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Woodstock, Vermont 05091



Chris Micale Ordination

Chris Micale Ordination

THE PRIESTLY ORDINATION OF FATHER CHRISTOPHER MICALE Father Christopher Micale, a man from Woodstock and Our Lady of the Snows Parish, was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 31. His Excellency, Salvatore R. Matano, Bishop of Rochester, NY, performed the ordination at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington, Vermont. (Father) Micale is the first priestly vocation from this parish since our founding in 1856. Ad multos annos,...


Here in the midst of those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” thoughts of vacation, travel and rest are certainly occupying many people’s minds. Rest is an important part of human life: we spend about one-third of our lives sleeping. However, there can be more nuanced understandings of rest that speak to the whole of our humanity.

Looking to Sacred Scripture, we see rest described in three different ways: Creation Rest (the rest which God took following His creation of the world), Sabbath Rest (given to us as a Commandment by God), and Eternal Rest (promised by Our Lord to those who die in the State of Grace). These three types of resting are inter-related.

God did not rest after creating the world because He was tired; God is omnipotent. Instead, He rested as a means of being present to His Creation. Our choosing to rest beyond sleep can come as recreation, (re-creation), in which we, too, can be refreshed, and therefore become more creative.

Sabbath rest is so important in God’s revelation of what He wants for us and expects from us that He made it one of the Ten Commandments: “Remember to keep holy the Sabbath”. The word “sabbath”, which shares its root with “sabbatical” comes from the Hebrew word for “seven”. This suggests a weekly time of rest, alongside Sunday worship that renews us spiritually as part of the rhythm of life. There should be something in our observance of Sunday as the Lord’s Day that separates it from the mundane activities of the rest of the week, helping us to grow in holiness as we keep the sabbath holy.

Eternal rest does not suggest idleness, simply strumming a harp while sitting on clouds in heaven. To share in God’s eternal rest means to share in the life of God to a far greater degree than that which is available to us here on earth. It will be the fullness and perfection of our humanity, so earthly human activity will become meaningless, nor will we experience a need for sleep.

So, the “creative rest” of recreation, combined with the “sabbath rest” of re-connecting with God regularly gives us hope for the “eternal rest” of heaven, re-ordering our lives for the better, that is, toward our heavenly home.

I hope your summer vacation affords you some time for rest and recreation.

father-signatureVery Reverend Thomas Mosher VF, Pastor



Saint Francis of Assisi
– Saturday Mass: 4pm
– Sunday Mass: 8:30am

Our Lady of the Snows
– Saturday Mass: 6pm
– Sunday: 10:30am


Saint Francis of Assisi
– Tuesday Mass: 9 am
– Thursday Mass: 9 am

Our Lady of the Snows
– Monday: 9:00 am
– Friday: 9:00 am

The Rosary is recited in
honor of Our Lady before 
weekday Mass at Our Lady of the Snows.
It is also said on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays
at 8:30 a.m..

At St. Francis, Rosary is recited before the Sunday Mass


Handicapped parking and entrance are on School Street on the south side of the Church. Additional parking is available in the rear lot of the Woodstock Elementary School off School Street

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