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. 

Christmas and New Year’s Mass Schedule

 Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Saturday, December 23rd at 4:00 pm

Sunday, December 24th at 9:00 am**

** Please note the change of time/schedule for this Mass

 Christmas Masses ~ Fr. Bob Wiseman, CSC

Sunday, December 24th

4:00 pm ~ Traditional Music led by the Youth Ensemble

8:00 pm ~ Music with Cantor and Organ

12:00 Midnight ~ Music with the Church Choir

 Monday, December 25th

9:00 am ~ Traditional Music with Cantor and Organ

 Saturday/Sunday, Dec 30/31 ~ Holy Family
Fr. Bob Wiseman, CSC

Regular 4:00 pm, 7:30 am, and 9:30 am

 Solemnity of Mary ~ Fr. Bob Wiseman, CSC

December 31st at 6:00 pm and

January 1st at 9:00 am



Daily Reading

Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

Reading 1 Is 40:25-31

To whom can you liken me as an equal?

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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Reading 1 Zec 2:14-17

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!

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Monday of the Second Week of Advent

Reading 1 Is 35:1-10

The desert and the parched land will exult;

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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

Holy See at WTO urges for multilateral inclusive trade

by Robin Gomes

According to the Holy See, an unbalanced and unjust trade creates social exclusion and inequality, offends human dignity  and neglects the common good of humanity.  A healthy world economy needs a more efficient way of interacting which ensures the economic and well-being of all countries, not just a few, said Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in Geneva on Tuesday. 

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C9 Cardinals updated on the ongoing Curial reform

(Vatican Radio) The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke, briefed reporters at the Sala Stampa on Wednesday, regarding the work of the “C9” small council of Cardinals studying the reform of the Roman Curia. The members met for three days this week, starting Monday, to discuss specific issues related to the ongoing process of Curial reform.

Listen to the report by Christopher Altieri:

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Pope Francis appoints new Bishop of Galway in Ireland

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appointed as the new bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh, Ireland, Bishop Brendan Kelly, who presently serves as Bishop of Achrony.

Bishop Kelly was born 20 May 1946 and ordained priest on 20 June 1971. He spent many of his early years of priesthood teaching in various colleges across the Diocese of Clonfert. Between 1986 and 1995 he was president of Our Lady’s College in Gort. He also spent a year ministering to the sick and disabled as part of the Larche community in France.

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