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eNOTES FOR DECEMBER 5, 2019

eNOTES FOR DECEMBER 5, 2019

(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 15 and 22, 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 16 for the December 19 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends December 29 and January 5.  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.  

To Pastors:  Please make sure that your bulletin editor(s) and those who manage any social media for your parish are receiving eNotes in their email and are using eNotes for the bulletin and social media content.  If they are not, please have them subscribe at www.rcdony.org/enotes or contact eNotes@rcdony.org so we can add them to the list. Thank You.


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.

The Department of Education November 2019 Newsletter filled with Advent information is available online HERE


 

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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. 


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.


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BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE: Moving beyond the despair and darkness of NYS's abortion expansion law

NYC Catholic Conference created a two-sided, color flyer to educate on what you can do to help build a culture of life. Pastors will be mailed 50 copies for their church. Feel free to make additional copies as needed.


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PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE: Educational flyer from NYSCC

The New York State Catholic Conference continues to educate about the harmful legislation concerning Physician Assisted Suicide.


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WORKSHOP ON ORDER OF BAPTISM: Attention Priests & Deacons, are you ready for the new Order of Baptism?

The New Orders of Baptism of Children will be available for viewing, purchase and/or pick-up.

Join your fellow clergy at St. Patrick's in Colton on Monday, Jan 20th at 10:00 AM.
Thanks to the folks from Trosset and Vermont Church Supply a variety of books will be available. (If you have placed an order already, they will make them available that day for pickup.)

10:00 Arrival and Viewing of Books
11:00 Presentation & Sharing of Best Practices
12:00 Lunch provided

RSVP by January 6 to bstitt@rcdony.org or 315.393.2920 ex 1220


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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The Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) will give two performances of a Festival of Lessons and Carols; Anthems, carols, and hymns illuminate the Christmas story along with community readers and congregational singing in the beloved tradition of King's College, Cambridge:

-Saturday December 21st at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh

-Sunday, December 22nd at 4:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Church in Lake Placid

Admission Donation $10.  For more information contact Drew Benware (drew.benware@gmail.com


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NEW YORK STATE DISCERMENT RETREAT: Christ the King Retreat House

Young men, have you felt the invitation to follow Jesus Christ as a Catholic Priest?  The Vocation Directors of Upstate New York are sponsoring a discernment retreat at Christ the King Retreat House from January 5-7, 2012. Gather with other young mend from across New York State who are considering the call to the priesthood.  See the flyer for more information.  To register, or if you have questions, contact the Diocese of Ogdensburg Vocation Director, Fr. Chris Carrara at ccarrara@rcdony.org or 315-393-2920 or speak with your pastor. 


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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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LENTEN RETREATS 2020: "Reflect - Pray - Reconcile"

Retreats for Young People in grades 7 to 12.

February 29th | St. Patrick’s Watertown NY
March 7th | St. Mary’s Champlain NY

Noon to 4:00PM with concluding Mass - No fee to Attend

To Register for this event go to:
www.rcdony.org/youthlenten/lenten-retreat.html
or contact Virginia Demers, youth office adminstrator at: vdemers@rcdony.org - 315-393-2920 ext.1401

Each retreat will focus on 3 aspects to aid us in centering ourselves on Jesus Christ and strengthening our relationship with our loving God. Each afternoon retreat will be fun, heart and mind opening and spiritually rejuvenating.


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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 December 14/15 Bulletin)

Select gifts that require little packaging, like gift cards, tickets for an event, potted plants, homemade treats with their recipes, to mention a few. 


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

(for the December 21/22 Bulletin)

“Let the heaven be glad, let earth rejoice.” (Ps. 96)
A Christmas Celebration with Nature - Decorate a tree for the birds
Place seed bells, suet, pine cones with peanut butter on any tree in your yard, preferably a tree in the open where cats can be seen easily by the birds. This is a great family activity that includes creation and offers an important food source for birds during the winter.


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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Description: there are behavioral warning signs of child abusers? Training and education help adults to recognize grooming techniques that are precursors to abuse. Abusers frequently provide children with undue attention, lavish gifts, and allow participation in activities parents would not approve. It is also critical to be wary of age-inappropriate relationships. The Diocese of Ogdensburg has policies and procedures which guide interaction between adults and children. For more information, visit: https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv.html


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PLANNED GIVING: Free Proposal

Did you know that you can make a charitable gift that also benefits you in a practical way?  A Charitable Gift Annuity is a donation you make to our parish, yet you will receive guaranteed income on it for the rest of your life at a relatively high rate of return (4.4% - 9.0%).  Plus you will receive a charitable tax deduction and tax-free income.  Ultimately your gift will support our parish, while supporting you during your lifetime.  For a free proposal contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email 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." 

 

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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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PEACE IN THE WOMB CAROLING: Christmas Caroling ~ Bringing Hope Where it is Most Needed, Plattsburgh

Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling on Monday, December 9th starting at 10am

In the Christmas story, hope enters the world through the birth of a child, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Join us as we sing carols and share this Christmas hope where it’s needed most: the abortion facility right here in our community.

Event: Peace in the Womb Christmas Caroling
When: Monday, December 9th starting at 10am
Where: in front of Planned Parenthood, 66 Brinkerhoff Street, Plattsburgh, NY

More Info contact Nancy Belzile, Chair at Champlain Valley Right to Life at 518-593-6024 


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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. 


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SPAGHETTI DINNER: St. Cecilia's Church, Adams

Saturday, January 18th
Saint Cecilia’s Church, Adams
4:30pm-7pm
Dinner includes: Spaghetti, meatballs, salad, bread, drink and dessert
Take outs will be available and there will be a Gift Basket Raffle. Adults - $7.00 Seniors - $6.00 Children - $4.00 - 5 and under Free. For more information call Joe Hulbert 315-465-6543


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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

Dec. 7: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting

Dec. 8: Religious Retirement Collection

Dec 12-15: Cursillo Women’s Weekend

Dec 13: St. Lawrence Deanery Clergy Penance Service

Dec 17: Episcopal Council Meeting

Dec 23: Diocesan Staff Christmas Party

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

Feb 29: Lenten Retreat for Young People

Mar 1: Rite of Election


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