Las Posadas procession, caroling, parish potluck dinnerBRANDON--On Saturday, Dec. 17, the religious education students at Our Lady of Good Help Church will be participating in an activity called Las Posadas.
Las Posadas is a celebration during which Mexican families perform nightly Christmas processions that re-create the Holy Pilgrimage of Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem, wherein they ask for shelter and are turned away from different homes.
The classes will begin at the church at 2 p.m. and will go up and down Carver Street to four homes of parishioners, seeking shelter for Mary and Joseph, where they will be turned away each time. (They will be caroling as they walk to each home, and they have a live donkey for their journey).
All parishioners are welcome to join in Las Posadas. When participants arrive back at the church, they will attend the 4 p.m. Mass, followed by a Christmas potluck dinner at the church hall for all parishioners, a Christmas tree and presents for parish students and Santa Claus.
Advent penance serviceMIDDLEBURY—There will be an Advent penance service at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin March Church on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m.
‘The Symbols of Christmas’VERGENNES—On Sunday, Dec. 18, CCD students at St. Peter Church will present a play, “The Symbols of Christmas,” at 9:45 a.m. in the parish hall.
Food Shelf SundayMIDDLEBURY—Food Shelf Sunday will take place Dec. 17 and 18 at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church. The food collected goes primarily to HOPE with some items utilized by the Tuesday Free Lunch Program. Food is needed to provide Christmas food boxes. Suggested items to donate include peanut butter, canned tuna, canned fruit, pie fillings, boxed pie crust, evaporated milk, cans of diced and/or crushed tomatoes and canned beans (all
Advent ConfessionsBARRE-- Confessions will be heard at St. Monica Church directly after each Mass Dec. 17 and 18. Also, there will be a penance service with individual confessions on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m.
Winter Coat CollectionCHARLOTTE—Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish is collecting good used children and adult winter coats, jackets, boots and snow pants (all sizes) for a local organization. Please leave these donations in the vestibule.
Senior mealHINESBURG-- St. Jude Parish offers lunches to area seniors on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. The next senior meal is scheduled for Dec. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. Serving begins at noon. All seniors and caretakers welcome.