2017 Summer Series: Acts of the Apostles

Over the years of St. Vincent’s summer series, we made our way through the books of the Tanakh – the Law, Prophets, and Writings of the Hebrew scriptures.

Since then, we’ve used the summer series to focus on the Eucharist, on Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si to care for Creation, and on elements of the Mass.

This summer we return to Scripture to delve into the book of Acts. St. Vincent has undergone much change in the last nine months.  Like the followers of Jesus in Acts, we are “in process,”  with our Christian family.  Now where did I put that Bible? Click here to read the Acts of the Apostles online.

 

July 8-9:  Pentecost
Liturgy Planners: Audrey Rogers and Janice Bonner
Readings: Acts 1: 1-4; 2: 1-42
For the promise is made to you and to your children and to all those far off, to whomever the Lord our God will call.

July 15-16: The Christian Community and Peter’s Miracles
Liturgy Planners: Pat Ball and Graham Yearley
Readings: Acts 2: 42-47; 3:1-28
And Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”

July 22-23: Peter, Cornelius, and the Gentiles
Liturgy Planner: Colleen McCahill
Readings: Acts 10:1-14
The Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word. Those believers who had come with Peter were astounded that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.

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Homeless Jesus Coming to St. Vincent

Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz

UPDATE: Last fall we learned that the Archdiocese had chosen St. V as the site for the Homeless Jesus bronze by Timothy Schmalz. Recently St. V received confirmation about the time frame for the installation. We expect to dedicate it during our celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent, Sept. 24. We will likely have one Mass that day. If you would like to be involved in planning the liturgy or festivities, contact Colleen McCahill at cmcahill@stvchurch.org.

As part of his letter to the congregation on the the retirement of our pastor, Archbishop Lori announced that a bronze statue known as “Homeless Jesus,” given to the Archdiocese by an anonymous donor, will be installed on the grounds of St. Vincent. The artist Timothy Schmalz says, this work is “a visual representation of Matthew 25. The sculpture suggests that Christ is with the most marginalized in our society.”

The original sculpture was installed in Toronto in 2013, and now casts of it have been placed around the world including one in Rome in front of the Papal Offices of Charities. However, not all cities have welcomed such a visible reminder of our society’s most vulnerable members.

We at St. Vincent, however, are delighted that the Archbishop chose our parish as the home of this statue in Baltimore. While we have not finalized plans for its placement, we anticipate placing it on the corner of Fayette and Front Streets, outside the fence of our park so that it can be seen by people passing by in cars.

Installation is tentatively scheduled for the fall. Currently the Archdiocese is displaying a resin replica of the statue in the Basilica. That replica will be displayed in parishes throughout the Archdiocese in the coming months. When the Archdiocese returns it to the artist, work will begin on the bronze version to be placed here.

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St. V’s Easter Vigil 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:

 

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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.

In our most recent issue, you can read our Jesuit Volunteer Codie Perry’s perspective on the words of Pope Francis and  a reflection from Dennis Moore on the Book of Exodus.  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.

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St. Vincent’s Bulletin

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.

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