eNOTES FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 2 and 9, 2018)
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FROM THE EPISCOPAL DELEGATE FOR RELIGIOUS OFFICE
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RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS ANNUAL APPEAL: December 9
The anual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religous will take place the weekend of December 8 and 9. Below please find bulletin announcements for the weekend before, during and after the collection, as well as a suggested pulpit announcement.
Week before the collection: Dec. 1/2
Support the Retirement Fund for Religious. A donor writes, “Your flyer touched my heart—seeing the retired religious, such memories surfaced.” Do you remember the sisters, brothers, or religious order priests who made a positive difference in your life? Today many are elderly and need assistance. Their religious communities struggle to meet retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Please give to next week’s second collection.
Week of the collection: Dec. 8/9
Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests ministered for years for little to no pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate retirement savings. Your gift to today’s second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.
Week after the collection: Dec. 15/16
Religious give thanks. “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity!
Suggested Pulpit Announcement for December 8/9:
Elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests need your help. The North Country has been and continues to be blessed by men and women who give their lives in service to the Lord as consecrated religious. Many served for years in our Catholic schools, hospitals, and parishes – often for little or no pay. Now is our turn to support them through the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your gift to the Appeal provides funding for medications, nursing care and more. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.
FROM THE FISCAL OFFICE
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR SUPPORT OF THE PRIESTS RETIREMENT PLAN: Bulletin Announcements
75% of the Parish Christmas collection goes to support the Priest's retirement plan. The worksheet will have been mailed to parishes along with a cover letter for pastors. These are also available on the Fiscal Office Pastoral Documentation site. Below are suggested bulletin announcement leading up to the collection as well as a suggested "thank you" for the January 5th Bulletin.
For parish bulletins on the weekend of 8 December 2018:
The Diocese of Ogdensburg’s Retirement Plan for Priests has long been supported by parish contributions from its annual Christmas Collection. Currently 37 retired priests, and 9 active priests age 70 and older, are expected to receive pension benefits of $872,000 in 2018-19. Also 100% of the cost of health insurance premiums for retired priests is paid by the Plan. Your generous contribution not only supports current retirees but will also help provide for the retirement needs of priests who will retire in the future. Say thank you to your pastor and all priests of the diocese through a generous contribution to our Christmas Collection.
For parishes served by religious priests:
Seventy-five percent (75%) of our parish’s annual Christmas Collection will be contributed to the priest’s religious order to provide for the needs of our retired priests and others who will retire from active ministry in the future. Please be generous to the Christmas Collection and show your appreciation to your priests through your gift. Thank you so much!
For parish bulletins on the weekend of 5 January 2019:
Thank you for your generous gift in our Christmas collection. Like every North Country parish we forward 75% of the collection to the diocese to fund pensions for retired priests. Pension needs for the future as well as obligations for the next year are being met thanks to your generous donation.
Bulletin Editors: Please add these notices to your parish bulletin(s). You can simply cut the text and paste it in your bulletin.
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OPERATION MIRIAM LUNCH: Attention all women and middle school age and up
Where: SSJ Motherhouse, Watertown, NY
When: December 9, 2018
To register contact: Shayne e-mail: email@example.com or call 315-782-3620
VIRTUS FACILITATOR TRAINING:Help Needed
The Diocese Safe Environment Office will be coordinating training for individuals interested in becoming Virtus Facilitators. Training will be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 9:30a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Brzana Building Conference Room at the Diocesan offices in Ogdensburg. A working lunch will be provided. For more information, please contact John Morrison, Director of Safe Environment Office at (315) 393-2920 Ext 1440 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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YOUTH BUSES FOR LIFE: Pilgrimage to the March for Life
REGISTRATION UPDATE as of Nov 14: There are still seats on the Western Bus
Registration has begun for the 2019 Youth Buses for Life high school pilgrimage to the DC March for Life. The itinerary has been updated to include the "Life is Very Good" Mass and Rally for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Arlington and The Students for Life National Conference. Registration and updated itinerary are online at www.rcdony.org/prolife For more information, please contact the Respect Life Office 518-524-0774.
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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT FACT SHEET: Codifying Roe V Wade Myth
The NYS Catholic Conference has provided a fact sheet explaining why the proposed Reproductive Health Act is not merely codifying Roe V Wade. RHA must be examined not only for what it would newly enact into law, but also for what it would repeal from current law. Please contact your representative soon. The Senate plans to pass it quickly in 2019. For more information see: https://www.nyscatholic.org/2018/01/abortionexpansion/ and https://www.rcdony.org/pro-life.html
UPDATES - SPEAKERS
NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT 2019: Ottawa, May 4
The Annual New Evangelization Summit will take place in Ottawa on May 4, 2019. The speakers for this year will be Fr. James Mallon, Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix, Michael Dopp, Fr. John Bielawski, Michelle Thompson and Michelle Moran. Registration will not officially open until February 2019, but Office of the New Evangelization would like to reserve a block of seats for participants from the Diocese of Ogdensburg. In a change from previous year, this year the New Evangelization Summit will be a one-day event and will be FREE. If you are at all interested in attending this one-day summit, please contact Marika Donders, Director of the New Evangelization at email@example.com or 315-393-2920 so we can keep you updated.
(for the December 1/2 Bulletin)
As we approach a time of year when we celebrate the birth of Christ there are three lessons that Pope Francis speaks of from Mary, Christ's mother. He said “Mary teaches people to experience the joy of Christ and share it with others; to never let adversity beat you down; and always help those in need with love and mercy.” Our greatest gift for giving should embody those lessons. Give gifts that will be good for our ‘common home.’
(for the December 8/9 Bulletin)
As you prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ who is the Light of the world, consider ways that YOU might bring the light of His love to others. In the words of Pope Francis, “Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all always with great respect and gratitude.” Suggestion: In gratitude for the gift of light, purchase LED lights for your decorations and around your home. This will be a “drawdown” on your electric bill and benefit all of life on the planet by reducing your carbon output. For more info. see: Drawdown ed. Paul Hawken
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
These are parish and other local events that may be of interest to your parishioners. If you would like to share them in your parish bulletin, you can simply cut and paste the text under the "Description."
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FALL INTO WINTER CRAFT FAIR: Peru, NY
A Parish Fun Day! Good Food, good fun and good food!
St. Augustine's Annual Fall Into Winter Craft Fair is one of the largest craft fairs in our area! Come and meet new and old vendors who have a world of talent and they bring their treasures for all to see and purchase. There will be basket raffles and food in the concession area with our famous Bake Sale!
Where: St. Augustine's Parish Center
GPS address is 3030 Main Street in Peru, NY
When: December 1st 2018 from 10:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.
Contact Judy Akey for vendor tables and more information at 518.643.8716
It does not cost anything to come and join the FUN!
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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: K of C Fundraiser, Evans Mills, NY
Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
Saturday, December 1, 2018
St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills
Serving from 4 to 7 PM
Adults $7.00, seniors $6.00, children under 12 are $5.00 and children under 5 eat for free.
Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus
For more information 315-629-4678
CHRISTMAS TEA: Grandma's House, North Bangor, NY
The St. Augustine Parish will hold their annual Christmas Tea "Grandma House" on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the Parish Hall located at 2472 ST Rt 11 North Bangor. There will be crafts, baked goods, The Cake Walk, a Chinese auction and raffles plus Tea, Coffee, Punch and Cookies. In addition, there will be a luncheon with homemade soups, sandwiches, and beverages available. Please come and enjoy the festivities! Santa will make a surprise visit for the children in the afternoon around 2:00 pm.
For more information contact the Parish at email@example.com or 518-483-6674
CRAFT FAIR: St. James School, Gouverneur
St. James School's annual Craft Fair will be held on Saturday, December 1st beginning at 10am - 3pm. We fill the gym and most classrooms with a large assortment of local crafters. Food concession will be available. Santa to arrive at 1:30. Cost is a donation to the school. For more information contact St James Parish at 315-287-0114
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ADVENT MEDITATIONS WITH MARY: Croghan, NY
Join us for
“Rejoice”: Advent Meditations with Mary at St Stephens in Croghan on Wednesday December 5th 2018. Time: 7:00pm.
For more information call Parish Office at 315-346-6958
An Advent Prayer Journal can be purchased at https://shop.ascensionpress.com/collections/rejoice that has daily Scripture, Prayer & Reflections for the Advent Season. You can also sign up for weekly video reflections.
HOLY FAMILY SILENT AUCTION GALA: December 8, 2018, Malone, NY
Holy Family School, 12 Homestead Park, Malone, NY
Doors open at 6:00
For more information contact Anne Marie Wiseman at 518-483-4443 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dec. 1: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting
Dec. 5: Diocesan Department and Office Head Meeting
Dec. 9: Religious Retirement Collection
Dec. 9: Operation Miriam Lunch
Dec. 25: Christmas Collection for Priest Retirement Plan
Jan. 9: SLFA CLM Assoc. Board Meeting
Jan. 12: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep
Jan. 17-19: Youth Buses for Life: Pilgrimage to the March for Life
Jan. 27: Respect Life Collection