Pastor’s Desk

January 22, 2017

Pastor’s Desk

This weekend I am in Southern California for a wedding. Fr. Steve Canny is here to help Fr. Ramon with masses. I return Sunday afternoon.

The two programs we’ve been publicizing at mass have kicked off this week. On Tuesday night we had a great turnout for the first of an 8-week Bible study on the Gospel of John called “Follow Me.” The bible study meets in the parish hall from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. and it’s not too late to join in if you’ve been thinking about it.

On Thursday we began the 9-week program called “Financial Peace University.” Twenty-eight people are attending and registrations have ended for this one, but we will more than likely run the program again. As of this writing, the session has yet to take place, but I’ll keep you posted as time goes on.

Donations for Christmas have continued to come in. This year our Christmas collection has reached $64,000 compared to a budgeted amount of $63,000. Thanks to all of you who have contributed. Next week we intend to have a very brief financial report on the first six months of our fiscal year.

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.