Parish Council Elections

In May, we will elect representatives for 3 open seats. Please prayerfully consider serving in this role or asking others to be nominated. There are two open seats for 9:30 Mass reps and one for 11:45. Nominations will be taken at the end of 9:30 and 11:45 Mass on the dates below.  The schedule is:

  • April 30: Nominations
  • May 7: Additional nominations
  • May 13: Online voting available
  • May 14: Elections
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An Occasional Conversation: An Opportunity for Deep Dialogue

This parishioner-led initiative seeks to bring together people interested in engaging in deep and conscious speech (i.e. dialogue) on topics the group considers to be critical issues of our day. Each event will feature a film screening as the prompt for the Conversations. We will share thoughts, exchange ideas, express concerns, and encourage and support each other.   The “Conversations” are not designed as a series, as each film can be screened independently. However, the topic of a conversation may be revisited in multiple screenings. In this way, we may introduce and examine an issue then look at it through the lens of other cinematic treatments.

St V parishioner diaedre is steward of “An Occasional Conversation.” All inquiries and suggestions should be directed to her at diaedre@gmail.com. Each event will have facilitator(s). All are invited to join in this opportunity for honest and authentic conversations.

Our First Event
Film: Cracking the Codes:  The System of Racial Inequity
When: Saturday, May, 13,  12:45- 3:15 PM
Where: St. V’s Classrooms

Parishioners Mary Catherine Bunting and Rita McMullin will facilitate the re-screening of  this film to launch the new initiative. The film is the perfect vehicle to launch “An Occasional Conversation” because it defines what dialogue actually is. Then, it invites discussion about the causes and consequences of systemic inequity. This 75-minute event will allow us to view the film and then have ample time to discuss. Snacks and beverages will be provided. Free.

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St. Vincent Family Retreat: May 19-21

 

 
Nawakwa Retreat Center in Biglerville, PA. (near Gettysburg)


A Weekend with Thomas Merton: A Light Shining in the Darkness

Retreat Director: Dr. Monica Weiss, SSJ

During the retreat we will take time to discover how:
Thomas Merton can inspire us to be light in the darkness;
The land gave Thomas Merton a sense of “home;”
Merton’s love of nature transformed his prayer;
Merton’s interest in Celtic spirituality can help us make time for solitude;

Peaceful, Spiritual, Community Building, and Fun!

  • Children: are welcome (and free) – programs for children.
  • Setting: a green retreat center – hiking trails, playgrounds and a labyrinth.
  • Rooms: in one of two lodges, or you may camp.
  • Meals: 3 included: Saturday lunch & dinner, Sunday lunch.
  • Liturgy: Fr. Ray Chase will celebrate mass on Saturday afternoon.
  • Cost: suggested $100/adult ($50 campers & Saturday-only attendees).

Partial scholarships available for St. Vincent’s parish members only.

Registration forms available on the table in the Gathering Space, or click 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.

Bulletin for the Season of Easter

St V This Week 4/23/2017

Recent Weekly Issues:

Previous Bulletins

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St. V Joins One Water Partnership

Through this program by Interfaith Partners for the Chesapeake (IPC), St. V will join with other congregations in the Jones Falls Watershed to help protect our waterways and delve more deeply into our work of caring for creation. In this two-year partnership, we will plan and take part in various environmentally and spiritually focused activities.

As one of the 15 congregations invited to join, St. V will participate in a visioning session with IPC. We will commit to a covenant to care for watershed, create a “green ministry,” implement at least one environmental physical project and three educational, spiritual or other actions related to conserving our planet.

Joining comes with a grant, which we will use to help launch a green ministry here at St. V. To be on an email list for the forming green ministry, email Laureen Brunelli at Laureen@stvchurch.org.

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Sign Up for St. V’s Weekly Newsletter

St. Vincent has launched a new e-newsletter. Weekly issues feature news about St. Vincent, communications from staff, events at the parish, a reflection or prayer, and the readings for the upcoming Sunday. This does not replace our parish email tree, which is where you will find prayer requests and other information submitted by parishioners.

In our most recent issue, you’ll find pictures of Fr. Ray Chase, who was named St. V’s pastor, as well as a message from him.  If you wish to receive This Week @ St. Vincent, use this subscription link to sign up.

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St. Vincent’s 14th Pastor Named

Dear St. V’s Community,

This afternoon, I met with Fr. Ray Chase in his office at the Catholic Center. He is to be appointed as Pastor of St. Vincent’s effective April 1.  I received the news on Monday evening, then spoke with Fr. Ray several times by phone. We spent a couple of good hours talking – and listening – today. Each had plenty of questions for the other.

Fr. Ray has worked in a variety of ministries, with an emphasis on providing pastoral care to vulnerable people of all ages. Currently he serves as a Chaplain at Catholic Charities’ St. Elizabeth nursing care community. He also works in mission integration and as staff Chaplain for Catholic Charities. And he has been an assisting priest at St. Charles Borromeo church in Pikesville for many years. He will continue in his work part-time with Catholic Charities.

Once he begins as Pastor, Fr. Ray told me, his most important early tasks at St. Vincent’s will be to listen, learn and watch. He looks forward to becoming a part of our community, and to discovering how we live out our mission. As he does, let us thank him, pray for him, and welcome him.

Peace and love,
Colleen McCahill
Pastoral Associate

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Thank You Fr. Dick, Thank You St. V

Sunday was, as our Pastoral Associate Colleen McCahill put it, a “beautiful and bittersweet” day as we honored our pastor of 43 years on the eve of his retirement. We celebrated more than just one man; we celebrated ourselves as a community. And, of course, we celebrated in the way we know best, through the Eucharist, together in Christ.

As Fr. Dick said in his final homily as pastor, being a community of Word, Sacrament and Service means being “a place where people call out each other’s talents, care for each other’s sorrows, rejoice in each other’s joys.”

This occasion was just one small example of what this community can do. With less than two weeks notice, we put on a fabulous event for more than 450 people. People pulled together and in pitched in a seamless sort of way—sharing in the work, sharing in the joy and sharing in the sorrow.

—Laureen Brunelli, Director of Evangelization

More on Fr. Dick’s Retirement:

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Homeless Jesus Coming to St. Vincent

Homeless Jesus by Timothy Schmalz

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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From the Pastor

Dear Family of St. Vincent de Paul,

I am grateful for your assurance of prayer for my continuing recovery. And it is continuing: I am getting a little stronger every day and I fully expect to be well enough to go home within a month or so. But I do not realistically expect to get to be strong enough Rev. Richard T. Lawrenceto perform all the ministry that you have a right to expect of your pastor.

I have therefore decided that it is time for me to retire. I have submitted my letter of resignation of the office of pastor to be effective Monday, February 27th at noon, and the Archbishop has accepted it. We will have a Mass at St. Vincent’s on Sunday, February 26th at 10:30 AM to give me an opportunity to sum up my ministry and say farewell to each of you. A reception will follow and I hope as many as possible of you will help celebrate the Mass and the ensuing party.

I will try at that liturgy to express my gratitude for all that you have done for me and with me over the past 43 years. Continue reading

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Shine On

Fitting these words on our banner (above) on the back of St. Vincent took some clever design work. For a sign meant to be read while waiting at stoplight 20 yards away, 13 words might as well be a James Joyce tome.

We did it however (Thanks, Tom Hyatt!), because at this moment in time we really want to proclaim these words from the Gospel of John to ourselves and to all. The idea for this banner grew out of conversations among parishioners about the direction of the country, the needs in our city and more. The emotions expressed in this dialogue have been, at times, dark—parishioners speak and write of feeling uncertainty, despair and anger and frustration.  Many are stepping out in their faith, letting these powerfully emotions serve as energy for change. To be sure, our faith tells us even amidst the brokenness of our world: Continue reading

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