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 Anne Maura English’s Pentecost in the Time of COVID-19 (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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Pentecost in the Time of COVID-19

by Elizabeth Anne Maura English

“Pentecost” by Peggy Shouse

We sense that COVID-19 has brought a profound change to our world. What that will mean? What will it be like to live in that world? We don’t know. We only know that we face a changed reality. And that’s scary. That fear, those questions are ones the disciples gathered in that upper room could relate to. This Pentecost as never before in our lives, we can understand them. Yes, the past held suffering and pain, but there were rich memories also of the joys and blessings of Jesus’ physical presence. What could make up for that loss? Nothing was ever going to be the same. What could, what would, such a future be like?

In the first chapter of Acts, Luke made a point of telling us that the mother of Jesus was among those gathered. Mary was the one par excellence who knew the risk of asking, “How can this be? It doesn’t make any sense.” It was fitting she be present as the disciples struggled with their own future. Like her, despite fear, despite not knowing, despite common sense, they remained open to a future they could not possibly imagine. And the answer was the wind and fire of Pentecost, of the Spirit.

Click here to read the rest of Anne Maura’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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