February 28, 2016

Our next LIFE event is about how the Holy Spirit renews the Church and our lives in surprising ways.  Come and learn more about the Holy Spirit. The LIFE event is next Sunday, March 5th or Wednesday, Marcy 9th. Sign up now.

Lent: What can God do for us? We begin Lent considering what we plan to do for God and what we will give up for God. However, the more important question is, “How do we need God’s help to heal our human brokenness?” Christianity is about more than self-improvement; even doing self-improvement for God. Our faith recognizes we need God’s help and God’s grace so we can become more grateful, generous and loving people. We usually do not seek God’s help until we have become so frustrated with our own efforts that we give up. Then we turn to God to ask for a particular virtue or a particular grace to heal or strengthen our hearts. We also can invite Jesus into our prayer, imagining Jesus is with us healing what needs to be healed within us. Or we can ask Jesus to take away the pain that stands in the way of forgiveness. Lent is a time to pour our hearts out to God, asking for healing, not simply a time to fix ourselves.


The 2016 Annual Fund:  The really new project in the Annual Fund is the plan for a 24 x 30 foot storage shed. I have seen the need for more storage for a couple years. When I finally put the storage shed on a list with several other needs, the staff put the storage shed at the top of the list. The shed will cost about $16,000 with some extra concrete work outside the shed. We also will need to purchase some good storage shelves for the inside. The extra storage will help us with everything from storing Ville tables and chairs to Karate equipment to Volleyball and youth equipment for outside fun and games. We also will need some space to store things like snow blowers and ladders that cannot be stored inside. I will be going to a meeting this week with the Andover Site Planning Review Committee. With their approval, we hope to have the shed built within the next couple of months. This year, we actually hope to have all our Annual Fund projects done in the next couple of months with the exception of the Ville floor. The Ville floor must wait until July when we have an 11 day window with no activities when the work can be done. Thank you for your generous support which allows us to not only maintain our buildings but even add to them as our ministries grow. 

Stations and Soup are every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 6:00 PM.

Daily Mass is each Wednesday evening at 5:30 PM.We also have Daily Mass at 8:10 AM on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week. 

February 21, 2016

Our next LIFE event is about how the Holy Spirit renews the Church and our lives in surprising ways.  Come and learn more about the Holy Spirit who we too rarely talk about in the Catholic Church. The LIFE event is Sunday, March 5th or Wednesday, Marcy 9th.

Lent is an opportunity to draw closer to God. We do that by getting rid of things that pull us away from God and adding practices that lead us to God and make us more loving. However, I suggest not trying to change everything at once. If we are successful at adding one positive practice that leads us to God and eliminating one negative habit, then our Lent is a great success.

The 2016 Annual Fund materials were sent out this week. Please return your pledge forms in the next couple of weeks. First, the funds will allow us to re-stain and seal the Ville floor including the entrance as well as touch up some of the walls. Second, we plan to build a 24 x 30 foot storage shed north of the Ville. Third, we plan to re-stripe the parking lot. Finally, we will continue pay off the loan for the heating and air system for the north side of the building. Hopefully, we can count on your continued support to maintain our beautiful building and to add storage space to support our parish ministries. Thank you for your generosity.

We now have a Daily Mass in the evening at 5:30 PM each Wednesday. This is a short daily Mass that lasts less than 30 minutes. The first week’s attendance was 55-60 people, which was at least twice what I was expecting and more than the Daily Chapel holds. So we will move the evening Mass to the Worship Space as long as we have so many people. We do want people to sit together in the two sections facing the Altar so we do not lose the sense of community.

Stations and Soup are every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 6:00 PM. We start by praying the Stations of the Cross together and then we share a simple meal of Soup and Salad together in the Social Space.

February 14, 2016

An Evening Daily Mass will be offered 5:30 PM each Wednesday starting this week, February 17th. This will be a short daily Mass with just 2 readings that lasts less than 30 minutes. We plan to have the 5:30 PM Mass consistently on all Wednesdays at least through Lent. Hopefully the response will be sufficient to make this a permanent part of our schedule. During LIFE nights, people will be able to attend Mass and still make it to the dinner that starts serving at 5:45 PM. We also will continue to celebrate Mass for Harvest House on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM.

Stations and Soup will be every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 6:00 PM. We start by praying the Stations of the Cross together and then we share a simple meal of Soup and Salad together in the Social Space. We use a different version of the Stations each week that allows us to connect Jesus passion with our lives.

The 2016 Annual Fund materials will be sent out this week. The funds will provide for several projects. First, we need to re-stain and seal the Ville floor including the entrance. The last 10 years of use have worn off almost all of the stain and sealer. So we plan to refinish the floor and touch up some of the walls that have minor damage. Second, we plan to build a 24 x 30 foot storage shed north of the Ville. We need more 1st floor storage space for everything from ladders to tables and chairs to volleyball nets and other equipment for the youth and other groups. The youth have asked for things like tables and chairs to use outside and my primary struggle has been the problem of storing additional equipment. Hopefully, this shed will solve many of those problems as well as replace the existing small shed that needs more repairs than it is worth. Third, we plan to re-stripe the parking lot. Finally, we will continue pay off the loan for the heating and air system for the north side of the building. Hopefully, we can count on your continued support to maintain our beautiful building and to add storage space to support our parish ministries.

February 7, 2016

Ash Wednesday is this Wednesday, February 10th. We will have Masses at 8:00 AM and 6:15 PM. Mass on Ash Wednesday is a great way to kick off Lent.

An Evening Daily Mass will be offered on Wednesdays at 5:30 PM starting February 17th, the week after Ash Wednesday. This will be a short daily Mass that has just 2 readings and lasts less than 30 minutes. We plan to have the 5:30 PM Mass consistently on all Wednesdays at least through Lent. Hopefully the response will be sufficient to make this a permanent part of our schedule.  I want to thank all those that responded suggesting the best time for the Mass. During LIFE nights, people will be able to attend Mass and still make it to the dinner that starts serving at 5:45 PM. We also plan to continue to have the Mass for Harvest House on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 11:30 AM.

Lent starts this Wednesday. Consider what you want to change in your life to be a better disciple of Christ as you plan your Lenten practices. Perhaps those Lenten practices will mean fasting from some food. But it might also mean fasting from TV or video games. It might mean serving at the Lord’s Diner. It might also mean starting a new prayer practice, such as reflecting back on your day asking God to help you see moments of grace and moments of sin. Or it might mean coming to daily Mass once a week. Or it might be a family night once a week through Lent. It however is important to make a plan otherwise Lent passes us by and we have missed this opportunity for God’s grace to touch our lives.
We Catholics also have the common practice of abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays of Lent and fasting if you can on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Do not worry about sinning when we fail to abstain from meat on these days, but consider this practice as an opportunity to show solidarity with all Catholics throughout the world and especially with those who are poor and persecuted.

Stations and Soup will be every Friday of Lent (except Good Friday) at 6:00 PM. We start by praying the Stations of the Cross together and then we share a simple meal of Soup and Salad together in the Social Space.

January 31, 2016

Our 6 Month Financial Report is very positive. First, income increased $75,000.00 compared to the same 6 months of the previous fiscal year. Secondly, we paid the Ville loan off, which will help lower expenses in the second half of the year. Third, we went from being about $62,000.00 in the hole in our parish account to having $62,000.00 positive in the account. We still will need to be careful with our spending in the next 6 months since income is always lower as there is only one December each year. However, my hope is we can end up with not only a balanced budget, but with a little cash on hand at the end of the fiscal year on June 30th. We also will end up with significantly less debt as we paid off the Ville in October and are quickly paying off the 2009 stewardship debt as well as the HVAC loan. Thank you for your generosity that not only balances our budget, but even more provides for our ministries to youth and adults.

The 2016 Annual Fund projects have been selected with the help of the staff, finance and development committees. First, we plan to re-stain and seal the Ville floor including the entrance. Almost all of the stain and sealer have been worn off in the Ville over the last 10 years because a lot of use and cleaning. So we need to refinish the floor and touch up some of the walls that have minor damage. Second, we plan to build a 24 x 30 foot storage shed. We need more 1st floor storage space for everything from ladders to tables and chairs to volleyball nets and other equipment for the youth and other groups. The shed will be just north of the Ville and near the back door to allow easy access. The youth have asked for things like tables and chairs to use outside and my primary struggle was the problem of where to store any additional equipment. Hopefully, this shed will solve many of those problems as well as replace the existing small shed that needs more repairs than it is worth. Finally, we will continue to use the remainder of the Annual Fund to pay off the heating and air system for the north side of the building.

ReMembering Church continues this Thursday, January 28th at 7:00 PM in Room 1A. It is a place to ask your questions “why” and reconnect more deeply with the Church here at St. Vincent’s. Come join us. No reservation is needed.

We are considering an evening mass on one weekday each week. It would probably be on a Wednesday or Thursday evening at 5:30 or 6:00 PM. If you would be interested in coming to an evening Mass please email me what day and time would work best for you. I want to get some feedback to know if there are people that would want to come before trying to add an evening Mass. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .