eNOTES FOR JUNE 18, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of June 28 and July 5, 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 29 for the July 2 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of July 12 and 19. 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.
CHRISM MASS: June 19, 2020.
Every diocese celebrates typically celebrates a Chrism Mass late in Lent. At this special Mass, the Holy Oils are blessed by the bishop and distributed to all the parishes of the diocese. Also, the bishop leads the priests in the renewal of their priestly promises of celibacy, prayer for the Church and obedience to their bishop.
The Diocese of Ogdensburg could not hold the Chrism Mass on its normal Thursday prior to Holy Thursday due the pandemic. Bishop LaValley and the priests of the diocese will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Friday, June 19th at 2:00pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Ogdensburg.
Normally the Chrism Mass is open to all. Unfortunately, the lay faithful cannot attend due to limited seating to prevent spreading the Coronavirus. All are invited others to pray for our diocese, bishop, and especially the sanctification of our priests on the most appropriate day, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You can also participate via livestream at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass. The program including prayers and music are available for download HERE.
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ANNUAL COLLECTION: Annual Mother's Day Appeal moved to Father's Day - June 21
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.
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NFP AWARENESS WEEK JULY 19-25:Annual USCCB initiative to increase awareness of God's plan for married love.
Posters will be sent to all parishes; additional materials upon request.
July 19-25 marks National NFP Awareness Week, which invites everyone to consider the beauty of God's plan for sex, love and marriage. "Like so many other people who have made the switch to Natural Family Planning," Jennifer Fulwiler writes, "I simply couldn't be okay with any form of sterilization any more, whether temporary or permanent. In that place deep in the heart where the most important truths about our humanity reside, I know as surely as I know anything else that those Catholic teachings about human sexuality are true and good." To learn more about those teachings, or about NFP--a healthy, effective, respectful approach to family planning--please contact the Diocesan NFP Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-483-0459. Visit us at https://www.rcdony.org/nfp
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MPDO COLLECTION JULY 25-26: Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg
Ordinarily, we would be gearing up for our annual efforts that split the Diocese down the middle: Mission COOP and MPDO summer appeals. Each half (west vs. east) alternates summers with our efforts to raise much needed funds for our Mission Lands.
One of the many things cancelled is our summer Missionary Cooperation Program with action taken by the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Society for everyone’s safety. Very often, mission coop missionaries travel here from far away mission lands or from cities here in the USA. Once here they are guests of our local parishes, speak in our churches, interact with local parishioners, and leave a lasting impact on the communities that host them. This is just not possible in 2020. So, the Mission Office has come up with a new plan.
This summer, the Missionary Projects of the Diocese of Ogdensburg annual collection will take place Diocesan -wide on the weekend of July 25-26, 2020. The 2020 MPDO collection will be used to help with a number of causes this year. It will support missionary priests and religious who work here in our diocese: Sisters of Chavanod, Archdioces of Caceras, Philippines, The Herald of Good News; it will continue to support the Church in Latin America; it will further our solidarity efforts in the Diocese of Latakia, provide continued support for our former mission parish in Mollendo, Peru and lastly, will help any other mission project throughout the world that Bishop Terry LaValley, deems appropriate as part of our evangelization efforts. Thank you for your support. God bless and be assured of our prayers in these challenging times.
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.
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 27/28 Bulletin)
Have you ever wished you knew of a natural weed killer that protected the soil and the water while keeping under control those plant species that grow where you don’t want them (better known as "WEEDS")? Here is one to try: 4 cups white vinegar; 1/4 cup salt and 1 tsp. liquid soap. Combine ingredients in a spray bottle and spray the weeds at the sunniest time of the day for best results. Spray carefully. This stuff can’t tell a flower or vegetable plant from a "weed!" This recipe and for many other recipes: search for “homemade weed killer.”
(for the July 4/5 Bulletin)
“So what [we] all need is an ‘ecological conversion,’ whereby the effects of [our] encounter with Jesus Christ becomes evident in [our] relationship with the world around [us]. Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Laudato Si (§217) Summer is the blessed season for reveling in the gifts of creation. As we enjoy the special presence of nature, consider how this call for an ecological conversion has increased your awareness and fired your will to make lifestyle changes that benefit the Earth community.
PLANNED GIVING: Leaving a Legacy:
Think about the part you want to play in our parish’s future. You have the opportunity to support this ministry in many ways. Naming our parish as a beneficiary in your estate plan or the making of an endowment gift can assure your continued participation in this ministry far into the future. For further information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com.
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MY HOUSE IN-HOME WORKSHOP FOR MEN: for men struggling with sexual behavior problems
The Center for Healing is offering an online "My House" workshop for men struggling with sexual behavior problems.
The 3-day intensive workshop, offered July 9-11, will feature expert presenters including: Dr. Todd Bowman, Fr. Sean Kilcawley, Michael Ciaccio, and Sam Meier.
Register at MYHOUSEKANSAS.ORG or call 816.786.6063.
The cost for this workshop is $995. There is information about discounts and scholarships available on the website.
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COURAGE INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL CONFERENCE: 40 Years of Courage: A Legacy of Hope
July 25 – 26, 2020
ONLINE THIS YEAR!
For more information and to register: https://couragerc.org/conference2020/