Addison County youth ministry
Members of the Addison County Youth Ministry group pose for a photo.
BRISTOL-- The mission of Addison County Catholic Youth Ministry is to create a community to support the growth and education of the next generation of Catholics through fellowship, study, service and activities.
It serves the parishes of St. Peter in Vergennes, St. Ambrose in Bristol and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Middlebury with different programming and events for youth of all ages. This includes monthly family nights, bi-weekly high school nights and monthly middle school nights.
“We are striving to reach our youth where they are at, which means going to sporting events and recognizing their achievements, having active social media accounts (find us @accymvt) and listening to their requests,” noted Emma Kalamarides, youth minister.
Addison County Catholic Youth Ministry has sent groups to the Vermont Catholic Youth Serve and Steubenville Conferences last year and will again this year. Youth = also are involved in Totus Tuus, a summer program for children. Recurring events include games, a discussion on a topic of living out the faith and prayer.
“We have tried on integrate a mix of prayers throughout our meetings which include spontaneous prayer, meditations, the rosary, Stations of the Cross, Adoration and group intentions,” Kalamarides said.
Spanish MassENFIELD, N.H.—On May 14 there will be a Mass at 2:30 p.m. in Spanish celebrated by Father John Patrick Sullivan, M.S., who served as a missionary in Argentina for many years. The Mass will be at the LaSalette Shrine. There will be refreshments after Mass. Father Sullivan hears confessions both in Spanish and English at the regular confession times at the shrine or by appointment. For more information call 603-632-7087 or go to lasaletteofenfield.org.
Clothing bag salePITTSFORD—There will be a clothing bag sale Saturday, May 20, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Parish. For more information, call 483-9475.
Cemetery cleanupNORTHFIELD--Calvary Cemetery cleanup day will take place on Saturday, May 13 at 9 a.m. Parishioners of St. John the Evangelist Church are asked to help. Those who purchased granite pavers to memorialize loved ones are encouraged to help place the markers. Bring work gloves, rakes, shovels and brush cutters.
Parish celebrationBRANDON-- Confirmation will take place at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol on May 16 at 7 p.m., and confirmation students from Our Lady of Good Help Parish in Brandon will be honored at a coffee social on May 21 after the 10 a.m. Mass in the parish hall.
Fish fryBRISTOL—There will be a fish fry fundraiser on Sunday, May 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at St. Ambrose parish hall to help member youth to go to the Steubenville Conferences and Vermont Catholic Youth Serve. The menu will include fried fish and French fries. Tickets are $10 a person and can be purchased from a teen or by calling 468-7277.
Mother’s Day breakfastVERGENNES--St. Peter’s Mother’s Day Parish Breakfast hosted by the Knights of Columbus will take place Sunday, May 14, from 8 to 10 a.m. in the parish hall. The meal will include eggs, omelets to order, hotcakes, French toast, sausage and bacon. Adults, $8.50; seniors over 60, $7.50 and children 6-12, $6. Children under six years old are free; immediate families of five or more, $28.
Free mealBRISTOL—The St. Ambrose free community dinner will be served on Sunday,
May 14, at St. Ambrose Parish Hall between 5 and 6:30 p.m. The menu will include Mexican lasagna, sides of chips and toppings: shredded lettuce, tomato, sour cream and avocado along with beverages and desserts. All are welcome.