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eNOTES FOR JANUARY 16, 2020

(with bulletin information for the weekends of January 26 and February 2, 2020) 

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DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION: 

 

RESPECT LIFE SECOND COLLECTION: January 25/26

The 2020 Respect Life collection will be the weekend of January 25/26. Grants from the collection benefit pro-life projects in our diocese such as Gabriel Project, March for Life pilgrimages, Birthright, Liferight, educational days, life-affirming Catholic radio programming. Thank you for your support and all you do to build a Culture of Life.


 
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BUILDING A CULTURE OF LIFE: Moving beyond the despair and darkness of NYS's abortion expansion law

NYC Catholic Conference created a two-sided, color flyer to educate on what you can do to help build a culture of life. Pastors will be mailed 50 copies for their church. Feel free to make additional copies as needed.


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WORKSHOP ON ORDER OF BAPTISM: Attention Priests & Deacons, are you ready for the new Order of Baptism?

The New Orders of Baptism of Children will be available for viewing, purchase and/or pick-up.

Join your fellow clergy at St. Patrick's in Colton on Monday, Jan 20th at 10:00 AM.
Thanks to the folks from Trosset and Vermont Church Supply a variety of books will be available. (If you have placed an order already, they will make them available that day for pickup.)

10:00 Arrival and Viewing of Books
11:00 Presentation & Sharing of Best Practices
12:00 Lunch provided

RSVP by January 6 to bstitt@rcdony.org or 315.393.2920 ex 1220


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.

 

 

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SURVIVING DIVORCE: 12 Sessions - 6 weeks

Description: The Surviving Divorce Program is being offered at 6:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at St. Anthony's Church in Watertown, starting January 21st. Separated and divorced adults - come find support and healing. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at startaglia@rcdony.org or (315) 393-2920.


PLATTSBURGH BUS TO WASHINGTON DC: March for Life

There will be a bus going down to Washington DC March for Life from Plattsburgh leaving from Saint Peters at 7:45 p.m. on January 23, 2020.  It will return to Plattsburgh on January 24, 2020. The cost is $30 per person.  For more information contact: Deacon Randy Smith 518-566-6229. 


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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.

PLATTSBURGH AREA:
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 pastorsmoll@stmaryti.org or 518-585-7144

POTSDAM AREA:
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 srocker164@yahoo.com or 315-265-9680

WATERTOWN AREA:
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 fatherlooby@gmail.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 ccarrara@rcdony.org or 315-375-6571.


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LENTEN RETREATS 2020: "Reflect - Pray - Reconcile"

Retreats for Young People in grades 7 to 12.

February 29th | St. Patrick’s Watertown NY
March 7th | St. Mary’s Champlain NY

Noon to 4:00PM with concluding Mass - No fee to Attend

To Register for this event go to:
www.rcdony.org/youthlenten/lenten-retreat.html
or contact Virginia Demers, youth office administrator at: vdemers@rcdony.org - 315-393-2920 ext.1401

Each retreat will focus on 3 aspects to aid us in centering ourselves on Jesus Christ and strengthening our relationship with our loving God. Each afternoon retreat will be fun, heart and mind opening and spiritually rejuvenating.


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THE CATECHUMEN'S JOURNEY: THE INITIATION PROCESS
Creating Holy Moments for New Disciples

Diocesan LEAD Event
Office of Faith Formation
Presented by Liturgy Training Publications

March 9-10, 2020
Crowne Plaza, Lake Placid

One LEAD Member is free. Additional members cost is $50. If you have team of three the cost is $120. Non-LEAD parishes cost per person is $75.

Participants are responsible for their own hotel accommodations and expense. Mention the event when registering with the hotel.

To register for the event contact Faith Formation Secretary Jessica Hargrave by email: jhargrave@rcdony.org or by phone: (315)393-2920


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CONFIRMATION RETREATS WITH NET MINISTRIES 

NET Ministries challenges young Catholics to love Christ and embrace the lift of the Church

Saturday, March 28, 2020
St. Augustine's Church, Peru
10:30am-4:30pm Mass

Sunday, March 29, 2020
Sacred Heart Church, Watertown
9:00am-3:00pm (Includes Mass at 10:30am)

Cost: $30 per student (meal included) - Parishes will be billed after event

Registration Deadline: March 18, 2020
Contact Jessica Hargrave by email: jhargrave@rcdony.org or phone: (315)393-2920


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DAY OF REFLECTION: "Creating Holy Moments In My Life"

LEAD Event
When: Saturday, March 21, 2020

Eastern Region
Presenter: Deacon Mark Bennett
Where: St. John XXIII Newman Center, Plattsburgh
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

Western Region
Presenter: Deacon Jim Crowley
Where: Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg
Time: 10:00am-2:30pm

To register contact Faith Formation Secretary, Jessica Hargrave by Email: jhargrave@rcdony.org or Phone: (315)393-2920


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HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE 2020: Next year prepare for Easter by walking in the footsteps of Jesus!

JOIN FR. CHRIS LOOBY ON A LENTEN PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND March 23-31, 2020! What better to prepare for Easter than to spend the days leading up to it walking in the Footsteps of Jesus. Our visit will include Bethlehem where Jesus was born, Nazareth where he grew up, Capernaum, the Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem and much more! Prices are $3,899 for a double, $4,699 for a single, $3,869 for a triple. For more information please contact Mary McIntosh at Watertown AAA at (315)558-6372.


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DIOCESAN YOUTH RALLY: Annual gathering for young people in grades 7 to 12

The Youth office is excited to bring young people together for a celebratory day filled with “God’s All-Encompassing Love”. The theme of “Under The Big Top” sets the tone for a carnival style event with fun games, entertainment, great food, a wonderful resort location, a dynamic speaker and a closing mass offered by Most Reverend Bishop Terry LaValley. This is an all, inclusive event and is made available at the low ticket price of $30.00 per youth through the generous support of the Bishop Fund Appeal and Donor organizations.

The Youth Rally will be held in the High Peaks Resort located at, 2384 Saranac Ave., Lake Placid, New York on April 25, 2020 from 10am to 5pm with closing Mass at 4pm.

This year our Keynote speaker will be, Doug Tooke. Doug Tooke is a dynamic and energetic speaker with more than 20 years in Ministry. Utilizing cinematic storytelling, Doug’s presentations inspire and motivate people to seek a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Also appearing will be the Gratto Fellows Circus Performers showcasing their interactive juggling, unicycling, rope walking, and other feats of daring, bravery and comedic entertainment.

You can also try your skill or luck at one of the Carnival Game tables and we will have great music all day long!

Carnival style lunch will be provided by the High Peaks Resort.

Menu items include: Lemonade and Soda Stand, Coney Island Franks, Make Your Own Nachos, French Fries, Pizza, Cracker Jacks, Jumbo Soft Pretzels, Popcorn, and Ice Cream Sandwiches!


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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: fraamyot2@twcny.rr.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: Environmental Stewardship

(for the January 25/26 Bulletin)

Feel overwhelmed at times at the condition of our beautiful Garden entrusted by God for us to protect? Three points of stewardship influence available to us: our lifestyle, our financial investment policies, our voice to legislators that reflect our commitment as Christians to providing a just and healthy future for all. For more info., see Laudato Si: On care for our Common Home


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP: Environmental Stewardship

(for the February 1/2 Bulletin)

Did You Know.... Plastic shopping bags are typically used less than 30 minutes and only 1% are recycled. The average American adult uses approximately 288 bags a year, or 22,000* in an average lifetime,(2008 Piedmont Environmental Alliance, NC) How many plastic bags do you use or save in an average week? 


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SAFE ENVIRONMENT CORNER: Did you know? ...

Did you know…abuse is never a child’s fault. This is a point that children need to hear repeatedly. Offenders try hard to make children feel complicit in the abuse or to blame them for the abuse. Children must be taught that this is never true. The blame always belongs to the adult who is taking advantage of a child’s trust and vulnerabilities. For learn more about the Diocese of Ogdensburg’s efforts to protect children, visit: https://www.rcdony.org/safeenv.html


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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.  


PARISH EVENTS:

These are parish and other local events that may be of interest to your parishioners. If you would like to share them in your parish bulletin, you can simply cut and paste the text under the "Description." 

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WOMEN'S GROUP: The Father's Song-Listening for and learning the voice of God
Norwood, NY

January 26, 12:30PM
St. Andrew's Church Hall, Norwood, NY-enter through the side door

All women are welcome to join us for faith, fellowship, and snacks. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, call/text/email Sara at 315-212-7565 or narrow56@gmail.com


 

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BIBLE TIME LINE STUDY: 8-week series, Massena, NY

Description: Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible
Dates: Feb 4- March 31, 2020
Times: 2-4pm & 6:30-8:30pm
Place: St. Mary's Social Hall, Massena

For more information contact the parish: 315.769.2469


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ST. JAMES SCHOOL GALA 2020: God Bless The USA 
Gouverneur, NY

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE “GOD BLESS THE USA” 2020 St. James School Gala, Saturday, February 8, at St. James School, Gouverneur. Doors open at 5:45. Treasure Chest Keys go on sale at 6:30pm. $60 per person, $45.00 special ticket price for active and retired military, law enforcement, and emergency responders. Tickets are available at the parish office or log onto www.stjamesk-6.org, hit the donate button and purchase your tickets. Ticket includes: Admission to our auctions, raffles, appetizers, full course dinner, dessert bar, drinks and dancing. Must be 21 years of age. Formal attire is optional. Join us as we ignite the pride in every American heart and celebrate our Hometown Heroes.


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FUNDRAISER FOR KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, Evans Mills, NY

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner on Saturday, February 8th. Serving from 4 to 7 PM at St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills, NY. $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior citizens, $5.00 for children under 12 and children under 5 eat for free. For more information call 315-629-4678. benefit of Indian River Knights of Columbus. 


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HEALING MASS: Massena, NY 

DATE - FEBRUARY 11
LOCATION - ST. MARY'S CHURCH
TIME- 5:30PM
CONTACT - PARISH OFFICE 315-769-2469


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BIBLE STUDY PROGRAM FOR LENT: Plattsburgh, NY

Bible Study Program for Lent:
The Road to Redemption, Cycle A
A Catholic Scripture Study International Program
by Mitch Pacwa, S.J.

Join us this Lent as we take 6 weeks to prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ! Are we ready for the King? Are our hearts ready to accept the passion of our Lord so that we may share in his glorious Resurrection? The six weeks leading up to Easter mark our own 40 days in the desert with Jesus.
To prepare, each participant reads the Sunday readings along with the "Points to Ponder" commentary, answers the Study Questions & Questions for Reflection and "prays the scriptures.” All material is provided in the study guide.

This Scripture Study will be offered on Tuesdays 2/25/2020-3/31/2020 from 10:00-11:30 AM in the St John’s Parish Center Classrooms or 7:00-8:30 PM in the Upper Room at St Peter’s
Please call The Rectory office at 563-1692 to register by 2/18/2020
When you call please make arrangements to pick up your study guide prior to the session on 2/25/2020 ( We will be discussing the Week 1 Session - Temptation in the Desert at the 1st session)


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SPRING 40 DAYS FOR LIFE ~ PLATTSBURGH: Join us in prayer in ending abortion this lent

From February 26 through April 5, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside Planned Parenthood 66 Brinkerhoff St., Plattsburgh, and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact:
Nancy Belzile 518-593-6024
www.40daysforlife.com/Plattsburgh


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SUMMER CAMP GUGGENHEIM EMPLOYMENT: We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Summer season.

Description: Potential Counselors should be 18 years or older, have at least 2 years combined experience as a camp counselor, a participant in a counselor in training program (Teen Vision), or working with youth in a leadership position. An applicant above all should have a love of Jesus and a zeal for sharing their Catholic faith with the youth that attend Camp Guggenheim. This is a 7-week opportunity that begins on June 18th and ends on August 7th. For more information, please visit the application page www.rcdony.org/youthcamp/camp-guggenheim.html

You may also inquire with the Diocesan Youth Office Director, Tom Semeraro. Please call: 315-393-2920 ext. 1415 or email tsemeraro@rcdony.org


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CAMP MEDICAL DIRECTOR NEEDED: Summer Camp Guggenheim Is Hiring A Camp Nurse

Camp Guggenheim located in Saranac Lake New York is hiring a Medical Director for the 2020 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 18 to August 7. 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


FOSTER GRANDPARENT PROGRAM: Volunteering in Local Schools

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Ogdensburg hosts a Volunteer Program that may interest you. The Foster Grandparent Program. The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federally funded agency that has built volunteer-based programs over 50 years and counting. This program is right in your backyard. The Foster Grandparent Program of Northern New York has a purpose and it 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. You receive paid holidays, vacations, sick and personal leave. The program currently has 40 volunteers and serves more than 100 kids per year. “Sometimes when you get to be my age, you wake up and say what good am I” and along came the Foster Grandparent Program that keeps me going! (Quote from the late Roy Foote age 83). If you think you may be interested in becoming a volunteer please call our office at 518-359-7688.
Melissa Howard- Volunteer Coordinator,  Hanna Smith- Assistant Volunteer Coordinator


UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR

Jan 23-26: Youth Buses for Life

Jan. 26: Respect Life Collection

Jan. 27: Meeting with all Priests, Malone

Jan. 29: Meeting with all Priests, Watertown

Feb. 2: Priesthood Discernment Group - Potsdam

Feb. 2: Priest Discernment Group - Plattsburgh

Feb. 16: Priest Discernment Group - Plattsburgh

Feb. 19: Council of Priests Meeting

Feb. 23: Priesthood Discernment Group -Watertown

Feb. 26: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection

Feb 29: Lenten Retreat for Young People

Mar. 1: Rite of Election

Mar. 1: Priesthood Discernment Group - Potsdam

Mar. 1: Priesthood Discernment Group - Plattsburgh

Mar. 6: Staff day of Recollection

Mar 7: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting

Mar. 8: North Country Catholic Campaign

Mar. 9-10: Diocesan LEAD event 


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