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FEED THE THOUSANDS-- Robert Thies, music teacher at St Michael School in Brattleboro, accompanies members of the school choir during a Project Feed the Thousands event at the Hannaford store there. Summit Jeep sponsored the school, which collected 2,151 pounds of food for St. Brigid's Kitchen next to the school. This donation from the school and matched by Summit Jeep is the single largest donation St. Brigid's Kitchen has received in its 35 years of serving the Brattleboro community, noted St. Michael School Principal Elaine Beam, who said, “We have participated in Project Feed in the past, but this year, our students and families were especially generous. The focus this past year on service with ‘The Year of Creation’ has definitely brought an awareness and a desire to act when our neighbors are in need.” —Cori Urban photo

Vermont Catholic Advance Directive

RUTLAND--Here in Vermont, many options are available for end-of-life care. Sadly, some of these are morally very troublesome.
For this reason, the Diocese of Burlington has created the Vermont Catholic Advance Directive. This document explains Catholic teaching on end-of life-care and enables you to appoint a healthcare agent to act on your behalf in the event you are unable to communicate or participate in healthcare decisions. The document complies with Vermont’s Advance Directive Law as well as with Church teaching.
Bioethicist Deacon Pete Gummere will lead a discussion on the Vermont Catholic Advance Directive on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. at Christ the King Parish in Rutland.
Deacon Gummere is a regular contributor to Vermont Catholic magazine. He teaches courses in Moral Theology and in Medical Morality at the Diaconate Institute of the Pontifical College Josephinum, the only Pontifical College located in the United States. He has published in the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and in Ethics and Medics, both published by the National Catholic Bioethics Center. He holds advanced degrees in biological science and in theology and is certified in Catholic Health Care Ethics by the National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Mass of Thanksgiving

RUTLAND--Father Lance Harlow, rector of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and St. Joseph Co-Cathedral parishes in Burlington, will celebrate Mass at Christ the King Church on Jan. 12 at 4:45 p.m. as part of his Masses of Thanksgiving in honor of his silver jubilee of priestly ordination. Everyone is invited.

Provider Scholars

RUTLAND--College of St. Joseph’s Provider Scholars had a lot to celebrate as they closed out another semester of service to the Rutland community.
The Provider Scholars completed more than 2,200 hours of service in Rutland County during the fall 2017 semester, and a total of more than 20,000 since the program began in 2013.
"After my first semester as the community engagement coordinator here at CSJ, I couldn't be more thrilled about the work our students have accomplished within the Rutland area. I listen to their stories and witness their excitement after volunteering, and it is a heartwarming reminder of CSJ's greater footprint in our home city. I look forward to building even more partnerships in the Rutland area in the near future," said Kim Rupe.
Representatives from nonprofit organizations from throughout Rutland County came to campus to talk about the impact that CSJ and its students has had on them. Steve Peters and Nikki Hindman of Downtown Rutland Partnership spoke about their organization and the impact that Provider Scholarship students have had.
“We have been fortunate to have so many of your students helping us,” Peters said. “Having volunteers is really important, and we appreciate partnering with you.”
Peters said CSJ students worked with him on streetscapes in the downtown and also appeared in a commercial for Downtown Rutland.
Another high point of the semester for CSJ students was their participation in the Share the Warmth clothing drive. College of St. Joseph's Provider Scholarship Program and the Downtown Rutland Partnership donated 436 pieces of cold-weather gear to NewStory Center in honor of Giving Tuesday. This included 188 coats, 103 hats, 87 mittens, 27 boots and 27 scarves.
Other highlights include volunteering for Casella Construction’s Wheels for Warmth initiative, harvesting corn for RAFFL, and participating in the WonderFeet Kids’ Museum’ Wonder Paws Festival and Paw Parade. CSJ students also volunteered more than 150 hours for Habitat for Humanity, the most for any organization.
Kelly Giancola, executive director of the Community Cupboard, presented students with certificates in appreciation of their work for her organization. She said she counts on the help from CSJ students every Wednesday.
“Without community partnerships like this one, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” Giancola said.
Neighborworks of Western Vermont also recognized CSJ students’ efforts.
In a statement, Shannon Kelly, community relations director, said students helped to clean up a well-utilized but neglected pedestrian pathway to make it more accessible, visible, safe and beautiful, and they were able to help make an unhealthy house into a healthy home for an individual suffering from asthma who lacked the means to improve the living space.
“NeighborWorks of Western Vermont has benefited enormously from CSJ’s Provider Scholarship Program and, in turn, so have many residents of Rutland County. The Provider Scholarship Program and the students it supports enables us to achieve much more than we could otherwise do,” Kelly said.
Tamara Robitille was recognized for completing the most hours of service this semester — 65 — more than four times the required number.
Provider scholars worked with the following agencies in the fall semester:
·        Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
·        Loretto Home
·        Bardwell House
·        Pine Hill Park
·        Killington Pico Area Association
·        Downtown Rutland Partnership
·        Rutland Community Cupboard
·        West Street Cemetery
·        Rutland Area Farm and Food Link
·        Trinity Episcopal Church
·        BROC Community Action
·        Chaffee Art Center
·        NewStory Center
·        Come Alive Outside/Rutland Regional Medical Center
·        First Step Pregnancy
·        Dismas of Vermont
·        NeighborWorks of Western Vermont
·        Everybody Wins!
·        Rutland ARC
·        The Mentor Connector
·        Rutland County Parent Child Center
·        Operation Christmas Child/Calvary Bible Church
·        Vermont FoodBank
·        Vermont Achievement Center
The Provider Scholarship Program provides a generous financial package for full-time, residential undergraduate students and incorporates a commitment to academic curiosity, personal and professional growth and service to the community.

Theology On Tap

SPRINGFIELD—Theology on Tap for young adults ages 20-35 will take place on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. Meet at the Hartness House Inn, 30 Orchard St., Springfield. The topic will be “Theology of the Body” with presenter Father Jon
Schnobrich, vocation director for the Diocese of Burlington. RSVP to Paul Kendall 885-2445 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ministry Sunday

BENNINGTON—Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish is sponsoring a Ministry Sunday on the weekend of Jan. 21 after every Mass. Every parish ministry will have representatives available in the parish hall to speak with people interested in learning more about the work we do. Call the parish center at 4423141 for more information.

Habitat for Humanity

NORTH BENNINGTON--Social Concerns Committee of St. John the Baptist Church will have regular monthly workdays at Habitat for Humanity at the current building site on North Branch Street in Bennington. They will take place the second Saturday of each month for the next several months. The next workday is Jan. 13. Volunteers will be there from 8:30 a.m. to about 2:30 p.m. You can come for as much time that you are able to give. You do not need to be skilled in carpentry since we will be insulating, painting and cleaning. Call Deacon O’Brien if you want to sign up or have questions about the day. He can be reached at 802-780-7045 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cigars and Stories

SPRINGFIELD—The Cigars and Stories men’s group will meet in the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Rectory on Thursday, Jan. 11, at 7 p.m.
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