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 Jim Casey’s Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Reflection (below). Also see all recent parishioner’s reflections at: Reflections

St. Vincent’s is offering “Live Streamed Mass every Sunday starting at 10:00am on our YouTube channel at Sunday Mass.

Please note: All our live streamed services are recorded and available for you to watch whenever it is convenient for you on St. Vs YouTube Channel at: Recorded Services

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

by Jim Casey

Reflection on the Scriptures 2 Kings 4:8-16 Romans 6:3-11 Matthew 10:37-42

God rewards those who are faithful and loyal. Nothing good happens to those who are disloyal or unfaithful. Those are the lessons taught by today’s readings.  

Faithfulness and loyalty are great virtues, but they are not the greatest of the virtues.  Perhaps they have been overemphasized.

In today’s first reading from Second Kings, about the prophet Elisha, an unnamed woman of influence is kind to Elisha. The woman recognizes that Elisha is a man of God. She invites him to dinner once and then gives him a standing invitation to dine with her whenever he is in town. She provides him with a room reserved for him in her home. He is free to use it any time. Elisha learns that her greatest wish is to give birth to a son. God grants Elisha’s request that she be given a son.  

Click here to read the rest of Jim’s reflection.

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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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