The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”— “a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”       Mark 1:1-11

Mass Intentions  
This Weekend
     Saturday            3:30 PM              Recitation of the Rosary
     December 9     4:00 PM   RIP      John Westfall
                                                                  By:  Jane Westfall

     Sunday                9:30 AM             Recitation of the Rosary
    December 10    10:00 AM RIP     Dennis Nauceder
                                                                   By: Theresa & Family
 Daily Masses
Monday             7:00 AM  RIP          Tom Dunn
December 11                                        By: Phyllis Weltz   

Tuesday             7:00 AM  INT          Sister Maria Faustina MSSR
December 12                                        By: her parents
                       
Wednesday         7:00 PM  RIP       Ed Podgurski
December 13                                       By: Ed & Laurel Smith family 

Thursday            7:00 AM  RIP       Theresa Jurkoic (32yr death)
December 14                                      By: Anthony Jurkoic

Friday               No Mass
December 15    
                               
             Next Weekend
       Saturday          3:30 PM                Recitation of the Rosary
     December 16    4:00 PM  RIP       Gladys N. Hindes (bday rem)
                                                                     By:  her family

     Sunday                 9:30 AM             Recitation of the Rosary
     December 17    10:00 AM RIP     Beverly Shaughnessy
                                                                   By: James & Mary Ronning
       
      Readings for the Week of December 11, 2017
     Sunday Is 40:1-5, 9-11/Ps 85:9-14/2 Pt 3:8-14/Mk 1:18
     Monday: Is 35:1-10/Ps 85:9ab, 10-14/Lk 5:17-26
     Tuesday: Zec 2:14-17/(Ps)Jdt 13:18bc, 19/Lk 1:26-38
     Wednesday: Is 40:25-31/Ps 103:1-4, 8, 10/Mt 11:28-30
     Thursday: Is 41:13-20/Ps 145:1, 9-13b/Mt 11:11-15
     Friday: Is 48:17-19/Ps 1:1-4, 6/Mt 11:16-19
     Saturday: Sir 48:1-4, 9-11/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Mt 17:9a, 10-13
    Sunday: Is 61:1-2a, 10-11/(Ps)Lk 1:46-50, 53-54/1 Thes 5:16-24/                                             Jn 1:6-8, 19-28

Parish Support
WEEKLY GOAL $2000.00
  Weekend of December 2, 2017 & December 3, 2017
Weekly Offertory:                                              $ 1607.00
Envelopes               $ 1060.00
Loose Donations     $  547.00
Flowers                                                               $  350.00
Pennies for the Parish                                     $    48.50
Fuel & Heat                                                        $   70.00
Votive Candles                                                  $   38.00
                                                                             $ 2113.50
Last Year’s Offertory Collection
December 4, 2016   $ 1711.95

LITURGICAL ROLES
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Lectors:                       Ed August
EMHC:                         Bernie Hindes
Music/Vocals:             Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:                     Karen Brodeur, Mary Griswold, JoAnn Marino
                                   
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Lectors:                      Chris Hodsden
EMHC:                         Doreen Aldrich
Music/Vocals:             Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:                    Mary Bousquet, Marty McDonald, Brenda Burke

Large Window Restoration Project
Window Restoration & New Frame ~
Total Cost $ 104,600.00
Money Donated ~ $54,888.29
Amount remaining ~ $49,811.71
If you still would like to donate, there are envelopes in the vestibule and sacristy.


  Advent Penance Service
Sunday December 10th at 3:00 pm. This is a combined Penance Service with All Saints Parish. Fr. Maria & Fr. John will be hearing confessions.


Second Sunday of Advent
Hope


The Inland See can be viewed online at http://www.vermontcatholic.org/vcm/index.php/bulletins



Safe and Sacred
Employees and Volunteers in the diocese who previously used the VIRTUS or Sheild the Vulnerable training programs are erquired to take the training in Safe and Sacred is designed to make training accessible and convenient for both the program user and the administrators. The training program is now available for use by parishes, schools, and other Catholic organizations. Even if you are not an employee or a current volunteer, you can still take this training. Please help make a difference in the Safety of the children in our Parish and our Diocese. Thank you.
Click the link below to start. 
then click the tab for Child Safety, then down to Safe and Sacred
Especially for: Beverly Waysville, Armande Boright, Rick Perkins, Kathy Baldasaro, Robert Brown, Mary Folsom, James E. Waryas, Peggy Lafave, Rose Waryas,  Liz Brady, Lorraine Reynolds, Bob Hanold, Diana Jones, Adalyn Leming, Marilyn Lemoine, Bob Joy, Patrick Barry, Janet Graf, Robert Fogg, Bernie Hindes, Nick Deistler, Polly Kissell, Ted Waryas, Peter Bodner, Fred Waryas, Ellah Williams, Michael Snide, Maybelle Long, Joseph Mitchell, Mary Clark, Christopher Johnson, Heather Rodger, Patricia Jones, Frances Hackett, Colleen Paquet, David Robarge, Frank Anderson, Veronica Simonds, Paul Dexter, Sr., Kathy Mcarthy, Tom Burns, Mary Lou Fogg, Jim Nyberg, Riley McLaughlin, Cheryl Elysse Garrett, Ed Atkins, Conner Glover, Marcella Goodrich. Please contact the rectory (463-3128) if you wish Father Maria Lazar to make a sick call or bring Holy Communion to someone who is unable to attend Mass.

Second Sunday of Advent
On this the Second Sunday of Advent, we are invited to reflect upon the role of John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus and the salvation that he would bring to us. Mark’s description of John as an ascetic, living in the desert, clothed in camel hair, and eating locusts and wild honey, is reminiscent of the description of the prophet Elijah found in Second Kings. The people of Judea and Jerusalem flock to him, listening to his message of repentance and forgiveness; they also come to him to be baptized. Mark’s Gospel is clear, however, that John the Baptist’s role is only to prepare the way for another who will come, one who is greater than John. In today’s Gospel we hear John the Baptist contrast his baptism of repentance with the baptism that Jesus will inaugurate. John says that he has baptized with water, but that the one who is to come will baptize with the Holy Spirit. John’s baptism was not yet a Christian baptism, but a preparation for the Sacrament of Baptism through which sins are forgiven and the gift of the Holy Spirit is received. John the Baptist is presented to us as a model during Advent. We, too, are called upon to prepare a way for the Lord. Like John the Baptist, we are messengers in service to one who is greater than we are. Our Baptism commissions us to call others to life as disciples of Jesus. (Copyright © 2016 Loyola Press.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.  www.loyolapress.com)


Collection for Veterans
We are collecting for the Veterans again this year, there is a box in the vestibule with a list of items that are needed. Please have all donations in by the 10th of December.


 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has annoited me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and the regaining of sight to the blind, to set free who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19


The Springfield Sullivan Council 2628 Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Knights of Columbus Bible Study, Panorama of the Old Testament in Springfield, at the Nolin Murray Center Thursday evenings beginning Thursday November 16, and concluding Thursday, December 21st meeting from 6:30PM to 8:00 PM, except Thanksgiving. Knights of Columbus members are encouraged to attend. Please feel free to invite male acquaintances. They need not be Knights of Columbus members, or of the Catholic faith. Please call or email with questions, or to indicate you will be attending so the material can be ordered. John Morin: (802) 885-3946morins4@vermontel.net

St Charles Annual Cookie Walk
December 16, 2017 at the Sacred Heart/St. Charles Social Center, from 9:00 am until the cookies are gone! If you would like to donate Christmas “style” cookies, please call the Rectory at 463-3128.


St Charles Volunteer Dinner will take place on January 21st, right after the 10:00 am Mass, All volunteers and their spouses may attend.


Christmas wafer (OPLATKI) are available for next 4  Sundays  from Deacon John Blicharz. If you would like to please contact him at
802-463-4206


Sharing Thoughts with Deacon John Blicharz
Join Deacon John as he discusses with St. Charles DRE, Julie Sines, about the importance of Religious Education. Airs Sundays at 9:30 am / Tuesdays at 8:00 pm / Wednesday at 1:00 pm /Fridays at 2;30 pm on Fact 8 TV. If you would like to do a show with Deacon John please contact him at 802-463-4206  


 Choir Rehearsal
Choir Rehearsal: Every Thursday at 5:00 pm at St. Charles. Everyone is Welcome to join!


Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Mass Times
December 24th – Sunday
Because there are 4 Masses, Fr. Maria has moved the 10:00 am Mass to 9:00 am

Christmas Eve Mass
4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, 12:00 am

December 25th – Christmas Day – Monday
10:00 am

We have some parishioners who need a ride to Church, if you would like to volunteer please contact the rectory at 463-3128.


to view the video of the window restoration.  





Bishop's Annual Appeal 2017
Serving God in All Things
For those of you who wish to give online to the 2017 Bishop's Annual Appeal may do so by clicking the link below.