April 24, 2013
Members of the diocesan Year of Faith committee have been meeting regularly to plan local events to mark the international observance.
Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith, from Oct. 11, 2012 to Nov. 24, 2013, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Ecumenical Vatican Council in Rome and the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
Catholics from throughout the Diocese of Ogdensburg will be invited to three major events planned for the coming months:
•Corpus Christi celebration June 2 in Ogdensburg. A 9:30 a.m. Mass at Notre Dame Church will be followed by a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 2 p.m. At that time, participants will process with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Ogdensburg to St. Mary’s Cathedral. The program at the cathedral will feature adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, preaching, choral praise, vespers at 4pm, Benediction, and reception outside.
• "The Beauty of Belief- a celebration of art and music in the Year of Faith" Aug. 18 at SUNY Potsdam's Hosmer Hall. Musicians will share high quality choral, vocal, or instrumental pieces that are sacred and spiritually influenced while artists will the beauty of faith through visual art.
• Celebration of the Year of Faith at Lake Placid Sept. 29. All the parishes of the Diocese of Ogdensburg will converge on Lake Placid for Mass with Bishop LaValley, pastors and fellow Catholics at the Olympic Center.
Photo by Mary Lou Kilian