Bake saleENOSBURG FALLS—There will be a pre-holiday bake sale at St. John the Baptist Parish Hall, 222 Missisquoi St., on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, call 933-4464.
St. Francis Xavier Craft FairWINOOSKI—The St. Francis Xavier Craft Fair will take place Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier School.
Craft fairST. ALBANS--Holy Angels Craft Fair will take place at Holy Angels Parish Hall, 247 Lake St., on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a bake sale, raffle and chicken and biscuits lunch. For more information call 524-6417.
All Saints Parish annual Christmas bazaarRICHFORD—The All Saints Parish annual Christmas bazaar will take place in Dorion Hall, 160 Main St., on Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a light breakfast and a lunch with a choice of various homemade soups and sandwiches. There will be an All Saints table, a white elephant table, homemade fudge, fresh homemade baked goods and a teacup auction. For more information, call 848-7741.
Christmas bazaarMILTON—There will be a Christmas bazaar at St. Ann Church on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the church hall at 41 Main St. Lunch will include a variety of homemade soups. The bazaar will feature decorated fresh wreaths, craft tables, a new/almost new sale, homemade baked goods, a Pick-A- Prize raffle and a ticket raffle. For more information, call 893-4012. The event is sponsored by the Ladies of St. Ann to benefit the ministries of church including funeral meals and youth group.
Mater Christi volunteers pose with the Ronald MacDonald clown statue. They are (left to right): Bila Bogre, Nidhi Konnanur, Elena Valerio, Deena Jacunski, Oceana Reardon, Ella Gazo, Alex Jones and Otto Pierce.
BURLINGTON--In 1995, Mater Christi School began its service learning program known as Reaching Out. Each year, seventh- and eighth-grade students, accompanied by their teachers, do volunteer work at non-profit agencies in the Burlington area. These include St. Joseph’s Home, Salvation Army, Ronald McDonald House, COTS, King Street Youth Center, Spectrum, Burlington Boys and Girls Club and St. Joseph’s and Mount Calvary cemeteries. On Oct. 5, the eighth graders completed the second phase of this program.
In addition to going out into the wider community, the class musicians gave a concert for the Sisters of Mercy, whose convent is attached to the Mater Christi middle school building. Sixteen eighth graders presented a modified drum line, played some jazz and performed violin and voice solos for the sisters.
Other volunteer efforts included playing bingo with St. Joseph’s Home residents, raking and filling in bare patches in two cemeteries, creating fundraiser materials for COTS and preparing meals at Spectrum and the Salvation Army.
Each student goes to two different sites in one day, and this includes helping some of the teachers of younger students in their classrooms.
Holy Door pilgrimageBURLINGTON—On Oct. 14, the middle school at Christ the King School made a pilgrimage to visit the Holy Door at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral as part of the celebration of the Year of Mercy.
Led by Msgr. John McDermott, vicar general for the Diocese of Burlington and Christ the King/St. Anthony pastor, and their middle school teachers, they headed out on foot to open their hearts to hear the will of God and to accept His graces.
The goal of this trip was to take another step closer to God by encountering God and by being filled with His graces. The pilgrims were encouraged to give themselves to God by getting to know Him, by loving Him and by sacrificing for Him. Students began their preparation in the classroom with presentations on pilgrimages so they had a clear understanding and purpose of the event.
Timeline of Quebec ResearchCOLCHESTER—“A Timeline of Quebec Research” is the topic of a Nov 19 talk by John Fisher who will share his top 20 sources for Quebec genealogy, beginning with the original standard reference sources and continuing to the latest with examples from each. The talk will cover the “best” in books, microfilm, microfiche and the Internet. He will also discuss the start and end years for each major source. Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen, across from the state police building. Classes are from 10:30 a.m. to noon and are $5. For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
Rice championsSOUTH BURLINGTON—The Rice Memorial High School boys took home the state cross-country championship, and the girls earned runner-up honors at the State Cross-Country Championships recently at Thetford Academy. The boy’s team brought home the first state championship in 52 years.
Mercy Farm visit
Vocationist Father Antony Pittappillil, pastor of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Parish in Fair Haven, poses with the Mater Christi School eighth graders in front of the Mercy Farm retreat house.
BURLINGTON--Thanks to the generosity of the Sisters of Mercy and the planning of Sister of Mercy Joanne LaFreniere, spiritual life coordinator at Mater Christi School in Burlington, 54 eighth-grade students spent Oct. 19 at Mercy Farm in Benson.
Sisters of Mercy Mary Quinn, Holly Cloutier and Betty Secord, the Mercy Farm staff, welcomed them. The students then joined Sister of Mercy Dale Jarvis in the chapel for the morning presentation.
During her talk, Sister Jarvis mentioned the fact that Pope Francis had added “Care of the Earth” as the newest work of mercy. She encouraged the students to be attentive to this. She also emphasized the importance of remaining open to God’s call in their lives.
Mass was celebrated by Vocationist Father Anthony Pittappillil, pastor of nearby churches including Our Lady of Seven Dolors in Fair Haven. He continued the message of care of the earth and urged the students to think of ways in which they can avoid wasting food.
The students toured the farm during the day.
Mater Christi Cross Country State Champions
Along with 26 other teams and 400 runners from throughout Vermont, Burlington’s Mater Christi School Cross Country Team participated in the Vermont Middle School Cross Country Championships Oct. 29 at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. The Mater Christi Cross Country Boys Team took third place overall, and the Mater Christi School Girls Team placed fourth overall. Mater Christi’s Emily Bloom placed second and Atticus Phinney-Anderson was sixth overall.
Prospective parent luncheonSOUTH BURLINGTON--Parents with students of all ages are invited to learn more about Rice Memorial High School by attending A Prospective Parent Luncheon. Gain a unique perspective by dining with a Rice student while hearing from a Rice parent and various administrators. A tour will be also be offered after lunch for anyone with time to stay. There will be a luncheon Dec. 13 from noon to 1 p.m. at the school at 99 Proctor Ave.
- Written by Cori Fugere Urban
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