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Parish mission

BURLINGTON—“The Triumph: A Parish Mission” will take place June 11-14 at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral Parish.
Marian of the Immaculate Conception Father David Gunter will give his testimony of his experience of the powerful intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Learn why the Church venerates her and understand the “Triumph” of the Immaculate Heart.
The schedule is:
+ Sunday, June 11
7 p.m. Presentation Topic: Testimony and Introduction
+ Monday, June 12
7 p.m. Presentation Topic: Catechesis Background
Tuesday, June 13
7 p.m. Presentation Topic: What Has Heaven Been Saying to Us?
+ Wednesday, June 14
7 p.m. Presentation Topic: Final Remarks Concerning “The Triumph.” There will be Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
Materials will be available for purchase.
Father Gunter will speak at all weekend Masses also.

SMC president

St. Michael's College President John J. Neuhauser
COLCHESTER—St. Michael's College President John J. Neuhauser has announced plans to leave the college in June 2018.
Named 16th president of the residential liberal arts Catholic college on July 1, 2007, Neuhauser successfully led the college through the U.S. financial crisis to dramatically improve the college’s academic standing, the student experience and facilities.
“This is a special place charged with assisting in the formation of those young adults who spend but a few short years with us,” Neuhauser said.
"Jack’s unquestionable integrity and deep intelligence are matched by his dedication to improving the quality of the academic experience for all St. Michael’s College students,” said Mary-Kate McKenna, chair of the St. Michael’s College Board of Trustees. "He has focused the college on the important goals of improving academic rigor, providing research opportunities for students in their field of study, creating initiatives that better ensure students’ readiness to enter the job market and upgraded campus facilities to support the best possible student experience. His tenure defines what it means to be an outstanding college president."
McKenna said that a search committee has been formed and a national search will take place with the help of the search firm, AGB Search.

St. Michael’s Playhouse

COLCHESTER--St. Michael’s Playhouse in Colchester is gearing up for the company's 70th season of live professional theater with a line-up of shows that include area premieres and a Pulitzer Prize-winning American comedy classic.
“Seems like our 70th anniversary season will be another great summer at Playhouse with productions of the high voltage, Tony Award-winning musical ‘Million Dollar Quartet,’ the Vermont premiere Tom Dudzick’s charmer ‘Miracle on South Division Street,’ the area premiere of the hilarious musical whodunit ‘Murder for Two’ and the Pulitzer Prize-winning American comedy classic ‘You Can’t Take It With You,’” said Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Chuck Tobin.
St. Michael’s Playhouse is an Actors’ Equity Association theater company operating as an auxiliary enterprise of St. Michael’s College. Actors’ Equity Association is the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. “We rehearse our shows right here in our theater and design and build our scenery, costumes and props on location with our crew of approximately 70 professional theater artists,” Tobin said.
In addition to the four main-stage shows of the subscription season, Playhouse Junior offers theater performances for young audiences. “The Jungle Book” plays Aug. 4-6 and is directed by Jon Van Luling.  Adapted from Rudyard Kipling’s book and the beloved animated film, “The Jungle Book” is a song-filled celebration of friendships, fun and exciting adventures and show-stopping Disney tunes including “The Bare Necessities,” “Trust In Me” and “I Wanna Be Like You.”
The four main-stage plays of the 2017 season are available as part of the subscription series. Season subscriptions range in price from $124 to $143. Single ticket prices range from $35 to $46. Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased online at saintmichaelsplayouse.org or by calling 802-654-2281 or visiting the window in the lobby of McCarthy Arts Center.
For a complete show schedule and more information visit saintmichaelsplayhouse.org.

Rosary, Mass and Presentation on Padre Pio

ESSEX JUNCTION--There will be a rosary, Mass and presentation on Padre Pio at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St., on June 10. The recitation of the rosary will begin at 8 a.m. followed by the 8:30 a.m. Mass and prayers of intercession to Padre Pio. The presentation and refreshments will follow in the Hoehl Room at the Parish Center. For more information, call 878-5331.

Holy Hour for Vocations

BURLINGTON--On Friday, June 16, at the Catholic Center at the University of Vermont, the Office of Vocations of the Diocese of Burlington will host a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration to pray for vocations. This will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. immediately following the Holy Hour, the Knights of Columbus will sponsor a cookout. Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP by June 10 to Katrina DeLaBruere at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call her at 658-6110, ext. 1334. The RSVP count is important for the food purchase.

Youth Ministry: North Troy

By Theresa McAvinney
NORTH TROY--In the movie, “Field of Dreams,” the Iowa farmer, Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is inspired by a voice he cannot ignore to pursue a dream he can hardly believe; “If you build it, he will come.” For those who have seen the movie, they know that Ray had the full support of his wife, and despite hardships, misunderstandings and ridicule from some, his faithfulness to that voice led to the fulfillment of his dream and along the way transformed the lives of many.
Encountering Jesus has been my Field of Dreams story. In 2013 I was asked by several parents to prepare their teens for confirmation. At the time, I didn’t even know how many teens were involved. Together, with parents and youth, we created a program to get us through that first year, and it was approved by our pastor. We met twice monthly on a Sunday evening and had Mass together once monthly.
The following year, we switched to a video-based confirmation program, meeting twice monthly on Sundays, adding Adoration with confession prior to Mass once monthly. It was a little bit better in some ways, and the conversations were wonderful, but within my heart, I realized that twice per month was not enough for the teens to learn to love their faith. My maternal instincts were telling me we had to do something different. “If you build it, they will come!”
They say three is a charm. In our third year, inspired by the Holy Spirit, Encountering Jesus was born. Starting with clear goals and a mission statement, we strived to keep this saving work on track. Our mission statement is “Our Youth, on fire for Jesus, will be agents of change within their families, their schools and workplaces and especially in their parish churches, bearing the love of Christ and His message of salvation to all they meet.”
We began to meet weekly, switching to Wednesday evenings and began a Teen Holy Hour every third Friday followed by a fun gathering in the parish hall. Gatherings at our house comprised catechesis, dessert and/or a light meal and fun time. My husband, Dan, Father Timothy Naples (our pastor) and alternate adults are present when we gather. The home-like atmosphere lent itself to the feeling that we were a family, with Jesus as the center. Students were beginning to have a deeper and more personal relationship with Jesus, which is surely the goal of all our catechetical efforts.
This past year, we switched to “Chosen~ Your Journey Toward Confirmation,” a program our teens are fully engaged in. We had to add half an hour to our gatherings because the kids felt it was not enough time to be together. They frequently bring a friend with them and are truly happy to be Catholic. Another blessing is that those who were confirmed last year continue to come to our gatherings, a sign they did not consider confirmation as “graduation” from learning more about their Catholic faith.
Working together, the teens have been involved in charitable projects such as adopting needy families and purchasing gifts for them during the Christmas season. They led the Stations of the Cross during Lent for the last two years and presented the Living Stations of the Cross with original meditations written by one of our own teens, Olivia LeBlanc. Olivia also has taken over as music director for St. Ignatius Church in Lowell.
Several of our teens are catechist assistants with our Family Formation program, particularly Allura Reynard who must portray a different saint each month for the preschoolers in addition to assisting in the classroom.
Encountering Jesus Teens helped to host the Koinonia Choir last year at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, helping the Ladies of Sacred Heart with set up and clean up and putting together 80 goodie bags for our New Jersey guests.
The teens have played an active role in helping with our annual Family Day Retreat. Last year, in addition to helping set up and clean up, they sang songs from “Sister Act,” putting together a little skit to go along with them, and the song “You Raise Me Up.” This year our retreat theme is “Mary, Our Mother,” and the teens will be performing. One of our teens asked to write original Marian lyrics to the tune of “Halleluiah.”
The beauty of working with these young ones is that God has given them many gifts and talents, and they are proving to step up and use them, joyfully, for the glory of God.

Church supper

SOUTH HERO—There will be a ham and strawberry shortcake supper at St. Rose of Lima Church June 24 at 5 p.m. For more information, call Bette Grennon at 372-4092.

Community Service Day

COLCHESTER--The eighth annual St. Michael’s College Community Service Day on May 17 brought together nearly 150 faculty and staff into teams that volunteered to do service activities at 20 locations, both on and off campus. Afterward at a luncheon in Alliot Hall, long-serving employees were honored for their service to the college as employees, by increments of five years -- including the most senior, Edmundite Father Ray Doherty, Class of '51, who was honored for his 50 years of service. The sites where teams worked during this year’s Community Service Day included Rice Memorial High School High School in South Burlington, Mater Christi School and Christ the King schools in Burlington, St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski and the St. Michael’s College campus.

Buffet breakfast

SOUTH HERO—There will be a buffet breakfast at St. Rose of Lima Church June 4 at 7:30 a.m. For more information, call Bette Grenon at 372-4092.
Life is Precious

Katrina Garrow is the winner of the recent Life is Precious essay competition. She is a junior at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington and a member of St. Ann Parish in Milton.
By Katrina Garrow
During sophomore year at Rice Memorial High School, I created the group Knights for Life, a pro-life group that supports showing support for those at the beginning, the middle or the end of their life to help others respect all walks of life.
I am pro-life because my parents raised me that way, but a few years ago the pro-life cause really started to strike me as I realized it is the biggest genocide. The Knights for Life recently had a bake sale to raise money to buy some school supplies for the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children in Westminster; we raised about $180.
I hope that in the future the laws regarding life will protect life at any stage. I hope that I can make an impact in my smaller community and possibly in the larger community too. When I go to college I hope to find a group there or establish a group that will respect life and promote respecting all life.

Anointing of the Sick and Infirm

ISLE LAMOTTE—The Blessing and Anointing of the Sick and Infirm will take place at St. Anne’s Shrine following all June 17 weekend Masses.  Saturday evening Mass is at 7 p.m.; Sunday Masses are at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Mass in French

ISLE LAMOTTE—There will be a French Mass, celebrated by Edmundite Father Marcel Rainville at St. Anne's Shrine on Sunday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m.

Blessing of automobiles, travelers

ISLE LAMOTTE—There will be a blessing of automobiles and travelers after the Saturday 7 p.m. Mass, June 10, and the Sunday 10:30 a.m. Mass, June 11.

Trinkets and Treasures Sale

ISLE LAMOTTE—The Annual Trinkets and Treasures Sale will take place in the lower level of Boucher Building at St. Anne’s Shrine on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Summer Reflection Series

ISLE LAMOTTE—The Summer Reflection Series at St. Anne’s Shrine will begin on Wednesday, June 28. Programming takes place every Wednesday, June 28, through Aug. 30. Programs begin with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by topic presentation and lunch. Diocesan and Edmundite clergy will offer interesting and timely topics and discussion. Call the shrine office for presenters and program topics: 802-928-3362.
Bishop's Fund Annual Appeal