Pastor’s Desk

Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 2.04.47 PMSeptember 14, 2014

This weekend at all the masses, English and Spanish, I am asking everyone in the parish to support the Diocesan/Parish Capital Campaign. As we have mentioned the last three weeks, the Diocese has a five-fold objective for the campaign to 1) enable Catholic Charities expand its services to people in need, 2) provide for education of seminarians and clergy and strengthen the retirement fund for our retired clergy, 3) expand diocesan ministries, 4) increase the endowment providing tuition aid to low income students seeking a Catholic School education, and 5) support the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa. The parish also benefits; if we reach 80% of our target ($1,195,000) in pledges ($950,000), the parish will receive 35% of the funds that are actually raised up to our goal and 50% of funds raised over our goal. That means if we reached and paid off our target after five years, the return to St. Vincent’s would be over

$400,000. The money that comes back to the parish will be used to replenish our reserves for future parish needs and projects. We have a head start as do this from 44 parishioners who in the advance phase of the campaign have donated $530,000 in pledges. I am grateful to those who have pledged for giving us this start and hope everyone will join me in supporting this campaign.

Once this weekend is finished, I am leaving for vacation. I will be leaving Monday (Sept. 15th) and return to the parish the weekend of Oct. 11-12. It has been a very long year and right now I need some time to re-charge my batteries. This year I’m giving Italy a rest and am going to the East coast with a priest friend beginning with a week in New England and New York City. On the 22nd we join my sister and brother-in law, and five cousins and their spouses for a 10-day cruise from New York to Quebec. My sister works for

Princess Cruises and has arranged a family and friends fare cruise for us. I’m looking forward to some down time and being with a good portion of my family. Fr. Andrew Metcalf will be here to help Fr. Ramon with the parish masses. I’ll be back in time for the parish picnic on Oct. 12th and I will look forward to seeing you there.

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.