e-News Report   Week of October 15, 2010
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Bishop Matano to celebrate Mass

RICHFORD—Bishop Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Burlington, will celebrate Mass in the extra-ordinary form for Feast of All Saints on Monday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. at All Saints Church.

Grandparents Day and Mass

in the Newly Renovated Christ the King

Grandparent Mass

Christ the King School in Burlington celebrated two very special events on October 8th: Grandparents Day and the first whole school Mass in the newly renovated, and nearly completed, church. Hundreds of grandparents, parents, parishioners, and guests attended the standing room only Grandparents Day Mass. "Grandparents are so very special to our students and contribute so much to our community," said CKS Principal Paulette Thibault, "so we were thrilled that Fr. Rupp worked so hard to get the church ready and allowed us to share the

processing at Mass
excitement of seeing the renovated church for the first time with our special guests." CKS' kindergarten and first grades proclaimed the readings and prepared the music, led by Paul and Tracie Cassarino. Fr. Rupp described all the renovations including the new altar, ambo, tile and marble work, and the yet to be installed paintings behind the altar. Afterwards, grandparents and guests were invited to a reception in the Christ the King School gym, visited classrooms, and were offered tours of the buildings. More pictures of the Mass are available at where you can also become a "fan" of the school.

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Roman Catholic Homeschoolers

ESSEX CENTER—On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the Roman Catholic Homeschoolers will have its monthly meeting from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at St. Pius X Church. Mass will be celebrated at 10, followed by activities for the students and lunch (please bring your own). All Catholic homeschooling families or those considering homeschooling are welcome. Mass is open to all community members. For more information, call Laurie Rossi at 288-9490.

Morrisville Fire Department visits students

Fire Truck

FIRE SAFETYThe Bishop John A. Marshall School's pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes receive a visit from the Morrisville Fire Department Oct. 4. Pictured are both classes with Fire Captain Wayne Gruby and volunteer firefighter John Bailey Jr. who spoke to the children about fire safety. The Catholic school is in Morrisville.

Eagle Scout

COLCHESTER—Peter Lamothe, an altar server at Our Lady of Grace Church, was honored at an Eagle Scout Court of Honor at Our Lady of Grace in Colchester on Oct. 2.

He was in his first Fourth of July Parade with Pack 655 at three months old. The following summer he attended Cub Sibling Day Camp, which he continued to enjoy each summer from 1995 till he joined Tiger Scouts in 2000 and was eligible to participate in Cub Day Camp as a scout. From Tiger Scout he moved up through the Cub Scout ranks until he earned his Arrow of Light and crossed over to Boy Scout Troop 601 in 2005.

As a Boy Scout, Peter, 16, has served as patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, scribe, librarian, senior patrol leader and assistant senior patrol leader. He has earned 39 merit badges and performed many hours of community service.

The most important service was his Eagle Scout Service Project. For his Eagle Project Peter chose to organize the building and installation of a set of three large cabinets outside the Colchester High School concession stand. These cabinets help the Colchester athletic community raise funds to support their teams.

Peter, a junior at Colchester High School, is the eighth Eagle Scout in his extended family. All three of his older brothers
—Jereme, Christopher and Daniel—have earned the Eagle Rank as have all three of his Lyndonville cousins: Ben, Geoff and Matt Lee of Troop 738 and his cousin Brian DellaFera of Troop 24 in Kennett Square, Penn.

Turkey dinner at St. Isidore Parish

MONTGOMERY CENTER—St. Isidore Parish Hall will be the site of a Sunday, Oct. 17, turkey dinner from 11:30 a.m. until all are served. The cost is adults $8, children 6-12 $4 and children under 6 no charge. This is a benefit for the St. Anne Society. It will be served buffet style. The menu will include roast turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes with gravy, buttered peas, squash, cranberry sauce, creamy coleslaw, warm rolls, pumpkin and apple pie, tea, coffee and punch.

St. Mary Parish to serve ham dinner

CAMBRIDGE—The annual ham dinner at St. Mary Church will take place Sunday, Oct. 17, with sittings at noon and 1 p.m. The menu will feature baked ham with raisin sauce, potatoes with gravy, squash, peas, coleslaw, rolls and butter, apple and pumpkin pies, cookies, coffee, tea and milk. The meal will be served family style. The cost is adults $10, children 6-12 $4.50, children 5 and under, free. Takeout will be available at 11:30. Call 644-5073 for more information.

Genealogical workshop to be offered

COLCHESTER—On Saturday, Oct. 30, the Vermont French Canadian Genealogical Society will present "Using Ancestry.CA Wild Cards" with Tom Devarney. Ancestry.CA is an website that is dedicated to Canadian records and ancestry. The workshop is open to the public at the society's library in Fort Ethan Allen and runs from 10:30 a.m.-noon. A $10 donation is appreciated for the class. The library is now open every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3-9:30 p.m. Parking and the entrance are on Hegeman Avenue across from the State Police. Visit  or call 238-5934 for more information.

St. Luke Parish Dinner

FAIRFAX—The annual St. Luke Parish turkey dinner will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, at BFA-Fairfax with sittings at 11:45 a.m., 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. Take-outs will be available by reservation. The cost is adults $10, children 6-12 $5 and children under 6 free. Tickets available by reservation only by calling 849-6604 from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. beginning Oct.16. Takeouts are available by reservation.

at the library

Pre-Kindergartners visit Library

LIBRARY LESSONS—Pictured in the Bishop John A. Marshall School library in Morrisville with volunteer Diane Ianni are several members of the pre-kindergarten class. Following a story read by Ianni, the children learned how to make their own books. Seated from left to right are: Peyton Allen, Wesley Gould and Kaia Cannon. Ianni volunteers three days a week at the school library.








Christmas bazaars

BURLINGTON—The Sisters of Mercy Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mater Christi School on Mansfield Avenue.

COLCHESTER—The Our Lady of Grace Church Christmas bazaar will take place on Friday, Nov. 12, from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 13 from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. at 784 Main St. For more information, call 879-1642.

ENOSBURG FALLS—The St. John the Baptist Church Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 222 Missisquoi St. For more information call 933-4464.

ESSEX CENTER—The St. Pius X Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 20 Jericho Road (Route 15). For more information call 878-5997.

ESSEX JUNCTION—The Court Fanny Allen Catholic Daughters Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Holy Family church hall on Lincoln Street. For more information, call 879-7391.

FAIRFIELD—The St. Patrick Parish Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the parish hall on Church Street. For more information, call 524-3811.

MILTON—The St. Ann Church Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information, call 893-4012.

MORRISVILLE—The Bishop John A. Marshall School will host a bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 680 LaPorte Road (Route 100 south). For more information, call 888-3290 or 533-9823 or e-mail

RICHFORD—The All Saints Church Christmas bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 152 Main St.

SOUTH HERO—The St. Rose of Lima Church bazaar will take place on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. at 502 Route 2. For more information, call 372-4092.

WINOOSKI—The St. Francis Xavier School bazaar will take place on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5 Saint Peter Street. For more information call 655-0995 or e-mail

Religious education for Adults

ESSEX CENTER—The St. Pius X Parish Fall Adult Religious Education Offerings, "Our Lady in Our Journey of Faith," will feature on Thursday, Oct. 28, from 7- 9 p.m. "All Generations will Call me Blessed." The Church's devotion to the Blessed Mother is an important part of Christian worship. From the most ancient times the Blessed Virgin Mary has been honored with the title of Mother of God. The Church rightly honors the Blessed Virgin with special devotion. Msgr. Richard Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Winooski, will present a class exploring the Blessed Mother's unique role in Catholics' journey of faith and in their relationship with God. This talk is appropriate for adults and older children. For additional information call the St. Pius X Parish office at 878-5997 or Deacon Gerry Scilla at 878-0639 or e-mail

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Stunt Nite Students

SOUTH BURLINGTON—Rice Memorial High School will present the annual Stunt Nite on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington. The show is made up of four unique musical comedies featuring the talents of Rice Memorial High School students. Stunt Nite is a Rice tradition celebrating 81 years. Tickets for the 4 p.m. show are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors/students; tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $15for adults and $12 for seniors/students. Visit or call 86-FLYNN for tickets. Visit for more information.

CDA Rummage Sale

ESSEX JUNCTION—Court Fanny Allen of the Catholic Daughters will have a fall/winter clothing rummage sale on Friday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 23, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Holy Family Church Hall on Lincoln Street, Essex. Members are accepting clean, useable clothing from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21. For more information, call Brooke Conger at 878-5879.

Mater Christi Buddies

BURLINGTON—An established tradition at Mater Christi School is a buddy system.

Early in the school year each student in the school is paired with another older or younger student, and they work together on special projects and attend school Masses together throughout the school year.

Members of a seventh-grade class and a second-grade class have already met one another and begun work on a special project. After introductions were made, the students began immediately to work on a Class Book. The book will contain information that the buddies learned about each other such as favorite activities and hopes for the school year. The seventh graders are doing this activity in the context of their social studies classes, so part of the content of the books will include information about where they and their buddies live, places they have visited, places they would like to visit and information about these areas geographically. The completed books will be on display so that parents and other students can read and appreciate their contents.

The two teachers, Carole McLenithan, grade two, and Brent Tremblay, grade seven, are convinced that this buddy system at Mater Christi is very valuable for the students not only in terms of socialization and cooperation but also in terms of the learning experience. There is real learning happening, and it seems to happen more easily and more enjoyably in the presence of a new acquaintance.

Mass in Spanish

COLCHESTER—On Tuesday, Oct. 18, the St. Michael's College invites the community to celebrate Mass in Spanish at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel.

Grandparents Day celebrated

BURLINGTON—Mater Christi School recently celebrated Grandparents Day. More than 250 grandparents responded to the invitation to visit the school. They spent their time enjoying coffee and doughnuts with one another, participating in a prayer assembly in their honor and spending time with their youngsters in the classrooms.

Service and non-profit fair at St. Michael's College

COLCHESTER—On Monday, Oct. 25, St. Michael's College presents a Service and Non-Profit Fair from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Alliot Student Center lobby. Students can discuss service/volunteer opportunities, part-time and summer jobs, internships and post-graduate positions. Agencies registered so far include: Mobius, the Mentoring Movement, Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers, Champlain Community Services, Joseph's House, Women's Rape Crisis Center, Christian Appalachian Project, Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, Covenant House Faith Community, Community Sailing Center, Vermont Family Network, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont, Peace Corps, Committee on Temporary Shelter, Armistead Caregiver Services and Celebrating Seniors.