camp Guggenheim is OPEN! Weeks 1-5 are open to ages 12-15, and Week 6 is open to 16-18-year-olds. Come for an unforgettable week of friendship, faith, and fun! Register at www.rcdony.org/camp.
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SPRING RACHEL'S VINEYARD: After-Abortion Healing Retreat
The Spring Rachel's Vineyard after-abortion healing retreat will be held Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3 at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. Fr. Mark Reilly will serve as the retreat chaplain. Confidential registration forms are located at the Respect Life webpage: www.rcdony.org/prolife. Don't suffer alone. Help is available.
NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING CLASSES:
A series of Natural Family Planning classes will begin in Canton on Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 A.M. Sponsored by the Diocesan NFP Office, the classes will be held at St. Mary’s School and are open to all couples wishing to learn this natural, holistic, and highly effective method of family planning. A 3-part learner-centered format educates couples to observe and interpret the physical signs of fertility. This knowledge can be used to postpone or to achieve pregnancy. A fee of $50 covers all materials. To register, or to learn more, contact Angelo and Suzanne Pietropaoli at 518-483-0459 or via email: email@example.com.
MEN'S RETREAT: Into The Deep - Finding Peace Through Prayer
A weekend retreat at the Guggenheim Center in Saranac Lake Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 10.
$100 includes meals/lodging. Contact John Miner 518-354-0727 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
“This event is canceled and will be rescheduled in the fall – new date to be determined.”
OPERATION MIRIAM LUNCH: Attention all women of middle school
CATHOLIC HEART WORKCAMP: Faith, Fun and Teens at Work at CHWC
Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC) has announced that it will be returning to Plattsburgh this summer, from June 24 to June 29. This week-long service camp, being housed at Seton Catholic Central, is open to high school (entering 9th grade in Fall 2018) and college students. Celebrating more than 25 years of service in cities throughout the country, Catholic Heart Workcamp’s mission is to inspire young people to live as disciples of Christ through serving others and to foster the Catholic faith of each participant. During the week, campers will volunteer at various sites throughout the Plattsburgh area during the day and participate in fun, faith-building programs in the evening. Daily Mass, Adoration, Penance and prayer nourish campers for their work in the community. The cost is $375 per person, which includes meals, lodging, transportation to the work sites, t-shirts and snacks. For information about the Plattsburgh camp or to register, please contact managers Jocelyn Kelly and Samantha Poulin at email@example.com or call Jocelyn at 518-651-0786. Additional information about CHWC can be found at www.heartworkcamp.com
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A PILGRIMAGE TO WESTERN NEW YORK WITH BISHOP LAVALLEY
D.O.V.S. (Diocese of Ogdensburg Vocation Society) is sponsoring a pilgrimage to Western, New York with Bishop LaValley from October 16th to 18th.
Departing from: Notre Dame Church, Malone at 7:30 a.m.; St. Mary’s Church, Potsdam at 8:15 a.m.; St. Anthony’s Church, Watertown at 9:45 a.m.
Pilgrimage includes: Luxury Coach Bus to all destinations; 2 nights stay at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, NY; 2 Breakfasts; 1 Lunch; 2 Dinners; 2 Wine & Cheese Evening Socials; evening opportunities for card games, board games and the like; tour of Christ the King Seminary; Mass at the Seminary with Bishop LaValley; tour of Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Buffalo, NY (with time to shop in its religious gift shop); Mass and Holy Hour for Vocations at the Basilica with Bishop LaValley; free time at Niagara Falls.
Cost: $350.00 per person for individuals registered before August 31, 2018.
$399.00 per person for individuals registered after August 31, 2018. For more information contact: Mrs. Connie Randall at 315-265-2762 or Ms. Mary Enslow at 315-268-1016.
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THE BEST OF IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND: Pilgrimage with Fr. Amyot
11 Day pilgrimage, November 1-11, 2018 visiting Belfast, Derry, Knock, Galway, Connemara, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney and Dublin. $2899 per person from Montreal. For more information contact Fr. Andrew Amyot 315-384-2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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MEXICO CITY & OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
Join Fr. Bob & Fr. Doug Decker on a pilgrimage to Mexico - Our Lady of Guadalupe from December 8-14, 2018. A special highlight of our trip will be visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate Mass on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We will also visit the church of Santiago Tlateloclco where St. Juan Diego was baptized, among others. We will celebrate Mass daily. The new lower cost is $1979.00 per person/double occupancy. Please contact Lisa Reed at 518-332-8414 or Lreed49269@gmail.com for more information.
(for the June 2/3 Bulletin)
‘Skip the straw’ ‘No thanks’: “What kind of world do we want to leave those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” Laudato Si (#160) Did you know that in the USA, 500 million straws are used every day, enough to circle the planet 2.5 times? (https://thelastplasticstraw.org/) One step to end Plastic Pollution: when ordering a drink, tell the waiter you don’t want a straw, unless you really need one. Further step: ask restaurant to provide straws only when requested.
(for the June 9/10 Bulletin)
"The pace of consumption, waste and environmental change has so stretched the planet’s capacity…the effects of the present imbalance can only be reduced by your decisive actions, here and now." “Laudato Si” (#161) , Blessed are the Consumers, for they have a choice. One step to end Plastic Pollution: take a little extra time when shopping, select products without individual plastic packaging, and avoid products that are excessively wrapped in plastic.
PLANNED GIVING: Give Your House and Continue to Live There
You may want to make a major gift to our parish. Why not consider real estate: This is called a life estate gift. This simply means that you give a piece of real estate, such as your residence, to our parish, obtain a charitable income tax deduction and retrain the right to live there as long as you want. This arrangement removes the property from you estate and relieves your executor from having to dispose of your home at your death. Contact Scott Lalone at the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email email@example.com for further information.
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EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: St. Mary's Church, Massena
St. Mary's Church (9 Sycamore St., Massena NY) holds weekly Benediction/Adoration on Thursdays from 9AM to 10AM
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GROUP DISCUSSION: Rejoice and Be Glad, Waddington, NY
Join us for a five-week group discussion of Pope Francis' Apostolic Exhortation Rejoice and Be Glad (Gaudete and Exsultate) on Thursday evenings at 6:30pm at St. Mary's Parish Hall in Waddington NY. We will discuss one chapter each week.
May 31: Intro and Chapt. 1 - The Call to Holiness
June 7: Chapt. 2 - Two subtle Enemies of Holiness
June 14: Chapt 3 - In the Light of the Master
June 21: Chapt. 4 - Signs of Holiness in Today’s World
June 28: Chapt. 5 - Spiritual Combat, Vigilance and Discernment
The text of the document is available online on the Vatican Website: https://goo.gl/1sESsT
For more information or to register (registration appreciated, but not required), please contact Marika Donders at firstname.lastname@example.org
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HEALING MASS: St. Mary's Church, Clayton, NY
All are invited to attend the St. Mary's Annual Healing Mass and Antoine Tetrault Memorial Service on Saturday, June 16 at 11am at St. Mary's Church, 521 James Street, Clayton. Fr. Art LaBaff and Fr. Chris Looby will celebrate the Mass. The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be offered during the Mass. Prayer teams will be available after the Mass for individual prayer. A reception will follow. For more information, call the parish office at 315-686-3398.
SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB: Massena NY
Massena - The Massena Catholic Community Book Club meets once a month to discuss various works of fiction and non-fiction that have importance to the Catholic Church and relevance in our daily lives. Copies of book are often available on Kindle through our parish's Formed.org subscription or through purchase with Amazon.
Date - The third Thursday of each month (Next Date: Thursday, June 21 )
Time - 7PM
Place - Sacred Heart Rectory, Massena. NY
For more information, visit our website at: www.massenacatholics.com or email: email@example.com
HEARTS ON FIRE: Friday, July 6, Malone, NY
Join us for Adoration with praise and worship music on the First Friday of the Month at 7 p.m. in Notre Dame Church in Malone. A bonfire with snacks will follow! This event is open to all and occurs on every first Friday. Contact Andrew Duso at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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MONASTIC EXPERIENCE WEEKEND: St. Mary's Monastery, Petersham, MA
Have you ever thought that your call is to do something bigger than yourself? Or wondered if God is calling you to a deeper encounter with Him? Have you considered transcending the ordinary? Come and see.
We are inviting single men (18 – 40 years old) for a weekend opportunity to experience from within the rhythm and balance of Benedictine monastic prayer and community life in a house of Benedictine monks.
When: June 22-24
Where: St Marys, a contemplative Benedictine monastery in Petersham, MA
May 25-26: Diocesan Youth Council Retreat
May 27: Catholic Home Missions Collection
June 1-3: Rachel's Vineyard Retreat
June 7: Diocesan Dept. & Office Head Meeting
June 8-10: Men's Retreat
June 10: Communications/Catholic University Collection
June 17: Operation Miriam Lunch
June 20-21: Diocesan LEAD Event
June 23: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting
June 24-29: Catholic Heart Workcamp
July 22-28: NFP Awareness Week