Bulletin

Liturgy Schedule for This Week


Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday December 7 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Parishioners and Visitors
Saturday December 7 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows John Brusa by Clinton Charron and Donna Dalton
Sunday December 8 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Janet Koster by Bob Koster
Sunday December 8 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Robert Greenberg and Frank Iozzo by Gio Susini
Monday December 9 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church All Souls
Tuesday December 10 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Janet Koster by Bob Koster
Wednesday December 11 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church All Souls
Thursday December 12 NO MASS
Friday December 13 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Molly Staples and Maria Donofrio by Gio Susini
Saturday December 14 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church All Souls
Saturday December 14 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday December 15 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Charles Podhaski by Ken and Blanche Kreiling
Sunday December 15 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Michael Yacavoni by Mary Lynn Percy

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Regular $1315 Online Giving $25; CCHD $7; $324 $5
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Regular $962; Online Giving $25 $10

PARISH NEWS

 

Christmas Mass Schedule

 

Christmas Eve Masses, Tuesday, December 24:

4 PM at St. Andrew Church, Waterbury – Pageant and Children’s Mass

6 PM at Our Lady of the Snows Church, Waitsfield

Midnight Mass at St. Andrew Church, Waterbury – (Choir Prelude at 11:45 PM)

 

Christmas Day Masses, Wednesday, December 25:

9 AM at St. Andrew Church, Waterbury

11 AM at St. Patrick Church, Moretown

 

New Year’s Mass Schedule

New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, December 31:

4 PM at St. Andrew Church, Waterbury

6 PM at Our Lady of the Snows Church, Waitsfield

 

New Year’s Day, Wednesday, January 1

 11 AM at St. Patrick Church, Moretown

 

 

Baptism at St. Patrick Church this Sunday, December 8th

We welcome to the Church Katie Elizabeth Gonyon daughter of Jeremy and Stephanie (Drew) Gonyon of Moretown, and sister of Chase, who received First Holy Communion last year.

 

 

Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting

The Knights of Columbus will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, December 10th at 7 PM in St. Andrew Rectory.  All members are encouraged to attend.  Included in the agenda for this meeting is planning for the Christmas breakfast/celebration to be held on December 15th.

 

 

Knights of Columbus Breakfast Buffet and Christmas Celebration

The Knights of Columbus will host a Breakfast Buffet and Christmas celebration next Sunday, December 15th; 8:30 – 11:15 AM in St. Leo Hall.  Christmas music/sing-along led by Sergio/Sile Torres and a “special guest” appearance! Don’t miss this special opportunity to share a meal, fellowship and celebration with fellow parishioners!

 

 

Altar Servers for our Three Churches

Students in Grade 3 and Up Invited to become Altar Servers –Let Father Jerry know if interested.

 

 

Please join Vermont Catholic Charities in supporting the Annual Advent Appeal.

The “Season of Giving” has no bounds for people in need. Whatever the season, it is a daily struggle for many Vermonters to maintain housing, stay warm or feed their families. With your help, we can make a difference in the lives of those living on the edge; people like Grace and John  who were struggling to keep the utilities on as John’s work hours had been reduced and they faced high medical bills. Whether your gift is $10, $100, $1000 or more, your gift will make a difference in the life of a needy family. To donate, please mail a check to Vermont Catholic Charities, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT  05403 or give on online at www.vermontcatholic.org/adventappeal.

 

 

“Keep Christ in Christmas” Card Sale by the Knights of Columbus at the following Masses:

       Dec 7 – Our Lady of the Snows Church

      Dec 14 – Our Lady of the Snows Church

      Dec 15 – St. Andrew Church @ St. Leo Hall 

      Dec 21 – St. Andrew Church 

      Dec 22 – St. Patrick Church

St. Patrick Parishioners:  Look for card display in Church until December 22nd.  Select the cards you want and leave payment as instructed on the display.  Questions?  Call Ralph at 802-989-5006.

 

 

 

Volunteer(s) Needed to Provide Ride(s) to Mass on the Weekend

Is this something you might consider?  Do you or someone you know need a ride to Mass?  Diana Whitney (802-324-3848) has volunteered to match volunteers with riders.  Mad River Valley Parishioners also have the option to call Free Wheelin’ (802-249-3427) – make your request and if possible a volunteer may be able to arrange a ride outside of their regular published hours.

 

 

Christmas Flowers in Our Churches

Envelopes are available in each of our three churches for the traditional flower offerings in memory of a loved one.  Names of those remembered will be published in our bulletin after Christmas.  Your support insures that our sanctuaries/altar areas are beautifully decorated for our Liturgical services throughout the year. Thank you!

 

 

Reminder for our Lectors

The new Lector’s Workbook for Cycle A, the new year starting November 30/December 1 are in. The St. Andrew workbooks are in the Sacristy, and those for Our Lady of the Snows and St. Patrick can be picked up at the entrance of the churches.

 

 

2020 Religious Calendars are available at our three churches

Please help yourselves.  You may want to take one for a neighbor/family member.  We usually have some left over.  These calendars are offered free of charge, compliments of Perkins-Parker Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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 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. All are invited to join with members of the Still Kickin’ Band for Christmas caroling/cookies from 6 to 7 PM.  Donations to help defray costs are welcome. – Call Josette/David at 793-9794.

 

 

 

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 Available!

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!

 

 

 

2019 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

      “Today I write to acknowledge and express my gratitude to the parishioners of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish for achieving your 2019 Annual Appeal…In this year of the Call to Discipleship our mission is to spread the Good News throughout the State of Vermont.  We could not be successful without all of you.  I pray for all parishioners of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick.  Yours in Christ!  Bishop Christopher J Coyne” (from a letter from Bishop Coyne).

      With many thanks and appreciation for the always amazing generosity of parishioners, seasonal and frequent visitors.  Father Jerry

 

Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish has received 112% of its goal of $16,249. 

St. Andrew Parish has received 89% of its goal of $20,913.

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.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

Rice Prospective Parent Luncheon: Friday, December 13, 12-1 PM

Parents with students of all ages are invited to learn more about Rice by attending a Prospective Parent Luncheon. Gain a unique perspective by dining with a Rice student while hearing from a Rice parent and various administrators.  A tour and a chance to drop in on a few classes will also be offered after lunch for anyone with time to stay. Seating is limited. To reserve your spot. RSVP by Tuesday, December 10th at  www.rmhsvt.org/admissions.