March 26, 2017
We are over halfway through Lent and I hope it’s going well for you. If you’ve slipped from your original intentions, now would be a good time to re-examine what you were hoping to do and re-commit to something that will help you deepen your relationship to the Lord over these next few weeks that lead to Easter.
I also want to remind you again that on Tuesday of Holy Week, April 11th, we will have our Lenten Penance Service at 7:00 p.m. St. James will have theirs on Monday, April 10th. St. Elizabeth Seton will not be having a special penance service this Holy Week. Fr. Griffin is instead increasing the hours of weekly confession over the next few weeks.
As I’m sure many of you read in the Argus Courier last week, Abraham Solar, who is on our parish staff, was named Citizen of the Year for Petaluma. Abraham has been coordinating our Hispanic community for a few months shy of 21 years in our parish. He has been an invaluable member of our staff and extends his service beyond his official ministry in the Hispanic community to many other areas of parish life. In addition he is deeply involved in the larger community of Petaluma and is an exemplary model of the Church’s commitment to Social Justice. He has worked tirelessly to make life better in our community. Abraham and Fr. Ramon started the celebration of the Day of the Dead that is now a civic-wide observance each year in the month of November. He is on a number of committees that extend beyond parish boundaries and is currently deeply involved in tending to the needs of our Hispanic community in light of the immigration issues that we are all reading about. Besides all this he is a devoted husband and father to his beautiful family. I used to tell Fr. Chinh that he and I were working with a saint, and it wasn’t him and it wasn’t me! I am proud that Abraham has been recognized by the larger community of Petaluma and I am grateful for his presence and ministry in our parish.
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.