Vigil Prayer Service at Assumption Parish
Photo Credits — Ed Stewart
Prayer Service, February 4—
On Saturday afternoon, the day after Father Vicente's heart attack, the Assumption Parish held a prayer service for him. Here is the wonderful selection of songs and readings, in order, with links (use your browser's “Back” button to return to this page):
Prayer services for Father Vicente were held concurrently at the Assumption Parish and the St. Benedict's Parish on Thursday, February 9, 2012. At the Assumption service, Deacon Mike Paterson was the presider and Michael Franta was the acolyte. The readings from the Mass of Christian Burial celebrated the following morning were used at this service also.
The First Reading was proclaimed by Doug Bayer.
The Responsorial Psalm was sung by the choir.
Patti Schultz proclaimed the Second Reading.
Deacon Mike Patterson proclaimed the Gospel.
Deacon Mike Patterson delivered a Homily honoring Fr. Vicente.
Mass of Christian Burial
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Pueblo on Friday morning, February 10, 2012, with Most Reverend Fernando Isern and the clergy of the Diocese of Pueblo as the celebrants, and Deacon Michael Patterson assisting.
Entrance procession of the diocese clergy with Knights of Columbus honor guard saluting.
Bishop Isern blesses Father Vicente's coffin before it is brought to the foot of the altar. His sister and
brother-in-law, Leonie and Roger Randall, are visible over Bishop Isern's left shoulder, while his niece,
Madeline Randall wearing the hat, is visible over his right shoulder.
The entrance hymn, For All the Saints, is sung as Father Vicente's coffin is placed at the foot of the altar.
Bishop Isern proclaims the Penitential Rite.
The first reading, Gn 12:1–9, is proclaimed by Bertha Snell.
The Responsorial Psalm #118 is cantored by Terry Cook.
The Second Reading, Rev. 22:1–5, is proclaimed by Dianne Whalen.
The Gospel, Jn 20:11-17, is proclaimed by Deacon Michael Patterson.
Bishop Isern speaks his homily to the congregation.
Deacon Patterson announces the Prayers of the Faithful.
Bishop Isern begins the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the choir performed Now the Green Blade Rises.
Assumption Parish acolytes, left to right, Sam Dunlap, Brian O'Connor, and Michael Franta.
Bishop Isern recites the Prayers Over the Gifts.
Father Vicente's impact on many lives is attested to by the standing-room-only attendance.
Bishop Isern proclaims the Communion Rite.
Bishop Isern incenses Father Vicente's coffin.
Bishop Isern performs the Concluding Rite.
Father Vicente chose the San Juan Bautista Cemetery for his interment.
The pallbearers bring the coffin to the burial site as the Knights of Columbus form an honor guard.
Pallbearers from the Assumption Parish were Bill Tschumper, Mike Whalen, and Terry Napolitan.
Bishop Isern offers the Final Blessing.
The San Juan Bautista Cemetery is located south of Florence, on Victory Lane (County Road 19).
Directions: going south of Florence on Hwy. 67 about 0.3 of a mile after crossing the railroad tracks, at the first left turn, turn east (left) onto Victory Lane/County Road 19, go approximately 0.4 of a mile, cemetery will be on the right. If approaching from the south via Wetmore, the street and cemetery signs are facing away from you. Victory Lane is immediately past the Bear Paw Road entrance into the Sumo Golf Village.
Once along side the cemetery, drive around to the entrance on the east side. Fr. Vicente's grave is about 30' inside the entrance on the left—see photos below. A note of caution: the soil around his grave is very soft which can be either dusty or muddy, so boots are recommended unless you stay on the entrance path.
Respecting Fr. Vicente's Wishes: Fr. Vicente did not want a permanent grave stone, only a simple white cross matching many of the others in the cemetery to mark his grave, as seen in the two photos above taken on June 23, 2012. As you may or may not remember Father Vicente spoke to us regarding death planning — he lead by example. He planned every aspect of his funeral and burial. He did not want his grave revered and felt very strongly about the fact he wanted to be buried amongst the poor and be like them in death, too. With love and good intentions individuals have decorated his grave. Father's sister, Leonie, has been consulted and requested all the decorations be removed and that the grave remain as simple as possible in keeping with Father’s wishes.
A memorial video of photos and video clips has been produced to capture Fr. Vicente's interaction with his parishioners and his voice while reading a biblical passage, singing the Mass of Creation, and speaking a homily. To view the video, visit this copy on YouTube.com at: http://bit.ly/FrVicente
Thank you From Fr. Vicenteís Family: We would like to say thank you for all the prayers, Masses, cards, and condolences that we have received after the death of Vincent. Above all, the love and affection from everyone has been overwhelming, and we will never forget the people of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Benedictís.
With our love, Leonie, Roger and Madeline