March 12, 2017

Susie Wilson will be our new Director of Faith Formation. She will be taking over all the planning, organizing and volunteer coordination for our faith formation programs. Susie’s gifts of a vision for faith formation, organization and volunteer coordination will continue to be a great asset to our faith formation programs. Susie has worked with our faith formation programs here at St. Vincent’s for 11 years and has been instrumental in developing and growing our programs such as Time Travelers and Small Groups. I look forward to the ways Susie will help us grow and develop our faith formation programs in the future.

 

Gayle Beuke will be semi-retiring and will step down as Director of Faith Formation, but will continue presenting LIFE programs and Breakfast of Champions as well as advising as needed. The official change will happen August 1st. I thank Gayle for sharing her gifts and her dedication to faith formation at St. Vincent’s for the past 17 years. I look forward to this transition as we adapt these positions to use the gifts of both Susie and Gayle to the full.

 

Eve Baker will be taking over the Edge Middle School youth ministry. Shelly Swearingen needed to hand over the ministry because of family demands. We hope Eve will bring the same life and energy to Edge as she has to Lifeteen. Hopefully some new synergies will also be found between the two ministries. I want to thank Shelly Swearingen for all she has done for the middle school youth this past year.

 

We have begun Our Annual Fund projects with tile on the walls of the Church to replace the worn wallpaper. This project will take a couple more weeks to complete. I want to thank Shane Atwood, Gayle and Phyllis Hilger for their hard work on this project. The next project will be to replace the ceiling tile and lights in the south part of the Gathering Space. I thank you for your patience during the construction process.

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. 

March 5, 2017

Lent is here. Choose a Lenten practices that will help you grow in faith. Perhaps that is reading the Bible or a spiritual book. Perhaps it is adopting a practice of prayer each day. Perhaps it is fasting. Perhaps it is doing charity work. Perhaps it is going to daily Mass one day each week or joining in Soup and Stations at 6:00 PM on Fridays. I know many people found our 5:30 PM Wednesday Evening Mass to be a great Lenten practice. One online resource you may want to check out that will emphasize the main themes of the book “Resisting Happiness” is dynamiccatholic.com and their best Lent ever program. Sign up and you will receive a 2-3 minute video each day. Make a plan and live your plan so that Christ joy might become your joy during this Lent.

 

The Wednesday Evening Mass at 5:30 PM will be in the Worships Space rather than the Daily Chapel.

 

Remember our LIFE event—Steps to Forgiveness is this Sunday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 9th.

 

Lent is a time for abstinence from meat on Fridays as a nod to tradition, but also as a small way to be in solidarity with all those who do not have enough to eat. Traditionally fish is allowed as it is not a warm blooded meat. 

 

Our Annual Fund this year will address many of the hundred small things that can make a building show its age. We want 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 and in the Reconciliation Chapel, update technology where needed as well as accomplish a number of other smaller projects. We plan to do most of these projects with the gifts of the time and talents of maintenance staff and volunteers. We also hope to pay-off 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.

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. 

February 19, 2017

Our Annual Fund provides for the upkeep of our buildings. Pledge cards are being mailed out. This year we plan to accomplish 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 above the south side of the Gathering Space, update technology where needed as well as accomplish a number of other smaller projects. With all these projects we plan to leverage your gifts with the time and talents of maintenance staff and parishioners to get twice as much value out 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.

 

Small Group Sign-ups are this weekend. Feel free to invite anyone you know to join a small group with you. Consider what small groups may be helpful for you and also for people you know.Small groups grow faith and connect people to real community. We have groups focused on the book, “Resisting Happiness” and many other groups focused on everything from Self-Help to Common Interests to Service/Community to Faith Building groups. Call the office if you have a friend to add to the small groups.

 

Pornography Help Resources can be found at www.integrityrestored.com . There are free e-books to help parents protect their children and to help individuals struggling with pornography. Other training for parents can be found at www.cmgparent.org . Covenant eyes is another resource on the internet to help individuals struggling with pornography.

 

Full Time Director of Faith Formation wanted for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover, KS starting July 1st. Contact the office for more information. Send resumes and completed applications to the parish office by February 21st

February 12, 2017

Small Group Sign-ups are this weekend and next. Small groups grow faith and connect people to real community. We have groups focused on the book, “Resisting Happiness” and many other groups focused on everything from Self-Help to Common Interests to Service/Community to Faith Building groups. Find what works for you. Grow in Faith. Discover Community.

 

Much of the Staff will be out of the office from Tuesday morning until noon on Thursday this week. We are going to the Kansas Leadership Center for a workshop this week. Volunteers will be in the office most of the time and the staff will be back Thursday afternoon. The rest of the building will be open and scheduled activities will continue. Thank you for your patience during this week so we can hopefully serve you better.

 

Good Wine is cancelled this week because the staff will be gone on Thursday morning. We will have Good Wine on Thursday, March 16th.

 

Remembering Church is a way to renew your relationship with Christ and the Church. Bring your questions or just come and listen. Remembering Church starts this Thursday, February 16th at 7:00 PM in Room 1A and continues each Thursday after that until February. Come when you can. No commitment is necessary.

 

Free VITA Tax Preparation for people with income under $54,000 and not too many complications is taking place at St. Vincent’s until April 15th.  Call 211 to make an appointment. We host this ministry in cooperation with United Way as one more way of living compassion in our local community.

 

I want to thank all the volunteers who helped at the Warming Souls Shelter in Wichita in the early mornings and evenings of this past week. I also want to thank so many in the parish for their financial support which keeps this ministry of God’s compassion going.

 

Full Time Director of Faith Formation wanted for St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Andover, KS starting July 1st. Contact the office for more information. Send resumes and completed applications to the parish office by February 21st