Together Sharing Christ Now Available

CaptureThe Fall issue of Together Sharing Christ is now available.

As Labor Day arrives and children return to school, Fall is not far away. On the horizon are new things. Our lecture series on the Pope’s Encyclical Laudato Si is one major thing which will bring thought and reflection to that document. Though there are not articles on it in this issue, the speakers and times are listed in this issue. In addition, this issue reflects on:

  • Chris’s Resignation
  • The End of Time
  • Baltimore City
  • The Nuremberg Trials
  • An experience of the St. Vincent’s Park
  • Kieran Ruppert’s Ministry
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Hear the Cry of the Earth and of the Poor

In this a brief quote from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’, Francis starts with an old psalm verse, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”

HearBannercropThen he turns it around. He drops the reference to the Lord and changes the mood of the verb from indicative to imperative. So what started out as an acclamation of trust in God now becomes a challenge to us.

We know that God hears the cry of the poor. But do we? Or are we so deafened by the roar of global Continue reading

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Laudato Si’ Encyclical Speaker Series

For the fall St. Vincent is developing plans for a three-part speaker series to delve more deeply into Pope Francis’s encyclical, Laudato Si’. We have lined up our three speakers, all of whom are distinguished professors who have written about faith and the environment.

The first event will look at the science of the encyclical; the second the theology and the third the actions we must take as a global and local community. This will be a large event aimed at bring new folks to St. V and at spreading the message that Pope Francis so eloquently put forth in his encyclical.

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Farewell to St. V’s JVC Volunteer

This weekend (Aug. 3) is our last Sunday liturgy with Kieran Ruppert, St. Vincent’s social action coordinator and a Jesuit Volunteer Corps member. Kieran, who graduated from University of California, Berkeley, in May of 2014 began work with us last August for a one-year placement.150422-F-PJ888-156

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In that time, Kieran has answered the rectory door to dozens and dozens of people in need. And while St. Vincent does not have the resources to directly aid all who seek help, Continue reading

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“The Dung of the Devil”

Does that sound like something you once got punished for calling your little brother? Properly raised grown-ups refrain from even thinking language like that, much less using it. Unless you happen to be Pope.        Pope_Francis_in_March_2013

In the most important speech (the format and the footnotes set it apart from other, less formal talks) of his trip back home to Latin America, Pope Francis addressed a group of leaders of popular movements of students, workers, campesinos and others. He denounced the injustices of the global structure today, and the violence done to the people and the planet by rapacious greed.

The “dung of the devil” phrase, by the way, Continue reading

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Farewell to St. V’s Pastoral Associate

Our Pastoral Associate for the past four years, Chris McCullough, is leaving. We worked closely with Chris on committees and on programs and know the level of pastoral commitment and implementation effort he gave us, often making the difference in the success of our projects. What a gift he has been! September 13th will be his last Sunday with us. Many of us would like to let him know how much he meant to us. Our gift will be a tangible and practical witness to what his pastoral care has meant and signify our prayers and good wishes for him as he discerns where God will lead him. If you would like to contribute, please see Peggy Meyer at church or mail your contribution to 33 Andrew Place, Baltimore, MD 21201-2401.

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Temporary Closure of St. Vincent’s Park

It is with great regret that we announce the temporary closure of St. Vincent de Paul Church Park effective Monday, July 6, 2015.

For decades now, this park has been an important part of our ministry to the homeless, who have been allowed to take shelter in the park overnight if they have nowhere else to go. However, we have had to stand down from this ministry from time to time, and for various causes. Unfortunately, this is now another one of those times.

For a number of reasons, the tension level and the level of violence in the park at night has risen recently. Our homeless residents, except for an occasional fight among themselves, are a pretty non-violent group. Homeless and non-homeless alike are accustomed to mingling quietly in the park. Continue reading

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Pope Francis Takes On Climate Change (and a Lot More) In Latest Encyclical

Laudato Si is mediaeval Italian for “Praised be You.” It is also the title of the Hymn of Creation of St. Francis of Assisi. And it is now also the title of Pope Francis’ Encyclical on the Environment.

The Pope follows his namesake in combining his concern for the poor and for the whole created world. He points out in prose that more than once leaps into poetry that God’s love and concern envelop all, whereas human selfishness despoils Sister Earth with the same technologically-enabled acquisitiveness that so thoroughly suppresses our human brothers and sisters.

It is a stirring call to action and will generate much discussion and no little opposition.  Read it, even if you have to read it a little at a time (it is bit long).

We as a parish are planning a comprehensive response to the encyclical. Our summer series of liturgies based on Beth Johnson’s Ask the Beasts will provide a good background, as will a careful reading of that book. We will have a new sign on the west side of the church building within two weeks, and a new set of car/refrigerator magnets to match.

See what Pope Francis has to say about humanity’s relationship with our creator and our planet. The new encyclical, Laudato Si,  covers much more than climate change including biodiversity, clean water and the disproportion effects environmental degradation of the poor.

Read it here.

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Restored Model of St. V

As part of St. V’s celebration of the 175th anniversary of the laying of its cornerstone, we put on display this now-restored model of the church, dating from the 1930s, at all Masses this weekend (May 23-24). IMG_0180_

The work was done by parishioner Tom Hyatt, a VP at MICA. The reason the model was built or who made it is unknown; however it has been displayed every Christmas season in our window decorations. Time had taken its toll on the cardboard model, , as this “before” picture clearly demonstrates, and Tom graciously agreed to restore it. Come see the “after pictures” in person!

Here’s what Tom had to say about the work:IMG_0188

I was asked by Barbara Hodnett if I would be willing to work on repairing some of the models used at Christmas time. Continue reading

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Opening: Middle/High School Youth Leader

Find details about the job opening here.  For questions about or to apply for the position, contact or send your resume to Chris McCullough at chrism@stvchurch.org.

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