e-News Report   Week of August 13, 2016
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Free concert

BURLINGTONThere will be a free concert on Friday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, 20 Pine St., that will present to Burlington audiences a unique realization in the world of contemporary music and private arts sponsorship.

Fables Poetry Psalms features an international collaboration that has led to the creation of a comprehensive cultural product which includes two audio discs, a luxury illustrated book and a concert tour in four countries: France, Bulgaria, Canada and the United States.

The Fables Poetry Psalms product was inspired by the discovery of four fables written by the great Bulgarian theater producer Nikolai Fol, who educates the young generation in the literary tradition of La Fontaine while making references that can only be understood by adults.

Bulgarian-Canadian composer Alexandra Fol, who set to music the four tales of her grandfather for the voice of her longtime collaborator, Canadian baritone Jean-Pierre Couturier, instigated the formation of a consortium of Canadian and Bulgarian patrons, who sponsored the project for two years, notably Disques Benedictus and Elgea Inc. from Canada, Publishing house Gutenberg and Dr. Anatoly Kanev from Bulgaria, the Canadian Cultural Centre and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris, various concert series, as well as anonymous donors.

The audio discs are recorded by Couturier and Fol, who made arrangements of Frank Martin and Charles Ives’ accompaniments for organ. The vocal techniques of the 15-minute cycle composed by Fol were developed in collaboration with Couturier and require a four-octave register, use of regular and head voice, recitation and improvised cadences.

During his long career, Couturier has realized premiers of works by Claude Vivier, Denis Caron, Alfredo Casells and Alexandra Fol, among others. He has sung for many years with the ensemble Tudor Singers and the Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal of which he served as business manager. A long-term conductor of the Montréal Catholic cathedral’s children’s choir, he publishes liturgical works and has been the president of the Association of Liturgical Musicians of Canada.

The music of Alexandra Fol has been performed by ensembles such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Sofia Symphony Orchestra, McGill University Symphony Orchestra, Orkest de Ereprejs, the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the New Score Chamber Orchestra, the orchestra of Collegium Music Berlin, the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Ensemble CYE, thingNY ensemble, the Molinari Quartet, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble.

Free Will donations will be accepted at the concert.

For product orders and more information, go to

Employer of the Quarter


Mary Beth Pinard, executive director of Vermont Catholic Charities Inc. (third from left), poses with representatives of Michaud Memorial Manor with the award for “Employer of the Quarter” by Creative Workforce Solutions.

DERBY LINEMichaud Memorial Manor recently was named the “Employer of the Quarter” by Creative Workforce Solutions, an organization that helps to place individuals who may otherwise have a barrier to employment.

The program offers on-the job training, which gives the employee and the employer a chance to evaluate the situation and make sure it is a good fit for everyone.

The Employer of the Quarter award is granted based on an employer’s willingness to make accommodations to overcome an employee’s barriers, provide honest feedback to help improve employee performance and develop useful skills and offer a friendly and welcoming work environment.

Michaud Manor employs several team members who were placed by Creative Workforce Solutions.

Young adult ministry barbecue

BURLINGTONThe Burlington Young Adult Catholic Ministry will host a kick-off barbecue on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Oakledge Park from 1-7 p.m. The family-friendly event will feature food, lawn games and a chance to meet other Catholics ages 18-35.

In case of rain, the event will be at St. Mark Parish Hall.

E-mail to RSVP and for more information.

Dinner, auction

SOUTH BURLINGTONThe Chittenden County Right to Life Annual Dinner and Auction will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24, at St. John Vianney Parish Hall at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. Call Eileen Haupt for information: 802-899-4882.

Turkey dinner

RICHFORDAll Saints and Our Lady of Lourdes parishes will sponsor their annual turkey dinner on Sunday, Sept. 18, from noon until all are served.

It will take place in Dorian Hall on Main Street in Richford, across from All Saints Church.

The menu will include roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, squash, tossed salad, rolls, cranberry sauce, pickles, assorted desserts, coffee, tea, punch, milk and water.

The cost is $10 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, $5 for children age 5-12 and free for children under five.

Children's carnival, chicken barbecue

FAIRFAXThe16th annual St. Luke Children’s Carnival and Chicken Barbecue hosted by the Fairfax Knights of Columbus will include games, food and prizes.

It will take place Sunday, Sept. 11, with a rain date of Sunday, Sept. 18 for the carnival only.

The event will run from 11:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m. at St. Luke Church, 17 Huntville Road, Fairfax.

Admission is $3/child and family/$10 max.

For more information contact e-mail or

For the chicken barbecue, there are a limited number of meals, so be sure to put your order in early. It includes a half chicken, roll, coleslaw and a cookie.

The cost for barbecue is: $10 per meal (take out only). Orders will be taken up to Sunday, Sept. 4.

Meals should be ready for pick up about 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 11 at the church rain or shine. All meals not picked up by 12:30 p.m. will be sold.

To place an order contact, Pete at:

Proceeds from the barbecue will go to the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Mission in the Dominican Republic.

St. Mark’s 75th

BURLINGTONSt. Mark Parish is celebrating its 75th anniversary to honor the establishment of the parish in 1941 and the completion of the building of the church in 1942.

The official kick-off event was in April at the St. Mark Feast Day dinner at the Family Center at St. Mark Parish.

The next major event was the return of the Lawn Party in July.

“We will continue to organize and plan future events to bring back a great sense of community, fellowship and most importantly to inspire and deepen our faith,” commented Father Dallas St. Peter, administrator.

Through the establishment of the Francis Center at St. Mark Convent, the parish is offering more faith formation opportunities, social events and ways to help serve the people of St. Mark and St. Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski as well as the larger community.

Father William Tennien became pastor of a new parish in Burlington’s North End in 1941 and was charged with the construction on a new building.

A trained civil engineer, he wanted the altar in the center so people gathered around it. A church built in a cruciform shape with the altar in the middle was not new, but in Vermont it was unique at the time.

The church was named for the pastor’s brother, Maryknoll Missioner Father Mark Tennien.

Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola

ISLE LAMOTTEOn Aug. 20 the Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola from St. Michael's College in Colchester will sing at the 7 p.m. Mass at St. Anne’s Shrine.

Open House

The Diocese of Burlington’s St. Therese Digital Academy will host an open house on Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to

Parish pilgrimage

With group photo put in com system July 17 of group at SJCC

BURLINGTONThirty-five parishioners of St. Jude Church in Hinesburg and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Charlotte made a pilgrimage in July to St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington to walk through the Holy Door during the Year of Mercy.

Edmundite Father David Cray, pastor, prepared a short program and led the pilgrims in the Year of Mercy prayers.

Reflection series

ISLE LAMOTTEThe Reflection series at St. Anne’s Shrine continues in August with the following topics:

• Aug. 17, Edmundite Father David Theroux — The Gospel According to Luke

• Aug. 24, Edmundite Father Raymond Doherty — Pope Francis and Our Common Home

• Aug. 31, Edmundite Father Richard Berube — The Really, Really Old Mass: After the Last Supper

Programming begins with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by presentation and lunch.

Lawn, bake sale

SOUTH HEROThere will be a lawn and bake sale at St. Rose of Lima Church on Aug. 27 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

For more information, call Bette Grennon at 802-372-4092.

Chicken barbecue

ENOSBURG FALLSThe annual chicken barbecue at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 222 Missisquoi St., will take place Sunday, Aug. 21, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Dinner includes half a chicken, roll, salad, pickles, milk and dessert.

The price is $10.

For more information, call Susan Rainville at 802-933-4464.