Message from your Parish Staff
One of the many things that mark the month of February are state of the union addresses by the president. In 1862 Lincoln spoke of the “fiery trial through which we pass” with regard to freedom for all Americans. In 1964 Lyndon Johnson declared his “unconditional war on poverty.”

Recalling that, I thought I would do well in this space and at this time to offer something of a state of adult faith and family formation ministry.

RCIA – In 2019 I began in September under normal circumstances with 13 Inquirers. The first half of the process employed in-person classes. Enter the pandemic. For some the necessary switch to teaching electronically did not work. Delay and uncertainty was painful. Instead of the Easter Vigil in 2020, our ten new Catholics were finally received into the Church the third week of July!

In contrast, the 2021 group has met virtually almost exclusively. We have seen each other in person only three times since September. Nevertheless, this small but mighty group and their sponsors is a close community and eager for the grace of God.

The story of adult confirmation is very similar. The 2020 Rite of Confirmation was originally scheduled the third week of May. However, not until September 13th did nine souls of St. Vincent received their confirmation with Bishop Elizondo presiding.

Typically, we offer the baptism of children within the Mass five times each year. When the pandemic hit baptisms ceased. By the end of the summer 2020 we were allowed to baptize again. In 2021 we are keeping the normal schedule, but for safety reasons we baptize Sunday afternoons outside of Mass.

As you might imagine, the pandemic has been tough on weddings. In 2020 we had seven marriages planned. Four were disrupted by the pandemic. We have eight scheduled for 2021, all dealing with restrictions. And, here’s to hoping Marriage Renewal Weekend can resume in 2022.

Bible study is dear to many parishioners of St. Vincent. After months of absence, I’m hoping bible study in some form may resume this spring.

Finally, let me say that despite the global threat of Covid-19, God is still mightily at work in our parish. I see this on a weekly basis. Thank you for your prayers, patience, and flexibility. Though it’s tired and worn, the statement is still true: We are in this together!

-Dr. John Simpson, Adult Faith and Family Ministry
Message from your P.A.A.
Sunday Envelopes

We often get questions about the Sunday Contribution Envelopes. If you grew up here in Western Washington, chances are you know about the envelope packet. But if you have moved here from a different part of the country, or a different country, I can imagine how confusing the envelope packet can appear. A couple of questions we get frequently:
  1. I have been coming to this church for months but I am not getting any envelopes. How come?
You will only receive envelopes if you are registered in our parish database. The envelopes are printed by a company in the Midwest, and each month a list of the names and addresses of our registered parishioners is sent to them to print our envelopes. If you aren’t registered in the parish, we don’t have your address, so envelopes can’t be sent to you. To register, please pick up a registration form at the check-in desk at Mass, or call the parish office and we will email or mail one to you. Your envelopes will be mailed to you in approximately two months. Envelopes are printed a couple of months ahead, so it can take up to two cycles to begin receiving them.
  1. How do I know which envelope to use for my Sunday contribution?
There are many different colored envelopes in each monthly packet. Each different color is for a different contribution. The Sunday contribution envelopes have a colored picture of the church on the front, and it says “Parish Sacrificial Giving” on the other side. The yellow envelopes are for the School Endowment Fund. The purple envelopes are for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, our parish outreach to the poor. Then there are the extra envelopes - for holy days occurring that month, or Archdiocesan collections occurring that month. Whatever envelope your money comes in is where the money will go – so if you put your Sunday contribution in a yellow envelope, it will go to the School Endowment Fund, unless you write on it “Sunday Contribution” or “Sunday Giving” – even if you drop it in the Sunday contribution basket at church. I remember when our kids were young and we were running out the door to church and I would grab whatever envelope came up next in the packet, and then being surprised when I got our contribution statement to see all our Sunday contributions weren’t showing. Then I would see a donation to Catholic Home Missions, or the Society and realize I had grabbed the wrong envelope.
Finally, if you give online, but are still receiving envelopes you don’t use, please let us know. Every little savings adds up. 
-Tracey Rockwell
Mass Times:

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

Monday - 9:00 AM


Reservations are required to attend Sunday Mass in person
Daily Mass, Reconciliation and Office Hours

Daily Mass
beginning February 1st

Mondays: 9am

All are welcome,
we are no longer requiring reservations for Daily Mass
Reconciliation Times
beginning February 1st

Saturdays: 3pm-4pm

During Lent:
Saturdays: 3pm-4pm
Sundays: 3pm -4pm

Reservations are required
Beginning February 16th
the Parish Office will be open
Monday thru Thursday
from 10am to 3:30pm.


If you have been around anyone with COVID, have COVID or are feeling unwell please call the office instead of coming in.
Week of February 14th
WATCH
Beloved: Session 1: Does Marriage
Matter
LEARN
Formed Now! - How to Study the
Bible
LISTEN
My Beloved Son: Meditations for Lent
by Bishop Robert Barron
Prayers of the Faithful
For those who have died:
Alberto Beleno
Maria Ayuyu Teregeyo 

For those who are sick:

Lent - February 17th thru April 1st
Ash Wednesday Schedule
February 17th, 2021

9am Mass
12:oo Noon Liturgy of the Word
5pm Mass
7:30 pm Mass
“Into the Desert: A Lenten Study on Prayer.”

When: Sundays, beginning February 21st
Time: 3pm - 4pm (informal gathering begins at 2:30pm)
Where: Zoom


We are going to be doing the Formed program, “Into the Desert: A Lenten Study on Prayer.” Follow the link for more information on the study. https://watch.formed.org/into-the-desert

This study is open to all parents in our parish no matter the age of your children or if you have ever come before. If you want to learn more about prayer and how to pray then this study is for you. To sign up call the parish office or email Katie at kgoodson@stvincentparish.org.
Fridays in Lent we encourage everyone to participate in Stations of the Cross. Due to COVID restrictions and our limited staff we will only will be holding one "in person" Stations of the Cross.
It's Vincentian ( Our 55+ group) time again. Once again we will be playing games on Zoom. We will be playing the Ungame on February 16th at noon (this is a date change from February 9th due to a Funeral). You can registering by clicking the link below or by emailing Katie at kgoodson@stvincentparish.org. I am looking forward to seeing all of you for an afternoon of fun and friendship.
The COVID vaccine is available for all people 65 and over. Katie can help you find and make your appointment for the vaccine if you meet the following criteria.

  1. You are a parishioner who is 65 or older.
  2. You do not have access to the internet.
  3. You are unable to find the information even if you have the internet.

If you meet the criteria call the parish office at 253-839-2320 and Katie or a member of our community will help you.

It is very hard to find the vaccine right now. Rumor has it that there will be more vaccines available in March. We will do our best to help you.
Catholic Advocacy Day

Join with hundreds of Catholics as we put our faith in action as we advocate for economic and racial equity in a Virtual Catholic Advocacy Day in Olympia, Thursday, March 23, 2021. The day will include Mass, briefing on legislative issues, advocacy tips and appointments with legislators, social media campaigns. Register at www.ipjc.org by March 9, 2021.
PREPARES (Pregnancy and Parenting Support) is an initiative of the Catholic Bishops of Washington State, which is open to all people. It provides services to pregnant women, fathers, and their families by walking the journey from pregnancy to their child’s fifth birthday. Please consider joining us in walking the journey with families in your own parish community. To learn more about PREPARES at St. Vincent please contact Katie and she will get you in contact with Tammy or visit the Prepares website at www.preparesforlife.org

Joe Jordan Presents:
Building Intergenerational Wealth

Saturday, February 27, 2021
11AM PST
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.