e-News Report   Week of December 14, 2014
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Thanksgiving baskets

SOUTH BURLINGTON The annual Thanksgiving basket partnership between Rice Memorial High School and Vermont Catholic Charities took place in November.  The students, teachers, staff and Rice community put together 20 baskets of food and decorations for a full Thanksgiving feast for needy families from the Chittenden County area. From turkeys and stuffing to pies and candles, goodies were placed with care in baskets and boxes. Thanks to everyone’s time and generosity, 46 adults and 65 children enjoyed a full Thanksgiving dinner. 

Members of the Vermont Catholic Charities and Diocese of Burlington staff judged the baskets. The judges were inspired and impressed with the creative and overflowing baskets. The students who put together the winning basket earned a dress-down day. Second place was a first-period breakfast of cider and muffins.

“It’s part of our mission to do it. It’s great to see how creative people can get, and how many kids get excited about the joy of helping others. We have no idea where it’s going, but it still feels good to give,” students Matt Case, Elise Prehoda and Griffin Cunningham said in a prepared statement.

One beneficiary expressed thanks, saying, “Without your help my family wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving.”

Community service

WINOOSKIStudents at St. Francis Xavier School completed a community service project during which they collected a wide array of toiletries and household items for Joseph’s House in Burlington.

Joseph’s House is an outreach center sponsored by the Catholic parishes of the greater Burlington area that provides financial

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March for Life

Registration is open for the March for Life 2015 trip to Washington, D.C., Jan. 21-23.

The Diocese of Burlington pilgrimage includes the Youth Rally, Mass and the March for Life on the streets of the nation’s capital.

The cost for participants is $25.

The bus will depart from the Diocesan Offices at 55 Joy Drive on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 6:30 p.m. and make scheduled stops in Vergennes and Fair Haven. It will return to the Diocesan Offices on Friday, Jan. 23, at about 5:00 a.m.

Go to to register or contact the Office of Catholic Formation at 802-658-6110, ext. 1130 or for more information.

‘Everyday saints’ build their faith on the rock of Christ, pope says

“Everyday saints” are those for whom faith is not just about appearances, who do not go around strutting like peacocks, but who live God’s love even in the midst of struggle, Pope Francis said. Those who are only “apparent Christians,” who put on the faith as if it were makeup, will see that with the first rain the facade will be washed away, the pope said Dec. 4 at his morning Mass in the Domus Sanctae Marthae where he lives. “Many ‘apparent Christians’ crumble with the first temptation,” he said, because “there’s no substance there.” They have built their faith on sand, like the person in the day’s Gospel reading from the seventh chapter of Luke. Those who built on the rock of Jesus are the many saints—“not necessarily canonized, but saints—men and women who put into practice the love of Jesus.” The “everyday saints,” he