The Diocese of Ogdensburg Volume 65, Number 34
legislation l PAGE 8
How can we work
to make abortions
rare? l PAGE 12
CATHOLIC JAN. 19, 2011
Building a culture of life TO MARCH IN
Bishop Terry R. LaValley
observes the 38th anniver-
sary of the Roe vs. Wade
“Ours is an urgent moral
challenge. We have been
“As Catholic Christians we
must be leaven in our
world. We must be about
with it’ and change. It’s a
question of when will we,
our culture, ‘get with it’ and
Supreme Court decision al- changed by our culture too the business of informing change, particularly when it Jan. 22 is 38th
lowing abortion with a call much, and we have changed and forming our culture comes to issues that con-
for Catholics in the North it not enough. based on the Gospel and tinue to feed our culture of anniversary of
Country to build a culture of “The progress of society Church teaching, not the death.”
life. should not be confused with other way around. “So what can we do?” the Roe vs. Wade
In the first of a two- part the growth of the Kingdom “It’s not a question of bishop asks. “What must we
series, Bishop LaValley of God. when will the Church ‘get do?”
FULL STORY, PAGE 3
Being Part POPE JOHN PAUL II TO BE BEATIFIED
of a Church
A workshop “Being” A Part
of a Church Community will
be held in sites across the
diocese Feb. 20-26.
Anne Scanlan from RENEW
International will facilitate
the workshop, sponsored by
the diocesan Office of Evan-
While all pastors, parish CNS PHOTO/LESLIE E. KOSSOFF-NORDBY
council leaders, parish min- Tens of thousands of pro-lifers from
istry leaders, coordinators all over the United States - including
and facilitators of small com-
munity groups are especially
four busloads from the Diocese of Og-
encouraged to attend, all densburg - are expected to travel to
parishioners are invited, said the nation's capital for events mark-
St. Joseph Sister Mary Eamon ing the Jan. 22 anniversary of the U.S.
Lyng, diocesan director of Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v.Wade
evangelization. decision legalizing abortion.This
FULL STORY, PAGE 4 year's March for Life in Washington
will be Jan. 24.The theme is: "Thou
shalt protect the equal right to life of
Third Order each innocent born and pre-born
human in existence at fertilization --
Franciscans CNS PHOTO/ARTURO MARI no exception, no compromise."
Pope John Paul II waves to young pilgrims during World Youth Day in Toronto July 25, 2002. Pope Benedict XVI approved a mir- Shown above is a scene from the
Members of St. Joseph Fraternity acle attributed to Pope John Paul II’s intercession, clearing the way for the late pope’s beatification on Divine Mercy Sunday. Full 2010 march.
share their time and artistic talent story, page 7.
with the Franciscan missions
FULL STORY, PAGE 5 CHURCH - A FAMILY OF FAITH: Sharing in Christ’s Mission of Service... p. 2
2 Diocesan Life N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 19. 2011
NORTH LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
COUNTRY CHURCH: A FAMILY OF FAITH
Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669
Pro-life persistence Sharing in Christ’s Mission of Service
In a couple of days, four bus- For me, the fact that the voices
USPS 0039-3400 loads of pro-life pilgrims from the for life have become younger and By Sister Mary Eamon Lyng, SSJ
BISHOP TERRY Diocese of Ogdensburg more resilient is quite re- Director of Evangelization
R. LAVALLEY will add their voices to markable.
President the clamor expected next When that infamous de-
MSGR. ROBERT L. LAWLER “He went around all of Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming
Monday in the nation’s cision came down in
Vice President capital. 1973, I was a senior in the gospel of the kingdom, and curing every disease and illness among the
SR. JENNIFER VOTRAW, SSJ Thirty-eight years after high school. The consen- people” .
Secretary-Treasurer the Jan. 22, 1973, Roe vs sus among my friends Jesus had begun His mission to preach and to say,“Repent for the king-
MARY LOU KILIAN Wade decision, tens of was that pro-life protests dom of heaven is at hand” .
Editor/ thousands of people would fade in a year or John the Baptist had prepared the way by telling the people who had sat
General Manager from all across the coun- two. I hate to admit, first
try are expected to join of all, that it’s been so
in darkness that the “light has arisen” Jesus needed men who would walk
Publish 45 is- the annual March for Life many years since I was a with Him in His mission.
sues per year: and make their persistent
Mary Lou teenager and, secondly, Walking along the Sea of Galilee, He called Peter and Andrew, James and
Weekly except plea: “Stop abortion now.” Kilian that nobody my age was John to “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” They all left
issue after And, once again, the at all concerned about the
their nets to follow Jesus immediately. Now, Jesus had four companions
crowd will include scores fateful change in our who would share His ministry.
week in April of teenagers from parishes across country’s laws that day.
and every northern New York. But, nearly four decades later, The invitation to share the mission of Jesus continues for each one of us.
other week in July and Au- John and Colleen Miner, the pro-life work continues unabated. By our Baptism, we are called to be disciples of Jesus, to be disciples in mis-
gust by the diocesan directors of respect life Bishop LaValley is leading the way sion.
Diocese of Ogdensburg. ministry, have organized a trip in the diocese with an important
622 Washington Street, Og-
There are people still sitting in darkness waiting for the “light to arise” in
that’s intended to be a pilgrimage lesson about why we need to them. They face such challenges as atheism, secularism, materialism, vio-
densburg, N.Y. 13669.
for the 94 teenagers who have build up the culture of life and
signed up. how we should do it. Part one of
lence, unemployment, health care issues, etc.
Editorial Office: The only true light is the Light of Jesus Christ. It is the duty of the Church
622 Washington Street, It will be a spiritual journey as his reflection appears on page
Ogdensburg, N.Y. 13669. they pray together and “stand up three and part two will be fea- to make the message of Jesus Christ known throughout the world. We are
for the babies,” said Mrs. Miner. tured in next week’s NCC. the Church, the disciples in mission, entrusted with the mandate of Jesus to
Telephone: And it will certainly be source NCC columnist Kathy Gallagher, make the whole world know the beauty of His message.
(315) 608-7556 of great encouragement. the Director of Pro-life Activities His death and resurrection brought us salvation and fulfilled the promises
As the young people take part for the New York State Catholic
E-mail: in a pro-life youth rally – with Conference, addresses similar is- made of old.
news@northcountry 15,000 or so more teenagers - sues on page 12. This is the work of the Church, to evangelize the world. As a disciple of
catholic.org and then march down Constitu- Not surprisingly, both Bishop .
Jesus Christ, we follow His way. We “walk the walk”To be a disciple of Jesus
tion Avenue in matching tee- LaValley and Mrs. Gallagher make Christ will entail sacrifice and possibly the cost of our lives.
Entered at the shirts, they will see that they are a similar point: not all of us can
Post Office: It takes courage to witness the truths of our Catholic faith in our society
not alone in their beliefs. make the journey to Washington today where the culture of death shows signs of readiness to act out
Ogdensburg, NY The Miners have been organiz- to make our voices heard but
13669 as ing the March for Life youth everybody can do something. hideous violent actions upon innocent people and upon those who practice
Periodical Postage. their faith.
buses for 15 years and find that This week, and next, we’re happy
they become more popular every to provide space to offer some To be an evangelizer also means the daily call to repent, that is, to be will-
year. This year, as usual, there’s a practical ideas about what that ing to change the ways of our lives. Are we willing to change?
For one year:
In-Diocese Rate: $25
waiting list. something could be! There are some symbols in the Gospel passage that might open the door
Outside of Diocese Rate: $28 to understand a little more what we have to change. The nets suggest what
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Matters for publication should
we hold on to so tightly? The boat represents our ability to come and go as
be we please. They allow us to move about, float freely and independently, and
addressed to will take us where we want to go.
Box 326 Are we willing to let go and go where we would not want to go in order
Ogdensburg, NY 13669 for the mission to be fulfilled? The father was left behind. That may be the
and should be received by
Thursday prior to .
more difficult “letting go” It is the father in our lives that gives us our iden-
publication. tity and the sense of who we are.
There is nothing wrong with the nets, the boats, and the fathers, but
Paper is printed each Jesus is the one who makes the call and desires that we be the ones to fol-
dateline is Wednesday.
low after Him.
Member, Catholic Press Are we willing to give up the control, the opportunities, and the rooted-
Association. ness in order to be grasped by Christ Jesus? Jesus promised a hundred-fold.
Have we not been repaid in some way or another?
Send address changes to We are Church: A Family of Faith. We are still able to go out fishing, this
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JAN. 19, 2011
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Building a culture of life
For it was you who created my being, making a concerted effort to focus on the impor- with end of life decisions for their elderly par-
Knit me together in my mother’s womb. tance of our families. Tragically, in too many ents. We must pray for those who promote a cul-
I thank you for the wonder of my being, ways, we find ourselves deeply imbedded in a ture of death, such as Planned Parenthood and
For the wonders of all your creation. culture of death where the very fabric of our those lawmakers, particularly those Catholic
family is coming unwoven. Issues of life mean politicians, who are more concerned about the
Already you knew my soul, everything to the family. winds of political correctness than protecting the
My body held no secret from you So what do we do? Throw in the gift of human life.
When I was being fashioned in secret towel? Leave it all up to God? And, most importantly, we must pray
And molded in the depths of the earth. Ours is an urgent moral challenge. We for ourselves…for our own ongoing per-
have been changed by our culture too sonal conversion. When our language
Your eyes saw all my actions, much, and we have changed it not and behavior become mean-spirited and
They were all of them written in your book, enough. The progress of society should self-righteous in our own Pro-Life ef-
every one of my days was decreed not be confused with the growth of the forts, we become a walking contradic-
before one of them came into being. Kingdom of God. As Catholic Christians tion to what we say we believe about the
(Psalm 139: 13-16) we must be leaven in our world. We dignity of all human life.
must be about the business of informing So, you see, there is a whole lot of
I find the words of this psalm to be so very and forming our culture based on the room for prayers - prayers for all of us.
consoling. No matter what, God is by my side. Gospel and Church teaching, not the Bishop Our prayers will not go unanswered. Be
He knows what’s in my heart. other way around. Terry R. strong. Be persistent. Be patient. It is
These above-cited verses of the psalm are par- It’s not a question of when will the LaValley the Lord’s work. There is but one Mes-
ticularly inspiring when we reflect on the gift of Church “get with it” and change. It’s a siah. Invite others, family members and
life. I couldn’t help but think that one verse question of when will we, our culture, “get friends, to pray with you.
seems to have been forgotten by many of us with it” and change, particularly when it comes Another concrete action that we can take as in-
today: I thank you for the wonder of my being, to issues that continue to feed our culture of dividuals is to regularly celebrate the Sacrament
for the wonders of all your creation. death. of Reconciliation and to do acts of penance for
We have, in so many ways, forgotten how to In his homily at the Vigil for all nascent life on the many times that we attack the dignity of the
say ‘thank you’ because, perhaps, we no longer the First Sunday of Advent, the Holy Father said: persons with whom we come in contact. Per-
consider human life as a wonder-full gift. If I Cultural trends exist that seek to anaesthetize haps, most especially we need to seek forgive-
don’t embrace human life as a gift, then I need consciences with spurious arguments. Science ness and reconciliation with the ones with whom
not treat it with any particular respect. The body clearly indicates that the unborn child is not an we live and take for granted the most—our fam-
becomes merely an object that I can do with as I accumulation of biological material but rather a ily members.
please. Enter: pornography, contraception, eu- new living being, dynamic and marvelously or- Several weeks ago, I wrote to all of our pastors
thanasia, abortion. My life is my life-- period. I dered, a new individual of the human species. asking them to submit to me names of parish-
am not beholden to anyone for it. It’s my right to In his encyclical of 2005, Deus Caritas Est, ioner contact persons who can serve as life li-
do with it as I see fit, as I choose. Pope Benedict reminded us that it isn’t the aisons with our diocesan Pro-Life Office. I
Just a few verses further on, we hear the Church’s responsibility to make its teaching pre- believe this is a way that the Diocese can better
psalmist say: O search me, God, and know my vail in political life. Rather, the Church wishes to focus our efforts to promote life issues.
heart. O test me and know my thoughts. See help form consciences…The Church cannot and There has been much written out there. And,
that I follow not the wrong path and lead me in must not take upon herself the political battle to as you know, some of that correspondence is
the path of life eternal. bring about the most just society possible. She way out there. It’s one thing to be passionate, an-
The psalmist knows that he doesn’t have all cannot and must not replace the state. Yet, at other to be un-Christian.
the answers, but seeks the Lord’s constant guid- the same time, she cannot and must not remain I cannot and we must not support the use of
ance so that the wrong way is never taken. on the sidelines in the fight for justice (28). In all vitriolic, self-righteous and condemnatory lan-
Sometimes we think we know better, we have all humility, he writes, we will do what we can, and guage to make the faithful see things our way…
the answers and the guidance and direction of- in all humility we will entrust the rest to the whether it’s from the far left or the far right of
fered by God’s laws are ridiculed, at the least, ig- Lord. It is God who governs the world, not we the ideological spectrum. Such communication
nored. Enter: the Culture of Death. (35). is self-defeating, falling on deaf ears, even many
My sisters and brothers, we must read the So what can we do? What must we do? times ‘turning off’ pro-life ears.
signs of the times. The Catholic Church is often I know that it might sound like a cliché to some While everyone has the right to communicate
criticized for her supposed neglect of such a or a cop out to others. But, first and foremost, his or her thoughts, I have the responsibility to
read. Yet, if we have eyes to see and ears to hear, what every person can and must do is: PRAY. ensure that the local Church speaks with one
do not the signs scream out to us that these, too Please, please persevere in prayer. At Mass, at united voice. A major responsibility of the
often, conscience numbing, self-serving times Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, in per- bishop is to promote the unity of the faithful.
are becoming more and more self-destructive? sonal prayer at home, while praying the Holy I’m hoping that we enable our parishes to be-
Back in 1994, in his Letter to Families (12), Rosary, consciously pray for life. come even stronger advocates of the Church
Pope John Paul II wrote: the signs of the times I often find it helpful to focus my prayer on a teaching on life issues through the ministry of
which we see today are providing new reasons given occasion because there are so very many these contact persons. If you don’t know who it
for forcefully reaffirming the Church teaching on facets of our pro-life efforts that need divine in- is, ask your pastor for the name of the life con-
the sanctity of human life. St. Paul, so attentive tervention. For instance, at one time my prayer tact person for your parish. Communication of
to the pastoral demands of his day, clearly and may focus just on the woman contemplating an the Church’s teaching and pro-life efforts will be
firmly indicated the need to be “urgent in season abortion, or the father. channeled to the pastor and local parish through
and out of season and not to be daunted by the At another time we may wish to focus our this contact person.
fact that sound teaching is no longer endured” (2 prayer on parents who have chosen to have an ---
Tim 4:2-3). abortion, or on the abortion providers. We can Next week: What else can we do to promote a
This year our Church in the North Country is focus our prayer on children who must struggle culture of life?
4 Diocesan Life N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 19, 2011
A VISIT TO ALMA MATER Workshop set to focus on
being part of a parish
A workshop “Being” A Part our parishes and parishes and work of all us, the
of a Church Community will are merging and closing. The Church.”
be held in sites across the question asked is, ‘Why my While all pastors, parish
diocese Feb. 20-26. church?’, ‘ I don’t want to go council leaders, parish min-
Anne Scanlan from RENEW to Mass at that church.’” istry leaders, coordinators
International will facilitate “This may sound like and facilitators of small com-
the workshop, sponsored by ‘gloom and doom,’ but we are munity groups are especially
the diocesan Office of Evan- a community of believers encouraged to attend, all
gelization. who bring hope and joy to a parishioners are invited, Sis-
St. Joseph Sister Mary world that appears to be dark ter Eamon said.
Eamon, diocesan director of and depressed,” she said. “ The schedule for the work-
evangelization, explained the We are called to be ‘salt of the shop follows
purpose of the workshop: earth’ and ‘a light to all na- Lewis Deanery
“For the next few weeks, tions.’ We are called to be a Feb. 20, St. Peter’s Church
the Sunday Liturgies are of people of faith and love. If Hall, Lowville, 1 p.m. to 3
Ordinary Time. The Gospel we are not a people of faith
readings from Matthew focus and charity, the kingdom of Jefferson Deanery
on his early ministry in heaven cannot be fulfilled. Feb. 20, SSJ Motherhouse,
Galilee. We hear the stories “We are called to be a peo- Watertown, 6 p.m. to 8
of the call of the disciples, ple that bring wisdom, joy, St. Lawrence Deanery
their formation to be disci- energy and zest to others,” Feb. 21, Trinity Catholic
ples, and how they are to live she said. “We must come to- School, Massena, 7 p.m. to 9
and to proclaim the Gospel gether to be ‘church no mat- Franklin Deanery
from the Sermon on the ter where the church Feb. 22, Holy Family
Mount,” she said. building is located. We have School, Malone, 7 p.m. to 9
“All of these stories are to pull together. We are the
told for the early Christian People of God, the commu- Clinton Deanery
Community of Matthew’s nity of believers who pro- Feb. 23,St. Peter’s Emmaus
time and for us as a Family of claim the Gospel. Hall, Plattsburgh; 1 p.m. to 3
Faith in the Diocese of Og- “We hear the Word of God AND 7 p.m. to 9.
densburg.” and celebrate Eucharist to- Adirondack Deanery
“Building a parish commu- gether to bring about His Feb. 4, Holy Ghost Parish
Junior High school students at St. Mary's School in Ticonderoga listen to Diocesan Di- nity, being a family of faith in kingdom of justice and peace Center, Tupper Lake, 6 p.m.
rector of Vocations,Father Bryan Stitt and ponder what he has to say as he speaks to the life of the Church is not because we are strengthened to 8
them about vocations. Father Stitt, an alumnus of St. Mary's School, visited classes easy today,” Sister Mary and nourished together to go Essex Deanery
Kindergarten through Grade 8 after celebrating Mass with the entire school Jan. 7. Eamon said. “In this Diocese back out to be disciples in Feb. 26, Patrick’s Parish
we are faced with the dimin- mission.” Sister Eamon said. Center, Port Henry; 10 a.m. to
ishing numbers of priests in “Evangelization is the call noon.
BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR JESUS
Julie Guarino’s fifth and sixth grades at St. Marguerite D’Youville Academy in Ogdensburg, celebrated the Birth of Jesus with a birth-
day party given in His honor. In the front are Maggie Crowley, Alex Steele, Bridget Paige, Haley Whitmarsh, Lorraine Hollis, Taylor
Johnston, Joey Measheaw, Austin Cadrette and Christian Hadley. In the back row are Lexie LaFlair, Jacob Awan, Abby Marshall,
Frankie Jo Besio, and Maggie Peo.
JAN. 19, 2011
N ORT H C O U N T RY C AT HOL IC diocesan life 5
Third Order Franciscans share
artistic talents to help missions
Struss of Saranac Lake, Ms. to fit a body. Some other
By Kate Curry Nenning said. “She sends ladies knit 20-24 inches, so it
Staff writer them to the Franciscan Mis- varies."
sions. The number I com- Members knit on beige or
TUPPER LAKE – Karin Nenning of plete varies due to what else white 100 mercerized cro-
Tupper Lake has been knit- I am doing." chet cotton thread. This is a
ting leper bandages for Ms. Nenning is also a local durable knit which can last a
years. artist and creates a variety of long time.
As a Third Order Francis- artwork and crafts. She has "It takes awhile to knit just
can, she observe the Francis- volunteered her time and has one," Ms. Struss said. "When
can philosophy which donated other art work and I have collected a number of
involves prayer, acts of crafts for projects for her them, I send them to the
mercy and projects that help church and community. Franciscan Missions in Wa-
others. In the Diocese of Og- Despite losing a leg from a terford, Wisconsin. "
densburg - from Long Lake to blood clotting disorder and "After they are used, they
Ellenburg and towns in be- now an amputee, she is a are washed because the Mis-
tween - the Third Order typical Franciscan who sions can't always afford
Franciscans are part of the St. thinks of others before her- gauze bandages. I believe
Joseph Fraternity. self. these bandages are sent to
One of the many projects Ms. Struss, who collects leper missions, mostly." she
of the fraternity is knitting the leper bandages from said.
leper bandages which are members, describes the The Franciscan Missions
sent to Franciscan Missions process of creating the leper relies on projects such as Karin Nenning, a member of the St. Joseph's Fraternity of the Third Order Franciscans,
and used around the world bandages: "We use two knit- these that involves Francis- holds up a leper bandage she is working on at her home in Tupper Lake. Ms. Nenning
when completed. ting needles and make 33 can fraternities working to- has been knitting these bandages for years which is one project of her Fraternity.
"I knit as many as I can and stitches. We knit each row gether to serve others When completed, these bandages are collected from members and sent to the Francis-
then give them to Virginia that measures 36 inches long throughout the world. can missions around the world.
6 Diocesan Life N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 19, 2011
SCRIPTURE REFLECTIONS Bishop LaValley’s Schedule
The importance of ‘unity’ and ‘light’ Jan. 20 – 9 a.m., Mass and Visit at
St. Marguerite D’Youville Academy in
Our readings this week- written a most convincing present crisis. Working for
end provide us with a book about the need for JAN. 23 unity is ongoing. It means
timely warning. They speak unity. Responsibly con- struggling to let go of suspi- Jan. 21 – 12 p.m., Meeting with local
loudly of the importance of ducted polls show that Third Sunday in Ordinary Time cions and false assumptions Pastors and Ministers at Dostie Hall
“unity” and “light”. How im- there is growing consensus READINGS It means prayer and discus- in Watertown.
portant for us who live in a among the majority of our Isaiah 8:23-9:3 sion. When we are unified,
world and in nation over- citizens that our nation is I Corinthians 1:10-13, 17 we stand a much better Jan. 22 – 4 p.m., Mass at St. Mary’s
shadowed by dark- headed in the Matthew 4:12-23 chance of influencing the
ness and division! wrong direction on society in which we live.
Church in Potsdam.
Our Holy Father is issues such as This is Pro-Life Sunday,
most concerned abortion, marriage, Isaiah’s prophecy that “a marking the anniversary of Jan. 23 – 11 a.m., Mass at St. Mary’s
about an apparent and moral values. people who lived in dark- a badly-rushed court deci- Cathedral in Ogdensburg; 7 p.m.,
“jihad” or holy war Politicians, Wall ness have seen a great sion called Roe vs. Wade. Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at
on the part of Al Street, and the light”. In peaceful protest, well the First Methodist Church in Og-
Quada against Chris- media, however, Just as the people in over one hundred thousand
tians in the middle are deaf to those Capharnaum sat in darkness persons will gather in Wash- densburg.
east. There is a con- who try to move until Jesus came, so too do ington on Monday, Jan.
certed effort to drive our nation away those in our time and in our 24th, to take part in the Jan. 24 – 27 – Catholic Leadership
out natives in those Monsignor from the darkness culture, await a new evange- great March for Life on the Institute Workshop in Orlando, FL.
lands who have wor- Paul E. of moral confusion. lization. Capitol.This is one of the
shipped in their Whitmore Their voices have Our Holy Father, strongly great unifiers, when people
churches for thou- little influence. Into affirmed only recently in St. of every political and reli-
sands of years. Burn- this house divided Peter’s Square, that we bear gious persuasion join to- To Report Abuse
ings of churches, murder of comes the clear warning the responsibility of being gether to celebrate Life, the
parishioners have caused an from this week’s readings: light-bearers to a world in life given us by God from If you have a complaint of suspected
exodus of thousands of Christ is the true light for crisis. To be light-bearers, the moment of conception. misconduct involving diocesan
those who were among the the darkness. His message we must also be unifiers. Every year, there are clergy, religious, employees or volun-
first to follow the light of of love for all peoples is the Each year in January, both hearts converted, and char- teers, contact the Episcopal Vicar for
Christ. true source of unity. The Catholics and Protestants ity prevails over insult and
Religious Rev, James Seymour at
And there is so much marvelous prophecy of Isa- seek to mend fences. Much clamor. Many others will
darkness in America. iah concerns the land of Ze- good is done through these join them through prayer 315-393-2920 or the
Bitterness and lack of ci- bulun and Naphtali which is celebrations. But we must and local marches. Victims Assistance Coordinator, Terri-
vility in the halls of Con- in northern Galilee where also strive harder for unity Respect for the unborn anne Yanulavich, 7061 Rt. 9, Platts-
gress have paralyzed true Jesus lived and worked. within our own Catholic brings a climate of respect burgh, NY 12901-0310;
progress for the common Here will be a restoration of communities. for life at every stage. Please Tel.518-561-3100; Fax 518-561-
good. light with the coming of Both clergy and people pray that more media peo-
Carl Anderson, supreme Jesus. In this week’s Gospel, committed to their care ple and legislators will lis- 3003; e-mail: email@example.com
Knight of Columbus, has Matthew clearly refers to need to be united in our ten this year.
Protecting God’s Children Rest in Peace
OUR READERS WRITE This week marks the anniversary
Remembering Fr. Howard Monday night. Father liked to share the teaching of The Diocese of Ogdensburg has of the deaths of the following
God has called Father Howard Mc- He had a great passion for the doc- some of the saints that in heaven we will scheduled sessions for Protecting clergymen who have served in the
Casland to himself. Bless your little pea- trines and teachings of our faith-the all be 33, because that is the perfect age God's Children for Adults. Pre-regis- Diocese of Ogdensburg
pickin’ heart! His Calvary is ended, and I doctrines of the Church bring us in con- at which Christ died. So he’s just there tration online is required in order to Jan. 19 – Rev. Benjamin Desroches
pray that he enter the joy of heaven. tact with the person of Christ. years ahead of me now. participate. Participants may pre- O.M.I., 1908; Rev. Arthur P. Condon,
It was sad to not be there to witness Father taught the importance and the Finally, he taught wonderful prayers. register at www.virtus.org by se- 1966; Rev. Aloysius R. Isele, V.F., 1974
his burial in person. I trust that God has infinite value of the Holy Sacrifice of the At the elevations- “My Lord and My God” lecting the registration button and Jan. 20 – Rev. William D. O’Byrne,
allowed this in order to unite us in the Mass which gives God “infinite praise” as .
and “My Jesus Mercy” First thing in the following the directions. All em- 1928; Rev. Joseph Erhard, O.M.I.,
communion of saints. Jesus offers himself to the Father. When morning- “The thought of my mind, the ployees and volunteers who partici- 1936; Rev. Victor Viaud, O.M.I., 1937;
Father Howard, of course, had a great the priest says words of consecration, work of my hands, the love of my heart, I pate in church sponsored activities Rev. Joseph Ponture, 1940
love for Our Lord and devotion to Our God changes the substance of the bread .
give to you O Lord” And after commun- with minor are required to partici- Jan. 21 – Rev. Albert W. Giroux, 1991;
Lady, especially with the Novena every and wine into our Lord’s living body and ion- “My Lord and my God, you didn’t pate in this training. Further infor- Rev. Adam Zajdel, O.F.M. Conv., 1997;
blood. Jesus Christ is present on the have to make me, but simply to show mation is available from Atonement
altar! And when we receive him,“my me how good you are, and to give me Rev. Patrick C. Callaghan, O.F.M.
Sister Ellen Donahue, phone, 315- Jan. 22 – Rev. James Edward Joy,
body is just like a little church” heaven one day as my home, you have 393-2920. ext. 403.
made me” . 1950
Upcoming programs; Jan. 23 - Rev. Jeremiah C. Manning,
Thank you God for making Father Jan. 27- St. Mary’s School, Canton,
Howard and all of us calling us into his 1909
7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 – Rev. Joseph N. Beaudry,
Feb. 10 - Our Lady of the Sacred 1897; Rev. M. A. Ryan, O.S.A., 1924
Put it right there, you rascal.
Heart Church, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 25 – Rev. Eugene Gauvin, O.M.I.,
FATHER BERNIE MENARD.
Feb. 16 - St. Bernard’s School, 6 p.m. 1890
JAN. 19, 2011
N ORT H C O U N T RY C AT HOL IC world/nation 7
Beatification set for Divine Mercy Sunday
for canonization, by which Diocese of Rome, which in-
By John Thavis the church declares a person terviewed more than 120
Catholic News Service to be a saint and worthy of people who knew Pope John
universal veneration. Paul and asked them about
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Benedict The Vatican spokesman, his actions and character.
XVI approved a miracle at- Jesuit Father Federico Lom- Studies were conducted on
tributed to Pope John Paul II's bardi, summed up the senti- his ministry, the way he han-
intercession, clearing the ment in Rome when he said dled suffering and how he
way for the late pope's beati- Pope John Paul would be be- faced his death.
fication on May 1, Divine atified primarily for the spir- In 2007, on the second an-
Mercy Sunday. itual gifts of faith, hope and niversary of the pope's
charity that were the source death, the Rome Diocese
May 1 beatification set of his papal activity. concluded the initial inquiry
The world witnessed that phase. The documents from
for Pope John Paul II spirituality when the pope the investigation were placed
after miracle approved prayed, when he spent time in four chests, which were
with the sick and suffering, latched, tied with a red rib-
Pope Benedict's action Jan. in his visits to the impover- bon, sealed with red wax and
14 followed more than five ished countries of the world delivered to the Congrega-
years of investigation into and in his own illness "lived tion for Saints' Causes for
the life and writings of the out in faith, before God and further study.
Polish pontiff, who died in all of us," he said. In November 2008, a team
April 2005 after more than Father Lombardi said the of theological consultors to
26 years as pope. Vatican was preparing to the saints congregation
The Vatican said it took move Pope John Paul's body began studying the 2,000-
special care with verification from the crypt of St. Peter's page "positio," the document
of the miracle, the sponta- Basilica to the Chapel of St. that made the case for Pope
neous cure of a French nun Sebastian in the basilica's John Paul's beatification.
from Parkinson's disease - upper level at the time of be- After their favorable judg-
the same illness that afflicted atification. The chapel, on ment, the cardinal and
Pope John Paul in his final the right hand side of the bishop members of the saint-
years. Three separate Vatican church just after Michelan- hood congregation met in
panels approved the miracle, gelo's Pieta, is easily accessi- late 2009 and voted to ad-
ble and spacious, an vance the cause. Pope John Paul II embraces a girl during his visit to New York in 1995. Pope Benedict
including medical and theo- XVI approved a miracle attributed to Pope John Paul II’s intercession, clearing the way
logical experts, before Pope important factor given the On Dec. 21, 2009, Pope
steady stream of pilgrims Benedict declared that Pope for the late pope’s beatification on May 1, Divine Mercy Sunday.
Benedict signed the official
decree. who come to see the pope's John Paul had lived a life of members of the Little Sisters was the wrong moment to
"There were no conces- tomb. "heroic virtues." That meant of Catholic Motherhood in push the sainthood cause of
sions given here in proce- Father Lombardi said Pope he could be beatified once a France and in Senegal began Pope John Paul, who was
dural severity and John Paul's casket would not miracle had been approved. praying to Pope John Paul to pope when some of the
thoroughness," said Cardinal be opened at the time of the The reported cure of the intervene with God to heal abuse occurred. But the Vati-
Angelo Amato, head of the relocation, and that it would French nun was carefully in- her. can's sainthood congregation
Congregation for Saints' remain closed after it is vestigated by the Vatican's By June 2, two months continued to methodically
Causes. On the contrary, he placed beneath the altar of medical experts over the last after the pope died, she was process the cause.
said, Pope John Paul's cause the chapel. To make room, year after questions were struggling to write, to walk A year ago, a book revealed
was subject to "particularly the Vatican will have to move raised about the original di- and to function normally. But some of the spiritual and
careful scrutiny, to remove the tomb of a previously be- agnosis. Vatican sources said she said she went to bed that penitential practices of Pope
any doubt." atified pontiff, Pope Innocent that, in the end, the experts night and woke up very early John Paul, including self-fla-
The Vatican said it would XI, to another area of the were satisfied that it was the next morning feeling gellation and spending entire
begin looking at logistical basilica, he said. Parkinson's, and that there completely different. nights on a bare floor with
arrangements for the mas- In 2005, Pope Benedict set was no scientific explanation "I was sure I was healed," his arms outstretched.
sive crowds expected for the Pope John Paul on the fast for the cure. she said. Not long afterward, The book was written by
beatification liturgy, which track to beatification by In 2007, the nun, Sister she had recovered enough to Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postu-
will be celebrated by Pope waiving the normal five-year Marie-Simon-Pierre, spoke to return to work in Paris at a lator of the late pope's saint-
Benedict at the Vatican. Di- waiting period for the intro- reporters about her experi- maternity hospital run by hood cause, and it prompted
vine Mercy Sunday had spe- duction of his sainthood ence. A member of the Little her order. some displeasure among
cial significance for Pope cause. That seemed to re- Sisters of the Catholic Moth- Several times during the church officials because it
John Paul, who made it a spond to the "Santo subito!" erhood, she was diagnosed last two years, rumors have was based on supposedly
church-wide feast day to be ("Sainthood now!") banners with Parkinson's in 2001 at surfaced about delays in confidential material gath-
celebrated a week after that were held aloft at Pope the age of 40. In watching Pope John Paul's beatifica- ered in the investigation
Easter. The pope died on the John Paul's funeral. Pope John Paul deteriorate tion cause. Various reasons process.
vigil of Divine Mercy Sunday Even so, church experts from the effects of Parkin- were reported, most having Pope John Paul's death and
in 2005. needed years to review the son's disease, she said, "I saw to do with incomplete docu- funeral brought millions of
With beatification, Pope massive amount of evidence myself in the years to come." mentation. people to Rome, and Vatican
John Paul will be declared regarding the late pope, in- When the pope died in In 2010, with new revela- officials said they would
"blessed" and thus worthy of cluding thousands of pages 2005, and as Sister Marie- tions of priestly sex abuse in begin working with the City
restricted liturgical honor. of writings and speeches. Simon-Pierre's condition many European countries, of Rome in logistical plan-
Another miracle is needed The process began with the began to worsen, all the some Vatican sources said it ning for the beatification.
8 World/nation N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 19, 2011
Prospects good for pro- CATHOLIC
life legislative success
By Nancy Frazier O'Brien
"establish a governmen-
twide prohibition on tax-
the Patient Protection and
Affordable Care Act.
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) - With apolo-
payer funding of abortion
and subsidies for insurance
coverage that includes abor-
• No Taxpayer Funding
for Abortion Act, which
would make those policies
AT A GLANCE
gies to Charles Dickens, it is tion." part of permanent federal For many, beatification confirms long-held sentiment
the best of times or the "This prohibition would ... law rather than requiring
enact into law what is them to be inserted into
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The news of Pope John Paul II's upcoming beatification
worst of times, the spring of
known as the Hyde amend- funding legislation each was welcomed by many as a confirmation of something they already felt from
hope or the winter of de-
spair. ment as well as ban other year. the moment the shouts of "Santo subito!" ("Sainthood now!") reverberated
instances of federal subsi- • Abortion Non-Discrimi- through St. Peter's Square at the pontiff's funeral. Many in the crowd were
But challenges remain dies for abortion services," nation Act, which would ban young people who had a special affinity to Pope John Paul, whose pontificate
the pledge says. "We will discrimination against ob- started and ended with a special greeting to young people. During his installa-
also enact into law con- stetrics/gynecology resi- tion ceremony in 1978, the newly named pope told youths: "You are the future
That depends on whether science protections for dency programs that do not
you think the increased pro-
of the world, you are the hope of the church, you are my hope." And his last
health care providers, in- provide abortion training
life numbers in the U.S. Con- and allow health care
words, reportedly delivered hours before his death, were also to youths, in re-
cluding doctors, nurses and
gress and the leadership of hospitals." providers to sue a discrimi- sponse to the thousands of young people praying and singing in St. Peter's
House Speaker John But with a president who nating entity. Square. "I sought you and now you have come to me. ... I thank you," said the
Boehner portend a greater supports keeping abortion • Respect for Rights of pontiff, who died April 2, 2005 at age 84. Basilian Father Thomas Rosica,
appreciation for and protec- legal in the White House for Conscience Act, which founder and CEO of Canada's Salt and Light Television, said it was no coinci-
tion of human life or the two more years, what are would protect the rights of dence that he heard the news of the pontiff's beatification while attending a
rise of "the most powerful the chances that the Repub- insurance issuers, providers meeting in Spain for the upcoming World Youth Day. "A thunderous, sustained,
anti-choice politician in the licans can deliver on their and purchasers to negotiate
country" and a move to
standing ovation followed the announcement," he said in a Jan. 14 statement.
pledge? a health plan under the new
"shrink the government to Richard Doerflinger, asso- reform law that would ex-
be small enough to fit inside ciate director of the U.S. clude items that are against Faith leaders try to help heal pain, sorrow after Tucson shootings
our bedrooms," as NARAL bishops' Secretariat for Pro- their moral and/or religious WASHINGTON (CNS) -- As Tucsonans continued to reel from the Jan. 8 shooting
Pro-Choice America puts it. Life Activities, thinks convictions, even in the face spree at a shopping center that left six dead and another 14 wounded, religious
The 112th Congress that progress will be made. of new federal "mandated leaders around the country looked to help heal the emotional pain through
was sworn in Jan. 5 contains When the leadership of benefits" provisions. prayer and memorial services. Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas presided at a
up to four dozen more pro- the House makes a pro-life Most of those bills re- packed public commemoration and healing service Jan. 11 and participated in
life House members and promise, "it makes a lot of ceived wide bipartisan sup- the funerals later in the week for his friend, Judge John Roll, 63, and 9-year-old
four to six more pro-life difference practically in get- port in the last Congress,
senators than the Congress Christina Taylor Green, both Catholics. He also was part of an interfaith memo-
ting a vote" on key pieces of Doerflinger said, and "they
that preceded it, according legislation, Doerflinger said. should receive support rial service at Catalina United Methodist Church, also Jan. 11, which was organ-
to estimates from organiza- Also, he said, "the presi- again even from people who ized by United Methodist Bishop Minerva Carcano of Phoenix. She attended a
tions on both sides of the dent is less likely to veto a say they are pro-choice" be- public Mass of commemoration at St. Odilia Catholic Church that evening. The
abortion question. And the bill if he has to veto an en- cause they guarantee a true shootings left another person Bishop Kicanas knows well, Rep. Gabrielle Gif-
Republican "Pledge to Amer- tire package of funding leg- choice for those who do not fords D-Ariz., in critical condition at University Medical Center. She was the ap-
ica" outlining the party's leg- islation" on another matter. support abortion. parent target of the alleged shooter, Jared Lee Loughner. The violence caused
islative priorities vows to Ready to be introduced in Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., trauma for the whole community, Bishop Kicanas told Catholic News Service in
the new Congress or re- co-chairman of the Congres-
a Jan. 11 phone interview. "First we have to grieve, we need to cry and be to-
cently introduced are four sional Pro-Life Caucus with
pieces of legislation sup- Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and gether, especially for those who were harmed and their families."
ported by the U.S. Confer- a chief sponsor of the No
ence of Catholic Bishops: Taxpayer Funding for Abor- Buffalo priest moves step closer to sainthood
• The Protect Life Act, tion Act, said at least 77 of VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A Buffalo diocesan priest, Msgr. Nelson H. Baker, has
which would apply long- the 93 freshman members of cleared the first major hurdle on the way to being declared a saint. Pope Bene-
standing federal policies on the 112th Congress "are dict XVI signed a formal decree Jan. 14 recognizing that Msgr. Baker, who died in
funding and conscience committed to defending the 1936 at the age of 94, heroically lived the Christian virtues and is worthy of ven-
rights related to abortion to unborn." eration. Msgr. Baker, a Civil War-era soldier and grain dealer who became a Buf-
falo diocesan priest in 1876, served as pastor of Our Lady of Victory in
Lackawanna, N.Y., for more than 50 years. At Our Lady of Victory, which is now a
basilica, Msgr. Baker operated soup kitchens and a hospital, as well as homes for
unwed mothers, homeless and troubled boys and abandoned infants. The pope
must still recognize a miracle attributed to Msgr. Baker's intercession before he
can be beatified. Another miracle is needed for canonization.
JAN. 19, 2011
N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC entertainment 9
AT THE MOVIES
COUNTRY STRONG Canter, an emotionally frag- running in nearly every
By Kurt Jensen ile country queen who fell scene (sometimes she's
Catholic News Service into a spiral of alcohol and holding a bottle of booze,
drugs that resulted in a mis- too, just to underline the
"Country Strong" (Screen carriage five months into a point) - is, of course, in no
Gems) wears its mawkish pregnancy. shape to perform.
cliches proudly on its flan- Just getting out of rehab She can't finish a song in
nel sleeves. as the story begins, Kelly is Houston, is too drunk to
That's often not a bad also coping with a loveless perform on "Austin City
thing - or at least excusable - marriage to her ambitious Limits" and is jealous of
if all you're looking for is a and manipulative promoter Chiles' youth and beauty.
guilty-pleasure, two-hour James (Tim McGraw). She also occasionally en-
escape of nonstop and quite Right away, James puts gages in promiscuous sex.
effective country music. Kelly on a comeback tour Beau always cares, which CNS PHOTO/SONY
Were it only that simple. that is supposed to end in a is why - in a thoroughly im- Tim McGraw and Gwyneth Paltrow star in a scene from the movie "Country Strong."
Instead, writer-director triumphal return to Dallas, moral and messy state of,
Shana Feste sends four one- the scene of her miscarriage well, affairs - both women his classroom. Watching, of implied adulterous and
dimensional characters - all and public meltdown. Beau share him. James, by con- James briefly realizes why premarital sex, pervasive
of them shown to be moral is a very appealing country trast, is only interested in he loved Kelly in the first crude language and fleeting
and caring when their ambi- singer himself, and James getting his wife on stage be- place and -- as her band profanity. The Catholic
tions or pathologies haven't pairs him with neurotic fore the cheering throngs. plays -- they pair up and News Service classification
taken over - spinning like beauty queen-turned-singer In one tasteless sequence dance, ignoring the sick lad. is A-III -- adults. The Motion
pinballs in a shopworn tale Chiles Stanton (Leighton involving an image-burnish- At that point we're forced Picture Association of Amer-
of substance abuse, adul- Meester) - on whom he has ing visit for the Make-A- to wonder: "Who cares what ica rating is PG-13 -- parents
tery and the grim lifestyle designs as well - to serve as Wish Foundation, Kelly happens to these two self- strongly cautioned. Some
played out on a tour bus. Kelly's warm-up act. warmly improvises a song absorbed clods?" material may be inappropri-
Gwyneth Paltrow is Kelly Kelly - whose mascara is for a cancer-stricken boy in The film contains scenes ate for children under 13.
10 around the diocese N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 10, 2011
CLINTON Date: Jan. 24 Date: Feb. 13
Time: 7 p.m. Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon; Take-outs
Place: Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. available
Ellenburg Center – Our Lady of the
Joseph Place: Visitation Parish Center
Adirondacks House of Prayer will be
Speaker: Ms. Sylvia Buduson, a 24 year Cost: Adults, $6; Children under 12, $4;
having a 10-week practical introduction
volunteer and Board Member of Hospice Under 5, Free; Family, $16
to the Christian faith beginning with
of Jefferson County. Sylvia has lost an
Who is Jesus?
only son through death. Her topic will COLTON WINTERFEST
Date: Mondays, Beginning Feb. 7 and
be:“Coping through Faith” . Colton – A Pancake Breakfast, sponsored
ending April 4
by St. Patrick’s & St. Paul’s Altar Rosary
Time: 6 p.m. to 8:30
LIFERIGHT MEETING Society, ill be held during Colton’s annual
Features: Started as an outreach from
Watertown - Liferight of Watertown will Winterfest
Holy Trinity Church in Brompton, Eng-
hold its monthly meetings on the third Date: Jan. 30
land, it has spread worldwide as a tool to
Wednesday of the Month. Time: 8 a.m. to Noon
reach all people for Christ by presenting
Time: 4 p.m. Place: Colton Pierrepont Central School
the basic beliefs of Christianity in a non-
Place: 312 Sherman St. Cost: Adults, $5; children under 12, $3;
threatening fellowship setting. A week-
Features: Liferight is a pro-life educa- under 5, Free
end retreat is included in these dates. A The North County Catholic welcomes contributions to “Around the Diocese”
. tional organization. The office has
video presentation and small group Parishioners are invited to send information about activities to: videos, books and educational materials K OF C BREAKFAST
sharing follow dinner. North Country Catholic, PO Box 326,
which may be borrowed. Topics Ogdensburg – The Ogdensburg Knights
Contact: RSVP to 518-594-3253 by Jan- Ogdensburg, NY 13669; fax, 315-394-0670;
covered: infanticide, assisted suicide, eu- of Columbus will be having a breakfast
uary 22 so that books can be ordered. e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
thanasia and chastity. buffet; Eat in or take-outs available.
Cost is $10 for book. Bring your Bible. Items must be received in the NCCoffice by the Thursday before publication. Contact: Phone 315-788-8480; website: Date: Jan. 30
www.liferight.org Time: 8:30 a.m. to Noon
BUS FOR LIFE not be able to save their lives, but can Place: St John's Adoration Chapel, Cost: Adults, $6; Children 5-10, $3;
Plattsburgh - The “Lake Champlain 2011 LEWIS
we not plead on their behalf? Time: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. under 5, Free
Bus for Life” still has seats available for Theme: “If people spent one hour per DIVINE MERCY CONFERENCE
participants to attend the National DAY OF REFLECTION week in Eucharistic Adoration, abortion Turin/Houseville – St. Hedwig’s Church ST. JAMES GALA
March For Life in Washington D.C. Ellenburg Center - Day of Reflection to would be ended” (Bl. Mother Teresa of plans to host a Divine Mercy Conference. Gouverneur – St. James Parish is plan-
Date: Jan. 23-24
be held at OLA House of Prayer. Calcutta). Pray for vocations! Date: Feb. 6 ning its annual Gala.
Features: A chartered bus will leave the Date: Jan. 22 Contact: 518-561-5083 or email us at Time: 3 p.m. Date: Feb. 12
parking lot of St. Peter’s Church in Platts- Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sjohnsadoration@aol.com Features: Vespers, Exposition of the Features: Tickets available at the school,
burgh on Sunday evening, January 23 at Features: Deacon John Levison will Most Blessed Sacrament, Silent Adora- 287-0130. More information to follow.
7:30 p.m. for the Monday, January 24 speak on Holiness. We are invited to the FRANKLIN tion, Divine Mercy Chaplet (to song),
National March For Life. The bus will re- wedding banquet. We need something Benediction, talk on Divine Mercy by the NOVENA FOR MILITARY
turn to Plattsburgh in the early morning old, something new, something bor- “B.I.N.G.O SPELLS MURDER” Marian Fathers. Featured Speaker is Br. Ogdensburg - Notre Dame Church is
of January 25. The cost of the bus is $25 rowed, and something blue. Please join Brushton – St. Mary’s Catholic Church Chris Alar, MIC. Coffee Hour will follow in holding a weekly novena for the safety
per seat. Scholarships are available for us for talks, lunch, prayer and sharing. presents an interactive dinner theater the Church Hall. of U.s. military personnel
those who would like to attend but do Contact: RSVP by Jan. 21 to presented by North Franklin Theater Contact: For more information contact Date: Tuesday evenings
not have the reservation fee. email@example.com or call 518-594- Group. Mary Ann Lepkowski at 315-348-6260 Time : 6:30 p.m.
Contact: To reserve a seat or to obtain Date: Jan. 21 and 28
3253. Donations appreciated. or see www.thedivinemercy.org. Place: Notre Dame Church
more information, please contact Betty Time: 6 p.m.
Buffett (518) 536-6640 or Karen Smith 40 DAYS FOR LIFE IN 2011 Place: St. Mary’s Parish Center ST. LAWRENCE HOLY HOUR FOR VOCATIONS
(518) 566-6229. Plattsburgh – Please mark your calen- Cost: $25 per person; Pre-paid reserva- BI-WEEKLY DINNERS Ogdensburg - St. Mary’s Cathedral is
dars for Spring 2011 40 days for life! Ash tions only. Call 529-7713 (limited seat- Ogdensburg - The Ogdensburg Knights holding a monthly Holy Hour for Voca-
PRAYER VIGIL Wednesday, March 9 to Palm Sunday, ing, call early). No refunds 72 hours prior of Columbus will continue their bi- tions.
Plattsburgh – A prayer vigil will held the
April 17. to show weekly dinners. Date: Thursday before the First Friday
first Sunday of the winter months.
Date: Jan. 18 Time: 8 p.m. to 9
Place: St. Peter’s Chapel EUCHARISTIC ADORATION JEFFERSON Time: 4 p.m. to 6:30 Place: Deacon Winter Chapel
Time: 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Plattsburgh - Eucharistic Adoration is BEREAVEMENT MEETING Place: K of C Hall; Meals are open to the Features: Nocturnal Adoration of the
Features: Helper's of Gods Precious In- Watertown –An ecumenical bereave-
held throughout the year every Wednes- public and take-outs are available. Blessed Sacrament continues through
fants prayer vigil will be held. We may
day, Thursday, and Friday. ment meeting to be held. Cost: $7 per plate, desserts for $1 the night, concluding with Benediction
Dinner: Pulled Pork sandwiches, tater at 7 a.m. Friday.
tots, and coleslaw.
FRIDAY FISH FRY
K OF C BRUNCH Ogdensburg - Fish Fry Buffet will be
Norfolk – The Knights of Columbus will held every Friday sponsored by Knights
be sponsoring a brunch. of Columbus Council 258.
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30
Place: Knights of Columbus Hall; Eat in
or take out, deliveries are available only
to the Towers.
Cost:Adults, $9; Children 5-10, $6;
under 5, Free
JAN. 19, 2011
N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC news 11
The Society For OBITUARIES
The Propagation Of The Faith Brownville – William F. Dundon, 76; Fu-
neral Services Jan. 8, 2011 at Immaculate
Memorial Services Jan. 15, 2011 at the
Jan. 11, 2011 at Our Lady of the Sacred
Heart Church; burial in Glenwood Ceme-
Sr. Mary Ellen Brett, SSJ, Director Conception Church; burial in Brownville tery, Watertown
622 Washington St., Ogdensburg, NY 13669 Cemetery. Plattsburgh – Mary F. Oliver, 87; Funeral
(315) 393-2920; fax (315) 394-7401
Services Jan. 12, 2011 at Robert W. Watertown – Patricia J. (DeVito) Bova,
Carthage – Marion H. (Russell) House, Walker Memorial Chapel; burial in Sacred 77; Funeral Services Jan. 17, 2011 at Our
72; Funeral Services Jan. 10 at Bezanilla- Heart Cemetery, Chazy. Lady of the Sacred Heart; burial in Glen-
McGraw Funeral Home. wood Cemetery.
About the Pontifical Cumberland Head – Carolyn L. (Clare-
Potsdam – John D. Dwyer, 69; Funeral
Services Jan. 14, 2011 at St. Mary’s Watertown – Leonard S. Clement, 73; Fu-
mont) Mathews, 71; Funeral Services Jan. Church; burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery. neral Services Jan. 8, 2011 at Holy Family
Mission Societies 11, 2011 at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church;
burial in Whispering Maples Mausoleum, Rouses Point – Dorothy J.“Dot” (Platt)
Church; burial in Glenwood Cemetery,
From the Director’s Desk, Plattsburgh. Sweeny, 93; Funeral Services Jan. 13,
2011 at St. Patrick’s Church; burial in Holy Watertown – Joseph DeCarlo, 93; Funeral
Sister Mary Ellen Brett, SSJ, Diocesan Mission Director Fort Covington – Roger J. Lauzon, 63; Fu- Cross Cemetery, St. Albans, VT. Services Jan. 11, 2011 at St. Anthony’s
neral Services Jan. 13, 2011 at St. Mary’s Church; burial in Glenwood Cemetery,
The Pontifical Mission Societies are: The Society for
Church; burial in parish cemetery. Star Lake – Olive M. Golden, 92; Funeral Watertown
the Propagation of the Faith, The Society of St. Peter
Apostle, Holy Childhood Association and Missionary Services Jan. 15, 2011 at St. Hubert’s
Union of Priest and Religious Louisville – George C. Williams, 76; Fu- Church. Watertown – Gertrude M. (LaLonde)
I would like to present some frequently asked ques- neral Services Jan. 10, 2011 at St. Eamer, 95; Funeral Services Jan. 12, 2011
tions about the Pontifical Mission Societies. Lawrence Church; burial in St. Lawrence Watertown – Dr. Santina Marie Spara- at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church;
Both the questions and responses in this column are Cemetery. cino Adragna, D.D.S, 91; Funeral Services burial in Brookside Cemetery.
part of a number of Frequently Asked Questions that
are found the Pontifical Mission Society webpage: Malone – Richard O. Bourcier, 94; Funeral
www.onefamilyinmission.org/faqs.html. Services Jan. 12, 2011 at St. Joseph’s
Where are the Pontifical Mission Societies located? Church; burial in St. Helen’s Cemetery,
National offices exist in more than 120 countries Chasm Falls.
around the world including the United States. Central
administrative offices are located in Rome, Italy, under
the direction of the Congregation for the Evangelization
Massena – Elaine F. (Fregoe) Carroll, 75;
of Peoples.The national office of the Pontifical Mission Funeral Services Jan. 11, 2011 at Church
Societies in the United States is located in New York of the Sacred Heart.
City. The national director is Monsignor John E. Kozar.
In addition, every diocese in the United States has a Morrisonville – Virginia “Marie Sears”
diocesan director who is appointed by the local ordi- Gordon; Memorial Services Jan. 15, 2011
nary (bishop) of that diocese. at St. Alexander’s Church.
What makes the Pontifical Mission Societies unique
from other mission organizations? Ogdensburg – Maurice Halpin “Hal”
According to the teaching of Vatican Council II, the Barry, 66; Funeral Services Jan. 12, 2011
Pontifical Mission Societies are institutions of the Uni- at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
versal Church and of each local church. Therefore, un-
like any other mission organization, the Pontifical
Mission Societies are both pontifical and Episcopal in
Ogdensburg – Lincoln J. Ledwith, 22; Fu-
nature. And, as such, the Pontifical Mission Societies are neral Services Jan. 15, 2011 at St. Mary’s
recognized as the principal instrument for educating Cathedral.
the faithful to an awareness of the Church’s universal
mission and for encouraging their support, in prayer Peru – James J. Barcomb, Jr., 45; Funeral
and sacrifice, for the evangelizing mission of the Services Jan. 12, 2011 at the Hamilton
Church among two-thirds of the human family. Funeral Home; burial in St. Peter’s Ceme-
Please remember “The Society for the
Plattsburgh – Mary Watson Conroy, 99;
Propagation of the Faith”
when writing or changing your Will.
12 Back pew N ORT H CO U N T RY C AT HOL IC
JAN. 19, 2011
Making Abortion Rare gratuitous agenda of the pro-abortion lobby.
By Kathleen M. Gallagher They need to be moving New York in the oppo-
Director of Pro-Life Activities site direction.
New York State Catholic Conference We all do. What more can we do to help reduce
the abortion rate in our state?
As we pause to commemorate the January 22 The commitment of those who passionately
anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade ruling which le- believe in the right to life is demonstrated by
galized abortion in this country, new statistics how well they “walk the walk”: volunteering in-
have been released, and they are disturbing. side the life centers, praying outside the clinics,
counseling young girls in crisis, marching down
in Washington, lobbying in Albany.
Each one of us is a vital part of the But if persuasion is the key to pro-life success -
Body of Christ. Nobody has to do everything, - whether we are seeking to persuade our next-
but everybody can do something. Let’s work door neighbor, a colleague, a frightened pregnant
woman, an undecided voter or our state Senator
together to truly make abortion rare – then “talking the talk” becomes equally impor-
tant. Here are a few tips for brushing up our pro-
The data shows that the U.S. abortion rate has life communication skills.
risen slightly, to just under 20 percent, with 1.21 • Whenever possible, we should say what
million abortions being performed across the you’re for, not what we’re against. We are for life,
country in a single year. That’s more than for the ethical integrity of medicine, for the
100,000 unborn children snuffed out every rights of the sick and the disabled, for maximum
month. legal protection for mothers and their unborn
For New York State, the numbers get worse, children.
with a rate of 37 percent. Abortions in the Em- • Jesus used parables to teach. Likewise, we
pire State represent about 13 percent of all abor- should use stories to persuade. People will re-
tions performed in the nation. member personal stories long after the statistics
In New York City, the statistics are downright are forgotten.
alarming: 41 percent of pregnancies end in abor- • A picture paints a thousand words. With
tion there, more than twice the national rate. the advent of three and four-dimensional ultra-
And while the rate in the North Country is not CNS PHOTO/BOB ROLLER
This CNS file photo shows Angelina Estebanof Royal Oak, Mich., hold- sound, we have a literal window to the womb.
nearly as high, women and children in the north- We should focus on the wonder and the beauty
ern reaches of our state also suffer from abor- ing a sign during the 2009 March for Life rally in Washington. This
of human development.
tion; nearly 1,000 procedures were recorded year’s march will be held Jan. 24. • In order to be credible, we must be accu-
there in the most recent year data was collected. penalizing the centers that offer women preg- rate. Don’t believe or repeat everything you read
The numbers belie the familiar campaign nancy assistance, Mayor Bloomberg and the city on the Internet. Do your homework; know the
promise to “make abortion safe, legal and rare.” should be proving their “pro-choice” credentials facts.
Rare it is not. by publicizing pregnancy options. • We must be courteous, civil, Christ-like. We
The figures should serve as a wakeup call to At the state level, some lawmakers are trying to cannot persuade others to respect life if we do
elected officials, who seem intent on doing all push an extreme measure to expand abortion. not model respect for the lives of those around
they can to intensify the crisis. The New York The bill, known as the “Reproductive Health Act,” us.
City Council is pushing legislation (Intro 371) to would permit late-term abortion for any reason, In his first letter to the Corinthians, St. Paul
harass and attack pro-life pregnancy centers, empower non-physicians to perform abortions, tells us that there are a variety of gifts, but the
whose sole mission is to offer women a choice and compel all hospitals, even religious ones, to same spirit, a variety of services, but the same
when they find themselves with an unplanned allow abortion. Governor Cuomo expressed sup- Lord. To each of you is given a different gift, per-
pregnancy. port for this legislation in his State of the State haps, but all are needed to bring about the Cul-
The data shows that women in New York address earlier this month. ture of Life. Each one of us is a vital part of the
clearly know they have access to abortion. You I am hopeful that a serious review of the latest Body of Christ. Nobody has to do everything,
might say they know all too well. What they may statistics will convince the Governor and the but everybody can do something. Let’s work to-
not know about are the alternatives. Rather than newly seated Legislature to drop this radical and gether to truly make abortion rare.
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