Bulletin

Liturgy Schedule for This Week


Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday September 21 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Barry Yandow by Harrie and Adele Yandow
Saturday September 21 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Frank White Tilden by Arthur Trezise
Sunday September 22 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Fred and Florilla Putvain by Patty Gardner
Sunday September 22 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Parishioners and Visitors
Monday September 23 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Rose Mary Morrissey by Jon and Agnes Milne
Tuesday September 24 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Joseph Toorter by Jon and Agnes Milne
Wednesday September 25 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mike Wood by Marsha Wood
Thursday September 26 No Mass
Friday September 27 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Saturday September 28 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Pat Towne by Roy and Fran Raymond
Saturday September 28 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Mass
Sunday September 29 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church For the Success of our Religious Education Program in our Parishes
Sunday September 29 11:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Regular $1850; Catholic University $45; Online Giving $35 $30
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Regular $1173; Online Giving $45

PARISH NEWS

 

Latest Issue of Vermont Catholic Magazine is Available Now! 

The new quarterly edition of Vermont Catholic has arrived. We have many additional copies. Please help yourselves and give copies to neighbors, friends or relatives who may not have received one in the mail.  This current edition is particularly good. Pay special attention to the articles on “Confirmation Sponsors,” Catechesis of the Good Shepherd,”  “Diocese earns 9 Catholic Awards”, the Bishop’s letter “Sins of the Past,” ( in the event you haven’t already  read or heard it.)  Also, there is an article on “Disciple Maker Index Survey Results,” person witnessing stories, activities throughout the state and much more. 

 

Washington West Crop Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 6th in Waterbury

Registration at 12:00; Walk at 12:30. Help us by joining in the walk, collecting sponsors, sponsoring a walker, or making a donation on behalf of your parish (make check out to “Crop Hunger Walk”).  Sponsor forms/fliers available at the rectory (244-7734).  You can either mail/drop off your donation at the rectory, or put it in the collection basket.  Consider inviting your friends to join you and Help to end Hunger One Step at a Time!  This ecumenical event is sponsored by Waterbury Congregational Church (244-6606). 

 

Message from Father Jerry

Another year of Youth Religious Education; sometimes called CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine), catechism, or just plain “religion classes.” In this our second year of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd we are adding another term (CGS) to religious instruction. I am anxious to have another year to develop and improve this very special religious instruction, as well as developing Confirmation for younger students. No doubt the Church sees the beginning of Religious instruction as most important to the life of the parishes and the future of the Church. The importance of Youth Religious is realized when throughout the whole of the country Catholics celebrate, pray for parishes, parents, catechists, students on Catechetical Sunday (September 15th).  Please make every attempt to use well the times for classes and make the most important part of religion class, attendance at Mass, a priority. Your regular attendance and participation will be essential to our parish vibrancy and your child’s faith.     

            Christ is the Way, Truth and Life!!!                            –Father Jerry   

 

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 Carol Bellerose, Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, George Chalifoux, Suzie Clark, Donna Dalton, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Raven Fowler, Jan Gendreau, John Hale, John Hofmann, Holly, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Scott Miller, LeAnna Montgomery, 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 79% of its goal of $20,913.

Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish has received 90% of its goal of $16,249

      

 

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. 

 

 

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 will be held on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 PM, beginning on Wednesday, October 2nd.  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 and up will begin on Sunday, September 29th.  Students in the Confirmation class and their parents are requested to meet upstairs with a meeting in St. Leo Hall for both Parents and Students on Sunday, September 29 after the 9 AM Mass at St. Andrew Church.  Questions?  Contact Father Jerry at 244-7734; email: jamercure@rccwwm.org.

 

Classes for both programs will be held in St. Leo Hall, located behind St. Andrew Church in Waterbury.  A schedule of classes and newsletter were emailed to registered families on Thursday, September 19th, 2019. 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.