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; […]
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 […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, In recent years, each of our Ash Wednesday observances has differed slightly from the year before, and this year was no exception. We had our usual 8:00 am and 12:15 pm Masses. Later in the morning, Fr. Stuart and I went to the elementary school to provide a Liturgy of the Word […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, We begin our New Year again with COVID-19 and its variants in the headlines. Fortunately, the new restrictions on indoor gatherings do not apply to houses of worship. Based on our experience of the past many months, I believe our precautions here at SV have been effective in both preventing the transmission […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, On Saturday, January 1, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It is, to use the traditional term, a Holy Day of Obligation. This year, since it falls on Saturday, the obligation to attend Mass is set aside. For that reason, I will share a few thoughts on the feast, […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, I’d like to share a few thoughts about the upcoming celebrations of the last days of Advent, Christmas, the Feast of the Holy Family, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God and Epiphany. This year, these observances come in very rapid succession, all within 9 days between Christmas and Epiphany. There are 24 […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, Over the past few days, many of us have paid close attention to reports of the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus. As of this writing, there is one confirmed case in the United States, though that number seems certain to grow. While this is of obvious initial concern, I can’t help […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, Now that Thanksgiving (but hopefully not the leftovers) are behind us, we can turn our attention to the season of Advent. The grace of a new beginning which this season always brings is especially welcome this year. 1) We will begin scheduling lay lectors for Masses on the First Sunday of Advent. […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King, the 34th and final Sunday in Ordinary Time before the First Sunday of Advent, which is also the beginning of the new liturgical year. This transition point is a good time to cover a few matters regarding the liturgy and related matters, some […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, I write this on the morning of November 11th, Veterans Day, which has an interesting history of its own. Though it was observed in the U.S. by Presidential Proclamation in 1919, and thereafter throughout the country with 2 minutes of silence at 11:00 am, Armistice Day was not declared a federal holiday […]
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.