Nov. 22, 2015
This Thursday we will celebrate our annual Thanksgiving Mass at 9:00 a.m. The mass is a bi-lingual celebration and is one of the times when we can gather the whole parish together, both those who speak Spanish as well as those who speak English. As has become our custom, I ask you to bring two different types of food:
Food for the poor. Bring canned goods, boxed foods, staples, etc. that can be used by COTS in their work with the poor and homeless. Keep what you bring with you until the time of the Offertory Procession when we invite everyone forward to bring their food to the sanctuary. Members of our St. Vincent de Paul Society will receive what you bring during the Mass and make sure it gets to COTS. We will also have collection baskets placed at the altar rail for those of you who would like to deposit a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, either in the form of cash or check. (You can make the check out to the parish and we’ll transfer it to the Society.)
Food for your table. Bring something you’ll be using at your Thanksgiving meal – bread, wine, or whatever – perhaps placed in a decorative basket. We’ll have two tables in the sanctuary just behind the altar rail and we ask you to place the food for your table there when you arrive. At the end Mass the food on the tables will be blessed and you can pick it up after Mass to take back home with you. In this way, what we have celebrated together at Mass will be continued in the meal you share at home.
For those of you who are new to the parish, I can only tell you that this is one of the most wonderful celebrations of the year. It is not a Holy Day of Obligation, but it is a natural Holy Day, and the spirit of our gathered community is wonderful. I’ve always been moved when we gather together to say the Lord’s Prayer each in our own language, praying to God in many voices but with one heart. It’s a great way to begin Thanksgiving Day; the energy is so positive. Put the turkey in the oven when you leave; we’ll be done long before it’s ready!
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.