Reconciliation: Saturday 3:00 - 3:30pm or by appointment
Baptismal Preparation: Phone the Parish Office (802) 442-3141
Marriage: Contact a priest at least six months before the wedding date
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.
Comfort me, Lord: comfort my soul, my mind and my heart… Comfort me in my worries and fears, in my memories and dreams and in my hopes… Speak comfortably, Lord, in my family, among my friends and neighbors, to my colleagues at work and to people everywhere… Speak comfortably to the young and the old, in the lives of the lonely and brokenhearted, in the brokenness of lives undone, unhinged, unloved… Speak a word of comfort to those who are confused and confounded, to those who struggle to accept the challenges and problems that burden them… Speak a word of comfort, Lord, to those who find it hard to hope, those who flirt with despair to those who need a sign from you and others to kindle the fire of hope within their hearts… Speak a word of comfort to those who live with depression and to those who love them: help them be patient with one another in giving and receiving care and concern… Speak a word of comfort, Lord, to those in harm's way, to those on the front lines, to all who protect and defend us… Speak a word of comfort to those who live in fear in the city or anywhere in their own homes… Speak a word of comfort to those who need work and who live in fear of not finding it… Speak a word of comfort to the lonely to free their hearts to welcome the company of those around them… Speak a word of comfort to the sick, Lord, to those in pain in mind and limb: be the kind Physician of their souls to encourage and heal them with your Spirit… Speak a word of comfort to the dying and refresh their trust and hope in you and in the life you promise, life forever. Speak a word of comfort to those who've been abandoned by society and government, by family and friends, by colleagues and neighbors and by me… Speak comfortably to those who feel abandoned by the church… Let your word of comfort heal, console, challenge and strengthen the ones left out and cast aside: let them find a welcome by our side and in our hearts… Speak comfortably to your people, Lord: may your voice and words make low the mountains of anxiety and fear, make straight the paths of those who've lost their way, and make smooth the rough and tumble places where we stumble and we fall… Speak a word of comfort in my prayer, Lord, and help me hear and trust it and taking it to heart, let me speak a word of comfort to all I know and all I meet today and through the week ahead… Amen
The Present of Presence
God sent a present into the world, the gift of a loving presence named Jesus. The gospel stories indicate the Jesus gave few material things to people. What he gave most was his personal presence, gifts that were treasures of the heart: belief in self, healing, peace of mind, compassion, forgiveness, dignity, and justice. This loving presence lives on in us and is central focus of Christmas gift giving. Advent is a good season to be more deliberate in sharing the present of our presence every day. It may be through a phone call, a letter, a visit, or through the bonding of prayer as we focus love and attention toward those who need the strength of God to be with them. Below are some suggestions for giving the "Present of Presence" that you might try during these days before Christmas that we call Advent. Be with someone who needs you. Be with a person who gives you hope. Be with those who live in terror and fear. Be with an older person. Be with someone who has helped you grow. Be with one who is in pain. Be with a war-torn country. Be with yourself. Be with someone who has written to you. Be with a child. Be with a refugee who is fleeing from harm. Be with an enemy or someone you dislike. Be with someone who has a terminal illness. Be with the homeless. Be with those who suffer from substance abuse. Be with the hungry children. Be with a coworker. Be with those whose hope is faint. Be with world leaders. Be with someone in your family. Be with men and women in prison. Be with someone working for justice. Be with those who are abused and neglected. Be with your loved ones.
12/11/18 4:30 am
Reading 1 Is 40:1-11
Comfort, give comfort to my people,Read More
12/10/18 4:30 am
Reading 1 Is 35:1-10
The desert and the parched land will exult;Read More
12/09/18 4:30 am
Reading 1 Bar 5:1-9
Jerusalem, take off your robe of mourning and misery;Read More
Learn more here about the rich history of Sacred Heart Saint Francis de Sales parish.
What a wonderful beginning to the Advent season last night was! Our SJB community is very blessed with wonderful priests, a wonderful deacon and parishioners who jump right in when needed. For all those who could make it, thanks for your contributions of delicious soup, bread and fellowship.
Sacred Heart St. Francis Roman Catholic Church will begin their RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program on October 21. This is a six month course of reflection and study for adults age 18 and older, leading up to Baptism and/or Confirmation and First Communion at the Easter Vigil. This is a communal process through which non-baptized men and women become members of the Catholic Church. It is also suitable for those baptized in different faith traditions who are interested in becoming Catholic, or for those who were baptized Catholic, but have yet to receive the sacraments of Eucharist and Confirmation.
The 2018-19 class will be held Sunday following the 9:30 Mass in the Parish Center beginning on October 21. Catechumens and candidates join with their sponsors in a weekly session to study that Sunday's lectionary readings and explore the Gospel. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 442-3141 or email: email@example.com.