ROSARY RALLY--A Rosary Rally took place in Bennington on Oct. 14 joining with tens of thousands of people throughout America saying the rosary. Noella Boisvert from Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish in Bennington organized the event. Forty-two people attended, reciting the rosary and singing Marian hymns at the four corners in the center of Bennington. Following the event, a number of the participants went to the church for a Holy Hour and Benediction in the Sacred Heart Chapel.
St. Patrick's Christmas BazaarWALLLINGFORD—The St. Patrick's Christmas Bazaar will take place Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It will feature a craft room, baked goods and homemade baked beans, silent auction/baskets, Chinese auction and a luncheon of homemade soups and sandwiches. For more information, call 446-2500.
Piano recitalBENNINGTON--Donald McMahon, director of music for Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church, will perform a piano recital at the church on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m. The church is located at 238 West Main St. The program will include compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel and Sergei Rachmaninoff. All facilities are accessible to those with special needs, and convenient parking is available adjacent to the church. For more information, call the parish Office of Music Ministry at 802-442-3141 ext. 5.
Holiday BazaarCASTLETON—On Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. John the Baptist Church will host a holiday bazaar. It will include crafts, baked goods, a raffle with more than 30 prizes and white elephant tables. All proceeds benefit St. John's.
Breakfast with the Knights of ColumbusMANCHESTER CENTER--Breakfast with the Knights of Columbus will take place on
Sunday, Nov. 12 in the Christ our Savior Parish Hall. This monthly event is hosted by the Knights after both the 8 and 10 a.m. Masses. The breakfast menu includes, eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, orange juice, coffee, tea and pastries. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for children. Proceeds from these monthly breakfasts help the
Knights support projects aimed at helping many needy individuals and families in the Northshire area.
MARIAN PROGRAM—Holy Cross Father Hugh Cleary, parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Church in North Bennington and Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Church in Bennington, gives a blessing during an Oct. 1, Marian program in the Mary's Garden at St. John the Baptist Church. Along with the rosary, prayers were offered for respect for life, world peace, help for victims of religious persecution and help for all those suffering because of natural disasters. Special prayers to remember the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Fatima were also part of the program. Forty people attended the program including parishioners of St. John the Baptist, Sacred Heart/St. Francis de Sales and Christ Our Savior in Manchester attended. The event was coordinated by the Madonna Della Strada Garden Guild and music was provided by the Madonna Della Strada singers.
Faith and science talkWILMINGTON—On Nov. 13 there will be a talk on faith and science from 6 to 8 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Hall.
Cemetery workWEST RUTLAND—In the "old" section of the St. Stanislaus cemetery, there are several rows of small monuments that mark the graves of infants and children who died during the Spanish influenza in the early 1900s. Death rates were high; some families lost more than one child. If families could afford to mark the graves, small stones with crosses were used, sometimes placed directly in the ground without a foundation. Over the past century, the markers have sustained significant damage due to shifting ground, frost heaves and road construction. Recently parishioners
and friends worked together to stabilize and repair these monuments.
Bill Gavin talkBRATTLEBORO—“The Catholic Church and the Development of Science and Western Civilization” will be the topic of a talk Nov.12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Michael Church. All high school youth are invited to this talk by Bill Gavin, director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Burlington. The meeting will take place in the youth center. Snacks will be provided. For more information, call the rectory.
OUTDOOR ROSARY—Father Clifford Jones leads a procession through the Glorious Mysteries after blessing the newly installed outdoor rosary at Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer in Jamaica on Oct. 22. “How wonderful it is to have this beautiful rosary surrounding this gigantic cross,” said Father Jones, a retired priest of the Archdiocese of Newark who now lives in Whitingham. People alone or in groups are invited to walk through this rosary, bead by bead. It is a beautiful thing, and everyone is invited to come to Our Lady of Ephesus House of Prayer to see and pray this rosary. As the beads are so large, whole families can pray together as they step through the mysteries. The Dozule’ Cross of Love in the center of the rosary is 24 feet tall and is luminous, softly glowing white and blue in the night. The Hail Mary beads are each five feet across, and the Our Father beads are six feet in diameter. The pavers form an oval about 100 feet in length.