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Stewardship

While we have been separated by distance, please know we continue to hold you close in our daily prayers for you and your family. It is our sincere intent to keep our parish life thriving while keeping within the guidelines our Bishop has promulgated for the overall health and safety of our brothers and sisters. Our outreach may look different in the midst of a pandemic, but we continue to honor the pillars of Stewardship: Spirituality, Faith, Service and Hospitality.

Thank you to all of you who have kept the faith, adapted to the guidelines, and have helped one another. We want to take a moment to share how we are serving as the Body of Christ at St. Vincent de Paul. We hope that by illustrating our living pillars of Stewardship, you identify areas that may be of personal support to you, or outlets for which you choose to serve others.

Pillar of Spirituality

Our first priority is meeting the spiritual needs of our people. We moved to live-streaming Mass within a day of not being able to celebrate together. Now, as you feel comfortable, we are able to come together for regularly scheduled Mass even though everyone is dispensed from Sunday Obligation until June 30. If you do not feel comfortable attending, we still live-stream Masses Tuesday through Sunday and then upload them to our website. During Lent, the Sacrament of Reconciliation was offered six days a week and now is offered on Saturday mornings from 9-11am at Sacred Heart Chapel, Wednesday afternoons from 5-6:30pm at Saint Patrick Chapel and 7-7:25 Saturday evenings at St John’s Chapel. Our Sacred Heart Chapel remains open during the day and evening for personal prayer: Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle, Rosary, Stations of the Cross, lighting a candle of a loved one, for examples.   If you do not feel comfortable leaving home to pray, we have lead Stations of the Cross and Divine Mercy Chaplet in both Spanish and English and have lead several Holy Hours.  You can find them on our website.  Holy Hour is also Wednesdays from 7:30pm-8:30pm at St John Chapel. You are always welcome to call (660-827-2311) or e-mail one of the priests with your prayer intentions.  We are here for your spiritual needs. 

Pillar of Service

As Bishop McKnight has said: “Our church isn’t empty. It is being deployed.” Upon his encouragement, St. Vincent de Paul assembled a Disaster Relief Team to serve the spiritual and physical needs of our community. We are grateful to the 60 individuals who are actively reaching out to all registered households in our parish through a phone call, or by delivering meals, medicine, and a friendly smile. Our gratitude is extended to those making masks and lending aide to Open Door.  Our goal for St. Vincent de Paul is that our “back -to-normal” involves actively responding in service, compassion and in love to our community long after this pandemic has ended.  

Pillar of Faith Formation
We find very few pursuits more essential than one’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical well-being. Physical distancing does not need to be a road block in our personal encounters with Christ. Sacred Heart School’s preschool-grade 12 campus is a primary mission of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, so we salute our faculty and staff for making exceptional Catholic education a reality through remote learning.  Our students continued with on-line classes throughout the scheduled academic year, a feat that very few schools have been able to achieve, which is a wonderful testament to our dedicated teachers and school families. 

It’s never too late to participate in our popular “Tap into Faith” series. Check our March, April and May lessons on Facebook and YouTube. Join us in-person at County Distributing the third Thursdays of the month.  Join a Bible Study or Catechism Class that already happen here at St Vincent de Paul. Call he parish to receive he schedule of classes. Or, talk to a priest about a course for adult formation you would like to see taught.  

Pillar of Hospitality

Like family, when we need each other we are there. We mourned alongside those at gravesites who were unable to have a full funeral liturgy, spent time at people’s homes who needed anointing, visited with people on the phone and several on the parking lots. We are here and want to be of service to you.  Let us be parish to one another and let us be priests for you! Our parish and school offices are open. Call us, write us, e-mail us, Facebook Message us, come by and visit us. 

In all families, everyone has a role to play.  At St. Vincent de Paul, we need everyone to be involved in being good stewards of the resources God has given. Here are ways you can be active right now: 

1) Pray! If you can’t get to Mass in person, actively participate in the Mass at home. It’s important to be with your parish community so you know the people who are in church praying with you and so you hear the announcements that are relevant to you. If you can’t livestream or get to the website, then, watch Mass on EWTN.  Say the responses, sing the songs, follow the postures of sitting, standing and kneeling as you are able. Pray the Stations of the Cross, the Divine Mercy Chaplet and other devotional prayers offered.   Spend time in personal prayer.

 
2) Assist with calling on and helping parishioners.  You can do this in the structured way through the Disaster Relief Team by calling Joy Simon at 660-473-1803. Or, just live out your baptismal promises and help in your own way. As baptized children of God, we are called to check on everyone in our community, not just our registered household members.  And, if you are staying at home and can’t make phone calls or deliver items, please be a prayer warrior and offer up prayers for all affected by the pandemic. There is nothing more important than prayer; prayer takes us through this life and into the next life.   

3) We need and depend upon your continued tithe.  Please mail your envelopes or drop them by the parish office.  You can also give online by going to https://www.catholicsedalia.org/OnlineGiving.  

4) Be involved in the life and activities of the parish as you are able and as we continue to open the parish.  Your response to our stewardship appeal in September is a great place to sign up for parish activities that fit your time, interests and talents.

We hope this letter shows you that our Lord has not abandoned us during this time. He is active in the work of his Church– laity and clergy alike.  He is guiding us and leading us and we are but following.  In our ongoing effort of inviting, informing and involving, you will receive two additional letters which will provide further information on the financial state of the parish and our movement toward a total stewardship model. 

Thank you for being a valued member of St. Vincent de Paul. Until we see each other again, know of our prayers, and we ask you to keep each other in prayer, and assist everyone you can.    

Sincerely,

Fr Dave and Fr Joe