• Welcome to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Germantown
  • All are welcome
  • Vincentian values inform our worship and our service
  • The celebration of the liturgy is central to us
St. Vincent de Paul is a faith community striving to live Jesus' gospel message of love, peace, and justice for all peoples.

Mass Times

Advent Mass during the Week

7am Tuesday through Friday

8am Saturday

Sunday: 9am & 11am

Saturday: 4pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7am (in the rectory)


Chester Holman at St. Vincent’s: Recently released from prison after being wrongfully incarcerated for 28 years, Chester Holman will come for an evening of sharing, discussion and reflection at St. Vincent’s on Friday evening, December 6th at 6pm. This event is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Ministry of St. Vincent’s in conjunction with Art for Justice. Download the flyer.
Advent Giving Tree: Our Giving Tree will be up on the first weekend in Advent. Our Social Ministries depend on your generosity to help make Christmas brighter for their clients/guests. Please take a tag and buy a gift. Some tags will have several gifts on it – you only need to buy one! If gift cards are requested, feel free to give what you can – any amount is greatly appreciated. It is most important that your gifts are clearly labeled with the ministry! You can tape your tag to the gift or write your own tag for the gift. please do not wrap your gift. Gift cards may be put in an envelope and placed in the collection baskets. other gifts can be placed in the food baskets and brought up with out gifts at Offertory. Thank you for your gracious generosity during this Advent season. Ministries represented: Inn Dwelling, Face to Face, My Place Germantown, Par Recycle Works, St. Vincent’s Food Pantry (toys) and the DePaul Catholic School. Please return gifts by December 22.
Verbal Church Announcement: You must see Fr. Sy before making a verbal announcement.
Advent Practices:
Attend Mass during the Week – 7am Tues through Fri; 8am on Sat.
Fast and Pray for our Building Committee and some other concern
Read and Reflect Daily on Scripture.
Confirmation: Archbishop Chaput will be here at St. Vincent’s on Saturday, December 14th for the 4pm Mass, which will be Confirmation. We believe this is his first visit to St. Vincent’s. Please come and welcome him and show him our welcoming spirit.
Immaculate Conception (Sunday and Monday, December 8th and 9th): The feast falls on Sunday in Advent. We will celebrate it with a Mass on Monday, December 9th at 7pm in the Chapel.
Spanish Language Masses: If you know folks who would prefer to attend a Spanish Language Mass, we will have the following coming up soon:
Christmas Eve at 9:30pm
Sunday, Dec 29th at 5pm(Feast of the Holy Family
Sunday, Jan 5th at 5pm(Feast of the Epiphany)
Sunday, Jan 26th, 5pm
Watch Night: Dec 31st is “Watch Night”, when we celebrate the going out of the current year and the coming in of the new year. We connect to the “Black Church Tradition” of this being the night “Freedom” was proclaimed. We also give Thanks for the past year and with Joy and Faith, celebrate the coming year. Like last year, we will be celebrating with Faith Chapel from across the street. Please mark your calendars for 10pm on New Year’s Eve.
Christmas Party for our many, many volunteers: We have so many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, in so many ministries, We will have our annual Christmas Party at Miraculous Medal Shrine Office (not the Shrine). Because of the cost, we will do a “potluck” style party. The date will be announced soon. Look for details. We will have a great time because you are awesome.
Fast for Freedom: Let us join Carmela and her family in a fast for freedom. Carmela has been in sanctuary for more than two years and is living in the Germantown Mennonite Church. She will be fasting every Wed until she and other families living in sanctuary achieve freedom. This would be a great way of observing Advent, although the fast will continue into the unforeseeable future. Call your Congress people and ask them to place pressure on ICE and USCIS to stop deporting families who have made this country their home. Ask for approval of U-Visas for Carmela Artillero Apolonio and Suyapa Reyes. If you contact your representatives, please let the New Sanctuary Movement know. Call 215-279-7060.
NSM Committee of St. Vincent: We need committee members. We meet during the day at the Wuenschels’ home usually on the second Thursday of each month. We are nevertheless flexible to meet member’s schedules. Our next meeting is Thursday, Dec. 12th at 2pm. Let us know if you are interested. Call 267-237-6683.
Christmas Choir: Please consider lending your talents as a seasonal singer with the Contemporary Choir for the Christmas season. All voices are welcome! No formal training or experience is necessary. Rehearsals are scheduled for 7pm on the following dates: 12/11; 12/17 and 12/18. Please plan to attend as many of these rehearsals as you can. Practice is in the chapel in the rectory. Call or text 267-625-7010(Tanya) for more information.
Vacation: Fr. Joseph and Fr, Bindel leave this Thursday, Dec 6th for vacation in Nigeria. they will be back in January.
Power Update: We often hear the phrase “making a difference”. This happens one person at a time when we donate our time and treasure so important! But if you’d like to learn about how to “make a difference” in the policies that keep people needy, generation after generation, check our POWER Interfaith! St. Vincent’s is one of about 100 local and state-wide congregations of different faiths in PA who work together to press legislators to create a more and more level playing field for all. Boosting voter participation. Equity in school funding. Living wages. Environmental justice. Criminal justice reform. Come to our next meeting (date TBA). Meanwhile. give us a call, whether your’re a long-time parishioner or a newcomer: Mary Laver 610-324-9388, Terri Bergin: 215-651-0100 or either mlaver or tburgin@powerinterfaith.org. POWER: powerinterfaith.org.
Table of Plenty Ministry: Please consider joining us to provide baked goods and fresh organic vegetables to our parish family. We need humans who are able to pick-up from a bakery in Ambler on average of i1 time a month to keep this ministry alive. Email or cal Joan McGowan to join our ministry(joaniemc223@gmail.com)/ 267-879-7664). Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who have been picking up from the bakery, providing harvest from the farms and working at our table to distribute the bounty to parishioners!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW): CLOW happens at both the 9 and the 11am Masses.
Schedule Change: Peace and Justice Ministry: Because of the December Holy Days, the meeting of the Peace and Justice Ministry will be moved to Thursday, December 19th at 11:45am. The November meeting will remain the same – fourth Tuesday of the month.
Bread Bakers Ministry: We are looking for a couple of additional bakers to prepare Eucharistic bread for our Masses. If interested see Jim Weiss or Amy Buchanan for more information.
Children’s Special Occasion Choir – No Experience Necessary: Flyers are in the back of the church. Contact Dermis DeJesus (dermis.dejesus@gmail.com) or Heather Wright (hww0921@yahoo.com) for more information.

Lay/Intercessory Leaders of Prayer Wanted: If you are interested in this ministry of spiritual leadership that readies the congregation for Mass and leads prayer after Mass, please contact Joan McGowan at joaniemc223@comcast.net or 267-879-7664.

DePaul Catholic School: The DePaul School needs school supplies. Copies of the supply list are in the back of the church. Please place the items in the baskets in the back of the church.

Peace and Justice: The monthly meeting of the Peace and Justice Ministry will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:45 am in the Rectory. This year the group has designated WHITE
PRIVILEGE as the focus and would like to plan a series of activities on the topic. All are welcome. Lunch is served.

New Sanctuary Movement: Mature immigrant man is looking for a room to rent that does not isolate him from others. He attends St. Vincent parish. Speaks Spanish. Intelligent and friendly. Able to pay $400 a month while he looks for work. References available. Call 267-237-6683 to learn more.

Youth Minister needed:    If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to the parish office as soon as possible.

We are excited to announce an art class on Monday mornings from 9-12 in the Hospitality Center. Bring your own supplies.
No experience necessary. Call Lynne 267-294-4603 or Joy 215-805-4436 for more information.

Please pray for Shymirr Wallace, a 12 year old sixth grade student at DePaul Catholic, who has Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was diagnosed with several cancerous tumors in his lungs.

“Please Pray for Sick” section in Bulletin: All friends of Vincent will be eliminated, since many have been in for two to five years. We will start a new list immediately. If you want someone on the prayer list, please contact the office with the names.

Ministry Meetings after 6pm: If your ministry meets in the evening, please make sure your meeting is scheduled and the ministry head has a key or that someone will be in the rectory to open the door.

Parish Pastoral Council: The Parish Pastoral Council by-laws can be read them here.

Immigrant Mother Needs Work: Young mother of two from the Dominican Republic has a work permit and needs work. She has two toddlers with serious health conditions, who are receiving treatment at St. Christopher’s Hospital. When whe is not at their side, she is working. Trained as a home health-care worker, she hopes to find an elderly person with a need for help. If you want more information on her, please feel free to cal Paul Witte, at 267-237-6683.

Business Owners: Please consider advertising in our bulletin. For more information, call the rectory office.

Upcoming Events

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Bro. Al Smith, CM, was one of three honorees at the first Vincentian Gala, during which they celebrated 170 years of “Hearts on Fire.” Read more about it here.

Worldwide Vincentian Family Stands with the People of Venezuela

Guest post from John Freund, CM To all the members of the Vincentian Family (VF) in the world, and especially to our brothers and sisters in Venezuela, we express our concern and our solidarity in the face of the dramatic situation Venezuelans are experiencing in their country. Read more…

Never Too Late to Grow a Garden

Parishioner Mary Ellen Graham was the subject of a wonderful article on the site “The Daily Good.” Read the article here.

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Do you feel called to the priesthood? Would you like to learn more about becoming a Vincentian? If so, please visit MenOnAMission.net, a resource put together by the Vincentian Vocation Ministry.

Parish Pastoral Council for 2019-20

Thank you to the departing members of
Parish Pastoral Council for their service:

  • Barbara Carey
  • Jason Crump
  • Angela Long
  • Kimberly Marsh
  • Margo Weber

Welcome to our newest PPC members:

  • Deborah Carroll
  • Mary Durkin
  • Terence Fulton
  • Terri Peebles
  • Paul Witte

They join our current PPC Members:

  • Alemayehu Addis
  • Dermis DeJesus
  • Joan McGowan
  • Jeanna Murat
  • Dorina Opferman
  • Frank Palmieri
  • Vi Shenkman
  • Tom Volkert
  • Heather Wright

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