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NorthWest e-News: Feb. 15, 2017

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Scout Mass

BURLINGTON--On Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. there will be a Scout Mass celebrated by Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. For more information, contact Marcia A. Ely at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-318-7340.
 

Scripture study

ESSEX JUNCTION—There will be a 10-Week Scripture Study on the Eucharist featuring videos from formed.org and discussion. Study guides will be provided. No fee. The dates are Thursdays, Jan. 26; Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. The meetings will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Family-St. Lawrence Parish Center. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Judy at 802-825-8035.
 

‘Why Lent’ by Josh Perry

ESSEX JUNCTION--Join Josh Perry, director of the Office of Worship, as he continues to unpack the liturgical year with his presentation “Why Lent.” Learn how Lent came to be a time of intense preparation for those being initiated into the church as well as a time of spiritual renewal for the faithful. We’ll consider anew the traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving as ways to make your Lenten observance more meaningful this year. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Holy Family Parish Center. The presentation will be offered from 11 a.m. to noon noon and again from 7:30 to 8:30 pm. Hospitality provided. Please RSVP by calling 878-5331.
 

Genetic genealogy

COLCHESTER—“If I Knew What I Know Now: DNA Testing” is the topic of a           Feb. 18 presentation by Patti Malone who has spent more than two years using the results from FamilyTreeDNA and AncestryDNA to research her family tree and find genetic cousins.  How has she done it?  What’s involved?  Would she do it the same way after all the work, time and energy she’s invested? Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen.  Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information: www.vtgenlib.org or 802-310-9285.
 

High School for a Day

SOUTH BURLINGTON—Students in grades four through six are invited to attend Rice Memorial High School’s annual High School for a Day Part II on Friday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This is a unique opportunity for elementary school students to familiarize themselves with Rice, the faculty and students. Participants customize their schedule by choosing from a variety of hands-on activities specially created to highlight Rice's classes, clubs and sports. Due to space limitations, the event is limited to 70 students. RSVP by Feb. 24. For more information: 802-862-6521.
 

Winooski's history, heritage  

COLCHESTER--Discover how Winooski was founded, who first settled here and why its citizens moved to establish a separate municipality. Peruse photos from the era and hear stories from Winooski's French Canadian and Irish past. Anastasia Pratt is the Clinton County, N.Y., historian and the co-author of "Images of America: Winooski,” a pictorial history developed with the assistance of the Winooski Historical Society. She will give a presentation on Winooski’s history and heritage at the Vermont Genealogy Library Feb. 25.  Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen.  Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information: www.vtgenlib.org or 802-310-9285.
 

Forgiven: The Transformation Power of Confession

COLCHESTER--Enhance your Lenten experience with this three-session series that provides you with the ability to easily understand the Sacrament of Confession, including a practical “walk through” of what happens in the confessional and how every moment connects to scripture, Catholic tradition and God’s passionate desire to be with you. Each session will start with a 30-minute DVD followed by group discussion. 
Daytime sessions: Tuesday, March 7, 14, 21; 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Evening sessions: Wednesday, March 8, 15, 22; 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
For more information: Monica Cayia (802) 863-3002; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Introduction to DNA Testing

COLCHESTER—On March 4 in “ Introduction to DNA Testing,” Ed McGuire will discuss the three types of tests and their limitations as well as each company and their products. He'll also cover the kinds of genealogy questions that DNA testing can help answer and what you can expect for results. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information: www.vtgenlib.org or 802-310-9285.
 

Missionary Discipleship Today - A Joyful Witness

ESSEX JUNCTION—There will be special 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Masses March 6, 7 and 8 that will include an extended homily focused on what Pope Francis has called “missionary disciples” in today’s world. Confessions will be available before and after Mass each day.  The speaker will be Deacon Phil Lawson, director of Evangelization and Catechesis for the Diocese of Burlington. He has a Master of Theological Studies from Ave Maria University.  Prior to working at the Diocese of Burlington, he spent 14 years working in parishes focusing on religious education, youth ministry, marriage preparation, RCIA and senior citizen ministry.  He and his wife have five children. 
 

FamilyTreeDNA Workshop

COLCHESTER—On March 11 Ed McGuire will lead a workshop for those who used FamilyTreeDNA or are considering it and want to understand more about the site’s tools and how to use them. He will cover Y-chromosome, mitochondrial DNA and autosomal DNA testing. He will describe how to use "Match Lists,” haplogroup designations, and ancestral geographic maps and other tools. For more information, contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 310-9285. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $5 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information: www.vtgenlib.org or 802-310-9285.
 

Irish Genealogy Research

COLCHESTER-- As part of the 2017 Burlington Irish Heritage Festival, the Vermont Genealogy Library and the BIHF are again hosting a presentation Tuesday, March 14, by Ed McGuire entitled, "Finding Your Irish Roots." This hour-long talk will introduce participants to a brief history of Irish immigration to North American and discussion of some of the major resources for Irish genealogy research: online, locally and in Ireland. The talk takes place at 7 p.m. and free and is open to the public. Coffee, tea and pastries will be provided. The Vermont Genealogy Library is located at Fort Ethan Allen. For more information: www.vtgenlib.org.
 

Geo Bee


Maris Lynn, winner of the GEO Bee at Mater Christi School in Burlington, poses with Brent Tremblay, social studies teacher and advisor.
BURLINGTON--Mater Christi School had its local GEO competition on Jan. 26, and the winner was Maris Lynn, a seventh grader.
 
The next step Maris will take is completing a written test. This will qualify her to enter the state level National Geographic Bee that will take place at Castleton State University in May.
 
Brent Tremblay, advisor for the group, congratulated all 10 of the MCS contestants for having won their classroom competitions, noting that these students had spent hours preparing for both the classroom and school competitions.
 
Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee, using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage schools to include geography in their curriculums, spark student interest in the subject and raise public awareness about geography.
 

'Fatima A Message of Hope'

ESSEX JUNCTION--Our Lady's Blue Army will present a 52-minutes DVD presentation to celebrate the Fatima Centennial at Holy Family Parish on Saturday March 4, at about 9:30 a.m. Breakfast refreshments will be served. All are welcome for the First Saturday Devotion prior to the movie, beginning with the rosary and confession at 8 a.m. and Mass at 8:30 a.m.
 

On the Path of Ecological Conversion

BURLINGTON--Join Bishop Coyne for "The Stations of the Cross with John Paul II: On the Path of Ecological Conversion," March 3 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral. A sustainable soup supper and discussion of the Lenten practice of fasting will follow this. Learn about the Global Catholic Climate Movement’s Lenten Fast for Climate Justice and how fasting from certain foods, especially meat, positively affects the planet and the poor. For more information, contact Stephanie Clary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-846-5822.
 

Story hour

BURLINGTON--Children ages three to five and their parent(s) are invited to a monthly story hour by Mater Christi School’s pre-school teacher and art teacher. There is no cost for this event and snack is provided. For more information call Melissa Senesac at 658-3992.
 
 
Bishop's Fund Annual Appeal