Message from your Parish Staff
This space is usually reserved for Fr. Bill’s letter to the parish, but today he is on the road to Arizona to begin his sabbatical. Please continue to keep him in your prayers on his physical and spiritual journey. We may be surprised with a letter from him in the next four months, but until that time, this space will be filled with letters to the parish from our ministerial and staff and volunteer leaders, who will take turns sharing with you the work of their ministries, and some of their personal journeys of faith. We are blessed with extremely dedicated, hard-working, faithful individuals, who continually give their all to develop and foster parish life. It will be good to read their stories.


Communication

My name is Diana Carasa and I am the Bookkeeper and Communications Director here at St. Vincent de Paul Parish. My family and I have been parishioners at St. Vincent's since 2005 and I began working here 9 years ago this month! When I started I only worked one day a week helping with bookkeeping. Then I was asked to do the bulletin, and then more bookkeeping and now I'm here 4 or 5 days a week! I would tease Fr. Bill that he had to slowly get used to me being around. This job has been such a blessing to me, because not only do I get to do what I love, (yes people can love bookkeeping), but I've also been able to be near my 3 kids as they went to St. Vincent's School. My youngest graduates this June and I have loved sneaking over to give them a hug at lunch, attending school Masses with them, and knowing that they are near me. This job has also been a blessing as I get to work with some amazing people, both staff and parishioners. Everyone here is so supportive of each other. Both professionally and personally, we are a family.
 
As I have taken over more of the communications, I write the weekly newsletter, Facebook posts, parish emails and update the website and I often wonder what percentage of the parish I am actually reaching. When I hear people say they didn't know something was going on I feel discouraged that I'm not doing enough. During this COVID time we have tried even harder to reach everyone as so many of us cannot attend Mass. Because we are no longer handing out bulletins we started a weekly newsletter that we distribute electronically, and for those parishioners who do not have an email address in our database, we mail the newsletter twice a month. If you have an email address and are not receiving our newsletter electronically, we may have an out of date address. Please call the parish office and let us know. We use Facebook and our website to reach others. I encourage everyone to visit our webpage, www.stvincentparish.org, to like us on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/StVincentparishFW, and to join us for Mass Live if you are not able to attend in person.
 
My job is to make sure all of our parishioners know what is going on at St. Vincent de Paul Parish and I take this job seriously. If you have any comments or suggestions on how to better "spread the word" please contact me at dcarasa@stvincentparish.org. Thank you for letting me be part of your parish.
-Diana Carasa
Message from your P.A.A.
Next weekend we are going to hear a little bit about a new program coming to the parish. PREPARES Pregnancy and Parenting Support is a nurturing response of the Catholic community in Washington stateopen to all, to provide meaningful, local and sustainable support to mothers, fathers, and families as they nurture their children through pregnancy and early childhood. Volunteers at the PREPARES program offer support and activities for families from pregnancy to a child’s fifth birthday. Prepares is a parish based partnership that provides, free of charge, food, diapers and wipes, clothing, housing referral, support groups and parenting classes to families in need. St. Vincent de Paul is starting out as a support partner, by collecting diapers, formula, clothing and baby essentials and distributing them to local families. Next week is the Prepares Valentine Appeal 2021 and we will be taking a collection to support the Prepares program in Western Washington. Envelopes are available at the Check-In desk at Mass, or you can donate online at www.preparesforlife.org.

-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 and Reconciliation Changes

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
Week of February 7th
WATCH
Bernadette
LEARN
Formed Now! - How and Why to Pray the Rosary
LISTEN
Truth to Inspire: St. Bernadette of Lourdess
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.
Ways to Help

DONATE -Support PREPARES by donating to the OPEN YOUR HEART campaign by mail or online at PREPARESforlife.org

VOLUNTEER - Become a trained PREPARES volunteer at a local Catholic parish as a FAMILY COMPANION or SUPPORT GROUP member for Moms and Dads. Both opportunities provide practical, emotional presence and support to families in need.

ASSIST - Sponsor a parish based NEEDS DRIVE to collect and distribute food and household needs or a CLOTHING CLOSET accessible to PREPARES families. Establish a parish TRAVELING CRIB for the collection of baby essentials. Provide age appropriate PREPARES BAGS filled with infant and child items such as diapers and wipes, blankets, toys and books.

For more information please visit www.preparesforlife.org

Don’t let Covid keep you from taking time for your relationship. Join us for a virtual WWME experience from the comfort of your home.
Want to put the romance back into your relationship? 
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend offers married couples an opportunity to get off the treadmill of life and focus on each other.
It is a chance to look deeply into your relationship with each other and with God.

Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends that is in the Puget Sound area February 18-20, 2021

Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: www.wwme.org. Please contact Jeff and Sandy Corneil at jeff.sandy.corneil@wwme.org, 360.930.2221, if you have questions.
Little Books can be ordered directly from the website at littlebooks.org. They are available in paper and ebook formats. You can also get all the seasonal books on the Little Books app available for iOS and Android devices. To learn more about the app, go to littlebooks.org/app
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.