Dear Friends and Visitors, One way St. V’s fosters spiritual togetherness during this time of social distancing is with weekly Scripture reflections written by our parishioners. Please see (below) Pat Ball’s reflection for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Also see all recent parishioner’s reflections at: Reflections
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My first thought when reading this gospel was, “Would I have had the courage to step out of that boat in those raging waters and winds?” Peter obviously did, but then he had one of those moments of “Holy Moly, what have I just done?” I certainly have had those moments of asking myself what I have gotten myself into. We certainly have had numerous times recently to reflect on issues in our life over which we have little or no control, including the weather and the pandemic.
Why did Peter lose the faith that got him out of the boat? Why do we lose our resolve in a difficult, uncontrollable situation? He, the apostles, and we forget that it is not our skill or resolve that gets us through these circumstances. Only when Jesus offers his hand is Peter able to continue his journey and return safely to the boat.
The parishioners of St. Vincent’s share a deep concern over the crises of abuse and lack of accountability in the Church, and the culture that contributed to this terrible situation. Committed to healing, justice, and peace, we call for, and work towards, the ecclesial and social change we so greatly need.
Read information and updateson the work of the Parish and St. Vincent’s Committee on Church Reform 2018.
We, the People of God, are birthing a more transparent and collaborative Church.
We show up to initiate and grow transformative, reciprocal, and engaged relationships among laity, religious, and clergy. We hope to create and sustain meaningful change in the power dynamics and the structure of the Church. We will work toward the restoration and healing necessary due to the sexual abuse of children by priests and its cover-up.
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