eNOTES FOR MARCH 26, 2020
(with bulletin information for the weekends of April 5 and 12, 2020)
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. Others can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at www.rcdony.org/enotes.
PLEASE NOTE: This edition of eNotes includes information about events that, as of the posting of this edition, had not been canceled. Also, should any cancelations come in after this eNotes is sent out on Thursday, updates will be made on the web version at www.rcdony.org/enotes . Before traveling to any event, please verify information on the web version and with the event organizer.
The next submission deadline is April 6 for the April 9 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends April 19 and 26. The link to the submission form can also be found in the left-hand column 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.
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 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.
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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.
CATHOLIC BISHOP ABUSE REPORTING SERVICE: New Reporting Information
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops only. The CBARS can be contacted at (800) 276-1562 or at www.ReportBishopAbuse.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION: Helping Christians in the Holy Land
SUNDAY CELEBRATION IN ABSENCE OF A PRIEST (SCAP) WORKSHOPS:
The scheduled workshops have been postponed. New dates will be announced when they are available.
SAFETY AND AWARENESS PRESENTATIONS: for Catholic Churches, Catholic Schools and Institutions
Out of concern for safety, the Safety and Awareness presentations scheduled for April 30 and May 6th have been canceled. We plan on rescheduling them for sometime in the fall.
NOTICES FOR BULLETINS
Bulletin Editors: Please add these notices to your parish bulletin(s). You can simply cut the text and paste it in your bulletin.
WALKING WITH MOMS IN NEED: A YEAR OF SERVICE
Imagine that you are a young, unmarried woman making very little money and have recently learned that you are pregnant. What kind of pressures would you face? Where can you turn for help?
Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and our neighborhoods. As Pope Francis reminds us, our parishes need to be “islands of mercy in the midst of a sea of indifference.” Everyone in the parish community should know where to refer a pregnant woman in need.
Bishop LaValley, along with the other bishops of the United States, is encouraging the people of the Diocese of Ogdensburg to participate in Walking with Moms in Need: A Year of Service. This program aims at highlighting the pregnant and parenting moms in our parishes, identifying resources available within local communities, and connecting these pregnant moms and families to the resources they need.
To learn more please visit: https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/
or contact Steve Tartaglia email@example.com.
MATER DEI COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Attention High School Seniors
Are you a Catholic High School Senior 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline is June 1, 2020.
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PRIESTHOOD DISCERNMENT GROUPS: Attention Men Hearing the Call. THREE LOCATIONS AROUND THE DIOCESE!
Have you felt the invitation to follow Jesus Christ as a Catholic Priest? Discernment groups will meet in Plattsburgh, Potsdam and Watertown in the upcoming months and those who are considering the priesthood are encouraged to attend.
Where: St. Peter's Church Upper Room, 114 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh
When: The following Sundays at 3pm: Feb. 2, Feb. 16, Mar. 1, Mar. 29, Apr. 19, May 3, May 10
Contact: Fr. Howard Venette at email@example.com or 518-585-7144
Where: St. Mary's Rectory, 17 Lawrence Avenue, Potsdam
When: The following Sundays at 1pm: February 2, March 1 and April 5.
Contact: Fr. Stephen Rocker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-265-9680
Where: St. Anthony's Church, Sechi Hall, Arsenal Street, Watertown
When: The following Sundays at 3pm: February 23, March 22 and April 26 and May 31.
Contact: Fr. Chris Looby email@example.com 315-782-1190
To register, or if you have questions, contact the local Pastor listed above or the Vocations Director Fr. Chris Carrara at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-375-6571.
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CONFIRMATION RETREATS WITH NET MINISTRIES - CANCELLED
POSTPONED/to be rescheduled
The bishop has decided that the Chrism Mass is be rescheduled to a future date to be determined. Priests should continue to use the oils currently on hand in the parish.
DIOCESAN YOUTH RALLY: Annual gathering for young people in grades 7 to 12
Stay tuned for information about next year's Youth Rally.
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EARLY CATHOLIC FAMILY LIFE TRAINING: A workshop how to create a joy filled home with Jesus at the center.
Presenters: Alan and Joanne Foley, the creators of the Early Catholic Family Life Program.
When: Saturday, May 16, 2020, 9am-4pm
Where: St. Patrick's Church, Pastoral Center, Watertown, NY
Parishes are urged to send the following: a coordinator, parent group leader and child group leader.
Lunch will be provided.
To register contact Jessica Hargrave by email: email@example.com, or by phone: 315-393-2920
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RACHEL'S VINEYARD: Spring Retreat
If you are suffering after abortion, you're not alone. Find love, support, hope and healing at a Rachel's Vineyard weekend. The next retreat in our diocese is May 22-24 at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. Confidential online registration is available at www.rcdony.org/prolife Chaplain for the spring retreat is Fr. Mark Reilly. Please contact the Respect Life office with questions 518-524-0774.
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2020 COMMISSIONED LAY MINISTERS RETREAT: Called to Be The Church
Description: All Commissioned Lay Ministers - It's not too early to start planning for the 2020 CLM Retreat being held June 12-June 15, 2020 at Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg
Our presenter is Fr. Louis Sogliuzzo, SJ of Syracuse
Registrations/Payments can be made online at: https://www.rcdony.org/clmwadhams
For more information, contact Jeannie Grizzuto 315-393-2920 ext. 1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org
OBERAMMERGAU PILGRIMAGE: Austria and Germany Pilgrimage, September 2020
Classic Austria and Germany Pilgrimage
Featuring the Passion Play of Oberammergau!
Hosted by Fr. Andrew Amyot
11 Days: September 15-25, 2020
$4099 per person from Montreal
(Air/land tour price is $3599 plus $500 government taxes/airline surcharges)
Visiting: Heidelberg, Rhine Valley, Innsbruck, Salzburg, Vienna, Altötting, Munich & Rothenburg!
Price includes: Roundtrip air from Montreal, First Class/Select Hotels, Hotels & Guesthouses in Oberammergau, First Class (Category 1) admission tickets for the Passion Play, most meals, Comprehensive Sightseeing, by private motor coach with an English-speaking guide and much more!
FOR DETAILED BROCHURE PLEASE CONTACT FR. AMYOT
Tel: (315) 384-2064, email: email@example.com
SPACE IS LIMITED – BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
This is your last chance to experience the world-famous Passion Play of Oberammergau until 2030!
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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Lent
(for the April 4/5 Bulletin)
During this Lenten Journey we unite as a human community to find ways to heal the ravages of the coronavirus. What can we do to heal the ravages of the planet? It, too, is sick with the pollution of our waters, air and land with consequences for the whole human family. During this April we observe the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and in May the 5th Anniversary of Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si: On Caring for Our Common Home. Resources abound: Read Laudat Si on-line from USCCB. Check out https://catholicclimatecovenant.org/ and take the St. Francis Pledge. Take an Eco-Challenge with friends, parishioners, organizations (on-line) https://earthday.ecochallenge.org/
ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Easter Sunday
(for the April 11/12 Bulletin)
“Creation never dies nor does Christ, nor do we. After all the savage cold and shattering wind, the earth grows green with hope, and flowers so fragile force their way through the darkness of the earth to the morning sun. 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.” (Author Unknown) Take a walk outside and pay attention to all the signs of new life, and pray for that ‘Christ Easter’ in us all.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...
Did you know…that in 1983, President Reagan proclaimed April to be the first National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a tradition that continues to this day. In 2016, President Obama issued a Presidential proclamation stating “During National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we commit to giving every child a chance to succeed and to ensuring that every child grows up in a safe, stable, and nurturing environment that is free from abuse and neglect.” A prayer for healing can be found at https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv.html
PLANNED GIVING: Appreciate Offertory Support
We sincerely thank our parishioners who mail or deliver your weekly envelopes to the parish office while we are in this isolation period with the COVID-19 Pandemic. As many of you understand our parish expenses and obligations do not take a isolation, so it is very helpful to be able to rely on your continued support even when you cannot personally attend Mass here. We continue to look to our faith as we carefully navigate in the coming months. Here at the Diocese of Ogdensburg we continue with our Mission of administering to the sick and helping those in need. We pray together for all the victims of this disease, those assisting with the care and for a cure.
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THE LIGHT IS ON FOR YOU: Adoration and Sacrament of Confession in Massena
"The Light is On for You" at St. Peter’s Parish in Massena. On Friday, April 3rd, 2020 at Sacred Heart Church, we will be having Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and offering the Sacrament of Confession from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM, with Mass being offered at noon. Come and spend some time with Our Lord in prayer, receive his mercy and loving kindness in Confession, and be prepared for the coming feast of Easter! With any questions, please call 315-769-2469.
SETON CASH RAFFLE: 23 Chances To Win $10,000
Seton Catholic is hosting our 2nd $10,000 raffle. Only 500 tickets will be sold and you have 23 chances to win. Tickets are $100 each. Drawing Date: June 5, 2020, 2 p.m. @ Seton Catholic. Contact Susan FitzPatrick Pellerin at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-561-4031 ext. 2012 to purchase your tickets today!
FREE ONLINE MARRIAGE ENRICHMENT: 4 short videos
John and Teri Bosio, authors of many Catholic marriage preparation and enrichment books and programs are offering couples a free online marriage enrichment program to help them stay connected during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The program consists of 4 short videos about the virtues that help us keep sanity in our life: Prudence, Justice, Courage, and Temperance.
PASTORAL ASSOCIATE FOR ADMINISTRATION: Open Position
There will be an opening for a full-time position of Pastoral Associate for Administration for the linked Catholic Parishes of St. Patrick’s, Brasher Falls, St. Andrew’s, Norwood and Parish of the Visitation and St. Raymond’s, Norfolk. The successful candidate will be responsible for assisting the Pastor in the overall process of parish administration; this includes but is not limited to assisting the pastor with the day-to-day operations of the three parishes. This position requires proven leadership and management skills, as well as an aptitude for resource development.
Minimum education qualifications: Associates' Degree in a business-related field and five years business experience.
Deadline for completed applications is April 17th.
For inquires and a complete job description, contact the Search Committee at email@example.com
IGNITE CONFERENCE: 12th Annual Men's Conference in Syracuse
THE IGNITE CONFERENCE HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Refunds are being processed. see https://www.ignitecatholicmen.org/ for more information
NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT 2020: Ottawa
IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 SITUATION, NES2020 HAS BEEN CANCELED.
Apr. 4: FFM Workshop, Tupper Lake
Apr. 5: Priesthood Discernment Group - Potsdam
Apr. 9: Holy Thursday
Apr. 10: Good Friday
Apr. 10: Holy Land-Good Friday Collection
Apr. 11: Holy Saturday
Apr. 11: Easter