eNOTES FOR December 20, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 30 and January 6, 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 December 31 for the January 3 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of January 13 and 20. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BISHOP LAVALLEY'S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE:
Please share on your website and social media channels.
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.
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
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DIOCESAN AND UNIVERSAL COLLECTIONS AND APPEALS: updated December 2018
You can download updated Diocesan and Universal Collections and Appeals! The current edition is labeled December 2018 and includes collections and appeals for 2019, 2020 and 2021.
It is designed to print on legal (8 ½ x 14”) paper. If printed on the front and back, it folds into a booklet.
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact Dcn. James Crowley at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com .
FROM THE RESPECT LIFE OFFICE
DAY OF PRAYER FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN: January 22nd Day of Prayer and Fasting
The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer and fasting. Another way to take part is participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If you are unable to participate physically, please pray for those who are traveling to Washington DC to March for Life. Thank you for your prayers. Resources are available here: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources/january-22-day-of-prayer.cfm
RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION: January 26/27
The weekend of January 26/27 is the annual Respect Life Collection. Last year twenty-one grants were awarded which benefited those working to build a Culture of Life in our diocese. It's important with this year's legislative climate that we provide alternatives to abortion and help to educate the next generation. The collection provided funds for 7 Gabriel Projects, Plattsburgh Crisis Pregnancy Center, Birthright, Right to Life affiliates, 4 pilgrimages to the DC March for Life (two high school, one college and one family bus), 3 Pro-Life County Fair Booths as well as other pro-life efforts.
Grant applications are online at the Respect Life Office website: https://www.rcdony.org/pro-life/respect-life-grant.html . The deadline for this year's application is February 28th. Thank you for your generosity.
FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY CATHOLIC:
CALL FOR STORIES AND PHOTOS:
During these final weeks of Advent and as we enter the Christmas season, we’d love to see and hear about what your parish, school or organization is doing to mark the season. Please submit photos and news items to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: Performed by Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, Drew Benware, artistic director, Marie-Claire D'Arcy, organ
Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) will give two performances of A Festival of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh and Sunday, December 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at St. Agnes in Lake Placid. Anthems, carols, and hymns illuminate the Christmas story with community readers and congregational singing. Admission donation $10.
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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
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SURVIVING DIVORCE: 12-week program
The Surviving Divorce Program offers support and healing for people who are separated or divorced. The groups meet once a week for 12 weeks. New groups are starting in Massena and Watertown in late January.
To register, go to https://www.rcdony.org/family-life/surviving-divorce-support-group.html. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-393-2920 so we can keep you updated.
(for the December 29/30 Bulletin)
What brings ‘joy to your heart’ as you recall this past year’s experiences of the awesomeness of God’s power and love manifested in Creation? In the Canticle of the Three Young Men (Daniel 3:57-88), they found an abundance of aspects of Creation for which to ‘Bless the Lord’ …even “ice and snow, frost and chill, along with light and darkness, birds of the air and all water creatures.” To end the year why not pray the Canticle or make up your own prayer of praise to God for the things that bring 'joy to your heart.
(for the January 5/6 Bulletin)
What brings ‘tears to your eyes’ when you look around at what is happening to “our Common Home” for which we as humans have been called to ‘steward?’ (Genesis 2:15) In the book entitled: Ten Commandments For the Environment, based on Pope Benedict XVI’s teachings, we hear him say “we must awaken ..and face up to this great challenge and find an ethical capacity to change the situation of the environment for the good.” Did you know that one practical step he took was to place solar panels on the roof of the Paul VI auditorium? What is one practical step you could resolve to do this New Year that would respond to the situation that brings ‘tears to your eyes?’
PLANNED GIVING: Creating a Legacy of Love
The following are steps to make your life is in order before God calls you:
- Draft a Will.
- Leave enough liquid cash in an obvious location to sustain your survivors to pay your expenses of your estate.
- Plan your own funeral.
- Leave no financial debt
- Write your own obituary
- Organize your records
- Choose a time to openly discuss these plans with loved ones
For more information, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, email@example.com.
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."
INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY EXHIBIT: St. Hedwig's, Houseville, NY
International Nativity Exhibit at St. Hedwig's Church, 5432 State Rte. 26,Houseville, NY. On December 16, 23, 30 and January 6 before or after the 11 AM Mass and between 1-3 PM.
Contact 315-348-6260. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: Evans Mills, NY
Fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus
Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
Saturday, January 5, 2019
St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills
For more information 315-629-4678
Serving from 4 to 7 PM
$7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for children under 12 and those under 5 eat for free.
Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus
PLATTSBURGH MARCH FOR LIFE: March & Prayer Service
Sunday, 13 January, join us at St. John XXIII Newman Center, 18 Broad St. March begins at 12:30pm and concludes at St. John the Baptist Church. For those who are unable to march, go directly to St. John's for the 1pm prayer service and Benediction held in support of the sacredness of life. A reception follows downstairs in the Parish Center. For additional info, contact Deacon Jack at 518-562-1175.
Dec. 23 Festival of Lessons and Carols
Dec. 25: Christmas Collection for Priest Retirement Plan
Dec. 30 Evening Prayer and Christmas Dinner with Seminarians and Parents
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 22: Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children
Jan. 26-27: Respect Life Collection
Feb. 9: Natural Family Planning Class