Welcome to our website! And thank you for taking the time to join us for an ongoing exploration of the message on our new banner on the back of our church:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…”
The truth is: we are all intimately aware of what it is like to be stranger. In some particular moment and to varying degrees each of us has actually experienced, often viscerally, what it is like to be recognized as and treated as stranger.
Please click here to share with us your own experience of what it feels like to be considered a stranger by another. In sharing our experiences with one another our understanding of being-a-stranger will be deepened and expanded. As it does, our capacity to experience and have compassion for the one who is “other” will develop and blossom. Then, the words of our sign will be true for each of us…someone was a stranger but is no longer because you and I welcomed them.
We, the Community of St. Vincent’s Church, are deeply committed to social justice both through our weekly celebration of Liturgy and in our day to day activities. If you would like to learn more about us, please accept this invitation to visit.
If you would like to take a big step on your journey to a deeper spirituality, consider practicing Centering Prayer. This form of meditation in the Christian tradition is a simple practice of sitting quietly and being open to the presence of God. The practitioner selects a word or phrase to assist in letting go of thoughts, feelings and sensations and returning to an openness to God. Centering prayer can have many specific benefits, but the greatest is the deepening of one’s encounter with God that changes and enlarges one’s perspective, enabling the practitioner to be truly compassionate toward others, as Jesus teaches. YouTube has short explanatory videos by Fr. Thomas Keating and longer ones by Cynthia Bourgeault.
Centering Prayer can be practiced in a group or alone, but a group setting is a good way to start. St. V’s group meets on first and third Sundays at 8:45 AM for 30 minutes. Group meets in the classroom near the parking lot. You can also enter through the church to find the classroom.
St. V has set up an online shop with CafePress where individuals can purchase a St. V magnet and have it shipped directly to them. If your desire for St. V swag transcends magnets, we also have these designs on tote bags, coffee mugs, and the like. If you have ideas about other products you’d like to see in the shop, email the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.