April 24, 2016
This weekend we are celebrating First Holy Communion for children in our Religious Education Program. These celebrations are at the 5:00 p.m. Saturday mass and Sunday at the 9:00 a.m. mass. Please keep these children in your prayers. It’s a very special day for them and for their families. Our hope is that the Eucharist will become an important and regular part of their spiritual lives.
As many of you know our elementary school principal, Stephanie Fidler, has decided not to return as principal after the end of the school year. She and her husband Chris were married last September and, of course, want to start a family. After much reflection she has decided the demands of marriage and a new family would prevent her from giving the principal’s position the time that it demands. The search for a new principal is underway and the elementary school has been very much the focus of a great deal of my time and energy these last few weeks, and will continue to be so for awhile. We do have a list of applicants for the position that we are beginning to review in preparation for the interview process, but are always open to others who might want to apply. If you know of any qualified Catholic person who might be a possible fit for the position, please contact me and I can follow up. I would ask your prayers for our school during this time of transition.
Steve Morris, Diocesan Director of Youth Ministry, stopped by to tell me about summer offerings his department is conducting for young people in our diocese. I told him I’d pass them on to all of you. They are: 1) Eureka Mission Trip (June 27-July 1) for ages 14-23; 2) Camp 12: an Apostolic Encounter (July 5-8 for incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders); 3) Youth on a Mission (July 10,11,12 for incoming 10th, 11th, and 12th graders); and 4) Steubenville Conference in San Diego (July 29-31 for ages 14-23). Registration can be done at www.srdiocese.org/Youth_Ministry_Events; or search online: Santa Rosa Catholic Youth Event; or call (707) 566-3371. Please inform young people you know about these excellent opportunities for their spiritual growth and life.
Finally, Camilla Edwards, who was Director of Religious Education here at St. Vincent’s for many years and touched the lives of many, many families, died peacefully this past Wednesday afternoon. Her funeral services are as follows: Rosary, Monday night at 6:00 p.m., St. Vincent’s Church and Funeral Mass on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. Please keep her in your prayers. She was one of the most unselfish, caring and loving people I have ever served with. My hope is that she now knows a joy beyond all our imagination.
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.