eNOTES FOR April 23, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of May 3 and 10, 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.
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CONSECRATION OF THE DIOCESE TO SAINT JOSEPH:
On May 1st, the Feast of Saint Joseph, Bishop Terry R. LaValley will consecrate the Diocese of Ogdensburg to Saint Joseph, our spiritual father, for the sake of our families, our marriages, our Church and our sick. You can read Bishop LaValley’s letter by clicking here. The Sisters of Saint Joseph Motherhouse in Watertown will host the Consecration on May 1st at 11:00am. Due to the current health crisis, the Consecration will not be open to the public. You can participate and join us in prayer via livestream by clicking here.
To prepare for the Consecration to St. Joseph of our Diocese, the Office of Worship has prepared a Novena. All the prayers and video links will be available at https://www.rcdony.org/covid-19.
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 moved to Father's Day
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg had delayed the second collection in parishes for the annual Mother's Day Appeal to Father's Day, June 21. 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. Catholic Charities is still accepting direct mailed and online donations. For more information, click to download the updated 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.
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.
PRAYER CARDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE FAMILY LIFE OFFICE
CONTACT firstname.lastname@example.org 315-393-2920
WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED: A YEAR OF SERVICE: A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers
Bishop LaValley, along with the other bishops of the United States, is encouraging the people of the Diocese of Ogdensburg to participate in Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service.
This program aims at highlighting the pregnant and parenting moms in our parishes, identifying resources available within local communities, and connecting these women to the resources they need.
While our normal routine and activities have been disrupted, one thing that we can do is pray. Won’t you please join in praying for pregnant and parenting moms every day.
A Prayer for Pregnant Mothers:
O Blessed Mother, you received the good news of the incarnation of Christ, your Son, with faith and trust. Grant your protection to all pregnant mothers facing difficulties.
Guide us as we strive to make our parish communities places of welcome and assistance for mothers in need. Help us become instruments of God’s love and compassion.
Mary, Mother of the Church, graciously help us build a culture of life and a civilization of love, together with all people of good will, to the praise and glory of God, the Creator and lover of life. Amen.
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VIRTUAL NEW EVANGELIZATON SUMMIT: April 25
Can Catholics really evangelize at a time like this? How can we do so? Why should we move forward, when it feels like it might be time to retreat? Join us as we talk with world renowned speakers about evangelization in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Summit is free and include amazing speakers including Sherry Weddell (author of Forming Intentional Disciples and Director of the Catherine of Siena Institute); Nicky Gumbel (Founder of Alpha). To register for FREE: https://uevangelize.org/summit/
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TRUST TRUTH: Thru Zoom.
Save the Date! We will continue our Trust Truth series with many exciting speakers via Zoom! Join the virtual speaker series each Wednesday night from April 29-May 27at 8pm as presenters discuss what is means to remain faithful at home through these days of quarantine. Join the meeting virtually via Zoom: www.zoom.us/join Meeting ID: 452 887 3213; Password: 6811117 . Contact Paul at 315-386-2543 if you have any questions about how to join.
RACHEL'S VINEYARD: Spring Retreat
POSTPONED UNTIL 2022
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: email@example.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!
(for the May 2/3 Bulletin)
This May we celebrate the Fifth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. What a timely gift this Encyclical is to help us understand our role as citizens of the planet and followers of the Risen Christ today. “Laudato Si “which means ‘Praise be to You,‘ is taken from St. Francis of Assisi’s Canticle to the Sun. This hymn of praise to our Creator reminds us that as humans we are united with all creation. He invites us to join our praise to that of the earth and heavens. Take a walk outside today and discover how many forms of the earth around you that give praise by their very existence and join their praise. For more ways to celebrate this Anniversary, see Laudato Si Anniversary USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
(for the May 9/10 Bulletin)
As we continue to combat the Coronavirus and its devastating effects on the human family, it has made us acutely aware of our interconnectedness with the whole human family. In Pope Francis’ Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, he addresses another world-wide crisis, an ecological crisis. This crisis cannot be fixed by a vaccine. It can only be healed by an ‘ecological conversion’ that calls for a radical change in the way we live. To learn more about our Christian call to live the Gospel today in response to the “cries of the earth and the crisis of the poor,” see the YouTube Video Series Understanding Laudato Si by Franciscan Friar Dan Horan, OFM or read the Encyclical free at Vatican web page.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know...the “No Hit Zone” is a national movement of multiple child-serving organizations, advocacy centers, hospitals, families and others to prevent physical abuse and other harmful behavior. A No Hit Zone sets a precedent within the community and establishes a commitment to the promotion of effective parenting techniques by instilling that: No adult shall hit a child; No child shall hit another child; No adult shall hit another adult; No child shall hit an adult. Additional resources to help give tools other than hitting or spanking can be found at https://stopspanking.org/
PLANNED GIVING: Appreciate Offertory Support
Bishop LaValley, our pastors and the Development Office are so grateful of the continued support during this COVID-19 pandemic isolation. Parish Offertory envelopes are being mailed, dropped off and gifts on-line (where offered), It’s Our Church, It’s Our Future Capital Campaign and Bishop’s Fund Appeal gifts and pledge payments continue to come in via mail and on-line as well. As we have not been able to gather together to share our faith, the continued support to stay spiritually engaged and the continued generous financial support from parishioners throughout the Diocese of Ogdensburg has been both noticed and appreciated.
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POSTPONED AND UPDATED
18TH ANNUAL FAMILY ROSARY CRUSADE: St. James Church, Carthage NY
The 18th Annual Family Rosary Crusade was planned for Friday May 15th, 2020 at Saint James church. Becasue of the current restrictions, the Family Rosary CRUSADE will not be able to take place on Friday May 15. A new date will be arranged but one has not been confirmed yet.
Until the new date is announced, all who are willing to still pray the Rosary on this original date of Friday May 15th please do so and join in spirit from the hours of 6pm-1am (the original times set for the Crusade). As always, each hour will be dedicated to a specific intention and sorrow of our blessed Mother. 10-11pm specifically includes the current Pandemic.
6-7PM For All Life - The Prophecy of Simeon
7-8PM For Families and the Sacrament of Marriage - The Flight into Egypt
8-9PM For Innocence/All Children and Grandchildren - The loss of the Child Jesus
9-10PM For the Church, vocations, all religious, and Pope Francis' Intentions - Meeting Jesus on His Way to Calvary
10-11PM The Protection of our Guardian Angels, our soldiers, the Pandemic, and World Peace - Jesus Died on the Cross
11-12PM Reparation of ALL Sinners and the Souls in Purgatory - Jesus is Laid in Mary's Arms
12-1AM In Thanksgiving - Jesus is Laid to Rest in His Tomb.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-561-4031 ext. 2012 to purchase your tickets today!
FREE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: May 8-10
The Theology of the Body Institute is hosting the TOB Virtual Conference May 8-10 which will feature 50+ of the most prominent speakers and artists who will share their "ache" and joy with you — showing how St. John Paul II Theology of the Body applies to everyday life, how it will transform your prayer life, how it can bring healing of the deepest wounds in yourself and with others, and how it will bring your Catholic faith alive in new and brilliant ways.
Register for the Free Virtual Conference here - https://
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.