|TODAY, I AM GRATEFUL…Here we are in 2021. The challenges of the past year are behind us. I am grateful for the blessings of 2020 despite the restrictions of the pandemic. My family is healthy and working, thanks to a generous God. I was able to tour the Holy Land in February before Covid shut everything down. Wonderful pilgrimage memories continue to comfort me.|
My daughter’s house, barn, and orchard were spared during the fires around Healdsburg. When I feel stressed, I journey up 101 for a walk in Julie’s woodsy property. The fire scars are still apparent, but they remind us of God’s good graces.
A dear friend died at Thanksgiving after a painful bout with bone cancer. God didn’t make her suffer too long before He took her home. I am grateful for the St. Vincent Faith community with their caring support during her illness and the loving remembrances of her passing.
As I sit in my “prayer chair,” I can see the salvia waving in my front yard. Occasionally, shiny, green hummingbirds flit about sipping the nectar from the blossoms. God’s little helicopters encourage me in their beauty. My backyard azalea blossoms make me smile as I think of my late mother who planted them.
Let’s all pray for continuing rain; an end to the pandemic and a speedy rollout of the vaccine. I’m sure we’re all making plans to see family and friends once the restrictions are lifted.
Today I am grateful for the simple blessings in my life such as warm water on my hands and face.
God bless you.
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.