eNOTES FOR NOVEMBER 19, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of November 29 and December 6 )
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.
Because of changes in publishing schedules for many parish bulletins, as of this issue, eNotes is going to be published on Tuesdays.
The next submission deadline is November 27 for the December 1 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends December 13 and 20. 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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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
From The Diocesan Offices:
WORSHIP NOTES: Winter 2020
The Office of Worship has published Worship Notes for Winter 2020 with information for the beginning of the new Liturgical Year. These notes are available on Pastoral Documentation or may also be downloaded HERE. The Worship notes make reference to the Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto on December 10. In June, the famous Litany associated with Our Lady of Loreto was updated with three new invocations. The updated litany can be downloaded by clicking the following link: LITANY.
LOVE IN ACTION: Justice and Charity Leadership Series
Catholic disciples on mission are called to put Two Feet of Love in Action! This foundational tool describes two distinct, but complementary, ways we can put the Gospel in action in response to God's love: social justice (addressing systemic, root causes of problems that affect many people) and charitable works (short-term, emergency assistance for individuals). Tune in November 22 to 25 at 1:00 PM each day for a short, engaging, and informative video presentation. This content is suitable for all ages and will be available on your favorite Diocesan Social Media platform.
Youtube: rcdony Diocese
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YOUNG ADULT ADVENT OPPORTUNITY
Sarah Anderson of Our Lady of the Adirondack House of Prayer forwarded this advent opportunity for Young Adults organized by the members of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), a lay order of Franciscans. The Securlar Franciscan Order lives the Gospel life according to St. Francis and St. Claire of Assisi, however, we live it out in the world. One of their apostolates is outreach to younger people. As part of this outreach, they have a ministry called Holy Spirits – similar to Theology on Tap, but it is Franciscan. Lately due to Covid-19 – this ministry has been moved online and it is now Virtual Holy Spirits. For Advent, they are welcoming everyone as a way to move from the disunity of our current election process to a more unified community of people preparing for the coming of Christ by discussing Fratelli Tutti. We invite you, and anyone else you may bring with you to log in and enjoy. This is not a lecture. It is a 15 minute speaker and a 45 minute discussion on Wednesdays at 8pm, Eastern Standard Time starting on Dec 2, 2020 and ending on Dec 23. For information about our speakers please see the Virtual Holy Spirits Series Facebook group or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The link to the zoom sessions is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86323320660. All Are Welcome.
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FOLLOW ME: A TIME TO PRAY AND DISCERN VOCATION
On Sunday, December 13th, there will be a Holy Hour for Vocations at 2pm at a parish in each deanery.
St. Lawrence Deanery: St. Mary's Cathedral
(Livestreamed at www.rcdony.org/livemass with Bishop Terry R. LaValley)
St. Lawrence Deanery: St. Mary's, Massena
Franklin Deanery: Notre Dame, Malone
Clinton Deanery: St. Alexander's, Morrisonville
Jefferson Deanery: St. Patrick's, Watertown
Adirondack Deanery: St. Bernard's, Saranac Lake
Lewis Deanery: St. Peter's, Lowville
Hamilton-Herkimer Deanery: St. Bartholomew's, Old Forge
Essex Deanery: St. Patrick's, Port Henry (December 6)
At 6:30 pm there will be a virtual question and answer session on Zoom with Bishop LaValley, Sister Mary Gregory Munger, SSJ, and Seminarians on the topic of vocations.
If you have any questions, call the Vocations Office at (315)393-2920.
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NATIONAL APPEAL: Retirement Fund for Religious
The National Appeal supporting the Retirement Fund for Religious will be held nationally the weekend of Dec. 12-13.
On thing is known with certainty and that is that the needs of elderly religious will remain profound. With rising health-care costs, fewer religious of working age, and a lack of retirement savings, hundreds of US religious communities struggle to provide for aging members. The additional challenges brought about by Covid-19 have compounded an already difficult situation. Proceeds from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection offer these communities critical funding to help meet ongoing eldercare expenses.
Recognizing that your own parish and parishioners may also be confronting financial difficulties, we ask simply that you do what you can to highlight the needs of senior religious and their communities.
Week before the collection:
Help our elders. In good times and bad, senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests have dedicated themselves to service and acts of mercy. Today, they pray for an aching world. Yet years of serving for little or no pay have left their religious communities without enough retirement savings. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps provide medications, nursing care, and other necessities. Please be generous.
Week of the Collection:
Make a difference. “Every dollar makes a difference in covering our expenses,” says a Trappist abbot. Hundreds of US religious communities struggle to provide for aging members because most senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests served for little pay. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for Religious helps these communities bridge the gap, offering support for medications, nursing care, and other necessities. Please be generous.
Week after the Collection:
Thanks for giving. ” We are conscious of the great generosity of the many benefactors who support the Retirement Fund for Religious each year, “says a Catholic sister. “Support from the fund has been a tremendous blessing to our retired sisters.” Thank you for donating to last week’s second collection.
For elderly sisters, brothers, and religious order priests, that they may enjoy the dignified care they so richly deserve as they continue to devote their lives to prayer and service. Let us pray to the Lord.
We pray for the elderly in our nation, that they may be treated with respect and compassion and that we as a society may more fully embrace their gifts of wisdom and grace. Let us pray to the Lord.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?
Did You Know… Spanking (hitting) is the leading cause of physical child abuse? It is linked to increased aggression, poor connection to parents, anxiety, alcohol/drug abuse, and domestic violence. An estimated 65-80% of parents in the U.S. still spank their children, including 30% of parents who spank children under age one. 1500+ research studies have found spanking is related to negative outcomes and 54 countries have banned spanking in the home. For more information, and to help end spanking, visit https://stopspanking.org/.
PLANNED GIVING: Planning Ahead = Good Stewardship:
Good stewardship requires us to think of the future. Have your estate plans prepared now and include a gift to our parish.
For further information, contact Scott Lalone, Executive Director of Development/Foundation at the Diocese of Ogdensburg at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com.
(for the November 28/29 Bulletin)
Why would one want to purchase LED lighting for Christmas decorations and everyday use when initially it costs more? Some facts: LED bulbs use 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs, and 50% less energy than CFL bulbs. LED bulbs also last longer, so they will bring long-term savings to you. Reducing our energy demands can have positive effects on the planet and is yet another small but concrete way we can be good stewards of this priceless gift of creation.
(for the December 5/6 Bulletin)
Why is it important to purchase items made with natural fibers (cotton, wool silk, hemp, bamboos, etc.)? Most man-made materials (nylon, rayon, all these poly-whatevers) do not disintegrate. They release fibers every time you use them or launder them. These fibers get into air all over the world and become airborne. They have been found in Antarctica and at the top of mountains. We eat them; we drink them; we breathe them. They bio-accumulate inside us and get through the blood-brain barrier. We have a choice.
Parish Events and Notifications
No 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.
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
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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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.
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 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
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.
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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
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.
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.
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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.