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On February 29, 1976, in the spirit of love and fellowship, hard work and a lot of fun, St. Vincent de Paul Parish community was born. Father Philip L. Johnson was appointed founding pastor and his first mass was celebrated in the mini-warehouses on Arkansas Lane in space on loan from the Knights of Columbus. A Parish Council and a Finance Committee got to work and the vision of St. Vincent de Paul was on the way. Financing was arranged and the land for the church was purchased. A rectory was also purchased and it was furnished in early garage sale motif.

The long-term vision of the parish building began to take shape when construction began on the multi-purpose building. We ┬ámoved in a little ahead of schedule, Christmas 1977. This building was home for everything from masses to marriages, classes to seminars, dances to taste tests and, of course, everybody’s favorite, Doughnut Sunday.

In the first year the women of the church formed the Ladies of Charity, now called the Women’s Guild. The men of the church soon followed suit and formed the Men’s Club. Over the history of this parish, these two organizations have grown in service and fellowship supporting the church and the community. Many parishioners have given time as Eucharistic ministers, ushers, lectors, counters, and office volunteers. Groups like the Ministry to the Sick, Starting a New Life, the Grief Ministry, Morning Mass Group, and Empty Cradle have offered opportunities for our members to be active in or reunite with this community. Our social action committee cooks for the night shelter, sponsors the blood drive and flu shots, and supports many local charities that work with the less fortunate.

Our religious education programs have grown from teaching a handful of children to reaching out to over 1,400 young people each year. Part of building community is the education of all our members and there are many opportunities presented to this parish during the year for adult education/enrichment.

Construction began in October 1983 for a building to house a main sanctuary to seat 1,000, a chapel, offices, classrooms and nurseries. On November 4, 1984, the building that we worship in today was dedicated. In the past, there have been times when we have been bursting at the seams with community. Sometimes our resources have been stretched so thin we could barely meet our immediate needs and we put our vision of the future on hold. But throughout our history there have been times when we could fulfill our dreams, for ourselves and for our children, and physically and spiritually share the strength of the community we have been working to build. Many lifelong friendships have formed from the community of St. Vincent’s.

In the spring of 1999 we began a new construction program and today we have more seating in the sanctuary, more meeting space, and an activity center to meet the needs of everyone in the parish. After 25 years as pastor, Father Johnson was assigned to a new parish. Father Thomas J. Craig joined us in August 2001. It has been a good transition and the future will be built with our same parish spirit: a renewed commitment to our community as we gather to celebrate and remember who we are…the people of God, coming together to worship and serve the Lord.

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