eNOTES FOR AUGUST 27, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of September 6 and 13)
We have changed to a new format with this edition of eNotes, to highlight the NEW submissions. Feedback would be appreciated. Email email@example.com.
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 September 7 for the September 10 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends September 20 and 27. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
From The Diocesan Offices:
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VIRTUAL PRIEST DISCERNMENT SESSIONS: Attention Men Hearing the Call
Zoom in to Priest Discernment
High School Junior men & older are invited to join Father Howard Venette & guests for 60-minute virtual discernment sessions on the following Sundays at 3:00 PM:
Oct. 4 & 18
Nov. 1, 15 & 29
Contact Father Venette at email@example.com for meeting access.
FALL WORSHIP NOTES: including new Covid19 Liturgical Offerings.
The Office for Worship produces a quarterly Worship Notes bulletin with timely information regarding Holy Days and other special feasts and celebrations, Mass and Confirmations in the time of pandemic, SCAP etc. The Fall Worship Notes can be downloaded HERE. The Fall Worship Notes mention two attachments, which can be downloaded by clicking the links: JOHN PAUL II and JOHN XXIII. Past editions of Worship Notes can be found on the Pastoral Documentation site. For more information, contact Fr. Bryan Stitt, Director for Worship at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LIFECHAIN SUNDAY: October 4, 20202
Stand up for LIFE at this year's LIFECHAIN! Join in the 33rd annual peaceful, prayerful, public, pro-life witness to the sanctity of life. Rain or shine. All faiths are welcome! Bring a friend! Signs are provided. LIFECHAIN practices social distancing. Please stand 25 feet apart. For information about the LIFECHAIN in your area, visit www.lifechain.net
IRON SHARPENS IRON PROJECT: Videos From The Conference
Description: Check out the Iron Sharpens Iron Project at https://www.rcdony.org/vflc to see the videos from the Virtual Family Life Conference or to submit a video of your family doing something fun.
For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at email@example.com
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know…in 2019, New York State became the 37th state to enact Erin’s Law. The law requires all public schools to teach classes to students in kindergarten through eighth grade about preventing sexual abuse and exploitation. The legislation mandates that these prevention classes include practical and age-appropriate instruction on how to recognize the warning signs of child sexual abuse and exploitation, and resources on how to find help. The law takes effect on July 1, 2020. For more information, visit http://www.erinslaw.org/
PLANNED GIVING: Creating a Legacy of Love
The following are steps to ensure your affairs are in order before God calls you:
- Draft a Will.
- Leave enough liquid cash in an obvious location to sustain your survivors to pay the expenses of your estate.
- Plan your own funeral.
- Leave no financial debt
- Write your own obituary
- Organize your records
- Choose a time to openly discuss these plans with loved ones
For more information, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 315-393-2920, firstname.lastname@example.org.
(for the September 5/6 Bulletin)
During the Season of Celebration, we are invited to become more aware of what is happening to “our common home” as Pope Francis writes in Chapter 1 of Laudato Si. In Chapter 2, he invites us to reflect on the Gospel of Creation… When we celebrate what is right in the world, then we will have the passion and the wisdom to know what needs to be done to conserve and protect this precious gift now and for generations to come. Check out http://catholicclimatemovement.global/world-day-of-prayer/ for ways for ways "to live more simply so that others may simply live."
(for the September 12/13 Bulletin)
In his Encyclical on the Environment, Pope Francis said, “access to safe drinkable water is a basic and universal human right, since it is essential to human survival.” You can help conserve water by avoiding buying new “water-intensive” products such as cotton, electronics, and paper, which all require a lot of water in their production. Also, try buying used clothing and recycled paper whenever possible. In doing so, we can be stewards of the earth and conserve water for our spiritual brothers and sisters who don’t have access to safe drinking water.
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SACRED HEART HARVEST DINNER: Take Out Only
Description: Sacred Heart Church in Chazy will have a TAKE OUT ONLY Harvest Dinner on Sunday, September 27, 2020. All dinners are $12 and include roast turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, turnips, corn, coleslaw, cranberry sauce, rolls, and apple or pumpkin pie.
Noon - 2 pm: pre-paid home delivery within 5 miles and pre-paid curbside pick up ONLY
2 pm - 4 pm: unreserved take out ONLY
For information, or to reserve and pre-pay for your dinner, call Noreen at Sacred Heart Rectory 518-846-7650 by September 15.
No other 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.
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.
Pastors, Petitions for the Prayers of the Faithful can be downloaded HERE
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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 offerings will be 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)