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By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

March 4, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

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 Wells to Waddington, Elizabethtown to Evans Mills, Croghan to Chazy, the NCC is Sharing our Stories, Sharing Our Faith by bringing us the 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.

Many of us remember listening to our parents or grandparents telling stories of their childhoods. Hearing their stories, we shared in their experiences, and the sharing united us to them. Similarly, many of us remember sharing stories of our planned futures with our friends and classmates. Sharing our hopes and dreams creates understanding, and it, too, unites us.

Sharing our stories of faith, sharing why we are disciples of Jesus Christ and how we live that out in our lives, is a great way to bring His love to others – by making it personal. It’s also a way to unite us to each other, as we discover experiences we have in common or are inspired as we see the light of Christ radiating from each other.
In the pages of our North Country Catholic, we share the stories of how individuals, families, organizations, parishes and the diocese are following the Lord and sharing His love with others. In a diocese where many of us are separated by significant distances, sharing our stories and sharing our faith draws us closer together as the

Body of Christ here in the North Country – many parts, but One unified Body. Our stories help keep us connected.

Certainly, we are living in challenging times. The NCC has also 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 sure Guide.
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 or friend? 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. With much gratitude for your prayerful support, I am

Faithfully yours in Christ,
Most Reverend
Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg

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