October 22, 2017

Safe Halloween from 4-6 p.m. on Oct 31st is sponsored by the Andover Chamber of Commerce. Save Halloween includes many of the business near Central and Andover Rd. with other business gathering together in St. Vincent’s parking lot, Social Space and Gathering Space. We provide hospitality, some treats and a place for families to rest their feet. Stop by between 4 and 6 p.m. on Halloween. All are welcome!!!

Our Next Life Event is “Learning to Like the Ones You Love” on Sunday, Nov. 5th and Wednesday, Nov. 8th. Just like we need apps to make our smartphones work better, we need apps for relationships. This LIFE event will provide 3 practical strategies to improve your relationships. Learn how to love better in real life relationships. Sign up under the LIFE banner in the Gathering Space, at our website or by calling the office.

I want to thank all who have helped with The Lord’s Diner Murder Mystery. It is a remarkable event that hopes to reach the cumulative total of $1,000,000 given to the Lord’s Diner over the past 11 years. I am constantly amazed at the variety of talents that work together to create the murder mystery event; talents of cooking, creative writing, music, acting, organizing, decorating and much more. This event is truly an act of generous service, careful planning and God’s grace. I celebrate your efforts and pray for your success and that of the Lord’s Diner.

October 8, 2017

Looking for people with a passion for sharing your faith. We want to contact some of the Catholics in our parish that have not been active recently. We need people who are willing to make a friendly contact to listen and let these parishioners know we care about them. There will be no solicitation of donations or discussion of obligations or Catholic guilt used. We also hope these visits will help us discover how we can serve all our parishioners better.

My goal is to start a new ministry with a group of people focused on these friendly visits. This ministry is about evangelization, but I know most people don’t like that word because it sounds preachy and pushy. However, we don’t want this ministry to be preachy or pushy at all. If you are interested, please contact me at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Our Life Event:  Our Neighbors Faith is today, Sunday Oct 8th or Wed. Oct. 11th. Wednesday is adults only. I hope to see you there.

Eucharistic Minister training will take place after the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, Oct. 22nd in the Ville. This training includes the diocesan certification. We also will go over parish procedures for new ministers. Both existing and new ministers are strongly encouraged to attend. If you are interested in serving as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Vincent’s or have any questions, please talk to Teresa or me after Mass. I want to thank all our Eucharistic Ministers who faithfully serve our community each week as well as those ministers who take communion to the homebound and those in nursing homes. 

October 1, 2017

Our Next Life Event is on Sunday Oct 8th or Wed. Oct. 11th. The focus is Learning About Your Neighbor’s Faith. We will look at Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Native American Spirituality. We will get below the externals to look at the heart of each faith. This event is part 2 following a session last April about the uniqueness of our Catholic Christian faith. Hopefully it will help us grow in love and understanding even amidst our differences. Sign up now in the Gathering Space or online. Please note that only the Sunday session will have children’s breakouts in order to facilitate large enough groups to provide a good experience for the children and youth. Wednesday evenings will primarily be for adults. LIFE Events are for the whole family and are a great way to continue to grow in faith.

Growing in your own faith is one of the most important things you can do to bring faith to others. When people see you more at peace, more generous, and more loving, they will be attracted. They may wonder what is bringing you this peace. You may be able to better listen and encourage them. The same is true for parents. Children see what is important to you. If they see you take time for prayer, prayer will be important to them. If they see you participate in the parish in a way that gives you joy, they will want to be included. If they see growth in faith, they will be drawn to faith. Too often we see evangelization as preaching to others which is off-putting. Start by growing in your own faith and prayer. You may be surprised how that growth touches the people around you.

We grow in faith through prayer, spiritual reading, acts of service and community. We have many ways of growing in faith at St. Vincent’s from Sunday Liturgy to LIFE Events to small groups to many opportunities to serve. Get involved and grow in your own faith. Give God a bit of room to work and God can do wonderful things in your life and the lives of people around you.

Thank you to all who helped with the Fall Festival and Greater Andover Days. One new thing we had as part of Greater Andover Days was a float in the parade, which was done by the youth. Great job and thank you to everyone involved. 

September 24, 2017

The Fall Festival is next weekend. It is held in conjunction with Greater Andover Days. We have a wonderful lunch served here on Saturday, Sept. 26th with soup and bierocks. There is the Upscale Garage Sale in the Social Space Thursday-Saturday as well as a bake sale in the Gathering Space. On Saturday, there will be “Junk in the Trunk” in our parking lot. The Knights are smoking and selling ribs and this year there will be a plant/seed exchange hosted by our gardeners. Stop by to enjoy the activities. Volunteers are always wanted.

Our Next Life Event is on Sunday Oct 8th or Wed. Oct. 11th. The focus is Learning About Your Neighbor’s Faith. We will look at Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and Native American Spirituality. We will get below the externals to look at the heart of each faith. This event is part 2 following a session last April about the uniqueness of our Catholic Christian faith. Hopefully it will help us grow in love and understanding even amidst our differences. Sign up now in the Gathering Space or online. Please note that only the Sunday session will have children’s breakouts in order to facilitate large enough groups to provide a good experience for the children and youth. Wednesday evenings will primarily be for adults. LIFE Events are for the whole family and are a great way to continue to grow in faith.

Thank you to the choirs. It is great to have the choirs going again at the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Masses. I want to thank Nick Engels for organizing and directing these choirs. I also want to applaud the great job Brian Miller and the other musicians are doing at the 5:00 Saturday Mass. The beauty and inspiration you bring to our liturgies is a great gift to all of us. Contact Nick or Brian after Masses if you want to share your gifts as part of our music ministry.

Thank you to the Bereavement Ministry for the great mini-retreat last Saturday on “Our Last Best Gift.” The retreat was led by Fr. Tom Welk. He did a great job and the organization was amazing as well as the take home materials. A special thank you to Nancy Hughey who did so much to make this happen.

Thank you to all who helped with the parish picnic. It was great to see so many people take part in the picnic. It was a fun relaxing day for everyone, young and old alike. Thank you to Michele Carlini who organized the staff and all the volunteers. 

September 17, 2017

Come to our Parish Picnic on this Sunday afternoon, Sept. 17th. There is food and fun for young and old alike. The Picnic starts with food at 11:30 a.m. and ends with Bingo from 1:30-2:30. Many other activities in between.

Adult Small Group sign-ups continue this weekend. We have small groups planned around Bible study, book study, film study, special interests and hobbies as well as service. Check out the groups in the Gathering Space. Adult small groups connect us at different places on our spiritual journeys.

The Fall Festival is held in conjunction with Greater Andover Days. We have a wonderful lunch served here with soup and bierocks. There is the Upscale Garage Sale in the Social Space Thursday-Saturday as well as a bake sale in the Social Space. On Saturday, there will be “Junk in the Trunk” in our parking lot. The Knights are smoking and selling ribs and this year there will be a plant/seed exchange hosted by our gardeners. Stop by especially on Saturday to enjoy the activities. Volunteers are always wanted.

Liturgy Matters: The phrase in the Apostles Creed, “Christ descended into hell” brings with it many questions and makes it seems like Christ was sent to suffer more in hell. However, the intended meaning is very different. Christ’s suffering ended on the cross. The creed uses the word “hell” to signify the realm of the dead. Christ went to “hell” to save all those that lived and died before Christ came. It tells us God’s love and mercy reach even into hell and therefore there is no place and no people outside of God’s love.

Let me know if there are any other things in our Sunday Mass that create questions and I will try to answer them.