Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

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eNOTES FOR JANUARY 31, 2019

(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 10 and 17, 2019) 

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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. Others can subscribe on the eNotes webpage at www.rcdony.org/enotes. The next submission deadline is February 11 for the February 14 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of February 24 and March 3.  To submit an announcement to be included in eNotes, use the submission formThe 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 enotes@rcdony.org.  

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DEPARTMENTAL INFORMATION:

 

 

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2019 COLLECTION FOR THE CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE: Restore the Church, Rebuild the Future

We will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe on Ash Wednesday, March 6. This collection supports the Church in more than 20 countries that are still struggling to recover in the aftermath of communist rule. Please find bulletin announcements HERE and a flyer with further information by clicking the image above. Thank you for your support.


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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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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SIGN UP FOR THE CATHOLIC ACTION NETWORK:

The Catholic Action Network (CAN), an arm of the NY State Catholic Conference, gives us all a larger voice in the halls of government. Through our email and social media alerts, CAN reaches tens of thousands of Catholics like you to provide educational updates on the important issues being debated and to provide the tools to simplify the process of contacting your elected officials.  Sign up online to receive email alerts at http://www.nyscatholic.org/ and click on the "Join the Catholic Action Network" logo on the top right corner of page. 


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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, discussion, and DYC led workshops. 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.

Chaperones 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 or 315-393-2920 ext. 1415


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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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CHARISMS: DISCOVERING THE GIFTS WE ALL HAVE TO SHARE: All Parishioners are welcome

Please join us for “Charisms: Discovering the Gifts We All Have to Share” retreat on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse, 1425 Washington St., Watertown, NY.

Marika Donders, Director of the Diocesan Office of New Evangelization is our facilitator. We begin with mass at 9:00 am followed by the workshop, 9:30-noon. All parishioners are welcome! The cost of the workshop is minimal: free will donation at the door. 

Please register prior to March 23 to ensure we have enough materials and light refreshments available.

It’s easy to register, just click on the link below: http://www.rcdony.org/formation/commissioned-layministers/clm-event-registration.html or call Jeannie Grizzuto at 315-393-2920.

Sponsored by the Commissioned Lay Ministers Association of the Jefferson and Lewis Deaneries


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LENTEN DAY OF RECOLLECTION: Sponsored by the Ogdensburg Cursillo Movement
Theme will be Prayer

Where: St. Helen Church, Chasm Falls, NY,

When: Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 10:00AM to 5:30PM

Join Bishop Terry LaValley, Fr. Albert Hauser, Fr. Alan Shnob, Fr. Jack Downs and Fr. Andrew Amyot 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. Helen Church in Chasm Falls, NY.

Pre-registration is requested to assure seating and food. A donation of $10/adult is suggested upon arrival to help defray expenses.

Please pre-register by mail, email or phone no later than Monday Mar. 15, 2019:

Mail: Ken and Kathy Racette, 679 Cumberland Head Road Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Email: kathyracette@gmail.com or kracette1a@gmail.com

Phone: 518-314-1505 or 518-578-3056


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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 February 9/10 Bulletin)

Dewitt Jones, former photographer for National Geographic, tells us to “Celebrate what is right with the world, and it will energize you to fix what is wrong with the world.” In the midst of winter what is there to celebrate? In the book of Daniel, Chapter 3, we hear the three young men, even in the midst of their peril, found something to sing about. “Ice and snow, bless the Lord: Frost and cold, bless the Lord…” What do you find in winter to celebrate that will energize you to fix what is wrong with the way we are treating “our common Home?” Laudato Si. Savor that reflective moment.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the February 16/17 Bulletin)

Martin Luther King had a “dream for America.” Thomas Berry, Passionist priest and author, tells us that we need a new “dream” for the earth. Scriptures urge us to be good stewards of the earth. What is your dream for the earth and all that dwell there? What will you do this week to honor that dream?


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PLANNED GIVING: Give Your House and Continue to Live There

You may want to make a major gift to our parish.  Why not consider real estate:  This is called a life estate gift.  This simply means that you give a piece of real estate, such as your residence, to our parish, obtain a charitable income tax deduction and retain the right to live there as long as you want.  This arrangement removes the property from your estate and relieves your executor from having to dispose of your home at your death. Contact Scott Lalone at the Diocese at 315-393-2920 or Email slalone@rcdony.org  for further information


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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THOUSAND ISLANDS CATHOLIC MEN'S GROUP: Clayton, NY

The Thousand Islands Catholic Men’s Group is a group of Catholic men who meet on a regular basis to discuss their experiences as Catholic men in today’s society.

The meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month at 9 AM in the Parish Center of St. Mary’s Church, Clayton. For further information contact Scott Beeles at 315-686-1303 or Gene Kleinhans at 315-482-3981. Come join us, whether you’ve been to a meeting or not.


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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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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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14TH ANNUAL DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE: Bronx, NY

Where: April 6, 2019: Cardinal Spellman High School, One Cardinal Spellman Place, Bronx, New York 10466

What: Save the date for this event featuring renowned speakers, sacred music, Adoration, Confession, Mass, and bookstore. The conference is co-sponsored by the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (CFR).


This year's speakers include:

Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life
Sister Donato Farbaniec, Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
Abby Johnson, Former Planned Parenthood Director
Msgr. James Lisante, Pastor, Author, Television commentator
Sister Monica Ward, CFR, Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal 
Jim White, Executive Director, Covenant House-New Jersey

Fee

General Admission: $60

Final Date to Register Online: April 5, 2019

Boxed lunch including choice of ham, turkey, tuna, or grilled vegetable sandwich: $10

For more information or to register see https://www.thedivinemercy.org/bronx or call 1-800-462-7426


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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. 31: Catholic Schools Week Celebration Mass

Feb. 1: Catholic Schools Week celebration

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

Mar. 9: Lenten Youth Retreat

Mar. 9: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep

Mar. 9:  FFM Program Workshop #3

Mar. 9: Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting

Mar 10: Women's Discernment Group

Mar 10: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep

Mar 10: Rite of Election 


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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