William Tortolano, professor emeritus of fine arts at St. Michael’s College, performs on the organ in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel at the college in Colchester.
COLCHESTER--William Tortolano, professor emeritus of fine arts at St. Michael’s College, will give his 51st concert on the Casavant organ in the college’s Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel on Tuesday, May 23, at 12:15 p.m.
The two-manual, 14-stop pipe organ was installed in 1966 and is dedicated to Tortolano.
The eclectic program incorporates musical favorites of the professor and also manifests the many tonal colors of the instrument. Baroque compositions by Froberger, Buxtehude and Pachelbel are followed by three short pieces by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.
Two orchestral transcriptions from Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite and Janacek’s Sinfonietta; American folk transcriptions by Andrew Clarke, and George Shearing, and the litanies by Alain complete the program, which is dedicated to the memory of the late Edmundite Father Michael Cronogue.
Tortolano keeps an active schedule (at age 87) as organist and music director at Immaculate Conception Church in St. Albans, numerous Gregorian Chant and choral workshops throughout the United States and as a composer and editor of 75 published compositions and author of six books. He received the pontifical honor, Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, from Pope Benedict XVI.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Christ the King School students place flowers at the feet of the statue of Mary during a May crowning ceremony.
BURLINGTON-- May is the month of flowers, the beginning of nice weather and the countdown to summer, but is also “Mary’s Month” and a time to celebrate the special role the Blessed Virgin has in the life of the Church.
Christ the King School in Burlington began the month by crowning the church’s statue of Our Lady at Mass on the Feast of Sts. Philip and James, Apostles. The seventh-grade prepared and presented reflections on Our Blessed Mother and their pre-kindergarten buddies placed flowers at the feet of the statue. Student Council Commissioner of Religion Caroline Banks processed the crown into the church, and Will Balkan, student body president, placed the crown on Mary’s head.
Christ the King School is a Catholic elementary school in Burlington serving learners of all faiths from three years old through eighth grade. Its comprehensive curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child -- body, mind and spirit. Students are encouraged to discover and to develop their God-given gifts and to become people of character who possess a love for learning and a zest for life.
More information is available online at cksvt.org or on Instagram at CKSVT.
EASTER LESSON--Tracey Whitney's preschool class at Christ the King School in Burlington prepared for Easter through art, music and even snacks. She and Amy Niggel, assistant teacher, helped their students learn about our Lord's Passion and Resurrection by praying the Stations of the Cross and creating doughnut "tombs" complete with the “stone” which was rolled away to reveal "He is not here, but he has been raised."
Mater Christi open houseBURLINGTON—Mater Christi School will have an open house on Wednesday, May 17, from 8:30 to 11 a.m. The private Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy is located at 50 Mansfield Ave. It is a values-centered school where all are welcome. The school combines rigorous, 21st-Century academics with a global philosophy in the Mercy tradition. From the first day of preschool through eighth- grade graduation, students are encouraged to discover their gifts and talents, transforming themselves and preparing to transform the world. To visit or for more information, call 802-658-3992. You may also call to schedule a personal tour or "shadow day" for your child(ren).
Mother’s Day breakfastUNDERHILL CENTER--The Knights of Columbus Council #7810 will serve a Mother’s Day Breakfast on Sunday, May 14, from 8 to 10:30 a.m. in the St. Thomas parish hall. The buffet-style breakfast will include juice, fruit, eggs, pancakes, sausage, bacon, home fries and coffee or tea. The cost is by donation.
BURLINGTON--Hannah Cawley of Colchester, a student at Mater Christi School, is serving as a legislative page at the Statehouse in Montpelier. She hopes to pursue a career as an attorney and believes that serving as a page will give her a greater understanding of how laws are made.
Hannah has been involved in a variety of activities during the 10 years that she has been a student at the Mater Christi. Some of these activities include being on the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams, actively participating in Odyssey of the Mind and being a member of the school’s Scholars Bowl Team.
Hannah has been a Girl Scout for many years.
Each year, 30 young Vermonters are selected to work as legislative pages in the Vermont Statehouse. They deliver messages for the members of the Senate and House of Representatives and for the various legislative offices.
Scholars Bowl TournamentBURLINGTON--Middle school students from several Burlington schools formed five teams and competed against one another in the annual tournament on April 1.
The tournament took place at Burlington High School where the Mater Christi students were divided into two teams. Both performed well. The MCS White Team was composed of captain, Sara Beth Marroquin, Hannah Cawley, Jack Rutz, Teddy Loescher and Maris Lynn. The MCS Blue Team, which ended up winning the tournament, was composed of captain, Adam Galuszka, Ben Hershey, Tyler Rowley and Lauren McCabe.
Along with leading the MCS Blue Team to a first place finish, Ben Hershey earned an award for being the second highest individual scorer, averaging 31 points per match, and Adam Galuszka was fourth overall, scoring 22 points per match.
Former quiz bowl players who are now college professors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, software designers and research scientists founded national Academic Quiz Tournaments, otherwise known as Quiz Bowl or Scholars Bowl, in 1996. Not surprisingly, the questions come from all areas of knowledge including history, literature, science, fine arts, current events, sports and popular culture.
ALOESSEX JUNCTION--ALO is a gathering of Catholic mothers of all ages and years of experience that provides fellowship, nurturing and a sense of community.
Guided by featured speakers and discussion, participants look to enhance their spiritual growth and understanding relating to motherhood, marriage and life.
The group will meet Thursday, May 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Family parish center. The topic will be “Woman of Grace” by Michaelann Martin. There will be a brief summary on the fourth chapter, Love is to Communicate, followed by discussion questions. Stacey Demko will be the leader on this discussion.
The cost is $2.00