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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, On December 27, I saw my first Christmas tree stripped and hauled to the curb. For those observing the full liturgical season, Christmas begins on Christmas Eve and ends on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, which falls on January 9 this coming year. We can continue to bask in […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.