eNOTES FOR NOVEMBER 5, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of November 15 and 22 )
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 16 for the November 19 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends November 29 and December 6. 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.
CELEBRATING ADVENT WELL
Celebrating Advent and Christmas takes a lot of advanced preparation. For information and ideas about how to celebrate these seasons well, please check out our Advent webpage: https://www.rcdony.org/family-life/advent.
Suggested resources for parishes can be found on the Evangelization blog: https://www.rcdony.org/evangelization
From The Diocesan Offices:
COMMUNION SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DEACONS AND LAY MINISTERS: Clayton, NY
The Jefferson Deanery is offering a free workshop on the proper celebration of weekday Communion Services by a Deacon or Lay Minister.
The workshop presenter is Deacon Kevin Mastellon.
Deacons and lay ministers who occasionally or regularly preside at weekday Communion Services are encouraged to attend this presentation.
It will be Tuesday, November 10th at 7 PM at St Mary’s Church in Clayton.
Please confirm your attendance by email to Deacon Kevin (email@example.com) by November 8, 2020.
Masks will be required, and social distancing observed during the workshop.
ADVOCACY IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND
You now have the tools to make your voice heard to your elected officials right in the palm of your hand. The Catholic Action Network (CAN) can text critical advocacy alerts directly to your smartphone, with links to quickly send messages to your elected officials on urgent issues of the day. To sign up, just text the word CAN to 50457. You’ll immediately receive a one-time link to complete your registration, which is free. Please consider signing up today.
More information is available at https://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/
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BLACK AND INDIAN MISSION COLLECTION: November 21-22, 2020
Black and Indian Mission Collection (BIMC) exists to help diocesan communities to build the Church and preach the Gospel of Jesus among the African American, Native American, and Alaskan Native people of God.
Recognizing a need to call the faithful to support missionary work among African American and Native American Catholics, the U.S. Catholic bishops established this Catholic Church charity for the Catholic Missions in 1884 to administer a national collection—the first of its kind in the United States—to support missionary work.
Ever since the first Collection in 1884, the national Black and Indian Mission Collection has reflected the generosity of the good People of God and has enabled the Commission to give helpful grants to dioceses across the country to operate schools, parishes, and other missionary services that build the Body of Christ in Native American, Alaska Native, and Black Catholic communities.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg provides collection and distribution support for Black and Indian Mission Collection (BIMC) exists to help diocesan communities to build up the Church and faith formation in African American, Native American and Alaska native communities throughout the United States.
For more information: https://blackandindianmission.org/aboutus/bimo-collection or call: Catholic Charities of Diocese of Ogdensburg (315) 393-2255
SUPPORT GROUP FOR SEPARATED OR DIVORCED: Colton and Surrounding Areas
We are forming a support group for separated/divorced people in Colton and the surrounding areas. If you or someone you know is interested in participating, please contact Steve Tartaglia at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-393-2920 for more information.
VIRTUAL CHRISTMAS CAROLING: All the fun of caroling without standing outside in the cold!
We are continuing our Iron Sharpens Iron Project by inviting all interested families to submit videos of your family singing Christmas Carols. Get dressed up in your Christmas apparel, sprinkle the fake snow, do something fun, funny or fancy! We’ll be collecting the videos and putting them onto our Iron Sharpens Iron webpage https://www.rcdony.org/vflc. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?
Did you know… neglect is the most common form of abuse in the U.S. followed by physical, and then sexual abuse. Neglect occurs when a child is deprived of, or is allowed to be deprived of, necessary food, clothing, shelter, or medical treatment, or a child is permitted to live in an environment when such deprivation or environment causes the child’s physical, mental, or emotional health to be significantly impaired.
PLANNED GIVING: Benefits of Giving Wisely:
Did you know there are creative ways to support your parish? Ways in which your parish, you and your love ones all benefit at the same time? Such giving techniques are called “planned gifts,” because with thoughtful planning, you create win-win solutions for you and the parish. For further information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(for the November 14/15 Bulletin)
Got Mice? It is the season of the year when the mice are looking for a warm winter home. Have they found a way into your home? If so, here is a tip that might discourage them from taking up residence in your place. Purchase a small container of peppermint oil, place several drops on cotton balls and distribute them anywhere you think they may be coming in. Renew as often as needed. Then, pray to St. Francis that they find a suitable home outside in the natural world!
(for the November 21/22 Bulletin)
Make Thanksgiving Day every day! In Laudato Si Pope Francis makes one specific request of all of us: to say a prayer of thanks before and after each meal. "This moment of blessing, however brief, reminds us of our dependence on God for Life; it strengthens our gratitude for the gifts of creation; it acknowledges those who by their labors provide us with those goods; and reaffirms our solidarity with those in greatest need."
Parish Events and Notifications
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HARVEST FESTIVAL: Massena, NY
In lieu of annual bazaar St. Pete's Parish presents: Harvest Festival
Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 4pm -7pm
Place: St. Mary's Social Hall
Turkey Dinner (pick-up or delivery) $10, Big Ticket Raffle (chance to win $2500), Ticket Central, too!
Call Parish Office for more info: 315-769-2469
No other new parish events were submitted. Please check your parish bulletins and previously posted submissions below.
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.
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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.
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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 is at th church. Curb-side pick up or delivery (within 10 Miles) is available. Call 518-561-5039.
Dinner includes turkey & all the fixings. The dinner will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. All meals are $12.
JOB OPENING: 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 email@example.com 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
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.
WOODEN ALTAR AND TABERNACLE STAND AVAILABLE:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Updated Oct. 29, 2020
ONGOING - Updated brochure 10/29/2020
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!