Welcome to our website! And thank you for taking the time to join us for an ongoing exploration of the message on our new banner on the back of our church:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”
The truth is: we are all intimately aware of what it is like to be stranger. In some particular moment and to varying degrees each of us has actually experienced, often viscerally, what it is like to be recognized as and treated as stranger.
Please click here to share with us your own experience of what it feels like to be considered a stranger by another. In sharing our experiences with one another our understanding of being-a-stranger will be deepened and expanded. As it does, our capacity to experience and have compassion for the one who is “other” will develop and blossom. Then, the words of our sign will be true for each of us…someone was a stranger but is no longer because you and I welcomed them.
We, the Community of St. Vincent’s Church, are deeply committed to social justice both through our weekly celebration of Liturgy and in our day to day activities. If you would like to learn more about us, please accept this invitation to visit.
Pope Francis challenges us not to simply “embrace” the poor and “give them alms”, but to stay with them, and by doing, further a culture of encounter contrary to the dominant culture of use and neglect. As a part of this challenge, he has instituted an annual World Day of the Poor on November 19th. See here for the whole document, a beautiful and challenging reflection and call to action to love the body of Christ hidden in the poor.
Sign up for our weekly e-newsletter! Weekly issues feature news about St. Vincent, communications from staff, events at the parish, a reflection or prayer from Fr. Ray, and the readings for the upcoming Sunday. If you wish to receive This Week @ St. Vincent, use this subscription link to sign up. You can see all the past issues of the newsletter here.
In this week’s issue, you will find a link to RSVP for our parishioner work days as well as more information on our ceiling restoration.
If you would like to take a big step on your journey to a deeper spirituality, consider practicing Centering Prayer. This form of meditation in the Christian tradition is a simple practice of sitting quietly and being open to the presence of God. The practitioner selects a word or phrase to assist in letting go of thoughts, feelings and sensations and returning to an openness to God. Centering prayer can have many specific benefits, but the greatest is the deepening of one’s encounter with God that changes and enlarges one’s perspective, enabling the practitioner to be truly compassionate toward others, as Jesus teaches. YouTube has short explanatory videos by Fr. Thomas Keating and longer ones by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Centering Prayer can be practiced in a group or alone, but a group setting is a good way to start. St. V’s group meets on first and third Sundays at 8:45 AM for 30 minutes. Group meets in the classroom near the parking lot. You can also enter through the church to find the classroom.
St. V has set up an online shop with CafePress where individuals can purchase a St. V magnet and have it shipped directly to them. If your desire for St. V swag transcends magnets, we also have these designs on tote bags, coffee mugs, and the like. If you have ideas about other products you’d like to see in the shop, email the parish office at email@example.com.
Each month, St. V produces a monthly issue (pictured) that features at least one longer article as well as general information about the parish. Weekly a one-page insert focuses on news and information for the current week.
Deadline for Submissions: Weekly issue is Wednesdays by 10 PM; monthly bulletin is the third Sunday of the month.
October Monthly Bulletin
Recent Weekly Issues:
St. V This Week 10/1/2017
St. V This Week 9/24/2017
St V. This Week 9/17/2017
St. V This Week 09/10/2017
St. V This Week 09/3/2017
St. Vincent’s all night Easter Vigil is a beautiful liturgy. All are welcome, yet many cannot partake. As John Chrysostom, in his fourth century Easter sermon, explained, when it comes to attendance at the Easter Vigil:
If any have labored from the first hour,
Let them receive today their just reward.
If any have come after the third hour,
Let them now be thankful that the feast is at hand,
If any have waited until after the sixth hour,
Let them not be anxious, no loss shall be their own.
If any have tarried until the ninth hour,
Let them draw near also, shedding all their doubts.
If any have come only after the eleventh hour,
Let them not be fearful because of their delay.
For the Master is bountiful
and receives the last even as the first.
And today we have the internet for those unable to join us for any part of the the night. See the texts of the Vigil Reflections below: