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Legislative pages from Mater Christi School have included (left to right) Hannah Cawley, Seamus Howrigan and Samuel Thompson.
BURLINGTON--For the third year in a row, a Mater Christi School student was chosen in a selective process to serve as a legislative page in the Vermont State House.
This year eighth grader Seamus Howrigan received the honor, following Mater Christi alumni Samuel Thompson ’16 and Hannah Cawley ’17.
Legislative pages serve for six weeks and experience first-hand the daily workings of the House and Senate. Many Vermont politicians began their political careers working as pages.
Mater Christi School middle students dive into the study of politics and history culminating in an intensive review of U.S. history in eighth grade. “Our students are exposed to a variety of ideas and political models and had the opportunity to visit the federal courthouse,” said eighth-grade social studies teacher Brent
Tremblay. “I think this type of exposure has encouraged our students to look toward opportunities like the legislative page program to continue to broaden their experiences.

Men’s Advent workshop

WILLISTON--All men are invited to participate in a special Advent spiritual development workshop entitled “Where on Earth is the Kingdom of Heaven?” with Father Matt Rensch. The workshop will be conducted in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish Hall on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 7:45 to 10:15 a.m. This is a free program and will include a complimentary continental breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. For more information, contact Bill Rensch at 802-872-8063 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Padre Pio Prayer Group

ESSEX JUNCTION—The Padre Pio Prayer Group will meet on Dec. 9 for the rosary and confessions at 8 a.m. and Mass at 8:30 followed by prayers of intercession and a presentation on his life. This will take place at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St. For more information call 802-878-5331.

Festival of Lessons and Carols

RICHFORD—On Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. at All Saints Catholic Church, The Festival of Lessons and Carols will take place. This is a service of scripture and song recounting the Fall, the Promise of the Messiah, the Incarnation and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. All are welcome to participate in preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. A reception at Dorion Hall will follow. Bring a dessert or snack to share. Beverages will be furnished.

First Saturday Devotions with the Blue Army

ESSEX JUNCTION--Rosary and confessions will take place beginning at 8 a.m. with Mass at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 at Holy Family Church, 36 Lincoln St.

Tourtiere Pie Sale

SWANTON—There will be a Tourtiere Pie Sale at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary  Parish Hall on Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. A 9-inch pie will cost $10 with net proceeds to benefit 16-year-old Ryan Noel from Enosburg who is in a coma from a car accident on Aug. 13th and has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in Schenectady, N.Y. Proceeds will assist the family with the added expenses of travel, lodging and co-pays. Order deadline is Dec. 10. Call 802-868-3037.

Lessons and Carols

COLCHESTER—On Friday, Dec. 8, St. Michael’s College will present 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 a local professional vocal ensemble, Counterpoint, for a celebration of music and scriptural readings ringing in the Christmas season. 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. For more information call 802- 654-2284. A festive reception will follow in the Alliot Student Center lobby.

Student recital

COLCHESTER—On Sunday, Dec. 10, St. Michael’s College will present a Joint Student Recital at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall. St. Michael's College music students will perform in a varied recital that includes singers and players of instruments such as flute, saxophone, tuba and guitar. Admission is free. For more information call 802-654-2284.

Christmas Vigil Mass

COLCHESTER—A Christmas Vigil Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, Dec. 24, at St. Michael’s College with members of the Society of St. Edmund at 8 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel.

Christmas Mass

COLCHESTER—On Monday, Dec. 25, members of the Society of St. Edmund, the college’s founding religious order, will celebrate Christmas Day Mass (Nativity of the Lord) at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel.
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