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INTERNATIONAL NIGHT—St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski recently hosted its annual International Night. Each class from Pre-K to grade eight researched a country and learned about its history, culture, environment, geography etc. During the International Night festivities, students shared what they learned with their friends and family through oral presentations, songs and visual displays. In addition, each classroom provided samples of food from their specific country. Many students also dressed in clothing representative of their country. Hundreds of visitors toured the school during the evening, including many St. Francis graduates who have come to view the evening as an informal "homecoming" event.

Memory Tree lighting

ALBURGH—St. Amadeus Church’s fourth annual Memory Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Monday, Nov. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the church at 75 North Main St. “Purchase a light for a loved one (living or deceased) to help light up the night and light up the holidays. The cost is $5 per person commemorated. Contact Connie Cosgrove at 802-796-3425, Maurice Gauthier at 802-796-4418 or Laura at 802-796-3481 to purchase a light. The tree will be lighting up the St. Amadeus Church/rectory lawn throughout the season. The ceremony is both inside and outside with refreshments to follow.

Cross-country championships

BURLINGTON--Mater Christi School topped a successful fall season by winning the Vermont Middle School Cross-Country Run Championship with a 20-point lead in the boys’ division and claiming a fourth-place victory in the girls’ division. The championships took place on Oct. 28 at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. Twenty-seven teams and more than 400 runners from throughout the state participated. Mater Christi School runners Matt Servin and Garrett Micciche led the boys’ division in its first-place finish, followed by teammates Wyatt Sigler, Mason Altadonna and Morgan Kenny. Mater Christi School runners in the girls division’ achieved a fourth- place finish for the third year in the row, represented by leaders Isabelle Lacy and Malise Sigler, with strong scoring finishes by Malinn Sigler, Maris Lynn and Ellie Haigney.

Healing service

BURLINGTON—On Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral on Allen Street, the first Sunday of the month healing service will take place. It will include the Divine Mercy Chaplet, Eucharistic Adoration and Charismatic laying-on of hands for physical, spiritual and psychological healing.

‘Wild Goose’

COLCHESTER—Holy Cross Parish will sponsor a three-part series, The Wild Goose — discovering a Deeper Relationship with the Holy Spirit. There will be an opportunity for discussion and private reflection after each discussion. Learn how the Holy Spirit can enrich your life, give you strength and power over the things that hold you back from the true freedom, peace and joy that God wants for you. The program will be offered Oct. 25 and Nov. 8 and 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Parish, 416 Church Road. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 802-863-3002.

Online genealogical searches

COLCHESTER--Online Genealogical Searches at the 95 Regional Archives of France   is the title of a Nov. 11 class in Colchester. In this class participants will learn how to research their ancestors in France using the 95 online departmental archives. First they will locate the “commune” or town that they lived in, and then how to search for baptisms, marriages and burials in either the Catholic churches or the Huguenot temples. They will learn some basic translations. Since people typically are researching ancestors that populated New France (Quebec), the class will focus on the period before the 1792 Revolution changes to record keeping in France. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $10 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It is open for research Tuesdays from 3 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.

Les Filles du Roi

COLCHESTER--Les Filles du Roi is the title of a Nov. 18 workshop at the Vermont Genealogy Library. If you found the term "Filles du Roi" in researching your genealogy, you might be disappointed at first to learn they were not literally "Daughters of the King;” they were women who were instrumental in creating a nation. Between 1663 and 1673, up to 850 unmarried women were sponsored by the king of France to immigrate to New France. Sheila Morris will explain who these women were and what their lives were like. Millions of French-Canadians and Franco-Americans are descendants of these brave pioneers. You will also learn about our Filles du Roi pin program and Morris will describe how to meet the requirements to earn a pin by demonstrating descent from a Filles du Roi who married a soldier from the Carignan regiment. Classes at the Vermont Genealogy Library are $10 and run from 10:30 a.m. to noon. It is open for research Tuesdays from 3 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is located on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen. Parking and entrance are across from the state police building. For more information, go to vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.

Christmas bazaar

RICHFORD—The All Saints Parish annual Christmas bazaar will take place at Dorion Hall, 160 Main St., on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a light breakfast and lunch with a choice of various homemade soups and sandwiches. In addition there will be an All Saints table, a white elephant table, homemade fudge, homemade baked goods and a teacup auction. For more information, call 848-7741.

Craft festival

ESSEX JUNCTION—The Catholic Daughters Craft Festival will take place on Saturday, Nov 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Holy Family Parish Center. There will be vendor items and CDA tables. The event will feature meat pie and other lunch offerings. Along with Court Fanny Allen there are three other festival sites: St. James Episcopal Church, the Congregational Church and the Essex Senior Center. Fill out the punch card to be eligible to win a chance at four great gift baskets. Call Louise at 878-8407 or Sue at 879-7391 for more information.

School helpers

Students at St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski stand in front of a “Helping Hand” display.
WINOOSKI—St. Francis Xavier School in Winooski joined in the National Catholic Education Association's “Student to Student” campaign to help Catholic schools in areas dealing with the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Members of the school community paid $1 for a "Helping Hand" that the buyer then decorated and placed on the lobby wall. St. Francis raised $115, and 100 percent of the funds will be distributed to Catholic school communities in vital need of support due to the impact of the hurricanes.

FATIMA ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION-- Students at Christ the King School in Burlington attended adoration, participated in a prayer service and received scapulars to mark the 100th anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima.

Padre Pio Prayer Group

ESSEX JUNCTION—The Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Nov. 11 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St. The meeting will begin with the rosary and confessions at 8 followed by Mass and intercessory prayers to Padre Pio. After Mass participants will gather in the Hoehl Room in the parish hall for refreshments and a presentation on Padre Pio. All are invited. For more information, call 802-878-5331.

Holiday craft fair

WATERBURY-- St. Andrew Parish, 109 South Main St., will have a holiday craft fair on Nov. from 11 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. featuring a variety of hand crafters, baked goods, a crafters' raffle and lunch (soup/sandwiches available from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). For more information, call the rectory at 802-244-7734.

Gospel of Mark

ESSEX JUNCTION--A program on the Gospel of Mark began Oct. 30 and is continuing in the Holy Family St. Lawrence Parish Hall lead by Donna Bibby-Cayole. She has a master’s in theology from St. Michael's College in Colchester. She has taught high school and adult education for many years. Currently she is a residential counselor at the Lund Family Center. Reflections on the Gospel of Mark will pursue an understanding of Jesus as suffering savior, sensitive human being and light of the world in His resurrection. The format includes teaching, group discussion and sharing of insights into the parables and miracle stories. Bring a Bible and a notebook. The upcoming dates are Nov. 13 and 20 from 7 to 8 p.m. For more information call 802-878-5331.

Day retreat

Our Lady of Life Center in Quebec will be the site on Nov. 11 of a day-retreat. St. Teresa of Jesus, the 16th-century Spanish reformer of the Carmelite order, sparked a deep spiritual renewal in troubled times. Brother Stephane, from the Discalced Carmelite Friars at Cap de la Madeleine, will help participants learn more about her family background and role as a spiritual guide. In addition to two talks, the day will include personal time to spend with God in silent prayer, reading, enjoying nature, Mass and the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Participants may arrive at 9:30 a.m. for refreshments before the day begins at 10. Lunch, supper and snacks are included, with departure at about 7 p.m. A passport or enhanced travel document is needed to cross the border. The suggested contribution is $30 (students $20), payable on arrival in cash or check. A single room is available for an extra $5. For more information and to register, contact Teresa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 802-655-2290.

Ladies of St. Ann Christmas Bazaar

MILTON—The Ladies of St. Ann Christmas Bazaar at St. Ann Church, 41 Main St., will take place Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature fresh, decorated Christmas wreaths, handmade crafts, homemade baked goods, raffle, pick-a-prize auction and nearly new and white elephant tables. Confirmation students will serve lunch. For more information, call 802-893-4012 or 802-893-2487.

Craft fair

ST. ALBANS—The Holy Angels annual craft fair will take place at 247 Lake St. on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a chicken 'n’ biscuit lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call Connie Mahaney at 802-524-6417.

Annual St. Edmund Lecture

COLCHESTER—The annual St. Edmund Lecture will take place Nov. 15 at 4:30 p.m. in the Roy Room of the Dion Family Center at St. Michael's College. Dr. Boyd Coolman from the Theology Department of Boston College will deliver the lecture on the influence of the Victorines on the writing of the Speculum Religiosorum, St. Edmund's major writing. Following the lecture, at approximately 6 p.m., there will be a reception in the Archway Lounge.

Fair Trade vs. Free Trade program

COLCHESTER—On Thursday, Nov. 9, St. Michael’s College will present an informational program titled “Fair Trade vs. Free Trade” at 4 p.m. in Cheray Science Hall Room 101. Learn basic information about globalization and how “policies and practices have paved the way for huge companies to profit at the expense of people and the planet. This program shows how the Fair Trade movement and principles seek to, at a minimum, counterbalance these atrocities,” according to the Educational Program Catalog of the College’s Peace and Justice Center. This event is a collaboration between Civil Rights Alliance and Juntos.


COLCHESTER—On Friday, Nov. 17, St. Michael’s College will present a concert by the Vermont Collegiate Choral Consortium at 7:30 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall. The Castleton University Chamber Singers, directed by Sherrill Blodget; the Johnson State College Chamber Singers, directed by Bethany Plissey; and the St. Michael’s College Chorale, directed by Nathaniel G. Lew join forces to sing In Windsor Forest by the English 20th-century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The sparkling cantata presents five choral episodes based on William Shakespeare’s play “Merry Wives of Windsor,” including a drinking song, a wedding celebration, women’s gossip and the famous scene where the townsfolk of Windsor dress as fairies to punish the lecherous Sir John Falstaff. In addition, the ensembles will sing several works separately. Admission is free, but donations will be appreciated and will help further collaborations. For more information call 802-654-2284.

Pre-holiday bake sale

ENOSBURG FALLS—There will be a pre-holiday bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church Hall, 222 Missisquoi St.
For more information, call 933-4464.

Christmas concert

COLCHESTER--On Sunday, Dec. 3, St. Michael’s College will present the 58th annual Christmas concert directed by Dr. William Tortolano at 3 p.m. in the college’s Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel. When Tortolano began teaching at the college in 1960, the concerts were sung by the college Glee Club in the old wooden playhouse, the old gym (now the Elley-Long Center) in Fort Ethan Allen, in the new chapel in 1966 (eventually with the chorale), and since 2000 with the Gregorian Chant Schola. The program includes the Gregorian Chant Mass, Missa Salve - Kyrie for Advent; the Magnificat, interspersed with descriptive music from the Fugues on the Magnificat by J. Pachelbel, carols, including “Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” a French-Canadian tune sung in English, French and Huron.  Of unusual interest is the Italian carol, “Tu Scendi dalle Stelle,” which is almost identical to “He Shall Feed His Flock” from Handel’s Messiah.  Both will be sung by soloists from the Schola. Organ solos on the 1966 Casavant organ includes “Rorate Cæli” from the Advent Suite by Pietro Yon and “Fanfare Fugue” by J.S. Bach. Tortolano is a professor emeritus and college organist emeritus at St. Michael's College, a former visiting fellow at Kings College and Trinity College, Cambridge University, England, as well as a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship at Yale University. The 16-voice Schola is in residence at St. Michael's College. Since its founding in 2000, the Schola has sung more than 125 concerts, liturgies and synagogue presentations. The concert is free and open to the public, but a free-will offering will be accepted.

Lessons and Carols

COLCHESTER—On Wednesday, Dec. 8, St. Michael’s College will present the annual Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel. The St. Michael's College Chorale will be joined by local professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint for a celebration of music and scriptural readings. Musical selections will include carols from Germany, England and America and choral works by Gabriel Faure, John Rutter, Arvo Part and a former St. Michael's College professor, Richard Stoehr. Admission is free. A festive reception will follow in the Alliot Student Center lobby. For more information call 802-654-2284.
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