With Love From St. V’s

Dear Friends and Visitors,
One way we are fostering spiritual togetherness during this time of social distancing is by posting weekly Gospel reflections written by our parishioners. Please see Karl Sanzenbacher’s reflection The Man Blind From Birth (below) on the Scriptures from last Sunday. Look for a new reflection each Saturday.

This Sunday, March 29 at 10:00am, join us at the link: Sunday Mass for a live streamed mass celebrated by St. Vincent’s Pastor, Fr. Ray Chase! A recorded version will be available afterwards for those who miss the live stream.

You might also enjoy reading A JV Perspective, written last week by St. Vincent’s Outreach Coordinator, Brian Martindale.

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The Man Blind From Birth: A Gospel Reflection

by Karl Sanzenbacher

Do we really see others?  Christ seems to push us to do just that this week.  But not to see with our eyes, but rather to see with our very being.  Do we really see the people in our lives?  What surprises wait for us when we let go of our presuppositions, our willingness to take people at surface values, and our fear of engaging with others? Read the rest of Karl’s reflection here.

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At the Well: a Gospel Reflection

by Geraldine Fialkowski

John 4: 4-42
Dear Brothers and Sisters: I miss you.  It is March 15, 2020. The Ides of March.  Remember?  In the play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer warns the emperor, “Beware the Ides of March.”  We know how that story ended in Shakespeare and in Roman history. This was also a day when there were a variety of religious celebrations held in ancient Rome and persons were expected to pay off their debts … Today is rather historical for us too.  Our beautiful Church, St. Vincent’s is closed for Mass today.
That would be, the building is closed.  Our Church will carry on, won’t it? … Not even a Pandemic can keep us from doing that.
Read the rest of this reflection by clicking here.

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Read About the South Africa Higher Education Fund (SAHEF)

Click HERE to read “Some Kind of Miracle,” parishioner Sylvia Eastman’s account of the birth of SAHEF, which provides scholarship money for students from the village where Sylvia taught in 2006. If you would like to make a donation of any amount, write a check to St. Vincent de Paul Church (put SAHEF in the “for/memo” line) and mail it to SAHEF, 5821 Halwyn Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21212. Thank you!

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St. Vincent’s Response to the Crisis in the Church 2018

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 updates on the work of the Parish and St. Vincent’s Committee on Church Reform 2018.

Vision Statement We, the People of God, are birthing a more transparent and collaborative Church. Mission Statement 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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