e-News Report   Week of November 14, 2014
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Winter wear drive

BURLINGTON—Mater Christi School students and their families have been bringing to school gently used winter clothing that will be donated to COTS. The clothing will be dry-cleaned before it reaches any recipients thanks to Gadue’s Dry Cleaning.

Stunt Nite

The annual Stunt Night, a tradition of Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington, will feature four unique musical comedies performed by Rice students at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St. It will take place Nov. 25, at 4:00 p.m. with tickets $15 and at 8:00 p.m. with tickets $17. Tickets are available by calling the Flynn box office at 802-863-5966 or at

District III Music Festival

BURLINGTON—Five students from the Mater Christi School band tried out for the District III Music Festival, and all five made it.

They are Sara Fernandez-Young, first flute; Alex Beauregard, first tuba; Ethan Behr, first trumpet; Sam Thompson, second trumpet; Davis Lavoie, second alto sax.

Students from District III came from these schools: Camel’s Hump, Shelburne, Essex, Charlotte, Hinesburg, AD Lawton, Browns River, Hunt, VT Commons, Colchester, F.H. Tuttle, Westford, Williston and Mater Christi.

Barb Heath is the Mater Christi School band director.

The festival will take place at the end of January.

Disaster help

MORRISVILLE—With the help of The Bishop John A. Marshall

News Round-Up

Vigil Mass for All Nascent Human Life

On Thursday, Nov. 27, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Burlington, at 4:00 p.m. there will be a Diocesan Vigil Mass for All Nascent Human Life in conjunction with vigils throughout the world invoking the Lord to bestow His grace and light for the conversion of hearts and in witness of the Church's culture of life and love.

Women’s Retreat

The third annual Vermont Catholic Women’s Retreat will take place Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The day will include guest speakers, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration and the opportunity to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Guest speakers will be Msgr. John McDermott and Megan Wurtz. The $25 registration fee includes morning refreshments and a buffet luncheon. The event will be in a new place: St. Lawrence-Holy Family Parish Center in Essex Junction.

For more information, call 802-658-6110, ext. 1131 or e-mail

To heart of Europe: Pope expected to talk dignity, jobs, family life

Pope Francis, who has called the Catholic Church to go out to the peripheries and who described himself as coming from “the end of the earth,” will visit the heart of European secular and economic power: the European Parliament and the Council of Europe. For the Polish St. John Paul II and the German Pope Benedict XVI, the destruction of World War II and the erection of the Iron Curtain separating the democratic West from the communist East fueled a passion for European unity and cooperation and an emphasis on the Judeo-Christian values that had formed the continent’s