Northwest VT News
St. Anne’s Shrine reflection series
ISLE LAMOTTE—The reflection series continues at St. Anne’s Shrine on Aug. 20 and 27. Mass begins at 11:15 a.m. followed by a presentation and lunch. For more information on topics and presenters, call 802-928-3362.
MORRISVILLE—There is Eucharistic Adoration from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Holy Cross Church on Tuesdays, Aug. 19 and 26.
Pilgrimage to Shrines
MONTREAL—There will be a pilgrimage to Montreal on Saturday, Aug. 23, including the National St. Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, St. Joseph Oratory, Mariners Church, and Notre Dame.
Mass will be celebrated at 4:00 p.m., and the day will end with dinner (at your own expense). Transportation cost is $40 per person. For more information, call 802-888-3318.
Yard and rummage sale
U.S. bishops, parishes asked to offer special prayer for peace in Iraq
The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ international policy committee has asked the nation’s Catholic bishops to invite the people of their dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq Aug. 17. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa, who is chairman of the bishops’ Committee of International Justice and Peace, made the prayer request Aug. 6. He sent the bishops the text of a prayer written by Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako of Baghdad, who said Aug. 7 that the Christians were facing “a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide.” In June the Islamic State, or ISIS, proclaimed the creation of a new “caliphate,” or state run by a religious leader, after thousands of militants seized control of large parts of northern and central Iraq and eastern Syria. There has been a mass exodus of Christians from those regions of Iraq; they were told by militants to flee, convert to Islam or be killed. In his request for prayers, Bishop Pates noted Pope Francis’ calls for peace in Iraq and his observation that “violence generates more violence; dialogue is the only path to peace.” The Iowa bishop also urged Catholics to let their elected representatives know of their concern that humanitarian assistance reach Christians and other religious minorities