St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Newsletter
April 8, 2022

Sunday Mass

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
No daily mass next week Thursday, April 14,
and Friday, April 15th
Saturdays from

There will be no Reconciliation Saturday, April 16 for Easter.
Join us the first Monday of the Month at our 9am Mass with anointing of the sick afterwards.

Palm Sunday Mass Times

Saturday, April 9, 5pm

April 10th, 9am, 11am, and 5pm

Holy Week and Easter Sunday Mass Times

Holy Thursday
April 14, 7pm
  Altar of repose will follow afterwards.

Good Friday Service
April 15, 7pm
Holy Saturday Easter Vigil
April 16, 8:30pm
Easter Sunday Masses
April 17, 7am, 9am, and 11am
Stations of the Cross
April 8th at 7pm.

Good Friday, April 15, 3pm

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,

“Mom, did you know that giants still exist?” “They do?” I say with a tad of curiosity in my voice. “Mom to bugs we are all giants!”

As children we are encouraged to use our imagination. We are encouraged to become an airplane, a ninja or even a giant. When we take on that character or inanimate object our entire perspective changes. We are no longer ourselves but possibly a lizard that lives on the floor. 

When was the last time you laid on the floor and looked around? You see things differently from the ground than you do if you were standing up.  If you were at my house you would see the dust and all of the missing toys hiding under the couch. You could hear my son’s tummy rumble and if you were brave enough you could even taste that cheerio that has made a home on the floor. All these things I would have missed had I stayed standing up.

This Sunday, our Lord Jesus will break bread with His disciples and Judas will betray him. We will hear about how Peter denies Jesus three times. We know when Pilate asks the crowd, “Who shall we release?” That the answer will be Barabbas. Jesus will make his way to the place called the Skull and from there we all know what happens. 

We all know because we hear the story every year on Palm Sunday and on Good Friday. Sometimes I find myself listening to the gospel story “standing up in my pew.” I am not paying too much attention because I “know” the story. But what if? What if we didn’t listen to the story from our pew standing up. What if this year we place ourselves into the Passion Story. What if this time you listened to the story through the eyes of a lamb on the street not knowing what is going on or who this Jesus person is? What if you listened to the story through the eyes of Barabbas or maybe you imagine yourself as the cross that Jesus both carries and is nailed too….how does becoming part of the story change how and what you see? What you hear? Even what you taste? 

God has given us all imaginations, let’s use them to reconnect with the word of God and to give us new perspective on this familiar and powerful story. 

Who, what and where will you be this Sunday when you are standing in your pew listening to the Gospel? Giant’s still exist and so does Jesus’ love for us. 


Vanessa Thompkins
Youth Ministry
April 13 No Revival ~ we are encouraging all of our Revival Families to attend the Triduum services this week.
April 20 No Revival Easter Week
May 7 Last Service project
May 18 Confirmation Rehearsal 6:30pm
May 19 Confirmation

Mothers and Others is getting creative this month. We are going to be painting and sipping at Pinot’s Palette April 29, at 6:45pm. The cost is $37. Please call the office or email Katie to register.
We will be playing Pictionary on May 5th, in the south narthex at noon. Please come and join us! Call the parish to sign up or email
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
House Cleaning Party!

Looking for volunteer hours? Come join us at the LifeHouse, soon to be the Rectory, and help us clean it out. We will be having a work party on April 23rd from 10am to 3pm.

We need help with:
  • Organizing
  • Goodwill Runs
  • Garbage Patrol
  • General Cleaning

Contact Diana 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 volunteers to help clean the church on Friday mornings. Please let us know if that is your talent or treasure! Thank you!

Please call Katie Goodson to sign up.

Welcome our newest parishioners to St Vincent de Paul Church

Ken and Abigail Dilag

2022 Saturday Mass Schedule for Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery. All Masses begin at 10:30 a.m.
Mass at Gethsemane Catholic Cemetery is held in the main building, 37600 Pacific Highway South, Federal Way, WA.
April 23, May 21, June 18, July 18, August 20, September 24,
October 15, November 26, and December 17th, 2022       
May 30 – Monday Memorial Day – at all cemeteries, 10:30 separate announcement to come later.
November 2 –Wednesday. All Souls Day – at all cemeteries 10:30 separate announcement to come later.   
 If you have questions please contact me at
Thank you,
Faye McClain
Associated Catholic Cemeteries
    Hello! Remember me? It’s Vinney, the Resident Bookworm in the Parish Library! I’ve just emerged from a very long hibernation which is unusual for our species. 

I had very vivid dreams about being locked in with periodic visits by people who were always looking for Ritual stuff. Other times my reveries included the sounds of strange heavy-duty movements and loud stacking thuds. I even fantasized that one day that lumbering book-cart wheeled itself surreptitiously away!

    I awoke recently to the lemon-scented aroma of what could be called an old-fashioned Spring cleaning! My eyes popped at the fresh, orderly and welcoming aspect of my humble abode.. It felt so good to be alert and alive again. I soon realized that I had Dn. Juan to thank for the tidiness that was so evident.

    Later, I learned that the speculations in my dreams were quite close to reality. There really were weekly interruptions to gather Ritual books. All that bumping and shoving was nothing more than our space becoming a storage closet during Covid’s dictates. And the cart? A more pressing need for it was found.

    This is a warm welcome to the official reopening of the Parish Library. I have tentative plans for expanding the shelving to make browsing more fruitful. Also, I’m hoping to improve the nomenclature; a label per topic.

    Before I close, just a reminder that many books are “out there” and have been for quite some time.. keep in mind that I don’t accept fines! 

Be cool, stay safe and see you soon


 Vinney, the Resident Bookworm 
at the St. Vincent Parish Library
Week of April 8, 2022
Triduum: A Spiritual Pilgrimage

Jesus' Decent into Hell

Holy Week

Prayers of the Faithful

For those who are sick.

For those in our Community
who have passed away:

Margaret Anderson
Joseph Martinez
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.