New five-year plan for Diocese of Ogdensburg is top agenda item at cathedral Mass this Sunday
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 - 8:59 am

OGDENSBURG -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Ogdensburg has a new five-year plan that will be revealed at a special mass Sunday at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Following more than a year of intense assessment of the needs and priorities of the Catholic Church in the North Country, Bishop Terry R. LaValley will speak about the “Mutually Shared Vision for the Diocese of Ogdensburg” during the 2014 Chrism Mass April 9 at 11 a.m.

He will issue a proclamation offering the plan with three priorities and six goals for every parish, ministry and institution in the diocese.

All priests, religious, deacons, and lay Catholics of the diocese are invited to attend the Mass. Each parish in the diocese will be required to send at least one representative to the Mass, according to the statement from the diocese.

Since February 2013, LaValley has held monthly meetings with an 11-member team of representatives from throughout the diocese.

As part of their work, the team listened as a broad cross-section of Catholics in northern New York spoke about their experience, hopes and concerns for the church in the North Country.

The plan is LaValley’s response to what he heard from parishioners and clergy and other sources of input on the needs of the diocese.

At the Mass, two representatives from each of the 97 parishes in the diocese will receive a framed proclamation containing the goals and priorities that have been established for the next two years.

“With these priorities and goals, the faithful throughout the North Country will engage, in a focused manner, in building up this Church that we love,” LaValley said.

“This is a new moment in the life of the Church,” he said. “If it ever existed, the Church of ‘pray, pay and obey’ is no more. No longer can we be merely consumers at Church. No, we must live, celebrate and share our faith. It is my hope that our priorities and goals will focus our efforts, fill us with hope and unite us in our common purpose.”

A light reception will follow the Mass in the Bishop Brzana Memorial Hall in the lower cathedral.