To commemorate the 150th anniversary of our Diocese, parishes and Catholic organizations are invited and encouraged to participate in the Octave of Service from May 19th through May 26th. The Octave of Service is an opportunity to carry our various forms of outreach in their communities while living out the Gospel values of encounter and accompaniment, journeying together as disciples in mission.
Octave of Service projects should focus on supporting and improving your community as well as cultivating relationships with others, including through prayer. These opportunities could be new initiatives as well as initiatives with which your parish has already been involved. Please keep in mind that COVID-19 has drastically changed the landscape of volunteering. Many parishioners may not yet feel able to join in in-person projects, but may be able to join as prayer support, or provide service behind the scenes from home.
While the Octave of Service is an eight-day event, parishes are not expected to carry out service every day of the week. At least one day of service, though, should be planned. The following are possible schedules a parish can use throughout the week:
Each day can be dedicated to a particular group or issue,
whether it is through service or prayer, such as:
OPPORTUNITY FOR COLLABORATION
The Octave of Service is a great opportunity for collaborative efforts among different groups, or even with those closest to you. Consider if the following groups offer feasible opportunities for partnership.
NECESSITY OF PRAYER
The Octave of Service allows us to put our Catholic faith into action, but any project or activity should be rooted in prayer and spiritual reflection. Consider including the following opportunities throughout your week of service:
Before the Octave of Service
Save The Dates
During the Octave of Service
After the Octave of Service
CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY
Bury the Dead
Tobit 1:16 – 22; 2:1-8
Clothe the Naked
Ezekiel 18: 16-18
Feed the Hungry
Give Drink to the Thirsty
Shelter the Homeless
Visit the Sick
Admonish the Sinner
Bear Wrongs Patiently
Counsel the Doubtful
Comfort the Sorrowful
Peter 5:5 – 11
Forgive Offenses Willingly
Instruct the Ignorant
Timothy 3:16-17; 4:1-5
Pray for the Living and the Dead
CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING
Visit the Diocese of Ogdensburg’s Public Policy.
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Every human person is created in the image of God and so the dignity and life of each person must be respected.
Call to Family, Community and Participation
The human person is not only sacred, but social. Marriage and Family are the building blocks of society. All work for the common good.
We are our brothers' and sisters' keepers and must stand together in the pursuit of justice and peace.
Dignity of Work
Work is more than a way to make a living; it is a participation in God's creation. The rights of workers must be respected.
Rights and Responsibilities
The right to life is the right that makes all other rights possible. We have a right to a decent life but also the responsibility to make a decent life possible for others.
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
God has a special concern for the poor and vulnerable, and we too are called to have a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. The measure of our society is how we care for the least among us.
Care for God's Creation
We are stewards of God's creation and must care for creation and be guided by a concern for generations to come. SEE https://laudatosiactionplatform.org/ (Laudato Si' Action Platform)
Christ the Lord bore our infirmities and endured our
sufferings. He went about doing good, leaving us an example to follow. Having
Christ's charity as the foundation of all we do, let us pray to him, saying:
R. Lord, teach us to serve our sisters and brothers.