Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Saturday August 8 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church Parishioners and Visitors
Saturday August 8 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Parishioners and Visitors
Sunday August 9 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church In Celebration of the Gage and Cummings families
Sunday August 9 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Gene Scarpato by Kathleen Basile
Monday August 10 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Shari Houghton by Gio Susini
Tuesday August 11 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Jocelyn Callan by Gerry Callan
Wednesday August 12 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Mass
Thursday August 13 No Mass
Friday August 14 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Daniel Akouka by his parents
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Holy Day
Saturday August 15 4:00 PM St. Andrew's Church Wanda Persons by family
Saturday August 15 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Debbie Turco and John Doherty by family
Sunday August 16 9:00 AM St. Andrew's Church Mass
Sunday August 16 11:00 AM St. Patrick's Church Michael Yacavoni by Mary Lynn Percy

Last Weekends Collections

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel
St. Andrew Parish Offertory $896; Church in Africa $15; Peter's Pence $5; Online Giving $170 $138 $160
Our Lady of the Snows/Saint Patrick Parish Offertory $523; Online Giving $1,475


Dear Parishioners,  

This past Wednesday the Church celebrated the memorial of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the four major basilica churches in Rome.

Up until 1960, it was called the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Snows, a reference to the legendary story about the foundation of the basilica. There is (as always!) some discussion about the reliability of the account about the miracle, but here it is, from the Catholic Encyclopedia: “During the pontificate of Pope Liberius (d. 366), a Roman patrician John and his wife, who were without heirs, made a vow to donate their possessions to the Virgin Mary. They prayed that she might make known to them how they were to dispose of their property in her honour. On August 5th, at the height of the Roman summer, snow fell during the night on the summit of the Esquiline Hill. In obedience to a vision of the Virgin Mary that they had the same night, the couple built a basilica in honour of Mary on the very spot that was covered with snow.

Several decades later, in the 430’s, Pope Sixtus rebuilt and expanded the church that Pope Liberius had constructed. He also dedicated it to Mary, which was especially significant, because the Church had just finished the Council of Ephesus in 431. The Council clarified that Mary should rightly be recognized as the Mother of God, since Jesus is truly God, and Mary is His mother. The expansion of the church signaled the Pope’s enthusiasm for the recently clarified teaching.

So there you have it — a patronal feast day for all of us!

A few other items of practical importance:

1) This coming Wednesday will be the first installment of my faith series on the Eucharistic teachings of some of the saints. Join us at 6:30 at St. Leo’s hall here in Waterbury.

2) Marjorie Antoniou and Larry McKittrick are both headed off to new adventures. As you know much better than I, they have both been very supportive of the parishes and contributed in many ways. A big thanks to them for that! Their departure leaves some holes, including on the finance committee. If anyone is willing to get involved, please shoot me an email or give me a call here at the office.

3) Mass intentions. I wanted to let you know that there are many free slots to have Masses offered for your special intentions, deceased relatives or friends, or particular people in need of prayer. It’s a great, concrete way to respond to someone’s request for prayer, and to petition God’s grace for them. The typical donation is $10, but it is a free will donation. Feel free to call in or email the office with a specific intention for a Mass offering.

4) The diocese has set a number of dates for the Confirmations originally scheduled for the Spring. The date for the candidates from St. Andrew’s, St. Patrick’s, and Our Lady of the Snows is Saturday, September 12th, at 10am. Attendance is invite only, but I wanted to let everyone know as the students approach this special day.

5) Finally, how does a Saturday, August 22nd sound for a family hike day?! Final details still need to be determined, but I’m thinking a mid-morning start on a nearby spot, and returning by 1 pm or so – so that I can get ready for the Saturday evening Masses. Stay tuned for more details.

In his heart,

Fr. Matthew


Rest in Peace

Please offer a prayer for Selma Carpenter and Paula-Jean (P.J.) Plastridge, as well as their families. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


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, John Hofmann, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Bernard Mahan, Patrick McNamara, William McSwine, Frank Miller, Scott Miller, Sidnia Orton,  Joan Potter, Jim Pratt, Rob Scharges,  Annette Schultz, and Nasaiah Torres. 


Day of Prayer: Saturday, August 15th, 2020 – The Feast of the Assumption

 Location:  Our Lady of Ephesus House, 35 Fawn Ledge Ln, Jamaica, VT


1 pm – Gathering Time

 2 pm – Fr. Dominique Faure presentation

3 pm – Songs and Reflections

4 pm – Holy Mass

5 pm – Pot Luck Supper

Fr. Dominique is a French priest of the Community of St. John. He works closely with Mother Teresa’s sisters, the Missionaries of Charity, as well as guiding many retreats and conferences. His special focus is on the book of Revelation.

For more info, see ourladyofephesushouseofprayer.org or call 896-6000, or the flyers on the bulletin board.


Reminder of Church Protocols

Bishop Coyne and the Covid-19 Diocesan committee issued Phase II Protocols for liturgical celebrations. While the State has now raised church attendance to 50%, the Diocese still maintains at present no greater than 25% capacity. A new protocol allows for communion to be brought to the sick/shut-ins. Ushers and greeters or the priest should greet people with a “hello” or a nod but should not carry a conversation at the doors of the church BEFORE or AFTER Mass.  Communal singing is NOT to be encouraged (do not announce hymns).  Hymnals are provided (and replaced at St. Andrew between the 4:00 PM and 9:00 AM Masses) for following along with the readings and hymns.  Non-liturgical and non-devotional gatherings may resume at this time following the proper physical distancing, hand-sanitizing and mask protocols with no more than 25 people regardless of seating capacity.  Lectors are to be seated in the body of the church and wear a mask.  They are to take off their mask before coming into the sanctuary.  Receive communion in the hand; DO NOT WEAR GLOVES.  [Full guidelines of Phase II Protocols can be found on the diocesan website for Resuming Public Celebration of Liturgy at vermontcatholic.org ]

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.  

A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic 

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.

O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee.

Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died.

Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.

Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God.
In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

(Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis)


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.




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.     


Did You Know?

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!

Prayer Cards Available in Our Churches

We have a supply of prayer cards for you to take home for your use or for anyone you know who might not be able to come to Mass right now; one has a Prayer at the Time of a Pandemic and the other has a Prayer for Spiritual Communion.  Take as many as you wish.

Daily Rosary Apostolate

The Diocese continues to offer a daily Rosary online.  Individuals from around the diocese have been joining Valerie Parzyck in leading each day.  Interested?  Here’s the details:

“I would love it if you would schedule a time with me to record a Rosary. What does that look like exactly? It’s very simple! You email me with convenient times for you and once it is scheduled I will send you a link to Zoom for the appointed time. You may choose to show your face or, if you’d prefer, I can show slides for each mystery while we pray.    If this is something you would like to participate in, please contact me. You can email me with a time that works for you and we can schedule it. Please email me at vparzyck@vermontcatholic.org “


New Bridge in Moretown

The bridge along VT 100B over the Mad River in Moretown began pre-closure work on Monday, August 3. The bridge will be closed on Monday, August 17 for a full replacement. The closure will be in effect until mid-October, with a signed detour in place. 


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 – Building a Vibrant Church