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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.
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,
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:
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.
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 to 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