Pastor's Desk

August 9, 2020

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Dear friends in Christ,

This Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 14:22-33) is a powerful reminder for us to place our trust in the Lord with confidence, and to keep our sight focused on Him. St. Matthew recounts that while Jesus went up the mountain to pray, the disciples in the boat were being tossed about by the waves and the strong wind. Then, during the fourth watch of the night, he came toward them walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear. At once Jesus spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.” In the spiritual sense, the waves and the wind are symbolic for many things, including the trials and challenges that we all undergo. As we continue through these difficult times, I imagine all of us feel at least somewhat overwhelmed in the face of continued uncertainty, with so many things being suspended, limited or postponed. In light of this, let us keep our eyes all the more focused on the Lord. Let us take to heart Jesus’ words to His disciples with their fear: Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid! St. Thérèse of Lisieux used to say, “I count on Him. Suffering may go its limit, but I am sure He will never abandon me.” The Lord Jesus is with us! Jesus, I trust in You!

God bless you this week,

Fr. Andrew Pacheco


The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will commence in altered form on Thursdays, 10 am to 11 am led by Fr. Andrew Pacheco at the steps of the church. Starting with the Rosary, and ending with the Benediction.

Confessions will be heard by Father Andrew Pacheco on this Saturday 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm on the grounds of St. Vincent’s Church at the Veteran’s Memorial Bench located next to the Church garage on 6th Street. Please be sure to wear a mask.

Rectory Porch Ministry Table–Please check out the table on the front porch of the rectory for prayer books, medals, and the Magnificat in English. If you want to donate your books or religious items leave in a bag on the bench and we will add them to the display.

Happy Birthday Father Andrew, you are a gift to this parish. Thank you God .


Kim Williams, Business Manager

St. Vincent de Paul Church


Hello Friends!

The Petaluma Educational Foundation (PEF) is hosting a fun raffle to support the programs of the foundation (scholarships and grants) plus help out our local restaurants during this challenging time. 

Buy your Taste of the Town raffle ticket for $20/each for a chance to win one of three prizes: $1,000, $500, or $250 in a variety of local restaurant gift cards!  It is simple, just email, text or call Contact PEF 707.778.4632 – or a PEF Board Member to get your tickets. Visit for all the latest details! A special thank you to our sponsor W.K. McLellan Co. for underwriting the raffle prizes.

Winners will be announced during the online live-stream broadcast presentation on Saturday, September 12th.  Please mark your calendar now to tune in and participate in the hour-long show!  Feel free to post and help us spread the word to friends, family, neighbors, and business associates about the raffle and our online virtual BASH. 

Thanks for helping PEF!

Thank you,
Maureen Highland


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.”

This hymn 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.