St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Newsletter
April 1, 2022

Sunday Mass Times:

Saturday - 5:00 PM (Vigil)
Sunday - 9:00 AM
11:00 AM
(Live Streamed)
5:00 PM

Daily Mass

Monday - 9:00 AM

Wednesday -9:00 AM

Thursday - 9:00 AM

Friday - 9:00 AM

Saturdays from

Join us the first Monday of the Month at our 9am Mass with anointing of the sick afterwards.
Stations of the Cross are every Friday through Lent in the church at 7pm.

We will also have Stations of the Cross outside for those wanting to social distance and is available from 8:30am-3:30pm, on Fridays in the courtyard.
Feast Day: July 7
Beatified: January 17, 1995
Venerated: April 2, 1993
Peter To Rot was born in 1912 in a village named Rakunai in what is today Papua New Guinea. The region had for some time been visited by Christian missionaries, but Peter's father, Angelo To Puia, who was chief of the village, and his mother, Maria la Tumul, were baptized as adults and were among the first Catholics in the country.
Peter was one of six children, and from an early age he was very interested in his faith. Because of this, he was trained to be a catechist, a teacher of religion.

When Peter was 18 he became a student at St. Paul's Mission School. He was a very good student and became a catechist within three years, the youngest of all the catechists in Papua New Guinea. He worked with the people of Rakunai and was known to be an excellent teacher.

Peter always carried a Bible with him and knew much of it by heart. In 1936 he married Paula la Varpit, a Catholic from a nearby village. They had three children, but only his daughter, Rufina, survived past childhood.
World War II changed the lives of the people of Papua New Guinea forever. The Japanese forces occupied the island nation, and all missionaries were imprisoned. This left Peter as the only spiritual leader of all Catholics in the area. He provided prayer services, instruction, the Eucharist and Baptism, and helped the poor. He built a church for Catholics from tree branches, the only material available. When people were afraid, he reminded them that God was with them.
In 1942, the Japanese forbade all Christian worship and any type of religious gatherings, even those in homes. They wanted the local chieftains to cooperate with them and tried to push the tribes back to their pre-Christian forms of life, including such practices as having several wives. Peter's older brother supported this. But Peter did not, and when he became loud in his protests and was known to hold Catholic prayer services in caves, he was seen as a problem for the Japanese. In 1945 he was arrested and sentenced to several months in prison.
But the Japanese leaders had no intention of allowing Peter to leave prison, because his catechetical work and the support people had for him was too dangerous to their cause. At one point he told his visiting wife and mother that a Japanese doctor had been called to give him medicine, even though he had not been sick, and he believed he would be killed. He told his family that he would die for the Church.
He was praying when men came for him. Witnesses say he was given a drink and an injection, and his mouth was covered. The next morning, Japanese authorities acted very surprised to find Peter To Rot dead. But marks on his body and other signs made it clear he had not died of natural causes.
He was given a chief's funeral in the Catholic cemetery, but the funeral was held in silence because people feared the Japanese. From the day of his funeral, he was seen as a martyr for the Catholic faith.
On January 17, 1995, Pope John Paul II visited Papua New Guinea to celebrate the beatification of Peter To Rot.
Dear Parishioners of St. Vincent de Paul,

One of my most favorite scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia comes in the last book, “The Last Battle.” In “The Last Battle,” Narnia has fallen into war and chaos. There is a horrible battle and Aslan invites all of Narnia to a new and beautiful land. It is a perfect, beautiful world that heals wounds and only has good things.

Everyone goes to this land except for a group of characters in a barn. They are fighting, selfish, and afraid. This stops them from opening the door and seeing the beautiful world awaiting them. One door was all they had to open to freedom, healing, and beauty.

I think this is a wonderful analogy for our lives. God has a beautiful world of good things for us. He wants to pour out His love on us. Often times we put ourselves in a barn that blinds us to the goodness of God. We do this through our sin, pride, and lies. The events in our lives, good, bad, and painful can put us into the barn.

This Lent God is inviting us to come out of our barns and experience his goodness. Our fasting and prayers open the flood gates to God’s grace. He pours out his healing, forgiveness, and love on us. We are not alone in our pain or joy.

 In two weeks we are going to celebrate and remember that the Creator of the World, the person who brought us into existence is going to allow his Son to suffer and die on the cross for us. Then in three days he will rise again and open the gates to heaven for us. God’s love for us is inconceivable that he would love us to the point of sacrificing His son for us. He loves us so much that he wants to spend eternity with us. This is the good news, the best news. We do not need to suffer alone in a dark and scary barn. We need to kick down the door and let God in. 

God Bless,

Katie Goodson
Pastoral Assistant for Lay Ministry and Evangelization

April 6
No Revival ~ Happy Spring Break
April 13
No Revival ~ Happy Spring Break

Upcoming Events
May 7 Last Service Saturday
May 18 Confirmation Rehearsal 6:30
May 19 Confirmation 7pm  
Our 55+ group, the Vincentians, will be meeting on April 5th. This is a special event because our very own Deacon Jerry Graddon is going to be speaking about Holy Week and Easter. Please bring a lunch and meet us in the South Narthex at noon. You can register by calling the parish office. 253 839-2320.
Mothers and Others had a great time bowling. Be sure to join us April 29 for another Paint and Sip evenings. All mom’s and their friends are invited to join us. If you have any questions or to register please email Katie at

Welcome our newest parishioners to St Vincent de Paul Church

     Henry & Kalyn Auelua Family 
Sonia Sciscente & Cameron Gredler Family
With thanks to our great community, our 1st Annual Virtual Auction in 2021 was a huge success. We are excited to announce our 2nd Annual Knights of Columbus 7528 Virtual Auction to be held April 24 – May 1, 2022!  Once again this year, we have been unable to have our Annual Crab Feed or Fish Frys and have chosen this online auction to raise the much-needed funds to support our community this year.
To raise money for the community, we are asking for your support. Would you be willing to donate item(s) for our auction? Any item big or small will be greatly appreciated. 

To arrange for item pickup or to get delivery instructions, please email or call 253.973.2842. We thank you for your support and generosity.  

Here is a link to our procurement form. Please include a form with your item.
Volunteers needed! We are converting the Life House back into a Rectory. The rectory will house both Bishop Schuster and our new Parochial Vicar, who will hopefully starting in July. I am looking for a group of volunteers to help clean out the house to get it ready for constructions. Please contact Diana Carasa at or 253-839-2320 x206 if you would like to help. Together we can make this Rectory into a home!
Calling all bakers. We need your help. Our funeral receptions have started back up and we need people to help make desserts for them. This is a great way to love others with your gift of baking. If you would like to help please let Katie know by calling the office or emailing her at
We need your help for volunteers to help clean the church on Friday mornings. Please let us know if that is your talent or treasure! It doesn't get cleaned by itself.
Please call Katie Goodson to sign up.
 Thank you!

A huge thank you to everyone who donated diapers. Once again our parish’s generosity overwhelmed me. We are going to have a lot of happy babies and parents thanks to all of you.
Week of April 3, 2022
Saint John Baptist de LaSalle

The Art of Living

The Holy Spirit:
The third person of the Trinity

Prayers of the Faithful

For those who are sick.

For those in our Community
who have passed away:
Helen Pawlak
Joan Bethal
Sunday Giving:
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7
Ways to give:

  • Online - signup to give onetime, weekly or monthly, click the link below to sign up.
  • Basket - put your envelope in the Basket as it's passed around during Mass.
  • Mail - you can mail your contribution to 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003.