Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer and St. Catherine of Siena

A Parish of the Archdiocese of New York served by the Dominican Friars


May 06, 2017

Attuned to the Master’s Choice – Pastor’s Reflection (May 7, 2017)

The Sunday of Good Shepherd invites us to believe that the Lord really is present, through the work of the Holy Spirit, to all the particularities of our individual lives, and our common life.

First among these this weekend will be the First Penance and First Communion of our young people. Heartfelt congratulations to:

Olivia Arpaia
Sofia Arpaia
Davin Benitez
Lucia Hufnagel Cano
David Curanovic
Carolina Dominguez
Miles Fink
Mollie Fink
Massimo Gardella
Aoibhin Graham
Sophie Kashou
Caroline Mitek
Sophia Pelligrini
Tyler Pinniger
Caroline Powers
Adrian Pozo
Cora Riely
Connor Searcy
Laurel Shaffer
Alexander Spataro

We draw nigh to the completion of our first, fully-merged parish year. Now is a good time to update you on as much as possible before the great dispersal sets in.

All the data on Holy Week and Easter seems well in place. I feel that our whole parish community gave an excellent testimony of faith. Since we sit at a crossroads of the city, part of our mission will be to welcome visitors of all kinds. From Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday 3,674 people worshipped in our churches. Many people, in many ways, made them welcome and that surely counts as a proclamation of the Gospel.

Our new Finance Council met for the first time on April 24. We were able to update them on the first half of the fiscal year and to begin looking at the budgeting process for the new parish. Normally, the Council meets quarterly but we will meet more frequently over the next several months to get the group’s ongoing conversation up and running. The members of our Finance Council are Lois Deming (Chair), Lauretta Bruno (ex-officio as Trustee), Michael Silverstein (ex-officio as Trustee), Daniel Dunay, Charles Earle, Karen Kardos, and Jean-Hughes Monier. Upcoming on the Council’s agenda will be the development of a strategy for managing the holdings of the parish.  On behalf of us all I extend my gratitude to these men and women who place their expertise at our service.

As indicated above, Lauretta Bruno and Michael Silverstein have agreed to serve as Trustees of the Parish. They have the task of signing off on our financial report to the Archdiocese for each fiscal year. To do this they need to have a comprehensive perspective on the life of the parish. Therefore, they will attend, ex-officio, the meetings of both the Finance Council and the Pastoral Council.

Expanding upon this statutory role, I have asked them to monitor our compliance with Archdiocesan and state regulations. They will review our practices and documents as these emerge.

There will be more to say next month in these pages about the Pastoral Council and some other committee developments.

I will be absent from the parish from May 10 -18 doing a formal “visitation” of our monastery of nuns in Buffalo.

In the monastic quiet, I hope there will time for me to reflect on the profound experience of this past year, and then the opportunity to put those reflections in some usable order.

Easter Peace!
Fr. Walter