Pastor’s Desk

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July 5, 2015

Pastor’s Desk

The latest update on the Annual Ministry Appeal shows 197 parishioners who have pledged $41,100. Since then, we here at the rectory have received and sent in another $1800 in donations/pledges from our Hispanic community and $500 from our English speaking community. This brings our total pledged to $43,400. As I have told you, our overall target is $53,000, of which we are responsible for 80% ($42,400). The latest figures mean that we have now reached $1000 beyond that required 80% and will not need to have to use other parish funds for the Appeal. I want to thank all of you who responded to my request of a few weeks ago. You have helped both the diocese and our parish, and I am very grateful.

The DVD series, “Catholicism,” continues on Tuesday nights in the parish hall from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Even if you haven’t seen the prior presentations, you can still join in without having to “catch up.” It’s an extremely well done series, and I highly recommend it

I had a great visit with my mom’s sister and brother (and my cousins) in Spokane last week. The weather was lovely and turned very hot the day I left! Since my mom’s death I am very conscious of taking advantage of the time still left to keep in touch with the older generation in my family.

A lot has gone on in the last few weeks that has bearing on the Church: the publication of Pope Francis’s Encyclical, “Laudato Si,” on the environment and the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. I am just now ordering a copy of the encyclical (not wanting to try to download and print out a document of well over 100 pages), and hope to be able to make some comments about it soon. It contains teaching that we all need to pay attention to and I will have to make plans as to how best aid that. I’ve heard that it is quite readable and encourage you to get a copy. A number of bishops have responded to the Supreme Court decision, including our own. I’m thinking of putting a summary together of some of those responses and hope to have something to share with you in the next few weeks.

I hope you are enjoying a relaxing Fourth. We are so blessed to be part of a wonderful country.

            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.