Northeast VT News
CRAFTSBURY—The Craftsbury Ecumenical Service will take place at Our Lady of Fatima Church on March 19 at 7 pm. Confession will be offered at 6 pm. Refreshments will be served after the service.
MORRISVILLE—Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish is hosting a Lenten series with Monsignor Richard Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski. The program is entitled ‘‘A Lenten Journey Exercising Faith and Trust’’ and will take place from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays, March 18 and 25 and April 1 and 8. For more information, call the office at 888-3318.
Sacramental Gift Shop
ST. JOHNSBURY—The Sacramental Gift Shop at St. John’s Rectory is open from 9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
MONTPELIER—Lenten fish dinners at 5 p.m. and continue each Friday during Lent at St Augustine Parish. Adults $10; students through grade 8 $6; children under 3 free; family (two adults and two children) $29.
News Around the Diocese
Less than a week before he was to take top Vatican officials and head out of town for a weeklong Lenten retreat, Pope Francis said retreats should renew the faith of participants, transforming their ministry and their relationships with others. ‘‘Those who live a retreat in an authentic way,’’ the pope said, ‘‘experience the attraction and fascination of God and return renewed and transfigured in their daily lives, their ministry and their relationships.’’ The pope met earlier this month with an Italian federation of spiritual directors and those who run retreat houses throughout the country, offering Christians ‘‘space and time to listen intensely to the word of God in silence and in prayer.’’
Intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen
A seven-member team of medical experts convoked by the Vatican reported there is no natural explanation for the survival of a child delivered stillborn and whose heart did not start beating until 61 minutes after his birth. The survival of the child from Peoria, Ill., James Fulton Engstrom, now 3 years old and developing normally, was credited by his parents to a miracle attributable to the intercession of Archbishop Fulton Sheen, a Peoria diocesan priest who gained fame for his 1950s television show ‘‘Life Is Worth Living’’ and his 16 years at the helm of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. The medical experts’ report was