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.

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.