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ESSEX JUNCTION—ALO will meet on Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Holy Family-St. Lawrence Parish Center, 36 Lincoln St.
This is a gathering of Catholic mothers of all ages and years of experience that provides fellowship, nurturing and a sense of community.
Guided by featured speakers and discussion, participants look to enhance their spiritual growth and understanding relating to motherhood, marriage and life.      

The topic this month is  “Mothers in the Bible and Mothers who became saints.”
The cost is $2.
A sausage stew dinner with salad and bread will be included.
For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or go to  www.hfslvt.org/alo.

RCIA Leader Training 

COLCHESTER--The second Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults leader training session will be Thursday, Nov. 17, at Holy Cross Parish from 6:30-8 p.m. This session will focus on RCIA stages, Rite of Welcome/Acceptance and a preview of the Rite of Election.

Mater Christi Peace Day

Mater Christi School staff, teachers and students in grades six, seven and eight form a peace sign on the school lawn.
Mater Christi School staff, teachers and students in grades six, seven and eight form a peace sign on the school lawn.

BURLINGTON-- The middle school students at Mater Christi spent a year preparing for the 2016 United Nations Peace Day. They began by getting permission in 2015 to write peace slogans on the steps of City Hall and asking the mayor to consider declaring Sept. 21, Burlington Peace Day.
During the course of the year, the mayor gave the go-ahead for them to decide what they wanted the “Peace Proclamation” to read. When the school year began so did a multitude of peace activities spearheaded by religion teacher Julia Melloni.
Among these was composing the wording for the proclamation. This was sent to Mayor Miro Weinberger’s office, and with some further suggestions made by Jordan Redell, assistant in the mayor’s office, the proclamation was signed by the mayor, and Jordan hand-delivered the proclamation just as the peace day celebration at the Catholic school was beginning.
The last paragraph of the proclamation reads: “Now therefore, I, Miro Weinberger, Mayor of the City of Burlington, do hereby proclaim that Sept. 21, 2016, be declared peace day in the City of Burlington and be it further resolved that I commend the community of students, faculty and families at Mater Christi for their commitment to spreading the message of peace.”
During study hall, grades six, seven and eight assembled on the school/convent lawns and formed a gigantic peace symbol. Before going back to their classes the students were invited to pose with the proclamation as a fellow-student, Alexander Preis, took a picture of the group with his drone.
The middle schoolers created several peace posters and a bulletin board encouraging everyone to think and act in a positive, peaceful manner with one another and all those they meet during the course of their days. These are posted throughout the building.
To bring the day to an appropriate close, the eighth graders handed out peace/friendship bracelets, which they had made to students and adults at dismissal time. The bracelets were mounted on cards, which listed the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy (who sponsor the school), one of which is non-violence.

Spiritual development workshop

WILLISTON--All men are invited to participate in a special spiritual development workshop entitled, “Moral Life vs. Moral Ambiguity – Orienting Your Moral Compass on God.”
The program will be conducted in Williston’s Immaculate Heart of Mary parish hall by Father James C. Dodson, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Northfield and St. Edward Church in Williamstown, on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8-10:15 am.
The workshop is free and will include a complimentary continental breakfast sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.

Christmas Craft Fair

FAIRFAX--St. Luke Parish will be host its annual Christmas Craft Fair at the church Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
For lunch homemade soups and sandwiches made on home-baked breads will be available. 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 802-849-6256.

Rosary and Candlelight Vigil

BURLINGTON—On Tuesday, Oct. 18, there will be a Students for Life Rosary and Candlelight Vigil. Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne will join Students for Life from schools around Burlington, including Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington and the University of Vermont in Burlington. The event will take place across from Planned Parenthood at 186 St. Paul St. in Burlington to pray to end abortion. All pro-life students are welcome.

Birthright dinner

ESSEX JUNCTION—The annual fall dinner fundraiser for Birthright of Burlington will take place Saturday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. at Holy Family- St. Lawrence Parish Center, 36 Lincoln St.
The guest speaker will be Meg Downey, executive director of New Generation of Greenland N.H., a shelter for pregnant and parenting women and their young children. 
RSVP by Oct. 18 by calling 865-0056 (leave a message) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Silent day retreat           

Would you like to stop and take time to meet Our Lord? Come and find Him in the secret depths of your heart. Take Time with God, a silent day-retreat from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., will take place at the Our Lady of Life Center in Quebec on Oct. 29.
The emphasis will be on learning about and practicing Carmelite silent prayer in the footsteps of Father Marie-Eugene of the Child Jesus, OCD, who will be beatified on Nov. 19.
Msgr. Richard G. Lavalley, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski, and Teresa Hawes, director of religious education at St. Monica Church in Barre and a member of Our Lady of Life Institute, will be the retreat facilitators.
For more information and to carpool, call the St. Francis Xavier Rectory at 655-2290 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections

COLCHESTER--There will be a presentation on “Catholics in the Public Square: The 2016 Elections” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in the Roy Room of the Dion Family Center at St. Michael’s College.
“Catholics and the 2016 Presidential Election: The Dilemma Of Conscience and Voter Choice” will be presented by Mark J. Rozell, the Ruth D. and John T. Hazel Chair in Public Policy and dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is the author of nine books including “Religion and the American Presidency” and “The New Politics of the Old South: An Introduction to Southern Politics” as well as the editor of 20 books on various topics in U.S. government and politics including the presidency, religion and politics, media and politics and interest groups in elections.
The event is free and open to the public.
It is sponsored by the Edmundite Center for Faith and Culture.
For more information, contact Dr. Edward Mahoney at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 802-654-2578.

Stunt Nite

BURLINGTON-- Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington will present its annual Stunt Nite featuring four unique musical comedies showcasing the talents of students. This event is a Rice tradition celebrating 87 years.
Shows will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 22: Tickets for the 4 p.m. matinee are $17; tickets for the 8 p.m. performance are $19.
Stunt Nite will take place at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, 153 Main St., Burlington.
Go to www.flynntix.org or call 86-FLYNN for tickets.
Go to www.rmhsvt.org  for more information.
Tickets go on sale at the Flynn Box Office Oct. 24.

Harvest Carnival

COLCHESTER—On Friday, Oct. 28, St. Michael’s College will present its annual Harvest Carnival from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the Ross/Tarrant Centers. The event is for children 2 to 12 and will feature candy, prizes, costumes and carnival games.
The cost is $5 per person.
The event is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Affairs and Services and the Martin Luther King Jr. Society.

Parishioner appreciation

ST. ALBANS—The first Parishioner Appreciation Barbecue at Holy Angels Parish in St. Albans took place recently with about 250 parishioners attending.
A bouncy house, face painting and a magician were part of the festivities.
The event was so well received plans were made for a roast beef dinner on Oct. 15 to keep the momentum growing of bringing parishioners together with a special eye for those who might come back to the church and to make children enthusiastic about their parish family.

‘Chronicling the Other America’

COLCHESTER—On Wednesday, Nov. 2, St. Michael’s College will present a lecture, “Chronicling the Other America: A Twenty-five year Retrospective,” by journalist and best-selling author Alex Kotlowitz at 7 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall.
Kotlowitz has been exploring issues of race and poverty in America for more than 25 years. His 1991 book, “There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America,” garnered national recognition for its compassionate and “powerful portrayal of children and families who are outside the American dream” (New Leader).
His 2011 documentary “The Interrupters” -- a collaboration with Hoop Dreams Director/Producer Steve James -- examines the stubborn persistence of urban violence. It was praised by A.O. Scott for its ability to “open up” the topic of urban violence and not limit the story to “the comforting clarity of easy conclusions.”
In this quarter-century retrospective, Kotlowitz will reflect on changes he has observed in the “other America” and society’s continuing failure to address the needs of the people who live there.

Genealogy conference

COLCHESTER--The Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society’s Fall Conference will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22.
There will be three guest speakers on historical topics of note: The Patriot Rebellion in Quebec, 1937-1938; Naval Campaigns in the Champlain Valley, 1665-1760; and Jean-Baptiste Laframboise, a possible double spy during the American Revolution.
The conference is open to the public. 
There is a registration of $30.
Lunch will be available for purchase. 
Go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285 for more information.

Rice open house

SOUTH BURLINGTON—Rice Memorial High School will have its annual open house on Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1-3 p.m.
Visitors can meet teachers, current students and their parents, as well as coaches and club representatives.
Register at www.rmhsvt.org.

Genealogical Research Techniques

COLCHESTER--Advanced Genealogical Research Techniques is the topic of an Oct. 29 presentation by Joanne Polanshek, a certified genealogist, at the Vermont Genealogy Library.
Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen across from the state police building from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5. For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.

Director of counseling services

SOUTH BURLINGTON--Vermont Catholic Charities Inc., was announced that
Tom Mott is promoted to director of counseling services effective Oct. 1.
In his new role, he will provide both clinical and administrative oversight of Vermont Catholic Charities practice. He will provide oversight on post-adoption cases. 

Solve Genealogical Mysteries  

COLCHESTER--Using City Directories to Solve Genealogical Mysteries is the title of a   Nov. 5 class at the Vermont Genealogy Library.
This class has been updated to focus solely on city directories. These books tell you where your ancestors lived and what kind of work they did.
Lynn Johnson will go over what additional information they contain and where to find them. She will also share organizing tips to use whether you’re tracing many people or just one.
Genealogical mysteries can be solved using city directories, but they might also present you with new ones to work out.  Johnson will give examples of both.
Classes take place at the Vermont Genealogy Library on Hegeman Avenue in Fort Ethan Allen across from the state police building from 10:30 a.m.-noon and are $5. For more information, go to www.vtgenlib.org or call 802-310-9285.
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