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Holiday bazaar

CASTLETON—There will be a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church on Main Street.
There will be a craft table, baked goods, raffle with more than 30 prizes and a white elephant table.
All proceeds benefit St. John Church.
For more information call Debby Perry at 802-468-2446.

Thanksgiving Baskets

NORTH BENNINGTON--The Ladies’ Sodality of St. John the Baptist Church will
again be organizing Thanksgiving Baskets for needy families in the community. As in the past they encourage members of the parish to make donations of food or money for this worthy cause. Envelopes will be available in the pews beginning the weekend of Oct. 22-23 for any monetary donations.

Enhanced transfer agreements

RUTLAND—The College of St. Joseph has strengthened its articulation agreement with Community College of Vermont and created several 2+2 credit transfer pathways, providing students looking to continue their education in Rutland with new pipelines to bachelor’s degree studies.
While The College of St. Joseph and CCV have had an articulation agreement in place since 2002, the updated 2+2 agreements allow students to graduate with an associate’s degree from CCV in two years before continuing on to CSJ to earn their bachelor’s degree using CSJ’s Guided Pathways Initiative. The Guided Pathways provide incoming students with a roadmap to completing their degree on time, listing the courses they should take and when.
The College of St. Joseph has identified courses at CCV that are comparable to those offered at CSJ, allowing for easier transfer of credits. The Guided Pathways for CCV graduates supports an easier transfer process and maximizes students’ resources – both time and money.
Each institution offers something different to students, said Dr. Jonas Prida, interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty at CSJ. “The college is able to provide clear paths to meaningful careers for students who have graduated from CCV,” he said. “In turn, students from CCV bring their long-standing community ties to CSJ as well as the unique skills made possible by their attendance at CCV."
The 2+2 pathways are in place for 13 of CSJ’s bachelor’s degree programs, including accounting, business administration, criminal justice, liberal studies, psychology, radiologic sciences and health sciences.
Applicants successfully completing the articulated associate’s degree programs with a 2.0 grade point average or better automatically are accepted into a non-science bachelor’s degree program at CSJ.  All CCV graduates who pursue full-time enrollment at CSJ automatically qualify for CSJ’s Provider Scholarship Program, beginning at $15,000 per year for full-time residential students. The Provider Scholarship Program incorporates a commitment to academic curiosity, personal and professional growth and community engagement.
“College of St. Joseph’s recent articulation with our Rutland neighbors at CCV is an important step in strengthening the relationship between both institutions,” Prida said. “Articulation agreements like this one allow colleges to focus on what they do well, ultimately benefiting all students.”

‘33 Days to Merciful Love’

BENNINGTON--How can we finish this Year of Mercy well from a spiritual standpoint?
One answer to that is through a prayerful reading of the text, “33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat in Preparation for Consecration to Divine Mercy.”
This will focus on the spirituality of merciful love by St. Therese of Lisieux over the course of four weeks. This journey of mercy will begin on Oct. 19 and will conclude on Nov. 21, the Feast of the Presentation of Mary.
To help persons to go deeper into the message of the “33 Days to Divine Mercy,” Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sale Paris will offer two study groups, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. or Thursday at 6 p.m.
All are welcome.

Tag and bake sale

SPRINGFIELD—There will be a Catholic Daughters tag and bake sale at the Nolin-Murray Center Nov. 5 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
This is the primary fundraiser for Catholic Daughters Court St. Anne #1069 at Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish. 
Coffee and doughnuts will be served at 9 a.m.; soups, sandwiches and apple slab pie at 11. Take-outs will be available. 
There will be a $2-a-bag sale at 1 p.m. 
For more information, call 802-885-5193.

All Souls Day service

BENNINGTON--The parish community of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church invites everyone to join them for an evening service on All Souls Day in the church at 238 West Main St. on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 6:30 p.m.
This is a special time for all to pray for their loved ones and friends who have died before them. The service will include Scripture and choral selections sung by the parish choir.
Those gathered will be invited to write the names of their deceased family members and friends on prayer cards which will be brought to the altar. Names may also be entered into a special Remembrance Book that will be available at the foot of the sanctuary.
Persons of all faith traditions are welcome.
All facilities are accessible to those with special needs.

Thanksgiving meals

BENNINGTON—Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales Parish asks for persons or families to adopt a family in need and donate $25 to provide all that is needed for a family to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Envelopes are available in the pews or the back of the church. Donations will be accepted through Oct. 30.

‘Rising Star’

RUTLAND--Vermont Business Magazine has named The College of St. Joseph's Associate Vice President for Marketing and External Affairs James Lambert a recipient of its Rising Stars recognition award for 2016.
The list names 40 of Vermont’s most accomplished leaders under 40 years old who show a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities. Lambert is one of nine recipients from Rutland County.
He has been an ardent champion of The College of St. Joseph since he joined the team as director of communications in 2012. In addition to his administrative role, he also teaches courses in business and was instrumental in the creation of the college’s social media concentration and other professional development programs.
"James has become a key member of our staff who has contributed to the college in a variety of meaningful ways," said CSJ Interim President Lawrence Jensen. "He is a great role model for our students and staff."
Lambert is an active member of the Rutland community, serving on the marketing committee for Rutland Economic Development Corp. and the board of directors for Boys and Girls Club of Rutland County. He is also a former member of Stafford Technical Center’s Advisory Committee.    
Lambert moved to Rutland in 2003 and began a career at the Rutland Herald that spanned nearly 10 years.
He has been instrumental in developing key communication and marketing initiatives that have helped grow the college’s student population during the last four years.
Lambert holds a master’s degree in information technology from Marlboro College and is currently a master of business administration candidate at CSJ. He also holds a bachelor's degree from The State University of New York Plattsburgh.

Super Raffle for St. Michael School

BRATTLEBORO--St. Michael School is holding its third annual Super Raffle. The grand prize is $10,000. Second prize is $500; third $250; and fourth $250. Prizes will be drawn and awarded on Oct. 21. 
The cost of each ticket is $50, and only 1,200 tickets will be sold. Tickets are available from any school family, at the school office and at the rectory.  
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