Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales Church

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:30 AM - Noon & 1:00 pm - 4:30 PM


Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00 - 3:30pm or by appointment 

Baptisms:First Sunday of the month (except during Lent) 

Baptismal Preparation: Phone the Parish Office (802) 442-3141

Marriage: Contact a priest at least six months before the wedding date




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Mission Statement

The faith community of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales welcomes new visitors as well as old friends to join us in prayer and celebration. Please join us for Mass, in prayer and fellowship or as a guest at one of the church community’s many special events.


We are a warm, vibrant parish and are always happy to see new faces. If you are new to the Bennington area and are interested in becoming a member of the parish, please stop by the parish office or contact us for additional information. We are glad to have you with us. 


Daily Reading

Second Sunday of Advent

Reading 1 Is 40:1-5, 9-11

Comfort, give comfort to my people,

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Saturday of the First Week of Advent

Reading 1 Is 30:19-21, 23-26

Thus says the Lord GOD,

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Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15, 20

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,

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A Note from Father Bob

A Note From Father Bob
How do you want to live?
Greetings in Christ our King! We enter into this month of November remembering our beloved dead, and perhaps reminding ourselves that we are alive. Sounds like a strange thing to say, but it’s important to remember! One of my professors at Notre Dame started his class one day by saying “You are all going to die!” which definitely got our attention. But then he said, “now, how do you want to live?” We hear a lot about the “end times” in our Scripture readings this month, and the command to “stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
I often think about this, especially when God challenges us to be on fire, not lukewarm in our faith. How many times do I just let the day go by without really acknowledging Him? When do I miss seeing His face because I’m too busy to see what is really so obvious, that God is with us at all times and in all ways. This, of course, is a good thing to bring to prayer, especially when we consider how God wants us to live today, tomorrow, and for the rest of our lives. A good daily examination of conscience is very helpful in determining where we experienced God, and where we missed Him. It’s so important to give thanks for when we DO experience the Lord in our daily lives, and also to ask for forgiveness and help for when we missed Him.
The engine of discernment runs on daily prayer. When we push aside that invitation to pray, we push aside God, and find something else at the center of our lives. Sometimes we put too much pressure on our prayers of discernment, and we even make demands that God align His will to ours, instead of the other way around. Then we need a good dose of humility to remember who is the way, the truth, and the life!
As we pray for the dead this month, we also recognize the saints in heaven, those who are known and those who are unknown. Pope Francis recently likened the saints to stained glass windows in our churches – “The Saints are our brothers and sisters who received the light of God in their heart and transmitted it to the world, each one according to his own ‘shade.’ However, they were all transparent; they struggled to remove the stains and the darkness of sin, so as to have God’s kindly light pass through. This is the purpose of life:  to have the light of God pass through, and also the purpose of our life.” That pretty nicely describes the call to holiness that you and I received at our Baptism. To open our hearts to God, to let his light shine through the gifts and talents we have, and then to share those in service to the Lord, through our neighbor.
I thank you for your prayers for the Holy Cross vocations team, and more importantly for those who are actively discerning God’s will, and how they may follow it more closely. Let us pray also for those who have died, and those who grieve the loss of a loved one. You are going to die….how do you want to live?


Vatican News

India’s coastal archdiocese appeals for help for people hit by cyclone ‎

India’s Catholic dioceses in the coastal regions of Tamil Nadu and Kerala states are grappling with the “massive disaster” in the wake of the cyclone Okhi, that swept by Trivandrum and Kanyakumari districts on Nov. 29.  Several hundred fishermen are feared missing, Fr. Deepak Anto, executive secretary of the media commission of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum, wrote in an email to the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication urging for help. 

The cyclone originated as a depression in the Gulf of Thailand on Nov. 21 and packed in more power as it traversed across northern Indian Ocean and ended near the coast of India’s Gujarat state causing damage in the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu and Kerala and in Lakshadweep islands.

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Pope at Angelus tells the faithful to prepare for the coming of the Lord

Pope Francis on Sunday told the faithful that Advent is a time to make space for the coming Jesus in our lives.

Speaking to the crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus prayer, Pope Francis reflected on the reading of the day in which the prophet Isaiah said: “A voice of one crying out in the desert: “Prepare the way of the Lord.”

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Pope Francis appeals for nuclear disarmament and climate change action

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Sunday said he is close to the Indian communities of Tamil Nadu and Kerala States in the wake of Cyclone Okhi, and in particular to the families of the many fisherman who have gone missing since the cyclone swept those coastal areas.

Cyclone Okhi

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