With the change from June to July we say goodbye to Susan Roffmann, who has retired from service at St. Vincent’s Elementary School as teacher and principal for 23 years, and we wish her well in her retirement. We welcome Stephanie Quinlan who is a first-time principal and is arriving at St. Vincent’s with tons of enthusiasm. I talked with her on her first day on the job and of all the things that she said I was most inspired by her words, “I can hardly wait to meet the kids.” That is the mark of a true teacher. In time you will all have the chance to meet her.
The days have quieted down here for a bit and we all have a long weekend with the Fourth of July. It is a good time to reflect on the wonderful country that we live in and on all who have helped to make it so. As is the case in every country there are a multiplicity of opinions in our political lives but ultimately we all realize how blessed we are. I hope you are enjoying a truly relaxing and refreshing weekend.
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.