Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”Luke 13:1-9



Mass Intentions
This Weekend

Saturday          3:30 PM                        Recitation of the Rosary
March 23        4:00 PM   RIP               Larry Weidler
                                                                  By: Edith & Family
Sunday            9:30 AM                        Recitation of the Rosary 
March 24       10:00 AM  RIP              Esther Barry
                                                                  By: Julie & Steve

Daily Masses
Monday             7:00 AM   RIP               Alice Brodeur
March 25                                                    By: Karen Brodeur

Tuesday              7:00 AM   RIP              Lottie Green (death rem)
March 26                                                   By: Green Family

Wednesday         7:00 PM   RIP            August Gaspardino (bday rem)
March 27                                                   By: His Family
                           
 Thursday             7:00 AM  RIP           Judy Condon
March 28                                               By: Bill & Marlene O’Connor

Friday                      5:00 PM                   Stations of the Cross
March 29    


                                        Next Weekend
Saturday             3:30 PM                    Recitation of the Rosary
March 30           4:00 PM   RIP           Loretta Kelly
                                                                  By: Her Family

Sunday              9:30 AM                      Recitation of the Rosary  
March 31         10:00 AM  RIP            Alice E. Dunn
                                                                 By: Phyllis Weltz


        
Readings for the Week of March 25, 2019
Sunday: Ex 3:1-8a, 13-15/Ps 103:1-4, 6-8, 11/1 Cor 10:1-6,                                            10-12/Lk 13:1-9
Monday: Is 7:10-14; 8:10/Ps 40:7-11/Heb 10:4-10/Lk 1:26-38
Tuesday: Dn 3:25, 34-43/Ps 25:4bc-5ab, 6-7bc, 8-9/Mt 18:21-35
Wednesday: Dt 4:1, 5-9/Ps 147:12-13, 15-16, 19-20/Mt 5:17-19
Thursday: Jer 7:23-28/Ps 95:1-2, 6-9/Lk 11:14-23
Friday: Hos 14:2-10/Ps 81:6c-11b, 14, 17/Mk 12:28-34
Saturday: Hos 6:1-6/Ps 51:3-4, 18-21b/Lk 18:9-14
Sunday: Jos 5:9a, 10-12/Ps 34:2-7/2 Cor 5:17-21/                                                                                                   Lk 15:1-3, 11-32



  Parish Support
WEEKLY GOAL $2000.00
  Weekend of March 16, 2019 & March 17, 2019

Weekly Offertory:                                              $  1346.00 
Envelopes                 $ 1045.00 
Loose Donations     $   301.00

Easter Flowers                                                   $      30.00
Fuel & Heat                                                        $    757.00   
Votive Candles                                                  $      32.50 
                                                                             $   2165.50
Last Year’s Offertory Collection
March 18, 2018   $ 1634.25



LITURGICAL ROLES
     Saturday, March 30, 2019

Lectors:        Laura Rounds
EMHC:         Bill O’Connor 
Music/Vocals:         Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:    Marlene O’Connor, Mary Griswold, Marie Perrault

Sunday March 31, 2019
Lectors:        Chris Hodsden
EMHC:                Kate Aldrich
Music/Vocals:         Carole Zinter/Cathi Kugler
Greeters:         David & Julie Sines, Ann Hadley




The Chrism Mass will be held Tuesday, 
April 16, at 11:00 am at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Burlington.  At this special Mass celebrated by Bishop Coyne, the Oil of Chrism is consecrated, the Oils of Catechumens and the Sick are blessed, and the priests within the Diocese of Burlington recommit themselves to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  All are invited to join in celebrating this special Mass.




Sharing Thoughts with Deacon John Blicharz ~ March.  Join Deacon John as he discusses with Deacon Pete Gummere, Is there morality in the state of Vermont? Throughout the month of March. 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




Holy Land Pilgrimage ~ Msgr Routhier & Fr. Gaudreau
November 10-19, 2019 – 10 Days. Cost  $3599 from Boston. 
Information about the trip as well as reservation forms are available for you to pick up in the sacristy and vestibule. Please mail them to Susan Wing at the Diocese of Burlington. Address is on form.






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, Lois Woodard, Fr. Al Dagnoli, Paul Desruisseaux, Edith Weidler, Theresa Nauceder, Betsy Bashaw, Betsy Anderson, Fr. John Loughnane, Mary Damon 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, Liz Brady, Lorraine Reynolds, Tracie Shaughnessy, 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, 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 Lent
Now into the third week of the Season of Lent, our Sunday Gospel prepares us to hear Lent's call to conversion and repentance.  Luke tells us that some among the crowds report to Jesus a massacre of Galileans by Pilate. The intention of the crowd seems to be to ask Jesus to explain why these people suffered. It was commonplace to render people's suffering as evidence of their sinfulness. Jesus challenges this interpretation. Those who were massacred were no more or less sinful than the ones who report the situation to Jesus. Jesus replies that even a fatal accident, a natural disaster, ought not to be interpreted as punishment for sin. Jesus' words at first appear to have a fire-and-brimstone quality. Jesus says in essence, “Repent or perish as these people did; all are sinful before God and deserving of God's punishment.” The tone changes, however, in the parable that follows. The parable of the barren fig tree contrasts the patience and hopefulness of the gardener with the practicality of the property owner. When told to cut down the fig tree because it is not producing fruit, the gardener counsels patience. If properly tended, the barren fig tree may yet bear fruit. Throughout his journey to Jerusalem, Jesus has been teaching about the Kingdom of God. In this parable, we find an image of God's patience and hopefulness as he prepares his Kingdom. God calls us to repent, and it is within his power to punish us for our failure to turn from our sinfulness. And yet God is merciful. He delays punishment and tends to us so that we may yet bear the fruit he desires from us. This, then, is our reason for hope: Not only does God refuse to abandon us, he chooses to attend to us even when we show no evidence of his efforts. Next week's Gospel will give an even clearer picture of the kind of mercy that God shows to us.
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CRS Rice Bowls – Encounter Dhathcroos Family
The Dhathcroos family returned home, after fleeing violence in their country, to build a prosperous farm and become a vital contributor to their community. How can you assist refugees in your community to rebuild their lives? Visit crsricebowl.org for more.




GUIDELINES FOR LENT
 The time of Lent is to be observed by Catholics as a special season of prayer, penance and works of charity. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, in particular, are the most important penitential days of the liturgical year.  They are days of both fast and abstinence.  All Fridays in Lent are days of abstinence. The rule of fasting states that only one full meal a day can be taken. Two small meals, “sufficient to maintain strength”, are allowed, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals breaks the fast, but drinking liquids does not. The rule of fasting obliges all Catholics from 18 to 59.
Self-imposed fasting on the other weekdays of Lent is recommended. Abstinence on all Fridays of the year is also highly recommended. Parents and teachers should see to it that, even those who are not bound by the laws of fast and abstinence because of age, are brought up in an atmosphere that is conducive to a sense of penance.


Lenten Penance Service
Sunday, March 31, 2019,  3:00 PM, St. Peter's Church
There will be a Lenten Penance Service Sunday, March 31st at 3:00 pm, at St. Peter’s Church. This is a combined service with St. Charles…Father John will be joined by Father Maria in hearing individual confessions following the service.



The Knights of Columbus: 
During this Lenten season, we are conducting a 40 cans of Lent drive. We encourage each family to donate one non-perishable food item, or one dollar for each day of lent. Food items may be placed in the boxes located at the back of the church, checks may be written to BF Knights, placed in an envelope labeled 40 cans then, placed in the collection basket during masses. For every 1,000 pounds of food and/or $1,000 collected the Knights will contribute an additional $100.  All cans and money will be donated locally.



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 March 31st topic is "Building an intimate relationship with God through the two greatest commandments". Contact Alan Johnson 603-756-4717.



Lenten Retreat ~ Joy in Ministry
Wednesday April 10th  at St. Anthony Church, White River Junction, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. FREE, with lunch provided.
A Lenten retreat day for anyone who works for our ministers in the parish including: administrative assistants, bookkeepers, religious education leaders, maintenance personnel, music directors, parish volunteers, ushers and other parish staff. If you would like to attend this retreat please contact the Parish Office at 463-3128, by March 21st. Thank you.






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!