Pastor’s Desk

June 25, 2017
Pastor’s Desk

Summer has officially arrived and this past week’s weather has certainly signaled its arrival. The pace of parish life generally slows down during the summer. Our parish staff will be in and out over the next few months. Fr. Ramon left for vacation this past Monday and will return July 8th. During his absence, Fr. Juan Ramon Diaz de Leon, one of our retired Mexican priests, will be taking the Spanish masses for this and next weekend. I’ll be celebrating all the English masses as well as all the weekday masses. So, I’ll be kept busy enough.

My agenda over the next few months will be spent working on preparing for the transition to a new pastor as well as my own transition into retirement. The remodel of the house I bought is moving along and I finally have some time to pay attention to it. I ran into the same kind of snag that happens to many people: the color we picked out for the house that looked just fine when we saw the sample ended up looking like a salmon appetizer! I decided that I don’t want to live in a pink house, so we’ve gone back to the drawing boards. It’s a small bump and I’m excited to see everything beginning to take shape. Of course, it also means that eventually I’ll have to move – and I know that will be a major endeavor.

So, things are settling down a bit. I hope that summer is becoming the same for you.

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.