Jubilee Pilgrimage to Italy with Father Glen Baptiste & Deacon Dana McCarthy

January 21- January 30, 2025
A 10 Day Journey

Fr. Glen & Deacon Dana invite you to join them for this powerful spiritual pilgrimage to mark the Jubilee Year in 2025. Visit & pray at: The Vatican, Rome, Assisi, Orvieto, Capri, Pompeii & more.

The itinerary allows us to enter through the Holy Doors of the Four Major Basilicas in Rome, providing you with a special Holy Year plenary indulgence. A plenary indulgence – the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin – dips into the treasure trove of stored blessings accumulated by Christ, our Blessed Mother and the communion of saints.

Space is limited and spots fill up fast.

Click here for the full itinerary.

Council of Catholic Women Fashion Show

The Council of Catholic Women is excited to announce that our annual fashion show will be held Tuesday, March 12, 2024 in the Family Life Center for the first time! Pasta Faire will cater the luncheon and clothing will be from Maxine’s Fashion Labels of Leesburg. Tickets cost $40 each. They will be sold to CCW members prior to our monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 30, from 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm in meeting room “Mark” in the Family Life Center (prior to the general meeting which will start at a new time, 2:00 pm.) If available, additional tickets will be sold to all others on Tuesday, February 6, 2024 from 10:00 am – 12 noon. For more information about CCW, contact CCW president Sharon Pierscionek at sharonsbaskets@ameritech.net or (630) 404-0545.

Please print out the form with more information on the fashion show, and fill it out prior to coming to purchase tickets. Click the button below to access the form!

MOAMI – Moving On After Moving In

This non-denominational Christian program is about making transitions in a faith-based manner. It is for women who are experiencing any of life’s transitions, predominantly relocation to a new community, but other new situations as well: retirement, loss of a loved one, aging, difficult medical diagnosis, change of any kind. We pray and work toward emotional health and spiritual growth. This will be hosted at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church located at 5323 E CR 462, Wildwood, FL 34785.

Program Dates

Fridays | January 12 – February 23
9:00 am-12:00pm

You will learn how to let go and discover how to cherish the past and leave anything behind that might keep you from experiencing joy on your journey forward. This program will also help empower you to embrace whatever new stage in life you’re in and choose to be open to where God is leading you.

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 pv@sumtercatholic.org) for more information regarding the OCIA here at St. Vincent de Paul.