eNOTES FOR April 9, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of April 19 and 26, 2020)
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.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition of eNotes includes information about events that, as of the posting of this edition, had not been canceled. Also, should any cancelations come in after this eNotes is sent out on Thursday, updates will be made on the web version at www.rcdony.org/enotes . Before traveling to any event, please verify information on the web version and with the event organizer.
The next submission deadline is April 20 for the April 23 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends May 3 and 10. 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.
BISHOP LAVALLEY'S EASTER MESSAGE:
DIOCESAN COVID-19 INFORMATION
The Diocese of Ogdensburg is actively following the directive of the county public health departments to ensure that all diocesan parishes, schools, ministries, and charities are responding appropriately to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). For up to date diocesan resources, live streamed Masses, and other information related to the Coronavirus pandemic, please visit www.rcdony.org/covid-19 .
Parishes are encouraged to share the information found on this page with parishioners via their websites, social media or any other available communications methods.
Mary Immaculate, our Mother and our Patroness,
we ask you to intercede for us with your Son,
as you did at the wedding in Cana.
Pray for us, loving Mother,
and gain for our diocese, our nation and our world,
for our families and loved ones,
the protection of your Maternal mantle from this dreaded virus.
In this time of trial and testing,
teach all of us to love one another and to be patient and kind.
Help us to bring the peace and healing Presence of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.
We come to you with confidence,
knowing that you are our compassionate mother,
health of the sick and cause of our joy.
Keep us in the embrace of your arms,
Help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus our Lord.
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ANNUAL COLLECTION: Annual Mother's Day Appeal
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg will conduct its annual Mother's Day Appeal on May 10, 2020. This collection directly serves the needs of the poor and underprivileged in our diocese and assists those with needs for food, clothing shelter casework and other support services. Click to download the Appeal Letter.
GRANT FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: attention Pastors
The Diocese of Ogdensburg annually offers two grants of $5,000.00 each to assist the parishes and institutions of the Diocese in providing assistance for people with disabilities.
These funds are made available from the annual contribution of the New York State Knights of Columbus to the Diocese of Ogdensburg. They will be distributed by the diocese on the recommendations of Catholic Charities and the Department of Education.
The criteria for acceptability of the request cover several factors. Improvement in already existing programs or facilities will be considered. Some ideas for funding include: adapting facilities, special equipment, training for personnel, and program development.
It is important to remember that programs which have received funding previously may not apply for the grant for the following three years. Programs/projects must show proof of additional sources of revenue to support the programs/projects.
If you wish to be considered for a grant, please plan your proposal carefully. The grant application may be downloaded HERE.
Applications must be submitted by May 22, 2020. Monies will be allocated after June 5, 2020.
If you have any questions regarding the grant and/or the application please contact email@example.com or call (315) 393-2920 ext. 1411.
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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH: Resources
The USCCB Secretariat of Child & Youth Protection has made available a resource guide to assist the parishes in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click on this link or the image above and you will have all the material you need for your April liturgies and suggested activities which can be used in your parish. Please choose what you find applicable to your parish needs.
CATHOLIC BISHOP ABUSE REPORTING SERVICE: New Reporting Information
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops only. The CBARS can be contacted at (800) 276-1562 or at www.ReportBishopAbuse.org.
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH FOUNDATION: Grant Application Cycle Now Open
The Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation is established in the spirit of its charism - to enable service of the 'dear neighbor'. Its goal is to assist in developing leadership for diocesan, parish and church related programs in the North Country. Applicants must be applying for or be currently active in a leadership role in a diocesan, parish or established program and be sponsored by the Director of that program. Applications may be submitted during March and April. Grants will be a maximum of $4000 and recipients will be notified by the beginning of June. Applications may be obtained by contacting Sister Shirley Anne Brown, SSJ at P.O. Box 42, Hammond, NY 13646 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION: Helping Christians in the Holy Land
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.
YOUTH RALLY 2020 CANCELLED
The Office of Youth Ministry cares about the health and safety of our Diocesan young people, chaperones, parents, and all individuals involved in bringing the Rally together. With regret, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Youth Rally in lieu of the current Covid-19 outbreak. That being said, we have been coordinating with all parties involved to reschedule the "Under The Big Top" themed Rally to the spring of 2021. Please stay tuned for updates. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Office of Youth Ministry at: 315-393-2920 ext.1415.
RACHEL'S VINEYARD: Spring Retreat
If you are suffering after abortion, you're not alone. Find love, support, hope and healing at a Rachel's Vineyard weekend. The next retreat in our diocese is May 22-24 at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. Confidential online registration is available at www.rcdony.org/prolife Chaplain for the spring retreat is Fr. Mark Reilly. Please contact the Respect Life office with questions 518-524-0774.
2020 COMMISSIONED LAY MINISTERS RETREAT: Called to Be The Church
All Commissioned Lay Ministers - It's not too early to start planning for the 2020 CLM Retreat being held June 12-June 15, 2020 at Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg
Our presenter is Fr. Louis Sogliuzzo, SJ of Syracuse
Registrations/Payments can be made online at: https://www.rcdony.org/clmwadhams
For more information, contact Jeannie Grizzuto 315-393-2920 ext. 1413 or email@example.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: Lent
(for the April 18/19 Bulletin)
Care for one another and for creation includes understanding that “everything is connected” (Laudato Si, no. 91). During these past weeks of the pandemic we as a family of God have become acutely more aware of our inter-connectedness. The virus has stopped us in our tracks and caused us to see what we take for granted. We observe how the economy, politics, community involvement, and technology all affect the future of humankind and the planet. As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day this week (April 22), take some time to enjoy the ‘resurrection’ of new life around us and within us during this Easter season. Consider some of the sacrifices I am making now during this health crisis that I could continue to do, i.e. less travel, less shopping, as a way of expressing my gratitude for this incredible gift.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Easter Sunday
(for the April 25/26 Bulletin)
The words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, spoken at the 2010 World Day of Peace message, nos. 4.5., “If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," can be food for thought as we live through this present time. “Our present crises – be they economic, food-related, environmental or social – are ultimately also moral crises, and all of them are interrelated. They require us to rethink the path which we are traveling together.” We are well aware of the destructive path that our present practices of over consumption, use of fossil fuels, and the pollution of air, water and land is having on the well-being of the human family. What has this present health crisis taught us about a different way of living more simply?
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know…National Blue Sunday will be held on April 26, 2020. It is a day churches of all faiths join together in prayer to support children and families who have been touched by abuse, and to demonstrate appreciation to those who help abuse or neglected children. Please join others across the nation in praying for children who have been abused, and for the prevention of future abuse. A prayer for healing can be found at https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv.html
PLANNED GIVING: Appreciate Offertory Support
We sincerely thank our parishioners who mail or deliver your weekly envelopes to the parish office while we are in this isolation period with the COVID-19 Pandemic. As many of you understand our parish expenses and obligations do not take a isolation, so it is very helpful to be able to rely on your continued support even when you cannot personally attend Mass here. We continue to look to our faith as we carefully navigate in the coming months. Here at the Diocese of Ogdensburg we continue with our Mission of administering to the sick and helping those in need. We pray together for all the victims of this disease, those assisting with the care and for a cure.
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."
18TH ANNUAL FAMILY ROSARY CRUSADE: St. James Church, Carthage NY
The 18th Annual Family Rosary Crusade is planned for Friday May 15th, 2020 at Saint James church. The event will begin with 5:15 mass and Exposition at 6:00 PM and then the praying of the Rosary (3 complete Rosaries each hour) for the next 7 hours. The event will conclude at 1:00 AM with Benediction. We have been joined by many local parishes including several people from Lowville, Watertown and Croghan but also we've been blessed with folks as far away as Ogdensburg, Clayton, and Potsdam. We've even had a few participate from outside our diocese coming to us as far away as Albany. The prayer warriors do not stop there, however. Since we've begun this annual event several monasteries throughout the U.S. and even from different parts of the world including Japan and Australia have joined us. Many sisters in Christ have agreed each year to join us in spirit to pray the Rosary as we pray here at St. James.
For more information, see http://catholicsofcarthagecopenhagen.org/18thannualrosarycrusade.html
SETON CASH RAFFLE: 23 Chances To Win $10,000
Seton Catholic is hosting our 2nd $10,000 raffle. Only 500 tickets will be sold and you have 23 chances to win. Tickets are $100 each. Drawing Date: June 5, 2020, 2 p.m. @ Seton Catholic. Contact Susan FitzPatrick Pellerin at: email@example.com or 518-561-4031 ext. 2012 to purchase your tickets today!
FREE ONLINE MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT: 4 short videos
John and Teri Bosio, authors of many Catholic marriage preparation and enrichment books and programs are offering couples a free online marriage enrichment program to help them stay connected during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program consists of 4 short videos about the virtues that help us keep sanity in our life: Prudence, Justice, Courage, and Temperance.
PASTORAL ASSOCIATE FOR ADMINISTRATION: Open Position
There will be an opening for a full-time position of Pastoral Associate for Administration for the linked Catholic Parishes of St. Patrick’s, Brasher Falls, St. Andrew’s, Norwood and Parish of the Visitation and St. Raymond’s, Norfolk. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Pastor in the overall process of parish administration; this includes but is not limited to assisting the pastor with the day-to-day operations of the three parishes. This position requires proven leadership and management skills, as well as an aptitude for resource development.
Minimum education qualifications: Associates' Degree in a business-related field and five years business experience.
Deadline for completed applications is April 17th.
For inquires and a complete job description, contact the Search Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr. 9: Holy Thursday
Apr. 10: Good Friday
Apr. 10: Holy Land-Good Friday Collection
Apr. 11: Holy Saturday
Apr. 11: Easter
May 2: Council of Deacons Meeting
May 3: Confirmation at St. Edmund's Church in Ellenburg Center with St. Bernard's Church in Lyon Mountain
May 3: Priest Discernment Group
May 6: Confirmation at St. Andrew's Church in Norwood with the Parish of the Visitation and St. Raymond in Norfolk and St. Patrick's Church in Brasher Falls
May 7: Confirmation at St. Patrick's Church in Colton with The Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary in Potsdam
May 9: Confirmation at The Roman Catholic Church of St. Alexander and St. Joseph in Morrisonville with St. James Church in Cadyville, St. Joseph's Church in Dannemora and the Church of the Assumption in Redford
May 10: Catholic Charities Mother's Day Collection
May 10: Confirmation at Holy Angels Church in Altona with St. Ann's Church in Mooers Forks
May 10: Priest Discernment Group
May 16: Confirmation at St. Cecilia's Church in Adams with the Queen of Heaven Church in Henderson
May 17: Confirmation at St. James in Gouverneur with Sacred Heart Church in Edwards and St. Hubert's Church in Star Lake
May 18: Confirmation at St. James Minor Church in Carthage with St. Mary's Church in Copenhagen, St. Mary's Church in Evans Mills and St. Paul's Church in Black River
May 19: Priests Personnel Board Meeting
May 19: Confirmation at St. Peter's Parish (at Sacred Heart Church) in Massena
May 20: Confirmation at St. Mary's Church in Clayton with St. John the Evangelist Church in LaFargeville
May 21: Confirmation at St. Bartholomew's Church in Old Forge with St. Anthony of Padua Parish of Inlet and Raquette Lake in Inlet
May 22-24: Rachel's Vineyard Spring Retreat