eNOTES FOR JANUARY 26, 2021
(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 7 and 14)
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 February 7 for the February 9 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends February 21 and 28. 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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PRAYERS OF THE FAITHFUL FOR JOYS/SORROWS OF ST. JOSEPH:
Requested by Bishop LaValley
Observing the Seven Joys and Sorrows of St. Joseph
When: Sundays from Jan. 31 to March 14
The Devotion to the Seven Sorrows and Seven Joys of St. Joseph is observed on the seven Sundays preceding the March 19 feast of St. Joseph. The suggested prayers of the faithful may be downloaded HERE.
A Prayer booklet prepared by Fr. Joe Giroux can be download HERE or by clicking on the image above.
WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR CONSECRATED LIFE: Celebrating the men and women dedicated to discipleship
The Church celebrates World Day of Prayer For Consecrated Life on February 6-7, 2021. On this day, we recognize the countless men and women who live consecrated life in various way as well as their contributions to the growth of the Church. We especially pray for those men and women in our diocese who daily live the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience while belonging to a community and tirelessly working in ministry. Through their example of discipleship, may we be inspired to deeper communion with Christ and may there be an increase in vocations to the consecrated life.
If you would like to speak with a religious priest, brother or sister, or would like more information, contact the Vocation Office at 315-393-2920 or email Fr. Chris Carrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cathy Russell at email@example.com.
From The Diocesan Offices:
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DISCERNMENT TO THE PRIESTHOOD: Attention men hearing the call!
Year of St. Joseph
Do you dream of doing what he did as a Catholic Priest?
There will be a ZOOM meeting for the Spring 2021 Priesthood Discernment Program.
When: Sunday, January 31 at 3:00pm
The poster includes the ZOOM meeting ID and passcode.
High school junior and older men are invited to participate.
Contact Fr. Howard Venette (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
WORSHIP NOTES: Spring 2021
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.
FREE NATIONAL CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE!
Join thousands of Catholic Men from across the nation as we gather to explore the question: What does it mean to live out the Catholic Faith in everyday life?
Whether you're a single man, a father, a husband, or grandfather, God has something to give to you at this event, and it just might change your life.
- Learn how to approach the challenges of our day with courage
- Gain a clearer vision of God's plan for your life
- Learn practical and immediately applicable steps to growing as a Catholic man
- Learn how to be the spiritual leader in your home
The conference goes Friday-Sunday on February 19-21, 2021. Hear from more than 30 national presenters like: Chris Stefanick, Matt Fradd, Fr. Larry Richards, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, MLB star Mark Teixeira, Snd more
Register on your own, or plan a watch party with a small group. This is going to be a powerful gathering.
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SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH FOUNDATION: Grant Application Cycle Now Open
The Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation is established in the spirit of its charism - to enable service of the 'dear neighbor'. Its goal is to assist in developing leadership for diocesan, parish and church related programs in the North Country. Applicants must be applying for or be currently active in a leadership role in a diocesan, parish or established program and be sponsored by the Director of that program. Applications may be submitted during March and April. Grants will be a maximum of $4000 and recipients will be notified by the beginning of June. Applications may be obtained by contacting Sister Shirley Anne Brown, SSJ at P.O. Box 42, Hammond, NY 13646 or by email at email@example.com.
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THE FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM: Volunteer Opportunity
The Foster Grandparent Program’s purpose is to provide opportunities for low income persons aged 55 and older, to provide person-to-person services in health, education, and the welfare of children ages 21 and below. Foster Grandparents are placed in a classroom setting with a child or children who are in need of emotional support, development of basic learning skills, to provide friendship, companionship, encouragement, individual attention, and unhurried help. The Foster Grandparent also receives a small non-taxable stipend bi-weekly that cannot be held against any current benefits you may already have and you also get paid mileage for your travel.
Location: Jefferson County, Clinton County, Essex County, St. Lawrence, and Franklin.
Contact for more information: Mhoward@catholiccharities.org518-359-7688
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RETIRED AND SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: Volunteer Opportunity
The Retired Senior Volunteer Program’s purpose is to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for older Americans. Volunteers provide service to those that prove to be in need throughout Franklin and Hamilton Counties. The volunteer hours served will help not only the people served but their families as well. Volunteer hours will encourage healthy living and independence and help to combat loneliness and depression, and give the youth of our community an upper hand in education. This goal will be accomplished by placing volunteers with homebound and hard to reach elders/and or children by providing friendly visiting, running errands, medical transport, delivering meals, friendship and assisting children with reading and tutoring. We also provide reimbursement for your travel
Location: Hamilton County
Contact for more information: Hsmith@cathcharities.org518-359-7688
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VIRTUAL VOCATIONAL RETREAT: Sisters invite you to join them February 13-14
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist invite you to join them on their 2nd Virtual Vocational Retreat! Opening on February 13, this online retreat will include talks given by the Sisters and Father David Meconi, S.J. on prayer, Dominican spirituality, the spirituality of DSMME, Eucharistic and Marian Devotion, and much more. Register now at www.sistersofmary.org//news-events/events/
WHAT IS GOD ASKING OF YOU RIGHT NOW? : Have You Considered Commissioned Lay Ministry?
How can you become a lay minister to further God's kingdom? You could become a Commissioned Lay Minister in your parish. A new Formation for Ministry class will be starting in the Fall. Pray and ask God if this would be right for you! For more information about the https://www.rcdony.org/formation/candidate.html. Stay tuned for more information. Contact: Cathy Russell firstname.lastname@example.org, Director.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?
Did You Know…children who are spanked are twice as likely to be aggressive as other children. Your child will be confused about why you are allowed to hit and they are not. Spanking teaches kids that hitting resolves conflicts and leads to children fearing parents, not the unsafe activity. If a child runs away from the pain, they could be running into danger. For more information about alternatives to spanking, visit https://nohitzone.com/
PLANNED GIVING: MEMORARE LEGACY SOCIETY
Have you already or have been thinking about leaving a legacy by designating a portion of your assets to pass at death to the Diocese of Ogdensburg, your parish or school or diocesan program or organization? The Memorare Legacy Society honors and recognizes the generosity and vision of those who have chosen to leave a legacy to the Diocese of Ogdensburg through estate or deferred gifts. Members of this society are those who have informed the Diocese of a planned gift that, in the future, will benefit the Diocese of Ogdensburg or any of its parishes or programs. This ensures a continuous commitment of care to their Church, to the Church’s vision and to the charitable works that flow from her missions through their thoughtful planned gift. For more information on the Memorare Legacy Society, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, email@example.com.
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: A Culture of Love
for the February 6/7 Bulletin
This year the theme for Respect Life was to cultivate a 'culture of love.' One way of way to do this is to develop the Christian virtue of simplicity. It invites us to be more mindful of how our choices affect our lives and the future of our children. Choosing wisely and acting on Gospel values when purchasing or disposing of anything can be a small act with great consequences. What can I do this week to simplify my life that others may simply live?
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: A Lent Like No Other
for the February 13/14 Bulletin
Are we ready for this season of deepening our relationship with the Lord and our dear neighbors including all of creation? These past months of pandemic have changed the way we see things, i.e. our interconnectedness and interdependence upon each other. My simple action does affect my family and families around the world. Jesus tells us that new wine needs new wineskins. How can this new awareness touch the ways we embrace this holy Season of Lent? How does this awareness challenge me to be a better steward of all of resources of the earth? Spend some time with the Lord this week on how He may be calling you to spend this Lenten season.
Parish Events and Notifications
No new parish events were submitted. Please check your parish bulletins and previously posted submissions below.
CLOSING OF PPC: Attention All Pro-lifers
Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center on 62 Brinkerhoff Street, in Plattsburgh, has received notice of the resignation of its two anchor people, effective February 1, 2021. If they are not replaced by others, the center will need to close at the end of January.
If you are interested in submitting an application for one of those positions, or know someone who is, please send inquiries to the PPC Board:
Or call 518-324-2010
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 LAVALLEY'S RESPONSE TO THE INCIDENT IN WASHINGTON DC
The Most Rev. Terry R. LaValley, bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg, shares his thoughts and prayers in response to the incident at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Prayer to St. Joseph
Joseph, you were a man who carried into dark of anxious sleep the haunting mystery of deep, unsettled doubt. But yet, within, and all untouched, your citadel of trust was calm, serene and still and flamed your unstarred night into the answering of dawn in God’s unchanging will. O carpenter of faith, build our inwardness into a city lamped with trust; and when we, too, must face the nights and tread the desert’s way, let us, like you, take Mother and Child into the Egypt of each day. Good St. Joseph, come to our aid in these times of anguish and difficulty. Take under your protection the critical and troubling circumstances of the day. Keep us calm and serene, so aware of your Presence. AMEN.
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/
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