August 21, 2016
And just like that, summer vacation is over. This past Wednesday our high school classes began along with most of the other schools in Sonoma County. This coming Wednesday our elementary school begins. In the next month or so,our regular parish educational programs will be starting up: religious education programs for students in our Hispanic community, Generations of Faith for students and their families in our English-speaking community, First Communion preparation, Confirmation preparation, as well as RCIA sessions for adults seeking initiation into the Catholic Church.
In addition to these, as I noted last week, we will be having another Bible Study series beginning Sept. 13th for 11 weeks on Tuesday evenings in the parish hall, ending on Nov. 22nd. This will be a study of St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians and is entitled “First Corinthians: the Church and the Christian community.” It will be an exploration of the early Church, whose conflicts are in many ways similar to our own struggles today as Christians. We’ve inserted a registration form in the bulletin this weekend and you’ll be hearing more about it in the next few weeks.
By the way, now that school has started, the weather should just be getting better and better!
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.