eNOTES FOR MARCH 29, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of April 8 and 15, 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 April 9 for the April 12 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of April 22 and 29. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:
HANDICAP GRANT: Attention Pastors
The Diocese of Ogdensburg annually offers two grants of $5,000.00 each to assist the parishes and institutions of the Diocese in providing assistance for the handicapped. These funds are made available from the annual contribution of the New York State Knights of Columbus to the Diocese of Ogdensburg. They will be distributed by the diocese on the recommendations of Catholic Charities and the Department of Education. The criteria for acceptability of the request cover several factors. Improvement in already existing programs or facilities will be considered. Some ideas for funding include: adapting facilities, special equipment, training for personnel, and program development. It is important to remember that programs which have received funding previously may not apply for the grant for the following three years. Programs/projects must show proof of additional sources of revenue to support the programs/projects. If you wish to be considered for a grant, please plan your proposal carefully. The grant application may be downloaded here. Applications must be submitted by May 25, 2018. Monies will be allocated after June 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding the grant and/orthe application please contact email@example.com or call (315) 393-2920 ext. 1411.
FROM THE OFFICE OF FAMILY LIFE:
LIFE AND FAMILY CONFERENCE: Bishop's Letter
Please read and share Bishop LaValley's letter encouraging people to attend the Life and Family Conference, "Marriage, God Calls, We Respond" on Saturday, April 14th at Trinity Catholic School in Massena, NY. For more information contact the Family Life Office at 315-393-2920 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR:
PONTIFICAL GOOD FRIDAY COLLECTION: Support Christians in the Holy Land now
The annual Good Friday collection for the Holy Land material is available for download HERE including an announcement for the previous weekend's bulletin. Thank you for your assistance.
FROM THE OFFICE OF WORSHIP
2018 CONFIRMATION SCHEDULE: Attention: Parish Staff Members
See the UPDATED AND EXPANDED confirmation schedule HERE or view it on Pastoral Documents. Please contact Linda Ross at email@example.com or Fr. Bryan Stitt at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
MARRIAGE: GOD CALLS, WE RESPOND: LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!!
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
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: APRIL 9 - register online today by going to www.rcdony.org/marriage
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to hear our keynote speakers Dr. Gregory and his wife, Lisa Popcak. This workshop is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of Catholic Marriage and how you can promote this understanding in your family, your parish and your community. 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 intended audience is
- 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
Please read and share Bishop LaValley's letter encouraging people to attend the Life and Family Conference.
(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.
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RESPECT LIFE: Please take action now. Contact Your Senator
On January 16, 2018, Governor Cuomo introduced his budget bill which includes a dangerous abortion expansion proposal. If the budget passes, virtually all limitations on abortion will be lifted. This is urgent because the law requires the budget be passed by April 1st. Go to www.nyscatholic.org and let your senator know that you do not support this harmful proposal. And be sure to join the Catholic Action Network for alerts on other important legislation.
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PARISH VOCATION MINISTRY MEETINGS
Three regional parish vocation ministry meetings have been scheduled for those currently involved and those who wish to get started. Choose the location most convenient for you: March 17th in Peru, April 21st in Watertown or May 5th in Norfolk.
Contact Cathy Russell at email@example.com for more information.
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SPRING OPERATION ANDREW
The spring round of Operation Andrew dinners has been scheduled for April 5th at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg and April 12th at St. Bernard's Church in Saranac Lake. Dinners begin at 5pm with Holy Hour and Vespers followed by dinner and conversation with Bishop LaValley and area priests. Parents are most welcome! Contact your pastor or Cathy Russell the Vocations Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to register.
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OPERATION MIRIAM LUNCH: Attention all women of middle school age and up
SSJ Motherhouse, Watertown, NY 13601
With Bishop LaValley
April 15, 2018
Starts at 11:00
Contact Shayne Lippincott at email@example.com or call 315-782-3620 to register by April 12, 2018
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org / 315-386-2543 or Fr. Douglas Lucia, Vocations Director email@example.com / 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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- 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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HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN YOUR BACKYARD?
"Human Trafficking in Your Backyard?" Elizabeth Horsman, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of New York, will speak on this topic on Wed., April 18 at 6:30 at the St. John XXIII Newman Center, 90 Broad St., Plattsburgh. Her presentation will include: What does modern day slavery look like? Where is it happening? What are some ways that I can help to eradicate it in our own area and in the places we travel? Event is sponsored by St. John XXIII Newman Club and Sisters of St. Joseph Social Justice Committee. Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
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YOUTH RALLY APRIL 28 IN CANTON: Registration closes soon!
Open to grades 6-12. Come for an incredible day featuring keynote speaker Bob Perron, prayer, interactive workshops, exciting games, and a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop LaValley. Registration is $30 and closes on April 20. Youth leaders can register their groups at www.rcdony.org/youthrally/rally.
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THE HOLY SPIRIT EMPOWERS US: Attention All Commissioned Lay Ministers
Holy Name Church & School: 10 Church Lane, AuSable Forks, NY 12912
Saturday, May 12th, 2018 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Keynote Speaker: Fr. Paul Kelly
Online pre-registration is appreciated and encouraged. Fee is $10.00 (credit cards are accepted online) www.rcdony.org/formation/commissioned-layministers/clm-event-registration.html or by mail (see flyer) to: PO Box 106 Canajoharie, NY 13317
YOUTH MINISTER CERTIFICATION COURSES: Courses 5 & 6 are available!
Register to spend a morning completing two courses in the Youth Minister Certification Program and sharing ideas with fellow youth ministers!
Course 5 (The Youth Minister as Model of Mission & Apologetics) and Course 6 (The Youth Minister as Model of Prayer and Worship) will be offered on May 12 in Watertown and May 19 in Plattsburgh from 9:00-12:00. Register by emailing email@example.com.
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.
SPRING RETREAT FOR ADULTS
Spring Retreat for Adults
Theme: Living the ‘Bookend Beatitudes’: an invitation to explore the first and eight beatitudes and ways to put them into practice through prayer, sharing and other spiritual practices.
May 4-6, 2018, at Cedarhaven, Morristown, N.Y. Space limited.
Facilitator: Sister Bethany Fitzerald, SSJ.
Suggested Offering: $125
For info. : 315-212-6592 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
CATHOLIC HEART WORKCAMP: Faith, Fun and Teens at Work at CHWC
Catholic Heart Workcamp (CHWC) has announced that it will be returning to Plattsburgh this summer, from June 24 to June 29. This week-long service camp, being housed at Seton Catholic Central, is open to high school (entering 9th grade in Fall 2018) and college students. Celebrating more than 25 years of service in cities throughout the country, Catholic Heart Workcamp’s mission is to inspire young people to live as disciples of Christ through serving others and to foster the Catholic faith of each participant. During the week, campers will volunteer at various sites throughout the Plattsburgh area during the day and participate in fun, faith-building programs in the evening. Daily Mass, Adoration, Penance and prayer nourish campers for their work in the community. The cost is $375 per person, which includes meals, lodging, transportation to the work sites, t-shirts and snacks. For information about the Plattsburgh camp or to register, please contact managers Jocelyn Kelly and Samantha Poulin at email@example.com or call Jocelyn at 518-651-0786. Additional information about CHWC can be found at www.heartworkcamp.com
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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 April 7/8 Bulletin)
"Suffering today is because people are hoarding, not giving, not sharing. Jesus makes it very clear. What you do to the least of my brethren you do it to Me.”(Mother Teresa of Calcutta) Purchasing only what we need can be an act of mercy that will have a profound effect on the least of our brethren and on the earth that sustains us.
(for the March April 14/15 Bulletin)
Jesus gives us his peace in today’s Gospel. Peace comes when we share with others what we have. “Changes in lifestyle based on traditional moral virtues can ease the way to a sustainable and equitable world economy in which sacrifice will no longer be an unpopular concept. For many of us, a life less focused on material gain may remind us that we are more than what we have.” U.S. Catholic Bishops. What change in my lifestyle could I do today that would bring about peace?
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, 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."
GOOD FRIDAY STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Pray for the sanctity of human life
All are welcome to join in prayer at the Annual Good Friday Prayer Service on 30 March 2018, held in Plattsburgh, NY., in front of Planned Parenthood, 66 Brinkerhoff St. at 10 a.m. Come be with us to pray for the sacredness of human life. Sponsored by Champlain Valley Right to Life. For further info contact Deacon Jack Lukasiewicz at 518-562-1175.
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
HEARTS ON FIRE: Friday, April 6, 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.
HOSPITALITY WORKSHOP: Massena NY
Please join us at this joyful event where you will learn how you can contribute to our parish renewal.
Saturday, April 7, 2018
Trinity Catholic School
w/ Lunch served at 12PM
All are welcome!
Call 315.769.2469 for more information
VOCATIONS RETREAT FOR 5TH-8TH GRADERS: St. Anthony's Church, Watertown
The Watertown Vocations committee is hosting a free Vocations Retreat for 5-8th graders on Saturday, April 7th from 9-11AM at Msgr. Sechi Hall (St. Anthony’s Church, Watertown). This is a great opportunity for children to learn about the different vocations of married life, priesthood, religious life, and the single life. We will be having ice breakers, activities and a Q&A panel with a priest, sister, married couple, and single person. Each participant will leave with a goody bag. RSVPs are requested by Friday, March 30th to Kathi email@example.com or 315-783-2230.
DIVINE MERCY DEVOTION: A holy hour sponsored by the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites
The Secular Carmelite community in Saranac Lake invites you to a holy hour devotion Including Eucharistic Adoration, chanting of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Reconciliation at St.Bernard’s Church in Saranac Lake Sunday, April 8 at 2:30 p.m. For more information contact John Miner Jdminer@roadrunner.com
ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE BREAKFAST: Parish Fundraiser, Black River, NY
ALL YOU CAN EAT PANCAKE AND EGG BREAKFAST!! ST. Paul's Church Black River in the Parish Center.
Saturday April 14, 2018 8 a.m. - 11a.m.
Pancakes-Scrambled Eggs-Sausage-Applesauce-Coffee-Tea-Orange Juice-Milk
Adults-$7.00-Seniors-$6.00-Kids(6-12) $4.00 Children 5 and under Free Family Max-$25.00
For more information please call St. Paul's at 315-773-5672.
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, April 19)
Time - 7PM
Place - Sacred Heart Rectory, Massena. NY
For more information, visit our website at: www.massenacatholics.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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FABULOUS 50's TEA FOR TWO PARTY: Peru, NY
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Monica #2598 are hosting their Annual Tea Party with this year's theme being the "FABULOUS 50's" and supporting the Elmore SPCA.
It is held at St. Augustine's Parish Center at 3030 Main Street in Peru, NY 12972
The fun begins on April 22 at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
For contact or additional information, please contact Jane Woods at: email@example.com.
Tickets are $10.00, please visit Janice at the parish office for purchase.
Come and "ROCK" with us to 50's tunes, Dance Contest, Costume Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, Limbo Contest, and much much more!!!! Heeeeey!
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PILGRIMAGE TO ST. JOSEPH'S ORATORY &NOTRE DAME BASILICA, MONTREAL
Join parishioners from the parishes of St. Mary's, Clayton and St. John's, LaFargeville for a day trip to Montreal to visit St. Joseph's Oratory (www.saintjoseph.org/en/) and Notre Dame Basilica (www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The day begins with a 7am coach bus from St. Mary's and includes a guided tour at each church, visiting the Oratory's museum and gift shops at both locations. Fr. Art LaBaff will say Mass for our group in the crypt church at St. Joseph's. Cost is $125 and covers coach transportation from St. Mary's, admission and tour costs, lunch, and dinner in Old Montreal before departure. Arrival back at St. Mary's is expected to be between 9:30 and 10pm. For more information or to request a registration form, contact St. Mary's Church at 315-686-3398 or download REGISTRATION FORM. Send completed form and $65 deposit to St. Mary's Church, 521 James Street, Clayton, NY 13624. The final payment of $60 is due May 8, which is the registration deadline.
Mar. 30: Holy Land-Good Friday Collection
Apr. 5: Operation Andrew, Ogdensburg
Apr. 9: Informational Workshop on Annulments
Apr. 12: Operation Andrew, SaranaC Lake
Apr. 14: Life and Family Conference
Apr. 15: Operation Miriam Lunch
Apr. 16: Information Workshop on Annulments
Apr. 21: Parish Vocation Ministry Gatherings
Apr. 28: Youth Rally
May 2-3: Deacon Assembly
May 3: Council of Deacons Meeting
May 5: Parish Vocation Ministry Gathering
May 11-13: 2017-2019 FFM Program Candidate's Retreat
May 12: ERCLMA Spring Retreat Day
May 12: Youth Minister Courses
May 13: Catholic Charities Mother's Day Collection
May 19: Youth Minister Certification Courses