Northwest VT News
Theology on Tap
BURLINGTON — Young adults between the ages of 21 and 35 are invited to attend Theology on Tap at Church Street Tavern, 103 Church St., beginning at 7 p.m. on April 23. The speaker will be Father Jon-Daniel Schnobrich, director of the Catholic Center at The University of Vermont.
For more information and to get on the mailing list, email email@example.com, search for Burlington Area Catholic Young Adults on Facebook or contact Ray Trainque at Burlingtonareayoungadults@gmail.com.
Burlington Dismas House dinner
BURLINGTON — The 30th annual Burlington Dismas House Dinner and Auction will take place at the Burlington Hilton on Saturday, May 9.
Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne will offer the invocation.
The event will include a 30-year Dismas Retrospective rather than a guest speaker. Bob Conlon of Leunig’s Bistro will emcee the program, and DJ Larry Brett will play music from the last three decades for dancing.
T.J. Donovan will be presented with the Father Jack Hickey Award. There will be a live auction as well as a silent auction.
Reserve a seat by April 24 at www.burlingtondismas.org or call 802-658-0381 for more information.
ESSEX JUNCTION — The Catholic Daughters of Court Fanny Allen #1060 will sponsor an indoor lawn and rummage sale May 1 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and May 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holy Family Parish Center, in the lower level. For more information, contact Christine Commo at 802-922-8201 or Brooke Conger at 802-878-5879.
E-Textiles at Mater Christi School
BURLINGTON — For a number of days, the Mater Christi School sixth-graders were engaged in an unlikely pairing of technology and prayer books.
Bishops object to death penalty as punishment in Boston bomber case
BOSTON (CNS) — As the trial of Boston Marathon bombing defendant Dzhokhar Tsarnaev went to the jury April 6, the Catholic bishops of Massachusetts released a statement reiterating the church’s teaching on the death penalty. The Catholic Church opposes the death penalty except “if this is the only possible way of effectively defending human lives against the unjust aggressor,” but such cases “are very rare, if not practically nonexistent.” In Tsarnaev’s case, the Massachusetts bishops said, the defendant “has been neutralized and will never again have the ability to cause harm. Because of this, we ... believe that society can do better than the death penalty.” On April 8, the jury convicted Tsarnaev on all 30 counts against him, including the deaths of three spectators and a police officer who was shot as Tsarnaev and his now-dead older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, tried to get away. Tamerlan, 26, died when police shot him and his brother ran over him in the chaos. Seventeen of the counts Tsarnaev has been found guilty of are eligible for the death penalty. Starting possibly as soon as April 13, the jury was to hear evidence on whether the 21-year-old should be put to death or receive a life sentence.
Address bullying with love, compassion for all concerned, say speakers
ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — “Bullying” can be a testy topic for which few agree on any single definition, let alone the best way to respond once it happens in or around the classroom. Still, no fewer than six presenters at an annual convention for Catholic educators took on the problems and controversies surrounding student and school-related bullying during the National Catholic Educational Association’s gathering at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando April 7-9. Frank DiLallo, a diocesan case manager and consultant to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio, said he defines the phenomenon as one causing physical or emotional harm to a student and one also interfering with learning. DiLallo, who is responsible for responding to virtually all reported incidents of bullying in his diocese, was among the NCEA presenters who said he would prefer not to even use the words “bullying” and