eNOTES FOR December 6, 2018
(with bulletin information for the weekends of December 16 and 23, 2018)
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FROM THE EPISCOPAL DELEGATE FOR RELIGIOUS OFFICE
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RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS ANNUAL APPEAL: December 9
The annual collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious will take place the weekend of December 8 and 9. Below please find bulletin announcements for the weekend before, during and after the collection, as well as a suggested pulpit announcement.
Week of the collection: Dec. 8/9
Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests ministered for years for little to no pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate retirement savings. Your gift to today’s second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.
Week after the collection: Dec. 15/16
Religious give thanks. “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity!
Suggested Pulpit Announcement for December 8/9:
Elderly Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests need your help. The North Country has been and continues to be blessed by men and women who give their lives in service to the Lord as consecrated religious. Many served for years in our Catholic schools, hospitals, and parishes – often for little or no pay. Now is our turn to support them through the Retirement Fund for Religious. Your gift to the Appeal provides funding for medications, nursing care and more. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.
FROM THE FISCAL OFFICE
CHRISTMAS COLLECTION FOR SUPPORT OF THE PRIESTS RETIREMENT PLAN: Bulletin Announcements
75% of the Parish Christmas collection goes to support the Priest's retirement plan. The worksheet will have been mailed to parishes along with a cover letter for pastors. These are also available on the Fiscal Office Pastoral Documentation site. Below are suggested bulletin announcement leading up to the collection as well as a suggested "thank you" for the January 5th Bulletin.
For parish bulletins on the weekend of 8 December 2018:
The Diocese of Ogdensburg’s Retirement Plan for Priests has long been supported by parish contributions from its annual Christmas Collection. Currently 37 retired priests, and 9 active priests age 70 and older, are expected to receive pension benefits of $872,000 in 2018-19. Also 100% of the cost of health insurance premiums for retired priests is paid by the Plan. Your generous contribution not only supports current retirees but will also help provide for the retirement needs of priests who will retire in the future. Say thank you to your pastor and all priests of the diocese through a generous contribution to our Christmas Collection.
For parishes served by religious priests:
Seventy-five percent (75%) of our parish’s annual Christmas Collection will be contributed to the priest’s religious order to provide for the needs of our retired priests and others who will retire from active ministry in the future. Please be generous to the Christmas Collection and show your appreciation to your priests through your gift. Thank you so much!
For parish bulletins on the weekend of 5 January 2019:
Thank you for your generous gift in our Christmas collection. Like every North Country parish, we forward 75% of the collection to the diocese to fund pensions for retired priests. Pension needs for the future as well as obligations for the next year are being met thanks to your generous donation.
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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OPERATION MIRIAM LUNCH: Attention all women and middle school age and up
Where: SSJ Motherhouse, Watertown, NY
When: December 9, 2018
To register contact: Shayne e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-782-3620
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FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS: Performed by Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble, Drew Benware, artistic director, Marie-Claire D'Arcy, organ
Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) will give two performances of A Festival of Lessons and Carols on Saturday, December 22nd at 7:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh and Sunday, December 23rd at 4:00 p.m. at St. Agnes in Lake Placid. Anthems, carols, and hymns illuminate the Christmas story with community readers and congregational singing. Admission donation $10.
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YOUTH BUSES FOR LIFE: Pilgrimage to the March for Life
REGISTRATION UPDATE as of Dec. 3: Northern bus is full. There are 5 seats remaining on the Western Bus
Registration has begun for the 2019 Youth Buses for Life high school pilgrimage to the DC March for Life. The itinerary has been updated to include the "Life is Very Good" Mass and Rally for Life sponsored by the Archdiocese of Arlington and The Students for Life National Conference. Registration and updated itinerary are online at www.rcdony.org/prolife For more information, please contact the Respect Life Office 518-524-0774.
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REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH ACT FACT SHEET: Codifying Roe V Wade Myth
The NYS Catholic Conference has provided a fact sheet explaining why the proposed Reproductive Health Act is not merely codifying Roe V Wade. RHA must be examined not only for what it would newly enact into law, but also for what it would repeal from current law. Please contact your representative soon. The Senate plans to pass it quickly in 2019. For more information see: https://www.nyscatholic.org/2018/01/abortionexpansion/ and https://www.rcdony.org/pro-life.html
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SURVIVING DIVORCE: 12-week program
The Surviving Divorce Program offers support and healing for people who are separated or divorced. The groups meet once a week for 12 weeks. New groups are starting in Massena and Watertown in late January.
To register, go to https://www.rcdony.org/family-life/surviving-divorce-support-group.html. For more information, contact Steve Tartaglia at 315-393-2920 or email@example.com.
NEW EVANGELIZATION SUMMIT 2019: Ottawa, May 4
The Annual New Evangelization Summit will take place in Ottawa on May 4, 2019. The speakers for this year will be Fr. James Mallon, Cardinal Gerald C. Lacroix, Michael Dopp, Fr. John Bielawski, Michelle Thompson and Michelle Moran. Registration will not officially open until February 2019, but Office of the New Evangelization would like to reserve a block of seats for participants from the Diocese of Ogdensburg. In a change from previous year, this year the New Evangelization Summit will be a one-day event and will be FREE. If you are at all interested in attending this one-day summit, please contact Marika Donders, Director of the New Evangelization at firstname.lastname@example.org or 315-393-2920 so we can keep you updated.
(for the December 15/16 Bulletin)
A Tip for Christmas Shopping: Resist the “gospel of consumption” that says ‘more is better.’ Embrace the Christian spirituality that says ‘less is better’ and proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. Laudato Si #222 Buy less, waste less and enjoy it more!
(for the December 22/23 Bulletin)
A Tip for Late Shoppers: Shop locally, purchase items produced in our North Country and share them with family and friends. Benefits? It saves transportation costs. Profits remains in our local communities. It celebrates the gifts of the earth and people who nurtured them.
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."
HOLY FAMILY SILENT AUCTION GALA: December 8, 2018, Malone, NY
Holy Family School, 12 Homestead Park, Malone, NY
Doors open at 6:00
For more information contact Anne Marie Wiseman at 518-483-4443 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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THE BIRTH OF JESUS "A FRANCISCAN CHRISTMAS: in Ogdensburg, NY
Presented by the Franciscan Mystery Players of Clayton, NY
Through special lighting, inspirational music, and narration, this presentation is a prayerful and moving meditation on the Birth of Jesus. There are two presentation of the Mystery Play. Sunday, December 9 at 6pm at Notre Dame Church in Ogdensburg and Sunday, December 16 at 6pm at St. Mary's Church in Clayton. There is no admission cost, but a free-will offering is appreciated to support the Mystery Players ministry. For more information, contact St. Mary's parish office at 315-686-3398.
Dec. 9: Religious Retirement Collection
Dec. 9: Operation Miriam Lunch
Dec. 11: VIRTUS Facilitator Training
Dec. 18 Episcopal Council Meeting
Dec. 25: Christmas Collection for Priest Retirement Plan
Jan. 9: SLFA CLM Assoc. Board Meeting
Jan. 12: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep
Jan. 17-19: Youth Buses for Life: Pilgrimage to the March for Life
Jan. 27: Respect Life Collection
Feb. 9: Natural Family Planning Class