Bulletin

Liturgy Schedule for This Week


Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday February 22 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Parishioners and Visitors
Saturday February 22 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Church Margaret LaBorne by Barbara King
Sunday February 23 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday February 23 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Linda Corthell (First Anniversary) by Larry Corthell
Monday February 24 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Tuesday February 25 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Ash Wednesday February 26 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Ash Wednesday February 26 12:15 PM St. Andrew Church Mass
Ash Wednesday February 26 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Church Lena Elizabeth Seeboo and Bruno Tassone by Gio Susini
Thursday February 27 No Mass
Friday February 28 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church All Souls in Purgatory
Saturday February 29 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Mass
Saturday February 29 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Church Mass
Sunday March 1 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Sunday March 1 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Mass

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish $1881; Online Giving $75; $100
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish $1030; Online Giving $110

PARISH NEWS

 

Ash Wednesday Masses:

Ash Wednesday, February 26, 2020:

       8:00 AM   St. Andrew Church in Waterbury

      12:15 PM  St. Andrew Church in Waterbury

      6:00 PM    Our Lady of the Snows Church in Waitsfield

Ashes will be distributed at each Mass.

 

 

Rest in Peace

We remember in prayer Judith A. Davis, former parishioner and niece of Cheryl Dow of St. Andrew Parish, for her eternal life, and for the consolation of the Lord for those who mourn.

 

 

 

Prayers for the Sick

 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, John R. Guilmette, Sue Haack, John Hofmann, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Frank Miller, Scott Miller, Sidnia Orton, Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Gene Scarpato, 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Central and Eastern Europe Collection this Weekend, February 22, 23 at each Mass

Your donations will help to restore the Church and build the future in Central and Eastern Europe. Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

 

 

Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish Finance Council

 We still have a couple of slots open at Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish.  Meetings are held quarterly. Could this be a service you might consider? Let Father Jerry know if you are interested.  Many thanks and gratitude to all our Members, past and present, for your faith, service and devotion to our Parishes.

 

 

 

ANNUAL SPAGHETTI DINNER AND DANCE  WAS A GREAT SUCCESS!

 

Applause and gratitude to Stephanie Venema and Kathleen Consentino, and the Fundraising  Committee for organizing a very successful/fun evening. Many thanks to all the cooks (Tom Martin & Dan Harris), meatball makers (Karen Korrow & company), bakers, servers, dishwashers (Gib Geiger), set-up and cleaning crew. No doubt that this meal was a community effort with so many volunteers! Special thanks to Pat Murray for organizing the very successful 50/50 Raffle and Still Kickin for providing the great and festive music for dancing. To all our benefactors: Graciousness of the American Legion and all those whose attendance and donations made the evening so successful; Shaw’s Grocery Store, Waterbury Village Grocery, Price Chopper, Red Hen, Artisan Coffee, Cold Hollow, Proud Flower.  Profit of $2,214.35 was shared equally between our two parishes.

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon: Christ Our Hope Campaign – A Campaign for the Catholic Church in Vermont

        The Christ Our Hope campaign will raise funds to help parishes realize their vision and provide endowment funding for faith formation efforts and Catholic Charities emergency services throughout the state.

        Our parishes will take part in the campaign beginning this spring. We are currently looking for people to be a part of our campaign team. You will receive training and be asked to attend a couple of brief meetings. Your primary focus as a volunteer is to share information with other parishioners about the campaign and help them complete their commitment cards.

        If you are interested, please contact Father Jerry at 244-7734; or email: jamercure@rccwwm.org.

 

 

 

ASH WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH

Ash Wednesday will begin the grace-filled season of Lent.There will be 3 Masses celebrated on that day, although this is not a holy day of obligation. Nevertheless, this is a day of recalling our mortality, but our immortality in Jesus Christ. Ashes will be distributed at all 3 Masses, beginning the season of preparation for Easter. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence from meat. All other Fridays are days of abstinence from meat. A faithful, age 14 and up, is bound to abstain from meat on Fridays and fasting is required of a person, 18 years to 60.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your Calendars!  Lenten Fish Fry Dinners at St. Andrew Parish

Dinners will be held on the following Fridays during Lent:  February 28th, March 13, March 27; 5 – 7 PM; featuring hand battered fried fish, French fries, coleslaw, dessert, beverage. $12/adults; $35/family of 4+. Calamari available for an extra $7/person.   “Take outs” available; call 244-5825 after 3:30 PM – order pick-up after 5 PM. Enjoy a tasty Fish Fry and support our local Knights of Columbus Council 2085.   All are welcome!

 

 

 

Ash Wednesday Almsgiving Collection to Support Vermont Catholic Charities

This agency provides financial and emotional support to individuals/families in Vermont through programs offered which include Counseling, Emergency Aid, Prison Ministry, Project Rachel, and Residential Care Homes.  A portion of the collection will go to help fund the Bishop deGoesbriand grants which are awarded to Vermont nonprofits who are making a difference in their communities.  Envelopes will be available in the churches.  Please know that every gift—whatever the size—makes a difference.  Thank you for your generosity.

 

 

 

 

Waterbury Area Ecumenical Luncheons start Thursday, February 27 from Noon to 1:00 PM

The first luncheon will be at the Wesley Church in Waterbury. Beginning with a simple lunch followed by a devotional by the host church, this Lenten gathering will conclude at 1:00 PM. A “free-will” offering will be taken up for the Waterbury Good Neighbor Fund. All welcome.  Questions?  Call 244-6677.

 

 

 

 

A Note about Cold/Flu Season and the Sign of Peace

Although the Sign of Peace is an integral/valued part of our worship, as we enter the cold/flu season please recognize that some people are especially susceptible to viruses that can be spread by contact and some immune systems are very sensitive. Some people may choose not to shake hands during the Sign of Peace but might simply greet you with a smile.  Also, please use common sense/good judgment regarding Mass attendance if you are ill. Frequent hand-washing and refraining from physical contact can help prevent the spread of germs.

 

 

 

 

Reminder:  Monthly Food Shelf Appeal on the 2nd Weekend of each Month

Baskets are available at the entrance of each church to accept your nonperishable food and personal care items. Monetary donations also welcome – please drop your check, payable to your local Food Shelf, in the collection basket at Mass; cash donations should be placed in an envelope marked “Food Shelf”). Thank you for your generosity!

 

 

 

Altar Servers for our Three Churches

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

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Appeal from Good Samaritan Haven in Barre

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 807-793-1462 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.                                                                

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!

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

St. Monica Church, Barre – 40 Days for Life Campaign – the Beginning of the End of Abortion

From February 26 to April 5 local community members will unite through fasting, prayer or peaceful vigil with many others from coast to coast for a major simultaneous pro-life mobilization –  the 40 Days for Life Campaign. 

You can help through prayer and fasting or by attending a vigil session. For more information visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/barre, or contact Tom Kelly (802) 224-6309.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Super Bingo to Benefit Camp Ta Kum Ta on Sunday, April 19th 

Sponsored by the S. Burlington Knight of Columbus.  Call Lois at 343-9767 for tickets or info. On-line purchasing available at www.kofcvt.org.