Feb. 17, 2016
Seventy years ago, Bishop Bryan J. McEntegart, Fifth Bishop of Ogdensburg, founded the North Country Catholic to foster “a growing sense of unity and common interest among the faithful” of northern New York.
Since that time, every bishop of the diocese has relied on our diocesan newspaper to be a source of information and an effective means of evangelization and unity for our Catholic family.
Since the publication of its first issue, the North Country Catholic has remained a critical source of communication for our local Church which covers such an expansive area.
The upcoming months promise to be an extraordinary time for the Diocese of Ogdensburg as we join Pope Francis and the universal Church in the observance of this Jubilee Year of Mercy and continue to realize our Diocesan Pastoral Vision: “Find Your Home in Christ: Renew Faith, Nurture Hope, Discover Love.”
Our Christ-led, Christ-fed and hope-filled journey of faith will take us to Lake Placid in September as thousands of Catholics fill the Olympic Arena for a vocation summit: INSPIRE: Called to Love. Full coverage of this once-in-a-lifetime event will only be available in our diocesan newspaper.
The pages of our newspaper in 2016 will also feature reports about other aspects of our Pastoral Vision including the expansion of youth ministry in our parishes, plans for pastoral care in the face of the declining number of priests and efforts to strengthen faith formation within our families.
This weekend, the annual North Country Catholic subscription campaign begins in all of our parishes. I ask that every Catholic family subscribe to the paper. Mary Lou Kilian, Christine Ward and the many contributing writers and photographers produce a wonderful, award-winning diocesan newspaper.
Those who read the North Country Catholic enjoy timely and relevant articles on prayer, scripture, Church and religious news that are featured every week.
If you are a current subscriber to our diocesan newspaper, please renew your subscription in this week’s campaign. Why not consider obtaining a subscription as a gift for a family member? I invite those who don’t currently subscribe to consider how important it is today to be an informed Catholic Christian and allow our diocesan newspaper to be a vehicle to help you and your families grow in faith.
I hope that you accept my invitation to welcome the North Country Catholic into your home.
Bishop Terry R. LaValley
Click here to renew your subscription or call 315-608-7556 and speak to Christine.