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The Msgr. Thomas J. Ball Memorial

The Msgr. Thomas J. Ball Memorial was standing room only once again under sunny-filled skies at the West Bolton Golf Club on Saturday, May 14. More than 140 registered golfers graced the links for a wonderful day of reflection and fun, raising $11,500.00 for vocation discernment in the Diocese of Burlington. Hosted by the Knights of Columbus St. Stephen's Winooski Council #2284, the golf tournament fundraiser has now raised nearly $60,000.00 in its six year tenure. The winning foursome of Ken Myers, Gary Shover, Dave Anger and Jim Goetz posted a sizzling 14 under par 58 to capture the medalist honors, edging out a pair of teams at minus 13, and three others at minus 12. The 7th Annual Msgr. Thomas J. Ball Memorial is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, 2017.

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Rice Memorial High School takes golf championship

The high school boy's golf state championships took place June 8 at Ralph Myhre Golf Club in Middlebury, and the team from Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington came home winners.

In Division Two, Rice's Harrison Thayer won with an 82, and the team topped Harwood by 10 strokes to win the team title. Rice's Sam Myers scored an 84, tying with Jarek Hammerl of Harwood Union High School in South Duxbury for the second-best score in the division championship.

Athletics at Rice are an integral part of a student's development and allow students to discover their God-given abilities. Through athletics students develop a competitive spirit, leadership skills and pride in their community.

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College of St. Joseph women's basketball team honoured

The State of Vermont introduced a joint resolution to congratulate the College of St. Joseph women's basketball team on winning the 2016 United States Collegiate Athletic Association D-II National Championship. The honor was officially presented at the statehouse April 15.

Rep. Thomas Terenzini addressed the House and members of the community in the gallery, expressing pride in the team's hard work, perseverance and close bond with one another.

"Although perhaps not as well-known as other Vermont college athletic teams, the 2016 College of St. Joseph Lady Saints women's basketball squad recently completed a memorable season, and this talented group of basketball players surmounted nearly every obstacle it encountered and defeated all its opponents, other than an NCAA Division I team, concluding with an amazing 31-1 record," the resolution read.

The team took home the United States Collegiate Athletic Association D-II National Championship in March, becoming the first team in the state to win a national title in basketball.

The Lady Saints also earned their second straight Yankee Small College Conference championship in 2016. The women had a near-perfect 31-1 overall record, with their only loss coming from NJIT, an NCAA Division I team. The national championship game marked their 29th consecutive win.

All eight members from the team, including four seniors, were present for the reading of the resolution: Shamari Brodhead, Chontayvia Kennedy, Arreonte Anderson, Regina Steele, Jazsala Laracuente, Nia Gilchrist, Elizabeth Turco and Kelly Festa.

The resolution also recognized Head Coach Chris Wood and Assistant Coach Ebony Jones, who was also on-hand to support her team.

The Lady Saints were presented with copies of the resolution and posed for pictures with members of the Legislature.

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'Woman, behold your son – my priest'

After several years of prayer for a child, God granted me the privilege of becoming the mother of a beautiful son. What a gift from God this was for me. God continued to bestow his blessings to our family when my son was ordained a priest of Jesus Christ, which heightened my privilege to an honor. During the weekend of his ordination, more gifts were given and received when Father James presented me the maniturgium, the cloth with which he wiped his sacred hands after they were consecrated with the oil of Holy Chrism. Joy and an abundance of God's blessings and graces consume me when I am present for the holy sacrifice of the Mass, especially when my son is the celebrant. My heart is filled with pride knowing that Father James accepted God's call to the Lord's message of faith, hope and love to his people and participate in his work of salvation as his human instrument in consecrating bread and wine into his son's Body and Blood, soul and divinity. Like the Blessed Mother, God gives me the grace and the strength to support my only child in his priestly vocation. People ask if I am sad not to have grandchildren. How can there be anything but pure joy for the mother of a priest who is striving to do God's will? A priest gives of himself at all hours of the day and night because he loves the Lord Jesus and has solemnly handed over his life to God as a sacrificial offering for the sanctification of his holy people. I encourage all of us to remember now more than ever to stand behind our priests and to pray for them daily. I remind myself often to fall in love with the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ to which he has called my son.

– Denise Dodson

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