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Liturgy Schedule for This Week


Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday November 16 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Francis Miller by the Miller McVeigh family
Saturday November 16 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows John Brusa by Clinton Charron and Donna Dalton
Sunday November 17 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday November 17 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Lillian and Bernie Larabie by Gio Susini
Monday November 18 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Robert Travers by Agnes and Jon Milne
Tuesday November 19 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church All Souls
Wednesday November 20 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Special Intention by Linda Sands
Thursday November 21 NO MASS
Friday November 22 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church William and Lilianne Karek by Gio Susini
Saturday November 23 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church All Souls
Saturday November 23 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Sol Puntillo by Constance LaMantia
Sunday November 24 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Blanche Podhajski by Ken and Blanche Kreiling
Sunday November 24 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Giocondo and Orsolo Susini by Gio Susini

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Regular $1941; Online Giving $45; Military Service $30; $110 $265
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Regular $687; Online Giving $50

PARISH NEWS

November – Month of Remembrance

Our Catholic faith encourages this month as remembrances for the dead; Masses celebrated for the faithful loved ones, with renewed confidence that despite the passing of our brothers and sisters, there is a bond of faith and love that unites us still.  As in the past, there is a remembrance book in each of our 3 churches where parishioners can write names of persons to be remembered during weekday and weekend masses.

 

Religious Education Classes at St. Andrew

Classes have begun at St. Andrew Parish. Many thanks to parents and students who have registered for Wednesday and Sunday classes, and especially for the really good turnout for the Student/Parent meeting for Confirmation.  Although the Catechism year has begun, it is not too late to register. We will be reaching out to parents/students who have participated in our programs in the past. We need your help to get the word out to both former students and new students to our program.  – Father Jerry

 

 

Annual Holiday Craft Fair at St. Andrew Parish

Saturday, November 16th from 9 AM to 3 PM in St. Leo Hall (located behind St. Andrew Church, Waterbury.)  Over 20 Crafters will be selling a wide variety of items; Crafters’ Raffle; assorted homemade baked goods; coffee/donuts; luncheon (homemade soups/chili/fresh bread) from 11:30 on.  Great opportunity to do some early Christmas shopping, socialize with your fellow parishioners and at the same time support this annual parish event which benefits our scholarship fund, Rosaries for missions, funeral luncheons, and other miscellaneous parish needs.  We welcome donations of assorted baked goods for our Food Table.  Questions?  Call Pauline at 802-522-0330.  

Catholic Campaign for Human Development Next Weekend, November 23, 24

CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty program of the U.S. Catholic Bishops, supporting community and economic development initiatives that address the root causes of poverty.  25% of funds collected will remain in our diocese to fund local antipoverty projects.  www.usccb/org/cchd/collection.

Mad River Valley Interfaith Council Annual Traditional Thanksgiving Basket Drive

      Over the past several years, MRVIC has helped 50-75 families in need on Thanksgiving, allowing them to celebrate a full meal with their families, at no cost to them.  The generosity of this community has been awesome and we ask you to donate again this year!

      Items needed: apples (one bag); apple sauce (23 oz); biscuit mix (box); brownie mix (box); canned fruit (15 oz can, any type); canned vegetables (big cans: corn, peas or green beans); carrots (1 bag); crackers (8 oz box); cranberry sauce (16 oz can); canned/bottled gravy (10 oz); onions (1-2); peanut butter (18 oz jar); potatoes (1 bag); stuffing (1 can/bag); tuna (12 oz can).  Any surplus items will help to fill our local food pantry shelves. Local churches are collection sites, so feel free to bring items there OR bring to the Valley Reporter offices in Mad River Green in Waitsfield OR Waitsfield Telecom main offices.  NOTE:  Deadline:  Sunday, November 24th.

      If you prefer to donate money to purchase needed items, make check payable to MRVIC and give to your parish or to the Valley Reporter offices at Mad River Green in Waitsfield or mail to MRVIC at PO Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673.

      We still need help to pack/deliver on Tuesday, November 26th. To volunteer sign up on-line at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094CAEAF2FA0F58-mrvthanksgiving.

      Questions?  Contact Rita Baglini (rita@baglini.com); 469-6414.  Thank you in advance for helping out our neighbors again this year!

 

 

Annual Christmas Dinner at Kirby House on Tuesday, December 17th

This annual Christmas Dinner will be served by our St. Andrew Religious Ed Students in Grades 7 and the Confirmation Class as a Community Service Project, with assistance from the Senior Center. Students should arrive by 5:15 PM to help with serving/clean-up. Members from the Still Kickin’ Band will lead Christmas caroling and cookies will be served from 6 to 7 PM. Donations welcomed/appreciated to help defray costs.  Call Josette/David at 793-9794.

Reminder:  Contribution Envelopes Are In!

To St. Andrew parishioners who have not yet picked up their new box-set of envelopes, it is available in the entrance of St. Andrew Church.  Parishioners from Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick should see Father Jerry.  If you do not currently use envelopes but would like to try them, we have extra sets available as well – just take a box that has not already been assigned and jot the number down along with your name on the sign-up sheet.

Parking at St. Andrew Church During the Waterbury Main Street Reconstruction Project

We have obtained permission from the State to use the parking lot behind St. Leo Hall for overflow parking.  This lot can be accessed from Horseshoe Drive.  Please try to leave a few parking spaces immediately adjacent to our buildings open for use by visitors and our parishioners who have mobility issues.  Thank you!

Prayers for the Sick

We pray for Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, Chander, George Chalifoux, Suzie Clark, Donna Dalton, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Raven Fowler, Jan Gendreau, John Hofmann, Holly, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Scott Miller, Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Nasaiah Torres. Please notify us if anyone you know is unable to attend Mass due to illness, handicap, or age, and would like a Communion visit.

 

Disciple Maker Survey Results Update

Dear Parishioners:

On behalf of the Action Plan Writing Committee, which has been tasked with analyzing the results of the Catholic Leadership Institute survey that many of you completed and returned, we are pleased to begin sharing those results with you. Additional results will follow over the coming weeks, as both the Writing Committee and the Pastoral Council consider the survey results and determine what actions will best serve our churches in pursuing the themes set forth by the Diocesan Synod: Evangelization, Creating Vibrant Parishes and Improving Communication. As you will see in the results below, and as we have heard in informal feedback from the Diocesan office, our three churches are already well-positioned relative to these themes. That said, there is always room for improvement, which is the point of the parish action plans currently under development.

Initial survey results:

  • 88% of respondents characterized our churches as welcoming, which is more than five percentage points higher than the Diocesan average for all Vermont churches, and is considered a statistically significant result.
  • 87% agreed or strongly agreed that they would recommend our churches to others. This needs some context, however, as only 13% indicated they had invited someone to Mass, and only 10% had ever invited someone to a parish activity.
  • Fully 40% of respondents engage monthly or more frequently in church-related or secular volunteer work of some sort, with an additional 42% indicating they perform volunteer work either quarterly or occasionally.
  • 79% identified St Andrew’s, St Patrick’s or Our Lady of the Snows as their primary place of worship, with an additional 16% identifying one of the churches as their primary place of worship, but on a seasonal basis.
  • 78% agreed or strongly agreed that the parish they attend helps their spiritual growth.

Evangelization, which has not generally been a focus for lay Catholics, is one theme identified by the Synod for special attention. Watch for announcements about parish action plans to address this (which will not include going door-to-door distributing Catholic brochures!).

With three parishes that are more welcoming than average, and strong agreement that the parishes help with personal spiritual growth, please think about sharing the opportunity to join one of our parish communities with someone you know who may appreciate an invitation to join a supportive, welcoming faith community.

As a “baby step” towards evangelization, you might consider inviting someone who has attended one of our churches in the past, but not recently, to join us at the upcoming parish picnic on September 8th – they would certainly be welcome!                                                                                

Committee Members:  Jim Whitney (Chair), Rita Baglini, John Riley, Dianne Bilodeau, Rev. Jerome A. Mercure

Online Giving is Now Available!

You can now make your weekly Offertory donation online! Many of you have asked for this feature, (especially those of you who cannot be here every weekend), and we are happy to finally be able to bring it to you!  Here is how to register:  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!

 

2019 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

St. Andrew Parish has received 86% of its goal of $20,913.

Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish has received 111% of its goal of $16,249.  Thank you!!

      

 

Parish Directory Update

If you would like us to keep you informed of special events coming up in our parishes in a timely manner, just send your current email address to the rectory office at:  rccoffice@gmavt.net and we will add you to our email list. 

“Letter to a Suffering Church

 “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.

 

 

Free CDs, Books and Pamphlets

Check out the free CDs, books and pamphlets that are available at all three churches. We recently received this generous donation of a huge amount of Lighthouse Catholic CDs from St. Joseph Parish, Nashua, NH.  These are all free of charge – please help yourself. 

 

Youth Religious Education Classes

In addition to the information provided below, please check out the Religious Education section of this website which can be found on our home page.

   

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Levels I, II and III

Classes for ages 3 through 6th grade are held on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM.  Questions? Contact CGS Coordinator Amy Miller at 249-8888; email:  amymillernp@yahoo.com.

Traditional Religious Education Program

Classes for Grades 7 and a Confirmation class for students in Grades 8, 9 on Sundays from 10 – 11 AM.  NOTE:  Questions?  Contact Father Jerry at 244-7734; email: jamercure@rccwwm.org.

Classes for both programs are held in St. Leo Hall, located behind St. Andrew Church in Waterbury.  A schedule of classes and newsletter were emailed to registered. Contact the Rectory (244-7734) if you did not receive this email, if you have questions, or to register your child for classes in either of our programs. 

         

Counseling Services Available Through Vermont Catholic Charities

Affordable counseling services available. People seek counseling for many different reasons: a crisis, a loss, a major life change, substance abuse, or to improve relationships.  With convenient offices in South Burlington, St. Albans, Rutland and Middlebury, our experienced clinicians and psychiatrist are here to help.  We accept private insurance, Medicaid, Medicare and we offer a sliding scale fee. If you or someone you know needs support, please call (802) 658-6111, ext. 1318.

Other News in the Area

 

Friends of Central Vermont Foster Parent Association – Supporting our Local Foster Parents

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.

Rice Memorial High School Stunt Nite

You are invited to Rice’s 90th Annual Stunt Nite on November 26, 2019. See the enduring tradition of Stunt Nite, a unique Rice event considered by all to be the highlight of the school year! Middle school students get FREE tickets to the 4 pm matinee. Additional matinee tickets can be purchased. This offer is only available through the Rice Admissions office. Contact Katie Chapa at chapa@rmhsvt.org or (802) 862-6521 ext 2246 for more information or to claim tickets. 

A Celebration of Christmas and Seasonal Carols

Dr. William Tortolano, Organist and Music Director

December 6th at 7:30 PM at Blessed Sacrament Church, Stowe

December 8th at 3:00 PM at St.Mary’s Church, St. Albans

December 15th at 3:00 PM at St. Michael’s College Chapel, Colchester

Come and sing or listen!

First Annual St. Augustine Church/American Legion Post #03 Christmas Bazaar

Friday, November 29th from 3:00 to 8:00 PM

Saturday, November 30th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Food, Crafts, Wreaths, Jewelry, Ornaments and much more; Something for Everyone!

Location:  Saint. Augustine Church, Basement Hall, 16 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT