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Genius Hour

During fifth-grade Genius Hour students discussed their likes and dislikes to see what kind of “Genius” they are. They also discussed a Growth Mindset vs. a Fixed Mindset. Students worked in groups and then created a Growth Mindset poster (shown).
WINOOSKI—St. Francis Xavier School has introduced “Genius Hour” into its curriculum. Assistant Principal Eileen Barendse explained the new program: “Genius Hour is a school-wide initiative focused on allowing students time to explore their own interests. The idea is modeled after Google and other large corporations’ 20 percent time, which allows employees 20 percent of their time at work to pursue personal passions.”
Each classroom has jumped on board and is implementing Genius Hour in developmentally appropriate ways, so it is different at each grade level. However, the premise is the same: As educators, teachers have committed themselves to offering students time and encouragement as they explore their personal interests.

Mass in French

BURLINGTON-- Mass will be celebrated in French Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral by Father Lance Harlow, rector, assisted by the Congolese African community providing music. Tout le monde est le bienvenu.

Children’s carnival

Ashley Billado is dressed as a penguin at the dunking booth at St. Luke’s Annual Children’s Carnival as Father Henry Furman, pastor, poses with her.
FAIRFAX—The St. Luke’s Annual Children’s Carnival hosted by the Fairfax Knights of Columbus took place last month on the front lawn of the rectory. It featured games including a dunking booth, bowling, darts, bicycle tire toss, putting, football toss and bean bag throw. Some 25 children attended, a funds raised will be used  to defray the cost of the event.  

Bike collection

By Cori Fugere Urban
A successful collection of bicycles and sewing machines in Fairfax last month will benefit people in developing countries.
“There are thousands of unused and unwanted bikes and sewing machines around the country just sitting in a garages or an attics collecting dust.  For the most part these bikes and sewing machines bring absolutely no resale value and are destined for the landfill or scrap heap,” said Bob Thompson of St. Luke Parish in Fairfax, one of the coordinators of the collection of items for Pedals for Progress, a non-profit organization that ships used and unwanted bicycles and sewing machines help poor families provide an income for themselves and to improve their quality of life.
“A bike can provide a vital source of transportation to help a farmer get his crop to market, help doctors quicker and better access to patients in remote villages and help teachers and students access to regional schools,” Thompson said. “A sewing machine can help a poor family to generate an income who otherwise have nothing.”
Knights of Columbus Donald C. Kelley Council #10830 of Fairfax sponsored the collection with help from Ascension Church in Georgia and St. Ann Church in Milton.
Ninety bikes and four sewing machines were collected.
The biggest task is to break all the bikes down to prepare them for shipment, Thompson noted. “We have to remove the pedals and tie them to the frame, lower the seat, lower the handle bars and turn them sideways, all in an effort to make each bike as low and as compact as possible for shipment.”
The bikes and sewing machines were not repaired here but will be repaired at their destination, providing a training opportunity to local people who can use those skills to open their own bike repair or sewing machine repair business to generate income.
A $10 monetary donation with each bike and sewing machine was requested to help defray the cost of transportation throughout the world. “We did not get all monetary donations we were hoping for but a lot of generous Knights and parishioners pitched in to make up the difference,” he said.
He and members of the Green Mountain Returned Peace Corps Volunteers have been collecting bikes and sewing machines in Vermont since 1999, tallying nearly 3,500 bikes and more than 300 sewing machines.

Mercy bazaar

BURLINGTON--The Sisters of Mercy will have their annual Mercy Bazaar on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mater Christi School elementary building, 50 Mansfield Ave. The bazaar features home grown/canned goods of many varieties, fudge and new or gently used items including books, toys, knit goods, household items and decorations.

Healing service

BURLINGTON—On Nov. 5 at 3 p.m., the First Sunday of the month Healing Service will include the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration and Charismatic laying-on of hands for physical, spiritual and psychological healing. This will take place at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral on Allen Street.

Annual dinner for Birthright

ESSEX JUNCTION—On Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Hall the annual dinner for Birthright, a pregnancy service providing pregnancy assistance and alternatives to abortion to those in need in Chittenden and surrounding counties, will take place. The guest speaker will be Liz Parris who will share her experiences working with new immigrant children and families as a school nurse in Winooski. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Birthright at 802-865-0056 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catechist formation day

COLCHESTER—There will be Regional Catechist Formation half-day program at Holy Cross Church on Saturday, Oct. 28, specifically aimed at catechists, coordinators, directors of religious education and pastors. Participants will attend workshops of their choice, ranging from learning more about the faith to how to engage parents in the parish and have the opportunity to network and share best practices with other catechists throughout the state. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., followed by Mass at 8:15. The program will begin at 9 a.m. Light breakfast fare and a lunch will be provided. Questions or RSVP to Lori Daudelin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mater Christi open house

BURLINGTON--Mater Christi School will host an open house on Oct. 25 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. It is a private Catholic school sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy of the Mercy Education System of the Americas located at 50 Mansfield Ave. The school combines rigorous, 21st-century academics with a global philosophy in the Mercy tradition. To register to attend the open house or to learn more about the school call 802-658-3992.

Youth rallies

BURLINGTON--Middle school and high school youth are invited to a Youth Rally on Sunday, Oct. 15, at Christ the King Parish. The Middle School Rally will take place from 12:30 to 6:45 p.m., and the High School Rally will be from 5:15 to 8:15 p.m. Both groups will attend Mass and dinner together from 5:15 to 6:45 pm. Both rallies will feature Judy McDonald and Ben Walther and will include fun activities and inspiration. The cost is $10 per person.

St. Pius X Annual Christmas Bazaar

ESSEX CENTER—On Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Pius X Church, 20 Jericho Road, will host its annual Christmas bazaar. For more information call 802-878-5997.

St. Luke's Christmas Craft Fair

FAIRFAX—The St. Luke's Christmas Craft Fair will take place on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring a lunch of homemade soups and sandwiches made fresh on home-baked breads. Along with the crafts and luncheon there will be a bake sale and a variety of raffle items including a 50/50. For more information, call Deb Mucia at 802-849-6256.

Praise & Worship

RICHFORD—On Oct. 22 from 5 to 6 p.m. at All Saints Church, Bill Gavin, director of youth and young adult ministries for the Diocese of Burlington, will lead Praise & Worship during a Holy Hour. This will include adoration and confession. A potluck dinner will follow at Dorion Hall. For more information, call the All Saints Office at 802-848-7741.

Turkey dinner

MONTGOMERY CENTER--St. Isidore Parish Hall will be the site Oct. 15 at noon of a turkey dinner. On the menu: turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, rolls, squash, peas, cranberry sauce, pies, coffee, tea or punch. Cost: adults $10; children ages 6-12 $5; under 6 free. This is a benefit for St. Isidore Church. For more information, call Linda Olio at 802-848-7741.

Padre Pio Prayer Group

ESSEX JUNCTION—The Padre Pio Prayer Group will gather for the rosary, confessions, Mass, intercessory prayers and a presentation on Padre Pio at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St., on Oct. 14 from 8 to 10 a.m. For more information, call 802- 878-5331.

Catholic Center helpers

WINOOSKI--A group of students from the University of Vermont Catholic Center spent the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend “laboring” at St. Francis Xavier School.
Father Dwight Baker, director of the Catholic Center, along with Campus Ministry leader Kim Allbee and her family led a crew of hardworking, cheerful university students as they painted bathrooms in the pre-school and pre-kindergarten rooms, scrubbed cafeteria tables and chairs and did a deep clean of the kitchen area.
“I was so impressed by these students,” said St. Francis Xavier Principal Eric Becker. “When you list things that college kids like to do with their free time, you usually don’t think of volunteering to clean kitchens and paint bathrooms. Our whole school community was so grateful for their generous service to us.”

Harvest Dinner

ALBURGH--St. Amadeus Parish will host a roast beef dinner on Saturday, Oct. 21, at St. Amadeus Parish Center, 98 North Main St. There will be two seatings: 5 and 6:15 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, autumn vegetables and desserts. The price is $10 for adults, $5 for children 7-12, under seven free. For more information: 802-796-3481 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Take out will be available if you call 802-796-6000 during the dinner. Proceeds will  benefit the St. Amadeus Parish renovation fund.

VT Christian Rocktoberfest

BURLINGTON--Stars Go Dim with hit song “You Are Loved” will perform with a variety of other artists including Mallary Hope with hit song “Now” and at
the VT Christian Rocktoberfest on Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at North Avenue Alliance Church. Tickets ranging from $20-$30 each are available online at VTChristianMusic.com.

Annual Nativity ham dinner

SWANTON--Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish hall will be the setting for a ham dinner Oct. 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meal will include baked ham, mashed potatoes, squash, coleslaw, baked beans, carrots, rolls and homemade pies. The cost for adults is $10; children (6-12) $6; family $30. The dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, call 802-868-3037 or 802-363-1452.

All Souls Mass with Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola

WILLISTON—On Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. there will be an All Souls' Day Mass with the Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola with Gregorian Chant in Ordinary Form celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 7415 Williston Road. For more information, call Joann Frymire at 802-8784513.

All-You-Can-Eat Hunter's Breakfast

MONTGOMERY CENTER—There will be an All-You-Can-Eat Hunter's Breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 6 a.m. to noon at St. Isidore Parish hall. This is a complete breakfast buffet. Price: adults $10; children 12 and under $8. The breakfast is sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council #2610. For more information contact Armand Auclair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harvest dinner

MILTON—The St. Ann Farm Harvest Dinner sponsored by the Milton Knights of Columbus will take place Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5:30 p.m. at St. Ann Parish Hall, 41 Main St. The menu includes baked ham, homemade baked beans, squash, potatoes and homemade apple and pumpkin pies. The cost is adults $14, students  $10, seniors $12 and children under 6 free. The cost for an immediate family is a maximum of $48. Take-outs will be available. For advanced tickets call St. Ann rectory at 893-2487 during business hours Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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