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eNOTES FOR JANUARY 17, 2019

(with bulletin information for the weekends of January 27 and February 3, 2018) 

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DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION:

 

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DIOCESAN OFFICE DIRECT PHONE NUMBERS

Main Line (Reception) - 315.393.2920

Several Diocesan Offices now have direct phone lines, bypassing the Reception Desk/Main Diocesan Number. 

Bishop's Office - 315.605.1093

HR - 315.605.1091

Tribunal - 315.605.1087

Insurance - 315.605.1088

Education - 315.605.1089

Parish Admin Services - 315.605.1090


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OCP PARISH GRANTS PROGRAM: Attention Pastors and Parish Musicians

As part of OCP’s ongoing commitment to service, the provide direct financial assistance to Roman Catholic parishes across the United States through our annual OCP Parish Grants program. Since its inception in 2001, we have provided nearly $2.8 million in support of parishes looking to enhance their worship experience.  OCP is accepting applications through May 30, 2019 for grants to be used for liturgical and/or musical purposes.

The OCP Parish Grants program is a unique program of direct financial grants authorized by the OCP Board of Directors to assist parishes seeking to enhance the worship experience of their parish community. Grants are awarded annually, and the number and amounts given vary from year to year. It was established as a means of providing Catholic churches with financial support for religious, educational and charitable purposes.

Parish Grant applications are open to: Roman Catholic parishes located within the 50 US states that did not receive an OCP Parish Grant in 2018.  Recipients of a Parish Grant must use the money for liturgical and/or musical purposes.

Parish Grants are commonly used for:

Improving multicultural ministries with additional training and purchasing of bilingual worship materials
Providing online, digital or electronic resources to support liturgy preparation
Upkeep, repair and replacement of musical instruments, equipment and facilities
Purchasing music, hymnals and other worship materials
Attending or hosting musical or liturgical conferences or workshops

All applicants will be notified of the results of their application. Award decisions are at OCP’s sole discretion, and all decisions are final. Recipients of an OCP grant must comply with any and all applicable laws and regulations in connection with the grant and the funded project. In order to protect your privacy, any information shared with OCP in connection to the grants program will be used to process your application and will not be shared with anybody else, unless or except as authorized by you, the applicant. This grant program is void outside of the U.S. and where prohibited by law. Recipients must allow for public announcement of their award by OCP and be willing to share their experiences through OCP publications and other media.

Applications are only accepted online at www.ocp.org/parish-grants.  See the same link for more information or call 1-800-LITURGY (548-8749)


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DAY OF PRAYER FOR LEGAL PROTECTION OF UNBORN CHILDREN: January 22nd Day of Prayer and Fasting

The over 56 million abortions since the 1973 decisions of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton reflect with heartbreaking magnitude what Pope Francis means by a “throwaway culture.” However, we have great trust in God’s providence. We are reminded time and again in Scripture to seek the Lord’s help, and as people of faith, we believe that our prayers are heard. The General Instruction of the Roman Missal designates January 22 as a particular day of prayer and penance, called the "Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children”: “In all the Dioceses of the United States, January 22 shall be observed as a particular day of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life and of penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion.” As individuals, we are called to observe this day through the penitential practices of prayer and fasting. Another way to take part is participating in special events to observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. If you are unable to participate physically, please pray for those who are traveling to Washington DC to March for Life. Thank you for your prayers. Resources are available here: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/resources/january-22-day-of-prayer.cfm


RESPECT LIFE COLLECTION: January 26/27

The weekend of January 26/27 is the annual Respect Life Collection. Last year twenty-one grants were awarded which benefited those working to build a Culture of Life in our diocese. It's important with this year's legislative climate that we provide alternatives to abortion and help to educate the next generation. The collection provided funds for 7 Gabriel Projects, Plattsburgh Crisis Pregnancy Center, Birthright, Right to Life affiliates, 4 pilgrimages to the DC March for Life (two high school, one college and one family bus), 3 Pro-Life County Fair Booths as well as other pro-life efforts.

Grant applications are online at the Respect Life Office website: https://www.rcdony.org/pro-life/respect-life-grant.html . The deadline for this year's application is February 28th. Thank you for your generosity. 


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2019 PRE-CANA SCHEDULE

A February 9 Pre-Cana class has been added to the 2019 schedule. The class will be held at St. Mary's Cathedral in Ogdensburg.  Contact the Family Life Office for more information. 


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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WOMEN'S DISCERNMENT GROUPS

Attention all women! Explore with other likeminded women the vocations of marriage and consecrated life and how to discern what God is calling you to be. Women's discernment groups are forming in three areas of the diocese. For more information, contact Cathy Russell at crussell@rcdony.org or at 315-393-2920. 


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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Protecting our Children

WHAT: “Human Trafficking: Protecting Our Children”

PRESENTERS: Salka Valerio, Case Worker at Crime Victim Assistance Center, Binghamton and a Victim of Trafficking; Victoria Recore, Parent of a Trafficked Victim, Watertown

WHEN: Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 1:30-3:30

WHERE: Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, Hearthside Hospitality Center, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, 13601

FOR WHOM: All who are concerned with the safety of our Youth

Event is FREE and open to the PUBLIC. Come and bring a friend.


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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 at St. Anthony's Church in Watertown on January 22 and Sacred Heart Church in Massena on January 24.  We've added a new location at St. James in Gouverneur will be offering the program starting Thursday, February 21, from 6:30 to 8:30pm.

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 startaglia@rcdony.org.


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FISHERS CLUB: Priesthood Discernment
For Plattsburgh area parish bulletins

Lakesider Fishers Club will meet at St. Peter’s Church “Upper Room”, Plattsburgh, on the following Sundays at 3:00PM for discernment, Evening Prayer & dinner: Feb. 3 & 17, Mar. 3 & 17, Apr. 7 & 21, May 5. High school junior men and older are welcome. Contact: Fr. Doug Lucia, dlucia@rcdony.org or Fr. Howard Venette, hvenette@gmail.com or just drop in.  Individual discernment is also possible. It’s never too early to begin the conversation with your own Pastor or another trusted priest.


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YOUTH LENTEN RETREAT
A Lenten Retreat for 6th to 12 Graders

Rising from the ashes, we begin our journey of healing through the sacrament of Reconciliation.

Each retreat will be comprised of a unique blend of activities, DYC led workshops, Penance service with Reconciliation, and closing mass. Heavy snacks and drinks

included.

Locations and Times

St. James in Gouverneur March 2nd, 2019
12:00 to 5:00 (mass included)

St. Mary’s in Ticonderoga March 9th, 2019
12:30 to 5:30 (mass included)

NO FEE TO ATTEND
Space is limited

To register visit: www.rcdony.org/youth
Select “Lenten Retreats” to register. Chaperone's must fill out the Chaperone registration form as well as have Virtus training and background check.

For more information please contact: Tom Semeraro, Director of Youth Ministry tsemeraro@rcdony.org ot 315-393-2920 ext. 1415


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YOUTH RALLY 2019
A Day of Faith and Fun For 7th to 12th Grade Students

God has blessed each, and every one of us with the “Light”, the gift that enables us to be the best that we can be. The time is now. It’s time to RISE UP! Join us for a day filled with Fun, Praise, Food, Music and the Holy Spirit.

Date: April 6th, 2019

Time: 9:30am to 5:00pm

Rally location: Trinity Catholic School, Massena New York 188 Main Street

Registration for this one, day event is $25.00, and lunch is included.

To Register: www.rcdony.org/youthrally  REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS, MARCH 29TH

If you would like more information please contact: Tom Semeraro, Director of Youth Ministry at, 315-393-2920 ext. 1415 or tsemeraro@rcdony.org


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WOMEN'S RETREAT: Save the Date

Save the date! A day long women's retreat will be held May 4th at Norfolk. Edwina Gateley is a very inspiring and entertaining presenter. Stay tuned for on line registration.


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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 mdonders@rcdony.org or 315-393-2920 so we can keep you updated.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the January 26/27 Bulletin)

As Catholics we know January as Pro-Life month. This month in the U. S. has also been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Did you know that some of the effects of change in climate, i.e. more frequent tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, rising sea levels, increase the number of people at risk of being for trafficked for sex or labor? In June 2014, the number of refugees worldwide exceeded 50 million children, women and men. Half of these refugees are children who get separated from their families during disasters. Source: “Human Trafficking and Environmental Refugees” Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Choosing one way to lower your carbon footprint like carpooling, combining trips etc. can have a ripple effect on reducing the causes of the change in climate. i.e. use less gasoline this week.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the February 2/3 Bulletin)

Do you know what a climate refugee is? The definition is: a person who has been forced to leave their home as a result of the effect of climate change on their environment. With extreme weather events – from floods and storms, to heatwaves and drought – and as temperatures continue to increase, climate extremes will worsen, sea levels will rise, and the world’s most vulnerable will bear the brunt. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions. What can I do? Choose a way to reduce your energy usage this week. i.e. unplug appliances when not in use. They seep energy.


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PLANNED GIVING: Honoring Loved Ones Through Endowment Gifts

Establishing an endowment in the Foundation of the Diocese of Ogdensburg is a wonderful way to provide a lasting and meaningful gift in remembrance of a special person and at the same time support a purpose which that special person held dear. For more information, contact the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email 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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CATHOLICISM: THE PIVOTAL PLAYERS: Massena, NY
13-Week Study Program

Facilitated by Fr. Scott Belina, St. Peter's Parish will offer a beautifully produced 13-week series presented by Bishop Robert Barron exploring the lives of saints, scholars, artists and mystics.

Location: St Mary's Social Hall, Massena

Dates: Starts January 22nd

Times: Tuesdays, 2-4PM or 6:30-8:30PM

Please call Parish Office at 315.769.2469 to register.


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BLESSED IS SHE WORKSHOP: Norwood, NY
"Woman, Know Thyself-Life Lessons from St. Edith Stein"

Who: Any woman interested in learning more about our faith.

What: "Woman, Know Thyself-Life Lessons from St. Edith Stein" Workshop

Where: St. Andrew's Church Hall, Norwood

When: Sunday, January 27, Noon

Why: Learn about the life of St. Edith Stein and the lessons she has to teach us as Catholic women

Light snacks will be served!

For more information, please contact Sara LaPoint at 315-212-7565 (call/text) or narrow56@gmail.com


 

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SPAGHETTI & MEATBALL DINNER: K of C Fundraiser, Evans Mills, NY

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, Saturday, February 2, 2019 at St. Mary's Parish Center in Evans Mills, NY Serving from 4 to 7 PM. Adults $7.00, senior citizens $6.00, children under 12 $5.00 and children under 5 eat for free. Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus. For more information call 315-629-4678


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IGNITE 2019 CATHOLIC MEN'S CONFERENCE: Syracuse, NY

The theme for the 11th Annual IGNITE Men’s Conference is Exalt: O God be Merciful to me a Sinner.  As usual there are 3 tremendous speakers that will challenge all who attend.  You can be part of it on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the SRC Arena & Event Center for an amazing day that will have a tremendous impact on you. You can register for the IGNITE 2019 Catholic Men's Conference online at www.ignitecatholicmen.org



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FOSTERING FUTURES
Interested in becoming a Foster Parent?

See how your love and care can make all the difference in the life of a vulnerable child.

Fostering Futures, an affiliate of the Children’s Home of Jefferson County, is in need of more loving and supportive homes for children in Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties. For more information about foster care see http://nnychildrenshome.com/programs/foster-care/ or contact  

Megan Badour, Jefferson County, 315-777-9662 mbadour@nnychildrenshome.com

Marlene Pickering, St. Lawrence County, 315-229-3504 mpickering@nnychildrenshome.com


  

UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR

Jan. 17-19: Youth Buses for Life: Pilgrimage to the March for Life

Jan 22: Day of Prayer for Legal Protection of Unborn Children

Jan 22: Surviving Divorce Program, Watertown 

Jan 24: Surviving Divorce Program, Massena 

Jan. 26-27: Respect Life Collection

Jan. 27: Human Trafficking, Protecting our Children 

Jan. 31: Catholic Schools Week Celebration Mass

Feb. 9: Natural Family Planning Class

Feb. 9: Pre-Cana

Feb. 21: Surviving Divorce Program

Mar. 2: Lenten Youth Retreat

Mar. 3: Women's Discernment Group

Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday

Mar. 6: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection


Office of Vocations General Intercessions Cycle C 

Office of Vocations Bulletin Blurbs Cycle C 

Office of Vocation Seasonal Bulletin Blurbs 

Office of Vocations Newsletters 

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