eNOTES FOR OCTOBER 22, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of November 1 and 8 )
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 and seminarians. Others can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at www.rcdony.org/enotes.
The next submission deadline is November 2 for the November 5 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends November 15 and 22. 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.
STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY: Bishop LaValley's Letter to be read at all Masses October 31 & November 1
From The Diocesan Offices:
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CATHOLIC BURIAL TRADITIONS: New resource for parishes and cemeteries
The Catholic Cemetery Conference is very pleased to announce the unveiling of this exciting new website to assist Catholic parishes and cemeteries in providing valuable information about the importance of Catholic funeral and burial your local communities and congregations at www.catholicburialtraditions.org. See the flyer for more information.
USCCB SURVEY ON LAY ECCLESIAL MINISTRY: Attention All Lay Persons Engaged In Ministry In The Church
The USCCB would like to learn more about the realities facing lay ecclesial ministers across the country. To achieve that, the USCCB has created a survey that any and all lay leaders are invited to fill out: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M6FH8BH
The purpose of this survey is to get a snapshot of the current landscape of lay ecclesial ministry in the Church in the U.S today; to hear how the pandemic has affected them; to understand the impact of the bishops’ document on lay ecclesial ministry, Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord; and to ask how the USCCB can support and advocate for lay ecclesial ministers throughout the United States, most especially at this uncertain time.
The deadline for filling out the survey is December 15, 2020. Thank you in advance for passing this survey to any lay person engaged in ministry in the Church.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?
Did you know…you can complete a Digital Risk Assessment to evaluate your level of 21st Century Digital Safety, Responsibility and Awareness? This 14-question assessment will help you determine if you are making responsible or risky decisions in the cyber world. To complete the assessment, visit: https://www.iroc2.org/CyberSafetyRiskAssessment.html
PLANNED GIVING: Buy a New Life Insurance Policy
Some people find they can make a much larger gift than they could otherwise afford by taking out a life insurance policy and name our parish, Catholic school, the Diocese, a Mission Project of the Diocese or a Ministry/Program of the Diocese as beneficiary. If you name any of the above as owner and beneficiary, the premiums you pay will be deductible on your income tax. It’s a way to make a large gift on the “installment plan.”
Contact Scott Lalone at the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email email@example.com for further information.
(for the October 31/November 1 Bulletin)
Re-think how you travel. The travel restrictions that Covid-19 caused provided us with an opportunity to see how less travel affected the quality of our air and lessoned carbon pollution. Are there changes this restrictions caused that can become part of your daily routine as a responsible environmental steward?
(for the November 7/8 Bulletin)
Consider renewable sources of energy. Ask your electricity supplier about option to sign up for renewable energy. National Grid offers these alternatives. Check out opportunities to participate in community solar projects (read the rules carefully before signing up). This is another way to support local economy while being a good steward of God-given resources.
Parish Events and Notifications
JOB OPENINING: Parish Director of Evangelization and Christian Formation
St. Peter’s Catholic Parish in Massena, NY is seeking qualified candidates to apply for the position of Director of Evangelization and Chritian Formation, effective immediately. The Director of Evangelization and Christian Formation upholds the mission of the Church to evangelize and bring others to Christ. This position entails a dual leadership role that works simultaneously:
- Evangelization, which promotes and pursues a parish culture of invitation and welcome, to facilitate an encounter with Christ and His Church among those within the active community; the inactive community and the unchurched.
- Catechesis, which is the overall responsibility for the parish catechetical formation of children, youth and adults.
Salary will be commensurate with experience and education. No phone calls please. Applicants must participate fully in the practice of the Catholic Faith. Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to St. Peter’s Parish, Attn: Human Resources, 212 Main Street, Massena, NY 13662.
St. Peter’s Parish is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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HARVEST DINNER: St. Alexander Church Morrisonville, NY
Harvest Dinner - Sunday, November 8th, 2020 at St. Alexander's Church (1 Church St. Morrisonville, NY)
Take Out ONLY! - Pick Up at Church - Curb Side Pick Up or Delivery (within 10 Miles) call 518-561-5039
Turkey & All the Fixings - Serving 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - All Meals $12.00
No other 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 .
Modification to Pandemic Protocols from October 2
After prayerful consideration and extensive review of current data and guidance, Bishop Terry R. LaValley is revising some of the protocols regulating how we worship. Details are can be found in the YouTube video above, or in the North Country Catholic Article, available HERE. For up-to-date diocesan resources and 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.
ONGOING THORUGH OCTOBER
POPE LEO'S PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH: To be said in October
The Committee for the Consecration of the Diocese to St. Joseph recommends including this prayer at the end of the rosary during the month of October.
Prayer of Pope Leo XIII
(To be said at the end of the rosary: Pope Leo asked that it be added to the end of the Rosary, especially during the month of October, which is dedicated to the Rosary.)
To you, O blessed Joseph,
do we come in our tribulation,
and having implored the help of your most holy Spouse,
we confidently invoke your patronage also.
Through that charity which bound you
to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God
and through the paternal love
with which you embraced the Child Jesus,
we humbly beg you graciously to regard the inheritance
which Jesus Christ has purchased by his Blood,
and with your power and strength to aid us in our necessities.
O most watchful guardian of the Holy Family,
defend the chosen children of Jesus Christ;
O most loving father, ward off from us
every contagion of error and corrupting influence;
O our most mighty protector, be kind to us
and from heaven assist us in our struggle
with the power of darkness.
As once you rescued the Child Jesus from deadly peril,
so now protect God's Holy Church
from the snares of the enemy and from all adversity;
shield, too, each one of us by your constant protection,
so that, supported by your example and your aid,
we may be able to live piously, to die in holiness,
and to obtain eternal happiness in heaven.
MONTH OF OCTOBER
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH: Resources to promote family peace
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Even before the added stress and isolation of COVID-19, one in four women and one in nine men experienced severe intimate partner physical violence, as reported by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. Domestic abuse and violence refer to the physical, sexual, or psychological harm by a current or former partner or spouse including teen relationships.
Faith communities are called to offer hope, help, and healing to all harmed by domestic abuse and violence. We must learn to recognize domestic abuse, respond with compassion, and refer people to the proper services that are prepared to help them.
Catholics for Family Peace Education and Research on Domestic Abuse is offering ways to promote family peace, respond to domestic abuse, promote prayer for families and provide resources. To learn more, please visit www.catholicsforfamilypeace.org
The church in Lowville has a small wooden altar with altar stone and a tabernacle stand from St. Thomas Oratory.
These items are available for any parish that might be interested.
The altar is about 3.5ft X 3.5ft and the stand is about 4ft X 2.5ft
A donation for these items would be appreciated but is not necessary.
If your parish is interested please call our parish office at (315) 376-6662
Or email us at: email@example.com
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SETON MARDI GRAS GALA 2020: Virtual Gala to Support Seton Catholic
Seton Catholic invites everyone to join us for our Mardi Gras Gala, October 24, 2020. The idea is a Dinner for Eight style evening where you can dine in the safety of your home and support Seton at the same time. Corporate sponsorship is $600, Individual tickets are $50 each and $25 for Seton Staff. Silent and Live Auctions will be available online. Party baskets will be delivered to participants. Help us make this unique Gala a huge success! Contact Susan FitzPatrick Pellerin at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. And remember that no one has to be in person to participate. We can support Seton throughout the Diocese and beyond while being safe and responsible. Thank you in advance for your interest and participation.
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Updated Oct. 16, 2020
ONGOING - Updated brochure 10/16/2020
UPDATED 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TIPS FOR KEEPING THE LIGHT OF FAITH ALIVE IN YOUR HOME: SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS AVAILABLE
The Department of Faith Formation offers ideas for at-home catechesis
"Tips for Keeping the Light of Faith Alive in Your Home" are posted weekly on the Diocese of Ogdensburg's Facebook page by the Department of Faith Formation to give parents and catechists ideas to keep catechism going in the home. The graphics are now available to download on the Faith Formation page at https://www.rcdony.org/ff.html if parishes would like to include them in bulletins.
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ONGOING THROUGH DEC. 13
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:
Nov. 1, 15 & 29
Contact Father Venette at email@example.com for meeting access.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't Miss This Trip of a Lifetime!