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 , Catholicism will end Nov. 23rd. Beginning on January 25th the next 10 week DVD adult education series will begin. The series is entitled Adventures in Bible Study- The Book of James . 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
A new preschool is being formed by Martha Holt. The preschool curriculum is geared for the children that attend St. Vincent Church in Connell. The program is going to incorporate the Catholic Church teachings in its courses and lesson plans. Peschool day will be once a week on Mondas from 9:30am - 11:30am. Classes start on September 8,2014.
For more information please contact Martha Holt at (509)439-9014.
Mass in the Extraordinary Form
Father Kevin Oiland will be holding a Mass in the Extraordinary Form (according to the 1962 Missal), First Saturday of the month, 10:00 am, St. Paul in Eltopia. Please join us to experience
how mass was celebrated in the past.
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.
St. Vincent Weekly Mass Greeters & Gift Presentations
Every week before Sunday am mass a family has volunteered to meet and greet parishoners.
This family will also be presenting gifts to the altar during the offerings.
To see the schedule please go the this link: /st-vincent-de-paul-connell-1
New Group - Catholic Moms Group wil meet Monday mornings at 10:00am in the basement of the St. Vincent Parish Hall. All mothers are welcome - faith, family, friends, fitness, foot and fun will be topics discussed. Sharing of joys and concerns, challenges of young moms. Group Facilitator: Elena Gimenez- children 3 yrs and under are welcome.
Thank you to Guild # 3 for hosting the St. Vincent Annual advent dinner.
Over 60 people attended an evening was filled with good food and fellowship. A special thank you to Jessica Marroquin’s high school students who servered and delighted the crowd. Elizabeth Torres was the master chef in the kitchen ! Thanks to all who helped make a great evening for the adults of St. Vincents.
Children who would like to share their talent before Mass on Christmas Eve at St. Vincent by singing or playing a Christmas Carol please contact Anne Grassl at 234-8592 – there will be one mic check and practice a few days before Christmas Eve – give Anne a call for the details.
St . Vincent Church Decorating will take place on Monday Dec 22nd at 9:30 am – this is a parish event so all are invited to help. We will put up trees, lights , decorations and trimmings. The more hands we have the faster it will go! If you have any questions call Julie Hart at 234-7232
What a special Advent season as we welcome a new Advent Wreath table and display at St. Vincent – thanks to Augie Villanueba for sharing his time and talents for us all to enjoy.
The tradition returns. . .The children’s Christmas program at St. Vincent was held this past week – what a special gift to all who participated and attended.
Thanks to Lisette Torres who organized the program for her senior project
Thanks to Liz Torres, Andrea Shawver, Martha Holt, Elena Gimenez, Anne Grassl ,Eva and Olivia Kniveton. And all who provided goodies for the reception after the program and of course to Santa Claus- Hymie Merez.
Know Love and Serve Building Project :St. Vincent’s Faith Community Cross
Order forms are now available to purchase a tile to recognize your family’s membership in our faith community or memorlize a loved one on our outdoor north courtyard wall. Three crosses have been designed by former parishioner Amanda Grassl Petersen and will be filled with tiles of our faith community. Please see the proposed design on board over in the parish hall. The committee will begin with the 1st cross and hope to have it in place on the wall by Easter. Your tile will have three lines of 18 characters . See forms for more details. Form is in English and Spanish
Place your orders now to be included . These tiles would make a great Christmas present. Order forms are at the back of the church and have been included as bulletin inserts. The cost of each tile is $15. Orders are to be mailed to church at P.O. Box 1030- checks or cash. Orders may also be given to Julie Hart – 234- 7232 , Stacey Ferguson 582-2061 or Elida Fernandez-234-0281
(For more information about what the Know , Love and Serve Committeess are working on please refer to the updates by the committees in the next column.)