Entries by Fr. Bill Donahue

Pastor’s Desk ~ February 5, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This is the final of four articles on the late Pope Benedict XVI. The conclave of 2005 which elected Pope Benedict XVI was the first to be housed in Casa Santa Marta at the Vatican, built by Pope John Paul II for that purpose and for housing visiting clergy at other times. […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ January 29, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, This is a third reflection on the life and ministry of Pope Benedict XVI. It will focus on his election and the first partof his papacy. Due to limitations on space, a fourth (and final– I promise!) reflection will be in next week’s “Pastor’s Desk.” For at least a century, Vaticanologists have […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ January 22, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, The following is the second of what was originally intended to be a two-part series of reflections on Pope Benedict XVI. The first part dealt largely with his earlier life. Due to space limitations in this week’s bulletin, the series will need an extra week. This second part will deal largely with […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ January 8, 2023

Dear Fellow Parishioners, By the time this appears in the bulletin, the funeral of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will have taken place. After nearly 10 years as Pope Emeritus, he left the public life of the Church as quietly as he entered it. To place Benedict XVI’s life in better perspective, it might be useful […]

Pastor’s Desk – December 4, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last time I wrote about the visit of Fr. Kiely’s great-grand nephew (Fr. Kiely was the pastor of St. Vincent’s from 1915-1968, and built our church.) I was very happy to meet him and to pass the news on to you. Our visitor, whose name is Dr. Paul Martin, contacted me to […]

Pastor’s Desk ~ November 27, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last Saturday morning, we had an unexpected but most welcome visitor from Dublin, Ireland. Let me set the scene. At 10:00 a.m., I had six baptisms in Spanish and, at the conclusion of the final blessing, there was the usual bedlam as parents, godparents, relatives and newly-baptized children line up to take […]

Pastor’s Desk – Nov. 13, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, A couple of weeks ago, a parishioner e-mailed me asking what the main collection pays for, and why we have so many second collections. I thought some of you might be interested in my answer. The first collection goes to the day-to-day expenses of the parish. The largest item by far is […]

Pastor’s Desk – November 6, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I thought I’d do something different with the Pastor’s Desk this week, and provide information on a number of matters. Video Masses: For the next several weeks, the Saturday evening Masses will not be posted on the parish website, due to the unavailability of our videographer. While most parishioners have returned to […]

Pastor’s Desk – October 30, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I am happy to lead with very positive news. The result of our October Mass Count is that our Mass attendance shows an 18% increase over 2018. This is particularly welcome news after the long COVID lockdown. Still, there are long-time parishioners who still feel unable to return. We continue to offer […]

Pastor’s Desk – October 23, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, October is significant – especially this year – for three anniversaries: the opening of the Second Vatican Council, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Loma Prieta Earthquake. Though they differ in character, they are important dates for those who lived through them, and whose effects continue to this day. October 11th was […]