All families are invited to join Burlington Bishop Christopher Coyne and Catholics from throughout the state at the third annual diocesan Family Day Mass at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle LaMotte. Mass will take place Sunday, July 7, at 12:15 p.m. followed by a picnic lunch and family fun on the shrine grounds or on the shore of Lake Champlain.

Bring your own picnic lunch or enjoy a barbeque provided on site. ere is no cost for the barbeque this year, which will include hamburgers and hot dogs with all the xings, potato salad, chips, chocolate chip cookies, watermelon, ice pops and beverages.

A bounce house for children is included in the fun this year. ose attending the Family Day are welcome to bring lawn games like corn hole, volleyball or badminton as well as beach toys.

The family event will take place rain or shine.

For more information and to RSVP by July 1, contact Terri McCormack by email at tmccormack@vermontcath- or by phone at 658-6110 ext. 1451.

— Terri McCormack is marriage and family life coordinator for the Diocese of Burlington.

—Originally published in the June 29-July 5, 2019, issue of The Inland See.

Call for Essays

If you are between the ages of 13 and 30, you are invited to submit a 300-500-word essay about how the Church can attract, engage and retain young people. Several essays will be selected for publication in the fall issue of Vermont Catholic magazine and writers will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas with Bishop Coyne. Send entries to: with the subject line “Young Disciples Essay” by Aug. 1.