No More Procrastination!

I was talking today with my 7th and 8th graders at Good Shepherd Catholic School where I teach part-time. At the very end of class, I...

You Won't Need a Camel For This Trip

Today is the Feast of the Epiphany recorded in the Gospel of Matthew which describes the Magi who follow the star until they find the...

Celebrating the 100th Blog

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family. It always occurs on the Sunday following Christmas. This year, the two feasts are back-to-back...

Making Christmas Memories

(by guest blogger, Laura Duquette) Growing up I remember vividly that after spending a fun Christmas Eve with family, there was nothing I...

The Hard Pavement

"Cet enfant ne se sentait jamais si bien que dans la rue. Le pavé lui était moins dur que le coeur de sa mère." In case your French is a...

On The Road Again

The St. Nicholas Project is traveling to two different Catholic schools in Vermont for a Christmas ornament yard-sale. This week I went...

Donations bring big smiles

The best part of the St. Nicholas Project is that we connect donors with the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. It's not just for an...

Giving Thanks

(By guest blogger, Laura Duquette). Throughout our lives we face many challenges. When we look at the world, we can see even more...

Thank you, Friend

I received this week some very touching thank-you cards from the boys and girls at the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. The St. Nicholas...

The Christmas stockings

A few nights ago, one of my parishioners arrived at my door with some truly beautiful, handmade Christmas stockings that she had...

Masks

Tonight is Halloween and the streets outside my house are filled with kids in Halloween costumes. Despite the rain, they remain...

The Christmas Doll

There is a tear-jerking scene in Victor Hugo's Les Misérables when Jean Valjean arrives at the Thénardier's inn on Christmas Eve to...

Never too busy for the kids

(Guest blogger, Laura Duquette) Do you ever feel like you have a hundred things to do and realize you have no idea how you'll accomplish...

Charity is beautiful

Fall in Vermont is quite stunning. The leaves change color quickly and with some rare warm days in October, it's been a pleasure to be...

Yard Sales!!

Although the summer is over and fall is here, it's not too late to have a yard sale to support the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children. I...

Anticipation

(by guest blogger, Laura Duquette) Have you ever looked forward to something so much that you began to think about it daily? Maybe you...

God opens doors

The other day I said Mass at a Catholic retreat center in Northeastern Vermont for a group of people visiting from Rhode Island. It had...

Raindrops

The other night I was unexpectedly caught in a huge storm. Driving was treacherous, so I slowly made my way to the church and I parked...

Remember Me

One day at the Warming Shelter, one of the homeless youth gave me a small, wooden statue of an animal as a gift. I still don't know...

Disorientation

Our lives need stability and routine in order for us to feel comfortable and secure. When major disruptions interrupt that stability, we...