Message from your Pastor
Clarification for posture during Mass

One of the goals of our archbishop is greater unity in how the parishes of our archdiocese celebrate the Mass. For this reason, we at St. Vincent’s, began to kneel after the Lamb of God until it is time to join the communion procession.  This week the archbishop sent a letter to the priests that added greater clarity to what he would like us to do.  In earlier instructions, it was stated that after communion, the faithful could sit or kneel during the period of silent thanksgiving. I interpreted that to mean after the communion procession was done and once the period of silent thanksgiving began.

In his letter of December 14th, a new phrase was added.  “Upon returning from Holy Communion, the faithful can kneel or be seated”  I guess I was wrong in my interpretation of the Assembly standing in unity during the communion procession.  Our unity will be expressed in singing together the communion hymn once we are able to return to communal singing after the pandemic.

During the pandemic, priests have not been able to meet together in person to discuss these new changes and to ask questions. Everything has been done only through the written word. That, obviously, can add to misinterpretation. I apologize for any confusion.

I imagine many of you are experiencing how easy it is to misinterpret things as we continue to make our way through this pandemic.  Communication between family members can be fraught with misunderstandings or presumptions. The stress of isolation and the demands of juggling many responsibilities can make true understanding difficult at times.    So we probably do need to apologize at times, take corrections and make our way through this together. We will get it right, it just takes time and patience with one another and with ourselves.
-Fr. Bill
Message from your Parish Administrator
Because of the limitations on gathering in person for Mass, we receive most of our Sunday contributions through the mail these days. As you can guess, having to mail in your donation means a fair number of parish households are no longer giving. But, like many things this pandemic has wrought in our lives, there is a silver lining to receiving almost exclusively mail-in donations, and that is the number of really lovely notes people include when they stop to drop a check in an envelope to go out in the mail. Maybe it’s part of our collective psyche that we associate mailing something with a “letter”. Whatever the impetus, many of you have taken a few extra minutes to jot down a note of encouragement, or appreciation or commiseration, or just to let us know how you are doing. It never fails to make my day to open an envelope that includes a little note. Thanks to all who have reached out with their prayers, well wishes and expressions of support. We are so grateful – please know you are all in our prayers.
-Tracey Rockwell
Mass Times:

Sunday - 10:30 AM (Live Streamed)
5:00 PM

Monday - 9:00 AM

Thursday - 6:30 pm

Reservations are required to attend Mass in person
Reconciliation for Advent

Many find the Sacrament of Reconciliation a powerful way to prepare for Christmas. Due to Covid, we are only offering individual confessions. There is no communal reconciliation service for Advent.  Available times for reconciliation are limited, so we ask parishioners to sign up only once for the month of December.  Making a reservation is a way of limiting the time you have to wait as well as limiting contact with others.  In making the reservation, you do not need to use your real name if you want to protect your anonymity.  There is no face-to-face confessions. A screen will separate the priest from the penitent.   The penitent will stand at the screen.  Face masks are required as well as a self-screening for symptoms of Covid.  If you are sick, please stay home (sacraments for those with Covid are arranged by calling the parish office).

Check out Forgiven: The Transforming Power of Confession on your new FORMED subscription that was given to every parishioner as an Advent gift from the parish.
The 5pm Christmas Eve and 11am Christmas Day Mass
will be live streamed on Facebook.
Prayers of the Faithful
For those who have died:
Elayne Gloria McManus 

For those who are sick:
Jose Gueco

Simbang Gabi is a Filipino practice of preparing for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. It centers around the paroles or star that guide us to Jesus.

Join us TONIGHT, December 17th at 6:30 pm to celebrate Simbang Gabi.

Registration is now closed for this event but you can
join us Live on Facebook.
Grief Ministry Support Groups
 
If you are saddened by the recent loss of a loved one, you might want to join our nine week Grief Group beginning in January. A Grief Group can help you through the natural process of grieving. We will use ”The New Day Journal” written by Maureen O’Brien O.P. This journal is based on the premise that writing and sharing your thoughts, feelings and experiences will be a helpful way to get beyond the pain caused by the death of someone you love.   This group will help you move on with your life, always remembering your loved one and using those memories to build your own future.
 
The group will be facilitated by Robin La Moria, former Family Minister at St. Vincent de Paul Parish.

This first group will be gather on Zoom due to the current restrictions in place by the Pandemic.

Please call Katie Goodson at the parish 253-839-2330 x205 or kgoodson@stvincentparish.org. if you are interested in participating. Date and time will be determined by participant’s preferences.
Watch and Pray
With the many distractions that bombard us daily, how can we stay focused and watch for Christ during Advent? This study explores the Nativity narrative in Luke's Gospel that serves as a vivid example of how to prepare our hearts with true humility so that "watching" for Jesus is an active reality. Presented by Dr. Edward Sri. 
Strength Finders is back! We are going to start our 4 week session on Monday, January 11. We will meet on zoom from 7pm to 8:30pm. This is a great opportunity for anyone in relationships with other people. As you learn your strengths you will better understand how you relate to the people around you. You can sign up by emailing or calling Katie Goodson. kgoodson@stvincentparish.org or 253-839-2320.


St. Vincent de Paul Parish Giving Tree

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Virtual Giving Tree. We raised well over $2,000 in gift cards. These cards a huge blessing to our families in need.
During the month of December St. Vincent de Paul Parish collects supplies for the Burien Hospitality House. Hospitality House, opened in October 2000 and seeks to help homeless women find home, health and hope.
Prayerfully Give
Sunday Giving:
Like you and your families, the church still has fiscal responsibilities, and your Sunday Contributions make up 90% of our parish income. If your household income has been affected by circumstances due to the corona virus we ask you to please offer up prayers for our church as your Sunday Giving.

Ways to give:
  • Online - signup to give onetime, weekly or monthly, click the link on the below to sign up.
  • Mail - you can mail your contribution to 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003.