Journey to Joy! Healing for Life’s Sorrows

Journey to Joy! Healing for Life’s Sorrows, is a Scriptural walk in God’s healing action of restoration and renewal. Originally presented as a mini-series that aired on EWTN TV, Women of Grace® has made the programs available to Catholic women groups.

The video programs delve into the nature, causes and remedies for life’s sorrows. The meetings consist of prayer, a weekly theme and grace, reflections on the videos, and group discussion. Participants journal their reflections at home using a daily Scripture passage and supplemental materials.

There is no charge for the program materials. Participants are asked to bring a Catholic Bible and a notebook (journal) to the meetings.

Programs are accessible between meetings. Click below to access:

Lesson 1 – Let the Healing Begin!

Lesson 2 – Uncovering the Wounds of the Heart”

Lesson 3 – Primal Suffering: The Mother Wound and Father Wound”

Lesson 4 – Obstacles to Healing

Lesson 5 – Suffering and God’s Plan

Journey’s End: Going forth as witnesses to God’s love

OCIA – Order of Christian Initiation for Adults

The Second Vatican Council reinstated what was referred to in the early Church as the “catechumenate,” a process of initiation for adults that culminates in baptism.

Initially this was called in English by the acronym RCIA, standing for the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It is composed of five distinct periods (evangelization, precatechumenate, catechumenate, purification and enlightenment, and mystagogy), marking the progress of an adult converting to the Catholic faith.

However, in November 2021, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops approved a new translation of the name of this process, now calling it OCIA, the “Order of Christian Initiation of Adults.  While it may seem like a small change, many see this as a new turning point.

The rites are still part of the order, but the new structure is meant to invite candidates and catechumens into a continuous process of spiritual formation as opposed to fixed checkpoints on the path to baptism, first Communion and confirmation.

Furthermore, by making the entire process an ‘order,’ the candidate or catechumen understands the rites received in church or at the parish are just one part of the ongoing journey of discipleship that will culminate with baptism and confirmation — usually during the Easter Vigil — but will continue throughout their lives.

The new name emphasizes that the process to become Catholic should not be rushed, and can be entered at any time.  While most converts enter the Church at the Easter Vigil, this new structure acknowledges that converts could be baptized or welcomed into the Church at any point in the year, even taking multiple years before making the final decision.

Becoming a Catholic involves a period of intense discernment, and prayer, not simply going through the “rites” at fixed points of the year.  Practically speaking, parishes will be adjusting to this new term over the next few years, phasing out the term RCIA and switching over to the use of the term OCIA.

If you feel the Lord is calling you to become part of the Catholic Faith, contact Fr. John (231-233-4429 or for more information regarding the OCIA here at St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Paul’s Letter to Galatians Spiritual Study

The most important question a Christian can ask is “What must we do to be saved?” St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians provides the answer and reveals the merciful love God the Father has for his children. This letter to the Galatians speaks of the extraordinary gift of salvation Jesus has won for us and explains how we can unite ourselves to Christ’s redeeming sacrifice through faith and love.

Presenter Jeff Cavins explains how Christ fulfilled the Law and set us free to live in the Spirit. Learn what “justification” means and how faith and works are an integral part of it. Discover how we become heirs to the promises and blessings of Christ through faith. For course specific questions, contact Bill and Ellen Lowderman at (404) 863-0769.


Date & Time: Tuesdays | Sept. 12 – Oct. 31 | 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Location: Family Life Center – Meeting Room 6

Registration Details: Registration required – opens Monday, August 14. Register online with Eventbrite at svdpffclass.eventbrite or by visiting and clicking Parish News. Cost to register is $28. This covers the cost of the workbook “Galatians: Set Free to Live.” For workbook inquiries, contact the parish office at (352) 330-0220.

Celebrating the Feast Day of Fr. McGivney

Blessed Michael J McGivney—Founder of the Knights of Columbus.

The Founder of the Knights of Columbus was Blessed Michael J McGivney, declared Venerable by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008, and Beatified by Pope Francis in 2020.

The son of Irish immigrants who came to America during the famine of the 1840s, he was born in Connecticut and grew up at a time when anti-Catholic prejudice greatly limited social and employment opportunities in the U.S.  From an early age, he decided to become a priest.  He was ordained in 1878 and his first assignment was at St Mary’s Church in New Haven, Conn.  He eventually became its pastor.

The Church is located across from Yale University and was predominantly comprised of poor Irish immigrants.  The men worked in factories with terrible working conditions.  Many of these young husbands and fathers died at an early age due to those conditions. The widows turned to Fr. McGivney for help, and he did so wherever he could, and asked the men of the parish to help.

To help the widows and the families, in 1882 Blessed Fr McGivney gathered together a group of laymen from his parish in the basement of St. Mary’s for a meeting and formed the Knights of Columbus.  He had two goals for this new group of Catholic men:  to provide assistance to widows and children when a family breadwinner died, and to provide Catholic men with a fraternal association that would draw them closer to their Catholic faith and to one another.  For the next several years, Blessed Fr McGivney helped foster the growth of the Order, first in Connecticut and then later in adjoining states. 

Never robust in health, Blessed Fr McGivney was stricken with pneumonia—he lost his physical strength just as the order that he founded was growing.  He died on Aug 14, 1890.

Due to the incredible foresight of this selfless parish priest, the Knights of Columbus now has 2 million members around the world, donates hundreds of millions of dollars per year to worthy charities and contributes 77 million volunteer hours per year to continue to help the needy. 

August 13th is the Feast Day of Blessed Fr McGivney.  Please join the Knights of Columbus in celebrating this humble, selfless, and visionary parish priest:  Blessed Father Michael J. McGivney.