July 22, 2018

Retreats:  I am going on retreat this week. Retreats are wonderful part of our Catholic tradition. Retreats allow us to take a few days away to pray, reflect on life and focus on God. In today’s Gospel, Jesus even invites his disciples, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Retreats are considered so important by the Church that they are mandatory for priests and religious.

 

For me personally, retreats have been an essential part of my spiritual journey. They have allowed me to go beyond maintenance of my relationship with God, to real growth. Often issues that have been lingering under the surface are revealed and God shows me the way forward. At other times roadblocks in prayer are removed. I cannot say that every retreat has marked a milestone in my relationship with God. However, retreats over the years have been an essential part of growing in my relationship with God. I personally like silent retreats, but I respect how different types of retreats can touch many different people.

 

So I encourage you to consider going on a retreat whether that is for a weekend or a few days. The Spiritual Life Center has a variety of retreats. Check it out at www.slcwichita.org . Finally, I ask for your prayers this week while I am on retreat. I will be back next weekend.

 

Thank you to Be Our Guest ministry for buying a new and larger commercial refrigerator for the kitchen. Our old refrigerator was on its last leg and was over 25 years old. So a new refrigerator was the only sensible option. Hopefully, this new refrigerator will last as long as the old one. This gift from Be Our Guest is most appreciated and will be heavily used.

July 15, 2018

Jesus sends his disciples out. Many times we talk about God calling us. We may even consider how God calls us to volunteer here at St. Vincent’s. However, today we see Jesus not just calling the Apostles, but also sending them out to heal and announce God’s kingdom. The challenge for St. Vincent’s is to embody this missionary spirit where we go out to heal the wounds of individuals and society, and to proclaim the good news of God’s kingdom.

 

Pope Francis tells us the same thing:  “Let us go forth, then, let us go forth to offer everyone the life of Jesus Christ. I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. . . . If something should rightly disturb us and trouble our consciences, it is the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength, light and consolation born of friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.

 

Pope Francis’ words mirror those of Jesus Christ that had compassion because the people were like sheep without a shepherd. It is not enough for us to put out a welcome mat. Many who are hurting and spiritually hungry need someone to go out to them in friendship, listen to them and show them the way to Christ. The most successful churches are not the ones with the slickest advertisements, but churches that have parishioners who go out and invite others to join them. It can be as simple as asking someone if they have a church they go to. If so leave them in peace. If not see where the conversation leads. Jesus sends each of us out to spread the good news.

 

Missalettes have been available below the TV screen in the Gathering Space. They are placed there so people can use them during Mass and return them after Mass. Currently, many have disappeared. If you have taken one home, please return it so others may use it each weekend.

 

Catholic Schools:  I will be meeting with families that have children in Catholic Grade Schools during the next month. If there are any parish families that want to send their children to Catholic Schools in the coming year that we do not know about, please contact Michele in the parish office so we can help you make plans.

August 12, 2018

Faith Formation Registration is now.  Registration is ongoing for all our programs for Grades K-5.  The first session for First Communion/Reconciliation is next Sunday so register now.

 

We intentionally do not have traditional PSR Classes on Wednesday nights because all the studies have shown they do not work. Instead, we have Faith Formation programs that include LIFE Events for the whole family, Small Groups for K-5, First Communion/Reconciliation classes that include the parents, and Breakfast of Champions for Grades 3-5 and their families. Middle School Students are encouraged to attend Edge on Tuesday nights and High School Students have LIFE Teen on Wednesday nights.

 

We believe these programs offer our youth better and more effective faith formation. Our programs for K-5 intentionally involve the parents because parents must be involved for Faith Formation to be effective. These programs are a lot more work for us a little more complicated to get signed up, but the positive response of children and families make it worthwhile. Sign up now.

 

Interested in joining the Catholic Church?  Sign up now or call the office and talk to Teresa. Also talk to her if you are an adult that has not received Confirmation. Finally, we use the same process for older children (grade 4 and above) who have not received first communion. For those interested in the Catholic Church, there is no commitment. You are invited to come and learn more and discover if God is calling you to become Catholic.

 

A Blood Drive is this Sunday in the Social Space. There is a real shortage of blood at this time. Walk-in donors are welcome.

 

VIRTUS safe environment training is next Sunday from 1-4 PM in the Ville. VIRTUS training is a requirement for all volunteers and staff that work with children or youth. I believe VIRTUS is something every parent should attend so they can keep their children safe by recognizing the grooming techniques predators use. Most sexual abuse of children does not happen in churches or other institutions. Also once parents have received the training, then they are free to volunteer for any activities their children are involved in.

August 5, 2018

Music:  Nick Engels will be leaving St. Vincent’s as Director of Music at the end of September in order to become the Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Nick has served at St. Vincent’s in one position or another for the last 15 years so I want to thank him for his many years of service and for sharing his many gifts with us. While we are sad that Nick is leaving at this time, I know the diocese will be blessed by his talents.

 

Director of Music wanted for St. Vincent de Paul Church. The director of music will be responsible for the choirs that sing on Sunday mornings and for overseeing the whole music program here at St. Vincent’s.  The Director of Music needs to be able to direct choirs, work with both volunteers and staff as well as plan music for the liturgical year. The ability to play keyboards is a plus. Compensation will correspond to skills, time commitment and experience.

Please submit your resume or fill out an application in the parish office.

 

An Accompanist may be needed if the new Director of Music cannot play the piano. We also are receiving applications for an accompanist.

 

Our commitment to having high quality liturgical music at all of our Saturday and Sunday Masses is not changing. We just will have a new director for our choirs and music programs. The 5:00 Saturday choir is not affected by these changes and will continue with the same leadership. Please pray that God will send the right person or persons to fill these positions.

 

Fake emails have gone out using my name. Please do not respond to them. They are not from my email account. Someone is using my name to create a new email address. My email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . I will never use another account. I also will never write you asking for money or gift cards from my email account. Actually you should never send money or gift cards to anyone who contacts you by email. Also never enter bank information into a link that comes by email. So the bottom line is never trust the identity of the person sending an email. As I have found out, it is very easy to make up a new account using someone’s name that you know.

 

March 13, 2016

We welcome the 16 candidates who are joining the Church and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and Communion this weekend. We are blessed by your presence within our community. More Candidates will be joining at the Holy Saturday Night Vigil as well as several baptisms that night.

Palm Sunday is next weekend, March 19-20. We will begin Mass in the Gathering Space and process in to the Worship Space together.

Holy Week Services are Holy Thursday, March 24th at 7:00 PM; Good Friday Liturgy at 7:00 PM; and the Holy Saturday Vigil at 8:00 PM. The Easter Sunday Masses will be at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 AM. There will be no 5:00 Saturday Mass and no confessions on Saturday. There also will be Stations of the Cross on Friday at 3:00 PM.

Good Wine ministry is this Thursday, March 17th at 11:00 AM and will focus on a Gospel based way of approaching and praying with the Passion of Jesus Christ.

The 2016 Annual Fund:  Youth will be calling today if you have not returned a pledge card. Please be kind to the callers. Once again, thank you for your generous support which allows us to accomplish these important projects. Please return your pledge cards today.

I got a bid for a polished concrete floor for the Ville. The bid was no more than the existing stained concrete and the hope is it will last longer. If you know something about the durability and upkeep of polished concrete floors, please give me a call. I would appreciate learning from your knowledge and experience. 

Our last LIFE Event for the year is Sunday, April 3rd or Wednesday April, 6th. We will focus on Pope Francis’ first major Encyclical, Laudato Si—On Care for our Common Home. Pope Francis challenges us to care for the poor and to care for creation. Or as Pope Francis says, “Love God, Love Neighbor, Love Creation.” Sign up now because LIFE will be the week after Easter.