January 13, 2019

Eucharistic Minister training is this Sunday, January 13 at 12:00 noon in the Ville. We will have a light luncheon and the training will follow. This training is done by the diocese so you will get your official certification. We always need more ministers and we want them to be trained by the diocese. So I am inviting new ministers to come and attend. The qualifications to be a Eucharistic Minister are to be in good standing with the Church and willing to serve. I extend a special invitation to youth who have been confirmed to be a part of this ministry.

 

Our January Life Event is about Growth in our Spiritual Journey and will be Sunday, January 27th (everyone) and Wed. January 30th (adults only). We will focus on our spiritual journey as a whole to help you understand how to better work with God’s grace, tips on prayer and how to deal with the ups and downs of the spiritual journey. In case you are wondering, there are no NFL playoff games that weekend as it is the break before the Super Bowl. Sign up now in the Gathering Space or online.

 

Gluten Free Hosts (or at least very low gluten) are available for those who need them. Talk to Teresa before or after Mass to learn the process for using them at St. Vincent’s.

 

For those who are Homebound and not able to come to Mass, we have ministers who take communion to them. Please contact the office so we can bring you communion. I also visit and anoint the homebound on the first Fridays of the month.

 

Hospital visits:  I’m glad to visit parishioners in the hospitals. However, you have to let us know you are in the hospital and would like a visit. The HIPPA privacy rules prevent hospitals from contacting us without your explicit permission so we need to hear from you.

January 6, 2019

Eucharistic Minister training will be next Sunday, January 13 at 12:00 noon in the Ville. We will have a light luncheon and the training will follow. This training is done by the diocese so you will get your official certification. We always need more ministers and we want them to be trained by the diocese. So I am inviting new ministers to come and attend. The qualifications to be a Eucharistic Minister are to be in good standing with the Church and willing to serve. The commissioning rite wisely speaks about love and service, not worthiness. I extend a special invitation to youth who have been confirmed to be a part of this ministry. Feel free to contact Teresa or me if you have any questions:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Our January Life Event is about Growth in our Spiritual Journey and will be Sunday, January 27th (everyone) and Wed. January 30th (adults only). We will focus on our spiritual journey as a whole to help you understand how to better work with God’s grace, tips on prayer and how to deal with the ups and downs of the spiritual journey. In case you are wondering, there are no NFL playoff games that weekend as it is the break before the Super Bowl. Sign up now in the Gathering Space or online.

 

Students wanting to go to Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School next year need to make appointments with me within the next 3 weeks. They also should be completing the initial pre-registration 

December 30, 2018

New Year’s resolutions:  I recently read the most common resolution was to become a better person. And by “better”, the desire was to become a more moral person. Jesus also challenged people to become better and more moral. Part of morality is living with honesty, responsibility, kindness and compassion. Other virtues could also be listed. People agree on the important basic virtues although different people would emphasize different virtues as being the most important. Jesus encouraged these virtues. Yet the” better” that Jesus pushed us to live was to practice these virtues, not only with family, friends and people that are like us, but to also practice those virtues with people that are very different from us. Jesus even challenged us to love enemies. So as we try to become “better” consider not only what virtues you need to live better, but also who you treat with honesty, kindness, compassion and generosity. Who is your neighbor?

 

I want to thank all those who made our Christmas Liturgies so beautiful beginning with Teresa who organized the ministers to all the musicians to all the other ministers and those who helped with decorations and setting up chairs. Thank you for the ways you added beauty and music to our liturgies. Thank you for the many ways you helped us celebrate this great feast.

 

Year End Gifts to St. Vincent’s are needed. December is usually the month that keeps our budget in balance. However, this year December has not boosted our income in the big way as it has in the past. There’s still one more day for year-end giving and the office will be open. Without these gifts we will have to cut back on somethings that are important to our mission of leading people closer to Jesus our Savior.

December 23, 2018

Christmas Mass times are Christmas eve, Dec. 24th at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 PM and Christmas morning at 10:00 AM. Christmas is a time to invite friends and neighbors that have nowhere else to go. All are welcome.

 

I encourage you to Be the Welcome Committee for all those who come to our Christmas Masses. Consider what it would feel like entering a Church you are not familiar with. What would help you feel welcome? Offer to slide over in your row to make room. Smile! And if they look confused, let them know where the music books are and where to find the song numbers. Strike up a conversation and learn something about the person you are sitting next to such as where they are from and what brings them to St. Vincent’s. Listen and share your story when it is appropriate. Smile and remember you are the welcome committee.

 

Year End Gifts to St. Vincent’s are needed. Your gifts allow us to be a vibrant parish with good music and liturgy; with Faith Formation for all ages; with robust hospitality; and with an active outreach to those in need in our community. Your support allows us to give flesh to God’s love and bring people closer to Christ. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

The Christmas Call to Sharing:  Please consider a gift this year to support our 37 seminarians and 19 retired priests. You may use the envelopes sent by diocese, or the designated envelopes we send out, or you can make a special donation through our online giving program. Thank you for your support.

 

I want to thank all those that made Andover Caring and Sharing a success last weekend. Families in need in the Andover community received what they needed for a great Christmas because of your help and generosity combined with the efforts of neighboring churches, the Rotary Club and firefighters. I also want to thank all that helped with Community Christmas. It was a great event where we offered hospitality, food, and music to many at St. Vincent’s and in Andover. I especially want to thank Janie Sherbon, Margaret Maniaci, Ben and Mary Sciotino who stepped up to help in a special way when Michael our chef was ill at this busy time. The many volunteers and staff made both these events a great success. One final note of thanks to the Senseny Band who once again provided a wonderful concert. It was great so many people came to enjoy.

December 16, 2018

Community Christmas is this Sunday, December 16, starting at 5:30 PM. There will be a pasta dinner for all, visits with Santa for the children, and Christmas carols from our choir. The evening ends with an amazing concert by the Senseny Band in the Worship Space at 7:00 PM. Best of all, everything is free and everybody in the community is welcome. Please invite neighbors and friends to come join us for this joyous evening.

 

Year End Gifts to St. Vincent’s are needed. We are behind last year in our tithing income and we just barely had a balanced budget last year. So we need your help. Your gifts allow us to be a vibrant parish with good music and liturgy; with Faith Formation for all ages; with an active outreach to those in need in our community; and with robust hospitality. Your support allows us to give flesh to God’s love and bring people closer to Christ. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

 

The Christmas Call to Sharing:  One of the greatest blessings in the Diocese of Wichita is that a young person is free to enter seminary without worrying about the cost of his private education. Please consider a gift this year to support our 37 seminarians and 19 retired priests. You may use the envelopes sent by diocese, or you can make a special donation through our online giving program.

 

Christmas Mass times are Christmas eve, Dec. 24th at 4:00, 6:00 and 8:00 PM and Christmas morning at 10:00 AM. Christmas is a good time to invite friends and neighbors that have nowhere else to go.

 

I encourage you to Be the Welcome Committee for all those who come to our Christmas Masses. Christmas is your opportunity to welcome the stranger and to be the good innkeeper that welcomes Jesus. The welcome you give to the stranger might be what brings that person into community. Consider what it would feel like entering a Church you are not familiar with. What would help you feel welcome? Offer to slide over in your row to make room. Smile! And if they look confused, let them know where the music books are and where to find the song numbers. Strike up a conversation and learn something about the person you are sitting next to such as where they are from and what brings them to St. Vincent’s. Listen and share your story and what brings you to St. Vincent’s when it is appropriate. Smile and remember you are the welcome committee.