October 28, 2018

All Saints Day on Nov. 1st is a Holy Day. We will have Holy Day Masses on Wednesday at 6:00 PM and Thursday at 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM. The Halloween Parade that includes all the children in their costumes will take place before that Wednesday Vigil Mass on Oct. 31st. We moved our regular Wednesday evening Mass to 6:00 PM, immediately following the Andover Safe Halloween which is from 4-6 PM. St. Vincent will once again be a host site for Andover Safe Halloween where business can gather from all over Andover to hand out treats. Come join us either on Halloween or All Saints Day on November 1st. All Saints Day is the real reason for Halloween as it was originally known as All Hallows (“holy ones”) Eve.

 

All Saints Day reminds us of the many saints that guide us by the example of their lives and the wisdom of their teaching. You can be inspired by the Saints in a special way at our next LIFE Event on Sunday, Nov. 4th (children welcome) and Wednesday Nov. 7th (adults only).

 

Safe Halloween in Andover is sponsored by the Andover Chamber of Commerce. Business in the area give out treats from 4-6 PM on Halloween. St. Vincent’s is the site for business from far and wide to come and give out treats. Come join us and then go to the All Saints Day Vigil Mass afterwards at 6 PM. The Halloween Parade including all the children in their costumes will take place at that Mass.

 

Early Voting for Butler county residents will be at St. Vincent’s in Room 1A this Tuesday-Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

Enjoy the beauty of the fall colors. We only need to look up to receive a glorious gift from God. Our delight is the best way to say thank you to God.

October 21, 2018

Clergy sex-abuse:  Where do we go from here? For anyone who has been hurt by a priest directly or indirectly, I apologize and offer support for your healing. However, for anyone who has experienced abuse in the Church or elsewhere, the most important desire is to prevent abuse to any child in the future. The Church in the United States took definite action in 2002 to prevent any abuser from serving in ministry. Hopefully, the Bishops will take the next step to hold Bishops who fail to take action against abusers.

 

The Church also wants to make a difference outside its own walls. Many see VIRTUS and Safe Environment programs as a box that needs to be check off. However, the hope is VIRTUS will make all children safer. We want every parent to be aware of grooming behaviors and empower every child to talk to adults that can protect them. The Church wants to have a bigger impact on our society. So everyone who has had VIRTUS should be on the alert to grooming behavior and be willing to listen to children they know. Hopefully the knowledge gained through VIRTUS can prevent abuse far beyond the walls of the Church. Our challenge is to bring something good out of this terrible past sin.

 

Adult Nursery Workers Wanted (Over 18):  We need adults who are good with children and at least 18 years old. They will need to attend a VIRTUS session and pass a background check. This job is part time and mostly in the evenings and on weekends. We will offer more hours to each worker than in the past as I expect to have a smaller pool of Kidville workers. So this job might work well for college students or any other adults who want to make a little extra money in the evenings. Please apply in the parish office. We are transitioning to have 2 adults in Kidville when it is open at the request of the diocese.

October 14, 2018

Kidville Nursery News:  Our nursery has been staffed by high school students for the past many years. We have not had any significant problems with the high school students. However, the diocese now is requiring us to have at least 2 adults in Kidville. While we have not had any problems, the increased concern of the diocese came from the incident at the YMCA earlier this year. We will be trying to make a transition to adults working in Kidville over the next couple of months. The challenge will be finding adults wanting a part time job. We also will be raising the wage to attract adults.

 

Adult Nursery Workers Wanted:  We need adults who are good with children and at least 18 years old. They will need to attend a VIRTUS session and pass a background check. This job is part time and mostly in the evenings and on weekends. We will offer more hours to each worker than in the past as I expect to have a smaller pool of Kidville workers. So this job might work well for college students or any other adults who want to make a little extra money in the evenings. Please apply in the parish office.

 

Welcome to all gathered for The Lord’s Diner Benefit this weekend. It is an event we are proud to sponsor and host. I want to thank Michele Carlini and the whole Lord’s Diner Benefit committee, the actors, musicians, cooks and servers. Your great planning and hard work make this event fun and a great support to The Lord’s Diner. Thanks also to all those who gave items for the auction and all those whose bids and generous gifts make this event such a success.

A special thank you to Eugene, Janice and Andrea Vitarelli as well as all their helpers for hosting the Michelle Vitarelli Memorial Golf tournament in support of youth ministry here at St. Vincent’s. As you can see in the designated gifts, their support is a great help to our youth ministry, providing support for their supplies and activities.

October 7, 2018

Our First LIFE Event on St. Paul is today, Sunday, Oct 7th at 4:45 (children welcome) and the following Wednesday, Oct 10th at 5:45 (adults only). St. Paul was the 2nd most influential person on Christianity behind Jesus Christ. The whole family is welcome on Sundays with special breakouts for children. We even have childcare for the smallest children. Wednesday is for adults only.

The Lord’s Diner Benefit is next weekend on Oct. 12-13th. It is an event we are proud to sponsor and host. Over the past several years, it has raised well over one million dollars for the Lord’s Diner. If you still want to attend, call Michele in the office.

Bishop Gerber’s earthly death is a time for us to remember and give thanks for all that he brought to the diocese. He created a culture of stewardship and encouraged all Catholics to be actively involved in their parishes by sharing their time and talents. He also created the culture that nourished vocations to the priesthood. Bishop Jackels did much to build on that culture, but we already had a large number of seminarians during Bishop Gerber’s time. Bishop Gerber also was the inspiration behind the Catholic Life Center and the Spiritual Life Center, which reflected his passion for spirituality and retreats as well as his desire for the Church to be a model in care of the elderly. He also deepened ties between Newman University and the diocese and helped develop the university. Finally, he started the Lord’s Diner and was determined those in need would be fed with dignity and hospitality. Other bishops have come and gone and shared their gifts. However, Bishop Gerber was the one who developed the vision that still guides the diocese today. May he now be with God, who he loved and dedicated his life to following.

Restroom Construction:  Hopefully the construction barriers for the new restroom will be down by next weekend. Then everyone will be able to see the real size and shape of the restroom.

September 30, 2018

Our First LIFE Event on St. Paul is next Sunday, Oct 7th at 4:45 (children welcome) and the following Wednesday, Oct 10th at 5:45 (adults only). St. Paul was the 2nd most influential person on Christianity behind Jesus Christ. LIFE Events are our primary faith formation for the whole family including all the adults in the parish. We begin with a meal, then there is a short opening presentation for everyone, followed by breakouts for the different age groups where we go deeper into the subject. We end with a short summary meditation and sending forth. It is a great evening and a great way to learn. The whole family is welcome on Sundays and we even have childcare for the smallest children. Wednesday is for adults only.

The Lord’s Diner Benefit is coming up in 2 weeks on Oct. 12-13th. It’s a unique event in many ways. It’s unique because it is sponsored by St. Vincent de Paul parish, but yet 100% of the profits go to the Lord’s Diner. It’s unique because there is a new musical play written each year by members of the parish that you will only see here. It’s unique because it combines great food and drink, a music theatre performance and silent and live auctions all at one event. It’s unique because it is such fun. Come Saturday night for the whole package or enjoy a preview party with the musical performance on Friday night. Call the office for tickets.

Mass Customs:
Why do the children bring gifts to Father and get a hug?
Children are never too young to learn to share. Their gifts support the children at St. Augustine Indian Mission, our sister parish. The hugs are a real way for the children to experience God’s love in Church. Finally, the children reveal God to all of us.

Why do we stand as the gifts are brought forward?
We stand to symbolize the offering of our bodies and our lives to God along with the gifts of bread and wine. We offer ourselves to God so that we might be transformed into the Body of Christ along with the bread and wine.