Dear Fellow Parishioners, This week, I have some welcome news, and some not-so-welcome news. The welcome news is that our Office Manager, Kim Williams, continues to recover from her recent stroke with intensive physical therapy. I am happy to report that her progress has been so positive that she will be able to continue her […]
I had the distinct pleasure of visiting our Kim Williams at the Vallejo Kaiser Acute Rehab Facility this last Wednesday. As you may know, she suffered a stroke on Thursday night, August 19th and was transferred to Vallejo on Wednesday, August 25th. This is a very fine facility that attracts students from all over the […]
GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD, LET YOUR SPIRIT BE WITH US TODAY. HEAR OUR PRAYERS, AND INCREASE IN US THE WILL TO FOLLOW YOUR SON JESUS. HELP US TO DRAW ON THE RESOURCES OF OUR FAITH AS WE USE THE OPPORTUNITIES OF OUR DEMOCRACY TO SHAPE A SOCIETY MORE RESPECTFUL OF THE LIFE, DIGNITY, AND RIGHTS […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, Two weeks ago, I began my informal “tour” of the Mass with the development of the entrance procession, and described the normal order of the procession, beginning with the thurifer (incense-bearer) and ending with the clergy celebrant. Last week, I continued the discussion of incense with the huge swinging thurible (censer) in […]
My Dear Parishioners, Last week, I began my general pastoral explanation of the Mass with the purpose and order of the entrance procession: Incense, cross, candles, deacon with Book of the Gospels, clergy, presiding celebrant. One of the most colossal examples of a thurible (“incense burner”) is the “Botafumeiro” (literally, “smoke expeller”) hanging in the […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners– Over the next several weeks– or however long it takes– I would like to do something I’ve been thinking about for some time, which is to provide a general outline and explanation of certain features of the Mass. For many of us “cradle Catholics,” there are some things we learned long ago […]
Dear Fellow Parishioners, At the risk of leaving someone out, I would like to thank the many members of our parish community who each played their part in making our first celebration of Easter in two years a memorable and beautiful one. Our Flower Committee plans Easter, weeks in advance and swings into action on […]
——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————– Dear Fellow Parishioners, First, I would like to thank all those who helped prepare and celebrate Palm Sunday. As on most any other Sunday, we had six Masses with six different musical settings. Even in a simplified form, it still takes a small army of people to prepare the palms and make it all […]
Holy Week is now upon us. Lent, and Holy Week in particular, resonate deeply with nearly all of us. The Lenten symbols and practices (Friday abstinence, Stations of the Cross, abstaining from reciting the Gloria or speaking “Alleluia” in the church, etc.) are imprinted in our hearts. One of the most memorable customs I remember […]
Nearly past the mid-Lent mark, we rejoice with you on this Laetare Sunday of Lent. Our redemption is at hand and God’ mercy is endless! On this Holy Sunday, we share our second Vespers hymn that we sing: O Jesus Christ, From Thee Began. The text contains the sentiments of every Christian soul during this […]
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.