Pastor’s Desk

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May 24, 2015

Pastor’s Desk

We finally got the mailing out for the Annual Ministry Appeal to everyone on our list. I’m making envelopes available this weekend for anyone who is not on our mailing list. The appeal supports ministries and programs such as youth retreats and catechist training that our diocese offers to parishes, especially our smaller parishes, and also makes possible ministries our parishes don’t provide, such as ministry to prisoners in jail and the services of our Marriage Tribunal. The AMA is an essential component of the funding that the Bishop’s office needs in order to make these ministries and programs possible. I’m including again a list of them in the bulletin. Our target is $53,000. We are responsible to come up with at least 80% of the target, i.e., $42,400.  Currently 105 parishioners have pledged $20,600, just about half of the 80% we need to get to. Last year a total of 220 pledged $44,000; and this was in the year when we conducted the Diocesan Capital Campaign, which funds long-range diocesan needs. I am confident that if all of us do our part we will reach our goal. I made my pledge this week and I ask that you join me. In doing so you will not only help the diocese in its mission but also help the parish so that we do not have to use other parish money to reach the 80% we are responsible for.  I’ve been meaning for some time to comment on the Ministry House, located near the Elementary School. As I’m sure some of you have noticed, we are in the process of remodeling it into two apartments for myself, and Fr. Ramon (and future pastors and associates). We are financing it from our reserves, (which will be replenished as pledges from last year’s diocesan capital campaign are paid off) and from special, private donations. It will take a few months to complete and I’ll keep you posted as we get closer to its completion.  Finally I just want to alert our 10:30 am Mass-goers that next Sunday, May 31st, the Portuguese Holy Ghost Society will be present for their annual Holy Ghost Mass, replete with Portuguese choir, many members of the Society from around the bay area, a large number of young queens and princesses, as well as the Portuguese Band that leads the parade both to and from the church. The mass will be in English and yours truly will be celebrating it. It’s all very colorful and fun – and can be crowded!

God Bless,

Fr. Gary

 

About our Parish and our Website

Our parish mission statement identifies St. Vincent’s as a Eucharist centered people who, as the Body of Christ, live our faith in word and deed by sharing our time, talent, and treasure to support one another and serve those in need.

This website is intended not only to provide you with the information you need about our parish but also to help us build up our life as a community and so help us in our mission. It provides a way for us to connect with each other; and we invite you to use it to share stories, to learn about what’s happening and what’s coming up, and to provide information you think we all need to hear. This site will evolve as our parish evolves; it belongs to all of us. I hope you find it helpful.

“All are Welcome in this Place.”

As one of Father Gary’s favorite hymns, this song speaks to the atmosphere, design, and heart of St. Vincent’s parish: there is a place here for everyone.  In fact, you are not only welcomed, but needed!  As we explore and expand our ideas of just what a Church community is, we recognize first that pivotal life events occur in church: weddings, baptisms, First Communion, Confirmation; but, we also find that we need community in order to be a Spirit filled Church where we praise God, share our faith, and help one another by way of fellowship, and the numerous ministries available to all parishioners. Through our stewardship, the gift of our time and talent, there is a wonderful opportunity to give and receive, to make friends, to help friends, to see how our talents are a gift from God made for sharing.  We are bonded to a group of people with whom we already have at least one thing in common, and that is our faith.  It is our hope that you will use this community website to build bridges and connect with one another, and see that each of us, too, is a gift from God meant to be shared.