June 11, 2017

Family Movie Nights start with “Moana” this Friday, June 16th. Bring the family and invite your friends to our Family Movie Nights in the courtyard this summer. There’s no charge and all are invited including non-parishioners. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend the evening at St. Vincent with food, games fun and fellowship for all ages. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. and the movies starts at 8:00 p.m. We also will have sand volleyball, kickball and other games. Ice cream, popcorn and beverages will be provided. We will move into the Social Space if there is rain. Additional movie nights will be July 14 and August 4. Contact Michele in the parish office if you are willing to help with games or hospitality.

Vacation Bible School will be June 19-23. The whole building will be taken over that week with kids. We look forward to all the activity.

 

We are accepting applications for a Saturday Mass Cantor/Ensemble Director. We seek someone proficient in voice and guitar; committed to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. Must be familiar with modern Catholic music and Praise and Worship style of music. Applications and resumes must be submitted by June 19. Position available in August. Contact Nick or myself if you have any questions.

I will be on retreat this week June 11-16, but will be back for next weekend. We will have communion services at the regular Daily Mass times. Please pray for me.

The Reconciliation Chapel is undergoing some much needed renovation including new lighting, new ceiling tile, the removal of a second door and repainting. Thanks for your Annual Fund support that make this project possible and for your patience with the mess. 

June 25, 2017

“A unique compassionate community” is the best short description I have heard for St. Vincent’s. We are using it as a tag line to describe our parish and hope it will help you describe St. Vincent’s to others. The uniqueness is not simply about our Worship Space or our liturgy. The uniqueness also points to how we prioritize ministries such as adult faith formation and small groups. Our compassion is seen in ministries and financial support that extends beyond the parish walls to the communities of Andover and Wichita. The generosity of this parish to outside ministries is on a different scale than any other Catholic parish. Compassion also is seen in how we welcome people to our parish. Recently, I had someone who said their non-Catholic spouse liked to come to St. Vincent’s more than any other church because even though he had tattoos and not the fanciest clothing he could come here without people “looking at him.” He was accepted as a person and not judged. Hospitality that receives people as they are is a gift of compassion. Finally, we have a sense of community that starts before and after Mass in the Gathering and Social Spaces. It continues through small groups and working together in so many ministries. Community is a gift we give to one another. So I encourage you to remember this short description of St. Vincent’s as “a unique compassionate community.” Hopefully these words will help you describe our community and invite people to be a part of it.

Vacation Bible School filled the building with activity and the sounds of children this past week. I am always impressed how so many children and volunteers are brought together and organized for a week. The children had fun and learned about God through lessons, activities and song. I want to thank Pam Cross who coordinated VBS this year as well as all the adult and youth volunteers who made this past week a great success.

 

Our first Family Movie Nights on June 16th was a success with a very good turnout. People gathered to enjoy food, one another and a movie. I want to thank members of the staff and volunteers who made this event a success. Additional movie nights will be July 14 and August 4. Contact Michele in the parish office if you are willing to help with games or hospitality.

We are still accepting applications for a Saturday Mass Cantor/Ensemble Director. We seek someone proficient in voice and guitar; committed to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. Must be familiar with modern Catholic music and Praise and Worship style of music. Position available in August. Contact Nick or myself if you have any questions. 

June 4, 2017

Family Movie Nights start with “Moana” on Friday, June 16th. Bring the family and invite your friends to our Family Movie Nights in the courtyard this summer. There’s no charge and all are invited including non-parishioners. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend the evening at St. Vincent with food, games fun and fellowship for all ages. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. and the movies starts at 8:00 p.m. We also will have sand volleyball, kickball and other games. Ice cream, popcorn and beverages will be provided. We will move into the Social Space if there is rain. Additional movie nights will be July 14 and August 4. Contact Michele in the parish office if you are willing to help with games or hospitality.

Matthew Kelly in person:  A busload of St. Vincent’s parishioners is going to see Matthew Kelly in Oklahoma City on September 30, 2017. The ticket price is $60 per person and includes a deluxe motor coach, a boxed dinner from Jason’s Deli and reserved seating at the Cox Convention Center. Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $30 deposit. Register at or website or by contacting the office.

 

Pentecost celebrates the gift the Holy Spirit to the apostles and early Church. The Holy Spirit is the hardest part of the Trinity to understand and appreciate. Yet the Holy Spirit is present whenever we feel God present with us or God’s love moving in our hearts or are inspired or are moved to help others. The Holy Spirit is God involved in the midst of our real lives. Pay attention to the Spirit’s inspiration helping us to see as God’s sees and respond with compassion.

 

We are accepting applications for a Saturday Mass Cantor/Ensemble Director. We seek someone proficient in voice and guitar; committed to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. Must be familiar with modern Catholic music and Praise and Worship style of music. Applications and resumes must be submitted by June 19. Position available in August. Contact Nick or myself if you have any questions. 

May 28, 2017

Family Movie Nights start with “Moana” on Friday, June 16th. Bring the family and invite your friends to our Family Movie Nights in the courtyard this summer. There’s no charge and all are invited including non-parishioners. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and spend the evening at St. Vincent with food, games fun and fellowship for all ages. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served starting at 6:30 p.m. and the movies starts at 8:00 p.m. We also will have sand volleyball, kickball and other games. Ice cream, popcorn and beverages will be provided. We will move into the Social Space if there is rain. Additional movie nights will be July 14 and August 4. Contact Michele in the parish office if you are willing to help with games or hospitality.

Matthew Kelly in person:  A busload of St. Vincent’s parishioners are going to see Matthew Kelly in Oklahoma City on September 30, 2017. The ticket price is $60 per person and includes a deluxe motor coach, a boxed dinner from Jason’s Deli and reserved seating at the Cox Convention Center. Space is limited. Reserve your spot with a $30 deposit. Register at or website or by contacting the office.

 

Pentecost celebrates the gift the Holy Spirit to the apostles and early Church. The Holy Spirit is the hardest part of the Trinity to understand and appreciate. Yet the Holy Spirit is present whenever we feel God present with us or God’s love moving in our hearts or are inspired or are moved to help others. The Holy Spirit is God involved in the midst of our real lives. Pay attention to the Spirit’s inspiration helping us to see as God’s sees and respond with compassion.

 

 

We are accepting applications for a Saturday Mass Cantor/Ensemble Director. We seek someone proficient in voice and guitar; committed to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. Must be familiar with modern Catholic music and Praise and Worship style of music. Applications and resumes must be submitted by June 19. Position available in August. Contact Nick or myself if you have any questions. 

May 21, 2017

Congratulations to all graduates both from high school, college and beyond. Graduation marks an accomplishment and a step forward in life. Graduation also highlights how you have worked to develop the gifts and talents God has given you. May you continue to develop those talents and find ways to share them with others as part of your Christian life and vocation.

5:00 Saturday Choir news:  Austin Freeman who leads music at the Saturday 5:00 Mass has decided to transfer and continue his education in Orlando, Florida. So he will be leaving Wichita in late July. He will continue to lead the music at the 5:00 Mass until he leaves. I wish Austin well in his transition to school in Orlando. He has been a great gift to St. Vincent’s.

We remain committed to the same style of music with guitars, drums, bass and piano for the 5:00 Mass. We are doing a search for a new leader for the 5:00 Saturday Mass.

We are accepting applications for a Saturday Mass Cantor/Ensemble Director. We seek someone proficient in voice and guitar; committed to full, conscious and active participation in the liturgy. Must be familiar with modern Catholic music and Praise and Worship style of music. Applications and resumes must be submitted by June 19. Position available in August. Contact Nick or myself if you have any questions.

Small Groups for Children grades K-5 will begin this September. These groups will be about friends, faith and fun. They will be Sundays between the Massed from 10:10 to10:55. We now are looking for group leaders, either adults or responsible teens. Training, a structure and materials will be provided. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or are interested in helping.

May is National Bike Month. Bicycling can be a great form of exercise and transportation, not to mention a fun way to get outside. So consider enjoying our beautiful May weather on a bike. Even if you don’t bike yourself, take care to drive attentively and respect bicycles that are on the streets by passing 3 feet away from them as required by law. Be nice to bicyclists. It might be your pastorJ.