Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

Respect Life

*Empty Manger Christmas Caroling - Gather at Plattsburgh's Planned Parenthood on December 23rd from 2 to 4 to bring joy and hope to mothers who are contemplating abortion and to remember those who were lost to abortion. 

*The Plattsburgh March for Life will be held on Sunday, January 18th beginning at 1:30PM at the Newman Center and concluding at St. John's Church.*

On January 22 our nation marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the USA. Since that tragic decision, more than 56 million children's lives have been lost to abortion, and many suffer from that loss. 

*The USCCB’s 9 Days for Life (www.9daysforlife.com) will be held Jan 17-Jan 25. Catholics across the USA are encouraged to pray for a "culture of life".


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Donations for the Youth Buses for Life pilgrimage are gladly accepted and can be made payable to "Respect Life" and mailed to:

Diocese of Ogdensburg
Respect Life
PO Box 106
Canajoharie, NY  13317

JANUARY 22, 2015
Meet at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh on Wednesday, January 21 at 7:15 p.m. for the Thursday, January 22 March For Life.
· Arrive in Washington, D.C. early morning on Thursday, January 22
· Free Time in the morning to attend Mass, sightsee, lobby representatives, etc.
· Rally and March start at noon on The National Mall
· Meet at St. Peter's Church in Washington at 4:45pm for the trip home
· The cost to reserve a seat on the bus is $25

To reserve a seat or to obtain more information, please contact Karen Smith at 566-6229 or Betty Buffett at (518) 536-6640. To sign up for a seat on the bus or to make a donation--please mail your check to St. Peter's Church 114 Cornelia Street Plattsburgh, New York 12901. Make a note on the memo line: “Bus for Life.”


Plattsburgh Pregnancy Center is currently searching for a prolife ob/gyn doctor to oversee the ultrasound program. Please contact the center at 518-324-2010


In 2010, the New York State Catholic Bishops released a document regarding voting in an election year. “Our Cherished Right, Our Solemn Duty” includes these key sentences:

“The right to life is the right through which all others flow. To the extent candidates reject this fundamental right by supporting an objective evil, such as legal abortion, euthanasia or embryonic stem cell research, Catholics should consider them less acceptable for public office.”  Full document.



Black MadonnaPlattsburgh - On Monday, March 17th at St. John the Baptist Church in Plattsburgh, over one-hundred faithful were treated to a unique visit from a missionary replica of Our Lady of Czestochowa. The icon, which was touched to the original in Poland, is the centerpiece of Human Life International’s program “From Ocean to Ocean With the Black Madonna in defense of life” www.hli.org/oceantoocean.

The image began it’s mission in 2012 and has been in 25 countries on a 40,000 mile trek through Russia, Europe, the US and Canada. Fr. Peter West, Vice President for Missions for Human Life International was headed with the image to Vermont, then Montreal & Ottawa but made a two-hour stop in Plattsburgh. Fr. West concelebrated 9AM Mass; the main celebrant was Fr. Timothy Canaan, pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Plattsburgh. After Mass, all were invited to venerate the image, place prayer intentions in a box and take prayer cards and touch them to the replica.

Tradition holds that the original icon of the Black Madonna was painted by St. Luke on a cypress table used by the Holy Family. While the icon’s location during the early years are hard to determine, it is believed that it was brought from Jerusalem by St. Helen in the 4th century and was enshrined in Constantinople for 500 years before being transferred to the royal palace at Belz in Ukraine for the next 600 years. It arrived at it’s present home in the Jasna Gora monastery in Czestochowa, Poland in 1382.

After the Mass at St. John’s the image, which has been associated with several miraculous events, was transported to Planned Parenthood to accompany those who were praying during the 40 Days for Life campaign. The icon was at Planned Parenthood less than five minutes before the clinic director called the police, complaining that the image was occupying a parking spot. Fr. Peter West moved the image back to his vehicle and resumed the rest of his pilgrimage.

The tradition of pilgrimage with a sacred icon is based in the Old Testament, when the Jews carried the Ark of the Covenant into battle (Joshua 3: 3-6). Many Fathers of the Church consider Mary the Ark of the New Covenant. May we pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Czestochowa, asking God to help in the battle to unite all in the defense of life and the effort to build a civilization of life and love.