Dear Friends, there is good news to report about the project to restore the use of St. Paul’s Church Clock. Initial estimates were very expensive because this kind of work is so rare and specialized. One of the few New England companies available had given estimates of $15,500 to restore the mechanical clock, or $16,500 to install an electrical system. As things unfolded we received a wonderful alternative bid to restore the mechanics. The parish can restore the clock mechanics for $5,000 with the services of a Brownington summer resident who is a certified watchmaker. Brian Tanguay of Gardner Massachusetts has submitted this proposal, and the groundwork is being done for him to restore the clock. References from Massachusetts have given their input on other church clocks that he has restored. The parish council and finance council have been able to recommend this opportunity, and several parishioners have expressed their willingness to wind the mechanical clock periodically. The last update on the clock fund stated that parishioners had donated more than $7,000, and so we are happy to say that we have cash on hand to pay Tanguay Jewelers upon completion of the project, with some money leftover to make the gift of time plaques and accompanying aesthetic work to the clock and church. Thank you so very much to all who have made this possible!
In Christ and Mary,
Fr. Timothy Naples
Below are updated lists of all the priests/religious names submitted for the remembrance plaque, and all the loved ones’ names submitted for the $300+ donations plaque. We would like to make certain that no names are missing or misspelled before they are engraved. Please see the list below. (Click “Continue Reading” if necessary)
Continue reading The Gift of Time (Complete!)
Our summer seminarian, Steven Marchand will be giving the second of a two-part presentation for the parish speaking about how Catholicism has and does affect culture. Attendance of the first part is not necessary to attend the second part. Topics will include questions such as: How does a Catholic view the world? How does a Catholic relate with creation and spiritual realities? Do the sacraments affect my worldview? How does prayer and the liturgy affect me and the wider culture? What is the role of beauty in our lives?
Where? The parish hall right next to St. Theresa’s Church in Orleans. Click here for directions.
When? Beginning at about 6:00pm following a 5:15pm Mass in St. Theresa’s church on Thursday, July 28th, 2016.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served immediately following Mass. All are welcome! Please join us!
Registration for this event is required by July 25th.
National Catholic speaker Chris Padgett will be a featured guest at the all day gathering Gate of Mercy: A Celebration of Faith, August 7th, 2016, in Lancaster New Hampshire; just an hour drive from Barton.
Continue reading A Celebration of Faith in New Hampshire
On Tuesday, July 19th at 6:00pm, the Parish Council will meet to discuss new plans for evangelization and proposed changes to the weekend Mass schedule to allow time for a new Sunday family formation program. Fr. Naples discussed these and other parish news in the recent June 26th parish bulletin insert. Click here to read it online.
The proposed changes to Mass times are as follows:
- Sunday, 8:15AM Mass in Irasburg to move to beginning at 7:45AM or 8:00AM
- Sunday, 11:00AM Mass in Barton to move to beginning at 9:30AM or 10:00AM
- Saturday, 6:00PM Mass in Barton to move to beginning at 5:30PM, to be celebrated June through September.
All parishioners are welcome to attend Parish Council meetings. They are open to non-council members. The meeting will be held in the rectory, which is right next to St. Paul’s church in Barton (Click here for directions).
Please consider praying a Novena as we present these thoughts and plans to the Lord. Nine Rosaries are recommended.
In this special parish announcement you will find some crucial information for our parish plans, put out with invitations to participate in the mission of Christ, a mission to respond to our current times and circumstances as faithful Catholic believers. You will also find some major proposals for the parish:
• My proposed changes to weekend Mass times
• A short appeal for financial support of our family programs
• New suggestions for parish donation practices
• A new parish second collection to focus our mission in terms of our parish budget
• A request for prayers in gratitude for those who have served the parish
Continue reading Special Parish Announcement
- July 17: Jubilee for Families (at St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont)(Click here to register)
- August 21: Jubilee for Musicians.
- September 18: Jubilee for Catechists & School Teachers.
- October 16: Jubilee for the Sick (Healing Service).
- November 20: Closing of the Holy Door.
Click here to register for the Jubilee for Families.
Click here for the complete schedule with more information on the official website: VermontCatholic.org
All events will be held at the St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, except for July 17th, Jubilee for Families, which will be held at
St. Anne’s Shrine in Isle La Motte, Vermont.
Jubilee for Families: July 17, 2016 from Diocese of Burlington on Vimeo.
Vespers and Prayers for the Intentions of More Priestly Vocations
At St. John of the Cross Church in East Albany
Click here for directions
Friday, June 17th, 2016 5:30PM
Social to follow at 6:00pm with food and refreshments.
Food items welcome.
The committee of Most Holy Trinity Parish for St. John of the Cross Church will draw raffle prizes to benefit St. John of the Cross Church:
- 1st prize: 50 Gallons Fuel Oil or Propane (Blanchard Oil, $100 value)
- 2nd prize: Two 1/2 Gallon Jugs of Syrup (Dark Wing Maple, $75 value)
- 3rd prize: Hand Crafted Hallway Table (Woodcrafts by Shirley, $75 value)
- 4th prize: Handmade Afgan (Carolyn, $60 value)
- 5th prize: Yankee Candles
Raffle tickets may be purchased immediately before the drawing.
The Diocese of Burlington is pleased to announce the first annual Vermont Catholic Youth Serve (VCYS) June 24-26, 2016, formerly known as the Vermont Catholic Youth Conference. Take a vacation from the world, and go on a real adventure into the life of Christ, while serving our brothers and sisters in need in Vermont. There will still be fun, sun, friends, and worship during this get-a-way, but participants will take home more than just a tan — they will keep forever the memory of those they have helped in the community. VCYS.
When: June 24-26, 2016 (evening of June 24th, all day on the 25th, closing program the morning of June 26th).
Where: Lodging at UVM and serving in the Burlington area
Who: Any rising 9th graders, current high school teens and graduating seniors. Chaperones are also in demand!
Why: To show Christ’s love and mercy to the people of Vermont
How: Click here to view more information and access the registration forms on the Diocese of Burlington’s page for VCYS.
A cemetery Memorial Day Mass will be celebrated on Monday, May 30th, at 9:00am at St. Theresa’s Cemetery off of the Barton Orleans Road. Click here for directions.
Trinity Sunday, May 22nd 2016, there will be a 3:00pm Prayer Celebration in St. Theresa’s Church and 4:00pm dinner in the parish hall. Part of the prayer celebration will be the re-installation of the tabernacle in St. Theresa’s church.
The names of the people who purchased the tabernacle in 1952 were found written on papers in the tabernacle’s interior lining. The original papers have been kept in the lining of the re-finished tabernacle. Copies of the list will be viewable at the celebration and in St. Theresa’s church. Help is wanted to decipher and record all the names.
If anyone can volunteer to help with the preparation of the dinner portion of the celebration, please contact Fr. Naples in person or contact the parish office.