Pastor’s Desk

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October 16, 2016

Pastor’s Desk

Last Sunday’s parish picnic was a grand affair. We estimate that about 500 people came to enjoy a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. The food arrived on time and the whole crowd was served within the space of about 20 minutes. There was music, dancing, a cake walk, face-painting, and a “jumpy-house.” Most of all there was a great atmosphere of community and conviviality. I am grateful to Deacon Jim Carr, who was the overall person in charge, as well as to the Knights of Columbus, a great team of cooks from our Hispanic community, teens from our Confirmation community who helped in lots of ways, our Ballet Folklorico which entertained with traditional music and dance in addition to a group of Aztec dancers and their indigenous style of dance, as well as to everyone who
welcomed, face-painted and cleaned up after it was all over. It was as always an important time for us just to gather as a community and I thank everyone who made it possible.

This week I will be joining the priests of the diocese for our annual priests’ retreat at Vallambrosa Center in Menlo Park. Fr. Ramon will be away for the week on a trip to Southern California. Eucharistic Services will be celebrated at 8:00 a.m. by our deacons Tuesday through Friday. I will celebrate the regular daily mass at 8:00 am on Monday and Fr. Ramon will celebrate on Saturday.

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.