December 4, 2016
We are now into the beautiful season of Advent, counterbalance to the busy and sometimes frantic pace that people get into as they prepare for the celebration of Christmas. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to pick up one of the Little Blue Books for Advent to help you live this season. The book provides a reflection for each day during this time and invites you to spend 6 minutes a day in quiet prayer.
I also encourage you to participate in the Giving Tree project that we have each year. Take a tag or two from the trees near the sanctuary, buy the gift that is listed, fasten the tag to the gift,and return the (unwrapped) gift to Church at the next few Sunday masses or drop it off at the rectory. What you buy will be used by COTS and a few other agencies in town to provide gifts for families for Christmas who could not otherwise afford them.
For your calendars, note that we will have an Advent Penance Service on Monday, December 19th, at 7:00 p.m. in the church. We will have a number of priests available to hear the confessions that are part of the service.
It’s not too early to note that we will have another bible study series beginning on January 10, 2017. It will be an eight-week study on Tuesday nights of the Gospel of John. You’ll hear more about it as the weeks progress, but I just want you to get it on your calendars. Our Bible study series have been wonderful experiences with good learning, as well as small group sharing that people are finding to be invaluable to the whole experience.
This Thursday, December 8th, is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. The masses for the feast will begin on Wednesday evening, December 7th, at 7:00 p.m., followed by Thursday, December 8th, at 8:00 am and 9:30 am (with both our grammar and high schools attending), and 7:30 pm in Spanish. Hopefully, the Immaculate Conception Mass on Wednesday evening (the Vigil) will give people an opportunity to celebrate the feast who can’t be there in the morning be-cause of work. This is consistent with what we do regularly on the weekends when we have the first mass of Sunday on Saturday evening.
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.