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Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In keeping with Vermont Gov. Phil Scott “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order directing the closure of in-person operations for all non-essential businesses, I am saddened to announce that all Catholic churches, chapels and shrines throughout the state be closed as of 5 PM on March 25th.
During these challenging times, scripture reminds us that even when we are physically isolated, we are not spiritually so: God is near to those who call on Him and Jesus Himself, just before he ascended to heaven said, “And know that I am with you to the end of time”. As members of the Church, we know that we are not alone.
As we stay at home in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, I encourage you to use this time to strengthen your relationship with Christ through daily prayer, participation in TV Mass, Scripture reflection and engaging your family in faith activities. You can tune into daily 12:05 PM Mass (Monday through Friday) AND Sundays at 10 AM, live rosary at 11:15 AM and may other spiritual engagement opportunities offered on the Diocese of Burlington website. Visit: vermontcatholic.org/spiritual resources.
Please prayerfully consider supporting your parish and the Diocese by making your usual offertory and Bishop’s Appeal contributions through this difficult time, to sustain the Church until regular Mass schedules can resume. Visit your local parish website: rccwwm.org or the bishopsappealvt.org for more information.
Let us join together daily by saying the pope’s prayer to the Blessed Mother to end the spread of this pandemic and heal the sick. Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us. Amen
The Most Reverend Christopher J. Coyne, Bishop of Burlington
A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic
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
This Sunday in Lent is the Gospel of Jesus’ raising of Lazarus. There are two versions, long and short. It might be good for us all to read the long version, having more time to do so, and getting the fullest impact of the gospel’s entirety. This rather long Gospel, has within it the shortest verse in the Bible, ”Jesus wept” (JN. 11:35). In Jesus, God really weeps, along with really lives, really dies, and really is Risen. This Gospel of the Raising of Lazarus is that great Sign of Christ given to assure us of being raised up also. This Fifth Sunday is the traditional occasion of our Catholic almsgiving through Catholic Relief Services, helping the very poor throughout the world to be “lifted up,” “raised up” and “resurrected.” –Father Jerry
Lately I have had to use the computer much more, not knowing if I am getting any better at the electronic meetings, handling more emails; etc. and finally having to acknowledge the benefits of the technology. I have been celebrating Mass individually, to fulfill the scheduled intentions and to pray for the victims of the virus, the caregivers, and God’s grace in this time of crisis. While, at first feeling very strange, celebrating Mass privately makes one more conscious and aware of the prayers/gestures. Unlike Mass with a congregation, Mass prayed individually really makes one feel so much more unworthy. I suppose we are all getting more used to social distancing, televised Masses, remote education and much more.
Since last communicating, there have been more restrictions given by the Bishop, foremost the closing of all churches, where before we had our churches open for individual prayer. Still, there are still many options of televised Masses, devotions, religious education available. The rectory and parish offices are operating as usual. I echo what many wish and pray these days – “Be well, stay safe” and I add “pray well and be blessed!”
Many Thanks for parishioners’ and visitors’ thoughtful and generous contributions to our parishes during this crisis. With several considerations and adjustments to be made, your support of our churches is even more than ever appreciated.
Peace of Christ
Father Jerry Mercure, Pastor
You can now make your weekly Offertory donation online! Simply go to the home page of this Website. Look for the “Giving” options at the top right side of the home page and select your parish. 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. Please be assured that none of your personal credit card or bank information is given to us. 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. To those of you who have been asking for this feature – thank you for your patience!
Emails are the most efficient way for us to communicate with you. If you are not currently receiving email updates from us let us know – just send an email request to the rectory office at: email@example.com and we will add you to our list.
We pray for Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, George Chalifoux, 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, Dave Pfannenstein, Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Gene Scarpato, Nasaiah Torres.
During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, MAGNIFICAT is making their online version of MAGNIFICAT temporarily available to everyone for free.
They rely on overflow Shelters at local churches for the homeless during the winter months. If you/friends are able to put together a complete meal for 15 people currently staying at a local church, contact Janet Poeton at 802-793-1462 to arrange a date/time to deliver the meal to Good Samaritan Haven at 105 N. Seminary St., Barre. They serve dinners every night of the week – your help would be greatly appreciated.
“Letter to a Suffering Church” by Bishop Robert Barron is a book/letter written to Catholics speaking on the sexual abuse crisis. Why stay Catholic with so much scandal? In Bishop Barron’s words “I have written this book for my fellow Catholics who feel, understandably, demoralized, scandalized, angry beyond words, and ready to quit.” With the latest statistics showing that 36% of Catholic are contemplating leaving the Church, this book is most welcome and helpful – we have re-stocked our supply of this timely publication – copies are available at no charge at all three churches.
If you are interested in learning more about the needs of local foster parents, send a message in Facebook messenger to Amy Anderson and she will add you to the group.
Due to the current Corona virus situation the April 19th 2020 Super Bingo has been rescheduled. The new date for the Super Bingo is Saturday June 6th.
For parishioners that have purchased a ticket a credit to the new date or a refund is available. For full details go to http://www.kofcvt.org/bingo.php or call Lois at 802 343 9767. Sponsored by the S. Burlington Knight of Columbus.