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eNOTES FOR February 9, 2021

 

eNOTES FOR February 9, 2021

(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 21 and 28) 

 

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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 21 for the February 23 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends March 7 and 14. 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 enotes@rcdony.org.


HIGHLIGHTS

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FREE NATIONAL CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE!

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- Learn how to approach the challenges of our day with courage

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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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NEW POSTS

 

From The Diocesan Offices:  

 

 

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COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: Parish Bulletin announcement

The documents available in PDF and Word formats are bulletin announcements and links to more information for the 2021 Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on
Ash Wednesday, February 17.

Thank you for your support of this critical collection.


 

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LENTEN PARISH MISSION PODCAST: The Father Roger Podcast

COVID has prevented most of us from having the traditional in person Lenten parish mission this year. That’s why I’m offering a podcast alternative to my parishioners led by Roger McGuinness. It will begin on February 16th and new episodes will be added each week. You are more than welcome to include your parishioners too. I have written a bulletin blurb below. I have also included the source code for a podcast player that your webmaster can copy and paste into your parish website. If you have any questions feel free reach out to Fr. Chris Looby at fatherlooby@gmail.com

 

BULLETIN BLURB:

St. Mary’s Church of Ticonderoga (OR INSERT YOUR PARISH) is offering a special Lenten Parish Mission podcast hosted by Father J. Roger McGuinness!

Fr. J. Roger McGuinness has been a priest of the Diocese of Ogdensburg for over 50 years. He has been a pastor, seminary and university professor, retreat master, college chaplain and vocation director. Now retired from active ministry he continues to write and give spiritual direction.

Fr. Roger will be leading us in a Lenten mission featuring weekly reflections on the Sunday gospel readings. He will also offer a special reflection on the life of St. Joseph on March 19th, the Feast of St. Joseph.

The podcast can be found at our website https://www.route74catholics.org/fatherroger It can also be found at Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and Spotify. The first episode will be available on February 16th.

HTML CODE FOR WEBSITE: 

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COMBINED CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES AND PETER’S PENCE COLLECTION: Second Collection on March 13 and 14

Please see the document availalbe in Word and PDF formats) for oral and bulletin announcements for the week before, of and after the collection. Websites for additional materials are also included.

As always, the success of every collection depends on the efforts in the parish, thank you for your support.


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FREE NATIONAL CATHOLIC WOMEN'S CONFERENCE: March 12-14

The National Catholic Women's Conference is a FREE virtual event for Catholic women of all ages. This year, we will be exploring all the ways that we as women can open ourselves to receive Christ's peace.

Despite the pressures that we feel in life, peace is possible! Let's explore it together. 

The free event goes March 12-14.

Register today at www.go.virtualcatholicconference.com/NCWC2021  


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IS GOD CALLING YOU TO A MORE ACTIVE ROLE IN YOUR PARISH? 

The Formation for Ministry Program prepares men and women to serve in their local parish. This program is a two-year program. Classes are online through Boston College. Candidates also meet a few times a year as a group for workshops. More information is available on our diocesan website at: https://www.rcdony.org/formation/candidate.html. Or contact Cathy Russell at: crussell@rcdony.org - (315) 393-2920.


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LEAD: LIGHT THE FIRE, SPREAD THE FLAME: A Live Zoom Event

The sacrament of Confirmation, its symbolism, its sense of mission, and ideas for implementing an effective program.

Saturday, March 13
9:45am - 12:00pm

Speakers are Deb Mullin from Catholic Community of St. Peter, St. Mary, St. Hedwig in Lowville & Peter Woolschlager from St. Stephen's Church in Croghan

The cost to attend is free.

Adults only are welcome to register. The Zoom link will be sent as the event date approaches.

To register go to: https://www.rcdony.org/ffleadreg


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JOB POSTING: Diocesan Coordinator – Office of Parish Audit & Financial Support Services

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg is seeking a Diocesan Coordinator – Office of Parish Audit & Financial Support Services.  This position provides support in the financial operation of parishes, schools and related entities in the diocese including technical support in the use of QuickBooks Pro and standard accounting practices. This position also oversees the process by which reviews of parish fiscal operations are conducted and reviews annual submission of Parish Financial Reports to assure financial statements are in balance an in accordance with diocesan accounting regulations.  A Bachelor’s Degree in accounting with two years audit experience is preferred.  Knowledge in QuickBooks Pro accounting software is required.  Candidates should possess excellent verbal and written communication skills, have the ability to work independently and manage/establish priority for several projects at the same time.  Travel throughout the diocese is necessary on occasion.  Submit letter of interest, resume and three professional references to:  Human Resources Office, Diocese of Ogdensburg, P.O. Box 369, Ogdensburg, NY 13669 or e-mail to:  ksnover@rcdony.org.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


Regular Features:

 

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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?

Did You Know…Justice is the virtue by which we give others that which belongs to them. Justice safeguards the rights of others, which are based upon the reality that each human person is made in the image of God. Our dignity is derived from our nature. Justice assures harmony in our relationships: family, society, work, church, and others. Justice is necessary to respect the order and dignity of societal and personal relationships.


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PLANNED GIVING: Please Consider Our Parish in Your Estate Plans

When considering gifts in your Will or estate plans please remember our parish. Gifts can be made to our parish in the following manner: Specific dollar amount: a percentage of your estate or a particular asset such as savings bond, life insurance, real estate or other valuables. For more information, contact: Scott Lalone, Executive Director, Development Office 393-2920, slalone@rcdony.org.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the February 20/21 Bulletin

LENT means SPRINGTIME. What needs to grow in the ‘ground’ of my soul this Season? Jesus gave us the tools of prayer, fasting and giving for working up the ‘ground’ to help bring about a rich harvest not only for me but for the world around me. Lent provides us with an opportunity to begin building those eco-friendly habits we've been meaning to get a jump on. Deciding what specific changes to make is up to you. Consider your lifestyle, how you can make the most impact and what is feasible for you and your family. Spending time with the Lord is a good place to begin. 


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the February 27/28 Bulletin

’Fast from Food Waste’ is suggested as a Lenten practice by Ignatian Solidarity Network. Approximately 1/3 of food produced is wasted across the global food supply chain in one year. Around 40% is wasted in the United States annually. (Yale Climate Connections) As a result of the 1.3 billion tons of food wasted every year worldwide, 45 trillion gallons of water are also wasted. When we throw food in the trash, we’re throwing away all of the resources that went into growing, harvesting, packaging, and shipping the food such as water, gasoline, land, and pesticides.(NPR) “….‘whenever food is thrown out it is as if it were stolen from the table of the poor.’” -- Laudato Si’ So food waste is an issue within our control. We have the power to avoid food waste three times a day. 


Parish Events and Notifications

No new parish events were submitted.  Please check your parish bulletins and previously posted submissions below.



 

PREVIOUSLY POSTED

 

DIOCESAN COVID-19 INFORMATION 

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.

 
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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.

AMEN. 


 

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.


 

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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.


 

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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.

 


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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 shirleybrownssj44@gmail.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/


 

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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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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 startaglia@rcdony.org



LINKS

The Diocesan Calendar


 

Office of Vocation General Intercessions Cycle B

Office of Vocations Bulletin Blurbs Cycle B

Office of Vocation Seasonal Bulletin Blurbs 

Office of Vocations Newsletters 

Office of Evangelization Blog

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