“What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.” The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.  Luke 3:10-18

Mass Intentions
This Weekend

Saturday                     3:30 PM                     Recitation of the Rosary
December 15             4:00 PM   RIP           Fr. John Whalen
                                                                          By: The Andersons

Sunday                      9:30 AM                     Recitation of the Rosary                   December 16           10:00 AM  RIP          Reginald Paquet (death rem)
                                                                      By: Warren & Mary Peschl
 Daily Masses
Monday                    7:00 AM   RIP            Larry Cray
December 17                                                  By: Mary Folsom

Tuesday                     7:00 AM   INT          Alison Scherman & Paul Edwards 
December 18                                                By: her parents

Wednesday               7:00 PM   RIP          Francis Whalen
December 19                                                By: The Andersons
Thursday                  7:00 AM   RIP           MSGR Patrick Barry
December 20                                                By:  Paul Sackevich      

Friday                           No Mass
December 21                    
                                                     Next Weekend
Saturday                    3:30 PM                    Recitation of the Rosary
December 22            4:00 PM   RIP          Paul Brodeur
                                                                        By: Karen Brodeur

Sunday                      9:30 AM                   Recitation of the Rosary                    
December 23      10:00 AM  RIP             Jacob & Nancy Narkiewicz
                                                                      By: Mary & Carol

         Readings for the Week of December 17, 2018
Sunday: Zep 3:14-18a/(Ps)Is 12:2-6/Phil 4:4-7/Lk 3:10-18
Monday: Gn 49:2, 8-10/Ps 72:3-4b, 7-8, 17/Mt 1:1-17
Tuesday: Jer 23:5-8/Ps 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19/Mt 1:18-25
Wednesday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a/Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6b, 16-17/Lk 1:5-25
 Thursday: Is 7:10-14/Ps 24:1-6/Lk 1:26-38
Friday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a/Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21/Lk 1:39-45
  Saturday: 1 Sm 1:24-28/(Ps)1 Sm 2:1, 4-7, 8abcd/Lk 1:46-56
Sunday: Mi 5:1-4a/Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19/Heb 10:5-10/Lk 1:39-45

Parish Support
WEEKLY GOAL $2000.00
  Weekend of December 9, 2018 & December 10, 2018

Weekly Offertory:                                              $ 1854.00 
Envelopes    $  1335.00
Loose Donations     $   519.00

Christmas Flowers                                           $   190.00  
 Immaculate Conception                                $   449.00  
Votive Candles                                                  $     43.00   
                                                                             $  2536.00 
Retirement Fund for Religious   $ 622.00

Last Year’s Offertory Collection
December 11, 2017   $ 1903.03

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Lectors:                  Laura Rounds
EMHC:                   Don Shaughnessy      
Music/Vocals:     Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:           Marlene O’Connor, Charlotte Scanlon & Barbara Stickney
Sunday December 23, 2018
Lectors:                 Chris Hodsden
EMHC:                  Jim Aldrich
Music/Vocals:     Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:               Paul & Betsy Mercier & Theresa Nauceder

  Advent Penance Service
Sunday December 16th at 
3:00 pm. This is a combined Penance Service with All Saints Parish. Fr. Maria & Fr. John will be hearing confessions. 

Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
ALL Volunteers and their spouses, of St. Charles are invited to this free dinner! To be held on Sunday, January 13th, right after the 10:00 Mass. Please RSVP to the Rectory at 463-3128 or by email:  stcharlesrectory@comcast.net. Thank you!

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 Ministries & programs then Education Programs, then scroll down to Safe & Sacred
Pray for Healing and Comfort
Especially for: Bill O’Connor, Paul Desruisseaux, Edith Weidler, Theresa Nauceder, Betsy Bashaw, Grace Shelc, Tom Shelc, Ed Hindes, Grady Oliver Evans, Maria Coyne, Mary Grippo, Madison Bills, Armande Boright, Rick Perkins, Robert Brown, Mary Folsom, Peggy Lafave, Rose Waryas,  Liz Brady, Lorraine Reynolds, Tracie Shaughnessy, Jean Ashcroft, Bob Hanold, Adalyn Leming, Marilyn Lemoine, 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, Heather Rodger, Patricia Jones, Frances Hackett, Colleen Paquet, David Robarge, Frank Anderson, Veronica Simonds, Kathy Mcarthy, Tom Burns, Mary Lou Fogg, Jim Nyberg, Riley McLaughlin, Cheryl Elysse Garrett, Ed Atkins, Conner Glover.
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
In today's Gospel reading, the crowds ask John the Baptist for specifics. What evidence of repentance is required? John replies by naming concrete actions: crowds should share their food and cloaks; tax collectors should be just; soldiers should act fairly. The concern for justice is a hallmark of Luke's Gospel. When the crowd begins to wonder if John the Baptist might be the Messiah, John interprets his baptism and makes it clear that his ministry is in preparation for the Messiah. John the Baptist knows his place and role in God's plan of salvation. By encouraging the crowd to act similarly in accordance with their stations in life, John's teaching suggests that each person has a role to play in God's salvation. It is the great mystery of our salvation that God permits and even asks for human cooperation in his divine plans. The third Sunday of Advent is also called Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete is a Latin word that means “rejoice.” This name is taken from the entrance antiphon for Sunday's Mass, which is also echoed in today's second reading from the Paul's letter to the Philippians. Some people mark this Sunday by lighting a pink candle instead of a purple one on their Advent wreath. It is a reminder that the Advent season is a season of joy because our salvation is already at hand. (Copyright © 2018 Loyola Press.  All Rights Reserved.  Used with permission.  www.loyolapress.com)

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

Sharing Thoughts with Deacon John Blicharz ~ December.  Join Deacon John as he discusses Practicing Law as a Catholic, with Robert Kasper. Throughout the month of December. Airs Sundays at 10:00 am / Tuesdays at 8:00 pm / Saturdays at 3:00 pm on Fact 8 TV. If you would like to do a show with Deacon John please contact him at 802-463-4206  

Retirement Fund for Religious “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity.

Living Our Catholic Faith
All individuals and families who desire to develop an intimate relationship with God are welcome to attend the Living Our Catholic Faith program meeting the last Sunday evening each month at St. Peter's parish hall. It begins with a pot-luck supper and Christian fellowship from 5-6pm and is followed by a lesson and discussion from 6-7 pm. The December 30th topic is "Building an intimate Relationship with God Through His Holy Word". Contact Alan Johnson 603-756-4717.

During the Month of November the CCD students wrote what they were thankful for. Over the next few weeks these will be in the bulletin, here are a few.
I’m thankful for: free religion. Medicine for ill, free education, non-gender jobs (just about all). Free to vote.
 I am thankful: for me, my games, my friends, my life, my family, my tablet.
  I am thankful for: for all the food I get, for a roof over my head, for having my mom & dad, for education and for medicine.

​​​​​​​    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Schedule
Monday, December 24th Christmas Eve

Mass Time
4:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass with Children’s Play
7:00 PM Christmas Eve Mass
12:00 AM Midnight Mass

Tuesday, December 25th Christmas Day
Mass Time
10:00 AM Christmas Day Mass

Tuesday January 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation, The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, Mass will be at 9:00 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 2018
"Love is always a Gift from God"
The 2018 Bishops Fund is starting! If you would like to donate to the Bishop's Annual Appeal, please click the link above. Thank you for your continued support!