e-News Report   Week of July 14, 2014
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Sung traditional Latin Masses

ST. ALBANS—On Sunday, July 27, at 11 a.m., there will be a sung Mass in the extraordinary form (also known as a traditional Latin Mass or Tridentine Mass) at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church. Msgr. John McDermott, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Burlington, will be the guest preacher.

On Friday, Aug. 15, at 7 p.m., a sung extraordinary form Mass is planned for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The traditional Latin Mass is offered at St. Mary’s every Sunday at 11 a.m., most Saturdays at 8:30 a.m., and every holy day of obligation.

For more information, call the parish office at 802-527-7775 or e-mail

150th Anniversary Mass

ST. ALBANS—On Thursday, Aug. 7, at 5:30 p.m. there will be special Mass to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church in St. Albans. The oldest Catholic Church in Vermont was built in 1849 and was solemnly dedicated by Bishop Louis de Goesbriand on Aug. 7, 1864. Following the Mass, there will be a reception in the parish hall.

Catechetical Sunday

BURLINGTON—This year the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on Sept. 21 and will focus on the theme “Teaching About God’s Gift of Forgiveness.” Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays,

News Around the Diocese

Fortnight observance called advocacy, faith formation for Catholics

In the nation’s capital and across the country, Catholics gathered to mark the end of the Fortnight for Freedom observance that calls them to celebrate religious freedom and grow in awareness of efforts the Catholic Church sees as threats to that freedom, chief among them the federal government’s contraceptive mandate. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has organized the fortnight campaign for the past three years. This year’s theme emphasized the freedom to serve. “For me this is almost like a catechesis, as well as social advocacy, but it is also faith formation,” Mary Sturm of St. Gregory Parish in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said of the annual observance. “People have to be taught about what is going on.” The parish has featured speakers and voter registration drives as part of its public awareness campaign. Sturm, a graduate of the Miami archdiocesan lay ministry program, helped organize a July 3 Eucharistic Holy Hour closing ceremony for the fortnight. “This is just not a fortnight event though it culminates on the Fourth of July—it should be 365 days a year that we are talking about this,” Sturm added.

New radio program covers life issues, ways to spread culture of life

(CNS) A new radio program launched in the Palm Beach Diocese in June with a focus on shedding light on pro-life issues and sharing ways to get involved in promoting the culture of life in the not-so-pro-life world. Organizers believe the program may be the only one of its kind in Florida, if not the United States, that is broadcast from a site across the street from an abortion clinic. “We are doing battle on the frontlines,” said Anne Lotierzo, a parishioner of St. Joseph Parish in Stuart, who hosts “CrossRoads” with Duane Berreth,