St. Vincent de Paul Parish Newsletter
April 29, 2021
Thank you Fr. Bill
It is hard to believe that after 13 years Fr. Bill has been transferred to St. John the Baptist in Covington. We are going to celebrate and thank him at both masses on June 13. More details will be coming, but I can say that there will be food trucks. We do need your help to makes this a success.
  1. We need one or two people to help us put together a memory book for him. If you would like to help with this please contact Katie at
  2. Start thinking about pictures and memories you might like to add to the memory book.
  3. Plan on coming to either mass to celebrate. 
We are excited to announce that Fr. Frank Schuster will be joining us in July as our new Pastor! Let us welcome him into our St. Vincent de Paul Parish Community with open arms. Fr. Schuster is currently the Pastor of St. Teresa of Calcutta in Woodinville.
Celebrate the Joy of the Easter Season
The Easter Season is 50 days — longer than Lent. This Easter Season, we invite you to be intentional about proclaiming and celebrating the Risen Christ throughout this joyous season.
St. Vincent's Staff invites you to follow in the footsteps of the Risen Christ and his friends from the Resurrection to Pentecost.
Beginning Friday, April 23rd, the Stations of the Light will be available to walk and pray through in the church courtyard on Fridays fro 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Please remember to social distance.

14 Stations of the Light:

  1. Jesus is raised from the dead
  2. The finding of the empty tomb
  3. Mary Magdalene meets the risen Jesus
  4. Jesus appears on the road to Emmaus
  5. Jesus is known in the breaking of bread
  6. Jesus appears to the disciples in Jerusalem
  7. Jesus gives the disciples his peace and the power to forgive sins
  8. Jesus strengthens the faith of Thomas
  9. Jesus appears by the Sea of Tiberias
  10. Jesus forgives Peter and commands him to feed his sheep
  11. Jesus commissions the disciples upon the mountain
  12. The Ascension of Jesus
  13. Mary and the disciples wait in prayer
  14. The Holy Spirit descends at Pentecost
Easter Greetings from Fr. Bill

For Easter, our little sabbatical group has been going to different parishes in the area for liturgy. I do miss praying with you, my St. Vincent’s Community. There are four of us on the sabbatical program, a Paulist priest from New York City, a diocesan priest from Chicago, a medical missionary sister who has spent thirty years in Africa, and myself.  The program consists of presentations on spirituality in the morning with the afternoon and evening free for reading, prayer or exercise.

Early on in my time here, I came across a phrase that has become the focus of my retreat. “Fill me with your Spirit, purify my heart, and strengthen me in love.”  It is very similar to that Lenten antiphon we often used over the years, “Grant to us O Lord, a heart renewed, recreate in us your own Spirit, Lord.” I often chant that to myself on my hikes through the Saguaro National Park which is right next door to the retreat center.  The desert is starting to blossom. I never realized there were so many flowers in the desert.  As it heats up, the snakes and scorpions are also coming out.  There is probably a metaphor there!

The retreat program focuses on a contemplative approach to prayer.   It is quite the change from the busy-ness of parish life.  It also requires giving up some control and expectations and letting God take the lead.   Having gone now a year through Covid one would think we would be use to giving up control and expectations.  I find it still difficult.

I continue to keep you in my prayers, especially at Mass.  I pray that in this Easter season you will experience the Risen Lord who shares his Spirit with us, keeps our hearts focused on the good we can accomplish and strengthens us in love.  I hope we will begin to emerge from this pandemic and become a stronger community centered on the gift of the Eucharist more mindful of our need for God and others’ need for us.

May the grace and peace of the Easter season fill your hearts with joy.
Fr. Bill
Our Parish Goal this year is $129,665. Dollars we raise above our goal will be rebated back to the Parish and will go towards replacing the soap and towel dispensers on campus to touch free! Please me generous.

A special thank you to Deacon Jerry Graddon who will be speaking at Mass this weekend as to how your gift to the Annual Catholic Appeal Campaign supports over 60 ministries and services in the Archdiocese.

If you have already made your gift to the Appeal, thank you! If not, please return your pledge envelope today or donate online

Thank you!
What is the difference between the
Annual Catholic Appeal and the Parish Stewardship Pledge
  • Occurs in the Spring of each year
  • Archdiocesan Appeal (Denominational)
  • Pledge to the Archdiocese—May to April
  • Supported by Catholic and Parishes across Western Washington
  • Donations processed through the Archdiocese
  • Monthly reminders sent from Archdiocese
  • Tax Statement proved by Archdiocese
  • Supports over 60 ministries and services throughout Western Washington
  • Occurs in the Fall of each year
  • Parish Renewal (Congregational)
  • Yearly pledge to the Parish—Jan to Dec
  • Supported by Parishioners
  • Donations processed through the Parish
  • Tax Statement proved by Parish
  • Provides Parish ordinary Income

For some Easter not only brought the Risen Lord but also brought them back to church. No matter if you returned for the Easter Season with a renewed desire for Mass, or if you are feeling more comfortable being out and around people we welcome you back with open arms (socially distanced open arms of course).

Due to the increasing amount of people attending Mass each Sunday we wanted to refresh you on some of our protocols:

  • Registration Required - For Sunday Masses, you may register beginning 8am on Fridays for that weekends Mass.
  • Speak loudly for the Hosts - The Hosts have a lot on their plates keeping the lines moving so please speak loudly and clearly when giving your family name.
  • Let the Ushers seat you - the ushers seat parishioners in a way that we are not having to cross paths with people in order to social distance. Please let them seat you, even if this means a new side or section of the church.
  • Receiving Communion - Keep your mask on as you approach the Priest or Minister, place your hands out flat in front of you, after you receive communion please step to the side and consume your Host. (You may NOT receive communion on the tongue)
  • No Social Gathering - when Mass is over please let the ushers direct you as to when to leave your seats. We ask that parishioners not gather on campus after Mass.
Would you like to bring the Blessed Sacrament to our sick and homebound parishioners. There is a great need for this ministry right now. If you would like to be a part of this beautiful ministry please contact Katie at

“Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament … There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves upon earth.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
May is almost here which means it is time for the Vincentians (our 55+) group to meet again. We will meet on May 11, at noon. Once again we will be on Zoom. The best part of these times is seeing each others faces and the fun games we play. If you would like to join us let Katie know and she can send you the zoom link. I can’t wait to see all of you.
April 25th

The Way of St. James

Acts of the Apostles
with Mark Hart

Reaching out to Today's Culture
by Bishop Robert Barron

Knights of Columbus - First Annual Virtual Auction
May 6, 2021 at 12:00pm Ending May 10, 2021 at 8:00pm
We are excited to announce our 1st Annual Knights of Columbus 7528 Virtual Auction to be held May 6 – May 10, 2021!  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we have been unable to have any of our regular fundraising events (annual crab feed, Lenten fish fry, spaghetti dinners, etc.) and have chosen this online auction as a way 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.
We also invite you to attend our virtual auction. You can preview the auction at the link below. You may register anytime prior to the auction start date. Please invite your family and friends to join us as well.
If you can donate any items, big or small, please email or call 253.973.2842, and we will arrange pick up of the item. We thank you for your support and generosity.
Here is a link to the procurement form:
Upcoming Virtual Events in the Archdiocese