Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday July 4 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church John McCormick by Felix and Gerry Callan
Saturday July 4 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Mass
Sunday July 5 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Marilyn Whitney by Agnes Milne
Sunday July 5 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Mass
Monday July 6 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Al Gardner by Patty Gardner
Tuesday July 7 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Wednesday July 8 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Thursday July 9 NO MASS
Friday July 10 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Alice Benoit by the Dagenais family
Saturday July 11 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church David Plannerstein by Pat and Diane Murray
Saturday July 11 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Mass
Sunday July 12 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Marshall Egan by Agnes Milne
Sunday July 12 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Michael Yacavoni by Mary Lynn Percy

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Offertory $980; Donation (CGS); Peter's Pence $100; Online Giving $250 $13
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Offertory $580; Online Giving $527 $10



Dear Parishioners,

      I’d like to take the chance to introduce myself a bit to all of you; I’m looking forward much more though to meeting you in person!

      My name is Fr. Matthew Rensch (I’ll go by Fr. Matthew). My sizable family is from Williston; I grew up there with my five siblings, including a twin. Most of us were homeschooled through large sections on our education. My mom is a saint.

      For college I attended a small Catholic institution in northern Virginia, Christendom College, graduating in 2011, with a degree in philosophy, which I absolutely loved. After that I went to seminary in Providence, RI, for a year, and then was sent to study in Rome, Italy, for five years. Do I speak Italian? Well, I always say there’s fluent, and then there’s fluent. I’m only fluent, and a bit rusty on top of that!

      I enjoy a good game of basketball, reading and discussing philosophy, especially that of St. Thomas Aquinas and C. S. Lewis, and singing Irish music.

      Well, there’s the sketch. Looking forward to meeting you all and joining together in worship and praise of God!

                                                                                    God bless, Fr. Matthew

P.S.  I hate glitter and I love ice cream.



Sunday Holy Hour at St. Andrew Church

     This Sunday, Fr. Matthew will celebrate a Holy Hour of Adoration with the Blessed Sacrament from 4 pm to 5 pm. We will offer the Holy Hour in thanksgiving for all the ministry that Fr. Jerry did here, as well as beseeching God’s blessing on his future ministry in Fairfield. The other petition of the Holy Hour will be for our nation in these trying times.

      Feel free to come to pray just for a bit. Please know that at about 4:40, we will celebrate evening prayer; worship guides will be provided. Hope to see you there.



Memorial Mass for George Chilafoux

      This Tuesday, July 7th at 10 AM at St. Andrew Parish.  As of the printing of this bulletin, plans are in the works to hold the service outside to allow greater numbers.  Stay tuned for the final decision.




Rest in Peace

Let us remember in prayer Gwen Grout of St. Andrew Parish. May the Peace and Eternal Life in the Lord and the Hope in Jesus’ Resurrection be of strength for all who mourn.  A Funeral Service for Gwen will be held at St. Andrew Church on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11 AM.



Update and Reminder of Church Protocols

Bishop Coyne and the Covid-19 Diocesan committee issued Phase II Protocols for liturgical celebrations. While the State has now raised church attendance to 50%, the Diocese still maintains at present no greater than 25% capacity (the pews available and restricted are clearly indicated). Seats not used are removed from the sanctuary. A new protocol allows for communion to be brought to the sick/shut-ins. Also, Eucharistic ministers, servers sacristans MAY be used at Mass.  Ushers and greeters or the priest should greet people with a “hello” or a nod but should not carry a conversation at the doors of the church BEFORE or AFTER Mass.  Communal singing is NOT to be encouraged (do not announce hymns).  Hymnals are provided (and replaced at St. Andrew between the 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM Masses) for following along with the readings and hymns.  Non-liturgical and non-devotional gatherings may resume at this time following the proper physical distancing, hand-sanitizing and mask protocols with no more than 25 people regardless of seating capacity.  Lectors are to be seated in the body of the church and wear a mask.  They are to take off their mask before coming into the sanctuary.  At the start of the Mass, the priest should explain the protocols: wearing masks, communion, etc.  Receive communion in the hand; DO NOT WEAR GLOVES.  [Full guidelines of Phase II Protocols can be found on the diocesan website for Resuming Public Celebration of Liturgy at vermontcatholic.org ]

We continue to ask parishioners to call or email the rectory to sign up for weekend masses.  Please place your request by Friday.  (rectory Phone:  802-244-7734; Email: rccoffice@gmavt.net.)   Also, try to arrive at Mass a little earlier than usual (this helps with distancing and makes it easier for the greeters to seat people especially when some might not have indicated their plans to attend). 

The obligation to attend Sunday mass remains lifted especially if you are part of a vulnerable population and/or have an underlying health condition.  Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.  Remember to:

  • Wear a mask at Mass – we ask that you bring your own, but we will have extra masks available.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering. Due to a shortage of hand sanitizer, please bring your own – we will have a limited supply at each church.
  • If an offertory collection is to be taken, baskets will be placed at each entrance to receive your donation as you leave.
  • Sit in designated pews and respect social distancing (six feet or more, unless you are a one family unit).  Refrain from congregating in tight areas or entering cordoned off areas.

  • Follow the protocols for receiving Holy Communion as directed at Mass – as listed on a sheet located in the designated pews along with the hymnals.  

As an aside, the hope is that all parishioners have the chance to attend holy Mass. People who have been registering for Mass have already been aware of this and are indicating that if someone had not yet gone they would give up their seat. So, my suggestion is that if you have not yet attended mass and you are comfortable enough and well enough to attend, you should call or email the parish to reserve a spot. This would relieve us from having to make the decision of who to register or not.




Confession times are as Follows:

Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 PM at St. Andrew and by appointment at either parish.  Wearing a mask is also required for confessions.




Continued Gratitude for Your Generosity!

Thank you for your donations by mail, online, or drop-offs to our mailbox at the rectory – through your generosity we continue to pay our bills without having to deplete our savings.  Our offices remain open to receive your calls and emails.  Let us know if we can help you in any way.     





Congratulations to all Graduates!

Especially with High School, graduations are memorable for years to come. Graduations are important ritual passages in life, long lasting friendships formed, and perhaps some of the most significant human growth happens from the freshman to senior years. This year will add to the memory of celebrating graduation in a different way as well. Best wishes to all graduates, those receiving awards, and thanks- giving for the generosity of the parish in the long tradition of awarding scholarships to our young people.


      Scholarships were presented this Sunday, June 28th at the 9 AM Mass at St. Andrew Church to the following Graduating Students:

      Knights of Columbus Father Logue Scholar’s Award, each in the amount of $1,000 to Reuben Callan and Zachary Fisher, both of Waterbury and Anne Fennelly of Warren

      Koster Family Charitable Fund Service Awards, each in the amount of $1,000, given in memory of Francis and Dorothy McGrory, to Reuben Callan and Zachary Fisher

      Evalena K. Breen Parish, School and Community Service Award, in the amount of $500 to Reuben Callan.




A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic 

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.

O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.

Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died.

Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

(Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis)



Prayers for the Sick

We pray for Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, Chandler, Suzie Clark, Colin Kenneth Cote, Donna Dalton, Janet DiBlasi, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Raven Fowler, Jan Gendreau, Sue Haack, Alison Henry, John Hofmann, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, William McSwine, Frank Miller, Scott Miller, Sidnia Orton,  Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Rob Scharges, Gene Scarpato,  Annette Schultz, Nasaiah Torres. 



Prayer Cards Available in Our Churches

We have a supply of prayer cards for you to take home for your use or for anyone you know who might not be able to come to Mass right now; one has a Prayer at the Time of a Pandemic and the other has a Prayer for Spiritual Communion.  Take as many as you wish.




Waitsfield Children’s Center Gift Card Fundraiser

      Like many businesses in the valley, the Waitsfield Children’s Center (WCC), a non-profit childcare center serving children and families in the Valley for over 40 years, is looking towards reopening in Founders Hall, while struggling with the impacts of COVID-19.  WCC is reliant on fundraising to support operations, and they have had to cancel both their spring and summer fundraisers due to coronavirus restrictions and precautions. They are now looking for more creative and safe ways to raise funds for reopening. 

      As such, WCC will be holding a virtual gift card drawing. Thanks to the generosity of The Mad River Valley Community Fund and WCC board members, all gift cards will be purchased locally, at various wonderful MRV shops and restaurants. 

      For every $10 donation, your name will be entered to receive an MRV Eats voucher to be redeemed at a participating restaurant in the Mad River Valley, or a gift card to a local vendor. Drawings will take place weekly from June 12th through July 31st. Winners will be contacted directly. Please visit our website, www.waitsfieldchildrenscenter.org for more information and to donate to the fundraiser.

Other Ways You can Help the Waitsfield Children’s Center

      The Center is searching for an air conditioner (fully functioning; one large enough, or two smaller units, for the upstairs of Founders Hall).  If you can help, call Jenny at the WCC (496-3372) or contact the rectory.

 In addition, we are also in need of the following items:

            hand soap, hand sanitizer, unscented laundry detergent, unscented dryer sheets, trash bags, sponges, hydrogen peroxide, bandaids, baby wipes, dish soap, dishwater soap, mop solution, bleach, toilet paper, tissues, disinfecting wipes, clean salt-free sand for the sandbox.  Items can be dropped off at the WCC any weekday from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.



Daily Rosary Apostolate

The Diocese continues to offer a daily Rosary online.  Individuals from around the diocese have been joining Valerie Parzyck in leading each day.  Interested?  Here’s the details:

“I would love it if you would schedule a time with me to record a Rosary. What does that look like exactly? It’s very simple! You email me with convenient times for you and once it is scheduled I will send you a link to Zoom for the appointed time. You may choose to show your face or, if you’d prefer, I can show slides for each mystery while we pray.    If this is something you would like to participate in, please contact me. You can email me with a time that works for you and we can schedule it. Please email me at vparzyck@vermontcatholic.org “



New Bridge in Moretown

The Vermont Agency of Transportation has notified us that the 92 year old bridge south of Moretown will be replaced with a new bridge. The bridge closure is expected to last for 61 days, from August 17th through October 17th, 2020. .  Parishioners should be aware of this construction. According to the Valley Reporter “Local traffic is likely to rely on Pony Farm Road as well as Stevens Brook Road.  The official detour is Route 100 to Route 2 to Route 100B OR Route 100B to Route 2 to Route 100, depending on the direction of travel.”   Good luck to all and allow for extra time driving!




Online Offertory Giving Available

Go to the home page of this website and select your parish on the top right hand side. Note that you have the option to donate by credit card or auto-deduction from your bank account. Enter your personal information and select how often you wish to donate. You will see that there is also the option to make a “one time” donation.   Our online giving provider, PaymentSpring, a certified Level 1 service provider, automatically integrates with our new parish directory (Gabriel) so that all of your online donations are credited to your personal parish account in real time, eliminating the need for our bookkeeper to transfer your donations to your account manually. Registering is usually quick and easy, but if you need help call Dianne at the parish office for assistance. 





Do We Have Your Current Email?

Emails are the most efficient way for us to communicate with you.  If you are not currently receiving weekly email updates from us let us know  – just send an email request to the rectory office at:  rccoffice@gmavt.net and we will add you to our list.

It has recently come to our attention that some of you may not be receiving Father Jerry’s weekly emails, even though you have signed up – if you are experiencing this problem, let us know so we can correct the issue.




Join The Diocesan Young Adult Email List!

We want to connect with you!  And we want to help connect you to other Catholic young adults in the Diocese of Burlington.  Please fill out this brief contact form so we can keep in touch about opportunities for young adults in Vermont.  If you know a young adult who may be interested, please refer them to this form!

Facebook is our most frequently used means of communication – please consider ‘liking’ us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/vermontcatholicyouth/





St. Andrew Parish On-Line T-Shirt Store

We now have our own T-Shirt Store!  Currently we have two themes available:  “Pray Always!”  brought back by popular demand, and a new design,  “Set the World Ablaze” .  Both are available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes.   You can check them out by clicking (or pasting to your web browser) the following link:


All proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts will benefit our two parishes. 


The Inland See

The latest issue of “The Inland See” published by the Diocese of Burlington for the week 6.20-26 is available to Download below.  Page 2 includes a listing of Online Ministry Opportunities available throughout the week.