eNOTES FOR JUNE 4, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of JUNE 14 AND 21, 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.
The next submission deadline is June 15 for the June 18 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of June 28 and July 5. 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 email@example.com.
JUNE 1 UPDATE: Working Toward Re-opening Our Churches and Public Worship
The Diocese of Ogdensburg is preparing for the resumption of public Masses. Bishop LaValley is working with local health officials and medical professionals to provide guidance for parishes to create a safe and prudent plans which following directives to prevent the spread of the coronavirus while celebrating our faith.
Early this week Bishop LaValley published a Coronavirus update, which is below. The video can be found at https://youtu.be/eM4gcomH9gc. Please share the Bishop’s message with your parishes and communities. If you are updating a website, the iframe code to embed can be found HERE
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.
TIPS ON HOW TO SPOT SPOOFING OR PHISHING SCAM EMAILS: A Reminder from the IT Director
There has been an increase in the number of Spoofing or Phishing emails throughout the diocese. Email spoofing is an email message with a forged header (from) address. The message appears to have originated from a legitimate or familiar source. It is often used to trick people into providing information, giving money, or infecting your computer with a virus. The following are some tips on how to spot a spoofing or phishing email:
- Don’t trust the display name.
- Verify the “from email address”.
- Check for grammatical or spelling mistakes within the email;
- Look at the salutation;
- Never provide personal, bank or credit card information in an email; The Diocese, Priests and others will never ask for money or personal information.
- Beware of urgent or threatening language in subject line;
- Don’t click on attachments or a link;
- Don’t reply to a suspect email;
- If you are unsure, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call the person or send them a new email to the address that you have in your contacts
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.
CATHOLIC COMMUNICATIONS CAMPAIGN AND CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY COLLECTION: Oral and Bulletin announcements for your parish
June 13 and 14 is the combined collections for Catholic Communication and the Catholic University of America. Please download the note and announcements (PDF or WORD Doc) The collection is divided equally to support communication efforts of our Bishop, communication efforts of the U.S. bishops and the education of tomorrow’s leaders at Catholic University of America in Washington DC. Thank you for your support!
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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.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WEEK 2020: June 22-29
Beginning June 22, the Feast of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops celebrates Religious Freedom Week. Join us in promoting religious freedom for the good of all. More information, including daily prayers and reflections, prompts to take action, and bulletin inserts can be found at USCCB.org/ReligiousFreedomWeek and will also be shared on diocesan social media channels.
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.
PRE CANA: During Pandemic
During the pandemic the diocesan sponsored Pre Cana program continues to be offered using a virtual alternative rather than in-person meetings. Couples should register for Pre Cana on the diocesan website as normal and select the on-line option. They will receive materials and instructions on how to access the online content through the mail. Once the restrictions are lifted, we will return to in-person Pre Cana sessions. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Tartaglia at email@example.com or 315-323-6431.
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.
(for the June 13/14 Bulletin)
Don’t Miss - In these days when concerts and fireworks are cancelled, and amusement parks closed, don’t miss what God is offers daily; in early mornings a chorus of bird songs and other insects; on clear nights fireworks of stars and planets that can take our breath away; during the day amusement with the antics of animals in our backyards or in TV nature channels. What entertainment abounds!
(for the June 20/21 Bulletin)
Getting to Know Our Neighbors - During this time of reduced travel have you gotten to know any of your neighbors better? These "neighbors" may be the people next door or they may be the ones in your own backyard. Often we may not have taken time to notice the variety of trees, the tiny wild flowers or the animals that call this place their "neighborhood," too. Jesus noticed many wonders of His Father’s creation and through them He taught us lessons about life. Why not take a walk today and see what you notice? What lessons might they have to teach you?
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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