eNOTES FOR AUGUST 13, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of August 23 and 30, 2020)
We have changed to a new format with this edition of eNotes, to highlight the NEW submissions. Feedback would be appreciated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 August 24 for the August 27 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends September 6 and 13. The link to the submission form can also be found in the menu 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.
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VIRTUAL FAMILY LIFE CONFERENCE: Free for all families
The Family Life Office is holding a Free Virtual Family Life Conference from 7pm, Friday, August 21st to 3pm, Sunday, August 24th. Registered participants will be mailed a package of materials with a schedule and instructions to link to the presentations. It's not necessary to attend the entire conference. Pick the parts that work best for you. To register, please go to rcdony.org/VFLC. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-393-2920.
Speakers and topics include:
Deacon Jim Crowley – Psalms and Liturgy of Hours
Cathy Russell – Baptism, The Call To Holiness and Vocation: Keeping It Simple! (Live Workshop)
Anita Soltero – Family catechesis within the home
Desiree Kirk – Virtual Vacation Bible School in a Box
Angelo and Suzanne Pietropaoli – NFP (for a mature audience)
Colleen Miner – How families can participate in Respect Life and Public Policy
Tom Semeraro – Laudato Si and the Family
Ian Fawcett – Internet Safety for the Family
Lorraine Carney – Examination of Conscience preceding confession in local parishes
Dr. Maura Fehlner – Staying Grounded in the Creed. (Live Workshop)
Deacon Henry and Dayna Leader – Praying for your (and your future) spouse
From The Diocesan Offices:
WORSHIP NOTES: attention all Liturgical Ministers.
The Office for Worship produces a quarterly Worship Notes bulletin with timely information regarding Holy Days and other special Feasts and Celebrations, Mass in the time of Pandemic, information for Music Ministers. The current Summer 2020 issue can be found on the Pastoral Documentation site or downloaded HERE. Past editions of WORSHIP NOTES can be found on the Pastoral Documentation site. For more information, contact Fr. Bryan Stitt, Director for Worship at email@example.com.
SEASON OF CREATION: September 1 – October 4
Season of Creation is an annual ecumenical celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home starting September 1 – the World Day of Prayer for Creation – and continuing to October 4 – the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. This year, the celebration takes place in the Laudato Si’ Year of celebration called for by Pope Francis, and we are invited to take part.
The Laudato Si’ group and the Faith and Ecology groups around the diocese are planning opportunities for learning more about the issues presented through three Zoom discussion: September 3, September 17 and October 1. All three sessions will run from 7pm to 8pm. Details are still being finalized and will be posted on the diocesan Laudato Si’ Webpage and Facebook Page.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know…Civilize It is a campaign of the US Catholic Conference of Bishops to promote civility, love of neighbors, and community building. Civilize It is about making room in your heart for those with whom you disagree. It is a non-partisan call to focus on the dignity of all people and to put faith in action by bearing witness to a better way forward. Take the Civilize It 2020 pledge rooted in civility, clarity, and compassion. For more information or to take the pledge, visit: https://www.wearesaltandlight.org/civilize-it
PLANNED GIVING: Please Consider Remembering Your Parish in Your Estate Plans
When considering gifts in your Will or estate plans, please remember your parish. Gifts can be made to your parish in the following manner: Specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate, or a particular asset such as savings bond, life insurance, real estate or other valuables.
For more information, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(for the August 22/23 Bulletin)
One powerful lesson from the pandemic is how deeply we are interconnected and interdependent. As Catholics, we are so blessed to have the light of Gospel and Catholic social teachings contained in Laudato Si' to guide us to a new way of living that ensures a healthier future for all. The encyclical is available on-line from the Vatican or USCCB web page.
(for the August 29/30 Bulletin)
The Season of Creation begins on September 1 - with the World Day of Prayer for Creation - and continues thru until October 4, St. Francis of Assisi's Feast Day. During this coming year, we as members of the Church are urged to "be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion." (Pope Francis’ Message, World Day of Prayer for Creation, 2016) Let us work and pray.
No new parish events were submitted. Please check your parish bulletins.
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.
BISHOP WELCOMES PARISHIONERS BACK TO MASS ON THE MEMORIAL OF ST. KATERI TEKAKWITHA: Working Toward Re-opening Our Churches and Public Worship
As we honor and celebrate this local saint who suffered greatly as a result of a smallpox epidemic, Bishop LaValley welcomes parishioners back to Mass as we weather the pandemic of our own time.
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LEAD: Brochure for 2020-2021
Theme: We are called to be a sacramental people
LEAD events are a way to offer continuing formation as well as networking to all of our parish ministers.
Our focus this year is on sacramental preparation and sacramental living. We are hoping we will be able to hold in-person events if it is safe to do so. Time will tell!
To register for LEAD events, contact Faith Formation Secretary, Jessica Hargrave. Phone: 315-393-2920, Email: email@example.com.
VIRTUAL FALL RETREAT: Putting Forgiveness and Love into Practice
Retreat time will explore Scriptures on forgiveness and consider some of the barriers and aids to making these teachings a reality in our daily lives. The retreat will be virtual using Zoom on the computer. It includes presentations, time for personal prayer and reflection with optional times for sharing. Facilitators will be Sister Bethany Fitzgerald, SSJ, Molly Amoriell, and Jane Wells. Date: September 19-20. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org (315-212-6592). Free will offering gratefully accepted.
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EGYPT AND THE GREAT NILE CRUISE: 11 Days: November 8-18, 2021
Egypt and the Great Nile Cruise
11 Days November 8-18, 2021
Cairo, Luxor, EDFU, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Memphis, Sakkara
hosted by Fr. Donald A. Robinson
$3499 From New York*
*Air/land tour price is $2899 plus $600 gov't taxes/airline surcharges
For more information, please contact Fr. Donald A. Robinson, 315-493-3224 or email email@example.com
Don't Miss This Trip of a Lifetime!
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.
REQUEST FOR USED RELIGIOUS ITEMS
A woman by the name of Kimberly Walters from a ‘St. Mary’s Mission’ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania is emailing some of our parishes, claiming to “find new homes for used Religious items.” This woman is asking for sacred vessels, vestments, statuary, rosaries, etc. that are no longer being used. Although the email states these items will be given to parishes and organizations in need of them, the Diocese of Harrisburg has informed us this woman is selling these items on eBay. Please do not send this woman any sacred vessels or other religious items from your parish. Thank you.
COMPLETE THE 2020 CENSUS: respond now.
It is important to complete the census. Census results affect planning and funding for education—including programs such as Head Start, Pell Grants, school lunches, rural education, adult education, and grants for preschool special education; planning and funding for infrastructure—including programs for highway planning and construction, Section 8 housing, federal transit, community development, and rural water and waste disposal systems; planning and funding for employment and training—including programs for vocational rehabilitation state grants, dislocated workers, and American Indian and Alaska Native employment and training; planning and funding for healthcare—including programs such as Medicaid, Medicare Part B, State Children’s Health Insurance, and the prevention and treatment of substance abuse.
A census response is required from every property, including seasonal homes: If you live at multiple places throughout the year, count yourself at the address where you live and sleep most of the time. If you split your time evenly between two or more places, count yourself where you were staying on April 1, 2020. However, a census response is required from each and every property.
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To complete the census: go to www.2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish)