Sept. 6, 2015
I hope that you are enjoying this Labor Day weekend. This weekend is the final long weekend, a kind of last minute “breather” before programs get started in the parish and the busyness of fall kicks in.
This week I spent a few days in Lake Tahoe with my sister, brother, and their spouses. I will be leaving for the mother country a week from tomorrow and will spend this week taking care of a few parish obligations and packing for my trip.
I also need to make a quick trip to Southern California on Thursday and Friday. My mother’s house has sold and we need to clear it of everything by the end of September. My sisters have helped me determine what things I want to keep from my mom’s house. So I’m flying down on Thursday and with the help of some friends will load up her kitchen table and chairs, where all of us kids and our parents ate since we were children, along with a few other furniture items and some small things. On Friday we’ll drive up and store the things in the basement of what will become the Priest’s House in a few months. It will be nice having something from my parents and family to be with me where I will begin living very soon.
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.