Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday January 23 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Pauline Hodgdon by Kathy Magnus
Saturday January 23 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows All Souls in Purgatory by Gio Susini
Sunday January 24 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Francis Miller by Miller/McVeigh Family
Sunday January 24 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Dawn Madsen and Frank Gulenchyn by Gio Susini
Monday January 25 8:00 AM St. Andrew's All Parishioners and Visitors
Tuesday January 26 NO MASS
Wednesday January 27 NO MASS (Fr. Matthew at Bishop Marshall School)
Thursday January 28 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Aaron and Emily Tuck by Gio Susini
Friday January 29 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Cleary, Arrigoitia, and Delapaz Families
Saturday January 30 4:00 PM St. Andrew's All Parishioners and Visitors
Saturday January 30 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Paul J. Conti by Sharon Conti
Sunday January 31 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Amanda Jean Dennis by Dianne Bilodeau
Sunday January 31 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Sean McLeod and Alanna Jenkins by Gio Susini

Last Weekends Collections

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St. Andrew's Parish Offertory $1,299; Catholic Education $65; Online Giving $410 $20 $75
Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick's Parish Offertory $425; Flowers $50; Catholic Education $10; Online Giving $290

Dear Parishioners,

This coming week is the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, a giant in the intellectual life of the Church. Of all the brilliant theologians and doctors of the Church, Aquinas ranks in the top three, vying for first place with St. Augustine in terms of profundity and impact. Perhaps the most prominent feature of his method is its extremely philosophic framework. Each word, each phrase, each definition is finely tuned. His teaching was the touchstone for my seminary formation. One of his (dynamically translated) quotes is, “If the highest aim of the captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in the port forever.” The purpose of a ship is navigation; to keep it safe would be to misuse it! Aquinas compares the ship to our bodily life. Our earthly, bodily life is not for its own sake. It is for setting out for the harbor of heaven. Hoist the sail!

Earlier today a steeplejack stopped by St. Andrew’s to examine the belltower. His love of words and distinctions made him a man after my own heart! It’s always fun to learn from a pro. He explained that there are three ways a bell can be rung: pealing, knell-ing, and tolling. The toll strikes the bell on the inside, the knell on the outside, whereas the peal swings the whole bell. Phrases such as the “death-knell” and “the bell tolled noon” are more precise than I realized. They’re actually naming the type of ringing of the bell. He also pointed out the connections between the joyous peal of the bell and appealing, as well as the Church spire and inspiring.

As you know, this past week saw the inauguration of our new president, Joe Biden.  St. Paul writes in his first letter to Timothy, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior.” We should certainly heed his exhortation. Archbishop Gomez, the president of the USCCB (US Conference of Catholic Bishops) issued a statement on the occasion, and I thought it quite good. He expresses a cooperative spirit while insisting also on goodness and importance of the whole Gospel message. You can link to it here: https://tinyurl.com/BishopGomezStatement 

Thursday continues the Faith Series on Salvation. We’re now considering what the role of the law is vis-à-vis salvation. Does salvation require fulfilling the law? Then how can it be a free gift? But if salvation allows disobedience, then what is the point of the law in the first place? These questions are not easy; they perplexed the early Christians and Jewish converts, received commentary from St. Paul, and continue to be discussed today. The topic of Law “versus” Grace was a major disagreement during the Protestant schism, and continues to be a major difference between Catholic and Protestant theology. Curious? Feel free to join the Faith Series; just shoot me an email and I’ll set you up to watch the recorded session. As before, the meeting time on Thursday evenings is 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, and this link – https://tinyurl.com/fides-series – should bring you to the Zoom meeting.

In His Heart,

Fr. Matthew

Watch the 9:00 am Sunday Mass on Facebook

To watch the 9:00 am Mass at St. Andrew’s live on Sunday mornings, click here.  You can also “like” the page and be notified whenever Father Matthew is live.

Prayers for the Sick

We pray for Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, Chandler, Suzie Clark, Janet DiBlasi, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Raven Fowler, Jan Gendreau, Alison Henry, Pauline Hodgdon, John Hofmann, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Bernard Mahan, Patrick McNamara, Frank Miller, Scott Miller, Sidnia Orton, Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Rob Scharges, Annette Schultz, Robert Shortridge, Bernard Sweet and Nasaiah Torres. If you know of anyone who would like a Communion visit, please let us know.

Annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass

The Annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass will be on Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 9:30 am at St. Augustine’s Parish in Montpelier with Bishop Coyne.  The Mass will also be livestreamed at https://vermontcatholic.org/news/communication/tv-mass, and on the Diocese of Burlington’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DioBurlington

Marriage Day Mass 

Married Catholic couples celebrating milestone anniversaries (e.g. 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th…55th, 57th) in 2021, who wish to be recognized at the Diocese Anniversary Mass with Bishop Coyne, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Burlington, February 7, 2021, at the 10:00am Mass.  For more information or to attend, please contact Valerie Parzyck at vparzyck@vermontcatholic.org with any questions.  

Please pray for our new seminarians!

After many months of planning and logistics, we are pleased to share with you the news that three men from Vietnam have arrived in Vermont to begin their formation as seminarians for the Diocese of Burlington.  Their names are An, Loc, and Khoa.  Father Dodson will be hosting them at the rectory in Swanton during their first month here before they begin their English languages studies in Boston in January.  Please keep them and all our seminarians in your prayers.

Wisdom of the Saints

“Let love be genuine, hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good, love one another with brotherly affection, outdo one another in showing honor. Never flag in zeal, be aglow with the Spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints, practice hospitality.” ~ Romans 12:9-13

“Entrusting myself to the power of His forgiveness, letting myself be taken by His hand, I can come out of the quicksands of pride and sin, of deceit and sadness, of selfishness and of every false security, and know and live the richness of His love.” ~ Pope Benedict XVI

“O my Jesus, what a soul inflamed in Your love accomplishes!” ~ St. Teresa of Avila

“The things that we love tell us what we are.” ~ St. Thomas Aquinas

“O soul steeped in darkness, do not despair.  All is not yet lost. Come and confide in your God, Who is love and mercy.” ~ St. Faustina

2021 Religious Calendars are Available at our Three Churches

These beautiful calendars are offered to you free of charge, compliments of Perkins-Parker Funeral Home.

Vermont Catholic Magazine

Extra copies of the Vermont Catholic winter edition are available in our three churches.  There are many news items describing the work of the Church nationally and in particular in the state of Vermont. This award-winning magazine comes out quarterly.  You can read articles at your convenience knowing that the next issue will be out in the Spring.

Church Protocols/Guidelines

In response to new Covid-19 guidelines issued by the State of Vermont, Bishop Coyne directs all parishes to maintain an attendance log for all liturgical celebrations in the parishes of the Diocese of Burlington.  The log information shall be maintained by the parish for 30 days after the liturgical celebration in the event contact tracing needs to be followed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 tied to one of our churches.  This log requirement applies to daily Masses, funerals, etc.

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
  • 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.  

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.     

You can make your Offertory donations on line through this parish website.  Select the “Giving” option for your parish at the top right side of the home page. Enter your personal information and how often you wish to give. You can also make a “quick-give, one time” donation.  Need help?  Call us (244-7734).  Thank you!

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.

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  is available to Download below.  Page 2 includes a listing of Online Ministry Opportunities available throughout the week.