Pastor’s Desk

April 30, 2017

Pastor’s Desk

We finally completed the latest Bible Study, “A Biblical Walk Through the Mass,” this past Tuesday night. Our next series, “A Biblical Walk With the Blessed Mother,” will begin on May 9th and continue on Tuesday nights in the parish hall from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, concluding on June 27th. As I’ve mentioned before, Mary has traditionally held a very high place in our Catholic faith and spirituality and many, many devotions have sprung up around her, some of which rely on a less than doctrinal foundation. This program will help to ground us in a biblical understanding of Mary and her role in the story of Salvation. You can register on our parish website.

The Easter season brings with it a series of celebrations of the First Holy Communion for the children in our parish. This weekend at the 5:00 pm Saturday evening Mass and at the 9:00 am Sunday morning Mass we celebrate First Communion for the children in our Religious Education Program. On May 13th the children from St. Vincent’s Elementary School will receive their First Holy Communion. And on May 6th, May 13th, and May 20th, we will celebrate First Communion with the children in our Hispanic community. Please keep these children and their families in your prayers. This is an important time in their lives and our prayer always is that the Eucharist will become for them a regular, weekly source of spiritual nourishment as they move along in life.

The Church celebrates Easter for fifty days – in our fast-moving culture, a very long time to sustain anything. I hope that the promise of Life we celebrate at Easter will continue to be a source of hope and joy throughout this sacred time and will find a deep place in your heart always.

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.