The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the whole wide world’s joy. (Henry Ward Beecher)
God speaks to us through the entire natural universe. When we see wildflowers, birds, mountains, oceans and streams and contemplate them, they lead our hearts and minds to wonder how great God is. The natural world illustrates how much God loves us and all creation. Spring in Maryland! It is good to be here, so say snowdrops, daffodils, dandelions, crocuses and bees.
Dear Friends and Visitors, When the pandemic closed our churches in March 2020, our parish (like so many others) sought ways we could foster spiritual togetherness during a time of social distancing. Over 20 St. V parishioners opened their Bibles and their hearts, and each week a member of the parish wrote a reflection on the Sunday Scriptures. This humble act of service helped the community to remember that, even when we could not be gathered in the Eucharistic assembly, the living Word of God will speak to us, and the Holy Spirit does act through us. This one-year parish-wide project came to an end with our celebration of the Resurrection. We shared the reflections on Facebook and in our e-newsletter. May all who wrote, read, and prayed with them be blessed. The reflections are collected here.
The parish of St. Vincent de Paul Church mourns the passing of our beloved former pastor. Services were recorded. Reception of the Body .. Wake Service .. Funeral Mass In memoriam. By Fr. Lawrence’s request, donations in his memory should go to the St. Vincent de Paul Church Historic Trust. Send your gift to 120 N. Front Street, Baltimore, MD., 21202. Read about the Historic Trust by clicking here. R. T. Lawrence Stories. We would like to hear your stories about Fr. Dick. To share a story with the parish, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 updateson the work of the parish and St. Vincent’s Committee on Church Reform. Vision Statement for the Committee on Church Reform We, the People of God, are birthing a more transparent and collaborative Church. Mission Statement of the Committee on Church Reform 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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