Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York


                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Mission Column for May 14, 2019                                

Gratitude for your 2019 Lenten Appeal Sacrifices

      Give it up for Lent,” they say. Yes, and give it to God by way of His most needy. Such Charity and Goodness literally goes to the ends of the earth. In this the year of upcoming “Extraordinary Mission Month” coming up in October, may the Lord bless you and your loved ones as we prepare for both the Easter season and our pending celebration of missionaries. Through you, may He do the same for countless souls far away.

     Life is filled with challenges. At times, our own reality may seem like an endless journey of hardship. We face perhaps the serious illness of someone we love, or maybe job loss or financial difficulties, or simply the trials of daily living. What we need to recognize is that we are not alone. We live in a global village that is sharing the same dilemmas and challenges. The following passage comes to mind:

“Neighbors in a Global Village”

“Not just the ones living next door, or down the block.

Not just those from my hometown or country...

No, my neighbors may or may not look or talk or think like me.

My neighbors may be of another faith or race or political persuasion.

My neighbors are whoever needs my help right now, whether standing beside me or half a world away.

A passage from "Who are My Neighbors” a meditation by Joseph Veneroso, M.M.

     I am most grateful for your Lenten sacrifices. These blessings to the Church serve the poor of the Missions. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in nations far away have a better life because of your gifts.  Remember that in the Missions, a seemingly small gift goes a very long way to help the Church serve the needy.


Remember to pray the World Mission Rosary….

          SPOF Cross

Please keep the Missions in your prayers.  Please be generous in next week’s collection for the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.  For more information, please connect and download the app at Mission.org.

Please remember “The Society for the Propagation of the Faith” when writing or changing your Will.