SAINT MARY'S CHURCH ~ SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER CHURCH

                            

St. Mary's Catholic Church - 10 Pleasant Street - Springfield, Vermont 05156
TELEPHONE (802)885-3400 FAX (802)885-2250 EMAIL: stmarys@vermontel.net
St. Joseph's Catholic Church - 96 S. Main Street at the intersection of Rt 11 and Rt 103 North

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Springfield
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Chester & 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Springfield





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LITANY OF HUMILITY

PLEASE NOTE:
No daily Masses, Holy Hours or Confessions from Monday, September 24 through Wednesday, October, 3, 2018. Daily Masses resume Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weekend Masses and Confessions will be as normally scheduled.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Apple Pie Sale 2018
Parishioners are invited to assist in St. Joseph's and St. Mary's Annual Apple Pie Sale. Checks can be made out to St. Joseph's Church or St. Mary's Church. Please be sure to annotate "Pie Sale" in the memo block. Order forms are in the bulletin; please submit them by October 14, 2018 by putting in the envelope marked "PIE" at the back of the Church or handed to Carol Hitchock or Cindy Kehoe or put in the collection basket. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

GENERATIONS OF FAITH
Second Sunday of each month

We are in the process of becoming one parish. The two church buildings will retain their names but the parish will have a new name. Fr. Peter would like that to be "Holy Family Parish". We are currently voting on that.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Blessing of the Animals
Please join us in St. Mary's parking lot on Thursday, October 4th starting at 6pm for the blessing of the animals on this feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is said to be the patron saint of animals and ecology. We are going to treat this like going to the vets. All animals must be leashed, muzzled, if necessary, or in their carriers. Owners, you must have full control of your pet. Pets can stay in the car if need be or you can get out and stand. Father Peter will be standing in the back of the parking lot by the Senior Solutions ramp and sign.
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WEEKEND MASSES LOCATION CONFESSIONS              
SATURDAY 4:00 PM Chester SATURDAY 3:00 PM      
SUNDAY 9:00 AM
Followed by coffee hour
Springfield  
SUNDAY 6:00 PM Springfield  
  Springfield TUESDAY 7:30pm Until all are heard
    And other times by appointment

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WEEKDAY MASS SCHEDULE:
Confessions During Tuesday's Holy Hour Of Eucharistic Adoration.
WEEKDAY MASSES LOCATION EUCHARISTIC ADORATION
Tuesday   7:00 PM Springfield Tuesday 7:30 PM
Wednesday 9:00 AM
Followed by coffee hour
Chester  
Thursday 9:00 AM Springfield  
Friday     9:00 AM
Followed by coffee hour
Springfield  

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FIRST SATURDAY 8:30 AM
First Saturday Mass
St. Catherine of Siena Church, Charlestown, NH
285 Main St. Charlestown, NH 03603
         

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FIRST SATURDAY 7:00 AM
First Saturday Mass
St. Charles Church, Bellows Falls          
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SATURDAY 8:00 AM
First Saturday Mass
Old Saint Mary's Claremont, NH
         

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MONTHLY SPANISH MASS

THERE IS A SPANISH MASS AT THE LA SALETTE SHRINE IN ENFIELD NEW HAMPSHIRE ON THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EACH MONTH UNLESS CIRCUMSTANCES DICTATE OTHERWISE FROM TIME TO TIME
SUNDAY, October 14, 2018 AT 2:30 PM   CONFESSIONS IN SPANISH BEFORE MASS
Fr. John Patrick Sullivan, M.S., the director of the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH, will celebrate Mass in Spanish

LA SALETTE SHRINE

Fr. John Patrick Sullivan, M.S., the director of the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH, celebrates Mass in Spanish Spanish on the second Sunday of each month unless circumstances dictate otherwise from time to time.

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Father Williams will be glad to celebrate Mass for the parishioners' special intentions. If you would like a Mass offered for your loved ones, living or deceased, or any special intention, please call the parish office. Please contact the parish office if you know of someone who is in need of prayers. We would be happy to add them to our prayer list.

HOLY DAY MASS SCHEDULE: Call (802)885-3400 or check Saint Mary's bulletins online under HOLY DAY MASSES in the menu above.
 
MARRIAGES: Six months advance notice must be given to the Pastor.
 
BAPTISMS: Please call the parish office for an appointment.
MINISTRY TO THE SICK: Please notify Father of any parishioner who is ill at home or in the hospital. Anyone wishing to arrange for Eucharist or a visit, is asked to contact the rectory.

SACRAMENT OF ANNOINTING: If you are going into the hospital for surgery and would like the sacrament of anointing please see Fr. Peter after Mass or call the rectory.
NEW PARISHIONERS: Please register by calling the parish office.
 
ROSARY GROUP meets every Sunday at 3:00 PM at St. Mary's Church in Springfield. All are welcome.
 
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS (RCIA) Click on RELIGIOUS EDUCATION & scroll down for more information.
 
How To Find Us:
Rev. Fr. Peter Y. Williams: St. Mary's, Pastor St. Joseph's, Administrator
EMAIL: stmarys@vermontel.net
St. Mary's Catholic Church - 10 Pleasant Street
Springfield, Vermont 05156 TELEPHONE (802)885-3400
FAX (802)885-2250
Chester: TELEPHONE: FAX:
  St. Joseph's Catholic Church - 96 S. Main Street, Chester
at the intersection of Rt 11 and Rt 103 North

OFFICE HOURS
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Springfield
Wednesday 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Chester & 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM Springfield

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MISSION STATEMENT

Through our common bond as brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ and stewards of God's gifts and blessings, we the parishioners of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Parish, Saint Joseph The Worker Parish and Saint Joseph's Chapel - The Holy Family - are called to work for our salvation, the salvation of one another and of all the people. We hope to accomplish this by celebrating the sacraments, deepening our understanding of our faith and serving one another in the Body of Christ.

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AN HOUR OF ADORATION

"God is the friend of silence. We need to find God and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. See how nature, the trees, the flowers, the grasses grow in perfect silence . . . See the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence. The more we receive in silent prayer, the more we can give in our active life."
Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

You have a special hour of silence waiting for you in the Adoration Chapel. Make a plan to come and humbly kneel before Him in an hour of adoration.


Theology On Tap - Springfield

For young adults, ages 20-35
WHEN: Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00 PM
WHERE: The Hartness House
30 Orchard Street, Springfield, VT
TOPIC: Theology Of The Body
PRESENTER: Fr. Jon Schnobrich
RSVP to Paul Kendall at 885-2445 or by email at pkendall@lawrenceandwheeler.com


From EWTN:
Mary's Immaculate Conception by Father William G. Most
 
In teaching that Mary was conceived immaculate, the Catholic Church teaches that from the very moment of her conception, the Blessed Virgin Mary was free from all stain of original sin. This simply means that from the beginning, she was in a state of grace, sharing in God's own life, and that she was free from the sinful inclinations which have beset human nature after the fall.
 
This is a brief excerpt, for the full article, click:  https://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/marya2.htm  

Prayer for Peace in Syria
God of Compassion, hear the cries of the people of Syria, bring healing to those suffering from the violence, bring comfort to those mourning the dead, strengthen Syria's neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees, convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms, and protect those committed to peace. God of Hope, inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies, inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria, and give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace and Light of the World, Amen.

A Prayer for the Nation on Presidents' Day
Almighty God, Who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator, from your provident hand we have received our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. You have called us as your people and given us the right and the duty to worship you, the only true God and your Son Jesus Christ. Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit, you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world, bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel to every corner of society. We ask you to bless us in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty. Give us the strength of mind and heart readily to defend our freedoms when they are threatened; give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith. Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father, a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters gathered in your Church in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,so that, with every trial withstood and every danger overcome – for the sake of our children, our grandchildren, and all who come after us – this great land will always be "one nation, under God,indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

September, 2018

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