This week the new school year begins. This Wednesday morning we will have on opening Mass for our elementary school students at 9:00 and on Friday a mass to celebrate the beginning of the new school year for our high school students at 9:50. It’s hard to believe that the time of summer break has come to an end. And typically it seems to me is when the best weather of the summer occurs! There’s no justice. I hope all of our faculties, staffs, and school families have had a good summer. And I pray for a successful and productive school year.
As I have mentioned several times over the past few weeks, next weekend we will begin the public phase of our participation in the Dioc-esan Capital Campaign. There is a parish component as well. Over the next few weeks we will be explaining the campaign to you, and eve-ryone on our mailing list will receive information material as well as a pledge card inviting your support. The committee working with me and I are in the process of finishing up personal visits with a good number of our parishioners in hopes of giving us a good head start as we enter the general phase of the campaign.
Finally, Bishop Vasa sent out a letter this week informing us that the Bishops of our country have asked that August 17th be a day of pray-er for peace in the Middle East and especially in Iraq. In his letter Bishop Vasa quotes from a prayer written by the Chaldean Catholic Patri-arch of Iraq which reads in part, “Lord, peace is the foundation of life: Grant us the peace and stability that will enable us to live with each other without fear and anxiety, and with dignity and joy.” We are so blessed to live in a country where we enjoy peace as a matter of course. This Sunday and everyday let’s keep in our prayers all those whose lives are daily affected by turmoil and violence, especially those in Iraq and in all the Middle East.
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.