May 14, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day and thank you to all mothers. I thank you for all you have done and are doing for your children. I thank you for being a wonderful image of God’s faithful and untiring love. So in memory of my mother I thank you. On behalf of your children I thank you.

 

We will have Good Wine for our retired parishioners at 11:00 a.m. this Thursday, May 18th. We will be starting right at 11:00 so that I can make it to the noon Mass. Good Wine includes a presentation from 11-12:00 followed by lunch together.

 

We welcome Fr. Mark Beran from our sister parish the St. Augustine Indian Mission who is here this weekend for Masses and will be in the Gathering Space after Masses.

 

May is Mental Health Awareness month. We have materials in the Gathering Space and you can find them online at www.nimh.nih.gov . The bigger cultural challenge is for us to seek and support mental health care just as we do physical health care. May we better provide that support as Church and individuals.

 

Our Daily Mass on Thursdays is now at 12:00 noon. We had 24 people at our first Thursday noon Mass so it is a successful experiment so far. The other daily Mass times are 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

I thank all the gardeners that came together in the past week to plant flowers and make our grounds look so beautiful. Of course God and all the rain we have had gets some credit too. In gardening like in much of life God works with our efforts, not without us.  

 

Small Groups for Children grades K-5 will begin this September. These groups will be about friends, faith and fun. They will be Sundays between the Massed from 10:10 to10:55. We now are looking for group leaders, either adults or responsible teens. Training, a structure and materials will be provided. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or are interested in helping.

May 7, 2017

Small Groups for Children grades K-5 will begin this September. These small groups will create real community and friendships between the kids. The groups will include time to share how their week has gone, music and prayer as well as a lesson connected with scripture. We plan to have the small groups on Sundays between 10:10 and 10:55, which will be convenient for both the 9:00 and 11:00 Sunday Masses. We now are looking for group leaders, either adults or responsible teens. Training, a structure and materials will be provided. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have questions or are interested in helping.

 

The book, “The Shack” will be one of many small groups offered this fall. We are now trying to gauge interest. If you are interested in leading a small group using “The Shack” this fall, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Fr. Mark Beran from our sister parish the St. Augustine Indian Mission will be here next weekend for Masses and will be in the Gathering Space after Masses.

 

Our Daily Mass on Thursdays is now at 12:00 noon. The other daily Mass times are 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

A Grief Support Group led by Harry Hynes Hospice will begin this week here at St. Vincent’s on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The first meeting is May 9th.

 

We have replaced most of the ceiling tile and lights on the south side of the Gathering Space. The rest will be replaced in the coming week. I am very happy with the results and am glad we decided to replace all the ceiling tiles since they are significantly whiter and brighter than the old tiles. We saved some of the old tile to replace tile that has water damage on the North Side of the Gathering Space. We also plan to do some lighting updates on the North Side. I want to offer a special thank you to Shane Atwood our maintenance supervisor and Bob Mann a volunteer who made this project happen. I also thank all of you for your support through the Annual Fund that allows us to do these projects. After we finish with the Gathering Space, we then plan to do some updates in the Reconciliation Chapel.

April 30, 2017

Starting this week, May 4th Daily Mass on Thursdays will be changed to 12:00. The other daily Mass times are 8:10 a.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

 

A Special Memorial Mass for those from the parish that have died in the last year will be this Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:30 with a reception following. This Mass is sponsored by the Bereavement Ministry.

 

Sign up now for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School on June 19-23 from 9:00-12:00 noon. We have classes for children 4 years old to 5th grade (next fall). It is a week filled with fun, laughter, friendship and learning about God. Register in the Gathering Space in April or online. Register now because classes fill up and we need to plan to have a great week together.

 

A Grief Support Group led by Harry Hynes Hospice will begin meeting here at St. Vincent’s on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The first meeting will be May 9th.

 

We have changed our donut vendor to Dunkin Donuts here in Andover in an effort to support a local business. The donuts now come in trays rather than boxes, which also makes for less trash. We also will save a little money and have more flexibility to get more donuts when needed.

 

Our collections vary more and morefrom week to week and variation is not a problem. Sometimes the large increase is from a special donation. However, a more consistent cause of the difference from one week to another is an increase in electronic giving. We now receive over $11,000 on the 15th of the month and over $6,000 on the 1st of every month through automatic electronic giving. The use of electronic giving has increased each year and is up $23,000 in the first 9 months of our fiscal year. Many people like the convenience of automatic giving. You can set up electronic giving by going to our website or by contacting Michele in the parish office to set up an automatic ACH transfer on the 1st or 15th of the month.

 

Overall our fiscal year income and expenses are very close to being in balance. With good collections over the next couple of months I hope we will end up with a balanced budget this year.

April 23, 2017

Sign up now for Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School on June 19-23 from 9:00-12:00 noon. We have classes for children 4 years old to 5th grade (next fall). There will be games, snacks, music as well as tie learning about God who created you for a purpose. It is a week filled with fun, laughter and friendship. Register in the Gathering Space in April or online. Register now because classes fill up and we need to plan to have a great week together.

 

A Special Memorial Mass for those from the parish that have died in the last year will be Wednesday, May 3rd at 5:30 with a reception following. This Mass is sponsored by the Bereavement Ministry.

 

A Grief Support Group led by Harry Hynes Hospice will begin meeting here at St. Vincent’s on Tuesday mornings from 10:00-11:30 a.m. The first meeting will be May 9th.

 

Daily Mass on Thursdays will be changed to 12:00 noon starting May 4th. We will have Mass this Thursday at 8:10 a.m. on April 27th. The other Mass times are 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. These Mass times will not change. I have become aware that many people like to come to daily Mass once during the week and so we are trying some alternative times to give people that opportunity. The new Thursday Mass at noon starting in May is an experiment based on feedback I received. Hopefully, the attendance will justify keeping it.

 

Congratulations to all our First Communicants this week and in the coming 2 weeks. May we be inspired by their excitement to receive the Body and Blood of Christ. God gives us this precious gift so freely and frequently that it is easy to take it for granted and not recognize the miracle of God’s presence in our midst.

 

Once again a Special Thank You to all the musicians and liturgical ministers who have made our Holy Week celebrations so beautiful. I pass on the appreciation of so many people to all who have served our community this past week I especially want to thank Teresa Marshall Paterson and Nick Engel for organizing our liturgical and music ministers.

April 16, 2017 - Easter

Welcome to all celebrating Jesus Christ’s resurrection. May each of you be touched byChrist’s life through the Eucharist you celebrate with us. Jesus Christ’s resurrection was a historical event, but it is not history. Jesus Christ lives in us today. St. Vincent’s is dedicated to help you grow in that life of Christ. The living Christ shapes our hearts and minds through the sacraments, faith formation and small groups that allow us to experience Christ in community.

 

St. Vincent’s Parish Staff is dedicated to welcoming you and serving you regardless of what obstacles you feel stand in your way of fully participating in the Catholic Church. I personally am willing to help you in any way I can. Call the office for an appointment if you would like to visit with me. My only desire is in the words of Pope Francis that you may discover “the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ and a community to support you.” All are welcome. All are wanted and that includes you.

 

A Special Thank You to all the musicians and liturgical ministers who have made our Holy Week celebrations so beautiful. People often remark how they have been touched by these liturgies. So I pass on the appreciation of so many people to all who have served our community this past week I especially want to thank Teresa Marshall Paterson and Nick Engel for organizing our liturgical and music ministers.

 

Daily Mass on Thursdays will be changed to 12:00 noon starting May 4th. We will have Mass on Thursdays at 8:10 a.m. on April 20 and 27th. The other Mass times are 8:10 p.m. on Tuesday and Friday, and 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. These Mass times will not change. I have become aware that many people like to come to just one daily Mass during the week and so we are trying some alternative times to give people that opportunity. The new Thursday Mass at noon starting in May is an experiment based on feedback I received. Hopefully, the attendance will justify keeping it.