Message from your Pastor
I met an amazing young man this week. He is 24 years old and dying of cancer.  As he nears the end of his journey – even despite moments of pain - he is filled with peace and joy.   That comes from the love in his family and his faith in Jesus.   He shared how he grew up in the faith; attending faith formation programs in a Seattle parish, going through sacramental preparation for Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation.  In the home, there were signs of prayer and devotions.  His family sees each day as a gift to express love for one another.  He is ready for heaven. Surrounded by love he is ready to meet the Author of love.

What parent could ever anticipate a child dying before them and the need to accompany a child on this final journey of faith?  Yet this family was faithful to that promise they made at their son’s baptism “to bring him up in the practice of the faith.” Because of that faithfulness there is peace and joy in the midst of tragedy.   There is not despair; there is hope and there is love.

Meeting this family struck me how important a parents’ role is in fostering the faith in their children.  Who knows how that faith will be called upon to deal with the challenges of life?  May every family see each day as a gift to express love for one another.   May teaching their children how to love God and love their neighbor be the primary focus of a parent’s duty.  This family I met has, and it has made all the difference in the world.
-Fr. Bill
Fr. Bill Health Update
In a follow up visit, since my radiation treatment for prostate cancer was completed, test results indicates the therapy was successful . Thank you for all the prayers and support. They definitely helped.   Please continue to keep the sick in the parish in your prayers.

In other health news, I got my first Covid Vaccine today. Seems like St. Francis Hospital considers me a “first responder” since I am the priest on call for that hospital. I will be able to get the second dose before I leave for my sabbatical.  I hope all parishioners will seriously consider getting the vaccine when it becomes available for you. It is a way we will help one another get past this pandemic.
-Fr. Bill
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
Sabbatical News
St. Vincent's will be hosting guest priests from February thru June as Fr. Bill is on Sabbatical.

Fr. Lyle Konen will be with us the first 2 weeks of February
Fr. Tim Sauer will be with us mid February thru mid April
Fr. Jack Walmesley will be with us mid April thru June
Fr. Tom Vandenberg will be with us, when he is available, throughout the year

Fr. Lyle Konen Fr. Tim Sauer Fr. Jack Walmesley
Week of January 17th
WATCH
John Paul II - I kept looking for you
LEARN
Formed Now! Misery meets mercy: Saint Faustina Kowalska
LISTEN
7 Secrets of Confession
by Vinny Flynn
Prayers of the Faithful
For those who have died:

For those who are sick:
Daniel Dudziak 
Joe D'Agostino
Marcia D'Agostino
The Elementary and Teen tracks for Family Faith Formation will be meeting via Zoom this month. Please check your weekly emails for details. Contact Stephanie Nguyen with questions at snguyen@stvicentparish.org.
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.

St. Vincent de Paul School
Hosts Fundraising Shoe Drive
Now thru January 31, 2021
 
The parish is invited to participate in a shoe drive to raise funds for First Grade Service Project and to Raise Funds for Tuition Assistance. Donations of gently worn, used and new shoes will be accepted. The amount of money raised is determined by the total weight of the shoes collected.
 
All donated shoes will be redistributed to micro enterprise partners through Funds2Orgs, a for profit social enterprise, and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start their own businesses.

In the US alone, over 600 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used and news shoes to the First Grade Service Project and to Raise Funds for Tuition Assistance, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference.

Shoes can be dropped off at the School Office, Monday - Thursday from 8:30 am to 3pm. 
Knights of Columbus Council 7528 would like to invite parishioners to a recitation of the rosary on Thursday Jan 21st at 7pm. The rosary will be held virtually using the Zoom application. Interested parishioners should send an email to the council Grand Knight at GK@kofc7528.org to receive the access information on the night of the recitation.
St. Joseph’s Council #7528 of the Knights of Columbus is selling Brown Bear Cash Wash tickets to raise funds to support charities.

The cost of each ticket is $10.00.

To purchase tickets please contact Mike Fay, Financial Secretary, at fs@7528.org.
What's happening at the
St. Vincent de Paul Society?

"The Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist"
 
As we celebrate the Year of the Eucharist in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Fr. Bryan Dolejsi will offer a presentation on the real presence of Christ in the liturgy, especially in his Body and Blood.
 
Saturday, February 6th with 9:00am Mass followed by the presentation on the real presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
 
 
Space is limited for those who wish to attend in person at St. Benedict Church in North Seattle, so register today on the St. Benedict website.
 
 
Mass and presentation will also be livestreamed on the St. Benedict Facebook website.
Has COVID got you down? Worried about getting sick? Join us for a virtual WWME experience from the comfort of your home.
Are you looking for a way to create a great start in your relationship for the New Year?
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend is a positive and personal experience offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that can be used for all of your marriage.
Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming virtual Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on
Early registration is highly recommended. For more information visit our website at: www.wwme.org
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.