January 17, 2016

An Annulment Workshop is this Thursday, January 21st at 7:00 PM in the Daily Mass Chapel. All are invited. No reservations are needed. I am willing to help anyone that wants to get an Annulment.

The Life Event on Sun. Jan. 31st and Feb. 3rd will feature a teaching from Fr. Robert Barron on “Paths to Holiness.” Life has its ups and downs. The challenge is to remain grounded in Christ as the source of our security and happiness. Reserve your place on the parish web site, by calling the office, or by signing up under the LIFE banner in the gathering space.

Good Wine ministry to those 70 and better and their spouses will be this Thursday, January 21st at 11:00 AM with a presentation by Fr. Kent. Lunch follows at 12:00 noon. All those 70+ are welcome. No reservation is necessary. Just come join us in the Ville.

High School Students planning to go to a Catholic High School next year need to contact the parish office within the next couple of weeks to schedule an appointment to complete the Parish/Family/Student agreement for 2016-2017.

Pope Francis calls for a “missionary option” to transform the Church in every place. But are we afraid to share our faith? We do not want be overbearing or to impose our beliefs on others. However, is there another way of sharing faith that is not overbearing and imposing? How can we in the words of Pope Francis “offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ?” Perhaps, we need to begin by listening to the needs and concerns of others. Then if they are grieving we might share how faith gives us hope of eternal life—how we imagine heaven—how we hope to be reunited with our loved ones. If the other person is struggling with relationships, we can listen and share our insights and what real love means to us. The list could go on, but can we start by listening, and then share our experience of life that has been shaped by faith not in an overbearing way, but with love. We start by listening without judgment, but with the acceptance that Jesus showed to the tax collectors and prostitutes.
Pope Francis is Okay with a “Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty from being out on the streets”—a Church that offers understanding rather than judgment. Pope Francis says, “If something should rightly disturb us, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.” Can we find loving ways to share our gift of faith with others?

January 10, 2016

Quilt Bingo is this Sunday, January 10th starting at 2:00 PM in the Ville. There will be a luncheon from 12:00 noon to 2:00 in the Ville before the Quilt Bingo.

The Life Event on Sun. Jan. 31st and Feb. 3rd will have a fun carnival feel, which will feature a teaching from Fr. Robert Barron on “Paths to Holiness.” We will look at where we are on the ever spinning wheel of life & what it takes to stay grounded in the Lord. Reserve your place on the parish web site, by calling the office, or by signing up under the LIFE banner in the gathering space.

High School Students planning to go to a Catholic High School next year need to contact the schools and the parish office within the next couple of weeks. The enrollment process begins this month. I will be meeting with all families of Catholic High School students in the 2016-2017 school year. Call the office to schedule an appointment to complete the Parish/Family/Student agreement for 2016-2017.

The Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our baptism and the gift of faith rooted in a relationship with Jesus. Faith is living with a trust God will be with us and care for us always. Faith leads us to experience God’s infinite love for us, which leads to joy and a desire to share that joy with others.

December 27, 2015

Our Masses for the Holy Day of Mary the Mother of God are Thursday, Dec. 31st at 5:00 PM and Friday January 1st at 11:00 AM. We have tried to make the schedule as convenient as possible for those to celebrating the New Year.
The parish office will be open this week until Thursday at 12:00 noon.

Our charitable ministry in Andover and the surrounding communities has grown over the past 3 or 4 years. We now have a St. Vincent de Paul Society that helps people in our parish boundaries that need everything from utilities to prescriptions. We participate in Hands to Serve that helps with home repairs in Andover and the surrounding communities. This year we got involved in Andover Caring and Sharing that helps families in Andover schools that are struggling. We also have increased our support to the Andover Community Food Bank located at the Methodist Church and we will probably host the summer food program this year. Finally we now are helping the Sunshine Children’s Home here in Andover.
This outreach to our local communities is important for 2 reasons. First, there is a need in Andover and we as the largest church have an important role to play for these efforts to be successful. Secondly, there are fewer services in Butler County so churches and community organizations need to pick up the slack. I want to thank the St. Vincent de Paul Society, the many volunteers in the different ministries and Michele Carlini here in the office for all their good work reaching out to those in need in our local community. This local involvement is fulfilling the second part of our mission statement, “to build God’s kingdom.”

Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church.  The need for your gifts is real. Your year-end gifts carry us through the whole year.  Our ministries to the youth, faith formation, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s. Finally, thank you to all who have already responded with generous gifts.

December 20, 2015

A special welcome to all the extended families and visitors to St. Vincent’s during this Christmas season. We are blessed by your presence here with us. If there is any way we can serve you, please let us know. The parish office will be open Monday – Thursday both this week and next from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of closing at noon on Thursday, Dec. 24th.

Our Christmas Eve Masses are at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and the Christmas day Mass is at 10:00 a.m. The only Mass that will be overflowing is the 4:00 p.m. Mass Christmas Eve. I expect the 6:00 p.m. Mass to be comfortably full. There will be plenty of room at the other Masses.

Our Christmas Collection is for the retired priests and seminarians. We have 56 seminarians and 28 retired priests so the need is great. One of the seminarians, Paul Wagle is from our parish. Use the envelopes sent by the diocese or those we have in your packets. Thank you in advance for your response to this need.

Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church.  The need for your gifts is real. Your year-end gifts carry us through the whole year.  Our ministries to the youth, faith formation, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s.

Thank you to Linda Johnson for inscribing the names of the confirmation candidates in their Bibles with calligraphy.

December 13, 2015

Today is Gaudete Sunday which means a Sunday to rejoice for the Lord is near. With troubles in our world and so many struggles in people’s lives, the call to rejoice can seem disconnected from our lives. Yet we as Christians proclaim the Lord is near to us today. Christ is near in the Eucharist, in prayer and in the midst of our lives. Faith opens our eyes to the presence of Christ in our world. Knowing God is with us in the midst of our messy world is reason for hope and a reason to rejoice. One sign of a healthy faith is a joy that comes from a deep connection and trust in God. What part of the Gospel leads you to joy? Where do you find joy in your life? How can you share that joy?  Pope Francis tells us we as Church should be signs of mercy and joy. Is that what people see in each of us?

Our Christmas Eve Masses are at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. and the Christmas day Mass is at 10:00 a.m. The only Mass that will be overflowing is the 4:00 p.m. Mass Christmas Eve. I expect the 6:00 p.m. Mass to be comfortably full. There will be plenty of room in the other Masses.

Consider making a special year-end gift to St. Vincent de Paul Church.  The need for your gifts is real as we have delayed some payments since our bank balance is so low. Your year-end gifts allow us to build up funds that carry us through June.  Our ministries to the youth, faith formation for all, and outreach to those in need in our community are all going strong. Help support the great work happening here at St. Vincent’s. We need you.

Please pray for our Confirmation Candidates who are recognized in our liturgies this weekend. We have 74 young people preparing for Confirmation this year.

There will be no Good Wine ministry this Thursday. We will meet again January 21, 2016.

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