Building and Grounds Committee:
Gary Desmarias reported that the courtyard project is making progress and the courtyard cement will be torn up and replaced with new concrete and landscape design. This project is slated to begin in the early spring.
Report was given on the Wall of Faith Community Cross Tile project. Order forms are now available and it was suggested that possibly buying tiles for family members would be a great Christmas present to loved ones.
Mollie Kunkel reported that Sunday evening Adult Education Classes are well attended and that the 1st 10- week series , The classes are held on Sunday evenings from 5:30 – 7:30 . A simple soup and bread meal is served and then the DVD is shown and then there is discussion.
Greg Hart shared that the committee had met with Fr. Kevin and that a letter has been composed to send out to Catholics who have been away from our parish family , telling them of events that are happening in our parish and inviting them to come back to church If you know of a family you would like the church to contact through the letter please call committee me members: Florence Ray 234-5201, Jeannie Reimers 234-0043,Gary Walton, Molllie Kunkel 234-8276 and Greg Hart-234-7232
Julie Hart reported that the webpage and Facebook page have been very successful and parishioners are excited to be able to access information about our community .The committee is currently working on an updated address/cell phone /email list for the parish .
Jessica Marroquin reported on the activities of the high school group and the success of their retreat. The groups 1st annual Youth Service fundraiser was successful and parishioners were generous in buying the students to do work . Sunday morning greeters and readers from the high school group is a work in project but all at the meeting were excited to see high school students up on the altar welcoming and reading a synopsis of the days readings .
There are currently 25- 30 students attending the Wednesday evening program.
Martha Holt reported that the Monday morning Pre-school is off to a great start with between 13- 15 little ones sharing in the program. Also the new Catholic Moms group is meeting downstairs in the basement during the class- so young Catholic moms are dropping kids off at pre-school and heading downstairs for fellowship with other moms.
Welcome to St. Vincent and St. Paul Parishes and St. Juan Diego Mission. As many of you know, in conjunction with the Diocese of Spokane at large, we have been working hard in these last several months to discern a new pastoral plan for our parishes. This effort has been given the name "Know, Love, Serve." As many of those in the agricultural business have been working on their harvest, reaping what had been sown, we too are ready to start reaping the fruits of our discernment of our pastoral planning for our parishes. One of the fruits of this new plan, as you can see, is the updating of our website. It is our hope that in the next year we will experience many new and exciting things in our communities, from faith formation to building projects, from greater communication within our parish family to outreach to those outside. I’m very excited to see how all of our efforts will be used by our Lord in coming months and years. Every good thing we have, of course, comes from God and leads back to him. May he continue to bless you, your families and our parish family so that we may all come to know, love and serve God in this life and be happy with him forever in the next. May God bless you!
Fr. Kevin Oiland
When Pope St. John XXIII convened the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), one of the things the bishops called for was a reform of the liturgy, and they gave some principles to later be employed for that reform (cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium). This process resulted in what we now call the Novus Ordo (or "New Order") of the Mass. While the liturgy is always in reform, this reform presented more stark changes than is typical with liturgical reform. For that reason, it could be easy for the church to forget the historical development of the liturgy up to the Second Vatican Council. This is one reason, among others, that I have begun celebrating the Mass according to the Extraordinary Form (as in outside the ordinary - the Novus Ordo being the ordinary form of the Mass). While this form of the Mass is very foreign to most Catholics today, I believe it is important to educate ourselves on where we came from and how the liturgy developed. If you are interested in exploring the history of the liturgy, so as to appreciate the essence of the Mass even more, you are invited to join us at 10 am on the first Saturday of every month at St. Paul's in Eltopia.
Mark your calendar- Annual Juniper Dunes Lenten “Desert Way” hike will take place on Sunday ,March 22nd. More information to come. Helen Tobin and Regina Grassl are in charge-KLS
A big thank you for all who helped and attended the Annual Lenten Shrove Pancake Dinner. A special thanks to our four flippers( Stacey Kniveton, Mike Reimers, John Hilmes and Larry Kaiser) Chocolate chip pancakes never tasted so good!-KLS
Annual Knight of Columbus Lenten Dinner will be Friday, March 6th at 5pm -7pm
at St. Vincent Church. Menu includes Camarones al la Diabla (spicy shriimp),fish, salmon and clam chowder. Cost is by donation/to go orders available for $10.00 a plate. ENjoy a wonderful meal, fellowship and also support our local Catholic men's group.
Know Love & Serve committee meetings will be held in parish hall on Sunday ,
Feb, 22nd at 9:00am.