We at Trinity Catholic know many of you are facing fear and anxiety right now as we learn more about the plans of Alcoa. This reaches many people here at Trinity…faculty and staff, parents, and our students…as well as the community at large. EVERYONE knows SOMEONE whom this will affect. We are so sorry for the burdens you bear right now, but we would like to do our best to help you shoulder them. PLEASE know, that we are praying for you. PLEASE know, that while your children are with us every day, we are loving them. PLEASE know, that along with the residual fear and sadness, we also hold onto HOPE in our God, because that is what we do. We truly believe that He will make the most of this situation and bring about the best possible outcome for us all. We will hold onto this hope and to you as we all move through this. Please join us in praying this prayer for you, your family and those around you whom you would like to uplift.
The following is a release from Bishop Terry LaValley about the recently released movie, Spotlight
“Although many of us in the North Country may or may not have seen the movie Spotlight, it has gained considerable interest and attention. This movie is the recounting of the team of investigative reporters at the Boston Globe who broke the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse story in January, 2002, mainly concerning the Archdiocese of Boston. While such a movie could be a “Church-bashing” film, it is not.
Bishop LaValley stated that any vehicle, such as this movie, that can raise the awareness of the crime of sexual abuse of minors, serves a worthy purpose.
The response of the Church to these horrific crimes has been multi-layered. Many changes implemented in the last 13 years have helped to make the Church today a leader in the fight against abuse.
In our own Diocese of Ogdensburg we have:
- Zero-tolerance policy, permanently removing from ministry cleric who sexually abused a minor at any time,
- Mandatory background checks on adults who interact with children,
- Safe environment policies preventing opportunities for abuse,
- Safety training for both adults and children,
- and independent audits to assure that we remain in full compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Our Church provides assistance to victims and their families who were sexually abused as minors by clergy. Such vigilance is vital to honoring the victims, preventing further abuse and opposing such abuse in any form.”
VOCATIONS AWARENESS WEEK
Please keep those who are being called to the priesthood and other religious orders in your prayers this week. Our world needs more of these holy men and women to lead God’s people as they sacrifice and serve all of us…
Parents Prayer for Vocations
Almighty and eternal God, in your unfailing love, you provide ministers for your Church. We pray for those whom you call to serve the Diocese of Ogdensburg as priests. Inspire in them a generous response. Grant them courage and vision to serve your people. May their lives and service call your people to respond to the presence of your Spirit among us that, faithful to the Gospel and hope of Jesus the Christ, we may: announce glad tidings to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives, set prisoners free, and renew the face of the earth.
We hope you’ll join us for our Angels movie night on November 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Admission is $1.00 per person and all proceeds benefit our Angels, who raise money to help any TCS families in need.