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eNOTES FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2019

eNOTES FOR NOVEMBER 21, 2019

(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 1 and 8, 2019) 

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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 2 for the December 5 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends December 15 and 22  To submit an announcement to be included in eNotes, use the submission formThe 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 enotes@rcdony.org.  

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DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION: 

 

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ADVENT STARTS DECEMBER 1

The Office of Evangelization and Family Life have updated their Advent Resource pages: Links can be found HERE.

The Vocation Office has created suggested bulletin announcements and prayers of the faithful for Cycle A.  They have been uploaded to the Pastoral Documentation site and will also be linked below.  

The Office of New Evangelization has updated the weekly Bulletin Vignettes for Cycle A. They have been uploaded to the Pastoral Documentation site.


 

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RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS ANNUAL APPEAL: December 7/8

The annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious 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: Nov. 30/Dec. 1

Help care for elders. “Thanks to support from the Retirement Fund for Religious, we are now in a much better position to care for our elders,” writes a religious sister. Your donation helps her religious community and hundreds of others provide for aging members and plan for long-term needs. Please give to next week’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection.

Week of the collection: Dec. 7/8

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. 14/15

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 7/8:

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. 


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CHRISTMAS  COLLECTION: Retirement Plan for Priests

For parish bulletins on the weekend of 7 December 2019:

The Diocese of Ogdensburg’s Retirement Plan for Priests has long been supported by parish contributions from its annual Christmas Collection.  Currently 33 retired priests, and 12 active priests age 70 and older, are expected to receive pension benefits of $900,000 in 2019-20.  Also 100% of the cost of health insurance premiums for retired priests, estimated at $220,000 this Fiscal year, 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 4 January 2020:

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.


NOTICES FOR BULLETINS

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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GUGGENHEIM APPAREL CLEARANCE: 50% off all Guggenheim Merchandise

Please visit: https://www.rcdony.org/youthstore/youthstoreguggy/online-store.html

All of our Camp Guggenheim merchandise is 50% off, marked down and ready to ship for FREE! Every order includes our unique "CG" decal. Great gifts for past, present and future campers.


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NORTH COUNTRY CURSILLO: Consider Participating in a Cursillo Weekend

Cursillo is a means to help Catholic Christians realize the depth of God’s love for each of us and the beauty of our Catholic Faith. It provides a simple method to help one develop and grow in Faith and better live the daily struggle of the Christian life. 

A Cursillo Weekend is an encounter with Christ, others and self. Cursillo means “short course” and consists of talks given by priests and lay persons with participation in small group discussions.  Weekend participants also share the Eucharist, sing, pray and fellowship together.

North Country Cursillo of the Ogdensburg diocese is planning to hold two Cursillo Weekend events this fall.  Registration for the men's weekend (Nov 21-24, 2019) is closed.  There are still openings for women's weekend on December 12-15, 2019 at Wadhams Hall in Ogdensburg.

 

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact one of the following in your area:

Watertown/Ogdensburg Area: Anne Seegebarth

Email: ams2962@gmail.com, Phone: 315-783-4596

Canton/Massena Area: Michael Neaton

Email: neatonmichael@yahoo.com, Phone: 315-335-6302 or 315-261-4150

Port Henry/Ticonderoga Area: Dan Stewart

Email: dshope4444@gmail.com,  Phone: 518-898-6851

Plattsburgh Area or other not listed above: Ken Racette

Email: kracette1a@gmail.com Phone: 518-314-1505 or 518-578-3056


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TRUE HOSPITALITY OF THE HEART: The Call to Encounter, Accompany and Go Forth

All are invited to a Day of Reflection on "True Hospitality of the Heart" with Sister Bethany Fitzgerald. Saturday, December 7 from 10:00am to 3:00pm at St Peter's Church 5457 Shady Ave Lowville, NY.  Lunch will be served. Please call Deb Mullin at the Parish Office 315-376-6662 or 315-523-0336 to RSVP.


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YOUTH BUSES FOR LIFE: Registration Now Open!

Online registration is now open for the Youth Buses for Life pilgrimage to Washington, DC, for high school students and Virtus-trained adult chaperones to participate in the March for Life. Buses depart the North Country on Thursday, January 23 and return Sunday, January 26, 2020. $200 includes transportation, 3 hotel stays, 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches, t-shirt, slingbag and an awesome experience! Western bus departs from IHC in Watertown. Northern bus departs from Massena with stops in Canton and Gouverneur. March for Life in our nation's capital and participate in the Life is Very Good Rally and Mass and the National Prolife Summit! Registration and more information at www.rcdony.org/prolife


 

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THE CATECHUMEN'S JOURNEY: THE INITIATION PROCESS
Creating Holy Moments for New Disciples

Diocesan LEAD Event
Office of Faith Formation
Presented by Liturgy Training Publications

March 9-10, 2020
Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid

One LEAD Member is free. Additional members cost is $50. If you have team of three the cost is $120. Non-LEAD parishes cost per person is $75.

Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations and expense. Mention the event when registering with the hotel.

To register for the event contact Faith Formation Secretary Jessica Hargrave by email: jhargrave@rcdony.org or by phone: (315)393-2920


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CONFIRMATION RETREATS WITH NET MINISTRIES 

NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the lift of the Church

Saturday, March 28, 2020
St. Augustine's Church, Peru
10:30am-4:30pm Mass

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sacred Heart Church, Watertown
9:00am-3:00pm (Includes Mass at 10:30am)

Cost: $30 per student (meal included) - Parishes will be billed after event

Registration Deadline: March 18, 2020
Contact Jessica Hargrave by email: jhargrave@rcdony.org or phone: (315)393-2920


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DAY OF REFLECTION: "Creating Holy Moments In My Life"

LEAD Event
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Eastern Region
Presenter: Deacon Mark Bennett
Where: St. John XXIII Newman Center, Plattsburgh
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

Western Region
Presenter: Deacon Jim Crowley
Where: Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

To register contact Faith Formation Secretary, Jessica Hargrave by Email: jhargrave@rcdony or Phone: (315)393-2920


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HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2020: Next year prepare for Easter by walking in the footsteps of Jesus!

JOIN FR. CHRIS LOOBY ON A LENTEN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND March 23-31, 2020! What better to prepare for Easter than to spend the days leading up to it walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Our visit will include Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Nazareth where he grew up, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and much more! Prices are $3,899 for a double, $4,699 for a single, $3,869 for a triple. For more information please contact Mary McIntosh at Watertown AAA at (315)558-6372.


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OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE: Austria and Germany Pilgrimage, September 2020

Classic Austria and Germany Pilgrimage

Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau!

Hosted by Fr. Andrew Amyot

11 Days: September 15-25, 2020

$4099 per person from Montreal

(Air/land tour price is $3599 plus $500 government taxes/airline surcharges)

Visiting: Heidelberg, Rhine Valley, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Altötting, Munich & Rothenburg!

Price includes: Roundtrip air from Montreal, First Class/Select Hotels, Hotels & Guesthouses in Oberammergau, First Class (Category 1) admission tickets for the Passion Play, most meals, Comprehensive Sightseeing, by private motor coach with an English-speaking guide and much more!

FOR DETAILED BROCHURE PLEASE CONTACT FR. AMYOT

Tel: (315) 384-2064, email: fraamyot2@twcny.rr.com

SPACE IS LIMITED – BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!

This is your last chance to experience the world-famous Passion Play of Oberammergau until 2030!

 

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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Eco-Tips for a ‘greener’ Advent/Christmas

(for the November 30/December 1 Bulletin)

Buy battery-free gifts, (40% of battery operated items are purchased at Christmastime) or if necessary include re-chargeable batteries and a charger. 


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Eco-Tips for a ‘greener’ Advent/Christmas

(for the December 7/8 Bulletin)

Buy less. Buy Smart: think ‘green’ as you select locally made or produced items for gifts. 


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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Parents play the primary role in educating children about sexual abuse. Five tips for teaching safety include keep it practical, tell your children it is OK to say "NO", give your children a way to alert you, tell your children to report an unsafe touch, and let your children know that you trust them. For more information, visit the Diocesan Safe Environment website at https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv


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PLANNED GIVING: Make a Will

Good Christian Stewardship would call for the orderly disposition of our worldly goods.  If you do not make a Will, the State will do so and it may not be according to your wishes. For further information about planned giving, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or slalone@rcdony.org.


PARISH EVENTS:

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." 

 

SPAGHETTI DINNERS: Monthly Dinners, Watertown, NY

Description: St. Anthony’s Spaghetti Dinners are held monthly in Msgr. Sechi Hall. Take outs begin at 4PM and dinner service ends at 6:30 PM. Adult meals (ages 12 and up) are $8; half portions for children or adults $4.50; kids under 3 eat free. Sauce is available for $5 a quart—bring a pot!—and extra meatballs are .75 cents each.

Upcoming dates: November 21, January 30, March 26, April 30, May 28, June 25.

All are Thursdays. Questions, call the parish office, (315) 782-1190.


 

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TURKEY RAFFLE: St. Joseph's Parish Center, West Chazy

St. Josephs’ Men’s Club of St. Joseph’s Parish, West Chazy, will host their annual Turkey Raffle on Friday, November 22nd at 7:00 pm in the Parish Center. Lots of Prizes. Everyone welcome. Free buffet supper. For more information, call the Parish Office at 518-493-4521.


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ST. MARY FALL BAZAAR: Waddington, NY

Join us for St. Mary's Fall Bazaar on November 23rd from 9-3 in the parish hall, corner of Oak Street and NY37 in Waddington, NY. Admission is free. To preorder pies @ $9.00each contact Patti VanPatten (315-388- 4393). Flavors include apple, pumpkin, cherry & raspberry to be picked up at the bazaar. Bakers can contribute to the bake sale or if you would like to donate any handmade crafts, please do so. Items can be dropped off in the parish hall on Friday, 11/22 from 8am to 6 pm or on Saturday, 11/23 from 7-9 before bazaar. We appreciate the support of our parish community to make our fundraiser a success. We’ll see at our bazaar! 


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CHRISTMAS TEA, North Bangor, NY

St. Augustine’s Parish will hold their annual Christmas Tea on Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 11 am-3 pm at the Parish Hall located at 2472 State Rte. 11, North Bangor. There will be a luncheon with homemade soups, sandwiches, and beverages. In addition, there will be crafts, baked goods, The Cake Walk, a Chinese Auction and 50-50 raffle. Cookies, Coffee, Tea and Punch is available for everyone. Santa will make a surprise visit around 12:00PM to see the children in the afternoon. Please come and enjoy the festivities!
For more information, contact the Parish  518-483-6674, staugustine6674@gmail.com


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COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TABLE: St. Mary's Church, Clayton

Saturday, December 7, 11am - 2pm at St. Mary's Parish Center, 521 James Street, Clayton as part of the Christmas in Clayton event. Over 50 delicious foods to sample for only $8. Raffle. Again, this year, students will present a Living Nativity, portraying the "reason for the season". For more information, contact St. Mary's parish office at 315-686-3398.


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FALL INTO WINTER CRAFT FAIR: One Stop Christmas Shopping Experience! Peru, NY

St. Augustine's Parish Center, Peru, NY
December 7th, 2019
10:00 am ~ 3:00 pm
Contact Judy Akey for additional Information and Vendor tables. 518-643-8716

Cafe lunch sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica #2598 providing a menu of; Soup, Sandwiches, Chips Beverage and a Bake Sale

FREE event for everyone!


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8TH ANNUAL CRAFT SHOW: St. Alexander Church, Morrisonville

8th Annual North Country Christmas Craft Show

When: December 14, 2019
Where: St. Alexander Church, Morrisonville
Time: 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Featuring the works of local vendors, a fabulous Bake Shop with all your favorite Christmas Treats, Basket Raffle and More... and Don't forget to stop by and have lunch at Padre's Cafe'. See you there!


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THOUSAND ISLANDS CATHOLIC MEN'S GROUP: Clayton, NY

The Thousand Islands Catholic Men’s Group is a group of Catholic men who meet on a regular basis to discuss their experiences as Catholic men in today’s society.

The meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at 9 AM in the Parish Center of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton. For further information contact Scott Beeles at 315-783-5268 or Gene Kleinhans at 315-482-3981. Come join us, whether you’ve been to a meeting or not. 


OTHER:

 

CENSUS WORKERS NEEDED: Jobs available across diocese

The 2020 Census is rapidly approaching, and the Census Bureau is hiring good paying workers across the North Country. If you are interested, visit https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html for more information.


FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM: Volunteering in Local Schools

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg hosts a Volunteer Program that may interest you. The Foster Grandparent Program. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federally funded agency that has built volunteer-based programs over 50 years and counting. This program is right in your backyard. The Foster Grandparent Program of Northern New York has a purpose and it is to provide opportunities for low income persons aged 55 and older, to provide person to person services in health, education, and the welfare of children ages 21 and below. Foster Grandparents are placed in a classroom setting with a child or children who are in need of emotional support, development of basic learning skills, to provide friendship, companionship, encouragement, individual attention, and unhurried help. The Foster Grandparent also receives a small non-taxable stipend bi-weekly that cannot be held against any current benefits you may already have and you also get paid mileage for your travel. You receive paid holidays, vacations, sick and personal leave. The program currently has 40 volunteers and serves more than 100 kids per year. “Sometimes when you get to be my age, you wake up and say what good am I” and along came the Foster Grandparent Program that keeps me going! (Quote from the late Roy Foote age 83). If you think you may be interested in becoming a volunteer please call our office at 518-359-7688.
Melissa Howard- Volunteer Coordinator,  Hanna Smith- Assistant Volunteer Coordinator


UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR

Nov 21-24: Cursillo Men’s Weekend

Nov. 24: Campaign for Human Development / Black and Indian Missions

Dec 4: Department Head Meeting

Dec. 7: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting

Dec. 8: Religious Retirement Collection

Dec 12-15: Cursillo Women’s Weekend

Dec. 25: Christmas Collection for Priests' Retirement Plan

Jan 23-26: Youth Buses for Life

Jan. 26: Respect Life Collection

Feb. 26: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection


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