There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you the Prophet?” He answered, “No.” Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’” Now the Pharisees who had been sent questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?” “I baptize with water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing. John 1:6-8, 19-28

Mass Intentions  
This 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
Daily Masses
Monday             7:00 AM  RIP      Right Rev. Patrick Barry
December 18                                     By: Paul Sackevich     

Tuesday             7:00 AM  INT      Lindsey & Michael Bibeau
December 19                                    By: her parents
Wednesday         No Mass
December 20   

Thursday            No Mass
December 21  

Friday               No Mass
December 22                                    

        Next Weekend
       Saturday        3:30 PM            Recitation of the Rosary
     December 23    4:00 PM              RIP       Paul Brodeur (death rem)
                                                                    By: Karen Brodeur

     Sunday             9:00 AM  INT   Fr. Maria Lazar
     December 24                            By: A Parishioner           
                                  4:00 PM  RIP     Francis Denno
                                                                 By: Colin James
                                  7:00 PM RIP        James & Barbara McMennanmin
                                                                  By: Gayle LeGore
                                12:00 AM RIP      Alfred, Mary & Lou DiBernardo
                                                                  By: Mary Lou Fogg

    Monday      10:00 AM RIP       Shaughnessy Family Members
    December 25                            By: Don & Stacey Shaughnessy

    Readings for the Week of December 18, 2017
    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
    Monday: Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19/Mt 1:18-25
    Tuesday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-6, 16-17/Lk 1:5-25
     Wednesday: Is 7:10-14/Ps 24:1-6/Lk 1:26-38
    Thursday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21/Lk 1:39-45
    Friday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/(Ps) 1 Sm 2:1, 4-7, 8abcd/Lk 1:46-56
    Saturday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-24/Ps 25:4bc-5ab, 8-10, 14/Lk 1:57-66
    Sunday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16/Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29/Rom 16:25-27/                                           Lk 1:26-38

                                Parish Support
WEEKLY GOAL $2000.00
  Weekend of December 9, 2017 & December 10, 2017
Weekly Offertory:                                              $ 1355.85
Envelopes               $ 871.00
Loose Donations  $ 484.85
Immaculate Conception                                  $  484.00
Flowers                                                               $    20.00
Votive Candles                                                  $   43.18
                                                                              $ 1903.03
Retirement Fund for Religious $ 504.70

Last Year’s Offertory Collection
December 11, 2016   $ 1711.95

Saturday, December 23, 2017
Lectors:                       John Marchica
EMHC:                         Don Shaughnessy      
Music/Vocals:             Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:                     Sandi Gaspardino, Terri Bates, Karen Brodeur
Sunday, December 24, 2017
Lectors:           9:00 am           Chris Hodsden
                        4:00 pm
                        7:00 pm
                        12:00 am        
EMHC:             9:00 am           Jim Aldrich
                        4:00 pm   Bill O’Connor & Julie Sines
                        7:00 pm   Doreen & Katy Aldrich
                      12:00 am   Brian Kelly 
Music/Vocals:             Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:     9:00 am   Marge & Sabrina Ladd, Theresa Nauceder
     Greeters please fill in during the other Masses

The Inland See can be viewed online at

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: Armande Boright, Rick Perkins, Kathy Baldasaro, Robert Brown, Mary Folsom, James E. Waryas, Tracie Shaughnessy, 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.

Third Sunday of Advent
This Sunday’s Gospel invites us to continue our reflection on the person and mission of John the Baptist. John’s Gospel begins with a theological reflection that has come to be called the “prologue.” This prologue places the story of Jesus in its cosmological framework. It speaks of Jesus’ existence with God since the beginning of time. In John’s Gospel, Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of the Old Testament and the culmination of the Word, the light that is coming into the world’s darkness. John’s Gospel uses these questions to establish the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist. John the Baptist is not the Messiah, nor is he Elijah or the Prophet. In John’s denials, we hear echoes of the kind of messianic expectations that were common in first-century Palestine. The only affirmative response that John the Baptist gives is when he quotes the prophet Isaiah. Upon answering the next question, John announces that the savior they seek is already among them, but as yet unrecognized. John’s response highlights for us an important Advent theme: Jesus has already come into the world as our savior. During Advent, we pray that we will be able to recognize Jesus’ presence in our midst. Advent also reminds us that Jesus will come again to fulfill the promise of salvation. We pray that we will continue to be watchful as we anticipate that great day. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete SundayGaudete, a Latin word which means “rejoice,” is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday’s Mass. This theme is echoed in today’s second reading from the first Letter to the Thessalonians. It is a reminder that Advent is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand. (Copyright © 2016 Loyola Press.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.

A Special Thank you to everyone who donated items for our Veterans in need. Because of your donations, many veterans will be helped throughout this season. Blessings to you all. Sandi Gaspardino

 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, 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)

 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

Worldwide Marriage Encounter
“The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me.” Let your spirits be augmented by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Weekends are Mar 16-18, 2018 in Isle La Motte, VT and Jan 19-21, 2018 in South Kingstown, RI. For more information, call Gary & Lynn Root at 802-456-8114 or visit them at

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

Please pray for the soul of Claire Lambert who passed, her funeral Mass was on December 16th. May she rest in the peace of Christ’s love

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.