Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday October 24 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church 2020 Confirmation Class
Saturday October 24 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Ginny Godoy by Ruth Custodio
Sunday October 25 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Magee, O’Brien, & Lumbra Families by Kathleen Lumbra
Sunday October 25 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Elisa Torres by Sergio Torres
Monday October 26 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Dick and Mary Lemery by the Family
Tuesday October 27 NO MASS
Wednesday October 28 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Monroe and Rita Lacaillade by Marsha Wood
Thursday October 29 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church All Souls in Purgatory
Friday October 30 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church John Koster by Bob Koster
Saturday October 31 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church Albert Dunstan Kelly, Jr. by the Callan Family
Saturday October 31 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows All Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday November 1 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Felix Callan by Pat and Diane Murray
Sunday November 1 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Giuseppina Susini by Gio Susini

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Offertory $1,841; World Mission Sunday $175; Online Giving $220
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Offertory $365; World Mission Sunday $20; Online Giving $290

Dear Parishioners,

Alright, many updates are on the docket this week! First off, RCIA begins this Monday. One component of it will be open to the whole parish: starting Monday, Nov 2nd, Jim Whitney and (myself sometimes) will be running an overview of Catholicism course, meeting every other Monday, from 7 – 8:00 pm, in St. Andrew’s Church. A big thank you to him! (On the off Mondays, I’ll meet with the RCIA candidates, of which we have two – pray for them!)

The Faith Series on the first two books of Mere Christianity finishes off this week. It has been so good. I’ve really enjoyed it, and all the attendees seem really edified by Lewis’ writing. The next Faith Series will begin Thursday, Nov 5th. (As I mentioned before, on Wednesday nights I’ll be at Norwich for their RCIA) This Faith Series will be less intellectually rigorous and more devotional. We’ll walk through a preparation for a personal consecration to Mary, using the book 33 Days to Morning Glory. I have plenty of copies in a pamphlet form, but if you would like to order the book, be my guest! My proposal is to meet from 6 – 7:00 pm, with some food options sometimes available afterwards. I could be persuaded to do a later start, though, if requested.

A big thank you to Suzie and Wes Lowe for putting the gardens to bed for the winter at OLS. Another thank you to Mark and Rita Baglini for installing the lights on the sign and the statue of Mary at OLS. Things are really looking great!

As I mentioned in the Wednesday email, we’ve spent some time rearranging the Rectory layout. The practical upshot of it all is that, effective today, I ask you to use the front door, on the main street side, when you come to the Rectory.

The final conference on the Catholic Principles of Voting is today (Sunday) down in Brattleboro. Email vermontnewman@gmail.com if you would like to participate by Zoom. Some helpful resources to look at are the Bishops’ document on voting called Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Also, Gaudete et Exultate, by Pope Francis, contains some helpful points.

Again, if you would like to be a member of the embellishment task-force for St. Andrew’s Church, please let me know.  The group will help form the plans and proposals for the aesthetics of the church.

Finally, the media coverage of Pope Francis has generated quite a buzz in the past few days. Bishop Coyne issued a statement at vermontcatholic.org/vermont. He writes, “The Church’s consistent teaching on the nature of marriage remains that it is a union between a man and a woman. The Church also teaches that all human beings are created in the likeness of God, and our brothers and sisters should be treated with dignity and respect regardless of their sexual orientation.” I also recommend an article at patheos.com by Fr. Matthew P. Schneider.

In His Heart,

Fr. Matthew

Reception of Holy Communion

A quick update on Bishop Coyne’s Diocesan protocols for the distribution of Holy Communion: for those who wish to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, please come up at the end of the communion line.  Thank you!

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, and Nasaiah Torres. If you know of anyone who would like a Communion visit, please let us know.

Wisdom of the Saints

 “A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.” ~ G.K. Chesterton

“To the one who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you unblemished and exultant, in the presence of his glory, to the only God, our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord be glory, majesty, power, and authority from ages past, now, and for ages to come.  Amen.” ~ Saint Jude

Confession times are as Follows:

Saturdays from 3:15 to 3:45 PM at St. Andrew and by appointment at either parish.  Wearing a mask is also required for confessions.

Theology on Fire Events for Young Adults

The Office of Young Adult Ministry is hosting several events for Catholic young adults, ages 18-39.  Theology on Fire, a series of conversations on theological topics around a roaring bonfire, will begin with Mass at the UVM Catholic Center at 6:00 pm. Following Mass, the group will move to the Maille Dairy Farm in Shelburne.

Dates and Topics include: 

Mad River Valley Thanksgiving Food Drive

Our community is once again helping the annual Mad River Valley Thanksgiving Food Drive.  For the past several years, we have helped between 50-75 families in need on Thanksgiving, allowing them to celebrate a full meal with their families, with no cost to them.  The generosity of this community has been awesome and we ask you to donate again this year!

There are two ways you can help:

  1. Donate food (see below for the list and locations) or send checks or PayPal amounts that we will use to buy food.   

  2. Volunteer to help; sign up on-line at: 


We need:

  • Apples (one bag)

  • Apple sauce (23 oz)

  • Biscuit Mix (box)

  • Brownie Mix (box)

  • Canned fruit (15 oz can, any type of fruit)

  • Canned vegetables (big cans: corn, peas or green beans)

  • Carrots (1 bag)

  • Crackers (8 oz box)

  • Cranberry sauce (16 oz can)

  • Canned/bottled gravy (10 oz)

  • Onions (1-2)

  • Peanut Butter (18 oz jar)

  • Potatoes (1 bag)

  • Stuffing (1 box/bag)

  • Tuna (12 oz can)

(In order to balance the meals, please buy the sizes requested or as close to them as  possible)

Bring any food to the NEW Valley Reporter offices in Mad River Green in Waitsfield.

If you prefer to donate money, please make out a check to the “Mad River Interfaith Council” and mail to Mad River Interfaith Council at PO Box 342, Waitsfield, VT 05673.  Or direct to our Paypal link at: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=W9YNSWQCQCP6C&source=url

Any surplus items will be used to fill up our local food pantry shelves, so give all you can.

Whether you are an individual, family or business, thank you in advance for helping us help out our neighbors once again this year.

 Reminder of Church Protocols

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 – as listed on a sheet located in the designated pews along with the hymnals.  

 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.

Join The Diocesan Young Adult Email List!

We want to connect with you!  And we want to help connect you to other Catholic young adults in the Diocese of Burlington.  Please fill out this brief contact form so we can keep in touch about opportunities for young adults in Vermont.  If you know a young adult who may be interested, please refer them to this form!

Facebook is our most frequently used means of communication – please consider ‘liking’ us on Facebook at https://facebook.com/vermontcatholicyouth/

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. 

 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

Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Members of our faith community continue to make commitments pushing our campaign thermometer upward, and we thank you for your sacrifice.  To stay current with all campaign news, please visit https://www.christourhopevt.org

Please see below for an update in the Diocesan newsletter: