Liturgy This Week

4th Sunday of Easter - May 3, 2020

Note: this is NOT a video of mass; the Eucharist is being celebrated privately on our behalf by the Archbishop and others (links can be found at archstl.org). This is a glimpse of what you would have heard and seen at St. Vincent's this weekend if we could have all been here together.

Good Shepherd Sunday: The 4th Sunday of Easter is celebrated every year with one of the gospel accounts in which Jesus is described as the shepherd of God's flock. This year, we have part of John's account. What's different this time is that Jesus refers to himself as the "gate" of the sheepfold; he goes on to say "whoever enters thru me will be saved." As his sheep we are not passive, we must choose to enter.

In the first reading, Peter tells the people to repent and be baptized - we need to start doing things differently. In the second reading, Peter writes that because Jesus suffered for us, He is now the shepherd and guardian of our souls.

BTW, we don't have any coffee and donuts today. However, if you stick around 'til the end -- we do have a special treat for you!

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We cannot gather together physically today, so we join together in spirit with: 

Opening Song:
The King of Love My Shepherd Is
by Henry W Baker (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
1st Reading:
Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Responsorial Psalm:
Psalm 23, The Lord Is My Shepherd
by Rory Cooney (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
2nd Reading: 
1 Peter 2:20b-25
Gospel: 
John 10:1-10
Homily: 
Father Jim Beighlie, CM
Reflection: 
I Have Decided to Follow Jesus
(public domain) 

It wouldn't be church without a collection, right?

Even though you can't join us in person right now, we still have our neighbors who are homeless who need food every day. We continue to provide food - with heightened levels of safety. These extraordinary measures cost us more money than usual. If you can assist us in our mission to our community, please donate what you can.

Communion Song: 
Rain Down
by Jaime Cortez (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
Closing Song: 
We Belong to You
by: Trevor Thompson, Victoria Thompson (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)

This week's Coffee and Donuts bonus track just for you:

While you grab a cup of coffee or milk or juice and your favorite treat, here is a live recording of "Like a Shepherd" from a previous mass, featuring Mona Cafazza & Margaret Bianchetta. 

Like a Shepherd
By Bob Dufford (Permission to podcast / stream the music in this service obtained from ONE LICENSE, License #A-720006.​ All rights reserved.)
Stay safe.