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 […]

Pastor’s Desk – May 15, 2022

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, […]

Pastor’s Desk – May 8, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Mother’s Day is one of the very few, if only, observances celebrated throughout the world. It is truly transcultural. The vast majority of these celebrations take place either on the second Sunday in May, or on another day in Spring, the season of new life. (Consistent with this logic, Argentina celebrates Mother’s […]

Pastor’s Desk – May 1, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, Last Sunday was a busy day, not only in Petaluma, but also on the church calendar. The Second Sunday of Easter has been celebrated under several titles over the years. Some of us remember when it was known as “Low Sunday”– not because it was seen as a big letdown after Easter […]

Pastor’s Desk – Easter Sunday – April 17, 2022

Dear Fellow Parishioners, I had no idea how many people to expect for the Lenten Reconciliation Service. It had been three years since our last Lenten service, and the Advent Reconciliation Service a few months ago was decently, but not heavily, attended. (The masking mandate was still in place.) This time, we had nine priests hearing confessions. […]