eNOTES FOR February 14

(with bulletin information for the weekends of February 24 and March 3, 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 25 for the February 28 edition of eNotes with bulletin information for the weekends of March 10 and 17.  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.  

To Pastors:  Please make sure that your bulletin editor(s) and those who manage any social media for your parish are receiving eNotes in their email and are using eNotes for the bulletin and social media content.  If they are not, please have them subscribe at www.rcdony.org/enotes or contact eNotes@rcdony.org so we can add them to the list. Thank You.


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.


 

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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)


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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WHERE IS THAT IN THE NEW ABORTION LAW?: New Resource Available

Many have questions about the new Reproductive Health Act that is now NYS law. This new resource is available from the NYS Catholic Conference via the Archdiocese of New York. Please share with others. We must continue to educate about this law and offer alternatives to abortion. It is also posted on the Respect Life webpage. Please consider using it as a bulletin insert. It is two-sided. Thank you.


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MATER DEI COLLEGE FOUNDATION: Attention High School Seniors

Are you a Catholic High School Senior who currently resides in the Diocese of Ogdensburg and is planning to attend a Catholic College or University in the Fall? The Mater Dei College Foundation is pleased to offer a Scholarship opportunity to qualifying students going on to study liberal arts and sciences at a degree granting Catholic College or University. To request an application form, please email Valerie Mathews, Mater Dei Foundation Scholarship Chair at vmathews@rcdony.org. Application deadline is June 1, 2019.


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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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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. 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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40 DAYS FOR LIFE: Prayer Volunteers Needed

Beginning Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday From March 6 through April 14, you’re invited to join other Christians for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion. You’re also invited to stand and peacefully pray during a 40-day vigil in the public right-of-way outside the vigil site Planned Parenthood, 66 Brinkerhoff Street and also to help spread the word about this important community outreach. If you’d like more information – and especially if you’d like to volunteer to pray at the vigil site, please contact: Nancy Belzile, 518-593-6024, nancys_56@hotmail.com  www.40daysforlife.com/plattsburgh **Fr. Mickey Demo will lead a kick-off blessing March 6 at 10:00am at the vigil site.


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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: https://www.rcdony.org/formation/commissioned-lay-ministers/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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RACHEL'S VINEYARD: Spring after-abortion healing retreat

The Spring Rachel's Vineyard after-abortion healing retreat will be held Friday, May 31-Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the Guggenheim Lodge in Saranac Lake. If you or someone you know is hurting after an abortion, consider attending this weekend retreat. Confidential registration form available at the Respect Life webpage rcdony.org/prolife. For more information call or text Colleen Miner 518-524-0774 or email cminer@rcdony.org. You're not alone. Help is available.


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the February 23/24 Bulletin)

A Tip to save money, energy and be a ‘good steward:’ “Check to see what your refrigerator and freezer are set at. Colder is not always better. Setting your refrigerator 10 degrees colder can raise your energy cost by 25%.” 300 Ways to Save Money and Energy in Your Home,  by David Troesh 


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ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

(for the March 2/3 Bulletin)

Lenten fasting can include much more than food. Fasting from the use of unnecessary energy can benefit the earth, those who inhabit the earth and my own spiritual life by being a better steward of God’s Garden. (Genesis 2: 16) “Fully load your appliances. Whether it’s the dishwasher, the oven, our refrigerator or the laundry room, full loads cost the same as partial loads. 300 Ways to Save Money and Energy in Your Home,  by David Troesh 


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PLANNED GIVING: Buy a New Life Insurance Policy

Some people find they can make a much larger gift than they could otherwise afford by taking out a life insurance policy and name our parish, Catholic school, the Diocese, a Mission Project of the Diocese or a Ministry/Program of the Diocese as beneficiary.  If you name any of the above as owner and beneficiary, the premiums you pay will be deductible on your income tax.  It’s a way to make a large gift on the “installment plan


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

Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner, Saturday, March 2 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 those under 5 eat for free. Benefit Indian River Knights of Columbus. For more information call 315-629-4678.


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SACRED HEART PARISH ANNUAL FISH FRY: Chazy, NY

Sacred Heart Parish in Chazy will have their annual Fish Fry on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 4:30 -7:30 pm at the Parish Center, 8 Hall Street, Chazy. Menu will be fried perch, homemade macaroni and cheese, French fries, cole slaw, rolls, beverage and dessert. Adults $11, Children 6-12 $5. All take outs are $11. For more info, call the Rectory 518-846-7650 or email sacredheart@westelcom.com


 

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ANNUAL ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER: St Elizabeth's Church, Elizabethtown, NY

St Elizabeth's Church will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner on Sunday March 17th from 2pm-6pm in the parish hall in Elizabethtown. Menu: Corned Beef, Ham, Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Homemade bread; Gingerbread with topping (dessert). Prices: Adults: $ 12.00; Children ( under 12 ) $5.00.Take outs start at 1:30 p.m.


 

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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.



OTHER:

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WORD ON FIRE INSTITUTE: Free Digital Summit

February 19-21, Bishop Barron and The Word On Fire Institute present Evangelizing the Unaffiliated: A WOF digital summit.  Registration is free for this ONLINE conference.  

What you will learn: 

Strategies and struggles when evangelizing
What is a spirituality of evangelization? 
How to understand the sociology of non-religion 
Why community has such a vital role 
How to use culture to proclaim Christ 
How to understand and explain many common misconceptions of Scripture among the unaffiliated
How to dispel myths of the Catholic Church 
How to discuss happiness and meaning in life with a nonbeliever
Why we need to understand the problem of relativism 
Who are the kind of people you might meet as an evangelist
How to discuss the relationship between science and faith

Travel is NOT required! This is a fully online conference so you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home or office. You can watch the video interviews on your own schedule. Each day from Feb. 19th - 21st we will release four new, exclusive, online video interviews. NOTE: the Summit videos are only available until the 21st, so make sure to watch them all before then.

For information, to register and get your free pass: see https://wordonfire.institute/summit2019/


 

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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


 

UPCOMING EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR

Feb. 21: Surviving Divorce Program

Feb. 27: Council of Priests Meeting and Lunch

Mar. 2: Lenten Youth Retreat

Mar. 2: Installation Mass, Rev. Garry Giroux, Norwood-Norfolk-Raymondville

Mar. 3: Women's Discernment Groups

Mar. 3: Installation Mass, Msgr. John Murphy, Old Forge-Inlet

Mar. 5: Episcopal Council Meeting

Mar. 6: Ash Wednesday

Mar. 6: 40 Days for Life

Mar. 6: Eastern & Central European Relief Collection

Mar. 6: 40 Days for Life begins

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 Groups

Mar 10: Pre-Cana Marriage Prep

Mar. 10: Women's Discernment Groups

Mar 10: Rite of Election

Mar. 17: North Country Catholic Campaign

Mar. 17: Women's Discernment Groups

Mar. 23: CLM Association of Jefferson and Lewis Deaneries: Discovering the Gifts

Mar. 23: Cursillo Lenten Day of Reflection

Mar. 23 Pre-Cana Marriage Prep

 


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