Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday August 17 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church John Russell Bruneau by Jon and Agnes Milne
Saturday August 17 6:00 PM St. Patrick Church Mass
Sunday August 18 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Alice Howland
Sunday August 18 11:00 AM St. Andrew Church Frank LaMantia by Constance LaMantia
Monday August 19 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Barbara Puntillo by Constance LaMantia
Tuesday August 20 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mike Wood by Marsha Wood
Wednesday August 21 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Thursday August 22 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Friday August 23 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Lucien Lefebvre by Pat/Diane Murray
Saturday August 24 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Deceased Members of the Ryan/Morrell families
Saturday August 24 6:00 PM St. Patrick Church Mass
Sunday August 25 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Sunday August 25 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Mass

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Regular $1585; Online Giving $120 $56 $5
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Regular $835; Online Giving $60



Change in Saturday Mass Location for the Mad River Valley

Starting on SATURDAY, JULY 6 through August 31st, Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Church at 6:00 PM.

With decreased numbers attending Mass on Saturdays the smaller church of St. Patrick will be better suited for the Saturday celebration. Sometime in the Fall Saturday Mass will be moved back to Our Lady of the Snows. We have received support and approval for this change from the Bishop.  Father Jerry




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 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.



Holy Cross Cemetery Annual Meeting

The annual meeting of Holy Cross Cemetery will be held on Tuesday, August 27th at 7 PM at St. Andrew Rectory.  Agenda includes review of Financial Statements for fiscal year ended June 30th, 2019.  All are welcome.




Celebration on the Occasion of Rev. Jerome A. Mercure’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination

On Sunday, September 1st the 9 AM Mass at St. Andrew Church will be celebrated in honor of Father Jerry, followed by a reception in St. Leo Hall.  All Parishioners from St. Andrew, Our Lady of the Snows and St. Patrick Churches are invited to attend.  Mark your calendars now and don’t miss this special opportunity to celebrate Father Jerry dedication to the priesthood over these past 40 years and to express our gratitude and appreciation for his service in the Waterbury and Mad River Valley over the past 13 years.  Cards only – no gifts please.  Reception sponsored by our local Knights of Columbus Council.  Questions? Call Jim Whitney at 802-999-3448.




“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. Copies are available at no charge at all three churches.




Mad River Valley Interfaith Council

The MRVIC is an interfaith gathering of lay persons and the various pastors in the Mad River Valley, providing emergency support to those in need, maintaining the food shelf in Waitsfield, conducting the Thanksgiving food baskets and the Holiday “Joys of the Season” for children.  Jay Kearns has been the chairperson of the council for many years and has recently retired.  For as long as I have been pastor and years before, Jay has been very active in guiding the charitable works of our Interfaith Group. Having recently arrived many years ago, I was invited by Jay and then member Kathy Basile to join the council.  I have been fortunate to be involved with many committed members of the churches and their ministers, providing assistance in many forms to those in need.  On behalf of the Catholic community of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick, I thank Jay for being such a person of faith, showing faith in action by his service to those in need.  Thank you Jay for being such a good example for us of a practicing Catholic, and to so many an example of Christian charity.                          Father Jerry



Disciple Maker Survey Results Update

The writing team (Rita Baglini Dianne Bilodeau, John Riley, Jim Whitney and Father Jerry) met again to continue our work of drafting an action plan for our two parishes based on the Catholic Leadership Institute survey results, analytics and guidance.  We focused this week on the goal “creating vibrant parishes” and continued the writing for goals around “improving communication” and “evangelization”.  We are using S.M.A.R.T (specific/measurable, motivating, attainable, relevant, trackable) objectives and have a strong emphasis on youth in each of the three goals.  We supplemented our post-synod data analysis by reviewing and discussing the Parish survey results of Spring 2018.  We will meet again to refine our thinking before Father Jerry attends the annual Presbyteral Days, a priest retreat hosted by Bishop Coyne, September 3-5, 2019.  All priests have been tasked with bringing a copy of their parish action plan. Rita Baglini (Writing Team member)




Mark your Calendars!  St. Andrew and Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick – Parish Picnic

Our Annual Parish Picnic will be held on Sunday, September 8th; Mass at St. Andrew Church at 11:15 AM; BBQ to follow.  Music for the Mass and entertainment afterward provided by Sergio/Sile Torres & Company.  Special thanks to Knights of Columbus Council 2085 for sponsoring this FREE event annually for our Parishes!  Donations of food and non-perishable food items or monetary donations will be accepted to support the Waterbury and Mad River Valley Food Shelves.



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 access our secure Parish Website:  rccwwm.org. 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. (American Express is not currently available – coming soon). Enter your personal information and select how often you wish to donate. You will see that there is also the option to make “one time” donations.   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!

      For online givers from Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish who are currently donating online through ParishSoft, that service will be terminating July 31st.



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Level III Training to be Hosted at St. Andrew Parish

Our second week long training session will run from August 17 – 24.  We are still looking for a few volunteers to help prepare a buffet lunch for approximately 24 people on Thursday (8/22), Friday (8/23) and Saturday (8/24) for this second session (your costs will be reimbursed).  If you are interested in preparing a simple lunch on one of these dates call Dianne at the Rectory 244-7734.  



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!




2019 Annual Bishop’s Appeal

You likely have received at least one request from Bishop Christopher Coyne requesting your support of the Bishop’s Annual Appeal.  We are getting closer to our appeal goal and ask that you prayerfully consider the request and respond generously.  In addition to monies distributed for charitable works, such as Vermont Catholic Charites’ Emergency Aid, the Diocese is a valuable resource to all parishes, both large and small.  We are grateful to all of those who have been able to participate and encourage others to learn more about your gift at work: bishopsappealvt.org.  As of  August 13th:

                St. Andrew Parish has received 72% of its goal of $20,913.

               Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish has received 81% of its goal of $16,249



Parish Directory Update

If you would like to provide your parish with your current email address, you may do so by sending an email to the Rectory office:  rccoffice@gmavt.net



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

   Classes will resume in the Fall. A schedule of classes and newsletter will be sent out in mid- September.  Contact the Rectory (244-7734) 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.




Renovations to the Chapel in St. Augustine Church in Montpelier are completed.

New lights, comfortable chairs, new heat for winter, and air-conditioning for now!  Current Adorers are welcomed back for their regular visits with our Lord.  New Adorers are encouraged to discover the special blessings from time spent one-on-one with Jesus. Jesus is always waiting for us, so that by turning to Him He can transform our lives.  Rectory – 223-5285:  Deacon Gesualdo and Loretta Schneider – 223-2151