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Family retreat day

TROY—“The sun bursting through the clouds occurred during the Holy Mass and the rainbow appeared as we were eating dinner…signs of God’s loving presence!” enthused Theresa McAvinney, a coordinator of the annual Family Day Retreat at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church last month.
The theme was Mary, Our Mother.
The daylong event included small group presentations and gatherings for various age groups, Mass, a rosary procession, a Eucharistic procession, adoration, Benediction, a praise concert, speakers and a question-and-answer with priests.
Attendance totaled 176 for the retreat (80 were children and teens) and more than 200 for the Mass. The event hosted 23 new families and individuals this year.
The date for next year’s retreat will be June 23, and the theme will be evangelization and entitled “Go and Announce the Gospel of the Lord.”

Healing service

BURLINGTON—On Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral the First Sunday of the Month Healing Service will take place, including the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration and Charismatic laying-on of hands for physical, spiritual and psychological healing.

Catholic variety show

COLCHESTER--The Challengers will be hosting their first Catholic Variety Show on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center at St. Michael's College. This event will feature nationally renowned Catholic comedian Judy McDonald who shares stories about Catholic dating, family, life and just being Catholic. Throughout the evening there will be a medley of gifted priests sharing their talents.  The show will be a benefit for diocesan seminarians.  More information and tickets are available at VTChallengers.org.


FRANKLIN--St. Mary Church all-you-can-eat brunch will take place at 145 Square Road on Sunday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The cost for adults is $9; children 7-16 $5; children 6 and under free. There will be a 50/50 raffle. For more information, call 933-2496 or 285-6730.

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

SOUTH BURLINGTON—The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program educates and forms adults in the Catholic faith. If you or someone you know wants to become a Catholic or simply wants a better understanding of the Catholic faith, consider participating in the program. Classes will begin on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in the church hall of St. John Vianney Parish. There is no charge.

Buffet breakfast

SOUTH HERO—There will be a buffet breakfast at St. Rose of Lima Church Aug. 13 from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

E-cigarette study

COLCHESTER--“E-cigarettes initially were developed as a cessation tool for tobacco dependence, but now it appears they are also a tool for introducing young adults to other tobacco products,” said Ari Kirshenbaum of the St. Michael’s College Psychology Department faculty, who has received a $365,865 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support his research on the abuse potential of E-cigarettes in young adults.
“The idea is that we don’t know how much abuse is going to be inspired by these products, so the key thing may be to find out if the E-cigarettes are dependence-producing on their own,” he said, explaining how his work focuses on the psychological consequences of nicotine delivered via electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes, vaping) such as effects on attention, cognition and emotion.
This is the first NIH grant received by the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at St. Michael’s and will support three years of research in Kirshenbaum’s long-established psychopharmacology laboratory. Some of the funding will go to pay student researcher assistants and possibly take them to professional academic conferences in the areas of psychology, pharmacology, and substance abuse.
Kirshenbaum said young adults are especially vulnerable to E-cigarette abuse because the products are commonly seen as healthier, riskless alternatives to other tobacco products, and marketing campaigns by E-cigarette manufacturers specifically target young adults.  He said that a disturbing trend shows that young people are being “introduced to nicotine by E-cigarettes and then they graduate to other tobacco products -- and that is not a good situation.” Given the astronomical health and economic burden posed by tobacco ($193 billion annually in the United States, estimated by the Centers for Disease Control) there is “good reason to be cautiously critical of novel tobacco products, such as E-cigarettes,” he said.

Jonathan Tortolano solo cello concert

Jonathan Tortolano
COLCHESTER--Cellist Jonathan Tortolano will give a concert of music for solo cello on Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 12:15 p.m. in the chapel at St. Michael's College. 
A native of Underhill, he is a resident of Toronto and holds dual citizenship with the United States and Canada.
Tortolano is professor of cello at The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, associate principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Opera and a member of the Gould String Quartet at Niagara on the Lake Festival. His career has included orchestral positions and solo engagements in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, South Korea, Japan, China, Italy and France as well as L’Orchestre Symphonique in Quebec and substitute in the Cleveland Orchestra.
The St. Michael’s College program will include two different compositions for cello: The Fifth Suite, BWV 1011 by Bach and the first American performance of Psaume pour Violoncelle Seul, opus 5 by Canadian composer Antoine Ouellette.
Tortolano is the son of William Tortolano, emeritus professor of music and organist emeritus for St. Michael’s College.
The concert is free and open to the public.

Turkey dinner

RICHFORD—The All Saints/Our Lady of Lourdes Turkey Dinner will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Dorion Hall, 152 Main St., beginning at noon until all are served. The menu will include turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, squash, salad bar, cranberry sauce, pickles, butter, assorted desserts, coffee, tea, punch, milk and water. The cost for adults is $10, senior citizens $8, children 5-12 years $5, children under 5 free. For more information, contact Janice Godin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola

ISLE LAMOTTE-- The Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola from St. Michael's College, under the direction of Dr. William Tortolano will provide music for the 7 p.m. Mass Aug. 19 at St. Anne’s Shrine.

Reflection series

ISLE LAMOTTE—The Summer Reflection Series continues through August, every Wednesday beginning with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by the presentation and lunch. Edmundite Father Stanley Deresienski will present "Blessed are the Peacemakers" Aug. 9.

Reflection series

ISLE LAMOTTE--The Summer Reflection Series continues through August, every Wednesday beginning with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by the presentation and lunch. Edmundite Father David Theroux will present "The Acts of the Apostles" Aug. 16.

Reflection series

ISLE LAMOTTE--The Summer Reflection Series continues through August, every Wednesday beginning with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by the presentation and lunch. Edmundite Father Raymond Doherty will present "Non-Violence: A Style of Politics for Peace" on Aug. 23.

Reflection Series

ISLE LAMOTTE--The Summer Reflection Series continues through August, every Wednesday beginning with Mass at 11:15 a.m., followed by the presentation and lunch. Edmundite Father Richard Berube will present "The Cardinal, the Pilgrimage, and the Priest who Died from it: An Episode in Edmundite History and a Lesson on the Meanings of Pilgrimage" Aug. 30

Contemplating Creation Pilgrimage and Retreat

ISLE LAMOTTE--Savor the beauty of God’s creation on the shores of the 480-million- year-old Chazy Fossil Reef (Isle LaMotte) surrounded by Vermont’s own inland sea (Lake Champlain).
This Aug. 15 pilgrimage and retreat are inspired by the writings of Pope Francis in “Laudato Si’.” It is informed by scripture as well as story and personal reflection as participants contemplate creation and their encounter with God in the natural world.
Wear comfortable shoes for walking and bring a portable folding chair if desired, water, snack and a notebook or journal.
Participants will gather at the Native American Guide and Samuel de Champlain sculpture at St. Anne’s Shrine at 1 p.m.
Bring a picnic to enjoy at the beach and sunset at the shrine after the retreat.
Free will offerings in support of the ministry of St. Anne’s Shrine are welcome.
Reserve a free ticket for the pilgrimage online at eventbrite.com/e/contemplating-creation-pilgrimage-tickets-35394668406.
This is a Year of Creation event sponsored by the Diocese of Burlington in collaboration with St. John Vianney Parish in South Burlington.

VT Christian Rock-toberfest

BURLINGTON--VT Christian Music has announced the line-up for this year’s VT Christian Rock-toberfest that will take place Oct. 14 at 7 p.m.
Headliners are Stars Go Dim, a break-out group now featuring two radio hit songs “You Are Loved” -- which hit #1 last year on Christian Radio charts -- and “Walking Like Giants.”
Also performing will be Mallary Hope who released “NOW,” which is currently in the top 40 top Christian Radio charts.
This year a Christian comedian, Judy McDonald, will be added to the lineup.  With a family-friendly message, she jokes about her life, her parents and family and the constant struggle of living as a Christian in today’s world.
Helping to open the show will be Frank Palangi, with a strong rock influence, booming voice and poignant message.
This event will be hosted by North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington.
Tickets are available online at VTChristianMusic.com for $20 (groups of 10+), $25 (general admission) and $30 for VIPs.

Yard sale

UNDERHILL CENTER--St. Thomas Church will have its annual yard and rummage sale on Friday, Aug. 25; Saturday, Aug. 26; and Sunday, Aug. 27; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  each day. The yard sale will feature housewares, sporting goods, furniture, dishes, toys, tools and miscellaneous items. The rummage sale will feature fall and winter clothing for children and adults. In addition, there will be a food concession stand featuring a variety of pies and sweet breads as well as the church’s popular meatball subs and jars of pasta sauce. The event takes place rain or shine. For more information, call the rectory at 899-4632.

Lawn sale

SOUTH HERO –There will be a lawn sale, lunch and bake sale at St. Rose of Lima Church Aug. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call Bette Grennon at 372-4092.

Montreal Pilgrimage

MORRISVILLE—A Montreal Pilgrimage Organized by the Holy Name of Jesus Parish will take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, leaving at 7:30 a.m. The trip includes Mass in French at the Basilica of Notre Dame, a visit to St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal and the Shrine of St. Kateri Tekawitha. Reservation deadline is August 18th. For more information, call 888-3318.


BURLINGTON—A chapter of Juventutem has begun in Vermont. It is a part of a worldwide group for young Catholics, loyal to the hierarchy of the Church and attracted by the “forma extraordinaria” of the Roman liturgy, in particular by the Missal of the Blessed John XXIII. It’s a Church association dedicated to the sanctification of young people, and chapters have various spiritual, charitable and social activities throughout the year. Their spirituality is centered upon the traditional Latin Mass and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. For more information, find Juventutem Burlington on Facebook.
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