February 26, 2016

Ash Wednesday is March 1st.  We will have Masses at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM with the distribution of Ashes at both Masses. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is a time for Christian renewal. Consider what changes you want to make in life? Is there a new prayer practice you want to begin? What Lenten practices might help you reach these goals?


Our Annual Fund this year plans to address some of the hundred small things that can make a building show its age. We plan to do a number of projects such as tile the floor in the catacombs, replace the wallpaper in the Worship Space with tile, replace the lights and tile ceiling above the south side of the Gathering Space, update technology where needed as well as accomplish other smaller projects. With all these projects we plan to leverage your gifts with the time and talents of maintenance staff and volunteers to double the value of your gifts. We also hope to pay-off most of the remainder of the loan for the Heating and Air replacement for the north part of the building. To support the Annual Fund, please return the pledge card or your gift during the next couple of weeks. Thank you in advance for your support that makes St. Vincent’s such a beautiful and welcoming place.


Our next LIFE event is about Steps to Forgiveness and will be next Sunday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 8th. Sign up now in the Gathering Space, online or by calling the office. Jesus taught us to forgive so we could find peace within ourselves and move toward reconciliation with others. Come and learn from Jesus and from personal stories and experience.


The Why of Communion Procession Changes: The why is quite simply to be more welcoming to those coming to St. Vincent’s for the first time. Imagine coming to a church for the first time and going forward to communion only to realize you are in the wrong place at the wrong time and everybody in church just saw you out of place. You feel embarrassed and it is unlikely you are going to come back again. Having the Communion Ministers come forward before the procession starts prevents this kind of confusion. Starting from the front rows also is intuitive and prevents this kind of embarrassment. I know change is hard, but hospitality requires a willingness to adapt what may feel very comfortable to insiders but creates confusion or embarrassment for outsiders. I ask for your patience for the sake of hospitality for newcomers.