St. Vincent de Paul
Parish Newsletter

December 30, 2021

Due to parking lot conditions we will not be celebrating Mass on December 31st at 5pm.

The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God Mass will be at 10am, Saturday January 1st. This Mass will be livestreamed.

Sunday Mass Times:

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

Daily Mass Times:

Monday - 9:00 AM
Wednesday - 9:00 AM
Thursday - 9:00 AM
Friday - 9:00 AM
Reconciliation Times

Saturdays from 3:30pm-4:30pm
Message from your Parish Staff
Dear Parishioners,
 
If the story in the song “Christmas in the Trenches” by John McCutcheon weren’t true, it’d be too cheesy to believe: In December 1914, enemy soldiers fighting in World War I declared unofficial truces and met each other in no man’s land for carol singing, soccer games, prisoner swaps and joint burial ceremonies.  
 
Just weeks earlier, Pope Benedict XV had asked the warring nations to pause the fighting for Christmas, asking “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang.” The men in charge said no. So, the soldiers on the front lines called the truce themselves. It was a prophetic witness to peace that reflects the “true meaning of Christmas” more vividly than the best theological treatise or sermon. 
 
My favorite way to revisit this famous story each year is via McCutcheon’s song, a lovely bit of historical fiction that condenses the story into one dreamed-up soldier’s perspective. The song describes the details of the night then pulls back to deliver big lessons in sharp, direct poetry:
 
For the walls they'd kept between us to exact the work of war 
Had been crumbled and were gone forever more. 
My name is Francis Tolliver, in Liverpool I dwell 
Each Christmas come since World War One I've learned its lessons well: 
That the ones who call the shots won't be among the dead and lame 
And on each end of the rifle we're the same.
 
The lines are strong on their own, out of context and printed on the screen, but you need to hear the music for the full impact. McCutcheon has one of my favorite all-time voices – warm, clear, and earnest. The song’s tempo, melody and finger-picked guitar match the story perfectly; sonically, it fits nicely on a “quiet Christmas” playlist. But the story here raises the stakes. It’s not pleasant background music. It’s a call to prayer. 
 
And here’s what’s coming to me in my prayer with the song this season: Despite appearances, the strength of friendship across boundaries is more powerful and transformative than the strength of ammunition, bayonets, or mustard gas. This hope is not unlike my persistent belief that despite appearances, the helpless infant God-child who is love incarnate is more powerful than the King Herod of ancient times and the King Herods of 1914 and the King Herods of today.
 
So, I invite you to listen to "Christmas in the Trenches" below. How does it move you in prayer, particularly as you look ahead into the new year?
 
Tu hermanito,
Deacon Juan F. Lezcano, OFS
PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
It is a great time to be Catholic. Our Holy Father, Pope Francis want to hear from every Catholic in the world. He wants to know how the Church is alive in your life and how the Holy Spirit is working in your life. The fancy word he is using for this is Synod. We need your help with two things.
1.      We need people to lead these sessions and people to take notes.
2.      We need you to come to a session and tell us how the Church and the Holy Spirit are a part or not of your life.
To sign up to help our share please let Katie in the office know.
“Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.”
Revival Schedule
January 5th

The next Saturday of Service is January 15. Watch for an email in January with more details.
JustFaith is back in January. This will be the last in our three part series on Racial Justice. The last two classes have really opened my eyes to race in our country. One of the best things that I have learned from this experience has been to really listen and love people even when I disagree with them. Please sign up in the parish office. Click the link for more information about this JustFaith series. Faith and Racial Justice: Changing Systems and Structures - JustFaith Ministries
The Vincentian plan has changed for January 4th. We are not going to Brown Bear. Instead we are meeting at St. Vincent’s in the South Narthex. We are going to meet at noon and play White Elephant Bingo. Bring a wrapped gift and play bingo with us. Please note that due to Covid no food or drink will be served. Sign up in the parish office.  

The next Mothers and Others Ladies night out is going to be January 21. Join us for dinner at Jimmy Mac’s. Bring a white elephant gift to exchange. Please sign up in the parish office.

St. Vincent’s wants to help you fight back against Covid. We are having two vaccination clinics. The first is January 9 and the second is January 30. Here are the links to sign up for the January 9th clinic.

5 years to 11 years
12 and up
OTHER INFO
Week of January 2, 2022

WATCH:
God's Doorkeeper:
St. Andre of Montreal
LEARN:
Formed Now! How to Pray
LISTEN:
Prepare the Way of the King
by Dr. Scott Hahn

Prayers of
the Faithful

For those who are sick:
Mark Manglona
For those who have died:


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.