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eNOTES FOR DECEMBER 19, 2019

eNOTES FOR DECEMBER 19, 2019

(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 29 and January 5, 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 30 for the January 2 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends January 12 and 19 (Please note: because of the January 1 holiday, eNotes will be posted in the afternoon rather than the morning.)   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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VIDEO: INVITATION TO CHRISTMAS

The Diocese has produced two videos to invite people to Christmas Masses.  The videos are on our Diocesan YouTube channel as well as our Diocesan Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/dioceseofogdensburg/ and twitter feed (https://twitter.com/rcdony).  Please share them on your parish social media and invite your parishioners to share them as well.  


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 men 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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SURVIVING DIVORCE: 12 Sessions - 6 weeks

Description: The Surviving Divorce Program is being offered at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Anthony's Church in Watertown, starting January 21st. Separated and divorced adults - come find support and healing. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at startaglia@rcdony.org or (315) 393-2920.


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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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PLATTSBURGH BUS TO WASHINGTON DC: March for Life

There will be a bus going down to Washington DC March for Life from Plattsburgh leaving from Saint Peters at 7:45 p.m. on January 23, 2020.  It will return to Plattsburgh on January 24, 2020. The cost is $30 per person.  For more information contact: Deacon Randy Smith 518-566-6229. 


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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 administrator 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 28/29 Bulletin)

Did you know that January 1 celebrates World Day of Peace, when the Holy Father sends his message to all foreign ministers around the world? The theme for 2020 is “Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation and Ecological Conversion.” As a vital part of the Church what creative acts can I do in my family, my parish, my workplace that express my care for our ‘common home’ to insure a healthy, peace-filled future for our young children? 


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

(for the January 4/5 Bulletin)

One resolution that is often included on our new year’s list includes a healthier diet in one way or another. What better starting point for caring for God’s creation this year than taking care of our bodies that are a unique reflection of God’s goodness. Our stewardship extends to include all of creation. A healthier planet means a healthier people who are sustained by it. What is on your list? 


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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Did you know…no one has the right to have access to children. If people wish to volunteer in a parish or Catholic school, they must follow diocesan guidelines on background checks, safe environment training, and codes of conduct. No one, no matter who they are, has an automatic right to be around children or young people who are in the care of the church without proper screening and without following the rules. The Child & Youth Protection Policy outlines the requirements for volunteers in the Diocese of Ogdensburg. For more information, or to view the policy, visit: https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv.html


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PLANNED GIVING: Bequests

Through Wills this enables you to make contributions that might not be possible during your lifetime. When you make a bequest, your taxable estate is required by 100% deduction for the amount of a cash gift or by fair market value of appreciated assets.  For more information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, 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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INTERNATIONAL NATIVITY EXHIBIT: Houseville/Turin, NY

This FREE public exhibit may be viewed Sundays on December 15, 22, 29 and January 5, (2020) from 12-3pm or by appointment during the week. Contact: 315-348-6260. Masses are at 11am including Christmas Day. ALL ARE WELCOME Help keep Christ in Christmas. Bring family and friends and experience the universality of the birth of the Christ Child as seen through the eyes of many different cultures.


 

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PLATTSBURGH MARCH FOR LIFE: Note change of date

Please take note: Champlain Valley Right to Life, March for Life in the past has always been in January prior to the DC March. Beginning 2020, the local March for Life will be held the third Sunday of October. More info to follow.


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FUNDRAISER FOR THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, Evans Mills, NY

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
Saturday, January 11th, 2020 from 4 to 7 PM at St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills,NY
$7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for children under 12 and children under 5 eat for free.
Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus. For more information call 315-629-4678


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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 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. 19: Council of Priests Meeting

Feb. 26: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection

Feb 29: Lenten Retreat for Young People

Mar 1: Rite of Election

Mar. 6: Staff day of recollection


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