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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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

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Prv 31:10-13, 19-20, 30-31

When one finds a worthy wife,

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Saturday of the Thirty-second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 Wis 18:14-16; 19:6-9

When peaceful stillness compassed everything

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Memorial of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, Religious

Reading 1 Wis 13:1-9

All men were by nature foolish who were in ignorance of God,

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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?


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Pope Francis: homily for World Day of the Poor

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday – the XXXIII Sunday in Ordinary Time and the first-ever World Day of the Poor – in St. Peter’s Basilica. Below, please find the full text of his homily on the occasion, in its official English translation…


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Pope calls for common good, ethical responsibility in science, technology ‎

"Science, like any other human activity, has its limits which should be observed for the ‎good of ‎humanity itself, and requires a sense of ethical responsibility,” Pope Francis said on Saturday.  “The true measure of progress, as ‎Blessed ‎Paul VI recalled, is that which is aimed at the good of each man and the whole man,” the Pope told some 83 participants in the plenary assembly of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture.  The participants met the Pope at the conclusion of their Nov.15-18 assembly which discussed the theme, “The Future of Humanity: New Challenges to Anthropology.” 

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Pope prays for sailors aboard missing submarine

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis is offering his “fervent prayers” for 44 Argentinian sailors aboard a submarine that has been missing since Wednesday.

In a telegram sent addressed to the Bishop Santiago Olivera, the head Military Ordinariate of Argentina, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin noted the Pope’s concern for the sailors and expressed the Pope’s spiritual closeness to the families of the sailors, and to the military and civil authorities of the nation. He also noted the Holy Father’s encouragement for the efforts being made to find the vessel.

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