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					                                       The Diocese of Ogdensburg                   Volume 65, Number 34
   Prospects good
   for pro-life
   legislation l PAGE 8
                                       NORTH COUNTRY
   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
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   NORTH                                               LETTER FROM THE EDITOR
  COUNTRY                                                                                                                           CHURCH: A FAMILY OF FAITH
           Box 326
   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
               Christmas, one
                                                                                                                  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              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
 Canadian Rate: US Funds $45                                                                                      we control. They hold things in, capture, contain, and limit. What is it that
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
    North Country Catholic,                                                                                       time, to be fishers of men and women who need the Light of Christ.
          PO Box 326                                                                                                 What say you?
       Ogdensburg, NY
JAN. 19, 2011
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                                                                           FOLLOW ME

 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?
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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
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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.
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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:
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 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
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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
                                                                                                             CNS PHOTO
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

        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
                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                    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.                                       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.         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                 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
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                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
                                                                                                          Newman Center.
                                                                                                                                                         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                        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-
                                                             tery, Plattsburgh.
              Please remember “The Society for the
                                                             Plattsburgh – Mary Watson Conroy, 99;
                    Propagation of the Faith”
              when writing or changing your Will.
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                                                                                                                                                                 JAN. 19, 2011

                                                                             RESPECT LIFE

          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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