eNOTES FOR FEBRUARY 15, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 25 and March 4, 2018)
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. Other can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at www.rcdony.org/enotes. The next submission deadline is February 26 for the March 1 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of March 11 and 18. To submit an announcement to be included in eNotes, use the submission form. 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.
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FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR:
COLLECTION FOR CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES AND PETER'S PENCE: Second Collection weekend of March 11
CLICK HERE for oral and bulletin announcements for the second collection the weekend of March 11. Please be sure to encourage your parish's support through use of the provided material.
FROM THE PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE: a resource for Lent
The diocesan Public Policy Committee has created a resource in conjunction with the season of Lent based on the 7 themes of Catholic social teaching. The committee has created a downloadable prayer card as well as a webpage which will include a series of articles in the weeks to come on each of the 7 themes. The articles will also appear in the North Country Catholic. The first article, summarizing the themes is currently available. For more information please see the public policy webpage under the "About the Diocese" section on the Diocesan website or click HERE.
FROM THE OFFICE OF WORSHIP
2018 CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE: Attention: Parish Staff Members
See the confirmation schedule HERE. An updated version will be available in the next issue of eNotes. Please contact Linda Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fr. Bryan Stitt at email@example.com or 518-593-6044 with questions.
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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LENTEN AFTERNOON OF PRAYER & REFLECTION: Commissioned Lay Ministers
Please join us for our Lenten Afternoon of Prayer and Reflection sponsored by the SLFA CLM Association. This special event is Saturday, February 24th at St. Mary’s Cathedral/Brzana Hall beginning at 12:30 pm. Our guest presenter will be Dc. William O’Brien. The afternoon concludes with Mass at 4:00 pm in the cathedral. There is no fee for this event. To register, please contact Jeannie Grizzuto at 315 393-2920, Ext. 1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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COMMISSIONED LAY MINISTERS ASSOCIATION OF THE JEFFERSON AND LEWIS DEANERIES MINISTRY SHOWCASE:
Join us for coffee and conversation, and learn about ministries in our diocese!
You’re invited to come and learn more about ministries happening in our parishes. The Ministry Showcase is designed with YOU in mind. We hope you will enjoy an evening of fellowship and learn about ministry opportunities in our deaneries. You will hear from people currently ministering in Young Adult, Hospitality, and Evangelization ministries. We start the evening with a reflection on the call to minister given by Rev. Steve Murray, Pastor of Holy Family Church, Watertown, NY. This will be followed by small group discussions. You will join a small group of attendees and participate in a round robin discussion. Each group will participate in three discussion sessions of about 20 minutes each. The evening also includes coffee and refreshments. We are sure the evening will be fun and uplifting! Please register by Feb. 20th! It’s easy to make a reservation on-line… Click on this link: https://www.rcdony.org/formation/commissioned-lay-ministers/clm-event-registration.html
For more information, contact Jeannie Grizzuto 315-393-2920 or email@example.com
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CAMPUS MINISTRY SPRING RETREAT: Attention All College Students
March 2-4th, Wadhams Hall, Ogdensburg-Get away from the business of college life and join other Diocesan college students for a weekend of faith, fellowship, and learning. Cost is $25 and covers lodging and food for the weekend. Contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com for more information or to sign-up. Registrations due by Feb. 20th. Don't miss this annual favorite!
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LENTEN DAY OF RECOLLECTION: Sponsored by the Ogdensburg Cursillo Movement
St. Augustine Church, Peru, NY, Saturday, March 03, 2018 from 10:00AM to 5:30PM
Join Bishop Terry LaValley, Fr. Alan Shnob, Fr. Timothy Canaan, Fr. Albert Hauser,Fr. Jack Downs and Deacon David Clark for a day of talks, prayer, personal witness, recollection and opportunity for Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Lunch will be provided.
Anticipated Sunday Mass will be celebrated by Bishop LaValley at 4:30PM at St. Augustine Church in Peru, NY.
Pre-registration is requested to assure seating and food. A donation of $10/adult is suggested upon arrival to help defray expenses.
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LENTEN DAY OF REFLECTION: Commissioned Lay Ministers
We hope you can join us at a Lenten Day of Reflection sponsored by the SLFA CLM Association. This special event is Saturday, March 10th at St. Mary’s Social Hall, Massena. The afternoon begins at 11:30 pm. Our guest speaker will be Dc. John Levison. The afternoon concludes with Mass at 4:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church. Lunch will be provided and there is no fee for this event! To register, please contact Jeannie Grizzuto at 315 393-2920, Ext. 1413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Faithful of the
Diocese of Ogdensburg
are cordially invited to join
Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg
for the annual Renewal of Priestly Commitment,
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
on Thursday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m.
at St. Mary’s Cathedral
in Ogdensburg, New York.
THE FLYER ABOVE WILL BE SENT TO ALL PARISHES
MARRIAGE: GOD CALLS, WE RESPOND: Online registration is now open
WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018
WHERE: Trinity Catholic School and Sacred Heart Church in Massena, NY
WHO: Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak
COST: $20 per person
The Department of Family Life, in conjunction with the Offices of Vocations and Evangelization, will present day-long workshop on Marriage and Family Life. Our Keynote speakers will be Dr. Gregory and Lisa Popcak. This conference aims to build up marriage and family life in the North Country and help married couples and those thinking of marriage understand the importance of the vocation of marriage as a path to holiness for themselves, their spouse and their children. The family is the basic building block of society, and as such, strengthening family life through strong and resilient marriages, helps build up a culture of love and stability.
- Anyone interested in better understanding and/or promoting the Catholic view of Marriage, especially Commissioned Lay Ministers, those working with engaged couples, marriage counseling, struggling marriages as well as;
- Married Couples, whether longtime married or newlyweds who want a deeper insight into married life and how to live it better; and
- Young Adults considering Marriage and Older Teens, mature enough to hear what the sacrament of Matrimony is all about.
For more information and to register please go to www.rcdony.org/marriage.
(For parishes and individuals with Facebook pages: please share the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1883000098678725/ )
Please pray for the team as we coordinate the details of the conference, that the conference will be fruitful in raising the awareness of the beauty and importance of the vocation of marriage in our Diocese and beyond.
NYS CATHOLIC CONFERENCE ACTION ALERT: Stop Abortion Expansion in NYS
An action alert has been issued by the NYSCC. Please visit www.nyscatholic.org to contact your representative about the dangerous bill that would eliminate New York's ban on late-term abortions, allow non-doctors to perform abortions, and
remove protections against unwanted abortions. For more information, see this MEMORANDUM OF OPPOSITION or go to http://www.nyscatholic.org/nys-catholic-conference-action-center/
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PRIESTLY DISCERNMENT: For young men of the Canton/Potsdam area
Every Catholic man should take the time to ask what the priesthood is really all about. The Melchizedek project offers that--along with good discussion, prayer, and food. We'll be meeting at St. Mary's in Canton on Saturday mornings at 9:00 AM on Jan 27, Feb 10 & 24, Mar 10 & 24, Apr 7 & 21. Contact Fr. Bryan Stitt, Pastor email@example.com / 315-386-2543 or Fr. Douglas Lucia, Vocations Director firstname.lastname@example.org / 315-388-4466.
PRIESTLY DISCERNMENT: For young men of the Plattsburgh area
Young men, High School Juniors and older: participate in Sunday Discussion, Evening Prayer and Dinner at St. Peter's Church, 114 Cornelia Street, Plattsburgh. Feb. 4&18, March 4 & 25, Apr. 8 & 22, May 6. For more information contact Fr. Howard Venette, email@example.com or 315-369-3554
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INFORMATIONAL WORKSHOP ON ANNULMENTS
Sponsored by the Matrimonial Tribunal of the Diocese of Ogdensburg: three remaining dates:
- Tuesday, March 27 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm: St. Mary’s School, 2 Powers Street, Canton, NY
- Monday, April 9 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: St. Patrick’s Parish Center, 12 St. Patrick’s Place, Port Henry, NY
- Monday, April 16 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm: Holy Ghost Parish Center, 40 Marion Street, Tupper Lake, NY
This FREE workshop is for people who wish to explore beginning the annulment process and will be conducted by the Staff of the Matrimonial Tribunal: Rev. Douglas J. Lucia, JCL, Judicial Vicar; Rev. Garry B. Giroux, JCL, Adjutant Judicial Vicar; and Mrs. Elaine Seymour, Moderator of the Tribunal.
What we will cover:
- Marriage/Divorce - what is my status as a divorced person in the Church?
- Do I need an annulment?
- The Annulment Process
The Tribunal staff will have the forms available to begin the process and will be on-hand to answer any individual questions as well. Light refreshments will be provided.
To register or if you have questions, please contact the tribunal office at 315-605-1087.
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RITE OF ELECTION 2018: Attention all parishes.
Diocesan Rite of Election 2018 February 25, 2018, 2:30pm St. Mary's Cathedral, Ogdensburg. For more information, contact: Shayne Lippincott e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org call 315-782-3620.
LENTEN RETREAT FOR YOUTH: Free retreat open to grades 6-12
March 10 in Lowville. March 11 in Saranac Lake. The same retreat is offered on two dates - - pick the date and location that is best for you! Open to grades 6-12. Free. Pre-registration and a bagged lunch are required. The day will include fellowship, prayer, workshops, and fun. Register at www.rcdony.org/lentenretreat.
11 DAYS IN ENGLAND AND WALES: April 9-19, 2018
DON'T MISS A TRIP OF A LIFETIME! Visit Stonehenge, Salisbury, Plymouth, Cornwall, Bristol, Stratford, North Wales, Chester, the Lake District, York, Cambridge, and London. Only $3479 per person from New York. Hosted by Fr. Donald A. Robinson, Pastor of St. James, Carthage and St. Mary's, Copenhagen. Price includes: Roundtrip Air from New York, First Class/Select Hotels, Most Meals, Professional Tour Director, Comprehensive Sightseeing, Entrance Fees and More!! For a brochure and more information, please contact Fr. Robinson at 315-493-3224 or email email@example.com
YOUTH RALLY REGISTRATION: April 28 Youth Rally in Canton
Open to grades 6-12. $25 (Includes lunch and a guaranteed t-shirt) for those registered by March 15. $30 (Includes lunch. T-shirt while supplies last) for those registered after March 15. The day will include keynote speaker Bob Perron, interactive park, prayer, workshops, and a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop LaValley. Youth leaders can register their groups at www.rcdony.org/youthrally/rally.
CAMP GUGGENHEIM REGISTRATION: Registration for the 2018 season is now open!
Registration for Camp Guggenheim is OPEN! Weeks 1-5 are open to ages 12-15, and Week 6 is open to 16-18 year-olds. Come for an unforgettable week of friendship, faith, and fun! Register at www.rcdony.org/camp.
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SPRING RACHEL'S VINEYARD: After-Abortion Healing Retreat
The Spring Rachel's Vineyard after-abortion healing retreat will be held Friday, June 1-Sunday, June 3 at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. Fr. Mark Reilly will serve as the retreat chaplain. Confidential registration forms are located at the
Respect Life webpage: www.rcdony.org/prolife. Don't suffer alone. Help is available.
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THE BEST OF IRELAND AND NORTHERN IRELAND: Pilgrimage with Fr. Amyot
11 Day pilgrimage, November 1-11, 2018 visiting Belfast, Derry, Knock, Galway, Connemara, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Blarney and Dublin. $2899 per person from Montreal. For more information contact Fr. Andrew Amyot 315-384-2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org
(for the Feb 24/25 Bulletin)
Why fast? Perhaps our first thought about Lenten fast is to give up chocolate. But what does that have to do with my relationship to God? Abraham saw giving up what was most dear to him, as a way of showing that God was more important than life itself. Perhaps giving up chocolate or some other favorite food or drink also expresses that someone or something is more important than my immediate pleasure. Fasting can provide us with the moral strength needed to fast from harmful habits that affect our health, the health of our planet, and the well -being of others. Suggestion: Cut back on personal consumption. Adopt a less-is-more attitude this Lent. Spend some time in prayer. Lord, grant me the wisdom and courage to ‘live simply that others may simply live this week.’
(for the March 3/4 Bulletin)
“Give me a drink.” John 4:8 Jesus uses water, so essential that nothing can live without it, to symbolize our deepest desires as human persons. Our Lenten fast this week calls us to conserve (don’t waste) and protect (don’t pollute) the gift of water. Only 1% of the water on the planet is available for human consumption. Nearly 18% of the world lack access to safe drinking water. Just because we have access to water doesn’t mean we can be wasteful. Next time you turn on the faucet to wash your dishes, prepare your veggies and fruit, imagine that you have had to walk miles to collect and carry it. See how creative you can be to find ways to use less and even find ways to reuse it, like watering plants, etc.
PLANNED GIVING: Free Proposal
Did you know that you can make a charitable gift that also benefits you in a practical way? A Charitable Gift Annuity is a donation you make to your parish, yet you will receive guaranteed income on it for the rest of your life at a relatively high rate of return (4.4% - 9.0%). Plus, you will receive a charitable tax deduction and tax-free income. Ultimately your gift will support our parish, while supporting you during your lifetime. For a free proposal contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email email@example.com.
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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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: Evans Mills, NY
SATURDAY, March 3, 2018, 4:00 PM Till 7:30 PM
MENU: Spaghetti, Meatballs, Salad, Bread, Dessert and Beverage
PRICE: $7.00 for Adults, $6.00 for Senior Citizens, $5.00 for Children under 12, Children under 5 free if eating at Parish Center (no free children’s take outs), Sauce available for $5.00 per Quart
WHERE: Saint Mary’s Parish Center, Evans Mills, NY
Sponsored By: Indian River Council 7471 Knights of Columbus. For information call 315-629-4678
PETER: CORNERSTONE OF CATHOLICISM: 10-Week Study Program, Massena, NY
Join us for a 10-week series on St, Peter! This study series features over seven hours of DVD video presentation followed by group discussion. All are welcome! The series begins on Tuesday, February 6, with sessions running from both 2 to 4 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sessions will be held at St. Mary's Social Hall, 7 Sycamore Street, Massena. There is no cost for participating, though donations will be accepted to help defray the cost of materials. For more information, call (315)769-2469 or see https://massenacatholics.com/grow-in-faith
EUCHARISTIC ADORATION: St. Mary's Church, Massena
St. Mary's Church (9 Sycamore St., Massena NY) holds weekly Benediction/Adoration on Thursdays from 9AM to 10AM
SPIRITUAL BOOK CLUB: Massena NY
Massena - The Massena Catholic Community Book Club meets once a month to discuss various works of fiction and non-fiction that have importance to the Catholic Church and relevance in our daily lives. Copies of book are often available on Kindle through our parish's Formed.org subscription or through purchase with Amazon.
Date - The third Thursday of each month (Next Date: Thursday, Mar. 15)
Time - 7PM
Place - Sacred Heart Rectory, Massena. NY
For more information, visit our website at: www.massenacatholics.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUPER SUNDAY: PARISH FUNDRAISER, Fort Covington, NY
St. Mary’s Parish Center, Ft. Covington
Sunday, February 18, 2018
Noon to 2:00PM
Homemade Cabbage Roll & Chicken Noodle Soups & Chili, Bread, Beverage & Brownie!
Adults: $6.00 ($7 Canadian) Children: $3.00 (ages 5-12) ($4 Canadian) Kids Under Age 5 - Free
50/50 Raffle & Gift Basket Raffle! Coloring Activities for the Children!
For more information contact the parish at email@example.com 518-358-2500
HEARTS ON FIRE: Friday, March 2, Malone, NY
Join us for Adoration with praise and worship music on the First Friday of the Month at 7 p.m. in Notre Dame Church in Malone. A bonfire with snacks will follow! This event is open to all and occurs on every first Friday. Contact Andrew Duso (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
PLATTSBURGH 2018 LENTEN RETREAT:
Sponsored by the Faith Communities of Our Lady of Victory, St. John's Church & St. Peter's Church
Mark your Calendars to Save the Dates for Our 2018 Lenten Retreat.
The faith communities of Our Lady of Victory, St John’s and St Peter’s in Plattsburgh will be sponsoring a Lenten retreat.
The retreat will be held at 7:00pm on Sunday, March 4th at Our Lady of Victory, Monday, March 5th at St. John’s Church and Tuesday, March 6th at St. Peter’s Church. If you have any questions, please call: OLV at 518-531-1842, St. John's Church at 518-563-0730 or St. Peter's Church at 518-563-1692.
Sheri Wohlfert will be our retreat director. Sheri is an acclaimed speaker, author and educator with over 20 years of experience.
Please make every effort to attend all three evenings as Sheri guides us in a simple, practical and often humorous journey designed to help us grow stronger in our relationship with God and with one another.
Feb. 25: North Country Catholic Campaign
Feb. 25: Diocesan Rite of Election
Feb. 27: CLM Assoc. of Jefferon & Lewis Deaneries Ministry Showcase
Feb. 28: FFM Advisory Committee Meeting
Mar. 8: Diocesan Dept. & Office Head Meeting
Mar. 10: Western Region LEAD
Mar. 10: Lenten Retreat Grades 6-12 Lowville NY
Mar. 10: CLM Assoc. of SFLA Lenten Day of Reflection
Mar. 11: Peter's Pence/Catholic Relief Services Collection
Mar. 11: Mar. 10: Lenten Retreat Grades 6-12 Saranac Lake, NY
Mar. 22: Chrism Mass
Mar. 24: 10th Annual Ignite Men' Conference (Syracuse)
Mar. 24: Commissioned Lay Ministers Lenten Afternoon of Prayer
Mar. 27: Informational Workshop on Annulments
Mar. 30: Holy Land-Good Friday Collection
Apr. 9: Informational Workshop on Annulments
Apr. 14: Life and Family Conference
Apr. 16: Information Workshop on Annulments
Apr. 28: Youth Rally