Bulletin

Liturgy Schedule for This Week


Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday October 12 4:00 PM St. Andrew Special Intention of Sister Mary Monica by roy and Fran Raymond
Saturday October 12 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday October 13 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Kyle Magnus by the Magnus family
Sunday October 13 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Monday October 14 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Tuesday October 15 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church In loving memory of Carter Griffin
Wednesday October 16 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Phillip LaMantia by Constance LaMantia
Thursday October 17 No Mass
Friday October 18 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Lawrence and Noella Godin by Pat and Diane Murray
Saturday October 19 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Saturday October 19 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Mass
Sunday October 20 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Monday October 21 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Tuesday October 22 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mass
Wednesday October 23 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Thursday October 24 No Mass
Friday October 25 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Saturday October 26 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Albert Dunstan Kelly, Jr. by the Callan family
Saturday October 26 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Mass
Sunday October 27 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Special Intention of Frank Miller by the Miller family
Sunday October 28 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church For our son, Michael Long by Mom and Dad, and for the Long/O'Neil families

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Regular $1294; Online Giving $110 $221
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Regular $686; Online Giving $35

PARISH NEWS

 

Rest in Peace

 

We remember in prayer Jeanette F. Fecteau, former parishioner of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish; for her eternal life, and for the consolation of the Lord for those who mourn.

 

Funeral Masses Scheduled

      Genevieve (Gene) Robinson – Saturday, October 26th at 11 AM at Our Lady of the Snows, Waitsfield

      Jeanette Fecteau – Saturday, November 2nd at 11 AM at St. Andrew, Waterbury

 

Knights of Columbus Monthly Meeting

 

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

 

 

Ministry Fair for St. Andrew and Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parishes

You are invited to attend the Inter-Parish Ministry Fair which will be held on Sunday, October 27th at St. Leo Hall (located behind St. Andrew Church, Waterbury) from 10 AM to 12:30.  As you know, the last few years have been important times for the parishes within the Catholic Diocese of Vermont. They have also been challenging times for the Church.  Starting with the Diocesan-wide SYNOD and the follow-up of the Christian leadership Institute (CLI) survey, parishes like ours have been actively making plans to promote vibrancy in our parishes through better communication about our activities, and sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ and our Catholic faith.  Recently, we have renewed the Pastoral Council with added members, including two high school students who are helping us to always consider the needs of our young parishioners, which was an area of concern for our two parishes.  As part of our planning process, the Pastoral Council has called for a Ministry Fair.  All parishioners and visitors are encouraged to stop by St. Leo Hall any time between 10 AM and 12:30 to learn more about the various ministries and services that our parishes provide, show community support, ask questions and enjoy Christian fellowship.  Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome!            Father Jerry and the Pastoral Council

 

 

Coffee Sunday at St. Patrick Church, Moretown this Sunday, October 13th after the 11 AM Mass

Parishioners and Visitors are most welcome on this holiday weekend (Monday, Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving Day).  A good day to give thanks and celebrate faith and friendship.

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

Reminder:  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, Chander, 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, 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 85% of its goal of $20,913.

Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish has received 96% 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. 

 

 

“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:  No classes this week due to the school break. 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.