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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, Some years ago, I joined the tens of millions of Americans who have GPS navigation systems in their cars. Within a month, I didn’t know how I ever survived without it. It’s the perfect “back-seat driver:” silent (if you turn off the audio), nearly invisible, and gives directions without critique. Before long, […]
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.