Entries by Fr. Bill Donahue

Pastor’s Desk – October 2, 2022

Dear Parishioners, Over the course of a week, we have two feast days which celebrate angels: the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Rafael on September 29th, and the Holy Guardian Angels on October 2nd. Catholics set up altars honoring Guardian Angels as early as the 4th century, and the feast of the Guardian Angels has been […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ Sept. 11, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) speaks deeply to two realities of human life which are outside of God’s positive will: It is not God’s will that anyone be lost. It is not God’s will that anyone be alone. The parable is also mysterious, as there is an element of […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ September 4, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I’ll begin by wishing you all a blessed and safe Labor Day weekend. In the past, school started on the Tuesday after Labor Day. So much of our school calendar was designed around agricultural life. Even today, there is Harvest Break in northern Maine for school children to help bring in the […]

Pastor’s Desk – August 28, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, It is very nice to see so many of you after returning from vacation earlier this month. Many of our parish families are experiencing another annual event: return to school, in all its many forms, whether to our parish elementary and high school, or local public schools, the first day of pre-school or Kindergarten, […]

Pastor’s Desk – August 21, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, It is very nice to see so many of you after returning from vacation earlier this month. The only Mass I have not celebrated since my return – the 7:30 am Sunday Mass – I will offer this weekend. The Mass schedule is set with two things in mind: rotating all priests equally […]

Pastor’s Desk – July 24, 2022

FOR GRANDPARENTSMost loving Father, we thank and praise you on this occasion as we remember and give thanks for the gift of Grandparents.We remember our Grandparents who have gone before us into eternity and pray that they already rejoice with you in heaven.We remember our Grandparents who are nearing the end of their days. Provide […]

Pastor’s Desk – July 3, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Thursday, June 30th was an important day in the life of our parish and especially for two long-time members of our staff: Rose Marie Woodruff and Kimberly Williams, who retired on this mid-point of the calendar year. When Rose Marie arrived here at SVdP 20 years ago, she already had 25 years […]

Pastor’s Desk – June 26, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I would like to take this opportunity for a frank discussion of a few points regarding Eucharistic reception and practice here at St. Vincent’s. While the reception of Holy Communion is intensely personal, it is not merely a personal devotion. It is a communal act of worship and service that requires a priest […]

Pastor’s Desk – May 29, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Though I try to avoid being too topical in my homilies and letters, there are current events that cannot be ignored. The event now, of course, is the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which is best left without further description. Our prayers are with those little angels and those who love them; […]

Pastor’s Desk – May 22, 2022

Pastor’s Desk Dear Fellow Parishioners, Other than the celebration of the Sacraments, the most important thing I do as pastor is the hiring and coordination of parish staff. We are not so much a staff as a church family dedicated to the service of this parish. After more than 25 years as our Director of […]