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‘Please welcome the NCC into your home’

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

Feb. 25, 2015

During the past year, our diocese has made great strides towards realizing the Diocesan Vision that I proclaimed at the April 9 Chrism Mass. As we make this Christ-led, Christ-fed and Hope-filled journey of faith, we are embracing three priorities: Creating a Culture of Vocations, Strengthening Faith Formation in Family Life, and Building Parishes with Living Stones.

During the upcoming year, I will depend on the North Country Catholic to be a critical source of communication as we work together to meet these priorities and their specific goals. Special articles in the paper will continue to show what the new vision means for parishes and people of the diocese.

The pages of the North Country Catholic in 2015 will feature reports about the diocesan-wide census, the work of new youth ministers, the progress of the We are Called Vocational Awareness program and more.

This weekend the annual North Country Catholic subscription campaign begins in all the parishes of the diocese. I know that those who subscribe to the North Country Catholic enjoy reading the timely and relevant articles on prayer, scripture, Church and religious news that are featured every week. In coming months, special attention will be given to Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the United States and to the World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia.

If you are a current subscriber of the North Country Catholic, 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.

During these challenging times in our world, it is more important than ever that we welcome a Catholic perspective on the news of the day into our homes.

As with every bishop of the Diocese of Ogdensburg since 1946, I have relied on the North Country Catholic to be a primary vehicle for evangelization in this diocese as well as a source of information and unity for Catholics who live in our North Country and beyond.

Mary Lou Kilian, Christine Ward and the many contributing writers produce a wonderful diocesan newspaper. I hope that you accept my invitation to welcome the NCC  into your home.

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