Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday November 28 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church Colin Kenneth Cote
Saturday November 28 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Rita Geno by Grace Sileo
Sunday November 29 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church In Loving Memory of Barbara Vachris, Patricia Eastman and Kyle Magnus
Sunday November 29 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Robert Greenberg and Frank Iozzo by Gio Susini
Monday November 30 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church All Soul’s in Purgatory
Tuesday December 1 NO MASS
Wednesday December 2 NO MASS (Fr. Matthew at Bishop Marshall School)
Thursday December 3 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Marie Koster by Bob Koster
Friday December 4 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Jean Grabowski by Sam and Mary Miller
Saturday December 5 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church Patricia Wright by the Gildea Family
Saturday December 5 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Heidi Keyworth Albanase & Molly Staples by Gio Susini
Sunday December 6 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Judith A. Davis by Dianne Bilodeau
Sunday December 6 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Jimmie Wayne Wylie by Gio Susini

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew's Parish Offertory $1,101; Catholic Campaign for Human Development $100; Online $360
Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick's Parish Offertory $535; Online $340

Dear Parishioners,

There we have it! A Thanksgiving different than many we’ve had in the past, but hopefully a happy and grace-filled celebration nonetheless. As you know, my week was spent in retreat up at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte. The setting and weather were superb. The entire week was tranquil and quiet. It was a real gift to make the retreat there. Interesting, isn’t it, that some of the best things are required things? Canon law requires the retreat, yet it’s one of those things that I’m very thankful it requires! Thank you for all the prayers you offered for me during the week. You were in mine, as well.

We now enter the holy season of Advent. The season prepares us to commemorate the first coming of Jesus at Christmas, and in so doing reminds us of his second coming at the end of time, for which we must also prepare. Many of the Scripture readings, especially early in Advent, focus on the second coming of Jesus. The Church is ever eager to keep our minds fixed on the eternal and ultimate realities.

This Monday is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patronal feast of our church here in Waterbury! In addition to the regular Monday morning Mass, we’ll also celebrate a Holy Hour in the evening to mark the occasion. The Holy Hour will begin at 6:30 with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, followed by some excerpts from St. John Henry Newman’s sermon on St. Andrew. Towards the end of the Holy Hour (at about 7:15) we’ll recite Evening Prayer together, using sheets that I’ll provide. Finally, I’ll also offer confession during the silent time of the Holy Hour, as well as after if need be. Why is that? Besides the usual sacramental graces from Confession, the patronal feast is also an occasion when someone can gain a plenary indulgence!

An indulgence, according to the Catechism, is “the remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sin whose guilt has already been forgiven. A properly disposed member of the Christian faithful can obtain an indulgence under prescribed conditions through the help of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints. An indulgence is partial if it removes part of the temporal punishment due to sin, or plenary if it removes all punishment.” So a plenary indulgence is a superabundant gift of God’s mercy.

The Catechism mentions “prescribed conditions”: these are praying the specially indulgenced prayer (in this case, observing the feast day), being detached from sin, and attending Mass and going to Confession within the week of the particular occasion. So, don’t miss this abundant gift of God’s grace, and come to the Holy Hour on Monday from 6:30 to 7:30!

In His Heart,

Fr. Matthew

Watch the 9:00 am Mass on Facebook

To watch the 9:00 am Mass at St. Andrew’s live on Sunday mornings, click here.  You can also “like” the page and be notified whenever Father Matthew is live.

Prayers for the Sick

We pray for Isaiah Callan, Daniel Caplinger, Heidi Cervantes, Chandler, Suzie Clark, Colin Kenneth Cote, Janet DiBlasi, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Raven Fowler, Jan Gendreau, Alison Henry, Pauline Hodgdon, John Hofmann, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Bernard Mahan, Patrick McNamara, Frank Miller, Scott Miller, Sidnia Orton, Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Rob Scharges, Annette Schultz, Robert Shortridge, Bernard Sweet and Nasaiah Torres. If you know of anyone who would like a Communion visit, please let us know.

Matching Gifts!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Virtual Giving Weekend for the Christ our Hope Campaign!  Both St. Andrew’s and Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick received a matching gift of $1,000 after parishioners from both parishes gave $1,000 online.  Thank you again to everyone who so generously gave to this campaign!  Our current totals have St. Andrew’s at $9,600 in pledges, and Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick’s at $11,000.

Wisdom of the Saints

“In pondering Christ’s Transfiguration, we may learn anew the lesson our lips profess but our hearts forget: that even in the midst of this life the crucifixion of the will is immortality and glory, and the enjoyment of our heavenly adoption through Jesus Christ our Lord.” ~ Austin Farrer

“Speak to them of the great mercy of God…sometimes people are helped by your telling of your own lamentable past.” ~ St. Francis Xavier

“The moment I realized that God existed, I knew that I could not do otherwise than to live for him alone…Faith strips the mask from the world and reveals God in everything. It makes nothing impossible and renders meaningless such words as anxiety, danger, and fear, so that the believer goes through life calmly and peacefully, with profound joy – like a child, hand in hand with his mother.” ~ Bl. Charles de Foucauld

New Church Protocols/Guidelines

In response to new Covid-19 guidelines issued by the State of Vermont, Bishop Coyne directs all parishes to maintain an attendance log for all liturgical celebrations in the parishes of the Diocese of Burlington.  The log information shall be maintained by the parish for 30 days after the liturgical celebration in the event contact tracing needs to be followed due to an outbreak of Covid-19 tied to one of our churches.  This requirement becomes effective on the First Sunday of Advent, November 28-29, 2020, until further notice.  This log requirement applies to daily Masses, funerals, etc.

We continue to ask parishioners to call or email the rectory to sign up for weekend masses.  Please place your request by Friday.  (Rectory Phone:  802-244-7734; Email: rccoffice@gmavt.net.)   Also, try to arrive at Mass a little earlier than usual (this helps with distancing and makes it easier for the greeters to seat people especially when some might not have indicated their plans to attend). 

The obligation to attend Sunday mass remains lifted especially if you are part of a vulnerable population and/or have an underlying health condition.  Stay home if you are sick or not feeling well.  Remember to:

  • Wear a mask at Mass – we ask that you bring your own, but we will have extra masks available.
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering
  • If an offertory collection is to be taken, baskets will be placed at each entrance to receive your donation as you leave.
  • Sit in designated pews and respect social distancing (six feet or more, unless you are a one family unit).  Refrain from congregating in tight areas or entering cordoned off areas.

  • Follow the protocols for receiving Holy Communion as directed at Mass.  

Continued Gratitude for Your Generosity!

Thank you for your donations by mail, online, or drop-offs to our mailbox at the Rectory – through your generosity we continue to pay our bills without having to deplete our savings.  Our offices remain open to receive your calls and emails.  Let us know if we can help you in any way.     

You can make your Offertory donations on line through this parish website.  Select the “Giving” option for your parish at the top right side of the home page. Enter your personal information and how often you wish to give. You can also make a “quick-give, one time” donation.  Need help?  Call us (244-7734).  Thank you!

Do We Have Your Current Email?

Emails are the most efficient way for us to communicate with you.  If you are not currently receiving weekly email updates from us let us know  – just send an email request to the rectory office at:  rccoffice@gmavt.net and we will add you to our list.

St. Andrew Parish On-Line T-Shirt Store

We now have our own T-Shirt Store!  Currently we have two themes available:  “Pray Always!”  brought back by popular demand, and a new design,  “Set the World Ablaze” .  Both are available in a variety of styles, colors and sizes.   You can check them out by clicking (or pasting to your web browser) the following link:


All proceeds from the sale of these t-shirts will benefit our two parishes. 

Making Qualified Charitable Donations

Recently, a parishioner reached out for information about how to make an end-of-the-year qualified charitable distribution (QCD) to the Vermont Catholic Community Foundation from their IRA.  Once you reach the golden age of 70 ½, the federal government requires individuals to withdraw from their traditional IRA or employer-sponsored retirement plans.  These withdrawals are taxable income unless the distribution is made directly to a QCD.  Of note as well, QCDs always deliver a tax benefit while “regular” charitable donations might not, as higher standard deductions make it that much harder to claim itemized charitable write-offs.  If you are interested in learning how to make a tax-deductible end-of-the-year qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA to the Vermont Catholic Community Foundation, or to a specific fund within the foundation, please contact Ellen Kane at ekane@vermontcatholic.org or call 802-846-5837.

 The Inland See

The latest issue of “The Inland See” published by the Diocese of Burlington  is available to Download below.  Page 2 includes a listing of Online Ministry Opportunities available throughout the week.

Christ our Hope Campaign

It is with great joy and excitement that we welcome Advent and the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior.  “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Along with celebrating God’s wonderful gift, Advent is a time when we enjoy giving a little more of the gifts we’ve received from God.  So we invite you, this Advent season, to join your brothers and sisters in Christ with a Christ Our Hope campaign commitment. Remember your gift will make a difference as we address our needs at our parish, and it will also support the many needs of those most vulnerable among us. Please return your completed pledge form or go online to christourhopevt.org/donate to make your gift.

Please see below for an update in the Diocesan newsletter: