Religion news in brief
Update on Catholic parish
The parish offices of Sacred Heart Saint Friancis and St. John the Baptist are closed. If you need to speak to a priest, call 802-442-4518.
After careful and prayerful consideration, Bishop Christopher Coyne has decided that there will be no public distribution of palms in the parishes of the Diocese of Burlington. The palms are stored in a cool dry place until such time as they can be distributed publicly. This decision was made considering the stay home - stay safe order of Gov. Scott and recent updates from the CDC and the President of the United States that the next two weeks could be times of significant increases in coronavirus infections. The best way to slow and prevent the spread of the virus is to encourage our people to stay in place.
Palm Sunday Mass will be taped and placed on the websites of both parishes this Sunday. The church will also do stations of the cross along with Easter Sunday Mass. They will be placed on the website. People can watch weekday Mass on the websites of Diocese of Burlington and University of Notre Dame, Campus Ministry. EWTN also has Mass.
Fathers Hugh Cleary and Bob Wiseman will keep everyone in their prayers during these different times.
No service at St. Peters
There are no church services at St. Peter's at this time. This Sunday, April 5th is Palm Sunday. The readings are: The Liturgy of the Palms: Matthew 21:1-11; Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29. The Liturgy of the Word: Isaiah 50:4-9a; Philippians 2:5-11; Matthew 26:14- 27:66; Psalm 31:9-16.
Palm Sunday with the Federated Church
A warm invitation is extended to join virtually or by phone in the Palm Sunday Service of Worship with the Federated Church of East Arlington. The service will be carried live via Zoom at 10 a.m. and will also be available later on the Federated Church of East Arlington YouTube channel as well as on GNAT-TV.
Those wishing to join in should go to the link at the Federated Church website at federatedchurchofeastarlington.org. Together on April 5 there will be a blessing of palm crosses and any branch you have from a tree near your home or even a houseplant. Additionally, this is also a Communion Sunday and all are invited to have juice and bread there at home with you for the online celebration of the Sacrament of Holy Communion. For questions or additional information phone 802-375-2548 or go to the church's website or Facebook page.
No service at Congregational Church
Due to health concerns around the spread of the coronavirus, the North Bennington Congregational Church has suspended worship services until further notice. We encourage you to stay strong in faith and hope in the days ahead and join one another in prayer for an end to this epidemic that is changing so many things about our way of life. Be safe and stay well, writes the Rev. Penny Rich Smith on behalf of the congregation.
Shaftsbury United Methodist Church
The church are not able to gather for Sunday worship services in the church until further notice. In response to guidelines from the federal and state governments and to help flatten the curve of COVID-19, many of our New England churches are using online technology to hold worship services without gathering in person. One source for online worship services can be found at New England Conference, The United Methodist Church website: https://www.neumc.org/newsdetail/ online-worship-services-in-new-england-13528359#VMT
Church will meet virtually
Northshire Baptist Church in Manchester Center is meeting virtually until further notice, out of love for neighbor and respect to governing authorities, to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The church is now holding a worship service on Facebook Live at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday.
Pastor Tim Counts has begun a new sermon series, "Unshakable Hope In a Shakable World." The NBC Facebook page can be found by searching "Northshire Baptist Church" on Facebook. For those who don't have Facebook, the same video is on the church website each Sunday by 10:45 a.m. or sooner, www.northshirebaptist.org. The church is receiving prayer requests from the community through e-mail, phone, and Facebook Messenger. If you have a prayer request to share, let them know if it is confidential for only the leadership to pray for, or if you would like it shared with the congregation with your first name.
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