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Southern e-News: March 15, 2017

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Mount St. Joseph senior Jelani Williams 

‘We Are One Rutland’ 

RUTLAND--Mount St. Joseph Academy senior, Jelani Williams is featured in the book “We Are One Rutland.” The book costs $15, and all proceeds go to The Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County. “We Are One Rutland” was written by Rutland area youth and features interviews of 19 individuals in the community. They were asked to reflect on what they added to the diversity of Rutland and to talk about their contributions to the community. “I think it’s great that people of different races and beliefs are being acknowledged,” Jelani commented.

Variety show

WEST RUTLAND—The West Rutland Variety Show for Rutland County Women’s Network and Shelter will take place on Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in the West Rutland Town Hall. A variety of local talent, featuring members of the West Rutland and Rutland communities and beyond, will perform music, comedy and dance. Performers will include members of St. Bridget and St. Stanislaus Kostka churches in West Rutland. The event will also feature a 50/50 raffle and a bake sale. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for seniors/children (under 12) and $20 for a family. For variety show tickets, call 802-438-2490.

Taize prayer service

BENNINGTON—On Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m., the parish choir of Sacred
Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church once again will offer their annual Holy Week Service of Silent Prayer, Song and Adoration of the Cross in the Tradition of Taize. 
Taize is a village in the hills of Eastern France that is home to an ecumenical monastic order of religious brothers who have dedicated their lives to prayer and works of charity.  Founded by Brother Roger Schutz in 1940, the holy men of Taize sheltered and protected those who fled the terror of Nazi occupation.
The choir will sing selections by Jacques Berthier (1992-1994), who composed music for the Taize community. The music consists of litany-style refrains, which become increasingly prayerful with each repetition. Throughout the adoration of the cross, Samuel Barber's masterpiece, “Adagio for Strings,” will be played at the organ. Additionally, everyone will be invited to submit prayer intentions to be chanted by the cantor.
The choir warmly invites everyone to pray, sing, and adore with them on this night of the holiest of weeks. Please invite friends of other faith traditions to come as well. 
The church is located at 238 West Main St. in Bennington.  All facilities are accessible to those with special needs. For more information, call the parish organist and director of music at 802-442-3141, ext. 5.

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.- 4:30 p.m. for middle school students. For more information call 658-6110 ext. 1240.

Friday Night Lenten Stations and Soup

BRATTLEBORO--Friday Night Lenten Stations and Soup will began on March 3 at St. Michael Parish. Stations begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup in Msgr. Rand Hall at 6 p.m. The event continues March 17 and 31 and April 7.

Fish dinners

SPRINGFIELD--St. Mary’s annual fish fry continues every Friday through Lent until April 4 at the Nolin Murray Center.  Adult $12, seniors 55+ $10, children 6-12 $, and under six years old are free. Serving is from 5-7 p.m.  Take-outs are available. To place an order, call between 3 and 5 p.m.: 802-885-4123 the Friday of the fish fry. For more information call or email Mike Knoras at 802-885-4375 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The meals are sponsored by St. Mary’s Social Function Committee as a fundraiser to benefit St. Mary’s (Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Church.

Taste of Rutland

RUTLAND-- On Thursday, March 23, at 6 p.m. a Taste of Rutland will take place at Mount St. Joseph Academy’s Martin McDonough gym. Numerous area restaurants contribute their signature dishes to help make this annual get together a success. Reserve a table of any size. Tickets are $30 each. Advance ticket sales only. Call MSJ at 775-0151 or email Kathy Bove at
kbove@msjvermontorg to reserve your tickets and/or table.

St. Patrick’s dinner

CHESTER—St. Joseph Church will host its annual St. Patrick's Day Dinner on Sunday, March 19, from 4-6 p.m. featuring corned beef, vegetables, home- baked rolls and homemade pies.

Afternoon Lenten retreat

PROCTOR—“Silence: Gateway to the Soul” is the title of a March 25 Lenten retreat at St. Dominic Church. This video/discussion event is based on the BBC series "Into Great Silence," which examines the introduction of five average people to sacred silence. The experience takes place at a monastery and is based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Following the video will be a discussion of such topics as types of sacred silence, introduction to spiritual direction and aids to contemplative prayer. The event begins at noon and will end with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, adoration, an opportunity for the sacrament of reconciliation and the regularly scheduled Saturday evening Mass.

Openings at Mount St. Joseph Academy

RUTLAND—Mount St. Joseph Academy has openings in all four years (freshman, sophomore, junior and senior) and welcomes interested families for a tour and meetings. Call 802-775-0151 for a tour.

Marriage nullity program

LUDLOW--In light of the recent changes that have been made to the marriage nullity process, there will be a short workshop on the nullity process as a way of assisting priests and deacons to help individuals who may be thinking of seeking a declaration of nullity. In Ludlow there will be a workshop on Tuesday, March 28, from 1-3 p.m. at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish on Depot Street.

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