At the beginning of 2017 Bishop Coyne invited the Catholic Church of Vermont to observe and celebrate a Year of Creation, an intentional, heightened focus on implementation of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home which highlights the urgency of the global climate crisis (Click here to read the encyclical). On Sunday, September 30th, from 10am to 5pm, the Diocese of Burlington will hold one of the main events of the Year of Creation, a day-long conference at Saint Michael’s College. The intent is to bring together people from across the state and region to discuss the care that we must have for God’s creation. The keynote address will be by Dr. Carolyn Woo, former CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Dr. Woo will share her firsthand experiences of the effect of environmental degradation on developing communities. For more information click here for the VermontCatholic.org information page
The Diocese of Burlington has recommended an informational pamphlet created by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It lists 25 tips for helping children stay safe. Click the link below to read the article:
25 Child Safety Tips
Dear friends in Christ,
After my Easter Greetings, here are pieces of other important messages I wish to convey. A little over a year from now there will be a diocesan synod. This will be the largest gathering of parish representatives with the priests and bishop in Vermont in more than 50 years. (See the announcement by clicking here). The first goal of the synod is a complete spiritual renewal of our diocese and our parishes in Vermont. However all sorts of administrative, priestly assignment, and structural policy changes are possible. We must pray and fast, offering our whole will to the lord in the year to come.
We will not have a seminarian with us for the summer. Things are in motion for new priest assignments in the Diocese. I will certainly remain in this double assignment as pastor of six churches with Fr Charbonneau as assistant until June 2018. That said, I do not think it is likely that I will remain in Barton more than two or three additional years. Reaching six years this July, I will try to go for two more. All along I also plan on keeping pastoral responsibility for North Troy, Troy, and Lowell also. But I may plan on moving to another parish in June of 2019, if the bishop and the Diocese do not call me sooner, or the synod does not make major changes to our parish arrangements.
We are slightly fewer in numbers over the past five years, but healthy in spirit. I think it will be justified if I do one more general offertory appeal. I will ask if every active parishioner can increase their parish support by an average of $3 a week. Given the prior request – put out two years ago for an extra $2 per week – this new request adds up to $5 a week or $260/year more than your giving amounts from two years ago. I will be increasing my own financial giving, and will be splitting almost 100% of my disposable income among all the churches here in the next year.
The parish is in need of small scale construction skills. Relying in part on my own donations I wish to advertise a summer stipend of $3,000 for anyone who can do repairs, summer painting, and other projects on small parish improvements. A catechetical year stipend of $5000 will be planned for next year starting in September. Parishioners interested in training to assist the grade school family formation program, the middle school and high school programs, may inquire about this job.
An immediate job needed is an assistant for this year’s Totus Tuus program, being offered to St Paul’s School students June 18 to 23. (Parishes were forced to take such early dates, even though many public schools will not be out of session.) A stipend of $500 is available.
An update, last but not least , is that no permission has been given for the use of St John of the Cross Church for sacramental use. The bishop is well aware that this status quo of the church – neither rented as a hall nor used as a church – will eventually force the issue of selling the building out from parish ownership. The upcoming parish burdens on diminishing numbers of priests are still a huge concern. My honest recommendation at this point is that a lay organization form to own the building and turn it into a Catholic shrine. I could supply a plethora of suggestions, but the point is that someone other than me as parish pastor, and an entity other than the parish charitable trust, needs to assume complete financial and managerial responsibility for the building,
When I came to Trinity Parish almost six years ago, the words of St. Paul in Romans 8:21 were a deep mystery to me: “creation itself set free from the slavery to corruption to share in the glorious freedom of the children of God.” I am learning slowly how the reality of eternity bears this out among all the things to which our Lord calls us in this life. Giving you my prayers,
Sincerely, in Christ, with Mary,
Fr. Timothy Naples, Pastor
Most Holy Trinity Parish shares the news that Bishop Christopher Coyne has called for a synod in the Diocese of Burlington.
Click Here to see the announcement from Vermont Catholic Magazine.
The Diocese of Burlington will observe a “Year of Creation” during 2017. The diocesan-wide Year of Creation will entertain an intentional, heightened focus on ecological justice. Various events, initiatives, and resources will be made available to better educate on and encourage embracement of Pope Francis’ message in his 2015 encyclical, “Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home.”
Click here to read the encyclical by Pope Francis online or click here for a printable or downloadable PDF.
- 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.
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.
Tuesday, March 22 during Holy Week the Chrism Mass in Burlington will be celebrated. From the diocese’s announcement:
“Each year during Holy Week the bishop concelebrates what is known as the “Chrism Mass” with the priests of his diocese. In the Diocese of Burlington, the Mass is celebrated on Tuesday of Holy Week. At this Mass the holy oils (“Chrismata,” in Greek) are blessed by the bishop to be used in sacramental anointings for the coming year. Also at this Mass, the priests renew their priestly vows together before the bishop.“ The Mass will take place on:
For the cathedral’s address for GPS or driving directions from Google maps, click here.
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St. Therese Digital Academy is an online Catholic High School currently in development by the Diocese of Burlington. The diocese is currently running a survey asking for input on the project and would like parishioners of all Vermont parishes to take it. Dependent on survey response it is projected that the academy will be open for enrollment by September of 2016. Please consider taking the survey by clicking here.
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