October 2, 2016
I had a great 10 day vacation in Pinehurst, North Carolina, at the home of some former parishioners, Gil and Chris Pritchard. My cousin, Bob Bonuccelli, and his wife Linda were also there for a few days. Golf and lots of reading were the main focus of the time and I’ve come back refreshed.
While I was away Fr. Anthony Mutio made the mission appeal for his diocese of Kitui at the weekend masses. I’ve heard good things about him and the energy he brought to the celebrations. You responded generously to his appeal: $4400. He sent a note asking me to express his thanks for your generosity, as well as for the hospitality he received while he was here. I am grateful that his visit here was successful. We are so blessed to be in this country of ours and need to be reminded from time to time about life in other parts of the world. Our participation in the mission appeal is one way for us to share something of what we have with brothers and sisters in faith in a part of the world where they struggle simply to survive. Thank you for your generosity.
On another note of good news, I received the latest report from the Annual Ministry Appeal. Our assigned target is $56,458. In response to my appeal to you through a series of letters the last few months, I can now report that 222 parishioners have pledged $57,078 to AMA ’16. This is the best response we’ve ever had. My hope had been to get to at least the 80% mark so that we would not need to use other parish money, but we have exceeded the overall goal. According to the rules of the appeal, we will receive back whatever we have given over and above our target. I am grateful to all of you who have responded. You have helped our diocese in the ministries it does and you have helped your own parish as well. Thanks to all of you.
This Tuesday was my first chance to be part of the Bible Study series, “First Corinthians: the Church and the Christian community.” I had to do some catching up and was able to be in synch with everyone else who is participating. Tuesday night was an excellent learning experience and I was excited to see the energy in the room among all the participants, especially in the small group discussions that appeared to me to be lively and engaging. I am grateful to the organizing team for making it possible for us to offer Bible study to the parish.
Finally, I want to remind you that next Sunday we have our parish picnic. It will be from noon until 4:30 pm, with lunch/ dinner around 2 pm. It will be at the Petaluma-Marin fairgrounds. It’s a chance to get the whole parish together and gives us the opportunity to get to know one another a little better. I hope you will find some time to attend.
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.