July 26, 2015
As I mentioned last week, for the moment, things are relatively quiet with much of the staff away on vacation and programs on hiatus. We continue the Tuesday evening DVD presentations of “Catholicism,” by Fr. Robert Barron. The evenings are in the parish hall from 7:00 to 8:15 pm and include some discussion time after the DVD presentation. The DVD’s are extremely well done visually, with lots of very good learning; and the small group sharing is a great chance to do some reflection with other members of the parish, and deepen the bonds of community that we have. As an aside, Pope Francis has just appointed Fr. Barron to be auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The latest report from the Annual Diocesan Ministry Appeal shows that 238 parishioners have pledged just a little shy of $47,000 for the ministries of the Diocese. The overall target for our parish is $53,000, of which we needed to guarantee 80% ($42,400). We are well above that needed figure, and I am grateful to all those who participated.
I hope you are enjoying these summer days.
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.