Message(s) from your Pastor
Mass in the Church

Beginning this Sunday, Mass will be celebrated inside of the church. We are allowed to have 25% capacity or 200 whichever is less with the condition of six feet social distancing between households. That required distance between households may reduce our numbers even further. 

Reservations are still required.  You can make a reservation on line at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B4DADAC29A46-reservations, or by calling the parish office Monday or Tuesday between 10 Am and 12 noon.

Each person attending the service should do a self-screening for COVID-19. In order to successfully pass screening, a person must be able to answer “No” to each of these six questions. A “Yes” to even one question is a failed screening and one must stay home.

In the last 14 days, have you:
  • Traveled internationally?
  • Been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 without the correct PPE?
  • Had a temperature at least 100.0° F?
  • Had new or increased shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  • Had a new cough?
  • Had at least two of the following symptoms together:
Chills, Muscle pain, Headache, Sore throat, or New loss of taste
or smell
 
Physical distancing must be observed from the time people drive onto campus to the time they get into their cars when Mass is over. Parents with small children must ensure their children observe social distancing. 

Universal face covering is required. Bring a face mask. We have a limited supply in case you need one.

Plan to be at church 30 minutes early. There will be a check in process that requires extra time. 

There will be one entrance to the church. The south east door, the one just to the right of the main ceremonial doors will be the entry point.  Parishioners may line up under the covered walkway, keeping six feet apart from other households.  

Check in at the host table.  The host will check your reservation and contact information. The parish will maintain for 30 days a list of those in attendance should contact tracing be required for an outbreak of the virus.

There can be no visiting in the foyer before or after the service.  Ushers will immediately direct people to their seats. One may not choose where one would want to sit.   All must follow the direction of the ushers. Seating will be done in such a way as to minimize passing near others.  One must remain at their seats

PLEASE remember, we are doing everything in our control to provide a safe environment for Mass, but ultimately, anyone attending Mass does so at his or her own risk. Vulnerable, at-risk and otherwise concerned persons should remain home. A general dispensation from the obligation to participate in Mass remains in effect for the faithful.

Even with all these necessary restrictions and requirements, it is good to be able to gather at this time and celebrate the Eucharist with one another.

-Fr. Bill
Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul
During and Beyond the Covid-19 Crisis

Facing a budget shortfall

The Covid-19 pandemic had brought disruption to our lives and to the ways we have been Church, but it also calls us to look to new methods to be disciples of the Lord. As Archbishop Etienne has written: “ As disciples of Jesus, we seek to understand this crisis with the eyes of faith that see it as a providential moment offering particular graces to us both individually and as a Church. In particular, we ask the questions, “What is God wanting to say to us?” and “What is God asking from us?” during this pandemic.” 

Because of the financial impact this pandemic has had on some of our parishioners and the inability to gather in large groups as we once did, the parish is forecasting a twenty to twenty-five percent loss in Sunday income during our next budget year. This amounts to a $365,000 reduction in Sunday income for the coming budget year. The PPP Loan we have received and will continue to use for payroll for the first month of the new fiscal year, will cushion this a bit. However, we face difficult decisions. We are exploring putting some parish programs on hold for a year or two as well as the possible need to reorganize the parish staff to maintain essential ministries in a fiscally responsible way.

In the midst of this pandemic and beyond, we strive to protect and develop six pastoral areas.
·          The Sacraments Life of the Church even in a restricted environment
·          The call to Discipleship and deepening of Spirituality
·          Finding new methods for Evangelization
·          Fostering a Multi-Cultural Community
·          Sustaining Ministries of Charity and Service
·          Providing Parish Administration and Finance Management

Everything we do as a parish should reflect these pastoral areas. They are part of every ministry.  Every parishioner is called to be engaged in these areas. How might the Lord be calling you – inviting you - to live out your discipleship in these challenging times?

If you are able, please continue your financial support of our faith community through on-line giving or mailing your donation to the parish (30525 8 th Ave. S., Federal Way, WA 98003).
-Fr. Bill
Just Faith Series
Faith & Racial Equity: Exploring Power & Privilege

  • Do you want to address racism in your community, but you don’t know where to begin?  
  • Do you want to learn how to advocate for racial equity within your family, church and community? 
  • Do you long for a space to ask hard questions about race and privilege? 
  • Help us create a world in which injustice is replaced with solidarity and care. 

St. Vincent de Paul Parish wants to address racism and racial inequality in our society. We are going to do this by offering JustFaith’s series on Faith and Racial Equity: Exploring Power and Privilege. This is an eight week series that will meet weekly for two and a half hours.

These eight weeks will help us to understand how our economic systems, public polices, cultural norms, and hidden bias work to empower some and oppress others. This series will help us to understand racial disparities in power and privilege. Most importantly this series will use our faith to help transform us and our world.

It will begin on July 11 with a day of reflection and then we will have three to five different JustFaith groups that will meet.

You will need to purchase two books for this series; “I am Still Here; Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness” by Austin Channing Brown and, “White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to Talk about Racism” by Robin DiAngelo.

To register please visit our website, www.stvincentparish.org . When you register let us know what day and time you would like to meet, that way you can meet when is most convenient for you. All of the JustFaith groups will be on Zoom which means you can experience the series from the comfort of your own home.

If you have questions please contact Katie at  kgoodson@stvincentparish.org .  
St. Vincent de Paul Parish Live Streams Mass Sundays at 10:30
St. Vincent's Church is open for private prayer.

The main church building will be open for private prayer from noon to 2:00 PM on Wednesdays.  If you are out and about for your essential tasks, stop by for a little quiet prayer time before the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Vincent's
Prayer Initiative

We invite parishioners to sign up for a 30 minute prayer period so that prayer is constantly being offered throughout the day for our parish, for those suffering because of this pandemic and for those on the front lines of caring for sick and engaged in essential businesses for the common good. Pray as you like. It could be a rosary, liturgy of the hours, silent meditation, scripture reading or just talking to God.  
  • Jack Graham, father of Laura Ann Abounader, called home to God on June 23rd.
Please Prayerfully Give
Please continue to give:
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 us your contribution to 30525 8th Ave S, Federal Way, WA 98003.
For more information, or for assistance, please contact Diana at dcarasa@stvincentparish.org
Help Support our
Parish School
253.839.3532

Parishioners can purchase scrip gift cards on Wednesdays. Call the office on Wednesday morning to place the order. When you arrive at school, call the school office and they will take the order out to your car.
Click here for Opportunities for more ways to help in our Community - lunch brigade, sewing masks, Hospitality House
Lunch Brigade has been extended through the summer! Big shout out to Peter and Margaret Anderson for delivering lunches most days for the past 2 months.