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Sharing stories and keeping us connected

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

March 13, 2019

Since its founding in 1946, the North Country Catholic has been spreading the Good News of our faith and keeping us connected as a Church family in this expansive diocese. From Champlain to Constableville, Ogdensburg to Old Forge, Lake Placid to Lowville, the NCC shares stories of how our neighbors are living out their faith, information about events and programs, coverage of Church and world news, as well as reflections on scripture, prayer and current events.

As Christians, we are called to spread the Good News and proclaim the Gospel. To do that, we first have to cultivate our relationships with Christ. We can’t give away what we don’t have. We must know Christ and be in relationship with Him to share Him with others.

The North Country Catholic shows us how the people, organizations and parishes that make up our diocese are cultivating and sharing relationships with the Lord. Our newspaper tells stories of how God is working in and through our neighbors. It shares the stories of the programs and efforts that are making a difference. It is my hope that you find some inspiration in those stories. It is my hope that reading about a great idea in one part of the diocese will stir others to take similar action, possibly hundreds of miles away.

Certainly, we are living in challenging times. The NCC has been an effective way for me to communicate with Catholics around the diocese as we face each challenge that comes our way with Christ as our guide. The North Country Catholic helps us strengthen our faith and enables our parish families to stay connected and support one another.

This weekend, the annual North Country Catholic subscription campaign begins. I ask that every Catholic family subscribe to our paper. If you are a current subscriber, 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.

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