Pastor’s Desk

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Dec. 20, 2015
Pastor’s Desk
Ready or not Christmas is upon us! We have sent out our Christmas mailing to everyone on our list and are including the mass times in the bulletin. They are the same as they have been in the past and I suspect fit into what is already your regular Christmas schedule.
As we come to the end of the calendar year I would like to ask you, in addition to what you generally give to the parish at Christ-mas, to consider a special year-end donation to the parish. This donation will help pay for the remodeling of the “Ministry House” at 252 Howard Street into two apartments that are now occupied by Fr. Ramon and myself. It will also be the housing for the future priests of the parish and should now be called the “Priests’ House.”
The funds we used for this project came from our reserves. Unfortunately during the remodel we discovered that our 120 year-old house needed a new foundation, which added an extra $100,000 to the project and, as a result, has left our reserves much lower than we would prefer. I have been asking for and receiving some private donations to help replenish our reserves. With these donations, and what will be returned to the parish as we pay off our Diocesan Campaign pledges, our reserves in a few years should reach the point where they will be sufficient enough to provide a resource for us both as a cushion for our operating budget and for unexpected needs. The reserves have served us well over the years, especially with the repairing of the stained glass windows, the renovation of our church, and this project, and there are no new major projects on the horizon.
I hope you will consider this donation in addition to your regular Christmas contribution. Thank you in advance for any contribution you can make.
God Bless, Fr. Gary
P.S. Should you choose to help, please mark your check and/or envelope “Parish Reserves.” If you use EFT there is a “Parish Reserves” category where you can make your donation.

 

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.