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Waterbury parishioners care and serve

Members of the Altar Society of St. Andrew Parish in Waterbury gather for a meeting to plan their annual fundraiser. Vermont Catholic photo by Cori Fugere Urban Members of the Altar Society of St. Andrew Parish in Waterbury gather for a meeting to plan their annual fundraiser.
Every parish has a core of people that gets things done.
In Waterbury, one of those groups is the Altar Society of St. Andrew Parish.
With one annual event – a holiday craft fair and bake sale that raises $1,200-$1,500 – this dedicated group helps all kinds of people from students to the bereaved.
“It’s service – caring and serving,” said member Adele Yandow.
Each year the altar society gives a scholarship to help with college expenses to a graduating high school senior from St. Andrew’s or from St. Patrick Church in Moretown or Our Lady of the Snows Church in Waitsfield. It provides financial support to the parish rosary makers for supplies and postage, funds half of the First Communion Breakfast, donates to the CROP Walk, helps with expenses of the Lenten lunches, provides funeral lunches and makes a financial donation to the parish. In the past the society has provided financial support to the cenacle group.
“If something comes up, we have funds to help,” said member Diane Bilodeau.
Besides these charitable works, members – as individuals – are involved in various others services including helping with the town food shelf and visiting the sick and shut-ins.
But working within the altar society gives members an opportunity to nourish themselves socially.  “You’re doing good things and having fun while doing it,” Bilodeau said.
“We don’t just go to church on Sunday and then go home. We get together as a group and do good things,” added member Pauline Hodgdon.
The altar society is open to any member of the parish, even men.
Member Josette Metayer appreciates the camaraderie of the group, which has members of all ages. “They are doing good works, and I want to be part of that!” she enthused.
“Our faith calls us to live our faith,” Bilodeau said. “We’re living out our faith by our actions.”
Added Yandow: “It’s not just about saying prayers. It’s about doing things for God’s glory.”
Altar society member Linda Parks sees the work of the group as a way to quietly evangelize. “I hope it has an impact on someone who might be a bit lost and inspire somebody in some small way to come back [to church] or go out and help in the community.”
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