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Weekly Bulletin

Liturgy Schedule for This Week

Day Month Date Time Church Intention
Friday, Holy Day Mass December 8 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Dick Lemery by family
Friday, Holy Day Mass December 8 5:30 PM St. Patrick Church Feast of the Immaculate Conception - Mary Harris and Richard Lesage by the Martel/Martin family
Saturday December 9 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Toni and Russ Arienta by Kathleen Daye
Saturday December 9 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Silvia Bezerra Camara by Art Trezise
Sunday December 10 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Robert Greenberg by Gio Susini
Sunday December 10 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Alice Grant by Janice Rath
Monday December 11 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Carl Garbelotti by family
Tuesday December 12 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Ellen and Steve Arienta by Kathleen Daye
Wednesday December 13 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Mary Donofrio by Gio Susini
Thursday December 14 No Mass
Friday December 15 8:00 AM St. Andrew Church Father Stephen Sysol OFM by Gio Susini
Saturday December 16 4:00 PM St. Andrew Church Parishioners and Visitors
Saturday December 16 6:00 PM Our Lady of the Snows Father Leo Rebelato by Gio Susini
Sunday December 17 9:00 AM St. Andrew Church Charles Podhajski by Ken and Blanche Kreiling
Sunday December 17 11:00 AM St. Patrick Church Mass

Extended Liturgy Schedule (to January 1, 2018)

Schedules for Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers

Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers for St. Andrew Church

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for Our Lady of the Snows Church

Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for Saint Patrick Church

Collections Last Weekend

Parish Offertory Insurance Fuel Retire/Rel.
St. Andrew Parish $1791 15 $10 $5
Our Lady of the Snows / Saint Patrick Parish $936 $10 $10

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Contributing to Your Parish On-Line

With assistance from the Diocese of Burlington, members of our parishes may now make weekly parish offertory contributions on-line via a secure website. Since members of Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish have expressed an interest in on-line giving, we are making this option available to them first.

Note: Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish Parishioners can make offertory donation online! Just go to the parish website: www.rccwwm.org, look for the “On-Line Giving” link at the bottom of the first page and follow instructions. (Note that you can make a one-time “quick-give” donation, or set up recurring donations.)

Christmas Masses

Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24th:

• 4 PM Mass with Pageant at St. Andrew Church
• 6 PM Mass at Our Lady of the Snows
• Midnight Mass at St. Andrew Church (to be broadcast on WDEV) - Choir prelude at 11:45 PM

Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th

• 9 AM Mass at St. Andrew Church
• 11 AM Mass at St. Patrick Church

Special Collection this Weekend, December 9th, 10th – Retirement Fund for Religious

Help support senior sisters, brothers, religious order priests who have offered their lives in service/prayer. They have educated the young, cared for the sick, spoken for the oppressed. Your gift helps provide nursing care, medication, and other necessities. Please give to those who have given a lifetime!

Religious Education News

Classes at St. Andrew Parish will continue this Sunday, December 10th for Grades 1 – 10.

Classes at Our Lady of the Snows/St. Patrick Parish for Students preparing for First Confession and First Communion on Tuesdays, from 4 – 5 PM at the Waitsfield School in the art room. Questions? Call Suzie Lowe (496-5380). Next class on Tuesday, December 12th.

Child Safety Policy at Our Parishes

“The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is comprised of the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States. In June 2002, the USCCB approved The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People as they committed themselves to providing a “safe environment” for all children and youth in Church-sponsored activities.

This defining document is comprised of seventeen articles, which outline the American Roman Catholic bishops’ pledge to respond to allegations of victims of sexual abuse by clergy, promote healing and reconciliation, ensure accountability in procedures, and protect children and youth in the future.

The USCCB also established the Office of Child and Youth Protection to assist dioceses and eparchies in the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This Office assists dioceses as they ensure the consistent application of the Charter’s guidelines and procedures to prevent abuse and to properly deal with allegations of sexual abuse by priests and deacons.” (taken from Diocese of Burlington website)

As part of the Diocese of Burlington’s continuing commitment to protect children and young people, all adults who work with children and youth are required to participate in child abuse prevention training, complete a background check, and sign a Code of Conduct. The training program for adults currently used within the Diocese of Burlington is Safe and Sacred by Proud to Protect, Inc. To learn more, or to participate in the program, visit the "Child Safety" section of www.vermontcatholic.org or contact your parish office."

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, please call 1-800-649.5285 – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Diocese of Burlington is publishing a revised 2017 edition of the Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry, which comes out of the Office of Safe Environment Programs. These policies outline the standards that Church personnel (as defined in the policy) must follow to comply with diocesan child safety guidelines relating to child abuse training, background checks, reporting procedures, and more. This policy revision also includes updated versions of the two Codes of Conduct. These new policies and Codes of Conduct are incorporated into all Safe and Sacred training courses. You can find the revised policies, including the updated Codes of Conduct, and Bishop Coyne’s Letter of Promulgation on the diocesan website: http://vermontcatholic.org/index.php?sid=5&pid=252&subnav_id=40A

Parish News

Rest in Peace

We pray for the eternal rest in God’s presence for Jean Frances Grabowski (sister of Mary Miller). May the consolation of Christ’s Resurrection be with those who mourn.

Prayers for the Sick

Let us pray for Jennie Brinkman, Linda Campbell, Robert Dean, Sue Ellsasser, Jason Fowler, Mary Hermanowski, Brian Kellett, Wayne Lacaillade, Ann Lamarch, Grace Lee, Andy Mays, Scott Miller, Jim Pratt, Judy “Reiss, Sue Rogers, John Smith, Ellie White. Please notify us if anyone you know is unable to attend Mass due to illness, handicap or age, and would like a Communion visit.

Adult Religious Education on Tuesday, December 12th at 7 PM in St. Leo Hall

The theme for this coming Tuesday’s workshop will be Living the Christian Life. This will be our last session until the new year. All are welcome!

Monthly Food Shelf Collection

Our Monthly Food Shelf Collection will be this weekend, December 9th and 10th at our three churches – thank you for your generosity!

Knights of Columbus Monthly Breakfast Buffet and Annual Christmas Party

The Knights of Columbus Monthly Breakfast Buffet and Annual Christmas Celebration will be held this Sunday, December 10th from 8:30 – 11:15 AM. Christmas music/sing-along led by Sergio/Sile Torres and a “special guest” appearance! Don’t miss it!!

“Keep Christ in Christmas” Cards for Sale by Knights of Columbus after Masses:

• 12/9 at OLS
• 12/10 at St. Leo Hall Waterbury

After December 10th, call Ralph at 802-989-5006 – please leave a message.

Annual Christmas Dinner at Kirby House on Tuesday, December 12th

The Annual Christmas Dinner at Kirby House will be served by Confirmation Students as a Community Service Project. Students should arrive by 5 PM; serving at 5:30 PM. Sile/Sergio Torres and members of the Still Kickin' Band will lead the Christmas caroling at 6 PM. Bring cookies to share and join in. Donations welcomed/appreciated to help defray costs. Call Josette/David at 793-9794.

Donations for Flowers in our Churches

Flower Donation Envelopes are available in each Church if you wish to make a contribution toward the cost of Christmas flowers in our churches. A list of those remembered will be printed in the Bulletin at a later date.

Music at Christmas Masses

Choir practice for Christmas Masses will begin soon. Mass times/contact persons listed below – to help us plan early, make sure we have enough programs for everyone, and limit disruption, please let us know asap if you are interested in singing or playing an instrument.

St. Andrew Church

• Christmas Eve– 4 PM Children’s Mass/Pageant – Sile Torres 802-922-0190 (sile/voyer@gmail.com). Remaining rehearsal times: 12/10 - 11:30 to 1 PM; 12/17 – 11 to 11:45 with Pageant, and noon to 2 PM (Choir only)
• Christmas Day – 9 AM – Gena Callan 244-5619 (genacallan@rocketmail)

Our Lady of the Snows Church

• Christmas Eve – 6 PM – Mikki Nucci 802-496-5052; (geomouse42@yahoo.com)

2017-18 Cash Raffle Fundraiser

First Prize $15,000; Second Prize $7,500; Third and Fourth Prizes $1,000 each; only 650 tickets available @ $100 each. Need not be present to win! Drawing will be held on February 17, 2018 at our Annual Spaghetti Dinner in St. Leo Hall, Waterbury. In addition to helping our parishes meet ongoing expenses; our raffles have made it possible for us to provide $10,939 to date in charitable donations benefitting our local communities – we could not do this without your support! Thank-you!! Call the Rectory (802-244-7734) or email us (rccoffice@gmavt.net) for ticket information.

Still Wanted

We are missing 2 copies of Fr. Robert Barron's “CATHOLICISM.” The 2 missing copies: DVD # 1 (including Episodes 1 and 2 “Amazed and Afraid” and “Happy Are We”). If anyone knows their where-abouts, please contact the parish office.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

“Yet, O LORD, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” As we begin the waiting of advent, let us strive to become the work of his hands by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Mar 16-18, 2018 in Isle La Motte, VT and Jan 19-21, 2018 in South Kingstown, RI. For more information, call Gary & Lynn Root at 802-456-8114 or visit them at https://wwmevt.org.

Parking for Masses at St. Andrew Church

We have obtained permission to use the parking lot behind St. Leo Hall for overflow parking. Please do not use the parking lot reserved for tenants of the Downstreet Housing Complex. Thank you!

FORMED

FORMED is a Catholic on-line Adult and Youth Faith Education service featuring a vast variety of faith education programs, videos on Sacraments, Youth ministry, RCIA, Children’s Programs).This past year we had 57 users from our two parishes. Go to www.FORMED.org; look for the registration box for parishioners. Type in parish code: 4N77N3; set up a username/password and you are all set to use all the great content on FORMED.org anytime.

What's new with the Knights of Columbus?

Check out all the news on their website: kofc2085.org.

Safe and Sacred for Volunteers - Reminder

The Diocese of Burlington's Office of Safe Environment Programs introduced a new child safety training program for adults called Safe and Sacred, which replaces VIRTUS and Shield the Vulnerable. As a completely online program, Safe and Sacred is designed to make training accessible and convenient for both the program user and the administrators.

Volunteers in our Religious Education Program are required to take the Safe and Sacred training. It is also strongly recommended for all other parish volunteers (Lectors, Extraordinary Ministers, etc.) to take this training as well. To begin your training visit the website: vermontcatholic.org; select “Child Safety”, followed by “Safe and Sacred”, and follow the instructions to complete your registration and training. Thank you for helping us to keep our children safe!

Capital Deanery Adoration Chapel

Drop in at the Capital Deanery Adoration Chapel, St. Augustine Church, Montpelier any time from Monday mornings to Saturday afternoons. Consider becoming a regular adorer - Adorers are needed to fill the following time slots: Mondays 10-11 AM, Tuesdays 2-3 PM, Thursdays 5-6 PM. Other hours available - Sign up for an hour; time-share an hour with a friend. Call Deacon Ges Schneider (802-223-2151) or St. Augustine Rectory (802-223-5285).

Pray the Rosary

The Rosary is prayed immediately after each weekday mass celebrated at St. Andrew Church. All are welcome.

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers at St. Andrew Parish

We have received requests for rosaries from various Missions. If you are interested in learning how to assemble string rosaries to help us fill these requests, contact Kathleen Daye at 802-552-7260 or email her at kathleendaye@gmail.com. This project is sponsored by the St. Andrew Parish Altar Society.

Counseling Services Available

Vermont Catholic Charities offers affordable counseling services to individuals, couples and families. 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.

Day of Hope - Project Rachel Ministry Updates

We are working hard to raise awareness about this valuable and important post-abortion healing resource. Your help in reaching those who may benefit from a retreat or counseling through the Project Rachel Ministry is vital. Event planned:

Rachel’s Vineyard Weekend Retreat - April 6 – 8, 2018.

For more information contact projectrachel@vermontcatholic.org

contacting osteel@cksvt.org or calling 862-6696. Visit us online atwww.cksvt.org

WAFUSA/Burlington, Our Lady’s Blue Army - Member Meeting, Friday, December 8th.

Please join us at Saint John Vianney Church in South Burlington,Vt for the celebration of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Friday, December 8th with the Rosary starting at 5:15 PM followed by the Mass at 6:00 PM and concluding with our meeting and pot luck supper in church basement. Please plan to bring a dish for our meeting. Have a Blessed Advent Season.

ALO, A Catholic Mothers Group for all ages.

Please join us for our monthly meeting, Thursday, December 21st from 6:45pm to 9:00pm in the Holy Family Parish Hall in Essex Junction. Our topic will be "A History of Music in the Catholic Church" presented by Catherine Walker. We will be having a cookie exchange for anyone who cares to participate. Bring 2 dozens of your favorite cookie and leave with 2 dozen of others favorites. Come enjoy a light meal, supportive fellowship and an opportunity to grow in our shared Catholic faith. Free childcare provided.

Message from Father Jerry

Many thanks to the participants, organizers, audio/visual technicians who made our parishes’ Listening Session happen last Sunday in St. Leo Hall. The answers and comments have been sent to the Synod Secretary of the Diocese. I am hopeful that with the responses of the parishioners throughout our state, the synod will provide concrete vision and plans on how the Catholic faith can be renewed and “joyfully proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ...”(Diocesan Synod Prayer). As a couple of individuals pointed out at the meeting, this was a unique and pleasant experience, being asked by the church for our thoughts and opinions. I would add that we can also have other meetings like this in the future. Also, the responses given can be a point of planning for our parishes and the Pastoral Council. It is not too late for comments – you can respond to the questions at www.vermontcatholic.org/synod.

View Past Messages from Fr. Jerry

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