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eNOTES FOR March 23

eNOTES FOR March 23

(with bulletin information for the weekends of April 4 and 11) 

 

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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 April 4 for the April 6 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends April 18 and 25. 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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PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION: Helping Christians in the Holy Land

The connected documents (in Word and PDF) contain a bulletin announcement, an optional pulpit announcement and more resources regarding the Pontifical Good Friday Collection. Please be sure to share this collection with your parishioners so we may show our solidarity to Christians in the Holy Land.


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DIOCESAN YOUTH RALLY: Courage to Rise - Answering the call to love one another

The Diocesan Youth Office is excited to offer the 2021 Youth Rally virtually. On April 17th, from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm, young people in grades 7 to 12 are welcome to “Zoom” into a fun, enriching, and engaging virtual rally centered on our 2021 theme, “Courage to Rise”- Answering God’s call to love one another.

Although there is no fee to attend this virtual event, registration is required. Please click the link below to access the registration page. After you complete the registration form, you will be directed to a “Photo/Video Release” form. Upon completion of both forms,we will send you an acknowledgement and instructions on how to access the Rally via a Zoom video link. Youth are welcome to attend the rally remotely from home or with their respective youth group if they have been safely gathering,following their Parish COVID protocols. All youth who register and participate will receive an activity/gift package in the mail.

Our keynote speaker for the rally will be Doug Tooke. Doug Tooke is a dynamic and energetic speaker with more than 20 years in Ministry.
Doug’s presentations inspire and motivate people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Bishop Terry R. LaValley will round out the event. Your host for the event will be Thomas Semeraro, the Diocesan Director for the Office of Youth Ministry.

Expect moments of laughter, music, prayer, reflection, a renewed Faith and the “Courage to Rise”, answering the call to love one another.

For more information, contact Tom Semeraro,tsemeraro@rcdony.org or 315-393-2920 ext 1415

Click Here To Register: https://www.rcdony.org/youth/rally/reg.html



NEW POSTS

From The Diocesan Offices:  

 

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APRIL IS CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION MONTH: Resources

The USCCB Secretariat of Child & Youth Protection has made available a resource guide to assist the parishes in promoting April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Click on this link or the image above and you will have all the material you need for your April liturgies and suggested activities which can be used in your parish. Please choose what you find applicable to your parish needs.


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HEALING MASS: Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. In conjunction with CAPM, Bishop LaValley will hold a special Healing Mass on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (Divine Mercy Sunday). The Healing Mass will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg. Please plan to attend and pray for all victims/survivors of child abuse. All are welcome to attend. The Healing Mass will be "livestreamed" on the Diocesan YouTube channel. For more information, contact the Safe Environment Office at (315) 393-2920.


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EXTRAORDINARY FORM MASS  

WHAT  Extraordinary Form Latin Mass

WHERE  St. Patrick's, Port Henry

WHEN  Each Sunday at 1:00pm, beginning Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
The traditional Latin Mass celebrated according to the 1962 Missal of St. John the XXIII.  


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PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT 

WHAT  Priesthood Discernment Almost Live

WHEN  Sunday, April 18, 3:00pm-4:00pm

WHERE  YouTube Channel "Ogdensburg Fishers Club"

High School Juniors and older men are invited to join Fr. Marty Cline & Fr. Howard Venette as they livestream from St. Bernard's, Saranac Lake, to discuss vocation discernment and the Priesthood...with you!  Participants can be "almost" live by forwarding comments and questions to ogdiscern@gmail.com during the broadcast. Please use this email for more info.


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SIDEWALK ADVOCATES FOR LIFE: Virtual Training Available

Would you like to learn how to help women in an unplanned pregnancy? Sidewalk Advocates for Life offers a peaceful way to reach a woman's heart and fill her needs so she can confidently choose life. For more information, contact the Respect Life Office (cminer@rcdony.org) or visit www.sidewalkadvocates.org


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USCCB Letters to Pharmacutical Companies: Advocate for the development of vaccines with no connection to abortion

Description: The Vatican urges everyone concerned for the sanctity of life to protest the use of abortion-derived cell lines and advocate for the development of vaccines with no connection to abortion. To make it easier to take this action, the USCCB has provided sample letters to pharmaceutical companies that are using abortion-derived cell lines to produce and/or test vaccines. https://www.usccb.org/resources/letters-pharmaceutical-companies


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CARE & PREPARE: END OF LIFE EDUCATION: YouTube Video from NYS Catholic Conference


Kathleen Gallagher and Ed Mechmann discuss what our Church teaches regarding end-of-life decision making, broken into 4 components: Core Values, Ethical Principles, Euthanasia/Assisted Suicide, and Advance Directives. For more information, contact the Respect Life Office (cminer@rcdony.org)


 

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SUMMER CAMP GUGGENHEIM: Registration is now open for the 2021 Summer Season

COVID-19 Update 2021: 

We were excited to hear that our New York State Government has given permission for summer sleepaway camps, like Camp Guggenheim to open in 2021. At this time, how camp will look is unclear. The New York State Department of Health has not released information on the health and safety protocols that will need to be in place if camp opens. However, we do know that Camp Guggenheim will not operate as it has in past years due to the impact of Covid-19.

Camp Guggenheim will be able to open if we are able to implement the NYSDOH safety protocols and if we have a sufficient number of parents who register their children for camp. We will be working with the CDC and the NYSDOH to ensure a safe camp experience that is faith-filled and fun.

If you have any questions and/or concerns please feel free to reach out to Tom Semeraro, Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry Tom can be reached by phone at 315-393-2920 ext. 1415 or email tsemeraro@rcdony.org


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LET US DREAM: Save the Dates

The Laudato Si Committees of the Diocese of Syracuse and the Diocese of Ogdenburg are planning a joint project with virtual presentations via Zoom to address and discuss our responsibilities to See + Choose + Act for a better future on God's Earth inspired by Pope Francis' book Let Us Dream. Save the dates to be able to join the discussion: May 25, 26, and 27 from 7pm-9pm.


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SWITZERLAND AND GERMANY WITH OBERAMMERGAU PASSION PLAY:

Experience the grand cities of Europe’s Alpine region and be part of history in the making when you enjoy a performance of the legendary Passion Play in the Bavarian village of Oberammergau. You’ll view the picturesque pinnacles and turrets of Neuschwanstein Castle, and then overnight in Bavaria’s mysterious Black Forest, where popular souvenirs include authentic cuckoo clocks and wood carvings. In Switzerland, highlights include a visit to the Chateau de Chillon on lovely Lake Geneva and a walking tour in Lucerne.  June 12-20, 2022. For more information contact Lisa Reed at 518-332-8414, email happytravelswithlisa@gmail.com or visit the website at https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1053562.  



Parish Events and Notifications

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



Regular Features:

 

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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know?

Did You Know…Prudence is the virtue to which a person is disposed to discern the good and best action(s) and select the means to accomplish such outcomes. Prudence allows a person to know just what to do and how to put this knowledge into right action. Prudence helps us to plan our time and resources rightly. It helps us to balance our choices of leisure and self-care. Like other virtues, prudence often grows when there is a decision to foster its growth.


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PLANNED GIVING: Honoring Loved Ones Through Endowment Gifts 

Establishing an endowment in the Foundation of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is a wonderful way to provide a lasting and meaningful gift in remembrance of a special person and at the same time support a purpose which that special person held dear. For more information, contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email slalone@rcdony.org


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Fast to Feast

for the April 3/4 Bulletin

May Christ Easter in us! Spring is a permanent word of hope. It always comes. No matter how long or fierce the winter, Spring forces its way through the tons of ice and snow. Creation never dies, nor does Christ, nor do we. After all the savage cold and shattering wind, the earth grows green with hope.
No matter how horrible the death, how unbearable the pain or absolute the rejection, despite the tons of stone and dirt against the tomb, Easter happens and life grows green as all the forces of death are exhausted. (Joyce Rupp) What 'new life' are you experiencing around you and within you this Easter?


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: 

for the April 10/11 Bulletin

What time is it? Eastertime is a springtime not only for our souls, but for the earth. It is a time for planting new seeds of hope for the future. Planting a tree this spring can be a ‘seed of hope.’ Native American Chief Qwatsinas, gives us this advise,  "We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who cannot speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees." Where could you/your family plant a tree at home, in your parish, in your community, at school this spring? 



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. 


 

 

CHRISM MASS

At the Chrism Mass, the priests are invited to join the Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley in the renewal of their priestly commitment and for the Blessing of the Holy Oils, and the consecration of the Sacred Chrism for use in all the churches of the Diocese symbolizing that we are one family in Christ.

Bishop LaValley along with the clergy, consecrated religious, seminarians and deacon candidates will celebrate the Chrism Mass on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 1:00pm at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Due to the COVID-19, safe distancing guidelines seating capacity is limited. We encourage the lay faithful to join us via livestream at https://www.rcdony.org/livemass


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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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CAMP MEDICAL DIRECTOR NEEDED 

Camp Guggenheim located in Saranac Lake New York is hiring a Medical Director for the 2021 Camp Season.
The requirements are: 18 years or older, a practicing Catholic, Certified NYS LPN, EMT or NYS RN.
Summer Camp Guggenheim is a 7 week overnight youth camp that runs from June 17 to August 6. We are interested in hiring a certified nurse for the full 7 weeks or weekly partial employment.
This is a great opportunity to spend time in the beautiful outdoors, and engage vibrant young people as they journey in faith.
For more information please contact:
Tom Semeraro Director of Youth Ministry tsemeraro@rcdony.org or 1-315-393-2920 ext. 1415


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SUMMER CAMP GUGGENHEIM EMPLOYMENT: 

A Guggenheim counselor should be a high dchool graduate, 18 years or older, have a minimum of one year of college or workforce experience and have participated in a counselor training program [E.G. Teen Vision] or worked as a camp counselor in a youth leadership position. An applicant should be a practicing Catholic who is willing to share faith with young people. Guggenheim operates for seven weeks -June 17 through August 6. For more information please visit the application page https://www.rcdony.org/youth/camp

Please contact Tom Semeraro, Director for the Office of Youth Ministry with questions or inquiries. 1-315-393-2920 ext. 1415 


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ONLINE ALPHA COURSE: starts April 5

Do you know anyone with questions about Christianity? Someone who has been on the fence or has drifted away from the faith?  Invite them to Alpha.

Alpha is a place to explore the Christian faith with others. It’s a series of conversations focused on the questions of life, faith, and meaning.

Each session includes a time to connect with others, hear a talk on some element of faith, and then a chance for people to share their own questions and perspectives with the group.

The Diocese of Ogdensburg is running an online Alpha starting April 5 from 6:30pm-8pm via Zoom.  Guests can join from the comfort of their own home. All that they need is a computer with a mic/camera or a smart phone.

Registration form is available at https://www.rcdony.org/alpha.  For more information contact Marika Donders, Office of Evangelization at mdonders@rcdony.org


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PARISH NURSE PREPARATION COURSE: Classes offered in Ogdensburg

Description: Mercy Care for the Adirondacks will offer preparation for the role of Parish Nurse beginning April 9 in Ogdensburg. This course is open to registered nurses and others who are interested in health ministry in their parishes. Parish Nurses (Faith Community Nurses) assist the members of their faith community to maintain or regain wholeness in body, mind and spirit. They promote wellness by health screening, health education, advocating for clients, connecting them to services in their community, listening and providing support. It is 36 contact hour course offered on Fridays and Saturdays in April-May (see attached flyer for details). For further information, please contact Sister Catherine Cummings, RSM at ccummings@adkmercy.org or 518-523-5582.


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ANNUAL MISSION OFFICE LENTEN APPEAL: Annual Mail-in Donor Campaign

As we enter the season of Lent at the beginning of what we hope to be better year, the Pontifical Mission Societies asks you to keep our Annual Lenten Appeal in your minds and hearts. With your help we can help the vulnerable communities and families around the world live happier and healthier lives. Donations can be made for this campain until Pentecost Sunday - May 23 through our website at https://www.rcdony.org/mission


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2021-2023 FORMATION FOR MINISTRY PROGRAM  

The Formation for Ministry Program is a two-year program that prepares men and women to serve in their parish. More information as well as application forms are available on our diocesan website at: https://www.rcdony.org/formation/candidate.html. Join us for the virtual informational sessions offered via Zoom by registering at www.rcdony.org/infoses. You may also contact Cathy Russell, Formation for Ministry Director at: crussell@rcdony.org


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MATER DEI COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Attention High School Seniors

Are you a Catholic who is currently in your senior year of high school and who currently resides in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and is planning to attend a Catholic College or University in the Fall? The Mater Dei College Foundation is pleased to offer a Scholarship opportunity to qualifying students going on to study liberal arts and sciences at a degree granting Catholic College or University. To request an application form, please email Valerie Mathews, Mater Dei Foundation Scholarship Chair at vmathews@rcdony.org . Application deadline is June 1, 2021.


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CRUISE NORWAY IN JULY OF 2022

Join Fr. John Yonkovig of St. Agnes in Lake Placid for a wonderful 14-day cruise on Holland America's new "Rotterdam," setting sail on July 9, 2022.  For more information check the website:  www.stagneslakeplacid.com


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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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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/

 


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

North Country Catholic