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Southern e-News: Feb. 15, 2017

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Retreat for Family Healing

BENNINGTON—There will be a Retreat for Family Healing at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish on Saturday, March 4, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Holy Cross Father Pinto will guide participants through a one-day parish mission that will look at the interactions of family life. He currently works as the special assistant to the president of Holy Cross Family Ministries while pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership from Lesley University.

A Special Opportunity: The Christian Mystical Tradition

RUTLAND-- Father Jim Lawrence will facilitate a 10-part video series, presented by Boston College professor Jesuit Father Harvey Egan. He is a highly respected teacher and expert on mysticism. There will be a free will offering accepted for the series at Engle Hall at Christ the King Church on Feb. 20 and 27 at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 802-282-7277.

New soccer team

RUTLAND-- Mount St. Joseph Academy will add a boys’ soccer program in the fall. The Catholic high school has not fielded a such a team since the fall of 2011, but recently a 30 percent rise in enrollment and a large spike in student interest has lead the school to bring soccer back.
“We never want to turn a student away from competing in their sport,” said Phil Hall, the school’s athletic director. He explained, “With the Poultney-MSJ cooperative team in place for football, we decided we could sustain both football and [boys’] soccer moving forward. … In order to provide all of our boys with the opportunity to play soccer, it was time to bring it back.”
The school’s girls’ soccer program has consistently been a contender in its division. This year, the team won the John Werner Tournament for the fourth time since being invited to play in the tournament four years ago.
Mount St. Joseph Academy is a college preparatory Catholic high school located at 127 Convent Ave. in Rutland, specializing in educating the mind and spirit for more than a century.
For more information, visit www.msjvermont.org or call 802-775-0151.

Bishop’s visit

WEST RUTLAND—Burlington Bishop Christopher J. Coyne will be present to bless the Catholic communities of St. Bridget, St. Dominic, and St. Stanislaus Kostka in a Eucharistic celebration on Saturday, March 4, at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in West Rutland beginning at 5 p.m. All parishioners, families and friends are invited.

Youth Rally South

BENNINGTON--The Bennington Diocesan Youth Rally South will take place at Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish from 3-7:30 p.m. March 25 for high school students and March 26 from 10:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for middle school students.  For more information call 658-6110 ext. 1240.

Rosary for Peace

MANCHESTER CENTER—The Rosary for Peace is recited at St. Paul Church daily after the 8 a.m. Mass.

Wintertastic Celebration and live auction

BENNINGTON—The seventh annual Wintertastic Celebration and live auction will take place on Saturday, March 4, at Mt. Anthony Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. with a preview and the auction at 7 p.m. The event raises money for the School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales.

Tax preparation

BENNINGTON/NORTH BENNINGTON--Each year at income tax time, AARP offers free tax preparation. Although special emphasis is on low- and middle-incomes and older taxpayers, there is no income level or age limit. There are, however, some limits on complexity. This year the Bennington area sites include:
+ Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish Center in Bennington: by appointment only. Call 447-1546. The service is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays until April 13 from 1 to 4 p.m.
+ St. John the Baptist Church, North Bennington: Walk in -- no appointment needed – on Wednesdays until April 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information call 442-9504.

Catholic Men’s Conference

CHICOPEE, Mass.--On Saturday, March 25, the Diocese of Springfield, Mass., will host its 15th Catholic Men’s Conference. Springfield Bishop Mitchell Rozanski invites all men from ages 16 up to participate. It it will take place at Bellamy School in Chicopee. This year’s speakers include: Sam Todzia, Mario Enzler and Sean Forrest. For more information and to register online visit www.spfldmensconference.org.
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