St. Peter Parish

A Ministry of the Capuchin Franciscans

Province of St. Mary,

New York and New England

Diocese of Burlington


To all parishioners:

 Bishop Coyne wants your help in planning the 2018 Diocese of Burlington Synod.  We want you to be part of the conversation as we seek to discern God's will for the Church in Vermont.

 First, we ask you to pray for the success of the Synod, including praying the official Synod Prayer:

Almighty and ever-living God,

You continually guide and sustain your pilgrim Church, which you established as "the universal sacrament of salvation."

Direct the Church in Vermont during this time of preparation for the Diocesan Synod.

Help us discern the signs of the time wisely, that we may joyfully proclaim the Good News of salvation through Jesus Christ.

May we never fail to trust that "with God, all things are possible."

We ask this, with the help of the Holy Spirit, through Christ, Our Lord.

Amen.   Mary, Mother of the Church, Pray for us.

Second, you are invited to share your views during the parish listening session on December 3, 2017, (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO) immediately following the 11 AM Mass at St. Peter Church.  Following the instructions of the moderator, offer a response to one of these three questions:

1.  As a Catholic Church in Vermont, what are we doing well?

2. What are we doing that we should do better?

3. What are we not doing that we should be doing?

Third, you are invited to attend one of the regional listening sessions that Bishop Coyne will hold around the diocese (locations and dates to be announced).  There will also be further parish sessions in 2018.

Finally, if you couldn't attend a listening session or have more to say, you can give your input online at,  If you don't have access to the internet, you can send a response to one or more of the three questions, typed or neatly hand-written and limited to one page to Diocesan Synod, 55 Joy Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403.