April 16, 2017 - Easter

Welcome to all celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection. May each of you be touched byChrist’s life through the Eucharist you celebrate with us. Jesus Christ’s resurrection was a historical event, but it is not history. Jesus Christ lives in us today. St. Vincent’s is dedicated to help you grow in that life of Christ. The living Christ shapes our hearts and minds through the sacraments, faith formation and small groups that allow us to experience Christ in community.

 

St. Vincent’s Parish Staff is dedicated to welcoming you and serving you regardless of what obstacles you feel stand in your way of fully participating in the Catholic Church. I personally am willing to help you in any way I can. Call the office for an appointment if you would like to visit with me. My only desire is in the words of Pope Francis that you may discover “the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ and a community to support you.” All are welcome. All are wanted and that includes you.

 

A Special Thank You to all the musicians and liturgical ministers who have made our Holy Week celebrations so beautiful. People often remark how they have been touched by these liturgies. So I pass on the appreciation of so many people to all who have served our community this past week I especially want to thank Teresa Marshall Paterson and Nick Engel for organizing our liturgical and music ministers.

 

Daily Mass on Thursdays will be changed to 12:00 noon starting May 4th. We will have Mass on Thursdays at 8:10 a.m. on April 20 and 27th. The other Mass times are 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. These Mass times will not change. I have become aware that many people like to come to just one daily Mass during the week and so we are trying some alternative times to give people that opportunity. The new Thursday Mass at noon starting in May is an experiment based on feedback I received. Hopefully, the attendance will justify keeping it. 

April 9, 2017

Our Holy Week liturgies remind us who we are.

 

On Holy Thursday, (7 p.m.) we remember our call to serve one another and wash one another’s feet. We remember Christ’s amazing gift of His Body and Blood and are inspired to give our lives in service to one another. For those who wish, we end the evening in adoration in the Ville until 10 p.m., where we stay with Christ, remembering his prayer in the garden before his arrest.

 

On Good Friday, (7 p.m.) we remember Jesus Christ’s passion and death and how much God loves us. We pray for our world and we receive that love of Christ in his Body and Blood.

 

At the Holy Saturday Night Vigil, (8 p.m.) we gather with those preparing to join the Church to remember how Christ brings light to the darkest corners of our world. We remember the bigger story of God creating, calling and liberating his people from the beginning of time. We remember Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and are renewed along with those being baptized in the waters of baptism, recalling our own baptism and God’s life within us. We also pray that the Holy Spirit will descend upon those being confirmed and fill them and our Church with that new life of the Spirit. Finally, we celebrate how the risen Christ is with us now in the Eucharist.

 

Easter Sunday continues the celebration of Christ’s resurrection from the dead, remembering on Easter and every Sunday how the risen Christ still comes to be with us in the Eucharist we share. Easter Sunday Masses will be 7, 9 and 11 a.m.

 

Stations of the Cross will be at 3 p.m. on Good Friday.

 

There will be no 5 p.m. Saturday Mass and no confessions on Saturday, April 15th.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available this Tuesday, April 11th from 6 to at least 7 p.m. There will be no confessions Saturday, April 11th as I will be preparing for the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8 p.m.

April 2, 2016

Next Sunday is Palm Sunday so we will begin in the Gathering Space and process together into the Worship Space.

 

The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available next Saturday from 4:00-4:40 PM and on Tuesday, April 11th from 6:00 to at least 7:00 PM.

 

What Makes us Unique as Catholics our next LIFE Event is this Sunday and Wednesday, April 2nd and 5th. You can still sign up for Wednesday night.

 

The Holiest 3 days of the Year, the Easter Triduum (“Three Days”) begins with Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 PM on April 13 and continues on Good Friday at 7:00 PM and reaches its climax with the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8:00 PM. These are the great liturgies of Holy week that tell the story of the Last Supper as well as Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the ultimate story of God’s love poured out for us and victorious in both the cross and resurrection. Make plans to join us and make a mini-retreat through these liturgies. Easter Sunday Masses will be at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 AM.

 

Our first Annual Fund project of replacing the wallpaper in the Worship Space with tile is mostly complete (there are a few special areas we will do later). Next, we will do the ceiling tile and lights in the south side of the Gathering Space and also reuse some of that tile to fix the ceiling on the north side of the Gathering Space. So you may see the Gathering Space ceiling half done or in process during the next two or three weeks. 

March 26, 2017

Our Lenten Penance Service will be this Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 PM. We will have several priests here to help with confessions that evening. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is an opportunity to not only receive God’s forgiveness, but also receive God’s help as we seek to grow in love and goodness.

 

What Makes us Unique as Catholics is the subject of our next LIFE Event on April 2nd and 5th. This is the last week to sign up. We will look at our Catholic faith against the background of other faiths and through that viewpoint will explore the real genius of our Catholic faith. I encourage you to invite friends. Just let us know how many to expect.

 

Possible Daily Mass times???  I want your feedback.We are considering changing some of our Daily Mass times to meet more people’s needs. Currently we have good regular attendance at our Tuesday, 8:10 AM Mass and our Wednesday 5:30 PM Mass. However, I am open to experimenting with different times on Thursday and Friday. So what time would work best for you:  7:00 or 7:30 or 9:00 AM; 12:00 noon or 6:00 PM. Let me know at what time you would be interested in coming to Daily Mass at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks for your input

The Easter Triduum (“Three Days”) begins with Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 PM on April 13 and continues on Good Friday at 7:00 PM and reaches its climax with the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8:00 PM. These are the great liturgies of Holy week that tell the story of the Last Supper as well as Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the ultimate story of God’s love poured out for us and victorious in both the cross and resurrection. Make plans to join us and make a mini-retreat through these liturgies. Easter Sunday Masses will be at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 AM.

March 19, 2017

Possible Daily Mass times???  I want your feedback.We are considering changing some of our Daily Mass times to meet more people’s needs. Currently we have good regular attendance at our Tuesday, 8:10 AM Mass and our Wednesday 5:30 PM Mass. However, I am open to experimenting with different times on Thursday and Friday. So what time would work best for you:  7:00 or 7:30 or 9:00 AM; 12:00 noon or 6:00 PM. Let me know at what time you would be interested in coming to Daily Mass at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thanks for your input

The movie, “The Shack” is very well done.  I encourage you to see it. Through an engaging narrative of one man’s life and unusual encounter with God, it challenges us to look deeply at sin, suffering, God’s love, forgiveness and redemption. Some have criticized the movie because God refuses to stand in judgment over us. Yet, the movie’s portrayal is very much in tune with Pope St. John Paul II who said “God is the infinitely good and merciful Father. . . (Hell) is not a punishment imposed externally by God.” Instead of hell coming from God’s judgment, “it is the state of those who definitively reject the Father’s mercy, even at the last moment of life.” So hell according to St. John Paul II comes from our rejecting God, not God rejecting us.

 

Our Lenten Penance Service will be Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 PM. We will have several priests here to help with confessions that evening. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is the opposite of Adam and Eve hiding from God. Instead we bring our sins to God, receive God’s forgiveness and allow God to enter into our struggles to live out God’s love. 

 

Mass with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be this Wednesday at 11:30 AM. I also am willing to give anyone the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick after our Saturday and Sunday Masses. It is good to receive the sacrament if you are facing surgery or any serious illness.

 

The Easter Triduum (“Three Days”) begins with Holy Thursday Mass at 7:00 PM on April 13 and continues on Good Friday at 7:00 PM and reaches its climax with the Holy Saturday Night Vigil at 8:00 PM. These are the great liturgies of Holy week that tell the story of the Last Supper as well as Christ’s death and resurrection. This is the ultimate story of God’s love poured out for us and victorious in both the cross and resurrection. Make plans to join us and make a mini-retreat through these liturgies. Easter Sunday Masses will be at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 AM.