Pastor’s Desk

April 23, 2017

Pastor’s Desk

I want to thank all those involved in the liturgical ministries for their extra time and effort in helping us celebrate the Easter Triduum. There is a lot that goes into celebrating the ceremonies within the Triduum, and this year especially they were beautifully celebrated and well attended. For me, in the midst of my own role as presider, they were also very prayerful especially because the ministers who were involved were well prepared and allowed them to flow smoothly and because the music was so beautiful, prayerful and inspiring. I am also grateful to the behind the scenes people who decorated, cleaned, and provided the altar linens. There are some ministries that are unseen but none that are unimportant. I am also grateful to the parish office staff for whom this is a very busy time of year, getting things such as the vigil candles, mass handouts, and little white books, ready. Thanks to everyone who helped make this Holy Week one that was very special.

I wish all of you a continued happy Easter.

God Bless, Fr. Gary

About our Parish and our Website

Our parish mission statement identifies St. Vincent’s as a Eucharist centered people who, as the Body of Christ, live our faith in word and deed by sharing our time, talent, and treasure to support one another and serve those in need.

This website is intended not only to provide you with the information you need about our parish but also to help us build up our life as a community and so help us in our mission. It provides a way for us to connect with each other; and we invite you to use it to share stories, to learn about what’s happening and what’s coming up, and to provide information you think we all need to hear. This site will evolve as our parish evolves; it belongs to all of us. I hope you find it helpful.

“All are Welcome in this Place.”

As one of Father Gary’s favorite hymns, this song speaks to the atmosphere, design, and heart of St. Vincent’s parish: there is a place here for everyone.  In fact, you are not only welcomed, but needed!  As we explore and expand our ideas of just what a Church community is, we recognize first that pivotal life events occur in church: weddings, baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation; but, we also find that we need community in order to be a Spirit filled Church where we praise God, share our faith, and help one another by way of fellowship, and the numerous ministries available to all parishioners. Through our stewardship, the gift of our time and talent, there is a wonderful opportunity to give and receive, to make friends, to help friends, to see how our talents are a gift from God made for sharing.  We are bonded to a group of people with whom we already have at least one thing in common, and that is our faith.  It is our hope that you will use this community website to build bridges and connect with one another, and see that each of us, too, is a gift from God meant to be shared.