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‘Experience our family of faith’ with the NCC

By Bishop Terry R. LaValley

February 24, 2021

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ:

“Head of the Holy Family.” “Pillar of Families.” “Spouse of the Mother of God.” “Foster father of the Son of God.” While St. Joseph carries many titles, a number of those titles focus on family and family relationships. St. Joseph guided and protected Jesus and Mary through troubled and difficult times. It is fitting that we would turn to him for intercession for the protection of our marriages and families.

It also seems fitting that St. Joseph carries another title: “Protector of Holy Church.” We, as a Church, are the Body of Christ. We are called to be united. We are called to love one another. We are called to help each other when one of us is sick or struggling. Doesn’t the Church sound an awful lot like a family?

That is why the North Country Catholic is inviting us as a diocese to “Experience Our Family of Faith” in its annual subscription campaign. As the pandemic has canceled or restructured many events and happenings, the NCC has been focused more than ever on telling the stories of the people who make up our diocesan family of faith.

Sharing our stories helps connect us as a diocesan family. Many miles separate us. A resident of Constableville in Lewis County may never meet a resident of Constable in Franklin County, but by sharing our stories and learning about one another, we can forge bonds that help us learn from each other, despite the miles of separation. 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 Guide.

This weekend, the annual North Country Catholic subscription campaign begins. I ask that every Catholic family subscribe to our family paper. If you are a current subscriber, thank you for renewing your subscription in this week’s campaign. Why not consider obtaining a subscription as a gift for a family member? I invite those who do not 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 and “Experience Our Family of Faith.” Thank you for your prayerful support.

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

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